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09/20/2015 - From The Press Box: North Star Is Rising, Waverly's Offensive Explosion and LPS Volleyball Classic
 Lincoln North Star is playing pretty good football at the right time.

The Navigators suffered their only loss to Omaha Central in week one (14-7), after holding a one-point lead for most of the game.

Still, North Star has shown time and time again this season just how capable they are of being that breakout team.

They were able to go from a 10-6 halftime lead this past Thursday night to win 38-8 at Omaha Northwest.  North Star also rallied to beat Lincoln East 27-10 in week two and edged Fremont 28-17 on Sept. 11.

Considering they lost to the No. 3 team in Class A and defeated two respectable programs in East and Fremont, the Gators earn a spot in the Class A top ten at No. 9.

With Trevin Ball at quarterback, running backs Keanu Russell and Tavlin Hunt and defender Dillion Ertz, North Star could start to make noise.  However, that will have to be proven this Friday night, when Millard North makes a return trip to Seacrest Field to face the Gators.

The No. 5 Mustangs were just in town this past Friday night and shook off an early deficit to Lincoln Southwest and rallied for a 59-17 victory.  We'll likely know the status of North Star among Class A's elite after the Millard North game. 
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The new look offense Waverly installed last season, after years of running the famed wishbone, impressed me very much on Friday night.  

The Vikings threw the ball a lot, something you rarely saw 10 years ago.  Back then, the wishbone worked with the right talent.  Now, second year coach Tim Williams has spread things out and uses Dillon Ruelas' ability to throw the ball.  Waverly's 60-37 win over Crete showed me how much this team has changed---perhaps for the good.

It helps when you have good receivers in Jaron Bricker, Isaiah Brown and Ben Warner.  Plus, Justin Lawrence is a dual threat as a running back.  He's just as good receiving as he is running the football.

Defensively, though, there were times the Vikings had break downs against Crete's offense.  However, Reece Kroger's pick six to seal the win late in the game showed how Waverly can be a threat on the defensive side.

How about Justin Hennessey?  The Waverly defensive lineman recovered a fumble and ran it back 19-yards for a touchdown that turned the tide in the second quarter.  A few glitches here and there can be worked out.  They'll have to do that before Norris rolls into town on Friday night.


Two-time defending Class A state volleyball champion Omaha Marian is rolling once again.  

The Crusaders bounced back to win the Lincoln Public Schools Volleyball Classic Gold Division at Southeast's Prasch Activities Center Saturday defeating North Platte 25-21 and 25-19.

Before that, Marian defeated metro rival and Class A top-ranked Papillion-LaVista South 25-16 and 25-15.  Papillion-LaVista defeated Papio South for third place, while Elkhorn South won in two, close straight sets over Lincoln Southwest for fifth.

In the silver division at Lincoln Southwest, Bellevue West defeated Columbus in two close sets, while Southeast took third in two convincing games against Grand Island and Lincoln Northeast finished fifth with a two-set victory over Lincoln East.


On, join Kellan Heavican for the play-by-play of the Kearney/Lincoln Southeast football game at 4:30pm Friday.  This is a make or break game for both teams.  Southeast needs to get a win to get an upper hand in District A-2.  

Kearney proved to be tough in stopping Lincoln Southwest about three weeks ago, but the Bearcats struggled in overtime at Papillion-LaVista last week.  This would be a game worth checking out.

Afterward, at 7pm, join John Harris and myself for the Class B matchup with Norris and Waverly, in what could be a full house and overflow crowd at Viking Stadium.  The Titans won at home last year on a game-winning field goal and Waverly hasn't forgotten about it.

Two great Games of The Week in store for you this week on, courtesy of Southeast Community College and Honda of Lincoln.
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