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As of 4:00 p.m. today, Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a running total of thirty-three (33) positive lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. This number includes twelve (12) new cases, of which nine (9) are in Hall, two are in Hamilton County, and includes the first confirmed case for Merrick County. This is a 50% increase over yesterday’s count of 21. Please note these numbers do not include the cases which are diagnosed by healthcare providers based on symptom pattern. Since there is no specific treatment for Covid-19 infections, providers determine the necessity of testing. It is estimated that for every person diagnosed with COVID-19, 10 people have it but have not been diagnosed.

CDHD is issuing an additional directed health measure, DHM 2020-2, that will effectively close salons and parks in the Central District until further notice. Please refer to the directed health measure for further details. Hike and bike trails will remain open. CDHD encourages the community to get out and travel the trails, keeping social distancing in mind.

It is absolutely essential to stay away from others whenever you can. We know that we have community wide-spread. We also know that some people carry the virus but have no or very mild symptoms, so they continue to be out in the community. This means that when you are around others, you put yourself and others at risk for catching COVID-19. Limit your outings to stores as much as possible and only send one family member into the store at a time. If you are sick, stay away from others. Remember, it is important for everyone to wash their hands often and well.

Our community is now being targeted by the COVID-19 virus. The choices we each make in the coming days are absolutely critical to reducing the number of people who become infected with the virus.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Heartland United Way and Greater Grand Island Community Foundation will postpone Go Big GIVE to July 7th, 2020. Pre-give will begin June 22nd through July 6th.

 After many discussions with the Go Big GIVE team, community members and the participating nonprofit organizations, the decision to postpone Go Big GIVE was not taken lightly. The Go Big GIVE team feels the new date will give business and communities time to recover from these difficult times.

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the State’s eighth COVID-19 related Directed Health Measure (DHM) includes Antelope, Arthur, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Hooker, Keya Paha, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Pierce, Rock, and Thomas counties. It will be in effect beginning today at 10 pm and will last until May 11th unless renewed.

Under this new DHM, schools are closed through May 31, 2020 and extracurricular activities are also cancelled. Additionally, the new DHM cancels elective dental procedures and surgeries.

The quarantine measures are for individuals who are COVID-19 positive or develop fever, sudden onset of a dry cough, or sudden onset of shortness of breath without provocation (such as walking up stairs, running, choking, etc.). This excludes those with seasonal allergies, COPD, or other diagnoses that may produce respiratory symptoms. Additionally, the directive doesn’t apply to patients who have an alternative non-COVID-19 diagnosis from a healthcare provider. These patients should follow the treatment and guidance provided by their healthcare provider for such conditions.

The State-issued DHM now applies to 56 counties in Nebraska.

The first DHM, issued on March 18th, applies to Cass, Douglas, and Sarpy counties and is in effect until at least April 30th.

The second DHM, issued on March 25th, applies to Dodge, Lancaster, Saunders, and Washington counties and is in effect until at least May 6th.

The third DHM, issued on March 28th, applies to Butler, Hall, Hamilton, Merrick, Polk, Seward, and York counties and is in effect until May 6th unless renewed.

The fourth DHM, issued on March 29th, applies to Burt, Cuming, Madison, and Stanton counties and is in effect until May 6th unless renewed.

The fifth DHM, issued on March 30th, applies to Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.

The sixth DHM, issued on March 31st, applies to Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, and Webster counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.

The seventh DHM, also issued on March 31st, applies to Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, and Phelps counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.

The eighth DHM, issued on April 1st, applies to Antelope, Arthur, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Hooker, Keya Paha, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Pierce, Rock, and Thomas counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.

The DHM and quarantine directions covering all of these counties can be found by clicking here.

The DHM imposes an enforceable limit on public gatherings. Among other steps, the DHM requires restaurants and bars in these areas to close their dining areas immediately and move to takeout, delivery, and/or curbside service only until further notice. Additionally, schools in these areas are directed to operate without students in their buildings. This restriction does not apply to school staff working in school buildings. It also does not apply to daycares that may be operated at a school per the Governor’s executive order regarding childcare, which you can access by clicking here.

Counties other than those noted above remain under the guidance issued March 18th by the Governor’s Office. You can find it by clicking here. If further community transmission cases of COVID-19 occur in other regions of the state, the Governor will announce DHMs covering the additional regions.

