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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

JUNE 21, 2019 (BRIDGEPORT, NEB.)  — The Morrill County Sheriff’s is able to release additional details regarding the crash that claimed the life of Nebraska State Trooper Jerry L. Smith, #373, on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

At approximately, 7:36 a.m., the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls in reference to a three-vehicle crash west of Bridgeport on Highway 26, near mile marker 59. The 911 calls indicated that one of the vehicles involved was that of a Nebraska State Trooper. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene at 7:39 a.m. MDT.

The crash occurred when a 2002 Dodge Ram, driven by MaryJo Decora, 60, of Bridgeport, was stopped on the highway waiting to make a left turn into the Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery. Decora’s vehicle was struck from behind by a 2005 Mazda Tribute, driven by Derek Lacrete, 28, of Lewellen. Lacrete’s vehicle hit the back, driver’s side of Decora’s vehicle, causing Lacrete’s vehicle to veer into the oncoming lane, colliding head-on with a Nebraska State Patrol 2016 Dodge Charger, driven by Trooper Jerry Smith, 51, of Scottsbluff.

Trooper Smith was pronounced deceased on the scene. Lacrete was ejected from his vehicle during the crash and was also pronounced deceased on the scene.

The Morrill County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Morrill County ALS, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming State Patrol, and fire departments from Bridgeport, Bayard, and Broadwater all responded to the scene.

The crash is still under investigation by the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office with reconstruction assistance from the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office.

Funeral services for Trooper Smith are pending. Details will be released when appropriate.


Adrian Smith


CURTIS, Neb. – Ron Rosati, dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, plans to retire Aug. 5 from NCTA. Rosati was tapped as head administrator for the University of Nebraska’s sole two-year institution in July 2013.


Before completing his University of Nebraska service at year-end, Rosati will serve as senior advisor for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) in Kigali, Rwanda. Opening in September, RICA is an English language institution dedicated to educating and inspiring a new generation of innovators in agriculture in Rwanda.


“Under Ron Rosati’s leadership, NCTA truly reached new heights in providing academic and financial access to higher education, as well as career preparation in the ag and veterinary technology industries,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and natural resources, and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


“I want to thank Ron for his exemplary service and dedication over the past six years and wish him the best as he transitions into retirement.”


Kelly Bruns, director at NU’s West Central Research and Extension Center based in North Platte, has been named NCTA interim dean, while continuing to serve in his WCREC role. Bruns will lead NCTA campus administration with associate dean Jennifer McConville.


“It has been a privilege for me to serve NCTA as dean,” Rosati said. “The college is an exceptional place to work due to its small size, focus on agriculture and veterinary technology, and its emphasis on experiential learning.”


Rosati is a native of New York and has earned degrees in agricultural education and agronomy. He earned his doctorate from Iowa State, masters and bachelor’s from Cornell University, and associate degree from SUNY Farmingdale. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Rosati served in administrative capacities as provost at Southeast Missouri State University, provost at Alfred State College, State University of New York, and was a dean at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.


Rosati taught agricultural engineering technology and aquaculture for 19 years at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Illinois State University, The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute, and Iowa State University.


Rosati led strategic initiatives at NCTA including a 28.5% enrollment growth from 2013-2018, increased fiscal strength from deficit to fiscal health, and added academic programs in agricultural welding, equine industry management, a general agriculture online degree certificate, and partnerships in dairy and poultry management.


“NCTA has been recognized nationally for the quality of its academic programs and the success of its graduates. It’s been very rewarding for me to work with the faculty and staff who are responsible for those successes,” Rosati said.


Other administrative progress at NCTA the past six years included developing new procedures and policies for advising, admissions, registration, student payment procedures, student transfers, academic catalogs, student and employee handbooks, and Title IX and ADA compliance.


Increased appropriations by the Nebraska Legislature enabled significant campus progress in programs, student resources, and pay equity for faculty. New initiatives in public relations and recruiting, federal approval for enrolling international students, and reaccreditation were further benchmarks.


Bruns, who holds a doctorate in animal science, has served as director of WCREC since Nov. 2015. Jerry Volesky, longtime range and forage specialist, will serve as interim associate director at WCREC.


A national search will be launched to identify a new permanent dean of NCTA.


