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Lincoln – Nebraska senior guard James Palmer Jr. will have another opportunity to showcase his skills in front of NBA teams, as he was selected to the first-ever NBA G League Elite Camp in Chicago next week.

The event for college players goes from May 13-14, and provides an opportunity for the top-40 players not originally selected for the NBA Combine, an opportunity to qualify for the combine. A select number of players from the draft-eligible group will be invited to participate in the 2019 NBA Draft Combine based on their performance in the NBA G League Elite Camp. The NBA Draft Combine will be held May 14-19 in Chicago.

This camp continues a busy stretch for Palmer since his senior season ended. He played in the Reese's College All-Star Game during Final Four weekend and in the Portsmouth Invitational, where he earned All-Tournament honors.

Last season, he averaged 19.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game, ranking third in the Big Ten in scoring and fourth in steals. He established Nebraska single-season records in points (708), free throws attempted (282), free throws made (215) and minutes played (1,269) to help the Huskers make their second straight postseason appearance.

A third-team All-Big Ten selection and a first-team All-District pick by the USBWA in 2019, Palmer had 18 20-point games as a senior, including a 34-point effort against Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament. In his two-year career at Nebraska, Palmer finished with the second-highest career scoring average in Husker history (18.5 points per game) as he started all 69 games in that span.

NBA Draft-Eligible Players – Player (College/Club)
Battle, Tyus (Syracuse) Jeffries, DaQuan (Tulsa)
Boatwright, Bennie (USC) Konate, Sagaba (West Virginia)
Booth, Phil (Villanova) Maker, Matur (Mississauga Prep (Canada)/Zlatorog (Slovenia))
Brissett, Oshae (Syracuse) Mann, Terance (Florida State)
Brown, Bryce (Auburn) Martin, Caleb (Nevada)
Cheatham, Zylan (Arizona State) Martin, Cody (Nevada)
Clemons, Chris (Campbell) Maye, Luke (North Carolina)
Coffey, Amir (Minnesota) Mourning, Trey (Georgetown)
Cook, Tyler (Iowa) Nembhard, Andrew (Florida)
Cumberland, Jarron (Cincinnati) Palmer Jr., James (Nebraska)
Dawkins, Aubrey (Central Florida) Perkins, Josh (Gonzaga)
DeLaurier, Javin (Duke) Perry, Reggie (Mississippi State)
Diakite, Mamadi (Virginia) Pickett, Jalen (Siena)
Elleby, CJ (Washington State) Powell, Myles (Seton Hall)
Fall, Tacko (Central Florida) Robinson, Justin (Virginia Tech)
Franks, Robert (Washington State) Shayok, Marial (Iowa State)
Harper, Jared (Auburn) Strus, Max (DePaul)
Happ, Ethan (Wisconsin) Wigginton, Lindell (Iowa State)
Hernandez, Dewan (Miami) Wooten, Kenny (Oregon)
Hinton, Amir (Shaw (NC)) Wright-Foreman, Justin (Hofstra)





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Evanston, Ill. – The Nebraska baseball team (24-18, 13-8 Big Ten) produced 12 hits in a 6-4 win over Northwestern at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park on Monday afternoon.

Senior right-handed pitcher Reece Eddins, making his ninth start of the season, went 6.0 innings and allowed one run, while recording six strikeouts and only walked one batter. Robbie Palkert threw 2.0 innings before Colby Gomes tossed the final 1.0 inning to pick up his team-high ninth save of the season.

In the opening frame, Nebraska took the early lead when Aaron Palensky smashed a leadoff home run. The Huskers left one runner stranded after Joe Acker drew a one-out walk. The Wildcats left two runners on in a scoreless frame.

Luke Roskam drew a one-out walk before Angelo Altavilla hit a two-out single to put two runners on, but a fielder’s choice ended the inning. Northwestern left one runner on base in a scoreless inning, as Nebraska retained a 1-0 lead.

The Huskers went down in order in the top of the third. Northwestern managed a single, but couldn’t drive in the run in the bottom of the third.

Nebraska was retired 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth with three groundouts. Eddins retired all three Wildcat batters in the bottom of the fourth.

In the top of the fifth, the Huskers plated one run to extend its lead to 2-0. Colby Gomes hit a leadoff single before Altavilla drove him in with an RBI double. Palensky drew a walk before Cam Chick reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Back-to-back strikeouts and a fielder’s choice kept Nebraska from adding any more runs. Casey O’Laughlin hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the score to 2-1 before three consecutive outs.

Nebraska added two runs in the top of the sixth to build a 4-1 lead. Jaxon Hallmark ripped a leadoff triple before scoring on Altavilla’s two-out RBI double. Palensky continued the hitting barrage with an RBI single to drive in Altavilla. Chick was hit-by-pitch and Acker singled, but both runners were left stranded. In the bottom of the sixth, Northwestern left two stranded in a scoreless frame that featured one hit and one error.

