Neumann edges Wahoo to claim city bragging rights, Class C All-Sports Award honors

Senior Kelsie Cada and Wahoo Neumann won the Class C-1 state title in girls basketball. Neumann edged Wahoo to win the Class C All-Sports Award.

The battle for the Class C All-Sports Award — and bragging rights in Wahoo — this time went to Wahoo Neumann.

For the past three school years, Neumann and Wahoo have been 1-2 in the combined boys and girls standings in Class C. Neumann took back the title 85-83.5 by overtaking the Warriors in the final week of the spring season.

The Cavs scored their final 19 points against Class B competition — a tie for eighth in girls track, a tie for fourth in boys track and fifth in boys golf.

Wahoo led the boys standings, while Neumann topped the girls field.

“Our girls athletics were really good this year,” Neumann coach Rick Ahrens said. “We went to state in basketball, softball, volleyball. We had a good senior class, and you say it every year, but it will be hard to replace.

“We have good athletes and good parental support. There are high expectations, and they work hard to achieve them.”

Neumann joins Class D’s Fremont Bergan as All-Sports champions from the Centennial Conference.

“Being in the Centennial, there are no easy games or off nights,” Ahrens said. “It helps all our programs. You know at the end of the seasons, those contests, games where you’ve had to come from behind, pay off. And we’ll play anybody. We always have games to fill on schedules.”

Neumann’s only change in coaches will be in football.

Tim Turman retired after 307 career wins, with assistant Doug Lanik taking his spot. Lanik is a 1976 Neumann grad who’s been a longtime assistant for Turman and has also coached at Peru State and Midland.

“I hope we can keep him for a while,” Ahrens said. “He’s (eligible) to retire next year.”

Neumann’s girls also were ranked second in softball and fourth in volleyball and won basketball for the third time with Jason Simons as coach. Its boys were ranked fourth in football and ninth in basketball.

Wahoo’s boys were ranked second in football and fourth in basketball, placed fourth in wrestling and eighth in cross country. Their 45.5 points nosed out Norfolk Catholic (42), which had its best placing since 2008. Centennial was third.

Neumann’s girls scored 51.25 points to 42 for Hastings St. Cecilia, which had its best year since winning in 1983.

Wahoo won’t be in the Class C chase next school year. Its basketball team will be in Class B. That sport’s classifications set All-Sports Awards placement.

Class C

State champions

Girls golf: Cozad and Ogallala, tie. Softball: Wayne. Cross country: Sidney boys, Holdrege girls. Volleyball: Wahoo, C-1; Superior, C-2. Football: Aurora, C-1; Centennial, C-2. Wrestling: Valentine. Girls basketball: Wahoo Neumann, C-1; Hastings St. Cecilia, C-2. Boys basketball: Auburn, C-1; Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, C-2. Track and field: Norfolk Catholic boys, Lincoln Lutheran girls. Boys golf: Grand Island Central Catholic.

Combined boys-girls scoring: Wahoo Neumann 85, Wahoo 83.5, Kearney Catholic 57.5, Centennial 44.5, Lincoln Christian 44.25, Lincoln Lutheran 44.25, Hastings St. Cecilia 42, Norfolk Catholic 42, Grand Island CC 41, Oakland-Craig 40, Adams Central 38, BDS 34.75, David City Aquinas 33.5, Superior 33.5, Auburn 32, BRLD 32, North Bend 32, Battle Creek 31.5, Columbus Scotus 31.5, Mitchell 30, Ogallala 28.25, Sutton 28, Creighton 27.5, Syracuse 27, Ponca 26, St. Paul 24, Hartington CC 23.5, Thayer Central 23.5, Arlington 23.25, Wayne 21, Malcolm 20.5, Yutan 20, Nebraska Christian 18.5, Howells-Dodge 18, Wakefield 18, Freeman 17.5, Milford 17, Ainsworth 16, Crofton 16, Minden 16, Norfolk Lutheran 16, Ord 16, Stanton 16, Broken Bow 15.5, David City 15, Valentine 15, West Point GACC 14.5, Fillmore Central 14, Logan View 13.5, Cozad 13, West Point-Beemer 13, Chase County 12.75, Pierce 12, Fort Calhoun 11.25, Bridgeport 11, Amherst 10.5, Columbus Lakeview 10.25, Gibbon 10, Laurel-CC 10, Omaha Concordia 10, Tri County 10, Boone Central 8.5, Boys Town 8, Gothenburg 8, Raymond Central 7.5, Ashland-GW 6, Cambridge 6, Doniphan-Trumbull 6, Douglas County West 6, Johnson County 6, Perkins County 6, Wilber-Clatonia 6, Conestoga 5, Wood River 4.5, Kimball 4, Louisville 4, Omaha Brownell Talbot 4, Ravenna 4, Alma 3, Bridgeport 3, Fairbury 3, Neligh-Oakdale 3, Centura 2.25, Shelby-RC 2.