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Sheriff Kapperman advises that on October 28 th , 2018 at approximately 1:30 p.m theFurnas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of terroristic threats at 720 7 th Street,Beaver City, Nebraska. The reporting party stated that Mark Hutchens, 56, of BeaverCity, Nebraska had fired a b.b gun at her and threatened to burn her house down. Anarrest warrant was filed for Mr. Hutchens for Third degree assault in a menacing manner

and terroristic threats, along with a search warrant for the b.b gun.The arrest warrant and search warrant were granted by Furnas County Court and signed. Entry was made into the residence of Mark and Jennifer Hutchens, 38, of Beaver City,Nebraska. During the execution of the search warrant for the b.b gun, methamphetamineand drug paraphernalia was located along with a shotgun. A second search warrant was obtained to search the residence for drugs, drug paraphernalia and other weapons. Mr. Hutchens is a felon and is prohibited from owning firearms. Additional items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple firearms and knives were located in the residence. Jennifer Hutchens was arrested for one count of possession of a control substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mark Hutchens was arrested for the
arrest warrant and the additional charges of possession of a control substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.Both Mr. and Mrs. Hutchens appeared in the Furnas County Court and were arraigned on all charges on Monday, October 29 th , 2018, they are due back for preliminary hearing on Monday, November 05 th , 2018. Mr. Hutchens bond was set at $30,000 subject to 10% and Mrs. Hutchens bond was set at $5,000 subject to 10%. At the time of this press release Mrs. Hutchens has bonded out of jail and Mr. Hutchens remains in custody.

AUGUST 28, 2019 (CURTIS, NEB.)  — The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol and several other law enforcement agencies, has arrested a juvenile for making a threatening social media post toward Medicine Valley School.

Tuesday morning, August 27, Medicine Valley School was made aware of social media posts that included a threat of violence against the people of the school. The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office responded and worked to secure the school.

Several other agencies assisted in various aspects of the investigation, which led investigators to arrest a 14-year-old female. The juvenile was cited for making terroristic threats. A probation assessment determined that the juvenile could remain at home following the arrest.

The investigation revealed that no other person was involved in the creation of the threats. There is no safety concern at the school this morning.

The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Information Analysis Center, North Platte Police Department, McCook Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI. 


Community Connection

On May 22 2019, the FBI along with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, Grand Island Police Department, Hastings Police Department, and Nebraska State Patrol, responded to a rural area near Interstate 80 and Nebraska Highway 281 regarding the sighting of two wanted fugitives from the state of Kansas.

Dustin Eugene Bilbrey, age 36, and Rebecca Sue Humphrey, age 33, are wanted on state arrest warrants for aggravated robbery, vehicle burglary, arson, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, criminal damage to property, and theft charges out of Saline County, Kansas. They were last seen during the early morning hours of May 23, 2019 travelling in a silver Ford explorer.

Bilbrey is described as a white male, approximately 6'3" tall, and 199 pounds. Humphrey is described as a white female, approximately 5'5" tall, and 150 pounds.  

These individuals are considered armed and dangerous. If you have information on the whereabouts of these individuals or see these individuals, do not approach and call 911, local law enforcement, or your local FBI office immediately.


