Tri-Cities

McCook

North Platte

Scottsbluff

Tri-Cities

Country 96 AM 1430 KRGI 97-3 The Wolf

McCook

Coyote Country 93.9 The Zone True Country 102.1

North Platte

Rock 100 Country 93.5 TBD

Scottsbluff

KMOR-FM Sunny 99.3 Wild Country 106.9

Local law enforcement is participating in the 4th annual, “Shop with the Cop” program, which is scheduled forDecember 1st, 2018 at the Hampton Inn and Suites located in Scottsbluff. There are only 100 students selected in the entire county, who are nominated by school staff or a School Resource Officer to “Shop with a Cop.”

The purpose of the event is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Each student will be given the opportunity to spend $75.00 to purchase gifts for members of their family. We will have 2-3 students that are assigned to each police officer. The students will ride in the police officers patrol vehicle to a local department store. In the spirit of giving and the joy that it brings the giver, they are encouraged to spend the money on family or friends rather than themselves. After shopping, special volunteers wrap their gifts for them so that they can have a snack and continue to get to know the police officers before being picked up by their parents.

This is a great event that only comes once a year. It is only possible through the generous donations of individuals and businesses in our community. If you would like to donate to this years “Shop with a Cop” event you can find the official GoFundMe Fundraiser athttps://www.gofundme.com/2018-sb-county-shop-with-a-cop, or any Platte Valley Bank location. Feel free to contact your local police unions for more information.



-

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.


-

#1. 2018 Toyota C-HR donated by TEAM Auto Center - Garrett Dudden

#2. 2018 Honda Pioneer 500 donated by Sandberg Honda - Brock Schank

#3 .$2,000 Cash donated by McDonalds of W.Neb & Torr. WY - Jennifer Schwab

#4. 2 Rndtrip tickets donated by Skywest Airlines - Teresa Swank

#5. La-Z-Boy Recliner donated by Webber’s Furniture - Troy Ouderkirk

#6. Fire Pit Table & Chairs donated by Carr-Trumbull Lumber - Evelyn Bjordahl

#7. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Diane Vandenberg

#8. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Karol Nyquist

#9. 2 - 2019 Western Nebraska Pioneers Season tickets - Judy Howell

#10. $250 Gift Card donated by The Steel Grill - John Maser

#11. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Maria Lara-Montelango

#12. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Juan Gonzales

#13. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Mike Rotness

#14. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Gina Cannon

#15. $200 Cash donated by KNEB - Stacy Keller

#16. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Steve Cervantes

#17. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Debbie Edmuds

#18. One year of Car Washes donated by Paradise - Angela Miller

#19. 12 Haircuts in a year donated by Attitudez Salon - Nickole DeWitt

#20. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Jayme Hallman

#21. Birthday Party donated by Carpenter Center - mindy Reed

#22. 3 month Family Membership donated by YMCA - Zita Bolinger

#23. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Michael Miller

#24. $100 in Gift Cards dontated Runza - Ruth Kozal

#25. King Kong Pizza Dinner donated by Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria - Andrew Weber

#26. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Craig Rubottom

#27. $75 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Trisha Luckinbill

#28. $100 Gas Card donated by WTT - John Farrington

#29. $25 Gift Card donated by Runza - Danielle Lenebeck

#30. 60 minute facial donated by Rachel Ann Esthetics - Kristen Mitzel


-

30th Annual Spooktacular

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

6:30pm-8pm

$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.



-

The crash occurred at just before 11am on Thursday near mile marker 100 on Highway 385 in Morrill County. A southbound Jeep had crossed the center line and struck a northbound semi head on. The driver of the Jeep, Chester Shuster, 71, of Alliance was killed in the collision. It is believed that Shuster was suffering a medical episode at the time of the crash. A trooper and three civilians on scene performed CPR on Shuster paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced deceased on scene.

-

Construction on 42nd Street - Phase 4 between Avenue B and Rugger Drive is scheduled to begin on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

42nd Street will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of Avenue B to Rugger Drive. The Detour route around the construction area will be Avenue B to Hwy 26 to 5th Avenue.

Construction of this phase is estimated to be complete by September 23, 2018. Additional information will be sent prior to the start of Phase 5.

Access will be as follows:

Elite Health Center/ESU #13/Owen Oral Survery/Sandstone Estates – Access will be provided from 42nd Street from the west via Highway 71 or from the east via Avenue B

Regional West Medical Center – Access to RWMC will be from the west via 42nd and Avenue B or from the east via 42nd and Rugger Drive

Residences on North side of 42nd Street between Avenue B and Rugger Dr – Access provided from a temporary road on the north side of 42nd Street. Contractor will notify residents.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project.



