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BEATRICE – The McCook Community College softball team picked up a pair of one-run games Tuesday against Southeast Community College, winning 6-5 and 5-4.

“Wins aren’t free, but we got two today,” said MCC Coach Josh Barnes. “We pitched well and played good defense. We didn’t hit up to our standard but did enough.”

Abby Kalinski (McCook) went five-for-five on the day with a home run, and two doubles.

The wins push MCC over the .500 mark for the first time this season at 20-18 on the season and 3-1 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference.

With the postponement of Wednesday’s game against North Platte (rescheduled for April 30) the Lady Indians next game is when they host Western Nebraska for a pair of doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday. Games on Saturday start at 2 p.m. and with an 11 a.m. start Sunday.

On Sunday the McCook Community College Indians Boosters club are hosting Fan Appreciation Day and will serve free hot dogs and potato chips to baseball and softball fans in attendance as a “thank you” to those Indians fans who have supported MCC athletics throughout the 2018-2019 school year. (The MCC baseball team is in action Sunday starting at 1 p.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:

GAME 1: McCook CC 6, Southeast CC 5: In a game that was short on offense (three combined runs through six innings) both teams’ offenses found the “on” switch in the seventh first with MCC scoring four runs, then Southeast scored four times and put the tying run a second before the Lady Indians emerged with the win.

Sophomore Chanel Siebenthal’s (Lakewood, Colo.) RBI double in the third put MCC up 1-0. Southeast tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning and MCC took the lead for good in the sixth inning with a one-out solo home run from Abby Kalinski.

Freshman Kassidy Powers, freshman, (Severance, Colo.) singled to lead of the MCC seventh inning. After a pair of walks and a shallow fly out, the Lady Indians scored the first run of the inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jade Hollands (Effington, Kan.). A southeast error on the play led to the second run and then an RBI-double by Kalinski and an RBI-single by Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) put the Lady Indians up 6-1.

Sophomore Kayla Harrison, (Richmond, British Columbia) started the game in the circle but needed relief help after the first two Storm hitters reached base in the seventh inning. She was relieved by freshman Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta). Harrison picked up the win, surrendering six hits and three earned runs in six innings of work. She walked one. Willier picked up the save in one inning of work. She walked one and allowed two hits and two earned runs.

Kalinski went four-for-four in the game to lead the 14-hit MCC offense. McArthur had a three-hit game and the Lady Indians got two-hit games from Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) and Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah).

GAME 2: McCook CC 5, Southeast CC 4: Southeast Community College took leads of 2-0 after two innings, and 4-1 after four innings before MCC scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to pick up the win.

The Lady Indians scored their first run of the game in the fourth on a Chanel Siebenthal double and later a Storm error – the first of three unearned runs Southeast would give up.

Siebenthal led off the MCC sixth with a single, and went to third on a single from Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah), and scored on a Taylor Ford (McCook) sacrifice fly. Miner scored on a Jade Hollands sacrifice fly.

Abby Kalinski doubled to lead off the MCC seventh. Brooklyn Jensen followed with a single. MCC scored two runs with two outs on a Southeast error.

Sarah Willier started the game for MCC and pitched 3.2 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs. She walked two and struck out three. She was relieved by freshman Angel Valdez, (West Jordan, Utah) who pitched the final 3.1 innings allowing one hit and striking out four to pick up the win.

Siebenthal picked up three hits to lead the 10-hit MCC offense. Miner and Brooklyn Jensen both had two hits.


The McCook Community College baseball team scored a dramatic win Tuesday beating Colby Community College 11-7 with a ninth-inning pinch-hit grand slam by sophomore Julio Seperich (Las Vagas).

The Indians got home runs from the first and last batters of the game, led for eight innings until Colby scored three times to take a 7-6, then tied it and later won it on the last batter of the game -- Seperich.

“Obviously this was a really fun win our guys, I am just really happy for them, we have taken some really tough losses this year, and it was good to have the excitement on our side,” MCC Coach Jon Olsen said.

Tuesday’s win snaps an eight-game losing stream to the Trojans dating back more than two years. MCC last beat Colby March 22 of 2017, lost all five meetings in 2018 and dropped the first two decisions this year. The two teams are scheduled to meet once more this season – April 23 at 3 p.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex.

The Indians broke out in front on a leadoff home-run from redshirt freshman Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, (Austin, Texas) and added a second run on back-to-back doubles from JR Maldonado (Las Vegas) and Trevor Pacheco (Pueblo, Colo.)

Colby scored a run in the third but the Indians came back with four runs in the fourth on a two-run single by sophomore Beau Hawley (Greeley, Colo.) a triple by Angel Mojica (Denver) and a Colby error to put MCC up 6-1.

The Indians used five pitchers on the day. Sophomore Caleb Keck (Rittman, Ohio) started the game pitching two hitless, scoreless, striking out five and walking one. Freshman Anthony Kingsbury, (Gatineau, Quebec) followed in the third and gave up a run, a hit and a walk in his inning of work. Sophomore Jesse Bloom (Centennial, Colo.) worked four innings, gave up five hits and three unearned runs. Kade Wroot (North Platte) was on for the eighth when Colby took the lead on four hits.

Trailing 7-6, Mojica led off the bottom of the ninth with a double to centerfield. Clark-Chiappaelli tripled to tie the game at 7-7. Colby intentionally walked two MCC hitters to load the bases. With one out, Seperich was sent in to pinch hit and delivered the game winning-grand slam to leftfield on a 2-2 count.

“A lot of people don’t realize the amount of work these guys put in and its games like today that make it worth it,” Olsen said.

Sophomore Shaun Hickey, (Summerville, New Brunswick) was credited with the victory for MCC pitching a scoreless ninth in which he walked one and struck out two.

Both teams had 13 hits. Pacheco went three-for-five, Mojica, Clark-Chiapparelli, and Maldonado all had two-hit games.

“In the big picture we did a lot of things today that will make us a better team, we need to translate it into the last half of our conference season,” Olsen said. “Hopefully this game can spring board us for the next month.”

The Trojans fall to 22-13 on the season, MCC improves to 10-19.

The Indians’ scheduled doubleheader Thursday at home against Concordia University (Neb.) JV is in doubt because of the forecast, but the two teams will follow the storm path closely Wednesday before making a decision on the Thursday games.

MCC is scheduled to be at home this weekend for a three-game series against Northeastern Junior College starting with a nine-inning game Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and a Sunday doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

On Sunday the McCook Community College Indians Boosters club are hosting Fan Appreciation Day and will serve free hot dogs and potato chips to baseball and softball fans in attendance as a “thank you” to those Indians fans who have supported MCC athletics throughout the 2018-2019 school year. (The MCC softball team is in action Sunday starting at 11 a.m.)

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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:



Team Standings

1 McCook 52 pts
2 Ogallala 40
3 Gering 36
4 Scottsbluff 34
5 North Platte 32
6 Kearney Catholic 32
7 Holdrege 32
8 St. Cecilia 24
9 Lexington 22
10 Alliance 22
11 Adams Central 22
12 Hershey 12


#1 Singles-Kassidy Michaelis, 5-0, 1 st Place Medalist
Def M. Hood, Adams Central 8-0
Def H. Theisen, St. Cecilia 8-0
Def G. Smith, Lexington 8-0
Def Z. Smith, Gering 8-0
Def A. Waggoner, Kearney Catholic 8-0


#2 Singles-Sydney Stewart, 4-1, 4 th Place
Def E. Marker, Adams Central 8-1
Def C. Rasmussen, St. Cecilia 8-4
Lost to M. Buescher, Lexington 8-6
Def K. Graham, Kearney Catholic 8-0
Def P. Stewart, Ogallala 8-2


