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FEBRUARY 14, 2019 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested several people and seized 100 pounds of marijuana during five traffic stops this week on Interstate 80. All five stops happened between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

At approximately 1:55 p.m. MT Tuesday, trooper located more than two pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Toyota Yaris for speeding at mile marker 18 near Kimball. The driver, Jessica Reyna, 25, of Sacramento, California, and passenger, Chase Sinclair, 29, of Charlotte, North Carolina, were both arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.

Troopers then found 85 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT Tuesday. A trooper had stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe parked in a no-parking area on the shoulder of the on-ramp at exit 324 near Giltner. The driver, Franklin Schillfarth, 55, of Maryland, was arrested and was lodged in Hamilton County Jail.

On Wednesday at approximately 7:20 a.m. CT, another trooper stopped an eastbound Kia Rio for speeding at 114 miles per hour on I-80 near North Platte at mile marker 176. Marijuana containers were plainly visible in the vehicle and the trooper found approximately two pounds of marijuana during a search. The driver, Brianna Glover, 23, and passenger, Rashawn Hampton, 23, both of Michigan were arrested and lodged in Lincoln County Jail.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. CT Wednesday, a trooper stopped a Chevy pickup pulling a trailer for failing to stay in its lane near Kearney at mile marker 280. The trooper could smell the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and conducted a search. The search revealed personal use marijuana and a handgun. Additionally three pounds of marijuana was located hidden inside a large, older television. An investigation revealed that the driver was unaware of the marijuana inside the television. The driver, Ryan Taylor, 35, of Florida, was arrested and cited for a concealed handgun violation and personal use marijuana. He was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

Finally, at approximately 10:45 a.m. MT, a trooper discovered seven pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Hyundai Sonata for speeding near Kimball at mile marker 18. The driver, Christopher Seligman, 35, of Maryland, was arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A 19-year-old driver is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 26 for the Platte County crash death of a motorcyclist.

Court records say Daisy Gonzalez, of Madison, pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor vehicular homicide. Prosecutors dropped a related charge in return for her plea.

The records say the collision occurred Aug. 2 at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 91 and 490th Street. The records say her minivan collided with the motorcycle driven by 22-year-old Joshua Gasper, of Columbus. He died days later of his injuries.

News Director Ryan Baker talked to Police Chief Dennis DaMoude tonight after the shooting in Holdrege Thursday afternoon.  

Press Release from Nebraska State Patrol

A Holdrege man has been arrested following the shooting deaths of two people and the wounding of a third person in multiple incidents that occurred in Holdrege during the afternoon hours of Thursday, February 21.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., the Holdrege Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at 416 Logan Street. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the incident. Additional crime scenes were then identified in multiple units at the Sunrise View Apartments at 1422 12th Avenue.

A short time later, a vehicle owned by the suspect was seen traveling in the north part of Holdrege. A short, low-speed pursuit ensued and the suspect drove to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office where he was taken into custody without further incident.  

The suspect, Manuel Gomez, 45, of Holdrege, has been lodged in Phelps County Jail. Gomez is the only suspect in all three shootings.

The victims are identified as Raymond Burton, 65, David Rogers, 54, both of whom were found deceased in separate units of the Sunrise View Apartments. The third victim, Doyle Morse, 64, was able to call 911 after being shot at 416 Logan Street. He has been life-flighted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney in critical condition.

The Nebraska State Patrol has been assisted by the Holdrege Police Department, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office, and South Central Area Law Enforcement Services in the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.

Interview with Dennis DaMoude


Monday, February 25 th : Cheyenne County KS (St. Francis) St. Francis Emergency Building, 125 W Hwy 36

