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North Bend Central looking to return to dominant and winning ways

Team: North Bend Central

Mascot: Tigers

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-1

Head Coach: Amy Sterup (14th season)

2018 record: 14-15

Returning Starters: 8


North Bend Central went through a bit of a rebuilding year last year one could say, but returns eight starters from last year's 14-15 team.

Back for 14th year Head Coach Amy Sterup are seniors Lauren Emanuel (6'1, MH), Megan Ortmeier (5'8, OH), Jessa Hellbusch (5'4, S), Jenna Byrd (6'2 RS), and Maddie Renner (5'3, DS).

Juniors Cierra Kluthe (5'10, OH) and Ally Pojar (5'10, MH) as well as Sophomore Sydney Emanuel (5'6, DS) return for NBC as well.

I think having the height and experience the Tigers have in these girls will help North Bend Central out this year tremendously.

I also think having the success the Tigers had in basketball last year will help this year's Volleyball team out a lot as well.

North Bend Central has done really well in Volleyball in past years, and cranked things up in basketball last season.

Now the Tigers have to turn things up a few notches in Volleyball, and be a power in both Volleyball and Basketball.

North Bend Central has to be a favorite to win the Conference in both sports this year I feel.

It could be a situation where the Tigers make state in both sports.

There's a long ways to go a lot of work to be done before that happens, but anything can certainly happen.

North Bend Central basically has everyone back from last year, and the Tigers are an experienced and veteran laden team.

I think that will help the Tigers going up against some of the younger teams in the Conference this season.

North Bend Central has been there and done that before, and this isn't the Tigers' first rodeo by any stretch of the imagination.

Last year was tough, but I think with a year of maturity and growth North Bend Central is well on their way to having a good and successful and winning season.

I don't see why the Tigers can't win anywhere from 20-25 matches this season.

Season Outlook:

North Bend Central opens up the season on September 3rd against Shelby-Rising City and Madison at the Shelby-Rising City Triangular.

I think the extra practice time and not starting the season until September 3rd really helps the Tigers.

North Bend Central needs to come out strong out of the gates and play well early though because the Tigers hit a tough stretch of games in mid-September.

NBC has Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, the North Bend Invite, Stanton, Wisner-Pilger, Oakland-Craig, and West Point-Beemer all within a two-week stretch.

That will be a big stretch of matches for the Tigers, and we'll see how they fare in those two weeks.

Sterup says the team has high hopes for the season. "We are looking forward to a season where we can grow as a team. We have all of our returning starters back. Looking forward to starting out stronger than last year and staying strong.  We have experience on the court this year which will make us a stronger more confident team going into this year."

I completely agree with Coach Sterup on that one.

Having everyone back should allow North Bend Central to get back to playing the type of Volleyball they're accustomed to.

Last year was one of those years where you lost a bunch of great players from arguably your best team in school history, and it was a rebuilding sort of year you could say.

That's not the case this year though, and I fully expect the Tigers to go out there and play well and find ways to win night in and night out.

I think North Bend Central will be one of those teams opponents fear and don't want to play.

The Tigers have to get back to playing tenacious, smash like Volleyball that gives opponents shivers and the jimmies.

North Bend Central has to put fear in their opponents just by walking into the gym and warming up.

The Tigers have to hit, pass, and serve the ball with authority and make good decisions on the fly.

Having good judgement on balls being in or out and communicating that is key and vital there's no doubt about it.

North Bend Central has to be unified, and play together as one.

If they do that then the Tigers can accomplish great things and go special places this season.

2019 North Bend Central Tigers Volleyball Schedule:

09/03/19 Madison Triangular (host: Shelby/Rising City)
09/03/19 Shelby/Rising City Triangular (host: Shelby/Rising City)
09/05-09/07 (To Be Determined) Northeast Nebraska Volleyball Classic (2/3-Day Tournament) Wisner-Pilger/Pender
09/12/19 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
09/14-09/14 (To Be Determined) North Bend Invite (4-Team 1-Day Tournament) North Bend
09/16/19 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS) Triangular (host: North Bend Central)
09/16/19 Stanton Triangular (host: North Bend Central)
09/17/19 Wisner-Pilger
09/24/19 @ Oakland-Craig
09/26/19 West Point-Beemer
09/28-09/28 (To Be Determined) David City Invitational (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) David City
10/01/19 @ Twin River
10/03/19 Malcolm
10/10/19 Tekamah-Herman
10/15/19 @ BRLD
10/17-10/19 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conf. VB Tour. (2/3-Day Tournament) Pender High School
10/22/19 @ Howells-Dodge
10/24/19 Columbus Lakeview
Oakland-Craig looking for returners to lead them to good season

Team: Oakland-Craig

Mascot: Knights

Colors: Orange and White

Class: C-2

Head Coach: Chelsey Boden

2018 record: 13-19

Returning Starters: N/A


Oakland-Craig returns quite a few players from last year's team that went 13-19. Head Coach Chelsey Boden.

"We have Josie Richards and Bailey Helzer, Mya Guzinski, and we also have Makenna Pearson, Rheanna Paul, Ashten Rennerfeldt. And then we have Kennedy Benne coming back, who missed the year last year due to a knee injury. So we have quite a few returners this year so it should be exciting."

Boden says the offseason was good as most of the girls were able to make most of their summer camps and leagues this summer.

Seniors lost to graduation last year include Dacey Nelson, Natalia McNeill, Jena Gardeman, and Aileen Quintero.

The Knights lost a couple of key players in Nelson and McNeill, but return a good strong core.

I felt Oakland-Craig played their best Volleyball towards the end of last season, and look for that to carry over into this year.

I look for big things from Bailey Helzer and am excited to see what she can do in her sophomore year.

I also look for Benne to do big and great things after missing all of last season.

I think this year has a chance to be really good for the Knights.

I feel Oakland-Craig can be a top contender in the East Husker Conference given all who they bring back, and can go on to have a mighty fine and nice season.

The Knights have to get the most out of themselves and each other, and play up to their potential all year.

Oakland-Craig has to play hard and smart at all times, and give 100% effort.

The Knights have to want it more than their opponents and must outwork them as well.

Oakland-Craig has to be a good passing, hitting, and serving team, and must limit and minimize unforced errors that would result in the Knights beating themselves.

I think playing at a high level and being consistent are two keys to Oakland-Craig having success this season.

Season Outlook:

Oakland-Craig hopes to be one of the top teams in the East Husker Conference this season. Boden says the conference should be really good again this year.

"We've had a really rock solid conference these last few years. And I think that's still going to be the same. A lot of challengers out there. And I really look forward to seeing how the conference falls this year."

The Knights open up the season at Howells-Dodge on August 29th.

I think that first match is super key and critical for Oakland-Craig.

The Jaguars are in transition a bit with a new Coach and a veteran team like Oakland-Craig has to go in there and find a way to win.

The Knights simply have to tell themselves in that match and in other matches throughout the season that losing is simply not an option.

Oakland-Craig has to come out and play to win each and every time they take to the floor.

The Knights have to play well night in and night out and simply refuse to lose.

Oakland-Craig had a spectacular basketball season last year, and I feel that has a chance to carry over into this Volleyball season.

The Knights have a chance to do a lot of good things I feel, and I think 20+ wins is not out of the realm of possibility.

Oakland-Craig has a lot of veteran experience, and that could serve them very well this year.

It's a season in which a lot of teams in the conference are young so the Knights have to use that to their advantage.

Oakland-Craig has to be ready to play every match and has to have good solid play at the net and in the back row.

The Knights need to have a positive I can do attitude at all times this season, and be willing to learn and grow.

Oakland-Craig has to take care of all the teams they're supposed to beat, and knock off some of the traditional powers on their schedule.

The Knights have a tough schedule, but should be one of those teams no one wants to face.

2019 Oakland-Craig Knights Volleyball Schedule:

08/29/19 @ Howells-Dodge
09/05-09/07 (To Be Determined) Northeast Nebraska Classic (2/3-Day Tournament) Wisner-Pilger/Pender
09/12/19 @ Wisner-Pilger
09/14-09/14 (To Be Determined) Boone Central Invitational (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Boone Central High School- Albion
09/17/19 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
09/19/19 @ Yutan
09/24/19 North Bend Central
09/26/19 Arlington Triangular (host: Arlington)
09/26/19 Guardian Angels Central Catholic Triangular (host: Arlington)
10/01/19 Tekamah-Herman Triangular (host: Oakland-Craig)
10/01/19 Stanton Triangular (host: Oakland-Craig)
10/03/19 @ BRLD
10/05-10/05 (To Be Determined) Clarkson-Leigh Invite (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Clarkson
10/08/19 Douglas County West Triangular (host: West Point-Beemer)
10/08/19 West Point-Beemer Triangular (host: West Point-Beemer)
10/10/19 Pender
10/15/19 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS) Triangular (host: Oakland-Craig)
10/15/19 Archbishop Bergan Triangular (host: Oakland-Craig)
10/17-10/19 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conf. VB Tour. (2/3-Day Tournament) Pender High School
10/22/19 @ Clarkson/Leigh
Stanton looking to continue winning ways this season

Team: Stanton

Mascot: Mustangs

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-2

Head Coach: Tracy Kuester-Burtwhistle (5th season) (126-16 record)

2018 record: 31-2 (beat Superior in 3rd place match at State)

Returning Starters: 3


The Stanton Volleyball Team is coming off what was arguably the greatest season and four-year run in school history, going 31-2 and taking 3rd place at the State Tournament.

The Mustangs graduated a ton of talent from that team, including Jaiden Hartl, Jessie Brandl, Makenna Espinoza, Liz Christensen, Bree Burtwhistle, and Reba Waskowiak.

Three of those girls are now playing College Volleyball, and you hope what they taught the then underclassmen now main contributors leads to more success for Stanton this season.

The Mustangs bring back three starters, including Jasmine Kment (5'4, SR L), Kaylee Matthies (5'9, SR MH), and Ellie Locke (5'8, JR RSH).

Head Coach Tracy Kuester-Burtwhistle says she looks forward to what Kment can do this season. "Played as a defensive specialist position for the Mustangs last season and we look forward to the experience and knowledge she gained last year to impact the back court this upcoming 2019 season."

She adds Matthies gained a lot of valuable experience last year. "Returner 1st year starter Kaylee as the season progressed last year really built her confidence as a middle on attacking the ball and blocking.  We look forward to see her potential this season."

Kuester-Burtwhistle says the team expects great things from Locke this year. "Ellie a returning starter last year at RSH had 74 kills, off season she has moved to OH position and we are looking at her as a great contributor when we need something to happen, we could count on her."

Other possible contributors include Emily Colwell (5'6, SR S/RSH), Morgan Remm (5'3, SR S), Marissa Remm (5'4, SR DS), Mylie Otto (5'9, SR MH), Frankie Hansen (5'7, SR RSH), Kinley Pohlman (5'8, SO RSH/OH), Sylvia Cunningham (6'0, SO MH/RSH), and Olivia Cunningham (5'9, FR OH/RSH).

