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UNDATED (AP) — Being Wednesday, there are several day games to choose from in Major League Baseball. The afternoon card features two games involving American League teams, with the Orioles and Rays in Baltimore and the Cubs visiting the Yankees in New York in an interleague matchup. The National League games feature the Pirates and Reds in Cincinnati, the Brewers and Cardinals in Milwaukee and the Mets at Arizona.

UNDATED (AP) — Play begins tonight in the NHL playoffs. The three games include the Blue Jackets playing the Penguins in Pittsburgh, the Ducks at home to the Stars and Montreal at Tampa Bay.

UNDATED (AP) — The NBA's regular season comes to a close this evening. The playoffs will begin the Saturday with the Pacers and Spurs as the top seeds. Indiana concludes the regular season on top of the East while San Antonio leads the West.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have a chance to improve their playoff positioning when travel to Portland for their regular season finale tonight. But they'll have to do it without their leading scorer. Blake Griffin picked up his 16th technical foul of the season in last night's win over Denver, triggering a league-mandated one-game suspension. Griffin hit the Nuggets' Timofey Mozgov in the head while reaching for the ball. The league could rescind the foul, but the Clippers are leaving Griffin home to rest anyway, along with J.J. Redick.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Players Championship is changing its playoff format. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem says it will be a three-hole aggregate playoff starting on the 16th, 17th and 18th holes this year. If players remain tied after three holes, it would go to sudden death starting on the par-3 17th, famous for its island green. The Players Championship is the only regular PGA Tour event to use a playoff format that is not sudden death.

Moon Selected To NCA All-Star Game

St. Mary's senior Adam Moon has been selected to play in the Nebraska Coaches Association Boys All Star game in July.

The Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) is pleased to announce the athletes and coaches for the 2014 NCA Boys’ and Girls’ All-Star games. The coaches are NCA members selected by their coaching peers. The athletes, graduating seniors, are selected by a committee of NCA member coaches. Athletes will be placed on specific teams in June.

Moon joins 23 other high school players from all six classes in Nebraska. After his record setting career at St. Mary's, the 6' 8" Wayne State recruit is the first area player to be selected for the game since fellow Cardinal Tate Sibbel in 2012. Several other players from the area include point guard Lane Rohrich of Pierce and Jalen Barry of Wayne. The Reinertson name (of Gibbon) is especially familiar to folks in the Clearwater area, as coach Paul and player Rylee were selected to be a part of the game as well. Rohrich's coach, Mike Emory, will be an assistant coach on Paul Reinertson's bench. There were no girls from the area selected to their game.

Click the title of this artict to open up the full roster of players selected to the game.

The 35th Annual NCA Girls’ Basketball All-Star will be played at Lincoln North Star High School on Monday, July 22 followed by the 46th Annual Boys’ Basketball NCA All-Star game.

Eagles Grab Runner-Up Trophy, Compete at Plainview

Kedron Koehler lands a hurdle in the 300 meter hurdles.

Last week the O’Neill Eagles Boy’s Team earned a runner-up trophy by scoring 116 points.  The team medaled in 16 of the 17 events at the track meet.

Earning first places honors was the 4 x 800 meter relay, Tyson Hostert, Joe Gillham, Grant Johnston, and Charley Burtwistle ran a time of 9:03.  Kedron Koehler also earned top honors by running 42.4 in the 300 intermediate hurdles. 

Placing 2nd in events were Charley Burtwistle in the 800, Grant Johnston in the 3200 meter run, Blake Johnston 2nd on the 1600 meter run, and Jon Marvin placing 2nd in the pole vault. 

Contributing to the runner-up team trophy were Walker Liewer 3rd in the discus, Michael Burival 3rd in shot put, Jackson Latzel tying for 5th in the high jump, Corbin Dean 3rd in the mile and 4th in the pole vault, Dillon Babutzke 3rd in the 110 high hurdles and 6th in the 300 intermediate hurdles, Jacob Emme 3rd in the triple jump, Jack Gutshall 6th in the triple jump, Dylan Belik 6th in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash, Devon Davidson 3rd in the 400 meter dash, Blake Johnston 3rd in the 3200 meter run, and then Tyson Hostert 4th and Joe Gillham 6th in the 800 meter run. 

