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(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.


#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


Officers from the Chardon Police Department (CPD) and the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a man who was wanted on multiple felony warrants after escaping from the Nebraska Department of Corrections Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook, NE on December 21, 2016.

CPD’s investigation into the whereabouts of Charles Canaday, 37, determined that he was hiding at a residence in Chadron. On Wednesday evening, CPD requested NSP SWAT team assistance in serving a search warrant on the home at 502 West Niobrara Ave. While serving the warrant, NSP SWAT found Canaday hiding in the home and observed several items related to drug activity.

CPD obtained a second search warrant to investigate the suspected drug activity. Officers from both CPD and NSP seized several grams of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and multiple firearms and arrested two other men.

Charles Canaday was arrested and lodged in Dawes County Jail for outstanding warrants from Dawes County and Red Willow County related to his escape from the WEC, including Escape When Under Arrest on a Felony Charge, Attempt of a Class II Felony, Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, Use of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony, Theft by Unlawful Taking ($500-$1,500) and a charge of Unauthorized Ingestion of a Controlled Substance from Fall River County, South Dakota.

At the time of his escape, Canaday was serving a sentence of six to 24 years for multiple Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief convictions from four Nebraska counties. His escape prompted an alert from the Nebraska State Crime Stoppers network. The Nebraska Crime Stoppers tip-line is always active at 1-800-422-1494 and can also be reached online at

During the service of the search warrant, Del Canaday, 31, and Gage Canaday, 27, were arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and being an Accessory to a Felony. Both men were lodged in Dawes County Jail.


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.  

On Friday, June 8, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C and officers from the Grand Island Police Department conducted an undercover operation to target and identify individuals soliciting prostitution in the Grand Island area.

This was an operation of the Central Region of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force. The effort resulted in the arrest of seven individuals for soliciting prostitution.

In addition to attempting to rescue those being trafficking against their will for commercial sexual activity, other key tenets to the Human Trafficking Task Force are to attempt to reduce the demand for commercial sexual activity by conducting undercover investigations targeting and identifying sex buyers.

The following individuals were arrested and lodged in Hall County Corrections for Solicitation of Prostitution: Brandon Stickley, of Cairo, Craig Jones, of Kearney, Jesus Oliveros, of Grand Island, Buckley Haag, of Bartley, Michael Smidt, of Glenvil, Steve Cole, of St. Paul, and Mike Aipperspach, of Hastings.


