STERLING, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community Collegemen’s basketball team received 33 points from Dru Kuxhausen as the Cougars captured a 97-88 Region IX South Subregion win over Northeastern Junior College at Sterling, Colorado, Friday night.
The win was the Cougars 14th of the season and moves WNCC to 2-0 in the South subregion. WNCC will look to go 3-0 in the subregion when they travel to Lamar Community College on Saturday before hosting McCook Community College on Tuesday.
Friday’s contest was a tale of two halves. The first half was offensive-minded between the two teams, who combined for 118 points. WNCC opened the game hitting its first three 3-pointers and rolled to a 68-50 halftime lead.
The second half was just the opposite as both teams’ defensives took center stage. NJC outscored WNCC 38-29 in the second half.
WNCC shot 58 percent for the game and connected on 16 of 31 3-pointers. Kuxhausen buried six treys in the win, while Martin Roub had three, Marquis White finished with two, and Jervay Green one 3-pointer.
The Cougars had four players finish with double figures. Kuxhausen led all scorers with 33 points and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
Roub poured in 21 points with three 3-pointers, while Green tallied 19 points. White put in 12 points.
Roub led the Cougars on the boards with seven, while Bryce Sanchious had six.
WNCC 68 29 -- 97
NJC 50 38 -- 88
Dru Kuxhausen 33, Marquis White 12, Bryce Sanchious 2, Jervay Green 19, Martin Roub 21, LeBeck Warren 8, Henry Tanksley 2.
Nykolas Lange 17, Ryan Bagley 6, Mohamed Diallo 24, Terae Johnson 16, Ben Davis II 6, Xavier Johnson 12, Andrew Ferrin 2, Tre Lewis 5.
13-Jan-2019 / WNCC Athletics
The Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team never trailed and rolled to a 103-87 Region IX South sub-region win over Otero Junior College Friday night at Cougar Palace.
The 23rd-ranked Cougars, who moved to 13-5 on the season used a strong defensive effort and balanced scoring with five in double figures in stopping a 3-game losing skid.
Marquis White, who finished with 17 points, said this was a good performance from the entire team.
“I thought we played really good. We finally locked into the defensive side,” White said. “I think we held them to under 40 percent in the first half. That was really key for us and I know it was big for our coach for us to play defense.”
More importantly, the win stopped that losing streak and White said it feels good to get back on the winning side of things.
“It was a big win for us to get out of the losing column,” White said. “Every time we lose a game we want to bounce back with a win. We don’t want to lose period, so this is a big win for us to get back in the win column, lift our spirits up and hopefully get some momentum here.”
WNCC ignited early behind a strong defense and a strong inside game. Martin Roub had 10 points in the paint of the Cougars’ first 23 points and sprinkle in a 3-pointer here and there, the Cougars quickly moved the game to a double-digit contest.
“That [playing good defense] is important for us. That is one of our keys to play defense, rotate, and stop them overall,” White said. “If we stop our opponents, we feel like we can score with anybody in the country. Defense was big for us.”
Otero sliced the lead to 23-17 midway through the first half only to watch the Cougars explode for 33 points to hold a 56-34 lead at halftime. White was one of the big contributors in the first-half scoring explosion and then Jervay Green scored eight points late.
White said it was a balanced offensive attack.
“We have a lot of weapons on offense,” White said. “One through five everybody can score the ball so we like to move it. We like to get everybody going and whoever gets hot, gets hot.”
The second half saw Otero the game to within 14 points on a couple occasions, the last time at 72-58. WNCC then went on a 6-0 run behind four points from Green and a bucket by White for a 78-28 lead. WNCC hit the century mark with 1:53 to play on a Roub bucket for the win.
The Cougars had colorful scoring on the night. Roub and Bryce Sanchious led the team with 22 points followed by 19 from Green, 17 from white, and 14 from Dru Kuxhausen.
WNCC shot 57 percent from the field and buried 9 of 27 3-pointers. Sanchious had three treys, while Kuxhausen and Green each had two.
