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(FRIDAY 3/6) The North Platte Community College softball team fell in both games of Friday’s doubleheader against Northeastern Junior College. The Knights fell behind early in the opening game and struggled to bounce back as they lost 10-7 and 14-1 Friday evening.

NJC took advantage of some early Knight pitching that struggled to find the strike zone and jumped out to a five-run lead in the first inning. After the slow start, NPCC’s bats came alive late as the Knights scored three runs in the sixth and seventh inning. But the late rally fell short and NJC held on for the three-run win.

The Knights were led by Domonique Contreras, of Brighton, Co., who finished one for four from the plate with three RBI. Taylar Coleman, of North Platte and Marianne Mata, of Rialto, Ca., both finished the game two for four with two RBI. As a team, the Knights finished with ten hits while NJC finished with 12 hits.

The second game was all NJC as they again led early after scoring one in the first and two in the second. NPCC brought the score to 3-1 in the third but NJC answered with a huge bottom half of the inning as they scored ten runs on six hits. NJC finished the game two innings later with the 13-point win.

NPCC was led by Brittany Bui, of Lakewood, Co., who finished the game two for three and scoring the Knights lone run. From the mound, Coleman and Contreras combined to give up 14 runs on eight hits.

The losses drop NPCC’s record to 4-6 on the season. They return home to face Iowa Western Sunday at Dowhower Softball Complex with games starting at 2:00 PM.

“We started out slow and were never able to change gears and gain the momentum we needed to come out on top,” said NPCC coach Janelle Higgins. “We had moments that we played fundamentally sound, but we had to many routine errors that we couldn’t bounce back from. We will have to clean the slate, work hard tomorrow and be ready to bounce back against Iowa Western Community College on Sunday.” 

(SUNDAY 3/8) The North Platte Community College softball team hosted Iowa Western Community College Sunday at Dowhower softball complex in North Platte. The Knights struggled to get any momentum going offensively against the Reivers and IWCC won both games 6-3 and 12-0

The Knights fell behind early in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader after IWCC jumped out to three run lead in the first inning. After falling behind 5-0 in the third inning, the Knights bounced back in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run homerun by Kayleigh Bucio, of Rialto, Ca. After cutting the lead to two runs in the third, NPCC was unable to add to the scoreboard and IWCC came away with the 6-3 win.

The Knights were led offensively by Bucio who finished the game one for three from the plate with three RBI. Taylar Coleman, of North Platte took the mound for NPCC allowing six runs on eight hits while striking out six and walking four.

The second game was dominated by IWCC pitching as the Reiver pitchers combined to pitch a five-inning no-hitter while striking out four Knights. IWCC came out strong scoring 12 runs in the first three innings. With the bats cold, the Knights fell in the final game of Sunday’s doubleheader 12-0. Knights pitchers gave up 12 runs on seven hits while striking out three.

“IWCC’s pitchers hit spots and kept us off balance all day,” said NPCC coach Janelle Higgins. “Defensively, we were caught on our heels throughout the day, giving up four unearned runs in game one and nine in game two. If we take away the errors, we have two different ball games. Today’s injuries to Cundiff and Mata also hurt as it forced us to change our infield around as well.”

With the losses, NPCC drops to 4-8 on the season. The Knights have a chance to bounce back against Northwest Kansas Technical College when they next travel to Goodland, Ks next Sunday.




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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gabe Kalscheur scored 26 points and Alihan Demir added 19 points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota set a season-high in scoring with a 107-75 victory over Nebraska. Marcus Carr had 18 points and 11 assists, while Daniel Oturu added 10 points and six rebounds for the Gophers, who made a school-record 18 3-pointers. Haanif Cheatham led the Huskers with 17 points. Jervay Green added 16, Thorir Thorbjarnarson had 14, and Kevin Cross scored 10.



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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Zegarowski made all five of his 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead No. 11 Creighton to a share of the Big East regular-season title with a 77-60 victory over No. 8 Seton Hall. The Bluejays claimed all or part of their first conference title since winning the Missouri Valley outright in 2012-13. Creighton has won 11 of its last 13 games and because it swept the season series against the Pirates will be the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament in New York next week. Myles Powell and Quincy McKnight scored 15 apiece for the Pirates.



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Class A 
Championship - Pius X 45, Lincoln East 37 

Class B 
Championship - Crete 52, Beatrice 26 

Class C1 
Championship - Championship - North Bend Central 48, Lincoln Christian 59
3rd Place - Adams Central 44, St Paul 41 

Class C2 
Championship - St Cecilia 41, Ponca 37 
3rd Place - Crofton 58, Oakland Craig 40 

Class D1 
Championship - Pleasanton 47, Fremont Bergan 38 
3rd Place - CWC 66, Hartington CC 54

Class D1 
Championship - Wynot 59, Humphrey St Francis 51
3rd Place - Falls City Sacred Heart 59, Mullen 36

ALL CLASS BRACKET




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GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

NSAA State Championship=

Class A=

Semifinal=

Lincoln East 59, Fremont 50

Lincoln Pius X 71, Millard South 46

Class B=

Semifinal=

Beatrice 43, Scottsbluff 26

Crete 48, Grand Island Northwest 47, 3OT

Class C1=

Semifinal=

Lincoln Christian 68, St. Paul 59

North Bend Central 39, Adams Central 31

Class C2=

Semifinal=

Hastings St. Cecilia 62, Crofton 60

Ponca 53, Oakland-Craig 44

Class D1=

Semifinal=

Archbishop Bergan 40, Hartington Cedar Catholic 34

Pleasanton 50, CWC 46

Class D2=

Semifinal=

Humphrey St. Francis 68, Mullen 38

Wynot 37, Falls City Sacred Heart 27





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RATON, N.M. – The McCook Community College softball team opened up the Region IX schedule Friday in New Mexico dropping a pair of games to Trinidad State 8-0, 12-4.

