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The McCook Community College Lady Indian volleyball team swept Garden City Community College Tuesday night 25-11, 25-19, 25-14. It was the fourth straight win for MCC.

Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.) led the Lady Indians with 14 kills and three aces. Freshman Mallory Brown, (Colorado Springs) had six.

“Our middles (Ty Johnson) and Hannah (Emmerson) played a great game for us,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.

Johnson, a sophomore from Conroe, Texas had eight kills. Emmerson, a sophomore from Greeley, Colo., also had eight kills.

“Another positive for us is that our defense is tightening up in the back row” Kobza said.

Sophomore libero Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah) had four aces.

“We really didn’t play to our level and the girls know we need to pick up the intensity before Thursday,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.

The Broncbusters fall to 0-13 on the year.

The Lady Indians improve to 7-4 on the season and continue a four-game home stand Thursday against North Platte at 7 p.m. for Spirit Day – War Zone. Students and other fans will don war paint and come dressed for battle with arch-rival North Platte. The night is also designated Community Hospital Night with all Community Hospital employees and their families invited as special guests.

The Lady Indians who are 2-0 on this first home stand conclude it Tuesday against Central Community College at 7 p.m.



A pair of McCook Community College pitchers who finished up their Indian careers this past spring have signed on with new teams this fall.

Kaden Sitzman, will continue his career at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina and Ryan Marstiller has signed on to continue his career this Fall at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash.

“I am proud of both of these guys and want to wish them the best of luck pursuing their college degree while being able to play college baseball as well,” MCC Baseball Coach Jon Olsen said.

SITZMAN: “Kaden did a really nice job for us over his two years at McCook,” Coach Jon Olsen said. During the 2017 season he went 3-2 with a couple saves during a season that saw the Indians one game away from playing in the region championship game.

“We didn’t achieve the goals we set for ourselves as a team this past year, but Kaden was a great worker and teammate, and I really enjoyed him being part of our team over the past two years.”

Sitzman, a 6-0 right-handed pitcher is a McCook High School graduate who started seven games this past season and struck out 29 hitters in 25 innings

“Kaden loves the game of baseball and he loves being around his teammates, I have a feeling Kaden will be around the game in one way or another all his life,” Olsen said. “I wish him the best of luck down there.”

MARSTILLER: Ryan Marstiller, a 6-2 right-handed pitcher from Centennial, Colo., will play for the Central Washington University Wildcats – a team that fell to Montana State Billings 10-6 in the 2018 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball Championship to finish 27-26 on the season.

“Ryan was only with us for a year as he transferred in as a sophomore, but he played a big role for us this past season,” Olsen said.

“Ryan was our most consistent starter on the mound and has a lot of ability to finish his college career up there.”

Marstiller appeared in 12 games last season, started eight and went 3-3 with two complete games. He pitched 69 innings, walked 12 and struck out 51 hitters.

Ryan was just another example of some who combined playing baseball with his college education, he was a great student athlete. He did an excellent job in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.”


Kearney Catholic 6 McCook 3

Varsity Singles
1 Zion Moyer lost to J. Poland 8-3
2 Syd Wier def C. Conrad 8-4
3 Mason Michaelis def B. Grokreutz 8-4
4 Logan Barenberg lost to L. Seibert 9-7
5 Caden Bortner lost to B. Thiele 8-4
6 Isaac Hinze lost to N. Obrecht 9-8 (7-1)
Varsity Doubles
1 Bortner/Michaelis lost to Groskreutz/Conrad 8-4
2 Barenberg/Hinze def Obrecht/Thiele 8-4
3 Moyer/Wier lost to Seibert/Poland 8-6
Kearney Catholic Junior Varsity 1 McCook Junior Varsity 7
Junior Varsity Singles
Joel Gray def N. Svec 6-2
Nick Wolvin lost to T. Schirmer 6-4
Brandan Eckhardt def B. Prellwitz 6-4
Paul Stoney def C. Kluthe 6-2
Junior Varsity Doubles
Gray/Wolvin def C. Hopkins/C. Shalp 6-0
Gray Wolvin def N. Svec/T. Schirmer 6-4
Eckhardt/Stoney def J. Runge/M. Eschenbrenner 6-3
Eckhardt/Stoney def C. Kluthe/B. Prellwitz 6-3
Grand Island Central Catholic 1 McCook 8
Varsity Singles
1 Zion Moyer def J. Henry 8-0
2 Syd Wier lost to E. Fox 8-6
3 Mason Michaelis def J. McNamara 8-2
4 Logan Barenberg def J. Farias 9-8 (7-4)
5 Caden Bortner def J. Palik 8-4
6 Isaac Hinze def J. Frieden 8-3
Varsity Doubles
1 Bortner/Michaelis def Farias/Frieden 8-1
2 Barenberg/Hinze def McNamara/Palik 8-6
3 Moyer/Wier def Henry/Fox 8-1
Grand Island Central Catholic Junior Varsity 3 McCook Junior Varsity 5
Junior Varsity Singles
Joel Gray lost to E. Comer 7-5
Nick Wolvin lost to J. Schardt 6-4
Brandan Eckhardt def Z. Breknase 6-2
Paul Stoney lost to A. King 6-2
Junior Varsity Doubles
Gray/Wolvin def E. Comer/J. Schardt 6-4
Gray Wolvin def E. Comer/A. King 6-2
Eckhardt/Stoney def A. King/Z. Breknase 6-1
Eckhardt/Stoney def A. King/Schardt 6-3
Next Action: Tuesday varsity/junior varsity host Lexington 4:00




