Striv founder and CEO Taylor Siebert is pleased to announce that York High School will again be the host for the 3rd Annual Striv All-Star Basketball Classic presented by Cornerstone Bank on June 3. The girls game will begin at 6:00 with boys to follow at 8:00 in addition to a new skills challenge and 3-point shooting contest between games.
“The first Saturday in June has certainly been a success we didn’t really plan on,” Siebert said. “We have been floored by the success of this event and the response we got from players, coaches and fans.
“This is a great way for us to showcase our student-athletes. Our growth and commitment to help sharing a school’s story is highlighted by this event. With over 80 schools, we have plenty of great athletes to choose from and we hope to put on a fun, family-friendly event with high quality basketball being played.”
The coaches and players could be the best since the game started in 2015. The boys Blue Team will be coached by Centennial’s Cam Scholl while the Orange team will be led by Winnebago’s Jeff Berridge.
Scholl led the Broncos to an appearance in the Class C-2 state tournament where they were defeated in the first round by eventual state champion Ponca. Centennial qualified for the first time since 1983 while finishing with a record of 22-4. Berridge has turned the Indians in a perennial power in Class C. They won the Class C-1 title in 2015 and finished third in C-2 in 2016 and C-1 this past season. ‘Bago finished 2017 28-3.
Both coaches will have the honor of coaching two of their players for a final time. Justin Heine and Preston Stuhr will join Scholl on the Blue Team, while Berridge will have all-stater David Wingett in addition to Drake Gorrin on the Orange Team.
On the girls side, friends and rivals Nathan Behlke (Dundy County-Stratton) and Scott Polacek (Howells-Dodge) will face off in a “rubber match” as Behlke and DCS defeated H-D at the state tournament in 2015 and H-D returned the favor in 2016. In different classes in 2017, DCS advanced to the D-1 final and Polacek’s Jags were the C-2 champions.
Behlke’s Blue Team will be led by a pair of DCS seniors in Aubrey Fredrick and Emily Jones. Fredrick will play volleyball at Hastings College while Jones has signed to play basketball at Concordia.
Polacek will have a pair of his Jaguars as well with Class C-2 all-state selection Sam Brester and Chelsea Bayer to lead his team. Also on the Orange Team is Lincoln Christian standout and Weber State volleyball recruit Ashlyn Power.
“The talent we have been able to choose from this season has been unbelievable,” Siebert added. “We are honored to be able to get four great coaches and leaders to participate in the game again this year. We are looking forward to another fun night.”
Players were nominated by coaches and then selected via a draft creating a game format where four sets of high school teammates will be on opposite sides, two in the boys and two in the girls, for each game.
Orange: Kyle Leafty (Falls City), Chase Konert (Alma), Dylan McKee (Malcolm), Miles Griffith (St. Paul), Trey Stutheit (Johnson-Brock), Jonah Micek (St. Edward), David Wingett (Winnebago), Drake Gorrin (Winnebago), Garrett Whitley (Fillmore Central), Nate Grossnicklaus (Shelby/Rising City), Tanner Lierman (Northwest), Cole Eggert (Elmwood-Murdock). Coach: Jeff Berridge, Winnebago.
Blue: Preston Connelly (Twin River), Justin Heine (Centennial), Preston Stuhr (Centennial), Brady Dreamer (Elmwood-Murdock), Blaine Emerson (Cozad), Jaidon Policky (Milford), Devin Wagoner (Sutton), Rasmus Linnestad (Friend), Adam Hoarty (Fillmore Central), John Erwin (York), Monty Roberts (Syracuse), Kenny Wright (Cross County). Coach: Cam Scholl, Centennial.
Orange: Ashlyn Power (Lincoln Christian), Kailyn Wiseman (Sutton), Tori Homolka (Wilber-Clatonia), Addison Kuta (Sandy Creek), Tristin Mason (Hampton), Sydney Hall (Exeter-Milligan), Alexis Ramaekers (Twin River), Mikayla Brady (Malcolm), Sam Brester (Howells-Dodge), Chelsea Bayer (Howells-Dodge), Kaitlyn Harrison (Alma), Maggie May (Wallace). Coaches: Scott Polacek, Howells-Dodge.
Blue: Halle Plumbtree (Fullerton), Baylee Wemhoff (Elgin/Pope John), Katy Gathje (Central City), Aubrey Fredrick (Dundy County-Stratton), Emily Jones (Dundy County-Stratton), Bethany Anderson (West Point-Beemer), Macy Gustafson (Osceola), Tessa Hedlund (Boone Central), Jaime Troester (Hampton), Sam Luehr (Wood River), Tristan Smith (Wilber-Clatonia), Brooke Baugh (Friend). Coaches: Nathan Behlke, Dundy County Stratton.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Taylor Siebert (402.513.8770 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Eric Allgood (402.513.8743 or email@example.com)