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This past December GI Family Radio filed a lawsuit against the Nebraska State Fair for violating Nebraska's Open Meetings Act as well as public records requests. Last month the board filed a response saying that because the board is a private corporation, both the open meetings rules and public records request compliance doesn't apply.The State Fair Board meets Friday February 14th in Lincoln. GI Family Radio CEO Alan Usher joined KRGI News.

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A Hastings man initially charged with murder has been given 38 to 40 years in prison. Adams County District Court records say 21-year-old Deante Mullen was sentenced Tuesday. He'd pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and being an accessory to a felony after prosecutors dropped the murder charge. Prosecutors have said Mullen and another man, Daniel Harden, tried to rob Jose Hansen on Sept. 11, 2017, and Hansen was shot in the back. Harden was acquitted of murder and weapons charges but convicted of robbery conspiracy. He was sentenced in January to 40 to 44 years. 

The Northwest school board held their monthly meeting last night that drew special attention to many with the item agenda posted to close Chapman school. Last Monday the board held a special meeting hearing public comments. After public comment last night, each board member spoke  on their own behalf on how they felt about the matter if the district needed to go forward eliminating the Chapman as one of the feeder schools. 

Chapman currently has 68 total students. 42 of which are resident students, with 26 being option students. With the closure of Chapman, Northwest will now have three feeder schools including 1-R, Cedar Hollow, and St Libory.

KRGI News - Chapman School Closes Report

Robert Keith Hopkins, age 39, of Central City, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with production of child pornography on or about December 9, 2019.  The offense carries a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence and a maximum possible penalty of 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $50,000 additional special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession of child pornography on or about December 17, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $17,000 additional special assessment.    


January 28, 2020 (McCook, Neb.) An inmate was apprehended shortly after jumping the fence at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook this morning. The escape occurred just before 9:30 a.m. Ryan Lykens #76263 (37) was taken into custody near the facility around 45 minutes later.

Staff members noticed that razor wire along the fence line at the facility had been pushed aside and followed tracks in the snow to a nearby canyon. While Lykens moved through the canyon, staff members from WEC continued their search. When they found him, he refused multiple directives to stop and surrender. Staff members then deployed chemicals (oleoresin capsicum) to gain his compliance. Shortly thereafter, deputies arrived on the scene and took Lykens into custody.

Lykens was taken to an area urgent care facility for stitches resulting from an injury he received during the escape. Two staff members received scrapes and bruises when they accidentally ran into a snow-covered fence during the search.

Lykens is currently sentenced on charges out of Dodge County including possession of a deadly weapon, terroristic threats and domestic assault. He has a tentative release date of October 31, 2020. In April 2019, Lykens was released on parole. In December he violated his parole and was returned to the custody of NDCS.

Lykens will be moved to the Red Willow County jail. Authorities will determine if he will face additional charges resulting from the escape.

The Work Ethic Camp is a minimum security facility. Inmates are able to work in the community with intermittent supervision.



The Furnas Co Sheriff's Dept is still in efforts to locate Larry Hardenbrook. 78 years old, 6-1 tall and 190 lbs. If you have any information about Mr. Hardenbrook please call 911 or the Furnas Co Sheriff's Dept at 308-268-2245.


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Ainsworth def. West Holt, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20

Archbishop Bergan def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 25-10, 25-22, 25-18

Ashland-Greenwood def. Arlington, 25-12, 25-14, 25-13

Battle Creek def. Pierce, 25-19, 25-16, 25-11

Cambridge def. Hi-Line, 25-21, 25-23, 15-25, 25-21

Centennial def. Fairbury, 22-25, 11-25, 26-24, 25-20, 15-8

Columbus def. Kearney, 25-22, 15-25, 25-23, 25-18

Crete def. Schuyler, 25-12, 25-17, 25-20

Crofton def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-15, 25-23, 26-24

Edgemont, S.D. def. Hemingford, 25-21, 25-14, 21-25, 21-25, 15-9

Elkhorn South def. Millard West, 25-8, 18-25, 25-21, 25-18

Fillmore Central def. Heartland, 16-25, 25-7, 25-20, 16-25, 15-10

Fremont def. Lincoln High, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19

Gering def. Scottsbluff, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22

Grand Island Central Catholic def. Wood River, 25-15, 25-10, 25-7

Hastings St. Cecilia def. Blue Hill, 25-12, 25-16, 25-17

Hershey def. McCook, 25-21, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23

Howells/Dodge def. Wakefield-Allen, 23-25, 30-28, 27-25, 25-22

Humphrey St. Francis def. Fullerton, 14-25, 26-24, 22-25, 25-11, 15-12

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-8, 25-15, 25-11

Lincoln Christian def. Bishop Neumann, 25-22, 25-23, 25-12

Lincoln East def. Lincoln Northeast, 25-20, 25-23, 25-16

Lincoln Lutheran def. Auburn, 25-18, 25-21, 25-11

Lincoln Pius X def. Lincoln Southeast, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22

Lincoln Southwest def. Grand Island, 25-15, 25-19, 25-23

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder def. Pender, 25-20, 25-20, 25-14

