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Local law enforcement is participating in the 4th annual, “Shop with the Cop” program, which is scheduled forDecember 1st, 2018 at the Hampton Inn and Suites located in Scottsbluff. There are only 100 students selected in the entire county, who are nominated by school staff or a School Resource Officer to “Shop with a Cop.”

The purpose of the event is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Each student will be given the opportunity to spend $75.00 to purchase gifts for members of their family. We will have 2-3 students that are assigned to each police officer. The students will ride in the police officers patrol vehicle to a local department store. In the spirit of giving and the joy that it brings the giver, they are encouraged to spend the money on family or friends rather than themselves. After shopping, special volunteers wrap their gifts for them so that they can have a snack and continue to get to know the police officers before being picked up by their parents.

This is a great event that only comes once a year. It is only possible through the generous donations of individuals and businesses in our community. If you would like to donate to this years “Shop with a Cop” event you can find the official GoFundMe Fundraiser athttps://www.gofundme.com/2018-sb-county-shop-with-a-cop, or any Platte Valley Bank location. Feel free to contact your local police unions for more information.



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NOVEMBER 26, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers removed 16 impaired drivers from the road, issued more than 500 speeding citations, and assisted hundreds of motorists during a special Click It or Ticket enforcement surrounding the Thanksgiving weekend.

The enforcement, which was part of a national effort, including many other law enforcement agencies in Nebraska, was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation - Highway Safety Office.

“A projected record numbers of travelers, along with a winter storm that blanketed much of the state on Sunday, made for an eventful weekend for our troopers,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “I’m incredibly proud of the effort by our troopers and dispatchers this weekend, and thankful that many drivers planned ahead and were able to stay off the roads on Sunday.”

During the enforcement, which ran from Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25, troopers arrested 15 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and 1 for driving under the influence of drugs. In addition to those arrests, troopers issued citations for speeding (506), driving under suspension (35), no proof of insurance (33), minor in possession (5), open container (7), no seat belt (30), and improper child restraint (4).

Troopers also assisted 267 motorists in need of help, arrested 47 people for possession of drugs, and apprehended 9 fugitives.

The enforcement included vehicle checks, high visibility and saturation patrols, as well as regular enforcement efforts.


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#1. 2018 Toyota C-HR donated by TEAM Auto Center - Garrett Dudden

#2. 2018 Honda Pioneer 500 donated by Sandberg Honda - Brock Schank

#3 .$2,000 Cash donated by McDonalds of W.Neb & Torr. WY - Jennifer Schwab

#4. 2 Rndtrip tickets donated by Skywest Airlines - Teresa Swank

#5. La-Z-Boy Recliner donated by Webber’s Furniture - Troy Ouderkirk

#6. Fire Pit Table & Chairs donated by Carr-Trumbull Lumber - Evelyn Bjordahl

#7. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Diane Vandenberg

#8. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Karol Nyquist

#9. 2 - 2019 Western Nebraska Pioneers Season tickets - Judy Howell

#10. $250 Gift Card donated by The Steel Grill - John Maser

#11. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Maria Lara-Montelango

#12. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Juan Gonzales

#13. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Mike Rotness

#14. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Gina Cannon

#15. $200 Cash donated by KNEB - Stacy Keller

#16. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Steve Cervantes

#17. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Debbie Edmuds

#18. One year of Car Washes donated by Paradise - Angela Miller

#19. 12 Haircuts in a year donated by Attitudez Salon - Nickole DeWitt

#20. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Jayme Hallman

#21. Birthday Party donated by Carpenter Center - mindy Reed

#22. 3 month Family Membership donated by YMCA - Zita Bolinger

#23. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Michael Miller

#24. $100 in Gift Cards dontated Runza - Ruth Kozal

#25. King Kong Pizza Dinner donated by Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria - Andrew Weber

#26. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Craig Rubottom

#27. $75 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Trisha Luckinbill

#28. $100 Gas Card donated by WTT - John Farrington

#29. $25 Gift Card donated by Runza - Danielle Lenebeck

#30. 60 minute facial donated by Rachel Ann Esthetics - Kristen Mitzel


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30th Annual Spooktacular

October 19th-21st and October 26th-30th

6:30pm-8pm

$8 per person + new this year; Scary section $2 extra

Games, characters, bounce houses provided by Planet Bounce and treats for

the kids! Fun for the whole family! Help us celebrate 30 years of spooky fun at

the Zoo!

