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Ralston, NE – The Tri-City Storm dropped a road game to the Omaha Lancers by a final score of 4-2 Sunday at Ralston Arena. Colton Kalezic and Brendan Budy scored the Storm’s goals in the loss. Despite the loss, Tri-City kept its 1st place position in the USHL league standings and will return home to the Viaero Center on Friday to host the Eastern Conference leading Muskegon Lumberjacks. Puck drop for the matchup is set for 7:05pm.

 

Colton Kalezic netted his 10th goal of the season just over seven minutes into the game to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead. Kalezic’s goal was assisted by Ronnie Attard and Connor McMenamin. Omaha answered the Storm’s opening goal with a tying goal at 13:46 of the 1st period. The goal was scored by Tyler Carpenter, and tied the game at 1-1. Kyle Kawamura scored his 2nd goal of the season on the power play at 17:17 of the 1st period to give the Lancers a 2-1 advantage. Omaha outshot Tri-City 14-9 and carried a one goal lead into the 2nd period.

 

No goals were scored in the 2nd period and Omaha increased its lead to two goals with under five minutes to play in the 3rd period. Tyler Carpenter scored his 2nd goal of the game to give the Lancers a 3-1 lead at the 15:43 mark of the period. Tri-City answered back with a shorthanded goal from Brendan Budy with 2:08 remaining in the game to bring the score back to within one goal. Omaha’s Aleksi Peltonen scored his 6th goal of the season on an empty net goal at 18:37 to give Omaha a 4-2 win on home ice. Goaltender Jake Barczewski stopped 29 of 32 shots in the Storm’s loss.

 

The Storm dropped to 25-7-1-1 in the loss and currently hold a one point lead over 2nd place Muskegon in the USHL league standings. Tri-City has won 14 of 17 home games this season, and plays host to Muskegon on Friday night




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The Nebraska basketball team started fast and finished strong Monday night, never trailing No. 25 Indiana in a 66-51 victory over the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall.

The Huskers scored the first nine points of the game and held Indiana without a basket over the final 5:38 en route to picking up their first road victory over a ranked opponent in more than two years. With the win, Nebraska improved to 13-4 on the season and the Huskers evened their Big Ten Conference record at 3-3. Indiana fell to 12-5 overall and dropped to 3-3 in league play.

Nebraska’s seniors shined in the upset win. Glynn Watson Jr. paced the Huskers with 15 points - including 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the second half - while Isaac Copeland chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds. James Palmer Jr. filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, a career-high-tying nine rebounds and a season-high seven assists. Tanner Borchardt was big off the bench, scoring seven points – one shy of his career high – and grabbing five rebounds. Together, the four seniors combined for 47 points and 27 rebounds, while Thomas Allen added 10 points for the Big Red and Isaiah Roby had nine points and four rebounds.

Defensively, the Huskers held Indiana to a season-low 51 points, 12 points fewer than the Hoosiers managed against No. 2 Michigan. Nebraska also limited Indiana to a season-worst 36.5 percent from the field and held the Hoosiers to a season-low two 3-pointers. Romeo Langord led Indiana with a game-high 18 points, but he was just 5-of-14 from the field. Juwan Morgan added 17 points, but no other Hoosier had more than five points.

Nebraska started the game fast, hitting its first four shots to race out to a 9-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest. The Hoosiers answered with five straight points before Nebraska responded with a 16-2 run to build a 25-7 lead with nine minutes remaining in the half. The Huskers held Indiana scoreless for more than six minutes at one point during the run, outscoring the Hoosiers 11-0 in that stretch, with Copeland scoring six of those 11 points.

Following the 16-2 run, Nebraska went cold from the field, missing 12 straight shots. A nearly nine-minute drought without a field goal allowed Indiana to trim the lead to single digits. The Hoosiers used an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 26-20 with one minute left in the half. Copeland snapped the drought with a 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to nine, and after a pair of Indiana free throws, Palmer closed the half with a driving, one-handed dunk to send the Huskers into the locker room with a 31-22 lead.

Both teams struggled with their shot in the first half, with Nebraska shooting 39.4 percent from the field and Indiana hitting only 29.6 percent of its shots. The Huskers held the Hoosiers 22 points, their lowest point total in any half this season. Copeland led Nebraska with 10 first-half points, while Palmer had seven points, six rebounds and four assists in the period.

