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FEBRUARY 14, 2019 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested several people and seized 100 pounds of marijuana during five traffic stops this week on Interstate 80. All five stops happened between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

At approximately 1:55 p.m. MT Tuesday, trooper located more than two pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Toyota Yaris for speeding at mile marker 18 near Kimball. The driver, Jessica Reyna, 25, of Sacramento, California, and passenger, Chase Sinclair, 29, of Charlotte, North Carolina, were both arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.

Troopers then found 85 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT Tuesday. A trooper had stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe parked in a no-parking area on the shoulder of the on-ramp at exit 324 near Giltner. The driver, Franklin Schillfarth, 55, of Maryland, was arrested and was lodged in Hamilton County Jail.

On Wednesday at approximately 7:20 a.m. CT, another trooper stopped an eastbound Kia Rio for speeding at 114 miles per hour on I-80 near North Platte at mile marker 176. Marijuana containers were plainly visible in the vehicle and the trooper found approximately two pounds of marijuana during a search. The driver, Brianna Glover, 23, and passenger, Rashawn Hampton, 23, both of Michigan were arrested and lodged in Lincoln County Jail.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. CT Wednesday, a trooper stopped a Chevy pickup pulling a trailer for failing to stay in its lane near Kearney at mile marker 280. The trooper could smell the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and conducted a search. The search revealed personal use marijuana and a handgun. Additionally three pounds of marijuana was located hidden inside a large, older television. An investigation revealed that the driver was unaware of the marijuana inside the television. The driver, Ryan Taylor, 35, of Florida, was arrested and cited for a concealed handgun violation and personal use marijuana. He was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

Finally, at approximately 10:45 a.m. MT, a trooper discovered seven pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Hyundai Sonata for speeding near Kimball at mile marker 18. The driver, Christopher Seligman, 35, of Maryland, was arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A 19-year-old driver is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 26 for the Platte County crash death of a motorcyclist.

Court records say Daisy Gonzalez, of Madison, pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor vehicular homicide. Prosecutors dropped a related charge in return for her plea.

The records say the collision occurred Aug. 2 at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 91 and 490th Street. The records say her minivan collided with the motorcycle driven by 22-year-old Joshua Gasper, of Columbus. He died days later of his injuries.

News Director Ryan Baker talked to Police Chief Dennis DaMoude tonight after the shooting in Holdrege Thursday afternoon.  

Press Release from Nebraska State Patrol

A Holdrege man has been arrested following the shooting deaths of two people and the wounding of a third person in multiple incidents that occurred in Holdrege during the afternoon hours of Thursday, February 21.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., the Holdrege Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at 416 Logan Street. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the incident. Additional crime scenes were then identified in multiple units at the Sunrise View Apartments at 1422 12th Avenue.

A short time later, a vehicle owned by the suspect was seen traveling in the north part of Holdrege. A short, low-speed pursuit ensued and the suspect drove to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office where he was taken into custody without further incident.  

The suspect, Manuel Gomez, 45, of Holdrege, has been lodged in Phelps County Jail. Gomez is the only suspect in all three shootings.

The victims are identified as Raymond Burton, 65, David Rogers, 54, both of whom were found deceased in separate units of the Sunrise View Apartments. The third victim, Doyle Morse, 64, was able to call 911 after being shot at 416 Logan Street. He has been life-flighted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney in critical condition.

The Nebraska State Patrol has been assisted by the Holdrege Police Department, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office, and South Central Area Law Enforcement Services in the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.

Interview with Dennis DaMoude


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

DEWITT, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old Nebraska boy died after he was hit by a bus driven by his father.
The Beatrice Daily Sun reports the incident happened Saturday in the driveway of the family's rural home about 5 miles east of DeWitt in southeast Nebraska.
Just before 1 p.m. Saturday, the family called for help after the boy was run over. Two-year-old Maddox Weber died at the scene.
The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating.

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the agenda for the 31st Governor’s Ag Conference, which brings together ag producers, industry leaders and agri-business managers in Nebraska on an annual basis to talk about the future of agriculture.  The conference is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 4-5, 2019, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

“For 31 years, the Governor’s Ag Conference has been a premiere forum for Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and industry leaders to come together to discuss agriculture and how to keep growing our state’s number one industry,” said Governor Ricketts.  “We hope you can join us to talk about the future of agriculture in Nebraska.  It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss.”

