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The North Platte Community College Knights Basketball team has signed two recruits out of Spring Creek Academy in Texas. German Plotnikov, a 6’6” guard from Belarus and Timur Krupalijah, a 6’9” forward from Bosnia both played their senior year at the Plano, Tx academy.

Plotnikov was named to the 1st team All-State Texas Christian Athletic League Division. He averaged 20 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 45% from behind the three-point line. German served as captain for the Spring Creek Spartans during the 2019-20 season and helped lead them to a 25-8 record.

Plotnikov was named Most Valuable Player of the Cedar Hill Classic where he scored a career high 36 points in the semifinal game. German has also competed in multiple FIBA European events as a member of the Belarus U18 National Team. “German was an efficient scoring threat who plays to his strengths and reads the game very well,” commented NPCC Head Coach Kevin O’Connor. “He accomplished all this while also maintaining over a 3.5 GPA during the 2019-20 school year.”

Timur Krupalijah was named to the 2nd team All-State Texas Christian Athletic League Division. Timur let the Spring Creek Spartans with 7.5 rebounds per game and two blocks per game. He also finished as the third leading scorer with 10 points per game. Krupalijah served as a team captain for the Bosnian U18 National Tea, while competing in FIBA European events. 

“Timur has a mixture of athleticism and skill which allows him to bring versatility to the roster,” commented Coach O’Connor. “His quickness allows him to switch pick and rolls where he is comfortable guarding away from the basket while also having time to block shots and rebound. He maintained over a 3.5 GPA during the 2019-20 school year.”




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Lincoln – The Nebraska men’s basketball program added one of most prolific 3-point shooters in the country, as Trevor Lakes has transferred to Nebraska.

Lakes, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward from Lebanon, Ind., spent the last three seasons at the University of Indianapolis, where he totaled nearly 1,000 points and 400 rebounds and helped the Greyhound program to a 62-25 record in that stretch. His 235 3-pointers in three seasons ranked fifth in program history. Lakes enters the 2020-21 season among the top-20 players nationally among all NCAA basketball players in 3-pointers, while he is a career 41 percent shooter from beyond the arc. Lakes has one year of college eligibility remaining.

“We are excited to have Trevor join our program,” Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He is an elite shooter with size and a high basketball IQ, and his skillset and understanding of the game will allow us to be creative in how we can maximize his abilities in our system. Trevor is a proven scorer who brings experience and a competitive spirit that will push everyone in our gym to play at a higher level.”

Last season, Lakes averaged a team-high 15.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range to pace Indianapolis to a 24-6 record and a No. 1 seed in the 2020 NCAA Division II Regional Tournament.  A second-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference pick, he led the conference in 3-pointers per game (3.4/gm) while ranking in the top 15 in the GLVC in both scoring (14th) and rebounding (12th). He reached double-figures 26 times, including nine games with at least 20 points, and recorded nine games with at least five 3-pointers. His season high in 2019-20 was a 25-point outburst against Maryville (Mo.) when he went 9-of-16 from the field, including seven 3-pointers. He posted a double-double at Bellarmire with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Lakes also shined in an exhibition win over Loyola (Chicago) with 22 points, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, and six boards.

He collected All-GLVC honors as a sophomore, as he led the team in scoring at 14.1 ppg, while pulling down 5.5 rebounds per contest. Lakes paced the conference with 3.5 3-pointers per game and shot 39.7 percent from 3-point range, while ranking among conference leaders in scoring (11th), rebounding (12th) and blocked shots (0.7, 12th). He reached double figures 20 times, including five contests with at least 20 points. He tallied a career-high 27 points against Elmhurst and collected his first career double-double against Quincy with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

Lakes saw action in 28 games as a freshman, averaging 5.6 points per game while shooting a team-best 45 percent from 3-point range. He had a season-high 21 points against Bluefield State and racked up 19 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 from 3-point range, at Tiffin.

He played his high school at Lebanon High School, averaging 22.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game as a senior, earning IBCA Honorable Mention All-State honors. He also was an All-Area Honorable Mention by the Indy Star and High Honorable Mention All-State by the AP. He played four seasons of basketball at Lebanon High School and one season of golf in high school.




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(GI Little League/Facebook) On Sunday night, we held a board meeting to discuss plans for the future of our baseball and softball season. At this meeting we came to the — unfortunate — unanimous decision that we are going to not have a summer baseball or softball season in Grand Island. A few notes that went into our decision making and questions you may have we will try to answer below:

1. Cases in our community continue to grow — 954 as of Monday’s update. When we posted our survey update asking for feedback, we were hopeful that we may see a decline in cases with a hope of Hall County possibly getting a Phase 1 reopening by mid-May. We no longer think that is the case.

2. Many cases we see are people in the age ranges who will want to come to our games: 50 cases up to age 19 and in the parent ranges for ages 20-49 we have 492 cases.

3. Had we been able to get to Phase 1 by mid-May we would have to had 28 days of declines and then a mid-June start date was possible. With the data we continue to see we don’t think Grand Island will have a chance at Phase 3 (when we could justifiably have a game) until just after July 1st on a best case scenario.