Lutheran High Northeast def. O'Neill, 25-14, 25-22, 21-25, 25-15

Malcolm def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-15, 25-14, 25-13

Maywood-Hayes Center def. Hitchcock County, 25-13, 25-23, 25-16

Mead def. College View Academy, 25-11, 25-12, 25-11

Millard North def. Papillion-LaVista South, 16-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-19

Millard South def. Gretna, 25-20, 20-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-8

Neligh-Oakdale def. Randolph, 23-25, 25-13, 25-7, 23-25, 15-10

Norfolk def. Lincoln North Star, 25-15, 25-19, 25-19

Norfolk Catholic def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 25-15, 26-24, 23-25, 28-26

North Bend Central def. Wisner-Pilger, 25-14, 25-13, 18-25, 25-22

North Platte St. Patrick's def. Gothenburg, 26-24, 25-23, 17-25, 14-25, 16-14

Ogallala def. North Platte, 16-25, 25-18, 25-20, 18-25, 15-9

Omaha Brownell-Talbot def. Weeping Water, 3-0

Omaha Bryan def. Omaha South, 3-2

Omaha Central def. Omaha North, 1-0

Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Aquinas, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-5

Overton def. Maxwell, 25-14, 25-14, 25-16

Papillion-LaVista def. Omaha Westside, 25-10, 25-15, 25-18

Plainview def. Wausa, 15-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-12

Ponca def. Winnebago, 25-10, 25-8, 25-21

Sandhills/Thedford def. Sandhills Valley, 27-25, 25-9, 21-25, 28-26

Seward def. Ralston, 25-17, 26-24, 25-8

Shelby/Rising City def. Hampton, 25-17, 25-19, 26-24

St. Mary's def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 26-24, 25-19

St. Mary's def. Santee, 25-13, 25-22

St. Paul def. Centura, 25-13, 25-13, 25-17

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Amherst, 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 15-7

Superior def. Sutton, 25-13, 25-19, 25-15

Sutherland def. Wallace, 25-20, 25-21, 25-16

Thayer Central def. Sandy Creek, 25-12, 25-19, 25-7

Wauneta-Palisade def. Southwest, 25-20, 20-25, 25-12, 23-25, 15-11

Waverly def. Norris, 25-16, 25-19, 27-25

Wayne def. Guardian Angels, 25-16, 25-18, 25-20

West Point-Beemer def. Tekamah-Herman, 25-18, 25-23, 25-14

York def. Holdrege, 25-17, 25-6, 25-12

Alma Triangular
Alma def. Cozad, 25-19, 25-8

Alma def. Arapahoe, 25-12, 25-15

Cozad def. Arapahoe, 25-22, 25-18

Arthur County Triangular
Garden County def. Arthur County, 25-21, 25-18

Garden County def. Mullen, 2-0

Mullen def. Arthur County, 25-6, 25-17

Aurora Triangular
Adams Central def. Aurora, 27-25, 15-25, 25-22

Adams Central def. Minden, 21-25, 25-22, 29-27

Minden def. Aurora, 25-22, 27-25

Axtell Triangular
Axtell def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-7, 25-18

Axtell def. Shelton, 25-10, 25-9

Shelton def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-13, 25-16

Central Valley Triangular
Arcadia-Loup City def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-14, 25-13

Arcadia-Loup City def. Central Valley, 25-18, 25-19

Central Valley def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-21, 25-21

Chadron Triangular
Chadron def. Bridgeport, 25-20, 25-10

Sidney def. Chadron, 25-20, 25-18

Sidney def. Bridgeport, 25-13, 25-11

Cross County Triangular
Cross County def. Heartland Lutheran, 26-24, 25-13

Cross County def. McCool Junction, 25-14, 25-14

Heartland Lutheran def. McCool Junction, 25-23, 25-20

Doniphan-Trumbull Triangular
Central City def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-14, 25-19

Gibbon def. Central City, 25-21, 25-18

Gibbon def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 16-25, 25-19, 25-22

Dundy County-Stratton Triangular
Brady def. Dundy County-Stratton, 25-14, 22-25, 25-17

