Crawford, Neb. (April 30, 2018) – Blaine Flack gets full rides.
Not only when he’s on his horse, competing in the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association.
But when he’s headed to college as well.
The Crawford, Neb. cowboy has been awarded a Rural Health Opportunities Program (R-HOP) scholarship, given to two students each year in the dental hygiene field. The R-HOP provides him with a full ride scholarship to Chadron (Neb.) State College and automatic placement into the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Flack is a senior at Crawford High School and has a 3.97 grade point average.
He excels in sports as well, finishing last year as the top throwing quarterback in Class D football for the state, throwing the ball for 2,200 yards. He was all-conference and all-district for both football and basketball all four years of his high school career, and he ran track as well.
Flack’s study of dental hygiene appeals to him. “It’s more than just cleaning teeth,” he said. “When you make the mouth healthy, the whole body is healthy.” He’s done some job shadowing and may consider attending dentistry school.
As the former quarterback for the Crawford Rams, he is quick to give credit to his teammates. “I had four good receivers and we ran good routes. I couldn’t do it without them and my line.” Crawford lost in the first round of state playoffs. Flack has been chosen to play in the Western Nebraska All-Star football game on June 9.
He is a member of the National Honor Society, serving as treasurer for the local chapter this year. He also runs track.
In high school rodeo, he competes as a tie-down and team roper and will rodeo for Chadron State this fall. He is on track to qualify for his fourth trip to the Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo in Hastings in June.
He is the son of Dave and Jessica Flack.
The Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo will be held in Hastings at the Adams Co. Fairgrounds June 14-16. Tickets are $7 for everyone ages five and up and are available through the office and at the gate. For more information, visit AdamsCountyFairgrounds.com or hsrodeo-nebraska.com, or call 402.462.3247.
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (20-22) completed a weekend sweep against Nevada with its 12-5 win on Saturday afternoon at Hawks Field.
Senior right-hander Luis Alvarado, who made his 11th start of the season, allowed only two hits in 8.0 innings of work. After not allowing a hit in the first 5.0 innings, the leadoff batter in the sixth hit a single. The lone run Alvarado gave up was a solo home run in the seventh inning. He recorded three strikeouts and didn’t walk any batters.
Senior Scott Schreiber led the Husker offense with a 3-for-6 performance, which included a home run, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. The home run marked his 16th of the season, matching his single-season total from 2016. It was the 42nd home run of his career, which puts him in a tie for fifth in career home runs in school history with Steve Stanicek.
In the bottom of the first, Mojo Hagge drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second when Jesse Wilkening drew a one-out walk. Luke Roskam’s RBI double scored one run. Gunner Hellstrom’s sacrifice fly brought in Wilkening to give NU a 2-0 lead after the opening frame.
Zac Luckey singled in the leadoff spot in the second inning. Alex Henwood drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Hagge singled up the middle to drive in one run. In the following at-bat, with two runners on, Schreiber launched a home run to right field and give Nebraska a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Joe Acker laced an RBI single that scored Luckey. The run extended the Husker lead to 7-0. In the sixth, Schreiber hit a leadoff double and then later in the inning scored on Gunner Hellstrom’s RBI single.
Nevada scored one run in the top of the seventh when Joshua Zamora homered, but NU responded with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Henwood hit a leadoff single and advanced to second when Acker walked. Hagge walked to load the bases before the first out of the inning was recorded. One run scored when Wilkening hit a sacrifice fly to left field. Roskam’s walk loaded the bases again. Hellstrom was hit-by-pitch, which added a run for the Big Red. Jaxon Hallmark drove in two runs with a single to right field.
The Wolf Pack scored four runs in the top of the ninth after both teams played a scoreless eighth inning.
The Huskers resume Big Ten play at home next weekend when they host Maryland for a three-game series, beginning at .
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (19-22) clinched a series victory by taking the second game against Nevada, 9-6, at Hawks Field night. The Huskers won the first game of the series over the Wolf Pack by a 9-5 margin.
Junior Matt Waldron recorded seven strikeouts and no walks in 6.0 innings of work in his ninth start of the season. He allowed three runs on seven hits in earning his fifth win of 2018. Senior Matt Warren came in for 1.2 innings of relief before senior Jake Hohensee closed out the win with his team-high ninth save of the season.
Nebraska saw multi-hit performances from Jesse Wilkening (2-for-4), Brison Cronenbold (2-for-3) and Alex Henwood (2-for-3). The Huskers struck early with two runs in each of the first two innings. Mojo Hagge hit a leadoff double in the opening frame and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Wilkening laced an RBI double to bring in Hagge. Luke Roskam singled to advance Wilkening to third before Cronenbold’s RBI single drove him in.
