Final Nebraska HS Football Class Of 2009 Top 25 Prospect Rankings

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

New Entries to Top 25 Prospects in Class of 2oo9 

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   my Hit News.com releases its final Nebraska High School Football Class of 2009 Prospect Rankings, which are based on the following criteria:

  • Player’s overall ratings and rankings by various recruiting services.
  • Player’s demonstrated ability on the field.
  • College Division level at which player will be participating.

   Based on the above reasoning several new players made our Final Class of 2009 Top 25.  But before I go on, let me state this:

“Regardless of where the player is ranked on this list, to be on this list a player is an outstanding cream-of-the-crop Nebraska high school football prospect. And fortunately for all that are on this list, they will continue to play the game at the next level.”

   Heading the list of the new entrants into our Top 25  Prospects is Omaha Central’s 6-foot-4, 190 pound Daryle Hawkins.  Hawkins smashes in all the way to the No. 6 spot, after his last minute D-1A offer from the PAC-10 Oregon Ducks .

   Prior to his early season injury, Hawkins was one of Hit New’s top prospects. However, after missing several games–OK, I’ll admit it, Daryle, I forgot all about you–he vanished from our listings. But it’s good to see you get that huge offer. Not many Nebraska football players have ever received offers from the PAC-10 Conference.   Do yourself and us a favor by making a big splash on the West Coast.

   Next to make his debut at the No. 9 position is big 6-foot-4, 260 pound Josh Kage from Papillion. We have always kept an eye out on this talented athlete who will be attending South Dakota State University. We’ll soon see if Kage will be taking a Class A super-heavyweight wrestling title and shot put title along with him to SDSU.

   Entering the list at No. 16 is Garret Bruhn, a 6-foot-2, 215 pound LB/FB from Beatrice, after committing to an offer from North Dakota State.

   Following Bruhn at No.17 is University of South Dakota bound Steve Nelson, a huge 6-foot-5, 300 pound O-lineman out of Platteview High.

   At No. 18 is St Cecelia’s 6-foot-6, 275 pound O-lineman, Matt Sterup who will be attending Northwest Missouri State.

   Finally, last but certainly not least closing things out at No. 25 is Omaha Central’s 6-foot-1, 200 pound LB Marcus Hall-Oliver, who will be attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hall will bring a lot of speed and athleticism with him to UNO– put some size on this kid and look out!

   Now except for the potential of a late offer here or there, the Nebraska high school football Class of 2009 prospects can be put to bed.

   Good luck to all!

   Our attention now shifts to The Class of 2010.

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Top 25 Nebraska High School Football Prospects:Class of 2009 Final Post Signing Day Rankings

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1.  Tyrone Sellers, DE, McCook
2.  Jon Lechner, OL, Creighton Prep
3.  C. J. Zimmerer, FB, Omaha Gross Catholic
4.  Cole Pensick, DT, Lincoln Northeast
5.  James Davis, OL, Omaha North
6.  Daryle Hawkins, Central
7.  Scott Criss, OL, Creighton Prep
8.   Eric Cummings, DT, Omaha Burke
9.   Josh Kage, OL, Papillion
10. Michael Burrus, RB, Papillion-La Vista South
11. Eric Koehlmoos, SF, Pierce
12. Greg Hardin, WR, Bellevue West
13. Jake Marousek, ATH, Omaha Burke
14. Ty Kildow, ATH, Millard South
15. Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB, Millard West
16. Garrett Bruhn, LB/FB, Beatrice
17. Steve Nelson, OL, Platteview
18. Matt Sterup, OL, St Cecelia
19. Tyler Seals, QB, Bellevue West
20. Jordan Hale, ATH, Millard South
21. Brent Webb, DB, Bellevue West
22. Vondrae Tostenson, WR, Millard South 
23. Kelvin Johnson, RB, Omaha Burke 
24. Corey Serrano, ATH, North Platte
25. Marcus Hall-Oliver, LB, Omaha Central

 

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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

Get Latest on  ’09 Offers and Commitments Here 
Omaha Central’s Daryle Hawkins is a last minute offer and commit to University of Oregon.

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

  
   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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Last Weekend of the Class of ’09 Recruiting: Where Nebraska Prospects Stand

Posted on January 29, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   Going into the last weekend of the high school football class of 2009 recruiting cycle, my Hit News.com presents the latest on the known offers and commitments made to and by Nebraska high school student/athletes. 

   my Hit News.com’s listing only represents the member schools of the following sports governing bodies and/or particular divisions within them: NCAA Divisions I-A; I-AA and II; NAIA and Junior Colleges (JUCO).

   Thanks to all of the people that provide information to my Hit News.com.  And to all of you current and potential prospects know this:

There are plenty of college recruiters that monitor this site, as well as fans and participants of the various college message boards of schools from across this region–I know–you should see our site stats and read my e-mail.”

