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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press Release from Nebraska State Patrol

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview with Dennis DaMoude


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This project was supported in whole or part by grant #93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.

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

The business which failed the inspection was:

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

The businesses include liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, and bars. Businesses that fail the inspections are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team dropped a hard-fought road match at No. 3 Minnesota, 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 23-25, 18-25), on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 5,467 at Maturi Pavilion.

The Huskers (15-5, 6-4 Big Ten) got off to a strong start with a decisive win in the first set. After trailing by eight in set two, the Huskers came all the way back and held a 23-22 lead, but momentum shifted after the Gophers scored three points to end the set. Minnesota (16-2, 10-0 Big Ten) thwarted another Husker comeback attempt in a deuce game in set three, and the Gophers pulled away in the fourth set.

Nebraska is the first team to take a set off the Gophers on their home court this season, and the Huskers are the only Big Ten team to win a set against the Gophers, which they've done twice, through the midway point of the conference schedule.

Mikaela Foecke had 17 kills and 10 digs, while Jazz Sweet had 13 kills. Lauren Stivrins matched her career high with 12 kills and hit .423, and Lexi Sun and Callie Schwarzenbach each had eight kills. Nicklin Hames had 54 assists and 12 digs to guide the Huskers to a .210 hitting percentage. Kenzie Maloney tied her career high with 25 digs.

Minnesota got 20 kills on .404 hitting and 14 digs from Adanna Rollins. Stephanie Samedy added 13 kills. The Gophers hit .253 and had just 13 attack errors, while the Huskers endured 25.

Set 1: Megan Miller made her first start since Sept. 14 and served a 5-0 run that included an ace to put the Huskers ahead 11-8. A kill by Foecke and a Minnesota hitting error increased the lead to 13-8. Schwarzenbach blasted a kill and combined with Sun for a block, then Foecke served an ace to make it 20-14 Huskers. A trio of Husker hitting errors and a kill by Hart cut the lead to 20-18, but Sun earned sideout for the Huskers and Sweet and Stivrins followed with kills for a 23-18 Husker lead. Sun's fourth kill earned the Huskers set point at 24-19, and a Sun and Stivrins block ended it in NU's favor, 25-19. NU had three aces and allowed none and out-hit the Gophers .211 to .098.

Set 2: The Gophers claimed a 10-5 lead after three straight kills and a Husker hitting error. Minnesota pushed the lead to 16-8 after its third ace of the set and a block. After a timeout, the Huskers went on a 6-0 run with Hayley Densberger serving. Stivrins had kills on three straight rallies, and Hames added a kill to pull the Big Red within 16-14. Trailing 20-18, Nebraska got three straight kills from Foecke to go ahead 21-20 and cap a 13-4 Husker run. The teams traded sideouts to 23-23, but Minnesota gained set point at 24-23 after stuffing a Husker attack. A Husker hitting error gave Minnesota the 25-23 win.

Set 3: Minnesota carried the momentum from its set two win into set three, taking a 7-1 lead. The Huskers answered with a 9-4 spurt to pull within 11-10 after Schwarzenbach found the corner. Sun blasted a kill from the left side to draw the Huskers even at 14-14, but nine straight sideouts followed before Minnesota gained a 21-18 edge after winning consecutive long rallies. But Foecke and Sun notched kills, and Sun teamed with Schwarzenbach for a block to level the score at 21-21. Minnesota went back up 23-21 before a Sweet kill, but the Gophers then gained set point at 24-22. Sweet placed a shot to the back of the court to make it 24-23, but Hart connected for Minnesota after a timeout for another 25-23 win.

Set 4: Stivrins and Foecke combined for four early kills, and Hames had one as well as an ace to lift the Huskers to a 6-4 lead. The Gophers came back to take a 12-11 lead, but Foecke posted a pair of kills to regain the lead for NU. Hart then answered for Minnesota with back-to-back kills, and later a Gopher ace increased their lead to 16-14. The Gophers pulled away to a 22-16 lead with a 6-1 run, keyed by two service aces and a pair of kills, and finished the match with a 25-18 win.

Up Next: The Huskers play their fourth straight match on the road, at Ohio State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT). The match will be televised on BTN and will air on the Husker Sports Network.


