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A multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A has been linked to eating blackberries purchased at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in three states:  Indiana, Nebraska and Wisconsin. It is noted that these same berries were also distributed in IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, MN, NE, OH, PA, and WI.

 

Teresa Anderson, Health Director Central District Health Department advises, “The blackberries would have been purchased at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets between September 9th and September 30th, 2019. If you didn’t freeze these berries you probably won’t have any left. However, if you purchased and froze berries during this time period and still have them, please contact us so that we can work with Nebraska DHHS in testing any berries that are still available.

 

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Although rare, Hepatitis A can cause death in some people. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. Symptoms begin somewhere between 2 and 7 weeks after exposure. Individuals are considered most contagious during the 2 weeks before and 1 week after onset of symptoms. Those diagnosed with hepatitis A or persons symptomatic after a known exposure should not work or prepare food for one week after symptoms begin and until symptoms are gone for greater than24 hours.


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North Platte Authorities say human remains found in a stock trailer could be those of at least one of two Wisconsin brothers who prosecutors say were fatally shot by a Missouri farmer.


Lincoln County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Roland Kramer said Monday that a rancher near Hershey, found the remains mixed with dirt in a plastic tub inside the trailer he recently purchased in Missouri.


Garland Nelson, a 25-year-old Missouri farmer, is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Nick Diemel and 24-year-old Justin Diemel, of Wisconsin, then burning their bodies and dumping them in a manure pile. He faces two counts of first-degree murder.


Kramer says Missouri authorities confirmed the remains could belong to one of the brothers.



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Monday morning the Lincoln County Sheriff's 911 Center advised of a two vehicle, injury accident near mile marker 63 on U.S. Highway 83.


It was reported a truck and a car had struck head on and one of the drivers was injured.

Deputies and rescue workers arrived to find a female driver with non-life threatening injuries being assisted by other citizens.


She was later taken to Great Plains Health for treatment.


The investigation into the accident revealed a northbound Isuzu Sweeper Truck crossed the centerline of the roadway and collided with the females vehicle.


It appears the driver of the Isuzu fell asleep, causing him to strike the woman’s car he was not injured. Drugs or Alcohol were not a cause of the accident.



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Grand Island Public Schools Foundation Board members surprised teachers and students in the Grand Island Public Schools when they arrived at schools Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to award 17 classroom mini-grants. 

The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation awards mini-grants in two rounds on an annual basis. Mini-grants are designed to fund educational opportunities for students that are not available through the school district's general budget.  

This is the sixteenth annual mini-grant cycle for the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation.  Since the program’s inception, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has funded 282 mini-grants totaling $248,464. Grants have been awarded to every school in the district, benefiting approximately 52,755 students.  

The 2019-2020 mini-grant fund was established via the "Add it Up to Opportunity!" staff and board fund drive and the "Tradition of Excellence" community campaign held during the past 12 months.

For the 2019-2020 school year, 17 grants totaling $19,322 were awarded through the mini-grant process. Grants ranged from $250 to $2,000.  3,222 students will benefit from a classroom mini-grant this school year.  

Day One grant winners, grant amounts, and project titles were:

*Kim McCain, Jodi Fegley, Engleman Elementary, $1,830, “Wildcats Wild about Maker Space!” With the Makerspace movement in full swing across our district, Engleman Elementary wants to expand their learning opportunities for their students. With only four large robots, adding the ability to code more often is one goal for a student body of 530. We also would like to continue developing creativity and problem solving using recyclables with Makedo: Cardboard Construction. With Makerspace hands-on learning activities, students gain problem solving skills and collaboration skills in the curriculum areas of math, science, art, language/literature, and technology. This grant will benefit 530 students in grades K-5.

*Kenneth DeFrank, Success Academy, $1,970, “Flexible Seating.” Success Academy is an alternative program that focuses on students with mental and behavior challenges. We would like to offer more flexible seating to our students, including wiggly chairs, rocking chairs, and any other non-traditional seating to help kids stay focused on their academics. This grant will benefit 91 students in grades 9-12.

