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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.


NOVEMBER 26, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers removed 16 impaired drivers from the road, issued more than 500 speeding citations, and assisted hundreds of motorists during a special Click It or Ticket enforcement surrounding the Thanksgiving weekend.

The enforcement, which was part of a national effort, including many other law enforcement agencies in Nebraska, was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation - Highway Safety Office.

“A projected record numbers of travelers, along with a winter storm that blanketed much of the state on Sunday, made for an eventful weekend for our troopers,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “I’m incredibly proud of the effort by our troopers and dispatchers this weekend, and thankful that many drivers planned ahead and were able to stay off the roads on Sunday.”

During the enforcement, which ran from Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25, troopers arrested 15 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and 1 for driving under the influence of drugs. In addition to those arrests, troopers issued citations for speeding (506), driving under suspension (35), no proof of insurance (33), minor in possession (5), open container (7), no seat belt (30), and improper child restraint (4).

Troopers also assisted 267 motorists in need of help, arrested 47 people for possession of drugs, and apprehended 9 fugitives.

The enforcement included vehicle checks, high visibility and saturation patrols, as well as regular enforcement efforts.

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.


30th Annual Spooktacular

October 19th-21st and October 26th-30th


$8 per person + new this year; Scary section $2 extra

Games, characters, bounce houses provided by Planet Bounce and treats for

the kids! Fun for the whole family! Help us celebrate 30 years of spooky fun at

the Zoo!

Also new this year is the Flying Spaghetti Monster dinner

October 20th and 27th

$15 for Kids, $20 for Adults or Family pack for 2 Adults and 2 Kids for $60

A fun Halloween themed spaghetti dinner each Saturday of Spooktacular from

5pm-6pm. Includes fun foods and animal visits. Admission to Spooktacular is

included with ticket price for dinner. Dinner guests will also get into

Spooktacular before the general public.

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. 

  The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team put five players in double figures in downing Otero Junior College 104-66 in the Region IX South Sub-region opener for both squads.
                The Cougars shot 54 percent from the field while burying 16 3-pointers in posting their 14th win of the season.
                Eva Langton, who finished with eight points and started the 3-point barrage with the Cougars’ first trey of the game, said the team played well on both sides of the ball.
                “I thought we played really well as a team which was the goal,” the sophomore from New Zealand said. “We worked really well off each other on defense. Overall it was a really good game especially coming back after break. I am really looking forward to our next games.”
                Langton also had plenty of support in the crowd this weekend as her family from New Zealand flew over for Christmas and got to watch her play. Langton said that was special for her and the team.
                “It has been awesome [to have my family here],” Langton said. “It is different being international when you can’t have your family come to any games. So, they came over here and get to see me play and also just not me but the whole team, and see the community I have been living in. It has been great and I am blessed that they got to come over.”
                The players did put on an offensive clinic for Langton’s family and the rest of the fans the last two days in scoring 203 total points in wins over Northeast Community College on Friday and Otero Saturday.
                WNCC was clicking from start to finish on Saturday against Otero. The Cougars first five field goals were all 3-pointers as they went up 15-6.  Langton had the first trey and then Tishara Morehouse and Taylor Joplin each had two treys. WNCC led 27-14 after one quarter.
                Langton said this team has plenty of offensive weapons.
                “We always talk about how much better we are when we play together,” Langton said. “We always talk about making extra passes and we did that tonight.”
                Merle Wiehl led all scorers with 22 points. Wiehl knocked down four 3-pointers and the sophomore from Germany moved into second place on the career scoring chart with 951 points passing Shana Coleman who had 944 career points. Wiehl is just 76 points away from breaking the career scoring record of 1,026 set by Penny Mallet in the 1981-83 seasons.
                Wiehl had plenty of support on offense. Tishara Morehouse had 18 points and two treys, while Taylor Joplin had 16 points and four 3-pointers. Yuliyana Valcheva tallied 11 points and a trey, while R’Manie Pulling had 10 points and a 3-pointer.
                Langton and Allysah Boothe each had two 3-pointers to finish out the Cougars 16 treys on the afternoon.
                WNCC’s offense continued to start the second quarter as Wiehl, Pulling, and Valcheva all connected on treys for a 38-15 lead. Otero fought back with a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to 38-25, but the Cougars took a 44-29 lead into the locker room.
                WNCC was just as explosive in the second half, outscoring the Rattlers 35-21 in the third period in building an 82-50 lead after three quarters. The Cougars opened the fourth quarter with seven straight points and hit the century mark for the sixth time this season with a minute to play on a Boothe 3-pointer.
                WNCC will be back in action next weekend when they hit the road for two South Sub-region contests when they face Northeastern Junior College on Friday and Lamar Community College on Saturday. The Cougars will return home January 22 when they host McCook Community College.
Otero                    14 15 21 16 – 66
WNCC (14-3)      27 20 35 22 – 104
Kaitlyn Roycroft 3, Zaryna Ibarra-Urbina 2, Hilda Garcia 9, McClain Walker 4, Laura Prado-Morales 13, Charisse Fairley 15, Grace O’Neil 8, Alessia Capley 12
Tishara Morehouse 18, Merle Wiehl 22, Allysah Boothe 8, Andrijana Reljic 4, Kolby Underwood 3, Anyssia Gibbs 4, R’Manie Pulling 10, Eva Langton 8, Yuliyana Valcheva 11, Taylor Joplin 16

