Published On: Thu, Dec 27th, 2007

Area Students Named Academic All State

LINCOLN — Several Hartington and Cedar Catholic athletes were honored this week by being named to the Nebraska School Activities Association All State Academic Team.
One of the students — Hartington High School senior Anna Pearson —made the list twice.

Each year the Nebraska School Activities Association recognizes the top students in the state who excell in both extra curricular activities and academics.
Only those students who made significant contribution to their activity and excelled in the classroom are eligible for the award. To be eligible for Academic All State, the student must have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.7 on a 4.0-point scale.
In all, five students from HPS —Pearson, Bernice Bowers, Liz Kneifl, Devon Kathol and Dana Fuelberth — were all named Academic All State.
Cedar Catholic had eight students named Academic All State.

Brandon Griess, Kyle Dump, Dana Leise, Rebecca Dreesen, Ashley Kathol, Janeen Wintz, Joel Uhing and Melanie Leise all earned Academic All State.
Pearson competed on the Hartington girls’ golf team this fall. She helped the team set a new school record for best round of golf in school history. She qualified for the State golf tournament as a junior. She also made the honor list for her participation in the school’s One-Act play.
Hartington golf coach A.J. Johnson said Pearson made a big contribution to the team.
”Anna has made great progress in her time as a golfer at HPS, going from a beginning golfer as a freshman to a vital member of our team and a state qualifier,” Johnson said.
Another Hartington golfer, Bernice Bowers also earned All State Academic status. Bowers qualified for the state golf meet both her junior and senior seasons. She holds the school record for a nine-hole score.
“Bernice has been our most consistant performer and team scoring leader the last two years. Her dedication to the game and ability to improve herself is outstanding,” Johnson said.
Devon Kathol made the elite list for her play of the Wildcat volleyball team. The four-year team member scored 168 points, had 89 kills and 30 ace blocks.
Liz Kneifl also made the elite list because of her prowess on the volleyball court. She made good on an amazing 96.8 percent of serves this year. She also had 127 set assists and 42 digs and was named to the Lewis and Clark Conference All Conference Honorable Mention Team.

Fuelberth was recognized for her outstanding performance in the school play, “The Legend of Robin Hood, Sort of.”
Cedar Catholic’s Brandon Griess was named to the Academic All State team because of his versatility on the football field.
He was a stand-out defensive end, offensive lineman and punter for the 2007 Trojan football team. Griess was also named All State Honorable Mention and was the MVP of this year’s Special Teams unit.
“Brandon did it all. His punting was a real solid weapon for us,” Cedar Catholic Coach Chad Cattau said.
Dump was a starting defensive tackle and offensive guard for the Trojans. He led Cedar in tackles and was named First Team All State for his play on defense. He was also named as the team’s overall MVP this season.
“Every Saturday, I’d trade film with coaches and they’d always comment on how nobody could run up the middle on us,” Cattau said. “He (Dump) stopped everything that would come up the middle.”
Rebecca Dreesen led the Cedar golf team to the state golf tournament. She medaled at the majority of meets she competed in this season.
Dana Leise was also a member of the state qualifying girls’ golf team. Her consistant play helped the Lady Trojans place well in most of the tournaments they entered this year.
Ashley Kathol and Melanie Leise were honored for their exceptional play on the volleyball court.
Janeen Wintz and Joel Uhing were named to the Academic All State team for their outstanding performances in the school’s One Act Play, “Best Christmas Present Ever.”