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This last Tuesday, at the City Council meeting, Mayor Steel vetoed public safety! Through the course of the evening, Mayor Steel refused the revenue from increased property valuations from Hall County and in doing so, eliminated 6 new fire fighter positions that would have helped keep the public safe by reducing calls that have been put on hold. Mayor Steel has publicly commented that he saved a property tax increase when in reality he gave away money and reduced the tax levy which now brings in less revenue to Grand Island. Mayor Steel was a key component for the passing of the Half Cent Sales tax last year in which taxes in town went up to help with infrastructure and public safety. When called upon to be a champion and hero for public safety again; he vetoed and said no to public safety.
As President of the Grand Island Professional Fire Fighters, commend Fire Chief Schmidt for bringing the need of more fire fighters to the Grand Island City Council attention. While this is
not the first time the Council has heard this need, his leadership kept this issue at the forefront of the Council eyes and ears. We further commend Chief Schmidt’s plan for paying for the
additional fire fighters that was brought forth to Council months ago. It is disappointing that Mayor Steel conveniently forgets this and states publicity that there was “no ongoing stable
source of revenue” when Chief Schmidt clearly presented a stable source. Chief Schmidt’s plan would have, at the very least paid for a majority of the cost, and likely would have made the additional fire fighters a net-zero effect on the city budget.
Since 1982, Grand Island’s population has grown by more than 20,000 residents and call volume had grown from nearly 2,000 calls for service a year to 5,300 calls for service while
maintaining the same two staffed ambulances. Last year we saw 42 calls for service not get answered immediately by an ambulance or fire truck causing a critical delay of care for people in need. Mayor Steel stated Grand Island has a spending problem, even though a plan to pay for the additional fire fighters was proposed, we are now in the midst of a public safety problem. What does this mean going forward for you Grand Island? First of all, thank you to those who
have been so supportive of public safety and see the need for more fire fighters. We, the Grand Island Professional Fire Fighters, live and breath to provide the best care and safety to Grand Island. It is why we are in this profession. We will still respond with professional, highly trained fire fighters to help when you are hurt, sick, or have a fire. We will do our best every day to juggle the increased call volume and get to you in your time of need as fast as we can. Unfortunately, your elected officials have determined the level of service and care you receive.

Phil Thomas
President of the Grand Island Professional Fire Fighters
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joey Logano has won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the second straight year, pulling it out in a two-lap sprint to the finish that ended under caution. Logano put his No. 22 Ford for Team Penske in the victory lane by holding off runner-up Matt DiBenedetto, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon. DiBenedetto finished 0.491 behind Logano in his second race for the Wood Brothers, a Penske partner.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ryan Newman has said through a statement read by Roush Racing president Steve Newmark that he suffered a head injury in his crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 but did not disclose details. Newman wrote that he was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones, and that the doctors have been pleased with his progress over the last few days. He said he is looking forward to getting behind the wheel again. However, there’s no timetable for his return to competitive racing.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado has hired Karl Dorrell as its head football coach, 13 years after he left UCLA. The 56-year-old Dorrell comes to Boulder two weeks after Mel Tucker bolted for Michigan State and 72 hours after Dorrell was named assistant head coach of the Dolphins. Dorrell was 35-27 as UCLA’s head coach before embarking on a 14-season run in the NFL.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Patrick Reed closed with a 4-under 67 to take the Mexico Championship. Reed was two shots back with four to play before reeling off three straight birdies to overtake Bryan DeChambeau for his second World Golf Championship title. He recovered from a wild tee shot into the trees on 18 to two-putt from 35 feet to wrap up his eighth PGA title at 18 under. DeChambeau appeared to seize control with five birdies in a six-hole stretch starting at No. 9.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals acquired winger Ilya Kovalchuk (KOH’-vul-chuhk) from the Canadiens for a 2020 third-round pick. Montreal will retain 50% of Kovalchuk’s $700,000 salary and cap hit. He has six goals and 13 points in 22 games since joining the Canadiens following his contract buyout by the Kings.




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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Zegarowski made all seven of his 3-pointers and finished with 25 points, and No. 15 Creighton beat No. 21 Butler 81-59 for its fourth straight win over an AP Top 25 opponent. The Bluejays (22-6, 11-4) have won nine of 10 and remain one game behind Big East-leading Seton Hall. Butler (19-9, 7-8) played the second half without season scoring leader Kamar Baldwin. He limped off the court late in the first half with an injury to his left ankle. Henry Baddley led the Bulldogs with 13 points.



