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McCook: Jullian Stiver, Talyn Campbell, Tate Felber, Kody Hahn, Alec Langan, Jared Cole, Colin Giron, and Hunter Cunningham
Cambridge: Drew Sprinkle, and John Tenbensel
Arapahoe: Tristan White, John Lee, and Levi Kerner
Dundy County-Stratton: Brenden Warman, and Delton Haines
Hitchcock County: Joel Priest, Seth Hare, Remington Hodges, and Gage Peterson.
Medicine Valley: Jaden Henderson, Dylan Davis-Mack, and Austin Wolfe
Southwest: Brett Tryon, Garrett Latimer, Kaden Guerrero, and Logan Kircher.
Today’s icy conditions across Nebraska have forced the postponement of tonight’s women’s and men’s basketball games against Central Community College in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. No makeup date has been set. Weather permitting, the MCC baseball and softball teams are scheduled for their home openers Wednesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex. The MCC softball team -- scheduled to play two games in Colby Tuesday (at 2 and 4 p.m.) -- are scheduled to open at home Wednesday in a doubleheader with Northwest Kansas Technical College starting at 1 p.m. That game had originally been scheduled for Feb. 10 but postponed by low temperatures. MCC baseball is scheduled to take on Colby Community College Wednesday in a nine-inning game starting at 3 p.m.
DALLAS – The McCook Community College baseball team opened the season with a double-header sweep over North Lake College by the scores of 5-2 and 9-7.
“It was great to start off the season with two wins,” MCC Coach Jon Olsen said.
Freshman left-hander Isaac Vargas (Greeley, Colo.) started on the mound and picked up the win as the Indians scored a pair of runs in the fourth to break up a 1-1 tie and added two more in the sixth.
“We did a great job on the mound in game one, Vargas was really good for five innings,” Olsen said. “He really gave us a great start.”
“In game two we only gave up two hits but got hurt by the walk, but we worked through it, our bullpen was lights out with three scoreless innings in game two when we needed it in a tie game and later up two runs,” Olsen said.
Freshman JR Maldonado (Las Vegas) broke up a 7-7 tie in the sixth inning of the second game to put MCC in the lead for good. Sophomore Shaun Hickey (Summerville, New Brunswick) picked up the save with a scoreless inning of relief.
“Defensively we only made one error all day, and our infield played really well.” Olsen said.
Olsen said a lot of new guys saw action Friday including two freshmen starting pitchers.
“It was great to get all those new guys out there,” Olsen said. “Now we need to have another good day and keep the momentum for opening weekend going.”
The 2-0 Indians face off in another double header against North Lake College Saturday at 1 p.m.
GAME 1 -- MCC 5, North Lake College 2: Vargas (1-0) pitched five innings allowing five hits one run while striking out three hitters.
MCC got on the board in the second when sophomore Julio Seperich, (Las Vegas) doubled behind a couple walks.
North Lake tied it up with a run in the second but the Indians took the lead for good in the third. A Blazer error and a double by Tyler Clark-Chiapperelli (Austin, Texas) set the stage for sophomore Beau Hawley’s (Greeley, Colo.) two-run single.
In the sixth the Indians added two more runs. North Platte freshman Kade Wroot tripled to centerfield and scored on a Clark-Chiapparelli single. He later stole second and third base and scored on a single off the bat of Angel Mojica (Denver) to make it a 5-1 game.
Clark-Chiapperelli took the mound for the sixth and seventh to pick up the save allowing a hit and an earned run to go along with three strikeouts.
GAME 2 -- MCC 9, North Lake College 7: Freshman Anthony Kingsbury, (Gatineau, Quebec) got the start on the mound for the second game and his team got him a 1-0 lead in the first on a Clark-Chiapparelli double and a sacrifice fly off the bat of freshman Trevor Pacheco (Pueblo, Colo.)
Kingsbury ran into trouble in the second frame giving up five runs.
The Indian responded with four runs in the third to tie the game. Chiapparelli led off with a walk followed by a Maldonado single, a Blazer error and a Justin Lucas (Las Vegas) single to make it 5-4. After a Pachero single, Hawley doubled to score both runners to tie the game.
MCC took a 7-5 lead in the fourth with a two-run single by Lucas but North Lake College came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to make it a 7-7 game.
Freshman Caleb Keck (Rittman, Ohio) came on in relief in the bottom of the fifth and held North Lake scoreless and hitless in the fifth.
