Lincoln Southwest qualified for every state team championship and had top-10 finishes in all but three sports.
It's how the Silver Hawks produced their first World-Herald Class A All-Sports championship. They are the second winner in as many years, following Lincoln Southeast in 2010-11, to head the combined boys-girls standings without capturing a state title.
Southwest also won the girls All-Sports title by placing in the top six in all nine sports.
“Our sports in general have been strong the last three or four years,” Southwest Athletic Director Dave Gillespie said. “Particularly on our girls side, we had a good senior class. We feel we have a lot of depth among our younger kids to be real competitive again next year.”
Another first was a boys All-Sports title for Papillion-La Vista. The Monarchs have been runners-up seven times — four times in the combined scoring, twice in girls and once in boys.
Southwest, in scoring 124 points to 104 for runner-up Millard West and 85 for Southeast, had runner-up seasons in softball and boys and girls golf.
Its other girls finishes were third in swimming, fourth in volleyball, cross country and tennis, fifth in track and sixth in soccer and basketball. Southwest's 78 points were eight more than girls runner-up Millard West, with Papillion-La Vista South in third with 65.5.
Southwest's boys also were fourth in cross country, fifth in tennis, sixth in track, seventh in football and baseball and eighth in wrestling.
“You always like to win a state title, but our overall strength of our teams was really our strength,” Gillespie said. “We'll take a lot of pride in that we did score in so many sports and had so much success program-wide at state events.”
Southwest continues to have stability in its head coaching positions. For next year, it will have a new swimming coach after Tanner Penrod took an administrative position in the Lincoln Public Schools.
“I'm finishing my seventh year here and that's just the third head coach I've had to hire,” Gillespie said.
Papio's boys title also came without benefit of a state-championship team. The Monarchs, who had 61 points to 57.5 for perennial champion Omaha Creighton Prep and 54.5 for Millard North, were second in boys track, fourth in football, wrestling and basketball, sixth in cross country, ninth in golf and 10th in tennis and baseball.
Class A state champions—Girls golf: Grand Island. Softball: Millard South. Boys tennis: Lincoln Southeast. Cross country: Kearney boys, Millard West girls. Volleyball: Papillion-LV South. Football: Lincoln Southeast. Wrestling: Grand Island. Swimming: Omaha Creighton Prep boys, Omaha Westside girls. Girls basketball: Omaha Central. Boys basketball: Omaha Central. Soccer: Prep boys, Omaha Marian girls. Baseball: Prep. Girls tennis: Westside. Track and field: Kearney boys, Millard West girls. Boys golf: Prep.
Combined boys-girls: Lincoln Southwest 124, Millard West 104, Lincoln Southeast 85, Papillion-La Vista South 82, Millard North 80.5, Papillion-La Vista 75.5, Omaha Central 72.5, Grand Island 70.5, Omaha Burke 66.5, Omaha Westside 60.5, Lincoln East 59, Kearney 58.5, Omaha Creighton Prep 57.5, Millard South 43, Omaha Marian 43, Norfolk 38, Lincoln Northeast 34, Omaha South 27, Omaha North 26.5, Bellevue East 21.5, Lincoln North Star 20.5, Fremont 18.5, Columbus 16.5, North Platte 14, Omaha Bryan 12, Bellevue West 6, Omaha Benson 4.
Boys: Papillion-La Vista 61, Omaha Creighton Prep 57.5, Millard North 54.5, Omaha Burke 47.5, Lincoln Southwest 46, Grand Island 43, Kearney 43, Lincoln Southeast 43, Omaha Central 41, Lincoln East 34.5, Millard West 34, Norfolk 26, Omaha South 26, Millard South 21, Omaha Westside 19.5, Papillion-La Vista South 16.5, Lincoln North Star 15.5, Omaha North 13, North Platte 12, Omaha Bryan 12, Columbus 10.5, Fremont 9.5, Lincoln Northeast 9, Omaha Benson 4, Bellevue West 2, Bellevue East 1.5.
Girls: Lincoln Southwest 78, Millard West 70, Papillion-La Vista South 65.5, Omaha Marian 43, Lincoln Southeast 42, Omaha Westside 41, Omaha Central 31.5, Grand Island 27.5, Millard North 26, Lincoln Northeast 25, Lincoln East 24.5, Millard South 22, Bellevue East 20, Omaha Burke 19, Kearney 15.5, Papillion-La Vista 14.5, Omaha North 13.5, Norfolk 12, Fremont 9, Columbus 6, Lincoln North Star 5, Bellevue West 4, North Platte 2, Omaha South 1.
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