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Local law enforcement is participating in the 4th annual, “Shop with the Cop” program, which is scheduled forDecember 1st, 2018 at the Hampton Inn and Suites located in Scottsbluff. There are only 100 students selected in the entire county, who are nominated by school staff or a School Resource Officer to “Shop with a Cop.”

The purpose of the event is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Each student will be given the opportunity to spend $75.00 to purchase gifts for members of their family. We will have 2-3 students that are assigned to each police officer. The students will ride in the police officers patrol vehicle to a local department store. In the spirit of giving and the joy that it brings the giver, they are encouraged to spend the money on family or friends rather than themselves. After shopping, special volunteers wrap their gifts for them so that they can have a snack and continue to get to know the police officers before being picked up by their parents.

This is a great event that only comes once a year. It is only possible through the generous donations of individuals and businesses in our community. If you would like to donate to this years “Shop with a Cop” event you can find the official GoFundMe Fundraiser at, or any Platte Valley Bank location. Feel free to contact your local police unions for more information.


(GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two men and seized 149 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2017 Dodge Caravan for failing to signal near York, at mile marker 353. During the stop, the trooper observed a vacuum-sealed bag of marijuana plainly visible inside the vehicle.

Troopers and deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office searched the vehicle and discovered 149 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $447,000.

The driver, Robert Rosenwasser, 56, of Florida, and Milton Coore, 53, of Jamaica, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in York County Jail.


NOVEMBER 26, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers removed 16 impaired drivers from the road, issued more than 500 speeding citations, and assisted hundreds of motorists during a special Click It or Ticket enforcement surrounding the Thanksgiving weekend.

The enforcement, which was part of a national effort, including many other law enforcement agencies in Nebraska, was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation - Highway Safety Office.

“A projected record numbers of travelers, along with a winter storm that blanketed much of the state on Sunday, made for an eventful weekend for our troopers,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “I’m incredibly proud of the effort by our troopers and dispatchers this weekend, and thankful that many drivers planned ahead and were able to stay off the roads on Sunday.”

During the enforcement, which ran from Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25, troopers arrested 15 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and 1 for driving under the influence of drugs. In addition to those arrests, troopers issued citations for speeding (506), driving under suspension (35), no proof of insurance (33), minor in possession (5), open container (7), no seat belt (30), and improper child restraint (4).

Troopers also assisted 267 motorists in need of help, arrested 47 people for possession of drugs, and apprehended 9 fugitives.

The enforcement included vehicle checks, high visibility and saturation patrols, as well as regular enforcement efforts.


#1. 2018 Toyota C-HR donated by TEAM Auto Center - Garrett Dudden

#2. 2018 Honda Pioneer 500 donated by Sandberg Honda - Brock Schank

#3 .$2,000 Cash donated by McDonalds of W.Neb & Torr. WY - Jennifer Schwab

#4. 2 Rndtrip tickets donated by Skywest Airlines - Teresa Swank

#5. La-Z-Boy Recliner donated by Webber’s Furniture - Troy Ouderkirk

#6. Fire Pit Table & Chairs donated by Carr-Trumbull Lumber - Evelyn Bjordahl

#7. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Diane Vandenberg

#8. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Karol Nyquist

#9. 2 - 2019 Western Nebraska Pioneers Season tickets - Judy Howell

#10. $250 Gift Card donated by The Steel Grill - John Maser

#11. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Maria Lara-Montelango

#12. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Juan Gonzales

#13. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Mike Rotness

#14. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Gina Cannon

#15. $200 Cash donated by KNEB - Stacy Keller

#16. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Steve Cervantes

#17. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Debbie Edmuds

#18. One year of Car Washes donated by Paradise - Angela Miller

#19. 12 Haircuts in a year donated by Attitudez Salon - Nickole DeWitt

#20. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Jayme Hallman

#21. Birthday Party donated by Carpenter Center - mindy Reed

#22. 3 month Family Membership donated by YMCA - Zita Bolinger

#23. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Michael Miller

#24. $100 in Gift Cards dontated Runza - Ruth Kozal

#25. King Kong Pizza Dinner donated by Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria - Andrew Weber

#26. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Craig Rubottom

#27. $75 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Trisha Luckinbill

#28. $100 Gas Card donated by WTT - John Farrington

#29. $25 Gift Card donated by Runza - Danielle Lenebeck

#30. 60 minute facial donated by Rachel Ann Esthetics - Kristen Mitzel


30th Annual Spooktacular

October 19th-21st and October 26th-30th


$8 per person + new this year; Scary section $2 extra

Games, characters, bounce houses provided by Planet Bounce and treats for

the kids! Fun for the whole family! Help us celebrate 30 years of spooky fun at

the Zoo!

