SCOTTSBLUFF –The McCook Community College Lady Indians shook off a heart-breaking loss in Game 1 of the Region IX Division I Tournament and responded in the late game Friday with a come-from-behind win over Otero Junior College, in extra-innings, 11-9.
After dropping a 3-2 decision to Western Nebraska in walk-off fashion in the opening game of the tournament, MCC came from a 4-0 first-inning deficit to send second-seeded Otero Junior home with their second loss of the tournament. The Lady Indians got six innings of scoreless relief from freshman Angel Valdez before Otero Junior College tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-out, two-strike, two-run home run. MCC came back to score five runs in the eighth and held off the Rattlers, who finish the season at 32-16.
Trinidad State had beat Otero 4-2 in Game 2. In the winner’s bracket game in Game 3, Western downed Trinidad State 7-1
MCC improves to 28-32 overall and will take on Trinidad State (25-26) at 1 p.m. Saturday with the winner to take on Western Nebraska (34-18) at 4 p.m. If Western Nebraska loses that game that would set up a final game at noon Sunday.
GAME 4 -- McCook CC 11, Otero JC 9 – In the final game of the day, the Rattlers jumped out in the first inning with four extra-base hits on the way to a 4-0 lead off freshman MCC starter Sarah Willier (Ponoka, Alberta). Freshman Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) came on in relief.
The Lady Indians responded with three runs in the second with a walk from Emily Charchuk (Victoria British Columbia), a walk by Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah) and a bunt single by Isabel Serna (Roy Utah) to load the bases. Emma McLean (Willeton, Western Australia) drew a walk, Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.) was hit by a pitch to make it a 4-2 game and Brooklyn Jensen’s (West Valley City, Utah) infield single brought the Lady Indians to within a run at 4-3 where the score remained until the top of the MCC sixth.
Miner doubled to lead off the sixth, Serna followed with a single and McLean tied the game at 4-4 with a RBI-single to centerfield. Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) put MCC in the lead with an RBI-single to drive in Serna and Brooklyn Jensen’s sacrifice fly gave the Lady Indians a 6-4 lead but Otero tied up the game with the dramatic home run by Arianna Cordova, the top hitter in Region IX with a .569 average and 20 home runs on the season.
Serna walked to lead off the eighth but was erased on the bases. With one out McArthur singled and Hollands doubled to set the stage for a two-run Brooklyn Jensen triple. Chanel Siebenthal’s (Lakewood, Colo.) two-run double made it a 9-6 game and Charchuk’s two-run single made it 11-6.
Sophomore Shae Muggridge (Perth, Western Australia) came on in relief after the sixth inning Cordova home run and was credited with the win despite the Rattlers making things interesting with three runs in the eighth inning with two runners on for Cordova, who was intentionally walked to load the bases. But Muggridge induced a come-backer on a 3-1 count to end the game. Muggridge pitched 1.1 innings, allowed three hits, two walks and two earned runs. She struck out one.
Brooklyn Jensen led MCC with four hits and four RBIs in the game. Serna had three hits while Charchuk and McArthur each had two hits. MCC had 15 hits in the game off Region IX’s winningest pitcher in Melissa Gellermann (17 wins and a league best 3.52 ERA) who was tagged with the loss and charged with 11 earned runs.
GAME 1 – Western Nebraska 3, McCook CC 2 -- The top-seeded Western Nebraska Cougars softball team came up with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday to down McCook Community College 3-2 in the opening game of the Region IX Division 1 double-elimination tournament.
Bri George delivered the game-winning single off hard-luck MCC starter Shae Muggridge to give Western Nebraska its tenth straight win and 17 wins in the last 19 games.
The Lady Indians got on the scoreboard first. With two outs in the MCC second, the Lady Indians got three straight singles -- from Sydney McArthur, Jade Hollands and Brooklyn Jensen.
Chanel Siebenthal led off the third inning with a single and was followed by Emily Charchuk who singled. Siebenthal came home on a Western Nebraska error to give MCC a 2-0 lead.
The Cougars cut the lead in half when Michaela Kelly led off the fourth inning with a solo home run.
Muggridge went 6.2 innings, allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out eight.