#1 Doubles-Riley Hansen/Kori Uerling, 4-1, 2 nd Place Medalists
Def R. Thomas/S. Carpenter, Adams Central 8-0
Def M. Redding/M. Demuth, St. Cecilia 8-0
Def S. Vielmas/E. Hernandez, Lexington 8-0
Def E. Saadi/S. Conner, Kearney Catholic 8-5
Lost to M. Mendoza/L. Fair, Ogallala 8-3


#2 Doubles-Megan Hodgson/Delaney Jumps, 4-1, 2 nd Place Medalists
Def K. Buss/B. Gill, Adams Central 8-0
Def P. Jacobi/K. Aschoff, St. Cecilia 8-1
Def L. Diaz/V. Perez, Lexington 8-1
Def A. Manzano/B. Douglas, North Platte 8-1
Lost to B. Eschenbrenner/L. Trettel, Kearney Catholic 8-2


Next action: Thursday Varsity/Junior Varsity @ Ogallala 3:00 MT


Comments from Head Coach Joe Vetrovsky:


The McCook boys golf team competed in the Lexington Invite on Tuesday April 9th at Lakeside golf course. The conditions were somewhat cool and breezy for most of the day.

The Bison had a strong performance as a team by placing 3rd out of 11 teams with a team score of 341. North Platte lead the team race with a 313 and Cozad was runner-up with a 331.
Brady Esch paced the Bison with another solid outing by scoring a 79, which medaled him in 6th place. Both nines for Brady were very consistent and he overall had a steady day.
McCook also had another individual placer which was Joel Gray who placed 12th. Joel had a very nice back nine score and continues to show improvement each meet out.
Other participants who competed well for the Bison were Mason Michaelis who scored an 88, Andrew Stevens who scored an 89, and Andrew Daum who scored a 99.
The Bison look forward to next Tuesday April 16th when they will be hosting their own home invite at Heritage Hills here in McCook.


Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (17-10) was held to four hits in a 10-2 loss to Creighton at Hawks Field on Tuesday night. It marks the Huskers’ first loss at home this season after an 8-0 start at Haymarket Park.

Nebraska used eight pitchers in the midweek clash between the RPI top-40 squads. Freshman left-hander Kyle Perry, making his fifth start of the season, went 2.1 innings. Nebraska saw relief appearances from Mike Waldron (1.2 innings), Max Schreiber (1.0), Bo Blessie (1.0), Chad Luensmann (0.0), Ben Klenke (1.0), Tyler Martin (1.0) and Byron Hood (1.0).

Creighton, who improves to 17-7 on the season, plated two runs in the top of the first and never looked back. The Bluejays added three runs in the third, one run in the fifth and four runs in the seventh to build a 10-0 lead. In all, Creighton produced 10 hits on the night.

After a scoreless first six innings for the Huskers, NU scratched out two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Ty Roseberry was hit-by-pitch in the leadoff spot before advancing to second on a groundout. Angelo Altavilla drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Freshman Colby Gomes drove in one run with an RBI double before Alex Henwood walked to load the bases. Cam Chick grounded out, but it brought in one run for the Big Red.

The season series between the Huskers and Bluejays is tied 1-1 after NU won a 6-3 decision at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha on March 26. The series finale is set for April 23 at TD Ameritrade Park and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

The Huskers travel to University Park, Pa., this weekend to continue Big Ten play with a three-game series at Penn State. The games are scheduled for Friday at 5:30 p.m. (CT), Saturday at 5 p.m. (CT) and Sunday at 11 a.m. (CT).


The McCook Community College Indians Boosters club will be hosting Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday, April 14th. Both the MCC Baseball and Softball teams will be in action at the Jaycee

Sports Complex. The Boosters Club will be serving free hot dogs and potato chips to those in attendance as a ‘Thank You’ to those Indians fans who have supported MCC athletics
throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Game schedule for Sunday, April 14 th : MCC Softball vs Western Nebraska Community College. Doubleheader starting at 11am and MCC Baseball vs Northeastern Junior College. One 9 inning game starting at 1pm.