Tuesday, February 26 th : Thomas County (Colby) Community Building downstairs, 285 E 5 th Street
Monday, March 4 th : Greeley County (Tribune) Tribune Fire Department, Ingalls and W Greeley Avenue
Tuesday, March 5 th : Graham County (Hill City) Frontier Stage, 321 Main Street
Thursday March 7 th : Hitchcock County (Culbertson) Culbertson Fire Station, Warsaw and Taylor
Monday, March 11 th : Decatur County (Oberlin) Golden Age Center, 105 W Maple Street
Tuesday, March 12 th : Sherman County (Goodland) Wolak Building, 1006 Center Street
Wednesday, March 13 th : Cheyenne County CO (Kit Carson) Kit Carson Volunteer Fire Department, 306 W 287/Hwy 40
Thursday, March 14 th : Dundy County (Benkelman) EMS Building, 1305 A Street
Friday, March 15 th : Wallace County (Sharon Springs) Wallace County Fairgrounds CAB Building
Monday, March 18 th : Kit Carson County (Burlington) Burlington Ambulance Building, 1576 Lowell Avenue
Tuesday, March 19 th : Yuma County (Wray) Wray Fire Hall, 145 Main Street
Wednesday, March 20 th : Red Willow County (McCook) Heritage Senior Center, 1312 W 5 th Street
Thursday, March 21 st : Wichita County (Leoti) Leoti Fire House, 301 N 4 th Street
Monday, March 25 th : Gove County (Grainfield) Gove County 4-H Building, 757 W 3 rd Street
Tuesday, March 26 th : Sheridan County (Hoxie) Bowen Scott House, 1041 Sheridan Avenue
Thursday, March 28 th : Logan County (Oakley) Logan County Courthouse downstairs, 710 W 2 nd Street
Tuesday, April 2 nd : Rawlins County (Atwood) Prairie Development Center, 208 S 4 th Street
Wednesday, April 3 rd : Norton County (Norton) Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, 14935 US Hwy 36

DEWITT, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old Nebraska boy died after he was hit by a bus driven by his father.
The Beatrice Daily Sun reports the incident happened Saturday in the driveway of the family's rural home about 5 miles east of DeWitt in southeast Nebraska.
Just before 1 p.m. Saturday, the family called for help after the boy was run over. Two-year-old Maddox Weber died at the scene.
The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating.

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the agenda for the 31st Governor’s Ag Conference, which brings together ag producers, industry leaders and agri-business managers in Nebraska on an annual basis to talk about the future of agriculture.  The conference is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 4-5, 2019, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

“For 31 years, the Governor’s Ag Conference has been a premiere forum for Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and industry leaders to come together to discuss agriculture and how to keep growing our state’s number one industry,” said Governor Ricketts.  “We hope you can join us to talk about the future of agriculture in Nebraska.  It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss.”

“We’ve asked industry experts at the local, state and federal level to lead discussions at this year’s Governor’s Ag Conference and share their knowledge and experience with producers and agribusiness leaders from around the state,” said Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman.  “Conference speakers and attendees can use this opportunity to connect with colleagues and prepare for the future.”

The conference starts Monday, March 4, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. with a panel presentation featuring Nebraska entrepreneurs and recruiters.  The panel includes representatives from three innovative Nebraska companies and three organizations involved heavily in recruiting companies to Nebraska.

On the entrepreneur side, the panelists are Vishal Singh with Quantified Ag; Lukas Fricke with ChorChek; and Mitch Minarick with FARMAFIELD.  These speakers will discuss their companies, goals, visions and why they chose Nebraska communities to start their businesses. 

The three people representing recruitment success are: Phil Kozera with Bio Nebraska; Dan Duncan with Innovation Campus; and Bryan Slone with the Nebraska State Chamber.  They will discuss their efforts in recruiting and how to find and attract startups as well as how to connect to established industries. 

Governor Ricketts will moderate this panel presentation that will include questions and answers from the audience.

The annual “Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture” reception, at 6 p.m. on March 4th will feature an assortment of food and beverages from Nebraska.

The conference resumes on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 9 a.m. with a presentation from Jim Smith, executive director of Blueprint Nebraska, an organization that is spearheading a statewide, citizen-led economic development initiative.

Governor Ricketts, NDA Director Wellman and Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Dave Rippe will update conference participants on legislative initiatives in agriculture and highlight the work being done between state agencies to grow Nebraska.  This panel presentation will be moderated by NDA Assistant Director Amelia Breinig.

Next on the agenda will be Jim Wiesemeyer, with Pro Farmer, giving participants an update on the national farm bill and how it will impact farmers and ranchers nationwide as well as here in Nebraska.   

