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Hanus Named Academic All-American

Congratulations to Xedge athlete & Premier 18 Gold’s libero, Andie Hanus who was named to the 2015 High School Academic All-American team. Hanus was one of just eight Class of 2016 volleyball athletes in the nation to receive First Team recognition!

Congratulations Andie, your #teamXedge family is proud!

Below is what PrepVolleyball had to say about Hanus and why she was selected:

Volleyball players, as a whole, are a talented lot who excel both on the court and in the classroom. Here are the best of the best at combining big brains and athletic brawn, our 2015 High School Volleyball Academic All American list.

Andie Hanus, 5-9 DS, Marian (Omaha, Nebraska) – Part of a ridiculously good defensive duo for the nationally-ranked Crusaders, is it any wonder they won three straight Nebraska Class A titles? Hanus, who will play at Missouri, was HM All-State in 2015 after recording 298 digs and 55 aces. In the classroom, Hanus is a superstar, ranking in the top eight percent of her class with a 4.27 GPA. She is a National Merit Commended Student and a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist in Nebraska who scored 35 on her ACT. She is a math tutor, an officer in Rho Kappa Honor Society, a member of NHS and is on the Student Board at Marian High. Plan on calling her “Dr. Andie” in the near future, as she’ll be Pre-Med at Missouri.

2015 High School Academic All Americans First Team 

Sara Chandler Mitchell, 5-7 S, Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Alabama) 

Catie Cronister, 5-10 OH, Latin School of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) – Wofford College recruit 

Lee Ann Cunningham, 5-7 DS, Assumption (Louisville, Kentucky) – Rice University recruit 

Audriana Fitzmorris, 6-6 MB, St. James (Lenexa, Kansas) – Stanford recruit 

Madeleine Gates, 6-2 MB, La Jolla (California) – UCLA recruit 

Andie Hanus, 5-9 DS, Marian (Omaha, Nebraska) – University of Missouri recruit 

Callie Jones, 5-9 S, Xavier College Prep (Phoenix, Arizona) – Santa Clara recruit 

Tara Traphagan, 6-1 OH, Yuma (Colorado) – University of Wyoming recruit

Sara Nylin

Last week Abbie starting training every day with a personal trainer and nutritionist on top of her twenty hours at gymnastics. This is the same trainer who trains Maggie Nichols, the TCT gymnast who just won gold at the World Championship in Scotland. Today she said to me, “I still like Gibbie better.” You will always be known as a person who made a profound difference in her life – physically and emotionally.

Six XE Athletes drafted in the 2014 NHL Draft!

Six Xedge athletes drafted in the 2014 NHL draft!!!
The Xplosive Edge is very proud and excited to announce that 6 of our athletes from the Omaha Lancers have been drafted in the 2014 NHL draft. We are very proud of these young men and all of the hard work that they have put in. Through countless hours of conditioning and weight room work, these athletes have established themselves as some of the best upcoming talent in the NHL.

  • Steve Johnson – LA Kings
  • Steven Spinner – Washington Capitals
  • Luc Snuggerud – Chicago Blackhawks
  • Anthony Angello – Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Hayden Hawkey – Montreal Canadiens
  • Tyler Vessel – Edmonton Oilers

Tremendous Accolades in 1st year with Omaha Lancers

In working with the Omaha Lancers for the first year, the Xplosive Edge was extremely grateful and impressed with the results. The Lancers achieved many unimaginable feats and had a tremendous season. Some of the highlights of the season included being in the drivers seat almost the whole year retaining the #1 spot in the league.
The Lancers also saw so many players honored at the end of the year. Anthony Angello was named the USHL scholar athlete of the year. Tucker Poolman was named the 2014 USA hockey junior player of the year. Hayden Hawkey, Tucker Poolman, Jake Randolph, and Tyler Vessel were all named to the All USHL team. Hayden Hawkey was named to the All rookie team in addition to being named the 2013-2014 goaltender of the year.

2013 FCA at XE

Xplosive Edge is starting FCA back up on Monday Oct. 28 at 7:15pm to 8:30pm. This is something that we believe in here at Xplosive Edge, we want to help athletes not only with their physical development, but with their spiritual development too. We will be starting a new series called “Don’t Waste Your Sports” by C.J. Mahaney. Each meeting will include a short video from the “Don’t Waste Your Sports” series, followed by discussion, prayer, and an activity. Feel free to invite as many friends as possible and spread the word. We will be meeting every other week on Monday nights, so the current dates for future meetings are Nov. 11, Nov. 25, & Dec. 9. Attached is an FCA flyer to download, pass on to friends, and print off for yourself or others. Also, here is the link for the “Don’t Waste Your Sports” series, that way you can keep up if you can’t make it to a meeting- . Hope to see you and/or your athlete on Monday Oct. 28 at 7:15pm.

