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Husker Highlights

Evanston, Ill. – Behind complete-game shutout from junior Matt Portland, the Northwestern Wildcats (15-30, 5-12 Big Ten) evened its series with the Nebraska baseball team (32-17, 7-10 Big Ten) on Saturday with a 5-0 win. The Huskers outhit the Wildcats, 11-10, on the day and lost their first game of the season when notching double-digit. Nebraska had opportunities to score off Portland all game, but was unable to deliver as it left 10 runners on base. The Huskers left a runner on in every inning but the third and had their leadoff man on five times on the afternoon.
Senior Kyle Kubat became the eighth pitcher in school history to start 40 games on Saturday. Game 3 is Sunday at 1 p.m.

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions with the 54th overall pick in the Draft. Abdullah was the fourth running back selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. Abdullah’s selection with the No. 54 overall pick marks the highest selection for a Nebraska skill position player since 1996. Abdullah became the first Nebraska running back taken in the first two rounds since Brandon Jackson was selected with the 63rd overall pick in the 2007 Draft. Nebraska has had a running back selected in three of the past five drafts, with Abdullah joining Roy Helu Jr. (4th round, 2011) and Rex Burkhead (6th round, 2013).

Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft Friday evening, being selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 60th overall pick. Gregory continues a long tradition of NFL Draft success for Husker defensive linemen. Nebraska has had 17 defensive linemen selected in the past 20 NFL Drafts, including nine in the first or second round in that span. The Huskers have had seven defensive ends taken in the first two rounds since 1997. Overall, Gregory’s selection marks the fifth time in the last six years Nebraska has had a Blackshirt taken in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. The 2015 Draft marks the first time since 2007 the Huskers have had a pair of players taken in the first two rounds of the draft. Nebraska has now had multiple players selected in the NFL Draft for 51 consecutive seasons. The NFL Draft continues in Chicago with the second and third round taking place tonight. The draft concludes with rounds four through seven on Saturday.

Nebraska receiver Kenny Bell became the third Husker chosen in the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon. The record-setting receiver was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round, being selected with the 162nd overall pick in the draft.
With three players taken in the 2015 Draft, Nebraska has had at least three players selected in the draft in 45 of the past 46 drafts. Nebraska is also the only school with multiple players selected in every year of the NFL Common Draft era.
The selection of Bell marks the second straight year a Nebraska receiver has been taken in the NFL Draft, and the third time in five years an NU wideout has been chosen. Last year, Quincy Enunwa was taken in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the New York Jets, while Niles Paul was selected in the sixth round by Washington in 2011.

Cory Rowse to Join Bronco Grapplers Next Season

thanks to Mike Petersen for the photo

Cory Rowse signing his LOI with parents Amy and Rod Rowse. Coach Bryan Corkle and Hastings coach Mike Schadwinkel are in the back row.

O'Neill High School senior Cory Rowse finished his prep career by helping the Eagles to a State Championship, and now he takes his talents to South Nebraska, where he will compete for the Hastings Broncos.

Rowse was a four-time state qualifier for the Eagles, finishing with two 5th place medals and helping the Eagles to 2nd and 1st place as a team his junior and senior years. The Eagles also qualified for all three Dual Championships during Cory's tenure, finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. According to stats on, Rowse finished his career with 135 victories. He became known for his knack to win in the final seconds of a match because of his ability in scramble situations.

Cory will join a Hastings program that will only be in its ninth year of existence. Coach Mike Schadwinkel will begin his 2nd season of coaching the Broncos in 2015-16. Schadwinkel is known for developing the Grand Island dynasty in his 11 years at the school, as well as transforming the NAIA Dakota Wesleyan University program into a winner in just four year. Another coach that Rowse will be working with as a mid-weight wrestler is Jameon Rush, who is the program's (and one of the GPAC's) most decorated wrestler, winning All-American honors in 2010.

Cory joins Joe Gillham as recent Eagle alumni to continue their career in college. Gillham worked his way into the varsity rotation at traditional power UNK before missing the last part of the season due to injury.

Bridget Schneider Signs To Play Volleyball At NECC


Pictured with Bridget are SMH Athletic Director, Tony Allen, SMH Volleyball Coach, Mackenzie Connot,
NECC Volleyball Coach, Amanda Schultze, and her parents, Tim and Jennie Schneider.

Bridget Schneider, a senior at O'Neill St. Mary's High School has signed to play volleyball with the NECC Hawks for the 2015-2016 school year.  Schneider, a setter, is a 4-year letter winner, and holds school records for career (2,130) and season (824) set assists.

West Holt Claims NVC Golf Title, Placing 7 in Medals

The West Holt Huskies took advantage of playing their home course on Tuesday by winning the 2015 NVC team title. Hosting the tournament at the Atkinson-Stuart Country Club, the Huskies outpaced Elgin Public/Pope John by 35 strokes in the team race. The battle for 2nd was much closer, as the Wolfpack's 362 was eight strokes lower than Neligh-Oakdale's total.

Individually, Alex Fritz won his third straight individual title to continue a hot streak. Fritz's 78 was one better than teammate Bryce Kerkman's 79. Chad Bode of EPPJ (81), Austyn Ramm-Lech of West Holt (84) and Mitchell Atkinson from Boyd County (85) were the top five golfers in the NVC tournament this year. West Holt put seven golfers into the medals, while Neligh-Oakdale had three and EPPJ had two in the top 15.