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San Diego, Calif. – The Nebraska baseball team (1-5) fell to Arizona, 3-2, at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as Blake Paugh hit two home runs and drove in all three runs for the Wildcats.

NU was held to three hits as a team, as Cam ChickTy Roseberry and Leighton Banjoff each managed one hit apiece for the Big Red.

Sophomore left-hander Cade Povich, making his second start of the season, threw 5.2 innings and allowed three runs, while recording eight strikeouts and only one walk. Kyle Perry tossed 2.1 no-hit scoreless innings out of the bullpen before Max Schreiber held Arizona scoreless for the final 1.0 inning.

In the first inning, Arizona managed a leadoff single, but a flyout and strikeout-caught stealing double play ended a scoreless frame for the Wildcats. In the bottom half, Chick reached on an error in the leadoff spot before three consecutive outs.

The Wildcats drew a one-out walk in the top of the second, but a fielder's choice and flyout kept them from scoring. In the bottom of the second, NU scored one run to take the early lead. Banjoff blistered a one-out single before advancing to third on Mojo Hagge's bunt. Joe Acker's sacrifice fly brought in Banjoff before a strikeout ended the frame.

Povich retired all three Arizona batters in the top of the third. NU also went down in order in the bottom of the third on two flyouts and a groundout.

In the top of the fourth, Blake Paugh launched a solo home run to tie the score at 1-1, but Povich struck out the other three Wildcat hitters. Roseberry hit a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth, but was left on base after back-to-back strikeouts.

Arizona managed one hit in the top of the fifth, but Povich added two strikeouts as the other three Wildcat batters were retired. The Huskers were retired in order in the bottom half.

Paugh blasted another home run in the top of the sixth, a two-run shot, to put Arizona up by a 3-1 margin. NU put runners on second and third in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn't add to its score. Spencer Schwellenbach was hit-by-pitch in the leadoff spot before Luke Roskam reached on a one-out walk, but back-to-back strikeouts kept the Huskers from scoring.

The Wildcats were retired in order with a flyout and two groundouts in the top of the seventh. In the bottom half, NU also went down 1-2-3 with two groundouts before a foul pop-out.

In the top of the eighth, Perry retired all three Arizona hitters with three flyouts. Chick blasted a leadoff home run in the bottom of the eighth to trim the deficit to 3-2 before three consecutive outs ended the frame.

Arizona managed one base hit in the top of the ninth, but each of the other three batters produced outs. In the bottom of the ninth, the Huskers went down in order.

The Huskers return to action next weekend for a three-game series against Arizona State in Phoenix, Ariz., starting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (CT).




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Cathedral City, Calif. --- Despite battling, Nebraska (6-8) came up just short against No. 7 Florida (16-2), falling 6-3 on Sunday in the final game of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

Nebraska had several opportunities to make some noise, scoring the first run and hitting the only home run of the game. However, NU surrendered one unearned run and left two runners on third to give the Gators the edge. Tristen Edwards went 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a homer. Cam Ybarra hit her first triple as a Husker and Samantha Owen also had one hit. 

Olivia Ferrell dropped to 2-4 on the season. She started and pitched 4.0 innings and gave up three runs on four hits. She also had one strikeout. Courtney Wallace pitched 3.0 innings of relief. She gave up three runs - two earned - on three hits and had two strikeouts. 

Florida's Natalie Lugo (6-1) pitched started and pitched 5.0 innings. She was pulled in the middle of the game but pitched the final inning for a total of 6.0 innings. She gave up three runs on four hits and had eight strikeouts. 

Nebraska got right to work, scoring one run in the bottom of the first. Edwards hit a leadoff single and Unzicker bunted to move her over. Edwards reached third on a fly out and scored on a wild pitch. 

Florida took a 2-1 lead in the third, scoring two runs off three hits. 

In the fourth, Ybarra hit a one-out triple to put the tying run on third, but the Gators got back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning. 

The Gators extended their lead in the fifth, scoring three runs on two hits and one Husker error. 

In the sixth, the Huskers cut the lead to 5-3. Wallace drew a walk and Edwards hit a two-run homer, which forced a Florida pitching change. Unzicker drew another walk and stole second. She moved to third on a ground out but would get stranded there as the Huskers couldn't score her. 