*Danielle Dudo, Stephanie Finnegan, Andrew Poltack, and Katie Slattery, Newell Elementary, $850, “Traveling Along the Oregon Trail.” Students will experience the Oregon Trail in a first-hand expedition across school district property.  Students will face many of the same challenges that pioneers faced from traveling hardships, illness, trading and pioneer meals.  Their mission is to successfully transport their family along the trail to their final destination.  (Starting at Newell Elementary, stopping at Walnut Middle School and ending at Grand Island Senior High). This grant will benefit 80 students in grades 4-5.

*Sara Robinson, Gates Elementary, $1,000, “Every Student, Every Day, A Reader!” The purpose of this grant is to provide teachers with the materials they need to design meaningful phonics lessons. The materials will guide instruction that directly aligns to the LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional development. This grant will benefit 215 students in grades K-5.

*Jason Zelasney, Shane Campbell, and John Faxon, Jefferson Elementary, $1,000, “Jefferson Gentleman.” The Jefferson Gentlemen will be a program focused on teaching our young boys how to be our next generation gentlemen. This program will teach our boys skills to help them feel good about themselves in every setting and have the confidence to lead by example. Our goal is to lift students up and help prepare them for the road ahead.  During our group time, we plan to focus on learning proper etiquette in different settings, how to dress to impress and tie a tie, how to give a proper handshake and demonstrate respect to others, and learn other characteristics of being a gentleman. This grant will benefit 50 students in grades K-5.

*Chandra Kosmicki, Jefferson Elementary, $1,870, “Stop-Motion Claymation Movie Makin’.” Remember the Gumby or the California Raisins? In this project, students will grow their skills as a 21st century learner and become engaged in stop-motion animation by creating, editing, and sharing their very own Claymation movie. This grant will benefit 400 students in grades K-5.

*Trevor Cornelius and Nancy Sutherland, Knickrehm Elementary, $900, “It Only Takes a Spark.” It can be difficult for students to transition from reading picture books to chapter books; for some students, due to fear and lack of confidence, it seems almost impossible. These obstacles can be overcome by creating an afterschool program using literacy circles, where like-ability students can gather to explore and discuss the hidden treasures found within the written word.  This grant will be used to purchase sets of books from seven different genres, in four different reading levels, in order to meet our students where they are at and encourage them to grow. This grant will benefit 40 students in grades K-5.

*Janet Dobbins and Rebecca Waind, Stolley Park Elementary, $1,300, “Purposeful Play in a Kindergarten Classroom.” We are creating an environment in the kindergarten classroom whereas 'play' becomes purposeful in providing extensive opportunities for children to represent and extend their thinking through multiple modalities including, but not limited to drawing, writing, painting, movement, drama, construction, dance, technology, and discovery.  Purposeful play centers will integrate standards, targets, and success criteria to naturally support learning. 'Play' will provide areas in the classroom that are ever-changing. This grant will benefit 46 students in Kindergarten.

*Lauren Peitzmeier and Sandy Meyer, Stolley Park Elementary, $1,947, “Make Space for Robotics!” We would like to provide opportunities for Stolley Park students to experience robotics and coding using Ozobots and Spheros in our dedicated makerspace where they will be available for all K-5 teachers to use with their entire class, in addition to before and after school STEAM programs and clubs. The Ozobot is a small but powerful robot that is programmable using simple markers (for beginners) or block based computer programming (for intermediate users).  Like the Ozobot, the Sphero SPRK+ utilizes drawing and block based programming, but adds a third level for advanced learners to use JavaScript to actually write text programs.
This grant will benefit 225 students in grades K-5.

*Melissa McDonald, Shoemaker Elementary, $1,000, “Every Student, Every day, A Reader!” The purpose of this grant is to provide teachers the materials they need to design meaningful phonics lessons. The materials will support instruction that directly aligns with the LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional development. This grant will benefit 280 students in grades K-5.

