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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.



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(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.


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#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


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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.



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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.

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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.



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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.  


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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.

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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


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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.

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – The fourth-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team dropped two games in the first day of the Reiver Invite in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Friday.
                
The WNCC women lost a hard-fought five-setter to Indian Hills Community College 25-12, 25-21, 21-25, 21-25, 10-15, before falling in three games to No. 3 Iowa Western Community College 18-25, 13-25, 25-27.
                
The Cougars will look to rebound with two matches on Saturday when they face Jefferson College and Barton Community College.
                
In the opening match against Indian Hills, the Cougars rolled to a 25-12 win in the first game behind an 8-point service run to open up a 10-7 game to a 19-7 contest. The second game saw the two teams tied at 8-8 before the Cougars put together strong serving for the win.
                
WNCC fell 25-21 in the third set. The Cougars led 19-15 but watched the Warriors come back to tie the game at 19 and then go up 23-20 before falling. The fourth game was just as tight with neither team holding more than a 3-point lead until Indian Hills won 25-21.
                
The fifth game was knotted at 10-10 before the Warriors reeled off five straight for the win.
                
Amryi-Grace Paris led the team with 16 kills while Sarena Bartley finished with 15. The Cougars also had Masaki, Kaile Tuisamatatele, and Leslie Lagafuaina all had seven kills.
                
Masaki finished with a double-double. Besides her seven kills, she also had 20 set assists, 12 points, nine digs, and two solo blocks.
                
Jayme Commins finished with 21 set assists, eight points, six digs, and three kills.
                
Also for the Cougars, Adia Sherbeyn had seven points and five digs; Tuisamatatele had five points, four solo blocks, three assisted blocks, and two digs; Ana Costas had 15 digs, five points, and two aces; Terri Takita-Robins had nine points and five digs; Paris had four digs and three points; and Lagafuaina had seven solo blocks and four assist blocks.
                
The Iowa Western match saw WNCC finish with just 28 total kills in the three games. Lagafuaina, Paris, and Masaki each had five kills, while Tuisamatatele led the team with six kills.
                
Costas tallied 16 digs followed five each from Commins and Sherbeyn.

Commins had 11 set assists while Masaki had nine. Lagafuaina had three solo blocks in the contest.




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The Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team have a little bit extra to play for now that the NJCAA national polls were released Wednesday morning.

The Cougars, who were 33-8 a year ago, enter this season ranked fourth in the pre-season polls.

The high ranking came somewhat of a surprise to head coach Binny Canales, but said it is an honor for his team.

“It is a huge honor. There are a lot of good teams out there that are returning good players,” Canales, who is beginning his fifth season at WNCC, said. “It is a big honor.”

This is the fourth straight year that the Cougars have been ranked in the top five in the preseason top five. The team was ranked number one in the pre-season in 2006 and 2015. WNCC has been in the top five in 13 of the last 14 years.

“We are used to that [target on our back]. We are used to everyone gunning for us and we just have to rise to the occasion,” Canales said. “We have to keep getting better at a good pace and stay realistic with our goals. We have to stay patient and take it one step at a time.”

Returning sophomore Sarena Bartley said it isn’t a surprise that they are ranked that high.

“Not surprising. We can definitely do it. Fourth is great. It is not 20th, but we are in the top five,” Bartley said. “It gives us huge hope, huge motivation for us to do better. It makes us want to do much more than what we can do. It will help us to work harder to achieve that and to get first this year.”

Defending national champions Miami Dade tops the pre-season charts with the College of Southern Idaho and Iowa Western at second and third respectively.

New Mexico Military, the team that defeated the Cougars in the first round at nationals a year ago, enter at number five. Rounding out the top 10 are Tyler Junior College, Polk State, Mineral Area, Seward County, and Hill College.

Laramie County Community College is the other Region IX team in the polls, coming in 12th.

Canales said the ranking should be something to build upon.

“Hopefully it [the ranking] does,” he said. “Hopefully it is something to build off of. We have a good recruiting class and some good returning players. We just need to keep getting better.”

WNCC returns six players from a year ago and has eight newcomers. After a slow start, Canales and Bartley said things are starting to pick up. The Cougars split a pair of scrimmages last Saturday, beating Metro State and falling to Nebraska-Kearney.

Bartley said the team is coming around.

