Longtime Hastings St. Cecilia coach Alan VanCura neared a milestone after guiding his Hawkettes to the Class C-2 state title Saturday.
It was career victory No. 799 for VanCura, in his 39th season as head coach. He has guided the Hawkettes to six state titles, the most recent coming against Freeman in the first championship match of the day Saturday at the Heartland Events Center.
His previous titles came in 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989 and 1990.
“They tell me it’s been 23 years since we’ve won this,” he said. “It still feels really good.”
Stars coach endures yet another hug
After Kearney Catholic captured the Class C-1 title, each of the players’ names was called and they marched out to receive their championship medal from head coach Kris Conner.
And, just as when the Stars won their first title last year, junior Allie Prososki gave Conner a massive hug and lifted her off the floor.
“I thought I was ready for it this time,” Conner said. “But she kind of snuck in there on me.”
Prososki didn’t stop there, doing the same to Kearney Catholic assistant James Refenes.
“If we’re lucky enough to be in this position next year, I’m definitely going to prepare for that,” Conner said. “She’s pretty strong.”
Norris title run started improbably
Norris won the Class B title Saturday night, but the Titans can look back at their first-round win as the one that got their tourney run started.
In the match Thursday against Waverly, Norris trailed 9-1 in the decisive fifth set but rallied to win. The Titans went on to defeat top-ranked Grand Island Northwest on Friday night before defeating Elkhorn South for the title.
“When we won that match against Waverly, we felt we were here for a reason,” coach Christina Boesiger said. “It just seemed like it was meant to be.”
Remmers shakes off shot to the face
Play volleyball long enough and it’s inevitable — you’re going to take a shot to the face from the opposition.
That happened to Freeman’s Carley Remmers during the Falcons’ championship match against Hastings St. Cecilia. The hard smash knocked her down and kept her on the floor for a little bit, but she hopped back up and refused to go to the bench.
Stuart students enjoy tourney costume party
The Stuart students had fun at the tourney while watching their Broncos compete in the Class D-2 final.
Among the costumes in the student section were those of the Mario Brothers, a red M&M, a goalie, a hot dog, two rabbits and what appeared to be a cow.