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NSAA 2020-21 season in review

NSAA Executive Director Jay Bellar talks about the 2020-21 sports calendar season
Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 10:37 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Nebraska School Activities Association crowned state champs in boys golf last Wednesday. It marked the end of an interesting high school sports season that began last summer with a lot more questions than answers.

Last August, prep football teams opened up their fall camp like they always do, only this time questions ran rampant. Would the NSAA hold state events? Would the season even happen? Fast forward to today, the NSAA have crowned state champions in all 15 of its sanctioned sports.

“The health directors around the state of Nebraska were great,” NSAA Executive Director Jay Bellar said. “The governor’s office helped us in just about every way imaginable. The staff here at the NSAA worked tirelessly to get things done and then of course you can’t forget about all the school administrators.”

With other states moving or canceling seasons, the same could not be said in Nebraska.

“We got to pretty much do what we wanted to do when we wanted to do it,” Bellar said. “When you compare Nebraska with other states, I think we should feel very fortunate in how things went.”

The year came with its bumps as the NSAA moved the state football championships to home sites because of attendance restrictions at Memorial Stadium.

“When you’re limited to such a small crowd, the community is still such a big part of what we do too,” Bellar said. “We wanted to take advantage of what we thought would be the best possible atmosphere for our kids.”

Changing the format was normal for state events this year and it may not be the last time we see those changes.

“We may keep some of these formats,” Bellar said. “You know I don’t know what they are at this point in time but we’re going to definitely talk about what basketball looked liked. What wrestling looked like. What track looked like.”

It was a whirlwind of a year that no doubt will not be forgotten anytime soon in the Cornhusker state.

“One of the things I keep thinking of is, if we can get through something like this and I think we have in decent shape as long as we work together, we can do just about anything,” Bellar said. “Nebraska is a great place to live. They work hard to do good things for kids and its a great place to be.”

From an unusual start to a familiar end, we have reached the dogs days of summer full of camps and Legion baseball. Before we know it, football teams will hit the grid-iron underneath those Friday Night Lights.

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