A capsule preview of the Nebraska prep baseball teams.
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Coach: Don Kiviniemi, 11th year. 2012: 10-16.
Returning starters — Seniors: Dan Gleason, 1B. Juniors: Jake Wild, P/3B; Tommy Walther, P/2B; Tristan Moore, OF; Corey Salazar, P/OF. Sophomores: Lucas Minor, C/P.
Outlook: Chieftains return only five varsity starters so newcomers will have to grow up fast.
Coach: Brian Strawn, 2nd year. 2012: 10-15.
Returning starters — Seniors: Jordan Kelly, OF; Cale Svehla, P/OF; AJ Stacey, P. Juniors: Cole Patterson, OF; Brad Brazeal, P/INF; Mike Gilbert, C/OF; Nathan Schenck, P/INF; Jack Wallingford, P; Brennen Cascio, INF.
Outlook: Thunderbirds return all but two starters from the team that finished fourth at the American Legion state tourney last summer.
Coach: Mark Mueller, 15th year. 2012: 17-14.
Returning starters — Seniors: Nate Ek, P/OF; Preston Oberg, OF. Sophomores: Parker Smejkal, P/INF.
Outlook: Discoverers will have a very young team; repeat of 17-win performance of a season ago could be tough.
Coach: Jeff Hayden, 1st year. 2012: 11-15.
Returning starters — Seniors: Jake Weinrich, OF/INF; Jacob Pribnow, P/INF; Ryan Collins, P/INF; Clete Yount, INF; Matt Mulder, OF; Dylan Drews, OF; Matt Shrader, C. Juniors: Eliot Gloeb, P/INF.
Outlook: Veteran team should improve on last year's 11-win season.
Coach: Rick Kissack, 11th year. 2012: 9-18.
Returning starters — Juniors: Jaden Johnson, SS; Brendan Wentling, C.
Outlook: Islanders hope to bounce back from nine-win season; several promising younger players could make that possible.
Coach: Mike Sterns, 9th year. 2012: 19-15, state qualifier.
Returning starters — Seniors: Austin Gibson, C; Jake Hohensee, P/SS; Alex Hulewicz, OF; Hank Neal, OF; Josh Pella, 1B; Eric Wattermeier, OF. Juniors: Jon Lyons, C; Ryan Schrad, P/INF; Shane Watteyne, P/INF.
Outlook: Spartans reached state last year and defeated eventual champion Prep; team will ride that momentum into this season.
Coach: Todd Sandberg, 9th year. 2012: 4-21.
Returning starters — Seniors: Austin Trejo, 2B; Steve David, OF. Juniors: Caleb Thiessen, 3B.
Outlook: Links will be in the rebuilding mode with the return of just three starters; coach Sandberg is optimistic about his young players.
Coach: Jerome Ehrlich, 7th year. 2012: 24-12, state runner-up.
Returning starters — Junior: Jake Wells, OF/P.
Outlook: Scrappy, defensive-minded club with good team speed. Hard-working group will build around Wells, the only returning starter.
Lincoln North Star
Coach: Lanny Bolles, 10th year. 2012: 12-14.
Returning starters — Seniors: Alex Caruso, P/1B; Adam Claypool, P/OF; Tyler Coufal, SS/P; Jon Rall, 2B; Seth Wilder, C/1B. Juniors: Brook Bolles, 3B/P; Logan Broeker, P/OF.
Outlook: Navigators have a nice blend of returning starters and newcomers; expect improvement from last year's 12-win squad.
Coach: Doug Miller, 3rd year. 2012: 14-11.
Returning starters — Seniors: Tanner Webster, 1B/P; Alec Lake, SS/P; Jake Potthoff, OF.
Outlook: Knights return four varsity letter winners, who will be counted on to lead this mostly inexperienced team.
Coach: Doug Kaltenberger, 11th year. 2012: 22-11, state qualifier.
Returning starters — Seniors: Brayden Young, P/INF; Alex Jaeger, OF; Jared Torell, P/OF; Joe Bechtle, INF; Dalton Meeske, P/OF; Scott Honnens, P/INF. Juniors: Eli Lovell, P/UT; Eric Anderson, C.
Outlook: Silver Hawks return several experienced players, including Nebraska pitching recruit Brayden Young.
Coach: Dave Cork, 12th year. 2012: 27-9, state qualifier.
