Strong, Fast, Powerful, Smart!
Gross Catholic encourages students to compete and develop skills as part of the proud tradition of Cougar athletics. Our extraordinary Strength and Conditioning Program, utilizing the remarkable Health and Conditioning Center, prepares our athletes for success. The Booster Club supports all athletic programs through fundraising and other efforts. Our Junior Cougar programs prepare prospective Cougars for success at the high school level.
Our Cougar teams are ranked consistently in the Nebraska state top ten with multiple district and conference titles, and state championships.
Gross Catholic Sports
Gross Catholic Cross Country is a program geared for success. The girls and boys teams have each qualified for the state championship four times. The team has won one state and two district championships. One runner has taken first in the state championships and 3 individual runners have taken first in districts.
See the Cross Country schedule.
The Cross Country Coach is Rich Carey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Gross Catholic Football has a long tradition of competitive excellence. Our 2012 State Football Championship stands as recent evidence. Our schedule is always tough and brings out the best in all of us!
Varsity Home Field: Bryan Senior High, 4700 Giles Road, Bellevue, Nebraska.
JV & Freshman Home Field: Gross Catholic Macaitis Field, 7700 S. 43rd Street, Bellevue, Nebraska.
The Football Coach is Tom Van Haute (email@example.com).
The girls golf team is poised and ready for any challenge.
View the golf schedule.
Home Course: Tregaron, 13909 Glengarry Circle, Bellevue, NE 68123, (402) 292-9300
The Girls Golf Coach is Wayne Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Gross Catholic softball players have received numerous All-Conference and All-State Honors. Many players go on to represent Gross Catholic and compete at the collegiate level. Come and check out the team as they push on towards success.
Check out the softball schedule.
Home Field: Schrack Field at 42nd and Margo Streets, Bellevue, Nebraska.
The Softball Coach is Michala Jacobson (email@example.com).
Gross Catholic’s Boys Tennis team has enjoyed 8 Nebraska Top Ten Rankings. The coach has the boys working hard and enjoying the competition.
View the boys tennis schedule.
Home Court: Dewey Outdoor Park Tennis Center, 550 Turner Boulevard, Omaha, Nebraska.
The Boys Tennis Coach is Mike Renner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We’re number one! Our volleyball program remains among the elite of the state racking up 18 District Championships, 6 RCC Titles, 3 state runner-up titles as well as winning the state tournament four times.
See the up to date volleyball schedule.
Follow the team on Max Preps to get the latest scores.
The great volleyball tradition continues here at Gross Catholic! Yvonne Carson, our Head Varsity Coach is guiding the girls to success (email@example.com).
Gross Catholic Boys Basketball provides plenty of excitement for Cougar fans! Varsity Coach Tim Powers (firstname.lastname@example.org) has got the guys playing well. Boys hoops has a long tradition of excellence. This season promises to be a journey to remember.
View the boys basketball schedule.
Gross Catholic also sponsors a youth basketball program for junior high boys where they learn the fundamentals needed to be able to compete at a high level in high school.
Tradition of Success!
The girls basketball team has a legacy of hard work and success. The girls are consistenly competitive and give everything they have. Come and watch them play and you will love it.
Girls Varsity Basketball Coach: Marty Gilson (email@example.com)
Check out the girls basketball schedule.
Gross Catholic also sponsors a youth basketball program for junior high girls where they learn the fundamentals needed to be able to compete at a high level in high school.
Just keep Swimming!
Our swim team is coached by Docker Hartfield (firstname.lastname@example.org.) The team co-ops with Ralston High School to form a very competitive team. Their home pool is at Ralston High School.
See the swim team schedule.
Check out the girls results MaxPreps. View the results from the boys matches and see their schedule on MaxPreps.
Wrestling is Awesome!
The Cougars are great wrestlers. Since 1986, the Cougar Wrestling program has finished in Nebraska’s Top Ten often with four State Championships in 1993, 1994, 1995 & 1996. The Cougars have produced 31 State Champion wrestlers, 23 since 1993.
Justin Hampton (email@example.com) is the Varsity Coach.
Check out the wrestling schedule.
View results on MaxPreps.
Gross Catholic has won 6 State Baseball Championships, most recently the back-to-back victories in 2009 and 2010. Eleven future Division I college baseball players have walked the halls of GCHS since 1987.
Not many other programs can match Gross Catholic’s output of Division I athletes. See the list of college scholarships. Head coach Mike Filipowicz (firstname.lastname@example.org) attributes several factors to this. He says, “The expectations from year to year in our program have always remained the same. We will not be out-hustled, out-enthused, or outworked by any competition we play. I have not and never will place a goal or expectation like a state championship as the ultimate goal. I have felt that because of this philosophy our program has been successful consistently throughout my tenure.”
The Baseball teams play their home games in the southeast corner of our beautiful 5 acre campus. View the baseball schedule.
Follow Gross Catholic Baseball on Twitter: @GrossHSBaseball –we tweet live updates during the varsity games.