Bruns’ Historic Shutout Streak Continues in 7-0 Lancers Win

RALSTON, NE – In the tail end of a two-game weekend homestand, the Omaha Lancers systematically dismantled the Des Moines Buccaneers 7-0 at Ralston Arena on Saturday behind a 28 save performance from Lancers goaltender Cole Bruns, the Prairie Grove, Illinois native’s all-time USHL record fifth consecutive shutout to start the season. With the win, the Lancers improved 5-0-0 to start the 2013-14 United States Hockey League (USHL) campaign and with 10 points remain tied with the Sioux Falls Stampede atop the USHL’s Western Conference standings.

An Alex Rauter goal midway through the first period, the Cornell recruit’s first of the season, made it 1-0 Omaha. Then, in the middle frame, goals from Matt Nelson and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson came less than one minute apart and pushed the Lancer advantage to 3-0. Omaha’s fourth goal came courtesy of leading Lancers scorer Jake Randolph at 8:49 of the second period when the future Nebraska-Omaha Maverick tipped home a Steven Johnson point shot for his third goal of the season.

In the third period, a pair of Tyler Vesel goals, his team-leading fifth and sixth of the season, made it 6-0 Lancers before a Gage Hough power-play goal at 17:24, the Omaha native’s third score of the campaign, established the Lancers’ 7-0 margin of victory. Vesel paced the Lancers Saturday with five total points (2G, 3A), Randolph wasn’t far behind with four points of his own (1G, 3A) and Nelson’s and Forsbacka-Karlsson’s tallies were the rookie tandem’s first career USHL goals.

Bruns, now the sole owner of the longest individual shutout streak (300:00 consecutive minutes and 117 consecutive shots faced) in the 66-year history of the USHL, was phenomenal again Saturday, making challenging Des Moines offerings appear mundane while displaying a veteran calm that no doubt inspired his team to keep the as-yet uncommitted netminder’s historic streak alive.

Next up for the Lancers, it’s four straight games away from home beginning Thursday at Young Arena in Waterloo, Iowa for a 7:05 pm clash with a familiar Western Conference foe, the Waterloo Black Hawks. Full coverage of Thursday’s game begins with the “Valpak Pregame Show” at 6:50 pm on the Lancers’ flagship station, “The Mighty” 1290 KOIL with Lancers broadcaster Tony Brown providing the play-by-play.

In 2013-14, the five-time Anderson Cup and seven-time Clark Cup Champion Omaha Lancers drop the puck on their 28th season in the USHL. Season ticket packages for the Lancers’ second campaign at the state-of-the-art Ralston Arena are available now starting at just $12.50 per game! To reserve your seats, contact the Lancers’ ticket office today at 402-344-7825, extension 1, or log on to for more information. Be sure to follow the Lancers on Twitter @OmahaLancers and don’t forget to ‘Like’ the official “Omaha Lancers” fan page on Facebook.

Gibbie Duval named Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Omaha Lancers

Omaha Lancers
The Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) have named Gibbie Duval, owner and Director of Athletic Performance at Omaha’s “The Xplosive Edge”, as the Lancers’ new strength and conditioning coach, the team announced Thursday.

“Gibbie will provide our players with a foundation upon which they can build,” said Lancers Head Coach and General Manager Brian Kaufman on Thursday, “His cutting edge program will help our guys meet their physical potential.”

A personal trainer at “The Xplosive Edge” since 2004, Duval is certified by the United States of America Weightlifting Association, holds a Sports Performance Coach certification and is certified as a “Strength and Conditioning Expert” by the Tudor Bompa Institute.
“I am very excited to team up with the Lancers,” said Duval Thursday, “My goal is to provide the most scientific-based sports performance training possible.”

A member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Duval has worked with Olympic gold medalists, NFL players and Stanley Cup Champions throughout his career and previously trained former Lancers standouts Jed Ortmeyer and Dan Hacker, among many other NHL and AHL clients.

Super State Titan Trio checks in at Xplosive Edge

“The powerful titan trio from Papio South have checked into Xplosive Edge to get ready to report to Nebraska. Over the weekend, Kadie and Amber Rolfzen and also Kelly Hunter signed up to train at Xplosive Edge. All 3 athletes are high profile husker recruits for volleyball. Due to Xplosive Edge’s vast connections at Nebraska with the Husker Power program, the Xplosive Edge is able to train these athletes in the same style as the Huskers train. Here at Xplosive Edge, we believe in training these athletes “functionally” in the correct energy system for volleyball. In the first few days of training, the twins noted that they sweat more in one day than they have in the past 4 years! The Xplosive Edge is excited to work with these athletes, all 3 of them possess amazing athletic ability.