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McCook, Neb.—Terri Shipshock, Executive Director of Community Hospital Health Foundation announced her retirement at the foundation board meeting on Tuesday. She plans to end her 13-year career at the foundation’s helm in early June following the 30th John Mullen Pro-Am golf tournament.

 

Both Bill Burton, Foundation Chair and Troy Bruntz, Community Hospital President & CEO as well as a foundation board member, said they will be working with Terri in the next five months to smooth the transition to the next executive director. Following Terri’s announcement at the meeting, the board set up a search committee to begin the process for her replacement.

 

They expressed their gratefulness for Terri’s years of service and all she has accomplished as director. “In the time Terri has been here, Community Hospital Health Foundation has raised more than $6 million,” Burton said. This includes raising $1.8 million for the Rehabilitation Center, a half million for the Healing Garden and nearly $4 million for the Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology; as well as multiple gifts that provided grants over the years to Community Hospital for medical equipment and services.

 

“In addition, the foundation has funded and awarded thousands of dollars for healthcare scholarships” he said.

 

“Terri’s fundraising events have been of the highest caliber and excellence. We are fortunate to have responsible, hard-working individuals like Terri associated with the Community Hospital Health Foundation and Community Hospital,” he added.

 

“We are happy for Terri and her family, and that she has the opportunity to move into this phase of her life,” Bruntz said. “We wish her only the best.”

 

Terri says she has very mixed feelings about retiring. “I have enjoyed my years in McCook and am grateful to Community Hospital and the community for the professional and personal fulfillment I have enjoyed in my role as executive director.”


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McCook- Jessica Bortner, RN, BSN, MBA, was hired as the Community Hospital Health Foundation Executive Director, according to Troy Bruntz, Community Hospital President and CEO. Her duties begin May 29. Bortner is replacing Terri Shipshock, who retires in June.

 

“Jessica brings an enthusiasm with her that is very exciting for us at Community Hospital and Community Hospital Health Foundation,” Bruntz said. “We look forward to her rejoining our staff. Her healthcare background and strong leadership, business and communication skills will help to continue the mission of the health foundation.”

 

A native of Oklahoma, McCook has been home to Bortner since 1997, where she and her husband, Heath own and operate a farm/ranch north of town. They have a son, Charlie, 13.

 

She worked at Community Hospital beginning in 2000, providing patient care as a registered nurse. From 2001-2010, she oversaw the performance improvement program at the hospital, beginning as a coordinator and working up to performance improvement director. She also served as the corporate compliance officer.

 

During her time at Community Hospital, she revised the performance improvement program to include a process based management system linked to the hospital’s balanced score card. She also had oversight of patient safety, patient satisfaction and the performance improvement specialist. Bortner coordinated medical staff peer review and led The Joint Commission audits and improvements.

 

“I am honored and excited to be rejoining this excellent organization. I am looking forward to working with the health foundation board members, volunteers, hospital employees, and community to further secure the future of Community Hospital by raising funds and promoting public awareness and support,” Bortner said.

 

Last year, she was elected to a three-year term on the Community Hospital Board of Directors. She resigned that position as part of the agreement upon acceptance of the foundation director job. Bruntz said they hope to fill the empty board position very soon.

 

She graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Kearney in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. In 2004, Bortner completed her Masters in Business Administration from Bellevue University. She also received Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training from the GE Healthcare Institute in 2009.

 

Bortner is a member of the McCook Rotary. She is alumni of the 2011/2012 Southwest Nebraska Leadership Institute.

 


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McCook, Nebraska—Brenda Kincaid was named as the 2018 Anne Morse Volunteer for her exemplary volunteerism and dedication to Community Hospital at the hospital’s volunteer luncheon held April 16.

 

It has always been the American way of life for citizens to help one another. Community Hospital has been blessed through the years with thousands of volunteer hours from generous citizens from McCook and the surrounding area. One who has set records in hours of volunteerism is Anne Morse, a former Community Hospital auxiliary member.

