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Local law enforcement is participating in the 4th annual, “Shop with the Cop” program, which is scheduled forDecember 1st, 2018 at the Hampton Inn and Suites located in Scottsbluff. There are only 100 students selected in the entire county, who are nominated by school staff or a School Resource Officer to “Shop with a Cop.”

The purpose of the event is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers. Each student will be given the opportunity to spend $75.00 to purchase gifts for members of their family. We will have 2-3 students that are assigned to each police officer. The students will ride in the police officers patrol vehicle to a local department store. In the spirit of giving and the joy that it brings the giver, they are encouraged to spend the money on family or friends rather than themselves. After shopping, special volunteers wrap their gifts for them so that they can have a snack and continue to get to know the police officers before being picked up by their parents.

This is a great event that only comes once a year. It is only possible through the generous donations of individuals and businesses in our community. If you would like to donate to this years “Shop with a Cop” event you can find the official GoFundMe Fundraiser athttps://www.gofundme.com/2018-sb-county-shop-with-a-cop, or any Platte Valley Bank location. Feel free to contact your local police unions for more information.



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FEBRUARY 14, 2019 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested several people and seized 100 pounds of marijuana during five traffic stops this week on Interstate 80. All five stops happened between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

At approximately 1:55 p.m. MT Tuesday, trooper located more than two pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Toyota Yaris for speeding at mile marker 18 near Kimball. The driver, Jessica Reyna, 25, of Sacramento, California, and passenger, Chase Sinclair, 29, of Charlotte, North Carolina, were both arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.

Troopers then found 85 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT Tuesday. A trooper had stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe parked in a no-parking area on the shoulder of the on-ramp at exit 324 near Giltner. The driver, Franklin Schillfarth, 55, of Maryland, was arrested and was lodged in Hamilton County Jail.

On Wednesday at approximately 7:20 a.m. CT, another trooper stopped an eastbound Kia Rio for speeding at 114 miles per hour on I-80 near North Platte at mile marker 176. Marijuana containers were plainly visible in the vehicle and the trooper found approximately two pounds of marijuana during a search. The driver, Brianna Glover, 23, and passenger, Rashawn Hampton, 23, both of Michigan were arrested and lodged in Lincoln County Jail.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. CT Wednesday, a trooper stopped a Chevy pickup pulling a trailer for failing to stay in its lane near Kearney at mile marker 280. The trooper could smell the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and conducted a search. The search revealed personal use marijuana and a handgun. Additionally three pounds of marijuana was located hidden inside a large, older television. An investigation revealed that the driver was unaware of the marijuana inside the television. The driver, Ryan Taylor, 35, of Florida, was arrested and cited for a concealed handgun violation and personal use marijuana. He was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

Finally, at approximately 10:45 a.m. MT, a trooper discovered seven pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Hyundai Sonata for speeding near Kimball at mile marker 18. The driver, Christopher Seligman, 35, of Maryland, was arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.


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NOVEMBER 26, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers removed 16 impaired drivers from the road, issued more than 500 speeding citations, and assisted hundreds of motorists during a special Click It or Ticket enforcement surrounding the Thanksgiving weekend.

The enforcement, which was part of a national effort, including many other law enforcement agencies in Nebraska, was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation - Highway Safety Office.

“A projected record numbers of travelers, along with a winter storm that blanketed much of the state on Sunday, made for an eventful weekend for our troopers,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “I’m incredibly proud of the effort by our troopers and dispatchers this weekend, and thankful that many drivers planned ahead and were able to stay off the roads on Sunday.”

During the enforcement, which ran from Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25, troopers arrested 15 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and 1 for driving under the influence of drugs. In addition to those arrests, troopers issued citations for speeding (506), driving under suspension (35), no proof of insurance (33), minor in possession (5), open container (7), no seat belt (30), and improper child restraint (4).

Troopers also assisted 267 motorists in need of help, arrested 47 people for possession of drugs, and apprehended 9 fugitives.

The enforcement included vehicle checks, high visibility and saturation patrols, as well as regular enforcement efforts.


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COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A 19-year-old driver is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 26 for the Platte County crash death of a motorcyclist.

Court records say Daisy Gonzalez, of Madison, pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor vehicular homicide. Prosecutors dropped a related charge in return for her plea.

The records say the collision occurred Aug. 2 at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 91 and 490th Street. The records say her minivan collided with the motorcycle driven by 22-year-old Joshua Gasper, of Columbus. He died days later of his injuries.