“The team is looking good this year,” Bartley said. “At first it was like the individuals playing here and there. We have been practicing a lot and communicating. We have been more of a team these last few weeks. I am pretty excited for this year. This year will be my sophomore year, my last year here. I am excited to play all these good teams and go to Iowa Western soon and play them.”

The Cougars scrimmaged Eastern Wyoming College Wednesday afternoon and they have an alumni scrimmage at 2 p.m. on Saturday before opening up the season for real August 24 and 25 at the Reiver Invite in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The team’s first home contest is Aug. 29 when they host No. 12 Laramie County Community College at 7 p.m.




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TORRINGTON – The 11th-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team needed four sets, but the Cougars claimed two wins at the EWC triangular Tuesday night in Torrington, Wyoming.

WNCC opened the triangular with a 25-17, 25-14, 17-25, 25-13 win over North Platte Community College before taking down Eastern Wyoming College behind Enna Masaki’s 17 kills 23-25, 25-15, 25-12, 25-22 to improve to 8-4 on the season.

North Platte went 1-1 in the triangular, topping Eastern Wyoming College in four sets 25-15, 25-22, 20-25, and 25-20 to open the triangular.

In the first match against North Platte, Masaki recorded a double-double in the four-set win. The sophomore form Hawaii finished with 12 kills and 10 digs. Masaki also had six points and a solo block.

Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina tallied nine kills in the win against the Knights while Amryi-Grace Paris had seven kills.

Also for the Cougars, Jayme Commins had 36 set assists, seven points, and five digs; Gabi Canavati had five kills; Cami Esselin had 10 points and three digs; Kaile Tuisamatatele had five kills, five points, four digs, and two solo  blocks; Logan Belford had four kills; Santana Monroe had a solo block; Ana Costas had 19 digs and five points; Adia Sherbeyn had tw0 points; and Terri Takita-Robins had two digs and two points.

The Eastern Wyoming match was a battle. EWC squeaked out the first set win 25-23 before WNCC came back and took the second set 25-22 as WNCC used strong serving by Esselin, Sherbeyn, and Costas for the 25-15.

WNCC used strong serving in the third set to roll to the 25-12 win behind Masaki serving the final seven points. The fourth set saw WNCC bolt to a 1-15 lead and led 24-17 before winning 25-22.

Masaki had a triple-double in the win with 17 kills, 10 digs, and 23 points. Masaki also had three aces.

Canavati and Mamai-Lagafuaina each had eight kills while Tuisamatatele had seven kills. Paris had five kills while Belford had two. Mamai-Lagafuaina had four solo blocks.

Also for the Cougars, Commins had 35 set assists, four points, four digs, and two aces; Sherbeyn had nine digs, 14 points, and three aces; Esselin had four digs and eight points; Tuisamatatele had four points and a solo block; Costas finished with 12 digs and six points; and Aloni Jordan a solo block.

WNCC, 8-4, will next be in action this weekend when they head to a tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday and Saturday. The Cougars will battle Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Utah State-Eastern on Friday before taking on Arizona Western and Salt Lake Community College on Saturday.




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It was a battle between last year’s two Region IX champions from the North and South regions and the action Wednesday night had plenty of electricity in Cougar Palace.

In the end, the fourth-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team came back from a 2-0 deficit to sting No. 12 Laramie County Community College in a thrilling five-setter 18-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-23, 15 12 for the Cougars third straight victory.

The win moves the Cougars to 3-2 on the season, while the Golden Eagles fall to 4-2. LCCC went 3-1 at the Reiver invite in Council Bluffs, Iowa, over the weekend.

Freshmen Gaby Canavati and Amryi-Grace Paris led the Cougar attack with a combined 31 kills, while Enna Masaki had a quadruple performance, finishing with 13 kills, 15 digs, 11 points, and 20 set assists.

Jayme Commins finished the five-set win with a triple-double. Commins, of Ogallala, tallied 28 set assists, 13 points, and 12 digs.

Canavati said it was a big win for her team as they fought tooth and nail to come back for the win.

“At first, we weren’t nervous; we just underestimated them a little bit,” the freshman from Laredo, Texas, who had 15 kills said. “We are happy with the win, but we shouldn’t have gone to five sets, but it happens.”

After the first two sets, Laramie County had the Cougars number. The Golden Eagles used strong service runs and timely kills to capture the first two sets 25-18, 25-23.

