The NEW 2022–2023 Participation Packet for Sports and Activities Registration is Open 

The process has changed from previous years and is now to be completed online in ParentVUE.  If you do not have a ParentVUE account currently, please contact the Northeast main office 402-436-1303 opt. 2 for assistance in creating the account prior to attempting to register, or with any other issues concerning ParentVUE if you are having trouble logging in.

The NSAA requires that each student who wishes to participate in a sports, cheer or dance have a physical dated May 1st 2022 or after. Both the physical and consent are to be done online before your student can try-out for any sport here at Northeast. If you do complete the consent portion prior to having the physical, please e-mail it to Cindy in the Athletics & Activities office at ctyrrel@lps.org or hand deliver it to the Athletics & Activities office, room 171 so it can be uploaded for you. 

You can take a picture of your physical to upload with your phone if needed.  Please make sure we can see the date of the physical.  Here is an app you can put on your phone to help upload documents.

CamScanner – PDF Scanner App ( iOS | Android)

If you are participating in speech, debate, one act play production, Instrumental music, vocal music and journalism you only need the consents done.  No physical is required.

  • Cheer & Dance: Physical and Consents needed
  • Fall Sports: August 8th, 2022 (Football, Softball, Volleyball, Girls Golf, Boys Tennis, Cross Country) Physical and Consents needed
  • Music: September 16th, 2022 (Vocal and Instrumental) Consents needed
  • Unified Bowling: October 3rd, 2022 Physical and Consents needed
  • Speech & Debate: October 17th, 2022 Consents needed
  • One Act – Play Production: November 4th, 2022 Consents needed
  • Winter Sports: November 14th, 2022 (Boys/Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Boys/Girls Swimming and Diving) Physical and Consents needed
  • Spring Sports: February 28th, 2023 (Baseball, Boys Golf, Girls Tennis, Boys/Girls Soccer, Boys/Girls Track & Field) Physical and Consents needed
  • Journalism: March 13th, 2023 Consents needed

Any questions please email Cindy Hennen at ctyrrel@lps.org

Rocket faithful, what an exciting time of year for Lincoln Northeast and our athletes and coaches. The fall represents ‘new beginnings’ for everyone, and I can seriously state that I’m truly ready for this year to start. Our coaches and sponsors have been preparing for this school year, and our students/athletes have been putting in the time and effort to make a difference at LNE. The great thing about high school is that each year is a ‘new start’ and an opportunity for everyone to excel. I have witnessed just how dedicated our coaches and students/athletes are in bringing consistency and competitiveness to our programs. I’m asking ALL Rockets to climb on board and be a part of something very special!

As you know the beginning of the year brings about all the paperwork that needs to be completed and submitted, please make sure you go to ParentVue prior to the first day of participation, which is August 8th for all Fall Sports. LPS is no longer accepting the paper packets of the past. Also if athletes have gear, school materials, etc. owed to Northeast and have not returned it, we ask that you please return or submit your payment prior to participating in the activity. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office and we will be happy to assist in or satisfy anything that may be owed to Northeast High School.

Our Rocket Athletic Booster Club is hosting the Annual Booster Blast on Friday, August 12th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. This will be such a great opportunity for our ENTIRE community to see what our athletes and coaches are all about for this coming school year. We will be hosting the Booster Blast in our Commons and North Concourse with the Pep Rally being held in our North Gym. We’ll have concessions, Kona Ice, The Bean Box, and activities for all to enjoy! Each sport will be represented along with Cheer, Dance, and the Marching Band. The Rocket Marching Band will also perform along with Cheer and Dance during our Rocket Pep Rally. So please come and meet athletes, coaches, and become a Booster member to support all of our Rocket programs.

