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The Rise of UNO’s Zach Jackson

The trumpet herald didn't sound when Zach Jackson signed his letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Nebraska Omaha. There wasn't a media day with hats on a table or commitment videos shared thousands of times on Twitter. Jackson was simply a recruit, as described by UNO head coach Derrin Hansen,...
Omaha Burke Paul Limongi

Before the State Final, Burke’s Paul Limongi Has Already Won

Football is a game of toughness. It's about imposing a will. It's about adapting to change, rising to challenges, and fighting for every yard. Of course, it's also about talent. It mirrors life in those ways. There are probably few who understand it like Omaha Burke head coach Paul Limongi. He certainly understands what it means...
Mike Huffman Bellevue West football

The Juggernaut That Wasn’t: Mike Huffman’s Impact on Bellevue West Football

“Our school and our kids have come to expect to win." Before Mike Huffman took over the football program, it wasn't always the case at Bellevue West. From 1995 — West's first appearance in the playoffs — until 2012, the Thunderbirds qualified for the postseason 14 times. Not bad. But they rarely advanced past the...
Cameron Baker

CB Thomas Jefferson’s Cameron Baker is Light on Words, Big on Production

Cameron Baker would rather not do this. No, it's not football he wants to avoid. “There's a lot of things about football to love," he said. He beams when talking about starting football as a seven-year-old, skipping the flag variety and jumping right into full contact. It's not practice he wants to skip. Ask Council Bluffs...
Jeyvon Ducker

Bellevue West’s Jeyvon Ducker Puts a Juke Move on “Dumb Jock” Stereotype

Athletic ability and academic intelligence don't always go hand-in-hand. Jeyvon Ducker knows that. He puts it a bit more bluntly. “The stereotype is that football players are dumb." The very mention of “football" might bring images of hulking brutes battering each other into mush, repeatedly smashing their heads together until they're no longer high functioning humans. But...
Kohl Herbolsheimer Millard South

Millard South’s Kohl Herbolsheimer Sets a High Bar

Kohl Herbolsheimer is a rarity. As a freshman in 2016, he started on the varsity football team at Millard South High School. It happens, from time to time, that a ninth-grade student has the skills and ability and maturity necessary to compete against varsity competition. It's rare in Class A in Nebraska, but it does...
Ryan Bena and Jack Hasz

Ryan Bena and Jack Hasz are Prep’s Dynamic Duo

Dynamic duos exist throughout history and lore. Batman and Robin. Sherlock and Watson. Peanut butter and jelly. What about Bena and Hasz? For Creighton Prep football, it's definitely true. Ryan Bena and Jack Hasz are certainly dynamic. The pair has grown into two of Nebraska's most sought after recruits. As a duo, they get up to...
Zander Gray

The Pressure of Being Omaha North’s Zander Gray

Tucked behind the school at 36th and Ames Streets in Omaha, there's an artificial turf football field. There aren't any bleachers to speak of because this is just a practice field. Omaha North doesn't have its own stadium. The football team plays games about five miles away at Omaha Northwest High. But it's no trouble. The...
Zavier Betts

Bellevue West’s Zavier Betts: Life Under the Spotlight

Few 14-year-old freshmen are ready to play varsity football from day one. Look up and down the rosters of Nebraska's Class A high schools and you won't find many with a “9" listed under grade. Bellevue West wide receiver Zavier Betts was no different. At least, he wasn't different initially. His head coach, Mike Huffman, remembers...
Nick Henrich Omaha college recruiting

Recruiting in College Athletics is Big Business

Recruiting in college athletics is big business. It's no secret. According to Forbes, nearly every school in the Power 5 conferences spends more than $1 million per year to bring in new athletes. Over the past two-and-a-half years, dozens of schools around the country have dedicated a portion of the millions spent to gain...