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Lincoln NE, - The 2018 NSAA State High School Volleyball Tournament got underway in Lincoln Nebraska yesterday afternoon and into the evening.  In Class D1 a match we aired from 102.1 KZMC, #7 seed Cambridge would take on #2 seed and three time defending state champions Johnson- Brock.  The Eagles would end up sweeping the Trojans 3-0 winning 25-18, 25-16, and 25-12.  Cambridge would then get eliminated from the State Tournament ending the Trojans season with a record of 25-6.  Cambridge Head Coach Margo Kent talks about the match in our Aquafina Post Game Show.  The 2018 State Volleyball tournament continues for Classes A-D2 on Friday with Semi-Finals, and wraps up with Consolation and Championship matches on Saturday.



Margo Kent

The McCook Community College volleyball team has announced its itinerary for a week of training with Durham College -- a team from Oshawa, Canada. The trip includes a blend of intense training and opportunities for the Canadians to interact with area residents, volleyball fans and experience the sport in the heart of volleyball country.
The team will arrive Sunday and will have supper with MCC Vice President Kelly Rippen.
MCC Volleyball Coach Hayley Kobza said that McCook Christian Church and El Puerto will provide a few evening meals for the team while they are in town.
On Monday from 2:30-6 p.m., the Durham Lords and Coach Tony Clarke will team up with Josh Cherry and B Street Auto Spa to wash cars and make snow cones. There will also be a free will donation box set up for any donations for the McCook Animal Shelter.
“We’re still working out the details but at some point, Coach Clarke and the team will also work out with Brandi Schmick at CrossFit McCook and I think she’s lining up some community projects for them as well,” Kobza.
On Tuesday, MCC and Durham will gather at 5 p.m. at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center for a public meet-and-greet, prize giveaways, and the two teams will face off for a pre-season scrimmage at 7 p.m.
“We are inviting everyone to come out at 5 p.m. to meet both teams, win a few prizes, and learn what MCC and Durham Volleyball is all about,” Kobza said. “Everyone that attends this event has a chance to win some MCC gear.”
The Durham Lords, conference medalists three of the past five years, have finished third (Bronze medal) in 2019 and second (Silver medal) in both 2017 and 2015 at the Ontario College Athletic Association championships.
In her fourth year at the helm of MCC Volleyball, Kobza took over a 2-40 team, which improved to 8-24 in 2016, 20-19 during the 2017 season, and 21-14 a season ago, that included the school’s first Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference title since 1980.
The Durham trip to Nebraska came about because Durham Athletic Director Ken Babcock was in McCook this past April to watch his son Braden pitch for the MCC baseball team and spent several days following the baseball and softball teams as well as spending time on campus, with MCC staff and in the community.
Durham to take on Western Nebraska at 4 p. m while MCC will open the season at home that same day against Garden City at 7 p.m on August 22nd.
Both teams will finish out the week at a Friday-Saturday tournament in North Platte. The Lords will play Eastern Wyoming at 5 p.m. and then take on the Lady Indians at 7 p.m. The Lady Indians will play Eastern Wyoming at 3 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, Durham plays Garden City at 10 a.m. and North Platte at noon. MCC will play Hesston (Kan.) at 10 a.m. and Garden City at 2 p.m.
THE DURHAM LORDS OF OSHAWA, CANADA, will be in McCook Sunday for a week of volleyball training, scrimmaging, a game, and cultural exchange, as hosts of the McCook Community College volleyball team. The Lords have finished third (Bronze medal) in 2019 and second (Silver medal) in both 2017 and 2015 at the Ontario College Athletic Association championships. MCC and Durham will scrimmage at an open session Tuesday then face off for real Aug. 23 at the Mid-Plains Subway Invite in North Platte.


GILLETTE, Wyo. – The Casper College men’s basketball team downed McCook Community College Friday night, 129-99 in the first game of the Gillette State Farm Classic.


The Thunderbirds improve to 10-1 and came into the game averaging 102.3 points a game with six players scoring in double-figures led by Isaac Bonton’s 30-point performance. Casper shot 57.1 percent on the night and held the edge on the boards 48-28 and forced the Indians into 26 turnovers.


Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) led MCC offensively with 23 points and five rebounds. MCC’s top four scorers were all freshmen with Miles Black (Jonesboro, Ga.) adding 20 points, AV Banks (Portageville, Mo.) scoring 12 points (he made three of seven 3-point shots), and Anani Ikechukwu (Abuja, Nigeria) scoring 9 points


The Indians shot 51.5 percent from the field, made 10 of 25 shots from the 3-point line (40 percent) and made 21 of 31 free-throw shots (67.8 percent).


