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This past December GI Family Radio filed a lawsuit against the Nebraska State Fair for violating Nebraska's Open Meetings Act as well as public records requests. Last month the board filed a response saying that because the board is a private corporation, both the open meetings rules and public records request compliance doesn't apply.The State Fair Board meets Friday February 14th in Lincoln. GI Family Radio CEO Alan Usher joined KRGI News.


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A Hastings man initially charged with murder has been given 38 to 40 years in prison. Adams County District Court records say 21-year-old Deante Mullen was sentenced Tuesday. He'd pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and being an accessory to a felony after prosecutors dropped the murder charge. Prosecutors have said Mullen and another man, Daniel Harden, tried to rob Jose Hansen on Sept. 11, 2017, and Hansen was shot in the back. Harden was acquitted of murder and weapons charges but convicted of robbery conspiracy. He was sentenced in January to 40 to 44 years. 

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The Northwest school board held their monthly meeting last night that drew special attention to many with the item agenda posted to close Chapman school. Last Monday the board held a special meeting hearing public comments. After public comment last night, each board member spoke  on their own behalf on how they felt about the matter if the district needed to go forward eliminating the Chapman as one of the feeder schools. 

Chapman currently has 68 total students. 42 of which are resident students, with 26 being option students. With the closure of Chapman, Northwest will now have three feeder schools including 1-R, Cedar Hollow, and St Libory.

KRGI News - Chapman School Closes Report

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Robert Keith Hopkins, age 39, of Central City, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with production of child pornography on or about December 9, 2019.  The offense carries a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence and a maximum possible penalty of 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $50,000 additional special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession of child pornography on or about December 17, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $17,000 additional special assessment.    

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January 28, 2020 (McCook, Neb.) An inmate was apprehended shortly after jumping the fence at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook this morning. The escape occurred just before 9:30 a.m. Ryan Lykens #76263 (37) was taken into custody near the facility around 45 minutes later.

Staff members noticed that razor wire along the fence line at the facility had been pushed aside and followed tracks in the snow to a nearby canyon. While Lykens moved through the canyon, staff members from WEC continued their search. When they found him, he refused multiple directives to stop and surrender. Staff members then deployed chemicals (oleoresin capsicum) to gain his compliance. Shortly thereafter, deputies arrived on the scene and took Lykens into custody.

Lykens was taken to an area urgent care facility for stitches resulting from an injury he received during the escape. Two staff members received scrapes and bruises when they accidentally ran into a snow-covered fence during the search.

Lykens is currently sentenced on charges out of Dodge County including possession of a deadly weapon, terroristic threats and domestic assault. He has a tentative release date of October 31, 2020. In April 2019, Lykens was released on parole. In December he violated his parole and was returned to the custody of NDCS.

Lykens will be moved to the Red Willow County jail. Authorities will determine if he will face additional charges resulting from the escape.

The Work Ethic Camp is a minimum security facility. Inmates are able to work in the community with intermittent supervision.



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The Furnas Co Sheriff's Dept is still in efforts to locate Larry Hardenbrook. 78 years old, 6-1 tall and 190 lbs. If you have any information about Mr. Hardenbrook please call 911 or the Furnas Co Sheriff's Dept at 308-268-2245.

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Team Standings

1 McCook 29 pts
2 Columbus 21
3 North Platte 18
4 Gering 12
5 Scottsbluff 9
6 Hastings 1
 
#1 Singles-Kassidy Michaelis, 5-0, 1 st Place Medalist
Def A. McVicker, Hastings 8-0
Def Z. Smith, Gering 8-2
Def B. Locker, Scottsbluff 8-0
Def L. Beck, Columbus 8-3
Def K. Webster, North Platte 8-0
 
#2 Singles-Sydney Stewart, 5-0, 1 st Place Medalist
Def K. Kaiser, Hastings 8-0
Def B. Claflin, Gering 8-4
Def M. Bewley, Scottsbluff 8-0
Def M. Jones, Columbus 8-3
Def J. Hoover, North Platte 8-3
 
#1 Doubles-Riley Hansen/Kori Uerling, 5-0, 1 st Place Medalists
Def A, Cafferty/A. Bauer, Hastings 8-2
Def K. Whatley/P. Schneider, Gering 8-4
Def B. DeSha/S. Bewley, Scottsbluff 8-5
Def A. Luebbe/E. Miksvch, Columbus 8-4
Def C. Guerrieri/S. Uppal, North Platte 8-2
 
