Just because the end of the season was at hand, don't think Papillion-La Vista South coach Gwen Egbert was easing up on her team.
“We were expecting practice to be a little bit easier,” senior Kelly Hunter said. “But she worked us hard in drills even today. She didn't let up.”
That relentless attitude had the Titans ready for the task at hand, which was the Class A final. Papio South swept Omaha Marian to win its third straight title.
Sign off the times: Shoutout to sitter
Many fans hold signs at the state tournament stating their relationship with a player, but there was an interesting one held by a little girl during the Class D-2 final between Cedar Valley and Humphrey.
It read: “No. 24 is my baby sitter!”
That player was Kara Donovan, who was busy with other matters Saturday. Unfortunately for her, the Mavericks were swept in the championship match.
Wayne State grabs tournament talent
Among the Wayne State recruits competing on championship Saturday were Alyssa Frauendorfer of Humphrey, Katie Kurtz of Papio South and Michaela Mestl of Kearney Catholic.
“I'm excited to be going there,” Kurtz said. “I think we're going to have a really good team.”
Kurtz played well in her varsity finale, posting six kills and three blocks for the Titans.
Student works hard to rally support
One of the hardest-working fans at the tournament Saturday was Eric Wemhoff, a senior at Humphrey High.
He could be found running back and forth in front of the boisterous student section, directing the wave and making as much noise as possible.
“Eric is an awesome kid,” said Greg Sjuts, Humphrey's superintendent. “And the support from our entire community has been awesome.”
Wemhoff also was one of the better-dressed fans, wearing a dress shirt and Humphrey Bulldogs tie.
Transfers help Vikings capture title
Grand Island Northwest captured the Class B title with the help of three transfers — Erin Sorahan (Grand Island Central Catholic), Morgan Westphal (Scottsbluff) and Kennadi Keezer (Grand Island High).
“When those transfers came in, they felt like my sisters,” three-year starter McKenzie Brown said. “Team chemistry was great on this team.”
Birthday wishes for Stars student
Between the first and second sets of the Class C-1 final, the Kearney Catholic student section serenaded one of its own with “Happy Birthday.”
The kid enjoying the birthday was dressed up like a giant whoopee cushion. He was sitting in the front row near the hot dog, the gorilla and the banana.
— Mike Patterson