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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.


(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.


#1. 2018 Toyota C-HR donated by TEAM Auto Center - Garrett Dudden

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#7. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Diane Vandenberg

#8. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Karol Nyquist

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#10. $250 Gift Card donated by The Steel Grill - John Maser

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#15. $200 Cash donated by KNEB - Stacy Keller

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#18. One year of Car Washes donated by Paradise - Angela Miller

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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

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.


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.


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.


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.  

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.


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


Lawrence, Kan. — Hannah Whitish scored 25 of her career-high 29 points in the second half and Nebraska played suffocating defense to flip Kansas 30 points on the scoreboard, as the Husker women's basketball team rolled to a 66-49 win at historic Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday night.

The victory was Nebraska's first true road win since defeating Michigan in Ann Arbor on Jan. 24, 2016, as the Huskers improved to 6-3 overall while handing the Jayhawks their first loss of the season, snapping KU's seven-game home winning streak.

Whitish, who opened the game 0-for-6 from the field, hit all six of her second-half shot attempts and a three-pointer near the end of the first half to help the Huskers rally from a 13-point second-quarter deficit.

For the game, Whitish hit 7-of-13 from the field including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc after starting 0-for-5 from beyond the arc. Whitish also hit 11-of-14 from the charity stripe, and added four assists, five rebounds and three steals on the night. Whitish made eight consecutive free throws in the closing minutes to help the Huskers win going away.

While Whitish carried the offense, Nebraska's team defense was at its best in the fourth quarter, holding the homestanding Jayhawks to just four points - all free throws - forcing KU to go 0-for-14 from the floor in the final period. Nebraska held KU to just 13 points in the second half tying for the fourth-fewest points by an opponent in the second half in school history.

Nebraska led 12-7 early on the strength of terrific defense until freshman center Kate Cain picked up her second foul with less than one minute left in the opening quarter. The Big Red led 12-10 at the end of the first, but Cain did not play in the second quarter and Kansas took advantage without Cain at the rim.

The Jayhawks surged to their biggest lead at 33-20 after a three-pointer by Austin Richardson with 2:35 left in first half.

Whitish, who was held scoreless for the first 17:41 in the game, hit a free throw with 2:19 left. Kansas native Emily Wood then hit a three for the Big Red with 1:16 remaining, before Whitish knocked down her first field goal with her own three-pointer with 24 seconds left to trim KU's margin to 34-27.

Christalah Lyons, who led KU with 12 points on the night, hit a pair of free throws with five seconds left, to send the Jayhawks to the locker room with a 36-27 lead.

But Whitish carried the confidence from her made three at the end of the half into the start of the third quarter, burying another three just 15 seconds into the half to pull Nebraska within 36-30.

Five straight points from Whitish, including a three with 1:46 left in the quarter gave Nebraska its first lead of the half at 43-41, but KU responded with four straight points to regain the lead.

Cain tied the score with her basket with 41 seconds left, before Bria Stallworth hit a free throw with 3.4 seconds left to send the Big Red to the fourth quarter with a 46-45 lead.

Lyons hit a free throw to tie the score at 46 with 8:55 left, but Whitish dominated the last nine minutes of the game. She hit another three and added a jumper to give Nebraska a 51-46 lead, before Nicea Eliely got a layup with five minutes left to give the Huskers a 53-46 edge.

Another two by Whitish and a three-pointer by Wood with 3:05 left gave Nebraska a 58-46 advantage, before Kylee Kopatich ended a 7:14 scoreless drought for KU with one free throw. Kopatich finished with 10 points, but went just 3-of-12 from the field.

Whitish then sealed the win with eight free throws in the final 1:31, and a Nebraska defense sparked by tenacious ball-hawking by Jasmine Cincore and the shot-blocking of Cain shut out the Jayhawks from the field.

Whitish was the only Husker to produce double figures, but she was far from the Nebraska's lone contributor. Eliely added seven points, three assists and a steal, while Wood pitched in six points, two rebounds and an assist off the bench. Maddie Simon added six points, seven rebounds and two huge steals, while Cain contributed five points, a game-high nine rebounds and a game-high five blocked shots.

