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Borger, Texas – The North Platte Community College Knights softball concluded their weekend road trip with a split in a doubleheader against Frank Phillips College, winning the first game, 9-5, and being defeated on a walk-off, 7-8 in the second game.
 
In the first game, Hallei Morales, from North Platte, went 3 for 4 at the plate and scored two runs.
 
In the second game, Mikayla Gibson, from West Valley, Utah went 2 for 4 from the plate and scored two runs.
 
“We showed a lot of heart, fight and potential and will be able to build off of these games. We fought through the cold and 20-30mph winds both days.” Knights Head Coach Janelle Higgins said . ”We need to stay focused for 7 innings and execute on both sides of the field to help ourselves early in games.”
 
The Knights were to play in a doubleheader on Sunday at Dodge City Community College  Those games were postponed due to ice and snow on the field.
 
The Knights will go back to Texas, Feb. 16 – 17 and play a couple of doubleheaders against Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas
 
The Knights are 1-3 on the season.




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Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Green Bay Gamblers by a final score of 7-0 Friday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney. The win was highlighted by defenseman Ronnie Attard’s four goal performance, and a 27 save shutout by goaltender Jake Barczewski. Attard’s four goals are the most in a single game by a Storm defenseman in team history. Forward Joel L’Esperance scored four goals on December 7th, 2013 in a 6-3 Tri-City win over Cedar Rapids. Tri-City also got goals in the game from Colby Ambrosio, Joe Berg, and Joe Molenaar. Jake Barczewski recorded his 2nd career shutout, and 1st shutout of the 2018-2019 regular season with 27 saves on Green Bay’s 27 shots. The Storm face off against the Gamblers again tomorrow night at the Viaero Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm. For tickets, visit www.stormhockey.com, or call 308-338-8144.
 
Tri-City outshot Green Bay 10-7 in a 1st period that saw no goals scored by either team. Ronnie Attard netted his 1st goal of the game 25 seconds into the 2nd period to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Connor McMenamin and Brendan Budy. Colby Ambrosio scored his 11th goal of the season at 10:39 of the 2nd period to increase the Storm lead to two. Ambrosio’s goal was assisted by Joe Molenaar and Khristian Acosta. The game’s first power play goal was scored by Ronnie Attard at 14:47 of the 2nd period. Attard’s 2nd goal of the game was his 16th of the season and was assisted by Brendan Budy and Zac Jones. Attard added another power play goal minutes later to increase the Storm lead to four goals. Attard’s hat trick goal scored at 18:36 was his 16th of the season and was assisted by Zac Jones and Brendan Budy. The Storm outshot the Gamblers 18-10 in the 2nd period and carried a 4-0 lead into the 3rd period.
 
At 6:04 of the 3rd period, Joe Berg scored his 4th goal of the season to give Tri-City a five-goal lead in the game. The goal was assisted by Colton Kalezic. Ronnie Attard scored his 4th goal of the game at the 13:12 mark of the 3rd period to give Tri-City a 6-0 lead. Attard’s goal tied a team record for most goals scored in a single game, and the goal set a new team record for most goals scored in a single game by a defenseman. The goal also gave Attard the lead for most goals scored by a defenseman in the USHL this season. Joe Molenaar sored the game’s final goal at 15:42 of the 3rd period on a goal assisted by Colby Ambrosio. Ambrosio was named the game’s 3rd Star, Jake Barczewski picked up 2nd Star honors, and Ronnie Attard was named the game’s 1st Star.
 
In the win, Tri-City recorded its 30th win of the season and maintained a one-point lead over Muskegon in the USHL league standings.




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Columbus – The North Platte Community College Knights men’s basketball team defeated the Central Community College Raiders 92-57 in a Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference game on Friday evening.
 
The Knights led 43-36 at halftime and outscored the Raiders in the second half 49-31.
 
The Knights, now 17-3 overall and 3-1 in NCCAC play, had five players scoring in double figures led by Courtney Murrell, from Carrollton, Texas,  with 16 points. DaVonte Tharpe, from Macon, Ga, was next with 15 points. Tim Johnson, from Arlington, Texas, added 12 points, and Ilya Tyrtyshnik, from Kiev, Ukraine, contributed 11 points.  Jakub Karwowski, from Warsaw, Poland, was the fifth Knight to score in double figures with 10 points.
 
Karwowski grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Knights and had three blocked shots.
 
