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The NCA awards banquet is coming up Sunday. The NCA All-Star basketball games are Monday, Volleyball is set for Tuesday. All-Star Softball will be Wednesday (7/25) in Lincoln. Executive Director Darin Boysen discusses the events. 

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Arkansas missed a chance to win the College World Series when a foul pop dropped between three infielders. Oregon State made the Razorbacks pay for it behind one of the best pitching performances in a title game.

Freshman Kevin Abel threw a two-hitter for his record fourth victory in the CWS, and Oregon State — a night after escaping on the ninth-inning, two-out foul ball fiasco, beat Arkansas 5-0 on Thursday night for its third title.

Abel was the fourth pitcher in the CWS' 71-year history to throw a shutout in a title game, and the first to do it allowing so few hits.

"Kept making pitches, kept getting outs," Abel said. "I felt better as the game went on and just rode it out. I was going to give it everything I had. I really appreciate they let me go out there. It was a lot of fun."

He retired the last 20 batters, catching Luke Bonfield looking at strike three on a 3-2 pitch to end it.

Oregon State (55-12-1) capped a two-year run in which it won 111 of 130 games.

"As soon as the last play was made, I just got goose bumps," Trevor Larnach said. "Came in and ran probably jumped the highest I've ever jumped. But that was a jump of joy. Last year left a salty taste in our mouth, and every single person on the team probably remembers that. Ever since then, we were out to finish the job. We sure did finish."

On Wednesday, Arkansas failed to catch a two-out pop foul in the ninth inning that would have secured its first national title. The Beavers, down to their last strike, rallied to force the winner-take-all Game 3.

"There was probably still that 'What if?' and disappointment. It's human nature," Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn said about the emotional hangover. "We had a good hitters' meeting, we let them sleep in, pregame was good. Seemed like they were locked in. But we never got that hit. We never got anything going. Who's to say? I don't think we'll ever know. If Abel hadn't thrown so well, maybe it's a little different story, but he didn't give us a chance."

Oregon State, which came from behind for three of its six CWS wins, was in control all the way in the winner-take-all Game 3. Arkansas (48-21) was shut out for the first time in 100 games.

Abel (8-1) ran into trouble in the third when Arkansas loaded the bases with one out. He struck out Heston Kjerstad and got Bonfield to fly out to end the inning, and the Razorbacks had no base runners the rest of the night. Abel struck out 10 and walked two in a 129-pitch outing.

Adley Rutschman, who set a CWS record with 17 hits, went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs. He was 17 for 30 (.567) with 13 RBIs in eight games and was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player. Rutschman singled his first three times at bat and drove in a run in the first against Isaiah Campbell (5-7) and another in the third for a 3-0 lead.

Abel had been used as a starter and reliever this season, and his versatility and durability were important for the depleted pitching staff.

"My goodness, that man. Unbelievable," said Rutschman, the Beavers' catcher. "Just the progression he made. No one would have thought that he'd do that coming in. He was getting pulled from starts. He comes out and throws a complete game in the most important game of the year. Pretty special to me. He's going to do big things."

Abel pitched an inning of relief to earn the win Wednesday. That was four days after he started and allowed three hits and a run in seven innings against Mississippi State. On June 18 he pitched four innings of one-hit, one-run relief against Washington.

Abel mixed a low-90s fastball with a changeup and picked his spots with his curveball. The only hits he allowed were Grant Koch's double down the left-field line and Casey Martin's swinging bunt, both in the third inning.

"You couldn't predict what he was going to do," Carson Shaddy said. "He had command of all three pitches. He pitched lights out. He was just on."

The Beavers, also the winners in 2006 and 2007, were by far the most dominant team in the nation through the 2017 regular season and brought a 54-4 record to Omaha. But after winning their first two games here, they made a stunningly meek exit with two straight losses to LSU.

They brought back almost everybody in the everyday lineup along with ace Luke Heimlich.

Oregon State was the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and swept its regional and super regional to return to the CWS. In Omaha, the Beavers took a circuitous route to the championship. They lost their opening game and came from behind in two of the four elimination games they had to win to reach the finals.

"Having the season we had last year was phenomenal, but to come up short, there's that missing piece at the end that you can never get back and you don't know if you're ever going to make it back to Omaha.

"To be able to come through the losers' bracket, play eight games, and having everyone step up at the right time when we needed them to, it just makes everything so much better."

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Oregon State hadn't been able to catch a break in the College World Series finals. And then the ninth inning happened Wednesday night.

Three Arkansas fielders watched a foul ball drop between them with two outs. If one of them catches the ball, the Razorbacks would have locked up the national championship.

No one did.

Cadyn Grenier singled in the tying run, and Trevor Larnach followed with a two-run homer into the right-field bullpen to give the Beavers the lead in a 5-3 win that forced a third and deciding third game on Thursday night.

"As soon as you see the ball drop, you know you have another life," Grenier said. "I needed to refocus and make the most of that extra life we got. That's a gift."

Arkansas (48-20) turned back the Beavers (54-12-1) when they threatened in the sixth and eighth innings, and they were in position to do the same in the ninth if not for the bungled foul ball.

Zach Clayton, who pinch ran for Zak Taylor after a walk leading off the ninth, was on third when Grenier came up to bat with the entire stadium on its feet.

On a 1-1 pitch from Matt Cronin (2-2), Grenier popped the ball high behind first base and toward the stands. There was plenty of room to make the catch, and second baseman Carson Shaddy, first baseman Jared Gates and right fielder Eric Cole converged. No one took charge and the ball hit the ground.

"I was running and didn't hear anybody call it, and I overran it," Shaddy said.

While the ball was in the air, Grenier said, he hoped it would flare off into the stands.

"I knew I hit it decently deep so it wasn't going to be a routine pop foul catch," he said. "It wasn't. It landed in a spot between three guys, and it worked to our advantage."

Cronin took a moment to compose himself, wiping his brow and adjusting his hat. His next pitch was way high and, after a foul ball, Grenier sent a drive into left field to score Clayton. Grenier pumped his fist as he ran to first and punched the air twice more when he rounded the base.

Larnach's 19th homer of the season ramped up the celebration in the Beavers' dugout. Kevin Abel (7-1), who pitched the eighth, gave way to closer Jake Mulholland in the ninth. The game ended when Mulholland fielded Casey Martin's comebacker and threw to second to start a double play.

"You've got to move on," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn, whose team had been 44-0 when leading after eight innings. "You can't take it back. It's over. Get your head up and start getting your mind right because it's going to be tomorrow before you know it and we need to come out here and give ourselves a chance."

The Beavers have been the hottest hitting team throughout the CWS but struggled to convert chances in the finals until they caught their huge break in the ninth inning.

They had runners on first and third with none out in the sixth when Kyle Nobach popped up a bunt that pitcher Kole Ramage caught. Ramage then threw back to third to double off Grenier, and a groundout ended the inning.

Adley Rutschman, who homered in the fourth, singled leading off the Oregon State eighth and was on third after a passed ball. Cronin came on, struck out Tyler Malone and got pinch hitter Steven Kwan to fly out.

"We were looking for something good to happen, and needed something good to happen" OSU coach Pat Casey said. "Our guys never gave in. So I think that that's what created that opportunity for us to have something good happen."


Arkansas will send Isaiah Campbell to the mound for Game 3. Casey did not name his starter. The Oregon State said his pitching staff is spent and that whoever starts probably won't go more than five innings.

Campbell (5-6) was outstanding against Florida on Friday, matching his career high with eight strikeouts.


Oregon State's bullpen has worked 37 innings over seven games and allowed just seven earned runs. Relievers have combined for 38 strikeouts and 14 walks.

"They've kept us in the game," said catcher Rutschman. "We've had to use a lot of pitching. We've played a lot of games here. They are playing a huge part in our success. Hopefully we can keep that up for one more game."


Grenier finished 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Before driving in the tying run in the ninth, he gave the Beavers a 2-1 lead in the fifth when he put down a perfect suicide-squeeze bunt on the third-base line with bases loaded to score Taylor.

"Yeah, that was my call, and it felt great," Grenier said. "It worked perfectly. All I can say about that is learn to bunt, kids. It's important."


