Author: Shelly Nosbisch

Competitive Nature

Nic StoltenbergClass of 2020 | Skutt Catholic High School Recent Skutt Catholic High School graduate Nic Stoltenberg was destined to be a wrestler. He was hooked from the age of five after watching his older cousin wrestle at a tournament. “After we left the tournament I constantly just wanted to […]

A Driving Force

Izabella PesickaSophomore | Millard North High School Millard North varsity girls’ golfer Izabella Pesicka has a passion and a drive to succeed, but her parents’ support means everything. Her dad started taking her out at Champions Run Country Club when she was five years old. She participated in all the […]

Family First

Payton Cooley, Elkhorn Athletic Association2020 Scholarship Award Recipient Elkhorn Athletic Association (EAA) 2020 scholarship winner Payton Cooley gains strength from her family. “My family is my rock,” she said. “I don’t think there is anything like seeing my great-grandparents or parents in the stands.” She stays motivated to be a […]

The Drive to Succeed

Grace Barker, Elkhorn Athletic Association 2020 Scholarship Award Recipient When Grace Barker began playing soccer in kindergarten, the game didn’t come easily at first. “I wasn’t the most coordinated, but I really loved playing! I worked hard each year to improve more and more.” Her father, James Barker, agreed. “That […]

Strength in Leadership

Connor Legband, Elkhorn Athletic Association2020 Scholarship Award Recipient A disciplined student and athlete, Connor Legband has played baseball and football his whole life. A recent Elkhorn Athletic Association (EAA) 2020 scholarship winner, he learned the fundamentals to be successful in sports at an early age. “While playing for EAA, I […]

Striving for Excellence

Jay Ballard  |  Sophomore Boys Town Male Athlete of the Year Sophomore Jay Ballard, Boys Town’s 2020 Male Athlete of the Year, joined the wrestling and track teams when he came to Boys Town two years ago. But football is his sport. He’s been playing the game since he was […]

Game Changer

Katie Thompson  |  Senior Boys Town Female Athlete of the Year Being athletic comes naturally to senior Katie Thompson, Boys Town’s 2020 Female Athlete of the Year. She competed on the volleyball, basketball, and track teams at Boys Town, but she’s torn when asked which sport is her favorite. “Volleyball […]

Olympic Aspirations

Lauren Mayo | Senior | Elkhorn South High School Swimming is a way of life for Elkhorn South senior Lauren Mayo. “Swimming has brought me a bit of stability, so I center my life around it emotionally, too,” she said. “It gives me a purpose besides working hard in school.” […]

Focused on the Future

Max Murrell | Senior | Millard North High School When Millard North senior Max Murrell started playing on the freshman basketball team, he never imagined he’d be recruited by Division I schools from as far away as California, Virginia, and Texas. “I never really envisioned myself as someone playing at […]

A World of Opportunity

Jakason Burks  |  Senior Burke High School When Jakason Burks started wrestling at five years old, he never imagined that someday he’d be traveling across the world to represent the United States. “I’m nothing special. Just a regular kid and a wrestler.” But in 2018, he and his older brother […]