The Indians fall to 5-5 and take on the hosts Gillette Saturday at 5 p.m. (MT)


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


The 2018 Cattle Trail Basketball Classic will take place December 4th, 7th, and 8th.  First round games will be played at McCook Community College Graff Events Center and McCook Senior High School.  All Semi-Finals and Championship games will then be played at McCook Senior High School.  We will have coverage of the Semi-Finals and Championship games on Coyote Country 105.3 and online  View full bracket below.

Class A - National Division 
Gretna 5, Kearney 1 

Class A - American Division 
Fremont 8, Millard South 2 

Class B 
Bennington 9, Alliance 8 

Class C 
DCB 4, Pender 1 


VERNON, Texas, -- The McCook Community College softball team dropped a pair of games Saturday to start the season 0-4. The Lady Indians lost to Vernon College 12-7 and 20-9.

On Friday MCC fell in a pair of walk-off losses, losing to Western Texas 4-3 in the first game, and 8-7 in nine innings in the second game.

The Lady Indians are scheduled to open the home season Sunday taking on Northwest Kansas Technical School from Goodland. The doubleheader is set to begin at noon at the Jaycees Sports Complex.

GAME 1 – Vernon College 12, McCook CC 7: Leading 1-0 in the first inning on a Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) single, the Lady Indians loaded the bases with one out but couldn’t capitalize and the Chaparrals took momentum of the game with four runs in the second inning, and added three in the third.

An RBI-single off the bat of Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) in the fourth inning made it a 7-2 game but Vernon responded with a run in the bottom of the frame, and added another in the fifth to lead 9-2.

MCC stormed back in the sixth with five two-out runs. Freshman Jade Hollands, (Effingham, Kan.) led off the inning with a single and two outs later scored on a Charchuk double. MCC loaded the bases with a single by Brooklyn Jensen, (West Valley City, Utah) and a walk to Siebenthal which set up back-to-back two out singles off the bats of Sophomores Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah). Freshman Hannah Jensen, (Aurora, Colo.) made it a 9-7 game with a single.

The Chaparrals countered with three runs in the sixth for the final margin of victory.

MCC had 11 hits in the game with two each by Siebenthal, Serna and Charchuk.

Freshman Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta) took the loss allowing four runs, five hits and a walk in an inning and one-third. Three other pitchers saw action. Angel Valdez, (West Jordan, Utah) went two innings allowing three earned runs, Etta Van Burgsteden, (Kinistino, Saskatchewan) allowed four earned runs in two innings and Kayla Harrison (Richmond, British Columbia) pitched two-thirds scoreless innings.

GAME 2 – Vernon College 20, McCook CC 9: The Chaparrals took charge scoring seven runs in the first inning and making it a 9-0 lead in the second inning.

After MCC scored a pair of runs in the third inning, Vernon took a 13-2 lead with four more runs in the bottom of the frame. MCC scored the next seven runs with five in the fourth and two in the sixth but Vernon ended things in the sixth with seven more runs.

Sophomore Shae Muggridge, (Perth, Western Australia) took the loss for MCC allowing nine runs on six hits in two innings of work. Van Burgsteden pitched three frames and surrendered four hits and three earned runs. Valdez pitched the final frame giving up seven runs.

The Lady Indians collected 11 hits in the game led by three each from Miner -- who drove in five with a pair of doubles and a triple -- and Siebenthal who singled twice, doubled and scored two runs and drove in two. Charhuk singled twice in the game.

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:

Florence, Italy – Haanif Cheatham and Dachon Burke had 20 points apiece, as Nebraska improved to 2-0 on the trip with an 83-58 win over Silute BC on Wednesday evening.


While Cheatham and Burke were the only Huskers to finish in double figures, 10 of the 12 players who played got into the scoring column. Despite traveling most of the day and not arriving until Florence until 3 p.m., the Huskers shot well, hitting 10 3-pointers in the win. Matej Kavas added a trio of 3-pointers for nine points, while Samari Curtis added a pair as part of an eight-point effort for the victors.


