Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Great day for articles

The OWH and LJS both continue their winter sports preview articles today. The LJS has wrestling and swimming previews.

The World Herald has an even better slate. Their girls basketball page has links to an article on Top Ten #1 Bell. West, Class A team previews, and the pre-season girls ratings. The big news is Croften at #10 in the overall top-ten. If I remember right they won C1 with a group of juniors last year. Exeter-Milligan is #1 in C2. They were runners-up as a junior team. They might push for top ten consideration as the year progresses.

Also in the OWH is a story on Bruce Chubick Sr.'s return to Nebraska at Omaha South. Chubick won a Class C1 title in 1988 with junior and Chris Peacock. He's been coaching in Iowa (I think he's originally from Council Bluffs), but the big news is his recovering from cancer of the kidney. He'll make it intesting to see if the Pack can improve on its 3-17 mark from last year.

On the Education page is a story of interest to sports fans: facility upgrades at Omaha Gross. Gross is firmly routed in Class B now, after being A for a large part of its history. School facility improvements can go hand-in-hand with athletic success. Keep an eye on the Cougars.

Also on the Ed Page: News flash-- Elkhorn growing. The Antlers adjustment to Class A will be one of the most interesting stories of the next 5-10 years.

While your there check out the OWH coverage of Omaha's One City- One District proposal. That's another Ed Page story that could be a big playing in the athletic arena as well.

Finally, look at yesterday's story on middle school football in Omaha. The is the first tangable evidence of OPS's new emphasis on athletic success. I was disappointed that it only vaugely mentioned the Nebraska state law that limits junior highs to just four football games. Such a silly thing for the state to dictate, but that's a post for another day.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

First scores of the winter

A few Hurricane Games went on as planned in the Omaha area. It is hard to tell if those were the only games to be played, of if the OWH only concerned itself with Omaha-area games. Yesterday, it's call for ADs and coaches to report scores only asked for Omaha-area games, so maybe other games were out there. Heard of any?

Here are the boys scores the OWH has:

Lincoln Southeast 57, Norris 34
Fremont 62, Om. Westside 55
Syracuse 62, Platteview 40
Douglas Co. West 65, Om. Concordia 39
Ralston 62, Bellevue East 58 OT
Omaha North 61, Elkhorn Mount Michel 41

In a girls score of note, Omaha Skutt defeated West Point Central Catholic NOT ending WPCC's 102-game win streak because these games don't go into the records.

UPDATE: The LJS says Lincoln Southwest and Pius played their game. Southwest thinks they won. No word on Pius's opinion.

Monday, November 28, 2005

OWH on Hurricane games

Here's a nice OWH article from last week on the Hurricane Games.

The OWH ran their wrestling previews yesterday. Which, BTW, had the look of expanded coverage of the mats this year as their part in promoting Omaha's hosting of the state tournament in February. I'll be watching that.

When do we see the pre-season basketball stories and ratings? Thursday morning? Who are the top teams?

I say Bellevue West is tops in Omaha. I like Westside, also. In Lincoln I think it's Southeast and North Star ahead of the rest. Outstate, Grand Island, Columbus and Kearney will all be improved, though I'm not sure they can unseat Ravenna as best team west of Beatrice.

It looks like Bob Jensen at HuskerLand has his pre-season notes up, but I haven't seen Class A yet.

Hurricane games

Well, it is snowing. Up, down and sideways. I can't tell what's coming from the sky and what's blowing off the roof and trees. I would assume that many of the 'Hurricane Games' will be, ironically, victims of the weather. It looks like the worst of the weather has hit in the area north of Kearney, so maybe some games will go on back east, and I think some of tomorrow's might survive.

So, in the spirit of the snow day, let's pretend they'll all go on, and I'll look at some of the most interesting on the schedule.