South Loup def. Dundy County-Stratton, 25-20, 25-22

South Loup def. Brady, 25-18, 25-10

Hyannis Triangular
Cody-Kilgore def. Hay Springs, 25-23, 25-23

Hay Springs def. Hyannis, 25-21, 25-20

Hyannis def. Cody-Kilgore, 25-20, 25-14

Kenesaw Triangular
Kenesaw def. Harvard, 25-21, 25-23

Lawrence-Nelson def. Harvard, 25-12, 25-18

Lawrence-Nelson def. Kenesaw, 25-8, 25-18

Louisville Triangular
Elmwood-Murdock def. Conestoga, 25-16, 25-17

Louisville def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-20, 25-22

Louisville def. Conestoga, 25-11, 25-11

MUDECAS Tournament
Class B
Johnson County Central def. Southern, 25-20, 25-18

Palmyra def. Sterling, 25-22, 25-22

Consolation Semifinal
Pawnee City def. Lewiston, 22-25, 25-15, 25-14

Tri County def. Parkview Christian, 25-13, 25-9

Class A
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, 25-16, 25-21

Diller-Odell def. Meridian, 25-9, 25-23

Consolation Semifinal
Falls City Sacred Heart def. Freeman, 25-19, 25-15

Johnson-Brock def. Exeter/Milligan, 25-20, 25-8

Nebraska City Triangular
Plattsmouth def. Nebraska City, 26-24, 17-25, 25-16

Syracuse def. Nebraska City, 25-10, 25-23

Syracuse def. Plattsmouth, 25-21, 26-24

Platteview Triangular
Bellevue West def. Bennington, 25-11, 25-17

Platteview def. Bellevue West, 25-22, 25-20

Platteview def. Bennington, 25-11, 25-17

Riverside Triangular
High Plains Community def. Riverside, 24-26, 25-6, 25-14

Riverside def. Palmer, 25-14, 25-11

Summerland Triangular
Boyd County def. Creighton, 26-24, 25-21

Summerland def. Boyd County, 25-14, 25-23

Summerland def. Creighton, 25-15, 25-15

Twin Loup Triangular
North Central def. Twin Loup, 25-21, 25-18

Pleasanton def. North Central, 23-25, 25-20, 25-14

Pleasanton def. Twin Loup, 25-20, 25-22

Winside Triangular
Osmond def. Winside, 15-25, 25-15, 25-16

Osmond def. Homer, 25-23, 25-17

Winside def. Homer, 25-19, 25-10

Yutan Triangular
Raymond Central def. East Butler, 2-0

Yutan def. Raymond Central, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16

Yutan def. East Butler, 25-16, 25-14

McCook held the Cross Country Invite at Heritage Hills on Tuesday, September 18th.  View individual and team results below.

Hastings -5 
McCook -0

Tigers - 5 runs - 7 hits - 0 errors 
Bison - 0 runs - 2 hits - 0 errors 

McCook now 6-10 on the year. Next in action on Thursday, September 19th at Kearney. Listen live on The Zone 93.9. 

Listen to Head Coach Jason Cochran post-game 

Jason Cochran after Hastings 9-17-19

• The top-ranked Nebraska volleyball team welcomes No. 2 Stanford to the Devaney Center for a 2018 NCAA Championship rematch this Wednesday at 7 p.m. The match will be televised on BTN and streamed online at and on the FoxSports app. Larry Punteney and Salima Rockwell will call the action. 
• Wednesday's match can also be heard on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at and also on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 26th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary. 
• The Huskers' match against Stanford will be the fifth all-time No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in program history. The Huskers are 2-2 all-time in No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups. The only other No. 1 vs. No. 2 match played in Lincoln was on Aug. 26, 1995, when No. 1 Stanford beat No. 2 Nebraska, 3-1, at the NU Coliseum. Of Nebraska's five all-time top-two showdowns, three of them will have been against Stanford. 
• Three points is all that separated the teams in the 2018 NCAA Championship match in Minneapolis, as Stanford walked away with its eighth NCAA title and prevented the Huskers from winning their sixth. While Stanford returned six starters - including four AVCA All-Americans - from that team, the Huskers have had to replace two All-Americans in outside hitter Mikaela Foecke and libero Kenzie Maloney with two true freshmen.  

Series History
• Stanford is 9-6 all-time against the Huskers. The last meeting was a five-set classic in the 2018 NCAA Championship match in Minneapolis. Stanford pulled out the 3-2 win (28-26, 22-25, 25-16, 15-25, 15-12) to win the national title. 
• In last year's match, Lauren Stivrins had a career day with 19 kills on .615 hitting with five blocks. Nicklin Hames had a career-high 62 set assists and 12 digs. NU will need to find a way to replace the 27 kills Foecke recorded in that match. For Stanford, Kathryn Plummer had 19 kills, and Holly Campbell and Audriana Fitzmorris added 15 and 14, respectively. The Huskers outhit Stanford in the match, .271 to .250, but Stanford won the serving battle with seven more aces (9-2) and the same number of errors (eight). 
• NU's last win over Stanford was on Aug. 29, 2008, a Husker sweep in Omaha. Stanford has won both matches played since then. 

• John Cook, Nebraska: 20th year at Nebraska (567-76); 27th year overall (728-149)
• Kevin Hambly, Stanford: 3rd year at Stanford (69-6); 11th year overall (247-92)

About the Huskers
• Nebraska is off to a 7-0 start for the first time since 2016. It's only the third time in the last 11 years that Nebraska has won its first seven matches of the season. The Huskers have beaten both ranked teams they've faced this season - then-No. 18 Creighton (3-1) and then-No. 25 San Diego (3-2). 
• The Huskers ascended to No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll on Monday following a 3-0 weekend at the Ameritas Players Challenge, coupled with a Stanford loss to Minnesota. It marks Nebraska's nation-leading 100th all-time week at No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll. 
• Lexi Sun leads the Huskers with 4.04 kills per set on .287 hitting this season. The junior from Encinitas, California was named the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge last weekend after a career-high 23 kills against Loyola Marymount. She ranks sixth in the Big Ten in kills this season. 
• All-America middle blocker Lauren Stivrins leads the Huskers in blocks with 1.23 per set. She is also putting up 2.15 kills per set on .311 hitting.  
• Nebraska ranks first in the Big Ten with an opponent hitting percentage of .123. The Huskers have held four of their seven opponents below .100 hitting this season. 
• Nebraska ranks third in the Big Ten in digs with 15.69 per set. 