I don't know if Stanton will be as good this year as they have been the last four years, but I fully expect the Mustangs to still be good and competitive.

I think a State berth or at least another postseason run is possible for this squad.

I feel there's quite a bit of talent across the board that can produce quite a few wins for the Mustangs this season.

I don't know if Stanton will be nearly as dynamic or flashy as they have been in the past, but I still expect the Mustangs to be a solid ball club.

I feel this is a team that will only get better as the year goes on.

Season Outlook:

Stanton opens up the season on August 29th at home against West Point-Beemer and Battle Creek in a Triangular.

Of course the Mustangs beat Battle Creek at State last year, and the Braves are kind of a rival you could say.

The Cadets graduated quite a few girls from last year and have a new coach so it will be interesting to see what happens.

I could be there being splits across the board that night just given the nature of all three teams and the season just starting.

Kuester-Burtwhistle has this preseason assessment of her team. "The 2019 Mustang team will be returning 3 starters that will give us some experience to our line up. Our focus this year will be the pass and serve game, which our players do an exceptional job at that. We look forward to be a competitive team in Class C2."

The early part of the schedule appears to be the toughest for Stanton.

I could see the Mustangs struggle early and then pick things up midseason and make a run.

I think it might take Stanton some time to get things figured out, but I fully expect the Mustangs to continue their winning ways of the past.

If Stanton can just get into a Sub-State game then lookout.

It's one game to go to State, and a program the caliber of Stanton can definitely win one game to go to state no matter who it is against or where it is at.

I fully expect this year's Mustang team to not go down without a fight this year.

I think you will see Stanton fight until the very end of matches this year, win or lose.

I feel the Mustangs have a chance to surprise some people this year if you would want to even call it that given all the success they've had.

I feel Stanton will be a contender in the East Husker Conference as well once that tournament rolls around towards the end of the season.

It's never easy replacing the type of talent the Mustangs had in last year's senior class, but I'm willing to bet this year's team will do everything they can to keep Stanton's winning ways going.

2019 Stanton Mustangs Volleyball Schedule:

08/29/19 Battle Creek Triangular (host: Stanton)
08/29/19 West Point-Beemer Triangular (host: Stanton)
09/05/19 Madison     Triangular (host: Clarkson/Leigh)
09/05/19 Clarkson/Leigh Triangular (host: Clarkson/Leigh)
09/16/19 North Bend Central Triangular (host: North Bend Central)
09/16/19 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS) Triangular (host: North Bend Central)
09/19/19 Boone Central/Newman Grove Triangular (host: Norfolk Catholic)
09/19/19 Norfolk Catholic Triangular (host: Norfolk Catholic)
09/24/19 Wisner-Pilger Triangular (host: Wisner-Pilger)
09/24/19 Pender Triangular (host: Wisner-Pilger)
10/01/19 Tekamah-Herman Triangular (host: Oakland-Craig)
10/01/19 Oakland-Craig Triangular (host: Oakland-Craig)
10/08/19 Howells-Dodge
10/10/19 @ Pierce
10/15/19 @ Twin River
10/22/19 Lutheran High Northeast
GACC looking to be improved from last year

Team: Guardian Angels Central Catholic

Mascot: Bluejays

Colors: Blue and White

Class: C-2

Head Coach: Kate Hagemann

2018 record: 12-16

Returning Starters: N/A


GACC looks to improve upon last year's 12-16 record. Head Coach Kate Hagemann says the Bluejays lost a few girls from last year.

"Last year we graduated two seniors. So Ally Plagge was one of our back row players, and Angela Jansen played the right side for us. So beyond those two and then also Brandi Doernemann was one of our varsity players who will not be back this year due to she tore her ACL last year during basketball season."

Hagemann says everyone else returns with a strong group of incoming players.

Key returners include Brooklyn Bailey, Evelyn Wooldrik, Erica Engelmeyer, Hanna Knobbe, Megan Plagge, Meghan Brunsing, Reece Snodgrass, and Sophia Hass.

With lots of returning players I fully expect the Bluejays to do well this year.

I think you will see GACC turn a lot of their close losses last year into wins this year.

I think the Bluejays have a good chance to have a winning record again this year, and perhaps make a Sub-State match and go to the State Tournament.

This is a team and program that expects greatness and expects to win, and these players and athletes always put the time in.

I'm excited to see what a year of growth and maturity from these girls does for this year's team.

GACC was pretty young last year, and now these girls are a year older and a year more mature and seasoned so they should be ready to do great things.

This is a very proud program with very high expectations, and I look for the Bluejays to live up to those expectations this season.

I don't know if GACC will win something like 30 matches like they did 4-5 years ago, but I think the Bluejays can win something like 15-20 matches at minimum this season.

It will be interesting to see what happens this year because I feel GACC has the potential to be very good.

Losing Doernemann definitely hurts, but I feel there is so much talent and athleticism on this team, and think the Bluejays will be just fine.

It should be a very fun season for GACC, and I'm sure they can't wait to get the season started.

Season Outlook:

GACC opens up the season at home on August 29th against David City Aquinas.

"Oh it'll be a great match and a great way to start the year. It's kind of a different schedule for us. We almost always started our year with the Wisner/Pender Northeast Nebraska Classic. But just with the change in the Volleyball schedule this year we moved a couple of duals ahead of that," Hagemann said.

Hagemann says the Bluejays lost in five sets to the Monarchs in David City last year.

She adds consistency is a key again this season just like it was last year.

GACC lost a lot of five set matches last year, and I get the sense that the Bluejays are very hungry, determined, and motivated to turn those close losses into wins this year.

Hagemann retook the program over last year for Paul Steuter, and I feel things will get returned around for GACC this season.

I thought last year's team was very competitive and good, but just couldn't get over the hump in some matches.

I look for those learning experiences to translate into wins and success on the court this year.

The Bluejays are accustomed to playing in the State Tournament, and I think GACC has a shot to get back to Lincoln this year.

The Bluejays have to come strong out of the gates, and play good consistent Volleyball all season long.

I feel that winning the close matches will be the key to GACC's success this year.

The Bluejays will probably beat and possibly sweep all the teams they're supposed to beat, but winning those tough, close matches will make all the difference for GACC I feel.

The schedule looks pretty tough, but I don't think it's any different than any other year for the Bluejays.

GACC just has to focus on themselves more so than what the other team is doing.

The Bluejays can be very good this year, in my opinion, but closing and finishing off matches will be vital to their success I would say.

2019 GACC Bluejays Volleyball Schedule:

Thursday, Aug 22, 2019
Jamboree 6:00PM Away vs. Wisner-Pilger Wisner-Pilger High School
Thursday, Aug 29, 2019
Match 7:30PM Aquinas Catholic Guardian Angels Central Catholic School
Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019
Match 7:30PM Norfolk Catholic Guardian Angels Central Catholic School
Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
Tournament TBD Away vs. TBA Wisner-Pilger High School
Saturday, Sep 7, 2019
Tournament TBD Away vs. TBA,
Wisner-Pilger Wisner-Pilger High School
Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019
Match 7:30PM Away vs. Humphrey Lindsey, NE
Thursday, Sep 12, 2019
Match 7:30PM Boone Central Guardian Angels Central Catholic School
Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019
Match 7:30PM Wayne Guardian Angels Central Catholic School
Thursday, Sep 19, 2019
Match 6:30PM Away vs. O'Neill O'Neill High School
Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019
Match 7:15PM Away vs. Homer Homer High School
Thursday, Sep 26, 2019
Triangular 5:30PM Away vs. Arlington,
Oakland Craig Arlington High School
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019
Match 7:00PM Away vs. Bishop Neumann Bishop Neumann High School
Thursday, Oct 3, 2019
Match 7:30PM Away vs. Hartington Cedar Catholic Hartington Cedar Catholic High School
Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019
Match 7:30PM Away vs. Battle Creek Battle Creek High School
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019
Triangular 5:00PM Away vs. Wisner-Pilger,
Lutheran High Northeast Wisner-Pilger High School
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019
Match 7:30PM Pierce Guardian Angels Central Catholic School
Thursday, Oct 17, 2019
Match 7:30PM Crofton Guardian Angels Central Catholic School
Monday, Oct 21, 2019
Conference Tournament TBD Away vs. TBA,
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019
Conference Tournament TBD Away vs. TBA,
Thursday, Oct 24, 2019
Conference Tournament TBD Away vs. TBA,
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder looking to build off last year's success

Team: Logan View/Scribner-Snyder

Mascot: Raiders

Colors: Blue and Gold

Class: C-1

Head Coach: Brad Schlegel (3rd Season) (19-43 record)

2018 record: 14-17

Returning Starters: 4


There's reason for optimism for the Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Volleyball Team this year as the Raiders saw vast improvement last year, going 14-17. Head Coach Brad Schlegel says the girls are changing the culture and buying into what they're being taught.

"Something that I tell the girls, and having a good strong season puts us there that you have to play confident, and you can't play being afraid to make mistakes. You have to play telling yourself that the best outcome is going to happen. And I think actually seeing that work a little bit last season has made a lot of the team buy into that mindset, that a lot of it is mind over matter. And it's not just what's happening physically, but it's also what's happening mentally."

The Raiders return four starters from last year, including setter Reagan Klein (5'3, SR), outside hitter Emily Lewin (5'6, SR), Tyler Christanson (5'5, SR S/RS), and outside hitter Dream Daugherty (5'8 SO).

Elizabeth Hull (5'3, SR) is expected to start at Libero for the Raiders.

Others likely to contribute include Fairbury Transfer Adrian Kroeker (6'0, SR MH), Kristal Svehla (6'0, JR MH), Nia Meyer (5'5, JR OH/DS), Stormy Poast (5'2, JR L), and Leah Kiethley (5'3, SO S).

Logan View/Scribner Snyder lost Taylor Ruwe (5'6, SR OH) to an ACL tear in the offseason.

Schlegel says losing Ruwe is a big blow, but the team still has a lot of great players. "Our team returns a lot of experience this year. Losing Taylor this summer, hurts us a lot but we have a lot of upper classmen. We have a lot of solid players but will need everyone reaching their potential to reach our goals."

Schlegel says to get some wins racked up last year and have some success and play in tight and competitive games served as a lot of growth for his team.

I feel anytime you improve your win total by nearly 10 games in a season you're doing something right.

And as well as the Raiders did last year I feel they could of done even better as LVSS was just 2-10 in their last 12 games to finish the season.

I think the way Logan View/Scribner-Snyder finished last season just adds fuel to the fire, and gives them motivation and determination to compete with and beat the tough teams on their schedule.

I feel becoming consistent with their play is the key to another and even better season for the Raiders this year.

LVSS has to start off strong like they did last year and simply finish what they started if this year's start is like last year's.

Season Outlook:

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder begins the season on August 29th with a home Triangular against Boys Town and Omaha Brownell Talbot. Schlegel says both opponents present a different challenge.

