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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team won its fourth straight game Friday downing Lamar Community College 80-71 in the Peter and Dolores Graff Event Center. The Indians took charge of the game early, never trailed, sailed to an 18-point half-time but had to hold off a hard-charging Lopes team in the final 10 minutes.

“This game was the tale of two halves,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan.

The Indians shot 71 percent from the floor in the first half and held Lamar to 30.8 percent. MCC sank 10 of 15 shots from the 3-point line (66.7 percent). Freshman Boaz Quinan Quinlan (Beavertown, Ore.) sank five of six shots in the first half from distance.

Then Lamar came out after the intermission and outscored MCC 45-36 in the second half, and shot 63.3 percent in the half.

“I felt like we were took the mindset of  ‘it’s over already,’ but Lamar did not quit.’ Drennan said. “I’m proud of the win, I’m proud that we punched back when we needed to in the end but we’ve got to get better to play a full 40 minutes. We played probably 25 tonight, but those 25 were really good.”

Sophomore Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) scored 22 points to lead the Indians. Quinlan added another 3-pointer in the second half to finish with 18 points on a six-for-eight night from the arc. Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) scored 15 points and led the Indians with five points.

“This team is crazy right now, LeTre (Darthard) had been killing it for us and he’s held to four points, yet we score 80 and still win,” Drennan said. “We’re getting contributions from everybody right now.”

Sophomore Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago) scored nine points and Sophomore Justin Costello (Omaha /Elkhorn South High School) had eight points. Both had a pair of 3-pointers.

MCC finished the game shooting 60.5 percent from the floor, made 13 of 20 shots from the 3-point line (65 percent), and 15 of 18 shots from the free-throw line (78.9 percent).

The Running Lopes finish the regular season at 16-14 (5-7 in Region IX south play.)

MCC improves to 13-15 and 4-7 in Region IX south play with the final regular-season game at home Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. against North Platte, (7-17, 3-8).

MCC will honor four sophomores in ceremonies prior to the 7 p.m. game. Those sophomores include: Raheim Sullivan, Bryton Bissanithe (North Miami, Fla.), Tyrik Singhand Justin Costello (Omaha /Elkhorn South High School.)

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Huskers Edged by Toreros, 12-11

San Diego, Calif. – The Nebraska baseball team (1-3) led San Diego, 7-0, after the top of the fourth, but the Toreros stormed back on its way to a 12-11 win over the Huskers at Fowler Park on Friday night.

The Huskers compiled 18 hits, but left 11 runners on base. Cam Chick paced NU’s offense with a 4-for-5 performance. Aaron Palensky and Leighton Banjoff each produced three-hit outings, as six Huskers produced multi-hit efforts.

Senior lefty Gareth Stroh, making his second start at Nebraska and 33rd career NCAA start, threw 5.0 innings and allowed four runs (three earned runs) on four hits. He recorded four strikeouts and no walks. Max Schreiber (1.1 innings), Tyler Martin (0.2) and Shay Schanaman (1.0) each made relief appearances for the Huskers.

In the opening frame, Palensky ripped a two-out double, but was left stranded after a strikeout ended the inning. It extended Palensky’s team-best hitting streak to seven games and reaching base streak to 25 games. In the bottom of the first, the Toreros went down in order with a lineout, groundout and strikeout.

NU scored one run in the top of the second to take the early lead. Banjoff hit a one-out single before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Gunner Hellstrom drove him in with an RBI single up the middle. Stroh retired all three San Diego hitters in the bottom of the second.

The Huskers added six runs in the third inning to build a 7-0 advantage. Each of NU’s first four batters reached base during the frame, as Chick and Spencer Schwellenbach hit back-to-back singles before Palensky brought them in with a two-RBI double. Luke Roskam singled to advance Palensky to third before the first out of the inning was recorded. Banjoff laced an RBI single before Mojo Hagge reached on a hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Hellstrom reached on a fielder’s choice and Roskam touched home on the play after a throwing error. Joe Acker earned an RBI with a walk in the subsequent at-bat before Chick’s sacrifice fly added another run. The Toreros went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the third.

In the top of the fourth, Nebraska managed two baserunners, but couldn’t add to its lead. San Diego scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut NU’s lead to 7-3. After back-to-back singles to open the frame, Adam Kerner blasted a three-run home run to left field with two outs before a strikeout ended the inning.

Chick singled through the right side with two outs in the top of the fifth, but was caught stealing to end a scoreless inning for the Big Red. USD scored one run in the bottom of the fifth to trim the deficit to 7-4. NU committed two errors during the frame, as the Toreros managed one base hit, before a double play ended the inning.

The Huskers responded with two runs in the top of the sixth to build a 9-4 lead. Schwellenbach blasted a leadoff double and then scored on Roskam’s one-out RBI single. After the second out was recorded, Banjoff reached on a hit-by-pitch. Hagge drove in one run with an RBI single, but was thrown out on the play after trying to reach second base. Schreiber retired the Toreros in order in the bottom of the sixth with two groundouts and a flyout.