Lincoln High at Beatrice

Beatrice is THE program in outstate Nebraska right now, and any class A games they play are interesting. Coach Weeks's work ethic is legendary, but the other factors in the Orangemen's rise to the top are just as interesting. The community and alumni energy for the program goes far beyond success, and even beyond all-night basketball world records. It's also been a perfect storm of cultural forces as Highway 77 expansion has grown the city of Beatrice, and the school district finally built its new high school (and with it great athletic facilities.)

Norris at Lincoln Southeast

Ditto on Norris. If it weren't for Beatrice, we'd be calling this the program.

Millard North at Elkhorn

I hear that Elkhorn is considering opening another hgih school, so they would have two Class Bs or two C1s instead of one Class A school. Athletically, you've got to wonder how the Antlers will handle being the little fish. Especially in basketball, I think it could be rough.

Lutheran High Northeast at Norfolk

I mark this one just because there is no GISH v. GICC, Kearney v. KCatholic, Hastings v. StC, Columbus v. Scotus. Bravo to Coach Ries and AD Dolliver on making this happen.

Cambridge at McCook

There's a small part of me who'd have liked to have seen this game on the gridiron, but I'll ignore that impulse. Wade Vontz makes this a tough one for the Bison and their new coach Tim Garcia. Garcia is one of my favorite off-season stories as a former Tilden Police Chief takes over a basketball program that has athletes but plays little brother to football. Google knows he can throw cow chips.

Lexington at Arapahoe

Got to give the Minutemen credit for being willing to go play the Warriors. I'll be rooting for Lex to use this a catapault to a better year.

Shelton at Wood River

Why don't these neighbors play every year?

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Basketball season opens. Maybe.

On the eve of a Nebraska first-- interscholastic pre-season scrimmages allowed by the NSAA to raise money for hurricane disater relief-- a major winter storm has ridden a dip in the jet stream straight into the path of those games. I guess weather will always trump.

A majority of the 'Hurricane Games' are scheduled for Monday night and are likely lost if the storm reaches the level they are predicting. If the storm peters out and the thousands of Nebraska students wishing for a snow day are denied, then we'll have a very interesting beginning to Basketball 2006.

Here is a great list put together by a poster at

A vs. A
Fremont at Omaha Westside
Millard South at Lincoln North Star
Omaha Bryan at Papillion-LaVista
Omaha Bryan at Omaha Burke
Omaha Creighton Prep at Lincoln Northeast

A vs. B
Bellevue East at Ralston
Omaha Gross Catholic at Bellevue West
Lincoln High at Beatrice
Norris at Lincoln Southeast
Lincoln Pius X at Lincoln Southwest
Millard North at Elkhorn
Blair at Omaha Benson
Mount Michael Benedictine at Omaha North
Papillion-LaVista South at Gretna

A vs. C1
Boys Town at Millard West

A vs. C2
Lutheran High Northeast at Norfolk
Omaha South at Omaha Brownell-Talbot

B vs. C1
Wilber-Clatonia at Crete
Syracuse at Platteview
Milford at Seward
Wahoo at Waverly
Nebraska City at Ashland-Greenwood
Omaha Roncalli at Bishop Neumann
Louisville at Plattsmouth

B vs. C2
Superior at Fairbury
North Platte St. Patrick's at Ogallala
West Point Central Catholic at Omaha Skutt
Bridgeport at Sidney
Homer at South Sioux City

B vs. D1
Leigh at Columbus Lakeview
Lexington at Arapahoe
Cambridge at McCook
Newman Grove at Schuyler
Cross County at York

C1 vs. C1
Logan View at Yutan
St. Paul Twin River
Twin River at St. Paul
Columbus Scotus at Centennial

C1 vs. C2
Arlington at Elmwood-Murdock
Nebraska Christian at Central City
Conestoga at Tecumseh
Crofton at Hartington
Friend at Fillmore Central
Hershey at Sutherland
Howells at North Bend Central
Shelton at Wood River
Archbishop Bergan at Bennington
Garden County at Kimball
Madison at Neligh-Oakdale
Raymond Central at East Butler