"Boys Town you never know quite what to expect there, they have a lot of turnover in their roster from year-to-year... you never know what to expect from them. And Brownell Talbot has been on the upswing for the past couple of years as well. So we just want to come out with a good solid effort, and take care of the small things, and then know that success comes when you take care of those small things, and bigger, greater things will happen."

As far as the East Husker Conference goes, Schlegel feels his team could finish in the top 4 of the Conference Tournament.

Everyone seems to think and agree on the conference being super wide open this year.

I tend to agree with that too.

Schlegel hopes his team finishes in the top half of the conference, and feels the top 8 or 9 teams could be on par with one another.

I don't feel like there's that one heavy dominant team this year like we've had with North Bend Central in 2017 and Stanton last year.

I feel like there are a lot of teams who have a chance to make a name for themselves in the conference this year.

It should be a really fun and exciting season, and I'm sure LVSS can't wait to get going.

The last time the Raiders made State was 2004, and it would be a huge deal to make it 15 years later for sure.

Last year kind of seems like it was the first year in a while that the Raiders have experienced a lot of success ever since Jordan Larson graduated.

I feel LVSS can get back to that level at some point in the future.

The Raiders already made a ton of strides and progress last year, and if Logan View/Scribner-Snyder can finish with a winning record above .500 this year that will be a very big deal for this program.

The Raiders have learned how to win and appear to be figuring things out and turning the program into a winner so LVSS has to just simply keep doing what they have been doing, and they will be just fine.

2019 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Raiders Volleyball Schedule:

08/29/19 Boys Town Triangular (host: Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS))
08/29/19 Omaha Brownell Talbot Triangular (host: Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS))
09/05/19 Douglas County West
09/07-09/07 (To Be Determined) Ft. Calhoun Invitational (4-Team 1-Day Tournament) Fort Calhoun High School
09/10/19 Twin River Triangular (host: Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS))
09/10/19 Tekamah-Herman Triangular (host: Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS))
09/14-09/14 (To Be Determined) Bishop Neumann Invite (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Bishop Neumann HS
09/16/19 North Bend Central Triangular (host: North Bend Central)
09/16/19 Stanton Triangular (host: North Bend Central)
09/17/19 @ Pender
09/19/19 @ Howells-Dodge
     09/21 (To Be Determined) Logan View Booster Club Invite (4-Team Round Robin) Logan View High School
09/24/19 West Point-Beemer Triangular (host: West Point-Beemer)
09/24/19 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Triangular (host: West Point-Beemer)
10/01/19 @ Clarkson/Leigh
10/03/19 Madison
10/08/19 BRLD
10/15/19 Archbishop Bergan Triangular (host: Oakland-Craig)
10/15/19 Oakland-Craig Triangular (host: Oakland-Craig)
10/17-10/19 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conf. VB Tour. (2/3-Day Tournament) Pender High School
10/24/19 Wisner-Pilger Triangular (host: Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS))
10/24/19 Fort Calhoun Triangular (host: Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS))
Clarkson/Leigh hoping to build off of what last year's Senior Class accomplished

Team: Clarkson-Leigh

Mascot: Patriots

Colors: Red, Blue, and Gray

Class: C-2

Head Coach: Becky Schneider (8th season) (100-123 career record)

2018 record: 24-8 (Lost to Stanton in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A


Clarkson/Leigh Volleyball returns just 2 varsity players from last year's team that saw 7 seniors graduate. Head Coach Becky Schneider says this year's team is young, but has a lot of promise.

"The girls that we have are young, they're a little bit inexperienced. The one other returner varsity letterwinner, Cassidy Hoffman (JR, MH), she's doing a great job leading the team, kind of taking control out there in practice and stuff. And the others have some big shoes to fill, but they've been nothing short of all the expectations. They've been pushing themselves, working hard, and I mean they've been pushed the last couple of years, so they're really stepping it up and we're kind of impressed with what we've got going on right now."

Schneider says Ashlynn Novotny is out with an injury at the moment.

Newcomers include Kennedy Settje (SO) and Kayden Schumacher (JR) on the outside.

Senior Kim Stodola will also play middle, and Makenna Held (SO) takes over at setter.

Others on the team include Reagan Settje (SR, RS), Taylor Larson (SR, RS), Alissa Kasik (JR, DS), Brittany Urbanek (SR, DS), and Bailey Lemburg (JR, DS/S).

Beth Wiese, Kaegan Held, Halee Steffensmeier, Hannah Kasik, Paige Moore, Holly Kuhr, and Sara McEvoy all graduated last year.

Schneider has this preseason assessment of her team. "Weakness: We are young, lack depth and lack varsity experience. Strength: This group is very athletic, hard-working and has played together for the last few years. They know the expectations of the season and will do everything in their power to be successful!"

I think the biggest thing for this year's Patriot squad is believing.

Clarkson/Leigh has to believe in themselves and each other, and has to go out there each and every night expecting to win.

This program has done a lot of winning the last couple of years in particular, and this year's team has to take it upon themselves to keep things going.

Last year's senior class set the bar for Patriot Volleyball, and now this year's team has to build upon that.

Clarkson/Leigh can be good too, they just have to work hard, be confident, and play aggressive, but smart Volleyball all season long.

Season Outlook:

Clarkson/Leigh looks to continue the winning ways this season that last year's senior class established.

Schneider says the confidence of this year's team is a work in progress.

"They think that last year's group was really stellar. They don't think that they can be as successful, but we totally see that, and we're trying to get that motivation across to them that they can be just as good if not better. That's kind of what we strive for every year anyway is to be better than the last year."

The Patriots open up the season at Howells-Dodge on September 3rd.

The Jaguars have a lot of girls back, and have a new coach, and that should be a good and interesting match to say the least.

It's a rivalry match, and you know Clarkson/Leigh will be up for that match.

The Patriots appear to me like they lack confidence right now though.

Maybe it's just because how talented last year's senior class was, but the good news about that is this is just the preseason.

Their confidence can grow and be developed as we are only in the first week of practice.

There's a long time between now and the first match, and I think having a while before playing a match is a good thing for this team.

Clarkson/Leigh has to take it upon themselves to honor what last year's senior class did, and come out and make a name for themselves.

The Patriots have to keep it going if at all possible, and continue the winning ways of Clarkson/Leigh Volleyball.

Last year's senior class worked extremely hard over the course of their 4 years at Clarkson/Leigh, and this year's team has to work just as hard if not even harder.

I'm sure some of that work ethic last year's senior class had has rubbed off on this team, and I think it's simply a matter of time before the Patriots figure things out and put things all together prior to the first match.

I feel the Patriots have a fairly tough and challenging schedule this year, but should get the most out of themselves night in and night out.

2019 Clarkson/Leigh Patriots Volleyball Schedule:

09/03/19 @ Howells-Dodge
09/05/19 Madison Triangular (host: Clarkson/Leigh)
09/05/19 Stanton Triangular (host: Clarkson/Leigh)
09/10/19 BRLD
09/12/19 Pender
09/19/19 High Plains Community Triangular (host: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family)
09/19/19 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Triangular (host: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family)
09/21-09/21 (To Be Determined) Stanton Tournament (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Stanton
09/24/19 Twin River
09/28-09/28 (To Be Determined) Hampton Tournament (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Hampton
10/01/19 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS)
10/03/19 @ Schuyler
10/05-10/05 (To Be Determined) Clarkson-Leigh Invite (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Clarkson
10/08/19 Shelby/Rising City Triangular (host: Shelby/Rising City)
10/08/19 Lutheran High Northeast Triangular (host: Shelby/Rising City)
10/10/19 @ Humphrey St. Francis
     10/12 (To Be Determined) Wisner-Pilger Varsity VB Classic (4-Team Round Robin)
10/17-10/19 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conf. VB Tour. (2/3-Day Tournament) Pender High School
10/22/19 Oakland-Craig
Howells-Dodge under new leadership with Taryn Janke at the helm

Team: Howells-Dodge

Mascot: Jaguars

Colors: Green, Black, and Silver

Class: C-2

Head Coach: Taryn Janke (1st Season)

2018 record: 16-15

Returning Starters: N/A


Howells-Dodge has a new Coach in Taryn Janke. Janke is from Cedar Bluffs and has been a Jaguar assistant in recent years.

"I'm from originally Cedar Bluffs. I lived in Winside for the longest time so I was driving back and forth. I was an assistant coach for three years, and so this will be my 4th year at Howells-Dodge. And I got the head coach job."

Janke takes over for Neil VanLengen.

Janke says key returners include Taya VanLengen and Alyssa Coufal.

"We have Alyssa Coufal who will be our setter. She's back, a senior this year. And then we also have Grace Kreikemeier and Courtney Bayer. Courtney Bayer's a new benefit for the team coming in as a defensive specialist. And Taya VanLengen as well. She was a Libero, but we kind of moved her to the outside, and she's going to be pretty good for us to help us out."

Newcomers include Jill Grovijohn at outside and right side hitter, Lexi Brester, Jayda Bazata, Audrey Coufal, and others. Brooklyn Macholan returns as a middle hitter as well.

McKenna Klosen, Tonya Brester, Jessi Brester, Hannah Bayer, Erin Prusa, and Grace Dvorak all graduated last year.

Coach Janke certainly has a lot of talented girls to work with, and even though numbers are kind of low I fully expect the Jaguars to have success.

Janke has worked with these girls the past few years and that should really help.

I think the transition from Coach VanLengen to Coach Janke will be a smooth one.

If Howells-Dodge can play up to their potential night in and night out I think great things can happen for this team.

The Jaguars lost Madyson Cech to a torn ACL so they will definitely miss her height as they will be a pretty small team, but Howells-Dodge just simply has to have different girls step up on a nightly and game-by-game basis.

If anything the Jaguars have to rally around the injury of Cech and go on to have the type of season they are capable of having.

Howells-Dodge has to work hard and come to practice with a positive and I can do attitude each time out.

If the Jaguars do that then they can do anything they put their minds to.

Season Outlook:

Howells-Dodge gets their season started on August 29th against Oakland-Craig at home.

Janke says the team is working on being a more cohesive unit.

"For us it's a lot about team bonding. We are working a lot on communication, which is one as a team we agreed that needed to get better. Just communicating with each other and not getting frustrated and having a positive attitude. And I think as far as that's gone we've done a pretty good job of overcoming that."

Team bonding activities off the court are important as well I feel.

Having a game night or a team dinner at players' homes if the team doesn't do that already are both good team bonding activities, in my opinion.

The Jaguars have a lot of work to do this season, but there's no doubt Howells-Dodge can be successful if they work hard and learn each and every time out.

I feel the schedule sets up very nicely for the Jaguars.

The toughest part of the schedule is towards the end of the season, but by that time Howells-Dodge should be playing their best Volleyball.

I think it will be important for the Jaguars to stay healthy, although that goes for any team really.

But especially Howells-Dodge because they are low on numbers compared to years past.

The Jaguars have to be hungry and have to play with a winning mentality every time they take to the floor.