This fall a term you might be hearing is what is called the Wet Bulb Globe monitor. This device will assist our Athletic Trainers and coaches in determining what is considered a safe practice when considering conditions of high heat and humidity. This device measures several weather conditions such as humidity, wind, sun angle, temperature, etc. The reading that it produces will give us guidelines as to how to best protect and prepare our athletes for the current weather conditions. This will be something that we hope will assist us in keeping our athletes safe in high temperatures. So, there might be practice adjustments, delays, and options to consider how to maintain safety. Lincoln Northeast and the other LPS schools have two devices to use during the season.

Again, it will be an exciting year and we look to continue to MOVE FORWARD as we make positive growth and success for Rocket Nation! Have a great Fall and please come out and support EVERYTHING NORTHEAST! See you at a Rocket event! GO ROCKETS!

“Once A Rocket Always A Rocket!”

Matt Uher, Athletic & Activities Director
muher@lps.org

I have always wondered what a NASCAR driver feels like right before they hit the accelerator when the green flag drops at the start of a race.  They spend hours in preparation getting ready for the event and all that leads up to it.  The excitement in the stands, the drama of the race itself, and in a short while it all comes to a close getting ready to change sites for whatever is next.  In some way it is similar to the build-up of this year’s LNE athletics and activities. 

Coaches, athletes, parents, and others have put in a lot of preparation for this year that only each person understands.  The excitement is building and we are just at the beginning of a new course for this school year.  Teams will be selected and positions will be drawn up as to who starts where and no one knows the final outcome until each game, event, or season is over.  There are many perspectives in which to “watch” and you get to cheer on your favorite(s) as you see fit. 

Ironically, yesterday on my way home I went past the football field to get a look at the LNE Marching Band while they were having their camp prior to school starting. The timing could not have been better as the Rocket fight song began to ring out.  I had to stop as I could see the sun in the background over the turf and all of the students ready to play the song to a live crowd.

Like a NASCAR driver ready to take off it will not be long before Lincoln Northeast gets on the field, court, turf, or whatever venue and will not slow down until the very end.  New memories will be made that will last a lifetime.  Instead of watching it on tv or listening on the radio, get out and enjoy it in person if you are able.  This new Rocket crew is ready to get out and begin their race.  Buckle up and hang onto your seats as there is alot of action.  Engines have started.  Now it’s “go” time.  Remember, the “race” is not over until all have crossed the finish line and if I am not mistaken the flag at the end of a race that gets waved is “Black and White!” “LET’S GO ROCKETS!”

Jeff Pierce, Assistant Athletic & Activities Director
jpierce2@lps.org

Football

Hello Rockets! On behalf of all the coaches we are excited to get the season started. This season’s theme is We Over Me. As a team we are focusing on making a culture that creates individual success that benefits the team as a whole and making sure players are putting the team first on and off the field. Also, we believe academics comes before athletics. As student athletes, success in the classroom leads to success on the field. Once we have achieved Accountability, Consistency, and Trust (A.C.T.) we will then achieve the goal of We Over Me.

Please be sure that you are getting your physicals done by Monday, August 8th. Please submit them when you complete the online packet in ParentVue.  If you already completed the online packet but still need to submit your physical, please do so ASAP by taking it to the athletic office or e-mailing it to ctyrrel@lps.org.  If your physical is scheduled for after August 8th, players still need to come to practice. They will be watching and learning the routines until we have a physical on file.

Sign up for the parent email by contacting Coach Boyd (jboyd2@lps.org) to stay up to date on all football information.

Please be sure that you have your cleats, shorts, and a t-shirt ready for practice.

Important Dates

  • August 8th: Role of the Parent in Athletics Meeting in the Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
  • August 8th: Official first day of practice at 3:00 p.m.
  • August 12th: Booster Blast Off at 5:00 p.m. at LNE in the Commons
  • August 13th: Picture Day at 7:30 a.m. at LNE
  • August 13th: Watermelon Bowl at 9:30 a.m. at LNE 
  • August 19th: Under the Lights Showcase at 4:00 p.m. at LNE
  • August 26th: First game at Bellevue East at 7:00 p.m.
  • August 27th: Freshman Blitz at 8:00 a.m. at Seacrest Field

Girls' Golf

Girls interested in playing golf need to make sure they have an athletic packet submitted online before the first practice on August 8th (3:30 p.m. at Mahoney Golf Course).

