Lincoln Silverhawks Overtake Central Eagles For No. 1 Spot

Posted on February 10, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Class C Chadron drawing Attention Alongside the Big Boys

Take Poll: Will a Lincoln or Omaha team take home Boys Class A tiltle this year?

By Will Cummings
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   Sorry folks for the delay and the abbreviated version of this week’s Action Force’s Top Ten, but the young man had computer problems. Nevertheless, he did manage to create a little controversy–at least with me–on his new No. 1 pick.  I know Lincoln Southwest is good, but we are talkin’ about the three-time defending state champs, baby!  Gotta still give Central love at the top in my book–or at least until someone beats them come playoff time.   Unfortunately, the “B-Ball Wizard of  Burke” calls the shots on this one.

   Oh, and props to undefeated (18-0) Class C Chadron Cardinals, coached by Craig Nobiling, for getting some attention as being a contender in this week’s rankings.  I hear those boys can ball!

 

 Action Force’s Notes for Week Ending 2/8/09

Impressive wins over the weekend catapult the Silverhawks of Lincoln Southwest over previous No.1 Omaha Central–now No. 2– who had a lone win over Omaha Northwest this week.  No. 3 Creighton Prep continues to gain ground and inserts themselves back into the best team in the state conversation—a place where they started the season. If Hook, Martin, Potter, and Steffensmeir all play to their capabilities they are going to be a nearly impossible to stop come March.  No. 4 Lincoln East led by Drew Sankey sits at 12-5 and is climbing the ranks.  At No. 5 Coach Russ Uhing’s Links of Lincoln High led by his son Pete Uhing and Mike Partee continue to climb the totem pole by knocking off top teams. Ralston–a dangerous athletic team–rises back up to settle  in at the 6 spot. Lincoln Southeast, a team that I believe is the most versatile team in the state, takes a hit and drops to the 7 spot.  After a double digit loss to Omaha North, the Bryan Bears fall to No. 8.  Bell East comes homes at No.9, and the Rockets of Lincoln Northeast, led by senior standout Dol Kutey, fall twice this past week and slide all the way to the 10 spot.

 

Action Force’s Top 10
Nebraska High School Basketball Teams
(week ending February 8, 2009)
top-ten-logo4Rank, Team, (Record), Last Week’s Rank

1. Lincoln Southwest (16-2) 2

2. Omaha Central (13-2) 1

3. Creighton Prep (12-4) 3

4. Lincoln East (12-5) 9

5. Lincoln High (10-6) 8

6. Ralston (15-3) 10

7. Lincoln Southeast (12-5) 3

8. Bryan (14-6) 4

9. Bellevue East (12-8 ) 7

10. Lincoln Northeast (12-5) 6

Contenders

Burke, Norfolk and Chadron

 

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my Hit News.com Top Ten Nebraska HS Hoops Prospects

Posted on January 16, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Top Ten Prospects and Top 25 Recap w/Honorable Mention Players

By Will Cummings
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    Below are the rankings of my Hit News.com’s Top Ten Nebraska High School Hoop Prospects for the ’08/’09 season.

   The rankings were compiled through observations by and recommendations provided to my Hit News.com’s high school sports analyst Thomas Liechti–aka Action Force. 

   As with any polls and or rankings the collective effort reflected in the output is based on opinion and as such in no way does it constitute an absolute.  Nevertheless, we at my Hit News.com believe that Thomas’ prospect rankings are based on sound evidence that he has gathered through: live attendance of practices and games and consultation with various athletes, coaches and media personalities. In other words: “We know that Action Force has done his homework.”

 

  

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 Nebraska High Schoolhoops10 Top Ten Prospects ’08/’09

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

Offers from Colorado State and Nebraska, he is king of the boards and a man among boys in the paint. A very good offensive player with an underrated ability to drain the intermediate15 ft jump shot.

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

Committed to Colorado State– he is the most diverse player in the state. with the talent to play any position on the floor, Exhibits the ability to shoot lights out, and finishes extremely well when slashing to the hoop. His defensive style reminds me of Tracy McGrady.

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

Impressive hook shot, uses his size well, like Jarell Crayton and he has a pretty good 15 footer

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

Offer from Colorado State, he is a slasher and great finisher. He is an outstanding player around the basket and a very good athlete.