In addition to the DHMs issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Douglas County Public Health Director Dr. Adi M. Pour has issued an order covering Douglas County from March 18, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Full details of the order can be found on the Douglas County Health Department website (douglascountyhealth.com) or by clicking here.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department also issued a DHM, which can be found by clicking here. The order lasts until May 6, 2020.

Furthermore, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department issued a DHM, which can be found by clicking here. The order lasts until April 30, 2020.

UNDERSTANDING THE STATE’S DIRECTED HEALTH MEASURE

Who does the Directed Health Measure apply to?

It applies to places such as theaters, churches, houses of worship, gyms, social clubs, salons, and social gatherings, including weddings, funerals, concerts, and athletic events. This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM applies to.

Do I need to shut down my bar or restaurant?

At bars and restaurants, it applies to patrons, not to your workforce. Restaurants and bars are encouraged to ask their patrons if they can prepare their order for takeout upon arrival. Restaurants will play a key part in feeding people throughout the pandemic.

Do I need to shut down my daycare?

No. DHHS has issued new guidance that daycares need to follow. You can find it by clicking here.

Do I need to shut down my office?

No. The Directed Health Measure does not apply to places such as office buildings, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, court houses, court rooms, banks, car dealerships, auto repair shops, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, small shops, golf courses, big box stores, gas stations, convenience stores, shopping malls, manufacturing facilities, packing facilities, construction jobs, and other traditional office settings. This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM does not apply to.

Furthermore, we do not expect these facilities to be impacted by additional limits at this time.

Do I need to cancel a wedding or a funeral?

Weddings and funerals are also subject to the 10-person limit. Event planners and facilities are encouraged to be flexible with people who are rearranging their plans.

 

 

 


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North Platte, Ne - The West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) emphasizes the need for everyone to practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible, while new cases of COVID-19 continue to be found in the community. WCDHD has received preliminary results on seven new cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County.

 

The new cases involve one woman in her 40s and one in her 60s, plus three men in their 40s, one man in his 50s and one man in his 60s. Four of the cases are linked to known positive travel cases, four are direct contacts to travels and there are four individuals linked to two incidents of community transmission in the county. This brings the total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 12. The Health Department’s trained staff is investigating all cases and will communicate with anyone whom they are aware of that may have been exposed. 

“Community spread means we don’t know the source or contact of the disease,” said Shannon Vanderheiden, WCDHD executive director. “A case with an unknown source of infection is defined as community spread.  

“Our focus right now is to complete the contact investigations and to protect the health of the community,” said Vanderheiden.  “We want to continue to remind everyone that the best way to stop the spread of this virus is to stay at home if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 infection.”



If you visited any of the following locations at any of the dates and times listed below and are not showing symptoms, please self-quarantine and monitor your symptoms for 14 days from your most recent visit to one of the locations below.

If you are showing symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath), please contact your healthcare provider or public health. Please call before going to any healthcare facility.  Visit https://wcdhd.org/ for self-quarantine guidance.


Date

Location

Time

Risk

3/24/2020

NP -Walmart

4:00-4:45 PM

Low

3/26/2020

Dunkin Donuts Drive-Thru

4:00-4:10 PM

Low

3/27/2020

Hobby Lobby

4:00-4:30 PM

Low


Flying J

4:30-5:00 PM

Low


Raising Cains

5:15-5:20 PM

Low


Burger King

5:25-5:30 PM

Low

3/28/2020

Hobby Lobby

4:30-5:00 PM

Low


Dunkin Donuts Drive-Thru

5:00-5:15 PM

Low

3/29/2020

Luigi Curbside To-Go

6:30-6:40 PM

Low

3/30/2020

Gosnell Family Medicine

10:55-11:30 AM

Medium


GPH - ER

11:40 AM-1:10 PM

Medium


Arby's Drive-Thru

1:15-1:25 PM

Low


Wendy's Drive-Thru

1:30-1:40 PM

Low


Public health officials would like to remind everyone that if you have a fever of over 100.4 or symptoms of respiratory illness, please self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider or your local health department.


WCDHD is in communication with state officials in regard to issuing a state Directed Health Measure; more information to follow.


For the most up to date information from the CDC, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.



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APRIL 1, 2020 (KEARNEY, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested three people and seized 20 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop near Kearney.

The traffic stop occurred at approximately 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, when a trooper observed a Chevrolet Tahoe fail to signal a turn as it exited Interstate 80 near Kearney. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected clandestine activity.

Troopers performed a search of the vehicle and found 20 pounds of methamphetamine and two ounces of marijuana. The driver, Shanae Douglas, 31, of Gary, Indiana, was also discovered to have a revoked driver’s license.