The Governor's Ag Conference is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and is co-sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.  A $125 registration fee covers participation at activities on both Monday and Tuesday.  Registration and additional information is available online at, or by calling NDA toll-free at (800) 831-0550.


On March 5, 2019 Deputies were sent to mile marker 197 (just east of Brady, NE.) on U.S. Highway 30. It was reported two vehicles had struck each other and there were injuries to both drivers. Deputies arrived and met with the drivers of the vehicles.

The investigation showed a black GMC Denali was eastbound on Highway 30 in its proper lane. A white Mitsubishi Mirage was westbound on Highway 30 and crossed the center line and struck the GMC Denali. The driver of the GMC was injured but refused medical treatment.

The driver of the Mitsubishi suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Great Plains Health. He was identified as thirty-one year old Joshua Baker of North Platte. Deputies believed Mr. Baker was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the accident. Deputies found suspected THC Wax in the vehicle and other items. Mr. Baker did not have a license or insurance at the time of the accident. Criminal charges are pending Mr. Bakers release from the hospital and laboratory testing. The investigation continues.

On 2/5/19 at approximately 21:43, Scottsbluff Police responded to the intersection of Hwy 26 and 5th Ave in reference to an injury accident involving two vehicles.  The investigation found that a blue 2005 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Austin Rhamy (20) of Scottsbluff and a gray 2004 GMC Yukon driven by Raquel Wurdeman (23) of Gering were involved in the accident.  It was found that the Chrysler was north bound on 5th Ave and the GMC was east bound on Hwy 26.  The Chrysler and GMC collided in the intersection.  Both drivers reported they each had the green traffic signal in their respective directions of travel.  There were no witnesses on scene to confirm which direction of travel had the green traffic signal.  Both vehicles were estimated to have $7000 in damages.  Both vehicles were required to be towed from the scene.  Wurdeman and one passenger in the GMC had complaints of pain, but declined to be transported by ambulance for treatment.  Scottsbluff Fire Department and Valley Ambulance responded to the accident.  Eastbound lanes of Hwy 26 at 5th Ave were closed for approximately 45 minutes while the accident was investigated. 

JUNE 21, 2019 (BRIDGEPORT, NEB.)  — The Morrill County Sheriff’s is able to release additional details regarding the crash that claimed the life of Nebraska State Trooper Jerry L. Smith, #373, on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

At approximately, 7:36 a.m., the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls in reference to a three-vehicle crash west of Bridgeport on Highway 26, near mile marker 59. The 911 calls indicated that one of the vehicles involved was that of a Nebraska State Trooper. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene at 7:39 a.m. MDT.

The crash occurred when a 2002 Dodge Ram, driven by MaryJo Decora, 60, of Bridgeport, was stopped on the highway waiting to make a left turn into the Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery. Decora’s vehicle was struck from behind by a 2005 Mazda Tribute, driven by Derek Lacrete, 28, of Lewellen. Lacrete’s vehicle hit the back, driver’s side of Decora’s vehicle, causing Lacrete’s vehicle to veer into the oncoming lane, colliding head-on with a Nebraska State Patrol 2016 Dodge Charger, driven by Trooper Jerry Smith, 51, of Scottsbluff.

Trooper Smith was pronounced deceased on the scene. Lacrete was ejected from his vehicle during the crash and was also pronounced deceased on the scene.

The Morrill County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Morrill County ALS, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming State Patrol, and fire departments from Bridgeport, Bayard, and Broadwater all responded to the scene.

The crash is still under investigation by the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office with reconstruction assistance from the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office.

Funeral services for Trooper Smith are pending. Details will be released when appropriate.

MARCH 4, 2019 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)— Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol
(NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Dawson County during the evening hours of Friday,
March 1.
The project was supported in whole or part by grant #93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for
Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and the Nebraska DHHS Division of
Behavioral Health.