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Monday, February 25 th : Cheyenne County KS (St. Francis) St. Francis Emergency Building, 125 W Hwy 36

Tuesday, February 26 th : Thomas County (Colby) Community Building downstairs, 285 E 5 th Street
Monday, March 4 th : Greeley County (Tribune) Tribune Fire Department, Ingalls and W Greeley Avenue
Tuesday, March 5 th : Graham County (Hill City) Frontier Stage, 321 Main Street
Thursday March 7 th : Hitchcock County (Culbertson) Culbertson Fire Station, Warsaw and Taylor
Monday, March 11 th : Decatur County (Oberlin) Golden Age Center, 105 W Maple Street
Tuesday, March 12 th : Sherman County (Goodland) Wolak Building, 1006 Center Street
Wednesday, March 13 th : Cheyenne County CO (Kit Carson) Kit Carson Volunteer Fire Department, 306 W 287/Hwy 40
Thursday, March 14 th : Dundy County (Benkelman) EMS Building, 1305 A Street
Friday, March 15 th : Wallace County (Sharon Springs) Wallace County Fairgrounds CAB Building
Monday, March 18 th : Kit Carson County (Burlington) Burlington Ambulance Building, 1576 Lowell Avenue
Tuesday, March 19 th : Yuma County (Wray) Wray Fire Hall, 145 Main Street
Wednesday, March 20 th : Red Willow County (McCook) Heritage Senior Center, 1312 W 5 th Street
Thursday, March 21 st : Wichita County (Leoti) Leoti Fire House, 301 N 4 th Street
Monday, March 25 th : Gove County (Grainfield) Gove County 4-H Building, 757 W 3 rd Street
Tuesday, March 26 th : Sheridan County (Hoxie) Bowen Scott House, 1041 Sheridan Avenue
Thursday, March 28 th : Logan County (Oakley) Logan County Courthouse downstairs, 710 W 2 nd Street
Tuesday, April 2 nd : Rawlins County (Atwood) Prairie Development Center, 208 S 4 th Street
Wednesday, April 3 rd : Norton County (Norton) Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, 14935 US Hwy 36


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DEWITT, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old Nebraska boy died after he was hit by a bus driven by his father.
The Beatrice Daily Sun reports the incident happened Saturday in the driveway of the family's rural home about 5 miles east of DeWitt in southeast Nebraska.
Just before 1 p.m. Saturday, the family called for help after the boy was run over. Two-year-old Maddox Weber died at the scene.
The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating.

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30th Annual Spooktacular

October 19th-21st and October 26th-30th

6:30pm-8pm

$8 per person + new this year; Scary section $2 extra

Games, characters, bounce houses provided by Planet Bounce and treats for

the kids! Fun for the whole family! Help us celebrate 30 years of spooky fun at

the Zoo!

Also new this year is the Flying Spaghetti Monster dinner

October 20th and 27th

$15 for Kids, $20 for Adults or Family pack for 2 Adults and 2 Kids for $60

A fun Halloween themed spaghetti dinner each Saturday of Spooktacular from

5pm-6pm. Includes fun foods and animal visits. Admission to Spooktacular is

included with ticket price for dinner. Dinner guests will also get into

Spooktacular before the general public.



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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the agenda for the 31st Governor’s Ag Conference, which brings together ag producers, industry leaders and agri-business managers in Nebraska on an annual basis to talk about the future of agriculture.  The conference is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 4-5, 2019, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

“For 31 years, the Governor’s Ag Conference has been a premiere forum for Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and industry leaders to come together to discuss agriculture and how to keep growing our state’s number one industry,” said Governor Ricketts.  “We hope you can join us to talk about the future of agriculture in Nebraska.  It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss.”

“We’ve asked industry experts at the local, state and federal level to lead discussions at this year’s Governor’s Ag Conference and share their knowledge and experience with producers and agribusiness leaders from around the state,” said Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman.  “Conference speakers and attendees can use this opportunity to connect with colleagues and prepare for the future.”

The conference starts Monday, March 4, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. with a panel presentation featuring Nebraska entrepreneurs and recruiters.  The panel includes representatives from three innovative Nebraska companies and three organizations involved heavily in recruiting companies to Nebraska.

On the entrepreneur side, the panelists are Vishal Singh with Quantified Ag; Lukas Fricke with ChorChek; and Mitch Minarick with FARMAFIELD.  These speakers will discuss their companies, goals, visions and why they chose Nebraska communities to start their businesses. 

The three people representing recruitment success are: Phil Kozera with Bio Nebraska; Dan Duncan with Innovation Campus; and Bryan Slone with the Nebraska State Chamber.  They will discuss their efforts in recruiting and how to find and attract startups as well as how to connect to established industries. 

Governor Ricketts will moderate this panel presentation that will include questions and answers from the audience.

The annual “Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture” reception, at 6 p.m. on March 4th will feature an assortment of food and beverages from Nebraska.

The conference resumes on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 9 a.m. with a presentation from Jim Smith, executive director of Blueprint Nebraska, an organization that is spearheading a statewide, citizen-led economic development initiative.

Governor Ricketts, NDA Director Wellman and Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Dave Rippe will update conference participants on legislative initiatives in agriculture and highlight the work being done between state agencies to grow Nebraska.  This panel presentation will be moderated by NDA Assistant Director Amelia Breinig.

Next on the agenda will be Jim Wiesemeyer, with Pro Farmer, giving participants an update on the national farm bill and how it will impact farmers and ranchers nationwide as well as here in Nebraska.   

The Governor's Ag Conference is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and is co-sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.  A $125 registration fee covers participation at activities on both Monday and Tuesday.  Registration and additional information is available online at www.nda.nebraska.gov, or by calling NDA toll-free at (800) 831-0550.

