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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


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.


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 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.

The Western Nebraska Community College men’s soccer team received a clutch first-half penalty kick save from Ruam Barbosa and then scored two late goals in registering a 2-1 win over Gillette College Saturday afternoon at the Landers Soccer Complex.

Saturday’s win was huge for a Cougar men’s team that was stinging a bit after falling to Northeastern Junior College on Wednesday. WNCC didn’t want to repeat that match and fought hard to earn the victory.

Leo Palomo, a Kearney High School graduate, said they played hard to get the win.

“After a tough loss, I thought we came out and played well,” Palomo said. “The team played hard and it was a different situation because a lot of us got yellow cards  but we fought through it.”

Palomo said the team bouncing back from the NJC loss was huge.

“It definitely gave us a lot of confidence,” he said. “Right now we have a set of home games and it is good to get our confidence back and keep on winning.”

It was a yellow-card filled match, too, with nine yellow cards issued in the 90 minutes of play. And a big key to the win was the play of the defense, holding Gillette without a goal for 89 minutes of action.

One of the biggest defensive plays of the match was Barbosa’s penalty kick save that came just 10 minutes into the contest. Barbosa was inserted into the contest after a yellow card was issued to starting goalkeeper Leandro Faria. What Barbosa did to dive and save the ball on the penalty kick ignited the Cougar defense.

 Palomo said that Barbosa’s save was huge.

“Ruam stepped up big for us,” Palomo said. “He gave us life in this match.”

The two defenses, in fact, were dominating action. Neither team scored in the first half. It wasn’t until the 75 minute mark that the first goal was scored and it came off the foot of Palomo, who took a pass from Ramses Atahualpa and planted it into the net.

The lead stayed that way until with under three minutes to play WNCC added an insurance goal for the 2-0 lead. This time it was Atahualpa, who took a pass from Ohmar Sissoko for the goal.

The Cougars almost shutout the Pronghorns, but with 31 seconds remaining, Gillette’s Gregoire Sebm scored to cut the lead in half. WNCC then ran out the clock for the win.

WNCC had 14 shots, seven of which were on goal. Gillette had nine shots, eight of which on goal.

Faria had five saves in net, while Barbosa had two saves.

WNCC will be back in action next Saturday when they host Central Community College-Columbus in a Region IX South conference game at 4 p.m.

Palomo said they are going to keep working hard to get ready for the rest of the season.

“We are going to hit the training field hard and keep working like we always do,” he said.

The Western Nebraska Community College men’s soccer team needed just one goal and then to play a inspired defense in earning a 1-0 win over NJCAA No. 12 Northeastern Junior College in a Region IX South Conference match at Landers Soccer Complex Wednesday afternoon.,

The win moves WNCC to 8-5 overall and 5-2 in the South conference. NJC, who suffered its first conference defeat, drops to 6-1 in the conference and 12-4-1 overall. NJC came into the contest on a 10-match winning streak and the last time these two teams played, NJC won 6-0.

Wednesday was a different story according to Silvio Xavier, one of 10 sophomores that played their last regular season match at Landers Soccer Complex.

“The game down there we didn’t practice hard at all because it was in the middle of the week and we didn’t prepare ourselves the way we need to do,” Xavier said. “This game was different because we prepared our minds especially for this game and everything was OK. Thank God for that.”

Overall, Xavier said it was a win that wanted and needed.

“This was important for us to put our mind into the tournament again and we took a big step in the road to a championship,” Xavier said.

The scoring came early when Leo Palomo found a pass from Ramses Atahualpa and scored just eight minutes into the contest.

“The defense played well today and our centerback scored for us,” Xavier said. “I am happy for that.”

After that, the two defenses played lights out. Xavier said that one goal was all they needed to win the game.

“We knew we had to play 90 minutes in the game,” Xavier said. “We knew in the second half they would come hard toward us. We talked with each other during the halftime break and the defense did a good job.”

The defenses pitched shutouts in the second half, but it was WNCC’s defense that stepped up big time as late in the match, the Plainsmen had a plethora of scoring opportunities, including three straight corner kicks. NJC also missed a point-blank shot that went high and another time where the Cougar defense thwarted prime scoring opportunities by sending the ball to the midfield line.

WNCC outshot the Plainsmen 12-9. The big difference in the contest was cornerkicks with NJC getting 14 corners to WNCC’s one. That didn’t matter, though, as the defense thwarted those scoring opportunities.

The WNCC men will wrap up the regular season on Friday when they travel to Columbus to face Central Community College in a Region IX South Conference contest. A win Friday and a NJC loss to Central would give the Cougars and Plainsmen with identical records.

Xavier said they need to build off Wednesday’s win.

“We have to play tough and we need a good night sleep because it is a long trip,” Xavier said. “But, I hope everything will be OK and we are going to try to bring back a victory.”

