Two Huskers Among Top-10 JUCO Signees
Lincoln – A pair of Husker men’s basketball signees were recognized this week, as JUCORecruiting.com released its final top-100 ranking for the class of 2019.
Cam Mack (Austin, Texas) was rated as the No. 3 JUCO player in this year’s class, while Jervay Green (Denver, Colo.) was the eighth-rated prospect by the site. Nebraska was the only program in the country with two players among the top 10 in this year’s class. The two players are also the program’s first top-10 recruits according to the JUCO site dating back to 2011.
Mack, the top-rated point guard in the class, spent last season at Salt Lake CC, averaging 19.1 points, 7.2 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game this past season. Mack, a first-team All-Region 18 honoree, ranked in the top 25 nationally in assists (fifth) and steals (24th). The 6-foot-2 guard dished out 10-or-more assists on nine occasions and had three triple-doubles in his lone season at the school. Mack shot 46 percent from the field and boasted a 2.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Green, who was listed as the No. 2 combo guard in the country, was one of the nation’s most prolific scoring guards at Western Nebraska CC. He earned second-team NJCAA All-America honors, averaging 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists last season. The Region IX Co-Player of the Year, Green ranked eighth nationally in scoring while shooting 55 percent from the field, including 39 percent from 3-point range. Green’s sophomore season was highlighted by a 51-point performance against Iowa Lakes CC, one of his three 40-point games on the year.
Green and Mack highlight Nebraska’s recruiting class that begins to arrive on campus beginning next week.
Thorbjarnarson Represents Iceland
Rising junior Thorir Thorbjarnarson represented his native Iceland earlier this week, competing in the Games of the Small States of Europe. The Olympic-style competition is held for European countries with populations of under one million people.
Thorbjarnarson played in three games for Iceland’s Senior National Team during the competition, averaging 9.3 points per game, including 14 points in a loss to the hosts from Montenegro. He closed out the event with 12 points in a win over Cyprus in the fifth-place game. It is the second time that Thorbjarnarson has played in the tournament, as he made his national team debut in the event in 2017.
Last season, Thorbjarnarson played in 25 games, including seven starts, to help the Huskers to a 19-17 record. He averaged 2.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, as Nebraska reached its second straight NIT. He moved in the starting lineup during the Huskers’ Big Ten Tournament and NIT games, and had eight points, three rebounds and three assists in the Huskers’ second-round NIT loss to TCU.
Husker Basketball Camps Begin Next Week
The first session of the Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps begins next Monday, June 10, at the Hendricks Training Complex.
The 2019 camp series will feature two four-day camps, as well a pair of specialty clinics for boys and girls entering the 3rd-12th grade. In addition, there will also be a three-day Little Husker camp for kids who are in grades K-4 for the upcoming year. Hoiberg and his staff of instructors will work with campers on the fundamentals of basketball in a fun atmosphere. All camps are open to both boys and girls entering the respective grade level.
For more information, camp information, pricing and to register for the 2019 camps, email fredhoibergbasketballcamps@
One of the catalysts in Nebraska baseball’s rise to national prominence in his playing days, Will Bolt returns to his alma mater as head coach. Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos named Bolt the 24th head coach of the Husker baseball program on Friday.
Bolt brings 16 years of coaching experience to the Nebraska program, including five seasons on the Husker baseball staff and four years as a head coach at Texarkana College.
Bolt served as Nebraska’s Associate Head Coach under Darin Erstad from 2012 to 2014 and also was a volunteer assistant on the 2005 Husker team that reached the College World Series. As a player or coach, Bolt has been a part of all three of Nebraska’s College World Series teams and all four Super Regional squads.
Bolt returns to Lincoln after spending the past five seasons on the Texas A&M staff where he helped the Aggies to five straight NCAA regional appearances and a trip to the 2017 College World Series.
“The opportunity to come back home to Nebraska and lead the Husker baseball program is such a blessing and honor for my family and me,” Bolt said. “It is such an exciting time in Husker athletics with the foundation laid by Bill Moos within the athletic department, and the success Coach Erstad and staff have had on the field.
