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Local law enforcement is participating in the 4th annual, “Shop with the Cop” program, which is scheduled forDecember 1st, 2018 at the Hampton Inn and Suites located in Scottsbluff. There are only 100 students selected in the entire county, who are nominated by school staff or a School Resource Officer to “Shop with a Cop.”

The purpose of the event is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Each student will be given the opportunity to spend $75.00 to purchase gifts for members of their family. We will have 2-3 students that are assigned to each police officer. The students will ride in the police officers patrol vehicle to a local department store. In the spirit of giving and the joy that it brings the giver, they are encouraged to spend the money on family or friends rather than themselves. After shopping, special volunteers wrap their gifts for them so that they can have a snack and continue to get to know the police officers before being picked up by their parents.

This is a great event that only comes once a year. It is only possible through the generous donations of individuals and businesses in our community. If you would like to donate to this years “Shop with a Cop” event you can find the official GoFundMe Fundraiser athttps://www.gofundme.com/2018-sb-county-shop-with-a-cop, or any Platte Valley Bank location. Feel free to contact your local police unions for more information.



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FEBRUARY 14, 2019 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested several people and seized 100 pounds of marijuana during five traffic stops this week on Interstate 80. All five stops happened between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

At approximately 1:55 p.m. MT Tuesday, trooper located more than two pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Toyota Yaris for speeding at mile marker 18 near Kimball. The driver, Jessica Reyna, 25, of Sacramento, California, and passenger, Chase Sinclair, 29, of Charlotte, North Carolina, were both arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.

Troopers then found 85 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT Tuesday. A trooper had stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe parked in a no-parking area on the shoulder of the on-ramp at exit 324 near Giltner. The driver, Franklin Schillfarth, 55, of Maryland, was arrested and was lodged in Hamilton County Jail.

On Wednesday at approximately 7:20 a.m. CT, another trooper stopped an eastbound Kia Rio for speeding at 114 miles per hour on I-80 near North Platte at mile marker 176. Marijuana containers were plainly visible in the vehicle and the trooper found approximately two pounds of marijuana during a search. The driver, Brianna Glover, 23, and passenger, Rashawn Hampton, 23, both of Michigan were arrested and lodged in Lincoln County Jail.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. CT Wednesday, a trooper stopped a Chevy pickup pulling a trailer for failing to stay in its lane near Kearney at mile marker 280. The trooper could smell the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and conducted a search. The search revealed personal use marijuana and a handgun. Additionally three pounds of marijuana was located hidden inside a large, older television. An investigation revealed that the driver was unaware of the marijuana inside the television. The driver, Ryan Taylor, 35, of Florida, was arrested and cited for a concealed handgun violation and personal use marijuana. He was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

Finally, at approximately 10:45 a.m. MT, a trooper discovered seven pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Hyundai Sonata for speeding near Kimball at mile marker 18. The driver, Christopher Seligman, 35, of Maryland, was arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.


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NOVEMBER 26, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers removed 16 impaired drivers from the road, issued more than 500 speeding citations, and assisted hundreds of motorists during a special Click It or Ticket enforcement surrounding the Thanksgiving weekend.

The enforcement, which was part of a national effort, including many other law enforcement agencies in Nebraska, was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation - Highway Safety Office.

“A projected record numbers of travelers, along with a winter storm that blanketed much of the state on Sunday, made for an eventful weekend for our troopers,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “I’m incredibly proud of the effort by our troopers and dispatchers this weekend, and thankful that many drivers planned ahead and were able to stay off the roads on Sunday.”

During the enforcement, which ran from Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25, troopers arrested 15 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and 1 for driving under the influence of drugs. In addition to those arrests, troopers issued citations for speeding (506), driving under suspension (35), no proof of insurance (33), minor in possession (5), open container (7), no seat belt (30), and improper child restraint (4).

Troopers also assisted 267 motorists in need of help, arrested 47 people for possession of drugs, and apprehended 9 fugitives.

The enforcement included vehicle checks, high visibility and saturation patrols, as well as regular enforcement efforts.


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COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A 19-year-old driver is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 26 for the Platte County crash death of a motorcyclist.

Court records say Daisy Gonzalez, of Madison, pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor vehicular homicide. Prosecutors dropped a related charge in return for her plea.

The records say the collision occurred Aug. 2 at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 91 and 490th Street. The records say her minivan collided with the motorcycle driven by 22-year-old Joshua Gasper, of Columbus. He died days later of his injuries.

