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(CDHD Release) - Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports 105 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2 p.m. today. This includes 2 in Merrick County, 9 in Hamilton County, and 94 in Hall County. The increasing number is concerning but not unexpected given the trend we have seen in these past two weeks. If the trend continues, we will continue to see notably larger numbers each day.

Stay home: We each can do our best to slow that growth. Stay home where you are away from the exposure to the virus. Order your groceries on-line and pick up at the outside pickup stations. Designate one person to go to the store if needed once weekly. Wear a mask in public. Keep your hand sanitizer handy and apply frequently. Wash your hands with soap and warm water when available. 

Stay healthy: Lead a healthy lifestyle. Get adequate sleep and think health foods when choosing what to eat and serve for meals. Make time for physical activity either in your home or on a hike and bike trail. Practice meditation or other stress management techniques. Talk to your children about what is going on. Remain calm and reassuring, and help them practice healthy habits.

Stay connected: COVID-19 news is everywhere and can be overwhelming. Choose an accurate source of information like our website: www.cdhd.ne.gov or the CDC website: www.cdc.gov.  Check in each day but not all day. Stay connected electronically with family and friends and to share holiday greetings.

We have several rough weeks ahead of us, but together, we are stronger.

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Grand Island Public Schools has announced the hiring of Dr. Allison Bailey as the GEAR UP Director.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Bailey to the GIPS team,” Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover said. “Dr. Bailey brings a wealth of knowledge from her experience in higher education, grant work and communication. She will continue to grow the Grand Island GEAR UP PROMISE program for our students and families.”

In 2018, Grand Island Public Schools became the first Nebraska district to be awarded a federal GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant. The Grand Island GEAR UP PROMISE (Partners, Resources & Opportunities Matching Individualized Supports & Education) started for all Walnut and Barr Middle School 6th and 7th grade students in the 2018-2019 school year, their parents and their teachers.

The support followed the students into 7th and 8th grade in 2019-2020. The program continues in the 2020-2021 school year for Barr and Walnut 8th graders and will be at Grand Island Senior High for students in the Academy of Freshman Exploration - regardless of which middle school they attended.

Dr. Bailey is currently an associate professor at the Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis within the University of North Georgia. She is also a University System of Georgia eCore faculty member.

“I have been an educator for many years; throughout that time, I have always secured additional funding to bring more opportunities to students,” Dr. Bailey said.

“Most recently I have been leading a multi-year community-based environmental education project funded by the EPA where I have been leading a grant team, collaborating with community partners and directing programs in four school systems, at local colleges and in the community to educate all about the importance of healthy forest ecosystems and clean water,” Dr. Bailey said. “Honestly, I just love putting my talents and energy into serving students and teachers to create rewarding experiential learning opportunities.”

Dr. Bailey said she was looking for an opportunity to work on a larger grant project regarding community-based education and student success initiatives. She learned about what GIPS has accomplished so far with GEAR UP and was intrigued with the district and community.

“I am originally from Louisiana, but as a daughter of an Army officer, I have had the privilege of living in many places in the United States and in Germany. Because of that experience, I have developed an appreciation for people, other cultures and languages and for myriad landscapes,” Dr. Bailey said. “I am excited about joining the GIPS family and embracing all that makes Nebraska the great state that it is.”

GEAR UP provides many supports for students, parents and GIPS staff, all with the aim of encouraging more families to understand students’ post-high school options.

“Dr. Bailey’s role with GIPS is very important to help provide a variety of unique opportunities so students can be college, career, community and world ready,” Dr. Grover said.

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North Platte, Ne - Mayor Dwight Livingston announced today that he had selected an applicant to recommend to

the City Council to fill the City Administrator’s position created by the retirement of longtime

City Administrator, Jim Hawks.


The successful applicant selected by Mayor Livingston is Matthew F. Kibbon of Cheyenne,

Wyoming. Matt Kibbon is a native of Nebraska, having been raised in Hampton, Nebraska,

where his parents still live. After graduating from Hampton High School, Matt graduated from

Wayne State College. He was then employed as a Project Engineer/Superintendent by the Kiewit

Building Group headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, for 12 years. Since that time, Mr. Kibbon

has acquired 7 years of Governmental experience and 5 years experience as a Senior

Administrator with the University of Wyoming. Mr. Kibbon currently serves as the Deputy

Director for Planning and Construction for the University of Wyoming where he has been

responsible for managing projects ranging from $1 million to $150 million, with an additional

$450 million worth of work under construction or design. Mr. Kibbon and his wife (a Physical

Therapist), together with their 2 young daughters, are looking forward to coming back to

Nebraska and the challenges of trying to fill in for the retiring City Administrator, Jim Hawks.

