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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report says there are more doctors in Nebraska than there were 10 years ago, but 13 counties still don't have a primary care physician.

The Status of the Healthcare Workforce report issued Wednesday says data from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the state show the number of doctors has risen 11 percent.

The report says nearly a fifth of physicians in Nebraska are more than 60 years old and likely to retire in the near future. It also says 18 of 93 Nebraska counties have no pharmacist.

The report recommended more state support for programs and educational initiatives that provide incentives for health care professionals to practice in rural communities.


(GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two men and seized 149 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2017 Dodge Caravan for failing to signal near York, at mile marker 353. During the stop, the trooper observed a vacuum-sealed bag of marijuana plainly visible inside the vehicle.

Troopers and deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office searched the vehicle and discovered 149 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $447,000.

The driver, Robert Rosenwasser, 56, of Florida, and Milton Coore, 53, of Jamaica, 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 York County Jail.


#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


Officers from the Chardon Police Department (CPD) and the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a man who was wanted on multiple felony warrants after escaping from the Nebraska Department of Corrections Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook, NE on December 21, 2016.

CPD’s investigation into the whereabouts of Charles Canaday, 37, determined that he was hiding at a residence in Chadron. On Wednesday evening, CPD requested NSP SWAT team assistance in serving a search warrant on the home at 502 West Niobrara Ave. While serving the warrant, NSP SWAT found Canaday hiding in the home and observed several items related to drug activity.

CPD obtained a second search warrant to investigate the suspected drug activity. Officers from both CPD and NSP seized several grams of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and multiple firearms and arrested two other men.

Charles Canaday was arrested and lodged in Dawes County Jail for outstanding warrants from Dawes County and Red Willow County related to his escape from the WEC, including Escape When Under Arrest on a Felony Charge, Attempt of a Class II Felony, Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, Use of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony, Theft by Unlawful Taking ($500-$1,500) and a charge of Unauthorized Ingestion of a Controlled Substance from Fall River County, South Dakota.

At the time of his escape, Canaday was serving a sentence of six to 24 years for multiple Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief convictions from four Nebraska counties. His escape prompted an alert from the Nebraska State Crime Stoppers network. The Nebraska Crime Stoppers tip-line is always active at 1-800-422-1494 and can also be reached online at

During the service of the search warrant, Del Canaday, 31, and Gage Canaday, 27, were arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and being an Accessory to a Felony. Both men were lodged in Dawes County Jail.


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.  

On Friday, June 8, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C and officers from the Grand Island Police Department conducted an undercover operation to target and identify individuals soliciting prostitution in the Grand Island area.

This was an operation of the Central Region of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force. The effort resulted in the arrest of seven individuals for soliciting prostitution.

In addition to attempting to rescue those being trafficking against their will for commercial sexual activity, other key tenets to the Human Trafficking Task Force are to attempt to reduce the demand for commercial sexual activity by conducting undercover investigations targeting and identifying sex buyers.

The following individuals were arrested and lodged in Hall County Corrections for Solicitation of Prostitution: Brandon Stickley, of Cairo, Craig Jones, of Kearney, Jesus Oliveros, of Grand Island, Buckley Haag, of Bartley, Michael Smidt, of Glenvil, Steve Cole, of St. Paul, and Mike Aipperspach, of Hastings.


