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 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team had plenty of offense on Sunday, but Garden City Community College had just a little bit more in registering the doubleheader sweep over WNCC Sunday afternoon in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

                The first game saw WNCC jump to a 4-2 lead only to watch Garden City score seven times in the fourth for an 11-4 win.

                The second game saw the two squads combine for 20 run and 22 hits while Garden City scored seven times in the sixth to register the 12-8 win.

                The first game saw WNCC jump to a 4-2 lead after scoring four times in the second. WNCC loaded the bases and then Anroldo Maltos-Garcia singled in the first run. Austin Abbott followed with a 2-run single to put WNCC up 3-2. Maltos-Garcia scored the fourth run for the 4-2 lead.

                The lead didn’t hold up as Garden City scored single runs in the third and sixth and seven times in the fourth for the final margin.

                WNCC was led at the plate by Harrison Yates and Arnoldo Maltos-Garcia with two hits each, including a double. Austin Abbott finished the game with two RBIs.

                Nate Kolb took the loss, going three innings in allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out two. Chandler Young tossed two innings in giving up three hits and three runs. Mitch Mullen also tossed an inning in allowing two hits and a run.

                The second game was a high-scoring affair. WNCC had a pair of four-run innings to grab an 8-5 lead through 5 ½ innings.

                WNCC scored four times in the fourth on seven hits. It all started with three straight singles by John Betsch, Dermot Fritsch and Mitch Osborne to load the bases. Q Miller then singled home the first run followed by Hunter Nelson delivering a 2-run single for a 3-1 lead. Hayden Seibers finished off the scoring with a 2-out single for the 4-1 lead.

                Garden City came back with four runs of their own in the fourth for a 5-4 lead. WNCC responded with four runs in the sixth on four hits. The big hits in the frame included a 3-run triple by Betsch and a run-scoring double by Fritsch for the 8-5 lead.

                Garden City responded with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the 12-8 lead.

                WNCC outhit Garden City 12-10. Osborne led the attack with three singles with a run scored. Betsch and Fritsch each had two hits. Betsch had a triple with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Fritsch had a double with a run scored and RBI.

                Nelson also finished with two RBIs.

                Elliot McNeave took the loss in relieve. McNeave went just two-thirds innings allowing three hits and six runs. Kyler Harris started and went four innings before giving up six hits and five runs. Brandon Rollinson and Ty McAninch also saw time on the mound.

                WNCC, 0-4, is scheduled to open the home portion this weekend when they host Miles Community College Saturday and Sunday, weather depending. Stay tuned to the WNCC athletic website and Facebook for updates on the home game.

 

Game 1

WNCC                   040 000 0 – 4 8 3

Garden City        201 701 x – 11 9 2

LP – Nate Kolb

2B – Harrison Yates, Anroldo Maltos-Garcia

 