Mayor Livingston also took the opportunity to again publicly thank Jim Hawks for his years of

dedicated public service to the citizens of North Platte and Lincoln County.



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March 26, 2020 – North Platte, NE-Great Plains Health is pleased to announce two new members to its executive team. Tina Pate, MSN, RN, CEN, was promoted to chief nursing officer and Danelle Franzen, MBA, MLS (ASCP), was promoted to chief provider network officer.

Tina holds a Master of Science in Nursing and has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has served in various capacities and leadership roles, most recently serving as the senior director of nursing, a role she has held since 2017. 

“Tina has demonstrated her leadership skills and her abilities to open the lines of communication among staff and foster strong teams during a time of uncertainty,” said Mel McNea, Great Plains Health CEO. “I am excited to see her succeed in this new role and am extremely confident that she will continue to raising the bar in a way that will drive the highest quality of care for our patients.”

Tina earned her BSN from the University of Phoenix and her master’s degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University.

“I have been fortunate to be a part of the extraordinary improvements that we have made in the quality of care for our patients,” said Tina Pate. “I look forward to building on those accomplishments and creating a more collaborative relationship with our patients, families, physicians and teams to continually advance our care and services.”

Danelle Franzen has accepted the role of the chief provider network officer overseeing the physician group.

“Danni is known for driving improvements while cultivating an environment of engagement and teamwork,” said McNea. “She has an unwavering dedication to our vision of being the region’s most trusted healthcare community and is the right person to step into this important role.”

Danni has been in the healthcare industry since 1994 beginning as a lab technician and most recently serving as the senior director of the provider network. She earned an MBA from Bellevue University, her bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science from Weber State University and an associate's degree from Mid-Plains Community College.

“I’m excited to serve Great Plains Health in this capacity,” said Danni Franzen. “I feel privileged to work with a great team and I look forward to meeting the challenges of this current healthcare environment together with our board, leadership team and physicians.” 



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North Platte, Ne - Mid-Plains Community College has postponed its commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for May 8 until July 31, 2020. This is due to the Directed Health Measure issued by the governor regarding coronavirus. The health measure is currently in effect until May 11. 

 

“It is our desire to celebrate our students’ educational accomplishments, and we are hopeful that this late summer date will enable us to do just that,” said MPCC President Ryan Purdy. “These plans may change if the Directed Health Measure currently in effect is extended beyond our rescheduled date.”

 

MPCC typically hosts commencement in May of each year, however, several instructional programs continue into late summer. Purdy said moving commencement to July will allow students in those programs to finish their summer schedules while also allowing students planning to transfer to other institutions an opportunity to attend the celebration.

 

“We know that not all students will be able to return, and we hope to provide them with an opportunity to send a picture or video to us to include in a pre-ceremony presentation,” Purdy said.

 

The commencement ceremony at McCook Community College will begin at 10 a.m. followed by commencement at North Platte Community College at 3 p.m. 

 

More information about the college’s response to the pandemic can be found online at mpcc.edu.


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The McCook Community College softball team has signed its first recruit for the 2021 season.

Taylor Thein of West Branch, Iowa has signed her letter of intent to continue her softball in McCook next season.

Taylor’s strengths are her athleticism and speed. She brings versatility as she can play outfield or infield,” said MCC Softball Coach Kevin Kaalberg.

Thein grew up in West Branch, Iowa with her mom, dad, and older brother while attending West Branch High School.

Within her school, she has been involved in many different activities and clubs including softball, basketball, soccer, track, student government, National Honor Society, co-editor in chief of her school newspaper, and was elected president of the student leadership activity team.

“I love being challenged to prove to myself that I can overcome obstacles,” she said.

She added that if she’s not playing a sport, you can find her fishing, hanging out with friends, or eating pizza.

Thein is not sure what she will study at MCC but, said “I am excited to start my journey as an Indian! Go Tribe!”



