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The Omaha Sports Academy: Melcher Coaches from Experience

Whether it’s making sure grades are kept up, giving rides to and from practice, occasionally providing a hot meal or being a stable influence, Melcher’s role goes beyond the title of coach. He’s the guy that’s always cheering—even if he’s not coaching on the sidelines. In a way, he’s the sixth man. “I don’t rest on the positives,” […]

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Why are Teams Seeded in the NCAA Tournament?

In the NCAA Basketball Tournament, 65 teams compete for the National Championship. The teams are not placed into the tournament randomly, but each team is given a specific ranking, or seed. The match-ups for each round are determined by the seeding of the winning teams. This method is used in almost all playoffs, and it is […]

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Women Athletes and the NCAA

As noted at the association’s official website, the organization began after President Theodore Roosevelt called a group of sports leaders to the White House to meet and find a resolution to the violence and deaths that resulted from injuries sustained during the course of football games. By December 1905, the sixty-two sports leaders formed the Intercollegiate […]

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Fly Fishing with Poppers: Using Popping Bugs for Bass and Panfish

Freshwater poppers are small floating flies usually made of feathers, rubber legs, and cork or foam, which is pained. These flies may represent damselflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, frogs, and other creatures liable to present themselves to fish near the water’s edge. They are best when fished in late spring, summer, and early fall, when insects abound around […]

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