Seth Hytrek, Austyn Ramm-Lech, Alex Fritz, Bryce Kerkman, Mason Hale

Here are the top results from the NVC Tournament.
Team Standings
Place School Score
1 West Holt 327
2 EPPJ 362
3 Neligh-Oakdale 370
4 Clearwater/Orchard 403
5 North Central 409
6 Boyd County 414
7 CWC 418
8 Ewing 462
Santee NTS
Niobrara-Verdigre NTS
Elkhorn Valley NTS
Individual Medalists
Place Name School Score
1 Alex Fritz West Holt 78
2 Bryce Kerkman West Holt 79
3 Chad Bode EPPJ 81
4 Austyn Ramm-Lech West Holt 84
5 Mitchell Atkinson Boyd County 85
6 Kyle Heithoff EPPJ 86
7 Mason Hale West Holt 86
8 Eddie Fredrick West Holt – JV 87
9 Tyson Peed Clearwater/Orchard 87
10 Brady Kallhoff Neligh-Oakdale 87
11 Seth Hytrek West Holt 89
12 Troy Gibson North Central 92
13 Chase Kallhoff Neligh-Oakdale 92
14 Theo Stenka West Holt – JV 92
15 Garett Allemang Neligh-Oakdale 94


Marvin Signs With Loper Track & Field Program

Jon is pictured above with Head Coach Cole Hilker, Athletic Director Nick Hostert
and parents Mike and Kathy Marvin.

Jon Marvin, a senior at O’Neill High School, has recently signed a National Letter of Intent with the Track and Field program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Jon will be joining the pole vaulting squad under the direction of UNK Assistant Coach, Lonny Polacek.  Jon’s recent success on the runway include clearing the 14’ mark at the rainy O’Neill Invite to earn 1st place for the Eagles.  The finish also earns him a place in the record book for the Invite next to his father Mike Marvin’s vault of 14’ which he achieved while vaulting for the Bloomfield Bees back in 1982.  Jon said, “This has been a goal of mine for some time now . . . it would have been nice to beat his record, however since I have to share it, I can’t think of anyone better so share it with.”

During his career at O’Neill High School, Jon has participated each year in football, wrestling, and track.   He is a four time state wrestling qualifier, finishing third in 2015 and runner up the two previous years.  He has also earned District Champion in pole vault in 2014 and placed at the state level.

Jon Marvin in action at the West Holt Invite (photo by Mike Peterson)


Mitchell And Poese Medal At State 4-H Shoot


Colby Mitchell (back row second from left) & Michael Poese (front row second from left)
were medal winners at State 4-H Shoot

Two Holt County 4-H shooters brought home medals from the State 4-H Clay Target Championships held over the past weekend in Grand Island.  Colby Mitchell of Amelia, competing in the Senior Tier 1 Division, brought home three medals.  He placed 1st in Trap, tied for 3rd in Skeet and placed 3rd overall in scoring.  Michael Poese of O’Neill placed 3rd in Skeet in the Junior Division.  Over 120 kids participated in the event.

Eagles Stay Close to Home for West Holt Invitational

The Eagles traveled to Atkinson to compete in the West Holt Invitational on Thursday, April 23rd to compete against eight other teams.

Despite missing one of their top point scorers the Lady Eagles still managed to finish in third place behind Ord and North Central.

O’Neill was again led my multi-talented freshman, Mikayla Marvin. Mikayla vaulted 8-10 to finish in 2nd place; ran a personal best 17.1 in the 100 high hurdles finishing in 4th and sprinted her way to a 3rd place finish in the 400 with her personal best time of 67.2.

Monique Schafer and Eagles Randi Pinkerman and Sam Eichelberger race down the
lanes in the 100 at the West Holt Invite. (photo by Mike Peterson)

Another freshman having a great day was Sam Eichelberger. She ran her personal best time of 17.3 in the 100 high hurdles in the prelims, but failed to match that time in the finals running a 17.7 to finish right behind teammate Marvin to finish in 5th.  Sam’s best race of the day was in the 100 dash where she sprinted her way to a 1st place finish with a 13.5.  The Lady Eagles looked to sweep the 100 dash with Randi Pinkerman, Briaunna Parks and Eichelberger all winning their heats, but Parks false-started to put her out of a medal. Randi did run her best time of the year, 13.8, to finish in 2nd.

Payton Birkel continued her great freshman season by placing 5th in the 800 with a time of 2:42.8. She also was a member of the 4th place 4 x 800 relay team with teammates, Kadra Sommersted-Simmons, Kaddee Harner and Abby Gillham. Kadra also placed 6th in the 400 with a time of 1:11.0.

The 4 x 100 relay team of Gabbie Scott, Briaunna Parks, Sam Eichelberger and Randi Pinkerman finished in 6th place.  Allison Ludwig also finished in 6th place in the high jump clearing 4-6. Fellow jumper, McKenzie Adamson finished in 3rd in the triple jump going 31-8.

“I was very pleased with our efforts and results today," coach Peterson complimented. "Despite not having Aurora Gutshall due to illness, we had many athletes step up and score a lot of points for us. Even though not every athlete scored, we had many personal bests on the day and that is the beauty of track and field. I look forward to a very busy week next week with the Pierce 9/10 meet on Tuesday, the Norfolk Classic on Thursday and the Mid State Conference Meet on Saturday in Albion."

The O’Neill boys' team earned the runner-up trophy.

Earning a 1st place finish was Jon Marvin in the pole vault with an effort of fourteen feet and Kedron Koehler in the 300 intermediate hurdles.  Koehler also placed 2nd in the 100-meter race. 