Also new this year is the Flying Spaghetti Monster dinner

October 20th and 27th

$15 for Kids, $20 for Adults or Family pack for 2 Adults and 2 Kids for $60

A fun Halloween themed spaghetti dinner each Saturday of Spooktacular from

5pm-6pm. Includes fun foods and animal visits. Admission to Spooktacular is

included with ticket price for dinner. Dinner guests will also get into

Spooktacular before the general public.



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The crash occurred at just before 11am on Thursday near mile marker 100 on Highway 385 in Morrill County. A southbound Jeep had crossed the center line and struck a northbound semi head on. The driver of the Jeep, Chester Shuster, 71, of Alliance was killed in the collision. It is believed that Shuster was suffering a medical episode at the time of the crash. A trooper and three civilians on scene performed CPR on Shuster paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced deceased on scene.

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Construction on 42nd Street - Phase 4 between Avenue B and Rugger Drive is scheduled to begin on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

42nd Street will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of Avenue B to Rugger Drive. The Detour route around the construction area will be Avenue B to Hwy 26 to 5th Avenue.

Construction of this phase is estimated to be complete by September 23, 2018. Additional information will be sent prior to the start of Phase 5.

Access will be as follows:

Elite Health Center/ESU #13/Owen Oral Survery/Sandstone Estates – Access will be provided from 42nd Street from the west via Highway 71 or from the east via Avenue B

Regional West Medical Center – Access to RWMC will be from the west via 42nd and Avenue B or from the east via 42nd and Rugger Drive

Residences on North side of 42nd Street between Avenue B and Rugger Dr – Access provided from a temporary road on the north side of 42nd Street. Contractor will notify residents.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project.



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AUGUST 1, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two men and seized 94 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Cozad.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, a trooper stopped a westbound 2018 Ford F150 for failing to signal near mile marker 227. During the traffic stop, a Dawson County  K9 detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the vehicle.

A search of the pickup revealed 94 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $282,000.

The driver, Michael Hedges, 26, and passenger, Brandon Cannon, 25, both of Oregon, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in Dawson County Jail


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The YMCA is partnering with Gering Public Schools to offer an after school childcare program this year for GPS students in kindergarten through fifth grade!  The program will be hosted at Lincoln Elementary School.  Students from Geil and Northfield participating in the program will be provided bus transportation from their school to the program.

The YMCA After School Childcare Program will begin operation on September 4th, will run from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 2:30 until 5:30 on Wednesdays to accommodate early release.  Program fees will be $10 per day per child.  

Registration for the after school program will take place at the YMCA main office located at 22 South Beltline Highway East, in Scottsbluff.  The YMCA will begin taking registrations on Friday, August 10th.  Students from Northfield and Geil wishing to ride the bus to Lincoln for the program will also need to register to ride the bus.  

If you would like further information about the YMCA After School Program in Gering, please contact the YMCA at (308) 635-2318.

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DECEMBER 17, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — During the evening hours of Friday, December 14, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Furnas County. The inspections were held at restaurants, liquor stores, bars, grocery stores, bowling alleys, and convenience stores.

A total of 17 businesses were inspected. Five of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 29 percent. All of the businesses checked the minor’s ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections are:

Eagle Convenience Store #14 – Arapahoe

Stanley’s Spirits – Beaver City

Anew Travel Center - Cambridge

Casey’s General Store #2709 – Cambridge

Ho Jo’s Hideaway – Holbrook

 

Businesses that sell alcohol to a minor are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor to cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.

This operation was made possible thanks in part to a grant from Region 3 Behavioral Health Services. NSP performs these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.


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AUGUST 10, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — During the evening hours of Thursday, August 9, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol conducted alcohol inspections in Lincoln County.

This 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, 12 businesses were inspected. Six of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 50 percent. Four of the businesses that sold to a minor did not check ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections were:

Ozzie’s I-80 – Sutherland (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

The Bottle Stop – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

Flying J Travel Center #687 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)

Time Saver #7 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)

Starting Gate – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

Unreel Events – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

 

The investigators inspected liquor stores, convenience stores, golf courses, and bars.

The Nebraska State Patrol performs these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. Businesses which fail the inspections are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.


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The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team will be holding hitting and pitching leagues for the area youth baseball players beginning in January.

 

Both leagues will run for five weeks on Monday nights. Cost for the leagues is $50 per participant.

The hitting league will get the ball rolling first with hitting action slated for January 21 and 28, and February 4, 11, and 18. The pitching league will be held February 25, March 4, 18, and 25, and April 1.

