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.
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.
The Eagles "had a lot of guys step up and play a big part" in a key second-half run to win the OPS Jamboree final.
Check out the Nebraska high school volleyball All-Class teams and honorable mention selections for the 2022 season.
Meet the seven athletes named to the 2022 Feltz WealthPlan All-Nebraska volleyball team.
Omaha Creighton Prep and the Omaha Westside girls won the team titles Saturday at the Omaha Burke Swimming and Diving Invitational.
C.J. Stroud, Caleb Williams among four QBs named Heisman finalists
Max Duggan, a Council Bluffs Lewis Central grad, began the season as TCU’s backup quarterback. He’ll end it as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
Oregon has tapped Will Stein as its next offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports Monday.
Brian Daboll wasn’t in a sharing mood on Monday. He would not explain what his analytics team’s math was telling him about how Sunday’s 20-20 tie with Washington impacted the Giants’ playoff chances. “We tied the game. We obviously would like to win the game,” Daboll said, one day after coaching for a tie in overtime. He would not give details on why his offense’s second half was so much worse ...
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