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

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

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


(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.


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

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

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

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

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

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


#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.  


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.

UNK Becomes First Team to Have a Rushing TD Vs. Northwest Since 2016
Kearney, Neb. - Thirteenth-ranked Northwest Missouri State scored 21 first quarter points, made some defensive stops in the second half and recovered an onside kick to hold off Nebraska-Kearney, 27-13, Saturday afternoon in Maryville.

The Bearcats (6-1) are now 12-3 all-time against the Lopers (4-3) and push its overall record to 117-15 over the last decade.

UNK got off the mat after it found itself down 21-0 just 13 minutes into the game. Northwest's first three drives all resulted in touchdowns and covered 75, 75 and 79 yards. The last score was "trick play" as freshman receiver LaTroy Harper threw a 67-yard strike to junior back Brody McMahon.

However, the Lopers controlled the next two quarters and closed within 21-13 with 10:36 remaining. Junior quarterback Alex McGinnis (Crete) ran for a three-yard score, on third and goal, at the 4:31 mark of the first half and then added a five-yard TD run early in the fourth. Northwest hadn't allowed a rushing TD since a 2016 NCAA playoff semifinal win over Ferris (Mich.) State, a string of 19 games and 647 carries.

The Lopers could've had more points at this time of the game but failed on fourth and six from the Bearcat 43-yard line early in the second quarter. They then failed on fourth and five from the Northwest 15-yard line to start the second half and a McGinnis pass on fourth and nine fell incomplete on fourth and nine from the Bearcats 28-yard line. That also came in the third quarter. Overall, UNK ended up 2 for 5 on fourth down.

After McGinnis's second TD run, UNK tried an on-side kick. Northwest unfortunately recovered the loose ball at its own 48-yard line. Eight plays later sophomore Parker Sampson booted a 21-yard field goal to make it a two score game. Prior to this field goal, Northwest had amassed just 39 yards over seven drives. Those possessions ended with five punts, a turnover and a fourth down stop by the Lopers.

UNK tried to come back after the field goal but Northwest picked off McGinnis on the next two drives. The first led to another short field goal by Parker with the second coming in Bearcat territory.

The 'Cats out gained the Lopers 366-331 yards while UNK had the ball seven more minutes. Kearney managed 132 rushing and 199 passing yards with Northwest seeing Elkhorn native Braden Wright go 13 of 26 for 177 yards and one TD. The one-time Loper commit also rushed 11 times for 55 yards and a score.

McGinnis finished 11 of 30 for 199 yards and those two late INT's. He was UNK’s top rusher, carrying the ball 16 times for 44 yards and two TD's. Next, redshirt freshman receiver/back Montrez Jackson (Trenton, Fla.) had his best day in a Blue & Gold uniform. He had three catches for 117 yards and two rushes for nine more yards. Jackson's long reception covered 58 yards.

Besides Wright, former Missouri Western All-American back Josh Caldwell got hot late and tallied 61 yards on 15 carries with receivers Cody Massey and Shawn Bane Jr. combining for 124 receiving yards on eight catches.

Defensively, Kansas City native Sal Silvio had a game-high 13 tackles (11 solo) with St. Louis junior safety Dallas Vaughn at seven tackles, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery. Finally, juniors Jordan Ingraham (Miami and Kevin Wilson (Lakeland, Fla.) had two of UNK's four TFL's.

Northwest saw junior safety Trent Nally have two INT's with senior corner Jack Richards (12) and senior linebacker Nick Hess (nine) combining for 21 tackles.

UNK hosts Fort Hays State next Saturday at 11 a.m. The Tigers blasted Pittsburg State today at home, 50-21.

Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney football team got touchdowns from five different players and held Northeastern State to 190 yards in a 49-7 win Saturday afternoon in Tahlequah, Okla.

In front of a "Homecoming" crowd of 2,128, the Lopers improve to 3-2 with the RiverHawks (0-5) dropping a seventh straight game dating back to last season.

UNK dominated from start to finish, rolling up 431 yards (7.0 per carry average) on the ground while forcing NSU to punt 10 times. The 'Hawks lone score came late in the first half when reserve back Craig Davis returned a kickoff 94 yards for six points.

The Loper defense managed eight tackles for loss, broke up three passes and held NSU to 60 yards rushing (1.9 avg.). Those TFL's covered 42 yards and included five sacks. Defensive ends Tye Spies (Mullen) and Hinwa Allieu (Gaithersburg, Md.) both had a pair of sacks with junior backer Alex Sovereign (Lincoln SW) credited with the other.

