Here are the Nebraska high school baseball champions since 2015.
Despite coming up one win short of the American Legion World Series, 52s Patriots coach Greg Geary said he was proud of what his team accomplished.
“I told the boys to empty the tank and see what happens,” he said. “I know they gave it everything they had.”
The team from Millard South finished 40-13 after a 7-4 loss to Five Points Bank (Omaha Creighton Prep). The victory boosted the Junior Jays into the Legion World Series that begins Thursday in Shelby, North Carolina.
It was the fifth game between the teams in the postseason, with the Junior Jays winning three — two in the area tournament and the regional final. The Patriots won the state final and the regional semifinal.
Geary said by the last two games of the regional that his pitching staff was getting thin. Braden Cannon gave the 52s a much-needed complete game in a 9-3 victory Sunday before the Patriots fell in the final.
“Braden going the distance gave us a chance in that last game,” the coach said. “We had the lead but they just coming after us.”
The Patriots led 4-0 but the Junior Jays rallied for the victory to secure their first Legion World Series berth since 2017, when the Junior Jays finished as the national runners-up.
“I told our guys that I was super proud of them,” Geary said. “We gave it our best shot, but Prep is so tough from 1 to 9 in the batting order.”
The coach said he wished the Nebraska representative luck at the World Series.
“We hope they do well,” Geary said. “I think we made them work hard for everything and maybe that will help them in North Carolina.”
No more 52s Patriots
The end of this Legion season also spells the end of the Legion sponsorship for the 52s Patriots.
Millard South graduate and former major leaguer Brian Duensing had sponsored the school’s Legion teams the past 10 years. Coach Greg Geary said he and Duensing agreed it was time to move on.
“Brian and I are really close friends,” the coach said. “We had talked that maybe it was time to hand it off to someone else.”
The team, named after Duensing’s major-league number and Millard South’s nickname, went out on a high note. The varsity, reserve and freshman teams all won Legion state titles.
Duensing was honored for his sponsorship before one of the Patriots’ late-season Legion games.
“We had a nice plaque made up for him and had a good crowd that night,” Geary said. “The way this season went, it was a great tribute to everything he’s done for our program.”
Class B champion
Hickman recently claimed the Legion Class B senior title with a 6-5 victory over Waverly in the final at Broken Bow.
The 2021 champion was able to defend with the help of Eaden Holt, who had a huge game. He belted a grand slam and had five RBIs, which all came at critical times.
Hickman trailed 4-0 in the fourth inning before Holt’s slam tied it. The game then was tied 5-5 in the seventh before Holt’s RBIs single put his team ahead to stay.
The squad is coached by Ted Hair, an assistant during the spring season when Hickman competes as Norris.
Hickman went 4-1 in the tourney, losing only to Columbus Lakeview.
Class C champion
Malcolm defeated two-time defending champion DCB — Dannebrog, Cairo, Boelus — to capture the Legion Class C senior championship at Wisner.
DCB had won the title in 2019 and again in 2021. There were no official Legion state tournaments in 2020 because of the pandemic.
Malcolm, which went through the tourney unbeaten, rolled to an 11-3 win in the final. Connor Zegar struck out 11 to pick up the complete-game win.
Jacob Clarke drove in six for Malcolm, which also won the Legion junior tournament. Malcolm became the fourth Class C team to complete that summer sweep.
“We’re really proud of that sweep,” coach Brandon Rieschick said. “We had 11 players who were on the dual roster (for both teams) so that’s really something.”
It was Malcolm’s first state title since 2016. Three teams — Malcolm, David City and DCB — have each won two state titles in the past six Legion seasons.
Legion senior coaches are asked to submit their final statistics by Thursday to
The lone exception is Five Points Bank (Creighton Prep), which still has some baseball left to play.
Photos: All-Nebraska baseball teams through the years
2022: Front row (from left): Jaxson Cahoy, Millard West; Kale Fountain, Norris; Parker Mooney, Omaha Creighton Prep; captain Cam Kozeal, Millard South; Elliott Peterson, Omaha Creighton Prep; Mason Koch, Millard West. Back row: Ryan Harrahill, Elkhorn North; Jalen Worthley, Lincoln East; Tucker Timmerman, Beatrice; Avery Moore, Millard West; Dalton Bargo, Omaha Westside; Korben Rich, Kearney. Not pictured: Braden Sweet, Millard South; Eli Small, Elkhorn South.
From left: Bellevue West's Jaxon Jelkin, Bellevue West's Cam Madsen, Norris's Kale Fountain, Millard South's Nate Moquin, Central City's Kale Jensen, Millard South's Brayden Smith, Elkhorn's Drew Christo, Millard South's Cam Kozeal, Fremont Bergan's Carter Sintek, Lincoln East's Keegan Brink, Ralston's Nolan Sailors, Millard West's Jaxson Cahoy, Elkhorn South's Eli Small and Papillion-La Vista South's Jackson Trout.