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

   MILES CITY, Mont. – The Western Nebraska Community College outhit Miles Community College in both games on Friday, but the Pioneers registered two victories in the Empire Conference doubleheader.
                In the opener, Alex Oehme tossed a 3-hitter but the Pioneers earned the 2-0 win.
                The second game saw Miles jump out to an 8-0 lead before WNCC plated eight runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneers earned the 13-8 victory.
                The 6-game series could decide the fourth team for the Region IX tournament. Miles moves to 14-18 in the conference while WNCC drops 12-20. Otero topped Lamar earlier in the week and are 15-21.
                WNCC needs to win three of the last four to earn a 3-way tie with Otero and Miles, or win four straight to earn the fourth spot outright.
                Friday’s first game was a pitcher’s duel between Oehme and Parker McRae. Oehme struck out seven and allowed just three hits in the complete game, while McRae earned the win, allowing five hits and striking out five.
                Miles scored runs in the first and sixth inning to pick up the opening-series win. WNCC managed just five hits in the contest, all singles. Tyler Shubert had two hits, while Esai Hernandez, Harrison Yates, and Brandan Maher each had one.
                Game two was the opposite of the opener with the teams combining for 21 runs and 23 hits. Miles was the offensive demon first, plating eight runs in five innings in holding an 8-0 lead.
                WNCC started to awaken at the plate, scoring six times in the sixth to slice the lead to 8-6. The inning started with three straight singles by Brandan Maher, Jonathan Bermudez, and Tyler Olson to load the bases. Tommy McRill comes through with a single to score one run followed by Brevin Owen waling to plate another run.
                Yates finishes off the scoring in the sixth when he leaves the yard with a grand slam.
                Miles came right back and plates five runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 13-6 lead.
                The Cougars kept battling, scoring twice in the seventh on run-scoring singles by Shubert and Yates, but that was as close as they could get.
                WNCC finished with 12 hits in the contest. Yates, Tyler Olson, Mitch Lightbody, and Jonathan Bermudez all had two hits in the defeat. Yates had the only extra base hit with a home run and five RBIs. Olson scored two runs.
                Zach Berg was saddled with the loss. Berg gave up eight hits and eight runs while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings. Nat Andresen and Wellington Mariano also saw action in the game. Mariano allowed five runs on three hits, while Andresen struck out two.
                The two squads will be back in action for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
Game 1
WNCC                   000 000 0 – 0 5 1
Miles                     100 001 x – 2 3 0
LP – Alex Oehme
Game 2
WNCC                   000 006 2 – 8 12 4
Miles                     230 035 x – 13 11 0
LP – Zach Berg
HR – Harrison Yates

The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team played well defensively, but Lamar Community College scored two, 9th-inning runs to prevail 4-3 in an Empire Conference game Saturday afternoon at Cleveland Field.
                The loss was the second straight last-inning defeat for the Cougars. WNCC lost to NJC in the bottom of the seventh 3-2 on Thursday.
                WNCC falls to 7-17 in conference play while Lamar moves to 16-9. The Cougars trail Otero for the final tournament spot. Otero is 12-13 in conference play. The Rattlers have a four-game series with conference leading Trinidad State Sunday and Monday.
                WNCC coach Mike Jones said it was a good battle between the two teams and his squad just made a few mistakes that ended up costing them.
                “We did some things really well and then we made four or five mistakes that hurt us,” Jones said. “If we could eliminate some of those mistakes, we came away with the win.”
                The Cougars even outhit Lamar 10-6 and they had good pitching.
                “Alex Oehme pitched an excellent game for us,” Jones said. “Then Tyler Olson was able to contribute with some, what we call, team at-bats. Jonathan Bermudez hit the ball really well. We did do a lot of things well. Unfortunately, a few of our mistakes cost us.”
                Saturday’s Lamar contest was a game the Cougars played well enough to win. WNCC struck first by scoring two in the second. Bermudez led off with a double and scored on a Olson single. After a Tyler Shubert single, Olson would come around to score on an error for the 2-0 lead.
                Lamar came back with single runs in the third and fourth to tie the game.
                WNCC immediately went back in front 3-2 with a single run in the fourth. Bermudez leads off with a single followed by a bunt single by Olson. Claude Bova drives in Bermudez with a single to line drive with no outs. The Cougars then couldn’t get any more runs in.
                Neither team scored the next four innings as both defenses were playing strong. The ninth inning turned out to be the difference as Lamar mounted a rally. Lamar scored two runs on three walks and just one hit to grab its first lead of the game at 4-3.
                WNCC couldn’t get anything going in its final at bat to suffer the heartbreaking loss.
                Olson and Bermudez led the offense with three hits each. Olson had all singles, while scoring a run and knocking a run in. Bermudez had a double and two runs scored.
                Alex Oehme started the contest and went six strong innings. Oehme scattered five hits giving up two runs while striking out five. Hunter Parker tossed the last three innings in suffering the loss. Parker allowed one hit and two runs, while striking out three.
                WNCC will look to get back in the win column when they host Northeastern Junior College in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 1 p.m.
                Jones said his team need to start winning because they are running out of time.
                “We have to keep learning from our mistakes,” he said. “We have to come back right back at it on Wednesday. We really have to start winning some of these conference games. We are running out of time and we have to play better on Wednesday.”      
Lamar                    001 100 002 – 4 6 1
WNCC                   020 100 000 – 3 10 1
LP – Hunter Parker
2B – Jonathan Berudez