In total, 15 businesses were inspected. Three businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-
compliance rate of 20 percent. All of the businesses checked the minor’s ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections were:
Bella Italia – Cozad (checked ID, sold to minor)
El Paraiso – Cozad (checked ID, sold to minor)
Casey’s General Store #2068 – Lexington (checked ID, sold to minor)
The inspections were conducted at liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, and bars.
Businesses that sell alcohol to a minor are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.
Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.
NSP and other law enforcement agencies conduct these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol
out of the hands of minors.

Urbandale, IA – The Tri-City Storm dropped a road game to the Des Moines Buccaneers by a final score of 3-0 Saturday night in Urbandale, Iowa. Despite the loss, Tri-City remains the 1st place team in the USHL league standings entering Friday’s home game against the Green Bay Gamblers at the Viaero Center. Tonight’s game marked only the 3rd time this season that the Storm have been held off the scoreboard. Puck drop for Friday’s home game is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Des Moines scored the game’s 1st goal just over minutes into the game on goal by Michael Mancinelli. The Buccaneers added another goal with under three minutes to go in the period to increase the lead to 2-0. Des Moines’ 2nd goal of the game was scored by Johnny Russel on the power play. The Buccaneers outshot Tri-City 14-9 in the 1st period and carried a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period.

Mac Welsher netted the Buccaneers’ third goal of the game at 11:21 of the 2nd period to increase the lead to 3-0. Des Moines outshot Tri-City 10-9 and lead 3-0 entering the 3rd period. Neither teams scored a goal in the 3rd period and Tri-City was shutout for only the 3rd time this season. The Buccaneers outshot the Storm 31-26 in the game.

Tri-City dropped to 29-9-1-1 in the loss, but still holds a one-point lead over the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL league standings. The Storm return home next weekend to host the Eastern Conference’s Green Bay Gamblers in back to back games at the Viaero Center. The Gamblers dropped a road game 3-1 to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday night.

Tri-City returns to action Friday in a home game against the Green Bay Gamblers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm


The McCook Community College baseball team dropped a pair of games to Trinidad State Junior College Saturday to dampen the hopes of making the post-season. The Indians lost the first game 3-1 and fell in Game 2 by the score of 5-3.

The losses put MCC at 12-18 and in sixth place in the Empire League Standings of Region IX. Only the top four teams in the standings will play in the Region IX post-season tournament. MCC trails fourth place Western Nebraska by four games with six conference games left.

These two teams will play again Sunday in a game that has been moved up to noon.

Trinidad State improves to 20-12 (and 26-22 overall) and move into a first-place tie with Lamar Community College.

GAME 1 – Trinidad State JC 3, McCook CC 0: -- Trinidad State’s Anthony Durbano carried a no-hitter one out into the seventh inning before the Indians Justin Lucas (Las Vegas) tallied the Indians’ first hit. One batter later sophomore Ricardo Jimenez, (Hialeah, Fla.) singled in the only run of the game and represented the tying run with one out, but the Indians were not able to push any more runs across the plate.

The Indians were only able to manage four baserunners in the game with the two hits, one walk and one reached on an error.

Freshman pitcher Isaac Vargas, LHP, (Greeley, Colo.) went seven innings, allowed five hits and one earned run. He walked three and struck out nine.

GAME 2 – Trinidad State JC 5, McCook CC 3: The Trojans scored runs in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead. The Indians tied the game in the third inning. Angel Mojica (Denver) lined a one-out double to left and scored on a single by Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, (Austin, Texas). Julio Seperich (Las Vegas) doubled in Clark-Chiapparelli to knot the game at 2-2.

Trinidad State regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning with two runs.

MCC scored a run in the fifth inning on an RBI single from freshman Trevor Pacheco (Pueblo, Colo.) but the Trojans added an unearned run in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.

The Indians mounted a two-out rally in the sixth with a walk and back-to-back singles but the final out was made at the plate.

Clark-Chiapparelli went the distance on the mound yielding seven hits and four earned runs. He walked two and struck out five.

MCC had seven hits in the game with two each from Seperich and Mojica

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The McCook Community College baseball team committed six errors Sunday and managed just two hits in a 10-0 loss to Trinidad State Junior College. The Trojans swept the three-game series.

