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Randy Plummer, business teacher and head boys basketball coach at Gering High School, has stepped down from his position as head boys basketball coach.  Mr. Plummer will remain as a business teacher at Gering High School and also head track coach.  He has been a teacher in the district for 39 years and head boys basketball coach for the past 12 years.  

Coach Plummer has coached a variety of sports including football, basketball, and track .  

Plummer stated, “I appreciate all of the support I have received from the school administration, but I felt it was the right time to step aside from head basketball.  I’ve enjoyed coaching and appreciate all of the athletes I’ve had the opportunity to work with during my career.”
“Coach Plummer has done an excellent job leading our boys basketball program.  Randy was phenomenal at helping players achieve beyond what they thought they were capable of.  He will be sorely missed in basketball, but we are fortunate to still have him in the classroom and coaching track,” stated Athletic Director Glen Koski.  

Rick Winkler has been named interim head boys basketball coach.  Coach Winkler assisted with Gering’s girls basketball program last year and also has previous experience as an assistant boys basketball coach at Scottsbluff.  He has also been integrally involved with the youth program in Gering. Coach Winkler stated he is excited about the upcoming year and having the opportunity to coach the boys.  “I know the boys will work hard to be successful.” 

Mr. Koski stated “We are fortunate that we have someone like Coach Winkler to step into this position.  He has experience coaching in successful programs and a great knowledge of the game.”

Western Nebraska Community College men’s and women’s basketball coaches Cory Fehringer and Chad Gibney will conduct basketball camps for girls and boys from grades Kindergarten through eighth grade June 25-27 at Cougar Palace.

Boys and girls grades kindergarten through fourth grade will go from 9 – 11:30 a.m.; girls in grades 5-8 will go from 1-3:30 p.m., and boys in grades 5-8 will from 4-6:30 p.m.

The cost for early registration is $75 while registration after June 11 is $85.

Both WNCC basketball teams went to the NJCAA national tournament last year. The men captured their first Region IX title since 2001 while the women earned an at-large berth to the national tournament.

For a camp brochure, click the camp tab or the camp banner on the WNCC athletic website at Contact Fehringer or Gibney, or assistant coaches Billy Engel and Roybell Baez for further details on the camp.

Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball player Karli Seay had been selected of one of 40 sophomore-to-be participants to play NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association all-Star Weekend in Atlanta, Georgia this summer.

The event will take place July 26-29 at Georgia State University.

The all-star weekend will feature NJCAA student-athletes who are entering their sophomore year after competing at an NJCAA member school during the 2017-18 season. This year's event features some of the top talent from all three divisions, including NJCAA DIII Spalding® Player of the Year Kayla Wilson of Hostos (NY).

Seay helped the WNCC women’s basketball team to a 29-5 record and an at-large berth to the NJCAA national tournament last year. Seay, of Chicago, averaged 14.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists a game.

Seay set a new single-game scoring record when she poured in 48 points in an away game at Eastern Wyoming College. The previous single-game record of 38 points was set in 1980.

Seay is the only Region IX returner to be selected to the all-star game.

Other members of the All-Star Weekend include Yamel Abreu of Union College (NJ); Namiko Adams of Chipola; Naomie Alnatas of Iowa Western; Jayla Atmore of Daytona State; Upe Atosu of Labette College; Ataiya Bridges of Shelton State; Ardella Brown of Sullivan County; Aby Coates of Illinois Central; Darha Congleton of Wabash Valley; Talia Edwards of Joliet; Jassmyn Elston of State Fair;; Alexius Foster of Dawson; Madi Hecox of Rock Valley; Jordynn Hernandez of Collin College; Lexi Hernandez of Seward County; Marie Hunter of Wabash Valley; Destiny Hurt of Roxbury; Megan Jackson of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; Ricka Jackson, South Georgia Tech; Tiyah Johnson, Shelton State; Maya Jones, Jones County; Kamryn Lemon, Highland (Kansas); Janna Lewis, Motlow State; Natasha Mack, Angelina; Destiny Marshall, Georgia Highlands; Audrey McElhaney, Chattahoochee Valley; Kylah Mize, Ranger; Bethy Mununga, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; Jacqulynn Nakai, Pima; Maara Nelson, Lake Region State; Valerie Nesbitt, Chipola; Courtasia Sanders, Chipola; Bigue Sarr, South Georgia Tech; Fredricka Sheats, Central Georgia Tech; Brandi Washington, Pensacola State; Kayla Wilson, Hostos; Elaiha DeMeza, Harford; and Maggie Gilbert, Lake Region State.

For the fifth straight year, the Legends team captured the 15th Cougar Golf Classic Saturday at Monument Shadows Golf Course in Gering.

The Legends team of Ron Johns, Dingus McKee, Matt Hessler, and Rick Gable won the overall title with a handicapped score of 51.35, to win by .55 over second place Safetyline Consultants, who fired a handicapped score of 51.9 and Team Lerma’s 51.95.

Safetyline Consultant team members were Doug Scholtz, Armando Castaneda, Ryan Burgner, and Greg Sell. Team Lerma golfers were Evan Lerma, Matt Coon, Kevin Carmody, and Chris Pieper.

Fourth place in the overall race went to Scottsbluff Screenprinting. Scottsbluff Screenprinting, who shot a 55 (handicapped score of 53.15), included Josh Wilson, Grant Maser, Vince Quijas, and Dave Rupp.

The COED division was won by Team Lashley. Team members included Dave Lashley, Regina Lashley, Jody Miles, and Lucretia Miles. Team Lashley fired a total gross round of 63 and after a handicap, won with a 55.1 score.

Second place in the coed division went to Team Time, who shot a 68 (55.7 handicapped score). Team Time team members included Doug Jones, Luke Stobel, Katelyn Groves, and Laramie Greene.

Each first place team member split a $400 pro-shop credit. Second and third place teams were drawn. Second place and a $300 pro-shop credit went to Platte Valley Companies team of Tim Propp, Tammy Hoffman, Ladd Harrison, and Audrey Murphey. Third place and a $200 pro-shop credit went to Shankopotomus team members Jen Buttle, Lacy Krakow, Molly Bonucci, Adena Hagen, and Ali Kuhlman.

Hole prizes were also given. Longest putt by a women (hole 2) went to Regina Lashley; longest drive by a man (hole 4) went to Dave Lashley; closest to the pin in two (hole 5) went to Zach Smith; shortest drive by a man (hole 8) went to AJ Kuxhausen; closest to the water (hole 9) went to Grant Maser; longest drive by a women (hole 10) went to Tammy Hoffman; closest to the sand (hole 12) went to Dan Dickenson; closest to the pin on a tee shot (hole 13) went to Kevin Carmondy; shortest drive by a women (hole 15) went to Jennifer Buttle; and longest put by a man (hole 18) went to Ron Robles.

Sixteen teams took part in this year’s golf classic, where the proceeds go to Cougar athletic scholarship fund.


Grand Island Home Federal - 15 Runs, 14 Hits, 1 Error 

Westco/Scottsbluff - 3 Runs, 5 Hits, 4 Errors 


Grand Island with the win now 12-5 on the season. Next action in Lincoln on Saturday, June 16th to take on Northeast & Southeast at 11am and 1:30pm. 


Westco Zephyrs with the loss now 8-14 on the season and will next be in action Friday, June 15th for a double header with Elkhorn Mt Michael. 


Legion Baseball 
The WESTCO Z's go 3 and 1 over the weekend in the NTC tournament as they sweep the Wheatland Lobos and then they split a pair of games against Thompson Valley Eagles. Gering finished 2 and 1 in the Chadron Woodbat Tournament losing to Alliance for the second time this season, while beating Gordon and Martin, SD. 
  • 06/05 Tue. Gering @ Sidney 5 pm
  • 06/06 Wed. Gering @ Bridgeport 7 pm 
  • 06/06 Wed. WESTCO @ North Platte (DH) 4/6 pm
  • 06/09 Sat. WESTCO vs Buckley Bombers (DH) 3/5 pm listen on 106.9 Wild Country 
Western Nebraska Pioneers
The Pioneers sweep their first series of their existence over the Hastings Sodbusters at Oregon Trail Park Stadium. 
  • 06/04 Mon. @ Casper Horseheads (DH) Game 1 begins at 5 pm Game 2 will follow.
  • 06/05 Tue. @ Casper Horseheads 6:35 pm
  • 06/06 Wed. vs Casper Horseheads 6:35 pm
  • 06/07 Thur. vs Casper Horseheads 6:35 pm
  • 06/08-10 vs Hub City Hot Shots 
West Nebraska All-Stars 
  • The 2018 West Nebraska All-Star Volleyball Game will be played Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Cougar Palace on the campus of Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff. Game time is 2 p.m. MDT. A portion of the proceeds from the West Nebraska All-Star Games benefit local organizations.
  • The 2018 West Nebraska All-Star Football Game will be played Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Bearcat Stadium in Scottsbluff, NE. Game time is 7 p.m. MDT. A portion of the proceeds from the West Nebraska All-Star Games benefit local organizations.
Colorado Rockies Baseball  
The Rockies were swept for by the Los Angeles Dodgers and they have fell in 4 straight contests. 
  • 06/05 Tue. @ Cincinnati Reds 6:40 pm listen on 1320 KOLT
  • 06/06 Wed. @ Cincinnati Reds 5:15 pm listen on 1320 KOLT
  • 06/07 Thur. @ Cincinnati Reds 10:35 pm listen on 1320 KOLT
  • 06/08-10 vs Arizona Diamondbacks listen on 1320 KOLT

GERING, NE - It was only a matter of time until the bats came around for the Western Nebraska Pioneers. And come around they did on Wednesday night at Oregon Trail Park Stadium in Gering.