Also new this year is the Flying Spaghetti Monster dinner

October 20th and 27th

$15 for Kids, $20 for Adults or Family pack for 2 Adults and 2 Kids for $60

A fun Halloween themed spaghetti dinner each Saturday of Spooktacular from

5pm-6pm. Includes fun foods and animal visits. Admission to Spooktacular is

included with ticket price for dinner. Dinner guests will also get into

Spooktacular before the general public.


The crash occurred at just before 11am on Thursday near mile marker 100 on Highway 385 in Morrill County. A southbound Jeep had crossed the center line and struck a northbound semi head on. The driver of the Jeep, Chester Shuster, 71, of Alliance was killed in the collision. It is believed that Shuster was suffering a medical episode at the time of the crash. A trooper and three civilians on scene performed CPR on Shuster paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced deceased on scene.


Construction on 42nd Street - Phase 4 between Avenue B and Rugger Drive is scheduled to begin on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

42nd Street will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of Avenue B to Rugger Drive. The Detour route around the construction area will be Avenue B to Hwy 26 to 5th Avenue.

Construction of this phase is estimated to be complete by September 23, 2018. Additional information will be sent prior to the start of Phase 5.

Access will be as follows:

Elite Health Center/ESU #13/Owen Oral Survery/Sandstone Estates – Access will be provided from 42nd Street from the west via Highway 71 or from the east via Avenue B

Regional West Medical Center – Access to RWMC will be from the west via 42nd and Avenue B or from the east via 42nd and Rugger Drive

Residences on North side of 42nd Street between Avenue B and Rugger Dr – Access provided from a temporary road on the north side of 42nd Street. Contractor will notify residents.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project.


67 people were removed from Nebraska roadways during the "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" campaign by the Nebraska State Patrol.  It ran from December 15th to January 1st.  63 drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated and 4 for driving under the influence of drugs.  


AUGUST 1, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two men and seized 94 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Cozad.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, a trooper stopped a westbound 2018 Ford F150 for failing to signal near mile marker 227. During the traffic stop, a Dawson County  K9 detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the vehicle.

A search of the pickup revealed 94 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $282,000.

The driver, Michael Hedges, 26, and passenger, Brandon Cannon, 25, both of Oregon, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in Dawson County Jail


The YMCA is partnering with Gering Public Schools to offer an after school childcare program this year for GPS students in kindergarten through fifth grade!  The program will be hosted at Lincoln Elementary School.  Students from Geil and Northfield participating in the program will be provided bus transportation from their school to the program.

The YMCA After School Childcare Program will begin operation on September 4th, will run from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 2:30 until 5:30 on Wednesdays to accommodate early release.  Program fees will be $10 per day per child.  

Registration for the after school program will take place at the YMCA main office located at 22 South Beltline Highway East, in Scottsbluff.  The YMCA will begin taking registrations on Friday, August 10th.  Students from Northfield and Geil wishing to ride the bus to Lincoln for the program will also need to register to ride the bus.  

If you would like further information about the YMCA After School Program in Gering, please contact the YMCA at (308) 635-2318.


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 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

2018 SWC All Conference Softball Team

Pitcher Regan Armagost - Cozad, Fr

Brenna Dugan - Cozad, (IF), Sr

Grace Cargill - Cozad (IF), Sr

Bailee Schurmann - Minden (IF), So

Avery Dunphy - Gothenburg (IF), So

Kandace Coleman - McCook, (IF), Jr

Kaitlyn Kleinknecht - Gothenburg (IF), Sr


Jercey Irish - Cozad (OF), Jr

Kaylin Martin - McCook, (OF), Jr

Alexis Bliven - Gothenburg (OF), So

Laurel Schmidt - McCook (OF), S

Utl Trinity Raburn - McCook (IF), Jr
Honorable Mention

Hannah Merrill - Minden (IF/C), So

Haley Cargill - Cozad (Utl), Jr

Bailey Coulter - Gothenburg (P), Jr

Brolin Morgan - McCook (IF), Jr



2018-19 Area Football Schedules


Class B McCook:


