LINCOLN, Neb. — The most popular pair of Husker sports siblings will be the torch-lighters at the state’s premier summer amateur sports event.

The Cornhusker State Games announced Tuesday that Josiah and Bekka Allick will light the caldron to kick off the games this summer. The opening night festivities are July 11 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln and will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the state games.

Josiah and Bekka are Lincoln natives who excelled for the Nebraska men’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams, respectively. Bekka has twice received all-conference honors as a middle blocker and was on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2023. Josiah led the Huskers in field goal percentage and started 27 games in the ’23-’24 season after transferring to NU from New Mexico.

“We are thrilled to have Rebekah and Josiah represent all Nebraska athletes in this milestone year. Their skill and work ethic are undeniable, and their character, positive energy and team-first mentality have provided inspiration and pride for our entire state,” Nebraska Sports Council President Dave Mlnarik said.

The Cornhusker State Games is conducted by the Nebraska Sports Council, a non-profit aiming to promote healthy, active lifestyle choices. The games will take place July 11-21 at venues across multiple communities.