The Nebraska women’s basketball team unveiled its full season schedule on Tuesday, including a 15-game home slate at Pinnacle Bank Arena that features nine Big Ten Conference contests.
Overall, Nebraska’s 29-game regular-season schedule will feature 18 games against teams that qualified for postseason play in 2018, including 12 games against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams.
During the offseason, the Huskers have approached nearly a 100 percent renewal rate among their 2017-18 season ticket holders, and tickets for potential new season ticket holders will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. (CT) through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED.
Single-game reserved tickets for Nebraska’s 15 home contests at Pinnacle Bank Arena (14 regular season plus one exhibition) will be $15 per game, but new reserved season tickets can be purchased for just $150 - a savings of $75 over the single-game reserved ticket price for the season. Season tickets are also $20 less overall than a year ago, so there has never been a better time to become a new Nebraska women’s basketball season ticket holder.
The Huskers, who posted the nation’s top turnaround in 2017-18 in their second season under Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year Amy Williams, return four starters and each of their top five scorers from a team that went 21-11 overall and tied for third in the final Big Ten regular-season standings at 11-5. Nebraska advanced to the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament and ranked among the nation’s top-25 teams in average home attendance for the ninth consecutive season, attracting nearly 4,400 fans per game to Pinnacle Bank Arena.
“We are very excited to announce our schedule for the upcoming season. We have compiled a challenging non-conference schedule which we feel will help prepare us for Big Ten play. Husker fans are the greatest fans in the country, and we will lean heavily on them this season to support our team as we attack this challenging schedule.”
Nebraska will be challenged early and often at home and away in 2018-19. After an exhibition game (Nov. 3) against a Nebraska-Kearney team that produced 21 victories in 2017-18, the Huskers will tip off the regular season at home against 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier and Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska won a dramatic double-overtime thriller over the Bulldogs in Des Moines last December, before Drake reeled off 21 consecutive victories to earn an NCAA Tournament bid.
The game against Drake will be the first of four games against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams during an 11-game non-conference schedule, which also includes a road trip to NCAA Women’s Final Four participant Louisville on Thursday, Nov. 29, as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Huskers will face another ACC foe on Friday, Nov. 23, when they compete at the Miami Thanksgiving Classic. The Hurricanes matched Nebraska’s 21-11 record last season and posted a 10-6 ACC mark before advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska will close its two-game stay in Miami by battling Radford on Sunday, Nov. 25. The Highlanders went 24-9 last season, including 15-3 to finish second in the Big South before advancing to the second round of the WNIT. In the WNIT first round, Radford knocked off Penn State.
Following the two games in Miami and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Louisville, the Huskers will play their fourth consecutive game against a 2018 postseason qualifier when they clash with Creighton at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha on Sunday, Dec. 2. The Jays finished with 19 wins and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round last season.
The Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena for their longest home stand of the season to face Kansas (Dec. 5), San Jose State (Dec. 8) and Denver (Dec. 15) before closing non-conference competition at Arkansas (Dec. 18).
After a break to celebrate the holidays, the Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday, Dec. 28 to tip off Big Ten regular-season play against Michigan. Nebraska’s first four games in the league will feature top-six finishers from the final 2018 Big Ten standings, including defending conference regular-season and tournament champion Ohio State in Columbus on Monday, Dec. 31.
The Huskers will stay on the road to battle Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, Jan. 3. The Hawkeyes tied Nebraska for third in last year’s final standings and joined the Huskers, Michigan and Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska will be back home to face 2018 Big Ten runner-up Maryland on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Terps, who handed the Huskers three of their 11 losses last season, will play Nebraska twice in the regular season again in 2018-19. The first game against Maryland starts a stretch of four home games in a five-game span for the Huskers, including a Sunday, Jan. 13 contest with Rutgers.
After a brief road trip to Illinois (Jan. 17), the Huskers will play 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Minnesota (Jan. 20) and Northwestern (Jan. 24) at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska reaches the halfway point of conference play at Wisconsin (Jan. 27), before playing the first of two games against Purdue (Jan. 31) in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers will complete the season series at Nebraska 11 days later (Feb. 10). The Huskers will host 2018 WNIT champion Indiana at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, Feb. 3, before completing their season series at Michigan (Feb. 7). Nebraska completes its season series with Maryland one week later in College Park, Md., on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14).
