Area Athletes Compete in All Star Events

The annual West Nebraska All Star volleyball and football games were played in Scottsbluff on Saturday.  In the All Star volleyball match, the East team won the opening three sets by scores of 25-20, 25-14, 25-17 while the West team won sets 4 and 5 by scores of 25-19 and 15-13 in the fifth.  The East all stars were coached by Broken Bow head volleyball coach Skylar Morris and included Emma Schall, Kali Staples, and Halle Jacobsen of Broken Bow ; Jadeyn Bubak of South Loup, Chiara Richeson of Gothenburg, and Samantha Moore of Mullen.  Moore was chosen as the East team’s MVP.  Moore told media after the match, “It kind of caught me off guard, but I don’t think I could have gotten the MVP award without my teammates. I got perfect sets every single time, perfect passes, it was a team thing.”

The East team was victorious in the West Nebraska All Star football game winning 35-6.  The East team included the following athletes from the KCNI/KBBN coverage area Blake Denson of Broken Bow, Bryce McIntosh of Mullen, Kade Safranek of Anselmo-Merna, Carson Rohde of SEM, Owen Geiken and Riley Baker of Gothenburg, Gunner Armagost and Jacob Engel of Cozad.  Rohde was chosen as the defensive MVP of the game.  Grant Ahlstrom, Reed McFadden, and Brayton Branic of Sandhills/Thedford were among the players that suited up for the West team.

Jayden Scott of Arcadia/Loup City and Barak Birch of Burwell played in the Tom Dinsdale Auto/Striv All Star boys basketball game at GICC high school on Saturday. Birch played for team Chevrolet and Scott played for team GMC. Team Chevrolet won the game 100 – 71. Birch scored 9 points in the game and Scott finished with 8 points.

Lathan Duda and Casey Faulkenberry of Broken Bow competed Saturday in the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Duals.  Duda wrestled for the red team while Faulkenberry wrestled for the blue.  The red team came back to win the dual 34-24.  Two time state champ and North Dakota State recruit Lathan Duda won his match over Burton Brandt of Syracuse by a 5-2 decision.  Faulkenberry, who won a state title as a junior but missed his senior season due to health reasons, was able to take the mat one last time and won by fall over Matt Van Pelt of Southwest.

*Information for this story gathered from KNOP TV – North Platte, News Channel Nebraska, Grand Island Independent, and