BEATRICE – Twenty high school athletes from 10 area schools in southeast Nebraska honored at the Beatrice Sertoma Club’s 45th Annual Sports Banquet Sunday night.
The banquet was held at the Holiday Inn Express in Beatrice.
Each athlete was recognized for ‘outstanding performance, sportsmanlike manner at all times, desire, determination, and respect for opponents. These students more than qualify as young, outstanding American youth, athletes who the coach, community, and parents may well be proud of’.
Former Husker volleyball setter Kelly Hunter, who just finished a season of playing professionally in Turkey, was the key note speaker. She touched on many topics, from lessons learned playing for John Cook, the life of being a student-athlete in college and plenty more.
Hunter also took a photo with each Sertoma Club honoree as well.
Here’s a full list of each athlete who was honored Sunday:
- 4-year letter winner in wrestling, two-year letter winner in track and one year in cross country. He medaled 5th in 2018 and 3rd in 2019 at the state wrestling meet.
- York plans to join basic training for the U.S. National guard, and then attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- Theplikhith lettered in soccer all four years. She plans to attend UNL and major in architecture.
- Gydesen lettered in both basketball and track for two years. She also lettered in softball for one.
- She plans to attend Peru State College and major in biochemistry with the hope of becoming a physical therapist.
- Arnold lettered in both football in track for all four years. He’s also a three-year letter winner in basketball.
- He plans to attend Peru State College to get a degree in either biology or biochemistry.
- Holland is a four-year letter winner in basketball and a three-year winner in track and volleyball.
- She plans to attend UNL and work toward a nursing degree.
- Garrett lettered in football, track and wrestling in all four years of his high school career.
- He plans to attend Nebraska Wesleyan University to major in nutrition and health science.
Johnson County Central
- Beethe lettered in volleyball, track and basketball for all four years.
- She’ll attend Peru State College to study secondary education.
- Rother lettered in football, track and wrestling for all four years.
- He’ll attend the University of Nebraska-Omaha and major in computer science.
- Hippen is a three-year letter winner in golf and basketball, and a two-year letter winner in football.
- He plans to farm and continue raising German wire haired pointers.
- Peyton lettered in basketball for three years, volleyball for two and golf for one.
- She plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in pre-med.
- Beethe lettered in basketball for three years and track for one.
- She plans to attend UNL and major in speech pathology.
- Gray lettered in both football and track for all four years.
- He plans to attend Doane University, where he’ll play football.
- Adams lettered in football, basketball and track for all four years.
- He’ll attend Peru State College, where he’ll major in psychology and play on the men’s basketball team.
- Murphy lettered in basketball and volleyball for four years, and track for three.
- She’ll attend Southeast Community College in Lincoln to receive a diploma in dental assistance.
- Harms lettered in track for all four years, and volleyball and basketball for two.
- She’ll attend Doane University to run track. She’ll also major in engineering.
- Jasa has lettered in basketball, football and track.
- He’ll attend Peru State College to major in business administration and play for the men’s basketball team.
- Freese is a four-year letter winner in volleyball, basketball and track.
- She’ll attend Doane University, where she’ll be a member of the women’s track team. She’ll also major in human and health performance.
- Niemeyer is a four-year letter winner in basketball and track. He also lettered in football for three years, and cross country for one. He medaled fourth at state cross country in his senior year.
- Niemeyer will attend UNL and major in agribusiness, with minors in agronomy and agriculture economics.
- Cerveny lettered in cross country for all four years. She’s also a three-year letter winner in track.
- She’ll attend Nebraska Wesleyan University to major in athletic training and minor in psychology.
- Cerveny lettered in football and track for all four years. He also lettered in basketball for three.
- Cerveny will attend UNL to play baseball and major in elementary education.
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