Sophomore Ricardo Jimenez, (Hialeah, Fla.) lined a one-out double in the first inning and that was the only offense MCC showed off Trinidad starter Elvin Codero until the sixth inning when freshman Trevor Pacheco (Pueblo, Colo.) beat out an infield single. Codero picked up the win in six innings, walking three and striking out seven Indians.

The Trojans took the lead with four unearned runs in the second inning on three MCC errors and four singles. In the third, Trinidad State stretched the lead to 6-0 on three two-out singles and put the game away with four runs in the sixth.

Freshman Braden Babcock, (Oshawa, Ontario), went 5.2 innings for MCC surrendering four earned runs, 12 hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Freshman Anthony Kingsbury, (Gatineau, Quebec) pitched one-third on an inning, walking one.

Trinidad improves to 21-12 and are the Empire League leaders, they are 27-22 overall.

MCC falls to 12-19, in sixth place in the Empire League Standings of Region IX. Only the top four teams in the standings will play in the Region IX post-season tournament. MCC trails fourth place Western Nebraska (15-14) by 4 games and fifth place Southeast (15-16) by three games, with five conference games left.

On Wednesday the Indians host the Cougars in a double-header starting at 2 p.m. The Indians close out the regular season at Sterling, Colo. for a three-game set with Northeastern Junior College with a nine-inning game Saturday and a doubleheader Sunday.

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Tony Tuioti is the newest member of the Nebraska football coaching staff and will bring experience as a Power Five and NFL assistant coach to Lincoln. Head Coach Scott Frost announced the hiring of Tuioti (pronounced too-ee-OH-tee) as the Huskers’ defensive line coach on Tuesday.

Frost also announced the addition of Ryan Feder as a defensive graduate assistant. Feder most recently worked with the Green Bay Packers as a Football Technology Analyst.

Tuioti joins the Nebraska staff after spending the past two seasons as an assistant at California, including the 2018 season as defensive line coach. Overall, Tuioti has nine seasons of experience in college football and two seasons as an assistant working with the Cleveland Browns defensive line.

“We are pleased to add Tony Tuioti to our coaching staff and look forward to having him and his family join us at Nebraska,” Frost said. “Tony has been a key part of one of the top defenses in the country the past two seasons at Cal. He will bring great energy to our staff, has a strong history of player development, and an impressive recruiting background.”

In addition to his coaching background, Tuioti was a standout defensive lineman at the University of Hawaii during his playing days.

“I want to thank Coach Frost for the opportunity to be a part of the Nebraska football family,” Tuioti said. “I believe in what he is doing and the culture he is building at Nebraska and I am excited to be a part of it.”

In 2017 and 2018, Tuioti helped the Cal Bears make one of the nation’s most dramatic defensive improvements. In 2018, Cal led the Pac-12 and ranked among the top 10 nationally in interceptions, defensive touchdowns takeaways and passing yards allowed. The Bears also led the conference and were in the top 20 nationally in pass efficiency defense and first downs allowed. Cal finished the season 15th nationally in total defense and 22nd in scoring defense, good for third in the Pac-12 in both categories.

Tuioti was instrumental in the development of three of the most improved players on defense in Luc Bequette, Chris Palmer and Tevin Paul. Bequette was honored as the team’s most valuable defensive lineman and earned honorable-mention All-Pac-12 honors. He finished the year with 49 tackles, five sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss. Palmer was a converted offensive lineman who started 10 games at nose guard and finished with 30 tackles, six breakups and two tackles for loss. Paul saw action at both defensive end and outside linebacker and made 44 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss.

Tuioti coached the outside linebackers in his first season at Cal in 2017, helping the Golden Bear defense allow 14.2 fewer points per game than in 2016. The 2017 Cal defense had better total numbers and rankings than the 2016 squad in 14 of the 15 primary defensive statistics tracked by the NCAA. Even more impressively the Bears' average improvement in the national rankings was just under 40 spots per category in those 15 defensive statistics.

Tuioti was instrumental in the development of outside linebackers Alex Funches and Cameron Goode, two of Cal’s most dynamic players and edge rushers in 2017. Funches contributed 36 tackles and led the team with 10.5 tackles for loss. Goode started the first nine games before suffering a season-ending injury and had 46 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and an interception.