WNCC’s defense was strong as they held Otero to under 40 percent shooting in the first half and 42.3 percent from the game.
The Rattlers had six players in double figures. Sam Mack had 14 points while Yaniel Vidal and Tramarcus Levi each had 13. AJ Youngman had 12, while Reggie Gibson and Wesley Harris each had 10.
WNCC, 13-5, will be back in action next weekend when they hit the road for a pair of South sub-region contests when they battle Northeastern Junior College on Friday and Lamar Community College on Saturday.
“We will play the same way, lock it in on defense and hopefully come out with a win in both games,” White said. “
Otero 34 53 – 87
WNCC 56 47 – 103
Reggie Gibson 10, Jamal Harris 5, Jacob Jackson 2, KJ Harris 1, Darius Chester 7, Yaniel Vidal 13, Tramarcus Levi 13, Sam Mack 14, AJ Youngman 12, Wesley Harris 10.
Dru Kuxhausen 14, Marquis White 17, LeBeck Warren 6, Bryce Sanchious 22, TJ O’Conor 3, Jervay Green 19, Martin Roub 22.
17-Sep-2018 / WNCC Sports Info
The Western Nebraska Community College men’s soccer team received a clutch first-half penalty kick save from Ruam Barbosa and then scored two late goals in registering a 2-1 win over Gillette College Saturday afternoon at the Landers Soccer Complex.
Saturday’s win was huge for a Cougar men’s team that was stinging a bit after falling to Northeastern Junior College on Wednesday. WNCC didn’t want to repeat that match and fought hard to earn the victory.
Leo Palomo, a Kearney High School graduate, said they played hard to get the win.
“After a tough loss, I thought we came out and played well,” Palomo said. “The team played hard and it was a different situation because a lot of us got yellow cards but we fought through it.”
Palomo said the team bouncing back from the NJC loss was huge.
“It definitely gave us a lot of confidence,” he said. “Right now we have a set of home games and it is good to get our confidence back and keep on winning.”
It was a yellow-card filled match, too, with nine yellow cards issued in the 90 minutes of play. And a big key to the win was the play of the defense, holding Gillette without a goal for 89 minutes of action.
One of the biggest defensive plays of the match was Barbosa’s penalty kick save that came just 10 minutes into the contest. Barbosa was inserted into the contest after a yellow card was issued to starting goalkeeper Leandro Faria. What Barbosa did to dive and save the ball on the penalty kick ignited the Cougar defense.
Palomo said that Barbosa’s save was huge.
“Ruam stepped up big for us,” Palomo said. “He gave us life in this match.”
The two defenses, in fact, were dominating action. Neither team scored in the first half. It wasn’t until the 75 minute mark that the first goal was scored and it came off the foot of Palomo, who took a pass from Ramses Atahualpa and planted it into the net.
The lead stayed that way until with under three minutes to play WNCC added an insurance goal for the 2-0 lead. This time it was Atahualpa, who took a pass from Ohmar Sissoko for the goal.
The Cougars almost shutout the Pronghorns, but with 31 seconds remaining, Gillette’s Gregoire Sebm scored to cut the lead in half. WNCC then ran out the clock for the win.
WNCC had 14 shots, seven of which were on goal. Gillette had nine shots, eight of which on goal.
Faria had five saves in net, while Barbosa had two saves.
WNCC will be back in action next Saturday when they host Central Community College-Columbus in a Region IX South conference game at 4 p.m.
Palomo said they are going to keep working hard to get ready for the rest of the season.
“We are going to hit the training field hard and keep working like we always do,” he said.
12-Oct-2018 / WNCC Sports Info
The Western Nebraska Community College men’s soccer team needed just one goal and then to play a inspired defense in earning a 1-0 win over NJCAA No. 12 Northeastern Junior College in a Region IX South Conference match at Landers Soccer Complex Wednesday afternoon.,
The win moves WNCC to 8-5 overall and 5-2 in the South conference. NJC, who suffered its first conference defeat, drops to 6-1 in the conference and 12-4-1 overall. NJC came into the contest on a 10-match winning streak and the last time these two teams played, NJC won 6-0.
