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January 28, 2020 (McCook, Neb.) – An inmate was apprehended shortly after jumping the fence at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook this morning. The escape occurred just before 9:30 a.m. Ryan Lykens #76263 (37) was taken into custody near the facility around 45 minutes later.
Staff members noticed that razor wire along the fence line at the facility had been pushed aside and followed tracks in the snow to a nearby canyon. While Lykens moved through the canyon, staff members from WEC continued their search. When they found him, he refused multiple directives to stop and surrender. Staff members then deployed chemicals (oleoresin capsicum) to gain his compliance. Shortly thereafter, deputies arrived on the scene and took Lykens into custody.
Lykens was taken to an area urgent care facility for stitches resulting from an injury he received during the escape. Two staff members received scrapes and bruises when they accidentally ran into a snow-covered fence during the search.
Lykens is currently sentenced on charges out of Dodge County including possession of a deadly weapon, terroristic threats and domestic assault. He has a tentative release date of October 31, 2020. In April 2019, Lykens was released on parole. In December he violated his parole and was returned to the custody of NDCS.
Lykens will be moved to the Red Willow County jail. Authorities will determine if he will face additional charges resulting from the escape.
The Work Ethic Camp is a minimum security facility. Inmates are able to work in the community with intermittent supervision.
Lincoln – For the second straight year, Nebraska will be on the road for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, as the Huskers will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a matchup with Georgia Tech. The game at McCamish Pavilion will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The start time and television information will be announced at a later date. All 14 games are carried on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU) and available on the ESPN App.
This will be only the second-ever matchup between the Huskers and Yellow Jackets, as the teams have not played since a 66-49 win by Georgia Tech on Dec. 28, 1983.
The Huskers have played well on the road in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, posting a 3-1 mark following a 68-66 win at Clemson last season. NU also posted road wins at Wake Forest (2012) and at Florida State (2014).
Georgia Tech returns its top three scorers for Coach Josh Pastner, who begins his fourth season at the school. Georgia Tech went 14-18 last year and placed 10th in the ACC with a 6-12 conference mark. Junior guard Jose Alvarado led the Yellow Jackets in scoring (12.5 ppg), assists (3.4 pg) and steals (1.8 spg) last season, while senior forward James Banks III chipped in 10.5 points per game while topping Tech in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and blocked shots (2.5 bpg). Sophomore Michael Devoe is also back after averaging 9.7 points per game and shooting nearly 40 percent from the 3-point line.
Nebraska is 5-3 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge since joining the conference in 2011-12. Five of Nebraska’s eight games have been decided by five points or less, including all three losses. In all, Nebraska is 9-6 all-time in conference challenge games, including the Gavitt Games and the former Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Challenge. The Big Ten is 5-12-3 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, but is an impressive 5-2-3 over the last 10 years. Last year, the teams split the 14 games which allowed the ACC to keep the Commissioner’s Cup.
Nebraska Head Coach Fred Hoiberg is no stranger to conference challenge events in his time at Iowa State, going 2-1 in three such events, including a perfect 2-0 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
The Huskers will have a completely retooled roster under Hoiberg, who was hired in April after four-plus seasons with the Chicago Bulls. NU replaces all five starters from a team that went 19-17 and reached the second round of the NIT. In all, 12 of the 13 scholarship players have not played a game at Nebraska and the only returnee who saw playing time a year ago is junior guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson, who averaged 2.0 ppg.. The only other returnee is junior Dachon Burke, who sat out last season after spending two seasons at Robert Morris, where he earned all-conference honors in 2017-18 by averaging 17.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.
The incoming class includes 11 scholarship newcomers and is NU’s second-highest rated class of the Big Ten era by 247Sports, despite Hoiberg and his staff putting the class together in less than six weeks. The newcomers include a pair of junior college guards ranked in the top-10 nationally in Cam Mack and Jervay Green along with five Division I transfers who combined for 2,300 points and more than 1,000 rebounds at the Division I level. A four-member freshman class includes Yvan Ouedraogo, who will play for France’s U-18 team this summer, Samari Curtis, who was Mr. Basketball in Ohio last year after averaging 34 points per game, and Akol Arop, who was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Nebraska last season.
Season-ticket renewals are underway for the 2019-20 season. Invoices had been sent to season-ticket holders prior to today’s announcement with the expectation of 18 home games, including a home game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. However, with Nebraska playing a road game in the Challenge for the second consecutive season, ticket holders will receive email communication regarding updated invoices to reflect a 17-game home schedule.