Game 2

WNCC                   000 404 0 – 8 12 2

Garden City        001 407 x – 12 10 1

LP – Elliot McNeave

2B – Dermot Fritsch

3B – John Betsch




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Ainsworth 74, Boone Central/Newman Grove 57
Alliance 72, Brush, Colo. 32
Anselmo-Merna 60, Spalding Academy 41
Archbishop Bergan 81, Guardian Angels 56
Bellevue West 75, Elkhorn South 67
Bishop Neumann 76, Nebraska City Lourdes 31
Boys Town 59, Milford 47
Cambridge 56, Chase County 52
Centennial 53, Malcolm 33
Chadron 65, Newcastle, Wyo. 53
Columbus Lakeview 57, Columbus Scotus 54
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 65, Bellevue East 58
Ewing 49, Elgin Public/Pope John 47
Hartington Cedar Catholic 73, Lutheran High Northeast 63
Holdrege 44, St. Paul 34
Homer 52, Walthill 50
Humphrey St. Francis 66, Shelby/Rising City 57
Kenesaw 56, Bertrand 44
Lincoln East 73, Omaha Northwest 58
Lincoln Pius X 66, Lincoln Southwest 60
Lincoln Southeast 53, Fremont 37
Louisville 52, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 41
Millard West 53, Papillion-LaVista South 31
Minatare 46, Hyannis 43
Mitchell 74, Burns, Wyo. 39
Morrill 39, Gordon/Rushville 34
Norfolk 58, Millard South 44
Norris 61, Lincoln Christian 41
Omaha Bryan 85, Lincoln High 69
Omaha Creighton Prep 65, Rockhurst, Mo. 51
Omaha Roncalli 59, Omaha Concordia 41
Omaha South 69, Omaha Benson 53
Southwest 66, Axtell 60
St. Edward 65, Elkhorn Valley 34
Wahoo 81, Ashland-Greenwood 40
Wauneta-Palisade 81, Arthur County 30
Weeping Water 74, Heartland Christian, Iowa 30
Heartland Hoops Classic=
Aurora 72, Cozad 53
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 68, Auburn 52
Grand Island Central Catholic 52, North Bend Central 43
Hastings 45, Freeman 40
Omaha Skutt Catholic 71, Adams Central 50
Riverside 72, Loomis 59
York 63, Bennington 43
Sacred Hoops Classic=
Lower Brule, S.D. 67, Winnebago 54
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Alliance 68, Brush, Colo. 48
Axtell 64, Southwest 50
Bertrand 39, Kenesaw 30
Boone Central/Newman Grove 53, Ainsworth 40
Chase County 60, Cambridge 53
Cody-Kilgore 57, McPherson County 31
Elkhorn South 63, Bellevue West 44
Fremont 73, Lincoln Southeast 46
Gordon/Rushville 47, Morrill 44
Harvard 57, Nebraska Lutheran 35
Homer 70, Walthill 43
Lincoln Christian 60, Norris 50
Lincoln East 55, Omaha Northwest 51
Lincoln High 56, Omaha Bryan 8
Lincoln North Star 43, Kearney 36
Lincoln Southwest 64, Lincoln Pius X 50
Millard South 44, Norfolk 27
Millard West 53, Papillion-LaVista South 31
Minatare 42, Hyannis 41
Mitchell 74, Burns, Wyo. 36
Nebraska City Lourdes 48, Sidney, Iowa 37
Omaha South 74, Omaha Benson 34
St. Paul 48, Holdrege 34
Wauneta-Palisade 43, Arthur County 28
Sacred Hoops Classic=
Lower Brule, S.D. 82, Winnebago 75 OT




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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Grady Eifert gave No. 15 Purdue the boost it needed Saturday.
And once the senior forward got started, the Boilermakers took off.
Eifert scored 16 points and had four steals, both career highs, and grabbed five offensive rebounds to help Purdue overcome a sluggish start and pull away for an 81-62 victory over Nebraska.
"We talked at halftime about getting more offensive rebounds and more open looks for our guys," he said. "We were trying to play through it with hustle and energy."
Nobody did it better than Eifert, the younger brother of NFL tight end Tyler Eifert and one of the most underrated players on Purdue's roster.
While Carsen Edwards scored 27 points and Nojel Eastern had 12 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth double-double in six games, Eifert almost single-handedly turned the game with the kind of gritty hustle plays coach Matt Painter appreciates.
Things started to change when Eifert hit the deck to make a steal then flipped an outlet pass to Eastern for a breakaway basket. On the Boilermakers' next possession, Eifert's second 3-pointer of the game closed out the decisive 8-0 run and when Ryan Cline followed with another 3, the Boilermakers had a turned a 39-35 cushion into a 50-38 runaway.
Painter wasn't the only one raving.
In the waning minutes, fans chanted M-V-P, M-V-P as Eifert celebrated his 100th career win, and Cornhuskers coach Tim Miles joined the chorus after the Boilermakers (17-6, 10-2) won their eighth straight.
"I thought the guy who hurt us tonight was Grady Eifert and I know that's hard to say when Carsen Edwards has 27," he said.
Thomas Allen made five 3s and matched his season-high with 18 points for Nebraska (13-11, 3-10). James Palmer Jr. added 17 points as the Cornhuskers' losing streak hit seven — the last four without injured forward Isaac Copeland.
But Nebraska did play better.
With the Boilermakers off to a lackluster start, the Cornhuskers took a 25-21 lead on Palmer's 3 with 7 minutes left in the first half.
That's when Eifert & Co. cranked up the defensive intensity. Purdue allowed just one basket the rest of the half, used an 8-3 run to take a 33-31 halftime and then relied on the momentum and Eifert's impact to take control early in the second half.
"You have to have a competitiveness to you and I thought Grady really brought tonight," Painter said. "We did a better job (in the second half) feeding off those hustle plays Grady and Nojel were making."

