Millard West's return to the top came in an interesting season for the Class A All-Sports Awards.
The Wildcats are the combined boys-girls champ for the first time since 2010 and also captured the girls title. Their competition for both was Lincoln Pius X.
The Thunderbolts made an appearance in Class A this season because of enrollment changes. In football, they stay in the state's largest class this fall because of the two-year scheduling cycle, but return to Class B in the other major team sports.
They led the overall standings after the fall sports season, with Millard West taking the lead after winter sports wrapped up. The Wildcats picked up two of their three state championships — girls soccer and girls track — in the spring to outscore Pius 130.5-112.5.
The girls race, which Millard West won 73-71.5, came down to the season-ending state track meet. The schools were tied before the Wildcats edged the Thunderbolts 80-75 for the team title.
“Our kids and community will be excited to hear about this,” Millard West Athletic Director Chris Loofe said. “Our coaches and kids have bought into the theme of one team, one unity, one family. The kids compete for each other.
“It's a culture that's been established over the years. There aren't individuals in our building. They work hard for each other, and it shows on the fields and courts.”
Omaha Creighton Prep, after a year's absence, topped the boys standings. The Junior Jays have won four of the past five boys titles, eight of the past 10 and nine of the past 12. The schools to break up Prep's run have been Lincoln Southeast in 2003, Kearney in 2007 and Papillion-La Vista last year.
Prep claimed three titles — tennis, swimming and golf. The Junior Jays also were second in soccer, fifth in cross country, sixth in football and basketball, and seventh in wrestling for 72 points. Millard West, the runner-up, had 57.5 and Millard South 57.
The Wildcats had a third girls title, in swimming.
“Those three titles were awfully exciting,” Loofe said. “One of the things we're most proud of is the combined (grade-point average) of the three championship teams. We ran a report and their cumulative GPA was 3.61. Besides winning titles, the kids are doing it in the classroom.”
The Millard West girls also were third in softball, fourth in basketball, fifth in volleyball and seventh in tennis. The boys were fourth in track, fifth in football, basketball, swimming and soccer, sixth in cross country and baseball and 10th in tennis.
Loofe said the only new coach next season will be in boys tennis, a job yet to be filled. He also has to hire only four assistants, two to replace Joanie Sanders. She retired after working with the volleyball and track teams.
He said major upgrades, including lights, are being made this summer to Millard West's softball field.
Combined: Millard West 130.5, Lincoln Pius X 112.5, Millard North 100, Lincoln Southwest 94.5, Lincoln Southeast 84, Omaha Creighton Prep 72, Millard South 67, Omaha Central 64.5, Papillion-La Vista South 63, Omaha Westside 59, Papillion-La Vista 59, Omaha Marian 55, Kearney 51.5, Lincoln East 49.5, Bellevue West 42.5, Grand Island 40, Omaha Burke 38, Omaha North 31, Omaha Benson 26, Omaha South 26, Fremont 22.5, Norfolk 16, Bellevue East 15.5, Lincoln North Star 12.5, Lincoln Northeast 11, North Platte 2, Lincoln High 1.5, Omaha Northwest 1
Boys: Omaha Creighton Prep 72, Millard West 57.5, Millard South 57, Lincoln Southwest 46.5, Papillion-La Vista 44, Kearney 43, Lincoln Pius X 41, Millard North 41, Omaha Burke 35, Omaha Central 33.5, Omaha North 31, Lincoln Southeast 29, Omaha Westside 29, Omaha South 26, Grand Island 25.5, Fremont 22.5, Papillion-La Vista South 18.5, Lincoln East 16.5, Omaha Benson 14, Bellevue West 9, Lincoln North Star 9, Bellevue East 4.5, Norfolk 4, Lincoln Northeast 3, Lincoln High 1.5, North Platte 1
Girls: Millard West 73, Lincoln Pius X 71.5, Millard North 59, Lincoln Southeast 55, Omaha Marian 55, Lincoln Southwest 48, Papillion-La Vista South 44.5, Bellevue West 33.5, Lincoln East 33, Omaha Central 31, Omaha Westside 30, Papillion-La Vista 15, Grand Island 14.5, Norfolk 12, Omaha Benson 12, Bellevue East 11, Millard South 10, Kearney 8.5, Lincoln Northeast 8, Lincoln North Star 3.5, Omaha Burke 3, North Platte 1, Omaha Northwest 1