SCOTTSBLUFF – Western Nebraska Community College snapped the McCook Community College volleyball team’s six game winning streak Thursday in four sets.
MCC came out and edged Western 27-25 in the first set, but the Cougars won three straight 25-20, 25-19, 25-17.
“The first set we did what we do best – we hit,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.
“After that set we stopped doing that.”
Western Nebraska improves to 11-6 while MCC falls to 9-5.
On Friday the Lady Indians look for a quick turnaround after a disappointing loss and take the court at 1 p.m. (MT) in the opening game of the Wyo-Braska Shootout taking on 3-10 Dawson Community College. At 5 p.m. (MT) the Lady Indians play 2-13 Eastern Wyoming, a team MCC downed in straight sets at Torrington Aug. 28. The tournament continues Saturday as MCC plays Region IX north leaders, 10-6 Laramie County Community College in a noon (MT) game and go back-to-back with a 2 p.m. (MT) game with 7-9 Caspar College.
MCC’s next home game is Tuesday against Southeast Community College at 7 p.m. in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. MCC is inviting Red Willow County employees and their families to be special guests. All Red Willow County employees and their families will be allowed free admission to the game.
STERLING, Colo. -- The McCook Community College golf team are in second place after one round at the Eastern Wyoming Tournament Thursday. MCC trails Eastern Wyoming 285-294.
Sophomore Cameron Lampe (Windsor, Colo.) out-shot the field with a four-under par 67 to finish one stroke ahead of Eastern Wyoming’s Gonzalo Arcelay.
“We had a mix of really good and struggling,” MCC Coach Tyler Loop said. “We had a little delay half way through when a small storm went through and brought in high winds. Other than that the weather was good but the course wasn't in great shape.”
Sophomore Ronnie Quick (London, England) is fourth shooting an even-par 71 on the day.
Freshman Chesney Tatman (North Platte) shot a 76. Freshman KC Carlson (Delta, Colo.) shot an 80 and Sophomore Graham Gaspard (Breckenridge, Colo.) shot and 86
The Indians were able to take eight golfers to Sterling. Gabe Vielma (McCook) and Trevor Oberg (McCook) both tied for 13th place among individuals with scores of 76.
Sophomore Brady Wonderly (Benkelman) shot an 89.
The two-day tournament continues Friday. Next Thursday and Friday MCC will host the Region IX field at Heritage Hills Golf Course.
Eastern Wyoming 285
McCook CC 294
Central Wyoming 310
Northeastern JC 310
Otero JC 315
Lamar CC x
Ronnie Quick 71
Chesney Tatman 76
Gabe Vielma76 *
Trevor Oberg76 *
Brady Wonderly89 *
*- played as an individuals
Holdrege 0 McCook 9
Nebraska has finalized an agreement to play Bethune-Cookman University on Oct. 27 at Memorial Stadium to fill an opening on the 2018 football schedule. The contest will replace the Huskers’ Sept. 1 game against Akron which was cancelled due to severe storms in Lincoln.
Bethune-Cookman plays in the Football Championship Subdivision and owns a 1-2 record in 2018, following a loss at Florida Atlantic last Saturday. The Wildcats compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and posted a 6-2 record in league play in 2017. Coach Terry Sims in his fourth season guiding the BCU program.
“Our great fans and our football student-athletes deserve a full schedule, and we are glad to be able to provide an additional game on Oct. 27 against Bethune-Cookman,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “We appreciate the patience of our fans through this process. While there may be some conflicts on what was originally a bye week, we know Memorial Stadium will be packed to watch the Huskers on a fall Saturday.
“I would like to thank Bethune-Cookman for their great cooperation as we put this agreement together. Athletic Director Lynn Thompson and Head Coach Terry Sims are excited to bring their team to Lincoln, and we look forward to their visit.”
Nebraska will pay Bethune-Cookman a guarantee of $800,000 for its trip to Lincoln. The game will be part of the Big Ten’s regular television package. Game time and television information will be available six to 12 days in advance of kickoff.