The 4 x 100 meter run placed 4th and the 1600-meter run placed 3rd.

“Overall the Eagles performed well.  We have a really young team.  This team will see a lot of improvement each week,” said Coach Hilker.

The O’Neill Lady Eagles also traveled to Plainview with a depleted squad due to other activities.

O’Neill was led by Samantha Slack and Randi Pinkerman with a couple of first place medals. Samantha placed first in the discus with a toss of 107-3 and Randi won the 100 meter dash in a time of 13.5. Randi also placed 4th in the high jump with a personal best of 4-10 and 2nd in the 200 with a 28.4 time. Pinkerman also ran the anchor of the 4 x 100 meter relay that finished 2nd with a time of 56.5.

McKenzie Adamson also had a good day as she finished with three 2nd place medals. She jumped 14-0 in the long jump and 30-5 in the triple jump. She also ran a leg of the 4 x 100 meter relay.

Veronica Ross place 3rd in the 100 with a time of 13.9 and 5th in the 200 in a time of 29.6. Ross also ran a leg on the 4 x 100 relay that finished 2nd.

Other placers for O’Neill were: Shelby Heiser 6th in the discus with a 74-03 throw; Emily Morrow who finished 5th in the shot put with a toss of 26-10 and Kadra Sommersted-Simmons who placed 6th in the 400 with a time of 1:13.4.

“It was a great day for track and I thought our girls competed well. We had almost 1/2 of our team gone to State FFA or the musical, but the girls we brought had a good day.”

The Eagles will be hosting their own meet on Thursday, April 17th in O’Neill. Twenty-two teams will be competing next week. Running and field events will start at 10:00 am. Come and support the Eagles. Results will be given hourly on KBRX and posted on a live blog on throughout the day.

Football Wild Card Points System Tweaked, Other Changes Discussed by NSAA


The NSAA made many motions to change the Activities Manual during their meeting on April 10. While many changes affected the upper classes or weren’t approved, here are a few more that will change how sports are played. (Note the article published earlier about volleyball)

The change to a nine game schedule for Class C1 and C2 was approved last year, and we already have the schedules for those teams. However, a change that has long been desired (especially by those on the message boards) is one that re-shapes the wild card points system. While not a huge change, the system was tweaked to add another division. For those not familiar with the football wild card system, a team gets points for playing another team. Beating (or even losing to) a team with a good record is worth more than beating a team with a poor record, and playing a team that is a class higher also means more points. These points factor into playoff qualification and seeding.

The old system had three divisions that dealt with winning percentages (under 34%, 34-66%, 67% and up). The new system will make football more like basketball, where four divisions are used. A 1st Division team will now be one that has won more than 77% of its games. A 2nd Division team will be one whose victory rate falls in between 55% and 77%, and a 3rd Division will range from 34% to 55%. The 4th Division will cover all teams that have a record of at least 2-7, or 33% and under. That will in turn change the amount of points a team will get for a victory or loss. The old format looked like this:

            1st Div             2nd Div            3rd Div
Win:      50                    45                     40
Loss:    38                    33                     28

The new format will change things a bit:

            1st Div             2nd Div            3rd Div             4th Div
Win:      50                    47                    44                    41
Loss:     36                    33                    30                    27

In the new format, points will be at a higher premium because fewer teams will qualify for the playoffs. The nine game schedule will allow teams to play one more game than they used to, so fewer playoff teams becomes much more viable. The change will not affect Class D football, as they still have so many teams in the class that they don’t need to change the amount of playoff qualifiers.

Another change affects O’Neill softball. A motion was passed to scrap time limits in regular season varsity softball games. The only exceptions are that 90 minute time limits may be imposed during triangulars and tournament play during the regular season. Single games, varsity doubleheaders, and double duals will no longer be subject to time limits. JV games may still use a time limit.

