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LaJunta, CO – The North Platte Community College men’s basketball team fell to Otero JC Saturday night. The Knights season comes to an end with a 98-62 loss in the opening round of the Region IX Tournament.

NPCC fell behind early as they struggled from the field in the first half, shooting 21.9 percent from the field. The slow start saw the Knights trailing by 23 points heading into halftime.

In the second half, the Knights offense bounced back as they shot 48.3 percent from the field. But Otero JC had just too much firepower on the evening and held off all NPCC runs. The Knights finished the game shooting 34.4 percent while Otero JC shot 48.6 percent from the field. Otero JC also outrebounded the Knights 54-29.

NPCC was led in scoring by DaVonte Tharpe, of Macon, Ga., who finished with 17 points while Luke Christen, of Anselmo finished with 12 points.

NPCC finishes the season 8-20 with the loss. Otero JC moves on to the Region IX quarterfinal round.




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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has withdrawn its appeal of NCAA penalties against its men’s basketball program and will not lay in this month's ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets received a one-year ban on postseason play as well as scholarship reductions and limits on official visits. By saying it would accept those penalties this year, Georgia Tech is assured of being eligible to compete in the postseason next year and beyond.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says it has rewarded basketball coach Brad Underwood for a significant jump this season, giving him a three-year contract extension through 2026. The move comes with the 23rd-ranked Illini challenging for the Big Ten Conference championship in Underwood's third season after going 26-39 during his first two years at the helm. They are 20-9 overall and tied for second in conference play with Michigan State and Wisconsin at 12-6, a game behind Maryland.

UNDATED (AP) — Kansas is the unanimous No. 1 in a week of upheaval in men’s college basketball. The Jayhawks received all 64 first-place votes from the media panel in The Associated Press poll. Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five. Sixth-ranked Kentucky is followed by Florida State, Seton Hall, Maryland and Louisville.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — NHL general managers seem unlikely to suggest changes to the emergency backup goaltender policy, even after 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres became one of the biggest stories of the season by winning a game for Carolina last month. The issue was among the discussion points during the first three days of GM meetings. The apparent consensus was that emergency goaltenders are called upon so rarely that any reaction now would likely feel like an overreaction.

UNDATED (AP) — U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics, according to his manager. Johnson's name was removed from the Olympic golf ranking this afternoon. At No. 5 in the world ranking, he currently would have been No. 3 among Americans behind Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas. Countries are allowed a maximum of four players in golf provided they are among the top 15 in the world ranking.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class A District Final=

A-1=

Bellevue West 68, Lincoln Southeast 58

A-3=

Omaha Central 55, Gretna 36

A-5=

Elkhorn 37, Lincoln Northeast 35

A-6=

Omaha Creighton Prep 64, Grand Island 60, OT

Class C1 District Final=

C1-2=

Auburn 58, Aquinas 35

C1-8=

Kearney Catholic 39, Bishop Neumann 28

Class C2 District Final=

C2-1=

Grand Island Central Catholic 64, Ainsworth 34

C2-2=

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 82, Twin River 52

C2-3=

Sutton 59, Oakland-Craig 56

C2-7=

Doniphan-Trumbull 48, Bridgeport 36

C2-8=

Centennial 57, Dundy County-Stratton 42

Class D1 District Final=

D1-2=

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 78, Elmwood-Murdock 43

Class D2 District Final=

D2-1=

Humphrey St. Francis 64, Giltner 18

D2-7=

Johnson-Brock 31, Mead 30

D2-8=

Randolph 47, Deshler 39, OT





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It’s all come down to this.

Months spent qualifying. A lifetime of watching, learning and honing his skills.

This weekend, Wynn Schaack, of Wall, S.D., will put his experience to the test – competing against the top steer wrestlers in the world at RFD-TV's The American, the biggest two-day payout in rodeo.

“It’s exciting,” Schaack said of the qualification. “Kind of surreal.”

Schaack’s journey to The American officially began last summer when he won the reserve champion steer wrestling title at the National High School Rodeo Association Finals. That earned him one qualification for The American Semi-Finals. He needed two.

He qualified again in Montana and a third time in Texas.

