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North Platte Authorities say human remains found in a stock trailer could be those of at least one of two Wisconsin brothers who prosecutors say were fatally shot by a Missouri farmer.


Lincoln County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Roland Kramer said Monday that a rancher near Hershey, found the remains mixed with dirt in a plastic tub inside the trailer he recently purchased in Missouri.


Garland Nelson, a 25-year-old Missouri farmer, is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Nick Diemel and 24-year-old Justin Diemel, of Wisconsin, then burning their bodies and dumping them in a manure pile. He faces two counts of first-degree murder.


Kramer says Missouri authorities confirmed the remains could belong to one of the brothers.



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Monday morning the Lincoln County Sheriff's 911 Center advised of a two vehicle, injury accident near mile marker 63 on U.S. Highway 83.


It was reported a truck and a car had struck head on and one of the drivers was injured.

Deputies and rescue workers arrived to find a female driver with non-life threatening injuries being assisted by other citizens.


She was later taken to Great Plains Health for treatment.


The investigation into the accident revealed a northbound Isuzu Sweeper Truck crossed the centerline of the roadway and collided with the females vehicle.


It appears the driver of the Isuzu fell asleep, causing him to strike the woman’s car he was not injured. Drugs or Alcohol were not a cause of the accident.



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Grand Island Public Schools Foundation Board members surprised teachers and students in the Grand Island Public Schools when they arrived at schools Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to award 17 classroom mini-grants. 

The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation awards mini-grants in two rounds on an annual basis. Mini-grants are designed to fund educational opportunities for students that are not available through the school district's general budget.  

This is the sixteenth annual mini-grant cycle for the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation.  Since the program’s inception, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has funded 282 mini-grants totaling $248,464. Grants have been awarded to every school in the district, benefiting approximately 52,755 students.  

The 2019-2020 mini-grant fund was established via the "Add it Up to Opportunity!" staff and board fund drive and the "Tradition of Excellence" community campaign held during the past 12 months.

For the 2019-2020 school year, 17 grants totaling $19,322 were awarded through the mini-grant process. Grants ranged from $250 to $2,000.  3,222 students will benefit from a classroom mini-grant this school year.  

Day One grant winners, grant amounts, and project titles were:

*Kim McCain, Jodi Fegley, Engleman Elementary, $1,830, “Wildcats Wild about Maker Space!” With the Makerspace movement in full swing across our district, Engleman Elementary wants to expand their learning opportunities for their students. With only four large robots, adding the ability to code more often is one goal for a student body of 530. We also would like to continue developing creativity and problem solving using recyclables with Makedo: Cardboard Construction. With Makerspace hands-on learning activities, students gain problem solving skills and collaboration skills in the curriculum areas of math, science, art, language/literature, and technology. This grant will benefit 530 students in grades K-5.

*Kenneth DeFrank, Success Academy, $1,970, “Flexible Seating.” Success Academy is an alternative program that focuses on students with mental and behavior challenges. We would like to offer more flexible seating to our students, including wiggly chairs, rocking chairs, and any other non-traditional seating to help kids stay focused on their academics. This grant will benefit 91 students in grades 9-12.

*Danielle Dudo, Stephanie Finnegan, Andrew Poltack, and Katie Slattery, Newell Elementary, $850, “Traveling Along the Oregon Trail.” Students will experience the Oregon Trail in a first-hand expedition across school district property.  Students will face many of the same challenges that pioneers faced from traveling hardships, illness, trading and pioneer meals.  Their mission is to successfully transport their family along the trail to their final destination.  (Starting at Newell Elementary, stopping at Walnut Middle School and ending at Grand Island Senior High). This grant will benefit 80 students in grades 4-5.

*Sara Robinson, Gates Elementary, $1,000, “Every Student, Every Day, A Reader!” The purpose of this grant is to provide teachers with the materials they need to design meaningful phonics lessons. The materials will guide instruction that directly aligns to the LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional development. This grant will benefit 215 students in grades K-5.

*Jason Zelasney, Shane Campbell, and John Faxon, Jefferson Elementary, $1,000, “Jefferson Gentleman.” The Jefferson Gentlemen will be a program focused on teaching our young boys how to be our next generation gentlemen. This program will teach our boys skills to help them feel good about themselves in every setting and have the confidence to lead by example. Our goal is to lift students up and help prepare them for the road ahead.  During our group time, we plan to focus on learning proper etiquette in different settings, how to dress to impress and tie a tie, how to give a proper handshake and demonstrate respect to others, and learn other characteristics of being a gentleman. This grant will benefit 50 students in grades K-5.

*Chandra Kosmicki, Jefferson Elementary, $1,870, “Stop-Motion Claymation Movie Makin’.” Remember the Gumby or the California Raisins? In this project, students will grow their skills as a 21st century learner and become engaged in stop-motion animation by creating, editing, and sharing their very own Claymation movie. This grant will benefit 400 students in grades K-5.

*Trevor Cornelius and Nancy Sutherland, Knickrehm Elementary, $900, “It Only Takes a Spark.” It can be difficult for students to transition from reading picture books to chapter books; for some students, due to fear and lack of confidence, it seems almost impossible. These obstacles can be overcome by creating an afterschool program using literacy circles, where like-ability students can gather to explore and discuss the hidden treasures found within the written word.  This grant will be used to purchase sets of books from seven different genres, in four different reading levels, in order to meet our students where they are at and encourage them to grow. This grant will benefit 40 students in grades K-5.

