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Stadium Sports Top Dog Athlete Of The Week


Top Dawg Athlete of the Week is a weekly honor given out by the
KBRX Sports Department during the Dawg Pound Sports Show
every Wednesday night. Student/athletes are considered based
on accomplishments from games the previous week before the
Show (Mon-Sat). Any high school athlete from our KBRX
coverage area is eligible. Once chosen, an athlete will not be
eligible for two months, or until the conclusion of the current
sports season. Since we cannot cover all sporting events,
listeners and fans are encouraged to submit their nominations to
us. If you have a nomination, please fill in the form at the bottom
of the page, send it to us via e-mail to,, fax it to us at 336-3585, or simply tell a member
of the Sports Department. Please include a reason why this
athlete is deserving of the honor of Top Dawg, and include any
stats or other significant achievements that may apply.

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Week. Thank you for helping us honor the area athletes who are deserving of recognition for
their efforts in representing their schools and communities.


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2013 - 2014 Top Dawgs

Tate Schutt - scored 43 points in the State Tourney and provided outstanding senior leadership for the Cyclones O/C Basketball 3/19/14 Stuart Basketball Monique Schafer - had 18 points (3 3s) and proved to be a spark for the Lady Broncos at the State Tourney
Blake Walters - picked up his first State Wrestling Championship at 152 pounds in Class C O'Neill Wrestling 2/5/14 St. Mary's Basketball Brooke Bauer - scored 27 points and grabbed 13 boards against O/C to hold off an upset-minded Cyclones team
Nick White - averaged 18 pts, 3 stls, and 3 asts per game to lead the Cougars to the NVC title game; including a 29 point effort (7/9 free throws in OT) in a win over O/C Niobrara/
2/12/14 Boyd County Basketball Hannah Sobotka - scored 46 pts and grabbed 21 rebs in 3 games to lead the Spartans to the NVC title game; biggest game was a 25 pt, 11 reb effort vs. CWC when she made 17/21 free throws
Andy Kerkman - averaged 26 pts, 19 reb, 5 blocks and added 8 assists and 5 steals in 2 games; led Cyclones to win over D2 #7 Wausa O/C Basketball 2/5/14 Boyd County Basketball Natalie Rihanek - 20 pts, 7 reb and 4 steals against Spalding, 16 pts, 3 reb against South Central; scored over 1/3 of the Spartans' points in those 2 games
David Fox - helped O'Neill win the Aurora Duals with 3 pins and a major decision O'Neill Wrestling 1/29/14 EPPJ Basketball Stephanie Bode - 26 points, 17 rebounds and 4 steals against Clarkson/Leigh
Trevor Mlnarik - played almost all 32 mins with teammates in foul trouble, finishing with 23 pts, 9 reb & a steal O/C Basketball 1/22/14 Stuart Basketball Jaden Schafer - led all scorers with 25 pts (including four 3's and 7 for 7 free throw shooting), 7 assists & 3 steals
Joe Gillham - won his weight class at the Mid-Dakota Monster in dominant fashion, with 3 pins and a tech fall in 5 matches O'Neill Wrestling 1/15/14 West Holt Basketball Dana Judge - knocked down 3 outside shots as part of her 28 points, added 3 steals and 2 assists