 Merle Wiehl connected for 28 points and the 21st-ranked Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team rolled to 95-43 win over Sheridan College in the quarterfinals of the Region IX tournament at Cougar Palace Thursday evening.

                WNCC, who moved to 27-3, will face Eastern Wyoming College in the semifinals Friday night at 7 p.m. The Lancers escaped with a thrilling 86-85 win over McCook Community College.

                The other semifinal will pit Northeastern Junior College and Casper College together at 5 p.m. NJC earned a 72-61 win over Laramie County Community College while Casper had no trouble in earning a 75-49 win over Otero Junior College.

                WNCC head coach Chad Gibney thought this win was one of the team’s most complete wins.

                “It certainly was a good one tonight. I thought we played a complete game,” he said. “I can’t say enough about the girls. They were really good tonight and hopefully we can continue that going forward.”

                WNCC led from start to finish in the contest and jumped on the Generals by making three straight 3-pointers, two from Taylor Joplin and one from Wiehl for an 11-0 lead. WNCC led 25-9 after one quarter.

                “I thought we jumped on them early,” Gibney said. “We did a great job of sharing the basketball. Everything looks better when the ball goes through the basket. Sixteen made threes is always a recipe for a win. But mix that with holding them to 26 percent shooting. We were really good in about every aspect.”

                WNCC led 48-22 at halftime and really never looked back. In fact, the Cougars’ defense played just as strong in the second half, holding the Generals to 21 points. WNCC scored 47 in the final 20 minutes.

                WNCC shot 48 percent from the field and buried 16 3-pointers. The Cougars hit 10 treys in the first half, half from Wiehl. WNCC also dished off 23 assists, led by seven from Tishara Morehouse and four each from R’Manie Pulling and Joplin.

                Sheridan shot just 26 percent from the field and made just 2 of 21 treys.

                WNCC had four in double figures. Wiehl led all scorers with 28 points with six 3-pointers on 10 of 13 shooting. Joplin and Morehouse each had 15 points. Both players also buried three treys. Allysah Boothe tallied 14 points with two treys.

                Eva Langton and Yuliyana Valcheva each had seven points. Valcheva led the team with nine boards, while Langton led with five steals.

                Sheridan was paced by Lani Taliauli with 15 points.

                WNCC will battle EWC for a spot in the semifinals on Friday. Gibney said it will be a good game.

                “They have really guard play and they play with a lot of confidence and they play free,” he said. “We will have to play a good game. At this time of the year you can’t afford to have an off night.


Sheridan              9 13 13 8 -- 43   

WNCC (27-3)      25 23 23 24 -- 95


Darcy Walker 2, Aloma Solvi 9, Noora Parttimaa 3, Tala Tuisavura 2, Cynthia Green 6, Kassie Hoyer 4, Misini Fifita 2, Lani Taliauli 15.


Tishara Morehouse 15, Merle Wiehl 28, Allysah Boothe 14, Anyssia Gibbs 5, R’Manie Pulling 4, Eva Langton 7, Yuliyana Valcheva 7, Taylor Joplin 15.

Merle Wiehl poured in 32 points and the Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team earned a convincing 101-56 over Northwest College in the Cougar's home opener Wednesday night at Cougar Palace.

The win moves the Cougars to 3-2 on the season.