BIG PICTURE
Nebraska: Clearly, the Cornhuskers aren't the same without Copeland. But they showed some promise by hanging around most of the night against a Big Ten contender.
Purdue: The Boilermakers have won 14 straight at home. But on Saturday, they showed they can win even when they don't play their best. Purdue relied on its usual three-pronged approach — defense, hustle and ball movement — to pull away late. And it should keep them climbing in the poll.

STAT PACK
Nebraska: Glynn Watson Jr. scored four points after being shut out for the first time since his freshman season Wednesday at Maryland. ... The Cornhuskers had eight turnovers but were outrebounded 39-24. ... Nebraska is 0-7 all-time at Mackey Arena and has lost five of the last six in the series. ... The Cornhuskers shot 38.2 percent from the field.
Purdue: Eifert finished with seven rebounds. ... Purdue's 10-2 mark in conference play is tied for the fifth-best mark in school history. ... Painter won his 312th game and needs four more to move into the top 10 in Big Ten history.

TRIBUTE TO TRENT
The Boilermakers honored the late Tyler Trent, at their annual Hammer Down Cancer game.
They presented a check for nearly $13,000 to the fund in Trent's name at the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research. Athletic director Mike Bobinski also gave Trent's family a framed No. 1 jersey, drawing the loudest roar of the night from the crowd.
The 20-year-old Trent became a national inspiration during the football season as he rooted on the Boilermakers. Trent died on Jan. 1 from a rare form of bone cancer.

