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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.


Wauneta, NE- The Wauneta-Palisade Football team started out hot in the opening game of the 2018 season by a final score 30-16 over Hitchcock County on Friday night in Wauneta. Wauneta-Palisade would score three unanswered touchdowns all on the ground before Hitchcock County would score late in the 4th quarter to get on the board.  Wauneta-Palisade now 1-0 on the year next action will be on Friday, August 31st at Dundy County-Stratton in Benkleman.  Next action for Hitchcock County will be in Trenton hosting Rawlins County KS.


Scoring Drive- Wauneta-Palisade 30, Hitchcock County 16

WP 8:39 1st Q- 2yd TD run by Austin Rozelle - PAT Good - Wauneta-Palisade 8-0

WP 7:54 1st Q- 2 yd TD run by Dennis Cavanaugh - PAT Failed - Wauneta-Palisade 14-0

WP 3:55 1st Q- 3yd TD run by Austin Rozelle - PAT Good - Wauneta-Palisade 22-0

WP 11:13 2nd Q - 1yd TD run by Dennis Cavanaugh - PAT Good - Wauneta-Palisade 30-0

HC 9:02 4th Q - 3yd TD run by Pierce Utterback - PAT Good - Wauneta-Palisade 30-8

HC 4:03 4th Q - Dionte Perkins 32 yd TD run - PAT Good - Wauneta-Palisade 30-16



Randy Geier Post Game Interview


Wauneta, NE - The Wauneta-Palisade Broncos remain perfect on the year after defeating Medicine Valley by a final score 36-13.  Wauneta-Palisade would start out the game quickly scoring two quick touchdowns before Medicine Valley would score their first Touchdown of the night.  The Defense from Wauneta-Palisade though would keep Medicine Valley from scoring when the Raiders had the ball at the 1yd line in the first half, but a couple sacks and a costly delay of game penalty kept the Raiders from scoring.  As Wauneta-Palisade would give Medicine Valley the first loss of the year. Next week both Wauneta-Palisade and Medicine Valley have a Bye Week.


Scoring Recap

Wauneta-Palisade 36, Medicine Valley 16


1stQ - 6:43 - 7yd TD run by Austin Rozelle - PAT by Rozelle is Good - 8-0 Wauneta-Palisade


2ndQ - 2:16 - 3yd TD run by Dennis Cavanaugh - PAT by Austin Rozelle is Good - 16-0 Wauneta-Palisade 


2ndQ - .25 - 20yd TD pass Sam Heapy to Quade Potter - PAT by Heapy is Good - 16-8 Wauneta-Palisade


3rdQ - 5:25 - 67yd TD run by Dalton Harchelroad - PAT Fails - 22-8 Wauneta-Palisade


3rdQ - 2:28 - 7yd TD run by Sam Heapy - PAT Good by Reid Stout - 22-16 Wauneta-Palisade


3rdQ - 1:00 - 7yd TD Pass Duncan Rector to Caid Doetker - PAT Fails - 28-16 Wauneta-Palisade


4thQ - 3:29 - Caid Doetker INT in the Endzone of Medicine Valley - PAT Good Duncan Rector to Ben Anderjaska - 36-16 Wauneta-Palisade 

Randy Geier Post Game


We feature the Wauneta-Palisade Football team. The Broncos coming off of a 5-4 record and a playoff berth in 2017. TBroncoscos last year faced with a tough schedule with there opponents that they lost to had a combined record of 28-4. The Broncos look to regroup this upcoming season in 2018 returning a big majority of the team after only losing 3 seniors last year. Hometown Family Radio able to talked with Co Head Coach Randy Geier about who he has returning for the broncos here in 2018.  Wauneta-Palisade opens up the 2018 season at home on Friday, August 24th hosting Hitchcock County a game we will carry on Coyote Country 105.3.

Randy Geier


Nebraska senior linebacker Chris Weber added his name to the nation-leading list of Husker Academic All-Americans on Thursday. Weber was one of 25 Division I football student-athletes named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team.

Weber’s selection increases Nebraska’s nation-leading total of Academic All-Americans across all sports to 330. The Husker football program now has 108 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, including 70 first-team selections. The 108 honorees are the most of any athletic program in college athletics.

“It is an unbelievable honor to be a part of the Nebraska Academic All-American tradition,” Weber said. “This has been a goal of mine and I am proud to finish my Nebraska career with being named an Academic All-American. I could not have reached this accomplishment without the support of my wife, Sam, and my parents. I also want to thank the academic support staff, specifically Katie Jewell and Dennis Leblanc, and all of the great professors and teachers I have had at the University of Nebraska.”