Chiapparelli delivered a one-out single in the sixth and came around to score what turned out to be the game-winning run on Maldonado’s double. With two outs, Pacheco doubled home Maldonado to add the insurance run.
Keck (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth and left the game with two innings of work, no hits or walks and three strikeouts. Hickey came on to pick up the save in the seventh allowing a hit, a walk and striking out one.
Lucas finished the game three-for-four to lead the 11-hit MCC attack. The Indians also got multi-hit games from Pacheco, Clark-Chiapparelli and Maldonado.
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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team lost its third straight game Friday, falling to Northeastern Junior College 79-69.
“We just had a hard time guarding in a lot of different ways, man, zone, nothing was working,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said.
The Plainsmen never trailed and led by as many as 13 points in the first half. MCC made several runs in the second half and pulled to within four points, 56-53 with 6:59 left in the game but couldn’t make the stops on defense and were unable to get any closer.
“I thought we looked really complacent tonight,” Lenhart said. “NJC played a great game, hats off to them for beating us, they really executed well vs. our team, and took way we gave them.”
Sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) and redshirt freshman AV Banks (Portageville, Mo.) each scored 13 points.
Freshmen Miles Black (Jonesboro, Ga.) and Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) both scored 11 points. Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) scored nine points.
“Points were hard to come by, we didn’t share the ball very well,” Lenhart said. The Indians were only credited with six assists on the night.
Sophomore Ron Rice (New York, N.Y.) scored nine points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds including five offensive as the Indians fell on the rebound tally 35-33.
MCC shot 39.0 percent for the game from the field, 36.0 percent from the 3-point line and 56 percent from the line.
NJC shot 50.9 percent from the field, 45.5 from the 3-point line and 72.7 from the line.
The MCC was a little short-handed with sickness taking Sophomore Antonije Petrovic (Pancevo, Serbia) and freshmanAnani Ikechukwu (Abuja, Nigeria) out of the lineup.
“I thought Alton Turner (freshman, Queens, N.Y.) gave us some pretty solid minutes,” Lenhart said.
NJC improves to 12-13 and 4-4 in the South Sub Region.
MCC falls to 9-14 and 2-6 in the region.
On Sunday the Indians host Southeast Community College in a men’s-only game starting at 3 p.m.; followed by a home game Monday against Central Community College (7:30 p.m.). The home stand continues Feb. 15 against Trinidad State (7:30 p.m.); and Feb. 16 against Otero Junior College (4 p.m.)
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The McCook Community College women lost to Northeastern Junior College Friday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Friday night, 78-72.
“This was an extremely tough loss because there was a lot on the line tonight and we came up short and it hurts,” said Kellen Fernetti, MCC Women’s Basketball.
In the Region South Sub-Region standings, Western Nebraska topped the standings heading into the night at 6-0, NJC was second at 4-1 and MCC and Trinidad were tied at 3-3 so with three sub-region games left (all at home) if the Lady Indians win out against Trinidad State, Otero and Lamar, a 6-4 would leave the Lady Indians with a third-place finish at best.
“NJC’s best players stepped up to make plays and we had a hard time making plays at the right time,” Fernetti said.
Sophomore transfer Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) led MCC with 26 points to go along with nine rebounds. Freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) had 15 points and led the Lady Indians with 10 rebounds.
Sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) added 15 points and five rebounds. Sophomore Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain) scored nine points and had five boards.
MCC shot 39.7 percent from the field for the game, 36.8 percent (seven of 19) from the 3-point line, and 68.8 percent (11 of 16) from the free-throw line. The Indians had 38 rebounds and 15 turnovers.
NJC shot 43.9 percent from the field, 32.0 percent on 25 attempts from the arc, and 76.9 percent on 13 free throws. The Plains women led 23-22 after the first quarter and the teams were tied at the half 41-41. The Lady Indians were unable to overcome a 20-11 NJC advantage in the third
“A lot of stats are pretty even for this game but in order for us to take the next step, we just have to make plays at crucial times,” Fernetti said.
Tashika Burrell led NJC with 25 points.
Northeastern improves to 17-5 and 5-1 in the South Sub-Region Standings
MCC falls to 15-9 on the year and 3-4 in South Sub-Region
“I still believe in this team and we still have a lot to play for so it will be exciting to get back into the gym and get back to work,” Fernetti said.
On Monday the Lady Indians take a break from the Region IX competition and host Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference opponent Central Community College (5:30 p.m.). MCC continues the home stand Feb. 15 against Trinidad State (5:30 p.m.); and Feb. 16 against Otero Junior College (2 p.m.).
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