*Janet Dobbins and Rebecca Waind, Stolley Park Elementary, $1,300, “Purposeful Play in a Kindergarten Classroom.” We are creating an environment in the kindergarten classroom whereas 'play' becomes purposeful in providing extensive opportunities for children to represent and extend their thinking through multiple modalities including, but not limited to drawing, writing, painting, movement, drama, construction, dance, technology, and discovery.  Purposeful play centers will integrate standards, targets, and success criteria to naturally support learning. 'Play' will provide areas in the classroom that are ever-changing. This grant will benefit 46 students in Kindergarten.

*Lauren Peitzmeier and Sandy Meyer, Stolley Park Elementary, $1,947, “Make Space for Robotics!” We would like to provide opportunities for Stolley Park students to experience robotics and coding using Ozobots and Spheros in our dedicated makerspace where they will be available for all K-5 teachers to use with their entire class, in addition to before and after school STEAM programs and clubs. The Ozobot is a small but powerful robot that is programmable using simple markers (for beginners) or block based computer programming (for intermediate users).  Like the Ozobot, the Sphero SPRK+ utilizes drawing and block based programming, but adds a third level for advanced learners to use JavaScript to actually write text programs.
This grant will benefit 225 students in grades K-5.

*Melissa McDonald, Shoemaker Elementary, $1,000, “Every Student, Every day, A Reader!” The purpose of this grant is to provide teachers the materials they need to design meaningful phonics lessons. The materials will support instruction that directly aligns with the LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional development. This grant will benefit 280 students in grades K-5.

*Kevin Butters, Vicki Weseman, and Brenda Carlson, Lincoln Elementary, $1,000, “Patterns of Earth and Sky.” As fifth grade students begin the school year, they investigate what causes the daily and yearly pattern of what objects we see in the night sky. Throughout the investigations they discover how the orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, causes observable patterns. These students would greatly benefit from an end-of-unit, culminating activity that includes a trip to the University of Nebraska at Kearney Planetarium and an art activity incorporating what they have learned. Students could make connections with what they have learned, recognize many of the stars they have read about, and share in an experience which will stay with them for years to come. This grant will benefit 65 students in grade 5.

*Bianca Ayala, Howard Elementary, $250, “Books & Braids.” Books & Braids is a morning weekly club where the students are able to read books of their choice and have their hair styled. All students (boys & girls) are welcomed and after having their hair styled leave with a big smile on their face! Having special books and hair materials for the club would engage more students to join while building their confidence at the same time! This grant will benefit 50 students in grades K-5.

*Gina Conyers and Clint Felber, Barr Middle School, $450, “Outdoor Leisure Activities.” We would love to offer a unit at the beginning and end of every school year that features yard games that our students will most likely play in their neighborhoods, tailgating, or while camping with family and friends in the summer like:  Ladder golf, Polish Horseshoes, Corn Hole, Yard Darts and Kan Jam.  This is a great unit to add to our curriculum as it is able to help us hit several standards.  They will also be developing skills and knowledge of games that they will be able to participate in for a lifetime of fun. This grant will benefit 750 students in grades 6-8.

*Nicole LeClaire, Wyandotte Learning Center, $2,000, “Building a 21st Century Crime Lab – Law and Public Safety Academy at the Academies of Grand Island Senior High.”  This grant will design and build a crime lab where Law and Public Safety
 students would be able to role-play future careers in the fields of Law and Public Safety through crime scene simulations. The crime lab would be dynamic-scenes, simulations, and events would change and build upon unit concepts. This grant would offset the cost of supplies to build set scenes and supplemental lesson materials. This grant will benefit 125 students in grades 9-12.

*Jerome Dubas, Grand Island Senior High, $1,146, “UNDRground Contemporary Arts Marketing.” The Senior High Art Department collaborates with the Azteca Market to operate a professional art gallery- UNDRground Contemporary Arts.  The operating expenses include postcard mailings, postage, and vinyl, insurance, transportation expenses, food for receptions, website hosting fees, pedestals, and other miscellaneous expenses (light bulbs, paint, cleaning supplies, hardware, etc.).  Every two months we have a new show and we use the postcards to market each of the art shows, and we apply vinyl to the entry foyer wall with the artist's name and the name of the show. This grant will benefit 45 students in grades 9-12.

*Corey Farlee, Shaun Willey and Maggie Mintken, Grand Island Senior High, $250, “Journals & Paper Planners for Freshman Academy.” Working as a counselor in the Freshman Academy at Grand Island Senior High we have learned that our freshmen need help with organization and dealing with emotions. We have found success using journaling strategies to manage feelings and maintain mental health with many students. We have also observed student's organization skills and grades improve by using paper planners to help them gain control of their workload, which can be overwhelming for freshman. The transition from middle school to high school can be troubling, so having these materials to assist our students with this transition would be helpful. This grant will benefit 100 students in grade 9.

*Nancy Jones, Grand Island Senior High, $559, “TeamMates Lego Project.” As a school-based mentoring program, TeamMates of Grand Island's main goal is to build positive, trusting relationships between students and mentors through weekly conversations and activities.  These conversations are the basis for constructive, critical life decisions that students choose to discuss with their mentor, but can often be difficult when new relationships are developing.  Having a physical focus in their hands, helps students to openly talk about themselves and their lives without feeling interviewed or interrogated. TeamMates would like to purchase Legos sets for the four TeamMates schools in the district; Barr, Walnut, Westridge and Senior High. This grant will benefit 130 students in grades 6-12.

