Narber, Lockmon continue to earn honors

Aurora athlete Adyson Narber and longtime Giltner coach Nancy Lockmon will both be at the front of the line to say they don’t achieve what they do for fame or recognition. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t give them a tip of the hat.
The Grand Island Independent named Narber and Lockmon its girls athlete and coach of the year last week after stellar seasons throughout the sports calendar.
Narber was a three-sport athlete for the Lady Huskies who dabbled in just about everything, arguably one of the things that made her so special. Watching her compete for several years in volleyball, basketball and track, it was obvious that she had a talent in basketball that not very many do.
She helped drive a turnaround for Lady Husky basketball, taking a team that was used to finishing below .500 to churning out an 18-7 record her junior season and a 15-9 mark last year. Both years, Aurora was vying for a trip to the state tournament, something they hadn’t done for years. Narber had them in that position.
Narber became the first Aurora girls basketball player to cross the 1,000 point plateau in the first game of her senior season at Adams Central. She finished her Lady Husky career with 1,288 points. As a senior, she averaged nearly 13 points, four steals and four assists.
Before she laced up her basketball shoes, Narber was busy as the libero for the volleyball team.
Despite the missing height that helps a lot of volleyball players, Narber made herself valuable in her own way.
She compiled 604 digs her senior season and helped the Lady Huskies secure a spot in the state tournament for a fourth straight year.
No matter the situation, Narber always seemed to be in the right position at the right time, something that she’d credit her coaches for, but the willingness to always improve was a big help, too.
And let’s not forget Narber’s ability to just run really fast for a really long time. That’s what she did for years on the Aurora track team. Her perseverance and ability paid off last year as she was a catalyst to help the Lady Huskies win its first team title since 1976.
Narber will be the first to tell you that there might not’ve been a distinct love for running, but over time a bond was built on the track.
Narber ran legs on both the 1600 and 3200 meter relays that helped secure that championship. Both relay teams had targets on their back going into the races. Both teams delivered, and Narber arguably celebrated the loudest.
Narber leaves behind her Aurora jerseys and will put on a Washburn University basketball jersey next winter.
These days, too many high school athletes focus in too closely on one sport. Not Narber. She would go full bore in any kind of competition, whether it be basketball or a game of tic-tac-toe. That’s what makes her so special.
As for Lockmon, a third straight girls track title was a big factor in her earning the girls coach of the year honor. However, a piece of information she told the Independent may shock some people.
She used to hate track.
I had to read that line over a few times, too.
She started to enjoy track during her time coaching at Stuart when her daughters were becoming involved in the sport.
She’s now been the head coach at Giltner for the past 10 years. The Lady Hornets’ recent success has been something to watch, as during several meets last year they surpassed 150-plus team points, including crossing the 200-point plateau.
The Lady Hornets made the third straight title look easy with 68 points, 19 more than runner-up Brady. Giltner won three events but Giltner’s depth provided them with 14 total medals.
However, the question must be asked -- how can a team that’s so successful in track and field be so without even having one at their school? Lockmon told the Independent that it isn’t a big deal.
They do practice relay handoffs and hurdles at Aurora’s track, but other than that, the roads surrounding Giltner’s school does well enough.
Lockmon is always quick to put the fame and glory on her athletes, and rightfully so. She understands the dedication they have and the work they put into it. She is also known to give them that extra push if needed.
She’s also a very easy coach to work with. You can always find her roaming the middle of the track sporting her stopwatch around her neck and she is always good for a conversation or interview.

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