Nebraska stretched its lead back to double digits in the opening two minutes of the second half before Indiana scored seven straight points to pull within three at 35-32. But Watson responded by knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers to fuel an 8-0 run that pushed the Husker lead back to 11 six minutes into the half.

The teams then went back and forth, with Nebraska hitting 6-of-7 shots at one point, culminating with a Thomas Allen three that gave Nebraska a 57-44 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Huskers maintained their 13-point advantage over the next four minutes, leading, when Nebraska was on top 62-49 with 3:23 remaining. Indiana never got closer than that, as Nebraska held the Hoosiers without a field goal over the final 5:39.

Nebraska returns to action on Thursday when the Huskers face their second straight ranked opponent in No. 6 Michigan State. Tipoff between the Huskers and Spartans is set for 7 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena, and the matchup will be televised on FS1, with the Husker Sports Network providing radio coverage.





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McCook Community College Volleyball Coach Hayley Kobza has signed two more players for the Lady Indians for this coming season – both Nebraska players and one from Kobza’s high school alma mater.

Middle Blocker Emily Barr of Hershey and Mackenzie Anderson of Ogallala, an outside hitter, both signed letters of intent to play volleyball in the fall at MCC.

ON WEDNESDAY, Barr, 5-10, signed her letter of intent.

“Emily is my first player that I have signed from my high school,” Kobza said. “We were both coached by Amy Beyer who just this season was given an award for coaching the Lady Panthers volleyball team for 30 years.

Bass spent four years on varsity for the Panthers.

“Emily is a player that is going to come in and make an immediate impact on our team,” Kobza said. “I feel this has a lot to do with her prior coaching from Coach Beyer.”

During her senior season bar had 270 kills, 47 blocks, 20 aces and 65 digs.

“Emily has great work ethics and I am excited to see what she can achieve in her two years here as a Lady Indian. “

ON FRIDAY, Kobza was in Ogallala to sign Mackenzie Anderson, the 5-8 outside hitter.

“Mackenzie comes from a high school program that is known for Coach Steve Morgan (has more than 900 career wins and 30 state appearances),” Kobza said.

During her senior year at Ogallala, Anderson had 234 kills, 33 blocks, 117 digs and 24 aces.

“Mackenzie is a versatile volleyball player and can play almost any position on the court,” Kobza said. “I see her coming in and playing a huge role on our 2019 tribe. “





Hayley Kobza

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LINCOLN, NE —Today, the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Board of Directors announced the future host city for the 2020-2024 Shrine Bowl of Nebraska.

On 10 January at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Lincoln, it was confirmed that Kearney was selected to host the Shrine Bowl of Nebraska for the next 5 years.
“We are extremely thrilled to return to Kearney for another five years. We were humbled by the amount of interest expressed to host the Shrine Bowl’s weekend of activities and wish to express our thanks to the other great Nebraska communities that submitted applications for candidate city consideration,” said Dave MacDonald, Executive Director of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl. “We believe awarding these bids for several years in advance will make for a better game day experience and lead to growth in our long-term corporate and community partnerships.”

Scheduled for June 4, 2020, Kearney will be hosting the Nebraska Shrine Bowl for the 7th time, first hosting the event in 2014. “The University of Kearney’s Ron and Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field has continued to provide an excellent game day experience for fans and players alike – an undeniable All-Star environment,” said Paul Gonzalez, President of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to retain and continue the City of Kearney’s partnership with the Nebraska Shrine Bowl,” said Roger Jasnoch, Director of the Kearney Visitors Bureau. “We feel it is a great fit with the resources Kearney has to be able to host an event as prestigious as this. The partnership provides an excellent opportunity to host students, athletes, and their families in Nebraska’s heartland and we hope they’ll take full advantage of all Kearney has to offer.”

No stranger to Nebraska’s premier high school sports event, Kearney has played host to the Nebraska Shrine Bowl for 5 years straight. Foster Field at the University of Nebraska – Kearney, which will serve as the game site, is widely regarded as one of the premier facilities in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.