Class D1 Arapahoe, Cambridge, DCS, Hitchcock County, and Southwest


Class D2 Medicine Valley, and Wauneta-Palisade


Class D6 Maywood-Hayes Center




2018-2019 Republican Plains Activity Conference All-Conference Volleyball Team(s). The teams were selected by the conference Volleyball Coaches on Wednesday, 11/15/2018.


Republican Plains Activity Conference All-Conference Volleyball 2018 - 2019
First Team:
Korynn Clason Cambridge 11 MH 5’ 10”
Lauren Samuelson Southern Valley 11 MH 6’ 00”
Kaelie Tomlin Cambridge 12 S 5’ 07”
Carlee Stuhmer Alma 09 MH 5’ 07”
Nicole Dewey Southwest 12 MH 5’ 09”
Lindsay Schutz Bertrand 12 OH 5’ 08”
Jada High Bertrand 11 L 5’ 04”
Second Team:
Erin Boggs Bertrand 10 S 5’ 05”
Maggie Bose Southern Valley 12 S 5’ 06”
Grace Hogeland Southern Valley 11 S 5’ 06”
Grace Schwarz Bertrand 12 OH 5’ 07”
Jenna Ebbers Cambridge 12 OH 5’ 06”
Alex Ellermeier Medicine Valley 12 MH 5’ 09”
Sawyer Quinn Southern Valley 12 L 5’ 05”
Honorable Mention:
Kayla Kindler Alma 12 OH 5’ 06”
Tiffany Wells Alma 12 MH 5’ 07”
Johanna Ford Bertrand 09 MH 5’ 08”
Joslyn North Arapahoe 12 S/OH 5’ 08”
Mariah Watson Arapahoe 12 MH 5’ 11”
Johanna Sughroue Southwest 11 OH 5’ 05”
Dakota Hughes Alma 12 L/OH 5’ 03”
Rylee Cross Cambridge 12 MB 5’ 09”


Republican Plains Activity Conference All-Conference Volleyball 2018 - 2019
First Team:
Grace Frederick Dundy County Stratton 12 MH 6’ 00”
Jaycee Weidner Maywood/Hayes Center 10 MH 5’ 11”
Adalene Krutsinger Dundy County Stratton 12 MH 5’ 11”
Haylee Sandman Wauneta-Palisade 10 MH 5’ 08”
Allison Hoyt Hitchcock County 12 S 5’ 06”
Avery Johnson Maywood/Hayes Center 11 MH 5’ 10”
Kyleigh Scott Hitchcock County 12 L 5’ 06”
Second Team:
Amanda Horinek Hitchcock County 12 MH 5’ 08”
Jessie Freeland Dundy County Stratton 11 S 5’ 04”
Shaye Porter Hitchcock County 11 OH 5’ 07”
Janie Sommer Maxwell 11 S/RH 6’ 00”
Sydney Pelster Wallace 11 S/RH 5’ 07”
Monique Gooden Wauneta-Palisade 12 OH 5’ 04”
Jaycee Lapp Maywood/Hayes Center 11 L/DS 5’ 05”
Honorable Mention:
Birkleigh Vrbka Maxwell 12 OH 5’ 07”
Maggie Lutz Dundy County Stratton 10 OH 5’ 08”
Josie Callahan Paxton 09 OH 5’ 04”
Michaela Dukes Wauneta-Palisade 11 S/RH 5’ 07”
Natalie Marquardt Wallace 12 OH 5’ 07”
Sydney Reichert Dundy County Stratton 11 OH 5’ 05”
Charli Apple Hitchcock County 12 OH 5’ 07”
Paige Wood Maywood/Hayes Center 12 OH 5’ 09”
Karlie Gerlach Maywood/Hayes Center 11 OH 5’ 09”


The 2nd Annual Wild West All-Star Volleyball Classic (Formerly known as Sertoma) will take place on Saturday June 16th at 6pm CT at the Peter and Delores Graff Event Center in McCook.  Admission is $8 Adults and $5 for children 18 and under. The game is sponsored by the McCook Community College Volleyball team. Hometown Family Radio's Coyote Country 105.3 FM and online will air the matches.

