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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 50, Boyd County 49

Amherst 63, Alma 47

Anselmo-Merna 72, Elwood 44

Aquinas 46, Twin River 38

Arcadia-Loup City 66, Shelton 48

Auburn 66, Falls City 36

Aurora 57, Hastings 52

Bayard 45, Morrill 28

Bellevue West 62, Millard North 58

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 68, South Sioux City 55

Blue Hill 53, Gibbon 47

Boys Town 52, Lincoln Christian 43

Bridgeport 76, Leyton 21

Centennial 58, Shelby/Rising City 45

Centura 52, Doniphan-Trumbull 48, OT

Chadron 86, Hemingford 64

Chase County 54, Southern Valley 43

Clearwater/Orchard 42, Creighton 40

Columbus Lakeview 44, Pierce 42

David City 62, Raymond Central 58

Deshler 61, Sandy Creek 37

Dorchester 48, Friend 34

Dundy County-Stratton 68, Hitchcock County 43

Elkhorn Mount Michael 72, St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 46

Elkhorn Valley 61, Ewing 38

Fort Calhoun 41, Louisville 36

Fullerton 69, Elgin Public/Pope John 28

Garden County 43, Minatare 23

Gordon/Rushville 47, Hay Springs 33

Grand Island Northwest 45, Hastings St. Cecilia 38

Gretna 54, Lewis Central, Iowa 44

Haxtun, Colo. 71, Creek Valley 41

Heartland 55, Superior 43

Heartland Lutheran 69, Hampton 30

Hershey 49, Sutherland 38

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 59, Wisner-Pilger 44

Kearney Catholic 63, Lexington 48

Kenesaw 41, Giltner 33

Kimball 69, Potter-Dix 16

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 75, Wayne 54

Lincoln Lutheran 46, Elmwood-Murdock 41

Lincoln North Star 71, Lincoln Southeast 50

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 62, Madison 28

Malcolm 58, Fillmore Central 46

Maxwell 53, Maywood-Hayes Center 30

McCool Junction 50, Harvard 46

Mead 40, Weeping Water 21

Minden 65, Ravenna 64

Nebraska Christian 47, Osceola 41

Niobrara/Verdigre 80, Wynot 76, 2OT

Norfolk Catholic 46, Columbus Scotus 42

North Bend Central 72, Arlington 41

North Platte St. Patrick's 41, Mullen 24

Oakland-Craig 88, Walthill 36

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 56, College View Academy 45

