JOHNSON – If you’re wondering what a dynasty looks like, all you have to do is look in the gym at Johnson-Brock High School.
Since Head Coach Tera Stutheit took over in 2015, the Eagles have won 71 matches and only lost 13. That includes back to back state championships and a 15-0 start in 2017.
“We have girls right now that really love the sport of volleyball. Some of them play volleyball through club season, so they’re playing almost year round. I think that’s a lot of it. Just the atmosphere in the gym overall is really positive.”
Last year’s team featured several broken records, including most assists and kills as a team for a season, and Fallon Stutheit set the state record for most kills in a season as a Sophomore.
Fallon is Coach Stutheit’s daughter and already verbally committed to play volleyball at the University of Nebraska.
“I really like it, but then again I always know if I did something wrong after a game,” said Fallon with a laugh.
This year’s senior class features two key contributors in Brynn Westenburg and Kaitlynn Simon. Westenburg owns the record for most assists in a season, and is less than 100 assists away from the D1 state record for a career. Simon was a part of a duo with Stutheit that set the state record for most kills in a season in 2016, and is fifth overall individually in kills this year. She will be playing collegiately at Midland.
They are eight wins away from 100 for their career with the Eagles.
“We’ve spent our whole years together, from elementary and puffy kneepads to now. We’ve done it all,” declared Westenburg.
Simon adds, “Not even just volleyball, all sports and all activities.”
Believe it or not, this year’s team had done something that no player on their roster had done before. They won a MUDECAS Championship.
“When we started the season, we set our team goals, and that was the one the girls said right away. ‘MUDECAS is not going to get the best of us.’ They wanted to get to that championship game. They wanted to add that to their list of championships and it was just exciting for them this year that we managed to get through the week,” exclaimed Coach Stutheit.
In their 15-0 start, they have lost only one set.
Stay tuned for coverage all year long on another historic year for the Johnson-Brock Eagles on News Channel Nebraska.