Wednesday was a different story according to Silvio Xavier, one of 10 sophomores that played their last regular season match at Landers Soccer Complex.
“The game down there we didn’t practice hard at all because it was in the middle of the week and we didn’t prepare ourselves the way we need to do,” Xavier said. “This game was different because we prepared our minds especially for this game and everything was OK. Thank God for that.”
Overall, Xavier said it was a win that wanted and needed.
“This was important for us to put our mind into the tournament again and we took a big step in the road to a championship,” Xavier said.
The scoring came early when Leo Palomo found a pass from Ramses Atahualpa and scored just eight minutes into the contest.
“The defense played well today and our centerback scored for us,” Xavier said. “I am happy for that.”
After that, the two defenses played lights out. Xavier said that one goal was all they needed to win the game.
“We knew we had to play 90 minutes in the game,” Xavier said. “We knew in the second half they would come hard toward us. We talked with each other during the halftime break and the defense did a good job.”
The defenses pitched shutouts in the second half, but it was WNCC’s defense that stepped up big time as late in the match, the Plainsmen had a plethora of scoring opportunities, including three straight corner kicks. NJC also missed a point-blank shot that went high and another time where the Cougar defense thwarted prime scoring opportunities by sending the ball to the midfield line.
WNCC outshot the Plainsmen 12-9. The big difference in the contest was cornerkicks with NJC getting 14 corners to WNCC’s one. That didn’t matter, though, as the defense thwarted those scoring opportunities.
The WNCC men will wrap up the regular season on Friday when they travel to Columbus to face Central Community College in a Region IX South Conference contest. A win Friday and a NJC loss to Central would give the Cougars and Plainsmen with identical records.
Xavier said they need to build off Wednesday’s win.
“We have to play tough and we need a good night sleep because it is a long trip,” Xavier said. “But, I hope everything will be OK and we are going to try to bring back a victory.”
06-Nov-2018 / WNCC Sports Info
Basketball is heating up with three home games for the Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team this week.
The Cougar men, who won the Region IX title last year and enter this season ranked 14th in the pre-season poll, will open the home portion of their season on Wednesday at 6 p.m. when they take on Colby Community College.
WNCC enters the contest at 2-0 after topping Central Wyoming College 111-106 and then dropping No. 3 College of Southern Idaho 105-102 last week at Riverton, Wyoming.
Colby also enters the contest at 2-0 after winning twice over the weekend. The Trojans topped Sterling College junior varsity 94-53 and then took down Sisserton Wahpeton College 99-64.
Colby is led by four players that are averaging in double figures after the opening weekend. David Hall is averaging 13.9 points a game followed by Ty Dalton at 12.2, and Craig Beaudion and Milton Wardlow both at 10.5.
WNCC, who is averaging 108 points a game, have six players in double figures. Jervay Green, who verbally committed to Nebraska, is averaging 26.5 points a game while Bryce Sanchious is pouring in 22 points a game.
Martin Roub is chipping in 18.5 points followed by Henry Tanksley at 17 points, Dru Kuxhausen at 10.5 and Elie Cadat at 10 points.
The last time the two teams played was the 2007-08 season when WNCC defeated Colby 92-59 in the first game of the season and then 77-72 at Colby a week later.
After Wednesday, WNCC will host the Region 9/18 Classic where WNCC and Casper College will represent Region IX while CSI and Salt Lake Community College will represent Region 18.
Friday’s schedule has Casper taking on Salt Lake at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Cougars and No. 3 CSI at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s slate of contests pit Casper and CSI at 4 p.m. while WNCC takes on No. 8 Salt Lake at 6 p.m.
While the men are at home this week, the Cougar women will hit the road for a pair of contests in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Cougar women, who are 1-1 on the season, will face No. 19 Iowa Western Community College on Friday and then take on Cloud County Community College on Saturday.
