LINCOLN – For half a century the Nebraska Coaches Association has been hosting one of the two all-star basketball games featuring some of the best talent across the state.
From Lincoln North Start High School the first of two all-star basketball games and one all-star volleyball match were held.
The 50th annual NCA Boys and 39th annual Girls Basketball contests were plated Monday night.
In the girls game, the Red team outscored Blue, 21-14 in the opening quarter before the Blue team kept it close at the half trailing 40-37. In the second half, the Red team capitalized on a pair of 22-point quarters to win 84-72.
Area athletes on the Red team were Kylie Hammer of Wayne, Lexis Haase of Guardian Angles Central Catholic and Carly Sutherland of Pierce.
Hammer led the area athletes with nine points on 4-6 shooting from the field including one three-pointer. Haase scored six points on 2-8 shooting (2-7 3PT) and Sutherland also scored six points on 3-7 (0-1 3PT).
From the boys high-scoring contest, the Red held a 32-26 first quarter lead before the Blue team won the second quarter scoring, 36-12 and led 62-44 at half. Blue added to their lead in the third by a point (27-26) and held on for the 121-107 victory.
Blue team area athletes were from O’Neill of Justin Appleby and Alex Thramer while on the Red team Matt Hagedorn of Norfolk was featured.
Thramer tallied eight points from 3-4 shooting, 1-1 from the foul line and 1-2 behind the arc as Appleby scored three points on 1-4 shooting (1-2 3PT).
Hagedorn finished with six points on 2-8 shooting, 1-2 from the foul line and 1-6 from the three-point line.
Following the Red vs. Blue in girls and boys basketball, the 35th annual Nebraska Coaches Association Volleyball match was held Tuesday evening.
After the Blue team swept the Red in three sets of 25-22, 28-26 and 25-23 a fourth set was played again won by the Blue team, 28-26.
The lone northeast Nebraska athlete was Stanton’s Hannah Heppner for the Blue team as Tracy Kuester-Burtwistle of Stanton was also the assistant coach for the Blue team.
Heppner recorded one kill and had two blocks.
The 14th annual NCA All-Star Softball game is slated for Wednesday evening from Bowlin Field in Lincoln. Game time is slated for 5 p.m. as the lone area athlete competing is outfielder Kennedy Maly from Wayne.