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Monday, February 25 th : Cheyenne County KS (St. Francis) St. Francis Emergency Building, 125 W Hwy 36

Tuesday, February 26 th : Thomas County (Colby) Community Building downstairs, 285 E 5 th Street
Monday, March 4 th : Greeley County (Tribune) Tribune Fire Department, Ingalls and W Greeley Avenue
Tuesday, March 5 th : Graham County (Hill City) Frontier Stage, 321 Main Street
Thursday March 7 th : Hitchcock County (Culbertson) Culbertson Fire Station, Warsaw and Taylor
Monday, March 11 th : Decatur County (Oberlin) Golden Age Center, 105 W Maple Street
Tuesday, March 12 th : Sherman County (Goodland) Wolak Building, 1006 Center Street
Wednesday, March 13 th : Cheyenne County CO (Kit Carson) Kit Carson Volunteer Fire Department, 306 W 287/Hwy 40
Thursday, March 14 th : Dundy County (Benkelman) EMS Building, 1305 A Street
Friday, March 15 th : Wallace County (Sharon Springs) Wallace County Fairgrounds CAB Building
Monday, March 18 th : Kit Carson County (Burlington) Burlington Ambulance Building, 1576 Lowell Avenue
Tuesday, March 19 th : Yuma County (Wray) Wray Fire Hall, 145 Main Street
Wednesday, March 20 th : Red Willow County (McCook) Heritage Senior Center, 1312 W 5 th Street
Thursday, March 21 st : Wichita County (Leoti) Leoti Fire House, 301 N 4 th Street
Monday, March 25 th : Gove County (Grainfield) Gove County 4-H Building, 757 W 3 rd Street
Tuesday, March 26 th : Sheridan County (Hoxie) Bowen Scott House, 1041 Sheridan Avenue
Thursday, March 28 th : Logan County (Oakley) Logan County Courthouse downstairs, 710 W 2 nd Street
Tuesday, April 2 nd : Rawlins County (Atwood) Prairie Development Center, 208 S 4 th Street
Wednesday, April 3 rd : Norton County (Norton) Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, 14935 US Hwy 36


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DEWITT, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old Nebraska boy died after he was hit by a bus driven by his father.
The Beatrice Daily Sun reports the incident happened Saturday in the driveway of the family's rural home about 5 miles east of DeWitt in southeast Nebraska.
Just before 1 p.m. Saturday, the family called for help after the boy was run over. Two-year-old Maddox Weber died at the scene.
The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating.

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30th Annual Spooktacular

October 19th-21st and October 26th-30th

6:30pm-8pm

$8 per person + new this year; Scary section $2 extra

Games, characters, bounce houses provided by Planet Bounce and treats for

the kids! Fun for the whole family! Help us celebrate 30 years of spooky fun at

the Zoo!

Also new this year is the Flying Spaghetti Monster dinner

October 20th and 27th

$15 for Kids, $20 for Adults or Family pack for 2 Adults and 2 Kids for $60

A fun Halloween themed spaghetti dinner each Saturday of Spooktacular from

5pm-6pm. Includes fun foods and animal visits. Admission to Spooktacular is

included with ticket price for dinner. Dinner guests will also get into

Spooktacular before the general public.



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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the agenda for the 31st Governor’s Ag Conference, which brings together ag producers, industry leaders and agri-business managers in Nebraska on an annual basis to talk about the future of agriculture.  The conference is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 4-5, 2019, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

“For 31 years, the Governor’s Ag Conference has been a premiere forum for Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and industry leaders to come together to discuss agriculture and how to keep growing our state’s number one industry,” said Governor Ricketts.  “We hope you can join us to talk about the future of agriculture in Nebraska.  It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss.”

“We’ve asked industry experts at the local, state and federal level to lead discussions at this year’s Governor’s Ag Conference and share their knowledge and experience with producers and agribusiness leaders from around the state,” said Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman.  “Conference speakers and attendees can use this opportunity to connect with colleagues and prepare for the future.”

The conference starts Monday, March 4, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. with a panel presentation featuring Nebraska entrepreneurs and recruiters.  The panel includes representatives from three innovative Nebraska companies and three organizations involved heavily in recruiting companies to Nebraska.

On the entrepreneur side, the panelists are Vishal Singh with Quantified Ag; Lukas Fricke with ChorChek; and Mitch Minarick with FARMAFIELD.  These speakers will discuss their companies, goals, visions and why they chose Nebraska communities to start their businesses. 

The three people representing recruitment success are: Phil Kozera with Bio Nebraska; Dan Duncan with Innovation Campus; and Bryan Slone with the Nebraska State Chamber.  They will discuss their efforts in recruiting and how to find and attract startups as well as how to connect to established industries. 

Governor Ricketts will moderate this panel presentation that will include questions and answers from the audience.

