In his 40th season as the girls basketball coach at Sandy Creek, Russ Ninemire will receive something special.
He has been invited by the Wooden Foundation to be the head coach of the West All-Stars in the McDonald’s High School All-American girls basketball game March 29 at the United Center in Chicago. It will be televised by ESPN and will be followed by the boys All-American game.
“It’s a great honor,” Ninemire said. “It’s something I obviously didn’t expect.”
Ninemire has guided the Class C-2 Cougars to 10 state championships, including a run of six straight from 1996 to 2001. That ties South Sioux City (2000 to 2005) for the most consecutive state tourney titles, a mark that five-time defending C-2 champion Crofton hopes to tie this season.
While Ninemire said he isn’t ready to talk about retirement, the McDonald’s honor is something he’ll always remember.
“It’s a great way to cap my career,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
NCA All-Star rosters
The Nebraska Coaches Association has released selections for its summer all-star games in volleyball and softball. Still to come are the basketball selections.
Rosters won’t be decided until June to allow for late opt-outs because of injury or summer college commitments.
The basketball games are July 24 and the volleyball match July 25, all at Lincoln North Star, and the softball game is July 26 at Bowlin Stadium.
Coaches: Reds, head coach, Sarah Wilson, Sidney; assistant, Brad Reichmuth, Papillion-La Vista South; Blues, head coach, Kiley Hansen, Omaha Concordia; assistant, KC Belitz, Columbus Lakeview.
Players: Elise Baumann, Millard North; Mackenzie Brandl, Stanton; Kylie Broich, Grand Island Northwest; Tara Callahan, Brady; Hayley Densberger, Malcolm; Lesley Fox, St. Paul; Steph Gaston, Dani Prusha, Papillion-La Vista; Brooke Heyne, Allison Schomers, Omaha Skutt; Kacey Jaeger, Ogallala; Madison Jurgens, Diller-Odell; Erika Loseke, Columbus Lakeview; Abby Meyer, Elmwood-Murdock; Sydney Morehouse, Papillion-La Vista South; Adyson Narber, Aurora; Grace Nelson, Elkhorn; Makenna Niemoth, Doniphan-Trumbull; Maddi Porter, Sidney; Ashlyn Power, Lincoln Christian; Lucy Skoch, Hastings St. Cecilia; Anna Squiers, Kearney Catholic; Sarah Swanson, Elkhorn South; Claira Thede, St. Paul; Madison Vanhousen, Hampton; Mary Katherine Wolfe, Omaha Marian; Avery Yaksich, Omaha Concordia; Mallory Yost, Gretna.
Coaches: Reds, head coach, Bill Heard, Gretna; assistant, Natalie Madsen, Kearney; Blues, head coach, Lance Kingery, Lincoln East; assistant, Shawn Carr, Crete.
Players: Julie Bauer, Lauren Struebing, Maureena Vornhagen, Kearney; Logan Black, Millard West; Morgan Felber, Lincoln Pius X; Markki Frazier, Hastings; Carlee Guyett, Omaha Westside; Emma Hoffart, Millard North; Abby Kauf, Haley Kennedy, Lincoln Southwest; Jadyn Lindgren, Norris; Allie Maguire, Waverly; Hannah McCarville, Papillion-La Vista; Maddie Moser, Central City; Lindsey Norvell, Alyssa Wells, Grand Island; Emma Osowski, Omaha Skutt; Raquell Penke, Blair; Alicia Perrien, Hannah Sederburg, Elkhorn South; Calista Pilakowski, Twin River; Courtney Potter, Raymond Central; Kayla Prai, Payton Swanson, Lincoln East; Paige Renner, Emmie Uitts, Elkhorn; MacKinsey Schmidt, Crete; Alexa Sedlak, Gretna; Lauren Wobken, West Point Guardian Angels CC; Sarah Yocom, Cozad.
Chadron coach steps down
Chadron volleyball coach Don Matt has stepped down after 11 seasons with the Cardinals.
Matt led his Class C-1 team to the state tournament the past five years, including a third-place finish in 2015. The coach said he was retiring so he could watch his sons play football.
Since 2006, Matt has had a 240-85 mark with the Cardinals. Chadron went 33-6 this season, losing to eventual state runner-up Malcolm in the first round.
He previously coached 12 seasons at West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic, taking the team to the state tournament eight times and leading the Bluejays to four straight C-2 state titles.
His overall coaching mark is 474-130, placing him 25th on the state’s career win list and 15th among active coaches.
Stutheit earns mention
Fallon Stutheit of Johnson-Brock is a finalist for sophomore player of the year honors as named by PrepVolleyball.com.
The 6-foot-1 middle blocker pounded a Class D-1 state-record 539 kills — including 86 in three state tournament matches as the Eagles won their second straight state title. She also had 212 digs, 62 blocks and 47 aces this season.
Stutheit, a first-team All-Nebraska selection, will walk on at Nebraska in 2019.
Bennington defensive lineman Anthony Chairez played for the 50-man U.S. Under-17 National Team that beat Japan 44-7 this week in the International Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Dallas Rogers of Papillion-La Vista South was on the U.S. Under-16 National Team that played Ontario on Tuesday night.
Kohl Herbolsheimer of Millard South was in the FBU All-America Game for high school freshmen in San Antonio, the first from the state selected.