“A lot of collaboration and community support went into the proposal, and we would like to especially thank the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Younes Hospitality, and many local businesses for their cooperation and assistance throughout this process. They were an integral part of our successful bid,” said Lynelle Fritzen, Sports Sales and Services Manager for the Kearney Visitors Bureau. “Kearney prepared a terrific bid. It was clear that the city and surrounding area are eager to host our event and we are equally excited to renew our relationship with the community,” added MacDonald.

“The community and businesses have been great supporters and the facilities are second to none. We are honored to be selected as the host for the Nebraska Shrine Bowl,"Jasnoch said. "Our community understands the importance of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl, from the students participating in football, band, and cheer, to the goal of fundraising for Shriners Hospitals for Children. We guarantee students will have a one of a kind experience in Kearney, and they will take home memories that will last a lifetime.”

About the Nebraska Shrine Bowl
The Nebraska Shrine Bowl is an all-star high school senior, North vs. South, football game put on each year in Nebraska, by the Nebraska Shrine. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charity that produces annual events and related activities, with net proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Nebraska Shrine Bowl has annually donated more than $2M to Shriners Hospitals for Children since its inception in 1958.
The game has been played throughout Nebraska each summer. Host cities have included Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney.

Beginning in 1958, the flagship event has been the North/South All-Star Football Game. As of 2018, the South leads the series with 30 wins, the North has 27 wins, and there have been 3 ties. Notable alumni include Nebraska football coaches, Scott Frost and Barrett Ruud, All-Americans Eric Crouch, Zach Wiegert, Danny Noonan, Dean Steinkuhler, Dave Rimington, Johnny Rodgers, Jeff Kinney, Jerry Murtaugh, in addition to other Husker stand-outs Sam Foltz, Sam Koch, Calvin Jones, Corey Schlesinger, Rob Zatechka, Tom Rathman, Gale Sayers, amongst many others.

The Nebraska Shrine Bowl also includes the Nebraska Masonic All-Star Marching Band camp, held annually at each host site. The week also includes the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Cheer Camp, which culminates with performances at each game. Other bowl weekend activities include the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Banquet and the state’s largest Shrine Parade.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a healthcare system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.

The 61st Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl will be played Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Kearney, Nebraska, at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Kearney. For more information, visit www.neshrinebowl.org.





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The 2018-2019 Republican Plains Activity Conference Girls & Boys Basketball Tournament is scheduled to take place beginning on Saturday, 01/19/2019 with “Six-Game Saturday” taking place in both West and East Division sites and concluding with “Championship Saturday" on Saturday, 01/26/2019 in McCook, NE (MCC Graff Events Center).  “Six-Game Saturday” game schedules have been altered to allow for member schools to play back-to-back contests.



Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Waterloo Black Hawks 5-2 at the Viaero Center on Saturday night behind goals from Michael Colella, Brendan Furry, Connor McMenamin, Brendan Budy, and Filip Forsmark.  Isaiah Saville stopped a career high 42 shots in goal for Tri-City. In the win, Tri-City recorded its 25th victory of the season and clinched the regular season series against Waterloo. The Storm improved to 25-6-1-1 and increased its lead as the 1st place team in the USHL league standings. Tri-City travels to Ralston, NE tomorrow to complete a three-game weekend in a road matchup against the Omaha Lancers. Puck drop tomorrow is set for 4:05pm.
 
Waterloo jumped out to an early lead less than three minutes into the goal on a goal from Joey Cassetti. The goal was his 11th of the season and gave the Black Hawks its first and only lead of the weekend. Tri-City netted the game tying goal twenty seconds later on Michael Colella’s 5th goal of the season. Colella’s goal was scored at 4:06 of the 1st period and was assisted by Khristian Acosta and Storm Captain Ronnie Attard. Tri-City buried another goal minutes later to give the Storm a 2-1 lead. The Storm’s 2nd goal of the night was scored by Brendan Furry and was assisted by Brendan Budy and Ronnie Attard. Later in the 1st period, Storm Captain Connor McMenamin recorded his 10th goal of the season to give Tri-City a 3-1 lead. McMenamin’s goal was scored at 16:54 of the 1st period and was assisted by Brendan Furry and Brendan Budy. Tri-City carried a two-goal lead into the 1st intermission break.
 