LINCOLN, NEB. | 11 A.M. (CT)


TV - BTN (Joe Benanati, James Laurinaitis, Damon Benning)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 136, XM 196
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App


Record: 0-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Colorado, 33-28
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-8 (3rd Year)/0-1 (1st Year)
vs. Troy: 0-0

Record: 1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt
Last Game: def. Florida A&M, 59-7
Rankings: NR
Coach: Neal Brown
Career/Troy Record: 26-14 (4th Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 0-0

The Matchup

Nebraska stays at home on Saturday to take on the Troy Trojans in a non-conference contest at Memorial Stadium. The game is set for an 11 a.m. kickoff with the contest televised on BTN and available on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

The Huskers enter the contest with an 0-1 mark following a 33-28 loss to Colorado last Saturday in the season opener in Lincoln. Nebraska showed promising signs on both sides of the ball, rolling up 565 yards of total offense and registering seven sacks. However, three turnovers and a late Colorado score were the difference in the contest.

Troy comes to Lincoln with a 1-1 record, following a 59-7 victory over Florida A&M on Saturday evening. The Trojans opened the year with a home setback against Boise State, but rebounded by rolling up 477 yards of offense and forcing four turnovers in the victory. Troy is coming off an outstanding season in 2017, posting an 11-2 record and capturing the Sun Belt Conference crown.

Saturday's matchup will be the fifth all-time meeting between the schools. The Huskers defeated Troy four times in six seasons between 2001 and 2006, with each of the games at Memorial Stadium.

This Week's Numbers
329 - Nebraska rushed for 329 yards on 54 carries against Colorado. The rushing total was Nebraska's first 300-yard game since a 310-yard effort at Northwestern in 2016, and the highest by the Huskers since NU rushed for 458 yards against Illinois on Sept. 27, 2014.

7 - Nebraska recorded seven sacks for 43 yards against Colorado. The seven sacks were the most by Nebraska since also posting seven at Michigan in 2013. Nebraska had a total of 14 sacks as a team in 2017 with a high of five at Illinois.

87 - In the opener against Colorado, 87 percent of the Huskers' total offense output was produced by players making their Husker debut. Of the 565 total yards, 492 were produced by players in their first Nebraska game, including 236 passing yards and 256 rushing yards.

Nebraska-Troy Series

Nebraska and Troy will meet for the fifth time on Saturday, with NU holding a 4-0 edge in the series.

  • The four previous meetings have all been played in Lincoln between 2001 and 2006.
  • Nebraska won each of the first four meetings by 15 or more points, including a pair of shutouts in the most recent meetings in 2003 and 2006.
  • DeJuan Groce returned two punts for touchdowns in the 2002 victory in Lincoln, setting a Nebraska record.
  • Huskers vs. Sun Belt

    Nebraska owns a perfect 9-0 record all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. The most recent matchup was a a season-opening victory over Arkansas State in 2017.

  • In addition to a 4-0 record against Troy, Nebraska is 3-0 against Arkansas State and 1-0 against both Louisiana-Lafayette and South Alabama.
  • In addition to Saturday's game, Nebraska has future games scheduled against South Alabama (2019) and Georgia Southern (2022).
  • Huskers Elect Four Captains

    Four Husker seniors were elected by their teammates as captains for the 2018 season. On offense, the captains are OG Jerald Foster and WR Stanley Morgan Jr. Representing the defense are NT Mick Stoltenberg and LB Luke Gifford.