In the final inning, Florida added an insurance run after a hit batter and a double. Nebraska attemped the comeback in the bottom of the inning. Owen hit a leadoff single and Bree Boruff pinch ran for her. However, the Gators retired the next three batters to end the game. 

The Huskers are back in action on Feb. 29 when they travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on Missouri. First pitch is set for 11:30 a.m. A live radio broadcast will be available on Huskers.com. 
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The McCook Community College baseball team was able to salvage the final game of a three-game set with Lamar Community College, splitting a pair of games Saturday. Lamar won the first game 8-2 and MCC came back to win the second game 14-4. Lamar opened the series Friday with a 3-2 win in 10 innings.

This series was moved from Lamar to McCook because of field conditions in Colorado.

On Saturday the Running Lopes took a 2-0 series lead with six strong innings from 6-9 left-hander Max Huffling who struck out 11 Indians and allowed one earned run. In the finale, sophomore Kade Wroot (North Platte) drove in four runs, on a two-run home run and a two-run double as MCC scored seven times in the sixth inning.

Lamar goes to 4-6 on the year. MCC is 6-6.

The Indians will next take on Garden City Wednesday at 3 p.m. in a nine-inning game. On Saturday Otero Junior College comes to town for an Empire League doubleheader with a pair of games starting at 1 p.m. Saturday and a nine-inning game Sunday (1 p.m.).

GAME 1 – Lamar CC 8, McCook CC 2: The Lopes scored a pair of runs in the first, three in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth off three MCC pitchers to back Lamar’s Max Heffling.

The Indians were held to four hits on the day, a double by Pedro Perez (sophomore Cidra, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy); and singles by Kade Wroot, Caleb Eiguren (freshman, Westminster, Colo.) and Ryan Nourse (sophomore, Centennial, Colo.).

MCC scored runs in the sixth inning on a pair of singles and a wild pitch and in the seventh on three walks and a passed ball.

Jayden Bastow (sophomore, Clearwater, Fla.) was charged with five runs in two innings; sophomores Connor McGonigal (Omaha Burke) and Anthony Kingsbury (Gatineau, Quebec) both pitched an inning and both game up a run.

Holden Hopkins (sophomore, Norman, Okla.) went the final three innings and allowed two hits, no runs, four walks and he struck out four.

GAME 2 – McCook 14, Lamar CC 4: The Indians put the game away with a seven-run sixth inning, in a game shortened by the 10-run rule. MCC scored in five of the six innings with two in the first, three in the third and added runs in both the fourth and fifth innings before putting the game away in the sixth.

Trevor Pacheco (sophomore, Pueblo, Colo.) stroked a first inning double and later came home to score, and Caleb Eiguren’s RBI single made it 2-0.

Kade Wroot socked a two-run home run in the third to give the Indians a 4-0 lead and later that inning Aiden Ferry (freshmen, Monroe, Wash.) lined a two-run solo homer to make it 5-0.

On the mound, Isaac Vargas (sophomore, Greeley, Colo.) pitched three scoreless innings to start the game before surrendering three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. He allowed nine hits, and four earned runs in five innings of work. He struck out six. Mitchell Driver (freshman, Sydney, Australia) came on to pitch a hitless, scoreless sixth inning, striking out one.

MCC pushed across a run in the fourth on a single by Elijah Munoz (freshman, Big Spring, Texas) and a sacrifice fly from Pacheco. That gave MCC a 6-3 lead but MCC gave that run back in the top of the fifth with a Lamar solo home run. Wroot was hit by a pitch to lead off the MCC fifth and scored on a Ferry single to give the Indians a 7-4 lead.

Root delivered a two-run double to start the fireworks in the MCC sixth. The Indians took advantage of four Lamar walks but had doubles from Pedro Perez and Brandon Reynolds (freshman, Monument, Colo.).

MCC had 11 hits with two each from Wroot, Ferry and Munoz.

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/




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The McCook Community College women’s basketball team lost to Iowa Western Community College 62-53 in the final regular season game of the year Saturday at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

The Lady Indians finish the season 21-9 and also found out they will be hosting Lamar Community College Friday at 6 p.m. in the first round of the Region IX tournament. MCC and Northeastern Junior College tied for the third best record in the Region IX south division and held a coin-flip to determine seeding which NJC won. There was also a coin flip to determine the No. 5 seed between Lamar and Trinidad State. The top two seeds (Western Nebraska and Otero) gained first-round byes.

