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The Nebraska volleyball team will play its lone 2019 spring match against Colorado State at the McCook Community College Graff Events Center in McCook, Nebraska on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. Doors to the match will open at 11:30 a.m., and the match will air on select Husker Sports Network radio affiliates online at and on the Huskers app. The Husker volleyball players will sign autographs following the match. The trip to McCook continues Nebraska’s tradition of touring the state for spring volleyball matches. The Huskers played Colorado State in Kearney in 2017 and have also made recent visits to Grand Island, Wayne, Norfolk and Ogallala.

About Nebraska
• Nebraska is coming off a 2018 season in which it reached the NCAA Final Four for the fourth straight year, a first in program history. The Huskers were the NCAA Runner-Up after dropping a five-set match to Stanford in Minneapolis.
• NU returns five starters from last year’s team, including first-team All-American Lauren Stivrins. The 6-4 middle blocker averaged 2.36 kills and 1.17 blocks per set while hitting .421 last season, the third-highest mark in school history.
• Setter Nicklin Hames earned All-America honorable mention as a freshman and was a Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection along with middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach.

About Colorado State
• Colorado State went 23-8 last season and won the Mountain West Conference title with a 15-3 record. The Rams qualified for the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Tennessee, 3-2, in the first round.
• Colorado State had no seniors on its roster last season and returns every starter, including All-America honorable-mention selections Katie Oleksak and Kirstie Hillyer. Oleksak, a 5-10 setter, is a two-time Mountain West Player of the Year. Hillyer, a 6-6 middle blocker, averaged 3.04 kills, 1.23 blocks and hit .363 last season.

150 years of Husker history headed to McCook
You’re invited to get one of the first looks at an exhibition highlighting historic University of Nebraska–Lincoln achievements as the N150 sesquicentennial celebration comes to McCook April 20-27. The exhibition will be available for viewing at the two locations below. Those with a ticket to the Nebraska Volleyball match this Saturday will have the first look – and then the exhibit will move to the historic Keystone building.

McCook Community College
Peter & Dolores Graff Events Center
Auxiliary Gym
401 East M Street
McCook, Neb.April 20: Nebraska vs. Colorado State Volleyball Match (Ticket required – sold out)
Doors open at 11:30 a.m., through the conclusion of the post-match autograph session
Keystone Events Center
402 Norris Avenue
McCook, Neb.
April 22-26: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
April 27: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The N150 traveling exhibition features key moments in the university’s 150-year history since its charter on February 15, 1869 — from influential alumni, legendary athletic programs and cultural contributions to agricultural, technological and science innovation and environmental stewardship. McCook will be the exhibition’s third stop outside Lincoln in a year-long tour throughout Nebraska, engaging every corner of the state to celebrate our University’s 150-year history and legacy.
To learn more about the celebration of 150 years of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, visit:


Omaha, Neb. – Trailing 3-0 after the first inning, Nebraska (21-11) came from behind to storm past Omaha, 8-5, at Werner Park on Wednesday night.

Luke Roskam led the Husker offense with a 4-for-4 performance, as NU churned out 12 hits as a team. Spencer Schwellenbach, Aaron Palensky and Joe Acker also registered multi-hit nights, as Schwellenbach smacked his first career home run.

In the opening frame, the Huskers were retired 1-2-3 with a strikeout, groundout and flyout. Omaha pounced early with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Starter Kyle Perry allowed four walks and one hit during the frame.

Nebraska plated one run in the top of the second to cut the score to 3-1. Acker laced a leadoff single before Roskam’s ground-rule double put runners on second and third. After a strikeout, Mojo Hagge’s sacrifice fly to center field drove in Acker for NU’s first run of the game. In the bottom of the second, Mike Waldron retired all three Maverick hitters.

NU scored three runs in the top of the third to take its first lead of the game at 4-3. Schwellenbach smashed his first career home run before Palensky singled and Angelo Altavilla walked. After a fielder’s choice, Roskam smoked a two-RBI double to drive in both runners. Omaha tied the game at 4-4 with one run in the bottom of the third. Despite not recording a hit, the Mavericks drew four walks, leaving three runners stranded.

Colby Gomes hit a leadoff single in the top of the fourth, but was left stranded in a scoreless frame for the Big Red. Omaha went down in order in the bottom of the fourth, as reliever Jaxon Hallmark recorded all three outs.

Roskam recorded his third hit of the game in the top of the fifth, but each of the other three Husker hitters failed to get on base. Omaha’s leadoff hitter in the fifth singled, but a lineout double play and foul-out ended a scoreless inning to keep the score tied at 4-4.

NU managed runners at the corners with two outs when Alex Henwood and Schwellenbach each singled in the top of the sixth, but a fielder’s choice kept them from scoring. The Mavericks managed two hits in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn’t take the lead as the score remained 4-4.