Nebraska trailed 18-14 midway through the first quarter before Burke and fellow reserves Thorir Thorbjarnarson and Jervay Green, keyed a 14-2 spurt to put the Huskers ahead for good. Thorbjarnarson’s 3-pointer and Burke’s conventional 3-point play gave the Huskers a 20-18 lead before Green’s first bucket capped an 8-0 run to end the first quarter and stake the Huskers a 22-18 lead.


The run continued in the opening minutes of the second stanza, as Nebraska scored six of the first eight points to build a 28-20 lead after a pair of Burke baskets. Nebraska eventually stretched the margin to 35-23 after baskets by Cheatham and Shamiel Stevenson forced a Silute timeout with 5:56 left in the half.

Silute, which trailed 39-30 at the break, opened the half with five quick points to trim the Husker lead to 39-25 before Nebraska responded with six straight points of its own, including four by Stevenson, to push the lead back to double digits, at 45-35.


Silute was within 52-42 after a 3-point play before Nebraska rattled off seven straight points, including consecutive dunks by Dalano Burton before Burke’s alley-oop pushed the lead to 17 with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter.


Leading 59-48 after three periods, Cheatham and Burke combined for 11 points in a 15-4 Husker run to push the lead to 22, at 74-52 with just under six minutes remaining after a Green layup. Burke connected on a pair of 3-pointers as part of a run of 10 straight points for the Big Red. The Huskers hit five 3-pointers in the final quarter, as trifectas from Curtis and freshman Charlie Easley pushed the final margin to 25.


The Huskers will be back in action again Thursday with a rematch against BC Silute. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m. central.

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with cornerback Morris Claiborne on a one-year deal Thursday to fortify a thin and unproven backfield, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person, who said the deal could be worth about $3 million with incentives, spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced it. Claiborne still must pass a physical to make it official.

The Chiefs have been searching for help at cornerback all offseason, and that need became even more apparent when backup Keith Reaser suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. Claiborne would give Kansas City some depth behind the starting trio of Bashaud Breeland, Charvarius Ward and Kendall Fuller.

Well, when he becomes eligible to play.

The former sixth-overall pick has been suspended the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. That means the earliest he could play is Week 5 against the Colts, giving him plenty of time to learn defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's system.

Claiborne, who was teammates at LSU with new Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, spent his first five seasons with Dallas before spending the last two with the Jets. He has started 73 of the 77 games in which he has appeared, making 251 tackles and seven interceptions while scoring a pair of touchdowns.

One of his biggest problems has been staying healthy.

Claiborne has missed time with injuries ranging from hamstring and groin problems to a torn patellar tendon that caused him to miss 12 games in 2014. He also has missed a game each of the past two seasons in New York, first with a foot injury and last season with a shoulder problem.

The Chiefs have been working on a deal with Claiborne for a while, which is one of the reasons they felt comfortable switching second-year pro Tremon Smith from cornerback to running back last week.

"They're competing," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of his collection of cornerbacks, "but I feel comfortable doing this move right now with Tremon."

Breeland, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, and Fuller are listed as the first-team cornerbacks on the initial depth chart released for Saturday night's preseason opener against Cincinnati. But the Chiefs intend to use Fuller primarily in the slot, which means Ward could start on the opposite side of Breeland when the Chiefs are in their base 4-3 defense.

The Chiefs knew what they were getting in Breeland. Ward has been a pleasant surprise.

"When I did watch the tape, and I had mentioned it to (general manager) Brett (Veach) that I think this particular player — I didn't know him at the time — had some potential to be a good press corner," Spagnuolo said. "I like the guys with the long arms. Now, I have to get used to the inner makeup of a corner. That's really important in this league. I'd like to see him always challenge every play."

Perhaps an internal challenge from a new signing in Claiborne will help to spur Ward along.

That goes for the rest of the Chiefs' reconstructed defensive backfield, too.

NOTES: The Chiefs signed TE Hunter Dimick late Wednesday. He was an undrafted free agent out of Utah who spent time with Jacksonville last season. ... WR Sammy Watkins hurt his finger during Thursday's practice, but Reid said it should be OK. ... DT Xavier Willilams (lower back soreness), TE David Wells (calf bruise), DE Alex Okafor (sore hip) and WR Gehrig Dieter (back spasms) did not practice. ... RB Damien Williams (hamstring) practice for the second day after missing most of the first two weeks of camp. "We're just easing him back in," Reid said. "We don't want him to take any steps back with his hamstring, but he looks good."

DETROIT (AP) — Patrick Mahomes made more plays than usual with his legs because the Detroit Lions set up their defense to limit what the superstar quarterback could do with his arm.

