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Local law enforcement is participating in the 4th annual, “Shop with the Cop” program, which is scheduled forDecember 1st, 2018 at the Hampton Inn and Suites located in Scottsbluff. There are only 100 students selected in the entire county, who are nominated by school staff or a School Resource Officer to “Shop with a Cop.”

The purpose of the event is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Each student will be given the opportunity to spend $75.00 to purchase gifts for members of their family. We will have 2-3 students that are assigned to each police officer. The students will ride in the police officers patrol vehicle to a local department store. In the spirit of giving and the joy that it brings the giver, they are encouraged to spend the money on family or friends rather than themselves. After shopping, special volunteers wrap their gifts for them so that they can have a snack and continue to get to know the police officers before being picked up by their parents.

This is a great event that only comes once a year. It is only possible through the generous donations of individuals and businesses in our community. If you would like to donate to this years “Shop with a Cop” event you can find the official GoFundMe Fundraiser athttps://www.gofundme.com/2018-sb-county-shop-with-a-cop, or any Platte Valley Bank location. Feel free to contact your local police unions for more information.



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FEBRUARY 14, 2019 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested several people and seized 100 pounds of marijuana during five traffic stops this week on Interstate 80. All five stops happened between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

At approximately 1:55 p.m. MT Tuesday, trooper located more than two pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Toyota Yaris for speeding at mile marker 18 near Kimball. The driver, Jessica Reyna, 25, of Sacramento, California, and passenger, Chase Sinclair, 29, of Charlotte, North Carolina, were both arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.

Troopers then found 85 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT Tuesday. A trooper had stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe parked in a no-parking area on the shoulder of the on-ramp at exit 324 near Giltner. The driver, Franklin Schillfarth, 55, of Maryland, was arrested and was lodged in Hamilton County Jail.

On Wednesday at approximately 7:20 a.m. CT, another trooper stopped an eastbound Kia Rio for speeding at 114 miles per hour on I-80 near North Platte at mile marker 176. Marijuana containers were plainly visible in the vehicle and the trooper found approximately two pounds of marijuana during a search. The driver, Brianna Glover, 23, and passenger, Rashawn Hampton, 23, both of Michigan were arrested and lodged in Lincoln County Jail.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. CT Wednesday, a trooper stopped a Chevy pickup pulling a trailer for failing to stay in its lane near Kearney at mile marker 280. The trooper could smell the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and conducted a search. The search revealed personal use marijuana and a handgun. Additionally three pounds of marijuana was located hidden inside a large, older television. An investigation revealed that the driver was unaware of the marijuana inside the television. The driver, Ryan Taylor, 35, of Florida, was arrested and cited for a concealed handgun violation and personal use marijuana. He was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

Finally, at approximately 10:45 a.m. MT, a trooper discovered seven pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Hyundai Sonata for speeding near Kimball at mile marker 18. The driver, Christopher Seligman, 35, of Maryland, was arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.


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NOVEMBER 26, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers removed 16 impaired drivers from the road, issued more than 500 speeding citations, and assisted hundreds of motorists during a special Click It or Ticket enforcement surrounding the Thanksgiving weekend.

The enforcement, which was part of a national effort, including many other law enforcement agencies in Nebraska, was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation - Highway Safety Office.

“A projected record numbers of travelers, along with a winter storm that blanketed much of the state on Sunday, made for an eventful weekend for our troopers,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “I’m incredibly proud of the effort by our troopers and dispatchers this weekend, and thankful that many drivers planned ahead and were able to stay off the roads on Sunday.”

During the enforcement, which ran from Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25, troopers arrested 15 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and 1 for driving under the influence of drugs. In addition to those arrests, troopers issued citations for speeding (506), driving under suspension (35), no proof of insurance (33), minor in possession (5), open container (7), no seat belt (30), and improper child restraint (4).

Troopers also assisted 267 motorists in need of help, arrested 47 people for possession of drugs, and apprehended 9 fugitives.

The enforcement included vehicle checks, high visibility and saturation patrols, as well as regular enforcement efforts.


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COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A 19-year-old driver is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 26 for the Platte County crash death of a motorcyclist.

Court records say Daisy Gonzalez, of Madison, pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor vehicular homicide. Prosecutors dropped a related charge in return for her plea.

The records say the collision occurred Aug. 2 at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 91 and 490th Street. The records say her minivan collided with the motorcycle driven by 22-year-old Joshua Gasper, of Columbus. He died days later of his injuries.

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News Director Ryan Baker talked to Police Chief Dennis DaMoude tonight after the shooting in Holdrege Thursday afternoon.  

Press Release from Nebraska State Patrol

A Holdrege man has been arrested following the shooting deaths of two people and the wounding of a third person in multiple incidents that occurred in Holdrege during the afternoon hours of Thursday, February 21.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., the Holdrege Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at 416 Logan Street. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the incident. Additional crime scenes were then identified in multiple units at the Sunrise View Apartments at 1422 12th Avenue.