The Raiders, 9-13 overall, and 0-4 in NCCAC play, were led in scoring by Damien Marquez with 15 points. Tre'vion Crawford added 14 points and Manape Cleveland had 11 points.
 
Nathan Frost had six rebounds to lead the Raiders.




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Columbus – The Central Community College Raiders women's basketball team defeated the North Platte Community College Knights, 72-65 in Region IX Division II action Friday afternoon.
 
The Raiders held a 17-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
 
The Knights kept even with the Raiders in the second quarter.  Each team scored 13 and the Raiders held a 32-30 lead at halftime.
 
The Raiders increased their lead in the third quarter outscoring the Knights 20-14 to lead 52-44 going into the fourth quarter. 
 
The Knights cut into the Raiders lead in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Raiders 23-22.
 
The Knights, now 3-19 on the season, and 0-3 in Region IX Division II play, were led in scoring by Nahatabaa Nacona, from Chinle, Ariz., with 20 points. Emily Joseph, from St. Petersburg, Fla., added 18 points on five three-pointers.  Dehje Belmore, from Denver, Colo., added 10 points.
 
Madisyn Francis, from Houston, Texas, was a point away from recording a double-double by scoring nine points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
 
The Raiders are 9-13 on the season and 3-0 in Region IX Division II play.
Dayzchaylon Gardner led the Raiders with 23 points. Monica Brooks had 15 points and Alexis Ramaekers added 13 points.
 
Averie Miller had 11 rebounds to lead the Raiders.




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Kearney, Neb. – Junior forward Athena Alvarado had a double double and Pittsburg State led from start to finish in beating Nebraska-Kearney, 68-42,Saturday afternoon in Kansas.

The Gorillas (18-5, 10-4) stop a three-game home losing streak while theLopers (13-9, 6-7) fall to 3-5 on the road.

Shooting 45 percent from the field and having a plus 13 rebounding margin, Pitt scored the game's first six points and never looked back. UNK, tallying eight points in the first quarter and nine in the second, was down 25-17 with 3:24 left in the half after a bucket by freshman post Brooke Carlson(Elkhorn). The Gorillas promptly went on a 19-0 run over the next seven minutes to put things on ice.

UNK's season-low point total came on a season-low 24 percent (15 of 62) shooting. The Lopers went 5 of 18 from behind the arc, 10 of 44 inside and made 7 of 13 free throws.

"I thought our effort was good and we played hard. But at times we didn't execute the right way … we missed some plays in the first half that would've made the score closer. We had a lot of easy shots that we missed," said Loper assistant coach Devin Eighmey.

A six-footer, Alvarado went 6 of 8 from the floor to score 12 with five of her 13 rebounds coming on the offensive end. Reserves Tristan Gregg (13) andSydnee Crain (12) combined for 25 points as they hit three triples and four free throws.

UNK was led by freshman reserve forward Elisa Backes (Salina, Kan.) who had 11 points and six rebounds. She was 3 of 6 from behind the arc with all six of her boards coming on the defensive end. Next, freshman forwardShiloh McCool (Pleasant Hill, Ia.) had 10 points and six rebounds with Carlson pulling down seven boards and scoring six.

Kearney hosts the Lincoln Blue Tigers (10-12, 2-11) on Thursday night. Lincoln beat Northwest Missouri State, 64-51, today at home.



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Beatrice – The North Platte Community College Knights women's basketball team used hot shooting to defeat the Southeast Community College Storm at the Truman Center, 77-62, in a Region IX Division II game.
 
The Knights led 18-15, going 8 of 15 from the field, or 53.3 percent.
 
In the second quarter the Storm started on a 4-0 run to take a 19-18 lead.
 
The Knights  outscored the Storm in the second quarter to 25-21 to take a 44-37 lead going into halftime.
 
For the half the Knights shot, 57.1 percent or 16 for 28
 
The Knights continued where they left off by scoring the first seven points to take a 51-37 lead. Overall, the
Knights outscored the Storm in the third quarter, 20-13.
 
In the second half, the Knights shot 14 for 31 or 45.2 percent.
 
The Knights, now 4-19 on the year, and 1-3 in Region IX Division II play.
 
Madisyn Francis, from Houston, Texas, scored a career high 23 points to lead all scorers. 
 
Three other Knights scored in double figures. Nerea Castellano, from Barcelona, Spain, was next with 16 points. Nahatabaa Nacona, from Chinle, Ariz., had 11 points and Emily Joseph, from St. Petersburg, Fla., added 10 points.
 
