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FEBRUARY 14, 2019 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested several people and seized 100 pounds of marijuana during five traffic stops this week on Interstate 80. All five stops happened between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

At approximately 1:55 p.m. MT Tuesday, trooper located more than two pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Toyota Yaris for speeding at mile marker 18 near Kimball. The driver, Jessica Reyna, 25, of Sacramento, California, and passenger, Chase Sinclair, 29, of Charlotte, North Carolina, were both arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.

Troopers then found 85 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT Tuesday. A trooper had stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe parked in a no-parking area on the shoulder of the on-ramp at exit 324 near Giltner. The driver, Franklin Schillfarth, 55, of Maryland, was arrested and was lodged in Hamilton County Jail.

On Wednesday at approximately 7:20 a.m. CT, another trooper stopped an eastbound Kia Rio for speeding at 114 miles per hour on I-80 near North Platte at mile marker 176. Marijuana containers were plainly visible in the vehicle and the trooper found approximately two pounds of marijuana during a search. The driver, Brianna Glover, 23, and passenger, Rashawn Hampton, 23, both of Michigan were arrested and lodged in Lincoln County Jail.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. CT Wednesday, a trooper stopped a Chevy pickup pulling a trailer for failing to stay in its lane near Kearney at mile marker 280. The trooper could smell the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and conducted a search. The search revealed personal use marijuana and a handgun. Additionally three pounds of marijuana was located hidden inside a large, older television. An investigation revealed that the driver was unaware of the marijuana inside the television. The driver, Ryan Taylor, 35, of Florida, was arrested and cited for a concealed handgun violation and personal use marijuana. He was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

Finally, at approximately 10:45 a.m. MT, a trooper discovered seven pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Hyundai Sonata for speeding near Kimball at mile marker 18. The driver, Christopher Seligman, 35, of Maryland, was arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A 19-year-old driver is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 26 for the Platte County crash death of a motorcyclist.

Court records say Daisy Gonzalez, of Madison, pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor vehicular homicide. Prosecutors dropped a related charge in return for her plea.

The records say the collision occurred Aug. 2 at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 91 and 490th Street. The records say her minivan collided with the motorcycle driven by 22-year-old Joshua Gasper, of Columbus. He died days later of his injuries.

News Director Ryan Baker talked to Police Chief Dennis DaMoude tonight after the shooting in Holdrege Thursday afternoon.  

Press Release from Nebraska State Patrol

A Holdrege man has been arrested following the shooting deaths of two people and the wounding of a third person in multiple incidents that occurred in Holdrege during the afternoon hours of Thursday, February 21.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., the Holdrege Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at 416 Logan Street. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the incident. Additional crime scenes were then identified in multiple units at the Sunrise View Apartments at 1422 12th Avenue.

A short time later, a vehicle owned by the suspect was seen traveling in the north part of Holdrege. A short, low-speed pursuit ensued and the suspect drove to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office where he was taken into custody without further incident.  

The suspect, Manuel Gomez, 45, of Holdrege, has been lodged in Phelps County Jail. Gomez is the only suspect in all three shootings.

The victims are identified as Raymond Burton, 65, David Rogers, 54, both of whom were found deceased in separate units of the Sunrise View Apartments. The third victim, Doyle Morse, 64, was able to call 911 after being shot at 416 Logan Street. He has been life-flighted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney in critical condition.

The Nebraska State Patrol has been assisted by the Holdrege Police Department, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office, and South Central Area Law Enforcement Services in the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.

Interview with Dennis DaMoude


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

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

DEWITT, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old Nebraska boy died after he was hit by a bus driven by his father.
The Beatrice Daily Sun reports the incident happened Saturday in the driveway of the family's rural home about 5 miles east of DeWitt in southeast Nebraska.
Just before 1 p.m. Saturday, the family called for help after the boy was run over. Two-year-old Maddox Weber died at the scene.
The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating.

