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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report says there are more doctors in Nebraska than there were 10 years ago, but 13 counties still don't have a primary care physician.

The Status of the Healthcare Workforce report issued Wednesday says data from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the state show the number of doctors has risen 11 percent.

The report says nearly a fifth of physicians in Nebraska are more than 60 years old and likely to retire in the near future. It also says 18 of 93 Nebraska counties have no pharmacist.

The report recommended more state support for programs and educational initiatives that provide incentives for health care professionals to practice in rural communities.


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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.


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#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


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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 www.nebraskacrimestoppers.com.

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.


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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.

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GRAND ISLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT HELD TWO JOIN OPERATIONS OVER THE 4/20 WEEKEND AND ENDED UP  WITH 59 ARRESTS. CAPT JIM DUERING SAYS A LOT OF DRUG VIOLATION BUT THEY ALSO UNCOVERED SOME OTHER ITEMS.  INCLUDING HANDGUNS.THE FIRST OPERATION WAS DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH DISTRICT 9 STATE PROBATION OFFICE AND THE OTHER WITH DRIVE HIGH- KISS YOUR LICENSE GOODBYE WITH 5 OTHER STATES PARTICIPATING IN THE CAMPAIGN.  

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.



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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.  


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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.

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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


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The night after Blackmon made a costly error in center field, he hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Colorado Rockies held the World Series champion Houston Astros to one hit at Coors Field in a 3-2 victory Wednesday.

Jon Gray pitched seven sharp innings and Carlos Gonzalez also homered for Colorado.

Blackmon, whose fielding error in the 10th opened the door to a big inning in Houston’s 8-2 win on Tuesday, drove a 3-1 pitch from Collin McHugh (5-1) into the Astros’ bullpen for his 20th home run of the season and second career game-ending hit.

“That’s the beauty of baseball,” Blackmon said. “You can stink, which is OK as long as you don’t let that make you stink the next time or the next time after that. That’s what makes baseball great. It’s a long season and it gives you another chance.”

It was a dramatic finish to a wild game in which the Astros had a triple wiped out after a replay review because of fan interference, and the Rockies scored the tying run on a foul popup.

AL MVP Jose Altuve ended up with Houston’s only hit — an RBI double — before leaving with discomfort in his right knee.

“Been bothering him a little bit for a few games now,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “Nothing’s wrong with it. He could’ve played through it. He fought to stay in the game, but we felt it was best to take him out and give him a little bit of a blow just given that he was limping.”

Wade Davis (1-3) worked a scoreless inning for the win.

Leading off the sixth, Alex Bregman cruised into third with an apparent triple off the wall that eluded the leap of Colorado left fielder Gerardo Parra.

Rockies manager Bud Black challenged for fan interference, and Bregman was ruled out after replays showed a spectator clad in an orange Astros jersey extended his glove over the railing enough for the ball to glance off it, changing its trajectory slightly at the moment Parra was reaching up to attempt the catch. The fan was escorted out of the ballpark by security.

After the game, Bregman disagreed heatedly with the decision, saying it changed the game.

“There is no possible way you can say the left fielder jumping backwards into a wall is guaranteed to make the catch,” Bregman said. “We’re up 2-1 at the time. I’m at third base. We need a fly ball to the outfield to get me in and it’s 3-1. It’s horrible.”

Parra, however, said he had a bead on the ball and was stunned when it changed direction at the last moment.

“It almost hit me in the face,” he said. “I thought, ‘What happened? At the last second the ball moved.’ I never saw the fan touch the ball until I saw the replay, but I feel I would have had that ball.”

Colorado tied it 2-all thanks to heads-up baserunning by Raimel Tapia, who tagged up and scored from third when third baseman J.D. Davis sprinted toward the Houston dugout and tumbled over the railing as he caught Nolan Arenado’s foul pop. Davis’ teammate, Evan Gattis, broke his fall and helped push him back over the railing and onto the field, but Davis’ hurried throw home was off target as Tapia slid into the plate.

