WYNOT – With returning Elite Eight guard Lexis Haase bottled up over the final three quarters, preseason Class D No. 1 West Point GACC needed somebody to step up in an early-season battle of defending state finalists.

Top-four finishes in six of its eight sports, including a state championship in girls basketball, fueled West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic’s first World-Herald All-Sports championship since 2004.

Midway through the regular season, Burwell was 2-2 with a leaky defense and not looking good to return to the Eight Man-1 championship game. “We started at the bottom, threw everything away, everything we knew,” senior Tyler Gideon said. “We started back with the basics. We had to. We were vulnerable.”

Cole Kreikemeier had made big plays almost the entire night for Guardian Angels Central Catholic. So when coach Dave Ridder needed someone for the hands team after Creighton had pulled to within 48-44 with 1 minute, 15 seconds remaining, he knew just who to count on.

Early thoughts of destiny were wiped away by Johnson-Brock’s balance. A day after overcoming two large deficits — including a 13-6 fifth-set margin — to beat Norfolk Lutheran in the opening round of the Class D-1 state tournament, West Point GACC overcame a 20-12 hole for a 26-24 win in the opening set.

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