Twenty-five McCook Community College student-athletes have been named to National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic teams and 36 have been selected to the Region IX academic all-region team. Four MCC players were named to the NJCCA all-academic first-team, 10 were named to the second team and 11 to the third team. Those named to the first team have 4.0 grade-point averages, second team honors are for those with grade-point averages between 3.80 and 3.99. Third team designation is for those with 3.60-3.79 grade-point averages. NJCCA all-academic first-team honors went to freshman Ashley Carson, Ord (volleyball); Laura Mata Garcia, Barcelona, Spain (women’s basketball); freshman Rebecca Carpenter, Parksville, British Columbia, (softball); and sophomore Toni Kumanovic, Zagreb, Croatia (men’s basketball).

Overall, the Lady Indian softball team led the way with eight members selected followed by women’s basketball with five, men’s basketball and baseball with four each, volleyball with three and men’s golf with one. In addition, 36 MCC student-athletes were named to the Region IX academic all-region team. That list included 12 softball players, seven women’s basketball players, four volleyball players, seven men’s basketball players, five baseball players and one golfer. To be eligible for that list, student-athletes must have accumulated a minimum of 24 semester hours with a grade-point average above 3.25.

NJCCA all-academic first team:

Ashley Carson, freshman, Ord, (volleyball);

Laura Mata Garcia, freshman, Barcelona, Spain, (women’s basketball);

Rebecca Carpenter, freshman, Parksville, British Columbia, (softball);

Toni Kumanovic, sophomore, Zagreb, Croatia (men’s basketball).

Those named to the NJCCA all-academic second team included:

Anna Sanjuan Clavaguera, freshman, Reus, Spain, (women’s basketball);

Antonije Petrovic, freshman, Pancevo, Serbia, (men’s basketball);

Brook Jamison, freshman, Hyannis, (women’s basketball);

Chanel Siebenthal, freshman, Lakewood, Colo. (softball);

Emily Charchuk, freshman, Victoria, British Columbia, (softball);

Gabby Enloe, sophomore, Colorado Springs, (women’s basketball);

Kayla Harrison, freshman, Richmond, British Columbia, (softball);

Mathieu Tremblay, freshman, Saint-Charles, Quebec, (baseball);

Shaun Hickey, freshman, Summerville, New Brunswick, (baseball);

Taya Thorpe, sophomore, Malad, Idaho, (softball);

Named to the NJCCA all-academic third team were:

Brooklyn Evans, freshman, Ogden, Utah, (volleyball);

Chinedu Okonkwo, sophomore, Enugu, Nigeria, (men’s basketball);

Dylann Bylund, sophomore, Colorado Springs, (volleyball);

Emma Sands, sophomore, Malad, Idaho, (softball);

Graham Gaspard, freshman, Breckenridge, Colo.; (golf);

Isaiah Richardson, freshman, Queensland, Australia, (men’s basketball)

Jerusha Miner, freshman, Gunnison Valley, Utah, (softball);

Mark Starks, freshman, Blair, (baseball);

Moneshya Green, sophomore, Haughton, La.; (women’s basketball);

Rylee Younger, freshman, Thornton, Colo., (softball);

Tanner Zeggil, sophomore, Staner, Ontario, (baseball);

Those named to the Region IX academic all-region team included:

SOFTBALL: Rebecca Carpenter, Emily Charchuk, Taylor Ford, Kayla Harrison, Katherine MacDiarmid, Jerusha Miner, Cheyanne Herzog, Emma Sands, Chanel Siebenthal, Taya Thorpe, Kaylee Wengren, and Rylee Younger.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Julianna Delcid-Rosado, Gabrielle Enloe, Brook Jamison, Laura Mata Garcia, Grace Opufou-Wellman, and Anna Sanjuan Clavaguera.

VOLLEYBALL: Dylann Bylund, Ashley Carson, Brooklyn Evans, and Hayley Jacobsen.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Toni Kumanovic, Chinedu Okonkwo, Antonjue Petrovic, Isaiah Richardson, and Andy White.

GOLF: Graham Gaspard.