“It was just smart baserunning by Tapia and a simple wide throw by me,” Davis said.

Colorado grabbed an early lead when Gonzalez led off the second with a home run, his 12th of the season.

The Astros answered in the fourth to go in front 2-1. Bregman walked ahead of Altuve’s run-scoring double. Altuve went to third and Yuli Gurriel reached on first baseman Ian Desmond’s fielding error before Altuve came home with the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez’s groundout.

Both starters pitched well but did not figure in the decision.

Gray allowed one hit and two runs — one earned. Charlie Morton gave up one run on four hits in six innings for Houston.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: Altuve left in the bottom of the fifth. He was replaced in the batting order by J.D. Davis.

Rockies: Chad Bettis threw a light bullpen. He’s expected to make a second rehab start this weekend for Triple-A Albuquerque. The first was last Saturday. He threw 70 pitches in four innings but had to stop when a blister on his right middle finger bothered him.

UP NEXT

Astros: After an off day, LHP Dallas Keuchel (8-8, 3.60 ERA) starts Friday night at home against Texas RHP Yovani Gallardo (4-1, 5.56). Keuchel is 5-0 in his last seven starts.

Rockies: Open a three-game interleague series Friday night against Oakland. LHP Kyle Freeland (8-6, 3.28 ERA) faces LHP Sean Manaea (9-6, 3.38). Colorado has won each of Freeland’s last four starts.




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The Blues earned a hard-fought sweep of the Red in the Nebraska Coaches Association Volleyball match at Lincoln Northstar 25-22, 28-26, 25-23, 28-26.


Grand Island's Alexa Blase had seven kills and nine blocks to pace the Blue. Taryn Mayfield of Northwest and Bailee Sterling were also on the Blue.


Emily Krolikowski of Centura and Claire Ostrand of Nebraska Christian represented the region on the Red. Diane Torson of Hampton was the assistant coach.







Diane Torson

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Huskerland Prep Reporter Bob Jensen talks with Hometown Family Radio about what he thinks about the area teams in Southwestern Nebraska, along with who he thinks will dominate in Class D1 and D2.





Bob Jensen

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The Fairways and Greens around the State are filled with Highschool Competitors and spectators today and Wednesday at the NSAA State Boys Golf Championships are going on.


RESULTS


Class A (Norfolk Country Club)

North Platte High (7th Place after 1st Day)

T15 - Jayden Jones, 10 North Platte (+4 76)

T24 - Kyle Zimbelman, 12 North Platte (6+ 78)

T37 - Chesney Tatman, 12 North Platte (+10 82)

T42 - Drew Phillips, 11 North Platte (+11 84)

T59 - Finn Lucas, 10 North Platte (+18 90)



Class C (Kearney Country Club)

Perkins County (8th after 1st Round)

T28 - Joshua Johnston, 12 Perkins County (+12 83)

T39 - Jacob Woodmancy, 10 Perkins County (+14 85)

T55 - Tyson Patrick, 12 Perkins County (+17 88)

82 - Aaron Fay, 11 Perkins County (+25 96)

Carson Thelander, 10 Perkins County (not finished)



Class D (Lake Maloney/North Platte)

Medicine Valley (3rd Place After 1st Round)

6th - Joeseph Chancellor, 12 Medicine Valley (+7 79)

T8 - Sheldon Johnsen, 12 Medicine Valley (+9 81)

T19 - Sidney Schultz, 12 Medicine Valley (+13 85)

T71 - Coby Uhlig, 12 Medicine Valley (+34 106)

90 - Brady Henderson, 11 Medicine Valley (+54 126)


Paxton (9th After 1st Round)

T8 - Jeremy McMillan-Peters, 10 Paxton (not finished)

T49 - Jeff Storer, 12 Paxton (+22 94)

T62 - Jordan Callihan, 11 Paxton (+29 101)