Dylan Belik placed 5th in the 100-meter race and 3rd in the 200 meters.  Belik ran his personal best with a 24.0 in the 200 meters and 11.9 in the 100 meters. 

Dylan Belik (left) and Kedron Koehler exit the blocks in the 100 finals at the
West Holt Invite (photo by Mike Peterson)

In the jumps Bailey Thompson placed 6th in the long with a personal best of 18 feet, 7.5 inches.  Thompson also made finals in the triple jump and placed 8th.  Corbin Dean placed 5th in the pole vault with 10 feet, 6 inches.

In the throws Walker Liewer placed 3rd in discus and 6th in the shot put.  Chance Sholes placed 4th in the shot put.

The distance crew earned plenty of points for the team.  Grant Johnston ran his career best in the 3200-meter run, 10:09.2 and placed 2nd.  He also placed 5th in the 800 meter run.  Blake Johnston placed 3rd with a time of 10:36.5 and was 3rd in the 1600 meter run with a career best of 4:53.2.  Tyson Hostert placed 4th in the 1600 meter run with an effort of 4:54.2.  Freshman Ehric Strope placed 6th in the 800 meters with 2:12.5.

In the relays, the 4x100 placed 2nd with Chance Sholes, Dylan Belik, Trevor Dempster, and Kedron Koehler.  The 4x400 meter relay placed 5th.  The relay members were Jon Gettert, Alex Thramer, Ehric Strope, and Kedron Koehler.

“Overall the thought we saw some good things.  It’s a work in progress.  Just keep doing the things we are doing, just better,” said Coach Hilker.

Next week the O’Neill Eagles have a full gamma of meets.   They will participate in the Pierce Freshman/Sophomore Invitational Track Meet, which will start at 3:00 pm, April 28th.  Then the Eagles will compete at the Norfolk Classic Invitational Track Meet, April 30th, which starts at 4:15 at Norfolk High School Track.  Then on Saturday, May 4th the O’Neill Eagles will travel to Albion to the Mid-States Conference Track Meet, field events start at 10:00 am.

O'Neill Country Club Hosts Mid-State Conference Tournament

Top 10 medalists from the Mid-State Invite

The O'Neill Country Club was busy again on Saturday. After hosting the O'Neill Invite Thursday, 68 golfers from the Mid-State Conference competed in the league tournament. Although a half-inch of rain fell overnight the course was playable. Cool temperatures and light winds played a factor into the day as well.

Team Champion Norfolk Catholic

Norfolk Catholic was the top team by five strokes. Hartington Cedar Catholic and Pierce tied for 2nd place, but Cedar gained the edge in a team playoff. Their was also a tie for the last individual medal, so a tiebreaker was used to determine the final place, although all four who tied for 10th will get a medal.

Runner-ups Cedar Catholic won a playoff with Pierce for 2nd.

Here are the medalists and team results. Full scores can be found in the Pinnacle Bank Scoreboard.
Team Standings Individual Medalists
Score School Place Name School Score
348 Norfolk Catholic 1 Brock Mueller Crofton 79
353 Cedar Catholic 2 Shane Mlinar Norfolk Catholic 81
353 Pierce 3 Brad Kathol Cedar Catholic 82
354 West Point GACC 4 Brandon Clausen Norfolk Catholic 83
363 O'Neill 5 Parker Wallin Boone Central/
Newman Grove
368 Crofton 6 Cody Steuter West Point GACC 85
373 Boone Central/
Newman Grove
7 Matt Bruce Pierce 85
385 Battle Creek 8 Brent Evans Crofton 86
432 Wayne 9 Coby Drueke O'Neill 87
10 Sam Ulrich West Point GACC 88
11 Dysen Roth Pierce 88
12 Noah Kreikemeier West Point GACC 88
13 Zach Brenden Pierce 88


Ord Wins O'Neill Golf Invite; Fritz Shoots Low Score

                              Individual Medal Winners (top 15)

Golfers survived early frigid temperatures and gusty winds at the O'Neill Boys' Golf Invite on Thursday. The O'Neill Country Club welcomed 14 full teams and 70 individuals to the invite. Ord proved to be the best team, as they placed their five golfers all in the top seven places. West Holt took the runner-up plaque with a good consistency among the top five, but also behind the efforts of medalist Alex Fritz, who shot a wind-defying score of 74, just two strokes over par. Below are the medalists and team scores, but you can find all of the individual results in the Pinnacle Bank Scoreboard.

Ord 1st Place Team

West Holt Team Runner-Up (L-R): Mason Hale, Bryce Kerkman,
Austyn Ramm-Lech, Alex Fritz, Seth Hytrek


Team Results
1st    Ord               320
2nd   West Holt      331
3rd  Hartington Newcastle 342
4th    Valentine       351
5th    Cedar Catholic    359
6th    Neligh-Oakdale   360
7th    O'Neill            360
8th    North Central  400
9th    Boyd County  419
10th  Ainsworth       422
11th  O'Neill White   424
12th  Pierce            425
13th  CWC             427
14th  Ewing            495
Individual Medalists
1st    Alex Fritz, West Holt  74
2nd   Colton Zulkoski, Ord  78
3rd    Brady Rogers, Ord    80
4th    Brooks Coleman, Valentine  80
5th    Ethan John, Ord   81
6th    Grant Welniak, Ord    81
7th    Jaden Barnes, Ord    83
8th    Kolby Jueden, Hartington-Newcastle  84
9th    Adam Soukup, O'Neill    84
10th  Austyn Ramm-Lech, West Holt  85
11th  Cameron Bancroft, Valentine   85
12th  Brady Kallhoff, Neligh-Oakdale  85
13th  Bryce Kerkman, West Holt   85
14th  Chase Dendinger, Hartington-Newcastle 85
15th  Brad Kathol, Cedar Catholic  86


Leprachaun Youth Tackle Football Sets Signup Dates for 2015

Leprechaun Youth Sports will be offering its 7th year of youth contact football through the Norfolk Family YMCA for youth grades 3rd – 6th. Make sure children are signed up for the grade they will be in beginning Fall 2015.