“My family and I have the fondest affection for the Huskers and the city of Lincoln, and truly cannot wait to become part of the Husker family again!”
The native of Conroe, Texas, had his first association with the Nebraska program as a player for the Huskers from 1999 to 2002. A member of Dave Van Horn’s first recruiting class at Nebraska, Bolt played on four NCAA regional teams and captained the Huskers’ first two College World Series teams in 2001 and 2002. Bolt finished his Husker playing career with school records in games played (251), games started (242), at-bats (922), hits (281), doubles (56) and assists (639).
“Will Bolt has been a winner at every stop he has made as a coach and player, and I am proud to welcome him back to Lincoln as our next head baseball coach,” Moos said. “Will was a part of the most successful teams in the history of our baseball program, and he knows what it takes to win here.
“Will has proven to be an outstanding recruiter wherever he has coached. He understands the appeal of Nebraska and everything our baseball program and University has to offer to student-athletes.”
Bolt and his wife, Lauren, have two sons, Jaxon and Austin, and one daughter, Bella. Bolt has signed a five-year contract that will pay him $300,000 annually.
LINCOLN, NE —Today, the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Board of Directors announced the future host city for the 2020-2024 Shrine Bowl of Nebraska.
“We are extremely thrilled to return to Kearney for another five years. We were humbled by the amount of interest expressed to host the Shrine Bowl’s weekend of activities and wish to express our thanks to the other great Nebraska communities that submitted applications for candidate city consideration,” said Dave MacDonald, Executive Director of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl. “We believe awarding these bids for several years in advance will make for a better game day experience and lead to growth in our long-term corporate and community partnerships.”
Scheduled for June 4, 2020, Kearney will be hosting the Nebraska Shrine Bowl for the 7th time, first hosting the event in 2014. “The University of Kearney’s Ron and Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field has continued to provide an excellent game day experience for fans and players alike – an undeniable All-Star environment,” said Paul Gonzalez, President of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to retain and continue the City of Kearney’s partnership with the Nebraska Shrine Bowl,” said Roger Jasnoch, Director of the Kearney Visitors Bureau. “We feel it is a great fit with the resources Kearney has to be able to host an event as prestigious as this. The partnership provides an excellent opportunity to host students, athletes, and their families in Nebraska’s heartland and we hope they’ll take full advantage of all Kearney has to offer.”
No stranger to Nebraska’s premier high school sports event, Kearney has played host to the Nebraska Shrine Bowl for 5 years straight. Foster Field at the University of Nebraska – Kearney, which will serve as the game site, is widely regarded as one of the premier facilities in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.
“A lot of collaboration and community support went into the proposal, and we would like to especially thank the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Younes Hospitality, and many local businesses for their cooperation and assistance throughout this process. They were an integral part of our successful bid,” said Lynelle Fritzen, Sports Sales and Services Manager for the Kearney Visitors Bureau. “Kearney prepared a terrific bid. It was clear that the city and surrounding area are eager to host our event and we are equally excited to renew our relationship with the community,” added MacDonald.
“The community and businesses have been great supporters and the facilities are second to none. We are honored to be selected as the host for the Nebraska Shrine Bowl,"Jasnoch said. "Our community understands the importance of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl, from the students participating in football, band, and cheer, to the goal of fundraising for Shriners Hospitals for Children. We guarantee students will have a one of a kind experience in Kearney, and they will take home memories that will last a lifetime.”
About the Nebraska Shrine Bowl
The Nebraska Shrine Bowl is an all-star high school senior, North vs. South, football game put on each year in Nebraska, by the Nebraska Shrine. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charity that produces annual events and related activities, with net proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Nebraska Shrine Bowl has annually donated more than $2M to Shriners Hospitals for Children since its inception in 1958.
The game has been played throughout Nebraska each summer. Host cities have included Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney.
