After a strong year, St. Mary's has been recognized as one of the top programs in Class D.
In a press release on Tuesday, the NSAA announced St. Mary's finished sixth in the Class D All-School division of the 2015-2016 NSAA Cup standings with 185 points. In the Class D Girl's division, St. Mary's finished tied for third with Thedford in the team standings. St. Mary's was the lone Holt County representative to finish in the top 10 in any division standings.
The Cardinals earned the distinction by finishing as runner-ups in two events during the school year. The St. Mary's volleyball team started off the season on a strong note, finishing as the Class D2 runner-up in a tight match with Exeter-Milligan. The girls then continued their success, finishing second in Class D2 basketball in a heartbreaking loss to Wynot by just a single point.
According to the press release, the NSAA Cup began in 2007 to recognize the state’s most successful high school athletic and fine arts programs. This all-activities, all-school recognition platform recognizes the “Best of the Best” each year in NSAA programs.
Winners are determined by a point system based on participation in NSAA education-based activities and performance in state championship events within each division and class. Music, which does not have a state-level event, earns points based on participation at the district music contest.