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As we continue to navigate closure guidelines, questions regarding graduation are frequently discussed.  McCook Public Schools understand the importance of graduation in the lives of our seniors and want to ensure that district conversations we are having about our ability to continue them as planned are not being taken lightly.

Per the current Directive Health Measure from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited until at least April 30th and school closures have been announced through the end of the school year. 

At this time, plans for the McCook High School Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremonies for Sunday, May 17, 2020 have been rescheduled. As we have seen in recent weeks, circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are rapidly changing, and we need to remain flexible. We are working on plans to best fit the responses: needs of the community as a whole. Knowing that, we are committing to the following  

  • McCook High School Graduation - Friday, July 31, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. held at The Graff Event Center on the Campus of McCook Community College.

 

  • McCook High School Post Graduation/Prom - Saturday, August 1st (Time = TBD) McCook Senior High/Jr High Campus

If the July plans can not be implemented, additional plans will be developed as appropriate.  

Additionally, we understand that several of our graduates have commitments to leave for military service training and we are working on plans to do a graduation recognition for these students prior to their leave.

Please know, we understand and value the importance of this milestone for students and their families, and we will continue to do all that we can to make it a reality while prioritizing the health and safety of all involved.


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Officers responded to an injury accident at 18th St and Broadwell Ave yesterday evening. After a vehicle struck a juvenile riding a bike across Broadwell Ave. The juvenile was injured and treated by GIFD and transported to CHI Health St. Francis Hospital.

During the investigation it was revealed the driver, Jonathan Rodriguez, smoked marijuana earlier in the day. Rodriguez also had a suspended driver’s license, a Hall County Warrant and he was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Rodriguez was arrested for DUI-Great Bodily Injury, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving During Suspension & Hall County Warrant.

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(CDHD Release) - Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports 86 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2 p.m. today. This includes 2 in Merrick County, 8 in Hamilton County, and 76 in Hall County.

The National Guard tested approximately 150 healthcare workers and symptomatic persons between yesterday and today. CDHD has been informed this afternoon that the National Guard will be able to perform approximately 300 more tests. CDHD is currently working with the National Guard to develop a plan for the additional testing now available.

Guidelines for discontinuing home isolation for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 are:

You have had NO fever for at least 72 hours (3 days) without the use of medicine
AND

Other symptoms have improved (ex: cough, shortness of breath)
AND

At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
The decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider and state and local health departments. Local decisions depend on local circumstances. (Guidance from the CDC)

 

Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected.

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Two McCook Community College women’s basketball players have been named to the All- Region IX South Team.

Sophomores Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) and freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) were both selected to the squad.

In addition Bodette was one of five players named to the all-defensive team.

Bodette, 6-0, started all 32 games for the Lady Indians scoring 448 points and pulling down 280 rebounds. That gave her an average of 14 points and 8.75 rebounds per game. She made 200 of 342 shots on the season (58.5 percent) and 43 of 60 free throws (71.7 percent), had 26 steals and 53 assists.

Nationally, she ranked eighth among players from 182 Division I schools with 215 offensive rebounds and 13th in the nation with 63 blocked shots.

Torrubia Cano, 5-11, also played in all 32 MCC games, starting 26 and averaging 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. For the season she scored 359 points and gathered 232 rebounds. From the 3-point line she made 39 of 91 attempts, (42.9 percent) which was 11th best in the nation. From the field she was 53.7 percent and had 37 steals, 44 assists and 13 blocked shots.

Here is the All-Region IX Team:

SOUTH DIVISION

Makenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Carla Torrubio Cano, McCook Community College

Aleksandra Ratnikava, Northeastern Junior College

Lea Mafua, Otero Junior College

Emma Florez, Otero Junior College

Charisse Fairley, Otero Junior College

Tk Morehouse, Western Nebraska Community College

Yuliyana Valcheva, Western Nebraska Community College

R'Manie Pulling, Western Nebraska Community College

Lidsey Mahoukou, Western Nebraska Community College

SOUTH All-Defensive Team

Unique Gainey, Northeastern Junior College

Emma Florez , Otero Junior College

Makenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Mariah Garcia, Trinidad State Junior College

