May 21, 2020 5:45 PM

Chadron State taking on rival UNK? We just might see it this fall

Posted May 21, 2020 5:45 PM

By: Dave Collins, Sports Director

So, Division II schools are being mandated to cap their football schedules at 10 games.  That's going to cause a lot of changes nationwide, and Chadron State must lop-off a contest from its current 11-game slate.

What a disappointment.  A gut-punch to the slow-building positive momentum we've been seeing for college football to return.

It's understandable to a degree though, seeing as the NCAA is trying to help maintain competitive balance while primarily looking out for the financial health of smaller colleges in relation to travel costs and road trips amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

As expected, CSC Athletic Director Joel Smith confirmed the CSC road games at Missouri S&T and Western Oregon will be the first two considered for removal. 

Keep in mind however, the RMAC hasn't done anything different with its league schedule in response to the pandemic situation yet.  So, if something prevents an RMAC team from playing this fall, or the league makes a change like the NCAA and lowers the number of RMAC games that schools play, CSC could theoretically keep both non-conference match-ups.  I doubt that will be the case, but as we've learned throughout this entire pandemic things change by the hour, and the "I-never-would-have-thought" scenarios have actually come true.

That also got me thinking, since it's now governors and local leadership making primary decisions on opening up the economy, what about the possibility certain states can't play football because of the pandemic?

If that's the case this fall and the sport is essentially forced to end up with inter-conference schedules to fill out a season things could be pretty exciting in Nebraska...

Chadron State could end up kicking-off a game against UNK...  How exciting would that be to get arguably the Eagles biggest rival on the gridiron one more time?!

What about Wayne State?  The Eagles would face former offensive coordinator Logan Masters who went back to his Alma mater in the off-season to help build the Wildcats program he was once a Harlon Hill Trophy finalist for.

Think that's impossible to see this fall?  It's not.  

I asked Smith about it, and he confirmed the idea of scheduling those two schools, or say, Doane College or Nebraska Wesleyan (NAIA schools) has been discussed if in-state games are needed.

Plenty of major restrictions would have to fall in line for that to actually happen. UNK and WSU play in conferences that only hold games within their league borders, so the MIAA or NSIC would have to be forced into a situation where their teams couldn't play only in-house, or a state within those conferences would have to ban schools from play due to the pandemic.

Could CSC play the Huskers?

I mean, at this point the desperation to get a season played is forcing athletic administrators and the NCAA to think way outside of the box, flex regulations, make emergency rulings, and may end up creating the craziest schedules we could ever see.

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May 21, 2020 5:45 PM
AHS, A-Club awards presented for 2019-20

By: Mike Glesinger

All the old cliche's can be used to sum up the 2019-20 school year..."what if?"..."what might have been"..."who would have thought...."..."never in a million years did I think...." and any more we can think of.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and school was suspended on March 16, not only did we lose the entire spring season, but this years Seniors were denied the chance to finish the year with a graduation ceremony, prom, music concerts, academic honors and athletic competitions.  But despite the unfortunate events, The Bulldog Student/Athletes celebrated a lot of achievments with a digital Banquet. 

AHS Activities Director, Anita James summed up the year in her remarks....."I know none of us thought the year would end this way, it is disappointing and I’m sad for our students and coaches who didn’t get the opportunity to experience the spring sports season, but we also have to celebrate what we did get to experience this year"......"I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it takes awhile for that reason to sink in or come about, but I believe that things, people, events, and moments come and go in our lives for a reason. We missed some important days over these past few months...and like many of you I wondered why, why is this all happening?"......."If there is anything we’ve learned throughout this whole 9 months, it’s that we can’t buy more time, our life as we live it, goes by so fast you can’t stop it, you most certainly can’t go back, and yes, fate has other plans. So, if you’re sitting there thinking about any regrets or doubts you have about this past year, I challenge you to do something about it. What are you going to do from this moment on.... What are you going to do to be the best Bulldog you can be? "...."It’s hard to explain it, but we’ve created some amazing opportunities for our students and I can’t wait to see what is in store for our activities in the years to come. Seniors I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, underclassmen, we will see you next fall and we will continue to build upon the legacy of the Alliance Bulldogs!   

The following awards were presented on Tuesday, May 19.

