Four McCook Community College baseball players have been named to All-Region IX teams, including sophomore shortstop Ricardo Jimenez, Hialeah Fla., who was selected to the first team.
Selected to the second team were freshman pitcher Isaac Vargas, Las Vegas; sophomore utility player Tyler Clark-Chiapperelli, Austin, Texas; and sophomore outfielder Julio Seperich, Las Vegas.
“I’m really happy for all four of these guys, they all had nice years for us,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen.
Jimenez, a transfer from Central Florida Community College, played in 48 games, batting .319 with six home runs and 24 RBIs. He was third in Region IX with 17 doubles, eighth in total bases with 88 and eighth in slugging percent, .550. He had 15 multi-hit games including a five-for-five game April 20 against Otero Junior College. With the team pushing toward a berth in the Region IX tournament, Jiminez hit .375 over the final 15 games and slugged .750 including three home runs in the final series against Northeastern Junior College. He has signed on play next season at Longwood University, a Division I school in Virginia.
Vargas appeared in 14 games as a freshman, starting 10 of those. He was 6-3 with a 2.71 ERA with a save. In 73 innings pitched, he struck out 98 hitters. His ERA was sixth best in the region, he ranked fourth in wins and innings pitched, third with four complete games and strikeouts, and second with 12.08 strikeouts per game.
Seperich, who played shortstop as a freshman, played this season in centerfield. In 45 games he batted .328 with eight double, four home runs, 16 RBIS and 10 stolen bases. His batting average ranked 12th best in the region and his .492 slugging percentage was also ranked 12th. Seperich will play at NAIA Benedictine University at Mesa, Ariz. next season.
Clark-Chiapparelli appared in 12 games as a pitcher as well as playing third base and outfield for the Indians. On the mound he went 3-2 with two saves and a 3.23 ERA. He struck out 50 hitters in 53 innings of work. As a hitter he batted .270 in 152 at bats with 14 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 28 RBIS and 17 steals – fifth most in Region IX. He also ranked in the top 10 in doubles, triples, home runs and total bases and slugging (.546.). He has received several Division I offers and hopes to make his decision soon.
“Three of them are moving on and I want to wish them the best of luck as they head off to their new schools, and we are extremely excited for Isaac and all of the freshman we have returning,” Olsen said.
2019 First Team All-Region IX
OF Jaxsen Davis Lamar CC .387
OF Jaxon Rosencranz Northeastern JC .377
OF Dylan Norsen Northeastern JC .368
INF Brevin Owen Western Nebraska CC .380
INF Lincoln Choate Lamar CC .355
INF Ricardo Jimenez McCook CC .319
INF Davyn Adamscheck Northeastern JC .348
C Skyler Nelson Lamar CC .366
DH Reid Baty Trinidad State JC .281
P Tanner West Lamar CC 8-5, 2.07 ERA
P Tyler Ruetschle Lamar CC 8-4, 3.96 ERA
P Anthony Durbano Trinidad State JC 8-3, 2.86 ERA
2019 Second Team All-Region IX
Isaac Vargas – Pitcher McCook CC 6-3, 2.71 ERA
Tyler Clark-Chiapperelli – Utility McCook CC 3-1, 3.23 ERA, .270 batting average
Julio Seperich – OF McCook CC .323
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals Claws Back, but Falls Just Short Against Team Pollmann Pirates
Despite a 4-run deficit in the second inning, Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals almost came all the way back, eventually falling 7-6 to Team Pollmann Pirates on Tuesday. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals scored one run on a home run in the third inning. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals was right in it until Team Pollmann Pirates homered in the sixth inning. Team Pollmann Pirates opened up scoring in the first inning. Team Pollmann Pirates scored one run when Trenton Raile singled. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals tallied three runs in the fourth inning. Quentin Terry got the start for Team Pollmann Pirates. He lasted three innings, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out nine. Bryson Gullion led things off on the pitcher's mound for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. He went four innings, allowing five runs on six hits and striking out nine. Cason Waugh threw two innings in relief. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals tallied one home run on the day. Gullion had a homer in the third inning. Gullion led Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals with two hits in two at bats.
Team Pollmann Pirates scattered seven hits in the game. Terry and Raile all had multiple hits for Team Pollmann Pirates. Terry went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Team Pollmann Pirates in hits. Team Pollmann Pirates tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Raile led the way with four.