The WNCC women will then come back to Cougar Palace for their home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 14 when they face Northwest College at 7 p.m.
06-Feb-2019 / WNCC Athletics
MCCOOK – The No. 24-ranked Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team put five in double figures and rolled past McCook Community College 104-64 in a Region IX South Sub-region contest to move to 20-3 on the season.
It is the 32nd straight season the Cougar women have won 20 or more games. Last time WNCC had a sub 20-win season was 1986-87 when the team went 19-7.
The win was the Cougars eighth straight. WNCC moves to 6-0 in the sub-region while McCook drops to 3-3 in sub-region play and 15-8 overall.
WNCC put together a complete game in the win, shooting 48 percent from the field while holding McCook to just 29 percent.
The Cougars offense ignited in all four quarters, scoring 20 or more points for their 104 points.
WNCC held a slim 20-12 lead after the first quarter before leading by 20 at halftime, 46-26.
The second half was even more offensive for the Cougars, outscoring McCook 58-38. WNCC led 77-46 after three periods.
Merle Wiehl led all scorers with 27 points. Wiehl knocked down three 3-pointers while pulling down nine boards.
Allysah Boorth also tallied 20 points. Booth sank three treys and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
Tishara Morehouse finished with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Morehouse also had two assists.
R’Manie Pulling finished with 12 points while Yuliyana Valcheva had 10 points.
WNCC out-rebounded McCook 47-39. The Cougars also forced 25 turnovers.
WNCC, 20-3, will have a week off before their next game when they host the Highway 26 Border War contest with Eastern Wyoming College on Monday. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m.
Sam Hinkle 8, Makenna Bodette 12, Hailey Tiles 18, Nikki Cross 5, Lena Goerke 6, Makayla Jones 4, Destiny Davis 11.
13-Jan-2019 / WNCC Athletics
WNCC women roll over Northeast
Merle Wiehl and Tishara Morehouse combined for 51 points and the Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team buried 13 3-pointers in registering a 50-point 99-49 win over Northeast Community College Friday evening at Cougar Palace.
Wiehl led all scored with 30 points, including burying five 3-pointers. Morehouse tallied 21 points with four 3-pointers.
Morehouse, a freshman guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, said the team played well.
“We played really well today,” Morehouse said. “We all played as a team. Everything was just falling with us and it was a good win.”
The win was huge for the Cougars, who saw their 11-game winning streak snapped on Monday to Casper College 83-63. Friday’s contest saw the Cougars excel and Morehouse said it was a marked difference between games.
“Tonight was way better than Monday,” she said. “Monday we were just tired. We came in sloppy and not playing as a team. From now on we are going to keep getting these Ws.”
It was a marked difference between the two games, too. WNCC shot 47 percent from the field but more importantly out-rebounded the Hawks 50-34.
The team win also showed as all 11 roster players scored a point and grabbed a rebound.
The Cougars had three players in double figures. Behind Wiehl and Morehouse, Taylor Joplin tallied 12 points. WNCC also got nine points from Yulihana Valcheva and seven points from Andrijana Reljic.
As much as the offense was clicking, it was the defensive rebounding that was clutch Morehouse said.
“Boxing out and getting defensive rebounds was key tonight,” she said. “Monday we did not get no defensive rebounds and our defense wasn’t what we wanted it to be. Today, defense is what it was.”
On the glass, Reljic led the attack with six rebounds, while Wiehl and Joplin each had five boards.
Valcheva also tallied four blocked shots, while Wiehl and Joplin had one block.
WNCC’s dominance started early. Northeast scored the first bucket of the game. After that, WNCC reeled off an 11-0 run for an 11-2 lead and later led 22-10.
Northeast battled back, going on a 6-0 run of their own to climb to 22-16. WNCC led 25-18 after the first quarter.
The Cougars opened the contest in the second quarter, outscoring Northeast 24-11 in the second quarter to lead 49-29 at halftime. WNCC scored the final 10 points of the period including 3-pointers by Wiehl and Morehouse.