-

67 people were removed from Nebraska roadways during the "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" campaign by the Nebraska State Patrol.  It ran from December 15th to January 1st.  63 drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated and 4 for driving under the influence of drugs.  


-

AUGUST 1, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two men and seized 94 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Cozad.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, a trooper stopped a westbound 2018 Ford F150 for failing to signal near mile marker 227. During the traffic stop, a Dawson County  K9 detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the vehicle.

A search of the pickup revealed 94 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $282,000.

The driver, Michael Hedges, 26, and passenger, Brandon Cannon, 25, both of Oregon, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in Dawson County Jail


-

The YMCA is partnering with Gering Public Schools to offer an after school childcare program this year for GPS students in kindergarten through fifth grade!  The program will be hosted at Lincoln Elementary School.  Students from Geil and Northfield participating in the program will be provided bus transportation from their school to the program.

The YMCA After School Childcare Program will begin operation on September 4th, will run from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 2:30 until 5:30 on Wednesdays to accommodate early release.  Program fees will be $10 per day per child.  

Registration for the after school program will take place at the YMCA main office located at 22 South Beltline Highway East, in Scottsbluff.  The YMCA will begin taking registrations on Friday, August 10th.  Students from Northfield and Geil wishing to ride the bus to Lincoln for the program will also need to register to ride the bus.  

If you would like further information about the YMCA After School Program in Gering, please contact the YMCA at (308) 635-2318.

-

AUGUST 10, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — During the evening hours of Thursday, August 9, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol conducted alcohol inspections in Lincoln 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 the Nebraska DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.

In total, 12 businesses were inspected. Six of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 50 percent. Four of the businesses that sold to a minor did not check ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections were:

Ozzie’s I-80 – Sutherland (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

The Bottle Stop – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

Flying J Travel Center #687 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)

Time Saver #7 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)

Starting Gate – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

Unreel Events – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

 

The investigators inspected liquor stores, convenience stores, golf courses, and bars.

The Nebraska State Patrol performs these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. Businesses which 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.


-

We feature the Wauneta-Palisade Football team. The Broncos coming off of a 5-4 record and a playoff berth in 2017. TBroncoscos last year faced with a tough schedule with there opponents that they lost to had a combined record of 28-4. The Broncos look to regroup this upcoming season in 2018 returning a big majority of the team after only losing 3 seniors last year. Hometown Family Radio able to talked with Co Head Coach Randy Geier about who he has returning for the broncos here in 2018.  Wauneta-Palisade opens up the 2018 season at home on Friday, August 24th hosting Hitchcock County a game we will carry on Coyote Country 105.3.





Randy Geier

-

Thursday, August 30th 

Bishop Neumann 61, Lincoln Lutheran 33
Creighton Preparatory School 59, Omaha Central 14
Falls City Sacred Heart 34, Lawrence-Nelson 12
Morrill 70, Leyton/Banner County 32
Omaha South 42, Omaha Bryan 28
Randolph 40, Plainview 8

 