Early Lead for Mets Sets Stage for Victory Over First Central Bank Royals
Mets jumped out to an early lead over First Central Bank Royals and took home a 9-3 victory on Tuesday. Mets scored on a single by Landon Kmoch, a groundout by Noah Mashek, and a stolen base by Gabe Roberts in the first inning. Mets secured the victory thanks to six runs in the second inning. The offensive onslaught by Mets was led by Ethan Schmidt, Tristan Campbell, and Roberts, all driving in runs in the frame. Mets notched six runs in the second inning. The offensive onslaught came from singles by Campbell and Roberts and a walk by Schmidt. Kmoch led things off on the mound for Mets. He lasted three innings, allowing one hit and one run while striking out seven and walking zero. Cole Walter was on the hill for First Central Bank Royals. He went one inning, allowing three runs on two hits and striking out one. Jalen Collicott, Reid Loop, and Riley Riggins each contributed in relief for First Central Bank Royals. Mets tallied seven hits. Kmoch and Campbell each racked up multiple hits for Mets. Campbell and Kmoch all had three hits to lead Mets. Mets tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases. Kmoch led the way with three. Mets was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Roberts had the most chances in the field with six. First Central Bank Royals tallied five hits in the game. Loop and Beckett Heskett all managed multiple hits for First Central Bank Royals. First Central Bank Royals was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Collicott made the most plays with four. First Central Bank Royals stole 13 bases during the game as four players stole more than one. Loop led the way with four.
The McCook Bison Tennis Camp is quickly approaching. The Camp is open to all ages and playing levels and is designed to promote a better understanding of the game and strokes of tennis. Camp will be held at the Bison Tennis courts starting June 3rd for 3 weeks followed by 2 weeks of League. Deadline to register is Friday, May 17th. Flyers can be picked up at McCook Lettering, McCook High School Junior High, McCook Central Elementary and McCook St. Pats.
The 2019 NSAA Girls State Tennis Tournament gets underway starting on Thursday, May 16th and finishing on Friday, May 17th. Hometown Family Radio Sports Network talks with the McCook Head Tennis Coach Matt Wiemers about the seedings and matchups for McCook and what he thinks it will take to win the Class B State Title. You can listen to the full interview below as well as check out the brackets for the state tournament.
The NSAA Boys District Golf Tournament took place yesterday, as area athletes competed for a chance to qualify for next weeks NSAA Boys State Golf Championships on Tuesday May 21st, and Wednesday May 22nd. Class B will play at Elks Country Club in Columbus, Class C will play at Meadowlark Hills Golf Course in Kearney, and Class D will play at Lake Maloney Golf Course in North Platte. View the District Results below.
McCook Community College sophomore Makayla Jones has signed a national letter of intent to continue her basketball career next season at West Virginia Tech in Beckley, West Virginia. WVT is a division of West Virginia University. “West Virginia Tech is getting a competitor in every sense of the word. Makayla just brings it every day and it has shown in how far she has come since she got to McCook,” said MCC Women’s Basketball Coach Brandon Pritchett. Makayla Jones, a 5-5 guard from Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., played in 32 games averaging 6.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. She scored 205 points, had 165 rebounds, 59 assists and 37 steals. From the floor she shot 46.0 percent on 189 shots. She was one of only five players in Region IX named to the all-defensive team. Despite being 5-5, she was second in the Region IX with 94 offensive rebounds. She ranked 11th in the region in total rebounds. “I am really excited for Makayla,” Pritchett said. “She loves the game so much.” Her new team, the Golden Bears, went 24-10 this past season and played in the NAIA Division II women’s basketball national tournament, losing to Indiana Tech in the first round 73-63. WVT went 16-1 in the River States Conference East Division winning both the regular season and post-season conference championships. “She is going to a very successful program where she'll be able to compete for championships, we're excited to watch her at that next stage,” Pritchett said.
Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps Drops Game to Parker Scrappers After Late Score
Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps lost the lead late in a 7-5 defeat to Parker Scrappers on Monday. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps trailed 7-4 in the bottom of the third inning when Caleb Sughroue singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps lost despite out-hitting Parker Scrappers four to two. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps got things moving in the first inning. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps scored three runs when Oliver Wilcox doubled. In the top of the second inning, Parker Scrappers tied things up at four when Bronson Frazier singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run. Parker Scrappers scored seven runs in the second inning. Laken Monzon and Frazier all contributed in the big inning with RBIs. Ty Junker was on the pitcher's mound for Parker Scrappers. He allowed two hits and four runs over two innings, striking out three. Lee Davidson was on the mound for Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps. He allowed zero hits and zero runs over three innings, striking out nine and walking one. Jackson Hartwell threw one-third of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Hartwell went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps in hits. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps tore up the base paths, as four players stole at least two bases. Wilcox led the way with three. Parker Scrappers didn't commit a single error in the field. Monzon had the most chances in the field with five. Kale Sattler led Parker Scrappers with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with seven stolen bases.
