Lindsay Nottleman action shot

Norris's Rylie Bryant (11) attacks the basket, defended by Pius X's Lindsay Nottleman (24), at Norris High School on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The Thunderbolts look to Nottleman for her leadership skills in their quest to return to the state basketball tournament.

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Lindsay Nottleman has had quite a career as a volleyball star for Lincoln Pius X, and she will be taking those talents to the University of Nebraska-Kearney next fall.

But Nottleman still has some basketball to play, and Thunderbolts head coach Bill Rice is pretty happy about that.

“Lindsay is a student-athlete who leads by example and enjoys and understands what being a multi-sport athlete is all about,” Rice said. “She is playing volleyball at UNK next fall but enjoys playing basketball with her friends and realizes that basketball helps her in developing her overall athletic skills.

“She is a tenacious defender who oftentimes will cover the other team's best guard.”

Nottleman, a guard who averaged 5.2 points and 2 assists per game as a junior, said she will need to be a strong guide for this year’s team because the Thunderbolts lost two seniors who played key roles last season – Briley Sebek and Regan Taubenheim.

“My personal goal is to be a good leader and someone all the girls can look up to,” Nottleman said. “I will have to step it up and fill the spots that need to be filled.

“(Sebek) is one of my really good friends, and she was a really great leader for our basketball team. I hope to fill her shoes this season.”

The Thunderbolts made it to the Class A semifinals last season.

“As a team,” Nottleman said, “it would be a really great goal to make it back to state.”

Rice added that she is a “tremendously hard worker and outstanding student.”

Nottleman is interested in the dental field.

“I like math and science. Those are the subjects that are the most interesting to me.”

Rice made it clear she will be missed next school year, but she is far from done helping the Bolts in any way she can.

“She understands the community of Pius,” he said, “and is willing to use her athletic talents in more than just one sport.”

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