Friday, August 31st 

Adams Central 40, Milford 29

Ainsworth 38, Neligh-Oakdale 34

Alliance 17, Chadron 6

Amherst 28, Bertrand 22

Arapahoe 32, Elm Creek 26

Arcadia-Loup City 48, Shelton 6

Archbishop Bergan 39, Crofton 7

Ashland-Greenwood 25, Platteview 3

Auburn 45, Fort Calhoun 0

Aurora 60, Kearney Catholic 21

Axtell 63, Pleasanton 28

Battle Creek 51, Twin River 0

Bellevue West 81, Bellevue East 6

Beloit, Kan. 47, Fairbury 12

Bloomfield 44, St. Mary's 6

Broken Bow 27, Minden 14

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 40, Elmwood-Murdock 0

Burwell 62, West Holt 14

Cedar Bluffs 40, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 36

Centennial 33, Malcolm 14

Central City 28, Columbus Scotus 20

Central Valley 70, Giltner 20

Chase County 13, North Platte St. Patrick's 9

Cody-Kilgore 44, Arthur County 38

Columbus 35, North Platte 15

Columbus Lakeview 31, Douglas County West 14

Crawford 42, Potter-Dix 18

Creighton 50, Clearwater/Orchard 44

Cross County 54, Palmer 12

David City 42, Syracuse 0

Diller-Odell 58, Blue Hill 8

Doniphan-Trumbull 21, Centura 7

Dorchester 48, St. Edward 26

Elkhorn 13, Norfolk 10

Elkhorn Mount Michael 33, Omaha Gross Catholic 21

Elkhorn South 17, Millard North 6

Exeter-Milligan/Friend 60, Palmyra 28

Falls City 21, Raymond Central 17

Freeman 25, Hastings St. Cecilia 0

Fremont 56, Omaha Benson 13

Garden County 48, Bayard 6

Gothenburg 21, Cozad 0

Grand Island 42, Lincoln High 27

Grand Island Central Catholic 45, Superior 7

Guardian Angels 32, Howells/Dodge 28

Hampton 43, Santee 6

Hartington-Newcastle 57, Niobrara/Verdigre 6

Harvard 52, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 14

Hay Springs 69, Creek Valley 12

Hershey 14, Gibbon 13

Hitchcock County 58, Rawlins County, Kan. 20

Holdrege 20, Fillmore Central 0

Humphrey St. Francis 80, Wynot 36

Hyannis 53, McPherson County/Stapleton 20

Johnson County Central 48, Louisville 13

Johnson-Brock 70, Mead 12

Kearney 49, Lincoln North Star 7

Kenesaw 36, Overton 6

Lexington 49, Schuyler 0

Lincoln East 28, Lincoln Northeast 7

Lincoln Southwest 48, Lincoln Southeast 14

Lingle-Fort Laramie, Wyo. 58, Sioux County 48

Loomis 70, Franklin 16

Lutheran High Northeast 64, Winnebago 26

Madison 69, Omaha Nation 14

Maxwell 90, Wallace 20

Maywood-Hayes Center 70, Silver Lake 12

McCook 35, Grand Island Northwest 21

McCool Junction 49, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 6

Medicine Valley 56, Elwood 12

Meridian 50, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 18

Millard South 42, Lincoln Pius X 39

Mitchell 48, Southeast, Wyo. 14

Mullen 52, Anselmo-Merna 20

Nebraska Christian 54, Nebraska Lutheran 30

Nebraska City Lourdes 48, Tri County 25

Norfolk Catholic 31, Aquinas 7

Norris 30, Crete 13

North Bend Central 30, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 7

Northern Valley, Kan. 50, Alma 48, OT

Oakland-Craig 38, Hartington Cedar Catholic 20

Omaha Burke 31, Millard West 14

Omaha Concordia 31, Lincoln Christian 6

Omaha North 48, Omaha Northwest 6

Omaha Skutt Catholic 33, Omaha Roncalli 13

Omaha Westside 38, Papillion-LaVista 7

Ord 41, Boone Central/Newman Grove 13

Osceola-High Plains 44, Fullerton 32

Papillion-LaVista South 14, Gretna 13

Parkview Christian 74, Omaha Christian Academy 30

Perkins County 50, Southwest 24

Pierce 51, Arlington 8

Plattsmouth 17, Beatrice 7

Ponca 30, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 20

Ralston 42, South Sioux City 6

Ravenna 46, Cambridge 40

Red Cloud 39, Lewiston 20

Riverside 52, Twin Loup 0

Scottsbluff 48, Hastings 14

Seward 46, Gering 0

Shelby/Rising City 48, Sandy Creek 0

Sidney 51, Gordon/Rushville 0

South Loup 26, Hemingford 0

Southern 63, Pawnee City 24

Spalding Academy 60, Heartland Lutheran 34

St. Paul 42, Southern Valley 12

Stanton 28, Tekamah-Herman 14

Sterling 77, Walthill 27

Stuart 36, Boyd County 8

Sutton 38, Wilber-Clatonia 0

Wahoo 54, Nebraska City 19

Wauneta-Palisade 30, Dundy County-Stratton 26

Wausa 47, CWC-Ewing 14

Waverly 45, Bennington 14

Wayne 34, O'Neill 14

Weeping Water 30, Heartland 28

West Point-Beemer 33, Boys Town 13

Wilcox-Hildreth 56, Deshler 20

Wisner-Pilger 42, East Butler 12

Wood River 16, Bridgeport 0

York 50, Blair 28

Yutan 41, Conestoga 0

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Ogallala 14, Valentine 0, suspd. 2nd quarter due to lightning

Eustis-Farnam 40, South Platte 31, suspd. at Half due to lightning

Sutherland 14, Paxton 6 suspd. at Half due to lightning





-

The Zephyrs suffer a doubleheader loss in Chappell on Tuesday evening falling in game one 8-2 and in a pitching duel 1-0 in game two. With the losses the overall record of the Z's drops to 9-20. Zephyrs first year manager Jeremiah Luber is encouraged by his team's resilience and has seen his team make improvements as the Legion Baseball season has progressed. Listen to all of Luber's thoughts right here as well on the Coaches Corner this evening beginning at 6 pm on Sunny 99.3. 