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the agenda for the 31st Governor’s Ag Conference, which brings together ag producers, industry leaders and agri-business managers in Nebraska on an annual basis to talk about the future of agriculture.  The conference is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 4-5, 2019, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

“For 31 years, the Governor’s Ag Conference has been a premiere forum for Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and industry leaders to come together to discuss agriculture and how to keep growing our state’s number one industry,” said Governor Ricketts.  “We hope you can join us to talk about the future of agriculture in Nebraska.  It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss.”

“We’ve asked industry experts at the local, state and federal level to lead discussions at this year’s Governor’s Ag Conference and share their knowledge and experience with producers and agribusiness leaders from around the state,” said Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman.  “Conference speakers and attendees can use this opportunity to connect with colleagues and prepare for the future.”

The conference starts Monday, March 4, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. with a panel presentation featuring Nebraska entrepreneurs and recruiters.  The panel includes representatives from three innovative Nebraska companies and three organizations involved heavily in recruiting companies to Nebraska.

On the entrepreneur side, the panelists are Vishal Singh with Quantified Ag; Lukas Fricke with ChorChek; and Mitch Minarick with FARMAFIELD.  These speakers will discuss their companies, goals, visions and why they chose Nebraska communities to start their businesses. 

The three people representing recruitment success are: Phil Kozera with Bio Nebraska; Dan Duncan with Innovation Campus; and Bryan Slone with the Nebraska State Chamber.  They will discuss their efforts in recruiting and how to find and attract startups as well as how to connect to established industries. 

Governor Ricketts will moderate this panel presentation that will include questions and answers from the audience.

The annual “Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture” reception, at 6 p.m. on March 4th will feature an assortment of food and beverages from Nebraska.

The conference resumes on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 9 a.m. with a presentation from Jim Smith, executive director of Blueprint Nebraska, an organization that is spearheading a statewide, citizen-led economic development initiative.

Governor Ricketts, NDA Director Wellman and Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Dave Rippe will update conference participants on legislative initiatives in agriculture and highlight the work being done between state agencies to grow Nebraska.  This panel presentation will be moderated by NDA Assistant Director Amelia Breinig.

Next on the agenda will be Jim Wiesemeyer, with Pro Farmer, giving participants an update on the national farm bill and how it will impact farmers and ranchers nationwide as well as here in Nebraska.   

The Governor's Ag Conference is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and is co-sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.  A $125 registration fee covers participation at activities on both Monday and Tuesday.  Registration and additional information is available online at, or by calling NDA toll-free at (800) 831-0550.


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

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

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

On 2/5/19 at approximately 21:43, Scottsbluff Police responded to the intersection of Hwy 26 and 5th Ave in reference to an injury accident involving two vehicles.  The investigation found that a blue 2005 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Austin Rhamy (20) of Scottsbluff and a gray 2004 GMC Yukon driven by Raquel Wurdeman (23) of Gering were involved in the accident.  It was found that the Chrysler was north bound on 5th Ave and the GMC was east bound on Hwy 26.  The Chrysler and GMC collided in the intersection.  Both drivers reported they each had the green traffic signal in their respective directions of travel.  There were no witnesses on scene to confirm which direction of travel had the green traffic signal.  Both vehicles were estimated to have $7000 in damages.  Both vehicles were required to be towed from the scene.  Wurdeman and one passenger in the GMC had complaints of pain, but declined to be transported by ambulance for treatment.  Scottsbluff Fire Department and Valley Ambulance responded to the accident.  Eastbound lanes of Hwy 26 at 5th Ave were closed for approximately 45 minutes while the accident was investigated. 

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

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

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

JANUARY 23, 2019 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — During the evening hours of Friday, January 18, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Keith 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 DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.

In total, 15 businesses were checked. One of the businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 7 percent. All of the businesses checked the minor’s ID.

The business which failed the inspection was:

Fat Dogs – Ogallala (checked ID, sold to minor)

The businesses include liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, and bars. Businesses that 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.


The McCook Community College volleyball team lost for the first time at home this season Friday losing a four-set match to No. 19 ranked Western Nebraska Community College. MCC came out and won the first set 25-17 but the Cougars won the next three by the scores of 25-19, 25-23 and 28-26.

“We just gave it away to them in the fourth set,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said. “We had 13 hitting and service errors.”