Beginning in 1958, the flagship event has been the North/South All-Star Football Game. As of 2018, the South leads the series with 30 wins, the North has 27 wins, and there have been 3 ties. Notable alumni include Nebraska football coaches, Scott Frost and Barrett Ruud, All-Americans Eric Crouch, Zach Wiegert, Danny Noonan, Dean Steinkuhler, Dave Rimington, Johnny Rodgers, Jeff Kinney, Jerry Murtaugh, in addition to other Husker stand-outs Sam Foltz, Sam Koch, Calvin Jones, Corey Schlesinger, Rob Zatechka, Tom Rathman, Gale Sayers, amongst many others.
The Nebraska Shrine Bowl also includes the Nebraska Masonic All-Star Marching Band camp, held annually at each host site. The week also includes the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Cheer Camp, which culminates with performances at each game. Other bowl weekend activities include the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Banquet and the state’s largest Shrine Parade.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a healthcare system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.
The 61st Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl will be played Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Kearney, Nebraska, at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Kearney. For more information, visit www.neshrinebowl.org.
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska volleyball program and Head Coach John Cook announced the signing of five student-athletes on Wednesday, the first day of the National Letter of Intent November signing period.
Three members of the Huskers’ signing class – outside hitter Madi Kubik, outside hitter Riley Zuhn and libero Kenzie Knuckles – are Under Armour First-Team All-Americans. Wisconsin and Stanford were the only other schools with three recruits on the first team.
Kubik, a 6-1 outside hitter from West Des Moines Valley High School in Iowa, is rated the No. 4 overall prospect by PrepVolleyball.com and won the gold medal at the 2018 NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship while recording nine kills and two blocks in the championship match against Dominican Republic.
Zuhn is a 6-5 hitter from Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. Zuhn was a MaxPreps All-American as a sophomore after leading her school to a state title, and she is the first-ever NORCO club player to compete on the U.S. Youth National Team. Zuhn is rated the No. 32 overall prospect by PrepVolleyball.com.
Knuckles, a 5-8 libero recruit out of Yorktown High School in Indiana, played outside hitter in high school and led Yorktown to a 34-0 record as a senior and a Class 4A state title. Knuckles is ranked the No. 37 overall prospect and the No. 3 libero, and she was one of only 10 seniors named to the MaxPreps 2018 Midseason Player of the Year Watch List in October.
Two in-state prospects are also members of the Husker class. Lincoln Pius X libero Emma Gabel and Johnson-Brock middle blocker Fallon Stutheit will join the Huskers next season. The 5-7 Gabel was a PrepVolleyball.com Club All-American in 2018 and led Pius X to the Class A state final this season. She was also an AAU National Championship All-Tournament selection after leading VCN to a fifth-place finish in 2017. Stutheit owns the Nebraska Class D1 record for kills in a season with 539 and won three straight Class D1 state championships at Johnson-Brock. The 6-1 middle blocker is a two-time Lincoln Journal Star Super-State and Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska first-team selection.
“We feel like we’ve put together a strong class that addresses what we will need to replace after this senior class of Mikaela Foecke, Kenzie Maloney and Brooke Smith graduates,” Cook said. “We have five highly talented, high-character individuals joining our program, and we’re excited to have two Nebraska girls joining our team next season. The returning players from this year’s team and this class will be our team for the next two years, so this is going to be a core group together, and we are going to expect this class to come in and challenge for important roles right away.”
Emma Gabel, 5-7, L, Lincoln, Neb. (Pius X) (VCNebraska)
• Attended Lincoln Pius X High School in Nebraska, helping the Thunderbolts reach the Class A state championship match as a senior in 2018
• Had 596 digs (5.7 per set), 24 service aces and 52 set assists as a senior
• Received Lincoln Journal Star Class A all-state honorable mention as a junior in 2017
• Played club volleyball for VCNebraska, which finished fifth in the AAU National Championships 16 Open Division in 2017
• Was named to the AAU National Championships All-Tournament Team in 2017 and was a PrepVolleyball.com Club All-American in 2018
• Also competed in track and field for the Thunderbolts
Coach Cook: “Emma will be a great addition to our back row. She is an elite passer and defender who reads the game well. We are excited to add another Nebraskan to our roster. Emma is someone we know will work hard and could have an immediate impact on our program. She comes from one of the best high school teams in the state and is a fierce competitor that will raise the level of our gym.”