The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team wrapped up the home portion of their season with a split with McCook Community College Sunday afternoon at Cleveland Field.
                In the opener, McCook scored three, fifth-inning runs and hung on for the 4-2 win. The second game saw WNCC’s Blake Slaymaker toss a 3-hitter in leading the Cougars to the 3-1 win to send the 13 sophomores out with a win in their final game at Cleveland Field.
                Gering’s Esai Hernandez, one of the sophomores, said they played well despite the split.
                “We played good. The pitching was really good,” Hernandez said. “The pitchers really located and were down in the zone. The defense was really good behind the pitchers and made plays when needed to. It was a good day.”
                The offense also did good things behind the pitching staff excellent day. The first game loss saw WNCC just not able to get a clutch hit, while the second game, the Cougars scored when they needed to early and then rode the strong-arm of Slaymaker on the mound.
                “Pitching was definitely the key today,” the Hernandez said. “The second game our approaches at the plate was way better and it definitely made a difference in the second game over the first game.”
                It was especially awarding for Hernandez and the rest of the sophomores to finish their careers at home with a win.
                “It means a lot to wrap up mine and the sophomores’ career on the field, especially with a win,” Hernandez said. “it is really special for us sophomores and I am pretty sure we will all miss playing here.”
                More importantly the Cougars are still in line for a regional tournament berth. The Cougars will next be in action on Monday when they travel to Northeastern Junior College for a 9-inning game. They then will wrap up the regular season with a six-game series at Miles Community College. Miles is 12-18 in the conference with six games left, while WNCC is 11-18 with seven games left.
                Hernandez said they must play well, just like they did in the second game on Sunday and the 17-13 win on Saturday.
                “We just need to play like we did [Saturday] and the second game today. The pitchers need to keep executing, the defense plays well, and the offense has good approaches,” Hernandez said. “We just need to drive in the runs when we need to.”
                Sunday’s contest was decided by pitching as both teams’ pitching and defense were stellar on the day. In the opener, Hunter Parker and Kale Litzelman allowed just seven hits and four runs. WNCC just couldn’t get the clutch hit to score runs when they needed.
                The second game belonged to Slaymaker, who tossed the complete game. McCook had just one double in the contest against Slaymaker from the bat of Beau Hawley. McCook pitcher Jacob Lombardelli also tossed a strong contest to go the distance. Lombardelli allowed five hits and all three runs came in the first two innings.
                WNCC and McCook each plated a single run in the first-inning of the second game. After McCook scored one, WNCC plated one after Cole Williams doubled and scored on a Brandan Maher single.
                WNCC added two runs in the second to grab a 3-1 lead. Tommy McRill led off with a single. Harrison Yates then was hit by a pitch. Mitch Lightbody followed with a 2-out triple to plate both runs.
                After that, neither team had much offense. Slaymaker cruised along, having three 3-up, 3-down innings. McCook had just three base runners in the final five innings. Slaymaker tossed just 87 pitches in seven innings of work.
                 The first game also saw fine pitching on both sides. McCook’s Tyler Cox went the distance in allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out six Cougars. WNCC’s Parker also went strong, going 6 1/3 innings in scattering six hits and allowing four runs. Parker struck out nine batters before giving way to Litzelman, who allowed just one hit in two-thirds of an innings.
                Offensively, WNCC scored single runs in the first and sixth innings.  Lightbody led off with a walk followed by a double by Brandan Maher. Lightbody then scored on a groundout for the 1-0 lead.
                The lead stayed that way until the fifth with McCook plated three runs on two outs to grab the lead. The Cougars sliced the deficit to a single run in the sixth as Claude Bova singled home Jonathan Bermudez. WNCC couldn’t get any more runs the rest of the way.
                Both teams had seven hits in the game. Lightbody and Jonathan Bermudez each had two hits while scoring a run. Lightbody finished with two doubles in the setback.
Game 1
McCook               000 030 1 – 4 7 0
WNCC                   100 001 0 – 2 7 1
LP – Hunter Parker
2B – Brandan Maher, Mitch Lightbody 2
Game 2
McCook               100 000 0 – 1 3 0
WNCC                   120 000 x – 3 5 2
LP – Blake Slaymaker
2B – Cole Williams
3B – Mitch Lightbody

