Omaha North graduate LaQue Moen-Davis, who is among the national Division I leaders in the women's long and triple jumps for Texas A&M, has earned Southeastern Conference freshman of the week honors after winning the triple jump at the Aggies' invitational with a conference-leading mark of 43 feet, 7¼ inches.
Her best long jump of 20-11¼ is second in the SEC and fourth nationally. Her triple jump mark is third nationally.
Moen-Davis also finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles at the Aggies' meet, with former North teammate Brianna McGee fourth for UTEP.
State A.D.s to honor Wisner-Pilger's Ross
Chuck Ross of Wisner-Pilger is the Nebraska State Interscholastic Administrators Association's athletic director of the year. The NSIAAA will hold its Spring Awards Luncheon on March 6 at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln.
Other award recipients:
Award of High Distinction: Karen Hand, Lincoln Public Schools.
Outstanding service awards: Bernie Scheppers, Papillion-La Vista; Chuck Stevens, Lincoln; Tom McMahon, West Point; Jason Jorgensen, Lexington; Vernon Breakfield, Omaha; Jeff Smith, Blair.
District athletic directors of the year: Steve Borer, Seward; Bill Fitzgerald, Fremont; Gary Timm, Pierce; Mark Armstrong, Kearney; Darin Nichols, McCook; Bruce Parish, Hyannis. Assistant athletic director of the year: Mike Rasmussen, Lincoln Southeast.
Retiring athletic directors: Steve Borer, Seward; Chuck Johnston, Papillion-La Vista; Mark Oltman, Palmyra; Mike Rasmussen, Lincoln Southeast (assistant); Karen Hand, Lincoln Public Schools; Roger Severson, Bellevue Public Schools; Craig Whaley, Millard Public Schools.
Schools adding to their halls of fame
Schools that recently added members to their athletic halls of fame were Bellevue West, Lincoln Northeast and Lincoln Southeast.
Bellevue West: Clester Johnson (1991), Meredy Porter (1987), Kim Storey (1995).
Lincoln Northeast: Tee Mason (1999), Jack Thomas (1950), Sam Martin (1971), Kirk Holscher (1981), Jerome Ehrlich (1982), Laura Girmus Cleveland (1982), Stacy Stuckenschmidt Leimbach (1992), Seth Williams (1995), Eric Burback (1999), 1970-71 state champion boys cross country team.
Lincoln Southeast: Steve Brittenham (1972), Larry Gerard (1974), Dave Killen (1978), Kim Stevens (1985), Nate Nielsen (1988), Brian Bock (1990), Cortney Lamb (1995), Kam Gillispie (1997), Jon Bowling (1998), coach Roy Churchill, contributor Bob Lohrberg, 1979 state champion boys golf team.
More rules to protect helmet-less players
The National Federation of State High School Associations has added three rules to further protect football players whose helmets come off during games. Last year, a rule was added requiring players to sit out one play if their helmet comes off while the ball is live.
Beginning in 2013, no player or non-player shall initiate contact with an opposing player whose helmet has come completely off. An illegal personal conduct foul results.
It will be illegal participation when a player whose helmet comes completely off during a down continues to block or tackle beyond the contact that resulted in losing the helmet. Also, when the helmet comes off during the down or subsequent dead-ball action related to the play — and is not directly attributable to an opponent's foul — the player must leave the game for at least one down.
In other rules changes for 2013:
>> The penalty remains 15 yards for pass interference, but the loss of down has been removed for offensive pass interference and the automatic first down has been eliminated for defensive pass interference.
>> Coaches, players and non-players will be allowed to use any form of communication technology during authorized conferences close to or on the sidelines and during halftime.
>> The kicking team may initiate contact once the receiving team has initiated a block within the neutral zone.
>> A 15-yard penalty is now an option for kick-catch interference.
Papio schools unite for fundraiser
>> Friday night's basketball girls-boys doubleheader between Papillion-La Vista South and host Papillion-La Vista have been designated as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The schools have sold more than 3,500 T-shirts to students and fans.
>> Tyson Novotny of Omaha Burke (girls), Rich Hood of Burke (boys) and Mike McGuire of Omaha Central (boys) were voted the Metro Conference swimming coaches of the year by their fellow coaches.
>> Elkhorn South fullback Cole Carleton, who signed with Lamar, gives the state nine FCS recruits and four FBS signees.
>> All-class gold medalist Jeralyn Poe of Lincoln North Star is the state's Gatorade athlete of the year in girls cross country.
— Stu Pospisil