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On 2/5/19 at approximately 21:43, Scottsbluff Police responded to the intersection of Hwy 26 and 5th Ave in reference to an injury accident involving two vehicles.  The investigation found that a blue 2005 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Austin Rhamy (20) of Scottsbluff and a gray 2004 GMC Yukon driven by Raquel Wurdeman (23) of Gering were involved in the accident.  It was found that the Chrysler was north bound on 5th Ave and the GMC was east bound on Hwy 26.  The Chrysler and GMC collided in the intersection.  Both drivers reported they each had the green traffic signal in their respective directions of travel.  There were no witnesses on scene to confirm which direction of travel had the green traffic signal.  Both vehicles were estimated to have $7000 in damages.  Both vehicles were required to be towed from the scene.  Wurdeman and one passenger in the GMC had complaints of pain, but declined to be transported by ambulance for treatment.  Scottsbluff Fire Department and Valley Ambulance responded to the accident.  Eastbound lanes of Hwy 26 at 5th Ave were closed for approximately 45 minutes while the accident was investigated. 

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DECEMBER 17, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — During the evening hours of Friday, December 14, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) conducted alcohol inspections in Furnas County. The inspections were held at restaurants, liquor stores, bars, grocery stores, bowling alleys, and convenience stores.

A total of 17 businesses were inspected. Five of those businesses sold alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 29 percent. All of the businesses checked the minor’s ID.

The businesses which failed the inspections are:

Eagle Convenience Store #14 – Arapahoe

Stanley’s Spirits – Beaver City

Anew Travel Center - Cambridge

Casey’s General Store #2709 – Cambridge

Ho Jo’s Hideaway – Holbrook

 

Businesses that sell alcohol to a minor are referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Clerks who sell alcohol to a minor to cited for procuring alcohol for a minor.

This operation was made possible thanks in part to a grant from Region 3 Behavioral Health Services. NSP performs these inspections in an effort to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.


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After four scrimmages, the Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team is ready to open the season on Friday and Saturday when they compete in the Reiver Invite in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

                

The pre-season fourth-ranked Cougars open the season on Friday at 2 p.m. against Indian Hills Community College and then face No. 3 Iowa Western Community College at 6 p.m. WNCC will wrap up the Reiver Invite on Saturday against Jefferson College and Barton Community College.

                

WNCC head coach Binny Canales said his team is ready to compete.

                

“I hope we are ready to go,” Canales said. “We are playing well, doing a lot of good things, and we just have to make sure we can do it against other good teams. We play Indian Hills and Iowa Western and they are both strong teams. We just have to take care of things on our end of the court and if we do that it increases our chances to be successful.”

                

Friday’s opponents will be good tests. Indian Hills sports a team of 15 players, 14 of which are international including 12 from Brazil. A year ago, the Warriors went 37-5. Iowa Western, who finished in the top 8 at nationals last year, have 15 players on the team including eight sophomores. 

                

Canales said he really doesn’t know too much about either team.

                

“Indian Hills is prominently international and I don’t know a whole lot about those kids,” Canales said. “Right now it is what we can do. If we can stay in system and be on the attack, I think we will be fine.”

                

That is the key early on, too. It is not so much as what your opponent does, it is what the Cougar team does. So far, Canales likes what he has seen from his team.

                

“We can maintain a good amount of energy for a good amount of time and we are working on it to be longer,” he said. “Our ball control is solid, we have very good setters, and we can attack. We can attack the ball in-system and out-of-system and that helps us.”

                

A big key for the Cougars success is the two returning setters, Jayme Commins of Ogallala and Enna Masaki of Hawaii. Both setters saw plenty of time last year and they have showed plenty of leadership on the court in the four scrimmages the team had this month.

                

“It is great to have two returning setters because they have been in the system for a year and they know exactly what I want them to do,” Canales said. “A lot of time they are finishing sentences for me. It is a blessing to have returning setters that know your system.”

                

Commins and Masaki are only two key returners. The Cougars also have four other returners back from a 33-8 team a year ago. The other returning starters include Sarena Bartley of Ridgefield, Washington, and Kaile Tuisamatatele of Kapolei, Hawaii. Bartley is a rightside hitter while Tuisamatatele is a middle hitter. Also returning are Aloni Jordan of St. Louis, Missouri, and Logan Belford of Loveland, Colorado.

               

A big boost to the Cougars is a freshmen class that has plenty of depth on defense and attacking. The Cougars defense will be led by Adia Sherbeyn of Torrington, Wyoming, Ana Costas of Gurabo, Puerto Rico, and Terri Takita-Robins of Miliani, Hawaii.

                

The freshman hitters include Gabriela Canavati of Laredo, Texas, Camille Esselin of Thionville, France, Amryi-Grace Paris of Nanakuli, Hawaii, Santana Monroe of Greenwood Village, Colorado, and Leslie Lagafuaina of Tacoma, Washington.

                

WNCC has been practicing since Aug. 2 and have played four scrimmage games, going 3-1. The Cougars only defeat was to the University of Nebraska-Kearney in Ogallala back on Aug. 11. WNCC did defeated NCAA Division II Metro State in Ogallala before earning 5-0 wins over Eastern Wyoming College and the WNCC Alumni.