Returning starters — Seniors: Matt Evans, P/INF; Steven Price, OF; Dallas Schramm, INF/C; Jake Gustafson, OF; Cale Ewald, C/INF; Mitch Hineline, P; Brenden Jones, P/OF; Jeremy Niebur, P. Juniors: Jack Wilson, INF.
Outlook: Mustangs return several key players; expect them to be in the state title picture.
Coach: Greg Geary, 3rd year. 2012: 21-11, state qualifier.
Returning starters — Seniors: Jake Huscroft, INF; Zach Schmidt, OF; Shane Stock, OF; David Foley, INF; Derek Clayton, INF; Corey Andersen, P; Austin Dubsky, P; Nick Houston, P. Juniors: Ryan DeVries, OF.
Outlook: Perennially tough Patriots should be in the mix again this season; presence of seniors at several positions is a plus.
Coach: Frank Ryan, 18th year. 2012: 29-8, state qualifier.
Returning starters — Seniors: Ryan Merrill, SS; Camden Parks, 2B. Sophomores: Jake Kistaitis, C.
Outlook: Wildcats don't have the usual wealth of returning talent; success will depend on development of young pitching staff.
Coach: Jason Coulter, 3rd year. 2012: 3-19.
Returning starters — Seniors: Devin Gardner, OF; Nick Miners, SS; Jesse Scott, INF; Tyler Murray-Carson, INF.
Outlook: Rebuilding Bunnies will count heavily on their four returning senior starters.
Coach: Eric Fischer, 3rd year. 2012: 9-16.
Returning starters — Seniors: Tommy Nekola, INF; Bill Kuhl, P/OF; Jared Peterson, P/OF. Juniors: Nate Matuza, INF; Christian Cannon, INF.
Outlook: Young Bears will need to find depth in the infield and on the mound to be competitive.
Coach: Scott Hodges, 2nd year. 2012: 18-10.
Returning starters — Ryan Cate, P/3B; Dylan Yost, P/OF; Turner Gaines, P/SS; Kirby Leblanc, P/1B; Austin Plath, P/CF; Zach Pullen, P/1B; Eric Daubach, P/OF; Adam Caniglia, P/C; Colton Hough, INF; Mike Trevarrow, LF.
Outlook: Bulldogs return all eight position players and most of their pitching staff; expect good things from this team.
Coach: Jerry Kreber, 1st year. 2012: 9-14.
Returning starters — Seniors: Max Fuerstanau, C. Juniors: Malik Sams, P/INF. Sophomores: Jacob Grady, INF.
Outlook: Eagles could be hard-pressed to repeat last year's nine-win effort; addition of longtime Elkhorn coach Jerry Frerichs as the pitching coach is a plus.
Omaha Creighton Prep
Coach: Pat Mooney, 13th year. 2012: 34-4, state champion.
Returning starters — Seniors: Jeff Albrecht, P; Adam Wilson, OF/P; McLaine Jonas, P; Alex Allbery, P/INF; Scott Huber, INF; Zach Garrett, INF. Juniors: Mike Emodi.
Outlook: Junior Jays graduated 12 players from last season's powerhouse but will threaten once again; pitching is a strength with the return of Albrecht, Wilson and Jonas.
Coach: Mike Greene-Walsh, 6th year. 2012: 9-15.
Returning starters — Seniors: Casey Sayles, DH/INF; Conner Phillips, P/OF; Chase Nuzum, OF; Zach Martin, INF; Zach Nielsen, INF; Brendan Jensen, P/INF; Chaz Cox, P/OF; DJ Toft, P; Doug Rowen, P/OF; Nick Dorner, P. Juniors: Dustin Agnew, C; Cameron Wagner, OF.
Outlook: Vikings return 12 from last year, including all-stater Sayles; pitching is solid, but biggest need is improving the defense.
Coach: Bob Nowaczyk, 1st year. 2012: 1-17.
Returning starters — Seniors: Jake Hord, C. Juniors: Cody Cippera, P/SS; Jacob Braden, P/2B; Drew Dillenberg, P/CF; Nick Converse, P/OF; Justin Hillebran, P/3B; OF/P Nate Strasser.
Outlook: Huskies will seek to rebuild under new coach Nowaczyk.
Coach: Bob Greco, 20th year. 2012: 25-9, state qualifier.
Returning starters — Seniors: Will Frei, 1B/C. Juniors: Jake Meyers, P/OF; Christian Hagan, P/INF. Sophomores: Matt Waldron, P/INF.
Outlook: Warriors graduated 10 seniors but have a solid group of returnees; the emergence of a catcher to take over for Cal Zagurski will be a priority.
Coach: Nate McCabe, 1st year. 2012: 19-10.
Returning starters — Seniors: Matt Gay, OF; Landen Weisbeck, 3B; Joey Ludemann, C; Geoff Birkemeier, P; Matt Safranek, OF/INF.
Outlook: Lots of new faces including former assistant McCabe, who takes over for longtime head coach Jim Thomas; graduation of 15 seniors means newcomers must step up in a hurry.
Papillion-La Vista South
Coach: Bill Lynam, 10th year. 2012: 17-12.
Returning starters — Seniors: Brent Kirsch, 3B; Josh Kiger, P/SS; Sam Palensky, P/2B; Zach Hansen, OF; Chris May, OF.
Outlook: Titans won state in 2010 and 2011 but missed the tourney last year; motivated team must develop pitching depth to be successful this season.
Coach: Scott Heese, 4th year. 2012: 9-11.
Returning starters — Seniors: John Drumm, P/OF; Elliot Haack, 3B/P; Luke McCord, P/INF. Juniors: Tyler LaBreck, P/INF; Brett Nice, P/1B; Brett Velasquez, P/OF.
Outlook: The return of several lettermen and the addition of promising newcomers should make the Badgers a team to watch this season.
Coach: Jason Meggison, 5th year. 2012: 8-15.
Returning starters — Seniors: Lance Hansen, C/P; Brad Gentzler, SS/P; Mitch Macek, 1B/P; Derek Jorgensen, LF/C; Cooper Lippincott, RF/P. Juniors: Dane Appel, 3B. Sophomores: Brodie Wakefield, 2B.
Outlook: Bears hope to keep showing improvement; lack of pitching depth could be a concern.
Coach: Jeremy Fries, 2nd year. 2012: 4-12.
Returning starters — Seniors: Colton Steer, C/1B; Grant Benson, INF; Matt Jensby, INF/OF. Juniors: Jordan Walker, P/INF/OF; Mitch Steinhoff, OF/P; Brysen Mach, P/INF. Sophomores: Alex McGinnis, P/INF.
Outlook: Team should be improved, but depth is a question; pitching should be the team's strength.
Coach: Steve Frey, 4th year. 2012: 15-17, state qualifier.
Returning starters — Seniors: Brandon Fowler, SS; Zach Baker, P/C; Austin Alfrey, C/OF; Nick Lassek, OF; Logan Fraser, P/3B; Quinn Gano, P; Colton Roessner, P/3B. Juniors: Bryan McLaughlin, P/C/3B; Easton Wilson, P/2B. Sophomores: Jack Morock, OF.
Outlook: Antlers return a number of experienced players; definitely a team to watch this season.
Elkhorn Mount Michael
Coach: Brent Suing, 4th year. 2012: 6-12.
Returning starters — Seniors: Matt Lingo, 1B/C; Mark Loeffelholz, UT; Tommy Maliszewski, OF; Randy Speer, P. Juniors: Jackson Taylor, INF; Will Ernst, P. Sophomores: Chris Riddle.
Outlook: Young team will need to find a way to score runs.
Coach: Brandon Dahl, 1st year. 2012: 16-13.
Returning starters — Seniors: Kyle Kennebeck, P/OF; Jay Landholm, P/INF; Vince Rosso, OF; Tanner Thibodeau, OF. Juniors: Zach Reeg, P/INF; Trent Jacobi, P/INF.
Outlook: The Storm have good senior leadership and should show improvement.
Coach: Roy Prauner, 2nd year. 2012: 2-17.
Returning starters — Seniors: Jaden Boudle, P/SS; Jacob Wilson, P/OF; Brandon Wynn, CF. Juniors: Joe Genoways, C; Trae Bradburn, P/1B; Jon Keenen, 3B. Sophomores: Peyton Greisert, P/UT; Braydon Lake, OF.
Outlook: The Pioneers worked hard during the offseason, a sign the program is moving in the right direction; Genoways, who batted .356 last season, is a player to watch.
Coach: Jake Wolf, 3rd year. 2012: 9-13.
Returning starters — Seniors: Tanner Evans, OF; Zach Mowinkel, OF/P; Trent Brosdahl, C/UT; Caleb Koch, INF; Tate Paulsen, OF; Trevor Leiting, P/INF. Juniors: Alex Kramer, INF.
Outlook: The Dragons won the state title in 2011 but missed state in 2012; a year of experience should be a positive to get back on track.
