McCook Community College sophomore Shaun Hickey has become the first baseball player from this year’s team to sign on to a four-year school. Hickey, a Summerville, New Brunswick native has committed to play at Division I Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.
“I think Abilene Christian is the best possible match for me,” Hickey said. “This choice meets every need of mine academically and athletically, as well as the opportunity to continue my development at a high level with their program, their resources and their facilities, particularly weight lifting.”
“I’m really happy for Shaun,” said MCC baseball coach Jon Olsen. “If you fully embrace the junior college route, considering the impact of getting an affordable education, when you have a guy sign on at the next level, I get real excited about that.”
Hickey, a 6-1, 190 pound right-handed pitcher, has appeared in five games this year (two as a starter) and is 1-1 with two saves and a 3.48 earned run average. In 10.1 innings, he has allowed seven hits, five walks and 13 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .212 against him this year. He is averaging 11.3 strikeouts and 6.10 hits per nine innings.
Last season he averaged 4.9 strikeouts and 9.40 hits per nine innings in a season when he started five games, went 2-1 in 22 innings, struck out 12, walked 17, allowed a .271 opponent's batting average, and a 9.40 earned run average.
“Shaun is a great kid, a great student and a great worker,” Olsen said. “He did everything you need to do to get better, and be able to move on.”
This year his new team is 17-15, competing in the Southland as well as a non-conference schedule that includes the likes of NCAA tournament qualifiers TCU, Hartford, Northwestern State and in-state foes in Texas A&M and Baylor.
“At the end of the day, Shaun is set to earn his bachelor’s degree and has earned a scholarship to pay for it,” Olsen said.
Hickey is expected to continue his role as relief pitcher in Texas. On Tuesday, he pitched a scoreless ninth inning and picked up his first win of the season in the team’s 11-7 ninth-inning comeback win over Colby Community College. He said he and the team still have some unfinished business in Region IX.
“We still have a lot to play for this season,” Hickey said. “Our goal is to keep fighting and turn things around one pitch at a time and continuing to play for each other.”
MCC is 11-19 overall but still has a chance to push up in the Empire League standings and qualify for post-season plan.
Hickey is studying psychology at MCC and plans to continue that ACU. He plans to play professional baseball and would like to go into the counselling field or possibly sports psychology.
He said he is an avid writer, and hopes to one day write his own book.
Of his time at MCC, Hickey said, “I’ve met people here at MCC and developed life-long relationships with people that I’ll probably always consider as best friends. From my own improvement as a player, our coaches have done everything to help me to continue to develop my skills and reach for my goals on and off the field.”
Olsen said he expects Hickey to be the first of eight to 11 players from this year’s squad to sign on to play at four-year schools.
“We’ve had tons of interest lately, I’m excited for this group of sophomores,” Olsen said.
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.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The McCook Community College men’s basketball team dropped its first game of the year Tuesday falling to Air Force Prep 88-72. MCC was out-scored from the 3-point line by 30 points.
Sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) led MCC with 13 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Ron Rice (New York, N.Y.) had nine points and sophomore Amadou Dieye (Senegal) had eight points.
The Indians were 29 of 65 from the field (44.6 percent) five of 18 from the 3-point line (27.8 percent) and nine of 11 from the free-throw line (81.8 percent). MCC won the rebound battle 34-25.
Air Force Prep made 31 of 61 shots from the floor (50.8 percent) including 15 of 31 from the 3-point line (48.4 percent) and 11 of 14 from the line (78.6 percent.)
MCC takes its 2-1 mark on the road to Wyoming this weekend facing 2-0 Eastern Wyoming Friday and 0-2 Lamar on Saturday.
The next home contests come Nov. 16-17 as the Indians host Cloud County (6 p.m. on Nov. 16) and Garden City (4 p.m. Nov. 17) in the Region IX vs. Region I shootout in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.
The Nebraska softball program has added two former All-Americans and current professional players to its support staff for the 2018-19 season, announced by Head Coach Rhonda Revelle on Thursday. Former Husker and USA World Championship Team member Taylor Edwards will serve as the volunteer coach, while USA Softball’s Japan All-Star Series Team Member and former Oregon Duck standout Jenna Lilley will be a graduate manager. "We could not be more thrilled to add Taylor and Jenna to our Nebraska softball staff," Revelle said. "They each represent excellence and will bring energy, knowledge and a passion for the game to our team. It's a great day for Nebraska softball because we are adding exceptional mentors and people both on and off the field." Edwards will work with the catchers and will also train for the USA National Team and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Lilley will help out with the infield and will also continue her professional career, while training to compete for a spot in the USA National Team program. Edwards was a four-year starting catcher for Nebraska from 2011 to 2014. The only All-America catcher in program history and a three-time all-conference performer, Edwards was also selected as the 2014 Division I Catcher of the Year. She earned third-team All-America accolades as a freshman in 2011, when she was one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award. Edwards earned All-America recognition again as a senior in 2014, when she was named a first-team All-American, the sixth Husker to be a first-team selection.