In the top of the seventh, NU managed back-to-back two-out walks, but a fielder’s choice ended the frame. Omaha managed one baserunner in a scoreless bottom of the seventh.

NU plated four runs in the top of the eighth to take an 8-4 lead. Henwood drew a one-out walk before Schwellenbach was hit-by-pitch. Palensky drove in one run with an RBI single. Acker smashed a two-RBI double and later scored when Roskam picked up his fourth hit of the night. In the bottom of the eighth, Thomas Debonville homered to cut the Husker lead to 8-5 before three consecutive groundouts.

In the top of the ninth, the Huskers went down in order. Gomes struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to earn his team-high seventh save of the season.

The Huskers travel to Iowa this weekend for a three-game series with the Hawkeyes. The games are scheduled for Friday at 6:05 p.m. (CT), Saturday at 2:05 p.m., and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Saturday’s game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.


NORTH PLATTE – The McCook Community College softball team picked up a pair of wins Wednesday over North Platte in two distinctly different ways. Freshman Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) tossed a complete game three-hitter in Game 1 to give MCC a 3-1 win and a seventh-inning grand slam off the bat of Hannah Jensen helped secure a 15-10 win in Game 2.

The wins put MCC in the driver’s seat in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference standings with a 5-1 mark (all on the road) and will play each of the three conference teams twice more at home. The win also puts MCC at 22-22 on the season.

This weekend the Lady Indians will travel to Sterling, Colo. for a doubleheader with Northeastern Junior College Saturday at 1 p.m. (MT) and to Scottsbluff Sunday to play Western Nebraska in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. (MT).

The Lady Indians will be home for the final 10 games of the season with a doubleheader Tuesday against Otero Junior College (11 a.m.), Wednesday against Central Community College (1 p.m.), and Friday against Trinidad State Junior College (11 a.m.).

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

NCCAC Standings

W-L (Overall)

McCook 5-1 22-22

Southeast 5-3 11-13

Central CC 3-3 8-18

North Platte 1-7 11-21



April 24: Central Community College at MCC, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

April 29: Southeast Community College at MCC 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

April 30: North Platte at McCook, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.


GAME 1 – McCook CC 3, North Platte CC 1: Down 2-1 in the third inning, the Lady Indians scored two runs which would be all the runs they needed to back the three-hit pitching of Angel Valdez.

Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columba) led off the MCC third with a single to right. Sophomore Sieara Price (Greeley, Colo.) delivered a two-out RBI-single followed by a Taylor Ford (McCook) RBI-single.

In the sixth inning MCC manufactured a run with a hit batter, a passed ball and a North Platte error.

The Lady Indians were held to four hits in the game including a double from Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah) and the three singles in the two-run third by Charchuk, Price and Ford.

GAME 2: – McCook CC 3, North Platte CC 1: The Indians scored three runs in the first inning, five in the second and another in the third inning to lead 9-0 but had to hold on to outlast North Platte.

A couple North Platte errors and a Taylor Ford sacrifice fly helped the Lady Indians get off to a 3-0 start. Kassidy Powers lifted a three-run homer to centerfield in the second inning to give MCC a 6-0 lead. The Lady Indians extended the lead with RBI singles from Jerusha Miner and Sarah Willier to put McCook up 8-0. Powers drove home a run in the third with a sacrifice fly.

North Platte chipped away with a pair of runs in the third and two more in the fifth inning to close within 9-4. MCC got one of those runs back in the sixth but the Knights came up with six runs in the sixth inning to tie the game at 10-10.

Emily Charchuk broke up the tie in the top of the seventh with a bases-loaded walk and the next batter, Hannah Jensen (Aurora, Colo.), powered a grand-slam home run to center to give the Lady Indians the final margin of victory.

Freshman Sarah Willier (Ponoka, Alberta) started in the circle for MCC and went 4.2 innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs. Sophomore Kayla Harrison (Richmond, British Columbia) pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up three hits and four earned runs. Freshman Etta Van Burgsteden (Kinistino, Saskatchwan) came on to pitch the final 1.2 innings and picked up the win, allowing one hit, a walk, a strikeout and one unearned run.

MCC outhit NPCC 12-10. Miner and Jade Hollands (Effington, Kan.) each had three hits, and Powers two.


NORFOLK – The McCook Community College and Northeast Community College baseball teams continued a recent tradition of slugfests Tuesday as the Hawks pulled out a 10-9 win in the bottom of the ninth inning. A couple ninth-inning errors enabled the Hawks to score the tying and winning runs.

The win was the 10th straight for Northeast Community College in its second year of existence under Coach Marcus Clapp, a McCook High School graduate. After playing their first 26 games on the road, the Hawks played their home-opener Sunday and are now 4-0 at home and 20-11 overall. One of those wins was a 15-10 win over MCC March 20 in Colby.