Cincore added five points, four assists, two steals and a block while being a disruptive force on the defensive end, especially in the fourth quarter. In all, nine Huskers found the scoring column while 10 Huskers had at least one rebound.

As a team, Nebraska hit 37 percent (20-54) from the field, including 32 percent (8-25), and 18-of-28 free throws (.643). The Big Red held KU to just 28.6 percent (16-56) from the field, including just 4-of-19 three pointers. The Jayhawks were 0-for-9 from long range in the second half. Kansas also hit 13-of-23 free throws (.565).

Nebraska won the turnover battle, 16-9, and outscored the Jayhawks 18-5 in points off turnovers. The Big Red lost the rebounding battle, 42-40, but outscored KU, 8-5 in second-chance points.

In a defense-heavy first half, the Huskers shot just 27.3 percent on 9-of-33 shooting from the field while Kansas shot 12-of-25 (48 percent), including 8-for-11 (.727) in the second quarter alone. The Jayhawks were also 3-of-5 in the quarter from long range.

In the second half, Nebraska outscored Kansas, 39-13.

The Huskers continue road action on Saturday when they travel to Drake. Tip-off with the defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Bulldogs at the Knapp Center in Des Moines is set for 2 p.m.


Nebraska's Amy Williams was named the 2018 Big Ten Women's Basketball Coach of the Year in a vote of conference media and coaches on Monday, Feb. 25.

The second-year Husker head coach has led one of the nation's top turnarounds, guiding the Big Red to a 20-9 overall record that included an 11-5 conference mark to claim the No. 3 seed at this week's Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.

Nebraska has put up a 13-game improvement in the win column over its 7-22 record a year ago - the largest improvement in the nation this season. Although the Huskers finished third in the Big Ten regular-season standings, they entered the final day of the regular season in contention for a share of the Big Ten title just one season after tying for last place in the 14-team league.

Williams, who last week was named one of 10 finalist for the Werner Ladder Naismith National Coach-of-the-Year award, captured her third conference coach-of-the-year honor in the last four seasons. She captured back-to-back Summit League Coach-of-the-Year honors as the head coach at South Dakota in 2015 and 2016 before taking the top job at her alma mater prior to the start of the 2016-17 season.

Williams, who is in her 11th season overall as a collegiate head coach, has produced impressive success at each of her stops. As a second-year coach at Rogers State (NAIA) in 2008-09, she led a five-game improvement in the win column over her first season (13-18) while helping the school make the transition from a junior college program to a four-year team. In her fifth and final year at Rogers State, she led the Hillcats to the NAIA Elite Eight.

In 2012-13, she took over a South Dakota program that managed a 19-16 record in her first season. The next season, she guided the Coyotes to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. In her final year at South Dakota, she led USD to a 32-6 overall record and a 15-1 mark in the Summit League before winning the 2016 Postseason WNIT title. She led South Dakota to regular-season conference titles in 2015 and 2016 after winning the conference tournament title in 2014. She was the Summit League Coach of the Year in both 2015 and 2016.


Lincoln - Nebraska's Amy Williams was named a semifinalist for the Werner Ladder Naismith Women's Basketball College Coach-of-the-Year award by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Wednesday morning.

The second-year Husker head coach has led one of the nation's top turnarounds, guiding the Big Red to a 19-8 overall record that has included a 10-4 conference mark heading into the final week of Big Ten play. Nebraska has put up a 12-game improvement in the win column over Nebraska's 7-22 record a year ago. The Huskers head to the final week of Big Ten play in position to contend for a conference regular-season title just a year after tying for last place in the 14-team league.

Williams and Nebraska will play host to Penn State on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Huskers' regular-season home finale. Tip-off between the Big Red and Lady Lions (15-12, 6-8 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m.

The only Big Ten Conference coach listed among the 10 semifinalists for the Naismith National Coach-of-the-Year award, Williams joins Geno Auriemma (UConn), Vic Schaefer (Mississippi State), Jeff Walz (Louisville), Kelly Graves (Oregon), Kim Mulkey (Baylor), Muffet McGraw (Notre Dame), Robin Pingeton (Missouri), Karen Aston (Texas) and Joni Taylor (Georgia) among the contenders for the honor.

