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Authorities say a South Dakota man died after collision on Interstate 80 in south-central Nebraska.

The crash occurred around 4 p.m. Sunday near the U.S. Highway 281 junction at Grand Island. The Hall County Sheriff's Department says a semitrailer and two passenger vehicles were involved.

The name of the victim and other details about the collision have not been released.


According to the Grand Island City Council Agenda Mayor Roger G. Steele has submitted the name of Justin Scott for appointment as Councilmember to represent Ward 5.

This vacancy was created when Councilmember Michelle Fitzke moved from the district.

Scott's appointment is pending council approval Tuesday night.


Nebraska officials say the body of a duck hunter who was thrown into a lake when his boat capsized has been recovered.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says conservation officers and rescue divers found the body of 21-year-old Anthony Dush, of Saint Paul, in Sherman County Reservoir around 9 p.m. Friday.

Dush and another hunter were on a duck hunt traveling across the lake in a boat Friday when it capsized, throwing both into the water. The other hunter swam to a nearby cabin and called for help.

Dush was a member of the St. Paul volunteer fire department, an investigation of the incident is ongoing.


Bass Pro Shops says nearly 120 jobs at its Cabela's operation in Sidney will be relocated to Bass Pro Shops' headquarters in Springfield, Missouri.

The company announced Wednesday that employees who choose not to move to Springfield will be offered severance and outplacement aid.

Company spokesman Jack Wlezien says the relocation is "consistent with the company's long-term commitment to efficiently provide the highest level of service."

It's not clear how many jobs will remain in Sidney. Wlezien didn't immediately return a message Thursday from The Associated Press.

Cabela's once employed around 2,000 people in Sidney before it was bought by Bass Pro Shops. The deal was completed in September 2017.


 The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) announces the promotion of Trooper Tyler Schmidt to the position of Troop D Captain. Schmidt will be commander for NSP operations for the 27 counties of Troop D, based in North Platte.

“Tyler Schmidt brings a broad leadership background in both the private and public sectors to this important position,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “His systems thinking and people-centered approach will be invaluable to the men and women of Troop D.”

Schmidt, 43, is in his 21st year of law enforcement service, the last nine of which have been with NSP. Prior to joining the Nebraska State Patrol, Schmidt served in the Nebraska Air National Guard 155th Security Police Squadron, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Police Department, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. He has also worked as the Quality Director for Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege.

“The men and women of Troop D are phenomenal public servants,” said Captain Schmidt. “I’m proud to have spent my entire NSP career in Troop D and look forward to continuing to serve in this new role alongside our dedicated troopers and civilians.”

In his career with NSP, Captain Schmidt has served in the Patrol Division, Carrier Enforcement, and Investigative Services. He has served as a Drug Recognition Expert and instructor for defensive tactics and firearms. Schmidt holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Bellevue and is a graduate of the 220th Session of the FBI National Academy.

Troop D is comprised of 27 counties in North Central through Southwest Nebraska and is headquartered in North Platte.


Coming up at next Tuesday’s Grand Island City Council meeting Mayor Roger Steele is expected to name a replacement for the vacant Ward 5 seat.

Councilwoman Michelle Fitzke announced her resignation in August after her and her husband purchased a home outside Ward 5.

Four candidates have applied for the position and have been interviewed by Mayor Steele and council members


The Merrick County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible police impersonation.

According to the Merrick County Sheriff's office facebook page The reporting party advised that while traveling North on Archer Road near I Road when they observed a vehicle approach his vehicle very quickly.

The individual operating this vehicle activated a red and blue flashing lights in the grill of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle then started to honk his horn at the reporting party.

The reporting party was worried about the legitimacy of the attempted traffic stop so they just slowed down but did not stop. The suspect vehicle then came beside the reporting party vehicle for a very short time before turning on a gravel road and proceeded westbound.

The vehicle was described as a Chevy Camaro gray in color, with no license plates.

The driver of the vehicle was described as a white male, late 20s to early 30s, a well groomed beard, wearing a dark colored shirt.

An active investigation is being conducted in an attempt to identify the vehicle and subject operating the vehicle.




Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) were able to bring a low-speed pursuit to a safe conclusion this afternoon near Gothenburg on Interstate 80.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper observed a Chevrolet Suburban traveling eastbound at about 30 miles per hour near mile marker 190 on I-80. The trooper attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle stopped momentarily, but then continued driving at around 30 to 35 miles per hour.

