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Robert Keith Hopkins, age 39, of Central City, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with production of child pornography on or about December 9, 2019.  The offense carries a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence and a maximum possible penalty of 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $50,000 additional special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession of child pornography on or about December 17, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $17,000 additional special assessment.    


January 28, 2020 (McCook, Neb.) An inmate was apprehended shortly after jumping the fence at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook this morning. The escape occurred just before 9:30 a.m. Ryan Lykens #76263 (37) was taken into custody near the facility around 45 minutes later.

Staff members noticed that razor wire along the fence line at the facility had been pushed aside and followed tracks in the snow to a nearby canyon. While Lykens moved through the canyon, staff members from WEC continued their search. When they found him, he refused multiple directives to stop and surrender. Staff members then deployed chemicals (oleoresin capsicum) to gain his compliance. Shortly thereafter, deputies arrived on the scene and took Lykens into custody.

Lykens was taken to an area urgent care facility for stitches resulting from an injury he received during the escape. Two staff members received scrapes and bruises when they accidentally ran into a snow-covered fence during the search.

Lykens is currently sentenced on charges out of Dodge County including possession of a deadly weapon, terroristic threats and domestic assault. He has a tentative release date of October 31, 2020. In April 2019, Lykens was released on parole. In December he violated his parole and was returned to the custody of NDCS.

Lykens will be moved to the Red Willow County jail. Authorities will determine if he will face additional charges resulting from the escape.

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



The Furnas Co Sheriff's Dept is still in efforts to locate Larry Hardenbrook. 78 years old, 6-1 tall and 190 lbs. If you have any information about Mr. Hardenbrook please call 911 or the Furnas Co Sheriff's Dept at 308-268-2245.


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JANUARY 17, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Technical Crimes Division have arrested a Palisade man for child enticement by electronic device.

This morning, investigators served a search warrant at a residence at 110 N. Kerr St. in Palisade, in Hitchcock County. The investigation began after NSP received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that an individual at that address had received child pornography via Facebook in December 2019.

The occupant, James Hicks, 42, was arrested for child enticement by electronic device. He was lodged in Hitchcock County Jail. The investigation remains ongoing.

The NSP Technical Crimes Division is one of dozens of federally funded Internet Crimes and Children Task Forces throughout the country and works for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program to address child exploitation crimes.




Adams Central 60, Grand Island Northwest 55

Allen 42, Wynot 35

Alliance 52, Gordon/Rushville 17

Anselmo-Merna 49, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 45

Arcadia-Loup City 50, South Loup 47

Auburn 45, Falls City Sacred Heart 31

Axtell 73, Arapahoe 39

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 71, Wakefield 35

Battle Creek 55, Guardian Angels 49

Bellevue West 85, Omaha Westside 84

Brady 52, Maxwell 40

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 45, McCool Junction 22

CWC 59, Ainsworth 55

Central City 61, Schuyler 49

College View Academy 63, Heartland Christian, Iowa 51

Columbus Lakeview 42, Milford 35

Cornerstone Christian 55, Cedar Bluffs 54

Cross County 36, Dorchester 19

Doniphan-Trumbull 68, Gibbon 36

Douglas County West 62, Louisville 43

Dundy County-Stratton 59, Wallace 46

East Butler 42, Giltner 32

Elkhorn 51, Columbus 37

Elkhorn Valley 46, Wausa 39

Exeter/Milligan 59, Meridian 32

Fort Calhoun 62, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 36

Franklin 46, Silver Lake 43

Gothenburg 47, Amherst 19

Hartington Cedar Catholic 64, Creighton 51

Harvard 55, Blue Hill 41

Hastings 51, Grand Island 50

Hastings St. Cecilia 53, Superior 45

Heartland 70, High Plains Community 31

Hi-Line 71, Overton 57

Homer 62, Emerson-Hubbard 48

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 43, Pawnee City 34

Johnson County Central 57, Weeping Water 43

Johnson-Brock 67, Lewiston 51

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 60, Hartington-Newcastle 53

