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Gators make it three in a row
by Nathan Arneal
In the four years that the North Bend Eagle has been tabulating all-sports standings for the East Husker Conference, three times have Wisner-Pilger and North Bend occupied the top two spots in the combined standings.
This year marks the Gators’ third straight EHC all-sports crown, and their 11.5-point cushion over runner-up North Bend is the largest victory margin in the four-year history of the all-sports award.
Wisner-Pilger only won two conference events, taking first in the volleyball regular season and tournament, but top-3 finishes in football, boys and girls basketball and boys and girls track and field boosted Wi-Pi to the top of the heap.
North Bend, largely buoyed by championships in girls basketball and girls track, is second in the combined standings. Tekamah-Herman’s third-place finish in the combined race is the purple Tigers’ highest ever finish.
After finishing fourth the previous two years, Oakland-Craig claims the boys all-sports title with its top-ranked football team and a runner-up finish in track.
How it was scored
Points were awarded in each sport based on regular season standings and the number of teams that participated in the sport. So if all 10 teams competed in a sport, the conference champion received 10 points, second place nine points, third place got eight, and so on. If there were only seven teams in a sport, the winner got seven points, the runner-up six, and so on. The only exception is golf, which counted for half the points as the other sports.
Basketball, volleyball: Regular season East Husker Conference standings were used.
Wrestling, cross country, golf, track and field: Points were awarded based on the school’s finish at the conference meet. In cross country and golf, only full teams counted in the team standings.
Football: With the advent of district play and statewide scheduling several years ago, conference play in football came to an end. Points were awarded based upon the Eagle’s final East Husker Conference ratings. These ratings, published on the northbendeagle.com web site, were compiled after considering each team’s record, head-to-head match ups against other EHC teams, common opponents, and strength of schedule.
Softball: With only four conference teams competing in softball, the East Husker does not officially recognize the sport or hold a conference championship. However, the four teams, North Bend, Tekamah-Herman, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder and Wisner-Pilger, all play each other, so the Eagle was able to compile regular season standings based on those games. Only single, regular season games were counted. As in other sports, tournament games or other multi-team formats were not included in the standings.
Tournaments: Top-four finishes in the conference tournaments were also recognized. Teams were awarded four points for winning a conference tournament, three points for runner-up, two points for third and one point for fourth place.
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