MCC was out-hit on the afternoon 16-9. Freshman Kristen Mogan, (Richfield, Utah) provided the offensive highlight of the day with a three-run home run in Game 2.

Trinidad State improves to 11-5 on the season.

MCC falls to 5-11. The Lady Indians will play Otero Junior College in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 11 a.m. (MT)

GAME 1 – Trinidad State JC 8, McCook CC 0: The Trojans broke up a 2-0 game with five runs in the fourth inning keyed by Gianna Paape’s two-out, three-run home run.

Sophomore Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta) took the loss allowing four hits and three earned runs over 3.2 innings pitched. Freshman Anna Wilcox, (Victoria, British Columbia) pitched the final 1.2 innings, allowing two hits and a run.

MCC was held to four hits – all singles.

GAME 2 – Trinidad State JC 12, McCook CC 4: The Trojans took charge early, scoring six runs in the first inning.

The Lady Indians scored their first run of the day in the second inning on a walk and an RBI-double by freshman Megan Blood-Smyth, (Thornton, Colo.).

Trinidad State came back with three runs in the second to lead 9-1 until MCC’s Kristen Mogan belted a three-run home run to centerfield in the third to close the gap to 9-4. The Trojans put the game away with a run in the third and two more in the fourth inning.

MCC had five hits in the game.

Three pitchers took the circle for MCC: sophomore pitcher Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School); freshman Savannah Hansen, (Monroe, Utah); and Anna Wilcox. They allowed 10 hits in four innings worked, 10 earned runs, and six walks.

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

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




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CASPER, Wyo. – The Casper College women won their 13th straight game and advanced to the Region IX Tournament semi-finals Thursday claiming an 82-55 win over McCook Community College to end the season for the Lady Indians.

The T-Birds, ranked 15th in the nation, got out to a 20-10 first-quarter lead and stretched it to 42-25 at halftime.

For Casper, five players scored in double-figures led by 15 points from Ashley Tehau, 13 by Natalia Otkhmezuri, 11 from Mya Jones and 10 points each off the bench by Kammie Ragsdale and Reka Soos.

The Thunderbirds shot 50.8 percent from the field, was 11 of 24 from beyond the 3-point line (45.8 percent) and made 11 of 16 free throws (68.6 percent). Casper held a 34-29 rebound edge and committed 14 turnovers.

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) led MCC with 13 points to go along with six rebounds. She was five-for-eight from the field.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) winds up her MCC career with nine points and a team-leading seven rebounds.

Sophomore Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) wraps up her MCC career with eight points, four assists and three steals.

Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) came off the bench with nine points and three rebounds.

MCC shot 43.1 percent from the field made two of 14 3-pointers (14.3 percent) and was nine of 14 from the free-throw line (64.3 percent). The Lady Indians turned the ball over 20 times.

The Lady Indians finish at 22-10.

In other Region IX quarterfinal action, Western Nebraska downed Sheridan 84-49. Gillette beat Northeastern Junior College 61-51 and Otero Junior College defeated Eastern Wyoming 84-75.

On Friday Western Nebraska (27-1) will take on Gillette (28-4) in the first semi-final game with Casper (27-3) playing Otero JC (23-5) in the second game. The finals are set for Saturday at 6 p.m. (MT)

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball and all sports please visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball




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GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

NSAA State Championship=

Class A=

Quarterfinal=

Fremont 58, Omaha Westside 40

Lincoln East 50, Papillion-LaVista 30

Lincoln Pius X 60, North Platte 44

Millard South 54, Lincoln Southwest 44

Class B=

Quarterfinal=

Beatrice 51, Platteview 47

Crete 48, Norris 43, OT

Grand Island Northwest 47, Sidney 44

Scottsbluff 57, Bennington 47

Class C1=

Quarterfinal=

Adams Central 44, Chadron 30

Lincoln Christian 55, Malcolm 34

North Bend Central 48, West Point-Beemer 33

St. Paul 41, Wahoo 38

Class C2=

Quarterfinal=

Crofton 72, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 41

Hastings St. Cecilia 56, Superior 43

Oakland-Craig 41, Clarkson/Leigh 36

Ponca 56, Grand Island Central Catholic 38

Class D1=

Quarterfinal=

Archbishop Bergan 44, Maywood-Hayes Center 30

CWC 58, Dundy County-Stratton 36

Hartington Cedar Catholic 54, Weeping Water 49

Pleasanton 66, Pender 56

Class D2=

Quarterfinal=

Falls City Sacred Heart 53, Loomis 27

Humphrey St. Francis 60, Sterling 53

Mullen 60, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 54

Wynot 48, Lawrence-Nelson 39





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Ann Arbor, Mich. – Nebraska battled back from a slow start to pull within four points at halftime, but No. 25 Michigan started the second half on an 18-4 run on its way to an 82-58 victory Thursday night at the Crisler Center.
 