“We’ve asked industry experts at the local, state and federal level to lead discussions at this year’s Governor’s Ag Conference and share their knowledge and experience with producers and agribusiness leaders from around the state,” said Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman.  “Conference speakers and attendees can use this opportunity to connect with colleagues and prepare for the future.”

The conference starts Monday, March 4, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. with a panel presentation featuring Nebraska entrepreneurs and recruiters.  The panel includes representatives from three innovative Nebraska companies and three organizations involved heavily in recruiting companies to Nebraska.

On the entrepreneur side, the panelists are Vishal Singh with Quantified Ag; Lukas Fricke with ChorChek; and Mitch Minarick with FARMAFIELD.  These speakers will discuss their companies, goals, visions and why they chose Nebraska communities to start their businesses. 

The three people representing recruitment success are: Phil Kozera with Bio Nebraska; Dan Duncan with Innovation Campus; and Bryan Slone with the Nebraska State Chamber.  They will discuss their efforts in recruiting and how to find and attract startups as well as how to connect to established industries. 

Governor Ricketts will moderate this panel presentation that will include questions and answers from the audience.

The annual “Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture” reception, at 6 p.m. on March 4th will feature an assortment of food and beverages from Nebraska.

The conference resumes on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 9 a.m. with a presentation from Jim Smith, executive director of Blueprint Nebraska, an organization that is spearheading a statewide, citizen-led economic development initiative.

Governor Ricketts, NDA Director Wellman and Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Dave Rippe will update conference participants on legislative initiatives in agriculture and highlight the work being done between state agencies to grow Nebraska.  This panel presentation will be moderated by NDA Assistant Director Amelia Breinig.

Next on the agenda will be Jim Wiesemeyer, with Pro Farmer, giving participants an update on the national farm bill and how it will impact farmers and ranchers nationwide as well as here in Nebraska.   

The Governor's Ag Conference is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and is co-sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.  A $125 registration fee covers participation at activities on both Monday and Tuesday.  Registration and additional information is available online at, or by calling NDA toll-free at (800) 831-0550.


On March 5, 2019 Deputies were sent to mile marker 197 (just east of Brady, NE.) on U.S. Highway 30. It was reported two vehicles had struck each other and there were injuries to both drivers. Deputies arrived and met with the drivers of the vehicles.

The investigation showed a black GMC Denali was eastbound on Highway 30 in its proper lane. A white Mitsubishi Mirage was westbound on Highway 30 and crossed the center line and struck the GMC Denali. The driver of the GMC was injured but refused medical treatment.

The driver of the Mitsubishi suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Great Plains Health. He was identified as thirty-one year old Joshua Baker of North Platte. Deputies believed Mr. Baker was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the accident. Deputies found suspected THC Wax in the vehicle and other items. Mr. Baker did not have a license or insurance at the time of the accident. Criminal charges are pending Mr. Bakers release from the hospital and laboratory testing. The investigation continues.

On 2/5/19 at approximately 21:43, Scottsbluff Police responded to the intersection of Hwy 26 and 5th Ave in reference to an injury accident involving two vehicles.  The investigation found that a blue 2005 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Austin Rhamy (20) of Scottsbluff and a gray 2004 GMC Yukon driven by Raquel Wurdeman (23) of Gering were involved in the accident.  It was found that the Chrysler was north bound on 5th Ave and the GMC was east bound on Hwy 26.  The Chrysler and GMC collided in the intersection.  Both drivers reported they each had the green traffic signal in their respective directions of travel.  There were no witnesses on scene to confirm which direction of travel had the green traffic signal.  Both vehicles were estimated to have $7000 in damages.  Both vehicles were required to be towed from the scene.  Wurdeman and one passenger in the GMC had complaints of pain, but declined to be transported by ambulance for treatment.  Scottsbluff Fire Department and Valley Ambulance responded to the accident.  Eastbound lanes of Hwy 26 at 5th Ave were closed for approximately 45 minutes while the accident was investigated. 

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.

MARCH 4, 2019 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)— Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol
(NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Dawson County during the evening hours of Friday,
March 1.
The project was supported in whole or part by grant #93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for
Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and the Nebraska DHHS Division of
Behavioral Health.

