Briar Cliff women’s basketball head coach Mike Power has announced the signing of Kaegan Held to his 2019-20 recruiting class. Held is currently a senior at Leigh High School in Leigh, Nebraska.
Held says Briar Cliff recruited her the hardest of all the schools that offered her a scholarship. “They contacted me earlier than everyone else so they had kind of been talking to me probably this whole school year. So I guess just how they contacted me and how they stayed in touch with me is kind of what stuck out to me.”
Held says she also had offers from Doane, Hastings, and Nebraska Wesleyan.
Held is an 11-time letter winner for the Patriots with four in both basketball and volleyball and three in track. She is a four-year starter for the basketball team and three-year team captain.
“Kaegan is another point guard that will bring a strong work ethic to the point guard room,” said Power. “She is another player that will help our program from the ball handling position.”
Held says making state this year would be a dream come true. “To me that would mean a lot because it’s been a dream as I’m in high school right now cause we made it in Volleyball as a Junior, and it was really really fun, and it was a great experience. So basketball being my favorite sport it would mean a lot to me to get to state.
The Patriots are currently 15-2 and play Stanton on Monday in the East Husker Conference Tournament Quarterfinals at West Point-Beemer.
As a freshman, Held was named the team’s Hustle Player of the Year. She set the single-season school record in free throw percentage as a sophomore and was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. Held earned honorable mention East Husker all-conference honors and was also named honorable mention all-state by the Omaha World Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star.
In her junior season, Held again earned the team’s Hustle Player of the Year award. She was named to the East Husker Conference second team and honorable mention all-state by the Omaha World Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star. She also picked up all-area honorable mention honors from the Norfolk Daily News.
Prior to her final season, Held was named a “Senior to Watch” by the Columbus Telegram and then named a “Super Senior” by the same publication. She was featured in the Huskerland Prep Getting to Know Series, the Omaha World Herald Prep Notables and Lincoln Star Journal Star Prep Extra Credit.
Held also owns several school records on the track and the volleyball court and has earned numerous all-conference and all-state accolades.
Outside of athletics, she is involved in many extracurricular activities, including 4-H, FFA, quiz bowl, dance, taekwondo and travel club. She is a 4.0 student and member of the Honor Roll and National Honor Society. Held was a State Finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman as a senior and earned many other awards.
Held is the daughter of Kip and Kamin Held. She plans to major in biology at Briar Cliff with interest in becoming a veterinarian.