Colton Adams of Scottsbluff is the state's first high school wrestler to medal at the Walsh Ironman Invitational in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
The Bearcat junior, a two-time state champion, took third at 126 pounds in what is regarded as the strongest regular-season meet in the nation. Adams went 5-1, with the loss in the semifinals to Joey Dance of Christiansburg, Va., the nation's No. 1-ranked wrestler at 126.
Adams also defeated two highly rated wrestlers from Ohio and a state runner-up from Pennsylvania who is ranked sixth nationally by Amateur Wrestling News.
Doyle Trout of Centennial, the other Nebraskan who competed, went 4-2 at 106 but didn't medal.
Sacred Heart's Goltz fastest to 500 wins
Doug Goltz of Falls City Sacred Heart, by 11 games, coached his 500th career victory sooner than the first 16 coaches to reach that milestone in boys basketball.
His 500th came in his 633rd game last Tuesday, a 75-43 home win over Wetmore, Kan. Jerry Eickhoff, whose 670 wins at Hampton are the most in boys basketball, needed 644 games. Eickhoff is now the varsity assistant at Lincoln North Star after retiring from education administration.
Goltz also is 17th in career wins in football with 244, all at his high school alma mater.
Jerry Eickhoff, Hampton, 670-229
Ed Colleran, Spalding Academy, 648-327
Fred Letheby, Madison, 612-359
Jim Morrison, Howells, 594-326
Duane Mendlik, Wisner-Pilger, 588-299
Larry Gilson, Maxwell, 576-242
Jim Kane, Elkhorn Mt. Michael, 547-263
Larry Coorts, Adams, 542-227
Steve Spongberg, Sutton, 525-225
Ed Johnson, Lincoln Northeast, 523-218
Del Schoenfish, Cambridge, 522-231
Gary Chvala, O'Neill St. Mary's, 522-277
Dave Oman, Centura, 520-389
Wes Shepard, Lincoln Christian, 519-268
Larry Ribble, Millard South, 509-280
Doug Goltz, Falls City Sacred Heart, 501-134
Clayton Steele, Laurel, 501-306
Titans No. 1 in final national ratings
Papillion-La Vista South finished the year as the top-ranked girls volleyball team in the nation, according to prepvolleyball.com
The Titans (41-1) captured their third consecutive Class A crown by defeating Omaha Marian in the state final. Papio South's lone loss came against Louisville (Ky.) Assumption in a sold-out triangular held Sept. 26 at Creighton's D.J. Sokol Arena.
The rest of the top five were Wildwood (Mo.) Lafayette (40-0), San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty (38-0), Lakeville (Minn.) North (32-1) and Louisville Assumption (41-2).
San Diego's Torrey Pines, the other team to compete in the triangular in Omaha, finished 19th. Marian was 24th in the final ratings and Class C-1 champion Kearney Catholic was 29th.
The Titans were fourth according to MaxPreps, the other national high school volleyball poll. They were ranked behind No. 1 Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore (32-0), No. 2 Mitty and No. 3 Lafayette.
Unbeaten streaks not so long now
With Lincoln Pius X ending Seward's 104-game girls basketball win streak Friday night and Lincoln Southeast snapping Omaha Central's 20-game streak Saturday night, current win streaks are more modest. Class D-2 Wynot has the longest win streak at 12, followed by Class C-2 Crofton at 11.
For now, West Point Central Catholic's state-record mark of 111 straight victories from 2001 to 2006 seems safe.
Schedule scrambling likely in eight-man
The Nebraska School Activities Association is facing the possibility of redoing some eight-man football schedules for the 2013 season because a handful of schools may not be able to field teams.
Dorchester is out for sure. The Longhorns will send their players to Milford to play on a cooperative-sponsorship team for non-varsity competition.
Nate Neuhaus, an NSAA assistant director, said at last week's NSAA board meeting in Kearney that he's hearing that Newcastle, Banner County and Lindsay Holy Family also may not be able to fulfill their 2013 schedules.
Among the scheduling options are to let teams from the same district meet twice, with the second game counting in the district standings.
The board also heard that a few schools “still are having issues” with the Baden basketballs that became official last season, NSAA assistant director Jon Dolliver said, “but there were some positive comments, too.”
Official enrollment numbers that will be used for 2013-14 school-year classifications (except football) weren't available for approval. Rick Moses of the Nebraska Department of Education said a half-dozen non-public schools either hadn't reported or made errors in their reporting.
— Stu Pospisil and Mike Patterson