Freshman Faith Simpson (Palisade) led MCC with 18 kills. Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.) had 10 kills. Sophomore Ty Johnson (Conroe, Texas) had six kills.

Sophomore Hannah Emerson (Greeley, Colo.) had five kills and four block assists. Freshman Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) had five kills and sophomore Ashley Carson (Ord) had one solo block and two assist blocks.

“Tonight was not what we planned,” Kobza said. “We need to come in and get to work Tuesday.”

Western Nebraska improves to 23-7 on the year. The Cougars already clinched the Region IX south division and closed out the standings at 9-1.

MCC is 19-11 overall and 3-6 in the Region IX south division standings with one game remaining on the season, a 7 p.m. Tuesday match at home with Region IX foe Northeastern Junior College, a team ranked 20th in the nation. NJC is 20-6 overall and 6-3 in Region IX south play.

Tuesday will be the final home match for seven MCC sophomores including: Ashley Carson, Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah), Onyessah Rocha, (Topeka, Kan.); Ty Johnson; Ryan Maddera; Hannah Emerson; and Haley Jacobsen (Littleton, Colo.)

For more photos from MCC’s home volleyball games check out individual game photo galleries in the Fan Zone on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:

You can follow all MCC home games “live action” or “archived games” via live streaming this season “Tribe Watch” available in the Fan Zone section of the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:


The McCook Community College volleyball team dropped all three of its matches over the weekend in Colorado, losing in four sets Thursday to Trinidad State, and dropping fifth-set tie-breakers Friday at La Junta against Otero and Saturday at Lamar.


MCC falls to 14-8 on the season and 0-4 in the south division of the Region IX conference.


On Tuesday the Lady Indians head back on the road in what should be another tough match at Sterling, Colo. against 15-4 Northeast Junior College. MCC steps out of conference Thursday to travel to Garden City Kansas to face the 0-22 Broncbusters. MCC beat Garden City CC on Sept. 11 in a three-set sweep. MCC winds up its six-game road streak in Cheyenne, Wyo. Oct. 9 to take on Laramie County Community College, a team MCC swept Sept. 22 in the Wyo-Braska tournament in Scottsbluff.


MCC will have the chance to even the slate against the Southern Colorado teams the next time the Lady Indians suit up in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center with a three-game home stand starting Oct. 11 against Trinidad State (7 p.m.), Oct. 12 against Otero Junior College (6 p.m.) and Oct. 13 aganst Lamar (3 p.m.)


SATURDAY, Lamar CC 3, MCC 2: The Lady Indians won the first and third sets but for the second second-straight day, lost a fifth-set tie-breaker. Lamar won 22-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21, 12-15.


FRIDAY, Otero JC 3, MCC 2: The Lady Indians were a point from going up 2-0 Friday night against 19th-ranked Otero Junior College but ended up losing the second set and dropping a five-set match.


Otero won 20-25, 28-26, 25-13, 21-25, 15-11. MCC also got down 16-10 in the fourth set but rallied back to even the match a 2-2. In the fifth-set tie-breaker, again the Rattlers came out and went up 7-1 and 10-3 before the Lady Indians battled back to 11-9 and 12-10 but Otero closed out the game.


Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 20 kills and Ryan Maddera (Greeley, Colo.) had 11. Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah) led MCC with digs.


THURSDAY, Trinidad State 3, MCC 1: MCC dropped a tight, four-set match 25-22, 27-29, 23-25, 25-27. Maddera had 19 kills, and Simpson 16. Evans had 25 digs.


The McCook Community College volleyball team opens regular season play this weekend in Beatrice for the RKP Invitational Tournament Friday and Saturday.

Third-year coach Hayley Kobza is looking for her team to improve over last year’s 20-19 mark – the school’s first winning record of the century. She will rely on seven returners to continue the momentum gained a season ago.

“Every year our goal is to be better than the year before and we also want to develop our players’ volleyball skills so more players can continue playing when they leave here,” Kobza said.

Recently, the team elected a trio of sophomores as captains for the season. They include Ashley Carson, Ord; Brooklyn Evans, Ogden, Utah; and Ty Johnson, Conroe, Texas. Evans played as a setter last season when the Lady Indians used a 6-2 scheme and will play libero/defensive specialist this year. Johnson, who was featured as an outsider hitter last season moves to middle blocker.