Troopers pursued the vehicle, attempting to get the driver to stop or exit I-80. As the vehicle continued eastbound, troopers successfully deployed spike strips near mile marker 207. A trooper was then able to perform a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the Suburban to a stop in the median.

Troopers were then able to take the driver into custody and discovered that the driver was possibly experiencing a mental episode. The driver was placed in emergency protective custody.

Interstate 80 was closed for both eastbound and westbound traffic for approximately 45 minutes while troopers responded to the scene. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska Department of Transportation assisted with traffic control during this incident.


LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 7 Nebraska volleyball team shut down Northwestern in a 25-18, 25-7, 25-18 sweep on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 8,026 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The Huskers (19-3, 11-2 Big Ten) had 13.5 blocks and held Northwestern to a -.054 hitting percentage for the match. It was Northwestern's lowest hitting percentage of the season and marked the Huskers' best defensive outing since Nov. 4, 2017 against Indiana (-.062). On the offensive side of the net, Nebraska hit an efficient .326, guided by Nicklin Hames' 40 assists. 

Lexi Sun had 11 kills and hit .455, and Madi KubikLauren Stivrins and Jazz Sweet each had 10 kills. Kubik added nine digs and four blocks, and Stivrins had eight blocks and hit .353 on the night. Sweet hit .412 and had a career-best six blocks.   

Callie Schwarzenbach contributed three kills and five blocks, and Kenzie Knuckles led the back row with 12 digs. Megan Miller added six. 

Nebraska had a 45-19 advantage in kills and a 44-33 edge in digs. Nebraska's 13.5 blocks was a season high for a three-set match. 

Nia Robinson had six kills to lead the Wildcats (10-15, 1-12 Big Ten). 

The next two Husker matches are on the road, beginning at Iowa on Saturday at 7 p.m. 

Set 1: Nebraska opened up a 5-1 lead to begin the match, and a couple of kills each by Sun and Sweet gave the Huskers a 12-9 advantage. Nebraska led 15-10 at the media timeout after Kubik and Sun notched kills before a Northwestern hitting error. After Northwestern got a sideout, Kubik terminated before Schwarzenbach and Hames teamed up for a block that made it 17-11. Kubik put the Huskers up seven, 21-14, and Nebraska won the set by seven, 25-18. Nebraska held Northwestern to .000 hitting in the set. 

Set 2: The Huskers began set two with a 4-0 run, including a block by Sun and Schwarzenbach. The lead became 11-2 after Schwarzenbach and Sweet combined for four kills, and Stivrins posted two blocks and a kill on three straight rallies. Kills by Sun, Stivrins and Kubik helped the Big Red to a 16-4 lead, and Nebraska went up 22-6 after Kubik and Sun combined for five kills in a span of six rallies. Nebraska won 25-7, its most decisive set win since Sept. 15, 2018 against Missouri State (25-4). The Huskers hit .538 in the set and forced Northwestern into a -.129 hitting percentage. 

Set 3: Northwestern got out to a 5-3 start, its first lead of the match. The Huskers fought back with an odd-angled kill by Kubik and a tip by Stivrins to take a 6-5 lead. Knuckles then served an ace, and Stivrins took over with three kills and two blocks with Sweet in a span of five rallies, and the Huskers led 12-5. Another kill by Stivrins increased the lead to 10 at 18-8, and Nebraska led by as many as 11 before ultimately winning the third set, 25-18. 

Fullerton, NE - It all started as a low scoring game through two Quarters of play on a cold November night.  All tied up at 6 going into halftime.  DCS would get the football to start the second half.  The Tigers would score three unanswered touchdowns to take a 20-6 lead after three quarters of play, but Fullerton would back a run at the Tigers scoring two touchdowns in the 4th Quarter to make it 20-18.  Fullerton would have one more chance to get the football into the endzone with under a minute to play.  DCS would hold Fullerton to a 4th and 1.  Fullerton would try to QB sneak but the defense of DCS pulls through to make the stop.  Final Score DCS 20 Fullerton 18.  DCS now improves to 9-1 on the season and will play Arcadia-Loup City in a Quarter Final round of the D1 playoffs in Benkelman.

