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

   my Hit 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

   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.



Omaha Burke, Norfolk and Omaha Benson

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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

   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 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


“*”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


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


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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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
*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


Jon Lechner, OL
Creighton Prep


Tyrone Sellers, DE


C. J. Zimmerer,  FB
Omaha Gross Catholic


Vondrae Tostenson, WR
Millard South


Cole Pensick, DT
Lincoln Northeast


James Davis, OL
Omaha North


Eric Koehlmoos, SF


Eric Cummings, DT
Omaha Burke


Jordan Hale, ATH
Millard South


Corey Serrano, ATH
North Platte


Brent Webb, SF
Bellevue West


Tyler Seals, QB
Bellevue West


Scott Criss, DT
Creighton Prep


Michael Burrus, RB Papillion-La Vista South


Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB, Millard West


Greg Hardin, WR
Bellevue West


Bryant Giles, RB
Omaha North


Kelvin Johnson, RB
Omaha Burke 


Ty Kildow, ATH
Millard South 


Drew Neville, LB
Millard South


Alex Stopak, OL
Millard South


Tyler Niederklein, WR
Millard West


Jake Marousek, ATH Omaha Burke


Willie Metoyer, RB
Omaha Westside


Kyle Bertelsen, LB
Douglas County West

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Hit News’ Top 12 Nebraskans Competing for First D-1 Offer Part 2

Posted on November 19, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

HIt News presents the last six players in its final Class of 2009 “Top 12 Nebraska Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer” list.

If you like speed and talent, these last six players on our list have plenty of both! Photobucket

The ”The Top 12 Nebraska Prospects Competing for First D-1 Offer” list represents players that in our opinion have the best chances to receive D-1 offers based on their current abilities and from exposure through various recruiting ranking services and publications.
In addition, it is our opinion that each player listed has the ability to play at the D-1 level and that almost all the players on the listing will receive at least a D-II offer or opportunity to play at the next level.
The listing in no way shape or form should be construed to reflect that there are not other players in Nebraska who are capapble of playing D-1 ball.  Nor does the listing mean that we expect the players listed below–will–receive D-1 offers,–because it is quite possible that none of the players featured in our ”Top 12…” will ever receive a D-1 offer.

All player measurements, times and distance marks are unverified unless a √ apperars after the mark.

Last updated: November 30th, 2008                      

Hit News’
Top 12 Nebraska Prospects
Competing for First D-1 Offer
(Part 2 of 2)



High School


40 Time

Grade, National Rank
(click score
to see




Michael Burrus
Paillion-La Vista South 


(5-7, 165)



Skills & Attributes: Great vision, great cutback ability, extreme toughness, very good acceleration, very elusive, explosive, very good catching the ball, Potential difference maker.

Analysis: Michael Burrus is the kind of electrifying player and elusive runner that every time he touches the ball, you gasp your breath in anticipation of the outcome. A true warrior to the core, Burrus rushed for a Nebraska Class A leading 1,823 yards and 21TDs this season. More amazingly, in several games he carried the ball nearly 40 times–now that’s a tough back!

Burrus has great vision and great cutback ability and very good acceleration–a deadly combination for would-be-tacklers. He is also masterfully patient in allowing his blockers to create daylight. More importantly, he is very good at not only seeing the hole but–anticipating–where the hole will be–a true sign of a gifted RB. 

Though small in stature, Burrus is not shy about squaring his shoulders and running between the tackles. As he picks and slides and finally commits to attacking a hole, he will sometimes deliver his own blow to a tackler. But if he fails to make the tackler miss, like all great small backs, he is very adept at shielding his body from full force blows.

In addition to his running prowess, Burrus is very comfortable at catching short or long and/or easy or difficult passes from out of the backfield. He can probably even throw it to himself since he is also the team’s back-up QB–not a bad thrower either.

We have no reported 40 time for Burrus, but we know that he is extremely quick and very elusive on the field (last track season Burrus clocked one of the state’s fastest 100 meter times of the year at 10. 69.)

The only thing that separates Burrus from being one of the most sought after RBs in the region is: About 20 lbs and two inches in height.

He can put on the weight through a strength and conditioning program–and we all know that there–are–and have been great college and pro RBs who have (had) his height.

Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: NO



Kohlman Adema-Schulte
Millard West 


(5-8, 180)



Skills & Attributes: Extremely competitive, very good speed, very good blocking back, very good catching the ball, very explosive and potential difference maker.

Analysis:  Kohlman Adema-Schulte is a powerful and explosive RB, who bursted onto the presses last Spring as the result of his Nebraska High School State Track & Field Meet All Class Gold Medal winning performances in the 100 and 200 meter dashes (10.67 20.97)–This kid can is a ferociously tough competitor who can fly right past you or run right through you. He has gained over 1,100 yards on the ground and has helped to lead his undefeated team to the state finals.

Adema-Schulte may be a little short in height but he is powerfully built for his frame. As such he patterns himself more as a power runner than a speed back. But let that not fool you because he can get to the edge as fast as you can blink your eyes. Adema-Schulte shows the ability to slide and pick and when he sees daylight, he runs to it with enough purpose, power and balance to break tackles and make yards after contact. He sees the field very well and is quick–footed enough to make you miss him in the hole if he doesn’t decide to run through you. 

The best part about Adema-Schulte’s game is his pass catching ability out of the backfield and what he can do afterwards: if he has a little space-goodbye! 

Adema-Schulte would be a great fit for a traditional or spead offense as change of pace back or all purpose or slot back.

 Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: NO



Greg Hardin
Bellevue West




(5-11, 165)



Skills & Attributes: Very good hands, very good body control, adjusts very well to ball in the air, good acceleration off the ball and on cuts, good speed, clutch receiver.

Analysis:  Greg Hardin is soon to be a Nebraska high school two-time First   Team ALL State WR. He is Nebraska’s career leader in both reception yards, (2,231), and  TDs (31).  Hardin is a smooth rout runner with very good hands and body control and the quickness to create separation coming out of a cut.

Hardin shows no difficulty catching any manner of ball thrown–in fact the more difficult the catch the better it seems for Hardin. Downfield and away from the ball, Hardin decoys well and shows the desire to block downfield on running and passing plays.

Hardin should develop into a very good possession type of receiver with the ability to create big plays through his body control and acceleration.

 Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: No



Bryant Giles 
Omaha North



(5-10, 185)



Skills & Attributes: Very good vision, very good cutback ability, good toughness good acceleration, good athleticism.

Analysis: Bryant Giles is hard running slasher with very good vision, cut back ability and the quickness and agility to be elusive. After a very productive junior season, Giles had a monster senior year rushing for a Nebraska Class A second best total of 1,583 yards to go along with his 19 TDs.

Giles shows good body lean and control and he flashes the ability to be patient, while allowing his blockers’ attempts to shed some light. And as soon as a smidgen of daylight appears, Giles has the acceleration to blow through and pick up big chunks of yardage.  He shows good toughness when running between the tackles and the ability to pick up yards after contact. More impressively, Giles has the speed and quickness to turn the corner and to go the distance. Away from the ball, Giles demonstrates the ability to pass protects and to block in the open field, as well as the ambition to effectively carry out fakes.

It doesn’t matter if it’s between the tackles or on the edge Giles is a tough runner who always fights to get the extra yards.

Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: NO


Kelvin Johnson


(6-1, 215)




Skills & Attributes: Very good size, very good blocker, good speed, good accelration, hard runner, violent at point of contact, good strength, good power, good vision, good football IQ.

Analysis:  Kelvin Johnson may be the biggest “sleeper” prospect in Nebraska– a big, strong, tough and powerful high school RB with speed, who does a whole lot of other good things away from the ball. He has the kind of size, speed, raw ability and temperament that are ripe to blossom at the next level–his best days are ahead of him.

As a high school RB/FB, Johnson has put together two very productive high school seasons: he rushed for nearly 900 yards last season and nearly 700 yards this season–but don’t let those sub 1,000 yard numbers fool you! Johnson plays within a system and rotation that features two other good backs plus a very good running QB.

As part of his team’s offensive rotation, Johnson serves as the big powerful back that can block and is very good at running between the tackles. Johnson performed his duties very well: He  hits the hole with determination and runs with, good body lean and the consistent ability to lower and square his shoulders to the line of scrimmage. Upon contact, he keeps his legs pumping as he fights for the extra yard. As a result, Johnson will often picks up good yards after breaking free from initial contact—it usually takes more than one player to bring Johnson down–he also flashes signs of elusiveness after penetrating the line.