 

In 2004 an anonymous donor recognized Anne’s tremendous contribution and wanted to do something special that would commemorate her years of service. With a financial gift, Sondra Johnson was commissioned to create a bust of Anne.

 

In addition, the benefactor requested that a committee be formed to select someone who best exemplified Anne Morse’s dedication as a volunteer. That person would be the recipient of the Anne Morse Volunteer Award. Their name would be permanently displayed on a plaque near the sculpture of Anne which is displayed in the hallway leading to the patient wing.

 

While a recipient for the award is not necessarily chosen annually, this year Brenda Kincaid has been chosen as an exemplary volunteer. Her nomination reads:

 

“Brenda Kincaid has been a volunteer at Community Hospital for nearly ten years. Throughout this time she has served individuals, from employees to patients to community members, with her giving attitude and love for others. She serves in various capacities, sitting on committees for the hospital’s community outreach efforts including Sterling Connection, Girl’s Night Out and Breast Cancer Awareness. While taking part in these various committees she gives of her time, talent for creativity and compassion through friendship and socialization. Brenda also assists with the American Red Cross Blood Mobile throughout the year along with the Community Health Fairs hosted by the hospital. In between these committees and events she also volunteers her time to deliver magazines throughout the hospital and volunteers for a variety of other projects.

 

On top of her dedication to Community Hospital she volunteers her time with Meals on Wheels, the McCook Humane Society and the United Methodist Church. Brenda also takes extra time to visit with residents at Brookdale and Hillcrest Nursing Home. She gives selflessly of her time talent and passion, hoping to fill the needs of our hospital and the community. Even in times of personal struggle she is always thinking of others and how she can further provide for them. Brenda is a pillar of strength for her friends and loved ones, leaning heavily on her faith in God and belief in a strong community.”

 

The Anne Morse Volunteer Award comes with a $500 gift, also given by the anonymous donor to the Community Hospital Health Foundation. The recipient of the volunteer award has the opportunity to designate an area of healthcare in which to direct the gift.


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 GERING, Neb. (AP) — The public is invited to help uncover the biodiversity of the Wildcat Hills in the Nebraska Panhandle during the Wildcat Hills Bioblitz.

The event is scheduled to run Friday and Saturday, based at the Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area south of Gering.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says bioblitzes bring together natural resource experts, community volunteers and others to inventory all living species in a specific area during a certain period. The event begins at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center with a free pizza dinner, children's activities and door prizes Friday at 6 p.m. On Saturday the surveys will get underway at 7 a.m.

A Nebraska park entry permit is required for vehicles. More information is available by calling 402-310-6137.


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Don’t drink and drive – We’ve all heard this piece of advice, but how many of us have experienced the devastating effects firsthand when someone chooses to ignore this common-sense warning? Country music artist Jared Blake, from NBC’s season 1 of The Voice, has been sharing a “living above” approach to life to kids around the country with his Live To Be youth program. His conviction to spread this message has only grown after surviving a head-on collision with a drunk driver.

On May 9th, Jared Blake and his wife found their world turned upside down when a drunk driver was going the wrong way and crashed into them going 60mph in Nashville.

Miraculously, everyone made it out alive, but Jared’s wife, Jennifer Blake, suffered multiple injuries including a fractured spine. She shared her frightening experience with friends and family on Facebook as she began recovery.

“We were on an interstate change near downtown, on a curve, and by the time we saw headlights it was too late. We were on a bridge lucky no flips happened, but that also meant we hit almost straight on. It was terrifying and I still feel like this was all a dream. I only remember a horrible burning smell and burning throats and screaming to get out of the vehicle. Jared somehow got out and bent my door open to lay me on the ground. I couldn't move but just stared at the stars knowing my eyes were open and I could hear so I was alive.”

She ends the post with some advice and words of encouragement,

“Our seatbelt and airbags saved us! Please use them, always! … If you want to do something, do it. Life is too short to worry about anything at all. Most of you know me well enough to know that I'm pretty good at living that way and can't wait to get back to living.”