T74 - Dalton Drews, 12 Paxton (+36 108)

T91 - Brylie Hahn, 11 Paxton (+56 128)


Garden County (14th After 1st Round)

T34 - Connor McCord, 11 Garden County (+18 90)

T54 - Brexton Robertson, 12 Garden County (+24 96)

T74 - Drake Yates, 11 Garden County (+36 108)

T84 - Peyton Stanczyk, 12 Garden County (+43 118)

T91 - Chandler McCord, 11 Garden County (+56 128)



T30 - Koby Walker, 11 Mullen (+17 89)







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The McCook Softball Team will participate at the Holdrege Tournament starting August 25th. McCook will take on Minden in the first game at 10:30am.  This is a double elimination format.  View the bracket on the link below.





The McCook Bison Softball Team will host a Softball Tournament on Saturday September 1st at the Jaycee Sports Complex.  View the bracket.





Garden City Community College downed the McCook Community College baseball team 19-7 in action Tuesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex.

The Broncbusters opened the game up with six runs in the second inning to take an 8-1 lead. MCC came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to close the gap to 8-4. Garden City added a pair of runs in the fourth and put the game away with four in the sixth and five in the seventh.

Kaden Sitzman (McCook) started on the mound for MCC and gave up six earned runs in two innings and struck out four. Braydon Peif (Greeley, Colo.) followed with two innings of work and two earned runs surrendered. Shaun Hickey (Summersville, New Brunswick) worked 1.2 innings and allowed four earned runs. Spencer Ray (Greeley, Colo.) allowed five earned runs in one inning and Casey Quagilano (Colby, Kan.) pitched the final one-third of an inning.

Trailing 8-1 in the second, the Indians got a leadoff home run by Parker Kretzel (Thornton, Colo.) and a two-run single by Jacob Reid (Mississauga, Ontario) to make it an 8-4 game.

Garden City added two runs in the fourth inning to make it 10-4.

Chris Bellemare (Grande-Carriere, Quebec) led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run to make it a 10-5 game.

Garden City’s Russell Cruz smashed a two-out grand slam home run in the sixth to stretch the Broncbuster lead to 14-5 and added five in the seventh.

MCC came back with a pair of two-out runs in the seventh on a Beau Hawley (Greeley, Colo.) single.

The Indians had 11 hits on the afternoon. Kretzel had a home run and a single, Hawley a double and single with two RBIs. Reid had two singles and two RBIs, Michael Sookdeo (Brampton, Ontario) doubled and singled.

With the win Garden City improves to 19-18.

MCC falls to 10-21 and will travel to Hastings College Thursday for a pair of games against the Hastings College JVs.

MCC’s next home game will be April 11 at 1 p.m. against Western Nebraska then the Indians close out the home schedule against Northeastern Junior College April 14 and 15 and April 17against Southeast Community College.





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Nebraska Head Coach Scott Frost announced Wednesday that Ron Brown has joined the Cornhusker football staff as Director of Player Development. Brown has 24 previous years of coaching experience at Nebraska, serving as an assistant coach from 1987 to 2003, and again from 2008 to 2014. Brown served as associate head coach at Liberty University for the past three seasons, working for Head Coach Turner Gill. In his new role at Nebraska, Brown will serve in a non-coaching role, mentoring Husker football student-athletes in numerous off-field development areas. Brown will work closely with Nebraska’s nationally renowned Life Skills program and assist in community outreach efforts of Husker football players and staff. “Coach Brown had a tremendous impact on me during my playing career at Nebraska, and I am sure he will have a similar impact on many young men in our football program in the years ahead,” Frost said. “Coach Brown understands Nebraska and what makes this a great place for student-athletes to grow and learn in all areas.” Brown will bring 31 years of college coaching experience to the Nebraska football staff. Brown coached for four seasons at his alma mater, Brown University, before his 24 seasons at Nebraska and the past three years at Liberty. In addition to outstanding team success that included three national championships at Nebraska, Brown coached more than 40 academic all-conference players and nearly 40 players that went on to professional careers. Brown coached the Nebraska tight ends (2008-10) and running backs (2011-14) during his most recent stint with the Huskers. During that time, he tutored future NFL running backs Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah, who rank second and sixth, respectively, on NU’s all-time rushing list. Burkhead earned first-team Academic All-America honors in both 2011 and 2012, while Abdullah was a Doak Walker Award finalist as a senior in 2014. Abdullah left Nebraska as the school’s No. 2 all-time rusher and all-time leader in all-purpose yards. During his time as an assistant from 1987 to 2003, Brown coached the Nebraska wide receivers and tight ends. Brown’s players had a reputation for their tenacity and downfield blocking, helping Nebraska to nine NCAA rushing crowns in 17 seasons. Brown spent four years from 2004 to 2007 as the Nebraska State Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A native of New York, Brown earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown in 1979, and a master’s degree from Columbia in 1982.