The annual “Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture” reception, at 6 p.m. on March 4th will feature an assortment of food and beverages from Nebraska.

The conference resumes on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 9 a.m. with a presentation from Jim Smith, executive director of Blueprint Nebraska, an organization that is spearheading a statewide, citizen-led economic development initiative.

Governor Ricketts, NDA Director Wellman and Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Dave Rippe will update conference participants on legislative initiatives in agriculture and highlight the work being done between state agencies to grow Nebraska.  This panel presentation will be moderated by NDA Assistant Director Amelia Breinig.

Next on the agenda will be Jim Wiesemeyer, with Pro Farmer, giving participants an update on the national farm bill and how it will impact farmers and ranchers nationwide as well as here in Nebraska.   

The Governor's Ag Conference is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and is co-sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.  A $125 registration fee covers participation at activities on both Monday and Tuesday.  Registration and additional information is available online at www.nda.nebraska.gov, or by calling NDA toll-free at (800) 831-0550.

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On 2/5/19 at approximately 21:43, Scottsbluff Police responded to the intersection of Hwy 26 and 5th Ave in reference to an injury accident involving two vehicles.  The investigation found that a blue 2005 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Austin Rhamy (20) of Scottsbluff and a gray 2004 GMC Yukon driven by Raquel Wurdeman (23) of Gering were involved in the accident.  It was found that the Chrysler was north bound on 5th Ave and the GMC was east bound on Hwy 26.  The Chrysler and GMC collided in the intersection.  Both drivers reported they each had the green traffic signal in their respective directions of travel.  There were no witnesses on scene to confirm which direction of travel had the green traffic signal.  Both vehicles were estimated to have $7000 in damages.  Both vehicles were required to be towed from the scene.  Wurdeman and one passenger in the GMC had complaints of pain, but declined to be transported by ambulance for treatment.  Scottsbluff Fire Department and Valley Ambulance responded to the accident.  Eastbound lanes of Hwy 26 at 5th Ave were closed for approximately 45 minutes while the accident was investigated. 

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DECEMBER 17, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — During the evening hours of Friday, December 14, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Furnas County. The inspections were held at restaurants, liquor stores, bars, grocery stores, bowling alleys, and convenience stores.

A total of 17 businesses were inspected. Five of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 29 percent. All of the businesses checked the minor’s ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections are:

Eagle Convenience Store #14 – Arapahoe

Stanley’s Spirits – Beaver City

Anew Travel Center - Cambridge

Casey’s General Store #2709 – Cambridge

Ho Jo’s Hideaway – Holbrook

 

Businesses that sell alcohol to a minor are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor to cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.

This operation was made possible thanks in part to a grant from Region 3 Behavioral Health Services. NSP performs these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.


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BORGER, Texas – The Western Nebraska Community College softball team plated 30 runs and hammered four home runs in opening the season with a doubleheader win over Frank Phillips College Tuesday in Borger, Texas.

                The opener saw freshman Mickie Mills pick up the win in the circle while helping her cause at the plate with a home run and four RBIs in leading the Cougars to a 10-2 win.

                The second game saw the Cougars pound out 17 hits, including three home runs and a 3-double performance from Devon Rees in recording the 20-0 shutout win over Frank Phillips.

                WNCC started a little slow in the opener, only leading 3-2 after three innings. WNCC scored one in the first and then two in the second for a 3-1 lead. WNCC put the game away in the fifth when the Cougars plated seven. WNCC scored the seven runs with two outs. Big blows in the frame included a run-scoring double by Kendall Glasgow, a 2-run double by Emma Flynn, and a 2-run home run by Mills to make it 10-2.

                WNCC had eight hits in the game. Glasgow, Mills, and Hannah Baesler each had two hits. Mills had four RBIs, while Glasgow and Baesler each had two runs scored.

                Glasgow had two doubles in the game.

                Sidnee Hogan added three RBIs while Flynn had two TBI and two runs scored.

                Mills picked up the win in the circle, going five innings in scattering five hits while striking out four.

                The second game saw WNCC finish with 17 hits including 10 extra base hits. Devon Rees had three doubles in the win with two RBIs, while Baesler was a double from hitting for the cycle with a single, triple, and home run. Baesler had three runs scored and two RBIs.,

                The Cougars had three home runs in the contest. Besides Baesler’s home run, Flynn and Michaela Kelly each hammered solo shots in the first inning for a 2-0 lead.

                The Cougars put the game away in the second by plating 10 for a 12-2 lead. WNCC never looked back in adding eight more runs over the next three innings.

                Flynn and Rees each had three hits. Flynn added two runs scored, while Rees had two RBIs with her three doubles.

