On June 7th at about 7:30 PM Sergeant Wangler and another Officer responded to the residence located at 3410 16th Street in Columbus regarding an anonymous report that a wanted individual was at that location. In the course of the contact with the Suspect; 24 year old Jorje Robledo, a gunfight ensued. Initially, during the conflict, Robledo was armed with a handgun. As the situation developed, Robledo transitioned to a rifle. Both Wangler and Robledo were shot during the exchange and received multiple gunshot wounds.
Both Wangler and Robledo were initially taken to the Columbus Community Hospital and later to the University of Nebraska Medical Center by medical helicopter. Wangler is currently in stable condition, however he will require additional surgery relating to a wound in his neck. Robledo remains in critical condition.
Sergeant Wangler is a 19 year veteran of the Columbus Police. He is married and has two children.
We would like to extend our thanks to the Nebraska State Patrol, Platte County Sheriff's Department and the Omaha Police Department for the support they have offered in this matter.
The incident is being jointly investigated by the Columbus Police Department and Nebraska State Patrol.
McCook- Jessica Bortner, RN, BSN, MBA, was hired as the Community Hospital Health Foundation Executive Director, according to Troy Bruntz, Community Hospital President and CEO. Her duties begin May 29. Bortner is replacing Terri Shipshock, who retires in June.
“Jessica brings an enthusiasm with her that is very exciting for us at Community Hospital and Community Hospital Health Foundation,” Bruntz said. “We look forward to her rejoining our staff. Her healthcare background and strong leadership, business and communication skills will help to continue the mission of the health foundation.”
A native of Oklahoma, McCook has been home to Bortner since 1997, where she and her husband, Heath own and operate a farm/ranch north of town. They have a son, Charlie, 13.
She worked at Community Hospital beginning in 2000, providing patient care as a registered nurse. From 2001-2010, she oversaw the performance improvement program at the hospital, beginning as a coordinator and working up to performance improvement director. She also served as the corporate compliance officer.
During her time at Community Hospital, she revised the performance improvement program to include a process based management system linked to the hospital’s balanced score card. She also had oversight of patient safety, patient satisfaction and the performance improvement specialist. Bortner coordinated medical staff peer review and led The Joint Commission audits and improvements.
“I am honored and excited to be rejoining this excellent organization. I am looking forward to working with the health foundation board members, volunteers, hospital employees, and community to further secure the future of Community Hospital by raising funds and promoting public awareness and support,” Bortner said.
Last year, she was elected to a three-year term on the Community Hospital Board of Directors. She resigned that position as part of the agreement upon acceptance of the foundation director job. Bruntz said they hope to fill the empty board position very soon.
She graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Kearney in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. In 2004, Bortner completed her Masters in Business Administration from Bellevue University. She also received Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training from the GE Healthcare Institute in 2009.
Bortner is a member of the McCook Rotary. She is alumni of the 2011/2012 Southwest Nebraska Leadership Institute.
McCook, Nebraska—Community Hospital has put a temporary visitor restriction in place due to the increased outbreak of influenza in the area, according to Sharon Conroy, RN, Community Hospital Infection Prevention Nurse. Staff at the hospital is asking that people do not visit patients if they have a fever of more than 100 degrees and have a cough and/or a sore throat. Those who have been sick should not visit the hospital until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication. Children under 12 will not be allowed to visit patients during this time.
Visitors should remember to wash their hands often. Coughs should be covered by using a tissue or coughing into a sleeve.
“The restriction will be lifted as soon as we see a reduction of influenza-like illness in our area. Influenza is an illness that most recover from, but for hospitalized patients influenza can have a devastating outcome,” Conroy said. Conroy added that if someone has not yet gotten their flu shot, it is not too late to get vaccinated.
Sudden onset of symptoms
Fever or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Emergency warning signs of flu sickness in children:
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Fever with a rash
Emergency warning signs of flu sickness in adults:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Severe or persistent vomiting
Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:
Being unable to eat
Has trouble breathing
Has no tears when crying
Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal
FEBRUARY 21, 2019 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a North Platte man on several charges, including possession of methamphetamine, open container, and leaving the scene of an accident, following a foot pursuit Wednesday morning near Sutherland.
At approximately 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, NSP received a report of a crash on eastbound I-80 involving a tractor-trailer and a Pontiac sedan. After arriving on scene, troopers were informed that the driver of the Pontiac had fled on foot.
Troopers were able to track the suspect through the snow and over the South Platte River until they were able to apprehend him approximately two miles from the accident scene. The suspect, Eric White, 35, of North Platte, had received facial injuries in the crash and was showing signs of hypothermia. He was taken to Great Plains Health in North Platte.