No goals were scored in the 2nd period, and Waterloo scored just over a minute into the 3rd period to cut the Storm lead in half. Joey Cassetti scored his 2nd goal of the game and 12th goal of the season at 1:01 of the period to bring the Black Hawks back within one goal of the Storm advantage. The scoring play would be the final of the night for Waterloo as Tri-City netted back to back goals in the period. A power play goal at 9:33 increased the Storm lead to 4-2. The goal was scored by Brendan Budy and was assisted by Brendan Furry and Zac Jones. The goal was the 1st of Budy’s USHL career with Tri-City. The game’s final goal was scored by Filip Forsmark at 16:23 of the 3rd period. Forsmark’s goal was assisted by Brendan Budy and Brendan Furry. Isaiah Saville made 42 saves on 44 shots to improve to 16-2-1-1 on the season in net.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Adams Central 66, Doniphan-Trumbull 38
Aquinas 78, Columbus Lakeview 57
Aurora 58, Columbus 38
Axtell 57, Lawrence-Nelson 47
Battle Creek 61, Stanton 49
Bellevue West 55, Lewis Central, Iowa 46
Bloomfield 79, Elkhorn Valley 68
Boone Central/Newman Grove 87, Guardian Angels 64
Boys Town 75, Columbus Scotus 37
Bridgeport 51, Mitchell 48
CWC 51, St. Mary's 50, OT
Cambridge 66, Maxwell 51
Centennial 67, Central City 41
Centura 62, Cozad 59
Cheyenne Central, Wyo. 67, Scottsbluff 47
Clarkson/Leigh 68, Pender 53
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 48, Bishop Neumann 45
Creighton 60, O'Neill 57
David City 60, Malcolm 48
Elgin Public/Pope John 52, Winside 16
Elkhorn 51, Omaha Gross Catholic 48
Elkhorn South 65, Lincoln Southwest 60
Elm Creek 47, Kenesaw 35
Emerson-Hubbard 60, Wynot 44
Hay Springs 77, Potter-Dix 49
Hemingford 81, Sioux County 49
Hershey 49, Holdrege 46
Hitchcock County 51, Alma 32
Howells/Dodge 65, Mead 27
Kearney 75, Bellevue East 43
Kearney Catholic 51, Hastings St. Cecilia 37
Kimball 42, Gordon/Rushville 34
Lexington 81, Sidney 36
Lincoln Pius X 65, North Platte 51
Loomis 66, Silver Lake 36
Millard North 55, Millard South 36
Minden 34, McCook 28
Mullen 55, Arthur County 21
Neligh-Oakdale 60, Madison 48
Norfolk Catholic 78, Crofton 50
North Bend Central 59, Archbishop Bergan 44
North Platte St. Patrick's 61, Southwest 28
Omaha Bryan 79, Fremont 40
Omaha Burke 62, Norfolk 57
Omaha Central 77, Lincoln High 68
Omaha Creighton Prep 74, Lincoln Southeast 60
Omaha North 41, Omaha Northwest 40
Omaha South 62, Lincoln East 55
Omaha Westside 61, Grand Island 58
Overton 64, Bertrand 50
Papillion-LaVista 56, Lincoln Northeast 54
Pleasanton 59, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 27
Ponca 64, Westwood, Sloan, Iowa 34
Shelby/Rising City 68, Nebraska Lutheran 32
South Loup 74, Brady 50
South Platte 36, Stapleton 34
Superior 51, Sandy Creek 45
Valentine 78, Ogallala 42
Wahoo 83, Douglas County West 19
Wauneta-Palisade 59, Garden County 40
West Point-Beemer 63, Tekamah-Herman 34
Wilcox-Hildreth 57, Eustis-Farnam 37
Wisner-Pilger 52, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 34
Yutan 59, Fort Calhoun 53
2019 Goldenrod Conference Tournament=
Heartland Lutheran 51, Palmer 33
Nebraska Christian 57, Elba 5
Spalding Academy 44, St. Edward 33
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Beatrice vs. South Sioux City, ppd.
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley vs. Johnson County Central, ppd.
Conestoga vs. Auburn, ppd.
Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa vs. Louisville, ppd.
Elmwood-Murdock vs. Falls City, ppd.
Elmwood-Murdock vs. Sterling, ppd.
Fairbury vs. Clay Center, Kan., ppd.
Falls City Sacred Heart vs. Tri County, ppd.
Franklin vs. Blue Hill, ppd.
Heartland Christian, Iowa vs. Cedar Bluffs, ppd.
Johnson-Brock vs. Freeman, ppd.
Milford vs. Thayer Central, ppd.
Nebraska City vs. Fremont Mills, Tabor, Iowa, ppd.
Norris vs. Crete, ppd.
Palmyra vs. Diller-Odell, ppd.
Parkview Christian vs. Lewiston, ppd.
Pawnee City vs. Meridian, ppd.
Seward vs. Waverly, ppd.
Sidney vs. Nebraska City Lourdes, ppd.
Southern vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd.