Two Sports Shoppe Iron Birds Pitchers Team Up In Shutout Victory Against Mac's Drive In Marauders
Sports Shoppe Iron Birds defeated Mac's Drive In Marauders 9-0 on Monday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Braden Fortin struck out Adrian Roth to finish off the game. Tripp Raile led Sports Shoppe Iron Birds to victory by driving in four runs. He went 2-for-2 at the plate. Raile drove in runs on a single in the first and a double in the second. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds scored seven runs in the second inning. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds big bats were led by Jaime Samaniego and Raile, all driving in runs in the inning. One bright spot for Mac's Drive In Marauders was a single by Bo Schlegel in the second inning. Samaniego was on the hill for Sports Shoppe Iron Birds. He allowed one hit and zero runs over two innings, striking out five and walking one. Schlegel started the game for Mac's Drive In Marauders. He allowed two hits and four runs over one and one-third innings, striking out four. Theron Erickson and Cruz McCarty entered the game from the bullpen, throwing two-thirds of an inning and one-third of an inning respectively. Raile led Sports Shoppe Iron Birds with two hits in two at bats. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Fortin had the most chances in the field with five. Austin Quint led Sports Shoppe Iron Birds with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 12 stolen bases. Schlegel went 1-for-1 at the plate to lead Mac's Drive In Marauders in hits. Mac's Drive In Marauders tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Joseph Yost led the way with two.
The 2019 NSAA Girls and Boys State Track and Field Meet takes place at Burke Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska on Friday and Saturday. Below you can view the list of qualifiers.
McCook - Class B - Girls Jayceea Hanson (12) Addison Randel (9) Mackenzie Smith (12) Boys Mark Arp (10) Cameryn Berry (11) Alec Bunger (12) Seth Dugger (12) Morgan Fawver (12)
Torrington Ford (10) Colin Giron (12) DJ Gross (12) Isaac Hegwood (12) Joshua Hegwood (9) Corban Jernigan (11) Tyler Lytle (12) Riley Mai (12) Branson McDonald (9) James Mockry (12) T J Renner (11) Gabriel Sehnert (12) Brandon Tucker (10)
Cambridge - Class C - Girls Korynn Clason (11) Autumn Deterding (9) Cali Gunderson (11) Paige Sickels (9) Adelyn Sides (12) Kaelie Tomlin (12) Boys Paxton Ross (11) Quintin Shaner (9)
Lucas tenBensel (12) Kyle Eubanks (11)
Southwest - Class C - Girls Nicole Dewey (12) Kailee Miller (12) Boys Kaden Guerrero (12)
Arapahoe - Class D - Girls Joslyn North (12) Mariah Watson (12) Boys John Lee (12) Conner Luke (10) Carson Schroeder (12)
Dundy County-Stratton - Class D - Girls Haylee Davis (10) Jessie Freeland (11) Citori Lutz (12) Sydney Reichert (11) Boys Serbando DiazCortes (10) Michael Frederick (11) Damon Latta (11) Cade Lutz (11) Lincoln Waters (10)
Hitchcock County - Class D - Girls Kassidy Kisker (11) Kyleigh Scott (12) Boys Bradyn Hutto (9)
Maywood-Hayes Center - Class D - Girls Abbie Brott (11) Avery Johnson (11) Jaycee Lapp (11) Jaycee Widener (10) Jayden Widener (12) Boys Mauricio Diaz (9) Eli Handsaker (11) Tate Hartley (12) Parker Johnston (11)
Medicine Valley - Class D - Girls Alex Ellermeier (12) Kaylyn Roblee (9) Boys Kaden Bonini (10) Samuel Heapy (11) Noah Nicklas (10) Reid Stout (12)
Wauneta-Palisade - Class D - Girls Zoey Boos (10) Michaela Dukes (11) Boys Dennis Cavanaugh (12) Ty Duvel (11) Dalton Harchelroad (12) Austen Rozelle (11) Grant Walker (9)
Parker Scrappers Captures Lead Early to Defeat Boutique Air Hot Rods