Haanif Cheatham scored 19 points and Dachon Burke Jr. scored 16 points to pace Nebraska (7-23, 2-17 Big Ten Conference). Thorir Thorbjarnarson pulled down a team-best seven rebounds for the Huskers, who outrebounded Michigan 40-38, the first time this season Nebraska has outrebounded a Big Ten foe.
 
Nebraska also shot a season-best 80 percent on free throws, connecting on 12 of 15 attempts.
 
But the Wolverines, led by Isaiah Livers with 18 points, shot 59.4 percent from the field in the second half to pull away from Nebraska, which was playing without starting point guard Cam Mack for its second consecutive road game.
 
Michigan (19-11, 10-9) opened the game with an 11-2 lead and held a nine-point margin with midway through the first half, when Nebraska used a 10-2 run to get back in the game.
 
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Thorbjarnarson and Burke started the run. John Teske hit a short jumper for Michigan, but Kevin Cross scored in the paint and Thorbjarnarson scored a layup to pull the Huskers within 23-22 with 6:52 remaining before halftime.
 
Nebraska, though, missed its next five field goal attempts while also committing five turnovers. However, Michigan didn't take full advantage, only extending its lead to 29-22 with 3:59 remaining. Eli Brooks had two 3-pointers in that stretch for the Wolverines.
 
Cheatham ended Nebraska's scoring drought of 6 minutes, 52 seconds with a layup off a Michigan turnover. Akol Arop followed with a transition layup off an assist from Thorbjarnarson to pull the Huskers within 29-26 with 1:04 remaining before halftime.
 
Brandon Johns Jr. hit a 3-pointer for Michigan, and Burke made two free throws, while Michigan missed a shot at the halftime buzzer, with the Wolverines leading 32-28 at halftime. Nebraska held Michigan to 34 percent shooting in the first half, including 5-of-15 on 3-pointers, while the Huskers shot 37 percent and held a 24-18 rebounding advantage in the first half.
 
Nebraska concludes the regular season Sunday with a noon tip-off at Minnesota. The Huskers will be either the No. 13 or No. 14 seed for next week's Big Ten Tournament, which begins Wednesday in Indianapolis.



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Indianapolis - Big Ten Sixth Player-of-the-Year Leigha Brown produced game highs with 22 points and six assists, but it was not enough to prevent No. 7 Michigan from rallying in the second half for an 81-75 women's basketball win over No. 10 seed Nebraska in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Freshman forward Isabelle Bourne added career highs with 16 points and five blocked shots to go along with a team-high six rebounds off the bench for Nebraska, as the Huskers closed the regular season with a 17-13 overall record that included a 7-11 Big Ten mark.

Michigan, which improved to 20-10 overall after going 10-8 in the league, advances to play Big Ten regular-season co-champion Northwestern on Friday. Sophomore point guard Amy Dilk led Michigan with game highs of 22 points and six assists of her own, while first-team All-Big Ten forward Naz Hillmon added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Nebraska, which built a 42-34 halftime lead, saw Michigan open the third quarter on a 13-2 surge in the first five minutes to take a 47-44 lead. The Huskers were never able to recover, as the Wolverines built a 58-52 edge heading to the fourth quarter by outscoring NU 24-10 in the third period.

The Huskers found more offense in the fourth quarter, but they were unable to get stops in the first five minutes, as Michigan extended its lead to 71-61 in the first five minutes of the final period. The Wolverines took their biggest lead of the night at 74-62 with three minutes left, but Nebraska refused to surrender. Brown scored five points in a 7-1 surge for the Big Red that cut the margin to 75-69 with 1:09 left. After a free throw by Dilk with 1:02 left, Nebraska got a Nicea Eliely layup with 43 seconds left to trim it to 76-71. Dilk hit 1-of-2 free throws with 38.2 second left to push the edge to six, with Nebraska coming down with a chance to make it a one-possession game. However, a Husker turnover gave the ball back to the Wolverines and ended the Husker hopes of a Big Ten Tournament run.

Nebraska fell despite hitting 50.9 percent (28-55) of its shots from the field and 75 percent (12-16) of its free throws on the night. The Huskers were also 7-of-19 from three-point range (.368), but got out-rebounded 35-27 and lost the turnover battle 16-13. It was just the second time this season that Nebraska hit better than 50 percent of its shots from the field.

Michigan answered by hitting 46.2 percent (30-65) of its shots, including just 3-of-10 threes. The Wolverines also struggled at times from the line, hitting 18-of-28 free throws (.643). But 19 offensive rebounds and 24 second-chance points doomed the Huskers, as Hillmon pulled down six boards on the offensive end.

In a first half that started with foul trouble for Nebraska center Kate Cain and Hillmon, the Huskers played outstanding offense and forced 10 first-half turnovers by the Wolverines.

