Varsity Corner

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 […]

A Militant Mindset

Paige Fixemer | Senior Millard South High School No one was more surprised than Millard South senior Paige Fixemer when her Premier volleyball coach Sarah Hughbanks pulled her aside two years ago and suggested she consider playing volleyball for the Army. “West Point? Me? No,” she recalled. Hughbanks, who previously […]

Dominating the Line

When Elkhorn South High School junior Teddy Prochazka committed to play football for the University of Nebraska—Lincoln (UNL), he texted the football program but kept it a secret from the coaches. Right before the Ohio State game, Teddy went down on the field to tell Coach Scott Frost in person. […]

Life-long Love of the Game

Syd Nuismer, a senior at Elkhorn High School, is all about family. “My uncle played UNK (University of Nebraska Kearney) baseball, so I grew up playing in the dirt at the baseball fields,” she said. Her dad has been her coach from the beginning and is still coaching her in […]

Determined Defender

Faith Kutschkau  |  Junior  |  Millard North High School A defender for Millard North as well as her Elkhorn Soccer Club team, Faith Kutschkau has played soccer since she was five years old. She also dreams of playing for one of the University of Nebraska teams in college. A goal […]

Legacy Athlete

Lance Rucker  |  Freshman  |  Millard South High School Millard South freshman Lance Rucker is a natural athlete. He began to focus on his training seriously when he was 11 years old. “When I was little, I was chubbier, so I wasn’t in the best shape. I overcame that by […]

Female Power Play

Jessica Wernli  |  Junior  |  Papillion-La Vista High School When Jessica Wernli tells someone she plays hockey for the U19 Omaha Lady Jr. Lancers, she typically gets a surprised look. “They’re like, ‘no way! A girl?’” Their surprise is warranted because there are only about 100 girls playing hockey in […]

Heavy Hitter

Kyler Essink  |  Senior  |  Bennington High School It’s a great feeling to win the state baseball championship, but it’s an even better one when the whole team rallies around you and your family. Kyler Essink, catcher for Bennington High School, was surprised when his team and their parents handed […]