Johnny Trueblood | Age 16 | Elkhorn South
While it’s been cold outside, it’s been red hot inside area gyms as the Elkhorn South Boys’ Basketball Team has fought off some of Class B’s strongest challengers to maintain their #1 Class B ranking. With a solid nucleus of experienced players, the Storm look to march toward the school’s first ever Basketball State Championship, and they’ll depend heavily on Junior Guard Johnny Trueblood.
As the team’s top bench player last year, Trueblood gained some valuable experience becoming known for his constant hustle and ability to get to the rim. His play didn’t go unnoticed as he was selected Honorable Mention All-State at the end of the 2012-2013 season. “Johnny has an amazing knack for the game on the offensive end. Defenders have a hard time staying in front of him,” said Elkhorn South Head Coach Alex Bahe when describing his level of play.
With a goal of eventually playing college basketball, Trueblood has a strong dedication to the sport, playing over the summer with Omaha Sports Academy’s Omaha Crusaders National Team in an effort to improve year round. He has quickly become a fan favorite of both students and parents alike, and his love for the game is visible as he often wears his emotions on his sleeve when the game is on the line.
Perhaps as impressive as his on court performance are his accomplishments in the classroom, where he carries a 3.9 GPA and is an Honor Roll student.
Johnny is the son of Tom and Sheila Trueblood of Elkhorn. He has an older brother Tommy, who is a Senior at South and a member of the Varsity Basketball team as well. He also has a younger sister Jenna, who is a seventh grader at Elkhorn Ridge Middle School.
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