1000 Yard Guy by Bobby Mills http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/ en-us 2018 Boys State Tournament Rebounding Leaders http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/71010 Here are the Top 10 Rebounders in each class of the 2018 Boys State Tournament. We have a couple of double-double guys here in Brady Heiman of Platteview, Wes Dreamer-Elmwood-Murdock and Keaton Timmerman of Osmond. Class A ………………………………………………………..Rebs/Ave Jordan Janssen-Lincoln... Tue, 06 Mar 2018 23:42:12 -0600 2018 Boys State Tournament Scoring Leaders http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/71007 Here are the Top 10 scorers in each class of the 2018 Boys State Tournament. Up next will be the top rebounders. Class A ………………………………………………………....Pts...Ave Kanon Koster-Kearney………....……….…..………544..(22.7) Kyle Perry-Millard... Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:47:50 -0600 The Nebraska High School All-State Basketball Project - Saluting 2001 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70900 Here is our usual review of State Basketball Tournaments and All-State teams. This time it’s 2001. *2001* *Class D-2:* Tournament Qualifiers: McPherson County (Alan Miller); Waterloo (Ron Michael); Greeley (Dennis Hurlburt); Ewing (Craig Appleby); Shickley(Dan Sorge); Sterling (Stan Karr); Lindsay Holy Family (Russ Schumacher); Lodgepole (Tom Weber). Quarterfinals: (22-2) Ewing 64, McPherson County 50 (7-7) (20-2) Waterloo 64, Lindsay... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:27:37 -0600 The 2018 Heartland Hoops Classic is the best ever. http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70849 Heartland Hoops Classic creator Tino Martinez does his homework every year, attempting to piece together the perfect day of marquee matchups for Nebraska prep basketball’s top day of hoops. Every single one of the previous 10 years of Heartland Hoops Classics has been an outstanding lineup of top notch basketball matchups, but this year GICC Coach Tino Martinez has hit the ultimate home run in fashioning this Saturday’s day of terrific high school basketball. Jackpot... Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:24:33 -0600 The Nebraska High School All-State Basketball Project - Saluting 2000. http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70671 The year 2000 featured a rare fact. A pair of graduates from the same class were assistant coaches for State Championship teams. My son Rob Micek and Brett Zavala, both Grand Island high Class of ‘96 grads shared the spotlight. Rob was, and still is, an assistant coach for Grand Island Central Catholic, and Brett Zavala was an assistant for Lincoln Pius X in 2000. *2000* *Class D-2:* Tournament Qualifiers: Butte (Russ Lechtenberg); Chester-Hubbell-Byron (Jeff... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:32:23 -0600 The Nebraska High School All-State Basketball Project - Saluting 1999 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70608 I wanted to add a new feature this time around. It caught my attention that there were head coaches in this State Tournament I easily recognized, but at different schools than most fans remember them being associated with back in the day. We’ll list each qualifier and their head coach in each class.. 1999 *Class D-2:* Tournament Qualifiers: Ansley (Mike Sorensen); Banner County (Jack Cochran); Chester-Hubbell-Byron (Brian Regelin); Dodge (Jim Daro); Lindsay Holy Family (Russ... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 19:06:42 -0600 Who was the Best Ever Class A Running Back in Outstate Nebraska? http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70577 Here we go with the follow up article to the Omaha Metro version I published yesterday. In the “Outstate” version, I will include all the Class A Lincoln schools, Lincoln NE, Lincoln SE, Lincoln High, Lincoln East, Lincoln North Star, Lincoln Southwest and Pius X, plus Columbus, Fremont, Norfolk, Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte and former Class A schools Alliance, Beatrice, Gering, Hastings, Lexington, McCook and Scottsbluff.. I feel it is necessary to include... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 19:54:15 -0600 Who was the Omaha Metro area's finest Class A running back in history? http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70574 Ah yes, that proverbial question. Who was the best Class A prep running back in the Omaha area ever hit the gridiron? The argument will never end for the simple reason the old guard has seen ‘em come and go over the years, the Millennials have witnessed a group of backs over the past couple of decades, and the current high school players simply haven’t lived long enough to see much over a decade of high school football. I’ll let you be the judge by simply... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 11:33:01 -0600 The Nebraska High School All-State Basketball Project - Saluting 1998 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70546 Two highlights that stand out in my mind were Filley winning a State Championship in their final year of existence and Lincoln Northeast coaching legend Rick Collura winning his 4th consecutive Class A basketball title, then calling it a career. *Class D-2:* Quarterfinals: (16-5) Trenton 69, Butte 56 (22-2) (20-2) Filley 82, Brady 59 (18-5) (22-1) Loomis 60, Omaha Christian Academy 43 (11-8) (19-4) Bruning 77, Silver Creek 61... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 23:56:04 -0600 The Nebraska High School All-State Basketball Project - Saluting 1997 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70514 *This was the first year the Wild Card system was implemented in Nebraska basketball. Chadron took full advantage of the new format by claiming the Class B state championship as a wild card entry. The Wild card system, although a different format now, is still used in determining what teams qualify for the State basketball tournament. *Class D-2:* Quarterfinals: (22-0) Shickley 67, Nebraska City Lourdes 39 (9-11) (14-5) Litchfield 61, Lodgepole 32 (15-6) (16-7) Dodge 61,... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:22:03 -0600 2017 Bobby Mills 1000 Yard Club - 43rd Version http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70478 *There were 97 prep backs that surpassed the thousand yard rushing mark in 2017. *57 seniors, 32 juniors and 8 sophomores reached are included in the 43rd version of the Bobby Mills 1000 Yard Club. *Moses Bryant became only the 4th back in history to rush for a 1000 yards all four years in high school, and only the second ever 11-Man player to accomplish the rare feat. *Jacob Johnson of Fairbury, Dylan Kautz of Norfolk Catholic and 6-Man player AJ... Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:08:17 -0600 1000 Yard Guy's 2017 All-State Football Teams http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70447 One of my favorite times of the high school football season is choosing my All-State teams. This season seemed more difficult for some reason. So many deserving players. But sitting here with a broken right collarbone, a dislocated left shoulder and a compression fracture of a vertebrae on the right side of my back, caused me to think a little bit about being so strict on the number of players for each team. In my way normal of thinking, an 11-Man All-State offensive football team... Sun, 03 Dec 2017 14:22:47 -0600 A Look Inside the Class C-1, State Championship Matchup http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70372 Norfolk Catholic (12-0) vs. Boone Central/Newman Grove (10-2) Tuesday, November 21st, 10:15 pm, Memorial Stadium, Lincoln Ne. Most recent starting lineups. (Please realize, there is a margin for error due to injuries and changes for certain games/situations) Norfolk Catholic Offense…………………Norfolk Catholic Defense QB-Nate Brungardt - 5-11,145, So………FS-Evan Smith - 6-1,180,... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:39:45 -0600 A Look Inside the Class D-1, 8-Man State Championship Matchup http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70364 South Loup (12-0) vs. East Butler (10-2) Monday, November 20th, 10:15 pm, Memorial Stadium, Lincoln Ne. Most recent starting lineups. (Please realize, there is a margin for error due to injuries and changes for certain games/situations) East Butler Offense…………………………..East Butler Defense QB-Dalton Bohac - 5-10, 160, Sr……...DB-Carter Stara - 5-9, 155, Sr. RB-Riley Spatz - 5-7, 150,... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:50:06 -0600 A Look Inside the Class D-2, 8-Man State Championship Matchup http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70360 Blue Hill (12-0) vs. Bruning-Davenport-Shickley (12-0) Monday, November 20th, 2:45 pm, Memorial Stadium, Lincoln Ne. Most recent starting lineups. (Please realize, there is a margin for error due to injuries and changes for certain games/situations) Blue Hill Offense……………………………….Blue Hill Defense QB-John Rouse - 5-9, 165, Sr………....NG-Trent Kort... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:58:10 -0600 BDS dominates Falls City Sacred Heart in D-2 semifinal, 50-16. http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70336 SHICKLEY - If you think most high school football coaches forget about a season ending loss and just move forward to the next year, boy do you have a rude awakening coming your way. Not only did BDS co-coaches Mark Rotter and Chris Ardissono not forget last year’s last second 16-12 semifinal loss to Falls City Sacred Heart, they started planning how to reverse the heartbreak when the snow was flying way back in February of this year. In fact, in an post game interview with Lincoln... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:07:05 -0600 Last second Field Goal lifts Kearney past Creighton Prep http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70322 KEARNEY - It was the culmination of a picture perfect, final drive of a game that had everything at stake. With just two seconds showing on the Foster Field clock, Kearney high junior Gabe Heins split the uprights for the game winning 24 yard field goal, giving the Bearcats a come from behind 25-23 win over Creighton Prep and a ticket to the 2017 Class A State Championship game. The win over Prep, the undefeated Bearcats second in the last 30 days, sets up a date with Omaha North a week... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 02:11:21 -0600 Late Field Goal lifts Blue Hill past Twin Loup, 37-34 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70303 BLUE HILL - Here’s a quick news flash. Blue Hill is better than you think. The undefeated Bobcats shot out to a 27-13 halftime lead, buoyed by a 20 point second quarter, then withstood a furious 2nd half comeback by Twin Loup to take a 37-34 quarterfinal win over the unbeaten Wolves. It seemed like a tale of two halves, Blue Hill owning the opening 24 minutes, then Twin Loup coming out on fire after halftime to control most the last 24 minutes. But there were little story lines in... Wed, 08 Nov 2017 01:38:07 -0600 Week Eleven Friday Night Lights Playoff Heroes - Part 2 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70287 *Quinten Moles (RB) - Bloomfield - The remarkable senior RB must not have like the way the Bees played against Randolph the first time around this season, leading only 12-8 at the half. Moles made sure there was no replay button in this meeting with Cardinals, bolting for 171 yards and 4 touchdowns…..in the first quarter. Less than a minute into the game, Moles went 30 yards for a TD, then proceeded to add scoring runs of 49, 18 and 59 yards, giving Bloomfield a 28-0 lead... Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:47:33 -0600 Week Eleven Friday Night Lights Playoff Heroes - Part 1 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70279 **Most Touchdowns Career-11-Man football (105)** **Most Rushing Yards-Career- Class B (5,392)** *Moses Bryant (ATH) - Elkhorn South - Football folks, I’m close to running out of words to say about this extraordinary young man. The only bittersweet fact about Moses Bryant is the fact he has only two more more games, at most, before he calls it a career at Elkhorn South. In the Storm’s 38-13 quarterfinal win over Elkhorn, Moses rushed for 128 yards on 23 carries and scored... Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:37:28 -0600