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The McCook Community College Indian basketball team started the season off Friday with a 125-78 win over Louisiana Christian Prep in the MCC Tip-Off Classic.

“I was proud of this team. Proud of our effort. Proud of our togetherness,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said.

Seven Indians scored in double-figures led by sophomore Jacob Boden (Stockholm, Sweden) with 24 points. Redshirt freshman Avanthony (AV) Banks (Portageville, Mo.) added 16 and freshman Kailee White Jr. (Henrietta, N.Y.) had 14 points.

“We had balance big-time, not only offensively but defensively too,” Lenhart said.

Freshman Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) scored 13 points, Freshman Anani Ikechukwu (Abuja, Nigeria) and sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) each added 12 points and Sophomore Amadou Dieye added 11.

“We rebounded the ball well and got a lot of second-chance points tonight too,” Lenhart said. MCC had a 73-32 edge on the boards including 23 offensive rebounds. Cunningham led the way with 12, White Jr. had 10 and three players had seven each including Ikechukwu, Banks, and Dieye.

“Anani (Ikechukwu) had a real nice first showing for us in the paint and Amadou (Dieye) was solid as a rock,” Lenhart said. “The big guys are getting better every day.”

MCC shot 43-for-91 from the field (47.3 percent) and held the Disciples to 20 of 72 from the field (27.8 percent). From the 3-point line the Indians were 13 of 31 (41.9 percent) compared to four of 20 by Louisiana Christian (20 percent.) MCC made 26 of 32 free throws (81.3 percent) while the Disciples were 34 of 46 (73.9 percent.)

“We do have to get better clearing up hand fouls, we were whistled for 32 and gave up a 46-32 advantage from the free-throw line,” Lenhart said.

In the other men’s game the William Penn JV’s downed the MCC All-Stars 102-87.

Louisiana Christian Prep will take on William Penn JV at 1 p.m. Saturday.

MCC will play the MCC All-Stars at 5 p.m.

For more photos from the game, please visit the MCC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball&path=mbball





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The McCook Community College Lady Indian basketball team opened its season Friday downing the MCC All-Stars 133-55 in the MCC Tip-Off Classic in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. In the other women’s game it was Little Priest Tribal College downing Lamar Community College 83-72.

Seven Indians reached double-figures and nine of the 10 players who suited up had eight or more points.

“That was fun to see,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “When the ball moves like that everybody feels part of the team.”

Sophomore Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain) and freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) each had 20 points. Sophomore Makayla Jones, (Aurora, Colo.) added 19 points. Sophomore Hayley Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) scored 16 points, sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) added 15, freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 14 and freshman Tyra Cheatham (Basin, Wyo.) scored 12 points.

MCC ended up with 108 shots which contributed in part to another key statistic Fernetti was pleased about – 27 offensive rebounds. Jones led the way with six on offense and nabbed three on defense. Bodette led MCC with 14 total rebounds. Sanjuan also had nine boards total.

MCC (1-0) continues play in the tip-off classic Saturday, when the Lady Indians will play Little Priest Tribal College at 3 p.m. In the first game of the day the MCC all-stars take on Lamar Community College at 11 a.m.

For more photos please visit the MCC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games and photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball





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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The McCook Community College Lady Indian volleyball team’s season ended Friday with a four-set loss to 18th ranked Laramie County Community College. The Golden Eagles won 25-19, 25-14, 21-15, 25-23.

Friday’s loss was the final games for seven sophomores: setter Ashley Carson (Ord); middle blocker Hannah Emerson (Greeley, Colo.); libero Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah); middle blocker Hayley Jacobsen (Littleton Colo.); outside hitter Ty Johnson (Conroe, Texas); outside hitter Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.); and libero Onyessah Rocha (Topeka, Kan.).

Simpson had 12 kills and three assist blocks. Johnson had eight kills and four assist blocks, Maddera had six kills. Emerson had five assist blocks and one solo block.

"Not the way we wanted to finish, but I told the girls they will always be a part of the team that has turned MCC volleyball around." Coach Hayley Kobza said.

This group of sophomores helped lead the Lady Indians to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time this century and also helped MCC capture its first Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Championship in 38 years.

MCC finishes this season at 21-14, which included wins against to top-20 ranked opponents in Central Community College and Otero Junior College.

The Golden Eagles (27-8) move on to face the winner today’s other loser’s bracket matchup between Western Wyoming (15-17) and Northwest (Wyo.) (15-13). Tonight’s Region IX winner’s bracket will pit Western Nebraska (28-7) vs. Northeastern Junior College (24-6). The winner of that game will win the Region IX Champion and qualify for National JUCO tournament. The loser of that game will play Saturday (5 p.m. CST) against the team that emerges from the loser’s bracket. That match winner will also qualify for the National JUCO tournament.






