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NSAA State Championship=

Class A=


Lincoln East 59, Fremont 50

Lincoln Pius X 71, Millard South 46

Class B=


Beatrice 43, Scottsbluff 26

Crete 48, Grand Island Northwest 47, 3OT

Class C1=


Lincoln Christian 68, St. Paul 59

North Bend Central 39, Adams Central 31

Class C2=


Hastings St. Cecilia 62, Crofton 60

Ponca 53, Oakland-Craig 44

Class D1=


Archbishop Bergan 40, Hartington Cedar Catholic 34

Pleasanton 50, CWC 46

Class D2=


Humphrey St. Francis 68, Mullen 38

Wynot 37, Falls City Sacred Heart 27

RATON, N.M. – The McCook Community College softball team opened up the Region IX schedule Friday in New Mexico dropping a pair of games to Trinidad State 8-0, 12-4.

MCC was out-hit on the afternoon 16-9. Freshman Kristen Mogan, (Richfield, Utah) provided the offensive highlight of the day with a three-run home run in Game 2.

Trinidad State improves to 11-5 on the season.

MCC falls to 5-11. The Lady Indians will play Otero Junior College in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 11 a.m. (MT)

GAME 1 – Trinidad State JC 8, McCook CC 0: The Trojans broke up a 2-0 game with five runs in the fourth inning keyed by Gianna Paape’s two-out, three-run home run.

Sophomore Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta) took the loss allowing four hits and three earned runs over 3.2 innings pitched. Freshman Anna Wilcox, (Victoria, British Columbia) pitched the final 1.2 innings, allowing two hits and a run.

MCC was held to four hits – all singles.

GAME 2 – Trinidad State JC 12, McCook CC 4: The Trojans took charge early, scoring six runs in the first inning.

The Lady Indians scored their first run of the day in the second inning on a walk and an RBI-double by freshman Megan Blood-Smyth, (Thornton, Colo.).

Trinidad State came back with three runs in the second to lead 9-1 until MCC’s Kristen Mogan belted a three-run home run to centerfield in the third to close the gap to 9-4. The Trojans put the game away with a run in the third and two more in the fourth inning.

MCC had five hits in the game.

Three pitchers took the circle for MCC: sophomore pitcher Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School); freshman Savannah Hansen, (Monroe, Utah); and Anna Wilcox. They allowed 10 hits in four innings worked, 10 earned runs, and six walks.

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CASPER, Wyo. – The Casper College women won their 13th straight game and advanced to the Region IX Tournament semi-finals Thursday claiming an 82-55 win over McCook Community College to end the season for the Lady Indians.

The T-Birds, ranked 15th in the nation, got out to a 20-10 first-quarter lead and stretched it to 42-25 at halftime.

For Casper, five players scored in double-figures led by 15 points from Ashley Tehau, 13 by Natalia Otkhmezuri, 11 from Mya Jones and 10 points each off the bench by Kammie Ragsdale and Reka Soos.

The Thunderbirds shot 50.8 percent from the field, was 11 of 24 from beyond the 3-point line (45.8 percent) and made 11 of 16 free throws (68.6 percent). Casper held a 34-29 rebound edge and committed 14 turnovers.

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) led MCC with 13 points to go along with six rebounds. She was five-for-eight from the field.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) winds up her MCC career with nine points and a team-leading seven rebounds.

Sophomore Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) wraps up her MCC career with eight points, four assists and three steals.

Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) came off the bench with nine points and three rebounds.

MCC shot 43.1 percent from the field made two of 14 3-pointers (14.3 percent) and was nine of 14 from the free-throw line (64.3 percent). The Lady Indians turned the ball over 20 times.

The Lady Indians finish at 22-10.

In other Region IX quarterfinal action, Western Nebraska downed Sheridan 84-49. Gillette beat Northeastern Junior College 61-51 and Otero Junior College defeated Eastern Wyoming 84-75.

On Friday Western Nebraska (27-1) will take on Gillette (28-4) in the first semi-final game with Casper (27-3) playing Otero JC (23-5) in the second game. The finals are set for Saturday at 6 p.m. (MT)

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NSAA State Championship=

Class A=


Fremont 58, Omaha Westside 40

Lincoln East 50, Papillion-LaVista 30

Lincoln Pius X 60, North Platte 44

Millard South 54, Lincoln Southwest 44

Class B=


Beatrice 51, Platteview 47

Crete 48, Norris 43, OT

Grand Island Northwest 47, Sidney 44

Scottsbluff 57, Bennington 47

Class C1=


Adams Central 44, Chadron 30

Lincoln Christian 55, Malcolm 34

North Bend Central 48, West Point-Beemer 33

St. Paul 41, Wahoo 38

Class C2=


Crofton 72, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 41

Hastings St. Cecilia 56, Superior 43

Oakland-Craig 41, Clarkson/Leigh 36

Ponca 56, Grand Island Central Catholic 38

Class D1=


Archbishop Bergan 44, Maywood-Hayes Center 30

CWC 58, Dundy County-Stratton 36

Hartington Cedar Catholic 54, Weeping Water 49

Pleasanton 66, Pender 56

Class D2=


Falls City Sacred Heart 53, Loomis 27

Humphrey St. Francis 60, Sterling 53

Mullen 60, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 54

Wynot 48, Lawrence-Nelson 39

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Nebraska battled back from a slow start to pull within four points at halftime, but No. 25 Michigan started the second half on an 18-4 run on its way to an 82-58 victory Thursday night at the Crisler Center.
Haanif Cheatham scored 19 points and Dachon Burke Jr. scored 16 points to pace Nebraska (7-23, 2-17 Big Ten Conference). Thorir Thorbjarnarson pulled down a team-best seven rebounds for the Huskers, who outrebounded Michigan 40-38, the first time this season Nebraska has outrebounded a Big Ten foe.
Nebraska also shot a season-best 80 percent on free throws, connecting on 12 of 15 attempts.
But the Wolverines, led by Isaiah Livers with 18 points, shot 59.4 percent from the field in the second half to pull away from Nebraska, which was playing without starting point guard Cam Mack for its second consecutive road game.
Michigan (19-11, 10-9) opened the game with an 11-2 lead and held a nine-point margin with midway through the first half, when Nebraska used a 10-2 run to get back in the game.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Thorbjarnarson and Burke started the run. John Teske hit a short jumper for Michigan, but Kevin Cross scored in the paint and Thorbjarnarson scored a layup to pull the Huskers within 23-22 with 6:52 remaining before halftime.
Nebraska, though, missed its next five field goal attempts while also committing five turnovers. However, Michigan didn't take full advantage, only extending its lead to 29-22 with 3:59 remaining. Eli Brooks had two 3-pointers in that stretch for the Wolverines.
Cheatham ended Nebraska's scoring drought of 6 minutes, 52 seconds with a layup off a Michigan turnover. Akol Arop followed with a transition layup off an assist from Thorbjarnarson to pull the Huskers within 29-26 with 1:04 remaining before halftime.
Brandon Johns Jr. hit a 3-pointer for Michigan, and Burke made two free throws, while Michigan missed a shot at the halftime buzzer, with the Wolverines leading 32-28 at halftime. Nebraska held Michigan to 34 percent shooting in the first half, including 5-of-15 on 3-pointers, while the Huskers shot 37 percent and held a 24-18 rebounding advantage in the first half.
Nebraska concludes the regular season Sunday with a noon tip-off at Minnesota. The Huskers will be either the No. 13 or No. 14 seed for next week's Big Ten Tournament, which begins Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis - Big Ten Sixth Player-of-the-Year Leigha Brown produced game highs with 22 points and six assists, but it was not enough to prevent No. 7 Michigan from rallying in the second half for an 81-75 women's basketball win over No. 10 seed Nebraska in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Freshman forward Isabelle Bourne added career highs with 16 points and five blocked shots to go along with a team-high six rebounds off the bench for Nebraska, as the Huskers closed the regular season with a 17-13 overall record that included a 7-11 Big Ten mark.

Michigan, which improved to 20-10 overall after going 10-8 in the league, advances to play Big Ten regular-season co-champion Northwestern on Friday. Sophomore point guard Amy Dilk led Michigan with game highs of 22 points and six assists of her own, while first-team All-Big Ten forward Naz Hillmon added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Nebraska, which built a 42-34 halftime lead, saw Michigan open the third quarter on a 13-2 surge in the first five minutes to take a 47-44 lead. The Huskers were never able to recover, as the Wolverines built a 58-52 edge heading to the fourth quarter by outscoring NU 24-10 in the third period.

The Huskers found more offense in the fourth quarter, but they were unable to get stops in the first five minutes, as Michigan extended its lead to 71-61 in the first five minutes of the final period. The Wolverines took their biggest lead of the night at 74-62 with three minutes left, but Nebraska refused to surrender. Brown scored five points in a 7-1 surge for the Big Red that cut the margin to 75-69 with 1:09 left. After a free throw by Dilk with 1:02 left, Nebraska got a Nicea Eliely layup with 43 seconds left to trim it to 76-71. Dilk hit 1-of-2 free throws with 38.2 second left to push the edge to six, with Nebraska coming down with a chance to make it a one-possession game. However, a Husker turnover gave the ball back to the Wolverines and ended the Husker hopes of a Big Ten Tournament run.

Nebraska fell despite hitting 50.9 percent (28-55) of its shots from the field and 75 percent (12-16) of its free throws on the night. The Huskers were also 7-of-19 from three-point range (.368), but got out-rebounded 35-27 and lost the turnover battle 16-13. It was just the second time this season that Nebraska hit better than 50 percent of its shots from the field.

Michigan answered by hitting 46.2 percent (30-65) of its shots, including just 3-of-10 threes. The Wolverines also struggled at times from the line, hitting 18-of-28 free throws (.643). But 19 offensive rebounds and 24 second-chance points doomed the Huskers, as Hillmon pulled down six boards on the offensive end.

In a first half that started with foul trouble for Nebraska center Kate Cain and Hillmon, the Huskers played outstanding offense and forced 10 first-half turnovers by the Wolverines.

Cain, a Big Ten All-Defensive selection and honorable-mention all-conference pick, was called for two fouls just seconds apart against Hillmon in the first 1:07 of the game and went to the bench with Michigan leading 4-0. Just 2:53 later, Hillmon was whistled for her second foul with Michigan leading 8-5.

With Cain and Hillmon both off the floor for the final six minutes of the first quarter, Nebraska closed the quarter on a 15-5 surge thanks in large part to seven huge points from Bourne and a three-pointer by forward Kayla Mershon in place of Cain - all in place of Cain.

Nebraska took a 20-13 lead to the second quarter, before Brown's second three-pointer and a bucket by Bourne pushed the Husker lead to 25-14 just 46 seconds into the period and force a Michigan timeout. Another Husker stop was followed by a three-pointer from Sam Haiby, who finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals, to give Nebraska its biggest lead of the game at 28-14 with 8:28 left in the half.

The Huskers maintained a 31-18 lead with 6:05 left before Michigan Coach Kim Barnes Arico rolled the dice and inserted Hillmon with two fouls. Hillmon scored seven points in the final 5:27 of the half to help stabilize the Wolverines and cut the margin to eight heading to the second half.

Cain, battled more foul trouble throughout the second half, but managed to go 6-for-6 from the field and finish with 12 points and three blocked shots. Her three rejections pushed her season total to 101, breaking her own Nebraska single-season record. As a team, Nebraska matched its season high and school conference tournament record with 12 blocks as a team.

Nebraska will await word on a 2020 Postseason WNIT bid, which will be announced late in the evening on Monday, March 16. If the Huskers are invited to the tournament, they could open tournament play as early as Wednesday, March 18 and could be set to host in the first round of the 64-team field at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

STERLING, Colo. – The Region IX north division’s top seed Western Wyoming put an end to the McCook Community College men’s season Thursday with an 82-69 win in quarter-final play in the Region IX tournament.

The Mustangs took a 37-31 lead at the half. The Indians struggled offensively to start the second half, particularly in the paint and Western Wyoming extended the lead to 58-45.

With less that nine minutes left in the game, MCC picked up momentum starting with a dunk in the lane from freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas). The Indians stopped WWCC on three consecutive possessions to cut the Mustang lead to five but the Indians couldn’t close it out.

Darthard poured in a game-high 30 points in a losing effort. He made 10 of 15 shots from the field including four of six from the 3-point line and six of eight from the free-throw line.

Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) scored 12 points. Sophomore Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago/Daytona State) put in 10. Sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario/Moberly Area Community College) ends his MCC career with nine points.

The Mustangs shot 55.6 percent from the field, made seven of 22 from the 3-point line (31.8 percent) and took the rebound edge 29-19. Western Wyoming got double-digit scoring from four players, including 17 from LeChaun Duhart, 16 from Trey Marble, 13 from Dwayne Prim, and Sindou Cisse came off the bench to score 15.

Western Wyoming advances to the semi-finals Friday and will take on Gillette, a 89-75 win over Otero Junior College.

The Indians shot 52.9 percent from the field, made eight of 20 shots from beyond the 3-point line (40.0 percent) and seven of 10 from the free-throw line.

MCC finishes the season 15-16.

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The McCook Community College Indians got a six-inning, 11-strikeout performance from sophomore Yasnier Laureano (sophomore, Anderson, S.C.) as MCC downed Northeast Community College 3-0 to salvage a twinbill Wednesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex. The Hawks won the first game 9-6.

Laureano allowed one hit and walked six in Game 2 and got an inning of scoreless relief from Nick Wellman (redshirt freshman, Quincy, Ill.) to secure the win. Freshman Anthony Nieves-Soto (Nayaguez, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy) hit a solo home run in the game.

The Indians gave up five runs in the fourth inning which proved to be the difference in Game 1. Ricardo Hernandez (freshman, Ponce, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy) had three singles for the Indians in the game and also got a two-run home run from freshman Trey Taliaferro (Coconut Creek, Fla.)

MCC goes to 9-9 on the year and will travel to Lamar, Colo. Saturday and Sunday for a three-game Empire League Series. This series was originally scheduled to be played in McCook but their first series of the year Feb. 21-22 scheduled in Lamar was moved because of weather to McCook and the Lopes took two of three games in that series.

Lamar and Northeastern Junior College lead the Empire League through two weekends at 4-2. Southeast Community College is 2-1. MCC is one game back of the leaders at 3-3. Otero Junior College and Trinidad are both 2-4 and Western Nebraska is 1-2.

MCC returns to the Jaycees Sports Complex for its only remaining home games this month taking on Southeast Community College March 14 (2 p.m.) and a doubleheader March 15 starting at 1 p.m.

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GAME 1 – Northeast Community College 9, McCook CC 6: Northeast’s Brennan Bales put the cap on a five-run fourth inning with a three-run home run as the Hawks broke open a 3-3 game.

Freshman Caleb Eiguren (Westminster, Colo.) put the Indians on the board with a two-out RBI single in the first inning to score Pedro Perez (sophomore Cidra, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy) tie the game at 1-1. The Indians took a 2-1 lead in the second inning on an RBI-triple by Elijah Munoz (freshman, Big Spring, Texas) which scored Mark Zhang (sophomore, Nicholls, Australia) who singled. Perez made it 3-1 with an RBI-single.

The Hawks tied the game on Austin Mathews (sophomore, Clearwater, Fla.) started on the mound and went three innings, allowed three earned runs, seven hits, and one walk.

Mitchell Driver (freshman, Sydney, Australia) pitched the fourth inning and was charged with five runs on four hits, no walks and two strikeouts.

Holden Hopkins (sophomore, Norman, Okla.) pitched two innings of scoreless, hitless ball, walking one and striking out three.

Zhang singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and one out later, Trey Taliaferro (freshman Coconut Creek, Fla.) lashed a home run to right field to cut the gap to 8-5. Trevor Pacheco (sophomore, Pueblo, Colo.) delivered an RBI-single later in the inning to make it an 8-6 game.

Northeast added an insurance run in the seventh off Troy Shepherd (freshman, McDowell, N.C.) who gave up an unearned run, no hits, and no walks in an inning of work.

MCC outhit Northeast CC 11-9. Ricardo Hernandez (freshman, Ponce, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy) had three singles for the Indians. Taliaferro, Perez, Eiguren and Zhang all had two-hit games.

GAME 2 –McCook CC 3, Northeast Community College 0: The Indians scored a run in the first inning on three straight walks and a one-out sacrifice fly from Caleb Eiguren. That turned out to be the only run MCC would need as starting pitcher Yasnier Laureano kept the Hawks off the scoreboard in all six of the innings he pitched.

Trey Taliferro was hit by a pitch to lead off the MCC third. Pedro Perez singled, and after a fielder’s choice  Trevor Pacheco lined a double to centerfield to score Taliferro but the trailing runner was thrown out at the plate.

Anthony Nieves-Soto lined a two-out solo home run to left field in the fourth inning to give MCC a 3-0 lead.

Laureano allowed just one hit through six innings, walking six and striking out 11 Hawks. Wellman picked up the save pitching the seventh inning and allowing one walk while strikeout out three.

McCook Community College freshman Jayden Bastow has been named the Region IX pitcher of the week ending March 1.

Bastow, a 6-2, right-hander from Sydney, Australia helped the Indians secure an Empire League win (2-1) Saturday against Otero Junior College.

Bastow tossed a seven-inning complete game, and allowed two hits, no earned runs, one walk and he struck out nine Rattler hitters.

The Indians won the series 2-1 and will hit the road Saturday and Sunday for a pair of games at Lamar, Colo.

MCC is 8-8 on the season and will host Northeast Community College (Norfolk) today in a nine-inning game starting at 2 p.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex.



Class A District Final=


Millard North 85, Kearney 55


Omaha Westside 73, Papillion-LaVista 60


Omaha South 55, Lincoln Pius X 38

Class C1 District Final=


Adams Central 61, O'Neill 22


St. Paul 45, North Bend Central 44


Ashland-Greenwood 54, Chase County 28

Class C2 District Final=


Yutan 60, Shelby/Rising City 39

Class D1 District Final=


North Platte St. Patrick's 69, East Butler 51


Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 63, Anselmo-Merna 37


Osmond 63, McCool Junction 33


Paxton 53, Axtell 45


Southern Valley 63, Heartland 50


Fullerton 63, West Holt 60


Pleasanton 51, Elm Creek 40

Class D2 District Final=


St. Mary's 74, Hyannis 42


Parkview Christian 58, Wallace 33

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