Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:55 am
ATHLETICS
Notes: McCook's Schlager picks CSU

All-Nebraska defensive back Jake Schlager of McCook is returning to his home state to play for Colorado State and All-Nebraska linebacker Luke McNitt of Kearney is staying home to play for UNK.

Additionally, Class B all-stater Luke Worden of Scottsbluff is planning to sign with South Dakota. The national letter of intent signing period for football begins Feb. 6.

Schlager, who was born in Colorado, wasted no time recently in accepting the Rams' offer. He called their coaches back the same day.

“Colorado State had been at the top of his list for a long time,” McCook coach Jeff Gross said.

North Dakota State, South Dakota State, South Dakota and Southeast Missouri also made offers to the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Schlager.

McNitt, who was a record-setting quarterback for Kearney, will follow older brother Tyler to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The Lopers will try him on offense first, he said.

Worden turned down preferred walk-on offers from Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado State to accept the scholarship offer from the Coyotes.

NSAA executive director enters Colorado hall

NSAA Executive Director Rhonda Blanford-Green entered the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Considered the finest female track athlete ever from Colorado, Blanford-Green graduated from Aurora Central. A hurdler and sprinter, she was a four-time NCAA champion and an 11-time All-American at NU.

Before coming to the Nebraska School Activities Association in July, she served 14 years as a CHSAA administrator, including two as associate commissioner.

All-star rosters set for volleyball, softball

Rosters have been announced for this summer's Nebraska Coaches Association all-star contests in volleyball on July 23 and softball on July 24 in Lincoln.

VOLLEYBALL

Blue team: Lizzy Bales, Jaelynn Griess, Lincoln North Star; Jessica Bird, Bennington; Chandelle Davidson, Gretna; Skyler Erickson, Cedar Valley; Alyssa Frauendorfer, Humphrey; Kelly Hunter, Katie Kurtz, Papillion-LV South; Kara Moore, Columbus Scotus; Bailey Sokolowski, Kearney Catholic; Kassidy Sullivan, Lincoln NE; Kinslie TeKolste, Lincoln SE; Morgan Westphal, Grand Island NW; Leanna Willer, Elkhorn. Head coach: Brad Nelson, Axtell. Assistant coach: Darcy White, Exeter-Milligan

Red team: Michaela Barry, Norfolk Catholic; Nicki Carson, Ord; Brittany Cech, Elkhorn South; Lexi Elman, Maggie Heim, Omaha Marian; Samantha Hansen, Bennington; KC Heimman, Howells-Dodge; Lauran Hellbusch, Scotus; Katie Higgins, Kearney; Michaela Mestl, Kearney Catholic; Alexis Steffen, Hartington CC; Michelle Thommi, Omaha Skutt; Kristy Wieser, Lincoln Pius X; Cassidy Yong, Millard West. Head coach: Lisa Mason, Bertrand. Assistant coach: Diane Rouzee, Grand Island NW

SOFTBALL

Blue team: McKenzie Anderson, Lincoln SE; Hanah Barnard, Beatrice; Chloe Boeka, Millard South; Jensen Cromer, Fairbury; Michelle Dixon, Lincoln SW; Marisa Graslewicz, Anna O'Gorman, Millard West; Desirae Hakel, Lincoln Pius X; Linzy Heim, Bellevue West; Taylor Hufferd, Millard South; Katie Klosterman, Millard West; Lizzie Noble, Bennington; Paige Orwig, Norfolk; Megan Ruppert, McCook; Nicole Warren, Papillion-LV South. Head coach: Janelle Lorsch, Arlington. Assistant coach: Brad Beard, Elkhorn

Red team: Chantel Adams, Beatrice; Jen Daro, Emilee Jones, Omaha Skutt; Amanda Dunn, Lincoln SW; Madi Francis, Lincoln NE; Megan Korgie, Ralston; Allie Ladd, Omaha Westside; Kristin Lange, Elkhorn; Kaitlyn Malone, Crete; Sydney Miller, Arlington; Kallie Rother, Grand Island; Courtney Schendt, Papillion-LV South; Lotte Sjulin, Douglas County West/Concordia; Makenna Tracy, Norris; Kat Woolman, Pius X. Head coach: Don Brummer, Millard West. Assistant coach: Jason Cochran, McCook

— Stu Pospisil

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