Chick ripped a two-out double in the top of the seventh before a fielder’s choice ended a scoreless frame for the Huskers. San Diego scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 9-9. The Toreros managed four hits during the frame and the Huskers committed two errors.

NU retook the lead at 10-9 with one run in the top of the eighth. Palensky drew a leadoff walk before stealing second. Banjoff drew a two-out walk and the runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Hagge drove in Palensky with an RBI single to center field, but Banjoff was thrown out at home on the play for the third out. In the bottom of the eighth, San Diego scored three runs to take a

The McCook Community College women’s basketball team wrapped up the Region IX schedule Friday claiming a 74-35 win over Lamar Community College.

MCC finishes 5-5 in the south division of Region IX – tied with Northeastern Junior College for third place. Both teams clinch first-round home games in the Region IX tournament. A coin flip will determine which team gets the No. 3 seed. There was also a tie for fifth place between Lamar and Trinidad State, (both 1-9), so a coin flip will determine which team comes to MCC Friday for a first-round Region IX game at 6 p.m.

Friday’s win on sophomore recognition night looked similar to a trend where MCC comes out and applies a tremendous amount of defensive pressure to start games. The Lady Indians held the Running Lopes to just six points in the first quarter maintaining a 19-6 lead and stretching it to 20 points before Lamar responded with a run to end the second quarter.

“We came out and guarded really well from the get-go, and just dominated defensively really for all but about the three minute stretch to end the second quarter when we let them go on a 9-0 run,” MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett said.

MCC was streaky from the 3-point line making six of 17 shots (35.3 percent) in the first half. Freshman Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) helped the cause making three of six shots and leading the Indians with 12-first half points.

The Lady Indians started the second half in similar fashion stepping up the defensive effort and winning the third quarter 16-6.

“The first and third quarter we were really effective defensively, forcing them into 29 turnovers,” Pritchett said.

“We shot the ball fairly well in the first half, but we need to be more consistent. We missed a lot of layups in the first half (10) but we rebounded the ball well and had balanced scoring,” Pritchett said.

“Gail (Whiting) was a huge spark for us in the second half especially defensively with three or four steals and her aggressive play on both ends of the court,” Pritchett said. “Really we had an all-around good effort from everyone.”

Whiting, the freshman from Montgomery, Ala., led all scorers with 16 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 12 points and picked up 10 rebounds. Dartest ended with the 12 points she scored in the first half. 

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) scored 11 points with five boards and Sophomore Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) had 10 points.

The coach also pleased with the rebounding effort with MCC picking up 16 offensive boards winning the rebound battle 52-46 and the team made 16 of 19 free-throws.

Lamar ended the game shooting 24.6 percent from the field and made just 1 of 15 shots from the 3-point line. MCC shot 29.7 percent from the floor in the first half and stepped it up to 35.9 percent in the second half.

The Lady Indians, now 21-8, wrap up the regular season Saturday (Feb. 22) at 4 p.m. in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center against Iowa Western Community College.

In addition to Bodette and Mateu, other sophomores honored before the game included: Nicola Cross (Melbourne, Australia); Jessika Espinoza, (El Paso, Texas) Western New Mexico University; Sophomore Sydney Sandford (Missouri City, Texas); Kali Kelley (Windsor, Colo.); and Student Assistant, Parker Ehrke, from Orleans.

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The McCook Community College baseball team opened Empire League  play (Region IX) Friday with a 3-2 loss to Lamar Community College in 10-innings.

Tied 2-2, Lamar led off the 10th inning with a hit batter and a sacrifice bunt, then two MCC errors led to the eventual game-winner. The Indians were guilty of four miscues on a day when pitching was at a premium.

MCC starter Braden Babcock (sophomore Oshawa, Ontario) went eight innings allowing five hits, walking two and striking out 10. He was charged with one earned run.

Mitchell Driver (freshman, Sydney, Australia) came on in the ninth and pitched an inning and one-third allowing no hits, one walk and one strikeout, but was tagged with the loss. Redshirt fresman Nicholas Wellman (Quincy, Ill.) threw the final two-third of an inning, striking out one.

MCC took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Mark Zhang (sophomore, Nicholls, Australia) led off with a single, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, advanced to third on an infield groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

With two outs in the Lamar fifth the Runnn’ Lopes took advantage of a pair of McCook errors to tie the game at 1-1.

The Indians regained the lead in the seventh inning. Zayne Watson (freshman, The Woodlands, Texas) lined a one-out double to left field and scored on a two-out single by Anthony Nieves-Soto (freshman, Nayaguez, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy).

Lamar tied the game at 2-2 in the eight with a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly.

MCC had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sophomore Kade Wroot (North Platte) was hit by a pitch, advanced to second and later third base on wild pitches. After a walk, three straight MCC batters struck out to end the rally.

Indian batters struck out 15 times on the afternoon while managing just four hits, doubles by Watson and Ricardo Hernandez (freshman, Ponce, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy), and singles by Zhang and Soto.

Lamar goes to 3-5 on the year and MCC to 5-5.  The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. This three-game series was originally scheduled to be played in Lamar but was moved to McCook because of weather and field conditions in Colorado.

