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Boys athlete of the year: After achieving everything, James Burks leaves 'high mark' at Omaha Burke

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male athlete of the year (top)

James Burks is the Omaha World-Herald's 2019 Male Athlete of the Year.

achieved everything

“I achieved everything,’’ James Burks said. “I got my fourth state title and got a ring in football."

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fourth wrestling title

James Burks won his fourth wrestling title against Columbus’ Avery McMeekin.

coach Wes Boehm

“He’s the best athlete ever to walk out of Burke High School,’’ Bulldogs wrestling coach Wes Boehm said.

final take down

James Burks takes down Columbus’ Avery McMeekin during the Class A 160 final match. Burks won 13-1.

career football stats

James Burks graduated the state's leader in wins on the mat and as Omaha Burke's career rushing leader. Burks rushed for 2,053 yards and 28 touchdowns his senior year. He topped Omaha Burke's charts with 4,395 yards and 59 touchdowns rushing and 62 total touchdowns.

Reporter - High school sports

Stu is The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports and for golf. Follow him on Twitter @stuOWH. Phone: 402-444-1041.

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