Practices are held twice a week in O’Neill starting in mid-August when school begins. Games will be played in Norfolk at the YMCA on Sunday afternoons in September and part of October. There were enough kids last year some grades had two teams. If numbers increase there will be two teams in all grades. Opportunities for carpooling to practices and games are available through Leprechaun Youth Sports.

LYS has coaching opportunities, and if you are interested please e-mail Michelle Liewer:

Sign up and evaluations will be May 4th and 6th from 6-8 p.m. both nights at the O’Neill High School commons area. Those interested may come anytime between six and eight, as if everyone shows up at six there will be a wait. If you are unable to make it on either day, contact Michelle Liewer at (402) 340-5076. Since players need to be weighed, measured and evaluated, children need to be at the sign-ups or have other arrangements made before May 20th.

Remember to bring the following to registration:
  1. Your child – dressed appropriately to run agility drills
  2. Two checks
  3. Proof of your personal insurance policy and policy number

Price will be $100.00 per player.  Please bring two checks as a $150.00 deposit will be required. The deposit covers equipment and will not be cashed as long as all the equipment is returned. All kids get to keep their jersey at the end of the season.  The jersey has a number on the front, and the player’s name on the back. If there are any cost concerns contact Mark at 402-340-3232 for financial assistance. LYS does not want any child to miss out because of the cost.

Thank you and we look forward to another successful season,
Leprechaun Youth Sports Football

Junior Eagles Track Update

The Junior High Eagle track team has been active througout the season, and Coach Kathy Hostert has provided some updates on how the Eaglets are doing. The girls team has been toward the top of the team standings in every meet, and has had much individual success. Here are the updates on the West Holt Invite, the Boone Central Invite, and the O'Neill Invite held last Tuesday.

The Junior High Lady Eagles had the 1st meet of the year at West Holt, with much individual success. The Eagles scored 97 points to take 2nd place at the Boone Central Invite. Winning the meet was Ord with 125 points. Then the team finished 2nd place in the O’Neill Invite with 96 points. Ainsworth won the meet with 152.5 points.

Click the title of the article to open all of the recaps from these meets.

Eagles Finish 3rd, 5th at Own Track Invitational

article by Coaches Peterson and Hilker

Last week the O’Neill Track Team hosted their own invitational with twenty-three schools attending the meet. Find the complete results in the Pinnacle Bank Scoreboard.

The O’Neill Lady Eagles finished in 5th place just one point behind Ainsworth. Ord won the team title with 170 points.

Mikayla Marvin in the 400 (photo by Mike Peterson)

Battling rain off and on the entire day, the Lady Eagles had many placers in the meet. Freshman Makayla Marvin had another great day as she placed 2nd in the pole vault going 9-0; 5th in the 400 with a 68.39; 5th in the 100 high hurdles at 18.21 and 6th in the 300 low hurdles with her personal best time of 53.80.  Fellow freshman teammate Aurora Gutshall also placed in four events with a 3rd in the high jump clearing 4-6; 3rd in the 100 high hurdles with a 17.43 time; 5th in the 300 low hurdles at 51.90 and leading off the 4 x 100 that placed 4th. Another freshman, Sam Eichelberger, also placed in multiple events. She finished 4th in the 100 dash at 14.02; 6th in the 100 high hurdles with a 18.26 time and running the 4 x 100 relay that finished in 4th. Another freshman showing a lot of promise this year is Briaunna Parks, who placed 5th in the 100 and 6th in the 200. Senior Randi Pinkerman was a double medal winner with a 4th place finish in the high jump and anchoring the 4 x 100 relay team.

Another freshman getting better each week is Amanda Brown who placed 5th in the discus with a personal best toss of 93-5. The 4 x 800 relay team continues to get better each week and placed 4th with a time of 11:25.80. Team members include: Payton Birkel, Kaddee Harner, Kadra Sommersted-Simmons and Abby Gillham. The 4 x 400 relay team consisting of McKenzie Adamson, Kadra Sommersted-Simmons, Gabbie Scott and Payton Birkel finished in 6th place. McKenzie also finished in 5th place in the triple jump going 30-7.

“Even though we had less-than-ideal conditions in some of the events, I felt we had some good success at this meet,” mentioned Coach Peterson. “We really need to get all of our events scoring at the same meet to be able to battle for team championships at this point. We have a lot of girls scoring points, but not at the same time. Once we get this figured out, we should really improve as a team.”

Kedron Koehler heads into the straightaway in the 300 hurdles (photo by Mike Peterson)

The O’Neill boys’ team placed 3rd overall in Division I.

The highlights of the day were in the field events where two O’Neill Eagles had 1st place finishes.  Jon Marvin won the pole vault by clearing fourteen feet to tie the meet record held by his father Mike Marvin, who set the record in 1982 for the Bloomfield Bees.  Walker Liewer, junior, won the discus with a throw of one hundred twenty-nine feet, one inch in less than desirable conditions.
Corbin Dean competes in the 400.
In the hurdles Kedron Koehler won the three hundred intermediate hurdles with a time of 42.75 while freshman Alex Thramer placed 6th with a time of 45.35. 