-
Lexington, NE - After going 12 innings on Saturday night falling to Hastings Five Points Bank 7-6, the WESTCO Zephyrs could not put together a rally together on Sunday falling 9-3 to Lexington Pinnacle Bank. WESTCO would jump on top 2-0 in the top of the first, but Lexington would score four runs in the bottom of the third and five more runs would come across in the bottom of the fourth to be the difference. WESTCO would scratch one across in the top of the fifth for their third run of the game. The Zephyrs season comes to an end with their second loss of the Area 7 tournament with a record of 14-35. 


Friday, July 20th 
WESTCO
Lexington 

Saturday, July 21st 
Hastings
WESTCO  6   12 Innings 


Sunday, July 22nd 
Lexington 9 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error 
WESTCO  3 Runs, 4 Hits, 4 Error 




-
The eight-team bracket includes Chadron, Denver School of Science and Technology, Gering, Mitchell, Scottsbluff, Sidney and Sterling High Schools. The Scottsbluff Bearcats had a seven year state tournament run snapped last season by Crete in the District Final's ending the Bearcats season at 18-9. The Bearcats bring back plenty of weapons on the floor with Senior Connor McCracken and Junior Jasiya DeOllos. Scottsbluff lost Vince Quijas, Devin Buderus, and Mason Ramig to graduation. 

Gering basketball will begin a new era as Randy Plummer stepped down after 19 years as head coach of the Bulldogs. Rick Winkler will step in as the interim head coach this season for Gering. The Bulldogs ended the season a game under five hundred last season falling in the sub-districts to Scottsbluff. Gering will be young this season after losing Jake Rocheleau, Tyler Pszanka, Joziah Palomo and Walker Cook to graduation. Interim Head Coach Rick Winkler looks to reload with the likes of Xavier Horst, Kolton Ebbers, Emanuel Campos and Bryce Sherrell. 




It took a while for Western Nebraska Community College’s Esai Hernandez to find a college to attend, but after playing for the Western Nebraska Pioneers, a collegiate summer wood bat league, Hernandez found the perfect school, inking with Mount Marty College, an NAIA school in Yankton, South Dakota.

“I chose Mount Marty because of the opportunity given to me,” Hernandez, a Gering High graduate, said. “It also makes it easier to choose Mount Marty when a teammate of mine is going there and I have already starting building a relationship with one of the coaches.”

Mount Marty became a perfect fit after former Cougar Claude Bova inked to attend the NAIA school in early June. Plus, Pioneers pitching coach Josh Teichroew is an assistant coach at Mount Marty and helped recruit both Hernandez and Bova.

“It was a little difficult finding a college, but it’s relaxing now to finally know where I’m going,” Hernandez said. “I think it’s going to be fun and definitely a new experience being in a different town,” Hernandez said. “I do not know anyone else that is going there.”

Knowing Teichroew was a plus in selecting Mount Marty to continue his collegiate playing while getting his education.

“Playing for the Pioneers helped me because the assistant coach for the pioneers is the pitching coach up there [at Mount Marty] and I am seeing pitching and level that is higher,” he said. “The expedition league has helped a lot with my game so far.”

Hernandez spent three seasons at WNCC, red-shirting his freshman year and playing the last two. Hernandez was a mainstay in the starting lineup last season for the Cougars. This past season, Hernandez batted .241 with 22 runs scored, 13 RBIs, and five doubles.

Hernandez, who said he was also looking at Ottawa University and William Woods University, said he has grown a lot as a baseball player since playing American Legion baseball for Platte Valley Companies.

“My season at WNCC didn’t go as well as I thought,” he said. “But I have improved tremendously since legion ball.”

His improvement can be seen during the Western Nebraska Pioneer games. Hernandez has been a fixture in the lineup for the Pioneers this summer. Hernandez has appeared in 25 games for the 19-10 Pioneers, while batting .286 with two doubles, a triple, 11 runs scored and seven RBIs.

Hernandez said playing for the Pioneers is fun, especially playing with guys from other collegiate baseball teams.