                

After this weekend, the Cougars will not have an easy time the following week. WNCC hosts No. 12 Laramie County Community College on Wednesday, before heading to the Crystal Inn Invite in Salt Lake City, where they will face No. 2 College of Southern Idaho and No. 15 Salt Lake Community College.


Canales said he loves playing the national powers because it makes his team better.


“We like to play the tough games to know where we are,” he said. “This type of schedule helps us. We are continuously getting better. This tournament will expose some things that we need to work on and that is a plus.”





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MCCOOK – The No. 24-ranked Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team put five in double figures and rolled past McCook Community College 104-64 in a Region IX South Sub-region contest to move to 20-3 on the season.

                It is the 32nd straight season the Cougar women have won 20 or more games. Last time WNCC had a sub 20-win season was 1986-87 when the team went 19-7.

                The win was the Cougars eighth straight. WNCC moves to 6-0 in the sub-region while McCook drops to 3-3 in sub-region play and 15-8 overall.

                WNCC put together a complete game in the win, shooting 48 percent from the field while holding McCook to just 29 percent.

                The Cougars offense ignited in all four quarters, scoring 20 or more points for their 104 points.

                WNCC held a slim 20-12 lead after the first quarter before leading by 20 at halftime, 46-26.

                The second half was even more offensive for the Cougars, outscoring McCook 58-38. WNCC led 77-46 after three periods.

                Merle Wiehl led all scorers with 27 points. Wiehl knocked down three 3-pointers while pulling down nine boards.

                Allysah Boorth also tallied 20 points. Booth sank three treys and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line.

                Tishara Morehouse finished with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Morehouse also had two assists.

                R’Manie Pulling finished with 12 points while Yuliyana Valcheva had 10 points.

                WNCC out-rebounded McCook 47-39. The Cougars also forced 25 turnovers.

                WNCC, 20-3, will have a week off before their next game when they host the Highway 26 Border War contest with Eastern Wyoming College on Monday. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m.

 

WNCC (20-3)                      20 26 31 27 – 104

McCook (15-8)                   12 14 20 18 – 64

WNCC

Tishara Morehouse 16, Merle Wiehl 27, Andrijana Reljic 2, Eva Langton 2, Taylor Joplin 3, Allysah Boothe 20, Kolby Underwood 2, Anyssia Gibbs 8, R’Manie Pullling 12, Yuliyana Valcheva 10.

MCCOOK

Sam Hinkle 8, Makenna Bodette 12, Hailey Tiles 18, Nikki Cross 5, Lena Goerke 6, Makayla Jones 4, Destiny Davis 11.





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WNCC women roll over Northeast

 

                Merle Wiehl and Tishara Morehouse combined for 51 points and the Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team buried 13 3-pointers in registering a 50-point 99-49 win over Northeast Community College Friday evening at Cougar Palace.

                Wiehl led all scored with 30 points, including burying five 3-pointers. Morehouse tallied 21 points with four 3-pointers.

                Morehouse, a freshman guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, said the team played well.

                “We played really well today,” Morehouse said. “We all played as a team. Everything was just falling with us and it was a good win.”

                The win was huge for the Cougars, who saw their 11-game winning streak snapped on Monday to Casper College 83-63. Friday’s contest saw the Cougars excel and Morehouse said it was a marked difference between games.

                “Tonight was way better than Monday,” she said. “Monday we were just tired. We came in sloppy and not playing as a team. From now on we are going to keep getting these Ws.”

                It was a marked difference between the two games, too. WNCC shot 47 percent from the field but more importantly out-rebounded the Hawks 50-34.

                The team win also showed as all 11 roster players scored a point and grabbed a rebound.

                The Cougars had three players in double figures. Behind Wiehl and Morehouse, Taylor Joplin tallied 12 points. WNCC also got nine points from Yulihana Valcheva and seven points from Andrijana Reljic.

                As much as the offense was clicking, it was the defensive rebounding that was clutch Morehouse said.

                “Boxing out and getting defensive rebounds was key tonight,” she said. “Monday we did not get no defensive rebounds and our defense wasn’t what we wanted it to be. Today, defense is what it was.”

                On the glass, Reljic led the attack with six rebounds, while Wiehl and Joplin each had five boards.

                Valcheva also tallied four blocked shots, while Wiehl and Joplin had one block.

                WNCC’s dominance started early. Northeast scored the first bucket of the game. After that, WNCC reeled off an 11-0 run for an 11-2 lead and later led 22-10.

                Northeast battled back, going on a 6-0 run of their own to climb to 22-16. WNCC led 25-18 after the first quarter.

                The Cougars opened the contest in the second quarter, outscoring Northeast 24-11 in the second quarter to lead 49-29 at halftime. WNCC scored the final 10 points of the period including 3-pointers by Wiehl and Morehouse.

                WNCC didn’t let up in the second half, opening the third quarter on a 12-3 run to lead 61-32 and led 71-40 after three quarters.

                WNCC outscored Northeast 28-9 in the final stanza for their 13th win of the season.

                WNCC, 13-3, will look for back-to-back wins when they host Otero Junior College Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Region IX South sub-region opener for both squads. After Saturday, the Cougars will hit the road for a pair of sub-region games next weekend against Northeastern Junior College and Lamar Community College.

 

Northeast           18 11 11 9 – 49

WNCC (13-3)      25 24 22 28 – 99

NORTHEAST

Kori Fischer 3, Eriana Brown 8, Jade Blackburn 5, Caitlin Orton 2, Lauren Hunstad 7, Katie Richards 1, Macey Kulhanek 5, Irene Sanz 9, Teagan Pompa 9.

WNCC

Tishara Morehouse 21, Merle Wiehl 30, Allysah Boothe 5, Andrijana Reljic 7, Kolby Underwood 4, Anyssia Gibbs 2, R’Manie Pulling 3, Eva Langton 3, Yulihana Valcheva 9, Taylor Joplin 12, Yaidelis Torres 3.

 




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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Western Nebraska Community College men’s and women’s soccer team dropped contests to Salt Lake Community College on Thursday.

The Cougar men lost a tough one, battling back from a 3-0 halftime deficit before falling 3-2. The Cougar women fell 4-0 to the Bruins.

The men’s contest was a dogfight all game. WNCC outshot the Bruins 8-6, but couldn’t get the tying goal when they needed.

After Salt Lake took the 3-0 lead at halftime allowing the Bruins to score the third goal just seconds before intermission, the Cougars battled back in the second half.

Silvio Xavier started things for WNCC taking a pass from Ramses Atahualpa in the 62nd minute for the Cougar men’s first goal of the season. Xavier brought the team within a single goal after taking a pass from Thomas Franze in the 85th minute.

But the comeback fell short as time ran out.

Leandro Faria made nine saves in net after giving up three first-half goals.

The Cougar women played better than Wednesday’s 10-0 loss to No. 17 Snow College, but they still couldn’t find the back of the net.

Salt Lake scored twice in the first half for a 2-0 halftime deficit, netting goals 12 minutes into the game and then 24 minutes.

The second half saw WNCC play better to start. Salt Lake made it 3-0 with a goal in the 66th minute. Salt Lake earned a fourth goal in the 86th minute on an own goal.

Laramie Lake finished with eight saves in net.

Both teams will be back in action next week when they head to Gillette, Wyoming, for a pair of games. The women will face Northwest Wyoming on Saturday and Gillette on Sunday, while the men will battle Colorado Northwestern on Saturday and Gillette on Sunday.




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The Western Nebraska Community College soccer and volleyball teams will be in key conference contests this weekend.

The Cougar volleyball team, who went 4-0 at home last week and are 14-6 on the season, will hit the road for three Region IX South conference matches beginning Thursday at No. 19 Otero Junior College. Otero has a 17-1 record on the season. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

WNCC will continue the southern Colorado road swing on Friday and Saturday. Friday, the Cougars head to Lamar Community College (15-6) for a 6 p.m. first serve and then Saturday to Trinidad State Junior College (9-8) for a 1 p.m. start.          

Last week the Cougar volleyball team went 4-0 with some impressive wins. WNCC started last week with a 3-1 conference win over McCook Community College behind a 24-kill out-pouring by Enna Masaki. The Cougars then swept through the Wyo-Braska Invite with 3-0 wins over Eastern Wyoming College, Dawson Community College, and Casper College.

WNCC has five players with over 100 kills for the season. Masaki leads the way with 199 followed by Amryi-Grace Paris with 160, Gaby Canavati with 151, Kaile Tuisamatatele with 142, and Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina with 134.

WNCC’s blocking has been key as well as the team has 125 solo blocks and 80 assisted blocks. Mamai-Lagafuaina had 44 solos and 21 assists followed by Tuisamatatele with 26 solos and Masaki with 19. Mamai-Lagafuaina is fifth in the country in solo blocks,

The setting has been handled by Ogallala’s Jayme Commins, who has 632 set assists for 8.66 per game. Commins ranks 24th in the nation in sets per game.

While the volleyball team is on the road for conference contests, the men’s and women’s soccer teams will be hosting conference matches Friday and Saturday at Landers Soccer Complex. The women’s contests for both days begin at 1 p.m. with the men’s teams battling at 3 p.m.

WNCC will take on Trinidad State Junior College on Friday and then Otero Junior College on Saturday. This will be the second time these teams have faced each other.

The Cougar men enter the weekend contests at 6-3 overall and 3-1 in Region IX South play. Trinidad State is 2-7 on the season and 0-3 in conference action. NJC leads the conference at 4-0 and 7-3 overall.

Otero is 4-5 overall as they enter this weekend’s contests. The Rattlers are 2-2 on the season.

When the WNCC men met up with Trinidad and Otero earlier this month, the Cougars won both contests, earning 1-goal wins. WNCC topped Otero 2-1 before earning a 1-0 win over Trinidad State.

The women’s contests will decide first place in the conference standings. Trinidad, Otero and WNCC are all tied at 2-1 in conference play. The Cougar women are 3-4-1 overall while Trinidad is 3-4 and Otero is 4-4.