The winner of the 2018 Werner Ladder Naismith Women's College Coach-of-the-Year award will be announced on March 31. Fans will be able to support their favorite coach by visiting between March 19-30 to cast their ballot. The fan vote will account for five percent of the overall final vote.

“This has been a remarkable college basketball season thus far, and these 10 semifinalists have proven themselves worthy of being considered for the Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

“Werner is thrilled to be presenting the semifinalists for the Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year,” said Chris Filardi, vice president of marketing at WernerCo. “These coaches set an incredible example both on and off the court.”

Williams, who is in her 11th season overall as a collegiate head coach, has produced impressive success at each of her stops. As a second-year coach at Rogers State (NAIA) in 2008-09, she led a five-game improvement in the win column over her first season (13-18) while helping the school make the transition from a junior college program to a four-year team. In her fifth and final year at Rogers State, she led the Hillcats to the NAIA Elite Eight.

In 2012-13, she took over a South Dakota program that managed a 19-16 record in her first season. The next season, she guided the Coyotes to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. In her final year at South Dakota, she led USD to a 32-6 overall record and a 15-1 mark in the Summit League before winning the 2016 Postseason WNIT title. She led South Dakota to regular-season conference titles in 2015 and 2016 after winning the conference tournament title in 2014. She was the Summit League Coach of the Year in both 2015 and 2016.

Lincoln, Neb. --- The Nebraska softball team (30-18, 8-9 Big Ten) dropped game one of a three-game series to Wisconsin (23-19, 7-8 Big Ten) on Friday night by a score of 6-1.

Nebraska's lone run came from Taylor Otte, who scored off Austen Urness' double. Urness made her season debut against Wisconsin. She missed the first part of the season after suffering a knee injury last fall. Otte also had one hit - a double - for Nebraska, while Gina Metzler recorded the Huskers' third and final hit of the night. 

Kaylan Jablonski dropped to 21-12 on the year. She pitched a complete seven-inning game. She gave up six runs on 11 hits. She also tied her career best with nine strikeouts. 

Wisconsin's Haley Hestekin improved to 13-6, pitching 7.0 innings. She gave up one run on three hits and had four strikeouts. 

Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead in the first. A leadoff single put a runner on base. She stole second and advanced to third on a Husker error. A double brought the runner home. With no outs and runners on the corners, things didn't look for Nebraska, but the Husker defense stepped it up. Nebraska got a pop up out that didn't advance the runners. Then, on a called double steal, Laura Barrow cut off the throw and threw back to Bri Cassidy, who tagged the runner at the plate. The Huskers got out of the jam with a groundout. 

Nebraska tied it up in the bottom of the second. Otte hit a two-out double and Urness followed suit, doubling to score Otte and tie the game 1-1. 

The Badgers took a 4-1 lead in the third with a three-run homer. In the bottom of the inning, Metzler hit a leadoff single and Simmons drew a walk. Barrow moved them both over with a sacrifice bunt to put two runners in scoring position. Jablonski drew a two-out walk to load the bases, but a pop up ended the inning. 

In the seventh, UW hit a two-run homer to extend its lead to 6-1. 

The Huskers and the Badgers will play game two of the series tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m. The game will be available on BTNPlus/FloSoftball (subscription required), as well as (radio). 

Seventeen athletes earned NJCAA Academic honors while achieving a 3.60 grade point average or higher. WNCC had 33 athletes earn Region IX All-Academic honors with a 3.25 GPA

Two WNCC athletes received the highest honor, earning First Team designation with perfect 4.0 GPAs last semester from the NJCAA. Men’s soccer player Andre Matzuda of Lima, Peru, earned his second-straight honor, while volleyball player Kirstee Trees of Riverton, Wyoming, earned her first First Team honor after being on the second team last year.

“This honestly means a lot to me,” Trees said. “It just shows not only the hard work put in on the court, but as well in the classroom. I’ve worked extremely hard in school to accomplish this.”

Trees said it wasn’t easy, but she found time to study.

“I wouldn’t say it was easy by any means,” Trees, who will be attending the University of Wyoming, said. “It meant putting a lot of study time in on the bus on our long trips and a few late nights in-between. There wasn’t a lot of down-time with class in the morning, practice in the afternoon, and homework to end the day. It makes for a very demanding schedule. But, I almost did better with my school work during volleyball season because there was a set schedule that I absolutely had to follow to be successful. Once I got into a routine it was easier to follow.”