“Playing for the pioneers is fun,” he said. “The guys, the coaches, the fans, and the experience is just so much fun.”

Hernandez plans to major in secondary education in history at Mount Marty.




-

Region IX’s top rated women’s basketball team – Western Nebraska -- came into the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Friday and downed the Lady Indians 94-65.

With the win Western Nebraska closes out their season with 11 straight wins, a 18-1 conference mark and a 26-3 overall mark.

“I’m really proud of our effort tonight,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said.

“Western doesn’t give up many points – less than 40 in their last game and we were able to put up 65 of them,” Fernetti said.

Only one of Western’s 10 previous opponents scored as much as MCC did Friday night.

“We moved the ball and showed good flow.” Fernetti said.

Freshman Brook Jamison (Hyannis, Neb.) led MCC with 19 points and the 5-6 guard also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for a double-double. Her freshman backcourt mate Julianna “Juju” Rosado (Coral Springs, Fla.) had 13 points and six rebounds.

Freshman Sam Hinkle (Rifle Colo.) had 11 points.

The Cougars led 29-21 after the first quarter, 44-32 at the half and then turned on the jets in the third quarter to put the game out of reach dominating MCC 27-12 in the third stanza.

“Defensively – despite giving up 94 points I thought we were a little more consistent and improved on some things,” Fernetti said.

Both teams had 41 rebounds, Western turned the ball over 14 times and MCC had 33.

“It has been a tough year, we’ve been really bruised up down the stretch but we keep battling and competing and that’s all you can ask for as a coach,” Fernetti said.

MCC falls to 6-22 on the season and 5-8 at home and will take on 18-10 Eastern Wyoming Saturday at 2 p.m.

Four MCC sophomores will be recognized before what is the final game of the season. They include: Grace Wellman (Charlotte, N.C.) a sophomore transfer from Catawba Valley; Gabby Enloe (Colorado Springs, Colo.) a sophomore transfer from Trinidad State; Moneshya Green (Haughton, La.) a sophomore transfer from Browne Macke; and Colby Cox (Hayes Center, Wauneta-Palisade High School).





-

Nebraska's Hannah Whitish was named to the 12-player All-Big Ten Team by the conference coaches when the annual preseason honors were announced on Monday, Oct. 22.

The announcement of the preseason teams marked the tip-off of Big Ten Women's Basketball Media Week (@B1GWBBall) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Whitish, a 5-9 junior guard from Barneveld, Wis., led Nebraska in scoring (12.6 ppg) and assists (4.7 apg) as a sophomore in 2017-18. She owned a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as Nebraska's point guard while also ranking among the Big Ten's best three-point shooters. Whitish played a major role in lifting Nebraska to the nation's top turnaround in the win column last season, as the Huskers recorded 14 more victories (21) in 2017-18 than in 2016-17 (7). She captured second-team All-Big Ten accolades at the end of last season while helping Nebraska to the NCAA Tournament.

Whitish was the lone Husker honored by the league in preseason voting of the conference coaches.

The Big Ten Conference does not rank its team's No. 1 through No. 14 in preseason voting, instead the coaches and select media members each choose their projected top-three teams in the league.

Maryland is the preseason pick of the coaches and the media to win the Big Ten, while Iowa was picked No. 2 by both the coaches and media. The league coaches chose Michigan in the No. 3 spot, while the conference media selected Minnesota. Iowa senior center Megan Gustafson, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, was chosen by the coaches to repeat that honor. Gustafson, Maryland's Kaila Charles, Michigan's Hallie Thome and Minnesota's Kenisha Bell were all unanimous preseason all-conference selections by the coaches.

2018-19 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM*

Hannah Whitish, Jr., G, Nebraska

Alex Wittinger, Sr., F, Illinois

Kathleen Doyle, Jr., G, Iowa

Megan Gustafson, Sr., F, Iowa

Kaila Charles, Jr., G, Maryland

Hallie Thome, Sr., C, Michigan

Shay Colley, Jr., G, Michigan State

Kenisha Bell, Sr., G, Minnesota

Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah, Sr., F, Northwestern

Teniya Page, Sr., G, Penn State

Ae’Rianna Harris, Jr., F, Purdue

Dominique Oden, Jr., G, Purdue

Whitish and the Huskers will hit the court for the first time together at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday night for a free Open Practice. Doors at the arena open at 6:45 p.m., and the practice is expected to last until approximately 8 p.m. Autograph opportunities will follow the practice.