The distance runners competed well with Grant Johnston winning the thirty-two hundred meters with a time of 10:17.11 and Blake Johnston placing 2nd with a time of 10:19.60, a career best.  Grant also placed 2nd and Blake 4th in the mile.  Both ran their personal best of 4:47.92 and 4:54.38 respectively.  Tyson Hostert competed in the eight hundred meter run, placing 3rd with a time of 2:08.30.

The relays were able to run their season bests.  The 4x800 meter relay placed 2nd in a hard fought battle with Ainsworth and ran 8:30.15.  Running the two-mile relay was Nathaniel Jennings, Blake Johnston, Tyson Hostert, and Grant Johnston.  The 4x400 placed 4th with a time of 3:42.17, it was composed of Jon Gettert, Tyson Hostert, Alex Thramer, and Kedron Koehler.  Then the 4x100 placed 5th at 47.7 seconds with Chance Sholes, Jack Gutshall, Dylan Belik and Kedron Koehler toting the baton.

“Ninety points as a team is good but I know that we are far better than that.  This is the part of the season hard workouts can make a big impact.  These next two weeks will be great for conditioning to get ready for the end of the season,” said Coach Hilker.

This week the O’Neill Eagles will be competing in the West Holt Invitational.  Field events will start at 2:00 pm and running events at 4:00 pm.
Jon Gettert passes the scoreboard on his way to 8th in the 400.

OHS Athletic Banquet Scheduled for May 1

The O’Neill Booster Club will again sponsor the 2014-15 O’Neill High School Athletic Banquet and the public is invited to attend.  The banquet will be held on Friday May 1 and will begin at 6 pm.  The meal will be catered and tickets may be purchase at the High School main office for $15 per ticket.  Ticket deadline and sign up for athletes will be on Friday April 24.  High School student athletes are admitted free of charge by signing up with the Activities Director. Guest speaker for the banquet is Jim Weeks, head men’s basketball coach at Doane College.

Moon Signs With Wildcats' Hoops Program

Wayne, Neb. --- Wayne State College head men’s basketball coach Brian Dolan announced today that seven players (three junior college transfers/four high school standouts) have signed a national letter of intent and/or scholarship offer to attend Wayne State College and play basketball for the Wildcats in the 2015-16 season.  The seven players join Vance Janssen of Blair, who signed with WSC last November during the NCAA early signing period, as members of the 2015 Wildcat recruiting class.

Junior college transfers coming to Wayne State College are Brian Goodwin from North Dakota State College of Science, Adam Moon of Northeast Community College and Matt Thomas from North Platte Community College.  High school student-athletes signing with Wayne State College include Ben Hoskins of Wayne High School, Spencer Pauley of Denison-Schleswig High School in Iowa, Rylee Tatum from Norfolk High School and Luke TerHark of Algona High School in Iowa.

The bios of Moon and Hoskins, who Mid-State fans are familiar with, are below. Click the title of the article if you would like to read the bios of all seven players signed by WSC.

Moon is a 6-8 forward who will be a redshirt freshman at Wayne State after attending one year of school at Northeast Community College in Norfolk.  A graduate of O’Neill St. Mary’s High School in 2014, Moon was named the Nebraska Class D-1 Player of the Year by Huskerland Prep and was the honorary captain of the Class D-1 All-State team after averaging 23.4 points and 10.7 rebounds per game as a senior in 2013-14.  He scored 1,556 points during his high school career and was either First Team or Second Team All-State as a sophomore, junior and senior in high school.

Hoskins, a 6-5 forward from Wayne High School, averaged just over 17 points per game as a junior and senior for the Blue Devils and finished his high school career with 1,210 points and 647 rebounds.  As a senior, Hoskins accounted for 17.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the field and 78 percent at the foul stripe.  He produced 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds a contest as a junior, making 52 percent of his shots from the field and 69 percent at the charity line.  Hoskins was an All-Mid States Conference selection as a junior and senior and was also a four-time state qualifier in cross country at Wayne High School.

Wayne State College is an NCAA Division II school that competes in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.  The Wildcats finished the 2014-15 season at 7-22 overall and 4-18 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Stuart's Kunz to Play Volleyball at Northeast Community College

Courtni (center) surrounded by parents Scott and Lori Kunz, with coach Dexter and Northeast VB coach Amanda Schultze. (Courtesy Photo)

NORFOLK – Northeast Community College has signed another area high school recruit to play volleyball for the Hawks beginning this fall.

Courtni Kunz, of Stuart, becomes the seventh player to sign with Northeast this year. Courtni is the daughter of Scott and Lori Kunz of Stuart. She was coached by Stacey Dexter.

During her career, Kunz had 509 kills and 109 blocks for the Broncos. She was named to the 2014 All Class State Tournament Leader, and was ranked tenth in kills.

Kunz earned a number of honors during her high school career. During her senior year, she was named to the Holt County All Area First Team; Niobrara Valley Conference (NVC) First Team; Nebraska Prep Volleyball 2014 All-Class D2 Second Team; Nebraska Prep Zone Class D2 Honorable Mention; Norfolk Daily News Class D All-Area Elite Eight First Team; Omaha World Herald Class D2 All-Tournament First Team; and Lincoln Journal Star All-State Class D2 Second Team.