Ron Brown on Sports Nightly

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North Platte, Neb. (June 13, 2018) – Some of the best cowboy and cowgirl talent in the nation converge on North Platte each June for the annual Buffalo Bill Rodeo.

World champions and those in the top fifteen in the world standings will compete for over $100,000 over the four days of the rodeo, June 13-16.

But it was a weekend warrior who leads the steer wrestling after the first day of competition.

Steer wrestler Tee Burress, Piedmont, S.D., leads the pack of 86 steer wrestlers after competition on June 13 with a time of 3.6 seconds.

The 33-year-old cowboy has a wife, three kids and a business to run at home, so he chooses to rodeo on weekends.

He has competed at the North Platte rodeo six or eight times since he began rodeo, but the first time he came, it was in the bull riding.

He rode bulls for several years, switching over to the steer wrestling at age 21, “when I gained twenty pounds,” he joked.

Burress and his father Marty co-own a construction company, which gives them more freedom in their schedule. His dad ropes at local rodeos. “Dad likes to rope, so when he goes and ropes, I stay home,” Burress said, “and when I go and steer wrestle, he stays home. It works out good.”

Burress and his wife have a daughter, who is nine, and sons who are ages four and five. The boys love rodeo. “You can’t keep them away from the arena,” Burress said. “I suppose in another year or two, I’ll have to slow down more to take them to rodeos.” The boys aren’t looking to ride bulls, like their dad did. “Their mother has talked them out of bull riding. They’re talking about being steer wrestlers and ropers,” he said. “I keep telling them they can ride one of those (roping) steers, but they look at me funny. But that’s fine. They can do what they want.”

In the saddle bronc riding, it was a rematch between a cowboy and a bucking horse.

Oklahoma cowboy Hardy Braden, who won his event at the 2017 Buffalo Bill Rodeo, drew the same horse this year that he rode last year, Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Painted Desert.

 

Last year, he scored 86.5 points. This year, it was 81, good enough for the lead but probably not good enough to last through the next three nights of rodeo.

His eight second ride was a battle; the horse turned back towards the chutes instead of going straight out. “It’s a little harder for a bronc rider to spur when the horse is turning back. I was trying to stay off her head the best I could and stay in the saddle, but it was a fight towards the end.”

Last year was magical for Braden. He spent most of the rodeo season in the top 15 in the world standings and qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). While in Las Vegas for ten days of the WNFR, he earned about $160,000, which he didn’t spend on frivolous things. “The government got a big chunk of it,” he said, “and we invested some of it.” He didn’t buy any more cattle for his herd; (“I have all the cows I can handle”) but he did buy a “toy,” a utility vehicle to be used around his ranch. “I could use it as a tax write-off,” he said. “I figured, why not?”

