The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) will honor Creighton Preparatory, Lincoln Southwest, Elkhorn South, Omaha Skutt Catholic, Kearney Catholic, Columbus Scotus, Lindsay Holy Family, and Howells high schools as the sixth annual U.S. Cellular Cup champions. The U.S. Cellular® Cup, which will be presented to the 2011-12 championship schools during the fall, is the Association’s all-activities program award.
Lincoln Southwest won the All-School U.S. Cellular Cup in Class A for the first time. The Silver Hawks, who scored 662.5 points in the All-School Division, won the Class A Girls Division of the U.S. Cellular Cup and finished second in the boys standings to top Millard West High School and end the Wildcats four-year run as the All-School Cup champion. Southwest took home NSAA runner-up trophies in softball, boys and girls golf, and speech, and finished third in girls swimming & diving to pull away from Millard West. Creighton Preparatory School scored 335 points to win the Class A Boys U.S. Cellular Cup. The Junior Jays won NSAA championships in baseball, swimming & diving, golf, and soccer to claim the Class A Boys Division again.
Omaha Skutt Catholic earned the Class B All-School and Class B Boys Divisions of the U.S. Cellular Cup in 2011-12. The SkyHawks won state championships in softball, girls tennis, wrestling, speech, and boys soccer. Omaha Skutt Catholic, literally, survived “the storm,” outlasting Elkhorn South for the All-School Cup. Skutt finished with 595 points, while Elkhorn South placed second with 563.5 points. The Storm used its NSAA Class B girls golf title to win its first Class B Girls Division of the U.S. Cellular Cup. In the B Boys Cup standings, Omaha Skutt Catholic recorded 320 points to top Scottsbluff. The Bearcats came on strong in the spring, winning the NSAA Class B Boys Track & Field Championships, to finish with 297.5 points.
Kearney Catholic did not win an NSAA championship, but the Stars did well enough in the boys and girls standings to outlast Columbus Scotus and take the Class C All-School Division of the U.S. Cellular Cup. The Stars finished as the NSAA runner-up in football, volleyball, girls track & field, and boys golf to claim the All-School Cup. Columbus Scotus won the Girls Division Cup in Class C for the fourth consecutive year. The Shamrocks won NSAA championships in girls cross country and volleyball to edge Kearney Catholic, 237.5-200, in the girls standings. Kearney Catholic scored 197.5 points to win the Class C Boys Division of the U.S. Cellular Cup.
Howells won the All-School and Boys Divisions of the U.S. Cellular Cup in Class D for the second straight year. The Bobcats finished as the NSAA runner-up at the Class D2 football and boys basketball championships. The Howells girls program claimed the NSAA Class D2 Volleyball Championship to help the Bobcats outscore Humphrey St. Francis 325-287.5 in the All-School Division. Lindsay Holy Family won the Class D girls version of the U.S. Cellular Cup by winning NSAA championships in girls track & field and play production; and taking second in girls cross country.