   The Western Nebraska Community College and McCook Community College baseball teams combined for 30 runs and 33 hits Saturday in an Empire Conference contest at Cleveland Field.
                In the end, Jonathan Bermudez’ seventh inning grand slam proved to be the difference in leading the Cougars to the 17-13 win.
                Both teams will be back it for a doubleheader on Sunday at Cleveland Field beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday’s contest will also be the last home game for 13 sophomores.
                Cole Williams, one of the sophomores who went 2-for-5 with a home runs and two RBIs, said the team played well, especially offensively.
                “I think we played really as a team,” the Parker, Colorado, infielder said. “We all come together, played well, hit big balls when we needed to.”
                The offense really came around Saturday, and they had to, too. WNCC pounded out 16 hits with two doubles from Brandan Maher and Tyler Olson, one triple from Olson, and home runs from Williams and Bermudez.
                “We had a lot of big hits when we needed them,” Williams said. “We didn’t go down without a fight. It was super important to get those base hits because it puts pressure on the other team in making them get you out. If you don’t put pressure on them, it Is just an easy game for them.”
                Saturday’s game, however, didn’t start as an offensive contest with neither team scoring runs in the first two innings. The third inning on was where the offense came alive. McCook scored runs in six of the last seven innings, while WNCC plated four or more runs in three innings.
                The Indians struck first with three runs in the third before WNCC came back with five runs in the bottom of the frame. Mitch Lightbody started the scoring with a run-scoring single to plate Harrison Yates. Then, with two outs, WNCC added four more as Brandan Maher and Tyler Olson each knocked in a run to know the score. The Cougars went ahead 5-3 on a Tyler Schubert single to score two.
                McCook came back to tie the game with two in the fourth, only to watch the Cougars plate four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Williams started the offense with a 2-run home run. The Cougars added another as Olson had a 2-out triple for a 9-5 lead.
                McCook added single runs in the fifth and sixth to trail WNCC 10-7. It was the seventh inning that became while. McCook plated three runs to tie the score at 10-10. WNCC came back with seven runs in the seventh. WNCC’s big inning all started with Harrison Yates scoring two with a single. Maher than singles in Tommy McRill for a 13-10 lead.
                With the bases juiced, Bermudez hammers a fly ball over the leftfield fence for a grand slam and a 17-10 lead.
                McCook kept the offense going, scoring three in the eighth to cut the lead to. WNCC buckled down on defense in the night, as winning pitcher Nate Kolb struck out two and got another McCook to pop out in foul territory for the win.
                WNCC had six players with multiple hits in the win. Esai Hernandez led the team with three singles with a run scored. Hernandez also had three stolen bases.
                Lightbody, Williams, Maher, Bermudez, and Olson all had two hits. Bermudez had five RBIs and two runs scored to go with his grand slam, while Lightbody scored three runs. Maher added a double with three runs scored and two RBIs, while Olson had a double, triple, two runs scored, and two RBIs.
                Nate Kolb picked up the win, tossing the final 2 1/3 innings in allowing four hits and three runs, while striking out three. Alex Oehme started and went six strong innings in giving up seven runs and nine hits, while striking out six. Devin DeBoer also tossed an inning, allowing four hits and three runs.
                Williams added Sunday’s games are going to be special for the sophomores as they play for the last time at Cleveland Field. Last year WNCC