#2 Doubles-Megan Hodgson/Delaney Jumps, 4-1, 2 nd Place Medalists
Def B. Kopisch/E. Markel, Hastings 8-0
Def M. Campbell/Y. Kaur, Gering 8-1
Def E. Herman/T. Klein, Scottsbluff 9-8 (7-2)
Lost to B. Benck/A. Dwanski, Columbus 8-2
Def A. Manzano/A. Vaziri, North Platte 9-7
 
Next action: Monday Junior Varsity @ Kearney Junior Varsity 9:00 AM
 
Conference Highlights, Comments from Head Coach Matt Wiemers:
Great TEAM effort in winning the team championship for the second year in a row. The girls competed well and work hard. They got off to a solid start winning all their matches through the first three rounds, which helped them build momentum going into the last two rounds against Columbus and North Platte. Taking three out of four matches against Columbus was huge. Then sweeping all four matches in the final round against North Platte sealed the title for us. The girls stepped up today and had a lot of success on the courts.
Kassidy Michaelis:
*went undefeated and picked up three quality wins against North Platte, Gering and Columbus
*her serving was effective setting up some easy points
*improves her season record to 36-0 with two matches remaining Thursday @ home
Sydney Stewart:
*went undefeated and picked up two solid wins against Columbus and Gering
*Sydney was consistent and played smart tennis using the whole court
*improves her season record to 31-5 with two matches remaining Thursday @ home
Riley/Kori
*went undefeated and picked up two good wins against Columbus and North Platte
*they did well in eliminating unforced errors and were aggressive at the net
*Improve their season record to 33-3 with two matches remaining Thursday @ home
Megan/Delaney
*went 4-1 and finished in second place picking up two good wins against North Platte and
Scottsbluff
*they struggled with committing unforced errors, but came through when they needed to
*improve their season record to 26-6 with two matches remaining Thursday @ home

 





Matt Wiemers

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Evanston, Ill. – Trailing 4-0 after eight innings, Nebraska (23-17, 12-7 Big Ten) scored two runs in the top of the ninth before falling to Northwestern at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park on Saturday afternoon.

Senior right-handed pitcher Matt Waldron, making his ninth start of the season, went 7.0 innings and allowed four runs, while recording five strikeouts and no walks. Waldron has gone 6.0 innings or more in eight consecutive outings. Max Schreiber threw 1.0 inning and tallied two strikeouts.

In the opening frame, the Huskers left the bases loaded without scoring. After a leadoff flyout, Aaron Palensky and Joe Acker each singled before Ty Roseberry walked, but back-to-back outs left the trio stranded. In the bottom of the first, Waldron sat down the Wildcats with a 1-2-3 inning.

Colby Gomes laced a one-out single in the top of the second and advanced to second base on a groundout. Gomes made it to third on a wild pitch, but was left on base after a strikeout ended a scoreless inning. The Wildcats went down in order in the bottom of the second as Waldron tallied two strikeouts.

Nebraska went down in order with two flyouts and a groundout in the top of the third. Northwestern plated one run in the bottom of the third to take the early 1-0 lead. The Wildcats managed two hits during the frame.

The Huskers went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. The Wildcats managed one hit in the bottom of the fourth, but left the runner stranded as the score remained 1-0.

Nebraska was retired in order in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth, Northwestern scored two runs on three hits to build a 3-0 advantage.

In the sixth, Palensky laced a leadoff single before Acker drew a walk, but a flyout and double play ended a scoreless frame for the Big Red. Waldron retired the Wildcats in order in the bottom of the sixth.

In the top of the seventh, the Huskers went down in order with a flyout, groundout and strikeout. In the bottom of the seventh, Jack Kelly hit a solo home run to extend Northwestern’s lead to 4-0.

Nebraska went down in order in the top of the eighth with two strikeouts and a flyout. The Wildcats went down in order in the bottom of the eighth as Schreiber notched two strikeouts.

In the top of the ninth, Acker drew a leadoff walk before pinch hitter Cam Chick singled through the right side to put runners on first and second. Pinch hitter Mojo Hagge kept the momentum going with an RBI double down the left field line for Nebraska’s first run of the game. After a line-out, Chick scored on a wild pitch that advanced Hagge to third. Back-to-back strikeouts ended the rally and the game.

The series continues on Sunday, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. (CT).





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SCOTTSBLUFF – The McCook Community College dropped a pair of games to end the regular season Saturday losing the first game resumption of an April 21 suspended game 10-4, and the second game 9-4.

