South Sioux City’s Molly Hornbeck isn’t quite finished coaching girls basketball this season.
Hornbeck will be an assistant coach Sunday at the 17th annual Jordan Brand Classic, an all-star game for high school seniors to be played in Brooklyn, New York.
“My attitude going into the game is that we’re going to have fun,’’ she said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.’’
Hornbeck, who guided the Class B Cardinals to a state championship in 2017 and a runner-up finish this year, said the opportunity arose because of South Sioux City’s association with the Nike athletic brand.
“(Former coach) Kelly Flynn began that sponsorship back in the early 2000s,’’ she said. “And when a Nike representative asked if I’d like to coach in this game, it took me about 30 seconds to make up my mind.’’
The girls game Sunday will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the boys game will follow at 4.
Hornbeck will be an assistant for Bob Mackey, coach at Christ the King High School in New York City. Mackey is one of the most successful coaches in the country and a previous national high school coach of the year.
“He’s had several players go on to the WNBA,’’ Hornbeck said. “If I can learn something from him, that’ll be a bonus.’’
Hornbeck added that she is proud to represent not just her high school but all of Nebraska.
“I’m lucky to be in such an awesome program,’’ she said. “And I think this is really cool for our state.’’
NCA basketball all-stars
The Nebraska Coaches Association announced the players and coaches for its 50th annual all-star basketball games July 23 at Lincoln North Star. The coaches will draft their teams at a later date.
Chosen are All-Nebraska first teamers Sam Griesel of Lincoln East, Brady Heiman of Platteview and Kanon Koster of Kearney in boys and Brooke Carlson of Elkhorn, Payton Brotzki of Platteview and captain Quinn Weidemann of Omaha Westside in girls. NCA officials said Shereef Mitchell of Omaha Burke, the All-Nebraska boys captain, declined an invitation.
Those who will participate are:
Boys: Justin Appleby, O’Neill; Tyrell Carroll, Millard South; Tuach Dol, Papillion-La Vista South; Nick Ferrarini, Millard North; Sam Griesel, Jordan Janssen, Lincoln East; Matt Hagedorn, Norfolk; Brady Heiman, Nate Thayer, Platteview; Lane Huebert, Heartland; Cedric Johnson, Bellevue West; Carter Kent, Crete; Bryce Kerkman, West Holt; Kanon Koster, Kearney; Brendan Lacey, Wahoo; Ben Moxness, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder; Henry Penner, Aurora; Peyton Priest, Papillion-La Vista; Sammy Richardson, Lincoln High; Garrett Seagren, Oakland-Craig; Alex Thramer, O’Neill; Quinten Vasa, Nebraska City Lourdes; Mike Wardy, Norris; LeBeck Warren, Grand Island. Coaches: Red team, Tony Siske, Norfolk, head coach; Todd Hale, West Holt, assistant coach. Blue team, Seth Kallhoff, O’Neill, head coach; Jeff Campbell, Lincoln East, assistant coach.
Girls: Taylor Beacom, Papillion-La Vista South; Payton Brotzki, Platteview; Brooke Carlson, Elkhorn; Claire Cornell, Elm Creek; Chloe Dworak, Lincoln Christian; Delani Fahey, Ord; Maggie Feehan, Columbus Scotus; Lexis Haase, West Point GACC; Kylie Hammer, Wayne; Aspen Jansa, Wahoo Neumann; Mackenzie Koepke, Lincoln Lutheran; Bailey Kraus, West Holt; Raeleigh Menke, Friend; Jori Peters, Mitchell; Lauren Riley, York; Alli Roh, Regan Sankey, Lincoln East; Faith Ross, Gretna; Taryn Scheef, Wahoo; Samantha Shepard, Fremont; Ali Smith, Ord; Carly Sutherland, Pierce; Quinn Weidemann, Omaha Westside; Logan Wemhoff, Humphrey St. Francis. Coaches: Red team, Brendan Dittmer, Elkhorn Valley, head coach; Jason Simons, Wahoo Neumann, assistant coach. Blue team, Bryan Reichmuth, Humphrey St. Francis, head coach; Nathan Behlke, Dundy County-Stratton, assistant coach.
Mike Wardy, who averaged 16.1 points a game for Norris, should have been on last Sunday’s honorable mention list for Class B boys basketball.
Greg Appleby at Ewing reminds us that his school produced Austin Kaczor, making eight on the list of All-Nebraska first-team selections in football and boys basketball in the same school year (2009-10 for Kaczor). Kaczor was All-Nebraska twice in basketball.
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Week 40: Aurora's Caleb Badura blew through the Class B state tournament at Quail Run in Columbus, a par-72 course where he shot rounds of 72 and 70, after overcoming severe flareup of Crohn’s disease. He was 3-under for his final seven holes to finish 2-under for the 36 holes. Click here to read the full story.
Week 39: Omaha Roncalli's Logan McGill lined a fastball over the third baseman’s head and into the left-field corner to bring home the tying and winning runs in the Class B state championship game. Click here to read the story.
Week 38: Elkhorn South's Alex Nelson broke the record for the fastest electronically timed 200 in state history with a 21.30 at the A-1 district meet. Click here to read the story.
Week 37: In a district final against Bellevue West, Omaha Creighton Prep's Dylan Phillips threw a one-hitter, retiring the last 15 batters in a 2-0 victory. Click here to read the story.
Week 36: Papillion-La Vista's Hayden Pudenz earned wins in back-to-back golf tournaments and shot 73 both days, marking the third time he’s carded a 73 in his past four tournaments. Click here to read the story.