4. This reality left us with no other choice but to not have a season and we stand behind this based on the current status of how the Coronavirus is affecting our community.

5. Thinking long-term about the beginning of the school year we did not want to do anything that may jeopardize the return to school. Some things are more important than Little League.

6. We are hopeful that if there is some normalcy that returns in July that we may be able to work with some some local baseball and softball organizations to have some free camps and clinics for our players.

7. REFUNDS: We are committed to refunding entry fees to all participants and families. As we work through this we will be in touch. There is a possibility that card fees and the $3 registration fee and not refunded but all else will be.

 

We are hopeful we can get everything back but will be in communication via this page and e-mail on how this process will work. It is our hope we can get this all completed in the next 2-3 weeks. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to having a wonderful season in 2021. Stay home. Do your part. We are all in this together.

 





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Kearney, Neb. – Former Nebraska-Kearney defensive end Hinwa Allieu was expected to join the NFL's Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, April 26th.

The native of Sierra Leone and a graduate of The Avalon School (Gaithersburg, Md.) becomes the 12th Loper since 2000 to receive a tryout or sign an undrafted free agent deal with an NFL club. Linebacker Tyke Kozeal (Sargent) was the most recent pro Loper, spending time with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. ​

Depending on the current COVID-19 situation, NFL teams will hold three-day post-Draft rookie minicamps either May 1-4 (Friday-Sunday) or May 8-11 (Friday-Sunday). Later in May and in early June are team's OTA's (organized team practice activities) with training camp set for July. 

Allieu began playing football in high school and spent four years at UNK. The three-time All-MIAA selection recorded 160 tackles in 44 games played. His total included 25.5 tackles for loss including 15.5 sacks, seventh most in school history. Finally the Construction Management major had 14 QB hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in helping UNK win 16 games.

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Nebraska twin defensive linemen Carlos and Khalil Davis were both selected on the third day of the NFL Draft Saturday. The Davis twins were All-Big Ten selections on the football field and All-America discus throwers in track and field during their Husker careers.
 
The Davises are the first brothers in the history of Nebraska football to be selected in the same NFL Draft. They are also the second twins in Husker history to both be chosen in the NFL Draft and are among 11 sets of brothers who played at Nebraska and were then drafted.

Khalil was the first Husker selected, as he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round with the 194th overall pick. Carlos, the older of the Davis twins by five minutes, was taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round with the No. 232 overall pick.

Khalil is the 11th Husker to be selected by Tampa Bay and the first since Kenny Bell in 2015. Davis joins a Buccaneer defense that features former Husker All-Americans Ndamukong Suh and Lavonte David, both of whom have been first-team All-Pro selections in their NFL careers. Nebraska inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud, the Huskers’ all-time leading tackler, was also drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and Ruud spent six seasons with the Buccaneers during his eight-year professional career. Nebraska has another tie to Tampa Bay, as the Bucs’ general manager is Jason Licht, who was born in Fremont and was a member of the Husker football team from 1989 to 1991.

Carlos is the 15th Husker to be selected by Pittsburgh, but just the second this century and the first since Keith Williams in 2011. Davis was the lone defensive linemen chosen by the Steelers in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he is the first Husker defensive lineman to be drafted by the organization. Davis will get the chance to play for Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who also coached Nebraska head coach Scott Frost when Frost was a safety with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003, his final season in the NFL.


Khalil Davis, DL, 6th Round, 194th Pick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Khalil Davis improved throughout his Husker career, which saw him start as a 4-3 defensive tackle before switching to defensive end in a 3-4 scheme for his final three seasons. A two-time All-Big Ten honoree, Davis made 106 tackles and had 26 tackles for loss and 13.0 sacks in 47 career games.

Davis played in 12 games in 2016, and two of his five tackles as a redshirt freshman came behind the line of scrimmage. He played in every game as a sophomore, totaling 15 tackles with four TFLs, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass breakup, setting the stage for a productive final two seasons. Davis was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection as a junior in 2018, when he led the Husker defensive line with 41 tackles, eight TFLs and 3.0 sacks, all of which were career highs. Davis then eclipsed each of those totals en route to third-team All-Big Ten recognition as a senior. In 2019, Davis again led all of Nebraska’s defensive linemen in tackles (45), and he led all Huskers with 12 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks.


Nebraska’s Defensive Lineman of the Year in both 2018 and 2019, Davis also showed his strength as a thrower for the Husker track and field team. He finished third in the discus at the 2016 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and earned honorable-mention All-America honors with a 23rd-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

 
Carlos Davis, DL, 7th Round, 232nd Pick, Pittsburgh Steelers

Carlos Davis was a four-year force on the Husker defensive line, playing both defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme and defensive end in a 3-4 system. He played in 48 games with 36 starts, totaling 125 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Davis also broke up eight passes and had 11 quarterback hurries.

Davis played in every game as a redshirt freshman in 2016, earning honorable-mention Big Ten All-Freshman team honors after registering 24 tackles, five TFLs and 2.0 sacks as a defensive tackle. He moved to defensive end and started all 12 games as a sophomore in 2017, finishing with a career-high 42 tackles and six quarterback hurries. In his junior season, Davis was a 2018 honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick after he made 27 tackles and broke up five passes, the most by a Nebraska defensive lineman since Ndamukong Suh in 2009. In his senior season, Davis set career highs with six tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks, while totaling 32 tackles.

