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Class A District Final=


Bellevue West 68, Lincoln Southeast 58


Omaha Central 55, Gretna 36


Elkhorn 37, Lincoln Northeast 35


Omaha Creighton Prep 64, Grand Island 60, OT

Class C1 District Final=


Auburn 58, Aquinas 35


Kearney Catholic 39, Bishop Neumann 28

Class C2 District Final=


Grand Island Central Catholic 64, Ainsworth 34


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


Sutton 59, Oakland-Craig 56


Doniphan-Trumbull 48, Bridgeport 36


Centennial 57, Dundy County-Stratton 42

Class D1 District Final=


Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 78, Elmwood-Murdock 43

Class D2 District Final=


Humphrey St. Francis 64, Giltner 18


Johnson-Brock 31, Mead 30


Randolph 47, Deshler 39, OT

It’s all come down to this.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The McCook Community College baseball team dropped the final game of a three-game series with Otero Junior College Sunday, 14-6, but were able to win two of three games in the Empire League series.

“It was good to win the series, kind of a tale of two days. Yesterday we played pretty well and today not so much,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen.

After picking up 6-5 and 6-1 wins on Saturday, the Indians gave up a run in the first on Sunday, scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 3-1, but gave those three runs right back to the Rattlers in the second on a couple of walks and an error. Isaac Vargas (sophomore, Greeley, Colo.) got out of the inning with a doubleplay ball and his team came back to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the second on a two-out double off the bat of Kade Wroot (sophomore, North Platte.).

“We got off on the wrong foot today both on the mound and defensively, we fought back a couple times early but overall just did not play well enough,” Olsen said.

Otero took charge in the middle innings shutting down the MCC offense from the third through sixth innings and scoring four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to take a 12-5 and added two more in the seventh inning before MCC scored one final run in the seventh on an RBI single by freshman Aiden Ferry (Monroe, Wash.).

“We just need to keep working and learn that every day we show up to the field we have to be ready to go especially in league, there are no free passes when we play in our league so we need to learn from today and keep getting better,” Olsen said.

Vargas was pinned with the loss allowing four earned runs (seven overall) in 3.2 innings. He walked three, allowed six hits and struck out five. Four Indians followed Vargas on the mound. Combined, MCC pitchers surrendered 16 hits and walked four.

MCC had nine hits on the afternoon. Wroot had a double and two singles, sophomore Trevor Pachecco (Pueblo, Colo.) and freshman Elijah Munoz (Big Spring, Texas) both had doubles.

Otero Junior College goes to 7-9 overall and 2-4 in Empire League play.

MCC goes to 8-8 and 3-3 in Empire League play.

The Indians are back in action Wednesday for a 2 p.m. game at home against Northeast Community College.

This weekend MCC is back for league play traveling to Lamar, Colo. for a three-game series with the Runnin’ Lopes Saturday and Sunday.

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The McCook Community College softball team finished a 4-0 weekend in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Association play, taking a pair of games Sunday from Southeast Community College 10-1, 16-1,

“The team played very well today and hit the ball very hard,” said MCC Coach Kevin Kaalberg. “I’m most impressed with their focus throughout both games which isn’t easy to do in lopsided wins.”

MCC improves to 5-9 on the season and 4-0 in NCCAC play, sweeping a pair of games Saturday over Central Community College.

On Sunday the Lady Indians banged out 32 hits in just eight total innings of offensive work – including nine extra-base hits and a three-home run day by sophomore Kassidy Powers (Severance, Colo.). Powers hit a pinch hit homer in Game 1 and started Game 2 where she went three-for-three with two homers and six RBIs.

“Many players hit well and took advantage of opportunities,” Kaalberg said.

MCC pitchers held the Storm to just four hits on the afternoon. Freshman Anna Wilcox, (Victoria, British Columbia) picked up the complete-game win in Game 1 allowing one single. Sophomore Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) picked up the win in Game 2 allowing two hits in four innings of work.

The Lady Indians begin Region IX play Friday on the road with a doubleheader against Trinidad State Junior College. On Saturday MCC goes to La Junta to play Otero Junior College in a pair of games.

“This weekend was a positive step as they continue to keep working better things are ahead,” Kaalberg said.

The next home games will be March 10 against Midland College starting at noon.

GAME 1 – McCook CC 10, Southeast CC 1: The Lady Indians scored twice in the first inning leading off with back-to-back doubles by freshman Sidney Sansregret, (Surrey, British Columbia) and sophomore Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta) and later got a two-out RBI from freshman Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School).

Six straight Lady Indians reached base via hits to lead off the second inning leading to seven runs. Freshman Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.) delivered a two-run double in the inning.

MCC added a final run in the fourth on the pinch-hit home run by Kassidy Powers.

Anna Wilcox pitched five innings to pick up the win in the circle. She allowed one single, walked one, and struck out seven.

MCC had 11 hits led by two each from Sansregret and Willier, who drove home three and freshman Kristen Mogan, (Richfield, Utah), also had a two-hit game.

GAME 2 – McCook CC 10, Southeast CC 1: MCC scored four times in the first and third innings and scored eight times in the fourth inning. The Lady Indians out-hit the Storm 21-3.

Karleigh Kleinknecht went four innings to pick up the win. She allowed two hits, including a solo homerun accounting for the only Southeast run in the game. She walked two and struck out 10. Sarah Willier pitched the fifth inning allowing one hit and she struck out two.

Four Lady Indians had three-hit days at the plate. Kassidy Powers went three-for-three with two home runs and six runs driven in. Freshman Megan Blood-Smyth, (Thornton, Colo.) went three-for-four with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs.

Kaitlyn Kleinknecht went three-for-three scoring two runs and driving in one and Karleigh Kleinknecht went three-for-three with three RBIs. Willier doubled twice in the game.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The McCook Community College men’s basketball team opened up Region IX Tournament play Saturday with a convincing win over Lamar Community College 89-64 in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. The Indians advance to Thursday play at Sterling, Colo., where the remainder of the tournament will be played. They will play the winner of this weekend’s game between Western Wyoming or Northwest Wyoming.

MCC got 24-first half points from freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) took charge of a tight-game through the first four minutes, applied a trapping defense, and never looked back.

“When we play defense, we’re pretty hard to beat,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan.

MCC took a 51-31 at the half the Indians on the strength of stout defense pressure which forced 12 first-half Lamar turnovers and led to nine MCC steals. When the Runnin’ Lopes made it into their offensive zone they shot 46.7 percent through 20 minutes.

The Indians came out and held Lamar to 32 percent in the second half and 40 percent for the game. Lamar turned the ball over 18 times. The Indians came up with 14 defensive steals and held the Lopes to two offensive rebounds in the second half, enjoying a 38-30 rebound edge for the game.

LeTre Darthard finished the game with 35 points, and eight rebounds making 16 of 19 shots from the field. He made the only 3-point shot he took. Sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario/Moberly Area Community College) scored 19 points, dished out 10 assists, got seven rebounds and seven steals.

Freshman Catthadious Moore (Memphis, Tenn.) scored 12 points and sophomore transfer Justin Costello (Omaha/U. of Nebraska) scored nine points on a three of seven night from the 3-point line. Sophomore Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago/Daytona State) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

“We’re really good right now, firing on all cylinders offensively,” Drennan said. “LeTre only misses three shots all night, Raheim’s three steals or rebounds away from a triple double… Cathadious put some points up and Justin was very good. Right now we’ve got different guys stepping up every night. We’re scary to play.”

MCC shot 56.9 percent from the field, made six of 17 shots from the 3-point line (35.3 percent) and was nine of 16 from the free-throw line (56.3 percent).

Lamar finishes the season at 14-15.

MCC runs its winning streak to six games and puts its season mark at 15-15 heading into second round tournament play Thursday.

“There’s a feeling I think, that people still aren’t taking McCook seriously,” Drennan said. “I mean this team is like the land of misfit toys. Back in July, none of us had anywhere to go. Everybody who’s playing right now had no team back in July. We all got left on the shelf, but you know what? Right now we play as a team, we play the right way.”

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The McCook Community College baseball team swept a pair of games Saturday at the Jaycees Sports Complex, downing Otero Junior College in Empire League action, 6-5, 6-1.

Sophomore starting pitcher Braden Babcock (sophomore Oshawa, Ontario) staked the Indians to 6-1 lead and needed relief help from redshirt freshmen Nicholas Wellman (Quincy, Ill.) with the bases loaded in Game 1.

In Game 2, a two-run homerun by Mark Zhang (sophomore, Nicholls, Australia) and a two-run triple from Ricardo Hernandez (freshman, Ponce, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy) backed the complete game pitching of freshman Jayden Bastow (Sydney, Australia).

GAME 1 – McCook CC 6, Otero Junior College 5: Braden Babcock struck out 10 hitters in 6.1 innings of work, allowing a run in the third inning, was charged with one earned run, and held the Rattlers to four hits. He walked four.

MCC scored a pair of runs in the second inning and added four in the fourth.

Ricardo Hernandez singled with one out in the MCC second inning. He went to second on a wild pitch and to third on a groundout before scoring on an Otero error. Zayne Watson (freshman, The Woodlands, Texas) made it a 2-0 game with a two-out RBI double.

The first two Otero batters reached in the third inning on a single and a walk. A double by Juan Chapparo made it a 2-1 game but the relay from right field by Kade Wroot (North Platte) to second baseman Pedro Perez cut down the potential tying run at the plate. Babcock was able to retire the next two hitters to get out of the jam.

Hernandez led off the MCC fourth with a double. After an error and a fielder’s choice he scored on Watson’s sacrifice fly to make it 3-1. Trey Taliaferro (freshman Coconut Creek, Fla.) made it a 5-1 game when he lashed an opposite-field single to leftfield and a two-out RBI double off the bat of Trevor Pacheco (sophomore, Pueblo, Colo.) put the Indians up 6-1.

MCC, which had played errorless ball for the game, committed three errors on the first four batters in the seventh inning and after a walk Babcock was relieved by Mitchell Driver (freshman, Sydney, Australia) who surrendered a two-run single to make it a 6-4 game and MCC committed another error, one batter later. Wellman entered the game with runners on first and second and struck out the first batter he faced, walked the second and struck out the final hitter with the bases loaded to pick up the save.

MCC had six hits in the game with the two from Hernandez.

GAME 1 – McCook CC 6, Otero Junior College 1: The Indians scored a run in the first, two in the second and three in the third to back the two-hit pitching of Jayden Bastow.

Trey Taliaferro walked to lead off the first inning, stole second and came home on an RBI single by Pedro Perez (sophomore Cidra, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy).

Mark Zhang made it a 3-0 game slugging a two-run home run to left field in the second inning.

The Rattlers scored their lone run of the game in the third inning on a single, a walk, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly.

The Indians led off the third with a walk by Taliferro, a walk by Perez and a two-run triple from Ricardo Hernandez, he later scored on a wild pitch for the final run of the game.

Bastow went seven innings, allowed two hits, three walks and he struck out nine hitters to pick up the win.

MCC had five hits in the game with two from Perez.

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Bartley, NE - The DCS girls basketball team downed North Platte St Pats 46-43 to advance on to the Class D1 state girls basketball tournament in Lincoln starting on Thursday, March 5th. The Tigers will take Chambers Wheeler Central at 2pm from Lincoln Southwest. Listen to the game live on Coyote Country 105.3. 

Listen below to the post game coverage from The Zone 93.9 after the win vs St Pats with Head Coach Matt Thomas & players Jessie Freeland, Sydney Reichert, and McKinzie Baney. 

Matt Thomas Post Game St Pats

Freeland-Reichert-Baney Post Game St Pats

All Classes - Bracket 


Coverage on the KRGI Sports Network 
Thursday, March 5th 
10:45am - C1 - St Paul vs Wahoo - Country 96.5 & 
10:45am - B - GINW vs Sidney - 2DAYFM 103.1 & 
3:45pm - C2 - GICC vs Ponca - KRGI 1430/105.5 & 

The third time is the charm for Maywood-Hayes Center as they defeated Diller-Odell in the Class D1 District Final by a final score 37-27.  It was a slow start for both teams, especially for MHC as they were held without a field goal in the first half, but managed to knock down free throws to keep them in the game at halftime trailing 15-7.  MHC came out of the halftime locker room though on fire outscoring Diller-Odell 15-2, to take a 22-17 lead after three quarters.  MHC would then remain on cruise control in the 4th quarter outscoring Diller-Odell 15-10 to hang on and advance to the State Tournament for the first time since the coop began in 2015.  MHC will play on Thursday in Lincoln.  View player interviews below.

          End of 1    End of 2    End of 3   Final
MHC     3                7               22            37
DO        2                15              17           27

MHC leading Scores - Jaycee Widener 11, Avery Johnson 10, Ashlin Broz 7, Jaycee Lapp, Kiley Hejtmanek 4, Maci Sorge 1

Player Interviews



Class A=

District A-1=

Norfolk 84, Lincoln High 72

District A-2=

Lincoln Southwest 67, Omaha Northwest 64

District A-3=

Elkhorn South 85, South Sioux City 42

District A-4=

Omaha Bryan 68, Omaha North 55

District A-5=

Lincoln Northeast 72, Fremont 56


Class C1 District Finals=


Lincoln Christian 57, Louisville 27


Chadron 46, Omaha Roncalli 34


North Bend Central 55, Norfolk Catholic 47, OT


Adams Central 52, Broken Bow 37


St. Paul 41, Syracuse 33


Malcolm 37, Ogallala 28


West Point-Beemer 47, Milford 35


Wahoo 51, Chase County 36

Class C2 District Finals=


Oakland-Craig 55, Wood River 38


Crofton 57, Freeman 13


Hastings St. Cecilia 46, Centennial 26


Clarkson/Leigh 45, Guardian Angels 44


Ponca 39, Nebraska City Lourdes 37


Grand Island Central Catholic 54, Bridgeport 32


Superior 43, North Central 41


Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 43, South Loup 32

Class D1 District Finals=


Weeping Water 55, Twin River 20


CWC 77, Alma 28


Pleasanton 44, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 38


Hartington Cedar Catholic 71, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 59


Maywood-Hayes Center 37, Diller-Odell 27


Archbishop Bergan 36, South Platte 31


Pender 50, Cambridge 43


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

Class D2 District Finals=


Falls City Sacred Heart 55, Wauneta-Palisade 20


Humphrey St. Francis 63, Bloomfield 21


Mullen 51, Leyton 24


Wynot 54, Crawford 13


Lawrence-Nelson 43, Dorchester 13


Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 44, Stuart 22


Sterling 39, Anselmo-Merna 35


Loomis 43, Silver Lake 38

The McCook Community College women’s basketball team scored four seconds into its first-round Region IX tournament game Friday – which is exactly how many points their opponent, Lamar Community College, scored in the next 9:56. The Lady Indians went on to a 66-38 win and advance to the second round in Casper, Wyo., where the tournament continues Thursday, Friday and concludes Saturday.

Once again, the Lady Indians opened the game with high energy on the defensive side of the ball forcing turnovers, bad shots, bad passes and clock pressure on the way to a 20-2 first quarter lead.

“We have to talk about our defense in the first quarter, coming out and holding them to two-points,” MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett said. “In the second quarter we just got comfortable and lax. We weren’t locked-in, all-around. But defensively it for us it seems like there’s always two halves for us, we lock in down in the first half and not so much in the second half.”

On Friday the Runnin’ Lopes Lady played on nearly-even terms in the second quarter 14-13 to give MCC the 33-16 halftime lead. Defensively MCC forced 18 first-half turnovers, had six steals and three blocked shots holding Lamar to 31.8 percent shooting.

The slow offense for both teams continued at the start of the second half and Lamar made a run late to close it to 38-28, but the Lady Indians exploded with an 11-0 run in the final 1:30 of the third quarter to extend the lead to 49-28 after 30 minutes of play.

Freshmen Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) and Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) helped the MCC cause from the 3-point line in the second half. Dartest made all four of her 3-pointers in the second half to lead all scorers with 18 points. She made four of nine shots from distance. Torrubia was three of six from the 3-point line and finished with 14 points.