Scouting Stanford
• Stanford had a 37-match win streak snapped on Saturday by Minnesota. The Golden Gophers beat the then-No. 1 Cardinal, 3-1, in University Park, Pennsylvania. 
• Stanford is playing one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation. The Cardinal own wins over No. 7 Florida, No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Penn State. Wednesday's match will be Stanford's fifth straight top-10 opponent. 
• Two-time AVCA National Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer leads the Cardinal with 5.50 kills per set on .350 hitting. Audriana Fitzmorris adds 2.64 kills per set on .319 hitting. 
• Stanford returned six starters from last year's NCAA Championship team, including first-team All-Americans in setter Jenna Gray and libero Morgan Hentz. 

Huskers Ranked No. 1 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week for the first time since the end of the 2017 season.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 100 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 490 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 545 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.

Three Huskers Named to Preseason All-Big Ten Team
• Nicklin HamesLauren Stivrins and Lexi Sun were all voted to the 14-player preseason team by the conference's head coaches. Additionally, the Huskers were picked second in the preseason poll behind Wisconsin. Minnesota was third. 
• Stivrins, a Scottsdale, Arizona native, had a breakout sophomore season to earn first-team All-Big Ten and first-team AVCA All-America honors in 2018. The Huskers' co-captain averaged 2.36 kills per set and had a hitting percentage of .421, the third-highest mark in school history and the No. 3 mark in the nation last season. Stivrins was selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after a career-high 19 kills on .615 hitting in the championship match against No. 1 Stanford. 
• Hames, a sophomore from Maryville, Tennessee, set the Huskers to the NCAA Championship match as a true freshman. The Huskers' co-captain finished the season with 10.49 assists per set and 3.32 digs per set, along with 40 service aces, second-most on the team. Hames had 25 double-doubles during the 2018 season, which broke Jordan Larson's school record for double-doubles. She tallied a career-best 62 assists in the NCAA final against Stanford with 12 digs. 
• Sun, a junior from Encinitas, California, is Nebraska's top returning kills leader. She averaged 3.11 kills per set and 2.69 digs per set in 2018, her first season as a Husker. Sun was one of NU's top servers with 30 aces on the season, and she played a big role for the Huskers down the stretch with 19 kills and 12 digs in the NCAA Semifinal win over Illinois. 

"29,029" and "To Be Continued..."
• The 2019 Nebraska volleyball team has two slogans for the season: 29,029 and To Be Continued...
• 29,029 is the elevation in feet of Mount Everest. The Huskers, who nearly reached the peak of college volleyball in 2018 before coming up three points short against Stanford, are using the memory of that defeat to motivate them in 2019. The Huskers will play 29 regular-season matches, and Head Coach John Cook said the hardest part of climbing Mount Everest is the final 29 feet. "Many people say the elevation is 29,000 feet, forgetting the final 29 feet. We got to that 29,000 (in 2018). We didn't get that last 29 feet. All the bad things happen in the last 29 feet. People mentally let go, they're exhausted, they get stuck. Our whole theme is we've got to figure out how to get the last 29 feet." 
• The Huskers also have a team slogan of "To Be Continued..." in 2019. The slogan references the Huskers continuing what they couldn't quite finish in 2018 - winning an NCAA Championship. It also means carrying on the recent success of the program (four straight NCAA Semifinals appearances) and preparing to bring back the entire team for the 2020 season, as the Huskers have no seniors on their roster for the first time in program history. The ellipsis signifies the three points that separated the Huskers from a national championship in 2018.  

Foecke and Maloney Leave Big Shoes to Fill
• This year, the Huskers will be without two players who led the program to four straight final fours from 2015-18 in Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney. The All-Americans both graduated, leaving big production to replace at outside hitter and libero. Foecke and Maloney won two NCAA titles, two Big Ten titles and won more postseason matches than any other player in Husker history. 
• Stivrins, Hames and Sweet are among 10 returning players who will be counted on to step up for the Huskers. Jazz Sweet also returns to lead the Huskers on the right side, and sophomore Callie Schwarzenbach is back after breaking the Nebraska freshman record for blocks last season with 177. Sophomore hitter Capri Davis played a big role last year coming off the bench, and sophomore Megan Miller and Hayley junior Densberger both have a plethora of experience in the back row. 
• A group of six freshmen will help offset the loss of the most decorated senior class in school history. Three of the six newcomers - outside hitter Madi Kubik, middle blocker Riley Zuhn, libero Kenzie Knuckles - were All-Americans and ranked among the top 40 prospects in the 2019 class. The Huskers' incoming class was ranked No. 2 by  

