Omaha Conservatory of Music is excited to announce thatit has received a grant from the Oregon Trail Community Foundation in support of its String Sprouts program for the 2018/19 academic year. The String Sprouts program provides 5 years of free string classes, with instruments provided, to 3 and 4-year-olds in the Scottsbluff/Gering area who otherwise wouldn’t have access to such opportunities. Children in the String Sprouts program have demonstrated increased achievement both academically and socially. There are currently 69 students enrolled in String Sprouts in western Nebraska.
The Oregon Trail Community Foundation has been a supporter of String Sprouts since its in
Staff from Grand Island Public School and the Police Department held a joint press conference this afternoon to talk about a threat they received. Administration and the Police Department learned of a possible threat a little after 10 PM on Thursday night (02/22). The tip came in through the new tip-line, which has been in place for about 3 weeks now. Capt Jim Duering with GIPD says they immediately began investigating the threat and determined the message not be credible and discovered the original message originated outside of the state of Nebraska and no legitimate ties to Grand Island our our school system. Capt Duering also said, "we will continue to investigate any perceived threat toward our community".
NOVEMBER 12, 2018 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested three people following a pursuit overnight in York County.
At approximately 12:00 a.m. Sunday, a trooper observed a 2005 Lincoln LS driving with its trunk open and displaying fictitious license plates. The trooper performed a traffic stop on Highway 81 near the I-80 interchange. During the traffic stop, the vehicle then fled southbound on Highway 81, driving south in the northbound lanes with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour.
Multiple troopers pursued the suspect vehicle as it entered McCool Junction. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck one of the NSP cruisers on the driver’s side, causing minor injuries to the trooper. The vehicle then started traveling north in the southbound lanes. Another trooper then performed a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the suspect vehicle to a stop on Highway 81 between McCool Junction and I-80. The three occupants were then taken into custody.
The driver, Dylan Pritchard, 26, of Holstein, was arrested for felony flight to avoid arrest, assaulting an officer using a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, willful reckless driving, fictitious license plates, and several traffic violations.
Troopers also found methamphetamine in the vehicle. Pritchard and passengers Kathie Zimmer, 35, of Fullerton, and Steven Kissel, 26, of Ashland, were all arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Pritchard was transported to the hospital for minor injuries and was released. All three were lodged in York County Jail.
The trooper who was injured was also treated and released from the hospital.
OCTOBER 9, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have seized numerous drugs and arrested five people during three traffic stops on Interstate 80 from Saturday to Monday.
On Saturday, October 6, at approximately 1:50 p.m., a trooper observed an eastbound 2018 Cadillac STS fail to move over for an emergency vehicle near mile marker 185 on Interstate 80. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
A search revealed approximately 5,000 THC hash oil vape cartridges and an ounce of suspected khat. The driver, Mohamed Abdulla, 25, of Brooklyn, New York, and passenger, Sarhan Abdullah, 43, of New Haven, Connecticut, were arrested for possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and no drug tax stamp. Both men were lodged in Lincoln County Jail.
On Sunday, October 7, at approximately 4:35 p.m., a trooper stopped an eastbound 2016 Toyota SUV for speeding near mile marker 18 on I-80. The trooper conducted a search of the vehicle after becoming suspicious of criminal activity.
During the search, troopers found 26 pounds of marijuana located in luggage. The two occupants of the vehicle, Keshi Wu, 38, of Alameda, California, and Minchao Yu, 36, of Brooklyn, New York, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. Both men were lodged in Kimball County Jail.
On Monday, October 8, at approximately 4:15 p.m., a trooper stopped an eastbound 2015 Lexus SUV for speeding near mile marker 186 on I-80. During the stop, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity and conducted a search of the vehicle.
The search revealed 55 packages of marijuana inside bags in the cargo area. The total weight of the marijuana was approximately 55 pounds. The driver, Viktoria Belan, 40, of Mount Prospect, Illinois, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. She was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.
The McCook City and Volunteer Fire Department will be conducting a training burn in the 1400 block of West J Street in McCook on Saturday, December 8th. The training is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM. A vacant residential structure located on the lot next to Master Carts LLC, the former Propes Golf Carts Sales & Service. Water will be supplied by a fire hydrant located approximately 300’ west of the site. The water supply hose will have West 14th and J Street blocked off during the training exercise.
