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The North Platte Community College Knights Women’s Basketball team played Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. and lost, 47-74.

The Knights will next host Otero Junior College on Friday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium during Military Appreciation Night.

The North Platte Community College Knights Women’s Basketball team hosted the Central Community College Raiders and narrowly lost, 66-68.

NPCC’s Emily Joseph scored 21 points, while Ashley Hassett posted 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. 
The Knights will next play against Northeastern Junior College on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. in Sterling, Colo.
NPCC is now 9-15 on overall season record.

The North Platte Community College Knights Men’s Basketball team hosted the Central Community College Raiders and lost, 68-72. The Knights are now 6-13 on overall season record.

NPCC’s Tim Johnson scored 25 points, Slavomyr Marchenko posted 13 points and Danilo Matovic posted 10 points.

(Omaha, NE) - Marcus Zegarowski scored 23 points to lead six Creighton players in double figures and the 21st-ranked Bluejays beat St. John's 94-82. Creighton shot a season-best 60% from the field and matched its season high with 13 3-pointers but couldn't separate from the Red Storm until the middle of the second half. Marcellus Earlington scored a career-high 25 points for the Red Storm. The sophomore was 3 for 4 on 3s after coming in 3 for 21 for the season.

Las Cruces, N.M. --- The Nebraska softball team (3-2) fell to No. 20/24 Arkansas (4-1) on Sunday morning by a score of 15-4 in five innings in its final game of the Troy Cox Classic. Arkansas got off to a hot start and never looked back. The Razorbacks scored 12 runs through the first two innings and while Nebraska tried to chip away, the Huskers couldn't overcome the difference. 

The Huskers recorded seven hits which included three homers from Rylie Unzicker, Peyton Glatter and Tristen Edwards. Glatter and Edwards each went 2-for-3 on the day. Cam Ybarra and Courtney Wallace also had one hit each for the Big Red. 

Lindsey Walljasper dropped to 1-2 on the season. She pitched 1.2 innings and gave up 12 runs - nine earned - on eight hits. She also had two strikeouts. Courtney Wallace pitched 3.1 innings of relief. She gave up three runs on 10 hits and also recorded one strikeout. 

Mary Haff of Arkansas picked up the win and improved to 1-1. She pitched 1.2 innings of relief and gave up one hit. She also recorded two strikeouts. 

Arkansas took a quick 5-0 lead in the first, capitalizing off a Husker error. The Razorbacks got back-to-back hits in the first to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Walljasper got a big strikeout for the first out. A infield pop up would have been the second out of the inning but an error allowed the batter to reach first safely. A base hit scored two runs and two-out homer plated three unearned runs. Walljasper got out of the inning with a strikeout looking. 

In the bottom of the inning, Glatter hit a two-out single and reached second on a wild pitch but another out stranded her.

In the second, Arkansas loaded the bases with no outs after a hit and two hit batters. The Hogs scored one run but the Huskers were able to get an out on the play.  A short pop up recorded the second out of the inning but a walk loaded the bases. A singled scored two more to put Arkansas up 8-0. With the bases loaded, a grand slam extended the lead to 12-0.  

The Huskers got another baserunner in the second when Samantha Owen was hit by a pinch to leadoff the inning, but Arkansas struck out the next three batters to end the inning.  

In the third, the Huskers showed some signs of life. In the top of the inning, NU didn't allow a run. On offense, Unzicker hit a leadoff homer to put NU on the board. Edwards followed with a single and Glatter homered to cut the lead to 12-3. 

The Razorbacks scored three more runs in the fourth off a three-run homer. 

In the fifth, the Huskers attempted a comeback effort. Edwards homered to cut the lead to 15-4. Ybarra hit a double and Carson Fischer ran for her but the Hogs retired the next three batters to end the game. 

Nebraska returns to action next weekend when it takes 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 

The McCook Community College men dropped their third straight game falling to Central Community College Saturday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center 67-62.

The Raiders took control of the game early and led by seven points at the mid-way point of the first half –the largest lead of the game for either team. The Indians chased for the rest of the game. Central led at the half 32-27.

“We didn’t execute offensively, we took quick shots, we weren’t getting in the flow, we had a lot of hero ball… we didn’t run plays,” MCC Coach Kyle Drennan said.

Earlier this week the coach sent out a text with a quote from football coaching legend Chuck Knoll that said, “On every team, there is a core group that sets the tone for everyone else. If the tone is positive, you have half the battle won. If it is negative, you are beaten before you ever walk on the field.”

The game was tied five times but MCC never led by more than a point.

“Our core group of guys don’t seem to want to win at all costs, we don’t have the energy that picks us up. We’re just waiting for a win to come in our lap,” Drennan said.

MCC shot 43.3 percent from the floor, made four of 15 3-pointers (26.7 percent) and connected on six of nine from the free-throw line. The Indians held the rebounding edge 41-32.

Central shot 41.1 percent from floor, 30 percent from the 3-point line (six of 20) and went to the free-throw line 15 times more than the Indians, (24 times); outscored MCC at the line 15-6, shooting 62.5 percent.

Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) topped MCC on the scoring ledger with 17 points. LeTre Darthard (freshman, Denton, Texas) scored 13 points and led the Indians with nine rebounds. Sophomore transfer Justin Costello (Omaha /Univ. of Nebraska) scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Freshman Catthadious Moore (Memphis, Tenn.) scored nine points.

Central improves to 16-10 overall and 2-2 in NCCAC play.

MCC losses its third straight game and falls to 9-15 overall and 2-2 in NCCAC play.

“We still have stuff to play for,” Drennan said. He likes to point out to his players all the banners hanging in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center some dating back decades.

“When you hang a banner, or a number, it lives on forever, it’ll still be there when you’re gone from here -- it lives on past you. It is the coolest thing ever, but this team has to respond.”

Two games remain on the NCCAC schedule starting Tuesday in Beatrice against Southeast Community College (7 p.m.). The other conference game will be a men’s only home game against North Platte on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

After the Southeast game Tuesday, MCC will finish the season with four straight home games – all Region IX south conference games: Friday against Trinidad State (7 pm.); Saturday against Otero Junior College (4 p.m.); Lamar on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and the North Platte game Feb. 25.

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at

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The McCook Community College women took another step closer to claiming the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship Saturday with a 66-44 win over Central Community College in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. MCC is 4-0 in conference with two games left on the conference slate.

The Lady Indians came out defensively stubborn for the second straight game, but unlike a loss Friday to Western Nebraska, on Saturday the defense held its ground long enough for the offense to get going. MCC led 13-10 after 10 minutes.

“We came out again and played well defensively first quarter, first half,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “We really couldn’t find a rhythm in that first quarter but finally got it going offensively in the second quarter and were able to score more points in that second quarter than they did in the whole first half to open up the game for us.”

Sophomore Makenna Bodette who led MCC with 14 points, did get into second-quarter foul trouble, forcing the Lady Indians to go to the bench where freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) got the call after sitting out Friday’s game with illness.

“After Makenna got into foul trouble, I thought Gail really gave us a spark picking up four offensive rebounds and that really helped us extend the lead,” said Pritchett.

The Lady Indians doubled up on the Raiders 22-11 in the second quarter to lead 35-21 at the half.

“Central plays an active zone and once we were able to figure out how to get some movement against them that opened up some shots for us,” Pritchett said. “We still didn’t shoot the ball great, I think in the second half we build a good lead and I think that builds confidence in our shots. We just need to be more efficient with our offense down the stretch.”

Freshman Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) scored 10 points along with redshirt freshman transfer Jessika Espinoza, (El Paso, Texas) Western New Mexico University.

MCC shot 42.2 percent from the field for the game, and just five of 19 (26.3 percent) from the 3-point line.

Central shot 30.8 percent from the field, and just two of 11 (18.2 percent) from distance. The Raiders out-rebounded MCC 39-37.

Whiting led MCC with nine boards to go along with nine points. Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla, Spain) had eight boards.

“Carla had another big night for us with rebounds,” Pritchett said. “Last night she had 13 and eight today, she’s been really good for us rebounding-wise.”

Central falls to 11-12 and 3-2 in NCCAC play.

MCC goes to 17-7 and 4-0 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference with one final road conference game (the final regular season road game for MCC) set for Tuesday at Beatrice (5 p.m.) against Southeast Community College.

This weekend MCC hosts Trinidad State Junior College Friday at 5 p.m. and Otero Junior College Saturday at 2 p.m. in Region IX south division competition.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at

If you can’t make it to the games watch MCC basketball home games at

For more photos from tonight’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at:

The McCook Community College men got down 21 points in the first half, came back with a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but fell to Western Nebraska Friday night 95-92.

“This is the story of our season,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan. “We shoot 53 percent and lose again, we shoot 50 percent from the 3-point line and lose, we’re going to keep having the same conversation until this team understands it’s never going to be about the offense for us, it’s got to be about defense, and rebounding and all the little things.”

The Cougars came out shooting 63 percent in the first half and stretched the lead to 21 with 2:21 left in the first half.

“You just can’t go down 21 to a talented team like this,” Drennan said. “I’m proud of our fight, I’m proud of the fact we got back in it, but man this one hurts.”

Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) paced MCC offensively with 23 points. Sophomore Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) scored 20 points and had four assists. Sophomore Justin Costello (Omaha /Elkhorn South High School) scored 12 points and freshman Denzel Cummins (Oshawa, Ontario) chipped in 10 points.

The Indians shot 52.5 percent from the field on 61 shots; made 12 of 24 shots from the 3-point line and sank 10 of 13 free throws (76.9 percent). MCC was out-rebounded 30-26.

Western shot 59 percent from the floor, made eight of 15 3-pointers (53.3) and 10 of 13 free throws (76.9 percent.

“If we ever put it all together for 40 minutes we can be dangerous,” Drennan said, “But man, it’s a lot of woulda, coulda, shoulda’s at this point.”

Western Nebraska goes to 16-7 on the year and 6-2 in the south division of Region IX.

MCC falls to 9-14 and 1-7 in the south division and host Central Community College (13-10) Saturday, at 4 p.m. for the annual Blue-Out games to raise money and awareness for children with disabilities. MCC spring royalty will also be announced at that game.

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at

For more photos from tonight’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at:

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at:

The McCook Community College women’s basketball team held the third-ranked team in the nation to six points in the first quarter but Western Nebraska was too much in the second half and won their 19th straight game to improve to 21-1 on the season with the 73-51 win.

MCC led 10-6 at the end of the first quarter and surrendered the lead with three minutes in the half but the Cougars ended the half with a 3-pointer to lead 29-24.

“I think our first half was probably some of the best defense we’ve played all year,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “To hold a high-power team like that to two field goals in the first quarter, we just defended really, really well, and need to continue to build on that.”

Despite holding Western to 27.5 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes (11 of 40), and forcing nine turnovers, MCC could not take advantage of the opportunities in the offensive end making just eight of 25 shots (32 percent) in the first half and didn’t catch fire in the second half.

“We’ve got to find our shot, we haven’t shot the ball well recently and we have to find a rhythm,” Pritchett said. “Western guards the ball well but our execution in the second half just wasn’t here, we turned the ball over and that led to easy transition layups for them.”

Western ramped it up from the field in the second half connecting on 18 of 35 shots (51.4 percent) and five of 10 3-point shots (50 percent).

MCC finished the game shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 17.6 percent from the 3-point line.

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) led MCC scoring with 17 points and had six rebounds. Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“I just saw a lot of good things for us in that first half, and I hope we can build on that,” Pritchett said

MCC won the rebounding battle 47-43

Western Nebraska moves to 6-0 in the south sub-region. MCC falls to 16-7 and 3-4 in the Region IX south division. The Lady Indians are back in action Saturday taking on Central Community College at 2 p.m. for the annual Blue-Out game to bring attention to children with disabilities.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at

If you can’t make it to the games watch MCC basketball home games at

For more photos from tonight’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at:



Amherst 53, Elm Creek 49

Aurora 35, Lexington 34

Beatrice 57, Omaha Gross Catholic 24

Bellevue West 91, Lincoln North Star 88

Bennett County, S.D. 67, Hay Springs 37

Bishop Neumann 67, Omaha Concordia 37

Burwell 64, Nebraska Christian 54

Chadron 78, Valentine 43

Crete 48, Blair 37

Cross County 58, High Plains Community 28

Dundy County-Stratton 63, Hershey 55

Elkhorn 51, Elkhorn South 42

Fullerton 62, Heartland Lutheran 30

Gothenburg 53, Minden 49

Grand Island 57, Omaha Creighton Prep 54

Grand Island Northwest 67, Holdrege 42

Hitchcock County 48, Arapahoe 24

Humphrey St. Francis 79, Spalding Academy 29

Kearney Catholic 61, Columbus Scotus 34

Leyton 54, Sioux County 50

Lincoln Christian 69, Aquinas 36

Lincoln High 61, Bellevue East 59

Lincoln Lutheran 48, Hastings St. Cecilia 34

Lincoln Southeast 63, Omaha Bryan 49

Lincoln Southwest 67, Omaha Westside 59

McCook 75, Ainsworth 46

Millard North 80, Lincoln Northeast 69

Millard South 53, Fremont 41

Norfolk 78, Omaha Benson 57

Norris 64, Columbus 61

North Platte St. Patrick's 67, Cambridge 53

Ogallala 83, Broken Bow 48

Omaha Roncalli 94, South Sioux City 65

Overton 64, Wilcox-Hildreth 57

Papillion-LaVista 67, Lincoln East 40

Peetz, Colo. 72, Creek Valley 56

Perkins County 53, South Platte 28

Platteview 70, Raymond Central 35

Scottsbluff 82, Sidney 38

Southern Valley 54, South Loup 42

Wahoo 82, Grand Island Central Catholic 80, 3OT

Wheatland, Wyo. 55, Gering 49

York 65, Columbus Lakeview 46

East Husker Conference Tournament=


Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 55, North Bend Central 41

Third Place=

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 51, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 45

ECNC Tournament=


Auburn 50, Yutan 39

Third Place=

Freeman 55, Palmyra 52

Fort Kearney Conference Tournament=


Axtell 60, Ansley-Litchfield 49


Amherst 53, Elm Creek 49

Overton 64, Wilcox-Hildreth 57

Third Place=

Loomis 66, Pleasanton 53

Lewis & Clark Conference Tournament=


Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 59, Winnebago 42

Ponca 58, Osmond 44

Louplatte Conference=


Doniphan-Trumbull 61, Centura 57

Third Place=

St. Paul 48, Ravenna 42

Mid State Conference Tournament=


Wayne 54, Pierce 41

Fifth Place=

Norfolk Catholic 67, Guardian Angels 66

Third Place=

Battle Creek 61, Hartington Cedar Catholic 56

Niobrara Valley Conference=


St. Mary's 56, West Holt 53

Third Place=

Elkhorn Valley 73, Niobrara/Verdigre 57

Pioneer Conference=


Falls City Sacred Heart 52, Johnson-Brock 30

Third Place=

Nebraska City Lourdes 45, Tri County 43

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Sutton 43, Centennial 27


Fairbury 45, Milford 42

Fillmore Central 45, David City 37

Sandy Creek 46, Superior 35

Third Place=

Wilber-Clatonia 69, Heartland 47

Twin Valley Conference=


Shelton 50, Deshler 38

Third Place=

Kenesaw 50, Blue Hill 42

Western Trails Conference=


Bridgeport 65, Mitchell 56

Third Place=

Morrill 37, Kimball 34


Aurora 44, Lexington 32

Beatrice 57, Omaha Gross Catholic 48

Bennett County, S.D. 63, Hay Springs 44

Broken Bow 62, Ogallala 51

Chadron 48, Valentine 17

Creek Valley 42, Peetz, Colo. 30

Crete 59, Blair 33

Cross County 55, High Plains Community 24

Dundy County-Stratton 47, Hershey 38

Elkhorn South 57, Elkhorn 44

Fullerton 44, Heartland Lutheran 37

Gothenburg 56, Minden 49

Grand Island Northwest 58, Holdrege 27

Hastings 43, Omaha Skutt Catholic 31

Hastings St. Cecilia 56, Lincoln Lutheran 31

Hitchcock County 66, Arapahoe 54

Humphrey St. Francis 94, Spalding Academy 17

Lincoln Christian 56, Aquinas 27

Lincoln East 60, Papillion-LaVista 52

Lincoln High 57, Bellevue East 37

Lincoln North Star 66, Bellevue West 58

Lincoln Northeast 48, Millard North 36

Lincoln Southeast 55, Omaha Bryan 17

McCook 67, Ainsworth 60

Millard South 77, Fremont 59

Nebraska Christian 36, Burwell 26

Norfolk 47, Omaha Benson 38

Norris 47, Columbus 37

North Platte St. Patrick's 41, Cambridge 40

Oelrichs, S.D. 72, Alliance 46

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 54, Boys Town 35

Omaha Concordia 59, Omaha Mercy 51

Omaha Marian 64, Grand Island 32

Omaha Westside 52, Lincoln Southwest 44, OT

Papillion-LaVista South 66, Kearney 51

Platteview 56, Raymond Central 18

Santee def. Cody-Kilgore, forfeit

Sidney 60, Scottsbluff 49

Sioux County 45, Leyton 24

South Loup 48, Southern Valley 20

South Platte 51, Perkins County 23

South Sioux City 75, Omaha Roncalli 52

Wheatland, Wyo. 65, Gering 45

York 48, Columbus Lakeview 39

East Husker Conference Tournament=


Oakland-Craig 49, North Bend Central 48, OT

Third Place=

West Point-Beemer 54, Pender 32

ECNC Tournament=


Weeping Water 48, Malcolm 44, OT

Third Place=

Elmwood-Murdock 39, Yutan 30

Fort Kearney Conference Tournament=


Pleasanton 54, Loomis 46


Hi-Line 49, Axtell 48

Wilcox-Hildreth 39, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 37

Third Place=

Elm Creek 51, Overton 46

Louplatte Conference=


St. Paul 58, Ord 51, OT

Third Place=

Central City 60, Wood River 44

Mid State Conference Tournament=


Crofton 45, Norfolk Catholic 30

Fifth Place=

O'Neill 48, Hartington Cedar Catholic 46

Third Place=

Guardian Angels 54, Battle Creek 42

Niobrara Valley Conference=


CWC 41, North Central 36

Third Place=

Summerland 44, Boyd County 41

Pioneer Conference=


Falls City Sacred Heart 31, Nebraska City Lourdes 26

Third Place=

Sterling 43, Diller-Odell 28

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Superior 57, Milford 30


Fairbury 36, Centennial 29

Thayer Central 40, Heartland 29

Wilber-Clatonia 41, Sandy Creek 24

Third Place=

Fillmore Central 54, Sutton 45

Twin Valley Conference=


Lawrence-Nelson 41, Silver Lake 17

Third Place=

Blue Hill 36, Shelton 28

Western Trails Conference=


Mitchell 43, Morrill 30

Third Place=

Bridgeport 66, Bayard 38

Joe Wieskamp and Luka Garza proved too much for the Nebraska men's basketball team Saturday night, as No. 17 Iowa salvaged a season split with the Huskers with a 96-72 victory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Wieskamp scored a career-high 30 points, while Garza, the Big Ten's leading scorer, added his ninth straight 20-point game with 22 points. The duo combined for 52 points while going 19-of-28 from the field, including a 6-of-8 performance from Wieskamp in a 20-point second half. As a team, Iowa shot 49 percent and knocked down 11 3-pointers.
With the win, Iowa (17-7, 8-5 Big Ten) avenged its loss in Lincoln on Jan. 7, while Nebraska fell to 7-16 on the season and dropped to 2-11 in Big Ten play. Jervay Green led Nebraska with 18 points, while Cam Mack and Dachon Burke Jr. joined Green in double figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
After the teams traded baskets on their opening possessions, Iowa scored the next 13 points to build an early double-digit lead. The Hawkeyes led 21-5 five minutes into the game and were up 25-9 before Nebraska clamped down defensively.
Trailing by 16, the Huskers held the Hawkeyes scoreless for more than eight minutes, using a 12-0 run to pull within 25-21 with five minutes to play. But Iowa answered by scoring seven of the next nine points, stretching the lead to 31-23 with 3:19 left in the first half. Two minutes later, Green hit the Huskers' only 3-pointer of the first half, capping a personal 5-0 run that trimmed the lead to six. But Iowa scored the final five points of the period to take a 41-30 lead into the locker room.
Iowa shot 46 percent in the first half and was 5-of-16 from the 3-point line, while Nebraska hit only 35 percent of its shots and was just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc. Green had 11 first-half points off the bench for the Big Red, as Nebraska's starters combined to go just 6-of-23 from the floor.
Cam Mack made the first basket of the second half before Wieskamp scored the game's next seven points as help Iowa to a 16-point lead. The Hawkeyes extended their lead, scoring 12 straight points during a 16-2 run that pushed the lead to 66-38. Wieskamp scored 10 points during the run as less than eight minutes into the second half, he and Garza had combined to score 23 of Iowa's 25 second-half points.
Iowa continued to make shots, hitting 10-of-11 from the field during a six-minute stretch that ended with the Hawkeyes on top 78-45 with nine minutes to play. That marked the Huskers' largest deficit of the season to that point and the lead grew to as many as 38 after back-to-back 3-pointers with seven minutes remaining. Nebraska closed the game strong, making nine of its final 11 shots to out-score Iowa by 14 over the final 6:37.
Nebraska returns to action on Tuesday, when the Huskers travel to Maryland for a second straight road game against a top-20 team. Tipoff between Nebraska and No. 9 Maryland is set for 7:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with live radio coverage provided by the Husker Sports Network.