During the week of the 8th we will go over golf rules and etiquette, check out equipment, and get used to the course as well as the driving range and putting green. We will also cover what a normal practice will look like and the drills that we will be doing.

Golfers of any ability are welcome and encouraged to try out! You DO NOT need previous playing experience. The only thing we are looking for are players who want to work hard to improve their game.

Please don’t hesitate to email or call if you have any questions. Go Rockets!

Brett Davis
bdavis2@lps.org
(402) 436-1303

Softball

Our softball team has been working hard this summer preparing for the upcoming season by attending open field and strength and conditioning sessions. The fall softball season begins on August 8th with tryouts starting at 4:30 p.m. You must have your physical exam completed and updated through ParentVue prior to trying out. Student-athletes who do not have the required documents submitted will not be able to participate.

Important Dates

  • August 10th at 6:00 p.m.: Black/White Scrimmage on the LNE Softball Field where we will be showcasing our 2022 LNE JV and Varsity softball teams. For admission into the game, we’re asking fans to bring a box of snacks or a package of water/Gatorade to benefit the LNE Softball Team on road trips this year.
  • August 10th at 7:30 p.m.: Parent Meeting on the LNE Softball Field (following the Black/White Game)
  • August 12th at 5:00 p.m.: Booster Blast Off at LNE, come and visit us at the LNE Softball booth to test your throwing velocity and pick up a copy of this season’s schedule!
  • August 13th at 9:20 a.m.: Booster Button Pictures in the North Gym
  • August 18th at 5:00 p.m.: First GAME vs. Fremont at Doris Bair

    If you have any questions, please contact Coach Melissa Martinez at mmartin6@lps.org.

Boys' Tennis

It’s tennis season at last!  Please make sure you have your physical done and your packet completed online before tryouts begin.  You must be on the official list from the athletic office in order to participate.  The 2022 season will start with tryouts on Monday, August 8th at 3:15 p.m.

If you are curious about tennis – come give it a try!  Even if it’s your first time playing, it is a great life-long sport to learn.  Another bonus is that for multi-sport athletes, tennis can help improve certain aspects of their other sports such as footwork, agility, and hand-eye coordination.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email!

Head Coach Jennie Hansen
jhansen6@lps.org

Volleyball

Hello Rockets!!

Coach Songster here from LNE. I hope that everyone has had a great summer and is ready for the start of the 2022-2023 Academic School year and Fall Sports Season! Below you will find some info about the upcoming VB season and some opportunities to see the Rockets in action at home early in the season!

  1. BLACK/WHITE SCRIMMAGE (**SAVE THE DATE**)
    1. Friday, August 19th
    2. VB Games will start at 4:30 p.m. with 9th & Reserve Teams
    3. Price for admission is a sports drink per person. We will also be holding our VB Booster Raffle that night at the conclusion of our matches. If any individuals or businesses are interested in donating a prize for the raffle, please contact Coach Songster!
  2. Varsity VB Jamboree (**SAVE THE DATE**)
    1. Tuesday, August 23rd
    2. The varsity volleyball team will be hosting Omaha Central and Crete for the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame Jamboree Match. All proceeds go to the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame Museum. Two exhibition sets will be played against each team. Regular season passes will not be honored since this is a fundraiser.
  3. Early Season Home VB Matches (**SAVE THE DATE**)
    1. Our Rocket VB teams are fortunate to host MANY home games during August and September! Come on out and cheer on the Rockets at one or all of these home VB matches:
      1. Saturday, August 27th – Varsity VB Blast-Off Tourney @ LNE (9:00 a.m.)
      2. Tuesday, August 30th – 9th/Res/JV/Var vs Fremont @ LNE (5:30/6:30 p.m.)
      3. Thursday, September 1st – 9th/Res/JV/Var vs LSE @ LNE (5:30/6:30 p.m.)
      4. Tuesday, September 6th – 9th/Res/JV/Var vs LH @ LNE (5:30/6:30 p.m.)
      5. Thursday, September 8th – 9th/Res/JV/Var vs Omaha Burke @ LNE (5:30/6:30 p.m.)
      6. Monday, September 12th – Res vs Elkhorn South & Marian @ LNE (4:00 & 6:00 p.m.)
      7. Tuesday, September 20th – 9th/Res/JV/Var vs Norfolk @ LNE (5:30/6:30 p.m.)
      8. Friday/Saturday September 30th/October 1st – JV & Varsity hosting the LNE Invitational (4:00 p.m. Friday/9:00 a.m. Saturday)
  4. Rocket VB Gear
    1. If you wish to order any Rocket VB gear, please go to the site provided below and order online before August 16th!
    2. https://lnevolleyball.itemorder.com/shop/category/187164/

