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Effective Monday, March 16th all NSAA activity practices are suspended until Monday, March 30 and all NSAA activity competitions are suspended until Thursday, April 2.  These suspensions may be extended should the conditions warrant.

Member schools and student-participants are expected to adhere to the NSAA Constitution & Bylaws and activity manuals during this time.

As more information becomes available, official updates will be posted on the NSAA website and NSAA social media platforms. 




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

NSAA State Championship=

Class A=

Championship=

Bellevue West 64, Millard North 62

Class B=

Championship=

Omaha Skutt Catholic 59, Omaha Roncalli 31

Class C1=

Championship=

Auburn 58, Ogallala 34

Third Place=

Adams Central 59, Lincoln Christian 47

Class C2=

Championship=

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 61, Grand Island Central Catholic 47

Third Place=

Yutan 39, Sutton 30

Class D1=

Championship=

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 76, Southern Valley 31

Third Place=

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 50, North Platte St. Patrick's 36

Class D2=

Championship=

Falls City Sacred Heart 45, Humphrey St. Francis 33

Third Place=

Parkview Christian 62, Mullen 43

NSAA Championship Bracket 





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In consideration of the COVID-19 situation the National Junior College Athletic Association has suspend all spring athletic competition beginning Saturday, March 14 through Friday, April 3.

For McCook Community College, that affects 32 games/tournaments that were scheduled through April 3 including 16 softball games, 13 baseball games and three men’s golf tournaments.

To stay up-to-date with all MCC Indian Athletics including up-to-date information regarding the resumption of the spring schedule and other news, please visit the MCC Indians Athletics web page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

NSAA State Championship=

Class A=

Quarterfinal=

Bellevue West 56, Elkhorn 34

Millard North 62, Papillion-LaVista South 60

Omaha South 48, Omaha Central 47

Omaha Westside 74, Omaha Creighton Prep 70

Class B=

Quarterfinal=

Elkhorn Mount Michael 76, Wahoo 50

Omaha Roncalli 60, Hastings 58

Omaha Skutt Catholic 45, Norris 33

Scottsbluff 53, Alliance 38

Class C1=

Quarterfinal=

Adams Central 63, St. Paul 42

Auburn 54, Ashland-Greenwood 48

Lincoln Christian 44, Wayne 38

Ogallala 65, Kearney Catholic 62

Class C2=

Quarterfinal=

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 71, Doniphan-Trumbull 46

Grand Island Central Catholic 41, Palmyra 38

Sutton 55, Centennial 48, OT

Yutan 63, Ponca 56, 2OT

Class D1=

Quarterfinal=

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Fullerton 53

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 75, Paxton 47

North Platte St. Patrick's 57, Pleasanton 48, OT

Southern Valley 50, Osmond 49

Class D2=

Quarterfinal=

Falls City Sacred Heart 45, Johnson-Brock 40

Humphrey St. Francis 57, Randolph 46

Mullen 51, St. Mary's 49

Parkview Christian 65, Loomis 49





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The McCook Community College softball team made it three walk-off wins at home this week and went on to sweep Western Nebraska Thursday by the scores of 9-8, 8-3. The win gives MCC a five-game winning streak.

“These were quality wins today, we had good pitching and continue to swing the bats throughout the lineup,” said Coach Kevin Kaalberg. “The team isn’t letting one bad inning get them down.”

Freshman Kaitlyn Lord, (Colorado Springs, Colo.) delivered the walk-off RBI single in Game 1 and smacked out five hits in seven at bats on the day with seven RBIs a double and a home run. Freshman Kristen Mogan, (Richfield, Utah) was seven-for-eight with a pair of doubles and four RBIs.

Sophomore pitcher Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the Game 1 win and went the distance in Game 2 to win twice on the day. Her sister Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, (freshman, Cozad/Gothenburg High School) went four for six on the day with a double.

Western Nebraska falls to 4-10. This was their Region IX conference action of the season.

MCC improves to 10-12 and 3-3 against Region IX south teams. Weather permitting, the Lady Indians are scheduled to host Northeastern Junior College Saturday at 1 p.m.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including up-to-date scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball

For more photos from today’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

GAME 1 – McCook CC 9, Western Nebraska 8: The Cougars took a 4-1 lead in the second inning off MCC starter Anna Wilcox, (freshman, Victoria, British Columbia) who was relieved by freshman Savannah Hansen, (Monroe, Utah).

