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Its postseason baseball time in the Panhandle! As the WESTCO Zephyrs (13-31) enter the Class A Area 7 District Tournament in Lexington with the 5th seed and play Lexington Pinnacle Bank in round one for a chance at the number 1 seeded Hastings Five Points. Lexington visited Cleveland Field earlier this season and went to extra innings with the Z's after a 5 run bottom of the 7th for WESTCO. In extra's the Pinnacle Bank's shook off the bad half inning that tied the game and scored two go-ahead runs in the top of the 8th. WESTCO has struggled in the field this season committing errors at crucial times and the match-up with Lexington was no different. The Hometown Family Radio Sports Network talked with manager Jeremiah Luber about the season and what he expects in districts.




While the Gering Platte Valley Companies (18-13) enter the Class B Area 7 District Tournament in Lexington with the 2nd seed and play Ogallala Adams Bank & Trust (15-13) in round number one for a chance at the most impressive team in the panhandle thus far this season the Alliance First National Spartans. Gering has had Ogallala's number so far this season going 2-0 against them on the road and at home. In the last match-up the PVC's walked it off with just 9 players on the roster due to Junior Districts in Alliance. The Hometown Family Radio Sports Network caught up with Gering Assistant Coach Danny O'Boyle about the ensuing match-up with Ogallala and the roller coaster ride that has been this season. LISTEN TO THE GAME @ 5:30 ON SUNNY 99.3 OR KETTFM.COM TOMORROW. 


The NCA awards banquet is coming up Sunday. The NCA All-Star basketball games are Monday, Volleyball is set for Tuesday. All-Star Softball will be Wednesday (7/25) in Lincoln. Executive Director Darin Boysen discusses the events. 

Softball Roster
Girls Basketball Roster
Boys Basketball Roster
Volleyball Roster

Darin Boysen


Ron Swank has been hired as the Boys and Girls Tennis Coach at Gering Public Schools.  Mr. Swank previously coached the boys tennis team at Scottsbluff High School from 2011-2013.  He is a current member of the USTA and an active player.  

He is currently employed by Platte Valley Companies. 

Western Nebraska Community College had three sports teams earn NJCAA All-Academic honors for their performance in the classroom.

The women’s basketball team, softball team, and baseball team all earned honorable mention team academic honors.

The women’s basketball team had the highest grade point average among the Cougar teams, posting a 3.30 GPA. It is the third straight year the women’s basketball team earned a team academic award. The 2016-17 team finished with a 3.10 GPA, while the 2015-16 team had a 3.32 average.

The women’s softball team earned academic team honor for the seventh straight season. This year’s team finished with a 3.20 GPA.

The Cougar baseball team earned the honor for the third straight season. This year’s baseball team finished with a 3.00 GPA.

Chad Gibney, women’s basketball coach, said it is a tremendous honor to succeed in the classroom and on the court.

“It is absolutely huge. It shows what well-rounded student-athletes we have at Western Nebraska Community College,” the second-year women’s basketball coach said. “They did a phenomenal job in the classroom, they put together an unbelievable season on the court, and they were great representatives of what we want this college to be.”

Barton County Community College earned the top women’s basketball academic award, finishing with a 3.72 GPA. All-in-all, 12 Region IX schools earned academic honors in basketball. Miles Community College had the top Region IX team with a 3.52 GPA.

Gibney said the season his team put together on and off the court was phenomenal.

“We were an academic NJCAA team, we received an at-large bid to the national tournament winning 29 games, and we moved on seven players continuing to play at the next level,” he said. “Our last player [sophomore] has elected to go to nursing school where she will be phenomenal. To see our players move on, continue to be prepared to be successful at their next college, is something we are really proud of.”

The Cougar softball team kept academics at a special level with their seventh straight NJCAA academic honorable mention honor. Iowa Western Community College had the highest GPA among softball teams with a 3.70 average.

For the WNCC softball team, head coach Katelyn Groves said it is special to see her team excel in the classroom.

“I am beyond proud of our programs continued success in the classroom,” Groves said, “Being able to make the list for seven consecutive years is a true statement on the emphasis our program has on the STUDENT athlete.  The hard work and dedication of our student-athletes in the classroom has shown through, and I couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of it and have players that truly understand the importance of their education.  It is also a huge testament to our amazing faculty and staff that put in the time and care to help our players (and all students) achieve academic success. “

Groves added that a lot of the success not only goes to the student-athlete, but the coaching staffs as well as the instructors.

“A huge thank you to our coaching staffs through the years for spending time with our student-athletes in study hall and on the road, our faculty, staff and members of our community for additional time outside of the classroom helping our athletes, and our student-athletes for their commitment to excellence in the classroom,” she said.

There were three Region IX softball teams that earned academic honorable mention. Trinidad State Junior College had the top Region IX GPA with a 3.55. The other school was Lamar Community College, who had a 3.12 GPA.

CHAPPELL – The Gering Platte Valley Companies dropped a doubleheader to the Buckley Bombers on Wednesday in a couple of close contests.

The opener saw Buckley score four, fifth-inning runs to register the 7-5 win. The second game saw Buckley jump out to a 6-0 lead before holding off Gering’s late rally to win 6-4.

The first game was a close contest all the way through. Gering scored single runs in the first and second before grabbing a 5-3 lead with a 3-run fifth inning. Gering scored the three runs on just two hits, singles from Riley Schanaman and Garrett Conn.

Buckley came back in the bottom of the fifth with four runs to get the lead and then hold off Gering for the 7-6 win.