The final three sets was a different story as WNCC limited LCCC’s service runs to one to three points.

Canavati said the big difference was the talk they had in the locker room during the 5-minute intermission break.

“I think when we went into the locker room after the first two sets, coach talked to us and told us we had to pick up our game and we had to be more disciplined,” she said. “When he told us that, it really opened our eyes and we started talking and playing Cougar volleyball.”

The final three sets was a total different team. The Cougars started to play with emotion and excitement and that energy paid off.

“In order for us to do good, we need to play with heart and play together, and talking,” Canavati said. “We have to show a lot of emotion and heart.”

The Cougars showed plenty of heart in the final three sets and it wasn’t just one or two persons that stepped up, it was a team win.

The third set Jayme Commins served six points for a 23-13 lead before winning 25-16.

The fourth set was a little tighter. WNCC led 9-6 on a Masaki kill before LCCC tied the contest at 9-9 and went ahead 18-14 on two service points from McKayla Earl.

Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina had a block and Commins served five points for a 20-18 lead. The two squads were knotted at 22 before a Canavati kill put WNCC up one. Masaki then served a point behind a Canavati kill for a 24-22 lead. WNCC won the set on a missed LCCC serve.

The fifth set was another slugfest. WNCC held a 4-1 lead after two Masaki points and the Cougars led 7-3 on a Tuisamatatele point. LCCC coach Austin Albers called a time out and the Golden Eagles came back to cut the lead to 7-6 and finally took its first lead of the set at 11-10.

Masaki stopped the run with a kill and then served three points for a 14-11 lead. WNCC won the match on a hitting error that sailed long after a long rally.

WNCC had a lot of players step up. Paris finished the game with 16 kills; Tuisamatatele had six kills, four digs, and five points; Mamai-Lagafuaina had six kills and three solo blocks; Ana Costas had 24 digs, 10 points, and two aces; Logan Belford had four digs and two points; and Adia Sherbeyn had seven digs.

LCCC had three players finish with double-digit kills. Kylie Martin and Avery Nelson each had 12 kills followed by Payton Stack with 11. The Golden Eagle’s Libero Kyle Meltzer tallied 25 digs.

WNCC will next be in action this weekend when they head to the Crystal Inn Invite in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Cougars will face Western Wyoming Community and Salt Lake Community College on Friday and Central Wyoming and No. 2 College of Southern Idaho on Saturday.

Canavati said this game should help them going into this weekend’s contests.

“This game really helped us and showed us how why we need to talk and communicate with each other in order for us to be a team and be one,” Canavati said. “That allows us to come out with a good outcome.”




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






Catching up with the Cougars Chad Gibney

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STERLING, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community College women’s soccer team received two goals from freshman Thais Nayara in running to a 3-2 Region IX South win over Northeastern Junior College Wednesday afternoon in Sterling, Colorado.

While the women picked up a win, the Cougar men weren’t as fortunate. NJC scored five, second-half goals in registering the 6-0 win.

WNCC soccer coach Todd Rasnic said he was pleased with how the women’s team played Wednesday.

“I think we played pretty well. We possessed really well today. We had some good moments of possession,” Rasnic said. “We did some really good things defensively shutting NJC down. We were then able to find some opportunities to get in front of goal and score, which has been eluding us a little bit. I thought they did a good job of penetrating into the final third in front of goal and getting shots off.

“Carol [Vieiera] scored another goal from pretty far out which is her second one in two games. She has done a good job of keeping us in the game and then Thais scored two today, so she really stepped up. She went out with an injury and then came back in towards the end of the game and scored the winning goal. Overall, I thought it was a good performance. “

The Cougar women did have one of their better games this season in picking up their third win of the season and their second straight.

The WNCC women controlled the contest on Wednesday for the most part, running to a 2-0 lead before only leading 2-1 at halftime.

WNCC scored first just five minutes into the contest on a Caroline Vieiera goal. WNCC grabbed a 2-0 lead after Vieira delivered a pass to Nayara who put the ball into the back of the net in the 34th minutes.

NJC sliced the lead in half with a goal in the 44th minute when Emali Ortega assisted Jaycie Dillenburg for the goal. WNCC led 2-1 at intermission.

NJC knotted the match at 2-2 as NJC earned an own goal in the 53rd minute for a 2-2 tie.

The match stayed that way until the 74th minute when Nayara took a 40-foot shot and sailed it into the back of the net to give the Cougars a 3-2 lead.