In addition to being recognized as an all-conference player on the gridiron, Davis’ strength and athletic ability were also on display as one of the top discus throwers in the country. Davis was a two-time All-American in the event, earning second-team All-America accolades with a 16th-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He was an honorable-mention All-America selection in 2018, finishing 23rd at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.




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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up the first round of the NFL draft when the Super Bowl champions picked LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the 32nd overall selection. The Chiefs were long rumored to have interest in trading down since they have just five selections during the three-day draft. The Chiefs wound up having their pick of running backs after none had been taken in the first round. Edwards-Helaire was picked because of the way his game fits the Chiefs' scheme, particularly his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.



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Indians Sign Golfer from The Netherlands via Florida

The McCook Community College golf team has signed another recruit for the upcoming golf season.

Michael Boer, from the Netherlands via Florida is the latest Indian commit. Boer has been attending high school in Florida since his sophomore year.

He is another talented international player that is going to be a big asset for our team come fall,” said MCC Golf Coach Tyler Loop.

When Boer and his mother visited McCook, it was on a very snowy day.

“I felt bad that they made such a long trip from Florida and because of the weather, they were not able to get the full MCC golf experience, but the good news was he left with a scholarship offer and committed very soon after,” Loop said.

The coach said that Boer plays and practices most of the year since he's doing high school in Florida.

“I have no doubt he going to fit in very well at McCook and be a big part of our effort to meet our goal of winning our region and qualifying for nationals,” Loop said.

 






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Matt Wiemers Receives Gold Star Award

Andrea Gallagher | April 20, 2020

To honor their100th anniversary in 2020, the USTA Missouri Valley is recognizing 100 deserving recipients with the Gold Star Award. This award recognizes contributions that recipients have made in growing the game of tennis in their community. One of the first Nebraska winners, just announced this month, is Matt Wiemers of McCook.

 

When Matt Wiemers played tennis at McCook Senior High School in the 1980’s, he never imagined he would return years later as the head tennis coach. After all, his passions were basketball and volleyball. He even played basketball at McCook Community College, and later coached there as well. However, he quickly discovered a new passion: tennis.

 

“I enjoy tennis because it requires so many facets, athleticism, strategy, mental toughness and drive,” Wiemers explained. “As a player I prefer singles because I want all the pressure on me.  But now as a coach, I love teaching doubles and the fast pace and quick reflexes it takes to be a proficient player.”

 

Wiemers has been coaching boys' and girls' high school tennis for twenty years in McCook. He’s also an elementary school P.E. teacher.  He decided to offer a no-cut tennis program at the high school level, and has never looked back on that decision.

 

“Running a no-cut program requires more time from coaches, flexibility from our players and families, and a school that supports what you do,” he said. “With the larger team numbers and only two coaches, we have split our teams into two practice sessions which provides much better one-on-one coaching.”

 

Wiemers and his wife Traci Wiemers, along with several current and former standout players, also put on summer tennis camps in the local community that continue to grow each year. They started the camps in 2000 with 12 participants. Now, more than 100 kids attend each summer.  “We are so proud of the programs we have built and the many opportunities tennis offers to the students of our community and Southwest Nebraska,” Wiemers added. “We look forward to continuing to build the sport and finding new avenues to better enrich our players, both young and old.”

 

Normally during this time of year, Wiemers would be out on the courts daily with his girls’ team, practicing and playing matches. However, the COVID-19 suspension of play has put a stop to this.  Instead, he is in regular contact with them either by email, text or a Zoom video meeting, as well as sending out weekly “cyber results”. He hopes to have a senior tennis event once the restrictions are lifted. 

 

The recipients of the Gold Star Award will receive personal items to keep, a plaque and a special gift. Congratulations to all of the Gold Star Award recipients.






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Lincoln – University of Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed Saturday that Charlie Easley has entered the transfer portal and will transfer following the spring semester.

Easley, a 6-foot-2 guard who walked on to the Husker program out of Lincoln Pius X, played in 28 games, including four starts, as a freshman in 2019-20. He averaged 1.9 points, 0.5 assists and 0.6 steals per game and tallied five or more points on six occasions, highlighted a season-high eight points and three steals in 16 minutes against Indiana on Jan. 18. He had multiple steals on five occasions, including three each against Indiana and Michigan.

“We loved having Charlie as part of our program over the last year,” Hoiberg said. “He worked hard to earn a scholarship for the spring semester and took advantage of the opportunity to earn playing time last season. That put Charlie in a position where he can be a significant contributor for a program. I thank Charlie for his contributions and everyone in our program wishes him the best in the future.”

(Note outside of the Nebraska release) Easley announced on his twitter page that he would be attending the University of South Dakota State. 




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Trio of MCC Golfers Receive Post Season Recognition

NORMAN, Okla. — McCook Community College sophomore golfer Chesney Tatman (North Platte) was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association all-District team this week. The team was selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Tatman was also one of three MCC golfers to be named to the All-Region IX second team along with sophomores Kyle Zimbelman (North Platte) and KC Carlson (Delta, Colo.)