Boys: Wahoo 45.5, Norfolk Catholic 42, Centennial 34, Wahoo Neumann 33.75, Adams Central 32, BRLD 32, Kearney Catholic 28.75, Sutton 28, Creighton 27.5, Auburn 26, Grand Island CC 22, Oakland-Craig 22, David City Aquinas 21, Battle Creek 19.5, North Bend 18, Wakefield 18, Yutan 18, Lincoln Christian 17.25, Ogallala 16, Ord 16, Ponca 16, David City 15, Valentine 15, Malcolm 14.5, Broken Bow 13.5, Logan View 13.5, Norfolk Lutheran 12, Pierce 12, Minden 12, Amherst 10.5, Freeman 10.5, Howells-Dodge 10, Laurel-CC 10, West Point GACC 10, Nebraska Christian 8.5, Thayer Central 8.5, Boys Town 8, Bridgeport 8, Columbus Scotus 8, Gothenburg 8, Howells-Dodge 8, St. Paul 8, Tri County 8, Arlington 7.5, Milford 7, Mitchell 7, Lincoln Lutheran 6.25, Ainsworth 6, Ashland-GW 6, Douglas County West 6, Johnson County 6, Omaha Concordia 6, Perkins County 6, Wilber-Clatonia 6, Gibbon 5, Wood River 4.5, Doniphan-Trumbull 4, Kimball 4, Alma 3, Neligh-Oakdale 3, Boone Central 2.5, Centura 2.25, Columbus LV 2.25, Fort Calhoun 2.25, Cozad 2, Shelby-RC 2, Hartington CC 1, BDS 0.75

Girls: Wahoo Neumann 51.25, Hastings St. Cecilia 42, Lincoln Lutheran 38, Wahoo 38, BDS 34, Superior 33.5, Kearney Catholic 28.75, Lincoln Christian 27, Syracuse 27, Mitchell 23, Hartington CC 22.5, Wayne 21, Columbus Scotus 19, Grand Island CC 19, Oakland-Craig 18, Crofton 16, St. Paul 16, Stanton 16, Arlington 15.75, Thayer Central 15, Fillmore Central 14, North Bend 14, West Point-Beemer 13, Chase County 12.75, David City Aquinas 12.5, Ogallala 12.25, Battle Creek 12, Cozad 11, Centennial 10.5, Ainsworth 10, Milford 10, Nebraska Christian 10, Ponca 10, Fort Calhoun 9, Columbus Lakeview 8, Raymond Central 7.5, Freeman 7, Adams Central 6, Auburn 6, Boone Central 6, Cambridge 6, Malcolm 6, Conestoga 5, Gibbon 5, West Point GACC 4.5, Louisville 4, Minden 4, Norfolk Lutheran 4, Omaha Brownell Talbot 4, Omaha Concordia 4, Ravenna 4, Bridgeport 3, Fairbury 3, Broken Bow 2, Doniphan-Trumbull 2, Tri County 2, Yutan 2

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