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10/08/2011 - From The Press Box: Grand Island Could Be Cream of The Crop
Jeff Motz

Jeff Motz


One word to describe Grand Island's football team in calling their game with Lincoln Northeast September 30.  The Islanders cruised to a 56-7 win running on all cylinders.  

Quarterback Ryker Fyfe guides the triple option style offense, utilizing the passing attack by looking for receivers Will Bamesberger and Sam Foltz, running the ball himself or creating plays for running back Justin English.  So far, there is moderate interest in major Division I schools in the region and has made at least one unofficial visit to Nebraska.

The potential for Fyfe to flourish as a major college football quarterback is there.  Fyfe may be the best quarterback in the state, behind Lincoln Southwest's Tay Bender.  His velocity and quick release of the ball makes him one of the best passers this state has seen in a long time.  Fyfe can also run the ball and has perfect timing in pitching the ball on the option. 

Bamesberger and Foltz help make the offense click with their quickness to get open.  English is rugged as a runner and helps spark the ground game.  It's become the culmination for Grand Island head coach Jeff Tomlin, who's been rebuilding the program for a long time.

Grand Island won their first and only Class A state football title with the playoff format in 1978.  They have played for the title two other times since then (1987 and 1990).  The Islanders are on track to play for a championship, but need to overcome Lincoln East and Lincoln Southeast to finish the regular season and keep those hopes alive.


The 2011-2012 high school basketball broadcast schedule is out and available in the "Broadcast Schedule" page.  Aside from coverage of the six Lincoln Class A schools, Pius X, Lincoln Lutheran, Lincoln Christian, Waverly and Norris, we are also entering the fifth season of covering Sterling basketball games.

First games are December 1 with Millard North in town to play Lincoln North Star in a boys and girls doubleheader.  Listen to the games LIVE as they happen or On-Demand on

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