Alliance 0 McCook 4

Varsity Singles
1 Kassidy Michaelis def M. Korte 6-0, 6-0
2 Sydney Stewart def E. Stoiike 6-4, 6-2
Varsity Doubles
1 Riley Hansen/Kori Uerling def L. Acosta 6-0, 6-0
2 Megan Hodgson/Delaney Jumps def T. Manion/D. Acosta 6-0, 6-0
Gering 0 McCook 9
Varsity Singles
1 Kassidy Michaelis def Z. Smith 8-0
2 Sydney Stewart def B. Claflin 8-3
3 Riley Hansen def M. Campbell 8-0
4 Megan Hodgson def Y. Kaur 8-0
5 Kori Uerling def S. Flowers 8-3
6 Macy Hill def A. Johnson 8-0
Varsity Doubles
1 Riley Hansen/Kori Uerling def M. Campbell/Y. Kaur 8-1
2 Megan Hodgson/Delaney Jumps def S. Flowers/A. Johnson 8-2
3 Kassidy Michaelis/Sydney Stewart def Z. Smith/B. Claflin 8-5
Key wins: Sydney Stewart def B. Claflin 8-3 / Kassidy Michaelis def Z. Smith 8-0
Gering Junior Varsity 0 McCook Junior Varsity 3
Junior Varsity Doubles
Olivia Koetter/Elsa Wilcox def A. Thompson/M. Kadolph 6-0
Emily Kjendal/Emily Laurie def A. Thompson/M. Kadolph 6-0
Kirstin Collicott/Rose Stoney def A. Thompson/M. Kadolph 6-0
Scottsbluff 0 McCook 9
Varsity Singles
1 Kassidy Michaelis def B. Locker 8-0
2 Sydney Stewart def M. Bewley 8-1
3 Riley Hansen def B. DeSha 8-1
4 Megan Hodgson def S. Bewley 8-3
5 Kori Uerling def C. Schwarzkopf 8-1
6 Macy Hill def P. Haught 8-2
Varsity Doubles
1 Riley Hansen/Kori Uerling def DeSha/S. Bewley 8-3
2 Megan Hodgson/Delaney Jumps def Locker/M. Bewley 8-3
3 Kassidy Michaelis/Sydney Stewart def Schwarzkopf/Haught 8-1
Scottsbluff Junior Varsity 0 McCook Junior Varsity 16
Junior Varsity Doubles
Olivia Koetter/Elsa Wilcox def E. Herman/Hay. Wilkins 6-2
Emily Kjendal/Emily Laurie def D. Hahn/V. Martinez 6-2
Kirstin Collicott/Rose Stoney def V. Martinez/T. Klein 6-1
Joslyn Hammond/Lexi Hauxwell def K. Kizzire/J. Lara 6-0
MaKenna Cooper/Madison Cooper def V. Martinez/T. Klein 6-1
Alexis Carney/Jackie Hinze def Lara/ Kizzire
Alexis Carney/Sage Graves def Cheema/Fleenor 6-0
Hayden Johnson/Richa Patel def Hahn/Meyers 6-3
Elizabeth Barenberg/Sage Graves def Perez/Montelongo 6-1
Melinda Gillispie/Lexi Hauxwell def Cheema/Fleenor 6-1
Olivia Koetter/Elsa Wilcox def Hahn/Meyers 6-0
Emily Kjendal/Emily Laurie def Meyers/Hay. Wilkins 6-0
Kirstin Collicott/Rose Stoney def Perez/Montelongo 6-0
Joslyn Hammond/Lexi Hauxwell def Martinez/Hay. Wilkins 6-1
MaKenna Cooper/Madison Cooper Hahn/Meyers 6-1
Hayden Johnson/Richa Patel Lara/Kizzire 6-0
Saturday-McCook Invite results
Team Standings
1 McCook 52 pts
2 Ogallala 23
3 Gering 20
4 Scottsbluff 18
5 Hershey 17
#1 Singles-Kassidy Michaelis, 4-0, 1 st Place Medalist
Def B. Locker, Scottsbluff 8-1
Def K. Hastings, Hershey 8-1
Def Z. Smith, Gering 8-3
Def M. Ketcham, Ogallala 8-1
Key wins: K. Hastings Hershey 8-1 / Z. Smith Gering 8-3
#2 Singles-Sydney Stewart, 4-0, 1 st Place Medalist
Def M. Bewley, Scottsbluff 8-1
Def C. Sexson, Hershey 8-3
Def B. Claflin, Gering 8-5
Def P. Stewart, Ogallala 8-3
Key wins: B. Claflin Gering 8-5 / P. Stewart Ogallala 8-3
#1 Doubles-Riley Hansen/Kori Uerling, 4-0, 1 st Place Medalists
Def B. DeSha/S. Bewley, Scottsbluff 8-4
Def A. Berntson/T. Wilson, Hershey 8-3
Def M. Campbell/Y. Kaur, Gering 8-0
Def M. Mendoza/L. Fair, Ogallala 8-2
Key wins: Mendoza/Fair Ogallala / DeSha/S. Bewley 8-4
#2 Doubles-Megan Hodgson/Delaney Jumps, 4-0, 1 st Place Medalists
Def E. Herman/T. Klein, Scottsbluff 8-5
Def E. Smith/S. Brown, Hershey 8-1
Def S. Flowers/A. Johnson, Gering 8-0
Def E. Krab/J. Curtis, Ogallala 8-1
#3 Doubles-Macy Hill/Elsa Wilcox, 4-0, 1 st Place Medalists
Def C. Schwarzkopf/P. Haught, Scottsbluff 8-3
Def E. Kjendal/O. Koetter, Hershey/McCook 8-4
Def A. Thompson/M. Kadolph, Gering 8-1
Def A. Huffman/T. Parker, Ogallala 8-0
#3 Doubles-Olivia Koetter/Emily Kjendal, 3-1, 2 nd Place Medalists
Def A. Huffman/T. Parker, Ogallala 9-8 (7-0)
Lost to M. Hill/E. Wilcox, McCook 8-4
Def C. Schwarzkopf/P. Haught 8-1
Def A. Thompson/M. Kadolph, Gering 8-0
Next action: Tuesday, Varsity/Junior Varsity @ Ogallala 3:00 MT



