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 State Fire Marshal investigators have determined the cause of the December 28, 2017, house fire, which claimed the lives of an Indianola couple, was accidental in nature, believed to have originated by an unattended candle. 

 The remains of Douglas Swanson and Debra Swanson, husband and wife, both 61 years of age, where identified during an autopsy. Preliminary results indicate the cause of death was related to the fire.

 The Swanson’s daughter, Laura Swanson, 34, of Denver, escaped from the home unharmed and placed the 911 call. At the time the 911 call was placed, she believed her parents and younger sister, Faith Swanson, 24, were believed to still be inside the residence. During the course of the investigation, Faith was later found alive in Furnas County and was re-united with her sister at the Red Willow County Sheriff’s Office late Thursday afternoon.
 Responding agencies were Indianola Volunteer Fire and Rescue, McCook Fire and Rescue, Red Willow Western Fire, Red Willow County Sheriff’s Office, Red Willow County Attorney, Nebraska State Fire Marshal, and Nebraska State Patrol.
 The Fire Marshal’s office has concluded their investigation. The house was deemed a total loss.


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McCook Public Schools  received a report that last Friday after school an individual in a black van attempted to entice students to enter his vehicle this occurred between Central elementary school in the city library law enforcement officers have been notified and will be on patrol and our elementary students have been instructed to not talk with or go near strangers however we asked that parents take extra precautions to make sure to keep an eye out for anything suspicious please visit with your child about stranger danger this evening. Thank you.


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NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — One man has been arrested following the discovery of an improvised explosive device in a residence in Stratton.

Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), with assistance from NSP Troop D Field Services, the NSP Police Service Dog Division, NSP Hazardous Device Technicians, and the Hitchcock County Sheriff’s Office, made the discovery while executing a search warrant on a residence at 105 Howard St. in Stratton.

The resident, Fredrick A. Hamilton, 51, is involved in a legal dispute with the village of Stratton. It was reported to NSP that Hamilton has made threats to inflict physical harm or death toward one of the village officials. Investigators had also received information that one of the threats included mention of an improvised explosive device.

Upon executing the search warrant, NSP discovered an improvised explosive device that was consistent with the information given to investigators. The NSP Bomb Squad rendered the device safe.

Hamilton was arrested for possession of a destructive device and threatening to use explosives. He was lodged in Hitchcock County Jail.


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On December 28, 2017, at approximately 0000 am the Indianola Fire Department was dispatched to rural Indianola, Red Willow County, Nebraska, for a structure fire with parties still inside the residence. Fire departments from Indianola, McCook, Red Willow Western Rural, in addition to the Red Willow County Sheriff’s Office responded, and arrived on scene to find a single story residence involved in fire. The Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office was requested to conduct a fire investigation. Multiple Nebraska State Fire Marshal Investigators responded immediately and are currently onsite at the time of this release conducting an investigation. The onsite investigation is still currently underway. The Nebraska State Fire Marshal confirms there are multiple fire fatalities at the residence. During the course of investigation autopsies will be performed for proper identification. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is working in conjunction with the Red Willow County Sheriff and the Red Willow County Attorney. Further information will be released as information becomes available.


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AUGUST 2, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.)  — The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) will conduct surprise commercial vehicle inspections today, Thursday, August 2, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Scottsbluff and the surrounding area.

The morning inspections will be conducted at two locations: the frontage road in front of Target near Highway 26 in Scottsbluff and on County Club Road west of Gering. In the afternoon, troopers will patrol roads throughout Scottsbluff County. 

The inspections are performed by the Metropolitan Aggressive and Preventative Selective (MAPS) Team, which is funded largely by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Troopers assigned to the Carrier Enforcement Division of the Nebraska State Patrol check for compliance with federal safety regulations and enforce laws pertaining to weight, size, registration, and permits associated with commercial vehicles (trucks, semi-trailers, and buses).

The MAPS Team was implemented in 1998 and consists of troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol’s Carrier Enforcement Division. On average, 20-24 troopers work each MAPS event.