“I’m excited for the opportunity for our girls to host a tournament game here, said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett.

In Saturday’s tune-up for the Region Tournament, the Lady Indians faced what Pritchett called a tournament-caliber team in Iowa Western, but spotted the Reivers the first 14-points of the game.

“Other than those first few minutes we played well defensively especially in the second half,” Prichett said. “We just couldn’t get anything going offensively, got a lot of good looks and again we missed 10 layups in the first half. If we make half of them, it’s a different game going into halftime.”

The Lady Indians went the first 5:52 of the game without scoring. Down 14-0, the Lady Indians responded with a 13-3 run to trail after one quarter 16-13. The Reivers outscored MCC 19-9 in the second quarter to make it a 35-22 game at the half.

“We dug ourselves into such a deep hole against a talented team, that we couldn’t dig ourselves out of. They have a lot of good pieces, they play hard and they are physical,” Pritchett said.

MCC held Iowa Western to 12 points in the third quarter but were only able to manage 10 points offensively. The Lady Indians outscored the Reivers 21-15 in the final 15 minutes.

“We found a good group in the second half that competed and played their tails off,” Pritchett said. He was pleased his team was able to hold Iowa Wester to 27.1 percent shooting for the game and 23.8 percent from the 3-point line.

“That’s a really good Iowa Western team and to keep them to 27 percent from the field and 24 percent from 3, you look at those numbers and you have a really good chance to win games, but when you give up offensive rebounds like we did and struggle from the line, your chances aren’t as good,” Pritchett said.

MCC shot 32.4 percent for the game, made just five of 25 3-pointers. From the free-throw line MCC made just four of 11 shots (36.4 percent) and were outscored from the line 19-4 with Iowa Western making 19 of 22 shots (86.4). The Reivers also held the rebound edge 52-36, including 13 on the offensive end.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) led MCC with 13 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) came off the bench with 11 points and six rebounds. Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) led MCC with eight rebounds. Freshman Niamh Kelshaw (Manchester, England) scored eight points.

Iowa Western improves to 18-10 while the Lady Indians prepare for a Lamar team that returns to the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center for the Region IX tournament game Friday -- one week after losing to the Lady Indians 74-35.

“It’s an exciting time of year and we are thrilled to have an opportunity to play in the post season, thrilled to have the chance to host a tournament game, which was one of our goals,” Pritchett said. “We did that now we move on the next set of goals, which is winning a first-round game.”

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

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

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




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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team won its fourth straight game Friday downing Lamar Community College 80-71 in the Peter and Dolores Graff Event Center. The Indians took charge of the game early, never trailed, sailed to an 18-point half-time but had to hold off a hard-charging Lopes team in the final 10 minutes.

“This game was the tale of two halves,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan.

The Indians shot 71 percent from the floor in the first half and held Lamar to 30.8 percent. MCC sank 10 of 15 shots from the 3-point line (66.7 percent). Freshman Boaz Quinan Quinlan (Beavertown, Ore.) sank five of six shots in the first half from distance.

Then Lamar came out after the intermission and outscored MCC 45-36 in the second half, and shot 63.3 percent in the half.

“I felt like we were took the mindset of  ‘it’s over already,’ but Lamar did not quit.’ Drennan said. “I’m proud of the win, I’m proud that we punched back when we needed to in the end but we’ve got to get better to play a full 40 minutes. We played probably 25 tonight, but those 25 were really good.”

Sophomore Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) scored 22 points to lead the Indians. Quinlan added another 3-pointer in the second half to finish with 18 points on a six-for-eight night from the arc. Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) scored 15 points and led the Indians with five points.

“This team is crazy right now, LeTre (Darthard) had been killing it for us and he’s held to four points, yet we score 80 and still win,” Drennan said. “We’re getting contributions from everybody right now.”

Sophomore Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago) scored nine points and Sophomore Justin Costello (Omaha /Elkhorn South High School) had eight points. Both had a pair of 3-pointers.

MCC finished the game shooting 60.5 percent from the floor, made 13 of 20 shots from the 3-point line (65 percent), and 15 of 18 shots from the free-throw line (78.9 percent).

The Running Lopes finish the regular season at 16-14 (5-7 in Region IX south play.)

