O’Neill St. Mary’s gymnasium was the site Thursday for the inaugural Rotary Club Niobrara Valley Conference (NVC)/Loup Valley Conference (LVC) all-star basketball games.
In the girls game, the NVC defeated LVC 67 to 34. The second quarter proved to be a turning point in the contest as NVC outscored their opponent 20 to 8. Wheeler Central’s Jamie Havel and McKenzie Connot of St. Mary’s led the winning team with 10 points each. Elgin Public/Pope John Wolfpack standout Kasi Stoltz, added 9 for the NVC. Another member of the Wolfpack playing in the game, Jenna Beckman, provided stellar play on defense.
Other members of the NVC Girls team were (in addition to Beckman and Stoltz) Kelsey Weber, Wheeler Central; Tiffany Thramer, Sierra Summers and Toni Gillespie, Ewing; Angela Boggs, Verdigre; Montana Libolt, Chambers; Chaney Black and Makaela Krugman, West Boyd. Coaches for the team were John Miller of Chambers and Randy Eisenhauer of Elgin Public-Pope John.
Mullen’s Megan Hoesing led the LVC with 12 points in the game. Other LVC girls team members were Cassidy Stefka, Jody Schultz, Katie Ropers, Jill Hickman and Beth Hickman, Sargent; Dani Ellis, Callaway; Lisa Kraus, Loup County; Ashlyn Myers, Anselmo-Merna; Lauren Crisp and Charlesee Wright, Mullen; and Elizabeth Oltman, Arcadia. Coaches were Tim Rice of Mullen and Scotty Leisy of Sandhills-Thedford.
In the boys game, the NVC boys easily defeated LVC 97 to 85. The NVC got out to a quick start, scoring 37 points in the first quarter.
Leading scorer in the game was Austin Kaczor of Ewing with 22 points. Other double-figure scorers were Ewing’s Josiah Switzer 11, Riley Sicheneder of Chambers and Stuart’s Jake Kubik each had 10. A member of the NVC Team, Wolfpack leading scorer Jeff Starman tossed in four points for the victors.
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