When the dust settled, Schaack was one of 170 steer wrestlers who made it to The American Semi-Finals. He advanced to the top 30 upon winning the second round of slack Feb. 24, then subsequently won the first performance of the semi-finals Thursday.

By Saturday, Schaack had entered the Top 10 lineup and advanced to the final qualifying round on Sunday. He threw his steer in a time of 4.01 seconds Sunday - securing a fourth-place finish on the leaderboard and becoming one of six underdogs to earn a spot at The American.

It’s a huge accomplishment for any rodeo cowboy, but especially one who is 19.

“I was definitely nervous being up against that level of competition,” Schaack said. “But, my dad always told me to think of every performance as just another run – don’t get too worried about it, just focus on what I do best. That’s what I did, and I guess it worked.”

Schaack hasn’t had much time to celebrate. After the competition Sunday, he drove all night from Texas to attend classes at MPCC’s campus in McCook on Monday. He’s currently studying agribusiness there and is an active member of the college’s rodeo team.

His teammates will be among the many cheering him on when he enters the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas this weekend for The American as will his family.

“My family is in the middle of calving right now, so my mom and brother had to stay home during the semi-finals and take care of stuff at the ranch,” Schaack said. “I’m hoping my mom at least can come down for The American. My dad and grandma will be there as well.”

There are a variety of ways the general public can watch live coverage of the event. Options can be found at rfdtvamericanrodeo.com.

“This whole experience has been amazing,” said Schaack. “I’ve been meeting a lot of people and have really stepped up my competitiveness because of it. I’ve always had a strong drive for rodeo, but now I want it more than ever.”




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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON'-poh) had 41 points, 20 rebounds and six assists to carry the Milwaukee Bucks to their sixth straight win, 93-85 at Charlotte. Charlotte kept it close until the final two minutes, when the Greek Freak hit a baseline jump, grabbed an offensive rebound, hit a pair of free throws and scored on a driving layup with 1:09 remaining to send fans to the exits. Brook Lopez added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bucks, who've won 20 of their last 22 games and improved to an NBA-best 52-8 on the season.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LeBron James notched a triple-double of 34 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers held off Zion Williamson and the Pelicans, 122-114 at New Orleans. Kyle Kuzma (KOOZ’-mah) helped make up for the absence of injured forward Anthony Davis by scoring 20 points, including a 3-pointer that put the Lakers up 113-109 with 3:40 to go. Williamson poured in a season-high 35 points but committed six turnovers that helped Los Angeles improve to 46-13.

UNDATED (AP) — The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers remain tied for second in the NBA’s Western Conference. Nikola Jokic recorded his 12th triple-double of the season with 23 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists in leading the Nuggets over the short-handed Toronto Raptors, 133-118. The Clippers ran their winning streak to four games as Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 30 points and Paul George chipped in 24 in a 136-130 victory over the 76ers.

UNDATED (AP) — Creighton has become the fifth top-10 team to lose since Monday. Greg Williams Jr. poured in a career-high 21 points on seven 3-pointers as St. John’s stunned the 10th-ranked Bluejays, 91-71. Jordan Nwora (WOHR’-uh) had 20 points and 12 rebounds as 11th-ranked Louisville beat Virginia Tech, 68-52. And Duane Washington Jr. tied a career high with 20 points to send 23rd-ranked Ohio State past No. 19 Michigan, 77-63.

UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Capitals continue to lead the NHL’s Metropolitan Division by three points over Philadelphia. The Capitals ended a four-game road losing streak as Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) contributed two goals and an assist in their 4-3 triumph at Minnesota. Derek Grant and Travis Konecny (kah-NEHK’-nee) each had a goal and an assist as the Flyers picked up their sixth straight win, 5-3 over the Rangers in New York.




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NEW YORK (AP) — Greg Williams Jr. made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 21 points as St. John's slowed down No. 10 Creighton with a surprising 91-71 rout. Rasheem Dunn had 19 points and 10 assists for the Red Storm, who stopped a three-game skid. One of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the country, St. John's went a season-best 14 of 22 from long range in its biggest victory under first-year coach Mike Anderson. Damien Jefferson equaled a career best with 20 points for the Bluejays, who had won five straight and nine of 10. 



