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Season tickets for an action-packed 18-game schedule of Nebraska women's basketball at Pinnacle Bank Arena go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. (CT) through Huskers.com and the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office. Nebraska's 18-game home schedule (including a preseason exhibition game) features eight non-conference games in November and December, including marquee match-ups with Duke and Creighton, before facing a nine-game Big Ten home schedule with clashes against Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana, Penn State, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Husker women's basketball has long been one of the hottest tickets in the nation, with Nebraska ranking among the top 25 teams in average home attendance in each of the past 10 seasons. Reserved season tickets are available for $180 - that's just $10 per game - while general admission adult season tickets are $90. General admission season tickets for youth and senior citizens are just $54. Visit Huskers.com/Tickets or call 800-8-BIG-RED.





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McCook Bison Boys Tennis is loaded with experience coming back in 2019.  With that being said the expectations for success and possibly a State Title run extremely high for this McCook Bison Tennis Team.  Sure a few players may not being playing exactly where they played last year, but you know the experience Head Coach Matt Wiemers has, I'm sure it won't be much of a problem as he knows where his players need to be to have the most success.  Keep a close eye on Bison Tennis in 2019.  View full interview below with McCook Bison Head Coach Matt Wiemers.





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The Southwest Roughrider Football team finished the 2018 season with a 2-6 record and failed to make the playoffs. This season Southwest will be led by a familiar but New Head Coach Christian Arterburn who is also the Southwest Roughrider Boys Basketball Head Coach. He will use his relationship he has already built with the boys through Basketball, in hopes it will translate to the football field this season. Head Coach Christian Arterburn says he just want’s to change the culture and attitude right now. Southwest will open up the season Friday, September 6th at Perkins County.

 

 





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The McCook Community College volleyball begins its season in earnest this week with the home opener and a weekend tournament in North Platte.

After a public scrimmage tonight with training partner Durham College of Oshawa, Ontario, The Lady Indians, under fourth year coach Hayley Kobza, open the season Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. The Lady Indians take on Garden City Community College. Durham will play Western Nebraska at 4 p.m. in the Event Center as well.

All seven sophomores from last year’s squad are moving on to continue their respective careers at four-year schools and three freshmen are not returning this fall. So with just four returning sophomores and only two who saw the court, MCC will rely on 10 freshmen for the Lady Indians reach the 20-win mark for a third straight season.

This year’s team has four returning sophomores including: Bailey Honn, McCook; Kiera Barr, Granby, Colo.; Mallory Brown, Colorado Springs, and Madison Kleewein, North Platte – but only two saw the court a year ago.

Despite the squad’s lack of game experience, Kobza said these sophomores will provide a solid leadership core for a dynamic group of freshmen.

“Kiera Barr is really the only one who saw regular court time, and she has the right attitude and the right energy to lead the team from the libero position,” Kobza said.

Barr, a 5-8 libero started 20 matches in 2018 and played in all 35 while tallying 191 digs.

Brown, a 5-8 outside hitter, played in 22 matches and started nine, with 84 kills, 73 digs, 15 service aces and 16 blocks.

“Mallory Brown stepped in and played a big role as an outside hitter for us last year down the stretch,” Kobza said. “She is a very solid player and very smart with her shot placement.”

While technically in their second years, redshirt sophomores Baily Honn (McCook) and Maddie Kleewein) are looking to see the court for their first time this season.

“Bailey is the definition of a hard worker and worked very hard in the off-season, I’m excited for her to get back on the court,” Kobza said. “And Maddie worked hard to make up for lost time because on an injury early in camp last year, she’s been on a mission ever since.”

The Lady Indians will make the switch to a 6-2 offense this year with two freshmen setters from this group of three: Madison Mendoza, 5-4, Ogallala; Chandler Nelson, 5-8 Colorado Springs; and Heiata Tauota, 5-7, Nantes, France;

“Regardless of our lineup we will have three great hitters ready, standing by to be part of the rotation and three more phenomenal subs.

Freshmen middles include: Jayceea Hanson, 6-0 McCook and Emily Barr, 5-10, Hershey.