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Adams Central 47, Doniphan-Trumbull 46
Aquinas 47, Columbus Lakeview 33
Archbishop Bergan 57, North Bend Central 50
Aurora 44, Columbus 38
Bennington 51, Sioux City, West, Iowa 41
Bishop Neumann 53, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 33
Bloomfield 59, Elkhorn Valley 27
CWC 74, St. Mary's 31
Cambridge 36, Maxwell 33
Centennial 55, Central City 46
Centura 45, Cozad 38
Cheyenne Central, Wyo. 58, Scottsbluff 41
Clarkson/Leigh 38, Pender 35
Elgin Public/Pope John 61, Winside 11
Elm Creek 51, Kenesaw 39
Fremont 69, Omaha Bryan 11
Gordon/Rushville 41, Kimball 28
Guardian Angels 69, Boone Central/Newman Grove 45
Hastings St. Cecilia 69, Kearney Catholic 47
Hay Springs 46, Potter-Dix 25
Hemingford 51, Sioux County 41
Hershey 56, Holdrege 43
Hitchcock County 63, Alma 49
Howells/Dodge 72, Mead 42
Kearney 60, Bellevue East 29
Lawrence-Nelson 41, Axtell 34
Lincoln East 73, Omaha South 19
Lincoln High 52, Omaha Central 42
Lincoln Pius X 63, North Platte 30
Lincoln Southeast 50, Omaha Marian 34
Lincoln Southwest 36, Elkhorn South 34
Malcolm 40, David City 37
McCook 45, Minden 33
Millard North 55, Millard South 54
Mitchell 59, Bridgeport 26
Mullen 38, Arthur County 34
Nebraska Lutheran 41, Shelby/Rising City 36
Neligh-Oakdale 60, Madison 27
North Platte St. Patrick's 67, Southwest 18
O'Neill 63, Creighton 40
Ogallala 46, Valentine 43
Omaha Burke 54, Norfolk 47
Omaha Duchesne Academy 41, Omaha Concordia 34
Omaha Northwest 81, Omaha North 53
Omaha Westside 46, Grand Island 19
Overton 39, Bertrand 38, OT
Papillion-LaVista 51, Lincoln Northeast 50
Pleasanton 49, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 22
Ponca 46, Westwood, Sloan, Iowa 38
Sandhills/Thedford 39, McPherson County 25
Sidney 46, Lexington 35
Silver Lake 56, Loomis 49
South Loup 55, Brady 20
South Platte 54, Stapleton 24
Stanton 44, Battle Creek 34
Superior 63, Sandy Creek 30
Wahoo 83, Douglas County West 19
Wauneta-Palisade 40, Garden County 35
West Point-Beemer 64, Tekamah-Herman 33
Wilcox-Hildreth 57, Eustis-Farnam 20
Wisner-Pilger 47, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 36
Yutan 61, Fort Calhoun 31
2019 Goldenrod Conference Tournament=
Nebraska Christian 56, St. Edward 25
Palmer 33, Heartland Lutheran 19
Riverside 50, Elba 24
Dakota State University Classic=
Hartington-Newcastle 48, Canistota, S.D. 43
Hanson Corn Palace Classic=
Crofton 48, Flandreau, S.D. 35

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Beatrice vs. South Sioux City, ppd.
Conestoga vs. Auburn, ppd.
Elmwood-Murdock vs. Falls City, ppd.
Fairbury vs. Clay Center, Kan., ppd.
Franklin vs. Blue Hill, ppd.
Heartland Christian, Iowa vs. Cedar Bluffs, ppd.
Louisville vs. Omaha Skutt Catholic, ppd.
Milford vs. Thayer Central, ppd.
Norris vs. Crete, ppd.
Omaha Brownell-Talbot vs. Nebraska City, ppd.
Seward vs. Waverly, ppd.
Sidney, Iowa vs. Nebraska City Lourdes, ppd.