Lexington 76, McCook 45

Lincoln North Star 60, Norfolk 51

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 57, Arlington 41

Loomis 71, Southwest 23

Malcolm 48, Freeman 44, OT

Millard North 90, Omaha Bryan 50

Millard West 78, Omaha Northwest 53

Mullen 56, Twin Loup 34

Nebraska Lutheran 64, Hampton 24

Niobrara/Verdigre 63, North Central 56

Norris 64, York 33

North Bend Central 61, Columbus Scotus 48

O'Neill 63, Wagner, S.D. 54

Oakland-Craig 69, Tekamah-Herman 54

Omaha Concordia 66, Blair 60

Omaha South 69, Papillion-LaVista 57

Osmond 66, Bloomfield 24

Palmyra 64, Conestoga 43

Parkview Christian 55, Mead 52

Paxton 38, Hitchcock County 37

Pierce 58, Norfolk Catholic 55

Platteview 81, Nebraska City 47

Plattsmouth 68, Syracuse 36

Ponca 58, Winnebago 53

Seward 37, Crete 36

Shelby/Rising City 82, David City 54

Southern 48, Diller-Odell 35

St. Mary's 87, Santee 34

St. Paul 37, Minden 16

Stanton 59, Madison 47

Sterling 48, Omaha Christian Academy 43

Sutton 51, Ravenna 37

Thayer Central 53, Friend 42

Twin River 44, Wisner-Pilger 37

Wahoo 72, Raymond Central 31

Wayne 71, Crofton 53

West Holt 40, Plainview 29

Yutan 59, Ashland-Greenwood 53

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=

Fullerton 72, Heartland Lutheran 37

Humphrey St. Francis 78, Nebraska Christian 35


Central Valley 76, Palmer 40

Riverside 79, Burwell 74

Nemaha Central Tournament=

Falls City 48, St. Mary's Academy, Kan. 36

Panhandle Conference Tournament=

Crawford 41, Edgemont, S.D. 38

Sioux County 77, Hay Springs 59

River Cities Conference Tournament=

Beatrice 70, Ralston 56

Omaha Roncalli 82, South Sioux City 64

SPVA Conference Tournament=

Bridgeport 63, Sutherland 42

Hershey 49, Kimball 29


Anselmo-Merna 36, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 27

Arlington 37, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 33

Axtell 46, Arapahoe 28

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 81, Wakefield-Allen 56

Blair 64, Omaha Concordia 45

Blue Hill 50, Harvard 9

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Central City 61, Schuyler 8

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Crete 33, Seward 17

Crofton 69, Wayne 47

Cross County 36, Dorchester 19

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Doniphan-Trumbull 47, Gibbon 23

Dundy County-Stratton 68, Wallace 39

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Falls City Sacred Heart 51, Auburn 29

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Grand Island Northwest 58, Adams Central 54

Guardian Angels 60, Battle Creek 52

Hartington Cedar Catholic 65, Creighton 53

Hastings 44, Grand Island 33

Hastings St. Cecilia 53, Superior 45

Heartland 40, High Plains Community 26

Heartland Christian, Iowa 54, College View Academy 36

Hitchcock County 65, Paxton 35

Holdrege 37, Aurora 28

Homer 60, Emerson-Hubbard 13

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Johnson-Brock 55, Lewiston 14

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 47, Hartington-Newcastle 45

Lawrence-Nelson 47, Deshler 28

Lexington 50, McCook 41

Loomis 55, Southwest 29

Lutheran High Northeast 66, Walthill 27

Malcolm 48, Freeman 44, 2OT

Maxwell 49, Brady 26

Mead 43, Parkview Christian 13

Meridian 41, Exeter/Milligan 33

Milford 40, Columbus Lakeview 30

Millard North 72, Omaha Bryan 14

Millard West 51, Omaha Northwest 43

Mitchell 30, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 27

Mullen 34, Twin Loup 23

Nebraska Lutheran 65, Hampton 56

Norfolk 41, Lincoln North Star 39

Norris 51, York 41

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Pierce 38, Norfolk Catholic 34

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Ponca 54, Winnebago 42

Silver Lake 53, Franklin 27

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Southern 30, Diller-Odell 25