Kenzie Knuckles, 5-8, L, Yorktown, Ind. (Yorktown)
• Played outside hitter at Yorktown High School in Indiana but will be a defensive specialist/libero for the Huskers
• Was named an Under Armour First-Team All-American in 2018
• Ranked the No. 37 overall prospect and the No. 3 libero by PrepVolleyball.com
• Was one of 10 seniors named to the MaxPreps 2018 Midseason Player of the Year Watch List
• Was an all-state performer each year of her high school career, leading Yorktown to a perfect 34-0 record as a senior with 4.2 kills per set and 3.9 digs per set
• Led Yorktown to the Indiana Class 4A state title in 2018, posting 14 kills and 10 digs in the state championship match
• Also won a Class 3A state title with Yorktown as a sophomore in 2016, recording 30 kills and 18 digs in the championship match
• Played beach volleyball instead of club volleyball in 2018 to improve her ball-handling and defensive skills
Coach Cook: “Kenzie is a phenomenal libero who plays for one of the best high school teams in the nation. She led her team to an undefeated season her senior year, and we are excited that she chose to be a Husker. We believe we’re getting one of the most talented players in the country in Kenzie and can’t wait to get her in a Nebraska jersey. She is a ball-control machine who has the potential to be on the court right away.”
Madi Kubik, 6-1, OH, West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley) (Iowa PowerPlex)
• Led Valley High school in West Des Moines, Iowa to a 41-4 record and the Class 5A state semifinals as a senior in 2018 with 5.16 kills per set on .382 hitting
• Competed on the U.S. Junior National Team, winning the gold medal at the 2018 NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship while recording nine kills and two blocks in the championship match against Dominican Republic
• Was named an Under Armour First-Team All-American in 2018
• Ranked the No. 4 overall prospect by PrepVolleyball.com
• Averaged 5.5 kills per set as a junior in 2017, leading the Tigers to the Iowa Class 5A state championship match
• Named to the Des Moines Register’s All-Iowa Elite team following her junior season
• Helped her club team, Iowa PowerPlex, finish 19th at the Open qualifiers in 2018
• Named the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year and the Iowa Class 5A Player of the Year in 2017
Coach Cook: “Madi is undoubtedly one of the best players in the country. Her experience with Team USA will be a very valuable addition to our program. With an outside (Mikaela Foecke) graduating after this season, Madi will have a chance to compete for a starting spot right away. She is a complete volleyball player and can play all six rotations. She is an exceptional passer as well as a force at the net and could contribute to the program in more ways than one.”
Fallon Stutheit, 6-1, MB, Johnson, Neb. (Johnson-Brock) (Nebraska One)
• Led Johnson-Brock High School - coached by her mother, Tera - to three Nebraska Class D1 state titles in her high school career
• As a senior in 2018, recorded 475 kills (5.1 per set) with a .415 hitting percentage
• Averaged 5.9 kills per set on .433 hitting as a junior in 2017
• Posted 19 kills and 16 digs in the Class D1 state championship match as a junior
• Set a Nebraska Class D1 state record with 539 kills in a season as a sophomore in 2016
• Was a two-time Lincoln Journal Star Super-State and Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska first-team selection
• Played club volleyball for Nebraska One
• Also played basketball for the Eagles
Coach Cook: “One of the best middles in the state, Fallon comes to us from the small town of Johnson. She’s a bit undersized but can definitely hold her own at the net. She led her team to a state semifinal appearance at the state tournament playing all six rotations. Again, we love adding Nebraska kids to our roster and Fallon epitomizes a small-town Nebraska girl chasing her dreams of being a Husker.”