UP NEXT
Nebraska: Will try to end its skid when it heads home Wednesday to face Minnesota.
Purdue: Can make a major statement Tuesday at No. 24 Maryland.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Alliance 64, Rapid City Christian, S.D. 43
Anselmo-Merna 64, Ansley-Litchfield 60
Arapahoe 55, Bertrand 54
Aurora 59, Crete 29
Axtell 53, Elwood 46
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 42, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 32
Bayard 59, Minatare 41
Bishop Neumann 63, Archbishop Bergan 42
Blair 67, Columbus 63
Boyd County 60, Niobrara/Verdigre 52
Boys Town 57, Nebraska City Lourdes 55
Brady 67, Medicine Valley 23
Bridgeport 53, Gordon/Rushville 36
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 50, High Plains Community 35
Burwell 70, Heartland Lutheran 41
Cambridge 63, Alma 53
Centennial 62, Aquinas 43
Central Valley 63, Twin Loup 34
Centura 55, Arcadia-Loup City 37
Clarkson/Leigh 78, East Butler 72
Cozad 67, Broken Bow 63
Creek Valley 63, South Platte 55
Creighton 43, Plainview 33
Deshler 42, Blue Hill 39
Diller-Odell 54, Friend 36
Doniphan-Trumbull 73, Wood River 51
Dundy County-Stratton 61, Southern Valley 57
Elkhorn Mount Michael 60, Lincoln Lutheran 59
Elm Creek 53, Amherst 51
Elmwood-Murdock 50, Falls City 35
Exeter/Milligan 58, Cross County 52
Fairbury 46, Schuyler 26
Falls City Sacred Heart 54, North Andrew, Mo. 40
Fort Calhoun 56, Raymond Central 43
Giltner def. Hampton, forfeit
Gothenburg 58, Ainsworth 53
Grand Island Northwest 66, Beatrice 51
Guernsey-Sunrise, Wyo. 43, Sioux County 27
Hay Springs 59, Garden County 50
Hitchcock County 52, Wallace 47
Holdrege 48, Central City 31
Johnson-Brock 65, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 32
Kearney 65, Omaha North 54
Kimball 66, Hemingford 56
Lincoln East 48, Lincoln Southwest 42
Lincoln High 64, Bellevue East 55
Lincoln Pius X 86, Fremont 50
Lincoln Southeast 66, Omaha Burke 57
McCool Junction 56, Dorchester 36
Meridian 51, Silver Lake 50
Milford 57, Sandy Creek 20
Millard North 63, Omaha Northwest 53
Millard West 76, Omaha Benson 65
Mullen 45, Hyannis 35
Nebraska Christian 59, Palmer 24
Neligh-Oakdale 45, CWC 29
Norfolk 55, Grand Island 52
North Platte 65, Gering 49
Oakland-Craig 77, West Point-Beemer 57
Ogallala 70, Mitchell 68
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 67, Cedar Bluffs 23
Omaha Central 69, Millard South 57
Omaha Christian Academy 34, Mead 33
Omaha Creighton Prep 69, Bellevue West 66
Omaha Nation 71, Emerson-Hubbard 65
Omaha South 48, Omaha Bryan 43
Omaha Westside 68, Papillion-LaVista 43
Ord 48, O'Neill 44
Osmond 47, Wausa 19
Overton 69, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 37
Papillion-LaVista South 66, Elkhorn South 52
Parkview Christian 76, Lewiston 51
Pleasanton 48, Loomis 34
Ponca 78, Homer 54
Randolph 58, Crofton 47
Riverside 69, Norfolk Catholic 55
Sandhills/Thedford 59, Cody-Kilgore 38
Scottsbluff 76, McCook 52
Shelby/Rising City 62, Osceola 10
Shelton 40, Harvard 38
Sidney 54, Chadron 52
South Loup 68, Eustis-Farnam 47
South Sioux City 45, Omaha Gross Catholic 42
Southern 58, Thayer Central 51
Stuart 45, Ewing 35
Superior 53, Lawrence-Nelson 43
Sutton 55, Fillmore Central 32
Syracuse 50, Conestoga 37
Tekamah-Herman 73, Whiting, Iowa 48
Tri County 73, Sterling 61
Wakefield 48, Howells/Dodge 43
Wauneta-Palisade 88, Maywood-Hayes Center 30
Waverly 62, Plattsmouth 43
Wayne 74, Arlington 50
Wilber-Clatonia 47, David City 46
York 61, Seward 45
Yutan 54, Johnson County Central 33
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Winnebago vs. Crow Creek, S.D., ccd.
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Ainsworth 47, Gothenburg 31
Amherst 47, Elm Creek 44
Ansley-Litchfield 51, Anselmo-Merna 40
Aquinas 43, Centennial 41
Arapahoe 28, Bertrand 15
Arcadia-Loup City 48, Centura 39
Arlington 58, Wayne 40
Axtell 51, Elwood 46
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 65, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 25
Bayard 30, Minatare 19
Beatrice 55, Grand Island Northwest 49
Bishop Neumann 71, Archbishop Bergan 50
Blue Hill 61, Deshler 25
Bridgeport 46, Gordon/Rushville 41
Broken Bow 43, Cozad 27
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 47, High Plains Community 14
Burwell 73, Heartland Lutheran 28
CWC 50, Neligh-Oakdale 25
Cambridge 62, Alma 50
Central City 55, Holdrege 38
Central Valley 54, Twin Loup 18
Cody-Kilgore 55, Sandhills/Thedford 40
Columbus 43, Blair 32
Creighton 58,




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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team had a couple close games with Garden City Community College to open the season, but dropped both contests Saturday afternoon in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
                The first game was a pitcher’s dual that saw Garden City score once in the first inning and then hold on for the 1-0 win.
                The second contest saw Garden City score five times in the third inning to register the 7-2 win.
                Both squads will be back in action for another doubleheader Sunday.
                The opener saw the two pitchers go toe-to-toe. WNCC’s Zach Berg went five strong innings in allowing four hits and just one run while striking out three. Garden County had a strong pitching performance from Eri Heiman, who went six innings in allowing three hits while striking out five.
                All the runs needed occurred in the first inning when S. Klein tripled and scored on a C. Truslow single.
                WNCC had a chance to score the tying run in the fourth when Dermot Fritsch led off with a double but was left stranded at third.
                WNCC also had two runners on in the sixth but couldn’t get a base hit to score the tying run.
                Fritsch had the only extra base hit with the other two singles from Brevin Owen and Amoldo Matltos-Garcia.
                                The second game was another close contest. WNCC scored once in the first on three hits. Luis Alcantara singled and Brevin Owen doubled to lead off the inning. Alcantara scored on a Hunter Nelson groundout for the 1-0 lead.
                The Cougars also scored a single run in the third on no hits. Owen scored on a fielding error.
                Garden City scored five times in the third on just two hits. Garden City added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth inning.
                John Betsch led the offense with two hits, including a double.
                Kale Litzelman took the loss, tossing four innings in giving up five runs and three hits while striking out five. Devin DeBoer went two innings allowing two runs while Wellington Mariano went one inning.
 