Once he was medically cleared, White was taken to Lincoln County Jail and lodged for careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of an open alcohol container, possession of methamphetamine, and obstruction. White also had outstanding warrants from Lincoln and Lancaster Counties.
MARCH 29, 2019 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.) — The Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group (WING) has conducted a drug enforcement operation this week, resulting in the arrest of 32 individuals throughout the Nebraska Panhandle. Arrest warrants and search warrants were served throughout the Panhandle. Additional arrests are expected and some of the cases are on-going.
Throughout the week, WING was assisted by the sheriff’s offices of Cheyenne County, Scotts Bluff County, and Box Butte County, the police departments of Sidney, Kimball, Gering, Scottsbluff, Bayard, Alliance, Chadron, Ogallala, and the Nebraska State Patrol. The following is a list of arrests made as part of this operation.
-Bethany Wacker – Two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia
-Kamron Seebomb – Three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence
-Dennis Griffin – Three counts of distribution of methamphetamine
-Penny Overshiner – Three counts of distribution of a controlled substance
-Jo Len Valdez – Three counts of possession of a controlled substance
-Henrietta Dawn – Five counts of distribution of methamphetamine
-Derek Warbonnet – Three counts of distribution of marijuana
-Dalton Hunger – Three counts of distribution of methamphetamine
-Shawn Hollowhorn – Three counts of distribution of methamphetamine
-Leander Poor Bear – Three counts of distribution of a controlled substance
-Shane Lame – Four courts of distribution of methamphetamine
-Rick Haak – Possession of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana
-Summer Haak – Possession of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana
-Lacey Calder – Attempt of a class IV Felony and Possession of Marijuana
-David Iron Bear – Distribution of a controlled substance in a school zone
-Roxanne Trevino – Distribution of a controlled substance in a school zone
-Amber Camacho – Attempt of Class 4 Felony, Possession of Controlled Substance
-Shelley Parker – Distribution of a controlled substance in a school zone
-Cory Poor Bear – Distribution of a controlled substance
-Janae Iron Bear – Three counts forgery and failure to appear
-Cathica Vasquez – Theft by shoplifting
-Floyd Bolton – Possession of methamphetamine
-Jose Hernandez – One count of distribution of methamphetamine
-Mariah Medina – Possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana less than an ounce
-Myriah Tyan – Cited for possession of marijuana – less than an ounce
-Travis Graham – Two counts of distribution of marijuana
-Kandy Cook – One count of distribution of a controlled substance
-Jerry Roa – Two counts of distribution of marijuana
-Timothy Tscharner – One count of distribution of marijuana
-Tiara Tiden-Benzel – One count of distribution of marijuana
-Tony Christensen – One count of distribution of methamphetamine
-Clinton McCrea – Domestic assault
Those arrested were lodged in the county jails representing the county in which the arrest was made. The WING Task Force is made of up investigators from several law enforcement agencies in the Nebraska Panhandle, including Sidney PD, Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office, Gering PD, Scottsbluff PD, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Alliance PD, Chadron PD, and the Nebraska State Patrol.
HERSHEY, Neb. — Authorities have arrested a man suspected of driving drunk when his passenger jumped out of the vehicle in western Nebraska and died.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says a deputy sent Monday evening to the scene on Link 56C on the south side of Hershey found the woman unresponsive, lying on the roadway with a vehicle parked nearby. The sheriff's office says the deputy was unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
She's been identified as 45-year-old Brandy Lewis, who lived in Ogallala. An autopsy has been ordered.
The 59-year-old man who'd been driving the vehicle was interviewed and then arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. He told deputies that Lewis decided to jump while the vehicle was moving and that he couldn't stop her.
Court records don't show that he's been formally charged.
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.
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.
---- CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS ----
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:
---- HOST ROUNDS ----
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.
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.
LINCOLN, NE —Today, the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Board of Directors released the rosters for the 61st Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl Game.
