Only Three Omaha HS Basketball Teams Make Action Force’s Top Ten

Posted on February 17, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Class C Chadron Enters List At No. 9 Followed By Another Newcomer, Norfolk, At No. 10

By Will Cummings
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   Alright’ y then! Only–three–Omaha teams in Action Force’s Top Ten! Wow! Talk about a wide open Class A title chase—here it is in living color, people.

   This week Action Force is definitely in tune with what it will take for one of these Class A teams to win the state title: Good play from the team’s big man. In a wide open fairly even race for the title like this, the one thing that traditionally separates the conquerors from the conquered is the play they get inside, down the stretch in district and state tournament time, from the big men.

   Class C Chadron basketball: What do you know, we talked about them last week as making the Contender list and this week here they are still undefeated and ranked at No. 9. What a wild year indeed! And after holding a Contender spot for the past several weeks, Norfolk has finally found its way to the Ten at No. 10.

    Hold on to your seats everybody, with only about a week left in the season, Class A is—totally– up for grabs.

 

Action Force’s Top 10

Nebraska High School Basketball Teams
(week ending February 15, 2009)top-ten-logo5

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

1. Lincoln Southwest (18-2) 1

Heading into district play, the Silverhawks continue to flex their muscle atop the standings. Junior Jordan Tyrance a is one of the top athletes in the state and he is just one of the reasons why the Silverhawks are such an athletic team, but for Southwest to take home the state Class A crown they will need big man Jake Marvin to consistently play up to his full potential down the stretch run.

2. Omaha Creighton Prep (15-4) 3

The Jays are starting to get back to old form for Coach Luedtke. We all know about the great play the Jays get out of their guard position from Steffensmeir and Hook and the sharpshooting of Taylor Stormberg--those guys will have to continue to play good. However, come district and state play, senior post man Brett Potter will have to step up BIG TIME for the Jays to win the state championship.

3. Lincoln East (13-5) 4

They’ve hung around the bottom half of the Top Ten all year but coming off the big win over Omaha Central the Spartans are thriving under the senior leadership of Drew Sankey

4. Lincoln High (11-6) 5

A preseason favorite is just starting to scratch the surface of there potential—at just the right time. In order for Coach Uhing to get to the state tournament or bring home the trophy he’ll need his son, Pete, and Mike Partee to play lights out and get solid play off the bench.

5. Omaha Central (13-3) 3

Do yourself a favor: don’t let Central’s No.5 ranking fool you. Do not count out Coach Behrens‘ Eagles! This team is the most athletic team in the state, as all-state candidate Deverell Biggs, a junior, continues to lead the team while getting solid guard play out of Sean McGary and Ted Lampkin. The Eagles only inside presence, Paul Simms, will need to play his best basketball down the stretch to get the Eagles the 4-Peat

6. Lincoln Southeast (14-5) 7

With their win over Omaha Burke, Coach Jeff Smith proves again why he is one of the top coaches in the state. The Knights repeatedly played clock management and did a great job of milking the clock moving the ball and always getting an open look: This team can shoot too!!

7. Lincoln Northeast (12-5) 10

Still many are skeptical about the Rockets because of there inability to beat a top tier team–but they’ve been close. Rocket fans are hoping that breakout game comes in district play. And as long as they have Dol Kutey, don’t count them out!

8. Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8

The Bears thrive off their youth with Gullie, Jiech, Augustine, but they’ll need seniors Tiit Kuek and Zach Martin to play great to get them back into the state tournament.

9. Chadron (19-0) NR

sure they’re class C but they are undefeated and have beaten every team on their schedule to this point, and don’t forget about Elliot Eliason the Center who has gathered division offers already.

10. Norfolk (13-5) NR

Norfolk a relatively young team has been sitting just outside the top 10 all year. Now they finally enter at the 10 spot a week before district play.

Contenders

Bellevue East, Omaha Burke, Omaha Benson and Bellevue West

 

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Ralston Rams: No.1 HS Basketball Team In Nebraska

Posted on January 20, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Action Force Taps the Class B Ralston Rams as Best Hoops Team In State

Vote in our poll below to pick the winner between a Central vs. Ralston contest

By Will Cummings
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   My, Oh my! Say it ain’t so! A Class B team is the best basketball team in the state?

