The fall sports season may be over for our local athletes, but they definitely left their mark in the stats category. Knox County had representatives both in cross country and football for state this season, which shows how athletic all of the local athletes are.
All-area honors went to the following athletes:
Jimmy Allen: Crofton; Jimmy Allen had an impressive season in 2019. He was the leading rusher for the Crofton Warriors, coming in with 1,056 yards on 208 carries and nine touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Allen racked up 23 unassisted tackles and 39 assisted tackles.
Connor Arens: Crofton; Connor Arens definitely was one of the best runners on the Crofton team this season. He was pretty much a guaranteed place in each of his meets this season. Connor Arens would end up placing in the top 15 at the district meet to help him secure a spot at the state meet where he would end his season.
Brynn Bargman: Bloomfield; Brynn Bargman brought the power to the Bloomfield Bees this season. She led her team in kills this season with 101. Bargman also added 53 aces to her resume, which also led her team. On defense, Bargman had 12 blocks and a total of 132 digs which was good for fourth on the team.
Payton Bartels: Crofton; Payton Bartels definitely helped out on the offensive side of the ball, but his main skills came from on the defensive side. On offense, Bartels racked up 209 yards on 15 receptions for the big tight end. On defense, Bartels tallied up 60 tackles, 19 of them being solo tackles.
Ethan Baue: Wausa; Ethan Baue was definitely the highlight of the Wausa football season. Baue threw for 240 yards on the season, but his main game came from the ground. He ran the ball 99 times for 747 yards this season. Baue was also one of the leaders on defense with 63 tackles, which was good for third on the team.
Kaley Einrem: Crofton; Kaley Einrem was another huge part to the success that the Warriors had this season. On offense, she was second on the team in kills with 159, also having 12 kills with a serving percentage of 88.5%. On the defensive side of the ball, Einrem had a total 32 blocks which was good for third on the team.
Braden Eisenhauer: Bloomfield; Braden Eisenhauer stepped up this season when it really mattered for the Bloomfield Bees. When his teammate Logan Johnson got injured, not only was Eisenhauer the quarterback, but pretty much the running back as well. He finished his season with 1,682 rushing yards, 645 passing yards, and he also finished his season with 86 total tackles.
Makenna Guenther: Niobrara-Verdigre; Makenna Guenther definitely made some noise this year for the Niobrara-Verdigre Cougars. The Cougars didn’t have the year that they were hoping for, but Guenther did help them get to three wins on the season. Guenther was also named as Honorable Mention in the NVC.
Thad Hazen: Creighton; Thad Hazen is pretty much the definition of speed when it comes to the football field. Hazen this season was one of the top receivers for the Bulldogs, and also a huge playmaker. Hazen, like Zimmerer, was a main leader for the 2019 Bulldogs which was a huge reason they made the playoffs yet again.
Logan Johnson: Bloomfield: When Logan Johnson was on the field, he was a huge difference maker. Halfway through the season Johnson was sidelined with a leg injury. With limited games played he still racked up 730 total yards rushing. Johnson would also tack on 28 tackles to his resume.
Gabe Lauck: Bloomfield; Gabe Lauck was an absolute animal on the field this season for Bloomfield. He wasn’t that big of a factor on the offensive side, although he did have two receptions and one carry on the year. On the defensive side, he would lead the Bees in tackles with 97 tackles, 71 of those being solo tackles.
Christina Martinson: Bloomfield/Wausa; Christina Martinson had herself a huge season, especially as an underclassman. Martinson helped lead an impressive Bloomfield/Wausa team all season with her performances. Martinson would end her season this year down at state with a top 15 finish.
Cory Martinson: Bloomfield/Wausa; Cory Martinson, like his sister Christina, had himself an awesome season. Cory was up with his teammate Addison Smith during most of the season. Martinson would place in the top 15 at the district meet to allow him to qualify for the state meet down in Kearney where he would end his season.
Darla Nelson: Bloomfield/Wausa; Darla Nelson was also a huge factor this season for the Bloomfield/Wausa cross country team. Nelson would help lead the way like her teammate Martinson in 2019. Nelson would also lead her team to the state meet where she would end her season.
Sierra Nielsen: Creighton; Sierra Nielsen was a huge factor for the Bulldogs success. She led the Bulldogs in kills this season with a total of 96. She also had 11 aces with a 95.5% serving rating. On defense, Nielsen had 16 blocks and 102 total digs for the Bulldogs in the 2019 season.
Ryah Ostermeyer: Crofton; Ryah Ostermeyer had herself quite the season in 2019. She was one of the leaders both on offense and defense. On offense, she led the team with 164 kills. She also had 25 aces with a serving percentage of 86.5. On the defensive side of the net, she was second on the team in blocks with 35 and fourth on the team in digs with a total of 207.
Emily Parks: Niobrara-Verdigre; Like her teammate who also earned the area honors, Emily Parks had herself quite the year. She was a huge asset to the Cougar team helping them get all their wins on the season. Not only was she a leader on her team, but she was also named Honorable Mention in the NVC.
Lauren Pinkelman: Bloomfield; Lauren Pinkelman definitely helped the Bloomfield team grow over the season. On offense, Pinkelman was third on the team in kills with 94, she added 33 aces which was good for third on the team. On defense, Pinkelman had 13 blocks and 130 digs.
Gabriel Potts: Crofton; Gabriel Potts was another leading runner for the Warriors this season. Potts was another one to pretty much be guaranteed to medal for Crofton. In his district meet, Potts would place in 14th to send him down to the state meet in Kearney. He would end his season in Kearney.
Hannah Sheriden: Santee; Hannah Sheriden was definitely one of the biggest assets on the Warriors’ team this season. Sheriden led her team in almost every category including 85 kills, 34 aces, 12 blocks, 203 digs, and 21 assists. Sheriden was also named as Honorable Mention in the NVC.
Addison Smith: Bloomfield/Wausa; Addison Smith was the main leader for the Bloomfield/Wausa boys team this season. Smith was one of the leading runners for his team the entire season. Smith would end up qualifying for the state meet down in Kearney where he would finish his season.
Romeo White: Santee; Romeo White was one of the biggest assets when it came to the Warriors season this year. White was the leading rusher for the Warriors coming in with 1,190 yards. White also threw for 323 yards which was good for second on the team. On defense, White was second on the team in tackles with 33.
Caden Wortman: Creighton; Caden Wortman was kind of a silent all-star this season for the Bulldogs. Caden Wortman was one tough runner when it came to offense. Getting hit two yards in the backfield and still being able to get a couple of yards is something to notice. He wasn’t too shabby on the defensive side of the ball either.
Brayden Zimmerer: Creighton; Brayden Zimmerer may be one of the best athletes in class D1. He helped guide his team to a state championship last season, and helped lead his team to the second round of playoffs this season. Zimmerer did get hurt during the second half of the season, but he did come back for playoffs which showed how tough this kid really is.
Cross Country: Andrea Sucha - Niobrara-Verdigre, Chrissenna Swalley - Niobrara-Verdigre, Hannah Hubers- Bloomfield, Madie Ziegler -Bloomfield
Football: Trenten Bauer- Niobrara-Verdigre, Cody Breugman-Bloomfield; Camden Eisenhauer- Niobrara-Verdigre, Gavin Chohon- Niobrara-Verdigre
Volleyball: Alexis Arens - Crofton, Kaitlyn Kumm - Wausa, Macy Zimmerer - Creighton, Alexandria Eisenhauer- Bloomfield, Grace Kuchar- Bloomfield