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(GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two men and seized 149 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2017 Dodge Caravan for failing to signal near York, at mile marker 353. During the stop, the trooper observed a vacuum-sealed bag of marijuana plainly visible inside the vehicle.

Troopers and deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office searched the vehicle and discovered 149 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $447,000.

The driver, Robert Rosenwasser, 56, of Florida, and Milton Coore, 53, of Jamaica, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in York County Jail.


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

#2. 2018 Honda Pioneer 500 donated by Sandberg Honda - Brock Schank

#3 .$2,000 Cash donated by McDonalds of W.Neb & Torr. WY - Jennifer Schwab

#4. 2 Rndtrip tickets donated by Skywest Airlines - Teresa Swank

#5. La-Z-Boy Recliner donated by Webber’s Furniture - Troy Ouderkirk

#6. Fire Pit Table & Chairs donated by Carr-Trumbull Lumber - Evelyn Bjordahl

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

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

#9. 2 - 2019 Western Nebraska Pioneers Season tickets - Judy Howell

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

#11. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Maria Lara-Montelango

#12. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Juan Gonzales

#13. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Mike Rotness

#14. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Gina Cannon

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

#16. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Steve Cervantes

#17. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Debbie Edmuds

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

#19. 12 Haircuts in a year donated by Attitudez Salon - Nickole DeWitt

#20. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Jayme Hallman

#21. Birthday Party donated by Carpenter Center - mindy Reed

#22. 3 month Family Membership donated by YMCA - Zita Bolinger

#23. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Michael Miller

#24. $100 in Gift Cards dontated Runza - Ruth Kozal

#25. King Kong Pizza Dinner donated by Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria - Andrew Weber

#26. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Craig Rubottom

#27. $75 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Trisha Luckinbill

#28. $100 Gas Card donated by WTT - John Farrington

#29. $25 Gift Card donated by Runza - Danielle Lenebeck

#30. 60 minute facial donated by Rachel Ann Esthetics - Kristen Mitzel


30th Annual Spooktacular

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


$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.


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


The YMCA is partnering with Gering Public Schools to offer an after school childcare program this year for GPS students in kindergarten through fifth grade!  The program will be hosted at Lincoln Elementary School.  Students from Geil and Northfield participating in the program will be provided bus transportation from their school to the program.

The YMCA After School Childcare Program will begin operation on September 4th, will run from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 2:30 until 5:30 on Wednesdays to accommodate early release.  Program fees will be $10 per day per child.  

Registration for the after school program will take place at the YMCA main office located at 22 South Beltline Highway East, in Scottsbluff.  The YMCA will begin taking registrations on Friday, August 10th.  Students from Northfield and Geil wishing to ride the bus to Lincoln for the program will also need to register to ride the bus.  

If you would like further information about the YMCA After School Program in Gering, please contact the YMCA at (308) 635-2318.


AUGUST 10, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — During the evening hours of Thursday, August 9, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol conducted alcohol inspections in Lincoln County.

This project was supported in whole or part by Grant # 93.959 under the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Region II Human Services, and the Nebraska DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.

In total, 12 businesses were inspected. Six of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 50 percent. Four of the businesses that sold to a minor did not check ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections were:

Ozzie’s I-80 – Sutherland (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

The Bottle Stop – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

Flying J Travel Center #687 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)

Time Saver #7 – North Platte (Checked ID, sold to minor)

Starting Gate – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)

Unreel Events – North Platte (Did not check ID, sold to minor)


The investigators inspected liquor stores, convenience stores, golf courses, and bars.

The Nebraska State Patrol performs these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. Businesses which fail the inspections are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor are cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.

Western Nebraska Community College’s Enna Masaki pounded down 17 kills and the Western Nebraska Community College and Eastern Wyoming College volleyball teams heated up the Highway 26 border war Wednesday night as the Cougars swept past the Lancers 25-11, 25-23, 25-22.

The win was the NJCAA 11th-ranked Cougars sixth victory of the season.

Both coaches said that their teams could have played better as there were too many unforced errors in the contest.

“We were up and down. We need to hold our composure for a longer period of time,” WNCC head coach Binny Canales said. “But, I think it will get better. We tried some new lineups today and it worked for a while. Then they started making mistakes. We just have to play consistent.”