Team Results


Varsity - Mens

1.Chase County 173

2.Cambridge 86

3.Southern Valley 57

4.Wauneta-Palisade 47

5.Arapahoe 42

6.McCook 41

7.Dundy County Stratton 29

8.Southwest Public 20

8.North Platte 20

10.Lexington 12


Varsity - Womens

1.Chase County 220

2.Cambridge 78

3.Southern Valley 59

4.Southwest Public 50

5.McCook 36

6.Dundy County Stratton 28

7.North Platte 17

8.Wauneta-Palisade 16

8.Lexington 16

10.Arapahoe 7


Individual Results



Because of the adverse weather expected to move in Wednesday, the Purple-Out softball games at the Jaycees Sports Complex in McCook between North Platte Community College and MCC have been postponed. Those games are rescheduled for April 30. To stay up to date on all scheduling changes for MCC athletics, please visit the MCC Indians web page at:


Last week the McCook Community College volleyball program reached a milestone of sorts when the seventh of seven graduating sophomores signed a letter of intent to continue playing volleyball – “Seven for Seven” as MCC Coach Hayley Kobza is calling the journey that has landed all seven of her sophomores scholarships to continue playing the sport after they graduate from MCC.

Those seven sophomores include Ashley Carson, Hanna Emerson, Ryan Maddera, Onyessah Rocha, Brooklyn Evans, Haley Jacobsen and Ty Johnson.

These players were part of a sophomore squad helping lead the Lady Indians to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time this century and also helped MCC capture its first Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Championship in 38 years and finished the season at 21-14, which included wins against two top-20 ranked opponents.

Of the seven MCC players, two are former high school teammates who were “discovered” at MCC during an open tryout in 2016 will play Division I volleyball. Two other MCC teammates will move on to play for the same team, one will play for a Division II program and four will play for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) schools. Two are headed to South Carolina, two are headed to Missouri, one is going to Louisiana, one to Texas and one will play in Kansas.

Here’s a summary of the players, their season highlights and where they’re headed:

Ashley Carson, Ord, will continue her volleyball career as a setter at Division 2 Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. One of three co-captains on the team, she was named to the all-Region IX volleyball team, had 1,268 sets – the most in Region IX, and sixth best among all setters in the nation. In addition Carson had 37 service aces, 237 digs, 40 blocks and 56 kills. She was also named to the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team for players from two-year colleges.

Hannah Emerson, a 6-2 middle blocker from Greeley West High School in Colo., will play at NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina in Conway, South Carolina. She received honorable mention on the Omaha World-Herald All Nebraska team. She played in 35 matches this season and her block numbers were in the top 10 in the Region IX South Division in the four major blocking categories. She assisted on 106 blocks, tops in the division, was second in total blocks with 124, second with 0.94 blocks per set, and ninth in solo blocks with 18. Her block assist numbers were ninth most in the nation. This fall, Emerson’s Chanticleers will play the University of Nebraska on Sept. 21 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Ryan Maddera 6-1, who played outside hitter and middle for the Indians will play setter at Division 1 Southeast Louisiana in Hammond, La. Like her high school teammate Emerson, both came to MCC for an open tryout and two years later both earned scholarships to play volleyball this Fall at the Division 1 level. Maddera played in 35 matches this past season for the Lady Indians and recorded 398 kills, 228 digs, 16 solo blocks, 73 total blocks and 42 service aces. She ranked fourth among hitters in the Region IX South division in total kills, her 3.18 kills per set ranked seventh, and total blocks ranked 14th. She also received honorable mention for the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team.

Brooklyn Evans, a 5-7 libero from Ogden, Utah, who converted from setter after her freshman season, will continue her career at NAIA Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. Evans, named co-captain in August, played in 35 matches for the Lady Indians leading the team in digs with 321 (2.43 per game). That total ranked ninth among players in the Region IX South Division. She also had 98 assists (10th most in the division) and 37 service aces (ranked 11th in the region). Evans received honorable mention for the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team. She will continue playing her libero/defensive position for the Vikings.