Five golfers from Region IX were named to the PING District I team which combines teams from Region IX and Region I (Arizona). In addition to Tatman, five members from Eastern Arizona and four Eastern Wyoming Lancers were named to the team.

The all-Region IX team is based on points earned during the season. This year the Covid-19 virus prevented teams from competing in the second half of the season this spring, so the points were based on individual performances during the fall portion of the schedule. Eastern Wyoming also dominated the Region IX first-team with four players selected in: Jo Vin Tan (40 points), Tomas Kubata (36 points), Mason Hale (32 points) and Lucas Howell (28 points.)

Three Indians and a Lancer made up the second team: Tatman (23 points), Zimbelman (22 points),

RJ Moya, Eastern Wyoming (22 points) and Carlson 17 points.

Tatman finished fifth in the individual standings for the region and had a 76.2 gross score for the fall season and a low score of 72. Zimbelman carried a 76.3 gross score with a low score of 70 and Carlson, averaged 76.8 stokes per round with a low of 69.

In addition to post-season honors, MCC Coach Tyler Loop has announced that Tatman will be returning to MCC for another year.

“The NJCAA has granted student-athletes that didn't finish their season another year of eligibility so Chesney will be return while Kyle and KC are still deciding what they will do,” Loop said. Last week the other MCC sophomore, Trevor Oberg signed a letter of intent to continue his golf career this fall at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina.

The Indians finished the year in second place behind Eastern Wyoming in the team standings. At the half-way point of the season the Lancers had 57 points to 45 for MCC, Lamar was third with 26 points, Northeastern Junior College fourth with 22 points, Central Wyoming fifth with 12 points and Otero Junior College was sixth with six points.

In October, the Indians appeared in the top 20 national JUCO rankings at No. 19 and were poised to make their third straight trip to the NJCAA national tournament when the NJCAA cancelled spring sports and prevented the start of the spring golf season that was to have continued on March 19.

 






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ThreeMCCPlayers Moving on to NCAA Programs

Three members of the McCook Community College men’s basketball team have signed letters of intent to continue their careers at NCAA Division 1 and Division II programs.

Sophomores Raheim Sulivan and Tyrik Singh signed with Marist and Saginaw Valley State respectively and freshman Le’Tre Darthard is leaving MCC after one year to continue his basketball career at a Division I school.

On Wednesday, Darthard (Denton, Texas) announced he is transferring to Division 1 Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah to play for a two-time NBA champion.

"Le'Tre is a player who impacts a game in many ways," said Utah Valley Coach Mark Madsen. "He is an elite shooter who shot 45 percent from the three-point line. He also excels on the defensive side of the ball where he loves guarding top players on other teams.”

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard/forward played his freshman season for the Indians averaging 18.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.0 assists per game. He shot 58.7 percent from the field and 44.9 percent from long range. He also shot nearly 80 percent from the free-throw line. Darthard scored 20 or more points in 10 games and 30 or more points three times. He earned multiple postseason accolades, including All Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference, All-Region IX third team, Region IX all-tournament team, and Omaha World Herald All-NJCAA team.

“Le'Tre has defined himself by adding new aspects to his game each summer. He plays the game with ferocity and emotion,” said Madsen. “In addition to being an excellent basketball player, Le'Tre is an elite student who will be pursuing business coursework.”

Masden, in his first season as the head coach of the Wolverines is a two-time NBA champion, former Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach, and former Stanford University basketball star. He took over the Utah Valley program after serving the previous six seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. He won NBA champion titles as a player with the Lakers (2001 and 2002), and he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves for six seasons.

The Wolverines play in the Western Athletic Conference and were 11-19 when the season was halted in March because of the Covid-19 virus.

Raheim Sullivan(Toronto, Ontario), a 6-1 guard and sophomore transfer from Moberly Area Community College, will continue his career with Marist, a D1 program in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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. He was named to the all-Region IX third team as well as first-team all-NCCAC honors and honorable mention on the Omaha World-Herald all Nebraska JUCO team.

The Red Foxes concluded their 2019-20 campaign March 10 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament and finished 7-23 under Coach John Dunne, in his second year with the team.

Also on Wednesday, sophomore transferTyrik Singh signed his letter of intent to play next season at Saginaw Valley State in University Center, just north of Saginaw, Mich. SVS is an NCAA Division II program.

Singh, a 6’7 forward from San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago, spent his freshman campaign at Daytona State before transferring to McCook for his sophomore season. He earned First Team All-NCCAC honors.

In a Tweet from the team’s social media feed, welcoming Singh to “The Valley” the Cardinals say the 6’7 forward “will bring a lot of skill and shooting ability to the Cardinals after graduating from McCook CC next month. High character, hard worker, great fit! Can’t wait to get to work, Tyrik!”

Singh started 29 of 31 games for the Indians this year averaging 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He shot 47.3 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from the 3-point line.

Under Coach Randy Baruth, in his eighth season with the Cardinals, the team went 16-13 and competed in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

 






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The Executive Director of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl (NSB), Dave MacDonald, and the NSB Executive Board (NSBEB), held a conference call Tuesday afternoon to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the 2020 Nebraska Shrine Bowl Game.
 