Cain, a Big Ten All-Defensive selection and honorable-mention all-conference pick, was called for two fouls just seconds apart against Hillmon in the first 1:07 of the game and went to the bench with Michigan leading 4-0. Just 2:53 later, Hillmon was whistled for her second foul with Michigan leading 8-5.

With Cain and Hillmon both off the floor for the final six minutes of the first quarter, Nebraska closed the quarter on a 15-5 surge thanks in large part to seven huge points from Bourne and a three-pointer by forward Kayla Mershon in place of Cain - all in place of Cain.

Nebraska took a 20-13 lead to the second quarter, before Brown's second three-pointer and a bucket by Bourne pushed the Husker lead to 25-14 just 46 seconds into the period and force a Michigan timeout. Another Husker stop was followed by a three-pointer from Sam Haiby, who finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals, to give Nebraska its biggest lead of the game at 28-14 with 8:28 left in the half.

The Huskers maintained a 31-18 lead with 6:05 left before Michigan Coach Kim Barnes Arico rolled the dice and inserted Hillmon with two fouls. Hillmon scored seven points in the final 5:27 of the half to help stabilize the Wolverines and cut the margin to eight heading to the second half.

Cain, battled more foul trouble throughout the second half, but managed to go 6-for-6 from the field and finish with 12 points and three blocked shots. Her three rejections pushed her season total to 101, breaking her own Nebraska single-season record. As a team, Nebraska matched its season high and school conference tournament record with 12 blocks as a team.

Nebraska will await word on a 2020 Postseason WNIT bid, which will be announced late in the evening on Monday, March 16. If the Huskers are invited to the tournament, they could open tournament play as early as Wednesday, March 18 and could be set to host in the first round of the 64-team field at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 



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STERLING, Colo. – The Region IX north division’s top seed Western Wyoming put an end to the McCook Community College men’s season Thursday with an 82-69 win in quarter-final play in the Region IX tournament.

The Mustangs took a 37-31 lead at the half. The Indians struggled offensively to start the second half, particularly in the paint and Western Wyoming extended the lead to 58-45.

With less that nine minutes left in the game, MCC picked up momentum starting with a dunk in the lane from freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas). The Indians stopped WWCC on three consecutive possessions to cut the Mustang lead to five but the Indians couldn’t close it out.

Darthard poured in a game-high 30 points in a losing effort. He made 10 of 15 shots from the field including four of six from the 3-point line and six of eight from the free-throw line.

Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) scored 12 points. Sophomore Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago/Daytona State) put in 10. Sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario/Moberly Area Community College) ends his MCC career with nine points.

The Mustangs shot 55.6 percent from the field, made seven of 22 from the 3-point line (31.8 percent) and took the rebound edge 29-19. Western Wyoming got double-digit scoring from four players, including 17 from LeChaun Duhart, 16 from Trey Marble, 13 from Dwayne Prim, and Sindou Cisse came off the bench to score 15.

Western Wyoming advances to the semi-finals Friday and will take on Gillette, a 89-75 win over Otero Junior College.

The Indians shot 52.9 percent from the field, made eight of 20 shots from beyond the 3-point line (40.0 percent) and seven of 10 from the free-throw line.

MCC finishes the season 15-16.

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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The McCook Community College Indians got a six-inning, 11-strikeout performance from sophomore Yasnier Laureano (sophomore, Anderson, S.C.) as MCC downed Northeast Community College 3-0 to salvage a twinbill Wednesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex. The Hawks won the first game 9-6.

Laureano allowed one hit and walked six in Game 2 and got an inning of scoreless relief from Nick Wellman (redshirt freshman, Quincy, Ill.) to secure the win. Freshman Anthony Nieves-Soto (Nayaguez, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy) hit a solo home run in the game.

The Indians gave up five runs in the fourth inning which proved to be the difference in Game 1. Ricardo Hernandez (freshman, Ponce, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy) had three singles for the Indians in the game and also got a two-run home run from freshman Trey Taliaferro (Coconut Creek, Fla.)

MCC goes to 9-9 on the year and will travel to Lamar, Colo. Saturday and Sunday for a three-game Empire League Series. This series was originally scheduled to be played in McCook but their first series of the year Feb. 21-22 scheduled in Lamar was moved because of weather to McCook and the Lopes took two of three games in that series.

Lamar and Northeastern Junior College lead the Empire League through two weekends at 4-2. Southeast Community College is 2-1. MCC is one game back of the leaders at 3-3. Otero Junior College and Trinidad are both 2-4 and Western Nebraska is 1-2.

MCC returns to the Jaycees Sports Complex for its only remaining home games this month taking on Southeast Community College March 14 (2 p.m.) and a doubleheader March 15 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

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

GAME 1 – Northeast Community College 9, McCook CC 6: Northeast’s Brennan Bales put the cap on a five-run fourth inning with a three-run home run as the Hawks broke open a 3-3 game.