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The Nebraska women's basketball team will open the 2020 Big Ten Tournament by taking on No. 7 seed Michigan on Thursday in Indianapolis. Tip-off between the Huskers (17-12, 7-11 Big Ten) and the Wolverines (19-10, 10-8 Big Ten) is set for 5:30 p.m. (CT) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Maryland, ranked No. 7 nationally, and Northwestern, ranked No. 14 by the Associated Press, shared the Big Ten regular-season title with 16-2 conference marks. The Terps earned the No. 1 seed in the five-day tournament, while the Wildcats claimed the No. 2 seed. Maryland and Northwestern joined No. 3 seed Iowa, which is ranked No. 18 nationally, and No. 4 seed Indiana, ranked 22nd by the AP, in earning double-byes in the 14-team tournament.

The Big Ten Tournament opens Wednesday, March 4 with No. 12 seed Wisconsin and No. 13 seed Illinois facing off at 1 p.m. (CT) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. No. 11 seed Minnesota will clash with No. 14 seed Penn State in Wednesday's second game.

Action resumes Thursday with No. 8 seed Michigan State tangling with No. 9 seed Purdue at 11 a.m. (CT), before the winner of Wednesday's game between Wisconsin and Illinois square off with the No. 5 seed Rutgers.

The Thursday evening session tips off with Nebraska and Michigan, before No. 6 seed Ohio State takes on either Minnesota or Penn State in Thursday's final game.

No. 10 seed Nebraska, which defeated Michigan 74-71 on Jan. 19 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, would advance to face No. 2 seed Northwestern on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (CT) if the Huskers can get past the Wolverines in the tournament's second round on Thursday. 

All of the first 12 games in the tournament from Wednesday through Saturday will be televised live by the Big Ten Network. Sunday's Big Ten Championship Game will be televised by ESPN2 at 5 p.m. (CT).



Phoenix, Ariz. – Nebraska's offense exploded for 17 hits and five home runs, as the Huskers overcame a 5-0 deficit to knock off 12th-ranked Arizona State, 18-10, in the series finale at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Freshman Leighton Banjoff blasted two home runs and tallied six RBIs in a 4-for-6 effort. Spencer Schwellenbach also produced four hits, while Jaxon Hallmark compiled three hits, including a home run, to help lead NU's offense. Cam Chick and Joe Acker also homered, as NU (2-7) salvaged the series against the Sun Devils.

Sophomore left-hander Cade Povich, making his third start of the season, recorded seven strikeouts and didn't allow a walk in 5.0 innings of work. On the season, Povich has a team-high 22 strikeouts and only one walk. Paul Tillotson came out of the bullpen for 3.0 innings, allowing a pair of runs, before Trey Kissack pitched the final 1.0 inning in scoreless fashion. As a pitching staff, the Huskers didn't allow any walks on Sunday.

In the opening frame, Aaron Palensky drew a two-out walk, but was NU's lone baserunner in a scoreless inning for the Big Red. In the bottom of the first, Trevor Hauver hit a solo home run to give ASU the early 1-0 edge.

The Huskers were retired in order in the top of the second on a pop-out and two groundouts. In the bottom half, Arizona State added four runs to build a 5-0 lead. Five of the first six Sun Devil batters reached, with four hits and a hit-by-pitch, before NU recorded back-to-back outs to end the frame.

Nebraska responded with six runs in the top of the third to take a 6-5 lead. Acker reached on an error in the leadoff spot before advancing to second on Hallmark's base hit. Schwellenbach loaded the bases with an infield single. Palensky drew a walk to bring in one run before Roskam was hit-by-pitch to drive in another run. With the bases still loaded, Banjoff launched a grand slam to left field for his first career home run. Povich tallied one strikeout and forced a pair of groundouts in the bottom of the third, as ASU went down in order.

NU added two runs in the top of the fourth to extend its lead to 8-5. Acker drew a leadoff walk before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. Chick also drew a walk before Schwellenbach drove in one run with an RBI single. Palensky brought in another run with his sacrifice fly to center field. ASU responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the score at 8-8. Spencer Torkelson hit a three-run home run after two of the first three ASU batters singled.