Douglas, and passengers Antoinette Brandy, 33, of Gary, Indiana, and Juwan Powell, 21, of Harvey, Illinois, were all arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver, and possession of marijuana. Douglas was also cited for driving with a revoked driver’s license. All three were lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

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The City of Grand Island Public Works Department is announcing the North Road Paving Improvement Project will begin the week of April 6, 2020.  North Road is scheduled to be closed on Monday, April 6, 2020 from Northwest High School to Highway 2.  This segment of North Road is tentatively planned to be closed until August 2020.  

The North Road project includes reconstruction from Capital Avenue to Highway 2.  The project will consist of removal of the existing 24’ wide asphalt roadway and construct a concrete curb and gutter, 3-lane, 41’ wide roadway section.  A roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Capital Avenue and North Road.  The project will also include storm sewer construction, sidewalk improvements, water main adjustments and sanitary sewer extension at Northview Drive.  

On March 10, 2020, City Council awarded the construction contract to Diamond Engineering Company of Grand Island, Nebraska for $3,335,787.35
For more information on the roadway project, and other Public Works projects, visit the projects webpage at www.drivegi.com, or call Public Works at 308-385-5455.


North Platte, Ne - Seventeen Mid-Plains Community College employees have been honored for their dedication and part-time service to MPCC.

 

The employees and the communities they work in are as follows.

 

25 years of service

 

North Platte - Wanda Hornbacher, adult basic education instructor

 

20 years of service

 

McCook - Brigitta Post, adult basic education instructor and Stephen Lytle, security guard

 

North Platte - Linda Deeds, student success

 

15 years of service

 

North Platte - Vicki Hopping, NPCC volleyball recruiter; Donna Melvin, bus driver; Brad Nixon, scorebook; Jason Trosper, announcer and Jason Jensen, timer

 

10 years of service

 

North Platte - Kristen Grimes, student advisor

 

Imperial - Carla Colton, administrative assistant

 

Five years of service

 

McCook - Sandra Krysl, scorebook and Garrett Nokes, rodeo coach

 

North Platte - Jo Ann Lundgreen, administrative assistant; Gordon Peeks, lab assistant; Jeannette Daily, student success and Amanda Crow, administrative assistant


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This morning, Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a lab-confirmed positive test in a long-term care facility in Hall County. The positive test is in a health care worker. CDHD is currently working with the facility to identify possible exposures and to advise as to prevention measures. 

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Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of fifteen (15) lab-confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. today, up from a total of 6 yesterday morning. Fourteen (14) cases are in Hall County and one (1) case is in Hamilton County. The total number of tests administered is not known since various labs both private and public are processing tests. The increased number of positive tests is concerning but not unexpected. “We will continue to monitor the number of positive cases in our three-county area, and take necessary actions to protect our community,” states Anderson.

Anderson reminds community members that social distancing is the responsibility of everyone ALL the time. Fresh air and sunshine are great both physically and mentally, but there are limits. It is not possible to play games like basketball or soccer and keep a 6-foot distance even outdoors. Outdoor activities that maintain social distancing include taking family walks or bike rides, hiking, boating, fishing, gardening, camping with the family, etc. As long as, a 6-foot distance between people is maintained, outdoor activities are encouraged. Also remember, ten or more people create a gathering inside or outside. “We are asking that people practice social distancing regardless of whether they are indoors or outdoors,” says Anderson.

We see that as weeks go by, social distancing is becoming more of the standard and people are adapting to the idea of continuously maintaining that 6-foot distance. It is up to each of us to protect ourselves, our families and each other.  Slowing the spread of the virus remains our chief goal.

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference to announce that the State of Nebraska has extended statewide social distancing restrictions through April 30th.  Earlier in March, the State of Nebraska issued social distancing restrictions for the entire state.  The previously announced restrictions, which have now been extended, can be found by clicking here.

In addition to these social distancing restrictions, 30 counties are currently covered by a Directed Health Measure which can be found by clicking here.

At the news conference, Gov. Ricketts detailed new unemployment programs being implemented in Nebraska as a result of federal legislation to aid the pandemic response.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on March 27, 2020.

The Governor explained that the Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) is undertaking software changes and making other preparations to roll out the unemployment programs outlined in the CARES Act.  Nebraska’s Labor Commissioner, John Albin, is working directly with the U.S. Department of Labor to expedite implementation of the unemployment programs.  At today’s press briefing, Commissioner Albin joined the Governor to overview the unemployment programs contained in the CARES Act and to report on the State’s preparations to administer them.