Freshman outside hitters include: Mackenzie Anderson, 5-8, Ogallala; Kallie Cathcart, 5-7, Holly, Colo. and Fernanda Canedo, 5-8, Cochabamba, Bolivia. Quinci Johnson, 5-8, Nunn, Colo., is a right-side hitter.

Freshman Evie Hopkinson, 5-6 Spanish Fork, Utah, plays defensive specialist.

“People might say we don’t’ have the size we did a year ago, but what we do have are athletes who are very smart hitters, that can and do every volleyball skill well,” Kobza said.

“I think we will be a very scrappy team that has the capability of playing harder and smarter because mentally, this is a tough group,” Kobza said.

With the new culture Kobza brought to MCC, the program has attracted former MCC volleyball coaches, players and coaches from other sports to be part of the staff. Former MCC volleyball player Emily Deines is in her second year as assistant coach and Kobza will add five volunteer assistants to this year’s roster in: Jasmine Pritchett, Michelle Hedke, Nick Nothnagel, Whitney Kuhlen and Athena Messinger.

“With these volunteer assistants, we’re trying to help our players focus their efforts on their specific position and so far it has been a great help. The players like that extra individual attention sometimes it’s good for players to have other perspectives.”

MCC will begin the season Thursday against Garden City – a team the Lady Indians swept a year ago winning in three sets at home and in five on the road.

This weekend MCC will see some familiar foes in the Mid-Plains Subway Invite in North Platte. The Lady Indians will start the day Friday with a 3 p.m. game with Eastern Wyoming then take on Durham College at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, MCC plays Hesston College (Kan.) at 10 a.m. and Garden City at 2 p.m.

The following weekend the Lady Indians travel to Norfolk for four games in the Northeast Community College tournament, -- then play seven straight matches in Kansas before returning home Sept. 18 and Sept. 24 for Nebraska Community College Athletic Association games with Central Community College and Southeast Community College. MCC went 6-0 in the NCCAC to claim the school’s first conference title since 1980.

The always competitive Region IX season starts Sept. 27-28 in Colorado with games at La Junta against Otero Junior College and against Trinidad State College.

Last year Western Nebraska led Region IX with a 9-1 (29-9 overall) but Northeastern Junior College (8-3, 26-7) ended the Cougars’ streak of 19 straight trips to the national tournament. Otero (6-4, 24-7) finished third and entered the Top 20 JUCO rankings briefly before losing to MCC. Lamar (4-7, 18-14) finished fourth, MCC fifth (3-7, 21-14) and Trinidad State sixth (1-10, 11-19).

In October, MCC is home for five Region IX games and an NCCAC matchup with North Platte Oct. 15.




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DENVER (AP) — Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock suffered a jammed right thumb Monday night in a preseason game against San Francisco.

The second-round pick said his X-rays were negative as he wore a protective brace following Denver's 24-15 loss to the 49ers. There was no immediate timetable for his return.

"I'm definitely going to be careful," Lock said. "At the same time, the competitive side of me wants to get out there and keep proving myself to these coaches and to my teammates. ... I feel like we'll make a good decision."

Lock's injury happened early in the third quarter, when he was tripped up by 49ers strong safety Marcell Harris on a second-down play. He landed on his thumb as he attempted to pitch the ball to a receiver.

On third down, Lock tried to throw a deep pass but experienced a little bit of discomfort. He went to the bench and the thumb began to stiffen up, leading to him being replaced by Kevin Hogan on Denver's next possession.

Lock finished 7 of 12 for 40 yards before leaving. He also scrambled twice for 11 yards.

Lock is in contention for the backup spot to Joe Flacco.




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PHOENIX (AP) — Carson Kelly is looking more and more like the big-hitting catcher the Arizona Diamondbacks have sought for some time.

Kelly's tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning was part of a three-run rally that sent the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

"When you get an offensive catcher as capable as Carson, it adds a whole new dimension and some thickness to your lineup," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "They don't come around very often."

Kelly's 18 home runs are tied with Miguel Montero (2011) for the most by a catcher in one season in club history. The 25-year-old who was part of the Paul Goldschmidt trade with St. Louis last offseason has 13 homers while hitting eighth in the order, the highest total in the majors.