MCC had eight hits with two each from Charchuk and Sarah Willier.
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Lincoln – Train like a Husker this summer, as Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has announced a series of summer camps and clinics. The camps will take place throughout the month of June at the Hendricks Training Complex.
The 2019 camp series will feature two four-day camps, as well a pair of specialty clinics for boys and girls entering the 3rd-12th grade. In addition, there will also be a three-day Little Huskers camp for kids who are in grades K-4 for the upcoming year.
Hoiberg and his staff of instructors will work with campers on the fundamentals of basketball in a fun atmosphere. All camps are open to both boys and girls entering the respective grade level.
2019 Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps
|Day Camp #1||Mon.-Thurs., June 10-13||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$250|
|Day Camp #2||Mon.-Thurs., June 24-27||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$250|
|Little Huskers Camp||Wed.-Fri., June 19-21||9 a.m. – Noon||Boys/Girls Grades K-4||$180|
|Ball Handling and Shooting Clinic||Friday, June 14||9 a.m.-Noon||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$60|
|Forward Specialty Clinic||Friday, June 14||1-4 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$60|
|Dual Clinic Special||Friday, June 14||9 a.m. -4 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$110|
All three games of the baseball series between Nebraska and Michigan at Hawks Field, May 16-18, will be televised on the Big Ten Network as the TV wildcard selections for the final weekend of the regular season. As a result, the start times for the first two games of the series will be changed from the originally scheduled times. The series opener on Thursday, May 16 will begin at 7:30 p.m. (CT). The game on Friday, May 17 will start at 8 p.m. (CT). The regular-season finale between the Huskers and Wolverines is still scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. (CT).
Updated Schedule for Nebraska-Michigan Series
Thursday, May 16 – 7:30 p.m. CT (Big Ten Network)
Friday, May 17 – 8 p.m. CT (Big Ten Network)
Saturday, May 18 – 2 p.m. CT (Big Ten Network)
The McCook Community College golf team will compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament for the third time in the past four years. The Indians return to the course the team played at in 2016 – the Duran Golf Club, regarded as one of the best courses in Florida, Duran Golf Club in Viera, Florida,
“Our goal is for the team to finish in the top five,” said MCC Coach Tyler Loop. “From a skill level we have the players with the tools to do that but it would take four days of us playing the best golf we’ve ever played.”
The one area the team needs to improve on to do well in Florida is the short game. That’s been one of the focuses since the team received the at-large bid several weeks ago.
“It’s a Bermuda grass, pine trees, a lot of water,” Loop said. During that 2016 visit, the team had difficulties putting and they’ll focus on getting used to those greens with a couple days of practice before play begins May 14.
According to its website, what singles out Duran Golf Club from other golf facilities in the area is the pristine 18-hole Championship Course, and the award winning - World Class Development Center, which offers the largest and most comprehensive practice facilities in the area. The facility includes an expansive practice range, short game area, and the popular nine-hole “Par 3 Course” that encircles the practice facility.
Duran Golf Club opened in 2005, Lewis “Chip” Powell designed an 18-hole, par 72 champion course out of a lush sod farm full of mild mounding, undulating greens and sweeping doglegs. The signature 18th hole at Duran Golf Club is a par 4, 460-yard dogleg left that wraps around a sparkling lake.
For the Indians, the path to this year’s national tournament appearance was quite different from last year. MCC and Eastern Wyoming battled week-to-week, hole-to-hole before the Indians pulled it out on the final green to edge the Lancers in the season-long team standings by a single point.
This season Eastern Wyoming enjoyed a dominating fall and while the Indians made a brief push winning the first two tournaments to start the spring schedule March 22 in Lamar, Colo., and March 29 at Heritage Hills in McCook, but the Lancers ran the table for the final four tournaments and walked away with the district title.
“We put everything into winning districts last year and went into nationals maybe too content,” Loop said. “This year I think we have the mentality that we have a lot left in the tank and understand what it’s going to take to have a better showing at Nationals.”
This year the Indians received the at-large bid to represent District 1, which includes Region IX and Region I (Arizona). In addition to the two region champs, three schools are selected based on seasonal scoring averages.