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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team opens the season this weekend in the MCC Tip-Off Classic.

The Indians open play at 7 p.m. Friday against Louisiana Christian Prep and follow that Saturday with a 5 p.m. game against a team of MCC all-stars.

Last season the Indians finished the season 18-13 under Coach Brandon Lenhart. The Indians were 10-5 at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center but just 6-10 in Region IX South Division play. With eight freshman and a sophomore transfer, the team on the floor will be much different than a season ago.

“We are going to get after it defensively for 94 feet and 40 minutes,” Lenhart. “We want to be disruptive on defense and push the pace. It’s back to ’94 Feet of Fury.”

With the high tempo Lenhart believes that every given night he has the potential to play 13 players.

“This is the deepest team that I’ve had at MCC. I think they will be able to score in a multitude of ways and their basketball IQ is one of the highest I’ve had to start the season.”

MCC’s top returner is 6-3 guard Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) who was named to the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference team. Cunningham averaged 11.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

“He’s worked hard to improve his game, his body, and his skills a ton since the end of last season,” Lenhart said. “We really look for him to lead us, we need him to lead us.”

Ron Rice, 6-3 guard, (Hudson H.S. New York, N.Y.) enters his third year at MCC after season-ending knee injuries limited his time the past two years. He was able to gain of third year of eligibility with a medical redshirt.

“He’s finally in a good place health-wise and has earned his status as a starter with his defense, his rebounding and a knock-down shot,” Lenhart said

Guards Antonije Petrovic (Pancevo, Serbia), 6-3, and Andy White, (Wareham, Mass.) 6-1, both saw action a year ago and Lenhart expects them to contribute even more this season on game day with their experience on the court and “all aspects of what it means to be part of our college basketball family.”

The coach also looks for AV Banks (Portageville, Mo.) a 5-10 redshirt freshman guard, to be a high-level contributor at both point guard and the off-guard position for the Indians. Jacob Boden, a 6-4 guard (Stockholm, Sweden) comes to MCC as a transfer from New Mexico Junior College and brings a wealth of experience and can play all three guard positions.

MCC’s lone returning forward is 6-5, 225-pound Amadou Dieye (Collegiate Prep Academy, Senegal). He saw limited duty a year ago but in the 11 games he played, shot 54.4 percent from the floor and scored 16 points with 16 rebounds in 54 total minutes of playing time.

Richard Gray 6-5 forward (Oklahoma City) is a redshirt sophomore who sustained a knee injury two years ago and has worked hard to get himself back and be a part of the team. “He’s at the stage where he just keeps getting better and he will play right away,” Lenhart said.

Lenhart is pretty excited about the depth of players joining the MCC family this year.

“Coach Brandon Pritchett, our recruiting coordinator, has done a great job of recruiting and is a huge reason why we were able to have this solid group of freshmen,” Lenhart said. “This group is still in the process understanding how to play and what we want from them but this group – the guards especially – can all really go at a high level both from a scoring and guarding standpoint.”

That guard group includes Miles Black (Jonesboro, Ga.); Tyrek Battle-Holley, (Jersey City, N.J.); Kailee White Jr. (Henrietta, N.Y.); Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.); Zavion Mitchell (North Platte).

“As a group they have the capability to catch-and-shoot, to finish at the rim and put it on the floor with good mid-range game.”

The lone freshman forward is Anani Ikechukwu (Abuja, Nigeria), 6-8,

“Collectively this squad has a chip on their shoulder and we’re hoping to let that guide them in a good way,” Lenhart said.

For developmental purposes, two freshman will redshirt. They include: Alton Turner 6-6 guard (Queens, N.Y.) and Ngoye Bobmanuel, a 6-6 froward from Pourt-Harcourt Nigeria.

Lenhart believes this is the toughest schedule they’ve seen with the addition of some Kansas opponents.

MCC will play Cloud County CC and Garden City CC in the Region IX vs. Region V shootout at home Nov. 16 and 17. The Indians will also take on some Region IX north division teams Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in the Gillette (Wyo.) Classic taking on Casper and Gillette.

With some re-alignment in the Region IX teams, the Region IX South division will include Western Nebraska, Northeastern Junior College, North Platte, Lamar, Otero and Trinidad. Eastern Wyoming and Laramie County Community College moved to the north but MCC will play home-and-home games with both schools.

Other than this weekend’s tournament and the Nov. 16-17 games with the Kansas schools, the Indians only play two other times at home before the holiday break and only one more before the end of January. MCC plays York College Nov. 28 and hosts Laramie County Community College Dec. 8. After break MCC will host Air Force Prep Jan. 15 before North Platte comes to town Jan. 29.