Lincoln native Henry Tanksley will transfer from Central Wyoming College in Riverton, WY to Western Nebraska this fall. The 6'3" guard who averaged 12 points while shooting 47 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc in his Freshman campaign.

Tanksley already has division one level offers from Jacksonville State and Montana State for the 2019-20 season. He will join a talented group of guards at WNCC. He will compete with the likes of Dru Kuxhausen who transferred from Chadron State and Jervay Green returns as one of the top guards in the country. 

WNCC Men's Head Basketball Coach Cory Fehringer is reloading the backcourt after losing sharp shooter Trent Harris and star point guard Vinnie Shahid to graduation, Fehringer is looking to go back to the National Tournament again after the Cougars did so for the first time in 17 years this past season. 


After four scrimmages, the Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team is ready to open the season on Friday and Saturday when they compete in the Reiver Invite in Council Bluffs, Iowa.


The pre-season fourth-ranked Cougars open the season on Friday at 2 p.m. against Indian Hills Community College and then face No. 3 Iowa Western Community College at 6 p.m. WNCC will wrap up the Reiver Invite on Saturday against Jefferson College and Barton Community College.


WNCC head coach Binny Canales said his team is ready to compete.


“I hope we are ready to go,” Canales said. “We are playing well, doing a lot of good things, and we just have to make sure we can do it against other good teams. We play Indian Hills and Iowa Western and they are both strong teams. We just have to take care of things on our end of the court and if we do that it increases our chances to be successful.”


Friday’s opponents will be good tests. Indian Hills sports a team of 15 players, 14 of which are international including 12 from Brazil. A year ago, the Warriors went 37-5. Iowa Western, who finished in the top 8 at nationals last year, have 15 players on the team including eight sophomores. 


Canales said he really doesn’t know too much about either team.


“Indian Hills is prominently international and I don’t know a whole lot about those kids,” Canales said. “Right now it is what we can do. If we can stay in system and be on the attack, I think we will be fine.”


That is the key early on, too. It is not so much as what your opponent does, it is what the Cougar team does. So far, Canales likes what he has seen from his team.


“We can maintain a good amount of energy for a good amount of time and we are working on it to be longer,” he said. “Our ball control is solid, we have very good setters, and we can attack. We can attack the ball in-system and out-of-system and that helps us.”


A big key for the Cougars success is the two returning setters, Jayme Commins of Ogallala and Enna Masaki of Hawaii. Both setters saw plenty of time last year and they have showed plenty of leadership on the court in the four scrimmages the team had this month.


“It is great to have two returning setters because they have been in the system for a year and they know exactly what I want them to do,” Canales said. “A lot of time they are finishing sentences for me. It is a blessing to have returning setters that know your system.”


Commins and Masaki are only two key returners. The Cougars also have four other returners back from a 33-8 team a year ago. The other returning starters include Sarena Bartley of Ridgefield, Washington, and Kaile Tuisamatatele of Kapolei, Hawaii. Bartley is a rightside hitter while Tuisamatatele is a middle hitter. Also returning are Aloni Jordan of St. Louis, Missouri, and Logan Belford of Loveland, Colorado.


A big boost to the Cougars is a freshmen class that has plenty of depth on defense and attacking. The Cougars defense will be led by Adia Sherbeyn of Torrington, Wyoming, Ana Costas of Gurabo, Puerto Rico, and Terri Takita-Robins of Miliani, Hawaii.


The freshman hitters include Gabriela Canavati of Laredo, Texas, Camille Esselin of Thionville, France, Amryi-Grace Paris of Nanakuli, Hawaii, Santana Monroe of Greenwood Village, Colorado, and Leslie Lagafuaina of Tacoma, Washington.


WNCC has been practicing since Aug. 2 and have played four scrimmage games, going 3-1. The Cougars only defeat was to the University of Nebraska-Kearney in Ogallala back on Aug. 11. WNCC did defeated NCAA Division II Metro State in Ogallala before earning 5-0 wins over Eastern Wyoming College and the WNCC Alumni.


After this weekend, the Cougars will not have an easy time the following week. WNCC hosts No. 12 Laramie County Community College on Wednesday, before heading to the Crystal Inn Invite in Salt Lake City, where they will face No. 2 College of Southern Idaho and No. 15 Salt Lake Community College.

Canales said he loves playing the national powers because it makes his team better.

“We like to play the tough games to know where we are,” he said. “This type of schedule helps us. We are continuously getting better. This tournament will expose some things that we need to work on and that is a plus.”

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Western Nebraska Community College men’s and women’s soccer team dropped contests to Salt Lake Community College on Thursday.

The Cougar men lost a tough one, battling back from a 3-0 halftime deficit before falling 3-2. The Cougar women fell 4-0 to the Bruins.

