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Dundy County-Strattons Reice Haines signed his letter of intent to continue his Football career at the next level.  Haines has committed to Peru State.  This past season Dundy County-Stratton finished with one of the best seasons in school history 10-2 and a Semi-Final playoff berth.  Haines this past season had 19 Solo Tackles, 25 Asst, 44 Total Tackles, and 2 Tackles for a loss.

LINCOLN, NE Today, the Shrine Bowl of Nebraska Board of Directors released the rosters for the 62nd Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl Game.

Head Coaches Mark Macke (Lincoln High) and Ryan Thompson (Ashland-Greenwood) together with their coaching staffs each chose from nominated seniors in their designated regions to represent their respective high schools, as well as North or South, in the 2020 Nebraska Shrine Bowl.

Frankie Allen IIIPapillion LaVista Blake AndersonSkutt Catholic 
Mason ArmsteadCreighton Prep Bladen BaylessBeatrice
Thomas AultBellevue WestDalys BeanumMillard West
Andrew BednarMillard North Cameryn BerryMcCook
Kyler BeekmanElkhorn Nate BoerkircherAurora 
Nick BohmBennington Davon BreesCentennial 
Kole BordovskyWahoo Carter BrownOgallala 
Sam ClarksonScottsbluff Drew DaumMcCook 
Jack DotzlerRoncalli Catholic Gage DengelBellevue East
Broc DouglassGrand Island Tom ErwinYork
Sabastian Harsh Scottsbluff Uzziah Vincent FreemanBoys Town
Tre'on Fairgood JonesOmaha North Jacob Frezell-McClintonOmaha Central 
Ryan FenoglioRoncalli Catholic Tyson GordonSkutt Catholic
Caleb Francl Grand Island Ashton HausmannNorris
Isaac Gleason Fullerton Ty HahnJohnson-Brock 
Kage HeisingerPierce Laken HarnlyLincoln Southwest 
Cooper Heusman ChadronIsaiah HarrisMillard South 
CJ HoevetOrd Jordan KavlakSeward
Eli HustadElkhorn Braden KoverSouthern
Jaxon JohnsonBancroft-Rosalie Abraham Hoskins IIIOmaha Central 
Preston KelloggPapillion LaVista Evan JohnsonAdams Central 
Trevin Luben Wahoo Jett JanssenLincoln East 
Keegan MenningFremont Bryce KitrellAshland-Greenwood
Mason NiemanWaverly  Tyler LenzSeward 
Jack ParadisElkhorn South Jacob LudwigAshland-Greenwood
Nasire Perry Creighton Prep Ryan MarlattAurora 
Trevor PfeiferHumphrey St. Francis Aiden OerterNorris
Jaylon RoussellOmaha BurkeTyler PalmerScotus 
Rans SandersGINWBlake PodanyGretna 
Eli SimonsonArchbishop BerganTimothy Prokupek Plattsmouth
Easton SixelMillard North Andrew Rathman Plattsmouth
Brady SoukupBlair Dallas RogersPapillion LaVista South 
Luke StueveBattle Creek Michael RutherfordCentral City 
Nate SullivanBellevue West Drake Sherman Lincoln Southwest 
Dietrick StolzGICC Paxton SwansonPlatteview 
Michael TerranoLincoln High Grant TaggeWestside 
Luke WakehouseTehamah-HermanKeaton VanHousenHigh Plains Community 
  Cal WeidemannWestside 
Mark Macke (HC)Lincoln High Ryan Thompson (HC)Ashland-Greenwood
Rusty FullerSt. Paul Jay LandstromOmaha Central 
Josh DeinesSandhills Thedford Evan KlaneckyCentennial 
Bryan SoukupBlair Troy HuebertCentral City 
A.J. SantosLincoln High Nate TonjesAshland-Greenwood
Paul CloutierGrand Island Brant LoeweSkutt Catholic 

About the Nebraska Shrine Bowl
The Shrine Bowl of Nebraska is the state's most prestigious high school all-star sports event.  The 501
(c)(3) non-profit produces annual events and related activities to raise funds and awareness to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a healthcare system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.

The 62nd Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl will be played Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Kearney.  For more information, visit

Kearney, Neb. – Freshman catcher Katie Gosker went 3 for 3 and knocked in a run to help Nebraska-Kearney edge New Mexico Highlands in eight innings, 5-4, Sunday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas.

The game was part of the three-day Lubbock Sports Collegiate Invite. UNK lost its early game on Sunday to St. Edward's of Texas, 14-6, to finish the tourney 3-3.

