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Monday, February 25 th : Cheyenne County KS (St. Francis) St. Francis Emergency Building, 125 W Hwy 36

Tuesday, February 26 th : Thomas County (Colby) Community Building downstairs, 285 E 5 th Street
Monday, March 4 th : Greeley County (Tribune) Tribune Fire Department, Ingalls and W Greeley Avenue
Tuesday, March 5 th : Graham County (Hill City) Frontier Stage, 321 Main Street
Thursday March 7 th : Hitchcock County (Culbertson) Culbertson Fire Station, Warsaw and Taylor
Monday, March 11 th : Decatur County (Oberlin) Golden Age Center, 105 W Maple Street
Tuesday, March 12 th : Sherman County (Goodland) Wolak Building, 1006 Center Street
Wednesday, March 13 th : Cheyenne County CO (Kit Carson) Kit Carson Volunteer Fire Department, 306 W 287/Hwy 40
Thursday, March 14 th : Dundy County (Benkelman) EMS Building, 1305 A Street
Friday, March 15 th : Wallace County (Sharon Springs) Wallace County Fairgrounds CAB Building
Monday, March 18 th : Kit Carson County (Burlington) Burlington Ambulance Building, 1576 Lowell Avenue
Tuesday, March 19 th : Yuma County (Wray) Wray Fire Hall, 145 Main Street
Wednesday, March 20 th : Red Willow County (McCook) Heritage Senior Center, 1312 W 5 th Street
Thursday, March 21 st : Wichita County (Leoti) Leoti Fire House, 301 N 4 th Street
Monday, March 25 th : Gove County (Grainfield) Gove County 4-H Building, 757 W 3 rd Street
Tuesday, March 26 th : Sheridan County (Hoxie) Bowen Scott House, 1041 Sheridan Avenue
Thursday, March 28 th : Logan County (Oakley) Logan County Courthouse downstairs, 710 W 2 nd Street
Tuesday, April 2 nd : Rawlins County (Atwood) Prairie Development Center, 208 S 4 th Street
Wednesday, April 3 rd : Norton County (Norton) Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, 14935 US Hwy 36


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On March 5, 2019 Deputies were sent to mile marker 197 (just east of Brady, NE.) on U.S. Highway 30. It was reported two vehicles had struck each other and there were injuries to both drivers. Deputies arrived and met with the drivers of the vehicles.

The investigation showed a black GMC Denali was eastbound on Highway 30 in its proper lane. A white Mitsubishi Mirage was westbound on Highway 30 and crossed the center line and struck the GMC Denali. The driver of the GMC was injured but refused medical treatment.

The driver of the Mitsubishi suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Great Plains Health. He was identified as thirty-one year old Joshua Baker of North Platte. Deputies believed Mr. Baker was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the accident. Deputies found suspected THC Wax in the vehicle and other items. Mr. Baker did not have a license or insurance at the time of the accident. Criminal charges are pending Mr. Bakers release from the hospital and laboratory testing. The investigation continues.


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JUNE 21, 2019 (BRIDGEPORT, NEB.)  — The Morrill County Sheriff’s is able to release additional details regarding the crash that claimed the life of Nebraska State Trooper Jerry L. Smith, #373, on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

At approximately, 7:36 a.m., the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls in reference to a three-vehicle crash west of Bridgeport on Highway 26, near mile marker 59. The 911 calls indicated that one of the vehicles involved was that of a Nebraska State Trooper. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene at 7:39 a.m. MDT.

The crash occurred when a 2002 Dodge Ram, driven by MaryJo Decora, 60, of Bridgeport, was stopped on the highway waiting to make a left turn into the Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery. Decora’s vehicle was struck from behind by a 2005 Mazda Tribute, driven by Derek Lacrete, 28, of Lewellen. Lacrete’s vehicle hit the back, driver’s side of Decora’s vehicle, causing Lacrete’s vehicle to veer into the oncoming lane, colliding head-on with a Nebraska State Patrol 2016 Dodge Charger, driven by Trooper Jerry Smith, 51, of Scottsbluff.

Trooper Smith was pronounced deceased on the scene. Lacrete was ejected from his vehicle during the crash and was also pronounced deceased on the scene.