To protect the surprise element of the inspections, all media are asked to withhold any public reporting of the inspections until 3:00 p.m. Thursday. The results of the MAPS enforcement activity will be released following the conclusion of Thursday’s enforcement.


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AUGUST 2, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Carrier Enforcement Division conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections today, August 2, in Scottsbluff, Gering, and the surrounding area. The surprise inspections target commercial vehicles that might not travel outside the city or pass through weigh stations as part of their regular routes.

During the special enforcement effort, the Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) Team conducted 37 vehicle inspections, discovered 143 violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and state law, and took 14 vehicles out of service (not allowed to return to the road). Vehicles are placed out of service for a variety of reasons relating to bad brakes or tires, or other problems that pose immediate safety risks.

Troopers also placed four drivers out of service for no license (1), expired license (1), no log book (1), and alcohol (1). Any commercial vehicle driver with alcohol in his or her system is placed out of service for 24 hours, even if the BAC doesn’t rise to the level of driving under the influence. Troopers also issued $1,500 in citations.

This week, the NSP MAPS Team conducted operations in Dawson, Lincoln, and Scotts Bluff Counties. During the three days of operations, troopers conducted 135 commercial vehicle inspections, discovered 391 violations, and took 44 vehicles out of service. The team also placed four drivers out of service and issued $6,150 in fines.

The MAPS Team has conducted surprise inspections in nine communities so far this year, with more scheduled over the next several months in cities and towns across Nebraska.

The MAPS Team in funded largely by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Troopers check for compliance with federal safety regulations and enforce laws pertaining to weight, size, registration, dyed fuels, and permits associated with commercial vehicles. The MAPS Team was implemented in 1998 and consists of troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division. On average, 20-24 troopers work each MAPS event.


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JULY 7, 2018 (NORFOLK, NEB.)  — One person has been arrested after ramming into a Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) cruiser and a Dakota County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) vehicle during a pursuit Friday evening in South Sioux City.

An NSP sergeant became involved in a pursuit at approximately 6:20 p.m. when a suspect being pursued by the South Sioux City Police Department approached the intersection of 29th St and Highway 77. The suspect was traveling at approximately 80 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone and passing vehicles on the right shoulder.

The vehicle, a 2006 Chevrolet pickup, then went eastbound on Interstate 129, with speeds nearing 100 miles per hour. At this point, the NSP sergeant was able to get in front of the suspect vehicle and attempted to slow it down, while a DCSO deputy approached from the rear. The suspect then intentionally rammed the NSP cruiser from behind.

As the suspect crossed in Iowa, NSP and DCSO continued the pursuit until Iowa authorities could arrive. After a short period of time on Interstate 29 in Iowa, the suspect exited at Singing Hills, but lost control of the vehicle and ended up in the median. The suspect then intentionally rammed the DCSO unit and the NSP unit a second time. The suspect attempted to flee again, but the vehicle became stuck. The entire pursuit last approximately five minutes.

Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol arrived on scene and quickly took the suspect into custody. Larry Johnson II, 43, of Sioux City, Iowa, faces charges in both states. Nebraska charges include attempted assault on an officer, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, and driving under suspension.

Johnson was lodged in Woodbury County Jail. No NSP personnel were injured. The DCSO deputy was taken to the hospital as a precaution. 


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JULY 5, 2018 (SCOTTSBLUFF, NEB.)  — A Florida man has been arrested following a road rage incident on Interstate 80 near Kimball Wednesday evening.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. MT Wednesday, July 4, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) received a report of a man shooting from one vehicle into another on I-80 near mile marker 20.

The victims, driving westbound in a 2005 Chrysler minivan, reported that they had come upon the suspect vehicle, a 2000 Kia Rio, traveling at 45 miles per hour through a one-lane construction zone. The driver of the minivan honked and flashed its lights in an attempt to urge the suspect vehicle to drive faster.

When the construction zone ended and both lanes were open, the suspect vehicle stayed in the passing lane, traveling slowly. The minivan was attempting to pass in the right lane, when the passenger of the Kia Rio fired a single shot from a handgun into the minivan. The bullet went through the driver’s window and lodged in the dash. The driver of the minivan suffered minor injuries after being struck by bullet fragments and broken glass.

