McCook, Nebraska—Congratulations to Ashley Vontz, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, former Community Hospital nurse and new McCook Clinic nurse practitioner, who recently was chosen as one of the Nebraska Action Coalition’s 40 Under 40 honorees.
The Nebraska Action Coalition (NAC)-Future of Nursing’s 4th biennial award for emerging nurse leaders provides needed recognition of young nurses across the state. These nurse leaders, all under the age of forty, are the future of nursing, health, and healthcare in Nebraska.
Vontz was recognized for her unique contributions to leadership within the nursing profession through: clinical practice, education and teaching, administrative leadership, research, writing/publishing, policy involvement/self-governance, mentoring, and/or healthcare innovation.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Nebraska Methodist College’s accelerated nursing program in 14 months. She worked as a nurse for the past seven years throughout Nebraska including the Nebraska Heart Institute, Crete Area Medical Center, and most recently, Community Hospital. Vontz recently graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. She is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
In describing her new role as a nurse practitioner, she said, “I completed the majority of my clinical hours within McCook Clinic. I feel like I have a wonderful relationship with the current providers and staff. I look forward to continue serving McCook and the surrounding communities in a different role. Being born, raised, and still living in rural Nebraska, I have always had a passion caring for the rural population. It is my roots, and I want to continue to ensure those just like my loved ones have access to the best health care possible. I look forward to caring for my patients across the lifespan in the clinic,” she added. She and her husband, Chris, who is the co-superintendent at Heritage Hills Golf Course, have two young sons.
She will be honored at an awards celebration during the NAC sponsored Leadership Conference in Lincoln in early November.
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The following students qualified for the President’s List at Mid-Plains Community College during the 2018 Fall Term. To make the list, each student had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours in college-level courses and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.9 or greater on a 4.0 scale.
Anselmo - Luke Christen
Brady - Madison Christophersen, Colton Lovitt, Jessica Most, Daniel Wardyn
Cambridge - Cole Nickerson
Cozad - Ashley Linke, Steven Walker
Culbertson - Brittany Williams
Curtis - Colleen Mortensen
Gothenburg - Keisha Blake, Dillon Higgins, Dillon Wilkerson
Grant - Kaden Kammerer
Holdrege - Tatiana Young
Imperial - Mikaela O’Brien
Indianola - Rhonda Tryon, Jack Vogel
Kearney - Ronald Foutch
Lewellen - Ramona Steward, Shaun Swoboda
Lexington - Hana Brock, Bianca Gomez, Cesar Venegas-Villezcas
Louisville - Nicholas Snodgrass
Maxwell - Natalie Miller
McCook - David Brewster, Mary Kain, Brittanie Nolan, Emmerie Roth, Elise Stevens, Sydney Thompson, William Watts
North Platte - Larry Allen, Emily Bagley, Alyssa Bergeron, Larissa Berol, Jack Carlson, Kayla Douglas, Troy Dye, Danny Fourtner, Lucas Friedrich, Jonathan Hastings, Alexandria Hatch, Matthew Haynes, Dawson Heinzen, Ashley Husemoller, Haley Jackson, Gary Koch, Haiden Kreber, Rebecca Lindley, Gabrielle Menghini, Jayden Miles, Brian Mixer, Angel Murphy, Mercedes Nolda, Lindsi Orr, Kaitlyn Ostrander, Nathan Ostrander, Sarah Phares, Mirabella Pigati, Vanessa Rodriguez-Sanchez, Bailey Roeder, Jessica Slattery, Keifer Smith, Nathan Snider, Ryan Sorenson, Jonathan Spradlin, Patricia Tofilau, Jade Vak
Ogallala - Justine Gall
Ord - Ashley Carson
Paxton - Ashley Lugar, Justin Neilsen
Stapleton - Dylan DiGiovanni
Sutherland - Angela Evans, Scott Taylor, Alyssa Weber
Tryon - Caleb Goosey
Venango - Valerie Perez
Wauneta - Zachary Thompson, Roseanna Vapenik
Carlsbad - Michael Trunfio
Pleasant Hill - Liliana Belton
Colorado Springs - Makenna Bodette
Fleming - Shaylee Johnson
Granby - Kiera Barr
Nucla - Carlie Wytulka
Wheat Ridge - Emily Anderson, Aurora Storrer
Hubbard - Ricks Polk
Richmond - Candice Biltz
Bend - Nickolas Gylling, Travis Martin
Fort Belvoir - Preston Parry
Seattle - Valerie Schaeffer
Spokane Valley - Travis Oliver
Laramie - Luke James
Willetton, Western Australia – Emma McLean
Summerville, New Brunswick - Shaun Hickey
Maputo - Nelo Nducuia
Badalona, Barcelona - Laura Mata Garcia
The following students qualified for the Dean’s List during the 2018 Fall Term at Mid-Plains Community College. To be eligible, they had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours of college-level courses and maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 – 3.89 on a 4.0 scale.