“It is always exciting to be back at home after being on the road for such a long time," women's basketball coach Chad Gibney said. "You can never complain about a 40-point win. Obviously, there are things that we will stress and continue to work on, but I am pleased with our first home performance.”

The early going, however, probably was because of nerves. But once the team settled in, they played in a groove.

“There is always some nervous playing in front of the home crowd for the first time,” Gibney said. “I think one of our strengths this year is our depth and so we can wear people down throughout the course of the game.”

It was an opening night where the Cougars shot 56 percent from the field, including popping home 14 3-pointers. More impressively, the Cougars were 17 of 20 from the free throw line.

Gibney said it was truly a team effort with several players contributing at different times.

“We had a number of people step up when we needed a play to be made,” he said. “I thought Taylor [Joplin[ got us going early. Then I thought T [Tishara Morehouse] and M [Merle Wiehl] chipped in with some scoring. The reality is, it is a team effort. We had a whole team of people that gave us good performances tonight.”

Taylor Joplin opened the game scoring the first eight points for the Cougars as the Cougars raced to a 19-9 lead. Northwest cut the lead to 19-12 before a bucket by Yuliyana Valcheva gave the Cougars a 21-12 lead after one quarter.

The second quarter saw Tishara Morehouse and Valcheva take over as the Cougars went up 36-18 behind a 3-pointer by Wiehl and a bucket by Morehouse. Later, Joplin nailed a trey and Wiehl capped off the half with a 3-pointer for a 45-26 lead.

The second half saw the Cougars outscore the Trappers 56-30, including scoring 30 in the third quarter. The third quarter saw several mini-runs, including an 11-0 run that was highlighted by Morehouse’s five points and Wiehl’s four points. Later, WNCC went on a 9-0 run behind a 3-pointer by Allysah Boothe trey and a 68-33 lead. WNCC led 75-43 after three quarters.

Any hope of a Trapper comeback was silenced in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter as Wiehl, the sophomore from Germany ripped off 13 straight points for a 90-46 lead with 5:46 to play. WNCC hit the century mark for the first time with under a minute to play on an R’Manie Pulling 3-pointer from the corner.

The Cougars had seven different players hit a 3-pointer on the night. Wiehl buried six, while Joplin had two along with Boothe. Morehouse, Kolby Underwood, Anyssia Gibbs, and Pulling each had one trey.

Four Cougars hit double digits. Behind Wiehl’s 32 points, Morehouse tallied 19 from the bench, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Joplin and Valcheva each had 13 points.

Northwest didn’t have anyone in double digits. Juliana Ribeiro and Berkley Larsen each had nine points, while Selena Cudney, Jenna Lohrenz, and Melissa Martinez each had seven.

While the offense was clicking, the defense started to pick up as well. WNCC held Northwest to 30 percent shooting, including holding them to just five 3-pointers. The Cougars forced 23 Trapper turnovers while getting five blocked shots. Eva Langton and Valcheva each had two blocks.

Catching up with the Cougars Chad Gibney

Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team had three players score over 20 points and the Cougar women used a strong first half in registering a 98-63 win over McCook Community College in a Region IX South sub-region contest Tuesday night at Cougar Palace.         

                The win was the Cougars 17th of the season but more importantly, moved the Cougars to 4-0 in sub-region play.

                Tishara Morehouse and Taylor Joplin each finished with 24 points, while Merle Wiehl tallied 21. Wiehl now needs only five points to set the career scoring record of 1.026 set in 1983 by Penny Mallet. The Cougar women will next be in action Monday night when they host Casper College at 6 p.m.

                WNCC head coach Chad Gibney said the team had a strong first half and it was a good team win.

                “It was a huge win for us. McCook is a very good basketball team,” Gibney said. “We set the tone early and took it to them with our aggressiveness. I thought we did an excellent job on the glass. I thought our defensive pressure really stifled them.”

                Gibney said they had good balanced scoring and they shared the ball.

                “We had some great performances tonight,” he said. “Can’t say enough of how our team played tonight to be able to knock off a really good basketball team.”

                The contest was billed to be an offensive showcase as both WNCC and McCook are ranked in the top six nationally in scoring.

                The game started out that way, too, as Mccook grabbed a 5-4 lead on an Anna Sanjuan 3-pointer. It was then the Cougars defensive pressure stepped up, going on a 19-0 run to lead 23-5. The run included a variety of players contributing from Wiehl getting back-to-back buckets, to Morehouse and R’Manie Pulling burying consecutive 3-pointers. WNCC led 28-9 after one period.