Prior to joining Cal, Tuioti was the director of player personnel at Michigan in 2016. During his one season with the Wolverines, Tuioti filled the role of the head of the recruiting department.

Tuioti spent the previous two seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns (2014-15) as an assistant defense line/quality control coach. Cleveland defensive tackle Danny Shelton, the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Washington, started 15 of 16 games and posted 36 tackles under Tuioti’s oversight in 2015.

Before his Browns' tenure Tuioti spent six seasons in three different roles at Hawai’i as his alma mater’s lead recruiter while also coaching linebackers (2012-13) and defensive line (2010-11). He began his tenure at Hawaii as the director of player personnel (2008-09). He helped coach the 2010 Rainbow Warriors to their fourth Western Athletic Conference championship in school history as they shared the crown with Boise State and Nevada.

Hawai’i ranked among the nation’s leaders in at least one defensive category in each of his four seasons. The 2010 team that led the nation in takeaways (38), the 2011 squad tied for 15th in per-game sacks (2.69 spg), Hawaii’s 2012 team was 11th in pass defense (182.8 ypg), and ranked third in 2013 in per-game tackles for loss (8.3) and eighth in fumbles recovered (15). Tuioti’s 2010 defensive line accounted for 22.5 of the team’s 30.0 sacks. In 2013, his linebackers led the squad in total tackles, tackles for loss and sacks.

Before returning to his alma mater, Tuioti was the defensive coordinator at Silverado High School in Las Vegas for one season in 2007, helping lead the team to a 10-0 regular-season record for the first time in school history. He also spent two seasons as the head coach at Kalaheo High School in Hawai’i from 2003-04. Tuioti took over a Kalaheo team that had been winless the previous season and led the Mustangs to the O’ahu Interscholastic Association playoffs for the first time in 10 years as the youngest varsity head coach in the state in 2003.

Tuioti started his coaching career at Hawai’i by serving for two seasons (2000-01) as a defensive graduate assistant after a playing career with the Rainbow Warriors. He was a four-year letterwinner (1996-99), an honorable mention All-WAC defensive lineman as a junior in 1998, and part of a 1999 team that registered a turnaround that is tied for the largest in NCAA history. Hawaii went from 0-12 in 1998 to a 9-4 mark and a share of the WAC title, capped by a victory in the Oahu Bowl. Tuioti is one of two Rainbow Warriors to win a WAC championship both as a player (1999) and coach (2010). Tuioti played in the 2000 Hula Bowl following his senior season.

Tuioti earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Hawai’i in 2000 before adding a master's degree in education administration from the school in 2002. Tuioti also completed work on a second master's degree in special education from UNLV in 2007.

Tuioti is a 1995 graduate of Foothill High School in Tustin, Calif., where he was a first-team All-County and All-Section selection as a 1994 senior. He led his squad to back-to-back Century League titles in his final two campaigns.

Tuioti and his wife, former Hawai’i women’s volleyball player Keala Nihipali, have seven children. Their oldest daughter, Teisa, plays volleyball at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.

Tuioti will receive a two-year contract with an annual salary of $375,000. He replaces Mike Dawson, who left the Nebraska staff earlier this month to accept an assistant coaching position with the New York Giants.

Tony Tuioti File
Birthdate: February 9, 1977
Born: Apia, Samoa
Hometowns: Santa Ana, CA & Laie, HI
High School: Foothill HS
College: Hawai’i, 2000, Bachelor’s in Sociology; Hawai’i, 2002, Master’s in Education Administration; UNLV, 2007, Master’s in Special Education
Family: Wife, Keala; Daughters, Teisa, Teiyana, Teinia; Sons, Teivis, Teilor, Teitum, Teimana
Pronunciation: too-ee-OH-tee

Coaching History
*Season: Team – Position (Champions, Postseason)
2000-01: Hawai’i – Graduate Assistant, Defense
2003-04: Kalaheo HS – Head Coach (OIA Playoffs, 2003)
2007: Silverado HS – Defensive Coordinator (Sunrise League Southeast Division Champion,