Important Note: Future updates to this board will be posted on the “Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’ Offers and Commitments”  link that is found at the top of this page.  In other words: updates to the listing will not be reflected if you link back to this post in the future.

 


Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’

Offers and Verbal Commitments

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“*”and bold represent verbal commitment


Division I-A

Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 315), Creighton Prep

*Ohio University, Buffalo, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech.

Tyrone Sellers, DE, (6-4, 215), McCook

*Kansas University, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas State

C. J. Zimmerer, FB (6-0, 213), Omaha Gross Catholic

*Nebraska

Vondrae Tostenson, WR (6-5, 225), Millard South

Iowa (unknown if offer is still on the table)

Cole Pensick DT, (6-2, 250), Lincoln Northeast

*Nebraska

James Davis, OL(6-3, 315), Omaha North

*Ohio University

Eric Koehlmoos, DB (6-1, 190), Pierce

Wyoming (unknown if offer is still on the table), South Dakota State

Scott Criss, OL (6-5, 250),Creighton Prep

*Wyoming, South Dakota State


Division I-AA

Ty Kildow, ATH (5-8, 165), Millard South

*Nebraska University—Walk-on; University of North Dakota

Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 270), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Michael Burrus, RB (5-8, 165), Papillion-La Vista South

*University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota

Jake Marousek, ATH (6-2, 190), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 255), Papillion-La Vista

*South Dakota State University

Garrett Bruhn, FB/LB (6-2, 215), Beatrice
*North Dakota State

Greg Hardin, WR (5-11, 165), Bellevue West
*University of North Dakota

 

 

 

 


Division II

Tyler Seals, QB (6-1, 185), Bellevue West

*Northwest Missouri State

Jordan Hale, DB (6-0, 190), Millard South

*University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB (5-9, 180), Millard West

*Northwest Missouri State

Nick Bell, K (5-9, 185), Beatrice
*Wayne State

Kyle Stuchlik, LB (6-190), Pierce
*Chadron State

Jade Clevland, LB (6-2, 215), Ogallala
*Chadron State

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
Chadron State, *Doane College (NAIA)

Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185), Omaha Burke
Wayne State

Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Dillon Goltl, WR (6-1, 165), McCook 
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Joe Vetrovsky, OL (6-3, 280), McCook
*University of Nebraska at Kearney 

Aaron Ruppert, TE (6-4, 215), McCook 
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Garrett Schlichtemeier, WR (5-10, 160), Ogallala
*Chadron State

Kyle Bertelsen, LB (6-2, 220), Douglas County West
Wayne State

Dillon Breinig, LB (6-2, 220), Arapahoe

*University of Nebraska at Kearney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NAIA

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
*Doane College

 

 

 

 

 

 


JUCO

Kelvin Johnson, RB (6-2, 225), Omaha Burke
Iowa Western Community College

Bo Adams, OL (6-2, 287), Omaha Burke

Iowa Western Community College

 

 

 

 

 

In The Wind

Justin Coleman, Beatrice’s  6 foot 175lb WR/DB, has taken official visits to several D-IAA and D-II schools but there is no word of any offers or commitment.

Corey Serrano, RB/DB (6-1, 190), North Platte; Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook; Drew Wagner, RB (6-1, 205 ), Madison (1 0f  only 22 Nebraskans in history to rush for over 5,000 yards in a career) and Sandi Stanback, OL (6-2, 300), Boys Town have all committed to University of  Nebraska at Kearney?

Others that are rumored to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney are: Jason Wilcox, Norfolk Catholic; Dillon Breinig, Arapahoe; Riley Larson, Adams Central; Stephan Rush, Anselmo Merna and Garrett Rockey, Norfolk Catholic and Matt Bicskei, DE/TE (6-2, 250), Omaha Burke.

Nebraska’s No. 1 class of 2009 prospect, as touted by Rivals, 6-foot-4, 225 lb WR Vondrae Tostenson –who has had an offer on the table from Iowa University since the beginning of his junior year–may be taking the JUCO route.  Stories are flying that he has visited Iowa Western?

Ron Kellogg ., QB (6-2, 210), Omaha Westside, committed to walk-on at Nebraska University.

 

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Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects Offer & Commitment List

Posted on January 23, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

February 4th Signing Day: Twelve Days Away and Counting  

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   Here we are with just over a week left before the Nebraska high school class of 2009 student/athletes get their first opportunity to sign a student athletic scholarship.”national letter of intent.”

   The young men who will sign these documents are fortunate indeed to have the physical attributes, skills, talent and good fortune to have a institution of higher learning pay for their, room board and tuition–while still being able to play the game of football.

   Hey guys, remember: all those 40, 50, and even 100 yard sprints that you ran–on a brutally hot summer day at the end of a three hour practice; or how about all those painful “get one more rep” days in the weight room that you endured through winter conditioning; or those times that the coach screamed at you and made you feel like an idiot or worthless because you blew an assignment or dogged a play or a workout?

