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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

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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

Neligh Golfer Hits Hole-In-One

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He already had the highlight of the day, but winning the first dual of the season was icing on the cake for Chase Kallhoff.

The Neligh-Oakdale junior knocked in a hole-in-one on his way to having the low score in a dual with Creighton on Thursday. Kallhoff aced the shot on hole #2 at the Creighton Community Golf Course, which is a par-3 hole.

Coach Frank Gade said Warrior teammate Chris Bentley and a couple Creighton golfers were his witnesses. Kallhoff shot a 42 to win by one stroke over runner-up Chase Largen. That score helped the Warriors to a six stroke win over the Bulldogs. Gade said the weather was "a little cool" but the team played well.

There were 19 golfers between the two teams, so there was plenty of golf at the dual. The scores can be found in the Pinnacle Bank Scoreboard.

Eagles Sweep Team Titles at Ainsworth Relays

Article courtesy of O'Neill coaches, pictures courtesy of Micheal Peterson
Click the title of this article to open the full individual results for O'Neill.

The O’Neill Eagle Track and Field team braved a spring snowstorm on Friday morning in O’Neill to travel to Ainsworth to compete in the Ainsworth Relay Meet.

Relays are run a bit differently than in individual track meet. The running events are all run by teams, and in the field events the top three competitors for each team height or distance is totaled and the highest value wins the event.

The Lady Eagles had a great day and finished the meet as team champions, something that has not happened in over five years. O’Neill placed first in 7 of the 14 events. Freshmen Aurora Gutshall and Sam Eichelberger were members of four different relay teams that won golds.

The field events had many fine performances also as both the pole vault and triple jump relays came out on top. The high jumpers finished in second place. The shot put relay team finished in third place, and the discus team finished in second place.

Coach Peterson was impressed with the effort, saying, “I was very proud of how our athletes completed. We went into the meet with the goal of bringing back the trophy and we did just that. We had athletes compete very well in many different events with many of them achieving personal records. I am really looking forward to see how this team progresses throughout the season. We are looking forward to our next meet in Plainview on Thursday, April 2nd."

The O’Neill boys’ track team was able to beat out the home team, Ainsworth, by 4 points.  The Eagles were able to score 116 points as a team.

In jumps, Eagles were able to get three first place finishes, and a second. The pole vault, long jump and triple jump came out on top, with the high jumpers combining for second. In the throwing events the Eagles were able to place 2nd as a team in both events.

The running relays saw O’Neill place 2nd and 4th in the distance medley, with Team Two of the 4x800 placing 3rd.  The 4x100, 4x200 and 1600 medley sprint all placed 3rd.  The 4x400 placed 2nd.

The O’Neill Eagles also won the 3 x 64 meter shuttle hurdle relay and 3 x 195 meter shuttle hurdle relay.

Overall in the relay meet Eagles were able to earn 5 firsts, 6 seconds, 5 thirds, one fourth, one fifth, and three 6th place finishes.

“Great to get so many athletes competing.  I was excited to see where they are and what we need to work on.  We had a good start.  Our goal is to get better every week,” said Coach Hilker.

Click the title of this article for the details of O'Neill's meet, and click here to check out the results for all of the schools that participated, including West Holt, Stuart, North Central, Valentine and the hosts, Ainsworth.

O'Neill Alumni Tournament Crowns Champions

The O'Neill Alumni Tournament was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday with alumni from O'Neill Public and St. Mary's participating.  The finals were held on Sunday at the O'Neill High School Gym.  Here are this weekends winning teams.

The 2012-13 team won the women's basketball division of the 13th annual O'Neill Alumni Tournament.  Team members front (l to r)  Mary Kersenbrock Losing, Rachel Price, Lindsey Appleby, Dani Barrelman, Megan Peter.  Back (l to r)  Brandi Walters, Toni Hamik, Shianne Coventry, Lindsey Appleby, Alex Hedlund.

The Class of 2008 won the volleyball division and finished as the runner-up in basketball.  Team members:  front (l to r)  Bethany Davison Brodersen, Breanna Felker, Amber Baseggio Mathine.  Back (l to r)  Kady Shane, Leah Reiman Chohon, Alex Price Miller, Shelby Gutshall.

The 95-97 team won the men's basketball division for the 5th time with a hard fought 43-41 win in the finals.  Team members include front row:  (l to r):  Kasey Brosz, Kyle Schellpeper.  Back row:  (l to r) Todd Kennedy, Mitch Heiss, Reed Devall, Dave Dougherty.

The 09 Red team finished as the men's basketball runner-up.  Team members:  front row (l to r) Michael Harvey, Andrew Krotter, Hayden Schneider, Matt Boyle.  Back row:  (l to r)  Tony Soukup, Zach Sibbel, Nate Peterson, Cody Eiler.