Howells-Dodge has to put fear into their opponents and be the type of team no one wants to play.

The Jaguars have to bring it night in and night out and not have any off nights if at all possible.

Howells-Dodge has to bring the lunch pail to the gym for every practice or match, and be serious, yet have fun at the same time.

The Jaguars have to play smart, but aggressive Volleyball, and pick and choose their spots to attack or set something up for the next play.

Howells-Dodge has to get fired up each time they play the game, and come to practice and matches excited, motivated, and highly energetic.

2019 Howells-Dodge Jaguars Volleyball Schedule:

08/29/19 Oakland-Craig
     08/31 (To Be Determined) Winside Quad (4-Team Round Robin) Winside
09/03/19 Clarkson/Leigh
09/10/19 Pender Triangular (host: Howells-Dodge)
09/10/19 Emerson-Hubbard Triangular (host: Howells-Dodge)
     09/14 (To Be Determined) Howells-Dodge Tournament (4-Team Round Robin) Howells-Dodge
09/17/19 @ Wakefield-Allen
09/19/19 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS)
09/24/19 @ Lutheran High Northeast
09/26/19 Pender Triangular (host: Cedar Bluffs)
09/26/19 Cedar Bluffs Triangular (host: Cedar Bluffs)
10/01/19 Wisner-Pilger Double Triangular (host: Wisner-Pilger)
10/01/19 BRLD Double Triangular (host: Wisner-Pilger)
10/05-10/05 (To Be Determined) Clarkson-Leigh Invite (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Clarkson
10/08/19 @ Stanton
     10/12 (To Be Determined) Humphrey-LHF Round Robin (4-Team Round Robin) Humphrey
10/17-10/19 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conf. VB Tour. (2/3-Day Tournament) Pender High School
10/22/19 North Bend Central
10/24/19 Tekamah-Herman
West Point-Beemer looking for Black to lead team to successful season

Team: West Point-Beemer

Mascot: Cadets

Colors: Red and White

Class: C-1

Head Coach: Scott Black (1st season)

2018 record: 17-15 (lost to Wahoo at Sub-State)

Returning Starters: 2


West Point-Beemer has a new Volleyball Coach in Scott Black. Black comes to West Point from Iowa, where he spent nearly a decade as Head Coach of a Sioux City area high school.

"I have coached at Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 9 years experience as a Head Volleyball Coach. I've also coached JV and Freshman as well as AAU and USA Volleyball, so I've worked with all grade levels at Sergeant Bluff over 9 seasons. We amassed 180 career victories, and look to continue that at West Point."

Black takes over for Conley Straight, who accepted a position with McCook.

Black inherits a team that went 17-15 last year, and returns some key players from that team.

"We return Sidney Swanson, a junior outside hitter. Had over 300 kills last year. As well as Brooklyn Weddle, she played Libero last year. We're going to look at some different options for her. And Rachel Groth and Rachel's sister Katie will likely play middle. And then Jadyn Meiergerd as an outside hitter, and Katie Rainforth as our setter."

Black says top newcomers include Diana Cervantes at Libero and sophomore Emily Oligmueller at Outside Hitter.

The Cadets graduated Ashton Troyer, Andrea Hoffman, Abby Kaup, Rebecca Weddell, Brooke Haase, Kendra Paasch, and Sierra Kile.

Black is assisted by Emily Filsinger and Taylor Shepard.

"I am really blessed. Taylor Shepard of course is West Point's Head Girls Basketball Coach. And she brings a really good connection with the girls. And then we have Emily Filsinger...Emily was a College Volleyball Player at Hastings College. And so her knowledge of the game. And I would say that both of my assistant coaches have been very positive and very helpful during this transition."

The Cadets begin the year at the Stanton Triangular on August 29th against Battle Creek and the host Mustangs.

Black says the team will likely run a perimeter defense and a 6-2 or 5-1 system.

I feel West Point-Beemer has a chance to do a lot of winning this season, especially given Black's background.

He is a proven winner, having won 180 games at Sergeant Bluff-Luton, and I think he will fit in very well and do just fine at West Point-Beemer.

The Cadets did lose a lot of talent, but I feel there is a lot returning and a lot to work with.

Season Outlook:

I feel when looking at West Point-Beemer's schedule that there are a lot of traditional powers on it that lost a lot of players to graduation last year.

I feel the Cadets have a chance to win a lot of matches this year, and do even better than they did last year.

I thought Coach Straight did a nice job building this program into a contender, and now I think Coach Black can take things to the next level.

When talking about the East Husker Conference, I feel North Bend Central and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder will both be very good.

I think teams like Clarkson/Leigh and Stanton have a lot of question marks being as they both lost a load of talented seniors.

BRLD should be solid, and I think Wisner-Pilger should be a top contender as well.

The conference is pretty wide open I feel though so it will be interesting to see what happens in the conference race.

I don't think there's any doubt the Cadets want to get back to Sub-State and make state.

This is a team and a program that can and wants to play for championships, state berths, and ultimately state titles, there's no doubt about that.

And I feel Coach Black is the coach to take this program to State.

There's a lot of work to be done between now and November, but if these girls work hard and put the time in during the course of the season they should be a successful group.

I would imagine there will be some adjusting and getting used to things so don't be surprised if the Cadets start off a little slow, but I think you will see West Point-Beemer hit their stride and make a run starting midseason.

The sky is the limit for the Cadets as far as I'm concerned, and these girls have to dream big and be ready to accomplish big things.

Playing hard, smart, fundamental Volleyball is key in my mind.

Not beating themselves and making more plays and working harder than their opponents could make all the difference for West Point-Beemer this year I feel.

2019 West Point-Beemer Cadets Volleyball Schedule:

08/29/19 Battle Creek Triangular (host: Stanton)
08/29/19 Stanton Triangular (host: Stanton)
09/03/19 Boone Central/Newman Grove
09/05-09/07 (To Be Determined) Northeast Nebraska Volleyball Classic (2/3-Day Tournament) Wisner-Pilger/Pender
09/10/19 @ Wisner-Pilger
09/12/19 Schuyler Triangular (host: Twin River)
09/12/19 Twin River Triangular (host: Twin River)
09/17/19 Tekamah-Herman
09/19/19 @ Madison
09/24/19 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS) Triangular (host: West Point-Beemer)
09/24/19 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Triangular (host: West Point-Beemer)
09/26/19 @ North Bend Central
09/28-09/28 (To Be Determined) Elkhorn Valley Volleyball Tournament (1-Day Tournament, >4 Teams) Elkhorn Valley
10/01/19 Arlington Triangular (host: Wayne)
10/01/19 Wayne Triangular (host: Wayne)
10/03/19 Norfolk Catholic -
10/08/19 Douglas County West Triangular (host: West Point-Beemer)
10/08/19 Oakland-Craig Triangular (host: West Point-Beemer)
10/17-10/19 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conf. VB Tour. (2/3-Day Tournament) Pender High School
10/21/19 @ South Sioux City
10/21/19 @ South Sioux City
Stanton finishes 3rd at State

The Stanton Volleyball Team took 3rd place at State over the weekend, sweeping Battle Creek 3-0 in the first round at Lincoln Southwest on Thursday in action heard on 107.9 the Bull, before losing a five-set heartbreaker to Blue Hill in the Semifinals at Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday afternoon in action also heard on the Bull, and in a match that saw the Mustangs hold a 14-11 lead in the final set before the Bobcats rattled off five straight points to win it. Stanton swept Superior 3-0 for third place at Lincoln Northeast on Saturday.

The Mustangs downed the Braves 25-22 in set one, 25-23 in set two, and 25-17 in set three.

Jessie Brandl had 19 kills and 16 digs while Reba Waskowiak notched 14 kills. Bree Burtwhistle added 13 kills, 13 digs, and 26 set assists. Jaiden Hartl added 15 digs while Makenna Espinoza totaled 10 digs and dished out 18 set assists.

Stanton won set one over Blue Hill 25-18 before dropping set two 26-24. The Bobcats went on to win set three 25-18 before the Mustangs took set four 25-17 and lost set five 16-14.

Burtwhisle had 24 kills, 36 digs, and 27 set assists while Brandl notched 23 kills and 29 digs. Liz Christensen added 10 kills and 12 digs while Waskowiak chipped in 8 kills and 17 digs. Hartl added 25 digs while Espinoza compiled 16 digs and 33 set assists. Jasmine Kment contributed 9 digs.

The Mustangs won set over over the Wildcats 25-12, set two 25-18, and set three 25-17.

Brandl finished with 14 kills and 15 digs while Waskowiak had 11 kills. Burtwhistle tallied 8 kills, 10 digs, and 22 set assists. Hartl notched 21 digs while Espinoza chipped in 8 digs and 13 set assists. Kment added 7 digs.

Head Coach Tracy Kuester-Burtwhistle says this was a special season for the program. "Overall season the Mustangs had a great run and made some life long memories."

Great run and season by Stanton, who wraps up the year at 31-2.

Brandl led the team in kills with 343 while Burtwhistle had 332.

Hartl led the way in digs with 440 while Brandl notched 403.

Burtwhistle had 524 set assists while Espinoza totaled 444.

Kuester-Burtwhistle says her team gave it their all at state. "Team performed at a high level, volleyball is a momentum sport and we just did not have that momentum to finish when we needed to at the semi's. They fought till the end and that is all as a coach you can ask your players to do."

Kuester-Burtwhistle says her team used the disappointment of Friday's match as motivation for their final match of the season. "Blue Hill loss did sting a little the players fought till the end. The next day we got up and had the conversation that we could feel sorry for ourselves or get back on the court and make a statement, and that is what we did. We talked about that today only 2 teams in Class C2 can end with a Win and we are going to be one of those teams."

This very talented senior class includes Hartl, Brandl, Espinoza, Burtwhistle, and Waskowiak.

What more can you say about this year's senior class? Wow they accomplished a lot.

Two State Championship Game appearances, including a State Championship, in addition to two third place finishes at State.

That's one heck of a career and run.

Kuester-Burtwhistle says this year's senior class wants there to be even better teams in the future. "The senior class has left a legacy being the first class to go to state 4 consecutive years and place those 4 years. However, at the same time they have stayed humble and want future classes to 'break' all those records. They are truly a definition of leadership on and off the course."

Key returners for next year include Ellie Locke and Kment.

I don't know what the future holds for Stanton, but this year's senior class accomplished so much.

The Mustangs had a heck of a run, and I'll be curious to see if Stanton can keep it going next year.

I think it's time for the Mustangs to sit back and enjoy this one for a little while.

Stanton's returning players have to get ready to get back to work as soon as they can, but they should enjoy this run the team had this year for a while.
Stanton sweeps Bridgeport to make 4th straight State appearance

The Stanton Volleyball Team swept Bridgeport 3-0 in the C2-2 District Final at Lexington Saturday afternoon to reach state for the 4th consecutive year.

The Mustangs won the first set 25-15, the second set 25-11, and the third set 25-17.

