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Monday, February 25 th : Cheyenne County KS (St. Francis) St. Francis Emergency Building, 125 W Hwy 36

Tuesday, February 26 th : Thomas County (Colby) Community Building downstairs, 285 E 5 th Street
Monday, March 4 th : Greeley County (Tribune) Tribune Fire Department, Ingalls and W Greeley Avenue
Tuesday, March 5 th : Graham County (Hill City) Frontier Stage, 321 Main Street
Thursday March 7 th : Hitchcock County (Culbertson) Culbertson Fire Station, Warsaw and Taylor
Monday, March 11 th : Decatur County (Oberlin) Golden Age Center, 105 W Maple Street
Tuesday, March 12 th : Sherman County (Goodland) Wolak Building, 1006 Center Street
Wednesday, March 13 th : Cheyenne County CO (Kit Carson) Kit Carson Volunteer Fire Department, 306 W 287/Hwy 40
Thursday, March 14 th : Dundy County (Benkelman) EMS Building, 1305 A Street
Friday, March 15 th : Wallace County (Sharon Springs) Wallace County Fairgrounds CAB Building
Monday, March 18 th : Kit Carson County (Burlington) Burlington Ambulance Building, 1576 Lowell Avenue
Tuesday, March 19 th : Yuma County (Wray) Wray Fire Hall, 145 Main Street
Wednesday, March 20 th : Red Willow County (McCook) Heritage Senior Center, 1312 W 5 th Street
Thursday, March 21 st : Wichita County (Leoti) Leoti Fire House, 301 N 4 th Street
Monday, March 25 th : Gove County (Grainfield) Gove County 4-H Building, 757 W 3 rd Street
Tuesday, March 26 th : Sheridan County (Hoxie) Bowen Scott House, 1041 Sheridan Avenue
Thursday, March 28 th : Logan County (Oakley) Logan County Courthouse downstairs, 710 W 2 nd Street
Tuesday, April 2 nd : Rawlins County (Atwood) Prairie Development Center, 208 S 4 th Street
Wednesday, April 3 rd : Norton County (Norton) Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, 14935 US Hwy 36


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JUNE 21, 2019 (BRIDGEPORT, NEB.)  — The Morrill County Sheriff’s is able to release additional details regarding the crash that claimed the life of Nebraska State Trooper Jerry L. Smith, #373, on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

At approximately, 7:36 a.m., the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls in reference to a three-vehicle crash west of Bridgeport on Highway 26, near mile marker 59. The 911 calls indicated that one of the vehicles involved was that of a Nebraska State Trooper. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene at 7:39 a.m. MDT.

The crash occurred when a 2002 Dodge Ram, driven by MaryJo Decora, 60, of Bridgeport, was stopped on the highway waiting to make a left turn into the Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery. Decora’s vehicle was struck from behind by a 2005 Mazda Tribute, driven by Derek Lacrete, 28, of Lewellen. Lacrete’s vehicle hit the back, driver’s side of Decora’s vehicle, causing Lacrete’s vehicle to veer into the oncoming lane, colliding head-on with a Nebraska State Patrol 2016 Dodge Charger, driven by Trooper Jerry Smith, 51, of Scottsbluff.

Trooper Smith was pronounced deceased on the scene. Lacrete was ejected from his vehicle during the crash and was also pronounced deceased on the scene.

The Morrill County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Morrill County ALS, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming State Patrol, and fire departments from Bridgeport, Bayard, and Broadwater all responded to the scene.

The crash is still under investigation by the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office with reconstruction assistance from the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office.

Funeral services for Trooper Smith are pending. Details will be released when appropriate.

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Adrian Smith

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CURTIS, Neb. – Ron Rosati, dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, plans to retire Aug. 5 from NCTA. Rosati was tapped as head administrator for the University of Nebraska’s sole two-year institution in July 2013.

 

Before completing his University of Nebraska service at year-end, Rosati will serve as senior advisor for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) in Kigali, Rwanda. Opening in September, RICA is an English language institution dedicated to educating and inspiring a new generation of innovators in agriculture in Rwanda.

 

“Under Ron Rosati’s leadership, NCTA truly reached new heights in providing academic and financial access to higher education, as well as career preparation in the ag and veterinary technology industries,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and natural resources, and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

 

“I want to thank Ron for his exemplary service and dedication over the past six years and wish him the best as he transitions into retirement.”

 

Kelly Bruns, director at NU’s West Central Research and Extension Center based in North Platte, has been named NCTA interim dean, while continuing to serve in his WCREC role. Bruns will lead NCTA campus administration with associate dean Jennifer McConville.

 

“It has been a privilege for me to serve NCTA as dean,” Rosati said. “The college is an exceptional place to work due to its small size, focus on agriculture and veterinary technology, and its emphasis on experiential learning.”

 

Rosati is a native of New York and has earned degrees in agricultural education and agronomy. He earned his doctorate from Iowa State, masters and bachelor’s from Cornell University, and associate degree from SUNY Farmingdale. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Rosati served in administrative capacities as provost at Southeast Missouri State University, provost at Alfred State College, State University of New York, and was a dean at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.

 

Rosati taught agricultural engineering technology and aquaculture for 19 years at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Illinois State University, The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute, and Iowa State University.

 

Rosati led strategic initiatives at NCTA including a 28.5% enrollment growth from 2013-2018, increased fiscal strength from deficit to fiscal health, and added academic programs in agricultural welding, equine industry management, a general agriculture online degree certificate, and partnerships in dairy and poultry management.

 

“NCTA has been recognized nationally for the quality of its academic programs and the success of its graduates. It’s been very rewarding for me to work with the faculty and staff who are responsible for those successes,” Rosati said.

 

Other administrative progress at NCTA the past six years included developing new procedures and policies for advising, admissions, registration, student payment procedures, student transfers, academic catalogs, student and employee handbooks, and Title IX and ADA compliance.

 

Increased appropriations by the Nebraska Legislature enabled significant campus progress in programs, student resources, and pay equity for faculty. New initiatives in public relations and recruiting, federal approval for enrolling international students, and reaccreditation were further benchmarks.

 

Bruns, who holds a doctorate in animal science, has served as director of WCREC since Nov. 2015. Jerry Volesky, longtime range and forage specialist, will serve as interim associate director at WCREC.

 

A national search will be launched to identify a new permanent dean of NCTA.


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American Legion

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American Legion

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Sheriff Kapperman advises that on October 28 th , 2018 at approximately 1:30 p.m theFurnas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of terroristic threats at 720 7 th Street,Beaver City, Nebraska. The reporting party stated that Mark Hutchens, 56, of BeaverCity, Nebraska had fired a b.b gun at her and threatened to burn her house down. Anarrest warrant was filed for Mr. Hutchens for Third degree assault in a menacing manner

and terroristic threats, along with a search warrant for the b.b gun.The arrest warrant and search warrant were granted by Furnas County Court and signed. Entry was made into the residence of Mark and Jennifer Hutchens, 38, of Beaver City,Nebraska. During the execution of the search warrant for the b.b gun, methamphetamineand drug paraphernalia was located along with a shotgun. A second search warrant was obtained to search the residence for drugs, drug paraphernalia and other weapons. Mr. Hutchens is a felon and is prohibited from owning firearms. Additional items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple firearms and knives were located in the residence. Jennifer Hutchens was arrested for one count of possession of a control substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mark Hutchens was arrested for the
arrest warrant and the additional charges of possession of a control substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.Both Mr. and Mrs. Hutchens appeared in the Furnas County Court and were arraigned on all charges on Monday, October 29 th , 2018, they are due back for preliminary hearing on Monday, November 05 th , 2018. Mr. Hutchens bond was set at $30,000 subject to 10% and Mrs. Hutchens bond was set at $5,000 subject to 10%. At the time of this press release Mrs. Hutchens has bonded out of jail and Mr. Hutchens remains in custody.


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AUGUST 28, 2019 (CURTIS, NEB.)  — The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol and several other law enforcement agencies, has arrested a juvenile for making a threatening social media post toward Medicine Valley School.

Tuesday morning, August 27, Medicine Valley School was made aware of social media posts that included a threat of violence against the people of the school. The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office responded and worked to secure the school.

Several other agencies assisted in various aspects of the investigation, which led investigators to arrest a 14-year-old female. The juvenile was cited for making terroristic threats. A probation assessment determined that the juvenile could remain at home following the arrest.

The investigation revealed that no other person was involved in the creation of the threats. There is no safety concern at the school this morning.

The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Information Analysis Center, North Platte Police Department, McCook Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI. 

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Community Connection

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On May 22 2019, the FBI along with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, Grand Island Police Department, Hastings Police Department, and Nebraska State Patrol, responded to a rural area near Interstate 80 and Nebraska Highway 281 regarding the sighting of two wanted fugitives from the state of Kansas.

Dustin Eugene Bilbrey, age 36, and Rebecca Sue Humphrey, age 33, are wanted on state arrest warrants for aggravated robbery, vehicle burglary, arson, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, criminal damage to property, and theft charges out of Saline County, Kansas. They were last seen during the early morning hours of May 23, 2019 travelling in a silver Ford explorer.

Bilbrey is described as a white male, approximately 6'3" tall, and 199 pounds. Humphrey is described as a white female, approximately 5'5" tall, and 150 pounds.  

These individuals are considered armed and dangerous. If you have information on the whereabouts of these individuals or see these individuals, do not approach and call 911, local law enforcement, or your local FBI office immediately.