BASEBALL: Christopher Bellemare, Shaun Hickey, Ryan Marstiller, Michael Sookdeo, Mark Starks, Mathiew Tremblay, and Tanner Zeggil.


Hastings, Neb. (June 4, 2018) – Dwight Dunsworth loves rodeo. He loves it so much, he not only sponsors it (through the Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo) but he volunteers at it. The Hastings man has given of his time every year at the high school finals since it came to the Adams County Fairgrounds in 2005. He, along with several dozen other volunteers, spends most of four days at the fairgrounds, making sure things run smoothly and doing the hundreds of little tasks required to put on a rodeo for over 100 kids. This year’s high school finals will be held June 14-16 with performances at 10 am and 6 pm on June 14-15 and the short round at 1 pm on June 16. During the rodeos, Dunsworth is usually on the south end of the arena, at the timed event box, where the ropers and steer wrestlers are, helping move calves and steers from the back pens to the alleyway, and making sure the correct animal is ready for each run. But he’s worked on the rodeo before the days of the event. He, along with others, meets monthly to make plans, and he secures sponsors as well. He also gets the semi-trailer that sits on the far side of the arena, on which sponsor banners are hung. Like the other volunteers at the rodeo, he pitches in to help wherever it’s needed. Dunsworth loves it, although it’s a lot of time and effort. “I don’t think the fans realize how much work it is to put on a rodeo,” he said. As co-owner of Bernard Pavelka Trucking, he sponsors the rodeo because he believes in it. “It’s a great event for our community,” he said, “as far as bringing people to town and the money they spend when they come.” He loves the western heritage and western tradition that rodeo represents, even though he never had the chance to compete. Both of his grandfathers were farmers and ranchers. He rode horses, but never his own. “I didn’t have a horse of my own.” Dunsworth was born in Oklahoma and moved with his family to Clay County when he was six years old. He grew up in Harvard. He has horses and has been in charge of the parade committee for the Hastings pro rodeo, the Oregon Trail Rodeo, since 205. Watching the high school kids compete in Hastings is something he enjoys. He also enjoys the feeling of teamwork that comes with hosting an event for the kids, “the team effort of planning, producing, and making things run as smoothly as possible.” The Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo will be held in Hastings at the Adams Co. Fairgrounds June 14-16. Tickets are $7 for everyone ages five and up and are available through the office and at the gate. For more information, visit or, or call 402.462.3247.


Wallace, Neb. (May 14, 2018) – Ansley Wood has used music to help her get through the tough parts of her life. Ever since she was a little girl, she’s been singing. And after her dad passed away, she continued singing to get through it. The Wallace, Neb. cowgirl, who rodeos in the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association, has had a song in her heart since she was a toddler. “You could catch me singing at any point,” she said. Her dad encouraged her and sang with her. Driving, they’d sing together. And in the mornings, the family could hear him belting out songs, especially Gretchen Wilson tunes. “We could always hear him through the house.” Her dad, Tab Wood, was diagnosed with colon cancer in October of 2014 and passed away three months later. He always encouraged Ansley, especially at rodeos and school sporting events, to sing the national anthem. “I couldn’t get out of singing the anthem,” she said. “He was always signing me up (to sing). If somebody talked about it, he’d be the first to say, ‘my daughter sings the anthem’ and he’d be the first to take a video of it and put it on Facebook.” Ansley competes in high school rodeo in the pole bending, breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing. She has sung the national anthem at several high school rodeos: Gordon, Thedford, Stapleton, Valentine, Mitchell, Harrison, Crawford, and at the Nebraska State High School Finals Rodeo in Hastings. She used to get very nervous, but not anymore. She is most comfortable singing in front of the biggest rodeo audience she has sung for, at the state finals in Hastings.