Arcadia - Clay Bauer
Arthur - MacKenna Turner
Big Springs - Caprice Brown
Blair - Mark Starks
Brady - Jared Most, Jerry Mull
Broken Bow - Ina Bradley, Laurissa Epley
Callaway - Grady Lashley, Jessie Parshley
Cambridge - Aubri Ross, Kristian Roth
Cozad - Karleigh Kleinknecht
Culbertson - Beth Hoyt, Emma Matson, Courtney Searcey, Matthew Searcey
Curtis - Rylie Brown, Payton Kahler
Eddyville - Zachery Jones
Enders - Cydney Spady
Gering - Kaylee Bohnsack
Gothenburg - Tanis Sack, Olivia Williams
Grand Island - Vann Stevenson
Grant - Logan Cunningham, Whitney Spencer
Hastings - Ty Neill
Hershey - William Schillinger, Konner Sonneman
Imperial - Diana Benitez Aguilar, Taylin McNair, Rogelio Vargas
Indianola - Drew Hofman, Alec May, Wyatt McConville, Kayela Parker, Patrick Sughroue, Bethany Vogel
Lexington - Katy Esquivel Cruz
Loomis - Ethan McKenna
Maxwell - Emily Breinig, Jeremy Ochsner
McCook - Bradley Ackermann, Jaden Bryant, Zachary Burkey, Taye Collicott, Kyle Geisler, Easton Gillen, Allison Johnson, Steven Keenportz, Halie Lindquist, Nicholas Macfee, Alyson Marin, Trevor Oberg, Mary Osborne, Casey Quagliano, Madison Riemenschneider, Ian Shepherd, Danielle Slaby, Brandon Smith, Ethan Wilcox
Memphis - Cody Magness
North Platte - Britni Bandy, Rylee Brott, Kayla Bush, Nicholas Bussard, Jamon Davis, Evan DeKok, Taitiana Ditch, Jed Dizmang, Nicholas Doucet, Kelsey Epp, Tyler Floro, Amanda Hanson, Samuel Hergenrader, Makenzi Humphrey, Megan Johnson, Madison Kleewein, Jennifer Lantis, Dasia Lively, Elijah Malsbury, J'Naea Matlock, Kathleen McIntyre, Megan Morash, Brooke Orr, Jade Osborn, Dalton Prokop, Shawn Simpson, Amanda Smith, Seth Smith, Kathryn Smitherman, Samantha Sonneman, Lyndell St. Clair, Brandon Tolle, Eric Travis, Gary White, Ryan White, Kade Wroot
Ogallala - John Diaz, Ethan LeGrande
Omaha - Tanner Cissell, Ashley Ellingson, Connor McGonigal
Paxton - William Babbitt
Stapleton - Brady Baumgartner, Kaylie Beierman, Ashley Houser, John Main
Sutherland - Alexandra Baker, Shelly Compton, Ashley Hanneman
Thedford - Danya Mintle, Seth Pearson
Valentine - Luke Hockenbary, Michelle Witt Moore
Wallace - Austin Hanson, Abbey Rohde
Walton - Austin Jensen
Aurora - Hannah Jensen
Breckenridge - Graham Gaspard
Brighton - Makayla Harris
Delta - KC Carlson
Fleming - Bailey Chintala
Greeley - Levi Dart, Hannah Emerson, Isaac Vargas
Lakewood - Chanel Siebenthal
Littleton - Ashlynn Krueger
Windsor - Kali Kelley
Wray - Kedric Tufton
New Port Richey - Katie Cox
Makawao - Maysen Medeiros
Council Bluffs - Alea Binkly
Belvue - Reed Murray
Effingham - Jade Hollands
Charlotte - Ngoye Bobmanuel
Henrietta - Kailee White
Aberdeen - Karley Martin
Houston - Da'May Jones
League City - Donta Smith
Dayton - Angel Richards
Richmond, British Columbia - Kayla Harrison
Victoria, British Columbia - Emily Charchuk
Brampton, Ontario - Samuel Lebel
Gatineau, Quebec - Anthony Kingsbury
Helsinki - Iftin Mao
Hamburg - Lena Goerke
Rome - Tommaso Mostarda
Valmiera - Edgars Kaufmanis
Akoka - Chidi Okwarabizie
Reus - Anna Sanjuan
Kiev - Ilya Tyrtyshnik
North Platte, Ne - Joeli Walrath of Ashton, Nebraska is your new Miss Rodeo Nebraska. She was crowned last night at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. Joeli is 21 and studying equine science at UNL. She'll officially take over the rein of Miss Rodeo Nebraska in January from Eva Oliver is the current Miss Rodeo Nebraska and will represent the state at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant this November in Las Vegas.