*Kevin Butters, Vicki Weseman, and Brenda Carlson, Lincoln Elementary, $1,000, “Patterns of Earth and Sky.” As fifth grade students begin the school year, they investigate what causes the daily and yearly pattern of what objects we see in the night sky. Throughout the investigations they discover how the orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, causes observable patterns. These students would greatly benefit from an end-of-unit, culminating activity that includes a trip to the University of Nebraska at Kearney Planetarium and an art activity incorporating what they have learned. Students could make connections with what they have learned, recognize many of the stars they have read about, and share in an experience which will stay with them for years to come. This grant will benefit 65 students in grade 5.

*Bianca Ayala, Howard Elementary, $250, “Books & Braids.” Books & Braids is a morning weekly club where the students are able to read books of their choice and have their hair styled. All students (boys & girls) are welcomed and after having their hair styled leave with a big smile on their face! Having special books and hair materials for the club would engage more students to join while building their confidence at the same time! This grant will benefit 50 students in grades K-5.

*Gina Conyers and Clint Felber, Barr Middle School, $450, “Outdoor Leisure Activities.” We would love to offer a unit at the beginning and end of every school year that features yard games that our students will most likely play in their neighborhoods, tailgating, or while camping with family and friends in the summer like:  Ladder golf, Polish Horseshoes, Corn Hole, Yard Darts and Kan Jam.  This is a great unit to add to our curriculum as it is able to help us hit several standards.  They will also be developing skills and knowledge of games that they will be able to participate in for a lifetime of fun. This grant will benefit 750 students in grades 6-8.

*Nicole LeClaire, Wyandotte Learning Center, $2,000, “Building a 21st Century Crime Lab – Law and Public Safety Academy at the Academies of Grand Island Senior High.”  This grant will design and build a crime lab where Law and Public Safety
 students would be able to role-play future careers in the fields of Law and Public Safety through crime scene simulations. The crime lab would be dynamic-scenes, simulations, and events would change and build upon unit concepts. This grant would offset the cost of supplies to build set scenes and supplemental lesson materials. This grant will benefit 125 students in grades 9-12.

*Jerome Dubas, Grand Island Senior High, $1,146, “UNDRground Contemporary Arts Marketing.” The Senior High Art Department collaborates with the Azteca Market to operate a professional art gallery- UNDRground Contemporary Arts.  The operating expenses include postcard mailings, postage, and vinyl, insurance, transportation expenses, food for receptions, website hosting fees, pedestals, and other miscellaneous expenses (light bulbs, paint, cleaning supplies, hardware, etc.).  Every two months we have a new show and we use the postcards to market each of the art shows, and we apply vinyl to the entry foyer wall with the artist's name and the name of the show. This grant will benefit 45 students in grades 9-12.

*Corey Farlee, Shaun Willey and Maggie Mintken, Grand Island Senior High, $250, “Journals & Paper Planners for Freshman Academy.” Working as a counselor in the Freshman Academy at Grand Island Senior High we have learned that our freshmen need help with organization and dealing with emotions. We have found success using journaling strategies to manage feelings and maintain mental health with many students. We have also observed student's organization skills and grades improve by using paper planners to help them gain control of their workload, which can be overwhelming for freshman. The transition from middle school to high school can be troubling, so having these materials to assist our students with this transition would be helpful. This grant will benefit 100 students in grade 9.

*Nancy Jones, Grand Island Senior High, $559, “TeamMates Lego Project.” As a school-based mentoring program, TeamMates of Grand Island's main goal is to build positive, trusting relationships between students and mentors through weekly conversations and activities.  These conversations are the basis for constructive, critical life decisions that students choose to discuss with their mentor, but can often be difficult when new relationships are developing.  Having a physical focus in their hands, helps students to openly talk about themselves and their lives without feeling interviewed or interrogated. TeamMates would like to purchase Legos sets for the four TeamMates schools in the district; Barr, Walnut, Westridge and Senior High. This grant will benefit 130 students in grades 6-12.