The Huskers extended their lead to 5-1 with one run in the top of the seventh. Mojo Hagge smashed a leadoff double before Hallmark singled. Gomes was hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Altavilla’s groundout drove in one run before a flyout ended the inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Palkert retired all three Wildcat hitters he faced.

Chick drew a leadoff walk in the top of the eighth before stealing second base. He also stole third and scored on the play when the Northwestern catcher overthrew the third baseman. Hagge singled and Hallmark walked, but both were left stranded. Northwestern trimmed the deficit to 6-3 with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the eighth.

In the top of the ninth, Altavilla was hit-by-pitch with one out and advanced to third on Palensky’s base hit. They were each left stranded after back-to-back strikeouts. The Wildcats scored one run in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough.

The Huskers welcome Arizona State to Hawks Field this weekend for a three-game series, starting on Friday at 6:35 p.m. (CT) on NET.





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Evanston, Ill. – The Nebraska baseball team (23-18, 12-8 Big Ten) was held to three hits in a 10-2 loss to Northwestern at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park on Sunday afternoon.

Senior left-hander Nate Fisher, making his 11th start of the season, threw 5.2 innings and allowed seven runs (five earned runs), while recording five strikeouts and one walk. Mike Waldron went 1.2 innings of relief before Chad Luensmann tossed the final 0.2 inning.

In the top of the first, Nebraska scored one run to take the early lead. Aaron Palensky hit a leadoff single before Cam Chick’s base hit in the No. 2 spot. After a foul-out, a sacrifice fly scored Palensky from third base. Chick stole second, but was left stranded. In the bottom of the first, Northwestern left one runner stranded in a scoreless frame.

Angelo Altavilla drew a one-out walk in the top of the second, but back-to-back outs kept Nebraska from adding to its lead. The Wildcats managed one baserunner in the bottom of the second, but he was picked off at first base.

The Huskers went down 1-2-3 in the top of the third. Northwestern plated three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead. The Wildcats strung together three hits, while Nebraska committed two errors during the frame.

Gunner Hellstrom drew a two-out walk in the fourth, but the Huskers were held scoreless. Northwestern tacked on two more runs to extend its lead to 5-1. The Wildcats scored both of their runs with two outs, as they tallied two hits and Nebraska committed one error in the frame.

Mojo Hagge drew a leadoff walk in the fifth, but was thrown out on a double play. Palensky was hit-by-pitch before a flyout ended a scoreless frame. The Wildcats went down in order in the bottom of the fifth.

Nebraska was retired in order in the top of the sixth with two groundouts and a strikeout. Northwestern added two runs in the sixth to extend its lead to 7-1. The Wildcats produced three hits during the frame.

In the top of the seventh, the Huskers were sat down in order. The Wildcats managed a double in the bottom of the seventh, but left the runner stranded.

The Huskers scored one run in the top of the eighth to trim the deficit to 7-2. Chick drew a two-out walk before Joe Acker blistered an RBI double to drive him in. It was Nebraska’s first hit and first run since the opening frame. In the bottom of the eighth, Northwestern tacked on three more runs to extend its lead to 10-2. Five of the first six hitters recorded hits, including a home run and a double, before Nebraska tallied back-to-back outs to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth, all three Husker hitters flied out.

The series between Nebraska and Northwestern concludes on Monday, with first pitch set for 3:30 p.m. (CT).





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COLUMBUS – The North Platte Community College softball team put the tying run at third base Sunday but fell 4-3 to Central Community College as the season ends in the first round of the Region IX Division II tournament. Sunday was the third game of a best-of-three, first-round series. CCC won the first game Saturday 6-5 in eight innings. North Platte came back to win the second game Saturday 10-0 to set up Game 3 Sunday.

“We fought all the way to the end and never gave up,” said North Platte Coach Janelle Higgins. “We knew it was going to be a battle all the way to the end and it was.”

North Platte came out Sunday with a first-inning lead. After the game started on a Raider error, Emily Marsden (Papillion) singled and both runners moved up on a Willow Chitty (North Platte) sacrifice bunt and the Knights took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Hallei Morales (North Platte).

Central tied the game in the bottom of the first and took a 2-1 lead with a run in the third, and added runs in the fifth and sixth innings to lead 4-1.

“We missed opportunities to score almost every inning and that was the difference in the game,” Higgins said.

In the North Platte seventh, Morales led off with a walk, but after a strikeout and a fielder’s choice the Knights got down to their last strike twice but didn’t fold. Megan Hernandez-Bellew (Broomfield, Colo.) singled to center. Maddie Liddell (Glenwood, Iowa) got down 0-2 but worked a walk to load the bases for Kayleigh Bucio (Rialto, Calif.) who singled on an 0-2 pitch to right field to drive home two runs and close the gap to 4-3, but the rally ended with runners on first and third.