    2018 Nebraska Team Captains
    Jerald Foster, Sr., OG, Lincoln, Neb.
    Stanley Morgan Jr., Sr., WR, New Orleans, La.
    Luke Gifford, Sr., LB, Lincoln, Neb.
    Mick Stoltenberg, Sr., NT, Gretna, Neb.

  • This marks the second straight season Nebraska has had three Nebraska natives as captains. Prior to last season Nebraska had not had three homegrown captains since 2001.
  • This marks the 13th straight season at least one native Nebraskan has been elected as a captain.
  • Foster and Gifford were teammates at Lincoln Southeast High School. This marks the first time high school teammates have served as captains in the same year since Jerry Tagge and Jim Anderson in 1971. Tagge and Anderson both went to high school at Green Bay West in Wisconsin. Foster and Gifford are the first pair on in-state high school teammates to serve as captains together.
  • Foster is serving as a captain for the second straight season, and becomes just the 11th two-time team captain in NU history. This marks the sixth straight season an offensive lineman has served as a captain.
  • Martinez Excels in First Career Start at Nebraska

    True freshman Adrian Martinez made a memorable first start for Nebraska on Saturday against Colorado. Martinez rushed 15 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard run in the first quarter. He completed 15-of-20 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown.

  • The 117 rushing yards by Martinez were the most rushing yards by a Nebraska quarterback since Tommy Armstrong Jr. rushed for 132 yards at Northwestern in 2016. It marked the most rushing yards for a quarterback in a season opener since Taylor Martinez ran for 135 yards against Chattanooga in 2011.
  • The 41-yard touchdown run by Martinez was the longest rush by a Husker quarterback since Armstrong had a 42-yard run against McNeese State in 2014.
  • Martinez accounted for 302 yards of total offense, just the third 300-yard total offense game by a Nebraska freshman. It was also the first-ever 300-yard total offense game by a true freshman quarterback.
  • Martinez became the first true freshman quarterback in NU history to start a season opener. He was just the second freshman quarterback to start an opener, joining Taylor Martinez who started as a redshirt freshman in 2010.
  • Martinez joined Tommie Frazier (1992) and Cody Green (2009) as the only true freshmen to start at quarterback in Husker history.
  • Huskers Show Potential for Powerful Running Game

    Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards on 54 attempts against Colorado. Both totals bettered Nebraska's season highs from the 2017 season. In fact, the Huskers had 243 rushing yards by halftime, surpassing last year's single-game high of 225 yards against Arkansas State.

  • The 329 rushing yards were Nebraska's most yards on the ground since rushing for 458 yards against Illinois in 2014.
  • Nebraska surpassed 300 yards on the ground for the first time since rushing for 310 yards at Northwestern on Sept. 24, 2016.
    • Adrian Martinez (117) and running back Greg Bell (104) both cracked the century mark on the ground. That marked the first time Nebraska has had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since a 2014 win over Illinois.
  • Nebraska had a pair of runs of 40 yards or more in the game–a 41-yard touchdown by Martinez and a 45-yard rush by Bell. That was the first time Nebraska had two runs of at least 40 yards in a game since a 2014 win at Fresno State.
  • High-Octane Offense Post Prolific Nubmers in Game One

    Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. The season opener against Colorado showed that Nebraska could feature similar explosiveness in 2018.

  • Nebraska posted 565 yards of total offense vs. Colorado, with 329 rushing yards and 236 through the air.
  • The 565 yards marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016.
  • The total offense output was the best by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015.
  • Morgan Aims to Be Nebraska's All-Time Leading Receiver

    After setting a school record with 986 receiving yards in 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. will look to become Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver this fall.

    Morgan has 124 career receptions, which ranks seventh on NU’s all-time list. He needs 57 receptions to tie Kenny Bell (181) atop the Husker chart. Morgan has 1,818 career receiving yards to rank fifth on Nebraska’s all-time list. Against Colorado, he moved past Terrence Nunn into the top five on the list. Morgan needs 871 yards to tie Bell (2,689) for the most receiving yards in program history.

    The New Orleans native put himself in position to challenge Nebraska’s all-time records thanks to a breakout junior season, when he earned All-Big Ten accolades. Morgan caught 61 passes for 986 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017 after entering the year with 58 career receptions, 757 career receiving yards and five career touchdown catches.

