Finalists for The World-Herald's Nebraska high school athletes of the year awards. The winners will be announced Sunday.
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Mikaela Shaw, Sandy Creek: The UNO basketball recruit had 436 kills and 359 digs to earn a spot on the Class C-1 volleyball first team as a senior. She was also Class C-1 all-state in basketball and was among the state track leaders in the 400 meters.
Nathan Bazata, Howells-Dodge: The Iowa recruit was All-Nebraska in football. He also took the 285-pound state title in Class D wrestling — after a pair of finals losses to 2012 athlete of the year Mike Shoff of Cambridge — and captured gold in the shot put at the state track and field meet.