Team Standings
1. Kearney 58 pts
2. McCook 55
3. North Platte 54
4. N.P. Blue 37
5. North Platte/Hastings 35
6. N.P. Gold 35
7. Gering 31
8. North Platte/Kearney 27
9. Lexington 22
10 North Platte/McCook 21
11 Scottsbluff 14
12 Holdrege 7
1 Singles-Joel Gray, 5-1, 3rd Place
Def E. Osborn, Kearney 6-4
Def D. Escalante, Lexington 6-0
Lost to Z. Florea, N.P. Blue 6-2
Def C. Stone, North Platte 6-2
Def G. Ehrenberg, Holdrege 6-0
Def K. Obasi, Kearney 6-3
2 Singles-Paul Stoney, 4-2, 4th Place
Def H. Thatcher, North Platte 6-1
Def A. Lopez, Lexington 6-0
Def E. Mercer, N.P. Blue 6-3
Lost to B. Little, North Platte 6-2
Def E. Swanson, Holdrege 6-1
Lost to E. Perlinger, North Platte 6-2
1 Doubles-Nick Wolvin/Brandan Eckhardt, 5-1, 2nd Place
Def T. Mailahn/S. Aubeelauck, Kearney 6-2
Def E. Mins/D. Salinas, Lexington 6-4
Def L Blank/C. Lukas, N.P. Blue 6-3
Def C. Brady/I. Epler, North Platte 6-3
Def H. Ness/C. Aldama, Holdrege 6-0
Lost to B. Crocker/A. Vu, Kearney 7-5
2 Doubles-Davin Brunswick/Jadon Karp, 5-1, 3rd Place
Def J. Kautz/I. Mercer, North Platte 6-1
Def A. Perez/W. Luther, Lexington 6-4
Def K. Pate/A. Freeze, N.P. Blue 6-0
Lost to M. Tilford/C. Lee, North Platte 6-4
Def M. Hein/D. Roemmich, Holdrege 6-0
Def T. Hipwell/A. Cauffman, N. P. Gold 6-2
McCook/North Platte Team results
1 Singles-Casey Carlin, 2-4
Lost to K. Obasi, Kearney 6-2
Lost to H. Walker, Gering 6-1
Def J. Escamilla, Scottsbluff 6-0
Def L. Friedrich, N.P. Gold 6-3
Lost to A. Kusek, Hastings 6-3
Lost to G. Ehrenberg, Holdrege 6-2
1 Doubles-Peyton B=Rambali/Matthew Pochop, 1-5
Lost to B. Crocker/A. Vu, Kearney 6-1
Lost to M. Karpf/C. Blevins, Gering 6-1
Lost to D. Meyers/J. Palmer, Scottsbluff 6-1
Lost to D. Moore/D. Younghans, N.P. Gold 7-5
Def L. Hays/L. Johnson, Hastings 6-2
Lost to K. Pate/A. Freeze, N.P. Blue 6-0
Next action: Saturday Varsity GNAC tournament-North Platte 9:00


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Jimmy Kerr homered for the third time in the College World Series, and Michigan beat Vanderbilt 7-4 in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals. The Wolverines, who barely got into the NCAA Tournament after a poor finish to the regular season, are seeking the school's first baseball championship since 1962. Ohio State is the last Big Ten school to take home the title, winning it all in 1966.

Kearney, NE - The season would come to an end on Sunday for the WESTCO Zephyrs as they would fall to Millard West by a final score of 11-1. Millard West moves to another elimination game on Monday. WESTCO lost to Gretna 8-4 on Saturday for their first loss of the state tournament. Millard West would have 11 runs on 11 hits and no errors in the game. WESTCO would get one run in the bottom of the 4th inning. Zephyrs with one run, three hits, and two errors in the game. Three hits in the game would come from Creighton Dike, Jarrett Richter, and Porter Robbins.


McCook Swimmer Mollie Tate has signed her letter of intent to continue her swimming career at the University of Nebraska Kearney.

Mollie Tate

Lori Jumps


Weather and opponent losses have extended the McCook Community College softball season by at least another 12 days.

MCC needed to finish in the top four in the standings to qualify for the post-season tournament but over the weekend fifth-place Lamar was eliminated with weekend losses.