Game 3 on Thursday night.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Arkansas didn't hit much against Luke Heimlich and Christian Chamberlain in Game 1 of the College World Series finals. In fact, the Razorbacks struck out 16 times.
Somehow, some way, they sit on the cusp of their first national championship in baseball after beating Oregon State 4-1 Tuesday night.
They capitalized against a faltering Heimlich in a four-run fifth inning, got a strong start from Blaine Knight with shutdown relief pitching and mixed in a few big defensive plays. That enabled the Razorbacks to win on a night when they mustered just five hits.
"I feel fortunate to win the game," Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn said. "Baseball is a little different game sometimes, and you have eight innings where you don't do much and you put together one inning. You pitch good enough and play defense, you can win. That's kind of what went on tonight."
The finals opener, delayed a day because of rain, seemed to have a little bit of everything — a fly ball lost in the sun that went for a ground-rule double, a runner interference call against Oregon State and an overturned foul call on a ball hit down the right-field line.
Nothing turned the game more than the sudden collapse of Heimlich.
"He started to lose it," OSU coach Pat Casey said. "He didn't throw the ball where he needed to. He'd been real good all year long, and certainly really struggled in that inning."
After failing to get out of the third inning in both of his previous CWS starts, the Beavers' ace was in full command while striking out five and limiting the Razorbacks (48-19) to one hit through four innings.
In the fifth, though, the senior left-hander issued a walk and hit two batters.
"He lost command of his fastball a little bit and was out of the zone, so as hitters we're all just trying to be patient, see him in the zone, and he ended up also missing his spots a few times," Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad said. "That equaled a few more runs for us."
Arkansas starter Blaine Knight (14-0) went back to the mound with a 4-1 lead, pitched another inning and left having allowed seven hits with six strikeouts. Barrett Loseke and Matt Cronin combined to pitch three scoreless innings of relief.
Michael Gretler's base hit in the second put Oregon State (53-12-1) up 1-0. The Beavers looked ready to add to the lead when Kjerstad lost Trevor Larnach's fly in the sun and it bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double.
Adley Rutschman was on first and Larnach on third when Tyler Malone grounded to first and Jared Gates threw to second to start a double-play attempt. Rutschman ducked as he approached the bag — rather than sliding or peeling off away from the play — and was called for interfering with shortstop Jax Biggers. It was ruled a double play, Larnach was ordered back to third base, and Knight struck out Gretler to end the inning.
"It appeared Rutsch was doing everything he could to get out of the way," Casey said. "The ball left the guy's hand. They weren't near one another, so I don't agree with the call. We had that run taken off the board right there, so that makes it tough."
The play seemed to swing the momentum Arkansas' way.
Heimlich (16-3) issued a walk and gave up back-to-back singles for the Razorbacks' first run in the fifth. Heimlich then hit two straight batters to bring home another run. Arkansas extended its lead to 3-1 after second baseman Nick Madrigal's bobble trying to throw to second on a grounder.
Christian Chamberlain replaced Heimlich and walked the first batter he faced, making it 4-1. Chamberlain struck out 11 in 4 2/3 innings but also walked five.
Oregon State is in the same position it was in back in 2006 when it won its first title. The Beavers lost their CWS opener and lost Game 1 of the finals against North Carolina before winning the last two. They also are the first team since 2010 to make the finals after losing their first game in Omaha.
"We have to come out tomorrow with more of an edge," Rutschman said. "There's something about facing elimination that you can't really explain. I hope we come with fire and energy tomorrow."
Heimlich's first two appearances in Omaha didn't draw much reaction from the crowd other than cheers from Oregon State supporters. That was mostly the case again Tuesday, though there were scattered boos when he was introduced before the game and a woman behind the Arkansas dugout stood and gave a thumbs-down with her right hand.
Last year, Heimlich left the team before the CWS when it was revealed he had pleaded guilty to molesting a young relative when he was 15. The university allowed him to return to the team this year. He served two years of probation and went through a treatment program but denied wrongdoing in recent interviews with Sports Illustrated and The New York Times.
Game 2 is Wednesday. The winner of Game 1 has won 11 of the 15 finals since the best-of-three format began in 2003.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens, The Associated Press has learned. Major League Baseball and the NCAA have been working to arrange a game as a kickoff event to the CWS, two people close to the situation told the AP on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details.

A news conference with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was scheduled for Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park, the host site for the CWS. The move would be similar to the regular-season games played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Little League World Series.

North Platte, Neb. (June 13, 2018) – Some of the best cowboy and cowgirl talent in the nation converge on North Platte each June for the annual Buffalo Bill Rodeo.

World champions and those in the top fifteen in the world standings will compete for over $100,000 over the four days of the rodeo, June 13-16.

But it was a weekend warrior who leads the steer wrestling after the first day of competition.

Steer wrestler Tee Burress, Piedmont, S.D., leads the pack of 86 steer wrestlers after competition on June 13 with a time of 3.6 seconds.

The 33-year-old cowboy has a wife, three kids and a business to run at home, so he chooses to rodeo on weekends.

He has competed at the North Platte rodeo six or eight times since he began rodeo, but the first time he came, it was in the bull riding.

He rode bulls for several years, switching over to the steer wrestling at age 21, “when I gained twenty pounds,” he joked.

Burress and his father Marty co-own a construction company, which gives them more freedom in their schedule. His dad ropes at local rodeos. “Dad likes to rope, so when he goes and ropes, I stay home,” Burress said, “and when I go and steer wrestle, he stays home. It works out good.”

Burress and his wife have a daughter, who is nine, and sons who are ages four and five. The boys love rodeo. “You can’t keep them away from the arena,” Burress said. “I suppose in another year or two, I’ll have to slow down more to take them to rodeos.” The boys aren’t looking to ride bulls, like their dad did. “Their mother has talked them out of bull riding. They’re talking about being steer wrestlers and ropers,” he said. “I keep telling them they can ride one of those (roping) steers, but they look at me funny. But that’s fine. They can do what they want.”

In the saddle bronc riding, it was a rematch between a cowboy and a bucking horse.

Oklahoma cowboy Hardy Braden, who won his event at the 2017 Buffalo Bill Rodeo, drew the same horse this year that he rode last year, Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Painted Desert.


Last year, he scored 86.5 points. This year, it was 81, good enough for the lead but probably not good enough to last through the next three nights of rodeo.

His eight second ride was a battle; the horse turned back towards the chutes instead of going straight out. “It’s a little harder for a bronc rider to spur when the horse is turning back. I was trying to stay off her head the best I could and stay in the saddle, but it was a fight towards the end.”

Last year was magical for Braden. He spent most of the rodeo season in the top 15 in the world standings and qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). While in Las Vegas for ten days of the WNFR, he earned about $160,000, which he didn’t spend on frivolous things. “The government got a big chunk of it,” he said, “and we invested some of it.” He didn’t buy any more cattle for his herd; (“I have all the cows I can handle”) but he did buy a “toy,” a utility vehicle to be used around his ranch. “I could use it as a tax write-off,” he said. “I figured, why not?”

 Braden is ranked twenty-fourth in the world standings; the top fifteen on September 30, the end of the rodeo year, go on to compete at the WNFR. He’s not concerned about his ranking; he knows the busiest and richest part of the rodeo season is about to start. “There’s still a lot of year left. The months of July, August and September are pretty nuts.” Braden knows qualifying a second time is “attainable. If things go right, and you can draw decent, it’s very attainable.” Drawing good horses to ride is the key. “It’s just trying to find a good dance partner.”

After the morning’s slack and the evening competition, other leaders are bareback rider Grant Denny, Minden, Nev. (81 points), tie-down roper Jordan Ketscher (8.3 seconds), team ropers Curry Kirchner, Ames, Okla. and Chase Boekhaus, Rolla, Kan. (4.4 seconds), barrel racer Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas (17.41


Volleyball fans will get their first look at three McCook Community College freshmen Saturday when MCC hosts the second Wild West All-Star Volleyball Classic in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. The game, featuring area high school graduates, starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 18 and younger with children four and younger admitted free. This is the second year the college has been in charge of the all-star game, having previously staged through the Sertoma Club. “This year we are going to make it like an actual game and just play the best three out of five,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza. “In the past they usually played five sets, but I want to make it different and just make it like an actual volleyball game.” Bryson Mahlberg of Gothenburg will coach the east team and will be assisted by Sam Hammond of Lexington. Their roster includes Gothenburg’s Gracie Stienike, middle/outside/setter and Lexington outside hitter Hana Brock. MCC recruit Bailey Honn, an outside hitter, joins a trio of former McCook High School Bison on the east squad. She will be joined by middle blocker Jaden Bryant and outside hitter Riley Jo Sis. Outside hitter Halle Dahlgren is joined by her Bertrand teammate, setter Kaitlyn Ryan.

