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Gross Catholic wins sportsmanship awards

It’s a clean sweep for students and fans from Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue – earning good sportsmanship awards in the Nebraska State Soccer Tournament in Omaha.

The Nebraska Coaches Association awarded the school the Class B State Soccer Sportsmanship Awards in boys’ and girls’ competition.

The boys’ team made it to the quarterfinals May 13 and the girls made the semifinal game May 14. Mike Dempsey, the school’s athletic director, was among those accepting the awards at the championship game May 16.

"It gives us a lot of pride to know our kids are supporting our teams in a way that’s respectful and positive," said John Schultz, principal. "They enjoy watching our athletes compete and rooting for our teams; win or lose, they’re always positive in everything they do."

Two other Catholic schools in the archdiocese won sportsmanship awards – Marian High for girls and Creighton Preparatory for boys, both in Class A.

Marian also was a champion on the field – taking the girls’ state title, while V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha won the Class B girls’ state championship and Scotus Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Columbus won the Class B boys’ state title.

The Nebraska Coaches Association gives the sportsmanship awards in partnership with the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA), Nebraska Athletic Directors Association, and presenting partner, the Nebraska National Guard.

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