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The McCook Community College softball team came up with a pair of walk-off wins Tuesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex over the Midland College Chaparrals (Texas) by the final scores of 11-10 and 1-0.

Down 10-6 in Game 1, the Lady Indians pushed across five seventh-inning runs ending with a two-run walk-off double by freshman Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.). The Lady Indians broke up a scoreless tie in Game 2 with a two-out rally on a single by Alice Midiri (freshman Condove, Italy) and a game-winning double from freshman Megan Blood-Smyth, (Thornton, Colo.). Sophomore pitcher Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) pitched a four-hit shutout to pick up the win.

“I’m incredibly proud of these kids for continuing to fight,” said MCC Coach Kevin Kaalberg. “We talked after the games that back in February we probably don’t come back in that first game. That shows growth from these kids.”

Midland College falls to 4-10 on the season.

MCC has won eight of its last 11 games and will be in action Thursday for a doubleheader with Western Nebraska, in games moved up from Sunday because of weekend weather concerns. Thursday’s game is set to start at noon at the Jaycees Sports Complex. On Saturday MCC is set to host Northeastern Junior College in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

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GAME 1 – McCook CC 11, Midland College (Texas) 10: Down 10-6 in the seventh inning, the Lady Indians battled back with five runs to win in walk-off fashion on a two-run walk-off double by freshman Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.).

The Chaparrals opened the day with a two-run first. MCC scored a run in the third on an error, a sacrifice bunt and a fielder’s choice. Midland added two runs in the fourth and another to take a 5-1 lead but MCC responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Kristen Mogan, (freshman Richfield, Utah) and freshman Kassandra Orr, (Victoria, British Columbia) both singed to start off the fifth inning and Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, (freshman, Cozad/Gothenburg High School) doubled them home to make it 5-3. Megan Bloodsmyth had an RBI-single, and a fielder’s choice tied the game at 5-5.

Freshman Anna Wilcox (Victoria, British Columbia) went the first five innings in the pitching circle allowing five hits and three earned runs. She walked five and struck out four.

Midland scored three times in the sixth and twice in the seventh off freshman pitcher Savannah Hansen, (Monroe, Utah). She allowed four hits, walked three and struck out one and left the game down 10-6.

The first six batters in the MCC seventh reached base including: a double by Bloodsmyth, a single by Lexee Johnson, (freshman, Delta, Utah), a walk by Kaitlyn Lord, (freshman, Colorado Springs), a single by sophomore Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.), a walk by Mogan, a Midland error, a popout and that set up the two-run walk-off double by Laird.

Both teams had nine hits with Bloodsmyth and Orr two each.

GAME 2 – McCook CC 1, Midland College (Texas) 0: Karleigh Kleinknecht held Midland bats in check allowing just four hits in the game. She issued three walks and struck out six.

MCC scored the game winner in the bottom of the seventh inning when Alice Midri beat out a two-out infield hit and later went to second on a passed ball. Freshman Bloodsmyth fought off an 0-2 count to even it a 2-2, then fouled three straight pitches before lining the game-winning double to center field.

The Lady Indians had eight hits in the game including two each from Midri and Bloodsmyth and two from Kristen Mogan.

Two McCook Community College women’s basketball players have been named to the All- Region IX South Team.

Sophomores Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) and freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) were both selected to the squad.

In addition Bodette was one of five players named to the all-defensive team.

Bodette, 6-0, started all 32 games for the Lady Indians scoring 448 points and pulling down 280 rebounds. That gave her an average of 14 points and 8.75 rebounds per game. She made 200 of 342 shots on the season (58.5 percent) and 43 of 60 free throws (71.7 percent), had 26 steals and 53 assists.

Nationally, she ranked eighth among players from 182 Division I schools with 215 offensive rebounds and 13th in the nation with 63 blocked shots.

Torrubia Cano, 5-11, also played in all 32 MCC games, starting 26 and averaging 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. For the season she scored 359 points and gathered 232 rebounds. From the 3-point line she made 39 of 91 attempts, (42.9 percent) which was 11th best in the nation. From the field she was 53.7 percent and had 37 steals, 44 assists and 13 blocked shots.

