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Frauendorfer first to the finish

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Alyssa Frauendorfer won seven Class D championships in track, including four as a junior, but the sports she considered for college were volleyball and basketball. She plans to play volleyball at Wayne State.

By Mike Patterson / The World-Herald

When Alyssa Frauendorfer’s coaches talk about her, there’s one point each wants to drive home. They’ll tell you that as solid as the Humphrey senior was in athletics, she’s an even better person away from the gymnasium. When you look at what the senior accomplished this season, that’s saying something.

Frauendorfer was a first-team All-Nebraska selection in volleyball, finished her basketball career with 2,267 points and won two Class D titles at the state track and field meet. Today, she is honored as The World-Herald Nebraska high school girls athlete of the year.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2012: Kadie Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South

2011: Chelsea Albers, Papillion-La Vista

2010: Jordan Hooper, Alliance

2009: Gina Mancuso, Papillion-La Vista

2008: Nicole Brungardt, Norfolk Catholic

2007: Amber Hegge, Crofton

2006: Amber Hegge, Crofton

2005: Megan Neuvirth, West Point CC

2004: Jenna Cole, Lincoln East

2003: Christina Houghtelling, Cambridge

2002: Kristi Woodard, Bellevue West

2001: Laura Spanheimer, Omaha Marian

2000: KC Cowgill, Grand Island CC

1999: Laura Pilakowski, Columbus

1998: Kristie Korth, Columbus Scotus

1997: Kelly Cizek, Millard South

1996: Kelly Lindsey, Millard North

1995: Renee Saunders, Omaha Marian

1994: Sarah Fredstrom, Omaha Burke

1993: Teri Steer, Crete

1992: Allison Weston, Papillion-La Vista

1991: Kathy Travis, Lincoln Christian

1990: Nikki Stricker, Lincoln East

1989: Michelle Kush, Gibbon

1988: Jodi Stineman, Lincoln Southeast

1987: Diane Beideck, Millard North

1986: Darcy Cudaback, Exeter

1985: Dawn Crinklaw, Ralston

1984: Maurtice Ivy, Omaha Central

1983: Stacy Imming, Kearney

1982: Lynae Loseke, Columbus Lakeview

1981: Sue Lind, Albion

1980: Kelli Benson, Grand Island

1979: Chris Leigh, Platteview

1978: Rhonda McCormick, Wheatland

1977: Nancy Kindig, Hastings St. Cecilia

1976: Sondra Obermeier, Aurora

The award, which began in 1976, is based on observations by the newspaper’s sportswriters. Other finalists were McKenzie Brown of Grand Island Northwest, Michaela Mestl of Kearney Catholic, Mikaela Shaw of Sandy Creek, Michaela Barry of Norfolk Catholic and Abby Ortmeier of West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic.

Frauendorfer is the first Class D athlete to earn the award since Christina Houghtelling of Cambridge in 2003. She’s also the first girls athlete of the year from Class D-2 — the classification for the state’s smallest schools — since D-2 was formed in 1983.

“Her leadership skills and work ethic are awesome,” Humphrey volleyball coach Gary Bender said. “I don’t think she lost a sprint in practice in the four years she was here.”

Bulldogs girls basketball coach Marty Moser said Frauendorfer led by example, both on and off the court.

“She was the valedictorian of her class and just an all-around great person to have on the team,” he said. “She works hard at everything she does, and I think that’s why she’s successful at so many things.”

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Frauendorfer led Humphrey to a second straight state volleyball title in the fall. The 6-foot senior registered 80 kills in three matches at state, including 23 in the final against Cedar Valley.

Alyssa grew up as the youngest of Jim and Theresa Frauendorfer’s three children. Her brother, Derick, played sports, as did her sister, Paige — whose basketball records at Humphrey High Alyssa would eventually break.

“My sister was a great role model for me,” Alyssa said. “I wouldn’t have been nearly the player I was if not for her.”

She remembers shooting hoops in the driveway while growing up with her older sister, who recently completed her basketball career at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In addition to basketball, Alyssa eventually got involved in volleyball and track.

“I love sports,” Alyssa said. “It’s just always been a big part of our family.”

She has had a profound impact on the Humphrey sports scene. During her first three varsity seasons, she led the volleyball team to a state title in its first-ever tournament appearance (2011) and led the basketball team to the state tournament twice — including a runner-up finish in 2012.

She also won five events at the state track meet in her first three years, including four (200, 400, long jump, triple jump) as a junior.

Frauendorfer entered this season knowing she would be counted on more heavily in all three of her sports. Humphrey graduated several seniors from the previous year, and coaches knew that Alyssa, who always set an example more through her actions than her words, would need to do both.

Humphrey, which dropped from Class D-1 to D-2 this season, went 33-2 to secure its second straight state volleyball title. The 6-foot senior had 80 kills in three state tourney matches — 23 in the final against Cedar Valley — and finished with 501 for the season. She also had 375 digs and 136 blocks while landing a spot on the first-team All-Nebraska squad, taking her place among players from much larger schools.

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Frauendorfer finished her prep career with 2,267 points.

Bender, her volleyball coach, said he especially appreciated Frauendorfer’s work with freshman Tarrin Beller, who was second on the team in kills.

“She took that freshman under her wing because she knew Tarrin was a big part of our future,” Bender said. “Alyssa showed her the importance of working hard and doing things the right way.”

Frauendorfer followed with another impressive basketball season. She topped the career 2,000-point mark in January and finished with 2,267 points — trailing only Darcy Stracke of Chambers (2,752) and KC Cowgill of Grand Island Central Catholic (2,427) on the all-time scoring list.

Frauendorfer finished her prep career this spring by capturing Class D titles in the triple jump (37-½) and the long jump (17-7).

“Overall, I was pretty happy with the way this season went,” she said. “The biggest disappointment was not getting back to state in basketball, but we came close.”

Frauendorfer will move on to play volleyball at Wayne State. She said it was tough to choose between volleyball and basketball, but added she’s comfortable with her decision.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “I’m ready to start that next chapter in my life.”

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402-444-1350, mike.patterson@owh.com, twitter.com/MPattersonOWH


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