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D1-5 District Final on Coyote Country 105.3 online
Host Site - Adams Central High School in Hastings
#5 Maywood-Hayes Center vs #12 Diller-Odell
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D1-7 District Final on True Country 102.1 online
Host Site - Grand Island Northwest High School
#7 Pender vs #10 Cambridge
6:00pm CT

D1-8 District Final on The Zone 93.9 online
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#8 North Platte St. Pats vs #9 Dundy County-Stratton
7:00pm CT

D2-1 District Final
Host Site - Hastings High School
#1 Falls City Sacred Heart vs #16 Wauneta-Palisade
6:00pm CT

Kearney, Neb. – Sophomores Brooke Carlson and Klaire Kirsch combined for 38 points to help No. 31/26 Nebraska-Kearney pull away from Northeastern State, 82-64, Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.

UNK (24-3, 13-3) is now in sole possession of second place in the league standings as Newman stunned Emporia State (19-6, 12-4) tonight in Wichita, 68-67. The Lopers are at NU (10-16, 5-12) next Thursday.

To avoid a similar fate against NSU (5-19, 3-14), the Lopers saw Carlson (Elkhorn) and Kirsch (Rapid City, S.D.) both fall a point short of tying their career-highs. UNK also was plus nine on the glass in the second half and held the RiverHawks to 37% shooting (24 of 65).

"They are a team that always plays hard and their shooters shot the ball well today. That makes you a little bit concerned," UNK head coach Carrie Eighmey said. "We made some adjustments defensively in the second half and our players did a good job of taking away the easy stuff that I thought we gave up early." 

While NSU trailed for all but 16 seconds they hung around thanks to 12 offensive rebounds and big nights from guards Celina Hayes and Shae Sanchez. Hayes went for 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists with Sanchez tallying 17 points, seven boards and two assists. However NSU tallied only 11 fourth quarter points and surrendered 50 points in the paint.

"Offensively we found ways to manufacture points. We didn't necessarily shoot the ball great from the three-point line but we got to the foul line and in the second half we made those free throws," Eighemy said. "It was a game where had to get enough stops and then get paint touches because they started today with a fairly small lineup."

A 5-0 spurt gave UNK its first double digit lead of the night, 56-46, late in the third quarter. A corner three by freshman reserve guard Trinity Law (Brandon, S.D.) finished the mini-run and NSU didn't get closer than seven points the rest of the way. The Lopers went 8 of 8 at the line in the fourth and stretched the lead to 70-57 after a steal and layup by Kirsch. She was limited to just three first half minutes due to foul trouble but made up for lost time by scoring 13 of her 17 points after the break.

"Klaire gave us good energy in the second half. She made a couple plays defensively where she was able to get steals and turn them into easy buckets," Eighmey said. "She did a good job of attacking the rim and gave us a nice boost."

In double digits for a ninth straight time Carlson scored a team-best 21 points thanks to 8 of 11 field goal shooting. Also sinking five freebies she grabbed eight boards and had two assists. Next Kirsch finished 7 of 13 from the floor while also grabbing eight rebounds with Iowa sophomore wing Maegan Holt (10) the other Loper in double figures.

Hayes reached her big point total by making 11 of 21 shots (4 of 12 threes) with Sanchez 5 of 15 from the field. Starting post Zaria Collins (10) was the other NSU player to reach double digits.

UNK hosts Rogers State (4-22, 2-15) Saturday afternoon. The Hillcats have lost three in a row after a 100-59 setback at Fort Hays State tonight.

Kearney, Neb. – Senior guard Kendrick Thompson scored 25 points and Northeastern State sunk 11 three pointers to down Nebraska-Kearney, 75-64, Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.

NSU (17-9, 10-7) avenges an 83-79 OT loss to the Lopers (15-10, 9-7) earlier this year and also picks up its sixth road win. This marks UNK's second home defeat in 13 outings. 

The RiverHawks came in averaging nine made threes per game and almost had that by halftime as they went 8 of 15. Thompson (4 of 8) and 6-7 redshirt freshman reserve Daniel Dotson (3 of 3) did the most damage as NSU built a 38-23 lead. UNK, meanwhile, went 1 of 15 from behind the arc and also saw the NSU bench score 21 first half points.

"You have to give it to Northeastern State. They came in focused and offensively they played extremely well in the first half. They hit eight threes, something we were trying to take away from them but they found ways to get open. Some of those were tough shots," UNK head coach Kevin Lofton said. data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw%3D%3D​

A full-court press helped whittled down the deficit to nine early in the second half but the 'Hawks stretched it to 62-40 with 7:40 remaining. However UNK still made things interesting as a few shots fell and the pressure forced several 'Hawk turnovers. Bellevue redshirt lefty Cedric Johnson made 1 of 2 free throws to make it a seven-point hole, 66-59, by the 3:36 mark. Thompson responded with one of his eight buckets and then UNK missed again from long range. They finished 6 of 33 from the three point line (16 of 27 from inside the arc).

"Defensively we have to better than we were in both halves tonight. Offensively we have to be able to hit the open shot when we get it from the three-point line. But we also can't forget we're an inside-out team and we did not attack the paint anywhere as much as we should have in the first half," Lofton said. "Second half they went zone, squeezed the paint and made it hard for us to get anything inside. And then outside we didn't respond very well."

Beginning his career at Division I Longwood (Va.), Thompson made 8 of 18 shots (4 of 10 threes) and went 5 of 10 at the line to reach his game-high point total. Seven others scored include double digit efforts by reserves Brad Davis (12) and Aaron Givens (10). NSU, making 24 of 48 field goals, got an astounding 41 points off its bench.

UNK had three in double figures in Kansas senior Morgan Soucie (20), Utah junior Jake Walker (15) and Bellevue senior AJ Jackson (12). Soucie and Jackson combined to go 12 of 21 from the floor while also grabbing 13 rebounds and drawing 11 fouls. Finally Texas senior lefty Chase Winchester had nine points, four boards, and three assists.

The Lopers host nationally-ranked Rogers State on Saturday afternoon. The Hillcats (21-5, 13-4) downed Fort Hays State tonight, 74-68, to move into second place in the MIAA.

DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 33 points and 16 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks mauled the Detroit Pistons, 126-106. The Bucks led 70-41 at halftime and by as many as 34 in the second half of their 15th win in 17 games. Former Piston Khris Middleton added 28 points and Eric Bledsoe chipped in 18 as Milwaukee improved to a league-best 47-8.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — James Harden’s 29 points and 10 assists were among the Houston Rockets’ highlights in a 135-105 dismantling of the Golden Warriors. P.J. Tucker had 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting from 3-point range as Houston set a team-record with 25 buckets from beyond the arc. Russell Westbrook had 21 points and 10 assists before being ejected.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga earned its 19th straight victory and clinched at least a share of an eighth consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title. Killian Tillie scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Bulldogs whipped San Francisco, 71-54. Filip Petrusev delivered 16 points and Ryan Woolridge 12 for the Zags, who trailed by nine at halftime before outscoring the Dons, 49-23 the rest of the way.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) ended a five-game point drought by netting his 699th career goal in the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 overtime loss to Montreal. The left wing fired up the crowd by scoring in seven minutes in and came close to becoming the eighth player in NHL history with 700 goals on a bang-bang play in the third period. Ben Chiarot (sheh-RAHT’) scored his second of the game 58 seconds into OT to send the Capitals to their fifth loss in six games.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis posted a 1-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes as Jordan Binnington needed to stop just 14 shots for his second consecutive shutout and eighth of his career. Antti Raanta stopped 45 of the Blues' season-high 46 shots, surrendering only Ryan O’Reilly’s goal with eight minutes remaining. The outcome puts the Blues back in sole possession of first place in the NHL’s Central Division, two points ahead of Dallas.



Aquinas 50, Columbus Scotus 35

Bennington 62, Ralston 60

Chadron 52, Ogallala 34

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 63, Bellevue East 53

Grand Island Northwest 60, Lexington 57, OT

Lincoln Northeast 85, Fremont 67

McCook 61, Cozad 18

Omaha Gross Catholic 50, Nebraska City 43

Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa 88, South Sioux City 65

Wahoo 81, Blair 46

Waverly 61, Beatrice 52


Fremont 59, Lincoln Northeast 47

Lincoln East 48, Norfolk 40

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Omaha Roncalli 52, Omaha Concordia 34

Subdistrict C1-2=

Louisville 51, Ashland-Greenwood 36

Subdistrict C1-3=

West Point-Beemer 62, Winnebago 43

Subdistrict C1-4=

North Bend Central 65, Wahoo 61, OT

Subdistrict C1-5=

Lincoln Christian 49, Malcolm 42

Subdistrict C1-6=

Syracuse 34, Fairbury 30

Subdistrict C1-7=

Norfolk Catholic 35, Pierce 15

Subdistrict C1-8=

St. Paul 38, Columbus Scotus 33

Subdistrict C1-9=

Broken Bow 45, O'Neill 39

Subdistrict C1-10=

Adams Central 42, Kearney Catholic 32

Subdistrict C1-11=

Chase County 47, Gothenburg 32

Subdistrict C1-12=

Chadron 52, Ogallala 34

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Nebraska City Lourdes 42, Elmwood-Murdock 31

