GRAND ISLAND — They now refer to it as “old school ball.”
The St. Cecilia volleyball team saw its court dynamics and perseverance pay off in the form of back-to-back championship trophies at the 1982 and 1983 state tournaments in Lincoln.
Teammates Kelly (Farmer) Nikkila and Amy (Sass) Hamburger are among those who remember the thrill of those title wins.
“To have back-to-back wins was incredible,” Hamburger said. “It was such an exciting time to play.”
Flash forward to this week — 30 years later.
Hamburger and Nikkila are now the proud parents of two Hawkette volleyball players — junior Clare Hamburger and senior Morgan Nikkila — who themselves have had an exciting series of trips to the state tournament, making it to the semifinals for the third consecutive year.