Breadth of success helps Omaha Skutt return to top in Class B All-Sports Awards

Skutt won its fourth straight state volleyball title and championships in football, boys cross country and boys soccer.

The Class B All-Sports Award is back at Omaha Skutt, which hadn’t won it since 2015.

The winning formula changed some this time for the SkyHawks, who have been in the top three since 2004 and won for the 10th time in the school’s 26 years.

“We actually brought home fewer trophies than a year ago,” SkyHawk Athletic Director Donn Kasner said, “but we saw some other programs elevate themselves. We were third in softball. Girls basketball was back at state for the first time.

“Our anchor programs did well as usual. Boys cross country won back-to-back titles and the girls were third. Football is doing what it’s doing (a state title), volleyball has won four in a row, wrestling was right there. But it’s nice to see other programs scoring points.”

Skutt’s fourth state title, matching its haul from 2017-18, was in boys soccer. The SkyHawks had two runner-up teams, wrestling and girls soccer, after getting four the previous year.

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Other rankings or state placings for the SkyHawks were fourth in boys golf, eighth in girls basketball, ninth in boys tennis and 10th in girls golf. They outscored runner-up Lincoln Pius X 145-101 for the grand championship. Elkhorn, which led the girls standings, was third with 97.

Skutt topped the boys standings with 84.5 points. York used a third-place finish in boys golf to move past Aurora 48-44.25 for second. Aurora had its highest finish since second place in 2001.

Elkhorn’s girls title was its first since the Antlers reigned from 1997 through 2000. They were second the past two years. They outscored Skutt 68.5-60.5, with Pius third at 60. Elkhorn was state champion in softball, runner-up in cross country, third in golf, fifth in volleyball, sixth in basketball and soccer and seventh in tennis. The Antlers split the fifth-place points in swimming with Elkhorn South, their partner in a cooperative sponsorship.

Skutt will have new coaches next season in girls golf with Troy Hawk and swimming with Kellie Harris. The school also will be running on a resurfaced track at Moylan Field. Kasner said track coach Steve Carroll wants to build on the success his cross country teams have had.

The landscape shifts next season in Class B, which will lose schools — including Pius and Elkhorn — to Class A now that membership in those classes is determined by the three-grade enrollment break of 850. Elkhorn is expected to return to Class B when it spins off Elkhorn North in the 2020-21 school year.

“We’re sad to see them go,” Kasner said. “People ask if we’re glad, and we’re not. We like those rivalries. We like the competition we got, like the crowds we got. We hope to get some of those schools on schedules.

“It will be interesting to see what happens. I still believe Class B is going to be pretty good on the top end and we still have to compete.”

Class B

State champions — Girls golf: Omaha Duchesne. Boys tennis: Lincoln Pius X. Softball: Elkhorn. Cross country: Omaha Skutt boys, Pius girls. Volleyball: Skutt. Football: Omaha Skutt. Wrestling: Grand Island Northwest. Girls basketball: Grand Island Northwest. Boys basketball: Pius. Boys soccer: Skutt. Girls soccer: Elkhorn South. Girls tennis: Duchesne. Track and field: Lexington boys, Syracuse girls. Baseball: Bennington. Boys golf: North Platte.

Combined boys-girls scoring: Omaha Skutt 145, Lincoln Pius X 101, Elkhorn 97, Waverly 75.5, Aurora 63.25, York 57, Hastings 54.5, Norris 50.5, Lexington 50, Grand Island NW 49.5, North Platte 48.75, Omaha Duchesne 45, Scottsbluff 39.75, Seward 38.25, Crete 37.5, Bennington 35.5, McCook 35.5, Omaha Roncalli 35, Columbus 31.25, South Sioux City 27.5, Sidney 21, Holdrege 20, Beatrice 18.75, Elkhorn MM 18.5, Omaha Gross 18.5, Alliance 16, Blair 15, Platteview 13.5, Omaha Mercy 12, Gering 11, Plattsmouth 7.5, Ralston 3, Nebraska City 1.5.

Boys: Omaha Skutt 84.5, York 48, Aurora 44.25, Lincoln Pius X 41, Hastings 35.5, Lexington 34.5, Scottsbluff 32.75, Omaha Roncalli 32, Waverly 32, Columbus 31.25, Bennington 29.5, Elkhorn 28.5, McCook 28.5, North Platte 27.25, Seward 24.25, Grand Island NW 23.5, Norris 21, Elkhorn MM 18.5, Crete 13.5, Blair 13, South Sioux City 12, Sidney 10, Holdrege 9, Omaha Gross 7.5, Plattsmouth 7.5, Alliance 6, Beatrice 4.5, Nebraska City 1.5.

Girls: Elkhorn 68.5, Omaha Skutt 60.5, Lincoln Pius X 60, Omaha Duchesne 45, Waverly 43.5, Norris 29.5, Grand Island NW 26, Crete 24, North Platte 20.5, Aurora 19, Hastings 19, Lexington 15.5, South Sioux City 15.5, Beatrice 14.25, Seward 14, Platteview 13.5, Omaha Mercy 12, Gering 11, Holdrege 11, Omaha Gross 11, Sidney 11, Alliance 10, York 9, McCook 7, Scottsbluff 7, Bennington 6, Crete 6, Columbus Scotus 4.5, Omaha Roncalli 3, Ralston 3, Blair 2.

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