Kaitlyn Lord lined a two-run homerun to center field to bring the Lady Indians back to 4-3 and then the Tribe scored four runs in the third to take a 7-4 lead. In the four-run fourth, MCC got back-to-back doubles from sophomore Jade Hollands, (Effingham, Kan.) and Kristen Mogan to give MCC a 5-3 lead and Lord delivered a two-out single to put the Lady Indians up by three runs.

Kaitlyn Kleinknecht doubled leading off the fifth inning and came home on a single from freshman Lexee Johnson, (Delta, Utah), to put MCC up 8-4.

The Cougars struck for four runs in the sixth inning off Hansen, who was relieved with the bases loaded by Karleigh Kleinknecht, who walked in the tying run before getting out of the inning tied 8-8. The Indians managed a hit in the sixth but couldn’t score and Kleinknecht set the Cougars down in order in the seventh to set the stage for more walk-off drama.

Freshman Kassandra Orr, (Victoria, British Columbia) led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. Sophomore Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta) came on to pinch run for Orr. Kaitlyn Kleinknecht followed with a single advancing Willier to second then Johnson bunted into a double play but Willier remained at second base. On a 2-0 count Lord ripped a single to left field – her third hit of the game which drove home the winning run giving MCC three straight wins in the bottom of the seventh inning.

MCC out-hit Western Nebraska 14-8. Mogan had a double and a single along with three RBIs.

GAME 1 – McCook CC 8, Western Nebraska 3: After finishing the first game with a win, Karleigh Kleinknecht started the second game in the pitching circle and kept the Cougars off the scoreboard through four innings giving the MCC offense time to get on track.

Kaitlyn Lord started things off with a double in the second inning and scored on a single by Sarah Willier, who later made it 2-0 on a Western Nebraska error.

Another Cougar error to start off the third opened way for three more MCC runs. Kristen Mogan ripped an RBI-double to center, Lord hit a sacrifice fly and freshman Alice Midiri, (Condove, Italy) delivered an RBI single to put MCC up 5-0.

A two-out Morgan single in the fifth and a triple by Kaitlyn Kleinknecht made it a 6-0 game but Western struck for three unearned runs in the fifth inning.

MCC added two runs in the sixth. Hollands doubled to lead off the sixth inning, went to third on a single by Morgan. Both scored on a two-run double by Lord.

Karleigh Kleinknecht went five innings allowing five hits, no earned runs, one walk and she struck out 12 Cougars.

Morgan led the 13-hit MCC attack with three hits. The Lady Indians got two-hit games from the bottom four in the batting order in Lord, Kassandra Orr, Willier and Midri.




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Because of the predicted winter weather system moving into the area this weekend, the McCook Community College baseball team is moving its games this weekend to Beatrice starting Friday.

The Indians will face the Storm in Beatrice Friday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. against Southeast Community College. While the Saturday-Sunday weather forecast in Beatrice doesn’t look promising, the two teams will try and fit the final game if the weather clears. If not, they will make it up later in the year.

The Indians are 12-10 on the season and lead the Region IX Empire League standings at 6-3. The Storm is 11-8 on the season and 4-4 in the Region IX Empire League standings.

In Empire League Action Wednesday, Trinidad State beat Lamar 12-4.

This weekend, Northeastern and Western Nebraska are out of conference with games scheduled in Arizona. Trinidad State is out of conference against Adams State JV. In the only other Empire League matchup this weekend Lamar is scheduled to travel to La Junta, Colo. for two games against Otero Junior College Saturday and one on Sunday.

                EMPIRE LEAGUE STANDINGS

                                    W-L    PCT.   GB   OVERALL

McCook                     6-3      .667    --         12-10

Northeastern JC       5-3      .625      .5       12-9

Western Nebraska   4-4      .500    1.5         5-14

Trinidad State           5-6      .455    2          14-11

Southeast CC           4-4      .400    1.5       10-8

Lamar CC                  5-7      .417    2.5         6-12

Otero JC                    4-6      .400    2.5       11-12

 

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx





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Lincoln, NE – March 11, 2020 – Based on the recommendations made by the Mayor’s Office of the City of Lincoln, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and the Nebraska Department of Education, the 2020 NSAA Boys State Basketball Championships will proceed as scheduled, but fan attendance will be limited.  The tournament venues and game times remain the same.