“Both these players worked hard all summer to make these changes and help make us a better team and more versatile,” Kobza said, “And Ashley returns as the primary setter this year and brings tremendous leadership and work ethic to the group.”

Two returners who impressed Kobza since the end of last season are former Greeley West (Colorado) teammates Ryan Maddera and Hannah Emerson, billed in high school as the “Twin Towers.” A trimmed-down, more powerful, quicker version of the “Twin Towers” showed up on campus at the start of fall workouts.

Maddera made the Region IX South all-tournament team last November. The 6-1 outside hitter had 363 kills, 19th best in Region IX. She also had 72 blocks.

“Ryan has improved tremendously because of her off-season, intense commitment to workouts and with this physical transformation, it has shown up on the court and she is already gaining a lot of attention by scouts,” Kobza said.

Emerson, a 6-2 middle blocker has also made the commitment for improvement through workouts.

“She came back and has demonstrated a huge improvement over last season and her desire has translated to improvement on the court.”

Sophomore Hayley Jacobsen, Littleton, Colo., 5-9 middle last year, also makes a position change this year to right side. “She’s another player who made the sacrifice to change positions to make our team better and worked hard in the off-season,” Kobza said.

Onyessah Rocha, defensive specialist from Topeka, Kan., starts the season as libero. “She brings a lot of serve-receive consistency to the court,” her coach said.

Freshman Faith Simpson, Wauneta-Palisade, stood out in the alumni scrimmage this past Saturday. Kobza envisions a “huge role for her in the success of our season with her grit, power and determination.”

Kobza said first-year players Kiera Barr, 5-8, (outside hitter now moved to a defensive specialist) Granby, Colo., and Makayla Harris, 5-5 defensive specialist from Brighton, Colo., both bring tremendous defense to the court as well as energy.

The coach is also excited about the quartet of freshmen hitters in Bailey, Honn, 5-8, McCook; Maddie Kleewein, 6-0, North Platte St. Pat’s; Allie Gammel, 5-9, Arvada, Colo.; and Mallory Brown, 5-8, Colorado Springs,

“They are all great hitters that are already improving and will have opportunities this year which will allow us a lot of depth as the season goes along,” Kobza said.

MCC opens play Friday at 1 p.m. in the Southeast Community College tournament against Southeastern Community College of Iowa and a 5 p.m. against Colby Community College. On Saturday MCC takes on Hawkeye Community College at 9 a.m. and concludes the weekend at 5 p.m. against Northeast Community College (Norfolk).

After five more road games, the home opener is set for Sept. 7 against Cloud County Community College at 6:30 p.m. The first home stand includes a Sept. 11 game with Garden City Community College (6 p.m.) North Platte Community College Sept 13 (7 p.m.) and Sept. 18 against Central Community College (7 p.m.)

MCC closes out the season with six games at home and a short road trip to North Platte starting with a three-game home stand Oct. 11-13 against Trinidad State, Otero Junior College and Lamar Community College. After an Oct. 17 visit to North Platte the Lady Indians will finish home contests against Western Nebraska Oct. 19 and Northeastern Junior College Oct. 23.

The Region IX Tournament is set for Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in Cheyenne, Wyo. with a slight format-change from previous years instead of the south and north divisions staging separate tournaments the top four teams in each division will face off in a double-elimination format.



Aug. 24 – at Beatrice vs. Southeastern Community College (Iowa), 1 p.m.

Aug. 24 – at Beatrice vs. Colby Community College, 5 p.m.

Aug. 25 - at Beatrice vs. Hawkeye Community College, 9 a.m.

Aug. 25 – at Beatrice vs. Northeast Community College, 5 p.m.

Aug. 28 – at Eastern Wyoming College, 7 p.m.

Sept. 1 – at Arkansas City, Kan. vs. Cowley College, noon

Sept. 1 – at Arkansas City, Kan. vs. Johnson County, 2 p.m.

Sept. 4 – at Southeast Community College, 7 p.m.