Those programs include:
·       Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – Allows unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted all other unemployment benefits, and those not eligible for other unemployment benefits, including workers who are self-employed and independent contractors.  The minimum PUA weekly payment will be $174 and top out at $440.

·       Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) – This emergency increase in Unemployment Insurance Benefits adds $600 per week in federal benefits to the unemployment benefit amount for COVID-19 unemployment claims, including PUA claims.

·       Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – Allows 13 weeks of federally funded benefits to be added to the end of the normal 26 weeks of benefits.

·       Short Time Compensation Programs (also known as Work Share) – Provides federal funding of Short-Time Compensation, a program that allows businesses to uniformly reduce their teammates’ hours while the workers receive a partial unemployment benefit.

At today’s press event, Governor Ricketts also signed a proclamation to designate every Tuesday from March 31st through the end of April 2020 as “Takeout Tuesday.”  The purpose of the proclamation is to encourage Nebraskans to support their local dining establishments as these restaurants continue to serve customers during the pandemic.

R.J. Vega, with Copal restaurant in Lincoln, thanked the Governor for the proclamation during the press conference.  Vega described the challenges restaurants have faced due to the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.  Servers, bartenders, and hourly staff have had their lives profoundly impacted.  Restaurants have struggled to make payroll and keep the lights on.  Vega also spoke of Copal’s innovative work to overcome these challenges by transitioning its business model from dine-in to carry-out and delivery.

Gov. Ricketts also reiterated the State’s social distancing measures at the press conference.

·       Some Local Health Departments (LHD) in Lincoln and metro Omaha have issued additional restrictions on social gatherings and/or businesses.  Check with your LHD for additional information.  

·       The 10-person limitation applies to outdoor gatherings like picnics or outdoor activities like sand volleyball.

·       Travelers coming back to Nebraska from out of state should self-quarantine for 14 days.  This includes snowbirds returning to Nebraska after having spent the winter in places like Arizona, Florida, or Texas.  However, the guidance to sel

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Comments from Head Coach Joe Vetrovsky:

 

The McCook Boys Golf team competed in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference golf tournament on Friday May 3rd at Scottsbluff Country Club in Scottsbluff, NE. The weather was great for the tournament. The course conditions were in excellent condition for the competitors.

 
The Bison finished runner-up as a team by posting a 343. The team champion was North Platte with a 321. The Bison overall as a team competed very well given that all the golfers for McCook had never seen this golf course before. All the players course management and their navigation of the difficult golf course was great to see.
 
The Bison were lead by sophomore Brady Esch who medaled 6th place with an 82. Brady had some struggles on the front nine shooting a 45, but he didn't waste anytime in battling back on the back nine by scoring a great score of 37. Brady's round definitely once again showed his competitive nature and his ability to battle through adversity.
 
Other Bison competitors that competed very well were Junior Logan Barenberg and Sophomore Payton Craw. Both of these individuals scored 85's on the day. Logan and Payton showed a lot of poise throughout the round and showed a lot of consistency which is great to see at this point in the season.
Sophomore Mason Michaelis scored a 91 and Senior Joel Gray scored a 92. Both of these individuals had similar days and competed very hard throughout the course of the tournament.
 
The McCook Boys Golf team competed in the Southwest Conference golf tournament on Friday May 3rd at Cozad Country Club in Cozad, NE. The weather was great for the tournament. The course conditions were in excellent condition for the competitors.
 
The Bison finished 6th as a team by posting a 376. The team champion was Broken Bow with a 320 and runner-up was Cozad with a 322. The Bison overall as a team competed very well given that all the golfers for McCook had never seen this golf course before.
 
The Bison were lead by senior Billy Bennett who medaled 13th and scored an 86. This was great to see out of Billy and his course management throughout the day was something that truly helped propel him to his positive score.
 
Junior Brandan Eckhardt also had a nice day by shooting an 87. It has been great to see Brandan's consistency throughout the season and his continued improvement as a golfer.
 
Other Bison competitors that showed a lot of positive highlights throughout the day were Junior Andrew Daum who scored a 101. Freshman Jonas Sommerville who scored a 102. Junior Dawson Bredvick who scored a 113. Freshman Hunter Hansen who scored a 119.
 
The Bison Junior Varsity golfers competed in a 9-Hole JV contest at Cambridge on Friday May 3rd.
 