In her junior year, Kunz was named to the 2013 All-Conference Volleyball First Team; Nebraska Prep Volleyball All-State Honorable Mention Team; Nebraska Prep Volleyball Class D2 All-Tournament Team; Norfolk Daily News Class D2 Second Team; Holt County Independent All-Area Team; Omaha World Herald All-State Second Team; and Lincoln Journal Star Class D2 All-Tournament Team.
In her sophomore year, Kunz was named to the 2012 NVC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team.

Kunz will join Mackenzie Wecker of St. Mary's as KBRX area volleyball players on the Hawks' roster. Another recruit, Layne Mitchell of Norfolk High, has area ties. Layne is the daughter of Bruce Mitchell, who was a onetime KBRX employee, and granddaughter of Gordon and Jan Mitchell of O'Neill.

Other recruits joining Northeast this fall will be Rachel Brandl, Tabitha Kander and Kelsey Shoemaker of Stanton and Nicki Stolzer, of Plattview High School in Springfield.

O'Neill Eagles Compete at the Tough Aurora Invite

article courtesy of Coaches Hilker/Peterson
all pictures courtesy of Micheal Peterson

Last week the O’Neill Eagles competed against some of the best teams in Class B last week at the Aurora Invitational Track Meet.  It was the first time the team has ever competed in this track meet.

O'Neill had several girls place in this meet. Aurora Gutshall continued her very successful freshman season by placing in three events. Aurora ran a 16.83 in the 100 high hurdles to place 5th. She equaled her personal best in the high jump at 4-8 to tie for 3rd and sprinted her way to a 5th place finish in the 300 low hurdles with a personal best time of 51.83. Fellow hurdler, Sam Eichelberger, also ran her personal best in the 300 hurdles with a time of 52.39 to finish in 8th place.

Briaunna Parks (right) runs to a medal in the 200

Freshman Briaunna Parks also continued here fine season by making it to the finals in both the 100 and 200 dashes. She sprinted her way to a 5th place finish in the 200 with a 28.63 time. In the 100, she finished just out of the medals by placing 7th with a 13.86 clocking.

The 4 x 800 Relay team consisting of Kaddee Harner, Kadra Sommersted-Simmons, Abby Gillham and Paola Quintero placed 5th with a time of 12:27.96.

Another fine freshman, Mikayla Marvin, had a good day by placing 3rd in the pole vault clearing 8-0. Mikayla also made the finals of the 100 hurdles and finished in 8th place.

Coach Peterson spoke to the elite nature of this meet. "Today our track team saw what elite Class B track and field looks like. The last five years, the team that has finished in first or second at this meet went on to win a State title. We had several individuals place in this meet which was good, but we are just looking to get better as the season progresses and peak at the right time as Districts approaches."

The boys team placed 6th overall with 54 points.

In the running events the O’Neill Eagles placed 1st in the 4 x 800 meter relay.  Running the relay were Tyson Hostert, Blake Johnston, Nathaniel Jennings, and Grant Johnston.  The 4 x 800 meter relay time was 8:40.0.  In the 3200-meter run Grant Johnston placed 1st with a season best of 10:22.51 and Blake Johnston placed 3rd with personal best 10:32.68.  Tyson Hostert placed 4th with a season best time of 2:06 in the 800-meter run.  Nathaniel Jennings placed 6th in the 1600-meter run. 

Alex Thramer and Esteban De La O both medaled in the 110 high hurdles.

In the 300 intermediate hurdles Kedron Koehler placed 2nd and ran his personal best, 41.9.  Alex Thramer placed 6th in the 300 intermediate hurdles, 45.75 and the 110 high hurdles.  Estabon Deleo placed 5th in the 110 high hurdles running 18.2. 

In the field events Jon Marvin led with a 2nd place finish of 14 feet.  Walker Liewer placed 5th in the discus with a 127’ 5” throw.

Then the 4 x 400 meter relay placed 6th with the members; Tyson Hostert, Alex Thramer, Ehric Strope, and Kedron Koehler.

“I thought if the boy’s team could earn sixty points at a meet of that caliber this early in the season we would be doing great.  We were only 6 points away.  We had members that are better than what they have shown.  We just need to see a week-to-week improvement and things will be good,” said Coach Hilker.

This Thursday the O’Neill Eagles will host their own invitational.  Twenty-two teams will show up to compete.  Running and field events will start at 10:00 a.m.

April NSAA Meeting Brings Several Changes to High School Sports


The NSAA Board of Directors met for their April meeting on Thursday, leading to several big changes in the high school sports scene. Two of the biggest changes the board passed dealt with volleyball and wrestling, while other discussions may lead to changes in the future.

The board unanimously decided to move the Class C1-D2 volleyball district finals to a Thursday to avoid the football playoffs. With Class C1/C2 adopting the 16 team format and moving to a Friday, it could be possible that one school would be in the football playoffs as well as the C1/C2 district finals that were scheduled that day. Moving the C1/C2 volleyball districts to Thursday will change the week’s schedule to look like this:
Monday & Tuesday - C1-D2 VB Subs
Wednesday - Class D1/D2 FB 2nd Round
Thursday - C1-D2 VB District Finals
Friday - A-C2 FB Quarterfinals

The change to wrestling deals with the schedule, and the change was unanimous. The team match limitation was changed so that a team can schedule ten tournament dates and eight duals, not counting any district or state events. Dual events that include more than four teams are considered dual tournaments and count toward the tournament dates.

In other wrestling news, the 2015 NSAA Dual Wrestling State Championships recorded a significant increase from last year’s attendance figures. Dual Wrestling will remain a Championship event in 2016.