Ticket and Parking Information
Nebraska season ticket holders will receive a new ticket for the Oct. 27 game with Bethune-Cookman, and the original ticket from the Akron game will not be valid for admission. Delivery of tickets for the Oct. 27 game will be via e-mail, and those print at home tickets will be sent the week of Oct. 1. Individuals who do not have an e-mail connected to their account with the Ticket Office will receive printed tickets that will be sent via first class mail the week of Oct. 1.
Husker fans who purchase season parking permits through Nebraska Athletics will also receive a new parking permit for the Bethune-Cookman game. The permits will be sent via first class mail to accounts with season permits. Donors who purchase parking from the athletic department for the downtown garages will have the new game automatically added to their keycard.
Individuals who purchased single-game tickets for the Akron game through Nebraska Athletics will also receive new tickets for the Bethune-Cookman game. There are no refunds or exchanges for fans who purchased single-game tickets for the Akron game and cannot attend the Oct. 27 game. However, those fans can forward the e-mailed or paper tickets to friends or family or sell via Nebraska’s partner StubHub.
More detailed information on ticketing and parking will be posted on Huskers.com, and updated as needed.
Jason Cochran after North Platte
The Nebraska baseball team’s recruiting class has been ranked in the top 35 of Baseball America’s recruiting rankings, which was released this week.
After announcing its top 25 recruiting classes last week, Baseball America released its “Next 10” list in alphabetical order this week. NU is ranked between 26th and 35th nationally, along with Arkansas, Duke, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee and Wake Forest. Nebraska is one of two Big Ten teams ranked in the top 35 recruiting classes by Baseball America, along with No. 24 Illinois.
The Huskers welcome 15 newcomers to the 2019 roster, including 11 freshmen, as the entire recruiting class made it to campus.
Two newcomers - Spencer Schwellenbach and Bo Blessie - were drafted in June 2018, but chose to come to Nebraska to play college baseball. Schwellenbach, an infielder/right-handed pitcher from Saginaw, Mich., was selected in the 34th round by the Cleveland Indians. Blessie, a right-handed pitcher from Midland, Texas, was drafted in the 36th round by the Washington Nationals.
Four newcomers - Aaron Palenksy, Trey Kissack, Ty Roseberry and Gareth Stroh – bring previous college baseball experience to NU’s roster.
Palensky is a sophomore outfielder from Papillion, Neb., who spent one season at Southeast Community College. Kissack is a junior right-handed pitcher from Grand Island, Neb., who played one season at UNC-Greensboro and one year at Southeast Community College.
Roseberry is a junior first baseman from Kearney, Neb., who transferred from Nebraska-Kearney. Stroh is a senior left-handed pitcher from Kearney (Gibbon High School), who spent two years at Purdue after spending one year at Coffeyville Community College. In 2017, he earned third-team All-Big Ten honors for the Boilermakers.
Of the 42 student-athletes on Nebraska’s roster, 27 return from last year’s squad, including Big Ten All-Freshman Team selections Jaxon Hallmark and Gunner Hellstrom. Hallmark started 50 games last season and ranked among the top five on the team in several statistical categories, including batting average (.261), hits (48) and RBIs (24). Hellstrom started 19 of his 26 appearances and hit .310, including at least one hit in 11 of his last 17 games with three multi-hit efforts.
Juniors Luke Roskam and Mojo Hagge were also among offensive team leaders in 2018, each ranking in the top four in batting average, hits, doubles and total bases. Senior infielder Angelo Altavilla, who earned third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2017, ranked in the top five of the 2018 team in home runs (5), runs scored (35), RBIs (28) and stolen bases (6).
Senior Matt Waldron led the 2018 pitching staff in ERA (4.26) and wins (6), while ranking second in strikeouts (61). Senior Mike Waldron became a key reliever for the Huskers last season, leading the team in appearances (21) and ranked in the top five of most statistical categories. The 2018 squad also saw double-digit outings from returners Paul Tillotson (16), Nate Fisher (15), Andrew Abrahamowicz (15), Byron Hood (14) and Ethan Frazier (13).