College Park, Md. - Nicea Eliely scored a season-high 18 points, but it was not enough to overcome Maryland's 16-0 run in the final 3:06 of the third quarter, as the No. 7 Terrapins ran to an 89-63 win over the Huskers at the Xfinity Center on Thursday night.

Nebraska trailed 51-43 after a three-pointer by Kayla Mershon capped a string of seven straight points by the freshman. But with 3:06 left Maryland's Brianna Fraser scored and drew a foul. That was the start of a 16-0 run to end the quarter to put the game out of reach.

Nebraska, which slipped to 6-8 in the Big Ten and 11-14 overall, got 11 points from Sam Haiby off the bench.

Kaila Charles led five Terrapins in double figures with 22 points, while Blair Watson pumped in 17 points and Fraser added 14 points off the bench. Stephanie Jones and Shakira Austin both pitched in 10 points to help Maryland improve to 23-2 overall and 12-2 in the Big Ten.

For the game, Nebraska hit 39.3 percent (22-56) of its shots from the field, including 7-of-16 threes (.438), while hitting 12-of-20 at the free throw line. The Huskers out-rebounded Maryland 42-41, but Maryland forced 19 turnovers by Nebraska while committing just eight of its own in the game. The Terps outscored the Huskers 19-2 in points off turnovers.

Maryland hit 42.9 percent (30-70) of its shots, including 6-of-15 threes (.400) and 23-of-31 free throws (.742).

Maryland jumped to a 9-0 lead in the game's first 2:05 and took its biggest lead of the first half at 15-4 with 3:05 left in the opening period, before Nebraska rallied. The Huskers trimmed the Terp margin to 22-15 at the end of the quarter, then pulled within 29-26 after an 11-4 surge over a four-minute span that started with back-to-back threes by Eliely and ended with a three-pointer from Taylor Kissinger with 4:42 left in the half.

Maryland responded to push the margin back to seven at 41-34 at halftime. Eliely led the Huskers with 12 first-half points, including 10 in the second quarter, while Haiby added seven points. Kate Cain contributed four points, five rebounds, four blocks and two assists in the opening 20 minutes.

In the half, Nebraska hit 44.4 percent (12-27) of its shots, including 6-of-10 threes, while adding 4-of-6 free throws. The Huskers out-rebounded Maryland 20-18 in the half and blocked six shots as a team.

Maryland responded by shooting 42.9 percent (15-35) in the half, including 2-of-7 threes. The Terps also hit 9-of-12 free throws. First-quarter turnovers set the tone in the first half for Maryland, as the Terrapins forced eight first-quarter turnovers by Nebraska and turned those mistakes into eight points. The Huskers committed just three turnovers in the second quarter. Maryland turned the ball over just three times in the half.

Fraser led Maryland with nine points off the bench in the half, while Watson added eight points. Austin and Charles both contributed seven first-half points, while Jones pitched in six points.

The Huskers return home to battle another top-25 team on Sunday, when Nebraska takes on Michigan State. Tip-off between the Big Red and the No. 24 Spartans is set for 3 p.m., and tickets are available now at

Columbus – The Central Community College Raiders women's basketball team defeated the North Platte Community College Knights, 72-65 in Region IX Division II action Friday afternoon.
The Raiders held a 17-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Knights kept even with the Raiders in the second quarter.  Each team scored 13 and the Raiders held a 32-30 lead at halftime.
The Raiders increased their lead in the third quarter outscoring the Knights 20-14 to lead 52-44 going into the fourth quarter. 
The Knights cut into the Raiders lead in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Raiders 23-22.
The Knights, now 3-19 on the season, and 0-3 in Region IX Division II play, were led in scoring by Nahatabaa Nacona, from Chinle, Ariz., with 20 points. Emily Joseph, from St. Petersburg, Fla., added 18 points on five three-pointers.  Dehje Belmore, from Denver, Colo., added 10 points.
Madisyn Francis, from Houston, Texas, was a point away from recording a double-double by scoring nine points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
The Raiders are 9-13 on the season and 3-0 in Region IX Division II play.
Dayzchaylon Gardner led the Raiders with 23 points. Monica Brooks had 15 points and Alexis Ramaekers added 13 points.
Averie Miller had 11 rebounds to lead the Raiders.


