Perkins County and Wallace have forfeited their eight-man football games this week because they lack enough healthy players .

Perkins County was to have hosted Morrill in the Plainsmen’s homecoming game Friday. The school’s website said there will be a pep rally at 6 p.m. MDT Friday. The Plainsmen have only nine healthy players available.

A traditional football power with eight state playoff titles between 1975 and 1990, the Plainsmen were in the Eight Man-1 quarterfinals last season. But this year they had more boys go out for cross country than football.

Wallace, which is 31 miles — and the next school — east of Grant on Nebraska 23, was to have visited Sandhills/Thedford on Thursday, but couldn’t finish its 51-0 loss to Brady last week because of injuries. The Wildcats started that game with 11 available players.

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Larsen to coach Crete

Longtime Lincoln Southeast girls basketball coach John Larsen will be back on the bench at Crete.

Larsen coached the Knights for 31 years through 2011 and compiled 560 wins, fifth on the state’s all-time victory list for girls basketball. That included 29 consecutive winning seasons, 25 straight state tournament appearances and nine state championships.

Since leaving high school coaching, most recently he was an assistant football coach at Nebraska Wesleyan. Larsen said he has given Crete a two-year commitment. Crete sought a coach after Southeast hired Isaiah Dell.

Stick receives honor

Former Creighton Prep quarterback Easton Stick has been selected to the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works team.

Stick, who starts for North Dakota State, was honored while making a visit at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo. He was cited for his ongoing commitment to kids through his many visits at area hospitals and schools.

Of the 169 nominees for the award, 22 players were chosen.

The award celebrates student-athletes for their commitment to making a lasting impact off the field.

Nebraska defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun also was named to the team, which will be honored at halftime of the 2019 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

Halls of fame

Recent inductees into high school halls of fame:

Grand Island football: Lester McDonald (1933), Dennis Baker (1974), Clark Toner (1980), Craig Geren (1988), Dusty Stamer (2000), Sam Foltz (2012), 1936 mythical state championship team, Greg Uhrmacher (coach), Dr. John Cannella (contributor)

Kearney: Mitch May (1988), Monte Christo (1994), Robin Ramey Zafft (1994), 1996 boys track team, Gloria Mitchell (coach), Tim Higgins (meritorious service)

Fremont Bergan: Wes Eikmeier (2008), John Tharp (contributor), 2008 boys basketball team

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