The victims stopped their vehicle, while the suspect vehicle continued driving westbound into Wyoming. NSP coordinated with the Wyoming Highway Patrol, which was able to locate the vehicle and take the suspect into custody.

Kevin Austin, 47, of Cocoa, Florida, will be returned to Nebraska on an arrest warrant for 2nd degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.


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Scottsbluff – Target presented a $1,000 donation to United Way of Western Nebraska to help sponsor the 2018 Day of Caring Food Packaging event to be held October 2, 2018 at the Weborg Center.


At this event, approximately 200 community volunteers will package 60,000 meals (10,000 packages) of shelf-stable, microwaveable, fortified meals that will stay in our communities and be distributed through programs serving food insecure families.


Funding for this event is raised through grants and donations specific to the project so as not to affect the annual United Way campaign fundraising efforts which helps support partner agencies. Sponsors for the Food Packaging Event thus far are Arby’s Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Scottsbluff Kiwanis & Foundation, TEAM Auto, NEXT Young Professional Group, NPPD, Target, Weborg Center, Pepsi, UPS, Wallspace Indoor Billboards and Marianne Rushall.   


For more information on sponsoring this event please call 308-635-2522. Donations specific to this project can be mailed to or dropped off at the United Way office -1517 Broadway Suite #106 Scottsbluff, NE 69361. (Please note these donations: 2018 Day of Caring).  


Picture attached: Mike Martinez (Target) and Steph Black (United Way)



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Lincoln, NE - On Tuesday morning a joint press conference was held at the Lincoln Police Departement to give an update on the missing person's case of Sydney Loofe. FBI agent from the Omaha field office, Randy Thysse, reported that on Monday, December 4th that a body was discovered in rural Clay County. Thysse went on to say that the body is believed to be of Sydney Loofe, who has been missing for over two weeks. Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister also added that it was a collaborative effort between several law enforcement agencies with analysis and digital evidence that lead to the discovery. The Nebraska State Patrol believed there were around 40 officers involved in the search in Clay County on Monday. Chief Bliemeister also added that the initial two people of interest, Aubrey Trail, and Baily Boswell are still in custody and are currently, as of Tuesday morning are not charged with any offense directly related to the investigation. The investigation to this point also has lead to authorities believing that foul play is believed to be involved. 

 


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Five McCook Community College softball players have been named to the Omaha World-Herald’s all Nebraska junior college team including sophomore Alexis Moeaki, who was named the team’s honorary captain. Also named to the team were sophomore Taya Thorpe and freshmen Emily Charchuk, Jerusha Miner and Chanel Siebenthal. McCook had a strong offense this spring as it hit .366 as a team and averaged 7.9 runs per game and dominated the all World-Herald team with five of the 14 players. Western Nebraska and Central Community College each had three players, Northeast Junior College had two and Southeast Community College had one. Moeaki, a sophomore from Las Vegas, set a school record with 76 RBIs this spring and hit.468, scored 61 runs, hit 22 doubles and 11 home runs. She finished as McCook’s career leader in batting average (.464), hits (176) and RBIs (142). Joining her in the infield was freshman Emily Charchuk, second base, from Victoria, British Columbia, who hit .439, scored 66 runs and drove in 34 RBIs. Two MCC freshman were named as out-fielders on the World-Herald team. Jerusha Miner, Gunnison Valley, Utah, batted .373 for the Lady Indians, scored 53 runs and led Region IX with 39 stolen bases. Chanel Siebenthal, outfielder from Lakewook, Colo., hit.406, scored 57 runs and stole 17 bases. Sophomore pitcher Taya Thorpe, Malad, Idaho, was one of three pitchers named to the team. She led MCC with a 21-20 record this past season, struck out 200 hitters and had a 5.43 earned-run average.