Omaha Bryan 56, Omaha North 49

Omaha Burke 57, Millard West 51

Omaha Central 76, Papillion-LaVista 40

Omaha Roncalli 64, Blair 53

Osmond 66, Neligh-Oakdale 63

Overton 76, Brady 23

Palmer 49, High Plains Community 29

Pender 49, Homer 48

Platteview 47, Ashland-Greenwood 36

Pleasanton 47, Central Valley 38

Ponca 56, Wakefield 43

Riverside 84, Burwell 52

Sandhills/Thedford 34, Twin Loup 27

St. Paul 65, Central City 37

Stanton 55, Plainview 43

Stuart 56, CWC 31

West Holt 60, Crofton 53

West Point-Beemer 45, Battle Creek 39

Wilber-Clatonia 56, Fairbury 20

Winnebago 82, Emerson-Hubbard 53

Winner, S.D. 64, Valentine 42

York 60, Grand Island Central Catholic 52

Yutan 65, Douglas County West 45

2019 MUDECAS Basketball Tournament=

A Division=

Falls City Sacred Heart 75, Johnson County Central 30

Freeman 73, Sterling 44

Johnson-Brock 56, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 36

Tri County 62, Exeter/Milligan 48

B Division=

Diller-Odell 64, Parkview Christian 48

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 61, Lewiston 54

Palmyra 60, Meridian 40

Southern 64, Pawnee City 21

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Amherst 48, Alma 32

Anselmo-Merna 43, Elwood 33

Aquinas 49, Twin River 41

Arcadia-Loup City 59, Shelton 11

Arlington 47, North Bend Central 45

Auburn 47, Falls City 41

Aurora 31, Hastings 22

Bayard 53, Morrill 32

Bennington 57, Omaha Duchesne Academy 35

Bishop Neumann 80, Guardian Angels 51

Blue Hill 60, Gibbon 21

Boyd County 65, Ainsworth 40

Boys Town 42, Cornerstone Christian 11

Bridgeport 57, Leyton 50

CWC 54, Stuart 29

Centennial 52, Shelby/Rising City 16

Chadron 63, Hemingford 16

Chase County 68, Southern Valley 23

Columbus Lakeview 41, Pierce 32

Columbus Scotus 46, Norfolk Catholic 24

Creighton 41, Clearwater/Orchard 25

Deshler 53, Sandy Creek 40

Doniphan-Trumbull 54, Centura 38

East Butler 77, Nebraska Lutheran 42

Elkhorn 48, Bellevue East 25

Elkhorn South 78, Omaha South 18

Ewing 49, Elkhorn Valley 41

Fairbury 48, Wilber-Clatonia 8

Fillmore Central 42, Malcolm 26

Friend 39, Dorchester 36

Fullerton 34, Elgin Public/Pope John 25

Gordon/Rushville 67, Hay Springs 26

Grand Island Central Catholic 46, York 38

Grand Island Northwest 53, Hastings St. Cecilia 48

Hampton 40, Heartland Lutheran 24

Hartington-Newcastle 34, Randolph 20

Haxtun, Colo. 74, Creek Valley 25

Hershey 58, Sutherland 28

Hitchcock County 40, Dundy County-Stratton 38

Howells/Dodge 49, Lutheran High Northeast 38

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Wisner-Pilger 37

Kearney Catholic 45, Lexington 39

Kenesaw 50, Giltner 33

Kimball 63, Potter-Dix 12

Lincoln Lutheran 41, Elmwood-Murdock 38

Lincoln Southeast 41, Lincoln North Star 18

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 57, Madison 35

Louisville 66, Fort Calhoun 24

Maywood-Hayes Center 47, Maxwell 26

McCool Junction 54, Harvard 32

Milford 46, Syracuse 36

Millard North 80, Bellevue West 53

Minatare 31, Garden County 22

Minden 41, Ravenna 24

Nebraska Christian 53, Osceola 31

Nebraska City 60, Conestoga 31

Norris 47, Gretna 24

North Platte St. Patrick's 48, Mullen 28

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 59, College View Academy 14

Omaha Burke 47, Millard West 46

Omaha Concordia 51, Ralston 33

Omaha North 52, Omaha Bryan 13

Omaha Skutt Catholic 67, Omaha Roncalli 48

Omaha Westside 53, Omaha Marian 33

Osmond 42, Neligh-Oakdale 39

Overton 57, Brady 37

Palmer 39, High Plains Community 31

Papillion-LaVista 76, Omaha Central 40

Paxton 43, Medicine Valley 39

Pender 53, Homer 45

Platteview 61, Ashland-Greenwood 25

Pleasanton 53, Central Valley 47

Ponca 59, Wakefield-Allen 30

Raymond Central 47, David City 44

Red Cloud 33, Franklin 26

Sandhills/Thedford 36, Twin Loup 18

Scottsbluff 71, Gering 48

St. Paul 47, Central City 43

Stanton 58, Plainview 24

Superior 67, Heartland 34

Wahoo 57, Omaha Mercy 31

Waverly 48, Beatrice 41

Wayne 60, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 58

Weeping Water 61, Mead 25

West Point-Beemer 46, Battle Creek 43

Winner, S.D. 56, Valentine 24

Wynot 53, Niobrara/Verdigre 23

Yutan 60, Douglas County West 32





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Scottsbluff, NE - Tuesday afternoon Activities Director Dave Hoxworth of Scottsbluff Public Schools informed the media that Bearcat football coach Joe Benson would be stepping down from his coaching position. Benson who helped guide the program in multiple coaching roles for 30 years was the sole head football coach for the last 12 seasons. This last season was the most successful for Benson, leading the Bearcats to the state championship game in Lincoln vs Omaha Skutt Catholic. Below is the release that Dave Hoxworth sent out to the media informing them of the Coach Benson decision. 

Good Afternoon,

The purpose of this email is to inform you that Coach Joe Benson has resigned his position as Head Football Coach at Scottsbluff High School.  

This position will be opened up immediately and remain open until filled. 

Coach Benson has agreed to help the team transition through the winter conditioning season, and our goal is to have a replacement for him as soon as possible.  

Through Coach Benson's 30 year career at Scottsbluff, Joe coached at the freshman level for 2 years and the last 28 years with the varsity program and the last 12 years as the head coach.  Coach Benson compiled an 85-39 record as the head coach of the Bearcats.  Prior to becoming the head coach,  Joe served as the defensive coordinator for several years.  

It is very difficult to lose a coach that has had such a positive impact on our football program for the last 30 years.  Joe has a tireless work ethic and is a coach that truly loves the game of football, but most importantly, Coach Benson loved building relationships with our student-athletes and treating kids with a tremendous amount of respect.  One of Joe's greatest qualities was to get the absolute best from every athlete that competed on our football team.  Coach Benson has a unique gift to place a player in positions on our football team that would directly impact the success of our team.   

We wish Coach Benson the best and thank him and his family very much for the long-lasting impact and the sacrifices they have made that comes with the responsibility of being a head football coach. 




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Englewood, Colorado - A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has decided on Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as his new head coach. Fangio has spent 34 years as an assistant, including two years in the old USFL, but has never been a head coach at any level. Fangio, who turns 61 in August, is the oldest of the five candidates Elway interviewed to replace the fired Vance Joseph.





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The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team will be holding hitting and pitching leagues for the area youth baseball players beginning in January.

 

Both leagues will run for five weeks on Monday nights. Cost for the leagues is $50 per participant.

The hitting league will get the ball rolling first with hitting action slated for January 21 and 28, and February 4, 11, and 18. The pitching league will be held February 25, March 4, 18, and 25, and April 1.

 

Ages for the two leagues are baseball players 8 to 18. The hitting league is limited to the first paid 24 teams of four players, while the pitching league will consist of teams of two. League action begins at 6 p.m. with staggered starting times. The action will take place at the Field of Dreams indoor baseball facility located in Scottsbluff by Cleveland Field.

 

To download a league registration form, go to wnccathletics.com and the camps tab.

For more information, contact WNCC baseball coach Mike Jones at jomesm@wncc.edu or 308-635-6198.





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Mitchell’s Anabelle Gillen has dreamed of playing volleyball for Western Nebraska Community College since her freshman year. That dream became reality on Tuesday with Gillen signed with the Cougars.

Gillen’s decision to sign with WNCC wasn’t a difficult one after WNCC head coach Binny Canales, who has watched her play for four years, offered her a scholarship.

“WNCC was definitely my first school,” Gillen said. “I wanted to go there for a while now, staying close to home and having my family right there. I was thinking about Black Hills State, but when Binny gave me the offer, I knew this was going to be it.“

Canales said he knew, from the first time he watched her play, that she could be a special volleyball player.

“I have been watching her since she was a freshman,” Canales said. “She is one of the first kids we saw in camps here and athletically we expect great things from her. I am very thankful to sign her and she makes Western Nebraska volleyball better.”

Gillen said just watching WNCC volleyball play was something that she wanted.

“As a kid I always liked going and watching WNCC play. It is always amazing to watch college athletes and watch how they do things and look up to them,” Gillen said. “When I was a freshman Coach Binny [Canales] and I started talking more, and I started to get more excited. That is what led me to WNCC right away.”

That dream to be a Cougar athlete and be looked up to like so many of the WNCC athletes are, was a dream Gillen couldn’t resist.

“Ever since I was a kid and going to watching them and realizing that is what I wanted to be and look up to,” Gillen said. “When I knew I had that opportunity, I knew I had to jump on it.”

Gillen’s passion for volleyball grew more intense after her senior season when she took off the Tiger volleyball uniform for the final time. She knew how much she loved the game.

“It [signing to play college volleyball] is more than I ever could ask for,” Gillen said. “I knew after volleyball season was over it couldn’t end there. I had to find a way to play at another level.”

Gillen had a sensational volleyball career. She also excelled in basketball and track and field, but her heart was with volleyball.

“As much as I love basketball, it was pretty easy that I would decide to do volleyball over basketball,” Gillen said.

Gillen has been a vital cog to the Tiger volleyball program over the past four years. Gillen finished her volleyball career with 1,318 set assists and 748 kills. Gillen also had 1,211 digs, 201 aces and finished with a .225 hitting efficiency.

This past fall, Gillen was part of a Tiger program that went 22-7. Gillen led the team in assists with 463, ace serves with 68, and service points with 239. She also had 113 kills and 242 digs.

Gillen said it has been a pleasure being a part of a Mitchell senior class the past four years.

“It has been a blessing playing with all these girls,” she said. “They know I would do anything for them. Ever since we were little, we were hanging out and being really close and know that if something doesn’t go your way the team is right there behind your back to pick you up.”

Gillen has earned a number of honors during her four years at Mitchell both athletically and academically. She was a NSAA Academic All-state all four years, third team all-region in volleyball in 2016 and 2017, Western Trails Conference and Western Conference All-Conference all four years, and was all-state honorable mention by the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star.

At the college level, she will take things that Mitchell volleyball coach Michelle Peters kept telling them as she continues improving.

“[I will take with me] Determination and knowing that coach told us that good kids are first and athletes second,” she said. “So, I need to make sure I keep my studies up,, being a good person on and off the court, and putting everything in my sports.”

Gillen is planning on majoring in pre-med and wants to be a RN, but she said it might chance a few times.

 





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 50, Boyd County 49

Amherst 63, Alma 47

Anselmo-Merna 72, Elwood 44

Aquinas 46, Twin River 38

Arcadia-Loup City 66, Shelton 48

Auburn 66, Falls City 36

Aurora 57, Hastings 52

Bayard 45, Morrill 28

Bellevue West 62, Millard North 58

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 68, South Sioux City 55

Blue Hill 53, Gibbon 47

Boys Town 52, Lincoln Christian 43

Bridgeport 76, Leyton 21

Centennial 58, Shelby/Rising City 45

Centura 52, Doniphan-Trumbull 48, OT

Chadron 86, Hemingford 64

Chase County 54, Southern Valley 43

Clearwater/Orchard 42, Creighton 40

Columbus Lakeview 44, Pierce 42

David City 62, Raymond Central 58

Deshler 61, Sandy Creek 37

Dorchester 48, Friend 34

Dundy County-Stratton 68, Hitchcock County 43

Elkhorn Mount Michael 72, St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 46

Elkhorn Valley 61, Ewing 38

Fort Calhoun 41, Louisville 36

Fullerton 69, Elgin Public/Pope John 28

Garden County 43, Minatare 23

Gordon/Rushville 47, Hay Springs 33

Grand Island Northwest 45, Hastings St. Cecilia 38

Gretna 54, Lewis Central, Iowa 44

Haxtun, Colo. 71, Creek Valley 41

Heartland 55, Superior 43

Heartland Lutheran 69, Hampton 30

Hershey 49, Sutherland 38

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 59, Wisner-Pilger 44

Kearney Catholic 63, Lexington 48

Kenesaw 41, Giltner 33

Kimball 69, Potter-Dix 16

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 75, Wayne 54

Lincoln Lutheran 46, Elmwood-Murdock 41

Lincoln North Star 71, Lincoln Southeast 50

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 62, Madison 28

Malcolm 58, Fillmore Central 46

Maxwell 53, Maywood-Hayes Center 30

McCool Junction 50, Harvard 46

Mead 40, Weeping Water 21

Minden 65, Ravenna 64

Nebraska Christian 47, Osceola 41

Niobrara/Verdigre 80, Wynot 76, 2OT

Norfolk Catholic 46, Columbus Scotus 42

North Bend Central 72, Arlington 41

North Platte St. Patrick's 41, Mullen 24

Oakland-Craig 88, Walthill 36

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 56, College View Academy 45