From there the defense took over, shutting down the NJC offense to the Cougars’ third win of the season. The win was WNCC’s second straight victory.

A big key in the win was shooting. WNCC outshot NJC 15-9. The Cougars had six shots on goal compared to just two for NJC.

Laramie Lake had a good match in net, making four saves.

The men’s game was a different story. Rasnic said his team flat out didn’t show up to play and it showed.

“The guys just didn’t show up today. They came to the game, but we were not mentally and physically prepared to play the game today,” Rasnic said. “NJC jumped out on us early. A little bit after halftime I took all the starters off and put in all my subs. It was a game that after that third goal, I recognized that we weren’t going to win and we needed to get our freshmen some experience.”

Rasnic said it is one loss and it is what they do after this loss that matters.

“In the scheme of it, it is one game against NJC and we have another one coming up later,” he said. “We just need to make sure the next time we stay focused and we are ready to step out and play them at the right level.”

The Cougar men had troubles uncorking their offense, an offense that scored 13 goals against Colorado Northwestern and came into the match on a four-game winning streak. The Cougar men were outshot 16-5 on the day. NJC had 12 shots on goal compared to just three for WNCC.

NJC scored first in the 21st minute on a goal by Jean Carre, who went one-on-one with a Cougar defender before burying the ball into the back of the net. After that, neither team scored as the Plainsmen led 1-0 at intermission.

The Plainsmen heated up the offense in the second half, scoring five goals. Carre scored his second goal in the 51st minute. NJC went up 3-0 when Dani van Steijn scored in the 54th minute for a 3-0 lead.

Van Steijn scored his second goal in the 74th minute for a 4-0 lead. NJC added two late scores by Maurice Von Winkler and Quentin Hornung for the final margin.

WNCC had just five shots, four of which were on goal, while NJC had 16 shots, 11 of which were on frame.

Leandro Faria had six saves in net while giving up four goals. Viktar Kravets had five saves and gave up two late goals.

Both Cougar teams will be back in action Saturday when they host their home-opener against Gillette College. The women’s match kicks off at 1 p.m. followed by the men’s contest at 3 p.m.

“I think they are ready. The women are more focused and I think they are doing what I thought they would do and that is come around as we got closer to mid-season and accelerate a little bit,” Rasnic said. “I think the men just had a bad day and I don’t think it is anything permanent and anything that will keep them from pushing forward, but this has to be one of the only ones they have. I think they will bounce back and play well; I am not concerned about it at this point.”




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The Western Nebraska Community College women’s soccer team put together a strong defensive effort, recording a late goal to earn a 2-2 double overtime tie with Gillette College on Saturday at the Landers Soccer Complex.

The Cougars, who entered the contest on a 2-match winning streak, received a goal from Thais Nayara with 11 minutes remaining to force overtime.

Rafael Passos, redshirt freshman team captain, said they played well, especially the last time they played Gillette they fell 2-0.

“We did a good job and we grew up a lot since the first game against this team,” she said. “They are a good team and we did a good job. It was a nice game and we had fun.”

Passos said it was a marked difference of the Cougars from Saturday to the last time they played Gillette two weeks ago. One big reason is the team watched video of the last time they played Friday night.

“We just stepped on the field and knew we could beat them,” she said. “When we played up there the field was turf and today it was grass and it was our home. We watched the last game and we just grew up. We fixed the mistakes and keep working hard.”

WNCC scored early and late as well as playing a solid defensive game in earning the tie against Gillette.

Passos said the defense did a good job holding Gillette down.

“The defense is amazing,” she said. “They did a pretty good job all day.”

WNCC didn’t waste any time on igniting its offense either. The Cougars scored first, just under nine minutes in the contest when Caroline Vieira delivered a pass to Rafael Ornelas who planted the ball in the back of the net.

The lead didn’t last long. Four minutes later, Gillette’s Kierra Cutright scored to tie the match at 1-1. The Pronghorns went ahead 2-1 with 15 minutes left in the first half on a Angie Smith goal.

Passos said after that, the Cougars settled in.

“The second half after coach talked to us, we just stepped on the field and worked harder to tie the game,” she said.

Neither team could find the back of the net for the percentage of the second quarter. Finally, with 11 minutes remaining in the contest, Amy Romero fed Thais Nayara the ball and Nayara found the back of the net for the equalizer.

