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Ogallala vs McCook                       Thunder Basin vs Lexington          RC Stevens vs Torrington
Scottsbluff vs Alliance                    Sidney vs GINW                            Gering vs Chadron
Ogallala vs Scottsbluff                   Thunder Basin vs GINW                RC Stevens vs Chadron
McCook vs Alliance                        Lexington vs Sidney                      Torrington vs Gering
Scottsbluff vs McCook                    GINW vs Lexington                       Chadron vs Torrington
Alliance vs Ogallala                        Sidney vs Thunder Basin              Gering vs RC Stevens

 





Lincoln – University of Nebraska basketball players Tanner Borchardt and Johnny Trueblood were recognized for their efforts in the classroom Wednesday, as both players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

The honor is presented to players who are a junior or senior academically at an institution and posted a GPA of 3.20 or better at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.

This is the third straight year that Borchardt has received the honor, while Trueblood was lauded by the NABC for the second straight season. The pair helped the Huskers to 19 wins and a second-round appearance in the NIT this past season.

Borchardt, who originally walked on at Nebraska, graduated with a degree in management in May. He was a four-year letterwinner and was a major contributor on Nebraska’s back-to-back NIT teams in 2018 and 2019. Borchardt set career highs in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage as a senior, capping his career with a 16-point, 13-rebound performance at TCU in the NIT. Off the court, he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while being named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll on seven occasions.

Trueblood was a three-year letterwinner for the Huskers and graduated in May with a degree in business administration. The Omaha native played a significant role in the Huskers’ 2019 Big Ten Tournament and NIT postseason runs, setting career highs in points, rebounds and assists during the 2019 NIT. A two-time academic All-Big Ten selection, he was a four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll honoree.

 





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Two North Platte Community College softball players were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association NJCAA Division II all-Midwest Region squad.

Sophomore Willow Chitty (North Platte) and sophomore Emily Marsden (Papillion) were both selected to the All-Midwest Region’s second team.

A total of 91 players in the country from 29 schools were selected to each of the country’s three NJCAA regions.

Among Chitty’s honors this year, she was named Region IX Division II Offensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-Region IX team and the Region IX tournament team.

She led all Region IX Division II hitters with a.575 batting average with seven homeruns and 48 RBIs. She had 153 at bats, scored 43 runs, 18 doubles, 15 stolen bases, 131 total bases, had a .594 on-base percentage and slugged .856. Her 88 hits this season were the second best in the nation among players from 131 Division II schools. Her batting average was third best in the nation and her on-base percentage fifth in the nation.

Marsden batted .441 and in 159 plate appearances had 60 hits, eight doubles, three home runs, 14 steals and 24 RBIs to go along with a .503 on-base percentage and a.581 slugging mark.

She also appeared in 28 games as a pitcher, starting 12 with a 6-9 record and a 5.84 ERA in 92.1 innings. She struck out 68 hitters (second most in the region) with nine complete games, also second best in the region. She was named to the Region IX all-tournament team.





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Two McCook Community College volleyball players were recently named to the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team for players from two-year colleges. Five more Lady Indians received honorable mention.

MCC players named to the World-Herald First Team included freshman Faith Simpson, (Wauneta-Palisade) who was eighth in NJCAA Division I in kills with 481, had 56 aces and was named the Region IX freshman of the year. Teammate Ashley Carson, a sophomore setter from Ord, was seventh nationally in assists (1,268) and will play at NCAA Division II Coker College next season.

Lady Indians receiving honorable mention included freshman OH Kiera Barr, Granby, Wyo.; sophomore MB Hannah Emerson, Greeley, Colo.; sophomore setter Brooklyn Evans, Ogden, Utah; sophomore OH Ty Johnson, Conroe Texas; and sophomore OH Ryan Maddera, Greeley, Colo.

Western Nebraska’s top player Syenna Masaki, was named honorary captain. She led the Cougars in kills per set (2.76) and was second on the team in assists (267) and digs (339). The All-Nebraska team also includes Western’s Ana Costas, who was the Region IX libero of the year as she had 616 digs.

Northeast is represented by Kalli Brester, who led her team in kills (403) and was second in digs (509), while setter Savannah Nelson had 1,251 assists.

Central Community College’s Jacie Laetsch finished the season with 438 kills and 590 digs for the 19-20 Raiders. Luisa Hernandez Marin finished her North Platte career with 874 kills, which is second-most in program history, and 1,025 digs.

