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NCHS grads play in All-Star games, Zowada wins award

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 30th, 2014

Hailey Bruegger represented Niobrara County as a member of the winning South volleyball squad. Photo/Traci Bruegger. Hunter Dockery and Matt VandeBossche are the first set of Lusk teammates to participate in both All-Star events. Courtesy Photo

Three members of the class of 2014 got to spend one more day representing Niobrara County last Saturday. The annual Wyoming Coaches Association North-South All Star games were held at Casper College with volleyball and girls and boys basketball games.

Hailey Bruegger was a member of the winning South volleyball squad with a 4-1 victory in five sets. “It was fun, I got to meet some new coaches and our team was a great bunch of girls,” said Bruegger. “We had a dance-off with the North girls and won that too.”

Hunter Dockery was selected to the South boys basketball team this past spring and Matt VandeBossche got a phone call three days before the game to come as an injury replacement. The two shared the football field last month in the Shrine Bowl and got to play one more game together on the hardcourt. They are the first set of Lusk teammates to participate in both All Star events, while Casey Fosher is the only other NCHS graduate to play in both games-in the summer of 2001. While the North won the game 95-73 behind 15 three pointers, Dockery sank a triple and VandeBossche tallied two points. Despite the disappointing outcome, both of them smiled when notified of being the first classmates to play in both.

In conjunction with the games the WCA hosted their awards banquet on Friday night. Recently retired NCHS guidance counselor and boys track and field coach Dennis Zowada was given the distinguished service award for his nearly three decades in Lusk. Zowada was nominated by Lady Tiger track coach Sandra Johnson and surrounded by his wife Bonnie and all three sons and their families to receive the 2014 award.

Deb Murray was recognized as the 2A girls golf coach of the year, as the Lady Tigers won their eighth state golf title last fall. Rich Murray was recognized as a nominee for the national coach of the year for boys basketball.

For the complete article see the 07-30-2014 issue.

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