UNK was up 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh when sophomore Megan Blake (Clay Center, Kan.) entered the game with and runners at second and third with one down. HU (1-5) used a single and double to start the rally and then DP Ashlea Ortega drew a walk from Blake. After a sac fly tied things, Blake managed to get a grounder to second to end the threat and inning.

With a runner placed at second to start the eighth the Lopers took the lead for good thanks to an error. Redshirt freshman Bri Healy (Omaha Central) came all the home from second after junior Emma Osowski (Omaha Skutt) laid down a successful bunt and reached safely due to an HU fmiscue.   

UNK tacked on a key insurance run when Gosker (Blair) singled to center to bring home Osowski. Eight-hole hitter Brooke De La Garza (2 for 4) laced a two-out RBI single up the middle to ger the Cowgirls within one but Blake (1-1) got a pop up to second to end the game.

Besides Gosker and Blake, Osowski went 1 for 3 with two runs and smacked a two-run homer in the top of the second. That marks her third career dinger. Finally Missouri junior Sarah Handrahan allowed one earned run over 6.1 innings with the teams combining to strand 19 on the base paths.

The SEU Hilltoppers (5-1) scored four in the first and three more in the second to build a 7-0 lead in game one. They scored seven more times on the strength of 14 hits, four walks and four Loper errors. Only eight of SEU's runs were of the earned variety.

UNK saw Colorado senior Erin Hallman allow no earned runs in 2.2 innings of relief with senior center fielder Alexis Ray (Platte City, Mo.), redshirt junior designated player Nicole Spykstra (Chandler, Ariz.) and junior second baseman Kaylee Schutte (Elkhorn H.S.) each knocking in two runs.
The Lopers head to Wichita Falls next weekend to take part in the Midwestern State Invite 

DALLAS – The McCook Community College baseball team opened the season winning three of four games after splitting a pair of games Saturday, winning the first game 12-11 and dropping the finale 7-4.

In similar fashion to the season opener Friday, the Indians got out to a commanding lead in Game 1 Saturday but had to hold on for the win in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Blazers loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh before redshirt freshman reliever Nick Wellman (Quincy, Ill.) came up with a strikeout to end the game.

“It was good for us to win a tight game, it got pretty tight in the bottom of the seventh but Nick Wellman struck out the last hitter to end the game,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen.

In Game 2, the Indians had a rough start to the game defensively and were unable to take advantage offensively in the first loss of the season.

“Every mistake we made in that first inning led to a run, it doesn’t always happen that way but in Game 2 tonight, it did,” Olsen said.

With the win, North Lake College snapped a six-game losing streak to start the season.

The 3-1 Indians are in Kansas for the next four games including a Wednesday game at Garden City (3 p.m.) and a three-game weekend set at Parsons, taking on Labette Community College in a doubleheader Saturday (1 p.m.) and a single nine-inning game Sunday (1 p.m.).

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GAME 1 -- McCook 12, North Lake College 11: After the games were pushed back several hours because of scheduling issues, the Indians exploded for 11 first-inning runs to support MCC freshman starter Mitchell Driver (Sydney, Australia).

The first seven MCC batters reached via three walks, an error and three hit batters. The Tribe had a 4-0 lead before registering the first hit of the game, a single off the bat of sophomore Mark Zhang (Nicholls, Australia). That was followed by a hit batter, a walk, a sacrifice fly, and later a two-out, three-run double by Ricardo Hernandez (freshman, Ponce, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy).

“After the big first inning our offense kind of went on cruise control which was disappointing.” Olsen said.

The Blazers scored three times in the bottom of the inning, added another in the second, and after MCC went up 12-4 in the fourth inning North Lake cut the lead in half with a four-run frame.

“North Lake did a good job of scoring a run here and there to get themselves back in the game,” Olsen said “They did a good job of not rolling over and battled all night.”

Troy Shepherd (freshman, McDowell, N.C.) relieved Driver in the fourth inning.

“Troy was really was the key to our victory as he came in in the fourth and threw an inning and two-thirds of shutout baseball when they were closing the gap,” Olsen said.

Shepherd allowed one hit, no walks and struck out three.

Nick Wellman pitched the final two innings for MCC and after registering a scoreless sixth, gave up three runs in the seventh inning before striking out the final batter with the bases loaded. It was his fifth strikeout of the game.

MCC scored 12 runs on nine hits including two-hit games by freshmen Trey Taliaferro (Coconut Creek, Fla.) who went two-for-three with two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base and Caleb Eiguren (freshman, Westminster, Colo.) who went two-for-four with an RBI and two runs scored.

GAME 2 – North Lake College 7, McCook 4: MCC opened the game in the bottom of the first allowing three walks, committing two errors and a passed ball leading to four runs, three of them unearned.

“We later gave up two more unearned runs in the game,” Olsen said. “After we played very clean defensive baseball the first three games, it really bit us in this loss.”

Sophomore Isaac Vargas (Greeley, Colo.) battled through 5.1 innings, allowing six hits, one earned run, four walks while striking out eight. Sophomore Connor McGonigal (Omaha Burke) threw the final two-thirds of an inning, allowing one hit.

“Offensively we swing the bat fairly well but had zero timely, or two-out hits,” Olsen said

MCC stranded 11 in the loss including seven in the final three innings and hit into a bases-loaded doubleplay to end the game.

“Our strikeout numbers were way too high -- 11 times, and obviously that was the reason we didn’t make the most of our opportunities with runners on base,” Olsen said.

MCC had 10 hits in the game. Trey Taliaferro went two-for-four with a pair of doubles, two runs and a stolen base. Sophomore Kade Wroot (North Platte) doubled in four at bats with an RBI. Melwin Perez (freshman, San Sebastian, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy) had two hits in three trips to the plate.

The McCook Community College softball opened the home season Saturday with a pair of losses to Garden City. The Broncbusters won the first game 10-2 and took the second game 10-9.

“The kids played hard and made strides today,” said MCC Coach Kevin Kaalberg. “We swung the bats well, we will continue to work at playing more consistently on defense.”

MCC committed five errors in each game.

The Lady Indians fall to 0-4 on the season.

MCC’s next game with Colby has been changed over concerns with the weather.

Tuesday’s scheduled game has been moved back to Wednesday with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 16, the Lady Indians are scheduled to play at Dodge City for a pair of games starting at 1 p.m.

MCC’s next homestand is slated for Feb. 26 (1 p.m.) against Colby followed by home doubleheaders Feb. 29 (1 p.m.) against Central Community College and March 1 (1 p.m.) against Southeast Community College.

GAME 1 – Garden City CC 10, McCook CC 2: The Broncbusers broke open a 4-1 game with five runs in the fourth inning.

Freshman pitcher Anna Wilcox, (Victoria, British Columbia) went the distance in the circle allowing 10 hits but only two earned runs. She walked four and struck out two. MCC committed five errors behind her.

MCC had seven hits in the game. Sidney Sansregret, (freshman, Surrey, British Columbia) doubled and singled; freshman Alice Midiri, (Condove, Italy) had a pair of singles and freshman Megan Blood-Smyth, (Thornton, Colo.) had a double.

GAME 2 – Garden City CC 10, McCook CC 9: The Broncbusters scored a pair of unearned runs in the first and took advantage of an error, a walk and a wild pitch in the second to take a 5-0 lead.

The Lady Indians came back in the bottom of the inning. Freshman Kassandra Orr, (Victoria, British Columbia), sophomore Kassidy Powers, (Severance, Colo.), freshman Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.), Megan Blood-Smyth and Lexee Johnson (freshman, Delta, Utah) all picked up RBIs in the rally to make it just a 5-4 deficit.

MCC tied the game at 5-5 in the third with an RBI single by Laird.

Garden City scored twice in the fourth but MCC countered with a pair of runs on bases-loaded walks to tie it at 7-7. The Broncbusters took a 9-7 lead in the fifth but the Lady Indians tied it at 9-9 with a two-out, two-run single from freshman Kaitlyn Lord, (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Garden City scored the eventual game-winner on MCC’s fifth error of the game in the sixth inning.

The Lady Indians had eight hits in the game with a double and a single by Powers, two hits from Orr, and a double by Johnson.

Freshman pitcher Melanie Fye, (Ault, Colo.) was relieved by sophomore Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) in the second inning. Anna Wilcox went the final two innings of scoreless, hitless relief.

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DALLAS – The McCook Community College baseball team opened the season Friday with a doubleheader sweep over North Lake College in games at MacArthur High School.

MCC won the first game 18-16 getting four home runs including a pair from freshman catcher Ricardo Hernandez (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Carlos Beltran Academy). Sophomore Braden Babcock (Oshawa, Ontario) and freshman Jayden Bastow (Brisbane, Australia) had solid starts to pick up wins on the mound.

