A former McCook Community College volleyball player -- who has taken a year off from playing – is heading back to the court in New Mexico.
Dylann Bylund, a 2018 MCC graduate and native of Colorado Springs, has signed on to play volleyball at University of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M., after spending a year pursuing her degree in physical therapy.
Bylund is a 5-8 setter who finished her MCC career in 2017 having made the all-Region IX team. She had 676 assists and 227 kills during her sophomore season along with 30 aces, 293 digs and 60 blocks. As a captain she helped lead the school to its first 20-win season in more than 30 years.
She was also a highly decorated student, being named the 2018 winner of the Presidential Award for outstanding academic, leadership, and service qualities within the college and community. She worked as a resident assistant in Brooks Hall, was president of the Eta Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and vice president of the Nebraska/Kansas region of PTK.
She was an Academic All-USA scholarship winner as well as the lone two-year student in the state to win the Nebraska New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship.
The MCC Indians Boosters, Inc. named her female academic athlete of the year. She was also named to the National Junior College Athletic Association all-academic team.
Her new team, the Mustangs, completed their season with a 15-14 record and earlier this month announced the hiring of new coach Katrina English, formerly of Kentucky State University.
LAMAR, Colo. – The McCook Community College men’s golf team got off to a great start to the 2019 part of the 2018-19 golf season finishing the first round of the Region IX meet in first place with Indian golfers occupying three of the top four individual scores of the day.
MCC finished the round Thursday with a 292 – eight shots better than second place Eastern Wyoming.
The Indians started the day 20 points back in the season-long standings (60-40) to Eastern Wyoming and home to reel in the Lancers with another strong performance in the final round Friday.
“It was an awesome start to the 2019 Spring season,” MCC Coach Tyler Loop said. “It was a little cool with 20 mph winds. The greens were very quick and the course played tough today.”
Sophomore Cameron Lampe (Windsor, Colo) shot an opening round Thursday of 71 to tie for first place. Freshman Chesney Tatman (North Platte) shot a 72, good for third place. Sophomore Graham Gaspard (Breckenridge, Colo.) is four among individuals with a 74 and sophomore Ronnie Quick (London, England) is tied for fifth with a first-day round of 75.
Freshman KC Carlson (Delta, Colo.) shot a 79. Freshman Trevor Obert (McCook) an 82, and sophomore Brady Wonderly (Benkelman) shot an 89.
MCC finished the fall standings in second place in the season-long standings to the Lancers who started the day with 60 points, MCC was second with 40, Central Wyoming was third with 24 points, Northeastern Junior College fourth with 22 points. Otero is in fifth with 18 points and Lamar is in sixth place with two points.
The tournament will conclude Friday.
1.McCook Community College 292
2.Eastern Wyoming 300
3.Otero Junior College 327
4.Northeastern Junior College 330
5.Central Wyoming 332
6.Lamar Community College 342
1. (tie) Cameron Lampe 71
3. Chesney Tatman 72
4. Graham Gaspard 74
5 (tie) Ronnie Quick 75
* - KC Carlson
* - Trevor Obert 82
* - Brady Wonderly
* - Competing as individuals
McCook 9 Hershey 0
The Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference has named its 2018-2019 all-conference team as selected by the coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
McCook Community College’s Hailey Tiles was the only unanimous pick garnering all three first-place votes. Also named to the team were Makenna Bodette and Anna Sanjuan. Former MCC coach Kellen Fernetti was also named co-coach of the year along with Central Community College Coach Billy Perkins.
Hailey Tiles, sophomore from Rogers, Ark., averaged 18.0 points per game. She shot 42.9 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from the 3-point line, 69.9 percent from the foul line, which was ranked eighth best in the south sub-region She also averaged 5.3 rebounds per game, had 86 assists (third in the south region) and 75 steals, which was third most in Region IX.
Anna Sanjuan, sophomore guard from Reus, Spain, started 15 games for the Lady Indians and played in 31, scoring 11.0 points per game, gathering 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. She shot 36.5 percent from the floor and 32.0 percent from the 3-point line. Her 121 defensive rebounds were seventh most among Region IX south players. She had 51 steals on the season – fourth in Region IX south, and 95 assists, which ranked third.
During her freshman season at MCC, Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) averaged 12.2 points and 10.1 rebounds. She had the most defensive rebounds of any player in Region IX as well as the most total rebounds (324.) She topped all players with 75 blocks on the season, 36 more than any other player in the region. In addition, she shot 50.6 percent from the field, fourth best in the south sub-region.
Former McCook Community College Coach Kellen Fernetti led the team through a 5-0 record in the conference before he resigned his position Feb. 22. He and Central Community College Coach Billy Perkins were named Co-Coaches of the Year.
North Platte’s Emily Joseph and Nahatabaa Nacona were named to the first-team. Madisyn Francis received honorable mention.
Central Community College players named to the team included: Sophomore Dayzchaylon Gardner, freshman Monica Brooks, and Sophomore Alexis Ramaekers.
Southeast Community College players selected to the squad included: Sophomore Morgan Frauendorfer and sophomore Emily Zvolanek. Sophomore Madison Hajek received honorable mention.
Here are the Final NCCAC Standings
McCook Community College 6-0
Central Community College 4-2
North Platte Community College 1-5
Southeast Community College 1-5
The Nebraska men’s basketball team erased an early 12-point deficit and behind a big second half, the Huskers posted their first postseason victory in 11 years Wednesday night with an 80-76 win over Butler in a first-round NIT matchup at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Huskers (19-16) trailed midway through the second half before a game-changing 14-2 run turned a one-point deficit into a 12-point lead. Nebraska then made enough plays down the stretch, winning by four points after Butler cut the lead to one with 1:31 remaining.
With the win – Nebraska first postseason victory since a 67-48 win over Charlotte in the first round of the 2008 NIT – the Huskers advanced to the second round to face TCU in Fort Worth, Texas Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. (CT). Nebraska improved to 16-1 all-time at home in the NIT, and the Huskers are 3-0 against Big East teams this season. Butler, which was making its 13th postseason appearance in the last 14 years, saw its season end with a 16-17 record.
Isaiah Roby paced the Huskers with a career-high 28 points, and he just missed a double-double after grabbing a game-high eight rebounds. James Palmer added 23 points, while Glynn Watson Jr. scored 17 points, as Nebraska’s big three combined for 68 of NU’s 80 points. Tanner Borchardt and Johnny Trueblood added six points each to account for Nebraska's other 12 points. The Huskers’ 80 points were their most in eight postseason games, dating back to the 2004 NIT, when Nebraska scored 83 points in a one-point loss at Hawaii.
Sean McDermott had 14 points for Butler, which had four players in double figures. Paul Jorgensen chipped in 12 points, while Jordan Tucker and Aaron Thompson each scored 11 points, with Thompson adding a career-high 12 assists for his first career double-double.
Butler scored 14 of the game’s first 16 points to jump out to a 12-point lead less than five minutes into the contest. But Nebraska responded with an immediate 7-0 run of its own. Roby scored all seven points during the spurt, as the junior scored Nebraska’s first 11 points of the game.
Watson became the first Husker other than Roby to score when he knocked down a 3-pointer at the 9:02 mark to pull Nebraska within five. The 3-pointer ignited a 6-0 Husker run that trimmed the lead to two. A 5-0 Nebraska run two minutes later tied the game at 22-all, before Butler came right back with five straight points. But Palmer scored seven straight points to give Nebraska its first lead at 29-27 with one minute left in the half, and the Huskers took a one-point lead into the locker room.
Roby scored 17 points in the first half on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, while the rest of the Husker lineup was just 4-for-21 from the floor. Butler shot 44 percent in the first half, and the Bulldogs were 8-of-16 from the 3-point line.
Both teams came out on fire to start the second half, which saw eight lead changes in the first four minutes. Nebraska made its first six shots from the floor and used a 7-0 run to build a four-point lead. Butler answered with its own 7-0 run to regain the lead at 50-49 with 11:14 remaining, but the Bulldog’s would only lead once more.
Nebraska erased the Butler advantage with a 14-2 run, capped by a string of 10 consecutive points that put the Huskers up 64-53 with 6:26 to play. The Bulldogs pulled to within six two minutes later on back-to-back 3-pointers from McDermott. Butler continued to chip away and used an 8-2 run to pull within one at 71-70 with 1:31 remaining. But Nebraska scored seven of the next nine points and the Huskers hit all four of their free throws in the final minute, finishing 17-of-20 from the line in the second half.