 

Ages for the two leagues are baseball players 8 to 18. The hitting league is limited to the first paid 24 teams of four players, while the pitching league will consist of teams of two. League action begins at 6 p.m. with staggered starting times. The action will take place at the Field of Dreams indoor baseball facility located in Scottsbluff by Cleveland Field.

 

To download a league registration form, go to wnccathletics.com and the camps tab.

For more information, contact WNCC baseball coach Mike Jones at jomesm@wncc.edu or 308-635-6198.





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The 14th-ranked Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team scored 51 second-half points to come back to top Colby Community College 88-85 Wednesday evening at Cougar Palace in the Cougars’ home opener.

The big difference in the game was second half shooting and rebounding.

“The first half we came out very slow and we weren’t playing good defense,” Bryce Sanchious, who finished with 16 points including a couple eye-popping, second half dunks, said. “The second half, coach told us to play defense.”

Defense was a big key and Sanchious said that is something that they have to get better at.

“We are a pretty good offensive team right now because that is what we work on in practice,” he said. “Right now we have to work on our defense because we can’t have teams scoring over 80 points on us.”

The second half was the turning point for the Cougars. In the opening half, WNCC shot just 39 percent from long-range in making seven 3-pointers but just 42 percent from the field. Colby shot 55 percent from the field in the opening half. Colby even had a 21-18 rebound edge in the opening first half.

WNCC started strong as Jervay Green had five straight points for a 32-27 WNCC lead with 6 minutes to play. That was when Colby took the lead, going on a 9-0 run to lead 36-32 with 4:11 to play. The Trojans pushed the lead to double digits at 44-34 and led 49-37 at halftime.

Sanchious said they knew going into the locker room what they needed to do in the second half.

“We knew going into halftime what we needed to do since they were out-rebounding us,” he said. “The second half rebounding was totally different.”

Rebounding and shooting picked up for the Cougars. WNCC had 17 big rebounds but it was the shooting that heated up with an electric student section that was got the Cougars energized. WNCC shot 69 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes and were 6 of 7 from long range. Colby shot 35 percent in the second half.

Early on in the second half Colby continued to play strong as they held a double digit lead for the first eight minutes of the contest, leading 68-50 at one time. It was at that junction that the Cougar offense hyped up, going on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 68-60 on a Sanchiouis electrifying dunk.

Colby and WNCC kept trading buckets and led 75-68 on a Craig Beaudeon trey. WNCC responded with authority after that and it all started with another Sanchious energizing dunk. The Cougars took their first lead of the game since midway in the first half at 76-75 on a Dru Kuxhausen 3-pointer with 4:32 to play.

Colby went back in front with a bucket by Rian Carter, but the Cougars went on a 7-0 run on 3-pointers by Kuxhausen and Green to lead 83-77.

The contest stayed close to the end. Colby sliced the lead to one, 84-83, with 22.7 seconds. Kuxhausen hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to an 88-85 lead. Colby had one last hope of tying the game in the final 3.2 seconds. Carter brought the ball to past half court and shot a desperation 3-pointer that hit the rim but didn’t go in as the final buzzer went off.

WNCC had just five players hit the scoring column on the night. Green led all scorers with 30 points, including making four 3-pointers.

Kuxhausen finished with 24 points with six treys, while Sanchious had 16 points.

Martin Roub and Henry Tanksley each finished with nine points.

Colby finished the game with four players in double figures. Ed Oliver-Hampton led the team with 21 points followed by Craig Beaudion with 19, Carter with 15, and Javion May with 10.

WNCC, 3-0, will be back in action this weekend for the Region 9/18 Classic when Casper, College of Southern Idaho, and Salt Lake Community College come to WNCC. Friday’s schedule has Casper facing Salt Lake at 5:30 p.m. followed by WNCC and No. 3 CSI at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s schedule pits CSI and Casper together at 4 p.m. with WNCC and No. 8 Salt Lake battling at 6 p.m.

 

Colby (2-1)                          49 36 – 85

WNCC (3-0)                         37 51 – 89

COLBY

Rian Carter15, Javion May 10, Craig Beaudion 19, Caleb Jones McCray 6, Gabe Oliveira 2, Eddie Davis 3, Ed Oliver-Hampton 21, Eric Turner 5, Moses Bol 4.

WNCC

Dru Kuxhausen 24, Bryce Sanchious 16, Henry Tanksley 9, Jervay Green 30, Martin Roub 9.




