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Former Pacific Tiger and utility player Samantha Owen will join the Nebraska softball team in the fall announced Head Coach Rhonda Revelle on Thursday. A junior, Owen has two seasons of eligibility left with the Huskers and will be able to compete immediately. In 2018, Owen started 46 of the Tigers' 47 games and led the team with 53 hits. She hit .382, recorded seven home runs, 37 RBIs and finished the season with a slugging percentage of .600. In West Coast Conference play, Owen finished in the top five in the conference in batting average, slugging, RBIs, doubles and total bases, helping her claim first-team All-WCC honors. She also earned NFCA All-West Region Third-Team honors. As a freshman, Owen was named to the All-WCC honorable mention team, after appearing in all but four games for the Tigers. She registered 36 hits and hit .259. She scored 19 runs and had 16 RBIs. She also led all freshmen with four homers. The Manteca, Calif., native was a standout at East Union High School. She was named the Stockton Record All-Area Player of the Year, in addition to earning VOL MVP and FLO Softball All-American accolades. Owen helped the Lancers claim the state title as a senior, posting a .507 batting average. Off the field, Owens was a standout in the classroom as well, graduating with Cum Laude honors.


Nebraska wide receiver JD Spielman earned his second watch list recognition Thursday morning, as he was named to the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse watch list. The Hornung Award is presented to the most versatile player in major college football. Spielman, who was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list last week, showed his versatility during a record-breaking freshman season which saw him earn All-Big Ten recognition at both wide receiver and kickoff returner. He hauled in 55 passes for 830 yards and a pair of scores, establishing school freshman marks in receptions, receiving yards, 100-yard receiving games (two) and all-purpose yards (1,572). Spielman ranked first or second among all FBS freshmen in receiving yards, receiving yards per game, catches and all-purpose yards in 2017. His redshirt freshman season was highlighted by establishing Nebraska’s single-game receiving yards record with a 200-yard performance against ninth-ranked Ohio State. In conference play, Spielman became just the second Big Ten freshman since 1985 to lead the league in receiving yards per game during the conference season (88.1). He tied Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor for second in the Big Ten with an average of 157.8 all-purpose yards per game in league play and was fifth in catches per game. Spielman will look to be NU’s first-ever Hornung Award winner, as Ameer Abdullah was a finalist for the award in 2014.

CHADRON- It was a long weekend for the number two team in the Class B Area 7 District Tournament the Gering Platte Valley Companies as they played five days in a row at Maurice Horse Field.

It proved to wear on the PVC's as they fell in the championship match-up with Alliance 13-0 in six innings. Alliance coming into the match-up was undefeated against Gering outscoring them 25 nothing. 

The mental obstacle of this Spartans squad proved to be Gering's downfall committing 6 errors in the ballgame. 

The Alliance 1st National Spartans punched their ticket to the state tournament in Wayne improving to 38-4. While Gering finishes their season at 21-16.  

Accolades continue to pile up for the Scottsbluff High School Senior, Garrett Nelson, who will graduate early to get an early start on his career as a Blackshirt in Lincoln. The preseason high school Butkus Award watchlist was released Wednesday including 46 of the countries best linebackers from 19 different states.

Three of the top high school football players from the state of Nebraska were named to the Butkus Award Watchlist. Including York's Garrett Snodgrass, Omaha Burke's Nick Henrich, and Garrett Nelson of Scottsbluff. 

The three linebackers is the most nominated from Nebraska. 

Award semifinalists will be named Oct. 29, finalists Nov. 19, and winners will be notified on or before Dec. 4.

Next Monday July, 30th grades 9-12 report for football conditioning at 6pm on the Scottsbluff High School practice field. Conditioning runs through next Thursday, Aug. 2. 

Also in the forecast for the Bearcats fall camp will follow beginning on Monday Aug. 6th at 8am. 

Players must be prepared for with physical and paperwork turned in before they can participate. 

For more information contact Head Coach Joe Benson at (308) 631-7227


Junior punter Caleb Lightbourn garnered recognition Wednesday, as he was named to the 2018 Ray Guy Award preseason watch list. The Ray Guy Award, named after College and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Ray Guy, is presented to the nation’s top punter.

Lightbourn, a two-year starter from Washougal, Wash., is one of 27 players on the watch list released Wednesday. As a sophomore, he averaged 42.1 yards per punt while placing 21 of his 59 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He averaged a career-best 48.0 yards per punt against No. 9 Ohio State and had a career-long 68-yard punt against No. 9 Wisconsin. In all, he averaged 2.4 yards more per punt in 2017 than as a freshman and tallied 13 punts of 50 yards or more. The three finalists will be announced in November with the winner being announced on the College Football Awards show on Dec. 6.


CHADRON- Gering PVC's struggle out of the gate, but scratch out a victory over Ogallala 7-5 Monday evening. Gering's pitching duo of Brayden Tarr and Chris Palomo combined to fan 15 batters in the victory. As Tarr got the start for Gering and went five innings allowing 5 earned with 7 K's, then Palomo came in relief for three innings strikingout 8 on 51 total pitches as he was credited with the win. Below are the highlights from last nights win over Ogallala



The PVC's thus far this season have been shoutout in three contests with Alliance 25 to nothing. Including being no-hit in the season opener. Tune in tonight on or Sunny 99.3 beginning at 4:45pm for the Runza Pre-Game show. 


