Prep notes: South Sioux City's Molly Hornbeck to coach all-star game in Brooklyn; NCA basketball all-stars named

South Sioux City coach Molly 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.

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.

Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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Stu is The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports and for golf. Follow him on Twitter @stuOWH. Phone: 402-444-1041.

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