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North Platte is moving to add vaping and e-cigarettes to its public no-smoking ban. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to give first-round approval to ban alternative nicotine products and electronic nicotine delivery systems to its tobacco regulations. 

The measure also would raise the minimum age from 18 to 19 for using, buying or possessing such products. Minors could possess them in their home under “direct supervision” of a parent or guardian, as they now can with tobacco products. 

The proposed ordinance must be approved twice more to be enacted.

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  The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here and soon families will be coming together for a time of celebration and thankfulness. In addition to the turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and all the other fixings, the Grand Island Fire Department encourages residents to put fire safety on their Thanksgiving menu.


   According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. In 2017, more than three times as many home cooking fires occurred on Thanksgiving as on a typical day with U.S. fire departments responding to an estimated 1,600 home cooking fires on the holiday. 


   Along with NFPA, the Grand Island Fire Department offers the following tips to keep families safe this holiday season:


  • Be sure to remove previous food and grease buildup from burners, stove top, and oven before starting Thanksgiving cooking.

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. If leaving the kitchen, turn off the stove.  

  • When simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly and remain in the home while the food is cooking. 

  • Keep children at least three feet away from the stove as steam or splashes from vegetables, gravy, and other dishes can cause serious burns.

  • Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing while cooking and if wearing long sleeves roll them up. 

  • Keep the number of people in the kitchen to a minimum, including children and pets, to avoid injuries from hot spills or causing tripping hazards. Crowded kitchens can cause confusion and result in burns.

  • Be sure electrical cords from appliances such as electric knives, coffeemakers, plate warmers, and mixers are not dangling off the counter or within easy reach of children. 

  • Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels, and wrappers away from stoves and ovens.

  • Never leave children alone near lit candles. Furthermore, matches and utility lighters should be kept in a locked cabinet out of the reach of children.

  • Test smoke alarms to ensure alarms are working properly.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it.


   As noted above, many safety tips involve kids. The Fire Department suggests having activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during the busy food preparation time.  Games, puzzles, or books centered on Thanksgiving will keep kids busy, but still allows them to be included in the holiday celebration.


   Grand Island Fire Chief Cory Schmidt says, “The GIFD wants you have a safe Thanksgiving that is free from fire or accidents.  Remember to stand by your pan and keep a close watch on your cooking and baking this holiday season.”       


   For more information about the Grand Island Fire Department visit us atwww.facebook.com/GI.FireDepartment.   



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Two people already charged with kidnapping two people have been accused of killing one, whose body was found in a drainage pipe in southwest Nebraska.

Chase County Court records say 24-year-old Kevin German, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 22-year-old Keonna Carter, of Taylorsville, Utah, are charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and other crimes. 

The two were arrested Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Court records say they’re suspected leaving 22-year-old Annika Swanson, of Imperial, in a drainage pipe in a Chase County pasture on Nov. 14. The records say Carter told investigators that German beat up Swanson and, accompanied by Carter, forced Swanson down into the pipe on Nov. 14. Using Carter’s information, authorities found and recovered Swanson’s body in the pipe on Sunday. Her father had reported her missing three days earlier.

German, Carter and a third person are also suspected of kidnapping a 20-year-old woman. Authorities have said she’s safe now.


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Stuhr Museum

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The Hastings College men's soccer team was able to keep the attacking pressure on the Crusaders and was able to pick up the 1-0 victory on Wednesday night as they took on No.6 William Carey in the NAIA National Championship Quarterfinal game.

The Broncos played a tough, physical match with the No. 6 seeded Crusaders of William Carey. William Carey was able to go toe-to-toe with the Broncos in the first half and tried to slow down the Broncos' offense as they limited the Broncos to only 3 shots with none of them coming on target. The Broncos' defense did a great job in the first half forcing tough shot attempts and refused to allow a clean look at the goal. The Crusaders outshot the Broncos 9-3 with shots on goal in favor of the Crusaders 1-0. Neither team was able to find the back of the net as the teams went into the locker room at half, tied 0-0.