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The #14 Western Nebraska Community College Cougars Men's Basketball program is back in action Friday as they will play for a second time this season against the top five College of Southern Idaho. The Cougars pulled out a close 105-102 victory over the Golden Eagles last weekend at Central Wyoming. 

The Golden Eagles look to redeem themselves in what will be a  less than packed house at the Palace as the Scottsbluff Bearcats Semi-Final State Football Playoff game will be played at the same time. WNCC is offering free entry to anyone with a stamp from the Scottsbluff game.

The Cougars will also host another top ten opponent Salt Lake Community College on Saturday at 6pm. You can listen to all the action beginning at 5:45pm for pregame coverage tomorrow. 

Here is my conversation with Cory Fehringer on the Cougars 3 and 0 start to the season. 




11.09 Cory Fehringer

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The No.18 Western Nebraska Community College fought back from a 2-0 deficit only to come up short in a heartbreaking loss to Laramie County Community College in five sets 25-13, 25-20, 17-25, 17-25, 16-14 Tuesday evening in Cheyenne.

The lose drops the Cougars to 23-8 on the season and snaps a 9-match winning streak, while the Golden Eagles move to 23-7 and push their win streak to 12 matches.

WNCC will have two more regular season matches before next week’s regional tournament this week at home. On Thursday, in sophomore recognition night, the Cougars host Sheridan College at 7 p.m. followed by a Friday night encounter against No. 5 Iowa Western Community College at 7:30 p.m. in homecoming festivities after the match.

Tuesday’s match with LCCC, however, started exactly how it the first meeting between the two squads started with the Golden Eagles grabbing the first set 25-13 and the second set 25-20 for a 2-0 lead.

Just like the August meeting, WNCC responded back grabbing the third set 25-17 and then rolling to the fourth set 25-17 behind strong serving.

That set up a crucial fifth set just like the first meeting. WNCC led 8-7 in the fifth on two Enna Masaki points only to watch LCCC come back for a 10-8 lead.

From there the fifth set became intense as WNCC tied set at 11-11 on an Amryi-Grace Paris kill and Kaile Tuisamatatele points. WNCC led 13-12 after a Jayme Commins service point and it looked as if WNCC was going to pull out the fifth set like they did in the first meeting.

LCCC, however, came back to lead 14-13 and was one point from the match. WNCC forced extra points on a Masaki kill, tying the set at 14. LCCC responded back in claiming the final two points for the win.

WNCC had three players led the team with nine kills each in Masaki, Paris, and Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina.

Commins had a double-double with 15 digs and 39 set assists. Commins also had four digs.

Several players had near double-doubles. Masaki had nine digs, six points, three aces and three solo blocks to go with her nine kills, while Adia Sherbeyn finished with 10 digs and eight points.

Also for the Cougars, Tuisamatatele tallied seven kills, six points, two solo blocks, and 12 points; Ana Costas had 15 digs, nine points, and three set assists; Camille Esselin had eight digs and two points; Gaby Canavati had seven kills and three digs; Mamai-Lagafuaina had five solo blocks; and Sarena Bartley had four kills.

After this week, WNCC will be back in Cheyenne for the Region IX tournament that begins on Halloween. WNCC, who earned the No. 1 seed from the South Sub-region will play at 1 p.m. on Oct. 31 against the winner of the North 4 and South 5 winner that will be played earlier on Halloween. The Region IX tournament will be held at Storey Gym in Cheyenne with the top two teams from the regional tournament qualifying for the national tournament later in November.




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In a battle of Top 15 teams, the Salt Lake Community College men’s basketball team shot 50 percent and buried 15 3-pointers in racing to a 108-78 win over Western Nebraska Community College Saturday evening at Cougar Palace.

Salt Lake, who is ranked eighth in the nation, put up 61 first-half points and held the 14th-ranked Cougars to 27 percent shooting in the first half to register the victory and go 1-1 over the weekend. Casper and the College of Southern Idaho also went 1-1 in the Region 9/18 Classic after CSI came back from a 60-47 halftime deficit to top Casper 105-103 in the early game Saturday.

WNCC, who dropped to 3-2 on the season, will have a week to regroup before hosting another 4-team classic next weekend when Central Wyoming College, Western Wyoming Community College, and Williston State come to Cougar Palace. WNCC will play Western Wyoming on Friday at 7 p.m. and then Central Wyoming on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Saturday, WNCC’s shooting woes started early in the match. The two teams were tied just once at 2-2. After that, Salt Lake went on a 10-0 run and never relinquished the lead again.