She is a senior at Wallace High School, where she graduated fourth in her class with a 3.97 grade point average. She plans on attending the University of Nebraska at Kearney this fall to earn her bachelors of science in nursing with a focus on pediatrics. She knows the difference a compassionate and kind heart can make. “As we spent time with dad in the hospital, I saw how (nurses) impacted us. Being a nurse was something I wanted to do, and I want to make families happy like we had a lot of nurses make us.” Her mom Lisa said her daughter, the youngest of the Wood children (Lisa and Tab had two older kids: son Lane and daughter Kelsey) is positive. “She likes to make the world happy,” Lisa said. “We’ve had a lot to overcome, with losing my husband and their father. But through it all, we have stuck together. She has helped me remember to find the positive in other people. That’s one of her best qualities: being upbeat and wanting everybody to get along.” Her “rodeo family” has been helpful to her and her mom, too. “After my dad passed away, I got a lot of support from a lot of people. That’s been special to me.” The Jason Mathis family has helped her find a new team roping horse after her former horse was injured. Her mom has been her biggest support, however. “When my dad passed away, she had to pick up extra hours at work to support us. She never said, maybe we should take a season off of rodeo. She just picked up more work. She made everything possible. She’s an amazing person.” Ansley will enter college this fall with eighteen college credits. She has qualified for the Nebraska State High School Finals in 2016 and 2017 and has qualified this year in the pole bending. The Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo will be held in Hastings at the Adams Co. Fairgrounds June 14-16. Tickets are $7 for everyone ages five and up and are available through the office and at the gate. For more information, visit or, or call 402.462.3247.


2017-18 Season Highlights

• The Nebraska women’s basketball team earned its 14th NCAA Tournament bid in school history and its first under second-year head coach Amy Williams when Nebraska was included in the 64-team 2018 NCAA Tournament field.

  • The Huskers (21-11, 11-5 Big Ten) claimed a No. 10 seed, before falling to No. 7 seed Arizona State, 73-62 in the NCAA Tournament First Round at the Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, on March 17.
  • Nebraska earned its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2015 and fifth in the past seven years.
  • Nebraska produced its 17th 20-win season in school history and its eighth since 2006-07.
  • Big Ten Coach of the Year Amy Williams and her staff led the nation’s top turnaround in 2017-18. The Huskers were 14 victories better in the win column than 2016-17 (7-22), including eight wins better in the Big Ten (3-13). Nebraska earned the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to the Big Ten semifinals in 2018, after tying for last and losing in the 2017 Big Ten first round.
  • Williams, who was the Summit League Coach of the Year in both 2015 and 2016 at South Dakota, was one of 10 semifinalists for the Werner Ladder Naismith National Coach-of-the-Year award.
  • Sophomore Hannah Whitish earned second-team All-Big Ten honors. She led the Huskers in scoring (12.6 ppg), assists (4.7 apg), steals (1.3 spg) and three-pointers (73) on the year. The 5-9 point guard from Barneveld, Wis., was the only Husker to start all 32 games in 2017-18.
  • With Whitish leading the way with 73 three-pointers, Nebraska knocked down a school-record 250 three-pointers on the season, shattering the previous mark of 231 set in 2013-14.
  • Kate Cain made an impressive debut by earning spots on the five-player Big Ten All-Defensive Team and the five-player Big Ten All-Freshman Team. She was the only freshman or sophomore in the conference to earn a spot on the All-Defensive Team. Cain, a 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., averaged 9.9 points and team bests of 7.0 rebounds and a school-record 3.1 blocks.
  • Cain set a Nebraska season record with 100 blocked shots, smashing the previous mark of 78. She led the Huskers to a school-record 163 blocks as a team.
  • Fellow freshman Taylor Kissinger averaged 10.0 points per game while knocking down 50 three-pointers on the year. Kissinger and Cain became the first pair of Husker freshmen to each average 9.9 points per game since Debra Powell and Crystal Coleman in 1981-82.
  • Nebraska led the Big Ten with a school-record .371 field goal percentage defense. The Huskers’ .299 three-point field goal percentage defense also led the Big Ten and ranked No. 4 in school history.
  • Nebraska was one of just 28 NCAA Tournament teams to post a perfect 100 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR), and the Huskers produced a perfect 100 percent GSR for the 13th season overall.
  • Five Huskers (Jasmine Cincore, Grace Mitchell, Janay Morton, Maddie Simon, Emily Wood) earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
  • Big Red Return Young, Hungry Huskers in 2018-19
    • Although Nebraska loses three key seniors (Jasmine Cincore, Janay Morton, Emily Wood) from the 2017-18 campaign, the 2018-19 version of the Huskers will feature several experienced weapons.