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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class B=

Subdistrict B-1=

Final=

Platteview 56, Plattsmouth 45

Subdistrict B-2=

Final=

Omaha Skutt Catholic 63, Elkhorn Mount Michael 24

Subdistrict B-3=

Final=

Omaha Roncalli 50, Bennington 44

Subdistrict B-4=

Final=

Lincoln Pius X 55, Norris 45

Subdistrict B-5=

Final=

Seward 55, Crete 32

Subdistrict B-6=

Final=

Aurora 55, York 51

Subdistrict B-7=

Final=

Lexington 55, McCook 39

Subdistrict B-8=

Final=

Scottsbluff 53, Alliance 49

Class C-1=

Subdistrict C1-1=

Auburn 61, Falls City 50

Syracuse 46, Johnson County Central 38

Subdistrict C1-4=

Aquinas 63, Bishop Neumann 45

Wahoo 79, David City 31

Subdistrict C1-5=

Boys Town 66, Omaha Concordia 53

Fort Calhoun 74, Douglas County West 66

Subdistrict C1-6=

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 31, West Point-Beemer 28

North Bend Central 69, Arlington 26

Subdistrict C1-7=

Norfolk Catholic 64, Winnebago 51

Wayne 39, Pierce 33

Subdistrict C1-8=

Boone Central/Newman Grove 52, Columbus Lakeview 36

Columbus Scotus 63, Twin River 46

Subdistrict C1-9=

Adams Central 60, Gibbon 17

Kearney Catholic 68, Wood River 30

Subdistrict C1-10=

Broken Bow 37, Ord 35

Grand Island Central Catholic 50, St. Paul 39

Subdistrict C1-11=

Cozad 64, Chase County 46

Ogallala 66, Hershey 62

Subdistrict C1-12=

Chadron 49, Gordon/Rushville 38

Mitchell 74, Valentine 50

Class C-2=

Subdistrict C2-1=

Freeman 51, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 23

Southern 61, Palmyra 55

Subdistrict C2-2=

Sutton 61, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 30

Tri County 60, Wilber-Clatonia 40

Subdistrict C2-3=

Elmwood-Murdock 59, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 35

Yutan 73, Tekamah-Herman 24

Subdistrict C2-4=

Centennial 69, Nebraska Christian 41

Shelby/Rising City 55, Cross County 47, OT

Subdistrict C2-5=

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 69, Guardian Angels 25

Omaha Nation 68, Oakland-Craig 54

Subdistrict C2-6=

Howells/Dodge 64, Lutheran High Northeast 44

Wakefield 47, Wisner-Pilger 37

Subdistrict C2-7=

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 77, Crofton 50

Ponca 65, Hartington Cedar Catholic 53

Subdistrict C2-8=

Ainsworth 61, Creighton 48

Battle Creek 57, Neligh-Oakdale 48

Subdistrict C2-9=

Alma 50, Sandy Creek 47

Hastings St. Cecilia 45, Superior 30

Subdistrict C2-10=

Centura 75, Ravenna 51

Doniphan-Trumbull 48, Arcadia-Loup City 36

Subdistrict C2-11=

Cambridge 57, Southern Valley 46

South Loup 53, Perkins County 38

Subdistrict C2-12=

Bridgeport 55, Kimball 39

Hemingford 73, Bayard 59

Class D-1=

Subdistrict D1-1=

Nebraska City Lourdes 57, Pawnee City 45

Omaha Christian Academy 47, Weeping Water 31

Subdistrict D1-2=

Deshler 59, Meridian 27

Heartland 47, McCool Junction 45

Subdistrict D1-3=

Archbishop Bergan 75, Clarkson/Leigh 35

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 86, East Butler 34

Subdistrict D1-4=

Emerson-Hubbard 38, Allen 35

Homer 58, Pender 53

Subdistrict D1-5=

Bloomfield 60, Plainview 40

Hartington-Newcastle 43, Elkhorn Valley 41

Subdistrict D1-6=

Boyd County 46, Clearwater/Orchard 38

West Holt 46, Niobrara/Verdigre 42

Subdistrict D1-7=

Fullerton 58, Harvard 43

Kenesaw 49, Shelton 45

Subdistrict D1-8=

Arapahoe 45, Wilcox-Hildreth 40

Axtell 50, Bertrand 48

Subdistrict D1-9=

Elm Creek 73, Elwood 43

Overton 64, Pleasanton 55

Subdistrict D1-10=

Anselmo-Merna 65, Sandhills/Thedford 52

Ansley-Litchfield 69, Burwell 56

Subdistrict D1-11=

Dundy County-Stratton 46, Hitchcock County 37

Wauneta-Palisade 80, Southwest 28

Subdistrict D1-12=

North Platte St. Patrick's 62, Garden County 33

Paxton 61, Maxwell 38

Class D-2=

Subdistrict D2-1=

Falls City Sacred Heart 75, Lewiston 38

Johnson-Brock 69, Sterling 48

Subdistrict D2-2=

Diller-Odell 50, Parkview Christian 44

Exeter/Milligan 63, Friend 26

Subdistrict D2-3=

Humphrey St. Francis 74, Osceola 28

Mead 49, Cornerstone Christian 25

Subdistrict D2-4=

Osmond 69, Wynot 47

Randolph 57, Wausa 46

Subdistrict D2-5=

St. Mary's 51, CWC-Ewing 38

