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State track, 5/19

Ashlyn Power of Lincoln Christian leads her heat in the Class C 300-meter low hurdles at the girls state track meet Friday at Burke Stadium in Omaha.


Some of the best multi-sport girls athletes to hit the fields and courts of competition this season.



5-10, Senior

College: South Dakota, basketball.

Volleyball: A first-team Class C-2 all-stater who pounded 360 kills, put down 79 ace blocks and registered 281 digs for a Warrior team that reached the state tournament.

Basketball: Earned C-2 first-team all-state honors for a second straight year after averaging 19.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

Track: Placed second in Class C shot put at state (41-11) with her season-best being a 43-9½. Also ran a leg on Crofton’s 3,200 relay that finished third at state.



6-1, Senior

College: Concordia, volleyball.

Volleyball: Earned first-team Class D-2 honors as a setter/hitter with 351 kills, 82 solo ace blocks, 42 ace serves, 201 digs and 226 assists, leading the Eagles to the state tournament.

Basketball: The honorable mention all-stater averaged 15.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game.

Track: Won the Class D girls discus and placed second in the shot put at state. Led D for the season with a 136-0 in the discus and 42-½ in the shot.


Lincoln Southwest

5-6, Junior

College: South Dakota State, softball.

Softball: The Super-State outfielder hit .419 from her leadoff position, scored 48 runs and stole 35 bases.

Basketball: Served as a back-up guard on Southwest’s Class A state championship team.

Track: Moved into eighth in the state’s all-time charts in the 100 high hurdles (:14.47) and sixth all-time in the 300 low hurdles (:43.8). Won the all-class gold medal in the 300s and took second in Class A in the 100s.


Lincoln Southwest

5-11, Sophomore

College: Undecided.

Volleyball: Helped lead the Silver Hawks to the Class A state tournament with a team-high 347 kills and 54 ace serves, while also contributing 262 digs and 49 ace blocks. Was a first-team all-city selection and honorable mention all-stater.

Basketball: Provided Southwest’s post presence on its state championship team, averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in garnering first-team Class A all-state honors.

Track: Placed seventh in the Class A triple jump at state (35-3¼).



5-10, Senior

College: South Dakota, volleyball.

Volleyball: The first-team Super-Stater did everything for the Class C-2 state runner-up Griffins, leading the team in hitting (473 kills and .437 hitting efficiency), setting (492 assists) and digs (403). Will play setter at South Dakota.

Basketball: Earned second-team all-state honors in helping Diller-Odell upset five-time defending state champion Crofton in the first round at state on its way to the finals. Averaged 14.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.


Omaha North

6-0, Junior

College: Undecided.

Volleyball: Finished with 177 kills and 36 ace blocks.

Basketball: Selected second-team Super-State and first-team all-state in Class A after averaging 18 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

Track: Took second in the Class A 300 low hurdles (44.4) and fourth in the long jump (17-5 ¾) at state. Ran a leg on North’s state championship 400 relay team.



6-2, Freshman

College: Undecided.

Volleyball: Earned honorable mention all-state honors after 272 kills, 79 ace blocks and 166 digs last fall.

Basketball: A second-team Class C-2 all-stater after averaging 17 points and 14.2 rebounds per game.

Track: Captured the all-class gold medal in the discus by winning Class C with a throw of 158-3. Her 166-11 earlier this spring is second on the all-time girls state charts. Her 44-3¾ during the season in the shot put was the best performance in the state this spring.


Lincoln Christian

5-8, Senior

College: Weber State, volleyball.

Volleyball: The first-team Super-Stater was one of the most complete players in the state, leading the Crusaders to a 23-6 season with 513 assists, 224 digs and 66 ace serves. Still managed 220 kills and a .300 hitting efficiency despite being the setter in a 5-1 attack.

Basketball: Helped the Crusaders win the Class C-1 state championship by averaging 11 points, 2.7 steals and 2.7 assists as an honorable mention all-stater. Shot 50 percent from the field, 46 percent from beyond the three-point line and 84 percent at the free-throw line.

Track: Took third in both the Class C 100 (:12.4) and the 300 low hurdles (:46.1) at the state meet. Also ran a leg on Christian’s seventh-place 1,600 relay team.



5-2, Freshman

College: Undecided.

Cross country: Won the Class D gold medal at state with a time of 18:34.3, more than 40 seconds ahead of the runner-up and just missing the all-class gold medal by two seconds.

Basketball: As a freshman starter, Rice averaged 3.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game.

Track: Took home four Class C gold medals in a very unique combination of events. Swept the hurdles, winning the 100 highs in :15.57 and the 300 lows in :44.85, then took first in the 800 (2:15.16, tying the C state-meet record) and the 1,600 (C state-meet record of 5:05.25).


Omaha Skutt

5-6, Senior

College: Rockhurst, soccer.

Volleyball: Was the second-team Class B all-state libero after helping Skutt to a 44-0 season and second straight state title with 463 digs and 30 ace serves.

Basketball: Honorable mention all-stater who averaged 7.5 points per game.

Soccer: First-team Super-State forward who led Skutt to a Class B state title by scoring 23 goals, the final two coming in the state finals.


Kearney Catholic

6-0, Senior

College: Nebraska-Kearney, volleyball.

Volleyball: She’ll play setter for her father, Rick, at UNK, but as a senior Class C-1 all-stater for the Stars last season, she was primarily an attacker. Finished with 386 kills (.328 hitting efficiency), 37 ace serves, 115 ace blocks, 343 digs and still managed 284 assists for the state tournament semifinalists.

Basketball: The first-team C-1 all-stater and third-team Super-Stater averaged 12.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the state runner-up Stars. Went off for 22 points and 12 rebounds in the finals against Lincoln Christian.

Track: Finished second in the Class B discus at the state meet. Her season-best throw of 146-6 was the best in B this spring.



6-2, Junior

College: Creighton, volleyball.

Volleyball: The honorary captain of the Super-State team propelled the Clippers to a C-1 state runner-up finish with 543 kills (.421 hitting efficiency), 314 digs, 69 ace blocks and 45 ace serves. Considered one of the top outside hitter prospects nationally in the class of 2018.

Basketball: Was a major factor in Malcolm reaching the state tournament by averaging 9.6 points per game and leading the team in rebounds (7.7 per game), steals (4.5) and assists (4.1).

Reach the writer at 402-473-7437 or On Twitter @ronpowell_ljs.


Sports reporter

Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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