For more information on Nebraska basketball tickets, including the season-ticket waitlist, fans can visit Huskers.com/tickets. Nebraska’s full non-conference schedule will be announced later this month.
2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Monday, December 2
Miami at Illinois
Clemson at Minnesota
Tuesday, December 3
Florida State at Indiana
Iowa at Syracuse
Michigan at Louisville
Duke at Michigan State
Northwestern at Boston College
Rutgers at Pitt
Wednesday, December 4
Notre Dame at Maryland
Nebraska at Georgia Tech
Ohio State at North Carolina
Wake Forest at Penn State
Virginia at Purdue
Wisconsin at NC State
Mac's Drive In Marauders Falls To Sports Shoppe Iron Birds After Fifth Inning Score
Mac's Drive In Marauders lost the lead late in a 4-3 defeat to Sports Shoppe Iron Birds on Wednesday. The game was tied at three with Sports Shoppe Iron Birds batting in the top of the fifth when Jaime Samaniego grounded out, scoring one run. Mac's Drive In Marauders lost despite out-hitting Sports Shoppe Iron Birds five to three. Mac's Drive In Marauders opened up scoring in the first inning, when Bo Schlegel tripled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run. Trevan Rundle led things off on the mound for Sports Shoppe Iron Birds. He surrendered two runs on three hits over two innings, striking out six and walking one. Schlegel was on the hill for Mac's Drive In Marauders. He allowed two hits and one run over three and two-thirds innings, striking out 11. Cruz McCarty and Theron Erickson entered the game as relief, throwing one inning and one-third of an inning respectively. Schlegel went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Mac's Drive In Marauders in hits. Mac's Drive In Marauders tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Adrian Roth led the way with two. Tripp Raile led Sports Shoppe Iron Birds with two hits in two at bats. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds stole ten bases during the game as four players stole more than one. Austin Quint led the way with two.
Kooper Throws Shutout As My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts Defeats Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats
Kooper Rakes shut down Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats, throwing a complete game shutout and leading My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts to a 4-0 victory on Wednesday My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts tallied three runs in the third inning. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts big bats were led by Eli Graff, Parker Brittain, and Beckett Moser, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. One bright spot for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats was a single by Grady Lentz in the first inning. Rakes was on the hill for My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts. He went four innings, allowing zero runs on two hits and striking out 12. Lentz was on the mound for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. He went two and a third innings, allowing four runs on three hits and striking out seven. Asher Wilson and Hayden Uerling entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one and one-third innings and one-third of an inning respectively. Tate Moser led My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts with two hits in three at bats. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Moser had the most chances in the field with six. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats didn't commit a single error in the field. Uerling had the most chances in the field with six. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. John White led the way with two.
McCook Community College graduate Jake Sanford was drafted by the New York Yankees in the third round Tuesday of the MLB draft, just one year after taking his last at bats for the Indians.
The 21-year-old former MCC walk-on from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, was the 105th player taken in this year’s draft. After graduating from MCC in May of 2018 he transferred to Western Kentucky where he led all NCAA Division 1 hitters with an .805 slugging percentage and was second in the country with 178 total bases. His 22 homers ranked sixth in the NCAA.
This year for the Hilltoppers, Sanford was named the 2019 Conference USA Player of the year as well as being named newcomer of the year by winning the conference triple crown batting .398 with 22 homeruns and 66 RBIs. He is one of 24 Division I players named to be a Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist, a trophy considered to be college baseball’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. (The winner will be unveiled on June 14.)
Sanford’s success at the Division I level comes as no surprise to his former coach at MCC.
“We are extremely happy for Jake,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen. “I knew watching Jake over his two years at McCook, he had a chance for some big things, when you combine his natural physical ability, his work ethic, and his power as a left handed bat, he had a chance to be special,” Olsen said.
Olsen said he had multiple pro scouts contact him trying to gather as much information on Jake prior to the MLB draft. Sanford said in the month or so leading up to this week’s MLB draft he met with more than 25 teams, with scouts talking with him and administering eye exams and brain tests.
“It’s been a little bit crazy,” he told the Chronicle-Herald in Halifax.