The Cougar women, who last played Oct. 15 when they tied Gillette College 2-2 split with Otero and Trinidad State in their first meetings. WNCC fell to Otero 2-0 before coming back to register a 1-0 win over Trinidad.

After this week, the Cougar men’s soccer team will have three regular matches left before regionals, while the women will have four matches left. Both squads will travel to Western Wyoming Community College on Oct. 5 before hosting Northeastern Junior College on Oct. 10. The women will travel to face York junior varsity on Oct. 11 before hosting Northwest College on Oct. 14. The Cougar men’s final regular season game is Oct. 12 at Central Community College-Columbus.

The only other team in action this weekend is the Cougar baseball team as they will scrimmage Colorado Mines in Golden, Colorado on Sunday at 10 a.m.




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BIG SPRINGS, Texas -- The Western Nebraska Community College softball team faced No. 11 Howard College Wednesday in Big Springs, Texas, and competed tooth and nail. In the end, the number 11 team in the NJCAA pre-season polls was just a clutch hit better than the Cougars in earning the doubleheader sweep.
                The first game saw WNCC outhit Howard 13-12 with the Cougars getting a pair of home runs from Emma Glawson before falling in the bottom of the seventh when Howard scored three times for the 9-8 win.
                The second game saw each team finish with seven hits, but Howard scored three late runs to earn the 6-3 win.
                The two squads will face off with one another in a doubleheader on Thursday.
                The first game was a battle between two offenses that combined for 25 hits and five home runs.
                WNCC had three of those round-trippers, two from the bat of freshman Emma Glawson.
                WNCC got behind the eight-ball quickly as Howard jumped to a 4-0 lead after two innings. That was when the WNCC bats came alive. Glawson got WNCC on the board with a lead-off home run in the third.
                The Cougars then went ahead 6-4 with five runs in the fourth. Michaela Kelly started the inning with a single and then scored on a Hannah Baesler home run to cut the lead to 4-3. After Emma McMillan singled, Glawson delivered a 2-out, 2-run home run to put the Cougars on top 5-4. Emma Flynn scored another run to put WNCC up 6-4.
                Howard knotted the score in the bottom of the fourth at 6-6. WNCC went up 8-6 with two in the sixth on a 2-out double by Kelly to score Hogan and Lindsey Allie. Howard won the contest with three runs in the seventh, scoring the winning run with two outs.
                WNCC finished with 13 hits in the game. Kelly led the team with three hits, including a double, two RBIs, and a run scored.
                Hogan, Baesler, McMIllan, and Glawson all had two hits for the Cougars. Glawson had two home runs, three RBIs, and two runs scored, while McMillan had a double with a run scored. Baesler had a home run with two RBIs and a run scored, while Hogan had a double and run scored.
                The second game saw WNCC score once in the first before Howard came back with three in the first for a 3-1 lead. The Cougars tied the game in the third when Hogan delivered a 2-run home run to centerfield.
                Howard came back with two runs in the fourth and a single run in the sixth for the 6-3 win.
                Hogan and Mickie Mills each had two hits for the Cougars. Hogan had a home run with two runs scored and two RBIs. Mills had a double.
 
Game 1
WNCC                   001 502 0 – 8 13 1
Howard                220 200 3 – 9 12 3
LP – Emma McMillan
2B – Sidnee Hogan, Michaela Kelly, Emma McMillan
HR – Hannah Baesler, Emma Glawson 2
 
Game 2
WNCC (2-2)         102 000 0 – 3 7 1
Howard (3-3)     300 201 x – 6 7 0
LP – Mickie Mills
2B – Mickie Mills
HR --- Sidnee Hogan




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   With 19 players on the roster this season, the Western Nebraska Community College softball team is looking for exciting things when they open the season Tuesday, Feb., 5 at Frank Phillips College.

                Practices leading up to the season-opener have seen nothing but positives with a team that features five returners from a year ago and 14 new faces.

                “Personally, I am very excited to watch this team play ball,” head coach Katelyn Groves said. “I am excited that I have the opportunity to coach alongside two former players [Kelsey Bernhardt and Courtney Medina] and a young lady [Abbey Martin] that truly loves the game of softball and our program. Our players have worked extremely hard since they first stepped foot on campus in August. They have bought into our team mantra of ‘Strong Alone, Unstoppable Together’ and I can't wait to see what they do together on and off the field this spring.”

                The Cougars will spend a week in Texas playing games. After the games with Frank Phillips on Tuesday, the Cougars will face No. 11 Howard College on Feb. 6-7 before taking on Western Texas College Feb. 8-9.

                The players are looking forward to the road trip to play some competition.

                “We are super excited to start the season with such a talented team,” freshman Jaila Johnson of Firestone, Colorado, said. “We get to show off our hard work and finally put it all together for real this time. I’m also super excited to start my first ever college season as a Cougar.”

                There is plenty of depth on this year’s squad and that will be a key factor this season.

                “We have the availability to see two to four different players in any position this season,” Groves said. “Our team is extremely athletic and I believe you will see that in our ability to more around our lineup.”