WNCC looked really strong in the opening set, holding a 12-2 lead behind a 4-point service run by Ana Costas and then 3-point service runs by Cami Esselin and two from Masaki. WNCC also received a 6-point service run by Adia Sherbeyn to help the Cougars win the set 25-11.

“We were serving tough on them and doing more things efficiently in the first set,” Canales said. “After that we started making some errors.”

EWC head coach Julie Sherbeyn said after the first set, her team settled in but they still make errors at the most crucial times.

“We are still making errors at pivotal moments like an error on game point when it is that tight in the second game,” she said. “We had some other errors, too. We just have to learn to take care of business and try not to do too much. We just have to take care of our jobs.”

After the opening set, both teams were going back and forth with neither team enjoying more than a four point lead.

The second set saw EWC vault out to a 12-8 lead behind three points from Alexis Trowbridge. WNCC came back to tie the second set at 13 and zoom to a 17-13 lead on seven straight Costas points.

WNCC ked 19-15 after a Masaki kill and looked in control. The Lancers had other ideas as Mallori Campbell ran off four points to put the Lancers in front 20-19.

Both teams exchanged point. With the score knotted at 23, WNCC put the game away on an Adia Sherbeyn service point and Masaki kill.

The third set was similar to the second. EWC led 7-4 after back-to-back aces from Kelcy Strohschein. WNCC tied the set on two Costas points and took a 12-10 lead on a Logan Belford point. WNCC pushed the lead to 19-15 on two Adia Sherbeyn points.

EWC fought back. Trailing 22-19, the Lancers’ Nadia Montalban El-Hiriche had three points to close the set to within one, 23-22. A sideout gave WNCC match point and Masaki served the final point.

Costas led the Cougars with a double-double of 14 points and 18 digs.

Sherbeyn also had a nice match, finishing with nine points and 13 digs.

Masaki, to go along with her match-high 17 points, finished with nine digs, four blocks, and one solo block.

Also for WNCC, Jayme Commins had 35 set assists; Esseliln had five points and two digs; Amryi-Grace Paris had five kills; Kaile Tuisamatatele had four kills, two solo blocks, and three points; Belford had two points and two digs; Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina had four kills.

EWC was led by Dawson Sherman with eight kills followed by Shaniah Freeseman with seven kills.

Also for the Lancers, Campbell had six points and 10 assists; Trowbridge had five points and 15 assists; and Strohschein had two aces.

Both teams will have the weekend off and will return to action next Tuesday when they will face each other in Torrington, Wyoming, in a triangular. EWC and North Platte opens the triangular at 3 p.m. followed by WNCC and North Platte at 5 p.m. The two Highway 26 teams will then battle at 7 p.m.

Coach Sherbeyn said next Tuesday will be a special day as all veterans will get in free for the triangular. She added the American Government classes are holding a food drive as a community service project.

It is nearing post season time for volleyball and soccer and this week has plenty of post-season excitement for the Western Nebraska Community College athletic teams this week.

It all starts on Wednesday when the No. 19 Cougar volleyball team hosts No. 20 Northeastern Junior College in a big Region IX South Conference contest. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at Cougar Palace.

WNCC enters the contest on a seven match win streak, last losing to Otero Junior College on the road Sept. 27. Since then, WNCC has defeated both Otero and NJC in the win streak.

The Cougar volleyball team come into the action at 21-7 and 7-1 in conference play. NJC is 20-5 overall and 6-2 in the conference. A win Wednesday will give WNCC the South Conference championship and the No. 1 seed from the South for the Region IX Tournament Nov. 1-3 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. If NJC wins, both teams would be tied at 7-2 with each team having one conference match left with WNCC traveling to McCook on Friday while NJC travels to McCook on Tuesday.

After this week, WNCC will have three regular season matches left next week. WNCC will travel to Laramie County Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and then host Sheridan College on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and then host No. 2 Iowa Western Community College on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday’s match with Sheridan College will be sophomore recognition.

While the volleyball team is nearing post-season in a couple weeks, the soccer teams are in Region IX tournament action this weekend with first-round playoff matches. The WNCC men earned a first-round home game on Saturday after earning the No. 2 seed from the South and will play the No. 3 team from the North (either Laramie County Community College or Northwest College). Full pairings and times for the playoff match at Landers Soccer Complex will be determined on Wednesday.