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

Two-year colleges

ALL-NEBRASKA

FIRST TEAM

*H: Syenna Masaki, So., Western Nebraska

H: Faith Simpson, Fr., McCook

H: Kalli Brester, So., Northeast

H: Jacie Laetsch, So., Central

H: Luisa Hernandez Marin, So., North Platte

S: Ashley Carson, So., McCook

S: Savannah Nelson, So., Northeast

L: Ana Costas, Fr., Western Nebraska

* — denotes honorary captain

 

Honorable mention: Central: Shania Borchers, Maddie Davis, Jordee Korte, Rylee Kwapnioski, Abbe Mancuso. McCook: Kiera Barr, Hannah Emerson, Brooklyn Evans, Ty Johnson, Ryan Maddera. Northeast: Gabriela Barbosa, Elley Beaver, Delaney Belt, Hannah Heppner, Caitlin Orton. North Platte: Bailey Chintala, Taylin McNair, Sydney Mullin. Southeast: Kiley Codner, Addison Schramm, Stevie Tobin. Western Nebraska: Jayme Commins, Leslie Mamai-Latgafuaina, Amryi-Grace Paris, Adia Sherbeyn, Kaile Tuisamatatele.





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McCook Community College Volleyball Coach Hayley Kobza has signed two more players for the Lady Indians for this coming season – both Nebraska players and one from Kobza’s high school alma mater.

Middle Blocker Emily Barr of Hershey and Mackenzie Anderson of Ogallala, an outside hitter, both signed letters of intent to play volleyball in the fall at MCC.

ON WEDNESDAY, Barr, 5-10, signed her letter of intent.

“Emily is my first player that I have signed from my high school,” Kobza said. “We were both coached by Amy Beyer who just this season was given an award for coaching the Lady Panthers volleyball team for 30 years.

Bass spent four years on varsity for the Panthers.

“Emily is a player that is going to come in and make an immediate impact on our team,” Kobza said. “I feel this has a lot to do with her prior coaching from Coach Beyer.”

During her senior season bar had 270 kills, 47 blocks, 20 aces and 65 digs.

“Emily has great work ethics and I am excited to see what she can achieve in her two years here as a Lady Indian. “

ON FRIDAY, Kobza was in Ogallala to sign Mackenzie Anderson, the 5-8 outside hitter.

“Mackenzie comes from a high school program that is known for Coach Steve Morgan (has more than 900 career wins and 30 state appearances),” Kobza said.

During her senior year at Ogallala, Anderson had 234 kills, 33 blocks, 117 digs and 24 aces.

“Mackenzie is a versatile volleyball player and can play almost any position on the court,” Kobza said. “I see her coming in and playing a huge role on our 2019 tribe. “





Hayley Kobza

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Bartley NE- Former Southwest Roughrider Ty Bennett has signed his letter of intent to continue his Football career at Wisconsin to play for the Ripon College Red Hawks an NCAA Division III School. The Red Hawks went 7-3 in 2018.  Bennett finished his career as a Roughrider finishing with a 2-6 record. View full interviews with Bennett and Southwest Head Football Coach Nick Brost.





Ty Bennett

Nick Brost

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Kearney, Neb. – The Central Oklahoma Bronchos scored 21 fourth quarter points and recovered an onside kick with 47 seconds remaining to rally past Nebraska-Kearney, 28-23, Thursday night at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field.

UCO (1-1) improves to 4-1 all-time in Kearney and bounces back from a last second loss to No. 23 Pittsburg State. UNK (1-1), dating back to last year, has lost its last four games by a combined 23 points.

“I think we battled. What it boiled down to, especially there early in the fourth quarter, was the big plays. They got two long passes … our punter did a good job of pinning them down and we let them out of jail with a couple of big passes,” UNK head coach Josh Lynn said. “On the other side we had a couple of drops that should’ve been caught and that would’ve changed the outcome of the game.”

UNK’s option offense was humming along for three quarters and entered the final 15 minutes with huge advantages in time of possession and offensive plays ran. While the Lopers were ahead 17-7 at this time, several drives had stalled and resulted in either field goals, missed field goals or turnover on downs.