The Cougars, however, kept fighting in the game. With the Bruins up 12-2, WNCC sliced the lead to 12-7 on a Henry Tanksley 3-pointer and a Jervay Green bucket. Salt Lake came right back on an 8-0 run for a 20-7 lead and later led 37-22. That was when the Bruins went on a 12-0 run to lead 49-22 before settling for a 61-28 halftime lead.

The first half saw several Cougars in foul trouble early, including Green and Dru Kuxhausen each with three fouls.

The second half was an evenly played 20 minutes with WNCC outscoring Salt Lake 50-47. The trading baskets, though, was not enough as the Cougars suffered their second loss of the season.

Shooting was the big reason for the Cougar’s defeat. WNCC shot 26.5 percent in the first half and just 37 percent for the game. Added to that, the Cougars were 3 of 17 from beyond the arc in the first half for 18 percent. The second half was better, shooting 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from the 3-point area (8 of 19).

Free throw shooting wasn’t go the Cougars way either shooting 50 percent at 15 of 30.

Salt Lake, on the other hand, shot 51 percent in the first half, 47 percent in the second half for an even 50 percent for the game. The Bruins buried eight treys in the first half and nine in the second half. Salt Lake was also 19 of 24 from the charity stripe.

Salt Lake also won the rebound battle 53-41.

WNCC had four players finish with double figures. Bryce Sanchious led the Cougars with 22 points, including going 7 of 10 from the charity stripe. Kuxhausen tallied 21 points and six 3-pointers before fouling out.

Tanksley finished with 12 points followed by Martin Roub with 10. Green, after tallying 44 in a game against Southern Idaho on Friday, finished with eight points.

Salt Lake also had four players in double figures. Josh Colon had 25 points with three 3-pointers while going 8 of 8 from the charity stripe. Daron Henson also had 23 points with four treys, while Cameron Mack had 15 and three 3-pointers, and Aaron Burt tallying 12 points.

In the first game of the day, Casper College ran out to a 60-47 halftime lead on 43 percent shooting while burying eight 3-pointers. The second half was the difference as the T-birds shot 36 percent and made just two treys. CSI, on the other hand, stayed consistent in shooting 46 percent in the first half and 47 percent in the second half. The big difference in the game was rebounding, where the Golden Eagles held a 59-48 advantage.

Casper had four players in double figures, led by Isaac Bonton with 29 points, including five 3-pointers and going 12 of 15 from the free throw line.

Southern Idaho had six players in double figures. David Walker finished with 20 points, including going 8 of 10 from the free throw line, while Coreyoun Rushin and N’Keil Nelson each had 18 points.

 

 

Casper (3-1)                        60 43 – 103

Southern Idaho (2-2)      47 58 – 105

CASPER

Braxton Bertolette 18, Jalen Harris 4, Keiron Goodwin 7, Amin Adamu 6, Isaac Bonton 29, Philip Pepple 6, Wilfried Likayi 16, Zion Tordoff 4, Broc Furman 10, James Hampshire 3.

CSI

David Walker 20, Malik Porter 6, Coreyoun Rushin 18, Roberto Gittens 11, N’Keil Nelson 18, Coleman Sparling 3, Brayden Parker 15, Jaxon Edelmayer 12, Andrea Lo Biondo 2.

 

Salt Lake (2-1)    61 47 – 108

WNCC (3-2)         28 50 – 78

SALT LAKE

Asa McCord 8, Daron Henson 23, Cameron Mack 15, Aaron Burt 12, Alan Zekovic 6, Dimi Pansev 2, Matt Lindsy 9, Josh Colon 25, Hunter Schofield 8.

WNCC

Dru Kuxhausen 21, LeBeck Warren 2, Bryce Sanchious 22, Ernesto Chavez 1, Elie Cadet 2, Henry Tanksley 12, Jervay Green 8, Martin Roub 10.




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CASPER, Wyo. – The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team had some rust in the first game back from a 3-week break, shooting just 28 percent from the field in falling 83-63 to Casper College on Monday in Casper, Wyoming.

WNCC falls to 12-3 on the season and saw its 11-game winning streak snapped.

It was a contest that WNCC made runs all night long, but each time the Cougars made a run the Thunderbirds would answer with a run of their own.

Casper led early 9-2 only to watch WNCC cut the lead to 9-7. Casper responded to go up 16-10 after one quarter.