Omaha Bryan 56, Omaha North 49

Omaha Burke 57, Millard West 51

Omaha Central 76, Papillion-LaVista 40

Omaha Roncalli 64, Blair 53

Osmond 66, Neligh-Oakdale 63

Overton 76, Brady 23

Palmer 49, High Plains Community 29

Pender 49, Homer 48

Platteview 47, Ashland-Greenwood 36

Pleasanton 47, Central Valley 38

Ponca 56, Wakefield 43

Riverside 84, Burwell 52

Sandhills/Thedford 34, Twin Loup 27

St. Paul 65, Central City 37

Stanton 55, Plainview 43

Stuart 56, CWC 31

West Holt 60, Crofton 53

West Point-Beemer 45, Battle Creek 39

Wilber-Clatonia 56, Fairbury 20

Winnebago 82, Emerson-Hubbard 53

Winner, S.D. 64, Valentine 42

York 60, Grand Island Central Catholic 52

Yutan 65, Douglas County West 45

2019 MUDECAS Basketball Tournament=

A Division=

Falls City Sacred Heart 75, Johnson County Central 30

Freeman 73, Sterling 44

Johnson-Brock 56, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 36

Tri County 62, Exeter/Milligan 48

B Division=

Diller-Odell 64, Parkview Christian 48

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 61, Lewiston 54

Palmyra 60, Meridian 40

Southern 64, Pawnee City 21

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Amherst 48, Alma 32

Anselmo-Merna 43, Elwood 33

Aquinas 49, Twin River 41

Arcadia-Loup City 59, Shelton 11

Arlington 47, North Bend Central 45

Auburn 47, Falls City 41

Aurora 31, Hastings 22

Bayard 53, Morrill 32

Bennington 57, Omaha Duchesne Academy 35

Bishop Neumann 80, Guardian Angels 51

Blue Hill 60, Gibbon 21

Boyd County 65, Ainsworth 40

Boys Town 42, Cornerstone Christian 11

Bridgeport 57, Leyton 50

CWC 54, Stuart 29

Centennial 52, Shelby/Rising City 16

Chadron 63, Hemingford 16

Chase County 68, Southern Valley 23

Columbus Lakeview 41, Pierce 32

Columbus Scotus 46, Norfolk Catholic 24

Creighton 41, Clearwater/Orchard 25

Deshler 53, Sandy Creek 40

Doniphan-Trumbull 54, Centura 38

East Butler 77, Nebraska Lutheran 42

Elkhorn 48, Bellevue East 25

Elkhorn South 78, Omaha South 18

Ewing 49, Elkhorn Valley 41

Fairbury 48, Wilber-Clatonia 8

Fillmore Central 42, Malcolm 26

Friend 39, Dorchester 36

Fullerton 34, Elgin Public/Pope John 25

Gordon/Rushville 67, Hay Springs 26

Grand Island Central Catholic 46, York 38

Grand Island Northwest 53, Hastings St. Cecilia 48

Hampton 40, Heartland Lutheran 24

Hartington-Newcastle 34, Randolph 20

Haxtun, Colo. 74, Creek Valley 25

Hershey 58, Sutherland 28

Hitchcock County 40, Dundy County-Stratton 38

Howells/Dodge 49, Lutheran High Northeast 38

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Wisner-Pilger 37

Kearney Catholic 45, Lexington 39

Kenesaw 50, Giltner 33

Kimball 63, Potter-Dix 12

Lincoln Lutheran 41, Elmwood-Murdock 38

Lincoln Southeast 41, Lincoln North Star 18

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 57, Madison 35

Louisville 66, Fort Calhoun 24

Maywood-Hayes Center 47, Maxwell 26

McCool Junction 54, Harvard 32

Milford 46, Syracuse 36

Millard North 80, Bellevue West 53

Minatare 31, Garden County 22

Minden 41, Ravenna 24

Nebraska Christian 53, Osceola 31

Nebraska City 60, Conestoga 31

Norris 47, Gretna 24

North Platte St. Patrick's 48, Mullen 28

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 59, College View Academy 14