  • In fact, Nebraska will return each of its top five scorers from 2017-18, led by second-team All-Big Ten sophomore point guard Hannah Whitish (12.6 ppg). Junior forward Maddie Simon (10.1 ppg), freshman guard/forward Taylor Kissinger (10.0 ppg), freshman center Kate Cain (9.9 ppg) and sophomore guard Nicea Eliely (8.2 ppg) all return for the Huskers in 2018-19.
  • Overall, the Huskers are scheduled to return 79 percent of their total points, 83 percent of their rebounds and 78 percent of their assists from the 2017-18 roster. Nebraska also returns 154 of its school-record 163 blocks from 2017-18. The previous school block record was 147.
  • In 2018-19, Nebraska is scheduled to return 171 of its school-record 250 three-pointers from 2017-18, including 73 from Hannah Whitish and 50 from Taylor Kissinger. It will mark the first time in school history that Nebraska returns two players from the previous season who each hit 50 or more threes.
  • Nebraska posted a plus-2.4 rebound margin in 2017-18. The Huskers are scheduled to return five of the six players who averaged 4.0 or more rebounds in 2017-18. • Nebraska’s 2018-19 freshman class was ranked No. 20 in the nation by the ESPN at the start of the early signing period, giving the Huskers back-to-back top 20 classes.
  • Ashtyn Veerbeek, a 6-2 forward out of Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa, is ranked as the No. 55 player in the nation by Blue Star, No. 66 by Prospects Nation and No. 68 by ESPN, which also ranked Veerbeek as the No. 9 forward in the Class of 2018. As a senior, Veerbeek was named one of the 50 greatest girls players in Iowa history by the Des Moines Register. She led the state in rebounding (14.4 rpg) while ranking third in scoring (25.8 ppg) and eighth in blocked shots (86) across all players and classes. She finished her career with 1,871 points, 1,041 rebounds, 227 blocks, 203 assists and 99 steals.
  • Leigha Brown, a 6-1 guard out of DeKalb High School in Indiana, averaged 28.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.4 blocks per game as a senior in 2017-18 to finish her career with 1,798 points, 810 rebounds, 325 assists, 161 steals and 86 blocks. Brown was ranked as the No. 21 forward nationally by ESPN.
  • Sam Haiby was ranked as the No. 122 player in the country by Prospects Nation, No. 125 by Blue Star and as the No. 28 guard nationally by ESPN. The 5-9 guard at Class 4A Moorhead High School scored well over 2,000 points in her high school career while averaging 25.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game for the Spuds despite being limited by injury as a senior.
  • A North Tartan club teammate of Haiby’s, Kayla Mershon comes to Lincoln as one of the top players in Minnesota. The 6-3 forward from Chanhassen, Minn., was ranked as the No. 132 overall player in the country by Prospects Nation and the No. 14 wing nationally by ESPN. As a senior at Minnetonka High School, Mershon averaged 12.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
  • Husker Nuggets
    • Coach Amy (Gusso) Williams is the first former Husker women’s basketball player in history to serve as Nebraska’s head coach.

  • Williams was a player on two Nebraska teams (1996, 1998) that qualified for the NCAA Tournament before leading the Huskers to the NCAA Tournament as a coach in 2018. Williams also led South Dakota to the NCAA Tournament in her second season in Vermillion in 2014.
  • Nebraska went 11-5 away from home in 2017-18, including wins in its first nine true road games of the year. Four of Nebraska’s five losses away from home came to NCAA Tournament teams (Buffalo, Sweet 16), Maryland-2, NCAA 2nd Round and Arizona State, NCAA 2nd Round), while its first true road loss of the season came at Indiana, which won the WNIT Championship.
  • The Huskers produced top 50 RPI road wins over Iowa (21), Michigan (39, neutral), Rutgers (40) and Minnesota (41), while adding quality road wins at Drake (63) and Michigan State (65).
  • Overall, 11 of Nebraska’s 16 away games in 2017-18 came against teams that ended the year in the top 65 of the final NCAA regular-season RPI rankings.
  • Taylor Kissinger became just the fourth freshman in Nebraska history to hit 50 three-pointers in a season. She joins current Husker sophomore Hannah Whitish (57, 2016-17) in accomplishing that feat.
  • Junior Maddie Simon (+6.0 ppg) was one of the Big Ten’s most improved players in 2017-18. Simon, a 6-2 forward, averaged 10.1 points per game after averaging 4.1 points as a sophomore in 2016-17. Simon ranked second among the Huskers in both scoring and rebounding (5.3 rpg) in 2017-18, while also ranking third on the team with 2.0 assists per game.
  • Nebraska Streaks
    • Sophomore guard Hannah Whitish (49) owns the longest current streak of consecutive starts by a Husker. Nebraska’s second-longest streak is 31 games by freshman Kate Cain.