Blake Cunningham - averaged a double-double with 45 points and 20 rebounds in two games at the Cyclone Holiday Tourney Ewing Basketball 1/8/14 Boyd County Basketball Amber Bendig - scored 31 pts while adding 6 ast and 5 rebs, but made her mark on defense with 15 steals and 18 deflections in 2 games at the Creighton Tourney
Tate Schutt - put up 24 points and snagged 13 boards in a Cyclone win over a very good St. Francis team O/C Basketball 12/25/13 CWC Basketball Jacie Laetsch - had 11 pts, 6 rebs, 5 assists and 2 steals vs. Sandhills/Thedford; sealed the win at the free throw line
Spencer Knopp - went 11-0 on the week at Madison and the NE Duals, beating two ranked Class A boys O'Neill Wrestling 12/18/13 Niobrara/
Verdigre Basketball
Brittany Eisenhauer - scored 19 points (went 8/11 from the free throw line) and played a good all around game
Trevor Ramm - led the Broncos to the title game with good blocking and kicking, had 9 tkls in the championship Stuart Football 11/27/13 St. Mary's Volleyball Mackenzie Wecker - provided solid defense at the State Tournament; with 31 digs in the 1st two games and 40 digs in the Championship game to help the Cardinals to the D1 title
Jacob Morrill - 26 carries for 182 yds, 4 TDs; 9 tackles, INT against Howells/Dodge Creighton Football 11/20/13
Seth Wilmes - led his team to a postseason win vs GACC, with 17 carries for 133 yds and 2 TDs, caught a 40 yd TD pass, averaged 39 yds on 4 punts and had 10 tackles Creighton Football 11/13/13 Stuart Volleyball Harlee Fischer - notched 18 kills and 2 ace serves in the district final to lead her team to State
11/6/13 St. Mary's Volleyball Krissy Krotter - 40 digs, 17 kills, and 12 blocks in 3 matches helped the Cards win the NVC title
Lane Jacobsen - played both ways on the line, paved the way for 441 rushing yds with outstanding blocking Creighton Football 10/30/13 O'Neill Cross Country Alejandra Vergara-Kersenbrock - placed 18th at State XC in a competitive Class C field with a 21:20 time
Grant Johnston - ran a 17:57 time to place 3rd in a tough district and lead his team to a State berth OHS Cross Country 10/23/13 West Holt Cross Country Jayden Reiman - ran against tough competition at districts, placed 3rd with a time of 21:14, led the girls team to State
Brenden Pelster - 25 carries for 256 yds, 5TD; 4-6 passing for 40 yds; 19 tackles (10 solo) CWC Football 10/16/13 OHS Softball Shelby Heiser - went 8-10 in 3 games, hitting 2 homers and 5 RBI; played great defense at 3rd
Rylee Klawitter - 15 carries for 168 yds, 2 TD, 22 tackles (15 solo), INT on a cold, rainy night Niobrara/
Verdigre Football
10/9/13 O/C Volleyball Emily Filsinger - was unstoppable with 30 kills, 4 blocks, 4 ace serves, 10 digs in 4 sets
Reid Liska - 6 TDs (48 yds, 2 TDs rush, 108 yds, 3 TDs rec, 53 yd punt return TD) 40 total pts Creighton Football 10/2/13 CWC Volleyball Cassi Thunker - 41 kills in 5 matches (one 18 kill match) to go with 9 blocks and 11 digs
Grant White - 22/35, 327 yds, 4TDs, 135 yds rushing Neligh-Oakdale Football 9/25/13 Ewing Volleyball Riley Funk - 68 kills, 51 digs, 15 aces, and 7 blocks in 13 sets (5 matches)
Alex Kunz - 3 INTs to go with 10 tkls on D, 11/20 passing with 156 yds, 2 TDs, 48 rushing yds Stuart Bronco Football 9/18/13 O'Neill Softball Jessi Simons - 10 inn. pitched, 24 strikeouts, only 4 baserunners, went 2-4 with 3 walks, 3 RBI's and 3 runs scored

