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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.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sterling, Colo. – The North Platte Community College Knights men’s basketball team came away from the Bank of Colorado Events Center with a narrow 80-78 win on Tuesday night over the Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen.
The Knights held a 48-36 lead at halftime.
The Plainsmen chipped away at the Knights lead and took the lead at 67-66 on a three-pointer by Tre Johnson.
With the score tied at 78, Da'May Jones, from Houston, Texas, made two free throws to put the Knights ahead for good.
The Knights were led in scoring by Courtney Murrell, from Carrollton, Texas, with 25 points. Ilya Tyrtyshnik, from Kiev, Ukraine, added 12 points, and Tim Johnson, from Arlington, Texas, finished with 11 points.
Jakub Karwowski, from Warsaw, Poland, led the Knights in rebounding with nine.
The Knights are 14-1 on the season and 3-0 in Region IX South Sub-Region play.
The Plainsmen, 9-11 overall and 1-2 in South Sub-Region play were led in scoring by Nykolas Lange with 15 points. Ryan Bagley added 14 points.
Mohamed Diallo led the Plainsmen with seven rebounds.
The Knights will host Western Nebraska Community College on Friday night at the McDonald - Belton Gymnasium.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST.

North Platte – The North Platte Community College Knights women's basketball team was defeated on Monday night by the Northeast Community College Hawks, 89-45.

Madisyn Francis, from Houston, Texas, was the lone player to score in double figures with 13 points.  Nahatabaa Nacona, from Chinle, Ariz., added nine points. 

Katie Cox, from New Port Richey, Fla., had nine rebounds to lead the Knights and Francis added seven rebounds.


Irene Sanz led the Hawks and all scorers with 20 points.  Two other Hawks also scored in double figures.  Lauren Hunstad had 15 points and Blake Mann added 12 points. Three of the Hawks had seven rebounds.

The Knights, now 2-13 on the season, are in action on Friday night, when they travel to Trinidad, Colo., to play Region IX Division I opponent, Trinidad State Junior College.

North Platte – The North Platte Community College Knights men’s basketball team completed the weekend sweep of Region IX South Sub-Region opponents with a 95-82 victory over the defending Region IX runners-up, Otero Junior College Rattlers.
The Knights improve to 13-1 on the season and 2-0 in Region IX South Sub-Region play.
The score was tied at 42 at halftime and the Knights outscored the Rattlers 53-40 to secure the victory.
Ilya Tyrtyshnik, from Kiev, Ukraine, led the Knights in scoring with 20 points. Tyrtyshnik was one of five Knights to score in double figures.  Courtney Murrell, from Carrollton, Texas, and Tim Johnson, from Arlington, Texas, each had 18 points.  Jakub Karwowski, from Warsaw, Poland, had 11 points, and DaVonte Tharpe, from Macon, Ga, added 10 points.
The Rattlers, now 13-4 on the season and 1-2 in Region IX South Sub-Region play. 
Jacob Jackson led the Rattlers with 17 points. Yaniel Videl added 16 points and AJ Youngman had 14 points.
“It's nice to win the first two sub-region games, especially on the road. But we have a long way to go and our guys can't be satisfied,” Knights Head Coach Kevin O’Connor said. “We need to get back to practice Monday and prepare for an NJC team that is always tough.”
On Friday the Knights game against theTrinidad State Junior College Trojans, was delayed because of icy roads on their trip down to Trinidad.  The game was originally scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m. CST but did not start until 10 p.m. CST.
The Knights prevailed over the Trojans 87-60.
The Trojans started out the game, jumping out to a 14-4 lead. The Knights battled back and tied the game at 23 and took a 40-32 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, the Knights didn’t let up and outscored the Trojans 47-28 to secure the win.
Murrell led the Knights scoring attack with 21 points. Four other Knights scored in double digits. Da'May Jones, from Houston, Texas, scored 12 points. Johnson added 11 points, Karwowski, and Tyrtyshnik each scored 10 points.
Karwowski had a double-double with 12 rebounds.  He also had five blocked shots.
The Trojans were led in scoring by Isaac Essein with 12 points.  Ian Kelly was next with 11 points, and David Muenkat added 10 points.
Bilal Shabazz had six rebounds to lead the Trojans.
The Trojans drop to 13-4 on the season and 0-1 in South Sub-Region play.
The Knights are in action next on Tuesday, when they travel to Sterling, Colo., to face the Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen.
Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CST.