Bison Place 6 Wrestlers at Southwest Conference Meet. Ogallala, Ne Feb. 7th 

Nate Renner 4th
Tate Felber 2nd
Landon Towne 3rd
Alex Anthony 3rd
Alec Langan 1st
Reid Steinbeck 1st

Junior, Alec Langan gets his 100th Career Win as a Bison Wrestler

Friday, Feb. 7th @ McCook, NE 

Girls Game 
Ogallala - 55
McCook - 42

Bison leading scorers: Tiara Matson 15 - Peyton Doucet 10 - Shawna Wilkinson 9 

Boys Game 
Ogallala - 74
McCook - 54

Bison leading scorers: Konor Rakes 22 - Jordan Chauncy 11 - Cam Berry 9 

Saturday, Feb. 8th @ Ainsworth, NE 

Girls Game 
McCook - 67
Ainsworth - 60

Bison leading scorers: Tiara Matson 18 - Shawna Wilkinson 12 - Peyton Doucet 9 - Liviya Wier 9 

Boys Game 
McCook - 75
Ainsworth - 46

Bison leading scorers: Cam Berry 16 - Cole Capple 15 - Logan Barenburg 10 - Mark Arp 8 - Jordan Chauncy 8 

McCook girls (8-11) & Bison boys (10-9) on the season will both be back in action hosting Gering Thursday, Feb. 13th, and Scottsbluff on Friday, Feb. 14th at McCook High School. Listen to all four games on The Zone 93.9. 

Kearney, Neb. – Junior co-captain Tiara Schmidt set a new school record in the weight throw and had a career-best effort in the shot put to lead Nebraska-Kearney on day two of the Bearcat Open Saturday in Maryville.

The large non-team scoring meet began Friday afternoon and featured an array of MIAA schools, other Division II teams and top NAIA and junior college competition.

Schmidt (McCook) had a day to remember as she broke a 19-year old Loper standard in the weight throw when her third attempt flew 60-3. That allowed her to finish second behind Grand View's LaVon Davis (62-8) and best the previous school mark of 59-11, set by UNK Athletic Hall of Famer Janet Boettcher in February 2001.

Next Schmidt won the shot put thanks to a toss of 48-10.25. That moves her up to fifth on the UNK all-time top 10 list. Nationally she now ranks seventh in both events.

Overall the Lopers had 31 top 12 finishes on Saturday. Besides Schmidt the other winner was Hastings sophomore Seth Simonson who had a career-best 1:53.08 in the 800. Pacing a field of 67, he now ranks seventh in school history in that event. On Friday Simonson helped the DMR team set a new school record (9:55.70). 

Coming in second on Saturday was Deweese senior Corbin Hansen (3,000/career-best 8:23.26), Utica senior Tanner Barth (shot/52-10.75) and Lincoln junior Nate Pierce (mile/4:15.31) with Florida junior Montrez Jackson third (high jump/6-9.75). Hansen moves up to third all-time in the 3,000, trailing only Tanner Fruit (8:20.70; Feb. 2013) and Cole Wellnitz (8:22.83; Feb. 2017). Finally Pierce was one of four Lopers to crack the top 12 in the mile (67 runners overall).

On the women's side Holdrege junior Baylie Bryant cleared 11-5.75 to be fifth in the pole vault, Imperial junior Desitny Reinke was fourth out of 57 in the mile (5:03.62), Omaha sophomore Alyssa Schlant was eighth in the high jump (5-1.25), and Gothenburg freshman Hannah Anderson finished fifth in the 800 (2:19.08).

