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The 2019 McCook Football League (MFL) Season is underway with practices starting Tuesday, July 9th-18th.  Games will begin on Friday July 19th. View full Schedule below.





The Nebraska women’s basketball team will spend Thanksgiving in Las Vegas while competing in the 2019 South Point Shootout, Nov. 29-30.

 

The Huskers’ second trip to the South Point Shootout under Coach Amy Williams will include a marquee match-up against USC on Friday, Nov. 29, at 7:45 p.m. (CT). Nebraska will wrap up its two-game visit to Las Vegas by battling Sacred Heart on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m. (CT). Nebraska made its first trip to the South Point Shootout in November of 2016, facing Washington State (Nov. 25) and Virginia (Nov. 26).

 

A total of 10 teams will take part in the 2019 version of the South Point Shootout, including Big Ten rival Ohio State and South Dakota, who will face off against each other right before Nebraska and USC on Friday afternoon. Alabama and Northern Iowa will clash immediately following the Big Red’s battle with the Women of Troy on Friday, while Tennessee Tech, Northern Illinois and Detroit Mercy round out the field.

 

USC will represent the powerful Pac-12 Conference at the South Point Shootout. The Trojans finished with a 17-13 overall record in 2018-19 that included a 7-11 Pac-12 mark under Coach Mark Trakh and his staff, which includes former Husker Ashley Ford as the Director of Basketball Operations. The Trojans, who finished at No. 53 in the official NCAA RPI in 2018-19, return just one regular starter – Kayla Overbeck – from their 2018-19 roster.

 

Sacred Heart should also pose a formidable test for Nebraska. Coach Jessica Mannetti led the Pioneers to a 19-13 record last season, including a 14-4 mark in Northeast Conference play. The Pioneers, who are also known as the Big Red, advanced to the first round of the 2019 WNIT. Sacred Heart will be led by junior guard Adrianne Hagood, who averaged 11.2 points per game as a starter last season. Senior Allyson Murphy and junior Olivia Dabney also return with significant starting experience for the Pioneers.

 

South Point Hotel and Casino is a spacious resort that offers fans a wide range of family-friendly entertainment from movies to bowling. Fan room rates will be available at a later date. For more information on the South Point Shootout, visit SportTours.net and @SportTours on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.





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One of the most accurate kickers in college football history, Alex Henery, and three-time national champion linebacker Jay Foreman headline a class of five players, including four Huskers, and one state college coach to be inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in September.

 

Henery, a four-year starter for Nebraska from 2007 to 2010, hit on an NCAA-record 88.9 percent (68-76) of his field goal attempts during his career. He also scored a Nebraska-record 397 points by adding 193-of-194 career PATs. Henery, whose 68 career field goals were also a school record, earned first-team All-America honors for the Big Red as a senior in 2010. The Omaha Burke High School graduate went on to a four-year career in the NFL.

 

Foreman, who was a Butkus Award semifinalist as a senior at Nebraska in 1998, was a major contributor on Nebraska’s 1997 national championship team. He also helped the Huskers claim the 1995 title as a freshman after redshirting in his first season in Lincoln in 1994. Foreman finished his Nebraska career with 233 tackles, before going on to eight highly productive seasons in the NFL. He starred on defense with the Bills, Texans, Giants and 49ers, finishing his pro career with 527 tackles and five fumble recoveries.

 

A pair of All-Big Eight offensive linemen from the 1970s and 1980s join Foreman and Henery with a call to the hall. Mark Behning, a three-year contributor at offensive tackle on some of the most prolific offenses in Nebraska history in 1982, 1983 and 1984, earned Hall of Fame induction with his All-Big Eight honors as a senior in 1984. Behning went on to spend three seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Greg Jorgensen, a starting offensive guard for Coach Tom Osborne’s early Nebraska teams in 1975, 1976 and 1977, was a second-team All-American in 1977 and a two-time All-Big Eight choice.

The four former Huskers will be joined in their inductions into the Hall of Fame by University of Nebraska at Kearney wide receiver Richie Ross.