Weber was a standout on and off the field throughout his Nebraska career. An Elkhorn High graduate, Weber will graduate from UNL next May and carries a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average in nutrition science, and has already been accepted to medical school at UNMC. Weber is the first Husker to garner first-team Academic All-America honors since offensive lineman Spencer Long in 2013.

This season marked the third consecutive year Weber was a CoSIDA Academic All-District VII choice, and he is a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Weber was also one of 13 finalists for the prestigious Campbell Trophy and earned an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as part of the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Class.

On the field, Weber was a 2017 team captain and led the Huskers with 95 tackles and nine tackles for loss. He had four games with at least 10 tackles during his senior season. He has also been instrumental in NU’s Life Skills program, as Weber has been named to the Brook Berringer and the Tom Osborne teams in each of the past four years. Earlier this year, Weber led NU’s Uplifting Athletes Road Race efforts, raising more than $35,000 for pediatric cancer research this year and move than $125,000 over the past four years.


Thursday, August 30th 

Bishop Neumann 61, Lincoln Lutheran 33
Creighton Preparatory School 59, Omaha Central 14
Falls City Sacred Heart 34, Lawrence-Nelson 12
Morrill 70, Leyton/Banner County 32
Omaha South 42, Omaha Bryan 28
Randolph 40, Plainview 8


