HARTINGTON – Two Cedar Catholic seniors have earned First Team All State honors for their exceptional play this season.
Stephen Hillis and Sean Kathol earned the elite honor, becoming the 37th and 38th Cedar Catholic athletes selected for the First Team All State Football Team.
Hillis was honored by the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World Herald and Huskerland Prep Report for his play at linebacker.
Kathol was honored by the Lincoln newspaper for his play as an athlete, since he stood out as a wide receiver, defensive back and punt returner.
The World Herald put him on their Class C2 First Team as a wide receiver, while Huskerland Prep Report put Kathol on its First Team All State team as a defensive back. His brother Taylor, a 2012 Cedar graduate, also earned First Team All State honors as a defensive back.
Hillis, who received a Division 1 scholarship offer to play at the Air Force Academy, led Cedar in tackles and tackles for a loss this season. He also created five turnovers.
“Stephen has worked hard his entire career to get to this point. He led us in tackles again this season for the second straight year,” said Cedar Catholic head coach Chad Cattau.
Hillis has been a leader both on and off the field.
“He also had three interceptions and took one back for a touchdown,” said Cattau. “Stephen has spent countless hours leading up to this season getting prepared and that time and effort has allowed him to have the success that he has had. “
Kathol is still deciding on his college play, and is currently starting on the boys’ basketball team alongside Hillis.
In football, Kathol was a dangerous weapon on all sides of the ball, demanding attention from every opponent this season whenever on the field.
“He was a threat for us on offense, defense, and special teams as a returner,” said Cattau. “Sean was also a great leader for us both on and off the field.”
Cattau led the team in interceptions and pass deflections. His recognition on the All State team as an athlete is well deserved for his big play ability all season long.
“Sean is very deserving of receiving all state,” said Cattau. “He has an uncanny ability to make people miss when he has the ball in his hands. That ability made him a threat to score every time he touched the ball.”
Kathol and Hillis helped lead the Cedar Catholic Trojans to an appearance in the Class C-2 state tournament. They will be hard for Cattau to replace both for their leadership qualities and athletic abilities.