A couple of other topics were discussed but did not pass. A few of the pertinent/interesting motions that failed were:
  • A motion that would have required all Class C and D District Track Meets use automatic timing. It failed because many schools don’t have access to a timing system, and even if they did nobody would know how to run it. Failed 2-6.
  • A motion that would have consolidated Class C and D track teams into eight districts (currently there are 11) and adjusted the amount of qualifiers from each district. Failed by a 0-8 vote.
  • Three motions (one each for Classes B-D) to change how wrestling districts are seeded. Instead of being grouped geographically, schools would be separated into four districts based on how many returning state points the team has. Each failed by a 1-7 vote.
  • A motion to add a “substate” round to Class B basketball. The substate system was used for last year’s volleyball postseason. Failed 4-4.

NSAA Sets New Volleyball Tourney Format, Decides on Future of 3rd Place Games


The NSAA Board of Directors met on Thursday, April 10 with some changes in mind, and, while some were voted down, the high school volleyball tournament will look a bit different in 2014-2015.

We already knew the State Volleyball Championships will be moved back to Lincoln this year, but a few changes will accompany the move from Grand Island.

One of the bigger agenda items was that of third place games. A surprisingly divisive issue, the end result was that Classes A and B will no longer have 3rd place games in volleyball or basketball, but the lower classes will continue to play them out. Two motions were made regarding the rulings. Classes A and B were named in the first motion, and it passed 5-3, while a separate motion to drop the games was made for Classes C1-D2, which failed in a 4-4 vote. Alan Garey of District 5 (basically from Kearney and Franklin counties south of Hastings over to the Colorado border) was the deciding vote, voting to discontinue the games in the upper classes, while casting a “nay” vote when it came to dropping the C1-D2 games. The rulings apply to volleyball and girls and boys basketball.

A new format was also adopted for the tournament itself. On the first day, Classes C1 through D2 will still play at four Lincoln Public Schools locations. The change will be in Classes A & B, who will play on split courts in the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday. On Friday, the usual format will stay the same: Classes A, B and C1 in PBA and Classes C2, D1 and D2 at Devaney. Championship Saturday will be played at Devaney, with third place games being played at 2 LPS High Schools. This format was adopted to take advantage of the venue at Pinnacle Bank Arena while working around the NU Volleyball team’s schedule at their home in Devaney. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Eagle JH Starts Season at West Holt

article by Gary and Kathy Hostert

It was a beautiful spring day when the O’Neill Junior High track team traveled to West Holt on Thursday, April 10th for the first meet of the season. The meet was a quadrangular with Ainsworth and Valentine, besides the Huskies.

The Eagle boys had five first place finishes led by Shayne Campbell who won the pole vault (7-6) and the discus (117-6). Tony Fonseca won the 100 hurdles in a time of 17.8 and Nathaniel Jennings won the 1600 in 5:37.8.  The other O’Neill gold was in the 400 meter relay.  The team of Trevor Dempster, Justin Appleby, Jose Ponce, and Ehric Strope finished in a time of 50.9.

In the girls' competition, Mikayla Marvin  took 1st place in the pole vault, setting a new junior high vault record at 8 ft 6 in. Mikayla also placed 2nd in the 100 hurdles- 18.4, and placed 3rd in the 300 hurdles- 56.4. Winning the 300 hurdles and setting a junior high record was Sam Eichelberger with a time of 54.10. Sam finished 1st in the 100 with a time of 13.4, and finished 5th in the long jump. Aurora Gutshall placed 1st in the 100 H- 17.9, tied for 3rd in the high jump 4ft, and finished 2nd in the 300 hurdles- 54.7. In the shot put, Emma Kryl took 1st place with a throw of 27 ft 11in. Also taking 1st place was the 4x100 relay team of Eichelberger, Briaunna Parks, Morgan Fowler, and Claire Morrow- 57.4. The throwers 4x100 relay team also took 1st place with the time of 1:06 seconds; team members were Sarah Ethington, Oliva Grass, Shelby Thomas, and Julia Bauer.

To see the rest of the results from the Junior Eagles click on the red title of this article and the full article will open up.

Depko With a Strong Start to the Spring Season

Fremont, Neb. – Midland University hosted the Midland Spring Invite at the Fremont Golf Club on Tuesday. The Warriors finished fourth overall as a team out of 10 with a combined score of 388.

"The conditions were tough today," said women's golf head coach Warren Kuhl. "This was our first competition of the spring, so it was a good starting point to see what adjustments we need to make in practice next week, and hopefully shave off a few more strokes at the NWU invite."