Trees will forgo playing volleyball next year as she gets her bachelors in speech, language, and hearing sciences from Wyoming. Matzuda will continue his playing career at Shaw University in North Carolina.

While Trees and Matzuda earned First Team honors, seven student-athletes earned Second Team honors (3.80-3.99 GPA), while another eight earned Third Team accolades with a GPA between 3.60–3.79.

The Cougar baseball team, for the second straight year, had the most players on the NJCAA academic list with five representatives. WNCC head coach Mike Jones said he is proud of his team’s accomplishments in the classroom.

“I am proud to say that these guys are involved in our program,” WNCC baseball coach Mike Jones said. “It’s a great group of guys who made a commitment to being good student athletes. We have a positive culture within our athletic department and great leadership from athletic director Ryan Burgner.”

Baseball players earning Second Team honors include sophomores Nathanael Andresen of Gilbert, Arizona, and Jonathan Bermudez of Miami. Third Team honors were bestowed upon sophomore Cooper Buchhammer of Scottsbluff, and freshmen Kale Litzelman of Hotchkiss, Colorado, and Brevin Owen of Peyton, Colorado.

The softball team had the most women’s players earn national academic honors with four. Sophomores Alysaa Guyman of Stansbury, Utah, and Sabrina Luttig of Kennard earned Second Team honors, while freshmen Emma McMillan of Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Reagan Solomon of Farmington, Utah, earned Third Team honors.

Also receiving Second Team honors were freshmen women’s basketball players Eva Langton of Stratford, New Zealand and Merle Wiehl of Gottingen, Germany; and men’s basketball player sophomore Djordje Dimitrijevic of Serbia. Dimitrijevic will be playing next year at Mercer University, while Langton and Wiehl will return for their sophomore year at WNCC.

Third Team honors went to women’s basketball player Olivia Wiberg of Hyrum, Utah.

Overall, there were 6,269 student-athletes among the NJCAA’s three divisions that earned individual academic honors. There were 1,403 NJCAA participants that earned First Team honors.

While 17 WNCC student-athletes earned national academic, 33 Cougar athletes earned Region IX academic honors.

The Cougar baseball team led all Cougar teams with 12 members on the Region IX academic list followed by the women’s basketball and softball teams with six players each.

Matzuda and Trees led the Region IX list with their 4.0 GPAs.

Cougar baseball players that made the Region IX academic list include Andresen, Bermudez, Buchhammer, Litzelman and Owen, from the NJCAA academic list. Other baseball players that earned Region IX academic honors included sophomores Esai Hernandez of Gering, Tommy McRill of Parker, Colorado, Tyler Olson of Olathe, Kansas, Tyler Shubert of Windsor, Colorado, and Cole Williams of Parker, Colorado; and freshman Zach Berg of Parker, Colorado, and Nathan Kolb of Cloverdale, British Columbia.

The women’s basketball team and softball team each had six players make the list. Basketball players on the list include sophomores Sophie Agorakis of Melbourne, Australia; Melisa Kadic of West Valley City, Utah, Giovanna Silva of Brazilla, Brazil, and Olivia Wiberg of Hyrum, Utah; and freshmen Langton and Wiehl.

Softball players include Guymon, Luttig, McMillan, Solomon, along with sophomores Brooke Doumer of Parker, Colorado, and Madi Jackson of Herriman, Utah,

Other members of the All-region academic team include freshman volleyball player Logan Belford of Loveland, Colorado; sophomore women’s soccer player Morgan Smith of Scottsbluff; sophomore men’s basketball players Dimitrijevic and Milos Popovic of Serbia, and freshman Marko Rajanovic also of Serbia; and sophomore men’s soccer players Eseah Ingram of Scottsbluff and Felipe Torres of Guarulhos, Brazil.

   MILES CITY, Mont. – The Western Nebraska Community College outhit Miles Community College in both games on Friday, but the Pioneers registered two victories in the Empire Conference doubleheader.
                In the opener, Alex Oehme tossed a 3-hitter but the Pioneers earned the 2-0 win.
                The second game saw Miles jump out to an 8-0 lead before WNCC plated eight runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneers earned the 13-8 victory.
                The 6-game series could decide the fourth team for the Region IX tournament. Miles moves to 14-18 in the conference while WNCC drops 12-20. Otero topped Lamar earlier in the week and are 15-21.
                WNCC needs to win three of the last four to earn a 3-way tie with Otero and Miles, or win four straight to earn the fourth spot outright.
                Friday’s first game was a pitcher’s duel between Oehme and Parker McRae. Oehme struck out seven and allowed just three hits in the complete game, while McRae earned the win, allowing five hits and striking out five.
                Miles scored runs in the first and sixth inning to pick up the opening-series win. WNCC managed just five hits in the contest, all singles. Tyler Shubert had two hits, while Esai Hernandez, Harrison Yates, and Brandan Maher each had one.
                Game two was the opposite of the opener with the teams combining for 21 runs and 23 hits. Miles was the offensive demon first, plating eight runs in five innings in holding an 8-0 lead.
                WNCC started to awaken at the plate, scoring six times in the sixth to slice the lead to 8-6. The inning started with three straight singles by Brandan Maher, Jonathan Bermudez, and Tyler Olson to load the bases. Tommy McRill comes through with a single to score one run followed by Brevin Owen waling to plate another run.
                Yates finishes off the scoring in the sixth when he leaves the yard with a grand slam.
                Miles came right back and plates five runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 13-6 lead.
                The Cougars kept battling, scoring twice in the seventh on run-scoring singles by Shubert and Yates, but that was as close as they could get.
                WNCC finished with 12 hits in the contest. Yates, Tyler Olson, Mitch Lightbody, and Jonathan Bermudez all had two hits in the defeat. Yates had the only extra base hit with a home run and five RBIs. Olson scored two runs.
                Zach Berg was saddled with the loss. Berg gave up eight hits and eight runs while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings. Nat Andresen and Wellington Mariano also saw action in the game. Mariano allowed five runs on three hits, while Andresen struck out two.
                The two squads will be back in action for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
Game 1
WNCC                   000 000 0 – 0 5 1
Miles                     100 001 x – 2 3 0
LP – Alex Oehme
Game 2
WNCC                   000 006 2 – 8 12 4
Miles                     230 035 x – 13 11 0
LP – Zach Berg
HR – Harrison Yates

The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team played well defensively, but Lamar Community College scored two, 9th-inning runs to prevail 4-3 in an Empire Conference game Saturday afternoon at Cleveland Field.
                The loss was the second straight last-inning defeat for the Cougars. WNCC lost to NJC in the bottom of the seventh 3-2 on Thursday.
                WNCC falls to 7-17 in conference play while Lamar moves to 16-9. The Cougars trail Otero for the final tournament spot. Otero is 12-13 in conference play. The Rattlers have a four-game series with conference leading Trinidad State Sunday and Monday.
                WNCC coach Mike Jones said it was a good battle between the two teams and his squad just made a few mistakes that ended up costing them.
                “We did some things really well and then we made four or five mistakes that hurt us,” Jones said. “If we could eliminate some of those mistakes, we came away with the win.”
                The Cougars even outhit Lamar 10-6 and they had good pitching.
                “Alex Oehme pitched an excellent game for us,” Jones said. “Then Tyler Olson was able to contribute with some, what we call, team at-bats. Jonathan Bermudez hit the ball really well. We did do a lot of things well. Unfortunately, a few of our mistakes cost us.”
                Saturday’s Lamar contest was a game the Cougars played well enough to win. WNCC struck first by scoring two in the second. Bermudez led off with a double and scored on a Olson single. After a Tyler Shubert single, Olson would come around to score on an error for the 2-0 lead.
                Lamar came back with single runs in the third and fourth to tie the game.
                WNCC immediately went back in front 3-2 with a single run in the fourth. Bermudez leads off with a single followed by a bunt single by Olson. Claude Bova drives in Bermudez with a single to line drive with no outs. The Cougars then couldn’t get any more runs in.
                Neither team scored the next four innings as both defenses were playing strong. The ninth inning turned out to be the difference as Lamar mounted a rally. Lamar scored two runs on three walks and just one hit to grab its first lead of the game at 4-3.
                WNCC couldn’t get anything going in its final at bat to suffer the heartbreaking loss.
                Olson and Bermudez led the offense with three hits each. Olson had all singles, while scoring a run and knocking a run in. Bermudez had a double and two runs scored.
                Alex Oehme started the contest and went six strong innings. Oehme scattered five hits giving up two runs while striking out five. Hunter Parker tossed the last three innings in suffering the loss. Parker allowed one hit and two runs, while striking out three.
                WNCC will look to get back in the win column when they host Northeastern Junior College in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 1 p.m.
                Jones said his team need to start winning because they are running out of time.
                “We have to keep learning from our mistakes,” he said. “We have to come back right back at it on Wednesday. We really have to start winning some of these conference games. We are running out of time and we have to play better on Wednesday.”      
Lamar                    001 100 002 – 4 6 1
WNCC                   020 100 000 – 3 10 1
LP – Hunter Parker
2B – Jonathan Berudez