North Platte 1 McCook 8
The McCook Community College volleyball team knocked off 20th ranked Central Community College in straight sets Tuesday to stretch the current winning streak to six games. Tuesday’s win came 25-16, 25-20, 25-18 and completes a two-game, straight-set sweep over Central. The Lady Indian’s win over the Raiders Sept. 5 in Columbus was the first time in 24 years MCC had beat Central.
“Opposing coaches keep telling me we have something special here with these girls… I believe that any time we step on the court we can win, now we just have to get the girls to believe that,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said after the game.
Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.) led MCC with 15 kills on the night. Sophomore Ty Johnson (Conroe, Texas) had six.
Freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta) had three aces while freshman Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) had two.
After squandering a two-set lead against North Platte last week, and coming back to win 3-2, Kobza said the team worked on pressure drills since that game.
“Over all tonight I thought we did better, not great, but better, our service game was good but we’re not as consistent as I’d like us to be,” Kobza said. “We tend to play too much in bursts.”
She credits much of the energy and enthusiasm on the court to sophomores Brooklyn Evans (Ogden Utah) and Ty Johnson and freshman Kiera Barr (Granby, Colo.)
Central ranked 20th last week in the NJCCA Division II national poll falls to 8-8.
MCC leads the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference with a 4-0 record and an 8-4 mark overall.
Of MCC’s four losses this season two came from teams ranked second and third in the DII poll – Cowley College (8-1) and Johnson County (11-1) –downed MCC earlier this month in Arkansas City, Kan, to hand MCC two of its four losses. One loss came to No. 11 Hawkeye Community College (11-1) and the other to (13-0) Colby Community College which ranks just outside the top 20 ranked teams in Division 1.
The Indians will have a tough test ahead of them traveling to Scottsbluff later this week for a three-day, five-game stay.
On Thursday the Lady Indians face off with 10-6 Western Nebraska for the first region game. Despite the record the Cougars are ranked 11th in the NJCAA D1 standings.
On Friday MCC plays 3-10 Dawson Community College at 1 p.m. (MT) in the opening game of the Wyo-Braska Shootout. At 5 p.m. (MT) the Lady Indians play 2-12 Eastern Wyoming, a team MCC downed in straight sets at Torrington Aug. 28. The tournament continues Saturday as MCC plays Region IX north leaders, 10-6 Laramie County Community College in a noon (MT) game and follow that with a 2 p.m. (MT) game with 6-9 Caspar College.
MCC’s next home game is Tuesday Sept. 25 against Southeast Community College at 7 p.m. in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.
MCC Statistical Leaders: MCC Sophomore Ryan Maddera tops the Region IX-south statistical leaders in a couple categories including 3.87 kills per set and in service aces per set (0.56). Her kills per set also ranked seventh in the country
Sophomore Ashley Carson is second in the region among setters with 9.43 per set – a mark which is 16th best among all setters in the nation.
Freshman Faith Simpson ranks fifth in Region IX in kills per set (3.57) and is second in hitting percentage (.317.)
Sophomore Ty Jonson ranks fifth in hitting percentage (.298). Sophomore Hannah Emerson is third in blocks per set (0.88) and sophomore Hayley Jacobsen is fifth in blocks per set (0.74).
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McCook, NE - The McCook Community College Volleyball team hosted Central Community College last night at the Graff Events Center. MCC would get the sweep over Central for the second time this season 25-16, 25-20, and 25-18. MCC has not beaten Central Community College during an entire season in 24 years. With the win, MCC improves now to 9-4 on the year, and next action for MCC Volleyball team will be on Thursday on the road to Western Nebraska Community College where MCC will match up with WNCC for the first time in the 2018 season. First, serve is set for 7 pm in Scottsbluff.