In total, 15 businesses were inspected. Three businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-
compliance rate of 20 percent. All of the businesses checked the minor’s ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections were:
Bella Italia – Cozad (checked ID, sold to minor)
El Paraiso – Cozad (checked ID, sold to minor)
Casey’s General Store #2068 – Lexington (checked ID, sold to minor)
The inspections were conducted at liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, and bars.
Businesses that sell alcohol to a minor are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.
Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.
NSP and other law enforcement agencies conduct these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol
out of the hands of minors.


COLUMBUS – The McCook Community College softball team split a pair of games against Central Community College Tuesday winning the first game 9-4 and dropping the second game 6-3.

“We need to play as a team,” MCC Coach Josh Barnes said. “Hopefully we play better this weekend.

Sophomores Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) and Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah) both had a pair of two hit games, both drove in three and both hit home runs.

Central goes to 5-13 on the season and 2-2 in Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference play.

MCC goes to 14-18 on the season and 1-1 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Association.

The Lady Indians will be home this weekend for a four-game Region IX series against Northeastern Junior College with doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday starting at 1 p.m. The Plainswomen are 20-14 overall but just 3-11 against Region IX opponents. MCC is 7-7 in Region IX play.

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

Game 1 – McCook CC 9, Central CC 4: The Lady Indians were able to apply the pressure from the start scoring in each of the first six innings to take a 9-2 lead before Central pushed home two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

A Central error led to the first MCC run set up by singles from sophomore Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) and freshman Emma McLean (Willetton, Western Australia). Freshman Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah) led of the MCC second with a single and later stole home to give MCC a 2-0 lead.

After the Raiders cut the lead in half in the second, the Lady Indians scored a pair of runs in the third on a two-run home run from Jerusha Miner to put MCC up 4-1 but Central responded with a run in the bottom of the inning.

After two outs in the fourth a walk and an Emily Charchuk home run put MCC up 6-2 and a McLean home run in the fifth made it a 7-2 MCC lead. The Lady Indians added two in the sixth on a Siebenthal sacrifice fly and a Miner single.

Freshman Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta) earned the win for MCC pitching five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out four. Sophomore Shae Muggridge (Perth, Western Australia) threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.

The Lady Indians racked up 14 hits with Siebenthal having a three-for-three game. Charchuk, Miner and McLean all had two-hit games.

Game 1 – McCook CC 9, Central CC 4: The Raiders led off the bottom of the first with four straight singles to start the game with a 2-0 lead and scored a third run on a Lady Indian error.

MCC scored a run in the second on an Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) sacrifice fly driving home Sieara Price (Greeley, Colo.) who had singled.

A two-out Emily Charchuk single in the fourth inning cut the Central lead to 3-2 and the Lady Indians tied the game in the fifth on a Sarah Willier pinch-hit double, a Central error and an RBI-groundout with Brooklyn Jensen batting.

Central countered with a bases-loaded, one-out single in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead and added another in the sixth inning.

Freshman Etta Van Burgsteden (Kinistino, Saskatchewan) started for MCC and went three innings, allowed four hits, two walks and two earned runs. Freshman Angel Valdez, freshman, (West Jordan, Utah) took the loss in the middle innings going 1.1 innings and allowing three hits, a walk, two earned runs. She struck out three. Sophomore Kayla Harrison, (Richmond, British Columbia) closed out the game with 1.2 innings of work, allowing three hits, a walk, a strikeout and one earned run.

Brooklyn Jensen, Jerusha Miner and Charchuk all had two-hit games for MCC.


LAMAR, Colo. – The McCook Community College Lady Indian softball team pounded out 35 hits on the day, won the first game 11-3, led the second game 8-0 in the second inning, but let another game slip away as Lamar Community College came back to win the second game 10-9.

Friday’s split comes after the teams split a Thursday doubleheader.

“Consistency is the key,” MCC Coach Josh Barnes said. “We let up our focus in game two and you can’t do that against good teams.”

Four MCC players had back-to-back multi-hit games Friday. Sophomore Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) went five-for-seven on the afternoon. Sophomore Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) went four-for-eight with six RBIs. Freshman Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah) went two-for-three in both games and sophomore Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) had a four-for-nine day.

Of the 35 MCC hits, only four went for extra bases and those all came in the first game.

Lamar goes to 9-11 overall and 4-4 in Region IX play.

MCC goes to 7-11 and 3-5 in the Region IX standings.

The Indians are scheduled for two home games this week with the annual Purple-Out day doubleheader Thursday at North Platte set for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Indians are also scheduled to host Southeast Community College Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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

GAME 1: McCOOK CC 11, Lamar 3: MCC opened the day with a five-run first inning, opened up a 7-0 lead in the second and a 10-1 lead with a four-run fourth.

Third-place hitter Chanel Siebenthal seemed to be a part of every rally, igniting the offense in the first with an RBI-double. Abby Kalinski (McCook) delivered a two-out, two-run triple in the first to help the Lady Indians to an early 5-0 lead.

In the second inning, Siebenthal’s RBI-single gave MCC a 6-0 lead and her third hit of the game, a single in the fourth inning, came in the middle of a three-run rally. Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Velley, Utah) had an RBI double and Emma McLean (Willetton, Western Australia) had an RBI-single in the fourth frame.

Freshman Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta) started for the Lady Indians and picked up the win tossing 2.1 innings. She allowed five hits and two earned runs. She was relieved by freshman Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) who went one inning, allowing two hits and one earned run. Freshman Etta Van Burgsteden (Kinistino, Saskatchewan) pitched the final 2.2 innings allowing no runs, one hit, one walk and one strikeout.

The Indians piled up 17 hits in the game led by Siebenthal with three. MCC also got multi-hit games from Emily Charchuk, Hannah Jensen (Aurora, Colo.), McLean, Isabel Serna (Roy Utah), Kalinski, and Brooklyn Jensen.

GAME 2: LAMAR CC 10, McCOOK CC 9: The Lady Indians again came out swinging with a two-run first and stretched the lead to 8-0 with a six-run second frame.

Isabel Serna delivered a two-out, first inning RBI-single and a two-out second inning single to help the MCC cause, and stretch the lead to 6-0. Two more runs scored on a two-out Lamar error.

The Lopes responded with a two-run second and a seven-run third to lead 9-8.

Shae Muggridge, (Perth, Western Australia) started in the circle and went 2.2 innings, giving up five earned runs and 11 hits. Sophomore Kayla Harrison, (Richmond, British Columbia) pitched 1.2 innings and was tagged with the loss surrendering one earned run and five hits. Etta Van Burgsteden (Kinistino, Saskatchewan) pitched the final 1.2 innings of scoreless relief giving up two hits and striking out two.

MCC came back to tie the game 9-9 in the fourth inning. With two outs, freshman Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) singled home Serna, who had singled.

Lamar scored the eventual game winner in the bottom of the fifth inning with three straight one-out singles.

Seven Lady Indians posted two-hit games including, Chanel Siebenthal, Serna, Emily Charchuk, Jerusha Miner, McArthur, Brooklyn Jensen and Sieara Price (Greeley, Colo.).


The McCook Community College softball team let Game 1 slip away Wednesday against Central Community College but came back strong in Game 2 to win 8-0 to salvage a split on the day.

In Game 1, the Raiders overcame a 3-0 deficit in the sixth innings and exploded for nine runs in the final two frames. MCC Sophomore Kayla Harrison (Richmond, British Columbia) tossed a three-hit shutout in Game 2.

Sophomore Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) had seven hits in seven at bats Wednesday.

MCC goes to 24-26 on the season and on Friday the Lady Indians host Trinidad State Junior College in a key Region IX matchup. The doubleheader starts at 11 a.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex.

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GAME 1 – Central CC 9, McCook CC 7: After keeping the Raiders off the scoreboard for five innings the Columbus team exploded for four runs in the sixth inning and five more in the seventh.

MCC took 2-0 lead in the first inning. Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah) led off with a double and went to third on a groundout. Sarah Willier (Ponoka, Alberta) hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the first run and Isabel Serna had an RBI-single for the second run.

Serna tripled to lead off the MCC fourth, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Sieara Price (Greeley, Colo.).

Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) started in the pitching circle and pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning when Central solved her. She gave up three earned runs in her five innings of work allowing five hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Etta Van Burgsteden (Kinistino, Saskatchewan) pitched the final two innings, allowing four hits and no earned runs, walking one and striking out two.

