Creighton-bound point guard Ronnie Harrell and his Denver East teammates will play Omaha Central in the marquee game of the seventh annual Heartland Hoops Classic in Grand Island.
The eight-game event will be Feb. 15 at the Heartland Events Center. Central-Denver East will be the 9:15 p.m. game.
East's Angels have won five state titles in 21 years with Rudy Carey as their coach. Like Central, East is the oldest high school in its city.
Last year, Central beat Oak Hill (Va.) Academy 70-63 before a full house of nearly 6,000 in Grand Island.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for students. A limited number of courtside seats ($70 apiece) will be sold. All tickets are good for all eight games. Tickets can be purchased at the Heartland Events Center box office or through ticketmaster.com.
9 a.m., Overton vs. Sutton. 10:45, Freeman vs. High Plains. 12:30 p.m., Elkhorn South vs. Grand Island. 2:15, Wahoo Neumann vs. Grand Island Northwest. 4 p.m., Norfolk Catholic vs. Doniphan-Trumbull. 5:45, Southern Valley vs. Grand Island Central Catholic. 7:30, Norfolk vs. Kearney. 9:15, Omaha Central vs. Denver East.
Boone Central to open new stadium Friday
Boone Central/Newman Grove will play its first game on Boone Central's new artificial-turf field Friday night when the Cardinals, top-ranked in Class C-1, host David City.
The $2.1 million, 1,800-seat stadium, which includes a track, is four blocks east of the school. Football coach Arnold Johnson, who's in his 27th year, said the old field at the school was wavy and, because of a track renovation, the middle of the grandstand was on the 30-yard line.
By installing the turf during the school year, Johnson said, the cost was only $50,000 more than for a grass field.
“Peg (his wife) and I just walked down to the stadium tonight, stood up near the top of the stands and watched as the lights slowly came on,” Johnson said Tuesday. “This is a neat deal.”
The Cardinals had only one home game scheduled in August or September and played it at Petersburg, where that town's high school merged with Albion in 2001. Extra bleachers from Norfolk were brought in for the Sept. 6 game against Pierce, which the Cardinals won 48-7.
Miserable conditions lead to high turnover counts
Northwest Nebraska was not the area on a rainy Friday night last week to play error-free football. Alliance's 13-8 home win over Lexington and Chadron's 16-6 home win over Gordon-Rushville produced combined turnover counts of 15 and 12, respectively.
On Alliance's muddy field, the hosts lost eight of 13 fumbles and Lexington lost five of eight while also throwing two interceptions.
Chadron had turnovers on six of its seven first-half possessions while Gordon turned it over three times. The Cardinals ended with seven turnovers and the visitors five.
Prep, Westside tennis teams to take part in 'Pinkout'
The Omaha Westside and Creighton Prep tennis teams will hold a pinkout for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at their dual at 4 p.m. Monday at Westside.
Warrior coach Kim Gradoville lost her mother, Patty, to cancer in August. The coach missed Westside's first few duals.
“Both teams are going to be wearing pink for the cause,” Gradoville said. “Anybody who has anybody who has passed away or been diagnosed, I'm going to have a place where you can tie a pink ribbon for that person.”
Pink beads will be available for fans and the Warriors will be taking donations.
After the match, from 5 to 9 p.m., Orange Leaf at Ak-Sar-Ben Village will donate $1 from each yogurt sold to the University of Nebraska Medical Center's breast cancer research. Buyers must have a coupon from the dual.
Milestone for Lincoln East boys tennis coach
Lincoln East coach Jeff Hoham recently recorded his 300th career team victory in boys tennis.
Hoham, a Ralston graduate who has been coaching the Spartans since 1987, has coached nine state championship teams in tennis and four in boys soccer.
National records indicate he is the 17th coach with 300 wins and the first from Nebraska.
Bits and pieces
» Josh Coyle of West Holt, a returning Class C-2 all-state running back, is expected to miss the rest of the season after damaging his MCL and ACL in a Sept. 20 win over Wakefield. Coyle ran for 339 yards in a little more than two games, pushing his three-year total past 3,900 yards.
» Victor Beanum scored on runs of 63, 51 and 6 yards in Millard West's 69-0 win at Omaha Bryan last week. Also scoring on runs for the Wildcats were Sal Guido (6 yards), Thomas Russell (17), Ross Drwal (29), Cody Janke (44) and DJ Jackson (21). Nick Lawson caught a 44-yard TD pass from Drwal and Trevor Bandiera went 82 yards with a Zach Johnson pass. Danny Sandoz was 6 of 7 on extra points and Chase Bishop 3 of 3.
» Anthony Rosenthal had two touchdowns, Scott Botkin made two field goals and five extra points and Anthony Cloyd ran and passed for scores in Millard South's 48-0 win at Omaha South. Also scoring for the Patriots were Ryan DeVries, Bryce Cooney and Logan Lichter.