The Cougar women will enter the post-season as the No. 3 team from the South with a 4-7-2 overall record and 2-3-1 in conference play. The women’s team will open Region IX playoff action on Saturday against Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Western Wyoming finished the season at 10-6-1 and 5-2-1 in the North Conference.

The winners from both the men’s and women’s first round will advance to the Region IX tournament Oct. 25-27 In Westminster, Colorado. The men’s champion will compete in a district playoff while the women’s regional champion will advance to the national tournament in Alabama.

With soccer on the road on Saturday, there are still Cougar athletic events at home over the weekend. The WNCC men’s basketball team will host Chadron State College in a scrimmage on Saturday at Cougar Palace beginning at 9 a.m. Three former Cougars are part of the CSC team, including Jeremy Ruffin, Michael Sparks, and Austin Hoffman.

The baseball team will be at home this weekend as well. The Cougars will host high school teams in action on Sunday at Cleveland Field beginning at 10 a.m. But, before Sunday, the Cougars will travel to Greeley, Colorado, to scrimmage the University of Northern Colorado at noon on Saturday. UNC has a former Cougar on the squad in Jack Pauley. Pauley played over the summer for the Western Nebraska Pioneers, a wood-bat collegiate summer team in Gering. The Pioneers won the Expedition championship in August.


Lincoln -- Nebraska rising sophomore Thorir Thorbjarnarson (pronounced Thor-EAR thorb-YAR-nar-son) will return to Iceland this week to prepare to represent his home country of Iceland at the FIBA U-20 European Championships in July. Thorbjarnarson, a 6-foot-5 guard, 195-pound guard from Reykjavik, will train with the team in preparations for the event next month. Iceland will compete in Pool D with Serbia, Italy and Sweden, as the action begins on Saturday, July 14, and continues with pool play on July 15 and 16. The Round of 16 begins on July 18 and continues through July 22. Thorbjarnarson has been a mainstay in Iceland’s National Program for several years, including earning a spot on its Senior National Team in 2017. Last year, he averaged 7.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game at the U-20 European Championships in Greece. At the 2016 FIBA U-18 European Championships, Thorbjarnarson was the third-leading scorer in the tournament, averaging 19.6 points per game, including a 39-point effort and three other 30-point games. As a freshman at Nebraska in 2017-18, Thorbjarnarson saw limited duty backing up All-Big Ten guard James Palmer Jr., and seniors Evan Taylor and Anton Gill. Thorbjarnarson played in nine games, totaling eight points, four rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes. His best performance came against Delaware State, when he hit a pair of 3-pointers and added an assist in four minutes off the bench. Thorbjarnarson is one of several Huskers to represent Nebraska in international competition during the Tim Miles era, joining Tai Webster (New Zealand), Leslie Smith (British Virgin Islands) and Shavon Shields (Denmark).

Schedule for FIBA U-20 European Championships

Serbia (July 14, 11 a.m. CT) 

Sweden (July 15, 6:30 a.m. CT)

Italy (July 16, 8:45 a.m. CT)

Round of 16 (July 18)

Quarterfinals (July 19)

Semifinals (July 21)

Finals (July 22)


McCook, NE - Three McCook softball players made it official during Thanksgiving break, singing on Saturday with Iowa Western to play for the Reivers. The three include, short stop Emily Jacobs, pitcher/outfielder Avery Doucet, and catcher Cassidy Beeby. Iowa Western head coach Ben Greer came back to McCook to sign the three players, as his previous stint before the Reivers was head softball coach at McCook Community College. McCook softball this past season went 22-15 on the year with a 1-2 performance at the state tournament in Hastings. 


Left to Right - Front Row -- Emily Jacobs, Avery Doucet, Cassiddy Beeby 

Left to Right - Back Row -- Benjamin Greer, Head Coach Iowa Western and Jason Cochran, Head Coach McCook High


Western Nebraska Community College baseball placed three players on the First Team of the Omaha World Herald All-Nebraska JUCO baseball team that was released over the weekend.

Sophomore Jonathan Bermudez, Brandan Maher, and Alex Oehme all earned first team accolades, while nine others earned All-Nebraska JUCO honorable mention.

Bermudez, of Miami, earned First Team recognition at catcher even though he spent the most of his time as a designated hitter. Bermudez batted .354 on the season with five doubles, nine home runs, 41 RBIs, and 25 runs scored.