Dehje Belmore, from Denver, Colo., led the Knights with 10 rebounds and finished with eight points.
 
“Today we showed a lot of toughness and togetherness. We battled all day,” Knights Head Coach Jeff Thurman said.  “We have the potential and we will need to build off of today's win.”
 
The Storm, 8-16, and 1-2 in Region IX Division II play, were led in scoring by Morgan Frauendorfer with 17 points. Cassidy Weinandt added 13 points.
 
Taylor Klipp had seven rebounds for the Storm.
 
The Knights are next in action on Friday when they host Otero Junior College.
 
Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.




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Beatrice – The North Platte Community College improved to 18-3 overall and 4-1 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference with a win over the Southeast Community College Storm on Saturday afternoon, 89-69, at the Truman Center.
 
The Knights led 43-30 at the end of the half.
 
The Knights in the first half shot 48.6 percent from the field, including going four for eight from behind the three-point line.
 
In the second half, the Knights continued their hot shooting by going 18 of 33 from the field, or 54.5 percent and one for three from the three-point line.
 
They outscored the Storm, 46-39 in the second half.
 
The Knights had four players score in double figures, led by Tim Johnson, from Arlington, Texas, with 18 points. Courtney Murrell, from Carrollton, Texas, was next at 16 points. Jakub Karwowski, from Warsaw, Poland, scored 14 points, and Luke Christen, from Mullen, added 11 points.
 
Karwowski recorded a double-double by grabbing 22 rebounds, nine offensive, and 13 defensive.  He also had two blocked shots.  The 22 rebounds is two rebounds short of the Knights all-time record of 24.
 
The Storm, 9-14 on the year, and 1-2 in NCCAC play had four players in double figures.  Jalen Patton-Croker led the Storm with 16 points. Liem Liem had 12 points. Alex Dantzler had 11 points, and Kenan Gray added 10 points.
 
Gray and Liem each had six rebounds to lead the Storm.
 
The Knights are in action next on Friday, when they host Region IX South Sub-Region opponent Otero Junior College.
 
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 74, Ravenna 31

Ashland-Greenwood 57, Nebraska City 19

Auburn 56, Lincoln Lutheran 49

Battle Creek 68, Hartington Cedar Catholic 59

Bennington 64, Elkhorn 57

Bloomfield 51, Allen 43

Bridgeport 48, Morrill 31

Clarkson/Leigh 55, Stanton 48

Clearwater/Orchard 59, Elgin Public/Pope John 45

College View Academy 48, Cornerstone Christian 37

Deshler 50, Red Cloud 12

Elmwood-Murdock 56, Mead 24

Freeman 66, Johnson-Brock 49

Gering 52, McCook 42

Grand Island Central Catholic 62, Hastings St. Cecilia 47

Heartland 66, Osceola 38

Hershey 43, North Platte St. Patrick's 29

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 57, Falls City 48

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 56, Twin River 46

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 61, Wisner-Pilger 49

Lincoln Christian 55, Kearney Catholic 51

Louisville 55, Weeping Water 19

Madison 86, David City 76

Maxwell 42, Medicine Valley 26

Meridian 71, Friend 48

Millard North 75, Lincoln Northeast 56

North Bend Central 79, Howells/Dodge 65

Omaha Skutt Catholic 60, Norris 42

Osmond 58, Winside 12

Palmyra 67, Pawnee City 36

Paxton 55, Sutherland 48

Pierce 49, Guardian Angels 44

Platteview 61, Crete 40

Ralston 57, Schuyler 23

Riverside 74, Spalding Academy 34

Scottsbluff 71, North Platte 56

Shelton 51, Gibbon 48

Silver Lake 43, Giltner 36

Waverly 55, Hastings 33

West Holt 56, St. Mary's 38

Wood River 50, Minden 47

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Arthur County vs. Sandhills/Thedford, ppd.

Crawford vs. Hay Springs, ccd.

Omaha Nation vs. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, ccd.

Potter-Dix vs. Sedgwick County, Colo., ccd.

Santee vs. Takini, S.D., ccd.

Stapleton vs. Mullen, ccd.

Valentine vs. North Central, ccd.