From left: Max Anderson of Millard West, Austin Callahan of Fremont Bergan, Cole Evans of Grand Island, Caleb Riedel of Millard West, Alex Wize of Omaha Burke, Cooper Prososki of Bennington, Sam Wibbels of Hastings, Tyson Gerdes of Millard South, Drew Wessel of Millard South, Sayer Diederich of Elkhorn South, Noah Greise of Millard South, Cam Frederick of Lincoln Southwest, Connor Barnett of Papillion-La Vista, and Noah Olson of Omaha Burke.
From left: Lincoln Southeast's Logan Van Treeck, Roncalli's Alex Rodgers, Omaha Burke's Hunter Waugh, Creighton Prep's Dylan Phillips, Millard West's Colby Gomes, Creighton Prep's Owen Richter, Millard South's Kyle Perry, Creighton Prep's Evan Laney, Elkhorn South's Will Reetz, Norris' Zach Argo, Grand Island's Shay Schanaman, Norris' Austin Schultz, Grand Island Cole Evans and Millard South's Drew Gilin.
Front row, from left: Austin Schultz, Norris; Shay Schanaman, Grand Island; Dylan Phillips, Creighton Prep; Drew Gilin, Millard South; Josh Culliver, Creighton Prep; and Isaiah Peterson, Lincoln Southwest. Back row, from left: Perry, Millard South; Max McGuire, Lincoln Southwest; Joe Roecker, Elkhorn; Cam Taylor, Bellevue West; Colby Gomes, Millard West; Noah Sacco, Millard North; Nick Henrichs, Omaha Westside; Garrett Kocis, Millard West.
Back row (left to right): Brett Vosik, Creighton Prep; Cole Stobbe, Millard West; Brandon Bena, Creighton Prep; Spencer Lear, Millard West; Zach Argo, Norris; Joey Machado, Creighton Prep; Nick Nelsen, Blair. Front row: Calvin Rudolph, Millard South; Wyatt Divis, Lincoln Northeast; Jacob Uhing, Elkhorn; Logan Foster, Lincoln Southwest; Jonah Ulane, Millard South; Mojo Hagge, Omaha Skutt; Drew Smith, Elkhorn.
From left, Seward’s Ben Klenke, Papillion-La Vista’s Jack Kalina, Papillion-La Vista South’s Grant Suponchick, Papillion-La Vista’s Grant Van Scoy, Lincoln Pius X’s Michael Helman, Omaha Westside’s Matt Waldron, Southwest’s Logan Foster, Omaha Westside’s Mike Waldron, Millard West’s Cole Stobbe, Omaha Westside’s Alex Nielsen, Millard North’s Bryce Rogokos, Elkhorn’s Drew Smith and Millard South’s Nate Mallott.
Clockwise from left: Omaha Skutt's Jake Barton, Papillion-La Vista South's Grant Suponchick, Norris' Byron Hood, Omaha Creighton Prep's Dillon O'Doherty, Omaha Westside's Mike Waldron, Omaha Roncalli's Alec Bohm, Lincoln Pius X's Michael Helman, Omaha Westside's Devin Stueck, Bellevue West's Cole Patterson, Lincoln North Star's Brook Bolles, Norris' Jakson Reetz, Millard West's Logan Jacik, Omaha Westside's Jake Meyers and Omaha Westside's Drew Fitzmorris.
Front row, from left: Papillion-La Vista South's Josh Kiger; Millard West's Ryan Merrill; Millard South's Jake Huscroft; Lincoln North Star's Tyler Coufal; Wahoo's Quinn McGill; Omaha North's Brendan Jensen; Omaha Creighton Prep's Jeff Albrecht. Back row, from left: Omaha Westside's Mike Waldron; Norris' Jakson Reetz; Lincoln East's Jake Hohensee; Waverly's Sam Tewes; Lincoln Southwest's Brayden Young; Norris' Byron Hood; Omaha Westside's Jake Meyers.
Back row, left to right: Jordan Schroer, Lincoln Northeast; Taylor Elman, Omaha Creighton Prep; Nate Griep, Millard West; Casey Sayles, Omaha North. Second row: Matt Warren, Omaha Skutt; Brayden Young, Lincoln Southwest; Marcus Ethen, Millard West. Third row: Danny Regan, Millard South; Kevin Connolly, Omaha Creighton Prep; Jack Wilson, Millard North; Jake Placzek, Papillion-La Vista. Front row: Austin Groth, South Sioux City; Danny Suiter, Lincoln Southwest; Colby McPike, Lincoln Northeast.
