Millard North’s Sisson Leaves Mark
So young, so legendary. In her short, two year high school track career, Millard North’s outgoing distance runner Emily Sisson was oh so special. Sisson stole the show at the Nebraska State Track Meet at Omaha Burke High School on May 16 17.Sisson is transferring to Lee’s Summit West in the Kansas City area next season. If you are going to win a distance medal in Missouri, better do it this year.Sisson won individual gold in the 800 (2:14.15), 1,600 (4:58.49), and the 3,200 (10:22.0) and helped Millard North open the Class A meet with gold in the 4×800 meter relay.Millard North outpaced Grand Island to the team title by scoring 94 points, 31 ahead of the Islanders.Kearney returned to the head of the pack in the Class A boys, winning the team title by roll omega watches ing over Millard West and Fremont. Centennial transfer Brett Maher set a state meet record by clearing 16 feet, 2 inches in the pole vault, the third best effort in state history. Maher also set a personal best by leapi omega watches ng 22 10 in the long jump, good enough for the Class A gold medal.Kearney also got impressive performances in the sprint events, including a gold medal in the 400 meter relay.In the boys side, Plattsmouth (Class B), Lincoln Lutheran (Class C), and Pawnee City (Class D) claimed team titles. Lincoln Lutheran won by one point over three teams, Deshler, Thayer Central, and Burwell by 35 34.Wahoo Neumann (Class B), Laurel Concord (Class C), and Humphrey St. Francis (Class D) joined Millard North as team champions.Lincoln Southeast’s girls 4×400 meter relay team comprised of Avarey Brown, Karley Piper, KK Houser, and Katie Birkel sped to a state record by the time of 3:53.43.Fremont finished 1 2 in the 1,600 and 3,200 boys races. Senior Nebraska recruit Jon Ronhovde won the 1,600 and finished second in the 3,200, while junior Mitch Hunt outpaced his teammate for gold in the 3,200.The entire breakdown of the state meet is available here courtesy of the Nebraska School Activities Association.Gillaspie’s Penalty Wins the Day for ElkhornIt is athletics at its cruelest. 100 minutes are not enough to declare a victor. It is a moment where tired bodies must change over to mental soundness. In the Class B girls’ state soccer final in Nebraska, for one side it would be euphoric jubilation. The other, gut wrenching agony.It went down to the dreaded penalty shootout to declare a winner in the final game between Elkhorn and Omaha Skutt. 100 minutes, a full 80 minute game and two 10 minute overtime periods failed to produce a goal.Makenzie Gillaspie was handed the task from the spot to give her Elkhorn team a state title. Elkhorn senior net minder Amber Peterson made two crucial saves in order to put Elkhorn’s dream season on the foot of its best player, Gillaspie.Goal. Game, set, match, hardware.With one kick of the ball, Elkhorn bursts into celebrat omega watches ion. And for Omaha Skutt after doing everything right for almost two hours of soccer, total heartache. For sure, it is sports at its cruelest moment.Elkhorn finishes its title season with a 20 2 record. Skutt finished with a record of 16 2.It was full steam ahead for Skutt entering the state final coming off a 5 2 victory over Gretna in the semifinals. Freshman Mayme Conroy banged in a hat trick for the Skyhawks in the semis. However in the state final, a crucial goal eluded them.Elkhorn needed another victory on penalties just to qualify for the final. 100 minutes were not enough to settle the encounter against Lincoln Pius X. Gillaspie, a Wisconsin Milwaukee recruit, also capped off the semifinal with her goal in the shootout.Millard North Victorious in Girls A FinalNebraska recruit Molly Thomas ensured she would prove to be the best player in the entire state, and would also add to Millard North’s hardware collection before she graduated. Thomas’ 62nd minute brace proved to the game winning goal as the Mustangs defeated Omaha Westside to win the Class A state soccer title.Thomas opened her account with an early goal. Not to be outdone, fellow All Stater Rebecca Crabb leveled the match in the first half.It was up to the famous No. 9 for Millard North in the second half. With the game winning omega watches rocket, Thomas finished her season tally with 35 goals.In the first round, Millard North embarked on a goal blitz in an 8 0 rout of North Platte. Thomas hit for a hat trick to lead the way for the Mustangs. Thomas found the back of the net on two occasions in the first two minutes alone for the eventual champions. Millard North defeated Millard West by the narrowest of margins, 1 0, in the semifinal round.Omaha Westside had a much more difficult time in the first round, needing an extra time goal to turn back Lincoln East 3 2 thanks to a hat trick from Crabb. Westside downed Lincoln Southeast 1 0 in the semifinals to advance to the final game.Millard North, winners of two of the past three Class A titles, finished the season with an 18 1 mark. Omaha Westside finished at 18 4.