NSBEB Members expressed their shared concern about the COVID-19 pandemic, its influence on everyone’s lives, and the impact it has made on student athletes’ preparations for the North South Nebraska Shrine Bowl Game.
 
In the present circumstances and based on the latest information provided by the CDC and directives by the State of Nebraska, the NSB Executive Director and NSBEB has concluded that the 62nd Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl must be rescheduled to a date beyond June 6 but no later date than July 31, 2020 in order to safeguard the health of the student-athletes, everyone involved in the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Game, and the community of fans, family, friends, and supporters of the annual game.
 
The NSBEB will announce a revised date for the game after the new schedule for the weeks’ activities leading up to the game has been adjusted and renews its preparations for a dynamic event that will bring Nebraskans from across the state together again.




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Nebraska Coach Amy Williams announced on Wednesday, April 15, that three new Huskers will be joining the women's basketball program for the 2020-21 season. Graduate transfer MiCole Cayton, junior-to-be Bella Cravens and sophomore-to-be Nailah Dillard will join incoming freshmen Ruby Porter, Annika Stewart and Whitney Brown as the newest Huskers on the roster this fall.

Cayton, a 5-9 guard from Stockton, Calif., is expected to earn her bachelor's degree from California in May. Cayton, who originally signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Nebraska in November of 2015, was an honorable-mention All-Pac-12 Freshman Team selection in 2016-17 at Cal. She appeared in just four games over the next three seasons for the Bears because of knee injuries and is expected to have at least two years of eligibility remaining. She plans to pursue a master's degree in education at Nebraska.

Cravens, a 6-3 forward from Laie, Hawaii, will be a junior for the Huskers in 2020-21. She earned honorable-mention All-Big Sky accolades as a sophomore at Eastern Washington after averaging 10.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks for the Eagles as a sophomore in 2019-20.

Dillard rounds out the group of incoming Huskers. The 5-9 guard from Sacramento, Calif., appeared in 23 games at Texas Tech as a true freshman in 2019-20. She averaged 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in just under 10 minutes per game. 

Complete information on the three newest Huskers, including comments from Coach Amy Williams, can be found below.

MiCole Cayton
5-9, Graduate, Guard, Stockton, California (St. Mary's (Stockton)/California)

Nebraska Coach Amy Williams on MiCole Cayton:
"MiCole has an infectious competitive spirit and drive to be her very best. Her high energy and passion along with her experience as a collegiate athlete make her a great fit for our program."

MiCole Cayton hopes to put knee injuries behind her after choosing to transfer following her graduation from California. The 5-9 guard from Stockton, Calif., originally signed with the Huskers out of high school as part of a top-15 national recruiting class in November 2015.

In the midst of a coaching change at Nebraska, Cayton chose to stay closer to home at Cal and was an All-Pac-12 Freshman honorable-mention choice in 2016-17. She started 13 games as a freshman, including the last 12 games of the season for the Bears. That stretch of starts began with a career-high 18 points in a win over No. 13 UCLA.

In 34 games as a freshman for the Bears, Cayton averaged 5.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal.

She opened her sophomore season with 13 points in a win over Saint Mary's, but missed the remainder of the year after suffering a torn ACL. As a redshirt sophomore in 2018-19, Cayton returned to the court in a debut against her hometown school, Pacific, before scoring her only points of the season in a win over San Diego. She played three total games in her third year before undergoing surgery to repair cartilage damage in her right knee.

Cayton missed the entire 2019-20 season with a knee injury.

High School
Cayton was rated as the No. 78 player overall in the nation and the No. 17 guard by ESPN. The WBCA High School All-American averaged 12.0 points and 2.0 steals per game as a senior, while leading St. Mary's (Stockton) to a 28-1 record and a No. 2 final national ranking in the espnW 25 Power Rankings. She was one of six finalists for Cal-Hi Sports State Player of the Year. She led all scorers with 21 points to power St. Mary's to a CIF section title over Mater Dei and former UConn star Katie Lou Samuelson. Cayton was a Cal-Hi Sports Elite All-State, All State Division I, Underclass Junior and Underclass Sophomore selection. Cayton was also the Northern California preps Player of the Year. She played club basketball for the California Storm under Coach George Quintero, and she was a member of the Nike Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team.

Personal
The daughter of Michael Cayton and Karen Mercado Cayton, MiCole was born July 31, 1998. She plans to earn her bachelor's degree in legal studies from California in May, before pursuing a master's degree in education from Nebraska. She was also on the board of the Black Student-Athletes Committee at California. She loves the outdoors and Cornhusker fans.

Bella Cravens
6-3, Junior, Forward, Laie, Hawaii (Maryknoll School/Eastern Washington)

Nebraska Coach Amy Williams on Bella Cravens:
"Bella is an excellent athlete who is motivated to become the best player she can. We have a strong need for the things she brings to the table, and we believe her best basketball is still in front of her. We can't wait to pour into her as a Husker."