Subdistrict C2-2=

Oakland-Craig 52, Yutan 39

Subdistrict C2-3=

Freeman 33, Southern 14

Subdistrict C2-4=

Guardian Angels 47, Ponca 33

Subdistrict C2-5=

Clarkson/Leigh 41, Howells/Dodge 39

Subdistrict C2-6=

Centennial 32, Bishop Neumann 21

Subdistrict C2-7=

Crofton 53, North Central 38

Subdistrict C2-8=

Superior 72, Fillmore Central 41

Subdistrict C2-9=

Hastings St. Cecilia 52, Grand Island Central Catholic 33

Subdistrict C2-10=

Wood River 47, Ravenna 37

Subdistrict C2-11=

South Loup 51, Elm Creek 36

Subdistrict C2-12=

Bridgeport 59, Morrill 50

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Subdistrict D1-1=

Archbishop Bergan 54, Pender 34

Subdistrict D1-2=

Weeping Water 53, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 35

Subdistrict D1-3=

Hartington Cedar Catholic 57, Hartington-Newcastle 38

Subdistrict D1-4=

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 52, Elkhorn Valley 47

Subdistrict D1-5=

CWC 60, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 51

Subdistrict D1-6=

Twin River 41, Palmer 33

Subdistrict D1-7=

Diller-Odell 46, Meridian 41

Subdistrict D1-8=

Pleasanton 55, Shelton 21

Subdistrict D1-9=

Alma 38, Franklin 32

Subdistrict D1-10=

Maywood-Hayes Center 36, North Platte St. Patrick's 31

Subdistrict D1-11=

Cambridge 49, Dundy County-Stratton 34

Subdistrict D1-12=

South Platte 45, Kimball 17

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Falls City Sacred Heart 35, Sterling 31

Subdistrict D2-2=

Wynot 53, Randolph 10

Subdistrict D2-3=

Dorchester 28, Exeter/Milligan 18

Subdistrict D2-4=

Bloomfield 45, Stuart 39

Subdistrict D2-5=

Humphrey St. Francis 71, Riverside 10

Subdistrict D2-6=

Lawrence-Nelson 59, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 54

Subdistrict D2-7=

Anselmo-Merna 41, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 34

Subdistrict D2-8=

Loomis 64, Silver Lake 48

Subdistrict D2-9=

Mullen 55, Arthur County 34

Subdistrict D2-10=

Wauneta-Palisade 34, Medicine Valley 28

Subdistrict D2-11=

Crawford 54, Sioux County 46

Subdistrict D2-12=

Leyton 34, Minatare 32

Lincoln – Dachon Burke Jr. had 18 of his 21 points in the first half, but Nebraska was unable to slow down Michigan State, falling 86-65 on Thursday night.

Nebraska was within 39-36 at the break, but shot just 28 percent in the second half, while the Spartans shot 61 percent after the break to pull away in the final 20 minutes.

Burke finished the night with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Joining Burke in double figures were Haanif Cheatam (14 points and five steals) and Yvan Ouedrago (10 points and seven rebounds). 

Nebraska made a couple early runs in the second half, and was within 48-46 before Aaron Henry keyed a 11-1 Spartan surge, scoring six of his 13 points to help MSU take a 59-47 lead. The Huskers chipped away and got within 61-54 after a Jervay Green 3-pointer with 8:54 left, but could get no closer as Michigan State ran off nine straight points, including 3-poitners from Gabe Brown and Kyle Ahrens to push the lead back to 16.

In all, the Spartans committed 22 turnovers, but went 13-of-27 from 3-point range and enjoyed a commanding 51-26 rebounding advantage for the contest. Nebraska was unable to find similar long-range success, converting only 8-of-32 3-pointers, including just 3-of-18 after halftime.

Cassius Winston led all scorers with 23 points and six assists, while Gabe Brown finished with 17 points, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Kyle Ahrens came off the bench to score 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range and also recorded seven rebounds, while Henry (13) and Xavier Tillman (10) also finished in double figures.

The first half featured runs by both teams as Michigan State took a 39-36 lead into the locker room. Nebraska trailed 7-2 early, but the Huskers ran off nine straight points, including a 3-point play from Thorir Thorbjarnarson to take an early 11-7 lead. Nebraska eventually stretched the margin to 17-12 after a pair of Burke free throws with 11:31 left in the half, but Michigan State would come back.

The Spartans hit three straight 3-pointers as part of an 11-0 run to build a 23-17 lead after a Rocket Watts basket. The Huskers trailed 30-23 after a Xavier Tillman basket, but

NU would battle back behind the play of Burke, who finished with 18 first-half points.

Burke hit a trio of 3-pointers in an 80-second span, the last of which tied the score at 36 with 46 seconds left in the half. Aaron Henry came back on MSU's next possession and hit a trey of his own to give the Spartans the lead heading into the locker room. 

The Huskers return to action on Monday, Feb. 24, as the Huskers travel to Champaign to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised on BTN and carried on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.

BASEBALL: Because of the snow and field conditions in Colorado, the weekend baseball series between McCook Community College and Lamar Community College has been moved to McCook.

Lamar (2-5) and MCC (5-4) will open the Empire League Schedule at the Jaycees Sports Complex today with a nine-inning game starting at 3 p.m. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

WOMEN’s BASKETBALL: Tonight the MCC women’s basketball team will honor six sophomores before the 5 p.m. game against Lamar Community College.

Sophomores include Kali Kelly (Windsor, Colo.), Paula Roselo Mateu (Barcelona, Spain), Sydney Sandford (Missouri City Texas), Nicola Cross (Melbourne, Australia), Jessika Espinoza (El Paso, Texas) and Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs).

That ceremony will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. The Lady Indians are 21-7 and wrap up the regular season this week with two final home games – tonight’s Final Region IX south game Friday against Lamar (8-21) and the final home game Saturday against the Iowa Western Reivers (17-10) at 4 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: The MCC men (12-15, 3-7 in Region IX south) play tonight at 8 p.m. against Lamar (16-13, 5-6) and wrap up the regular season Tuesday at home against North Platte Community College (7-17, 3-8).

