NSAA Proposal for Transgender Students Participation

NSAALINCOLN- The policy and procedures for addressing participation of transgender students in activities of the NSAA member schools will be officially placed on the Board of Director’s agenda as an action item at the regular meeting of the Board on August 21, 2013.

“Placing the proposal on the August Board agenda as an action item, will eliminate any confusion on the transparency of the Association or myself to formally address procedures for transgender participation within our Board procedures,” NSAA Executive Director Rhonda Blanford-Green said.

St. Pat’s Cracks Top 10 in U.S. Cellular Cup Standings

saint-pats-irishThe North Platte St. Patrick’s girls athletic and fine arts programs finished in the top 10 of the U.S. Cellular Cup standings for the 2012-13 school year.

The Nebraska School Activities Association is pleased to announce the final standings for The U.S. Cellular® Cup, the NSAA All-Activities Award for Nebraska high schools. The annual awards program, which began in 2007 to recognize the state’s most successful high school athletic and fine arts programs, is presented to the 12 Nebraska high schools which earn the most points during the school year by participating in NSAA education- based activity programs. This all-activities (fine arts and sports), all-school recognition platform recognizes the “Best of the Best” each year in NSAA programs.

The U.S. Cellular Cup is presented to the winning schools in the four classes of the All-School Division, Girls Division and Boys Division during special ceremonies the following fall.

U.S. Cellular® Cup Details & Point System Each year the NSAA and U.S. Cellular recognize the most successful activities programs in the state with the U.S. Cellular Cup. U.S. Cellular Cup winners are determined by a point system based on participation in NSAA education-based activities and performance in state championship events within each division and class. Music, which does not have a state-level event, earns points based on participation at the district music contest.

The boys and girls competition in each class features schools earning participation and performance points from their respective activities. In the case of coed schools, the fine arts activity performance points are divided equally among a school’s boys and girls U.S. Cellular Cup totals. In the all-school division, schools receive participation points for each of its NSAA registered programs, and earn additional points for placing in NSAA championship events.

St. Pat’s girls programs finished tied for sixth in the Class C  girls division with 142.5 points. Columbus Scotus won the girls division with 265 points. The overall Class C winner for both divisions combined is Kearney Catholic with 370 points. The Class A overall winner is Lincoln Pius X with 642.5 points. North Platte High School did not crack to the top ten in any division. Class B winner is Omaha Skutt Catholic with 620 points and Class D winner is St. Mary’s with 315 points.



GIRLS SOCCER: Lady Dawgs Win GNAC Again

The North Platte Lady Bulldog soccer team successfully defended their Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference title this weekend in Kearney. The ninth-ranked Lady Bulldogs routed Scottsbluff and handed both Hastings and Kearney their first losses of the season en route to the championship, beating the host Bearcats 4-2 in the final. Their record on the season is 7-0. In the boys soccer GNAC tournament, the Bulldogs finished sixth, earning their first win of the season by topping Scottsbluff in the consolation semifinals.


Irish, Dawgs Fall at State

The North Platte Bulldogs and St. Patrick’s Irish were eliminated on day one of the boys basketball state tournament yesterday in Lincoln. In their first appearance since 2004, the Dawgs hung tough against second-ranked Omaha South before the Packers pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 52-36 victory at the Devaney Center in Class A first-round play. Drew Callaghan posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Luke Wright added nine points. The Dawgs end their season with a 16-8 record. The Irish were unable to win their third straight first round game, falling to Hartington Cedar Catholic 56-49 at Lincoln High School in round one of the Class C2 tourney. Joseph Clinch scored 15 points to lead the Irish. Alex Harms contributed 12 points. The Irish end their campaign with a record of 22-4.

Dawgs, Irish Take Floor for State (LISTEN LIVE on ESPN Radio 1410)

The North Platte Bulldogs and St. Patrick’s Irish are in Lincoln today to open the boys basketball state tournament. It’s the first time both teams from North Platte will play at state in 79 years. The Irish are the fourth seed in the Class C2 bracket. They take on Hartington Cedar Catholic in first-round play this morning at 10:45 AM. ESPN Radio 1410 will have live coverage starting with the pregame show at 10:30. At 2 PM, the Bulldogs will take center stage at the Devaney Center. They are the seventh seed in Class A, taking on two seed Omaha South. ESPN Radio 1410’s coverage will get underway at 1:45.

Sailor Girls Eliminated at State

The Sutherland Lady Sailors were bounced out of the Class D1 girls basketball state tournament last night, falling to St. Mary’s 52-34 in Lincoln. An early three-point play by Sam Kennedy helped the Sailors to a first-quarter lead, but the Cardinals went on a 14-0 first half run as the Sailors struggled to make shots throughout the half. A 15-point lead was briefly trimmed to seven by the Sailors after an 8-0 run, but St. Mary’s hit a buzzer beating three to take a ten-point lead into the locker room. Sutherland could get no closer than eight points in the second half. Jalyne Schuster led the Sailors with 11 points. Joli Hopping chipped in seven points, and Kennedy finished with six points and a team-best nine rebounds. The season ends for the Lady Sailors with an overall record of 20-6.

Hershey Earns First State Tourney Win in Rout of St. Pat’s

The Hershey Lady Panthers have won a game at the girls basketball state tournament for the first time. They jumped to an eight-point first-half lead and never trailed in a 53-34 win over St. Patrick’s in round one of the Class C2 state tournament Thursday morning in Lincoln. Daynlee Miller and Brooke Frederick scored 13 points apiece to lead the Lady Panthers. Miller added 10 rebounds and five assists. Shelby Allberry posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort for the Lady Irish. Hershey moves to 21-4 with the win, while St. Pat’s finishes their season with a 22-4 record.

The Lady Panthers will play Hastings St. Cecilia in the C2 semifinals tomorrow morning at 9 AM at the Pershing Center. You can listen to the game on ESPN Radio 1410, with pregame coverage starting at 8:45.

Girls State Starts Today (LISTEN TO St. Pat’s-Hershey on ESPN 1410, Sutherland on Q Country)

The girls basketball state tournament begins today in Lincoln, and three Lincoln County teams will take the hardwood in first round action. Two of them will be seeing each other for the fifth time this season. The Hershey Lady Panthers and St. Patrick’s Lady Irish renew their rivalry in round one of the Class C2 tournament. The season series is even at two wins apiece. The Lady Irish are hoping to improve on last season’s fourth-place finish, while the Panthers are looking for their first ever state tourney win. You can hear that game on ESPN Radio 1410, with pregame coverage at 10:30 AM. Later tonight, the Sutherland Lady Sailors face St. Mary’s in round one of the D1 state tournament. That game can be heard on Q-Country 107.3 FM, with the pregame show starting at 8:30 PM.

Seeds Set For Dawgs, Irish at Boys Basketball State Tourney

After last night’s boys basketball district final games, the North Platte Bulldogs and St. Patrick’s Irish learned their seeds for the state tournament next week. The Dawgs will be the seventh seed in the Class A bracket. They’ll face Omaha South in first-round play at 2 PM next Thursday. The Irish ended up with the fourth seed in the C2 field. That matches them up against Hartington Cedar Catholic at 10:45 AM. ESPN Radio 1410 will broadcast both first-round contests live.

Big Night For North Platte Hoops: Irish Win District, While Dawgs Clinch Wild Card

For the first time since 1934, the North Platte Bulldogs and St. Patrick’s Irish boys basketball teams are both going to the state tournament. The Irish won their way into the Class C2 field by defeating Hemingford 51-43 in the C2-6 district final in Sidney. Joseph Clinch scored 17 points and Mark Mayfield added 15 points, and the Irish sunk 12 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold off a late Bobcats charge. The Irish are headed to state for the third straight season and the eleventh time overall. The Dawgs learned they would be the Class A Wild Card after the top five seeds in the class all won their district finals last night. It will be North Platte’s 37th trip to the state tourney, and their first since Danny Woodhead led the way to Lincoln in 2004. ESPN Radio 1410 will have coverage of the Dawgs and the Irish from the state tournament next Thursday.