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The Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team have a little bit extra to play for now that the NJCAA national polls were released Wednesday morning.

The Cougars, who were 33-8 a year ago, enter this season ranked fourth in the pre-season polls.

The high ranking came somewhat of a surprise to head coach Binny Canales, but said it is an honor for his team.

“It is a huge honor. There are a lot of good teams out there that are returning good players,” Canales, who is beginning his fifth season at WNCC, said. “It is a big honor.”

This is the fourth straight year that the Cougars have been ranked in the top five in the preseason top five. The team was ranked number one in the pre-season in 2006 and 2015. WNCC has been in the top five in 13 of the last 14 years.

“We are used to that [target on our back]. We are used to everyone gunning for us and we just have to rise to the occasion,” Canales said. “We have to keep getting better at a good pace and stay realistic with our goals. We have to stay patient and take it one step at a time.”

Returning sophomore Sarena Bartley said it isn’t a surprise that they are ranked that high.

“Not surprising. We can definitely do it. Fourth is great. It is not 20th, but we are in the top five,” Bartley said. “It gives us huge hope, huge motivation for us to do better. It makes us want to do much more than what we can do. It will help us to work harder to achieve that and to get first this year.”

Defending national champions Miami Dade tops the pre-season charts with the College of Southern Idaho and Iowa Western at second and third respectively.

New Mexico Military, the team that defeated the Cougars in the first round at nationals a year ago, enter at number five. Rounding out the top 10 are Tyler Junior College, Polk State, Mineral Area, Seward County, and Hill College.

Laramie County Community College is the other Region IX team in the polls, coming in 12th.

Canales said the ranking should be something to build upon.

“Hopefully it [the ranking] does,” he said. “Hopefully it is something to build off of. We have a good recruiting class and some good returning players. We just need to keep getting better.”

WNCC returns six players from a year ago and has eight newcomers. After a slow start, Canales and Bartley said things are starting to pick up. The Cougars split a pair of scrimmages last Saturday, beating Metro State and falling to Nebraska-Kearney.

Bartley said the team is coming around.

“The team is looking good this year,” Bartley said. “At first it was like the individuals playing here and there. We have been practicing a lot and communicating. We have been more of a team these last few weeks. I am pretty excited for this year. This year will be my sophomore year, my last year here. I am excited to play all these good teams and go to Iowa Western soon and play them.”

The Cougars scrimmaged Eastern Wyoming College Wednesday afternoon and they have an alumni scrimmage at 2 p.m. on Saturday before opening up the season for real August 24 and 25 at the Reiver Invite in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The team’s first home contest is Aug. 29 when they host No. 12 Laramie County Community College at 7 p.m.

The Kimball Longhorns have embraced the inevitable change of becoming an eight-man football team. This will be Kimball's first ever season as an eight-man squad after a trying year in 2017 with a defeated record of 0-9. 

Second-year Head Coach Ben Aarestad had to familiarize himself with the changes of the eight-man football game, but was able at last years NSAA eight man state football tournament. 

The Longhorns will return three offensive and defensive starters. Kimball will rely heavily on Senior play-maker and 2017 All-District QB Zane Anthony, Senior Izaac Reuter will also play some QB for the Longhorns this season. 


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The Nebraska football team practiced for just under two hours on Wednesday inside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads and helmets. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters addressed the media after practice and was asked about last weekend’s scrimmage. "It went well," Walters said. "The guys went out and they competed. Offense beat the defense at times and then defense got the best of us, it's a good competition. We want to put the guys in game situation, coaches off the field and see how they react. I thought across the board on offense they did a good job." Walters was also asked about how the quarterback competition is shaping up after more than a week of fall camp. “They're all doing a good job,” Walters said of the quarterbacks. “This week we're going to evaluate them and then going into next week we'll make some decisions as we get closer to the game. All of those guys are competing and they all bring different elements to the table, and we've got to figure out which one leads the offense the best and that's going to be our guy." Walters also commended the work of the offensive line during fall camp and touched on the Huskers’ tight end unit.

"Jack (Stoll) has had a great fall camp," Walters said. "I'm excited about what he and Austin Allen are going to do. As a matter of fact, the tight ends probably played the best out of anyone in the scrimmage. They made some plays down the field in the pass game which is awesome. I think we've got tight ends that are good run blockers, so I'm excited about that group." As fall camp continues, Walters said the coaches want players to maintain focus and continue to improve. “This time in fall camp, the great players sustain,” Walters said. “The average players, you see a little dip in their production. Poor players, you see big dips. So, across the board we've got to maintain." Walters also noted that the offense has made a lot of improvement through the first week and a half of fall camp. "Across the board we've made progress, everyone is a lot better," he said. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.


