Friday Night Sports Hero: Callie Haneborg & Jaedy Commins
Continuing to honor the Class of 2020 spring sport athletes, two accomplished multi-sport athletes are North Platte's Callie Haneborg and Ogallala's Jaedy Commins.
plays basketball and soccer for the Bulldogs. Haneborg has been a key contributor for both teams throughout her high school career, and was a factor on the Bulldog soccer team starting her freshman year.
"She played a big role in varsity soccer as a freshman," said North Platte soccer coach Sarah Kaminski. "You know you've got a real talented athlete when they can play anywhere on the field, and she basically has. When she came in as a freshman, we had an open spot at the wing, and she was the next one to fill in. The last two years, we've played her a combination of center mid and center forward, and I think we even threw her in as a defender at one point. So, she's kind of played everywhere, and she's been impactful since her freshman year."
"My first year, I didn't really expect a lot, I wanted to go out and play and just give it my all, and see what happened," Haneborg said.
Haneborg also plays for Nebraska Select, based out of Kearney, and consistently works to improve her game.
"She's just been persistent and dedicated to bettering herself as a soccer player. She spends a lot of time with the ball, she spends a lot of time on the field, she's one of those girls that we can count on. She's just very consistent with what she's doing to better herself, it's definitely not just what takes place at organized practices," Kaminski said.
Kaminski said Haneborg is gifted athletically, and a hard-worker, but what takes her skill to the next level is her game sense.
"She's probably one of the most consistent and dependable athletes I've been able to watch," Kaminski said. "There are a lot of soccer players out there that are successful in the field because they're athletic, and they're aggressive, and they've got good ball skills, but I think a huge part of what sets Callie apart from other soccer athletes is her tremendous field sense. She can see things happening, and predict where she and her teammates need to be, long before most of us. Her soccer IQ is huge, she gets the game, and she could probably teach the game just as good if not better than myself. The game of soccer is something embedded in her."
The Bulldogs qualified for the State tournament Haneborg's sophomore and junior years, which were valuable experiences for her, and she believes it showed teams out east that North Platte soccer should be taken seriously.
"Going to State hasn't happened a lot for North Platte. So, doing that two years in a row, I think it really opened the eyes up to others schools and I feel like it really proved that you don't have to be a from the Lincoln or Omaha area, as long as you work hard anyone is able to make an appearance there," Haneborg said.
Haneborg will be attending Northwest Oklahoma State University to play soccer next year, which is a D-II school in Alva, OK.
"[Soccer] has had a huge impact, it's really taught me a lot over the years and it's one thing that's stuck with me. I think without it I really wouldn't be the person who I am today," Haneborg said. "The school is a D-II, so I think it's just going to give me a little bit more of an opportunity to play at a higher level, and I'm just really looking forward to that."
In three seasons for the Bulldogs, Haneborg finished with a total of 35 goals and 23 assists.
plays volleyball and basketball for Ogallala, and runs track.
Commins has received multiple athletic awards across multiple sports, but track is her biggest passion.
"I've just always had a passion for running, I like just getting out and just going," Commins said. "I think junior year, when I got to State, I knew I really had a chance to go somewhere, and once I got second in the 300 hurdles at State, it really hit me that this is what I like to do, and so I want to continue it."
Commins qualified for State all three years of her high school career, qualifying for the 300 meter hurdles freshman year, the 100 and 300 meter hurdles and 4x100 meter relay sophomore year, and both hurdles events, as well as the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays. Commins won three medals over her career, including silver in the 300 meter hurdles her junior year.
For her senior year, Commins had high aspirations, before the season was cancelled.
"My goals this year were to make it to State again, and to hopefully get that gold medal. At first, when I heard that the season was canceled, I was really bummed because this year we got some new girls on our team, and we were going to be really good, we could potentially have won State," Commins said.
Commins is from a large family of gifted athletes, and she will be missed at Ogallala after she graduates.
"I've been blessed with a girl like Jaedy for four years," said Ogallala track coach Shane Fruit. "I've been really happy having a girl that leads by example, that's the best kind of leader."
Commins will be headed to Northwest Missouri State University to run track next year, which is a D-II school in Maryville, MO.