 

Attendance will be limited to the varsity players, coaches, team support personnel (athletic trainers and student managers) and school administrators of the qualifying schools and their immediate families.  Immediate family includes parents, stepparents, guardians, siblings, other members living in the athlete’s household, and grandparents.  School administrators will be required to provide a list of those persons meeting the qualifications for entry.  School administrators will be at the entrance of each venue to identify and grant entry to those persons on the list.  Those entering the venue will be required to purchase a ticket or may use previously purchased tickets or passes.  Pre-purchased online tickets will not be honored.

 

We regret that non-varsity boys’ basketball participants, cheerleaders, dance teams, school mascots and pep bands may not attend the games.  In addition, the US Bank Believers and Achievers award and NSAA Distinguished Service Awards will not be presented at this event but will be rescheduled.

 

Anyone not on the approved list who previously purchased a ticket will not be allowed entry.  Passes will not be honored including NCA Gold Card, NSAA Courtesy Passes and Lifetime passes.  This measure is to protect the health and safety of the student athletes, their families and the public at large.  

 

Members of the media with NSAA issued credentials will be allowed entry at all venues.  The NSAA is working with local media outlets to video stream and/or televise the games.  More information will be posted on the NSAA website as it becomes available.

 

This is an unprecedented event, the NSAA Board of Directors and staff understand the hardship this has created for our membership.  But we felt that our student-athletes should have the opportunity to compete while also complying with the recommendations of our local health and government officials.  We look forward to providing the best possible experience for our member schools, student-athletes and their families.





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Heisman Trophy winner and Nebraska great Eric Crouch is one of 19 individuals who will make up the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class. The 17 players and two coaches were announced Wednesday by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame.

The 2020 Hall of Fame class includes five winners of major college awards, led by Crouch’s 2001 Heisman, and 10 conference players of the year, including Crouch, a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year.

Crouch is among the group of players selected from the national ballot that included 76 All-Americans. Crouch becomes the 19th Nebraska player to earn induction into the College Hall of Fame and gives NU 25 overall members of the Hall including six coaches. Crouch is the first Husker selected since Aaron Taylor was inducted in 2018. Crouch is the seventh Husker inducted into the Hall in the past 14 seasons joining Taylor (2018), Trev Alberts (2015), Tommie Frazier (2013), Will Shields (2011), Grant Wistrom (2009) and Mike Rozier (2006).

The 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8, 2020, at the New York Hilton Midtown. The inductees will also be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the fall. Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Crouch finished his college career as only the third quarterback in NCAA history to rush for 3,000 yards and pass for 4,000 yards. A 2001 first-team All-American, Crouch won the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien Award. He guided Nebraska to an 11-2 record and a spot in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. In his senior season, Crouch became just the 13th quarterback in NCAA history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season.

Crouch ended his Nebraska career by holding 32 school records, and he remains atop the Nebraska charts for rushing by a quarterback (3,434), total touchdowns (88), career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (59) and single-season rushing touchdowns for a quarterback (20). Crouch rushed for more than 100 yards 17 times in his career, an NCAA record for a quarterback at the time.

Crouch guided Nebraska to a 10-2 record and a share of the Big 12 North title as a junior in 2000. He was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Big 12 as a sophomore in 1999, when he led the Huskers to a 12-1 record, a Big 12 title, and No. 3 final national ranking.

One of five team captains as a senior, Crouch had his No. 7 jersey retired in 2002. Crouch was drafted as a receiver in the third round of the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He went on to play professionally in NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League. Crouch is the Owner & CEO of Crouch Recreation, a playground and recreation equipment vendor in Omaha.

Comments on Crouch’s Hall of Fame Selection:

Frank Solich, Nebraska Head Coach (1998-2003), Ohio Head Coach (2005-present):

“Eric Crouch had a special talent and is one of the most unique athletes I have coached in my career. His 2001 season was remarkable as he broke numerous NCAA and school records on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy. His outstanding leadership helped guide our team to the National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl as a senior.  Eric is a special young man and very deserving of this prestigious honor. He has represented Nebraska at the highest level both on and off the field.”