Inspired by this real-life experience, Jared Blake gets serious about drunk driving in his new video for Don't Let Her Be Gone. You can check out the music video below:


Jared and Jennifer Blake’s youth program, Live To Be, helps children discover their unique path, free from the use of drugs or alcohol. Jared visits schools across the US empowering kids and people of all ages by asking them who they want to be and showing them that the use of drugs or alcohol can only hinder or prevent them from achieving their goals. His appearances, public speaking, and live concerts promote a healthy, fun, cool, and self-respectful way to live.

The idea to develop this program began when it was announced on The Voice that Jared was a recovering addict. Soon after, many viewers were reaching out to him on social media, leaving messages asking for personal advice on recovery or how to help struggling friends or family members. Jared reached out to them in a limited way, fearing that he wasn’t the one they should be talking to. Everyone’s road to recovery is very different, so he referred these people to professionals that could provide the necessary help. He was also approached by several producers of different TV shows designed to help people go to recovery but was never able to fully put himself behind the projects.

Then he had an epiphany. Having six children of his own and a strong desire to support youth, he realized the best impact he could have is to reach out before there’s a problem – before they become an addict. Let children know that no one expects to become an addict; that they don’t have their first beer or go to their first party or go to college with the expectation that they are going to become an alcoholic and ruin their life.

What Jared teaches kids through his Live To Be program is that whether they’re drinking or trying recreational drugs, or really making any negative decision that prevents them from being where they want to be or being the person they want to be, that they need to stop and think – “Am I doing what’s best? Am I being the person I want to be? I know that I have the power.”

Once he tells them that they have the power, now they have to do something with it and be responsible for it. It puts the power back in their hands, making kids feel empowered to make their own choice -- and to make it a good one.

If you would like Jared Blake to visit your school with Live To Be or to learn more about the program, visit livingtobe.org.

Want to help bring Jared Blake to more schools across the nation to share this powerful message? Get Involved.


Visit their education partner Treatment-Centers.net for questions and information about drugs, alcohol, effects and treatment resources at http://treatment-centers.net. Call 844-812-HOPE to speak with a counselor now.

Watch the video below to see Jared Blake’s 2017 Nashville Live To Be tour:

 


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The City of McCook will begin crack sealing various streets in the community on Monday, April 2nd. It should take two to three days to complete, weather permitting. The contractor will be B and H Paving. We ask that citizens remove any vehicles that are parked on the following streets beginning Monday. 

 

West “ E” Street from West 2nd Street to West 3rd Street
West “G” Street from West 1st Street to West 5th Street
West “N” Street from west “J” Street to North Highway 83
West “O” Street from Norris Ave. to West 5th Street
West “Q” Street from West 2nd Street to North Highway 83
Georgia Court Sunset Road from West 5th Street to West 10th Street Missouri Avenue from West “F” Street to West “J” Street
West 2nd Street from West “D” Stree to West “E” Street
West 3rd Street from West “D” Street to West “E” Street
West 7th Street from West “J” Street to Sunset Road
West 13th Street from West “H” Street to West “I” Street and West “J” Street to West “K” Street
West 14th Street from West “J” Street to West “O” Street

Pawnee Drive from Courtney Lane to North Cherokee
Cheyenne Road from Park Avenue to Seminole Drive
South Highway 83 from South side of overpass to Barnett Park

 

Once the crack sealing has been completed on a street, the street will be open for normal use. We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and apologize for any inconveniences.


 


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On March 26, 2018 at approximately 11:27am the Furnas County Sheriff’s Officereceived a report of criminal mischief that occurred at the Furnas County Fairgrounds in Beaver City, Nebraska.

 

The Sheriff’s Office responded to the report and began an investigation. Upon arrival multiple tire track marks and acceleration marks were observed on the fairgrounds. A pickup had spun cookies by the north entrance as well as several places in the pit area of
the arena.
 