Former O'Neill Eagle Allison Depko paced Midland on the day, landing a sixth place finish with a score of 85. That score was just six strokes off the best score of the day. Depko is a sophomore this year, and carded her best finish since a 5th place finish in the fall of 2012, in what was her first semester competing for the Lady Warriors.

Next on the schedule for the women's golf team is a trip to Lincoln, Neb. to compete in the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite on April 13-14.

Nebraska High School HOF Announces This Year's Inductees

LINCOLN – Ten athletes, four coaches, two contributors and one official will be inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame during its 21st annual induction ceremony Oct. 5 at the Lied Center in Lincoln. The induction class spans the state from Scottsbluff to Omaha, and from 1947 to coaches still directing their teams.

This year’s inductees and honorees are highlighted by some (predictably) outstanding names. Former record setting running back Cory Eikmeier of Dodge, Cedric Hunter of Kansas Jayhawk fame, ace high school, college and pro pitcher Peaches James, Husker All-American linebacker Jerry Murtaugh and all-around stud Gary Neibauer of Scottsbluff headline the athletes selected for induction this year.

Columbus Scotus' John Peterson and Roger Mathiesen of Kearney High lead four outstanding coaches into the Hall this year. Peterson, who announced his retirement after his Lady Shamrocks placed 4th at this year's State Volleyball Tournament, has won 15 volleyball championships (along with 3 basketball titles) during his career. Mathiesen, who returns to the infield this year to lead the Bearcats, build the dynasty that is Kearney Track. KHS holds the nation’s all-time regular-season winning streak of 21 years.

Several other honorees include contributors and one official, as well as the annual awards. One of the awards, the Great Moment in High School Sports honor, goes to twins Darren and Damon Schmadeke of Boone Central, who led their team to the 1991 Class C state track championship with a 1-2 finish in the 200. Another interesting one is the Dominant Dynasty award given to Falls City Sacred Heart for their 29 combined boys and girls state championships from 1988-2011.

To see all of this year's HOF inductees and their accomplishments, click on the red title of this article and the full article will open.

AP All-State Girls Basketball Teams

The AP All-State teams have been released. All-Staters are chosen by sportswriters and sportscasters from across the state who watch these players throughout the season.

Since our area schools compete in classes C1-D2, only area athletes in those classes are shown here. To see the entire list of this year's All-State players in all classes, click on the red title of this article.

Position-Name, School, Height, Grade
First team
Rachelle Tucker, Pierce, 6-2, Jr.
Second Team
Jade Gottier, Boone Central/Newman Grove, 5-9, Sr.
Honorable Mention
Miranda Ketteler, Boone Central/Newman Grove; Jaci Brahmer, Jacy Bretschneider, Pierce

Position-Name, School, Height, Grade
First team
Allison Arens, Crofton, 5-9, Jr.
Honorable Mention
Lydia Allen, Ellie Carr, Ainsworth; Rebecca Eggerling, Paige Mitteis, Creighton; Alex Allen, Kelsey Sanger, Maria Wortmann, Quinn Wragge, Crofton; Stephanie Bode, Elgin Public/Pope John; McKayla Eisenhauser, Niobrara-Verdigre; Nicole White, Plainview; Blake Butterfield, West Holt

Position-Name, School, Height, Grade
First team
Brooke Bauer, St. Mary's, 5-10, Sr.
Honorable Mention
Kenna Fiedler, Bloomfield; Macy Ahlers, Natalie Rihanek, Hannah Sobotka, Boyd County; McKenna McClintic, Burwell; Brooke Behnk, Cedar Valley; Jacie Laetsch, Tami Jo Marcellus, Chambers/Wheeler Central; Emily Filsinger, Clearwater-Orchard; Sydney Hupp, Bridget Schneider, Riley Sibbel, St. Mary's

Position-Name, School, Height, Grade
Second Team
Jaden Schafer, Stuart, 5-5, So.
Honorable Mention
Riley Funk, Katie Koenig, Ewing; Erin Bloom, Spalding/Spalding Academy; Monique Schafer, Stuart; Tori Clausen, Wausa

AP All-State Boys Basketball Teams

The AP All-State teams have been released. All-Staters are chosen by sportswriters and sportscasters from across the state who watch these players throughout the season.