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St. Mary's 71, Santee 27

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Stanton 52, Madison 20

Sterling 64, Omaha Christian Academy 22

Sutton 46, Ravenna 35

Thayer Central 56, Friend 12

Twin River 45, Wisner-Pilger 44

Wagner, S.D. 48, O'Neill 47

Wahoo 58, Raymond Central 13

West Holt 48, Plainview 34

Winside 45, Randolph 44

Wood River 61, Grand Island Central Catholic 54

Yutan 41, Ashland-Greenwood 37

Minuteman Activities Conference=

Bayard 48, Creek Valley 24

Garden County 32, Minatare 11

SPVA Conference Tournament=

Chase County 59, Perkins County 25

NEW YORK (AP) — The Baseball Hall of Fame will be adding Derek Jeter and Larry Walker during its induction ceremony this summer. Jeter fell just one vote shy of joining former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera as the only player to be unanimously selected to the Hall. Walker made it on his 10th appearance on the ballot, getting just over the required 75% of the vote.

DALLAS (AP) — Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard poured in 36 points and Landry Shamet (SHAM’-eht) hit two clutch 3-pointers late in the Los Angeles Clippers’ fourth straight win, 110-107 at Dallas. The Mavericks had a one-point lead until Shamet nailed a 3 with 2:48 remaining to put Los Angeles ahead to stay. Mavs forward Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) scored 10 points on 4-for-17 shooting in his return after missing 10 games with right knee soreness.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Third-ranked Kansas rolled to an 81-60 win over Kansas State in a game that was capped by a wild melee behind a basket. Kansas was trying to run out the clock when Silvio De Sousa was stripped by the Wildcats' DaJuan Gordon near midcourt. Gordon tried to go in for a layup, and De Sousa recovered and blocked his shot, sending Gordon to the floor. That triggered benches to empty and punches to be thrown in what amounted to a rugby scrum.

UNDATED (AP) — No. 8 Duke has followed back-to-back losses with an 89-59 rout of Miami. Freshman Matthew Hurt scored 15 of his 22 points while the Blue Devils were outscoring the Hurricanes, 48-24 in the opening half. And Saddiq Bey (sah-DEEK bay) hit four 3-pointers while scoring 14 points in ninth-ranked Villanova’s 76-61 win against No. 13 Butler.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago hockey fans roared and bellowed “Q!” during a sustained standing ovation after the Blackhawks aired a tribute video to Florida coach Joel Quenneville (KWEHN’-vihl) during the first period of their game against the Panthers. The 61-year-old Quenneville was back at United Center for the first time since being dismissed by the Hawks last year following three Stanley Cup titles in 10-plus seasons behind their bench. Quenneville watched as Frank Vatrano recorded a hat trick in the Panthers’ sixth straight win, 4-3 over the Blackhawks.

NORTH PLATTE – The North Platte Knights nipped the McCook Community College men 81-80 Tuesday in overtime.

North Platte Sophomore Luke Christian (Anselmo) snagged an offensive rebound and scored the game-winner on a putback with 6.2 seconds left in overtime put the Knights in the lead for good. MCC had a chance with a shot by sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario/Moberly Area College) under the basket with 0.7 seconds left but the reverse layup didn’t fall.

“We missed layups at the end of regulation and at the end of overtime that would have won it and then we give up an offensive rebound at the end of overtime,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan.

“This group just needs to learn how to win and to do that they need to be able to execute at the end of games,” Drennan said. “In seven of our losses, we have had leads in the second half, we need to figure out how to close out games.”

Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) led MCC with 23 points and tied for the team lead with eight rebounds including four on the offensive end. Sophomore Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago/Daytona State) both scored 11 points in the game.

Sullivan and sophomore transfer Bryton Bissanithe (North Miami, Fla.) Casper College, both had nine points. Sullivan had eight rebounds.

Freshman Denzel Cummins (Oshawa, Ontario) and Sophomore transfer Justin Costello (Omaha /Elkhorn South High School/Nebraska) both scored eight points.