Nebraska begins the final stretch of conference play against Michigan State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, Feb. 17. After completing its two-game season series with Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. (Feb. 21), the Huskers will close regular-season home action against Iowa on Monday, Feb. 25. That game will represent Senior Night for Lincoln Pius X graduate Maddie Simon and 2018-19 graduate transfer Kristian Hudson.
The Huskers cap Big Ten regular-season play at Penn State on Saturday, March 2, before heading to the 2019 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, March 6-10.
The announcement of the NCAA Tournament field will be made on Monday, March 18. The NCAA first- and second-rounds will be held March 22-25 at 16 campus sites, before NCAA Regionals in Albany, N.Y., Chicago, Ill., Greensboro, N.C., and Portland, Ore. The NCAA Women’s Final Four will be held at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., April 5-7.
Lincoln – Five weekend Big Ten home games, including the conference opener against Illinois, highlight Nebraska’s 2018-19 men’s basketball conference schedule released Tuesday afternoon. The five home games include a trio of Saturday matchups at Pinnacle Bank Arena, as the Huskers will host conference games against Ohio State (Jan. 26), Northwestern (Feb. 16) and Purdue (Feb. 23). Nebraska’s two Sunday games bookend the Big Ten slate with a tilt against Illinois on Sunday, December 2, and a Senior Day matchup against Iowa on Sunday, March 10. The 20-game slate begins with a pair of conference matchups the first week of December, the game against Illinois and a trip to Minnesota on Wednesday Dec. 5.
Following non-conference action, the Huskers open 2019 on the road, traveling to Maryland (Jan. 2) and Iowa (Jan. 6) before returning home to host Penn State on Jan. 10. The rest of the January slate features home matchups against defending Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan State (Jan. 17), Ohio State (Jan. 26) and Wisconsin (Jan. 29) along with road trips to both Indiana (Jan. 14) and Rutgers (Jan. 21). The second half of the Big Ten schedule opens with a rematch at Illinois on Feb. 2 before returning home for three of their next four contests, including games with Maryland (Feb. 6), Minnesota (Feb. 13) and Northwestern (Feb. 16). The only road game in that run is a matchup at Purdue on Feb. 9, the first of two matchups with the Boilermakers in a 15-day span. The homestretch features four straight games against postseason qualifiers, including road trips to NIT champion Penn State (Feb. 19), NCAA runner-up Michigan (Feb. 28) and a rematch with Michigan State (March 5) along with hosting Purdue on Feb. 23. NU’s game with Iowa on March 10 is on the final day of the regular season before the Big Ten Tournament returns to the United Center in Chicago from March 13-17. Start times and television information for all Big Ten games and non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date. All of the Huskers’ Big Ten games, as well as the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, will be televised by one of the conference television partners, as the Big Ten has contracts with FOX Sports (Fox and FS1), ESPN (ESPN and ESPN2), CBS as well as BTN. Season tickets for the 2018-19 season, if any remain after the seat yourself process currently underway, will go on sale next Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m., by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED. The 18-game home slate includes 10 Big Ten games, as well as non-conference matchups with Seton Hall and Creighton.
The McCook Community College volleyball team opens regular season play this weekend in Beatrice for the RKP Invitational Tournament Friday and Saturday.
Third-year coach Hayley Kobza is looking for her team to improve over last year’s 20-19 mark – the school’s first winning record of the century. She will rely on seven returners to continue the momentum gained a season ago.
“Every year our goal is to be better than the year before and we also want to develop our players’ volleyball skills so more players can continue playing when they leave here,” Kobza said.
Recently, the team elected a trio of sophomores as captains for the season. They include Ashley Carson, Ord; Brooklyn Evans, Ogden, Utah; and Ty Johnson, Conroe, Texas. Evans played as a setter last season when the Lady Indians used a 6-2 scheme and will play libero/defensive specialist this year. Johnson, who was featured as an outsider hitter last season moves to middle blocker.
