Bulldogs’ Olsson helps lead Red All-Star boys to victory
     2014-06-05      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/Sheila Weber Photography - Grant Olsson makes a jump shot attempt over competitors Jared Jaeger, Kaleb DeCora, and David Schuler at the 20th annual Panhandle Prep All Star Games played at Western Nebraska Community College’s Cougar Palace. Olsson, now a former Bulldog, scored 13 total points for the Red team at the competition.  
SCOTTSBLUFF – Recent Gering graduate Grant Olsson was one of four former Bulldog basketball stand-outs who played in the blue and gold for the final time Saturday in the 20th annual Panhandle Prep All Star Games at Western Nebraska Community College’s Cougar Palace.

And Olsson was one of six Red All-Star boys who scored in double figures, leading the Red to an 89-72 win over the Blue All-Stars, which featured Gering graduate Christian Groskopf.

The girls’ contest was much closer, and Gering graduates Katie O’Boyle and Savannah Walker respectively had six and five points for the Blue All-Stars.

In the boys’ contest, Olsson – who will continue his basketball and academic career at Eastern Wyoming College – had 13 points for the Red.

As a senior, Olsson led the Bulldogs in scoring (16.4 points per game), rebounding (9.6), assists (2.6) and field-goal shooting percentage (63.5 percent). In addition, he ranked second on the team in steals per game (1.7) as an integral part of Gering’s 19-6, District B-6 runner-up team.

Alliance’s Trevor Kamerzell, who is the third person from his family to play in the Panhandle Prep event, led the Red with 17 points and earned Most Valuable Player honors in the process.

Sidney’s Paxton Ehler joined Olsson with 13 points, while fellow Sidney grads Lucas Rosenbaum and Logan Lewis joined Kimball’s Jake Reader with 10 points apiece.

For the Blue All-Stars, Bryant Knigge of Potter-Dix scored a game-high 20 points. Ogallala’s Jared Jaeger, who won the slam-dunk contest, finished with 11 points.

Also, Bayard’s David Schuler and Mitchell’s Bo McVay had nine points each. Groskopf scored seven points for the Blue.

The Red closed out the first half with a 9-4 run to lead at intermission 41-37 and turned back the Blue, which had closed to within two at 48-46, with an 11-4 run for a 59-50 advantage. The Red then increased its lead to 70-56 before finishing with the 17-point win.

Mitchell’s Peters leads Red All-Star girls

Taylor Peters was a three-sport standout at Mitchell and will continue her athletic career by participating in cross country and track and field at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

In her basketball finale, Peters finished with a bang. She scored nine second-half points and 11 overall in leading the Red All-Star girls from a 38-26 halftime deficit and earned game MVP honors in the process.

Chadron’s Ashlea Kerr led the Red All-Stars in scoring with 12 points, including two 3-pointers. Morrill’s Kiley Guerue also finished in double figures in scoring with 11 points, and Sioux County’s Hannah Grote and Creek Valley’s Summer Mueller chipped in eight points each.

Kerr hit two free throws with 1:42 to play to even the score at 56-all. Kerr then sank a 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining, giving Red All-Stars their first lead at 59-56 since the first two minutes of the contest.

The Red All-Stars then sealed the victory when Guerue hit a jumper with 12 seconds left for the final, 61-56 margin.

The Blue All-Stars were led by Sidney’s Sarah Mahr, who led all scorers with 15 points. Chadron’s Bailea Kerr, Ashlea’s twin and long-time Chadron teammate, followed with eight points.

Four girls and four boys competed in a 3-point contest during halftime of the girls’ all-star contest. Alliance’s Rylee Trout, who played for the Blue girls, won the girls’ contest, while Mitchell’s McVay won the boys’ competition. Also, Sioux County’s Grote received a $250 college scholarship given by Panhandle Prep.

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