The east roster includes a pair of Elwood grads in outside hitter Felicia Knoerzer and setter Manon Martin. Rounding out the east squad are: Sydney Mullen, outside/middle from Maxwell; Emery Swan, libero of Brady, and Cassi Bose, middle blocker of Southern Valley. Katie Lawless of Wauneta-Palisade will coach the west team with her assistant Landon Lawless of Wauneta-Palisade. “The west side coaches are a husband and wife duo. I am excited to watch them coach together, just for the fact I don’t think my husband and I could ever be able to do that” Kobza said. The west roster includes two MCC recruits in Faith Simpson, an outside hitter, middle blocker, setter of Wauneta-Palisade as well as right-side hitter/middle Madison Kleewein of North Platte St. Pat’s. Three teammates from North Platte High School will play for the west including outside hitter Samantha Mauch, middle blocker Kaitlyn Hansen and outsider hitter Gabby Menghini. Other west squad members include: setter/libero Allie Behlke and libero Dawson Jo Latta of Dundy County-Stratton; setter Morgan Hoatson, Sutherland; outside hitter Ragan Nickless of Chase County High School; right-side hitter Skylar Herrick and libero Joslyn Crow of Hershey. “Both teams have solid players, it should be a great match to watch,” said Kobza.


Scoring rave reviews in front of a large crowd for their performance at Lincoln County Raceway were victors: Bryan Herrick, Jamey Kennicutt, Casey Woken, Jacob Hagan and Daryl Cauffman in North Platte, Nebraska on Sunday evening.

Veteran wheelman Bryan Herrick of Curtis piloted his hot rod to the win in the IMCA Modified Feature. The Rubber Duck started on the outside of the front row and was able to take the lead on the first lap and never look back as he floated to the win. Putting the pressure on Herrick for much of the feature was Brandon Clough of Wallace. Clough started on the pole and was able to stay in the lead group and out of trouble to finish in the runner-up position. The Brady Bullet Dave Pedersen was up on the wheel from the onset to earn third place honors in the feature event. Cole Hodges of Ogallala and North Platte’s Jay Steffens were fourth and fifth overall in the feature.

Starting up front and staying up front was the formula for success for Gothenburg’s Jamey Kennicutt. Kennicutt was the winner of the IMCA Northern Sport Modified feature event as he held off all challengers during the waning laps after his big cushion was extinguished with late race caution flags. Putting on the heaviest pressure during those waning laps was the duo of Tony Schultz of North Platte and Zach Schultz of North Platte. Tony Schultz was able to hold his position while challenging for the lead to finish in second place. Zach Schultz was able to drive his way onto the podium in third place overall after starting in the fourth row when the green flag was waved. Kerry Jones of North Platte and Jake Wolsleben of Cozad were the fourth and fifth place finishers in the feature race.

For the second week in a row, the Norton Nightmare Casey Woken scored the victory in the IMCA Stock Car feature. Woken of Norton, Kansas started in the fourth row when the green flag dropped. Woken was able to work through traffic and garner the lead on the fifth lap and never look back to claim the win. Working his way into position to pressure Woken was Mikey Dancer of North Platte as he drove his hot rod to a runner-up finish. Having one of his best finishes to date during his rookie season in the division, Robbie Kosmacek of North Platte was the third place finisher in the feature. Kosmacek started the feature in the sixth row to be the hard charger of the feature.

The perseverance and hard work paid off for Jacob Hagan of Kearney as he drove his rocketship to the winners circle in the IMCA Hobby Stock division. Hagan started the feature event on the outside of the second row and was able to drive to the lead on the third lap to prosper in clean air on his way to the win. Jeromy Wagner of Kensington, Kansas was able to drive onto the podium from his third row starting position. Wagner tried nearly everything possible to take the lead away from Hagan, but as the checkered flag flew, he was forced to settle with runner-up honors. Chuck Ledbetter of Loomis had a stellar run during the feature race after starting on the inside of the second row. Ledbetter showcased great consistency throughout the feature to finish third overall.

