Fremont Bergan Is Still A Basketball Team To Fear In February

Posted on February 8, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Defending State Champs Look for More in ’08/’09

Note: Action Force’s Top Ten for the Week ending 2/8/’09 will be released on Monday night.

By Bobby Mills
Contributing Writer
my Hit

   Consider this: Fremont Bergan recently had a 39 game winning streak ended at Council Bluffs St. Albert and they have not won a game since. Yep! They’ve lost 3 in a row and were eliminated in the first round of the Centennial Conference Tournament and they have NO home games left on their schedule for the remainder of this season.

Fremont Archbishop Bergan celebrates '08/'09 Boys Class D-1 Championship at Nebraska University Devany Center. (Photo by William Lauer/Lincoln Journal Star.)

Fremont Archbishop Bergan celebrates '07/'08 Boys Class D-1 Championship at Nebraska University Devaney Center. (Photo by William Lauer/Lincoln Journal Star.)

   Pretty bleak outlook for the defending state champions, right? After all, they lost one of the best players in the recent history of Nebraska high school basketball in Wes Eikmeier, plus an incredibly tight-knit group of seniors that had basically started together for the past THREE seasons. Moreover, when one adds up the points that the Knights are missing from last season’s seniors, you come up with 62 big ones per game. And add to that a late start because Bergan was in the C-2 state football final, and add to THAT they only had eight preseason practices before the start of the ’08/’09 basketball season –“Shall I second the motion for a bleak outlook? “

But not so fast, my friends! Hold the Tears

   Don’t hand the crying towel to Coach Chris Paulsen and this Fremont Bergan team just yet. This is a program that has won a hard-to-believe 70% of their games in the last NINE years competing as the smallest school in the rugged Centennial Conference. Putting this in perspective, Bergan went 27-0 and won a Class D-1 title playing teams like Boys Town, St. Cecilia, Wahoo Neumann, CB St. Alberts, and Ainsworth during the regular season.

   The Knights were in the same class with teams like Red Cloud, McCool Junction, Creek Valley, and Omaha Nation,  playing tough Class C-1 competition and WINNING 7 out of EVERY 10 GAMES!  Starting to realize what kind of program they have at 545 4th Avenue in Fremont? 

   Bergan  reeled off 12 straight W’s before falling in OT to a VERY good C.B St. Alberts squad. Following losses to C-1 rated Columbus Scotus and an athletic Boys Town team, the Knights have time to regroup and fix some things before entering the home stretch and a run at another state championship, this time in the C-2 ranks.

 The Players That Make Bergan Go

   The current Bergan team is led by 6-2 Senior Jim Wilmes,who is ranked in almost every category imaginable in C-2. Wilmes is averaging 16/ppg and is joined in the starting line-up by junior Pat Rasmussen and sophomore Johnny Spellerburg at the guards, and 6-3 senior John Melies and 6-5  junior Dereck White at the posts.  With this year’s team, Paulsen has had to mold Bergan into more of a full-court team than in the Eikmeier era. Funny thing is, this more “spread-out” offense has moved to the football field for Fremont Bergan and spurned great success. Funny how a BB program can spark a traditionally rich football program, but that’s what has transpired.

   The Knights still love to run on offense and pressure the opposition, whether it be full or half court. Anybody who has watched Knight’s basketball the past few years knows that their trademark is pressure defense and it takes very well-conditioned players to make it work—something Bergan has plenty of this season.

   Perhaps this current break in Bergan’s scheduling could prove to be the spark that the Green and Gold Crew needs to close out strong against remaining foes, Boys Town, Wahoo Neumann, Ravenna, and Oakland-Craig.

Valentines Day Shootout

   To say the game against Ravenna at the Events Center on Valentines Day is shaping up to be a dandy is a huge understatement. But the night before this highly anticpated contest, Fremont Bergan will play Bishop Neumann and then jets (they wish) to Grand Island for the 2:45 tip-off the next afternoon against Paul Beranek’sRavenna Bluejays.

   The Knights are currently sitting at No.1 in Class C-2 and the ‘Jays at No.5.…some kinda match-up it’s going to be on Valentines Day!

Good Coaching Goes a Long Ways

   No my friends, there best not be any tears shed for this current version of Fremont Archbishop Bergan basketball. One of the main reasons for thier past AND current success is the deeply entrenched excellent coaching skills of Chris Paulsen and his staff. It never seems to change with this bunch….always top notch hoops at Bergan–you can count on that one.  Those outstanding coaching skills are going to come in handy at district time with No. 2 ranked Elmwood-Murdock being in the same sub bracket as the Knights.

   It’s going to be a steep hill to scale for Fremont Bergan the rest of the way, but if you are Coach Paulsen and his squad and you can put together the kind of season they have thus far….I have a sneaking suspicion the Knights will be there when the curtain raises for the Class C-2 State Tournament Thursday, March 12th.


Make a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

  • my Hit

    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

    By Action Force


    Sponsor: Hit Highlights Inc.

    1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, SR, C, Bellevue East

    2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, SR, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

    3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, JR, C, Chadron

    4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, JR , PG/SG, Ralston

    5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, JR, SG/PG, Waverly

    6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, FR, PG, South Sioux City

    7.. John Karhoff, 6-8, SR, PF/C, Creighton Prep.

    8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, SR, PF, Millard South

    9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, SR, SF, Lincoln Southeast

    10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, SR, PG, Benson

    11. Deverell Biggs, 6-1, JR, SG/PF, Omaha Central

    12. Caleb Steffensmeir, 5-11, JR, PG, Creighton Prep

    13. Jordan Tyrance, 6-4, SF/PF, JR, Lincoln Southwest

    14. Trevor Meinke, 6-0, JR, PG, Beatrice

    15. Scottie Davis, 6-5, JR, SF/PF, Omaha Burke

    16. Derrius Vick, 6-0, SO, PG, Lincoln Southeast

    17. Ted Lampkin, 5-11, SO, PG, Omaha Central

    18. Jerad Warner, 6-6, JR, PF/C Omaha Gross

    19. Dol Kutey, 6-6, SR, C, Lincoln Northeast

    20. Ben Imig, 6-0, JR, SG/PG, Bryan

    21. Galen Gullie, 5-7, SR, PG, Bryan

    22 Pete Uhing, 6-5, SR, PF/C, Lincoln High

    23 Adonis Hill, 5-10, SO, PG, Omaha Burke

    24. Mike Dentlinger, 6-6, JR, PF/C, Millard North

    25. DK Augustine, 6-4, SO, C, Omaha Bryan

  • Action Force’s Top Ten


    Nebraska High School

    Basketball Teams

    (Week ending 02-15-09)

    Team ,(Record) Last wk rank


    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1


    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3


    Lincoln East(13-5) 4


    Lincoln High (11-6) 5


    Omaha Central (13-3) 3


    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7


    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103


    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8


    Chadron (19-0) NR


    Norfolk (13-5) NR Contenders: Bellevue East, Omaha Burke, Omaha Benson, Bellevue West

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

%d bloggers like this: