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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (BOH’-mees-tur) was conscious and alert last night after suffering a cardiac episode and collapsing on the bench during the first period of a game against the Anaheim Ducks. The 36-year-old Bouwmeester crumpled over after a long shift and during a break in play. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Bouwmeester was awake, alert and moving his arms and legs as he was transported to a hospital before the game was postponed.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper remains noncommittal on Cam Newton's future with the organization, saying it will largely depend on how the quarterback recovers from foot surgery. The 31-year-old Newton missed 14 games last season with a Lis Franc injury that led to surgery on Dec. 11. The rebuilding Panthers could save $19 million under next year's salary cap if they trade or release the 2015 league MVP.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have made Ron Roenicke (REH’-nihi-kee) their interim manager, promoting the former Brewers skipper to replace Alex Cora on the day pitchers and catchers reported to the team’s spring training site. The interim tag will stay until Major League Baseball completes its investigation into whether the Red Sox engaged in illegal sign-stealing during their 2018 World Series championship season. Roenicke has denied being part of any rules violation and is expected to become permanent manager if the probe clears him.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Marwin González has become the first batter from the World Series-winning 2017 Houston Astros to publicly apologize for his role in the sign-stealing scandal. Now with the Minnesota Twins, Gonzalez says he’s remorseful for everything that happened and wishes he could take it back. Major League Baseball's investigation into the allegation resulted in one-season suspensions for manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow (LOO’-now), who were immediately fired by the Astros.

PHOENIX (AP) — Major League teams improved to 4-0 in salary arbitration this year when the Rockies defeated catcher Tony Wolters. He will earn $1.9 million rather than his request for $2,475,000. The 27-year-old Wolters hit .262 with one homer and 42 RBIs in 411 plate appearances while making $960,000 last season.




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Despite being down one starter and playing its second road game against a ranked opponent in four days, the Nebraska men's basketball team gave No. 9 Maryland all it could handle in a 72-70 loss Tuesday night at the XFINITY Center.
 
The Huskers, who trailed by 13 after a cold-shooting first half, used a late rally to put themselves in position to pull the upset. NU trailed 71-64 with less than a minute to play before a 6-0 run made it a one-point game. After Maryland missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Nebraska had a chance to take the lead but Cam Mack, who had just knocked down a pair of clutch free throws, had his potential game-winning layup blocked by Jalen Smith, who then made his first free throw with 0.7 seconds remaining before intentionally missing the second, and the clock expired on the rebound.
 
With the win, Maryland improved to 20-4 on the season and remained atop the Big Ten Conference standings with a 10-3 record in league play. Despite a valiant effort, Nebraska fell to 7-17 on the season and dropped to 2-11 in Big Ten play.
 
The Huskers, who were without third-leading scorer Dachon Burke Jr. due to illness, outscored Maryland 45-34 in the second half, even though the Terrapins made six of their final seven shots. Nebraska shot 55 percent in the second half but only hit 41 percent of its shots in the game. The Huskers attempted a season-high 33 3-pointers but made just seven of those attempts.
 
Haanif Cheatham, who was questionable for the game after suffering an injury Saturday at Iowa, led the second-half comeback by scoring 18 of his game-high 20 points in the final period. Thorir Thorbjarnarson added 15 for the Huskers, while Matej Kavas provided a big boost of the bench, chipping in 11 points. Mack dished out eight assists for the Big Red to become the fourth Husker to record 150 assists in a season.
 
Smith (16 points, 13 rebounds), Donta Scott (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Anthony Cowan (13 points, 10 assists) all had double-doubles for Maryland. Eric Ayala joined that trio in double figures with 16 points, as he knocked down 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.
 
Nebraska scored on a Mack layup on its opening possession before the Huskers' shooting went ice cold. NU missed nine straight shots at one point and opened the game just 3-of-15 from the field and 1-of-10 from the 3-point line. Maryland took advantage with an 8-0 run during a five-minute Husker scoring drought, building a 16-10 lead eight minutes into the game.
 
The Huskers pulled back within one three minutes later thanks to a 7-0 run, with Thorbjarnarson scoring the final five points of the run. But Nebraska then went scoreless for more than four minutes, as Maryland scored 10 straight points to take a 30-19 lead.
 
Nebraska quickly cut the lead back to eight but the Huskers didn't make a basket over the final three minutes of the half, and Maryland scored six of the final seven points of the period to take a 36-25 lead into the locker room. NU shot only 27 percent in the first half and had a five-minute stretch and two three-minute stretches without making a basket. The Huskers were just 9-of-33 from the field and 3-of-20 from beyond the arc in the first half.
 
NU shot the ball better to start the second half, knocking down seven of its first nine shots, cutting the lead to single digits at 47-40 less than five minutes into the period. Following the hot start, the Huskers went scoreless for nearly three minutes as Maryland pushed the lead back to 12.
 
But Nebraska would not go away as the Huskers scored seven straight points as part of a larger 12-2 run that forced a Maryland timeout with the Terrapins on top 56-54 with 7:28 to play. Maryland responded with an 8-0 run out of the timeout to push the lead back to 10 before Cheatham scored Nebraska's next eight points to help the Huskers cut the lead to 66-62 with 2:24 remaining.
 
It remained a four-point lead one minute later until Darryl Morsell drilled a clutch 3-pointer, which was answered by Kevin Cross. Nebraska called a timeout following Cross' 3-pointer, the Huskers got a steal on the ensuing possession and Cheatham knocked down a free throw to cut the lead to 71-68 with 35.6 seconds remaining. Maryland then missed the front end of a 1-and-1, giving Nebraska the ball back. Ahead by three, Maryland elected to foul Mack, who went to the line and hit two clutch free throws to make it a 71-70 game with 12.9 seconds left.
 
Maryland again missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Mack drove into the lane where Smith blocked the shot to seal the win.
 
Following a pair of road games against top-25 foes, Nebraska returns home on Saturday to take on Wisconsin. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 1:15 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with the Husker Sports Network providing live radio coverage.

Nebraska Post-Game Notes
  • Nebraska fell to Maryland 72-70, as the Terrapins remained perfect at home this season (14-0).  The two-point margin marked the seventh time in the 10 all-time meetings between Nebraska and Maryland that the game has been decided by five or fewer points.
  • The Huskers have played four games at the XFINITY Center, with the four games decided by a total of 10 points, including three straight games by two points.
  • Nebraska went 7-of-33 from the 3-point line in tonight's game. With the seven makes, the Huskers have made 200 3-pointers this season, becoming the 10th team in school history to make 200 3-pointers in a season.
  • With the season-high 33 3-point attempts, the Huskers have shot 611 3-pointers this year, becoming the seventh team in school history to attempt 600 3-pointers in a season.
  • Haanif Cheatham, who was questionable for the game after suffering an injury Saturday at Iowa, scored a game-high 20 points, including 18 in the second half. His 21 points were his second-highest total in Big Ten play and marked his third 20-point game this season.
  • Matej Kavas scored 11 points, marking his first career Big Ten Conference game in double figures. It was his first double-figure effort since Dec. 29.
  • Cam Mack dished out eight assists in the game to give him 156 assists this season. He passed Tyronn Lue (152) to move into fifth place on Nebraska's single-season assists list, while becoming only the fourth Husker to record 150 assists in a season.
  • Freshman Kevin Cross made his first career start as Nebraska utilized its sixth different starting lineup this season. Cross became the third true freshman to start for the Huskers this season, joining Charlie Easley and Yvan Ouedraogo.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Allen 61, Winside 18

Arcadia-Loup City 64, Ansley-Litchfield 58

Auburn 66, Syracuse 33

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 82, Wisner-Pilger 56

Battle Creek 67, Neligh-Oakdale 29

Bayard 48, Leyton 41

Bertrand 61, Blue Hill 52

Bishop Neumann 58, Yutan 49

Bloomfield 60, Santee 51

Boys Town 61, Parkview Christian 42

Broken Bow 52, Ord 41

Cambridge 55, Arapahoe 25

Central Valley 66, Elkhorn Valley 55

Crete 55, York 33

Cross County 54, East Butler 38

Deshler 88, Heartland 72

Doniphan-Trumbull 61, Thayer Central 44

Dorchester 48, Hampton 39

Elgin Public/Pope John 44, CWC 37

Elkhorn Mount Michael 66, Omaha Concordia 40

Elmwood-Murdock 50, Johnson County Central 42

Falls City 66, Conestoga 56

Falls City Sacred Heart 68, Diller-Odell 17

Fillmore Central 57, Sandy Creek 21

Franklin 62, Thunder Ridge, Kan. 52

Fullerton 71, St. Edward 22

Gretna 60, Omaha North 33

Hartington Cedar Catholic 77, Homer 55

Hartington-Newcastle 71, Wausa 41

Hastings 45, Adams Central 42

Hay Springs 51, Minatare 33

Hitchcock County 66, Cheylin, Kan. 31

Humphrey St. Francis 41, Aquinas 40

Johnson-Brock 68, Friend 30

Kearney Catholic 61, Centura 29

Kenesaw 62, Red Cloud 36

Lawrence-Nelson 54, Harvard 42

Lincoln Lutheran 46, Archbishop Bergan 43

Lincoln Pius X 62, Elkhorn 43

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 48, Clarkson/Leigh 27

Lutheran High Northeast 69, Creighton 66

McCook 64, Crofton 52

McCook Central/Montrose, S.D. 64, Crofton 52

McCool Junction 62, Exeter/Milligan 48

Millard North 61, Papillion-LaVista South 56

Morrill 37, Hemingford 21

Nebraska Lutheran 60, Nebraska Christian 58

Niobrara/Verdigre 41, West Holt 40

Norfolk Catholic 67, Guardian Angels 66

North Bend Central 64, Tekamah-Herman 25

North Central 48, Colome, S.D. 38

North Platte 33, Cozad 32

North Platte St. Patrick's 60, Dundy County-Stratton 45

Northern Valley, Kan. 65, Alma 56

O'Neill 59, Plainview 47

Omaha Central 73, Millard West 70

Omaha Nation 106, Walthill 99

Omaha Roncalli 70, Bennington 60

Omaha Skutt Catholic 76, Glenwood, Iowa 46

Omaha Westside 81, Kearney 69

Overton 63, Wilcox-Hildreth 33

Papillion-LaVista 60, Omaha Burke 39

Paxton 56, Hershey 33

Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 85, Kimball 48

Plattsmouth 56, Arlington 41

Ralston 79, South Sioux City 66

Randolph 74, Emerson-Hubbard 29

Raymond Central 52, Louisville 46

Seward 38, Fairbury 27

Sioux County 39, Crawford 21

South Loup 50, Anselmo-Merna 43

South Platte 57, Maywood-Hayes Center 54

Southern Valley 53, Gibbon 37

St. Mary's 70, Boyd County 57

St. Paul 68, Ravenna 59

Stuart 51, Ainsworth 40

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 66, Twin Loup 26

Sutton 41, Wilber-Clatonia 38

Tri County 57, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 50

Wahoo 77, Columbus Scotus 39

Wallace 73, Southwest 41

Wauneta-Palisade 64, Rawlins County, Kan. 32

West Point-Beemer 65, Madison 62

Winnebago 69, Wakefield 58

Wynot 42, Irene-Wakonda, S.D. 40

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 59, Stuart 53

Arcadia-Loup City 64, Ansley-Litchfield 58

Arlington 47, Plattsmouth 37

Ashland-Greenwood 45, Conestoga 29

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 63, Wisner-Pilger 43

Battle Creek 71, Neligh-Oakdale 32

Bayard 40, Leyton 39

Bennington 68, Omaha Roncalli 52

Blair 52, Nebraska City 27

Bloomfield 66, Santee 49

Blue Hill 41, Bertrand 23

Boyd County 58, St. Mary's 29

Boys Town 37, Parkview Christian 13

Broken Bow 49, Ord 38

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 59, Meridian 38

CWC 72, Elgin Public/Pope John 42

Cambridge 64, Arapahoe 33

Centennial 45, Yutan 42, OT

Clarkson/Leigh 54, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 26

Columbus Scotus 43, Columbus Lakeview 40

Crawford 44, Sioux County 31

Crete 51, York 31

Cross County 42, East Butler 32

Dorchester 47, Hampton 42

Elkhorn Valley 54, Central Valley 35

Elm Creek 50, Hi-Line 44

Elmwood-Murdock 40, Johnson County Central 20

Exeter/Milligan 62, McCool Junction 24

Fairbury 35, Seward 24

Falls City Sacred Heart 52, Diller-Odell 44

Fillmore Central 57, Sandy Creek 21

Fullerton 68, St. Edward 36

Garden County 34, Hyannis 18

Gretna 63, Omaha North 27

Guardian Angels 58, Pender 46

Hartington-Newcastle 52, Wausa 37

Hastings 45, Adams Central 42

Heartland 52, Deshler 27

Hershey 48, Paxton 32

Hitchcock County 54, Cheylin, Kan. 46

Homer 52, Hartington Cedar Catholic 48

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 55, Tri County 48

Humphrey St. Francis 54, Aquinas 31

Irene-Wakonda, S.D. 52, Wynot 43

Johnson-Brock 52, Friend 15

Kearney Catholic 63, Centura 50

Kenesaw 47, Red Cloud 19

Lawrence-Nelson 43, Harvard 13

Lincoln North Star 57, Omaha Northwest 55

Lincoln Pius X 66, Elkhorn 39

Louisville 52, Raymond Central 30

Lutheran High Northeast 60, Creighton 44

Maxwell 46, Sutherland 23

Maywood-Hayes Center 42, South Platte 28

Millard North 50, Papillion-LaVista South 38

Millard West 70, Omaha Central 58

Minatare 47, Hay Springs 39

Morrill 47, Hemingford 38

Nebraska Christian 57, Nebraska Lutheran 34

Nebraska City Lourdes 72, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 35

North Bend Central 59, Tekamah-Herman 23

North Central 68, Colome, S.D. 22

North Platte 56, Cozad 20

North Platte St. Patrick's 50, Dundy County-Stratton 44

O'Neill 73, Plainview 34

Oakland-Craig 45, Archbishop Bergan 34

Ogallala 68, Gothenburg 51

Omaha Gross Catholic 56, Omaha Concordia 26

Omaha Nation 75, Walthill 22

Osceola 44, High Plains Community 39

Overton 50, Wilcox-Hildreth 37

Papillion-LaVista 73, Omaha Burke 57

Perkins County 52, Creek Valley 38

Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 58, Kimball 23

Platteview 48, Columbus 41

Randolph 53, Emerson-Hubbard 31

Rawlins County, Kan. 59, Wauneta-Palisade 45

Rawlins, Wyo. 59, Wauneta-Palisade 45

Sandhills Valley 48, Arthur County 46

Sidney 64, Alliance 24

Silver Lake 37, Shelton 30

South Loup 52, Anselmo-Merna 43

Southern 45, Lewiston 18

Southern Valley 51, Gibbon 38

Southwest 61, Wallace 54

St. Paul 63, Ravenna 42

Sterling 42, Freeman 36

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 43, Twin Loup 35

Sutton 45, Wilber-Clatonia 17

Syracuse 43, Auburn 31

Thayer Central 42, Doniphan-Trumbull 27

Thunder Ridge, Kan. 45, Franklin 28

Wahoo 41, Malcolm 22

Wayne 59, Omaha South 39

West Point-Beemer 58, Madison 17

Winnebago 73, Wakefield-Allen 58





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COLBY, Kan. -- The Colby Community College softball team opened its season with a pair of wins over McCook Community College Tuesday. Colby won the first game 5-4 and took the second game 16-8.
MCC falls to 0-8 on the season and will travel to Dodge City Sunday for a pair of games starting at 1 p.m.
Colby will visit MCC Feb. 26 in a pair of games starting at 1 p.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex.

GAME 1 – Colby CC 5, McCook CC 4: Colby came out with a pair of runs in the first inning to lead 2-0 until the MCC fifth when the Lady Indians scored three times to take the lead.
Freshmen Kassandra Orr, (Victoria, British Columbia) and Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.) both singled to lead off the inning but Orr was retired on the bases. After an out and a hit batter, Sophomore Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.) delivered a two-out, three-run homer to make it a 3-2 game.
Colby pushed across a run to tie the game in the sixth inning on a solo homer but MCC took a 4-3 lead in the seventh with two-out home run by freshman Sidney Sansregret, (Surrey, British Columbia).
Freshman Anna Wilcox, (Victoria, British Columbia) went six innings and allowed three hits, walked four and fanned three. After starting the seventh inning with a walk and a hit batter, was relieved by sophomore pitcher Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) and after a strikeout, three straight walks gave Colby the win.
Sansregret, Hollands and Orr all had two hits each as the Lady Indians out-hit Colby 9-3.
After averaging five errors per game to start the season, MCC was not charged with an error in the game – nor in Game 2.

GAME 2 – Colby CC 16, McCook CC 8: After MCC scored a run in the first, Colby came back to score four runs of freshman starting pitcher Melanie Fye, (Ault, Colo.). MCC regained the lead in the second with five two-out runs highlighted by a three-run home run from Jade Hollands.
The Trojans scored three more runs in the second to take a 7-6 lead but MCC tied the game with a run in the third.
Colby was able to keep the lead for good with five runs in the third inning and ended the game with five runs in the sixth inning.
MCC had 11 hits in the game including two each from, Sidney Sansregret, Kassandra Orr, Karleigh Kleinknecht and freshman Alice Midiri, (Condove, Italy).
Fye went 2.2 innings in the circle. Kleinknecht came on for 2.1 innings of relief allowing one earned run, and Anna Wilcox pitched the sixth inning for MCC.
You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:
https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball




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EATRICE – The McCook Community College men came out from the opening whistle Tuesday with intensity and balance, and downed Southeast Community College 88-77.

“It was a great win for us,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan. “It was the first time in a long time that we came out ready to play.”

The Indians become the first team in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference to post three wins in the conference standings, but all four teams still have a shot at the title with four conference games remaining.

On Tuesday MCC held the Storm to 27 first-half points in taking a 12-point lead at the half.

Six Indians scored in double-figures – five starters and one player off the bench.

Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) and sophomore Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario), both scored 16 points. Sullivan dished out 10 assists.

“No. 1 (Sullivan) was challenged tonight and he answered the bell,” Drennan said. “The ball movement was great and we took great shots.”

LeTre Darthard (freshman, Denton, Texas) scored 13 points. Sophomore Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago) scored 11 and the Indians got 10 points each from Justin Costello (Omaha) and freshman Catthadious Moore (Memphis, Tenn.) off the bench.

“This was the most balanced game we have played in a long time,” Drennan said.

The Indians shot 48.5 percent from the field, made seven of 15 3-pointers (46.7) and were 17 of 20 from the free throw-line (85 percent). MCC out-rebounded SECC 33-24. Darthard brought down seven rebounds and Petterson had six.

The Storm shot 58.0 percent from the field, made five of 16 shots from the 3-point line (31.3 percent) and were 14 of 22 from the line (63.3 percent). MCC forced SECC into 22 turnovers.

“It’s a great way to start a huge week for us,” Drennan said.

The Indians have a pair of Region IX South opponents coming to the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center this weekend. On Friday MCC (1-7 in Region IX south play) hosts Trinidad State (13-10, 2-4) at 7 p.m. and on Saturday host Otero Junior College (19-4, 3-2) in a 4 p.m. game.

With Tuesday’s win MCC improves to 10-15 overall, and take the lead in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference with a 3-2 mark with one conference game left, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. against North Platte (1-2 in NCCAC with three road games left). Central Community College is 2-2 with two home games remaining and Southeast is 2-2 with a game at home against North Platte and a game at Central CC.

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at  https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=mbball

For more photos from tonight’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at: https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch

Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference

MEN’S STANDINGS

McCook CC              3-2

Central CC                2-2

Southeast CC           2-2

North Platte CC        1-2

 

NCCAC RESULTS

Dec. 3: McCook CC 95, Central CC 83 (at Columbus)

Jan. 18: McCook CC 89, Southeast CC 80 (at McCook)

Jan. 21: North Platte 81, McCook CC 80 (OT) (at North Platte)

Jan. 31: Southeast CC 91, Central CC 88 (OT)

Feb. 2: Southeast CC 79, North Platte 74 (OT) (at North Platte)

Feb. 7 – Central CC 72, North Platte 68 (at North Platte)

Feb. 8 – Central CC 67, McCook CC 62 (at McCook)

Feb. 11 – McCook CC 88, Southeast CC 77, (at Beatrice)

 

REMAINING NCCAC SCHEDULE

Feb. 15 – Southeast CC at Central CC, 4 p.m.

Feb 21 – North Platte CC at Central CC 7 p.m.

Feb. 22 – North Platte CC at Southeast CC, 4 p.m.

Feb. 25 – North Platte at McCook, 7 p.m.




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BEATRICE – The McCook Community College Lady Indians picked up a 69-54 win over Southeast Community College Tuesday to clinch the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference and finish the road portion of the schedule.

“It was great to get this win on the road and beat a really solid Southeast team,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett.

MCC improves to 5-0 in conference with one remaining NCCAC game left – Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. against North Platte (0-4). Central is 3-2 with one game remaining, Southeast is 1-3 with two NCCAC games left and falls to 7-20 overall.

The Storm led MCC after one period Tuesday 11-10 before the Lady Indians gained a slight advantage in the second quarter to lead 29-26 at the half, but an 18-9 advantage in the third period gave the Indians the momentum to finish off the game.

“We had a slow first half but really turned up the pressure defensively in the second half,” said Pritchett.

Sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) Miles Community College (Mont.) topped all scorers with 20 points, including a four-for-seven showing at the 3-point line. She also had five rebounds, three assists and four steals.

“I thought Paula shot the ball well for us tonight. I really challenged her to get shots up this more and she responded well and knocked down some big 3s tonight,” Pritchett said.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) had 14 points and five rebounds. Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) had 11 points and six rebounds – which tied for top team honors with freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) and redshirt freshman transfer Jessika Espinoza, (El Paso, Texas/Western New Mexico University. Whiting and Espinoza both had five points.

Freshman Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) went two of five from the 3-point line and had eight points.

Southeast shot 30.4 percent from the floor, 23.5 percent from the 3-point line on 17 shots, and 16-for-26 at the free-throw line (61.5 percent.)

MCC shot 42.4 percent from the field, 31.8 percent on 22 attempts from the 3-point line and made eight of 15 free throws (53.3 percent). The Lady Indians edged the Storm in rebounds 38-36.

“We finally outrebounded our opponent for the first time in the last three games,” Pritchett said. “We need to rebound and take care of the ball as we move forward if we want to be at our best going in the post season.”

MCC improves to 17-7 (3-4 in Region IX south) and returns home Friday and Saturday for a pair of Region IX South division games where the Lady Indians are 3-4. On Friday MCC hosts Trinidad State (3-21, 1-6) at 5 p.m. and Saturday hosts Otero Junior College (16-6, 5-1) at 2 p.m.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

If you can’t make it to the games watch MCC basketball home games at https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch

Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference

WOMEN’S STANDINGS

McCook         5-0

Central           3-2

Southeast      1-3

North Platte   0-4

 

NCCAC RESULTS

Dec. 3: McCook CC 89, Central CC 55 (at Columbus)

Jan. 11: Southeast CC 56, North Platte 32 (at North Platte)

Jan. 18: McCook CC 72, Southeast CC 67 (at McCook)

   Central CC 62, North Platte CC 57 (at Columbus)

Jan. 21: McCook CC 58, North Platte CC 43 (at North Platte)

Jan. 31: Central CC 62, Southeast CC 56 (at Columbus)

Feb. 7 – Central CC 68, North Platte 64 (at North Platte)

Feb. 8 – McCook CC 64, Central CC 44 (at McCook)

Feb. 11 – McCook CC 69, Southeast CC 54 (at Columbus)

 

UPCOMING NCCAC SCHEDULE

Feb. 15 – Southeast CC at Central CC, 2 p.m.

Feb. 19 – North Platte CC at McCook CC, 5 p.m.

Feb. 22 – North Platte CC at Southeast CC, 2 p.m.




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Senior outfielder Tristen Edwards was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday. Edwards earned the award for the fourth time in her career, with her last Big Ten Player of the Week honor coming on Feb. 18, 2019. She also won the award twice as a sophomore in 2018.
 
The Murrieta, Calif., native was spectacular in Nebraska's opening weekend at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M last weekend. Edwards started all five games and led the team at the plate going 7-for-16 (.438) with nine runs and five RBIs. She drew five walks to finish with an on-base percentage of .550 and slugged 1.313 with two doubles and four homers. The four home runs brings her career total to 35 which is tied for sixth in school history. Additionally, her six extra-base hits on the weekend brings her career total to 70 which ranks eighth in school history. As a team, Nebraska went 3-2 on the weekend beating UTEP twice and Bradley. The Huskers fell to New Mexico State and No. 20/24 Arkansas.
 
Edwards and the Huskers are back in action on Feb. 14 when they take on Georgia Tech on Feb. 14 in Atlanta, Ga., as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. CT. A live radio stream will be available on Huskers.com. 
 
Big Ten Weekly Awards – Feb. 10
Player: Tristen Edwards, Sr., OF, Nebraska
Pitcher: Sydney Sickels, So., P, Illinois
Freshman: Avery Clark, DP, Ohio State



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Sophomore relief pitcher Shay Schanaman earned a spot on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List, announced on Monday. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I Baseball each season.

Schanaman, a right-hander from Grand Island, Neb., is one of 70 players on the list. During his first year at Nebraska in 2019, he came out of the bullpen 19 times, tied for the third-most appearances on the team. Schanaman tossed 22.2 innings and compiled a 1-2 mark with a 3.18 ERA and 23 strikeouts.

He earned three saves, second-most on the team behind closer Colby Gomes (13). Schanaman didn't allow an earned run in his first 10 outings, which spanned a total of 9.1 innings.

Nebraska has had a pitcher reach double-digit saves in each of the last six seasons after no Husker pitcher reached the 10-save milestone during the previous seven seasons. As a team, NU has recorded double-digit saves for nine consecutive seasons, including seven straight seasons of 15-or-more saves.



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Dundy County-Strattons Reice Haines signed his letter of intent to continue his Football career at the next level.  Haines has committed to Peru State.  This past season Dundy County-Stratton finished with one of the best seasons in school history 10-2 and a Semi-Final playoff berth.  Haines this past season had 19 Solo Tackles, 25 Asst, 44 Total Tackles, and 2 Tackles for a loss.



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LINCOLN, NE Today, the Shrine Bowl of Nebraska Board of Directors released the rosters for the 62nd Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl Game.

Head Coaches Mark Macke (Lincoln High) and Ryan Thompson (Ashland-Greenwood) together with their coaching staffs each chose from nominated seniors in their designated regions to represent their respective high schools, as well as North or South, in the 2020 Nebraska Shrine Bowl.

NORTH TEAMSOUTH TEAM
Frankie Allen IIIPapillion LaVista Blake AndersonSkutt Catholic 
Mason ArmsteadCreighton Prep Bladen BaylessBeatrice
Thomas AultBellevue WestDalys BeanumMillard West
Andrew BednarMillard North Cameryn BerryMcCook
Kyler BeekmanElkhorn Nate BoerkircherAurora 
Nick BohmBennington Davon BreesCentennial 
Kole BordovskyWahoo Carter BrownOgallala 
Sam ClarksonScottsbluff Drew DaumMcCook 
Jack DotzlerRoncalli Catholic Gage DengelBellevue East
Broc DouglassGrand Island Tom ErwinYork
Sabastian Harsh Scottsbluff Uzziah Vincent FreemanBoys Town
Tre'on Fairgood JonesOmaha North Jacob Frezell-McClintonOmaha Central 
Ryan FenoglioRoncalli Catholic Tyson GordonSkutt Catholic
Caleb Francl Grand Island Ashton HausmannNorris
Isaac Gleason Fullerton Ty HahnJohnson-Brock 
Kage HeisingerPierce Laken HarnlyLincoln Southwest 
Cooper Heusman ChadronIsaiah HarrisMillard South 
CJ HoevetOrd Jordan KavlakSeward
Eli HustadElkhorn Braden KoverSouthern
Jaxon JohnsonBancroft-Rosalie Abraham Hoskins IIIOmaha Central 
Preston KelloggPapillion LaVista Evan JohnsonAdams Central 
Trevin Luben Wahoo Jett JanssenLincoln East 
Keegan MenningFremont Bryce KitrellAshland-Greenwood
Mason NiemanWaverly  Tyler LenzSeward 
Jack ParadisElkhorn South Jacob LudwigAshland-Greenwood
Nasire Perry Creighton Prep Ryan MarlattAurora 
Trevor PfeiferHumphrey St. Francis Aiden OerterNorris
Jaylon RoussellOmaha BurkeTyler PalmerScotus 
Rans SandersGINWBlake PodanyGretna 
Eli SimonsonArchbishop BerganTimothy Prokupek Plattsmouth
Easton SixelMillard North Andrew Rathman Plattsmouth
Brady SoukupBlair Dallas RogersPapillion LaVista South 
Luke StueveBattle Creek Michael RutherfordCentral City 
Nate SullivanBellevue West Drake Sherman Lincoln Southwest 
Dietrick StolzGICC Paxton SwansonPlatteview 
Michael TerranoLincoln High Grant TaggeWestside 
Luke WakehouseTehamah-HermanKeaton VanHousenHigh Plains Community 
  Cal WeidemannWestside 
    
COACHES COACHES 
Mark Macke (HC)Lincoln High Ryan Thompson (HC)Ashland-Greenwood
Rusty FullerSt. Paul Jay LandstromOmaha Central 
Josh DeinesSandhills Thedford Evan KlaneckyCentennial 
Bryan SoukupBlair Troy HuebertCentral City 
A.J. SantosLincoln High Nate TonjesAshland-Greenwood
Paul CloutierGrand Island Brant LoeweSkutt Catholic 


About the Nebraska Shrine Bowl
The Shrine Bowl of Nebraska is the state's most prestigious high school all-star sports event.  The 501
(c)(3) non-profit produces annual events and related activities to raise funds and awareness to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a healthcare system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.

The 62nd Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl will be played Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Kearney.  For more information, visit www.NEShrineBowl.org.





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Kearney, Neb. – Freshman catcher Katie Gosker went 3 for 3 and knocked in a run to help Nebraska-Kearney edge New Mexico Highlands in eight innings, 5-4, Sunday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas.

The game was part of the three-day Lubbock Sports Collegiate Invite. UNK lost its early game on Sunday to St. Edward's of Texas, 14-6, to finish the tourney 3-3.

UNK was up 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh when sophomore Megan Blake (Clay Center, Kan.) entered the game with and runners at second and third with one down. HU (1-5) used a single and double to start the rally and then DP Ashlea Ortega drew a walk from Blake. After a sac fly tied things, Blake managed to get a grounder to second to end the threat and inning.

With a runner placed at second to start the eighth the Lopers took the lead for good thanks to an error. Redshirt freshman Bri Healy (Omaha Central) came all the home from second after junior Emma Osowski (Omaha Skutt) laid down a successful bunt and reached safely due to an HU fmiscue.   

UNK tacked on a key insurance run when Gosker (Blair) singled to center to bring home Osowski. Eight-hole hitter Brooke De La Garza (2 for 4) laced a two-out RBI single up the middle to ger the Cowgirls within one but Blake (1-1) got a pop up to second to end the game.

Besides Gosker and Blake, Osowski went 1 for 3 with two runs and smacked a two-run homer in the top of the second. That marks her third career dinger. Finally Missouri junior Sarah Handrahan allowed one earned run over 6.1 innings with the teams combining to strand 19 on the base paths.

The SEU Hilltoppers (5-1) scored four in the first and three more in the second to build a 7-0 lead in game one. They scored seven more times on the strength of 14 hits, four walks and four Loper errors. Only eight of SEU's runs were of the earned variety.

UNK saw Colorado senior Erin Hallman allow no earned runs in 2.2 innings of relief with senior center fielder Alexis Ray (Platte City, Mo.), redshirt junior designated player Nicole Spykstra (Chandler, Ariz.) and junior second baseman Kaylee Schutte (Elkhorn H.S.) each knocking in two runs.
 
The Lopers head to Wichita Falls next weekend to take part in the Midwestern State Invite 




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DALLAS – The McCook Community College baseball team opened the season winning three of four games after splitting a pair of games Saturday, winning the first game 12-11 and dropping the finale 7-4.

In similar fashion to the season opener Friday, the Indians got out to a commanding lead in Game 1 Saturday but had to hold on for the win in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Blazers loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh before redshirt freshman reliever Nick Wellman (Quincy, Ill.) came up with a strikeout to end the game.

“It was good for us to win a tight game, it got pretty tight in the bottom of the seventh but Nick Wellman struck out the last hitter to end the game,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen.

In Game 2, the Indians had a rough start to the game defensively and were unable to take advantage offensively in the first loss of the season.

“Every mistake we made in that first inning led to a run, it doesn’t always happen that way but in Game 2 tonight, it did,” Olsen said.

With the win, North Lake College snapped a six-game losing streak to start the season.

The 3-1 Indians are in Kansas for the next four games including a Wednesday game at Garden City (3 p.m.) and a three-game weekend set at Parsons, taking on Labette Community College in a doubleheader Saturday (1 p.m.) and a single nine-inning game Sunday (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:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=baseball&path=baseball

GAME 1 -- McCook 12, North Lake College 11: After the games were pushed back several hours because of scheduling issues, the Indians exploded for 11 first-inning runs to support MCC freshman starter Mitchell Driver (Sydney, Australia).

The first seven MCC batters reached via three walks, an error and three hit batters. The Tribe had a 4-0 lead before registering the first hit of the game, a single off the bat of sophomore Mark Zhang (Nicholls, Australia). That was followed by a hit batter, a walk, a sacrifice fly, and later a two-out, three-run double by Ricardo Hernandez (freshman, Ponce, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy).

“After the big first inning our offense kind of went on cruise control which was disappointing.” Olsen said.

The Blazers scored three times in the bottom of the inning, added another in the second, and after MCC went up 12-4 in the fourth inning North Lake cut the lead in half with a four-run frame.

“North Lake did a good job of scoring a run here and there to get themselves back in the game,” Olsen said “They did a good job of not rolling over and battled all night.”

Troy Shepherd (freshman, McDowell, N.C.) relieved Driver in the fourth inning.

“Troy was really was the key to our victory as he came in in the fourth and threw an inning and two-thirds of shutout baseball when they were closing the gap,” Olsen said.

Shepherd allowed one hit, no walks and struck out three.

Nick Wellman pitched the final two innings for MCC and after registering a scoreless sixth, gave up three runs in the seventh inning before striking out the final batter with the bases loaded. It was his fifth strikeout of the game.

MCC scored 12 runs on nine hits including two-hit games by freshmen Trey Taliaferro (Coconut Creek, Fla.) who went two-for-three with two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base and Caleb Eiguren (freshman, Westminster, Colo.) who went two-for-four with an RBI and two runs scored.

GAME 2 – North Lake College 7, McCook 4: MCC opened the game in the bottom of the first allowing three walks, committing two errors and a passed ball leading to four runs, three of them unearned.

“We later gave up two more unearned runs in the game,” Olsen said. “After we played very clean defensive baseball the first three games, it really bit us in this loss.”

Sophomore Isaac Vargas (Greeley, Colo.) battled through 5.1 innings, allowing six hits, one earned run, four walks while striking out eight. Sophomore Connor McGonigal (Omaha Burke) threw the final two-thirds of an inning, allowing one hit.

“Offensively we swing the bat fairly well but had zero timely, or two-out hits,” Olsen said

MCC stranded 11 in the loss including seven in the final three innings and hit into a bases-loaded doubleplay to end the game.

“Our strikeout numbers were way too high -- 11 times, and obviously that was the reason we didn’t make the most of our opportunities with runners on base,” Olsen said.

MCC had 10 hits in the game. Trey Taliaferro went two-for-four with a pair of doubles, two runs and a stolen base. Sophomore Kade Wroot (North Platte) doubled in four at bats with an RBI. Melwin Perez (freshman, San Sebastian, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy) had two hits in three trips to the plate.




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The McCook Community College softball opened the home season Saturday with a pair of losses to Garden City. The Broncbusters won the first game 10-2 and took the second game 10-9.

“The kids played hard and made strides today,” said MCC Coach Kevin Kaalberg. “We swung the bats well, we will continue to work at playing more consistently on defense.”

MCC committed five errors in each game.

The Lady Indians fall to 0-4 on the season.

MCC’s next game with Colby has been changed over concerns with the weather.

Tuesday’s scheduled game has been moved back to Wednesday with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 16, the Lady Indians are scheduled to play at Dodge City for a pair of games starting at 1 p.m.

MCC’s next homestand is slated for Feb. 26 (1 p.m.) against Colby followed by home doubleheaders Feb. 29 (1 p.m.) against Central Community College and March 1 (1 p.m.) against Southeast Community College.

GAME 1 – Garden City CC 10, McCook CC 2: The Broncbusers broke open a 4-1 game with five runs in the fourth inning.

Freshman pitcher Anna Wilcox, (Victoria, British Columbia) went the distance in the circle allowing 10 hits but only two earned runs. She walked four and struck out two. MCC committed five errors behind her.

MCC had seven hits in the game. Sidney Sansregret, (freshman, Surrey, British Columbia) doubled and singled; freshman Alice Midiri, (Condove, Italy) had a pair of singles and freshman Megan Blood-Smyth, (Thornton, Colo.) had a double.

GAME 2 – Garden City CC 10, McCook CC 9: The Broncbusters scored a pair of unearned runs in the first and took advantage of an error, a walk and a wild pitch in the second to take a 5-0 lead.

The Lady Indians came back in the bottom of the inning. Freshman Kassandra Orr, (Victoria, British Columbia), sophomore Kassidy Powers, (Severance, Colo.), freshman Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.), Megan Blood-Smyth and Lexee Johnson (freshman, Delta, Utah) all picked up RBIs in the rally to make it just a 5-4 deficit.

MCC tied the game at 5-5 in the third with an RBI single by Laird.

Garden City scored twice in the fourth but MCC countered with a pair of runs on bases-loaded walks to tie it at 7-7. The Broncbusters took a 9-7 lead in the fifth but the Lady Indians tied it at 9-9 with a two-out, two-run single from freshman Kaitlyn Lord, (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Garden City scored the eventual game-winner on MCC’s fifth error of the game in the sixth inning.

The Lady Indians had eight hits in the game with a double and a single by Powers, two hits from Orr, and a double by Johnson.

Freshman pitcher Melanie Fye, (Ault, Colo.) was relieved by sophomore Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) in the second inning. Anna Wilcox went the final two innings of scoreless, hitless relief.

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

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball

For more photos from tonight’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/




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DALLAS – The McCook Community College baseball team opened the season Friday with a doubleheader sweep over North Lake College in games at MacArthur High School.

MCC won the first game 18-16 getting four home runs including a pair from freshman catcher Ricardo Hernandez (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy). Sophomore Braden Babcock (Oshawa, Ontario) and freshman Jayden Bastow (Brisbane, Australia) had solid starts to pick up wins on the mound.

Hernandez began his MCC career going three-for-four with his two homeruns and six RBIs in Game 1.