Scoring Drive:
4:39 1st 18 yd TD Pass Hunter Haughton to Isaac Gleason. 2pt conversion fails. Fullerton 6-0
1:37 2nd 1yd TD Run Serbando Diaz. 2pt conversion fails. Tied 6-6
8:32 3rd 3yd Fumble Recovery by Serbando Diaz. 2pt conversion fails. DCS 12-6
2:47 3rd 4yd TD Run Serbando Diaz. 2pt conversion good. DCS 20-6
8:21 4th 1yd TD Run Hunter Haughton. 2pt conversion fails DCS 20-12
5:42 4th 5yd TD Run by Hunter Haughton. 2pt conversion fails DCS 20-18 

Mike Spargo after Fullerton win


STERLING, Colo. -- The McCook Community College volleyball team lost in straight sets to Western Wyoming Wednesday in the second game of the Region IX Tournament and now are relegated to the contender’s round starting Thursday.

After beating Casper 3-1 in the play-in round Wednesday, MCC dropped the first set to Western Wyoming 25-16, and led 20-19 in the second set before the Mustangs went on a 6-0 to win 25-20, and took the finale 25-12.

“We took about 10 steps backward this match, but I told the girls we really can only go forward from here,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza.

MCC drops to 24-11 and will take on Laramie County Community College (10-23) at 1 p.m. (CT) Thursday. The Eagles beat Lamar 3-0 in the play-in game Wednesday then lost to Northeastern Junior College 3-2 in the winner’s bracket.

“We will have a tough match tomorrow against LCCC, but I have confidence in this team, I just hope they do too,” Kobza said.

Freshman Fernanda Canedo, (Cochabamba, Boliva) had 10 kills and 11 digs.

Sophomore co-captain Mallory Brown, (Colorado Springs) had five kills and two kills. The other sophomore co-captain, Kiera Barr, (Granby, Colo.), had 16 digs.

Freshman Heiata Tauota, (Nantes, France) had 22 assists in the match.

In the other contender’s round match Thursday, Eastern Wyoming (23-12) will take on Central Wyoming (14-17), 3 p.m.

An MCC win over the Eagles Thursday extend the season to a Friday match with the loser of the winner’s bracket semi-finals match between Otero and the Western Nebraska.

Western Wyoming entered the tournament as the top seed in the north division with an 11-1 division record and now goes to 24-9 and will take on 16th ranked Northeastern Junior College (22-8) in one winner’s bracket semi-final. Otero Junior College plays Western Nebraska in the other winner’s bracket match Thursday.

For the latest on MCC volleyball and all MCC sports including, schedules, rosters, photographs, and other news, please check out the official home of MCC Athletics at:


Wednesday Play-In Games

            Match 1 -- Laramie County 3, Lamar 0

            Match 2 – Otero 3, Northwest College 0

Match 3 -- Central Wyoming 3, Trinidad 0

Match 4 – McCook 3, Casper 1

Wednesday Winner Bracket Games

            Match 5 – Northeastern JC 3, Laramie County 2

            Match 6 – Otero 3, Eastern Wyoming 2

            Match 7 – Western Wyoming 3, McCook 0

            Match 8 – Western Nebraska 3, Central Wyoming 1


Thursday Winner Bracket Games

            Match 11 – Northeastern JC (22-8) vs. Western Wyoming (24-9), 5 p.m.

            Match 12 – Otero (21-8) vs. Western Nebraska (26-7), 7 p.m.

Friday’s Winners bracket match

            Match 15 – Match 11 winner vs Match 12 winner, Friday, 5 p.m.



            Match 9 – THURSDAY: Laramie County (10-23) vs. McCook (24-10), 1 p.m.

            Match 10 – THURSDAY: Eastern Wyoming (23-12) vs. Central Wyoming (14-17), 3 p.m.

            Match 13 – FRIDAY: Winner of Match 9 vs. loser Match 12, 1 p.m.

            Match 14 – FRIDAY: Winner of Match 10 vs. loser Match 11, 3 p.m.

            Match 16 – SATURDAY: Winner of Match 13 vs. Winner of Match 14, 1 p.m.

            Match 17 – SATURDAY Loser of Match 15 vs. winner of Match 16, 3 p.m.

LINCOLN - Hannah Whitish scored 12 points on four three-pointers to lead four Huskers in double figures as Nebraska battled to a 68-46 women's basketball win over Alabama A&M on Wednesday afternoon in the regular-season opener at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Junior Kate Cain added 10 points, seven rebounds and a game-high eight blocked shots, while sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek pitched in 10 points and six boards while making her first career start. Fellow sophomore Leigha Brown contributed 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Big Red, which improved to 43-3 all-time in home season openers.

Nebraska got off to a strong start both offensively and defensively. The Huskers jumped to an 11-2 lead after the opening tip, including 3-for-3 three-point shooting from Veerbeek and Whitish (2-for-2), to close the first quarter with a 20-9 lead. 