A short time later, a vehicle owned by the suspect was seen traveling in the north part of Holdrege. A short, low-speed pursuit ensued and the suspect drove to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office where he was taken into custody without further incident.  

The suspect, Manuel Gomez, 45, of Holdrege, has been lodged in Phelps County Jail. Gomez is the only suspect in all three shootings.

The victims are identified as Raymond Burton, 65, David Rogers, 54, both of whom were found deceased in separate units of the Sunrise View Apartments. The third victim, Doyle Morse, 64, was able to call 911 after being shot at 416 Logan Street. He has been life-flighted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney in critical condition.

The Nebraska State Patrol has been assisted by the Holdrege Police Department, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office, and South Central Area Law Enforcement Services in the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.

Interview with Dennis DaMoude

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Monday, February 25 th : Cheyenne County KS (St. Francis) St. Francis Emergency Building, 125 W Hwy 36

Tuesday, February 26 th : Thomas County (Colby) Community Building downstairs, 285 E 5 th Street
Monday, March 4 th : Greeley County (Tribune) Tribune Fire Department, Ingalls and W Greeley Avenue
Tuesday, March 5 th : Graham County (Hill City) Frontier Stage, 321 Main Street
Thursday March 7 th : Hitchcock County (Culbertson) Culbertson Fire Station, Warsaw and Taylor
Monday, March 11 th : Decatur County (Oberlin) Golden Age Center, 105 W Maple Street
Tuesday, March 12 th : Sherman County (Goodland) Wolak Building, 1006 Center Street
Wednesday, March 13 th : Cheyenne County CO (Kit Carson) Kit Carson Volunteer Fire Department, 306 W 287/Hwy 40
Thursday, March 14 th : Dundy County (Benkelman) EMS Building, 1305 A Street
Friday, March 15 th : Wallace County (Sharon Springs) Wallace County Fairgrounds CAB Building
Monday, March 18 th : Kit Carson County (Burlington) Burlington Ambulance Building, 1576 Lowell Avenue
Tuesday, March 19 th : Yuma County (Wray) Wray Fire Hall, 145 Main Street
Wednesday, March 20 th : Red Willow County (McCook) Heritage Senior Center, 1312 W 5 th Street
Thursday, March 21 st : Wichita County (Leoti) Leoti Fire House, 301 N 4 th Street
Monday, March 25 th : Gove County (Grainfield) Gove County 4-H Building, 757 W 3 rd Street
Tuesday, March 26 th : Sheridan County (Hoxie) Bowen Scott House, 1041 Sheridan Avenue
Thursday, March 28 th : Logan County (Oakley) Logan County Courthouse downstairs, 710 W 2 nd Street
Tuesday, April 2 nd : Rawlins County (Atwood) Prairie Development Center, 208 S 4 th Street
Wednesday, April 3 rd : Norton County (Norton) Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, 14935 US Hwy 36


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DEWITT, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old Nebraska boy died after he was hit by a bus driven by his father.
The Beatrice Daily Sun reports the incident happened Saturday in the driveway of the family's rural home about 5 miles east of DeWitt in southeast Nebraska.
Just before 1 p.m. Saturday, the family called for help after the boy was run over. Two-year-old Maddox Weber died at the scene.
The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating.

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30th Annual Spooktacular

October 19th-21st and October 26th-30th

6:30pm-8pm

$8 per person + new this year; Scary section $2 extra

Games, characters, bounce houses provided by Planet Bounce and treats for

the kids! Fun for the whole family! Help us celebrate 30 years of spooky fun at

the Zoo!

Also new this year is the Flying Spaghetti Monster dinner

October 20th and 27th

$15 for Kids, $20 for Adults or Family pack for 2 Adults and 2 Kids for $60

A fun Halloween themed spaghetti dinner each Saturday of Spooktacular from

5pm-6pm. Includes fun foods and animal visits. Admission to Spooktacular is

included with ticket price for dinner. Dinner guests will also get into

Spooktacular before the general public.



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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the agenda for the 31st Governor’s Ag Conference, which brings together ag producers, industry leaders and agri-business managers in Nebraska on an annual basis to talk about the future of agriculture.  The conference is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 4-5, 2019, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

“For 31 years, the Governor’s Ag Conference has been a premiere forum for Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and industry leaders to come together to discuss agriculture and how to keep growing our state’s number one industry,” said Governor Ricketts.  “We hope you can join us to talk about the future of agriculture in Nebraska.  It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss.”

“We’ve asked industry experts at the local, state and federal level to lead discussions at this year’s Governor’s Ag Conference and share their knowledge and experience with producers and agribusiness leaders from around the state,” said Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman.  “Conference speakers and attendees can use this opportunity to connect with colleagues and prepare for the future.”