“Offensively we swing the bat very well, we had 13 hits and four home runs in the first game to get up big,” Olsen said.

In the second game the Indians took advantage of nine North Lake walks, four Blazer errors and a few timely hits.

“It was a good start to the weekend hopefully we can come out tomorrow and follow it up with another good day,” Olsen said.

The Blazers fall to 0-6 on the season. MCC starts off the season 2-0. The two teams will continue the four-game set with a pair of games Saturday.

GAME 1 – MCC 18, NORTH LAKE  COLLEGE 16: MCC took a 9-4 lead into the seventh inning, scored nine runs to lead 18-4 then gave up 12 runs before closing out the first win of the season. Braden Babcock picked up the win allowing two hits and two runs in five innings of work. He struck out six.

“We got a great start on the mound from Braden Babcock,” Olsen said. “He was really good today for his first day out, his pitch count got up just a bit in his last inning.”

MCC took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo home run from Zayne Watson (freshman, The Woodlands, Texas). He finished with two hits in three at bats and scored three times.

MCC scored six times in the fourth and led 9-2 when Austin Mathews (Clearwater, Fla.) came and pitched the sixth inning, giving up two runs. The Indians scored nine times to lead 18-4, but had bullpen issues in the bottom of the inning.

”We just couldn’t get an out,” Olsen said. “It was a combination of us not throwing strikes, and them hitting some balls hard.”

Sophomore Connor McGonigal (Omaha Burke High School), who sat out all of 2019 with an injury, saw the field for the first time in more than a year and came on to get the last out.

MCC also got a home run from Aiden Ferry (freshmen, Monroe, Wash.).

GAME 2 – MCC 8, NORTH LAKE COLLEGE 1:  The Indians scored a run in the first and second innings added three in the third and another in the fourth to give starting pitcher Jayden Bastow a 6-0 lead.

Through six innings, he allowed just one hit and no runs.

MCC took advantage of five Blazer walks and two errors to keep clicking of offense

“Jayden gave us a good start and we ran the bases well and executed when we had the chance, we only had five hits but we took advantage of what was presented to us,” Olsen said. 

Yasnier Laureano (sophomore, Anderson, S.C.) pitched the seventh and struck out two hitters but allowed the only North Lake run of the game on a balk.

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: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=baseball&path=baseball




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Lincoln - The Nebraska women's basketball team rallied from a 25-point second-quarter deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but No. 18 Indiana made two plays and two free throws in the final minute to escape with a 57-53 win over the Huskers in front of a season-high 6,160 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Nebraska slipped to 15-9 overall and 5-8 in the Big Ten, while Indiana improved to 19-6 overall and 9-4 in the conference.

Indiana bolted to a 12-0 lead in the game's first four minutes, led 26-6 at the end of one quarter, then pushed the margin to 36-11 with six minutes left in the first half. But the Huskers scratched their way back into it by outscoring the Hoosiers in the second (17-15), third (17-10) and fourth quarter (13-6).

After trailing 41-23 at the half, the Huskers went to the fourth trailing 51-40. The Big Red then shut out the Hoosiers for the first seven minutes of the final quarter, putting together an 11-0 run to tie the game for the first time at 51 on a jumper by Kate Cain with 3:18 left. Cain was the only Husker to produce double figures in the contest, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds and five blocked shots.

Indiana got a pair of Grace Berger free throws to end a nearly 10-minute scoring drought with 2:50 left and regain the lead, but Nicea Eliely answered with a putback of a Hannah Whitish miss with 1:45 left to tie the game again at 53. Eliely finished with six points and five rebounds.

Berger then made the game's final field goal on a driving layup with 30 seconds left to give the Hoosiers the lead for good at 55-53. Berger finished with nine points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Her fourth-quarter basket was the only field goal for IU in the game's final 14 minutes.

Nebraska was unable to answer, as Eliely was whistled for an offensive foul with 19 seconds left. Jaelyn Penn made two free throws with 18 seconds left to seal the victory for Indiana. Penn finished with a game-high 14 points for the Hoosiers. Ali Patberg had 10 points and four assists, while Brenna Wise, who drew the charge on Eliely in the closing seconds, put three Hoosiers in double figures with 10 points. Aleksa Gulbe and Mackenzie Holmes each added seven points to complete the scoring for Indiana.

Nebraska outscored Indiana 30-16 in the second half, holding the Hoosiers to just six points and one field goal in the final quarter. The 57 points allowed were the fewest surrendered to a Big Ten team by the Huskers this season. NU gave up just 21 points to the Hoosiers in the game's final 26 minutes, but Nebraska's 53 points scored also marked the lowest total of the season for the Big Red. 

Freshman Isabelle Bourne finished with seven points, seven rebounds and three blocks for the Huskers, while Leigha Brown added seven points, four boards, four assists, two blocks and a steal.

For the game, Nebraska out-shot the Hoosiers, connecting on 36.1 percent (22-61) of its field goals, including 27.8 percent (5-18) of its threes. Indiana connected on just 30.4 percent (21-69) of its shots, including 4-of-15 threes (.267). Indiana finished 11-for-16 (.688) at the line, while Nebraska went 4-for-8. The Hoosiers out-rebounded the Huskers, 49-43, but the two teams were tied at six in second-chance points. Indiana won the turnover battle, 16-10, outscoring NU 13-9 in points off turnovers.

Nebraska struggled through its worst opening quarter of the season, going the first four minutes without scoring as Indiana opened the game on a 12-0 run. The Hoosiers closed the quarter with a 26-6 lead. IU's lead grew as large as 25 points at 36-11 midway through the second quarter, before the Huskers got a spark from a lineup featuring freshmen Trinity Brady, Makenzie Helms and Bourne.

After a Cain basket with 5:33 left in the half got Nebraska started, Brady, an Indiana native, knocked down a three-pointer to cut the Hoosier lead to 36-16. Brady followed with a 15-foot jumper with 3:32 left, before Helms added a layup in




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Kearney, Neb. – The Lubbock Christian Chaparrals got a strong relief outing by sophomore Taylor Franco and hits from five different players to down Nebraska-Kearney, 5-4, Saturday evening in Texas.

 

The game was part of the Lubbock Sports Collegiate Invitational. Earlier on Saturday UNK (2-2)  lost to former RMAC rival Colorado-Colorado Springs, 8-4.

 

LCU (7-0), already with two wins over Top 25 squads, saw Franco (4-0) pick up the win as she allowed one earned run over the final four innings. At the plate the Chaps scored two in the first and three in the fourth to remain undefeated.

 

The Lopers, finishing with six hits, jumped up 2-0 as senior shortstop Kaitlyn Johnson (Kearney) belted a two out, two-run shot to left in the top of the first. She now has three dingers this year after having two over the previous three seasons.