Hernandez began his MCC career going three-for-four with his two homeruns and six RBIs in Game 1.

“Offensively we swing the bat very well, we had 13 hits and four home runs in the first game to get up big,” Olsen said.

In the second game the Indians took advantage of nine North Lake walks, four Blazer errors and a few timely hits.

“It was a good start to the weekend hopefully we can come out tomorrow and follow it up with another good day,” Olsen said.

The Blazers fall to 0-6 on the season. MCC starts off the season 2-0. The two teams will continue the four-game set with a pair of games Saturday.

GAME 1 – MCC 18, NORTH LAKE  COLLEGE 16: MCC took a 9-4 lead into the seventh inning, scored nine runs to lead 18-4 then gave up 12 runs before closing out the first win of the season. Braden Babcock picked up the win allowing two hits and two runs in five innings of work. He struck out six.

“We got a great start on the mound from Braden Babcock,” Olsen said. “He was really good today for his first day out, his pitch count got up just a bit in his last inning.”

MCC took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo home run from Zayne Watson (freshman, The Woodlands, Texas). He finished with two hits in three at bats and scored three times.

MCC scored six times in the fourth and led 9-2 when Austin Mathews (Clearwater, Fla.) came and pitched the sixth inning, giving up two runs. The Indians scored nine times to lead 18-4, but had bullpen issues in the bottom of the inning.

”We just couldn’t get an out,” Olsen said. “It was a combination of us not throwing strikes, and them hitting some balls hard.”

Sophomore Connor McGonigal (Omaha Burke High School), who sat out all of 2019 with an injury, saw the field for the first time in more than a year and came on to get the last out.

MCC also got a home run from Aiden Ferry (freshmen, Monroe, Wash.).

GAME 2 – MCC 8, NORTH LAKE COLLEGE 1:  The Indians scored a run in the first and second innings added three in the third and another in the fourth to give starting pitcher Jayden Bastow a 6-0 lead.

Through six innings, he allowed just one hit and no runs.

MCC took advantage of five Blazer walks and two errors to keep clicking of offense

“Jayden gave us a good start and we ran the bases well and executed when we had the chance, we only had five hits but we took advantage of what was presented to us,” Olsen said. 

Yasnier Laureano (sophomore, Anderson, S.C.) pitched the seventh and struck out two hitters but allowed the only North Lake run of the game on a balk.

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Lincoln - The Nebraska women's basketball team rallied from a 25-point second-quarter deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but No. 18 Indiana made two plays and two free throws in the final minute to escape with a 57-53 win over the Huskers in front of a season-high 6,160 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Nebraska slipped to 15-9 overall and 5-8 in the Big Ten, while Indiana improved to 19-6 overall and 9-4 in the conference.

Indiana bolted to a 12-0 lead in the game's first four minutes, led 26-6 at the end of one quarter, then pushed the margin to 36-11 with six minutes left in the first half. But the Huskers scratched their way back into it by outscoring the Hoosiers in the second (17-15), third (17-10) and fourth quarter (13-6).

After trailing 41-23 at the half, the Huskers went to the fourth trailing 51-40. The Big Red then shut out the Hoosiers for the first seven minutes of the final quarter, putting together an 11-0 run to tie the game for the first time at 51 on a jumper by Kate Cain with 3:18 left. Cain was the only Husker to produce double figures in the contest, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds and five blocked shots.

Indiana got a pair of Grace Berger free throws to end a nearly 10-minute scoring drought with 2:50 left and regain the lead, but Nicea Eliely answered with a putback of a Hannah Whitish miss with 1:45 left to tie the game again at 53. Eliely finished with six points and five rebounds.

Berger then made the game's final field goal on a driving layup with 30 seconds left to give the Hoosiers the lead for good at 55-53. Berger finished with nine points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Her fourth-quarter basket was the only field goal for IU in the game's final 14 minutes.

Nebraska was unable to answer, as Eliely was whistled for an offensive foul with 19 seconds left. Jaelyn Penn made two free throws with 18 seconds left to seal the victory for Indiana. Penn finished with a game-high 14 points for the Hoosiers. Ali Patberg had 10 points and four assists, while Brenna Wise, who drew the charge on Eliely in the closing seconds, put three Hoosiers in double figures with 10 points. Aleksa Gulbe and Mackenzie Holmes each added seven points to complete the scoring for Indiana.