Nevada tied the game at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the second, but NU responded to take a 4-2 lead after the bottom of the second. Henwood reached on an error before Scott Schreiber smashed his team-high 15th home run of the season. The two-run shot puts Schreiber in a tie for sixth with Darin Erstad on NU’s career home runs list with 41.
In the fifth inning, Nevada scored one run in the top half of the frame before Nebraska scored three runs to extend its lead to 7-3. Cronenbold roped a leadoff double and advanced to third on a flyout in the following at-bat. Cronenbold scored when Ben Klenke reached on a fielder’s choice. Jaxon Hallmark walked before Henwood’s RBI single drove in Klenke. Hallmark scored on a wild pitch.
Hallmark blistered a two-out triple in the seventh and then scored on a wild pitch. Nevada answered with three runs in the top of the eighth to cut the lead to 8-6 before NU added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.
Schreiber drew a leadoff walk before stealing second. After Wilkening was hit-by-pitch, a groundout advanced the runners to second and third. Cronenbold intentionally walked to load the bases. Mike Addante was walked to bring in one run before back-to-back outs ended the inning.
The Huskers and Wolf Pack conclude their three-game series , starting at .
LAMAR, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community College softball team went 1-1 on the first day of the Region IX softball tournamentat Lamar, Colorado.
WNCC scored two 8th-inning runs against top-seeded Lamar Community College in registering the 6-4 win in the first round. The Cougars then fell 8-6 in the winner’s bracket final to Otero Junior College.
Other action in the tournament saw Otero defeated Trinidad 2-1. Trinidad State then eliminated the top-seed Lamarnight with a 4-2 win.
WNCC will face Trinidad State in an elimination gameat . The winner will have a date with Otero at in the championship. WNCC will need to win three straight, including an if-necessary game to win the championship.
The WNCC and Lamar contest was a championship-type of contest. Lamar, who defeated WNCC six times during the regular season jumped to a 2-0 lead after one inning. The Cougars sliced the lead in half with a single run in the third as Madi Jackson rips a 2-out triple to score Alyssa Guymon.
Lamar responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning for a 4-1 lead. After that, the Cougar defense stepped up to hold Lamar scoreless in the next five innings, including stopping the Lopes from scoring with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.
In the meantime, WNCC started its comeback with a single run in the fifth on a Gabby Loya single that scored Guymon.
WNCC tied the game in the sixth. Lamar walked the bases loaded. With two outs, Doumer reaches on an error that scores one run. Jackson then walked to bring in the tying run.
Neither team scored in the seventh. The eighth inning saw Marlee Grant and Guymon each single. Doumer then rips a double to plate Grant with the go-ahead run. Jackson hits a sacrifice fly to plate an insurance run.
WNCC finished the game with nine hits. Jackson led the way with a 3-for-4 game with a triple and three RBIs. Alyssa Guymon finished with two hits with three runs scored. Guymon had two walks. Doumer had the only other extra base hit with a double.
McMillan picked up the win, going eight innings in allowing 10 hits and four early runs. McMillan struck out four and walked four while tossing 162 pitches.
The game with Otero proved to be an offensive game as the two teams combined for 23 hits and 14 runs. WNCC struck first with Doumer ripping a solo home run.
Otero responded with three in the second for a 3-1 lead. WNCC came back to plate a single run in the third as Michaela Kelly ripped a 2-out double to score Doumer and cut the lead to 3-2.
Otero went up 4-2 with a run in the fifth. That was when WNCC started the comeback, scoring two in the sixth to knot the game at four. McMillan doubles to score Kelly for one run and then Grant got a 2-out double to score McMillan to tie the contest.
WNCC couldn’t hold Otero down in the sixth as the Rattlers scored four times on four hits. All four runs came with two outs.
The Cougars did get a comeback in the seventh, scoring twice. The first run came as Kelly doubled home Jackson and the second run came on a Reagan Solomon sacrifice fly.
WNCC finished with 11 hits with six of them going for extra bases. Kelly led the way with three hits, including two doubles, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Doumer and Jackson each had two hits. Doumer had a home run with two RBIs and a run scored, while Jackson had a double with a run scored.
Grant finished with a double and a run scored, while McMillan had a double with a RBI and run scored.
WNCC 001 012 02 – 6 9 1
Lamar 202 000 00 – 4 10 1
WP – Emma McMillan
2B – Brooke Doumer
3B – Madi Jackson
WNCC 101 002 2 – 6 11 1
Otero 030 014 x – 8 12 2
LP – Reagan Solomon
2B – Marlee Grant, Madi Jackson, Michaela Kelly 2, Emma McMillan
HR – Brooke Doumer