    Yea, right about now it wasn’t so bad, huh?

   May you all realize the long hard road it took for you to reach this milestone in your life. And may each of you look deep into your heart and your memory to give thanks to all those around you: parents/guardians, relatives, coaches, teachers, priest and pastors and any others that influenced and shaped your life so that you may reach this point. Because–no one–gets here on their own!

    As for me, “Thanks for the memories and good luck in all your future endeavors.”

    And with that, let’s take a look at the list of known offers and commitments to Division I-A – Division II schools. We will try to keep this list updated every day between now through signing day..

   You can help us keep accurate by emailing us at myhitnews@yahoo.com with any corrections, updates and/or new information.

 Last Updated: January 26, 11:50 pm.

 

 


Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’

Offers and Verbal Commitments

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“*”and bold represent verbal commitment


Division I-A

Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 315), Creighton Prep

*Ohio University, Buffalo, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech.

Tyrone Sellers, DE, (6-4, 215) McCook

*Kansas University, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas State

C. J. Zimmerer, FB (6-0, 213), Omaha Gross Catholic

*Nebraska

Vondrae Tostenson, WR (6-5, 225), Millard South

Iowa (unknown if offer is still on the table)

Cole Pensick DT, (6-2, 250), Lincoln Northeast

*Nebraska

James Davis, OL(6-3, 315), Omaha North

*Ohio University

Eric Koehlmoos, DB (6-1, 190), Pierce

Wyoming (unknown if offer is still on the table), South Dakota State

Scott Criss, OL (6-5, 250),Creighton Prep

*Wyoming, South Dakota State


Division I-AA

Ty Kildow, ATH (5-8, 165), Millard South

*Nebraska University—Walk-on; University of North Dakota

Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 270), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Michael Burrus, RB (5-8, 165), Papillion-La Vista South

*University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota

Jake Marousek, ATH (6-2, 190), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 255), Papillion-La Vista

*South Dakota State University

Garrett Bruhn, FB/LB (6-2, 215), Beatrice
*North Dakota State

Greg Hardin, WR (5-11, 165), Bellevue West
*University of North Dakota


Division II

Tyler Seals, QB (6-1, 185), Bellevue West

*Northwest Missouri State

Jordan Hale, DB (6-0, 190), Millard South

*University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kohlman Adema Schulte, RB (5-9, 180), Millard West

*Northwest Missouri State

Nick Bell, K (5-9, 185), Beatrice
Wayne State

Kyle Stuchlik, LB (6-190), Pierce
*Chadron State

Jade Clevland, LB (6-2, 215), Ogallala
Chadron State

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
Chadron State

Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185), Omaha Burke
Wayne State

 

In The Wind

Justin Coleman, Beatrice’s  6 foot 175lb WR/DB, has taken official visits to several D-IAA and D-II schools but there is no word of any offers or commitment.

Corey Serrano, RB/DB (6-1, 190), North Platte; Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook; Drew Wagner, RB (6-1, 205 ), Madison (1 0f  only 22 Nebraskans in history to rush for over 5,000 yards in a career); Dillion Goltl, WR (6-1, 165), McCook ; Sandi Stanback, OL (6-2, 300), Boys Town; Joe Vetrovsky, OL (6-3, 280), McCook  and Aaron Ruppert, TE (6-4, 215), McCook  have all committed to University of  Nebraska at Kearney?

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Burke’s Eric Cummings receives Offer From University of South Dakota

Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Jake Marousek also gets nod from USD

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

   Omaha Burke’s defensive lineman Eric Cummings concluded his visit this weekend to the campus of the University of South Dakota with a full ride offer from Coyotes’ head coach Ed Meierkort .

   Cummings, who is 6 foot two inches and currently tips the scales at 270 pounds, said the University of South Dakota coaching staff was impressed with his size, strength, speed and quickness.

  “Coach [Meirerkort] said that the thing that sealed the deal for him was the film clip of me running down the ball after a bad overhead snap to the punter. He said that not many kids my size can cover that much ground so fast with such good form.”

   The Omaha Burke standout defensive lineman concluded his senior 2008 season by being selected: Lincoln Journal Star First Team Class A  All-State DL;  Lincoln Journal Star Second Team Super State DL; and a Omaha World-Herald First Team All-Metro DL.  He is currently ranked the 69th best defensive tackle in the country by ESPN and the 10th best prospect in Nebraska by Rivals.com.

   Despite the fact that Cummings fell in love with the Coyotes’ coaching staff and campus, his plans right now are to sit tight for a couple of weeks. “I have some D-I schools that are still contacting me,” Cummings said. Among the D-1 schools that are still in touch with him, Cummings mentioned that Nebraska and Kansas are his favorites. “I just want to keep my options open a little while longer before I commit,” he said.