The Huskers opened the second quarter with a 9-0 run with four straight points from Cain, a three-point play from Brown and the first two points of Isabelle Bourne's career to extend the margin to 20 points at 29-9. Nebraska closed the half with a 35-14 lead.

The third quarter started all Nebraska again, as the Huskers pushed the edge to 46-14 with an 11-0 run in the first 3:35 of the second half. Cain and Veerbeek combined for seven points during the spurt. But Alabama A&M, coached by former Husker Margaret Richards, rallied for an 8-0 run of its own and closed the third quarter trailing 49-31.

The Bulldogs closed the gap to 55-38, before Whitish buried back-to-back threes midway through the fourth quarter to seal the Husker win.

Sophomore Sam Haiby, who joined Veerbeek in making her first career start, just missed double figures with eight points. Haiby, Whitish and Nicea Eliely all led the Huskers with three assists.

Junior Taylor Kissinger had a team-high eight boards, while pitching in four points. Senior Kristian Hudson (Birmingham, Ala.) added four points and three boards, while sophomore Kayla Mershon contributed four points and five rebounds, as Nebraska out-boarded the Bulldogs, 50-45.

Nebraska shot 42.6 percent (23-54) from the floor, 31.3 percent (5-16) from downtown and 70.8 percent (17-24) from the free throw line. Alabama A&M was held to 25.3 percent (20-79) from the field, 12.5 percent (2-16) from long range and 50.0 percent (4-8) from the line. 

Lincoln Northeast High School grad Nigeria Jones led the Bulldogs with 16 points, including 14 in the second half. Fellow guard Deshawna Harper added 15 points including a pair of threes. Omaha North grad Dariauna Lewis contributed eight points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Nebraska will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 10 with a non-conference matchup against the Tigers in Columbia, Mo. Tip-off at Mizzou Arena is set for 2 p.m. with live video available from SECN+.


STERLING, Colo. – The McCook Community College volleyball team opened the Region IX Tournament with a 3-1 win over Casper in a win-or-go home play-in game. The Lady Indians advance to the double-elimination bracket and will take on the top-seeded team from the north division, Western Wyoming, at 6 p.m. (CT) tonight.

MCC beat Casper 25-22, 25-16, 21-25, 25-19.

“It wasn’t our best match, but it was a match where we got to work out our nerves,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza.

The Lady Indians got down 6-2 early, trailed 12-6, fought back to tie the first set at 16-16 then held on for a 25-22 win. With the score tied 3-3 in the second set, MCC stretched the set to a 15-12 lead then scored seven of the next eight points and won 25-16. The Lady Indians led 20-19 in the third set but surrendered four straight points as the T-Birds won 25-21.

The score of the fourth set remained tight as MCC went up 5-2 but the T-Birds went on a 4-0 run to lead 6-5. With the score tied at 10-10, Casper scored three straight points but MCC responded by taking eight of the next nine to establish an 18-14 lead. A few rotations later with freshman Fernanda Canedo (Cochabamba, Boliva) at the service line MCC scored three straight to take a 23-16 lead and went on to close out the set.

“Fernanda played a solid match, she had 16 kills and only two hitting errors,” Kobza said. Canado led MCC with her 16 kills to go along with 11 digs.

Sophomore Mallory Brown, (Colorado Springs) Mallory had 12 kills and 11 digs. Freshman Kallie Cathcart, (Holly, Colo.) had nine kills, six digs and two assist blocks. Freshman Jayceea Hanson, (McCook) had three kills, one solo block and one assist block Sophomore Bailey Honn, (McCook) had four kills and two assists.

Sophomore Kiera Barr, (Granby, Colo.) had 19 digs.

“Kiera also hit her goal of beating the MCC season dig record of 593 this match and is currently at 594 digs,” Kobza said.

Freshman Heiata Tauota, (Nantes, France) had 44 assists and freshman Quinci Johnson, (Nunn, Colo.) came in with eight digs.

MCC ends the season for Casper College at 7-28, MCC improves to 24-10 heading into tonight’s 6 p.m. game with Western. The Mustangs went 11-1 in the Region IX North division and earned a first-round bye with an overall record of 25-7.

A win against Western Wyoming puts MCC into the semi-finals of the winner’s bracket Thursday where they would face the winner of this afternoon’s match between Northeastern Junior College and Laramie County Community College.

A loss in tonight’s game would send MCC into the contender’s round Thursday at 1 p.m. where they would face the loser of the NJC/Laramie County match.