Nebraska's offense continued the onslaught with seven runs in the top of the fifth to build a 15-8 lead. NU annihilated three home runs during the frame, the first time since March 13, 2010 against Houston Baptist that the Huskers jacked three bombs in an inning. Banjoff launched a leadoff shot for his second homer of the game. After back-to-back outs, Acker smashed his first career home run. Hallmark singled before Chick drove him in with a two-run missile. Schwellenbach and Palensky each singled before scoring on Roskam's two-RBI double. Banjoff, batting for the second time in the inning, doubled to drive in Roskam. In the bottom of the fifth, Povich allowed a leadoff double, but forced outs to each of the next three batters to keep ASU from scoring.

In the top of the sixth, NU went down in order with two groundouts and a strikeout. The Huskers responded on defense by retiring all three Sun Devil batters in the bottom half of the frame.

Nebraska scored one run in the top of the seventh to extend its lead to 16-8. Chick hit a leadoff single before stealing second base. After Palensky reached on an intentional walk, Chick scored on a wild pitch. Banjoff reached on an error, but he and Palensky were left stranded on second and third. In the bottom of the seventh, ASU scored two runs to cut the deficit to 16-10. After a leadoff double, Hunter Swift hit a two-run home run before three consecutive flyouts.

In the top of the eighth, NU tacked on two runs to take an 18-10 advantage. After Mojo Hagge drew a leadoff walk, Hallmark blasted a two-run home run to bring him in. Schwellenbach singled during the frame, but was left stranded. In the bottom of the eighth, all three Sun Devil hitters were retired.

Banjoff and Hagge each singled in the top of the ninth, but NU left two runners stranded in a scoreless frame. ASU managed a single in the bottom of the ninth, but a flyout and double play groundout ended the game.

The Huskers return to action next weekend when they open their home schedule with a four-game series against Columbia at Hawks Field. Tickets for the series, which begins Friday at 1:35 p.m. (CT), can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com/tickets.



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All Classes - Bracket 






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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class A=

District A-1=

Norfolk 84, Lincoln High 72

District A-2=

Lincoln Southwest 67, Omaha Northwest 64

District A-3=

Elkhorn South 85, South Sioux City 42

District A-4=

Omaha Bryan 68, Omaha North 55

District A-5=

Lincoln Northeast 72, Fremont 56

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class C1 District Finals=

C1-1=

Lincoln Christian 57, Louisville 27

C1-2=

Chadron 46, Omaha Roncalli 34

C1-3=

North Bend Central 55, Norfolk Catholic 47, OT

C1-4=

Adams Central 52, Broken Bow 37

C1-5=

St. Paul 41, Syracuse 33

C1-6=

Malcolm 37, Ogallala 28

C1-7=

West Point-Beemer 47, Milford 35

C1-8=

Wahoo 51, Chase County 36

Class C2 District Finals=

C2-1=

Oakland-Craig 55, Wood River 38

C2-2=

Crofton 57, Freeman 13

C2-3=

Hastings St. Cecilia 46, Centennial 26

C2-4=

Clarkson/Leigh 45, Guardian Angels 44

C2-5=

Ponca 39, Nebraska City Lourdes 37

C2-6=

Grand Island Central Catholic 54, Bridgeport 32

C2-7=

Superior 43, North Central 41

C2-8=

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 43, South Loup 32

Class D1 District Finals=

D1-1=

Weeping Water 55, Twin River 20

D1-2=

CWC 77, Alma 28

D1-3=

Pleasanton 44, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 38

D1-4=

Hartington Cedar Catholic 71, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 59

D1-5=

Maywood-Hayes Center 37, Diller-Odell 27

D1-6=

Archbishop Bergan 36, South Platte 31

D1-7=

Pender 50, Cambridge 43

D1-8=

Dundy County-Stratton 46, North Platte St. Patrick's 43

Class D2 District Finals=

D2-1=

Falls City Sacred Heart 55, Wauneta-Palisade 20

D2-2=

Humphrey St. Francis 63, Bloomfield 21

D2-3=

Mullen 51, Leyton 24

D2-4=

Wynot 54, Crawford 13

D2-5=

Lawrence-Nelson 43, Dorchester 13

D2-6=

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 44, Stuart 22

D2-7=

Sterling 39, Anselmo-Merna 35

D2-8=

Loomis 43, Silver Lake 38





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