 

Ross, a two-time All-American, rewrote the UNK record books with 279 receptions for 4,882 yards and 50 touchdowns for the Lopers from 2002 to 2005. The four-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection’s record-setting efforts throughout his UNK career included a 317-yard receiving game against Fort Hays State as a sophomore in 2003, when he was named the RMAC Offensive Player of the Year. The Lincoln High graduate also earned a spot in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.

 

Former Chadron State coach and athletic director Brad Smith will become the 36th coach and the first since 2012 to be inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame. He spent 18 seasons (1987-2004) as Chadron State’s head coach and was a three-time RMAC Coach of the Year (1996, 1999, 2001). Smith led Chadron State to a 10-0 regular season and a final No. 7 AFCA national ranking in 2001. His 2002 and 2003 teams also finished in the AFCA Top 25, while his 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001 teams all advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs. His 1989 and 1990 teams advanced to the NAIA Division II playoffs and finished in the top 10.

 

The Hall also will recognize Tom and Patty Hastings of Omaha with its Clarence E. Swanson Meritorious Service Award, while long-time Nebraska Athletic Department administrators Butch Hug and Shot Kleen will be honored with Lyell Bremser Special Merit Awards.

The Nebraska Football Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Nebraska Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. The College Football Hall of Fame opened its headquarters in Atlanta in 2014.

 

Prior to 2015, players must have been either an All-American or first-team all-conference selection to make the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame ballot. Beginning in 2015, Huskers who earned second-team all-conference honors dating back to the expansion of the Big Eight to the Big 12 (1996) and now the 14-team Big Ten, are eligible. Players are not eligible for the ballot until after a 10-year waiting period from the end of their collegiate careers. Major national award winners earn automatic induction. Active NFL players are not on the ballot.

 

This year’s Nebraska Football Hall of Fame class will celebrate together with an induction dinner on the University of Nebraska campus on Friday, Sept. 13. The class will be introduced prior to Nebraska’s football game with Northern Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 14.

 

2019 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Inductees

Greg Jorgensen (1975-76-77) - A three-year starter at offensive guard, Greg Jorgensen was a second-team All-American by the Football News as a senior and was a two-time honorable-mention All-American and a two-time All-Big Eight selection in his final two seasons for the Huskers in 1976 and 1977. With Jorgensen helping pave the way for Nebraska’s offense, the Huskers ranked No. 5 nationally in scoring offense at 32.4 points per game in 1976, while ranking 10th in total offense at 407.8 yards per game. The Huskers ranked seventh nationally in rushing offense (302.5 ypg) during his senior season, while ranking 13th nationally in total offense (415.4 ypg). Jorgensen helped the Huskers to 28 total wins and a trio of final top-10 national rankings in his three seasons as a starter. He helped the Huskers to an Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl win over Texas Tech in 1976 and a Liberty Bowl win over North Carolina in 1977. The Minden, Nebraska native was a 10th-round pick of the New York Giants in the 1978 NFL Draft. An agricultural major at Nebraska, Jorgensen is a farmer in Minden. He and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Emily and Scot, and six grandchildren.

 

Mark Behning (1982-83-84) - An All-Big Eight offensive tackle on dominant Nebraska teams in the early 1980s, Mark Behning helped pave the way for some of the most prolific Husker rushing attacks in history. As a junior, Behning helped an offense, powered by Heisman Trophy-winning running back Mike Rozier, lead the nation with 401.7 rushing yards per game. The Huskers also led the nation in scoring offense with 52.0 points while racking up 546.7 total yards per game, the second-best total in the country. Behning earned his first letter as a sophomore tackle for the Huskers in 1982, when Nebraska led the nation in rushing offense (394.3 ypg), total offense (518.6 ypg) and scoring offense (41.1 ppg). He earned All-Big Eight honors on and off the field as a senior in 1984, while helping the Huskers rank third with 311.1 rushing yards and 12th nationally with 427.5 total yards per game. Nebraska’s 32.6 points per game ranked sixth in the country. He started every game as a senior despite battling an ankle injury and competed in the 1985 Senior Bowl. In his three years as a letterman on the O-line, Nebraska finished No. 3 (1982), No. 2 (1983) and No. 4 (1984) in the final Associated Press rankings. He helped the Huskers to New Year’s Day bowl wins over LSU in the Orange and Sugar bowls and was a starter in the 1983 national championship game against Miami in the Orange Bowl. The 6-6, 290-pounder out of Denton, Texas, went on to be a second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1985 NFL Draft. He spent the 1985, 1986 and 1987 seasons with the Steelers in the NFL. Behning, who returned to Nebraska to complete his engineering degree following his NFL career, spent 11 years as a teacher and coach at Denton High School. He is currently a senior project manager with Golden Sands General Contractors in Dallas. He and his wife have two daughters, two sons and four grandchildren.

 

Jay Foreman (1995-96-97-98) - A member of three national championship teams during his outstanding Husker career, Jay Foreman earned All-Big 12 honors as a junior and senior, while contributing for four straight seasons on the field. The linebacker from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, was a Butkus Award semifinalist as a senior in 1998, when he recorded a career-high 97 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and three sacks. In 12 games as a starter for the 1997 national champion Huskers, Foreman added 61 stops, including five TFLs and 1.5 sacks. He finished with 233 career tackles, including 15 TFLs and five sacks to go along with 19 quarterback hurries and six pass breakups. He also forced two fumbles and recovered another, while pulling down a pair of interceptions, including one that he returned 21 yards for a touchdown against Colorado in 1996. He majored in business administration at Nebraska and graduated in December of 1998. Following graduation, Foreman was a fifth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 1999 NFL Draft. He played eight seasons in the NFL with the Bills, Houston Texans, New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers. He finished his NFL career with 527 tackles, 4.5 sacks and five fumble recoveries. During his NFL offseasons, he completed his MBA at Harvard. He is the president of The Foreman Foundation and continues to work as a commentator, professional speaker and author. Jay and his wife, Allison, live in Lincoln with their four children, daughters Soleil and Ciel, and sons, Logan and Grant.

 

Alex Henery (2007-08-09-10) - One of the most accurate kickers in college football history, Alex Henery earned first-team All-America honors as a senior at Nebraska in 2010. The 6-2 place-kicker/punter out of Omaha Burke High School was a Rudy Award finalist and a two-time Lou Groza Award semifinalist. An All-Big 12 selection as both a place-kicker and punter in 2009 and 2010, Henery connected on 193-of-194 PATs in his career, while converting on an NCAA-record 88.9 percent (68-76) of his career field goals. From inside 50 yards, Henery hit 63-of-65 career field goal attempts. As a senior in 2010, Henery went a perfect 54-for-54 on PATs and hit 18-of-19 fields. He finished his Husker career with a school-record 397 points. His 68 career field goals were a school record, including a season-record 24 field goals as a junior in 2009. He also set the school and Memorial Stadium record with his 57-yard field goal against Colorado in 2008. While he rewrote the Husker record books as a place-kicker, he was also Nebraska’s starting punter his final two seasons in Lincoln. He averaged 43.2 yards per punt as a senior. He pinned opponents inside their own 20 on 26 of his 69 punts. As a junior, he buried the opposition inside its own 20 of 30 occasions and boomed a career-long 76-yard punt against Virginia Tech. In the same game against the Hokies, Henery hit on a career-high five field goals. The Omaha native was chosen with the 120th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2011, Henery set the NFL record for field goal accuracy by a rookie kicker (.889, 24-27) while also hitting all 46 of his PATs. In 2012, he connected on a franchise-record 22 consecutive field goals, while finishing 27-of-31 (.871) on the season. He spent the 2013 season with the Eagles, hitting 23-of-28 field goals (.821) while hitting all 45 of his PATs. He was also a member of the Detroit Lions in 2014. He and his wife, Johna, have a son, Landen, and the couple lives in Omaha, where he works for Tetrad Property Group as a project manager. Henery was a construction management major at Nebraska.

 

2019 Hall of Famers from the State College Ranks

Richie Ross (Nebraska-Kearney, 2002-03-04-05) - The most prolific wide receiver in the history of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, two-time NCAA Division II All-American Richie Ross caught 279 passes for 4,882 yards and 50 touchdowns for the Lopers from 2002 to 2005. In addition to his school-record receiving totals, Ross also threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score during his UNK career. The four-time All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection was the 2003 RMAC Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, after amassing a school-record 1,482 receiving yards. His top performance that season included 16 receptions for a school-record 317 yards against Fort Hays State. As a senior, he covered 1,360 yards on 87 receptions with 19 touchdowns. He added two more receiving touchdowns with 131 yards in the Division II All-Star Game at the conclusion of his senior year. After beginning his collegiate career with a basketball scholarship to South Dakota, Ross transferred to UNK to play football. In 2002, he was the RMAC Freshman of the Year, leading the Lopers to the RMAC title and their first-ever NCAA Division II playoff berth. One of only two athletes in the history of the state of Nebraska to be named both the Lincoln Journal Star Prep Boys Athlete of the Year (2000, Lincoln High) and the Journal Star State College Male Athlete of the Year (2006, UNK), Ross was a first-team Super-Stater in both football and basketball as a senior for the Links, while adding a gold medal in the triple jump. The 6-4, 200-pounder signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He was a practice squad member for the Tennessee Titans in 2006 and made the Titans’ active roster in 2007. Ross was inducted into the University of Nebraska at Kearney Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. He was also inducted into the Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Ross will be inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 22, 2019. He lives in Lincoln where he works for the Lincoln Public Schools. He has three children, Richard Jr., Quincy and Adrienne.

 

2019 Hall of Fame Coach

Brad Smith (Chadron State, 1987-2004) - Former Chadron State coach and athletic director Brad Smith becomes the 36th coach and the first since 2012 to be inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame. Smith spent 18 seasons (1987-2004) leading the Eagles and was a three-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (1996, 1999, 2001). Smith led Chadron State to a 10-0 regular season and a final No. 7 AFCA national ranking in 2001. His 2002 and 2003 teams also finished in the AFCA Top 25, while his 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001 teams all advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs. His 1989 and 1990 teams advanced to the NAIA Division II playoffs and finished in the top 10, after he built the program from a 1-8 record in his first season in 1987. At the conference level, Smith’s Chadron State teams won the 1996 and 2001 RMAC titles and shared the crowns in 1998, 1999 and 2002. As part of the RMAC’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2009, Smith was named the RMAC’s all-time football coach. Although Smith retired from coaching in 2004, he continued as Chadron State Athletic Director until 2013. Smith got his start in coaching at Chadron State in 1972, after completing his college career as a cornerback at Western Illinois. He earned his master’s degree from Chadron State in 1973. After a brief stint as the secondary coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Smith spent three seasons as the head coach at Alliance High School. After four seasons as a high school coach in Wisconsin and six seasons as an assistant at Western Illinois, he returned to Chadron State in 1987. Brad and his wife, Pam, have three children.





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The seventh-annual Nebraska Football Road Race will take place on Sunday, July 14. The one-mile fun run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K run will follow, with an estimated start time of 8:30 a.m. Both races will start and finish on Stadium Drive just outside the west side of Memorial Stadium.

The history of the Nebraska Football Road Race is directly tied to the inspirational relationship created in 2012 between former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead and Jack Hoffman. Because of this relationship, the Nebraska football team has been committed to raising awareness and funds for pediatric brain cancer research. In the six previous road races, a total of just over $230,000 has been raised.

Fans can register for the races by going to www.huskers.com/roadrace. Online registration is open until July 10 at 5:59 p.m. The cost until July 10 is $25 for the one-mile fun run and $30 for the 5K. Runners will also receive a commemorative race-day shirt and bracelet. All proceeds will benefit the Buffet Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its pediatric brain cancer research efforts.

Runners can still register after July 10 by going to the Lincoln Running Company (1213 Q St.) and paying a $40 late-registration fee for the 5K and $30 late-registration fee for the one-mile fun run. Registration at the Lincoln Running Company closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Runners can also sign up on race day for either the 5K or the one-mile fun run for $40 at the check-in table located near the start/finish line, but will not be listed in the results due to chip timing. Shirt sizes for late registrants are not guaranteed. Additionally, the first 1,000 registrants will be invited to watch a preseason Nebraska football scrimmage in Memorial Stadium in August. A date has not been finalized. Each registrant will receive an email with more details about the scrimmage as the date approaches.