Nebraska outscored Indiana 30-16 in the second half, holding the Hoosiers to just six points and one field goal in the final quarter. The 57 points allowed were the fewest surrendered to a Big Ten team by the Huskers this season. NU gave up just 21 points to the Hoosiers in the game's final 26 minutes, but Nebraska's 53 points scored also marked the lowest total of the season for the Big Red. 

Freshman Isabelle Bourne finished with seven points, seven rebounds and three blocks for the Huskers, while Leigha Brown added seven points, four boards, four assists, two blocks and a steal.

For the game, Nebraska out-shot the Hoosiers, connecting on 36.1 percent (22-61) of its field goals, including 27.8 percent (5-18) of its threes. Indiana connected on just 30.4 percent (21-69) of its shots, including 4-of-15 threes (.267). Indiana finished 11-for-16 (.688) at the line, while Nebraska went 4-for-8. The Hoosiers out-rebounded the Huskers, 49-43, but the two teams were tied at six in second-chance points. Indiana won the turnover battle, 16-10, outscoring NU 13-9 in points off turnovers.

Nebraska struggled through its worst opening quarter of the season, going the first four minutes without scoring as Indiana opened the game on a 12-0 run. The Hoosiers closed the quarter with a 26-6 lead. IU's lead grew as large as 25 points at 36-11 midway through the second quarter, before the Huskers got a spark from a lineup featuring freshmen Trinity Brady, Makenzie Helms and Bourne.

After a Cain basket with 5:33 left in the half got Nebraska started, Brady, an Indiana native, knocked down a three-pointer to cut the Hoosier lead to 36-16. Brady followed with a 15-foot jumper with 3:32 left, before Helms added a layup in


Kearney, Neb. – The Lubbock Christian Chaparrals got a strong relief outing by sophomore Taylor Franco and hits from five different players to down Nebraska-Kearney, 5-4, Saturday evening in Texas.


The game was part of the Lubbock Sports Collegiate Invitational. Earlier on Saturday UNK (2-2)  lost to former RMAC rival Colorado-Colorado Springs, 8-4.


LCU (7-0), already with two wins over Top 25 squads, saw Franco (4-0) pick up the win as she allowed one earned run over the final four innings. At the plate the Chaps scored two in the first and three in the fourth to remain undefeated.


The Lopers, finishing with six hits, jumped up 2-0 as senior shortstop Kaitlyn Johnson (Kearney) belted a two out, two-run shot to left in the top of the first. She now has three dingers this year after having two over the previous three seasons.


Kearney got a sac fly by redshirt junior designated player Nicole Spykstra (Chandler, Ariz.) in the third and took advantage of an LCU error to score again in the fifth. However the Lopers stranded the tying run at third in that inning and then went in order in the sixth and seventh. Overall Lincoln sophomore left fielder Carlee Liesch and Missouri senior center fielder Alexis Ray both went 2 for 4 with Lincoln sophomore Kelsey Goodban tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.


UCCS (1-3) used a four-run second and a three-run fifth to open up a 7-2 lead. A nine-hit attack saw the eight and nine hole hitters, first baseman Peyton Reisman and right fielder Bryn Horton, go a combined 4 for 5 with two runs and an RBI. Leadoff hitter Brianna Santos had a two out, three-run triple in the second with all of the Mountain Lion runs in the fifth being of the unearned variety. 


The Lopers had eight hits and drew four walks but left nine runners on base. Johnson (1 for 1) hit a two-run homer to center in the sixth with Spykstra and Elkhorn sophomore second baseman McKenna Becker each collecting a hit and RBI. In the circle Goodban allowed no earned runs in three innings of relief work.


UNK faces the St. Edward’s Hilltoppers and New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls on Sunday.

Kearney, Neb. – Sophomores Brooke Carlson and Maegan Holt combined for 34 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 23/30 Nebraska-Kearney down Newman, 59-46, Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.

UNK (22-2, 11-2) is now just a game out of first place in the MIAA standings as No. 11/18 Central Missouri (18-4, 12-1) fell today at Missouri Western State, 67-57. The Lopers are in Warrensburg next Saturday afternoon.

To win a 10th straight game, the longest win streak in 11 years, UNK had to tangle with the Jets (9-15, 4-11) zone defense and patient offense. NU, now on a six-game skid, ran the shot clock down on most possessions and managed to make a late run after being down by as many as 23 points. 

