Derek Noehren

One of my favorite aspects of working for the Telegraph is our broad coverage area, which encompasses about 30 high schools.

With Wednesday’s final rounds of the boys golf championships marking the end of the 2016 spring sports season, I thought I’d highlight some of the best stories from this spring.

The North Platte boys soccer team continued its impressive progression under head coach Danny Whitney by earning a trip to the state tournament for the first time in 12 years. The Bulldogs proved they weren’t just content getting to Omaha by giving eventual state champion Omaha South all they wanted in a 2-1 thriller.

When Whitney took over in 2014 the Bulldogs were coming off of a 2-14 campaign. Over the next three years, North Platte improved its win total each season, going 4-12 in 2014, then 9-7 and 12-6 this season.

Whitney’s sister and North Platte girls soccer coach Sarah Kaminski continued a string of sustained success, guiding the Lady Dawgs to a 12-5 record, falling one game shy of making a state tournament appearance of their own.

This season marks the fifth consecutive season the Lady Dawgs have won 12 or more games under Kaminski.

On the track, the Brady boys and girls teams each finished sixth as a team at the state meet, highlighted by gold medals from the boys 4x100-meter and 4x400 relay teams and a gold for Emery Swan in the 800.

Mullen’s Lance Moore left Omaha with two individual medals and two more as part of relay teams. Moore took gold in the 110 hurdles, silver in the 300 hurdles and a pair of bronze medals as part of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.

St. Pat’s senior Katie Montgomery made it back to back gold medals in the pole vault, winning this year by clearing 10 feet, 10 inches.

Chase County won the girls team title in Class C with 53.5 points, narrowly edging second place Crofton by half of a point.

On Tuesday and Wednesday at Lake Maloney Golf Club in North Platte, Humphrey St. Francis’ Trevor Kosch roared back from a three-stroke first-round deficit to shoot 1-under-par 71 on day two, winning the Class D championship by three strokes.

Meanwhile in Class B, McCook’s Noah Hofman claimed his second straight Class B title in convincing fashion, winning by six strokes.

Now that spring is officially in the books, we look forward to bringing you a broad range of summer sports coverage. As always, if you have a story idea feel free to contact myself at 308-535-4744 or via email at dnoehren@nptelegraph.com. You can also send story ideas to Telegraph Sports Editor Andrew Bottrell at 308-535-4754 or abottrell@nptelegraph.com.

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