"Cool!" Kelly said when told he matched Montero, a two-time All-Star. "Early on, as a young player not having a ton of success, and then finally seeing the work that you put in over the years pay off at the highest level, it just makes me motivated to continue getting better."

David Peralta added a two-run triple in the eighth, making a winner of reliever Yoan Lopez (2-5) after he got two outs in the top of the inning.

Wade Davis (1-6) took the loss after giving up Kelly's home run.

"He would like to have that pitch back," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "If you get back that hanging breaking ball to Kelly, that was sort of the back-breaker for Wade."

Ketel Marte also homered and starter Zac Gallen allowed a run and five hits over six innings in his third start for the Diamondbacks since arriving in a trade with Miami on July 31. He struck out eight and walked six.

Archie Bradley allowed Charlie Blackmon's 27th home run in the ninth — Blackmon's third straight game with a homer — but earned his fifth save. Arizona climbed back to .500 at 63-63, while the Rockies' four-game winning streak ended.

Tony Wolters had two hits and two RBIs for Colorado. Chi Chi Gonzalez held the Diamondbacks hitless for five innings before Kelly lined a first-pitch single to center field to open the sixth.

The next batter, pinch-hitter Josh Rojas, hit a fly ball toward the left-field corner that looked as though it would fall for a hit. But outfielder Raimel Tapia made a long run and a diving catch as he hit the turf.

One out later, Marte drove Gonzalez's fastball beyond the pool deck in right-center for his 26th home run to give Arizona a 2-1 lead.

The Rockies tied it in the eighth against reliever Andrew Chafin. Daniel Murphy led off with a single, Ryan McMahon singled with one out and Wolters drove in Murphy with a base hit.

But then Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed, who an inning earlier leaped to catch Trevor Story's line drive, keyed a 1-6-3 double play with a rushed but accurate throw.

After three scoreless innings, Gallen struggled to find the strike zone. He struck out the first two hitters in the fourth, but loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Wolters drew the third walk of the inning, allowing Murphy to trot home with the game's first run.

"Six walks is not going to sit well with me, but we got a win and that's what matters," Gallen said. "Just got to keep us in the game so we can do things like that."

The announced attendance of 15,443 was the second-smallest crowd of the season for a Diamondbacks home game.

ROSTER MOVES

The Rockies claimed right-hander Wes Parsons off waivers from Atlanta and optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque. Parsons was designated for assignment Friday by the Braves. Right-hander Scott Oberg was transferred from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL after being treated for a blood clot in his pitching arm for the second time in his career Saturday.

SPRING FOES AND MATES

The Diamondbacks and Rockies announced their 2020 spring training schedules Monday, and will open exhibition play against each other on Feb. 22 at Salt River Fields in nearby Scottsdale, a facility the two teams share. It will mark the 10th season of spring training at the complex, which the two teams have shared since it opened in February 2011.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: Wolters came up limping with a twisted ankle after trying to throw out Jarrod Dyson at second base on a steal attempt in the eighth. Wolters' throw sailed into center field for an error, his first of the season.

UP NEXT

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (3-10, 7.09 ERA) is set to face the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. In three starts against Arizona this season, he has allowed at least five runs in each.

Diamondbacks: LHP Alex Young (4-3, 3.98 ERA) makes his second career start against the Rockies. He beat Colorado on July 7 in Phoenix but hasn't won at home since.





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The Arapahoe Warrior Football Team finished the 2018 season with a 5-4 record and a playoff berth. This season won’t be an easy one for the Warriors after losing 6 seniors and 7 starters on both sides of the ball. Arapahoe will open up the season on Friday, August 30th hosting Elwood. View full interview with Coach Kronhofman below.





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Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours Monday morning inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.

Following practice, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander spoke to the media about how the defense began the week of practice.

“I know Coach Frost maybe said the offense didn’t come out as much as he wanted to, but we came out on defense,” Chinander said. “We made a few mental errors when we got tired. He (Frost) gave us a lot of tempo periods today. I thought the energy was really good. There hasn’t been one day where I have been disappointed with the energy of the team. We still got things to work on. We’re not there, but the energy has been really good.”