“Both these players worked hard all summer to make these changes and help make us a better team and more versatile,” Kobza said, “And Ashley returns as the primary setter this year and brings tremendous leadership and work ethic to the group.”
Two returners who impressed Kobza since the end of last season are former Greeley West (Colorado) teammates Ryan Maddera and Hannah Emerson, billed in high school as the “Twin Towers.” A trimmed-down, more powerful, quicker version of the “Twin Towers” showed up on campus at the start of fall workouts.
Maddera made the Region IX South all-tournament team last November. The 6-1 outside hitter had 363 kills, 19th best in Region IX. She also had 72 blocks.
“Ryan has improved tremendously because of her off-season, intense commitment to workouts and with this physical transformation, it has shown up on the court and she is already gaining a lot of attention by scouts,” Kobza said.
Emerson, a 6-2 middle blocker has also made the commitment for improvement through workouts.
“She came back and has demonstrated a huge improvement over last season and her desire has translated to improvement on the court.”
Sophomore Hayley Jacobsen, Littleton, Colo., 5-9 middle last year, also makes a position change this year to right side. “She’s another player who made the sacrifice to change positions to make our team better and worked hard in the off-season,” Kobza said.
Onyessah Rocha, defensive specialist from Topeka, Kan., starts the season as libero. “She brings a lot of serve-receive consistency to the court,” her coach said.
Freshman Faith Simpson, Wauneta-Palisade, stood out in the alumni scrimmage this past Saturday. Kobza envisions a “huge role for her in the success of our season with her grit, power and determination.”
Kobza said first-year players Kiera Barr, 5-8, (outside hitter now moved to a defensive specialist) Granby, Colo., and Makayla Harris, 5-5 defensive specialist from Brighton, Colo., both bring tremendous defense to the court as well as energy.
The coach is also excited about the quartet of freshmen hitters in Bailey, Honn, 5-8, McCook; Maddie Kleewein, 6-0, North Platte St. Pat’s; Allie Gammel, 5-9, Arvada, Colo.; and Mallory Brown, 5-8, Colorado Springs,
“They are all great hitters that are already improving and will have opportunities this year which will allow us a lot of depth as the season goes along,” Kobza said.
MCC opens play Friday at 1 p.m. in the Southeast Community College tournament against Southeastern Community College of Iowa and a 5 p.m. against Colby Community College. On Saturday MCC takes on Hawkeye Community College at 9 a.m. and concludes the weekend at 5 p.m. against Northeast Community College (Norfolk).
After five more road games, the home opener is set for Sept. 7 against Cloud County Community College at 6:30 p.m. The first home stand includes a Sept. 11 game with Garden City Community College (6 p.m.) North Platte Community College Sept 13 (7 p.m.) and Sept. 18 against Central Community College (7 p.m.)
MCC closes out the season with six games at home and a short road trip to North Platte starting with a three-game home stand Oct. 11-13 against Trinidad State, Otero Junior College and Lamar Community College. After an Oct. 17 visit to North Platte the Lady Indians will finish home contests against Western Nebraska Oct. 19 and Northeastern Junior College Oct. 23.
The Region IX Tournament is set for Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in Cheyenne, Wyo. with a slight format-change from previous years instead of the south and north divisions staging separate tournaments the top four teams in each division will face off in a double-elimination format.
MCC VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 24 – at Beatrice vs. Southeastern Community College (Iowa), 1 p.m.
Aug. 24 – at Beatrice vs. Colby Community College, 5 p.m.
Aug. 25 - at Beatrice vs. Hawkeye Community College, 9 a.m.
Aug. 25 – at Beatrice vs. Northeast Community College, 5 p.m.
Aug. 28 – at Eastern Wyoming College, 7 p.m.
Sept. 1 – at Arkansas City, Kan. vs. Cowley College, noon
Sept. 1 – at Arkansas City, Kan. vs. Johnson County, 2 p.m.
Sept. 4 – at Southeast Community College, 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 – at Central Community College-Columbus, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 – (H) vs. Cloud County Community College, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 – (H) vs. Garden City Community College, 6 p.m.
