Varsity Corner

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 […]

Swing for the Stars

Kaitlyn Hanna  |  Freshman  |  Westside High School It’s been quite a freshman year for Kaitlyn Hanna. She was the first female golfer to win State for Westside High School, the first freshman in Class A to win State in 33 years, only the third freshman in 44 years to […]

For the Love of the Game

Zach Kuo  |  Freshman  |  Elkhorn High School Despite earning runner-up in State tennis singles as a freshman at Elkhorn High School (EHS), Zach Kuo has stayed humble. He keeps the focus on teamwork and supporting his teammates. “Our team is just a great team,” he said. “Not many teams […]

All the Right Moves

A leader in the wrestling room and on the mat, Isaac Trumble exudes a quiet confidence. He’s earned the respect of his Millard South coaches and teammates because “he’s the hardest worker in the room, and he never takes a day off,” according to Head Coach Nate Olson. “When Isaac […]

Wrestling to Win

It’s a long road to a win a state championship, especially when you start all over with a new team. Josh Trumble transferred from Platteview to Millard South as a junior, joining his younger brother Isaac on the varsity wrestling team. He felt welcomed right away. “You come in with […]

True Grit

Cassie Coltvet is the definition of grit. Although she started playing softball as a little girl, it wasn’t until she heard that the Elkhorn High softball team won the state championship that she became inspired. “I told myself that at some point, I wanted to win state, because when I […]

Key to Success

It’s hard enough to just make the varsity basketball team at Skutt Catholic High School, but Grant Bertucci was determined to make and get meaningful playing time on both the varsity football and baseball teams as well. Coach Kyle Jurgens, who has coached Grant in both basketball and football, believes […]

Shooting for the Stars

Jasmine McGinnis-Taylor  |  Junior  |  Westside High School   Jasmine McGinnis-Taylor became the basketball player she is today because her mom hated the smell of chlorine. After dislocating her hip in softball at age 10, she took up swimming, but her mom didn’t like the strong chlorine smell, so Jasmine […]