An honorable-mention All-Big Sky selection as a sophomore at Eastern Washington, Bella Cravens joins the Nebraska program for her final two seasons beginning in 2020-21. Cravens, a 6-3 forward from Laie, Hawaii, played in 28 games with 26 starts for the Eagles in 2019-20. She averaged 10.4 points while leading the Big Sky with 8.5 rebounds per game, which ranked No. 92 nationally. Cravens produced six double-doubles on the season, including a career-high 28 points and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes of action against Northern Arizona (Feb. 22). She hit 10-of-12 field goals against NAU just two days after going 8-for-8 from the field against Sacramento State (Feb. 18). She had 18 points and 15 rebounds against Portland State (Feb. 15) and 20 points, career highs of 16 rebounds and five steals, along with a season-high four blocks against Southern Utah (Feb. 27). During that four-game stretch (Feb. 15-27), Cravens averaged 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.8 steals while hitting 69.6 percent (32-46) of her field goal attempts. For the season, she scored in double figures 14 times, including two 20-point efforts, while grabbing 10 or more rebounds on 10 occasions. Cravens ranked fifth in the Big Sky and 66th nationally with 1.7 blocks per game. She totaled 96 blocks in two seasons at Eastern Washington, which ranked ninth on the school career charts.

Cravens competed in 32 games with 17 starts as a true freshman for EWU in 2018-19. She averaged 3.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in just 15.8 minutes per game. Cravens had a season-high 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds for her first career double-double against Idaho State (March 12). She added a career-high five blocks and a season-best 15 rebounds against Sacramento State (Feb. 28). She finished the season with two games in double-figure points and three with double-digit rebounds. Off the court, Cravens earned a spot on the Big Sky Winter All-Academic Team.

High School
Cravens led the Maryknoll School to four consecutive Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) titles during her tenure. She also led the Spartans to runner-up finishes at the state tournament in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
 
Following her senior season, she claimed first-team all-state, first-team defensive all-state and ILH Player-of-the-Year honors. She was an HHSAA Hall of Honor recipient. Cravens earned four letters in basketball and three in volleyball.
 
Personal
The daughter of Sharlene and Mark Cravens, Isabella was born May 7, 2000. She has five siblings, including older sisters Natallia and Cybil, older brother William, and younger brothers Braxton and Gabriel. Bella plans to major in communication studies at Nebraska.
 
Nailah Dillard
5-9, Sophomore, Guard, Sacramento, Calif. (Inderkum/Texas Tech)

Nebraska Coach Amy Williams on Nailah Dillard:
"We are very excited to add Nailah to the Husker family. She brings another confident presence from behind the art, and she is also a player that is hungry to expand her game. She takes pride in playing on both ends of the court."

Nailah Dillard (pronounced NY-EE-luh) comes to Nebraska after spending her first collegiate season at Texas Tech.  The 5-9 guard from Sacramento, Calif., averaged 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in just under 10 minutes per game for the Lady Raiders.

Dillard appeared in 23 contests while making a pair of starts. She scored a career-high 10 points in a career-high 28 minutes in a win over Oklahoma. Dillard added a pair of steals while knocking down a career-high-tying three threes against the Sooners.

Dillard added nine points in 27 minutes the next time out against Big 12 champion Baylor. She hit a pair of threes against the Lady Bears.

Early in the season, Dillard scored nine points in just nine minutes in a win over Florida A&M. She established her career high with three threes against the Rattlers. She also grabbed a career-high four rebounds and dished out a career-best two assists against FAMU.

High School
Dillard was one of the top players in California at Inderkum High School in Sacramento. She averaged 22 points per game as a senior to earn second-team all-state honors. She competed for West Coast Premier, one of the top travel teams in California, and she led the EYBL in three-point percentage as a junior.

As a junior at Inderkum, she scored a career-high 40 points in a 68-36 win over Woodland (Jan. 10, 2018). Five days earlier, she scored 34 in a win over Yuba City. They were two of 14 games during Dillard's junior season in which she scored 25 or more points.

She was an honor roll student and graduated magna cum laude from Inderkum.

Personal
The daughter of Jason Dillard and Damia Dillard, Nailah was born Nov. 7, 2001. She has a twin sister, Naomi, and a younger sister, Samaya. Nailah is planning to major in political science at Nebraska.

"I chose Nebraska because I wanted to play for coaches who would invest in me and value me as a person on and off the court. I wanted to play for a program that values success, and I am looking forward to playing with teammates and for coaches who love to win as much as I do."





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Lincoln - University of Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg unveiled the Huskers spring recruiting class on Wednesday. The five-member class features graduate transfer Kobe Webster, junior college transfers Teddy Allen and Lat Mayen and Division I transfers Kobe King and Trey McGowens.  All five players possess Division I experience and have combined for 2,847 points, 807 rebounds, 536 assists and 242 steals during their collegiate careers.

“We are excited to bring in this five-man class that brings size, length, athleticism, scoring ability and experience,” Hoiberg said. “We feel as if we addressed our needs with this group and certainly elevated our program. This is a hard-working group that will bring energy and toughness every time they step out on the floor. When you add this class with the players who have had a year in our system, it will allow us to play a style which we think can be successful in the Big Ten.”