Game 1
Garden City        100 000 0 – 1 5 3
WNCC                   000 000 0 – 0 3 0
LP – Zach Berg
2B – Dermot Fritsch
 
Game 2
Garden City        005 011 0 – 7 6 2
WNCC                   101 000 0 – 2 6 3
LP – Kale Litzelman
2B == Brevin Owen, John Betsch




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 74, Ravenna 31

Ashland-Greenwood 57, Nebraska City 19

Auburn 56, Lincoln Lutheran 49

Battle Creek 68, Hartington Cedar Catholic 59

Bennington 64, Elkhorn 57

Bloomfield 51, Allen 43

Bridgeport 48, Morrill 31

Clarkson/Leigh 55, Stanton 48

Clearwater/Orchard 59, Elgin Public/Pope John 45

College View Academy 48, Cornerstone Christian 37

Deshler 50, Red Cloud 12

Elmwood-Murdock 56, Mead 24

Freeman 66, Johnson-Brock 49

Gering 52, McCook 42

Grand Island Central Catholic 62, Hastings St. Cecilia 47

Heartland 66, Osceola 38

Hershey 43, North Platte St. Patrick's 29

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 57, Falls City 48

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 56, Twin River 46

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 61, Wisner-Pilger 49

Lincoln Christian 55, Kearney Catholic 51

Louisville 55, Weeping Water 19

Madison 86, David City 76

Maxwell 42, Medicine Valley 26

Meridian 71, Friend 48

Millard North 75, Lincoln Northeast 56

North Bend Central 79, Howells/Dodge 65

Omaha Skutt Catholic 60, Norris 42

Osmond 58, Winside 12

Palmyra 67, Pawnee City 36

Paxton 55, Sutherland 48

Pierce 49, Guardian Angels 44

Platteview 61, Crete 40

Ralston 57, Schuyler 23

Riverside 74, Spalding Academy 34

Scottsbluff 71, North Platte 56

Shelton 51, Gibbon 48

Silver Lake 43, Giltner 36

Waverly 55, Hastings 33

West Holt 56, St. Mary's 38

Wood River 50, Minden 47

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Arthur County vs. Sandhills/Thedford, ppd.

Crawford vs. Hay Springs, ccd.

Omaha Nation vs. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, ccd.

Potter-Dix vs. Sedgwick County, Colo., ccd.

Santee vs. Takini, S.D., ccd.

Stapleton vs. Mullen, ccd.

Valentine vs. North Central, ccd.