Johnson plays very well without the ball in his hands: he is a very good blocker and very adept at carrying out ball fakes. The final addition to this RB’s repertoire is that if he finds a seam, Johnson has the quickness and the breakaway speed to go the distance. And that is what really makes this big RB an intriguing prospect.

Johnson has the size and the speed and he may be a little time and some hard work away from being a very productive RB at the next level. In fact, because of Johnson’s size and speed one could plausibly argue that he is the most likely Class of 2009 RB to succeed at the next level.


Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: Yes. Click here to view.



Ty Kildow


(5-7, 170)
290, 425


2 Star

Skills & Attributes: Excellent speed, Excellent vertical, very explosive, very good hands, very good toughness, very good athleticism, high football IQ, potential difference maker.

Analysis TY Kildow still has not returned from off season knee surgery. But we still think that this outstanding athlete ranks among the top D-1 football prospects in Nebraska.

The most explosive player in the state of Nebraska and perhaps one of its best athletes. The JR year First Team All-State football and baseball player has 4.39 40 yard dash speed and good hands. He would be ranked higher if not for his injury and the fact that he also lacks the minimum ideal height for a D-1 WR. But a school willing to take a chance may end up with a very special player that may also be an effective punt and kickoff returner.

Senior Year ’08 video highlight link available: NO


Just Missed

“These players are just as good”

Alex Stopak, OL, (6-4, 280) Millard South; Drew Neville, LB (6-0, 210) Millard South; Tyler Niederklein, WR (6-2, 190) Millard West;  Dakota McCormack, LB (6-2, 215) Omaha Westside; Willie Meytoyer (5-10, 190) Omaha Westside; Jake Marousek, ATH, (6-2, 190) Omaha Burke; Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 260) Papillion-La Vista; Alex Hook, QB (6-0, 175) Creighton Prep; Kyle Bertelsen, LB (6-2, 218) Douglas Co West; Tyrone Lewis, LB (6-4, 195) Lincoln North Star.

Top Mention list

“Many of these players will continue to play at the next level”

Brad Heldt, SF (6-0, 175) Creighton Prep; Nick Failla, QB/ATH (5-10, 175) Millard North; Justin Small, LB (6-2, 230) St Cecilia; Matt Sterup, OL (6-6, 270) St Cecilia; Marcus Hall-Oliver, DE (6-1, 205) Central; Daryle Hawkins, QB, (6-4, 185) Central; Jack Saxton, LB (6-0, 190) Burke;  Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185) Burke; Zach Christo, OG (6-1, 290) Millard South; Bud Kauzlarich, DT (6-0,  275) Papillion -La Vista S.; Justin Coleman, WR (6-0, 175) Beatrice; Garret Bruhn, LB (6-2, 215) Beatrice; Kyle Bertelsen, LB (6-2, 218) Douglas Co West; Trevor Florendo, SF (6-0, 186) Crete; Robert Barry, QB (6-8, 220) Battle Creek; Ron; Kellogg QB (6-1, 210) Westside;  Dayton Graf, DL (6-5, 275) Lincoln SW;  Tyson Clark, WR (6-4, 200) Lincoln East; Drew Sankey, (6-4, 200) Lincoln East


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Nebraska HS Playoff Upset Forecasted: Bellevue West Defeats Millard West

Posted on November 5, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights


#9 Bellevue West VS #1 Millard West


    The Bellevue West Thunderbirds enter their quartefinal playoff game game against the Millard West Widcats coming off an emotional last minute 30-28 come from behind victory over the Burke Bulldogs, in last week’s opening round game.  Conversely, the  Wildcat’s showup this Friday after a playoff record breaking 77-0 trouncing of Omaha Northwest. 

    So how does the way that the T-Birds and the Cats handled their opponents last week portend to the outcome of their battle this week?

Answer: Simply that one team will be playoff battle tested for this quarterfinal match up while the other team will be well rested–that’s all!