Brylee Thompson, of Hershey, was named Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2019 yesterday.
Thompson was crowned Wednesday afternoon at the North Platte Community Playhouse inNorth Platte. Thompson, 15, won the horsemanship, appearance, personality, congeniality and photogenic categories of the pageant.
Sierra Cain, 14, of North Platte, was named first-runner up
On Monday 04/22/2019 at 9:24 am the Scottsbluff Police Dept took a missing persons report. Benjamin Carlos Barron age 34 of Scottsbluff was last seen by a local family member on Tuesday 04/16/2019. Investigation shows that a witness last saw Benjamin Carlos Barron on Saturday at an East Overland business. There is reason to believe that Benjamin Carlos Barron is in the Hay Springs area and the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office was notified.
Barron was last seen wearing a denim jacket, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes. Barron is intellectually disabled and may be in danger of abuse or exploitation.
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Three McCook Community College softball players have been selected to the All-Region IX, Division I team. Sophomore outfielders Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) and Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah) were named to the team along with freshman utility player Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah). Miner played in 57 games batting .385 with 20 doubles, six triples, five home runs, 52 RBIs, 48 runs scored and 24 stolen bases. She had a .422 on-base and slugged .630. She topped the region with six triples and 192 at bats. She was fourth in doubles, fifth in RBIs, steals and total bases (121). Siebenthal led the Lady Indians with a .411 batting average in 58 games, she had 24 doubles, two home runs, 32 RBIs, and 23 stolen bases. She had a .449 on-base percentage and slugged .573. Her 24 doubles were the second most in Region IX. She had the second most plate appearances in the region and ranked in the top 10 in at bats, runs, total bases (106) region and stolen bases. Jensen led the region with 43 stolen bases. In 50 games played as catcher and infielder, she batted .397 with 36 runs scored and a .431 on-base percentage. As a catcher, she threw out nine runners trying to steal which was the second most in the region. She held base stealers to a 37.5 success rate, which was third best in the region.
Last week the McCook Community College volleyball program reached a milestone of sorts when the seventh of seven graduating sophomores signed a letter of intent to continue playing volleyball – “Seven for Seven” as MCC Coach Hayley Kobza is calling the journey that has landed all seven of her sophomores scholarships to continue playing the sport after they graduate from MCC.
Those seven sophomores include Ashley Carson, Hanna Emerson, Ryan Maddera, Onyessah Rocha, Brooklyn Evans, Haley Jacobsen and Ty Johnson.
These players were part of a sophomore squad helping lead the Lady Indians to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time this century and also helped MCC capture its first Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Championship in 38 years and finished the season at 21-14, which included wins against two top-20 ranked opponents.
Of the seven MCC players, two are former high school teammates who were “discovered” at MCC during an open tryout in 2016 will play Division I volleyball. Two other MCC teammates will move on to play for the same team, one will play for a Division II program and four will play for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) schools. Two are headed to South Carolina, two are headed to Missouri, one is going to Louisiana, one to Texas and one will play in Kansas.
Here’s a summary of the players, their season highlights and where they’re headed:
Ashley Carson, Ord, will continue her volleyball career as a setter at Division 2 Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. One of three co-captains on the team, she was named to the all-Region IX volleyball team, had 1,268 sets – the most in Region IX, and sixth best among all setters in the nation. In addition Carson had 37 service aces, 237 digs, 40 blocks and 56 kills. She was also named to the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team for players from two-year colleges.
Hannah Emerson, a 6-2 middle blocker from Greeley West High School in Colo., will play at NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina in Conway, South Carolina. She received honorable mention on the Omaha World-Herald All Nebraska team. She played in 35 matches this season and her block numbers were in the top 10 in the Region IX South Division in the four major blocking categories. She assisted on 106 blocks, tops in the division, was second in total blocks with 124, second with 0.94 blocks per set, and ninth in solo blocks with 18. Her block assist numbers were ninth most in the nation. This fall, Emerson’s Chanticleers will play the University of Nebraska on Sept. 21 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Ryan Maddera 6-1, who played outside hitter and middle for the Indians will play setter at Division 1 Southeast Louisiana in Hammond, La. Like her high school teammate Emerson, both came to MCC for an open tryout and two years later both earned scholarships to play volleyball this Fall at the Division 1 level. Maddera played in 35 matches this past season for the Lady Indians and recorded 398 kills, 228 digs, 16 solo blocks, 73 total blocks and 42 service aces. She ranked fourth among hitters in the Region IX South division in total kills, her 3.18 kills per set ranked seventh, and total blocks ranked 14th. She also received honorable mention for the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team.