North Platte Community College downed McCook Community College Sunday to advance to Thursday’s second round of the Region IX tournament starting Thursday in Sheridan, Wyo. The Knights will play Central Wyoming in a quarter-final game at 5 p.m. (MT).

Sunday’s game (which was pushed back from Saturday night because of weather concerns) was tight game most of the way with the score tied 13 times and the lead changed 10 times. North Platte out-scored MCC 28-14 from the free-throw line and the Knight’s bench enjoyed a 19-6 edge over MCC to help keep NPCC alive in post-season play.

The Indians converted 11 North Platte turnovers into 15 points and held a 10-3 edge in second-chance points, but couldn’t re-take the lead in the late stages of the game.

Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J) led MCC with 24 points, Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) had 17, Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) had 17 points and Ron Rice (New York, N.Y.) had 10 points. The Indians shot 53.4 percent from the field, made six of 23 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (26.1 percent) and connected on 14 of 18 free-throws (77.8 percent).

MCC had 33 rebounds, 10 by Battle-Holley, seven by McBride and six by Antonije Petroic (Pancevo, Serbia). The Indians out-rebounded NPCC, 33-21.

North Platte, which led 44-37 at the half, was led in scoring by Courtney Murrell (Plano, Texas) with 23 points, Tim Johnson (Arlington, Texas) added 22 points and had a team-high seven rebounds. Edgars Kaufmanis (Valmiera Latvia) had 13 points with a three-for-five night from the 3-point line.

The Knights shot 45.6 percent from the field, made five of 11 3-pointers (45.5 percent) and went to the free-throw line 32 times, making 28 (87.5 percent).

North Platte improves to 23-4 and with the second seed in the South-Sub Region will take on the third-seed from the North-Sub region, Central Wyoming. The 11-19 Rustlers, who lost four of their final five games, were a 77-56 winner Saturday over Laramie County Community College.

Awaiting the winner of that game will be the winner of the game between top north seed Sheridan College (29-2) and on Northeastern Junior College (15-17), the fourth-seeded team from the south. Sheridan was an 89-83 winner Saturday over Northwest College. The Plainsmen knocked off Otero Junior College Saturday 92-78. The Sheridan-NJC game will follow the North Platte-Central Wyoming game.

In the other side of the bracket, in the first game of the day No. 2 North seed Casper College (29-2) will play south’s third-seeded Trinidad State (21-9) at 1 p.m. (MT). The other game in that bracket features the south’s top seeded Western Nebraska (23-7) against the north’s fourth seed Eastern Wyoming (12-19) at 3 p.m. (MT).


GOODLAND, Kan. -- The North Platte Community College softball team swept a pair of games Saturday against Northwest Kansas Technical College, 7-5 and 11-2.

The Knights came out with an early lead in Game 1 and rode the offensive momentum of Willow Chitty’s three doubles to win the first game. In Game 2, NPCC trailed 2-0 in the third inning but scored 11 unanswered runs to put the game away in five innings.

“We played solid all the way around today,” said North Platte Coach Janelle Higgins. “Our pitchers spun the ball well with the wind blowing out.”

Kayleigh Bucio (Rialto, Calif.) enjoyed a five-for-seven day at the plate.

“Defensively we stepped up and made some great plays and didn’t play on our heels,” Higgins said. “I am proud of the fight we continue to show.”

Northwest Kansas Tech finishes the season 1-46.

North Platte is 13-23 with two regular season doubleheader dates remaining – Monday at home against Hastings College JV at 4 and 6 p.m. and Tuesday at McCook at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The Knights are the No. 3 seed in the Region IX, and will travel to Columbus Saturday to take on No. 2 seed Central Community College starting at 1 p.m., in a best-of-three series. The winner will play at Southeast Community College the following weekend in the regional championship series.

You can follow homes games broadcast on 98.1 FM / 1410 AM or on the Internet at

Game 1 – North Platte CC 7, Northwest Kansas Tech 5: The Knights came out with a pair of runs in both the first and second inning to take a 4-0 lead.

In the NPCC first, Willow Chitty (North Platte) started things off with an RBI-double and Alea Binkly (Council Bluffs, Iowa) followed with a run-scoring single to make it a 2-0 game. Kayleigh Bucio (Rialto, Calif.) led off the North Platte second with a single and later came in to make it 3-0 on a Maverick error. Chitty doubled in the fourth run.

