Video: Prep basketball roundtable on “The Bottom Line”

“The Bottom Line” hosted a prep basketball roundtable Tuesday with Mike Sautter of, Omaha Central boys basketball coach Eric Behrens and Thomas Viglianco of

Nebraska prep sports roundup, April 3

Hiland Dairy Game of the Week—Baseball: Millard South at Omaha Creighton Prep, 5 p.m. Friday
Baseball: River Cities Conference tournament final, Friday
Track and field: Bellevue East Invitational, 3 p.m. Thursday
Track and field: Whitehouse Invitational, 1 p.m. Friday at Bryan Stadium
Track and field: Gary Dubbs Ram Relays, Saturday at Ralston
Boys golf: Grand Island Invitational, Friday at Jackrabbit Run
Boys golf: Lincoln Pius X Invitational, Monday at Firethorn
Boys golf: Bellevue East Invitational, Wednesday at Tregaron
Boys golf: Omaha Westside Invitational, April 10 at Benson Park
Girls soccer: Omaha Skutt at Elkhorn South, 10 a.m. Saturday
Boys and girls soccer: Metro Conference tournament, first-round games April 10

Adam Staashelm, Millard West: Had four RBIs, including the game winner in the …

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Video: High school athletics roundtable on “The Bottom Line”

World-Herald staff writers Stu Pospisil and Mike Patterson join Bellevue West activities director Kevin Broderick in studio for a roundtable discussion on the state of high school athletics in Nebraska.

Saluting the frozen fans

Having covered high school baseball in the spring since 2001, I know how chilly conditions can be.

The coldest game I ever covered entering this season involved Millard West playing at Papio South some years ago, when the Titans had only a baseball diamond on a hill and no break from the wind.

The runner-up was last year’s game between Westside and Prep at Werner Park.

But the game Monday night involving Omaha Skutt at Millard West is the new champion. Hands down.

The temperature was in the 30s that night and a relentless, bone-chilling wind dropped the wind chill to 15 by the end. The teams played on for nine innings — the Wildcats had tied the game in the bottom of the seventh …

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List: Tuesday’s prep baseball postponements, cancellations

A number of Tuesday’s high school baseball games across the state have been postponed due to cold weather. Here’s a list that will be updated as the status of the games are updated. Note that some previously postponed games have also been canceled or had make-up dates announced:

Tuesday’s games
» Fort Calhoun vs. Wayne on March 25 has been postponed (March 28)
» South Sioux City vs. Norfolk on March 25 has been postponed (TBD)
» Papillion-La Vista vs. Bellevue West on March 25 has been postponed (April 9)
» Waverly vs. Platte Valley on March 25 has been postponed (TBD)
» Seward vs. Douglas County West on March 25 has been postponed (TBD)
» Elkhorn South vs. West Point GACC/Scribner-Snyder on March 25 …

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Nebraska prep soccer players to watch


Maddie Elliston, Omaha Marian: One of the top prospects in the country, the senior is listed as a five-star recruit by Top Drawer Soccer. A Penn State commit, she’s been a member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team. Elliston, last year’s Gatorade player of the year, was the anchor for a Crusader defense that registered 22 consecutive shutouts over the course of two seasons.

Michelle Xiao, Omaha Westside: The Stanford recruit played with the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National team over the offseason, notching an assist in wins over China and New Zealand. Xiao scored had a part of 20 of Westside’s 24 goals last year, scoring 15 herself and assisting on five more. A four-star recruit, she’ll again lead a Warrior …

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Nebraska prep baseball players to watch

Jason Allbery, Omaha Creighton Prep, Junior infielder: He was one of the top hitters in the state last summer in American Legion play, finishing at .473.

Jacob Barton, Omaha Skutt, Senior pitcher/infielder: The ace of the SkyHawks’ pitching staff was 7-1 with a 0.75 ERA in 2013.

Alec Bohm, Omaha Roncalli, Senior third baseman: The Wichita State recruit batted .375 last season.

Adam Caniglia, Omaha Burke, Senior catcher/pitcher: He drove in 56 runs during last summer’s American Legion season.

Anthony Cloyd, Senior utility: The Patriots’ starting quarterback batted .387 in 2013.

Byron Hood, Norris, Senior pitcher: The Nebraska recruit was 6-0 with a 0.97 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 2013.

Cole Johnston, Millard West, Senior pitcher/outfielder: The University of Nebraska at Omaha recruit was a …

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Stu Pospisil’s boys state tournament breakdown, March 15

Top performer: Malik Hluchoweckyj, Bellevue West: Had 14 of his team-high 18 points after halftime, including the go-ahead putback, to lead the Thunderbirds past Omaha Westside 56-50 in overtime for their first state title since 2005.

Game of the day: Fremont Bergan 71, Ainsworth 69, OT: In a Class C-2 final with 15 ties and six lead changes, Nathan Griffen’s basket with four  seconds left in OT fulfilled preseason predictions for the Knights.

Just like football: Omaha Skutt, by beating Beatrice 59-45 in Class B, has its first football-basketball championship double since 2005-06. It also won Class B wrestling.

They said it: “Obviously neither one of us was at our sharpest.” — Bellevue West coach Doug Woodard on the Class A final…

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Stu Pospisil’s boys state tournament breakdown, March 14

Top performer: Wills Wallrapp of Omaha Skutt: Had 10 of his 27 points in the final quarter of a 66-58 win over Elkhorn South in Class B. Honorable mention to Khyri Thomas of Omaha Benson and Grant Lahm of Columbus Scotus in losing causes.

Game of the day: Omaha Westside 67, Omaha Benson 63, OT: Sam Wilkinson was clutch at the line with 0.9 seconds left, making two free throws to tie the game, and the Warriors controlled the OT.

Nail-biter: Wahoo Neumann 67, Columbus Scotus 65, OT: Neumann survived two shots by Scotus in the final seconds to set up its C-1 final against Wahoo High.

They said it: “We’re a friendly community, but we have alumni who are older that will ruin it …

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Mad Chatter: Nebraska’s shield, McDermott wins New York, Iowa’s demise, high school hoops

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. Conference tournament weekend is like New Year’s back in college. You know everybody’s having a blast, you just don’t know where. So many good games, so many different places. It’s hard to keep up.

We’ll cover the joy of Doug McDermott and the misery of Fran McCaffery, the benefit of TCU and the vision of Jim Delany. We’ll hit the next wave of high school basketball standouts, the ideal Midwest Region and more.

But let’s start with Husker hoops. The last time Nebrasketball made the NCAA tournament, I was a sophomore in high school, slicing frogs in Biology, going to golf practice on 35-degree days, eating Burger King and Arby’s every meal (OK, …

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