The Nebraska Football Road Race is also a great way for fans to meet the team prior to the season. Select players will participate in the one-mile fun run and registrants will have opportunities to interact with the members of the Nebraska football team at the event.

For more information regarding the Road Race, please contact Sammi Cowger (scowger@huskers.com). For media inquiries, please contact Erica Nett (enett@huskers.com).





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A total of $1,600 was raised for McCook Community College students during the second annual MCC Alumni/Community Golf Tournament on Saturday. Heritage Hills Golf Course hosted the four-person scramble. Proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships for MCC students planning to transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Prizes were awarded for each hole and the top three teams in each flight were also paid out. This year, members of the overall winning team were: TJ Wiemers, Gary Wiemers, Brandon Blevins and Terry Peterson. A number of MCC alumni participated in the tournament. Pictured front row, left to right are: Steve Morell; Joe, Liam, Ed and Susan Townsley and Jake Reiners. Pictured back row, left to right are: TJ Weimers, Leeland Shiers, Don Owens, Brady Heinz, Tommy Lewis and Jake Dunworth.

 





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Lincoln –A new era for Nebraska basketball begins on Friday, Sept. 27, as the Huskers will usher in the Fred Hoiberg era at Pinnacle Bank Arena with Opening Night with Husker Hoops.

 

The event, which is free to the public, will feature a musical act which will be announced at a later date. The night includes introductions of the 2019-20 Huskers, a live scrimmage on the brand new PBA court, remarks from Coach Hoiberg, fan contests, giveaways and more.

 

“We wanted to kickoff basketball season with an event that allows our fans to have a good time and get an early preview of our team as we start practice,” Hoiberg said. “We hope this event is not only the start of a new tradition for our program, but also the start of festive weekend with the Husker football team hosting Ohio State the following day.”

 

Pinnacle Bank Arena doors will open at 6 p.m. with the event beginning at 7 p.m.

 

Fans can start registering for lower bowl tickets on Huskers.com/Tickets beginning on Monday, July 15, at 10 a.m. with a limit of four reserved tickets per person. Upper bowl seats will be opened as needed. A limited number of student seats will be held for RedZone season-ticket holders, and information on how to reserve tickets for the event will be communicated directly to student season ticket holders.

 

Opening Night with Husker Hoops begins a busy weekend on the Nebraska campus, as the Husker football team hosts Ohio State the following day.

 





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There were 19 coach of the year categories, with 8 finalists in each category. Each states High School Coaches Association were eligible to nominate their coach of the year in each sport. Those coaches nominated were then asked by the nation nomination committee to complete a nomination form, which included, coaching longevity, service to their sport at the national, state and local levels and career success. Trust me the nomination form is very detailed and time consuming, as it took about 8 hours to complete! Once completed, the nomination forms are sent to the national office and each sport is graded using a sport specific rubric by a sport specific committee. Once all the forms are graded, the top 8 coaches are then selected and notified. Those 8 finalists are invited to attend the national conference where they will be honored and a coach of the year will be selected at the coach of the year banquet the last evening of the conference. Although I was not selected as this years coach of the year, I had an incredible experience meeting, learning and sharing from the top tennis coaches in the nation. Each finalist was introduced and their coaching bio was read as each finalist received a plaque. It was amazing to hear and see all the successes of each finalist. Some coaches had been coaching for over 40 years, and named to multiple Hall of Fames. The tennis coach of the year award was given to Richard (DJ) Johnson from New Mexico, who was not able to attend the conference due to his ongoing fight against cancer. The opportunity to network with over 600 coaches form all over the nation and establish new friendships with some great coaches was totally the high light of the conference..I have been very blessed to serve McCook Public Schools and the great athletes and their families throughout my 20 year career. I am equally thankful and share this honor with my awesome assistant coaches, who have given their time and energy to help build our program and establish relationships with our athletes. And most importantly, I thank my wonderful wife who has been my biggest supporter. I will say that behind every great coach is an even better woman.





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It was a battle of the best of the best Saturday at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center in McCook. When it was all over and the dust had cleared, it was ultimately the West Side’s skills and determination that came out on top.

This year marked the third annual Wild West All-Star Volleyball Classic hosted by the McCook Community College Volleyball Team. Players came from all over Southwest Nebraska to compete.