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the information above. We’re looking forward to a great start to the Fall Sports Season!!

Go Rockets!!

Head Coach Craig Songster
csongst2@lps.org

Cheerleading

Happy return to LNE, Rockets! This summer, the LNE cheerleaders spent their weekday mornings preparing for the upcoming season by attending summer practices and NCA camp at The Great Wolf Lodge in June. Our Varsity squad earned the Herkie award & Superior ribbons in their cheer, chant and band chants. All of our teams earned a bid to Nationals and Varsity Sophomore Charleigh Lyon made the All-American Team! We also had a fun week of morning practice with the Star Strutters this summer and we are all looking forward to our combined Spirit Squad opportunities. We are looking forward to supporting all LNE students and staff throughout the fall, especially at volleyball and football games. Come out and see us perform alongside the Star Strutters at Booster Blastoff on August 12th! Go Rockets!

Head Coach Jessica Rowe
jrowe3@lps.org

Unified Bowling

We will be kicking off another season of Unified Bowling this October after a successful season last year. This is a team made up of Special Education students and general education students.

Students interested in joining the team will need to have their participation packet filled out online before the beginning of the season.

In addition to being a part of a great team and opening up social circles in the school, students participating can use the season for community service hours for their Government and Politics classes if needed.

You can get a head start and get your participation packet completed over the summer. If you do not have internet access, you can pick up a packet or print the forms online and return them to the athletic department office.

Check the local bowling alleys for cheap rates and get some practice in. Be ready for next fall! We’d love to have your support.

Coach Jessica Robbins
jrobbins@lps.org

Boys' Basketball

The boys’ basketball program had a great summer of growth and improvement. From the first day of summer, it was evident that these boys were determined to compete and get better each and every day both on and off of the court. What a great time to be a Rocket! Please look for a fall organizational meeting towards the end of August to discuss fall opportunities for athletes as well as items for the upcoming Winter Season.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Get your physicals completed before November – this is required by the district in order to try out!!! Once you have the physical, follow the instructions at the top of this newsletter for completing the online packet.

Good luck to all the Fall Sports!!

Speech

The LNE Speech Team is open to students of any grade who enjoy or want to grow their skill in research, writing, and public speaking. We are looking for students who have a talent for comedy, persuasion, research, or acting of any kind! Coaches support students in writing about real-world topics of their choice and preparing for safe, respectful, small-group speaking at competitions. No tryouts or speaking in front of large groups required!

We will begin regular practices after school during the first week of classes in September.

Head Coach Benjamin Leathers-Arnold
bleather@lps.org

Assistant Coach Paige Doland
pdoland@lps.org

Baseball

For baseball to be a successful program we need all players to buy into the weight room, eating right, sleeping and competing. Baseball players should be lifting year round and should participate in other sports when possible. Baseball players should be enrolled in a weight training class year round. For baseball to be successful players need to be getting stronger year round and working on skills. Players that play will be the players that earn it on and off the field.

