Area Cagers Receive Postseason Honors

Boone Central’s Bobbi Beckwith and Melissa Berger of Spalding/Spalding Academy were recently named to the G.I. Independent’s All-Heartland Girls Basketball Super Squad and a number of Albion News area athletes have received regional and state awards for their play during the 2009-10 season.
Beckwith, a 5-9 junior guard, averaged 11.4 points, 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals for Boone Central’s 20-4 state tournament qualifier. Cardinal Coach Mike Kennedy commented, “Bobbi is a leader by example. She is quiet by nature, but sets an example with her work ethic”.
Berger, 5-4 senior guard,  poured in 17.1 points per game for Spalding/Spalding Academy (14-9) and scored 1,231 career points. Knight Coach Stephanie Wlaschin had high praise for her star, “I hate to see Melissa go as a coach. She’s not only a great athlete, she’s an even better kid. She’s a positive role model, not just on the court, but in the community.”
S/SA senior Nikki Stevens was selected to the All-Heartland 4th team, while Boone Central’s Erica Carder (Sr.), Cara Struebing (Sr.), Jenna Lehmann (So.) and Jaime Kennedy (So.), Spalding/Academy’s Emily Esch (Jr.) and St. Edward’s Brenna Carlstrom (So.) and Allison Merrell (Fr.) received Honorable Mention. On the boys side, Julian Kunzman (Sr.) of Boone Central, Mark Swerczek (Sr.) of Cedar Rapids and S/SA’s Drew Kasperbauer (Sr.) received All-Heartland Honorable Mention.
Several Nebraska daily newspapers released their All-State selections this past weekend.
Receiving Omaha World-Herald Honorable Mention were Beckwith, Struebing and Carder of Boone Central and Stacy Beller, Natalie Korus, Tessa Kurtenbach, Andrea Weeder, Taylor Bender, Andrew Kurtenbach and Kelan Schumacher of Lindsay Holy Family.
Holy Family sophomore Andrea Weeder was selected to the Lincoln Journal-Star’s Class D2 2nd team. Players receiving Honorable Mention from the LJS were Beckwith, Struebing, Kennedy and Kunzman of Boone Central, Cedar Rapids’ Swerczek, Berger and Stevens of Spalding/Academy and Holy Family’s Andrew Kurtenbach, Schumacher, Beller, Tessa Kurtenbach, Korus and Bender.

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