Sanford, didn’t draw any scouting or recruiting interest as a high schooler. His only university offer was to play volleyball at Dalhousie. He paid his own way to MCC hoping to make the team as a walk-on in the fall of 2016, earned a scholarship for his second semester, and as a freshman hit .358 with 13 doubles, 5 triples, 11 home runs, and 39 RBIs. After his sophomore year at MCC, Sanford was named to the 2018 first team all-Region IX team. He led the Indians with .374 batting average, a .450 on-base average and slugged .700, the all-time best for any MCC hitter. His 12 home runs tied for the Region IX lead and he drove in 55 runs in 54 games – the fourth most RBIs in the region.
“I really enjoyed Jake during his time here as both a person and player, and I can tell you his best days as a player are still ahead of him,” Olsen said. “It will be fun to watch him progress, and want to wish him the best of luck moving forward,”
Western Kentucky (in its 100th season of baseball) went 16-13-1 and qualified for the Conference USA tournament for the first time since joining the league prior to the 2015 season. The fourth-seeded Hilltoppers went 1-2 in the eight-team, double-elimination championship in Biloxi, Miss.
If Sanford doesn’t sign a contract with the Yankees he could re-enter the draft next year and return to WKU for his senior year, but Olsen said that doesn’t seem likely. If Sanford signs he will likely end up playing in a rookie level short-season this summer.
Pro scouts and his former MCC coaches, teachers and teammates weren’t the only ones following Jake’s slugging exploits this year in Bowling Green.
“Larry Walker called me the other day,” Sanford said in a recent interview. The former all-star for the Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies was – like Sanford – a former hockey goalie-turned left-handed slugging outfielder.
“He said all Canadians stay together and that he was rooting for me.”
Sanford received his associate’s degree at MCC in Sports Marketing and continued with that his junior year at Western Kentucky.
Cason Throws Shutout As Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals Defeats First Central Bank Royals
Cason Waugh shut down First Central Bank Royals, throwing a complete game shutout and leading Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals to a 15-0 victory on Tuesday Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals secured the victory thanks to eight runs in the fourth inning. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals batters contributing to the big inning included Isaiah Crayton, Josiah Wilkinson, and Bryson Gullion, all knocking in runs in the inning. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals got things started in the first inning when Gullionsingled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals tallied eight runs in the fourth inning. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals's offense in the inning came from singles by Wilkinson and Gullion and a walk by Crayton. A double by Beckett Heskett in the first inning was a positive for First Central Bank Royals. Waugh led things off on the mound for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. He went four innings, allowing zero runs on three hits and striking out four. Jalen Collicott led things off on the hill for First Central Bank Royals. He allowed four hits and three runs over one inning, striking out three and walking one. Reid Loop threw two innings out of the bullpen. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals saw the ball well today, racking up 12 hits in the game. Wilkinson, Waugh, and Gullion all managed multiple hits for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. Wilkinson went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals in hits. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Wilkinson led the way with four. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals didn't commit a single error in the field. Reese Gillespie had five chances in the field, the most on the team.
CrossFit McCook White Sox's Early Lead Over Team Pollmann Pirates Sets Stage For Victory
CrossFit McCook White Sox jumped out to an early lead over Team Pollmann Pirates and took home a 5-3 victory on Tuesday. CrossFit McCook White Sox scored on a double by Trey Tillerand a walk by Espn Hall in the first inning. Zach Hinze was on the hill for CrossFit McCook White Sox. He went three and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out ten. Coleman Chism was on the pitcher's mound for Team Pollmann Pirates. He went three innings, allowing four runs on three hits and striking out six. Jadyn Fox threw one-third of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Tiller went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead CrossFit McCook White Sox in hits. CrossFit McCook White Sox stole eight bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Tiller led the way with three. Quentin Terry led Team Pollmann Pirates with two hits in two at bats. Team Pollmann Pirates was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Oliver Corbett had the most chances in the field with seven. Team Pollmann Pirates tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Terry led the way with four.
Despite Fewer Hits, CrossFit McCook White Sox Beats Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals out-hit CrossFit McCook White Sox 12 to ten, but it wasn't enough in a 17-12 loss on Tuesday Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals lost despite out-hitting CrossFit McCook White Sox 12 to ten. CrossFit McCook White Sox got things moving in the first inning, when Trey Tiller singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.