MCC shot 42.9 percent for the game, made seven of 25 3-point attempts (28 percent) and hit on 13 of 22 free throws (59.1 percent).

MCC shot 43.3 percent for the game, made seven of 26 3-point attempts (26.9 percent) and hit on 16 of 19 free throws (84.2 percent).

The Indians held the rebound advantage 46-36 and in points off turnovers 23-15. The North Platte bench out-scored MCC’s bench 51-35.

North Platte improves to 6-8 overall and 1-0 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference standings. MCC falls to 8-10 and 2-1 in the NCCAC. The two teams will meet again in McCook Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

The Indians now jump back in to Region IX south division play this weekend and travel to La Junta Friday to take on No. 10 Otero Junior College (17-1) followed by a game at Trinidad State (11-7) Saturday.

“We have to go get these next two. We need to go to OJC and execute,” Drennan said.

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Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference


North Platte CC        1-0

McCook CC              2-1

Central CC                0-1

Southeast CC           0-1



Dec. 3: McCook CC 95, Central CC 83 (at Columbus)

Jan. 18: McCook CC 89, Southeast CC 80 (at McCook)

Jan. 21: North Platte 81, McCook CC 80 (OT) (at North Platte)



Jan. 31: Southeast CC at Central CC, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 7 – Central CC at North Platte, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 – Central CC at McCook, 4 p.m.

            Southeast CC at North Platte, 1 p.m.

Feb. 11 – McCook CC at Southeast CC, 7 p.m.

Feb. 15 – Southeast CC at Central CC, 4 p.m.

Feb 21 – North Platte CC at Central CC 7 p.m.

Feb. 22 – North Platte CC at Southeast CC, 4 p.m.

Feb. 25 – North Platte at McCook, 7 p.m.

NORTH PLATTE – The McCook Community College Lady Indians took control of the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Tuesday with a 58-43 win at North Platte.

MCC improves to 13-4 overall and 3-0 in the NCCAC halfway through the Nebraska conference schedule.

Both teams traded punches in the first quarter and emerged tied at 13-13.

“I thought we were really passive in the first half,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “We didn't move the ball and attack their zone.”

The Lady Indians trailed 26-23 at the half and made just 10 of 30 shots from the field.

“When you don't play at game speed you can struggle to make shots and we shot horrible in the first half.” Pritchett said. “Makenna (Bodette) got in foul trouble again early and we had to play small.”

MCC took a 38-34 lead after three quarters, held the Kings to 17 second-half points and put the game away in the fourth period, outscoring North Platte 20-9.

“In the second half, we flipped a switch. We were aggressive and shot better because of that. And we started to lock in defensively,” Pritchett said. “Holding them to 17 points for those last two quarters showed what we are capable of on the defensive end.”

The Lady Indians shot 48.3 percent in the second 20 minutes including six of 12 from the 3-point-line. MCC out-scored North Platte 27-6 from beyond the arc making nine of 29 (31.0 percent) for the game.

Freshman Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) led MCC with 19 points, with eight coming in the final quarter.

Sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) Miles Community College (Mont.) scored 14 points and freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) had 13 points including a three-for-three showing from the 3-point line to go along with five rebounds.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) led the Lady Indians with 10 rebounds. MCC held a 41-37 edge in rebounding.

“Carla had a big second half going three-for-three from the 3-point line,” said Pritchett. “Paula and Amiya had really solid game for us as well. They made some plays and managed the game well I thought.”

The Knights fall to 8-11 and 0-3 in the NCCAC.

MCC heads to Colorado this weekend for a pair of Region IX South games. On Friday the Lady Indians take on Otero Junior College (12-3, 2-0 in Region IX South) in La Junta at 6 p.m. (MT). On Saturday it’s on to Trinidad State (2-11, 0-2) for a 3 p.m. (MT) game.