“Amiya really came out and shot the ball well for us in the second half and so did Carla, but knocked down a big 3 to keep that run going at the end of the third quarter.”

Sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) Miles Community College) scored 14 points. Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored seven points with seven rebounds. Nine of MCC’s players saw at least 11 minutes of playing time. The Lady Indians forced 30 turnovers, came up with 14 steals for the game and had assists from eight players and rebounds from nine.

“We have a lot of contributors which is nice we have nine or 10 players who can and do contribute somehow,” Pritchett said.

Yet offensive consistency continues to be a concern for the team.

“Offensively we just haven’t been able to find an answer, we get good looks, good open shots, open layups and just haven’t converted but we will continue to work on that this week,” Pritchett said. “We have to fix that going into the next round of the Region IX Tournament.”

For the game MCC shot 35.2 percent from the field, and picked it up from the 3-point line making six of 17 in the second half to finish making 30.3 percent of 33 shots from distance. The Lady Indians made six of 10 free throws and lost the rebound edge 40-39.

Lamar finishes the season 8-23.

“I told the girls I’m really, really proud of them,” Pritchett said. “The team goal was to host a first-round tournament game, the next goal is to win the first-round game and now we focus on the next goal and take it day-by-day.”

The Lady Indians improve to 22-8 and move on to the second round of the Region IX tournament where they will play the top seed from the north – and the host school – Casper College (26-3) currently ranked 15th in the NJCCA Top 25 rankings.

The top seeds in the north division and the south division earned first round byes. In the south division that was Western Nebraska. The remaining 12 Region IX teams were then seeded with the top 6 teams hosting first-round home games.

MCC will play Casper in the last of four games Thursday (7 p.m. MT). The tournament continues with two games Friday (5 and 7 p.m. MT) and conclude with the finals Saturday at 6 p.m. MT)

ELSEWHERE IN THE REGION IX: The Western Nebraska women, who are ranked second in the nation with a 26-1 record and 24-game winning streak, earned a first-round bye winning the top seed in the south division and await the winner of this weekend’s game between the north division fourth and fifth seeds Laramie County Community College and Sheridan. That game will be the first game Thursday starting at 1 p.m. (MT)

Here are the other women’s first round games this weekend:

FRIDAY: Eastern Wyoming College (No. 3 North seed, 16-13) hosts Central Wyoming College (No. 6N, 8-19).

Gillette College (No. 2N, 26-4) hosts Northwest College (No. 7N, 12-18)

Otero Junior College (No. 2S, 20-5) hosts Western Wyoming Community College (No. 8N, 3-25)

SATURDAY: Sheridan College (No. 4N, 17-12) hosts Laramie County Community College (No. 5N, 18-12) at 2 p.m. MT

SUNDAY: Northeastern Junior College (No. 3 N, 14-11) hosts Trinidad State (No. 6N, 3-26)

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 34 points to lead the short-handed Sixers to a 115-106 victory over the Knicks. Harris had 23 points in the opening half to help Philadelphia to a 61-46 lead at the break. Shake Milton scored 19 points and Al Horford added 15 for the Sixers, who were without injured starters Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) and Ben Simmons.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Anthony Davis had 23 points and six rebounds in three quarters of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 116-86 thrashing of Golden State. Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) started in place of LeBron James and contributed 12 points with six assists as Los Angeles earned its seventh straight win and league-record 18th in a row on the road against the Western Conference. James sat out because of recurring soreness in his troublesome left groin.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Third-ranked Gonzaga has nailed down its eighth consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title. Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs in a 94-59 dismantling of San Diego. Corey Kispert scored 16 points and Ryan Woolridge had 15 for the 28-2 Zags, who rebounded from Saturday’s loss at BYU.

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have increased their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division to seven points over the Tampa Bay Lightning. David Pastrnak’s (PAHS’-tur-nahks) league-leading 46th goal of the season was the eventual game-winner as the Bruins topped the Stars, 4-3. The Lightning lost their fourth in a row as Dominik Kubalik (koo-BAH’-lihk) recorded his first career hat trick with three goals in the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-2 victory at Tampa.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Colton Parayko’s wraparound goal in overtime capped the St. Louis Blues’ comeback in a 3-2 win against the New York Islanders. Vince Dunn tied it with 1:44 left in regulation before Parayko sent St. Louis to its sixth straight win and a five-point lead over Colorado atop the Central Division. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’) and Jordan Eberle had first-period goals for the Isles, who are two points ahead of Columbus for the first Eastern Conference wild card.