Nebraska volleyball senior co-captains Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney were named to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team on Tuesday. The Huskers were also voted first by the league's head coaches in the preseason poll. Foecke, a 6-3 outside hitter, was one of seven unanimous selections to the preseason team. An AVCA second-team All-American and All-Big Ten selection in 2017, Foecke guided the Huskers to their second national championship in three years last season with a team-high 3.53 kills per set. The West Point, Iowa native collected her second Most Outstanding Player award at the NCAA Championships after 20 kills and 14 digs in the championship match against Florida. She became just the fourth player in NCAA history to twice be named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player and the first to earn the honor in non-consecutive years. Maloney, a 5-8 libero from Louisville, Kentucky, led the Huskers in digs last year with 3.62 per set and served a school-record 13 aces during the NCAA Tournament on her way to all-tournament team honors. Maloney played two of her best matches of the season at the final four, producing 21 digs, six assists and four aces in the semifinal against Penn State and 15 digs, two kills and an ace in the final against Florida. The Huskers, who have won back-to-back Big Ten titles, topped the preseason poll ahead of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Penn State and Illinois. Michigan came in at No. 6, followed by Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Northwestern, Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers.

The 2018 Huskers will set out to become the first squad in NU history to reach three straight final fours and will be hunting for a third straight conference championship for the first time since 2006-08 in the Big 12. Nebraska hosts its annual Red/White Scrimmage on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. It will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, and the Huskers app.

Ali Bastianelli, ILL
Taylor Louis, IOWA
Alexis Hart, MINN
Kenzie Maloney, NEB
Taylor Leath, PSU
Kendall White, PSU
Tionna Williams, WIS


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3. Minnesota
4. Penn State
5. Illinois
6. Michigan
7. Purdue
8. Ohio State
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9. Iowa
11. Northwestern
12. Indiana
13. Maryland
14. Rutgers


Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Tuesday inside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads and helmets. Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander addressed the media after practice, commenting on the play of the defense in the team’s recent scrimmage. “On our side of the ball, our plan was to play very basic stuff so everybody would have a chance to operate," Chinander said. "We were just evaluating technique, effort, communication and seeing who could tackle. For the most part it went pretty well, we have some things to clean up and some moves on the depth chart to make, but it was just a good evaluation tool for our coaches and our defense.” When prodded about the depth chart, Chinander elaborated that the coaches are evaluating what they have and thinking about how they can put their players in a position to be successful. “So far it’s been a pretty flowing depth chart," Chinander said. "We’ve been giving guys reps with the ones, twos and threes, whether they deserve them or not, just to see where they are at. That helps us evaluate each guy and see where they belong. Some of those guys, if they are with the twos and going against the twos, maybe they look better. Yesterday we were able to see guys who we thought were the ones go against the ones and see if they really should be there. I thought that was very important for us.” In terms of guys that have established themselves as starters, Chinander said that there are several players who have stood out in fall camp and they are working to get the ones and twos their reps to prepare them for the season opener. “We have another scrimmage on Friday, and I think that will help us solidify our depth chart on defense," he said. "We have a good idea who is going to be on the field but after that scrimmage we will be able to make some decisions and be able to tell you where guys are going to fall.” Chinander mentioned junior defensive lineman Carlos Davis as a standout in the scrimmage. He also praised the play of several members of his linebacker corps, including Mohammed Barry, Dedrick Young, Will Honas, Collin Miller and Luke Gifford. He also talked about bringing in former members of the Blackshirts to connect past Huskers with his defense. “I’ve said it before, I think the Blackshirts is the greatest tradition in college football. Coach McBride started it and we thought it was really important to embrace the past. The bar was set really high when the tradition started. We are not there yet, but we wanted our guys to get a taste of what that standard is and how you’re are supposed to act as a Blackshirt.” Former Huskers Grant Wistrom and Jason Peter came in last week to address the team. Chinander talked about the atmosphere when these two Blackshirts walked into the room. “It was an electric atmosphere and the way they were talking and describing things it felt like we were practicing," Chinander said. "It’s great for our kids to understand that it’s always on the line, whether we’re in the meeting room, lifting or stretching. You could tell when those guys were talking to us that it was on the line for them, and I think that was really cool for our kids to see. The next day we probably had our most impressive practice on defense and guys were flying around. I think that was a direct correlation to the talk that they gave to our defense.” The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Wednesday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.


Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Friday outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in full pads and helmets. Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media after practice and talked about how the first week of fall camp has been.