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 60, Ravenna 39

Auburn 39, Lincoln Lutheran 31

Bridgeport 52, Morrill 24

Clarkson/Leigh 31, Stanton 27

College View Academy 46, Cornerstone Christian 23

Columbus Lakeview 50, Central City 33

Crete 57, Platteview 43

Crofton 63, Norfolk Catholic 49

David City 58, Madison 42

Elgin Public/Pope John 63, Clearwater/Orchard 37

Elkhorn 43, Bennington 39

Elmwood-Murdock 50, Mead 30

Falls City 50, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 36

Freeman 34, Johnson-Brock 25

Gibbon 41, Shelton 26

Hartington Cedar Catholic 58, Battle Creek 53

Hastings St. Cecilia 54, Grand Island Central Catholic 38

Heartland 53, Osceola 27

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 61, Wisner-Pilger 49

Leyton 37, Garden County 33

Lincoln Christian 51, Kearney Catholic 45

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 49, Boys Town 29

Louisville 44, Weeping Water 38

Maxwell 42, Medicine Valley 24

McCook 54, Gering 41

Meridian 47, Friend 26

Millard North 60, Lincoln Northeast 54

North Bend Central 49, Howells/Dodge 43

North Platte 61, Scottsbluff 57

North Platte St. Patrick's 46, Hershey 37

Omaha Mercy 52, Ashland-Greenwood 48

Omaha Skutt Catholic 60, Norris 43

Osmond 52, Winside 17

Pawnee City 46, Palmyra 33

Paxton 32, Sutherland 23

Pierce 56, Guardian Angels 38

Red Cloud 49, Deshler 35

Schuyler 35, Ralston 27

Shelby/Rising City 51, East Butler 47

Silver Lake 43, Giltner 36

South Sioux City 90, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa 58

Spalding Academy 52, Riverside 39

Tekamah-Herman 49, Omaha Roncalli 41

Twin River 41, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 35

Wallace def. McPherson County, forfeit

Waverly 55, Hastings 33

West Holt 63, St. Mary's 36

Wood River 59, Minden 29

Wynot 54, Pender 45

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Arthur County vs. Sandhills/Thedford, ppd.

Burwell vs. CWC, ccd.

Crawford vs. Hay Springs, ccd.

Potter-Dix vs. Sedgwick County, Colo., ccd.

Santee vs. Takini, S.D., ccd.

Stapleton vs. Mullen, ccd.

Valentine vs. North Central, ccd.




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Kearney, Neb. – Missouri Southern State was strong early and late to hold off Nebraska-Kearney, 72-67, Thursday night in Joplin.

The Lions (18-5, 9-4) improve to 11-0 at home while the Lopers fall to 7-14 (2-9) and to 2-6 in games decided by five points or less.

MSSU came in with four players standing at least 6-9 and 230 pounds. Due to injuries, two didn't go and another went just five minutes. One of the DNP's was sophomore Cam Martin (21.7 points & 8.9 rebounds per game).

The Lions adjusted to the lineup changes as they jumped out to a 28-8 lead seven minutes in. The Lopers did hit two early threes and then erupted for eight more over the next 13 minutes to trail by just a 43-42 score at the break. The 10 of 18 three point shooting is one of the best shooting stretches by UNK this season. MSSU overcame the 10 bombs by hitting eight of their own and grabbing 12 offensive rebounds. That strong board work led to 19 second chance points.

"That's a really good team. Their guards are tough and hard to stay in front of … the big guy (Enis Memic) was a force and he normally is the backup," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "They did a tremendous job with offensive rebounds. That was their life blood early in the game."

UNK managed a 7-4 o-board advantage in the second half and held the Lions to a 9 of 23 (39%) shooting effort from the field. Now a back and forth game, the Lopers went on an 11-2 run to open a 58-49 lead with 12:57 to play. This last UNK spurt featured two buckets by both Bellevue junior AJ Jackson and Lincoln sophomore Sam Morris. 

However, MSSU outscored UNK by a 20-2 margin over the next eight minutes. Kearney went 1 of 13 from the floor during this stretch along with five fouls and a turnover.

Down eight with 3:55 left, UNK took advantage of four turnovers to give itself a chance to tie the game at 70. Running the same play that almost worked to perfection against Missouri Western State, Iowa junior Kyle Juhl went to the left wing to setup for a three. However, it was ruled he stepped out of bounds coming off a baseline screen. MSSU hit two subsequent free throws to finish the scoring.

"It didn't look good early on but give it to our kids. They fought back and got themselves back in it," said Lofton. "But they scored in bunches and they were able to get it going midway through the second half. We really couldn't hold them off after that."