Edwards ended her career with 17 school records and a pair of NCAA records. The national records she held included most grand slams in a game (2 in 2013) and most consecutive games with a home run (6 in 2011). Edwards set Nebraska career records with 54 home runs, four grand slams, 150 walks and 39 hit-by-pitches. She also owned Husker season records for walks (41 in 2013), hit-by-pitches (16 in 2013) and grand slams, in addition to game records with four runs scored, eight RBIs, four walks and three hit-by-pitches. In addition to her three Husker career records, Edwards ended her career ranked second in school history in RBIs (202), third in runs (177) and total bases (423), fourth in slugging percentage (.629), fifth in doubles (41), sixth in hits (220), eighth in at bats (673) and games played (233) and 14th in batting average (.327). In her career, Edwards hit .327 with 220 hits, 177 runs, 41 doubles, 54 home runs, 202 RBIs and 150 walks. She posted a .471 on-base percentage and a .629 slugging percentage while earning 231 career starts. Following her Husker career, Edwards was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Draft. She played in the NPF for four seasons, and begins her fifth professional season with an independent team in 2018. Edwards won three straight NPF championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and was a two-time All-NPF selection. She also played professionally in Japan for two years (2016-17). “I’m very excited to be on staff," Edwards said. "I want to do everything I can to help get the University back where it belongs - on top. My biggest goal is to help the girls' mindset and push them to be extreme competitors. Never take a pitch off or settle for average or good. Nebraska has a special place in my heart and I want to make the University proud.” An infielder, Lilley joined the Ducks in 2015 as the No. 1 recruit in the nation. The North Canton, Ohio, native was a four-year starter for Oregon and helped the team reach the Super Regionals all four years, which included three trips to the Women’s College World Series in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Lilley was a two-time NFCA All-American and a three-time All-Pac-12 pick, which included two first-team picks in 2015 and 2018. Additionally, Lilley earned All-Pac-12 Defensive Team honors in 2015 and 2018. The 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Lilley led the Ducks with a .427 batting average, while starting all 59 games in her first season with the Ducks. Following her freshman season, Lilley, helped the USA Junior Women's National Team win the 2015 WBSC Junior World Championships. She finished her career with a batting average of .346, 175 runs, 222 hits, 17 home runs and 144 RBIs. Following her collegiate career, Lilley was drafted by her hometown Cleveland Comets in the 2018 NFP draft, going No. 22 overall. Additionally, she played for the USA Women’s National Team in the summer of 2017 and was one of 18 players to be selected to USA Softball’s Japan All-Star Series Roster.
"I am really looking forward to being a part of the Nebraska softball program and Coach Revelle’s staff while furthering my education," Lilley said. "I’d like to thank Coach Revelle and Husker softball for giving me this opportunity."
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McCook Community College sophomore Anna Sanjuan has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Benedictine College in Kansas.
“I'm extremely excited for Anna,” said recently named MCC Women’s Basketball Coach Brandon Pritchett. “She has worked so hard to get to where she is at today. Benedictine is a great fit for her both academically and athletically, and that's what it's all about.”
The 5-6 guard from Reus High School in Reus, Spain played in 31 games this season for the Lady Indians and averaged 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Her 342 points ranked 10th among all Region IX players. She shot 36.5 percent from the field and 32.9 percent from the 3-point line (also ranked 10th in the region) and 59.3 percent from the free-throw line, getting to the line 108 times on the season – sixth most in the region. Her 121 defensive rebounds were seventh most among the region leaders. Her 95 assists were third most and her 51 steals were fourth most in the region.
At the end of the season she was named to the Nebraska Community College all-conference team.
Benedictine College is a NAIA division I school in Atchinson, Kan. located on bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, northwest of Kansas City, Missouri. The Lady Ravens went 18-13 this past season under Coach Chad Folsom, in his 18th year as coach there. The team has gone to the NAIA Division I championship tournament five of the past seven years.
In addition to being impressed with the school and the coaching staff, Sanjuan said it was very noticeable how cohesive the team was, even in workouts.
“I visited there and was really impressed with the way the team worked together in practice and supported each other in drills.”
She will graduate from MCC with a BS in Science and is looking at teaching physical education.
One of her lasting memories from MCC will always be the first time she stepped inside the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. “I was so big and my first thought was, ‘this is America and this gym is American big.’ It is so impressive,” she said of the place where she spent hundreds of hours over the past two years.
She said she is extremely grateful to Coach Pritchett, who as the interim coach, helped give her confidence and helped find her a place to continue playing the sport she loves.
“Benedictine is getting the whole package,” Pritchett said. “She is a great person, student, and talented basketball athlete. I'm excited to watch her grow over the next two years there.”