The conference starts Monday, March 4, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. with a panel presentation featuring Nebraska entrepreneurs and recruiters.  The panel includes representatives from three innovative Nebraska companies and three organizations involved heavily in recruiting companies to Nebraska.

On the entrepreneur side, the panelists are Vishal Singh with Quantified Ag; Lukas Fricke with ChorChek; and Mitch Minarick with FARMAFIELD.  These speakers will discuss their companies, goals, visions and why they chose Nebraska communities to start their businesses. 

The three people representing recruitment success are: Phil Kozera with Bio Nebraska; Dan Duncan with Innovation Campus; and Bryan Slone with the Nebraska State Chamber.  They will discuss their efforts in recruiting and how to find and attract startups as well as how to connect to established industries. 

Governor Ricketts will moderate this panel presentation that will include questions and answers from the audience.

The annual “Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture” reception, at 6 p.m. on March 4th will feature an assortment of food and beverages from Nebraska.

The conference resumes on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 9 a.m. with a presentation from Jim Smith, executive director of Blueprint Nebraska, an organization that is spearheading a statewide, citizen-led economic development initiative.

Governor Ricketts, NDA Director Wellman and Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Dave Rippe will update conference participants on legislative initiatives in agriculture and highlight the work being done between state agencies to grow Nebraska.  This panel presentation will be moderated by NDA Assistant Director Amelia Breinig.

Next on the agenda will be Jim Wiesemeyer, with Pro Farmer, giving participants an update on the national farm bill and how it will impact farmers and ranchers nationwide as well as here in Nebraska.   

The Governor's Ag Conference is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and is co-sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.  A $125 registration fee covers participation at activities on both Monday and Tuesday.  Registration and additional information is available online at www.nda.nebraska.gov, or by calling NDA toll-free at (800) 831-0550.

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On 2/5/19 at approximately 21:43, Scottsbluff Police responded to the intersection of Hwy 26 and 5th Ave in reference to an injury accident involving two vehicles.  The investigation found that a blue 2005 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Austin Rhamy (20) of Scottsbluff and a gray 2004 GMC Yukon driven by Raquel Wurdeman (23) of Gering were involved in the accident.  It was found that the Chrysler was north bound on 5th Ave and the GMC was east bound on Hwy 26.  The Chrysler and GMC collided in the intersection.  Both drivers reported they each had the green traffic signal in their respective directions of travel.  There were no witnesses on scene to confirm which direction of travel had the green traffic signal.  Both vehicles were estimated to have $7000 in damages.  Both vehicles were required to be towed from the scene.  Wurdeman and one passenger in the GMC had complaints of pain, but declined to be transported by ambulance for treatment.  Scottsbluff Fire Department and Valley Ambulance responded to the accident.  Eastbound lanes of Hwy 26 at 5th Ave were closed for approximately 45 minutes while the accident was investigated. 

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 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team had plenty of offense on Sunday, but Garden City Community College had just a little bit more in registering the doubleheader sweep over WNCC Sunday afternoon in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

                The first game saw WNCC jump to a 4-2 lead only to watch Garden City score seven times in the fourth for an 11-4 win.

                The second game saw the two squads combine for 20 run and 22 hits while Garden City scored seven times in the sixth to register the 12-8 win.

                The first game saw WNCC jump to a 4-2 lead after scoring four times in the second. WNCC loaded the bases and then Anroldo Maltos-Garcia singled in the first run. Austin Abbott followed with a 2-run single to put WNCC up 3-2. Maltos-Garcia scored the fourth run for the 4-2 lead.

                The lead didn’t hold up as Garden City scored single runs in the third and sixth and seven times in the fourth for the final margin.

                WNCC was led at the plate by Harrison Yates and Arnoldo Maltos-Garcia with two hits each, including a double. Austin Abbott finished the game with two RBIs.

                Nate Kolb took the loss, going three innings in allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out two. Chandler Young tossed two innings in giving up three hits and three runs. Mitch Mullen also tossed an inning in allowing two hits and a run.

                The second game was a high-scoring affair. WNCC had a pair of four-run innings to grab an 8-5 lead through 5 ½ innings.

                WNCC scored four times in the fourth on seven hits. It all started with three straight singles by John Betsch, Dermot Fritsch and Mitch Osborne to load the bases. Q Miller then singled home the first run followed by Hunter Nelson delivering a 2-run single for a 3-1 lead. Hayden Seibers finished off the scoring with a 2-out single for the 4-1 lead.

                Garden City came back with four runs of their own in the fourth for a 5-4 lead. WNCC responded with four runs in the sixth on four hits. The big hits in the frame included a 3-run triple by Betsch and a run-scoring double by Fritsch for the 8-5 lead.

                Garden City responded with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the 12-8 lead.