Trailing 9-3 in the bottom of the seventh MCC scored four runs and put the tying run at second base but couldn’t get the key hit. After a pair of walks and a single, Sydney McArthur (Washington, Utah) had a bases-loaded single. One out later Willier doubled in two to make it a 9-6 game and Serna followed with an RBI single to close within two runs but that’s as close as the Lady Indians got.

Serna had four hits in the game to lead the eight-hit offense. Brooklyn Jensen had two hits.

GAME 2 – McCook CC 8, Central CC 0: The Lady Indians scored three runs in the second inning and added two in the third, two in the fourth and closed out the win with a run in the fifth.

Emma McLean (Willeton, Western Australia) doubled in the first run and the Lady Indians were able to add the other two runs on a passed ball and an error. MCC took a 5-0 lead on a pair of bases-loaded walks in the third inning. In the fourth inning the Lady Indians scored on a passed ball and an Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) RBI-single. MCC scored the final run in the fifth inning on a passed ball.

Kayla Harrison held the Raiders to three singles and didn’t walk a hitter while striking out two.

Serna went three-for-three and Sarah Willier had two hits for MCC.



BEATRICE – The McCook Community College softball team picked up a pair of one-run games Tuesday against Southeast Community College, winning 6-5 and 5-4.

“Wins aren’t free, but we got two today,” said MCC Coach Josh Barnes. “We pitched well and played good defense. We didn’t hit up to our standard but did enough.”

Abby Kalinski (McCook) went five-for-five on the day with a home run, and two doubles.

The wins push MCC over the .500 mark for the first time this season at 20-18 on the season and 3-1 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference.

With the postponement of Wednesday’s game against North Platte (rescheduled for April 30) the Lady Indians next game is when they host Western Nebraska for a pair of doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday. Games on Saturday start at 2 p.m. and with an 11 a.m. start Sunday.

On Sunday the McCook Community College Indians Boosters club are hosting Fan Appreciation Day and will serve free hot dogs and potato chips to baseball and softball fans in attendance as a “thank you” to those Indians fans who have supported MCC athletics throughout the 2018-2019 school year. (The MCC baseball team is in action Sunday starting at 1 p.m.)

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

GAME 1: McCook CC 6, Southeast CC 5: In a game that was short on offense (three combined runs through six innings) both teams’ offenses found the “on” switch in the seventh first with MCC scoring four runs, then Southeast scored four times and put the tying run a second before the Lady Indians emerged with the win.

Sophomore Chanel Siebenthal’s (Lakewood, Colo.) RBI double in the third put MCC up 1-0. Southeast tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning and MCC took the lead for good in the sixth inning with a one-out solo home run from Abby Kalinski.

Freshman Kassidy Powers, freshman, (Severance, Colo.) singled to lead of the MCC seventh inning. After a pair of walks and a shallow fly out, the Lady Indians scored the first run of the inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jade Hollands (Effington, Kan.). A southeast error on the play led to the second run and then an RBI-double by Kalinski and an RBI-single by Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) put the Lady Indians up 6-1.

Sophomore Kayla Harrison, (Richmond, British Columbia) started the game in the circle but needed relief help after the first two Storm hitters reached base in the seventh inning. She was relieved by freshman Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta). Harrison picked up the win, surrendering six hits and three earned runs in six innings of work. She walked one. Willier picked up the save in one inning of work. She walked one and allowed two hits and two earned runs.

Kalinski went four-for-four in the game to lead the 14-hit MCC offense. McArthur had a three-hit game and the Lady Indians got two-hit games from Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) and Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah).

GAME 2: McCook CC 5, Southeast CC 4: Southeast Community College took leads of 2-0 after two innings, and 4-1 after four innings before MCC scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to pick up the win.

The Lady Indians scored their first run of the game in the fourth on a Chanel Siebenthal double and later a Storm error – the first of three unearned runs Southeast would give up.

Siebenthal led off the MCC sixth with a single, and went to third on a single from Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah), and scored on a Taylor Ford (McCook) sacrifice fly. Miner scored on a Jade Hollands sacrifice fly.

Abby Kalinski doubled to lead off the MCC seventh. Brooklyn Jensen followed with a single. MCC scored two runs with two outs on a Southeast error.

Sarah Willier started the game for MCC and pitched 3.2 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs. She walked two and struck out three. She was relieved by freshman Angel Valdez, (West Jordan, Utah) who pitched the final 3.1 innings allowing one hit and striking out four to pick up the win.