In February, the Indians will be at home seven times.

For complete schedule, roster, photos and more please visit the McCook Community College Indian Athletics website at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=mbball





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Lincoln – Behind 12 points and 10 rebounds from Isaiah Roby and a solid defensive effort, Nebraska cruised to a 75-40 win over Wayne State Thursday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Roby, who nearly had a double-double in the first half with eight points and eight boards, led a balanced attack that saw James Palmer Jr. reach double figures with 10 points. In addition, four other players had at least eight points while all 12 players who saw action Thursday broke into the scoring column.

The Huskers, who are ranked 25th in the USA Today preseason coaches poll, limited Wayne State to just 23.5 percent shooting, including 5-of-22 from 3-point range and enjoyed a 56-35 advantage on the glass

Wayne State was within 14-9 midway through the first half before Glynn Watson Jr. sparked a 7-0 spurt with a 3-pointer to give NU a 21-9 cushion after a basket from Amir Harris. The Wildcats pulled to within 30-19 after a basket from Nate Thayer, but Nebraska closed the half on a 9-2 run to build an 18-point halftime cushion.

In the second half, the Huskers quickly pushed the lead to 22 after baskets from Palmer and Roby before the Wildcats trimmed the lead back to 19, the last time at 45-26 after a Kendall Jacks basket. NU took over, using a 9-1 run capped by consecutive baskets from Watson, the last of which doubled up the Husker lead at 54-27 with 13:05 left.

Trevin Joseph led Wayne State with eight points, as no other Wildcat had more than five points.

The Huskers open the season next Tuesday evening against Mississippi Valley State in the Lincoln Regional of the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are available by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8BIGRED.





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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The Lady Indian volleyball will play Laramie County Community College (26-8) today in the Region IX tournament.

Friday’s game will be at 1 p.m. (CST). The host school recently cracked the national rankings at No. 18 but had its 15-match win streaked snapped Thursday by Northeastern Junior College 27-25, 25-15, 24-26, 20-25, 11-15). With a win today, MCC would continue at 1 p.m. Saturday with a second game at 5 p.m. -- for a berth in the national tournament.

NJC (24-6) goes in to play Western Nebraska (28-7) at 5 p.m. for the first of two Region IX berths in the NJCCA National Tournament.

The other spot goes to one of the four teams remaining in the loser’s bracket: In addition to the MCC- Laramie County game, the other two teams still alive are Western Wyoming (15-17) and Northwest College (15-13). Those teams play at the conclusion of the MCC-LCCC game.





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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The McCook Community College Lady Indian volleyball team beat Otero Junior College Thursday in five sets to advance to Friday’s stage of the Region IX double-elimination tournament.

Thursday’s win over the Rattlers came 26-24, 28-26, 25-27, 19-25, 15-11.

“I just kept telling the girls it doesn’t matter – win or lose – we walk off this court saying we gave everything we had” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said. We did just that in four of the five sets,”

Freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 18 kills and seven assist blocks. Freshman Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) had nine kills, five assist blocks and two aces.

A trio of sophomores had a big game at the net. Ryan Maddera (Greeley, Colo.) had seven kills and eight assist blocks, Hannah Emerson (Greeley, Colo.) had eight kills and eight assist blocks and Ty Johnson (Conroe Texas) had eight kills and nine assist blocks.

“This was by far the best blocking game this team has ever had,” Coach Hayley Kobza said.

When the Lady Indians lost to Otero at La Junta, Colo. on Sept. 28, it came one night after allowing Trinidad State its only Region IX win of the season (in five sets). That Otero match also marked the beginning of seven straight matches where the Indians played into a fifth set – and a string where MCC lost four of those five, fifth-set matches.

MCC Coach Hayley Kobza hoped the pressure of five-matches would help the team improve come post-season. Those close matches also demonstrated the importance of every point. When the Rattlers returned to the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Oct.12, the Lady Indians were able to pull out an 18-16 win in the fifth set. Thursday’s win was the third straight win when MCC pushes a match into a fifth set.

“They clearly like to keep me on my toes,” Kobza said.

Otero (once 19 ranked in the JUCO ratings) finished the year at 24-7.

MCC records 21 wins for the second straight season and enters Friday play 21-13.

The Lady Indians will play the loser of Thursday’s match between Northeastern Junior College and Laramie County Community College. Friday’s game will be at 1 p.m. (CST). The winner of that game would continue at 1 p.m. Saturday with a second game at 5 p.m. -- for a berth in the national tournament.





