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05/01/2016 - From The Press Box: Baseball Districts Upon Us, McLeod, Els, Forsberg, Banderas Shine In LPS Track Championships

 When the official pairings are released Monday morning for the Class A baseball district tournaments, there could be two Lincoln teams hosting.

One of which is Lincoln Southwest, who has been red hot as of late and sits in third place according to the latest NSAA Wildcard points.  The Silver Hawks have won eight of their last nine games, including upsets of Lincoln Northeast, Lincoln Southeast in the Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament.  They've also upset Creighton Prep and Grand Island, both of whom have either been rated toward or at the top this season.

Southwest is hitting their stride and they want to pick up where they left off last season, falling the play-in game of the Class A championship to eventual runner-up Millard South.  The Silver Hawks had a 9-0 lead through three innings before the Patriots mounted what may have been the greatest comeback in state tournament history, by scoring 19 unanswered runs.

As far as their district scenario, Southwest would be the A-3 host (likely to be played at Sherman Field) and take on the play-in game winner between Norfolk and Omaha Benson.  In the other half of the bracket, it would be Lincoln Pius X vs. Lincoln North Star.  These are projections put together based on the wildcard points on Saturday.

Lincoln Southeast would host the A-5 district, likely to be at Den Hartog Field, and would open up with Omaha Bryan.  The winner would play the winner between Millard South and last year's Class A champ Omaha Westside.

The road will be a little tougher for Lincoln Northeast and Lincoln East.   

The Rockets play in the A-4 at Bellevue West against Bellevue East in the second semifinal game.  The winner plays the winner of the Bellevue West/Columbus game for the district title.  Remember, Northeast upset Bellevue West earlier this season.

East will play Millard North in the second semifinal of the A-1 at Millard West.  The winner could face either Millard West, Omaha North or Omaha Northwest.

Lincoln High has the most challenging road ahead of them.  The Links open up the A-2 at Creighton Prep against Omaha South and if they win, would play Prep in one of the semifinal games.

Class B's district pairings are out.  Click here to view.


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MCLEOD, ELS, BANDERAS AND FORSBERG SHINE AT LPS CITY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Lincoln Southwest boys and girls track teams won the team titles at the LPS Championships Thursday at Lincoln High. Southwest's Anthony Banderas won the boys shot put with a throw of 51 feet, 10 inches.

A week after breaking school record in the 2-mile run, Lincoln Northeast senior Wyatt McLeod won the boys mile and two-mile runs with times of 4:25.33 and 9:50.37, respectively. He also anchored the Rockets’ victorious mile relay to finish the meet. 

​On the girls side, Southwest's Taylor Els won the half-mile race, then finished second in the 400 meter dash and anchored in the mile relay team to a 3rd place finish. North Star's Olivia Berks won the 100 high hurdles and 300 low hurdles.

Southeast's Elsa Forsberg won the girls mile run with a meet record time of 5 minutes, 3 seconds. 

Congrats to all of the winners in the city meet.  Best of luck at districts and state!


ATHLETES, COACHES, CONTRIBUTORS HONORED AT KFOR SPORTSCASTERS CLUB BANQUET

Nine student athletes, four coaches of the year, six coaches retiring and one contributor were honored Wednesday night at the 44th annual KFOR Sportscasters Club High School Athletic Recognition Banquet in downtown Lincoln.  

The nine student athletes include Julie Pomerenke of Lincoln Lutheran, Grace Barry of Lincoln East, Trevin Ball of Lincoln North Star, Braly Keller of Lincoln Northeast, Abbey Powell of Lincoln Christian, Alex Kerr of Pius X, Jocelyn Anderson of Lincoln Southeast, Mackenzie Healey of Lincoln High and Hailey Bartz of Lincoln Southwest.  Each student received $350 scholarships from the Sportscasters Club.

The Ralph Beechner Coaches of the Year include Lincoln Southwest girls golf coach Jim Danson, East girls basketball coach Dennis Prichard, Northeast boys swimming coach Kyle Hunt and former Southwest baseball coach Doug Kaltenberger.  

East athletic trainor Mac McCuistion was named the Vince Aldrich Sportsperson of the Year, while Jon Dawson and Jeff Pierce of Lincoln High, Mary Schropfer of Southwest, Doug Miller of Southeast, and Don Rempe and Tim Aylward of Pius X were honored with the retirement award. 

FOOTBALL WING AT HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME NAMED FOR OSBORNE

The football exhibit hall at the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame will be named in honor of former University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne.  The Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation made the announcement Thursday. 

Foundation executive director Chuck Johnston says "the goal of honoring our past to inspire the future has reached its pinnacle moment" with Osborne granting permission to use his name to promote the state's high school football tradition.  

Osborne was an all-state quarterback for Hastings High and was a state champion in basketball and track.  

FAREWELL TO LNE/NWU HALL OF FAMER SQUIRES

Lincoln Northeast and Nebraska Wesleyan hall of fame athlete Cliff Squires has died. He was 89-years-old.

Squires is a member of the Northeast, Nebraska Wesleyan, Nebraska Football and Nebraska High School Sports halls of fame. His No. 41 jersey was retired at Nebraska Wesleyan, where he lettered in football from 1946 to 49 before being drafted by the NFL's Detroit Lions.

Squires was a star athlete in football, basketball and baseball at Northeast and later at Nebraska Wesleyan. In fact, he has the distinction of earning 30 letters in four sports dating back to Bethany High before Northeast opened and then continuing at Nebraska Wesleyan.

For years, Squires ran or owned sporting goods stores in Lincoln, while spending time as a college football and basketball official. Services for Cliff Squires were held Thursday afternoon at Roper and Sons Mortuary. 

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