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

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

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Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament Notes


Omaha Bryan 53 Papillion-La Vista 50

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


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


Papillion-La Vista South vs. Millard North 

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


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


Central 65 Westside 61

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


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


Burke 56 Millard West 44

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


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


Future Bright for Davis

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

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


Up and Coming Omaha Metro Basketball Players to Watch


Galen Gullie, Guard, Sophomore, Omaha  Bryan

DK Augustine, Post, Sophomore, Omaha Bryan

Adonis Hill, Guard Sophomore, Omaha Burke

Scottie Davis, Power Forward, Junior, Omaha Burke

Jalen Hueser, Guard Sophomore, Papillion-La Vista South

Mike Dentlinger, Forward, Junior, Millard North

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

Duol Mayot,  Post, Sophomore, Omaha South



Action Force’s

Top Ten

Nebraska High School

Basketball Teams
(Week ending 12-21-08)

Team (record) last wk rank


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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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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Poll: Pick Your Top ’09 Nebraska D-1 RB Prospect

Posted on October 31, 2008. Filed under: High School Football, Polls:Open—Vote | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pick the one Nebraska high school Class of 2009 running back from the list below that you truly believe has the skills set: size, speed, strength, agility, and ability (mental and physical) to mature–over the years– into an effective D-1 RB at the next level.

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Hit News’ 2008 Playoff Breakdown: Games 3 & 4

Posted on October 29, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

#5 Kearney VS #12 Westside

#13 Papillion-La Vista South VS #4 Omaha North
(Game 4)


#5 Kearney (6-3)  VS  #12 Omaha Westside (5-4)

Game 3

This is an interesting game as both the Bearcats and the Warriors are hard teams to figure out. I mean you just never have a feel for what team is going to show up when either one of these two teams plays. But this is an elimination game, so both teams had better be ready to play thier best football of the year on both sides of the ball for the full 60 minutes of the game.


Don’t get me wrong–whoever  wins this game is still capable of reaching Lincoln and carrying home a championship trophy. It’s all about who can get hot and stay that way for four games in a row at this time of the year!


Other than the fact that Bearcat head coach Brandon Cool is one of the best coaches in the state,  I don’t know much about this season’s  Bearcat team except their seemingly erratic perfromances and their number one RB Vinny Molina, who is also one of the state’s fastest sprinters. 


Kearney better hope that Molina doesn’t cramp up (as is the usual case) in this game because they will need a full night’s work from him to get by the Warriors.


The Warriors need  good performances from both QB Ron Kellogg and RB Willie Metoyer for them to pull this one out.

Kearney will be tough to beat at home!


Keys To victory

Keys To victory

The Bearcats will need to be multi-dimensional–with the run and the pass; convert third downs and avoid turnovers.

Defensively, the Bearcats need to contain the Warrior’s  elusive Willie Metoyer and keep pressure on Ronald Kellogg. 

RB Willie Metoyer and QB Ron Kellogg need to play to their potential in order to avoid an early exit from the playoffs. Of course they will only be as successful as their O-line, who will have their hands full with a scrappy and aggressive Bearcat defense. 

On defense the Warriors will need to contain Molina and the other RBs while also guarding against the Bearcats’ aerial attack.

Key Players To Watch

Key Players To Watch

Jordan Moncrief, QB; Vinny Molina RB; Josh Mead, RB; Brad Albrecht, WR.

Ron Kellogg, QB; Willie Metoyer, RB, LB; Dakota McCormack, LB, TE.


#13 Papillion-La Vista South (5-4)  VS  #4 Omaha North  (8-1)

Game 4

A rematch game that saw Omaha North barely squeak by the Titans in a 28-21 slug out just two weeks ago. Michael Burrus pounded the Viking defense for  311 rushing yards that night to no avail as his team still came up short where it counted the most–scoreboard.

That game also saw the return from injury of starting Viking QB Steve Veith, who helped to guide a fairly balanced running and passing attack. Veith is a key cog in the Vikings high output offense–his absence in the Burke game, due to a previous injury, played a major factor in the Vikings only loss of the season.

After dissecting the film of their recent contest, both coaching staffs should have their A games ready for this Friday night’s playoff elimination game. Look for another close contest.

The fans should be treated to seeing  the performances  of two of the top running backs in the state in the form of the Titans’ Michael Burrus (1, 663 rushing yards) and the Vikings’ Bryant Giles (1, 238  rushing yards).

Keys To victory

Keys To victory

The Titans could benefit by diversifying their offensive strategy with a few more passing plays. make sure to capitalize on Burrus’ pass catching abilities. They also must convert more on third downs and limit turnovers.On the defensive side of the ball, The Titans must limit Giles’ big play capability by not over pursuing on plays and taking proper angles to the ball. The key to success here is a very aggressive and punishing defense capable of producing some turnovers. Oh yea! and now you know that Veith can pass so be ready. Omaha North should play this game by the motto “if it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it.” Just rely on Veith to run the offense and count on the lightning and thunder backfield combo of Bryant Giles and Ronald Coleman to deliver the goods behind a strong O-line anchored by D-1 prospect  James Davis.Defensively, the Vikings must do a better job of containing Michael Burrus and they must watch out for an improving Titan passing attack.

Key Players To Watch

Key Players To Watch

Deric Olson, QB; Michael Burrus, RB; Hank Kafoneck, WR; Chandler Thomas, TE; Eric Butler, RB. Bryant Giles, RB, Ron Coleman, RB, LB, DL; Steve Veith, QB; James Davis, OL;, Kendall Anderson, DB; Mitch Johnson WR.

Related Links: Breakdown Games 1 & 2

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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

 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)

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)

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)


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


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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    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


    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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