The McCook Girls Golf Team is young this season. That is no secret, but second-year head coach Joel Arterburn doesn't want that to be an excuse this season as he still believes his team has a bunch of talent. Hometown Family Radio able to talk to Coach Arterburn as he gives us the low down on what his team is all about for this upcoming season. McCook Girls Golf Team starts the 2018 season on August 16th in Cambridge.
The Nebraska volleyball team is ranked second in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released on Wednesday. The Huskers received 20 of the 63 first-place votes and totaled 1,525 points. Stanford, which received 43 first-place votes, took the No. 1 ranking with 1,575 points. Texas (1,389), Minnesota (1,342) and Kentucky (1,260) rounded out the top five. Other Big Ten teams in the top 10 included No. 6 Penn State and No. 9 Wisconsin. The defending NCAA and Big Ten champion Huskers return three starters from last year's team, while eight of the 15 Huskers are newcomers. Nebraska will be replacing significant contributors in first-team All-America setter Kelly Hunter, second-team All-America outside hitter Annika Albrecht, honorable-mention recipient Briana Holman at middle blocker and defensive specialist Sydney Townsend. Senior captains Mikaela Foecke - who was the NCAA Championship co-most outstanding player and an AVCA second-team All-American - as well as libero Kenzie Maloney, who was an NCAA Championship All-Tournament selection, will guide the Huskers into the 2018 season. All-Big Ten Freshman Team selections Lauren Stivrins and Jazz Sweet are also key returnees in the Husker lineup. Among the Huskers' eight newcomers, five are true freshmen. Senior Brooke Smith, who won an NCAA Championship with the Huskers in 2015 and a Big Ten title in 2016, returned to the program for her final season after playing her junior year at Kansas State. Sophomore Lexi Sun transfered from Texas after earning first-team All-Big 12 honors at Texas last season. Junior setter Mari Kurkova recently joined the program from Opava, Czech Republic. The Huskers begin the season with the Red/White Scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. A very limited number of tickets remain and can be purchased online here, as the Huskers look to sell out the preseason scrimmage for the first time.
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Wednesday outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in full pads and helmets for the first time since the spring. Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters addressed the media after practice, commenting on the energy of the first practice in full pads. “Guys stepped on that field ready to go,” Walters said. “Anytime you put full pads on there’s that extra juice. There was a part of it where we made it live for two or three plays. Guys got after it, so it was good to see that when we throw the pads on, we don’t take a step back, and that is very encouraging.” Coach Walters mentioned the status of junior running back Tre Bryant after his 2017 season was cut short due to a knee injury. “He’s (Tre Bryant) full go,” Walters said. “We’re going to be smart with his reps and make sure he’s ready to go September 1st, but he looks good. He’s making all the cuts. You can tell he’s been in the play book over the summer and even the spring. He knows what to do. He’s worked his tail off to get back on that field, and he’s going to be an added bonus to our offense.” Coach Walters mentioned how the offense works with the defense as they continue to improve as a team. “It’s been awesome,” Walters said. “Competition-wise, we’re deeper than we were in the spring across the board. That shows up in practice, receivers versus DBs were getting after it. They’re making us better, we’re making them better. The older guys have embraced the younger guys. We’re a family, and we understand that we need everybody in order to be successful, so the older guys are taking the younger guys under their wing. As we get going, sometimes the younger guys kind of take a back seat and just try to find out, learn the process, learn the standards, and so as we get going those younger guys are going to get just as many reps, and we’re going to count on those guys this year.” Coach Walters talked about the status of the quarterbacks. “Across the board, guys did what they needed to do this summer,” Walters said. “They were in their play books. They were in the offense. We didn’t take a step back when we took the field last week, and that’s encouraging. Those guys are getting equal reps, and they’re competing and they’re doing a good job.” The Huskers return to the practice field on Friday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.
An extremely limited quantity of Nebraska volleyball single-game tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. through Nebraska Athletic Development and Ticketing. Tickets can be purchased online here, though they are expected to be sold quickly. Nebraska has sold out 234 consecutive regular-season volleyball matches, an NCAA women's record. Fewer than 200 tickets remain for the Red/White Scrimmage at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. Those can also be purchased at the link above. Fans who attend the Red/White Scrimmage will get a sneak peek at the 2017 NCAA Championship documentary, "Nebraska Volleyball: Culture of a Champion," produced by NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations. It will be played on the Devaney Center video boards after the scrimmage. The Huskers are coming off a second NCAA Championship in three years and a repeat Big Ten title in 2017. Nebraska opens the regular season by hosting the VERT Challenge on Aug. 24-25. NU will face Florida in a national title rematch, as well as Oregon on opening weekend.
The McCook Boys Tennis team will be looking once again for another successful season in 2018. Hometown Family Radio able to catch up with head coach Matt Wiemers as he explains what he is expecting this season. The Bison will open the 2018 Tennis Season at Kearney for a Quad with Holdrege, Kearney and Kearney Catholic on August 24th.
Day 1 of Fall Practice is in the Book for McCook Bison Football Team. Hometown Family Radio able to talk with Head Coach Jeff Gross about how the first day of practice went for the Bison. McCook will open the 2018 season on Friday August 24th on the road at Hastings. We will carry the game on 93.9 The Zone and online 939thezone.com.
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