ASHLAND, Neb. — The sun had just risen over the Platte River and the summer heat was starting to replace the morning air as five star football players waited in a boxing arena that was built during the Great Depression but looks as if it has been there for centuries.
In their heyday, Omaha Central had its Is and Millard North its Qs. Now it’s Bellevue West’s WRs that command the alphabet of high school football in the state.
Bellevue West expects to win its second state championship in three years.
Chucky Hepburn has one weekend left of summer basketball before he embarks on his junior year of high school.
Fewer than two weeks after their official hire at Nebraska, Will Bolt and his staff have landed their first commitment. Former Bellevue West pitcher Cade Povich became the first player to pledge to the new NU baseball coaches Friday afternoon following a tour of the facilities.
Nate Sullivan — a 6-foot-3, 185-pound wide receiver at Bellevue West — announced his commitment to South Dakota State on Friday.
Keagan Johnson started at cornerback last season for Bellevue West, and he used that experience to boost his confidence throughout the June camp season.
Ducker rushed for 1,813 yards on 254 carries in 2018, good for an average of 7.1 yards per attempt.
The Omaha Locker Room football camp series came to an end Tuesday with the High School Jamboree at Omaha Westside.
The state’s highest-rated football prospect didn’t recognize the number, but the man on the other end of Zavier Betts’ cellphone delivered historic news. The Bellevue West receiver, a national top-100 recruit committed to Nebraska, was getting an invite to the finals of the Nike Opening camp.
After Hoiberg was hired by Nebraska, there was some uncertainty with where Hepburn's offer stood. But that concern has been alleviated.
Jay Ducker currently has scholarship offers from Purdue, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Northern Iowa.
Millard South took the suspense out of Saturday’s game against Bellevue West in the first inning.
Nate Sullivan may not be the first wide receiver that comes to mind on Bellevue West's football team. But Sullivan is making a case that he belongs among a loaded class of in-state receivers.
Three-time defending state champion Omaha Creighton Prep defeated Bellevue West 8-3 on Saturday in the season opener for both schools.
LINCOLN — Omaha Central coach Eric Behrens said his team was ready to go Friday night.
A visit with the head man of the top-ranked Thunderbirds on the eve of another state tournament reveals a coach who still loves the high school game.
LINCOLN — Bellevue West and Papillion-La Vista South each had a good half and a bad half Thursday.
Chucky Hepburn introduced himself to the state tournament audience last season, leading Bellevue West to a runner-up finish as a freshman.
Every year, the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame honors Great Moments in High School Sports. For basketball, those include Lincoln East’s “Miracle on Vine Street” finish in 1971, Wahoo’s “Richter Roar” Class B final against Lincoln Pius X in 1989, Andre Woolridge’s “Nifty Fifty” game for Omaha Benson in 1992 and Winnebago’s run to a state title in 2015.
The story and the facts are still unfolding. But this was an alarming reminder for parents of what teenagers have access to on their smart phones and the decisions they make. It’s another reality check for coaches, too. Tom Osborne never had to deal with this. But now coaches like Scott Frost have to be on top of these things and figure out disciplinary measures for things kids do with phones.
Andre Woolridge, Angee Henry Nott, Brad Hildebrandt and the undefeated 1989 Millard South boys basketball team have been selected to the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame.
David Nuor scored 37 points — total — his first two varsity seasons for Bellevue West. But coach Doug Woodard had a feeling Nuor could be a viable scoring option for the Thunderbirds this season. He’s been right.
After scoring the final five points in a 69-66 win over fifth-ranked Omaha Creighton Prep a night earlier, Chucky Hepburn scored 21 in the second half Saturday to help top-ranked Bellevue West avoid an upset.
Bellevue West sophomore Chucky Hepburn banked in a go-ahead 3-pointer and then sealed the No. 1 Thunderbirds’ 69-66 victory Friday night over Omaha Creighton Prep with a dunk at the buzzer.
Bellevue West senior Nico Felici is having his best season for the T-Birds and garnering interest as a recruit.