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Sutherland Longhorn Bar owner Tim Aden and Sutherland Rodeo Committee spokesperson Janet Mueller announced they are coming together to offer this incredible all-ages show at the outdoor event area north of the Sutherland Legion Hall adjacent to the rodeo grounds.

 

A native of Tulsa, OK, Diffie is a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years. A star athlete in high school, he originally set his sights on a medical career, but his love for music won out and he began performing in a gospel group. He paid the bills by working in a foundry and later joined a bluegrass band before deciding to give Nashville a try. He got a job working in the warehouse at Gibson Guitars, but felt like he wasn’t any closer to making his dreams come true.

 

He was on the verge of moving home when a conversation with his dad changed his destiny. “The best advice I ever got was from my dad,” Diffie recalls with a smile. “He said, ‘If you don’t have a goal, you don’t have anything to shoot at. Do something every day towards your music. Write a song or play your guitar.’ I took that to heart and made sure I did something every day whether it was big or little. I remember getting out of bed one time because I had forgotten to do something towards my music. I actually got up, got my guitar and played for a few minutes and then went back to bed. I feel like that had something to do with the success that I’ve managed to achieve. I think it would apply in anything. I lived, breathed, ate and slept music all the time. I was so obsessed with it.”

 

By 1990, Diffie had signed with Epic Records and released his debut album A Thousand Winding Roads. His very first single, “Home,” hit No. 1. He continued to dominate the charts throughout the 90s with such hits as “New Way (To Light Up an Old Flame),” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Is It Cold in Here,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die),” “So Help Me Girl,” “Bigger than the Beatles” and “Third Rock from the Sun.” Jason Aldean paid tribute to Diffie and namechecked many of the veteran entertainer’s classics in his hit “1994.” The video featured Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, Jake Owen and others paying homage to the man who influenced them.

 

Diffie’s accolades include 5 number one hits, 35 songs on the Billboard Top 10 charts, two Platinum records and two Gold albums.

 

The historic Sutherland Rodeo will celebrate its 83rd year in 2020, with a slack performance on July 2, then nightly performances on the 3rd and 4th. In 2019 the Sutherland Rodeo was named ‘Large Purse Rodeo of the Year” by the Nebraska State Rodeo Association, an accolade that it has won numerous times in the past. The concert is scheduled to start following the rodeo on July 3.

 

The rodeo and concert will highlight a full weekend of Independence Day celebrations in the community of Sutherland that includes a Junior Rodeo Queen competition, Firecracker 5K run, Pancake Breakfast, Kids Games and Frog Races, Community BBQ, Parade, Pie and Ice Cream Social.

 

Concert tickets will go on sale March first and will be priced at $20 in advance and $30 at the gate.


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 Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a California man and seized cocaine and marijuana found during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Brady.

At approximately 7:00 a.m., Sunday, November 10, a trooper observed an eastbound Nissan Rogue speeding near mile marker 200. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected indicators of criminal activity.

A search of the vehicle revealed 2.2 pounds of cocaine hidden under the spare tire and 1.5 pounds of marijuana concealed in a box filled with spray foam.

The driver, Arnold Rodriguez, 44, of Modesto, California, was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and no drug tax stamp. Rodriguez was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.


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Back on September 9th police responded to 3021 S. Locust Street in reference to the discovery two deceased persons in a room. That investigation has concluded that the cause of death of both persons was accidental overdose of methamphetamine.


Autopsies were performed on deceased 38 year old Joshua Perkins and 37 year old Shannon

Sybert. Both results concluded that ‘Acute Methamphetamine Toxicity’ to be the cause of death.


Combined with the physical evidence and a thorough investigation, the Grand Island Police

Department is closing this case having found that accidental overdose was the cause of death

for both parties.


The police stressed in the release that if someone you care about is suffering from addiction, please seek help from community resources such as the Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addiction (CNCAA) at 308-385-5520



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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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