WNCC cut the lead to a single point in the second quarter at 26-25 on a 3-pointer, but Casper went on a 12-3 run to close out the half and lead 38-28 at the break.

The third quarter was one of WNCC’s best 10 minutes. WNCC opened the quarter with 3-pointers by Taylor Joplin and Merle Wiehl and knotted the score at 47-47 on a Tishara Morehouse trey. The two teams were knotted at 50 on a Joplin 3-pointer. The Cougars couldn’t get the lead with Casper taking a 57-50 lead and led 57-53 after three quarters.

The final frame was close for the first few minutes with WNCC trailing 63-60. It was at that juncture Casper went on a 9-0 run to lead 72-60 before a Wiehl 3-pointer with 3:20 to play stopped the run. Casper’s defense shut out the Cougars the rest of the game for the 20-point win.

Shooting was the difference. WNCC shot 28 percent from the field and was 31 percent (11-of-35) from beyond the arc. The Cougars made just 8 of 11 free throws.

Casper was much more fluid from the field. The Thunderbirds shot 46 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-21). Casper also went to the free throw twice as much as the Cougars, burying 16 of 22 shots.

Another key in the contest was rebounding. The Thunderbirds out-boarded the Cougars 54-43. Casper’s Nerea Baena pulled down 20 boards to finish the game with a double-double. Baena also tossed in 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field.

Casper had four players in double figures. After Baena, Jaye Johnson tallied 16 points followed by Lucie Hoskova with 13 and Maggie Justinak with 12.

WNCC had two in double figures. Joplin and Wiehl each had 17 points. Wiehl had five 3-pointers while Joplin had three. Wiehl, Joplin, and Eva Langton all had six rebounds to lead the team.

WNCC, 12-3, will look to get back on track this weekend when they host a pair of games. WNCC will host Northeast Community College on Friday at 5:30 p.m. before taking on Otero Junior College at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Region IX South sub-region opener.

 

 

WNCC (12-3) 10 18 25 10 – 63

Casper (11-4) 16 22 19 26 – 83

 

WNCC

Merle Wiehl 17, Allysah Boothe 3, Andrijana Reljic 2, Eva Langton 3, Taylor Joplin 17, Tishara Morehouse 7, R’Manie Pulling 5, Yuliyana Valcheva 8.

 

CASPER

Raquel Ferrer Bernad 5, Nerea Baena 26, Maggie Justinak 12, Jaye Johnson 16, Lucie Hoskova 13, Nazli Bayazit 2, Ashley Tehau 7, Reka Soos 2.





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The Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team will enter the season with plenty of people watching after the NJCAA men’s basketball pre-season polls were released Monday.

The Cougars, who captured the Region IX title a year ago and went 1-1 at the national tournament, enter the season ranked 14th in the nation.

WNCC will open the season this week when they travel to Riverton, Wyoming, for games on Thursday and Friday. WNCC opens Thursday against Central Wyoming College before facing No. 3 College of Southern Idaho on Friday.

WNCC head coach Cory Fehringer said his team is ready, somewhat.

“We have not put a whole of stock in either team,” he said. “We are focused on what our team has to do offensively and defensively in transition with communication. It is for them to go out and enjoy themselves and play hard is the key as they compete for Western Nebraska.”

Last season WNCC finished with a 27-8 record and were 14-1 at home while averaging 95.6 points a game.

Fehrninger said he doesn’t know what it will take to win back-to-back regional titles considering he is focused on getting his team ready for the season.

“We are trying to beat Central Wyoming right now; I have no idea what it will take to repeat,” Fehringer said. “We don’t know what the league has to offer and how talented the other teams are. We just know that we have a few pieces that no other team has. I think that gives us confidence to say it is us against you.”

When WNCC opens the season Thursday, they will see a November slate of games field with competitive teams. Most of those games will be at home, too. WNCC will face No. 3 College of Southern Idaho twice on Friday and then against on Nov. 10 at Cougar Palace. They will also face No. 12 Indian Hills in a home and away series with Indian Hills making a trip to Cougar Palace on Nov. 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving Classic.

WNCC will battle No. 8 Salt Lake Community College at Cougar Palace on Nov. 9 as well as facing No. 20-Division II ranked Iowa Lakes Community College on the road.

"If there was a time to face adversity, I would say doing it at home is a lot better than doing it on the road,” Fehringer said. “These boys will at least have a chance to have the support at Cougar Palace, the community of Scottsbluff which always gives us a little extra juice when we are in the Palace.”