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 60, Ravenna 39

Auburn 39, Lincoln Lutheran 31

Bridgeport 52, Morrill 24

Clarkson/Leigh 31, Stanton 27

College View Academy 46, Cornerstone Christian 23

Columbus Lakeview 50, Central City 33

Crete 57, Platteview 43

Crofton 63, Norfolk Catholic 49

David City 58, Madison 42

Elgin Public/Pope John 63, Clearwater/Orchard 37

Elkhorn 43, Bennington 39

Elmwood-Murdock 50, Mead 30

Falls City 50, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 36

Freeman 34, Johnson-Brock 25

Gibbon 41, Shelton 26

Hartington Cedar Catholic 58, Battle Creek 53

Hastings St. Cecilia 54, Grand Island Central Catholic 38

Heartland 53, Osceola 27

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 61, Wisner-Pilger 49

Leyton 37, Garden County 33

Lincoln Christian 51, Kearney Catholic 45

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 49, Boys Town 29

Louisville 44, Weeping Water 38

Maxwell 42, Medicine Valley 24

McCook 54, Gering 41

Meridian 47, Friend 26

Millard North 60, Lincoln Northeast 54

North Bend Central 49, Howells/Dodge 43

North Platte 61, Scottsbluff 57

North Platte St. Patrick's 46, Hershey 37

Omaha Mercy 52, Ashland-Greenwood 48

Omaha Skutt Catholic 60, Norris 43

Osmond 52, Winside 17

Pawnee City 46, Palmyra 33

Paxton 32, Sutherland 23

Pierce 56, Guardian Angels 38

Red Cloud 49, Deshler 35

Schuyler 35, Ralston 27

Shelby/Rising City 51, East Butler 47

Silver Lake 43, Giltner 36

South Sioux City 90, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa 58

Spalding Academy 52, Riverside 39

Tekamah-Herman 49, Omaha Roncalli 41

Twin River 41, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 35

Wallace def. McPherson County, forfeit

Waverly 55, Hastings 33

West Holt 63, St. Mary's 36

Wood River 59, Minden 29

Wynot 54, Pender 45

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Arthur County vs. Sandhills/Thedford, ppd.

Burwell vs. CWC, ccd.

Crawford vs. Hay Springs, ccd.

Potter-Dix vs. Sedgwick County, Colo., ccd.

Santee vs. Takini, S.D., ccd.

Stapleton vs. Mullen, ccd.

Valentine vs. North Central, ccd.




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          BIG SPRINGS, Texas – The Western Nebraska Community College softball team suffered a doubleheader loss to Howard College on Thursday.

                In the first game, WNCC started the game with five, first-inning runs, but Howard responded back to earn the 14-7 win.

                The second game saw WNCC fall behind early and never could take the lead in falling 13-5.

                WNCC started the day with five runs in the first inning as Devon Rees recorded a grand slam to lead 5-0. WNCC added another run in the second to hold a 6-0 lead.

                After that, Howard came back with five in the second, two in the fourth, three in the fifth, and four in the sixth for the 14-7 win.

                Glawson led the way at the plate with three hits, including a double and a run scored. Rees had a grand slam with four RBIs. Sidnee Hogan was the only other player with multiple hits, recording two singles.

                The second game saw Howard jump to a 9-0 lead after two innings. The Cougars came back with a five runs in the third on just three hits. The Cougars scored all the runs with two outs. Hogan and Glawson scored the first runs on a hard-hit ball by Michaela Kelly.

                WNCC added three more as Rees ripped her second home run of the day with a 3-run dinger to center field to score Kelly and Baesler to slice the lead to 9-5.

                Any hope of a comeback was erased after that as Howard added two more in the third and two in the sixth for a 13-5 lead.

                WNCC managed just five hits in the contest. Hogan was the only one with multiple hits with two singles. Rees had three RBIs.

                WNCC was supposed to play Western Texas on Friday and Saturday, but those games were cancelled because of cold weather. WNCC will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Garden City Community College.

 

Game 1

WNCC                   511 000 0 – 7 9 4

Howard                050 234 x – 14 16 1

LP – Emma McMillan

2B – Emma Glawson

HR – Devon Rees

 

Game 2

WNCC                   005 000 – 5 5 0

Howard                272 002 – 13 14 2

LP –

2B – Lindsey Allie, Hannah Baesler

HR – Devon Rees





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February weather is unpredictable and the recent cold has changed the plans for the Western Nebraska Community College baseball team’s opening season games this weekend.

                The Cougars will still open up against Garden City Community College on Saturday and Sunday, but the location has been moved to Falcon High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, because of the weather. Start time for both days of the doubleheader is slated for 11 a.m.

                Even with the change in venue, there is plenty of optimism for the Cougar team this season. WNCC returns 10 players that saw action last season and they have plenty of newcomers that look to make an impact.

                WNCC head coach Mike Jones and the players are excited to get the season started.

                “The team is excited to get going,” Jones said. “We have been putting in a lot of hard work the very first day these guys arrived here on campus. It is an exciting time for everyone to see the hard work put to use and to put on the uniform and go compete.”

