O’Neill head football coach Brock Eichelberger, was picked to serve as a coach on the North team for the 2019 Nebraska Shrine Bowl.
Since 2013, Eichelberger has compiled a 28-30 record, and led the Eagles to a state championship, and perfect 13-0 record, in 2016.
The Shrine Bowl of Nebraska is the state’s most prestigious high school all-star sports event. The non-profit produces annual events and related activities to raise funds and awareness to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a healthcare system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.
The 61st Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl will be played Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Kearney, at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Kearney.
With the winter season officially over, several top athletes will begin collecting hardware for their stellar play from this past season.
Several athletes from Holt County earned all-Niobrara Valley Conference accolades.
West Holt senior Cole Liable was named to the first-team wrestling squad. Husky senior Jade Buss and St. Mary’s senior Cole Rosenkrans earned second team honors.
For boys basketball, St. Mary’s senior Grady Semin was named to the first team after a stellar season. West Holt seniors Jordan Tasler and Kooper Jelinek, along with Ewing senior Joey Wright and Chambers/ Wheeler Central junior Sam Jesse, were selected to the second team. CWC senior Justice Metschke, St. Mary’s freshman Aiden Hedstrom West Holt juniors Garrison Hansen and Logan Weineke earned a spot on the honorable mention team.
On the girls side, CWC’s Taylor Peter and Morgan Ramsey, Ewing’s Ashley Koenig and Brenna Wagner and West Holt senior Carlie Wetzel were selected to the first team. CWC sophomore Michelle Koenig, Ewing junior Sidney Stallbaum and West Holt senior Peyton Randolph were named to the second team. St. Mary’s senior Abby Hedstrom, Ewing’s Miranda Summers and Tiana Thramer, West Holt senior Leyton Mlady and CWC sophomore Ryann Haburchak were selected to the honorable mention team.
Despite a valiant effort, the Ewing girls basketball team fell to No. 1 Falls City Sacred Heart, 58-39, Thursday in the Class D2 state tournament.
The Lady Tigers hung with FCSH in the first half, trailing 22-16 at the break.
FCSH used a 22-11 run in the third quarter to pull away and seal a spot in the semifinals.
Brenna Wagner led the way with 11 points Sidney Stallbaum recorded 10 points, Ashley Koenig netted 9 points, Miranda Summers accounted for 6 points, Tiana Thramer had 2 points and Jaidyn Schindler added a point.
Ewing ends its season with a 19-6 record, as Miranda Summers and Jaidyn Schindler played their final game for the Lady Tigers.
The Chambers/Wheeler Central girls basketball team bowed out of the Class D2 state tournament with a 44-37 loss to Sterling Thursday morning at Lincoln Southwest.
After falling behind 10-6 in the opening quarter, the Lady Renegades cut the deficit to 2 with a 15-13 second quarter.
Sterling used a 13-6 run to regain the momentum and held off CWC's comeback in the fourth to advance to the semifinals.
Taylor Peters paced the Lady Renegades with 19 points. Morgan Ramsey tallied 10 points, Michelle Koenig netted 6 points and Rachel Dierks added 2 points.
Chambers/Wheeler Central ends its season with a 21-5 record, as senior Kyra Farewell played her final game for the Lady Renegades.
The girls basketball Class D2 state brackets were released earlier on Saturday.
Chambers/Wheeler Central (21-4) earned the fourth seed and plays fifth-seeded Sterling (21-5) Thursday at 9 a.m. at Lincoln Southwest.
Ewing (19-5) battles top-seeded Fall City Sacred Heart (23-3) t 10:45 a.m. Thursday at Lincoln Southwest.
The winners of both contest meet up Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Full brackets are available at https://nsaahome.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Girls-State-Championship-Brackets-2019.pdf
The Ewing girls basketball team topped No. 7 Exeter-Milligan in the D2-7 district final to qualify for state.
At Twin River High School, No. 10 Ewing defeated Exeter-Milligan 57-51.
