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Tekamah completes the climb
by Nathan Arneal
There are a few things you can learn when you study the five-year history of the North Bend Eagle’s East Husker Conference all-sports standings. One thing is that high school athletics are cyclical. In 2008, the Tekamah-Herman boys finished eighth in the EHC standings. Just three years later, the Tiger boys are on top of the heap, leading Tekamah-Herman to its first EHC all-sports championship.
TH used a No. 1 ranking in conference football and a wrestling championship to go along with top-three finishes in volleyball and girls and boys basketball to break Wisner-Pilger’s three-year all-sports championship streak.
Not all things appear to be cyclical, however. In each of the past five years, Wisner-Pilger and North Bend have finished in the top three of the girls all-sports standings. This year was no different, with the final conference event of the year determining the girls championship. The Gators broke NBC’s seven-year stranglehold on the EHC track and field championship, and that made the difference in pushing the Wi-Pi girls to the top of the conference for the second straight year.
The biggest mover this year was Pender. After finishing in last place in the boys and girls combined standings each of the past two years, the Dragons moved up to fifth this year thanks to a tie for the wrestling title and strong showings in girls basketball and girls 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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