   Well, despite the fact that Omaha Central has really impressed as of late and they only have suffered one loss this season–let alone being the reigning back to back to back state champs–Action Force says the Ralston Rams are just that much better than Central.

   Sounds like some folks just don’t have respect for the Eagles.

   May the debate begin.

Below is Action Force’s Top Ten for week ending January 19:

Note: This is the first week that Action Force decided to convert the poll to an all-class format.

Action Force’s Top 10 top-ten-logo2

Nebraska High School Basketball Teams
(week ending January 18, 2009)

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

1. Ralston (10-1) NR
The Smith brothers. That’s all you really need to know. Just kidding, but really, Greg and Dwight–both division one prospects–are leading this team with the help of senior point man Tyler Pleiss and slashing guard Karon Crawford.W e will all get to see how Coach Bill Hurd’s Rams stack up against the best of class A at the Bryan Cage Classic But let me tell ya “Ralston is the real deaal!”
2. Omaha Central (9-1) 4
After dismantling previously No.1 Omaha Bryan, the Eagles move into the top spot in Class A, despite all the questions about them not having a solid post game they continue to roll. Their only loss this season was a 1 point loss to Burke at the Metro Holiday Tournament Teddy Lampkin is emerging big time to become one of the top players in the state, Deverell Biggs continues to do his thing and junior Bryan transfer Sean McGary dropped 15 points against his former team–things are clicking for coach Eric Beherens’ Eagles
3. Lincoln Southeast (9-2) 2
The Knights, along with Omaha Bryan continue to be a team I like and would pick to play for the state Class A title come March. Lincoln Southeast is one of the most balanced teams in the state: because they feature great guard play to go along with strong inside post play. It makes for s a lethal combination with the sharpshooting of Price; the slashing, strong finisher play of sophomore Derrius Vickand the inside play of UNO commit Matt Hagerbaumer. The knights are as good a pick as anyone to take it all this year.
4. Omaha Bryan (9-3) 1
The previous number 1 Bears ran into a near impossible situation this weekend, playing Omaha Central at the Eagles’ Nest. Nevertheless, Bryan is still a top contender for the crown, as sophomore DK Augustine continues to play well after scoring 22 against Central. Coach Tim Cannon will regroup his Bears as its a tough road ahead with the Bryan Cage classic coming up
5. Lincoln Southwest (11-2) 3
The Silverhawks, who have split games against their rivals,the Knights of Lincoln southeast, are getting good play out Drew Edmonds and junior Jordan Tryance. However, they will need Tyrance to carry a much larger load down the road in order for their team to battle for a state title.
6. Bellevue East (9-4) 5
All Nebraska center Jarell Craytoncontinuer to put up all state numbers for coach Jason Ryan’s squad. Evan Williams had a good weekend for the Chieftains. But Williams, Tyson Reevesand Joel Butts will need to play their best down the stretch to take the load off Crayton. Bell East travels to Omaha Burke om Tuesday for a good Metro Conference match up
7.  Creighton Prep (9-3) 4
“Welcome back Alex Hook.” Over the weekend the Jays got a good win over the rising Benson Bunnies. Cole Martin continues to improve his game, but, Coach Luedtke will need great shooting out of Taylor Stormberg and good ball handling out of Caleb Steffensmeir to win some big games and battle for a title.
8. Lincoln Northeast (8-3) NR
The scary team towards the bottom of the top 10–they are lurking. I have said multiple times how dangerous they are when Dol Kutey is rolling. Down the stretch they will need solid performances from Johnson and Wade, in order to keep teams at bay and to help break up double and triple team coverage on Kutey.
9. Lincoln East (7-4) 10
The Spartans continue to hang around in the top !0, but they will have their work cut out for them down the stretch run with some more talented teams above them. Senior team leader Drew Sankey was, is, and will be key to their success– they go as he goes. 
10. Omaha Benson (7-4) 8
Despite a loss this week to Creighton Prep, Benson is a team I believe to be “growing more dangerous by the day” with outstanding defense and leadership from senior Stevelle Burns and other solid guard play out of CJ Carter and Cal McCoy. The Bunnies are emerging for Coach Tyler Cerveny, who said, a while back when the Bunnies were struggling, they would get there and that their best days were definitely ahead of them.

 

 Contenders

Omaha Burke, Beatrice and North Platte

  
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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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Nebraska High School Hoops Top 25 Prospects

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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Top 25 Nebraska High School

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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 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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    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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