State Playoffs)
2008-09: Hawai’i – Director of Player Personnel (Hawaii Bowl, 2008)
2010-11: Hawai’i – Defensive Line (WAC Tri-Champions, Hawaii Bowl, 2010)
2012-13: Hawai’i – Linebackers
2014-15: Cleveland Browns (NFL) – Assistant Defensive Line/Quality Control
2016: Michigan – Director of Player Personnel (Orange Bowl)
2017: California – Outside Linebackers
2018: California – Defensive Line (Cheez-It Bowl)


McCook finished in Eighth place at the Twin Cities Volleyball Invite over the Weekend.

WHITE POOL                                  BLACK POOL                             BLUE POOL

313 EAST 27TH                              313 EAST 27TH                           1500 U STREET
3:00 PM                                           3:00 PM                                        3:00 PM
Ogallala vs McCook                       Thunder Basin vs Lexington          RC Stevens vs Torrington
Scottsbluff vs Alliance                    Sidney vs GINW                            Gering vs Chadron
Ogallala vs Scottsbluff                   Thunder Basin vs GINW                RC Stevens vs Chadron
McCook vs Alliance                        Lexington vs Sidney                      Torrington vs Gering
Scottsbluff vs McCook                    GINW vs Lexington                       Chadron vs Torrington
Alliance vs Ogallala                        Sidney vs Thunder Basin              Gering vs RC Stevens


Lincoln – University of Nebraska basketball players Tanner Borchardt and Johnny Trueblood were recognized for their efforts in the classroom Wednesday, as both players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

The honor is presented to players who are a junior or senior academically at an institution and posted a GPA of 3.20 or better at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.

This is the third straight year that Borchardt has received the honor, while Trueblood was lauded by the NABC for the second straight season. The pair helped the Huskers to 19 wins and a second-round appearance in the NIT this past season.

Borchardt, who originally walked on at Nebraska, graduated with a degree in management in May. He was a four-year letterwinner and was a major contributor on Nebraska’s back-to-back NIT teams in 2018 and 2019. Borchardt set career highs in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage as a senior, capping his career with a 16-point, 13-rebound performance at TCU in the NIT. Off the court, he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while being named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll on seven occasions.

Trueblood was a three-year letterwinner for the Huskers and graduated in May with a degree in business administration. The Omaha native played a significant role in the Huskers’ 2019 Big Ten Tournament and NIT postseason runs, setting career highs in points, rebounds and assists during the 2019 NIT. A two-time academic All-Big Ten selection, he was a four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll honoree.



A pair of McCook Community College pitchers who finished up their Indian careers this past spring have signed on with new teams this fall.

Kaden Sitzman, will continue his career at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina and Ryan Marstiller has signed on to continue his career this Fall at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash.

“I am proud of both of these guys and want to wish them the best of luck pursuing their college degree while being able to play college baseball as well,” MCC Baseball Coach Jon Olsen said.

SITZMAN: “Kaden did a really nice job for us over his two years at McCook,” Coach Jon Olsen said. During the 2017 season he went 3-2 with a couple saves during a season that saw the Indians one game away from playing in the region championship game.

“We didn’t achieve the goals we set for ourselves as a team this past year, but Kaden was a great worker and teammate, and I really enjoyed him being part of our team over the past two years.”

Sitzman, a 6-0 right-handed pitcher is a McCook High School graduate who started seven games this past season and struck out 29 hitters in 25 innings

“Kaden loves the game of baseball and he loves being around his teammates, I have a feeling Kaden will be around the game in one way or another all his life,” Olsen said. “I wish him the best of luck down there.”

MARSTILLER: Ryan Marstiller, a 6-2 right-handed pitcher from Centennial, Colo., will play for the Central Washington University Wildcats – a team that fell to Montana State Billings 10-6 in the 2018 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball Championship to finish 27-26 on the season.

“Ryan was only with us for a year as he transferred in as a sophomore, but he played a big role for us this past season,” Olsen said.

“Ryan was our most consistent starter on the mound and has a lot of ability to finish his college career up there.”

