LINCOLN – Three Cass County residents played key roles in this year’s state volleyball tournament without wearing the uniforms of any of the 64 schools in attendance.
Elmwood-Murdock teacher and coach Robin Kuhlman and Plattsmouth residents Joy Scanlan and Kelley Steele served as officials during the three-day state tournament in Lincoln. The veteran referees helped students enjoy their trips to the capital city during morning, afternoon and evening matches Nov. 4-6.
Nebraska School Activities Association officials selected Kuhlman, Scanlan and Steele for their state assignments based on their work during the regular season. Coaches and activities directors provided positive reviews about all three officials due to their experience, integrity and enthusiasm for the sport.
Louisville Activities Director Clint Little said he was pleased to see Kuhlman, Scanlan and Steele have a chance to work matches at the state tournament. They handled many junior varsity and varsity contests at Louisville throughout the year.
“These are some amazing officials to work with!” Little said. “Always enjoy when they come to Louisville.”
Kuhlman spent the first day as the lead official for a Class D-2 match involving Stuart and Wynot at Pinnacle Bank Arena. She oversaw action while standing on an elevated chair at the side of the net. Fifth-seeded Wynot rallied past fourth-seeded Stuart 16-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 15-9 in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
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Kuhlman, Scanlan and Steele worked together on Nov. 5 for a Class C-1 match involving Kearney Catholic and Columbus Lakeview at PBA. Steele served as the lead official, Kuhlman was the side official and Scanlan was one of the line judges. They watched top-seeded Kearney Catholic take down fourth-seeded Columbus Lakeview 17-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-5.
The three Cass County residents have been involved with volleyball activities for many years. Scanlan played volleyball at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Steele participated in the sport at Peru State College. Kuhlman has been a teacher, coach and official at Elmwood-Murdock since August 1998.
Kuhlman and Steele joined 23 other officials at the state tournament. Gloria Anderson, Troy Greene, Chuck Gubbels, Neil Hammond, Meghan Jennings, Scott Johnson, Paul Keeney, Keena Koehlmoos, Kim Kwapnioski, Tawnia Lee, Gregg List, Bridget Meduna, Stacy Mitchell, Tanya Mulder, Jennifer Myers, Isaak Russell, Tracy Ryland, Jacki Steiner, Ryan Stejskal, Chuck Taylor, Nathaniel Wagner, Lynnette Wagner and Marcy Welch were also lead and side officials.
Scanlan was one of 22 line judges who worked matches at PBA and Lincoln Northeast. Kelsey Appleby, Richard Bravo, Melissa Buss, Terra Classen, Terry Dolnicek, Jesse Hartshorn, Kim Henry, Shea Jeffres, Rebecca Kapperman, Kenzie Kloke, Christina Lange, Curtis Maertins, Elizabeth Maertins, Michael McLearen, Marissa Miller, Myra Rahmann, Brian Reese, Timothy Salmen, Mark Tackett, Greg Wilcox and April Williams served in the same capacity.