WNCC didn’t let up in the second half, opening the third quarter on a 12-3 run to lead 61-32 and led 71-40 after three quarters.
WNCC outscored Northeast 28-9 in the final stanza for their 13th win of the season.
WNCC, 13-3, will look for back-to-back wins when they host Otero Junior College Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Region IX South sub-region opener for both squads. After Saturday, the Cougars will hit the road for a pair of sub-region games next weekend against Northeastern Junior College and Lamar Community College.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Western Nebraska Community College men’s and women’s soccer team dropped contests to Salt Lake Community College on Thursday.
The Cougar men lost a tough one, battling back from a 3-0 halftime deficit before falling 3-2. The Cougar women fell 4-0 to the Bruins.
The men’s contest was a dogfight all game. WNCC outshot the Bruins 8-6, but couldn’t get the tying goal when they needed.
After Salt Lake took the 3-0 lead at halftime allowing the Bruins to score the third goal just seconds before intermission, the Cougars battled back in the second half.
Silvio Xavier started things for WNCC taking a pass from Ramses Atahualpa in the 62nd minute for the Cougar men’s first goal of the season. Xavier brought the team within a single goal after taking a pass from Thomas Franze in the 85th minute.
But the comeback fell short as time ran out.
Leandro Faria made nine saves in net after giving up three first-half goals.
The Cougar women played better than Wednesday’s 10-0 loss to No. 17 Snow College, but they still couldn’t find the back of the net.
Salt Lake scored twice in the first half for a 2-0 halftime deficit, netting goals 12 minutes into the game and then 24 minutes.
The second half saw WNCC play better to start. Salt Lake made it 3-0 with a goal in the 66th minute. Salt Lake earned a fourth goal in the 86th minute on an own goal.
Laramie Lake finished with eight saves in net.
Both teams will be back in action next week when they head to Gillette, Wyoming, for a pair of games. The women will face Northwest Wyoming on Saturday and Gillette on Sunday, while the men will battle Colorado Northwestern on Saturday and Gillette on Sunday.
27-Sep-2018 / WNCC Sports Info
The Western Nebraska Community College soccer and volleyball teams will be in key conference contests this weekend.
The Cougar volleyball team, who went 4-0 at home last week and are 14-6 on the season, will hit the road for three Region IX South conference matches beginning Thursday at No. 19 Otero Junior College. Otero has a 17-1 record on the season. First serve is set for 6 p.m.
WNCC will continue the southern Colorado road swing on Friday and Saturday. Friday, the Cougars head to Lamar Community College (15-6) for a 6 p.m. first serve and then Saturday to Trinidad State Junior College (9-8) for a 1 p.m. start.
Last week the Cougar volleyball team went 4-0 with some impressive wins. WNCC started last week with a 3-1 conference win over McCook Community College behind a 24-kill out-pouring by Enna Masaki. The Cougars then swept through the Wyo-Braska Invite with 3-0 wins over Eastern Wyoming College, Dawson Community College, and Casper College.
WNCC has five players with over 100 kills for the season. Masaki leads the way with 199 followed by Amryi-Grace Paris with 160, Gaby Canavati with 151, Kaile Tuisamatatele with 142, and Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina with 134.
WNCC’s blocking has been key as well as the team has 125 solo blocks and 80 assisted blocks. Mamai-Lagafuaina had 44 solos and 21 assists followed by Tuisamatatele with 26 solos and Masaki with 19. Mamai-Lagafuaina is fifth in the country in solo blocks,
The setting has been handled by Ogallala’s Jayme Commins, who has 632 set assists for 8.66 per game. Commins ranks 24th in the nation in sets per game.
While the volleyball team is on the road for conference contests, the men’s and women’s soccer teams will be hosting conference matches Friday and Saturday at Landers Soccer Complex. The women’s contests for both days begin at 1 p.m. with the men’s teams battling at 3 p.m.
