Local talent leads NCC to World Series
On the back of nine players on the roster from the ITG area, the Northeast Community College baseball team reached the NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series.
The Hawks reached the World Series in just the second season of their baseball program.
Former area standouts on the team are Christian Dumont, Cale Hlavac, Bryce Walker and Cam Taylor of Bellevue West; Donovan Warren and Jackson Tingwald from Ralston; David Richardson, Tom Loseke, Michael Ripa and Dylan Nicholson of Papillion-La Vista. Platteview products Cade and Colin Lynam redshirted on the team.
The Hawks’ postseason began by winning the Region XI Tournament in the middle of May. NCC lost their first round of the tournament before battling back for five straight victories to win the title and advance to a best-of-three regional tourney in Miles, Mont.
NCC swept Miles in two games (11-4 and 8-4) to clinch a spot in the World Series.
The Hawks posted a 2-2 record at the World Series, held in Enid, Okla. They beat Monroe CC 13-12 in extra innings in the first round before a 21-14 setback to Madison in the second round.
NCC topped Lincoln Land 8-5 in an elimination game before an 8-6 loss to Mesa ended its season with a 36-20 record.
Walker and Dumont each had big years at the plate for NCC with averages of .338 and .357, respectively, and 68 combined RBIs while Warren recorded a .301 average. Hlavac hit .260 while starting most the season.
Taylor led the Hawks in strikeouts with 87 while posting a 9-3 record.
Spring Academic All-State
The Nebraska School Activities Association and the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association recently announced the 2018-19 Spring NCPA Academic All-State Awards.
Each year, the NSAA and the NCPA recognize students during the fall, winter and spring season who are nominated by their schools for their individual academic excellence, leadership and significant contributions in their NSAA activity. The NSAA and NCPA awarded 2,301 students with the honor this spring.
Academic All-State honorees from area schools are:
Bellevue East: Baseball, Ethan Fritz, Andrew Holloway; Soccer, Daniel Reedy, Catie Conover, Hannah McArthur; Track and field, Preston Welch, Brody Wood.
Bellevue West: Baseball, Pierson Lauterbach, Owen Woodard; Golf, Jackson Beck; Journalism, Emma Gage, Emily Schmidt; Soccer, Josh Clark, Kellen Jungman, Chamberlyn Bridge, Emma Mullendore; Tennis, Casia Dotzler, Heather Richard; Track and field, Jevyon Ducker, Gannon Spahn.
Gretna: Baseball, Blake Grimm, Bryce Grimm; Golf, Zach Weber, Journalism, Kinsli Auman, Ella Weaver; Music, Dayton Linhardt, Kayla Martin; Soccer, Nate Fibich, Jed Merriman, Brooke Downing, Morgan McLaughlin; Tennis, Kinsli Auman, Ruth Isaacson; Track and field, Hunter Chilton, Ben Randall, Isabel Bothwell, Jadyn Makovicka.
Gross Catholic: Baseball, Collin Almgren, Nolan Lewandowski; Journalism, Karlie Chonis; Music, Allison Crain, Kyle Wozniak; Soccer, Justin Kenney, Ben Yanovich, Riley Donahoe, Faith Perrone; Tennis, Madison Culhane, Kyli Hanna; Track and field, Max Metzger, Jenna Mlnarik, Katie Steinauer.
Papillion-La Vista: Baseball, Zach Colbert, Henry Sis; Golf, Reece Mehrens, Nolan Vondra; Journalism, Mollee Swift, Delani Watkins; Music, Rhiannon Carlile, Rachel Pham; Soccer, Cody Grove, Jake Lamontagne; Tennis, Abigail Meyer, Madeline Vejvoda; Track and field, Joe Hubert, Mitchell Klassen, Erica Broin, Kellie Lang.
Papio South: Baseball, Trenton Brehm, Nate Denne; Golf, Drew D’Ercole, Luke McCann; Journalism, Emma Farson, Teagan Gaul; Music, Emily Cournoyer, Ruth Munoz; Soccer, Max Lambert, Caleb Mastromonaco, Anna Jennings, Maddie Weichel; Tennis, Emma Farson, Leah Palensky; Track and field, Robert Price, Ryan Winkler, Kaylie Crews, Olivia Sattlefield.
Platteview: Baseball, Sam Kennedy, Caden Mathewson; Golf, Jacob Muff; Music, Elise Lutz, Alyssa Riha; Soccer, Kourtney Caniglia, Elizabeth Iverson; Track and field, Anna Koehler, Carrie Simonson, Stephen George, Alex Verdoni.
Ralston: Baseball, Kaleb Holm, Nolan Sailors; Golf, Brandon Linhart; Music, Damicah Burtin, Clarissa Tillman; Soccer, Tommy Pham, Ethan Voss; Soccer, Jayden Harrington, Libby Valerio-Boster; Tennis, Leah Dennell, Adriana Perez; Track and field, Damicah Burtin, Noble Valerio-Boster, Logan Corcoran.
Papillion-La Vista had the top showing of the area schools in the NSAA Cup standings.
The annual awards program, which began in 2007 to recognize the state’s most successful high school athletic and fine arts programs, is presented to the 12 Nebraska high schools that have earned the most points during the school year by participating in NSAA education based activity programs. This all-activities (fine arts and sports), all-school recognition platform recognizes the “Best of the Best” each year in NSAA programs.
Papillion-La Vista had the best area Class A all-school result by totaling 357.5 points to finish in sixth place. Papillion-La Vista South also appeared in the top-10 of the all-school standings, placing eighth with 305 points.
Papio also led the way in the Class A girls standings. The Monarchs racked up 250 points to tie for fourth. Gretna picked up 222.5 points to tie for seventh.
Papio South notched 192.5 points to place eighth in the Class A boys standings while Papio came in ninth with 187.5 points.
Area tennis players honored
Seven area tennis players were recognized by the Nebraska High School Tennis Coaches Association after strong seasons.
Each player was named as honorable mention selections on the Class A All-State Girls Tennis Team.
Papillion-La Vista South’s Leah Palensky, Dani Lawrence and Jackie Vote were each listed as honorable mentions. Olivia Boudreau and Madeline Vejvoda of Papillion-La Vista and Casia Dotzler and Makena Sobczyk of Bellevue West were also named honorable mention.