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

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Arkansas didn't hit much against Luke Heimlich and Christian Chamberlain in Game 1 of the College World Series finals. In fact, the Razorbacks struck out 16 times.
Somehow, some way, they sit on the cusp of their first national championship in baseball after beating Oregon State 4-1 Tuesday night.
They capitalized against a faltering Heimlich in a four-run fifth inning, got a strong start from Blaine Knight with shutdown relief pitching and mixed in a few big defensive plays. That enabled the Razorbacks to win on a night when they mustered just five hits.
"I feel fortunate to win the game," Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn said. "Baseball is a little different game sometimes, and you have eight innings where you don't do much and you put together one inning. You pitch good enough and play defense, you can win. That's kind of what went on tonight."
The finals opener, delayed a day because of rain, seemed to have a little bit of everything — a fly ball lost in the sun that went for a ground-rule double, a runner interference call against Oregon State and an overturned foul call on a ball hit down the right-field line.
Nothing turned the game more than the sudden collapse of Heimlich.
"He started to lose it," OSU coach Pat Casey said. "He didn't throw the ball where he needed to. He'd been real good all year long, and certainly really struggled in that inning."
After failing to get out of the third inning in both of his previous CWS starts, the Beavers' ace was in full command while striking out five and limiting the Razorbacks (48-19) to one hit through four innings.
In the fifth, though, the senior left-hander issued a walk and hit two batters.
"He lost command of his fastball a little bit and was out of the zone, so as hitters we're all just trying to be patient, see him in the zone, and he ended up also missing his spots a few times," Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad said. "That equaled a few more runs for us."
Arkansas starter Blaine Knight (14-0) went back to the mound with a 4-1 lead, pitched another inning and left having allowed seven hits with six strikeouts. Barrett Loseke and Matt Cronin combined to pitch three scoreless innings of relief.
Michael Gretler's base hit in the second put Oregon State (53-12-1) up 1-0. The Beavers looked ready to add to the lead when Kjerstad lost Trevor Larnach's fly in the sun and it bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double.
Adley Rutschman was on first and Larnach on third when Tyler Malone grounded to first and Jared Gates threw to second to start a double-play attempt. Rutschman ducked as he approached the bag — rather than sliding or peeling off away from the play — and was called for interfering with shortstop Jax Biggers. It was ruled a double play, Larnach was ordered back to third base, and Knight struck out Gretler to end the inning.
"It appeared Rutsch was doing everything he could to get out of the way," Casey said. "The ball left the guy's hand. They weren't near one another, so I don't agree with the call. We had that run taken off the board right there, so that makes it tough."
The play seemed to swing the momentum Arkansas' way.
Heimlich (16-3) issued a walk and gave up back-to-back singles for the Razorbacks' first run in the fifth. Heimlich then hit two straight batters to bring home another run. Arkansas extended its lead to 3-1 after second baseman Nick Madrigal's bobble trying to throw to second on a grounder.
Christian Chamberlain replaced Heimlich and walked the first batter he faced, making it 4-1. Chamberlain struck out 11 in 4 2/3 innings but also walked five.
Oregon State is in the same position it was in back in 2006 when it won its first title. The Beavers lost their CWS opener and lost Game 1 of the finals against North Carolina before winning the last two. They also are the first team since 2010 to make the finals after losing their first game in Omaha.
"We have to come out tomorrow with more of an edge," Rutschman said. "There's something about facing elimination that you can't really explain. I hope we come with fire and energy tomorrow."
Heimlich's first two appearances in Omaha didn't draw much reaction from the crowd other than cheers from Oregon State supporters. That was mostly the case again Tuesday, though there were scattered boos when he was introduced before the game and a woman behind the Arkansas dugout stood and gave a thumbs-down with her right hand.
Last year, Heimlich left the team before the CWS when it was revealed he had pleaded guilty to molesting a young relative when he was 15. The university allowed him to return to the team this year. He served two years of probation and went through a treatment program but denied wrongdoing in recent interviews with Sports Illustrated and The New York Times.
Game 2 is Wednesday. The winner of Game 1 has won 11 of the 15 finals since the best-of-three format began in 2003.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An internal audit has found extensive mismanagement within the budget-challenged Washington State athletic department, including the possible inflation of home football attendance figures and the improper distribution of free tickets to football games.
"The environment within Athletics ... did not support a culture of compliance or fiscal responsibility," according to the audit, which was completed in mid-April.
The document comes as leaders of the school grapple with a $67 million athletic budget deficit built up over recent years.
The audit was initially intended to examine the distribution of tickets and passes to Washington State football games to ensure regulations were being followed. But it expanded as problems were discovered with contract management, ethics training, attendance data, benefits for athletic department employees and other issues.
The school responded to the audit by saying changes were coming because of the hiring of a new athletic director and other top administrators.
"All aspects of the organization structure of WSU Athletics are being evaluated and will be restructured as appropriate by the new Director of Athletics," the university said in its management response to the audit. "A new culture and work climate are already being implemented."
Pat Chun was hired by school President Kirk Schulz in January to be the Cougars' new AD. He replaced Bill Moos, who was in charge during the period covered by the audit.
Moos, who surprised Cougars fans by leaving for Nebraska last October, said Thursday that he had not seen the audit results.
Washington State, located in Pullman, a town of 30,000 far from the state's major population centers, has the smallest football stadium (32,700 seats) and smallest athletic budget and revenues in the Pac-12 Conference. The school spends about $70 million per year on athletics.
The department has run a deficit of up to $13 million per year in recent years. The deficit is now down to about $9 million per year and the school is developing a plan to balance the sports budget. The $67 million deficit was largely caused by spending on renovations to Martin Stadium and a new football operations building, and lower-than-expected television revenues.
The audit initially focused on complimentary tickets for a 2016 home football game against Arizona.
Auditors determined that the Cougar Athletics Compliance Office did not receive complete information on who got free tickets, a situation which could result in NCAA violations.
In one case, four premium club seats for the Arizona game were given away to "cultivate donors." But the department was unable to say who received those free tickets, the audit found.
"We put people up there in unused seats to encourage them to purchase seats," Moos said.
The audit also found mismanagement in the school's major marketing contract.
Washington State has contracted since 2006 with a company called IMG for sports broadcasting, advertising and marketing. The audit found that IMG was given $40,000 more worth of free football tickets than was required by their contract.
The audit also found the IMG contract was improperly amended, in some cases verbally, by athletics staff.
Management of the university agreed the verbal deals were improper. "We used those instances as training opportunities," the management response said.
The audit also found that the department was inflating home football game attendance figures.
For the 2016 Arizona game, the program reported a near sellout, when only about 26,000 tickets were scanned for entry, the audit said.
Later that season, athletics officials said the annual Apple Cup game against archrival Washington was a sellout, when scanned attendance was only around 27,000. The audit said accurate attendance numbers were important for budgetary and facility planning purposes.
Management responded that not all ticket buyers showed up for games, and that it had trouble with faulty scanners and errors by temporary staff manning the gates in the past. "We released attendance as to sold tickets," Moos said Thursday. The audit found potential violations of state law in cases where athletics staff used discounts to upgrade to the premium club seating area of Martin Stadium. Those discounts weren't offered to the public or to any other university employees, which could make them an illegal special privilege, the audit found. Auditors calculated that the discounts, in place since 2012, potentially cost Washington State over $130,000 in lost revenue for the 2016 football season. The audit also discovered that over half of athletics staff who took advantage of the discount in 2016 didn't fully pay for their seats. The athletics department has since ended the discount.