Honorary A-Club Member 2019-2020....  Jon & Sandra Sperl

Charles J. Sherlock Senior Citizen Booster Award......Robert & Rita Moravek

Outstanding A-Club Member...Joel Baker, Laykin Sperl, Lilli Otto, Colter Mann

A-Club Scholarship.....Laykin Sperl

Mike Garwood Memorial Scholarship....Payton Weber and Joel Baker

Western Conference Student Activities Scholarship.. Khloë Felker

3D Sports Award......Jordan Hopp, Payton Weber

Western Conference Scholar Athletes.....Brock Brass....Caeson Clarke....Crayten Cyza....Parker Dahlberg....Khloe Felker....Erik Folchert....Payten Gibsen....Olivia Knapp....Taylor Manion...Lillie Otto.....Payton Weber

Girl Athlete of the Year....Payton Weber

Boy Athlete of the Year....Trevor DuBray

A-Club Officers for 2020-21:    President: Caeson Clarke, Vice President: Crayten Cyza,  Sect/Tres: Caisey Pfeiffer,  Sergeant-at-Arms: Keeley Mazanec

The Head Coaches from each sport presented their team awards;

Football: Chris Seebohm

Individual Special Honors

Mr. Bulldog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erik Folchert

Trench Warrior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colter Mann

Fox Hole Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erik Folchert

Scout Team Player of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Waylon Cash

Offensive MVP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor DuBray

Defensive MVP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erik Folchert

NSAA NCPA Academic All - State

Waylon Cash

Erik Folchert

Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State

Erik Folchert

School Records

Career Passing 3011 Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor DuBray

Career Sacks 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bradyn Palmer

Volleyball: Jessica Kaiser

Volleyball Awards

Saphina Achi

JV : Most Spirited

Billi Alvarado

Omaha World Herald All-Class Honorable Mention

Western Conference Honorable Mention

Amauri Browning

Omaha World Herald All-Class Honorable Mention

Varsity : Most Improved

Shelbee Burke

JV : Most Valuable Player

Sharyce DuBray

Reserve : Most Inspirational

Khloë Felker

Omaha World Herald All-Class Honorable Mention

NSAA NCPA Academic All-State

Believers & Achievers Award

Varsity : Perseverance

Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State

Jordan Hopp

Omaha World Herald All-Class Second Team

Lincoln Journal Star All-State Honorable Mention

Varsity : Most Valuable Player

Western Conference All Conference

Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Game

School Record : 407 Career Blocks

Peyton Kindred

Reserve : Most Improved

Olivia Knapp

JV : Most Inspirational

Kenna Montes

Reserve : Most Valuable Player

Lillian Otto

Senior Award

NSAA NCPA Academic All-State

Believers & Achievers Award

Varsity : Team Captain

Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State

Leyton Schnell

JV : Most Valuable Player

Cameron Tritle

Omaha World Herald All-Class Honorable Mention

Varsity : Most Inspirational

Payton Weber

Omaha World Herald All-Class Honorable Mention

Varsity : Most Valuable Player

Western Conference Honorable Mention

Varsity : Team Captain

Emma Wood

JV : Most Improved

Girls Golf: Berlyn Clear

Team Awards

Most Improved : Donna LeMunyan

NSAA NCPA Academic All-State : Sydney Allard, Regan Lambert

Lowest Season Average : Morgan Young

Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State : Julia Carlson, Regan Lambert

Boys Tennis: Scott Mills

Senior letter winners: *Chance Crowe *Devin  Garcia *Kirk Sanders

Cross Country: Nate Lanik

NSAA NCPA Academic All-State

Brock Brass, Shelby Carr

Journal Star Academic All-State

Brock Brass, Dianna Kollars

Special Honors

Best Teammate : Laykin Sperl

Most Improved Runner : Gabriel Sanders

Hardest Worker : Dianna Kollars

Most Valuable Runner : Alec Garcia

Softball: Carlos Palomo

Softball Awards

Jaycee Acosta

Varsity : Most Valuable Player

Kylie Adams

Blue Collar

Valeria Carillo

Most Improved Player

Aubrey Garrett

NSAA NCPA Academic All-State

Clutch Performer of the Year

School Record : Career RBI 95

School Record : 2B in a Season 11 (2019)