Chinander continued by sharing his thoughts on the situational scrimmage the team held last Friday.

"I thought we were really good with the ones and twos units,” he said. “You know the threes kind of had that half of football at the end. We have some work to do to develop those young guys. The ones and twos made some good plays and some dumb plays in situations. For instance, we picked off a ball to end the game and instead of just getting down with it, we tried to run it back for a touchdown. Those guys just have to learn those things. It’s really important that Coach (Frost) puts us in those situations, so we can have it happen on August 18 instead of September 30.”

Chinander was then asked about what he has seen from matchups between the offensive and defensive lines.

"It’s really good that in this camp, Coach Frost has gone a lot of ones versus ones,” Chinander said. “He wants a physical practice, so our best guys get their best guys everyday. That’s making us better, and that is making them better. Anytime our d-linemen get to go up against (Matt) Farniok or Brandon (Jaimes) and some of those guys, it is really good for us. Those receivers are causing us some fits out on the perimeter, but it's really good to see it in practice. I am glad we are doing one on ones and two on twos and good versus good for the majority of camp."

With the first game less than two weeks away, Chinander talked about some of the tough decisions he and the coaching staff will need to make regarding the depth chart.

"I think there’s some hard things going on yet,” Chinander said. “The defensive backs, there’s five or six guys that can be starters, and we’ve got to find a way to figure out who is going to walk out there for the first snap. That d-line is pretty deep. What do you do with JoJo (Domann)? Is he ready? The inside linebackers we got three guys, but those are good problems.

“I think what you guys are going to see and what everyone is going to see is a lot of guys rotating in, and I think we need that. Whether you are a starter or not, I would love to have 22 starters and roll that thing through and keep everyone fresh as many reps as we play on defense. There is definitely going to be some decisions on who is out there for the first snap."

The Huskers will continue fall camp on Tuesday in preparation for the first game against South Alabama on August 31.

BTN Bus Tour Stop Show Airs Tonight
The annual Big Ten Network Bus Tour was in Lincoln today to take in this morning’s Husker football practice and will give fans an inside view of the Huskers for the upcoming season with its show this evening.

The 60-minute show features interviews with Head Coach Scott Frost and Husker players Adrian Martinez, JD Spielman and Mohamed Barry, as well as mic’d up segments with Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters and Offensive Line Coach Greg Austin. Other content will be available throughout Monday on BTN Channels on Social Media (@NebraskaOnBTN, as well as BTN on both Instagram and Facebook.




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Nebraska Baseball Head Coach Will Bolt announced the addition of Danny Marcuzzo to his staff as volunteer assistant and camp coordinator on Monday.

“We are excited to have Danny and his wife Erin join our staff and bring them back to their home state of Nebraska,” Bolt said. “Danny brings a wealth of collegiate coaching experience in the Midwest as well as high character and an impressive work ethic. Danny will make us better in every area and we are fortunate to have him join the Husker family.”

“It’s a dream come true to be a part of the Nebraska baseball tradition,” Marcuzzo said. “I am looking forward to doing whatever I can to help this program be as successful as possible.”

Marcuzzo spent last season as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Coffeyville Community College, working primarily with hitters and infielders. Coffeyville posted 29 wins in 2019, more than each of the previous four seasons. Coffeyville’s defense set the school record for fielding percentage in 2019 under Marcuzzo’s direction with a .969 clip.

Marcuzzo coached at Central Oklahoma for two years before going to Coffeyville, helping the squad set a then-school record for fielding percentage with a .975 clip in 2018. The Bronchos captured the 2018 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association regular-season title and qualified for the NCAA Division II Regionals. In 2017, Central Oklahoma reached the finals of the NCAA Division II Central Regional after winning 37 games.

During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Marcuzzo coached hitters and infielders at Butler Community College. In 2016, Butler set the school record for fielding percentage at .968.

Marcuzzo’s first coaching stint at Coffeyville spanned two seasons, as he helped the Red Ravens to the two most successful years in program history. In 2014, Coffeyville set the program record for overall wins (38) and conference wins (25). Marcuzzo worked with outfielders and assisted with hitters for the Red Ravens.