UNK spends Valentine's Day at the Concordia Invite next Friday.


Saturday, Feb. 8th @ Creighton Prep 


Grand Island - 57 

Creighton Prep - 54 


Isaac Traudt with 33 points. Hits the game winning shot from 35 feet. 


Grand Island defeated Kearney Friday night 74-63. Islanders now 12-7 on the season. Back in action Saturday, Feb. 15th vs GICC at the Heartland Hoops Classic. 


(Holdrege, NE) - Northwest Vikings traveled to Holdrege on Saturday. Varsity contest carried on 2DAYFM 103.1. In the girls matchup Northwest ran away with the victory 58-27 to move their record to 16-5 on the season. The Viking boys had no issues with Holdrege winning 67-42. GINW boys are now 12-8 on the season. Next action for Northwest basketball coming up on Thursday, Feb. 13th at Boone Central. Listen from Albion on 2DAYFM 103.1 & Girls game at 5:45pm boys to follow at 7:15pm. 


State Wrestling Duals in Kearney, NE - Buffalo County Fairgrounds 

Saturday, Feb. 8th 



CLASS A - Champion Millard South 

CLASS B - Champion Hastings 

CLASS C - Champion Aquinas 

CLASS D - Champion Plainview 

UNK Overcomes Nine-Point Third Quarter Hole; Newman Up Next


Kearney, Neb. – Graduate transfer Haley Simental was big in the game's final minute and freshman guard Trinity Law had a huge third quarter to help No. 23/30 Nebraska-Kearney get past Central Oklahoma, 75-69, Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.  

UNK (21-2, 10-2) pushes its win streak to nine in a row to tie the all-time series with the Bronchos (15-7, 9-5) at eight apiece. The rematch is set for later this month in Edmond.

Out rebounded by 11 but having a plus eight turnover margin, the Lopers were down 46-37 midway through the third quarter. Law (Brandon, S.D.), who hadn't appeared in a game since mid-January due to injury, had just entered and promptly manage to rip off 11 points, a steal and rebound in nine minutes. Her play not only helped erase the deficit but also gave UNK a 54-50 lead heading into the fourth.

"UCO is a very talented and good basketball team. They've got size, they've got athleticism, and they score it from a lot of different places. So we knew this one was going to be a challenge," said UNK head coach Carrie Eighmey. "First half I thought defensively we were not able to get enough stops. Forty was a lot to give up … I thought we stepped up in the second half and were better on that end of the court."

UCO countered Law with reserve junior forward Kaci Richardson (11 points & five rebounds) who knocked down back-to-back threes to tie the game at 60 with 6:54 to play. She had hit an earlier triple after coming into the night with only eight makes from long distance.

Starting guard Shatoya Bryson, who haunted the Lopers last year with a 25-point effort, tied the game at 69 with 56 seconds left on a right wing three. That setup Simental (Pueblo West, Colo.) who calmly hit a pull up jumper from 17 feet out eight seconds later. She then made four straight free throws and had a key steal over next 30 seconds to put UCO away.

"Trinity is not scared of the big moments. She is coming off injury and hasn't played in about three weeks. She came in today and it looked like she hadn't missed a game or hadn't missed a beat," Eighmey said. "Trinity already is and is going to be in her career a really good college basketball player. She is so athletic and is able to do a lot of things on both ends of the court for us.”

Scoring 24 points off 20 UCO miscues, UNK got scoring from 10 different players with Simental at a team-high 19. She made eight freebies and four shots with Elkhorn sophomore post Brooke Carlson 5 of 6 from the field to tally 11. Next South Dakota sophomore wing Klaire Kirsch had nine rebounds, four assists and two points with Kansas sophomore reserve forward Elisa Backes at six points, three steals, two rebounds and several defensive deflections.

Having a 42-30 advantage in points in the paint, UCO was led by 6-3 junior post Kelsey Johnson (12 points) and fellow starters Jaci Littell and Clary Donica who had 10 apiece.

UNK hosts the Newman Jets (9-14, 4-10) on Saturday afternoon. They fell to Fort Hays State tonight, 78-58.

Kearney, Neb. – Senior forwards AJ Jackson and Morgan Soucie had big efforts and Nebraska-Kearney was sharp at the line in the second half to beat Central Oklahoma, 66-49, Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.

