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12/16/2007 - From the Press Box: Waverly, Lincoln High are rolling and why all the Sterling Basketball games???


Jeff Motz

Okay, let me get this off my chest first. Then I'll divulge into Waverly and Lincoln High basketball. I got this email from someone named LincolnFan in my email box early Sunday night. He's the message sent to me......

":-( I thought this is LINCOLN Prep Why is there so many Sterling games being broadcasted? Is Lincoln basketball that bad to where a class D-2 school gets more air time than them?? What is the deal?"

First off, I have planned to carry at least Five games each for the Sterling boys and girls basketball teams. If you don't know by now, my brother, Jimmy Motz, is in his first year as head coach of the boys team. In the past he's been a contributor to this website for season previews for football and basketball and has been involved in several broadcasts. As a favor, I told him I would broadcast at least five games with the boys team and for the community I would include the same amount girls games, too.

Secondly, there are more Lincoln area games on the schedule compared to Sterling games. Our priority is covering Lincoln area schools. The Sterling games that will be covered will be on Saturdays, with the exception of the Parkview Christian Tourney (a Lincoln team) on December 27th and 28th. If you look at the Broadcast Archives page, you'll see LINCOLN teams covered in the early part of this season with Waverly included. The same can be said for the rest of the basketball season.

Finally, there's a deal that Lincoln Prep has with KFOR and ESPN 1480 where we DON'T try to overlap each other with coverage of the same game, unless it's the State Tournament. A couple of games have already been overlapped and two more will be this season with KFOR. But the idea is not to do that, so we can provide alternative games for other Lincoln area fans. This is NOT a slam on the talent level within the Lincoln schools, in fact is far from it. KFOR will most times carry intra-city games.....ones that we like to have, too. Instead, we'll choose to cover another Lincoln school on a Friday night or Saturday.

Another thing is convenience for me. If you don't know by now, I host ESPN 1480's Friday Night Scoreboard Show and 99.9% of the time, I have to be IN Lincoln calling a game or out in Waverly. Norris is stretching it, but I will be there later in the season when the Titans host Waverly. I won't travel to Omaha, Fremont, Grand Island or Columbus to call games on Friday and for that matter, Saturday nights. Most times, they'll be covered by radio or other Internet outlets connected with Lincoln Prep

In other words, I'm not shunning the Lincoln schools at all. Every one of the boys teams will get covered at least once or twice by Lincoln Prep The girls side, Southeast, Southwest and Northeast along with Lincoln High, East, Pius X and North Star have been or will be covered by us or other Internet sites. Most times when you see three or four games on the Broadcast Schedule for one day includes coverage provided by,,, or

For most of you who have met me at ballgames I've covered here in Lincoln, you've been very sincere and appreciate us as an alternative for coverage. Remember this, and I told the fans down in Sterling the same thing, Lincoln schools are the #1 priority for Lincoln Prep The bottom line is we HAVE more Lincoln teams on our broadcast schedule that we do for Sterling games. Now that I've got that out in the open and every one is happy.....let's move on and enjoy the rest of the season.

Okay....where was I at.....oh yes....Waverly and Lincoln High boys basketball. To me, these are the two highly talented teams in the city and county. Why? Look at the scoring margins for one thing. Another reason, they've proven they can hang with some teams in their own classes.

But the schedule isn't going to be any easier for Lincoln High.  They do face some tough metro competition coming up in January.  Bellevue East is in town on the 4th, Millard West will be at LHS on the 19th and the two-time defending Class A State Champion Omaha Central will be in Lincoln on January 26th.  Plus, Omaha Benson and Millard South are road trips in February.  Another tough team Lincoln High will face will be Grand Island and they'll make the 90-plus mile journey west to GI on January 5th.

I think Lincoln High could win four maybe five of those games I mentioned up above.  They're solid so far in the month of December and could finish out strong with the Heartland Conference tourney coming up in less than two weeks at Grand Island.  Josh Riser, R.J. Richardson, Pete Uhing and Michael Partee make up a solid force for the Links and could prove to be tough against other city teams.  

Waverly is kind of in the same boat as Lincoln High.  But the Vikings are pre-season rated in the Class B top ten and are trying to live up to higher expectations this year, than in recent years.  They have young talent to boot, along with talented juniors and seniors. From what I've seen this year, Tyler Evans and Andrew Palmer make up a great backcourt.  They can shoot the long range shot, penetrate toward the basket and are able to create plays.  Zach Hoy is a good role player and Evan Kucera and Darin Rodgers make up a solid inside with some size.  They beat Lincoln Pius X big to start the season, then suffered a setback at York the following week and followed that up with blowouts against Platteview and Ashland-Greenwood.

But the rest of the schedule for Waverly isn't going to be easy.   Plattsmouth is in town on January 4th, followed by a trip to the Metro to play Ralston (now in Class A).  Gretna follows and then the big Lancaster County showdown with Norris on the 18th.  Plus, you have the Eastern Midlands Conference, then Seward, Crete and Elkhorn, followed by Blair and Beatrice.  You bet, it's tough......but you could see Waverly come out shining in a few of those games.

All I'm saying is that Lincoln High and Waverly are the two hottest teams in the area and could be tough to beat.  The same can be said for Lincoln Southeast and Norris.   These are teams that POTENTIALLY could be dancing in March at the Devaney Center.  As we say in the broadcasting business, STAY TUNED!!!


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