The Huskers were 15-of-23 from the field in the second half, shooting a blistering 65.2 percent. Palmer (15), Watson (11) and Roby (11) each scored in double figures in the second half, while Trueblood had all six of his career-high six points in the final 20 minutes.
The Huskers will take on TCU, an 82-69 win over Sam Houston State, in the second round Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m. The game will be televised on the Husker Sports Network and carried on ESPNU.
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (8-7) led 7-0 after three innings and never looked back in a 12-3 win over Air Force at Hawks Field on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, Nebraska earns a two-game sweep against the Falcons after a 7-6 win on Tuesday.
Freshman Kyle Perry, making his second start of the season, struck out a career-high nine batters in 4.0 innings to set the tone for the Big Red. He gave up only one run and one walk. NU saw relief appearances from Byron Hood, Ethan Frazier (3.0 innings), Tyler Martin (1.0) and Jaxon Hallmark (1.0).
Junior Mojo Hagge paced the Husker offense with a three-hit performance that included a career-high four RBIs. Alex Henwood, playing for the first time in nine games, tallied two hits. Freshman Cam Chick went 2-for-3 to help NU produce 11 hits as a team. Keegan Watson hit his second home run against Air Force on Wednesday after also blasting one on Tuesday.
In the top of the first, NU scratched out three runs. After back-to-back walks to open the game, Mojo Hagge singled to load the bases. Aaron Palensky drew a walk to bring in Nebraska’s first run. Angelo Altavilla scored on a double play before an error brought Hagge in.
After a scoreless second frame, the Huskers added four runs in the bottom of the third. Colby Gomes laced an RBI double after Gunner Hellstrom drew a leadoff walk. Henwood’s RBI double then scored Gomes. The next two batters walked before Hagge hit a two-RBI single up the middle.
Air Force scored its first run of the game in the fourth inning and added one run in the top of the sixth, but NU tallied three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Watson smashed a solo home run before Henwood walked and Chick singled. Altavilla doubled to bring in one run before Hagge’s groundout added another run for the Big Red.
Nebraska tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth. Mike Addante drew a leadoff walk before Chick singled to put runners at the corners. Altavilla’s sacrifice fly drove in one run. Hagge’s double drive in a second run for the Huskers.
The Huskers begin conference play this weekend when they host Michigan State for a three-game series at Hawks Field. The games are set for Friday (6:35 p.m.), Saturday (2:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:05 p.m.).
COLBY, Kan. – The McCook Community College baseball team renewed what has become a high-scoring rivalry with Northeast Community College Wednesday, and came up on the short end of a 15-10 extra-inning game, played in Kansas where the Hawks took on Colby CC earlier in the day.
MCC had leads of 8-1 in the fifth inning and 10-8 in the seventh before giving up the lead and sending the game to extra-innings.
“This was a tough loss,” MCC Coach Jon Olsen said. “They send it into extra-innings then we just ran out of pitching.”
The Indians broke up a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the second with a six-run outburst that started with hitters reaching on a dropped third strike, a hit batter -- both advancing on a wild pitch -- and then an infield groundout which gave MCC a 2-1 lead. With two-outs, sophomore Ricardo Jimenez, (Hialeah, Fla.) singled to make it 3-1 then sophomore Julio Seperich (Las Vegas) cracked a two-run home run to put MCC on top 5-1. After a walk, freshman Trevor Pacheco (Pueblo, Colo.) hit a two-run homer to give the Indians a 7-1 lead.
Seperich singled in the MCC fourth and Pacheco drove him in on an infield grounder to put MCC on top 8-1.
Indian starter Spencer Ray (Greeley, Colo.) made it to the Northeast fifth having allowed just one run but the Hawks got to him for a four-spot. He went five innings, gave up six hits (three in the fifth with a pair of homers), five earned runs. He walked two and struck out nine.
Still leading 8-5, Wroot led off the bottom of the fifth with a home run to put the Indians up 9-5.
Sophomore transfer Caleb Keck, (Rittman, Ohio) came on in the sixth inning and retired the first two hitters he faced but a single and a walk in front of a three-run homer cut the MCC lead to 9-8.
Lucas doubled to lead off the MCC sixth followed by a lineout and a strikeout. A two-out walk loaded the bases and MCC went up 10-8 on a passed ball but the Northeast offense countered in the top of the seventh with a two-run double to tie the game.