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD TWO-YEAR COLLEGE TEAM

C: Danica Schaefer, so., Central CC, .488, 39 R, 33 RBIs

1B: Savannah Robertson, so., Northeast CC, .471, 40 RBI, 50 R

2B: Emily Charchuk, fr., McCook CC, .439, 66 R, 34 RBIs

*SS: Alexis Moeaki, so., McCook CC, .468, 11 HRs, 76 RBIs

3B: Michaela Kelly, fr., Western Nebraska, .383, 14 HRs, 53 RBIs

OF: Madi Jackson, so., Western Nebraska, .421, 58 R, 39 RBIs

OF: Jerusha Miner, fr., McCook CC, .373, 53 R, 39 SBs

OF: Chanel Siebenthal, fr., McCook CC, .406, 57 R, 17 SBs

EP: Jessica Lusk, so., Southeast CC, .429, 16 HRs, 56 RBIs

U: Jenna Robinson, so., Central CC, .381, 13 HRs, 55 RBIs

P: Alayna Allen, fr., Northeast CC, 3.64 ERA, .404, 59 RBIs

P: Katelyn Keene, so., Central CC, 12-6, 3.21 ERA

P: Emma McMillan, fr., Western Nebraska, 14-19, 6.10 ERA

P: Taya Thorpe, so., McCook CC, 21-20, 200 Ks, 5.43 ERA

*— denotes honorary captain

 

Honorable mention:

Central CC - Shelby Behnk, Mackenzie Eller, Ashten Gibson.

North Platte CC - Emily Marsden, Hallei Morales, Erin Renwick, Ana Talaroc-Kaniho, Kenlee Wanlass.

Northeast - Jade Long, Emily Sherstone.

Southeast - Brooke Brestel, Cassidy Burkhardt, Jasmine Davis, Jenny Eacker, Kelsey Markey.

Western Nebraska - Brooke Doumer, Alyssa Guymon, Gabby Loya, Reagan Solomon.





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The 2017 Southwest Conference Volleyball Tournament begins on Saturday, October 21st for the McCook Bison as they travel to Valentine.  McCook is seeded 3rd and will take on 6th seed Broken Bow.  View the link to see the full bracket.





Republican Plains Activity Conference All-Conference Volleyball 2017-2018

EAST DIVISION
NAME SCHOOL GRADE POSITION HEIGHT
First Team:
Korynn Clason Cambridge 10 MH 5’ 10”
Jadyn Heckenlively Alma 12 MH 5’ 11”
Cassi Bose Southern Valley 12 MH 5’ 09”
Kaitlyn Ryan Bertrand 12 S 5’ 07”
Lauren Samuelson Southern Valley 10 MH 6’ 01”
Halle Dahlgren Bertrand 12 OH 5’ 07”
Jada High Bertrand 10 L 5’ 04”
Second Team:
Maddie Brugh Alma 12 S 5’ 07”
Nicole Dewey Southwest 11 MH 5’ 08”
Bria Tomlin Cambridge 12 S 5’ 06”
Tiffany Wells Alma 11 MH 5’ 07”
Cassidy Ryan Bertrand 12 OH 5’ 07”
Melonie Meyers Arapahoe 12 OH 5’ 10”
Sawyer Quinn Southern Valley 11 L 5’ 05”
Honorable Mention:
Alex Ellermeier Medicine Valley 11 OH 5’ 09”
Rebecca Lennemann Southern Valley 12 OH 5’ 09”
Kailee Tomlin Cambridge 11 OH 5’ 09”
Maggie Bose Southern Valley 11 S 5’ 06”
Lindsay Schutz Bertrand 11 MH 5’ 08”
Alayna Whipple Arapahoe 12 OH 5’ 06”

 