The Bison were lead by Freshman Victor Schwartz who scored a 55 and placed 6th and Freshman Matthew Nichols who scored a 58 and placed 10th. Both Victor and Matthew have shown positive growth throughout the season and their golf games continue to get better and better.
 
Other Bison competitors who competed very well were Sophomore Ethan Hicks who scored a 60 and Freshman Isaac Nielsen who scored a 62.
 
The Bison look forward to this upcoming Thursday May 9th where they will compete in the Ogallala Invite at West Winds Golf Course in Ogallala, NE.

 





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A doubleheader that was postponed three times by weather had a brief weather delay Friday but the North Platte and McCook college softball teams split a pair of games. MCC won the first game 6-4 and North Platte came up with a six-run fifth inning to win the second game 7-3.

The Lady Indians go to 27-29 and close out the regular season Saturday at Scottsbluff, starting at 2 p.m. (MT). The first game will be the resumption of a rain-suspended game on Easter Sunday. MCC leads the Cougars 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning but WNCC has bases loaded with one out.

With a pair of wins Saturday, MCC could be the third seed in the Region IX Division I tournament which begins May 9.

The Lady Indians finish 8-4 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference tied for first place with Southeast Community College. MCC went 3-1 against Southeast this season. Central Community College finished at 6-6 and North Platte is 2-10.

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

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball

GAME 1 – McCook CC 6, North Platte CC 4: Tied 1-1 in the second, Lady Indians took the lead with a three-run home run from Hannah Jensen (Aurora, Colo.) and never trailed.

The Knight started off the fifth inning with four straight hits, a sacrifice bunt and an RBI single to close within 5-4. North Platte got RBI hits from Emily Marsden (Papillion), Willow Chitty (North Platte), and Hallei Morales (North Platte).

MCC added a run in the bottom of the fifth with a triple by Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) and an RBI single by Abby Kalinski (McCook).

Freshman Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) picked up the win in the circle for MCC. She went 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. Freshman Etta Van Burgsteden (Kinistino, Saskatchewan) picked up the save in 2.2 innings of work allowing two hits and one run.

MCC had two-hit games from sophomore Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) and Hannah Jensen.

Emily Marsden went the distance for NPCC surrendering nine hits five earned runs, three walks and a strikeout. The Knights got a three-hit game from Mikayla Gibson (West Valley, Utah) and a two-hit game from Marsden at the plate.

GAME 2 – North Platte CC 7, McCook CC 5: North Platte jumped out on top in the first on a leadoff double from Mikayla Gibson, a sacrifice bunt by Emily Marsden and an RBI-single from Willow Chitty.

After thunder and lightning rumbled through McCook early in the game causing a delay in the second inning, the teams resumed play with little offense until the Knights scored six runs to stretch the lead to 7-0. The big blow came on a three-run home run by Hallei Morales (North Platte).

MCC scored a run in the sixth on back-to-back doubles from Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) and Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah). Siebenthal drove in two more runs in the seventh to cap the scoring. She went three-for-four in the game.

Ashylnn Krueger (Littleton, Colo.) picked up the win in the circle for the Knights she allowed three runs on seven hits, and struck out four.

Chitty went two-for-four with two runs driven in.





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A doubleheader that was postponed three times by weather had a brief weather delay Friday but the North Platte and McCook college softball teams split a pair of games. MCC won the first game 6-4 and North Platte came up with a six-run fifth inning to win the second game 7-3.

“It was a beautiful day for softball and the Purple Out,” said North Platte Community College Coach Janelle Higgins.

On Saturday, North Platte will go to Columbus to begin the Region IX Division II tournament against Central Community College at 1 p.m. That is a best-of-three series with the winner advancing to the Region IX championship series the following weekend at Beatrice against Southeast Community College.

“We fought hard in both games today and will use this feeling heading into regionals. We are playing our best right now and that’s what our goal has been all year.”

GAME 1 – McCook CC 6, North Platte CC 4: Tied 1-1 in the second, Lady Indians took the lead with a three-run home run from Hannah Jensen (Aurora, Colo.) and never trailed.

“We got caught on our heels in one inning but battled back just came up a few runs short,” Higgins said.

The Knight started off the fifth inning with four straight hits, a sacrifice bunt and an RBI single to close within 5-4. North Platte got RBI hits from Emily Marsden (Papillion), Willow Chitty (North Platte), and Hallei Morales (North Platte).

Emily Marsden went the distance for NPCC surrendering nine hits five earned runs, three walks and a strikeout. The Knights got a three-hit game from Mikayla Gibson (West Valley, Utah) and a two-hit game from Marsden at the plate.

