Saturday's Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame all-star basketball doubleheader will be at Omaha Benson, with the girls game at 5:30 p.m. and the boys game at 7:30 p.m.
There will be a college recruiting fair held in conjunction with the games, from 4 to 9 p.m., with representatives from Peru State, Creighton and Metro Community College.
At halftime of the boys game, City Councilman Ben Gray will present the hall's athlete of the year awards. The recipients are Sylvia Smith-Gatson, Omaha Central, girls basketball; Tierra Williams, Auburn, girls track; Tra-Deon Hollins, Omaha Central, football; Kenzo Cotton, Papillion-La Vista, boys track; JaVaughn Perkins, Omaha North, wrestling; Samara West, Omaha North, volleyball; and Cam Williams, Omaha South, boys basketball.
Coach: Jeff Stallworth. Qwenyona Evans, Omaha Bryan; Aliyah Brown, Omaha Burke; Ashley Collins, Omaha North; Sylvia Smith-Gatson, Paige Muhammad, Omaha Central; Naenay Williams, Bellevue East. Cyra Fenceroy, Omaha Northwest.
Coach: Kevin Vann. Imani White, Omaha North; Jerrica Williams, Omaha Burke; Kenae Merritt, Millard North; Sidni Trotter, Bellevue East; LaVonzelle Brown, Nya Pal, Raine Dunkin, Omaha Northwest; Sydney McGruder, Omaha Central.
Coach: Donnie Johnson. Cam Willliams, Bobby Lage, Lyle Hexom, Marquise Collins, Omaha South; Moe Niang, Bellevue East; Lucas Smith, Bellevue East; Tre Bush, Omaha Northwest; Deon Wells-Ross, William Curtis, Caleb De Lima, Omaha Benson.
Coach: Terrence Mackey. Connor Lusso, Josh Lallman, Millard West; Kevin Dineen, Omaha Creighton Prep; Aaron Walker, Lincoln Southeast; Tra-Deon Hollins, Nick Billingsley, KJ Scott, Central; Aireon Porter, Omaha North.
Eight-man all-stars at Hastings College
The 36th annual Nebraska Eight-Man Football Coaches Association all-star game is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hastings College.
The East holds a 19-16 series lead over the West after the West won last year's game 47-22.
West: Canaan Janicek, Bo Rebman, Alma; Trey Gilligan, Anselmo-Merna; Tyson Howard, Ansley-Litchfield; Tyler Dahlgren, Bertrand; Nate Nelson, Burwell; Travis Kester, Clearwater-Orchard; Ross Schindler, Elgin/Pope John; Zac Crowley, Elm Creek; Spencer Gydesen, Elwood; Ryan Kleier, Giltner; Tyler Schnitzler, Dalton Bender, Kenesaw; Sam Schumacher, Leyton; Reilly Lambrecht, Brady Lewandowski, Loup City; Rulon Taylor, Medicine Valley; Josh Vinton, Mullen; Ty Eiler, O'Neill SM; Brady Knigge, Potter-Dix; Tyler Lee, Sandhills-Thedford; Luke Glenn, Shelton; Frank Hartley, Spalding/SA; Ryan Mosier, Twin Loup.
Head coach: Troy Kleffner, Spalding/SA. Assistants: JR Nott, Grand Island Heartland Lutheran; Jason Spady, Garden County; Joe Imus, Spalding/SA.
East: Dylan Lauenstein, Luke Christensen, BDS; Alec Wilson, Bloomfield; Colton Tomka, Clarkson/Leigh; Levi Nielsen, Creighton; Savino Lebron, Deshler; Robbie Androyna, Blake Papik, Exeter-Milligan; Lane Scheitel, Falls City SH; Austin Ruskamp, Freeman; Cole Arnett, Hampton; Nick Miller, Hartington; Tanner Fate, High Plains; Nathan Bazata, Brady Brester, Howells-Dodge; Blake Strecker, Humphrey; John Wieser, Humphrey SF; Kyle Frauendorfer, Lindsay HF; Jake Touchstone, Nebraska City Lourdes; Jac Bailey, McCool Junction; Carlin Krienert, Osmond; Devon Marteney, Pawnee City; Ryan Zuhlke, Sterling; Marcus Claussen, Wausa.
Head coach: Jerald Humlicek, Shelby-Rising City. Assistants: Greg Conroy, Pender; Theron Troxel, Freeman; Travis Weber, Shelby-RC.
Heard leaves Ralston to be Gretna assistant
After 11 seasons as a teacher and head boys basketball coach at Ralston, Bill Heard is leaving the school to be an assistant softball and boys basketball coach at Gretna. He will teach history at the high school level.
“It's really about my family,” Heard told the World-Herald News Service. “With two young kids (girl and boy), I don't want to be missing things as they're growing up.
“I know there are things I'm going to miss about being a head coach, but I'll get them back two-fold because it's more time I can spend with my family.”
While he was at Ralston, the Rams collected 178 wins and went to state eight of his 11 seasons. They won the Class B state title in 2009 and were runners-up in 2003 and 2004.
At Gretna, he will be on the bench with his roommate from Doane College, coach Bill Feeken.
Skutt names three new coaches
Omaha Skutt has hired three new coaches — Kyle Jurgens in boys basketball, Justin Zabawa in boys soccer and Dan Zadalis in girls golf.
Jurgens replaces Jon Burt, whose teams won two Class B titles in nine years. Jurgens has been a three-sport assistant at Millard North, where he will continue to teach, and he also will be an assistant football coach at Skutt.
Zabawa, a 2003 Skutt graduate, has been the varsity assistant the past four years to Rob Meyers, who will replace Burt as the Skutt principal.
Skutt Athletic Director Mike McMahon said Burt has taken a job with the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation.
Fundraiser for former Millard South athlete
Friends of former All-Nebraska defensive end Tim Jones, who graduated from Millard South in 1997, have organized a fundraiser for June 29 to help defray costs associated with his third battle with cancer. More surgery is needed this summer at the Mayo Clinic.
The event will be at Clear Creek Landscapes, 15070 Chandler Road, in the Chalco area, from 3 to 10 p.m.
“I visited with Tim the other day and he was very upbeat considering the long road he has to face once again in his life,” said Paul Stuart, who coached Jones at Millard South.
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