Congratulations to Lawrence/Nelson Head Football Coach Brian Blevins who has been named the Berens Coaching Award winner for Class D-2 after leading his team to the state playoff semifinals. The article below is taken from HuskerLand Prep's Bob Jensen...
It was, in the words of head coach Brian Blevins, a long ride home.
His Lawrence-Nelson team had just been shelled by Kenesaw, 60-12, and was looking a record of 2-3 straight in the eye. Not much was going right for the Raiders, not right about then anyway.
From that point forward though Lawrence-Nelson got on a serious roll, winning six straight games to advance to the Class D-2 state semifinals. All that winning, and righting the ship, helps make Blevins our Class D-2 Berens Coaching Award winner.
“Following that Kenesaw loss was the turning point to our season,” says Coach Blevins. “We had just gotten whooped, we were sitting at 2-3, we had multiple injuries, our moral was low, and our confidence was shaken. It would have been so easy for our boys to cash it in, to accept our season for what it was but they didn’t.
“That following Monday we didn’t even practice, we just met as a team and talked, and that talk became the turning point of our season. The character, resiliency, and culture of our athletes, in my opinion, is what makes us successful. They identified what they wanted, embraced their current adversity, and came together as a team more than any I had coached previously. As you said in a previous article, “Raider Football is Special.”
(Writers just love it when their work is quoted back to them. Thanks Coach Blevins...)
As only the No. 11 seed in the west bracket the Raiders upset No. 6 Wauneta-Palisade, 38-8, before scoring an impressive comeback, 33-30 win over Clearwater/Orchard. The following week the Raiders proved they had worked their way back from the darkness, avenging that earlier loss to Kenesaw, 28-12. Lawrence-Nelson lost a hard-fought 36-24 decision at unbeaten Mullen in the semifinals to finish 8-4.
“There was a lot of excitement and anticipation surrounded our program heading into this season. Although qualifying for the (2017) quarterfinals was a great accomplishment, it really left our boys wanting more and motivated for the season to start,” says Coach Blevins. “We knew that our grueling schedule and lack of numbers were going to make achieving our goals a very daunting task. During the summer and into pre-season we constantly preached to our kids, ‘leave each day better then it begun.’ That mantra carried into the season and I feel we became a better team after every game we played.”
All the winning, especially the postseason winning when his team turned Class D-2 football on its ear, was a lot of fun but not the only fun, nor satisfaction, Coach Blevins draws from the game.
“When I was just beginning my coaching career my dad once told me you can’t base all your success off wins and losses. It’s about the little things, the memories along the way. In taking this advice I have been blessed with such many great successes. We have been fortunate this year, and in years prior, to win a lot of games but all the great memories and opportunities I got to share in with our team this year far outweigh final scores.
“Each year, each season, is a journey and this year's was a great one.”
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The Lawrence/Nelson Sportsmanship Group (they haven't come up with an official name yet!) will be handing out complimentary meal "tickets" in the form of a flag at all of our home games to our veterans, both from LN and those visiting.
Prior to varsity games beginning, Veterans will be asked to stand and be recognized, at which time they will be presented with a flag, a handshake, and a thank you from our basketball players. Veterans are asked to take their flag to the meal deal and present it to the group hosting the meal deal for a complimentary meal from the sportsmanship group.
This sportsmanship group started their mission with a trip to the Sportsmanship Summit at Kearney on 11/14/18, with Mr. Hild and Mr. Peterson. Head coaches of the high school sports selected nine players from grades 9 through 11, and are looking to increase the group size in the months ahead. Those making up the group at this time are:
This group is also in the stages of developing an "accountability" card to be used within their own team, and also at games, where they look at 10 factors of sportsmanship and being a good teammate and player in general:
The group will start with printing the calls made by officials in the home programs, and a word of encouragement to our fans not to help the officials with their call making of the game (did you know that "over the back" isn't even a call?), as well as not helping the coaches to coach (did you know that it is difficult to please both your parents AND your coaches - and many will choose to please their parents, going against what the coaches are trying to implement during each specific game, such as patience on the offense, or working the ball inside?). The group had great ideas, and are looking forward to being the best case of sportsmanship in our area.
The group stated, without a doubt, we have some of the best fans around, and this is apparent by the following we get at each of our games...thank you! The sportsmanship group looks forward to having not only the biggest crowd at the games, but the best display of sportsmanship as well. Please provide us with your feedback on how we can reach this goal with upcoming "report cards" in our programs, as well as doing your part to help us reach this goal.
Thank you, Raider Fans! You are some of the best, and we want to continue to make the experience of coming to our games even better. Go Big Black!
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What is Nebraska CAPS? It stands for the Nebraska Center for Advanced Professional Studies, and it is fully funded by the South Central Nebraska Unified School District #5, and while the process and academic curriculum has been in place for the past two school years, the building is set to be done in December 2018.
While the video linked below, which was created by Ty Schweer and Austin Wilson for their NCAPS Spring 2017 career project, should answer several of your questions, we want to know if you have more! Some of the more frequently asked questions and answers are as follows...
1. If I enter a pathway, am I stuck in it for the rest of the school year or my high school career?
Absolutely not! Students can change pathways at semester break, just like they can change classes at semester break!
2. What if my relationship with my business partner just isn't working out?
While we will try to convince you to work through some issues, we also understand there are times that this might not seem possible. If this is the case, either from the student's end or the mentor's ends, changes can be made to the process.
3. Will I still be able to take four years of math/science classes?
Yes! Many of our students taking college classes are also taking Physics or Chemistry, and/or Pre-Calc or College Algebra, just as an example.
4. What pathways are currently being offered, and which ones are for college credit?
5. What classes are offered? How many students are in the classes?
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|3 students||18/FA||AGRI||1310||Plant Science|
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|4 students||18/FA||MART||1360||Intro to Graphic Arts|
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|2 students||18/FA||BSAD||1360||Personal Financial Planning|
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