GAME 2 – North Platte CC 7, McCook CC 5: North Platte jumped out on top in the first on a leadoff double from Mikayla Gibson, a sacrifice bunt by Emily Marsden and an RBI-single from Willow Chitty.

After thunder and lightning rumbled through McCook early in the game causing a delay in the second inning, the teams resumed play with little offense until the Knights scored six runs to stretch the lead to 7-0. The big blow came on a three-run home run by Hallei Morales (North Platte).

“We came out firing and a clear mind and just kept hitting and didn’t look back. We adjusted very well to their pitching changes and didn’t let them slow our momentum,” Higgins said.

Ashylnn Krueger (Littleton, Colo.) picked up the win in the circle for the Knights she allowed three runs on seven hits, and struck out four.

Chitty went two-for-four with two runs driven in.





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Women - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored

1) Columbus 119.5

2) Hastings 114

3) McCook 86.5

4) North Platte 75

5) Scottsbluff 67

6) Gering 62

 

 

Men - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored

1) North Platte 149

2) McCook 98

3) Scottsbluff 95

4) Hastings 81.5

5) Columbus 64

6) Gering 39.5





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.”





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The McCook Community College Lady Indians softball team has already clinched a spot in the post season and on Thursday came one win closer to winning the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference with a split against Southeast Community College. MCC let the opening game slip away 9-7 when the Storm scored seven runs in the seventh inning, the Lady Indians came back to win Game 2 by the score of 8-2.

“It was a day of ups and downs,” said MCC Coach Josh Barnes. “In Game 1 we didn’t finish defensively, but we came back strong in Game 2.”

The Lady Indians improve to 26-28 and close out the home schedule Friday against North Platte Community College for the annual Purple-Out games to raise money and awareness for epilepsy. Those games start at noon.

With two wins Friday, the Lady Indians will clinch the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference. MCC leads the conference by percentage points at 7-3 (.700), Southeast is 8-4 (.667), Central Community College is 6-6 and North Platte is 1-9.

The Storm finish the regular season at 13-21 and are the top seed in the Region IX Division II tournament.

MCC closes out the regular season Saturday at Scottsbluff, starting at 2 p.m. (MT). The first game will be the resumption of a rain-suspended game on Easter Sunday. MCC leads the Cougars 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning but WNCC has bases loaded with one out.

With a pair of wins Saturday, MCC could be the third seed in the Region IX Division I tournament which begins May 9.

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

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball

GAME 1 – Southeastern CC 9, McCook CC 7: The Storm scored two runs in the first inning and added seven in the seventh to finish off a wild game.

With the Lady Indians trailing 2-0, freshman Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah) led off the third inning with a single and later scored on a double by sophomore Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia.) One inning later MCC took a 3-2 lead. With two outs, freshman Kassidy Powers (Severance, Colo.) started the rally with a single. Freshman Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) was hit by a pitch and Brooklyn Jensen tied the game with an infield single. Freshman Hannah Jensen (Aurora, Colo.) followed with an RBI-single.

The score remained 3-2 until the bottom of the sixth when MCC scored four runs on a two-out, inside-the-park grand slam by Charchuk.

After the Storm got to MCC starter Kayla Harrison (Richmond, British Columbia) for two in the first she pitched five shutout innings before Southeast scored seven runs on eight singles, a walk and an MCC error.

MCC had 12 hits with three from Charchuk and Powers, and two each from Brooklyn Jensen and sophomore Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.).

GAME 2 – McCook CC 8, Southeastern CC 2: The Lady Indians got down 2-0 as Southeast scored runs in the second and third innings. MCC tied things up in the bottom of the third. Brooklyn Jensen led off the inning with a single and scored on Hannah Jensen’s triple. Emily Charchuk doubled to tie the game 2-2.

The score remained tied until the fifth inning when once again Brooklyn Jensen singled to lead off the inning stole second and came home on an error.

The Lady Indians were able to put the game away with a five-run sixth inning. Sophomore Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) and freshman Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.) led off with back-to-back singles. Freshman Lili Belton (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) bunted both runners up a base and sophomore Taylor Ford (McCook) lined a two-run single hard off the first basemen’s glove to put MCC up 5-2. Hannah Jensen singled, Charchuck doubled in two more MCC runs and Chanel Siebenthal capped the scoring with an RBI-single.