Friday, August 31st 

Adams Central 40, Milford 29

Ainsworth 38, Neligh-Oakdale 34

Alliance 17, Chadron 6

Amherst 28, Bertrand 22

Arapahoe 32, Elm Creek 26

Arcadia-Loup City 48, Shelton 6

Archbishop Bergan 39, Crofton 7

Ashland-Greenwood 25, Platteview 3

Auburn 45, Fort Calhoun 0

Aurora 60, Kearney Catholic 21

Axtell 63, Pleasanton 28

Battle Creek 51, Twin River 0

Bellevue West 81, Bellevue East 6

Beloit, Kan. 47, Fairbury 12

Bloomfield 44, St. Mary's 6

Broken Bow 27, Minden 14

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 40, Elmwood-Murdock 0

Burwell 62, West Holt 14

Cedar Bluffs 40, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 36

Centennial 33, Malcolm 14

Central City 28, Columbus Scotus 20

Central Valley 70, Giltner 20

Chase County 13, North Platte St. Patrick's 9

Cody-Kilgore 44, Arthur County 38

Columbus 35, North Platte 15

Columbus Lakeview 31, Douglas County West 14

Crawford 42, Potter-Dix 18

Creighton 50, Clearwater/Orchard 44

Cross County 54, Palmer 12

David City 42, Syracuse 0

Diller-Odell 58, Blue Hill 8

Doniphan-Trumbull 21, Centura 7

Dorchester 48, St. Edward 26

Elkhorn 13, Norfolk 10

Elkhorn Mount Michael 33, Omaha Gross Catholic 21

Elkhorn South 17, Millard North 6

Exeter-Milligan/Friend 60, Palmyra 28

Falls City 21, Raymond Central 17

Freeman 25, Hastings St. Cecilia 0

Fremont 56, Omaha Benson 13

Garden County 48, Bayard 6

Gothenburg 21, Cozad 0

Grand Island 42, Lincoln High 27

Grand Island Central Catholic 45, Superior 7

Guardian Angels 32, Howells/Dodge 28

Hampton 43, Santee 6

Hartington-Newcastle 57, Niobrara/Verdigre 6

Harvard 52, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 14

Hay Springs 69, Creek Valley 12

Hershey 14, Gibbon 13

Hitchcock County 58, Rawlins County, Kan. 20

Holdrege 20, Fillmore Central 0

Humphrey St. Francis 80, Wynot 36

Hyannis 53, McPherson County/Stapleton 20

Johnson County Central 48, Louisville 13

Johnson-Brock 70, Mead 12

Kearney 49, Lincoln North Star 7

Kenesaw 36, Overton 6

Lexington 49, Schuyler 0

Lincoln East 28, Lincoln Northeast 7

Lincoln Southwest 48, Lincoln Southeast 14

Lingle-Fort Laramie, Wyo. 58, Sioux County 48

Loomis 70, Franklin 16

Lutheran High Northeast 64, Winnebago 26

Madison 69, Omaha Nation 14

Maxwell 90, Wallace 20

Maywood-Hayes Center 70, Silver Lake 12

McCook 35, Grand Island Northwest 21

McCool Junction 49, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 6

Medicine Valley 56, Elwood 12

Meridian 50, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 18

Millard South 42, Lincoln Pius X 39

Mitchell 48, Southeast, Wyo. 14

Mullen 52, Anselmo-Merna 20

Nebraska Christian 54, Nebraska Lutheran 30

Nebraska City Lourdes 48, Tri County 25

Norfolk Catholic 31, Aquinas 7

Norris 30, Crete 13

North Bend Central 30, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 7

Northern Valley, Kan. 50, Alma 48, OT

Oakland-Craig 38, Hartington Cedar Catholic 20

Omaha Burke 31, Millard West 14

Omaha Concordia 31, Lincoln Christian 6

Omaha North 48, Omaha Northwest 6

Omaha Skutt Catholic 33, Omaha Roncalli 13

Omaha Westside 38, Papillion-LaVista 7

Ord 41, Boone Central/Newman Grove 13

Osceola-High Plains 44, Fullerton 32

Papillion-LaVista South 14, Gretna 13

Parkview Christian 74, Omaha Christian Academy 30

Perkins County 50, Southwest 24

Pierce 51, Arlington 8

Plattsmouth 17, Beatrice 7

Ponca 30, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 20

Ralston 42, South Sioux City 6

Ravenna 46, Cambridge 40

Red Cloud 39, Lewiston 20

Riverside 52, Twin Loup 0

Scottsbluff 48, Hastings 14

Seward 46, Gering 0

Shelby/Rising City 48, Sandy Creek 0

Sidney 51, Gordon/Rushville 0

South Loup 26, Hemingford 0

Southern 63, Pawnee City 24

Spalding Academy 60, Heartland Lutheran 34

St. Paul 42, Southern Valley 12

Stanton 28, Tekamah-Herman 14

Sterling 77, Walthill 27

Stuart 36, Boyd County 8

Sutton 38, Wilber-Clatonia 0

Wahoo 54, Nebraska City 19

Wauneta-Palisade 30, Dundy County-Stratton 26

Wausa 47, CWC-Ewing 14

Waverly 45, Bennington 14

Wayne 34, O'Neill 14

Weeping Water 30, Heartland 28

West Point-Beemer 33, Boys Town 13

Wilcox-Hildreth 56, Deshler 20

Wisner-Pilger 42, East Butler 12

Wood River 16, Bridgeport 0

York 50, Blair 28

Yutan 41, Conestoga 0


Ogallala 14, Valentine 0, suspd. 2nd quarter due to lightning

Eustis-Farnam 40, South Platte 31, suspd. at Half due to lightning

Sutherland 14, Paxton 6 suspd. at Half due to lightning

Legion Baseball 
The Gering Platte Valley Co. improve to .500 on the season after going 2-1 in the Thom Stallard Senior Legion Baseball Tournament over the weekend in Crete. On Saturday Gering split contests dominating their first game 12-6 over Albion but then couldn’t keep the momentum losing 9-6 to Wilbur. However, on Saturday Pleasant Dale fell victim to the PVC’s losing 11-7. While WESTCO split their doubleheader with Elkhorn Mt. Michael falling to 9-15 on the season. 
  • 06/19 Tue. Bridgeport @ Gering PVC Listen on 106.9 Wild Country
  • 06/19 Tue. WESTCO @ Chadron 7:30 pm
  • 06/20 Wed. Morrill @ Gering PVC
  • 06/21 Thur. Kearney @ WESTCO (DH) 5/7 pm Listen on 106.9 Wild Country
  • 06/22 Fri. Lexington @ WESTCO (DH) 5:30/8 pm
  • 06/22-24 Alliance Tournament (Gering PVC) Listen on 106.9 Wild Country
Western Nebraska Pioneers
The Pioneers return to the friendly confines of Oregon Trail Park Stadium after a season long 7 game road trip which ended 5-1 for the Pioneers as Sunday’s game was cancelled due to weather. 
  • 06/18 Mon. Pierre Trappers 6:35 pm
  • 06/19 Tue. Pierre Trappers 6:35 pm
  • 06/20 Wed. @ Spearfish Sasquatch 6:35 pm
  • 06/22-24 @ Hastings Sodbusters 5:35/5:35/4:35 pm
Rockies Baseball 
Once atop the National League West the Colorado Rockies have fallen in recent weeks going just 2-8 in their last ten games. The Rockies are back at Coors Field for the next week starting with a four game series against the New York Mets beginning today. 
  • 06/18 Mon. New York Mets 6:40 pm Listen on 1320 KOLT
  • 06/19 Tue. New York Mets 6:40 pm Listen on 1320 KOLT
  • 06/20 Wed. New York Mets 6:40 pm Listen on 1320 KOLT
  • 06/21 Thur. New York Mets 1:10 pm Listen on 1320 KOLT
  • 06/22 Fri. Miami Marlins 6:40 pm Listen on 1320 KOLT
  • 06/23 Sat. Miami Marlins 1:10 pm Listen on 1320 KOLT
  • 06/24 Sun. Miami Marlins 1:10 pm Listen on 1320 KOLT


The Zephyrs suffer a doubleheader loss in Chappell on Tuesday evening falling in game one 8-2 and in a pitching duel 1-0 in game two. With the losses the overall record of the Z's drops to 9-20. Zephyrs first year manager Jeremiah Luber is encouraged by his team's resilience and has seen his team make improvements as the Legion Baseball season has progressed. Listen to all of Luber's thoughts right here as well on the Coaches Corner this evening beginning at 6 pm on Sunny 99.3. 