All four of Wednesday’s play-in rounds went according to seeding with Laramie County defeating Lamar 3-0, Otero beat Northwest College 3-0, and Central Wyoming beat Trinidad 3-0. The top two seeds in both divisions received first round byes and included Western Nebraska (No. 1) and Northeastern Junior College (N. 2) in the south and Western Wyoming (No. 1) and Eastern Wyoming (No. 2) in the north.

All games will be livestreamed through the Northeastern Junior College Volleyball Facebook Page:



Wednesday Play-In Games

            Match 1 -- Laramie County 3, Lamar 0

            Match 2 – Otero 3, Northwest College 0

Match 3 -- Central Wyoming 3, Trinidad 0

Match 4 – McCook 3, Casper 1

Wednesday Winner Bracket Games

            Match 5 – Northeastern JC (S. #2) vs Laramie County, 2 p.m.

            Match 6 – Eastern Wyoming (N. #2) vs. Otero, 4 p.m.

            Match 7 – Western Wyoming (N. #1) vs McCook, 6 p.m.

            Match 8 – Western Nebraska (S. #1) vs. Central Wyoming, 8 p.m.


Thursday Winner Bracket Games

            Match 11 – Match 5 winner vs. Match 7 winner, 5 p.m.

            Match 12 – Match 6 winner vs. Match 8 winner, 7 p.m.

Friday’s Winners bracket match

            Match 15 – Match 11 winner vs Match 12 winner, Friday, 5 p.m.



            Match 9 – Match 5 loser vs. Match 7 loser, Thursday, 1 p.m.

            Match 10 – Match 6 loser vs. Match 9 loser, Thursday, 3 p.m.

            Match 13 – Winner of Match 9 vs. loser Match 12, Friday, 1 p.m.

            Match 14 – Winner of Match 10 vs. loser Match 11, Friday, 3 p.m.

            Match 16 – Winner of Match 13 vs. Winner of Match 14, Saturday, 1 p.m.

            Match 17 – Loser of Match 15 vs. winner of Match 16, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Sterling, Colo. - The Region IX Volleyball Tournament will be held in Sterling, Colo., from November 6-November 9 at the Bank of Colorado Event Center.  MCC will take on Casper College for a play in match today.  View full bracket below.

Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference, All-Conference:
1 Singles-Zion Moyer              1 Doubles-Logan Barenberg/Isaac Hinze
2 Singles-Mason Michaelis     2 Doubles-Brandan Eckhardt/Evan Humphrey

Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference, All-Academic:
Logan Barenberg, Zion Moyer, Mason Michaelis

First Team All-State:
Logan Barenberg, Mason Michaelis

Second Team All-State:
Zion Moyer, Isaac Hinze

Honorable Mention All-State:
Brandan Eckhardt, Evan Humphrey

Academic All-State:
Logan Barenberg, Zion Moyer

Nebraska Tennis Association Sportsmanship Award:
Zion MoyerGreater Nebraska Athletic Conference, All-Conference:
1 Singles-Zion Moyer              1 Doubles-Logan Barenberg/Isaac Hinze
2 Singles-Mason Michaelis     2 Doubles-Brandan Eckhardt/Evan Humphrey

Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference, All-Academic:
Logan Barenberg, Zion Moyer, Mason Michaelis

First Team All-State:
Logan Barenberg, Mason Michaelis

Second Team All-State:
Zion Moyer, Isaac Hinze

Honorable Mention All-State:
Brandan Eckhardt, Evan Humphrey

Academic All-State:
Logan Barenberg, Zion Moyer

Nebraska Tennis Association Sportsmanship Award:
Zion Moyer


LINCOLN, Neb. - UC Riverside used hot shooting from the 3-point line and capitalized on Nebraska's cold shooting to take a 66-47 win, spoiling the debut of new Husker Coach Fred Hoiberg.

The Highlanders went 8-of-15 from 3-point range in the second half to break open a four-point halftime lead. DJ McDonald came off the bench for UC Riverside and had 15 points, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, to lead four players in double figures.

For Nebraska, sophomore point guard Cam Mack led the Huskers with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Matej Kavas came off the bench to add 10 for Nebraska, which shot just 29 percent, including 6-of-26 from 3-point range.

UC Riverside scorched the nets in the first nine minutes of the second half, hitting 7-of-9 from distance to turn a 32-28 lead into an 18-point advantage at 53-35. McDonald went 3-of-3 from beyond the arc in the run, as the Highlanders took command in that stretch and Nebraska was unable to get within 15 the remainder of the contest.