Stuart 56, Elgin Public/Pope John 32

Subdistrict D2-6=

Central Valley 97, Spalding Academy 45

Riverside 82, St. Edward 16

Subdistrict D2-7=

Giltner 58, High Plains Community 28

Lawrence-Nelson 41, Heartland Lutheran 24

Subdistrict D2-8=

Blue Hill 55, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 28

Loomis 60, Silver Lake 36

Subdistrict D2-9=

Eustis-Farnam 62, Brady 60, OT

Wallace 51, Medicine Valley 39

Subdistrict D2-10=

Hyannis 65, Arthur County 42

Mullen 50, Stapleton 23

Subdistrict D2-11=

Creek Valley 64, Potter-Dix 12

South Platte 49, Leyton 38

Subdistrict D2-12=

Cody-Kilgore 62, Sioux County 44

Crawford 55, Hay Springs 37





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class A=

District A-1=

Final=

Bellevue West 55, Norfolk 50

District A-2=

Final=

Papillion-LaVista South 78, Lincoln Northeast 53

District A-3=

Semifinal=

Bryan 71, Grand Island 49

Omaha Creighton Prep 70, Omaha Northwest 47

District A-4=

Semifinal=

Kearney 82, Omaha Benson 55

Lincoln North Star 80, Omaha North 66

District A-5=

Semifinal=

Omaha Central 76, Papillion-LaVista 53

District A-7=

Semifinal=

Lincoln East 63, Omaha Burke 54

Omaha South 74, Bellevue East 46

Class B=

Final=

B-1=

Lincoln Pius X 68, Elkhorn 47

B-2=

Aurora 64, Blair 49

B-3=

Omaha Roncalli 63, Norris 57

B-4=

Omaha Skutt Catholic 66, Lexington 59

B-5=

York 54, Platteview 19

B-6=

Scottsbluff 57, Seward 49

B-7=

Bennington 57, Hastings 42

B-8=

Alliance 58, Elkhorn Mount Michael 57

Class C1=

Final=

C1-1=

Ogallala 79, Columbus Scotus 61

C1-2=

Wahoo 66, Wayne 47

C1-3=

Auburn 63, Fort Calhoun 37

C1-4=

North Bend Central 64, Mitchell 51

C1-5=

Adams Central 72, Ashland-Greenwood 49

C1-6=

Milford 58, Cozad 35

C1-7=

Grand Island Central Catholic 68, Chase County 46

C1-8=

Boys Town 62, Kearney Catholic 59

Class C2=

Final=

C2-1=

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 48, Hastings St. Cecilia 41

C2-2=

Bridgeport 58, Battle Creek 47

C2-3=

Sutton 47, Centura 45

C2-4=

Howells/Dodge 45, Freeman 41

C2-5=

Centennial 52, Elmwood-Murdock 48

C2-6=

Wakefield 59, South Loup 47

C2-7=

Yutan 54, Tri County 25

C2-8=

Ponca 55, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 45

Class D1=

Final=

D1-1=

Elm Creek 50, Emerson-Hubbard 40

D1-2=

Nebraska City Lourdes 49, Overton 28

D1-3=

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 63, Axtell 36

D1-4=

Paxton 65, Heartland 48

D1-5=

Hartington-Newcastle 36, Kenesaw 32

D1-6=

Archbishop Bergan 62, Boyd County 45

D1-7=

Fullerton 76, Anselmo-Merna 54

D1-8=

Wauneta-Palisade 36, Dundy County-Stratton 33

Class D2=

Final=

D2-1=

Falls City Sacred Heart 62, Crawford 23

D2-2=

Osmond 84, Creek Valley 32

D2-3=

Riverside 65, Wallace 38

D2-4=

Humphrey St. Francis 54, Lawrence-Nelson 38

D2-5=

Johnson-Brock 45, Mead 29

D2-6=

Loomis 56, Stuart 50

D2-7=

Exeter/Milligan 41, Giltner 30

D2-8=

Blue Hill 41, Mullen 28

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class A=

Final=

District A-4=

Omaha Benson 53, Lincoln East 49





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Class D-1 State Basketball Tournament

First Round Action - Thursday, March 7th

 

Lincoln East High School
#6 Wauneta-Palisade (20-5) vs #3 Paxton (23-1) - 2:45pm MT/3:45pm CT
Listen live on 105.3 Coyote Country & online coyote105.com
Taco Johns Pregame Show starts at 2:25pm MT/3:25pm CT with Seth Baumert

 

Wauneta-Palisade Leading Scorers

Duncan Rector 18ppg

Dennis Cavanaugh 8ppg

Dalton Harchelroad 5ppg

Caid Doetker 5ppg

 

Paxton Leading Scorers

Blake Brewster 20ppg

Kaden Schow 13ppg

Jordan Callihan 7ppg

Dane Storer 5ppg





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The NSAA Boys Sub-District Basketball Brackets have now been released.  View below.

 

B7 Sub-District


C2-11 Sub-District


D1-8 Sub-District


D1-11 Sub-District

 

D2-9 Sub-District

 

 

 

 





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A man who spent nine years at McCook Community College as an assistant coach with the men’s basketball team, will take over the head coaching post for the MCC women’s basketball program.