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Sutherland Longhorn Bar owner Tim Aden and Sutherland Rodeo Committee spokesperson Janet Mueller announced they are coming together to offer this incredible all-ages show at the outdoor event area north of the Sutherland Legion Hall adjacent to the rodeo grounds.

 

A native of Tulsa, OK, Diffie is a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years. A star athlete in high school, he originally set his sights on a medical career, but his love for music won out and he began performing in a gospel group. He paid the bills by working in a foundry and later joined a bluegrass band before deciding to give Nashville a try. He got a job working in the warehouse at Gibson Guitars, but felt like he wasn’t any closer to making his dreams come true.

 

He was on the verge of moving home when a conversation with his dad changed his destiny. “The best advice I ever got was from my dad,” Diffie recalls with a smile. “He said, ‘If you don’t have a goal, you don’t have anything to shoot at. Do something every day towards your music. Write a song or play your guitar.’ I took that to heart and made sure I did something every day whether it was big or little. I remember getting out of bed one time because I had forgotten to do something towards my music. I actually got up, got my guitar and played for a few minutes and then went back to bed. I feel like that had something to do with the success that I’ve managed to achieve. I think it would apply in anything. I lived, breathed, ate and slept music all the time. I was so obsessed with it.”

 

By 1990, Diffie had signed with Epic Records and released his debut album A Thousand Winding Roads. His very first single, “Home,” hit No. 1. He continued to dominate the charts throughout the 90s with such hits as “New Way (To Light Up an Old Flame),” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Is It Cold in Here,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die),” “So Help Me Girl,” “Bigger than the Beatles” and “Third Rock from the Sun.” Jason Aldean paid tribute to Diffie and namechecked many of the veteran entertainer’s classics in his hit “1994.” The video featured Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, Jake Owen and others paying homage to the man who influenced them.

 

Diffie’s accolades include 5 number one hits, 35 songs on the Billboard Top 10 charts, two Platinum records and two Gold albums.

 

The historic Sutherland Rodeo will celebrate its 83rd year in 2020, with a slack performance on July 2, then nightly performances on the 3rd and 4th. In 2019 the Sutherland Rodeo was named ‘Large Purse Rodeo of the Year” by the Nebraska State Rodeo Association, an accolade that it has won numerous times in the past. The concert is scheduled to start following the rodeo on July 3.

 

The rodeo and concert will highlight a full weekend of Independence Day celebrations in the community of Sutherland that includes a Junior Rodeo Queen competition, Firecracker 5K run, Pancake Breakfast, Kids Games and Frog Races, Community BBQ, Parade, Pie and Ice Cream Social.

 

Concert tickets will go on sale March first and will be priced at $20 in advance and $30 at the gate.


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Heartland United Way

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Central Community College

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 Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a California man and seized cocaine and marijuana found during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Brady.

At approximately 7:00 a.m., Sunday, November 10, a trooper observed an eastbound Nissan Rogue speeding near mile marker 200. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected indicators of criminal activity.

A search of the vehicle revealed 2.2 pounds of cocaine hidden under the spare tire and 1.5 pounds of marijuana concealed in a box filled with spray foam.

The driver, Arnold Rodriguez, 44, of Modesto, California, was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and no drug tax stamp. Rodriguez was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.


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Back on September 9th police responded to 3021 S. Locust Street in reference to the discovery two deceased persons in a room. That investigation has concluded that the cause of death of both persons was accidental overdose of methamphetamine.


Autopsies were performed on deceased 38 year old Joshua Perkins and 37 year old Shannon

Sybert. Both results concluded that ‘Acute Methamphetamine Toxicity’ to be the cause of death.


Combined with the physical evidence and a thorough investigation, the Grand Island Police

Department is closing this case having found that accidental overdose was the cause of death

for both parties.


The police stressed in the release that if someone you care about is suffering from addiction, please seek help from community resources such as the Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addiction (CNCAA) at 308-385-5520



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Dr. Jay Stewart

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Grand Island Senior High volleyball coach Bill Root has announced his plan to retire from coaching.


“Coach Root has been a tremendous asset for Grand Island Senior High,” said activities director Cindy Wells. “He has dedicated so much of his life to our student athletes in his time here. We thank him for his years of service to Islander athletics.”


Root, who will continue to teach physical education at Howard Elementary, has coached volleyball at GISH for 20 years.


“It’s been a joy, I’ve enjoyed the whole process,” Root said. “I’m very grateful.”


Under Coach Root, the Islanders have made eight trips to the Class A State Volleyball Championships, including his first season as GISH coach in 2000 and runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2007.


“A lot of great memories,” Root said. “Probably the biggest one is the ’07 team at the state tournament. We played three five-set matches in less than 24 hours, losing to Papillion-LaVista in the state finals, 17-19 in the fifth.”


He started his coaching career in 1980 at Giltner High School, where he reached the Class D, D1 and D2 state tournament a total of nine times, including four state championships and two runner-up finishes. 


Root has seen a number of Islanders advance to play college athletics, including at the NCAA Division I level.


“Grand Island Senior High has been blessed to have such a long-serving coach on our staff,” Wells said. “These will be tough shoes to fill.”


Wells said the search for the next volleyball coach will begin immediately.