MCC improves to 13-15 and 4-7 in Region IX south play with the final regular-season game at home Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. against North Platte, (7-17, 3-8).

MCC will honor four sophomores in ceremonies prior to the 7 p.m. game. Those sophomores include: Raheim Sullivan, Bryton Bissanithe (North Miami, Fla.), Tyrik Singhand Justin Costello (Omaha /Elkhorn South High School.)

To stay up to day on all the latest Region IX tournament news, and more visit the official site of MCC Athletics at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=mbball

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

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




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Box score and play-by-play attached
Link to recap: https://huskers.com/news/2020/2/21/baseball-recap.aspx

Huskers Edged by Toreros, 12-11

San Diego, Calif. – The Nebraska baseball team (1-3) led San Diego, 7-0, after the top of the fourth, but the Toreros stormed back on its way to a 12-11 win over the Huskers at Fowler Park on Friday night.

The Huskers compiled 18 hits, but left 11 runners on base. Cam Chick paced NU’s offense with a 4-for-5 performance. Aaron Palensky and Leighton Banjoff each produced three-hit outings, as six Huskers produced multi-hit efforts.

Senior lefty Gareth Stroh, making his second start at Nebraska and 33rd career NCAA start, threw 5.0 innings and allowed four runs (three earned runs) on four hits. He recorded four strikeouts and no walks. Max Schreiber (1.1 innings), Tyler Martin (0.2) and Shay Schanaman (1.0) each made relief appearances for the Huskers.

In the opening frame, Palensky ripped a two-out double, but was left stranded after a strikeout ended the inning. It extended Palensky’s team-best hitting streak to seven games and reaching base streak to 25 games. In the bottom of the first, the Toreros went down in order with a lineout, groundout and strikeout.

NU scored one run in the top of the second to take the early lead. Banjoff hit a one-out single before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Gunner Hellstrom drove him in with an RBI single up the middle. Stroh retired all three San Diego hitters in the bottom of the second.

The Huskers added six runs in the third inning to build a 7-0 advantage. Each of NU’s first four batters reached base during the frame, as Chick and Spencer Schwellenbach hit back-to-back singles before Palensky brought them in with a two-RBI double. Luke Roskam singled to advance Palensky to third before the first out of the inning was recorded. Banjoff laced an RBI single before Mojo Hagge reached on a hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Hellstrom reached on a fielder’s choice and Roskam touched home on the play after a throwing error. Joe Acker earned an RBI with a walk in the subsequent at-bat before Chick’s sacrifice fly added another run. The Toreros went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the third.

In the top of the fourth, Nebraska managed two baserunners, but couldn’t add to its lead. San Diego scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut NU’s lead to 7-3. After back-to-back singles to open the frame, Adam Kerner blasted a three-run home run to left field with two outs before a strikeout ended the inning.

Chick singled through the right side with two outs in the top of the fifth, but was caught stealing to end a scoreless inning for the Big Red. USD scored one run in the bottom of the fifth to trim the deficit to 7-4. NU committed two errors during the frame, as the Toreros managed one base hit, before a double play ended the inning.

The Huskers responded with two runs in the top of the sixth to build a 9-4 lead. Schwellenbach blasted a leadoff double and then scored on Roskam’s one-out RBI single. After the second out was recorded, Banjoff reached on a hit-by-pitch. Hagge drove in one run with an RBI single, but was thrown out on the play after trying to reach second base. Schreiber retired the Toreros in order in the bottom of the sixth with two groundouts and a flyout.

Chick ripped a two-out double in the top of the seventh before a fielder’s choice ended a scoreless frame for the Huskers. San Diego scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 9-9. The Toreros managed four hits during the frame and the Huskers committed two errors.

NU retook the lead at 10-9 with one run in the top of the eighth. Palensky drew a leadoff walk before stealing second. Banjoff drew a two-out walk and the runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Hagge drove in Palensky with an RBI single to center field, but Banjoff was thrown out at home on the play for the third out. In the bottom of the eighth, San Diego scored three runs to take a




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The McCook Community College women’s basketball team wrapped up the Region IX schedule Friday claiming a 74-35 win over Lamar Community College.

MCC finishes 5-5 in the south division of Region IX – tied with Northeastern Junior College for third place. Both teams clinch first-round home games in the Region IX tournament. A coin flip will determine which team gets the No. 3 seed. There was also a tie for fifth place between Lamar and Trinidad State, (both 1-9), so a coin flip will determine which team comes to MCC Friday for a first-round Region IX game at 6 p.m.