                WNCC continued the defensive intensity in the second quarter, opening the period on a 9-0 run for a 37-9 lead and raced to a 49-22 halftime lead.

                Any hopes of a McCook comeback in the third quarter was quickly erased as WNCC put together 6-0 and 9-0 consistently in outscoring the Indians 37-17 in the period. WNCC led late in the period 86-35 before McCook scored the final four points to cut the lead to 86-39 after three.

                McCook outscored WNCC 24-12 in the fourth quarter, but by then the Cougars had salted away the victory after Yaidelis Torres buried a 3-pointer for a 94-49 lead.

                WNCC had eight players hit the scoring column. Gibney said a lot of people game up big, whether scoring, rebounding, or providing an assist.

                “It certainly is a team win,” he said.

                Morehouse tallied 24 points on 10 of 17 shooting from the floor with three 3-pointers. She also had four rebounds, four steals, and two assists.

                Joplin tallied her 24 points on two treys, 6 of 6 shooting from the free throw line, while also pulling down five rebounds.

                Wiehl finished with 21 points on 10 of 19 shooting. Wiehl had an all-around game leading the team with eight rebounds, four assists, four steals, and did not commit a turnover.

                Pulling tallied eight points with four assists, while Yuliyana Valcheva had eight points with five rebounds.

                Torres finished with seven points and two treys on the night.

                WNCC will have a week off before the rematch with Casper. In the first meeting on January 7, Casper topped the Cougars 83-63. Gibney said they are will be ready.

                “We are excited to play Casper again,” he said. “They are the defending champs. They are undefeated in league and it will be a great test for us.”


McCook               9 13 17 24 – 63

WNCC (17-3)      28 21 37 12 – 98


Anna Sanjuan 10, Hailey Tiles 18, Makayla Jones 8, Laura Mata 2, Sam Hinkle 8, Lena Goerke 9, Destiny Davis 2, MaKenna Bodette 6.


Tishara Morehouse 24, Merle Wiehl 21, Andrijana Reljic 4, Anyssia Gibbs 2, R’Manie Pulling 8, Yuliyana Valcheva 8, Taylor Joplin 24, Yaidelis Torres 7.


STERLING, Colo. - Merle Wiehl ignited for 27 points to help lead the Western Nebraska Community College women's basketball team to a 72-59 Region IX South Sub-region road win over Northeastern Junior College on Friday night in Sterling, Colorado.

                Wiehl shot 11 of 17 from the field overall in the game, including 4 of 7 from behind the 3-point line.

                Tishara Morehouse came off the bench to join Wiehl in the double-figure scoring column with 12 points. She canned a pair of 3-pointers. Taylor Joplin followed with nine points for the Cougars and Allysah Boothe finished with eight.

                Andrijana Reljic led WNCC on the glass with seven rebounds. Wiehl tracked down five boards.

                Boothe finished with a team-high four assists. Reljic led the Cougars defensively with a pair of steals.

                WNCC led 22-8 after the first quarter and outscored the Plainswomen 13-6 in the second quarter to grab a 35-14 halftime advantage. The strong first-half play was enough for the Cougars to hold on in the second half after NJC outscored WNCC 29-17 in the third period. WNCC outscored NJC 20-16 in the fourth.

                Tashika Burrell led NJC offensively with 18 points.

                The victory improved the Cougars to 15-3 on the season and 2-0 in the South sub-region. WNCC will play at Lamar Community College on Saturday at 2 p.m. before returning home to host McCook Community College on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.


WNCC                   22 13 17 20 -- 72

NJC                        8 6 29 16 -- 59


Merle Wiehl 27, Allysah Boothe 8, Kolby Underwood 2, Taylor Joplin 9, Tishara Morehouse 12, Andrijana Reljic 4, Anyssia Gibbs 2, R'Manie Pulling 6, Yuliyana Valcheva 2.


Alyzae Davis 14, Tashika Burrell 18, Asia Turner 8, Taylor Knudson 7, Aleksandra Ratnikava 12.

Western Nebraska Community College softball team’s Gabby Loya and Abriana Ramirez will be continuing their softball playing for another two years after signing with York College on Sunday.

Loya and Ramirez were vital contributors for the Cougars last season and both are excited they get to continue their playing careers at the next level after they graduate from WNCC in May.

