Sunday, May 31, 2009

Gretna takes second in Class B golf

Gretna, the returning Class B golf champs, had another great performance finishing second in this year's tournament. Jared Gustafson shot a 70 and won the honor of Class B's best player. Gretna is coached by Scott Boehler. Adams Central won Class B by 11 strokes.

John Hurley continues to shine. The O'Neill, Nebraska native helped Texas A & M to the NCAA match play championship by not losing a match.

The Nebraska pregame prayer is one of the most googled entries into this site. I thought I would republish the prayer so everybody can read.

Football Pre-game Prayer
Dear Lord,
In the battles we go through life
We ask for a chance that's fair
A chance to equal all our strife
A chance to do or dare
And if we win,
Let it be by the code
With faith and honor held high
And if we lose,
Let us stand by the road
And cheer as the winners go by.
Day by day
We get better and better
A team that can't be beat
Won't be beat.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Holdrege's Killough wins all class gold medal

It hasn't happened for a long time! Not since 1983 has a Holdrege athlete won an all class gold medal at the state track meet. Kristin Killough was the best female athlete in the state in the pole vault for 2009. She cleared 11' 6 1/4". Good enough to beat Maggie Maher from Kearney by a 1/4 of an inch; Maher won the all class gold medal last year. Killough becomes only the second girl to win an all class medal. Also, Holdrege's Kellie Fegter was second at this year's state meet in Class B in the pole vault which allowed Holdrege to have a 1-2 punch.

In 1983, Beth Stuart won the gold in the shot put with a throw of 46' 6 1/2". That same year she won the discus with a heave of 149'3". Beth is the only Holdrege athlete to win the gold in two events.

So there have only been two girls to receive the all class gold medal. How many boys have received it from Holdrege. If you answered six, you were correct!

Boys State Track All Class Gold Medals received by Holdrege athletes:
1967 Marv Ayers 180 low hurdles 19.7
1953 Dale Knotek high jump 6'2 1/2"
1978 Todd Brown triple jump 50' 2 1/4" (All time state meet and all time record)
1969 Kirk Yentes shot put 57' 5 1/2"
1948 Ted Lofgren shot put 48' 11 1/4"
1967 Steve Yentes discus 166' 1/2"
1966 Steve Yentes discus 168 3 1/2"

Steve Yentes is the only Holdrege athlete to win two different years.

Loomis' Brian Schukar won the long jump all class gold in 1998 with a leap of 23' 3 1/4". Bertrand's Jim Schaefer had the longest jump in the state in 1963 with a 22'9" effort.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Best Collection of Amazing Basketball Shots Ever!

Orlando lead 2-1. The Cavs are in a little bit of trouble,. Watch this video on amazing golf shots!

Not so briefly!

Joh Hurley hits the ball off the tee as far as most of us would like to be laying two. He is one of the longest hitters in college golf and is now on a mission to become known on a nationally. From O'Neill, Nebraska, not known as the mecca of golf, he now plays for Texas A & M. He will play in a few tournaments in Nebraska this summer but he will be playing to qualify in such events as the US Amateur.

Once upon a time, three years ago, John Hurley was playing in the state Class B tournament. That tournament didn't work out so well as Corey Shield from Holdrege pulled off the big upset. Here are some excerpts from my blog back in May of 2006.

"Cool and calm Corey Shield of Holdrege won the Class B Championship with a 66 today at The Highlands in Lincoln. His final 36 hole total was 139 and he beat John Hurley from O'Neill by one stroke. Hurley ended with a 140. Shield led most of the day by one or two strokes but Hurley's putts put in tie after the 16th hole today. Shield then birdied the 17th hole and Hurley sank a 10 foot putt for a par giving Shield the one stroke lead. On the 18th, Hurley had a big drive but ended in the rough. Both golfers were on the green in two with twenty foot putts. Neither sank their next shots but both parred and Shield ended the winner. Hurley was going after his third straight title. He led by two strokes after the first day and shot a 69 on Wednesday. He will attend Texas A & M on a golf scholarship this fall. Only three strokes out was Brandon Crick from McCook. He ended with a 142. EJ Hamilton and Nathan Jaeger tied for 4th with 149s."