AUGUST 20, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), along with the North Platte Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and Nebraska Game and Parks, have arrested a man wanted in connection with multiple pursuits in the past week.
On Saturday, August 18, NSP responded to a report of a stolen vehicle near Sutherland. While investigating, authorities were able to identify the suspect as Shane Melton, 30, of North Platte. Melton had reportedly been involved in multiple pursuits with law enforcement recently.
Just after 10:00 a.m. Sunday, August 19, troopers were able to locate Melton and a stolen Dodge Ram pickup west of Lake Maloney, south of North Platte. Melton fled and led troopers on a pursuit, which was called off as the truck drove through fences and pasture. Multiple citizen reports then placed the truck at a residence on the 7000 block of West Buckboard Road.
NSP SWAT was called in to assist, as troopers had received information that Melton was possibly armed. SWAT conducted a search of the area and was able to take Melton into custody without further incident at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Melton was lodged in Lincoln County Jail on four outstanding warrants and additional charges of driving under suspension, possession of a stolen vehicle, flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, obstruction, criminal trespassing, and criminal mischie
AUGUST 23, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a man following a report of a sexual assault at a gas station just off of Interstate 80 in Lincoln County.
At approximately 10:00 p.m. Monday, August 21, troopers responded to a gas station at mile marker 179, near North Platte, upon a report from an adult female that a man had assaulted her while they were traveling in a vehicle. The suspect had left the scene before troopers arrived.
About an hour later, the vehicle was located by the Deuel County Sheriff’s Office at a truck stop in Big Springs. The suspect was not with the vehicle, but troopers were able to locate the suspect a short time later.
Robert Hall, 61, of Gulfport, Mississippi, was arrested for 3rd degree sexual assault, making terroristic threats, and attempted 1st degree sexual assault. He was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.
AUGUST 16, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Troop E – Scottsbluff removed 4 impaired drivers from the road during an extended special enforcement operation in Sheridan County.
The enforcement, which ran from July 1 through August 15, focused on enforcement of drunk or drugged driving. Sheridan County is not listed as a priority county by the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO), but the high rate of alcohol-related fatality crashes has outpaced the rest of the Panhandle region for the last several years.
In addition to removing 4 impaired drivers from the road, troopers also issued citations for speeding (47), driving under suspension (4), and open container of alcohol (3). The 13 Troopers that participated also made 8 arrests for drug offenses, arrested 5 individuals with active warrants, and made 3 additional felony arrests.
This operation was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $12,650 from NDOT-HSO
AUGUST 28, 2018 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested one woman and seized 101 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Grand Island.
At approximately 11:40 a.m. Monday, August 27, a trooper assigned to the NSP Police Service Dog Division observed an eastbound 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe failing to stay in its lane and following too closely near mile marker 307 on I-80. During the traffic stop, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity.
A search of the vehicle was conducted. The search revealed three large duffel bags containing heat sealed packages of marijuana in the cargo area of the vehicle. The total weight of the marijuana was 101 pounds, carrying an estimated street value of $303,000.
The driver, Princess Smith, 32, of North Carolina, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp. She was lodged in Hall County Jail.
Five McCook Community College softball players have been named to the Omaha World-Herald’s all Nebraska junior college team including sophomore Alexis Moeaki, who was named the team’s honorary captain. Also named to the team were sophomore Taya Thorpe and freshmen Emily Charchuk, Jerusha Miner and Chanel Siebenthal. McCook had a strong offense this spring as it hit .366 as a team and averaged 7.9 runs per game and dominated the all World-Herald team with five of the 14 players. Western Nebraska and Central Community College each had three players, Northeast Junior College had two and Southeast Community College had one. Moeaki, a sophomore from Las Vegas, set a school record with 76 RBIs this spring and hit.468, scored 61 runs, hit 22 doubles and 11 home runs. She finished as McCook’s career leader in batting average (.464), hits (176) and RBIs (142). Joining her in the infield was freshman Emily Charchuk, second base, from Victoria, British Columbia, who hit .439, scored 66 runs and drove in 34 RBIs. Two MCC freshman were named as out-fielders on the World-Herald team. Jerusha Miner, Gunnison Valley, Utah, batted .373 for the Lady Indians, scored 53 runs and led Region IX with 39 stolen bases. Chanel Siebenthal, outfielder from Lakewook, Colo., hit.406, scored 57 runs and stole 17 bases. Sophomore pitcher Taya Thorpe, Malad, Idaho, was one of three pitchers named to the team. She led MCC with a 21-20 record this past season, struck out 200 hitters and had a 5.43 earned-run average.
