Omaha Skutt took back The World-Herald's Class B All-Sports Award from Lincoln Pius X, the fifth straight year they've swapped the title.
It can't happen next year, chiefly because Pius X moves into Class A. But there also appears to be a new player in Class B — Elkhorn South.
In its second year and with its first senior class, Elkhorn South won the girls All-Sports title and finished one point behind Pius X in the combined boys-girls scoring. The Storm were within 16 points of Skutt, too.
Nor should another rising Eastern Midlands Conference power be overlooked. In fourth place in the combined standings was Gretna with 85 points, believed to be the most points for the Dragons.
Elkhorn South and Gretna “are just going to keep getting better and better. They have great programs and their school are getting bigger,” Skutt Athletic Director Mike McMahon said. “You know when you face them you're going to have great competition.”
Class B's boys All-Sports winner, for the first time since 2001, was Scottsbluff.
Skutt captured four state championships — softball, wrestling, boys soccer and girls tennis — and was runner-up in girls soccer and boys golf. The SkyHawks, who were in third place in the combined scoring after the winter season, scored 46 of a possible 80 points — they were shut out in girls and boys track — to finish on top with 106 points. Pius X had 91 and Elkhorn South 90.
Skutt also was third in baseball and volleyball, fourth in boys tennis and eighth in boys basketball, boys cross country and Class A girls swimming.
“It was a lot of fun seeing our kids grow. We knew we probably were going to have a good year but I don't know if anybody knew it would end up the way it did,” McMahon said. “We were fortunate. We did well in all our conference tournaments in the spring, then finished off the year pretty well. It included a state speech championship, which was kind of nice, too.”
Skutt found some new energy, he said, from a group of senior girls who formed a new spirit group that “was real positive and set the tone for the whole year.”
Next year will bring new artificial turf for the school's Moylan Field, with soccer matches being moved there next spring. It also will begin boys basketball coach Jon Burt's tenure as school principal. McMahon said Burt will coach at least next season.
Scottsbluff's boys All-Sports title is the first for the Bearcats since 2001 and the fourth for the school. The other years were 1953 and '68, when Scottsbluff was in Class A and the only sports that were scored for All-Sports purposes were football, basketball and boys track.
The Bearcats won state championships in basketball (their first since 1955) and track (first since 1968). The first title of the school year was in cross country, in which Scottsbluff prevailed in Class B for the 10th time since 1996. Isaiah Castellaw, a senior, was on all three title teams.
Also, Scottsbluff was fifth in wrestling and boys golf. Its 60 points nosed out Skutt by two, with Pius in third with 43 points.
Elkhorn South's girls, whose only state title was in golf, emerged with a 52.5-51 edge on runner-up Gretna. Pius and Skutt tied for third with 48 points.
The Storm were second in tennis, fourth in soccer and volleyball, fifth in cross country, sixth in their Class A swimming co-op with Elkhorn High and ninth in basketball.
Class B champions — Girls golf: Elkhorn South. Boys tennis: Elkhorn South. Softball: Omaha Skutt. Cross country: Scottsbluff boys, Lincoln Pius X girls. Volleyball: Pius X. Football: Elkhorn. Wrestling: Skutt. Girls basketball: Seward. Boys basketball: Scottsbluff. Soccer: Skutt boys, Gretna girls. Girls tennis: Skutt. Track: Scottsbluff boys, Lexington girls. Boys golf: Norris.
Combined boys-girls: Omaha Skutt 106, Lincoln Pius X 91, Elkhorn South 90, Gretna 85, Scottsbluff 68, Beatrice 59, McCook 57.5, Seward 51.5, Elkhorn 50, Grand Island Northwest 43, Omaha Gross 42.75, Blair 41, Norris 38, Lexington 35.5, Holdrege 34, South Sioux City 34, Crete 28, Bennington 26.5, Sidney 25.5, York 24, Omaha Duchesne 22, Elkhorn Mount Michael 21.25, Waverly 21, Aurora 20.75, Platteview 17, Ralston 16.5, Cozad 10, Gering 8, Hastings 8, Plattsmouth 8, Schuyler 7, Alliance 6, Omaha Mercy 2.
Boys: Scottsbluff 60, Omaha Skutt 58, Lincoln Pius X 43, Elkhorn 40.5, Elkhorn South 37.5, Omaha Gross 34.75, Gretna 34, South Sioux City 34, McCook 31.5, Blair 31, Beatrice 25, Crete 22, Elkhorn MM 21.25, Norris 19, Aurora 18.5, Seward 16.5, Platteview 16, York 14, Grand Island NW 12.5, Lexington 12.5, Ralston 8.5, Bennington 7.5, Schuyler 7, Alliance 6, Plattsmouth 6, Holdrege 5, Waverly 5, Cozad 3, Hastings 3, Sidney 3, Gering 1.
Girls: Elkhorn South 52.5, Gretna 51, Lincoln Pius X 48, Omaha Skutt 48, Seward 35, Beatrice 34, Grand Island NW 30.5, Holdrege 29, McCook 26, Lexington 23, Sidney 22.5, Omaha Duchesne 22, Bennington 19, Norris 19, Waverly 16, Blair 10, York 10, Elkhorn 9.5, Omaha Gross 8, Ralston 8, Scottsbluff 8, Cozad 7, Gering 7, Crete 6, Hastings 5, Aurora 2.25, Omaha Mercy 2, Plattsmouth 2, Platteview 1.
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