Sophomore transfer Shae Muggridge (Perth, Western Australia) picked up the complete-game win allowing eight hits, one walk. She struck out 10 Storm hitters.

Hannah Jensen led MCC with three hits. The Lady Indians also got multi-hit games from Charchuk, Belton and Brooklyn Jensen,

 





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McCook Community College Men’s Basketball Coach Brandon Lenhart has accepted a new coaching job at Minot State University in Minot, N.D.

“Coach Lenhart has been a tremendous asset to our program, the college, and the community,” said MCC Vice President Kelly Rippen. “Every year he challenged himself in new ways to better serve our students and his athletes. He is a phenomenal coach with so much to offer and I am proud to see him offer those skills to a new program.”

Athletic Director Jon Olsen who returned to MCC to coach baseball the same year as Lenhart -- 2007 -- said it’s bittersweet news for the college.

“This is a tough one, I wish him all the luck,” Olsen said. “I’m seen him grow as a coach over the years, and take on new responsibilities. I think this is a great opportunity for him, but it’s tough to see him go.”

“McCook and MCC will always hold a special place in our family’s hearts, so many firsts took place here both professionally and as a family,” Lenhart said. “We are excited for our new opportunity at Minot State University, and look forward to having the same reception we received in McCook 12 years ago.

Lenhart came to MCC in 2007 and since that time his teams compiled a 192-181 record. Also during that time there were nine players who earned academic All-American honors, 11 garnered all Region IX honors, and 29 players were named to all-Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference teams.

“I have been coaching college basketball for 18 years now, and this position at Minot State University will be the first position where I am able to concentrate on solely on basketball,” Lenhart said. “This has been a goal and dream of mine for the past three years. God opened the door for this great opportunity for us and we are excited to work with the people of Minot, N.D.”

In addition to his responsibilities with the men’s basketball program, Lenhart was a Career Counselor with Mid-Plains Community College Career Services and served as Assistant Athletic Director for the past five years.

“Words alone can not express how appreciative I am of him for the amount of work he has put in on the basketball court, for career services side and all the tasks on the athletic side,” Olsen said.

“He has always had very high expectations for his players, his staff, and himself,” Rippen said. “The impact Brandon has made on the MCC tribe and the community of McCook is unmatched and commendable. He will be dearly missed.”

“Although I hate to see him go, I wish him and his family the very best in their next adventure and hope he knows he will always be part of our MCC family no matter where he is,” Rippen said.

“My family would like to thank the community of McCook and surrounding area for welcoming us with open arms since the time we all stepped foot in McCook in July of 2007. I also want to thank all of the wonderful people at Mid-Plains CC I have had the pleasure of working with for the past 12 years, especially the staff in career services, the athletic department, and all of the special people at MCC,” Lenhart said. “We will always be family.”





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Men - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored

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1) Bertrand 109.50
2) Cambridge 80
3) Southern Valley 78
4) Wilcox/Hildreth 61
5) Elwood 54 6) Arapahoe 47
7) Medicine Valley 37
8) Alma 31.50
9) Southwest 24
10) Franklin 5

 

Women - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored
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1) Southern Valley 99
2) Cambridge 85
3) Bertrand 60
4) Wilcox/Hildreth 54
5) Arapahoe 48
6) Elwood 47
6) Southwest 47
8) Red Cloud 32
9) Medicine Valley 29
10) Alma 20
11) Franklin 6





Team Standings

1 Grand Island CC 69 pts
2 McCook 64
3 Lincoln Christian 50
4 Kearney Catholic 49
5 Ogallala 46
6 Gering 39
7 Adams Central 35
8 Alliance 33
9 Beatrice 23
Lexington 23
11 Hastings 19
12 St. Cecilia 15

 

#1 Singles-Kassidy Michaelis, 5-0, 1st Place Medalist
Def M. Korte, Alliance 8-0
Def A. McVicker, Hastings 8-0
Def M. Burenheide, Beatrice 8-0
Def A. Kucera, GICC 8-0
Def A. Waggoner, Kearney Catholic 8-0
 
#1 Doubles-Riley Hansen/Kori Uerling, 4-1, 2 nd Place Medalists
Def E. Saadi/K. Graham, Kearney Catholic 8-5
Def K. Whatley/P. Schneider, Gering 8-2
Def E. Hernandez/S. Vielmas, Lexington 8-0
Def R. Thomas/S. Carpenter, Adams Central 8-0
Lost to A. Kalvoda/K. Maser, GICC 8-3
 