Throwing programs will begin in September being led by players. Hitting will begin mid-December. Bullpens and Blend to Season Workouts will begin mid-January (pitchers off of the mound)

Please reach out with any questions Head Coach Kyle Parker

Head Coach Kyle Parker
kparker2@lps.org

Boy's Golf

As we move into fall, we strongly encourage all of those interested in playing boys’ golf next spring to get out and work on your game. Play and practice a ton the rest of this summer and on into fall!

Head Coach Alex Svehla
asvehla@lps.org

Girl's Tennis

Welcome to what will be a great school year! I hope you are all ready to build on a great year last year. I encourage all girls interested in playing tennis in the spring to get out there with their rackets and play as much tennis as possible during the remainder of the summer and into the fall. During the fall, we will have a quick meeting for those interested, and talk about meeting up for open court and getting some practice in. We also will have some concessions to work to help build funds for the program.

I am very excited to continue working with the girls and getting better each year. We’ll have lots of fun, but also put in a lot of hard work. I am hoping more girls participate in strength training this offseason once the boys’ season is over. We will be lifting and conditioning to get into better shape for the season. I look forward to meeting everyone and getting this season under way.

As always, since our season doesn’t start until the spring, it is important that we remain involved with the school activities and sports that are ongoing during the fall/winter seasons. I hope to meet up with the squad and go support the football, volleyball, boys’ tennis, softball or cross country squads in the fall. Let’s get the year started off great with a show of support, and/or participating in those activities during the upcoming season. Hope you have a great rest of your summer and as always, Go Rockets!

Coach Michael Mason-D’Croz
mmasond@lps.org

Music

Marching Band

The LNE Marching Rockets are excited to begin their new show, Cleopatra, by Gary P. Gilroy “No queen of antiquity carries as indelible an image and drama as the last Pharaoh, Cleopatra. A ruthlessly shrewd leader and seductive beauty, she has come to represent the prototype of the romantic femme fatale. Legend states that upon learning of the death of Marc Antony, the heartbroken Cleopatra committed suicide by the lethal bite of an asp, the symbol of divine royalty, further cementing her dramatic place in history.” Our show features three movements: Empire On The Nile, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Fall Of The Last Pharaoh. Recordings of the show can be found on our Google Classroom, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

The Marching Rockets will perform at three contests. First, the Sioux Falls Festival of Bands in South Dakota. Next, the LPS Marching Invitational at Seacrest Stadium. Our field contest season will end with our state performance at the NSBA Marching Contest at Seacrest Stadium. Additionally, the Marching Rockets will be featured at all four home football games during halftime, and cheering at our away football games in Lincoln! We will wrap up our marching season with the Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, November 13th.

Quarter 2 (post NSBA) is dedicated to transitioning our marching band into a combined concert band. Students will explore the wind band repertoire and develop a deeper sense of large and chamber ensemble concepts. There is no additional enrollment that needs to happen for this course. If students are enrolled in marching band they will automatically be a member of this group. Color guard members have the option to join on their instrument of choice, or become teacher assistants for the group. The turn-around from marching band to concert band happens very quick, and our first challenge is to tackle our annual Veterans Day ceremony. Each year we are asked to prepare a patriotic tune that incorporates music from each branch of our armed forces. This piece is performed at the LNE Veterans Day Ceremony that will take place in the North gym on Thursday, November 11th during the school day. This year the assembly will be open to the public, so feel free to come support the band and our veterans.

If you have any questions about athletic, concert, or jazz bands at Northeast please contact Mr. Gillespie (egilles@lps.org)

Orchestras

The LNE orchestra is excited to begin their new season! We will start our first week of chamber orchestra (CO) rehearsals on Monday evening, August 22nd. The list of who is in which chamber group will be send out the week of August 9th for scheduling purposes. We will kick the season off in the with the first event in late October. This event, the Jazzy Strings concert, is scheduled for October 28th and will feature the Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestras, and Honors Jazz.