Freshman Caleb Eiguren (Westminster, Colo.) put the Indians on the board with a two-out RBI single in the first inning to score Pedro Perez (sophomore Cidra, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy) tie the game at 1-1. The Indians took a 2-1 lead in the second inning on an RBI-triple by Elijah Munoz (freshman, Big Spring, Texas) which scored Mark Zhang (sophomore, Nicholls, Australia) who singled. Perez made it 3-1 with an RBI-single.

The Hawks tied the game on Austin Mathews (sophomore, Clearwater, Fla.) started on the mound and went three innings, allowed three earned runs, seven hits, and one walk.

Mitchell Driver (freshman, Sydney, Australia) pitched the fourth inning and was charged with five runs on four hits, no walks and two strikeouts.

Holden Hopkins (sophomore, Norman, Okla.) pitched two innings of scoreless, hitless ball, walking one and striking out three.

Zhang singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and one out later, Trey Taliaferro (freshman Coconut Creek, Fla.) lashed a home run to right field to cut the gap to 8-5. Trevor Pacheco (sophomore, Pueblo, Colo.) delivered an RBI-single later in the inning to make it an 8-6 game.

Northeast added an insurance run in the seventh off Troy Shepherd (freshman, McDowell, N.C.) who gave up an unearned run, no hits, and no walks in an inning of work.

MCC outhit Northeast CC 11-9. Ricardo Hernandez (freshman, Ponce, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy) had three singles for the Indians. Taliaferro, Perez, Eiguren and Zhang all had two-hit games.

GAME 2 –McCook CC 3, Northeast Community College 0: The Indians scored a run in the first inning on three straight walks and a one-out sacrifice fly from Caleb Eiguren. That turned out to be the only run MCC would need as starting pitcher Yasnier Laureano kept the Hawks off the scoreboard in all six of the innings he pitched.

Trey Taliferro was hit by a pitch to lead off the MCC third. Pedro Perez singled, and after a fielder’s choice  Trevor Pacheco lined a double to centerfield to score Taliferro but the trailing runner was thrown out at the plate.

Anthony Nieves-Soto lined a two-out solo home run to left field in the fourth inning to give MCC a 3-0 lead.

Laureano allowed just one hit through six innings, walking six and striking out 11 Hawks. Wellman picked up the save pitching the seventh inning and allowing one walk while strikeout out three.




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McCook Community College freshman Jayden Bastow has been named the Region IX pitcher of the week ending March 1.

Bastow, a 6-2, right-hander from Sydney, Australia helped the Indians secure an Empire League win (2-1) Saturday against Otero Junior College.

Bastow tossed a seven-inning complete game, and allowed two hits, no earned runs, one walk and he struck out nine Rattler hitters.

The Indians won the series 2-1 and will hit the road Saturday and Sunday for a pair of games at Lamar, Colo.

MCC is 8-8 on the season and will host Northeast Community College (Norfolk) today in a nine-inning game starting at 2 p.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class A District Final=

A-2=

Millard North 85, Kearney 55

A-4=

Omaha Westside 73, Papillion-LaVista 60

A-7=

Omaha South 55, Lincoln Pius X 38

Class C1 District Final=

C1-1=

Adams Central 61, O'Neill 22

C1-4=

St. Paul 45, North Bend Central 44

C1-5=

Ashland-Greenwood 54, Chase County 28

Class C2 District Final=

C2-4=

Yutan 60, Shelby/Rising City 39

Class D1 District Final=

D1-1=

North Platte St. Patrick's 69, East Butler 51

D1-3=

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 63, Anselmo-Merna 37

D1-4=

Osmond 63, McCool Junction 33

D1-5=

Paxton 53, Axtell 45

D1-6=

Southern Valley 63, Heartland 50

D1-7=

Fullerton 63, West Holt 60

D1-8=

Pleasanton 51, Elm Creek 40

Class D2 District Final=

D2-5=

St. Mary's 74, Hyannis 42

D2-6=

Parkview Christian 58, Wallace 33





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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team, 15-15, take the momentum of a six-game win streak into Thursday’s second round Region IX tournament game against Western Wyoming (27-4) in Sterling, Colo. at 3 p.m. (MT). MCC downed Lamar Community College at home Saturday, 89-64 for the team’s sixth straight win to open the tournament.

8qz6zcmoycnc8ubdThe remainder of the men’s Region IX Basketball Championship will be held at the Bank of Colorado Event Center in Sterling, Colo. Tournament passes are available for $25. A Thursday-only pass is $12 and student day passes are $5. All games will be livestreamed on the Northeastern Junior College Athletics YouTube channel with audio coverage provided for every game at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsLRo8BxSACzeAXBiluLXNA

The MCC-Western Wyoming game will be the second of four quarter-final games Thursday. The semifinals are set for Friday at 5 and 7 p.m. (MT) with the finals Saturday at 7 p.m. (MT).

The Indians have won six straight games including wins over Southeast CC, Trinidad State, Otero, Lamar, North Platte and Lamar again in the opening round of the Region IX Tournament. While all but the first of those six games have been at home, MCC’s margin of victories have been, 11, 11, nine, nine, 15 and 25. MCC has averaged 83.8 points in those six games (4.4 points more than the season average). Defensively MCC has given up an average of 70.8 points in those last six games (11.3 points per game fewer that the season average.)