Week 35: Fullerton's Brent Wetovick was named the most outstanding male performer at the Nebraska Track and Field Festival, where he won the 400-meter dash in 49.34 seconds and the 800 in 1:55.40. Click here to read the story.
Week 34: Gretna's Sarah Weber scored eight goals — including a pair of hat tricks — and had five assists in three wins last week. Click here to read the story.
Week 31: Millard South's Lindsey Prokop tied a Class A record with seven goals in the Patriots' 11-0 win against Omaha North. Click here to read the story.
Week 30: Omaha Burke's Hunter Waugh fired a nine-strikeout 7-1 victory over Omaha Northwest with a five-inning no-hitter — with eight strikeouts — against Castle View (Colo.). Click here to read the story.
Week 29: York's Brady Danielson scored 69 points in three state tournament games, leading the Dukes to a Class B title. Click here to read the story.
Week 28: Quinn Weidemann led Omaha Westside to the Class A state title, averaging 22 points per game in the Warriors' three wins. Click here to read the story.
Week 27: Cooper Prososki scored a career-high 37 points to lead Bennington past Elkhorn South as the Badgers reached the Class B tournament for the third straight year. Click here to read the story.
Week 26: Papillion-La Vista South's Jared Mattley scored 36 points, including nine 3s, in a 70-58 victory over Omaha Northwest. Click here to read the story.
Week 25: Millard North's Nicole Avila-Ambrosi made 12 of 14 shots en route to a career-high 29 points in a win over Lincoln Northeast. She also pulled down seven boards and dished three assists. Click here to read the story.
Week 24: Millard South's Tyrell Carroll had two different double-doubles in a week. He had 23 points and 10 rebounds against Omaha Benson, and three days later posted 18 points and a career-high 13 assists, along with six steals, in a victory over Fremont. Click here to read the story.
Week 23: Millard North's Nick Ferrarini scored a school-record 36 points — on 14 shots — and pulled down nine rebounds in the Mustangs’ 73-66 victory over Omaha Bryan. Click here to read the story.
Week 22: Jaylin Hunter's 30-point performance helped erase an early double-digit deficit against Omaha Central en route to an 80-65 win for Omaha Creighton Prep. Click here to read the story.
Week 21: Isaac Trumble of Millard South tripled Omaha Burke's James Burks' career loss total by beating the two-time state champion twice in a 24-hour span. Click here to read the story.
Week 20: Omaha Brownell Talbot's Josie Petrulis recorded consecutive games of 30-plus points in wins over East Butler and Boys Town. Click here to read the story.
Week 19: Conestoga's Sierra Kile scored 32 points and made all 12 of her free throws in a 59-54 overtime win over Weeping Water. Click here to read the story.
Week 17: Akili Felici scored 41 points, including 11 3-pointers — both school records — in Bellevue West's 67-21 win over Omaha Bryan. Click here to read the story.
Week 16: Blair's Jackson Nielsen swept through the 113-pound division in the Boys Town Invitational, earning MVP honors and helping the Bears to the team title. Click here to read the story.
Week 15: Omaha Burke's Shereef Mitchell capped a career-high 37-point night with a buzzer-beating, game-winning 3-pointer against Omaha Central. Click here to read the story.
Week 14: Colton Feist helped Yutan claim the Class C-2 title by recording 10 tackles, including two for loss, a forced fumble and a tipped pass that resulted in an interception during a 27-6 win over Centennial. Click here to read the story.
Week 13: Emily Bressman, who led state champ Omaha Marian in digs, recorded 29 kills in a four-set victory over Millard North in the Class A title match. Click here to read the story.
Week 12: Jake Archer recorded a school-record 23 tackles and a 35-yard pick-six for Omaha Skutt in a 10-9 Class B semifinal victory over then-undefeated Gretna. Click here to read the story.
Week 11: James Burks helped Omaha Burke rally from a 20-point halftime deficit to a 43-37 win over Millard West in the Class A quarterfinals, totaling 305 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Click here to read the story.
Week 10: Gio Mainor ran 11 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns, helping Omaha Burke advance in the Class A playoffs. Click here to read the story.
Week 9: Jake Ralston became Papillion-La Vista South's first-ever state cross country champion, helping the Titans to their first team title. Click here to read the story.
Week 8: Dylan Plautz guided Omaha Westside's offense to 73 points as it outlasted Bellevue West. He finished with 454 yards and four touchdowns. Click here to read the story.
Week 7: York's Simon Otte ran for 217 yards and two touchdowns in the third quarter of a 51-20 victory over Aurora. He finished with 327 yards and three scores. Click here to read the story.
Week 6: Jerome Barnes ran for seven first-half touchdowns and 305 yards in Papillion-La Vista's 49-26 over Omaha Benson. Click here to read the story.
Week 4: Gretna's Tanner Tierney ran for 280 yards and five touchdowns in the Dragons' 59-14 win over Omaha Roncalli. Click here to read the story.
Week 3: Millard North quarterback Cade Elwood ran for 229 yards and had a Class A record-tying seven touchdowns in a 62-35 win over Papillion-La Vista. Click here to read the story.
Week 2: Wayne's Mason Lee opened a 34-30 win over Boone Central with an 86-yard kickoff return for a TD and caught three TD passes. Click here to read the story.
Week 1: Halle Meister helped get Omaha Roncalli get to the Class B state tournament in volleyball for the first time since 1983. Click here to read the story.