Aurora, NE - The landscape of high school football will drastically change with the new system the NSAA will be going by for the next two years when it comes to how schools are classified by going from total enrollment to just total boy enrollment. The Aurora Board of Education met Monday night and came to a 3-3 vote on whether to opt up to Class B for the 2018 and 2019 football seasons. With that tie vote, Aurora will be classified in football wherever the NSAA classifies the Huskies. Aurora comes in with a total of 153 boys in enrollment. The cut off is 160 which puts the Huskies at 7 below the cut-off and classifies them for Class C1 for 2018 & 2019. To play in Class B the Aurora Board of Education needed a majority vote. 


That leaves the question of what about other Aurora athletics like basketball, wrestling, volleyball, or track? The KRGI sports network reached out to Aurora Activities Director Jay Staehr who said "for the other activities, we will also compete where the NSAA classifies us. Those projected numbers look to put us in Class B in the majority of activities if not all of them".

First round match-ups - Thursday, October 4th 

#4 Scottsbluff vs #5 Alliance - Noon MT
#3 Gothenburg vs #6 Chadron - Noon MT 
#2 Gering vs #7 McCook - 2pm MT 

Class B District 6 BRACKET

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Listen to all Scottsbluff action on Wild Country 106.9 & online at 

Lincoln, Neb. --- The Nebraska softball team (30-20, 8-11 Big Ten) fell to Wisconsin (25-19, 9-8 Big Ten) by a score of 11-2 on Sunday afternoon in six innings. 

Sarah Yocom led the Huskers on offense. She earned her third start of the season at third base and went 2-for-3, with one RBI. Olivia Ferrell also had a good day at the plate, hitting 1-for-2 with one run. Alyvia Simmons, Laura Barrow and Madi Unzicker each had one hit for the Huskers. 

Kaylan Jablonski dropped to 21-13 on the season, pitching 3.0 innings and giving up six runs on eight hits. She also had four strikeouts. Olivia Ferrell pitched 3.0 innings of relief. She gave up five runs on five hits and had two strikeouts. 

In the first, Wisconsin hit back-to-back singles with no outs to put two runners on. Jablonski responded with two big strikeouts, but a walk loaded the bases. Jablonski came up big once again, getting another strikeout to get out of the jam. 