Class C-1=

District C1-1=

Auburn 46, Fairbury 18

District C1-2=

Lincoln Christian 65, Malcolm 41

District C1-3=

Fort Calhoun 57, Boys Town 45

District C1-4=

Bishop Neumann 52, Ashland-Greenwood 43

District C1-5=

Aquinas 53, North Bend Central 52

District C1-6=

Wayne 34, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 24

District C1-7=

Battle Creek 40, Pierce 34

District C1-8=

Adams Central 56, St. Paul 42

District C1-9=

Kearney Catholic 49, Holdrege 39

District C1-10=

O'Neill 62, Broken Bow 54

District C1-11=

Chase County 50, Gothenburg 40

District C1-12=

Ogallala 64, Mitchell 53

Class C-2=

District C2-1=

Palmyra 64, Johnson County Central 52

District C2-2=

Centennial 55, Tri County 39

District C2-3=

Yutan 55, Oakland-Craig 39

District C2-4=

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 59, Ponca 43

District C2-5=

Hartington Cedar Catholic 54, Wisner-Pilger 49

District C2-6=

Ainsworth 54, Creighton 49

District C2-7=

Twin River 78, Shelby/Rising City 73, OT

District C2-8=

Grand Island Central Catholic 69, Centura 46

District C2-9=

Sutton 73, Doniphan-Trumbull 49

District C2-10=

Amherst 54, Cambridge 48, OT

District C2-11=

Dundy County-Stratton 52, Sutherland 20

District C2-12=

Bridgeport 45, Kimball 43, OT

District D1-12=

Paxton 60, Wauneta-Palisade 53

Class D-1=

District D1-1=

Elmwood-Murdock 49, Southern 46

District D1-2=

East Butler 64, Omaha Christian Academy 41

District D1-3=

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 55, Howells/Dodge 46

District D1-4=

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 73, Hartington-Newcastle 40

District D1-5=

Osmond 63, West Holt 37

District D1-6=

Fullerton 69, Heartland Lutheran 66, OT

District D1-7=

McCool Junction 43, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 27

District D1-8=

Axtell 52, Pleasanton 48

District D1-9=

Elm Creek 49, Southern Valley 44

District D1-10=

Anselmo-Merna 69, Burwell 53

District D1-11=

North Platte St. Patrick's 67, Maxwell 37

Class D-2=

District D2-1=

Falls City Sacred Heart 55, Diller-Odell 23

District D2-2=

Johnson-Brock 61, Parkview Christian 37

District D2-3=

Exeter/Milligan 56, Osceola 39

District D2-4=

Randolph 54, Wynot 44

District D2-5=

Humphrey St. Francis 66, Bloomfield 27

District D2-6=

St. Mary's 46, Elgin Public/Pope John 31

District D2-7=

Giltner 25, Heartland Lutheran 23

District D2-8=

Deshler 31, Silver Lake 20

District D2-9=

Loomis 87, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 62

Mullen 53, Wallace 37

District D2-11=

Hyannis 69, Leyton 48

District D2-12=

Sioux County 44, Crawford 37


Class A=

District A-1=

Lincoln Pius X 45, Lincoln Northeast 43

District A-2=

Millard South 64, Omaha Northwest 49

District A-3=

Omaha Westside 45, Millard North 32

District A-4=

Lincoln East 66, Lincoln High 23

District A-5=

North Platte 53, Millard West 39

District A-6=

Papillion-LaVista 65, Papillion-LaVista South 53

District A-7=

Fremont 47, Lincoln Southwest 32


Lincoln – Dachon Burke Jr. and Cam Mack combined for 25 points, but No. 23 Ohio State rode a hot start until a 75-54 win over Nebraska Thursday evening.