Omaha Burke 47, Millard West 46

Omaha Concordia 51, Ralston 33

Omaha North 52, Omaha Bryan 13

Omaha Skutt Catholic 67, Omaha Roncalli 48

Omaha Westside 53, Omaha Marian 33

Osmond 42, Neligh-Oakdale 39

Overton 57, Brady 37

Palmer 39, High Plains Community 31

Papillion-LaVista 76, Omaha Central 40

Paxton 43, Medicine Valley 39

Pender 53, Homer 45

Platteview 61, Ashland-Greenwood 25

Pleasanton 53, Central Valley 47

Ponca 59, Wakefield-Allen 30

Raymond Central 47, David City 44

Red Cloud 33, Franklin 26

Sandhills/Thedford 36, Twin Loup 18

Scottsbluff 71, Gering 48

St. Paul 47, Central City 43

Stanton 58, Plainview 24

Superior 67, Heartland 34

Wahoo 57, Omaha Mercy 31

Waverly 48, Beatrice 41

Wayne 60, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 58

Weeping Water 61, Mead 25

West Point-Beemer 46, Battle Creek 43

Winner, S.D. 56, Valentine 24

Wynot 53, Niobrara/Verdigre 23

Yutan 60, Douglas County West 32





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CASPER, Wyo. – The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team had some rust in the first game back from a 3-week break, shooting just 28 percent from the field in falling 83-63 to Casper College on Monday in Casper, Wyoming.

WNCC falls to 12-3 on the season and saw its 11-game winning streak snapped.

It was a contest that WNCC made runs all night long, but each time the Cougars made a run the Thunderbirds would answer with a run of their own.

Casper led early 9-2 only to watch WNCC cut the lead to 9-7. Casper responded to go up 16-10 after one quarter.

WNCC cut the lead to a single point in the second quarter at 26-25 on a 3-pointer, but Casper went on a 12-3 run to close out the half and lead 38-28 at the break.

The third quarter was one of WNCC’s best 10 minutes. WNCC opened the quarter with 3-pointers by Taylor Joplin and Merle Wiehl and knotted the score at 47-47 on a Tishara Morehouse trey. The two teams were knotted at 50 on a Joplin 3-pointer. The Cougars couldn’t get the lead with Casper taking a 57-50 lead and led 57-53 after three quarters.

The final frame was close for the first few minutes with WNCC trailing 63-60. It was at that juncture Casper went on a 9-0 run to lead 72-60 before a Wiehl 3-pointer with 3:20 to play stopped the run. Casper’s defense shut out the Cougars the rest of the game for the 20-point win.

Shooting was the difference. WNCC shot 28 percent from the field and was 31 percent (11-of-35) from beyond the arc. The Cougars made just 8 of 11 free throws.

Casper was much more fluid from the field. The Thunderbirds shot 46 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-21). Casper also went to the free throw twice as much as the Cougars, burying 16 of 22 shots.

Another key in the contest was rebounding. The Thunderbirds out-boarded the Cougars 54-43. Casper’s Nerea Baena pulled down 20 boards to finish the game with a double-double. Baena also tossed in 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field.

Casper had four players in double figures. After Baena, Jaye Johnson tallied 16 points followed by Lucie Hoskova with 13 and Maggie Justinak with 12.

WNCC had two in double figures. Joplin and Wiehl each had 17 points. Wiehl had five 3-pointers while Joplin had three. Wiehl, Joplin, and Eva Langton all had six rebounds to lead the team.

WNCC, 12-3, will look to get back on track this weekend when they host a pair of games. WNCC will host Northeast Community College on Friday at 5:30 p.m. before taking on Otero Junior College at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Region IX South sub-region opener.

 

 

WNCC (12-3) 10 18 25 10 – 63

Casper (11-4) 16 22 19 26 – 83

 

WNCC

Merle Wiehl 17, Allysah Boothe 3, Andrijana Reljic 2, Eva Langton 3, Taylor Joplin 17, Tishara Morehouse 7, R’Manie Pulling 5, Yuliyana Valcheva 8.

 

CASPER

Raquel Ferrer Bernad 5, Nerea Baena 26, Maggie Justinak 12, Jaye Johnson 16, Lucie Hoskova 13, Nazli Bayazit 2, Ashley Tehau 7, Reka Soos 2.





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CASPER, Wyo. – The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team had some rust in the first game back from a 3-week break, shooting just 28 percent from the field in falling 83-63 to Casper College on Monday in Casper, Wyoming.

WNCC falls to 12-3 on the season and saw its 11-game winning streak snapped.

It was a contest that WNCC made runs all night long, but each time the Cougars made a run the Thunderbirds would answer with a run of their own.

Casper led early 9-2 only to watch WNCC cut the lead to 9-7. Casper responded to go up 16-10 after one quarter.

WNCC cut the lead to a single point in the second quarter at 26-25 on a 3-pointer, but Casper went on a 12-3 run to close out the half and lead 38-28 at the break.

