Fremont Bergan paired its first state championships in volleyball and girls basketball with a strong showing across the board in boys sports to sweep the Class D All-Sports Awards for the first time.
“It’s the most balanced effort we’ve ever had,’’ Knights Athletic Director Chris Rainforth said.
Bergan’s combined boys-girls title is its first since it shared Class C honors in 1987 with Battle Creek. The Knights were solo Class C champions in 1980. They never had been a girls winner and last topped the boys standings in 2008 in Class C.
“A lot of things have to go right to have the type of success we had,’’ Rainforth said. “We have the right people in place and had a dedicated set of parents and kids and coaches. It’s a collective commitment that we have most every year, but this year everybody was healthy. There were no real injuries in the sports that we were either champions or runners-up.
“That makes a difference on our level. You cannot afford to lose any key players.”
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Bergan finished with an 84.25-72 edge over Mullen, which was second in girls and third in boys. The Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family cooperative sponsorship program finished third overall with 62.
Bergan’s girls edged Mullen 40-38, getting all their points from their volleyball-girls basketball sweep. Mullen was third in volleyball and track and sixth in basketball.
The Knights’ boys were state runners-up in wrestling, their highest finish ever. They also finished second in basketball and tied for fifth in track. They scored 44.25 points to 40 for Johnson-Brock, which doubled in football and basketball.
Bergan also received 5.25 points from its co-op with Class A Fremont in baseball, which finished fourth in the final rankings. In a co-op that is sport-specific, each participating school receives equal shares of points with a few exceptions.
Rainforth said Bergan coaches thought the school year had potential, “but we didn’t quite expect for it to be as good as it was.”
“When you’re competing in Class D and D-1 and the regular seasons for all our sports are loaded with C teams and some Bs, and when you’re playing teams in our conference (Centennial) and it’s tough to win games there, when you turn around and go into subdistricts and districts you’re prepared for it,’’ he said.
Case in point: girls basketball. Coach Nate Pribnow’s team came to state with a 16-8 record.
His two leading scorers, seniors Haley Kempf and Allison Dieckmann, were among the seven Knights who were on the state tournament rosters for volleyball and basketball.
The volleyball title came in Sue Wewel’s third stint as coach. She has more than 600 career wins.
“We were happy for her,’’ Rainforth said. “She puts a lot of time and energy into it, not just coaching on the court but working hard to make them better people and a cohesive unit.”
Cross country: Malcolm boys, Ainsworth girls. Volleyball: Fremont Bergan, D-1; BDS, D-2. Football: Creighton, Eight Man-1; Johnson-Brock, Eight Man-2; Wilcox-Hildreth, Six Man. Wrestling: Plainview. Girls basketball: Fremont Bergan, D-1; Wynot, D-2. Boys basketball: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, D-1; Johnson-Brock, D-2. Track and field: Axtell boys, Giltner girls. Boys golf: West Holt.
Combined boys-girls scoring
Fremont Bergan 84.25, Mullen 72, Humphrey/LHF 62, Humphrey SF 56.25, Falls City Sacred Heart 56, Johnson-Brock 56, North Platte St. Pat's 40, Blue Hill 34, Exeter-Milligan 34, Wynot 34, Sterling 33.5, Fullerton 29.75, Axtell 29.5, Pleasanton 28, North Central 26.5, West Holt 26.5, Hartington-Newcastle 26, Burwell 24.5, McCool Junction 24.5, Riverside 24.25, Ewing 24, Elm Creek 21.5, Elkhorn Valley 21, Wilcox-Hildreth 20, CWC 18, Hay Springs 18, Osmond 18, Plainview 16.5, Dundy County-Stratton 16, Harvard 16, Lawrence-Nelson 16, Paxton 16, Giltner 15, Minatare 14, Bloomfield 13, Kenesaw 12.75, Clarkson/Leigh 12, Diller-Odell 12, Overton 12, Shelton 11.5, Clearwater-Orchard 10, Cody-Kilgore 10, Hyannis 10, Wauneta-Palisade 10, Allen 8.25, Pawnee City 8.25, Cambridge 8, Friend 8, Loomis 8, Nebraska City Lourdes 8, Spalding Academy 8, Weeping Water 8, Central Valley 7.5, Franklin 6, High Plains 4.5, Mead 4, DC-Stratton 2, Heartland 2, Maywood-Hayes Center 2, Sandhills/Thedford 2, Emerson-Hubbard 0.75, Pender 0.75, Boyd County 0.5
Fremont Bergan 44.25, Johnson-Brock 40, Mullen 34, Falls City SH 30, Humphrey SF 30, Fullerton 29.75, Humphrey/LHF 26, West Holt 25.5, Burwell 24.5, Elm Creek 21.5, Wilcox-Hildreth 20, North Central 19.5, Axtell 19, Hartington-Newcastle 18, Hay Springs 18, Osmond 18, Exeter-Milligan 18, Harvard 16, Paxton 16, Riverside 16, Plainview 15, Lawrence-Nelson 14, Minatare 14, Kenesaw 12.75, McCool Junction 12, Overton 12, Shelton 11.5, Clearwater-Orchard 10, Hyannis 10, Wauneta-Palisade 10, Elkhorn Valley 9, North Platte St. Pat's 9, Allen 8.25, Pawnee City 8.25, Friend 8, Loomis 8, Spalding Academy 8, Sterling 8, Central Valley 7.5, Bloomfield 6, Blue Hill 6, Franklin 6, High Plains 4.5, Cody-Kilgore 4, DC-Stratton 2, Heartland 2, Nebraska City Lourdes 2, Sandhills/Thedford 2, Boyd County 0.5
Fremont Bergan 40, Mullen 38, Humphrey/LHF 36, Wynot 34, North Platte St. Pat's 31, Blue Hill 28, Pleasanton 28, Humphrey St. Francis 26.25, Falls City Sacred Heart 26, Sterling 25.5, Ewing 24, CWC 18, Dundy County-Stratton 16, Exeter-Milligan 16, Johnson-Brock 16, Giltner 15, McCool Junction 12.5, Clarkson/Leigh 12, Diller-Odell 12, Elkhorn Valley 12, Axtell 10.5, Riverside 8.25, Cambridge 8, Hartington-Newcastle 8, Weeping Water 8, Bloomfield 7, North Central 7, Cody-Kilgore 6, Nebraska City Lourdes 6, Mead 4, Lawrence-Nelson 2, Maywood-Hayes Center 2, Plainview 1.5, West Holt 1, Emerson-Hubbard 0.75, Pender 0.75.
» The World-Herald uses a four-class system for its All-Sports Awards, although there are six classes in football, volleyball and basketball.
» Boys basketball classifications are applied to the All-Sports Awards. Classes C-1 and C-2 form Class C, with D-1 and D-2 forming Class D.
» The All-Sports point system awards 20 points for a first-place rating in football, volleyball and basketball; 15 for track, wrestling, soccer, softball and baseball; and 10 for all other sports. The scoring value in each sport diminishes with order of finish: 20-18-16, 15-13.5-12, 10-9-8.
» Final World-Herald ratings are the basis for All-Sports scoring in football, volleyball, softball, basketball, baseball and soccer. State-meet placings dictate points in other sports. Schools in selective-sport cooperative sponsorships receive equal splits.