The Morrill County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Morrill County ALS, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming State Patrol, and fire departments from Bridgeport, Bayard, and Broadwater all responded to the scene.

The crash is still under investigation by the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office with reconstruction assistance from the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office.

Funeral services for Trooper Smith are pending. Details will be released when appropriate.

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CURTIS, Neb. – Ron Rosati, dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, plans to retire Aug. 5 from NCTA. Rosati was tapped as head administrator for the University of Nebraska’s sole two-year institution in July 2013.

 

Before completing his University of Nebraska service at year-end, Rosati will serve as senior advisor for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) in Kigali, Rwanda. Opening in September, RICA is an English language institution dedicated to educating and inspiring a new generation of innovators in agriculture in Rwanda.

 

“Under Ron Rosati’s leadership, NCTA truly reached new heights in providing academic and financial access to higher education, as well as career preparation in the ag and veterinary technology industries,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and natural resources, and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

 

“I want to thank Ron for his exemplary service and dedication over the past six years and wish him the best as he transitions into retirement.”

 

Kelly Bruns, director at NU’s West Central Research and Extension Center based in North Platte, has been named NCTA interim dean, while continuing to serve in his WCREC role. Bruns will lead NCTA campus administration with associate dean Jennifer McConville.

 

“It has been a privilege for me to serve NCTA as dean,” Rosati said. “The college is an exceptional place to work due to its small size, focus on agriculture and veterinary technology, and its emphasis on experiential learning.”

 

Rosati is a native of New York and has earned degrees in agricultural education and agronomy. He earned his doctorate from Iowa State, masters and bachelor’s from Cornell University, and associate degree from SUNY Farmingdale. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Rosati served in administrative capacities as provost at Southeast Missouri State University, provost at Alfred State College, State University of New York, and was a dean at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.

 

Rosati taught agricultural engineering technology and aquaculture for 19 years at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Illinois State University, The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute, and Iowa State University.

 

Rosati led strategic initiatives at NCTA including a 28.5% enrollment growth from 2013-2018, increased fiscal strength from deficit to fiscal health, and added academic programs in agricultural welding, equine industry management, a general agriculture online degree certificate, and partnerships in dairy and poultry management.

 

“NCTA has been recognized nationally for the quality of its academic programs and the success of its graduates. It’s been very rewarding for me to work with the faculty and staff who are responsible for those successes,” Rosati said.

 

Other administrative progress at NCTA the past six years included developing new procedures and policies for advising, admissions, registration, student payment procedures, student transfers, academic catalogs, student and employee handbooks, and Title IX and ADA compliance.

 

Increased appropriations by the Nebraska Legislature enabled significant campus progress in programs, student resources, and pay equity for faculty. New initiatives in public relations and recruiting, federal approval for enrolling international students, and reaccreditation were further benchmarks.

 

Bruns, who holds a doctorate in animal science, has served as director of WCREC since Nov. 2015. Jerry Volesky, longtime range and forage specialist, will serve as interim associate director at WCREC.

 

A national search will be launched to identify a new permanent dean of NCTA.


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MARCH 4, 2019 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)— Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol
(NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Dawson County during the evening hours of Friday,
March 1.
The project was supported in whole or part by grant #93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for
Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and the Nebraska DHHS Division of
Behavioral Health.

In total, 15 businesses were inspected. Three businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-
compliance rate of 20 percent. All of the businesses checked the minor’s ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections were:
Bella Italia – Cozad (checked ID, sold to minor)
El Paraiso – Cozad (checked ID, sold to minor)
Casey’s General Store #2068 – Lexington (checked ID, sold to minor)
The inspections were conducted at liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, and bars.
Businesses that sell alcohol to a minor are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.
Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.
NSP and other law enforcement agencies conduct these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol
out of the hands of minors.

