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The following statement from Head Coach Scott Frost is regarding Mike Dawson being hired to the New York Giants coaching staff on Monday:

“Coach Dawson informed me late last week he had chosen to accept a coaching position with the New York Giants. Mike has been a key part of our staff the past three seasons at Nebraska and UCF. He is a man of great character, an outstanding teacher, relates well to players and is a tremendous asset for any coaching staff.

“When you are fortunate to have outstanding coaches on your staff, they are going to have other opportunities in this profession. We will miss Coach Dawson, but wish him and his family the best as he takes the next step in his career with the Giants.”

Due to weather conditions the girls Class B Sub District 7 basketball tournament has been pushed up a day. First round action between North Platte vs Holdrege followed by McCook vs Lexington will be played on Tuesday, February 12th with the championship between the winners to be played on February, 13th in North Platte. McCook games will be carried on The Zone 93.9 & Holdrege contest can be heard live on KUVR 1380 AM/96.9 FM & Bracket below. 

Class B Girls Sub District 7 Bracket 

Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Green Bay Gamblers by a final score of 5-2 Saturday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney. In the win, Tri-City completed a two-game season sweep of Green Bay and maintained its first-place lead in the USHL league standings. The Storm got goals in the game from Brendan Budy (2), Ronnie Attard, Zac Jones, and Joe Berg. Storm goaltender Jake Barczewski made 19 saves and recorded his 15th victory of the season in goal. The Storm now hit the road for games against Central Illinois and Waterloo next weekend.

Less than five minutes into the game, Brendan Budy netted his 4th goal of the season to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead. Budy’s goal was scored at 4:18 of the 1st period and was assisted by Filip Forsmark. Ronnie Attard scored his 18th goal of the season minutes later to push the Storm lead to two goals. Attard’s 5th goal of the weekend was scored at 5:49 of the 1st period and was assisted by Brandan Furry and Shane Pinto. Zac Jones scored another goal for the Storm at 9:43 of the period to give Tri-City a 3-0 lead. Jones’ goal was assisted by Filip Forsmark and Ronnie Attard. Robert Herrman provided an answer from Green Bay with less than nine minutes to play in the 1st period to cut the Storm’s lead down to two goals. Tri-City outshot Green Bay 13-9 in the 1st period, and after no goals were scored in the 2nd period, carried a 3-1 lead into the 3rd period.

Nicholas Zabaneh scored his 8th goal of the year for the Gamblers at the 12:20 mark of the 3rd period to bring the Gamblers back within one goal of the Storm’s lead. Tri-City scored two goals in the final five minutes of the game to secure the victory. Brendan Budy scored his 5th goal of the season, and 2nd goal of the game at 15:13 of the 3rd period to give Tri-City a 4-2 lead. Filip Forsmark and Ronnie Attard recorded assists on the goal. For Forsmark, the assist on Budy’s goal was his 3rd of the game, and 25th of the 2018-2019 season. Joe Berg netted the game’s final goal at 17:09 of the period. Colton Kalezic registered the assist on the goal.

Filip Forsmark was named the game’s 3rd Star, Ronnie Attard collected 2nd Star honors, and Brendan Budy was named the 1st Star of the Game. The 5-2 final score gave Tri-City its 31st win of the season, and 17th on home ice. The Storm hit the road next weekend for three games in three days, before returning home to the Viaero Center on February 22nd & 23rd. Tri-City will host the Chicago Steel in its next two home games, with the puck drop scheduled for 7:05pm for both games.

Tri-City returns to action Friday in a road game against the Central Illinois Flying Aces. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:07pm


The District Wrestling Tournament wrapped up over the weekend.  Area teams sending wrestlers to Omaha for the State Wrestling Tournament include. The 2019 NSAA State Wrestling Tournament starts on Thursday continues on Friday and wraps up on Saturday at the CHI Health Center in Omaha.  Listen for State Wrestling Updates at the top of every hour starting at 9:00am CT.

Class B

McCook: Jullian Stiver, Talyn Campbell, Tate Felber, Kody Hahn, Alec Langan, Jared Cole, Colin Giron, and Hunter Cunningham