Maher, of Westminster, Colorado, earned recognition as a third baseman. The sophomore batted .331 this season with 14 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 35 RBIs, 35 runs scored, and six stolen bases.

Oehme, of Perth, Australia, earned Omaha World Herald honors as a pitcher. Oehme tossed 71.2 innings this past season with a 2-7 record and an earned run average of 4.772. Oehme struck out 69 and walked just 23 batters.

Besides these three, nine other Cougars earned honorable mention honors. They include sophomores Nathanael Andresen of Gilbert, Arizona, Esai Hernandez of Gering, Tyler Olson of Olathe, Kansas, Blake Slaymaker of Johnstown, Colorado, and Claude Bova of Sydney, Australia, Jacob Pekol of Parker, Colorado, and freshmen Zach Berg of Parker, Colorado, Mitch Lightbody of Adelade, Australia, and Harrison Yates of Laramie, Wyoming.

Southeast Community College had the most representatives on the First team with seven players. Freshman Aaron Palensky, who had 18 home runs and 77 RBIs for the Storm a year ago, earned the All-Nebraska honorary captain status as an outfielder.

Other Southeast members on the First Team included Mason Prososki at shortstop, Brenton Davis as designated hitter, Alex Lee as utility player, and Reuben Ramirez, Justin Reinkall, and Kayleb Sanderson at pitcher.

Other members of the First Team included McCook’s Jake Sanford at first base, Northeast’s Christian Dumont at second base, Northeast’s Drew Smith and Tanner Hunt as outfielders.

Southeast was a member of NJCAA Division II in Region IX last year, but will move to Region IX’s Division I ranks next season to compete alongside WNCC and McCook.

Also being named honorable mention included McCook’s Mike Sookdeo and Tanner Zeggil, Northeast’s Brennen Bales, Donovan Warren, and Dylan Wright, and Southeast’s Chris Cornish, Will Hanafan, Trevor Jurjevich, Josh Lallier, Mark Timmins, and Joseph Vargas.

Two former Cougars also earned All-Nebraska honors on the Division II and Division III/NAIA teams. Alex Achtermann, a junior at University of Nebraska-Kearney, was named the honorary captain of the Division II team as a utility player. Achtermann, who played a couple weeks for the Western Nebraska Pioneers this spring, batted .413 with 57 RBIs while compiling a 6-1 pitching record. UNK dropped its baseball program this spring and Achtermann is headed to Pittsburgh State in Kansas to play his senior season.

The other Cougar is Stuart Eurich, who earned honorable mention in the Division III/NAIA division for Belleview University.


Volleyball fans will get their first look at three McCook Community College freshmen Saturday when MCC hosts the second Wild West All-Star Volleyball Classic in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. The game, featuring area high school graduates, starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 18 and younger with children four and younger admitted free. This is the second year the college has been in charge of the all-star game, having previously staged through the Sertoma Club. “This year we are going to make it like an actual game and just play the best three out of five,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza. “In the past they usually played five sets, but I want to make it different and just make it like an actual volleyball game.” Bryson Mahlberg of Gothenburg will coach the east team and will be assisted by Sam Hammond of Lexington. Their roster includes Gothenburg’s Gracie Stienike, middle/outside/setter and Lexington outside hitter Hana Brock. MCC recruit Bailey Honn, an outside hitter, joins a trio of former McCook High School Bison on the east squad. She will be joined by middle blocker Jaden Bryant and outside hitter Riley Jo Sis. Outside hitter Halle Dahlgren is joined by her Bertrand teammate, setter Kaitlyn Ryan.

The east roster includes a pair of Elwood grads in outside hitter Felicia Knoerzer and setter Manon Martin. Rounding out the east squad are: Sydney Mullen, outside/middle from Maxwell; Emery Swan, libero of Brady, and Cassi Bose, middle blocker of Southern Valley. Katie Lawless of Wauneta-Palisade will coach the west team with her assistant Landon Lawless of Wauneta-Palisade. “The west side coaches are a husband and wife duo. I am excited to watch them coach together, just for the fact I don’t think my husband and I could ever be able to do that” Kobza said. The west roster includes two MCC recruits in Faith Simpson, an outside hitter, middle blocker, setter of Wauneta-Palisade as well as right-side hitter/middle Madison Kleewein of North Platte St. Pat’s. Three teammates from North Platte High School will play for the west including outside hitter Samantha Mauch, middle blocker Kaitlyn Hansen and outsider hitter Gabby Menghini. Other west squad members include: setter/libero Allie Behlke and libero Dawson Jo Latta of Dundy County-Stratton; setter Morgan Hoatson, Sutherland; outside hitter Ragan Nickless of Chase County High School; right-side hitter Skylar Herrick and libero Joslyn Crow of Hershey. “Both teams have solid players, it should be a great match to watch,” said Kobza.