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Kearney, Neb. – Freshman Maegan Holt and Klaire Kirsch both had season-high point totals to help Nebraska-Kearney stave off Northeastern State, 80-72, Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.


UNK (10-5, 3-3) is now 9-1 at home and tied for fifth place in the MIAA. Meanwhile, NSU drops to 3-12 (0-6) and to 2-10 all-time vs. the Lopers.

Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.) went for a team-high 20 with Kirsch (Rapid City, S.D.) making half of UNK's 10 threes to tally 17. The duo also combined for 12 rebounds as UNK dominated the first 23 minutes, opening up a 57-28 lead with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter. However, the 'Hawks got off the deck and went on a 23-3 run over the next nine minutes to quickly get the deficit into single digits. This stretch featured four made triples; NSU was 1 of 11 from behind the arc in the first half but 6 of 11 in the second.

Kirsch and Holt seemingly stopped the 'Hawk comeback as each buried threes to make it 66-51 with 7:42 remaining. However, a 15-2 NSU run followed capped by a three from sophomore guard Cenia Hayes. She had one of the top nights – 24 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and two blocks – in H & S Center history.

The three from Hayes made it 68-66 with Kirsch hitting her final trey of the night soon after to give UNK some breathing room. A key bucket by senior post Jaymie Bernbeck (Garden City, Kan.) made the score 73-68 with just over two minutes remaining and NSU didn't get any closer.

"It was a tale of two halves. In the first I thought we executed our offense and defensively we were prepared. Our girls took a lot of things away from them that they do well," said UNK head coachCarrie Eighmey. "In the second half we had some defensive breakdowns and gave up some open looks to 14 (Haynes) and 20 (Cailyn Long) who got hot. Both are good shooters who are capable of great days if you let them. Offensively in third quarter we missed five or six layups … when we're missing and they are hitting threes the score can change quickly."

UNK went 11 of 32 (34.3 pct.) from the field after the break while NSU made 18 of its 31 shots (58.1 pct.). Overall, the Lopers scored 15 points off of 11 offensive rebounds and made 20 of 26 free throws.

"(The comeback) wasn't for a lack of effort by our team. A series of events, when you string them together, shifts momentum. They made about every shot they took for a six or seven minute stretch and we didn't" said Eighmey. "It's definitely a learning experience and helps our team us understand how good every team in the MIAA is."

Besides Holt and Kirsch, sophomore point guard Adreon Bell (Independence, Mo.) had 11 points, four boards and two steals, freshman postBrooke Carlson (Elkhorn) had 15 points, five rebounds and three dimes and freshman forwardShiloh McCool (Pleasant Hill, Ia.) managed a team-best nine rebounds coming off the bench.

Hayes, her team's leading scorer in the year, started 1 of 10 from the field but made four threes in the second half, as well as 10 of 10 free throws, to reach her game-high point total. Fifteen of her rebounds came at the defensive end and she went all 40 minutes. Next, Long carried the 'Hawks in the first half and ended with 21 points while post Joi Bertrand supplied 16 points, four boards and three blocks.

UNK heads to Washburn (10-4, 5-0) Wednesday night.

 





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Kearney, Neb. – The Northeastern StateRiverHawks shot 54 percent from the field and sunk 11 three pointers to down Nebraska-Kearney, 70-61, Saturday evening at the Health & Sports Center.

NSU (7-8, 1-5) stops a nine-game losing streak to UNK (5-10, 0-6) who've now dropped six league games by a combined 29 points. The 'Hawks have suffered four MIAA losses by just 19 total points. 

Leading from start to finish, the 'Hawks got 23 points and eight rebounds from senior guard Tanner Mouse and an unlikely 17 points and three assists from junior guard Bradley George. He came in with six made threes and 75 points on the season. Both Mouse and George had 13 points in the first half with the duo combining to go 8 of 12 from behind the arc. As a team NSU drilled 11 of 20 (55.0 pct.) from down town.

