Doane parts ways with hoops coach Weeks


Doane College announced Monday that Jim Weeks is no longer the men's basketball coach.

Doane hired Weeks, a former coach at Beatrice, in March 2012. The Tigers' season came to a close this past weekend with a 10-20 record.

Weeks' best season was his first, when the Tigers went 21-10. He was 1316 the next year and 9-21 last season.

He is a 1985 graduate of Doane and said it was probably the only college job he'd consider.

Athletic Director Jill McCartney said she couldn't comment on Weeks' departure beyond what was issued in a school release.

"We wish Coach Weeks the best in his future endeavors and thank him for the dedication and leadership he provided the young men in our basketball program," she said in the release.

Weeks didn't return a call to The World-Herald.

Weeks was one of the most successful high school coaches in Class B. His Beatrice teams qualified for state 15 of his 17 years.

His 24-year career record of 441-152 included state titles in 1998, 2005 and 2008, three runner-up finishes and 13 trips to the state semifinals.

The search for a new coach will commence immediately with assistant coach Ian McKeithen serving as interim head coach.

McKeithen came to the Tigers in the summer of 2015 after serving as head coach at Benedictine University-Springfield, which announced that the 2014-15 season would be the last for its athletics programs.

During his tenure, McKeithen guided the Bulldogs from six wins in his first season to double-figure victories in each of the last two years. In 2014-15, the team posted a school-record 10 conference wins.

Bruins will host conference tourney

The Bellevue University men's basketball team hosts the first round of the North Star Athletic Association Tournament on Thursday. The second-seeded Bruins take on seventh-seed Mayville State at 7 p.m. at the Gordon Lozier Athletic Center.

Bellevue (20-10, 7-3) claimed a share of its seventh straight conference regular-season championship last weekend. The Bruins have won eight of their last 11 games and are ranked No. 23 in NAIA Division II.

In other basketball news:

The University of Nebraska at Kearney swept the MIAA player of the week honors. Senior Connor Beranek of Ravenna notched his eighth double-double with 29 points and 11 rebounds in a key regional win over Lindenwood on Saturday. For the week, he averaged 31.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 66 percent from the floor and 95 percent from the foul line.

Guard Laramey Becker — on senior day — tied her career high of 33 points in a win over Lindenwood. For the week, the senior from Trenton averaged 26.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

Senior guard Sadie Murren scored a game-high 20 points in her final regular-season home game to lead the Wayne State women to a 73-49 win over Upper Iowa. The Wildcats (16-11, 13-9) will host Mary in a first-round league tournament game at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Wildcat men (5-23, 3-19) travel to MSU Moorhead on Wednesday.

The No. 18 Western Nebraska women secured the No. 1 seed for the Region IX South Division by finishing conference play 11-1. The Cougars (23-3) will have a first-round bye in the regional tournament that begins March 1 at Gillette College. WNCC finishes the regular season Tuesday at No. 10 Casper College.

The men's Region IX tournament begins Saturday with eight first-round games played at home sites. North Platte, fourth in the Region IX South standings at 8-7, finishes the regular season Tuesday at No. 8 McCook.

Peru State built a 25-point lead at halftime and went on to beat Avila 94-58 to stay in contention for the Heart of America regular-season title. The Bobcats (19-9, 15-5) are tied for second with William Penn, one game behind leader MidAmerica Nazarene. The Bobcats assured themselves of at least one home game in the postseason.

Bulldogs win North qualifier

The No. 7 Concordia wrestling team flexed its muscles again at the NAIA North National Qualifier. Nine days after locking up their second-straight GPAC dual title, the Bulldogs polished off a second straight qualifier championship with 169 team points.

Matt Atwood (184), Ceron Francisco (285), Jr Lule (157) and Andrew Schulte (141) claimed individual North titles and eight Bulldogs earned automatic national tournament bids.

"Overall, we wrestled well. We started off hot," said Concordia's Dana Vote, named the North's coach of the year. "There were a couple other guys on the verge of getting through that I thought we had a really good chance at. We hit a couple stretches where we had some tough matches, but I think overall we wrestled pretty well."

Lule claimed his first NAIA North title by winning all four of his bouts by technical fall. Atwood has blazed to a 25-5 record in his only season at Concordia.

In other wrestling news:

York College's Jack Murphy won the 197-pound title at the NAIA South Qualifier and earned the outstanding wrestler award. William Fox (149) and Nicholas Meck (174) also won titles.

Doane sweeps track titles again

Doane swept the GPAC indoor men's and women's track and field titles for the eighth time in 10 years.

Last weekend, the Tigers showed their balance, collecting 70 all-conference performances.

Kale Wolken was named the GPAC male athlete of the year after placing in four events, including wins in the heptathlon and 60-meter hurdles. Breanna Fye and Paige Hervert placed in four events.

Concordia's Kim Wood was the female outstanding athlete.

"Each time out, the athletes continue to impress me," Doane coach Ed Fye said. "Just when you think you have seen their best efforts, which are already really good, they find that next level to step up for their team. They continue to make this one of the best coaching positions to have because they work so hard for each other."

In other track news:

The Iowa Western men and women finished second at the Region XI indoor championships last weekend.

Chadron State's Stachia Reuwsaat earned the RMAC's indoor field athlete of the week award following a big performance at the Joe Davies Open in Golden, Colorado, last weekend.

Reuwsaat leaped 20 feet, 8 inches, narrowly missing her nation-leading mark. Reuwsaat will be the top-seeded long jumper at the RMAC championships on Friday and Saturday in Chadron.

Chadron's Damarcus Simpson jumped into second place in Division II in the long jump with a personal best 25-4 3/4 and also was honored by the conference.

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