Omaha Benson is back in the win column after a 10-game skid that was the longest active in Class A football.
The Bunnies’ 32-20 victory at Omaha Northwest was their first — and the first for second-year coach Tony Kobza — since defeating Omaha South to end the 2011 regular season. Jayden Swensen tied a school record with five touchdown passes. Tremayne Ross, who sat out the opening 48-0 loss to Omaha North because of an injury, came back with three touchdown catches — the first on the opening play from scrimmage.
Tethloach Kueth had a team-high 10 tackles and Mikel’l Bennett nine.
Kobza said the Bunnies will be playing at least a few weeks more without their leading tackler from 2012, Adriece Hearns. The junior middle linebacker was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he had an overnight stay, after suffering an apparent concussion in the loss to North. Hearns has been back at practice.
With Benson’s win, Lincoln High’s seven-game losing streak is now the longest in Class A. Benson hosts new No. 6 Bellevue West on Friday.
Ainsworth skid ended at 29
Ainsworth’s senior class celebrated its first varsity football win in the Bulldogs’ season opener on Aug. 30, a 14-13 win over Gordon-Rushville as James Worden ran for both Ainsworth touchdowns.
The Bulldogs’ 29-game skid dated to September 2009. A winning streak, however, didn’t materialize as they lost last Friday to West Holt 33-0.
State hall of fame on Sunday
The Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation’s 20th induction ceremony is Sunday at the Lied Center in Lincoln. Doors open at noon, with the program beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students through high school. Preschool children are admitted free. Tickets can be ordered through the Nebraska Sports Council at 402-471-2544 or email@example.com.
The 2013 induction class includes 10 athletes, four coaches, two contributors and an official: athletes Nicole Kubik, Matt Davison, Kelly Cizek, Reggie Smith, Bill Hawkins, Michele Kush, John Sherlock, Donna Chvatal, Leigh Suhr and Terry Williams; coaches John Faiman, Tom McCann, Gene Suhr and Dennis Troester; official Darrell Lenz; and contributors Dick Christie and Jack Payne.
GICC’s Allen passes record
Alex Allen broke the Class C-1 single-game record for passing yardage in Grand Island Central Catholic’s 54-19 win over Minden, but his exact yardage is being reviewed.
GICC statistics show him completing 26 of 33 passes for 469 yards. Buck Mahoney, the longtime Kearney Hub sports editor, showed Allen going 24 of 30 for 435 yards. In any event, the previous record of 381 yards was easily toppled while Allen also tied the C-1 record with six touchdown passes.
Power index for Class A golf
To seed its districts, the Nebraska School Activities Association in girls golf uses scoring differentials in its ranking system. While the NSAA isn’t posting the numbers on its website, a Class A coach sent an email with the rankings as of last Wednesday.
Grand Island was nearly 19 strokes better than second place Millard North. Others in the top five were Lincoln Pius X, Papillion-La Vista and Lincoln Southeast.
Cage clinics start Sept. 18
Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt is the first speaker in the annual Metro Basketball Coaches Association fall clinic series. The four weeks of Wednesday night sessions at DJ’s Dugout, 114th Street north of West Dodge Road, begin Sept. 18 with Shyatt.
MBCA President Tom Krehbiel of Boys Town said the fee for the clinics and membership in the association is $45. Payments will be accepted at the door.
Sept. 25: Jim Flanery, Creighton women; Andrew Hudy, Kansas strength and conditioning coach. Oct. 2: Don Hughes, head coach, San Antonio (WNBA); Michael Smith, Northwest Missouri State women. Oct. 9: Patrick Sellers, Creighton men’s assistant; Brad Autry, Marquette men’s assistant.
Around the state
» Next Monday’s football ratings will reflect Broken Bow’s 14-13 win over Ogallala. The score initially was reported as Ogallala winning, thus Ogallala rose from 10th to eighth in Class C-1.
» The weather delay in North Platte St. Patrick’s 28-14 win at Bridgeport was longer than originally reported. Irish assistant Brent Aufdenkamp wrote Monday that the delay was a little more than three hours, with the game ending at 12:23 a.m. Central time. The team bus arrived in North Platte about 4:20 Saturday morning.
» Omaha Westside running back Lane Yates, who was hurt late in the Warriors’ 14-7 win over Omaha Creighton Prep, has a badly sprained ankle, but it’s not fractured and he is week to week on his availability, coach Brett Froendt said.
» Columbus Lakeview ended the night for its first team early in the second quarter — after getting a touchdown following a 56-point first quarter — in a 77-6 home win over Fairbury. Are the 56 points a modern record for one quarter in 11-man ball? Let us know. The Vikings did not break their single-game record, however, of 88 points in a shutout of Bennington in 1970.