"They didn't miss. On Thursday night they got Hays down three points with less than a minute to go so obviously they are a good team," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton"They came in playing like team that wanted to win a game on the road. We came out flat, for whatever reason, and really didn't play defense to the level we expect. That allowed them to get off to a great start."

Besides Mouse and George, junior guard Trent Cantrell had seven of his 12 points after the break with 6-10 junior post Aaron Givens supplying seven rebounds, four points and two blocks.

UNK outscored NSU 32-18 in the paint thanks to a career-high 18 points by sophomore forwardWeston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Minn.). However, the Lopers were trading two pointers for three pointers all night long and never caught the 'Hawks. Kearney, going a super 14 of 15 at the line, made just 3 of 18 long range shots.

Cantrell sank a three as the first half buzzer to give his team a 41-29 lead. The cushion remained in double figures until a 10-3 Loper run made it 64-59 with 2:03 to play. UNK go two points closer a minute later but NSU got a layup from Bradley, his only bucket of the second half, with 39 seconds left to make it a two possession game. The Lopers missed a subsequent three and then Bradley made two freebies to put things on ice.

"We responded in the second half and cut it to three late to give ourselves a chance. But when you give another team that much of an advantage from the start it's kind of hard to make that up," said Lofton. "First half I didn't recognize our team. Second half that's the team that scrapped at Southwest Baptist and Central Missouri, trying to find a way to get a win."

Baker Magrath went 8 of 12 from the field and 2 of 2 at the line to reach his point total. He also blocked three shots and had two steals in 28 minutes. Kearney freshman Kanon Koster (14) and Alliance sophomore Austin Luger (12) reached double figures as well with Luger grabbing a team-best seven rebounds. Finally, Lincoln sophomore Sam Morris came off the disabled list for the first time since mid-November and had three rebounds and an assist in 12 minutes

"We can't have a case of the 'poor me' (attitude) because things aren't going our way right now. We've had a lot of games come down to the wire that we haven't been able to pull out. Eventually that takes a toll but at the same time we have 13 games left. We have to get guys playing better moving forward and giving the max effort that we ask for each and every practice and game," saidLofton.

UNK heads to Washburn (11-3, 4-1) on Wednesday night.



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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kansas City Community College, the fifth-ranked woman’s team in NJCCA Division 2, rolled to a 98-72 win over McCook Saturday.

The Lady Indians stayed with the Blue Devils early on and trailed by a point after the first period 21-20, but the Kansas City defense clamped down during the second quarter, to fuel a 28-10 advantage on the way to a 49-30 halftime lead.

“They really guarded us very well today and because of that defense we were out of sorts,” McCook Community College Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “We turned the ball over more than normal and it forced us into some tough plays.”

MCC turned the ball over 24 times.

The Lady Indians came back in the third period to compete on nearly-even terms, 27-26, but were not able to overcome the second-quarter defensive stand by the Blue Devils.

“They limited our threes and made us shoot tough twos,” Fernetti said.

The Lady Indians shot 43.1 percent from the field, but just four of 18 (22 percent) from the 3-point line and 64.3 percent from the line on 28 free throws. MCC had 42 rebounds and 15 assists.

Kansas City CC shot 46.3 percent from the field, 25.7 percent on 35 3-pointers, and 59.1 percent from the line. The Blue Devils had 44 rebounds and 17 assists.

Sophomore Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) led MCC in scoring with 15 points. Sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) had 12 points.

Freshmen Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) and Lena Goerke (Hamburg, Germany) both scored 10 points. Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) led MCC with seven rebounds to go along with seven points and four assists.

“This will be a good learning experience moving forward as we prepare for a tough Region IX schedule next week,” Fernetti said. “We just have to keep our heads held high and still believe in what we are doing.

The Blue Devils improve to 16-2 on the season.

MCC closes out the “pre-conference” portion of the schedule at 11-5 with only Region IX or Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference games remaining on the schedule.

Region IX South Division play begins Friday as the Lady Indians hit the road for four straight Region IX games starting at Otero Junior College and Trinidad State on back-to-back nights, then at Western Nebraska Jan.22 and at Northeastern Junior College Jan. 25. MCC closes out the January schedule Jan. 29 against North Platte then plays six home games in February with the final home game Feb. 23 against Lamar Community College.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games and photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball





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