The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team wrapped up the home portion of their season with a split with McCook Community College Sunday afternoon at Cleveland Field.
                In the opener, McCook scored three, fifth-inning runs and hung on for the 4-2 win. The second game saw WNCC’s Blake Slaymaker toss a 3-hitter in leading the Cougars to the 3-1 win to send the 13 sophomores out with a win in their final game at Cleveland Field.
                Gering’s Esai Hernandez, one of the sophomores, said they played well despite the split.
                “We played good. The pitching was really good,” Hernandez said. “The pitchers really located and were down in the zone. The defense was really good behind the pitchers and made plays when needed to. It was a good day.”
                The offense also did good things behind the pitching staff excellent day. The first game loss saw WNCC just not able to get a clutch hit, while the second game, the Cougars scored when they needed to early and then rode the strong-arm of Slaymaker on the mound.
                “Pitching was definitely the key today,” the Hernandez said. “The second game our approaches at the plate was way better and it definitely made a difference in the second game over the first game.”
                It was especially awarding for Hernandez and the rest of the sophomores to finish their careers at home with a win.
                “It means a lot to wrap up mine and the sophomores’ career on the field, especially with a win,” Hernandez said. “it is really special for us sophomores and I am pretty sure we will all miss playing here.”
                More importantly the Cougars are still in line for a regional tournament berth. The Cougars will next be in action on Monday when they travel to Northeastern Junior College for a 9-inning game. They then will wrap up the regular season with a six-game series at Miles Community College. Miles is 12-18 in the conference with six games left, while WNCC is 11-18 with seven games left.
                Hernandez said they must play well, just like they did in the second game on Sunday and the 17-13 win on Saturday.
                “We just need to play like we did [Saturday] and the second game today. The pitchers need to keep executing, the defense plays well, and the offense has good approaches,” Hernandez said. “We just need to drive in the runs when we need to.”
                Sunday’s contest was decided by pitching as both teams’ pitching and defense were stellar on the day. In the opener, Hunter Parker and Kale Litzelman allowed just seven hits and four runs. WNCC just couldn’t get the clutch hit to score runs when they needed.
                The second game belonged to Slaymaker, who tossed the complete game. McCook had just one double in the contest against Slaymaker from the bat of Beau Hawley. McCook pitcher Jacob Lombardelli also tossed a strong contest to go the distance. Lombardelli allowed five hits and all three runs came in the first two innings.
                WNCC and McCook each plated a single run in the first-inning of the second game. After McCook scored one, WNCC plated one after Cole Williams doubled and scored on a Brandan Maher single.
                WNCC added two runs in the second to grab a 3-1 lead. Tommy McRill led off with a single. Harrison Yates then was hit by a pitch. Mitch Lightbody followed with a 2-out triple to plate both runs.
                After that, neither team had much offense. Slaymaker cruised along, having three 3-up, 3-down innings. McCook had just three base runners in the final five innings. Slaymaker tossed just 87 pitches in seven innings of work.
                 The first game also saw fine pitching on both sides. McCook’s Tyler Cox went the distance in allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out six Cougars. WNCC’s Parker also went strong, going 6 1/3 innings in scattering six hits and allowing four runs. Parker struck out nine batters before giving way to Litzelman, who allowed just one hit in two-thirds of an innings.
                Offensively, WNCC scored single runs in the first and sixth innings.  Lightbody led off with a walk followed by a double by Brandan Maher. Lightbody then scored on a groundout for the 1-0 lead.
                The lead stayed that way until the fifth with McCook plated three runs on two outs to grab the lead. The Cougars sliced the deficit to a single run in the sixth as Claude Bova singled home Jonathan Bermudez. WNCC couldn’t get any more runs the rest of the way.
                Both teams had seven hits in the game. Lightbody and Jonathan Bermudez each had two hits while scoring a run. Lightbody finished with two doubles in the setback.
Game 1
McCook               000 030 1 – 4 7 0
WNCC                   100 001 0 – 2 7 1
LP – Hunter Parker
2B – Brandan Maher, Mitch Lightbody 2
Game 2
McCook               100 000 0 – 1 3 0
WNCC                   120 000 x – 3 5 2
LP – Blake Slaymaker
2B – Cole Williams
3B – Mitch Lightbody

