Football coach Mark Wortman had plenty of well-wishers Friday night after his 300th career victory at Elkhorn.
“A bunch of players from years gone by lined up on the field after the game,” Wortman said. “From my first team, Scott Benham was there. And his three brothers. Three Gragerts. Two Ringenbergs. A whole onslaught. It was neat to see and I had no idea all of them were coming.
“I'm glad we won. I don't know if they would have come back another week.”
It took the Antlers two tries to get Wortman his milestone. After losing 23-0 to still-undefeated Omaha Skutt, they came back with a 30-2 home victory against Plattsmouth.
“We played pretty well. Our first drive was 17 plays and a touchdown, the second drive 11 plays and a touchdown and the third drive 13 plays and a touchdown,” Wortman said. “It was a little more consistency in our offense, which is what we've been known for.
“We're getting better. Plattsmouth is not a bad team and we felt good about the win.”
Elkhorn, which visits Columbus on Friday night, is 2-2 after starting the year at No. 1 in the preseason Class B ratings as the defending state champion but with few returning starters. The Antlers' losses have been to Waverly 20-12 in the season opener and to Skutt, resulting in Elkhorn not being ranked for the past two weeks.
“I'm hoping we can get on a roll,” Wortman said. “I think this is a team that has potential. We've sputtered and shot ourselves in the foot several times. We have a couple good running backs and Ben Hass is getting better at quarterback. Our defense has played well all year.”
Wortman, a Northern Colorado graduate from Lexington, is 300-60 (.833) at Elkhorn. He's the fastest in Nebraska to get to 300 wins. Others with 300 are retired Omaha Creighton Prep coach Tom Jaworski with 342, retired Lawrence-Nelson coach Gary DeBoer with 319 and current Hastings St. Cecilia coach Carl Tesmer with 301.
“Three hundred means I've had a very supportive community and coaching staff to be here that long,” Wortman said. “Elkhorn has been a great place to raise my kids and it's been a piece of heaven for us.”
Islanders lose Cahoy to second concussion
Steven Cahoy of Grand Island, last year's gold medalist in the pole vault, will miss the rest of football season after the senior quarterback got knocked out during last week's 27-17 loss to Norfolk.
Islander coach Jeff Tomlin said Cahoy was unconscious on the field for about 45 seconds after getting hurt while carrying the ball in the fourth quarter. Cahoy was transported to the hospital and was released Saturday afternoon.
Tomlin said because it was Cahoy's second concussion of the season — Cahoy apparently sustained a minor one two weeks earlier in the Lincoln Southwest game — four weeks was the soonest the quarterback could return.
“He has a good future in track and we're not about to jeopardize his health or that,” Tomlin said.
Trevor Wojtalewicz will start for the Islanders when they visit rival Kearney on Friday night.
In other injury news:
» Millard West's struggling offense lost sophomore Jake Kistaitis when the starting quarterback got hurt on the first play of last week's 19-0 loss to Millard South. Zach Johnson, a junior, finished the game. Kistaitis helped the Wildcats (1-3) beat Omaha Burke for their only win.
» Cross County is the first team this year unable to field enough players for a game. Coach Ty Twarling told The World-Herald News Service last week that he had only seven players cleared for the Cougars' game at West Point Guardian Angels, which opted to have the game count as a cancellation. Twarling said injuries have decimated the roster but hopes to have enough healthy bodies to play Friday night's homecoming game against Shelby-Rising City.
Marian adds four to hall of fame
Former World-Herald girls athlete of the year Laura Spanheimer Dechant joined Jennie Matt, Ronda Motykowski and retired coach Faye Ford as this year's honorees in the Omaha Marian athletic hall of fame.
Dechant (2001) was the Class A state cross country champion as a senior who also played on two state champion teams in basketball and ran on two title teams in cross country. Matt (1986) was the state's Gatorade girls basketball player of the year as a senior, a starter on the 1985 state champion basketball teams and was the leading scorer for the Crusaders in soccer. Motykowski (1980) was a three-sport standout who still holds the school record in the discus. Ford coached three state championship teams in golf and two in soccer.
Also honored were patrons Phil and Jeanine McKeone of Daedalus Construction and the state champion 2001 soccer team that set a national record with 21 consecutive shutouts.
Metro basketball clinics under way
Nebraska's Tim Miles and the Creighton men's basketball staff will be speakers at the Metro Basketball Coaches Association fall clinics, which got under way Tuesday with UNO's Derrin Hansen and Central Missouri women's coach Dave Slifer.
Miles and Northwest Missouri State women's coach Mark Kellogg will speak Sept. 26. South Dakota women's coach Amy Williams and the Bluejays' coaches are scheduled for Oct. 10. Both clinics are at D.J.'s Dugout in Miracle Hill Plaza.
The Oct. 3 clinic with Butler assistant Matthew Graves will be at the Omaha Sports Academy.
— Stu Pospisil