Friday’s win on sophomore recognition night looked similar to a trend where MCC comes out and applies a tremendous amount of defensive pressure to start games. The Lady Indians held the Running Lopes to just six points in the first quarter maintaining a 19-6 lead and stretching it to 20 points before Lamar responded with a run to end the second quarter.

“We came out and guarded really well from the get-go, and just dominated defensively really for all but about the three minute stretch to end the second quarter when we let them go on a 9-0 run,” MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett said.

MCC was streaky from the 3-point line making six of 17 shots (35.3 percent) in the first half. Freshman Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) helped the cause making three of six shots and leading the Indians with 12-first half points.

The Lady Indians started the second half in similar fashion stepping up the defensive effort and winning the third quarter 16-6.

“The first and third quarter we were really effective defensively, forcing them into 29 turnovers,” Pritchett said.

“We shot the ball fairly well in the first half, but we need to be more consistent. We missed a lot of layups in the first half (10) but we rebounded the ball well and had balanced scoring,” Pritchett said.

“Gail (Whiting) was a huge spark for us in the second half especially defensively with three or four steals and her aggressive play on both ends of the court,” Pritchett said. “Really we had an all-around good effort from everyone.”

Whiting, the freshman from Montgomery, Ala., led all scorers with 16 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 12 points and picked up 10 rebounds. Dartest ended with the 12 points she scored in the first half. 

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) scored 11 points with five boards and Sophomore Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) had 10 points.

The coach also pleased with the rebounding effort with MCC picking up 16 offensive boards winning the rebound battle 52-46 and the team made 16 of 19 free-throws.

Lamar ended the game shooting 24.6 percent from the field and made just 1 of 15 shots from the 3-point line. MCC shot 29.7 percent from the floor in the first half and stepped it up to 35.9 percent in the second half.

The Lady Indians, now 21-8, wrap up the regular season Saturday (Feb. 22) at 4 p.m. in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center against Iowa Western Community College.

In addition to Bodette and Mateu, other sophomores honored before the game included: Nicola Cross (Melbourne, Australia); Jessika Espinoza, (El Paso, Texas) Western New Mexico University; Sophomore Sydney Sandford (Missouri City, Texas); Kali Kelley (Windsor, Colo.); and Student Assistant, Parker Ehrke, from Orleans.

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

If you can not make it to the games watch MCC basketball home games at https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch

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




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The McCook Community College baseball team opened Empire League  play (Region IX) Friday with a 3-2 loss to Lamar Community College in 10-innings.

Tied 2-2, Lamar led off the 10th inning with a hit batter and a sacrifice bunt, then two MCC errors led to the eventual game-winner. The Indians were guilty of four miscues on a day when pitching was at a premium.

MCC starter Braden Babcock (sophomore Oshawa, Ontario) went eight innings allowing five hits, walking two and striking out 10. He was charged with one earned run.

Mitchell Driver (freshman, Sydney, Australia) came on in the ninth and pitched an inning and one-third allowing no hits, one walk and one strikeout, but was tagged with the loss. Redshirt fresman Nicholas Wellman (Quincy, Ill.) threw the final two-third of an inning, striking out one.

MCC took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Mark Zhang (sophomore, Nicholls, Australia) led off with a single, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, advanced to third on an infield groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

With two outs in the Lamar fifth the Runnn’ Lopes took advantage of a pair of McCook errors to tie the game at 1-1.

The Indians regained the lead in the seventh inning. Zayne Watson (freshman, The Woodlands, Texas) lined a one-out double to left field and scored on a two-out single by Anthony Nieves-Soto (freshman, Nayaguez, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy).

Lamar tied the game at 2-2 in the eight with a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly.

MCC had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sophomore Kade Wroot (North Platte) was hit by a pitch, advanced to second and later third base on wild pitches. After a walk, three straight MCC batters struck out to end the rally.

Indian batters struck out 15 times on the afternoon while managing just four hits, doubles by Watson and Ricardo Hernandez (freshman, Ponce, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy), and singles by Zhang and Soto.

Lamar goes to 3-5 on the year and MCC to 5-5.  The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. This three-game series was originally scheduled to be played in Lamar but was moved to McCook because of weather and field conditions in Colorado.

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/




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