Emma Hansen kept her eye on the ball — despite knowing few homeschool students who ever played college sports.
But Hansen, daughter of Jon and Crystal Hansen of Stanton, had her mind made up long ago that she would beat the odds. She signed a national letter of intent recently with Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.
“You don’t see a lot of homeschool athletes make it to the college level,” Hansen said. “I think it’s huge because for me growing up, it’s not something I heard about. Even if you’re homeschooled, you can still make it to the collegiate level and play.”
Hansen, a 5-foot-5 guard, played on several homeschool teams in the Norfolk area. She started with the Norfolk Dreamers, who practiced at the YMCA, and then played for the Norfolk Crusaders as a junior.
Heading into her senior season, the Crusaders didn’t have enough players to field a high school team. That’s when she decided to play for Stanton. Although she lives just outside of town, Hansen admitted she didn’t know anyone on the team and was walking into an entirely new situation.
“It was different coming into a different system with teammates I didn’t know, but it ended up working really well. I made friends quickly and even went to school part time there,” she said.
Hansen spent the afternoons at Stanton High School, where she took a math class, homeroom and college and career readiness course. After basketball ended, she was planning to be part of Stanton’s track team.
“Joining the Stanton team had its ups and downs, but I really enjoyed getting to know all of the girls on my team and getting to be part of the team,” she said. “I really enjoyed that and after the season ended, we remained friends. It was nice to build those relationships.”
While at Stanton, Hansen averaged 7.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
Coming from a homeschool, Hansen said recruiting was much different for her. Nebraska laws prohibit a homeschool team from playing public or private schools, so Hansen said she played teams in other cities and surrounding states.
By not playing other schools, Hansen said her family had to contact coaches and provide highlight footage. But it worked out and landed her multiple offers.
She visited several colleges and narrowed her choices down after offers from Northwestern College and Peru State College.
“It was hard to choose between the schools because they’re both good schools and both would allow me to play basketball,” she said.
Hansen eventually chose Northwestern, which has both a junior varsity and varsity team, meaning she’ll likely see court time almost immediately.
While at Northwestern, Hansen plans to major in physical education, which she admits may sound odd considering she was homeschooled.
“I enjoy being with kids and teaching them,” she said. “I’ve worked at a college camp the last two summers, and I really enjoyed that. I want to coach, so as a PE teacher, I think that would give me the flexibility to coach.”
Hansen said it’s important for her to receive a degree, play basketball and be a good role model for other other homeschooled students.
“I want to get the best experience possible out of this,” she said. “I’m excited about the opportunity. I want to show that homeschooled athletes can play in college.”
A Newman Grove man was arrested for aggravated DWI and tested nearly three times the legal limit.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff's Department, at about 6 p.m. the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to an accident at 13th and Kingwood in Stanton. During the investigation of the accident it was discovered the driver was impaired.
Schultz was subsequently arrested for aggravated DWI and was taken to the Sheriff’s office where his .BAC was nearly three times the legal limit. Schultz was booked for DWI and released after posting a cash bond.
A Norfolk man was arrested after driving from the Stanton County Courthouse with a suspended license.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff's Department, Angelo Ricard of Norfolk was arrested for Driving During Suspension after leaving a court appearance for felony drug charges on Tuesday morning at the Stanton County Courthouse and was observed getting into a vehicle in the courthouse parking lot.
Ricard entered the vehicle on the passenger side and then moved to the driver’s seat and drove away before being stopped by the Stanton County Sheriff’s office on 10th Street in Stanton. Ricard was booked at the Sheriff’s office and later released after posting a cash bond with a new court appearance set for July 14th.
Severe weather chances will increase for Tuesday in Stanton County. The emergency management team is warning residents to move vehicles away from dead or unhealthy trees and be prepared for possible power outages due to the high winds that are expected.
The primary threat will be heavy rain, strong winds, large hail, and a possible tornado. Flash flooding due to heavy rains is a possibility.
Even after thunderstorms have ended, surface winds in the evening are expected to gust up to 50 to 60 mph. Tuesday is looking like an eventful day with multiple threats in play.