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD TWO-YEAR COLLEGE TEAM
C: Danica Schaefer, so., Central CC, .488, 39 R, 33 RBIs
1B: Savannah Robertson, so., Northeast CC, .471, 40 RBI, 50 R
2B: Emily Charchuk, fr., McCook CC, .439, 66 R, 34 RBIs
*SS: Alexis Moeaki, so., McCook CC, .468, 11 HRs, 76 RBIs
3B: Michaela Kelly, fr., Western Nebraska, .383, 14 HRs, 53 RBIs
OF: Madi Jackson, so., Western Nebraska, .421, 58 R, 39 RBIs
OF: Jerusha Miner, fr., McCook CC, .373, 53 R, 39 SBs
OF: Chanel Siebenthal, fr., McCook CC, .406, 57 R, 17 SBs
EP: Jessica Lusk, so., Southeast CC, .429, 16 HRs, 56 RBIs
U: Jenna Robinson, so., Central CC, .381, 13 HRs, 55 RBIs
P: Alayna Allen, fr., Northeast CC, 3.64 ERA, .404, 59 RBIs
P: Katelyn Keene, so., Central CC, 12-6, 3.21 ERA
P: Emma McMillan, fr., Western Nebraska, 14-19, 6.10 ERA
P: Taya Thorpe, so., McCook CC, 21-20, 200 Ks, 5.43 ERA
*— denotes honorary captain
Central CC - Shelby Behnk, Mackenzie Eller, Ashten Gibson.
North Platte CC - Emily Marsden, Hallei Morales, Erin Renwick, Ana Talaroc-Kaniho, Kenlee Wanlass.
Northeast - Jade Long, Emily Sherstone.
Southeast - Brooke Brestel, Cassidy Burkhardt, Jasmine Davis, Jenny Eacker, Kelsey Markey.
Western Nebraska - Brooke Doumer, Alyssa Guymon, Gabby Loya, Reagan Solomon.
The 2017-18 RPAC All-Conference Boys and Girls Basketball Teams have been announced for the East and West divisions.
Padyn Borders Sr Broken Bow
Hunter Pothoff Sr McCook
Tristian Siemering Sr Cozad
Dillon Geiser Jr Cozad
Elijah Lovin Jr Minden
Kevin Linn Sr Broken Bow
Gage Delimont Jr Ainsworth
Cameron Raffaeli Jr Ogallala
Bennett Folkers Sr Gothenburg
Nate Neil Jr Cozad
Josh Harvey Jr Broken Bow
Clayton Stevens Sr McCook
Kooper Reece Sr Valentine
Josh Denney Jr Minden
AJ Whiting Sr Gothenburg
Adam Kroeger So Ogallala
Gracie Stienike Sr Gothenburg
Janessa Madsen Sr Minden
Sadie Rush Sr Cozad
Kali Staples Fr Broken Bow
Diana Reed Sr Ogallala
Bailey Honn Sr McCook
Jory Lowe Sr Broken Bow
Rylee Rice So Ainsworth
Alex Bauer Jr Minden
MacKenzie Smith Jr McCook
Jaden Bryant Sr McCook
Kennedy Berreckman Sr Cozad
Taylor Williams Jr Ogallala
Chiara Richeson Fr Gothenburg
Liviya Wier Fr McCook
Sheridan Bancroft- Valentine, Claire Steinhauser- Ainsworth, Tory Dehning Ogallala, Emily Arp-McCook, Arleigh Costello-Gothenburg, Hanna Wright-Cozad, Trinity Olson- Minden, Jaden Bryant-McCook, Kennedy Berreckman-Cozad, Bailey Honn-McCook, Jory Lowe Broken Bow, Kate Fox Broken Bow, Sadie Rush-Cozad, Janessa Madsen-Minden, Gracie Stienike-Gothenburg
Franklin wins the Alma Golf Invitational with a team score 366, Southern Valley comes in second with a 368, Loomis third with a 400, Cambridge in fourth place with a 428, Alma finishes fifth with a 432, finishing in sixth place was Bertrand 447, in seventh place was Elm Creek 458, and finishing eighth place was Arapahoe 512. View all the individual scores below.