Burke led NU with 13 points, while Mack added 12, but Ohio State (19-9, 9-8 Big Ten) limited the Huskers to 36 percent shooting, including 3-of-16 from 3-point range.

Caleb Wesson had 16 points and 18 rebounds for Ohio State to pace three Buckeyes in double figures. CJ Walker added 15 points, five boards and three assists, while Duane Washington Jr. chipped in 14 markers.

Ohio State used a blistering start from Washington, who scored all 14 of his points in the first half, to take a 43-27 lead at the break. 

Washington, who was 4-of-18 from 3-point range in the previous three games, hit his first three shorts beyond the arc, as the Buckeyes hit nine of their first 11 shots from the floor en route to building a 28-12 lead. The Huskers battled back, using a 8-2 run to pull within 30-18 after a Burke basket with 6:29 left in the half.

The Buckeyes used a 9-0 run to stretch the lead to 21 before Nebraska ran off seven straight points to climb within 39-25 with 1:16 left in the half.

Nebraska (7-21, 2-15 Big Ten) got to within 14 twice in the opening minutes of the second half, the last being at 47-33 after a Burke bucket, but the Buckeyes, who shot just 33 percent in the second half, were unable to slice into the deficit. Wesson had a double-double in the second half alone, finishing with 10 points and 13 boards in the final 20 minutes to help OSU to their six victory in the last eight contests.

The Huskers return to action on Sunday afternoon, taking on Northwestern Sunday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. Senior day ceremonies for Haanif Cheatham and Matej Kavas is set for 2:55 p.m. Sunday's game will be carried on BTN and on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.

Bloomington, Ind. - No. 22 Indiana erupted on a 23-4 surge in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter, as the Nebraska women's basketball team dropped an 81-53 decision to the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on Thursday night.

Sophomore Leigha Brown led the Huskers with 22 points, but Hannah Whitish was the only other Nebraska player to manage double figures with 11, as NU shot a season-low 27.9 percent (17-61) from the field. The Huskers hit just 25 percent (4-16) from three-point range, including just 1-for-5 in the second half. 

Brown went 7-for-12 from the field and 7-of-10 at the free throw line, but the rest of the Huskers went just 10-for-49 from the floor for the game.

While the Huskers struggled to hit shots from start to finish, Indiana hit 50 percent (9-18) of its first-quarter shots, then went 12-for-19 (.632) from the field in the fourth quarter. The Hoosiers opened the fourth quarter by going 9-for-11 from the field, including 4-for-4 from three-point range to pull away down the stretch. Indiana's 31 fourth-quarter points were the most in any quarter by any opponent of the Huskers this season.

Indiana point guard Ali Patberg led all scorers with 26 points, including nine in the first 3:07 of the fourth quarter and IU's last eight points of the third quarter including a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the Hoosiers to the final period with a 50-41 lead. Patberg had 19 points in the second half.

Grace Berger added 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for India, while Aleksa Gulbe and Mackenzie Holmes each pitched in 11 points inside for Indiana.

Indiana finished 48.5 percent (33-68) from the field, including 8-of-22 (.364) from three-point range. The Hoosiers out-rebounded Nebraska, 44-33, and matched Nebraska with 13 turnovers in the game.

Brown carried Nebraska in the first half hitting 4-of-7 shots from the field and all five of her free throw attempts to score 14 points. Eliely was the only other Husker to hit more than one shot from the floor in the half, but went just 2-for-8. Eliely had five points, two offensive rebounds and two steals in 13 first-half minutes.

The Huskers, who trailed 21-13 at the end of the first quarter, won the second quarter 14-12, despite going just 4-for-18 from the floor in the quarter. In the half, Nebraska hit just 25.7 percent (9-of-35) of its shots, including 3-of-11 threes (.273). The Huskers did go 6-of-7 at the free throw line. 

Indiana led 33-27 at the half by hitting 46.7 percent (14-30) of its shots, but went just 1-for-7 from long range and 4-of-7 at the free throw line. The Hoosiers, who were led by 11 points from Holmes and eight from Gulbe, out-rebounded NU 21-17 but lost the first-half turnover battle 8-5.

The Huskers will return to action at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, March 4-8.

Tommy Gunz
GI Vapors