Lexington, NE - After going 12 innings on Saturday night falling to Hastings Five Points Bank 7-6, the WESTCO Zephyrs could not put together a rally together on Sunday falling 9-3 to Lexington Pinnacle Bank. WESTCO would jump on top 2-0 in the top of the first, but Lexington would score four runs in the bottom of the third and five more runs would come across in the bottom of the fourth to be the difference. WESTCO would scratch one across in the top of the fifth for their third run of the game. The Zephyrs season comes to an end with their second loss of the Area 7 tournament with a record of 14-35. 

Friday, July 20th 

Saturday, July 21st 
WESTCO  6   12 Innings 

Sunday, July 22nd 
Lexington 9 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error 
WESTCO  3 Runs, 4 Hits, 4 Error 

The eight-team bracket includes Chadron, Denver School of Science and Technology, Gering, Mitchell, Scottsbluff, Sidney and Sterling High Schools. The Scottsbluff Bearcats had a seven year state tournament run snapped last season by Crete in the District Final's ending the Bearcats season at 18-9. The Bearcats bring back plenty of weapons on the floor with Senior Connor McCracken and Junior Jasiya DeOllos. Scottsbluff lost Vince Quijas, Devin Buderus, and Mason Ramig to graduation. 

Gering basketball will begin a new era as Randy Plummer stepped down after 19 years as head coach of the Bulldogs. Rick Winkler will step in as the interim head coach this season for Gering. The Bulldogs ended the season a game under five hundred last season falling in the sub-districts to Scottsbluff. Gering will be young this season after losing Jake Rocheleau, Tyler Pszanka, Joziah Palomo and Walker Cook to graduation. Interim Head Coach Rick Winkler looks to reload with the likes of Xavier Horst, Kolton Ebbers, Emanuel Campos and Bryce Sherrell. 

It took a while for Western Nebraska Community College’s Esai Hernandez to find a college to attend, but after playing for the Western Nebraska Pioneers, a collegiate summer wood bat league, Hernandez found the perfect school, inking with Mount Marty College, an NAIA school in Yankton, South Dakota.

“I chose Mount Marty because of the opportunity given to me,” Hernandez, a Gering High graduate, said. “It also makes it easier to choose Mount Marty when a teammate of mine is going there and I have already starting building a relationship with one of the coaches.”

Mount Marty became a perfect fit after former Cougar Claude Bova inked to attend the NAIA school in early June. Plus, Pioneers pitching coach Josh Teichroew is an assistant coach at Mount Marty and helped recruit both Hernandez and Bova.

“It was a little difficult finding a college, but it’s relaxing now to finally know where I’m going,” Hernandez said. “I think it’s going to be fun and definitely a new experience being in a different town,” Hernandez said. “I do not know anyone else that is going there.”

Knowing Teichroew was a plus in selecting Mount Marty to continue his collegiate playing while getting his education.

“Playing for the Pioneers helped me because the assistant coach for the pioneers is the pitching coach up there [at Mount Marty] and I am seeing pitching and level that is higher,” he said. “The expedition league has helped a lot with my game so far.”

Hernandez spent three seasons at WNCC, red-shirting his freshman year and playing the last two. Hernandez was a mainstay in the starting lineup last season for the Cougars. This past season, Hernandez batted .241 with 22 runs scored, 13 RBIs, and five doubles.

Hernandez, who said he was also looking at Ottawa University and William Woods University, said he has grown a lot as a baseball player since playing American Legion baseball for Platte Valley Companies.

“My season at WNCC didn’t go as well as I thought,” he said. “But I have improved tremendously since legion ball.”

His improvement can be seen during the Western Nebraska Pioneer games. Hernandez has been a fixture in the lineup for the Pioneers this summer. Hernandez has appeared in 25 games for the 19-10 Pioneers, while batting .286 with two doubles, a triple, 11 runs scored and seven RBIs.

Hernandez said playing for the Pioneers is fun, especially playing with guys from other collegiate baseball teams.

“Playing for the pioneers is fun,” he said. “The guys, the coaches, the fans, and the experience is just so much fun.”

Hernandez plans to major in secondary education in history at Mount Marty.

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