The men’s contest was a dogfight all game. WNCC outshot the Bruins 8-6, but couldn’t get the tying goal when they needed.

After Salt Lake took the 3-0 lead at halftime allowing the Bruins to score the third goal just seconds before intermission, the Cougars battled back in the second half.

Silvio Xavier started things for WNCC taking a pass from Ramses Atahualpa in the 62nd minute for the Cougar men’s first goal of the season. Xavier brought the team within a single goal after taking a pass from Thomas Franze in the 85th minute.

But the comeback fell short as time ran out.

Leandro Faria made nine saves in net after giving up three first-half goals.

The Cougar women played better than Wednesday’s 10-0 loss to No. 17 Snow College, but they still couldn’t find the back of the net.

Salt Lake scored twice in the first half for a 2-0 halftime deficit, netting goals 12 minutes into the game and then 24 minutes.

The second half saw WNCC play better to start. Salt Lake made it 3-0 with a goal in the 66th minute. Salt Lake earned a fourth goal in the 86th minute on an own goal.

Laramie Lake finished with eight saves in net.

Both teams will be back in action next week when they head to Gillette, Wyoming, for a pair of games. The women will face Northwest Wyoming on Saturday and Gillette on Sunday, while the men will battle Colorado Northwestern on Saturday and Gillette on Sunday.

The Western Nebraska Community College soccer and volleyball teams will be in key conference contests this weekend.

The Cougar volleyball team, who went 4-0 at home last week and are 14-6 on the season, will hit the road for three Region IX South conference matches beginning Thursday at No. 19 Otero Junior College. Otero has a 17-1 record on the season. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

WNCC will continue the southern Colorado road swing on Friday and Saturday. Friday, the Cougars head to Lamar Community College (15-6) for a 6 p.m. first serve and then Saturday to Trinidad State Junior College (9-8) for a 1 p.m. start.          

Last week the Cougar volleyball team went 4-0 with some impressive wins. WNCC started last week with a 3-1 conference win over McCook Community College behind a 24-kill out-pouring by Enna Masaki. The Cougars then swept through the Wyo-Braska Invite with 3-0 wins over Eastern Wyoming College, Dawson Community College, and Casper College.

WNCC has five players with over 100 kills for the season. Masaki leads the way with 199 followed by Amryi-Grace Paris with 160, Gaby Canavati with 151, Kaile Tuisamatatele with 142, and Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina with 134.

WNCC’s blocking has been key as well as the team has 125 solo blocks and 80 assisted blocks. Mamai-Lagafuaina had 44 solos and 21 assists followed by Tuisamatatele with 26 solos and Masaki with 19. Mamai-Lagafuaina is fifth in the country in solo blocks,

The setting has been handled by Ogallala’s Jayme Commins, who has 632 set assists for 8.66 per game. Commins ranks 24th in the nation in sets per game.

While the volleyball team is on the road for conference contests, the men’s and women’s soccer teams will be hosting conference matches Friday and Saturday at Landers Soccer Complex. The women’s contests for both days begin at 1 p.m. with the men’s teams battling at 3 p.m.

WNCC will take on Trinidad State Junior College on Friday and then Otero Junior College on Saturday. This will be the second time these teams have faced each other.

The Cougar men enter the weekend contests at 6-3 overall and 3-1 in Region IX South play. Trinidad State is 2-7 on the season and 0-3 in conference action. NJC leads the conference at 4-0 and 7-3 overall.

Otero is 4-5 overall as they enter this weekend’s contests. The Rattlers are 2-2 on the season.

When the WNCC men met up with Trinidad and Otero earlier this month, the Cougars won both contests, earning 1-goal wins. WNCC topped Otero 2-1 before earning a 1-0 win over Trinidad State.

The women’s contests will decide first place in the conference standings. Trinidad, Otero and WNCC are all tied at 2-1 in conference play. The Cougar women are 3-4-1 overall while Trinidad is 3-4 and Otero is 4-4.

The Cougar women, who last played Oct. 15 when they tied Gillette College 2-2 split with Otero and Trinidad State in their first meetings. WNCC fell to Otero 2-0 before coming back to register a 1-0 win over Trinidad.

After this week, the Cougar men’s soccer team will have three regular matches left before regionals, while the women will have four matches left. Both squads will travel to Western Wyoming Community College on Oct. 5 before hosting Northeastern Junior College on Oct. 10. The women will travel to face York junior varsity on Oct. 11 before hosting Northwest College on Oct. 14. The Cougar men’s final regular season game is Oct. 12 at Central Community College-Columbus.

The only other team in action this weekend is the Cougar baseball team as they will scrimmage Colorado Mines in Golden, Colorado on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Crae Mill