MCC finishes the regular season at 27-31 and will be the fourth seed in the Region IX Division I tournament set to begin at Scottsbluff Thursday.

The Lady Indians finish the Region IC Conference with a 13-17 record.

Western Nebraska finishes the regular season at 32-18 overall (24-6 in conference) and the outright conference championship and as the top seed, will host the post-season tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball

GAME 1 – Western Nebraska 10, McCook CC 4: The Lady Indians were leading this game 4-1 on April 21 when rain suspended action. On Saturday it was all Western Nebraska when the game resumed in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and the Cougars batting as the first two hitters singled to tie the game, then homered to lead 8-4. Western added two more in the sixth inning.

MCC was out-hit 8-4. The Lady Indians got a triple from Hannah Jensen (Aurora, Colo.) a double by Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia), and singles from Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah) and Brooklyn Jensen Brooklyn (West Valley City, Utah)

Shae Muggridge took the loss for MCC in 3.1 innings, she allowed eight runs on six hits. Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) went the final 2.2 innings and gave up two earned runs and two hits with three strikeouts.

GAME 2 – Western Nebraska CC 9, McCook CC 4: Western Nebraska scored five runs in the fifth inning en route to a 9-4 win over MCC.

MCC started the game with a pair of first-inning runs. Brooklyn Jensen led off the game with a single. After a popout, MCC loaded the bases when Emma McLean (Willetton, Western Australia) was hit by and pitch and Jerusha Miner singled to load the bases for Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) who doubled home two. MCC took a 3-1 lead in the second on doubles by Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) and Sarah Willier (Ponoka, Alberta)

After the Cougars took a 6-3 lead in the fifth, MCC got one run back in the sixth when McLean singled home Brooklyn Jensen.

Western scored three runs in the sixth.

MCC got two-hit games from Brooklyn Jensen, Willier, and McLean.

Shae Muggridge took the loss for MCC in 4 innings, she allowed four earned runs on six hits and struck out six. Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) and Kayla Harrison went the final 2 innings.





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Comments from Head Coach Joe Vetrovsky:

 

The McCook Boys Golf team competed in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference golf tournament on Friday May 3rd at Scottsbluff Country Club in Scottsbluff, NE. The weather was great for the tournament. The course conditions were in excellent condition for the competitors.

 
The Bison finished runner-up as a team by posting a 343. The team champion was North Platte with a 321. The Bison overall as a team competed very well given that all the golfers for McCook had never seen this golf course before. All the players course management and their navigation of the difficult golf course was great to see.
 
The Bison were lead by sophomore Brady Esch who medaled 6th place with an 82. Brady had some struggles on the front nine shooting a 45, but he didn't waste anytime in battling back on the back nine by scoring a great score of 37. Brady's round definitely once again showed his competitive nature and his ability to battle through adversity.
 
Other Bison competitors that competed very well were Junior Logan Barenberg and Sophomore Payton Craw. Both of these individuals scored 85's on the day. Logan and Payton showed a lot of poise throughout the round and showed a lot of consistency which is great to see at this point in the season.
Sophomore Mason Michaelis scored a 91 and Senior Joel Gray scored a 92. Both of these individuals had similar days and competed very hard throughout the course of the tournament.
 
The McCook Boys Golf team competed in the Southwest Conference golf tournament on Friday May 3rd at Cozad Country Club in Cozad, NE. The weather was great for the tournament. The course conditions were in excellent condition for the competitors.
 
The Bison finished 6th as a team by posting a 376. The team champion was Broken Bow with a 320 and runner-up was Cozad with a 322. The Bison overall as a team competed very well given that all the golfers for McCook had never seen this golf course before.
 
The Bison were lead by senior Billy Bennett who medaled 13th and scored an 86. This was great to see out of Billy and his course management throughout the day was something that truly helped propel him to his positive score.
 
Junior Brandan Eckhardt also had a nice day by shooting an 87. It has been great to see Brandan's consistency throughout the season and his continued improvement as a golfer.
 
Other Bison competitors that showed a lot of positive highlights throughout the day were Junior Andrew Daum who scored a 101. Freshman Jonas Sommerville who scored a 102. Junior Dawson Bredvick who scored a 113. Freshman Hunter Hansen who scored a 119.
 
The Bison Junior Varsity golfers competed in a 9-Hole JV contest at Cambridge on Friday May 3rd.
 
The Bison were lead by Freshman Victor Schwartz who scored a 55 and placed 6th and Freshman Matthew Nichols who scored a 58 and placed 10th. Both Victor and Matthew have shown positive growth throughout the season and their golf games continue to get better and better.
 
Other Bison competitors who competed very well were Sophomore Ethan Hicks who scored a 60 and Freshman Isaac Nielsen who scored a 62.
 
The Bison look forward to this upcoming Thursday May 9th where they will compete in the Ogallala Invite at West Winds Golf Course in Ogallala, NE.

 





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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.

The Lady Indians go to 27-29 and close out the regular season Saturday at Scottsbluff, starting at 2 p.m. (MT). The first game will be the resumption of a rain-suspended game on Easter Sunday. MCC leads the Cougars 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning but WNCC has bases loaded with one out.

With a pair of wins Saturday, MCC could be the third seed in the Region IX Division I tournament which begins May 9.

The Lady Indians finish 8-4 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference tied for first place with Southeast Community College. MCC went 3-1 against Southeast this season. Central Community College finished at 6-6 and North Platte is 2-10.

For more photos from today's games, please visit the MCC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

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

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball

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.

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).

MCC added a run in the bottom of the fifth with a triple by Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) and an RBI single by Abby Kalinski (McCook).

Freshman Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) picked up the win in the circle for MCC. She went 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. Freshman Etta Van Burgsteden (Kinistino, Saskatchewan) picked up the save in 2.2 innings of work allowing two hits and one run.

MCC had two-hit games from sophomore Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) and Hannah Jensen.

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).

MCC scored a run in the sixth on back-to-back doubles from Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) and Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah). Siebenthal drove in two more runs in the seventh to cap the scoring. She went three-for-four in the game.

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.





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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.





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Women - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored

1) Columbus 119.5

2) Hastings 114

3) McCook 86.5

4) North Platte 75

5) Scottsbluff 67

6) Gering 62

 

 

Men - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored

1) North Platte 149

2) McCook 98

3) Scottsbluff 95

4) Hastings 81.5

5) Columbus 64

6) Gering 39.5





The McCook Community College volleyball team has added another player to the 2019-2020 squad. Chandler Nelson, a 5-8 setter from Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs is the newest Lady Indian.

“Chandler has great hands and makes some great plays. I am excited to see what she brings to our team next year,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza.

“I decided to come to MCC to play for Coach Kobza because the energy on campus and at practice felt so positive and comfortable,” she said. “I feel that I will grow to my highest potential as a Lady Indian and I know Coach Kobza will help me on moving on to the next level after my two years at McCook.”

Nelson said what she is most excited about signing with MCC is getting to be with “such amazing girls and a great coach.” She’s excited to get started, looking to improve and looking forward to getting to travel, playing the sport that she loves.

“She is a player that I know is going to work hard in the summer and work even harder when she gets here,” Kobza said.

Nelson said her favorite quote is from the Bible, Proverbs 13:4, “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.”

She said this verse has helped her so much through volleyball and high school.

“It has shown me that you do not gain success unless you work hard for it and continue to. Never settle for just good enough, there is always more you can do, especially if it is something you're passionate about.”





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The McCook Community College Lady Indians softball team has already clinched a spot in the post season and on Thursday came one win closer to winning the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference with a split against Southeast Community College. MCC let the opening game slip away 9-7 when the Storm scored seven runs in the seventh inning, the Lady Indians came back to win Game 2 by the score of 8-2.

“It was a day of ups and downs,” said MCC Coach Josh Barnes. “In Game 1 we didn’t finish defensively, but we came back strong in Game 2.”

The Lady Indians improve to 26-28 and close out the home schedule Friday against North Platte Community College for the annual Purple-Out games to raise money and awareness for epilepsy. Those games start at noon.

With two wins Friday, the Lady Indians will clinch the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference. MCC leads the conference by percentage points at 7-3 (.700), Southeast is 8-4 (.667), Central Community College is 6-6 and North Platte is 1-9.

The Storm finish the regular season at 13-21 and are the top seed in the Region IX Division II tournament.

MCC closes out the regular season Saturday at Scottsbluff, starting at 2 p.m. (MT). The first game will be the resumption of a rain-suspended game on Easter Sunday. MCC leads the Cougars 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning but WNCC has bases loaded with one out.

With a pair of wins Saturday, MCC could be the third seed in the Region IX Division I tournament which begins May 9.

For more photos from today's games, please visit the MCC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

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

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball

GAME 1 – Southeastern CC 9, McCook CC 7: The Storm scored two runs in the first inning and added seven in the seventh to finish off a wild game.