 

Tom Osborne, Nebraska Head Coach (1973-97), 1998 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee:

“Eric was a great runner and had excellent speed to go with his other skills. The thing that really struck me about Eric is that he was so much stronger than you would have thought. When I was recruiting him in high school and watched him in the weight room, it struck me that he was lifting amounts of weight that would have made an offensive lineman proud. He was really gifted and his skills fit Nebraska very well. I didn’t get to coach him, but enjoyed watching his career.”

 

Scott Frost, Nebraska Head Coach, Teammate of Eric Crouch in 1997:
“It is a well-deserved honor for Eric to be selected into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is one of the all-time greats in the proud history of Nebraska football and one of the best option quarterbacks in college football history. It is great to see a former Husker teammate selected for the Hall of Fame.”

Turner Gill, Crouch’s Quarterback Coach at Nebraska and Nebraska Quarterback (1980-83):

"Eric was extremely explosive, very durable and was the fastest player that I have ever seen in college football. While his nature was to be quiet, he was a fierce competitor once he was on the field. An outstanding family man, Eric has always been very generous with his time in the community and is especially good working with youth, and he has continued that work in his career after football."

 

Matt Davison, Crouch’s Teammate from 1997-2000 and NU’s Leading Receiver in 1998-99-2000:

“Eric was incredibly talented, but he had an even greater desire to win. He was one of the toughest players I was ever around, left everything on the field each Saturday and wouldn’t accept losing. Eric was a high character guy, a great leader and as good of a teammate as you could find. As a friend, I couldn’t be happier for Eric and his family.”





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The McCook Community College baseball team won both of the Region IX Player of the Week Awards.

Freshman Caleb Eiguren (Westminster, Colo.) a catcher-outfielder was named the Region IX Player of the Week and Nicholas Wellman (redshirt freshman, Quincy, Ill.) was named Region IX Pitcher of the Week.

MCC swept a three-game series over the weekend at Lamar winning 9-8, 4-3 and 11-10. The wins put he Indians in first place in the Region IX Empire League.

Eiguren played a big role in the sweep over Lamar.  In Game 2, he hit a 3-run home run in the top of the 7th to secure the 4-3 win. Caleb was eight of 18 (.444) with two doubles, a home run, and eight RBIs. He also scored two runs.

Wellman, a right-handed pitcher was outstanding out of the bullpen this week in helping the Indians capture a 4-1 week overall and 3-0 in Region IX play. The closer for the Indians made three appearances over four innings pitched, fanning nine batters and recording three saves.




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Two members of the McCook Community College men’s basketball team have received post season Region IX honors.

Sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) were both selected to the all-Region IX third team. In addition, Darthard was also named to the all-tournament team.

Sullivan averaged 16.5 points per game, shot 47.6 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from the 3-point line and 74.5 percent from the free-throw line. He averaged 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

He scored 513 points on the year and had 62 steals.

Darthard averaged 17.9 points, and 5.5 rebounds per game. He shot 57 percent from the field and made 52 of 121 attempts from the 3-point line (43 percent) and was a 79.7 percent shooter from the free-throw line. He had 31 assists and 39 steals on the season.

In being named to the all-tournament team, Darthard scored 35 points in an opening-round win at home in an 89-64 win over Lamar and scored 30 points in an 82-69 loss to Western Wyoming. For the tournament he averaged 32.5 points and 6 rebounds per game. He made 26 of 34 shots from the field (76.4 percent) went five for seven from the 3-point line (71.4 percent) and sent eight-for-12 from the free throw line (66.7 percent).

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at  https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=mbball




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Because of the weather forecast for Sunday, the McCook Community College softball and baseball teams are abandoning plans for home games Sunday.

MCC softball’s doubleheader with Western Nebraska has been moved up to Thursday (March 12). The Lady Indians and Cougars will play a pair of games at the Jaycees Sports Complex at noon and 2 p.m.

MCC baseball, 12-10 are scheduled to play a three-game series against Southeast Community College and Saturday and Sunday but the coaches from the two schools are watching the weather and may move the series up a day or two before any adverse weather moves in.