Northwest Florida State, who defeated the Cougars at the national tournament 109-91 a year ago, is the pre-season No. 1 ranked team followed by South Plains, Southern Idaho, Coffeyville Kansas, and Eastern Florida State.

The top 10 is rounded out with Vincennes at No. 6 followed by Odessa, Salt Lake, Hutchinson, and Florida Southwestern State. Holmes Community College, who the Cougars beat in the first-round of nationals last year 87-73, is 13th in the nation, just one slot ahead of WNCC on the pre-season ladder. 

The first regular season poll will be released December 4. By then the Cougars will have played 11 games. WNCC opens the home season Wednesday, Nov. 7 against Colby Community College at 6 p.m.




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The Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team never trailed and rolled to a 103-87 Region IX South sub-region win over Otero Junior College Friday night at Cougar Palace.
                The 23rd-ranked Cougars, who moved to 13-5 on the season used a strong defensive effort and balanced scoring with five in double figures in stopping a 3-game losing skid.
                Marquis White, who finished with 17 points, said this was a good performance from the entire team.
                “I thought we played really good. We finally locked into the defensive side,” White said. “I think we held them to under 40 percent in the first half. That was really key for us and I know it was big for our coach for us to play defense.”
                More importantly, the win stopped that losing streak and White said it feels good to get back on the winning side of things.
                “It was a big win for us to get out of the losing column,” White said. “Every time we lose a game we want to bounce back with a win. We don’t want to lose period, so this is a big win for us to get back in the win column, lift our spirits up and hopefully get some momentum here.”
                WNCC ignited early behind a strong defense and a strong inside game. Martin Roub had 10 points in the paint of the Cougars’ first 23 points and sprinkle in a 3-pointer here and there, the Cougars quickly moved the game to a double-digit contest.
                “That [playing good defense] is important for us. That is one of our keys to play defense, rotate, and stop them overall,” White said. “If we stop our opponents, we feel like we can score with anybody in the country. Defense was big for us.”
                Otero sliced the lead to 23-17 midway through the first half only to watch the Cougars explode for 33 points to hold a 56-34 lead at halftime. White was one of the big contributors in the first-half scoring explosion and then Jervay Green scored eight points late.
                White said it was a balanced offensive attack.
                “We have a lot of weapons on offense,” White said. “One through five everybody can score the ball so we like to move it. We like to get everybody going and whoever gets hot, gets hot.”
                The second half saw Otero the game to within 14 points on a couple occasions, the last time at 72-58. WNCC then went on a 6-0 run behind four points from Green and a bucket by White for a 78-28 lead. WNCC hit the century mark with 1:53 to play on a Roub bucket for the win.
                The Cougars had colorful scoring on the night. Roub and Bryce Sanchious led the team with 22 points followed by 19 from Green, 17 from white, and 14 from Dru Kuxhausen.
                WNCC shot 57 percent from the field and buried 9 of 27 3-pointers. Sanchious had three treys, while Kuxhausen and Green each had two.
                WNCC’s defense was strong as they held Otero to under 40 percent shooting in the first half and 42.3 percent from the game.
                The Rattlers had six players in double figures. Sam Mack had 14 points while Yaniel Vidal and Tramarcus Levi each had 13. AJ Youngman had 12, while Reggie Gibson and Wesley Harris each had 10.
                WNCC, 13-5, will be back in action next weekend when they hit the road for a pair of South sub-region contests when they battle Northeastern Junior College on Friday and Lamar Community College on Saturday.
                “We will play the same way, lock it in on defense and hopefully come out with a win in both games,” White said. “
 
Otero                    34 53 – 87
WNCC                   56 47 – 103
OTERO
Reggie Gibson 10, Jamal Harris 5, Jacob Jackson 2, KJ Harris 1, Darius Chester 7, Yaniel Vidal 13, Tramarcus Levi 13, Sam Mack 14, AJ Youngman 12, Wesley Harris 10.
WNCC
Dru Kuxhausen 14, Marquis White 17, LeBeck Warren 6, Bryce Sanchious 22, TJ O’Conor 3, Jervay Green 19, Martin Roub 22.
               




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The Western Nebraska Community College men’s soccer team received a clutch first-half penalty kick save from Ruam Barbosa and then scored two late goals in registering a 2-1 win over Gillette College Saturday afternoon at the Landers Soccer Complex.

Saturday’s win was huge for a Cougar men’s team that was stinging a bit after falling to Northeastern Junior College on Wednesday. WNCC didn’t want to repeat that match and fought hard to earn the victory.