The Lopers (13-8, 7-5) stop a three-game losing streak and beat the Bronchos (7-16, 4-10) for just the fifth time in 18 all-time meetings. This was UCO's seventh straight loss with the rematch set for later this month in Edmond.

Against a deep, athletic and long UCO squad, UNK fell behind 24-15 by the seven minute mark of the first half. The 'Chos made 13 of 27 shots (48.9%) over the first 20 minutes but also went 3 of 7 at the line and committed six turnovers.

Down just 31-26 at the break the Lopers owned the second half to the tune of 40-18. UCO was only 5 of 26 from the field (19.2%) including a 1 of 10 effort from behind the arc. UNK didn't make a basket for a seven minute stretch but went 15 of 16 at the line to keep the lead in double figures. A couple of late dunks by Jackson (Bellevue West), after UNK had broken a full-court press, sealed the win.

"We saw some good things from the usual suspects in AJ and Morgan. You can't take those guys for granted," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "It was nice to see Kyle (Juhl) knock a couple in and to see Jake (Walker) have a couple go there after battling the flu last week."

Plus four on the glass, making 21 of 28 free throws and connecting on 44% (20 of 45) of its field goals, UNK saw Soucie (Osawatomie , Kan.) record his third double double of the year with 18 points and 13 rebounds (10 defensive). He was 6 of 11 from the field and added four assists and two blocks. Next Jackson went for a game-high 21 points thanks to 7 of 10 shooting; he came into the week leading the MIAA in field goal percentage (61.9).

"With a losing streak confidence was a little shaky at the start but as the game wore on we stepped up and that was good to see," Lofton said. "They are as long and as athletic as any team we're going to face. We did a better job in the second half of dealing with the pick-and-roll … we did a better job of containing the dribble and also rotating once we did get beat. We had some key blocks around the basket."

Also for UNK Iowa senior forward Kyle Juhl had eight points, eight rebounds and five assists with Alliance junior forward Austin Luger recording eight points in 17 minutes off the bench. Finally Utah junior guard Jake Walker tallied seven points, five caroms and four assists.

"In the first half our free throw shooting was nonexistent (6 of 12). But in the second half we made a lot of key free throws down the stretch which we always preach is a big key to winning close games," Lofton said. "To be down five at halftime and come out the way we did, on both ends of the floor, it was definitely encouraging."

Twelve different 'Chos played with 6-6 reserve wing Justin Nimmer (16 points, five rebounds, two steals) the most effective. Seven others got into the scoring column as UCO finished 18 of 53 (34%) from the field.

UNK hosts league newcomer Newman (8-15, 2-12) on Saturday afternoon. The Jets lost tonight at Fort Hays State, 79-72.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have acquired D'Angelo Russell in a deal that sends Andrew Wiggins to the Golden State Warriors. The Wolves also received guard Jacob Evans and forward Omari Spellman for a pair of draft picks, including a first-rounder either in 2021 or 2022. Russell was averaging a career-high 23.6 points for the injury-wrecked Warriors, while Wiggins was scoring 22.4 points a game.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond from the Detroit Pistons for forward John Henson, guard Brandon Knight and one of their two second-round picks in 2023 to the Pistons. The 6-foot-11 Drummond leads the league with 15.8 rebounds per game and is averaging 17.8 points and 1.7 blocks. The 26-year-old Drummond has a $28.7 million player option in his contract for next season.

UNDATED (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have dealt Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah), Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill to the Miami Heat for three players who’ve combined to score a mere 254 points this season. The trade ends the Grizzlies’ impasse with Iguodala, who refused to play for them and asked to be traded or have his contract bought out. The Grizzlies get Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Dion Waiters.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy has avoided salary arbitration by accepting a three-year, $26 million contract. The Dodgers have a $13 million option for 2023, with a $1.5 million buyout. Muncy made $575,000 while batting .251 with 35 home runs and 98 RBIs in 141 games for Los Angeles last season, missing a large chunk of the final month with a broken wrist.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Nick Taylor opened with an eagle and closed with two birdies in an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula, giving him the first-round lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Taylor is two shots ahead of Patrick Cantlay and Chase Seiffert, each of whom fired 66s on par-72 courses. Cantlay played Spyglass Hill and Seiffert was at Pebble Beach.

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