Plus 11 on the glass, MSSU got double doubles from the 6-9, 235 pound Memic (19 points & 15 rebounds) and 2018 All-MIAA pick Elyjah Clark (13 points & 10 rebounds) as well as 20 points from 6-4 junior guard Kinzer Lambert.

Juhl went 4 of 9 from behind the arc to lead UNK with 16 points. Coming off a career-high 22 points last Saturday, Jackson remained hot and tallied 15 with Aurora freshman Henry Penner going 3 of 4 from downtown to tally 11 off the bench. Finally, Kearney finished 11 of 30 from the three point line. The 11 makes are a season-high with the 30 attempts 10 shy of the school mark. 

"We had some really good looks (during that eight-minute stretch). The same looks we were getting in the first half but we just went ice cold," said Lofton. "We really weren't get anything around the basket with our post players. So we ended up taking a lot of jump shots."

UNK heads to Pittsburg State Saturday afternoon. The Gorillas (14-8, 7-6) lost tonight to Fort Hays State, 77-75.




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Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney women's basketball team took advantage of an officials review and finished on a 22-5 run to rally past Missouri Southern State, 50-44, Thursday night in Joplin.

The Lopers improve to 13-8 (6-6) while the Lions fall to 12-11 (4-9). UNK is now in a tie with Missouri Western State for seventh place in the MIAA.This was the first game Kearney was minus sophomore Kelsey Sanger (Crofton) who was injured in the second half in last Saturday's OT loss to No. 6 Fort Hays State. It's expected she'll return sometime this season.

"Our kids were tough all night. We defended at a high level and I thought we hit some shots we maybe normally don't," said Loper assistant coach Devin Eighmey. "A win on the road in this league is very difficult and I think the thing that is really neat is that we did it without one of our better and most reliable players. We also got good news on her and she’ll be back."

On a day where ice and cold weather canceled classes at Missouri Southern, the two teams waged a defensive battle throughout. The Lopers and Lions combined to go 37 of 108 (34%) from the field with 32 turnovers. UNK led 11-8 after one quarter but tallied just 17 point over the next two to fall behind by nine.

Missouri Southern got some unexpected production from graduate transfer post Laure Assena (team-high 14 points) and reserve forward Morgan Brightwell (seven rebounds) to lead 37-28 entering the fourth. A bucket by senior Chelsey Henry, the MIAA's leading scorer at 17.3 points per game, made it 39-28 with 7:17 to play. UNK countered with a triple from freshman reserve Elisa Backes (Salina, Kan.) 14 seconds later to start the big run. On the play, freshman post Brooke Carlson (Elkhorn) got tangled up with Assena and a double foul was assessed after a five minute delay.

"Elisa hit that three to kind of get us going. That double foul helped us settle in … we got a nice little break there. We talked about focusing on what we can control," said Eighmey. "We can control our communication, defense and rebounding. If we do that, good things usually happen."

UNK scored nine of the next 11 points to tie things up at 40, the first time the Lopers weren't behind since early in the second quarter. While the Lions hit one of two free throws to go back on top with 3:17 left, Kearney closed on a 10-3 run that featured two layups by freshman forward Maegan Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.). The second came with 10 seconds left and the shot clock running down. The game clinching bucket, a backdoor reverse layup, made it 48-44.

The Lopers gave up 10 offensive rebounds in the first half and 17 turnovers led to 20 Lions points. However, UNK made 8 of 13 shots (2 of 3 threes) and went 4 of 4 at the line in the fourth quarter.

Carlson (12) and Backes (11) combined for 23 points on 9 of 17 shooting. Backes went 3 of 6 from behind the arc with Carlson pulling down a team-best nine rebounds. Next, Holt had 10 points (2 of 3 threes) with freshman guard Klaire Kirsch (Rapid City, SD) limiting Henry to nine points on 4 of 14 shooting. Going 35 minutes from the point guard spot, she had seven rebounds, four assists, two points, a block and steal.

"Klaire did an outstanding job (on Henry). She has an ability to do whatever needs to be done and her mental toughness is off the charts. She's a winner and we have a lot of those kids," said Eighmey. 

Assena, a 6-1 Cameron native who previously was at Division I Lipscomb (Tenn.) reached her team-best point total in just 17 minutes. She went 6 of 10 from the field and had three offensive rebounds. Six other Lions scored with starter Destiny Cozart joining Henry with nine points.

UNK heads to Pittsburg State on Saturday afternoon. The Gorillas (17-5, 9-4) were blasted by Fort Hays State tonight, 78-53. That marks their third straight home loss.  





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