Crusaders’ Elliston wins award
Maddie Elliston is the state’s Gatorade girls soccer player of the year and the third from Omaha Marian.
The 5-foot-2 junior defender and midfielder, a Penn State commitment, helped Marian card 22 consecutive shutouts over two years. She had a goal and three assists this season as the Crusaders (13-2) advanced to the Class A state semifinals.
A member of the U.S. under-18 women’s national team, she is ranked 12th in the 2014 recruiting class by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Not once, but three times in the past two years at the state track meet, Wayne State throws recruit Michaela Dendinger lost to the final contestant in the competition.
This year in Class D, it was Jordan Lempka of Sterling thwarting Dendinger in the discus and Kelbie Lyon of Giltner doing the same in the shot put.
“Despite the heartache, Michaela displayed great grace and class,” reader Bill Sloup of Seward, Neb., wrote. “This is the side of competition that too often gets missed. Her attitude is worthy of mention for all who fall just short of their goals.”
Mat all-stars June 8
Grand Island will host the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic on June 8 at 1 p.m.
East: Erick Vargas, Omaha Westside; Caleb Cobb, Norris; Tanner Oborny, Austin Fehlhafer, Seward; Josh Moody, Fairbury; Sam Simpson, Bellevue East; Skyler Teten, Syracuse; Nick Null, Plattsmouth; Tristan Bettenhausen, West Point-Beemer; Devin Anderson, Wakefield; Austin Ruskamp, Gerritt VanEngen, Freeman; Lucas Wiechman, Wisner-Pilger; Preston Lauterbach, Aaron Estrada, Bellevue West; Jacob Touchstone, Nebraska City; James Burruss, Malcolm; Tanner Evans, Gretna; Zach Ekeler, Fillmore Central. Coaches: Marcus Hilario, Omaha Benson; Phil Severson, Norris; Matt Coufal, Malcolm; Eric Burenheide, Wakefield.
West: Mitch Maginnis, Grand Island CC; Ely Sharkey, Ainsworth; Antoine Tureaud, Shane Gray, Ralston; Tyler Joseph, Adams Central; Trey Trujillo, Grand Island; Austin Marshall, Kearney; Kenny Martin, Lincoln SW; Hunter Bamford, Kalen Mazenkowski, Trey Schlender, Kearney; Jake Brown, Central City; Jake Wells, Anselmo-Merna; Chance Bila, Chadron; Stuart Hircock, Amherst; Dylan Gage, Maxwell; Chris Svoboda, St. Paul; Rulon Taylor, Medicine Valley; DJ Castillo, Lincoln High; Clayton Lange, Ord. Coaches: Jake Froscheiser, Lincoln North Star; Erich Warner, Blair; Darin Garfield, Central City; Robert C. West Jr., Elm Creek.
Southeast hires A.D.
Former Papillion-La Vista volleyball coach JJ Toczek will be the next athletic director at Lincoln Southeast. He replaces Kathi Wieskamp, who is leaving Southeast to become the districtwide athletic director in the Lincoln schools.
In coaching hires:
>> Jeff Campbell will become only the third head boys basketball coach at Lincoln East, following Ed McPherren (18 years) and Paul Forch, the school’s first coach in 1967. Campbell has been a Spartans’ assistant.
>> Alex Michel will be head girls basketball coach at Grand Island after longtime coach Kelli Jeffries stepped down after this past season. He has been at Grand Island Northwest as a boys assistant.
>> Bob Jones has resigned after one season as head football coach at Lexington, his high school alma mater, citing wanting to devote more time to family responsibilities.
>> Omaha Mercy has hired Katie Wright as volleyball coach and Kathryn Wardian as softball coach.
>> Platteview has hired Bryan Dutcher to coach its new baseball program.
Bits and pieces
>> Alyssa Downs of Columbus, the only freshman qualifier in the Class A girls pole vault, tied for ninth on the final season charts at 11-0. Her mark was missing in Monday’s lists.