Haley Jacobsen is a 5-9 middle blocker/right side hitter from Chatfield High School in Littleton Colo., who will join MCC teammate Brooklyn Evans at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. Jacobsen played in 25 matches for the Lady Indians where she had 78 kills, 41 digs, and 50 total blocks. Her blocks per set total (0. 66) was 11th best in among players competing in the Region IX South Division. At Missouri Valley College, she expects to continue playing right side where she spent most of her time this past season.

Ty Johnson, a 5-8 outside hitter from Conroe, Texas returns to her home state to play volleyball at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. Johnson, one of three co-captains, played in all 35 matches and had 227 kills on the season, 45 service aces, 97 digs, and 93 blocks. She ranked second in the south sub-region in block assists (84) and was fourth in hitting percentage (.261). She received honorable mention for the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team. Johnson expects to play middle for the Lady Wildcats.

Onyessah Rocha, 5-5 libero from Topeka, Kan. returns to her home state to play for NAIA Ottawa University where she will play for the Braves, who won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and earned the program its sixth trip (fourth straight appearance), at the NAIA National Tournament. Rocha expects to compete for the starting libero position.


ALL SEVEN OF McCook Community College’s volleyball sophomores have now signed on to continue their volleyball careers at the next level. Pictured are (front row from left): Onyessah Rocha, Ty Johnson, Ashley Carson. (Back row): Haley Jacobsen, Hannah Emerson, Coach Hayley Kobza, Ryan Maddera and Brooklyn Evans.



Mid-Plains Community College resumed the 2018-19 rodeo season with two second place finishes over the weekend – despite running into some hard luck.


The MPCC Rodeo Team competed at the South Dakota State University Jackrabbit Stampede in Brookings, S.D. Friday and Saturday.


Bull rider Koby Jacobson, of Haiku, Hawaii, finished second as did his team roping teammates, Caden Kinderknecht, of Almena, Kan., and Trenton Solida, of Phillipsburg, Kan.


“Koby has been trying real hard on both ends of the arena,” said Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach. “He’s really been working at being a major part of the team, and that finish put him to where, he’s still third in the standings, but it’s a very strong third.”


Nokes said Jacobson hasn’t officially punched his ticket for the College National Finals Rodeo, however, he is in a position that will be difficult for his competitors to beat.


“I’m happy for him and real proud,” Nokes said. “Koby’s close to accomplishing a goal he set for himself, and he has a chance to qualify for nationals in the steer wrestling, too, if things go right these next few rodeos.”


Nokes is also impressed with Kinderknecht’s work ethic and how far he has come in the past six months.


“There’s no end to what Caden can accomplish,” Nokes said. “As for Trenton, he’s had a lot of success recently. He’s placed in the top six in the last three rodeos, and just keeps plugging along and doing great things for us.”


In the other events, Seth Pearson, of Valentine, placed fifth in the tie-down roping for MPCC. J.D. Draper, of Oakley, Kan., was sixth in the steer wrestling.


Overall, MPCC ended up fifth in the men’s team standings. It was sixth in the women’s team standings.


The team suffered a setback Saturday when a bronc flipped over on Landon Sivertson, of Ree Heights, S.D., causing him to sustain injuries that will temporarily take him out of competitions.


“Landon has contributed really well to the rodeo team as a freshman,” Nokes said. “We’re really going to miss having him compete with us this weekend, and depending on what the doctors say, possibly the rest of the season. He’s a good kid and about as hardworking of a kid as I’ve ever coached. I’m sure going to miss him, but there’s no way that he won’t be back in the fall. He’s too driven.”


The Jackrabbit Stampede was the first rodeo of spring for the Great Plains Region. MPCC will compete in three more rodeos through the first week of May. The next one will be Friday and Saturday at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.

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