Since our area schools compete in classes C1-D2, only area athletes in those classes are shown here. To see the entire list of this year's All-State players in all classes, click on the red title of this article.

Position-Name, School, Height, Grade
Second Team
Jalen Barry, Wayne, 5-11, Sr.
Tyler Hedlund, Boone Central/Newman Grove, 6-0, Sr.
Lane Rohrich, Pierce, 6-1, Sr.
Honorable Mention
Derek Gentrup, Travis Kennedy, Pierce Koch, Boone Central/Newman Grove; Charley Burtwistle, Brock Schueth, O'Neill; Taggart Bailey, Noah Fisher, Nick Murray, Pierce

Position-Name, School, Height, Grade
First team
James Kaiser, Hartington Cedar Catholic, 6-0, Jr.
Matt McLeod, Ainsworth,6-4, Sr.
Honorable Mention
Brady Delimont, Tanner Fuelberth, Ainsworth; Jared Bellar, Zach Bellar, Kobe Lade, Battle Creek; Austin Diedrichsen, Seth Wilmes, Creighton; Eric Kleinschmit, Brock Mueller, Crofton; Grant White, Neligh-Oakdale; Nick White, Niobrara-Verdigre; Sam Meuret, Plainview; Conner Osborne, West Holt

Position-Name, School, Height, Grade
First team
Andy Kerkman, Clearwater/Orchard, 6-6, So.
Adam Moon, St. Mary's, 6-8, Sr.
Second Team
Keaton Klimek, Burwell, 5-11, Sr.
Honorable Mention
Adam Haigh, Bloomfield; Dylan Reiman, Caleb Rihanek, Boyd County; Will McClintic, Burwell; Trevor Mlnarik, Tate Schutt, Clearwater/Orchard; Trevor Ferguson, Tyler Knox, North Central; Matt Kelly, Kyle Pardun, St. Mary's

Position-Name, School, Height, Grade
Second Team
Brandon Stevens, Spalding/Spalding Academy, 5-11, Jr.
Honorable Mention
Kendall Albin, Jayson Larson, Elkhorn Valley; Blake Cunningham, Robert Nordby, Ben Ramold, Ewing; Zach Kumm, Osmond; Joe Glaser, Cain Haschke, Tanner Hudson, Spalding/Spalding Academy; Mason Dexter, Tate Schmaderer, Stuart; Austin Conn, Spencer Rosberg, Wausa

O'Neill Eagles Run in Season Opening Dan Lennon Invite

A cool shot from above the bar as Jon Marvin vaults during the Dan Lennon Invite
(photo courtesy of Micheal Peterson)

Last Tuesday, the O’Neill Lady Eagles traveled to Vermillion to take part in the Dan Lennon Class B Track and Field Invitational, held at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion, South Dakota, home of the Coyotes.

The meet involved over 65 schools and approximately one thousand athletes. The Lady Eagles did not have any medalists, but competed well.

“We are a young and inexperienced team this year and will get better as the season goes on. We tell our athletes this is a super competitive meet and do not get discouraged if you do not medal here.”

The O’Neill boys’ team was able to compete at a high level and have two medalists.

“Overall the Eagles performed well.  Indoor is quite a bit different than competing on an outdoor track.  I thought the team competed hard.  Our goal is improve every week,” said Coach Hilker.

Click the red title of the article to open up the Eagles' results. Check out the Pinnacle Bank Scoreboard to see how all of the area schools that attended the meet fared.

Next week the O’Neill Eagles will compete at the Plainview Invitational.  Field events start at 12:15, with running events at 1:30 pm.