WEST DIVISION
NAME SCHOOL GRADE POSITION HEIGHT
First Team:
Faith Simpson Wauneta-Palisade 12 MH 6’ 00”
Sydney Mullin Maxwell 12 OH 5’ 11”
Grace Frederick Dundy County Stratton 11 MH 5’ 11”
Jayden Widener Maywood/Hayes Center 11 OH 5’ 10”
Grace Sommer Maxwell 12 S 5’ 10”
Avery Johnson Maywood/Hayes Center 10 MH 5’ 09”
Kyleigh Scott Hitchcock County 11 L 5’ 05”
Second Team:
Adalene Krutsinger Dundy County Stratton 11 MH 5’ 10”
Taylor Mullen-Beck Paxton 12 MH 5’ 06”
Isabell Sheets Hitchcock County 12 S 5’ 07”
Haylee Sandman Wauneta-Palisade 09 MH 5’ 08”
Sydney Mullen-Shaw Maywood/Hayes Center 12 OH 5’ 08”
Jaycee Widener Maywood/Hayes Center 09 RH 5’ 09”
Dawson Latta Dundy County Stratton 12 L 5’ 06”
Honorable Mention:
Hannah Nelson Wallace 12 MH 5’ 09”
Allie Behlke Dundy County Stratton 12 S 5’ 05”
Courtney Hrnchir Hitchcock County 12 OH 5’ 07”
Michaela Dukes Wauneta-Palisade 10 S 5’ 07”
Amanda Horinek Hitchcock County 11 MH 5’ 09”
Callie Kriha Paxton 12 MH 6’ 00”
Monique Gooden Wauneta-Palisade 11 OH 5’ 05”
Nicole Howitt Maxwell 12 MH 6’ 00”
Rebel Sjeklocha Maywood/Hayes Center 12 MH 6’ 00”
Madison Thompson Maxwell 12 DS 5’ 03”





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The 2017-18 RPAC All-Conference Boys and Girls Basketball Teams have been announced for the East and West divisions.





First Team

Padyn Borders Sr Broken Bow

Hunter Pothoff Sr McCook

Tristian Siemering Sr Cozad

Dillon Geiser Jr Cozad

Elijah Lovin Jr Minden

 

Second Team

Kevin Linn Sr Broken Bow

Gage Delimont Jr Ainsworth

Cameron Raffaeli Jr Ogallala

Bennett Folkers Sr Gothenburg

Nate Neil Jr Cozad

 

Third Team

Josh Harvey Jr Broken Bow

Clayton Stevens Sr McCook

Kooper Reece Sr Valentine

Josh Denney Jr Minden

AJ Whiting Sr Gothenburg

Adam Kroeger So Ogallala

 





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First Team

Gracie Stienike Sr Gothenburg

Janessa Madsen Sr Minden

Sadie Rush Sr Cozad

Kali Staples Fr Broken Bow

Diana Reed Sr Ogallala

 

Second Team

Bailey Honn Sr McCook

Jory Lowe Sr Broken Bow

Rylee Rice So Ainsworth

Alex Bauer Jr Minden

MacKenzie Smith Jr McCook

 

Third Team

Jaden Bryant Sr McCook

Kennedy Berreckman Sr Cozad

Taylor Williams Jr Ogallala

Chiara Richeson Fr Gothenburg

Liviya Wier Fr McCook

 

All-Star Game

Sheridan Bancroft- Valentine, Claire Steinhauser- Ainsworth, Tory Dehning Ogallala, Emily Arp-McCook, Arleigh Costello-Gothenburg, Hanna Wright-Cozad, Trinity Olson- Minden, Jaden Bryant-McCook, Kennedy Berreckman-Cozad, Bailey Honn-McCook, Jory Lowe Broken Bow, Kate Fox Broken Bow, Sadie Rush-Cozad, Janessa Madsen-Minden, Gracie Stienike-Gothenburg


 


 


 


 

 

 

 





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Franklin wins the Alma Golf Invitational with a team score 366, Southern Valley comes in second with a 368, Loomis third with a 400, Cambridge in fourth place with a 428, Alma finishes fifth with a 432, finishing in sixth place was Bertrand 447, in seventh place was Elm Creek 458, and finishing eighth place was Arapahoe 512.  View all the individual scores below.





The 2018 NSAA District Golf Tournament took place for Classes B and D today May 14th.  Class C will take place tomorrow May 15th. 

B4 Results
C5 Results
D4 Results
D5 Results




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The McCook Community College baseball team opens the 2018 season Saturday with a roster full of returning position players but a very young pitching staff.

MCC opens play Saturday in Liberal, Kan. against Seward County and Coach Jon Olsen will rely on his team’s experience and solid batting order to lead the team while the pitching staff develops.

