Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 10:36 pm / Updated at 10:42 pm
class d all-sports awards
Merger a success for Howells-Dodge

A scan of the stands indicated to the athletic director how well Howells and Dodge had come together in the first year of their school merger.

“There weren’t Howells fans here and Dodge fans there. It was the Howells-Dodge fans as one solid unit,” Jaguars Athletic Director Robin Groene said. “Our towns supported our teams, and our coaches did a good job in making sure you couldn’t tell who was from where.

“You couldn’t tell we were a newly consolidated school.”

The Jaguars’ debut was a winner. Topped by their state championship in boys basketball, they claim the Class D All-Sports Award.

It’s the fourth consecutive award to include Howells. The Bobcats reigned the past three years in Class D.

Falls City Sacred Heart was the boys all-sports leader for the first time since 2001. West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic captured its first girls crown since capturing Class C in 2005.

Howells-Dodge, besides going undefeated in basketball, was fourth in the final Eight Man-1 football rankings, runner-up in volleyball, sixth in girls basketball and sixth in girls track.

The Jaguars’ 73 points put them 12 ahead of runner-up O’Neill St. Mary’s, which had its best All-Sports finish. Giltner was third with 54.

Howells-Dodge also had The World-Herald’s Nebraska boys athlete of the year honoree, Iowa football recruit Nathan Bazata, the all-class gold medalist in the shot put.

“This was an outstanding year, I thought,” Groene said.

Falls City Sacred Heart, which was ranked third in Eight Man-2 football and D-2 basketball, used a ninth-place finish in track to edge Howells-Dodge for the boys title 35-34.

Guardian Angels was second in Class C softball, third in D-1 volleyball and basketball and eighth in Class D track to forge a 45.5-45 advantage over St. Mary’s, which won Class D track and was runner-up in D-1 basketball.

Combined: Howells-Dodge 73, O’Neill St. Mary’s 61, Giltner 54, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic 49.5, Falls City Sacred Heart 49, Exeter-Milligan 46, Wynot 44, Humphrey 42.5, Arapahoe 34.25, BDS 34, Paxton 33.5, Pender 33.5, Lindsay Holy Family 28, High Plains 27.5, Elgin/Pope John 27, Humphrey St. Francis 24, Leyton 24, Hartington 23.5, Friend 21, Kenesaw 20, Sutherland 20, Wauneta-Palisade 20, Osmond 19, Deshler 19, Bertrand 18.5, Burwell 18, Cambridge 18, Cedar Valley 18, Medicine Valley 18, Sioux County 18, Spalding/SA 18, Silver Lake 16, Amherst 15, Bancroft-Rosalie 15, Elkhorn Valley 14, Emerson-Hubbard 14, Mead 14, Wausa 14, Shelton 14, Sterling 12, St. Edward 12, Cross County 10.5, East Butler 10.5, Ansley-Litchfield 10, Overton 10, Stuart 10, South Loup 9, Alma 8, Elm Creek 8, Heartland 8, Pawnee City 8, Ewing 8, Mullen 8, Twin Loup 7.5, Brady 6, Hampton 6, Johnson-Brock 6, McCool Junction 5, Fullerton 5, Palmer 4.5, Loomis 3.5, Bartley SW 3, Loup City 3, Maxwell 3, Garden County 2, CWC 1

Boys: Falls City SH 35, Howells-Dodge 34, Paxton 33.5, Giltner 30, Elgin/PJ 27, High Plains 24, Hartington 22, BDS 20, Kenesaw 20, Wynot 20, Wauneta-Palisade 20, Arapahoe 18.75, Burwell 18, Cambridge 18, Exeter-Milligan 18, Humphrey SF 18, Medicine Valley 18, Sioux County 18, Spalding/SA 18, Lindsay HF 16, O’Neill SM 16, Silver Lake 16, Amherst 15, Bancroft-Rosalie 15, Elkhorn Valley 14, Wausa 14, Shelton 14, Pender 13.5, Leyton 12, Sterling 12, St. Edward 12, Bertrand 11, Friend 11, Cross County 10.5, East Butler 10.5, South Loup 9, Elm Creek 8, Pawnee City 8, Twin Loup 7.5, Johnson-Brock 6, McCool Junction 5, Fullerton 5, Palmer 4.5, West Point GACC 4, Overton 4, Loup City 3, Maxwell 3, Deshler 3, Garden County 2, Humphrey 2, CWC 1, Osmond 1

Girls: West Point GACC 45.5, O’Neill SM 45, Humphrey 40.5, Howells-Dodge 39, Exeter-Milligan 28, Giltner 24, Wynot 24, Pender 20, Sutherland 20, Cedar Valley 18, Osmond 18, Deshler 16, Arapahoe 15.5, BDS 14, Emerson-Hubbard 14, Falls City SH 14, Mead 14, Leyton 12, Lindsay HF 12, Ansley-Litchfield 10, Friend 10, Stuart 10, Alma 8, Heartland 8, Ewing 8, Mullen 8, Bertrand 7.5, Brady 6, Hampton 6, Humphrey SF 6, Overton 6, High Plains 3.5, Loomis 3.5, Bartley SW 3, Hartington 1.5

Class D state champions—Cross country: Nebraska Christian boys, Crofton girls. Volleyball: Exeter-Milligan, D-1; Humphrey, D-2. Football: Elgin/Pope John, Eight Man-1; Giltner Eight Man-2; Wauneta-Palisade, Six Man. Wrestling: Amherst. Girls basketball: Pender, D-1; Wynot, D-2. Boys basketball: Howells-Dodge, D-1; Wynot, D-2. Track and field: Hartington boys, O’Neill St. Mary’s girls. Boys golf: Thayer Central.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1041, stu.pospisil@owh.com, twitter.com/stuOWH

ALL-SPORTS POINT SYSTEM

The World-Herald uses a four-class system for its All-Sports Awards, though there are six classes in football, volleyball and basketball.

Boys basketball classifications are applied to the All-Sports Awards. Classes C-1 and C-2 are combined into Class C, with D-1 and D-2 forming Class D.

The All-Sports point system awards 20 points for first place in football, volleyball and basketball, 15 for track and wrestling and 10 for all other sports. The scoring value in each sport diminishes with order of finish: 20-18-16, 15-13.5-12, 10-9-8.

Final World-Herald ratings are the basis for All-Sports scoring in football, volleyball, softball, basketball, baseball and soccer. State-meet placings dictate points in other sports. Schools in cooperative sponsorships receive equal splits.

Contact the writer: Stu Pospisil

stu.pospisil@owh.com    |   402-444-1041    |  

Stu Pospisil has been The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports since 1990 and for golf since 1988. He primarily covers football in the fall, basketball and wrestling in the winter and track and field in the spring.

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