From left top row: Justin Paul, Papillion-La Vista South, Albert Johnson, Papillion-La Vista South, Kyle Kubat, Om. Creighton Prep, Nate Griep, Millard West, Tanner Lubach, Lincoln Southwest, A.J. Ladwig, Millard West, Tyler Lane, Papillion-La Vista South, Casey Gillaspie, Millard North, Adam Morey, Millard West. Bottom row from left: Blake Headley, Millard South, Taylor Doggett, Lincoln Southeast and Quentin Urban, Millard South.
Kneeling, left to right: Reed Svoboda, Lincoln Northeast; Kyle Kruger, Millard West; Mike Siwa, Om. Burke; Albert Johnson, Papillion-La Vista South; Cody Kottich, Om. Bryan; Brett Bass, Millard West. Standing left to right: Logan Ehlers, Nebraska City; Mike Pritchard, Om. Creighton Prep; A.J. Ladwig, Millard West; Caleb Palensky, Papillion-La Vista South; John Sorensen, Papillion-La Vista; Brad McKewon, Millard South; Joey Jones, Papillion-La Vista; Paul Rosales, Om. Gross.
Back row from left, are Millard West's Brandon Bass, Millard West's Tyler Niederklein, Omaha Westside's Chris Williams, Columbus' Kurt Farmer, Lincoln Southeast's Josh Scheffert, Lincoln Southwest's Adam Peters, and Omaha Bryan's Aaron Beil. Front row from left are Creighton Prep's Mike Pritchard, Omaha Creighton Prep's Ryan Briggs, Nebraska City's Logan Ehlers, Omaha Westside's Jory Goldstrom, Millard South's Ty Kildow, Omaha Northwest's Kyle Kinman, and Papillion-La Vista South's Brian Donohoe.
First row, from left: Millard West's Steve Jensen, Omaha Gross' Brandon Winkelmann, Millard South's Ty Kildow, Grand Island's Kash Kalkowski, Millard North's Brett Koehn, Millard North's Blake Brisson and Lincoln North Star's Jake Benne. Second Row, from left: Ralston's Derek Landis, Omaha Creighton Prep's Derek Nelson, Omaha Creighton Prep's Joe Holtmeyer, Omaha Creighton Prep's Zane Hinkel, Papillion-La Vista South's Kendall Wehrle, Lincoln Southeast's Jake Kuebler and Lincoln Southeast's Josh Scheffert.
Standing (left to right, clockwise), John Reiss, Papillion-La Vista; Mark Waldron, Omaha Creighton Prep; Casey Hauptman, Millard South; David Hulsebus, Millard West; Ben Kline, Omaha Central; Kent Urban, Lincoln Northeast; Ty Kildow, Millard South; Kash Kalkowski, Grand Island; Jonas Dufek, Millard West; and Matt Freeman, Elkhorn. Sitting (left to right, clockwise) are Zach Willand, Papillion-La Vista South; Travis Parker, Lincoln Northeast; Drew Daubman, Omaha Westside; and Taylor Weisbeck, Papillion-La Vista.
Front row (from left), Bobby Lackovic, Omaha Skutt; Bryant Cotton, Omaha Central; Shaun Hoover, Millard West; Sam Murphy, Omaha Westside; Marcus Palimenio, Omaha Westside; Mark Waldron, Omaha Creighton Prep. Back row, Charlie Shaver, Elkhorn; Ian Dike, Lincoln Southwest; Kent Urban, Lincoln Northeast; Danny Hunter, Papillion-La Vista; Casey Hauptman, Millard South; Wyatt Kirwan, Omaha Westside; Pat Krebs, Omaha Creighton Prep. Not pictured, Brandon Kirsch, Papillion-La Vista South.
Clockwise from upper left: Omaha Westside's Tyler Knust, Omaha Burke's Tony Martin, Omaha Burke's Erik Bird, Millard South's Derrick Kendrick, Millard North's Robbie Knight, Millard North's Conor Gillaspie, Omaha Central's David Cleveland, Millard North's Jason Jewell, Millard West's Jon Reed, Omaha Westside's Darin Ruf, Millard North's Sam Merrill, Omaha Westside's Sam Murphy, Bellevue East's Tyler Cloyd and Omaha Skutt's Zach Herr.
Left to right, sitting: Tony Martin, Omaha Burke; Tyler Goodro, Omaha Creighton Prep; Scott Kaskie, Papillion-La Vista; Sam Merrill, Millard North; Connor O'Neill, Omaha Westside; Kevin Dooley, Papillion-La Vista; Matt Bowers, Omaha Roncalli; Dustin Koca, Omaha Westside. Kneeling: Jared Erspamer, Millard South; Tim Huber, Omaha Creighton Prep; Ryan Wehrle, Papillion-La Vista. Standing: Drew Schwab, Omaha Westside; Steve Winkelmann, Omaha Gross.