Hundreds Gather to Remember Broken Bow Basketball Coaches

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The Broken Bow town square served as the gathering place for hundreds of area residents gathered to remember Broken Bow High School staff members Anthony Blum and Zane Harvey.

Country-spiritual songs on guitar accompanied Bible readings, testimonials, and remembrances of the basketball coaches who were returning from a one-day basketball camp when killed Friday afternoon in a crash with an oncoming pickup truck about a mile west of Ansley on Highway 2.

Present at the gathering was a first-responder who broke her own leg while attempting to assist the injured high school students.

Broken Bow High School head wrestling coach and counselor Ed Schaaf was having difficulty holding back tears as he conveyed efforts by the school to counsel grieving students following the deaths of Broken Bow basketball coaches Anthony Blum and Zane Harvey.

Schaaf was on duty at the school, listening to students, while at the same time struggling with the loss himself.

Broken Bow High School was open as a drop-in center for students until about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, but students were informed of telephone numbers to reach Schaaf and other Broken Bow High School staff members throughout the summer, should they need help dealing with the loss of their teachers and the injuries sustained by 8 of their classmates.