The Nebraska baseball team produced three ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region selections when the honorees for all eight regions were announced on Wednesday. Scott Schreiber and Jesse Wilkening each earned first-team accolades, while Jake Hohensee took second-team honors. Schreiber adds this to his 2018 award haul, which includes second-team All-Big Ten status in addition to being named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. The ninth-round pick by the Houston Astros in the 2018 MLB Draft previously earned All-Region honors in 2016 when he made the second team. Schreiber batted .369 this season with 18 home runs, 79 hits, 62 runs scored and 48 RBIs in 52 games. Wilkening, a junior who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 14th round of the 2018 MLB Draft, collected second-team All-Big Ten accolades after leading the Huskers with a .372 batting average in 2018. A 2017 and 2018 Johnny Bench Award Watch List selection, Wilkening tallied nine home runs, 74 hits, 56 RBIs and 45 runs scored this season. Hohensee served as Nebraska’s closer during his senior campaign in 2018 and earned a spot on the NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Midseason Watch List. Hohensee earned a team-high 13 saves in 19 appearances out of the bullpen and went 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA. He struck out 28 batters, while only walking six in 25.2 innings of work. In 2017, Hohensee earned third-team All-Big Ten recognition. ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans will be announced on Saturday, June 16.

2018 ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region Team
First Team: Scott Schreiber – 1B
First Team: Jesse Wilkening – DH
Second Team: Jake Hohensee – RP


Three Nebraska football greats are among 76 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision announced as finalists Monday for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Huskers on the 2019 ballot for induction into the Hall of Fame include Heisman-winning quarterback Eric Crouch, and a pair of Outland Trophy winning offensive linemen in Zach Wiegert and Larry Jacobson. Crouch is on the ballot for the eighth straight year, Wiegert is making his fourth appearance on the ballot and Jacobson is a new addition to the Hall of Fame ballot. The 2019 class will be announced on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019,in Santa Clara, Calif. on the day of the College Football Playoff championship game. Crouch would become the second Husker quarterback in the College Hall of Fame, joining Tommie Frazier, who was part of the 2013 class. Crouch became Nebraska's third Heisman Trophy winner in 2001 after leading the Huskers to the National Championship game. An option-based quarterback out of Omaha's Millard North High School, Crouch set the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 59, and he amassed 7,915 yards of total offense in his career. A consensus All-American in 2001, Crouch also reeled in the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Sporting News Offensive Player of the Year award during his senior campaign. His No. 7 jersey was retired by Nebraska in 2002. Jacobson was a stalwart on Nebraska’s first national title teams in 1970 and 1971. A consensus first-team All-American in 1971, Jacobson on the Outland trophy as a senior, as he tallied 73 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss to become the program’s first major award winner. He led the Blackshirts to top-five national rankings in rush defense (85.9, second), total defense (202.9, fifth) and scoring defense (8.2, third) en route to a 13-0 record and a second straight national title. During his three seasons at Nebraska, the Sioux Falls, S.D., product led the Huskers to a 33-2-1 mark with two national titles and three conference crowns. His No. 75 jersey was retired in 1994. Wiegert was a 1994 unanimous first-team All-American and is one of eight Huskers to win the Outland Trophy. A native of Fremont, Neb., Wiegert helped lead the Huskers to 1994 National Championship after NU played in the 1993 title game. The Huskers averaged 340 yards per game on the ground in 1994, and Wiegert led Nebraska with 113 pancake blocks. He even earned one first-place vote for the Heisman, finishing tied for ninth with 27 points. In addition to winning the Outland, he was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, a consensus All-American, the UPI Lineman of the Year and the Touchdown Club of Columbus Offensive Lineman of the Year. His No. 72 jersey was retired before the 1995 season. Aaron Taylor will became the 18th Nebraska player in the College Football Hall of Fame, as he will be inducted this December in New York City, joining recent Husker enshrines Trev Albers (2015), Tommie Frazier (2013), Will Shields (2011) and Grant Wistrom (2009).