Huskers Visit Asia in Summer of 2019
• The Nebraska volleyball team took a 17-day trip to Japan and China over the summer. The Huskers took on top professional teams from the two countries during the trip, winning about half of the sets they played. Head Coach John Cook called it "by far the best" of the five trips his teams have taken to Asia in his 20 years at Nebraska.
• In addition to the highly competitive matches, the Huskers also toured numerous sites in Asia, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. With six newcomers and no seniors on the roster for the 2019 season, the trip was a great opportunity for the team to bond on and off the court, a team that will spend the next two years playing together. 
• The NCAA allows a team to take a foreign trip every four years, and Cook has made it a habit to take his team to Asia. Previous trips have usually paid off with successful seasons. In the last four seasons following a Cook-led foreign trip, Nebraska has responded by winning three conference titles and two national championships.
• Cook took his first team to Asia prior to the 2000 season, his first as Nebraska's head coach. The Huskers responded with a 34-0 season and the program's second national championship.
• In 2006, Cook took his team back to Asia and the results were the same: another national championship. The Huskers went 33-1 following their international trip and capped the national title with a 3-1 victory over Stanford in front of 17,209 fans at the Qwest Center in Omaha.
• Nebraska went back to Asia in 2010. Although NU did not win the national title that year, it did put together a 29-3 season that included a Big Ten title. Nebraska took a No. 3 ranking into the NCAA Tournament but was upset in a four-set loss at No. 11 Washington in the NCAA Regional Semifinal. 
• The Huskers' last Asia trip in 2014 with only one senior was followed by a 23-10 season. But the following year saw that young group go on to win the program's fourth national title. 

Nebraska Fans Continue Record-Setting Consecutive Sellout Streak
• Nebraska volleyball holds an NCAA women's record 258 consecutive regular-season sellouts. 
• Nebraska led the nation in attendance in 2018 for the sixth straight year since moving into the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013, averaging 8,205 fans per match.  
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (28 straight seasons).

AVCA Hall of Fame Head Coach John Cook in 20th Season at Nebraska
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 20th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2019. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, nine final fours, 12 conference championships and 17 top-10 final rankings since 2000. 
• Cook has 728 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history. Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .882 win percentage in that time (567-76). 
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 55 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall. 
• Cook became the ninth active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins in 2018.

The Northwest Softball team hosts Aurora Tuesday at the Veterans Complex. The Vikings broke a four game skid with a win over GICC on Thursday to go to 8-5. The Huskies come in 5-11 after splitting games at the Schuyler triangular. 

JV Begins at 5pm with the varsity at 6:30. We'll have coverage at 6:15 on 103.1 2-Day-FM, featuring an interview with Skylee Nelson.

Skylee Nelson


After being “on the road” for the past 26 days, the McCook Community College volleyball team returns home Wednesday for a key conference matchup with Central Community College in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference.

The first serve is set for 7 p.m. in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

“We aren’t playing our best volleyball yet, but I am hoping that it is going to make an appearance before next weekend’s region IX matches,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza.

After playing the season opener Aug. 22 against Garden City (a 3-0 win) the Lady Indians went 2-2 in the North Platte Subway Invitational Aug. 23-24; went 2-2 at the Northeast Community College tournament in Norfolk Aug. 20-31, then played seven straight games in Kansas between Sept. 6-14, going 5-2 to sit at 10-6 on the season.

“We have recently made some position changes with players and some of them have really stepped up in making our system more complete,” Kobza said.

Central Community College is 8-8, (0-2 on the road and 1-0 in conference) having swept Southeast Community College Sept. 11. The Raiders and the Lady Indians have played four common opponents and both have wins over North Dakota State College of Science and Lake Region State Collee and losses to Fort Scott and Kirkwood.

The Raiders were ranked 17th a week ago in the NJCCA Division II rankings but lost a pair of games (Indian Hills Community College and Northeast Community College) to fall out of the top 20.

In the Region IX Division I statistical leaders, four Lady Indians are among the top five and one is among the top 10 leaders in the nation.

Sophomore Kiera Barr (Granby, Colo.) is second in the region with 280 digs and 5.00 digs per set. Those total digs rank ninth in the nation and 18th for digs per set.

Freshman Fernanda Canedo, (Cochabamba, Boliva) is second in the region with 166 kills, and fourth in kills per set with 3.02. Sophomore Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) is eighth with 105 total kills and ninth with 2.14 kills per set. Canedo has 178 digs (seventh in the region) and her 3.24 digs per set are eighth best.

Freshman Jayceea Hanson (McCook High School) leads MCC with an average of 1.05 blocks per set which ranks fourth in the region and her .196 hitting percentage leads the team and is ranked 10th in Region IX.

Freshman Emily Barr (Hershey) is tied for the top spot in the region with 27 service aces; Her average of 0.54 per set is ranked fifth.

A pair of freshmen setters rank sixth and seventh in assists per set. Madison Mendoza, (Ogallala) has 252 set assists and averages 4.50 per set to rank sixth. Heiata Tauota, (Nantes, France) has 145 set assist and her 3.54 assists per set ranks seventh.

Overall MCC averages 10.61 kills per set, has a team hitting percent of .139, averages 1.68 blocks per set, 1.77 service aces per set and 16.80 digs.

The Raiders are averaging 10.78 kills per set, hit .179, averages 2.31 blocks per set, 1.41 service aces and 19.67 digs per set.

Central had been a perennial conference champion until the Lady Indians claimed the title a year ago sweeping the Raiders and going 6-0 in conference. North Platte is 7-8 on the season and Southeast Community College is 2-14.