   Cummings states that his immediate goal is to keep working hard in the gym and in school to get ready for the next level. “I already got my bench up to 390 pounds and I just broke the school’s clean record.   I am also shooting  to break the heavyweight’s school bench record of 415 pounds, before I get out of here.   My GPA is about 3.4.

   I am just working towards being the best football player and student that I can be.”

   The University of South Dakota is a Division I-AA school and they play in the Great West Conference. The Coyotes finished the 2008 season with an overall record of 6-5 .

Late News:  Burke’s Jake Marousek, a 6 foot two inch, 190 pound ATH, also received  a full ride offer from the University of South Dakota.  Marousek was an Omaha World-Herald First Team All-District selection and Honorable Mention All-State.

   Marousek also shines on the track. He finished third in last year’s Nebraska State Track Meet Class A 200 meter and he is expected to be among the top contenders for this year’s  gold medals  in the 100 and 200 meter sprints.

   We were unable to contact Marousek  for more  information about this past weekend’s visit to the University of South Dakota. Click here to see 2008 highlights of Marousek.

Related Links:
Lincoln Journal Star All-State Teams.

Lincoln Journal Star All-City Team.

Omaha World-Herald All-Metro Team

Omaha World-Herald All-State Teams

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Hit News’ Top 25 Nebraska HS Football Prospects: Class of 2009

Posted on November 21, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hit News releases it’s end-of-season “Top 25 Nebraska HS Football Prospects: Class Of 2009.”
1.  See individulal player analysis capsule of the 2009 prospects who have already received D-1 offers here.
2.  See individual player  analysis capsule of Hit News’ Top 12 2009 Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer
here
 
*Hit News will release its first “2010 Nebraksa High School Football Prospects” listing on November 26, 2008.

 

 

Hit News’ Top 25
Nebraska HS Football Prospects:
Class of 2009

1.

Jon Lechner, OL
Creighton Prep

2.

Tyrone Sellers, DE
McCook

3.

C. J. Zimmerer,  FB
Omaha Gross Catholic

4.

Vondrae Tostenson, WR
Millard South

5.

Cole Pensick, DT
Lincoln Northeast

6.

James Davis, OL
Omaha North

7.

Eric Koehlmoos, SF
Pierce

8.

Eric Cummings, DT
Omaha Burke

9.

Jordan Hale, ATH
Millard South

10.

Corey Serrano, ATH
North Platte

11.

Brent Webb, SF
Bellevue West

12.

Tyler Seals, QB
Bellevue West

13.

Scott Criss, DT
Creighton Prep

14.

Michael Burrus, RB Papillion-La Vista South

15.

Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB, Millard West

16.

Greg Hardin, WR
Bellevue West

17.

Bryant Giles, RB
Omaha North

18.

Kelvin Johnson, RB
Omaha Burke 

19.

Ty Kildow, ATH
Millard South 

20.

Drew Neville, LB
Millard South

21.

Alex Stopak, OL
Millard South

22.

Tyler Niederklein, WR
Millard West

23.

Jake Marousek, ATH Omaha Burke

24.

Willie Metoyer, RB
Omaha Westside

25.

Kyle Bertelsen, LB
Douglas County West

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Hit News’ 2008 Nebraska Class A Playoff Breakdown: Games 1 & 2

Posted on October 28, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Millard West VS Omaha Northwest (Game 1)

Bellevue West VS Omaha Burke (Game 2)

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights


#1 Millard West (9-0)  VS  #16 Omaha Northwest (2-7)

Game 1

First off: Congrats to Northwest for making the playoffs for the first time in 16 years. Hopefully, in the near future, this will encourage more school participation in the sport.Unfortunately, this game should provide an opportunity for Millard West to rest up some of their key players after a half or so of play.  

Wildcats’
Keys To victory

Huskies’
Keys To victory

Nebraska’s fastest sprinter, Kohlman Adema Schulte, and a very accurate QB in Nate Hauptman should inflict enough damage to seal the deal.

Stop the Huskies run game featuring Antaries Daniels and do your thing on offense and you should have things well in hand by halftime. 

Don’t get over confident—anything is possible.  That’s why they play the game.

 

The line must block for Antaries Daniels—we may never see how good this kid really is due to the Huskies perennial inequities up front–they need some beef on the line!

The defense must find a way to stop the Wildcats’ well balanced offensive attack. Good luck with that task!

 

 

Wildcats’
Key Players To Watch

Huskies’
Key Players To Watch

Kohlman  Adema-Schulte, RB; Tyler Niederlein, WR;  Nate Hauptman QB.
Antaries Daniels, RB.