  • Whitish was the only Husker to start all 32 games in 2017-18.
  • Nebraska featured the same starting lineup for each of the final 24 games of 2017-18. That will change for the opener of the 2018-19 season with the graduation of senior guard Jasmine Cincore.
  • Cain has at least two rebounds in every game of her Nebraska career (32).
  • Whitish has hit multiple three-pointers in four consecutive games heading into 2018-19.
  • Bria Stallworth has dished out an assist in each of her last 11 games. • Whitish hit her last seven free throws of 2017-18, dating back to a miss against Penn State (Feb. 22).
  • Maddie Simon made her final seven free throws of 2017-18, dating back to a miss against Penn State (Feb. 22).
  • The Huskers have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 312 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008.
  • Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 191 consecutive games.
  • Nebraska Ranks Near Top in Attendance
    • Nebraska ranked No. 20 nationally with an average home attendance of 4,380 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2017-18. It marked the eighth consecutive year that the Huskers have ranked in the top 25 nationally in average home attendance.

  • Nebraska has ranked among the top 20 nationally in average home attendance in each of its first five seasons inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.
  • In 84 all-time home games at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Huskers own a 60-24 record (.714 winning percentage) while averaging 5,351 fans per game (449,444 total fans/84 games).
  • Nebraska attracted a Pinnacle Bank Arena non-conference record crowd of 9,750 to open its stay in the arena with a win over UCLA on Nov. 8, 2013.
  • Nebraska set its all-time single-game record with a sellout crowd of 13,595 fans against Missouri at the Devaney Center on Feb. 27, 2010. NU drew 10 straight crowds of more than 10,000 fans at the Devaney Center in 2009-10.
  • Nebraska produced its top attendance season in school history by ranking No. 7 nationally with a record 7,390 fans per game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2009-10. The Huskers went 16-0 at the Devaney Center on their way to a perfect 29-0 record, a Big 12 title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Nebraska Posts 13th Straight Perfect GSR
    In the eyes of the NCAA’s Division I Graduation Success Rate (GSR), the Husker women’s basketball program has been perfect for 13 consecutive years.

    Nebraska is the only program among the 14 Big Ten Conference schools to accomplish the perfect score for 13 straight years. The NCAA announced the release of its annual Graduation Success Rate report on Nov. 8, 2017, and Nebraska was a national leader in women’s basketball for the 13th straight season (2004-05).

    The Nebraska women’s basketball program joins the Husker women’s tennis and volleyball programs as Husker teams that have produced perfect 100 percent rates each of the last 13 years. Nebraska was one of just 28 teams in the 64-team field of the 2018 NCAA Tournament to also boast a 100 percent Graduation Success Rate.


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The McCook Community College men’s basketball team dropped its first game of the year Tuesday falling to Air Force Prep 88-72. MCC was out-scored from the 3-point line by 30 points.

    Sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) led MCC with 13 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Ron Rice (New York, N.Y.) had nine points and sophomore Amadou Dieye (Senegal) had eight points.

    The Indians were 29 of 65 from the field (44.6 percent) five of 18 from the 3-point line (27.8 percent) and nine of 11 from the free-throw line (81.8 percent). MCC won the rebound battle 34-25.

    Air Force Prep made 31 of 61 shots from the floor (50.8 percent) including 15 of 31 from the 3-point line (48.4 percent) and 11 of 14 from the line (78.6 percent.)

    MCC takes its 2-1 mark on the road to Wyoming this weekend facing 2-0 Eastern Wyoming Friday and 0-2 Lamar on Saturday.

    The next home contests come Nov. 16-17 as the Indians host Cloud County (6 p.m. on Nov. 16) and Garden City (4 p.m. Nov. 17) in the Region IX vs. Region I shootout in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

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