North Platte - The North Platte Community College Knights men’s basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat the Central Community College Raiders 74-59 at the McDonald - Belton Gymnasium on Friday night.
The Raiders jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but the Knights went on a 16-2 run to take the lead at 16-9. 
With the score at 34-22, Mert Halavurte, from Izmir, Turkey, on three consecutive possessions scored seven points on two dunks and a three-pointer that fired the crowd up, and gave the Knights their biggest lead of the half at 41-22 just before halftime, and took a 41-24 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Knights led throughout and led by 20 at 55-35.
The Knights improve to 11-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference.
Ilya Tyrtyshnik, from Kiev, Ukraine, led the Knights in scoring with 22 points.  Da'May Jones, from Houston, Texas, came off the bench and scored 18 for the Knights. Courtney Murrell, from Carrollton, Texas, added 12 points.
Jakub Karwowski, from Warsaw, Poland, had 15 rebounds and Nelo Nducuia, from Maputo, Mozambique, had 11 rebounds to lead the Knights.
The Raiders, 4-11 on the season, were led by Delrico Simms and                 Tre'vion Crawford, who each had 16 points.  Latrell Talley added 13 points and had 11 rebounds for the double-double.
The Knights are next in action on Jan 18, when they travel to Trinidad, Colo., to open Region IX South Sub-Region play against Trinidad State Junior College.

Borger, Texas – The North Platte Community College Knights softball concluded their weekend road trip with a split in a doubleheader against Frank Phillips College, winning the first game, 9-5, and being defeated on a walk-off, 7-8 in the second game.
In the first game, Hallei Morales, from North Platte, went 3 for 4 at the plate and scored two runs.
In the second game, Mikayla Gibson, from West Valley, Utah went 2 for 4 from the plate and scored two runs.
“We showed a lot of heart, fight and potential and will be able to build off of these games. We fought through the cold and 20-30mph winds both days.” Knights Head Coach Janelle Higgins said . ”We need to stay focused for 7 innings and execute on both sides of the field to help ourselves early in games.”
The Knights were to play in a doubleheader on Sunday at Dodge City Community College  Those games were postponed due to ice and snow on the field.
The Knights will go back to Texas, Feb. 16 – 17 and play a couple of doubleheaders against Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas
The Knights are 1-3 on the season.


NPCC Knights Defeat Western Nebraska to improve to 15-1


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Cutline:>>> NPCC freshman Tim Johnson shoots over Western Nebraska’s Dru Kruxhausen


North Platte – In a battle between two Region IX South Sub-Region powerhouses, the North Platte Community College Knights defeated the Western Nebraska Community College Cougars, 81-74, in front of a near capacity crowd at the McDonald - Belton Gymnasium on Friday night.


The Knights got out to an early lead of 8-4.  The Cougars battled back and tied the score at 12.


The Knights led by as much as eight in the first half at 42-35, and took a 42-38 lead into halftime.


In the second half, the Knights stretched out their lead to eight at 50-42.


The Cougars went on a 13-4 run to take the lead at 55-54.


The biggest lead the Cougars held in the game was two points and 62-60, but the Knights tied the game up on a field goal by Edgars Kaufmanis, from Valmiera, Latvia, who finished with nine points.


The Knights went on a 13-1 run to take their biggest lead of 12 at 75-63.


The Knights, are now 15-1 on the season, and 4-0 in Region IX South Sub-Region play, to move into first place in the South Sub-Region.


Tim Johnson, from Arlington, Texas, led the Knights in scoring with 20 points, including going 12 for 12 from the free throw line.


Two other Knights finished the game in double figures. Da'May Jones, from Houston, Texas, came off the bench and scored 18 points. Courtney Murrell, from Carrollton, Texas, finished with 14 points.


Jakub Karwowski, from Warsaw, Poland, led the Knights with 13 rebounds and was one point away from a double-double with nine points.


