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05/04/2014 - From The Press Box: Day Follows In Dad's Footsteps, KFOR Recognizes Athletes, Coaches and Contributor

 BJ Day has matured into a good basketball player where he's even caught the eye of Nebraska Men's head coach Tim Miles.

Day, the 6-5, 240 pound forward who will be graduating from Lincoln Southeast in the next three weeks, will walk-on for the Cornhuskers in 2014-15 as announced by Miles on Friday.

"I am very happy to add BJ to our program," Miles said in a news release from the NU Athletic Department. "I look forward to helping him develop into the player he wants to become.  My goal for him is to be on the floor helping the Huskers win games.  BJ realizes that challenge and is ready for the work it will take to get there."

Day, a second-team All-Nebraska selection with 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a senior, is the first Southeast player to go play for Nebraska since Jake Muhleisen, who played from 2001-2005.  

There's also a family link with Day.  His father, Bernard Day, was a two-year starter for Nebraska in 1985-86 (the first Cornhusker team to make the NCAA Men's Tourney) and 1986-87 (the NIT semifinal team).  

Does BJ Day have what it takes to play at that level?  I think so.   He's played against good talent from Class A and put up good numbers against Omaha Central (19 points and 11 rebounds) and Omaha Creighton Prep (24 points, 12 rebounds).

But let's remember one thing......going from Class A basketball to Division I Big Ten play is a big leap.  

Best of luck to BJ in his college career!  We'll be watching!

KFOR SPORTSCASTERS CLUB RECOGNIZES NINE STUDENT ATHLETES

I had the privilege of co-emceeing the 42nd annual KFOR Sportscasters Club all-city recognition banquet with Chris Schmidt on Thursday night at the Grand Manse in downtown Lincoln.

Nine Lincoln area student-athletes were recognized for their achievements in the classroom and on the field/court.

Honored were Brooke Lattimer of Lincoln Southeast, Toni Tupper of Lincoln Northeast, Natalie Kurtenbach of Lincoln Pius X, Jacob Eley of Lincoln Lutheran, Morgan Dworak of Lincoln Christian, Grace Iaquinta of Lincoln East, Karlye Cygan of Lincoln Southwest, Caleb Thiessen of Lincoln High and Jen Scheneman of Lincoln North Star.

Each of them received an engraved plate and $700 in scholarship money.

Also recognized were four coaches, who received the Ralph Beechner Coaches of The Year Award.   Southwest girls swimming coach Bob Calegan, Southwest Girls cross country coach Ryan Salem, East girls cross country coach Kirk Skiles and Southwest boys tennis coach Dennis Hershberger each received plaques for coaching their teams to state titles this school year and year before.

The Vince Aldrich Sportsperson of The Year went to Mimi Kuebler, who was a teacher and former coach at Lincoln Southeast.   Kuebler has been a major contributor to Southeast athletics by helping form the schools athletic hall of fame.  She remains active as a concessions manager for Southeast and Den Hartog Field.

Featured speaker was Governor Dave Heineman, who delivered some words of wisdom to the student-athletes as they move on to college.

BASEBALL DISTRICTS 

Class B baseball districts will start on Friday, with Pius X hosting the B-2 tourney at Sherman Field.  We'll have Pius X game with Blair or Douglas County West at 6:15pm.  Class A district pairings will be announced on Monday.

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