MCC will honor four sophomores in ceremonies prior to the 7 p.m. game. Those sophomores include: Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario), Bryton Bissanithe (North Miami, Fla.), Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago) and Justin Costello (Omaha /Elkhorn South High School.)

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North Platte - Class A - 
126lb Jaylan Ruffin 
132lb Darian Diaz 
145lb Raymen Riley 
152lb Luke Rathjen 
182lb Gavyn Brauer 

Ogallala - Class B -
145lb Gage Stokey 
152lb Cameron Zink 
170lb Brock Skinner 

Hershey - Class C -
113lb Gage Musser 
120lb Matt Bruns 

Perkins County - Class C -
160lb Jace Wid 
220lb Brandon Knoles 

Chase County - Class C -
182lb Trevor Peterson 

North Platte St. Pats - Class D -
132lb Hunter Deeds 
170lb Talan McGill 
182lb Justin Schroll 
195lb Landon Nichols 

Maxwell - Class D -
106lb Wyatt Heessel 
106lb Ethan Norton 
126lb Jacob Gholson 
160lb Derek Gibson 
195lb Kayden Stubbs
220lb Luke Howitt 

Brady - Class D -
132lb Jeremy Larson 
220lb Kaden Dady 

Sutherland - Class D -
126lb Samuel Foster 
132lb Jon Peterka 
170lb Gavin White 

Mullen - Class D -
106lb Tristin Grooms 
113lb Eli Paxton 
120lb Teven Marshall 
126lb Kyle Durfee 
145lb Spencer DeNaeyer 
160lb Kendal Neal 
182lb Riley Kessler 
195lb Ty Kvanvig 
220lb Clayton Hassett 

Sandhills Valley - Class D -
195lb Tyler Wolfe 

Sandhills/Thedford - Class D -
160lb Reece Zutavern 
182lb Bryan Zutavern 
195lb Reed McFadden 
285lb Brayton Branic 

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The McCook Community College women’s basketball team wrapped up an undefeated conference mark downing North Platte Wednesday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center, 66-44.

The wins give the Lady Indians a 6-0 record in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference for the second straight season as the team has also clinched a first-round home game in the Region IX tournament that will be played Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. against either Lamar Community College or Trinidad State.

On Wednesday in NCCAC action, MCC got off to a fast start, survived a second-quarter lull but picked up the defensive pressure in a decisive third quarter to give the Lady Indians their 21st win of the year. MCC zipped out to a 7-0 lead 2:21 into the game and pushed the lead to 13 points at the 4:26 mark of the first period.

“I thought we really came out and played hard those first six minutes and put the pressure on them and made shots early, and then went into a lull,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett.

MCC led 17-9 after 10 minutes but the Knights out-scored MCC 15-14 in the second quarter and trailed just 31-24 at the half.

“We turned up the pressure in the second half, we changed up our press and that really helped change the game for us, we pushed the tempo and that helped us make a few more shots in the second half,” Prtichett said.

After shooting 33.3 percent from the field in the first half, MCC stepped it up with tempo points making 48.8 percent of its second-half shots to finish at 40.3 percent from the game, but it was the shooting from the 3-point line and the free-throw line that has the coach concerned.

MCC made seven of 31 3-pointers (22.6 percent) and made just five of 13 from the foul line (38.5 percent).

“Those number are just going to be a killer in the Region IX tournament,” Pritchett said. “We need to get that fixed now.”

Yet, defensively and rebounding have been improving

“The one thing we can hang our hat on these past several weeks is we really lock down defensively for the most part,” Pritchett said. He cited the fact that North Platte averages 13 offensive rebounds per game but the Lady Indians limited them to just seven.

“That’s what we wanted to focus on tonight. We played really good defense, even going back to the Western Nebraska game (Feb. 7) we’ve locked in defensively and if we can continue to do that and get our offense going I really think this team can do something special.”

MCC won the rebound battle 49-33 and held North Platte to 24.5 shooting for the game, and forced 23 turnovers.

Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) sophomore topped MCC offensively with 16 points on eight of 10 shooting from the field. Sophomore Transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Miles Community College/Barcelona, Spain) scored 13 points, including three of six from the 3-point line.

Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) came off the bench with 11 points and eight rebounds (seven offensive) and Carla Torrubia Cano (freshman, Melilla, Spain) had another double-double for the Lady Indians scoring 10 points and bringing down 10 rebounds.

Ashley Hassett paced North Platte with 23 points.

North Platte falls to 9-20 and 0-5 in the NCCAC. The Knights will close out the NCCAC season Saturday at Southeast Community College and will play in the Region IX Division II tournament.

MCC improves to 21-7 and wrap up the regular season this week with two final home games – the Final Region IX south game Friday against Lamar Community College (8-21 under former MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti)  Friday at 5 p.m. which will be Sophomore Night, and the final home game is Saturday against Iowa Western at 4 p.m.