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NEBRASKA at MARYLAND
NOV. 23, 2019 | MARYLAND STADIUM
COLLEGE PARK, MD. | 2:30 P.M. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO
TV - BTN (Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis, Elise Menaker)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg SharpeMatt DavisonBen McLaughlin
SATELLITE RADIO - XM 384/Sirius NA
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

HUSKERS
2019 Record: 4-6, 2-5 Big Ten
Last Game: Wisconsin (L, 37-21)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 27-21 (4th Year)/8-14 (2nd Year) 
vs. Maryland: 1-1

TERRAPINS
2019 Record: 3-7, 1-6 Big Ten
Last Game: Ohio State (L, 73-14)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Michael Locksley
Career/UM Record: 6-38 (4th Full Year)/4-12 (1st Full Year)
vs. Nebraska: 0-0

The Matchup
Nebraska completes its 2019 road schedule on Saturday afternoon, as the Huskers travel to College Park, Md., to take on the Maryland Terrapins. The game from Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium is set to kickoff off shortly after 2:30 p.m. CT (3:30 p.m. local) and will be televised by BTN. The game can be heard on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG. 

Nebraska will enter the contest with a 4-6 record and a 2-5 mark in Big Ten Conference play.  The Huskers are coming off a 37-21 loss to No. 15 Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln. Nebraska's offense rolled up 493 yards against the Badgers' stingy defense, but was unable to finish drives in the loss. Nebraska enters the final two games of the regular season needing a pair of victories to extend its season and become bowl eligible. 

Maryland was off last Saturday and enters the contest with a 3-7 record, including a 1-6 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Terrapins' explosive offense has been at its best in home games in College Park, averging 35.4 points per game in five 2019 home games.  Maryland boasts one of the league's top rushing attacks, averaging better than 170 yards per game with 15 running plays of 40 yards or more this season.

Saturday's game will mark Nebraska's first-ever trip to Maryland, and just the second meeting between the two schools since becoming members of the Big Ten. Nebraska defeated Maryland, 28-7, in Lincoln in 2016 in the only previous matchup between the teams.

Series History
Saturday's game is only the second matchup between two of the newest members of the Big Ten Conference. Nebraska defeated Maryland, 28-7, in Lincoln late in the 2016 season. 

•     Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011 as the 12th member of the conference, three seasons before Maryland and Rutgers joined as the 13th and 14th schools in the league. 

•     Nebraska held Maryland scoreless for the first three quarters and held the Terrapins to 207 yards in the victory. 

•     The game will be Nebraska's first at Maryland and first ever game in the state of Maryland.

Nebraska Joins 900-Win Club
Nebraska reached a major milestone in the history of its program with its win at Illinois on Sept. 21, becoming the fifth program in the country with 900 all-time victories. Nebraska joined Michigan, Ohio State, Texas and Alabama in the 900-win club. Oklahoma and Notre Dame joined the 900-win list a week later on Sept. 28.

Rk. School (Wins)
1. Michigan (961)
2. Ohio State (921)
3. Texas (914)
    Alabama (914)
5. Oklahoma (905)
6. Notre Dame (905)
7. Nebraska (901)

Frost Offenses Traditionally Impressive on Opening Drives
One common theme of a Scott Frost-led offense has been a fast start, and that has held true for Frost's tenure in Lincoln. Nebraska has scored points in four of 10 games on its opening drive in 2019.

Nebraska received the opening kickoff against South Alabama and drove nine plays and 81 yards for a touchdown to a take a 7-0 lead. At Colorado, NU drove 96 yards in five plays on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead. The Huskers opened with a field goal on the game's first drive against Northern Illinois. Nebraska got back to its fast starts against Indiana, marching five plays and 75 yards on the game's opening drive. The opening-drive success has continued a theme throughout Frost's head coaching tenure. 

• Nebraska scored on its first possession seven times in 12 games in 2018, including six of the final seven games. All seven of NU's opening scoring drives resulted in touchdowns. In Frost's two seasons, Nebraska has scored on its opening possession 11 times in 22 games (10 TD, 1 FG).

• Over the last three seasons - 2018-19 at Nebraska and 2017 at UCF - Frost's offenses have scored a touchdown on their opening possession 19 times in 35 games (54 percent). The average length of the touchdown drive in that span is 74 yards.

• In three-plus years as a head coach, Frost's offenses have scored on their opening drive 24 times in 48 games, with 22 touchdowns and two field goals. In 88 games over seven seasons as a play-caller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 45 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.

• NU received the opening kickoff nine times in 2018 and scored touchdowns on six of those drives while punting only once. The Huskers had a game-opening touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead in five straight games during the Big Ten Conference season.

• The Huskers scored on nearly 60 percent of their opening possessions in 2018, even with a pair of drive-ending turnovers in opponent territory. Nebraska's average touchdown drive covered more than 74 yards, including one 80-yard touchdown march and five 75-yard scoring drives.

• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 51% (45 of 88 drives)    
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 44% (39 of 88 drives)

Mills Finds Rhythm Against Badgers

Junior running back Dedrick Mills had the finest day of his Nebraska career against Wisconsin. Mills rushed 17 times for a career-high 188 yards and a touchdown. He had 13 carries and 112 yards before halftime. 

• Mills topped his previous Nebraska high of 116 yards against Northern Illinois. His previous collegiate career high was 169 yards against Kentucky in 2016, while Mills was playing at Georgia Tech. 

• Mills' 188 yards marked the most rushing yards against the Badgers this season, and he was just the second player to top the century mark. Only Ohio State's JK Dobbins (163 yards) had also topped 100 yards against a Badger defense that was allowing just 84 rushing yards per game before last week's game. 

• Mills had 11 rushes of more than 10 yards against the Badgers and averaged 11.1 yards on his 17 carries in the game. 

Husker Offense Showing Versatility
The 2019 Nebraska offense has shown the versatility to both strike quickly and drive the length of the field. Through 10 games, Nebraska has 19 scoring drives that have covered 75 yards or more. The Husker offense has been strong the past three games, averaging 460.7 yards of total offense, including 207.0 rushing yards and 253.7 per game through the air. 

• Last week against Wisconsin, Nebraska totaled 493 yards of offense against a Badger defense that was allowing 231.4 yards per game entering the contest. The Huskers rushed for 273 yards, which was 189 yards more than the Badgers' average allowed prior to the game. 

• Nebraska produced 12 plays of 20 yards or more against Wisconsin. The Badgers had allowed 25 plays of 20 yards or more in their first nine games. Nebraska topped 200 yards both rushing and passing against Wisconsin, the fourth time this season the Huskers reached that milestone.

• Against Colorado, Nebraska had two touchdown drives of 95 yards or longer (95 and 96). That marked the first time the Huskers have had two 95-yard scoring drives in the same game since the 2000 Fiesta Bowl against Tennessee (97- and 99-yard touchdown drives). 

• Nebraska had two long scoring plays at Colorado with touchdown passes of 65 (Martinez-Spielman) and 75 yards (Martinez-Washington). That marked the first time the Huskers had multiple 65-yard pass plays in the same game since 2006 against Kansas. 

• Nebraska flashed its quick-strike ability and explosiveness against Northern Illinois. Nebraska produced nine plays of 20 yards or more against the Huskies, including eight before halftime. The eight first-half chunk plays matched Nebraska's combined total in its first two games. 

• The Huskers had a season-high 14 plays of 20 yards or more against Illinois. In the process, Nebraska topped 300 yards in both rushing and passing to mark just the second time in school history the Huskers have reached that milestone. 

• Nebraska's 674 yards of total offense at Illinois was its most against a conference opponent since posting 710 yards against Kansas State in 2007. 

• Nebraska also topped 500 yards against Indiana with 514 total yards, including 294 passing yards and 220 on the ground. 

Offense Ranks Among Nation's Top Big-Play Units
Nebraska's offense has numerous big-play weapons that have helped the Huskers stress opposing defenses. Highlighted by 14 plays of 20 yards or more at Illinois and 12 20-plus plays against Wisconsin, Nebraska ranks as one of the Big Ten and national leaders in producing chunk plays.

• Nebraska has 64 scrimmage plays of 20-plus yards to rank second in the Big Ten and 13th nationally. 

• The Huskers lead the Big Ten in plays of 40+ yards (19). 

• On the ground, Nebraska ranks among the top three in the Big Ten in rushes of 30+ (9), 40+ (9), 50+ (3) and 60+ (2) yards. 

Spielman Continues to Climb Husker Charts
Junior wide receiver JD Spielman has made Husker history as the only player in program history to have a 200-yard receiving game. Spielman is also leaving his mark on Nebraska's career record book. He has 160 career catches for 2,408 yards, ranking fifth at Nebraska in career receptions and sixth in career yardage. 

• Spielman reached 2,000 and 1,000 career receiving yards faster than any other Husker. He hit 2,000 yards at Illinois on Sept. 21, breaking the 2,000-yard barrier in 25 games. He reached 1,000 career yards in only 15 games, eclipsing Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers (16 games).
 
• Spielman needs 30 catches and 337 yards to become Nebraska's all-time leader in both categories. He averaged 61 catches and 842 receiving yards per season in his first two years. On a per-game basis in his 31-game career, Spielman averages 5.2 receptions and 77.7 receiving yards. 

• Spielman is the only player in school history to record 100 catches prior to his junior season.

• Spielman owns the only two 200-yard receiving games in Husker history (200 yards vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 209 yards at Wisconsin in 2018).

• Spielman is the only wide receiver in school history to have two career games with double-digit receptions (11 vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 10 vs. Purdue in 2018). Running back Marlon Lucky is the only other Husker to have two career games with double-digit catches.

• Spielman had more than 800 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only Huskers with two 800-yard receiving seasons. Spielman is 40 yards from becoming the first Husker to record three 800-yard receiving seasons.  

• Spielman had more than 50 catches in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers, Kenny Bell and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only players in program history with multiple 50-catch seasons. No Husker has ever had three 50-catch seasons. Spielman has 39 receptions in 2019.

• Spielman opened the 2019 season with a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown against South Alabama, marking his second career punt return score. He had a 77-yard punt return touchdown last season against Bethune-Cookman. He also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in his first career touch against Arkansas State in the 2017 season opener. Spielman is one of only eight players in program history to return both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown.

• Spielman had a 65-yard TD reception at Colorado, his sixth career touchdown of at least 65 yards. The 65-yard catch at Colorado was one of seven Spielman receptions of at least 40 yards in 2019. His seven catches of 40-plus yards ranks sixth nationally.  

• Spielman had seven catches for 160 yards at Illinois, marking his third-highest receiving total at Nebraska. It was his sixth career 100-yard receiving game. 

• Spielman is averaging 19.5 yards per reception, a mark that ranks third in the Big Ten. His yards per catch average ranks third in NU history among players with 30 or more catches in a season. 

Martinez Drives Husker Offense
Quarterback Adrian Martinez earned freshman All-America honors in 2018 as he helped NU rank 25th nationally in total offense. Martinez made 11 starts, more than all other true freshmen quarterbacks in NU history combined. He completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 629 yards and eight scores.