Jessie Brandl had 14 kills and 15 digs while Bree Burtwhistle posted 10 kills, 17 digs, and 23 set assists. Reba Waskowiak added 9 kills while Liz Christensen chipped in 8. Jaiden Hartl had 29 digs while Makenna Espinoza dished out 17 set assists.

Head Coach Tracy Kuester-Burtwhistle says her squad was clicking on all cylinders. "Saturday as a team we played well. Our serve receive and defense did a good job of getting the ball to the target, setters making great decision to allow our hitters to attack. We had a balance attacking every rotation which is hard to defend. Also, from the serve line we served aggressively."

Stanton (29-1) takes on Battle Creek (22-10) in the first round of State on Thursday at Lincoln Southwest at 3:30 p.m. in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

The Braves beat South Loup 3-1 in the C2-8 District Final at Central Valley High School in Greeley on Saturday.

Kuester-Burtwhistle says her squad hasn't faced Battle Creek yet this year. "Yes, we play BC the first round and we actually have not met up with BC. We have had the opportunity to watch them play in our Stanton Tournament in September and also at our sub-districts. Our focus will be what we can control and the tempo of the match."

The Mustangs figure to have a great chance to win the whole thing as they are probably the favorite, or at least one of the favorites. Teams like Blue Hill or Superior could spoil the party though, but let's hope they don't.

Kuester-Burtwhistle discusses the pedigree her team must play with to win it all again. "Play fearless, mistakes will happen - acknowledge them and move on. Continue to trust your training and believe in your ability and the team's ability."

Stanton won it all in 2016 so we'll see if the Mustangs can win it all again in 2018.

Stanton will face either Blue Hill or Hastings St. Cecilia in the Semifinals on Friday at 1:00 p.m. if they get past the Braves.

The State Championship match will be played at 1:00 p.m. at the Devaney Center.

The semifinal match would be at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Kuester-Burtwhistle says C-2 is loaded this year. "C2 Class will be very competitive again this year. and that is what you want to happen in a State event. I am sure you will see a lot of 5 set matches."

If the Mustangs are to win State again this year it will have been a tremendous accomplishment.

I feel Stanton has a tougher road to winning a State Championship this year than two years ago, but I think this is Stanton's best team out of the four that have made state.

Kuester-Burtwhistle adds fan support has been outstanding. "Community and School have been our biggest fans. We had a great crowd on Saturday in Lexington and we look forward to that excitement at the state tournament."

The pieces are in place for the Mustangs to make another State Championship run, and it's Stanton's time to shine.

All of Stanton's State matches with the exception of a potential 3rd place match will be able to be heard on the Bull.
West Point-Beemer loses Sub-State Match to Wahoo

The West Point-Beemer Volleyball Team gave defending Class C-1 State Champion Wahoo a scare at the start of Saturday's Sub-State match at North Bend Central before the Warriors settled in and won the match 3-1.

The Cadets took set one 25-23 before Wahoo won set two 25-6, set three 25-9, and set four 25-12.

Sidney Swanson led West Point-Beemer with 10 kills.

Great start for the Cadets, coming out and smacking the Warriors in the mouth. Wahoo showed why they are the defending C-1 Champs after that though.

The Cadets end the season at 17-15.

West Point-Beemer did a lot of nice things this year.

The Cadets picked up big wins over Wisner-Pilger, North Bend Central (3 times), and Howells-Dodge (twice).

West Point-Beemer certainly did a really nice job this year competing and only lost a couple of matches they probably shouldn't of.

The Cadets graduate Ashton Troyer, Andrea Hoffman, Abby Kaup, Rebecca Weddell, Brooke Haase, Kendra Paasch, and Sierra Kile.

That's a lot of talent graduating. These girls will be missed for sure.

Key returners are Swanson, Brooklyn Weddle, Katie Rainforth, Rachel Groth, and Jadyn Meiergerd.

There are definitely some key pieces to build around for next year and in the future.

West Point-Beemer definitely loses a lot of good players, but I think the Cadets have a bright future in front of them.

West Point-Beemer has had pretty respectable seasons the past couple of years, and really finished this season out strong.

I look for this year's strong finish to carry over into next year, and allow the Cadets to be a team to be reckoned with in the future.

The Cadets have to play a lot of Volleyball between now and the start of next season though.

West Point-Beemer did a great job making a sub-state match and taking a set from Wahoo, now the Cadets have to build on that and try and take that next step next year, which is reaching the State Tournament.

There's a lot of potential in next year's team, in my opinion, although the Cadets may not be very tall.

West Point-Beemer should be fast, crafty, and skilled next season though.

The Cadets have a lot of work to do between now and August, but with a lot of time and hard work put in this team can get back to the top, in my opinion.

I thought West Point-Beemer improved from last year to this year, and I look for the Cadets to improve even more next year.
Wisner-Pilger swept in Sub-State match by Thayer Central

The Wisner-Pilger Volleyball Team saw their season come to an end on Saturday as the Gators lost 3-0 to Thayer Central in the C2-4 District Final at Shelby-Rising City.

Wisner-Pilger lost set one 25-22, set two 25-14, and set three 25-16.

Jordan Wegner had 13 kills and 8 digs while Reagan Scholting 10 digs. Emily Hatterman notched 17 set assists.

Great season by the Gators that almost resulted in a trip to Lincoln.

Wisner-Pilger's season ends at 23-11.

Big wins this year came over West Point-Beemer (twice), Pierce, Norfolk Catholic, Wynot, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (twice), and Twin River.

The Gators caught fire at the end of the season and should be very proud of their efforts.

Wegner had 381 kills to lead the team this year while Rachel Otten had 87 blocks. Scholting led the way in digs with 303 while Hatterman registered 642 set assists.

Wisner-Pilger parts ways with Wegner, Hatterman, and Cassidy Gooch.

These three will definitely be missed. Their contributions to Gator Volleyball won't be easy to replace either.

Key returners for next year include Otten, Adi Meyer, Scholting, Aspin Waterman, Karrin Jindra, and Erin McGuire.

Wisner-Pilger should be solid once again next year, and I look for Otten and Waterman to step up and be the go to offensive players for the Gators next season.

I look for both of them to step in and fill the void left by Wegner.

Wegner is a huge loss as is Hatterman there's no doubt about it.

Wisner-Pilger just seems to retool and reload every year though, and I suspect that will be the case again next year.

There's no reason to think that the Gators won't be good again next year with the potential of reaching another sub-state match.

This was Wisner-Pilger's chance to make state, and they came up a little short, but I think another run next year is in order.

Make no mistake about it though....Wegner is a huge loss given her height and skill.

She and Hatterman will be very tough to replace, but I feel Otten, Waterman, and McGuire will do a nice job next season.

It was a great year with a lot of memories. Head Coach Jean Groth picked up her 800th win and the team made Sub-State.

Now all there's left to accomplish next year is making the State Tournament and winning a Conference Championship.
West Point-Beemer wins Sub-District C1-6

The West Point-Beemer Volleyball Team won 3-0 over Tekamah-Herman at the C1-6 Sub-District Tournament at Oakland-Craig Monday night before downing North Bend Central in five sets in the Sub-District Final the next night.

The Cadets won set one 25-23, set two 25-18, and set three 25-13 over Tekamah-Herman.

Kendra Paasch recorded 11 kills while Sidney Swanson totaled 10 kills and 17 digs. Brooke Haase added 8 kills while Sierra Kile managed 7 kills and 37 set assists. Andrea Hoffman and Ashton Troyer tallied 8 digs each.

North Bend Central defeated West Point-Beemer 25-22 in set one before the Cadets took set two 26-24. The Tigers won set three 25-22 before West Point-Beemer won set four 25-18 and set five 15-12.

Head Coach Conley Straight says winning the sub-district is a big deal. "It's definitely a big accomplishment, especially having to play North Bend three times and beat them three times in a season. You don't want to have to play a team three times and then especially having to beat them three times. It's definitely a big accomplishment, and winning our sub-district this year after falling short by a set and-a-half last year it's definitely something that we set out as a goal to start our season, and reaching one of those goals is definitely a big accomplishment for our team this year."

The Cadets (17-14) take on defending Class C-1 State Champion Wahoo (31-2) in the C1-2 District Final at North Bend Central Saturday evening in action that will be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

The Warriors topped David City and Bishop Neumann 3-0 in the C1-4 Sub-District at Shelby on Monday.

Straight says the Warriors are as good as advertised. "They're definitely a great ball team. Number two in the state right now, a 31-2 record. They're a good ball club with that. Couple of Division I recruits, a lot of Volleyball IQ on that team."

Straight says his team will go in there with a good game plan and kind of see what they can take advantage of.

The Cadets have absolutely nothing to lose as it's a winner take all, win or go home situation.

Wahoo is legit and the real deal, in my opinion, but anything can happen, and West Point-Beemer has to believe that.

I think it's a big deal for the Cadets to just be in this match.

Winning your Sub-District and getting to a Sub-State match is a huge deal.

West Point-Beemer is playing good Volleyball right now as they are 7-2 in their last 9 matches.

The Cadets certainly peaked at the right time, and have earned the right to play for a berth in the State Tournament.

West Point-Beemer has to go out there and give Wahoo everything they can ever want and then some.

The Cadets have to be jacked and fired up, and must give the Warriors their best shot.

West Point-Beemer can't be nervous or feel the pressure whatsoever.

All the pressure has to be squarely on Wahoo.

Not many expect the Cadets to win expect maybe the team, but that's all that matters.

West Point-Beemer has to believe they can and must expect to win.

Coach Straight says the team has already exceeded expectations so there's really nothing to lose on Saturday.

As Coach Straight team one dream.

First serve is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on the Bull.
Wisner-Pilger wins Sub-District C2-5

The Wisner-Pilger Volleyball Team won Sub-District C2-5 in Pender, downing BRLD 3-0 Monday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before winning 3-1 over GACC in Tuesday night's Sub-District Final.

The Gators won set one 25-14, set two 25-4, and set three 25-19 over BRLD.

Jordan Wegner led Wisner-Pilger with 15 kills while Rachel Otten chipped in 7. Reagan Scholting had 12 digs while Emily Hatterman notched 28 set assists.

Head Coach Jean Groth says her squad dominated the first two sets. "Yes I thought the team played exceptionally well. They did a good job earning points. Our defense was great also."

Wisner-Pilger took set one from the Bluejays 25-19 and won set two 25-16 before losing set three 25-18 and taking set four 25-20.

Wegner posted 24 kills and 11 digs while Aspin Waterman totaled 11 kills. Otten added 7 kills while Scholting and Adi Meyer had 19 and 9 digs, respectively. Hatterman compiled 48 set assists.

Groth's team lost the third set in part due to troubles serving. "I guess I really feel like we've focused on trying to get stacks of three or more points. And when they side you out at two then they can score and then it's just like a back and forth battle. And so you got to try and get that score separation. We're trying to get the three of the four in a row."

