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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

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.


Adrian Smith


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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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.

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. 


Community Connection

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.


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team dropped a hard-fought road match at No. 3 Minnesota, 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 23-25, 18-25), on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 5,467 at Maturi Pavilion.

The Huskers (15-5, 6-4 Big Ten) got off to a strong start with a decisive win in the first set. After trailing by eight in set two, the Huskers came all the way back and held a 23-22 lead, but momentum shifted after the Gophers scored three points to end the set. Minnesota (16-2, 10-0 Big Ten) thwarted another Husker comeback attempt in a deuce game in set three, and the Gophers pulled away in the fourth set.

Nebraska is the first team to take a set off the Gophers on their home court this season, and the Huskers are the only Big Ten team to win a set against the Gophers, which they've done twice, through the midway point of the conference schedule.

Mikaela Foecke had 17 kills and 10 digs, while Jazz Sweet had 13 kills. Lauren Stivrins matched her career high with 12 kills and hit .423, and Lexi Sun and Callie Schwarzenbach each had eight kills. Nicklin Hames had 54 assists and 12 digs to guide the Huskers to a .210 hitting percentage. Kenzie Maloney tied her career high with 25 digs.

Minnesota got 20 kills on .404 hitting and 14 digs from Adanna Rollins. Stephanie Samedy added 13 kills. The Gophers hit .253 and had just 13 attack errors, while the Huskers endured 25.

Set 1: Megan Miller made her first start since Sept. 14 and served a 5-0 run that included an ace to put the Huskers ahead 11-8. A kill by Foecke and a Minnesota hitting error increased the lead to 13-8. Schwarzenbach blasted a kill and combined with Sun for a block, then Foecke served an ace to make it 20-14 Huskers. A trio of Husker hitting errors and a kill by Hart cut the lead to 20-18, but Sun earned sideout for the Huskers and Sweet and Stivrins followed with kills for a 23-18 Husker lead. Sun's fourth kill earned the Huskers set point at 24-19, and a Sun and Stivrins block ended it in NU's favor, 25-19. NU had three aces and allowed none and out-hit the Gophers .211 to .098.

Set 2: The Gophers claimed a 10-5 lead after three straight kills and a Husker hitting error. Minnesota pushed the lead to 16-8 after its third ace of the set and a block. After a timeout, the Huskers went on a 6-0 run with Hayley Densberger serving. Stivrins had kills on three straight rallies, and Hames added a kill to pull the Big Red within 16-14. Trailing 20-18, Nebraska got three straight kills from Foecke to go ahead 21-20 and cap a 13-4 Husker run. The teams traded sideouts to 23-23, but Minnesota gained set point at 24-23 after stuffing a Husker attack. A Husker hitting error gave Minnesota the 25-23 win.

Set 3: Minnesota carried the momentum from its set two win into set three, taking a 7-1 lead. The Huskers answered with a 9-4 spurt to pull within 11-10 after Schwarzenbach found the corner. Sun blasted a kill from the left side to draw the Huskers even at 14-14, but nine straight sideouts followed before Minnesota gained a 21-18 edge after winning consecutive long rallies. But Foecke and Sun notched kills, and Sun teamed with Schwarzenbach for a block to level the score at 21-21. Minnesota went back up 23-21 before a Sweet kill, but the Gophers then gained set point at 24-22. Sweet placed a shot to the back of the court to make it 24-23, but Hart connected for Minnesota after a timeout for another 25-23 win.

Set 4: Stivrins and Foecke combined for four early kills, and Hames had one as well as an ace to lift the Huskers to a 6-4 lead. The Gophers came back to take a 12-11 lead, but Foecke posted a pair of kills to regain the lead for NU. Hart then answered for Minnesota with back-to-back kills, and later a Gopher ace increased their lead to 16-14. The Gophers pulled away to a 22-16 lead with a 6-1 run, keyed by two service aces and a pair of kills, and finished the match with a 25-18 win.

Up Next: The Huskers play their fourth straight match on the road, at Ohio State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT). The match will be televised on BTN and will air on the Husker Sports Network.


College Park, Md. - Nicea Eliely scored a season-high 18 points, but it was not enough to overcome Maryland's 16-0 run in the final 3:06 of the third quarter, as the No. 7 Terrapins ran to an 89-63 win over the Huskers at the Xfinity Center on Thursday night.

Nebraska trailed 51-43 after a three-pointer by Kayla Mershon capped a string of seven straight points by the freshman. But with 3:06 left Maryland's Brianna Fraser scored and drew a foul. That was the start of a 16-0 run to end the quarter to put the game out of reach.