The Board also discussed expanding the jamboree games into other sports. Currently the jamborees are played before the basketball season as a fundraiser for the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame. The other sports considered for jamborees are softball, volleyball, wrestling, swimming, baseball and soccer (as well as play production).

Several proposals that would have made significant changes failed. One proposal that would have eliminated the 3rd place games in Classes C1-D2 failed by a 5-3 vote. Another proposal that failed 6-2 would have changed the rates of admission during subdistricts, districts and state contests. The proposal that would require all district track hosts to use fully automatic timing systems also failed 5-3.

The Board almost unanimously voted down two proposals that would have changed the football classifications. The first would have set the 11/8 man classification line at an enrollment of 98, with the second setting the enrollment limit for 8 man at 92. The proposals were virtually identical besides the number changes. These proposals basically would have expanded the number of 8 man teams in Nebraska, as right now the current limit is 83. One school opted up to 11 man, but with the current limit there are 14 schools above the cut line that are either ineligible for playoffs or in the one year exemption period. With C1/C2 going to a 16 team playoff format, this change would have most likely put more teams in D1/D2, which would validate keeping the 32 team playoff. However, the “98 proposal” failed unanimously and the “92” went down 7-1.

Two final notes: Assistant Director Jon Dolliver will take part in the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee Meeting later this month. Two topics of discussion will be a “shot clock” and also converting games from quarters to halves. The Board of Directors also approved a Classification Advisory Committee. The committee will be represented by district, positions (i.e. Superintendents, Principals, ADs), classification, gender and public vs. private.

Wetzel to Play for the Prairie Wolves in College

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Wesleyan University head women’s basketball coach Britni Fett has announced that a pair of prep players from Nebraska High School State Championship teams will join the Prairie Wolves and plan to participate in women’s basketball in 2015-16.  Addie Wetzel from O’Neill St. Mary and Becky Brokaw from Lincoln Pius X both will play for NWU next season.

Wetzel, a 6’0 center, was honorable mention All-State as a senior leading O’Neill St. Mary to the 2015 Class D-1 State Championship.  She was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and part of three state tournament teams.  St. Mary was State runner-up in 2012 and went 23-3 in 2013 to earn another state tournament bid.  She earned All-State Tournament team recognition.

As a senior she averaged 8.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game leading the team to the state title.  She was named 2nd-Team NVC All-Conference as a senior and earned Athlete of the Week honors by KBRX radio.

Brokaw, a 6’1 center, was honorable mention All-State as a senior and part of the Lincoln Pius X 2015 Class B State Championship team.  She was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Thunderbolts helping the team to a Class B State Runner-up finish in 2014.  Brokaw was a two-time Class B honorable mention All-State selection.

She also was a four-year letterwinner in softball earning honorable mention All-State recognition as a senior.  She was part of the softball State Championship team as a sophomore.  She also earned four letters in track & field for the Thunderbolts.

Coach Fett will begin her third season as head coach of the Prairie Wolves women’s basketball program in 2015-16.

O'Neill Eagles Go 1-2 at Plainview Invite

article courtesy of Coaches Peterson and Hilker

The O’Neill Eagles traveled to Plainview last Thursday to compete in the Plainview Invitational. After battling back and forth all day with Norfolk Catholic, O’Neill's girls' team finished as runner up 127-121.

Mikayla Marvin and Aurora Gutshall run the 100 Hurdles (courtesy Micheal Peterson)

Freshman Aurora Gutshall, had another fine meet scoring 26 points on her own and was a member of the winning 4 x 100 relay team. Aurora finished first in the 100 high hurdles with a time of 16.2. She also finished 2nd in the high jump with a career best jump of 4-8 and placed 2nd in the 300 low hurdles with a time of 52.5.

In the field events, the Lady Eagles had several placers. Freshman Amanda Brown, throwing for the JV team, threw the discus 85-9 to place 6th.  Fellow freshman Emma Krysl threw the shot put 31-6 to finish in 4th place. Another JV thrower, Blair Langan, finished in sixth place in the shot put with a throw of 28-7.  Senior Randi Pinkerman placed 6th in the high jump clearing 4-4. Mikayla Marvin went over 9-0 in the pole vault placing her 2nd. Teammates Bailee Dougherty and Amanda Pischel both cleared 7-6 finishing in 4th and 5th place respectively.
Abby Gillham runs a leg in the 3200 relay (courtesy of Micheal Peterson)
Senior McKenzie Adamson had another good meet as she placed 2nd in both the triple jump and long jump. She leaped 31-5 in the triple and 14-7 in the long.  Teammate Allison Ludwig also placed in the triple jump by leaping 30-0, good enough for 3rd place.

The 4x800 relay team consisting of Payton Birkel, Paola Quintero, Kadra Sommersted-Simmons and Abby Gillham got things going in the running events by placing 3rd with a time of 11:32.10.  O’Neill sent three girls to the finals of the 100 hurdles where Aurora Gutshall placed first, Mikayla Marvin 4th and Sam Eichelberger 5th. Freshman Briaunna Parks had a great 100 meters as she finished in 3rd with a time of 13.5. Sam Eichelberger finished in 5th with a time of 13.71. Briaunna also sped her way to a 28.91 clocking in the 200 meter dash to finish in 4th.   Kadra Sommerted-Simmons added another medal to her collection for the day by finished 5th in the 400 with a time of 71.5.

In the 800, Payton Birkel finished in 2nd with a time of 2:41.6.  The three freshmen hurdlers had a good showing in the 300 lows also. Aurora Gutshall placed 2nd, Mikayla Marvin 5th and Sam Eichelberger 6th. Abby Gillham ran a 6:33.4 in the 1600 run to finish her in 3rd.