The Renegades are state bound after a win over Kenesaw on Friday night in the D2-4 district final.
Fourth-seed CWC defeated No. 13 Kenesaw 55-14 at St. Paul High School.
The Lady Eagles ended their season as the C1-4 District runner up in Norfolk on Thursday night.
West Point-Beemer edged out O'Neill in the final quarter, 53-43.
The incoming weather has affected the West Holt Subdistrict tournament schedule for today.
Games were bumped up 30 minutes ahead.
Elgin Public/Pope John plays Stuart at 5 p.m., followed by the Chambers/Wheeler Central and St. Mary's game.
A solid team effort guided the Elgin Public/Pope John boys basketball team to a 47-35 victory over Ewing in the opening round of the Subdistrict D2-5 tournament Monday at West Holt.
“It was a good team effort,” stated EPPJ senior Kyle Schumacher. “Everyone contributed in their own way. We all did our job and no one tried to do too much. We tried to shut them down on defense, work on offense and try not to force anything. That got everyone involved in their own ways.”
The Tigers got off to a hot start, taking a 6-0 lead in the first three minutes of play, and led 11-5 after the first quarter.
“We came out with really good energy and played under control,” commented Ewing coach Brett Kaczor. “We found away to get inside and hit a couple of outside shots to open up the lane for us to help us out. You wish that you could have sustained that for four quarters. You get the exact start you want, get a nice lead and seem like you have momentum. Then you hit a brick wall and we tried to dig ourselves out of a big hole."
EPPJ responded in the second with a 16-4 run to claim a 21-15 lead at the break.
“We came out a little slow,” spoke EPPJ junior Conor Ramold. “We wanted to crank up the intensity a little bit. We made sure we boxed out and forced them into one shot. We did alright.”
After Ryan Brummel's free throw cut the deficit to 5 to start the third, the Wolfpack used a 7-0 run to take a 28-16 advantage.
“It was pretty important,” noted EPPJ junior Adam Dreger on the Wolfpack’s third-quarter start. “It really gave us that step ahead to get the W.”
Ewing rallied in the fourth and drew as close as 6 following Dalton Rotherham's 3-pointer, but EPPJ pulled away for the victory.
“We kept digging back and clawing into the game,” Kaczor said. “It seemed like at every point we could have broke that thing open and tie it up or take the lead; we missed free throw, had a bad turnover or let them leak out for an easy layup. All of sudden you go from being down 6, to down 10 or 12 again. We spent all that energy working our way back into the game, then you’re back down to 12. It really wears on a kid, but our guys kept fighting. I can’t complain.”
Joey Wright led the Tigers with 9 points. Brummels and Wyatt Wagner each recorded 7 points, Rotherham accumulated 5 points, Xavier Hobbs contributed 3 points, while Connor Napier and Dominique Hobbs each pitched in 2 points.
All five EPPJ starters scored at least 5 points in the win. Schumacher paced the Wolfpack with 13 points, four assists and eight rebounds. Ramold tallied 11 points and four assists, Dreger netted 10 points, Colton Wright had 8 points and eight boards and RJ Lierman added 5 points.
“Everyone showed up, we rebounded like coach wanted us to and we scored when we needed to,” Wright remarked.
Ewing ends its season with a 2-20 record as seniors Joey Wright and Ryan Brummels played their final game for the Tigers.
“They mean more to this program than they could probably imagine,” Kaczor stated. “We told them in the locker room the wins and losses don’t matter. The stepping stone they put forth for our guys, especially for them because they had to play a lot since they were freshmen. They really matured and they took the roles of being leaders well. Hopefully our guys take that going forward and go off their leadership. Hopefully better things are to come.”
Elgin Public/Pope John (3-17) advances to the semifinals of the subdistrict tournament to face No. 1 seed Stuart Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at West Holt.
“We know Stuart is a tough team,” Lierman concluded. “We have to come out strong like we did in the third quarter. We have to play our hearts out. Win or go home.”