“It’s been good, I see so much improvement from spring until now,” Frost said. “The improvement from January until now, it’s amazing how far the guys have come. We still have a lot to improve on and a lot to get better at, but overall I think [fall] camp has been really good, and the players have given us a lot of effort.” Frost also commented on how his team’s physicality has improved compared to last season. “[Strength Coach] Zach Duval is as good as there is in the business, and he’s changed our team,” Frost said. “All you have to do is walk out on the field and look at each individual and see how much improvement they’ve made with their bodies, with their speed, with their strength. Along with that it’s got to be guys that are willing to fight.” Frost also talked about the late addition of running back Maurice Washington, and how he’s impressed the coaching staff in camp. “We’re glad to have him,” Frost said. “He had a long road to get here, but he’s had probably a dozen big plays, spectacular plays already in this camp. So, he’s definitely opening some eyes, and I think he’s got a bright future here. I’d say to this point he’s better than what I expected. It’s amazing, he hadn’t worked out much and was focused in academics. We didn’t know what we’d get, but he’s going to be a pretty special player. The Huskers return to the practice field on Saturday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.


University of Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles announced Friday that Vince Fritz has been named a graduate manager for the Husker basketball program for the upcoming season. In his role, Fritz will help in day-to-day operations of the Husker basketball program. “I’m happy to add Vince to the staff,” Miles said. “His credentials are terrific, looking at his high school background with his dad and his college experience with Kansas great Jeff Boschee. I think he will add a great deal to our program and work well with our players.” Fritz comes to Nebraska after playing collegiately at Missouri Southern for the past three seasons for Boschee. As a senior, Fritz played in 24 games as Missouri Southern went 20-10 in 2017-18, finished second in the MIAA and reached the 2018 NCAA Tournament. In his three seasons at the school, Fritz helped Missouri Southern to a combined 56-34 mark. He began his collegiate career at Sacred Heart (Conn.) University, where he spent his freshman season. A native of Overland Park, Kan., Fritz prepped at Blue Valley Northwest High School where he played for coach and father Ed Fritz. A four-year letterwinner, Vince Fritz was a two-time all-state performer who helped his team to a pair of state championships in Kansas. During his junior season, Blue Valley Northwest went 25-0 and finished 19th nationally by USA Today. A two-time first-team Eastern Kansas League selection, Fritz finished as the third-leading scorer in school history. He also played football at BVNW, earning all-league accolades as a punter and defensive back. Fritz comes from an athletic family. His father, Ed, has over 600 wins at the high school level in Kansas and has won four state titles since 2013 after playing at Baker University. His mother, Ann Costello, played collegiately at Nebraska from 1984-86, and has captured won a trio of state title at Blue Valley North. His uncle, Willie Fritz, is currently the head football coach at Tulane, while one grandfather, Vince Costello, is a member of the Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame and another, Harry Fritz, was a college football coach and executive director of the NAIA. Vince, who will pursue his master’s in educational administration, received his undergraduate degree from Missouri Southern in 2018.

The 2018 opening scrimmage will take place at Memorial Stadium in Gering on August 11th, kickoff is set for 7pm 

Admission to the event is a free will donation to "The Doves Program." A program that provides assistance to those who have been affected by domestic abuse.  

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Lincoln – University of Nebraska Coach Tim Miles announced Thursday that Dedoch Chan (pronounced DEE Doe-ch) will join the Husker program for the 2018-19 campaign. Chan, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward from Rochester, Minn., comes to Nebraska after spending last season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He will be a sophomore in 2018-19 and will have three years of eligibility remaining. “I’m very happy to add a player as productive as Dedoch has been at his junior college,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said.” The Huskers needed another player with size in the rotation, and Dedoch fits the bill. He’s a great young man, and we are proud to have in our program. I can’t wait to get started to work with him.”

Last season, Chan helped the Bulldogs and Coach Wendell Weathers to a 16-9 record, averaging 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game to pace the team in both categories. A first-team NJCAA All-Region 23 selection, he totaled eight double-doubles as a freshman, highlighted by a 33-point, 17-rebound performance against Meridian CC. A two-time Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Player of the Week, Chan was a first-team All-MACJC South selection following his freshman campaign. He had nine games of at least 20 points, including a stretch of seven straight down the stretch, as he shot 47 percent from the field, 31 percent from 3-point range and 73 percent from the line for the year. He had a season-high 34 point effort in a four-point win over Southwest Mississippi and had eight or more rebounds on 14 occasions, including three games of at least 15 rebounds. Chan prepped at John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minn., playing for Kirk Thompson in his final two high school seasons. As a senior, he garnered All-Big Nine Conference honors, averaging 16.0 points per game on 54 percent shooting along with 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He helped John Marshall to a 25-4 record and a Section 1AAAA Runner-up finish. He transferred to John Marshall a junior and averaged 7.3 points point and 5.0 rebounds per game despite missing nearly a third of the season after moving. As a sophomore, Chan led Albert Lea High School with 22 points and eight rebounds a game to earn first-team All-Big Nine Conference accolades.