Thursday, December 15, 2005

Class B breakdown

This post at Rivals does an excellent job of running down the Class B boys so far. It's worth a read (even if some of the responses aren't).

Jesse Carr and the number 68

The big prep basketball news of the week was Jesse Carr of Ainsworth going off for 68 points in a overtime loss to West Holt. I got a chance to watch Carr, who led the state in assists while averaging 16ppg last year, play this summer. He's one of the best ball handlers in the state reguardless of class. His game has an element of the street-- the push-pull dribble, the sudden change of pace, the hop-- that would seem impossible growing up in Ainswoth, Nebraska. His dad was the coach in Ainsworth in the1990's according to the Wierd Herald.

Oh yea, he's just a sophomore.

Check out the OWH story through the link above. Two West Holt kids became the first Nebraska teammates to score over 40 in the same game.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Recruiting advantages

I know, I know.... Don't use the R word.

But, in the age of school choice how else can you think of trips like the one the Bellevue East girls are taking to California? It's at the bottom of this run-down in the LJS. Coach Scott Jensen says, "We always make these trips an educational experience for our kids while also getting a chance to compete against teams they’ve never seen before."

I say, "Want to see the world, choice into Bell East."

The state's small colleges have been using such basketball trips to Florida, California, and Hawaii, as recruiting boosters for years and years. Anyone know how they pay for these trips? Fund-raisers? Booster club?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Ratings update

I understand why the papers don't update their ratings until after Christmas; there is a lot we don't know about teams that we will have a better idea about in January. That doesn't mean we can't a look at the ratings as we work through December.

Today, Class A Boys:
Team rec. best win loss
1. Bellevue West 2-0 Southeast
2. Lincoln SE 1-1 Westside Bellevue West
3. Lincoln NE 2-0 Omaha North
4. Om. Bryan 1-1 North Star CB T Jefferson
5. Om. Central 2-0 Millard West
6. Lin. N. Star 1-1 Omaha South Bryan
7. Om. Cre. Prep 2-0 Papillion
8. Grand Island 2-0 Norfolk
9. Lincoln East 2-0 Westside
10. Mill. North 1-1 Northwest Grand Island

Oklahoma Playoffs on Hold

This makes the 1.35 multiplier controversy look like child's play. The Oklahoma State Football Playoffs have been delayed because of a court order. The semifinals in at least one class have been delayed two weeks because a family has protested a state association decision to enforce a two-game suspension against a quarterback. Read the details here.

Monday, December 05, 2005

All-State Letter Jackets

The OWH's All-Nebraska team looked great in their letter jackets Sunday. I was surprised to see so many letter jackets as it seems they've been out of style for a while. That's a tradition I'd love to see make a come back. Here's the offense. And the defense.

Here's to more letter jackets all over the state.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Pre-season ratings

I can't find the link to the LJS ratings on their site, but this post at HuskerLandPreps gives the ratings and Ryly Jane's run down of each class. Some better-than-usual-ratings-patter here, including a run-down of all the transfers in class A.

Here are Stu's boys ratings from the OWH. I wish it were easier to access his ratings column along with the ratings themselves, but the OWH High School Sports Zone has come together to be bookmark-worthy. It was very awkward when it first started, but now is a nice archive of a season's worth of stories, scores and ratings. Wish they would archive past years, but the OWH has come a long way from its Internet-hating self in 1997 to a top-flight newspaper web site today.

My comments: I like Ravenna in the all-class top ten. Having watched them play Class A and B athletes this summer, I'm comfortable with them even as high as #6. Then we'll talk after January 28th.

Both have Southeast as the top Star City team. I like Northeast, who LJS has behind North Star. I like Grand Island as the top (non-Ravenna) out-state team, but like Keareny better than Columbus.

In B I like Holdrege almost enough to move them ahead of Beatrice, almost. I don't buy into Blair as a #3 or #5 team; let's let them prove it before we elevate them. Stu continues to send love to Hastings, rating the Tigers #9, while they don't get mention in Ryly Jane's top 15. I'm sideing with RJ for now. Lots of starters returning, but who's going to score?

In C1 GICC and Aquinas's drops to C2 open some spots, but I think LJS has Twin River a little high just on Mitch Moore's shoulders. I like St. Paul better than AC in the LouPlatte. Syracuse caught a little magic last year; sometimes you can't get that back even with three starters and a sixth man.

C2: Ravenna. Their game at GICC tonight will be a great barometer of the level of competition the Jays will face in their march to a repeat.

No time for D today, except to say I was surprised to see Exeter-Milligan beat even a football-hungover Bruning-Davenport.

Off and running

A normal low-traffic Thursday night of games kicked off the basketball season. A couple boys scores that caught my eye:

Bellevue West over Lincoln Southeast. Could the season begin and end with this match-up? Antoine Young, the sophomore point guard from Bell West scored 29 in his first start as the T-Birds soilidified their favorite status 88-74. Here are the OWH and the LJS articles on the games. 88-74? It really is 1970s retro!

Omaha Bryan handles North Star, 77-50. Ouch. Coach Q doesn't sound happy. That's a surprising score even knowing Derrik Russell is out. What's the story on his knee? Anyone have the scoop?

Cambridge 52, Hitchcock County 29. Is Vontz out with the hand injury? Someone told me last night he might not play basketball at all. Any truth to this? I also hear he is being recruited by Nebraska for baseball. All-state football and basketball; state champ in golf. And, he's a great baseball player. Call him The Natural.

Harvard 64, Giltner 47. The Cardinals were winless in football, I think. Good to get this season started in a different direction. Wow! Pedro Gabrial had 36! (Scroll down.)

Here's the OWH score page.

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