"They play a different style and go with a two three zone the entire game. We didn't shoot the ball very well today and against a zone that can be a little bit challenging. It makes it trickier to stretch the floor when you're not making shots," UNK head coach Carrie Eighmey said. "We hit only two threes so I thought we did a good job of finding other ways to manufacture some points. Our bigs did a good job of getting to the line and making shots around the rim to help us build the lead."

Just 7 of 34 (20.5 pct.) from the field in the second half, UNK was up 51-39 with 5:08 remaining. Carlson (Elkhorn), having a career-day at the line, made two free throws and then Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.) made a layup after a Jet miss. That made it 55-39 and ended any hope of a NU comeback.

"I thought we managed the game pretty well. Late they went a little bit more to their full court press … we had only three turnovers so I thought we handled the ball really well," Eighmey said. "The shots that we took, including the threes, were fairly wide open. We just weren't able to knock them down today."

Carlson tallied 11 of her game-high 19 points at the line with Holt 6 of 15 from the field to tally 15. UNK was just 2 of 18 from the three point line but Carlson and Holt helped the Lopers have a 30-14 advantage in points in the paint.

Next South Dakota sophomore Klaire Kirsch had 12 rebounds and four assists and Crofton junior Kelsey Sanger went for nine points and two steals. The pair also were key in shutting down NU start Kaitlyn Potter who came in averaging well over 16 points per game. She finished with 12 points but was just 3 of 17 (0 of 9 threes) from the field.

Newman finished 15 of 54 (27.8 pct.) from the floor but did get 30 bench points and sunk 13 of 15 free throws. Seven others besides Potter scored including a near double double by reserve Haley Albers (eight points and eight rebounds).

Before the showdown with the UCM Jennies the Lopers are at Lincoln (3-19, 0-13) on Thursday night.

Kearney, Neb. – Junior guard Jake Walker scored a season-high 25 points to help Nebraska-Kearney hold off Newman, 85-72, Saturday evening at the Health & Sports Center.

This was the first-ever meeting between the Lopers (14-8, 8-5) and Jets (8-16, 2-13). The rematch is set for later this month in Wichita.

To send NU to its first straight loss UNK shot a season-best 55.9 percent (33 of 59) from the field which included an 11 of 20 effort from behind the arc. The Lopers led for 34:28 and by as many as 16 points. data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw%3D%3D​

However the Jets hung around thanks to the play of three Division I transfers in Juwan Davenport (Coppin State, Md.), Marshawn Blackmon (Eastern Illinois) and Kaleb Allison (Mississippi Valley State). Cranking up the pressure on both ends of the court midway through the second half NU got the deficit down to seven, 68-61, with 4:52 to play. An 11-3 spurt was capped by Blackmon put-back.

Like it has much of the season, UNK responded as Iowa senior Kyle Juhl made two free throws, Walker (Centerville, Utah) hit a jumper and Bellevue junior AJ Jackson scored inside. That got the back to 10 points and then Walker nailed the door shot with his seventh and final triple of the game.

"Shooting the ball helped us. Second half it really opened up for us … Kyle hit a couple and obviously Jake got it going. It always helps when you put the ball in the basket," UNK head coach Kevin Lofton said. "Defensively we played well enough to stretch it to a pretty good lead. They made some plays and fought their way back into it, mainly from the foul line. That means we have to defend without fouling."

In double figures for the 15th time this winter Walker was 9 of 15 from the floor (7 of 11 threes) to surpass the 23 points he tallied in a loss to nationally-ranked Missouri Southern State. Seventeen of his points came and five of his treys came after the break

Three others starters were in double figures in Kansas senior Morgan Soucie (16), Jackson (14) and Juhl (10). Soucie added five assists and Jackson had five rebounds with Juhl having all of his points in the second half.

"We kept our composure (late). We executed well against their press which is something I was glad to see. Teams tend to press us at times and when you handled it like we did today, breaking it and scoring on the other end, it makes it a little bit harder for them to stay in that (defense)," Lofton said. "We got some momentum back so hopefully now we can go out on the road and have some success."

Off the bench Bellevue redshirt freshman lefty Cedric Johnson had his best game to date; seven points, seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and no turnovers.

For the Jets Blackmom had a double double (21 points & 10 rebounds), Davenport was hot early to tally 18 with Allison having 11 of his 14 in the second half. NU finished the night just 2 of 13 from the three-point line and 16 of 26 from the line.

UNK heads to Lincoln (Thurs.) and Central Missouri (Sat.) next week.

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