The Pioneers offense exploded for ten runs on fourteen hits to back a strong outing from Chet Jones to beat the Spearfish Sasquatch 10-1, securing the first ever win in franchise history. After scoring just eight combined runs in three one-run losses to start the season, it was a welcome sight for the fans and players.

Jones started the game for the Pioneers (1-3) just one day after joining the team and made an instant impact. He had Sasquatch (3-2) hitters off balance all night, working 1-2-3 innings in three of this five shutout frames, allowing just 2 hits and one walk while striking out six. The Pioneers bullpen was nearly flawless behind him as well, with Brandon Morse striking out all six batters he retired and Dagin Renck and Cal Beardsley allowing just two baserunners over two no-hit innings out of the back end of the bullpen.

It did not take long for the Pioneer bats to break out to help out the cause on the mound. Travis Turney led off the bottom of the first inning with a double to right field, and scored two batters later on an RBI single to left field by Cooper Shearon. Turney hit another double in the third inning that scored two runs to make the score 4-0, and the floodgates opened from there. Western Nebraska tacked on three more in the sixth and were well in command by the time Jones left the game in the sixth inning.

Six different Pioneers recorded multi-hit games, including Alex Achtermann, in his second game with the team. Tanner Baker continued his extremely hot stretch to the season with a 2-for-4 showing with a double and two runs scored; his .500 batting average is tops amongst Expedition League hitters in the early going.

Dylan Schneider started for Spearfish and allowed seven runs over 4 innings of work, allowing just one walk but giving up ten hits with just two strikeouts to take his first loss of the season. Sean Keating followed out of the bullpen and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk over two innings while fanning two. Parker Schkade tossed two scoreless innings of relief at the back end for Spearfish.

The Pioneers will look to take the rubber match on Thursday and claim their first series victory of the season. Left-hander Jeff Griffith will take the ball for the Pioneers in his first start of the summer. First pitch is schedule for 6:35 PM MST at Oregon Trail Park Stadium.

Western Nebraska Community College’s Trent Harris spent three seasons with the Cougars improving his basketball skills and now all that hard work paid off as the Scottsbluff High product will be playing for the University of Northern Colorado for the next two seasons.

Northern Colorado, a Division I program, won 26 games a year ago and went on to win the CIT post-season tournament.

Harris said UNC has been talking to him all year and felt at home in attending the Greeley, Colorado, school.

“I have been talking to the coaches all year and they were one of the first schools to be recruiting me, so I felt I had a good relationship with the coaches,” Harris said. “After watching them throughout the season, I felt like I fit in well with the team.”

UNC head coach Jeff Linder is happy to welcome Harris to the Bear family.

“We're very excited that Trent Harris has decided to join our program and become a Bear. One of the key attributes that we look for in all of our players is the ability to shoot the ball so that we can stretch the floor and put maximal pressure on the opposing defense," Linder said in a press release. “Trent can shoot the ball from deep at a very high level, and he has proven that at one of the premier junior college programs in the country, Western Nebraska. Trent made 4 or more 3's on 11 occasions this past season, and his 3-point percentage at 48 percent was in the Top 20 in the country. More importantly, Trent is a tremendous student-athlete, and will be a perfect fit for how we're building our program here at UNC."

Harris had a couple of other schools on the list as well, including Minot State in North Dakota and Washburn University in Kansas, where his father Anthony went after he finished his playing days at WNCC. Harris said it wasn’t hard to pick Northern Colorado over his dad’s school either because his dad said it was his decision.

“I enjoyed going down there [Washburn] on a visit with my dad because he was telling me about when he was in college, and that was a good experience,” he said. “But he told me it was my decision and he didn’t want me to go there just because he went there. He really liked Northern Colorado as well. He thought I would have a good opportunity just like I thought.”

This season, Harris average 13.3 points a game and shot 48.2 percent from the 3-point arc and 82 percent from the free throw line. Harris buried 94 treys last season in leading the Cougars to the Region IX championship and finished his Cougar career burying 141 3-pointers.

Harris said he improved a lot in his three seasons at WNCC. Harris spent his first year at WNCC as a gray-shirt player under then head coach Russ Beck before playing two years under current Cougar coach Cory Fehringer.