MCC returns home Jan. 29 for a home game against the Doane University JVs at 6 p.m. in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at

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Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference


McCook         3-0

Central           1-1

Southeast      1-1

North Platte   0-3



Dec. 3: McCook CC 89, Central CC 55 (at Columbus)

Jan. 11: Southeast CC 56, North Platte 32 (at North Platte)

Jan. 18: McCook CC 72, Southeast CC 67 (at McCook)

   Central CC 62, North Platte CC 57 (at Columbus)

Jan. 21: McCook CC 58, North Platte CC 43 (at North Platte)



Jan. 31: Southeast CC at Central CC, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 2 – Central CC at McCook, 2 p.m.

Feb. 7 – Central CC at North Platte, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 11 – McCook CC at Southeast CC, 5 p.m.

Feb. 15 – Southeast CC at Central CC, 2 p.m.

Feb. 19 – North Platte CC at McCook CC, 5 p.m.

Feb. 22 – North Platte CC at Southeast CC, 2 p.m.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American and women’s 10th seed Madison Keys cruised into the second round of the Australian Open, but former No. 1 Maria Sharapova was a 6-3, 6-4 loser to No. 19 Donna Vekic. No. 12 Johanna Konta suffered her earliest Australian Open exit with a first-round loss to Tunisian Ons Jabeur, 6-4, 6-2 at Melbourne Park. Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova and No. 6 Belinda Bencic (BEHN’-chihch) each won in straight sets, and men’s No. 1 Rafael Nadal had a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 win over Hugo Dellien.

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor earned a victory just hours after climbing to the top of The Associated Press men’s basketball poll. MaCio Teague had 16 points and the Bears improved to 16-1 with their 15th consecutive win, 61-57 against Oklahoma. In last night’s other Top-25 game, No. 14 West Virginia reeled off a 20-0 run that gave them a 43-15 lead in a 97-59 trouncing of Texas.

DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) and Nathan MacKinnon scored 1:54 apart early in the second period to put the Colorado Avalanche ahead to stay in a 6-3 win against the struggling Detroit Red Wings. Kadri tied it with a power-play goal 62 seconds into the period before MacKinnon netted his 27th goal of the season. Kadri and MacKinnon also tallied in Colorado’s four-goal third period. The Avalanche went 3-0-2 on their five-game homestand and are six points behind the division-leading Blues.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have signed six All-Star selection and the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp. Hernandez is coming off his worst major league season, going 1-8 with a 6.40 ERA in 15 starts for the Mariners. The right-hander would get a $1 million, one-year contract if added to Atlanta's 40-man roster.

ATLANTA (AP) — Chandler Parsons' attorneys say the Atlanta Hawks forward sustained career-threatening injuries in a car wreck last week. The attorneys say the injuries in Wednesday's accident include a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum. Parsons was leaving practice when hit by a driver the attorneys say was charged with driving under the influence.

Southwest Conference basketball tournament will start up on Monday, Jan. 27th. The higher seed will host the first round. Teams that fall in the first round will play a consolation game in Gothenburg on Thursday, Jan. 30th. The semi finals, third place, and championship games will be played on Friday & Saturday in North Platte at North Platte Community College. 

Girls First Round Matchups Include 
#8 Cozad @ #1 Broken Bow 
#5 Valentine @ #4 Ainsworth 
#6 McCook @ #3 Gothenburg 
#7 Minden @ #2 Ogallala 

Boys First Round Matchups Include 
#8 Broken Bow @ #1 Ogallala 
#5 Gothenburg @ #4 Ainsworth 
#6 Cozad @ #3 Minden 
#7 Valentine @ #2 Minden 

Southwest Conference Basketball Brackets

The McCook Community College golf team has received commitments from a pair of international students in Sinokholo Thumani from South Africa and Adam Durband from England

Sinokholo Thumani is from Xolani Secondary in King William's Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

He has a scoring average of 77 with a two-under 70 as his low tournament score when he won the King William’s Wednesday Open stroke play. He also had first place medals from the King William’s Open, the Katberg Open, the Dordrecht Open and the King William’s Junior Open.

In his College Sports America on-line profile he said his best golfing memory representing his province at the South African IPT 19-and under tournament.

He said he likes to push himself over the limits in everything he does. His goal is to become a pro and give back to the community that he is from.

Adam Durband is from Birkenhead School in Heswall, England.