Hurley is now in the Top 200 in college golf. He will be playing in the NCAA Championship tournament next week. He will try to qualify for the Nationwide tournament at Champions Run in Omaha. He will continue to try to get his national ranking up.

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Brian Regan is one of the funniest comedians alive. His experiences with Little League baseball are similar to this writer!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sports at its best!

This writer predicts an upset in American Idol tonight. Kris Allen will win the competition over the more talented Adam Lambert in a very close race! Kris has a huge fan club with the younger girls who can thinks he's "cute".

Gretna goes to State meet by one strokes. Coach Scott Boehler said the winds were 35 MPH.
District Results
Table Creek Golf Course

May 18, 2009

Individual Medalist

1. Dylan Heng – Nebraska City (77)

2. Max Rudder – Norris (77)

3. Mitch JohnsonOmaha Skutt (78)

4. Sam Sullivan – Nebraska City (79)

5. Matt Munro – Omaha Skutt (79)

6. Jared Gustafson – Gretna (80)

7. Grant Cole – Auburn (81)

8. Justin Meyer – Platteview (82)

9. Chase Brion – Gretna (82)

10. Tim Jensen – Syracuse (82)

Team Standings

1. Omaha Skutt – 326

2. Nebraska City – 335

3. Gretna – 345

4. Syracuse – 346

5. Platteview – 358

6. Norris – 379

7. Wahoo – 386

8. Plattsmouth – 394

9. Waverly – 395

10. Falls City – 404

11. Auburn – 436

12. Ashland – 458

Gretna Golfers

Jared Gustafson 38 – 42 = 80 (6th Place)
Chase Brion 43 – 39 = 82 (9th Place)
David DeBolt 44 – 46 = 90
Jason Wendelin 48 – 45 = 93
Patrick Carney 48 – 47 = 95

Holdrege girls shine at State Soccer but lose in final 3-0 to Omaha Scutt.

Harlan County Lake elevation on May 19, 2009 was 1946.77 compared to 1944.33 on May 21, 2008 and 1936.12 on May 15, 2007.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Osborne accurate in analysis of Mike Anderson

Holdrege's Erica Sturgis at the Soccer State Tournament. Picture courtesy of the Lincoln Journal-Star.

First of all, congratulations to my daughter Jessica and Scott Wheeler on their first anniversary. Last month my oldest daughter, Sarah and Robert Baltensperger celebrated their first anniversary!

Nebraska beat Baylor on Saturday 5-0 behind Sean Yost's complete game shutout. Yost, a freshman, becomes the first Husker freshman to pitch a complete game shutout in nine years. The future is brighter. The win puts NU at 24-24-1 in 2009. Not the year they wanted.

Mike Anderson is a great role model and a great coach. When the season didn't meet up to past performances, the rumblings started. Those that understand the game have been disappointed but realize that baseball is a tough sport to coach.

Osborne, on Friday, explained some of the elements that have made it tough for NU. He said "NU lost to professional baseball 14 of 18 potential returnees and recruits who were selected in the 2007 and 2008 drafts." The Omaha World-Herald reported that NU lost seven pitchers to the draft the past two years that were drafted within the first ten rounds. They also mentioned that this year's rotation could have been Aaron Pribanic, Dan Jennings, and Zach Herr, all underclassmen that went in last year's draft.

So NU took what they had this year. In Big 12 play the ERA was 7.80 coming into this weekend. But Nesseth on Friday and Yost on Saturday have shown what good coaching and experience has done for their development.

Today, Senior Erik Bird gets his first Big 12 start. It would be great for him to close out the final game with another great performance. He has performed well during the weekday games. With a similar performance today maybe the pro scouts will take a look at this talented player.