Groth on the girls advancing to Sub-State on Saturday. "I'm really excited for the team. To be able to make that Sweet 16, that Sub-State. They've been, as all teams have, improving all season, and to be able to get to that pinnacle is going to be pretty exciting for them."

Wisner-Pilger (23-10) takes on Thayer Central (25-6) in the C2-4 District Final at Shelby/Rising City Saturday afternoon.

The Titans lost 3-0 to Superior in the C2-3 Sub-District Final at Adams Central Tuesday night.

Thayer Central is a pretty good team who has lost to some great teams.

I definitely think the Gators can win, but it's going to be tough.

Wegner is going to need to play the way she did against the Bluejays, and Waterman and Otten are going to need to step up as well.

I was waiting for that to happen all year....multiple girls stepping up offensively that is.

Wisner-Pilger is playing great Volleyball right now, whereas the Titans have lost some matches at the end of the season.

Is it good enough to get the Gators to Lincoln? I think it definitely can be.

I think Wisner-Pilger has a legit shot to win this one and make state.

This is the Gators' chance too.

Opportunities like these don't come very often, and Wisner-Pilger has to make the most of it.

The Gators have to go out there and play the way they did against Central Catholic.

Same killer's instinct and mentality.

It would be a big deal for Wisner-Pilger to make state, and I really hope it happens for them.

Emily Welch is a player to watch out for for Thayer Central as she had 10 kills in the loss to the Wildcats.

The Gators have to go in there confident and must expect to win.

I really think Wisner-Pilger has what it takes to go in there and win given the way they've played over about the last three weeks to a month or so.

The Gators have to seize the moment and take everything they ever wanted.

A trip to state is on the line, and Wisner-Pilger has to get fired up!!!!!!

Match time is set for 2:00 p.m. in Shelby.
Stanton sweeps way through regular season finale and Sub-Districts

The Stanton Volleyball Team swept Twin River 3-0 at home Thursday night to close out the regular season before sweeping Norfolk Catholic 3-0 in the C2-6 Sub-District Tournament at Wisner-Pilger Monday night, and topping Clarkson/Leigh 3-0 in the final the following night.

The Mustangs downed the Titans 25-9 in sets one and two, and 25-12 in set three.

Jessie Brandl had 11 kills and 15 digs while Bree Burtwhistle posted 10 kills, 7 digs, and 19 set assists. Liz Christensen and Reba Waskowiak added 9 apiece while Jaiden Hartl totaled 18 digs. Makenna Espinoza dished out 18 set assists.

Stanton defeated the Knights 25-13 in the opening set, 25-23 in the second set, and 25-21 in the third set.

Burtwhistle finished with 10 kills, 10 digs, and 16 set assists while Christensen and Waskowiak chipped in 8 and 7 kills, respectively. Jaiden Hartl posted 20 digs while Jasmine Kment recorded 13. Espinoza notched 13 set assists.

The Mustangs won set one 25-17, set two 25-18, and set three 26-24 over the Patriots.

Brandl ended up with 10 kills and 19 digs while Burtwhistle tallied 9 kills, 7 digs, and 17 set assists. Waskowiak added 9 kills while Hartl and Christensen posted 13 and 12 digs, respectively. Espinoza tallied 13 set assists.

Head Coach Tracy Kuester-Burtwhistle says her team played well in both Sub-District matches. "Our sub-district had top caliber teams and in both matches, we had to refocus on some strategies and execute our plan. The team did a great job of trusting each other and working through adversity, taking one point at a time."

Stanton (28-1) takes on Bridgeport (19-12) in the C2-2 District Final at Lexington High School Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldogs swept Bayard 3-0 in the C2-12 Sub-District Final Tuesday night.

Kuester-Burtwhistle says the team will need to work on a few things in this match. "Yes we do play Bridgeport. At this point our focus will be executing on some little details that we might not be doing well to this point, focus on the situations we can control and continue to build our communications skills."

The Mustangs should be able to win this match fairly easily I would think.

Still though Stanton can't overlook Bridgeport though as a loss ends the season.

Kuester-Burtwhistle says that's not something her team is worried about. "You can't focus on that:)  Yes it might be in the back of your mind, however every game we have trained to come and compete and that is exactly what we are looking at doing."  #together

I fully expect the Mustangs to be focused and ready to roll come Saturday.

Stanton has had a marvelous season, and I don't see the Bulldogs ending it.

I just don't see any way the Mustangs are denied a 4th straight trip to State. They're simply too good to lose, in my opinion.

Kuester-Burtwhistle says the controllables have allowed her team to be so dominant this season. "We focus on the things we can control, like our attitude and effort to serving and attacking. Mistakes will happen, however, it's what you do next that will make the difference and all players are doing a great job of stepping up when we need a play to occur."

Stanton has to step up and play a great match on Saturday.

The Mustangs have to get a good night's rest on Friday and be ready for the long trek out West on Saturday.

Stanton has to be all business heading out into this one, but team bonding things like playing games or something on the bus ride would be a good way to keep everyone loose.

I fully expect it to be a jolly ride home for the Mustangs.

Stanton is a great team, and I don't see them getting denied a State Tournament Berth on Saturday.

The match is scheduled to start at 2:15 p.m.
Clarkson/Leigh beats Battle Creek, but loses to Stanton in Sub-Districts as season comes to abrupt end

Clarkson/Leigh's Volleyball Season came to an abrupt end Tuesday night as the Patriots lost 3-0 to Stanton in the C2-6 Sub-District Tournament at Wisner-Pilger after beating Battle Creek in five sets the night before.

The Braves won set one 26-24 and set two 25-14 before Clarkson/Leigh stormed back and won set three 28-26, set four 25-18, and set five 15-7.

Hannah Kasik had 19 kills while Ashlynn Novotny notched 14. Cassidy Hoffman added 10 while Beth Wiese had 7. Halee Steffensmeier posted 11 digs while Kennedy Settje compiled 7. Kaegan Held dished out 48 set assists.

The Mustangs won set one 25-17, set two 25-18, and set three 26-24.

Novotny registered 8 kills while Kasik had 7 kills and 7 digs. Steffensmeier added 9 digs while Held tallied 22 set assists.

Head Coach Becky Schneider says it hurts not to make a Sub-State match. "Extremely disappointed! With having such an amazing team, phenomenal season, and being pretty high in power points, it looked really promising for us. But there was a lot that played into us dropping and unfortunately being passed by other teams. These girls did everything right. It was the outside factors towards the end of the season that we couldn't control, that didn't fall in our favor. It's just really heartbreaking knowing that the team we fought so hard to beat in the first round got to go instead because our loss in the sub-district final dropped our points just enough. It's a hard pill to swallow."

Schneider adds it was a great season despite the abrupt ending. "Thank you! We are beyond proud of them!! They have worked extremely hard from the beginning of summer and throughout all of the season! Being so successful last year really set the tone for this year; they knew what they wanted to accomplish. These girls had the desire and drive to be even more successful than last season. Even though we fell short this year, they still accomplished so many of their team and individual goals, and they continued to have firsts for our volleyball program! So proud!!"

Clarkson/Leigh's season ends at 24-8.

The Patriots were the real deal this year, beating Howells-Dodge, Battle Creek, and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder twice, and Twin River three times. Other big wins came over Cross County, CWC, Humphrey St. Francis, and Mead.

I think ultimately what hurt Clarkson/Leigh in points was not gaining those extra power points for beating C-2 teams like they did last year in D-1. That and C-2 is very good in Volleyball.

Novotny led the team in kills with 304 while Kasik had 293. Steffensmeier finished with 327 digs while Kasik added 266 and Held 222. Held also finished the year with 791 set assists.

This was a very talented senior class that includes Wiese, Held, Steffensmeier, Kasik, Paige Moore, Holly Kuhr, and Sara McEvoy.

Schneider says Kasik was motivated this year after missing last year with an injury. "She had an exceptional amount of determination and passion for the game. Missing out on last year's experience, she had so much drive because wanted nothing else for her team but to get back down to state so she can experience it on the floor and say she was able help her team on accomplishing that goal! She was the tenacious one of our team!"

Schneider says Steffensmeier was a great vocal leader. "She brought about such a spunk! If you don't know her, she seems very quiet, however, that is not the case! She was one of the biggest and loudest communicators on the floor not because she had to be, but because she wanted to and it was natural for her. She was a ball of energy and would have the absolute biggest celebrations on the court! She was definitely the spark of the team!"

Schneider adds it was nice having Kuhr around. "She is one of the most positive and optimistic person that I know. No matter the situation, she was always encouraging her team in such a positive manner. She never got down on anyone, not even herself! She was the light of our team!"

Schneider says Held was the epitome of hard work. "She had an outstanding work ethic, was dedicated, and always lead by example! She always showed up to weights, conditioning and practice ready to work. She always gave 110% effort no matter what and never complained that a workout was ever too difficult. She was definitely our work horse!"

Schneider says Wiese was a great team player. "Every team needs a Beth! For one, she was an outstanding team player. She accepted a new role, but she stayed positive and kept working hard. But the biggest thing was she brought so much quirkiness to the team! She was so blunt, funny, enjoyable and just an absolute blast to be around! I don't think there was ever a practice or game that she didn't make us laugh!  She was definitely the candid one of the team!"

Scheider says McEvoy was the motivator. "She had tremendous leadership skills and was dependable. She was my go-to as far as talking to the team and getting girls interested in participating in winter leagues and camps.  She was ambitious and would always take initiative! She was always one ask to have open gyms and was always wanting to be in the gym whenever possible! She was definitely the go-getter!"

Schneider says Moore was a true team player in her own right. "She has always been so positive and such a great leader on and off the court! She was always encouraging her team to do better and was always cheering for them no matter if she was on the court or on the bench. She was the first one off the bench to stand and celebrate with and for her team, and she was always cheering when she subbed out. She was a true team player that accepted and embraced a new role her senior year and continued to encourage her team every day. She was the positive leader of our team!"

What great seasons these seniors had. They will be sorely missed.

Schneider says this group was so easy to work with. "There's a lot we will remember about these seniors! For starters, their work ethic and dedication! They all put in the time in the off season and pushed themselves during the season.  They were leaders that stepped up every year; in the weight room, during conditioning, and on the court. Second, their attitude, mindset, and selflessness! No matter how hard we pushed them, they never complained!! They were always positive and encouraging each other. They always wanted what was best for the team even if it meant they switched positions or lost playing time. Third, their uniqueness and character! They all brought something fun and exciting to this team that just fit together! They were extremely likable and so entertaining that it just made each season fun and fly by faster than the last. We will definitely remember all the laughs we've had over the years and the relationships we have built!"