Dragen Elkaz had 14 points, while George Willborn III finished with 13 points and a game-high 18 rebounds for the winners.

The Huskers got off to a quick start offensively, but could not sustain the momentum as UC Riverside took a 32-28 lead into the break. Despite shooting 35 percent, including 3-of-13 from 3-point range, the Huskers were within striking distance, as they forced nine Highlander turnovers for 10 points.

Nebraska began with a blistering start, hitting six of their first shots from the floor in building a 16-7 lead after a Haanif Cheatham free throw in the first half. The Huskers lead 20-12 after an Yvan Ouedraogo basket, but the Highlanders used a 10-2 run to pull even at 22 all after a Willborn 3-pointer. Consecutive 3-pointers from McDonald and Elkaz stretched the lead to six before Kavas scored four straight points to make it a two-point game before Elkaz's tip-in beat the first half buzzer.

The Huskers return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Southern Utah. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. and it will be carried on the IMG-Learfield Husker Sports Network and online on BTN+. A limited number of tickets are available by visiting or by calling 800-8-BIGRED.

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Nebraska opens its 2019-20 regular season by battling Alabama A&M on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Tip-off against the Bulldogs is set for noon (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

• The special noon tip time follows the Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nearly 2,000 elementary and middle-grades students from 27 school districts around Nebraska will converge on the arena to hear inspirational messages from Husker student-athletes and coaches, including Nebraska Head Coach Amy Williams and Alabama A&M Head Coach Margaret Richards - a former Husker. The Sportsmanship Pep Rally starts at 9:30 a.m.

• Doors to the arena for pre-registered schools in the Pep Rally open at 8:30 a.m. Doors to the arena for the basketball game will open at 11 a.m. - just 60 minutes prior to tip-off, rather than the normal 90 minutes.

• Single-game, season, "Starting Five Pack" and the new "You Betcha Bundle" tickets are available now through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at

• Live radio coverage (beginning at 11:45 a.m.) can be heard in Lincoln on B107.3 FM, in Omaha on ESPN 590 AM, and across the state on select Learfield-IMG College Husker Sports Network stations. Free live audio can be found at, the Huskers App and on TuneIn

• The Huskers rolled to a 97-33 win over NCAA Division II Rogers State in their lone exhibition game at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday, Nov. 2. Kate Cain, Ashtyn Veerbeek and Sam Haiby each scored 12 points while Leigha Brown added 10 points to give Nebraska four players in double figures.

• Nebraska out-rebounded the Hillcats 73-27 (+46) on the afternoon.

• Nebraska returns five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad that finished 14-16 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten Conference.

• The Huskers return their top seven scorers from a year ago, including senior starters Hannah Whitish (10.1 ppg) and Nicea Eliely (7.9 ppg). Whitish is a two-time All-Big Ten selection, and Eliely is one of the Big Ten's best defenders.

• Senior Kristian Hudson returns after missing Nebraska's final 23 games last year with an injury. Senior forward Grace Mitchell will add size and experience inside for the Huskers. 

• Junior returning starters Taylor Kissinger (8.9 ppg) and Kate Cain (7.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.6 bpg) give Nebraska more size and experience. Kissinger led the Big Ten and ranked fourth nationally in three-point percentage (.456) last season. Cain has earned her second appearance on the Lisa Leslie Award Watch List, and is on track to become Nebraska's all-time leader in blocked shots this season.

• Nebraska's four-player sophomore class of Sam Haiby (10.0 ppg), Leigha Brown (9.6 ppg), Ashtyn Veerbeek (6.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and Kayla Mershon (3.2 ppg) combined for the most points (893) by a Husker freshman class since 1981-82.

• Nebraska's three-player freshman class of Isabelle Bourne, Trinity Brady and Makenzie Helms take the court for the first time at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday. Bourne was a key player in the Australian U19 National Team's run to a silver medal at the FIBA U19 World Championships this summer. Helms was the Connecticut Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2018-19. Brady finished her prep career at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Tennessee - one of the top women's basketball academy teams in the nation. As a junior, she was one of the top high school players in the state of Indiana at Lawrence North. She was an IBCA Subway Supreme 15 Underclass All-State selection.

