Area Girls Basketball Players Receive Recognition From GI Independent

The Grand Island Indpendent has released its “All-Heartland” girls basketball selections for the 2019-2020 season. Kali Staples was an “All-Heartland” third team selection. The Broken Bow Junior averaged 8 points and nearly 6 rebounds per game this season in helping lead the Lady Indians to a 23-3 overall record. Staples set a school record for assists in a season with 147 and continues to build on her school record for assists in a career now up to 366.

Others from the KCNI/KBBN coverage area received “All Heartland” honorable mention. According to the publication, receiving honorable mention were Nadia Van Slyke and Jentri Hurlburt of Arcadia/Loup City, Kya Scott and Majesta Valasek of Broken Bow, as well as Hayley Hughes and Carlie Helgoth of Burwell.

Grand Island Independent “All Heartland” Teams

Super Squad
Whitney Brown – Northwest
Boston Boucher – Wood River
Gabby Moser – Central City
Brooke Poppert – St. Paul
Tori Thomas – Hastings St. Cecilia

Second Team
Bailey Kissinger – Hastings St. Cecilia
Hanna Plumbtree – Fullerton
Olivia Poppert – St. Paul
Rylie Rice – GICC
Katie Roach – Doniphan Trumbull

Third Team
Kylie Dierks – Adams Central
Lauren Hauser – Northwest
Lauren Hedlund – Boone Central
Alyssa Reardon – St. Edward
Kali Staples – Broken Bow

Fourth Team
Molly Griess – Nebraska Christian
Bryn Lang – Adams Central
Nikie Nelson – Ord
Morgan Semm – Centura
Taryn Wagner – Central City

Honorable Mention

Adams Central: Jessica Babcock, So.; Libby Trausch, So. Arcadia/Loup City: Nadia VanSlyke, Sr.; Jentri Hurlburt, Sr. Aurora: Cassidy Knust, Jr; Kassidy Hudson, Jr. Boone Central: Ashtyn Hedlund, So.; Natalee Luettel, Sr. Broken Bow: Kya Scott, So.; Majesta Valasek, Sr. Burwell: Hayley Huges, Sr.; Carlie Helgoth, Jr. Central Valley: Vanessa Wood, So.; Neleigh Poss, So. Centura: Katelyn Fanta, Jr.; Elayna Holcomb, Sr. Cross County: Cortlyn Schaefer, Jr.; Erica Stratman, Jr. Doniphan-Trumbull: Maddie Smith, Sr.; Sophie Fitch, So. Elba: Laura Enriquez, Jr.; Angel McKoski, So. Fullerton: Stormy Herman, Sr.; Jordan Plumbtree, So. Gibbon: Baylee Rockefeller, Sr.; YJade Bentley, Sr. Giltner: Sydney Janzen, Sr.; Kaley Ballard, Sr. Grand Island Central Catholic: Katie Maser, Sr.; Chloe Cloud, So. Grand Island Senior High: Ella McDonald, Jr. Hampton: Lydia Dose, Sr.; Rorie Loveland, Jr. Hastings:McKinsey Long, So.; Dacey Sealey, Jr. Hastings St. Cecilia: Makenna Asher, Sr.; Natalie Kissinger, Sr.; Katharine Hamburger, Jr. Heartland: Odessa Ohrt, Sr.; Kalea Wetjen, Sr. Heartland Lutheran: Carli Maier, Sr.; Jessica Zehendner, Jr. High Plains: Brooke Bannister, Jr.; Brianna Wilshusen, Jr. Kenesaw: Meadow Wagoner, So.; Savannah Williams, Sr. Nebraska Christian: Sidney McHargue, So.; Tennasynn Sebek, Jr. Northwest: Shanae Suttles, Jr.; Claire Caspersen, Jr. Ord: Megan Benton, Jr.; Kloe Severance, Jr. Osceola: Taylor Carlson, Jr.; Trinity Boden, So. Palmer: Allie Kunze, Sr.; Gracie Hillmer, So. Ravenna: Ashlyn Fiddelka, Jr.; Allyson Larsen, Jr. Riverside: Haley Munn, So.; Kayce Martinsen, Fr. Shelton: MaKenna Willis, Fr.; Jadyn Branson, Sr. Spalding Academy: Brooke Keber, Jr. St. Edward: Lacie Cruise, Sr.; Lainey Werts, Sr. St. Paul: Amber Kosmicki, So.; Paige Lukasiewicz, Jr.; Anna Thede, Jr. Twin River: Marissa Morris, Sr.; Katie Paczosa, Jr. Wood River: Hannah Paulk, Jr.; Jenna Rauert, So.

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