Bryan Transfer Sean McGary helps Central Eagles to Soar

Posted on February 18, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Honor Student Sheds Some Light On Central’s Success On the Court

By Will Cummings

Omaha Central Guard Sean McGary

Sean McGary, Guard (6-1, 175), Omaha Central

   Way back when the pint-sized ten-year-old Sean McGary was running around the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club (NOBGC) practice track, he struck me as one of those little kids who you knew would make his mark someday. And the junior transfer from Bryan is beginning to do just that as the starting 2 guard for what is arguably the state’s best basketball program: Omaha Central.

    Much of the foundation for Sean’s current success at Central was built at the NOBGC, where my first recollections of him was watching the youngster run the 200 and 400 meter sprints for the their Jaguars Track Team. Although small for his age, Sean ran with a vengeance and toughness that made it hard for you not to notice him–he was the kind of kid that if you were in the stands you rooted for just because of the determined energy that he put out with every stride.

   Sean’s heart and athletic ability more than made up for any lack of size he gave up to his competition, and he would go on to do quite well on the track and on the football field for the NOBGC. However, it was when the multi-talented McGary was on the basketball court that you could tell what he really loved to do.

   On the basketball court, Sean was a fearless little warrior, always on the move tying to create something for his team or himself or to take the ball or an opportunity away from his opponents. Unfortunately, for me, at about the time Sean turned 14, I lost track of him, as my kids moved on to high school.

   Fast forward to the 2008/2009 basketball season and the little warrior, the kid that was—small for his age- has blossomed into a 6-foot-1, 175 pound starting guard for the Omaha Central Eagles.

Recently, I finally managed to catch up to Sean in an effort to find out what makes him tick and the Central Eagles to soar.

Q.  So Sean, what made you leave Bryan after your sophomore year?

A.   Mainly it was a family move that worked out because they [Bryan] plays a slower more deliberate style of offense and Central’s style is more fast paced and aggressive like I’m used to.

And remembering how he use to play as a preteen, his answer made perfect sense to me.

Q.  So what is it like to play for Central—the state champs and all versus playing for Bryan? I mean do you guys ever feel like no one can beat your team?

A:  The biggest difference is the way that people in the community treat you. They seem to be more into the game and more willing to speak to you and tell you you played a good game and things like that. But no one on our team ever feels like we can’t be beat. We never take anyone for granted. We know that if we don’t play our game we can be beat.

   “It wasn’t too long into our conversation that I realized that Sean McGary had grown up to become a sharp, level-headed young man that not only excels on the court but also in the classroom too.

   McGary is a Central High School honors student who carries an outstanding 3.78 GPA.

   Sean McGary, the honor student and basketball star, is a far cry from the—stereotypical–inner city school student that unfortunately is often a reality that we find being represented on the the losing end of some nightmarish statistical data. Perhaps the number one reason why Sean has ended up on the winning side of the numbers is because of his strong-willed supportive parents.

   Sean’s success both on and off the court can be attributed to his mother, Marilyn, a former CEO of the Omaha Urban League, who you can always seem to find at one of Sean’s events, and his father, Phillip, a minister who spent many years as a volunteer basketball coach on some of Sean’s basketball teams. Sean also has two bothers Philip and Brandon who were standout basketball players at Omaha South.”

Q.  So how did you get the starting job at Central?

A.  Coach [ Eric Behrens] saw my game over the summer and he liked what I was doing at practice before the start of the season. So I got the job.

Q.  What kind of style do you play? I mean if you had to pick a college or pro player that best resembled your style of play who would it be?

A.  I’m more like a Dwayne Wade type, I can shoot from outside, but I like to attack the basket and create for my teammates.

Q. So what is your job on the court—what is your responsibility?

A.  My job is to cover the other team’s best player, usually the point guard and to make sure I help to control things up top on offense.

Q.  OK. You see some negative comments about Central players on the message boards like “they don’t play team ball and they just like to showboat and play selfish.” What do you say about that?

A.  You know, everyone on our team can get 15 – 20 points at anytime. There is just a lot of talent. It may not always look like we play together but we do. I think one of the keys to Central’s success is that Coach Behrens lets us play our game within the game.

Q. So you mean he is not the type of coach that says it has to be exactly like this and nothing else?

A.  Yea. He really understands the little things about how the game should be played. That is one the biggest misconceptions that people have about Central. They think we win just because of athletes. No. We win games because Coach Behrens is a very good coach who knows the game and how to get the best out of his players.

He is not the kind of coach who yells a lot at you but when he does—he has your full attention.


Sean McGary’s

Sean’s Favorite Stuff


Height: 6-1,

Weight: 175

Vertical Leap: 31 in

Points Per Game: 12

Assists Per Game: 4

Rebounds Per Game: 3

Field Goal Pct.: 50%

Free Throw Pct.: 68%

Three Point Pct: 30%


School Subject–History

Movie–Love and Basketball

Musical Performer—Young Jeezy

College Basketball Team–Kansas Jayhawks

Pro Basketball Team–LA Lakers

Pro Basketball Player—Kobe Bryant

Q.  Have you drawn any D-1 interest yet?

A.   I had Southern Illinois express some interest but nothing real solid from anybody yet.

Q.  Is there a part of your game you need to work on?

A.   Oh yea, I need to work on everything, but I think more than anything it would be getting more consistent with my outside shot.

Q.   So when you go to college what do you want to major in?

A.   I want to be a sports agent or something similar as long as it involves sports. I have been in sports all my life and I love it. I want to stay in the sports field.

Q.  Alright Sean, what are your team’s chances on winning another title this year?

A.  We would all like to win that fourth title, but this year it’s wide open! Anybody can win it. We are just going to have to stay focused and play our best ball in order to win this year.

Thanks Sean and good luck.

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

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

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

By Will Cummings

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

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

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

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


Action Force’s Top 10

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

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

1. Lincoln Southwest (18-2) 1

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

2. Omaha Creighton Prep (15-4) 3

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

3. Lincoln East (13-5) 4

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

4. Lincoln High (11-6) 5

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

5. Omaha Central (13-3) 3

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

6. Lincoln Southeast (14-5) 7

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

7. Lincoln Northeast (12-5) 10

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

8. Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8

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

9. Chadron (19-0) NR

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

10. Norfolk (13-5) NR

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


Bellevue East, Omaha Burke, Omaha Benson and Bellevue West


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Ralston Rams: No.1 HS Basketball Team In Nebraska

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

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

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

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

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

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

   May the debate begin.

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

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

Action Force’s Top 10 top-ten-logo2

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

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

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



Omaha Burke, Beatrice and North Platte

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

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

By Action Force

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Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament Notes


Omaha Bryan 53 Papillion-La Vista 50

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


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


Papillion-La Vista South vs. Millard North 

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


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


Central 65 Westside 61

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


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


Burke 56 Millard West 44

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


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


Future Bright for Davis

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

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


Up and Coming Omaha Metro Basketball Players to Watch


Galen Gullie, Guard, Sophomore, Omaha  Bryan

DK Augustine, Post, Sophomore, Omaha Bryan

Adonis Hill, Guard Sophomore, Omaha Burke

Scottie Davis, Power Forward, Junior, Omaha Burke

Jalen Hueser, Guard Sophomore, Papillion-La Vista South

Mike Dentlinger, Forward, Junior, Millard North

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

Duol Mayot,  Post, Sophomore, Omaha South



Action Force’s

Top Ten

Nebraska High School

Basketball Teams
(Week ending 12-21-08)

Team (record) last wk rank


Lincoln  North Star (4-0)  4


Creighton Prep. (5-1) 2


Omaha Central (5-0) 3


Lincoln  Southeast (3-1) 9


Lincoln Southwest (3-1) 1


Lincoln East (3-2) 7


Papillion-LVS (4-2) 6


Bellevue West (5-1) 8


Omaha Burke (3-2) NR


Omaha Bryan (3-2) 5


Millard West 4-2   NR

Bellevue East 4-3 NR

Norfolk 3-2 NR

Omaha Benson 3-2 10

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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


    Nebraska High School

    Basketball Teams

    (Week ending 02-15-09)

    Team ,(Record) Last wk rank


    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1


    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3


    Lincoln East(13-5) 4


    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


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

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