Varsity Corner

Elite Competitor

Vanessa Hooker  |  Age 15  |  Elkhorn South Fifteen-year-old Vanessa Hooker was born with cheerleading in her genes. Her mother, Shawnda, and father, Kevin, both cheered at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and co-own Elite Cheer. Vanessa performed her first cheer lifts at just four months; Kevin would hold her in […]

Chris Rasmussen — Swinging for Success

Chris Rasmussen | Age 13 | St. Wenceslaus Chris Rasmussen’s stellar junior golf career began with a plastic club and a bag of Wiffle balls. A then two-year-old Chris would hit Wiffle balls for hours in the family’s backyard, walking from one side of the yard to the other to […]

Leading From The Middle

Megan Kammer  |  Age 18  |  Elkhorn South  It seems only fitting that if you spent nearly two years of your childhood in Madrid, Spain, your sport of choice would be soccer. That is exactly what Megan Kammer, an Elkhorn South senior, gets to say when sharing her story. Following […]

Perfect Stride

Jordan Flemington | Age 17 | Millard West Over the years, Millard West has built a strong tradition of outstanding track and field performers, but when it comes to the hurdles, there’s just one name that comes to mind — Jordan Flemington. Flemington first gave track a try as an […]

Bringing the Heat

Nate Fisher  |  Age 17  |  Yutan When a high school produces a once-in-a-generation athlete, one who elevates their level of play in a way that leaves people awestruck, the community cannot help but be proud. Yutan has had the great pleasure of watching Nate Fisher grow and develop into […]

Making It Look Easy

Sarah Fricke | Age 16 | Millard West Every now and then we hear the term “natural” when someone is referring to an outstanding athlete who makes their sport look easy. This was the case last year when (then) freshman Sarah Fricke burst on the scene as Millard West’s top […]

A Shining Example: From Troubled Teen to Inspiring Leader

Anne Polland | Age 17 | Boys Town Stories of amazing transformations of Boys Town teens have surfaced over the years, and one impressive example is that of Anne Polland from Valley, Nebraska. Starting at the age of four, Polland frequently displayed aggressive behavior and anger issues, which made home […]

Wrestling To Stay On Top & Shattering Records

Brett Velasquez | Age 18 | Bennington  Every now and then you hear about a dominant athlete, one who takes their sport to another level, shattering school records on the way to state championships. Bennington’s defending state champion wrestler Brett Velasquez is one of those rare student-athletes. Velasquez, a senior, […]

Different Strokes: A Love For Swimming

Dana Posthuma | Age 17 | Burke  From an early age, it was clear that Burke High School’s own Dana Posthuma had a love for swimming, an interest shared by her two sisters, Tasha and Kelli. The family’s interest in the sport propelled Dana to begin competing at the age of […]

SPECIAL EDITION-Tragedy to Trophy

Jeremy Bader  |  Age 16  |  Millard North Millard North Junior Jeremy Bader has a long list of accomplishments under his swim cap – for a young man who didn’t cross over into the deep end of the pool until 7th grade, Jeremy’s go-for-it attitude has landed him in first-place, […]