   The Western Nebraska Community College and McCook Community College baseball teams combined for 30 runs and 33 hits Saturday in an Empire Conference contest at Cleveland Field.
                In the end, Jonathan Bermudez’ seventh inning grand slam proved to be the difference in leading the Cougars to the 17-13 win.
                Both teams will be back it for a doubleheader on Sunday at Cleveland Field beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday’s contest will also be the last home game for 13 sophomores.
                Cole Williams, one of the sophomores who went 2-for-5 with a home runs and two RBIs, said the team played well, especially offensively.
                “I think we played really as a team,” the Parker, Colorado, infielder said. “We all come together, played well, hit big balls when we needed to.”
                The offense really came around Saturday, and they had to, too. WNCC pounded out 16 hits with two doubles from Brandan Maher and Tyler Olson, one triple from Olson, and home runs from Williams and Bermudez.
                “We had a lot of big hits when we needed them,” Williams said. “We didn’t go down without a fight. It was super important to get those base hits because it puts pressure on the other team in making them get you out. If you don’t put pressure on them, it Is just an easy game for them.”
                Saturday’s game, however, didn’t start as an offensive contest with neither team scoring runs in the first two innings. The third inning on was where the offense came alive. McCook scored runs in six of the last seven innings, while WNCC plated four or more runs in three innings.
                The Indians struck first with three runs in the third before WNCC came back with five runs in the bottom of the frame. Mitch Lightbody started the scoring with a run-scoring single to plate Harrison Yates. Then, with two outs, WNCC added four more as Brandan Maher and Tyler Olson each knocked in a run to know the score. The Cougars went ahead 5-3 on a Tyler Schubert single to score two.
                McCook came back to tie the game with two in the fourth, only to watch the Cougars plate four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Williams started the offense with a 2-run home run. The Cougars added another as Olson had a 2-out triple for a 9-5 lead.
                McCook added single runs in the fifth and sixth to trail WNCC 10-7. It was the seventh inning that became while. McCook plated three runs to tie the score at 10-10. WNCC came back with seven runs in the seventh. WNCC’s big inning all started with Harrison Yates scoring two with a single. Maher than singles in Tommy McRill for a 13-10 lead.
                With the bases juiced, Bermudez hammers a fly ball over the leftfield fence for a grand slam and a 17-10 lead.
                McCook kept the offense going, scoring three in the eighth to cut the lead to. WNCC buckled down on defense in the night, as winning pitcher Nate Kolb struck out two and got another McCook to pop out in foul territory for the win.
                WNCC had six players with multiple hits in the win. Esai Hernandez led the team with three singles with a run scored. Hernandez also had three stolen bases.
                Lightbody, Williams, Maher, Bermudez, and Olson all had two hits. Bermudez had five RBIs and two runs scored to go with his grand slam, while Lightbody scored three runs. Maher added a double with three runs scored and two RBIs, while Olson had a double, triple, two runs scored, and two RBIs.
                Nate Kolb picked up the win, tossing the final 2 1/3 innings in allowing four hits and three runs, while striking out three. Alex Oehme started and went six strong innings in giving up seven runs and nine hits, while striking out six. Devin DeBoer also tossed an inning, allowing four hits and three runs.
                Williams added Sunday’s games are going to be special for the sophomores as they play for the last time at Cleveland Field. Last year WNCC

