Post season honors for winter athletes


LUSK – Postseason awards have begun to come out, and Niobrara County High School seniors Ryan Bruegger, Courtney Rowley and Riley Shaw were named to their respective all-state teams.

Bruegger was named 2A Southeast Quadrant and SEWAC Player of the Year and selected to the Class 2A All-State basketball team for the first time. He led the Tigers with 17.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and was the 2A leader in blocked shots.

Rowley missed the first eight games recovering from an injury but came on strong to become the 11th Lady Tiger to earn multiple all-state basketball awards. The 2019-20 Southeast Quadrant and SEWAC Player of the Year averaged nine points and 5.75 rebounds per game.

Shaw is a first-time all-state basketball player and was named 2A Southeast Quadrant and SEWAC Player of the Year. She averaged 9.4 points and four assists per game, leading the Lady Tigers to their first regional championship since the 2001-02 season.

Abby Kottwitz was named to the 2A Southeast All-Conference team and was Lusk’s second leading rebounder and finished second in 2A with 49% shooting.

Anna Richardson is a repeat selection to the 2A Southeast All-Conference team after leading NCHS in rebounding and scoring 7.3 points per game.

Junior Walker Kupke was named to the 2A Southeast All-Conference and SEWAC teams while averaging 6.8 points per game. His 4.1 assists per game was good for fourth best in 2A.

Three Tiger wrestlers were also represented on the All-SEWAC team as Jasper Caldera (32-8) was the regional quad champion.

Sophomore Colton Coffman (34-9) finished fourth at state and earned his second regional championship and All-SEWAC honor.

Sophomore Miles Ashurst (21-23) is a first time regional quad champion and also named All-SEWAC.

Third year Tiger basketball coach Ed Fullmer led Lusk to a 7-12 record and came 2.6 seconds away from qualifying for state with four new starters this past season. As a result, Fullmer was voted as SEWAC Coach of the Year by his peers.

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