MCC and Northeastern Junior College are tied for third in Region IX Division I, south (4-5) with one south region game left for each team: MCC Friday with Lamar (1-8) and NJC plays at Trinidad State (1-8) Friday. Western Nebraska (9-0) and Otero Junior College (8-1) have secured first-round byes and automatically advance to the second round where teams from the south division will play teams from the north division according to seeding.

Here are the updated NCCAC conference information.

Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference


McCook         6-0

Central           4-2

Southeast      1-4

North Platte   0-5



Dec. 3: McCook CC 89, Central CC 55 (at Columbus)

Jan. 11: Southeast CC 56, North Platte 32 (at North Platte)

Jan. 18: McCook CC 72, Southeast CC 67 (at McCook)

   Central CC 62, North Platte CC 57 (at Columbus)

Jan. 21: McCook CC 58, North Platte CC 43 (at North Platte)

Jan. 31: Central CC 62, Southeast CC 56 (at Columbus)

Feb. 7 – Central CC 68, North Platte 64 (at North Platte)

Feb. 8 – McCook CC 64, Central CC 44 (at McCook)

Feb. 11 – McCook CC 69, Southeast CC 54 (at Beatrice)

Feb. 15 – Central CC 63, Southeast CC 46 (at Beatrice)

Feb. 19 – McCook 66, North Platte 44 (at McCook)


Feb. 22 – North Platte CC at Southeast CC, 2 p.m.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at

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McCook - Class B - 
152lb Landon Towne 
160lb Alex Anthony 
195lb Alec Langan 
285lb Reid Steinbeck 
Arapahoe - Class D - 
120lb Tristian White 
285lb Levi Kerner 
Cambridge - Class D -
132lb John Tenbensel
160lb Josh Paisley
182lb Bobby Evans 
Southwest - Class D -
132lb Garrett Latimer 
145lb Matt VanPelt 
152lb Brett Tryon 
285lb Bryson Shoemaker 
Dundy County-Stratton - Class D -
120lb Blake Webb 
145lb Serbando Diaz 
220lb Delton Haines 
Hitchcock County - Class D -
106lb Blake Devitt 
113lb Kaleb Christofferson 
120lb Gavin Losey 
220lb Remington Hodges 
Medicine Valley - Class D -
145lb Jaden Henderson 

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Box Score Columbus, Ohio - Nebraska opened the game 0-for-16 from three-point range on the road and was unable to recover in a 65-52 women's basketball loss at Ohio State on Wednesday night at Value City Arena.

With the loss, Nebraska slipped to 16-11 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State notched its sixth straight win to improve to 17-9 overall and 10-5 in the conference.

Kate Cain led the Huskers with 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, while Sam Haiby added 12 points. Leigha Brown contributed nine points, including NU's first three of the game to open the fourth quarter. Trailing 53-33 at the end of three quarters, Brown helped spark a 12-3 Nebraska surge that included a three-pointer from Haiby that cut OSU's lead to 56-45 with six minutes left. The Huskers had multiple possessions to trim the Buckeye lead to single digits by holding Ohio State scoreless for more than five minutes in the fourth period.

But led by 16 points and 16 rebounds from Dorka Juhasz for the game, the Buckeyes maintained a double-digit lead for the second half. Braxtin Miller added 13 points for the Buckeyes, while Aaliyah Patty pitched in 11 points and seven boards.

Nebraska hit just 34.4 percent (21-61) from the field, including 2-for-20 from three-point range, while hitting 8-of-9 free throws. Ohio State connected on 40.9 percent (27-66) of its shots, including 8-of-21 threes. OSU out-rebounded NU 44-38 and won the turnover battle 16-14.

In a possession game early, the two defenses dominated to send the teams to the second quarter tied at 12. The Huskers got back-to-back buckets from Haiby and Cain to take a 16-14 lead with 8:14 left, before Juhasz took over on offense and the Ohio State defense silenced Nebraska for five minutes. The Buckeyes took full advantage with a 14-0 run fueled by by nine points from Juhasz during the surge.

Trailing 28-16, Nebraska stopped the run with a jumper from the elbow by Hannah Whitish as the shot clock expired. The Huskers then cut the margin to 28-20 after a jumper by Haiby, but the Buckeyes scored the final five points of the half to take their biggest lead at 33-20.

Juhasz led the Buckeyes with 12 points, all in the second quarter, 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal in the half. Rebeka Mikulasikova and Kierstan Bell each had five points off the bench in the half to help OSU, which hit 38.9 percent (14-36) of its first-half shots including 60 percent (9-15) in the second quarter. Ohio State out-rebounded Nebraska 26-23 in the half and won the turnover battle, 7-5, in the first 20 minutes.

Nebraska shot hit just 28.6 percent (10-35) of its first-half shots, including 0-of-13 three-pointers. The Huskers also did not shoot a free throw. Cain led Nebraska with four points, six rebounds and a block in the half, while Brown and Haiby each contributed four points.

The Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena to celebrate Senior Day on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off against Illinois is set for 2 p.m. with tickets available now at 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR driver Ryan Newman was awake and speaking with family and doctors yesterday, less than 24 hours after his horrific crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500. Roush Fenway Racing released an update on its driver, whose car slammed into the wall at nearly 200 mph, flipped, got T-boned by another car, flipped several more times and skidded to a halt in flames. Everyone watching feared the worst Monday night and had to wait nearly two hours to learn that Newman's injuries were not considered life-threatening.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Quarterback Drew Brees (breez) says he intends to play for the New Orleans Saints again next season. The 41-year-old Brees used a social media post to announce his intention to “make another run at it” in what would be his 20th NFL season. Brees is the NFL's all-time leader with 6,867 completions, 77,416 yards passing and 547 touchdown throws.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Olsen was released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this month after nine seasons with the team amid a rebuilding process under first-year coach Matt Rhule (rool). Olsen has caught 718 passes for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns during a 13-season NFL career that began with a four-year run with the Chicago Bears.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving toward allowing all Division I athletes to transfer one time without sitting out a season of competition. A plan to change the waiver process is expected to be presented to the Division I Council in April. If adopted, new criteria would go into effect for the 2020-21 academic year. Currently, football, men's and women's basketball, men's hockey and baseball players must sit out one season after transferring.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (BOH’-mees-tur) is back in St. Louis after collapsing on the bench during a game in Anaheim last week. Bouwmeester issued a statement saying he’s “on the road to recovery” after going into cardiac arrest in the first period versus the Ducks. He had a cardioverter defibrillator implanted into his chest at UCI Medical Center in Orange County, California, where he had been hospitalized until returning to St. Louis on Sunday.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ty-Shon Alexander scored 22 points and Marcus Zegarowski added 17 to lead No. 15 Creighton to a 73-65 victory over No. 19 Marquette. Creighton won for the eighth time in nine games, including road victories over three ranked teams, and moved within a half-game of first-place Seton Hall in the Big East standings. Sacar Anim had 18 points for Marquette. Markus Howard, who entered as the nation’s leading scorer at 27.3 points per game, added 13 — all in the second half.

The McCook Community College baseball team fought off Colby Tuesday to win the 2020 home opener at the Jaycees Sports Complex, 8-6.

“I felt like we made strides for the first eight innings, played a really nice game, we had a good practice yesterday and got a few things addressed,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen. “We carried ourselves a lot better on the field and it carried over for us to play a little cleaner on defense.”

The Indians overcame a 3-1 deficit and scored five runs in the fourth inning, added two more in the seventh and held off a late three-run rally by the Trojans in the ninth.

“I wasn’t extremely pleased with the ninth inning, we really need to learn how to close out games, it’s been a little bit of an issue, but it’s also the hardest inning in baseball to close out,” Olsen said. “We will keep working on getting it done, if we can put a complete game together we have a chance to be pretty tough.”

Trevor Pacheco (sophomore, Pueblo, Colo.) drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the first with an RBI-groundout to support starting pitcher Mitchell Driver (freshman, Sydney, Australia) who went three innings allowing one run and three hits while striking out two.

Austin Mathews (sophomore Alvin, Texas) came on in the fourth when Colby scored twice on a Zach Olson home run to take a 3-1 lead. Mathews allowed two hits, a walk and a strikeout in his inning of work.

The Indians were able to regain the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth scoring five runs on three singles, a walk, a hit batter, a Colby error, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly. Mark Zhang (sophomore, Nicholls, Australia) delivered a two-run pinch hit single to tie the game at 3-3. MCC added runs on the wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by sophomore Pedro Perez (Cidra, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy).

Connor McGonigal (sophomore, Omaha Burke High School) came on to pitch in the Colby fifth and held the Trojans off the scoreboard in his four innings of work, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four.

Caleb Eiguren (freshman, Westminster, Colo.) put the Indians up 8-3 with a two-run double in the eighth inning.

Troy Shepherd (freshman, McDowell, N.C.) pitched the ninth inning but was able to wiggle out of the inning with the tying runs on base. He gave up two hits and two earned runs while walking three.

Colby out-hit MCC 10-5, but the Indians made their hits count. Pacheco had two hits for the Indians. The other three came on the RBI pinch-hit single by Zhang, and a single by Kade Wroot (sophomore, North Platte) in front of the RBI double by Eiguren in the seventh inning.

MCC improves to 5-4 on the season. The Indians hit the road for the Empire League (Region IX) opener in Lamar, Colo. taking on the Runnin’ Lopes (2-5) in a three-game series with a single game Saturday and two games Sunday.

After that, the Indians are home for six straight games starting Feb. 26 against Garden City (3 p.m.), continuing with a three-game weekend series with Otero Feb. 29 and March 1, a mid-week game against Northeast Community College March 4 (2 p.m.) and a three-game weekend series with Lamar March 6-7.

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B7 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved McCook

C2-10 Sub-District BracketTeams involved Cambridge

C2-11 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved Hitchcock County, DCS

D1-9 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved Arapahoe

D1-11 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved Maywood-Hayes Center

D1-12 Sub-District BracketTeams involved Wauneta-Palisade 

D2-9 Sub-District BracketTeams involved Southwest

D2-10 Sub-District Bracket Teams involved Medicine Valley

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