  • Morgan set Nebraska records with 986 receiving yards and five 100-yard receiving games in 2017, while ranking third in school history in touchdown receptions (10) and fifth in catches (61).
  • He led the Big Ten and ranked 14th nationally in receiving yards per game (89.6) in 2017. His 986 receiving yards ranked second nationally among players who saw action in 11 or fewer games.
  • Morgan led all Big Ten wide receivers and ranked 16th nationally in touchdown catches with his 10 touchdown grabs.
  • He produced his first five career 100-yard receiving efforts in 2017, leading the Big Ten in that category.
  • Morgan posted 185 receiving yards at No. 13 Penn State, the second-highest total in school history.
  • He had at least three catches in every game last season. Morgan had five catches in the opener with Colorado, extending his streak to 27 consecutive games with a reception, the fifth-longest streak in Husker history
  • Defense Shows Playmaking Ability in Season Opener

    The Nebraska defense showed the ability to be one of the nation's most improved units in 2018. Despite falling to Colorado, the positive signs from the defense were evident last Saturday.

  • Nebraska recorded seven sacks for 43 yards against Colorado. The seven sacks were the most for the Huskers since also recording seven at Michigan in 2013–a span of 56 games. The last time Nebraska had more than seven sacks was in the 2009 Big 12 title game against Texas, when the Huskers had nine sacks.
  • The seven sacks on Saturday represented half of Nebraska's 2017 season team sack total. The Huskers finished 2017 with 14 sacks for 85 yards.
  • Nebraska limited Colorado to 44 rushing yards, including just 12 first-half rushing yards. The 44 yards rushing are the fewest by a Nebraska opponent since Maryland rushed for 11 yards in 2016.

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    The Big Ten Conference announced Monday morning that Nebraska’s Sept. 22 game at Michigan will kick off at 11 a.m. CT (Noon local in Ann Arbor). The game will be televised by FS1


    The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team set the bar high over the weekend during its first competition of the season.


    MPCC’s men’s team placed first and the women’s team came in third at the Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo in River Falls, Wis. on Saturday.


    “I’m real proud of the kids,” said Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach. “They’ve had three weeks of practice now and hit the ground running. They’re a very competitive group. It’s kind of like turning pit bulls loose in the practice pen. They want to win, and they are very team-oriented. So, they’re pushing themselves and each other, and they get along awesome. It’s been a really fun start to the year.”


    JD Draper, of Oakley, Kan., was named Men’s All-Around Champion after finishing third in the steer wrestling and fourth in the tie-down roping.


    Several other MPCC Rodeo Team members proved they are a force to be reckoned with as well. Individual results are as follows:


    Steer wrestling: First - JT Bradley, Brewster; Second - Austin Madison, Whiting, Iowa; Fifth – Blake Henry, Rushville


    Saddle bronc: Second – Lane Kennedy, Orleans, Neb.


    Team roping: Third – Danielle Wray, Ord; Fourth – Sean Miller and Seth Pearson, both of Callaway


    Tie-down roping: Sixth - Caden Kinderknecht, WaKeeney, Kan.


    “We had six of our eight steer wrestlers in the short-go,” Nokes said. “I would say we will probably have six steer wrestlers in the top 10 at the end of the year. They want it bad and are working hard. We can’t ask much more than that.”


    He’s looking forward to watching everyone improve and advance this season.


    “I’m very, very happy with how the kids did,” said Nokes. “But, I think at the end of the year we’re going to look back and think this was just an average rodeo for us.”


    The team will compete next at its hometown rodeo, the MPCC Stampede, Friday and Saturday at the Wild West Arena in North Platte. 


    Performances will start at 7 p.m. each night. Admission is payable at the gate. It’s $10 for adults and free for children 10 and younger.


    Nebraska senior Mikaela Foecke was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week by the conference office on Monday.

    Foecke averaged 4.25 kills and 2.5 digs per set to lead the Huskers to wins over No. 14 Creighton and Iowa State last week. Foecke had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs, five blocks and four aces to guide the Huskers to a 3-2 comeback win at Creighton. The Husker co-captain followed that performance with nine kills, seven digs, two blocks and an ace in a sweep of Iowa State.

    Foecke earned her second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor, and she is the first Husker to garner a weekly honor since she was named player of the week for the first time on Oct. 30, 2017. The other co-player of the week was Illinois' Megan Cooney.