Leo Palomo, a Kearney High School graduate, said they played hard to get the win.

“After a tough loss, I thought we came out and played well,” Palomo said. “The team played hard and it was a different situation because a lot of us got yellow cards  but we fought through it.”

Palomo said the team bouncing back from the NJC loss was huge.

“It definitely gave us a lot of confidence,” he said. “Right now we have a set of home games and it is good to get our confidence back and keep on winning.”

It was a yellow-card filled match, too, with nine yellow cards issued in the 90 minutes of play. And a big key to the win was the play of the defense, holding Gillette without a goal for 89 minutes of action.

One of the biggest defensive plays of the match was Barbosa’s penalty kick save that came just 10 minutes into the contest. Barbosa was inserted into the contest after a yellow card was issued to starting goalkeeper Leandro Faria. What Barbosa did to dive and save the ball on the penalty kick ignited the Cougar defense.

 Palomo said that Barbosa’s save was huge.

“Ruam stepped up big for us,” Palomo said. “He gave us life in this match.”

The two defenses, in fact, were dominating action. Neither team scored in the first half. It wasn’t until the 75 minute mark that the first goal was scored and it came off the foot of Palomo, who took a pass from Ramses Atahualpa and planted it into the net.

The lead stayed that way until with under three minutes to play WNCC added an insurance goal for the 2-0 lead. This time it was Atahualpa, who took a pass from Ohmar Sissoko for the goal.

The Cougars almost shutout the Pronghorns, but with 31 seconds remaining, Gillette’s Gregoire Sebm scored to cut the lead in half. WNCC then ran out the clock for the win.

WNCC had 14 shots, seven of which were on goal. Gillette had nine shots, eight of which on goal.

Faria had five saves in net, while Barbosa had two saves.

WNCC will be back in action next Saturday when they host Central Community College-Columbus in a Region IX South conference game at 4 p.m.

Palomo said they are going to keep working hard to get ready for the rest of the season.

“We are going to hit the training field hard and keep working like we always do,” he said.




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The Western Nebraska Community College men’s soccer team needed just one goal and then to play a inspired defense in earning a 1-0 win over NJCAA No. 12 Northeastern Junior College in a Region IX South Conference match at Landers Soccer Complex Wednesday afternoon.,

The win moves WNCC to 8-5 overall and 5-2 in the South conference. NJC, who suffered its first conference defeat, drops to 6-1 in the conference and 12-4-1 overall. NJC came into the contest on a 10-match winning streak and the last time these two teams played, NJC won 6-0.

Wednesday was a different story according to Silvio Xavier, one of 10 sophomores that played their last regular season match at Landers Soccer Complex.

“The game down there we didn’t practice hard at all because it was in the middle of the week and we didn’t prepare ourselves the way we need to do,” Xavier said. “This game was different because we prepared our minds especially for this game and everything was OK. Thank God for that.”

Overall, Xavier said it was a win that wanted and needed.

“This was important for us to put our mind into the tournament again and we took a big step in the road to a championship,” Xavier said.

The scoring came early when Leo Palomo found a pass from Ramses Atahualpa and scored just eight minutes into the contest.

“The defense played well today and our centerback scored for us,” Xavier said. “I am happy for that.”

After that, the two defenses played lights out. Xavier said that one goal was all they needed to win the game.

“We knew we had to play 90 minutes in the game,” Xavier said. “We knew in the second half they would come hard toward us. We talked with each other during the halftime break and the defense did a good job.”

The defenses pitched shutouts in the second half, but it was WNCC’s defense that stepped up big time as late in the match, the Plainsmen had a plethora of scoring opportunities, including three straight corner kicks. NJC also missed a point-blank shot that went high and another time where the Cougar defense thwarted prime scoring opportunities by sending the ball to the midfield line.

WNCC outshot the Plainsmen 12-9. The big difference in the contest was cornerkicks with NJC getting 14 corners to WNCC’s one. That didn’t matter, though, as the defense thwarted those scoring opportunities.

The WNCC men will wrap up the regular season on Friday when they travel to Columbus to face Central Community College in a Region IX South Conference contest. A win Friday and a NJC loss to Central would give the Cougars and Plainsmen with identical records.

Xavier said they need to build off Wednesday’s win.

“We have to play tough and we need a good night sleep because it is a long trip,” Xavier said. “But, I hope everything will be OK and we are going to try to bring back a victory.”




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