Brandon Pritchett has been named MCC’s Women’s Basketball Coach. He had been serving the college as the interim coach since late February after the resignation of former coach Kellen Fernetti. Pritchett took over a team that topped the 20-win mark for the third time in four years.

“We are extremely excited for Coach Pritchett to take over the women’s basketball program here at McCook,” said MCC Athletic Director Jon Olsen. “Brandon has done an excellent job in his nine years at the college in every role he has had, he is a great worker and someone that I can count on to get things done and is always there to help for the betterment of the college and our student athletes.”

This season, the Lady Indians finished 21-11 and claimed a Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship with a perfect 6-0 mark. The team finished in third place in the South Sub-Region and hosted a first round Region tournament game for the first time since going to the current play-in game format. The season ended with a one-point loss to Eastern Wyoming in the second round of the Region IX Tournament.

Since arriving at MCC in August of 2010, Pritchett began his assistant coaching duties with the men’s program under Brandon Lenhart which has included a wide range of responsibilities including recruiting and summer camp responsibilities.

Pritchett served two years as Resident Life Assistant, Intramural Director, and basketball camp instructor. In March of 2012, he was named Area Assistant Director of Advising where his duties have included advising for MCC’s 450 on-campus, commuter and on line students as well as student recruitment for the 18 counties in the Mid-Plains Community College District.

In December of 2012 he launched the first McCook Community College Athletic website.

“Brandon has been a huge part of our athletic program during his time here, and now I am excited for him to take on his new role,” Olsen said.

Prior to coming to MCC he spent six seasons at Flagstaff High School. He graduated Cum Laude at Northern Arizona University in 2005 and received his master’s degree in Sports Science and Management at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala., in 2013.





Brandon Pritchett

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Lincoln - Nebraska's Leigha Brown was named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week when the conference announced its weekly honors on Monday, Jan. 7.

Brown put together the best two performances of her young career in back-to-back Big Ten road games for the Huskers last week. She averaged 19.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 18.0 minutes per game off the bench for the Big Red.

The 6-1 guard/forward, who leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring in conference contests at 16.7 points per game, scored a then-career-high 19 points in Nebraska's 78-69 road win at defending Big Ten champion Ohio State on New Year's Eve. Brown hit 4-of-9 shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers against the Buckeyes, while also knocking down 9-of-12 free throws to lead the Huskers to their first true road win of the season.

The true freshman from Auburn, Indiana was even better the next time out at No. 19 Iowa, putting up a career-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while connecting on 3-of-4 three-point attempts. Brown also hit 5-of-6 free throws and tied a career high with two steals in 18 minutes against the Hawkeyes. She scored six of her points in the closing minutes to lead a furious Husker rally that cut a 12-point Iowa lead with four minutes left to just two points in the final minute.

On the season, Brown is Nebraska's second-leading scorer at 10.4 points per game, trailing only fellow freshman Sam Haiby (10.7 ppg). Brown ranks seventh among all Big Ten freshman in scoring on the season.

Brown and the Huskers will play host to No. 9 Maryland on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off between Nebraska (7-7 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) and the Terrapins (13-1 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m., and tickets are available now at Huskers.com.





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North Platte, Neb. (June 14, 2019) – A potential win in North Platte will get Blake Chauvin farther down the road.

 

The Raceland, Louisiana cowboy had a time of 7.8 seconds in the tie-down roping during the third night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, to tie for the lead in the second round in his event.

 

He rode a thirteen year old sorrel mare named Sister, who he purchased a year ago. The mare has been a blessing, he said. “She always works good, scores good, stops and pulls,” Chauvin said. Sister has her moments, though. “She’s a nag,” he said. “She can be mean sometimes, and sometimes she’s just the coolest horse to be around. It’s mood swings, I guess.”

 

A 2018 high school graduate, Chauvin, who is nineteen years old, began pro rodeo as soon as high school was over. He’s rodeoing fulltime, and a check from the Buffalo Bill Rodeo will help get him farther down the road.

 

But rodeo was not his first love. His granddad, Ridley Chauvin, was a tie-down roper and wanted his grandson to rope. Blake was not interested, choosing football instead. When he was fourteen years old, he got on a good horse and picked up a rope, and was hooked. “Grandpa roped calves all his life, and growing up, he always wanted me to rope. I didn’t want to rope at first. I just wanted to play football.” Once he started, “I’ve loved it since.”

 

Chauvin did well through the winter, rodeoing in the southeastern part of the U.S. The summer has been slow, though. “I’ve had a little rough start to the summer,” he said. The potential win in North Platte will get him started. “I had to get things going,” he said.

 

Like many other cowboys, Chauvin would someday like to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and be like twenty-four time world champion Trevor Brazile. “That’s everybody’s goal, to be the next Trevor Brazile. He’s a great guy. That’s every cowboy’s dream, to be like him.”

 

And the first phone call he makes after he’s done roping is to his granddad Ridley and grandma Joanna. “He tells me to call him as soon as I’m done roping,” Chauvin said. Chauvin sends videos of his runs to Joanna, who shows the videos to Ridley, because Ridley’s phone is a flip phone.

 

Chauvin will not place in the average; on his first run during slack earlier in the week, he did not make a qualified run.

 

Other fast times and high scores from the Friday night performance are bareback rider Mason Clements, Draper, Utah (82 points); steer wrestlers Denell Henderson, Damascus, Ark. and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. (4.2 seconds each); saddle bronc rider Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D. (87 points); team ropers Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla./Shay Dixon Carroll, La Junta, Colo. (5.3 seconds); and barrel racer Shali Lord, Lamar Colo. (17.44 seconds). No bull riders made qualified rides tonight.

 

The final night of rodeo in North Platte wraps up on Saturday, June 15 when champions will be crowned and custom engraved buckles awarded to winners. The big rodeo parade takes place on Saturday at 1 pm. NebraskalandDays continues with more activities through June 22. The celebration wraps up next weekend with concerts by Jake Owen and special guests the Casey Donahew Band and the Whiskey Bent Band (June 21) and Kane Brown with special guests Lindsay Ell and Travis Denning (June 22).

For more information, visit www.NEBRASKAlandDays.com.

 

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Results, 3rd  Performance June 14, 2019

North Platte, Nebraska – Buffalo Bill Rodeo

 

Bareback Riding 

1. Mason Clements, Draper, Utah 82 points on Nutrena’s Little Jet; 2. (tie) Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. and Blaine Kaufman, Pretty Prairie, Kan. 81 each; 4. Cauy Pool, Bonanza, Ore. 78.5.

 

Steer Wrestling

2nd go round

1. (tie) Denell Henderson, Damascus, Ark. and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. 4.2 seconds each; 3. Jon Herl, Goodland, Kan. 4.5; 4. Sam Powers, Sonora, Texas 4.6.

 

Tie Down Roping

2nd go round

1. Blake Chauvin, Raceland, La. 7.8 seconds; 2. Todd Brown, Lamar, Colo. 9.3; 3. Morgan Murray, Colorado Springs, Colo. 13.0; 4.  L.D. Meier, Limon, Colo. 23.5.

 

Saddle bronc riding

1. Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D. 87 points on Nutrena’s Little Angel; 2. Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.81; 3. Cody Martin, Eagle, Colo. 80.5; 4. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 79.

 

Team roping

1. Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla./Shay Dixon Carroll, La Junta, Colo. 5.3 seconds; 2. Jay Tittel, Pueblo, Colo./Richard Durham, Henrietta, Texas 6.1; 3. Denton Taylor, Craig, Colo./Dusty Taylor,  Craig, Colo. 6.6; 4. Travis Bounds, Clifton, Colo./T.J. Watts, Eads, Colo. 6.7.

 

Barrel racing

1. Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo. 17.44; 2. Deb Cox, Mullen, 18.06; 3. Gayle White, Dickens, Neb. 18.12; 4. Jeanne Anderson, White City, Kan. 18.59.

 

Bull Riding

No qualified rides.

 

** All results are unofficial. 





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North Platte, Neb. (June 13, 2019) – The fast time in the barrel racing at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo came during the second performance, on June 13.

 

Barrel racer Emily Miller stopped the clock at 17.64 seconds to take over the lead.

 

The Weatherford, Oklahoma cowgirl was aboard her ten-year-old gelding Chongo, whose registered name is Namgis D 33.

 

It was the third rodeo back for the gray gelding, who was hurt at the Guymon, Okla. rodeo in early May. “He had two runs before this,” Miller said, “and tonight he definitely had his confidence back.”

 

Barrel racing horses can sometimes show a preference for indoor arenas or outdoor arenas, but Chongo does well at both. His owner and rider, Miller, doesn’t always. “I don’t ride him as well outside,” she said. “I have to really focus. He does his job. It’s just a matter of me doing mine.”

 

Chongo was trained and futuried on by Kylie Weast and purchased from Namgis Quarter Horses of Hondo, Texas. Miller has ridden him all winter, but it’s been hit and miss as far as winning. She and Chongo won a round at rodeos in Denver and San Antonio, but “we couldn’t put it all together with back to back runs.” At Rodeo Austin, she won her biggest check of the year: over $13,000. “That gave me a lot of confidence.”

 

Miller, who is a dental hygienist during the week and a barrel racer on weekends and during the summer, is ranked eighteenth in the world standings with nearly $33,000 won.

 

The leader in the second round of the tie-down roping is an Oklahoma man, Caddo Lewallen.

 

Lewallen, Morrison, Okla., had a time of 7.8 seconds to top the scoreboard.

 

He was aboard a ten-year-old bay mare, a horse he bought as a two-year-old and trained himself.

 

Lewallen, the son of Kerry and Vicki Lewallen, roped in high school and competed at the state and national levels while in high school, following in his dad’s footsteps as a tie-down roper. “It was something I’ve always been around. It’s what I do,” he said.

 

The 35-year-old cowboy competed in slack the morning of June 13 and left nearly as soon as he was done, headed for rodeos in Canada. He’ll spend the next two weeks in Canada then come back to the States.

 

His family, which includes wife Christy and daughters, ages eight and four, travel with him during the summers. In the winters, he travels with fellow steer wrestlers, but in the summers, his family goes along. “We take off and do our own thing,” he said. “We’re together all summer, and when the kids go back to school, we have to be home.”

 

They make sure to take time for the kids as they travel. In North Platte, the girls enjoyed Cody Park, and they visit parks, zoos, and swimming pools at the places they visit. 

 

Lewallen has qualified eight times for the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, the regional rodeo championship for Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma and has won the average there three times.

 

Other fast times and high scores from Thursday’s slack and performance are bareback rider Joel Schlegel, Burns, Colo. (86 points); steer wrestler Reed Kraeger, Elwood, Neb. (3.7 seconds); saddle bronc rider Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash. (83 points); team ropers Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla./Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla. (5.7 seconds); and bull rider Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont. (83 points).

 

The third night of action at the Buffalo Bill rodeo takes place Friday, June 14. The rodeo starts at 8 pm. Tickets are available online at www.NebraskalandDays.com and at the gate. For more information, visit the website.

 

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High scores and fast times from Thursday morning slack and the second performance, June 13, 2019

Buffalo Bill Rodeo, North Platte, Nebraska

 

Bareback riding:

1. Joel Schlegel, Burns, Colo. 86 points on Movie Madness; 2. Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 83.5; 3. Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga. 82; 4. Mike Fred, Wamego, Kan. 74.

 

Steer wrestling:

2nd round

1. Reed Kraeger, Elwood, Neb. 3.7 seconds; 2.(tie) Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas and Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D. 3.8 each; 4. (tie) Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla. and Jarek Van Petten, Meriden, Kan. 3.9 each.

 

Tie-down roping:

2nd round

1. Caddo Lewallen, Morrison, Okla. 7.8 seconds; 2. Joey Dickens, Loveland, Colo. 7.9;

3. (tie)Caleb Bullock, Boise City, Okla., and Luke Madsen, Marshalltown, Iowa 8.0 each.

 

Saddle bronc riding

1. Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash. 83 points on Conviction; 2. Jake Finlay, Goodiwindi, Australia 81.5; 3. Roper Kiesner, Ripley, Okla. 79.5; 4. Connor Murnion, Jordan, Utah 74.

 

Team roping:

1. Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla./Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla. 5.7 seconds; 2. Tory Shaffer, Ft. Lupton, Colo./Jason DeVore, Ft. Lupton, Colo. 7.6; 3. Ty Blasingame, Casper, Wyo./Jerren Johnson, Casper, Wyo. 10.6; 4. Brian Dunning, McClave, Colo./Toby Mentzer, Ensign, Kan. 11.4.

 

Barrel racing

1. Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla. 17.64 seconds; 2. Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn. 18.04; 3. Kelly Reichmuth, Humphrey, Neb. 18.12; 4. Abby Phillips, Marshall, Texas 18.38.

 

Bull riding

1. Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont. 83 points on Bullet Proof; 2. Zach Parker, Ft. Scott, Kan. 76.5; 3. Wyatt Rogers, Tahlequah, Okla. 74; no other qualified rides.

 

** All results are unofficial. 

 

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Cutline: Oklahoma’s Caddo Lewallen leads the second round of the tie-down roping at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. The third and fourth nights of rodeo take place June 14-15. Photo by Don Christner.





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North Platte, Neb. (June 12, 2019) – The monkey is off Shane Frey’s back.

 

For the first time, the Duncan, Oklahoma cowboy has won a check at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte.

 

Frey made a 3.4 second run during slack on the morning of June 12 to win the first round among 84 steer wrestlers.

 

The 27 year old has competed in North Platte’s pro rodeo six times, never having won money. “Honestly, I’ve always loved this rodeo,” he said, “but this is the first time I’ve been able to crack the pay window.”

 

He was aboard an eighteen-year-old gelding owned by Charlene Neale. Neale, the wife of Riley Duvall’s wife, has lent the horse to Duvall, also a steer wrestler, Frey, and their traveling companions.

 

Old Gray is an excellent steer wrestling mount, Frey said. “He really fits me well. He’s good, solid, and makes my job easy.” Neale has kept the horse close to home, for local rodeos and for her nephews to ride. This year, the horse will be on the pro rodeo trail across the nation. Frey, Duvall, Tyrel Cline, and Sam Goings will all ride Old Gray as they compete at PRCA rodeos. “He’s had a lot of guys win on him around the house, but this is the most he’s ever gone, to the biggest rodeos.”

