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2018 Fred Ware Award finalists for state's best collegiate athlete

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The World-Herald will soon name this year's recipient of the Fred Ware Award, which is handed out annually to the state's best collegiate athlete. The 11 finalists come from various sports and multiple divisions of collegiate athletics, exemplifying the wide range of excellence produced by Nebraska's colleges.

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Tyler Berger (Nebraska wrestling)

The senior-to-be finished third at 157 pounds at the NCAA tournament, becoming a two-time All-American. He was academic All-Big Ten for a third straight year.

Drew Brown (Nebraska football) 

The kicker finished his career second in school history with 59 field goals and fourth with 355 points. He was also a three-time member of the Tom Osborne and Brook Berringer citizenship teams.

Sam Crowley (Creighton softball)

The first-team All-Big East selection led the conference with a .523 batting average and .909 slugging percentage in league play. She was second with 17 RBIs and tied for third with 16 runs.

Lydia Dimke (Creighton volleyball)

The senior setter made first-team All-Big East for the second time, ranking second in the conference in assists per set. After being named a third-team All-American in 2016, she was honorable mention in 2017.

Marcus Foster (Creighton basketball)

The first team All-Big East pick was a finalist for the Jerry West Award as the nation’s best shooting guard and honorable mention All-American. He shot 48.3 percent and had a team-high 19.8 points per game in his senior season.

Kelly Hunter (Nebraska volleyball)

Hunter helped Nebraska secure its fifth championship and second in three years. The setter had a career high 23 digs in the semifinal win against Penn State.

Sydney Lamberty (Creighton women's basketball)

Lamberty was the only player during Big East contests to rank in the top 15 in scoring (12.1), rebounding (6.7) and assists (5.2). She started all 32 games last season and shot 40.4 percent from 3-point range.

James Palmer (Nebraska basketball)

Palmer was the fifth Husker in 20 years to earn first-team all-league honors and became the second to make the All-Big Ten first team since NU joined the conference. He finished third in scoring in league games (18.8).

David Pope (UNO hockey)

First-team All-NCHC after leading the league in power-play points. Also an academic all-conference pick, he delayed signing his pro deal with the Detroit Red Wings to graduate.

Scott Schreiber (Nebraska baseball)

The first-team All-Big Ten selection the previous two seasons was a second-teamer in 2018. He was top 10 among Big Ten hitters in slugging percentage (.692), on-base percentage (.446), runs (62), RBIs (48) and homers (18). 

Ryan Tapani (Creighton baseball)

The senior went 10-1 with a 2.38 ERA to earn first-team All-Big East honors. He finished his career tied for the best winning percentage in school history (.867) and was a 21st-round selection of the Nationals.

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