Blair seniors Cayla Nielsen and Luke Bailey will represent the Bears one last time June 8 during the Nebraska High School Soccer Senior Showcase at Bellevue West High School.

The 11 a.m. girls match and the 1:30 p.m. boys match will highlight the skills of more than 80 top seniors in the state. The games will benefit Special Olympics Nebraska.

Nielsen is listed as a defender, midfielder and forward on her Dark team's roster. The do-everything senior is joined by players from Omaha, Lincoln and western Nebraska, including fellow Eastern Midlands Conference (EMC) footballers Tessa Johnson of Waverly, Brooke Downing and Morgan McLaughlin of Gretna, Bennington's Halle Hannish and Elkhorn's Hailey White.

Nielsen's coaching staff includes Omaha Bryan's Jason Moore, Jim Ageton of Lincoln Southeast and Digger Hawkins of Gretna.

Bailey, meanwhile, will play defender for the Firehouse Subs boys team. He's joined by EMC foes Nathan Fibich and John Cover of Gretna, and Elkhorn's Evan Stiles and Brandon Grooters.

The Blair Bear's team will be coached by Chris Simley and Collin Smitsek.

Bears earn All-EMC honors

A total of 17 Blair soccer players were recently honored by the Eastern Midlands Conference.

Eight Bears earned All-EMC outright. Luke Bailey, Kaedon Anderson, Brody Karls, Isaac Smith and Jacob Smith represented the boys team, while Sophia Grantham, Cayla Nielsen and Erica Lock represented the girls' squad.

Earning honorable mention were Danielle Thompson, Paige Kesling, Eva Dunker, Ryan Brunkhorst, Jack Sather, Elias Cortez, Trey Lewis, Kip Tupa and Gabe Zurek.

The 2019 Bears teams were coached by Erin Field and Emanuel Maldonado.

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