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American Legion

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On 03/03/2019 Officers responded to a call of lewd and lascivious conduct in the stairwell of the apartments located at 19 W19th Street. Upon arrival officers made contact with individuals at that location. During the contact a male later identified as Jesse Smith pushed the door shut and would not allow officers into the apartment complex. At this point Smith began making threats to law enforcement and officers began to evacuate occupants from the building. Officers from Gering Police Department, Scottsbluff County Sheriff’s department and the Nebraska State Patrol arrived on scene to assist. Smith then retreated from the stairwell into his apartment and would not comply with Officers commands to exit the apartment. After the apartments had been evacuated a decision to enter Smiths apartment was made. Officers entered the apartment and Smith was taken into custody without further incident. Smith was transported to the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center where he was charged with Terroristic Threats and Obstructing a police office

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Sheriff Kapperman advises that on October 28 th , 2018 at approximately 1:30 p.m theFurnas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of terroristic threats at 720 7 th Street,Beaver City, Nebraska. The reporting party stated that Mark Hutchens, 56, of BeaverCity, Nebraska had fired a b.b gun at her and threatened to burn her house down. Anarrest warrant was filed for Mr. Hutchens for Third degree assault in a menacing manner

and terroristic threats, along with a search warrant for the b.b gun.The arrest warrant and search warrant were granted by Furnas County Court and signed. Entry was made into the residence of Mark and Jennifer Hutchens, 38, of Beaver City,Nebraska. During the execution of the search warrant for the b.b gun, methamphetamineand drug paraphernalia was located along with a shotgun. A second search warrant was obtained to search the residence for drugs, drug paraphernalia and other weapons. Mr. Hutchens is a felon and is prohibited from owning firearms. Additional items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple firearms and knives were located in the residence. Jennifer Hutchens was arrested for one count of possession of a control substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mark Hutchens was arrested for the
arrest warrant and the additional charges of possession of a control substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.Both Mr. and Mrs. Hutchens appeared in the Furnas County Court and were arraigned on all charges on Monday, October 29 th , 2018, they are due back for preliminary hearing on Monday, November 05 th , 2018. Mr. Hutchens bond was set at $30,000 subject to 10% and Mrs. Hutchens bond was set at $5,000 subject to 10%. At the time of this press release Mrs. Hutchens has bonded out of jail and Mr. Hutchens remains in custody.


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On May 22 2019, the FBI along with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, Grand Island Police Department, Hastings Police Department, and Nebraska State Patrol, responded to a rural area near Interstate 80 and Nebraska Highway 281 regarding the sighting of two wanted fugitives from the state of Kansas.

Dustin Eugene Bilbrey, age 36, and Rebecca Sue Humphrey, age 33, are wanted on state arrest warrants for aggravated robbery, vehicle burglary, arson, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, criminal damage to property, and theft charges out of Saline County, Kansas. They were last seen during the early morning hours of May 23, 2019 travelling in a silver Ford explorer.

Bilbrey is described as a white male, approximately 6'3" tall, and 199 pounds. Humphrey is described as a white female, approximately 5'5" tall, and 150 pounds.  

These individuals are considered armed and dangerous. If you have information on the whereabouts of these individuals or see these individuals, do not approach and call 911, local law enforcement, or your local FBI office immediately.

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North Platte, Ne - This morning (3/21/19) at 7:32am, North Platte officers responded to the 100 block of West Leota reference a reported death. The officer located the deceased male, who had been found on the ground in an enclosed area where the trash cans of a nearby business are stored (not IN the trash cans). The death is not considered suspicious and appears to be natural causes. The release of the male's name is pending notification of next of kin.  

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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.





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LINCOLN, NE —Today, the coaches for the 62nd annual Shrine Bowl of Nebraska were selected.  The following Nebraska High School football coaches will represent the North and South teams respectively: 

NORTH TEAM
Head Coach: Mark Macke ⁠— HC, Lincoln High (A)
Asst. Coach: Rusty Fuller ⁠— HC, St. Paul (C2)
Asst. Coach: Josh Deines ⁠— HC, Sandhills/Thedford (D2)
Asst. Coach: Bryan Soukup ⁠— HC, Blair (B)
Asst. Coach: AJ Santos ⁠— Defensive Coordinator, Lincoln High (A)
Asst. Coach: Paul Cloutier ⁠— Special Teams Coordinator, Grand Island (A)

