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Pitching with Pritch...A great day for the Pritchetts PDF Print E-mail

By Larry Pritchett

Past PCHS Activities Director


Last Sunday the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation inducted their 17th group of individuals.  It was a great day for me and my family as I got to be included in the group.  

The honor of being included is one thing, but it was also a great day because of our friends who came to the program and gave us a lot of support for the day.  

We had some people in the group who represented the SPVA,  some former administrators and also some former staff members, some former players, and a former PCHS student.  It was a great day. 

There were five coaches inducted, 12 athletes, and one official.  It was really great to listen to everyone relate some of their philosophy in coaching and some of the players take on why they were so skilled and how they gained the success that they did.  

In the players group there were a couple of guys who had highlights that as a coach I remember very well.  

Ted Harvey, former Lexington athlete and a former Cornhusker player, was a senior when I was at Cozad.  

The Lexington coaches had moved Ted to a running back for the season and moved another player to quarterback and in our game we had taken a lead.  

All of a sudden, Harvey was back at quarterback where he touched the ball on every play and many times he kept it, and in the end they thumped us pretty good.  Lexington ended up as State Champion that year and the next.  

The other athlete who broke my heart was Ed Thompson from Cambridge.  We played Cambridge to go to state one year in basketballand we had them down and should have got the win, but towards the end Ed drove and picked up a very controversial call.  

It was one of those foul/charge calls and the call went against us. Instead of Thompson fouling out, our big gun Damon Jones fouled out and Thompson went to the line, hitting two free throws that sent the game into OT and they got us in the extra period.  

When I saw Ed on Sunday we both recalled the game and sure enough he told me it was a foul and I told him it was a charge. It is one of the great things about athletics, after the game you can still be friends even years later.  I still know in my heart it was a charge!

Huskers Not Sharp

The Huskers didn’t look real sharp against South Dakota last weekend.  It was a tough game to watch and the best thing about it was that even when the team played badly, they still won.  

The Jackrabbits played really well. They made it a much tougher game than anyone thought it would be and battled right to the very end. 

I am sure that Coach Pelini was upset with the level of play and I would say that by the time they play again which will be against K-State they will be ready for Big Twelve competition.