Schneider says they accomplished a lot in their four years of high school Volleyball. "Oh man, what can I not say about this senior class?  They have been such an amazing, talented group of girls since they came in as freshmen! They've worked hard every day, they were dedicated to improving not only themselves, but dedicated to improving the team, they had the kind of drive and passion that every coach wants for their team, they were goal-setters and did everything in their power to reach those goals, and they've always played for each other. These seniors meant a lot to this program! The success of Patriot volleyball stemmed from these seniors. Three of them started varsity as freshmen and the rest of them joined as sophomores, and since then, they've continued to improve and help grow our program. Over the course of their four years, they have helped turn our losing records into winning records, the last three years, they have broke and re-broke school records, and have helped establish a solid foundation for our program. All in all, we have been so fortunate to have had such a hard-working, dedicated, and well-rounded group of seniors. All of them played an important role on this team and they will all be greatly missed!"

I think the future looks bright for the Patriots too with who all returns.

Key returners include Novotny, Hoffman, Settje, Brittney Urbanek, and Kim Stodola.

Schneider says this year's seniors set the bar high for future teams. "Every year, our expectations grow, and the girls have been responding to those expectations! We have been taking steps to cultivate a culture that is based on hard-work, dedication, positivity, selflessness, and core values. Over their 4 years, this senior class has embraced that culture. Since day one, they have led by example and they have pushed themselves and their teammates to make everyone better. They have taken our core values and applied them on the court! All in all, these seniors have really set the bar high for the underclassmen!  Even though they have big shoes to fill, I have no doubt that our underclassmen will rise to the challenge and continue to grow our culture and exceed our expectations!"

It was a great season for Clarkson/Leigh, and they accomplished so much.

It's too bad things had to end the way they did, but the Patriots have an awful lot to be proud of.

Clarkson/Leigh has to use the disappointment of how this season ended as motivation and fuel to the fire next year.
GACC finishes 1-1 at Sub-Districts

The GACC Volleyball Team swept Oakland-Craig 3-0 in the C2-5 Sub-District Tournament at Pender Monday night in action heard on 107.9 the Bull before dropping Tuesday night's Sub-District Final to Wisner-Pilger, 3-1.

The Bluejays took set one from the Knights 25-17, and sets two and three 25-18.

Sophia Hass led GACC with 13 kills and 14 digs while Hanna Knobbe and Ally Plagge notched 21 and 20 digs, respectively. Megan Plagge added 16 digs while Reece Snodgrass registered 29 set assists.

Head Coach Kate Hagemann on the win. "Yeah I was really happy just kind of with our consistency tonight. We've talked kind of all week going into this game how when you go to postseason you just can't be too high or too low. And teams are going to go on runs, and we're going to go on runs, but you just can't overreact to anything that happens. And I thought we did a really good job of that. Just being steady every set. Oakland went on their runs. They're the type of team, she does a great job, you just know they're never going to give up. So even when you get a four-point lead, a six-point lead, you're still nervous on the bench because you know they're going to come and make some scrappy plays and some hustle plays."

The Gators won set one 25-19 and set two 25-16 before the Bluejays won set three 25-18 and lost set four 25-20.

Hass had 16 kills and 19 digs while Brooklyn Bailey totaled 12 kills. Evelyn Wooldrik added 9 kills and 8 blocks while Ally Plagge recorded 25 digs. Knobbe and Megan Plagge managed 23 and 21 digs, respectively, while Snodgrass notched 14 digs and 39 set assists.

I thought for a moment that GACC might come back and win it, but it wasn't meant to be.

The Bluejays conclude the 2018 campaign with a 12-16 record.

Probably not the type of season GACC would have liked from a win/loss record, but the Bluejays were very young this year.

Hass led the way in kills this season with 298 while Angela Jansen and Brooklyn Bailey totaled 113 and 106 blocks, respectively. Knobbe finished with 608 digs while Hass had 494. Snodgrass registered 480 set assists.

GACC graduates just two seniors in Ally Plagge and Jansen.

These two girls were very valuable members of the team over the last four years, and really put a lot of hard work into making this program what it is.

Key returners include Bailey, Wooldrik, Erica Engelmeyer, Knobbe, Megan Plagge, Meghan Brunsing, Snodgrass, and Hass.

Plenty of great talent returns for the Bluejays next season, and GACC should be a lot better next year.

The Bluejays were very young this year, and I think that's a reason why they lost to some of the teams they did.

Big wins on the season came against Wakefield-Allen, Oakland-Craig (twice), Wisner-Pilger, and Crofton.

GACC played a very tough schedule with the majority of their losses coming to teams with records above .500.

The Bluejays have a lot of work to do this offseason to get back to where this program wants to be once again though.

I know a lot of these girls play basketball and probably do track, but the more they work on Volleyball the better they're going to be next year.

GACC has to have a good basketball season, and get after things in that sport, and then do well in track as well, but be raring to go full bore with Volleyball after those two things are all said and done.

It might not hurt to play the game while those two other sports are going on too.

I look for the Bluejays to be a lot better next year than they were this year, and perhaps be able to win their Sub-District and make a Sub-State match and the State Tournament.

GACC has a lot of work to do this offseason for all those things to happen though.
North Bend Central goes 1-1 in Sub-Districts

The North Bend Central Volleyball team won 3-0 over Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Monday night in the C1-6 Sub-District Tournament at Oakland-Craig before losing 3-2 to West Point-Beemer in the Sub-District Final Tuesday night.

The Tigers won set one over the Raiders 25-22, took set two 25-21, and set three 25-14.

North Bend Central defeated West Point-Beemer 25-22 in set one before losing set two 26-24. The Tigers won set three 25-22 before dropping set four 25-18 and set five 15-12.

Great effort by North Bend Central in Sub-Districts. The Tigers came very close to advancing to their third straight Sub-State match.

North Bend Central's season ends at 14-15.

The Tigers picked up some good wins this year, including victories over Wakefield-Allen, Oakland-Craig (twice), Wisner-Pilger, Twin River, BRLD, Howells-Dodge, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (twice), and Shelby/Rising City.

I'm not sure who all North Bend Central loses to graduation, but I do know that Lauren Emanuel returns next year.

It was definitely a rebuilding year for the Tigers, but I feel North Bend Central has what it takes to get back to the top next year.

These girls have to work as hard as possible on the game between now and July, and gear up for next season.

The Tigers should be proud of what they accomplished this year, but be hungry and anxious and ready to go for next year.

North Bend Central has to have a good Basketball season and track season, but play as much Volleyball as possible too.

The Tigers were young this year, but they'll be more experienced and veteran laden next year, and that should only help them.

North Bend Central has to take part in as many open gyms, summer leagues, summer camps, and weightlifting and agility drill sessions as possible.

The Tigers have to be focused and give maximum effort in all that they do over the course of the offseason.

North Bend Central has to maximize their potential and push themselves as far as they can go.

There's a lot out there for the Tigers to accomplish, and North Bend Central has to go out there and get the job done.

The Tigers also need to take some time off and enjoy their lives, but be ready to get back at it when it's time.

Proper rest is key, and staying active with a job or other extra curricular activities is big as well.

North Bend Central has to use the loss to the Cadets to end the season as fuel and motivation heading into next year.
Winnebago loses to Homer in Sub-Districts

The Winnebago Volleyball Team lost 3-1 to Homer in the C2-7 Sub-District Tournament at Wayne Monday night to end the year.

The Knights took set one 25-12 and set two 25-7 before the Indians won set three 25-17. Homer closed things out in set four with a 25-19 win.

A slow start in the match really hurt Winnebago I thought.

The Indians wrap up the year at 9-20.

Winnebago had a nice win over 14-10 over Omaha Nation this year, probably their biggest win of the season.

The Indians part ways with Alex Neff, Jean Parker-Morris, Kiylista Harden, Kae Earth, and Jada Decora.

These girls will be missed no doubt as they were big contributors to Winnebago Volleyball.

Key returners for next year include Natasha Deal, Phoebe Blackbird, Savannah Fierro, Tia YellowThunder, Kiana Lewis, and Jaiden Payer.

I thought the Indians did some nice things this season that they can build on for next year.

I look for Winnebago to improve and get better this offseason, and do even better next season than they did this year.

The Indians certainly have a lot of work to do this offseason, honing skills on the court and getting bigger and stronger in the weightroom, among other things.

These girls have to be gym rats, and must play and work on the game as much as possible.

I think many of these girls probably play Basketball and maybe do track as well, but committing themselves to Volleyball is important and key as well, in my opinion.

Winnebago has to give max effort this offseason, and really care about and dedicate themselves to improving and getting better.

Getting as much physical exercise as possible and being in as good of shape as possible is important for the Indians too, in my opinion.

I think Winnebago could really benefit from improving in all areas of the game.

I don't know if there's one particular area the Indians need to improve in more than the other.

I look for Winnebago to show growth and development next year with it being Jade Farmer's second season.

I think a good foundation for success was laid this year, and I look for it to only grow and prosper in the future.

I feel the future of Winnebago Volleyball is bright as I feel there is a lot of potential in the returning players and newcomers.
Emerson-Hubbard loses to Winside in Sub-Districts

The Emerson-Hubbard Volleyball Team lost 3-0 to Winside in the D2-4 Sub-District Tournament at Ponca Monday night to end the season.

The Wildcats took set one 25-14, set two 25-15, and set three 25-4.

Taylor Daum posted 20 digs while Stephanie Ferrusca had 18. Madison Gunderson registered 11.

Difficult end to a tough season for the Pirates.

Emerson-Hubbard concludes the 2018 campaign with a 3-26 record.

The highlight of the season had to be the 3-1 win at Omaha Nation to start the season.

Daum led the way with 76 kills on the season. Ferrusca led the way in digs with 286 while Addison Mackling notched 238. Gunderson totaled 216 while Daum posted 203. Ferrusca finished with 124 set assists on the season.

The Pirates say goodbye to Cashlyn Kramer, Ferrusca, and Daum.

These three are big losses and will be sorely missed without a doubt.

Key returners for next season include Gunderson, Mackling, Brynn Schock, Raegan Reifenrath, and Isabella Parker-Diaz.

It appears Emerson-Hubbard returns quite a bit of talent next year despite some key losses.

Hopefully numbers isn't an issue for the Pirates next year as Emerson-Hubbard almost didn't have enough girls to field a team this season.

The Pirates have to work hard this offseason and put a lot of time in the weightroom and on the court.

Playing the game recreationally, through summer leagues, and in open gyms are all important for Emerson-Hubbard, in my opinion.

Agility drills and conditioning as much as possible is important for the Pirates as well.

I think Emerson-Hubbard could really benefit from working on hitting a lot this offseason.

I'm sure a lot of these girls play basketball and maybe do track, but finding time for Volleyball is going to be key, in my opinion.

The returning players and newcomers have to balance their time with school, sports, work, and any other extra curricular activities they might be in.

Staying busy and active is always a good thing, and these Pirates have to do as much as they can in the offseason.

Getting together on their own and playing the game, or playing with friends from nearby schools or even doing Club Volleyball are all ways to get better at the game, in my opinion.

Emerson-Hubbard can turn things around next year it just depends how hard they're willing to work and how much time and effort they're willing to put in.
Pender loses close match to Randolph in Sub-Districts

The Pender Volleyball Team came up a little short in Sub-Districts Monday night, falling 3-2 to Randolph in the D1-6 Tournament at Stanton.