Here is the All-Region IX Team:


Makenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Carla Torrubio Cano, McCook Community College

Aleksandra Ratnikava, Northeastern Junior College

Lea Mafua, Otero Junior College

Emma Florez, Otero Junior College

Charisse Fairley, Otero Junior College

Tk Morehouse, Western Nebraska Community College

Yuliyana Valcheva, Western Nebraska Community College

R'Manie Pulling, Western Nebraska Community College

Lidsey Mahoukou, Western Nebraska Community College

SOUTH All-Defensive Team

Unique Gainey, Northeastern Junior College

Emma Florez , Otero Junior College

Makenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Mariah Garcia, Trinidad State Junior College

R'Manie Pulling, Western Nebraska Community College


Natalia Otkhmezuri, Casper College

Mya Jones, Casper College

Raquel Ferrer-Bernad, Casper College

Essy Latu, Central Wyoming College

Ane Esnal Aquirre, Eastern Wyoming College

Kobe King-Hawea, Gillette College

Skylar Patton, Gillette College

Molly Coleman, Gillette College

Adela Smutna, Northwest College

NORTH All-Defensive Team

Juneau Jones, Casper College

Emma Strom, Eastern Wyoming College

Skylar Patton, Gillette College

Abby Garreaud, Laramie County CC

Raquel Turner, Northwest College

MIAMI (AP) — All major professional sports leagues are taking corona virus outbreak precautions. The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel. The changes will be temporary. Media will still have access to players.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch on opening day at home against the Angels on March 26. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday's exhibition game against the New York Mets. There is not a timetable for his return. Verlander had a similar injury during spring training in 2015 and did not make his season debut until June 13. 

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The surgeons who operated on Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun decided not to wire his broken jaw shut. Calhoun was hit in the face by a fastball on Sunday. He is expected to be released from this hospital in coming days. Doctors haven't determined if Calhoun had a concussion. He tweeted that he's “doing well” and “can't wait to be back hitting homers soon.”

DENVER (AP) — The short-handed Milwaukee Bucks have now lost four out their last five games. The latest lost was a 109-95 thumping by the Denver Nuggets. Denver’s Jamal Murray scored 21 points, but his teammates and lots of people on Twitter say he was robbed on a hard slam dunk ruled an offensive foul. The bucks are without their top six scorers — including reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON'-poh).

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Shea Theodore scored 2:13 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights increased their Pacific Division lead to three points by beating the second-place Edmonton Oilers 3-2. The Golden Knights improved to 11-2-0 in their past 13 games. Alex Chiasson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the goals for the Oilers, who played without captain Connor McDavid due to an illness.

The McCook Community College baseball team has moved its scheduled game Tuesday from Colby to McCook.

The two teams will play a nine-inning game Tuesday (March 10) starting at 4 p.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex.

Colby is 9-10 on the season. MCC is 12-9. The two teams played in McCook Feb. 16 with the Indians coming out on top 8-6.

This weekend the Indians host Southeast Community College in a three-game Empire League series. The opener is set for a nine-inning game Saturday at 2 p.m. and concluding with a pair of seven-inning games Sunday starting at 1 p.m.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

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The Nebraska volleyball team will play a spring match against Northern Colorado at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island on Saturday, April 25. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster and at the Heartland Events Center Box Office at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11. All tickets will be reserved at $10 with limited courtside seats available at $25 each. There will be a limit of eight tickets sold per person, and there will be a handling fee on all tickets purchased. No tickets will be sold through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office.

The spring match will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates and online at and on the Huskers app. The Husker volleyball players will sign autographs immediately following the match.

Nebraska last played in Grand Island in 2015, when the Huskers swept Kansas State in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,006 at the Heartland Events Center. NU also played in Grand Island in 2011, topping Wichita State with 5,522 in attendance.

The match in Grand Island will be the Huskers' only one of the 2020 spring season. Nebraska is coming off a 28-5 season and an NCAA regional final appearance in 2019. The Huskers had no seniors on their roster last season for the first time in school history, and 12 players return from that squad this spring. 

Northern Colorado went 26-8 last year and 17-1 in the Big Sky Conference. The Bears won the Big Sky Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell in the first round to Hawaii, 3-1. 

Lincoln, Neb. – Leading 7-5 after the top of the seventh, Nebraska (5-8) scored five runs over the next two innings on its way to a 12-5 win over Columbia at Hawks Field on Sunday afternoon.

Five Huskers notched multi-hit efforts to help NU's offense compile 15 hits altogether. Spencer Schwellenbach and Luke Boynton led the way with three hits apiece. Boynton, Luke Roskam and Cam Chick each produced three-RBI efforts.

Lefty Caleb Feekin, making his first career start on the mound, allowed one run in 2.1 innings of work. NU saw relief appearances from Tyler Martin, Quinn Mason, Bo Blessie, Trey Kissack, Sayer Diederich and Max Schreiber. Mason recorded four strikeouts in 2.0 innings. Schreiber earned the save by tossing 2.1 no-hit scoreless frames.

NU pounced early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the opening frame. After Leighton Banjoff and Aaron Palensky drew back-to-back walks, Chick smacked his fourth home run of the season. Columbia responded with one run in the top of the second, as Weston Eberly hit a solo home run.

In the bottom of the second, Jaxon Hallmark ripped a two-out triple before scoring on Banjoff's RBI single to extend NU's lead to 4-1. After a scoreless third inning for both teams, NU scored one run in the bottom of the fourth. Hallmark laced a two-out single before Banjoff's RBI double brought him in.