 

Frey enjoys competing at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. “The money’s great, and it’s a cool rodeo. For us, it kicks off the summer run and it’s always exciting.” North Platte is considered the unofficial start to the Fourth of July rodeo season, the busiest time of the year for rodeo competition. “When we leave the house for the summer, it’s a good place to get everything rolling.” The newness of the season hasn’t worn off yet, Frey said. “We’re still fresh and ready to go, still full of hopes and dreams,” he joked. “After the Fourth (of July), you’re either really happy (due to success) or really grumpy (due to not doing well), and you’re tired, regardless of how you’re doing.”

 

A home state cowboy leads the bareback riding after the first night.

 

Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., scored 80.5 points on the Beutler and Son Rodeo horse Sure Motion.


It was the third time for the two to tango.

 

He got bucked off the mare in Odessa, Texas two years ago, and last year, at the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Okla., he made a qualified ride but got bucked off right after the eight second whistle.

 

“I’ve been on that horse three times now, and I’ve actually hit the dirt every time.” During tonight’s ride, he was bucked off, but it was after he had made a qualified ride.

 

The mare “takes a big run, away from the chute, and she’s kind of spooky for a guy, waiting on her to start bucking,” Shadbolt said. “When she breaks out and starts bucking, she comes around in a tight circle, and the circle puts a lot of centrifugal force on a rider, and it’s hard to spur straight back to your rigging when they’re coming around a corner.”

 

Shadbolt, a 2017 graduate of Doane College in Crete, Neb., with a chemistry degree, is in his rookie year of PRCA competition and in the running for Resistol Rookie of the Year. He’s in a logjam at the top with two other bronc riders, Tristan Hansen and Jesse Pope, with less than $300 separating the three men. He’d like to win the Rookie of the Year title. “Winning the rookie title is a big stepping stone for a lot of guys in the PRCA,” Shadbolt said. “I wanted to make a big splash when I jumped out and started going full time.”

 

Shadbolt is ranked twenty-sixth in the world standings. 

 

After the morning’s slack and the evening competition, other leaders are tie-down ropers J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas and Justin Smith, Leesville, La.(8.4 seconds each); saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa (85 points); team ropers Kellan Johnson, Casper, Wyo. and Carson Johnson, Casper, Wyo. (5.0 seconds); barrel racer Chris Gibson, Windsor, Colo. (17.89 seconds); and bull rider Kyle Gardner, Kersey, Colo. (79).

 

The 2020 Miss Rodeo Nebraska was crowned, with the title going to Joeli Walrath of Ashton. The 2016 Loup City High School graduate is studying equine science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a member of the UNL equestrian team, is involved with the UNL rodeo team and club, and serves as the promtions officer for the University of Nebraska Rodeo Association executive board.

 

She will serve as lady in waiting until January 2020, when she will begin her reign, and will represent the state at the 2020 Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas.

 

The second of four nights of rodeo takes place Thursday, June 13 at 8 pm. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show awareness of breast cancer, and proceeds will be donated to the Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte. Tickets are available at www.NebraskalandDays.com  and at the gate.

 

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Results, 1st Performance and slack, June 12, 2019

North Platte, Nebraska – Buffalo Bill Rodeo

 

Bareback riding

1. Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb. 80.5 points on Sure Motion; 2. (tie) Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla. and Will Martin, Durant, Okla. 76 each; no other qualified rides.

 

Steer wrestling

1st round

1. Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 3.4 seconds; 2. Bridger Anderson, Alva, Okla. 3.6; 3. (tie) Tyler Pearson, Atoka, Okla. and Sam Goings, Fallon, Nev. 3.7 each; 5. J.D.Struxness, Milan, Minn. 3.8; 6. Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb. 3.9.

 

Tie-down roping

1st round

1. (tie) J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas and Justin Smith, Leesville, La 8.4 seconds each; 3. Cody Huber, Albia, Iowa 8.5; 4. Cody McCartney, Durant, Okla. 9.1.

 

Saddle bronc riding

1. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa 85 points on Chisum Trail; 2. Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D.  83.5; 3. Brady Hill, Onida, S.D. 77.5; 4. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 71.

 

Team roping

1. Kellan Johnson, Casper, Wyo./Carson Johnson, Casper, Wyo. 5.0 seconds; 2. Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D./Jesse Dale, Timberlake, S.D. 6.5; 3. Jeff Johnston, Thedford, Neb.,/Dustin Dan Harris O’Neill, Neb.  7.8; 4. JB Lord, Sturgis, S.D./Jake Beard, Menoken, N.D.  12.2.

 

Barrel racing

1. Chris Gibson, Windsor, Colo. 17.89 seconds; 2. Kenna Kaminski, Bellville, Texas 18.15; 3. Aimee Kay, Bluff Dale, Texas 18.17; 4. Hallie Fulton, Wessington Springs, S.D. 18.48.

 

Bull riding

1. Kyle Gardner, Kersey, Colo. 79 points on Evac Man; 2. Luke Gee, Stanford, Mont. 77; no other qualified rides.

 

** All results are unofficial. 





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Former Islander and Home Federal Pitcher Cal Hehnke was a Coastal Plains League All Star for the Morehead City Marlins. 

Hehnke earned All-Summit League Honors with the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the spring after helping the Mavs to their first NCAA tourney appearance. 




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