The Broncos came out the second half looking switch gears and get their offensive attack going against the Crusaders. There wouldn't be a whole lot of action until the 71st minute as Lukas Goetz (FR/Nordstetten Berufliche, Germany) would draw a foul inside the box setting up a pentalty kick. Will Pointon (JR/Portsmouth, England) would be the hero of the day as he would drill the penalty kick into the back of the net and give the Broncos the 1-0 lead. With William Carey picking up the red card on the foul, they would be forced to play the remaining 19 minutes down to just 10 men on the field.

Being down a man, William Carey couldn't find a way to get past the aggressive Bronco defense as the Broncos would defend the Crusaders last effort and hang on to a 1-0 victory.

The Crusaders would lead the Broncos 17-12 on shots, but the Broncos took quality over quantity as they led 4-2 on shots on goal. The Broncos were able to pick up four corner kicks on the day compared to four for the Crusaders. Jesus Parra (JR/Salinas, CA) was perfect for the Broncos with only two saves to secure the teams 16th shutout on the season which leads the nation. William Carey led the Broncos in only one other category, which was fouls, as they led 10-8.

Hastings improves to 19-2-3 on the season and will play again Friday Dec. 5th as they take on Columbia College with kick-off set at 8:30 p.m. CT for a chance to make it to the NAIA National Championship game.

Here's an interview with Coach Tim Bohnenkamp.





Tim Bohnenkamp Interview

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Lincoln - Nebraska buried a season-high 12 three-pointers, including a career-high-tying six from Taylor Kissinger, as the Huskers shot their way to an 83-79 win over Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday night.

With the victory, Nebraska improved to 8-1 on the season while the Blue Devils slipped to 6-3 overall. The Huskers handed Duke just its third loss in 13 games in the history of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, with two of those losses coming to Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

While Kissinger matched her career best with six threes by going 6-for-9 from long range to finish with a team-high 19 points, the junior from Minden, Neb., was far from the only Husker firing. The Big Red got 14 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting night from the field from sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa, matched her career high by burying all three of her three-pointers and finished another traditional three-point play for the Huskers.

Senior guard Hannah Whitish added a pair of three-pointers, while going 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the closing minute to help the Huskers seal the four-point win. They were Whitish's first free throw attempts of the season. 

Early in the game, Whitish dished out three assists to become the first Husker in history to score 1,000 points, hit 200 threes and distribute 400 assists in a career. She added three more assists to finish the night with 403 in her career, moving past former Husker Stacy Imming (1984-87) into the No. 7 spot on the NU career list. The six assists were also a season high for Whitish.

Junior center Kate Cain added 10 points, five rebounds and five big blocks to go along with a pair of steals. Cain's block total pushed her to 207 in her career to match 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Danielle Page at No. 3 on the Nebraska career block chart.

The Huskers also got significant contributions from senior Nicea Eliely, sophomore Leigha Brown and freshman Isabelle Bourne. Eliely managed nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, while Brown pitched in eight points, including crucial free throws down the stretch, five rebounds and two steals including a huge hustle play to dive on the floor and secure a Husker possession in the closing minute.

Bourne added six points, a team-high seven rebounds including four on the offensive end, and two blocks.

As a team, Nebraska hit 48.3 percent (28-58) of its shots from the field, including a scorching 12-of-27 (.444) from three-point range. The Big Red also knocked down 15-of-20 free throws, including 9-of-10 in the fourth quarter to seal the win. The Huskers also dished out a season-high 23 assists, including six from Whitish, five from Sam Haiby, four from Kissinger, three from Brown and three more from Eliely.

The Huskers worked their way to a 21-20 lead at the end of the first quarter, knocking down 4-of-12 threes to overcome 9-of-14 overall shooting by Duke in the quarter. The Huskers outworked the Blue Devils on the boards 12-6 in the opening quarter, including seven offensive rebounds.