They were nominated by high school coaches, then, through process of elimination, placed on either the East Side Team, coached by Athena Messinger and Nick Nothnagel, or the West Side Team coached by MCC alum Dylann Bylund.

In the end, the West Side swept the East Side in a 3-0 win with match scores of 25-15, 25-11, and 25-21. The MVPS were the East Side’s Jennifer Nava, of Lexington, with one kill and 10 digs and the West Side’s Madison Mendoza, of Ogallala, who had two kills, seven digs and 21 assists.

Other West Side Team members included: Mackenzie Anderson, Emma Krab and Lilly Fair of Ogallala; Monique Gooden, of Wauneta-Palisade; Amanda Horinek and Kyleigh Scott, of Hitchcock County; Abbie Hedgecock and Peyton Negley of North Platte High School; Emily Barr, Channing Holm and Ashley Hassett, of Hershey; Grace Frederick and Adalene Krutsinger, of Dundy County-Stratton and Allison Owings, of Chase County.

In addition to Nava, the East Side Team consisted of Baylee Diefenbaugh, of Elwood; Lindsay Schutz, of Bertrand; Nicole Dewey, of Southwest; Alex Ellermeier, of Medicine Valley; Joslyn North and Chloe Carlson of Arapahoe; Calli Groseth, Hayley Homan and Kaleigh Kummer of North Platte St. Pat’s; Jayceea Hanson and Robin Grigg of McCook and Amaya Ackerman, Kendal Wahlgren, Ainsley Rickertson and Lauren Johnson of Gothenburg.

“This was our third year of running this all-star match, which was previously known as the Sertoma,” said Hayley Kobza, MCC head volleyball coach. “We try to change it up every year and hope we can continue to make it better for the players and the fans. The MCC Lady Indians and I would like to thank all of the sponsors of the all-star players that made this event possible. We also owe a huge thank-you to everyone who volunteered their time to make this event run smoothly.”





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No recap story for the first game. Macs Drive In Marauders defeated the My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts by the score of 12 to 3.

Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps Falls To Parker Scrappers After Fifth Inning Score

Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps stayed in it until the end, but Parker Scrappers pulled away late in a 7-4 victory on Thursday. Parker Scrappers trailed 4-3 in the top of the fifth inning when Kale Sattler homered on a 3-0 count, scoring four runs. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps opened up scoring in the first inning. Lee Davidson singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run. Ty Junker led things off on the mound for Parker Scrappers. He surrendered four runs on two hits over two innings, striking out six. Davidson was on the mound for Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps. He went four and a third innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out 13. Caleb Sughroue threw one-third of an inning out of the bullpen. Davidson went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps in hits. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Jackson Hartwell led the way with three. Kale led Parker Scrappers with two hits in three at bats.

 

 

 





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After reviewing 2018 Nebraska Football Fan Day, the Athletic Department recognized the need to change the process of managing Coach Frost’s autograph line. Because of the incredible demand last year, more than half of the people in Coach Frost’s line were not able to get his autograph in the two-hour window.

 

Subsequently, the decision was made to limit Coach Frost’s line to kids only for 2019 Fan Day. The athletic department staff members in charge of organizing Fan Day made the decision to limit access to Coach Frost’s line to children who were members of the Nebraska JV Team.

 

After further consideration, the Fan Day organizers recognize this was a mistake. Limiting access to JV Team members could prevent some children from having the opportunity to be a part of Coach Frost’s line.

 

It is important to Coach Frost that all children have an equal opportunity to receive his autograph on Fan Day. To that end, the Athletic Department has determined that JV Team membership will now be free.

 

Parents are encouraged to sign their children (eighth grade or younger) up for the JV Team in order to have a chance to be selected for Coach Frost’s autograph line. Registration for the JV Team will begin on July 8 at 10 a.m. Approximately 250 JV team members will be randomly selected in advance for a spot in Coach Frost’s line.

 

Coach Frost also plans to autograph 8x10 photos that will be distributed to the first 1,000 kids at Fan Day that are not a part of his autograph line.

 

Nebraska Football Fan Day presented by U.S. Cellular is set for Thursday, Aug. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.





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