#2 Singles-Sydney Stewart, 4-1, 4 th Place
Lost to C. Toner, GICC 9-7
Def C. Craig, Beatrice 8-0
Def B. Gill, Adams Central 8-3
Def E. Stoike, Alliance 8-3
Def B. Claflin, Gering 8-5
 
#2 Doubles-Megan Hodgson/Delaney Jumps, 3-2, 4 th Place
Lost to B. Eschenbrenner/L. Trettel, Kearney Catholic 8-2
Def M. Demuth/A. Jacobi, St. Cecilia 8-1
Def K. Buss/E. Marker, Adams Central 8-6
Lost to D. Acosta/T. Manion, Alliance 8-6
Def B. Kopisch/E. Markel, Hastings 8-1
 
Next action: Saturday, Varsity @ GNAC-North Platte 10:00
 
Highlights from the day:
Kassidy earns her 200th varsity win en route to a first place finish at #1 singles.
Riley and Kori placed second at #1 doubles going 4-1, with their only setback to GICC.
Sydney picked up a nice win against Beatrice and pushed GICC to a 9-7 loss.
Megan and Delaney didn’t have their best showing but still earned three wins.
Team places 2 nd overall to a solid GICC squad. Another solid team effort.





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The McCook Community College baseball team split a pair of games with Western Nebraska Wednesday eliminating the Indians from the chance at post-season play.

The winning runs in both games were scored in the winning teams’ final at bats with MCC breaking up a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning of Game 1 with five runs on the way to a 6-1 win. Western broke up a 6-6 tie with a two out, two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 2 to win 8-6.

The split puts the Indians at 13-20 in the Region IX Empire League and with three games remaining this weekend, MCC can not pass the two teams in front of them to reach sixth place. Western is currently in fourth place with at 16-15 and won four of the six games vs. MCC this season. The Cougars have two games against Otero Junior College Friday and a three-game set with Lamar Saturday and Sunday.

Southeast Community College swept Lamar Community College Wednesday to improve to 17-16. The Storm finish out the regular season hosting Otero JC for three games.

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GAME 1 – McCook CC 6, Western Nebraska CC 1: The Indians batted around in the five-run sixth inning to erase a 1-1 tie.

The Indians did it with five singles, two walks, a hit batter, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.

MCC took a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo home-run from Kade Wroot (North Platte).

Sophomore Spencer Ray, (Greeley, Colo.) started on the mound and kept the Cougar bats at bay through two outs in the sixth inning when he surrendered a solo home run to tie the game 1-1. Ray went six innings and allowed three hits, no walks and struck out seven. He was credited with the win when his teammates had five of their six hits in the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, (Austin, Texas) singled to lead off the inning, went to second on a sacrifice bunt from Julio Seperich (Las Vegas), went to third on defensive indifference and broke the tie on an RBI-single from freshman Trevor Pacheco (Pueblo, Colo.). The Indians kept things moving with a Kaleb Taylor (McCook) walk, then Ricardo Jimenez, (Hialeah, Fla.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wroot drew a walk to make it a 3-1 game. Parker Kretzel (Thornton, Colo.) hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in the fourth run and sophomore Beau Hawley (Greeley, Colo.) singled in Wroot to put the Indians up 6-1.

Freshman Isaac Vargas, (Greeley, Colo.) came on to pitch the seventh and retired the Cougars in order on 10 pitches.

GAME 2 – Western Nebraska CC 8, McCook CC 6: Western’s Ethan Miller smacked a two-out, two run home run in the top of the seventh to break up a 6-6 tie.

The Indians took the lead in this game with a leadoff triple in the first by Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli and an RBI-single from Julio Seperich.

Western Nebraska responded with a four-run second to take a 4-1 lead and added another in the third to lead 5-1.

MCC got a run back in the fourth on a leadoff single by Ricardo Jimenez, who went to second on a wild pitch and later scored on a wild pitch.

In the MCC fifth, Angel Mojica (Denver, Colo.) got things started with a leadoff single, he scored on a double from Clark-Chiapparelli to cut the lead to 5-3. He scored on a fielder’s choice and Kade Wroot tied the game with an RBI single and the Indians took the lead 6-5, on a two-out Cougar error.

Sophomore Jesse Bloom, (Centennial, Colo.) got the start. He went five innings, allowed five hits and one earned run, walking three and striking out five. Freshman Victor Santiago (Caguas, Puerto Rico) pitched a scoreless sixth inning, and Wroot was victimized by the two-run home run in his inning of work.





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