C1 vs. D1
Crawford at Chadron
Concordia at Douglas County West
Scribner-Snyder at Fort Calhoun
Red Cloud at Hastings St. Cecilia
Freeman Lincoln at Christian
Axtell at Minden
Minatare at Mitchell
North Loup-Scotia at Ord
Omaha Nation at Tekamah-Herman
Auburn at Johnson-Brock

C1 vs. D2
St. Mary's at O'Neill
Ewing at Creighton
Prague at David City
Dodge at West Point-Beemer

C2 vs. C2
Wakefield at Emerson-Hubbard

C2 vs. D1
Oakland-Craig at Bancroft-Rosalie
Palmyra at Sterling
Orchard at Plainview
Bruning-Davenport at Thayer Central
Meridian at Deshler
High Plains Community at Shelby

C2 vs. D2
Chambers at Burwell
Fullerton at St. Edward
Osmond at Allen
Wynot at Ponca
Hampton at Heartland

D1 vs. D1
Lawrence-Nelson at McCool Junction
Alma at Elwood

D1 vs. D2
Heartland Lutheran at Ansley
Eustis-Farnam at Brady
Osceola Lindsay Holy Family
Pope John Elgin
Rock County Loup County
Winside at Lynch

D2 vs. D2
Clearwater at Wausa

Class A teams not listed:
Columbus, Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln East, North Platte, Omaha Central, Omaha Northwest

Class B teams not listed:
Alliance, Aurora, Gering, Grand Island Northwest, Hastings, Holdrege, Scottsbluff

Class C1 teams not listed:
Adams Central, Ainsworth, Battle Creek, Boone Central, Broken Bow, Centura, Chase County, Cozad, Falls City, Gibbon, Gordon-Rushville, Gothenburg, Kearney Catholic, Lincoln Lutheran, Norfolk Catholic, Perkins County, Pierce, Southern Valley, Tri County, Valentine, Wayne, West Holt

Class C2 teams not listed:
Aquinas, Bayard, Blue Hill, Creek Valley, Diller-Odell, Doniphan-Trumbull,Elkhorn Valley, Elm Creek, Exeter-Milligan, Franklin, Grand Island Central Catholic, Hartingtoton Cedar Catholic, Hemingford, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer, Laurel-Concord, Loup City, Lourdes Central Catholic, Lyons-Decatur Northeast, Malcolm, Morrill, Omaha Christian Academy, Pender. Randolph, Ravenna, Sandy Creek, Southern, Southwest, Stanton, Sutton, Weeping Water, Wilcox-Hildreth, Winnebago

Class D1 teams not listed:
Amherst, Anselmo-Merna, Callaway, Cedar Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Clarkson, College View Academy, Dorchester, DundyCounty, Harvard, Hayes Center, Hitchcock County, Humphrey, Humphrey St. Francis, Leyton, Loomis, Maxwell, Medicine Valley, Nebraska Lutheran, Nemaha Valley, Overton, Palmer, Pawnee City, Pleasanton, Silver Lake, Staurt, Walthill, Wauneta-Palisade

Class D2 teams not listed:
Arcadia, Arnold, Arthur County, Banner County, Bertrand, Bloomfield, Butte, Clay Center, Cody-Kilgore, Coleridge, Elba, Falls City Sacred Heart, Giltner, Greeley-Wolbach, Hay Springs, Hyannis, Kenesaw, Keya Paha County, Lewiston,Litchfield, McPherson County, Mullen, Newcastle, Niobrara, Parkview Christian, Paxton, Potter-Dix, Rising City, Sandhills, Santee, Sargent, Shickley, Sioux County, South Platte, Southeast NE Consolidated, Spalding/Spalding Academy, Spencer-Naper, Stapleton, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, Thedford, Verdigre, Wallace, Wheeler Central

In addition, I think Kenesaw is playing Sutton at Hastings College on November 28.

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