• Martinez ranked 12th nationally and first among freshmen with an average of 295.1 yards of total offense per game in 2018, a school record. In addition to the school record, it smashed the Huskers' previous freshman record of 199.7 yards per game set by Taylor Martinez in 2010.

• Martinez's average of 295.1 yards of total offense per game marked the 10th-best total offense average by a freshman in FBS history, including the fifth-highest mark by a true freshman and the highest mark ever by a true freshman quarterback for a Power Five team.

• Martinez became the sixth freshman in NCAA history to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game. He was just the second true freshman to hit those marks in FBS history and the first true freshman at a Power Five school to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards.

• Martinez averaged 237.9 passing yards per game and 57.2 rushing yards per game in 2018, one of four FBS quarterbacks to average 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game in 2018. 

• Martinez set Nebraska freshman records in completions (224), completion percentage (64.6), passing yards (2,617), passing touchdowns (17), total offensive yards (3,246) and total touchdowns (25). His 629 rushing yards were the most ever by a Husker true freshman quarterback and the most by any Nebraska true freshman since 2002.

• Martinez posted an 86.2 completion percentage against Minnesota last October, setting a Nebraska record for the highest completion percentage with a minimum of 20 attempts. 

Blackshirt Defense Looks for Disruptive Finish to 2019
The Nebraska defense had a focus of causing more turnovers and big impact plays in 2019. Nebraska has shown that ability in stretches this season, particularly in home wins over South Alabama and Northern Illinois. 

• Nebraska has 15 takeaways to rank eighth in the Big Ten in that category. 

• Nebraska had five takeaways against South Alabama, including four in the second half. The five takeaways matched the most in two seasons under Scott Frost (Illinois, 2018) and was only the fourth time since 2010 that a Nebraska defense recorded five or more takeaways.

• Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns against the Jaguars–a 38-yard interception return by Eric Lee Jr. in the third quarter and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Alex Davis in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.  The two defensive touchdowns marked the first time Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns since having two interception returns for touchdowns against Southern Miss in 2013. 

• Nebraska also scored on a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown by JD Spielman in the third quarter. The three non-offensive touchdowns were a first for Nebraska since the Huskers had three defensive touchdowns in a 31-3 win over Wake Forest in 2005. 

• NU's effort against South Alabama marked the 16th time in school history the Huskers have scored on offense, defense and special teams in the same game.  It was the first time since 2012 NU had accomplished that feat, and the first instance against an FBS opponent since 2009 at Colorado.

• Nebraska has added 10 takeaways since the opener, including a critical interception by Lamar Jackson against Northwestern with 1:00 remaining to set up a game-winning field goal.
 
• Nebraska has averaged 1.9 takeaways in its past 14 games. Prior to that, Nebraska averaged 1.0 takeaway in its 30 previous games spanning three seasons.
 
• Nebraska has forced 20 fumbles in its past 15 games. Prior to that, Nebraska had forced just 14 fumbles in its previous 34 games. 

Freshman Make Impact on Offensive Line
Nebraska, which has no seniors on its offensive line depth chart, has had three freshmen earn playing time on the line this season. 

• Redshirt freshman Cameron Jurgens has started all 10 games at center. He is the first freshman (true or redshirt) to start a game at center for Nebraska since the NCAA restored freshmen eligibility in 1972.

• Jurgens, who spent the majority of his redshirt season working at tight end, also became only the sixth freshman offensive lineman (true or redshirt) to start a season opener for Nebraska. 

• Redshirt freshman Will Farniok has played in two games at center for the Huskers. True freshman Bryce Benhart is Nebraska's No. 2 right tackle and saw his first action against Northern Illinois.

Freshmen Offensive Linemen to Start a Husker Season Opener (modern era)
• Cameron Jurgens, Center (RFr., 2019)
• Nick Gates, Right Tackle (RFr., 2015)
• Tyler Moore, Right Tackle (True Fr., 2011)
• Jeremiah Sirles, Left Tackle (RFr., 2010)
• Marcel Jones, Right Tackle (RFr., 2008)
• Richie Incognito, Left Tackle (RFr., 2002)





After a week layoff, the 3-2 McCook Community College men’s basketball team is back in action with three games in the next seven days, three games over the Thanksgiving break. and three more road games to end the pre-holiday break.

Tonight’s game at Colby Community College starts at 7 p.m. Early schedules listed this as a home game but was moved to Colby. The Trojans are 3-1 on the season.

On Friday MCC will play its lone home game before the holiday break. MCC will take on Western Wyoming Community College in a women’s/men’s doubleheader Friday. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m. with the men’s game to follow. The Mustangs are 4-1 having split a pair of games with Western Nebraska. Western Wyoming is among a group of teams receiving votes in this week’s top 20 Division I poll.

Next week the Indians will head to Garden City for a 6 p.m. game Monday against the Broncbusters, currently 3-2.

On Thanksgiving Day MCC plays the first of three tournament games in the Foss Motors Thanksgiving Classic in Casper, Wyo. MCC will play Dakota College at Bottineau Thursday, Casper College Friday and Colorado Northwestern Saturday.

The Indians close out the pre-holiday schedule with a Dec. 3 game at Columbus against Central Community College then a weekend road trip Dec. 6 and 7 at Laramie County Community College and Eastern Wyoming.

MCC’s next home game is Jan. 17 against Northeastern Junior College.




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The McCook Community College volleyball team has signed its second recruit for the 2020 squad. Jordan Jerome, an outside hitter from Rawlins, Wyo., -- with family in McCook -- inked with the Lady Indians late last week.

Jerome, 5-10, recently helped lead her Rawlins High School team to Wyoming State Volleyball Championship. She was named all-Absaraka-Conference team, the all-Wyoming team and was named the Wyoming 3A Conference player of the year.

She captained a team went 37-5 this past season where she had 187 kills, a .261 hitting percentage, and 70 total blocks. For her career she played in 160 sets with 449 kills, a .264 hitting percentage, 159 total blocks and 76 aces.

Her accolades began early in her high school year and extended to other sports as well.

She was named freshman of the year as a middle blocker in 2016, earning honorable mention all-conference. The team placed second in regionals and fourth at the Wyoming State Championships. As a freshman basketball star she earned a varsity letter and was named “Most Inspirational,” “Most Improved,” and led the team in rebounding.

The following year she was named to the All-Absaraka-Conference in volleyball as well as all-state honors when the team placed second in regionals and second at state. On the basketball court she earned varsity rookie of the year honors as well as the “Mental Toughness” award.

She played soccer for three years and was named the 2018 Absaraka All-Conference Goal Keeper and this year was named to the all-conference this year as well as being named the Wyoming all-state Goal Keeper.

As a junior she was named all-conference in volleyball and to the Wyoming All-State Championship team as Rawlins won region and finished second at state. She began playing club volleyball in 2010 and still plays.

“Someone I look up to would be my mother -- Niki M. Johnson-Jerome -- who died July 11, 2016. I wish she was with me today, but my mother brought this game of volleyball into my life and I'm forever thankful for that,” she said.

Among the things she will miss the most from her high school team is her younger sister Jessie, a setter/right side for the Rawlins Lady Outlaws.

She is familiar with McCook and the area. Her aunt and uncle Jennifer and Anthony Rodewald, and cousins - ElsiAnna, Kailynn, Samantha and Blake; and grandparents Greg and Cindy Jerome, who live in McCook. Brother Bryant is a senior at the University Wyoming; brother Bryce is a sophomore at Western Wyoming Community College and sister Jessie, a sophomore at Rawlins.

At MCC plans to pursue a degree as a veterinary technologist.

She said her favorite quote is from Bob Richards which says, "One of the great lessons I've learned in athletics is that you've got to discipline your life. No matter how good you may be, you've got to be willing to cut out of your life those things that keep you from going to the top.”

She was born Alaska and has lived in Bethel, Alaska; Logan, Utah; Moscow, Idaho; and Rawlins, Wyo.

The 2019 Rawlins High School Homecoming Queen loves showing horses, running barrels and poles as well as Camping, hiking and fishing.




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McCook Girls and Boys Basketball teams will participate in the Topside Tournament in Goodland Kansas on December 12th, 13th, and 14th.  In opening round McCook Girls will play Yuma at 3pm CT at Max Jones Field House.  The McCook Boys will also play Yuma at 5pm CT at Max Jones Field House.  Full bracket can be found below.  All McCook Girls and Boys Basketball games will be covered all season long on 93.9 The Zone and online 939thezone.com



Burwell, NE- A close low scoring first half tied up at 8, had everyone on the edge of their seat to start the second half, but Burwell found a way to score three times in the second half in route to a 28-10 win.  With the loss DCS ends their season with one of the best finishes in School History with a record of 10-2. Hometown Family Radio Sports Network able to catch up with Head Coach Mike Spargo after the game.

Box Score
.33 1st Quarter 3yd TD run Quade Myers 2pt Conversion Good DCS 8-0

1:05 2nd Quarter 18yd TD pass Barak Birch to Jase Williams 2pt Conversion Good Tied 8-8

8:58 3rd Quarter 22yd TD run Caleb Busch 2pt Conversion Fails Burwell 14-8

Late 3rd Quarter DCS Safety Burwell 14-10

11:20 4th Quarter Corey Dawe blocked punt recovered in end zone 2pt Conversion Good Burwell 22-10 

5:28 4th Quarter 9yd TD run Jase Williams 2pt Conversion Fails Burwell 28-10

Burwell advances to the D1 State Championship and will take on Osceola-High Plains on Monday at 10:15am at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.




Mike Spargo after Burwell

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Kearney, Neb. – For just the second time in school history the Nebraska-Kearney football team will play in a bowl game.

The Lopers will face Winona (Minn.) State on Saturday, December 7, in the 53rd Annual Mineral Water Bowl in Excelsior Springs, Mo. The Lopers (6-5) are 0-1 all-time vs. the Warriors (8-3) from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Since 2003 the Mineral Water Bowl has been held at Tiger Field, home of the Excelsior Springs High Tigers. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. with media (live radio, video stream, stats) for the contest announced at a later time. 

This is the 12th postseason appearance in the 113-year history of the UNK program. The Lopers only other bowl trip came in 1955 when then-Nebraska State Teachers College beat then-Northern State Teachers College, 34-13, in the Botany Bowl in Shenandoah, Ia.

The Mineral Water Bowl dates back to 1947 and in its long history the game has involved high schools, junior colleges and "small" colleges. Among the participants in the last five decades are Hastings College, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois, Drake, Wayne State and eight current MIAA members. Winona previously played in this game in 2000, 2002 and 2012. The MIAA had a tie-in with the game from 2000-2017. Now the game has a tie-in with the NSIC and pits that school against an MIAA or Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) member. Last year Missouri S & T downed Minnesota State-Moorhead, 51-16.