Also one other scheduling change, this one not affected by weather. The MCC Golf team has added an even to the spring schedule. The team will travel to Beatrice April 20-21 to participate in a tournament hosted by Southeast Community College. The Indians will resume their Region IX season schedule March 19-20 in La Junta, Colo. with Thursday-Friday tournaments through April 24 – including the home tournament April 2-3 at Heritage Hills Golf Course,

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx




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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 23 points and hit the tiebreaking jumper with 28.3 seconds to play to send the Brooklyn Nets past the Los Angeles Lakers, 104-102. LeBron James had 29 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, who had a chance to get their fifth straight win until Anthony Davis missed a wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer. Caris LeVert added 22 points for the Nets, who are 2-0 since interim coach Jacque Vaughn replaced Kenny Atkinson.

UNDATED (AP) — James Harden poured in 37 points and the Houston Rockets snapped a four-game skid with a 117-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points as Houston expanded its lead in the Southwest Division to two games over Dallas. The Mavericks wasted Luka Doncic’s (DAHN’-chihch-ehz) 38 points in a 119-109 loss to the Spurs.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Boston Celtics have clinched an NBA playoff berth for the sixth consecutive year despite blowing a 19-point, second-half lead. Marcus Smart’s basket with 49.7 seconds left gave the Celtics a 111-109 lead in a 114-111 victory at Indiana. Jayson Tatum scored 30 points for Boston while Gordon Hayward added 27, 10 boards and five assists in his home state.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga has recaptured the West Coast Conference tournament title by thumping a long-time rival. Drew Timme (TIH’-mee) scored 17 points and Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) had a double-double in the Bulldogs’ 84-66 win over Saint Mary’s. Petrusev had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Zags, who bounced back from a middling performance in the semifinals to win their eighth WCC tournament title in 10 years.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask picked up his 50th career shutout and the Boston Bruins became the NHL’s first 100-point team this season by topping the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-0. He turned back 36 shots to help the Bruins end the Flyers’ nine-game winning streak. Matt Grzelcyk (GRIHZ’-lihk) and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) did the scoring as the Atlantic Division leaders moved eight points ahead of Tampa Bay.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Top-seeded North Dakota State led from start to finish and overwhelmed No. 6 North Dakota 89-53 in the Summit League Tournament championship game and secured the automatic NCAA Tournament bid. NDSU’s leading scorer, Vinnie Shahid, led the Bison with 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Shahid entered the game averaging 18.2 points per game, but he blew by that early in the second half.  De’Sean Allen-Likens led the Fighting Hawks with 17 points. 






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Colby Community College downed McCook Community College in baseball Tuesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex in a nine-inning game 4-2.

The Trojans scored on a leadoff homerun in the first inning. MCC countered in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff double by freshman Trey Taliaferro (Coconut Creek, Fla.) and a two-out single by Caleb Eiguren (freshman, Westminster, Colo.) to tie the game.

Colby scored a run in the third but MCC came back to tie it 2-2 with a run in the fourth when Eiguren lined a one-out double and scored on a wild pitch. That would be MCC’s final hit on the afternoon and the Indians were held to just three.

Austin Mathews (sophomore, Clearwater, Fla.) started the game on the mound and went five innings allowing five hits and four earned runs. He walked one and struck out six.

Jade Gordon (sophomore, Alvin, Texas) pitched the six and seventh innings and held Colby hitless on three walks and four strikeouts.

Holden Hopkins (sophomore, Norman, Okla.) closed off the final two innings for the Indians with hitless ball. He also walked three and struck out four.

Colby goes to 10-10 on the season.

MCC goes to 12-10 and are scheduled to play a three-game series against Southeast Community College and Saturday and Sunday but the coaches from the two schools are watching the weather and may move the series up a day or two before any adverse weather moves in.

You can stay up to date with all the up-to-the minute scheduling changes and more on the MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=baseball&path=baseball

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at: https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch

For more photos from the game, please visit the MCC Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/




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The McCook Community College softball team came up with a pair of walk-off wins Tuesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex over the Midland College Chaparrals (Texas) by the final scores of 11-10 and 1-0.

Down 10-6 in Game 1, the Lady Indians pushed across five seventh-inning runs ending with a two-run walk-off double by freshman Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.). The Lady Indians broke up a scoreless tie in Game 2 with a two-out rally on a single by Alice Midiri (freshman Condove, Italy) and a game-winning double from freshman Megan Blood-Smyth, (Thornton, Colo.). Sophomore pitcher Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) pitched a four-hit shutout to pick up the win.