Thank you to all the people who helped make the 13th annual Alumni Basketball/Volleyball weekend a huge success, especially James Burtwistle, Chuck Price, Clint Hilker, Bonnie Kallhoff, Nick Hostert, Josh Brabec, Bart Becker, Monte Grossnicklaus, Terry Tomjack, Kay Appleby, Kathy Hostert, Teri Brown, Katie Morrow, Michelle Tomjack, Kasey Brosz, John Hunt, Curtis Childers, Jake Miller, Kedeyn Johnson, Randall Lihs, Aaron Kruger, Preston Blackmore, Jodi Fox, Pat Hamik, Shelby Gutshall, Lindsey Appleby, and Kelsey Appleby.  A special "Thanks" to our Tournament Director, Gary Hostert, for all the time and work he does to make this a great weekend for all involved.   With that said, this will be Mr. Hostert's last year running this tournament.  In the future, if you would like a team or have any questions, you will need to contact either Seth Kallhoff or Brock Eichelberger at OHS.

Another "Thanks" to the sponsors; Chesterfield West, O’Neill Family Eye Care P.C., Seger Construction, O’Neill Car Wash, Chuck and Kelley Price Family, Special T’s and More, Biglins Mortuary, Lindys Shear Creations, and Shads Electric. 

Winter Activities NCPA Academic All-State Awards

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The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) is pleased to announce the student recipients of the Winter 2015 Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA) Academic All-State Awards. Since 2006 this NSAA Award Program has recognized students who meet the criteria for nomination by their school in the season of their activity.

Each year the NSAA and the NCPA recognize students during Fall, Winter and Spring Seasons who are nominated by their schools for their individual academic excellence, leadership and significant contributions in their NSAA activity.

Since it is a lengthy list, click the title of this article to see all of the award winners from the KBRX area schools.

O'Neill Track Team Opens Season At Annual Dan Lennon Invite

articles courtesy of the OHS coaches, all photos courtesy of Micheal Peterson

Somebody will have to come up with a catchy nickname for the Marvin kids
(Jon, left, and Mikayla) who will be competing at a high level in the pole vault.

The O’Neill Eagle Track and Field team opened up their season on Tuesday, March 24th at the renowned Dan Lennon Invite. It was hosted at the Dakota Dome on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion.

With over fifty-six teams and 1,800 athletes competing in Class B the competition was very tough. Despite the heavy competition, O’Neill was able to post some great performances.

Senior McKenzie Adamson and freshman Mikayla Marvin both placed in their events. McKenzie triple-jumped 33-04 to place fifth in the event.  Freshman Marvin began her high school career by getting over 9-0 in the pole vault that put her in the fifth position. Junior, Amanda Pischel had her personal best vault of 8-6 to finish right behind Mikayla in sixth. Bailee Dougherty got over 7-6 to finish in 10th.

Freshman Payton Birkel also had a good first varsity meet as she placed 12th in the 800 with a time of 2:42.82. Fellow freshman Aurora Gutshall also had a good showing in her first meet as she had the third fastest time in the 60 high hurdles going in to the semi-finals with a 9.99 clocking. The semi-finals were not as cooperative as she ran a slower time and failed to make the finals.

The sprint medley team consisting of Sam Eichelberger, Mikayla Marvin, Kaddee Harner and Payton Birkel finished in 12th place with a time of 4:50.07.

Coach Mike Peterson offered his assessment: “Overall it was a great start for our team. We had a lot of young kids perform well and I am looking forward to see how we progress over the season. We are looking forward to the Ainsworth Relays on Friday.”

Senior McKenzie Adamson placed 5th in the triple jump

Leading the Eagle boys’ team with a gold medal was Grant Johnston in the 3200 meter run, clocking a winning time of 10:30.67.  Blake Johnston placed 8th out of 51 athletes running the 3200-meter run.  Jon Marvin was runner-up in the pole-vault with an effort of 13 feet, 6 inches.

Justin Appleby high jumped 5’ 8” to beat his personal best from junior high.  Nathaniel Jennings placed 13th with a time of 5:12 and Ehric Strope placed 15th out of 80 total runners in the mile.  Tyson Hostert placed 13th in a field of 72 runners in the 800.

In the shot put, Chance Sholes placed 16th, 41 feet 10.75 inches, and Walker Liewer 19th with 41 feet 5.75 inches out of 94 shot putters.

“We competed really well.  The boy’s team has a good range of students according to class.  We just need to focus on getting better every week and things will go our way,” said Coach Hlker.

Leprechaun Youth Sports Wrestlers Compete in Tour of Nebraska


Brady Thompson and Keegan Moore earned plaques
for placing in the Tour of Nebraska.