 


#9 Bellevue West (6-3)  VS  #8 Omaha Burke (7-2)

Game 2

The game is a rematch between two pretty evenly matched teams. Their first game was tied 21 all late into the fourth quarter when the Thunderbirds reached into their bag of tricks with a long and perfectly executed hook and ladder play for the winning TD.

This is not the most desirable match-up for the Bulldogs as they seem to struggle most against teams that can throw the ball– the Thunderbirds’ with QB Tyler Seals and WR Greg Hardin leading the charge are the best passing team in the history of Nebraska high school football. And just when you think you are stopping the pass, out pops the Thunerbirds’ dangerously shifty David Hernandez on his way towards a long scamper.

Just as dangerous as Seals’ arm is when he throws the ball, dual-threat Burke QB Jimmie Forsythe’s lightning quick feet are just as lethal to opposing teams when he is on the run. In addition:  Kelvin Johnson, a power runner with speed; Reggie Bush–I mean Stephon Washinton and the blazzing Jake Marousek combine to provide the most explosive backfield in the state.

It will be a tall task for both defenses to contain one another.

The weather may play a key part in deciding this one:The colder and nastier the better it may be for the Dawgs. A nice calm night–as is forcasted–may be problematic for the Bulldogs unless their improving secondary steps up another notch or two.

High school football fans wishing to see some of the best skill players in the state–Don’t miss your chance to attend this game!
 

Thunderbirds’
Keys To Victory

Bulldogs’
Keys To Victory

Bulldogs are vulnerable against the pass–exploit their weakness and limit turnovers, while using the pass to set up the run.

Defensively Bellevue West needs to contain Forsythe like they did in the first meeting. At the same time the Thunderbirds can’t lose focus on all of Burke’s other weapons like Jake Marousek, Kelvin Johnson, and Stephon Washington and Lavant Moore.

That is a big “if ” with all those weapons at Burke’s  disposal.  But containing Forsythe will start the Thunderbirds in the right direction towards victory. 

If the Thunderbirds can play defensively like they did in the first half of their previous game againt the Bulldogs–it could be a long night  for Burke.

Burke must limit penalties (they rank among the most penalized teams in Class A) and turnovers. The line and the backs  must  pick up the Thunerbirds’ constant blitzing attack and/or find a way to exploit it.  Most importantly,  Forsythe must trust his arm and his feet to deliver a team victory. 

The defensive line and/or scheme must find a way to pressure Seals and defensive playmakers like  Jack SaxtonChris Lucido and Nate Anderson must play big. Don’t overlook the slashing speedster David Hernandez, who will burn you as quick as Seals’ arm.

Thunderbirds ‘
Key Players To Watch

Bulldogs’
Key Players To Watch

Tyler Seals, QB; Greg Hardin, WR, DB;  Brent Webb, DB, Tim Neal, RB: David Hernandez, RB.
Jimmie Forsythe, QB; Lavant Moore, WR; Jack Saxton, LB;  Nate Anderson, DB, RB; Chris Lucido, DB, RB; Stephon Washington, RB, DB.

 

Related Links: Breakdown of Games 3 & 4

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Burke’s offense impressive at annual Black and Gold Scrimmage

Posted on August 24, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Burke Sophomore QB Jimmie Forsythe Is One to Watch in ’08

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights.com

Omaha Burke Bulldogs

Omaha Burke Bulldogs

   Jimmie Forsythe is a name that Nebraska high school football fans may get used to seeing and hearing a lot of over the next three years:

    The 5-10 170 lb rugged and fleet-footed sophomore QB put on quite an awe-inspiring aerial show during Burke’s annual Black and Gold scrimmage, held Friday night at Burke Stadium.

    Forsythe’s accurate, high velocity pinpoint throws were hitting targets from all over the field. And It didn’t matter whether the youngster was throwing in a set position after a three-step-drop or if he was on a sprint-out running to his left or to his right—his passes were on the money! 

    The Burke offense looks to flourish this season running their Pistol Offense, installed under the direction of their new offensive coordinator and LB coach, Dan Jackson, a former all-state Burke LB (class of 2003), who went on to play at South Dakota State

    Successful head coaches appear to find the right assistants and place them in the best positions to improve the team. And Head Coach Paul Limongi seems to have made a wise choice by promoting Jackson to the OC position. Moreover, based on comments from players about Jackson’s dedication and commitment and supported by what he has thus far delivered via his seemingly well-oiled, productive and entertaining Pistol Offense:

“Burke’s young Offensive Coordinator, Daniel Jackson, has a bright future ahead of him in the coaching profession.” 

    Despite Jackson’s obvious coaching abilities, he would probably be the first to tell you that his current fortune is the result of having so much talent to work with. Well, Burke is overflowing at the offensive skill positions. However, someone has to take that talent and organize it, develop it, motivate it and put it in the right spots, while at the same time keeping everyone happy. And thus far,  Jackson seems to be up to the task.