On Tuesday, Northeast scored three first-inning runs to take a brief 3-1 lead before the Indians tied it in the second on a two-run home run by sophomore Parker Kretzel (Thornton, Colo.).

MCC scored a run to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on a Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, (Austin, Texas) double and a single from Angel Mojica (Denver), but the Hawks responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Trailing 7-4 in the eighth, it was the Indians who posted a five-run inning to take a 9-7 lead. Northeast pitchers walked two of the first three MCC hitters and hit a batter to load the bases for Kade Wroot (North Platte) who singled home the first run. A Hawk error led to the second run. A two-run single by Kaleb Taylor (McCook) put the Indians up 8-7 and a sacrifice fly put MCC up by two runs.

The Hawks used nine pitchers while the Indians used six. Freshman Victor Santiago (Caguas, Puerto Rico) pitched three scoreless, hitless innings, and freshman Yasnier Laureano (Anderson, S.C.) was the only other MCC pitcher who made it through an inning unscathed -- with one inning of work, a walk and two strikeouts.

The Hawks out-hit MCC 8-7. Clark-Chiaparrelli had a pair of doubles and Taylor had two hits and two RBIs for the Indians.

The Indians fall to 11-22 on the year and will travel to La Junta, Colo. this weekend to take on Otero Junior College Saturday with a doubleheader on Sunday.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:


The Big Ten announced its layout of the 2019-20 conference season on Wednesday, including the home-and-road plays for the Nebraska women's basketball team's 18-game league season.

The Huskers, who are set to return 10 players from their 2018-19 squad including 2020 seniors Hannah Whitish, Nicea Eliely, Grace Mitchell and Kristian Hudson, will have Big Ten double-plays against defending conference champion Iowa, 2018 conference champion Ohio State, 2019 NCAA qualifier Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Eight of those 10 games for the Huskers will come against 2019 postseason qualifiers.

In addition to Nebraska's home games against the Hawkeyes, Buckeyes, Hoosiers, Golden Gophers and Badgers, the Huskers will play 2019 NCAA Tournament qualifier Michigan at Pinnacle Bank Arena along with Purdue, Penn State and Illinois in their nine-game home Big Ten schedule.

Nebraska will complete its road conference schedule against NCAA Tournament qualifiers Maryland, Michigan and Rutgers along with 2019 WNIT runner-up Northwestern. Overall, eight of the Huskers' nine Big Ten Conference road games next season will come against 2019 postseason tournament teams.

The Big Ten Conference will release dates for is 2019-20 league season in late-August or early-September. Non-conference schedule information will be announced by Nebraska as it becomes available.

2020 Nebraska Big Ten Opponents
(18-Game Conference Schedule)

Home (9)

  • Iowa+
  • Michigan
  • Indiana+
  • Minnesota+
  • Ohio State+
  • Purdue
  • Penn State
  • Wisconsin+
  • Illinois

Road (9)

  • Iowa+
  • Maryland
  • Indiana+
  • Michigan State
  • Rutgers
  • Minnesota+
  • Ohio State+
  • Northwestern
  • Wisconsin+

(+) indicates conference double-plays against Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin


Lincoln – Visits by Big Ten co-champions Michigan State and Purdue to Pinnacle Bank Arena highlight the Big Ten Conference basketball opponent breakdown for the 2019-20 season released Wednesday afternoon.


The Huskers’ 20-game Big Ten schedule will feature 12 games against NCAA Tournament qualifiers, including a Spartan squad that reached the Final Four and a Purdue team that went to the Elite Eight before losing in overtime to national champion Virginia.

This is the second year that the Big Ten used a 20-game schedule with every team playing seven opponents both home and away while facing the other six one time. Last year, the Big Ten had 10 teams reach postseason play, including a conference record eight NCAA Tournament teams which was the most of any conference nationally.


The home schedule will include matchups with NCAA qualifiers Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin along with games with NIT qualifier Indiana as well as tilts with Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers. The matchups with Michigan State, Penn State and Purdue are NU’s single-play road contests.


On the road, the Huskers will make trips to Illinois, Maryland and Minnesota, along with games at Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, Rutgers, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The matchups with the Fighting Illini, Terrapins and Golden Gophers will be NU’s single-play road contests.