Lincoln Pius X
Coach: Troy Charf. 2012: 23-10, state champion.
Returning starters -- Seniors: Jake Schleppenbach, INF; Alex Schleppenbach, INF; Tony McWilliams, INF; Tom Schneider, INF; Rex Raetz, OF; Dan LeDuc, P.
Outlook: Thunderbolts graduated only five from last year's state championship squad; expect this team to contend once again behind solid defense and team speed.
Coach: Tom Bales, 14th year. 2012: 6-15.
Returning starters — Seniors: Trever Knefel, C/P; Bladen Bales, OF; Tanner Faris, P/SS; Josh Peterson, 1B/OF; Tommie Knapp, 2B; Gabe Sammons, P/INF. Juniors: Nathan Zaroban, C/INF; Jake Peirce, INF/P.
Outlook: The Pioneers return eight starters from last year's team but defense must improve to compete for a state berth.
Coach: Jason Collison, 3rd year. 2012: 29-6.
Returning starters — Seniors: Troy Hair; John Estudillo; Payton Kinney; Preston Price; Brady Johnson. Juniors: Jakson Reetz; Byron Hood; Jake Peterson; Bryce Peterson.
Outlook: Reetz put up a .425 average last season, and Hair hit .408. Each will spend some time on the mound, too.
Coach: Mike Filipowicz, 24th year. 2012: 2012: 14-13.
Returning starters — Seniors: Max Connor, INF; Zach Knicky, OF/P; Cragin Missak, P.
Outlook: Experienced players Missak and Knicky will anchor the pitching staff; player to watch is pitcher Ben Peters.
Coach: Shawn Exner, 3rd year. 2012: 20-9, state qualifier.
Returning starters -- Seniors: Brian Schwetschenau, 1B; Jared Vanlandingham, C. Juniors: Shea Patterson, SS/2B; Spencer Meduna, OF.
Outlook: SkyHawks graduated 11 seniors, including ace Matt Warren; pitching rotation will be led by juniors.
Coach: Jim Olsen, 2nd year. 2012: 3-16.
Returning starters — Seniors: Phil Hertel, CF; Travis Maddux, P/INF; Dylan Sutton, C/P; Dylan Knople, INF/OF; Cody Combs, OF. Juniors: Brent Hoschar, 1B. Sophomores: CJ Neumann, INF/P; Travis Sabatka, INF/P.
Outlook: Blue Devils should show improvement in their second season of varsity play.
Coach: Marty Santoni, 9th year. 2012: 10-14.
Returning starters — Seniors: Justin Tingwald, INF; Spencer Lavicky, P/C; Andy Chleborad, OF; Brandon Jochimsen, OF; Pat Kolvek, OF. Juniors: Jeff Thompson, INF; Alex DeSantiago, OF/C. Sophomores: Sam Dannehl, P/C.
Coach: Brock Anderson, 2nd year. 2012: 12-8, state qualifier.
Returning starters — Seniors: Brady Trevino, SS; Zach Klenke, 1B/P; Seth Pitzke, OF.
Outlook: Bluejays graduated six key seniors so young players will be called on immediately.
Wahoo/Raymond Central/Lincoln Lutheran
Coach: Dustin Nilius, 3rd year. 2012: 18-8, state qualifier.
Returning starters — Seniors: Quinn McGill, P/OF; Brook Stuart, P/INF; Marshall Oetting, P/INF; Micah Oetting, INF; Tyson Carlson, P/INF; Mike McNally, INF. Juniors: Bailey Bliss, OF/C.
Outlook: Warriors have a veteran team and will look to build on last year's success.
Coach: Michael Goodrich, 5th year. 2012: 18-10, state qualifier.
Returning starters — Seniors: Sam Tewes, P/3B; Kyle DeBaets, P/C; Tyler Helmick, UT; Andrew Neujahr, P/C; Tanner Buresh, P/OF; Adam Jorgenson, SS; Aaron Ochsner, P/OF; Jesse Maguire, P/OF. Juniors: Brody Murphy, P/2B.
Outlook: The presence of eight seniors, including Wichita State pitching recruit Tewes, should make the Vikings tough this season.
Coach: Adam Hoffman, 2nd year. 2012: 6-11.
Returning starters — Seniors: Danny Melena, OF; Brady Soden, P/1B; Bradley Longe, UT; Drew Carroll, UT.
Outlook: The Blue Devils will need younger players to step up and replace the graduated seniors to keep the program moving forward.