MCC will travel to Columbus Oct. 9.


                  NCCAC STANDNGS

           (NCCAC Conf.)          OVERALL

Central CC      1-0     1.000     8-8       .500

McCook          0-0       .625     10-6     .625

North Platte     0-0       .457     7-8       .457

Southeast CC 0-1       .125     2-14     .125



Sept. 11 – Central CC 3, Southeast CC 0



Sept. 18 – Central CC at McCook, 7 p.m.

Sept. 19 – Central CC at North Platte, 6 p.m.

Sept. 24 – Southeast CC at McCook, 6 p.m.

Sept. 25 – Southeast CC at North Platte, 6 p.m.

Oct. 2 – McCook at North Platte, 7 p.m.

                          Central CC at Southeast, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 – North Platte at Southeast, 6 p.m.

Oct. 8 – McCook at Southeast, 6 p.m.

Oct. 9 – McCook at Central CC, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 – North Platte at McCook, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17 – North Platte at Central, 6 p.m.

Hayley Kobza

Girls and Boys Cross Country Results from Monday, September 16th are attached below.

Kearney Catholic 2           McCook 7

Varsity Singles

1 Logan Barenberg lost to G. Groskreutz 5-8
2 Mason Michaelis def B. Thiele 8-2
3 Isaac Hinze def C. Kluthe 8-1
4 Zion Moyer def K. Schrock 8-1
5 Brandan Eckhardt def C. Sharp 8-4
6 Evan Humphrey def C. Martin 8-6

Varsity Doubles

1 Barenberg/Hinze def Groskreutz/Thiele 9-7
2 Eckhardt/Humphrey lost to Kluthe/Liljegren 6-8
3 Moyer/Michaelis def Schrock/Sharp 8-0

Kearney Catholic Junior Varsity 2     McCook Junior Varsity 15


Jadon Karp/Ian Brown def Martin/Wolford 8-5
Casey Carlin/Davin Brunswick lost to Eschenbrenner/Hopkin 6-8
Jadon Karp/Ian Brown def Eschenbrenner/Hopkin 8-1
Conner Snyder/Paul Stoney def Runge/Isaacson 8-3
Peyton Rambali/Paul Stoney def Runge/Saadi 9-7
Peyton Rambali/Tyler Kinne def Fleshman/Victoria 8-2
Matthew Pochop/Tyler Kinne lost to Runge/Fleshman 3-6
Matthew Pochop/Tyler Kinne def Isaacson/Fleshman 8-5
Matthew Pochop/Isaac Nielson def Shoemaker/Beachy 9-7
James Neel/Conner Snyder def Victoria/Beachy 8-1
James Neel/Conner Snyder def Sogar/Wiltgen 8-0
Blayzon Mooney/Isaac Nielsen def Shoemaker/Pierzina 8-4
Blayzon Mooney/Payton Dellevoet def Abels/Black 8-1
James Neel/Payton Dellevoet def Black/Wiltgen 8-1


Blayzon Mooney def Pierzina 6-1
Peyton Rambali def Runge 6-2
Isaac Nielsen def Victoria 6-3

Grand Island CC 5           McCook 4

Varsity Singles

1 Logan Barenberg lost to E. Fox 1-8
2 Mason Michaelis lost to D. Martinez 6-8
3 Isaac Hinze def J. Farias 8-4
4 Zion Moyer def J. Schardt 8-3
5 Brandan Eckhardt lost to J. McNamara 2-8
6 Evan Humphrey lost to J. Friesen 1-8

Varsity Doubles

1 Barenberg/Hinze def Schardt/Farias 8-1
2 Eckhardt/Humphrey lost to McNamara/Friesen 2-8
3 Moyer/Michaelis def Martinez/A. King 9-7

GICC Junior Varsity 6     McCook Junior Varsity 3


Jadon Karp/Ian Brown lost to King/B. Fox 1-6
Peyton Rambali/Paul Stoney def Bicknose/Mehring 8-6
Matthew Pochop/Tyler Kinne lost to Kenna/Bales 4-8
James Neel/Conner Snyder def Corey/Roser 8-4
Payton Dellevoet/Blayzon Mooney lost to Kenna/Bales 4-8
Isaac Nielsen/Paul Stoney def Corey/Roser 9-8 (7-5)
James Neel/Payton Dellevoet lost to Bicknose/Mehring 2-6


Casey Carlin lost to B. Fox 1-6
Davin Brunswick lost to B. Fox 3-6

Next action: Tuesday, Varsity/Junior Varsity @ Lexington 4:00

The Nebraska volleyball team moved to No. 1 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll, which was announced on Monday. 

The Huskers received 37 of 64 first-place votes and totaled 1,550 points. Stanford dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 with 23 first-place votes and 1,538 points. Texas, Penn State and Baylor rounded out the top five.

It marks the first time the Huskers have held the No. 1 spot since the final poll of the 2017 NCAA Championship season. It also marks the Huskers' nation-leading 100th week all-time holding the No. 1 ranking in the AVCA poll.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Huskers will host No. 2 Stanford, which held the No. 1 spot all season until a 3-1 loss against Minnesota on Saturday. Wednesday's match, which will be televised on BTN, will be the first time NU has played a match as the No. 1 team in the nation since Nov. 26, 2016. It will be the fifth all-time No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-up in program history. The Huskers are 2-2 all-time in No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-ups. The only other No. 1 vs. No. 2 match played in Lincoln was on Aug. 26, 1995, when No. 1 Stanford beat No. 2 Nebraska, 3-1.


TV - BTN (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Rick Pizzo)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 83, XM 83
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

2019 Record: 2-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: Northern Illinois (W, 44-8)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 25-16 (4th Year)/6-9 (2nd Year) 
vs. Illinois: 1-0

2019 Record: 2-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: Easton Michigan (L, 34-31
Rankings: NR
Coach: Lovie Smith
Career/Ill Record: 11-28 (4th Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 0-3

The Matchup
Nebraska opens Big Ten Conference play on Saturday night with the Huskers traveling to Champaign to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. The prime-time tilt at Illinois' Memorial Stadium is set to kick off shortly after 7 p.m. CT, with national television coverage on BTN and radio coverage available on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG. 

Nebraska heads into Big Ten action with a 2-1 record, following an impressive 44-8 victory over Northern Illinois last Saturday in Lincoln. Nebraska opened a 16-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back as the Blackshirt defense held NIU out of the end zone. The Huskers rolled up 525 yards of total offense, including better than 235 yards both rushing and passing. 

Illinois will enter Saturday's contest with a 2-1 record, following a 34-31 loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday in Champaign. Illinois had opened the year with victories over Akron and at Connecticut before the setback this past weekend. Coach Lovie Smith's team has been strong on defense this season, allowing less than 320 yards per game, including just 79.3 rushing yards per game.

Nebraska and Illinois have a history of opening league play against each other. Since their first meeting as Big Ten opponents in 2013, the Huskers have opened conference play against Illinois four times in seven seasons. Nebraska is 5-1 against the Illini since joining the Big Ten Conference.

Series History
Nebraska holds a 12-3-1 all-time edge in the series, including a 3-2-1 record in games played at Illinois.

•     Nebraska is 5-1 against the Fighting Illini since joining the Big Ten, with the lone setback a 14-13 loss in 2015. Nebraska's five wins have come by an average of 21.4 points.  

•     One of Nebraska's memorable victories in the series occurred on Oct. 3, 1925, a 14-0 Nebraska win in Champaign. It was the only time in Red Grange's Illinois career that he was held scoreless in a home game.

Huskers Set to Open Big Ten Conference Action
Nebraska begins its ninth season of Big Ten Conference action on Saturday night in Champaign. The game marks the fourth time Nebraska has opened Big Ten play against Illinois. 

•     The Huskers are 5-3 in Big Ten openers since joining the league in 2011. 

•     Nebraska has won 39 of its past 44 conference openers overall, with four of those losses against top-20 teams. 

•     Overall, Nebraska is 91-22-2 all-time in conference openers (.800 winning percentage). 

•     Saturday's game is the first of four Big Ten road games for Nebraska in 2019. The Huskers are 3-5 in their first conference road game since joining the Big Ten.

Huskers Looking for Win No. 900
Nebraska will be looking to reach a major milestone on Saturday night at Illinois. A victory over the Fighting Illini would be win No. 900 in program history. 

•     The Huskers would join just four other programs in the 900-win club. The other current members of that club include Michigan (955), Ohio State (914), Texas (911), Alabama (908). Notre Dame and Oklahoma also sit at 899 victories. Notre Dame plays at Georgia this Saturday, while Oklahoma does not play this week.  

• Nebraska has reached its last two milestone victories on the road with win No. 800 coming at Kansas State in 2006 (21-3) and win No. 700 also in Manhattan in 1996 (39-3).

Frost Offenses Impressive on Opening Drives
One common theme of a Scott Frost-led offense has been a fast start, and that has held true for Frost's tenure in Lincoln. Nebraska has scored on its opening drive in each of the first three games in 2019. 

NU received the opening kickoff against South Alabama and drove nine plays and 81 yards for a touchdown to a take a 7-0 lead. At Colorado, Nebraska drove 96 yards in five plays on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead. The Huskers opened with a field goal on the game's first drive against Northern Illinois, covering 58 yards in eight plays. The opening-drive score continued a theme from 2018. 

• Nebraska scored on its first possession seven times in 12 games last season, including six of the final seven games. All seven of NU's opening scoring drives resulted in touchdowns. In Frost's two seasons, Nebraska has scored on its opening possession 10 times in 15 games.

• NU received the opening kickoff nine times in 2018 and scored touchdowns on six of those drives while punting only once. The Huskers had a game-opening touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead in five straight games during the Big Ten Conference season.

• The Huskers scored on nearly 60 percent of their opening possessions in 2018, even with a pair of drive-ending turnovers in opponent territory. Nebraska's average touchdown drive covered more than 74 yards, including one 80-yard touchdown march and five 75-yard scoring drives.

• Over the last three seasons - 2018-19 at Nebraska and 2017 at UCF - Frost's offenses have scored a touchdown on their opening possession 18 times in 28 games (64 percent). The average length of the touchdown drive in that span is 74 yards.