WNCC will take on Trinidad State Junior College on Friday and then Otero Junior College on Saturday. This will be the second time these teams have faced each other.
The Cougar men enter the weekend contests at 6-3 overall and 3-1 in Region IX South play. Trinidad State is 2-7 on the season and 0-3 in conference action. NJC leads the conference at 4-0 and 7-3 overall.
Otero is 4-5 overall as they enter this weekend’s contests. The Rattlers are 2-2 on the season.
When the WNCC men met up with Trinidad and Otero earlier this month, the Cougars won both contests, earning 1-goal wins. WNCC topped Otero 2-1 before earning a 1-0 win over Trinidad State.
The women’s contests will decide first place in the conference standings. Trinidad, Otero and WNCC are all tied at 2-1 in conference play. The Cougar women are 3-4-1 overall while Trinidad is 3-4 and Otero is 4-4.
The Cougar women, who last played Oct. 15 when they tied Gillette College 2-2 split with Otero and Trinidad State in their first meetings. WNCC fell to Otero 2-0 before coming back to register a 1-0 win over Trinidad.
After this week, the Cougar men’s soccer team will have three regular matches left before regionals, while the women will have four matches left. Both squads will travel to Western Wyoming Community College on Oct. 5 before hosting Northeastern Junior College on Oct. 10. The women will travel to face York junior varsity on Oct. 11 before hosting Northwest College on Oct. 14. The Cougar men’s final regular season game is Oct. 12 at Central Community College-Columbus.
The only other team in action this weekend is the Cougar baseball team as they will scrimmage Colorado Mines in Golden, Colorado on Sunday at 10 a.m.
07-Feb-2019 / WNCC Athletics
BIG SPRINGS, Texas -- The Western Nebraska Community College softball team faced No. 11 Howard College Wednesday in Big Springs, Texas, and competed tooth and nail. In the end, the number 11 team in the NJCAA pre-season polls was just a clutch hit better than the Cougars in earning the doubleheader sweep.
The first game saw WNCC outhit Howard 13-12 with the Cougars getting a pair of home runs from Emma Glawson before falling in the bottom of the seventh when Howard scored three times for the 9-8 win.
The second game saw each team finish with seven hits, but Howard scored three late runs to earn the 6-3 win.
The two squads will face off with one another in a doubleheader on Thursday.
The first game was a battle between two offenses that combined for 25 hits and five home runs.
WNCC had three of those round-trippers, two from the bat of freshman Emma Glawson.
WNCC got behind the eight-ball quickly as Howard jumped to a 4-0 lead after two innings. That was when the WNCC bats came alive. Glawson got WNCC on the board with a lead-off home run in the third.
The Cougars then went ahead 6-4 with five runs in the fourth. Michaela Kelly started the inning with a single and then scored on a Hannah Baesler home run to cut the lead to 4-3. After Emma McMillan singled, Glawson delivered a 2-out, 2-run home run to put the Cougars on top 5-4. Emma Flynn scored another run to put WNCC up 6-4.
Howard knotted the score in the bottom of the fourth at 6-6. WNCC went up 8-6 with two in the sixth on a 2-out double by Kelly to score Hogan and Lindsey Allie. Howard won the contest with three runs in the seventh, scoring the winning run with two outs.
WNCC finished with 13 hits in the game. Kelly led the team with three hits, including a double, two RBIs, and a run scored.
Hogan, Baesler, McMIllan, and Glawson all had two hits for the Cougars. Glawson had two home runs, three RBIs, and two runs scored, while McMillan had a double with a run scored. Baesler had a home run with two RBIs and a run scored, while Hogan had a double and run scored.
The second game saw WNCC score once in the first before Howard came back with three in the first for a 3-1 lead. The Cougars tied the game in the third when Hogan delivered a 2-run home run to centerfield.
Howard came back with two runs in the fourth and a single run in the sixth for the 6-3 win.
Hogan and Mickie Mills each had two hits for the Cougars. Hogan had a home run with two runs scored and two RBIs. Mills had a double.