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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Action Force’s Top 10

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

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

1. Lincoln Southwest (18-2) 1

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

2. Omaha Creighton Prep (15-4) 3

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

3. Lincoln East (13-5) 4

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

4. Lincoln High (11-6) 5

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

5. Omaha Central (13-3) 3

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

6. Lincoln Southeast (14-5) 7

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

7. Lincoln Northeast (12-5) 10

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

8. Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8

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

9. Chadron (19-0) NR

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

10. Norfolk (13-5) NR

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

Contenders

Bellevue East, Omaha Burke, Omaha Benson and Bellevue West

 

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Central Holds On To No.1 Spot

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

Lincoln Teams Enter Top Ten In Mass

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

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

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

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

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

 Track Season Just Around the Corner

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

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

 

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

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

1. Omaha Central (12-2) 1

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

2. Lincoln Southwest (13-2) 5

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

3. Omaha Creighton Prep (12-4) 6

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

4. Omaha Bryan Bears (13-4) 4

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

5. Lincoln Southeast (11-4) 3

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

6. Lincoln Northeast (12-3) 7

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

7. Bellevue East (11-7) 10

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

8. Lincoln High (8-6) NR

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

9. Lincoln East (10-5) NR

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

10. Ralston (14-3) 2

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

 

Contenders

Omaha Burke, Norfolk and Omaha Benson

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Metro Tournament Recap:Bryan Awakens & Belle East Rises

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

bball-bounceBy Action Force
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QUARTERFINALS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bryan and Bellevue East will play  for the title.

Update by Will:

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

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

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

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

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

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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

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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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