He has a 76 scoring average with a low tournament score of 72 in both the JD Simpson Cub and the Caldy Golf Club Open – both of which he won. He has four other tournament wins, a second and a third place.

Durband started playing golf relatively late, picking it up when he was 13.

“I improved very quickly and believe that I still have a lot of room to improve even further,” he said.

He wants to continue growing as a golfer and would love to turn professional and make a living.

McCook Community College sophomore Malory Brown has signed her national letter of intent to continue playing college volleyball this fall at NCAA Division II Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.

Brown, the 5-8 outside hitter from Colorado Springs, made it official Friday amid snow and freezing drizzle.

“I’m just tired of the cold weather and a lot of my friends are on the east coast and when I was looking at colleges, I really like the coach and his techniques, this seemed to be a good fit for me,” Brown said.

Brown played in 36 matches this past season and had 271 kills, 313 digs, 28 total blocks and 26 service aces

Her 271 kills (2.26 per set) which was seventh best among Region IX south division players and she ranked 11th in digs. She hit double-digits in kills 10 matches with a season high coming Sept. 28 at Trinidad State when she had 16.

“Mallory has been such an awesome player to work with,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza. “She has a great attitude, leadership skills, and a solid presence as a team player.”

Brown admits that she didn’t know if she even wanted to play volleyball after high school but is glad that she decided to come to McCook and said she is grateful to Coach Kobza, MCC and the community for making it an experience she wouldn’t trade for anything.

Along with co-captain Kiera Barr, Brown helped lead a group of sophomores that went 46-26 over the past two seasons including a 25-12 mark in 2019.

One of the highlights for her this year was when MCC upset Western Nebraska in Scottsbluff Halloween Night, snapping a 58-match losing streak to the Cougars. The Lady Indians also claimed wins over 20-ranked Northeastern Junior College and 17-ranked Cloud County Community (Division II).

“I remember in the locker room at Western, we were all so happy and also another highlight my freshmen year was when the crowd stormed the court on Pink-out Night against Otero when they were ranked and we beat them.”

Brown was an integral part of a team that claimed the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship for the second year in a row with a 6-0 mark against North Platte, Central and Southeast Community Colleges.

“I think she is going to bring a lot to the Shaw volleyball program and I can’t wait to hear about her successes when she does,” Kobza said. “I wish her nothing but the best of luck and I hope she remembers that it all started here at McCook.”

Brown said she will miss her teammates who have become her best friends and are like a second family to her. Although her new team will play one of her teammates from last year when Shaw takes on Coastal Carolina where MCC alum Ashley Carson is a setter on the team.

Centennial Conference basketball tournament brackets have been released with first round action starting on Monday, Jan. 27th. KRGI Sports Network will have coverage of the GICC Crusaders on Tuesday, Jan. 28th on KRGI 1430/105.5 & GICC girls will take on the winner of Bishop Neumann/Lincoln Lutheran at 6pm. GICC boys will battle the winner of Omaha Concordia/Archbishop Bergan at 7:45pm. 

Centennial Conference Basketball Tournament Brackets

Central Conference basketball brackets have been released with action starting Monday, Jan. 27th. Crete girls receive the one seed and will host the winner of #8 Holdrege vs #9 Lexington. Other first round matchups on the girls side feature #4 York vs #5 Seward. #3 Adams Central vs #6 Aurora. #7 Lakeview vs #10 Schuyler. The winner of Lakeview/Schuyler will take on #2 Northwest. 

On the boys side. Adams Central receives the number one seed and a first round bye. On Monday, Jan. 27th #8 Lakeview will host #9 York. The winner of that game will take on Adams Central Tuesday, Jan. 28th. Other first round matchups include #4 Crete vs #5 Aurora. #3 Northwest vs #6 Seward. #7 Holdrege vs #10 Schuyler. The winner of Holdrege/Schuyler will get #2 Lexington on Tuesday, Jan. 28th. 

KRGI Sports Network will have coverage throughout the week. Listen for Aurora on The Wolf 97.3 & Northwest games can be heard on 103.1 2DAYFM & 

Central Conference Brackets 

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