Boys basketball: Donnie Johnson no longer Benson coach

Donnie Johnson is no longer the boys basketball coach at Omaha Benson.

Omaha Public Schools spokesman Todd Andrews said Friday that Johnson’s removal as coach “was a personnel decision.”

“Donnie Johnson continues to be employed by the district,” Andrews said.

Johnson, an Omaha Central graduate and former Creighton player, was 77-28 in his four seasons at Benson. The Bunnies went to the Class A state tournament three times, losing in overtime in the 2011 first round, taking fourth place last year and third place this year after an overtime loss to Omaha Westside in the semifinals.

The job opening was posted Friday on the OPS district website.…

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Video: OPS Superintendent Mark Evans talks sports, more

Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Mark Evans joined “The Bottom Line” with Mike’l Severe on Thursday to discuss GPA requirements for athletes, class structuring and more.

Check out the video below, and leave your thoughts on TBL’s voice mail at 402-444-1300 or at

Nebraska prep sports roundup

Hiland Dairy Game of the Week — Baseball: Metro Conference baseball tournament at Omaha Westside, semifinals 4 and 6:30 p.m. Friday; final 1 p.m. Saturday
Baseball: Eastern Midlands Conference final at Elkhorn Legion Field, 7 p.m. Thursday
Baseball: Norris vs. Omaha Westside at Werner Park, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Track and field: Titan Invitational, Foundation Field, Papillion, 2:30 p.m. Thursday
Track and field: Dick Jones Invitational at Burke Stadium, 3 p.m. Thursday
Track and field: Kruger/May Invitational at Elkhorn Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Thursday
Track and field: Murphy Invitational, 10 a.m. Friday at Fremont High School

Seth Hirsch, Millard West: The freshman ran 9:28.84 in the 3,200 meters, finishing second to winner Reno Law of Millard South, at the Millard South …

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Western Iowa prep sports roundup

Event of the week
Trojan Relays
What: Girls track meet
When: 3:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Melvin B. Rogers Athletic Complex, Tri-Center High School
Schools entered: A-H-S-T, Boyer Valley, Carroll, Clarinda Academy, CB St. Albert, Denison-Schleswig, Fremont-Mills, Griswold, Missouri Valley, Nodaway Valley, Treynor, Tri-Center, Underwood, West Harrison, Woodbine.

Soccer: Harlan at Glenwood doubleheader at Creighton’s Morrison Stadium, Thursday. Girls at 4:30 p.m., boys at 6:30.
Girls golf: Fillie Invitational at Shenandoah American Legion Country Club, 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Schools entered: Bedford, Clarinda, CB Abraham Lincoln, CB St. Albert, East Mills, Glenwood, Nishnabotna, Nodaway Valley, Red Oak, Shenandoah, Southwest Iowa, Southwest Valley.
Track and field: CB Lewis Central Co-Ed Relays, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Schools entered: Atlantic, CB Abraham Lincoln, CB Lewis Central, CB St. Albert, CB …

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Metro Conference baseball tweaks tourney schedule

Due to weather concerns Thursday, the Metro Conference baseball tournament has moved up to a Wednesday start, with the semifinals set for Friday and the final Saturday.

Props to Omaha Westside AD Tom Kerkman for thinking outside the box to avoid Thursday’s probable nasty weather in an effort to get the tourney played.

The schedule:


At Westside: Omaha Westside vs. Omaha Benson, noon; Bellevue West vs. Omaha Central, 2:15; winners play at 4:30.

At Papio South: Papio South vs. Omaha Northwest, noon; Millard North vs. Omaha North, 2:15; winners play at 4:30.

At Omaha Creighton Prep: Prep vs. Omaha Bryan, noon; Millard South vs. Papio-LV, 2:15; winners play at 4:30.

At Millard West: Millard West vs. Omaha South, noon; Omaha Burke vs. Bellevue East, …

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Metro soccer finals postponed to Tuesday

The Metro Conference boys and girls soccer championship games were postponed Monday due to inclement weather conditions.

The games will take place Tuesday at Norris Middle School.

The girls game between Millard North and Omaha Marian will start at 5 p.m., while the boys game between Omaha South and Omaha Westside will begin at 7.…

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Millard West Invite

The final of the eight-team Millard West Invitational baseball tournament between Omaha Westside and the host Wildcats will be played Saturday at 1:45 p.m.

The Warriors advanced by defeating Lincoln East 10-6 on Friday in the first semifinal. Nebraska recruit Jake Meyers had four hits and drove in three while Will Patterson added three hits.

In the late semifinal, Millard West defeated Millard South 3-2. Logan Jacik provided the walk-off double and picked up the win on the mound for the Wildcats.

This will be the second game this season between the 12-1 Warriors and the 11-1 Wildcats. Millard West won the season opener between the two schools 9-7.…

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Benson, Holdrege allowed to remain in A, B

LINCOLN — The Nebraska School Activities Association, on a pair of 7-1 votes Thursday, granted requests from Omaha Benson to remain in Class A and Holdrege to stay in Class B for all sports but football for the 2014-15 school year.

The NSAA at one point had told the schools that they would not be allowed to opt up into a larger class than enrollment dictates, then reversed course and allowed the opt-up request.

In March, OPS Board President Justin Wayne and Benson principal Anita Harkins-Baldwin stressed the importance of being able to stay in Class A. The March decision to keep Benson from remaining in Class A, Wayne said, would possibly alter the data OPS collects on how to best serve Benson because people …

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Western Iowa prep sports roundup, April 9

Eevent of the week

Koos Relays
What: Girls track meet
When: 4:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Merrill Field, Harlan
Schools entered: Carroll Kuemper, CB Abraham Lincoln, CB Lewis Central, CB St. Albert, CB Thomas Jefferson, Denison-Schleswig, Earlham, Harlan, Riverside, Treynor


Track and field: Clarinda Relays boys meet, 4:30 p.m. Friday. Schools entered: Atlantic, Bedford, CB Abraham Lincoln, CB Lewis Central, CB St. Albert, CB Thomas Jefferson, Clarinda, Clarinda Academy, Creston, East Mills, Essex, Glenwood, Griswold, Harlan, Lenox, Mount Ayr, Nishnabotna, Red Oak, Riverside, Shenandoah, Sidney, South Page, Southwest Valley, Stanton, Treynor, Tri-Center
Boys soccer: Riverside at Harlan, 10 a.m. Saturday. Riverside is rated seventh in Class 1-A, while Harlan consistently fields a quality team.
Track and field: Mustang Relays boys meet, 4:30 p.m. Monday. Schools …

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Nebraska prep sports roundup, April 9


Hiland Dairy Game of the Week — Soccer: Boys and girls soccer: Metro Conference tournament, finals Monday at Millard North. Girls at 5 p.m., boys at 7 p.m.
Track and field: Millard South Invitational, 10 a.m. Saturday
Track and field: Omaha Benson Invitational, 10 a.m. Saturday at Omaha North
Boys golf: Omaha Westside Invitational, 9 a.m. Thursday at Benson Park
Boys golf: Millard South Invitational, 10 a.m. Monday at Platteview
Girls tennis: Omaha Westside Invitational, 8 a.m. Friday at Koch Tennis Center
Soccer: Heartland Conference tournament, finals Saturday at 2 p.m. at Seacrest Field in Lincoln, for girls, and Beechner Field at Lincoln High for boys
Soccer: Greater Nebraska Conference tournament, finals Saturday at Scottsbluff. Girls at 2 p.m., boys at 4 p.m.
Baseball: …

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