In the second, Wisconsin took a 4-0 lead. A three-run homer got the Badgers going. Another runner got to third with a fielder's choice and a single. The run scored on a successful called double steal play. 

The Badgers scored two more in the third with a walk and three hits.

Nebraska got on board in the fifth. Madi Unzicker hit a leadoff single and Rylie Unzicker pinch ran for her. Ferrell followed suit and singled. Rylie Unzicker reached third on the play and Ferrell advanced to second on the throw, but an obstruction call moved both runners up one base. Ferrrell scored on a single by Sarah Yocom.   

UW scored five runs in the sixth with four hits, including one double and two walks. 

In the bottom of the inning, Madi Unzicker reached base on an error and Yocom singled, but the Huskers were unable to score any runs. The game ended due to the mercy rule. 

Nebraska will play its final series of the regular season next weekend against Illinois in Champaign, Ill. Game one will be on Friday at 5 p.m 

Aurora graduate Caleb Badura will be on the Nebraska team for the annual Kansas/Nebraska Junior Cup this week at the Lawrence Country Club. Badura will golf at Northwestern, IA in the fall. His father Craig will be the captain of the Nebraska team.

Danica Badura competed in the PGA Junior Championship in Louisville, KY earlier this summer. She'll be a junior at Aurora High School. 

Caleb and Danica Badura


Isaiah Roby scored a career-high 19 points and all five Husker starters reached double figures as Nebraska won its third straight road game with a 91-85 victory over Minnesota Tuesday night at Williams Arena.

Roby hit 8-of-10 shots from the field and narrowly missed a double-double by grabbing eight rebounds. James Palmer Jr. battled foul trouble to add 19 points, and he filled up the stat sheet by grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out a career-high nine assists. Anton Gill and Isaac Copeland Jr. each scored 12 points, while Glynn Watson Jr. chipped in 10 points.

While the starters combined for 72 points, a total of eight Huskers scored at least six points. Nebraska shot 50.8 percent from the field and was 11-of-23 from the 3-point line, tying their conference high with 11 threes. Seven different Huskers hit a three and Nebraska was also 18-of-22 from the free-throw line. The Huskers' 91 points were their most in a conference road game since 1999.

The win was Nebraska’s first victory at Williams Arena since a 77-60 victory over the Golden Gophers on Dec. 29, 2003. The Huskers improved to 18-8 with their sixth win in seven games, and NU remained in fourth place in the Big Ten standings with a 9-4 mark in conference action.

Nebraska survived a career night from Minnesota’s Nate Mason, who scored 34 points and hit seven 3-pointers. Jordan Murphy added 22 points as the Gophers shot 49.3 percent from the field and hit 10-of-19 from beyond the arc. Despite big nights from Mason and Murphy, Minnesota fell to 14-12 on the season and dropped to 3-10 in Big Ten play.

Nebraska led by as many as 15 in the first half, but it was Minnesota who raced out to a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. The Huskers answered with back-to-back 3-pointers from Copeland and Roby that ignited an 11-2 run. Watson closed out the run with five straight points to give Nebraska its first lead at 11-9.

Nebraska led by four at the midway point of the first half before going on a 14-3 run. NU began the run with five straight points before Minnesota hit a three. The Huskers then scored the next nine points with Gill (5) and Palmer (4) combining for all nine points. Nebraska led 37-22 following the run, but after opening the game by scoring the first seven points, Minnesota also scored the final seven points of the half, using a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Isaiah Washington to trim the lead to 44-37 at the break.

After missing its first three shots of the game, Nebraska shot 59.3 percent in the first half (16-of-27), including 8-of-12 from beyond the arc. Five Huskers had at least five points in the first half, led by nine from Roby and eight apiece from Copeland and Gill. Mason kept Minnesota in the game with 15 first-half points, knocking down four of his six 3-point attempts. Jordan Murphy added 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting, as Minnesota shot 45.5 percent (15-of-33) from the field and 50 percent (6-of-12) from the 3-point line in the opening 20 minutes.

Minnesota scored the first four points of the second half to stretch its run to 11-0 going back to the first half. After trimming the lead to 44-41, Watson scored five straight points to stretch the lead back to eight, and Nebraska led 51-45 at the first media timeout of the second half.