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

Fantastic jump shot with incredible range. He is very strong and can finish.

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

Offers from Nebraska, Creighton, Northern Iowa,.very smart ball player, and exceptional ball handler, with an underrated jump shot.

7. John Karhoff, 6-8, Senior, PF/C, Creighton Prep
Committed to UNO-, he has a good shot and a great touch for a big man, and has proved to be an extremely scrappy player.
8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, Senior, PF, Millard South

Top Athlete, powerful and a great finisher.

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

Committed to UNO, he is a good shooter, scrappy–but more of a finesse-type big man.

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

A floor general, he runs and leads his team, Demonstrates GREAT defense, is a hard worker, and can score by shooting or by driving to the hoop.

 

 

 

Top 25 Recap and Honorable Mention Players

 

  
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Honorable Mention Players

Mike Partee, Senior, Lincoln High; Drew Sankey, Senior, Lincoln East; Ray McGaugh, Junior, Omaha Burke; Denver Klause, Bennington.

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Metro Basketball Tournament Notes: Players to Watch in ’08/’09

Posted on December 23, 2008. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament Notes

 

Omaha Bryan 53 Papillion-La Vista 50

Bryan continues to struggle despite all that talent at their disposal.  Sophomore post up D. K.  Augustine, coming off the shelf since missing the team’s last game, scored 22 points and Ben Imig added15.  Galen Gullie, a sophomore stud who has scored in double digits in every game but Saturday’s, is one for everyone to keep their eyes on.

 

Bryan is still waiting for transfers Reith Jeich (Omaha Benson) and Tarir Gatouch (Omaha Gross) to become eligible. However, regardless of all Bryan ’s troubles in putting together their best rotation, they still managed to squeak by a—winless–Paipio team.

 

Papillion-La Vista South vs. Millard North 

Papillion-La Vista South Sophomore Jalen Hueser, who is the son of the Titan’s head coach, scored 22 points in a win over Millard North. Hueser continues to keep the Titans in Action Forces’ Top 10 by leading a talented but inexperienced group of players. 

 

Mustang  junior Mike Dentlinger continues to put up impressive numbers as he poured in 25 points. It’s the second time this season that Dentilinger has scored over twenty points in a game.

 

Central 65 Westside 61

The Eagles blew a 20 point halftime lead but managed to hang on when it counted, in a fourth quarter thriller. Four Central starters scored in double digits: sophomore Teddy Lampkin (16) Junior Deverell Biggs (13); senior guard Sean McGary (12) and Senior Denzell Cook (10).

 

Omaha Westside entered the game coming off an upset win over Bryan. The Warriors almost managed to come up with another improbable win as Willie Metoyer, an All- Metro RB, scored 12 points and seemed to will his team to victory through his hard aggressive play.

 

Burke 56 Millard West 44

Burke dominated Millard West 56-44 by dictating the style and tempo of the game from start to finish.

 

Sophomore point man Adonis Hill finally got out of coach Kenyon Sharp’s doghouse.  In the process, Hill received his first start and responded by leading the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points. Hill dazzled the crowd with his great passes and his ability to set up teammates for easy baskets. Junior power forward Scottie Davis added 12 points— Davis has scored in double digits in every game this season.

 

Future Bright for Davis

Scottie Davis, who is first cousin to former Burke great and Nebraska star Jason Dourisseau, still managed to perform well despite being unable to practice all week long due to illness—his showing left no doubt that he is among the best  post players in the state. In my opinion:

Scottie Davis is the most technically sound post player in the state of Nebraska.”  

 

Up and Coming Omaha Metro Basketball Players to Watch

 

Galen Gullie, Guard, Sophomore, Omaha  Bryan

DK Augustine, Post, Sophomore, Omaha Bryan

Adonis Hill, Guard Sophomore, Omaha Burke

Scottie Davis, Power Forward, Junior, Omaha Burke

Jalen Hueser, Guard Sophomore, Papillion-La Vista South

Mike Dentlinger, Forward, Junior, Millard North

A. J. Holmes, Guard, Sophomore, Omaha South

Duol Mayot,  Post, Sophomore, Omaha South

 

 

Action Force’s

Top Ten

Nebraska High School

Basketball Teams
(Week ending 12-21-08)

Team (record) last wk rank

1.