CrossFit McCook White Sox pulled away for good with eight runs in the second inning. In the second Ian Smith singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run, Espn Hall singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run, Wyatt McKillip drew a walk, scoring one run, and Aries Stewart drew a walk, scoring one run. Tiller was on the mound for CrossFit McCook White Sox. He surrendered 11 runs on 12 hits over two and a third innings, striking out six. Josiah Wilkinson toed the rubber for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. He went one inning, allowing five runs on five hits and walking one. Cason Waugh and Tate Schafer entered the game as relief, throwing two-thirds of an inning and two-thirds of an inning respectively. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals tallied one home run on the day. Bryson Gullion had a long ball in the first inning. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals racked up 12 hits. Waugh, Isaac Crayton, Jackson Siegfried, and Gullion each managed multiple hits for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. Gullion, Siegfried, Crayton, and Waugh each managed two hits to lead Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Gullion made the most plays with two. Waugh led Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 11 stolen bases. CrossFit McCook White Sox saw the ball well today, racking up ten hits in the game. Hall, Tiller, Smith, and Hudson Dellevoet all had multiple hits for CrossFit McCook White Sox.CrossFit McCook White Sox tore up the base paths, as four players stole at least two bases. Dellevoet led the way with seven.
Corvallis, Ore. -- Despite an valiant effort that saw the Creighton Baseball team battle through four NCAA Tournament elimination games, the Bluejays ran out of gas in a winner-take-all battle with Michigan, falling 17-6 in the Corvallis Regional Final on Monday, June 3.
The loss ended Creighton's season at 41-13, while the Wolverines advanced to the Super Regional with a 44-19 record. The Wolverines will face the winner of tonight's game between #1 UCLA and Loyola Marymount next weekend.
A majestic second inning solo home run to left from junior Will Robertson gave Creighton an early 1-0 lad. It was Robertson's 15th home run of the season, moving him into sole possession of the team lead. The Bluejays extended their edge to 2-0 in the season as junior Parker Upton laced an RBI triple to left-center, plating junior Isaac Collins.
Creighton's starter Mitch Ragan gave one back in the top of the third as he allowed a single, a wild pitch on a strikeout and a pair of walks to force in Michigan's first run of the game. Evan Johnson came on to strand the bases full of Wolverine in the third with a strikeout of Michigan's Christian Bullock
The momentum of Johnson's strikeout carried into the fourth as senior Jack Strunc opened the frame with a blast to right field, his third of the season. Senior Jordan Hovey followed with a double to left and with one down in the frame, sophomore David Vilches lined an RBI single up the middle to make it 4-1.
The bottom of the fourth, however, proved to be Creighton's undoing as Johnson walked the first two hitters, forcing Bluejay head coach Ed Servais to bring in junior John Sakowski from the bullpen. Michigan went on to plate five in the inning, taking the lead for good at 6-4. After a grounder to short accounted for the first out, a hit batter loaded the bases, then a two-run double by Jesse Franklin made it 4-3 and a two-run single from Jordan Brewer gave the Wolverines the edge. Michigan's final run of the frame came on an RBI groundout by Blake Nelson.
A solo home from Michigan catcher Joe Donovan made it a 7-4 game. Michigan added four runs on three hits and an error in the sixth to seize an 11-4 edge.
Strunc tried to rally his squad with his second home run of the night to open the seventh, but Michigan answered with six runs in the seventh.
Creighton pushed across an unearned run in the eighth as Strunc delivered and RBI single.
Sakowski suffered his first loss of the season (7-1), allowing four runs on three hits and a walk in two innings of relief. Michigan's.
2019 CORVALLIS REGIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Most Outstanding Player: Jimmy Kerr, Michigan
Catcher: Adley Rutschman, Oregon State
First Base: Jimmy Kerr, Michigan
Second Base: Jace Mercer, Cincinnati
Third Base: Eric Santiago, Cincinnati
Shortstop: Jack Strunc, Creighton
Outfield: AJ Bumpass, Cincinnati
Outfield: Will Robertson, Creighton
Outfield: Christian Bullock, Michigan
Designated Hitter: Jordan Nwogu, Michigan
Pitcher: Karl Kauffmann, Michigan
Pitcher: Ben Dotzler, Creighton
Late Score Costs Sports Shoppe Iron Birds Against Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps
Sports Shoppe Iron Birds lost the lead late in a 6-1 defeat to Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps on Monday. The game was tied at one with Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps batting in the top of the third when Jackson Gillen drew a walk, scoring one run. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds lost despite out-hitting Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps three to two. Lee Davidson was on the pitcher's mound for Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps. He surrendered one run on two hits over two innings, striking out four and walking zero. Cale Graham was on the mound for Sports Shoppe Iron Birds. He lasted two innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out three. Jaime Samaniego and Krayten Ureste entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one inning and two-thirds of an inning respectively. Braden Fortin, Samaniego, and Tripp Raile each managed one hit to lead Sports Shoppe Iron Birds. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds didn't commit a single error in the field. Fortin had four chances in the field, the most on the team. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Rylee Eaton had the most chances in the field with seven.
Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats Clinches Lead In Fourth Inning For Victory Over Parker Scrappers
Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats took the lead late in the game in a 2-1 victory over Parker Scrappers on Monday. The game was tied at one with Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats batting in the bottom of the fourth when an error scored one run for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. The pitching was strong on both sides. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats pitchers struck out 13, while Parker Scrappers pitchers sat down nine. In the first inning, Parker Scrappers got their offense started. Kale Sattler drove in one when he doubled. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the first inning, when an error scored one run for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. Grady Lentz got the start for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. He went one inning, allowing one run on one hit and striking out three.
Sattler was on the hill for Parker Scrappers. He lasted three innings, allowing zero hits and one run while striking out six. Ty Junker threw one inning out of the bullpen. Dorian Bussard went 1-for-2 at the plate to lead Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats in hits. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats didn't commit a single error in the field. Spencer Snyder had 13 chances in the field, the most on the team.
Sattler led Parker Scrappers with two hits in two at bats. Jacob Barber led Parker Scrappers with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with nine stolen bases.
Nebraska Head Baseball Coach Darin Erstad announced Monday afternoon that he has resigned from his position. Erstad guided the Husker program for the past eight seasons, leading the Huskers to a Big Ten Championship and four NCAA Regional appearances.
“I have made the extremely difficult decision to step away from coaching,” Erstad said. “I love this team. I love our staff and I love Nebraska. The bottom line is I do not want to miss seeing our kids grow up. I want to thank our administration and academic staff for all of their support over the last eight years. GBR forever.”
Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said Erstad was the right individual to lead the Husker program, but understands Erstad’s choice to spend more time with his family.
“Darin earned the right to lead this baseball program well into the future, and I was hopeful that would be the case,” Moos said. “Darin loved the opportunity to represent Nebraska every day and did an outstanding job. He’s a Nebraska guy who loves this program and is a proven winner. With all that said, I respect and admire that Darin’s priority now is to spend more time with his family as his children grow up.”
Erstad took over the Nebraska program in June of 2011, and finished with a record of 267-193-1. Erstad’s 2017 team captured the Big Ten regular-season title and he was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for his leadership. Four of his eight teams finished second or better in the conference, and his teams reached the Big Ten tournament championship game in 2013, 2014 and 2019. Nebraska qualified for NCAA Regional play in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019.
The Jamestown, N.D., native is one of the top players in Nebraska baseball history. A two-sport star at Nebraska, Erstad was a first-team All-American and Big Eight Co-Player of the Year in 1995. In addition, Erstad was a two-time academic all-conference pick, and was the starting punter on Nebraska’s 1994 national championship football team. He was inducted into the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame in September of 2018.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Erstad spent the majority of his career playing for the Angels, where he won three Gold Gloves (2000-02-04) and was selected for the American League All-Star team in 1998 and 2000. He was part of the Angels 2002 World Series Champion team.
Three Nebraska football greats are among 76 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision announced as finalists Monday for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Huskers on the 2020 ballot for induction into the Hall of Fame include Heisman-winning quarterback Eric Crouch, and a pair of Outland Trophy winning offensive linemen in offensive linemen Zach Wiegert and defensive lineman Larry Jacobson.
Crouch is on the ballot for the ninth straight year, Wiegert is making his fifth appearance on the ballot and Jacobson is in his second year on the ballot. The 2020 class will be announced leading up to the 2020 College Football Playoff Championship in New Orleans.
Crouch would become the second Husker quarterback in the College Hall of Fame, joining Tommie Frazier, who was part of the 2013 class. Crouch became Nebraska's third Heisman Trophy winner in 2001 after leading the Huskers to the National Championship game. An option-based quarterback out of Omaha's Millard North High School, Crouch set the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 59, and he amassed 7,915 yards of total offense in his career. A consensus All-American in 2001, Crouch also reeled in the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Sporting News Offensive Player of the Year award during his senior campaign. His No. 7 jersey was retired by Nebraska in 2002.
