Panhandle Prep All-Stars: Hadden paces Red boys, Grentz leads Blue girls
     2013-05-30      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
SCOTTSBLUFF – Teammates played together for one last time, while others squared off against each other, in the 19th annual Panhandle Prep All-Star Basketball Games.

Scottsbluff’s Michael Hadden, who last Wednesday won state medalist honors in the Class B boys’ state golf tournament, completed a busy and successful week by leading the Red boys with 23 points to an 84-81 over former Bearcat teammate Taylor Winkler and the Blue team.

Mitchell’s Chalsey Grentz and Havannah Newens – who the last time they played at Western Nebraska Community College’s Cougar Palace led the Tigers to the Western Trails Conference Tournament title in February – combined for 30 points Saturday in leading the Blue girls to a 68-64 victory over the Red.

Gering’s four participants were split so each boys’ and girls’ team had one Bulldog graduate apiece.

For the girls, Santanna Mitchell had four points for the winning Blue team and Megan Upp had five points for the Red. Gering coach Adam Freeburg and Mitchell coach Brock Ehler coached the Blue squad.

Gering’s Austin Ferguson added four points to the Red boys’ winning total, while Zac Bibb – who will play on Ron Brillhart Court next winter for WNCC – had five points for the Blue, hitting 3 of 4 free throws.

Bibb also won the slam dunk competition, while Gering assistant Amand Castadena joined Minatare’s Kyle Cotton in coaching the Blue.

Winkler had 11 points that included three 3-pointers for the Blue, matched by Creek Valley’s Sam Behrends, said his most enjoyable part of the game was guarding Hadden – who won boys’ MVP honors by hitting two 3-balls and 5 of 7 free throws on his way to his event-high 23-point total.

“That was a lot of fun,” Winkler said. “We joked around basically the whole time. I probably know some of his moves better than he does, so it was definitely fun.”

Winkler began an exciting day by winning the boys’ 3-point contest by hitting 13 treys.

“I had a great time,” he said. “It was definitely a great way to go out, having so much fun. High school basketball games are kind of more stressful and you’re always worried about messing up. And this game was just kind of going with the flow, and if you mess up, who cares?”

In the girls’ game, Grentz – who will play at WNCC next winter – led the Blue All-Stars’ scorers with 16 points in earning game MVP honors, while Newens was right behind with 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Alliance’s Olivia Vogel, who added nine points for the Blue, won the girls’ 3-point shooting contest.

In an amazing coincidence, Mitchell’s WTC tournament-clinching victory came on Newens’ 18th birthday. Saturday was Ehler’s birthday.

Karissa Segelke of Sidney, playing for the Red, led all scorers with 21 points while Clara Vinton of Mullen with 19 points that included four 3-pointers.

Blue Girls 68, Red Girls 64
Red Girls 44 20 — 64
Blue Girls 35 33 — 68
Red Girls – Megan Upp (Gering) 2 1-3 5, Kelsy Wood (Hemingford) 2 2-3 7, Sydney Faessler (Bridgeport) 1 0 0-0 2, Karissa Segleke (Sidney) 9 0 3-10 21, Conner Wolff (Potter-Dix) 0 0 2-3 2, Kelli Woodrum (Sioux Co.) 1 0-0 3, Meggan Federle (Sioux Co.) 0 0-0 0, Alia Brennan (Chadron) 2 1-2 5, Rachel Hoesing (Mullen) 0 0-2 0, Clara Vinton (Mullen) 6 3-4 19. Totals – 23 12-27 64. 3-point goals –Vinton 4, Wood 1, Woodrum 1.

Blue Girls – Darbi Klinkerman (Kimball) 2 1-4 6, Chalsey Grentz (Mitchell) 5 6-8 16, Havannah Newens (Mitchell) 6 0-0 14, Briley Hannaford (Chadron) 2 1-1 6, Ashlyn Eitemiller (Chadron) 0 2-2 2, Santanna Mitchell (Gering) 1 2-6 4, Olivia Vogel (Alliance) 4 0-2 9, Sara Marlatt (Gordon-Rushville) 0 0-0 0, Morgan Linneman (Sidney) 1 3-4 5, Jenifer Heeren (Sidney) 3 0-2 6. Totals – 24 15-29 68. 3-point goals – Newens 2, Hannaford, Klinkerman 1, Vogel 1.

Coaches – Red Girls: Dave Chatelain (Hemingford), Barry Swisher (Sioux County). Blue Girls: Brock Ehler (Mitchell), Adam Freeburg (Gering).

Red Boys 84, Blue Boys 81
Red Boys 30 54 — 84
Blue Boys 43 38 — 81

Red Boys – Bo Westlake (Chadron) 2 0-0 4, Zach Rockhold-O/Brien (Kimball) 1 1-3 3, Casey Mabey (Sidney) 6 1 2-3 17, Matt Lordino (Chadron) 2 0-0 5, Sam Schumacher (Leyton) 2 1-3 5, Sam Arterburn (Sidney) 4 1-2 9, Riley Rice (Mullen) 5 0-0 11, Austin Ferguson (Gering) 1 0-0 2, Michael Hadden (Scottsbluff) 8 5-7 23, Cy Rayhill (Chadron) 2 0-0 5. Totals – 34 10-18 84. 3-point goals – Hadden 2, Lording 1, Mabey 1, Rayhill 1, Rice 1.

Blue Boys — Taylor Winkler (Scottsbluff) 4 0-0 11, Isaac Burnham (Alliance) 4 6-8 14, Caleb Reuter (Kimball) 2 2-2 6, Kyle Kumpf (Hemingford) 0 0-0 0, Jonny Dunn (Sioux Co.) 1 0-0 3, Zac Bibb (Gering) 1 3-4 5, Garrett Gray (Sioux Co.) 4 1-4 9, Luke Johnson (Potter-Dix) 1 2-2 4, Sam Behrends (Creek Valley) 3 0-0 9. Taylor Osmotherly (Crawford) 9 1-1 20. Totals – 29 15-21 81. 3-point goals – Behrends 3, Winkler 3, Dunn 1, Osmotherly 1.

Coaches – Red Boys: Erik Kohl (Sidney), Nick Broz (Bridgeport). Blue Boys: Kyle Cotton (Minatare), Armand Castadena (Gering).

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