Girls Basketball Team wins State Championship
The 2018 Westside Girls Varsity Basketball Team has won the NSAA Class A State Championship, capping off a season defined by team work and exceptional success on and off the court.
“So amazingly proud of this group of girls that became a true “team”!” the Westside coaching staff posted on Twitter. “They lived their values, followed their dreams, and believed in each other and our program! Their 28 wins is a new school record (28-3). I will sure miss watching them compete!
Monday morning, the Westside High School student body, staff, administrators and supporters throughout the district attended a pep rally celebrating the team’s win.
The state victory caps off a season that included numerous championships, and recognition for both individual players and the team.
Over winter break, the Warriors won the Metro Conference Tournament, a first in several years. Senior Quinn Weidemann was also named Tournament MVP.
Westside also won a District Championship, and will compete for the NSAA Class A State Championship starting Thursday, March 1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The game will begin at 8:45 Thursday evening, and will be broadcast live on 102.7 FM radio.
The Warriors and Coach Clark have been recognized multiple times this season, including honors from the Westside Board of Education and Nebraska State Senator John McCollister. The Kiwanis Club also recognized Westside’s Caroline Leibel as an exemplary student athlete.
Leibel, as well as Emma Raabe from Marian and Justice Alioth from Omaha Burke, was recognized for outstanding academic, leadership, and athletic achievements this season. Caroline is a 4-year varsity basketball player, and has earned 11 athletic letters from 3 different sports (volleyball, basketball, and track). She is also involved in DECA and other school groups and activities. Caroline has maintained a GPA above 3.7 while being active in all these organizations and athletics.