Nebraska, which slipped to 6-8 in the Big Ten and 11-14 overall, got 11 points from Sam Haiby off the bench.

Kaila Charles led five Terrapins in double figures with 22 points, while Blair Watson pumped in 17 points and Fraser added 14 points off the bench. Stephanie Jones and Shakira Austin both pitched in 10 points to help Maryland improve to 23-2 overall and 12-2 in the Big Ten.

For the game, Nebraska hit 39.3 percent (22-56) of its shots from the field, including 7-of-16 threes (.438), while hitting 12-of-20 at the free throw line. The Huskers out-rebounded Maryland 42-41, but Maryland forced 19 turnovers by Nebraska while committing just eight of its own in the game. The Terps outscored the Huskers 19-2 in points off turnovers.

Maryland hit 42.9 percent (30-70) of its shots, including 6-of-15 threes (.400) and 23-of-31 free throws (.742).

Maryland jumped to a 9-0 lead in the game's first 2:05 and took its biggest lead of the first half at 15-4 with 3:05 left in the opening period, before Nebraska rallied. The Huskers trimmed the Terp margin to 22-15 at the end of the quarter, then pulled within 29-26 after an 11-4 surge over a four-minute span that started with back-to-back threes by Eliely and ended with a three-pointer from Taylor Kissinger with 4:42 left in the half.

Maryland responded to push the margin back to seven at 41-34 at halftime. Eliely led the Huskers with 12 first-half points, including 10 in the second quarter, while Haiby added seven points. Kate Cain contributed four points, five rebounds, four blocks and two assists in the opening 20 minutes.

In the half, Nebraska hit 44.4 percent (12-27) of its shots, including 6-of-10 threes, while adding 4-of-6 free throws. The Huskers out-rebounded Maryland 20-18 in the half and blocked six shots as a team.

Maryland responded by shooting 42.9 percent (15-35) in the half, including 2-of-7 threes. The Terps also hit 9-of-12 free throws. First-quarter turnovers set the tone in the first half for Maryland, as the Terrapins forced eight first-quarter turnovers by Nebraska and turned those mistakes into eight points. The Huskers committed just three turnovers in the second quarter. Maryland turned the ball over just three times in the half.

Fraser led Maryland with nine points off the bench in the half, while Watson added eight points. Austin and Charles both contributed seven first-half points, while Jones pitched in six points.

The Huskers return home to battle another top-25 team on Sunday, when Nebraska takes on Michigan State. Tip-off between the Big Red and the No. 24 Spartans is set for 3 p.m., and tickets are available now at


North Platte Community College downed McCook Community College Sunday to advance to Thursday’s second round of the Region IX tournament starting Thursday in Sheridan, Wyo. The Knights will play Central Wyoming in a quarter-final game at 5 p.m. (MT).

Sunday’s game (which was pushed back from Saturday night because of weather concerns) was tight game most of the way with the score tied 13 times and the lead changed 10 times. North Platte out-scored MCC 28-14 from the free-throw line and the Knight’s bench enjoyed a 19-6 edge over MCC to help keep NPCC alive in post-season play.

The Indians converted 11 North Platte turnovers into 15 points and held a 10-3 edge in second-chance points, but couldn’t re-take the lead in the late stages of the game.

Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J) led MCC with 24 points, Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) had 17, Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) had 17 points and Ron Rice (New York, N.Y.) had 10 points. The Indians shot 53.4 percent from the field, made six of 23 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (26.1 percent) and connected on 14 of 18 free-throws (77.8 percent).

MCC had 33 rebounds, 10 by Battle-Holley, seven by McBride and six by Antonije Petroic (Pancevo, Serbia). The Indians out-rebounded NPCC, 33-21.

North Platte, which led 44-37 at the half, was led in scoring by Courtney Murrell (Plano, Texas) with 23 points, Tim Johnson (Arlington, Texas) added 22 points and had a team-high seven rebounds. Edgars Kaufmanis (Valmiera Latvia) had 13 points with a three-for-five night from the 3-point line.

The Knights shot 45.6 percent from the field, made five of 11 3-pointers (45.5 percent) and went to the free-throw line 32 times, making 28 (87.5 percent).

North Platte improves to 23-4 and with the second seed in the South-Sub Region will take on the third-seed from the North-Sub region, Central Wyoming. The 11-19 Rustlers, who lost four of their final five games, were a 77-56 winner Saturday over Laramie County Community College.

Awaiting the winner of that game will be the winner of the game between top north seed Sheridan College (29-2) and on Northeastern Junior College (15-17), the fourth-seeded team from the south. Sheridan was an 89-83 winner Saturday over Northwest College. The Plainsmen knocked off Otero Junior College Saturday 92-78. The Sheridan-NJC game will follow the North Platte-Central Wyoming game.

In the other side of the bracket, in the first game of the day No. 2 North seed Casper College (29-2) will play south’s third-seeded Trinidad State (21-9) at 1 p.m. (MT). The other game in that bracket features the south’s top seeded Western Nebraska (23-7) against the north’s fourth seed Eastern Wyoming (12-19) at 3 p.m. (MT).

Post-season American Legion Baseball will start for Class A this Friday, July 19th. The North Platte First Nationals coming off their Cornhuskers League Championship will be on the road to Hastings. The Juniors receive a first round bye and will play Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm against the winner of Hastings/Scottsbluff. Meanwhile the North Platte Seniors will be hosting the A7 tournament at Bill Wood Field. North Platte will open up the tournament taking on Lexington at 7:30pm Friday night. Links to view & download the brackets are below. 

A7 Juniors
A7 Seniors 


GOODLAND, Kan. -- The North Platte Community College softball team swept a pair of games Saturday against Northwest Kansas Technical College, 7-5 and 11-2.

The Knights came out with an early lead in Game 1 and rode the offensive momentum of Willow Chitty’s three doubles to win the first game. In Game 2, NPCC trailed 2-0 in the third inning but scored 11 unanswered runs to put the game away in five innings.

“We played solid all the way around today,” said North Platte Coach Janelle Higgins. “Our pitchers spun the ball well with the wind blowing out.”

Kayleigh Bucio (Rialto, Calif.) enjoyed a five-for-seven day at the plate.

“Defensively we stepped up and made some great plays and didn’t play on our heels,” Higgins said. “I am proud of the fight we continue to show.”

Northwest Kansas Tech finishes the season 1-46.

North Platte is 13-23 with two regular season doubleheader dates remaining – Monday at home against Hastings College JV at 4 and 6 p.m. and Tuesday at McCook at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The Knights are the No. 3 seed in the Region IX, and will travel to Columbus Saturday to take on No. 2 seed Central Community College starting at 1 p.m., in a best-of-three series. The winner will play at Southeast Community College the following weekend in the regional championship series.

You can follow homes games broadcast on 98.1 FM / 1410 AM or on the Internet at

Game 1 – North Platte CC 7, Northwest Kansas Tech 5: The Knights came out with a pair of runs in both the first and second inning to take a 4-0 lead.

In the NPCC first, Willow Chitty (North Platte) started things off with an RBI-double and Alea Binkly (Council Bluffs, Iowa) followed with a run-scoring single to make it a 2-0 game. Kayleigh Bucio (Rialto, Calif.) led off the North Platte second with a single and later came in to make it 3-0 on a Maverick error. Chitty doubled in the fourth run.

After Northwest Kansas Tech scored three runs in the third inning, the Knights responded getting those three runs back in the top of the fourth. Bucio led things off with a single and scored on an RBI-single by Emily Marsden (Papillion). With two outs, Chitty banged out her third straight double to give the Knights a 6-3 lead and Binkly singled home Chitty to put North Platte up 7-3. NWKT scored two unearned runs in the seventh inning.

“We did a good job adjusting to their pitchers and hitting every inning,” Higgins said.

Hailey Wilkins (Tyler, Texas) went six innings, she allowed one earned run on nine hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Masden pitched the final inning and allowed two hits and no earned runs.

Game 2 – North Platte CC 11, Northwest Kansas Tech 2: Trailing 2-0 in the third inning Mikayla Gibson (West Valley, Utah) got the Knights on the scoreboard with an RBI double and a Maverick led to another run to tie the game 2-2.

Megan Hernandez-Bellew (Broomfield, Colo.) and Sienna Pfaff (Salem, Utah) had singles in the fourth inning when the Knights scored three unearned runs.

Hernandez-Bellew tripled in the fifth-inning to give North Platte a 7-2 lead and the Knights “kept the line moving” in the six-run fifth that included seven hits.

“Our offense came alive in Game 2 when we executed the circus play,” Higgins said.

Emily Marsden twirled a three-hitter allowing two runs and striking out three in five innings of work to pick up the win.

Hernandez-Bellew led the offense with three hits. The Knights also got two-hit games from Gibson, Pfaff, Marsden, and Kayleigh Bucio.



NORFOLK – The McCook Community College and Northeast Community College baseball teams continued a recent tradition of slugfests Tuesday as the Hawks pulled out a 10-9 win in the bottom of the ninth inning. A couple ninth-inning errors enabled the Hawks to score the tying and winning runs.

The win was the 10th straight for Northeast Community College in its second year of existence under Coach Marcus Clapp, a McCook High School graduate. After playing their first 26 games on the road, the Hawks played their home-opener Sunday and are now 4-0 at home and 20-11 overall. One of those wins was a 15-10 win over MCC March 20 in Colby.

On Tuesday, Northeast scored three first-inning runs to take a brief 3-1 lead before the Indians tied it in the second on a two-run home run by sophomore Parker Kretzel (Thornton, Colo.).

MCC scored a run to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on a Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, (Austin, Texas) double and a single from Angel Mojica (Denver), but the Hawks responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Trailing 7-4 in the eighth, it was the Indians who posted a five-run inning to take a 9-7 lead. Northeast pitchers walked two of the first three MCC hitters and hit a batter to load the bases for Kade Wroot (North Platte) who singled home the first run. A Hawk error led to the second run. A two-run single by Kaleb Taylor (McCook) put the Indians up 8-7 and a sacrifice fly put MCC up by two runs.

The Hawks used nine pitchers while the Indians used six. Freshman Victor Santiago (Caguas, Puerto Rico) pitched three scoreless, hitless innings, and freshman Yasnier Laureano (Anderson, S.C.) was the only other MCC pitcher who made it through an inning unscathed -- with one inning of work, a walk and two strikeouts.

The Hawks out-hit MCC 8-7. Clark-Chiaparrelli had a pair of doubles and Taylor had two hits and two RBIs for the Indians.

The Indians fall to 11-22 on the year and will travel to La Junta, Colo. this weekend to take on Otero Junior College Saturday with a doubleheader on Sunday.

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

The Northwest football team opens the season August 30th at Gering. The Vikings have many holes to fill from last year's Class B playoff qualifying team. We'll have all the Northwest games on 103.1 2-Day-FM. Here's a week 1 interview with Coach Kevin Stein.

Kevin Stein


A doubleheader that was postponed three times by weather had a brief weather delay Friday but the North Platte and McCook college softball teams split a pair of games. MCC won the first game 6-4 and North Platte came up with a six-run fifth inning to win the second game 7-3.

“It was a beautiful day for softball and the Purple Out,” said North Platte Community College Coach Janelle Higgins.

On Saturday, North Platte will go to Columbus to begin the Region IX Division II tournament against Central Community College at 1 p.m. That is a best-of-three series with the winner advancing to the Region IX championship series the following weekend at Beatrice against Southeast Community College.

“We fought hard in both games today and will use this feeling heading into regionals. We are playing our best right now and that’s what our goal has been all year.”

GAME 1 – McCook CC 6, North Platte CC 4: Tied 1-1 in the second, Lady Indians took the lead with a three-run home run from Hannah Jensen (Aurora, Colo.) and never trailed.

“We got caught on our heels in one inning but battled back just came up a few runs short,” Higgins said.

The Knight started off the fifth inning with four straight hits, a sacrifice bunt and an RBI single to close within 5-4. North Platte got RBI hits from Emily Marsden (Papillion), Willow Chitty (North Platte), and Hallei Morales (North Platte).

Emily Marsden went the distance for NPCC surrendering nine hits five earned runs, three walks and a strikeout. The Knights got a three-hit game from Mikayla Gibson (West Valley, Utah) and a two-hit game from Marsden at the plate.

GAME 2 – North Platte CC 7, McCook CC 5: North Platte jumped out on top in the first on a leadoff double from Mikayla Gibson, a sacrifice bunt by Emily Marsden and an RBI-single from Willow Chitty.

After thunder and lightning rumbled through McCook early in the game causing a delay in the second inning, the teams resumed play with little offense until the Knights scored six runs to stretch the lead to 7-0. The big blow came on a three-run home run by Hallei Morales (North Platte).

“We came out firing and a clear mind and just kept hitting and didn’t look back. We adjusted very well to their pitching changes and didn’t let them slow our momentum,” Higgins said.

Ashylnn Krueger (Littleton, Colo.) picked up the win in the circle for the Knights she allowed three runs on seven hits, and struck out four.

Chitty went two-for-four with two runs driven in.


Nate Neuhaus with the Nebraska School Activities Association talks with Hometown Family Radio about the officials clinic that was held in McCook.  Neuhaus also explains the shortage of officiating and how you can become an official.


The NSAA Boys State High School Golf Championships was converted to a 1 Day 18 Hole competition rather then the traditional two day event.  Due to rainy weather on Day 1.  The NSAA made the decision to turn it into a one day event.  View the final Team and Individual results below.


Class B Team Results


Class C Team Results


Class D Team Results