                The depth all starts with the pitching core. WNCC has four pitchers ready to throw from the circle. Returning pitchers include Emma McMillan of Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Reagan Solomon of Farmington, Utah.

                McMillan went 14-19 a year ago from the circle with 188 innings pitched with 131 strikeouts. McMillan had an ERA of 6.10. Solomon was 7-13 in the circle with 139 innings pitched and 66 strikeouts. She finished with an ERA of 6.58.

                Joining McMillan and Solomon in the circle are freshman Emma Glawson of Victoria, British Columbia, and Mickie Mills of Spanish Fork, Utah.

                “We are 1/2 and 1/2 on freshmen and sophomores. Our returners saw a lot of action last year and will bring a ton of experience with them,” Groves said. “Our newcomers are hungry and eager to show teams what they can do. We are excited to watch this group of pitchers as they off set each other in a variety of ways from speed to best pitches.”

                The other returners on the team are infielder Michaela Kelly of Castle Rock, Colorado, catcher Gabby Loya of Denver; and outfielder Abriana Ramirez of Arvada, Colorado. Kelly batted .383 a year ago with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs, while Loya hit .308 with six home runs and 41 RBIs.

                The freshman class has plenty of talents. Infielders to make an impact are Lindsey Allie of Tooele, Utah; Devon Rees of Victoria, British Columbia; Madi Simons of Santaguin, Utah; Hannah Baesler of Thornton, Colorado, and Sam Davis of American Fork, Utah.

                The outfield group includes Jaila Johnson of Firestone, Colorado, and Tylar Davis of American Fork, Utah. Her twin sister is Sam.

                Utility players on the squad include Emma Flynn of Longmont, Colorado, and Sidney Hogan of South Jordan, Utah.

                Catcher prospects include Kendall Glasgow of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Hayley Gordon of Victoria, British Columbia, and Bri George of Hooper, Utah. Also Simons and Tylar Davis could also see time at catcher.

                “Our team is looking pretty solid all-around,” Groves said. “We have a team that has 19 key players. We have players that will embrace their roles in whatever aspect they might be asked to do and do it with max effort. We are excited to watch our team compete for each other and all those that helped them here.”

                Goals for this season is to win a regional title. Last season, the Cougars finished third at the regionals tournament, topping top-seed Lamar Community College 6-4 in eight innings, before falling to Otero 8-6 and then to Trinidad State 10-2.

                WNCC will have games every weekend through February. WNCC will begin Region IX play March 2-3 when they travel to Trinidad State Junior College. The first home game is slated for Wednesday, March 6 at Volunteer Field.

 

 





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BORGER, Texas – The Western Nebraska Community College softball team plated 30 runs and hammered four home runs in opening the season with a doubleheader win over Frank Phillips College Tuesday in Borger, Texas.

                The opener saw freshman Mickie Mills pick up the win in the circle while helping her cause at the plate with a home run and four RBIs in leading the Cougars to a 10-2 win.

                The second game saw the Cougars pound out 17 hits, including three home runs and a 3-double performance from Devon Rees in recording the 20-0 shutout win over Frank Phillips.

                WNCC started a little slow in the opener, only leading 3-2 after three innings. WNCC scored one in the first and then two in the second for a 3-1 lead. WNCC put the game away in the fifth when the Cougars plated seven. WNCC scored the seven runs with two outs. Big blows in the frame included a run-scoring double by Kendall Glasgow, a 2-run double by Emma Flynn, and a 2-run home run by Mills to make it 10-2.

                WNCC had eight hits in the game. Glasgow, Mills, and Hannah Baesler each had two hits. Mills had four RBIs, while Glasgow and Baesler each had two runs scored.

                Glasgow had two doubles in the game.

                Sidnee Hogan added three RBIs while Flynn had two TBI and two runs scored.

                Mills picked up the win in the circle, going five innings in scattering five hits while striking out four.

                The second game saw WNCC finish with 17 hits including 10 extra base hits. Devon Rees had three doubles in the win with two RBIs, while Baesler was a double from hitting for the cycle with a single, triple, and home run. Baesler had three runs scored and two RBIs.,

                The Cougars had three home runs in the contest. Besides Baesler’s home run, Flynn and Michaela Kelly each hammered solo shots in the first inning for a 2-0 lead.

                The Cougars put the game away in the second by plating 10 for a 12-2 lead. WNCC never looked back in adding eight more runs over the next three innings.

                Flynn and Rees each had three hits. Flynn added two runs scored, while Rees had two RBIs with her three doubles.

                Hogan and Kelly each had two hits. Hogan had a double with two runs scores, while Kelly had a double, home run, four RBIs, and two runs scored.

                Glasgow added a double with two RBIs and two runs scored.

                Also hitting in two were Tylar Davis and Mills.

                Emma Glawson earned the win in the circle with a one-hitter wile striking out four and not walking any.

                WNCC, 2-0, will be back in action Wednesday when they take on No. 11 Howard College in a doubleheader.