Sept. 13 – (H) vs. North Platte Community College, 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 – (H) vs. Central Community College-Columbus, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 – at Western Nebraska Community College, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21-22 – at Scottsbluff for Wyo-Braska Shootout, times, opponents TBA
Sept. 25 – (H) vs. Southeast Community College, 7 p.m.
Sept, 27 – at Trinidad State Junior College, 6 p.m.
Sept. 28 – at Otero Junior College, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 – at Lamar Community College, 2 p.m.
Oct. 2 – at Northeastern Junior College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4 – at Garden City Community College, 6 p.m.
Oct. 9 – at Laramie County Community College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 – (H) vs Trinidad State Junior College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 – (H) vs. Otero Junior College, 6 p.m.
Oct. 13 – (H) vs. Lamar Community College, 3 p.m.
Oct. 17 – at North Platte Community College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 – (H) vs. Western Nebraska Community College, 6 p.m.
Oct. 23 – (H) vs. Northeastern Junior College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 31-Nov. 3 -- Region IX Tournament, Cheyenne, Wyo.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2018 volleyball team includes: (front row from left) Carson Mack, Bailey Honn, Makayla Harris, Kiera Barr, Brooklyn Evans, Ashley Carson, Onyessah Rocha. (Back row:) Ty Johnson, Hayley Jacobsen, Ryan Maddera, Hannah Emerson, Faith Simpson, Maddie Kleewein, Allie Gammel, Mallory Brown. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Lorens/Acme Printing Company).
The Cambridge Trojan Football Team finished the 2017 season 5-4 and a playoff berth. This season in 2018 Cambridge will be lead by a new head coach in Rodney Yates. Hometown Family Radio able to catch up with coach Yates as he tells us about his team for 2018. Cambridge opens up the 2018 season at Ravenna on Friday, August 31st.
Three games of Nebraska’s 2019 schedule have been set, as the matchups for the Frisco College Baseball Classic presented by Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at the STAR were announced on Monday. The third edition of the Frisco Classic is slated for March 1-3, 2019 at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas, home of the Frisco RoughRiders. Each day will feature two games, with each of the four teams playing three games during the weekend. Nebraska is joined by 2018 College World Series participants Texas Tech and Mississippi State, as well as Southland regular-season conference champion Sam Houston State for the 2019 Frisco Classic. The Huskers open on Friday, March 1 against the Red Raiders at 7 p.m. (CT). NU leads the all-time series against its former conference foe, 31-21. Texas Tech advanced through Regionals and Super Regionals at home last season before going 1-2 at the CWS in Omaha, Neb. The Red Raiders went 45-20 overall in 2018. Nebraska squares off against Sam Houston State on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. (CT). The Bearkats lead the all-time series against the Big Red by a 5-1 margin. In 2018, Sam Houston State went 39-20 overall with a 24-6 record in conference play en route to capturing the Southland Conference title. The Bearkats went 1-2 at the conference tournament to fall short of an NCAA Tournament bid. NU wraps up its trip to Frisco by facing Mississippi State on Sunday, March 3 at 11 a.m. (CT). The Bulldogs lead the all-time series against the Huskers, 2-0. Mississippi State, who went 39-29 last season, advanced through the Tallahassee Regional before taking 2-of-3 at Vanderbilt in the Super Regionals. At the College World Series, the Bulldogs went 2-2, losing both games to eventual champion Oregon State. Nebraska will be making its second appearance in the event after playing in the inaugural edition in 2017. The 2017 version featured Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Arizona. Television and streaming information for the 2019 Frisco Classic will be announced at a later date. Advanced tickets for the 2019 Frisco Classic are available at friscoclassic.com/tickets.
Nebraska’s 2019 Frisco College Baseball Classic Schedule
Friday, March 1: Texas Tech vs. Nebraska – 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 2: Nebraska vs. Sam Houston State – 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 3: Nebraska vs. Mississippi State – 11 a.m.