Nebraska led 60-52 before the Golden Gophers used their third 7-0 run of the game to pull within one with 9:55 remaining. Gill halted the run with a pair of free throws before Michael Hurt tied the game at 62 with a three-point play. Copeland then knocked down a jumper, Gill hit two more free throws and Roby and Evan Taylor scored consecutive buckets in the paint to cap an 8-0 run in less than two minutes that gave Nebraska a 70-62 advantage at the 8:14 mark.

Following the run, the Huskers missed their next six shots but played Minnesota even over that stretch to maintain the eight-point advantage at 74-66 with five minutes to play. Nebraska continued to lead by at least five and went up by nine when Taylor saved a turnover and drilled a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to put Nebraska on top 81-72 with 2:33 remaining.

Palmer stretched the lead to 10 with a pair of free throws with less than a minute remaining before Mason knocked down consecutive 3-pointers to quickly cut the lead to 87-83 with 35 seconds remaining. But Palmer knocked down four more free throws down the stretch as Nebraska held on for the six-point victory.

After playing four of its last five games on the road – and going 3-1 in that stretch – Nebraska returns home to host Rutgers on Saturday at 3 p.m. The matchup with the Scarlet Knights will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The Huskers play four of their final five regular-season games at Pinnacle Bank Arena beginning on Saturday.

Post-Game Notes

  • Nebraska has now won four Big Ten road games, its highest conference road win total since also winning four in 1998-99.
  • Nebraska’s win was its first in Williams Arena since joining the Big Ten and first since 2003, snapping a four-game losing streak here.
  • It is the first time since 2012 that the road team won, snapping a streak of nine straight wins by the home team in the series.
  • Isaiah Roby with a career-high 19 points, bettering his previous personal best of 17 against Iowa on Jan. 27.
  • Isaiah Roby finished with five blocked shots, the third time this season he has had at least four blocked shots in a game.
  • James Palmer Jr. set a career high with nine assists, topping his previous mark of five set on two occasions, most recently against Iowa on Jan. 27. His nine assists matches the most by a Husker in Miles’ six seasons (Glynn Watson Jr. had nine vs. Rutgers in 2015-16).
  • Nebraska’s 91 points were its most on the road in conference play since scoring 96 at Oklahoma on Jan. 20, 1999.
  • Nebraska’s 44 first-half points were its second-highest total in Big Ten play this season (48 vs. Iowa)
  • Nebraska put five players in double figures for the third time this season.
  • With 10 points, Glynn Watson Jr. moved past Beau Reid (976) for 30th on NU’s scoring chart and now has 982 career points.
  • Nate Mason’s 34 point effort was the most by a Husker opponent since Peter Jok of Iowa had 34 last season.


Nebraska has named Husker great Barrett Ruud as a full-time assistant coach in charge of the inside linebackers. Ruud was hired as part of Head Coach Scott Frost’s staff in early December, but was elevated to an assistant coach role on Tuesday, the first day that FBS football programs were allowed to add a 10th full-time assistant coach.

The all-time leading tackler in Nebraska history, Ruud served on Frost’s staff at UCF the past two seasons as a defensive quality control administrator. Ruud helped the Knights to the greatest two-year turnaround in college football history, including a 13-0 record and Peach Bowl victory in 2017.

Ruud boasts extensive knowledge of the linebacker position from his playing days. He totaled a school-record 432 tackles in his Nebraska career, 90 more than any other Husker. He was a freshman All-American, a three-time All-Big 12 selection and a 2004 third-team All-American. Ruud played in the 2002 Rose Bowl, when Nebraska battled Miami for the national championship.

Following his Husker career, Ruud was a second-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him with the 36th overall pick. Ruud spent eight seasons in the NFL, recording 658 tackles with six sacks, seven interceptions and six forced fumbles. He played six seasons in Tampa Bay and also played for Tennessee, New Orleans and Houston.