“I’m incredibly proud of these kids for continuing to fight,” said MCC Coach Kevin Kaalberg. “We talked after the games that back in February we probably don’t come back in that first game. That shows growth from these kids.”

Midland College falls to 4-10 on the season.

MCC has won eight of its last 11 games and will be in action Thursday for a doubleheader with Western Nebraska, in games moved up from Sunday because of weekend weather concerns. Thursday’s game is set to start at noon at the Jaycees Sports Complex. On Saturday MCC is set to host Northeastern Junior College in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including up-to-date scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball

For more photos from today’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

GAME 1 – McCook CC 11, Midland College (Texas) 10: Down 10-6 in the seventh inning, the Lady Indians battled back with five runs to win in walk-off fashion on a two-run walk-off double by freshman Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.).

The Chaparrals opened the day with a two-run first. MCC scored a run in the third on an error, a sacrifice bunt and a fielder’s choice. Midland added two runs in the fourth and another to take a 5-1 lead but MCC responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Kristen Mogan, (freshman Richfield, Utah) and freshman Kassandra Orr, (Victoria, British Columbia) both singed to start off the fifth inning and Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, (freshman, Cozad/Gothenburg High School) doubled them home to make it 5-3. Megan Bloodsmyth had an RBI-single, and a fielder’s choice tied the game at 5-5.

Freshman Anna Wilcox (Victoria, British Columbia) went the first five innings in the pitching circle allowing five hits and three earned runs. She walked five and struck out four.

Midland scored three times in the sixth and twice in the seventh off freshman pitcher Savannah Hansen, (Monroe, Utah). She allowed four hits, walked three and struck out one and left the game down 10-6.

The first six batters in the MCC seventh reached base including: a double by Bloodsmyth, a single by Lexee Johnson, (freshman, Delta, Utah), a walk by Kaitlyn Lord, (freshman, Colorado Springs), a single by sophomore Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.), a walk by Mogan, a Midland error, a popout and that set up the two-run walk-off double by Laird.

Both teams had nine hits with Bloodsmyth and Orr two each.

GAME 2 – McCook CC 1, Midland College (Texas) 0: Karleigh Kleinknecht held Midland bats in check allowing just four hits in the game. She issued three walks and struck out six.

MCC scored the game winner in the bottom of the seventh inning when Alice Midri beat out a two-out infield hit and later went to second on a passed ball. Freshman Bloodsmyth fought off an 0-2 count to even it a 2-2, then fouled three straight pitches before lining the game-winning double to center field.

The Lady Indians had eight hits in the game including two each from Midri and Bloodsmyth and two from Kristen Mogan.




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Two McCook Community College women’s basketball players have been named to the All- Region IX South Team.

Sophomores Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) and freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) were both selected to the squad.

In addition Bodette was one of five players named to the all-defensive team.

Bodette, 6-0, started all 32 games for the Lady Indians scoring 448 points and pulling down 280 rebounds. That gave her an average of 14 points and 8.75 rebounds per game. She made 200 of 342 shots on the season (58.5 percent) and 43 of 60 free throws (71.7 percent), had 26 steals and 53 assists.

Nationally, she ranked eighth among players from 182 Division I schools with 215 offensive rebounds and 13th in the nation with 63 blocked shots.

Torrubia Cano, 5-11, also played in all 32 MCC games, starting 26 and averaging 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. For the season she scored 359 points and gathered 232 rebounds. From the 3-point line she made 39 of 91 attempts, (42.9 percent) which was 11th best in the nation. From the field she was 53.7 percent and had 37 steals, 44 assists and 13 blocked shots.