The orchestra will host a potluck soup supper in the LNE Commons. All you can eat soup will be available for a reasonable price. To make this night extra sweet, we will be selling Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake. As we get closer to October, keep an eye out for cheesecake order forms! We will finish our first semester preparing for our Winter Expressions concert on December 15th in the LNE Auditorium. Come hear what a semester of hard work sounds like when our String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and combined Concert Band take the stage!

If you have any questions about orchestra at Northeast please contact Ms. Cypher (acypher@lps.org)

Choirs

If you have any questions about the choirs at LNE please contact Mr. Caberos (ncaberos@lps.org)

Eli Gillespie
Marching Band Director
egilles@lps.org

Amy Thorpe
Vocal Music Instructor
athorpe@lps.org

Athletic Boosters

Booster Club meetings: Usually held the second Tuesday of every month at Ayars & Ayars – 48ROCK (48th and Leighton) at 7:00 p.m. and/or by Zoom depending on the COVID dial.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

  • Wednesday, September 7th 2022
  • Tuesday, October 4th 2022
  • Tuesday, November 1st 2022

Booster Blast Off will be Friday, August 12th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. This is a good time to purchase your LNE Athletic Booster Club membership, season passes, Rocket gear and much more.

Fall sports team pictures & picture buttons will be taken Saturday, August 13th beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the north gym (team photos) west balcony (individual/buttons). Order forms will be handed out to athletes towards the end of the first week of tryouts. The order form is also available on the LNE Athletics website. Print the Anderson Studio order form if your athlete doesn’t bring one home.

Board Members

  • President: Jen Gillett
  • Vice President: Dan Maxwell
  • Past President: Eric Hoke
  • Secretary:  Jason Simmons
  • Co-Treasurers: Kerri Peterson and Brian Kempcke
  • Membership: Sheri Quirie
  • Activities: Karen Bratton
  • District Rep: Melissa Hoage
  • Picture Buttons: Laura Whitlock
  • IT: Matt Beach
  • Social Media: Matt Beach

Lincoln Northeast Athletic Hall of Fame

The Northeast Athletic Hall of Fame Committee normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Greg’s Drive-In at 7:00 p.m.

The executive board will be voting during May for the 2023 induction class. The induction banquet will be held Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the Havelock Social Hall. Social-5:30 p.m., Dinner-7:00 p.m. 

If you know of someone you feel should be considered for the Athletic Hall of Fame, click <HERE> and print off a nomination form. The more athletic accomplishments you can provide, the better for helping the committee when casting their votes for future inductees.

Cindy Hennen
Athletic Secretary and Athletic Hall of Fame Committee Member
ctyrrel@lps.org

Role of Parents in Athletics

Parents new to Northeast Athletics who have not previously attended the LNE Athletic Department/Role of Parents in Athletics meeting must do so prior to an athlete starting participation in contests. Those who have previously attended this mandatory meeting have met this requirement and do not need to attend further meetings.

There will be no in person Role of Parent meeting for winter or spring sports. View the slideshow, and once you have completed it, go to the Role of Parent Meeting Verification link at the end of the slide show.

The in-person meeting will be held August 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Parents will still be expected to attend individual sports pre-season parents’ meetings conducted by head coaches.

NSAA Information

General information about Nebraska Schools Activities Association our state high school organization and governing body. Find your sport’s state information on power points, district assignments and schedules and state information.

NCAA Eligibility Center

NAIA Eligibility Center

Rocket Store

The Rocket Store now has items online (see link at the bottom). We also have items in the in-house store. Contact the LNE Athletic Office to come in and shop.

For your convenience, the Rocket Store will be open during home volleyball matches. Check at the ticket gate and they will get someone to help you.

If you would like to purchase something last minute, give the Athletic Office a call (402-436-1337) and someone will be happy to take you to the store during office hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday). The store accepts cash, checks or debit and credit cards for a 70 cent convenience fee.