Ruud will be part of a Nebraska defensive staff that includes four other full-time assistants who worked at UCF the past two seasons, led by defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. Together the group, helped UCF make dramatic improvements over the past two seasons. The Knights were also among the top teams in the nation in takeaways, with their 58 takeaways the past two seasons ranking third among FBS schools in that time period.

In addition to Ruud’s appointment as an assistant coach, Nebraska also officially announced the following members of its football staff on Tuesday. Several of the individuals have been working the Huskers for the past month, while others joined the program in the past week following the completion of UCF’s season.

Nebraska Football StaffGerrod Lambrecht, Chief of Staff
Matt Davison, Associate AD for Football
Sean Dillon, Director of Player Personnel
Ryan Callaghan, Assistant Director of Player Personnel
Mike Cassano, National High School Relations
Trent Mossbrucker, AssistantDirector of Football Operations
Frank Verducci, Senior Offensive Analyst
Zach Crespo, Special Teams Quality Control
Jack Cooper, Defensive Quality Control
Dustin Haines, Offensive Analyst
Steve DeMeo, Graduate Manager – Offensive Line
Jasen Carlson, Assistant Football Strength Coach
Andrew Strop, Assistant Football Strength Coach
Sean Beckton Jr., Performance Intern

The following individuals previously on the Nebraska staff are also part of Coach Frost’s Nebraska staff.

Kenny Wilhite,
Director of High School Relations
Adam Clark, Director of Football Operations
James Rodgers, Director of Player Development
Tate Guillotte, Director of Video Technology
Ryan Voecks, Video Coordinator
Nick Smith, Graduate Assistant Coach
Cole Ashby, Graduate Manager – Wide Receivers
Joni Duff, Football Staff Secretary—Head Coach/Defense/Special Teams
Teri Riggins, Football Staff Secretary—Offense/Recruiting
Kevin Ashmos, Recruiting Intern
Addison Morris, Recruiting/Operations Intern

Aurora's Jonna Bart will be a sophomore at the University of South Dakota. She'll be in her sophomore season in cross country and track. 

Jonna Bart

GERING, NE - It was only a matter of time until the bats came around for the Western Nebraska Pioneers. And come around they did on Wednesday night at Oregon Trail Park Stadium in Gering.

The Pioneers offense exploded for ten runs on fourteen hits to back a strong outing from Chet Jones to beat the Spearfish Sasquatch 10-1, securing the first ever win in franchise history. After scoring just eight combined runs in three one-run losses to start the season, it was a welcome sight for the fans and players.

Jones started the game for the Pioneers (1-3) just one day after joining the team and made an instant impact. He had Sasquatch (3-2) hitters off balance all night, working 1-2-3 innings in three of this five shutout frames, allowing just 2 hits and one walk while striking out six. The Pioneers bullpen was nearly flawless behind him as well, with Brandon Morse striking out all six batters he retired and Dagin Renck and Cal Beardsley allowing just two baserunners over two no-hit innings out of the back end of the bullpen.

It did not take long for the Pioneer bats to break out to help out the cause on the mound. Travis Turney led off the bottom of the first inning with a double to right field, and scored two batters later on an RBI single to left field by Cooper Shearon. Turney hit another double in the third inning that scored two runs to make the score 4-0, and the floodgates opened from there. Western Nebraska tacked on three more in the sixth and were well in command by the time Jones left the game in the sixth inning.

Six different Pioneers recorded multi-hit games, including Alex Achtermann, in his second game with the team. Tanner Baker continued his extremely hot stretch to the season with a 2-for-4 showing with a double and two runs scored; his .500 batting average is tops amongst Expedition League hitters in the early going.

Dylan Schneider started for Spearfish and allowed seven runs over 4 innings of work, allowing just one walk but giving up ten hits with just two strikeouts to take his first loss of the season. Sean Keating followed out of the bullpen and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk over two innings while fanning two. Parker Schkade tossed two scoreless innings of relief at the back end for Spearfish.

The Pioneers will look to take the rubber match on Thursday and claim their first series victory of the season. Left-hander Jeff Griffith will take the ball for the Pioneers in his first start of the summer. First pitch is schedule for 6:35 PM MST at Oregon Trail Park Stadium.

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