The Lady Indians were scheduled to travel to Scottsbluff today for two games but because of weather, those games will be played Saturday, 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.

The Region IX tournament will be May 9-11.

The Lady Indians are scheduled to play at home Tuesday against North Platte in games scheduled for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It will be the annual Purple Out games for Epilepsy (games that had been postponed twice during the season because of weather.

MCC has also rescheduled a doubleheader with Southeast Community College. That game will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex and could determine the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship. MCC is 6-2 in the NCCAC with four games left -- Tuesday with North Platte and Thursday vs. Southeast. The Storm are 7-3 in the NCCAC. MCC swept Southeast April 9 in Beatrice, 6-5 and 5-4.


Record-setting Nebraska receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. earned second-team All-Big Ten honors on Wednesday, as the league office announced the Big Ten Coaches and Media all-conference offensive teams.

Morgan Jr. earned second-team honors from both the Big Ten Coaches and media panel, leading a group of Nebraska offensive honorees on Wednesday. It marked the second straight season that Morgan has been a second-team all-conference choice on both teams.

Morgan set a Nebraska season record with 1,004 receiving yards, surpassing his own previous record of 986 yards in 2017. Morgan’s 70 receptions this season were the second-most in Nebraska history. He caught seven touchdown passes and had at least three receptions in 11 of 12 games in 2018, including five Big Ten games with at least seven catches.

Morgan will also leave Nebraska as the career record holder in receptions (189) and receiving yards (2,747), while ranking second in school history with 22 career touchdowns. Morgan caught a pass in the final 38 games of his career, setting a Husker record for consecutive games with a reception.

Two additional skill position players earned third-team All-Big Ten honors. Sophomore receiver JD Spielman earned third-team All-Big Ten honors by both the Big Ten Media and Coaches. It marked the second straight season Spielman has been a third-team all-league pick by the media.

Spielman finished the 2018 season with 66 receptions for 818 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns, despite missing the final two games with an injury. Spielman’s receptions total ranked third in school history and he caught at least three passes in all 10 games he played. Spielman set a Nebraska single-game record with 209 receiving yards at Wisconsin.

Senior running back Devine Ozigbo was among the top backs in the Big Ten after taking over the starting duties in late September. Ozigbo was a third-team All-Big Ten pick by the media and received honorable-mention accolades from the coaches. Ozigbo finished the season with 1,082 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns and is the first Husker to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 2014. Ozigbo recorded four games with more than 150 rushing yards, all in conference action.

True freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez leads a group of three additional Huskers who earned honorable-mention recognition. Martinez was chosen by both the coaches and media panel. A three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Martinez set a Nebraska record with seven 300-yard total offense games and ranks third in the Big Ten and 16th nationally in total offense per game.

Martinez was joined on the honorable-mention offensive list by a pair of sophomore linemen. Left tackle Brenden Jaimeswas honored by both the coaches and media, while right guard Boe Wilson was picked by the media. Jaimes and Wilson were key members of an offensive line that powered Nebraska to average 456.2 yards per game, including seven straight games with 450 yards or more.

The offensive honorees join six Husker defensive and special teams players who were honored by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday.

Nebraska All-Big Ten Honorees
Big Ten Coaches
2nd Team: Stanley Morgan Jr., WR
3rd Team:
Dicaprio Bootle, CB; JD Spielman, WR
Honorable Mention: Adrian Martinez, QB; Brenden Jaimes, OL; Devine Ozigbo, RB; Carlos Davis, DL; Luke Gifford, LB; Mohamed Barry, LB; Isaac Armstrong, P

Big Ten Media
2nd Team: Stanley Morgan Jr., WR

3rd Team: Devine Ozigbo, RB; JD Spielman, WR; Dicaprio Bootle, CB; Mohamed Barry, LB

Honorable Mention: Adrian Martinez, QB; Brenden Jaimes, OL; Boe Wilson, OL; Khalil Davis, DL; Luke Gifford, LB; Isaac Armstrong, P

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Winner: Luke Gifford, Sr., LB


Mid-Plains Community College resumed the 2018-19 rodeo season with two second place finishes over the weekend – despite running into some hard luck.


The MPCC Rodeo Team competed at the South Dakota State University Jackrabbit Stampede in Brookings, S.D. Friday and Saturday.


Bull rider Koby Jacobson, of Haiku, Hawaii, finished second as did his team roping teammates, Caden Kinderknecht, of Almena, Kan., and Trenton Solida, of Phillipsburg, Kan.