The Cardinals took set one 25-20 before the Pendragons won set two 28-26. Randolph won set three 25-19 before Pender took set four by the same score. The Cardinals prevailed 15-11 in set five.

Ashley Ostrand totaled 15 kills and 24 digs while Britti Beckman had 14 kills. Sadie Lamplot added 7 kills and 17 digs. Kaylin Sandall chipped in 17 digs while Zoey Lehmkuhl had 15 digs and 22 set assists. Rylee Lehmkuhl recorded 12 digs.

Not the postseason result the Pendragons were hoping for I'm sure, but Pender did a really nice job of competing and making things close I thought.

The Pendragons end the year at 7-23.

I thought Pender played good Volleyball at times this year, they just struggled in the middle and latter parts of the season.

The highlight of the year had to be the win over BRLD in the East Husker Conference Tournament.

Lamplot led the team in kills on the season with 179 while Beckman and Ostrand tallied 159 and 150, respectively. Sandall had 239 digs to lead the team in that category while Ostrand and Lamplot registered 233 and 206, respectively. Zoey Lehmkuhl led the way in set assists with 419.

The Pendragons did a lot of nice things this year and should have some things to build on for the future.

Pender says goodbye to Sandall, Beckman, Rylee Lehmkuhl, Carley Hofmeister, Lamplot, and Sarah Krueger.

Key returners for the Pendragons are Zoey Lehmkuhl, Trista Hansen, Ostrand, and Caitlyn Heise.

I feel these four will be very big and integral parts and pieces to Pender's success next season.

The Pendragons graduate quite a few players, and the losses of these seniors will definitely be felt, but there's no doubt Pender can be good next year.

The Pendragons have to put in a lot of work and effort into their workouts and games and scrimmages this offseason, and work hard and play great Volleyball.

I think Pender's returning players and newcomers could really benefit from taking part in as many team camps, summer leagues, and summer camps as possible.

The more lifting, conditioning, game playing, scrimmages, and agility drills and things the Pendragons do between now and August the better.

There's certainly sports like Basketball and Track to focus on this year yet, but devoting proper time to Volleyball and working on their craft is key, important, and critical for Pender as well I feel.

The Pendragons have to do things like team bonding activities and community projects and things of that sort.

Getting out there in the community for fundraisers and things of that sort is all part of developing and maturing as young ladies and players.

Pender has a lot of work to do this offseason, but there's no doubt the Pendragons can get up there in 2019.
Howells-Dodge ends season with Sub-District loss to Nebraska Christian

The Howells-Dodge Volleyball Team saw their season come to an end Monday night when they lost 3-1 to Nebraska Christian in the D1-5 Sub-District Tournament at David City Aquinas.

The Jaguars won the first set 25-23 before the Eagles took sets two and four 25-13 as well as set three 25-14.

Erin Prusa finished with 10 kills while Taya VanLengen notched 16 digs. Jessi Brester added 11 digs while Alyssa Coufal totaled 8 digs and 16 set assists.

Great effort from Howells-Dodge, but they came up just a little bit short.

The Jaguars end the season at 16-15.

Howells-Dodge really struggled towards the end of the season, going just 3-9 in their last 12 matches.

The Jaguars started off real well, but unfortunately kind of tapered off at the end of the regular season.

Prusa was the team leader in kills this season with 251 while VanLengen led the way in digs with 372. Coufal totaled 542 set assists to lead the team.

Howells-Dodge says goodbye to seniors McKenna Klosen, Tonya Brester, Jessi Brester, Hannah Bayer, Prusa, and Grace Dvorak.

These seniors meant a lot to Jaguar Volleyball and will be sorely missed.

Key returners for next year include Coufal, Grace Kreikemeier, Madyson Cech, Brooklyn Macholan, Jayda Bazata, Lexie Brester, and VanLengen.

I think Howells-Dodge can be good next year as they have a lot of talent returning.

The Jaguars have to work hard this offseason and dedicate themselves to the weightroom and playing the game.

Basketball and Track are big sports for these girls too, but proper time has to be devoted to Volleyball.

The girls have to continue to grow and mature as young ladies and as student athletes.

Howells-Dodge has to get faster, stronger, and more muscle bound in the offseason.

The more weightlifting and things of that nature the Jaguars do the better they will be next season.

Participation in open gyms, summer camps, and summer leagues will be big too I feel.

The more Howells-Dodge plays the game the better they will be next season.

The Jaguars have to use the disappointing ending to this year's season as motivation and fuel to the fire heading into next year.

I have no doubts Howells-Dodge can be good again in 2019, and perhaps win their Sub-District, a Sub-State match, and get to state.

The Jaguars lose some good players, but plenty of talent returns for Howells-Dodge next season.
BRLD goes 1-2 in last three matches of season

The BRLD Volleyball Team went 1-2 to end their season, falling 3-0 at Oakland-Craig in Thursday night's regular season finale before beating Omaha Nation 3-0 in the C2-5 Sub-District Tournament at Pender Monday night, and then losing 3-0 to Wisner-Pilger in the last match of the season in Sub-District play.

The Knights took set one 25-23 from the Wolverines, and won sets two and three 25-18.

Brandi Simonsen had 22 digs while Kelsey Larsen notched 21. Caragan Tietz added 11 digs and 8 set assists.

The Gators won set one 25-14, set two 25-4, and set three 25-19.

I thought BRLD played great against Omaha Nation, but the struggles against Oakland-Craig and Wisner-Pilger had to be frustrating to end the season.

The Wolverines conclude the 2018 campaign with a 12-18 record.

BRLD picked up some nice wins this season over the likes of GACC, Oakland-Craig, Wakefield-Allen, and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder.

The Wolverines say goodbye to seniors Madison Polenske, Simonsen, Kariden Briggs, and Zoe Sjuts.

These four are big losses and will be missed without a doubt.

The future of BRLD Volleyball looks really good and bright though.

Key returners for the Wolverines include Aubrey Berg, Halle Wortman, Larsen, Kinlee Bacon, Tietz, Tyra Bonneau, Alexzi Nottleman, and Tori Ostrand.

I think BRLD has to be very excited about the future given who all returns next season.

The Wolverines were very young this year, and all the experience they gained this year should pay off next year.

BRLD has to have a good Basketball season and spring sports season, but be ready for Volleyball once those two things conclude.

Playing Volleyball as much as possible and being gym rats is important for the Wolverines as well, in my opinion.

These girls have to workout with passion, tenacity, and toughness this offseason.

BRLD has to push themselves and their bodies as much as possible between now and August.

The future looks very promising for the Wolverines, but BRLD has to go out there and work hard and improve and make things happen.

Champions are born and dreams are achieved between December and July, not between August and November.

The Wolverines have to commit themselves to the weightroom along with the gym this offseason.

Taking part in things like open gyms, summer camps, and summer leagues will be very important and critical for BRLD this offseason, in my opinion.

The Wolverines have to play as much ball as they can because the more you play the better you are going to get.
Oakland-Craig wins final regular season contest over BRLD; falls to GACC in Sub-Districts

The Oakland-Craig Volleyball Team swept BRLD 3-0 at home Thursday night to end the regular season before falling 3-0 in the first round of sub-districts to GACC in C2-5 at Pender Monday night.

The Knights took set one 25-23 from the Wolverines, and won sets two and three 25-18.

The Bluejays won set one 25-17, and sets two and three 25-18.

Bailey Helzer and Ashten Rennerfeldt paced the Knights with 7 kills apiece.

Tough ending to the season for Oakland-Craig after catching fire at the end of the regular season.

The Knights end the year at 13-19.

Oakland-Craig went 7-6 in their last 13 matches, and I think that's something they can build on heading into next season.

A lot of the losses incurred by the Knights were close and competitive as well.

Seniors lost to graduation include Dacey Nelson, Jena Gardeman, and Aileen Quintero.

There is a lot of talent returning next year though, including the likes of Helzer, Makenna Pearson, and Kennedy Benne.

Oakland-Craig has a lot of promise and potential in the future they just have to work hard in the offseason and play up to their potential.

I think what the Knights did at the end of this season will definitely carry over into next year.

I look for Oakland-Craig to have a very good offseason, and basketball season this year as well.

The Knights have to be excited for Basketball this year, but get excited for Volleyball next year when the season rolls around.

Oakland-Craig has to have big dreams and aspirations for their season, and go out there and work hard between now and next August.

The Knights have to be gym rats, and must play the sport as much as possible.

Oakland-Craig has to workout and lift as much as possible as well.

The Knights have to get quicker, bigger, and stronger.

Doing agility drills will be big for Oakland-Craig as well, in my opinion.

The Knights have to be active in summer leagues and camps, open gyms, and other team related activities.

Spending time together and hanging out and doing team bonding activities is all a part of it too.

Oakland-Craig has to comeback stronger than ever next year and be ready to go full tilt in 2019.

The Knights need to enjoy their basketball and spring sports seasons, but be working on Volleyball as much as possible in the meantime.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder loses to North Bend Central in Sub-Districts

The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Volleyball Team lost 3-0 to North Bend Central in the C1-6 Sub-District Tournament at Oakland-Craig Monday night to end the season.

The Tigers took set one 25-22. set two 25-21, and set three 25-14.

Emily Lewin had 7 kills and 9 digs while Shaylin Daugherty totaled 7 kills. Taylor Ruwe and Ashley Uhing notched 12 digs apiece while Reagan Klein registered 18 set assists.

Tough way for the Raiders to go out, especially after playing well for much of the season.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder ends the year at 14-17.

Big wins for LVSS this year came over Omaha Brownell Talbot and West Point-Beemer.

The Raiders were just 2-9 in their last 11 matches, and I feel that will only fuel and motivate Logan View/Scribner-Snyder next year.

The Raiders should be very proud of the season they had this year though.

Daugherty led the team in kills with 176 while Lewin and Ruwe had 144 and 138, respectively.

Uhing had a team-high 256 digs on the season while Ruwe posted 213.

Klein finished the year with 502 set assists.

Uhing is one senior lost to graduation.

I'm not for sure all who graduates and comes back, but if I remember right a lot of these girls were young.

The future is bright for LVSS next year there's no doubt about it.

The Raiders had a very nice season, and should be very proud of their efforts.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to remain hungry and want more though.

The Raiders can't be satisfied with what they accomplished this year.

LVSS has to get up and get ready to get after things as soon as possible for next Volleyball season.

I know many of these girls play Basketball and other springs sports and stuff as well, but playing Volleyball as much as possible is important for these girls I feel.

These girls should be patted on the back for all they accomplished this year, but be ready to get after things again soon and be well prepared heading into next season.

The Raiders finished the season just a little below .500, and now if they could finish a handful of games above .500 next year I feel that would be great progress.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder improved leaps and bounds from last year to this year, and needs to improve even more this offseason and comeback strong and better than ever in 2019.