Riley Zuhn, 6-5, OH, Fort Collins, Colo. (Fossil Ridge) (NORCO)
• Attended Fossil Ridge High School in Colorado, helping the SaberCats reach the quarterfinals of the Colorado 5A state tournament
• Ranked the No. 32 overall prospect by PrepVolleyball.com and was named an Under Armour First-Team All-American in 2018
• Averaged 3.7 kills per set with a .421 hitting percentage as a senior
• Led Fossil Ridge to a Class 5A state title in 2016 as a sophomore with 3.5 kills per set on .381 hitting, earning MaxPreps Sophomore All-America honors
• Was a Colorado 5A all-state selection
• Played club volleyball for NORCO and became the first player from the NORCO program to compete on the U.S. Youth National Team
Coach Cook: “Riley has worked very hard to be a Husker. We admire her passion and drive to be great. She is a player that will without a doubt have a positive impact on the culture of our program with her hard work and dedication. She is a highly skilled attacker and blocker and plays for one of the best club teams in Colorado.”
Omaha, Neb. - The baseball game between Nebraska and Iowa at the Big Ten Tournament has been postponed to Friday due to stormy weather at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday night.
That game will begin approximately one hour after the conclusion of the Ohio State-Maryland game, which will resume on Friday at 10 a.m. (CT). The game was suspended in the bottom of the eighth inning with Ohio State holding a 3-2 lead over Maryland. "Day 2" tickets (Thursday) are good for the conclusion of Ohio State-Maryland as well as the Nebraska-Iowa game. "Day 3" tickets (Friday) will be valid beginning at 2 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. (CT) at TD Ameritrade Park.
After snow postponed the McCook Community College baseball and softball games scheduled for today, the schedule for both teams have been changed for the next couple days.
MCC’s softball was scheduled to play at Garden City Community College (Kansas) Saturday. Today it was announced those games will be moved up and played in Dodge City, Kan. Thursday. Games will start at 1 and 3 p.m.
MCC baseball was scheduled to play at Lamar Colo. Saturday and Sunday but because of weather conditions and field conditions that three-game series was moved up a day. The two teams will play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. MST and then a nine-inning game Sunday starting at 1 p.m. MST.
You can stay up to date on all scheduling changes and game information by visiting the official website of McCook College Indian Athletics at: https://mccindians.com/index.
The McCook Community College volleyball team ended the regular season on a sour note Tuesday losing in straight sets at home to 20th-ranked Northeastern Junior College, 17-25, 22-25, 19-25.
“It’s like we took ten steps back,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.
Tuesday’s game was the final home game for seven sophomores including: setter Ashley Carson (Ord); middle blocker Hannah Emerson (Greeley, Colo.); libero Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah); middle blocker Hayley Jacobsen (Littleton Colo.); outside hitter Ty Johnson (Conroe, Texas); outside hitter Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.); and libero Onyessah Rocha (Topeka, Kan.)
Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 12 kills, Ty Johnson had eight.
“Faith and Ty did what they were supposed to do but our other four hitters made some silly mistakes and our passing could have been better too,” Kobza said.
The loss will push the Lady Indians into a win-or-go-home in the first round of the Region IX tournament in Cheyenne, Wyo. Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. against the six-seeded team in the Region IX North Division. That division’s games won’t be concluded until Friday and the standings are closely bunched so MCC’s first-round opponent won’t be determined until all teams finish the schedule.
“We have seven days to change things and we’re are going to get right back at it bright and early tomorrow and hit it hard like preseason and mentally make the changes we need to get better,” Kobza said.
NJC improves to 21-6, 7-2 on the road, and 7-3 in the South Division play.
The Lady Indians finish the regular season at 19-12, 8-2 at home and 3-7 in South Division play.
If the Lady Indians win the in the first round of the Region IX tournament they would make it into double-elimination play and take on Western Nebraska in the second game.
Complete pairings will be announced later this week.
Here are the Final Region IX South Standings
Western Nebraska CC 9-1 23- 7
Northeastern JC 7-3 21- 6
Otero Junior College 6-4 23- 5
McCook CC 3-7 19-12
Trinidad Junior College 1-9 10-18
For more photos from MCC’s home volleyball games check out individual game photo galleries in the Fan Zone on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page: