Posted On: 05/21/20 10:00 AM

Prep athletics in western Nebraska is underappreciated by many, and it often doesn’t get the press that it deserves. Nevertheless, small schools along I-80 and toward the panhandle continue to produce high-caliber athletes who make some serious noise in the Star City come tournament time. The 308 area code roughly encompasses all points west of Grand Island and Kearney, and that’s the region I’ll be spotlighting today. Here are some names to know in “The 308”:



Josie Jakubowski - 5’9 OH - St. Paul - Class of 2021

Last November, I saw Jakubowski go swing-for-swing with Lincoln Lutheran’s superstar Division 1 recruit, Marriah Buss Marriah Buss 6'1" | OH Lincoln Lutheran | 2020 State NE , in the Class C1 title match. That, in itself, is a testament to both the talent level in western Nebraska and the ability of Jakubowski herself. Josie was the workhorse attacker for her St. Paul squad, which went a perfect 35-0 before falling in the C1 championship. A great example of a gritty player, Jakubowski provides the clutch swings and valuable leadership that should have St. Paul back in the title hunt in 2020. I’d bet on Jakubowski playing with a chip on

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