Buckley outhit Gering 11-9 in the contest. Austin Abbott and Brayden Tarr each had two hits for PVC. Jack Franklin scored two runs, while Dylan Radzymski had two stolen bases.

Tyce Marwuez led Buckley with three hits, including two runs scored and a RBI. Brayden Nichols had two hits, including a home run and three RBIs.

Nick Watkins suffered the loss, going all six innings in giving up 10 hits, seven runs, and striking out one.

Caleb Deaver earned the win in relieve of Logan Sircy. Deaver went 3 2/3 innings in allowing two hits, three runs and striking out six.

The second game saw Buckley score once in the first and five times in the second for a 6-0 lead. The lead stayed that way until Gering mounted a comeback with a single run in the sixth and three in the seventh. 

Gering outhit Buckley in the contest 7-4. PVC was led by Abbott with two hits and a run scored. No Gering player had an extra base hit in game one or two.

Buckley was led by Nichols with a double and two RBIs, while Marquez had a triple with three RBIs. 

Chandon Dunker picked up the win, going six innings in scattering five hits and allowing just one run while striking out six. Nichols pitched the seventh in allowing three runs and two hits.

Tarr took the loss for Gering on the mound. Tarr and Chris Palomo each went three innings. Tarr allowed four hits and seven runs while striking out three, while Palomo went three innings in striking out five and not allowing a hit.

Gering, 18-13, will be back in action Sunday when they travel to Bridgeport to face the Bombers in a doubleheader at 2 p.m.
Buckley will next be in action Saturday when they travel to Lexington before hosting Sidney on Sunday.

Game 1
Gering PVC 110 030 0 – 5 9 1
Buckley 210 040 x – 7 11 1
WP – Caleb Deaver, LP – Nick Watkins
HR – Buckley (Brayden Nichols).

Game 2
Gering PVC 000 001 3 – 4 7 0
Buckley 150 000 x – 6 4 3
WP – Chandon Dunker, LP – Brayden Tarr
2B – Buckley (Brayden Nichols)
3B – Buckley (Tyce Marquez).


Former WNCC Cougar and Bellevue University outfielder Joe Moran signed a professional contract in the American Association with the Lincoln Saltdogs.

Moran started his collegiate career with Western Nebraska under Coach Mike Jones where he played two season for the Cougars and in 56 starts had a .336 average at the plate a .412 on base percentage, and .385 slugging percentage.
Moran went on to play two seasons for the Bruins where he slashed a .384 average a .423 on base percentage and a .547 slugging percentage with 37 extra-base hits and 60 RBI while appearing in 104 career games, according to Bellevue University Sports Information.
Moran competed for a chance at a NAIA National Championship at Bellevue in his junior season.

WNCC Summer Camps are in full swing as yesterday the team camps were won at the Varsity level by Gering over Garden County and Scottsbluff Red won at the JV level. 

Here is a list of the upcoming camps that are on the summer agenda:
  • Volleyball Middle School Skills camp, July 16-19 – WNCC will hold a middle school individual skills camp in the morning from 8 a.m. – noon for middle school grades 6th through 8th grades. The camp will run for four days and costs $75 per camper.
  • Volleyball High School Skills camp, July 16-19 – WNCC will hold a high school individual skills camp in the morning from 8 a.m. – noon for middle school grades 9th through 12th grades. The camp will run for four days and costs $75 per camper.
  • Volleyball Setter, Hitter, Libero camp, July 23-24 – WNCC will hold a 2-day, 6-hour camp for setters, hitters, and liberos July 23-24. This camp will be an intense camp with a lot of reps and one-on-one instructions. The camp is for players in 7th through 12th grades and costs $100 per camper.
  • WNCC Soccer camp, July 23-27 – WNCC will hold two soccer camps the week of July 23-27 for ages 8 and up. The morning session, from 9 a.m. – noon will be for recreational soccer players to learn the game of soccer. Also during the morning from 9-11 a.m., there will be an 8-under camp. The evening camp is for advanced/competitive players and will run from 5-8 p.m. The cost for the camp is $90 per person, while the 8-under cost is $75. If a camper goes both session, the cost is just $160.

 All the camp brochures can be downloaded from the WNCC athletic website at The camps are under the “Camps” tab.

For more information on the camps, contact the individual coaches via email or phone, or in the mornings call the athletic office at 635-6151.


Gering PVC

On a night where the Gering Platte Valley Companies had the bare minimum number of players to be eligible they are able to pull out the 7-6 victory over the Ogallala Adams Bank & Trust on Tuesday evening at Oregon Trail Park. The PVC's popped off early with four runs in the first inning controlling the game through four innings leading 6-1, but a four run top of the fifth ended Gering's starting pitcher Austin Abbott's night after five. Chris Palomo pitched an inning and two thirds of relief, and then Brayden Tarr came in to close out the contest allowing one run on one hit over and inning and a third. Tarr was credited with the victory for Gering as they improved to 18-11 overall on the season. 


Upcoming Contests:


Today: DH @ Buckley Bombers 

Sunday: @ Bridgeport Bombers


Gering B&C Steel 

It was all hands on deck for the Gering B&C Steel Jr. squad to take on the back to back B-7 district champions the Alliance First Nationals Spartans Jr. 

  • Game One
    • Gering B&C Steel 6
    • Alliance                 5
  • Game Two
    • Alliance                11
    • Gering B&C Steel 7
With a birth in the state tournament on the line the Alliance First National Jrs. proved to be too much for Gering as they repeat for a third consecutive season with an 11-7 victory at Bower-Shankland Field.