Coach Kyle Drennan, in his first year at MCC and first year as a head coach. His team includes nine freshmen and three sophomore transfers. The coach is crediting much of the recent improvement to a defensive buy-in, offensive maturity and a young team that took a while to bond.

“There's a feeling that people still aren't taking McCook seriously," Drennan said after Saturday’s first-round win. “This team is like the land of misfit toys. Back in July, none of us had anywhere to go. Everybody who's playing right now had no team back in July. We all got left on the shelf, but you know what? Right now that’s motivating us. Now, were playing as a team and we’re playing the right way."

The Mustangs are ranked 15th in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Top 25 rankings. They were the top seed in the north division of Region IX and opened the tournament at home (in Rock Springs) with an 84-57 win over eighth seeded Northwest Wyoming.

Coach Steve Soza, is in his second year at Rock Springs, after spending the previous 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Northeastern Junior College. The Mustangs’ losses include: Nov. 16 (90-83 at Western Nebraska); Nov. 30 (at Salt Lake City College 93-83); Feb. 8 (94-93 at home against Casper College); and Feb. 15 (77-72 at Eastern Wyoming).

The Mustangs average 88.9 points per game, and give up 76.6 points per game. They shoot 47.9 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from the 3-point line. Western Wyoming averages 44.2 rebounds and 19.8 assists per game. Offensively, they are led by sophomore forward Manel Ayol averaging 16.9 points per game and freshman Dayne Prim, 16.5 PPG. A trio of sophomore guards are topping the 40 percent mark from the 3-point line led by Trey Marble who averages 10.3 points per game.

For the season MCC averages 79.4 points per game and allows 82.1. The Indians are shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from the 3-point line. MCC averages 35.5 rebounds and 10.8 assists per game.

Freshman Le’Tre Darthard (Denton, Texas) -- who scored 35 points Saturday in MCC’s opening round win over Lamar -- leads MCC in scoring with 17.5 points per game. He’s 41.7 percent from the 3-point line and averaged 5.5 rebounds per game.

Sophomore Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Canada) averages 16.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4 assists per game, and is a 38.5 percent shooter from the 3-point line. Sophomore Justin Costello (Omaha) scores 10.8 points per game, 3.4 rebounds and shoots 33.3 percent from the 3-point line.

In their only matchup this season, the Mustangs came to McCook on Nov. 22 and took it to the Indians from the opening tip, mounted a 23-point lead in the first half  and went on to an 84-66 win over the Indians. Western shot 63.3 percent in that first half and went on to make 11 of 21 shots from the 3-point line.

The winner of Thursday’s contest moves to a semi-final game Friday at 5 p.m. (MT) against the winner of the Thursday game between Otero Junior College and Gillette.

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

 

MEN’S REGION IX TOURNAMENT

FIRST-ROUND RESULTS

Western Nebraska 90, Trinidad State 82 (at Scottsbluff)

Otero Junior College 98, North Platte 62 (at La Junta, Colo.)

McCook 89, Lamar 64 (at McCook)

Casper 94, Laramie County 81 (at Casper)

Gillette 66, Eastern Wyoming 65 (at Gillette)

Central Wyoming 92, Sheridan 76 (at Riverton, Wyo.)

Western Wyoming 84, Northwest 57 (at Rock Springs, Wyo.)

 

SECOND-ROUND GAMES

THURSDAY, MARCH 5

(All games at Sterling, Colo.)

Game 1 -- Otero Junior College (26-6) vs. Gillette (26-5) at 1 p.m. (MT)

Game 2 -- McCook Community College (15-15) vs. Western Wyoming (27-4) at 3 p.m. (MT)

Game 3 -- Casper College (26-5) vs. Western Nebraska (19-11) at 5 p.m. (MT)

Game 4 -- Northeastern Junior College (23-7) vs Central Wyoming (21-10) at 7 p.m. (MT)

 

SEMIFINALS MARCH 6

            Game 5 -- Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m. (MT)

            Game 6 -- Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m. (MT)

 

FINALS MARCH 7

            GAME 7 – Game 5 winner vs Game 6 winner. 7 p.m. (MT)





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The McCook Community College women’s basketball team has advanced to the second-round of the Region IX Tournament for the second straight year and will take on the host, Casper College Thursday at 7 p.m. (MT). The Indians advanced to the tournament semifinals after beating Lamar Community College Friday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center, 66-38.

All remaining tournament games will be played on the Casper College campus at “Swede” Erickson Gym in Wyoming. One day passes are $6. Student and seniors (60 and older) are $4. All games are available on the Casper College Athletics Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb3DHh28nv3LmxO20UKdDsw?view_as=subscriber

The MCC-Casper game is last of four quarterfinal games Thursday. The semi-finals are set for Friday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (MT) with the finals Saturday at 6 p.m. (MT). Other first round games include Western Nebraska and Sheridan at 1 p.m. (MT); Northeastern Junior College against Gillette at 3 p.m. and Otero Junior College vs Eastern Wyoming at 5 p.m. (MT). The bracket has gone according to form with the top eight seeds all winning.

