Sutherland Longhorn Bar owner Tim Aden and Sutherland Rodeo Committee spokesperson Janet Mueller announced they are coming together to offer this incredible all-ages show at the outdoor event area north of the Sutherland Legion Hall adjacent to the rodeo grounds.
A native of Tulsa, OK, Diffie is a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years. A star athlete in high school, he originally set his sights on a medical career, but his love for music won out and he began performing in a gospel group. He paid the bills by working in a foundry and later joined a bluegrass band before deciding to give Nashville a try. He got a job working in the warehouse at Gibson Guitars, but felt like he wasn’t any closer to making his dreams come true.
He was on the verge of moving home when a conversation with his dad changed his destiny. “The best advice I ever got was from my dad,” Diffie recalls with a smile. “He said, ‘If you don’t have a goal, you don’t have anything to shoot at. Do something every day towards your music. Write a song or play your guitar.’ I took that to heart and made sure I did something every day whether it was big or little. I remember getting out of bed one time because I had forgotten to do something towards my music. I actually got up, got my guitar and played for a few minutes and then went back to bed. I feel like that had something to do with the success that I’ve managed to achieve. I think it would apply in anything. I lived, breathed, ate and slept music all the time. I was so obsessed with it.”
By 1990, Diffie had signed with Epic Records and released his debut album A Thousand Winding Roads. His very first single, “Home,” hit No. 1. He continued to dominate the charts throughout the 90s with such hits as “New Way (To Light Up an Old Flame),” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Is It Cold in Here,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die),” “So Help Me Girl,” “Bigger than the Beatles” and “Third Rock from the Sun.” Jason Aldean paid tribute to Diffie and namechecked many of the veteran entertainer’s classics in his hit “1994.” The video featured Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, Jake Owen and others paying homage to the man who influenced them.
Diffie’s accolades include 5 number one hits, 35 songs on the Billboard Top 10 charts, two Platinum records and two Gold albums.
The historic Sutherland Rodeo will celebrate its 83rd year in 2020, with a slack performance on July 2, then nightly performances on the 3rd and 4th. In 2019 the Sutherland Rodeo was named ‘Large Purse Rodeo of the Year” by the Nebraska State Rodeo Association, an accolade that it has won numerous times in the past. The concert is scheduled to start following the rodeo on July 3.
The rodeo and concert will highlight a full weekend of Independence Day celebrations in the community of Sutherland that includes a Junior Rodeo Queen competition, Firecracker 5K run, Pancake Breakfast, Kids Games and Frog Races, Community BBQ, Parade, Pie and Ice Cream Social.
Concert tickets will go on sale March first and will be priced at $20 in advance and $30 at the gate.
Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a California man and seized cocaine and marijuana found during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Brady.
At approximately 7:00 a.m., Sunday, November 10, a trooper observed an eastbound Nissan Rogue speeding near mile marker 200. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected indicators of criminal activity.
A search of the vehicle revealed 2.2 pounds of cocaine hidden under the spare tire and 1.5 pounds of marijuana concealed in a box filled with spray foam.
The driver, Arnold Rodriguez, 44, of Modesto, California, was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and no drug tax stamp. Rodriguez was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.
Back on September 9th police responded to 3021 S. Locust Street in reference to the discovery two deceased persons in a room. That investigation has concluded that the cause of death of both persons was accidental overdose of methamphetamine.
Autopsies were performed on deceased 38 year old Joshua Perkins and 37 year old Shannon
Sybert. Both results concluded that ‘Acute Methamphetamine Toxicity’ to be the cause of death.
Combined with the physical evidence and a thorough investigation, the Grand Island Police
Department is closing this case having found that accidental overdose was the cause of death
for both parties.
The police stressed in the release that if someone you care about is suffering from addiction, please seek help from community resources such as the Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addiction (CNCAA) at 308-385-5520
Authorities say a South Dakota man died after collision on Interstate 80 in south-central Nebraska.
The crash occurred around 4 p.m. Sunday near the U.S. Highway 281 junction at Grand Island. The Hall County Sheriff's Department says a semitrailer and two passenger vehicles were involved.
The name of the victim and other details about the collision have not been released.
According to the Grand Island City Council Agenda Mayor Roger G. Steele has submitted the name of Justin Scott for appointment as Councilmember to represent Ward 5.
This vacancy was created when Councilmember Michelle Fitzke moved from the district.
Scott's appointment is pending council approval Tuesday night.
Nebraska officials say the body of a duck hunter who was thrown into a lake when his boat capsized has been recovered.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says conservation officers and rescue divers found the body of 21-year-old Anthony Dush, of Saint Paul, in Sherman County Reservoir around 9 p.m. Friday.
Dush and another hunter were on a duck hunt traveling across the lake in a boat Friday when it capsized, throwing both into the water. The other hunter swam to a nearby cabin and called for help.
Dush was a member of the St. Paul volunteer fire department, an investigation of the incident is ongoing.
Parker Scrappers Captures Lead Early to Defeat Boutique Air Hot Rods
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (26-19) took down Arizona State in the series rubber match, 8-5, at Hawks Field on Sunday afternoon. Senior right-handed pitcher Reece Eddins earned his team-high sixth win of the season as he went 6.0 innings and allowed three runs, while recording three strikeouts. Mike Waldron came on for 1.2 innings of relief before Shay Schanaman tossed the final 1.1 innings to earn his third save of the season. Senior Alex Henwood produced a career-high three hits, which included a home run and a double. Angelo Altavilla and Aaron Palensky also tallied multi-hit efforts as each of them had two hits. Nebraska took the early lead with one run in the bottom of the first as Cam Chick blasted a solo home run to right field. Arizona State responded with three runs in the top of the second, but the Huskers tied it up with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Altavilla drew a leadoff walk before Henwood smacked a two-run home run to right field. Tied 3-3, the two teams played a scoreless third inning and fourth inning before NU plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Spencer Schwellenbach was hit-by-pitch in the leadoff spot and then advanced to third with Henwood’s one-out double. Schwellenbach scored on a wild pitch. Colby Gomes drew a walk to put two runners on before Jaxon Hallmark annihilated a three-run home run to left field. ASU’s Trevor Hauver hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 7-4. The Sun Devils added a run in the top of the eighth when Lyle Lin hit his second home run of the game, also a solo shot. NU responded in the bottom of the eighth with one run. Palensky hit a leadoff single before stealing second. Altavilla laced an RBI double to bring in Palensky and give the Huskers an insurance run. The Huskers conclude their regular season next week when they host Michigan at Hawks Field for a three-game series, Thursday through Saturday. Thursday’s series opener is set for 7:30 p.m. (CT). All three games will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (25-19) bounced back in Game 2 of its series against Arizona State, winning by a 2-1 margin over the Sun Devils at Hawks Field on Saturday afternoon. The Huskers never trailed in the game, scoring one run in the third and one run in the fourth inning.
Senior Nate Fisher picked up his fifth win of the season, throwing 5.1 innings and tied a career high with seven strikeouts. Robbie Palkert tossed 2.2 scoreless innings and fanned six Sun Devils to tie his career-best strikeout total. Freshman Colby Gomes earned his team-high 10th save of the season by pitching the final 1.0 inning.
After a scoreless first two innings for both teams, Nebraska struck first with one run in the bottom of the third. Mojo Hagge hit a one-out single before stealing second during the next at-bat. Aaron Palensky was intentionally walked to put two runners on. Luke Roskam laced an RBI single to center field to drive in Hagge and give the Huskers the lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, NU added one run to extend its lead to 2-0. Angelo Altavilla hit a leadoff single and advanced to second on Alex Henwood’s one-out single. Gomes drove in Altavilla with an RBI single down the left field line.
After a scoreless fifth inning, ASU got on the board when Spencer Torkelson hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth. Palkert entered the game during the inning with one out and runners on first and second. He struck out his first batter before a wild pitch advanced the two runners to second and third. A walk loaded the bases, but the Husker defense escaped from the inning with a fielder’s choice groundout.
The Sun Devils went down in order in the top of the seventh before leaving a runner stranded on third in the top of the eighth. In the top of the ninth, ASU’s leadoff hitter singled before NU recorded the first out on a fielder’s choice. Drew Swift hit one to deep left field that looked like it might go over the fence before Hagge caught it against the wall and saved it. With two outs, Gomes struck out the next batter to end the game.
The Huskers and Sun Devils conclude their series on Sunday, starting at 1:05 p.m. (CT).
SCOTTSBLUFF – The McCook Community College softball team made it to the Region IX championship game Saturday but the season ended on a 14-5 loss to top-seeded Western Nebraska at Volunteer Field. The Lady Indians opened the day with a 5-3 win over third-seeded Trinidad State.
MCC ends the season 29-33.
Western Nebraska – winners of 12 games in a row -- improves to 35-18 and will host Butler Community College in a best-of-three series for the district championship with the winner moving on to the national tournament in St. George, Utah.
MCC opened the tournament Friday with a heart-breaking 3-2 loss to Western Nebraska on a two-out, two-strike, two-run home run on the final play of the game. Facing elimination Friday night against Otero Junior College, the Lady Indians came back from a 4-0 first-inning deficit win an 11-9 game in extra-innings. MCC earned a spot in the championship game with a 5-3 win over Trinidad State in the first game Saturday.
In Saturday’s championship game, the Cougars got first-inning home runs from Mickie Mills and Bri George to take a 3-0 lead.
MCC got a run back in the second, on an RBI-single by Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.) and after starting pitcher Shae Muggridge (Perth, Western Australia) retired the Cougars in order in the second, MCC couldn’t keep WNCC off the scoreboard in any inning the rest of the game with a run in the third inning, one in the fourth, four in the fifth and five in the sixth inning.
Trailing 9-1 in the sixth inning, Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) had a one-out double followed by an Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) single. Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah) delivered a sacrifice fly to make in 9-2 then Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) powered a two-run home run to center to cut the gap to 9-4.
The final MCC run came in the sixth. Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) led off the inning with a double and scored on a single off the bat of Siebenthal.
Muggridge pitched 2.2 innings and was followed on the mound by Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) who went two-thirds of an inning, Kayla Harrison (Richmond, British Columbia) who pitched 1.2 innings and Sarah Willier (Ponoka, Alberta) who pitched an inning.
GAME 5 (Saturday) – McCook CC 5, Trinidad State 3: MCC opened up the scoring in this elimination game with two runs in the second inning, loading the bases with a pair of walks sandwiched around a Jerusha Miner single. Emma McLean (Willeton, Western Australia) drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly and a Trojan error allowed the second run to score.
Trinidad State responded with a three-run second to take a 3-2 lead. After two quick outs, Jamie Leon doubled, followed by a walk and then a two-run triple from Jelaeni Kapanui, who scored on a single.
Neither team scored in the third inning. MCC nudged back in front with two runs in the fourth. McLean led off the inning with a single, Jade Hollands had a one-out single and with two outs, Sarah Willier doubled home McLean and Hollands for the eventual game-winner.
The Lady Indians posted an insurance run in the sixth inning. Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah) led off with a walk, was bunted to second by Willier and scored on a two-out single by Emily Charchuk.
Shae Muggridge went the distance to pick up the win. She allowed seven hits, walked four and struck out 10.
Trinidad State finished the season at 25-27.
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Lincoln, Neb. – One of the nation’s high-powered offenses produced 21 hits and four home runs, as Arizona State defeated Nebraska (24-19) by a 15-6 margin at Hawks Field on Friday night.
The Sun Devils scored at least one run in six separate innings during the non-conference series opener, including a six-run output in the top of the seventh. With the win, Arizona State improves to 35-12 this season. Nebraska saw multi-hit efforts from Aaron Palensky and Cam Chick. Palensky, who went 3-for-5, recorded his team-best 18th multi-hit performance of the season. Chick went 2-for-5, while four other Huskers each had one hit. In the top of the first, ASU’s leadoff hitter launched a solo home run to right field. The Sun Devils added two runs in the top of the second before NU responded with one run in the bottom half of the frame. Luke Roskam smashed his third home run of the season to put the Huskers on the board. Arizona State scratched out two more runs in the top of the third before Nebraska responded with one run in the bottom of the third. Alex Henwood singled in the leadoff spot before Jaxon Hallmark reached on a fielder’s choice. Mojo Hagge’s RBI triple drove in Hallmark. The Sun Devils added a run in the top of the fourth to extend their lead to 6-2 before the two teams played scoreless fifth and sixth innings. In the top of the seventh, ASU plated six runs on five hits. The Sun Devils added three runs in the top of the eighth to build a 15-2 advantage. In the bottom of the eighth, Palensky launched a three-run home run, his fourth of the season, after Carter Cross walked and Chick singled. Chick added an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth that brought in Mike Addante after he drew a two-out walk.
Senior right-hander Matt Waldron went 4.0 innings and allowed six runs, while recording four strikeouts. Nebraska saw relief outings from Max Schreiber (2.0 innings), Chad Luensmann (0.1), Ethan Frazier (0.2), Tyler Martin (1.0) and Paul Tillotson (1.0). The Huskers and Sun Devils resume their series on Saturday, starting at 2:05 p.m. (CT).
Comments from Coach Joe Vetrovsky:The McCook Boys golf team competed at the Ogallala Invite on Friday May 10th. The weather was cool for most of the day, but overall the conditions were very pleasant. The Bison boys had a strong showing by taking the team title by posting a season low team score of 331. Alliance was runner-up with a 342. The team overall competed very well and showed a lot of consistency. The back nine holes were the toughest on the day and the team managed through that side well given the deep rough that it presented to all the playing competitors. The Bison were lead by sophomore Brady Esch who scored a 79 which placed him 5th. Brady had a very nice day and if not for a couple holes would have scored even better. His form and technique are looking very good heading into districts. Other Bison competitors that had very consistent rounds on the day and competed well were Junior Logan Barenberg who placed 15th. Logan had some extended stretches throughout the day where he was playing some great golf. Senior Joel Gray who placed 14th had a nice 18 hole round where he didn't get in a lot of trouble and played very steady. Junior Brandan Eckhardt who placed 13th. Brandan managed the course very well throughout the day which lead to his strong score. All three of these individuals carded an 84. Other participants for the Bison who competed very hard as well were Sophomore Payton Craw who scored an 86 and Sophomore Mason Michaelis who scored a 96. The Bison look forward to competing in the B-4 District golf meet at Lake Maloney Golf Course in North Platte this Monday May 13th.
SCOTTSBLUFF –The McCook Community College Lady Indians shook off a heart-breaking loss in Game 1 of the Region IX Division I Tournament and responded in the late game Friday with a come-from-behind win over Otero Junior College, in extra-innings, 11-9.
After dropping a 3-2 decision to Western Nebraska in walk-off fashion in the opening game of the tournament, MCC came from a 4-0 first-inning deficit to send second-seeded Otero Junior home with their second loss of the tournament. The Lady Indians got six innings of scoreless relief from freshman Angel Valdez before Otero Junior College tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-out, two-strike, two-run home run. MCC came back to score five runs in the eighth and held off the Rattlers, who finish the season at 32-16.
Trinidad State had beat Otero 4-2 in Game 2. In the winner’s bracket game in Game 3, Western downed Trinidad State 7-1
MCC improves to 28-32 overall and will take on Trinidad State (25-26) at 1 p.m. Saturday with the winner to take on Western Nebraska (34-18) at 4 p.m. If Western Nebraska loses that game that would set up a final game at noon Sunday.
GAME 4 -- McCook CC 11, Otero JC 9 – In the final game of the day, the Rattlers jumped out in the first inning with four extra-base hits on the way to a 4-0 lead off freshman MCC starter Sarah Willier (Ponoka, Alberta). Freshman Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) came on in relief.
The Lady Indians responded with three runs in the second with a walk from Emily Charchuk (Victoria British Columbia), a walk by Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah) and a bunt single by Isabel Serna (Roy Utah) to load the bases. Emma McLean (Willeton, Western Australia) drew a walk, Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.) was hit by a pitch to make it a 4-2 game and Brooklyn Jensen’s (West Valley City, Utah) infield single brought the Lady Indians to within a run at 4-3 where the score remained until the top of the MCC sixth.
Miner doubled to lead off the sixth, Serna followed with a single and McLean tied the game at 4-4 with a RBI-single to centerfield. Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) put MCC in the lead with an RBI-single to drive in Serna and Brooklyn Jensen’s sacrifice fly gave the Lady Indians a 6-4 lead but Otero tied up the game with the dramatic home run by Arianna Cordova, the top hitter in Region IX with a .569 average and 20 home runs on the season.
Serna walked to lead off the eighth but was erased on the bases. With one out McArthur singled and Hollands doubled to set the stage for a two-run Brooklyn Jensen triple. Chanel Siebenthal’s (Lakewood, Colo.) two-run double made it a 9-6 game and Charchuk’s two-run single made it 11-6.
Sophomore Shae Muggridge (Perth, Western Australia) came on in relief after the sixth inning Cordova home run and was credited with the win despite the Rattlers making things interesting with three runs in the eighth inning with two runners on for Cordova, who was intentionally walked to load the bases. But Muggridge induced a come-backer on a 3-1 count to end the game. Muggridge pitched 1.1 innings, allowed three hits, two walks and two earned runs. She struck out one.
Brooklyn Jensen led MCC with four hits and four RBIs in the game. Serna had three hits while Charchuk and McArthur each had two hits. MCC had 15 hits in the game off Region IX’s winningest pitcher in Melissa Gellermann (17 wins and a league best 3.52 ERA) who was tagged with the loss and charged with 11 earned runs.
GAME 1 – Western Nebraska 3, McCook CC 2 -- The top-seeded Western Nebraska Cougars softball team came up with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday to down McCook Community College 3-2 in the opening game of the Region IX Division 1 double-elimination tournament.
Bri George delivered the game-winning single off hard-luck MCC starter Shae Muggridge to give Western Nebraska its tenth straight win and 17 wins in the last 19 games.
The Lady Indians got on the scoreboard first. With two outs in the MCC second, the Lady Indians got three straight singles -- from Sydney McArthur, Jade Hollands and Brooklyn Jensen.
Chanel Siebenthal led off the third inning with a single and was followed by Emily Charchuk who singled. Siebenthal came home on a Western Nebraska error to give MCC a 2-0 lead.
The Cougars cut the lead in half when Michaela Kelly led off the fourth inning with a solo home run.
Muggridge went 6.2 innings, allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out eight.
MCC had eight hits with two each from Charchuk and Sarah Willier.
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Lincoln – Train like a Husker this summer, as Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has announced a series of summer camps and clinics. The camps will take place throughout the month of June at the Hendricks Training Complex.
The 2019 camp series will feature two four-day camps, as well a pair of specialty clinics for boys and girls entering the 3rd-12th grade. In addition, there will also be a three-day Little Huskers camp for kids who are in grades K-4 for the upcoming year.
Hoiberg and his staff of instructors will work with campers on the fundamentals of basketball in a fun atmosphere. All camps are open to both boys and girls entering the respective grade level.
2019 Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps
|Day Camp #1||Mon.-Thurs., June 10-13||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$250|
|Day Camp #2||Mon.-Thurs., June 24-27||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$250|
|Little Huskers Camp||Wed.-Fri., June 19-21||9 a.m. – Noon||Boys/Girls Grades K-4||$180|
|Ball Handling and Shooting Clinic||Friday, June 14||9 a.m.-Noon||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$60|
|Forward Specialty Clinic||Friday, June 14||1-4 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$60|
|Dual Clinic Special||Friday, June 14||9 a.m. -4 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$110|