Marsden pitched six innings and absorbed the loss, she allowed eight hits, and struck out four.

North Platte had seven hits in the game with two from Hernandez-Bellew and five singles.

With the win Central CC improves to 13-22 and advances to the Region IX Division II championship series at Beatrice against Southeast Community College – a best-of-three-game series.

North Platte finishes the season at 16-29.

“It’s always hard to lose but it’s harder when you know the season is over,” Higgins said. “This team left everything on the field today and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

GAME 1 (Saturday) – Central CC, 6, North Platte CC 5 (8 innings): The two teams traded leads five times before the Raiders scored the game winner in the bottom of the eighth inning.

North Platte took a 2-1 lead in the third inning on Emily Marsden’s two-run double. Central scored two in the third and one in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.

The Knights responded with a run in the sixth on a single by Alea Binkly (Council Bluffs, Iowa) and a double by Ashylnn Krueger (Littleton, Colo.). With one out in the seventh, Mikayla Gibson (West Valley, Utah) and Marsden singled, then two outs Hallei Morales doubled to center to put North Platte in the lead 5-4.

Central scored a run in the seventh to tie and one in the eighth for the win.

Krueger pitched the first 6.1 innings, allowed five runs and six hits, one walk and she struck out one.

GAME 2 (Saturday) – North Platte CC 10, Central CC 0: The Knights rebounded from the walk-off loss by exploding for four runs in the first inning, two in the second, and finished out the game with three in the fourth and one in the fifth to polish off the Raiders in five innings.

Willow Chitty powered a two-run homer in the first and went four-for-four at the plate to drive in half of North Platte’s 10 runs.

Emily Marsden was the winning pitcher going four hitless, scoreless innings, striking out six. Hailey Wilkins (Tyler, Texas) recorded the last three outs to earn the save.

Hallei Morales went three-for-four and Kayleigh Bucio went two-for-two as North Platte outhit Central CC 11-1.





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Evanston, Ill. – Trailing 4-0 after eight innings, Nebraska (23-17, 12-7 Big Ten) scored two runs in the top of the ninth before falling to Northwestern at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park on Saturday afternoon.

Senior right-handed pitcher Matt Waldron, making his ninth start of the season, went 7.0 innings and allowed four runs, while recording five strikeouts and no walks. Waldron has gone 6.0 innings or more in eight consecutive outings. Max Schreiber threw 1.0 inning and tallied two strikeouts.

In the opening frame, the Huskers left the bases loaded without scoring. After a leadoff flyout, Aaron Palensky and Joe Acker each singled before Ty Roseberry walked, but back-to-back outs left the trio stranded. In the bottom of the first, Waldron sat down the Wildcats with a 1-2-3 inning.

Colby Gomes laced a one-out single in the top of the second and advanced to second base on a groundout. Gomes made it to third on a wild pitch, but was left on base after a strikeout ended a scoreless inning. The Wildcats went down in order in the bottom of the second as Waldron tallied two strikeouts.

Nebraska went down in order with two flyouts and a groundout in the top of the third. Northwestern plated one run in the bottom of the third to take the early 1-0 lead. The Wildcats managed two hits during the frame.

The Huskers went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. The Wildcats managed one hit in the bottom of the fourth, but left the runner stranded as the score remained 1-0.

Nebraska was retired in order in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth, Northwestern scored two runs on three hits to build a 3-0 advantage.

In the sixth, Palensky laced a leadoff single before Acker drew a walk, but a flyout and double play ended a scoreless frame for the Big Red. Waldron retired the Wildcats in order in the bottom of the sixth.

In the top of the seventh, the Huskers went down in order with a flyout, groundout and strikeout. In the bottom of the seventh, Jack Kelly hit a solo home run to extend Northwestern’s lead to 4-0.

Nebraska went down in order in the top of the eighth with two strikeouts and a flyout. The Wildcats went down in order in the bottom of the eighth as Schreiber notched two strikeouts.

In the top of the ninth, Acker drew a leadoff walk before pinch hitter Cam Chick singled through the right side to put runners on first and second. Pinch hitter Mojo Hagge kept the momentum going with an RBI double down the left field line for Nebraska’s first run of the game. After a line-out, Chick scored on a wild pitch that advanced Hagge to third. Back-to-back strikeouts ended the rally and the game.

The series continues on Sunday, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. (CT).





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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.





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Women - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored

1) Columbus 119.5

2) Hastings 114

3) McCook 86.5

4) North Platte 75

5) Scottsbluff 67

6) Gering 62

 

 

Men - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored

1) North Platte 149

2) McCook 98

3) Scottsbluff 95

4) Hastings 81.5

5) Columbus 64

6) Gering 39.5