The 190 yards is the lowest allowed by the Loper defense in the MIAA era (2012-present). The 2013 UNK "D" held Lindenwood to 197 yards in a 56-6 home win. 
Kearney was up 14-0 after the first quarter, 21-7 at halftime and then tallied 14 points in both the third and fourth quarters. The last score was among the oddest plays in UNK history as reserve back Garrett Meyer (Omaha Gross) ripped off a 35-yard run up the middle, only to fumble at the NSU 20-yard line after being tackled by a trio of 'Hawks.

However, NSU defensive back Courtland Clark didn't notice junior running back David Goodwin (Lauderhill, Fla.). Clark had a 10-yard return but Goodwin promptly stole the ball from his hands and ran untouched down the sidelines for the game's final points.

Much earlier, UNK scored touchdowns the first two times it had the ball. The drives covered 38 and 69 yards, respectively, with junior back Darrius Webb (Allentown, Pa.) and senior back Luke Quinn (Scottsdale, Ariz.) recording the TD's. Webb scored from 20 yards out with Quinn scampering for nine yards. 

Junior quarterback Alex McGinnis (Crete) called his own number with five minutes left in the half to make it 21-0. He capped a 54-yard drive with a three-yard run. The 'Hawks did stop the Lopers on the previous possession, tackling Quinn for a two-yard loss on fourth and one from the NSU 26-yard line. UNK opted not to go for fourth and sixth a few minutes later and missed a 27-yard field goal.

In the second half, redshirt freshman slot receiver/running back Montrez Jackson (Trenton, Fla.) had scoring runs of one and three yards. Goodwin went right up the middle for a 20-yard TD run, his third of the year, early in third to make it 28-7.

Playing just the first two quarters, Webb had 10 carries for a team-high 107 yards. Next, Goodwin had 72 yards on 10 carries with sophomore back Dayton Sealey (St. Cecilia) at 79 yards on a team-best 11 totes. He also had an 11-yard reception; eight different Lopers had a catch in the win.

Finally on the ground, Quinn ran 10 times for 46 yards, Jackson totaled 31 yards, Meyer had 48 thanks to that big run and McGinnis (31) and Lincoln redshirt freshman Carson Walters (34) combined for 65 from the QB position.

McGinnis was one of three QB's to play in the game and he finished 8 of 11 for 90 yards. Senior tight end Alex Harms (North Platte) had a team-best 48 receiving yards with junior receiver Austan Daniels (Omaha Burke) having two receptions for 15 yards. While senior Trey Lansman (Harlan, Ia.) didn't catch a pass, he did draw a pass interference call on third down that setup UNK's fourth score.

NSU was led by QB Jake Pruitt who went 13 of 25 for 116 yards. Sacked five times, his favorite target was junior Ryheem Brummitt (eight receptions, 79 yards). In the backfield, Davis had 52 yards on 10 carries.

Limiting the 'Hawks to just 3.2 yards per play, the Loper defense saw senior corner Malik Webb (Roper, N.C.) have six solo tackles. Spies (four solo) also made six stops with senior OLB Cliffond Taylor (Miami) and sophomore linemen Blake Schroeder (Holdrege) at three apiece. Finally, junior Kendall Raschein (Red Bluff, Calif.) averaged 42.7 yards in three punt attempts.

For the 'Hawks, Clark had a game-high 13 tackles with teammate Vonte' White at 11.

The Lopers host Lindenwood (2-3) next Saturday at 11 a.m. at Cope Stadium. The Lions used TD's of 82 (INT return) and 87 (rushing) yards to take No. 10 Pittsburg State into overtime before falling, 27-24.

Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney football team scored touchdowns on five of its first six drives and got eight pass breakups on defense to dominate Lindenwood, 41-14, Saturday afternoon at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster field.

The Lopers (4-2) improve to 3-1 against the Lions (2-4) in Kearney and reach the four win mark for the first time since joining the MIAA in the fall of 2012.

"With the early game (11 a.m. kick), we talked about getting off to a good start and these guys did that. We don't have to say much … these guys come to work every day," said head coach Josh Lynn. "We're not done yet."

UNK's option-based attack had the ball for 39 minutes to rack up 418 total yards (314 rushing and 104 passing). The Lopers led 10-0 after the first quarter, 24-7 at halftime and 38-7 midway through the third.

"We controlled the line of scrimmage and our offensive line played outstanding. We also overcame some penalties that had us starting first and 15, first and 20. All in all, just great execution up front and Alex (McGinnis) got us in the right play," said Lynn.