“I am going to York College because I found an opportunity to play softball and to continue my education,” Loya, a Wheatridge High graduate from Denver, said. “It is exciting that I get to play softball because I wouldn’t know what to do without it.”

Ramirez picked York because it was the right fit for her in that she loved how she was treated on her visit and how the York and WNCC programs mirror each other.

“I remember meeting Coach [Roni] Miller the first day and she looked at me and said you need York College,” Ramirez, a Pomona High graduate in Colorado, said. “I didn’t know what she meant at first, but when arriving on campus I understood what she meant. It reminded me a lot of here in just the sense of community and the town. The professors care about you and I just knew that is where I needed to be. Gabby and I talk about it all the time. We said that is what was meant to happen; it just fell in our lap. We are just thankful for that opportunity to play and to have her with me along for the ride.”

Ramirez said it will be special that she will be going to York with a teammate.

“It means a lot to me considering Gabby is one of my best friends and just having her be there for two more years and be my roommate for two more years means so much to me,” she said. “I know I need someone there with me and Gabby is the perfect one.”

Loya and Ramirez will be the third Cougar to play softball at York College. Amanda Saldivar played for the Panthers from 2012-14 after playing two years at WNCC.

Last season Loya had a .308 batting average with six home runs, 12 doubles, 41 RBIs, and 26 runs scored. Ramirez hit .152 and had 10 runs scored in just 55 at bats.

The two will have one more season at WNCC and Loya and Ramirez said they have grown as a player and person while at WNCC.

“I am going to miss the culture, the team, and the community,” Loya said. “Everyone is by your side in whatever you do.”

For Ramirez, her two years was special. She added if it was a four-year school she would be here for four years.

“I have learned so much from Coach [Katelyn] Groves,” she said. “I am a better person coming here. I learned so much discipline, so much about myself that I don’t think I would have learned anywhere else. This place is something special and I am thankful for that. There is nothing like being a Cougar. If this was a four-year school, I definitely would be here [four years], but I can’t unfortunately.”

Loya, who is majoring in pre-physical therapy, said leaving WNCC will be hard.

“I will miss all the family from the team and coaches,” she said. “We are so close together because we have to walk together. That is what I will miss the most.”

Ramirez said the friendships she made while here will stand out.

“I will miss my friends without a doubt,” she said. “I will also miss this community because I met my best friends here and I am just going to miss it.”

WNCC Softball Press Conference

Scottsbluff, NE -  Western Nebraska Community College’s Jervay Green made it official on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA signing day, when the Cougar sophomore inked to continue his career at the University of Nebraska.

                For Green, it is was a decision that he doesn’t regret as he sported the Big N Red hoodie when he signed his papers.

                “I am very excited [to be an official Husker. I am blessed,” Green said in a signing ceremony Wednesday at Cougar Palace. “It is nice [to sign with Nebraska] and I just want to thank God for the opportunities he has given me. Thank you coach and my teammates for pushing me every day in practice, and I will keep pushing myself from here on out.”

                Nebraska coach Tim Miles, in a press release, is excited to get a player the caliber of Green in his program for the next two years.

                “Jervay is a big, strong guard who can make plays from both guard positions,” Miles said. “He is a beast. I am so thankful that he saw his future here because I think he is going to be a difference maker for us. He can guard and is putting up astounding numbers this season. I believe what he can do on junior college level is transferrable to our level and the Big Ten.”

                Green definitely is putting up numbers for the Cougars this season. Green scored 44 points last week in a loss to the College of Southern Idaho. The 44 points is the most a Cougar has scored since Raul Delgado scored 45 in a win over Little Big Horn in 2011. His 44 points was also six points, or two 3-pointers, shy of breaking the school record of most points in a game. That record of 49 points, is held by Billy Stewart in 1965 and Eric Gore in 1990. Gore’s 49 points occurred at the national tournament against San Jacinto College.

                Green has all the makings to rewrite the record book after what he did at George Washington High School in Denver.

                This season Green is a third-team preseason All-American by Street’s and Smith magazine. He is 27.0 points a game on 52 percent shooting, while adding 4.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game through five games. As a freshman last season, Green averaged 14.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.7 steals a game. He finished the year scoring in double figures in 23 of the team’s last 24 games, including helping the Cougars to a Region IX title, the first title in 17 years for WNCC men’s basketball.