2012 - 2013 Top Dawgs
Ernie Short - qualified for State Track in 4 events, medalled 5th in the 1600 O/C Track Spring Season CWC Track CWC Girls 4x100 Relay - won State for the 3rd straight year after moving up to class C -
Shelby & Kortney Kasselder, Meagan Carr, Jordan Wietzki
Sam Mueret - shot a 1-under 143 to win Class C State Golf Plainview Golf
Aaron Ohri - scored 22 pts, grabbed 17 rebounds to help the Cards place 3rd at State St. Mary's Basketball Post-
Dexter Black - scored 18 of the team's 26 pts in subdistrict ball, was the most dominant player on the court Boyd County Basketball Post-season St. Mary's Basketball Justine Blumenstock - defended the opponents' best player all 3 days, added 12 pts, 21 reb to help the Cards place 2nd at Girls State
Josh Coyle - won State at C182 with a 4-0 record, picked up his 100 win along the way West Holt Wrestling Post-
CWC Basketball Tami Jo Marcellus - played well on both sides of the ball, with 12 pts, 4 reb, and 4 stls
Blake Walters - won a tough district with 2 pins and a tech fall on his way to 2nd at State O'Neill Wrestling Post-
St. Mary's Basketball Bridget Schneider - 14 pts, 2 reb, distributed the ball on offense to help the Cards to a 62-37 win
Adam Moon - helped the Cards win the NVC with 90 pts and 27 rebs in 3 games St. Mary's Basketball 2/6/13 O/C Basketball Kelsey Knust - scored 36 pts to go with 13 reb to help the Cyclones to 3rd in the NVC
David Fox - placed 1st at the Albion Invite by beating the #2 and #3 ranked opponents O'Neill Wrestling 1/30/13 St. Mary's Basketball Brook Bauer - tossed up 29 points to go with 7 rebounds to lead the team to a win
Dillon Smith - racked up 18 points and 13 rebounds vs. O'Neill Neligh-Oakdale Basketball 1/23/13 West Holt Basketball Megan Wenner - put up 26 pts to go with 18 reb & 4 stls during a win over Boyd Co.
Trent Hoefer - his 16 points, 5 reb helped EPPJ reach their season best scoring total in a win EPPJ Basketball 1/16/13 Stuart Basketball Hailey Paxton - owned the paint, wiping off 14 rebounds (8 off.) and scoring 8 points
Joe Gilham - became the first O'Neill champ at the Mid Dakota Monster with 5 wins O'Neill Wrestling 1/9/13 O'Neill Basketball Lindsay Appleby - 13 reb & 19 pts were nearly half the team's scoring vs. Boone Central
Marcus Marcellus - 26 pts & 7 reb to help the Huskies to their 1st win West Holt Basketball 1/9/13 O/C Basketball Emily Filsinger - 17 pts & 19 reb helped the Cyclones win the Holiday Tourney
Andy Kerkman - 20 pts & 8 reb to dominate the paint in an O/C win O/C Basketball 12/19/12 Boyd County Basketball McKenna Rossmeier - 25 pts, 6 reb, 6 ast, led Boyd County to their highest point total this year
Spencer Knopp - 14-0 during the week, 1st at O'Neill Invite, went 10-0 at the NE Duals O'Neill Wrestling 12/12/12 Ewing Basketball Kelsey Brummels - had 10 of her 12 points in the 4th quarter to help the Tigers to a comeback win
Blake Anderson - totaled 335 yds on 59 carries with 4 touchdowns in 3 games to help the Wolfpack repeat as D1 Champions EPPJ FB 11/21/12 St. Mary's VB Mackenzie Wecker - tallied 66 digs over 3 games at the State to help the Cards place 4th; set the school single season record at 444 digs
Ross Schindler - 132 yds, 2 TDs in the passing game; 42 yds, 2 TDs rushing EPPJ FB 11/7/12 Stuart VB Caitlin Kunz - 38 kills, 4 blocks, 4 ace serves to help her team to State VB
Cole Gibbens - had a season high in carries, played lockdown defense with 2 INTs in a playoff win West Holt FB 10/31/12 St. Mary's VB Brook Bauer - helped the Cardinals to the NVC Championship with 53/54 serving, 16 kills and 4 blocks
John Walnofer - ran 17:40.8 to medal 14th and help the team place 11th in Class D at State Cross Country CWC XC 10/24/12 West Holt VB Shelby Weber - helped the Huskies to place 2nd at the Wood River Tourney with 29 kills and 20 blocks in 3 matches
Brett Pacha - finished as district runner up with a time of 17:04 West Holt
10/17/12 O'Neill XC Alejandra Vergara - ran 16:48 for a 12th place district finish and a berth at state
Mark Vondracek - 13 carries, 96 yds, 3TDs; 5-7 62 yds, TD passing; 55 yd punt return TD Niobrara/ Verdigre FB 10/10/12 O'Neill SB Toni Hamik - hit .467 with an OBP of .667, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored, played great defense at catcher
Kyle Regan - 13/20 211 yds, 3TD passing, rush TD St. Mary's FB 10/3/12 Neligh-Oakdale VB Erin Keetle - 21 kills, 3 ace serves in four sets of play
Andrew Heithoff - 10 tackles; returned an INT 68 yds for a TD EPPJ FB 9/26/12 CWC VB Cassi Thunker - dominant play at the net, 16 kills in a 3 set win
Brady Wakefield - won the all-arounds at both Callaway and North Platte; finished in the top 6 in 3 events both days O'Neill Rodeo 9/19/12 O'Neill SB Jessi Simons - pitched two 1 hitters (12 IP, 12 Ks, 2 hits, 1 run) in 2 wins
Josh Coyle - 81 yd KO return TD; 222 yds, 3TD rush; set school record with 87 yd TD West Holt FB 9/12/12 Ewing VB Riley Funk - 43 kills, 13 blocks, 11 ace serves, 15 digs in 7 sets
Michael Hedlund - 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush); 100 yds rush; 38 yd FG; kicking game pinned opp. deep O'Neill FB 9/5/12 O'Neill Golf Amy Schmitz - shot a 94 at Ainsworth as a freshman; was on JV but would have won the meet
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