Head Coaches Paul Limongi (Omaha Burke HS) and Glen Snodgrass (York HS) together with their coaching staffs each chose from nominated seniors in their designated regions to represent their respective high schools, as well as North or South, in the 2019 Nebraska Shrine Bowl.
|NORTH TEAM||SOUTH TEAM|
|Kodjo Atikphou, Grand Island||Cole Aniello, Millard West|
|Ryan Bena, Creighton Prep||Edwen Baptista, Friend|
|Koby Brandenburg, Central City||Quinn Butzke, Centennial|
|Mehki Butler, Omaha North||Hunter Chilton, Gretna|
|Cedric Case, Lincoln High||John Christensen, Bruning-Davenport|
|Tyler Chadwick, Omaha Burke||Baily Darnell, Auburn|
|Connor Cowling, Norfolk||Jaiden Davis, Lincoln Southeast|
|Jackson Creek, Millard North||Joe Dworak, Lincoln Pius X|
|Shane Dailey, Jr., Bellevue West||Jarod Epperson, Omaha Skutt|
|Sid DeMayo, Mt. Michael||Colin Giron, McCook|
|Lane Edis, Mullen||Taevyn Grixby, Lincoln Southwest|
|Grayson Garey, Broken Bow||D.J. Gross, McCook|
|Trenton Harbor, Gothenburg||Tyson Guzman, Omaha Westside|
|Jack Hasz, Creighon Prep||Gabe Heins, Kearney|
|Jacob Herbek, GICC||Jackson Hirschfeld, Centennial|
|Mason Hiemstra, Alliance||Torrence Jackson, Omaha Central|
|Garrett Hustedt, Mt. Michael||Austin Jablonski, Lincoln Pius X|
|Cooper Jewett, Elkhorn South||Joseph Krause, Seward|
|Caden Johnson, Wahoo Bishop Neumann||Nick Leader, Lincoln Southwest|
|Chris Jones, Lincoln High||Alex Lewis, Omaha South|
|Rhett Jordan, Waverly||Jayden Merriman, Millard South|
|Kaden Kneifl, Wayne||Mike McClanahan, Papillion LaVista South|
|Sam Kolterman, Wahoo||Brayden Miller, Kearney|
|Quincy Nichols, Blair||Riley Moses, Fillmore Central|
|Steven Krawczyk, Omaha North||Chase Norblade, Papillion LaVista South|
|Lane McGinley, Valentine||Nouredin Nouli, Norris|
|Robert Pentecost, Papillion LaVista||Garrett Nuss, Sutton|
|Luke Reimer, Lincoln North Star||Caden Opfer, Gretna|
|Keegan Reitschneider, Scottsbluff||Lucas Paloucek, Ogallala|
|Jackson Ritchhart, Fremont||Cade Reichardt, Aurora|
|Alex Rodgers, Omaha Roncalli Catholic||PJ Schaben, Seward|
|Dylan Sales, Omaha Burke||Barrett Sellon, Lincoln East|
|Logan Schuelke, Waverly||Braden Sellon, Lincoln East|
|Sam Sims, Grand Island||Garrett Snodgrass, York|
|Jack Sutton, Wahoo||Noah Stafursky, York|
|Joe Teten, Norfolk Catholic||Jack Towne, Millard South|
|Jesse Ulrich, Ord||Landon Weber, Adams Central|
|Bryce Zimmerer, Creighton||T.J. Skradski, Omaha Skutt|
|NORTH COACHES||SOUTH COACHES|
|Paul Limongi, Omaha Burke||Glen Snodgrass, York|
|Blake Beebout, Valentine||Matt Maltsberger, York|
|Brock Eichelberger, O'Neill||Jamie Opfer, Seward|
|Chris Seebohm, Alliance||Kam Lenhart, Fairbury|
|Ben Ryan, Omaha Burke||Matt Kern, York|
|Andy Schatzberg, Omaha Burke||Eric Ryan, Overton|
About the Nebraska Shrine Bowl
The Shrine Bowl of Nebraska is the state's most prestigious high school all-star sports event. The 501(c)(3) non-profit produces annual events and related activities to raise funds and awareness to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a healthcare system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.
The 61st Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl will be played Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Kearney, at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Kearney. For more information, visit www.neshrinebowl.org.
McCook Community College sophomore Shaun Hickey has become the first baseball player from this year’s team to sign on to a four-year school. Hickey, a Summerville, New Brunswick native has committed to play at Division I Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.
“I think Abilene Christian is the best possible match for me,” Hickey said. “This choice meets every need of mine academically and athletically, as well as the opportunity to continue my development at a high level with their program, their resources and their facilities, particularly weight lifting.”
“I’m really happy for Shaun,” said MCC baseball coach Jon Olsen. “If you fully embrace the junior college route, considering the impact of getting an affordable education, when you have a guy sign on at the next level, I get real excited about that.”
Hickey, a 6-1, 190 pound right-handed pitcher, has appeared in five games this year (two as a starter) and is 1-1 with two saves and a 3.48 earned run average. In 10.1 innings, he has allowed seven hits, five walks and 13 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .212 against him this year. He is averaging 11.3 strikeouts and 6.10 hits per nine innings.