 Braden is ranked twenty-fourth in the world standings; the top fifteen on September 30, the end of the rodeo year, go on to compete at the WNFR. He’s not concerned about his ranking; he knows the busiest and richest part of the rodeo season is about to start. “There’s still a lot of year left. The months of July, August and September are pretty nuts.” Braden knows qualifying a second time is “attainable. If things go right, and you can draw decent, it’s very attainable.” Drawing good horses to ride is the key. “It’s just trying to find a good dance partner.”

After the morning’s slack and the evening competition, other leaders are bareback rider Grant Denny, Minden, Nev. (81 points), tie-down roper Jordan Ketscher (8.3 seconds), team ropers Curry Kirchner, Ames, Okla. and Chase Boekhaus, Rolla, Kan. (4.4 seconds), barrel racer Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas (17.41




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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State women's basketball team has added Rico Burkett as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Head coach Ryun Williams announced the addition of Burkett on Thursday.
 
Burkett was the head coach of the Wayne State men's basketball team for nine seasons, finishing his tenure with the Wildcats with the third-most wins in program history (111). Burkett's nine-year stint also ranks as the second-longest tenure in program history, behind only W. Ray Hickman, who served as WSC head coach from 1927-38.
 
"Rico and his family will be tremendous additions to Colorado State University and our women's basketball program," Williams said. "My relationship with Rico goes all the way back to our playing days, as well a lengthy overlap when we were both at Wayne State. I have always had great respect for his ability to interact and relate to players as well as develop their games. Rico is just a very knowledgeable basketball guy who will no doubt help move us forward."
 
Burkett spent 13 seasons total with the Wayne State men's basketball program, previously serving as an assistant coach under current Creighton head coach Greg McDermott for four seasons before being promoted to head coach upon McDermott's departure.
 
"Mandy, Taryn, Marcus and I are excited to join the Ram family," Burkett said. "Coach Williams is one of the brightest coaches in the country, and he has established a rich basketball tradition during his time at Colorado State University. This is a tremendous opportunity to join his staff and be a part of the CSU basketball family. We look forward to moving to Fort Collins and getting involved in a great community. I'm excited to get to work and start building relationships."
 
During his tenure at Wayne State, Burkett recruited and developed 19 All-NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) players, including nine First-Team All-NSIC selections, five Second-Team All-NSIC picks, three Third-Team All-NSIC honorees and two All-NSIC Honorable Mentions. He also coached 1998 All-American Tyler Johnson, as well as All-America Honorable Mention Brad Joens in 2000-01.

Academics were a point of emphasis for Burkett at Wayne State, and he served as academic coordinator for all basketball student-athletes during his WSC tenure. His teams boasted a 100 percent player graduate rate, a 3.0 team GPA or better in 15 of his 18 semesters as head coach and two NSIC Britton Award honorees, the only two in school history. The Britton Award is given annually to the conference's top male scholar-athlete.
 
Burkett has 16 seasons of collegiate coaching experience in all, including a stop as an assistant coach for two seasons at Stetson (1995-97) and his first coaching job as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, North Dakota (1993-94).
 
As a player, Burkett led North Dakota to back-to-back Elite Eight appearances from 1990-91 with no fewer than 28 wins each season and a combined four North Central Conference regular-season and region titles. In 1991, Burkett served as UND's captain, and was named the North Central Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He remains UND's all-time single-season record holder in assists (232) and steals (75).
 
This marks a return to the collegiate coaching ranks for Burkett after a nine-year hiatus from the game. In between college coaching stints, he has served his community in various positions in Grand Island, Neb., including at Boys Town (2010-13 - shelter school/youth care worker), the Department of Health and Human Services (2013 - child and family services specialist), and presently, as an alternative education specialist at Northwest High School. While teaching at Northwest, Burkett assisted the boys' basketball coaching staff from 2013-15 and is currently the girls' basketball coach.
 
Burkett begins his duties at Colorado State in June. Notably, the careers of Williams and Burkett overlapped for eight years at Wayne State, as Williams held the head coaching job for the women's program during Burkett's tenure as men's head coach.





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