The previous Loper-Warrior game was held in the old Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., to close out the 1994 season. An 8-2 UNK team fell by a 50-34 score that day. More currently, Warrior offensive line coach Joe Holtzclaw previously was a UNK assistant coach during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. 




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PREP FOOTBALL=

Class D1=

Semifinal=

Burwell 28, Dundy County-Stratton 10

Osceola-High Plains 34, Cross County 30

Class D2=

Semifinal=

Humphrey St. Francis 24, Falls City Sacred Heart 16

Pleasanton 12, Overton 6





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Class C2 State Semi Final 
Friday, November 15th 

Oakland Craig - 54 
St Paul - 13

Listen below to a post game interview with St Paul coach Rusty Fuller  




Rusty Fuller post game Oakland Craig

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Lincoln - Nebraska running back Dedrick Mills rushed for a career-high 188 yards, but No. 15 Wisconsin held on for a 37-21 victory over the Huskers at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Mills piled up his career-best totals on just 17 carries, averaging 11.1 yards per tote, including a 12-yard touchdown run to open the scoring in the first quarter. Sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez added 89 yards on the ground despite being sacked four times for 34 yards, as the Huskers totaled 273 rushing yards in the game. Nebraska, which slipped to 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten, finished with 493 total yards, including 220 yards on 13-of-23 passing from Martinez against the Badgers.

The visiting Badgers managed 482 total yards, including 204 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries from running back Jonathan Taylor. His total helped Wisconsin roll up 320 yards on the ground. UW quarterback Jack Coan went 13-for-21 through the air for 162 yards with one touchdown.

Although Wisconsin won by two scores, Nebraska finished with more total yards but missed three golden opportunities to score in the second half. Early in the third quarter, Nebraska had 1st-and-10 at the UW 24, before taking a long sack. The Huskers gained back the 21 yards lost on the play, setting up a 41-yard field goal attempt. However NU missed the field goal.

In the fourth quarter, Nebraska's final two drives entered the Wisconsin red zone before the Huskers were stopped on downs at the UW 17 with 10:52 left. On NU's final drive, the Huskers moved all the way to the UW 4, but were stopped at the goal line on 4th down with 2:11 on the clock.

Both teams committed a turnover in the game that was converted to points by the opposing offenses, but one the biggest differences in the game came on special teams, including Badger Aron Cruickshank's 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to tie the game 7-7 with 5:16 left in the opening quarter.

The two teams went to the second quarter tied at 7-7 before the Badgers took their first lead on Collin Larsh's 31-yard field goal with 11:22 left in the half. Nebraska answered with a five-play, 73-yard drive capped by Martinez's two-yard touchdown run with 9:32 left to give the Huskers a 14-10 lead.

Wisconsin answered with a five-play drive of its own capped by Coan's 55-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Taylor to put the Badgers back in front at 17-14. UW gained more momentum on Nebraska's next offensive play, when Martinez's pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Jack Sanborn to set the Badgers up at the Big Red 21. Three plays later, Jonathan Taylor pounded his way in from one yard out to take a 24-14 lead.

Larsh added a 24-yard field goal for the Badgers with 11 seconds left in the half to take a 27-14 lead to the halftime locker room. It grew to 34-14 on Jonathan Taylor's 11-yard touchdown run with 4:50 left in the third quarter to cap a run of 24 straight points for Wisconsin.

But the Huskers continued to fight, flying 75 yards in four plays, culminating with Martinez's 23-yard touchdown strike to a wide open JD Spielman with 3:19 left in the third to pull within 34-21.

Nebraska wraps up its Big Ten road schedule by traveling to Maryland next Saturday to battle the Terrapins. Kick-off in College Park is set for 2:30 p.m. with live television coverage by BTN.

Game Summary
Wisconsin 37, Nebraska 21
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Attendance: 88,842 (374th consecutive sellout)
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019


First Quarter (7-7)
NEB - 5:27 - Dedrick Mills 12 run (Barrett Pickering kick) - 5 plays, 63 yards, 1:48 - NEB 7-0
WIS - 5:16 - Aron Cruickshank 89 KOR (Collin Larsh kick) - 7-7

Second Quarter (Wisconsin, 27-14)
WIS - 11:22 - Larsh 31 FG - 10 plays, 53 yards, 4:44 - WIS 10-7
NEB - 9:32 - Adrian Martinez 2 run (Pickering kick) - 5 plays, 73 yards, 1:46 - NEB 14-10
WIS - 6:39 - A.J. Taylor 55 pass from Jack Coan (Larsh kick) - 5 plays, 86 yards, 2:46 - WIS 17-14
WIS - 5:03 - Jonathan Taylor 1 run (Larsh kick) - 3 plays, 21 yards, 1:25 - WIS 24-14
WIS - 0:11 - Larsh 24 FG - 13 plays, 73 yards, 3:55 - WIS 27-14

Third Quarter (Wisconsin 34-21)
WIS - 4:50 - Jonathan Taylor 11 run (Larsh kick) - 9 plays, 76 yards, 5:29 - WIS 34-14
NEB - 3:19 - JD Spielman 23 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick) - 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:31 - WIS 34-21

Fourth Quarter (Wisconsin 37-21)
WIS - 5:25 - Larsh 30 FG - 10 plays, 72 yards, 5:27 - WIS 37-21



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