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The City of McCook Water Department is placing a restriction on lawn watering from 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 8th through 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 9th. The 24 hour restriction is the result of a mechanical malfunction at the Parker Hannifin plant that caused higher than normal water usage. This along with the early season lawn watering has seen the City's storage tanks drop to low levels. The one day restriction will give the Water Department the opportunity to restore the water levels to normal in the City's 3 storage tanks. We will continue to keep citizens updated should there be a need to extend the restriction. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. City of McCook Utility Director, Jesse Dutcher


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Mosquitos in Red Willow County have tested positive West Nile Virus (WNV) for the second time this summer according to Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. This follows confirmed positive mosquitos found in Chase County two weeks ago.

 

“West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitos. It is important to continue prevention even during the cooler weather.” states Melissa Propp, RN, Surveillance Nurse at SWNPHD. “Use insect repellent which includes at least 30% DEET,” states Propp “DEET in repellent is the most effective prevention to getting bitten by a mosquito.”

 

Additional tips will help prevent mosquito bites:

  • Wear shoes, socks, long sleeve shirts and pants when mosquitos are most active.
  • Install/repair window and door screens.
  • Empty standing water from containers such as gutters, buckets, pool covers, tires.
  • Aerate ponds or stock them with fish.
  • Use larvicide such as mosquito dunks for water that cannot be drained

 

 

Mosquitos rest in dark, humid areas and typically lay their eggs near bodies of water. The use of larvicide to treat water is one method to reduce mosquitoes. Outdoor flying insect repellent may also be utilized to reduce the number of mosquitoes.

 

More information on West Nile Virus may be found at the web site www.swhealth.ne.gov. Or call the McCook office at 308-345-4223, Imperial office at 308-882-4269. Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department is located at 404 West 10th Street – one block north of Arby’s in McCook or 501 Broadway – south entrance in Imperial.

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties. You may also follow SWNPHD on Facebook and Twitter.


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Western Nebraska Airport Authority Board member Lou Kleager announces his retirement from the Board effective August 16, 2018.

He wishes to thank the voters of Scotts Bluff County for their support as well as his fellow Board members and the Airport Staff.

He has enjoyed being a small part of the team which has continued to develop an extraordinary airport. He notes that the physical facilities are in excellent shape, the budget is well managed, the safety program is strong and that we now have an outstanding, reliable airline service at an affordable price.

He is retiring for personal reasons and is looking forward to other pursuits.



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A woman has been given one to three years in prison for her role in a pasture rental scam in the northern Nebraska Panhandle.

Sioux County District Court records say 52-year-old Kelley Heller, of Crawford, was sentenced June 12.

Heller and her daughter, Calinda Barthel Vantine, were arrested in February 2017. Prosecutors say the scheme was orchestrated by Vantine and resulted in more than $44,000 in losses to the five victims. The two didn't own the pasture they'd rented to the five people from Nov. 1, 2015 through Feb. 15, 2017.

The 28-year-old Vantine was sentenced to prison last October. She also is known as Calinda Barthel.


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August 12, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) At approximately 7:05 p.m. Sunday night, Aaron Schlieker (#87675) escaped from the Work Ethic Camp in McCook.

The Nebraska State Patrol and local law enforcement were notified. The facility has been secured and an emergency count conducted. All other inmates have been accounted for.

Schlieker was described as a 25-year old white male, 6’1”, 195 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing khaki pants, a gray sweatshirt and gray beanie hat.

Schlieker was sentenced to three to five years on one count of burglary in Dodge County. His tentative release date is April 19, 2020. He is eligible for parole in 2019.

Work Ethic Inmate Aaron M. Schlieker was apprehended at 4:15 am on Monday August 13, 2018 by Red Willow County Sheriffs Office.

The Work Ethic Camp is a minimum security facility. Inmates are able to work in the community with intermittent supervision.

 


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BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska county will seek further review of a $28.1 million judgment awarded to six people who were wrongfully convicted of murder.

On Monday a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to overturn the jury's 2016 verdict against Gage County and two former law enforcement officials.

The Gage County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to ask that the entire 8th U.S. Circuit Appeals Court review the appeal.

Patrick O'Brien is one of the attorneys representing Gage County, and he says rehearings of appeals are rarely granted. He says the county could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court if the rehearing were not granted.

The verdict was awarded to the Beatrice Six for their wrongful convictions in the 1985 rape and killing of 68-year-old Helen Wilson. They spent more than 75 years combined in prison until DNA evidence cleared them in 2008.


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WyoBraska Gives, sponsored by The Holliday Family of Companies is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by Oregon Trail Community Foundation to grow awareness and philanthropy for area non-profit organizations. The event will take place Tuesday, November 13th and will include organizations extending from Bridgeport, Nebraska to Torrington, Wyoming. The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum. Prize money and challenge funds and will be made available to amplify charitable donations. We have created this special event to celebrate the spirit of giving and inspire donors to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations.  WyoBraska Gives is based on other successful Giving Days hosted by Community Foundations worldwide.  


Not only will this be instrumental in the continued growth of Oregon Trail Community Foundation who provides $100,000 in grant funding for local charities, it will also give every organization, big and small, the same opportunity to raise funds without any cost. 

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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:

 

---- HOST ROUNDS ----

 

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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