The McCook Community College baseball team opens the 2018 season Saturday with a roster full of returning position players but a very young pitching staff.
MCC opens play Saturday in Liberal, Kan. against Seward County and Coach Jon Olsen will rely on his team’s experience and solid batting order to lead the team while the pitching staff develops.
The Indians return 10 guys who started games last year. “Technically we can start a player at every position who started at some point last year,” Olsen said.
On the mound, MCC’s 2018 roster has three pitchers with 40 innings of experience between them. The Indians must reload a pitching staff that set a school record for strikeouts in a season, 410. The trio of returners had 32.
“On the mound, we are going to be counting on guys to step up and do well for us as freshmen,” Olsen said. “We have 14 arms, only one who pitched more than 10 innings last year.” The Indians will have six true freshman among the pitchers and with five transfers.
“We have some talented arms in this program but some of them don’t have a ton of experience,” Olsen said.
MCC is coming off a 29-27 season and a 20-16 conference mark, which was fourth best in what has become a highly-competitive Empire Conference that includes Western Nebraska, Northeastern JC, Trinidad State, Lamar, Otero, and Miles. 2017 marked MCC’s first back-to-back playoff appearances since the post-season format changed in 2008. The top four teams in the standings advance to the post-season playoffs.
The coach doesn’t look for falloff from any conference foes.
“I have a ton of respect for the coaches in this conference, they all get things done in different ways but if you don’t show up ready to play in any conference game, you’re going to get beat,” Olsen said.
He pointed out the top five teams in the conference were separated by three games in the standings.
Olsen said in looking at all the teams it’s difficult to say that one team is a clear-cut favorite.
“Every team is a little like us, really strong in one area and some questions in other areas. There isn’t one team with a ton of experience in both pitching and offense. This conference is going to be a wide-open dogfight,” Olsen said.
Sophomore bats will be the key for the Indians to make it a third straight playoff appearance. Last year MCC dropped its first six conference games before the playoff run.
First baseman/outfield Jacob Sanford, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, earned first team Region IX honors last year and catcher Dylan White, Las Vegas, was a second-team all-region selection as a freshman.
The Indian offense has players who produced well as freshmen. Of the eight position players with at least 18 games played, they collectively had 1,030 plate appearances while hitting .297 with 31 homeruns, 150 RBIs, a .386 on-base average and a .469 slugging percentage.
Olsen is expecting even better production from this core-group of sophomores and key offensive contributions from his newcomers but he said with inexperienced pitchers, it will be imperative MCC step up its defense.
“Last year we were bad defensively, but we had high strikeout guys on the mound that shielded our defense.”
The first of 25 scheduled home games is set for Feb. 21 when the Indians take on Colby in a nine-inning 3 p.m. Game. MCC has home doubleheaders scheduled with Hastings JV Feb. 22 and against Northeast CC Feb. 28.
Here is a look at the 2018 Indians by position:
CATCHER: Sophomore Dylan White and freshman Beau Hawley, Greeley, Colo., are expected to see the majority of the action. White hit .348 last season with five homers and 19 RBI. When he was injured during the fall, Hawley was able to step in and get a lot of experience. “Dylan had a good year for us and is a good defender as well, and with the experience Beau got in the fall I’m pretty happy with where we are there,” Olsen said.
FIRST BASE: Jay Sanford will anchor the MCC lineup as the Indians’ top returning hitter batting .345 with 11 homeruns and 39 RBI. The sophomore will play first base and also leftfield, which will allow Jonny Giunta, Milton, Ontario, (who started 14 games last year) time in the lineup.
MIDDLE INFIELD: Four sophomores are expected to fill the lineup this year at second base, shortstop, and third base. Jason Hill, Surrey, B.C., started 44 games last year and batted .313 with a .435 on-base percentage. Mike Sookdeo, Bramton, Ontario, played mostly at DH last year where he hit .237 with seven homeruns and 32 RBI and will likely see time at third base this year. Angel Mojica, Denver, is one of MCC’s most improved players according to Olsen having played 16 games last year with a .194 batting average. Hunter Rynders, Centennial, Colo., can play all infield spots and saw action in 18 games last year batting .300. Of his incoming freshman the coach has tabbed Julio Seperich, Las Vegas, as his best overall defender on the team both in the infield and the outfield. Olsen expects him to see starts at second base, third, shortstop and centerfield. Freshman Jacob Reid, Mississauga, Ontario, is a player who can provide very good offense and Mark Starks, Blair gives the Indians depth and offensive pop off the bench.