The Indians return 10 guys who started games last year. “Technically we can start a player at every position who started at some point last year,” Olsen said.

On the mound, MCC’s 2018 roster has three pitchers with 40 innings of experience between them. The Indians must reload a pitching staff that set a school record for strikeouts in a season, 410. The trio of returners had 32.

“On the mound, we are going to be counting on guys to step up and do well for us as freshmen,” Olsen said. “We have 14 arms, only one who pitched more than 10 innings last year.” The Indians will have six true freshman among the pitchers and with five transfers.

“We have some talented arms in this program but some of them don’t have a ton of experience,” Olsen said.

MBB standings graphicMCC is coming off a 29-27 season and a 20-16 conference mark, which was fourth best in what has become a highly-competitive Empire Conference that includes Western Nebraska, Northeastern JC, Trinidad State, Lamar, Otero, and Miles. 2017 marked MCC’s first back-to-back playoff appearances since the post-season format changed in 2008. The top four teams in the standings advance to the post-season playoffs.

The coach doesn’t look for falloff from any conference foes.

“I have a ton of respect for the coaches in this conference, they all get things done in different ways but if you don’t show up ready to play in any conference game, you’re going to get beat,” Olsen said.

He pointed out the top five teams in the conference were separated by three games in the standings.

Olsen said in looking at all the teams it’s difficult to say that one team is a clear-cut favorite.

“Every team is a little like us, really strong in one area and some questions in other areas. There isn’t one team with a ton of experience in both pitching and offense. This conference is going to be a wide-open dogfight,” Olsen said.

Sophomore bats will be the key for the Indians to make it a third straight playoff appearance. Last year MCC dropped its first six conference games before the playoff run.

First baseman/outfield Jacob Sanford, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, earned first team Region IX honors last year and catcher Dylan White, Las Vegas, was a second-team all-region selection as a freshman.

The Indian offense has players who produced well as freshmen. Of the eight position players with at least 18 games played, they collectively had 1,030 plate appearances while hitting .297 with 31 homeruns, 150 RBIs, a .386 on-base average and a .469 slugging percentage.

Olsen is expecting even better production from this core-group of sophomores and key offensive contributions from his newcomers but he said with inexperienced pitchers, it will be imperative MCC step up its defense.

“Last year we were bad defensively, but we had high strikeout guys on the mound that shielded our defense.”

The first of 25 scheduled home games is set for Feb. 21 when the Indians take on Colby in a nine-inning 3 p.m. Game. MCC has home doubleheaders scheduled with Hastings JV Feb. 22 and against Northeast CC Feb. 28.

Here is a look at the 2018 Indians by position:

CATCHER: Sophomore Dylan White and freshman Beau Hawley, Greeley, Colo., are expected to see the majority of the action. White hit .348 last season with five homers and 19 RBI. When he was injured during the fall, Hawley was able to step in and get a lot of experience. “Dylan had a good year for us and is a good defender as well, and with the experience Beau got in the fall I’m pretty happy with where we are there,” Olsen said.

FIRST BASE: Jay Sanford will anchor the MCC lineup as the Indians’ top returning hitter batting .345 with 11 homeruns and 39 RBI. The sophomore will play first base and also leftfield, which will allow Jonny Giunta, Milton, Ontario, (who started 14 games last year) time in the lineup.

MIDDLE INFIELD: Four sophomores are expected to fill the lineup this year at second base, shortstop, and third base. Jason Hill, Surrey, B.C., started 44 games last year and batted .313 with a .435 on-base percentage. Mike Sookdeo, Bramton, Ontario, played mostly at DH last year where he hit .237 with seven homeruns and 32 RBI and will likely see time at third base this year. Angel Mojica, Denver, is one of MCC’s most improved players according to Olsen having played 16 games last year with a .194 batting average. Hunter Rynders, Centennial, Colo., can play all infield spots and saw action in 18 games last year batting .300. Of his incoming freshman the coach has tabbed Julio Seperich, Las Vegas, as his best overall defender on the team both in the infield and the outfield. Olsen expects him to see starts at second base, third, shortstop and centerfield. Freshman Jacob Reid, Mississauga, Ontario, is a player who can provide very good offense and Mark Starks, Blair gives the Indians depth and offensive pop off the bench.