                Hogan and Kelly each had two hits. Hogan had a double with two runs scores, while Kelly had a double, home run, four RBIs, and two runs scored.

                Glasgow added a double with two RBIs and two runs scored.

                Also hitting in two were Tylar Davis and Mills.

                Emma Glawson earned the win in the circle with a one-hitter wile striking out four and not walking any.

                WNCC, 2-0, will be back in action Wednesday when they take on No. 11 Howard College in a doubleheader.

 

Game 1

WNCC                   120 07 – 10 8 4

Frank Phillips      011 00 – 2 5 1

WP – Mickie Mills

2B – Emma Flynn, Kendall Glasgow 2

HR – Mickie Mills

 

Game 2

WNCC                   2(10)1 16 – 20 17 1

Frank Phillips      000 00 – 0 1 2

WP – Emma Glawson

2B – Kendall Glasgow, Sidnee Hogan, Michaela Kelly, Devon Rees 3

3B – Hannah Baesler

HR – Hannah Baesler, Emma Flynn, Michaela Kelly




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CASPER, Wyo. – Enna Masaki recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs in her first match back in two weeks to lead the Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team to a 25-17, 25-14, 25-13 sweep over Casper College Tuesday at Casper, Wyoming.

 

Masaki, who sat out the last two weekends with an injury, stepped up big in helping the Cougars to their 17th win.

 

Masaki, though, was just one of several players that stepped up as the Cougars were healthy for the first time since the first match of the season.

 

WNCC captured the first set 25-17 and then led from start to finish in the second set, winning 25-14.

 

The third set saw WNCC receive strong service runs by Kaile Tuisamatatele and Jayme Commins to open an 8-3 lead to 18-7. Tuisamatatele had two service pointsand Commins had five to lead the team. WNCC won the set on a Gaby Canavati kill.

 

WNCC finished the match with 43 kills and seven solo blocks in the win. After Masaki’s 13 kills, Tuisamatatele and Sarena Bartley each had nine kills. Tuisamatatele also had five points, while Bartley added three digs.

 

Amryi-Grace Paris finished with six kills, four solo blocks, and five digs, while Leslie Mamai Laguaina had five kills and four solo blocks.

Also for the Cougars, Ana Costas had a double-double with 20 digs and 11 points; Commins had 32 set assists, eight digs, and five points; Adia Sherbeyn had three digs and four points; and Cami Esselin had seven points and three aces.

 

WNCC, 17-7 on the season, will return to action on Friday when they travel to Sterling, Colorado, to face No. 19 Northeastern Junior College in a Region IX South match. NJC comes in with a 16-4 record and 2-1 in conference play, while WNCC is 3-1 in conference play. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.





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It was a team performance Thursday night as the No. 18 Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team swept past Sheridan College 25-17, 25-11, 25-16 for the team’s 24th victory of the season.

The win, which moved the Cougars to 24-8, was special for the sophomores who were recognized before the game. All six sophomores started against Sheridan and everyone contributed in some fashion in the contest.

Aloni Jordan, one of those sophomores who finished the contest with seven kills and two solo blocks, said they played well from start to finish, something they haven’t been doing recently.

“I think we did really well. We executed and we played from start to finish. We didn’t have any hiccups or anything,” Jordan said. “That is all it is about. Usually we get down five or six points, but tonight we did well.”

Starting strong and staying strong is something they will need to do Friday evening when No. 5 Iowa Western Community College comes to Cougar Palace for a 7:30 first serve start. Jordan said they need to play even better Friday.

“Especially tomorrow [Friday] we have a big game ahead of us with Iowa Western and hopefully we play better than we did today even harder,” Jordan said. “But, to carry it over to Iowa Western, we should play start to finish and don’t let them get a lead.”

Sheridan led early at 6-3 in the first set before Adia Sherbeyn ran off eight straight points for a 12-6 lead from there the Cougars stayed strong as Logan Belford served out the set with an ace for the 25-17 win.

The second set saw all the freshmen play and they did well. Sherbeyn had two points to push the lead to 11-6 and then Ana Costas served up three more points for a 15-9 lead. Cami Esselin also had a strong serving streak with six straight for a 22-10 lead.

Terri Takita-Robins finished off the set with two points and the 25-11 win.

The third set saw everyone on the roster see action. WNCC held a slim 6-3 lead before Kaile Tuisamatatele had a 6-point service run for a 13-3 lead which included two ace serves and three kills from Armyi-Grace Paris.

WNCC stayed strong leading 17-6 after a Santana Monroe kill. Sheridan cut the lead to 18-13, but WNCC pushed the lead to 24-6 after two Jayme Commins points and two Paris kills. Jordan sealed the win with a kill 25-11.