 

Game 1

WNCC                   120 07 – 10 8 4

Frank Phillips      011 00 – 2 5 1

WP – Mickie Mills

2B – Emma Flynn, Kendall Glasgow 2

HR – Mickie Mills

 

Game 2

WNCC                   2(10)1 16 – 20 17 1

Frank Phillips      000 00 – 0 1 2

WP – Emma Glawson

2B – Kendall Glasgow, Sidnee Hogan, Michaela Kelly, Devon Rees 3

3B – Hannah Baesler

HR – Hannah Baesler, Emma Flynn, Michaela Kelly




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CASPER, Wyo. – Enna Masaki recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs in her first match back in two weeks to lead the Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team to a 25-17, 25-14, 25-13 sweep over Casper College Tuesday at Casper, Wyoming.

 

Masaki, who sat out the last two weekends with an injury, stepped up big in helping the Cougars to their 17th win.

 

Masaki, though, was just one of several players that stepped up as the Cougars were healthy for the first time since the first match of the season.

 

WNCC captured the first set 25-17 and then led from start to finish in the second set, winning 25-14.

 

The third set saw WNCC receive strong service runs by Kaile Tuisamatatele and Jayme Commins to open an 8-3 lead to 18-7. Tuisamatatele had two service pointsand Commins had five to lead the team. WNCC won the set on a Gaby Canavati kill.

 

WNCC finished the match with 43 kills and seven solo blocks in the win. After Masaki’s 13 kills, Tuisamatatele and Sarena Bartley each had nine kills. Tuisamatatele also had five points, while Bartley added three digs.

 

Amryi-Grace Paris finished with six kills, four solo blocks, and five digs, while Leslie Mamai Laguaina had five kills and four solo blocks.

Also for the Cougars, Ana Costas had a double-double with 20 digs and 11 points; Commins had 32 set assists, eight digs, and five points; Adia Sherbeyn had three digs and four points; and Cami Esselin had seven points and three aces.

 

WNCC, 17-7 on the season, will return to action on Friday when they travel to Sterling, Colorado, to face No. 19 Northeastern Junior College in a Region IX South match. NJC comes in with a 16-4 record and 2-1 in conference play, while WNCC is 3-1 in conference play. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.





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It was a team performance Thursday night as the No. 18 Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team swept past Sheridan College 25-17, 25-11, 25-16 for the team’s 24th victory of the season.

The win, which moved the Cougars to 24-8, was special for the sophomores who were recognized before the game. All six sophomores started against Sheridan and everyone contributed in some fashion in the contest.

Aloni Jordan, one of those sophomores who finished the contest with seven kills and two solo blocks, said they played well from start to finish, something they haven’t been doing recently.

“I think we did really well. We executed and we played from start to finish. We didn’t have any hiccups or anything,” Jordan said. “That is all it is about. Usually we get down five or six points, but tonight we did well.”

Starting strong and staying strong is something they will need to do Friday evening when No. 5 Iowa Western Community College comes to Cougar Palace for a 7:30 first serve start. Jordan said they need to play even better Friday.

“Especially tomorrow [Friday] we have a big game ahead of us with Iowa Western and hopefully we play better than we did today even harder,” Jordan said. “But, to carry it over to Iowa Western, we should play start to finish and don’t let them get a lead.”

Sheridan led early at 6-3 in the first set before Adia Sherbeyn ran off eight straight points for a 12-6 lead from there the Cougars stayed strong as Logan Belford served out the set with an ace for the 25-17 win.

The second set saw all the freshmen play and they did well. Sherbeyn had two points to push the lead to 11-6 and then Ana Costas served up three more points for a 15-9 lead. Cami Esselin also had a strong serving streak with six straight for a 22-10 lead.

Terri Takita-Robins finished off the set with two points and the 25-11 win.

The third set saw everyone on the roster see action. WNCC held a slim 6-3 lead before Kaile Tuisamatatele had a 6-point service run for a 13-3 lead which included two ace serves and three kills from Armyi-Grace Paris.

WNCC stayed strong leading 17-6 after a Santana Monroe kill. Sheridan cut the lead to 18-13, but WNCC pushed the lead to 24-6 after two Jayme Commins points and two Paris kills. Jordan sealed the win with a kill 25-11.

Tuisamatatele and Paris led the team with 14 points while Jordan had seven, Monroe had five, and Sarena Bartley, Esselin, and Gaby Canavati each had three.

Enna Masaki finished with 18 set assists, five points, and two kills, while Commins had a double-double of 11 set assists, 11 digs, and three points.

Also for the Cougars, Belford had three digs, two points, and an ace; Esselin had seven points and five digs; Ana Costas had 14 digs, seven points, two aces, and two set assists; Takita-Robins ahd five digs and six points; and Sherbeyn had five digs, 11 points, and three aces.

All six sophomores, Commins, Masaki, Jordan, Tuisamatatele, Bartley, and Belford were recognized before the game and Jordan said it is special to know that this week will be the last time they will be playing on the floor of Cougar Palace.

“It is very bittersweet. It is sad,” Jordan said. “I remember by very first home game and I remember the jitters and how nervous I was. Tomorrow [Friday] will be our last home game and it is bittersweet and I don’t want it to end, but I had a very nice time here at WNCC. It will have to end sooner or later.




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