SOUTH TEAM
Head Coach: Ryan Thompson ⁠— HC, Ashland-Greenwood (C1)
Asst. Coach: Evan Klanecky ⁠— HC, Centennial (C1)
Asst. Coach: Jay Lanstrom ⁠— HC, Omaha Central (A)
Asst. Coach: Troy Huebert ⁠— HC, Central City (C1)
Asst. Coach: Nate Tonjes ⁠— Offensive Coordinator, Ashland-Greenwood (C1)
Asst. Coach: Brant Loewe ⁠— Running Backs Coach, Skutt Catholic (B)

Lincoln High Head Football Coach Mark Macke, who has led the Links back into Nebraska high school football prominence, will guide the North team on the field.  During the 19 seasons he was a Creighton Prep assistant football coach and the offensive coordinator from 1992 through 2010, the Junior Jays were in the Class A playoffs 17 times with state titles in 1999 and 2004, and runner-up finishes in 2000 and 2003.

"I feel extremely honored and humbled to be selected as the North Head Coach. I was very fortunate to be an assistant in 2011. That was a wonderful experience not only for myself, but for the players as well," said Macke. "It's my goal that this will be another meaningful experience and that our players and coaches understand the true value of the Shrine Bowl and what it means to play in this game."
 
Ashland-Greenwood Head Football Coach Ryan Thompson, who led the Bluejays to seven straight playoff appearances between 2009 and 2015, a pair of Class C-1 state runner-up finishes in 2013 and 2014, and quarterfinal showings in four other seasons will lead the South team on the sidelines.

"I am very honored to be selected as the head coach for the South team in this year's Shrine Bowl Game. It is humbling to be associated with a long list of great coaches and players who have been involved with this game over the years," Thompson said. "Most importantly, I look forward to having our team support a great cause for an outstanding organization."

Dave MacDonald, Executive Director of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl remarked, "We are excited to have Coach Thompson, Coach Macke, and their assistant coaching staffs join us in our mission to support Shriners Hospitals for Children.  The talent their teams have exhibited on the field is a testament to their tremendous leadership.  We are grateful for their direction both on and beyond the field this year." 
 
The 62nd annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl game will be played at the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s Ron and Carol Cope Stadium Foster Field in Kearney, Nebraska on Saturday, June 6.  All proceeds from the game benefit Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.




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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced that 22 McCook Community College students have been selected to one of three NJCAA all-Academic teams.

Of those 22, eight are members of the women’s softball team, four each are from the women’s basketball and volleyball teams, and three each play for the men’s baseball and golf teams.

To make the first team, student-athletes must maintain a 4.00 grade-point average (GPA). Those with GPAs of 3.80-3.99 are eligible for second team honors and those with GPAs of 3.60-3.79 are named to the third team. Six MCC student-athletes were named first team, four selected to the second team and 12 were named to the third team.

Named to the first team with 4.00 grade-point averages were: Kiera Barr, Granby, Colo. (volleyball); Makenna Bodette, Colorado Springs (women’s basketball); Ashley Carson, Ord (volleyball); Shaun Hickey, Summerville, New Brunswick (baseball); Larua Mata, Barcelona, Spain (women’s basketball); and Emma McLean, Willetton, Western Australia (softball).

Selected to the second team were: Liliana Belton, Pleasant Hill, Calif. (softball); Nikki Cross, Melbourne, Australia (women’s basketball); Graham Gaspard, Breckinridge, Colo. (golf); and Trevor Oberg, McCook, (golf).

Third team selections from MCC included: KC Carlson, Delta, Colo. (golf); Emily Charchuk, Victoria, British Columbia (softball); Brooklyn Evans, Ogden, Utah (volleyball); Makayla Harris, Brighton, Colo. (volleyball); Jade Hollands, Effingham, Kan. (softball); Jerusha Miner, Gunnison Valley, Utah (softball); Shae Muggridge, Perth, Western Australia (softball); Kassidy Powers, Severance, Colo. (softball); Aubri Ross, Cambridge (softball); Anna Sanjuan, Reus, Spain (women’s basketball); Mark Starks, Blair (baseball); and Kade Wroot, North Platte (baseball).