The Lancers are ranked 18th in the latest NJCAA Division I men’s top 20 golf rankings. MCC ranked four spots outside the top 20.
Sophomore Cameron Lampe (Windsor, Colo.) finished second in the individual player standings this year with a scoring average of 73.2. Sophomore Ronnie Quick (London, England) was fifth with a 75.5 scoring average.
Freshman Chesney Tatman (North Platte) had a 77.7 scoring average this year. KC Carlson, freshman from Delta, Colo., had a 77.8 scoring average, Sophomore Graham Gaspard (Breckenridge Colo.) had a 78.4 scoring average. Freshmen Trevor Oberg (McCook) had an 81.4 average and sophomore Brady Wonderly (Benkelman) had an 86.8 scoring average.
“This is a great group of guys – maybe the most talented we’ve had here but we just haven’t demonstrated that on a consistent basis especially this semester, but the work-ethic, the ability and the mental toughness are all there,” Loop said.
The national tournament is a four-day, 72-hole tournament starting Tuesday.
Avanthony “AV” Banks, McCook Community College sophomore basketball player, signed a national letter of intent Monday to continue his career at York College.
“Coach (Tree) Burkes is getting a great one in terms of talent and the kind of kid he is,” said outgoing MCC Men’s Basketball Coach Brandon Lenhart.
“York is a lot like McCook, and I’ve grown to really like what smaller cities can offer,” Banks said. “After visiting there and meeting the coaching staff and players, it just seemed like the right fit for me.”
The Panthers went 15-16 this past season. Banks will join former MCC teammate Kafani Williams in York. Coach Burkes is in his sixth year at York which competes in the NAIA.
Banks, a 5-10 guard from Portageville High School in Missouri, spent his first season at MCC unable to play because of ankle injury. This past season Banks played in all 31 games and averaged 8.0 points, and 2.0 rebounds. He made 62 of 153 shots from the 3-point line – the sixth most 3-pointers in Region IX. He also made 40.5 percent of his 3-point shots (seventh best in the region.)
He scored double-digit points 12 times in the past season with a season-high 21 points in the first game of the season.
Banks said his favorite on-court memory came on Jan. 29 when he made a key 3-pointer in the closing minutes in MCC’s upset win over North Platte Community College. Banks scored 17 points in that game including making all four of his 3-point shots, all five of his field goals and three-of-four free throws.
One of his favorite campus memories is one of his first at MCC. In August of 2017 he arrived to participate in the Bridge To Success Program – a program that brings students to campus three weeks early to take a developmental English classes prior to enrolling in English Composition during the fall semester.
“That’s when I got to know my teammates Ron (Rice) and Peanut (Cunningham), and got to know people on campus and what was expected of me,” Banks said.
“Those were good times and I developed camaraderie,” he said. It also exposed him to the advantages of a smaller town and a college with a family atmosphere. “I’m definitely going to miss that.”
Banks is a psychology major and would like to go on to graduate school to become a relationship counselor.
“He will be successful on and off the court at York College,” Lenhart said. “I love him and will miss him.”
McCook Community College sophomore Anna Sanjuan has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Benedictine College in Kansas.
“I'm extremely excited for Anna,” said recently named MCC Women’s Basketball Coach Brandon Pritchett. “She has worked so hard to get to where she is at today. Benedictine is a great fit for her both academically and athletically, and that's what it's all about.”
The 5-6 guard from Reus High School in Reus, Spain played in 31 games this season for the Lady Indians and averaged 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Her 342 points ranked 10th among all Region IX players. She shot 36.5 percent from the field and 32.9 percent from the 3-point line (also ranked 10th in the region) and 59.3 percent from the free-throw line, getting to the line 108 times on the season – sixth most in the region. Her 121 defensive rebounds were seventh most among the region leaders. Her 95 assists were third most and her 51 steals were fourth most in the region.
At the end of the season she was named to the Nebraska Community College all-conference team.
Benedictine College is a NAIA division I school in Atchinson, Kan. located on bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, northwest of Kansas City, Missouri. The Lady Ravens went 18-13 this past season under Coach Chad Folsom, in his 18th year as coach there. The team has gone to the NAIA Division I championship tournament five of the past seven years.