A total of 28 points was scored over the final six minutes of the first half and in the opening minute of the second half. Head coach Josh Lynn dialed up a fake field goal on fourth and goal from the Lion five-yard with 6:19 left in the second quarter. The call worked to perfection as kick holder/backup quarterback Cody Summers (Denver) tossed a shovel pass to sophomore linebacker Travis Holcomb (Cairo) who was the right edge protector.

"The credit goes to our special teams coordinator Levi Gallas. He came in on Wednesday and drew that up on the board. I told our guys we were going to run the play (fake PAT) after our first touchdown but we didn't get the right look. So we just went ahead and ran it on the (short) field goal," said Lynn.

Now down 17-0, Lindenwood's fast paced offense finally got on track as they drove 65 yards in just 2:47. However, a pooch kickoff didn't work as well as sophomore back Dayton Sealey (St. Cecilia) brought it back 43 yards well into Lion territory.

Aided by a pass interference call on third and 13, UNK recorded its third TD of the game when QB Alex McGinnis (Crete) plunged in from a yard out. That made it 24-7 with just 26 seconds left. The Lions could've scored a gain but senior corner Malik Webb (Roper, NC) batted down a 43-yard "Hail Mary" pass on the final play of the half.

Lindenwood won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. On the second play from scrimmage in the third, redshirt freshman QB Cade Brister fumbled a snap and senior outside backer Cliffond Taylor (Miami) was there to pounce on it. On the very next play junior back Darrius Webb (Allentown, Pa.) scampered in from 13 yards out and to make it 31-7.  

"Every time I have a good game I always credit the offensive line. They played a heck of a game today," said Webb.

The Loper offense ended the day with long TD drives of 68 yards (14 plays), 80 yard (six plays) 88 yards (18 plays) and 88 yards (12 plays). At one point, LWU had run 25 fewer offensive plays than UNK.

Webb reached the 100-yard mark for the third time this year, tallying 127 on 17 carries. He scored twice, pushing his total to an MIAA-best nine. Next, redshirt freshman Montrez Jackson (Trenton, Fla.) had 57 yards on just nine carries, Sealey had 56 on eight totes and McGinnis managed one score and 24 yards on 17 attempts. All toll UNK averaged a healthy 5.1 yards per carry.

"It's nice to win ball games but these guys come to work every single day. On Tuesday we had a good practice, Wednesday we had a good practice. They don't miss a lot of assignments," said Lynn. "Today's effort is as good as team moment as we've had."

McGinnis was an efficient 11 of 14 in the air for 84 yards and one TD. The scoring pass covered 10 yards and went to junior back David Goodwin (Lauderhill, Fla.). Webb led Kearney in catches (four) with true freshman receiver D'angelo Shepherd (Colo. Springs) having a team-best 27 receiving yards.

Lindenwood's offense came in averaging 36 points and 413 yards per game. They were forced to punt three times, turned the ball over twice and were twice stopped on fourth down in the second half. One of those stops came at the Loper five-yard line.

"I say it every week … the credit goes to that front again. Tye (Spies), Jordan (Ingraham), Shane (Henderson), Hinwa (Allieu). They control the front and that allows our linebackers to make plays," said Lynn. "We didn't get as much pressure today as we would've like but our secondary did a great job of covering their receivers. It was good team defense."

The Lions managed just 82 rushing yards on 23 attempts with the elusive Brister going 21 of 41 for 235 yards. Picked off by junior safety Kevin Wilson (Lakeland, Fla.), Brister did throw a 38-yard TD strike to senior back Cameron Sanders late in the first half.

Defensively, Webb had three PBU's with fellow corner Famous McKinnon (Miami) batting down two passes. Next, senior end Tye Spies (Mullen) had the team's lone sack as well as six tackles with safeties Dallas Vaughn (St. Louis) and LaRoy James (Opa-locka, Fla.) both making seven stops. Finally, junior Sal Silvio (Kansas City) had a team-high nine tackles and one PBU.

Lindenwood's defense was led by safeties Darrius Williams (16 tackles; seven solo) and Grady Daniels (13 tackles; eight solo).

"The four wins means a lot. We're all bought in and moving in the same direction," said Spies. "We're all confident in what we're doing. Coach Lynn has brought in the right guys and the players who've stuck around have the right mentality."

UNK heads to nationally-ranked Northwest Missouri State next Saturday.


Kearney, Neb. – Senior guard Michaela Barry scored 33 points and assisted on the game winning bucket with 2.8 seconds left as Nebraska-Kearney rallied past Lindenwood, 80-78,Thursday night in St. Charles, Mo.