Here is a list of the upcoming camps that are on the summer agenda.
  • Softball camps, May 29-30 – WNCC softball coach Katelyn Groves will be holding a camp with three sessions on Tuesday, May 29 for ages 14-18, and then Wednesday, May 30 for ages 7-13. The sessions begin at 11 a.m. for defense, 1:30 p.m. for defense, and 4:30 p.m. for pitching and catching. The cost is $30 per session or all three for $75. Instructors are Coach Groves, and assistant coaches Kelsey Bernhardt, Courtney Medina, and Doug Jones.
  • Baseball camp, June 4-7 – The baseball camp is for youngsters ages 7-14 and will run from 9 a.m. to noon all four days. The cost of the camp is $50 and will be held at Scottsbluff’s 23 Club fields. The camp will be instructed by Coach Mike Jones, his assistants, and current and former baseball players.
  • WNCC/YMCA Youth Volleyball camp, June 11-13 – WNCC and the YMCA will co-host a girls volleyball camp on June 11-13 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The camp is for ages 8 and up and will be held at the Scottsbluff YMCA. Cost is $60. For information on the camp, contact Trinity Burgner at the Scottsbluff YMCA at 635-2318 or
  • Alliance Baseball camp, June 11-13 – WNCC will hold a baseball camp at Alliance’s Sudman Fields on June 11-13 from 9 a.m. to noon. Ages for the camp are 7-14 and the cost is $50 per person. The camp will be conducted by WNCC head coach Mike Jones with his assistants and players. Make checks out to Alliance Old-timers Baseball.
  • Boys and Girls Basketball camp, June 25-27 – WNCC men’s basketball coach Cory Fehringer and women’s coach Chad Gibney will hold three camps in June. Boys and girls grades kindergarten through fourth grade will go from 9 – 11:30 a.m.; girls in grades 5-8 will go from 1-3:30 p.m., and boys in grades 5-8 will from 4-6:30 p.m. The cost for early registration is $75 while registration after June 11 is $85.
  • Volleyball High School League, begins June 26 – WNCC hold a 6-week high school summer league on Tuesday nights beginning June 26 with the last night of camp July 31. This is for high school varsity and junior varsity teams. Cost is $30 per player.
  • Volleyball Team Camp, July 9-10 – WNCC volleyball will hold a team camp for junior varsity and varsity teams to play each other for two days. Cost of the camp is $35 per person.
  • Volleyball Little Kids Camp, July 11-12 – WNCC will hold a little kids camp from 8 a.m. to noon on July 11-12. The camp is for youngsters from third to fifth grades. Cost of the camp is $50 per camper.
  • Volleyball Middle School Skills camp, July 16-19 – WNCC will hold a middle school individual skills camp in the morning from 8 a.m. – noon for middle school grades 6th through 8th grades. The camp will run for four days and costs $75 per camper.
  • Volleyball High School Skills camp, July 16-19 – WNCC will hold a high school individual skills camp in the morning from 8 a.m. – noon for middle school grades 9th through 12th grades. The camp will run for four days and costs $75 per camper.
  • Volleyball Setter, Hitter, Libero camp, July 23-24 – WNCC will hold a 2-day, 6-hour camp for setters, hitters, and liberos July 23-24. This camp will be an intense camp with a lot of reps and one-on-one instructions. The camp is for players in 7th through 12th grades and costs $100 per camper.
  • WNCC Soccer camp, July 23-27 – WNCC will hold two soccer camps the week of July 23-27 for ages 8 and up. The morning session, from 9 a.m. – noon will be for recreational soccer players to learn the game of soccer. Also during the morning from 9-11 a.m., there will be an 8-under camp. The evening camp is for advanced/competitive players and will run from 5-8 p.m. The cost for the camp is $90 per person, while the 8-under cost is $75. If a camper goes both session, the cost is just $160.

 All the camp brochures can be downloaded from the WNCC athletic website at The camps are under the “Camps” tab.

For more information on the camps, contact the individual coaches via email or phone, or in the mornings call the athletic office at 635-6151.

Lincoln native Henry Tanksley will transfer from Central Wyoming College in Riverton, WY to Western Nebraska this fall. The 6'3" guard who averaged 12 points while shooting 47 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc in his Freshman campaign.

Tanksley already has division one level offers from Jacksonville State and Montana State for the 2019-20 season. He will join a talented group of guards at WNCC. He will compete with the likes of Dru Kuxhausen who transferred from Chadron State and Jervay Green returns as one of the top guards in the country. 

WNCC Men's Head Basketball Coach Cory Fehringer is reloading the backcourt after losing sharp shooter Trent Harris and star point guard Vinnie Shahid to graduation, Fehringer is looking to go back to the National Tournament again after the Cougars did so for the first time in 17 years this past season. 