Brooklyn Evans, a 5-7 libero from Ogden, Utah, who converted from setter after her freshman season, will continue her career at NAIA Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. Evans, named co-captain in August, played in 35 matches for the Lady Indians leading the team in digs with 321 (2.43 per game). That total ranked ninth among players in the Region IX South Division. She also had 98 assists (10th most in the division) and 37 service aces (ranked 11th in the region). Evans received honorable mention for the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team. She will continue playing her libero/defensive position for the Vikings.
Haley Jacobsen is a 5-9 middle blocker/right side hitter from Chatfield High School in Littleton Colo., who will join MCC teammate Brooklyn Evans at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. Jacobsen played in 25 matches for the Lady Indians where she had 78 kills, 41 digs, and 50 total blocks. Her blocks per set total (0. 66) was 11th best in among players competing in the Region IX South Division. At Missouri Valley College, she expects to continue playing right side where she spent most of her time this past season.
Ty Johnson, a 5-8 outside hitter from Conroe, Texas returns to her home state to play volleyball at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. Johnson, one of three co-captains, played in all 35 matches and had 227 kills on the season, 45 service aces, 97 digs, and 93 blocks. She ranked second in the south sub-region in block assists (84) and was fourth in hitting percentage (.261). She received honorable mention for the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team. Johnson expects to play middle for the Lady Wildcats.
Onyessah Rocha, 5-5 libero from Topeka, Kan. returns to her home state to play for NAIA Ottawa University where she will play for the Braves, who won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and earned the program its sixth trip (fourth straight appearance), at the NAIA National Tournament. Rocha expects to compete for the starting libero position.
ALL SEVEN OF McCook Community College’s volleyball sophomores have now signed on to continue their volleyball careers at the next level. Pictured are (front row from left): Onyessah Rocha, Ty Johnson, Ashley Carson. (Back row): Haley Jacobsen, Hannah Emerson, Coach Hayley Kobza, Ryan Maddera and Brooklyn Evans.
Two McCook Volleyball players made Southwest Conference Volleyball team. Jayceea Hanson makes first team, and Robin Grigg makes Honorable Mention. You can view complete list here.
2018 SWC All Conference Softball Team
|Pitcher||Regan Armagost - Cozad, Fr|
Brenna Dugan - Cozad, (IF), Sr
Grace Cargill - Cozad (IF), Sr
Bailee Schurmann - Minden (IF), So
Avery Dunphy - Gothenburg (IF), So
Kandace Coleman - McCook, (IF), Jr
Kaitlyn Kleinknecht - Gothenburg (IF), Sr
Jercey Irish - Cozad (OF), Jr
Kaylin Martin - McCook, (OF), Jr
Alexis Bliven - Gothenburg (OF), So
Laurel Schmidt - McCook (OF), S
|Utl||Trinity Raburn - McCook (IF), Jr|
Hannah Merrill - Minden (IF/C), So
Haley Cargill - Cozad (Utl), Jr
Bailey Coulter - Gothenburg (P), Jr
Brolin Morgan - McCook (IF), Jr
2018-2019 Republican Plains Activity Conference All-Conference Volleyball Team(s). The teams were selected by the conference Volleyball Coaches on Wednesday, 11/15/2018.
Six McCook Community College student/athletes were selected by their respective coaches to be recognized for the 2018-2019 academic year as Athletes of the Year in their individual sports.
Lincoln – Train like a Husker this summer, as Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has announced a series of summer camps and clinics. The camps will take place throughout the month of June at the Hendricks Training Complex.
The 2019 camp series will feature two four-day camps, as well a pair of specialty clinics for boys and girls entering the 3rd-12th grade. In addition, there will also be a three-day Little Huskers camp for kids who are in grades K-4 for the upcoming year.
Hoiberg and his staff of instructors will work with campers on the fundamentals of basketball in a fun atmosphere. All camps are open to both boys and girls entering the respective grade level.
2019 Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps
|Day Camp #1||Mon.-Thurs., June 10-13||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$250|
|Day Camp #2||Mon.-Thurs., June 24-27||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$250|
|Little Huskers Camp||Wed.-Fri., June 19-21||9 a.m. – Noon||Boys/Girls Grades K-4||$180|
|Ball Handling and Shooting Clinic||Friday, June 14||9 a.m.-Noon||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$60|
|Forward Specialty Clinic||Friday, June 14||1-4 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$60|
|Dual Clinic Special||Friday, June 14||9 a.m. -4 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$110|
Nebraska High School Tennis Coaches Association, in cooperation with the Nebraska Coaches Association, announces the Class B All-State Girls Tennis Team for 2019.