Mahomes converted a fourth down with a run to extend a game-winning drive that ended with Darrel Williams' 1-yard touchdown run with 23 seconds left for his second score in the fourth quarter, lifting the Kansas City Chiefs to a 34-30 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

"With what they were doing, there were lanes to run," Mahomes said. "I saw a lane and I took it."

The reigning MVP had thrown at least two touchdown passes in 14 straight games, one short of the NFL record set by Peyton Manning. And, he was the first player in league history to have at least 350 yards passing and three touchdowns without an interception in three straight games before getting slowed down in Detroit.

"They found a way to take away some of the stuff that we like to do," said Mahomes, who was 24 of 42 for 315 yards. "They hadn't lost a game for a reason."

Kansas City (4-0) stayed undefeated after starting its game-winning drive on the 21 with 2:25 left. Facing fourth-and-8 from the Chiefs 34, Mahomes dropped back briefly before busting through a hole up the middle for 15 yards to help him finish with a career-high 56 yards rushing.

"When they start doubling people, there are going to be some lanes and he knew that," coach Andy Reid said.

The Lions (2-1-1) were determined to take away big plays in Kansas City's passing game, doubling tight end Travis Kelce and receiver Sammy Watkins with some success. The scheme, though, cleared space for Mahomes to run and coach Matt Patricia doesn't regret it.

"If he goes back there and throws it vertical with some of the speed that he has, then I'm not going to be happy," he said.

The plan almost worked.

Kansas City went ahead for the first time early in the third quarter when Bashaud Breeland recovered Kerryon Johnson's fumble and returned it 100 yards, taking advantage of everyone on the field appearing to stop momentarily and the officials not blowing a whistle. The pivotal play stood after review.

"We preach that every day," Breeland said. "You pick up the ball at the end, whether it's alive or dead. You never know."

The Lions scored the first 10 points and after Kansas City pulled into two ties, they went back ahead late in the second, third and fourth quarters.

Stafford threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay with 2:26 left to give Detroit a 30-27 lead. The call on the field stood after a review, which showed Golladay got both feet in the end zone. Golladay had a touchdown overturned by review early in the third because it was ruled he did not maintain control of the ball throughout the process of the catch.

Stafford was 21 of 34 for 291 yards with three touchdowns, including two to Golladay and one to T.J. Hockenson. Stafford's second touchdown pass of the game — and first to Golladay — put Detroit up 23-20 and followed a fifth fumble in the third quarter.

"There were a bunch of great plays made in this game, a couple bad plays by each team made in this game," Stafford said. "That's the way it goes in the NFL. It came down to the last 15 seconds. They were undefeated coming into this game. So were we. Somebody was going to have to lose

"It was a good opportunity to beat a good team, and we were darn close."


Mahomes opened the fourth with a 10-yard pass to Kelce, who pitched a lateral to LeSean McCoy and he picked up another 23 yards on a play that wasn't planned.


The Chiefs lost three fumbles and Detroit gave it back twice with fumbles in the third quarter, combining for the most fumbles lost in a game since 2014. The Chiefs opened the second half with Mecole Hardman fumbling on the kickoff return. Stafford fumbled on the Kansas City 6 on the ensuing possession and Johnson fumbled into the end zone on Detroit's next drive. Williams and Watkins also lost a fumble in the quarter.


Chiefs: McCoy had a 39-yard run and finished with 56 yards rushing and a TD that pulled Kansas City into a 10-all tie in the second quarter. Kelce had seven receptions for a season-low 85 yards. Watkins had a season-low three receptions for 54 yards.

Lions: Johnson had 26 carries for 125 yards, 1 yard short of his total through three games. Golladay caught five passes for 67 yards and matched a career high with two touchdowns.


Chiefs: DE Alex Okafor (hip) and LB Damien Wilson (concussion) left in the fourth quarter.

Lions: Hockenson (concussion) was carted off the field in the third quarter and S Quandre Diggs (hamstring) left in the first quarter. CB Darius Slay (hamstring) and WR Danny Amendola (chest) were inactive after both were listed as questionable to play.


Chiefs: Host the Indianapolis Colts.

Lions: Bye week.

Class A State American Legion brackets have been released. WESTCO Zephyrs will take on Gretna in the opening round on Saturday, July 27th from Kearney at the National Division Tournament. First pitch is set for 3pm MT. Listen to WESTCO baseball on Wild Country 106.9 FM & online at 

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