The McCook Community College volleyball team signed another player Wednesday when Eaton High School (Colo.) senior hitter Quinci Johnson signed her national letter of intent to play volleyball in the Fall at MCC.
“I came to open tryouts last summer and felt really welcome here by Coach Kobza and players and everybody I came in contact with,” Johnson said. “I liked the feel of it and how well MCC seemed to suits me that I came back for a second open tryout.”
“The players and were impressed with how well she did at her first tryout but when she came back for a second time, it was pretty obvious how much she wanted to be a part of our team,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.
Johnson, a 5-8 hitter, is expected to play multiple positions for the Lady Indians.
“I think that is one of her strengths is her versatility and being able to go back and forth between the right side or outside,” Kobza said. “That’s a great option for a team when you have someone who can come in and help you out at either position and make that transition instantly.”
“I’m just happy to be part of this group that looks to build on what’s taken place the past several years,” Johnson said. “I’m looking forward to bonding with my teammates because they are going to be my family for the next two years and I plan to work hard to earn a spot on this team.”
Johnson, who played softball and ran track in middle school, decided to focus on volleyball her freshman year at Highland High School, then transferred to Eaton, where her team won state in 2017, and made it to the semifinals this past season.
“From a recruiting standpoint, we’ve had good luck with players who come from winning programs,” Kobza said.
Johnson plans to focus on nursing classes when she enrolls for classes in the Fall.
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) and the Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) announced the advancement of 14 coaches and an athletic director as finalists for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year. The nominations were based on each coach’s career accomplishments through the 2017-18 athletic seasons. Two former Nebraska prep coaches will be honored by being inducted into the national high school coaching hall of fame as well.
|Jim||Hansen||Lincoln Pius X||Boys Assistant Coach|
|Shane||Fruit||Ogallala||Boys Cross Country|
|Doug||Goltz||Falls City Sacred Heart||Football|
|Kevin||Hubbell||Lincoln East||Girls Assistant Coach|
|Jeremy||Haselhorst||Papillion-La Vista South||Girls Cross Country|
|Nancy||Lockmon||Giltner||Girls Track & Field|
|Rich||Hood III||Omaha Burke||Swimming & Diving|
Eight finalists from across the nation, in nineteen recognized sports categories will be honored during the National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the NHSACA’s national convention in Bismarck, North Dakota on the evening of June 26, 2019. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in each sports category.
All Nebraska coaches were nominated for this national honor by the Nebraska Coaches Association. The selection is based on career longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. NHSACA is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.
NATIONAL HALL OF FAME: Coaches Gail Peterson, Crofton and Sharon Zavala, Grand Island Central Catholic will be inducted into the national high school coaching hall of fame at the same NHSACA Convention. Hall of Fame ceremonies will take place on June 25.
It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the advancement of Matt Wiemers from McCook High School as a finalist for the 2019 National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of tennis. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND on the evening of June 26, 2019. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in nineteen recognized sports categories. Coach Wiemers was nominated for this national honor by their state’s high school coaches’ association. This selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using a sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Ainsworth 66, CWC 23
Allen 55, Wynot 47
Alliance 68, Gordon/Rushville 23
Amherst 44, Shelton 34
Anselmo-Merna 64, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 44
Ashland-Greenwood 50, Yutan 47
Axtell 55, Arapahoe 46
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 68, Wakefield 55
Battle Creek 54, Guardian Angels 52
Blair 59, Omaha Concordia 41
Blue Hill 60, Harvard 47
Conestoga 65, Palmyra 62
Crofton 57, Wayne 56
Cross County 64, Dorchester 18
David City 62, Shelby/Rising City 59