The Lady Indians topped the 20-win total for the second year and enter Thursday’s game at 22-9. MCC was 5-5 against Region IX south division opponents. The Lady Indians were the third seed in the south behind No. 1 Western Nebraska (26-1, 10-0) and second-seeded Otero (21-5, 8-2)

Casper claimed the top spot in the north division with a 13-1 mark, are 26-3 on the season and ranked No. 16 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Top 25 poll.

The Thunderbirds score an average of 74.2 points per game while giving up 55.2. They shoot 43.5 percent from the field and 37 percent from the 3-point line. Casper averages 42.2 rebounds and 14.6 assists per game

Freshman guard Natalia Otkhmezuri leads the T-Birds with 15.5 points per game, shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 44.1 percent from the 3-point line. Freshman forward Marija Bakic averages 10.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and redshirt sophomore forward Mya Jones averages 10.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

The Thunderbirds won their first seven games of the year before falling at Western Nebraska 78-70 on Nov. 19. Casper won six straight before losing at home to Miles Community College 63-60 on Dec. 14. Since a 74-64 loss at Laramie County Community College on Jan. 11, Casper has won 12 straight games.

The Lady Indians began the season 10-1 before losing a pair of road games against Region IX north opponents Dec. 6-7, Laramie County and Eastern Wyoming. After starting the second semester with a blowout loss to then No. 7 ranked Western Nebraska, MCC went 6-1 the rest of January and 6-4 in February. MCC did finish 6-0 to win the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference for the second straight year.

The Lady Indians seemed to find their identity on the defensive side of the ball. After allowing an average of 62.9 points game through the first 22 games, MCC established a defensive change in Game 23 – a home game Feb. 7 against then No. 3 nationally-ranked Western Nebraska. In the game, MCC held the Cougars to six first-quarter points and 24 points at halftime taking a 29-24 lead. While the Cougars responded in the second half and won 73-51, the defensive energy helped spark the team down the final portion of the schedule.

MCC went into a stretch holding seven of the next nine opponents to 11 points or less in the first quarter. In the six wins during that stretch MCC held opponents to 7.8 first quarter points. Since the Western Nebraska game, the Lady Indian defense has clamped down to allow 52.7 points per game. 

Offensive consistency has been the main bugaboo for MCC. The Lady Indians average 74.3 points per game, shoot 43.9 percent from the field and 32 percent from the 3-point line, averaging 42.1 rebounds and 16.6 assists per game.

Five Lady Indians average double-figures led by sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) who averages 14.2 points per game, 8.8 rebounds and shoots 58.1 percent from the field (22nd best in the nation.) Her 210 defensive rebounds gathered this season is eight best among all Division I NJCAA players and her 62 blocks on the season are 15th best in the country.

Sophomore Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain), in her first year with MCC after transferring from Miles Community College (Mont.) has averaged 11.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. She made 47 of 145 shots from the 3-point line (32.4 percent) and made 65 of 85 free throws (76.4 percent). Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla, Spain) averages 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She shoots 53.4 percent from the field and made 38 of 90 3-point shots (42.2 percent).

Freshmen Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) and Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) both average 10.3 points per game. Dartest is shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 35.3 from the 3-point line and averages 2.3 assists per game. Whiting is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game and is shooting 52.3 percent from the field.

A win on Thursday would put MCC in the second semi-final game Friday at 7 p.m. against the winner of the Thursday game between Otero Junior College and Eastern Wyoming.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

 

WOMEN'S REGION IX TOURNAMENT

First Round, February 28

Eastern Wyoming 88, Central Wyoming 44 (at Eastern Wyoming)

Gillette 70, Northwest Wyoming 58 (at Gillette)

McCook 66, Lamar 38 (at McCook)

Otero 89, Western Wyoming 61 (at La Junta, Colo.)

Saturday, Feb. 29

Sheridan 87, Laramie County CC 53 (at Sheridan)

Sunday, March 1

Northeastern Junior College 96, Trinidad State 77 (at Sterling, Colo.)

 

Quarterfinals, March 5

(at Casper, Wyoming)

Game 1 -- Western Nebraska (27-1) vs. Sheridan (19-12), 1 p.m. (MT)

Game 2 – Northeastern (16-11) vs. Gillette (27-4), 3 p.m. (MT)

Game 3 – Otero (22-5) vs. Eastern Wyoming (18-13), 5 p.m. (MT

Game 4 -- Casper College (26-3) vs. McCook (22-9), 7 p.m. (MT)

Semifinals, March 6

Game 5 -- Game 1 and Game 2 winners, 5 p.m. (MT)

Game 6 -- Game 3 and Game 4 winners, 7 p.m. (MT)

Finals, March 7

Game 7 -- Semifinals winners, 6 p.m. (MT)




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North Platte Community College Sophomore Sydney Mullin, of North Platte, signed her letter of intent to continue her collegiate volleyball career with Hastings College on Monday. Mullin started all 31 matches for the Knights this past season and finished second on the team in points and kills.

A graduate of Maxwell High School, Mullin was named to the All Region IX team and All Region IX tournament team as well after helping to lead the Knights to a tournament championship.




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Janelle Higgins, head softball coach and student success coach for North Platte Community College, has been nominated as a Woman of Achievement. She will be recognized at an award ceremony from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Express in North Platte.