“Koby has been trying real hard on both ends of the arena,” said Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach. “He’s really been working at being a major part of the team, and that finish put him to where, he’s still third in the standings, but it’s a very strong third.”


Nokes said Jacobson hasn’t officially punched his ticket for the College National Finals Rodeo, however, he is in a position that will be difficult for his competitors to beat.


“I’m happy for him and real proud,” Nokes said. “Koby’s close to accomplishing a goal he set for himself, and he has a chance to qualify for nationals in the steer wrestling, too, if things go right these next few rodeos.”


Nokes is also impressed with Kinderknecht’s work ethic and how far he has come in the past six months.


“There’s no end to what Caden can accomplish,” Nokes said. “As for Trenton, he’s had a lot of success recently. He’s placed in the top six in the last three rodeos, and just keeps plugging along and doing great things for us.”


In the other events, Seth Pearson, of Valentine, placed fifth in the tie-down roping for MPCC. J.D. Draper, of Oakley, Kan., was sixth in the steer wrestling.


Overall, MPCC ended up fifth in the men’s team standings. It was sixth in the women’s team standings.


The team suffered a setback Saturday when a bronc flipped over on Landon Sivertson, of Ree Heights, S.D., causing him to sustain injuries that will temporarily take him out of competitions.


“Landon has contributed really well to the rodeo team as a freshman,” Nokes said. “We’re really going to miss having him compete with us this weekend, and depending on what the doctors say, possibly the rest of the season. He’s a good kid and about as hardworking of a kid as I’ve ever coached. I’m sure going to miss him, but there’s no way that he won’t be back in the fall. He’s too driven.”


The Jackrabbit Stampede was the first rodeo of spring for the Great Plains Region. MPCC will compete in three more rodeos through the first week of May. The next one will be Friday and Saturday at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.


A Mid-Plains Community College cowboy is leading the region in steer wrestling following a strong performance in Iowa over the weekend.


The MPCC Rodeo Team competed at the Iowa State University Cyclone Stampede in Ames, Iowa Friday and Saturday.


Team member JT Bradley, of Brewster, won the steer wrestling - propelling him to the top of the leaderboards in the Great Plains Regional standings. He wrestled his steer in 3.7 seconds. That jumped him up five spots from sixth place, where he was sitting after the first round, to win the average.


“He did a great job, which is just kind of what we expect out of JT,” said Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach. “He’s got the talent to do that every week. I was expecting big things out of him, and I’m real pleased with where he’s at halfway through the year.”


Bradley also ended up third in the tie-down roping. Clay Bauer, of Arcadia, was second in the tie-down roping and sixth in the team roping alongside JD Draper, of Oakley, Kan. Draper also placed fourth in the steer wrestling.


Sheyenne Hammond, of Valentine, placed second in the breakaway roping, which contributed to MPCC’s third place ranking in the women’s team standings. The men’s team also finished third.


“The team as a whole had a handful of kids do outstanding, and everyone else had a rough weekend,” Nokes said. “Draper and Bauer both made it back to the short round in two events, and they kept us in it. The men’s team ended with a third place finish, but could have won first very easily. Only three out of our six point-scoring guys made it back to the short go.”


All three women on the team qualified for the short round.


“I was really pleased with them,” Nokes said. “Mykelsi [Schnose, of Oelrichs, S.D.] slipped up a little bit in the short round in the barrels, and Danielle [Wray, of Ord] had a rare miss in the team roping. It happens to everyone. Danielle is still sitting third in the regional standings, and I expect her to end up in the top two in the region.”


Despite starting out slow this season, Hammond has had a phenomenal last two rodeos. She also competes in barrel racing and team roping for the college, but breakaway is her strongest event.


“She’s really been stepping up and putting a lot of time and effort into it, and it shows,” Nokes said. “She and Koby [Jacobson, of Haiku, Hawaii] probably could have made it to the short go, but they drew a hard dragging steer, and her horse could hardly pull him. All that aside, she’s got to feel really good about how things are going. It’s fun for me to be a part of.”


The fall rodeos will wrap up with the rescheduled Sisseton Wahpeton College Rodeo in Sisseton, S.D. Nov. 1-2.

Area athletes took part in the NCA All Star games this week in Lincoln. We got the perspective of Kearney Basketball Coach Drake Beranek and Blue Hill Volleyball Coach Kristi Allen on those contests. 

Drake Beranek

Kristi Allen