 LAMAR, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community College softball team ended their season with a 10-2 defeat to Trinidad State Junior College Saturday afternoon at the Region IX tournament in Lamar, Colorado.
                Trinidad State then scored three runs in the sixth inning to top Otero Junior College 4-3, setting up an if-necessary game on Sunday for the championship. The winner advances to face the Kansas regional at the Kansas team’ home site May 9-10 for a trip the national tournament in St. George, Utah.
                For the Cougars, it was a matter of not being able to find enough hits in the contest. The Cougars had just three hits compared to 15 for the Trojans.
                Madi Jackson led the team at the plate with two hits in the contest while Reagan Solomon had the other hit.
                WNCC struck first as Brooke Doumer scored on a Michaela Kelly hit for the 1-0 lead. Trinidad came back to plate one in the first and two in the third for a 3-1 lead. The Trojans added four in the fourth to expand the lead to 7-1.
                The Cougars tried making a comeback. WNCC loaded the bases in the sixth and then Solomon scored one with a sacrifice fly. WNCC left the bases juiced after that.
                Trinidad put the game away in the bottom of the frame, scoring three time to end the game on the 8-run rule.
                WNCC ends the season at 21-32 and will lose seven sophomores from this year’s team in Madi Jackson, Alyssa Guymon, Allison Parker, Brooke Doumer, Beanie Luttig, Chelsea Gorman, and Christina Nelson.
                The Cougars return six sophomores in pitchers Emma McMillan and Reagan Solomon, and starters Hannah Schaefer, Marlee Grant, Michaela Kelly, Gabby Loya, and Abriana Ramirez.
WNCC                   100 001 – 2 3 2
Trinidad                102 403 – 10 15 2
LP – Emma McMillan


LAMAR, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community College softball team went 1-1 on the first day of the Region IX softball tournament Friday at Lamar, Colorado.

                WNCC scored two 8th-inning runs against top-seeded Lamar Community College in registering the 6-4 win in the first round. The Cougars then fell 8-6 in the winner’s bracket final to Otero Junior College.

                Other action in the tournament saw Otero defeated Trinidad 2-1. Trinidad State then eliminated the top-seed Lamar Friday night with a 4-2 win.

                WNCC will face Trinidad State in an elimination game on Saturday at noon. The winner will have a date with Otero at 3 p.m. in the championship. WNCC will need to win three straight, including an if-necessary game on Sunday to win the championship.

                The WNCC and Lamar contest was a championship-type of contest. Lamar, who defeated WNCC six times during the regular season jumped to a 2-0 lead after one inning. The Cougars sliced the lead in half with a single run in the third as Madi Jackson rips a 2-out triple to score Alyssa Guymon.

                Lamar responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning for a 4-1 lead. After that, the Cougar defense stepped up to hold Lamar scoreless in the next five innings, including stopping the Lopes from scoring with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.

                In the meantime, WNCC started its comeback with a single run in the fifth on a Gabby Loya single that scored Guymon.

                WNCC tied the game in the sixth. Lamar walked the bases loaded. With two outs, Doumer reaches on an error that scores one run. Jackson then walked to bring in the tying run.

                Neither team scored in the seventh. The eighth inning saw Marlee Grant and Guymon each single. Doumer then rips a double to plate Grant with the go-ahead run. Jackson hits a sacrifice fly to plate an insurance run.

                WNCC finished the game with nine hits. Jackson led the way with a 3-for-4 game with a triple and three RBIs. Alyssa Guymon finished with two hits with three runs scored. Guymon had two walks. Doumer had the only other extra base hit with a double.

                McMillan picked up the win, going eight innings in allowing 10 hits and four early runs. McMillan struck out four and walked four while tossing 162 pitches.

                The game with Otero proved to be an offensive game as the two teams combined for 23 hits and 14 runs. WNCC struck first with Doumer ripping a solo home run.

                Otero responded with three in the second for a 3-1 lead. WNCC came back to plate a single run in the third as Michaela Kelly ripped a 2-out double to score Doumer and cut the lead to 3-2.

                Otero went up 4-2 with a run in the fifth. That was when WNCC started the comeback, scoring two in the sixth to knot the game at four. McMillan doubles to score Kelly for one run and then Grant got a 2-out double to score McMillan to tie the contest.

                WNCC couldn’t hold Otero down in the sixth as the Rattlers scored four times on four hits. All four runs came with two outs.

                The Cougars did get a comeback in the seventh, scoring twice. The first run came as Kelly doubled home Jackson and the second run came on a Reagan Solomon sacrifice fly.

                WNCC finished with 11 hits with six of them going for extra bases. Kelly led the way with three hits, including two doubles, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Doumer and Jackson each had two hits. Doumer had a home run with two RBIs and a run scored, while Jackson had a double with a run scored.

                Grant finished with a double and a run scored, while McMillan had a double with a RBI and run scored.