The Big Red caught fire two minutes into the second quarter, overcoming a 25-21 Duke lead on a three by Veerbeek and two more by Kissinger to claim a 34-30 edge and force a Duke timeout with 6:05 left in the half. Veerbeek added a jumper to make it 36-30. Later in the quarter, Whitish buried a three to give Nebraska the biggest lead of the game at 47-37 with 3:07 left in the half.

Duke rallied late in the quarter, but the Huskers took a 49-45 lead to the halftime locker room. At the half, Nebraska was winning on the glass, 19-14 and had allowed just three offensive boards to the Blue Devils who had hit a scalding hot 19-of-31 field goals, including 4-of-8 threes.

Duke bolted out of the locker room early in the second half to take a 51-49 lead. The game remained a possession game for the rest of the quarter, but Nebraska got the final three points of the period to take a 65-62 lead to the fourth.

Nebraska never relinquished the lead in the fourth, although Duke pulled within one point on multiple occasions, the last coming at 76-75 with 1:19 left. The Huskers' last seven points came at the free throw line, beginning with one from Eliely before Brown hit a pair and Whitish hit the final four to seal the win.

The Huskers survived despite giving up 16 offensive rebounds in the second half, primarily because of Nebraska's tighter grip on the Blue Devil shooters. Duke went 0-for-9 from three-point range in the second half and just 14-of-37 overall from the field after halftime.

Leaonna Odom finished with game highs of 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals for Duke, while Miela Goodchild added 15 points. All-America candidate Haley Gorecki managed 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Onome Akinbode-James pitched in 13 points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Nebraska will enjoy nine days off from competition before returning to the court to take on Oral Roberts on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip is set for 1 p.m. against the Golden Eagles, with tickets on sale now at Huskers.com.




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Haanif Cheatham produced his first career double-double Wednesday night for the Nebraska men's basketball team, but Michael Devoe flirted with a triple-double to lead Georgia Tech to a 73-56 victory in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.
 
Cheatham paced the Huskers with 14 points and 11 rebounds, the first double-figure rebounding game of his career. Cam MackJervay Green and Thorir Thorbjarnarson all added 11 points for Nebraska, but the Huskers shot just 32 percent from the field – including 25 percent in the second half – and were 8-of-18 from the free throw line. Nebraska (4-4) also committed a season-high 18 turnovers which led to 18 Yellow Jacket points.
 
Devoe, the ACC's leading scorer, put up 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Georgia Tech (4-2), reaching the 20-point plateau for the fifth time in six games. Moses Wright added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, who trailed by four late in the first half before outscoring Nebraska 21-6 over the final four minutes of the opening period and the first four minutes of the second half to pull away for the win.
 
Nebraska trailed by four, 32-28, at the half. The Huskers, who entered the game averaging 11.9 turnovers per game, survived a first half in which they turned the ball over 11 times. Fueled by the turnovers, Georgia Tech used runs of 8-0 and 10-0 to take the four-point lead into the locker room. Cheatham put up eight points and six rebounds to keep the Huskers close, and Thorbjarnarson provided a spark with six points in seven minutes off the bench en route to his career-high 11 points.
 
Dachon Burke hit 3-pointer on Nebraska's opening possession, but the Huskers missed seven of their next eight shots as Georgia Tech built an 8-5 lead. Nebraska responded with an 8-1 run to grab a 13-9 advantage, but the Huskers then went scoreless for more than five minutes as Georgia Tech scored eight straight points to pull in front 17-13 at the midway mark of the half.
 
Thorbjarnarson ended a scoreless drought of more than four minutes with a basket, and he sparked Nebraska with six points and drew a pair of charges during a 13-5 run that put the Huskers in front 26-22 with four minutes remaining in the half. But after back-to-back Thorbjarnarson baskets gave the Huskers their biggest lead, Georgia Tech scored 10 straight points to take a six-point lead, before Cheatham ended another four-minute scoring drought for the Huskers with a layup just before the first-half buzzer.
 
After Georgia Tech closed the first half on a 10-2 run, the Yellow Jackets opened the second half on an 11-4 spurt as the Huskers struggled to score. Green knocked down a 3-pointer to begin the half, but Nebraska missed its next 10 shots and converted only 4-of-10 free throws as Georgia Tech built its first double-digit lead at 43-32 four minutes into the half.
 
A quick 5-0 spurt pulled Nebraska to within six, but Georgia Tech answered that run with a pair of 5-0 runs of its own over the next four minutes to grab a 13-point lead midway through the period. Nebraska cut the lead to double digits twice over the next five minutes but could get no closer than nine before Georgia Tech put the game away by scoring seven straight points to build a 67-51 lead with 2:26 remaining.
 
Nebraska continues its three-game road trip on Saturday, when the Huskers travel to Omaha to take on the Creighton Bluejays. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at the CHI Health Center, with television coverage on FS1 and radio coverage on the Husker Sports Network.



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Four Nebraska offensive standouts were honored by the Big Ten Conference on Monday with all-conference recognition.

The four offensive players to earn honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades included junior receiver JD Spielman, junior offensive tackle Brenden Jaimes, junior running back Dedrick Mills and freshman receiver Wan’Dale Robinson.

Spielman received honorable-mention recognition from both the conference coaches and media. He led Nebraska with 49 receptions for 898 yards and five touchdowns, ranking fifth in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game.  In the process, Spielman became the first Husker to record three 800-yard receiving seasons.  This marks the third straight season Spielman has earned conference honors after earning third-team All-Big Ten honors in both 2017 and 2018.

Jaimes was also recognized by both the league coaches and media. The 6-6, 300-pounder is a mainstay on the offensive line, starting all 12 games at left tackle.  He helped the Husker offense rank third in the conference in rushing offense in Big Ten games.  The 2019 season marked the second straight year Jaimes has earned honorable-mention all-conference recognition.

Mills also earned recognition from the coaches and media.  He led the Nebraska running game in his first season with the Huskers, rushing for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Mills ranked ninth in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game, and his 10 rushing touchdowns were the second-most by a Husker since 2014.

Robinson was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice by the media panel.  Despite missing the majority of four games in the second half of 2019, Robinson had 40 catches for 453 yards and two touchdowns.  He also ranked as Nebraska’s third-leading rusher with 340 yards and three touchdowns.  His versatility earned Robinson recognition as one of four national finalists for the Paul Hornung Award.

The four offensive honorees join seven defensive players who were recognized by the conference on Tuesday, led by second-team All-Big Ten cornerback Lamar Jackson.

All-Big Ten Offensive Honorees

Brenden Jaimes, Jr., OT—Honorable Mention (Coaches, Media)

Dedrick Mills, Jr., RB—Honorable Mention (Coaches, Media)

JD Speilman, Jr., WR—Honorable Mention (Coaches, Media)
Wan’Dale Robinson, Fr., WR—Honorable Mention (Media)

All-Big Ten Defensive Honorees

Lamar Jackson, Sr., CB—Second Team (Media and Coaches)

Khalil Davis, Sr., DL—Third Team (Coaches), Honorable Mention (Media)

Darrion Daniels, Sr. NT—Honorable Mention (Coaches)

Dicaprio Bootle, Jr., DB—Honorable Mention (Media)

Mohamed Barry, Sr., LB—Honorable Mention (Media)

Cam Taylor-Britt, Soph., DB—Honorable Mention (Media)

Ben Stille-Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree




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Nebraska volleyball's Lauren StivrinsLexi Sun and Nicklin Hames were named to the All-Big Ten First Team on Wednesday, while Madi Kubik was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and an All-Big Ten Second Team and All-Big Ten Freshman Team member. Libero Kenzie Knuckles was also selected to the All-Freshman Team by the league's head coaches. 

Stivrins was a unanimous choice for the All-Big Ten First Team. The 2018 AVCA First-Team All-American collected her second career all-conference honor after 2.57 kills per set, 1.06 blocks per set and a team-best .383 hitting percentage during the regular season. Stivrins' .412 hitting percentage in conference play was third-best in the Big Ten, and the junior middle blocker guided a Husker defense that had a league-best .156 opponent hitting percentage in Big Ten play. 

Sun earned her first career All-Big Ten honor, but her second career all-conference honor as she was an All-Big 12 first teamer at Texas in 2017. The junior outside hitter led the Huskers with 3.57 kills per set with 2.42 digs per set and a team-high 24 aces during the regular season. Sun posted double-digit kills in 18 of 20 Big Ten matches, and her 3.53 kills per set in Big Ten play ranked eighth. 

Hames collected her first All-Big Ten award after averaging 10.92 assists and 2.90 digs per set during the regular season. One of the best defensive setters in the nation, Hames recorded a team-high 15 double-doubles and also served 21 aces. Her 11.37 assists per set in Big Ten play ranked third in the conference. 

Kubik earned Nebraska's first Big Ten Freshman of the Year honor and first conference freshman of the year since Hannah Werth won the award in 2009 in the Big 12. Kubik averaged 2.73 kills and 2.52 digs per set in her first year as a Husker. She ranked fourth among Big Ten freshmen in kills (2.73 per set) and digs (2.52 per set) in conference play. The outside hitter was also named to the All-Big Ten Second Team and the All-Freshman Team. Kubik is the first Husker freshman to be named to an All-Big Ten team since Kadie Rolfzen in 2013. 

Knuckles earned All-Freshman Team accolades after leading the Huskers with 3.71 digs per set in her first year as the Huskers' libero. Knuckles served 20 aces and was a Big Ten Freshman of the Week and Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week during the season, helping the Huskers lead all Big Ten teams with a .156 opponent hitting percentage in conference play. 

Sophomore opposite hitter Anezka Szabo received Nebraska's Sportsmanship Award. 

Wisconsin's Dana Rettke was the Big Ten Player of the Year. Wisconsin coach Kelly Sheffield was chosen Coach of the Year by the media, while Penn State's Russ Rose was voted Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches. 

2019 Big Ten Volleyball All-Big Ten Honorees
First Team
Jacqueline Quade, Sr., Illinois
Katie Myers, So., Maryland
Paige Jones, So., Michigan*
Mackenzi Welsh, Sr., Michigan
CC McGraw, So., Minnesota
Regan Pittman, Jr., Minnesota*
Stephanie Samedy, Jr., Minnesota
Nicklin Hames, So., Nebraska
Lauren Stivrins, Jr., Nebraska*
Lexi Sun, Jr., Nebraska
Kaitlyn Hord, So., Penn State*
Jonni Parker, So., Penn State*
Kendall White, Sr., Penn State*
Grace Cleveland, So., Purdue*
Blake Mohler, Sr., Purdue
Sydney Hilley, Jr., Wisconsin*
Grace Loberg, Jr., Wisconsin
Dana Rettke, Jr., Wisconsin*
* denotes unanimous selection
 
Second Team
Ashlyn Fleming, Sr., Illinois
Breana Edwards, So., Indiana
Cori Crocker, Sr., Michigan
Alexis Hart, Sr., Minnesota
Taylor Morgan, Sr., Minnesota
Madi Kubik, Fr., Nebraska
Temi Thomas-Ailara, Fr., Northwestern
Kylie Murr, Fr., Ohio State
Gabby Blossom, So., Penn State
Caitlyn Newton, Jr., Purdue
Madison Duello, Sr., Wisconsin
Molly Haggerty, Jr., Wisconsin
Danielle Hart, So., Wisconsin
 
All-Freshman Team
Diana Brown, Illinois
May Pertofsky, Michigan
Jessica Robinson, Michigan
Kenzie Knuckles, Nebraska
Madi Kubik, Nebraska
Temi Thomas-Ailara, Northwestern
Jenaisya Moore, Ohio State
Kylie Murr, Ohio State
 
Player of the Year: Dana Rettke, Jr., Wisconsin
Defensive Player of the Year: Kendall White, Sr., Penn State
Setter of the Year: Sydney Hilley, Jr., Wisconsin
Freshman of the Year: Madi Kubik, Nebraska
Coach of the Year (Coaches): Russ Rose, Penn State
Coach of the Year (Media): Kelly Sheffield, Wisconsin
 
Sportsmanship Honorees
Beth Prince, Sr., OH, Illinois
Meaghan Koors, Sr., DS, Indiana
Brie Orr, Jr., S, Iowa
Taylor Smith, Sr., S, Maryland
Sydney Wetterstrom, Sr., OH, Michigan
Sam McLean, Sr., DS/L, Michigan State
Lauren Litzau, Sr., DS/L, Minnesota
Anezka Szabo, So., OH, Nebraska
Emily Ehman, Sr., L, Northwestern
Bia Rodrigues-Franklin, Sr., OH, Ohio State
Emily Sciorra, Sr., DS, Penn State
Jael Johnson, So., MB, Purdue
Jasmine Stackhouse, Sr., MB, Rutgers
M.E. Dodge, Sr., DS/L, Wisconsin



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McCook Wrestling squad starts the season this Saturday, December 7th at Cozad for a 9:00am invite.  Head Coach Nick Umscheid talks about his key returners and previews the upcoming season for the Bison.



Nick Umscheid

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Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney women's basketball got 16 rebounds and 12 points from sophomore guard Klaire Kirsch and closed on a 28-8 run to stun No. 3/5 Fort Hays State, 73-65, Tuesday night at the Health & Sports Center.

This was the MIAA opener for both teams and the 93rd all-time meeting between the Lopers (7-0) and rival Tigers (6-1). UNK doesn't have time to celebrate as it visits longtime MIAA power Emporia State (5-2) on Thursday night.

To record its first win over a top five team since an 82-76 decision at Missouri Western State in January 2016, UNK had to overcome a 57-45 deficit with just 7:48 to play. The Lopers held the lead for nearly 17 minutes in the first half but the Tigers, coming off a 32-2 campaign, came out strong in the third quarter to the tune of a 24-11 run. They were also strong in the opening moments of the fourth before a barrage of Loper threes.

"When we were down 12 it was one of those moments where we had to make a move. Hays isn't easy to score on … I thought our team kept its composure and kind of played one possession at a time instead of trying to get it back all at once," Loper head coach Carrie Eighmey said. "We had some kids step up and make some big plays. Maegan (Holt) hit a couple of key threes in that late stretch, Aspen (Jansa) hit a big three, and Madison (Dreckman) as a freshman did some nice things."

Against one of Division II's top defensive teams, UNK finished 11 of 24 from behind the arc and hit three straight bombs to trim the deficit to three, 57-54, by the six minute mark. Hays managed to its lead back to four but UNK finally tied things at 60 thanks to a jumper in the paint by Iowa sophomore Maegan Holt.

While the Lopers shot an even 50% (8 of 16) from the field over the final 10 minutes, Hays cooled off to 31% (6 of 19). That included a 0 of 5 effort from downtown with Kearney fittingly taking the lead for good on a top of the key triple by Kansas sophomore forward Elisa Backes. That made it 63-60 with 2:27 left.

Overall UNK was just 14 of 22 at the line (64%) but was plus seven on the glass, got 20 bench points and held Hays to an overall 3 of 16 effort from the arc. Finally nine different played scored.