The Holdrege girls are in the finals of the State Class B soccer tournament on Tuesday. Jordan Pfeifer scored on Friday to become the first girl in soccer state tournament history to score from western Nebraska. Sophomore Kirsten Larson scored the winning goal. Holdrege went on to win 2-1 in overtime. They beat Lincoln Pius on Saturday 1-0. Jaci Gillispie scored Holdrege's winning goal. Holdrege plays Omaha Scutt on Tuesday. Scutt haven't allowed a goal in like the last ten games. Nebraska recruit excels for Scutt. Scutt is played in the finals the past four of five years. Good luck Dusters!!

Nebraska received a commitment from Keeston Terry, a receiver from the Kansas City area. Great name for Husker football. At 6'2" and 180 lbs., Terry is listed as a four star receiver by the recruiting services. It sounds like Terry meets the criteria of who NU is going after these days; great athlete, but just as important a great student and person. NU recruits have to generally meet all three of these attributes. Also it is important that recruits come from a winning program. His coach, Terry Donahue, says his best is yet to come. Donahue was raised in Nebraska and was a former KU quarterback.

Ty Kildow is a walk on for NU football this fall. Saturday he propelled Millard South to the Class A finals in baseball. Could he be a two sport athlete also?

If you haven't seen the show Southland on Thursday nights, see it. It has become the best show on TV from this writer's view.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Spring Sports

The runner second from right is Shelby Boehler of Lincoln, Bryce's girl, competing in the 7th grade track meet at Lincoln High last Saturday! As you can see, she did well!

It is that time of year. The state track meet is next week. State tennis is near. State soccer is this week. And state golf is in a couple of weeks!! Great time of year.

A couple of Holdrege Dusters are making the news. First, junior safety Pat Ackerman has been named a team captain for the UNK football team for the 2009 season this fall!! It show what hard work and dedication can do for you.

Second, former tennis standout Marcelle Strydom is doing well at UNK for the tennis team. The team is playing in the national tournament at Altamote Springs, Florida. The Lopers won the RMAC and Central region tournament. They will play Concordia College of Bronxville, NY in the "Sweet 16" round. Strydom is the #3 singles player and is also on the #2 doubles team.

Finally, Scott Boehler's Gretna team is starting to peak late. They are the returning State Class B champions from last year.
Waverly Invite Results

May 11, 2009

Individual Medalist

  1. Dylan Heng – Nebraska City (70)
  2. Jared Gustafson – Gretna (70)
  3. Chase Brion – Gretna (70)
  4. Max Rudder – Norris (75)
  5. Konner Oltman – Norris (75)
  6. Clayton Rakes – Nebraska City (76)
  7. David DeBolt – Gretna (76)
  8. Sam Sullivan – Nebraska City (78)
  9. Dylan Lester – Lincoln Southwest (78)
  10. Hayden Thomson – Lincoln Southwest (78)

Team Standing

  1. Gretna – 304
  2. Nebraska City – 310
  3. Lincoln Southwest – 324
  4. Mt. Michael – 326
  5. Norris – 340
  6. Platteview – 341
  7. Crete – 344
  8. Elkhorn – 349
  9. Norfolk – 349
  10. Wahoo Neumann – 350
  11. Brownell-Talbot – 364
  12. Plattsmouth – 377
  13. Columbus – 394
  14. Lincoln Northeast – 414
  15. Waverly B – 444
  16. Waverly A – 620
Jared Gustafson 36 – 34 = 70 (2nd Place)
Chase Brion 38 – 36 = 74 (3rd Place)
David DeBolt 39 – 38 = 77 (7th Place)
Jason Wendelin 42 – 41 = 83
Patrick Carney 48 – 41 = 89

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Birthday Mom!! Mom is pictured with my three daughters.

My mom is the nicest mother a son could ask for. She has always been there for us when we needed her. There is no one any kinder than she is. I am so lucky to have had a mother like her. Happy Mother's Day mom!! Thank you for all you have done for me!!

Jessica (left) is moving this month to her first house in Gretna!! So fun!! Kim (right) just graduated from UNL yesterday with high distinction. Wow! Sarah (Second from right) is going to have a baby in early December. How exciting!!!!!

