Heartland Hoops Classic Previews – Co-Feature and Feature Games

2021609-Lby Bobby Mills

We have arrived to the final two games of this 7th edition of the Heartland Hoops Classic and once again Nebraska basketball power Omaha Central will be paired with an out-state power. The Eagles will face a formidable Class 5A Colorado high school team in Denver East in the featured game of the day. But before we spotlight that dandy, how about a look at Game 7 which sends Kearney to the Events Center to meet Class A’s #5 rated Norfolk.

Kearney (8-12) vs. Norfolk (17-2) {7:30pm}

Around Christmas time I thought maybe Tino Martinez had made a blunder scheduling Kearney against Norfolk in the co-featured game of the day. You see, at that time the Bearcats were 1-10, with their only win coming against a Class B Lexington squad. But since that time the Bearcats have gone 8-2 with the lone losses coming in a 2 point loss to Creighton Prep at the Bird Cage and a single point setback to Lincoln North Star. Excluding an opening blowout loss to Bellevue West, the biggest spread in a loss for this Kearney team was 10 points, even during that dismal 1-10 start. Kearney even stayed within 9 of Norfolk in the GNAC tournament smack dab in the middle of that losing streak. (more…)

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Heartland Hoops Classic Preview – Games Five and Six

HeartlandHoops5-6by Bobby Mills

A couple of pretty cool matchups at 4 and 5:45 Saturday. Let’s take a look at these games so you’ll be prepared.

Doniphan-Trumbull (16-3) vs. Norfolk Catholic (11-8) {4:00pm)

How about this matchup Tino Martinez lined up? A traditional C-1 power from the Northeast against a C-2 power from Central Nebraska. Both teams have speed to burn and love to run. D-T is coming off a state football title and the same superb cast runs the basketball show.

Doniphan-Trumbull has a very nice combination of inside and outside excellence. Jordan Slough handles the ball as the floor general and Lorenzo Williams, all 5-7 of him, is lightning fast on both sides of the ball and can drain the trey. The Cardinals are long and athletic with Creighton Buhr, Riley Wiltfong and Grady Koch. Buhr is an all-state type player that can hurt you inside or outside. (more…)

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2014 Heartland Hoops Classic Preview – Games Three and Four

2020203-Lby Bobby Mills

Today we spotlight games 3 and 4 of this year’s Classic. Game 3 features Class B’s number 1 Elkhorn South going against Grand Island Senior High while Class B power Wahoo Neumann takes on Grand Island Northwest in game 4.

And now, on to the previews:

Elkhorn South (18-0) vs. Grand Island (4-14) {12:30 pm}

Coach Alex Bahe’s Elkhorn South Storm steps up a class to play Class A Grand Island in the 10:45 tilt at the Heartland Events Center.

Elkhorn South is rated numero uno in Class B and 6th in the Omaha World-Herald’s overall top 10. Only Omaha Benson, South, Westside, and Omaha Central are rated higher. The Storm is rolling over opponents by an average score of 71-46. This bunch gets after it when they hit the hardwood. The Storm had a few close games early on but have been punishing teams since the Wahoo Holiday Tournament in late December. Since that tournament the closest anyone has come to Elkhorn South is Norris (66-51). In the last 6 outings, the Storm has outscored their opposition by a margin of 73-38. (more…)

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Heartland Hoops Classic to Offer Top Notch Basketball

2019511-Lby Bobby Mills
This coming Saturday February 15 the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island will be alive and kicking with some very fine high school basketball. Local entrepreneur Tino Martinez has lined up 8 match-ups that will feature teams all the way the southeastern edge of Nebraska all the way to Denver, Colorado.

The 7th annual Heartland Hoops Classic will commence next Saturday and is not only the only one of its kind in Nebraska, but the only one to withstand the winds of time.

We will spotlight each of the eight games in the days to come and get basketball fans prepped for the outstanding schedule of games on tap for the 7th Annual Heartland Hoops Classic. (more…)

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The Heartland Hoops Classic

The 7th annual Heartland Hoops Classic is next Saturday, February 15th, at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island. The first game will tip off at 9am. There are eight games scheduled with the last one starting at 9:15pm. Tickets are on sale now; Adult $16, Student $8 and a few courtside seats are avaialbe for $70. Be sure to get your ticket in advance.

This years feature game is Denver East vs Omaha Central. The top program in Colorado vs the top program in Nebraska. Both teams participate in their state associations’s largest classification. The Denver team is led by two division I recruits, one of which is signed to play basketball for the Creighton Bluejays, Ronnie Harrell. The Eagles are led by Treshawn Thurman who is a division I prospect. Last year the Eagles defeated national power Oak Hill Academy in front of a sellout crowd. We expect this years classic to be equally as exciting. (more…)

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