The two defenses stepped up as neither team scored in the two 10-minute overtime periods for the tie.

WNCC finished with 16 shots, nine of which were on goal, while Gillette had 17 shots with 13 on goal.

WNCC goalkeeper did a decent job in net, recording 13 saves.

The WNCC women will have two weeks off before their next contest against Otero and Trinidad Sept. 28 and 29 at the Landers Soccer Complex.




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Western Nebraska Community College’s Trent Harris spent three seasons with the Cougars improving his basketball skills and now all that hard work paid off as the Scottsbluff High product will be playing for the University of Northern Colorado for the next two seasons.

Northern Colorado, a Division I program, won 26 games a year ago and went on to win the CIT post-season tournament.

Harris said UNC has been talking to him all year and felt at home in attending the Greeley, Colorado, school.

“I have been talking to the coaches all year and they were one of the first schools to be recruiting me, so I felt I had a good relationship with the coaches,” Harris said. “After watching them throughout the season, I felt like I fit in well with the team.”

UNC head coach Jeff Linder is happy to welcome Harris to the Bear family.

“We're very excited that Trent Harris has decided to join our program and become a Bear. One of the key attributes that we look for in all of our players is the ability to shoot the ball so that we can stretch the floor and put maximal pressure on the opposing defense," Linder said in a press release. “Trent can shoot the ball from deep at a very high level, and he has proven that at one of the premier junior college programs in the country, Western Nebraska. Trent made 4 or more 3's on 11 occasions this past season, and his 3-point percentage at 48 percent was in the Top 20 in the country. More importantly, Trent is a tremendous student-athlete, and will be a perfect fit for how we're building our program here at UNC."

Harris had a couple of other schools on the list as well, including Minot State in North Dakota and Washburn University in Kansas, where his father Anthony went after he finished his playing days at WNCC. Harris said it wasn’t hard to pick Northern Colorado over his dad’s school either because his dad said it was his decision.

“I enjoyed going down there [Washburn] on a visit with my dad because he was telling me about when he was in college, and that was a good experience,” he said. “But he told me it was my decision and he didn’t want me to go there just because he went there. He really liked Northern Colorado as well. He thought I would have a good opportunity just like I thought.”

This season, Harris average 13.3 points a game and shot 48.2 percent from the 3-point arc and 82 percent from the free throw line. Harris buried 94 treys last season in leading the Cougars to the Region IX championship and finished his Cougar career burying 141 3-pointers.

Harris said he improved a lot in his three seasons at WNCC. Harris spent his first year at WNCC as a gray-shirt player under then head coach Russ Beck before playing two years under current Cougar coach Cory Fehringer.

“I knew I had to really adapt from high school to when I got here,” Harris said. “My first year I learned a lot when I sat out in getting more physical and all that stuff what Coach Beck taught me. When Coach Cory Fehringer got here he showed me the drills that I needed to do and gave me the tools to get my game to the next level. I felt like I got better since high school and my first year at WNCC.”

WNCC head coach Cory Fehringer said Harris should fit in fine with the Bears. Fehringer said Harris gave them plenty of buckets in his two years on the court and was a model student-athlete in the classroom.

“I think the coaching staff felt, night in and night out, Trent was always one of the better guards on the floor, especially as far as consistency goes to defend, rebound, and to make baskets,” Fehringer said. “In Trent’s first year as a freshman, Trent had three game-winners in a row. He was already doing important things as a freshman. The one thing I can explain about Trent as he leaves our program, and we have to explain to other players how to be successful, is the ability to be unselfish and serve your team at a maximum level. And for Trent to come off the bench for two seasons and never whine, complain, or make excuses, but continue to help us to be successful and supporting his teammates, is another staple of why Trent will be successful at the Division I level and at Northern Colorado.”

Last season Trent had a season-high 26 points, including six 3-pointers in a 106-73 win over Lamar Community College. In his two seasons at WNCC, Harris had 12 games of 20 or more points. He had three straight games of 20 points this past season and a streak of eight straight games of scoring in double figures.

Harris is the fourth WNCC men’s basketball player to sign to play at the Division I level from the Region IX champions that went 1-1 at the national tournament.

Also headed to Division I were Vinnie Shahid to North Dakota State, Marlon Sierra to Bowling Green State, and Djojde Dimitrijevic to Mercer University.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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