October 24, 2014

Peru State has new men’s basketball coach

Former Omaha Central boys basketball coach Eric Behrens made the move official on Friday to take the head coaching job at Peru State, after 13 years of coaching the Eagles.

Behrens had a successful run at Central, posting a record of 283-62. He led Central to seven state championship, three in a row from ’06 to ’08 and then four in a row from ’10 to ’13.

He takes over a Peru State team that finished 9-19 last season, losing their final eight games. The Bobcats play in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Peru State claims HAAC title, headed to NAIA tournament

Peru State College (PSC) marked its first season in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) by winning the 2012 HAAC Tournament with a 4-3 triumph over Central Methodist University (CMU), Saturday afternoon in St. Joseph, Mo.

In addition to being the first Bobcat team to win a HAAC title, the 2011-12 Peru State team is the first to qualify for the national tournament. Peru State (35-16) will move on to take part in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round, which consists of nine five-team, double-elimination tournaments.

Peru State will be in Paducah, Kentucky as the 4th seed. Bellevue University is also at that site as the 3rd seed. That event will run May 10-14 with the site winner advancing to the NAIA World Series, scheduled for May 25-June 1 in Lewiston, Idaho.

MCAC completes first round of the baseball tournament

The Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball tournament has three of Nebraska schools in the four team double-elimination tournament. #2 seed Bellevue beat #3 Peru State 9-7. #1 seeded York lost on their home field 13-7 to Oklahoma Wesleyan. Bellevue then beat Wesleyan 12-4 to advance to the championship bracket. This morning at 9:30, York and Peru State play with the the winner facing Oklahoma Wesleyan at 12:30 for the right to play Bellevue in the championship on Friday.

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York will face Oklahoma Wesleyan in MCAC baseball final

Number one seed and host York University scored two victories at Tuesday at Westgate Park in Omaha, NE to advance to today’s championship round in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason baseball tournament.

York opened with a 2-1 win over fourth seeded College of the Ozarks. Bruce Amende threw a complete game five hitter while striking out 13. In York’s second game against #2 seed Oklahoma Wesleyan, York got three RBI from Matt Berru and a 4 for 6 day at the plate from centerfielder Josh Warren in an 8-4 win.

Oklahoma Wesleyan beat Peru State and then beat College of the Ozarks late last night after C of O. eliminated Peru State. So, OWU will need to beat York twice for the MCAC title. The first game is scheduled for today at 2pm.

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Peru State jumping conferences in 2011

Peru State is moving conference to become a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference in 2011-12. The Bobcats, an independent in football, are current members of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference in other sports, along with Bellevue University and York College.

The HAAC includes Lindenwood from St. Charles, MO., which lost to Sioux Falls of the Great Plains Athletic Conference in the football championship game last year. However, Lindenwood is trying to move up to the D-II ranks along with William Jewell another Missouri based HAAC school.

Peru State will be the only public college in the conference, which competes in NAIA Division I for basketball. The MCAC and GPAC are NAIA Division II leagues.