A medical event may have contributed to an accident this afternoon in Stanton County that also left some without power.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff's Department, a one vehicle accident on 576th Avenue happened around 3:10 p.m. about 10 miles southeast of Pilger. The accident occurred when a northbound pickup driven by Amanda Beerbohm, 32, of rural Pilger left the roadway and travelled through a ditch striking a metal power pole. Beerbohm was treated at the scene by Pilger Rescue and declined further transport. Seatbelts are credited with lessening any serious injuries. Cuming County Power District also responded to the scene.
According to Stanton County Emergency Management, some residents will temporarily see power outages as Cuming County REA will be working on a broken utility pole. They estimated that it could be an hour or more. They have a crew already on scene and are working as quickly and safely as they can.
Two individuals are facing charges following a high-speed pursuit that reached nearly 100 mph in Stanton County this afternoon.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Mike Unger observed a westbound car speeding at 94 mph in the 70 mph zone on Highway 275 east of Norfolk around 1:30 p.m. The vehicle accelerated westbound on Hwy 275 and then quickly turned north on South Eastwood and continued at high speeds on the county road as it was pursued north.
The vehicle then suddenly came to a stop near East Norfolk Avenue. At that time, the driver Martrail Edwards, 20, of Norfolk was taken into custody on charges of Speeding, Willful Reckless Driving, Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, Possession of concentrated THC (Marijuana), and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver.
A subsequent investigation revealed that nearly a pound of marijuana was thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit and was recovered in a ditch along South Eastwood. A male passenger, Marlin Clemons 28, of Norfolk was also taken into custody on charges of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver. A female passenger was also detained, but was not charged at this time.
Both Edwards and Clemons were booked and later released after posting cash bonds.
Former Village of Pilger Clerk Kim Neiman entered a not guilty plea in Stanton County district court today.
A jury trial is set to begin in September. Neiman appeared via virtual appearance.She was charged with multiple felony counts following a yearlong investigation by the Stanton County's Sheriff’s office and Stanton County Attorney into missing funds from the Village.
A Stanton woman was arrested Saturday night after testing four times the legal limit.
The Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch off 570th Avenue about five miles southeast of Stanton at about 9 p.m. Upon arriving the lone female driver, identified as 29-year-old Katherine Hansen of Stanton, was located passed out in the vehicle and found to be highly intoxicated.
She was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated and later submitted to a breath test at the Sheriff’s office where she tested nearly four times the legal limit. Hansen was later booked on a charge an aggravated DWI (above .150% BAC.) and released on a cash bond with a court date set for July.
A drinking water advisory has been issued for Woodland Park.
According to information from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, water samples were collected at Stanton Co SID 1 - Woodland Park that show levels of manganese exceed 300 micrograms of manganese per liter of water. Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral found in soil, rock, food and water and is commonly found in drinking water sources at levels around 50 micrograms per liter, however, levels above this can have an odd taste, color or odor and may cause stains in sinks or on laundry. The FDA recommends 2,000 micrograms of manganese per day for those of 4 years of age and older.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a lifetime health advisory for manganese of 300 micrograms per liter. This levels considered to be protective of even the most vulnerable in the population, formula-fed infants. Drinking water with levels of greater than 300 micrograms per liter, however, should not be used for preparing formula for infants. Filtered or bottled water should be used for infants.
The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) office in Norfolk will open its doors for appointments only beginning on Monday, June 1st.
LENRD General Manager, Mike Sousek, said, “We plan to start relaxing some of our restrictions and will allow the public to visit with staff in the office, by appointment only, to ensure a healthy and safe environment for everyone.”
Sousek added, “As we navigate through these uncertain times, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re available to answer your phone calls and emails, and now you also have the option of making an appointment with us. If you do not feel comfortable meeting face-to-face, there’s also a drop box at the main entrance (west door) for reports and permits.”
The LENRD will continue to monitor the developments with COVID-19, and implement the latest recommendations from federal, state and local authorities. Visit the LENRD website, Facebook or Twitter, or sign up for our monthly emails for further updates.