   However,  the biggest factor to take a look at in attempting to predict the outcome of this game is figuring out how these two teams match up against each other:

    The T-Birds have faced some good running teams and some decent passing teams this year, but they have yet to face a highly balanced and efficient offensive team like Millard West that can both run and pass very well.   Millard West QB Nate Hauptman, may not throw as much as Seals but he is as accurate.  And when Hauptman is not throwing, he always has the luxury of handing off the ball to speedy 1,000 yard RB Kohlman Adema-Schulte.   However, Bellevue West’s much improved defense led by their talented senior DB Brent Webb has shown the ability to slow down some very good offensive teams.

    The Cats have yet to face a passing attack like that of the T-Birds, especially one that only gets more productive as they get in rhythm running their no-huddle offense designed to have their opponent playing on their heels–while gasping for breath. 

    The T-Birds’ Tyler Seals and Greg Hardin are the best pass-catch tandem in Nebraska high school history, but they will not be the team’s only offensive weapons on the field, as Evan Herring (third leading receiver in Class A)  provides another ideal target for Seals. The T-Birds also have  a formidable running attack featuring speedy David Hernandez and a dose or two of Webb.

    The Cats have one of the best defenses in the state but their biggest defensive weapon this week may be the weather as it is forecastto be in the 30’s by game time.  Cold weather can wreck havoc on any offense, but even more so on a highly pass oriented  team like the T-Birds. 

    Though Millard West is undefeated and the T-Birds have lost three games–there is no other visable marker to say that the Cats are a better team than Bellevue West.  Therefore,  to predict the outcome of this game I will rely on the visable and intangible differnces between the two teams: Seals and Hardin have proven themselves to be very talented tough competitors and difference-makers. I look for both of them and the rest of their teammates to find ways to be prepared and ready for the elements and the essence of the moment on Friday night.   That and home field advantage is the only edge that seprates these two teams.

Hit News Game Forecast: The weather will be cold!  But–on their home feild–the T-Birds aggressive defense will slow down the Cats highly potent offense just enough to allow Seals and company to heat up the scoreboard with the higher tally of points by the end the game.  Thereby, handing Millard West an untimely first defeat of the season.


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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.  

Keys To victory

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!



Key Players To Watch

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!

Keys To Victory

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

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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Hit News’ All-Class Gold picks

Posted on May 12, 2008. Filed under: High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

2008 Nebraska State Track & Field Meet

All-Class Gold Medal



Millard North


Sophomore sensation with Olympic class potential.

Wins Girls 800, 1600, 3200 individual golds and a 3200 Relay Gold

Bethany DeLong

( C)





Fastest girl in Nebraska.


Wins Girls 100 Meter Gold and most likely 200 but strong com- petition from several others in 200.


Kohlman Adema-Schulte
Millard West




Most electrifying boys’ sprinter.




Wins 100 Meter Gold with shot at 200



Omaha North





A gamer with flare.


Wins 200 Meter Gold and good shot at 400 and outside chance at the 100.


Lincoln SE





Impressive seasons’ best 56.71 400 Meter.

Wins Girls 400 Meter Gold with shot at 200 Meter


400 Meter Relay

Record breaking times and consistent performances

Wins girls 400 Relay Gold

Stephon Washington

Omaha Central



Returning class A champ will be hard to beat.



Wins 300 Hurdles Gold.





Best time in 3200 meter event by 6 sec. has good shot at 1600

Wins 3200 Meter Gold.

1600 Relay

Lincoln SE



Nobody’s even close on this one.

wins Girls 1600 Relay Gold

3200 Relay
Millard North






Wins Girls 3200 Relay Gold

3200 Relay



Seconds ahead of next best team


Wins 3200 Relay



Can you pick

another definite winner here?


Forced Picks: All-Class Gold


These are events where either the competition is too close and/or the nature of the event makes it too difficult to predict a clear All-Class winner. These are my choices if forced to pick:


100 Meter Hurdles

Laque Moen-Davis, Central (A)—But tough competition from other classes. She better not let up at the tape if she wants All-Class Gold. Also has chance at 200 meter and outside shot at long jump. KK Houser of Lincoln SE will be right there with her. Must See Final!

300 Meter Hurdles

Kianni Elahi, Millard North (A) — In close battle with Lincoln SE KK Houser. This will be a great battle to watch. Must See!

Triple Jump

Tara Korshoj, Millard West (A)—Has best jump of the year but this is a finicky event with several good jumpers that can win this event Emily Wilkinson and Anne Martin are my dark horses.