    In addition to Forsythe, the following is a list of some of the most prominent offensive skill players that Jackson will have to manage this season:

Burke has a few more talented skill players (besides the players listed below) that will surely emerge as the season progresses.

Burke’s

Most Prominent Skill Players

Jack Marousek

(6-0, 190 SR)

RB, Slot Legit sub 11 100 meter (2008 Class A 200 meter bronze) had a couple great runs and catches for TDs.

Stephon Washington

(5-8, 165 JR)

RB, WR, Slot Legit sub 11 100 meter (2008 All- Class Gold 300meter hurdles) Reggie Bush type all purpose back displays great vision and burst. He dazzled on several runs busting one for an 80 yd TD.

Kelvin Johnson

(6-0 , 200 SR)

RB Legit sub 11 100 meter. A big bruising back who is gone if he hits daylight. Had several nice runs rushed for over 800 yards in ’07.

Chris Lucido

(6-0, 175 JR)

RB, WR, Slot Strong tough runner with speed and good hands. Also a very good QB, but his versatility demands his use as an all purpose back. 

Lavant Moore

(6-2, 170 JR)

WR Good speed, great hands, seems to catch the ball effortlessly. He had a couple of TD catches with one for about 70 yds. Moore is poised to have a good year.

Donte Beasley

(5-11, 185 JR)

RB, FB Though runner with good speed, and good vision-scat back type. This kid would be starter on many teams. He was a solid contributer as a sophomore last season.

Matt Bisckei

(6’2 230 SR)

TE Good hands, speed and runs nice routes. He did not play last season due to injury. But he will be a threat for the under coverage stuff.

  
    Protecting Forsythe and providing holes for the likes of Marousek,  Johnson, Washington and company is a pretty solid above average O-line that at this stage of the preseason is just a few hairs short from being classified as “good.” 

    The line will featue some pretty good size, depth and lots of experience with DeMarcus Saulsberry (6-0, 280 SR); Martel Saulsberry ( 6-0, 300lb SR); Marcus Bolte (6-0, 285 SR); Eric Cummings (6-2, 260 SR); Tremont Parker (6-0, 250 SR); Joel Dizona (5-10, 210 SR) and Karebo Adams (6-1-260 SR)

    The 2008 Burke Bulldogs will field an explosive offensive system—the Pistol— with quick strike capabilities enabling the unit to score through the air or on the ground from anywhere on the field by using a variety of different athletes.   

     Thanks to the entire Burke coaching staff for putting on a very efficient and enjoyable  Black and Gold Scrimmage.

     I must admit that after attending the two previous Black and Golds, I was unprepared to see the the level of precession and organization at this year’s scrimmage. In addition,  I was in awe of the proficiency of Burke’s offensive units. 

    The upgrade in Burke’s program is so apparent that this year’s second stringers seemed  more proficient and talented than the previous two years’ first team offenses.

     That’s good coaching. And a sign of a program making strides.

     Your continued success will only make Nebraska High School football better.

Related Links: Three Omaha Burke football players make Max Preps Preseason  Nebraska All-State Team:
Eric Cummings DL; Jack Saxton LB; Jake Marousek DB. To see All-State Team click here.

Burke Sophomore QB Jimmy Forsythe Is One to Watch in ’08

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights.com

Omaha Burke Bulldogs

Omaha Burke Bulldogs

   Jimmy Forsythe is a name that Nebraska high school football fans may get used to seeing and hearing a lot of over the next three years:

    The 5-10 170 lb rugged and fleet-footed sophomore QB put on quite an awe-inspiring aerial show during Burke’s annual Black and Gold scrimmage, held Friday night at Burke Stadium.

    Forsythe’s accurate, high velocity pinpoint throws were hitting targets from all over the field. And It didn’t matter whether the youngster was throwing in a set position after a three-step-drop or if he was on a sprint-out running to his left or to his right—his passes were on the money! 

    The Burke offense looks to flourish this season running their Pistol Offense, installed under the direction of their new offensive coordinator and LB coach, Dan Jackson, a former all-state Burke LB (class of 2003), who went on to play at South Dakota State

    Successful head coaches appear to find the right assistants and place them in the best positions to improve the team. And Head Coach Paul Limongi seems to have made a wise choice by promoting Jackson to the OC position. Moreover, based on comments from players about Jackson’s dedication and commitment and supported by what he has thus far delivered via his seemingly well-oiled, productive and entertaining Pistol Offense:

“Burke’s young Offensive Coordinator, Daniel Jackson, has a bright future ahead of him in the coaching profession.” 

    Despite Jackson’s obvious coaching abilities, he would probably be the first to tell you that his current fortune is the result of having so much talent to work with. Well, Burke is overflowing at the offensive skill positions. However, someone has to take that talent and organize it, develop it, motivate it and put it in the right spots, while at the same time keeping everyone happy. And thus far,  Jackson seems to be up to the task.