“I knew I had to really adapt from high school to when I got here,” Harris said. “My first year I learned a lot when I sat out in getting more physical and all that stuff what Coach Beck taught me. When Coach Cory Fehringer got here he showed me the drills that I needed to do and gave me the tools to get my game to the next level. I felt like I got better since high school and my first year at WNCC.”

WNCC head coach Cory Fehringer said Harris should fit in fine with the Bears. Fehringer said Harris gave them plenty of buckets in his two years on the court and was a model student-athlete in the classroom.

“I think the coaching staff felt, night in and night out, Trent was always one of the better guards on the floor, especially as far as consistency goes to defend, rebound, and to make baskets,” Fehringer said. “In Trent’s first year as a freshman, Trent had three game-winners in a row. He was already doing important things as a freshman. The one thing I can explain about Trent as he leaves our program, and we have to explain to other players how to be successful, is the ability to be unselfish and serve your team at a maximum level. And for Trent to come off the bench for two seasons and never whine, complain, or make excuses, but continue to help us to be successful and supporting his teammates, is another staple of why Trent will be successful at the Division I level and at Northern Colorado.”

Last season Trent had a season-high 26 points, including six 3-pointers in a 106-73 win over Lamar Community College. In his two seasons at WNCC, Harris had 12 games of 20 or more points. He had three straight games of 20 points this past season and a streak of eight straight games of scoring in double figures.

Harris is the fourth WNCC men’s basketball player to sign to play at the Division I level from the Region IX champions that went 1-1 at the national tournament.

Also headed to Division I were Vinnie Shahid to North Dakota State, Marlon Sierra to Bowling Green State, and Djojde Dimitrijevic to Mercer University.


Athletic Director Bill Moos, Head Coach Scott Frost and members of the Nebraska football staff will visit all areas of Nebraska as part of the Husker Nation Tour presented by First National Bank. The two-day, 26-town blitz will take place on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12. All events in the Husker Nation Tour are free and open to the public and give Nebraska fans a chance to meet the coaching staff as preparations continue for the 2018 season. The tour will kick off with Frost, Moos and Associate A.D. for Football Matt Davison highlighting a trip to Scottsbluff and Alliance on Monday. The trio will be at the Gering Civic Center for a mid-day event on Monday, followed by an early evening event at Newberry's in downtown Alliance. Monday evening events will also take place in Valentine (Troy Walters, Mike Dawson) and Ogallala (Erik Chinander, Frank Verducci), before the staff meets fans in 22 towns on Tuesday, June 12. Tuesday groups include Walters and Dawson (O'Neill, Aurora, Seward); Chinander and Verducci (Imperial, McCook, Lexington); Jovan Dewitt and Ryan Held (Kearney, Hastings, Geneva, York); Barrett Ruud and Sean Beckton (Norfolk, South Sioux City, West Point, Blair); Travis Fisher and Mario Verduzco (Wahoo, Fremont, David City, Beatrice) and Moos, Greg Austin and Zach Duval (Falls City, Auburn, Plattsmouth, Gretna).

2018 Husker Nation Tour Presented by First National Bank

Bill Moos, Scott Frost,
Matt Davison
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Gering Civic Center


Erik Chinander,

Frank Verducci




5:30 - 7 p.m.


Open Range Grill


Troy Walters,

Mike Dawson




5:30 - 7 p.m.


Bolo Brewery & Tap Room



Erik Chinander,
Frank Verducci





8:30 - 9:30 a.m.


1 - 2 p.m.


5 - 6 p.m.

Chase County Fair


Coppermill Steakhouse


LakeShore Marina Bar

Troy Walters,

Mike Dawson






8:30 - 9:30 a.m.


1 - 2 p.m.


4 - 5 p.m.

O'Neill Community Center


Bremer Community Center


Hall-County Fairgrounds

Jovan Dewitt,

Ryan Held








8:30 - 9:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


3 - 4 p.m.


5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

First National Bank (Downtown)


Lochland Country Club


Rialto Theater


Holthus Convention Center

Sean Beckton,

Barrett Ruud



South Sioux City


West Point



9 - 10 a.m.


12:30 - 1:30 p.m.


3 - 4 p.m.


5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Norfolk Country Club




Nielsen Community Center


Woodhouse Auto Family

Travis Fisher,
Mario Verduzco




David City



8:30 - 9:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


2 - 3 p.m.


5 - 6 p.m.

Hilltop Country Club


Sid Dillon Chevrolet


Par IV Restaurant & Lounge


The Black Crow

Bill Moos,

Greg Austin,

Zach Duval
Falls City







9 - 10 a.m.


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


2:30 - 3:30 p.m.


5 - 6 p.m.

Pritchard Auditorium


Arbor Manor


Plattsmouth Community Center


Spikers Sports & Spirits