Jacobson was a stalwart on Nebraska’s first national title teams in 1970 and 1971. A consensus first-team All-American in 1971, Jacobson on the Outland Trophy as a senior, as he tallied 73 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss to become the program’s first major award winner. He led the Blackshirts to top-five national rankings in rush defense (85.9, second), total defense (202.9, fifth) and scoring defense (8.2, third) en route to a 13-0 record and a second straight national title. During his three seasons at Nebraska, the Sioux Falls, S.D., product led the Huskers to a 33-2-1 mark with two national titles and three conference crowns. His No. 75 jersey was retired in 1994.
Wiegert was a 1994 unanimous first-team All-American and is one of eight Huskers to win the Outland Trophy. A native of Fremont, Neb., Wiegert helped lead the Huskers to 1994 National Championship after NU played in the 1993 title game. The Huskers averaged 340 yards per game on the ground in 1994, and Wiegert led Nebraska with 113 pancake blocks. He even earned one first-place vote for the Heisman, finishing tied for ninth with 27 points. In addition to winning the Outland, he was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, a consensus All-American, the UPI Lineman of the Year and the Touchdown Club of Columbus Offensive Lineman of the Year. His No. 72 jersey was retired before the 1995 season.
Aaron Taylor was the 18th Nebraska player in the College Football Hall of Fame, as he was inducted last December in New York City. Other recent Husker enshrines include Trev Albers (2015), Tommie Frazier (2013), Will Shields (2011) and Grant Wistrom (2009).
Bassett, Neb. (June 3, 2019) – There’s a blond at the Nebraska high school rodeos who has made Gus Franzen’s rodeo go well. It’s not a buckle bunny, and she doesn’t speak. But in Franzen’s opinion, she’s the best around. It’s Sis, a nineteen-year-old palomino mare owned by Gus Franzen and purchased from Bill Manning. Franzen is a steer wrestler in the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association who leads the standings in his event. Franzen, who graduated from Kearney High School this month, bought the horse from Bill and Marj Manning. The Mannings have trained steer wrestling horses, and lent them to high school rodeo kids since 2000. A former steer wrestler himself, Bill knew a neighbor kid, who, in 2000, needed a steer wrestling horse but whose parents couldn’t afford one. So he and Marj bought a horse, trained it, and lent it to the youth. Then they bought another one, and another one, and more, training them and hauling them to high school rodeos for steer wrestlers to compete on. One of the biggest investments in rodeo is a cowboy’s equine partner, and the Mannings have made it possible for Nebraska high school steer wrestlers to compete on a good horse. Good horses can make the difference between average competition and winning, and that’s what Manning horses bring to the high school kids. Franzen started steer wrestling his sophomore year, borrowing a horse from a friend. But it wasn’t working well. The next year, Manning talked to him. “He offered to take me under his wing, practice with me, and I could ride his horses,” Franzen said. He took Bill up on his offer, and Franzen’s skills grew. His sophomore year, Franzen began riding Sis, the palomino mare. The mare and Gus “began clicking,” he said. “I’ve ridden her since then.” A few weeks ago, Franzen bought Sis from Manning and will ride her on a rodeo scholarship for collegiate competition at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant this fall. Getting help from Bill and Marj made all the difference for Franzen’s rodeo career, he said, enabling him to travel to other states for rodeo and earning him a college rodeo scholarship. “He’s helped my steer wrestling so much. I can say with confidence I would not be anywhere close to where I am today without them.” In addition to supplying horses, the Mannings keep steers at their place to practice with and host the boys at their ranch, also for practice. Manning attends many of the high school rodeos as well, hauling horses and hazing for the youth. Sis carried Franzen to a second place finish at the 2018 Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo in Hastings last year, and Marshall Still, of Oconto, to a championship at the Finals the same year. Dalton Kunkee and his brother Weston Kunkee, of Callaway, also ride a horse trained and owned by Manning. Jesse, a sorrel gelding, is their mount in the steer wrestling. Dalton, who will be a junior at Callaway High School this fall, began competing on Manning’s horse in eighth grade. Currently ranked fifteenth in the state standings, Kunkee had a rough start to his rodeo competition this year. “I was having a rocky start,” he said, “and that’s why I came to Bill’s to practice.” Bill put Dalton on Jesse, and it made a difference. “Just getting on Jesse the first time, it fixed everything. I was starting to catch my steers again, and it went together perfectly.” Kunkee realizes the value of having a well-trained, excellent horse to ride. “You’re not going to be successful till you have the right tools, and these horses are excellent. Just