 

Player                             Pos.          Ht.                 Wt.           Hometown                        Last School

Teddy Allen                   G               6-5                 200           Mesa, Ariz.                         Western Nebraska CC

Kobe King                       G               6-4                 205           La Crosse, Wis.                  Wisconsin

Trey McGowens           G               6-4                 190           Pendleton, S.C.                 Pittsburgh

Lat Mayen                      F                6-9                 205           Adelaide, Australia           Chipola (Fla.) College

Kobe Webster               G               6-0                 170           Indianapolis, Ind.              Western Illinois

               
Teddy Allen spent the 2019-20 season at Western Nebraska Community College, where he led the nation in scoring. Allen earned first-team all-region accolades, as he averaged 31.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game last season. He led the country in field goals made (286) and ranked in the top 10 nationally in free throws made (third, 229), attempted (third, 260) and free throw percentage (eighth, 88.1). As a freshman in 2017-18, he played at West Virginia University, chipping in 7.0 points and 2.7 rebounds off the bench as the Mountaineers went 26-11 and reached the NCAA Sweet 16.

Kobe King committed to Nebraska in February of 2020 after playing 63 games, including 20 starts, at the University of Wisconsin. King started the first 19 games for the Badgers this past season, averaging 10.0 ppg on 46 percent shooting and ranked second on the team in assists through 19 contests. In Big Ten play, King was the Badgers’ leading scorer at 12.6 ppg on 52 percent shooting. He had 11 double-figures performances in 19 games, including a career-high 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting in a win over Indiana.

Lat Mayen played at Chipola (Fla.) College, where he earned first-team all-conference recognition after he averaged 11.8 points per game on 47 percent shooting along with 8.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He shot 38 percent from 3-point range (38-99) and 81.5 percent from the foul line. He was ranked the No. 34 junior player in the nation according to JucoRecruiting. Mayen was considered one of the top Australian recruits coming into college. In his two-year career at TCU, Mayen redshirted his first season and played just 17 games before season-ending knee injury in 2018-19.

Trey McGowens signed with Nebraska after starting the last two seasons at Pittsburgh, where he averaged double figures in both seasons. In 2019-20. he started 32 games, averaging 11.5 points, 3.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. He ranked in the top 15 in the ACC in steals (fourth), assists (10th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (15th, 1.26-to-1). A former top-100 recruit, McGowens burst on the scene as a freshman, averaging 11.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.7 assists per game. A two-time ACC Freshman of the Week, he




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Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch was announced as the sixth and final member of the 2020 University of Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame class on Wednesday, April 15. Crouch is joined in the 2020 class by Jordan Larson (volleyball), Amanda Burgoyne Vermilyea (bowling), Maurtice Ivy, Sam Francis (football/men’s track and field) and volleyball head coach Terry Pettit.

 

The Nebraska football team finished with a 55-9 record in Crouch’s five seasons on campus from 1997 to 2001. He was a redshirt freshman on the Huskers’ undefeated 1997 national championship team, and he led Nebraska back to the national championship game as a senior in 2001. Crouch was the 2001 Heisman Trophy winner and a two-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year (1999 and 2001). One of the greatest option quarterbacks in the history of college football, Crouch was selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in March of 2020.

 

An Omaha native, Crouch passed for nearly 5,000 yards and rushed for more than 3,700 yards in his career. Crouch was just the third player in NCAA history to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards. Including bowl games, Crouch accounted for 97 touchdowns in his career, throwing for 34 touchdowns, rushing for 61 scores and catching a pair of touchdown passes. He ended his career with the most rushing touchdowns and most 100-yard rushing games by any quarterback in NCAA history. In addition to his NCAA records, Crouch held 32 Nebraska records at the conclusion of his career. The only quarterback in Husker history to rush for 3,000 yards, Crouch still owns Nebraska all-time records for rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns.

 

The six members of the 2020 Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame class will be permanently enshrined at the University of Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame Plaza.

 

2020 Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Terry Pettit, Volleyball Head Coach (1977-99)
Jordan Larson, Volleyball (2005-08)
Amanda Burgoyne, Bowling (2004-07)
Maurtice Ivy, Women’s Basketball (1985-88)
Sam Francis, Football (1934-36); Men’s Track & Field (1935-37)
Eric Crouch, Football (1997-2001)
 

Eric Crouch, Football (1997-2001), Omaha, Nebraska

One of the top option quarterbacks in the history of college football, Eric Crouch was a Heisman Trophy winner and a two-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. In his career – including bowl games – Crouch passed for 4,975 yards and 34 touchdowns, while rushing for 3,730 yards and 61 touchdowns. He ended his career with the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in NCAA history, and his 17 100-yard rushing games were also the most by a quarterback in NCAA history. Crouch is still Nebraska’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns and rushing yards by a quarterback and his 97 total touchdowns are the most by any player in school history. He finished his career as only the third quarterback in NCAA history to rush for 3,000 yards and pass for 4,000 yards, and Crouch held 32 school records at the conclusion of his career. Crouch redshirted in his first season in 1997, when Nebraska captured the national championship. After starting five games the next season, Crouch was the Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 1999 while leading Nebraska to a 12-1 record, a Big 12 championship and a No. 3 final ranking. Crouch helped Nebraska to a 10-2 mark as a junior before leading the Huskers to the national title game as a senior, when he won the Heisman Trophy, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Davey O’Brien Quarterback Award and was the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. Nebraska finished with a 55-9 record in Crouch’s five seasons, and Crouch was 35-7 as the Huskers’ starting quarterback. Following his Husker career, Crouch was drafted as a receiver in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft. His No. 7 jersey is retired, and Crouch was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2020. Crouch earned his degree in exercise science from the University of Nebraska in 2001.




