Omaha Starlings

The Omaha Starlings 16-and-under volleyball team recently went undefeated to capture a national Starlings tournament in San Diego.

Past World-Herald coaches of the year Bruce Chubick Sr. of Omaha South in boys basketball and Jody Rhodes of Paxton in volleyball are among those who will receive career-achievement awards this month from the Nebraska Coaches Association.

Chubick will receive the Ed Johnson Award. Rhodes’ award is named for Phyllis Rice-Honnor.

Their awards will be presented July 21 at the NCA’s annual awards banquet at the Lincoln Station Great Hall in Lincoln. A 4:30 p.m. social hall precedes the 5:30 p.m. dinner. Dinner tickets are $20, and an order form can be found at

Other awards: Binnie and Dutch Award (track and field), Gary Schuurmans, Norfolk; Ken Cook Award (girls basketball), Chuck Ross, Wisner-Pilger; Guy Mytty Award (wrestling), Dean Boyer, Plainview; Skip Palrang Award (football), Bob Fuller, Wausa; Swede and Del Award (golf), Steve Exstrom, Minden; George O’Boyle Award (cross country), Bob Hoyer, Malcolm; Jim Farrand Award (junior high or assistant coach), Beth McMahon, Fremont; Tiffany Panning, Crofton. Media Award: Ken Hambleton, Lincoln; Daryl Blue (posthumously), Lincoln. Friends of High School Sports Award: Ben Eickhof, Thedford; Mike Harvey, Arnold. Doyle Denney Heart of a Coach Award: Joel Hueser, Papillion-La Vista South.

NCA coaches of the year: Softball: Rob Sweetland, Wayne. Girls cross country: Brian Kabourek, Lincoln East. Boys cross country: Sean McMahon, Fremont. Volleyball: Matt Koehn-Fairbanks, St. Paul. Football: Jeff Tomlin, Grand Island. Wrestling: Norm Manstedt, High Plains. Swimming: Leigh Ann Fetter-Witt, Lincoln Southwest. Girls basketball: Steve Wieseler, Wynot. Boys basketball: Bruce Chubick Sr., Omaha South. Soccer: Derek Spence, Crete. Baseball: Scott Heese, Bennington. Girls track and field: Sue Ziegler, Lincoln Lutheran. Tennis: Chris Salem, Lincoln Southeast. Golf: Jim Orcutt, North Platte.

NHSACA Hall of Fame: Gail Peterson, Crofton; Sharon Zavala, Grand Island Central Catholic.

NCA service awards: 50 years: Norm Manstedt, High Plains; Dave Oman, Centura; Larry Vancura, Heartland. 45 years: Kenneth Meyers, Wilcox-Hildreth; Steve Nelson, Alliance. 40 years: Al Blankenship, Waverly; Larry Schreiber, Nebraska Christian; Ron Wergin, Palmyra. 35 years: Ken Adkisson, Waverly; Mark Anderson, Randolph; Lyndon Bebee, Schuyler; Jerry Buck, Holdrege; Dan Davenport, Waverly; Jim Hansen, Lincoln Pius X; Mike Johnson, Waverly; Joe Ortmeier, Osmond; Tom Pallas, Seward; Dom Reicks, Ravenna; Jody Rhodes, Paxton; Diane Rouzee, Grand Island Northwest. 25 years: Brian Kabourek, Lincoln East.

Level IV Milestone Awards: Kevin Asher, Hastings St. Cecilia; Tom Leininger, Aurora; Michael Johnson, Hartington Cedar Catholic; Mimi Ramsbottom, Elkhorn South; Steve Bischoff, Elkhorn South; Rick Eickholt, Neligh-Oakdale; Janet Tooley, Columbus Scotus; Dean Boyer, Plainview; Norm Manstedt, High Plains.

Ed Johnson Memorial Scholarship: Grant Frickenstein, Fremont Bergan.

NCA scholarships: Ryan Arnold, Diller-Odell; Nyah Chambers, Norris; Alyssa Bruk, Omaha North; Cole Fossenbarger, Johnson-Brock; Jessica Borg, Wakefield; Jack Goering, Grand Island Central Catholic; Mary Nibbe, Red Cloud; Addison Johnson, Cody-Kilgore.