Tuisamatatele and Paris led the team with 14 points while Jordan had seven, Monroe had five, and Sarena Bartley, Esselin, and Gaby Canavati each had three.

Enna Masaki finished with 18 set assists, five points, and two kills, while Commins had a double-double of 11 set assists, 11 digs, and three points.

Also for the Cougars, Belford had three digs, two points, and an ace; Esselin had seven points and five digs; Ana Costas had 14 digs, seven points, two aces, and two set assists; Takita-Robins ahd five digs and six points; and Sherbeyn had five digs, 11 points, and three aces.

All six sophomores, Commins, Masaki, Jordan, Tuisamatatele, Bartley, and Belford were recognized before the game and Jordan said it is special to know that this week will be the last time they will be playing on the floor of Cougar Palace.

“It is very bittersweet. It is sad,” Jordan said. “I remember by very first home game and I remember the jitters and how nervous I was. Tomorrow [Friday] will be our last home game and it is bittersweet and I don’t want it to end, but I had a very nice time here at WNCC. It will have to end sooner or later.




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The No. 19 Western Nebraska Community College rebounded from a first set loss and rolled through the next three in topping No. 20 Northeastern Junior College 24-26, 25-12, 25-18, 25-14 to win the Region IX South Conference Wednesday night at Cougar Palace.

 

The win was the Cougars eighth straight and moved WNCC to 22-7 overall and 8-1 in South Conference play. NJC drops to 20-6 and 6-3 in conference play. Both teams have one conference game left, WNCC travels to McCook on Friday and NJC goes to McCook on Tuesday.

 

“I think we played very well tonight,” sophomore Enna Masaki said. “We really wanted it and we showed it.”

 


It was a night where the Cougars were on top of their game in collecting the No. 1 seed from the South in next month’s Region IX tournament in Cheyenne. Masaki said it feels good to win the conference after last season finishing second.

 

“For us it [winning the conference] means everything because we were ranked and then we got out of the ranking. It was hard for us to come back into the ranking. We now just have to stay in the ranking and maintain our playing right now.”

 

It wasn’t just one player that was hot, it was a majority of players that stepped up in different capacities. WNCC finished with a 55 kills and had nine solo blocks. The team also had three service aces and four players finish with double-figure digs.

 

Four Cougars had double-double performances. Masaki finished with 16 kills and 16 digs, while Jayme Commins had 13 digs and 42 set assists. Adia Sherbeyn tallied 11 digs and 13 points, while Ana Costas had 32 digs and 13 points.

 

Gaby Canavati led the way offensively, putting down 18 kills, while Amryi-Grace Paris had 11 kills.

 

The night didn’t start out well for the Cougars as they enjoyed a 14-10 lead in the first set before falling 26-24. After that, though, the Cougars took control of the match in the next three sets behind solid play offensively and defensively to thwart the Plainswomen’s rallies.

 

“A big difference in the last three sets is they took out their starting setter,” Masaki said. “Also our passing was rough in the beginning [first set] and we knew we had to pick it up and we did pick it up. We were running more offensive plays too, so that helped us a lot.”

 

The next three sets were a total difference. WNCC led from start to finish in set two, grabbing a 3-0 lead behind Sherbeyn’s serving and pushed the lead to 15-7 on three more Sherbeyn points. Costas got into the serving game later, serving six points for a 22-9 lead to help them to the 25-12 win.

 

WNCC led 10-4 in the third set and went ahead 17-7 on five points from Sherbeyn and never looked back, winning 25-18.

 

The fourth set was the third straight set that WNCC never trailed. WNCC led 6-4 before running to an 11-4 lead behind four Camille Esselin points. WNCC pushed it to 18-10 and later to 23-12 before winning 25-14.

 

WNCC also received six points and two solo blocks from Masaki on the night; four digs from Canavati; five kills from Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina; three kills, five digs, and seven points from Kaile Tuisamatatele; and three digs and eight points from Esselin.

 

WNCC will look to win their ninth straight when they travel to McCook to face McCook Community College on Friday at 5 p.m. Masaki said they have to keep playing with plenty of energy and keep playing hard.

 

“We just need to keep the same energy that we have,” she said. “After every win that we have, we need to keep the same energy, maintain it, and stay high.”

 





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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – The fourth-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team rebounded from Friday’s two losses in winning twice in the final day of the Reiver Invite in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Saturday.

The Cougars received double-double performances from Enna Masaka, Ana Costas, and Amryi-Grace Paris in taking down Jefferson College in four games 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-12. WNCC followed that up with a straight-game sweep of Barton Community College 25-13, 25-17, 25-23 to finish the opening tournament of the season with a 2-2 record.