Season tickets for Nebraska women's basketball are on sale now at Huskers.com.





-

Nebraska's Amy Williams was named the 2018 Big Ten Women's Basketball Coach of the Year in a vote of conference media and coaches on Monday, Feb. 25.

The second-year Husker head coach has led one of the nation's top turnarounds, guiding the Big Red to a 20-9 overall record that included an 11-5 conference mark to claim the No. 3 seed at this week's Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.

Nebraska has put up a 13-game improvement in the win column over its 7-22 record a year ago - the largest improvement in the nation this season. Although the Huskers finished third in the Big Ten regular-season standings, they entered the final day of the regular season in contention for a share of the Big Ten title just one season after tying for last place in the 14-team league.

Williams, who last week was named one of 10 finalist for the Werner Ladder Naismith National Coach-of-the-Year award, captured her third conference coach-of-the-year honor in the last four seasons. She captured back-to-back Summit League Coach-of-the-Year honors as the head coach at South Dakota in 2015 and 2016 before taking the top job at her alma mater prior to the start of the 2016-17 season.

Williams, who is in her 11th season overall as a collegiate head coach, has produced impressive success at each of her stops. As a second-year coach at Rogers State (NAIA) in 2008-09, she led a five-game improvement in the win column over her first season (13-18) while helping the school make the transition from a junior college program to a four-year team. In her fifth and final year at Rogers State, she led the Hillcats to the NAIA Elite Eight.

In 2012-13, she took over a South Dakota program that managed a 19-16 record in her first season. The next season, she guided the Coyotes to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. In her final year at South Dakota, she led USD to a 32-6 overall record and a 15-1 mark in the Summit League before winning the 2016 Postseason WNIT title. She led South Dakota to regular-season conference titles in 2015 and 2016 after winning the conference tournament title in 2014. She was the Summit League Coach of the Year in both 2015 and 2016.





-

Lincoln - Nebraska's Amy Williams was named a semifinalist for the Werner Ladder Naismith Women's Basketball College Coach-of-the-Year award by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Wednesday morning.

The second-year Husker head coach has led one of the nation's top turnarounds, guiding the Big Red to a 19-8 overall record that has included a 10-4 conference mark heading into the final week of Big Ten play. Nebraska has put up a 12-game improvement in the win column over Nebraska's 7-22 record a year ago. The Huskers head to the final week of Big Ten play in position to contend for a conference regular-season title just a year after tying for last place in the 14-team league.

Williams and Nebraska will play host to Penn State on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Huskers' regular-season home finale. Tip-off between the Big Red and Lady Lions (15-12, 6-8 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m.

The only Big Ten Conference coach listed among the 10 semifinalists for the Naismith National Coach-of-the-Year award, Williams joins Geno Auriemma (UConn), Vic Schaefer (Mississippi State), Jeff Walz (Louisville), Kelly Graves (Oregon), Kim Mulkey (Baylor), Muffet McGraw (Notre Dame), Robin Pingeton (Missouri), Karen Aston (Texas) and Joni Taylor (Georgia) among the contenders for the honor.

The winner of the 2018 Werner Ladder Naismith Women's College Coach-of-the-Year award will be announced on March 31. Fans will be able to support their favorite coach by visiting naismithtrophy.com/vote between March 19-30 to cast their ballot. The fan vote will account for five percent of the overall final vote.

“This has been a remarkable college basketball season thus far, and these 10 semifinalists have proven themselves worthy of being considered for the Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

“Werner is thrilled to be presenting the semifinalists for the Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year,” said Chris Filardi, vice president of marketing at WernerCo. “These coaches set an incredible example both on and off the court.”

Williams, who is in her 11th season overall as a collegiate head coach, has produced impressive success at each of her stops. As a second-year coach at Rogers State (NAIA) in 2008-09, she led a five-game improvement in the win column over her first season (13-18) while helping the school make the transition from a junior college program to a four-year team. In her fifth and final year at Rogers State, she led the Hillcats to the NAIA Elite Eight.

In 2012-13, she took over a South Dakota program that managed a 19-16 record in her first season. The next season, she guided the Coyotes to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. In her final year at South Dakota, she led USD to a 32-6 overall record and a 15-1 mark in the Summit League before winning the 2016 Postseason WNIT title. She led South Dakota to regular-season conference titles in 2015 and 2016 after winning the conference tournament title in 2014. She was the Summit League Coach of the Year in both 2015 and 2016.





-
BG&S Transmissions
Home Federal Bank