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Alabama A&M Bulldogs
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, Noon (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln

Live Video: BTN+ [Husker Sports Network Audio]
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (11:45 a.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - 107.3 FM; Omaha - ESPN 590 AM;, Huskers App, TuneIn

Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 6.9 ppg, 5.5 ppg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 7.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 9.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 7.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 3.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F 
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (42-49); 13th Season Overall (235-158)

Alabama A&M Bulldogs (0-0, 0-0 SWAC)
20 - Lazurea Saunders - 6-0 - RFr. - F - 7.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg
32 - Elexis Evans - 6-4 - So. - C - 6.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg
4 - Jameica Cobb - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 5.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg
5 - Nigeria Jones - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 11.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg
23 - DeShawna Harper - 5-4 - Jr. - G - 7.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Off the Bench
24 - Tierra Dark - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 5.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg
21 - *Dariauna Lewis - 6-1 - So. - F - 3.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg
2 - Natalie Collins - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 3.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg
11 - Je'Naiya Davis - 5-8 - Fr. - G 
12 - Kamani Jones - 5-10 - Fr. - F
22 - Jasmine Stanley - 6-1 - Fr. - F
34 - Ariana Powe - 5-10 - Fr. - F
50 - De'Asia Thomas - 5-11 - Fr. - F
*statistics at Missouri State in 2018-19
Head Coach: Margaret Richards (Nebraska, 2003)
Fourth Season at Alabama A&M (26-60); Fourth Season Overall: (26-60)

Scouting Alabama A&M
• Former Husker Margaret Richards guides Alabama A&M into the 2019-20 season.

• Richards was a four-year letterwinner at Nebraska from 2001 through 2004. The 5-9 guard from Louisville, Ky., finished her career with 915 points, 518 rebounds and 216 assists while playing in 117 games with 69 starts.

• In Richards' first season (2016-17) at Alabama A&M, the Bulldogs went 2-25 and 0-18 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. They were one of the nation's most improved teams in 2017-18, finishing 11-18 overall and 6-12 in the SWAC.

• The Bulldogs have improved each of Richards' three years, including a 13-17 record last season with an 8-10 SWAC mark. A&M's 13 wins were its most since going 17-12 in 2011-12.

• Alabama A&M is the preseason pick to finish seventh in the SWAC. Southern, the defending SWAC champion and a 2019 NCAA Tournament team, is the preseason pick to win the league. Southern comes to Lincoln Nov. 20.

• Sophomore Elexis Evans enters 2019-20 as a preseason first-team All-SWAC selection. The 6-4 center averaged 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds as a freshman in 2018-19.
• Junior Nigeria Jones added preseason second-team All-SWAC honors. The 5-7 guard out of Lincoln Northeast was Alabama A&M's leading scorer a year ago, averaging 11.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. She also led the Bulldogs in assists (3.4 apg) and steals (1.6 spg).

• Senior guard Jameica Cobb returns to the starting backcourt with Jones, after averaging 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds last season. She was second on the team with 3.0 assists per game.

• The Bulldogs are hoping to benefit from the return of redshirt freshman Lazurea Saunders. The 6-0 forward averaged 7.1 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds through seven games last season before suffering a season-ending injury.

• Junior DeShawna Harper gives the Bulldogs another returning starter after averaging 7.5 points and 2.2 rebounds last season.

• Alabama A&M added another Nebraska connection this offseason with Omaha North's Dariauna Lewis. She averaged 3.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 25 games at Missouri State last year. The Bears won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen before Coach Kellie Harper departed for Tennessee. Lewis, a 6-1 sophomore, posted a career-high 15 points against Drake and had a career-high nine boards against Ball State.

• Wednesday's game is the first-ever meeting between Nebraska and Alabama A&M.

Huskers Tip Season with Sportsmanship Pep Rally
• The Huskers officially tip off the 2019-20 regular season on Wednesday with the Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally at Pinnacle Bank Arena prior to NU's season opener with Alabama A&M.

• The Sportsmanship Pep Rally, which is being offered in partnership with the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame, will take place prior to Nebraska's game with Alabama A&M, which is set for a noon tip-off. The rally is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:30 a.m., with Husker student-athletes and coaches delivering inspirational and motivational messages to elementary and middle grades students.

• Nebraska women's basketball coach Amy Williams will address the students, along with Alabama A&M Coach Margaret Richards - a former Husker. Students can also expect to be entertained by Steve Max "Master of Simon Sez" who will also entertain the crowd at halftime.

• Each of the nearly 1,800 children scheduled to attend the pep rally will receive a free slice of Valentino's pizza and a beverage provided by Pinnacle Bank Arena.