Last season he averaged 4.9 strikeouts and 9.40 hits per nine innings in a season when he started five games, went 2-1 in 22 innings, struck out 12, walked 17, allowed a .271 opponent's batting average, and a 9.40 earned run average.
“Shaun is a great kid, a great student and a great worker,” Olsen said. “He did everything you need to do to get better, and be able to move on.”
This year his new team is 17-15, competing in the Southland as well as a non-conference schedule that includes the likes of NCAA tournament qualifiers TCU, Hartford, Northwestern State and in-state foes in Texas A&M and Baylor.
“At the end of the day, Shaun is set to earn his bachelor’s degree and has earned a scholarship to pay for it,” Olsen said.
Hickey is expected to continue his role as relief pitcher in Texas. On Tuesday, he pitched a scoreless ninth inning and picked up his first win of the season in the team’s 11-7 ninth-inning comeback win over Colby Community College. He said he and the team still have some unfinished business in Region IX.
“We still have a lot to play for this season,” Hickey said. “Our goal is to keep fighting and turn things around one pitch at a time and continuing to play for each other.”
MCC is 11-19 overall but still has a chance to push up in the Empire League standings and qualify for post-season plan.
Hickey is studying psychology at MCC and plans to continue that ACU. He plans to play professional baseball and would like to go into the counselling field or possibly sports psychology.
He said he is an avid writer, and hopes to one day write his own book.
Of his time at MCC, Hickey said, “I’ve met people here at MCC and developed life-long relationships with people that I’ll probably always consider as best friends. From my own improvement as a player, our coaches have done everything to help me to continue to develop my skills and reach for my goals on and off the field.”
Olsen said he expects Hickey to be the first of eight to 11 players from this year’s squad to sign on to play at four-year schools.
“We’ve had tons of interest lately, I’m excited for this group of sophomores,” Olsen said.
The Air Force Prep Huskies banked in a 3-pointer off the boards as time expired to sink the McCook Community College Men Tuesday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center 81-80.
MCC had taken the lead on sophomore Peanut Cunningham’s (Louisville, Kent.) drive down the lane that put the Indians up 80-78 with 9.4 seconds remaining. Air Force Prep got the ball up court for a 3-pointer that missed but Prep’s Marcus Hill ran down the rebound and put it up and in for the win.
“We box out and we’re happy with a great win over a quality team,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said. “Instead we’re disappointed with a loss.”
The two teams battled back-and-forth in the first half. The Indians took an eight-point lead at the 12:56 mark but Air Force Prep fought back to lead by five points at the 7:12 mark. MCC took the lead back but the Huskies worked a last-second shot to end the first half and brought them to within four points of the Indians 40-36.
“We’re just having a hard tie guarding in half-court,” Lenhart said.
MCC stretched the lead to double-digits in the early part of the second half until the Huskies switched things up defensively.
“They went to a zone and it slowed us down for four or five possessions,” Lenhart said.
The Huskies cut the MCC lead to 62-59 at the 10:00 mark and the game remained tight down the stretch.
“Peanut really lifted us in the second half,” Lenhart said.
Cunningham scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to pace the Indians. Freshman Miles Black (Jonesboro, Ga.) hit three 3-pointers in the second half on the way to a 17-point night. Freshmen Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) and Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) both chipped in nine points.
Air Force Prep canned 30 of 55 field goals for the game (56.7 percent) and 14 of 34 shots from beyond the 3-point line (41.2 percent) including 10 of 21 in the second half (47.6 percent).
“You just can’t allow a team to shoot 56 percent for the game, 42 percent from the 3-point line and let them take 34 of them,” Lenhart said.
MCC shot 49.3 percent from the field on 69 shots, and 32.1 percent from the 3-point line on 28 shots,
The Indians out-rebounded the Huskies 35-31 with Sophomore Ron White (New York, N.Y.) leading MCC on the boards with seven.
“I mean there was a lot of good that took place tonight, but in a loss you give up an inch here and an inch there and it adds up,” Lenhart said.
The Indians forced Air Force Prep into 17 turnovers, while committing nine.
The Indians fall to 7-8 on the year and begin Region IX South Division Play this weekend in Colorado, Friday at La Junta, Colo. against Otero Junior College and Saturday at Trinidad State. Then comes two more Region IX road games Jan. 22 at Scottsbluff against Western Nebraska and Jan. 25 at Sterling, Colo. against Northeastern Junior College.
MCC's only home game in the region comes Jan 29 when the Indians host North Platte.
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