Western Nebraska Community College softball placed three players on the First Team of the Omaha World Herald All-Nebraska JUCO team that was released over the weekend.

Sophomore Madi Jackson of Herriman, Utah, earned a spot on the team as an outfielder, while freshman Michaela Kelly of Castle Rock, Colorado, was a First Team third baseman and freshman Emma McMillan of Abbotsford, British Columbia, was a First Team pitcher.

Jackson batted .421 for the Cougars a year ago with 58 runs scored and 39 RBIs. Kelly hit .383 and led the team with 14 home runs while finishing with 53 RBIs. McMillan finished the year at 14-19 with a 6.10 earned run average. McMillan also hit .391 with five home runs on the season.

WNCC had four other players earn honorable mention including sophomores Brooke Doumer and Alyssa Guymon, and freshmen Gabby Loya and Reagan Solomon.

McCook’s Alexis Moeaki, who batted .468 with 11 home runs and 76 RBIs was named the honorary captain of the all-Nebraska JUCO team.

Other members of the First Team included catcher Danica Schaefer of Central-Columbus, first baseman Savannah Robertson of Northeast Nebraska, McCook’s Emily Charchuck at second base, outfielder’s Jerusha Miner and Chanel Siebenthal of McCook, Southeast’s Jessica Lusk at designated hitter, Central-Columbus’ Jenna Robinson at utility player, and pitchers Alayna Allen of Northeast, Katelyn Keene of Central-Columbus, and Taya Thorpe of McCook.

Western Nebraska Community College had three sports teams earn NJCAA All-Academic honors for their performance in the classroom.

The women’s basketball team, softball team, and baseball team all earned honorable mention team academic honors.

The women’s basketball team had the highest grade point average among the Cougar teams, posting a 3.30 GPA. It is the third straight year the women’s basketball team earned a team academic award. The 2016-17 team finished with a 3.10 GPA, while the 2015-16 team had a 3.32 average.

The women’s softball team earned academic team honor for the seventh straight season. This year’s team finished with a 3.20 GPA.

The Cougar baseball team earned the honor for the third straight season. This year’s baseball team finished with a 3.00 GPA.

Chad Gibney, women’s basketball coach, said it is a tremendous honor to succeed in the classroom and on the court.

“It is absolutely huge. It shows what well-rounded student-athletes we have at Western Nebraska Community College,” the second-year women’s basketball coach said. “They did a phenomenal job in the classroom, they put together an unbelievable season on the court, and they were great representatives of what we want this college to be.”

Barton County Community College earned the top women’s basketball academic award, finishing with a 3.72 GPA. All-in-all, 12 Region IX schools earned academic honors in basketball. Miles Community College had the top Region IX team with a 3.52 GPA.

Gibney said the season his team put together on and off the court was phenomenal.

“We were an academic NJCAA team, we received an at-large bid to the national tournament winning 29 games, and we moved on seven players continuing to play at the next level,” he said. “Our last player [sophomore] has elected to go to nursing school where she will be phenomenal. To see our players move on, continue to be prepared to be successful at their next college, is something we are really proud of.”

The Cougar softball team kept academics at a special level with their seventh straight NJCAA academic honorable mention honor. Iowa Western Community College had the highest GPA among softball teams with a 3.70 average.

For the WNCC softball team, head coach Katelyn Groves said it is special to see her team excel in the classroom.

“I am beyond proud of our programs continued success in the classroom,” Groves said, “Being able to make the list for seven consecutive years is a true statement on the emphasis our program has on the STUDENT athlete.  The hard work and dedication of our student-athletes in the classroom has shown through, and I couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of it and have players that truly understand the importance of their education.  It is also a huge testament to our amazing faculty and staff that put in the time and care to help our players (and all students) achieve academic success. “

Groves added that a lot of the success not only goes to the student-athlete, but the coaching staffs as well as the instructors.

“A huge thank you to our coaching staffs through the years for spending time with our student-athletes in study hall and on the road, our faculty, staff and members of our community for additional time outside of the classroom helping our athletes, and our student-athletes for their commitment to excellence in the classroom,” she said.

There were three Region IX softball teams that earned academic honorable mention. Trinidad State Junior College had the top Region IX GPA with a 3.55. The other school was Lamar Community College, who had a 3.12 GPA.

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