• Children and sponsors from 27 school districts around the state are scheduled to attend, including Auburn, Aurora, Centennial, Central Valley, Columbus Scotus, DC West, Elba, Elmwood-Murdock, Fillmore Central, Fort Calhoun, Freeman, Heartland Community, Johnson County Central, Logan View, Lyons-Decatur Northeast, Malcolm, Nebraska Christian, North Bend Central, Palmyra, Pine Creek, Raymond Central, Southern, Sterling, Umonhon Nation, Wahoo, Weeping Water and Wilcox Hildreth. 

Husker Nuggets
• Nebraska is 42-3 all-time at home to open the season, including 5-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers had a 12-game season-opening win streak snapped last season with a loss to Drake (Nov. 7, 2018). NU's only other home-opening losses came to South Dakota State (Nov. 19, 2005) and Kansas (Nov. 21, 1980).

• Hannah Whitish enters 2019-20 needing 34 points, 37 assists and five three-pointers to become the first Husker in history to reach combined milestones of 1,000 points, 400 assists and 200 threes.

• The Husker bench outscored opponent benches in 28 of 30 games in 2018-19, with the only exceptions coming in losses at Michigan (37-20, Feb. 7) and at No. 7 Maryland (22-19, Feb. 14).  

• Nebraska's bench outscored the opponent bench by double digits 21 times, including a 30-1 edge in a loss to NCAA Elite Eight qualifier Iowa (Feb. 25). 

• Overall, Nebraska's bench outscored opposition benches 950-492 (31.7-16.4 ppg) for a plus-15.3 margin.

• Nebraska's bench scored 40 or more points seven times last season, including  a season-high 45 at Arkansas.

• In Big Ten regular-season play, NU's bench outscored opponent benches 563-317 (31.3-17.6, +13.7 ppg).

• At least one freshman led the Huskers in scoring in 17 of 30 games last season (Haiby-9; Brown-6; Veerbeek-2).

• Nebraska has hit 10 or more threes 15 times in the last two seasons (62 games). Through the first 20 seasons with the three-point shot in women's basketball (1988-2007), Nebraska hit 10 threes in a game only six times (311 games).

Nebraska Streaks
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (61).

• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (56).

• Eliely was the only Husker to score in all 30 games last season, and the only Husker to score in all of Nebraska's games against Big Ten Conference foes. She has scored in 34 consecutive games overall. She did not score in a win over Penn State on Feb. 22, 2018, the only time in the past two seasons (59 games) that Eliely was shut out.

• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 342 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 221 consecutive games.

Regular-Season Numbers to Watch 
(1) Hannah Whitish is one steal away from 100 in her career. Nicea Eliely is one point away from 700 in her career.

(3) Kayla Mershon is three points away from 100 in her career.

(5) Hannah Whitish needs five three-pointers to become just the third Husker to hit 200 career threes, joining All-American Jordan Hooper (295) and three-time first-team All-Big 12 guard Kiera Hardy (267).

(9) Kristian Hudson needs just nine assists to reach 400 in her career (383 assists came at Florida International prior to Hudson transferring to Nebraska ahead of the 2018-19 season).

(10) Sam Haiby and Kayla Mershon each need 10 rebounds to achieve 100 in their careers.

(11) Leigha Brown needs 11 points to reach 300 in her career. Hannah Whitish is 11 rebounds away from 300 in her career.

(17) Kristian Hudson needs 17 rebounds to reach 400 in her career.

(21) Junior Kate Cain is 21 blocks away from 200 in her career. Only three other Huskers in history have achieved 200 career blocks.

(34) Hannah Whitish (966) is 34 points away from becoming the 33rd 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska women's basketball history.

(37) Hannah Whitish is 37 assists away from becoming just the eighth Husker in history with 400 career assists.

Lincoln – University of Nebraska defensive lineman Damian Jackson was named one of five finalists for the 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award announced Monday.


Jackson if the only FBS player among the five finalists, which includes Air Force Head Coach Troy Calhoun and Army assistant coach Mike Viti. The other finalists are Alexander Findura (Bloomsburg University) and Casey Stewart (Shenandoah).  Both Calhoun and Stewart were finalists in 2018.


Jackson is in his third year as a Husker after serving as a Navy Seal for four years after graduating high school. Jackson, who did not play football prior to college, walked on to the Husker program and made his collegiate debut against Bethune Cookman in 2018.


In the classroom, he is a three-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Roll member and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018.


The announcement of the 2019 recipient will be made via a 10 a.m. (CT) teleconference next Monday (November 11) on Veteran’s Day by Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Executive Director Brant Ringler and FWAA President Matt Fortuna.

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