Sept. 5 – at Central Community College-Columbus, 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 – (H) vs. Cloud County Community College, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 11 – (H) vs. Garden City Community College, 6 p.m.

Sept. 13 – (H) vs. North Platte Community College, 7 p.m.

Sept. 18 – (H) vs. Central Community College-Columbus, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 – at Western Nebraska Community College, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21-22 – at Scottsbluff for Wyo-Braska Shootout, times, opponents TBA

Sept. 25 – (H) vs. Southeast Community College, 7 p.m.

Sept, 27 – at Trinidad State Junior College, 6 p.m.

Sept. 28 – at Otero Junior College, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29 – at Lamar Community College, 2 p.m.

Oct. 2 – at Northeastern Junior College, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 – at Garden City Community College, 6 p.m.

Oct. 9 – at Laramie County Community College, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 – (H) vs Trinidad State Junior College, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 – (H) vs. Otero Junior College, 6 p.m.

Oct. 13 – (H) vs. Lamar Community College, 3 p.m.

Oct. 17 – at North Platte Community College, 7 p.m.

Oct. 19 – (H) vs. Western Nebraska Community College, 6 p.m.

Oct. 23 – (H) vs. Northeastern Junior College, 7 p.m.

Oct. 31-Nov. 3 -- Region IX Tournament, Cheyenne, Wyo.


McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2018 volleyball team includes: (front row from left) Carson Mack, Bailey Honn, Makayla Harris, Kiera Barr, Brooklyn Evans, Ashley Carson, Onyessah Rocha. (Back row:) Ty Johnson, Hayley Jacobsen, Ryan Maddera, Hannah Emerson, Faith Simpson, Maddie Kleewein, Allie Gammel, Mallory Brown. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Lorens/Acme Printing Company).


A pair of McCook Community College volleyball players have been named to the all-Region IX team.

Sophomore setter Ashley Carson (Ord) and freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) were both named to the squad, as selected by a vote of the 13 Region IX coaches in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming. In addition, Simpson was also selected the south division’s Freshman of the Year.

In 35 matches, Carson had 1,268 sets – the most in Region IX, and sixth best among all setters in the nation. Her 9.61 sets per match were third best in the region and 16th in the nation. In addition Carson had 37 service aces, 237 digs, 40 blocks and 56 kills.

“Ashley has been such a fun kid to coach, because she really just does her job and doesn’t need much guidance,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said. “She was a huge asset to our program the last two years and she will be very hard to replace. I am excited to see where her volleyball career takes her.”

Simpson was second in Region IX in kills per set 3.79 and second with her .295 hitting percentage. Her 481 total kills ranked fourth in the nation among the 93 schools participating in volleyball. Her kills per set ranked 10th in the country. She also had 56 service aces per set, fourth most in the region, 79 digs, and 49 blocks.

“Faith is an athlete. This was great year for her, but next year is going to be even better. She was the player that every college coach knew her name,” Kobza said. “And the best part was that they (the coaches) had no idea where Wauneta-Palisade High School was, that’s the perk of recruiting local from a small town.”

Here is the all-Region IX team:

Ashley Carson, McCook Community College

Faith Simpson McCook Community College

Sofija Pejevic, Northeastern Junior College

Syenna Masaki, Western Nebraska

Ema Causevic, Otero Junior College

Sara Antic, Northeastern Junior College

Anamarija Mikovic, Lamar Community College

Anna Costas, Western Nebraska

Brilane Manchego Otero Junior College

Heloisa Niespodzinski, Trinidad State Junior College

Kacey Jaeger, Northeastern Junior College

Kaili Tuisamatatele, Western Nebraska

Anouk Van Noord, Otero Junior College

Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina, Western Nebraska

Charlene Hosly, Lamar Community College

Julia Gutierrez Mas, Northeastern Junior College


The McCook Community College volleyball team has signed its first recruit for the 2019 campaign – McCook High School’s Jayceea Hanson, a 6-0 senior, middle blocker.