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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton guard Ty-Shon Alexander is declaring for the NBA draft with the option to return to school for his final season of eligibility. Alexander says he'll go through the evaluation process by league executives to determine if he should stay in the June 25 draft or withdrawal by the May 29 deadline. Alexander will forfeit his college eligibility if he hires an agent before that date. If Alexander returns to school, Creighton will have back all of its starters from the team that ranked No. 7 in the final Associated Press poll.



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The North Platte Community College Knights Volleyball team has signed another recruit for the 2020 season. Sarah Wamsley, of Sidney, NE., joins the Knights as a defensive specialist. Wamsley helped lead Sidney High School to a 32-4 record and an appearance at the state tournament.

“We are excited to add Sarah to our roster,” commented Head Coach Alexa McCall. “She will add depth in that position and make it competitive. She is also a great kid that will fit into our culture.”

The signing rounds out the 2020 roster for the Knights. On the upcoming group of freshmen for 2020, Coach McCall commented, “I think the incoming freshman are a solid group of kids, that will be ready to play. They already understand what we are looking for and what our team goals are. They are ready to get to work and I am excited to see how this 2020 season will go as it will be competitive in every position which will provide us options and make our practices better as well!”

 




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McCook Community College sophomore and McCook High School graduate Trevor Oberg signed his letter of intent this week to continue his golf career this fall at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina.

I'm really proud of Trevor as he deserves to be rewarded for his hard work,” said MCC golf Coach Tyler Loop. “He has come a long way in his two years at McCook and will continue to progress under his new coach.”

Oberg had an average gross score of 77.8 this season with his low score of 68 coming in the first day of the Otero Junior College tournament Sept. 26 in La Junta, Colo. He finished fourth in the two-day tournament with a two-day score of 144.

“Trevor works harder on his golf game than anyone I've ever seen and I know his new coach and teammates will be impressed with his determination,” Loop said.

While the Covid-19 pandemic prevented the team from continuing its season this spring, Oberg was 10th in the Region IX individual standings with the 15 points earned in 12 Fall tournament dates. He earned standings points in all six of the Fall tournaments.

“My only regret with Trevor is that he didn't get to finish his career at McCook proper due to Covid-19 as we were well on our way to qualifying for nationals and Trevor was a major part of that,” Loop said.






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The McCook Community College has added three more players to the 2020-2021 squad adding a power-hitting corner infielder from Colorado, a pitcher from Wisconsin and an Iowa power hitter.

Ashland Baca, Byers, Colo., signed her letter of intent to play softball and pursue a business degree when she comes to campus.

According to MCC Coach Kevin Kaalberg Baca is a power-hitting corner infielder who is a multi-sport athlete, as a four-year varsity letter-winner for both basketball and softball.

Playing both outfield and infield, Baca racked up many accolades over the last four years as a Strasburg Indian, landing herself three Patriot League All-Conference nominations, an All-State Honorable Mention, and a First Team All-State selection.

During her four-year career, she earned two state championships, a runner up and a third-place finish. 

Academically, she was also selected for the Academic All-State First Team. This year, Ashland was ranked fourth in the state for home runs and was in the top 20 in six other state-ranked categories. At the plate, Baca averaged .392 over the course of four years smacking out 16 home runs and driving in 94 runs.

Ashland was recently added to the Strasburg Wall of Fame as an acknowledgeable athlete. Wrapping up her high school career, she looks forward to playing more softball and pursuing a Business Degree.

Avery O’Neilis a pitcher/first baseman from Ellsworth, Wis. who “moves the ball very well up and down to keep hitters off-balance” according to Kaalberg. “She also brings a good bat to the lineup.”

She grew up with her mom, dad and younger brother while attending Ellsworth High School. She was also a varsity volleyball player.

During high school she compiled a 53-11 record with 393 innings pitched, 456 strikeouts, and a 1.99 ERA. She is a three-time first-team all-conference honoree and after her junior year she was named first-team all-district.

She is a student representative for her school board and a school store manager.

“I have been on the clay target team for four years, I like to be outdoors and play with my dog,” she said. At MCC she plans to major in psychology in hopes of becoming a forensic psychologist.

Rae VanMilligan of Marion, Iowa joins MCC as “a versatile athlete with the quickness and athleticism to play multiple positions,” Kaalberg said. The MCC coach also is excited about the power she brings to the plate.

At North Linn High School, she was named MVC second-team all-conference and honorable mention Cedar Rapids Metro Area, 5A All-Eastern Iowa District and a three-year letter winner.

In addition to softball she has been involved in FBLA, FCCLA, and taking sports photos. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with my friends, watching tik toks and working out.

“Next year I plan to study education at McCook. I am so beyond excited for what this next chapter holds,” she said.






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