>> Recent inductees into Omaha Westside’s athletic hall of fame were Mark Passer (1986), Doug Humphrey (1991), Carla Bennett (1999), Tim Green (1999), retired boys soccer coach Bruce Skinner and the undefeated 1982 state-champion football team.
>> Bancroft-Rosalie is leaving the Lewis & Clark Conference for the East Husker Conference. That league will have 16 teams, as it picks up Madison from the Mid-State Conference, and implement divisional play based on school size.
>> Mike Mingo of Omaha Burke’s boys and Mindy Reed of Millard North’s girls received coach of the year honors from the Metro Conference’s track coaches.
>> In the recent feature on the silver anniversary all-time soccer teams as selected by veteran coaches, boys co-captain Joe Wieland’s law degree came from Nebraska. His school was misidentified.
Metro Conference coaches associations’ all-academic teams:
Bellevue East: Emmy Splichal, Allison Lariviere, Hannah Peck, Megan Manheim, Sarah Sindelar. Bellevue West: Kimberly Gau, Ellis Wiltsey, Samantha Hidalgo. Millard North: Allison Johnson, Ali McCarthy, Libby Koukol, Christina Ternent, Jessamyn Prioux-Morin, Melissa Meuting, Allie Baxter, Anjali Renukunta. Millard South: Allison Nichols, Jaime Bridges, Jenna Herring, Shelby McCabe, Audrey Keim, Hannah Casey. Millard West: Jenna Krager, Caysie Ashton, Ruchika Khot, Marissa Calabro, Alyssa Cohen, Amber Baudler. Omaha Benson: Meghan Johnson, Kayla Guerrero, Emily Grandgenett, Kate Morgan, Mayriah Brown, Lena Bartelt, Caroline Proeckl. Omaha Bryan: Becca Kohl, Coral Masek, Elizabeth Martinez, Hytzel Valadez, Lindsey Ciurej. Omaha Burke: Miranda Gerding, Torey Kogel, Maria Valentina Ampuero, Eva Prentiss, Natalie Wright, Melissa Newkirk. Omaha Central: Kate Bonham, Allison Brock, Sydney Peterson, Marika Svolos, Gisselle Tran. Omaha Marian: Katherine Nelsen, Courtney Warren, Abbie Kubat, Julia Tatten. Omaha North: Michaela Daugherty, Jenna Feregrino, Regan Gilmore, Annastacia McCarty, Stacia One Feather, Alexis Sharkey. Omaha Northwest: Tania Lopez, MacKenzie Martin, Heather Engdahl, Maria Lira-Alvarado, Allysia Holm. Omaha South: Emily Mcguire, May Rose. Omaha Westside: McKinney Harwood, Kate Slosburg, Elizabeth Tyler. Papillion-La Vista: Emma Neil, Maddie Willett, Mary Overfelt, Ashley Bonnemier. Papillion-La Vista South: Greta Ehrhorn, Bailee Jensen, Morgan McCullough, Allie Curtright, Abby Feden.
Bellevue West: Brandon Armstrong, Daniel Moses, Derryk Stiner, Tanner Wiebelhaus. Millard North: Kelson McCollum, Jacob White. Millard West: Ross Drwal, Jordan Flemington, CJ Muller, Harrison Phillips, Aaron Post, Austin Post. Omaha Creighton Prep: Jack Polerecky, Sam Stoltenberg, James Wingerter. Omaha Burke: Casey Morris. Omaha Central: Jackie Davis. Omaha Northwest: Gabe Clauss. Omaha Westside: Stuart Willett. Papillion-La Vista: Nick Bartels.
Bellevue West: Candice Bolden, Jessica Talbot. Millard North: Maddie Cloonan, Emily Haase, Hanna Peterson. Millard South: Emily Hohenstein. Millard West: Anna Wagemann. Omaha Burke: Elise O’Connor. Omaha Marian: Simone Duryen, Anne Gensichen, Rosie Gensichen, Nicole Liske. Omaha Northwest: Bonnie Smith. Papillion-La Vista: Alissa Schovanec, Elle Thompson. Papillion-La Vista South: Lizzy Stanton.