    In addition to Forsythe, the following is a list of some of the most prominent offensive skill players that Jackson will have to manage this season:

Burke has a few more talented skill players (besides the players listed below) that will surely emerge as the season progresses.

Burke’s

Most Prominent Skill Players

Jack Marousek

(6-0, 190 SR)

RB, Slot Legit sub 11 100 meter (2008 Class A 200 meter bronze) had a couple great runs and catches for TDs.

Stephon Washington

(5-8, 165 JR)

RB, WR, Slot Legit sub 11 100 meter (2008 All- Class Gold 300meter hurdles) Reggie Bush type all purpose back displays great vision and burst. He dazzled on several runs busting one for an 80 yd TD.

Kelvin Johnson

(6-0 , 200 SR)

RB Legit sub 11 100 meter. A big bruising back who is gone if he hits daylight. Had several nice runs rushed for over 800 yards in ’07.

Chris Lucido

(6-0, 175 JR)

RB, WR, Slot Strong tough runner with speed and good hands. Also a very good QB, but his versatility demands his use as an all purpose back. 

Lavante Moore

(6-2, 170 JR)

WR Good speed, great hands, seems to catch the ball effortlessly. He had a couple of TD catches with one for about 70 yds. Moore is poised to have a good year.

Donte Beasely

(5-11, 185 JR)

RB, FB Though runner with good speed, and good vision-scat back type. This kid would be starter on many teams. He was a solid contributer as a sophomore last season.

Matt Bisckei

(6’2 230 SR)

TE Good hands, speed and runs nice routes. He did not play last season due to injury. But he will be a threat for the under coverage stuff.

  
    Protecting Forsythe and providing holes for the likes of Marousek,  Johnson, Washington and company is a pretty solid above average O-line that at this stage of the preseason is just a few hairs short from being classified as “good.” 

    The line will featue some pretty good size, depth and lots of experience with DeMarcus Saulsberry (6-0, 280 SR); Martel Saulsberry ( 6-0, 300lb SR); Marcus Bolte (6-0, 285 SR); Eric Cummings (6-2, 260 SR); Tremont Parker (6-0, 250 SR); Joel Dizona (5-10, 210 SR) and Karebo Adams (6-1-260 SR)

    The 2008 Burke Bulldogs will field an explosive offensive system—the Pistol— with quick strike capabilities enabling the unit to score through the air or on the ground from anywhere on the field by using a variety of different athletes.   

     Thanks to the entire Burke coaching staff for putting on a very efficient and enjoyable  Black and Gold Scrimmage.

     I must admit that after attending the two previous Black and Golds, I was unprepared to see the the level of precession and organization at this year’s scrimmage. In addition,  I was in awe of the proficiency of Burke’s offensive units. 

    The upgrade in Burke’s program is so apparent that this year’s second stringers seemed  more proficient and talented than the previous two years’ first team offenses.

     That’s good coaching. And a sign of a program making strides.

     Your continued success will only make Nebraska High School football better.

Related Links: Three Omaha Burke football players make Max Preps Preseason  Nebraska All-State Team:
Eric Cummings DL; Jack Saxton LB; Jake Marousek DB. To see All-State Team click here.

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Hit News’ Breakdown: Nebraska High School Football Recuiting Class 2009

Posted on July 16, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights.com

 This article–updated 09/09/08–was originally posted on 6/29/09

Breaking Down the Nebraska High School Football Recruiting Class of 2009

    As of the end of June,  there are already six Nebraska high school football players that have received at least one D-1 offer [James Davis was number 7 on September 5, 2008.] Though this year’s class may not have the four and five star players as the previous two classes, It may end up having more total D-1 players offered than either of the two previous classes. 

Below we have compliled three list:

  1. Early D-1 Offer List and our ranking of Nebraska High school Football players that have received D-1 offers.
  2. Top Ten List and our ranking of the top recruited Nebraska high school players that have not received offers. 
  3. Top Mention List, additional players with opportunities to receive offers.

    All three list are based on player performance and potential without regard to any off the field issues except for injuries.

    The list are not indicative of the best high school players: These are players that have the most potential to play at the D-1 level based on their current size, speed, and playing ability.

    The list is also not a combined ranking of players with the most D-1 potential. In other words, simply because a player(s) has received an early offer does not mean that the player  necessarily has more D-1 potential than a player who has not yet received an offer. In addition, The Top Ten List does not reflect that the players on the list will ultimately be better D-1 candidates than The Top Mention List players.

    Recruiting is a fluid process where a player’s stock may rise and fall due to a variety of issues. Accordingly, with seven months remaining until February’s signing day, a lot can change between now and then. But one thing is for sure, college coaches will be continually monitoring player progress through the remainder of the recruiting cycle. Even players who have already received offers need be wary of this, because an oral or a written offer can be pulled as quickly as it was given.

