Five-time defending state champion Hartington-Newcastle ended their reign on Thursday, finishing second at the One Act State Championship.
Judges scored Pawnee City one point higher than Hartington-Newcastle, forcing the local cast and crew to settle for the state runner-up trophy.
“I think they (the cast and crew) were disappointed. I mean it’s difficult when you have won five in a row to come down to second, but I also hope they are proud of that accomplishment,” Coach AJ Johnson said. “Very few teams get to win a state trophy, so I hope they can look back at that and be proud. I know I am.”
This was not the first time HNS lost this year. Wausa beat Hartington-Newcastle in Conference, before the Wildcats won their District event to advance to the state championship. Wausa went on to earn the state title in their division.