                WNCC outhit Garden City 12-10. Osborne led the attack with three singles with a run scored. Betsch and Fritsch each had two hits. Betsch had a triple with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Fritsch had a double with a run scored and RBI.

                Nelson also finished with two RBIs.

                Elliot McNeave took the loss in relieve. McNeave went just two-thirds innings allowing three hits and six runs. Kyler Harris started and went four innings before giving up six hits and five runs. Brandon Rollinson and Ty McAninch also saw time on the mound.

                WNCC, 0-4, is scheduled to open the home portion this weekend when they host Miles Community College Saturday and Sunday, weather depending. Stay tuned to the WNCC athletic website and Facebook for updates on the home game.

 

Game 1

WNCC                   040 000 0 – 4 8 3

Garden City        201 701 x – 11 9 2

LP – Nate Kolb

2B – Harrison Yates, Anroldo Maltos-Garcia

 

Game 2

WNCC                   000 404 0 – 8 12 2

Garden City        001 407 x – 12 10 1

LP – Elliot McNeave

2B – Dermot Fritsch

3B – John Betsch




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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team had a couple close games with Garden City Community College to open the season, but dropped both contests Saturday afternoon in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
                The first game was a pitcher’s dual that saw Garden City score once in the first inning and then hold on for the 1-0 win.
                The second contest saw Garden City score five times in the third inning to register the 7-2 win.
                Both squads will be back in action for another doubleheader Sunday.
                The opener saw the two pitchers go toe-to-toe. WNCC’s Zach Berg went five strong innings in allowing four hits and just one run while striking out three. Garden County had a strong pitching performance from Eri Heiman, who went six innings in allowing three hits while striking out five.
                All the runs needed occurred in the first inning when S. Klein tripled and scored on a C. Truslow single.
                WNCC had a chance to score the tying run in the fourth when Dermot Fritsch led off with a double but was left stranded at third.
                WNCC also had two runners on in the sixth but couldn’t get a base hit to score the tying run.
                Fritsch had the only extra base hit with the other two singles from Brevin Owen and Amoldo Matltos-Garcia.
                                The second game was another close contest. WNCC scored once in the first on three hits. Luis Alcantara singled and Brevin Owen doubled to lead off the inning. Alcantara scored on a Hunter Nelson groundout for the 1-0 lead.
                The Cougars also scored a single run in the third on no hits. Owen scored on a fielding error.
                Garden City scored five times in the third on just two hits. Garden City added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth inning.
                John Betsch led the offense with two hits, including a double.
                Kale Litzelman took the loss, tossing four innings in giving up five runs and three hits while striking out five. Devin DeBoer went two innings allowing two runs while Wellington Mariano went one inning.
 
Game 1
Garden City        100 000 0 – 1 5 3
WNCC                   000 000 0 – 0 3 0
LP – Zach Berg
2B – Dermot Fritsch
 
Game 2
Garden City        005 011 0 – 7 6 2
WNCC                   101 000 0 – 2 6 3
LP – Kale Litzelman
2B == Brevin Owen, John Betsch




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The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team will be holding hitting and pitching leagues for the area youth baseball players beginning in January.

 

Both leagues will run for five weeks on Monday nights. Cost for the leagues is $50 per participant.

The hitting league will get the ball rolling first with hitting action slated for January 21 and 28, and February 4, 11, and 18. The pitching league will be held February 25, March 4, 18, and 25, and April 1.

 

Ages for the two leagues are baseball players 8 to 18. The hitting league is limited to the first paid 24 teams of four players, while the pitching league will consist of teams of two. League action begins at 6 p.m. with staggered starting times. The action will take place at the Field of Dreams indoor baseball facility located in Scottsbluff by Cleveland Field.

 

To download a league registration form, go to wnccathletics.com and the camps tab.

For more information, contact WNCC baseball coach Mike Jones at jomesm@wncc.edu or 308-635-6198.





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The 14th-ranked Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team scored 51 second-half points to come back to top Colby Community College 88-85 Wednesday evening at Cougar Palace in the Cougars’ home opener.

The big difference in the game was second half shooting and rebounding.

“The first half we came out very slow and we weren’t playing good defense,” Bryce Sanchious, who finished with 16 points including a couple eye-popping, second half dunks, said. “The second half, coach told us to play defense.”

Defense was a big key and Sanchious said that is something that they have to get better at.

“We are a pretty good offensive team right now because that is what we work on in practice,” he said. “Right now we have to work on our defense because we can’t have teams scoring over 80 points on us.”

The second half was the turning point for the Cougars. In the opening half, WNCC shot just 39 percent from long-range in making seven 3-pointers but just 42 percent from the field. Colby shot 55 percent from the field in the opening half. Colby even had a 21-18 rebound edge in the opening first half.

WNCC started strong as Jervay Green had five straight points for a 32-27 WNCC lead with 6 minutes to play. That was when Colby took the lead, going on a 9-0 run to lead 36-32 with 4:11 to play. The Trojans pushed the lead to double digits at 44-34 and led 49-37 at halftime.

Sanchious said they knew going into the locker room what they needed to do in the second half.

“We knew going into halftime what we needed to do since they were out-rebounding us,” he said. “The second half rebounding was totally different.”

Rebounding and shooting picked up for the Cougars. WNCC had 17 big rebounds but it was the shooting that heated up with an electric student section that was got the Cougars energized. WNCC shot 69 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes and were 6 of 7 from long range. Colby shot 35 percent in the second half.

Early on in the second half Colby continued to play strong as they held a double digit lead for the first eight minutes of the contest, leading 68-50 at one time. It was at that junction that the Cougar offense hyped up, going on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 68-60 on a Sanchiouis electrifying dunk.

Colby and WNCC kept trading buckets and led 75-68 on a Craig Beaudeon trey. WNCC responded with authority after that and it all started with another Sanchious energizing dunk. The Cougars took their first lead of the game since midway in the first half at 76-75 on a Dru Kuxhausen 3-pointer with 4:32 to play.

Colby went back in front with a bucket by Rian Carter, but the Cougars went on a 7-0 run on 3-pointers by Kuxhausen and Green to lead 83-77.

The contest stayed close to the end. Colby sliced the lead to one, 84-83, with 22.7 seconds. Kuxhausen hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to an 88-85 lead. Colby had one last hope of tying the game in the final 3.2 seconds. Carter brought the ball to past half court and shot a desperation 3-pointer that hit the rim but didn’t go in as the final buzzer went off.

WNCC had just five players hit the scoring column on the night. Green led all scorers with 30 points, including making four 3-pointers.

Kuxhausen finished with 24 points with six treys, while Sanchious had 16 points.

Martin Roub and Henry Tanksley each finished with nine points.

Colby finished the game with four players in double figures. Ed Oliver-Hampton led the team with 21 points followed by Craig Beaudion with 19, Carter with 15, and Javion May with 10.

WNCC, 3-0, will be back in action this weekend for the Region 9/18 Classic when Casper, College of Southern Idaho, and Salt Lake Community College come to WNCC. Friday’s schedule has Casper facing Salt Lake at 5:30 p.m. followed by WNCC and No. 3 CSI at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s schedule pits CSI and Casper together at 4 p.m. with WNCC and No. 8 Salt Lake battling at 6 p.m.

 

Colby (2-1)                          49 36 – 85

WNCC (3-0)                         37 51 – 89

COLBY

Rian Carter15, Javion May 10, Craig Beaudion 19, Caleb Jones McCray 6, Gabe Oliveira 2, Eddie Davis 3, Ed Oliver-Hampton 21, Eric Turner 5, Moses Bol 4.

WNCC

Dru Kuxhausen 24, Bryce Sanchious 16, Henry Tanksley 9, Jervay Green 30, Martin Roub 9.




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The #14 Western Nebraska Community College Cougars Men's Basketball program is back in action Friday as they will play for a second time this season against the top five College of Southern Idaho. The Cougars pulled out a close 105-102 victory over the Golden Eagles last weekend at Central Wyoming. 

The Golden Eagles look to redeem themselves in what will be a  less than packed house at the Palace as the Scottsbluff Bearcats Semi-Final State Football Playoff game will be played at the same time. WNCC is offering free entry to anyone with a stamp from the Scottsbluff game.

The Cougars will also host another top ten opponent Salt Lake Community College on Saturday at 6pm. You can listen to all the action beginning at 5:45pm for pregame coverage tomorrow. 

Here is my conversation with Cory Fehringer on the Cougars 3 and 0 start to the season. 




11.09 Cory Fehringer

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The No.18 Western Nebraska Community College fought back from a 2-0 deficit only to come up short in a heartbreaking loss to Laramie County Community College in five sets 25-13, 25-20, 17-25, 17-25, 16-14 Tuesday evening in Cheyenne.

The lose drops the Cougars to 23-8 on the season and snaps a 9-match winning streak, while the Golden Eagles move to 23-7 and push their win streak to 12 matches.

WNCC will have two more regular season matches before next week’s regional tournament this week at home. On Thursday, in sophomore recognition night, the Cougars host Sheridan College at 7 p.m. followed by a Friday night encounter against No. 5 Iowa Western Community College at 7:30 p.m. in homecoming festivities after the match.

Tuesday’s match with LCCC, however, started exactly how it the first meeting between the two squads started with the Golden Eagles grabbing the first set 25-13 and the second set 25-20 for a 2-0 lead.

Just like the August meeting, WNCC responded back grabbing the third set 25-17 and then rolling to the fourth set 25-17 behind strong serving.

That set up a crucial fifth set just like the first meeting. WNCC led 8-7 in the fifth on two Enna Masaki points only to watch LCCC come back for a 10-8 lead.

From there the fifth set became intense as WNCC tied set at 11-11 on an Amryi-Grace Paris kill and Kaile Tuisamatatele points. WNCC led 13-12 after a Jayme Commins service point and it looked as if WNCC was going to pull out the fifth set like they did in the first meeting.

LCCC, however, came back to lead 14-13 and was one point from the match. WNCC forced extra points on a Masaki kill, tying the set at 14. LCCC responded back in claiming the final two points for the win.

WNCC had three players led the team with nine kills each in Masaki, Paris, and Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina.

Commins had a double-double with 15 digs and 39 set assists. Commins also had four digs.

Several players had near double-doubles. Masaki had nine digs, six points, three aces and three solo blocks to go with her nine kills, while Adia Sherbeyn finished with 10 digs and eight points.

Also for the Cougars, Tuisamatatele tallied seven kills, six points, two solo blocks, and 12 points; Ana Costas had 15 digs, nine points, and three set assists; Camille Esselin had eight digs and two points; Gaby Canavati had seven kills and three digs; Mamai-Lagafuaina had five solo blocks; and Sarena Bartley had four kills.

After this week, WNCC will be back in Cheyenne for the Region IX tournament that begins on Halloween. WNCC, who earned the No. 1 seed from the South Sub-region will play at 1 p.m. on Oct. 31 against the winner of the North 4 and South 5 winner that will be played earlier on Halloween. The Region IX tournament will be held at Storey Gym in Cheyenne with the top two teams from the regional tournament qualifying for the national tournament later in November.




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In a battle of Top 15 teams, the Salt Lake Community College men’s basketball team shot 50 percent and buried 15 3-pointers in racing to a 108-78 win over Western Nebraska Community College Saturday evening at Cougar Palace.

Salt Lake, who is ranked eighth in the nation, put up 61 first-half points and held the 14th-ranked Cougars to 27 percent shooting in the first half to register the victory and go 1-1 over the weekend. Casper and the College of Southern Idaho also went 1-1 in the Region 9/18 Classic after CSI came back from a 60-47 halftime deficit to top Casper 105-103 in the early game Saturday.

WNCC, who dropped to 3-2 on the season, will have a week to regroup before hosting another 4-team classic next weekend when Central Wyoming College, Western Wyoming Community College, and Williston State come to Cougar Palace. WNCC will play Western Wyoming on Friday at 7 p.m. and then Central Wyoming on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Saturday, WNCC’s shooting woes started early in the match. The two teams were tied just once at 2-2. After that, Salt Lake went on a 10-0 run and never relinquished the lead again.

The Cougars, however, kept fighting in the game. With the Bruins up 12-2, WNCC sliced the lead to 12-7 on a Henry Tanksley 3-pointer and a Jervay Green bucket. Salt Lake came right back on an 8-0 run for a 20-7 lead and later led 37-22. That was when the Bruins went on a 12-0 run to lead 49-22 before settling for a 61-28 halftime lead.

The first half saw several Cougars in foul trouble early, including Green and Dru Kuxhausen each with three fouls.

The second half was an evenly played 20 minutes with WNCC outscoring Salt Lake 50-47. The trading baskets, though, was not enough as the Cougars suffered their second loss of the season.

Shooting was the big reason for the Cougar’s defeat. WNCC shot 26.5 percent in the first half and just 37 percent for the game. Added to that, the Cougars were 3 of 17 from beyond the arc in the first half for 18 percent. The second half was better, shooting 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from the 3-point area (8 of 19).

Free throw shooting wasn’t go the Cougars way either shooting 50 percent at 15 of 30.

Salt Lake, on the other hand, shot 51 percent in the first half, 47 percent in the second half for an even 50 percent for the game. The Bruins buried eight treys in the first half and nine in the second half. Salt Lake was also 19 of 24 from the charity stripe.

Salt Lake also won the rebound battle 53-41.

WNCC had four players finish with double figures. Bryce Sanchious led the Cougars with 22 points, including going 7 of 10 from the charity stripe. Kuxhausen tallied 21 points and six 3-pointers before fouling out.

Tanksley finished with 12 points followed by Martin Roub with 10. Green, after tallying 44 in a game against Southern Idaho on Friday, finished with eight points.

Salt Lake also had four players in double figures. Josh Colon had 25 points with three 3-pointers while going 8 of 8 from the charity stripe. Daron Henson also had 23 points with four treys, while Cameron Mack had 15 and three 3-pointers, and Aaron Burt tallying 12 points.

In the first game of the day, Casper College ran out to a 60-47 halftime lead on 43 percent shooting while burying eight 3-pointers. The second half was the difference as the T-birds shot 36 percent and made just two treys. CSI, on the other hand, stayed consistent in shooting 46 percent in the first half and 47 percent in the second half. The big difference in the game was rebounding, where the Golden Eagles held a 59-48 advantage.