The 4 x 100 relay team made things interesting for the team race as they placed first with a time of 55.8. The team consisting of Aurora Gutshall, Briaunna Parks, Sam Eichelberger and Randi Pinkerman. With Norfolk Catholic placing in 4th, it tied up the team score at 117 going into the final event, the 4 x 400 relay. Norfolk Catholic sealed their championship by placing first in the event while O’Neill placed 4th. The team of McKenzie Adamson, Payton Birkel, Kadra Sommersted-Simmons and Mikayla Marvin clocked a 4:49.20.

Coach Peterson offered his assessment, “I was super proud of our efforts today. I can’t remember the last time we had a chance to win a meet against such good competition. We scored in every event except the discus and 3200 run, so I feel we are starting to figure out where everybody needs to be on this team. We are really looking forward to competing in the Aurora Invitational on Thursday against some of the best Class B competition in the State.”

The O’Neill boys’ team scored 132 points to win the Invite, medaling in fifteen of the seventeen events.  The Eagles beat the runner-up team, Norfolk Catholic, by twelve points.

Leading the Eagles in field events was Jon Marvin vaulting his season best so far with a height of fourteen feet, which placed him 2nd.  Placing fourth was Corbin Dean with a vault of eleven feet.  In the discus Walker Liewer placed 3rd with a throw of 131 feet, 2 inches.
Bailey Thompson prepares to take flight in the triple jump (courtesy of Micheal Peterson)
In the jumps the Eagles medaled four Eagles.  Placing 2nd in the long jump and 4th in the triple jump was Jacob Emme.  Bailey Thompson placed 5th in the triple jump, and Alex Thramer and Justin Appleby placed 3rd and 6th respectively in the high jump.

In the sprints individually, Kedron Koehler placed 4th in the 100 meters, 2nd in 300 intermediate hurdles, and was part of the 4 x 100 that placed 5th and 4 x 400 that placed first.  Jon Gettert placed 3rd and Corbin Dean 6th in the 400-meter dash.

In the distance races the 4 x 800 opened the running events with a 1st place finish.  Team consisted of Blake Johnston, Nathaniel Jennings, Grant Johnston, and Tyson Hostert.  In the 3200 meter run three Eagles medaled:  Grant Johnston 2nd, Blake Johnston 3rd, and Sergio Gonzalez 6th.  Then Tyson Hostert placed 1st and Ehric Strope 3rd in the 800 meter run.  Then in the 1600 meter run Grant Johnston placed 2nd, Blake Johnston 3rd, and Nathaniel Jennings 4th

The team placed 5th in the 4 x 100 meter with Bailey Thompson, Chance Sholes, Kedron Koehler, and Jacob Emme.  In the final running event, 4 x 400, the team won it with Tyson Hostert, Alex Thramer, Ehric Strope, and Kedron Koehler.

“Great to have a meet where we had so many medal.  Really thought that each athlete has room for improvement.  Numbers helped us win the meet.  Next week we are going to Aurora to compete.  This will really test where we are,” said Coach Hilker.

Next week, April 9th, the O’Neill Eagles travel to the Aurora Invite to compete against some of the best teams in Class C and B.  Field events start at 1:00 pm and running events at 3:00 pm. 

Nebraska HS Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Class

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LINCOLN – Eleven athletes, four coaches, one official and two contributors have been selected to enter the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.

They will be inducted at the Hall's annual induction ceremony Oct. 4 at Lincoln East High School. The reception begins at noon with the ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for elementary and high school students. Preschool children are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Nebraska Sports Council at (402) 471-2544 or by email at

This year several area connections highlight the field. The closest to home involves the Arnold and Mary Ann Thiele family, which helped build the Clearwater basketball dynasty of the '80s, and today many of the grandchildren are doing exceedingly well in their sports. The 1990-91 Sutton championship basketball team is being honored as this year's Silver Anniversary Team. The undefeated Fillies were led that year by Laurel (Stoehr) O'Malley from Chambers.

Another familiar name inducted as a contributor is Huskerland Bob Jensen of Central City, whose Huskerland Prep report has become one of the best border-to-border publications dedicated to Nebraska high school sports coverage.

As you would expect out of a Hall of Fame class, this one has some great names that stand out, including Russ Hochstein of Hartington and Calvin Jones of Omaha. Many other awards are given, such as the Dominant Dynasty award or the Gold and Silver Anniversary teams.

Below is a quick rundown of the individuals named to the Hall this year, but if you want to see everybody who received recognition as well as all of their bios, click here to open up the full article.

This year's inductees are:
Bob Green, Creighton Prep, 1978
Russ Hochstein, Hartington Cedar Catholic, 1996
Calvin Jones, Omaha Central, 1990
Tonya (Kneifl) Gordon, Newcastle, 1997
Jenny Kropp-Goess, Grand Island Central Catholic, 1998
Lionel McPhaull, Omaha North, 1993
Danny Noonan, Lincoln Northeast, 1983
Alice Schmidt, Elkhorn, 2000
Dean Thompson, Omaha Westside, 1980
Jan Wall, Lincoln Northeast, 1958
P.J. Wiseman, Ralston, 1992
Dan Brost, Mullen - Dan Keyser, Cambridge - Doug Krecklow, Omaha Westside - Sharon Zavala, Grand Island Central Catholic
Doug Martin, North Platte
Phil Cahoy Sr., Omaha - Bob Jensen, Central City
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