• In three-plus years as a head coach, Frost's offenses have scored on their opening drive 23 times in 41 games, with 21 touchdowns and two field goals. In 81 games over six-plus seasons as a play-caller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 44 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.

• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 54% (44 of 81 drives)    
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 47% (38 of 81 drives)

Blackshirt Defense Making Noise Early in 2019 Season
The Nebraska defense has focused on taking a step forward in 2019, specifically causing more turnovers and big impact plays. Through three games, Nebraska has done an outstanding job of checking that box, particularly in home wins over South Alabama and Northern Illinois. 

• Nebraska has nine takeaways through three games to rank first in the Big Ten and fifth nationally in that category. 

• Nebraska had five takeaways against South Alabama including four in the second half. The five takeaways matched the most in two seasons under Scott Frost (Illinois, 2018) and was only the fourth time since 2010 that a Nebraska defense recorded five or more takeaways.

• Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns against the Jaguars–a 38-yard interception return by Eric Lee Jr. in the third quarter and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Alex Davis in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.  The two defensive touchdowns marked the first time Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns since having two interception returns for touchdowns against Southern Miss in 2013. Nebraska is tied for the national lead in defensive touchdowns. 

• Lee's interception return for a touchdown was the first by a Husker since Marcus Newby had an interception for a touchdown against Northwestern in 2017.

• Davis' fumble recovery for a touchdown was the first by the Huskers since Josh Mitchell returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown against Miami in 2014. 

• Nebraska also scored on a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown by JD Spielman in the third quarter. The three non-offensive touchdowns were a first for Nebraska since the Huskers had three defensive touchdowns in a 31-3 win over Wake Forest in 2005. 

• Nebraska's effort against South Alabama marked the 16th time in school history the Huskers have scored on offense, defense and special teams in the same game.  It was the first time since 2012 NU had accomplished that feat, and the first instance against an FBS opponent since 2009 at Colorado.

• Nebraska has added two takeaways each of the past two weeks. NU is +2 in turnover margin through three games. 

• Nebraska has averaged 2.8 takeaways in its past eight games. Prior to that, Nebraska averaged 1.0 takeaway in its 30 previous games spanning three seasons. 

• The Huskers have forced three or more turnovers in four of their last eight games. Before the current streak, NU had not forced three turnovers in 30 games dating back to game two in 2016.

• Nebraska has forced 15 fumbles in its past eight games. Prior to that, Nebraska had forced just 14 fumbles in its previous 34 games. 

• Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has a history of producing disruptive defenses. In 41 games as a defensive coordinator (UCF, Nebraska) Chinander's defenses have scored 11 touchdowns.

Bootle and Jackson Break Up Opponent's Passing Game
Junior Dicaprio Bootle wreaked havoc on opponent passing games in 2018. Bootle broke up 15 passes and had a career-high 39 tackles in his first season as a starter in 2018, helping Nebraska rank 34th nationally in pass efficiency defense, a 61-spot improvement from the 2017 season.

• Bootle broke up 15 passes in 2018, ranking ninth nationally in breakups and 16th nationally in passes defended per game (1.3). Bootle's 15 pass breakups ranked second on Nebraska's season chart and were the most by a Husker since DeJuan Groce broke up a school-record 17 passes in 2000. Bootle opened the 2019 season with a team-high two PBU against South Alabama, and added one PBU at Colorado.

• Bootle earned third-team All-Big Ten honors last year, becoming the first Husker cornerback to be honored by the conference in four seasons.

• Senior Lamar Jackson lines up opposite Bootle at corner, giving Nebraska one of the conference's best cornerback tandems. Jackson has an interception and a team-high five PBU in 2019. Jackson had a career-high four breakups against Northern Illinois, bettering his previous career high of two breakups in a single game. Jackson is tied for the national lead in passes defended per game at 2.0 per contest.

Husker Offense Showing Versatility
In non-conference play, the Nebraska offense has shown the versatility to both strike quickly and drive the length of the field. 
• Against Colorado, Nebraska had two touchdown drives of 95 yards or longer (95 and 96). That marked the first time the Huskers have had two 95-yard scoring drives in the same game since the 2000 Fiesta Bowl against Tennessee (97- and 99-yard touchdown drives). 

• Through three games, Nebraska has seven scoring drives that have covered 75 yards or more. 

• Nebraska also had two long scoring plays at Colorado with touchdown passes of 65 (Martinez-Speilman) and 75 yards (Martinez-Washington).  That marked the first time the Huskers had multiple 65-yard pass plays in the same game since 2006 against Kansas. 

• Nebraska flashed its quick-strike ability and explosiveness against Northern Illinois. Nebraska produced nine plays of 20 yards or more against the Huskies, including eight before halftime. The eight first-half chunk plays matched Nebraska's combined total in its first two games. 

• Nebraska had a pair of 60-yard runs against Northern Illinois. Dedrick Mills had a career-long 61-yard run in the first quarter, and Maurice Washington had a personal-best 60-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. That marked the second time in the past six games Nebraska has produced a pair of 60-yard runs in the same game.

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