                A lot of the returners that will be counted on are on the pitching staff.  The returning pitchers are Devin DeBoer of Littleton, Colorado; Brandon Rollinson of Ft. Collins, Colorado; Zach Berg of Parker, Colorado; Wellington Mariano of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Nate Kolb of Cloverdale, British Columbia; Kale Litzelman of Hotchkiss, Colorado; Hunter Parker of Centennial, Colorado;

                Other returners that saw action a year ago include Arnoldo Maltos-Garcia of Brush, Colorado; Braden Lofink of Scottsbluff; Brevin Owen of Peyton, Colorado; and Harrison Yates of Laramie, Wyoming.

                Added to the returners is a freshmen class that Jones is high on.

                “There is a lot of depth. We have a lot of good people in our program right know,” he said. “We like the pitching staff. We like our ability to compete. We have really good stuff with our pitchers and they have really good secondary pitches. We should put together a good defense behind our quality pitching staff. We are looking to hold teams to low scoring games and we have to scrap with ways to score runs.

                Jones is expecting good things from the pitching staff as well as some key returning position players.

                “We have some key returners back as pitchers,” he said. “Zach Berg, Kale Litzelman, Nate Kolb, and Hunter Parker are all guys returning from the mound that we expect big things from. When you look at the program offensively, Brevin Owen is going to be a returner that we will expect big things from. Harrison Yates is a returner we will expect a lot of stuff from.”

                While the sophomore class has plenty of talent, the freshmen class is also deep. Some newcomers to watch is Mitch Osborne of Lindsay, Ontario, as a catcher. Osborne transferred in this season and will have just one year with the Cougars. Osborne also signed to play this summer for the Western Nebraska Pioneers.

                Other freshmen that Jones is high on include Ty McAninch of Thornton, Colorado, as an outfielder, Luis Alcantara of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as a shortstop; Ethan “Q” Miller of Centennial, Colorado as an outfielder; Michael Felton of Loveland, Colorado as a catcher; and Dermot Fritsch of Brisbane, Australia, as an infielder.

                Freshman pitchers to watch are Garrett DeClue of Littleton, Colorado, and Kyler Harris of Magnolia Texas.

                Of the newcomers, three are signed to play in the Expedition Collegiate Wood-bat league. Osborne is signed to play with the Pioneers, Harris will be playing with the Casper Horseheads, and Alcantara will be playing with the expansion team from Canada, Wheat City Whiskey Jacks.

                Other players on the roster include Austin Abbott of Gering; Jacob Hubert of Katy, Texas; Matt Womack of Houston, Texas; Joey Olson of Olathe, Kansas; John Betsch of Conifer, Colorado; Hayden Siebers of Ft. Collins, Colorado; Robert Fernandez of Amarillo, Texas; Elliott McNeave of Westminster, Colorado; Mitch Mullen of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Hunter Nelson of Erie, Colorado; SJ Mousseau of Superior, Colorado; and Chandler Young of Ft. Collins, Colorado. 

                After this weekend, the Cougars are scheduled to host Miles Community College on Feb. 16-17. Other than that, Jones said they will be on the road a lot during February and March.

                “We are going to be on the road during February and March,” he said. “We will be road warriors for awhile, but we won’t let that get in our way.”

                The one goal the Cougars have is to win the Empire Conference so they can host the Region IX tournament. Then the Region IX winner will host the district playoffs with the district winner advancing to the NJCAA College Word Series the last part of May.





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Ann Arbor, Mich. - Nebraska led 51-49 with four minutes left, but Michigan made enough plays down the stretch to escape with a 67-61 women's basketball win over the Huskers on Thursday night at Crisler Arena.

The loss dropped Nebraska to 5-7 in the Big Ten and 10-13 overall, while the Wolverines improved to 15-9 and 6-6 in the conference by splitting the season series with the Huskers.

In a low-scoring fourth quarter, Nebraska held Michigan without a field goal for the first 7:35 of the period, but trailed 53-51 after a pair of Hallie Thome free throws with 2:33 left. Thome finished with eight points, including four in the fourth quarter.