"This is a great way to kick it off and have a good start to the conference season," Eighmey said. "I think our balance helps us. We have a lot of kids that can score in a lot of different ways. It makes it a little bit easier when the defense can't key in on just one or two players."

Kirsch's second career double double featured 13 defensive caroms and a 3 of 3 effort from triple land in the first half. The rebound total is just two shy of the school record and the most rebounds by a Loper in the MIAA era (2012-present).

Next grad transfer and point guard Haley Simental (Pueblo West, Colo.) had 11 of her 15 points in the second half with Holt also strong over the final minutes (12 points, two assists & two rebounds). Finally Backes had eight points, five boards and two dimes with Iowa freshman reserve post Madison Dreckman at six points and three rebounds.

"It's an excited team. I think after what happened last year against Hays at home (ahead 20 late third quarter and lose in overtime) … it was a game where our kids felt like they let it slip away. So it's a big win in that regard," Eighmey said. "It's a good win but at the same time it's a long season."

Hays got 20 points from Oklahoma State transfer Jaden Hobbs and a combined 26 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks from forward Lanie Page and Belle Barbieri.




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Kearney, Neb. – Four players scored in double figures and Nebraska-Kearney used a big second half to roar past rival Fort Hays State, 74-60, Tuesday night at the Health & Sports Center.

This was the MIAA opener for both and the 132nd all-time meeting between the Lopers (4-3) and Tigers (4-3). UNK has a quick turnaround as they visit Emporia State (5-3, 0-0) on Thursday. The Hornets were off tonight. 

Things didn't look good early as Hays, not known for its perimeter shooting, drilled three early triples to lead 12-2 four minutes in. That advantage was quickly whittled down to three but then ballooned back up to double digits, 29-17, by the 5:50 mark.

That's when the Lopers made a huge move, closing the half on a 12-3 run and then starting the second on a 16-9 spurt to grab the lead for good. UNK seemingly couldn't miss, whether it be a three or a backdoor layup. At one point Kearney was shooting 75% (12 of 16) from the field in the second half. Later, Bellevue senior forward AJ Jackson beat the shot clock with a step back three from the top of the arc that banked in for a 60-45 lead.

"In the second half we were more active on the boards, we got some mileage out of our three quarter court press and we did a good job defensively of taking them out of things they wanted to do," UNK head coach Kevin Lofton said. "We also shot the ball well from the line (12 of 15) and guys were able to put it in the basket."

Senior guard Devin Davis got close to a triple double for the Tigers (15 points, 10 rebounds & six assists) and his play helped his team get the deficit down to eight, 64-56, by the four minute mark. However, he missed a shot in the lane and then the Tigers missed a one-and-one opportunity. UNK put then nail in the coffin when Texas senior lefty Chase Winchester nailed a three from the left wing, sending the lead back into double digits.

"From an adversity standpoint I was really proud of how our guys came through. First half we're down and it looks like they may run away with it. But we fought our way back into it and then they stretched it again," Lofton said. "In the second half we stuck together. It wasn't one guy going nuts … we moved the ball well and got good shots. Guys that score it well for us we got them the ball in the right places."

Getting 25 bench points and shooting 53% (27 of 51) on the night, UNK was paced by Kansas senior forward Morgan Soucie. Including a fast-break dunk in the second half, he was 7 of 12 from the field and tallied all of his points in the second half. Next, Utah junior guard Jake Walker went 4 of 9 from downtown to score a team-high 20 with Jackson at 11 points, seven boards, three blocks and three dimes.

"The second half was probably our best half of the year and also could be one of our best efforts of the year," Lofton said.

Finally for UNK Spalding sophomore Noah Valasek came off the bench to have 11 points and two steals with Winchester at five points and three assists. Besides Davis Hays got 14 points and seven rebounds from forward Jared Vitzum. 
 




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COLUMBUS – The McCook Community College men’s basketball team continues its offensive improvement and took down Central Community College 95-83 Tuesday night in Raider Fieldhouse.