to be able to get on a good steer wrestling horse like Jesse, I will be grateful for. I can’t thank Bill and Marj enough.” The Mannings help college kids as well. One of their horses, Skip, is being ridden by Still, who competes for Mid-Plains Community College in McCook. Still has qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. this month. “Our main thing is,” Manning said, “we help mostly high school kids and first year college kids, to help them transition to college.” Out of eight consecutive runs at college rodeos, Skip never placed lower than third. The Mannings love to help kids and are known for their generosity. “They’re generous,” Kunkee said. “We all know they don’t have to do this.” They do it to give back, Bill said. He never owned a steer wrestling horse till he was 21 years old. “A lot of people helped me,” he said. The Mannings’ horses, plus about 150 high school youth competitors, will compete at the Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo in Hastings June 13-15. The rodeo, held at the Adams Co. Fairgrounds, takes place at 10 am and 6 pm on June 13-14 with the finals at 1 pm on June 15. Tickets are $7 for everyone ages six and older. For more information, visit AdamsCountyFairgrounds.com or hsrodeo-nebraska.com, or call 402.462.3247.
First Central Bank Royals's Early Lead Over CrossFit McCook White Sox Sets Stage For Victory
Kycen Bradley led things off on the mound for First Central Bank Royals. He went one inning, allowing one run on one hit, striking out three and walking one. Jude Schmick was on the hill for CrossFit McCook White Sox. He surrendered eight runs on five hits over two and two-thirds innings, striking out five. Trey Tiller threw one and one-third innings in relief. Beckett Heskett led First Central Bank Royals with two hits in two at bats. First Central Bank Royals was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Cole Walter had the most chances in the field with three.
Mets Grabs Lead In Fourth Inning For Victory Over Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals
Mets took the lead late in the game in a 6-3 victory over Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals on Sunday. The game was tied at three with Mets batting in the bottom of the fourth when Gabe Roberts singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals got on the board in the first inning. Bryson Gullionsingled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.
Mets took the lead for good with four runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth Landon Kmoch tripled on a 2-0 count, scoring one run and Noah Mashek grounded out, scoring two runs. Kmoch led things off on the hill for Mets. He went three innings, allowing one run on three hits, striking out seven and walking zero. Gullion was on the pitcher's mound for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. He went five innings, allowing six runs on five hits, striking out 13 and walking zero. Tristan Campbell led Mets with two hits in two at bats. Mets was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Campbell had the most chances in the field with seven. Mets tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Mashek led the way with three. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals totaled seven hits. Cason Waugh and Gullion each managed multiple hits for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals didn't commit a single error in the field. Waugh had the most chances in the field with 13.
Despite Fewer Hits, Mets Beats Team Pollmann Pirates
Both pitching staffs had their hands full on Sunday in a high-scoring affair where Mets bested Team Pollmann Pirates, 10-7. Despite the loss, Team Pollmann Pirates did collect seven hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, Mets had six hits on the way to victory. Team Pollmann Pirates captured the lead in the first inning. An error scored one run for Team Pollmann Pirates.
Mets took the lead for good with seven runs in the second inning. In the second Noah Mashek drew a walk, scoring one run, Gage Brinkman doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run, and Brenden Hedrick drew a walk, scoring one run. Team Pollmann Pirates notched three runs in the fourth inning. Coleman Chism and Jadyn Foxall contributed in the big inning with RBIs. Landon Kmoch was on the mound for Mets. He allowed two hits and three runs over one and one-third innings, striking out four and walking zero. Quentin Terry was on the hill for Team Pollmann Pirates. He went one inning, allowing one run on one hit, striking out two and walking zero. Miles Pollman, Chism, and Trenton Raile each contributed in relief for Team Pollmann Pirates. Terry went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Team Pollmann Pirates in hits. Team Pollmann Pirates didn't commit a single error in the field. Terry had three chances in the field, the most on the team. Team Pollmann Pirates stole 13 bases during the game as four players stole more than one. Pollman led the way with four. Mets tallied six hits in the game. Brinkman and Ethan Schmidt each had multiple hits for Mets. Schmidt led Mets with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with five stolen bases.