This year student-athletes from around the nation contributed to a new NJCAA record as 6,656 participants earned a spot on one of the three NJCAA All-Academic teams. This year's record eclipsed the previous mark of 6,329 set in the 2017-18 academic year.

"Year in and year out, NJCAA student-athletes continue to set a new standard both on the field and in the classroom," stated NJCAA President & CEO Dr. Christopher Parker."

The 2018-19 academic year was no different as student-athletes raised the bar once again to reiterate the importance of academics throughout the NJCAA. As an association, we take tremendous pride in knowing that our student-athletes put their best foot forward each day to become well-rounded members of their team, their campus, and their communities."





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The Sertoma 8-man All Star Classic is coming up Saturday. Steve Stein has interviews with both head coaches.



East Coach Ryan Haughton-Fullerton

West Coach Jeff Shabram Clearwater-Orchard

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The 42nd Annual Sertoma 8-man Classic is the Saturday. 
Listen to interviews with the Nebraska Christian and Palmer Representatives.




Nebraska Christian-Jake Twogood, Noah Boersen

Palmer-Chad Samuelson

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The annual Sertoma 8-Man Classic kicks off Saturday 6pm at Lloyd Wilson Field, Hastings College. Listen for interviews with the Giltner and Kenesaw representatives.



Kenesaw-Ryan Denkert

Giltner-Dayne Hinrichs

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced that nine North Platte Community College students have been selected to one of three NJCAA all-Academic teams.

Two NPCC student athletes were named to the first team, three were named to the second team and four selected to the third team.

To make the first team, student-athletes must maintain a 4.00 grade-point average (GPA). Those with GPAs of 3.80-3.99 are eligible for second team honors and those with GPAs of 3.60-3.79 are named to the third team.

Volleyball team members Haiden Kreber (Sutherland), and Shaylee Johnson (Dailey, Colo.), were named to the first team.

Baily Chintala (Fleming, Colo.) and Taylin McNair, (Imperial) -- also volleyball team members -- were named to the second team along with Nelo Nducuia (men’s basketball), Maputo, Mozambique.

Selected to the third team were: Ashlyn Krueger, Littleton, Colo. (softball); Gabrielle Menghini, North Platte (volleyball); Kaylee Bohnsack, Gering, (softball); and Mikayla Gibson, West Valley, Utah (softball).

This year student-athletes from around the nation contributed to a new NJCAA record as 6,656 participants earned a spot on one of the three NJCAA All-Academic teams. This year's record eclipsed the previous mark of 6,329 set in the 2017-18 academic year.

"Year in and year out, NJCAA student-athletes continue to set a new standard both on the field and in the classroom," said NJCAA President & CEO Dr. Christopher Parker."

The 2018-19 academic year was no different as student-athletes raised the bar once again to reiterate the importance of academics throughout the NJCAA. As an association, we take tremendous pride in knowing that our student-athletes put their best foot forward each day to become well-rounded members of their team, their campus, and their communities."





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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.





Shaun Hickey

John Olsen

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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.

For more photos from the game, please visit the MCC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The McCook Community College men’s basketball team dropped its first game of the year Tuesday falling to Air Force Prep 88-72. MCC was out-scored from the 3-point line by 30 points.

Sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) led MCC with 13 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Ron Rice (New York, N.Y.) had nine points and sophomore Amadou Dieye (Senegal) had eight points.

The Indians were 29 of 65 from the field (44.6 percent) five of 18 from the 3-point line (27.8 percent) and nine of 11 from the free-throw line (81.8 percent). MCC won the rebound battle 34-25.

Air Force Prep made 31 of 61 shots from the floor (50.8 percent) including 15 of 31 from the 3-point line (48.4 percent) and 11 of 14 from the line (78.6 percent.)

MCC takes its 2-1 mark on the road to Wyoming this weekend facing 2-0 Eastern Wyoming Friday and 0-2 Lamar on Saturday.

The next home contests come Nov. 16-17 as the Indians host Cloud County (6 p.m. on Nov. 16) and Garden City (4 p.m. Nov. 17) in the Region IX vs. Region I shootout in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.





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