After Northwest Kansas Tech scored three runs in the third inning, the Knights responded getting those three runs back in the top of the fourth. Bucio led things off with a single and scored on an RBI-single by Emily Marsden (Papillion). With two outs, Chitty banged out her third straight double to give the Knights a 6-3 lead and Binkly singled home Chitty to put North Platte up 7-3. NWKT scored two unearned runs in the seventh inning.

“We did a good job adjusting to their pitchers and hitting every inning,” Higgins said.

Hailey Wilkins (Tyler, Texas) went six innings, she allowed one earned run on nine hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Masden pitched the final inning and allowed two hits and no earned runs.

Game 2 – North Platte CC 11, Northwest Kansas Tech 2: Trailing 2-0 in the third inning Mikayla Gibson (West Valley, Utah) got the Knights on the scoreboard with an RBI double and a Maverick led to another run to tie the game 2-2.

Megan Hernandez-Bellew (Broomfield, Colo.) and Sienna Pfaff (Salem, Utah) had singles in the fourth inning when the Knights scored three unearned runs.

Hernandez-Bellew tripled in the fifth-inning to give North Platte a 7-2 lead and the Knights “kept the line moving” in the six-run fifth that included seven hits.

“Our offense came alive in Game 2 when we executed the circus play,” Higgins said.

Emily Marsden twirled a three-hitter allowing two runs and striking out three in five innings of work to pick up the win.

Hernandez-Bellew led the offense with three hits. The Knights also got two-hit games from Gibson, Pfaff, Marsden, and Kayleigh Bucio.



NORFOLK – The McCook Community College and Northeast Community College baseball teams continued a recent tradition of slugfests Tuesday as the Hawks pulled out a 10-9 win in the bottom of the ninth inning. A couple ninth-inning errors enabled the Hawks to score the tying and winning runs.

The win was the 10th straight for Northeast Community College in its second year of existence under Coach Marcus Clapp, a McCook High School graduate. After playing their first 26 games on the road, the Hawks played their home-opener Sunday and are now 4-0 at home and 20-11 overall. One of those wins was a 15-10 win over MCC March 20 in Colby.

On Tuesday, Northeast scored three first-inning runs to take a brief 3-1 lead before the Indians tied it in the second on a two-run home run by sophomore Parker Kretzel (Thornton, Colo.).

MCC scored a run to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on a Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, (Austin, Texas) double and a single from Angel Mojica (Denver), but the Hawks responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Trailing 7-4 in the eighth, it was the Indians who posted a five-run inning to take a 9-7 lead. Northeast pitchers walked two of the first three MCC hitters and hit a batter to load the bases for Kade Wroot (North Platte) who singled home the first run. A Hawk error led to the second run. A two-run single by Kaleb Taylor (McCook) put the Indians up 8-7 and a sacrifice fly put MCC up by two runs.

The Hawks used nine pitchers while the Indians used six. Freshman Victor Santiago (Caguas, Puerto Rico) pitched three scoreless, hitless innings, and freshman Yasnier Laureano (Anderson, S.C.) was the only other MCC pitcher who made it through an inning unscathed -- with one inning of work, a walk and two strikeouts.

The Hawks out-hit MCC 8-7. Clark-Chiaparrelli had a pair of doubles and Taylor had two hits and two RBIs for the Indians.

The Indians fall to 11-22 on the year and will travel to La Junta, Colo. this weekend to take on Otero Junior College Saturday with a doubleheader on Sunday.

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

Sterling, Colo. – The Northeastern Junior College Plainswomen downed the North Platte Community College Knights in women’s basketball action 81-54, Tuesday night at the Bank of Colorado Events Center.
The Knights kept the game even in the first quarter, being tied at the end of the first quarter at 14.
In the second quarter, the Plainswomen outscored the Knights 26-11 to take a 40-25 halftime lead.
The Plainswomen added to their lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Knights 29-19, to take a 69-44 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Knights played even with the Plainswomen, being outscored 12-10.
The Knights were led in scoring by Emily Joseph, from St. Petersburg, Fla., with 10 points. Dehje Belmore, from Denver, Colo., led the Knights in rebounding with seven.  Belmore also added eight points.
The Knights are 2-15 on the season.
The Plainswomen, now 12-5, were led in scoring by a trio of players, Tashika Burrell, Aleksandra Ratnikava, and Marta Rodriguez, that scored 15 points each.  Another player, Asia Turner, added 11 points.  Turner also finished with eight rebounds.
The Knights are next in action on Monday, when they host Region IX Division II opponent Southeast Community College. 
Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST.