The Indians lit up the scoreboard from the 3-point line making 12 of 15 attempts (80 percent), shot 53 percent from the field and made 13 of 19 free throw (68.4 percent).

Sophomore transfer Justin Costello (Elkhorn South) went five-for-five from the 3-point line to lead MCC with 22 points. Sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) added 21 to go along with a team-high eight rebounds and five assists. Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) had 10 points.

“We are skilled offensively and can score with anyone in the country,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan. “But we as a team have a choice to make. Do we want to be average to good or do we want to be great?”

MCC held the Raiders to 42 percent from the floor but gave up 17 offensive rebounds which led to 23 second-chance points.

“Winning and being great come from the little things like rebounding and playing defense,” said Drennan, pointing out that allowing the 17 offensive rebounds kept Central in the game. “We guarded for 25 seconds and then don’t finish the position.”

The Indians did finish with a 42-38 edge in rebounds and the MCC bench out-scored Central 29-12.

Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) scored 16 points and Freshman Boaz Quinlan (Beavertown, Ore.) scored nine points. Freshman Catthadious Moore (Memphis, Tenn.) went three-for-three from the field and had five boards.

“We will get after it tomorrow to set the tone for our last two games of the semester,” Drennan said.

Central falls to 6-8 on the season.

The 6-6 Indians close out the 2019 portion of the schedule with two final games this weekend starting Friday at 8:30 p.m. (CT) in Cheyenne, Wyo. against Laramie County College (1-7) and then Saturday at 4 p.m. (CT) in Torrington against Eastern Wyoming (6-3).

MCC swept the two schools Nov. 8-9 at home besting LCCC 82-66 and Eastern 76-48.

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at  https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=mbball




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COLUMBUS – The McCook Community College women’s basketball team picked up its tenth win of the season in convincing fashion with an 89-55 win Tuesday against Central Community College in Raider Fieldhouse.

MCC stretched a 22-17 first-quarter lead to a 40-27 advantage at the half thanks to an improving offense.

“I thought we shot the ball really well today,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “Amiya (Dartest) made some big 3’s in the first half that set the tone for us offensively.”

Amiya Dartest, the freshman from Jennings, La., led MCC with 20 points including a six-for-eight night from the 3-point line.

The Lady Indians made good on five of 12 shots (41.7 percent) from the 3-point line in the first half and improved to five of nine (55.6 percent) in the second half. Overall, MCC shot 58.3 percent from the field for the game.

“We need to be better defensively moving forward. We allowed Central to do what they wanted on the offensive end and they made some plays,” Pritchett said.

After the Raiders shot 44 percent from the field in the first half, MCC stepped up the defensive pressure and limited CCC to just seven of 21 shots (33.3 percent) in the second 20 minutes.

MCC held a 32-27 edge in rebounds, scored 24 points off 20 Central turnovers and out-scored the Raider bench 27-8. The Lady Indians also made nine of 11 free throws (81.1 percent) and turned the ball over 14 times.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) scored 13 points and freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) chipped in 11 points.

Sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) scored eight points and had four assists and redshirt freshman transfer Jessika Espinoza, (El Paso, Texas) Western New Mexico University came off the bench to score eight points.

“Jessika was a bright spot for us on the defensive end, I thought she guarded well and she took two big charges for us,” Pritchett said.

Columbus falls to 6-6 on the season.

The 10-1 Lady Indians wrap up the semester with two more road games this weekend.

On Friday MCC is in Cheyenne to take on Laramie County (5-3). The Lady Indians picked up a 62-59 win over the Golden Eagles at home Nov. 8

On Saturday, MCC looks to avenge its lone loss on the season when the Lady Indians travel to Torrington Wyo., to take on the 4-5 Lady Lancers. The Lady Indians dropped a 73-61 to Eastern Wyoming on Nov. 9.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball




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