Central Holds On To No.1 Spot

Posted on February 2, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball, High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lincoln Teams Enter Top Ten In Mass

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By Will Cummings
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   Central holds on to the No.1 spot this week despite their double-overtime loss to Lincoln High, who as a result breaks into the Top Ten at No.8.

   Good luck Omaha Metro teams in trying to hold on to the Class A crown –it looks like the Lincoln Metro is going to give ya a lot to worry about.  Five Lincoln teams are ranked in this week’s  Top Ten—and all of them are talented enough and well-coached enough to make strong runs in the playoffs.

   In fact: “Could we be looking at an all-Lincoln Class A finals this year?”

   Me thinks it just smells good for the City of Lincoln this year in Class A basketball for both the boys and the girls. After all, who is going to beat the amazing Purdue bound KK Houser’s 17-0 Lincoln Southeast team?

   Seems like Houser is hitting on all cylinders on the b-ball court, I wonder if it will carry over into track season, so that she is able to exact revenge on Omaha Central’s freshman phenomenon Laque Moen-Davis for taking her 100 meter hurdle All-Class Gold title at last year’s state meet.

 Track Season Just Around the Corner

   I digress, but I just can’t wait for track season to start—there is going to be some serious competition in many events this year for both the boys and girls. And KK Houser is among the cream of the crop on the track and one of the best female athletes to come out of the state of Nebraska.

   Check out our Hitblog YouTube video archive of track meets–including the Metro and State meets–to see some of the great talent that will be back on the Nebraska high school track and field in 2009 such as: KK Houser, Laque Moen-Davis, Anne Martin, Emily Wilkinson, Kohlman Adema-Schulte, Daryle HawkinsMichael Burrus, Jake Marousek, Stephon Washington, Cole Pensick, Josh Kage, Porter Groves, and many more.

 

Action Force’s Top 10top-ten-logo3Nebraska High School Basketball Teams
(week ending February 1, 2009)

Rank, Team, (Record), Last Week’s Rank

1. Omaha Central (12-2) 1

The Eagles slipped up in a unbelievable double-overtime thriller to the fast rising Links of Lincoln High. Eagles fans don’t get discouraged about the loss– Deverell Biggs, Paul Simms and company still are the leaders of the pack to win to the state title.

2. Lincoln Southwest (13-2) 5

The Silver Hawks continue to take care of business, behind the athletic duo of Jordan Tyrance and Drew Edmonds and the inside force of big man Jake Marvin. With every game the Silver Hawks are proving they are among the elite.

3. Omaha Creighton Prep (12-4) 6

The JR. Jays went 2-1 over the week but really got back to the style of play that coach Josh Luedtke loves. In their Saturday night win over previously 3rd ranked Lincoln Southeast, the Jays used great defense to slow the Knights’ potent offense. Over this past week, Taylor Stormberg, Caleb Steffensmeir and Cole Martin really turned in some good performances for the Jays.

4. Omaha Bryan Bears (13-4) 4

The Bears were runner-ups in the Bryan Cage Classic, but don’t count out coach Tim Cannon’s team just yet. Bryan has one of the best defensive teams in the state to go along with guys like Tiit Kuek, Galen Gullie, DK Augustineand Ben Imig–who can also light up the scoreboard.

5. Lincoln Southeast (11-4) 3

A tough loss to Creighton Prep set the Knights back a bit, but the Knights are a team I still like because of thieir ability to beat iteams in a variety of ways. They can go inside with solid inside play from Hagerbaumer and Hill, or outside with great play from sophomore sensation Derrius Vick.

6. Lincoln Northeast (12-3) 7

The Rockets keep on keepin’ on, don’t look past them! Dol Kutey is one of the best players in the state, and guard Tommy Johnson is coming on of late.

7. Bellevue East (11-7) 10

Coach Ryan’s squad rebounded from back to back losses to Central and Burke to go on to win the Bryan Cage Classic, but than slipped up against Norfolk.

8. Lincoln High (8-6) NR

Don’t look now but Coach Uhing’s Links are surfacing–and they look to be in state tournament form–after their thrilling win over Omaha Central. The key to that game was the play of senior guard Mike Partee. Partee is a guy many b-ball insiders have heard about but most fans and casual observers haven’t. Well, now you better start paying attention because Partee is the real deal.

9. Lincoln East (10-5) NR

Welcome back to the Top Ten rankings Drew Sankey and company, after riding the upset of Lincoln Southeast.

10. Ralston (14-3) 2

OK. So the Rams go 0-2 in the Cage Classic. You still can’t tell me this team is not talented and that they would not be able to compete in class A. I say that if the Rams played Class A talent game in and game out they would have been more prepared for the Classic. And if they were in Class A– this year–they would be among the top teams and in contention for a state title.

 

Contenders

Omaha Burke, Norfolk and Omaha Benson

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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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Posted on January 14, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Action Force Ranks the Best Hoop Prospects in Nebraska 

By Will Cummings
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   OK!  It’s midseason and we’ve got a look at or have heard of or have read about some of the top-notch basketball talent out there. So with that in mind, we decided to put together a list of the top 25 basketball prospects in the state.

   Let me emphasis again: “This is a ranking of the top prospects–players that have the most ability to play at the college level.” This is not a ranking of the best basketball players in Nebraska, although many in our ranking would also be at the top of such a list.

   To add more spice to the mix, we did not rank the players based on their graduation year–Action Force threw everyone (freshmen-seniors)into this pot to come up with a snapshot of  what we consider to be the best high school  prospects in the state of Nebraska! 

   Let’s start off by looking at top prospects numbers 25-11:

The Top 10 Nebraska high school prospects will be released on Friday, January 16th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Metro Tournament Recap:Bryan Awakens & Belle East Rises

Posted on January 4, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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QUARTERFINALS

Bryan 68, Omaha Benson 49: Bryan used offensive balance and good work on the board to coast by the Bunnies (3-3) for the 2ndtime this year. Up until recently, Bryan is a team that has been a bit of a disappointment. Despite having a lot of talent, Bryan struggled early on in the season but now they find themselves starting to hit the mark. The Bears were led by super soph sensation Galen Gullie’s 12 points and another 11 by senior Tiit Kuek’s. Deng Reng also reached double figures with 10.

Benson’s biggest weakness–no post–showed again as they were out-rebounded. Sophomore Avery Langford had 13 while senior superstar Stevelle Burns threw in 12 along with anther 12 added by sophomore C.J. Carter.

Omaha Burke 62, Omaha Central 61: Burke avenged an early season loss and handed the Eagles their first loss of the season. Three Burke players scored in double figures: junior power forward Scott Davis had 20 points to go along with his’11 rebounds; junior sharpshooter Ray McGaugh added 14 and sophomore Adonis Hillfinished with. Hill was also very impressive at breaking Central’s unforgiving press and relentless pressure defense.

Junior standout Deverelle Biggs led the three-time defending state champs with 17 points.

Creighton Prep 46, Papillion-La Vista South 29: Prep guard Taylor Stormberg got going early and led the Jays with 14 points, Nick Davis added 8 points and a 2 handed slam dunk. Caleb Steffensmeir, who is one of the best ball handlers in the state, had 7 points .

Papio South which fell to 4-3 was led in scoring by Jalen Huser with 7.

Bellevue East 54, Millard South 38: All-Nebraska post man Jarrell Crayton scored a game high 20 points and brought down 10 rebounds. Evan Williamsscored 10 and Tyson Reeveshad 6 points. Both Williams andReeves stepped up when the moment demanded. Reeves really helped his team seal the victory out with his great work on the defensive end.

 Millard South, who upset Bellevue West to get into the quarterfinals, was led by sophomore football star Quentin Urban and his game high 17 points. Vondrae Tostensonadded 8 points andhe also provided some crowd whooping entertainment with his highlight-reel dunk over Bellevue’s Crayton.

The key to Bellevue East’s victory was the numerous number of Millard South turnovers. The miscues prevented them from getting any rhythm or establishing an inside presence with post Storm Throne, who needs to be productive down low for the Patriots to win games.

SEMI FINALS
Bellevue East 63, Creighton Prep 56: Bellevue East kept working and playing hard even though phenom erald Crayton spent much of the game off the court due to foul trouble. It was a typical gutsy performance by a a that we’ve grown to expect from a Jason Ryancoached team. Belle East simply refused to give in while Crayton was off the floor. Yet despite his limited playing time Craytonstill managed to lead his team in scoring with 14. Stepping up for Belle East were Matt Wallace and Joel Butts, who both scored 13 points each on their way to upsetting the pre-season No. 1 Creighton Prep

Prep was led in scoring by senior guard Max Huerter’s 14 and Taylor Stormberg’s 10. Unfortunately, Prep’s post Bret Potter did not have his best tournament, Prep is as good as anyone in the state only if Potter plays to his ability However, in this tournament game Potter again failed to reach double digits, finishing with 9 points.

Omaha Bryan 53, Omaha Burke 52: Burke lost a 8 point lead with just over 2 minutes to play thanks in large part to the efforts of Tiit Kuek, who scored a game high 23 points. The guard went on his own 8-0 scoring run in the 4th quarter including two 3s and a dunk off a steal that he created. Junior ball handler Ben Imig who is also a top ball handler chipped in 10.

Burke was led in scoring by guards Ray McGuagh(12) and Adonis Hill (10). Burke falls to 4-3.

Bryan and Bellevue East will play  for the title.

Update by Will:

Action Force correctly  predicted 3 out of  the 4 quartefinal  games including the Burke upset over Central.

   Omaha Bryan, led by a strong 23 point performance by Galen Gullie, won The Metro Conference Holiday Basketball title by defeating Bellevue East 60-48.

   Bryan’s performance and their ability to claim the school’s first Metro Holiday Tournament is another reason to give Action Force a little love–he stated in his Breakdown:

“Bryan must find some team chemistry!  Bryan is the best team –on paper–in the state.”

 It looks like Bryan found some chemistry.  And it also seems that Action Force knows a thing or two about Nebraska high school basketball.

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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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