2014 O'Neill Alumni Tournament Results

The Class of 2003 won the 12th annual O'Neill Alumni Basketball tournament with an exciting 44-43 win in the finals.  Team members are: Back Row (l to r)  Jeremy Hilkemier, Ryan Hickey, Cody Havranek.  Front Row - Luke Bulau, Matt Willis, Mike Simons

The 08-09 team finished as the men's runner-up.  Team members are: Back Row (l to r) Nick George, Brady Torpin, Terry Laursen, B.J. Barrelman, Eric Oberle.  Front Row - Brendan Brodersen, Matt Randolph, Kent Clark, Brock Reynoldson

Winners in the women's division was the 07-08 team.  Team members include: Back Row (l to r)  Kady Shane, Bethany Davison Brodersen, Jenna Connot Reiman, Alex Price Miller.  Front Row - Breanna Felker, Shelby Gutshall. Leah Reiman

The runner-up team in women's basketball was the 12-13 team.  Team members include:  Back Row (l to r)  Lindsey Appleby, Lizzie Price, Toni  Hamik, Shianne Coventry, Tapanga Lihs, Megan Peter.  Front Row - Dani Barrelman, Rachel Price, Kelsey Appleby, Brandi Walters

The volleyball champs were almost the same team as the team that won basketball. The 07-08 team was: Back Row (l to r) Shelby Gutshall, Breanna Felker, Kady Shane,  Alex Price Miller.  Front Row - Bergan Carr, Bethany Davison Brodersen, Leah Reiman.

Thanks all the people who helped make the 12th annual Alumni Basketball/Volleyball weekend a huge success.  Especially James Burtwistle, Chuck Price, Dennis Schueth, Lance Classen, Steve Brosz, Mike Peterson, Nick Hostert, Cole Hilker, Bart Becker, Monte Grossnicklaus, Becky Dean, Mike Pardun, Terry Tomjack, Bethany Eichelberger, Kay Appleby, Kathy Hostert, Teri Brown, Katie Morrow, Michelle Tomjack, Aaron Kruger, Brett Kaczor, Jodi Fox, Paula Becker, Pat Hamik, Kady Shane, Shelby Gutshall, Lindsey Appleby, Kelsey Appleby, and Charley Burtwistle.

A Special Thanks to the Tournament Director, Gary Hostert, for all the time and work he does to make this a great weekend for all involved.

Another Thanks to the sponsors; Chesterfield West, Good Timin’, O’Neill Family Eye Care P.C., Mane Event, Hartes Lawn Service, Aflac, Seger Construction, O’Neill Car Wash, Special T’s and More, Biglins Mortuary, Thermal Services, and North Construction. 

O'Neill Shamrock Fun Run Results


The 35th Running of the Shamrock Fun Run was held last Saturday in O’Neill. 372 individuals registered to participate in the event with 342 braving the cold, breezy north wind to cross the finish line. Jack Hoffman with the Team Jack Foundation helped start the race.
Overall Female Winner in the 5 Mile Run was Kylie Cheetsos of Grand Island with a time of 33:08. Overall Female  O’Neill Winner in the 5 Mile Run was Jodi Loecker with a time of 42:51.
Overall Male Winner in the 5 Mile Run was Spencer Schenk, of Ainsworth with a time of 32:12. Overall Male O’Neill Winner in the 5 Mile Run was Chad Dean with a time of 35:22.
Overall Female Winner in the 2.5 Mile Run was Chanda Schnoor of Chambers with a time of 18:19. Overall Female O’Neill Winner in the 2.5 Mile Run was Brandi Walters with a time of 18:22.
Overall Male Winner in the 2.5 Mile Run was Erik Person of Burke, SD with a time of 15:58. Overall Male O’Neill Winner in the 2.5 Mile Run was Nathaniel Jennings of O’Neill with a time of 17:14.
Overall Female Winner in the 2.5 Mile Walk was Rachel Heiss of Kearney with a time of 30:17. Overall Female O’Neill Winner in the 2.5 Mile Walk was Margaret Reiser with a time of 32:57.
Overall Male Winner in the 2.5 Mile Walk was James Loop of Kearney with a time of 28:45. Overall Male O’Neill Winner in the 2.5 Mile Walk was Steve Reiser of O’Neill with a time of 32:57.
A special award was presented to Orv Morrow by the Rotary Club of O’Neill. Morrow has been the participant in this year’s race that has participated in the most Shamrock Fun Runs. Morrow has participated in all 35 Shamrock Fun Runs, even in 1999 when their wasn’t an officially organized run during St. Pat’s. He was presented with $35 in Shamrock Bucks.
Prizes were also awarded for best male and female costumes and also to person traveling the furthest.
Official results are posted at or
Thank you to all of the runners, walkers, sponsors and workers that helped make the event a success. The Rotary Club of O’Neill uses the proceeds of the race to do good in the world, both locally and internationally. Funds were designated for this year to be donated to the local Team Jack Foundation and also to the international project of Rotary’s Polio Plus.