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Former coach Curry to speak

Retired college football coach Bill Curry will be the keynote speaker on the opening day of the July 23-25 Nebraska Coaches Association Multi-Sports Clinic at Lincoln North Star.

Also scheduled to speak are Division I coaches Sherri Coale of Oklahoma women’s basketball, Kirsten Bernthal Booth of Creighton volleyball and Amanda Eberhart of UNO softball and Midlands college coaches Drew Olson of Concordia women’s basketball, Dan McLaughlin of Wayne State football and Brett Hunter of Chadron State wrestling. Former Husker football player Andrew Shanle, who’s coaching high school football in Texas, and former UNO wrestling coach Mike Denney, now at Maryville University, also are clinicians.

NU walk-ons will miss game

Nebraska walk-on basketball players Charlie Easley of Lincoln Pius X and Jace Piatkowski of Elkhorn South and new Oregon signee Lök Wur from Papillion-La Vista South have withdrawn from the NCA’s July 22 all-star basketball game at Lincoln North Star because of college commitments.

Starlings win tourney

The Omaha Starlings 16-and-under volleyball team recently went undefeated to capture a national Starlings tournament in San Diego.

The team, part of an inner-city volleyball club run by Omaha Northwest coach Shannon Walker, went 10-0 in its 36-team division. The squad, coached by Huskies assistant Erin Golden, did not lose a set and defeated a team from Los Angeles in the final.

“The girls played pretty awesome,’’ Golden said. “Our goal was to win it, and that’s just what they did.’’

Golden said the team’s dedication — 6 a.m. practices throughout June — played a big part in the winning performance.

“The girls showed up for practice every day, and it paid off,’’ she said. “It was a real team effort.’’

The team finished second in its age division last year. Team members are Taniya Golden, Morgan Gardner, Morgan Wiseman, Paige Anthony and Kume Thichuong from Northwest; Bianca Martinez, Zaria Dunbar, Paige Terry and Lyndsey Veach from Omaha Central; and Miranda Hale from Omaha Burke.

“This is going to give every one of these girls confidence for what’s ahead,’’ Golden said. “And I think this championship says a lot once again about the volleyball being played here in Nebraska.’’

Krause makes training team

Nebraska commit Lindsay Krause of Omaha Skutt has been named to the 24-player U.S. Girls Youth National Training Team for this year’s Under-18 world championships in September in Cairo, Egypt.

Krause, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter who will be a junior, is a two-time All-Nebraska first-team pick. She was the only player from Nebraska to make the training team but not the only NU recruit. Also on the team are future Huskers Ally Batenhorst (Katy, Texas), Kennedi Orr (Eagan, Minnesota) and Lexi Rodriguez (Sterling, Illinois).

The 24-player roster will be whittled to 12 at the training program July 17-26 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Janssen on national team

Lincoln East graduate Jordan Janssen, who will be a sophomore at Wayne State, has been selected for the USA D-2 men’s basketball team. The team will play four games in Brazil between July 24 and July 29.

Two athletes of year for Burke

Omaha Burke has had two World-Herald boys athletes of the year, but it was a long time in between. This year’s honoree, James Burks, was the Bulldogs’ first since former Husker fullback Tim Wurth in 1976.

Preview forms needed

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Class A, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha Benson, Omaha Bryan. Class B, Gering, Lexington, Omaha Gross, Schuyler, South Sioux City. Class C-1, Columbus Scotus, Fort Calhoun, Sidney. Class C-2, Centura, Louisville, Malcolm, Sandy Creek, Southern Valley, Superior, Twin River, Wood River. Eight Man-1, Alma, Ansley-Litchfield, Bayard, Cambridge, Creighton, Dundy County-Stratton, Fullerton, Hitchcock County, Palmer, Perkins County, South Loup, Southwest, West Holt. Eight Man-2, Anselmo-Merna, Diller-Odell, Elwood, Garden County, Giltner, Omaha Christian, Overton, Twin Loup, Wynot. Six Man, Arthur County, Cody-Kilgore, Crawford, Elba, Hampton, McPherson County/Stapleton, Red Cloud, Santee, Sioux County, Wilcox-Hildreth.

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