Marstiller appeared in 12 games last season, started eight and went 3-3 with two complete games. He pitched 69 innings, walked 12 and struck out 51 hitters.

Ryan was just another example of some who combined playing baseball with his college education, he was a great student athlete. He did an excellent job in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.”


Two North Platte Community College softball players were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association NJCAA Division II all-Midwest Region squad.

Sophomore Willow Chitty (North Platte) and sophomore Emily Marsden (Papillion) were both selected to the All-Midwest Region’s second team.

A total of 91 players in the country from 29 schools were selected to each of the country’s three NJCAA regions.

Among Chitty’s honors this year, she was named Region IX Division II Offensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-Region IX team and the Region IX tournament team.

She led all Region IX Division II hitters with a.575 batting average with seven homeruns and 48 RBIs. She had 153 at bats, scored 43 runs, 18 doubles, 15 stolen bases, 131 total bases, had a .594 on-base percentage and slugged .856. Her 88 hits this season were the second best in the nation among players from 131 Division II schools. Her batting average was third best in the nation and her on-base percentage fifth in the nation.

Marsden batted .441 and in 159 plate appearances had 60 hits, eight doubles, three home runs, 14 steals and 24 RBIs to go along with a .503 on-base percentage and a.581 slugging mark.

She also appeared in 28 games as a pitcher, starting 12 with a 6-9 record and a 5.84 ERA in 92.1 innings. She struck out 68 hitters (second most in the region) with nine complete games, also second best in the region. She was named to the Region IX all-tournament team.


Two McCook Community College volleyball players were recently named to the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team for players from two-year colleges. Five more Lady Indians received honorable mention.

MCC players named to the World-Herald First Team included freshman Faith Simpson, (Wauneta-Palisade) who was eighth in NJCAA Division I in kills with 481, had 56 aces and was named the Region IX freshman of the year. Teammate Ashley Carson, a sophomore setter from Ord, was seventh nationally in assists (1,268) and will play at NCAA Division II Coker College next season.

Lady Indians receiving honorable mention included freshman OH Kiera Barr, Granby, Wyo.; sophomore MB Hannah Emerson, Greeley, Colo.; sophomore setter Brooklyn Evans, Ogden, Utah; sophomore OH Ty Johnson, Conroe Texas; and sophomore OH Ryan Maddera, Greeley, Colo.

Western Nebraska’s top player Syenna Masaki, was named honorary captain. She led the Cougars in kills per set (2.76) and was second on the team in assists (267) and digs (339). The All-Nebraska team also includes Western’s Ana Costas, who was the Region IX libero of the year as she had 616 digs.

Northeast is represented by Kalli Brester, who led her team in kills (403) and was second in digs (509), while setter Savannah Nelson had 1,251 assists.

Central Community College’s Jacie Laetsch finished the season with 438 kills and 590 digs for the 19-20 Raiders. Luisa Hernandez Marin finished her North Platte career with 874 kills, which is second-most in program history, and 1,025 digs.


Two-year colleges



*H: Syenna Masaki, So., Western Nebraska

H: Faith Simpson, Fr., McCook

H: Kalli Brester, So., Northeast

H: Jacie Laetsch, So., Central

H: Luisa Hernandez Marin, So., North Platte

S: Ashley Carson, So., McCook

S: Savannah Nelson, So., Northeast

L: Ana Costas, Fr., Western Nebraska

* — denotes honorary captain


Honorable mention: Central: Shania Borchers, Maddie Davis, Jordee Korte, Rylee Kwapnioski, Abbe Mancuso. McCook: Kiera Barr, Hannah Emerson, Brooklyn Evans, Ty Johnson, Ryan Maddera. Northeast: Gabriela Barbosa, Elley Beaver, Delaney Belt, Hannah Heppner, Caitlin Orton. North Platte: Bailey Chintala, Taylin McNair, Sydney Mullin. Southeast: Kiley Codner, Addison Schramm, Stevie Tobin. Western Nebraska: Jayme Commins, Leslie Mamai-Latgafuaina, Amryi-Grace Paris, Adia Sherbeyn, Kaile Tuisamatatele.

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