In addition to being impressed with the school and the coaching staff, Sanjuan said it was very noticeable how cohesive the team was, even in workouts.
“I visited there and was really impressed with the way the team worked together in practice and supported each other in drills.”
She will graduate from MCC with a BS in Science and is looking at teaching physical education.
One of her lasting memories from MCC will always be the first time she stepped inside the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. “I was so big and my first thought was, ‘this is America and this gym is American big.’ It is so impressive,” she said of the place where she spent hundreds of hours over the past two years.
She said she is extremely grateful to Coach Pritchett, who as the interim coach, helped give her confidence and helped find her a place to continue playing the sport she loves.
“Benedictine is getting the whole package,” Pritchett said. “She is a great person, student, and talented basketball athlete. I'm excited to watch her grow over the next two years there.”
Lincoln – Nebraska senior guard James Palmer Jr. will have another opportunity to showcase his skills in front of NBA teams, as he was selected to the first-ever NBA G League Elite Camp in Chicago next week.
The event for college players goes from May 13-14, and provides an opportunity for the top-40 players not originally selected for the NBA Combine, an opportunity to qualify for the combine. A select number of players from the draft-eligible group will be invited to participate in the 2019 NBA Draft Combine based on their performance in the NBA G League Elite Camp. The NBA Draft Combine will be held May 14-19 in Chicago.
This camp continues a busy stretch for Palmer since his senior season ended. He played in the Reese's College All-Star Game during Final Four weekend and in the Portsmouth Invitational, where he earned All-Tournament honors.
Last season, he averaged 19.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game, ranking third in the Big Ten in scoring and fourth in steals. He established Nebraska single-season records in points (708), free throws attempted (282), free throws made (215) and minutes played (1,269) to help the Huskers make their second straight postseason appearance.
A third-team All-Big Ten selection and a first-team All-District pick by the USBWA in 2019, Palmer had 18 20-point games as a senior, including a 34-point effort against Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament. In his two-year career at Nebraska, Palmer finished with the second-highest career scoring average in Husker history (18.5 points per game) as he started all 69 games in that span.
|NBA Draft-Eligible Players – Player (College/Club)|
|Battle, Tyus (Syracuse)||Jeffries, DaQuan (Tulsa)|
|Boatwright, Bennie (USC)||Konate, Sagaba (West Virginia)|
|Booth, Phil (Villanova)||Maker, Matur (Mississauga Prep (Canada)/Zlatorog (Slovenia))|
|Brissett, Oshae (Syracuse)||Mann, Terance (Florida State)|
|Brown, Bryce (Auburn)||Martin, Caleb (Nevada)|
|Cheatham, Zylan (Arizona State)||Martin, Cody (Nevada)|
|Clemons, Chris (Campbell)||Maye, Luke (North Carolina)|
|Coffey, Amir (Minnesota)||Mourning, Trey (Georgetown)|
|Cook, Tyler (Iowa)||Nembhard, Andrew (Florida)|
|Cumberland, Jarron (Cincinnati)||Palmer Jr., James (Nebraska)|
|Dawkins, Aubrey (Central Florida)||Perkins, Josh (Gonzaga)|
|DeLaurier, Javin (Duke)||Perry, Reggie (Mississippi State)|
|Diakite, Mamadi (Virginia)||Pickett, Jalen (Siena)|
|Elleby, CJ (Washington State)||Powell, Myles (Seton Hall)|
|Fall, Tacko (Central Florida)||Robinson, Justin (Virginia Tech)|
|Franks, Robert (Washington State)||Shayok, Marial (Iowa State)|
|Harper, Jared (Auburn)||Strus, Max (DePaul)|
|Happ, Ethan (Wisconsin)||Wigginton, Lindell (Iowa State)|
|Hernandez, Dewan (Miami)||Wooten, Kenny (Oregon)|
|Hinton, Amir (Shaw (NC))||Wright-Foreman, Justin (Hofstra)|
The girls junior varsity meet at Kearney was cut short by weather today. The girls did get in two rounds and were starting the third round when the rain started.