Note: the home team is listed second
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Monday inside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads and helmets. Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander spoke to the media following practice to discuss the defense's progress and depth with less than two weeks until the season opener against Akron. "I would still say the deepest [position group] is probably the D-line," Chinander said. "I think we feel good about the linebackers and where we are at, but I think another deep position with the addition of some young guys and transfers is going to be the defensive backfield." When asked when the team would be ready to name the starters on defense, Chinander explained that the coaches already have a general idea of who is going to be getting the majority of snaps. "After the last scrimmage I think we got it figured out who the 1s and 2s are," Chinander said. "There are still a few position battles that are probably going to go down to the wire. If we had to name a depth chart today, we could.” Monday marked the first day of the fall semester on campus and Chinander said the players having to balance classes and practice should not be much of an adjustment. "The thing about this camp compared to others is there are no more two-a-days," Chinander said. "It's kind of a seamless transition. Now we have to change the schedule a little bit. We don't have as much meeting time in the afternoon so we have to condense that in the walkthrough. This week is going to seem almost like camp to the guys with the addition of class. Thursday and Friday, that's when they will start transitioning into scout team and getting ready for the first game." Chinander also discussed the importance of veterans stepping up and taking the newcomers under their wing in order to help them find success early on. "We tell the veterans 'If you're a real guy, our job is to replace you in recruiting,'" Chinander said. "But if you're a real guy, you are going to teach somebody to take your job and know that he can't do it. So I expect those guys to really do a nice job of helping bring those young guys along just like they did in the summer with the incoming freshman transfers. I think they've kind of grasped that concept a little bit." The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Tuesday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.
We feature the Southwest Roughrider Football team. The Roughriders are coming off of a 4-5 record and a playoff Berth in 2017. Hometown Family Radio talks with Southwest Football Head Coach Nick Brost about his huge senior class he has returning this season in 2018. Southwest will open the season Friday August 31st hosting Perkins County.
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska volleyball team held its annual Red/White Scrimmage in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,965 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday afternoon. The Red team won the match, 2-1 (25-19, 25-17, 20-25). The Red team had a balanced attack, as seven players combined for 33 kills with no one posting more than seven. Mikaela Foecke led the way with seven kills, and Lauren Stivrins and Sami Slaughter each had six. Jazz Sweet and Callie Schwarzenbach posted five kills each with Schwarzenbach adding a team-high five blocks. Setter Nicklin Hames paced the offense with 26 assists, three kills and three aces to go with her team-high 11 digs. Libero Kenzie Maloney added eight digs. Capri Davis had nine kills and three blocks to lead the White team. Former Huskers Kadie and Amber Rolfzen played for the White squad. Kadie Rolfzen had 10 kills and 11 digs. Anezka Szabo posted five blocks with two kills. Mari Kurkova recorded 15 assists as the White team's setter for the first two sets, while Brooke Smith set the third set and put up seven assists to lead the White team to the third-set win. Hayley Densberger had eight digs, while Smith had seven. The White team also got six kills on .308 hitting from student manager Jake Roberts. The Red started strong with 25-19, 25-17 wins in the first two sets. The Red had a decisive advantage in hitting, .264 to -.028, at intermission. White answered back in the third and final set with a 25-20 victory. White outhit Red .161 to .079 in the final frame. The scrimmage was just part of the festivities at the Devaney Center on Saturday. Before the match, the Huskers' 2017 NCAA Championship banner was officially unveiled in the rafters. After the scrimmage, fans were treated to the first viewing of the 2017 NCAA Championship documentary, "Nebraska Volleyball: Culture of a Champion," produced by NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations. The documentary will be televised on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. (CT) on NET and streamed at netnebraska.org. The second-ranked Huskers begin the regular season by hosting the VERT Challenge next Friday and Saturday. NU will face No. 7 Florida in a 2017 national title rematch on Friday at 6 p.m. The Huskers will battle No. 18 Oregon on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The McCook Girls Golf team had a rough start to the 2018 season. Only having three competitors at the opening golf invite at Cambridge. McCook was not able to have a team score. Cambridge won the invite with a team score of 212 and Lexington finished with a 286.
Next action for McCook Girls Golf team will be Tuesday August 21st at Sidney.
The McCook Bison Football Team held a Scrimmage at Weiland Field yesterday August 16th. The Bison Boosters held a tailgate for fans as well. Hometown Family Radio talks with head coach Jeff Gross after the scrimmage as he explains how the scrimmage went. McCook opens the 2018 season on the road at Hastings on Friday August 24th.