KANSAS CITY, MO – The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced today the matchups for the championship round of the 2018 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker. All four games of the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO., will be aired live on ESPN networks.


On Monday, November 19, Nebraska will take on Missouri State at 6 pm CT on ESPNU, followed by USC and Texas Tech at 8:30 pm ET on ESPN2. On Tuesday, November 20, the consolation game will tip off at 6 pm CT on ESPN3, followed by the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker championship game at 8:30pm ET on ESPN2.


Tickets for the championship round games at Sprint Center will be available beginning at 10:00am CT on August 4th by,, by phone at 888-929-7849, or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.


The Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker will be the culminating event of college basketball’s Hall of Fame Weekend, which also includes the 13th annual induction ceremony for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. That event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City.






Semifinal Doubleheader

Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.

Monday, November 19 – 6:00 PM CT

Nebraska vs. Missouri State (ESPNU)

USC vs. Texas Tech (ESPN2)


Championship Doubleheader

Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.

Tuesday, November 20 – 6:00 PM CT

Consolation Game (ESPN3)

Championship Game (ESPN2)


Those four schools will serve as the four host round participants for this year’s Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker, with the opening round games of the tournament beginning on November 6th. Each of those teams will play two games on campus, before advancing to the championship rounds in Kansas City. Joining the four host teams in the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker are Mississippi Valley State, Robert Morris, Southeastern Louisiana and Stetson. The complete list of games for the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by Shot Tracker are as follows:


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Springfield Regional Rounds

JQH Arena – Springfield, MO

Friday, November 9 – Time TBD

Robert Morris at Missouri State

Sunday, November 11 – Time TBD

Stetson at Missouri State


Lubbock Regional Rounds

United Supermarkets Arena– Lubbock, TX

Friday, November 9 – Time TBD

Mississippi Valley State at Texas Tech

Tuesday, November 13 – Time TBD

Southeastern Louisiana at Texas Tech


Lincoln Regional Rounds

Pinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln, NE

Tuesday, November 6 – Time TBD

Mississippi Valley State at Nebraska

Sunday, November 11 – Time TBD

Southeastern Louisiana at Nebraska


Los Angeles Regional Rounds

Galen Center – Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, November 6 – Time TBD

Robert Morris at USC

Wednesday, November 14 – Time TBD

Stetson at USC

Lexington, NE - After going 12 innings on Saturday night falling to Hastings Five Points Bank 7-6, the WESTCO Zephyrs could not put together a rally together on Sunday falling 9-3 to Lexington Pinnacle Bank. WESTCO would jump on top 2-0 in the top of the first, but Lexington would score four runs in the bottom of the third and five more runs would come across in the bottom of the fourth to be the difference. WESTCO would scratch one across in the top of the fifth for their third run of the game. The Zephyrs season comes to an end with their second loss of the Area 7 tournament with a record of 14-35. 

Friday, July 20th 

Saturday, July 21st 
WESTCO  6   12 Innings 

Sunday, July 22nd 
Lexington 9 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error 
WESTCO  3 Runs, 4 Hits, 4 Error 


Here are updates on local legion baseball squads progress over the weekend. 


All the tournaments began on Friday and will continue to championship games on Tuesday. 


A-7 District Tournament


LEXINGTON- The WESTCO Zephyrs looked to be world beaters on Saturday evening as they went into the bottom of the seventh inning with the number one team in the Class A area 7 district tourney Hastings up 6-4. The Z's pitcher Herald Baez was one strike away from closing the game for WESTCO, but a chopper up the middle thwarted the Z's comeback victory scoring two runs for Hastings Five Points Bank. After both teams struggled to put anything up on the scoreboard in extra's, Hastings loaded the bases in the bottom of the 12th and the epic game came to a close on a walk off single to give Hastings a 7-6 victory. Below are highlights from the call on 106.9 Wild Country with Matt Williams. 



Sunday showed the Z's exhaustion as they committed 4 errors in the 9-3 loss to Lexington. Paul Panduro was credited with the loss for WESTCO surrendering 7 runs in three and two thirds innings of work. 


The Zephyrs end their season with a mark of 14-35. 


B-7 District Tournament


CHADRON- Gering PVC's fell in the opening round of the Class B area 7 district tourney on Friday by a score of 7-1 to Ogallala. Making the journey that much more difficult for Gering. As they bounced back with a 16-2 dominating five inning performance in game two against Sidney Post 17. 


Advancing to a match-up with the host team Chadron on Sunday, the elimination contest proved to bring out the best in Gering even if they started slow they finished in dominating fashion 14-3. With the win Gering will face Ogallala once again for one last shot against Alliance who has reserved a spot in the championship on Tuesday. 


Tune into the the Gering Ogallala contest on Sunny 99.3 or, Runza Pre-game show begins at 6:45 tonight with Keaton Monier.