    Big Ten Weekly Honors (Sept. 10, 2018)
    Co-Player of the Week: Megan Cooney, So., ILL
    Co- Player of the Week: Mikaela Foecke, Sr., NEB
    Defensive Player of the Week: Hannah Gruensfelder, So., OSU
    Setter of the Week: Jordyn Poulter, Sr., ILL
    Freshman of the Week: Kaitlyn Hord, PSU


    The McCook Volleyball Invite is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th.  McCook will take on Valentine at 11:00am at the Senior High School.

    Team Standings
    Elkhorn 28 pts
    York 20
    McCook 18
    Waverly 16
    York JV 6
    Holdrege 2

    #1 Singles-Zion Moyer, 4-1, 2 nd Place Medalist
    Def D. Stodieck, York JV 8-2
    Def N. Bitzer, Waverly 9-8 (7-5)
    Def G. Huston, Holdrege 8-0
    Lost to Z. Kuo. Elkhorn 8-3
    Def T. Schneider, York 8-4

    #2 Singles-Syd Wier, 3-2, 3 rd Place Medalist
    Def A. Hammer, York JV 8-4
    Lost to H. Retzlaf, Waverly 8-3
    Def E. Swanson, Holdrege 8-0
    Los to W. Behlen, Elkhorn 8-2
    Def J. Esser, York 8-1

    #1 Doubles-Caden Bortner/Mason Michaelis, 2-3, 3 rd Place Medalists
    Def D. Gomez/M. Mittman, York JV 8-0
    Def H. Wingrove/H. Martindale, Waverly 8-4
    Lost to T. Scheele/E. Borden, Holdrege 8-6
    Lost to J. Habrock/S. Beard, Elkhorn 8-1
    Lost to B. Heiss/L. Struffi, York 8-3

    #2 Doubles-Logan Barenberg/Isaac Hinze, 3-2, 3 rd Place Medalists
    Def S. Warneke/B. Flynt, York JV 8-0
    Def C. Fanhauser/J. Rieser, Waverly 8-3
    Def P. Hambling/G. Ehrenberg, Holdrege 8-2
    Lost to W. Trausch/J. Lafleur, Elkhorn 9-8 (8-6)
    Lost to H. Royal/H. Royal, York 8-3

    McCook tennis @ North Platte invite Saturday (9-8-18)

    Rain washed away the final rounds of the meet, so no team scores could be tabulated. Here are our
    individual scores of matches that got played.

    #1 Singles-Zion Moyer, 4-0
    Def J. Grosenvor, Grand Island 8-4
    Def D. Dollarhide, Gering 8-0
    Def A. Munson, North Platte 8-2
    Def L. Powers, Hastings 8-1

    #2 Singles-Syd Wier, 3-0
    Def M. Karpf, Gering 8-2
    Def H. Barnette, North Platte 8-3
    Def E. Davis, Hastings 8-1

    #1 Doubles-Caden Bortner/Mason Michaelis, 4-0
    Def M. daily/N. Ostrander, North Platte 8-3
    Def L. Hays. L. Davis, Hastings 8-0
    Def G. Bergeron/C. Stone, Grand Island 8-2
    Def H. Walker/C. Andrews, Gering 8-1

    #2 Doubles-Logan Barenberg/Isaac Hinze, 4-0
    Def W. Brown/L. Friedrich, North Platte 8-3
    Def A. Kusek/B. Schram, Hastings 8-5
    Def J. Inthavongsa/H. Wooden, Grand Island 8-5
    Def D. Karpf/T. Davis, Gering 8-0

    Next Action:
    Monday varsity/junior varsity @ Kearney Catholic 1:30 / Grand Island Central Catholic 3:30
    Tuesday varsity/junior varsity host Lexington 4:00


    The McCook Community College Lady Indian volleyball team opened the home portion of the schedule Friday with a straight-set win over Cloud County Community College 25-18, 25-18, 25-12.

    “This is the best I’ve seen them all play their roles all season,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said. “Our serve game was on-point tonight.”

    Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.) led MCC with 13 kills and six aces.

    Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) had seven kills. Hannah Emerson (Greeley, Colo.) had five kills and Ty Johnson (Conroe, Texas) had three blocks.

    “As soon as we get Faith Simpson consistent on her serve we will be a tough service team,” Kobza said. “We still have small things to work on and tighten up. We’ll get better and the girls know that.”

    The T-Birds fall to 8-4 on the year.

    The Indians improve to 6-4 on the season and continue a four-game homestand with a Tuesday game against Garden City Community College at 6 p.m. and a 7 p.m. Thursday game with North Platte.

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