Mike Filipowicz is the Baseball Coach (email@example.com).
Boys Golf is played in the spring. By the end of the season, we expect to see smooth green courses, blue skys, light breezes and moderate temperatures. At the beginning of the season we often experience snow covered courses, gray skies, hurricane-force winds and ice cold temperatures.
The ability to focus through all weather conditions is what sets Gross Catholic golfers apart and what Coach Tim Powers (firstname.lastname@example.org) seeks from his players.
The Boys Golf home course is Tregaraon and is located at 13909 Glengarry Circle, Bellevue, NE 68123.
Our soccer boys are stoked and ready to catch fire. The Boys Varsity Soccer team is coached by alum Rick Yanovich (email@example.com) who has been involved in soccer over 40 as a player and coach. Check out the latest scores and updates on MaxPreps.com
Take a look at the boys soccer schedule.
Rick Yanovich is the Boys Soccer Coach (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Girls Soccer team has a long tradition of excellence and loves every challenge put before them.
Our Girls Soccer team is lead by Coach Jim Homan (email@example.com.) Homan earned a USSF A License in 1996 and has coached youth, high school and college teams in the Omaha area for many. He is assisted by alum Kim Matzen. See the latest scores and updates on MaxPreps.com.
View the girls soccer schedule.
The Girls Tennis team is out to dominate their opponents this spring. Check out their schedule. Coach Tristen Riha, class of 1994, has got the girls working together well. Contact Coach Riha at triha
The tennis team practices and has their home matches at Dewey Park, 550 Turner Blvd., Omaha, NE 68105.
Our goal as coaches is to help develop young men and women. Athletics provide an opportunity for individuals to grow as a person; so often the realm of athletics contains all the scenarios, situations, and emotions of life. These moments in athletics that capture a glimpse of life provide an opportunity to learn, grow, and develop. Through this, the coaching staff hopes to instill positive Christian values, create a good work ethic, help our athletes achieve goals on and off the track, and have fun.
Through the years, Gross has had a history of success and tradition, this success has been reinvigorated and history is being written by our most recent athletes. Since 2007, we have qualified 52 athletes for the State Championships, brought home 31 state medals, including 4 State Champions. During this time we have also set 17 school records and had 28 RCC Champions.
View the track schedule.
Our track coach is Joe Coil (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2018 Trap Season Highlights – State Champs!
Our trap team won the 16-yard event at State! The whole team shot extremely well at State this year. The 49th Cornhusker National High School Shoot hosted a projected 1695 high school shooters in Doniphan, Nebraska. The Gross Trap Team’s top squad, shooting as Cougar 4H, took the Championship for the 16-yard event! The squad was fielded by Everest Singh, Craig Labs, Nick Horihan, Gross Juniors, Luke Niedzwiecki, Gross Sophomore, and Mitchell Hoffman, Ralston Junior. Nick, Craig and Everest all shot 74, Mitchell 73, and Luke shot 70 for a total of 365 of 375 targets. Everest won a medal earning 12th place for the 16-yard individual score. Nick Horihan won a Ducks Unlimited print. The team’s accomplishment was published in the Omaha World Herald’s Saturday Sports Section. The coaches are extremely proud of all our shooters for a fabulous year!
For the 2018 season, the Gross Cougar Trap Team had nine (9) shooters. There were six from Gross and two transfers from Ralston and one transfer from Central High. Once again, as a relatively small team, we sure did bring home a lot of medals and awards.
This year there was some change in the conference structure in the Omaha area. Creighton Prep left the Eastern Cornhusker Trapshooting Conference (ECTC) and started their own conference. The new conference is the Mid America Clay Targets Conference (MACTC). Gross will stay in the ECTC and participate in MACTC meets as our schedule will allows.
Meets in Review:
MACTC – Week 1 @ Koch: Four Participants – Mitch Hoffman tied for 4th with a 73 of 75 from 16 yards.
MACTC – Week 2 @ Koch: Five Participants – Mitch Hoffman earned 1st in the 22-23 yard handicap.
ECTC – Week 1 @ Koch: Nick Horihan tied for 2nd in the 22-23 handicap, lost in shoot-off (no show).
ECTC – Week 2 @ Bellevue:
The Gross High Trap team rocked it this Saturday at Bellevue Gun Club earning five medals. It was a cold, windy and drizzly day. There were some snowflakes flying from time to time. Luke Niedzwiecki (left) tore up the handicaps and got his first trap medal for 1st Place in the 20-21 yard Handicap. Mitchell Hoffman (right) earned 1st Male in the 16 yard shoot. Nick Horihan (middle) took home 3 medals; 1st Champion of the 16 yard shoot, 2nd Overall, and 3rd in the 24-25 yard handicap shoot.