“It’s been my dream to play college volleyball since I was a little girl,” Jayceea said at a signing ceremony at MHS Tuesday. “My parents brought me to a game several years ago and I really liked the way the team played, I loved the environment and I noticed how much the team is like one big family and I want to be a part of it.”

McCook Community College Coach Hayley Kobza said she’s had her eye on Jayceea since coaching her on a club team two years ago.

“She’s a three-sport athlete and brings height and mental toughness to our team,” Kobza said.

She expects Hanson to come in and play right away and make an impact.

“We have some expectations for her and I know she has some big goals as well and she’ll work hard from now through Aug. 1 to make that happen,” Kobza said. “I think she’ll fit in nicely with the MCC volleyball culture we’re building, I couldn’t be more excited to bring her to this team.”

Jayceea plans to study Special Education and Early Childhood Development at MCC.

McCook High School Senior Jayceea Hanson (front row, second from left) signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play volleyball next year at McCook Community College. Joining Jayceea were (from left) her father John, mother Sherry and MHS Volleyball Coach Audrey Feeney. Also attending the signing were members of the MCC volleyball team (back row from left): Coach Hayley Kobza, Ty Johnson, Brooklyn Evans, Mallory Brown and Madison Kleewein.



The McCook Community College volleyball team signed another player Wednesday when Eaton High School (Colo.) senior hitter Quinci Johnson signed her national letter of intent to play volleyball in the Fall at MCC.

“I came to open tryouts last summer and felt really welcome here by Coach Kobza and players and everybody I came in contact with,” Johnson said. “I liked the feel of it and how well MCC seemed to suits me that I came back for a second open tryout.”

“The players and were impressed with how well she did at her first tryout but when she came back for a second time, it was pretty obvious how much she wanted to be a part of our team,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.

Johnson, a 5-8 hitter, is expected to play multiple positions for the Lady Indians.

“I think that is one of her strengths is her versatility and being able to go back and forth between the right side or outside,” Kobza said. “That’s a great option for a team when you have someone who can come in and help you out at either position and make that transition instantly.”

“I’m just happy to be part of this group that looks to build on what’s taken place the past several years,” Johnson said. “I’m looking forward to bonding with my teammates because they are going to be my family for the next two years and I plan to work hard to earn a spot on this team.”

Johnson, who played softball and ran track in middle school, decided to focus on volleyball her freshman year at Highland High School, then transferred to Eaton, where her team won state in 2017, and made it to the semifinals this past season.

“From a recruiting standpoint, we’ve had good luck with players who come from winning programs,” Kobza said.

Johnson plans to focus on nursing classes when she enrolls for classes in the Fall.

Quinci Johnson

Hayley Kobza


The McCook Community College volleyball team downed Southeast Community College Tuesday night in straight sets, 25-9, 25-15, 25-23 to sew up the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship with a 5-0 mark. MCC has one remaining NCCAC game left to play in North Platte Oct. 17 but all three of the other teams have at least two conference losses.

MCC cruised in the first two sets and trailed 17-11 in the third set before a lengthy officiating delay which reversed a point and the Lady Indians were able to step up the intensity and close out the win on a 13-7 run.

Freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 12 kills on Wauneta-Palisade High School Night. It was also Red Willow County Night.

Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.) had eight kills.

“Our passing was a little off tonight, and that affected our timing with hitting,” Kobza said. “It was the first off-night our setter Ashley Carson had all season, she was sick and had to battle all night.”

While MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said it’s nice to add another conference banner in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center (the other came in 1980) the team has its eye on a bigger prize in the Region IX south division.

“We are way better than we showed tonight,” she said. “I told the girls all these people came out to see us tonight and we played poorly, but won. We need to start playing better and we need to start now.”

Southeast falls to 2-14 on the year.

MCC improves to 14-5 and now hits the road for six straight games starting Thursday with a three-day weekend swing through southern Colorado against Region IX south division opponents.

On Thursday MCC takes on 8-9 Trinidad State at 7 p.m. (MT). On Friday (at 6 p.m. MT) the Lady Indians face 16-1 and 19th-ranked Otero Junior College in La Junta and on Saturday, it’s on to Lamar to face the 14-7 Runnin’ Lopes.