Douglas County West 59, Louisville 49
Dundy County-Stratton 71, Wallace 48
Elkhorn 62, Columbus 43
Emerson-Hubbard 47, Homer 42
Exeter/Milligan 50, Meridian 33
Falls City Sacred Heart 58, Jefferson (Conception), Mo. 51, OT
Fort Calhoun 58, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 44
Freeman 65, Malcolm 26
Giltner 54, East Butler 42
Grand Island Central Catholic 47, Grand Island Northwest 22
Hartington Cedar Catholic 67, Creighton 29
Hastings St. Cecilia 43, Superior 38
Heartland 78, High Plains Community 39
Johnson County Central 54, Weeping Water 14
Johnson-Brock 95, Lewiston 25
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 81, Hartington-Newcastle 57
Lincoln North Star 62, Grand Island 44
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47, Arlington 33
Loomis 68, Southwest 60
Lutheran High Northeast 77, Walthill 38
Madison 62, Stanton 44
Maxwell 66, Brady 42
McCook 41, Lexington 39
McCool Junction 25, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 23
Mead 55, Parkview Christian 51
Milford 60, Columbus Lakeview 46
Millard West 57, Omaha Bryan 55
Mitchell 51, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 36
Nebraska City Lourdes 69, Auburn 36
Neligh-Oakdale 63, Clearwater/Orchard 53
Norris 41, York 40
North Bend Central 69, Columbus Scotus 49
North Central 62, Niobrara/Verdigre 57
O'Neill 47, Wagner, S.D. 38
Oakland-Craig 72, Tekamah-Herman 20
Omaha Creighton Prep 59, Omaha Westside 55
Osmond 61, Bloomfield 31
Overton 76, Elwood 42
Pawnee City 42, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 38, OT
Paxton 52, Hitchcock County 40
Platteview 64, Nebraska City 48
Ponca 59, Winnebago 40
Randolph 58, Winside 17
Schuyler 38, Central City 36
Seward 70, Crete 29
Silver Lake 49, Franklin 28
South Loup 64, Arcadia-Loup City 52
Southern 42, Diller-Odell 37
St. Mary's 84, Santee 46
St. Paul 55, Minden 41
Sterling 61, Omaha Christian Academy 53
Sutton 91, Ravenna 44
Syracuse 46, Plattsmouth 44
Thayer Central 51, Friend 27
Tri County 80, College View Academy 25
Wahoo 83, Raymond Central 36
Wausa 39, Elkhorn Valley 38
West Holt 55, Plainview 43
Wisner-Pilger 51, Twin River 40
2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=
Hershey 51, Sutherland 37
2019 Thunder Classic Basketball Tournament=
Falls City 49, Jackson Heights, Kan. 44
Minuteman Activities Conference Basketball Tournament=
Creek Valley 66, Minatare 63
Garden County 56, Potter-Dix 11
Leyton 45, South Platte 43
Panhandle Conference Basketball Tournament=
Hay Springs 55, Crawford 49
Sioux County 51, Edgemont, S.D. 45
River Cities Conference Basketball Tournament=
Elkhorn Mount Michael 64, Omaha Gross Catholic 52
Omaha Skutt Catholic 69, Ralston 63
South Sioux City 68, Beatrice 52
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Alliance 47, Gordon/Rushville 34
Amherst 61, Shelton 21
Arlington 58, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 34
Auburn 34, Nebraska City Lourdes 32
Aurora 40, Holdrege 30
Axtell 34, Arapahoe 29
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 56, Wakefield-Allen 49
Blair 37, Omaha Concordia 26
Bloomfield 47, Osmond 35
Blue Hill 55, Harvard 18
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 34, McCool Junction 32
CWC 68, Ainsworth 40
Centennial 57, Wilber-Clatonia 12
Central City 50, Schuyler 24
Crete 39, Seward 31
Crofton 60, Wayne 36
Cross County 35, Dorchester 23
David City 36, Shelby/Rising City 27
Diller-Odell 48, Southern 37
Dundy County-Stratton 64, Wallace 14
Elkhorn 50, Columbus 39
Elkhorn Valley 67, Wausa 37
Exeter/Milligan 58, Meridian 37
Falls City 41, St. Joseph Le Blond, Mo. 29
Giltner 68, East Butler 26
Grand Island Central Catholic 52, Wood River 40
Guardian Angels 67, Battle Creek 66
Hampton 40, Nebraska Lutheran 37
Hartington Cedar Catholic 58, Creighton 42
Hartington-Newcastle 53, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 38
Hastings St. Cecilia 48, Superior 45, OT
Heartland 49, High Plains Community 20
Hitchcock County 61, Paxton 32
Homer 49, Emerson-Hubbard 25
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 54, Pawnee City 38
Jefferson (Conception), Mo. 31, Falls City Sacred Heart 25
Johnson-Brock 59, Lewiston 25
Lawrence-Nelson 49, Deshler 40
Lincoln North Star 67, Grand Island 43
Loomis 58, Southwest 15
Lutheran High Northeast 68, Walthill 51
Malcolm 32, Freeman 24
Maxwell 50, Brady 31
McCook 41, Lexington 39
Mead 55, Parkview Christian 14
Medicine Valley 35, Eustis-Farnam 20
Milford 66, Columbus Lakeview 59
Millard West 60, Omaha Bryan 9
Mitchell 51, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 36