The Cougars, now 16-6 on the season and 4-1 in the South Sub-Region, had three players in double figures led by Jervay Green with 27 points. Dru Kruxhausen had 18 points and Martin Roub had 12 points. 


Roub led the Cougars with seven rebounds.


The Knights are in action on Turesday, when they travel to McCook to play McCook Community College.


Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

North Platte - North Platte Community College Knights volleyball Head Coach Alexa McCall announced the signing of four players for the 2019 season.  They are Jessica Trujillo, from Fort Lupton, Colo., Tania Morales and Taylor Hansen, from Yuma, Colo., and Peyton Negley, from North Platte.
Trujillo, a 5’ 3” defensive specialist, played four seasons for Fort Lupton High School.  Trujillo had 1170 defensive digs in her high school career, 140 service aces, and 52 set assists.
“For as little as Jessica is, she really does a nice job,” McCall said. “We were looking for a player to come in and improve our serve receive and she will do that for us. We are excited to have her.”
Morales, a 5’ 5” defensive specialist from Yuma, Colo., played varsity for three seasons.  In her senior season, Morales had 153 defensive digs.
“We really like the personality that Tania brings to the floor,” McCall said. “She comes from a successful program, and watching her play, we knew we wanted her to be a part of the team.”
Hansen, a teammate of Morales, is a 5’ 11” middle blocker.  Hansen played three varsity seasons.  In her career, Hansen had 347 kills, 176 total blocks and 68 service aces.
“Taylor is going to add height and versatility to our roster. She is a good player and we will look to her for blocking, as well as offensively too,” McCall said. “She is a player that we really wanted, and we think she is going to make an impact right away!”
Negley, a 5’ 7” outside hitter played varsity for two seasons at North Platte High School. During her senior season, Negley had 234 kills, 34 total blocks, 24 set assists, and 216 defensive digs.
“We are excited to get Peyton. When we saw her play her athleticism was very noticeable. She is going to make the outside position very competitive,” McCall said. “ Peyton is also a great kid, and we always enjoy getting a local kid, especially one that has played high school ball against quality competition.”
These four join Erica Hopping, from Sutherland, Alysen Daniels and Courtney Rice, from Mullen, Chloe Baker, from Wiggins, Colo., and Ruby Valle, from Weldona, Colo., in the 2019 recruiting class for the Knights.
“I’m excited about this class mixing with our talent coming back from this year,” McCall said.

North Platte – The North Platte Community College Knights women's basketball team used a strong fourth quarter on Saturday afternoon to defeat the Lamar Community College Runnin’ Lopes 59-58.

The Knights trailed the Runnin’ Lopes at the end of the first quarter 19-17.

In the second quarter, the Runnin’ Lopes added to their lead, outscoring the Knights 15-11 to take a 34-28 half time lead.

The Knights began their comeback in the third quarter, outscoring the Runnin Lopes’ 16-15 to cut the lead to 50-44.

In the fourth quarter the Knights outscored the Runnin’ Lopes 15-9 to secure the victory.

“We fought and played with a lot of heart,” Knights Head Coach Jeff Thurman said. “This win is a team effort. Proud of them!”

To show the team effort, the Knights had four players in scoring in double figures.  Nahatabaa Nacona, from Chinle, Ariz., led the way with 18 points.  She was followed by Emily Joseph, from St. Petersburg, Fla., who scored 14 points.  Dehje Belmore, from Denver, Colo., and Nerea Castellano, from Barcelona, Spain, each scored 12 points for the Knights.

Nacona and Belmore each had a double-double by finishing with 13 and 11 rebounds respectively.

The Knights improve to 3-17 on the year.

The Runnin’ Lopes drop to 2-22 on the season. They had two players in double figures.  Lana Skripkina and Hanna Diaz each had 13 points.

Skripkina grabbed 14 rebounds for a double-double, and Anaya Matthews added 11 rebounds.

The Knights are in action next on Tuesday night when they host Northeastern Junior College at the McDonald - Belton Gymnasium.

It is the first half of a women and men doubleheader.

The game that was scheduled for tomorrow against Colorado State University club team was cancelled and will not be made up.

Tip-off for the Northeastern game for the women will be at 5:30 p.m. CST.

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