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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.
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.
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.
*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.
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. “
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.
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.
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.