Neligh-Oakdale 35, Clearwater/Orchard 26
Norfolk Catholic 55, Gretna 43
Norris 41, York 40
North Bend Central 38, Columbus Scotus 24
North Central 64, Niobrara/Verdigre 59
O'Neill 69, Wagner, S.D. 48
Oakland-Craig 62, Tekamah-Herman 38
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 59, Fort Calhoun 48
Omaha Marian 63, Omaha Central 49
Overton 48, Elwood 38
Palmyra 43, Conestoga 31
Platteview 52, Nebraska City 28
Pleasanton 55, Ansley-Litchfield 19
Ponca 59, Winnebago 42
Randolph 52, Winside 12
Silver Lake 47, Franklin 35
South Loup 53, Arcadia-Loup City 37
St. Mary's 66, Santee 52
St. Paul 46, Minden 40
Stanton 62, Madison 12
Sterling 49, Omaha Christian Academy 37
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 34, Anselmo-Merna 33
Sutton 43, Ravenna 37
Syracuse 57, Plattsmouth 34
Thayer Central 54, Friend 28
Tri County 62, College View Academy 9
Twin River 33, Wisner-Pilger 29
Wahoo 64, Raymond Central 36
Weeping Water 51, Johnson County Central 34
West Holt 59, Plainview 24
Yutan 60, Ashland-Greenwood 30
2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=
Bridgeport 59, Perkins County 22
Chase County 49, Kimball 25
Hershey 48, Sutherland 20
Goldenrod Conference Tournament=
Burwell 53, Nebraska Christian 38
Central Valley 60, Riverside 23
Fullerton 49, Spalding Academy 19
Humphrey St. Francis 68, Palmer 25
The Air Force Prep Huskies banked in a 3-pointer off the boards as time expired to sink the McCook Community College Men Tuesday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center 81-80.
MCC had taken the lead on sophomore Peanut Cunningham’s (Louisville, Kent.) drive down the lane that put the Indians up 80-78 with 9.4 seconds remaining. Air Force Prep got the ball up court for a 3-pointer that missed but Prep’s Marcus Hill ran down the rebound and put it up and in for the win.
“We box out and we’re happy with a great win over a quality team,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said. “Instead we’re disappointed with a loss.”
The two teams battled back-and-forth in the first half. The Indians took an eight-point lead at the 12:56 mark but Air Force Prep fought back to lead by five points at the 7:12 mark. MCC took the lead back but the Huskies worked a last-second shot to end the first half and brought them to within four points of the Indians 40-36.
“We’re just having a hard tie guarding in half-court,” Lenhart said.
MCC stretched the lead to double-digits in the early part of the second half until the Huskies switched things up defensively.
“They went to a zone and it slowed us down for four or five possessions,” Lenhart said.
The Huskies cut the MCC lead to 62-59 at the 10:00 mark and the game remained tight down the stretch.
“Peanut really lifted us in the second half,” Lenhart said.
Cunningham scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to pace the Indians. Freshman Miles Black (Jonesboro, Ga.) hit three 3-pointers in the second half on the way to a 17-point night. Freshmen Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) and Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) both chipped in nine points.
Air Force Prep canned 30 of 55 field goals for the game (56.7 percent) and 14 of 34 shots from beyond the 3-point line (41.2 percent) including 10 of 21 in the second half (47.6 percent).
“You just can’t allow a team to shoot 56 percent for the game, 42 percent from the 3-point line and let them take 34 of them,” Lenhart said.
MCC shot 49.3 percent from the field on 69 shots, and 32.1 percent from the 3-point line on 28 shots,
The Indians out-rebounded the Huskies 35-31 with Sophomore Ron White (New York, N.Y.) leading MCC on the boards with seven.
“I mean there was a lot of good that took place tonight, but in a loss you give up an inch here and an inch there and it adds up,” Lenhart said.
The Indians forced Air Force Prep into 17 turnovers, while committing nine.
The Indians fall to 7-8 on the year and begin Region IX South Division Play this weekend in Colorado, Friday at La Junta, Colo. against Otero Junior College and Saturday at Trinidad State. Then comes two more Region IX road games Jan. 22 at Scottsbluff against Western Nebraska and Jan. 25 at Sterling, Colo. against Northeastern Junior College.
MCC's only home game in the region comes Jan 29 when the Indians host North Platte.
For more photos from the game, please visit the MCC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/
You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:
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.
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. “