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Tom Kropp loves nothing more than a basketball competition, even when it’s against his college students. “Running Horse,” a game Kropp long ago modified for his players, stands the test of time. So does Kropp’s shooting eye. “He’s automatic,” said one student.
You can’t tell the tales of Tom Kropp without his signature Loper team, a group of undersized overachievers who led the league in floor burns.
Other coaches might win with superior recruits or X’s and O’s. Tom Kropp won not by telling kids how to play, but by showing them how hard to play.
Tom Kropp, the folk hero of Kearney State sports, made it to the NBA in the 1970s. But the hustle that got him there may have kept him from becoming a star on the biggest stage.
As a football and basketball player at Kearney State, Tom Kropp became a small-college superstar and earned opportunities to play in both the NFL and NBA.
A four-sport standout, drafted by three teams in two professional sports, there's no one like Tom Kropp in Nebraska history. But like every legend, he carries a tinge of mystery.
“If you leave,” Bob Devaney says, “you’ll always wonder if you could play Big Eight football.” But for all the firepower present in Abel Hall, the voice of wisdom Tom Kropp needs most hasn’t arrived yet.
Getting its start in the late 1960s, the Hastings College Basketball School quickly evolved into a can’t-miss summer event for junior high- and high school-aged kids across Nebraska.
The cancellation of the College World Series undoubtedly hit coaches and players hard. It didn’t do the fans much good, either.
I showed up, like I have for every CWS opening day since 1991, writes Tom Shatel. The difference is, on Saturday, I left my house 30 minutes before first pitch.
After nine renditions of the CWS downtown, it’s clear: the flat-seamed ball, instituted in 2015, has rewritten the narrative.
It’s been years since we said goodbye. Ten years since Whit Merrifield lined a single to right, scoring Scott Wingo and made South Carolina the last College World Series champ at Rosenblatt Stadium.
This summer would have been the 10th College World Series in our downtown ballpark — a milestone worth commemorating with a bit of hoopla and flare. But the jubilee has been canceled.
Say what you want about Twitter, but it is changing the landscape of sports.
I never expected to get a lesson on basketball in Nebraska from a classical music expert from New York, but that’s what happened.
Make no mistake: The new palace will be built. In some ways, it’s important to do it sooner than later.
Entering the 1960 state tournament, the Omaha South Packers had barely been tested. They had shooters, ball handlers and 6-8 center Bill Vincent, who you couldn’t defend 1-on-1.
Harry Kersenbrock was supposed to play for Phog Allen. But he died too soon on June 28, 1928, after a canoeing accident on the Big Blue River at home.
The current state of the game is pure slapstick. Last week alone, you had NCAA Boss Mark Emmert say no college football games unless students are on campus. In the same day, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said sure, games could be played without students around.
Sellers signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Lions after last weekend's draft.
He brought affordable golf to Omaha and hit the city's first hole in one. Remember Harry Lawrie with Stu Pospisil.
Forrest Roper was a lot of things, but in certain corners of this city, he's defined most as a trailblazer for women's athletics in Omaha.
After eight years, the U.S. Senior Open returns to Omaha Country Club in 2021. It’s as soon as the sponsoring USGA has ever brought the tournament back to a course.
I loved this NFL draft. I couldn’t get enough of it. I want seven more nights of it, writes Tom Shatel.
Clemson's Isaiah Simmons will likely be one of the first 10 picks in the NFL draft, but the Butkus Award winner also has strong Omaha ties.
Joe Burrow has checked all the available boxes, including one more on Thursday night, when he's expected to become the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft.
Any college football season we get this year or next will likely be altered. So, we need ideas. Presenting the Shatel Plan.
A now-closed Wahoo college once had the nation's best women's basketball team, and their skill led to China... in the middle of the Cold War.
During its Omaha heyday in the mid-1990s, Hoop-It-Up had 1,900 teams playing on 150 courts.
The key to life is connections and good parking. Nearly 30 years ago, Mike Moran offered me the former, and it led to my all-time favorite assignment.
“I know it’s going to create a lot more challenges than we’re probably aware of right now but it’s going to be worth it in the end because it’s doing the right thing for student-athletes,” UNO coach Evan Porter said.
This is one of my favorite interviews, and two weeks ago I didn’t think it would ever happen., writes Tom Shatel. Meet basketball legend Jerry Krause, who hails from Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska.
It was all coming together for Concordia pitcher Jason Munsch this spring. In four starts, he allowed no earned runs, nine hits, walked six and struck out 59 in 26 innings.
Today The World-Herald launches “Still Spinnin',” a periodic series highlighting tales of Nebraska’s basketball history. Our hoops heritage.
The 87-year-old woman has written long, newsy, honest letters for almost 50 years, making connections with others and creating a family history.
Oh, did I put the Creighton basketball in the Sweet 16? You bet I did. Marcus Zegarowski gets them there on one leg, if necessary.
You don't have to have the respiratory virus or know someone who does to feel the pandemic's beginning and widespread effects: No parade for the Irish on Saturday. No holy water at church this morning. No school Monday or maybe for weeks. No office work for Mutual of Omaha and Conagra.
The Omaha team, which had a deaf coach, was undefeated in 1931.
In the past 48 hours, the coronavirus has hit our sports world like an early spring tornado.
The truck-driving couple won a national award for their rescue efforts.
This is March Madness, redefined. The sound of sneakers screeching like tires will fill the air at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday.
Sam Griesel, a sophomore out of Lincoln East, has made two critical blocks in his two games at the Summit League tournament. “He’s just a winner ... he delivers in big moments,” North Dakota State coach Dave Richman said.
The U.S. Army's seizure of the famed 'Bridge at Remagen' 75 years ago made 2nd Lt. Karl Timmermann of West Point, Nebraska, famous. But the young man who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross wasn't honored in his hometown until years later, long after his death.
As simple as it sounds to keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth, just try it. Try not rubbing your eye or itching your nose. Don’t wipe your mouth. Don’t scratch, lean, tug or otherwise answer a twitch, an itch, a yawn, a cough or other erstwhile call from nature.
Read about the epic Odyssey of a beloved Honda minivan.
Rumors of the Tokyo Olympics being canceled because of the virus in Asia put the Omaha event in jeopardy. Or could the Trials still go on, even without the Olympics?
The Class C-1 Warriors are headed to the state tournament for the ninth time and the third year in a row. Not bad for a team that was 6-4 at one point and trying to figure things out.