After the Lions scored one run in the top of the fifth, NU bounced back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-2 advantage. Roskam blasted a two-run homer that drove in Schwellenbach during the frame.

Columbia scored two runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh to trim the deficit to 7-5. In the bottom of the seventh, Schwellenbach singled and Roskam drew a walk to put two runners on with no outs. The runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt before Schwellenbach scored on a wild pitch. Boynton's RBI single brought in Roskam.

Leading 9-5, Nebraska added three runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach for Columbia. NU loaded the bases with one out and scored its first run of the frame on Roskam's sacrifice fly. Boynton drove in a pair with his two-RBI single up the middle.

The Huskers return to action on Tuesday against Northern Colorado at Hawks Field, starting at 4:05 p.m. (CT). The two-game series between the Huskers and Bears concludes on Wednesday at 1:35 p.m.


Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney women’s basketball team saw its 2019-20 season come to an end when it wasn’t selected for the 2020 NCAA Division II Tournament.


The Lopers (26-6) entered the weekend ranked ninth in the Central Region; the top eight teams in each of D2’s eight regions qualify for the tournament. The conference tournament winners from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conf.) and GAC (Great American Conf.) receive automatic bids. This year those teams were Central Missouri, St. Cloud State and Southeastern Oklahoma State.


SCSU likely “stole” a bid by winning the NSIC Tournament earlier this week as the Huskies were ranked 10th in the most recent region rankings. SEOSU also was on the bubble as they came into the weekend ranked seventh.


UNK beat NCAA qualifier Fort Hays State and Missouri Western State (21-8) twice and had wins against NCAA qualifier Emporia State, Central Oklahoma (18-10), Washburn (18-12), and Wayne State (16-13). However the FHSU Tigers had similar victories as well as non-conference ones over NCAA qualifiers Minnesota-Duluth and St. Anselm, Harding (19-10), and Concordia-St. Paul (15-14) with SWOSU having key wins against Pitt State and Washburn. The SW Okie win over the Gorillas likely was a huge factor in them getting the last at-large spot as UNK lost to PSU, 88-74, in early January.


The Lopers end the year leading the MIAA in eight different categories and saw its entire starting five earn All-MIAA honors. Finishing in third place in the league standings UNK’s win total is tied for the third most in school history. The 1995-96 (26-5), 1997-98 (26-4) and 1998-99 (24-6) squads also won 26 games with the Loper standard being 28 (1996-97).


Head coach Carrie Eighmey didn’t have a single senior on this year’s team with graduate transfer and point guard Haley Simental (Pueblo West, Colo.) granted a sixth year by the NCAA last month. Finally, current sophomore forward Shiloh McCool (Pleasant Valley, Ia.) sat out this winter due to injury after averaging 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season.


Central Regional ** March 13, 14 & 16 (Warrensburg, Mo.)

1.       Central Missouri (27-4) – automatic bid

2.       Minnesota-Duluth (26-6) – at-large bid

3.       Sioux Falls (26-6) – at-large bid

4.       Emporia State (24-7) – at-large bid

5.       Southeastern Oklahoma State (22-7) – automatic bid

6.       St. Cloud State (23-7) – automatic bid

7.       Fort Hays State (23-7) – at-large bid

8.       Southwestern Oklahoma State (21-8) – at-large bid

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gabe Kalscheur scored 26 points and Alihan Demir added 19 points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota set a season-high in scoring with a 107-75 victory over Nebraska. Marcus Carr had 18 points and 11 assists, while Daniel Oturu added 10 points and six rebounds for the Gophers, who made a school-record 18 3-pointers. Haanif Cheatham led the Huskers with 17 points. Jervay Green added 16, Thorir Thorbjarnarson had 14, and Kevin Cross scored 10.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Zegarowski made all five of his 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead No. 11 Creighton to a share of the Big East regular-season title with a 77-60 victory over No. 8 Seton Hall. The Bluejays claimed all or part of their first conference title since winning the Missouri Valley outright in 2012-13. Creighton has won 11 of its last 13 games and because it swept the season series against the Pirates will be the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament in New York next week. Myles Powell and Quincy McKnight scored 15 apiece for the Pirates.

Class A 
Championship - Pius X 45, Lincoln East 37 

Class B 
Championship - Crete 52, Beatrice 26 

Class C1 
Championship - Championship - North Bend Central 48, Lincoln Christian 59
3rd Place - Adams Central 44, St Paul 41 

Class C2 
Championship - St Cecilia 41, Ponca 37 
3rd Place - Crofton 58, Oakland Craig 40 

Class D1 
Championship - Pleasanton 47, Fremont Bergan 38 
3rd Place - CWC 66, Hartington CC 54

Class D1 
Championship - Wynot 59, Humphrey St Francis 51
3rd Place - Falls City Sacred Heart 59, Mullen 36


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