With the Lady Indians trailing 2-0, freshman Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah) led off the third inning with a single and later scored on a double by sophomore Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia.) One inning later MCC took a 3-2 lead. With two outs, freshman Kassidy Powers (Severance, Colo.) started the rally with a single. Freshman Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) was hit by a pitch and Brooklyn Jensen tied the game with an infield single. Freshman Hannah Jensen (Aurora, Colo.) followed with an RBI-single.

The score remained 3-2 until the bottom of the sixth when MCC scored four runs on a two-out, inside-the-park grand slam by Charchuk.

After the Storm got to MCC starter Kayla Harrison (Richmond, British Columbia) for two in the first she pitched five shutout innings before Southeast scored seven runs on eight singles, a walk and an MCC error.

MCC had 12 hits with three from Charchuk and Powers, and two each from Brooklyn Jensen and sophomore Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.).

GAME 2 – McCook CC 8, Southeastern CC 2: The Lady Indians got down 2-0 as Southeast scored runs in the second and third innings. MCC tied things up in the bottom of the third. Brooklyn Jensen led off the inning with a single and scored on Hannah Jensen’s triple. Emily Charchuk doubled to tie the game 2-2.

The score remained tied until the fifth inning when once again Brooklyn Jensen singled to lead off the inning stole second and came home on an error.

The Lady Indians were able to put the game away with a five-run sixth inning. Sophomore Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) and freshman Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.) led off with back-to-back singles. Freshman Lili Belton (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) bunted both runners up a base and sophomore Taylor Ford (McCook) lined a two-run single hard off the first basemen’s glove to put MCC up 5-2. Hannah Jensen singled, Charchuck doubled in two more MCC runs and Chanel Siebenthal capped the scoring with an RBI-single.

Sophomore transfer Shae Muggridge (Perth, Western Australia) picked up the complete-game win allowing eight hits, one walk. She struck out 10 Storm hitters.

Hannah Jensen led MCC with three hits. The Lady Indians also got multi-hit games from Charchuk, Belton and Brooklyn Jensen,

 





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McCook Community College Men’s Basketball Coach Brandon Lenhart has accepted a new coaching job at Minot State University in Minot, N.D.

“Coach Lenhart has been a tremendous asset to our program, the college, and the community,” said MCC Vice President Kelly Rippen. “Every year he challenged himself in new ways to better serve our students and his athletes. He is a phenomenal coach with so much to offer and I am proud to see him offer those skills to a new program.”

Athletic Director Jon Olsen who returned to MCC to coach baseball the same year as Lenhart -- 2007 -- said it’s bittersweet news for the college.

“This is a tough one, I wish him all the luck,” Olsen said. “I’m seen him grow as a coach over the years, and take on new responsibilities. I think this is a great opportunity for him, but it’s tough to see him go.”

“McCook and MCC will always hold a special place in our family’s hearts, so many firsts took place here both professionally and as a family,” Lenhart said. “We are excited for our new opportunity at Minot State University, and look forward to having the same reception we received in McCook 12 years ago.

Lenhart came to MCC in 2007 and since that time his teams compiled a 192-181 record. Also during that time there were nine players who earned academic All-American honors, 11 garnered all Region IX honors, and 29 players were named to all-Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference teams.

“I have been coaching college basketball for 18 years now, and this position at Minot State University will be the first position where I am able to concentrate on solely on basketball,” Lenhart said. “This has been a goal and dream of mine for the past three years. God opened the door for this great opportunity for us and we are excited to work with the people of Minot, N.D.”

In addition to his responsibilities with the men’s basketball program, Lenhart was a Career Counselor with Mid-Plains Community College Career Services and served as Assistant Athletic Director for the past five years.

“Words alone can not express how appreciative I am of him for the amount of work he has put in on the basketball court, for career services side and all the tasks on the athletic side,” Olsen said.

“He has always had very high expectations for his players, his staff, and himself,” Rippen said. “The impact Brandon has made on the MCC tribe and the community of McCook is unmatched and commendable. He will be dearly missed.”

“Although I hate to see him go, I wish him and his family the very best in their next adventure and hope he knows he will always be part of our MCC family no matter where he is,” Rippen said.

“My family would like to thank the community of McCook and surrounding area for welcoming us with open arms since the time we all stepped foot in McCook in July of 2007. I also want to thank all of the wonderful people at Mid-Plains CC I have had the pleasure of working with for the past 12 years, especially the staff in career services, the athletic department, and all of the special people at MCC,” Lenhart said. “We will always be family.”





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