Did you know Fred from YOUTUBE.COM fame is from Columbus, Nebraska? I didn't until I read it in the Omaha World-Herald today. He is hilarious. My favorite Fred view is when he can't find his meds. His real name is Luis Cruikshank and he attends Columbus Lakeview. He is now turning his funny videos into money through a revenue-sharing program. Finds Fred's videos on Fred Figgelhorn's view of his life is much different from the real Luis Cruikshank. Fred is scared of deep swimming pools and dentists. Fred Goes Swimming is on its way to 26 million views. Be sure to check out or

Andy Levi posted that David Ragan's car in the Nascar race last night had lost so much of the car body that driver's were putting $1 on it.

Saw the NU baseball game Friday night. NU played real well after the second inning. Nesseth was great after giving up five runs in the first and second innings. NU has a ton of young good hitters. It seems they need so really good pitchers that want to go to a very good program before they go to the pros. A couple of ace pitchers would instill a lot of confidence into this team.

Sunday, May 03, 2009


The Carl Edwards wreck last week will be shown for years to come. Luckily nobody was killed on the track or in the crowd. See it here!

  • This writer continues to follow the Gretna Dragons golf team coached by Scott Boehler.
    Elkhorn Invite Results
    April 29, 2009
    Individual Medalist

    1. Drew Taylor – Millard North (75)
    2. Grant Riewer – Elkhorn A (77)
    3. Jared Gustafson – Gretna (78)
    4. Joey Hoffman – Mt. Michael (78)
    5. Alex Totusek – Brownell-Talbot (78)
    6. John Rasmussen – Millard South (78)
    7. Matt Munro – Omaha Skutt (80)
    8. Blaise Lanoha – Ralston (80)
    9. Connor Lindahl – Elkhorn A (80)
    10. Max Rudder – Norris (80)
    11. Ryan Sutter – Millard West (80)
    12. Ryan Healey – Omaha Skutt (80)
    13. David DeBolt – Gretna (80)
    14. Evan O’Keefe – Millard South (81)
    15. Mitch Johnson – Omaha Skutt (82)

    Team Standings

    1. Omaha Skutt – 312
    2. Elkhorn A – 317
    3. Millard West – 319
    4. Millard North – 321
    5. Gretna – 330
    6. Mt. Michael – 334
    7. Millard South – 341
    8. Ralston – 344
    9. Norris – 351
    10. Elkhorn B – 351
    11. Platteview – 355
    12. Omaha Burke – 356
    13. Waverly – 365
    14. Brownell-Talbot – 365

    Jared Gustafson 38 – 40 = 78 (3rd Place)
    David DeBolt 40 – 40 = 80 (13th Place)
    Chase Brion 41 – 43 = 84
    Patrick Carney 45 – 48 = 93
    Carter Hawkins 51 – 48 = 99

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  • Nebraska baseball is competitive but just can't win right now. NU has lost six straight league series, 10 straight conference home games and 15 of 16 Big 12 games overall. This writer will see the string end this Friday in Lincoln!!

    In today's baseball game against Missouri, there were five freshmen and one sophomore in the batting lineup. Freshmen Boomer Collins was two for five with a double, stolen base and two runs; Cory Burleson was two of four with a double; Kale Kiser had an RBI; Cody Ache was one of five with an RBI; and Khiry Cooper was one of three with two runs and a stolen base/ In addition sophomore Ben Kline was two of four with two RBI's and one run. Youth is evident. In the pitching area sophomore Sean Yost went 5.1 innings as the starter and only had two earned runs with six strikeouts. Eric Rose and Kash Kalkowski pitched for 2.1 innings. Sophomore Michael Mariot pitched the final inning with a strike out and not earned runs. Four of the Huskers five pitchers were sophomores today.

    Pitching matchups for the Yankees and Boston
    Monday: LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 5.40) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (1-0, 0.00), 7:05, YES, ESPN

    Tuesday: RHP Joba Chamberlain (1-0, 3.13) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (2-2, 7.22), 7:05, YES

    And finally a deleted scene from Parks and Recreation.
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