“We’ve got to step it up facing three quality teams on the road,” Kobza said.

MCC’s next home stand will be Oct. 11-13 when the Lady Indians host these same three schools in the same order. Game times are 7 p.m. for the Oct. 11 game with Trinidad State, 6 p.m. for the Oct. 12 game with Otero and 3 p.m. for the Oct. 13 game with Lamar.

For more photos from MCC’s home volleyball games check out individual game photo galleries in the Fan Zone on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:


The McCook Community College volleyball team has added another player to the 2019-2020 squad. Chandler Nelson, a 5-8 setter from Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs is the newest Lady Indian.

“Chandler has great hands and makes some great plays. I am excited to see what she brings to our team next year,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza.

“I decided to come to MCC to play for Coach Kobza because the energy on campus and at practice felt so positive and comfortable,” she said. “I feel that I will grow to my highest potential as a Lady Indian and I know Coach Kobza will help me on moving on to the next level after my two years at McCook.”

Nelson said what she is most excited about signing with MCC is getting to be with “such amazing girls and a great coach.” She’s excited to get started, looking to improve and looking forward to getting to travel, playing the sport that she loves.

“She is a player that I know is going to work hard in the summer and work even harder when she gets here,” Kobza said.

Nelson said her favorite quote is from the Bible, Proverbs 13:4, “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.”

She said this verse has helped her so much through volleyball and high school.

“It has shown me that you do not gain success unless you work hard for it and continue to. Never settle for just good enough, there is always more you can do, especially if it is something you're passionate about.”


SCOTTSBLUFF – Less than 24 hours after a disappointing loss to Western Nebraska in Cougar Palace, the McCook Community College Lady Indian volleyball team came out with a pair of wins on the first day of the Wyo-Braska shootout. MCC downed Dawson Community College in the opener straight sets then dispatched Eastern Wyoming in four sets.


The wins lifted MCC to 11-5 on the year. Dawson drops to 4-12, Eastern Wyoming drops to 2-15.


The tournament continues Saturday as MCC plays Region IX north leaders, 10-6 Laramie County Community College in a noon (MT) game and go back-to-back with a 2 p.m. (MT) game with 7-9 Caspar College.


MCC’s next home game is Tuesday against Southeast Community College at 7 p.m. in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. MCC is inviting Red Willow County employees and their families to be special guests. All Red Willow County employees and their families will be allowed free admission to the game.

TRINIDAD, Colo. – The McCook Community College women’s basketball team completed a weekend conference road sweep downing Trinidad State Junior College Saturday, 92-83.
“This is a big weekend for us, and it has been a long time since MCC has made this trip and won both games,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said (MCC beat Otero Junior College Friday, 85-73).
MCC jumped out to a 30-18 first quarter lead and 53-37 at the half. The Trojans closed the gap to 10 points midway through the fourth quarter then scored eight straight points to close to 83-81 with less than three minutes left, but the Indians were able to ice the game at the line making nine of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) led MCC with 25 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) scored 22 points and had six rebounds.
Freshmen Lena Goerke (Hamburg, Germany) scored 19 points and snagged 11 rebounds. Freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) added 11 points and six rebounds. In a starting role, sophomore Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain) scored six points, had five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
“Our offense this weekend was crisp with good flow,” Fernetti said.
The Lady Indians shot 42.9 percent from the field and made 14 of 33 shots from the 3-point line (42.4 percent. Hinkle had five, Tiles four, and Goerke three.
Both teams were credited with 46 rebounds.
Trinidad State shot 39.3 percent from the field, 26.9 percent on 26 shots from beyond the arc.
“Defensively, as always, I think there are things that we can improve on, but our team does compete and play together,” Fernetti said. “I am a very proud coach again.”
The Trojans fall to 9-8.
MCC improves to 13-5 on the season and 2-0 in Region IX South Division play. The road-swing continues Tuesday at Scottsbluff against Western Nebraska (15-3 before Saturday’s scheduled game with 2-17 Lamar CC) and on Friday at Sterling, Colo., against Northeastern Junior College (11-5) before returning home Jan. 28 to host North Platte (2-13 before the weekend).

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