Casper had four players in double figures, led by Isaac Bonton with 29 points, including five 3-pointers and going 12 of 15 from the free throw line.

Southern Idaho had six players in double figures. David Walker finished with 20 points, including going 8 of 10 from the free throw line, while Coreyoun Rushin and N’Keil Nelson each had 18 points.

 

 

Casper (3-1)                        60 43 – 103

Southern Idaho (2-2)      47 58 – 105

CASPER

Braxton Bertolette 18, Jalen Harris 4, Keiron Goodwin 7, Amin Adamu 6, Isaac Bonton 29, Philip Pepple 6, Wilfried Likayi 16, Zion Tordoff 4, Broc Furman 10, James Hampshire 3.

CSI

David Walker 20, Malik Porter 6, Coreyoun Rushin 18, Roberto Gittens 11, N’Keil Nelson 18, Coleman Sparling 3, Brayden Parker 15, Jaxon Edelmayer 12, Andrea Lo Biondo 2.

 

Salt Lake (2-1)    61 47 – 108

WNCC (3-2)         28 50 – 78

SALT LAKE

Asa McCord 8, Daron Henson 23, Cameron Mack 15, Aaron Burt 12, Alan Zekovic 6, Dimi Pansev 2, Matt Lindsy 9, Josh Colon 25, Hunter Schofield 8.

WNCC

Dru Kuxhausen 21, LeBeck Warren 2, Bryce Sanchious 22, Ernesto Chavez 1, Elie Cadet 2, Henry Tanksley 12, Jervay Green 8, Martin Roub 10.




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 The Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team need a strong second half to earn an 80-73 South Sub-region win over Trinidad State Junior College Sunday afternoon at Cougar Palace.

                The Cougars, who trailed 43-34 at halftime, shot 55 percent in the second half while holding the Trojans to 32 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.

                WNCC head coach Cory Fehringer said for his team to play the defense that they did in the second half shows a lot.

                “In general we have lost some games where we have not shot the ball very well and they have been close ones,” Fehringer said. “We told the guys this week that there will be a game where you don’t shoot it well and the ball isn’t falling and you will have to find a way to win. You know only giving up 30 points in the second half and holding them to 36 percent shooting on the night, I would say those boys did a good job of winning when not shooting well.”

                The Cougars only shot 33 percent in the first half compared to 40 percent for Trinidad. Both teams nailed six 3-pointers in the first half. WNCC led Trinidad 31-28 in the first half. Trinidad mounted a charge, going on a 10-0 run to lead 38-31 and at one time lead 43-32. WNCC trailed at intermission 43-34.

                WNCC exploded out of the locker room, tying the score at 53-53 with just over 10 minutes on a Dru Kuxhausen bucket. Trinidad came back to lead 58-44. That was when WNCC went on an 11-0 run and took the lead for good, 59-58, with 8:07 to play on a Bruce Sanchious bucket.

                Trinidad got back to 68-65 and were down by five 76-71 late, but the Cougars hit clutch free throws down the stretch for the win.

                WNCC had two completely different halves. The first half they shot 33 percent and then 55 percent in the second half. WNCC just had eight 3-pointers on the night, six of which came in the first half.

                WNCC had four players in double figures. Kuxhausen led all scorers with 24 points, including hitting three 3-pointers.

                Jervey Green tallied 17 points while Henry Tanksley had 14, and Sanchious tallied 12.

                WNCC out-rebounded the Trojans 47-37. Martin Roub finished with 11 rebounds followed by Sanchiouis with seven and Green with six. Green also led the team with five assists.

                WNCC will be back in action Tuesday when they hit the road for a South Sub-region contest at McCook Community College. Fehringer said they are going worry about what they need to do correct when they try to pick up the road win.

                “We are not going to worry too much about the opponent. We didn’t watch film on Trinidad,” he said. “They just have to continue to get better playing together. We are switching a lot of stuff now so they have to be really vocal and talking on the defensive end. We just have to get rested. This team has been beat up all year and we continue to play five or six guys in the rotation. I am just proud of their effort with a short bench.”

 

Trinidad                43 30 – 73

WNCC                   34 46 – 80

TRINIDAD

Ian Kelly 7, Keontae White 9, Goy Wang 8, Bilal Shabazz 16, David Muenkat 2, Aleck Sharma 15, Issac Essein 16.

WNCC

Dru Kuxhausen 24, Marquis White 1, LeBeck Warren 3, Bryce Sanchious 12, Henry Tanksley 14, Jervay Green 17, Martin Roub 9.




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MCCOOK – Dru Kuxhausen scored 30 points and the Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball topped McCook Community College 91-85 in a Region IX South Sub-region game Tuesday in McCook.