Game 1

WNCC                   001 012 02 – 6 9 1

Lamar                    202 000 00 – 4 10 1

WP – Emma McMillan

2B – Brooke Doumer

3B – Madi Jackson


Game 2

WNCC                   101 002 2 – 6 11 1

Otero                    030 014 x – 8 12 2

LP – Reagan Solomon

2B – Marlee Grant, Madi Jackson, Michaela Kelly 2, Emma McMillan

HR – Brooke Doumer

                Christina Nelson and Chelsea Gorman spent two years with the Western Nebraska Community College softball team and never played an inning during the spring because of injuries.

                On Sunday, during WNCC’s final regular season home game and sophomore recognition, Nelson and Gorman were given an opportunity to be on the field with their teammates, serving as honorary base coaches for the first inning of game one with their game with Otero Junior College.

                The two, who hope to be coaches in the future, were shocked when their names were called over the PA system.

                “I had no idea we were going to coach the inning,” Nelson said. “It truly meant a lot to us that coach [Katelyn Groves] allowed us to do that. It was our way of being on the field for sophomore day and it was fun.”

                Gorman, too, was shocked but appreciated Coach Groves for doing something for them.

                “I was totally shocked when coach let Christina and I coach the team for an inning and be out on the field,” she said. “I thought it was really cool of her to let us have that moment with the team on sophomore day.”

                WNCC split the Region IX conference doubleheader on Sunday, falling 11-2 in game one before coming back to earn an emotional 10-9 win in game two in the sophomores last home game. Besides Nelson and Gorman, the other five sophomores recognized were Brooke Doumer, Alyssa Guymon, Madi Jackson, Allison Parker, and Beanie Luttig.

                Nelson said the second game was the way the team needs to play, minus the sixth inning when Otero scored nine runs. Nelson said it felt good to finish off the home campaign with a win.

                “Overall we did well. We played together as a team and did our jobs the second game and played hard the entire game,” Nelson said. “It’s definitely nice to go out on a win. I’m super proud of my teammates and the hard work they’ve put in all season long. They didn’t give up and they showed a lot of fight and for that I am proud of them.”

                Gorman said this team always has fight in them, even when the times get tough. That is what they showed in game two, plenty of fight.

                “The second game we got timely hits and worked as a team early in the game,” she said. “We were ready to go at the beginning and I think that is an important thing for this team. Overall, I think we are working in the right direction. I just love our team and I love the way we are able to fight and play for each other. Playing at home is always a great feeling and ending with a win makes it even better.”

                WNCC did show plenty of fight in the second game. The Cougars plated three in the first inning. Emma McMillan started things with a double and then loaded the bases. Gabby Loya was walked to force in the first run followed by Reagan Solomon scoring two runs with a single.

                WNCC added a single run in the second as Michaela Kelly singled home McMillan.

                WNCC went up 6-0 after four innings as McMillan and Doumer had back-to-back home runs.

                Otero responded with a thunder in the sixth, scoring nine times on nine hits. Eight of the runs game with two outs to grab a 9-6 lead.

                The Cougars responded right back in the bottom of the sixth with four runs. WNCC loaded the bases to start the inning as McMillan and Alyssa Guymon earned walks and Marlee Grant singled. After Guymon scored on an error, Madi Jackson singled to bring the Cougars to within 9-8.

                Kelly followed with a single to score McMillan and Doumer with the tying and go-ahead runs.

                The Cougars finished the game with nine hits. Michaela Kelly led the team with three singles with three RBIs and a run scored. McMillan finished with two hits, a double and home run with three runs scored. Doumer had a home run in the contest while finishing with two RBIs and th

Western Nebraska Community College men’s and women’s basketball coaches Cory Fehringer and Chad Gibney will conduct basketball camps for girls and boys from grades Kindergarten through eighth grade June 25-27 at Cougar Palace.

Boys and girls grades kindergarten through fourth grade will go from 9 – 11:30 a.m.; girls in grades 5-8 will go from 1-3:30 p.m., and boys in grades 5-8 will from 4-6:30 p.m.

The cost for early registration is $75 while registration after June 11 is $85.

Both WNCC basketball teams went to the NJCAA national tournament last year. The men captured their first Region IX title since 2001 while the women earned an at-large berth to the national tournament.

For a camp brochure, click the camp tab or the camp banner on the WNCC athletic website at Contact Fehringer or Gibney, or assistant coaches Billy Engel and Roybell Baez for further details on the camp.

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