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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.  





Joel Arterburn

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.





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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.





Coach Walters

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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.





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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.





Matt Wiemers

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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.





Jeff Gross

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Wayne, NE - The MNB Bank season would come to an end on Monday with a 3-1 loss to Wahoo at the Class B State American Legion baseball state tournament. MNB Bank would have a 1-0 lead after the top of the fourth but it would not last long as Wahoo would tie the game at one all answering with a run in the bottom of the 4th. The fifth inning would be scoreless between the two teams but then Wahoo would then score two runs to break the 1-1 tie. One run would score from third on a wild pitch from Clayton Stevens, the other run would score on Spencer Krystl throwing error to first base. Those two errors would cost MNB Bank as they were not able to make any noise in the top of the 7th playing as the visitors in the game. MNB Bank would out hit Wahoo 7-3. Leading the way was Clayton Stevens with 2 hits in the game. Cam Berry, Kaleb Taylor, DJ Gross, Spencer Krysl, and Logan Greenlee would each have a hit in the contest.

MNB Bank will end the state tournament with a 1-2 mark and end the season with a 25-16 record. 

CLASS B BRACKET 




Scott Smalley after Wahoo

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Scott Frost's championship rings and other items reported stolen from his home have been found.

Police said the new Nebraska coach located them in his garage Monday, although some other memorabilia he reported stolen is still missing.

Frost had reported Sunday night that burglars entered an unlocked garage door over the weekend and stole memorabilia originally estimated at more than $100,000.

Frost and his family don't live in the home yet because it is under renovation. The theft occurred between Friday at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, according to a police report.

Originally reported missing were two Nebraska championship rings, 10 Oregon championship rings, two Central Florida championship rings, five pairs of Air Jordan shoes, football helmets and a gaming console. Also, a gun safe electronic keypad was ripped off.

Lincoln Police Capt. Todd Kocian said Monday night that Frost found all of his championship rings, the gaming console and one Central Florida football helmet.

Still missing were the shoes, five other football helmets and photographs.

Kocian said he had no details about how Frost came to find the items reported stolen.

"The incident that occurred at our home is obviously very disappointing and discouraging," Frost said in a statement earlier Monday. "All of our belongings were gone through and it will take some time to determine exactly what is missing and the value of those items.

"I would like to clarify that some items initially reported as missing have been found, including some of the rings listed on the police report. Also, the value of what we believe to actually be missing is lower than what has been publicly reported."

Nebraska spokesman Keith Mann said he had no information beyond what Frost said in the statement.

No arrests have been made and there were no suspects, Kocian said.

Before Monday night's development, police had listed the value of the items at $172,600.

The burglary was reported less than a week before Nebraska begins preseason practice.

Frost, who signed a seven-year contract that pays him $5 million this year, was The Associated Press national coach of the year after leading Central Florida to a 13-0 record last season.

Frost grew up 90 minutes west of Lincoln, in Wood River, and won a share of the 1997 national championship as the Cornhuskers' quarterback. Nebraska hired him in December to take over a program that went 4-8 last season and hasn't won a conference championship since 1999.




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Wayne, NE - Hickman would defeat MNB Bank 11-8 on Sunday afternoon at the Class B State American Legion baseball tournament to give MNB Bank their first loss of the tournament. McCook would trail in the game right away 3-0 after the top of the first inning but would come back and tie the game at three-all in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Hickman though would score four more runs in the top of the 3rd inning to regain the lead for good, 7-3. MNB Bank would cut it to a one run game, 7-6 scoring three runs in the bottom of the 5th. Hickman would then answer with three runs insurance in the top of the 7th with three more runs to take a 11-6 lead. McCook would tack on two more in the game but would fall in the end 11-8. MNB Bank will play an elimination game Monday at 1pm vs Wahoo. Listen live on The Zone 93.9. 



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Wayne, NE - One run was all MNB Bank would need on Saturday night vs Bennington to shut out Post 266 with a score of 1-0. MNB Bank would score their lone run in the top of the 2nd inning on a RBI infield single by Logan Greenlee bringing in DJ Gross from third base. McCook pitcher Trae Koetter would go 6 1/3 innings on the hill with 107 pitches, 2 strikeouts, and giving up only four hits. Clayton Stevens would come in with one out in the bottom of the seventh and pick up the save. Bennington would threaten in the bottom of the seventh with the game-tying run on second base. A fly ball out to left field off the bat of Jack Gillen was lost by McCook left fielder Derek Greenlee. The ball would fall in front of Greenlee allowing Bennington base runner Grant Carl to advance to third but hesitated on running all the way home. Carl then tried to go back to third, but by that time McCook had thrown the ball back into the infield allowing McCook third basemen Seth Dugger to tag Carl out for the final out of the game. 

MNB Bank is now 25-14 on the year and will take on Hickman in a winners bracket game at 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 29th. Listen live on The Zone 93.9 and TheZone939.com.  




Scott Smalley & Trae Koetter Post-Game Bennington

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