Over the past ten weeks eight Leprechaun Wrestlers have competed in the Tour of Nebraska. The Tour consists of six stops across the state. Tournaments include Hershey, Sidney, Columbus, Kearney, Valentine and O’Neill. The wrestlers compile points based on their tournament finishes along with match results. There are five age divisions. Each wrestler is competing against all kids from their age division for the most points accumulated over the Tour. The top four placers are recognized and receive custom Nebraska plaques for their efforts. Over 2200 kids participated in tour stops this year.

O’Neill had eight wrestlers compete in this tour: Ty Rainforth, Payton Matthews, Brady Thompson, Dylan Parks, John Alden, Pryor Matthews, Porter Matthews and Keegan Moore. These young men spent a lot of time on the road touring our great state and competed in some of the state’s best local tournaments.

Coach Thompson “AKA Captain Leprechaun” commented, “All of these kids deserve a big pat on the back. This tour can be a grind. Some tournaments would end at 10:00 at night and these kids would get in the car and ride two hours, spend the night and be ready to compete at a high level the next morning. We had many good memories of some incredible matches and the Leprechaun club is very proud of these young men. Ty Rainforth and John Alden competed in all the tour stops and were right there in the end competing for a top four spot. They all represented O’Neill very well”

Two Leprechauns were able to earn tour plaques and were awarded these plaques in front of the sold out Heartland Event Center this past weekend. Brady Thompson placed 3rd overall in the 5th/6th grade division and Keegan Moore placed 4th overall in the 5th/6th grade division. Great job boys!!

Leprechaun Youth Sports Participate in NEUSA State Wrestling

article courtesy of Jesse Moore

The Leprechauns enter the Heartland Event Center in front of a packed crowd.

The Leprechauns headed to Grand Island this past weekend to participate in the Nebraska USA State Wrestling Championships held in the Heartland Events Center. There was standing room only for the two day event as 1500 of the state's finest battled for a spot on the medal stand.

The event started off with a team parade and O’Neill was well represented with eleven athletes competing on day one. Eight of the 11 day-one participants brought home a medal, highlighted by Charlotte Welsh’s 2nd place finish and Payton Matthews 3rd place finish. Payton’s top four efforts earned him a spot on the Nebraska National Elementary Dual Team. Other medalists were Reid Laible 5th, Cort Chohon 7th, Dylan Parks 6th, John Alden 6th, Keegan Moore 7th, and Brady Thompson 8th.

Coach Bill Alden commented “Our kids did a great job and we are very proud of their efforts, especially Grady Welke, Izaiah Munoz, James Drueke and Ty Rainforth. Many of our kids made their first trip down to State and did an outstanding job. Some of our more experienced wrestlers are leaving a bit disappointed and they shouldn’t be. This is a tough tournament with most brackets having 32 athletes competing. They have nothing to be ashamed of. The future looks bright for O’Neill wrestling.”

On day two the Leprechauns' 7th-12th graders competed. They had 10 athletes wrestling and 5 came home with state medals. Jason Hahlbeck, Bailey Thompson and Caden Moore finished runner up, Chance Sholes 4th and Will Atkeson 6th.

Coach Hahlbeck commented “We really like to see our High School kids compete out of their regular season. Off season wrestling creates winter champions. We were especially proud of the efforts of Matt Wilson, Nate Welsh, Parker Belgum, Jaron Atkeson and Shayne Campbell. They had good brackets and competed well.”

The next competition for the Leprechauns will be the Midwest Classic Nationals on April 2nd and 3rd in Kearney, Nebraska.

Click on the title of this article to peruse the individual results for each LYS wrestler that participated.

Mid-State Boys All-Conference Team

Continuing the post-season award parade is the Mid-State Conference. Here are the boys selections as made by the league's coaches.
Mid-State Boys All-Conference
Name Grade School
1 James Kaiser 12 HCC
2 Ben Hoskins 12 Wayne
3 Taggart Bailey 11 Pierce
4 Jared Beller 12 Battle Creek
5 Brock Mueller 12 Crofton
6 Zach Beller 12 Battle Creek
7 Matt Miller 11 Norfolk Catholic
8 Stephen Hillis 10 HCC
9 David Engelhaupt 11 Norfolk Catholic
10 Dylan Slaughter 12 GACC
Honorable Mention
Name Grade School
Kobe Lade 11 Battle Creek
Scott Kettler 12 Boone Central
Travis Kennedy 12 Boone Central
Zac Glidden 12 Boone Central
Tyler Koch 12 Crofton
Brandon Hass JR 11 GACC
Seth Montag 12 Norfolk Catholic
Beau Schommer 12 Norfolk Catholic
Tyson Hostert 11 O'Neill
Brady Starkel 11 Pierce
Noah Fisher 12 Pierce
Payten Gamble 10 Wayne

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