North Platte – The Northeastern Junior College Plainswomen used strong shooting to defeat the North Platte Community College Knights on Tuesday Night, 85-60.

The Plainswomen came out and made their first six shots and led the Knights 14-2. In the first quarter they shot 11 for 18 or 61.1 percent and led the Knights 27-14.

In the second quarter, the Knights cut the Plainswomen lead to eight after a 10-5 run to start the quarter to make the score 32-24.  The remainder of the quarter, the Plainswomen gained control by outscoring the Knights 16-4 to take a 48-28 lead.

The Knights opened up the third quarter going on a 12-5 run to cut the Plainswomen lead to 13 at 53-40.

They outscored the Plainswomen 17-16 to trail the Plainswomen 64-45.

The Knights, now 3-18, were led in scoring by Emily Joseph, from St. Petersburg, Fla., with 23 points. Madisyn Francis, from Houston, Texas, was next in scoring with 12 points and Nahatabaa Nacona, from Chinle, Ariz., added 10 points.

Katie Cox, from New Port Richey, Fla., led the Knights in rebounding with seven.

The Plainswomen improve to 16-5 on the season. Tashika Burrell was one of four Plainswomen to finish in double figures, leading the way with 21 points.  Taylor Knudson and Aleksandra Ratnikava each had 15 points. Marta Rodriguez added 12 points.

The Knights hit the road this weekend for a pair of Region IX Division II contests.  On Friday, they will travel to Columbus to play Central Community College.  On Saturday, they will travel to Beatrice to play Southeast Community College.

North Platte The Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen avenged a loss to the North Platte Community College Knights,, defeating them 80-70, at the McDonald - Belton Gymnasium on Tuesday night in a Region IX South Sub-Region game.

The Knights defeated the Plainsmen 80-78 in Sterling, Colo., earlier in the season.

The Knights jumped out to a 7-0 lead, for the largest lead of the first half for either team, but the Plainsmen went on an 18-4 run to take their largest lead at 18-11.

The Knights rallied to tie the score at 25, but was not able to take the lead and trailed the Plainsmen 34-31 at the break.

The Plainsmen scored the first four points to take a 38-31 lead, which gave them their largest lead to that point in the game.

The Knights outscored the Plainsmen 29-14 to take their biggest lead at 60-52.

Mohamed Diallo scored seven points for the Plainsmen to cut the Knights lead to 62-59.

The Plainsmen took the lead at 66-64 on a three-pointer by Nykolas Lange. The Knights tied it at 66 on a field goal by Da'May Jones, from Houston, Texas.

The Plainsmen finished off the game on a 14-4 run.

The Knights, now 16-3, and 5-2 in Region IX South Sub-Region play were led in scoring by Tim Johnson, from Arlington, Texas, with 21 points. Courtney Murrell, from Carrollton, Texas, finished with 15 points. Ilya Tyrtyshnik, from Kiev, Ukraine, added 11 points and Jakub Karwowski, from Warsaw, Poland, had 10 points.

Karwowski added 10 rebounds and two blocked shots for the Knights.

The Plainsmen, improve to 11-13 overall, and 3-4 in the South Sub-Region.

Diallo led the Plainsmen with 22 points.  Moz Doria added 17 points, and Lange added 10 points.

Diallo also had eight rebounds to lead the Plainsmen.

The Knights will travel to Columbus and Beatrice this weekend for a pair of Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference games against Central Community College on Friday, and Southeast Community College on Saturday.


The Northwest girls are headed to state for the first time in five years after a 58-50 win over Scottsbluff in the B7 District Final. 

The Vikings battled from an 11 point first half deficit. Shanae Suttles hit two go-ahead three pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with a career high 21. Lauren Hauser scored 14. Whitney Jensen finished with 12 for the 18-5 Vikings.

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