                The win moves the Cougars to 18-6 overall but more importantly, the Cougars move back into first place of the South Sub-region with a 6-1 record after Northeastern Junior College topped North Platte Community College 80-70 on Tuesday.

                The win was a battle between both teams. WNCC held a slim 40-36 lead at halftime. In the second half, the Cougars built a near double-digit lead only to watch McCook slice the lead to two, 72-70. WNCC came back, hitting clutch shots to go back ahead by six points, 85-79, on a Bruce Sanchious bucket. McCook cut the lead to two points with under 20 seconds to play, but Kuxhausen hit four free throws in the final seconds to preserve the win.

                WNCC shot 51 percent for the field, but the most important statistic was free throw shooting where the Cougars were 14 of 18.

                McCook shot 45 percent from the field and buried 12 3-pointers.

                WNCC put three players in double figures. Kuxhausen led all scorers with 30 points, including six 3-pointers and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe.

                Sanchious and Jervay Green followed with 21 and 20 points respectively. Sanchious pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds, while Green dished off a team-high seven assists.

                WNCC, 18-6, will be back in action on Monday when they host Eastern Wyoming College in the first of three straight home contests. Monday’s doubleheader begins at 5:30 p.m. with the women’s contest followed by the men’s game.

 

WNCC (18-6)      40 51 – 91

McCook (9-13)   36 49 – 85

WNCC

Dru Kuxhausen 30, Marquis White 6, Bryce Sanchious 21, Jervay Green 20, Martin Roub 6, LeBeck Warren 2, TJ O’Connor 4, Henry Tanksley 2.

MCCOOK

Amadou Dieye 12, Peanut Cunningham 18, Ronald Rice 2, Miles Black 6, Tyrek Battle-Holley 10, Avanthony Banks 12, Mardrez McBride 20, Antonije Petrovic 2, Anani Ikechukwu 3.




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CASPER, Wyo. – The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team had some rust in the first game back from a 3-week break, shooting just 28 percent from the field in falling 83-63 to Casper College on Monday in Casper, Wyoming.

WNCC falls to 12-3 on the season and saw its 11-game winning streak snapped.

It was a contest that WNCC made runs all night long, but each time the Cougars made a run the Thunderbirds would answer with a run of their own.

Casper led early 9-2 only to watch WNCC cut the lead to 9-7. Casper responded to go up 16-10 after one quarter.

WNCC cut the lead to a single point in the second quarter at 26-25 on a 3-pointer, but Casper went on a 12-3 run to close out the half and lead 38-28 at the break.

The third quarter was one of WNCC’s best 10 minutes. WNCC opened the quarter with 3-pointers by Taylor Joplin and Merle Wiehl and knotted the score at 47-47 on a Tishara Morehouse trey. The two teams were knotted at 50 on a Joplin 3-pointer. The Cougars couldn’t get the lead with Casper taking a 57-50 lead and led 57-53 after three quarters.

The final frame was close for the first few minutes with WNCC trailing 63-60. It was at that juncture Casper went on a 9-0 run to lead 72-60 before a Wiehl 3-pointer with 3:20 to play stopped the run. Casper’s defense shut out the Cougars the rest of the game for the 20-point win.

Shooting was the difference. WNCC shot 28 percent from the field and was 31 percent (11-of-35) from beyond the arc. The Cougars made just 8 of 11 free throws.

Casper was much more fluid from the field. The Thunderbirds shot 46 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-21). Casper also went to the free throw twice as much as the Cougars, burying 16 of 22 shots.

Another key in the contest was rebounding. The Thunderbirds out-boarded the Cougars 54-43. Casper’s Nerea Baena pulled down 20 boards to finish the game with a double-double. Baena also tossed in 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field.

Casper had four players in double figures. After Baena, Jaye Johnson tallied 16 points followed by Lucie Hoskova with 13 and Maggie Justinak with 12.

WNCC had two in double figures. Joplin and Wiehl each had 17 points. Wiehl had five 3-pointers while Joplin had three. Wiehl, Joplin, and Eva Langton all had six rebounds to lead the team.

WNCC, 12-3, will look to get back on track this weekend when they host a pair of games. WNCC will host Northeast Community College on Friday at 5:30 p.m. before taking on Otero Junior College at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Region IX South sub-region opener.

 

 

WNCC (12-3) 10 18 25 10 – 63

Casper (11-4) 16 22 19 26 – 83

 

WNCC

Merle Wiehl 17, Allysah Boothe 3, Andrijana Reljic 2, Eva Langton 3, Taylor Joplin 17, Tishara Morehouse 7, R’Manie Pulling 5, Yuliyana Valcheva 8.

 

CASPER

Raquel Ferrer Bernad 5, Nerea Baena 26, Maggie Justinak 12, Jaye Johnson 16, Lucie Hoskova 13, Nazli Bayazit 2, Ashley Tehau 7, Reka Soos 2.





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