 

Kearney got a sac fly by redshirt junior designated player Nicole Spykstra (Chandler, Ariz.) in the third and took advantage of an LCU error to score again in the fifth. However the Lopers stranded the tying run at third in that inning and then went in order in the sixth and seventh. Overall Lincoln sophomore left fielder Carlee Liesch and Missouri senior center fielder Alexis Ray both went 2 for 4 with Lincoln sophomore Kelsey Goodban tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.

 

UCCS (1-3) used a four-run second and a three-run fifth to open up a 7-2 lead. A nine-hit attack saw the eight and nine hole hitters, first baseman Peyton Reisman and right fielder Bryn Horton, go a combined 4 for 5 with two runs and an RBI. Leadoff hitter Brianna Santos had a two out, three-run triple in the second with all of the Mountain Lion runs in the fifth being of the unearned variety. 

 

The Lopers had eight hits and drew four walks but left nine runners on base. Johnson (1 for 1) hit a two-run homer to center in the sixth with Spykstra and Elkhorn sophomore second baseman McKenna Becker each collecting a hit and RBI. In the circle Goodban allowed no earned runs in three innings of relief work.

 

UNK faces the St. Edward’s Hilltoppers and New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls on Sunday.





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Kearney, Neb. – Sophomores Brooke Carlson and Maegan Holt combined for 34 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 23/30 Nebraska-Kearney down Newman, 59-46, Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.

UNK (22-2, 11-2) is now just a game out of first place in the MIAA standings as No. 11/18 Central Missouri (18-4, 12-1) fell today at Missouri Western State, 67-57. The Lopers are in Warrensburg next Saturday afternoon.

To win a 10th straight game, the longest win streak in 11 years, UNK had to tangle with the Jets (9-15, 4-11) zone defense and patient offense. NU, now on a six-game skid, ran the shot clock down on most possessions and managed to make a late run after being down by as many as 23 points. 

"They play a different style and go with a two three zone the entire game. We didn't shoot the ball very well today and against a zone that can be a little bit challenging. It makes it trickier to stretch the floor when you're not making shots," UNK head coach Carrie Eighmey said. "We hit only two threes so I thought we did a good job of finding other ways to manufacture some points. Our bigs did a good job of getting to the line and making shots around the rim to help us build the lead."

Just 7 of 34 (20.5 pct.) from the field in the second half, UNK was up 51-39 with 5:08 remaining. Carlson (Elkhorn), having a career-day at the line, made two free throws and then Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.) made a layup after a Jet miss. That made it 55-39 and ended any hope of a NU comeback.

"I thought we managed the game pretty well. Late they went a little bit more to their full court press … we had only three turnovers so I thought we handled the ball really well," Eighmey said. "The shots that we took, including the threes, were fairly wide open. We just weren't able to knock them down today."

Carlson tallied 11 of her game-high 19 points at the line with Holt 6 of 15 from the field to tally 15. UNK was just 2 of 18 from the three point line but Carlson and Holt helped the Lopers have a 30-14 advantage in points in the paint.

Next South Dakota sophomore Klaire Kirsch had 12 rebounds and four assists and Crofton junior Kelsey Sanger went for nine points and two steals. The pair also were key in shutting down NU start Kaitlyn Potter who came in averaging well over 16 points per game. She finished with 12 points but was just 3 of 17 (0 of 9 threes) from the field.

Newman finished 15 of 54 (27.8 pct.) from the floor but did get 30 bench points and sunk 13 of 15 free throws. Seven others besides Potter scored including a near double double by reserve Haley Albers (eight points and eight rebounds).

Before the showdown with the UCM Jennies the Lopers are at Lincoln (3-19, 0-13) on Thursday night.
 




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Kearney, Neb. – Junior guard Jake Walker scored a season-high 25 points to help Nebraska-Kearney hold off Newman, 85-72, Saturday evening at the Health & Sports Center.

This was the first-ever meeting between the Lopers (14-8, 8-5) and Jets (8-16, 2-13). The rematch is set for later this month in Wichita.

To send NU to its first straight loss UNK shot a season-best 55.9 percent (33 of 59) from the field which included an 11 of 20 effort from behind the arc. The Lopers led for 34:28 and by as many as 16 points. data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw%3D%3D​

However the Jets hung around thanks to the play of three Division I transfers in Juwan Davenport (Coppin State, Md.), Marshawn Blackmon (Eastern Illinois) and Kaleb Allison (Mississippi Valley State). Cranking up the pressure on both ends of the court midway through the second half NU got the deficit down to seven, 68-61, with 4:52 to play. An 11-3 spurt was capped by Blackmon put-back.

Like it has much of the season, UNK responded as Iowa senior Kyle Juhl made two free throws, Walker (Centerville, Utah) hit a jumper and Bellevue junior AJ Jackson scored inside. That got the back to 10 points and then Walker nailed the door shot with his seventh and final triple of the game.

"Shooting the ball helped us. Second half it really opened up for us … Kyle hit a couple and obviously Jake got it going. It always helps when you put the ball in the basket," UNK head coach Kevin Lofton said. "Defensively we played well enough to stretch it to a pretty good lead. They made some plays and fought their way back into it, mainly from the foul line. That means we have to defend without fouling."

In double figures for the 15th time this winter Walker was 9 of 15 from the floor (7 of 11 threes) to surpass the 23 points he tallied in a loss to nationally-ranked Missouri Southern State. Seventeen of his points came and five of his treys came after the break

Three others starters were in double figures in Kansas senior Morgan Soucie (16), Jackson (14) and Juhl (10). Soucie added five assists and Jackson had five rebounds with Juhl having all of his points in the second half.

"We kept our composure (late). We executed well against their press which is something I was glad to see. Teams tend to press us at times and when you handled it like we did today, breaking it and scoring on the other end, it makes it a little bit harder for them to stay in that (defense)," Lofton said. "We got some momentum back so hopefully now we can go out on the road and have some success."

Off the bench Bellevue redshirt freshman lefty Cedric Johnson had his best game to date; seven points, seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and no turnovers.

For the Jets Blackmom had a double double (21 points & 10 rebounds), Davenport was hot early to tally 18 with Allison having 11 of his 14 in the second half. NU finished the night just 2 of 13 from the three-point line and 16 of 26 from the line.

UNK heads to Lincoln (Thurs.) and Central Missouri (Sat.) next week.




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The North Platte Community College Knights Men’s Basketball team played against Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. and lost, 51-69. The Knights are now 6-15 on overall season record.

NPCC’s Przemyslaw Zygmunciak scored 14 points, Luke Christen posted 12 points and Courtney Murrell posted 10 points.

The Knights will next host Otero Junior College on Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.




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