Here is the All-Region IX Team:

SOUTH DIVISION

Makenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Carla Torrubio Cano, McCook Community College

Aleksandra Ratnikava, Northeastern Junior College

Lea Mafua, Otero Junior College

Emma Florez, Otero Junior College

Charisse Fairley, Otero Junior College

Tk Morehouse, Western Nebraska Community College

Yuliyana Valcheva, Western Nebraska Community College

R'Manie Pulling, Western Nebraska Community College

Lidsey Mahoukou, Western Nebraska Community College

SOUTH All-Defensive Team

Unique Gainey, Northeastern Junior College

Emma Florez , Otero Junior College

Makenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Mariah Garcia, Trinidad State Junior College

R'Manie Pulling, Western Nebraska Community College

NORTH DIVISION

Natalia Otkhmezuri, Casper College

Mya Jones, Casper College

Raquel Ferrer-Bernad, Casper College

Essy Latu, Central Wyoming College

Ane Esnal Aquirre, Eastern Wyoming College

Kobe King-Hawea, Gillette College

Skylar Patton, Gillette College

Molly Coleman, Gillette College

Adela Smutna, Northwest College

NORTH All-Defensive Team

Juneau Jones, Casper College

Emma Strom, Eastern Wyoming College

Skylar Patton, Gillette College

Abby Garreaud, Laramie County CC

Raquel Turner, Northwest College




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MIAMI (AP) — All major professional sports leagues are taking corona virus outbreak precautions. The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel. The changes will be temporary. Media will still have access to players.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch on opening day at home against the Angels on March 26. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday's exhibition game against the New York Mets. There is not a timetable for his return. Verlander had a similar injury during spring training in 2015 and did not make his season debut until June 13. 

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The surgeons who operated on Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun decided not to wire his broken jaw shut. Calhoun was hit in the face by a fastball on Sunday. He is expected to be released from this hospital in coming days. Doctors haven't determined if Calhoun had a concussion. He tweeted that he's “doing well” and “can't wait to be back hitting homers soon.”

DENVER (AP) — The short-handed Milwaukee Bucks have now lost four out their last five games. The latest lost was a 109-95 thumping by the Denver Nuggets. Denver’s Jamal Murray scored 21 points, but his teammates and lots of people on Twitter say he was robbed on a hard slam dunk ruled an offensive foul. The bucks are without their top six scorers — including reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON'-poh).

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Shea Theodore scored 2:13 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights increased their Pacific Division lead to three points by beating the second-place Edmonton Oilers 3-2. The Golden Knights improved to 11-2-0 in their past 13 games. Alex Chiasson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the goals for the Oilers, who played without captain Connor McDavid due to an illness.




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The McCook Community College baseball team has moved its scheduled game Tuesday from Colby to McCook.

The two teams will play a nine-inning game Tuesday (March 10) starting at 4 p.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex.

Colby is 9-10 on the season. MCC is 12-9. The two teams played in McCook Feb. 16 with the Indians coming out on top 8-6.

This weekend the Indians host Southeast Community College in a three-game Empire League series. The opener is set for a nine-inning game Saturday at 2 p.m. and concluding with a pair of seven-inning games Sunday starting at 1 p.m.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=baseball&path=baseball

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at: https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch

 




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The Nebraska volleyball team will play a spring match against Northern Colorado at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island on Saturday, April 25. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster and at the Heartland Events Center Box Office at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11. All tickets will be reserved at $10 with limited courtside seats available at $25 each. There will be a limit of eight tickets sold per person, and there will be a handling fee on all tickets purchased. No tickets will be sold through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office.

The spring match will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates and online at Huskers.com and on the Huskers app. The Husker volleyball players will sign autographs immediately following the match.

Nebraska last played in Grand Island in 2015, when the Huskers swept Kansas State in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,006 at the Heartland Events Center. NU also played in Grand Island in 2011, topping Wichita State with 5,522 in attendance.

The match in Grand Island will be the Huskers' only one of the 2020 spring season. Nebraska is coming off a 28-5 season and an NCAA regional final appearance in 2019. The Huskers had no seniors on their roster last season for the first time in school history, and 12 players return from that squad this spring. 

Northern Colorado went 26-8 last year and 17-1 in the Big Sky Conference. The Bears won the Big Sky Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell in the first round to Hawaii, 3-1. 




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Lincoln, Neb. – Leading 7-5 after the top of the seventh, Nebraska (5-8) scored five runs over the next two innings on its way to a 12-5 win over Columbia at Hawks Field on Sunday afternoon.

Five Huskers notched multi-hit efforts to help NU's offense compile 15 hits altogether. Spencer Schwellenbach and Luke Boynton led the way with three hits apiece. Boynton, Luke Roskam and Cam Chick each produced three-RBI efforts.

