Creighton’s Lady Bulldogs volleyball team is set up to have a big year in 2016.
Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Tracy Tyler, the Lady Bulldogs look to improve on an 11-11 record from last season. To do so, they will lean on all-state honorable mention Makayla Brockhaus, who leads a talented senior class that includes two other all-conference performers. Maycey Forker earned a spot on the Lewis and Clark all-conference team while Bailey Zimmerer was named honorable mention. Junior Sydney Walton also earned all-conference honors in 2015.
Seven different players return with starting experience for Creighton, who look to make a run at the state tournament for the first time in Tyler’s tenure.
Creighton takes the court for the first time in 2016 as they host the Creighton Triangular on September 1.
Coach: Tracy Tyler
2015 record: 11-11
2015 playoffs: N/A
Returning starters: Seven
Returning letter winners: Makayla Brockhaus, Sr., Chelsea Boelter, Sr., Bailey Zimmerer, Sr., Maycey Forker, Sr., Sydney Walton, Jr., Cassidy Moeller, Jr., Kasey Kuhl, Jr., Kirsten Adams, So., Ashtyn Fritz, So., Clarissa Becker, So.
Players to watch: Makayla Brockhaus, Bailey Zimmerer, Maycey Forker, Sydney Walton
2016 Outlook: “We have a lot of returning players with varsity experience. Their hard work and determination to win should make for a fun year.” - Coach Tracy Tyler. Returning an all-state honorable mention player and three all-conference honorees certainly gives any team a leg up on the competition. The Bulldogs have an amazing amount of experience returning for 2016, and in high school volleyball that experience is huge. Look for a minimum of 15 wins this season.
The Creighton Bulldogs football team has been one of the top teams in the area, if not the class, for more than a decade. Since 2005, the Bulldogs have not recorded a losing season, including six seasons of just one loss. That is the definition of a dynasty. Don’t expect that to change in 2016.
The Bulldogs are lead by hall of fame coach Gene Suhr for the second straight season. They posted an 11-1 record last year and look to do so again this year. They will be lead by all-state lineman Sam Morrill and fellow all-state candidate Ryan Neumann, who had a hand in 42 touchdowns from his quarterback position in 2015.
Creighton will get an early test on their quest to return to the state playoffs as they take on Neligh-Oakdale in the season opener on August 25.
Coach: Gene Suhr
2015 Record: 11-1
2015 Playoffs: Semifinal loss to eventual champion BDS.
Returning starters: two on offense, three on defense
Returning letter winners: Sam Morrill, Sr., Ryan Neumann, Sr., Tyler Stubben, Sr., Kurt Wortman, Sr., Brady Wortman, Sr., Brady Brockhaus, Jr., Wyatt Diedrichsen, Jr., Alec Zimmerer, Jr., Noah Lilly, Jr., Levi Stacken, Jr., Jimmy Johnson, Jr., Ted Fanta, Jr., Brady Nelson, Jr., Derek Wortman, So., Bryce Zimmerer, So., Travis Tyler, So., Jackson Costello, So., JD Kuhlman, So., Cameron Tyler, So., Brody Vrooman, So.
Players to watch: Sam Morrill, Ryan Neumann
2016 Outlook: “Young with a challenging schedule. We hope to compete.” - Coach Gene Suhr. Creighton has lost a total of three games in the past three seasons. Winning games hasn’t been the issue, getting past the semifinals has been. They boast arguably the top linemen ever to walk the halls of Creighton High School in Sam Morrill and one of the top two quarterbacks in the state in Ryan Neumann. That’s a deadly combination. If they can get past a tough Neligh-Oakdale team in week one, a state championship is the only reasonable expectation this season.