Lincoln  North Star (4-0)  4

2.

Creighton Prep. (5-1) 2

3.

Omaha Central (5-0) 3

4.

Lincoln  Southeast (3-1) 9

5.

Lincoln Southwest (3-1) 1

6.

Lincoln East (3-2) 7

7.

Papillion-LVS (4-2) 6

8.

Bellevue West (5-1) 8

9.

Omaha Burke (3-2) NR

10.

Omaha Bryan (3-2) 5

Contenders

Millard West 4-2   NR

Bellevue East 4-3 NR

Norfolk 3-2 NR

Omaha Benson 3-2 10

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my Hit News to provide HS Basketball Coverage

Posted on December 16, 2008. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , |

Omaha Burke student makes impression  

 my Hit News.com takes a shot at covering Nebraska’s top high school basketball prospects and teams as they dribble and shoot their way towards the state finals.

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By Will Cummings
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 Thomas Liechti, an Omaha Burke high school student, will be my Hit News.com’s point person for providing basketball coverage for our web site.

   Liechti, better known on sports message boards by his username: Action Force, is also tentatively scheduled to make weekly appearances on Nebraska’s No.1 sports radio station 1620 am the Zone’s Nebraska High School Hoops Show.

   Wow! So how does a teenage high school kid garner so much attention? One word: Passion!

   I have read some of Action Force’s stuff on message boards, but last week I got the opportunity to hear him call into the Nebraska High School Hoops Show and he set the place on fire with his take on teams and players.

   The kid was so dynamic and on point in his presentation that  Shillinglaw apparently asked Liechti to be a weekly contributor to his radio show.  Unaware of Shillinglaw’s request–and very impressed by Action Force’s radio appearance–I wrote a post on the  Huskerland Preps.com  message board for Action Force to e-mail me so that I could ask him to do some stuff for my Hit News.com.

   There is no doubt when you read Action Force’s, err a Liechti’s message board posts or hear him breaking down basketball players and teams over the radio that he is passionate about sports. And when you combine his passion with his basketball knowledge  and his intimate acquaintances with numerous Nebraska high school basketball players and coaches—Liechti is as good a source as any to find out who’s hot and who’s not in Nebraska high school basketball.

   Liechti knows some X’s and O’s too, as he has spent the past couple of summers coaching YMCA and AAU teams. Of course, still being in high school, Liechti has some time to decide whether or not he wants to pursue a coaching or broadcasting career. Our bet is that as long as Liechti keeps his passion and desire to learn  he will be find success at the end of any path he chooses.

Hear Action Force live on  1620 am the Zone

   The Nebraska High School Hoops show is hosted by Dave Shillinglaw and it is scheduled to run every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 7: 00 p.m. throughout the basketball season.

“If you are a high school basketball fan you don’t want to miss this show. A great host, knowledgeable guest and passionate callers make for a very entertaining program.”

Read Action Force @ my Hit News.com

   See Action Force’s Weekly Top Ten Basketball Teams, Top 25 Prospects and more here @ my Hit News.com

 


Action Force’s 

Top Ten

Nebraska High School

Basketball Teams
(Week ending 12-14-08)

 

1.

Lincoln Southwest (4-0)

2.

Omaha Creighton Prep. (3-1)

3.

Omaha Central (3-0)

4.

Lincoln North Star (3-0)

5.

Omaha Bryan (2-1)

6.

Papillion-La Vista South (3-1)

7.

Lincoln East (3-1)

8.

Bellevue West (4-1)

9.

Lincoln Southeast (2-1)

10.

Lincoln Northeast (3-1)  

Contenders 

Bellevue East 3-3 
Omaha Burke 2-1 
Millard West 2-1 
Omaha Benson 2-2
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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

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    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

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    Nebraska High School

    Basketball Teams

    (Week ending 02-15-09)

    Team ,(Record) Last wk rank

    1.

    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1

    2.

    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3

    3.

    Lincoln East(13-5) 4

    4.

    Lincoln High (11-6) 5

    5.

    Omaha Central (13-3) 3

    6.

    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7

    7.

    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103

    8.

    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8

    9.

    Chadron (19-0) NR

    10.

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

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