Lefty Caleb Feekin, making his first career start on the mound, allowed one run in 2.1 innings of work. NU saw relief appearances from Tyler Martin, Quinn Mason, Bo Blessie, Trey Kissack, Sayer Diederich and Max Schreiber. Mason recorded four strikeouts in 2.0 innings. Schreiber earned the save by tossing 2.1 no-hit scoreless frames.

NU pounced early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the opening frame. After Leighton Banjoff and Aaron Palensky drew back-to-back walks, Chick smacked his fourth home run of the season. Columbia responded with one run in the top of the second, as Weston Eberly hit a solo home run.

In the bottom of the second, Jaxon Hallmark ripped a two-out triple before scoring on Banjoff's RBI single to extend NU's lead to 4-1. After a scoreless third inning for both teams, NU scored one run in the bottom of the fourth. Hallmark laced a two-out single before Banjoff's RBI double brought him in.

After the Lions scored one run in the top of the fifth, NU bounced back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-2 advantage. Roskam blasted a two-run homer that drove in Schwellenbach during the frame.

Columbia scored two runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh to trim the deficit to 7-5. In the bottom of the seventh, Schwellenbach singled and Roskam drew a walk to put two runners on with no outs. The runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt before Schwellenbach scored on a wild pitch. Boynton's RBI single brought in Roskam.

Leading 9-5, Nebraska added three runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach for Columbia. NU loaded the bases with one out and scored its first run of the frame on Roskam's sacrifice fly. Boynton drove in a pair with his two-RBI single up the middle.

The Huskers return to action on Tuesday against Northern Colorado at Hawks Field, starting at 4:05 p.m. (CT). The two-game series between the Huskers and Bears concludes on Wednesday at 1:35 p.m.
 




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Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney women’s basketball team saw its 2019-20 season come to an end when it wasn’t selected for the 2020 NCAA Division II Tournament.

 

The Lopers (26-6) entered the weekend ranked ninth in the Central Region; the top eight teams in each of D2’s eight regions qualify for the tournament. The conference tournament winners from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conf.) and GAC (Great American Conf.) receive automatic bids. This year those teams were Central Missouri, St. Cloud State and Southeastern Oklahoma State.

 

SCSU likely “stole” a bid by winning the NSIC Tournament earlier this week as the Huskies were ranked 10th in the most recent region rankings. SEOSU also was on the bubble as they came into the weekend ranked seventh.

 

UNK beat NCAA qualifier Fort Hays State and Missouri Western State (21-8) twice and had wins against NCAA qualifier Emporia State, Central Oklahoma (18-10), Washburn (18-12), and Wayne State (16-13). However the FHSU Tigers had similar victories as well as non-conference ones over NCAA qualifiers Minnesota-Duluth and St. Anselm, Harding (19-10), and Concordia-St. Paul (15-14) with SWOSU having key wins against Pitt State and Washburn. The SW Okie win over the Gorillas likely was a huge factor in them getting the last at-large spot as UNK lost to PSU, 88-74, in early January.

 

The Lopers end the year leading the MIAA in eight different categories and saw its entire starting five earn All-MIAA honors. Finishing in third place in the league standings UNK’s win total is tied for the third most in school history. The 1995-96 (26-5), 1997-98 (26-4) and 1998-99 (24-6) squads also won 26 games with the Loper standard being 28 (1996-97).

 

Head coach Carrie Eighmey didn’t have a single senior on this year’s team with graduate transfer and point guard Haley Simental (Pueblo West, Colo.) granted a sixth year by the NCAA last month. Finally, current sophomore forward Shiloh McCool (Pleasant Valley, Ia.) sat out this winter due to injury after averaging 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season.

 

Central Regional ** March 13, 14 & 16 (Warrensburg, Mo.)

1.       Central Missouri (27-4) – automatic bid

2.       Minnesota-Duluth (26-6) – at-large bid

3.       Sioux Falls (26-6) – at-large bid

4.       Emporia State (24-7) – at-large bid

5.       Southeastern Oklahoma State (22-7) – automatic bid

6.       St. Cloud State (23-7) – automatic bid

7.       Fort Hays State (23-7) – at-large bid

8.       Southwestern Oklahoma State (21-8) – at-large bid





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