Inaugural NVC Post-Season Wrestling Awards

NVC All-Conference Wrestling 2014
Weight Class 1st Team 2nd Team
106 Alejandro Martinez (EV)  
113 Louis Herley  (NO) Garret Gleason (SM)
120 Wyatt Knievel (NO) Tyler Miller (EV)
126 Jake Judge (WH) Dallus Christiansen (NO)
132 Kyle Wilkenson (NO) Sean Vanderford (EV)
138 Tanner Stec (NC) Brett Kinney (EPPJ)
145 Andrew Fangman (EPPJ) Garett Allemang (NO)
152 Noah Rutjens (EV) Blake Heithoff (NO)
160 Garrett Jacobsen (NO) Austin Beard (NC)
170 Chris Peterson (EV) Viktor Jonseth (WH)
182 Shane Willats (OC) Colby Roland (NO)
195 Connor Bentley (NO) Alex Olivan (OC)
220 Justin Dearmont (NC) Dylan Kaup (NO)
285 Luke Jacobsen (NO) Nick Maughn (EV)


Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic Announces Personnel

Rosters, coaches and game officials have been named for the 2nd Annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic, according to Mike Fuehrer, Sports Development Manager for the Norfolk Area Sports Council. The Classic’s Board of Directors are extremely pleased with the talent pool from both the Red and White teams, who will meet each other on Saturday, June 14 at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Norfolk. Game time will be 1 p.m.

Jeff Bellar of Norfolk Catholic will be the head coach of the Red Team, while Joe Anderson of Oakland-Craig will serve as the head coach of the White Team. Both coaches were assistants in last summer’s inaugural game, which the Red Team won, 20-10.

Anderson said his staff is compiled of coaches who have many years of success in coaching. “They all come from great programs, so I am excited to get a chance to see these guys work their magic,’’ he said. “We really like the way our team sets up. Not only did we get 36 of the better athletes in the area, we were able to find high character kids who will make this a great week of football.’’

Anderson’s assistant coaches will be Tom Olson of Norfolk High School, Andrew Carlson of Battle Creek, Rusty Droescher of Oakland-Craig, Jon Cerny of Bancroft-Rosalie and Dean Boyer of Plainview. Bellar’s assistant coaches include Mark Brahmer of Pierce, Tony Hoffman of Crofton, Blair Kalin of Hartington High School, Mike Bivens of Norfolk Catholic and Terry Kathol of Hartington Cedar Catholic.

“We have an outstanding group of coaches for the Red team this year,’’ Bellar said. “They have all coached very successful programs and more importantly have been great role models for student athletes and quality educators for their school systems.  We are very blessed to have this group of men coaching our All-Star team this year.’’

Previously, the Classic announced game officials for the game. The five-man crew consists of Larry Wells of Norfolk, Head Referee/Crew Chief; Corey Privett of Norfolk, Back Judge; Shane Anderson of Norfolk, Linesman; Jim Bartee of  Norfolk, Line Judge; and Kyle Finke of Battle Creek, Umpire.

Area players who were selected to the White Team are: Spencer Knopp of O'Neill; Tyson Bolling of Plainview, Battle Creek's Trev Bode, Nate Gray, Eli McKeown and Matt Schnebel, and Tyler Hedlund, Pierce Koch, Alex Wiese, and Austin Zoucha.

Area Red Team players are: Connor Osborne and Kelby Feddern of West Holt, Creighton's Lane Jacobsen, Jacob Morrill and Seth Wilmes, Rylee Klawitter of Niobrara/Verdigre, Wausa's Austin Conn, and Pierce's Austin Druyor, Charles Krueger, Chance Larsen and Lane Rohrich.

Fuehrer said the Classic’s Board of Directors has a website coaches, players, officials and football fans can follow at:
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