While Green is leaving his mark on the hardwoods at WNCC, he achieved plenty of success at George Washington, breaking a school record that was held by NBA great Chauncey Billips of scoring 64 points in a game. At Denver's George Washington, Green averaged nearly 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals for a team that went 25-3 and was the Class 5A runner-up as a senior. He scored over 1,000 points in high school.

What Green wants the most is to be a champion as he represents winning as a positive trait. He left a mark at GW and he wants to do the same at WNCC and at Nebraska.

                “At George Washington, we went to state but we lost. It was still big,” he said. “I came here my freshman year and we won Region IX and went to nationals. We didn’t get what we wanted, but we still went far. Now with Tim Miles I can’t wait to get there.”

                Green said to accomplish those goals, it is important to stay focused for the season. Now, after signing with Nebraska, he can turn his attention to the goal of winning another regional title.

                “It is a big plus because now I can focus on my teammates and helping the coach in whatever he needs and do what I need to do for my teammates,” Green said. “I want the national championship. The Region IX championship is cool, but I want the national championship. I have one more year to accomplish that.”

                Green said his time at WNCC has been great and he wants to enjoy plenty of success.

                “I love WNCC,” Green said. “The fans are great. My teammates are great. Coaches are great. We bump heads everyday but it is still good.”

                WNCC head coach Cory Fehringer said Green’s game is special and he will fit in nicely at Nebraska.

                “Jervay’s game is unique especially at the junior college level because a lot of times you have someone that just dominates the ball and doesn’t include teammates, and the moment we saw him play, we knew he wasn’t a selfish player,” Fehringer said. “We knew he wanted to pass the basketball. He made the other guys around him better. I think what is undervalued is his ability to defend, to anticipate and get the deflections and get steals and create offense going the other way. He has never been a rollercoaster for us. Whenever we are up 20 or down 20, he seems to play basketball. The first time I watched him practice at GW (George Washington High in Denver), the one thing I knew about him was he loved to be on the floor. His competitive spirit is hard to be matched. Often time’s kids are used to quitting but when you have a competitor with a great spirit that wants to win and is willing to do whatever it takes, those are the type of guys you want in the locker room.”

                Green realizes he can’t get complacent with his game, he needs to continue to get better and that includes getting in the weight room, something he jokes about not doing.

                “I have to work even harder than what I am doing right now,” Green said of going to Nebraska. “When I went on the visit, those dudes were big and I need to get bigger for sure. I just need to work on some little things.”

                The biggest thing that Fehringer said of Green going to Nebraska is his loyalty to Nebraska and Colorado.

                “The opportunity for Jervay to stay in the state of Nebraska beginning with his time in western Nebraska and then going to the other side of the state to Lincoln shows the positive relationship we have with the community now and how it extends to the University of Nebraska,” Fehringer said. “Now, we have a bigger reason to say ‘Go Big Red’ and cheer on Coach Miles and the Cornhuskers as we have one of our Western Nebraska Cougars go on to Nebraska. I think that is a special opportunity for this young man to play in and connect with states from Colorado to Nebraska and I think loyalty is a big part of his backbone. I think he showed loyalty for the state of Colorado and now he shows loyalty to the state of Nebraska. I don’t think that should be something that is overlooked from our community, our college, or the state.”

Release from McCook AD Darin Nichols 

To the McCook Board of Education
Mr. Jeremy Yilk has stepped down as the Boys Basketball Coach at McCook High School.  Jeremy has been considering this for the past two seasons.  The grind of raising a family, teaching, and the time and pressures of being a head coach at the varsity level had been wearing on him. 

Jeremy informed the team today by stating “Coaching basketball was always a dream of mine.  I feel so fortunate to have been the head coach for the past seven years, and part of the varsity program for 14 years, to some amazing young men.  I have been thinking about this for a while now. While coaching will always be a part of me, I am looking forward to focusing my time and energy into other avenues of life.” 

He also stated that he, “want to thank all of those who have supported the basketball program—parents, community members, administration, and school staff, and especially those I have been fortunate enough to coach with and against through the years.”  

After considering this for many days the administration felt that it was in the best interest of the boys basketball program moving forward to allow Mr. Yilk to step down.  This is a situation that was somewhat new to us, maybe even unique, 
McCook High School will begin its search for the next Head Boys Basketball Coach immediately.  McCook Public Schools currently has an opening for high school English.

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