The third quarter was one of WNCC’s best 10 minutes. WNCC opened the quarter with 3-pointers by Taylor Joplin and Merle Wiehl and knotted the score at 47-47 on a Tishara Morehouse trey. The two teams were knotted at 50 on a Joplin 3-pointer. The Cougars couldn’t get the lead with Casper taking a 57-50 lead and led 57-53 after three quarters.

The final frame was close for the first few minutes with WNCC trailing 63-60. It was at that juncture Casper went on a 9-0 run to lead 72-60 before a Wiehl 3-pointer with 3:20 to play stopped the run. Casper’s defense shut out the Cougars the rest of the game for the 20-point win.

Shooting was the difference. WNCC shot 28 percent from the field and was 31 percent (11-of-35) from beyond the arc. The Cougars made just 8 of 11 free throws.

Casper was much more fluid from the field. The Thunderbirds shot 46 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-21). Casper also went to the free throw twice as much as the Cougars, burying 16 of 22 shots.

Another key in the contest was rebounding. The Thunderbirds out-boarded the Cougars 54-43. Casper’s Nerea Baena pulled down 20 boards to finish the game with a double-double. Baena also tossed in 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field.

Casper had four players in double figures. After Baena, Jaye Johnson tallied 16 points followed by Lucie Hoskova with 13 and Maggie Justinak with 12.

WNCC had two in double figures. Joplin and Wiehl each had 17 points. Wiehl had five 3-pointers while Joplin had three. Wiehl, Joplin, and Eva Langton all had six rebounds to lead the team.

WNCC, 12-3, will look to get back on track this weekend when they host a pair of games. WNCC will host Northeast Community College on Friday at 5:30 p.m. before taking on Otero Junior College at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Region IX South sub-region opener.

 

 

WNCC (12-3) 10 18 25 10 – 63

Casper (11-4) 16 22 19 26 – 83

 

WNCC

Merle Wiehl 17, Allysah Boothe 3, Andrijana Reljic 2, Eva Langton 3, Taylor Joplin 17, Tishara Morehouse 7, R’Manie Pulling 5, Yuliyana Valcheva 8.

 

CASPER

Raquel Ferrer Bernad 5, Nerea Baena 26, Maggie Justinak 12, Jaye Johnson 16, Lucie Hoskova 13, Nazli Bayazit 2, Ashley Tehau 7, Reka Soos 2.





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

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

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

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

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

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





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Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was honored Monday as one of 32 players named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. Martinez was one of two quarterbacks named to the team joining Clemson true freshman Trevor Lawrence.

Martinez ranks 12th nationally in total offensive yards per game (295.1), and leads all freshman in that category, while ranking fourth among freshmen in passing yards per game. Martinez averaged 237.9 passing yards per game and 57.2 rushing yards per game in 2018, becoming just the second FBS true freshman since 1990 to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game and the first to hit those averages as a Power Five program.

Overall, Martinez was just the sixth freshman quarterback - true or redshirt - to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game since 1990, joining Oregon's Marcus Mariota (2012), Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2012) and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett (2014) as the only freshmen quarterbacks to reach those marks in the last decade. Martinez was also one of just four FBS quarterbacks - regardless of class - who averaged 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game in 2018.

Martinez rewrote Nebraska's freshman record book in 2018, and he also left his mark on the Huskers' overall season charts, including averaging a school-record 295.1 yards of total offense per game. Martinez completed 64.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,617 yards, ranking second in school history in completion percentage, sixth in completions (224), eighth in passing yards and 10th in passing touchdowns (17).

His dual-threat ability helped Martinez account for 3,246 yards of total offense, which was the fifth-highest total in Nebraska history in addition to averaging the most yards of total offense per game in program history. Martinez had a school-record seven 300-yard total offense games in 2018, including three 400-yard total offense games, tying the Nebraska season and career record in that category.

With Martinez leading the way, Nebraska averaged 456.2 yards per game in 2018, the program's highest total since 2012. The Husker offense totaled more than 500 yards of offense in five of Martinez's 11 starts, including four games with more than 560 yards of offense.

Martinez’s selection marks the second straight year Nebraska has had a player on the FWAA Freshman All-America team. Last season, wide receiver JD Spielman was named to the team as a redshirt freshman.





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