Class C

Cambridge: Drew Sprinkle, and John Tenbensel


Class D

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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Ainsworth 74, Boone Central/Newman Grove 57
Alliance 72, Brush, Colo. 32
Anselmo-Merna 60, Spalding Academy 41
Archbishop Bergan 81, Guardian Angels 56
Bellevue West 75, Elkhorn South 67
Bishop Neumann 76, Nebraska City Lourdes 31
Boys Town 59, Milford 47
Cambridge 56, Chase County 52
Centennial 53, Malcolm 33
Chadron 65, Newcastle, Wyo. 53
Columbus Lakeview 57, Columbus Scotus 54
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 65, Bellevue East 58
Ewing 49, Elgin Public/Pope John 47
Hartington Cedar Catholic 73, Lutheran High Northeast 63
Holdrege 44, St. Paul 34
Homer 52, Walthill 50
Humphrey St. Francis 66, Shelby/Rising City 57
Kenesaw 56, Bertrand 44
Lincoln East 73, Omaha Northwest 58
Lincoln Pius X 66, Lincoln Southwest 60
Lincoln Southeast 53, Fremont 37
Louisville 52, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 41
Millard West 53, Papillion-LaVista South 31
Minatare 46, Hyannis 43
Mitchell 74, Burns, Wyo. 39
Morrill 39, Gordon/Rushville 34
Norfolk 58, Millard South 44
Norris 61, Lincoln Christian 41
Omaha Bryan 85, Lincoln High 69
Omaha Creighton Prep 65, Rockhurst, Mo. 51
Omaha Roncalli 59, Omaha Concordia 41
Omaha South 69, Omaha Benson 53
Southwest 66, Axtell 60
St. Edward 65, Elkhorn Valley 34
Wahoo 81, Ashland-Greenwood 40
Wauneta-Palisade 81, Arthur County 30
Weeping Water 74, Heartland Christian, Iowa 30
Heartland Hoops Classic=
Aurora 72, Cozad 53
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 68, Auburn 52
Grand Island Central Catholic 52, North Bend Central 43
Hastings 45, Freeman 40
Omaha Skutt Catholic 71, Adams Central 50
Riverside 72, Loomis 59
York 63, Bennington 43
Sacred Hoops Classic=
Lower Brule, S.D. 67, Winnebago 54
Alliance 68, Brush, Colo. 48
Axtell 64, Southwest 50
Bertrand 39, Kenesaw 30
Boone Central/Newman Grove 53, Ainsworth 40
Chase County 60, Cambridge 53
Cody-Kilgore 57, McPherson County 31
Elkhorn South 63, Bellevue West 44
Fremont 73, Lincoln Southeast 46
Gordon/Rushville 47, Morrill 44
Harvard 57, Nebraska Lutheran 35
Homer 70, Walthill 43
Lincoln Christian 60, Norris 50
Lincoln East 55, Omaha Northwest 51
Lincoln High 56, Omaha Bryan 8
Lincoln North Star 43, Kearney 36
Lincoln Southwest 64, Lincoln Pius X 50
Millard South 44, Norfolk 27
Millard West 53, Papillion-LaVista South 31
Minatare 42, Hyannis 41
Mitchell 74, Burns, Wyo. 36
Nebraska City Lourdes 48, Sidney, Iowa 37
Omaha South 74, Omaha Benson 34
St. Paul 48, Holdrege 34
Wauneta-Palisade 43, Arthur County 28
Sacred Hoops Classic=
Lower Brule, S.D. 82, Winnebago 75 OT

Kearney, Neb. – Four players scored in double figures to help Nebraska-Kearney rally past Pittsburg State, 65-63, Saturday evening in Kansas.

The Lopers (8-14, 3-10) pick up its second road win of the year while the Gorillas (14-9, 7-7) drop a fifth straight game. Both teams were a bit short handed as Pitt was minus two starters, including guard Donovan Franklin (21.7 points per game), with UNK junior Kyle Juhl sidelined for most of the day with a shoulder ailment.

Pitt, also featuring senior guard Grant Lozoya (24.0 ppg), got out to a 31-17 lead 14 minutes into the action. UNK was just 1 of 13 from behind the three point line in the opening half but a zone defense and some work around the rim by sophomore post Weston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Minn.) made it just a seven-point hole, 36-29, by the break.

"I think our zone helped us get back in it. Once we got (the deficit) down by halftime, that kind of got us going and gave us a chance," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "Our zone really helped us all weekend. It got us back into it at Missouri Southern and it did the same thing today. We wanted to shortened the game  … we need it to be in the 60's and not the 70's or 80's."

UNK tied things up at 51 with 8:59 left after a bucket by junior forward AJ Jackson (Bellevue West). However, Pitt went ahead by four a few minutes later. The final 3:42 saw several lead changes with a triple from the top of the key by freshman Kanon Koster (Kearney) finishing the scoring. The game-winning bucket came at the 1:45 mark.

Pitt missed its last five shots, four of which were taken by Lozoya. With nine tenths of a second left, he managed to get off a corner three that clanked off the side of the backboard. Guarded by Jackson, Lozoya was limited to 12 points on 6 of 18 shooting (0 of 6 threes). The Lopers final 1:45 included a missed shot and turnover. Luckily, UNK didn't foul a lot and managed to take some time off the clock late with a couple of none-shooting fouls.

"We're very proud of our guys. Anytime you get a split on the road you take it and run," said Lofton.  "Pitt got off to a really good start and it looked like we were running in quick sand for a while."

Having a plus four rebounding margin, Kearney shot 42 percent from the field and was 9 of 11 at the line. Baker Magrath had 10 of his 12 points in the first half with Jackson tallying a team-best 17 on 7 of 10 shooting. He also went 3 of 3 at the line and has now scored 54 points in the last three games (18.0 avg.).

Next, Koster scored 13 as he hit two of UNK's four treys with Alliance sophomore Austin Luger coming off the bench to provide 14 points, five rebounds (three offensive) and two steals in just 21 minutes. The 14 points ties his career-high point total.

"Austin made a lot of really big plays. When you get the opportunity you have to be ready to make the most of it and he definitely did that today," said Lofton. "AJ did a good job guarding their best player and Weston did some good things early when we couldn't find the basket. He came alive around the rim and gave us some points when we desperately needed them."

Going 7 of 28 from behind the arc, Pitt was led by Sam Houston State (Texas) transfer Demetrius Levearity who had 23 points on nine made field goals (three triples). Lozoya, besides his point total, had eight assists and eight rebounds.

UNK hosts the Lincoln Blue Tigers Thursday night. LU (16-6, 9-4) lost to No. 1 Northwest Missouri State today, 75-57.


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