Here is a list of the upcoming camps that are on the summer agenda.
  • Softball camps, May 29-30 – WNCC softball coach Katelyn Groves will be holding a camp with three sessions on Tuesday, May 29 for ages 14-18, and then Wednesday, May 30 for ages 7-13. The sessions begin at 11 a.m. for defense, 1:30 p.m. for defense, and 4:30 p.m. for pitching and catching. The cost is $30 per session or all three for $75. Instructors are Coach Groves, and assistant coaches Kelsey Bernhardt, Courtney Medina, and Doug Jones.
  • Baseball camp, June 4-7 – The baseball camp is for youngsters ages 7-14 and will run from 9 a.m. to noon all four days. The cost of the camp is $50 and will be held at Scottsbluff’s 23 Club fields. The camp will be instructed by Coach Mike Jones, his assistants, and current and former baseball players.
  • WNCC/YMCA Youth Volleyball camp, June 11-13 – WNCC and the YMCA will co-host a girls volleyball camp on June 11-13 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The camp is for ages 8 and up and will be held at the Scottsbluff YMCA. Cost is $60. For information on the camp, contact Trinity Burgner at the Scottsbluff YMCA at 635-2318 or
  • Alliance Baseball camp, June 11-13 – WNCC will hold a baseball camp at Alliance’s Sudman Fields on June 11-13 from 9 a.m. to noon. Ages for the camp are 7-14 and the cost is $50 per person. The camp will be conducted by WNCC head coach Mike Jones with his assistants and players. Make checks out to Alliance Old-timers Baseball.
  • Boys and Girls Basketball camp, June 25-27 – WNCC men’s basketball coach Cory Fehringer and women’s coach Chad Gibney will hold three camps in June. Boys and girls grades kindergarten through fourth grade will go from 9 – 11:30 a.m.; girls in grades 5-8 will go from 1-3:30 p.m., and boys in grades 5-8 will from 4-6:30 p.m. The cost for early registration is $75 while registration after June 11 is $85.
  • Volleyball High School League, begins June 26 – WNCC hold a 6-week high school summer league on Tuesday nights beginning June 26 with the last night of camp July 31. This is for high school varsity and junior varsity teams. Cost is $30 per player.
  • Volleyball Team Camp, July 9-10 – WNCC volleyball will hold a team camp for junior varsity and varsity teams to play each other for two days. Cost of the camp is $35 per person.
  • Volleyball Little Kids Camp, July 11-12 – WNCC will hold a little kids camp from 8 a.m. to noon on July 11-12. The camp is for youngsters from third to fifth grades. Cost of the camp is $50 per camper.
  • Volleyball Middle School Skills camp, July 16-19 – WNCC will hold a middle school individual skills camp in the morning from 8 a.m. – noon for middle school grades 6th through 8th grades. The camp will run for four days and costs $75 per camper.
  • Volleyball High School Skills camp, July 16-19 – WNCC will hold a high school individual skills camp in the morning from 8 a.m. – noon for middle school grades 9th through 12th grades. The camp will run for four days and costs $75 per camper.
  • Volleyball Setter, Hitter, Libero camp, July 23-24 – WNCC will hold a 2-day, 6-hour camp for setters, hitters, and liberos July 23-24. This camp will be an intense camp with a lot of reps and one-on-one instructions. The camp is for players in 7th through 12th grades and costs $100 per camper.
  • WNCC Soccer camp, July 23-27 – WNCC will hold two soccer camps the week of July 23-27 for ages 8 and up. The morning session, from 9 a.m. – noon will be for recreational soccer players to learn the game of soccer. Also during the morning from 9-11 a.m., there will be an 8-under camp. The evening camp is for advanced/competitive players and will run from 5-8 p.m. The cost for the camp is $90 per person, while the 8-under cost is $75. If a camper goes both session, the cost is just $160.

 All the camp brochures can be downloaded from the WNCC athletic website at The camps are under the “Camps” tab.

For more information on the camps, contact the individual coaches via email or phone, or in the mornings call the athletic office at 635-6151.

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