OUTFIELD: In addition to Sanford and Seperich, three returning sophomores look to frequent the lineup from the outfield. Tanner Zeggil, Stagner, Ontario, played in 46 games a year ago and batted .310 with a pair of home runs. Chris Bellemere, Grande-Carriere, Quebec, started 17 games and homered three times and drove in 10 with a .203 batting average and .390 slugging. Dalton Barling, Ashland, saw action in 16 games batting .212,

STARTING PITCHING: McCook High School’s Kaden Sitzman emerges as the staff’s most experienced pitcher appearing in 16 games, starting four, and compiling a 3-3 record in 29.1 innings with 25 strikeouts. Other candidates for the starting rotation include: Jacob Lombardelli, Windsor, Colo., Connor McGonigal, Omaha Burke, and high school teammates Jesse Bloom and Ryan Marstiller, Centennial, Colo.

BULLPEN: Sophomore Tyler Cox, Mississauga, emerged as the top relief pitcher during fall camp. He appeared in five games, threw 8.1 innings and posted a 1-0 record with a 2.16 earned run average last season. The other sophomore is David Perez, Las Vegas, who worked in three innings last year over four appearances. Freshmen pitchers with a chance to work their way into key roles include: Shaun Hickey, Summerville, N.B.; Connor Williams, Milton, Ontario; Casey Quagliano, Colby, Kan.; Keyshawn Royal, Tampa; and three Greeley, Colo., pitchers in Spencer Ray, Braydon Peif and Micah Dorsey.





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KANSAS CITY, MO – The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced today the matchups for the championship round of the 2018 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker. All four games of the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO., will be aired live on ESPN networks.

 

On Monday, November 19, Nebraska will take on Missouri State at 6 pm CT on ESPNU, followed by USC and Texas Tech at 8:30 pm ET on ESPN2. On Tuesday, November 20, the consolation game will tip off at 6 pm CT on ESPN3, followed by the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker championship game at 8:30pm ET on ESPN2.

 

Tickets for the championship round games at Sprint Center will be available beginning at 10:00am CT on August 4th by visitingwww.halloffameweekend.com,www.axs.com, by phone at 888-929-7849, or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.

 

The Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker will be the culminating event of college basketball’s Hall of Fame Weekend, which also includes the 13th annual induction ceremony for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. That event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City.

 

 

 

---- CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS ----

 

Semifinal Doubleheader

Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.

Monday, November 19 – 6:00 PM CT

Nebraska vs. Missouri State (ESPNU)

USC vs. Texas Tech (ESPN2)

 

Championship Doubleheader

Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.

Tuesday, November 20 – 6:00 PM CT

Consolation Game (ESPN3)

Championship Game (ESPN2)

 

Those four schools will serve as the four host round participants for this year’s Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker, with the opening round games of the tournament beginning on November 6th. Each of those teams will play two games on campus, before advancing to the championship rounds in Kansas City. Joining the four host teams in the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker are Mississippi Valley State, Robert Morris, Southeastern Louisiana and Stetson. The complete list of games for the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by Shot Tracker are as follows:

 

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Springfield Regional Rounds

JQH Arena – Springfield, MO

Friday, November 9 – Time TBD

Robert Morris at Missouri State

Sunday, November 11 – Time TBD

Stetson at Missouri State

 

Lubbock Regional Rounds

United Supermarkets Arena– Lubbock, TX

Friday, November 9 – Time TBD

Mississippi Valley State at Texas Tech

Tuesday, November 13 – Time TBD

Southeastern Louisiana at Texas Tech

 

Lincoln Regional Rounds

Pinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln, NE

Tuesday, November 6 – Time TBD

Mississippi Valley State at Nebraska

Sunday, November 11 – Time TBD

Southeastern Louisiana at Nebraska

 

Los Angeles Regional Rounds

Galen Center – Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, November 6 – Time TBD

Robert Morris at USC

Wednesday, November 14 – Time TBD

Stetson at USC





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