ECTC – Week 3 @ Valley Trap Range – Elkhorn Invitational
The guys had another great day of trap at the Elkhorn Invitational, despite temperatures in the upper 30’s and sustained winds over 20mph. Joe Fraser, Junior, (left) and Craig Labs (right) both got their first awards in trap. They both tied for first in the 20-21 yard handicap shoot. They went into a shoot off to settle the tie, Craig prevailed and earned 1st place and Joe took 2nd. Nick Horihan (center) shoot tied for the 16 yard champion with a score of 47 of 50. He lost the shoot-off and moved down to 1st Male for the 16 yard shoot. He also got 2nd in the 24-25 yard shoot.
ECTC – Week 4 @ Koch – Platteview/Skutt Invitational
The Gross High Trap Team had another successful day of shooting in the morning at the Platteview/Skutt Invitational. Despite the record cold temperatures, Gross High added one more medal to their collection. Craig Labs, Junior, shot 46 of 50 and went into a shoot-off and came away with 2nd place high male handicap. This is Craig’s second medal in two weeks. Nice work, Craig!
ECTC – Week 5 @ Valley – Fremont Invitational — CANCELLED due to winter storm warnings
MACTC #7 @ Koch – Held their shoot, despite the weather. Eddie Wolf, Central Freshman, participated.
ECTC – Week 6 @ Bellevue:
Mitch Hoffman won 1st in Male Handicap after winning his first shoot off in his high school career. Mitchell Eischeid, Ralston Freshman, got into a four-way shoot off for his handicap yardage and got third in the shoot off, but missed out on a medal.
Nice weather all around for the Conference Shoot. Craig Labs and Ty Thrasher, Gross Freshman, got into a 6-way shoot off for Class B3 – 2nd and 3rd place, but were unsuccessful.
- Nick Horihan and Mitch Hoffman (not pictured) were named to the Third Team of the North.
- Academic Excellence Award: Nicholas Horihan
- One State Championship Team Award
- 12 Regular Meet Medals
- 2 Named to a Division Team, and
- 1 Academic Award
Fall practice (optional) will commence on Thursdays at Harry A Koch Trap and Skeet (Koch), September 6th through November 1. Regular Season practice will start after the New Year on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The team will primarily shoot in the Eastern Cornhusker Trapshooting Conference (ECTC) meets. Here is the spring schedule. We will also shoot in the Mid America Clay Targets Conference (MACTC) meets as our schedule allows. For more information on ECTC meets, please visit shootectc.org. For information on joining our team, email the coach at email@example.com.
- Trap shooting is a great sport that is open to boys and girls. No experience is needed!
- Gross Catholic shoots as a team with students from Gross High and Ralston High School.
- The competition season runs for eight (8) weeks. It starts in mid to early March.
- The meets are held on Saturdays. There is a 50-shot round before lunch and a 50-shot handicapped round after lunch.
- The competitions are typically held at Koch Trap and Skeet, Bellevue Rod & Gun, & Isaac Walton in Valley. The Conference Meet is held in Lincoln and the two-day State Meet is in Doniphan, NE (near Grand Island).
- Gross High competes in the Eastern Cornhusker Trapshooting Conference.
- Practices will be held at Koch Trap and Skeet at 72nd and Harrison in Seymour Smith Park. In the fall, informal practices will be held once a week. In the late winter/ early spring, the formal practices will be held twice a week. During the season practices will likely be on Tuesdays and Thursday at 4:30pm.
- All shooters need to have proof of passing a Hunter’s Safety class. For those 16 years old and over can do the class all on-line.
- Every shooter will need a 12-gauge shotgun, several boxes of target load shells, and ear and eye protection.
- Coaches are available at every practice to teach and coach. Coaching may include making sure that the gun fits, teaching the basics of trap, or working on form.
- The Amateur Trapshooting Association website and YouTube have lots of good information and tips about the sport.
Come and give it a try!
Contact Coach Chris Horihan at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
2017 Trap Season Highlights
The Gross Trap Team had 10 shooters on the team for the 2017 season. Again, as a small team we sure did bring home a lot of metals and awards. Like most years, this year we had some weather to overcome. The wind, rain and snow every Saturday did not hamper our wonderful success.
- Week 2: 1st Team in High Handicap – Taylor Gardner, Mitch Hoffman, Nicholas Horihan, Ryan Fraser, & Logan Pleiss
- Week 3: 2nd – High Male Handicap – Nicholas Horihan
- Week 4: 2nd Team High Overall and 2nd Team High Handicap – Taylor Gardner, Mitch Hoffman, Nicholas Horihan, Ryan Fraser, & Nate Wyant
- Week 4: 2nd from 22-23 Yard Handicap – Mitch Hoffman
- Conference Shoot: Class AA4 Champion – Mitch Hoffman
- Division Honors – 3rd Team of the North – Nicholas Horihan
We have four seniors that will be missed during the 2018 season. We thank them for their time, loyalty, and sportsmanship. We would like to wish them the best in their future endeavors: Ryan Fraser, Taylor Gardner, Logan Pleiss, and Nate Wyant,