Long Jump

Emily Wilkinson, Westside (A)—If she wasn’t a little banged up she would have been a “Best Bet” in this crowded field. Right now this event is wide open, but she is my pick. This will be another Must See Event!

High Jump

Anne Martin, Waverly (B)—Why not! She is the only one this year to clear 5’8.” But again this is a finicky event. Bad day or great day by one competitor changes everything. Dark horse Sarah Gilbert.


Shot Put

Leeza Henry, Scottsbluff (B)—Again, just because she has the best throw this year. But the closeness of the competition and the nature of the event prevents me from making her a sure bet, but she is my pick.


Morgan Wilken Crofton (C) —Best season’s throw by far in this event. But all throwers have bad days. Others are still close enough behind to pull upset.

Pole Vault

Kala Friesen Alliance (B) OK. I don’t know anything about this event, but she has cleared the highest height by far.
Forced Picks: All-Class Gold


There are going to be a lot of great heads-up competition in many boys’ events. And there are several boys from different classes that will challenge for All-Class Gold.


400 Meter

Nic Johnson, Omaha North, (A)—Not going to be easy with several in his own class right on his shoulders. Must see Class A Finals. Matt Evers, Josh Wahl and Jase Dean are my dark horses. That’s right! I’m not sure about this one at all!


800 Meter

 Jens Scholls, Deshler (C)This is one of his four events that he may capture ALL-Class Gold even though Bertrand’s Matt Shipp has season’s best time.

1600 Meter Run

Mitch Hunt, Freemont (A)—Close call between he and his team mate. Jon Ronhovde. Must see finish!


110 Hurdles

Allen Osborn, Chardon (B)—Close competition here. But not from anyone in class A. What’s up with that? Class B and C should be great finals to watch . Class A will be good but not the times.

400 Relay

Omaha North (A)Upsets Kearney. Well, it could happen and that’s my pick!. But this event will be a must see event!

1600 Relay

Omaha North,(A)—they’re on a roll in this tight battle with Central and Benson. Another must see!


Shot Put

Hadley Cooksley, Grand Island NW (B)—I just like his name and his distance in this close contest where ALL-Class Gold could come from any class. There is no one that is heads and shoulders above the rest here—Cole Pensick and Josh Kage are my dark horses.



Sam Frazier, McCook, (B) — Because I had to pick one and he has the best throw so far. But this is a finicky event and he has several others that will out throw him if he has a bad day.

Triple Jump

Daryle Hawkins, Central (A)—Had second best jump of season late in the year, but still several others right on his heels. Cody linder or Justin Combs are my dark horses.

Long Jump

Porter Groves. Lincoln NE (A)—Seen him jump and has best season’s jump. But this is a must see event! All classes have several jumpers at 22′ mark. Brett Maher is my dark horse.

High Jump

David Eads, Bellevue West (A)—Because I saw him jump 6’5″, even though there are a bunch of 6’6″ jumpers out there and a best jump of 6′ 7 .25″ by Crete’s John Leverson.” But he is injured. Must See Class B event with 4 jumpers at 6’6.”

Pole Vault

Bret Maher, Kearney (A)—Will upset his friend and teammate Nate Polacek and they will get into a big argument, but they will kiss and make up on their bus ride home —on the same bus that will be carrying their team championship trophy.


 That’s how I call them! How about
you?  The 2008 Nebraska State track and Field meet begins Friday, May 16, at Omaha Burke Stadium and runs through Saturday May 17th. Don’t miss this one because there are going to be some great finals and some young top-notch talent like Emily Sisson, KK Houser, Laque Moen-Davis, Stephon Washington, Bethany DeLong, Emily Wilkinson, Cole, Pensick, Josh Kage, and some grisly veterans like Nate Polacek, Brett Maher, Daryle Hawkins, Jase dean; Nic Johnson and others.

There are a lot of great stories to follow:

  • Will Sisson rack in four All-Class Golds and set new state records in her last Nebraska State meet?
  • Will Jens Scholls win the class C 800, 1600, and 3200?
  • Will Nic Johnson win any event or will he pull a triple or at least a double?
  • Will freshman Laque Moen-Davis win gold or two or three?
  • How fast can Kohlman Adema-Schulte run?
  • Who will come out of nowhere to SHOCK THE WORLD! Somebody always does, you know.