Marcuzzo coached with Midwest Nationals for four summers, serving as the head coach of 18 Red in 2013 before spending three years as an assistant for 17 Blue from 2014 to 2016. During his three seasons with 17 Blue, the team won 124 games, highlighted by a program-record 47 wins in 2015. Marcuzzo saw 16 players sign National Letters of Intent with Division I teams and had two players selected in the MLB Draft.

A native of Omaha, Neb., Marcuzzo graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois in 2012 before earning a Master’s degree from Central Oklahoma in 2017.




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DENVER (AP) — Garrett Hampson didn't think about being a hero. He only wanted to hit a ball deep enough to score Yonathan Daza from third.

His approach paid off and kept Colorado's faint playoff hopes alive.

Hampson hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Rockies rallied to beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep.

Nolan Arenado homered twice for Colorado, which has won four straight and swept a series for the first time since June 18-20. It took a wild finish in which the lead changed three times after the seventh inning.

"It's not an easy thing to do in this game, so it felt good to do it," Arenado said of the sweep. "I don't know if we're in it or out of it, we just have to focus on ourselves and win ballgames."

The Rockies loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th against Jeff Brigham (2-2). Daza had an infield single, Raimel Tapia reached when his grounder got past Isan Díaz — the second baseman's second error of the game — and Ryan McMahon singled.

The Marlins brought right fielder Brian Anderson into the infield, leaving two outfielders. Brigham struck out Ian Desmond before Hampson lifted a 1-0 breaking ball to left to score Daza.

"I was hoping it was going to be deep enough and then I looked out there and there was nobody out there," Hampson said. "Got the job done. It's what you play for. It's what you want to do."

Arenado gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead in eighth inning with his 30th home run of the season, a two-run shot off of reliever Austin Brice. Colorado's Wade Davis, who moved back into the closer's role he lost to Scott Oberg two weeks ago, started the ninth by walking Jorge Alfaro. Lewis Brinson doubled and Neil Walker singled to tie it.

Carlos Estévez came on and allowed a sacrifice fly and Brian Anderson's double, which gave Miami a 6-4 lead. But Díaz couldn't field a grounder cleanly in the bottom of the inning, helping the Rockies tie it against Ryne Stanek.

Charlie Blackmon's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Trevor Story sent the game to extra innings.

"Obviously I was just trying to get an out," said Díaz, who was playing in his 13th game since being called up from the minors. "I was a little too quick to the ball, a little too fast. The thing is to catch the ball first. I didn't do it."

Miami manager Don Mattingly said the rookie learned a tough lesson.

"We'll make sure we talk with him," he said. "It is something I think that'll help him. You don't want to have that lesson. I've learned that lesson the same way. It's not an easy one to swallow, but you do come out on the other side of it."

Blackmon hit his 26th homer in the sixth to cut the Marlins' lead to 3-2.

Harold Ramírez had three hits and two RBIs to help put the Marlins ahead. Starter Jordan Yamamoto struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Oberg was placed on the 10-day injured list with a blood clot in his right arm. Oberg had a procedure to dissolve the clot at a hospital on Saturday and stayed overnight, manager Bud Black said. Colorado recalled RHP DJ Johnson from Triple-A Albuquerque.

PEP TALK

Estévez was pitching for the second straight day and starting to feel the effects of throwing 31 pitches, so when Brinson came up with two outs and a runner on in the 10th, Black ran out to talk to him.

"I got a runner on, got two outs and he came out to check on me," Estévez said. "I told him, 'Honestly, I'm tired but I got one more in the tank.' He said, 'Go get him, blow one by him.'"

Estévez struck Brinson out on three pitches, the last a 97-mph fastball.

"He was tiring a bit and I wanted to let him know he was still throwing the ball well," Black said. "His matchup with Brinson was critical."

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernández (2-5, 5.40 ERA) will open a three-game series at Atlanta starting Tuesday. It will be his third start and eighth appearance against the Braves.

Rockies: RHP Chi Chi González (0-4, 6.57) takes the mound at Arizona on Monday for the start of a three-game series against the Diamondbacks.




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