Getting to the front in the early going and powering his way to the win was Daryl Cauffman of North Platte in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Cauffman started the feature event in the third row and was able to maneuver through traffic to score the lead on his way to the victory. Putting heavy pressure on Cauffmann throughout the final laps was reigning season points champion Andrew Baumgardner of North Platte. Baumgardner was able to work the high and low grooves but it was Cauffman that remained in the lead and Baamgardner settled for second place accolades. Coming back from an early lap flat tire, Lonnie Lenser Jr of Valentine was heavy on the ‘loud pedal’ to drive from the rear back to the podium where he would earn third place honors.

(Unoffficial Results)

--IMCA Modified Feature: 1. Bryan Herrick; 2.20b-Brandon Clough; 3. 4p-Dave Pedersen; 4. 34jw-Cole Hodges; 5. XII-Jay Steffens; 6. 6c-Cale Osborn; 7. 93h-Klancey Honeycutt.

--IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature: 1. 15k-Jamey Kennicutt; 2. 55m-Tony Schultz; 3. 55z-Zach Schultz; 4. 12j-Kerry Jones; 5. 01-Jacob Wolsleben; 6. 22w-Brady Weinman; 7. 3-Gary Long; 8. 88-Eric Kackmeister; 9. 69-Adam Kackmeister; 10. 59-Tyler Rajdl.

--IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1. 35jw-Casey Woken; 2. 45-Mikey Dancer; 3. 15r-Robbie Kosmacek; 4. 11k-Kyle Clough; 5. 5d-Travis Demilt; 6. 16w-Jeff Whiting; 7. 03x-Henry Henderson; 8. 24-Bob Chalupa; 9. 75-Dan Eller; 10. 47-Russ Small Jr.

--IMCA Hobby Stock Feature: 1. 72b-Jacob Hagan; 2. 29-Jeromy Wagner; 3. 5-Chuck Ledbetter; 4. 12t-Tanner Jones; 5. 88m-TC McKain; 6. 20b-Brady Henderson; 7. 28d-Devin Bjorklund; 8. 96k-Sean Miller.

--IMCA Sport Compact Feature: 1. 00d-Daryl Cauffman; 2. 44u-Andrew Baumgardner; 3. L2-Lonnie Lenser Jr; 4. 24u-Tom Baumgardner; 5. 26-Marcus Florom; 6. 7e-Quincy Eggleston; 7. 4k-Kyle Filyaw; 8. 03r-Jacob Riewe; 9. 07-Merle Johnson; 10. 84d-Kaden Dady.


The 2018 Buffalo Bill Rodeo will get underway June 13th-16th at the Wild West Arena in North Platte. Professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation will vie for $110,000 in prize money. Rodeo clown and barrelman Mark Swingler will tickle the funny bone of fans each night. Other rodeo personnel includes faces familiar in North Platte: announcer Randy Corley; and bullfighters Quirt Hunt and Zach Call.  Hometown Family Radio able to talk with Mark Swingler about his role as a Rodeo Clown and Barrelman.


Reserved seating in the lower grandstand is $20; upper grandstand reserved and general admission tickets for adults are $15 and $7 for kids (ages 12 and under.) For more information, visit 


Mark Swingler


Lincoln - - The Nebraska Sports Council invites Red Willow County area residents to run a mile with the Cornhusker State Games (CSG) Torch this Saturday, June 9th. There is no entry fee and runners will receive a free T-shirt. The Torch Run is the precursor to the 2018 Cornhusker State Games, which takes place July 20-29 in Lincoln and surrounding communities. Competition is offered in over 60 sports for an estimated 12,000 athletes. The June 9th leg of the Torch Run will kickoff at Chase County High School at 7 a.m. and will be running east along Hwy. 6 until it reaches McCook at approximately 5 p.m. for a Welcome Ceremony in the Walmart parking lot. Runners are responsible for their own transportation and will be scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis. To sign up, please contact: Pat Hagedorn at 402-471-2544 or The Torch Run, sponsored by the National Guard and Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association, completes its journey on Friday, July 20, when the cauldron is lit at the Games’ Opening Ceremonies at Lincoln’s Seacrest Field. For Cornhusker State Games entry information and to register online log onto: or call 402-471-2544