You might have noticed on our "Broadcast Schedule" page that Lincoln Prep Sports.com will be covering high school basketball from at least four different levels this season. The majority of our lineup includes Lincoln area Class A teams with coverage of Pius X, Waverly and Norris in Class B, Lincoln Lutheran and Lincoln Christian in Class C-1 and Sterling in Class D-2.
Yes....Sterling. The Sterling Jets, home to greats like Dean Steinkuhler, Justin Haynes and Cal Christline.
You're probably very familiar with Steinkuhler, the Husker football All-American and Outland Trophy winner from the 1980s and spent time playing in the NFL. He was an All-Nebraska football pick at Sterling in the late 1970s. Christline led Sterling to a state basketball title in 1969 and is considered to be one of the greatest basketball players in school history. Haynes comes from a basketball family in Sterling. He helped lead Sterling to state championships in the mid-1990s and went on to play for the pride of Wilber, Nebraska, Dana Altman, at Creighton from 1996-2000.
There....your little history lesson into Sterling athletics. Why are we covering Sterling boys and girls basketball? Simple. Family. My brother, Jimmy Motz, is the new boys basketball coach there and I agreed to broadcast a select few games this year. Jimmy is ready to bring his experience on the court at Lincoln Northeast and Creighton to the hardwood of Sterling High School.
I talked with Jimmy this past weekend at a family dinner with our mom and dad. He says they shouldn't be too bad, despite going 4-15 last year. But there are some areas they need to improve on and hope to build off of as the season moves along. Their first draw out of the gate isn't going to be a cakewalk......they play the almighty Irish from Falls City Sacred Heart to open up the season November 30th in Falls City. So if you are a Jets fan, alum, parent, relative of any of the players, I invite you to sit back and enjoy the broadcasts this season.
Outside of heading to Bruning-Davenport and Dorchester, plus to Sterling for some home games, we'll be broadcasting games from Waverly, Norris, and Omaha Creighton Prep.
Ah yes....the famed Birdcage at Prep. Considered by many to be the toughest place to play in the state. Lincoln Southeast will face the Junior Jays up there January 26th. You can bet the 'Cage will be rocking that night. You can hear the game with Jim Kelter and myself right here on Lincoln Prep Sports.com.
But for the most part, we'll be calling Lincoln area gyms home for the season. We'll spend plenty of time at Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, along with North Star and East High. Don't forget about Lincoln High, too. You'll be hearing myself, Kelter, John Harris and a few other voices bringing you all the play-by-play of Lincoln area high school basketball. I'm actually pumped up for this season, hoping that Lincoln can send a team back to state and perhaps have one or two other teams try to play for a girls state title.
Coming up next week, our high school basketball previews featuring teams you'll hear at some point on Lincoln Prep Sports.com!!