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The Class D1 second round playoff game was a dandy of a game between Dundy County-Stratton at South Loup.  DCS would strike first blood in the contest taking an 8-0 lead in the first quarter, and then DCS would strike again in the 2nd quarter to take a lead 14-0.  Things would get very interesting then in the second half where South Loup would score two unanswered touchdowns tying the contest 14-14.  DCS would have a chance to score before the end of regulation with about 1:30 or so left in the game.  From the 5 yard line DCS was faced with a 4th down and 1yd to go for a new set of downs, but the Bobcats would hold.  The game would then get sent to overtime.  DCS would get the ball first and on the very first play freshman Quarterback Quade Myers finds Jacob Krutsinger-Haines in the End Zone.  Two Point conversion Fails DCS leads 20-14.  It would then be the Bobcats turn to try and tie the game and win it with a two point conversion.  Tigers would hold the Bobcats on 4th down as they would be a yard short from the endzone and DCS survives a thriller 20-14 in Overtime.  With the win DCS improves to 8-2 overall and will travel to Bassett to take on North Central who is 7-3 overall.  Listen to the game on Coyote Country 105.3 and online coyote105.com.  Taco Johns Pregame show at 5:30 with kickoff at 6pm CT. 

 

Scoring Drive:

 

1st Q - 6:05 - 2yd TD run by Serbando Diaz - Two Point Conversion Good - DCS 8-0

2nd Q - 6:59 - 69yd TD run by Serbando Diaz - Two Point Conversion Fails - DCS 14-0

3rd Q- 4:39 - 17yd TD run by Cole Cracey - Two Point Conversion Good - DCS 14-8

4th Q - 11:25 - 39yd TD run by Jace Connell - Two Point Conversion Fails - Tied 14-14 End of Regulation

 

OT - 1st play - 10yd TD pass from Quade Myers to Jacob Krutsinger-Haines - Two Point Conversion Fails - DCS 20-14





Mike Spargo

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The new-look McCook Community College Lady Indian basketball team will debut this weekend as the season opens Friday in the MCC Tip-Off Classic in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

The MCC women take on a team of MCC All-Stars Friday at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Lady Indians will play Little Priest Tribal College at 3 p.m.

Coach Kellen Fernetti, in his third year at the helm of the MCC Women, has always tried to implement up-tempo offenses but the most effective ones are also effective on the defensive side as well. Last season’s 6-25 record was disappointing on many levels but defense was the area he targeted in the recruiting season.

He believes the 2018-19 version of the Lady Indians are much better equipped to complement high-octane offense with high-pressure defense.

“Fall camp has gone really well, the players have done a real nice job of buying into our concept,” Fernetti said. ”We won more than half our Fall scrimmages and we’re becoming a team each and every day.”

Five sophomores return to the court this year. Returners include Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.); guard Makayla Jones, (Aurora, Colo.); guard Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain); forward Laura Mata (Barcelona, Spain); and guard Hayley Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) – a transfer from Brown Mackie College, who has been part of the team since arriving on campus in January.

“I’m proud of our five returners,” Fernetti said. “The difficult season last year helped them grow and helped them bring a strong leadership voice to our team.”

Hinkle was named to the all-Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference team. She averaged 10.3 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game. She shot 38.7 percent from the field and 24.6 percent on 57 3-point attempts. Injuries limited Sanjuan to 21 games last season but she averaged 3.9 points per game and 2.0 rebounds; Jones averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds; Mata 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.

“All five have a chance to contribute this season.”

Eight new players join the MCC squad this year with three of them International students.

Nikki Cross, is a 5-8 guard from Rowville Sports Academy from Melbourne, Australia. Lena Goerke is a 5-11 guard from Kaiser-Fredrich-Ufer High School in Hamburg, Germany and Iftin Mao, is a 5-11 guard from Helsinki, Finland, having attended the North Atlantic Basketball Academy

“They settled in nicely here and are fitting in well,” Fernetti said.

Other newcomers include: Kali Kelley, a 5-2 guard from Mountain View High School in Loveland, Colo.; Tyra Cheatham, a 5-8 guard from Riverside High School in Basin, Wyo.; Destiny Davis, a 5-6 guard from Moore High School in Oklahoma City, Okla.; Sydney Sanford a 5-7 guard from Elkins High School, Missouri City, Texas; and Makenna Bodette a 6-0 forward from St. Mary’s High School in Colorado Springs.

“They have a chance to play a lot of quality minutes because I think we’ll play a lot of players with our style of play.”

Fernetti likes the schedule having a few more home games with a pair of weekend tournaments in November at home. Last season the team was 1-16 away from the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. He expects the Region IX schedule as well as the Nebraska Community College Athletic Association to be “tough as always.”

“At this level, you have to be ready to play every night but I’m proud of what we have accomplished so far this Fall, now we just need to keep bringing our best, and believe it's all about… “The Team, The Team, The Team.”





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