Siebenthal picked up three hits to lead the 10-hit MCC offense. Miner and Brooklyn Jensen both had two hits.


McCook Community College sophomore transfer JR Maldonado was recently named to the “Perfect Game” Top 300 Junior College Prospect for the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.

“Perfect Game” or PG is an organization promoting baseball by hosting amateur events and providing opportunities and information to players, families, MLB organizations, college coaches, and fans.

Maldonado, 6-3, 205 pounds, who bats and throws right, was the only player in Region 9 to make the list. He plays first base.

Last year as a freshman at Luna Community College in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Maldonado played in 52 games batting .364 in 203 plate appearances. He led the Rough Riders with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs. He had a .433 on-base average and a .612 slugging percentage.

Luna is located in Region 5 and also plays Division 1 baseball like MCC.

The PG database and scouting reports, as well as the PG player rankings, have been proven to be a valuable resource for all college coaches and MLB scouts.


For the sixth straight game, the McCook Community College Lady Indians went to a fifth set but came up a winner Thursday night in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center over Trinidad State Junior College.

MCC won 25-17, 25-15, 23-25, 22-25, 15-8 to improve to 6-0 at home this year.

“I’m starting to think the girls just like getting in more time on the court,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said. “We should have won in three. We’re still mentally struggling and over-thinking things at times.”

Freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 23 kills on the night to go along with five service aces.

“Trinidad came out in the third set and just changed up their game by putting in people whose purpose was to stop Faith and she got down on herself,” Kobza said. “There’ve been times this year she’s been triple-teamed and we have to make some adjustments when teams try to shut her down.”

Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Greeley, Colo.) had 18 kills. Sophomore Hannah Emerson had nine kills, four block assists and one solo block.

On Friday, 19-ranked Otero Junior College (21-2) comes to town for a 6 p.m. game. The Rattlers were 21-2 heading into Thursday night’s game at Western Nebraska (18-7). The Lady Indians took Otero to five sets in Colorado Sept. 28 but lost. Friday night is the annual Phi-Theta Kappa Pink Out Night to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

On Saturday MCC hosts 17-9 Lamar Community (17-9) in a 3 p.m. contest. It is “High School Day” with free admission for students from 12 area schools invited to attend MCC’s volleyball game for free.

For more photos from MCC’s home volleyball games check out individual game photo galleries in the Fan Zone on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:

You can follow all MCC home games “live action” or “archived games” via live streaming this season “Tribe Watch” available in the Fan Zone section of the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:


Hayley Kobza


SCOTTSBLUFF –The McCook Community College Lady Indians shook off a heart-breaking loss in Game 1 of the Region IX Division I Tournament and responded in the late game Friday with a come-from-behind win over Otero Junior College, in extra-innings, 11-9.

After dropping a 3-2 decision to Western Nebraska in walk-off fashion in the opening game of the tournament, MCC came from a 4-0 first-inning deficit to send second-seeded Otero Junior home with their second loss of the tournament. The Lady Indians got six innings of scoreless relief from freshman Angel Valdez before Otero Junior College tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-out, two-strike, two-run home run. MCC came back to score five runs in the eighth and held off the Rattlers, who finish the season at 32-16.

Trinidad State had beat Otero 4-2 in Game 2. In the winner’s bracket game in Game 3, Western downed Trinidad State 7-1

MCC improves to 28-32 overall and will take on Trinidad State (25-26) at 1 p.m. Saturday with the winner to take on Western Nebraska (34-18) at 4 p.m. If Western Nebraska loses that game that would set up a final game at noon Sunday.

GAME 4 -- McCook CC 11, Otero JC 9 – In the final game of the day, the Rattlers jumped out in the first inning with four extra-base hits on the way to a 4-0 lead off freshman MCC starter Sarah Willier (Ponoka, Alberta). Freshman Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) came on in relief.

The Lady Indians responded with three runs in the second with a walk from Emily Charchuk (Victoria British Columbia), a walk by Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah) and a bunt single by Isabel Serna (Roy Utah) to load the bases. Emma McLean (Willeton, Western Australia) drew a walk, Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.) was hit by a pitch to make it a 4-2 game and Brooklyn Jensen’s (West Valley City, Utah) infield single brought the Lady Indians to within a run at 4-3 where the score remained until the top of the MCC sixth.

Miner doubled to lead off the sixth, Serna followed with a single and McLean tied the game at 4-4 with a RBI-single to centerfield. Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) put MCC in the lead with an RBI-single to drive in Serna and Brooklyn Jensen’s sacrifice fly gave the Lady Indians a 6-4 lead but Otero tied up the game with the dramatic home run by Arianna Cordova, the top hitter in Region IX with a .569 average and 20 home runs on the season.

Serna walked to lead off the eighth but was erased on the bases. With one out McArthur singled and Hollands doubled to set the stage for a two-run Brooklyn Jensen triple. Chanel Siebenthal’s (Lakewood, Colo.) two-run double made it a 9-6 game and Charchuk’s two-run single made it 11-6.

Sophomore Shae Muggridge (Perth, Western Australia) came on in relief after the sixth inning Cordova home run and was credited with the win despite the Rattlers making things interesting with three runs in the eighth inning with two runners on for Cordova, who was intentionally walked to load the bases. But Muggridge induced a come-backer on a 3-1 count to end the game. Muggridge pitched 1.1 innings, allowed three hits, two walks and two earned runs. She struck out one.

Brooklyn Jensen led MCC with four hits and four RBIs in the game. Serna had three hits while Charchuk and McArthur each had two hits. MCC had 15 hits in the game off Region IX’s winningest pitcher in Melissa Gellermann (17 wins and a league best 3.52 ERA) who was tagged with the loss and charged with 11 earned runs.

GAME 1 – Western Nebraska 3, McCook CC 2 -- The top-seeded Western Nebraska Cougars softball team came up with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday to down McCook Community College 3-2 in the opening game of the Region IX Division 1 double-elimination tournament.

Bri George delivered the game-winning single off hard-luck MCC starter Shae Muggridge to give Western Nebraska its tenth straight win and 17 wins in the last 19 games.

The Lady Indians got on the scoreboard first. With two outs in the MCC second, the Lady Indians got three straight singles -- from Sydney McArthur, Jade Hollands and Brooklyn Jensen.

Chanel Siebenthal led off the third inning with a single and was followed by Emily Charchuk who singled. Siebenthal came home on a Western Nebraska error to give MCC a 2-0 lead.

The Cougars cut the lead in half when Michaela Kelly led off the fourth inning with a solo home run.

Muggridge went 6.2 innings, allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out eight.

MCC had eight hits with two each from Charchuk and Sarah Willier.

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McCook Community College’s summer camps for girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball and high school summer leagues and team camps for volleyball, and boys and girls basketball is set. This will be the eighth year of summer camps and leagues in the $10 million Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center featuring three full-size courts in an air-conditioned, state-of-the-art facility.

MCC Basketball Coach Brandon Pritchett will hold boys youth basketball camps May 29-31 for those in Kindergarten through ninth grade. Youth girls basketball camps are set for June 3-5 for girls in Kindergarten through ninth grade and Coach Hayley Kobza will conduct youth volleyball camps June 19-21.

“Our summer camps are great for kids to come out and test the waters to see if volleyball is the sport for them,” Coach Kobza said. “We work on making it skill-based, but also throw in some other fun games in there as well.”

Half-day camps for the younger campers are as low $30 and most full-day and multi-day camps are in the $50 range (check individual camp brochures for prices. These are available on-line at the McCook Community College Indian Athletics page in the camps and clinics section of the Fan Zone. The link is listed at the end of this article.)

The MCC coaching staffs and MCC players from these three sports will instruct and supervise all campers. Each day the campers will be given instruction in the fundamentals of the game. Campers will compete for awards on a day-to-day basis, playing numerous games. All players are grouped according to age and grade for competition and instruction. Each camper must provide their own: gym shorts, T-shirt, gym shoes, towel, and water bottle.

Team camps are set for June 8 for boys basketball, June 15 for girls basketball and July 1 and 2 for girls volleyball.

High school basketball summer leagues will begin June 3 for boys and June 4 for girls.

The girls high school volleyball league will start July 3 and continue through July 31.

“The MCC Summer League offers a great opportunity to get next year’s team together and play against teams from around Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota,” said Pritchett. Varsity and Junior Varsity teams are guaranteed two games each night. Cost is $275 per team. Teams entering more than one team receive a discounted rate of $225.00 per team.

For more information, about all the basketball camps, Brandon Pritchett or call 308-345-8115. For volleyball camp information, contact Coach Hayley Kobza at (254) 433-1968 or email her at

Application and entry forms are available on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics page in the camps and clinics section of the Fan Zone at:


May 29-May 31 -- Boys youth basketball camps: (K-5th grade 9 a.m.-noon; 6-9th grade, 1-4 p.m.)

June 3-June 5 – Girls youth basketball camps: (K-5th grade 9 a.m.-noon; 6-9th grade, 1-4 p.m.)

June 19-21 -- Girls volleyball youth camp (K-8)

June 19 – Girls (6th-8th grade, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

June 20 – Girls (6th-8th grade, 9 a.m.-noon); (Kindergarden-2nd grade, from 1-4 p.m.)

June 21 – Girls (3rd grade-5th grade, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

June 27 – Girls (high school, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity)

June 28 – Girls (high school, 9 a.m.-noon, varsity/jr. varsity)


June 8 -- Boys basketball team camp (8 a.m.-8 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 

June 15 -- Girls basketball team camp (8 a.m.-8 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 

July 1- 2 – Girls volleyball team camp (9 a.m.-4 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 


June 3-24 -- Boys Basketball League (4-10 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 

June 4-25 – Girls Basketball League (4-10 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 

July 3-31 – Girls Volleyball League (4-10 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity)


CHEYENNE, Wyo. – After surviving a “win-or-go-home” play-in game to start the day in Storey Gym, the McCook Community College volleyball team lost in the first round of double-elimination in straight sets to 19th ranked Western Nebraska.

The Lady Indians will have to try and come back through the losers’ bracket starting Thursday at 1 p.m. against another team they are familiar with -- Otero Junior College (24-6) -- a team that beat Central Wyoming in an early play-in game then lost in the first round of double-elimination to Wyoming Northwest. The Lady Indians and the Rattlers split two games this season with each team winning at home.

The win over Sheridan College ensured MCC’s second straight 20-win season and the Lady Indians will enter Thursday play with an overall mark of 20-13.

MCC 3, Sheridan College 1: In the “win-or-go-home play-in game to start the day the Lady Indians fell behind 8-0 in the first set and lost 25-21 before regrouping and winning the next three 25-20, 25-22, 26-24.

Freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) had 20 kills and five ace serves – including consecutive ones down 14-15 in the second set, to help change the momentum. MCC was able to seize the second set with sophomore Ashley Carson (Ord) at the service line for five straight points.

Sophomores Ty Johnson (Conroe, Texas) and Hannah Emerson (Greeley, Colo) had 10 kills each, Freshman Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) had nine.

MCC ended the season for Sheridan College with a 12-16 record.

WESTERN NEBRASKA 3, MCC 0 – The Cougars won for the third time this season in cruising to the win, 25-15, 25-21, 25-19.

Simpson had three kills and an ace before an injury prevented her from continuing.

Brown had seven kills, one solo block and an ace. Emerson had seven kills and two assist blocks. Johnson had three kills and four aces.

Freshman Allie Gammel (Arvada, Colo.) had three kills and two assist blocks. Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Evans Colo.) had three kills. Sophomore Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah), Carson, and freshman Makayla Harris (Brighton, Colo.) each had an ace.

The Cougars advanced to the a 5 p.m. game Thursday in the winners’ bracket and improve to 25-9

All Region IX games will be livestreamed through the LCCC website at

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A make-up date for the basketball games postponed Monday has been set and Wednesday’s baseball game scheduled for home will be moved to Colby.

The women’s and men’s basketball games postponed Monday against Central Community College will be played Feb. 26 at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center with the women’s game starting at 5:30 p.m. and the men to follow at approximately.

“Sophomore Night” which is usually on the final home game of the year will continue as originally scheduled Feb. 23 against Lamar Community College with games at 2 and 4 p.m.

Because of the recent weather conditions, MCC is unable to ready the baseball field for Wednesday’s scheduled home-opener, so the Indians and Colby Community College will play the game in Colby.

MCC softball is still scheduled to open the home season Wednesday in a doubleheader with Northwest Kansas Technical College starting at 1 p.m.

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