Bahes will return to boys basketball coaching next season
Chip Bahe and his nephew, Alex Bahe, are coming back to boys basketball coaching.
Chip Bahe, who was at Hastings College as an assistant the past three years, is the new coach at Grand Island Northwest. The Fremont and NU graduate, who replaces Ryan Rathke, will be coaching in Class B for the first time since three seasons at Lexington ending with the 1995-96 campaign. Bahe left Millard North to go to Hastings.
Alex Bahe is taking over at Lincoln Southwest for Duane Baack, who stepped down after 11 seasons but will remain at the school as an administrator.
Bahe started Elkhorn South's program, leading the Storm to the 2015 Class B title. He stepped down to take a teaching job this school year in Lincoln — where he and his family live — at Southeast, which is his alma mater.
One of Alex Bahe's assistants will be another Southeast graduate, Eric Kohl, who is leaving Sidney after back to-back state tournament appearances. Sidney lost to Elkhorn South in the 2015 finals.
Other recent boys basketball coaching hires include Drew Danielson, an Elkhorn assistant, by Cozad, and Ryan Reeder by Waverly. Reeder had been Waverly's girls basketball coach the past two years after Anthony Harms had moved over from girls to coach boys.
Jurgens seventh in shot
On home turf Friday, Cam Jurgens became one of the state's top 10 boys shot putters of all time.
The Beatrice sophomore won the event at the Willis Jones Invitational at 63 feet, 3 inches. It puts him seventh on the all-time list. He knocks out former Omaha Central standout Chris Reed, who had been 10th. The state record is 66-11 1/2 by Schuyler's Marty Kobza in 1981.
Jurgens will compete Thursday at the River Cities Conference meet in South Sioux City. The meet starts at 10 a.m.
Students to advise NSAA
The Nebraska School Activities Association has chosen its new 12-member Student Advisory Committee for the 2016-17 school year.
The incoming juniors and seniors were chosen from more than 80 applicants and will be liaisons between students, school administrators and the NSAA staff and board. They may offer a student perspective on proposed by-law changes and assist with the state sportsmanship and leadership summits.
The committee members are senior Ashlyn Power of Lincoln Christian and juniors Fidan Ibrahimova of Lincoln Southeast and Grace Ellis of Waverly from NSAA District 1, seniors Claire Harrison of Omaha Skutt and John Kanel of Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer and junior Grace Erixon of Omaha North in District 2, senior Aaron Ras of Bancroft Rosalie and junior Broderick Sieh of Stanton from District 3, seniors Mary O'Keeffe of Hastings St. Cecilia and Reid Bednar of Grand Island from District 4, junior Sheldon Johnsen from Medicine Valley in District 5 and junior Marisa Hutchinson from Valentine in District 6.
Around the state
Ralston Arena will host all games, girls and boys, in next season's Metro Conference Holiday Basketball Tournament. Eight games a day will be played on Dec. 29, Dec. 30, Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 and six games, including the finals, will be on Jan. 4. A different format will be needed the following year when Elkhorn South's entry enlarges the tournaments to 17 teams.
Omaha Concordia senior Joseph Yaksich has signed with San Diego State as a recruited walk-on in football.— Stu Pospisil