The ‘Chos offense scored a touchdown on its first possession of the night but then was forced to punt five straight times. However, after UNK missed a 42-yard field goal to start the fourth, UCO came alive and went 80 yards in 12 plays and then 93 yards in eight plays to suddenly lead 21-17 with 5:09 remaining. UNK then fumbled on its next offensive play and that led to another short TD run by backup quarterback Chandler Garrett.

“We got to put points when we’re down in the red zone. A few times we walked away with no points … we got to finish drives. Give UCO credit; they buckled down when they needed to,” Lynn said.

The Lopers didn’t go quietly, getting a defensive stop with 1:55 remaining and then going 62 yards in six plays. Senior QB Alex McGinnis (Crete) completed four passes on the quick drive, the last being a six-yard scoring strike to senior slot Luke Quinn (Scottsdale, Ariz.).

UNK then setup for an onside kick and was planning to go to the left side of the field. However, UCO called timeout and flipped their hands team to the opposite side. Senior Kendall Raschein (Red Bluff, Calif.) laid down a beauty of a kick towards the right side of the field that got batted backwards and a scrum for the ball ensued. The officials ruled UCO recovered the ball in what was a pile up of players.

“They said they saw with their own eyes a UCO player had the ball in a swarm of people,” Lynn said.

Kearney outgained UCO 504-379, running 15 more plays and having a seven minute advantage in time of possession. But the Lopers had five drives end inside the UCO 30-yard line that resulted in a total of three points.

UCO was led by junior QB Will Collins who went 13 of 24 for 200 yards, two TD’s and no INT’s. He also had several crucial scrambles on third or fourth down to the tune of 59 yards on seven attempts. Next, junior back T.J. Roberts had a big second half to end up with a team-high 98 yards on 18 carries with All-MIAA receiver Dustin Basks at 85 yards on four catches. His acrobatic 29-yard reception helped jumped start the ‘Chos offense early in the fourth. He then added a 40-yard catch to get the next drive going.

“We have to put our guys in the right position and then it boils down to making plays. It starts with coaches and then the players have to make plays,” Lynn said. 

UNK was led by senior receiver Sedarius Young (Orlando, Fla.) who amassed 160 receiving yards on just four catches. This is the second most receiving yards by a Loper in the MIAA era (2012-pre.), trailing only the 161 yards Preston Foley had in a 2015 loss att UCO. That total also came on four grabs.

McGinnis finished 10 of 21 for 231 yards, one TD and no INT’s while rushing nine times for 39 yards. The UNK ground game averaged 4




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After reviewing 2018 Nebraska Football Fan Day, the Athletic Department recognized the need to change the process of managing Coach Frost’s autograph line. Because of the incredible demand last year, more than half of the people in Coach Frost’s line were not able to get his autograph in the two-hour window.

 

Subsequently, the decision was made to limit Coach Frost’s line to kids only for 2019 Fan Day. The athletic department staff members in charge of organizing Fan Day made the decision to limit access to Coach Frost’s line to children who were members of the Nebraska JV Team.

 

After further consideration, the Fan Day organizers recognize this was a mistake. Limiting access to JV Team members could prevent some children from having the opportunity to be a part of Coach Frost’s line.

 

It is important to Coach Frost that all children have an equal opportunity to receive his autograph on Fan Day. To that end, the Athletic Department has determined that JV Team membership will now be free.

 

Parents are encouraged to sign their children (eighth grade or younger) up for the JV Team in order to have a chance to be selected for Coach Frost’s autograph line. Registration for the JV Team will begin on July 8 at 10 a.m. Approximately 250 JV team members will be randomly selected in advance for a spot in Coach Frost’s line.

 

Coach Frost also plans to autograph 8x10 photos that will be distributed to the first 1,000 kids at Fan Day that are not a part of his autograph line.

 

Nebraska Football Fan Day presented by U.S. Cellular is set for Thursday, Aug. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.





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RPAC Basketball Tournament continues this week.  View Updated Bracket.





The 2018-2019 Republican Plains Activity Conference Girls & Boys Basketball Tournament bracket that has been updated following the Semifinal play held last night (Thursday, 01/24/2019). Semifinal play continues tonight with West/East Division boys games held at Paxton, NE and Bertrand, NE. Championship Saturday play will be held tomorrow (Sat., 01/26/2019) in McCook, NE at the Graff Events Center on the McCook Community College campus. Please note that the updated bracket(s) are accurate with the game order being Girls Consolation/Boys Consolation/Girls Championship/Boys Championship.





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