R'Manie Pulling, Western Nebraska Community College

NORTH DIVISION

Natalia Otkhmezuri, Casper College

Mya Jones, Casper College

Raquel Ferrer-Bernad, Casper College

Essy Latu, Central Wyoming College

Ane Esnal Aquirre, Eastern Wyoming College

Kobe King-Hawea, Gillette College

Skylar Patton, Gillette College

Molly Coleman, Gillette College

Adela Smutna, Northwest College

NORTH All-Defensive Team

Juneau Jones, Casper College

Emma Strom, Eastern Wyoming College

Skylar Patton, Gillette College

Abby Garreaud, Laramie County CC

Raquel Turner, Northwest College




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MIAMI (AP) — All major professional sports leagues are taking corona virus outbreak precautions. The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel. The changes will be temporary. Media will still have access to players.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch on opening day at home against the Angels on March 26. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday's exhibition game against the New York Mets. There is not a timetable for his return. Verlander had a similar injury during spring training in 2015 and did not make his season debut until June 13. 

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The surgeons who operated on Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun decided not to wire his broken jaw shut. Calhoun was hit in the face by a fastball on Sunday. He is expected to be released from this hospital in coming days. Doctors haven't determined if Calhoun had a concussion. He tweeted that he's “doing well” and “can't wait to be back hitting homers soon.”

DENVER (AP) — The short-handed Milwaukee Bucks have now lost four out their last five games. The latest lost was a 109-95 thumping by the Denver Nuggets. Denver’s Jamal Murray scored 21 points, but his teammates and lots of people on Twitter say he was robbed on a hard slam dunk ruled an offensive foul. The bucks are without their top six scorers — including reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON'-poh).

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Shea Theodore scored 2:13 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights increased their Pacific Division lead to three points by beating the second-place Edmonton Oilers 3-2. The Golden Knights improved to 11-2-0 in their past 13 games. Alex Chiasson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the goals for the Oilers, who played without captain Connor McDavid due to an illness.




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The McCook Community College baseball team has moved its scheduled game Tuesday from Colby to McCook.

The two teams will play a nine-inning game Tuesday (March 10) starting at 4 p.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex.

Colby is 9-10 on the season. MCC is 12-9. The two teams played in McCook Feb. 16 with the Indians coming out on top 8-6.

This weekend the Indians host Southeast Community College in a three-game Empire League series. The opener is set for a nine-inning game Saturday at 2 p.m. and concluding with a pair of seven-inning games Sunday starting at 1 p.m.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=baseball&path=baseball

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at: https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch

 




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The Nebraska volleyball team will play a spring match against Northern Colorado at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island on Saturday, April 25. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster and at the Heartland Events Center Box Office at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11. All tickets will be reserved at $10 with limited courtside seats available at $25 each. There will be a limit of eight tickets sold per person, and there will be a handling fee on all tickets purchased. No tickets will be sold through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office.

The spring match will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates and online at Huskers.com and on the Huskers app. The Husker volleyball players will sign autographs immediately following the match.

Nebraska last played in Grand Island in 2015, when the Huskers swept Kansas State in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,006 at the Heartland Events Center. NU also played in Grand Island in 2011, topping Wichita State with 5,522 in attendance.

The match in Grand Island will be the Huskers' only one of the 2020 spring season. Nebraska is coming off a 28-5 season and an NCAA regional final appearance in 2019. The Huskers had no seniors on their roster last season for the first time in school history, and 12 players return from that squad this spring. 

Northern Colorado went 26-8 last year and 17-1 in the Big Sky Conference. The Bears won the Big Sky Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell in the first round to Hawaii, 3-1. 




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Lincoln, Neb. – Leading 7-5 after the top of the seventh, Nebraska (5-8) scored five runs over the next two innings on its way to a 12-5 win over Columbia at Hawks Field on Sunday afternoon.

Five Huskers notched multi-hit efforts to help NU's offense compile 15 hits altogether. Spencer Schwellenbach and Luke Boynton led the way with three hits apiece. Boynton, Luke Roskam and Cam Chick each produced three-RBI efforts.

Lefty Caleb Feekin, making his first career start on the mound, allowed one run in 2.1 innings of work. NU saw relief appearances from Tyler Martin, Quinn Mason, Bo Blessie, Trey Kissack, Sayer Diederich and Max Schreiber. Mason recorded four strikeouts in 2.0 innings. Schreiber earned the save by tossing 2.1 no-hit scoreless frames.

NU pounced early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the opening frame. After Leighton Banjoff and Aaron Palensky drew back-to-back walks, Chick smacked his fourth home run of the season. Columbia responded with one run in the top of the second, as Weston Eberly hit a solo home run.

In the bottom of the second, Jaxon Hallmark ripped a two-out triple before scoring on Banjoff's RBI single to extend NU's lead to 4-1. After a scoreless third inning for both teams, NU scored one run in the bottom of the fourth. Hallmark laced a two-out single before Banjoff's RBI double brought him in.

After the Lions scored one run in the top of the fifth, NU bounced back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-2 advantage. Roskam blasted a two-run homer that drove in Schwellenbach during the frame.

Columbia scored two runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh to trim the deficit to 7-5. In the bottom of the seventh, Schwellenbach singled and Roskam drew a walk to put two runners on with no outs. The runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt before Schwellenbach scored on a wild pitch. Boynton's RBI single brought in Roskam.

Leading 9-5, Nebraska added three runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach for Columbia. NU loaded the bases with one out and scored its first run of the frame on Roskam's sacrifice fly. Boynton drove in a pair with his two-RBI single up the middle.

The Huskers return to action on Tuesday against Northern Colorado at Hawks Field, starting at 4:05 p.m. (CT). The two-game series between the Huskers and Bears concludes on Wednesday at 1:35 p.m.
 




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Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney women’s basketball team saw its 2019-20 season come to an end when it wasn’t selected for the 2020 NCAA Division II Tournament.

 

The Lopers (26-6) entered the weekend ranked ninth in the Central Region; the top eight teams in each of D2’s eight regions qualify for the tournament. The conference tournament winners from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conf.) and GAC (Great American Conf.) receive automatic bids. This year those teams were Central Missouri, St. Cloud State and Southeastern Oklahoma State.

 

SCSU likely “stole” a bid by winning the NSIC Tournament earlier this week as the Huskies were ranked 10th in the most recent region rankings. SEOSU also was on the bubble as they came into the weekend ranked seventh.

 

UNK beat NCAA qualifier Fort Hays State and Missouri Western State (21-8) twice and had wins against NCAA qualifier Emporia State, Central Oklahoma (18-10), Washburn (18-12), and Wayne State (16-13). However the FHSU Tigers had similar victories as well as non-conference ones over NCAA qualifiers Minnesota-Duluth and St. Anselm, Harding (19-10), and Concordia-St. Paul (15-14) with SWOSU having key wins against Pitt State and Washburn. The SW Okie win over the Gorillas likely was a huge factor in them getting the last at-large spot as UNK lost to PSU, 88-74, in early January.

 

The Lopers end the year leading the MIAA in eight different categories and saw its entire starting five earn All-MIAA honors. Finishing in third place in the league standings UNK’s win total is tied for the third most in school history. The 1995-96 (26-5), 1997-98 (26-4) and 1998-99 (24-6) squads also won 26 games with the Loper standard being 28 (1996-97).

 

Head coach Carrie Eighmey didn’t have a single senior on this year’s team with graduate transfer and point guard Haley Simental (Pueblo West, Colo.) granted a sixth year by the NCAA last month. Finally, current sophomore forward Shiloh McCool (Pleasant Valley, Ia.) sat out this winter due to injury after averaging 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season.

 

Central Regional ** March 13, 14 & 16 (Warrensburg, Mo.)

1.       Central Missouri (27-4) – automatic bid

2.       Minnesota-Duluth (26-6) – at-large bid

3.       Sioux Falls (26-6) – at-large bid

4.       Emporia State (24-7) – at-large bid

5.       Southeastern Oklahoma State (22-7) – automatic bid

6.       St. Cloud State (23-7) – automatic bid

7.       Fort Hays State (23-7) – at-large bid

8.       Southwestern Oklahoma State (21-8) – at-large bid





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(FRIDAY 3/6) The North Platte Community College softball team fell in both games of Friday’s doubleheader against Northeastern Junior College. The Knights fell behind early in the opening game and struggled to bounce back as they lost 10-7 and 14-1 Friday evening.

NJC took advantage of some early Knight pitching that struggled to find the strike zone and jumped out to a five-run lead in the first inning. After the slow start, NPCC’s bats came alive late as the Knights scored three runs in the sixth and seventh inning. But the late rally fell short and NJC held on for the three-run win.

The Knights were led by Domonique Contreras, of Brighton, Co., who finished one for four from the plate with three RBI. Taylar Coleman, of North Platte and Marianne Mata, of Rialto, Ca., both finished the game two for four with two RBI. As a team, the Knights finished with ten hits while NJC finished with 12 hits.

The second game was all NJC as they again led early after scoring one in the first and two in the second. NPCC brought the score to 3-1 in the third but NJC answered with a huge bottom half of the inning as they scored ten runs on six hits. NJC finished the game two innings later with the 13-point win.

NPCC was led by Brittany Bui, of Lakewood, Co., who finished the game two for three and scoring the Knights lone run. From the mound, Coleman and Contreras combined to give up 14 runs on eight hits.

The losses drop NPCC’s record to 4-6 on the season. They return home to face Iowa Western Sunday at Dowhower Softball Complex with games starting at 2:00 PM.

“We started out slow and were never able to change gears and gain the momentum we needed to come out on top,” said NPCC coach Janelle Higgins. “We had moments that we played fundamentally sound, but we had to many routine errors that we couldn’t bounce back from. We will have to clean the slate, work hard tomorrow and be ready to bounce back against Iowa Western Community College on Sunday.” 

(SUNDAY 3/8) The North Platte Community College softball team hosted Iowa Western Community College Sunday at Dowhower softball complex in North Platte. The Knights struggled to get any momentum going offensively against the Reivers and IWCC won both games 6-3 and 12-0

The Knights fell behind early in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader after IWCC jumped out to three run lead in the first inning. After falling behind 5-0 in the third inning, the Knights bounced back in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run homerun by Kayleigh Bucio, of Rialto, Ca. After cutting the lead to two runs in the third, NPCC was unable to add to the scoreboard and IWCC came away with the 6-3 win.

The Knights were led offensively by Bucio who finished the game one for three from the plate with three RBI. Taylar Coleman, of North Platte took the mound for NPCC allowing six runs on eight hits while striking out six and walking four.

The second game was dominated by IWCC pitching as the Reiver pitchers combined to pitch a five-inning no-hitter while striking out four Knights. IWCC came out strong scoring 12 runs in the first three innings. With the bats cold, the Knights fell in the final game of Sunday’s doubleheader 12-0. Knights pitchers gave up 12 runs on seven hits while striking out three.

“IWCC’s pitchers hit spots and kept us off balance all day,” said NPCC coach Janelle Higgins. “Defensively, we were caught on our heels throughout the day, giving up four unearned runs in game one and nine in game two. If we take away the errors, we have two different ball games. Today’s injuries to Cundiff and Mata also hurt as it forced us to change our infield around as well.”

With the losses, NPCC drops to 4-8 on the season. The Knights have a chance to bounce back against Northwest Kansas Technical College when they next travel to Goodland, Ks next Sunday.




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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gabe Kalscheur scored 26 points and Alihan Demir added 19 points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota set a season-high in scoring with a 107-75 victory over Nebraska. Marcus Carr had 18 points and 11 assists, while Daniel Oturu added 10 points and six rebounds for the Gophers, who made a school-record 18 3-pointers. Haanif Cheatham led the Huskers with 17 points. Jervay Green added 16, Thorir Thorbjarnarson had 14, and Kevin Cross scored 10.



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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Zegarowski made all five of his 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead No. 11 Creighton to a share of the Big East regular-season title with a 77-60 victory over No. 8 Seton Hall. The Bluejays claimed all or part of their first conference title since winning the Missouri Valley outright in 2012-13. Creighton has won 11 of its last 13 games and because it swept the season series against the Pirates will be the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament in New York next week. Myles Powell and Quincy McKnight scored 15 apiece for the Pirates.



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Class A 
Championship - Pius X 45, Lincoln East 37 

Class B 
Championship - Crete 52, Beatrice 26 

Class C1 
Championship - Championship - North Bend Central 48, Lincoln Christian 59
3rd Place - Adams Central 44, St Paul 41 

Class C2 
Championship - St Cecilia 41, Ponca 37 
3rd Place - Crofton 58, Oakland Craig 40 

Class D1 
Championship - Pleasanton 47, Fremont Bergan 38 
3rd Place - CWC 66, Hartington CC 54

Class D1 
Championship - Wynot 59, Humphrey St Francis 51
3rd Place - Falls City Sacred Heart 59, Mullen 36

ALL CLASS BRACKET




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