In the opener against Jefferson, The Cougars had a strong serving game from Masaki with 18 points and five aces. Masaki had a near triple-double, finishing with 10 set assists and eight kills in the four-game win.

The Cougars trailed 15-11 to Jefferson in the first game before Masaki brought the Cougars back for a 16-15 lead. Later, Costas had three points for a 22-18 lead before a Kaile Tuisamatatele kill ended the first game 25-20.

WNCC got behind the 8-ball in the second set early, trailing 8-1 before mounting a comeback to fall 25-23.

That close loss inspired the team in the third and fourth games, capturing the third 25-21 and then rolling to a 25-12 win in game two.

Besides Masaki’s double-double, Costas finished with 21 digs and 13 points, while Paris had 15 kills and 10 points.

Leslie Lagafuaina finished with nine kills and two solo blocks, while Tuisamatatele had eight kills. Gabby Canavati tallied nine kills and three digs.

Jayme Commins finished with 31 set assists with seven digs, three points, and two kills.

Also for the Cougars, Aloni Jordan had two kills; Adia Sherbeyn had four digs, seven points, and two aces; and Logan Belford had two digs.

WNCC finished the Reiver Invite with an impressive win over Barton, where the Cougars tallied 44 kills and had three players with double-figure kills.

The Cougars won the first game 25-13 and then went up 2-0 with a 25-17 win over the Cougars from Kansas. WNCC finished off the sweep with a 25-23 win.

Paris led the way offensively with 14 kills. Paris also had nine digs and six points. Tuisamatatele finished with 10 kills and three points, while Masaki had eight kills. Masaki also finished with 13 digs, eight points, and five set assists.

Commins finished with a double-double, tallying 34 set assists with 11 points, eight digs, and two kills.

Also for WNCC, Canavati had five kills and two digs; Lagafuaina had five kills and two solo blocks; Sherbeyn had 16 digs and five points; and Costas had 12 digs and three points.

WNCC, 2-2, will be back in action Wednesday when they host No. 12 Laramie County Community College. LCCC went 3-1 at the Reiver Invite, defeating Indian Hills, Jefferson, and Barton, before falling in straight games to Iowa Western.

Wednesday’s first pitch is slated for 7 p.m. at Cougar Palace between the No. 4 and No. 12 ranked teams in the pre-season poll.




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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – The fourth-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team dropped two games in the first day of the Reiver Invite in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Friday.
                
The WNCC women lost a hard-fought five-setter to Indian Hills Community College 25-12, 25-21, 21-25, 21-25, 10-15, before falling in three games to No. 3 Iowa Western Community College 18-25, 13-25, 25-27.
                
The Cougars will look to rebound with two matches on Saturday when they face Jefferson College and Barton Community College.
                
In the opening match against Indian Hills, the Cougars rolled to a 25-12 win in the first game behind an 8-point service run to open up a 10-7 game to a 19-7 contest. The second game saw the two teams tied at 8-8 before the Cougars put together strong serving for the win.
                
WNCC fell 25-21 in the third set. The Cougars led 19-15 but watched the Warriors come back to tie the game at 19 and then go up 23-20 before falling. The fourth game was just as tight with neither team holding more than a 3-point lead until Indian Hills won 25-21.
                
The fifth game was knotted at 10-10 before the Warriors reeled off five straight for the win.
                
Amryi-Grace Paris led the team with 16 kills while Sarena Bartley finished with 15. The Cougars also had Masaki, Kaile Tuisamatatele, and Leslie Lagafuaina all had seven kills.
                
Masaki finished with a double-double. Besides her seven kills, she also had 20 set assists, 12 points, nine digs, and two solo blocks.
                
Jayme Commins finished with 21 set assists, eight points, six digs, and three kills.
                
Also for the Cougars, Adia Sherbeyn had seven points and five digs; Tuisamatatele had five points, four solo blocks, three assisted blocks, and two digs; Ana Costas had 15 digs, five points, and two aces; Terri Takita-Robins had nine points and five digs; Paris had four digs and three points; and Lagafuaina had seven solo blocks and four assist blocks.
                
The Iowa Western match saw WNCC finish with just 28 total kills in the three games. Lagafuaina, Paris, and Masaki each had five kills, while Tuisamatatele led the team with six kills.
                
Costas tallied 16 digs followed five each from Commins and Sherbeyn.

Commins had 11 set assists while Masaki had nine. Lagafuaina had three solo blocks in the contest.