The Lopers (15-3, 7-3) continue a magical season, improving to 9-0 in games decided by 10 points or less and posting its eighth fourth quarter rally among 11 Division II wins. UNK has also won seven of eight to be tied with two others for third place in the MIAA standings.

Barry (Battle Creek), the current MIAA Player of the Week, notched her third 30-point game of the season by going 12 of 17 (2 of 5 threes) from the field and 7 of 8 at the line. But it was her fourth assist of the night that proved to be the crucial play.

Ahead 78-75 with just under a minute to play, UNK ran the shot clock down and not surprisingly gave the ball to Barry. Her shot in the lane was blocked out of bounds and the Lopers called a timeout. After the break, Lindenwood forced a five second call to get the ball back. Thirteen seconds later, reserve Kyle Ferguson capped a great night by hitting a 26-footer to tie things. She tallied 15 points thanks to three triples.

UNK called another time out and again gave the ball to Barry. She worked from the top of the key, drew the defense toward her and found a wide open Kelsey Sanger (Crofton) for an easy layup and the game winner. The Lions (10-10, 2-9), calling a timeout to move the ball down the court, had a chance to win or tie but couldn't get a shot off.

"Our team just continues to fight; Lindenwood would go up, we would come back. They would go up, we would come back again," said Loper assistant coach Brandon Rohr. "Michaela and Kelsey have won their whole lives so it's not surprising what happened at the end. Michaela might've been feeling it but she's unselfish and smart enough and made a great pass."

Sanger, replacing an injured Jenna Gillespie (Holdrege) in the starting lineup, had one of her finest games of the season. Over 25 minutes, she had nine points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Five of her points came in the fourth quarter to help UNK erase two different four-point deficits.

Now 6-1 all-time against Lindenwood, the Lopers led 17-9 after the first quarter and tallied the first two points of the second quarter. However, the Lions went on a 30-11 over the next 11 minutes to lead by nine. That was Lindenwood's biggest lead of the game. UNK didn't grab the lead back until Alyssa Frauendorfer (Humphrey) made a layup with 6:11 to go. That made the score 63-62 and capped an 8-1 Kearney run. The two teams then went back and forth until the final seconds.

Frauendorfer joined Barry and Sanger as Lopers to have big efforts as she made a season-best four threes to tally 16 points. She also had seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Off the bench, UNK got six points apiece from forward Kennedy Sander (Lincoln Pius X) and Adreon Bell (Independence, Mo.).

Four Lions were in reached double figures, led by 6-3 sophomore post Kallie Bildner. The 2017 MIAA Freshman of the Year went for 23 points and nine rebounds with starter Charisse Williams and reserve Gaby Walker each scoring 10.

UNK is among the best teams in D2 in not sending teams to the free throw line but the Lions went 16 of 21 tonight. The 16 makes are a season-high for a Loper opponent with Bildner doing most of the damage (9 of 9). Finally, the Lopers shot 64 percent (9 of 14) on the four quarter. In its previous seven "rally wins, Kearney made 59 percent of its fourth quarter shots.

On Saturday, the Lopers head to Lincoln University. The Blue Tigers (3-16, 0-11) fell tonight to Fort Hays State, 65-55.


MNB Bank McCook is one win away from heading to the State American Legion Baseball Tournament.  MNB Bank has found themseleves in the Championship game which will take place tonight (Monday, July 23rd).  Live coverage can be heard on 93.9 The Zone and online


Updated B6 District Bracket


The 2017-2018 Republican Plains Activity Conference Girls & Boys Basketball Tournament bracket(s) updated to reflect the East/West G/B "Six-Game Saturday" round. Additionally, there has been a date change for the East/West Girls Quarterfinal Round due to the inclement weather. Games scheduled for Mondaynight have been moved to Wednesday night with the site(s) and time(s) remaining the same.

An extremely limited quantity of Nebraska volleyball single-game tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. through Nebraska Athletic Development and Ticketing. Tickets can be purchased online here, though they are expected to be sold quickly. Nebraska has sold out 234 consecutive regular-season volleyball matches, an NCAA women's record. Fewer than 200 tickets remain for the Red/White Scrimmage at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. Those can also be purchased at the link above. Fans who attend the Red/White Scrimmage will get a sneak peek at the 2017 NCAA Championship documentary, "Nebraska Volleyball: Culture of a Champion," produced by NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations. It will be played on the Devaney Center video boards after the scrimmage. The Huskers are coming off a second NCAA Championship in three years and a repeat Big Ten title in 2017. Nebraska opens the regular season by hosting the VERT Challenge on Aug. 24-25. NU will face Florida in a national title rematch, as well as Oregon on opening weekend.