Freshman Anthony Kingsbury, (Gatineau, Quebec) lasted 1.2 innings, and gave up seven runs in 1.2 innings of work. Kaleb Wroot (North Platte) finished out the game allowing one hit in two-thirds of an inning of work.
“We faced a good-hitting team in the middle of the week, and they scored a bunch late in the game,” Olsen said.
MCC went out in order in the bottom of the seventh and the Hawks struck for five in the eighth. The Indians got a leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth but the final three hitters all struck out.
The Hawks improve to 5-7 after downing Colby CC 9-7 earlier in the day. Colby fell to (13-8).
The Indians fall to 6-11 on the season. This weekend MCC will be back in Region IX play (Empire League) traveling to Trinidad State for a three game series with a doubleheader Friday starting at 1 p.m. (MT) and a Saturday nine-inning game starting at 1 p.m. (MT). The Trojans top the Empire League Standings with a conference mark of 7-2 but just 13-12 overall. MCC is 4-7 in conference play four games back of the Trojans.
“We need to regroup and get ready for league again on Friday,” Olsen said.
On Monday MCC travels to Alva, Okla. for a doubleheader against Northwestern Oklahoma State University starting at 1 p.m.
MCC is scheduled to be at home for the first time March 28 for a doubleheader with Western Nebraska starting at 1 p.m.
REGION IX – EMPIRE LEAGUE STANDINGS
Trinidad State JC 7-2 -- 13-12 .520
Northeastern JC 4-4 2.5 11-12 .478
Western Nebraska CC 4-4 2.5 7-17 .412
Southeast CC 4-5 3 4-12 .250
Otero Junior College 4-7 4 7-18 .280
McCook CC 4-7 4 6-11 .352
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MIDLAND, Texas – The McCook Community College softball team lost a pair of games Tuesday to Midland College. The Lady Indians lost the first game 8-0 and the second game 5-2, and finish the spring break Texas trip 0-4.
“It was a tough trip overall,” MCC Coach Josh Barnes said. “We didn’t hit well but pitching was a bright spot.”
MCC was limited to two hits in the shutout and four hits in the second game – all singles.
The Lady Indians led 2-0 for four innings in the second game, but gave up a run in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Midland College improves to 17-7 on the season.
The Lady Indians fall to 9-15 and will be on the road Saturday and Sunday for a pair of Region IX doubleheaders at Trinidad State (11-14) Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. and noon.
“We have to get back to work and get ready for region play,” Barnes said.
GAME 1 – Midland College 8, McCook CC 0 – In an almost carbon-copy of Monday’s 8-0 loss at Howard College, the opponents got up early and shut down the MCC offense.
The Chaparrals scored four in the first, two in the second and put the game away with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Midland pitcher Hannah Ice mowed down the first 13 Lady Indian hitters before Abby Kalinski (McCook) and Taylor Ford (McCook) got to her for back-to-back, one-out singles in the fourth inning. A hit batter loaded the bases but the Indians were unable to take advantage.
Ice picked up the win allowing the two singles, no runs, no walks and four strikeouts in six innings of work.
MCC starting pitcher Etta Van Burgsteden, (Kinistino, Saskatchewan) absorbed the loss giving up four runs and four hits in one inning. Kayla Harrison (Richmond, British Columbia) went four innings and gave up four earned runs on 10 hits. She struck out two.
GAME 2 – Midland College 5, McCook CC 2 – The Lady Indians’ only run-scoring inning of the day came in the top of the first. Sophomore Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) and freshman Hannah Jensen (Aurora, Colo.) led off the game with back-to-back singles. With one out, sophomore Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) singled to load the bases, then the Lady Indians executed a triple steal to go up 1-0. Jensen scored on a sacrifice foul pop to first base to put MCC up 2-0.
Freshman starting pitcher Sarah Willier (Ponoka, Alberta) kept the Chaparrals in check until she surrendered her first run of the game in the fourth. She allowed four hits, and walk in her three innings of work. Freshman Angel Valdez, (West Jordan, Utah) went 2.1 innings and allowed six hits and four runs. Shae Muggridge (Perth, Western Australia) pitched the final two-thirds of an inning in relief.
Hershey 0 McCook 9