School Record : Single Season Hits 42

School Record : Single Season Batting Average .519

School Record : Single Season Home Run 8

School Record : Career Home Run 16

Emily Garza

Most Improved Player

Brianna Huston

Newcomer of the Year

Taylor Manion

NSAA NCPA Academic All-State

Defensive Player of the Year

Most Improved Player

Shaylee Messersmith

Most Improved Player

Morgan Moomey

JV : Most Valuable Player

Brandi Seebohm

Clutch Player of the Year

Celeste Whitwer

 Biggest Darrell Award

Wrestling: Nick Myers

State Placers/Qualifiers

Matthew Escamilla : 195 #

Asa Johnson : 138 #

Jaxon Minnick : 132 #

Outstanding Wrestler

Asa Johnson

Most Improved Wrestler

Jaxon Minnick

“Relentless” Bulldog Award

Hunter Klinkerman

Hardest Worker

Matthew Escamilla

Girls Basketball: Dr. Troy Unzicker

Post Season Awards

Shelbee Burke

Western Conference Honorable Mention

NSAA NCPA Academic All-State

JV : Team Captain

JV : Most Valuable Player

JV : Best Teammate

Varsity : 6th Man

Delany Childers

Freshman : Miss Hustle

Freshman : 6th Man

Angie Davis

Varsity : Miss Hustle

Luna Gonzalez

JV : Miss Hustle

Dezyrae Haumann

Freshman : Most Improved

Jordan Hopp

Western Conference Honorable Mention

Brianna Huston

Freshman : 6th Man

Keeley Mazanec

JV : Team Captain

Kenna Montes

Freshman : Team Captain

Freshman : Most Valuable Player

Freshman : Miss Hustle

Freshman : Best Teammate

Braelyn Shrewsbury

JV : Most Improved

Bailey Stark

Freshman : Team Captain

JV : 6th Man

Cameron Tritle

Varsity : Team Captain

Payton Weber

Western Conference All Conference

NSAA NCPA Academic All-State

Varsity : Team Captain

Varsity : Most Valuable Player

Varsity : Miss Hustle

Varsity : Best Teammate

Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State

Haley Weare

Freshman : Miss Defense

Emma Wood

JV : Miss Defense

JV : Miss Hustle

Boys Basketball: Michael Baker

Post Season Awards

Joel Baker

Lincoln Journal Star All-State Honorable Mention

Omaha World Herald 2nd Team All-State

Western Conference All Conference

Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Game

Panhandle Prep All-Star Game

NSAA NCPA Academic All-State

1000 Point Career Scorer

Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State

Caeson Clarke

Omaha World Herald All- State Honorable Mention

Western Conference All Conference

Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State

Trevor DuBray

Lincoln Journal Star All-State Honorable Mention

Omaha World Herald All-State Honorable Mention

Western Conference Honorable Mention

Kaden Kindred

Omaha World Herald All-State Honorable Mention

Western Conference Honorable Mention

Panhandle Prep All-Star Game

Bradyn Palmer

Lincoln Journal Star All- State Honorable Mention

Omaha World Herald All-State Honorable Mention

Western Conference All Conference

Panhandle Prep All-Star Game

Collin Schrawyer

NSAA NCPA Academic All-State

Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State

Unified Bowling: Joe and Laura Mangas

Special Honors

Most Improved : Noah Drew

Most Dependable : Dylan Sward

Black Diamond : Tyler Jensen

Rising Star : Ian Hutson

Team Spirit : Ian Gomez

7-10 Split : Chance Crowe

Most Valuable Player : Alesha Fortner

Rookie of the Year : Moises Garza

Cheerleading: Danielle Swanson

Special Honors

NCA Top All-American . . Maycee Quick

NCA All-American Team . . Dianna Kollars, Brionna Schafer, Maycee Quick

Most School Spirit .. . .Chloe Blumanthal, Calysta Trevino

Most Encouraging . . . . . Riley Lawrence, Carly Tschacher

Outstanding Leadership  . . . . . . . Crystal Garza, Kaitlyn Schulze

Sharpest Cheerleader. . . . . Riley Lawrence, Calysta Trevino

Outstanding Voice Projection  . . . . . .Emmerae Korte, Calysta Trevino

Brightest Smile. . . . . . .Dianna Kollars, Vicenta Flood

Best Jumper. . . . .  Maycee Quick, Maribel Carillo

Most Improved. . . . . . . . . . Kaitlyn Schulze

All-Around Cheerleader  .. . Maycee Quick

Boys Golf: Matt Whitney

Senior letter winners:  *Aaron Farritor *Cameron Wood

NSAA NCPA Academic All-State

Isaac Weems, Cameron Wood

Girls Tennis: Scott Mills

Senior letter winners:  *Jo Flood *Alysha Gunn *Taylor Manion *Kali Steggall

NSAA NCPA Academic All-State

Kaylie Bolinger, Emmerae Korte

Girls & Boys Track...Unified Track: Nate Lanik

NSAA NCPA Academic All-State

Brock Brass, Erik Folchert, Lillie Otto, Payton Weber

Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State

Brock Brass, Erik Folchert, Diana Kollars, Payton Weber

Special note...*Due to Covid 19, All Seniors who participated in spring sports will receive a sports letter. Spring Sport athletes earned a letter based on the 2018-2019 season. If they letter last year and participated this year, they earned a letter. Athletes who participated the 2019-2020 season will have the chance to earn a letter retroactively if they participate and earn a letter in the 2020-2021 season. If they earn a letter in the  2020-2021 season they will earn one for the 2019-2020 season.

To check the complete program go to  alliancebulldogs.org