    With the above in mind: We encourage all players to keep your grades in order, your behavior in check, and your training and game efforts at their highest levels.
 

Nebraska High School Football 
Early D-1 Offer List
(Updated 9/7/08)

 

1. Tyrone Sellers, DE
    (
6-3, 215)
McCook

Wyoming, Kansas (Commit), Kansas State, Iowa

Currently, Sellers is physically undersized, however, he possesses the playing ability and speed to be an effective rush end at the D-l level. With the added size that he will surely gain through a D-1 strength program, he may even develop into an effective run stopper and an every down DE.

2. Cole Pensick, DT
    (6-2, 250)
    Lincoln  NE

Nebraska (commit)

During his JR year, he was a First Team Nebraska Super- State OL, and he won the Nebraska All Class Gold in the shot put. Strong and athletic with decent speed. He will need to add bulk to his frame to compete with the big boys at the next level.

3. Jon Lechner, OT
    (6-5, 310)
    Creighton
Prep

Nebraska, Wyoming,  Wisconsin, Iowa State , Ohio, Buffalo.

Possesses D-1 size and agility to play guard or tackle, but he will need to hit the weight room hard and dedicate himself to consistently performing at his highest level to be a successful D-1 player.

4. Eric Koehlmoos, SF
    (6-1, 190)
Pierce

Wyoming

A HS QB and DB, this gifted athlete has colleges looking at him on both sides of the ball. With his speed and hard-hitting style, he most likely will be more effective as a safety at the next level.

5. Vondrea Tostenson,
   WR (6-4, 215)  
   Millard South

Iowa

A good freshman basketball season followed by a very good sophomore football campaign put this prized sized WR on the map. However, an early JR year football knee injury has kept him sidelined since. May lack the speed and burst to be an impact WR  at the D-1 level but could be a nice possession WR. He also has the frame to add bulk for a move to TE.

6. C .J. Zimmerer, FB
  
 (6-0, 213)
Omaha Gross Catholic

Nebraska (Commit)

On film, this is a tough looking FB and LB.  He will need to improve speed and add size to be effective at the next level.

2008 In Season Offers

7.  James Davis, OG
(6-3, 310) Omaha North

*Offer from Ohio University on 9/5/08

Very good pass blocking skills, strong, good feet and quick hands. Lacks ideal height at position for many D-1 colleges. Needs to work on run blocking skills. But has ability to be an effective D-1 O-lineman.

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Freshman LeQue Davis Shines at Millard South Track Meet

Posted on April 26, 2008. Filed under: High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , , , |

 

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Central's Laque Davis rests after her 200 meter victory at the Millard South Track and Field Invite.

 
By Will Cummings
Hit News from hithighlights.com 

    All Right, we all know about how good Millard North’s Emily Sisson is as she continues to shatter meet records week in and week out as she did again on Friday by posting meet records in the 800 meter run and 3,200 meter relay at the Millard South Track and Field Invitational.  But there is another young lady—a freshman—in the house that may one day be remembered as one of Nebraska’s finest female track and field athletes.

    Central freshman LaQue Davis, who currently holds the season’s best girls long jump (18′ 2″), possesses the kind of raw talent and physical presence and early successes that foreshadow great things to come.  Davis won the Millard South Invitationl  long  jump with a leap of  17′ 9.75″ and the 200 meters with a time of 26.02.  She also placed second in the girls 100 meter hurdles.  

    Keep in mind that the Girls Class A  long jump record is 18′ 5″ and the state record is 19′ 5″ (set back in 1975). My bet is that Davis will certainly eclipse the Class A record and she will be all around—if not over—the state long jump record, before the end of her high school career.  Moreover, she may even threaten to take the 200 meter state record (24.52). That’s how much potential this young lady owns.

    LaQue Davis is our Highlight Performer of the Meet.  Finishing a close second to Davis’ performance was Omaha Burke’s Dale Ervin, who won the boys 100 and 200 meter dashes with respective times of  11.07 and 22.63.  Ervin also anchored Burke’s  4 x 100 meter relay team that blazed to a meet record time of 42.63.  The other members of  Burke’s record setting relay were: Ben McCaleb (Sr.); Jake Marousek ( Jr.); and Kelvin Johnson (Jr.).  It’s still early in the season, but their performance  clearly establishes Burke as having the state’s  premier 4 x 100 team.  In addition,  also look for Ervin to hotly contend for the Class A 100 and 200 meter state titles.  

    Kudos to: Stephon Washington—another strong 300 meter hurdle performance; Josh Kage—continues to win and to add more distance to his shot throws; team event champions Fremont (boys) and Millard West (girls); and of course Emily Sisson, who we mentioned at the start of this article.

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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

    By Action Force

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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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