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Area athletes compete in NE Neb. All Star Basketball game

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NORFOLK — Several area athletes competed Friday in the 37th annual Northeast Nebraska All Star Basketball Classics at the Cox Activities Center at Northeast Community College.

In the boys’ game, the Light All Stars rallied from a fivepoint third quarter deficit to beat the Dark team 105-95.

Norfolk Catholic’s Christian Mickelson led five players in double figures for the Light team with 27 points, four rebounds, two blocked shots, and two steals. Teammate Ryan Kramer from Boone Central scored 19 points with 10 boards to the win.

Wakefield’s Blake Brown paced the Dark Team with 16 points, eight rebounds, and two steals. He led five players in double figures.

Wynot’s Anthony Haberman hit for 10 points for the Dark Team, while Cedar Catholic’s Myles Thoene chipped in with four points.

Another Cedar County athlete — Cael Hartung of LCC — competed for the Light Team, aiding the cause with 10 points.

Kramer and Brown were named Most Valuable Players in the game.

Light 18 26 22 39 — 105

Dark 14 32 25 24 — 95

Light: Christian Mickelson, Norfolk Catholic, 27; Ryan Kramer, Boone Central, 19; Graysen Schultze, Osmond, 11; Cael Hartung, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, 10; Jaxon Wietfeld, North Bend, 9; Lucas Vogt, BRLD, 10; Bryar Bennett, Ponca, 9; Jakwon Webb, Madison, 5: Weston Graham, Twin River, 3; Payton Frederick, Battle Creek, 2;

Dark: Blake Brown, Wakefield, 16; Justin Erb, Wakefield, 12; Grant Colligan, Lutheran High NE, 12; Kallan Herman, Norfolk, 11; Anthony Haberman, Wynot, 10; Jalen Merrick, Walthill, 9; Gunnar Ray, Oakland-Craig, 9; Dawson Watts, Pierce, 6; Kaden Sheridan, Walthill, 6; Myles Thoene, Cedar Catholic, 4.

In the girls contest, the Dark Team earned a 79-65 decision.

Humphrey St. Francis’ Allison Weidner scored 17 points, with seven rebounds, and four steals to lead the victors.

Norfolk’s Hailey Kleinschmit added 17 points, six boards, and two steals. Winnebago’s Keisha Snyder pumped in 13 points with five rebounds for the Dark squad.

The Light team was led by West Point-Beemer’s Sidney Swanson’s 12 points and four rebounds. Crofton’s Kaley Einrem added 10 points and three steals and teammate Lacey Sprakel had 10 points and four boards. Cedar Catholic’s Brynn Wortmann picked up four points in the contest. Her high school coach, Craig Wortmann, served as an assistant coach in the game.

Weidner and Swanson were named MVPs.

The games consisted of 10-minute quarters as compared to 8-minute quarters of a normal high school game.

Both teams had 10-player rosters and for the first three quarters, the coaches had five players play during the first five minutes and the other five for the final five. The final frame featured several substitutions.

Dark Team 16 19 24 20 - 79

Light Team 13 20 15 17 - 65

DARK TEAM: Allison Weidner, Humphrey St. Francis, 17; Hailey Kleinschmit, Norfolk, 17; Keisha Snyder, Winnebago, 13; Morgan Ramsey, CWC, 8; Alissa Kosch, Humphrey St. Francis, 7; Hannah Strom, South Sioux City, 6; Ashley Ostrand, Pender, 4; Brenna Wagner, Summerland, 3; BriAnna Zohner, Battle Creek, 2; Paige Furstenau 2. LIGHT TEAM: Sidney Swanson, West Point-Beemer,

12; Kaley Einrem, Crofton, 10; Lacey Sprakel, Crofton, 10; Chloe Spence, Lutheran High NE, 9; Alyssa Eichelberger, O’Neill, 5; Cassidy Hoffman, Clarkson/Leigh, 5; Brynn Wortmann, Cedar Catholic, 4; Kenzie Moeller, Pierce, 2; Caragan Tietz, BRLD, 2; Riley Jurgens, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, 2.

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