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TORRINGTON – The 11th-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team needed four sets, but the Cougars claimed two wins at the EWC triangular Tuesday night in Torrington, Wyoming.

WNCC opened the triangular with a 25-17, 25-14, 17-25, 25-13 win over North Platte Community College before taking down Eastern Wyoming College behind Enna Masaki’s 17 kills 23-25, 25-15, 25-12, 25-22 to improve to 8-4 on the season.

North Platte went 1-1 in the triangular, topping Eastern Wyoming College in four sets 25-15, 25-22, 20-25, and 25-20 to open the triangular.

In the first match against North Platte, Masaki recorded a double-double in the four-set win. The sophomore form Hawaii finished with 12 kills and 10 digs. Masaki also had six points and a solo block.

Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina tallied nine kills in the win against the Knights while Amryi-Grace Paris had seven kills.

Also for the Cougars, Jayme Commins had 36 set assists, seven points, and five digs; Gabi Canavati had five kills; Cami Esselin had 10 points and three digs; Kaile Tuisamatatele had five kills, five points, four digs, and two solo  blocks; Logan Belford had four kills; Santana Monroe had a solo block; Ana Costas had 19 digs and five points; Adia Sherbeyn had tw0 points; and Terri Takita-Robins had two digs and two points.

The Eastern Wyoming match was a battle. EWC squeaked out the first set win 25-23 before WNCC came back and took the second set 25-22 as WNCC used strong serving by Esselin, Sherbeyn, and Costas for the 25-15.

WNCC used strong serving in the third set to roll to the 25-12 win behind Masaki serving the final seven points. The fourth set saw WNCC bolt to a 1-15 lead and led 24-17 before winning 25-22.

Masaki had a triple-double in the win with 17 kills, 10 digs, and 23 points. Masaki also had three aces.

Canavati and Mamai-Lagafuaina each had eight kills while Tuisamatatele had seven kills. Paris had five kills while Belford had two. Mamai-Lagafuaina had four solo blocks.

Also for the Cougars, Commins had 35 set assists, four points, four digs, and two aces; Sherbeyn had nine digs, 14 points, and three aces; Esselin had four digs and eight points; Tuisamatatele had four points and a solo block; Costas finished with 12 digs and six points; and Aloni Jordan a solo block.

WNCC, 8-4, will next be in action this weekend when they head to a tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday and Saturday. The Cougars will battle Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Utah State-Eastern on Friday before taking on Arizona Western and Salt Lake Community College on Saturday.




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It was a battle between last year’s two Region IX champions from the North and South regions and the action Wednesday night had plenty of electricity in Cougar Palace.

In the end, the fourth-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team came back from a 2-0 deficit to sting No. 12 Laramie County Community College in a thrilling five-setter 18-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-23, 15 12 for the Cougars third straight victory.

The win moves the Cougars to 3-2 on the season, while the Golden Eagles fall to 4-2. LCCC went 3-1 at the Reiver invite in Council Bluffs, Iowa, over the weekend.

Freshmen Gaby Canavati and Amryi-Grace Paris led the Cougar attack with a combined 31 kills, while Enna Masaki had a quadruple performance, finishing with 13 kills, 15 digs, 11 points, and 20 set assists.

Jayme Commins finished the five-set win with a triple-double. Commins, of Ogallala, tallied 28 set assists, 13 points, and 12 digs.

Canavati said it was a big win for her team as they fought tooth and nail to come back for the win.

“At first, we weren’t nervous; we just underestimated them a little bit,” the freshman from Laredo, Texas, who had 15 kills said. “We are happy with the win, but we shouldn’t have gone to five sets, but it happens.”

After the first two sets, Laramie County had the Cougars number. The Golden Eagles used strong service runs and timely kills to capture the first two sets 25-18, 25-23.

The final three sets was a different story as WNCC limited LCCC’s service runs to one to three points.

Canavati said the big difference was the talk they had in the locker room during the 5-minute intermission break.

“I think when we went into the locker room after the first two sets, coach talked to us and told us we had to pick up our game and we had to be more disciplined,” she said. “When he told us that, it really opened our eyes and we started talking and playing Cougar volleyball.”

The final three sets was a total different team. The Cougars started to play with emotion and excitement and that energy paid off.

“In order for us to do good, we need to play with heart and play together, and talking,” Canavati said. “We have to show a lot of emotion and heart.”

The Cougars showed plenty of heart in the final three sets and it wasn’t just one or two persons that stepped up, it was a team win.

The third set Jayme Commins served six points for a 23-13 lead before winning 25-16.

The fourth set was a little tighter. WNCC led 9-6 on a Masaki kill before LCCC tied the contest at 9-9 and went ahead 18-14 on two service points from McKayla Earl.

Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina had a block and Commins served five points for a 20-18 lead. The two squads were knotted at 22 before a Canavati kill put WNCC up one. Masaki then served a point behind a Canavati kill for a 24-22 lead. WNCC won the set on a missed LCCC serve.

The fifth set was another slugfest. WNCC held a 4-1 lead after two Masaki points and the Cougars led 7-3 on a Tuisamatatele point. LCCC coach Austin Albers called a time out and the Golden Eagles came back to cut the lead to 7-6 and finally took its first lead of the set at 11-10.

Masaki stopped the run with a kill and then served three points for a 14-11 lead. WNCC won the match on a hitting error that sailed long after a long rally.

WNCC had a lot of players step up. Paris finished the game with 16 kills; Tuisamatatele had six kills, four digs, and five points; Mamai-Lagafuaina had six kills and three solo blocks; Ana Costas had 24 digs, 10 points, and two aces; Logan Belford had four digs and two points; and Adia Sherbeyn had seven digs.

LCCC had three players finish with double-digit kills. Kylie Martin and Avery Nelson each had 12 kills followed by Payton Stack with 11. The Golden Eagle’s Libero Kyle Meltzer tallied 25 digs.

WNCC will next be in action this weekend when they head to the Crystal Inn Invite in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Cougars will face Western Wyoming Community and Salt Lake Community College on Friday and Central Wyoming and No. 2 College of Southern Idaho on Saturday.

Canavati said this game should help them going into this weekend’s contests.

“This game really helped us and showed us how why we need to talk and communicate with each other in order for us to be a team and be one,” Canavati said. “That allows us to come out with a good outcome.”




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 The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team put four players in double figures in rolling to the 97-70 South sub-region win Sunday afternoon at Cougar Palace.

                The win was the Cougars 19th win on the year and their seventh straight. More importantly, WNCC moves to 5-0 in South sub-region play. The winner of the south sub-region hosts the regional tournament in March and gets a first-round bye.

                “We started off slow first half; we were only up five points at halftime,” freshman Taylor Joplin said. “We needed to pick it up defensively and I thought we did that second half. We ended up winning by 27 so we played alright.”

                The first half was a battle as WNCC held a slim 22-15 lead after the first quarter and then watched Trinidad pull to within one, 26-25, in the second quarter. WNCC pushed the lead back to nine points, 45-36 on a R’Manie Pulling 3-pointer. The Trojans scored the next four points to trail the Cougars 45-40 at halftime.

                Joplin said they knew they had to play better coming out of the locker room and they did, outscoring Trinidad 32-18 in the third and 20-12 in the fourth.

                “Coach told us at halftime to pick it up on defense,” she said. “We were doing fine offensively. We had 45 had half so we just needed to pick up the defensive intensity.”

                WNCC started the third quarter on an 11-3 run to lead 56-43 and led 77-58 after three quarters and never looked back after that.

                WNCC had four players in double figures and saw 10 players hit the scoring column. Wiehl led all scorers with 22 points followed by 19 from Joplin, 15 from Tishara Morehouse, and 10 from Allysah Booth.

                The Cougars buried 14 3-pointers on the night. Joplin and Wiehl each had three, while Morehouse and Booth each had two. Yaidelis Torres, Yuliyana Valcheva, Eva Langton, and Pulling all had one trey.

                WNCC out-rebounded the Trojans 46-30. Wiehl, Joplin, and Andrijana Reljic each had four boards. Morehouse finished with a team-high six assists.

                The Cougars’ second half defense was a big factor in the win. Trinidad shot 45 percent in the first half but then held the Trojans to just 33 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.

                Trinidad had four in double figures. Kate Rohr led Trinidad with 14 points followed by 13 from Julia Trujillo.

                WNCC, 19-3, will hit the road for a Region IX South sub-region contest Tuesday at McCook Community College. The Cougars will then return home for a contest against Eastern Wyoming College on Feb. 11.

               

Trinidad (11-10)                15 25 18 12 – 70

WNCC (19-3)                      22 23 32 20 – 97

TRINIDAD STATE

Shaylynn Choate 2, Kate Rohr 14, Lyric Thompson 10, Destinee Vigil 7, Nuria Saez 11, Linsi Calvo 9, Hannah Gilmore 4, Julia Trujillo 13.

WNCC

Tishara Morehouse 15, Merle Wiehl 22, Allysah Boothe 10, Andrijana Reljic 2, Anyssia Gibbs 7, R’Manie Pulling 5, Eva Langton 7, Yuliyana Valcheva 7, Taylor Joplin 19, Yaidelis Torres 3.




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