Bits and Pieces: Frost effect no surprise
February 7 was the national letter of intent signing day for college football across the country. With the announcement of Scott Frost as the University of Nebraska’s new football coach, an abysmal recruiting situation following the firing of former head coach Mike Riley took a sudden turn for the better.
This should have come as no shock to anyone. Things are always in limbo when a coach, who has been recruiting most of the players on the recruiting board, is sent packing. Considering that Frost is being heralded as one of the brilliant young offensive minds in college football and that several national sporting outlets have called the new NU coach one of the best young college football coaching prospects in the country the rise from number 70 on the recruiting charts to the top 25 should come as little or no surprise.
Nebraska has always been in the #20-#30 range in the past. Some recent NU coaches have done a solid job of recruiting, but the problem has been what has happened once those young men have arrived in Lincoln. In many cases those players never developed into the athletes they could and should have become.
There was little improvement in many areas. That is not a blast at the athletes. It is a blast at the former coaching staffs and their inability to take three and four-star players and turn them into a top ten team. We still have to see what will happen with this incoming class of young men but one get’s the idea after what we saw happen at Central Florida the past couple of years, that this new coaching staff at NU has the ability, the drive, and the determination to make winners out of these athletes.
KUDOS to the LADY WARRIORS
It has been a trying season for the SCHS Lady Warriors basketball team with injuries and illnesses, but the young women have not given up and they continue to play hard. This determination can easily be traced back to their head coach, Kadeyn Johnson. In his first year at SCHS he has taken the basketball team and stressed fundamentals and persistence. Against Douglas County West last week, Schuyler picked up its second victory of the season holding off a furious comeback by the Lady Falcons on their way to a 33-31 win. The record might not indicate it at this time, but coach Johnson and his young squad are beginning to show signs to breaking into the win column on a more regular basis in seasons to come.
HOW MANY TO STATE
This Friday and Saturday the SCHS wrestling squad will be venturing southward to Beatrice, Nebraska to compete in the Class B - District 2 wrestling tournament. With the state meet only a week away it will be interesting to see how many wrestlers from Schuyler Central will qualify for the state meet. The team has been consistently strong throughout the entire season with top three finishes in most of their major invitational appearances. The strength of the team has been having 10-12 wrestlers finish in the top six as most of these events. There have not been a lot of individual titles for the wrestlers but those 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place finishes have driven the Warriors to success. Now comes the big test. The top four wrestlers in each class will qualify for the state meet. The Warriors have the talent to send several wrestlers to the Century Link Center in Omaha. Let’s hope that will certainly be the case. Good luck to coach Hlavac and to all the SCHS wrestling squad.
WE SHOULD BE DANCIN’
The SCHS gym was certainly a happening spot last Friday evening. Sure, there were a host of basketball fans in attendance from both Crete and Schuyler but by halftime of the boy’s game the home bleachers were nearly full for the first time this season. Why? The Schuyler Central dance team had 45 youngsters attend their dance mini-camp after school and learn a dance routine. They proudly took the floor with their high school heroes and put on quite a performance to the delight of the cheering crowd. Kudos to the organizers of the event and for promoting yet another amazing activity at Schuyler Central High School.