Information was received that an employee of Kauffman Trailers had done the damage and that it had been done by a red Chevy pickup. The pickup was located at Kauffman’s and examined. There was mud and grass on the pick and the tires that was consistent with the grass at the fairgrounds. The owner of the vehicle, Jonathon C. Speth, 21 of Beaver City, was contacted and interviewed. He admitted to tearing around at the
fairgrounds on Saturday night.
 
Speth was cited for criminal mischief, careless driving, driving under suspension and no proof of insurance. He is currently schedule to appear in Furnas County Court for arraignment on April 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm.


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Nebraska advances execution plans despite secrecy concerns

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are forging ahead with their effort to execute the state's longest-serving death-row inmate without disclosing where they obtained lethal injection drugs, despite a judge's order this week to identify their supplier.

The Nebraska attorney general appealed the judge's ruling on Tuesday as it pushes in a separate case to set a July 10 execution date set for Carey Dean Moore.

State officials are scrambling to execute Moore before their supply of a key execution drug expires in August, while simultaneously fighting a legal battle that could force them to reveal who gave them the drugs.

The administration of Gov. Pete Ricketts has also sued the Legislature to block a subpoena that would force the state corrections director to testify about Nebraska's execution protocol.


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Name:Harold Benton

Description: An Endangered Missing Advisory has been activated to determine the whereabouts of Harold Benton.

The Harlan County Sheriffs office is asking for assistance locating Harold "Gene" Benton, a 79 year old, 5'10" 225lb white male with brown hair and brown eyes missing from the Alma, NE area. Mr. Benton reportedly suffers from dementia and has medical conditions for which he does not have his medication. He was last seen Monday 9-24 at 0900. He may be driving a red 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, NE BE 4 Conservation plates. If you see Gene Benton please call 911 or the Harlan County Sheriff's office at 308-928-2147.


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BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) — A woman who worked 33 years for Custer County has pleaded guilty to stealing from the Sheriff's Office.

Court records say 59-year-old Kelli Estergard, of Callaway, pleaded guilty to theft after prosecutors lowered the charge and dropped a related charge. Her sentencing is set for Aug. 23.

Authorities say the theft occurred between July 23, 2015, and Jan. 30 this year.


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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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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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LINCOLN, Neb. (April 6, 2018) The Cornhusker State Games Torch Run begins June 1 in Hemingford and will make appearances at 11 community events before lighting the caldron at the Games’ Opening Ceremonies on July 20 at Seacrest Field in Lincoln.

The Torch Run is the promotional precursor to the 34th annual Cornhusker State Games, which features competition in more than 60 sports July 20-29 in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. Officials expect more than 11,000 participants of all ages and abilities.

Runner applications for the Torch Run are now being accepted online at CornhuskerStateGames.com/Torch_Run. Runners will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis for one-mile segments, using highway mile markers in most cases. There is no fee for the Torch Run, thanks to the sponsorship of the Nebraska National Guard and Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association, and each runner receives a commemorative shirt.

 

Officials said each day of running will include 20-60 miles on local highways followed by the Torch being carried into or through a community festival or event. The complete route and event list are as follows:

 

June 1 – Hemingford to Alliance – 385 Cruisers Car Show

June 2 - Bridgeport to Scottsbluff – Camp Clarke Days

June 8 – Kimball to Sidney – Downtown Sounds Concert Series

June 9 – Imperial to McCook – Buffalo Commons Story Telling & Music Festival

June 14 - West Point to Norfolk – Comedy Festival / Laugh & Half Marathon

June 16 – York to Grand Island – Nebraska Danger Football Game

June 22 - Ogallala to North Platte – NEBRASKALand Days

June 24 – Holdrege to Kearney – Kearney Community Olympics

June 29 - David City to Lincoln – Lincoln Saltdogs Baseball game

June 30 – Papillion to Omaha – Tribute to Independence

July 3 – Humphrey to Columbus – Red, White and KABOOM

 

Find more information on the Torch Run, Cornhusker State Games and the Nebraska Sports Council at NebraskaSportsCouncil.com.





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