The Woman of Achievement program is sponsored by The North Platte Telegraph and NebraskaLand National Bank every year to recognize outstanding women in the community.

Higgins was nominated in the category of Education based on her commitment to developing well-rounded student athletes on her team. According to her nomination letter, Higgins teaches her team valuable lessons in respect, hard work, success and how to have fun.

She is adamant about making sure her players are not only reaching their academic potential and achieving success on the field, but that they are also learning the importance of citizenship. She makes sure they give back to the community that supports them, and she leads by example.

Higgins seeks out opportunities to volunteer, organizes charitable events and demonstrates leadership and compassion at every turn. Over the years, that has included scraping and painting outbuildings at the Lincoln County Historical Museum, helping with an old-fashioned baseball game at Scouts Rest Ranch and cleaning up trails at Potter’s Pasture.

Higgins and her team also helped organize a Campfire Race at Potter’s Pasture and directed traffic, set up and cleaned up after the Doggy Dash run.

Every year, they assist the college’s rodeo team with its hometown rodeo at the Wild West Arena by grilling food for the concession stand, selling concessions and handing out programs.

Her team organizes a “Strike Out Childhood Cancer”- event in conjunction with its home games against McCook. Admission is a container of Play-Doh, which is donated to Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.

Higgins often invites children with cancer to throw out the first pitch at the team’s games. She is also involved with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers by pairing them with local teams, clubs and community groups.

If Higgins hears a child is being bullied at school, she has her team eat lunch with and attend recess with that child to make him or her feel special and loved.

Higgins’ team can be found boxing up food for the Salvation Army’s holiday food drives and conducting haunted trail and haunted village fundraisers in conjunction with Whitetail Screen Print and the Lincoln County Historical Museum.

Every year, they organize a three-on-three basketball tourney and balloon release in memory of former NPCC basketball player Samson Charles Bidan who died in a kayaking accident.

Higgins’ volunteerism isn’t limited to activities with the softball team, however. She is also on the board of directors for the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lincoln County, which provides support and advocates for abused and neglected children within the court system.

Higgins volunteers to cheer on and hand out water to athletes in local triathlons and participates in an annual NEBRASKAland Days Cowboy Kickball competition to raise money for rodeo team scholarships.

She also gives back as a member of the North Platte Jaycees through various fundraisers and coat and toy drives. Higgins has been involved with the TeamMates Mentoring program, Double Dips Dine Out for the Rape and Domestic Abuse Program and has hosted a benefit softball game between the North Platte police and fire departments.

Tickets for the Women of Achievement banquet will be available at the door. They can also be purchased through The North Platte Telegraph at a cost of $25 per person or $165 for a table of eight.




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LaJunta, CO – The North Platte Community College men’s basketball team fell to Otero JC Saturday night. The Knights season comes to an end with a 98-62 loss in the opening round of the Region IX Tournament.

NPCC fell behind early as they struggled from the field in the first half, shooting 21.9 percent from the field. The slow start saw the Knights trailing by 23 points heading into halftime.

In the second half, the Knights offense bounced back as they shot 48.3 percent from the field. But Otero JC had just too much firepower on the evening and held off all NPCC runs. The Knights finished the game shooting 34.4 percent while Otero JC shot 48.6 percent from the field. Otero JC also outrebounded the Knights 54-29.

NPCC was led in scoring by DaVonte Tharpe, of Macon, Ga., who finished with 17 points while Luke Christen, of Anselmo finished with 12 points.

NPCC finishes the season 8-20 with the loss. Otero JC moves on to the Region IX quarterfinal round.




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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has withdrawn its appeal of NCAA penalties against its men’s basketball program and will not lay in this month's ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets received a one-year ban on postseason play as well as scholarship reductions and limits on official visits. By saying it would accept those penalties this year, Georgia Tech is assured of being eligible to compete in the postseason next year and beyond.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says it has rewarded basketball coach Brad Underwood for a significant jump this season, giving him a three-year contract extension through 2026. The move comes with the 23rd-ranked Illini challenging for the Big Ten Conference championship in Underwood's third season after going 26-39 during his first two years at the helm. They are 20-9 overall and tied for second in conference play with Michigan State and Wisconsin at 12-6, a game behind Maryland.

UNDATED (AP) — Kansas is the unanimous No. 1 in a week of upheaval in men’s college basketball. The Jayhawks received all 64 first-place votes from the media panel in The Associated Press poll. Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five. Sixth-ranked Kentucky is followed by Florida State, Seton Hall, Maryland and Louisville.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — NHL general managers seem unlikely to suggest changes to the emergency backup goaltender policy, even after 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres became one of the biggest stories of the season by winning a game for Carolina last month. The issue was among the discussion points during the first three days of GM meetings. The apparent consensus was that emergency goaltenders are called upon so rarely that any reaction now would likely feel like an overreaction.

UNDATED (AP) — U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics, according to his manager. Johnson's name was removed from the Olympic golf ranking this afternoon. At No. 5 in the world ranking, he currently would have been No. 3 among Americans behind Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas. Countries are allowed a maximum of four players in golf provided they are among the top 15 in the world ranking.




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