The wacky YouTube dance sensation, the "Harlem Shake," became the hottest web trend in early 2013. But while the viral song was firing up the music charts across the country, 10 of our state's best high school players were lighting things up on the basketball court with performances that would fit nicely in any YouTube highlight reel.

Being known more for their ability to shake off a defender than for their dance moves didn't stop these athletes from busting a few moves as honorees on our "Harlem Shake"-themed 2013 All-Nebraska basketball teams. Click on each of the 10 living portraits below to enable "Shake" mode (they dance!), watch our own "Harlem Shake" video and find out howIt's ok to ask: "What is a living portrait?"

When the All-Nebraska shoot was wrapping up, we asked each player for a quick Q&A session. Among the questions asked: What's your favorite dance move? Some players let loose with moves we couldn't hope to match (though you can spot prep writers Mike Patterson and Stu Pospisil in our "Harlem Shake" video). Some couldn't help but laugh. And a few said we'd have to go back to the tape to see their best moves. We then pulled animated images from that video to create own living portraits to make these players really jump off the page.

If you haven't already, click on each of the portraits to see the players as they showed the camera their best boogie. If you're really feeling dangerous, click to get 'em all dancing.
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Akoy Agau,
Omaha Central

Brett Dougherty,
Papillion-La Vista

Tra-Deon Hollins,
Omaha Central

Cam Williams,
Omaha South

Connor Lusso,
Millard West

Jessica Shepard,
Lincoln Southeast

Alexa Kastanek,
Lincoln Southeast

Lauren Works,
Lincoln Southwest

Kianna Ibis,
Omaha Benson

McKenzie Brown,
GI Northwest

All-Nebraska boys

A year to remember for Nebraska high school boys basketball culminates with the first All-Nebraska starting five from the Metro Conference.

Never before have all five players on the newspaper’s top honor team been from the conference. The Metro started in 1964-65. The All-Nebraska team started 50 seasons earlier.

The first team is made up of all seniors. They are Akoy Agau and Tra-Deon Hollins from four-time state champion Omaha Central; Brett Dougherty from runner-up Papillion-La Vista; Cam Williams from third-place Omaha South and Connor Lusso from state qualifier Millard West.

"They're a testament to what went on in the conference and illustrated how tough the conference was," Papio coach Jason Ryan said.

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More coverage

» Lists: All-class first teams, second teams, honorable mention

» Metro boys teams overflow with talent

» Metro girls stars were game-changers

» All-area boys // All-area girls

Click to view a photo showcase highlighting each All-Nebraska selection's 2012-13 season

SPECIAL THANKS

St. Bernard Catholic School, including eighth-grade students Nolan Bekeart, Brianna Wessling, Nash Kelly, Laura Shaw, Sebastien Winter, Nancy Galloway, Johnathan Wood, Cierra Boatwright, Jacob Thoms, Cheyenne Hill, Noah Melgares, Dylan King, Trevor Leone; Benson mascot Frankie Szynskie; Millard West mascot Brayden Belt; Lincoln Southeast mascot Samantha Shepard; Lincoln Southwest mascot Duncan Works; Omaha Benson band members Elizabeth Green and Courtney Green; Grand Island Northwest band members Nathan Adams and McKenzie Reed; Papillion-La Vista band members Alexandria Hilliard and Daniel Woodworth; Omaha South cheerleaders Abbey Fields and Sierra Fields; Omaha Central cheerleaders Kayla Tibbles, Katy Pellman and Peyton Suggs; and extras Cory Gilinsky, Mike Works and Grady Works.

All-Nebraska girls

She averaged almost 18 points per game as a freshman while Lincoln Southeast finished second in Class A last season.

That wasn’t good enough for Jessica Shepard, who took her game to the next level in 2012-13 and helped elevate the Knights to a state championship.

Shepard, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward, averaged 24.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. She averaged 23.6 points in three state tournament games as 24-3 Southeast captured its 10th state title.

Shepard is recognized as the honorary captain of The World-Herald’s All-Nebraska girls basketball team. It’s the second straight year that the Nebraska recruit has earned a spot on the first team.

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