Fans who want information on signing up for season tickets for Fred Hoiberg’s first season at Nebraska can join the 2019-20 Ticket Request List by visiting


2019-20 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Opponents 


Home: Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue

Away: Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota

Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin




Home: Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska

Away: Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers



Home: Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern

Away: Illinois, Michigan, Rutgers

Home/Away: Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin



Home: Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern

Home/Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue



Home: Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue

Away: Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers



Home: Indiana, Penn State, Wisconsin

Away: Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern

Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers



Home: Iowa, Ohio State, Rutgers

Away: Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue

Home/Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin



Home: Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska

Away: Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers

Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin




Home: Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State

Away: Indiana, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue



Home: Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers

Away: Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern

Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin



Home: Illinois, Maryland, Wisconsin

Away: Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue

Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers



Home: Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State

Away: Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State

Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin



Home: Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern

Away: Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State

Home/Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin



Home: Illinois, Maryland, Northwestern

Away: Iowa, Michigan, Penn State

Home/Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers


The Nebraska volleyball team will play its lone 2019 Spring Match against Colorado State at McCook Community College here in McCook on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m.  Hometown Family Radio Sports Network talks with the Radio Voice of Husker Volleyball John Baylor about the event.


Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (20-11) saw its three-game winning streak snapped in a 5-0 loss to Kansas State at Hawks Field on Tuesday night.

The Huskers were held to five hits and left 10 runners on base against the Wildcats, who improve to 17-21 this season. It marks NU’s second consecutive home loss after starting 8-0 at Haymarket Park in 2019. In the month of April, Nebraska is 7-2 overall with both losses coming during midweek games.

Joe Acker led the Husker offense against K-State with a 2-for-3 performance. Aaron Palensky, Angelo Altavilla and Jaxon Hallmark each registered one hit apiece.

Nebraska saw outings from five different pitchers on Tuesday night. Chad Luensmann, making his first start since Feb. 22, went 2.0 innings and allowed two runs on three hits, while recording one strikeout. Tyler Martin (2.0 innings), Ben Klenke (2.0), Max Schreiber (2.0) and Paul Tillotson (1.0) also appeared on the mound for the Big Red against K-State.

The Wildcats pounced early with two runs in the top of the first and never looked back. During the opening frame, KSU managed three hits, scoring both of its runs with two outs. The Wildcats plated one run in the top of the third when Cameron Thompson hit a home run to right field.

Kansas State added one run in the top of the eighth and one run in the top of the ninth inning. In all, the Wildcats recorded 10 hits.

The former conference foes split the season series for 2019. On April 2 in Manhattan, Kan., the Huskers won by a 7-0 margin.

The Huskers visit Werner Park in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday night to face the Omaha Mavericks. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. (CT).


Comments from Head Coach Joe Vetrovsky


The McCook Bison Boys golf team competed in the Ron Coleman Invitational at Heritage Hills golf course in McCook on Tuesday April 16th. It was a very pleasant day weather wise with some windy conditions late in the round.

The Bison competed very well finishing 3rd with a 361. The Bison boys were also able to enter a Junior Varsity team who also competed well and placed 5th as a team with a 388. North Platte took home the team title with a 340 and Broken Bow was runner-up with a 356.
The Bison were led by sophomore Brady Esch who scored a very impressive round of 75. Brady was the low round for the tournament making him the individual medalist. Brady had a fantastic round and was able to capitalize on some strong play from himself. Reed Malleck from York was the runner-up medalist with a 76.
There were also some other Bison golfers who scored solid rounds and got into medal contention as well. Logan Barenberg had a nice steady day and scored an 86 which placed him 8th. Brandan Eckhardt had a solid eighteen holes and scored an 89 which placed him 12th. Also Payton Craw showed great poise today and scored a 91 which placed him 13th.
Overall, all the Bison golfers competed very hard and showed great determination especially in the later holes of the round during windy conditions. The Bison golfers look forward to traveling to Gothenburg on Thursday April 18th for an invite at Wild Horse golf course.

Joe Vetrovsky

Hershey 0 McCook 9

Varsity Singles
1 Kassidy Michaelis def K. Hastings 8-0
2 Sydney Stewart def C. Sexton 8-1
3 Macy Hill def A. Berntson 8-1
4 Olivia Koetter def T. Wilson 8-2
5 Elsa Wilcox def R. Hudson 8-1
6 Emily Kjendal def R. Wiese 8-2
Varsity Doubles
1 Riley Hansen/Kori Uerling def Hastings/Sexton 8-1
2 Delaney Jumps/Megan Hodgson def Berntson/Wilson 8-1
3 MaKenna Cooper/Emily Laurie def Hudson/Wiese 8-1
Hershey Junior Varsity 0 McCook Junior Varsity 6
Junior Varsity Doubles
Kirstin Collicott/Rose Stoney def Compton/Spencer 6-1
Lexi Hauxwell/Joslynn Hammond def Compton/Spencer 6-0
Alexis Carney/Jackie Hinze def Brown/L. Wiese 6-3
Madison Cooper/Elizabeth Barenberg def Brown/L. Wiese 6-1
Richa Patel/Hayden Johnson def Smith/Stansberry 6-0
Sage Graves/Kora Keslin def Brown/L. Wiese 7-5

McCook Humane Society

McCook Humane Society