Boys athlete of the year: Other notable candidates from 2023-24 (2024)

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Carter Nelson is the 2024 Journal Star boys athlete of the year. Here's a look at some other notable performances from 2023-24.

Caleb Benning, Omaha Westside

A special football player who was highly successful in all three phases for the state-champion Warriors. He will play defense at the next level after a seven-interception season in 2023, but he also caught 45 passes for 602 yards and seven touchdowns and was one of the top return men in the state while being named a Super-State honorary captain. In basketball, Benning was a starting guard and lockdown defender for a Class A state semifinal team.

Drew Moser, Waverly

Moser could well go down as one of Waverly’s all-time greats. In football, he was a second-team Super-State selection as a linebacker after leading the Vikings to the Class B state semifinals. His versatility showed on offense, too, where he ran for 174 yards and seven TDs, and caught 21 passes for 286 yards and two more scores. He was also named defensive MVP at the Shrine Bowl. On the wrestling mat, Moser went 46-0 while winning the Class B 175-pound state title and leading Waverly to its first-ever team championship. He was 90-1 with two state titles over his final two seasons. On the track, he finished third in both the 400- and 800 meters at the state meet while running the anchor leg on Waverly’s bronze medal 1,600 relay team to lead the Vikings to a second-place finish in the team race.

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Tyson Terry, Omaha North

The Nebraska football commit is a monster on the gridiron and even more dominant on the wrestling mat. In football, Terry had 72 tackles — 15 for loss — from his defensive line position while drawing constant double and triple-teams. In wrestling, it was another flawless season: a 44-0 record and four pins at the state tournament on his way to a third consecutive state title. Terry is 136-0 through his first three years of high school wrestling.

Isak Doty, Sidney

A star in three sports for Sidney, Doty led the Red Raiders to a state semifinal appearance in football, a district final in basketball, and won a pair of medals at state track. In football, Doty threw for 1,493 yards and 16 touchdowns and ran for 1,532 yards and 19 scores to lead Sidney to its first state semifinal since 1993. He was named the Class C-1 first-team all-state quarterback. In basketball, he led Sidney in scoring at 13.8 points per game while setting a school record for career 3-pointers with 214. That total ranks in the top 50 all-time in Nebraska for career 3-pointers made. On the track, Doty finished third in the Class B 200-meter dash and ran a leg on Sidney’s silver medal-winning 400 relay team.

Kyler Lauridsen and Austin Kaiser, Bennington

A bonus here with two standouts from the same school. Lauridsen was a second-team Super-State pick at linebacker in football after helping lead the Badgers to a third consecutive undefeated state championship season. He finished 2023 with 108 tackles, 19 coming for loss, and three interceptions. In wrestling, Lauridsen went 55-0 to win the Class B 150-pound title. He is 140-4 with three state titles so far in high school.

Kaiser was prolific in two sports for the Badgers, setting a single-season state record in soccer with 27 assists, and tying for the state lead in goals scored with 34 while powering Bennington to the Class B state semifinals. In basketball, he led his team in scoring at 15.2 points per game and rebounding at 5.8 per contest to lead Bennington to the Class B state tournament.

The scary part for opponents? Both guys were just juniors in 2023-24.

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