The Huskers then turned the ball over in the backcourt and Akienreh Johnson got the steal and an uncontested layup to push the Michigan margin to 55-51. Moments later another turnover by Nebraska led to a Naz Hillmon layup and-one free throw to extend the Wolverine lead to 58-51 with 1:59 left. Those were the only Michigan field goals in the quarter. The Wolverines hit nine free throws the rest of the way to seal the win.

The Huskers only got one field goal in the first 8:20 of the final quarter, which came from Kate Cain, before she got her second field goal to cut the margin to 58-53 with 1:37 left. Cain finished with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks for the Huskers.

Taylor Kissinger kept Nebraska's hopes alive with a pair of long three-pointers with 28.1 seconds and 21.2 seconds left to pull the Huskers within 63-59, but NU could get no closer the rest of the way. Kissinger finished with 12 points on 3-of-7 three-point shooting.

Hannah Whitish led the Huskers with 13 points in the game, including 3-of-7 threes. Nicea Eliely added four points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Sam Haiby managed eight points, while Leigha Brown contributed six points.

For the Huskers it was their ninth loss of the season in games decided by two possessions or less and the school-record-tying 11th game decided by six or fewer points. The Huskers are 1-6 in Big Ten play in games decided by two possessions.

Freshman Naz Hillmon led Michigan with a game-high 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Hillmon scored eight big points for the Wolverines in the fourth quarter but also committed six turnovers in the contest.

Akienreh Johnson added 14 points off the bench, as Michigan's bench outscored the Husker bench 37-20 - the first time the Nebraska bench has been outscored by an opposing bench this season.

The Huskers hit 41.7 percent (25-60) of their shots for the game, including 8-of-23 threes, while going 3-of-6 at the line. Nebraska was just 5-of-17 in the fourth quarter, helping Michigan win the battle of the boards 41-29, after Nebraska held a halftime lead on the glass.

Michigan hit 42.9 percent (24-56) but went just 2-for-10 from three-point range, including 0-for-4 in the second half. However, Michigan went 17-for-25 at the line, including 15-of-21 in the decisive fourth quarter.

Nebraska took a 49-48 lead to the fourth quarter after the Huskers outscored the Wolverines 13-5 during a key five-minute stretch late in the third period. Whitish and Kissinger each scored five points during the stretch to give Nebraska the lead.

Michigan took a 35-32 lead to the locker room at the half in a competitive first half that featured plenty of action.  The Wolverines took a 10-8 lead after four straight points from freshman point guard Amy Dilk, but Dilk went out with a right knee injury while making the layup to give Michigan the lead with 3:37 left in the first quarter. Dilk went to the bench and did not return.

Nebraska took a one-point lead at 11-10 on a three-pointer from Brown with 2:55 left in the quarter, but the Wolverines answered with a 7-0 run to build their biggest lead of the quarter at 17-11.

Husker freshman Haiby hit a last-second shot to close the period and send Nebraska to the second quarter trailing 17-13.

Johnson scored the first five points of the second quarter for the Wolverines to push Michigan's lead to 22-13 and less than five minutes later, Michigan pushed the margin to 10 at 29-19 with a Nicole Munger three-pointer with 4:20 left in the half.

Whitish almost immediately answered with a three of her own to ignite a 13-4 surge by the Big Red to cut Michigan's lead to 33-32. The Huskers got the ball back with a dark shot clock but Whitish was called for an illegal screen to give Michigan the ball back with a few seconds left, and Johnson closed the half with a baseline buzzer-beater to give the Wolverines a three-point halftime lead.

Nebraska hit 46.4 percent (13-28) of its first-half shots, including 4-of-11 threes (.364), while going 2-for-4 at the free throw line.  The Huskers also out-rebounded Michigan 16-14.

Michigan hit 53.3 percent (16-30) of its shots, including 2-of-6 threes (.333) in the half, while going 1-for-2 at the line. Michigan won the first-half turnover battle 8-7. 

The Huskers return home to take on Purdue Sunday afternoon. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Boilermakers on Play4Kay Day is set for 2 p.m., and fans are encouraged to wear pink to promote cancer awareness. It will also be alumni weekend in Lincoln with more than 50 former Huskers scheduled to attend Sunday's game and be recognized at halftime. 




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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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