OUTFIELD: In addition to Sanford and Seperich, three returning sophomores look to frequent the lineup from the outfield. Tanner Zeggil, Stagner, Ontario, played in 46 games a year ago and batted .310 with a pair of home runs. Chris Bellemere, Grande-Carriere, Quebec, started 17 games and homered three times and drove in 10 with a .203 batting average and .390 slugging. Dalton Barling, Ashland, saw action in 16 games batting .212,
STARTING PITCHING: McCook High School’s Kaden Sitzman emerges as the staff’s most experienced pitcher appearing in 16 games, starting four, and compiling a 3-3 record in 29.1 innings with 25 strikeouts. Other candidates for the starting rotation include: Jacob Lombardelli, Windsor, Colo., Connor McGonigal, Omaha Burke, and high school teammates Jesse Bloom and Ryan Marstiller, Centennial, Colo.
BULLPEN: Sophomore Tyler Cox, Mississauga, emerged as the top relief pitcher during fall camp. He appeared in five games, threw 8.1 innings and posted a 1-0 record with a 2.16 earned run average last season. The other sophomore is David Perez, Las Vegas, who worked in three innings last year over four appearances. Freshmen pitchers with a chance to work their way into key roles include: Shaun Hickey, Summerville, N.B.; Connor Williams, Milton, Ontario; Casey Quagliano, Colby, Kan.; Keyshawn Royal, Tampa; and three Greeley, Colo., pitchers in Spencer Ray, Braydon Peif and Micah Dorsey.
KANSAS CITY, MO – The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced today the matchups for the championship round of the 2018 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker. All four games of the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO., will be aired live on ESPN networks.
On Monday, November 19, Nebraska will take on Missouri State at 6 pm CT on ESPNU, followed by USC and Texas Tech at 8:30 pm ET on ESPN2. On Tuesday, November 20, the consolation game will tip off at 6 pm CT on ESPN3, followed by the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker championship game at 8:30pm ET on ESPN2.
Tickets for the championship round games at Sprint Center will be available beginning at 10:00am CT on August 4th by visitingwww.halloffameweekend.com,www.axs.com, by phone at 888-929-7849, or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.
The Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker will be the culminating event of college basketball’s Hall of Fame Weekend, which also includes the 13th annual induction ceremony for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. That event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City.
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Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
Monday, November 19 – 6:00 PM CT
Nebraska vs. Missouri State (ESPNU)
USC vs. Texas Tech (ESPN2)
Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
Tuesday, November 20 – 6:00 PM CT
Consolation Game (ESPN3)
Championship Game (ESPN2)
Those four schools will serve as the four host round participants for this year’s Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker, with the opening round games of the tournament beginning on November 6th. Each of those teams will play two games on campus, before advancing to the championship rounds in Kansas City. Joining the four host teams in the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker are Mississippi Valley State, Robert Morris, Southeastern Louisiana and Stetson. The complete list of games for the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by Shot Tracker are as follows:
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Springfield Regional Rounds
JQH Arena – Springfield, MO
Friday, November 9 – Time TBD
Robert Morris at Missouri State
Sunday, November 11 – Time TBD
Stetson at Missouri State
Lubbock Regional Rounds
United Supermarkets Arena– Lubbock, TX
Friday, November 9 – Time TBD
Mississippi Valley State at Texas Tech
Tuesday, November 13 – Time TBD
Southeastern Louisiana at Texas Tech
Lincoln Regional Rounds
Pinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln, NE
Tuesday, November 6 – Time TBD
Mississippi Valley State at Nebraska
Sunday, November 11 – Time TBD
Southeastern Louisiana at Nebraska
Los Angeles Regional Rounds
Galen Center – Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, November 6 – Time TBD
Robert Morris at USC
Wednesday, November 14 – Time TBD
Stetson at USC
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.