Next Friday and Saturday, all those questions will be answered.


Thanks for a great year to all the girls and boys and their coaches and parents and volunteers —despite the crappy weather you all delivered the goods.


Good look to everyone that made it to states and to all of you that fell a little short.

Here’s to a great finish at state!


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Nebraska’s three fastest sprinters: DeLong, Johnson, Adema-Schulte

Posted on May 12, 2008. Filed under: High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , |

By Will Cummings
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    Watch the video breakdown of  Nebraska’s three fastest sprinters: Bethany DeLong of Laurel-Concord, Nic Johnson from Omaha North and Kohlman-Adema-Schulte of Millard West. to see how and where and why they beat the competition.

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Sarah Gilbert works a triple/Schulte trumps Burrus at Thunderbird Track Invite

Posted on April 24, 2008. Filed under: High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
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 Schulte wins 100 meter
Kohlman Adema-Schulte crosses finish line to win Thunderbird Invite 100 Meter.

    Monday’s Thunderbird Invitational, held at Bellevue West High School, provided the venue to showcase some solid workmanlike performances by several area athletes. Leading the pack was Papillion-La Vista senior, Sarah Gilbert, who  continues to rack up team points by delivering  strong performances at each meet. This time, Gilbert pulled the hat trick by winning the high jump  (5’2″); long jump (17′); and the triple jump (35′ 1.25″). 

    While Gilbert reigned supreme over the girls field events, Laura Brown of Papillion-La Vista South dominated the track. Brown won the 100 meter  and  200 meter sprints with respective times of 12.30 and 26.06. Brown was also a member of  Papillion-La Vista South’s wining 4X100 relay team that posted its season’s best time (50.86).

    The highlight of the meet came in the boys 100 meter sprint, which featured the reigning season-to-date top 100 meter time holder Michael Burrus of Papillion-Lavista South .  In the blocks next to Burrus was Millard West’s Kohlman Adema-Schulte (JR) Schulte, a stocky yet massively built sprinter,  looked like a big fluid mass of explosive fast twitch muscles rolling down the track as he gained a little separation from Burrus over the last twenty meters to win the event in the time of 10.73 (electronic time). So now we have another contender for the boys Class A 100 meter title. And Schulte runs like he can deliver. 

    Bruised but not detered, Burrus went on to coast to an easy victory in the 200, clockng in at 20.26  Right now, it appears that the 200 meters is Burrus’s strongest event.  Burrus—if pushed— is definttely capable of posting sub 22 second times in the 200.

    The Hit News Highlight Performer of the Meet is Sarah Gilbert. Other notable performers were: Justin Combs of Bellevue West, who set a meet record in the triple jump with a skip of 45’11″(Class A best and All-Class second best this season); Matt Evers (Bellevue East) won the 400 (50.48) and 800 (2:00.10); Bellevue East’s Phil Collison won the Discus with a throw of 154′ 3″; Amber Lutmer of Millard West tossed the weight 41’11″‘ to win the shot put and Kelvin Johnson of Burke won his 100 meter heat but finished third with a time of 10.80. 

    Hopefully, the weather will start cooperating and we can start seeing times and distances improve even more. The boys Class A 100 meter title is really shaping up to be a shootout—it’s wide open!  Weather permitting, I look forward to seeing  some exciting competition and some low ticks during the metro, district and state meets!

     I apologize for the delay in posting the this article and the accompanying video. The delay was do to the inability  to obtain accurate event results—event results were not posted at the meet.  Consequently, I needed to verify  what was announced over the public address system and what I personally witnessed and heard versus what was posted in the paper. One case in point: At the meet, the  announcer stated that the winning boys 100 meter  time was 10.73.  However,  the Omaha World-Herald reports that the winning time was 10.8. This is the  same time that was run by the third place finisher Kelvin Johnson, who ran in another heat. If Johnson ran a 10.8, he should have tied for first or finished second. Because Schulte clearly beat Burrus by at least .05.  Therefore, I decided to post the winning boys 100 meter time as it was announced (10.73).”

Upon notification, any erroneous results posted on this site will  be corrected as soon as possible.

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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

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    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

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    Lincoln High (11-6) 5


    Omaha Central (13-3) 3


    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7


    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103


    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8


    Chadron (19-0) NR


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