Pitcher/infielder Courtney Wallace, who will be freshman on the Nebraska softball team in the fall, has been named Nebraska's Gatorade Softball Player of the Year. Wallace adds this honor to a PGF Regional All-America award, which she earned in May. Wallace played four years on varsity for Papillion-La Vista High School and played club ball for Nebraska Gold. She helped Papillion-La Vista to the Class A State Tournament each of her four years. The Monarchs finished runner-up in 2016, before claiming the title in 2017. As a senior, she posted a 18-1 record, with an ERA of 0.28 and 162 strikeouts in 2017. Her ERA was the lowest ERA recorded in the state since the pitching mound moved from 40 feet to 43 feet. At the plate, she hit .504 and had nine homeruns, 10 doubles, four triples, 35 RBIs, 45 runs scored and 14 stolen bases. She helped her team to the 2017 state title with a 16-4 win over Lincoln Southwest by hitting a leadoff solo homer to begin an 11-run, 10-hit inning for the Monarchs.


The Nebraska football team practiced for just under two hours on Wednesday inside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads and helmets. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters addressed the media after practice and was asked about last weekend’s scrimmage. "It went well," Walters said. "The guys went out and they competed. Offense beat the defense at times and then defense got the best of us, it's a good competition. We want to put the guys in game situation, coaches off the field and see how they react. I thought across the board on offense they did a good job." Walters was also asked about how the quarterback competition is shaping up after more than a week of fall camp. “They're all doing a good job,” Walters said of the quarterbacks. “This week we're going to evaluate them and then going into next week we'll make some decisions as we get closer to the game. All of those guys are competing and they all bring different elements to the table, and we've got to figure out which one leads the offense the best and that's going to be our guy." Walters also commended the work of the offensive line during fall camp and touched on the Huskers’ tight end unit.

"Jack (Stoll) has had a great fall camp," Walters said. "I'm excited about what he and Austin Allen are going to do. As a matter of fact, the tight ends probably played the best out of anyone in the scrimmage. They made some plays down the field in the pass game which is awesome. I think we've got tight ends that are good run blockers, so I'm excited about that group." As fall camp continues, Walters said the coaches want players to maintain focus and continue to improve. “This time in fall camp, the great players sustain,” Walters said. “The average players, you see a little dip in their production. Poor players, you see big dips. So, across the board we've got to maintain." Walters also noted that the offense has made a lot of improvement through the first week and a half of fall camp. "Across the board we've made progress, everyone is a lot better," he said. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.


Lincoln -- Glynn Watson Jr. had 20 points and nine rebounds, as Nebraska built a 23-point halftime lead and cruised to a 73-49 win over Western Illinois on Saturday.

Watson hit 8-of-10 shots from the floor and tied his career high with nine rebounds to pace the Big Red, who bounced back from its first loss of the season.

James Palmer Jr. added 19 points for Nebraska (5-1) which won its 15th straight home game dating back to last season.

Nebraska held Western Illinois to 30.6 shooting, as the Leathernecks (2-4) scored a season-low 49 points, over 30 points beneath their season average.

The Huskers took control in the first half, overcoming a slow start en route to building a 40-17 halftime lead. Nebraska used runs of 13-0 and 19-0 to seize momentum, as NU shot 57 percent from the field and outrebounded the Leathernecks, 25-12, in the opening stanza.

Trailing 9-4, the Husker defense took control, holding WIU without a point for 8:47 while reserves Nana Akenten and Brady Heiman keyed the run with five of the Huskers’ 13 straight points.

Palmer then got going for the Big Red, scoring eight of his 12 first-half points to begin the run, as Palmer and Watson combined for 15 of the Huskers’ 19 points. Nebraska built its largest lead of the half at 38-14 off a Tanner Borchardt hook shot with 32 seconds left in the half.

Nebraska took any remaining suspense out by scoring the first 10 points of the second half, pushing the margin to 50-17 after a Watson 3-pointer with 17:41 left.

C.J. Duff led Western Illinois with 13 points, while Isaac Johnson added nine points and six boards in a losing effort.

The Huskers return to action Monday night as they take on Clemson in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tipoff from Littlejohn Coliseum is at 6 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on ESPN2 and carried on the Husker Sports Network.

Crae Mill