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Lexington, NE - After going 12 innings on Saturday night falling to Hastings Five Points Bank 7-6, the WESTCO Zephyrs could not put together a rally together on Sunday falling 9-3 to Lexington Pinnacle Bank. WESTCO would jump on top 2-0 in the top of the first, but Lexington would score four runs in the bottom of the third and five more runs would come across in the bottom of the fourth to be the difference. WESTCO would scratch one across in the top of the fifth for their third run of the game. The Zephyrs season comes to an end with their second loss of the Area 7 tournament with a record of 14-35. 


Friday, July 20th 
WESTCO
Lexington 

Saturday, July 21st 
Hastings
WESTCO  6   12 Innings 


Sunday, July 22nd 
Lexington 9 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error 
WESTCO  3 Runs, 4 Hits, 4 Error 




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The eight-team bracket includes Chadron, Denver School of Science and Technology, Gering, Mitchell, Scottsbluff, Sidney and Sterling High Schools. The Scottsbluff Bearcats had a seven year state tournament run snapped last season by Crete in the District Final's ending the Bearcats season at 18-9. The Bearcats bring back plenty of weapons on the floor with Senior Connor McCracken and Junior Jasiya DeOllos. Scottsbluff lost Vince Quijas, Devin Buderus, and Mason Ramig to graduation. 

Gering basketball will begin a new era as Randy Plummer stepped down after 19 years as head coach of the Bulldogs. Rick Winkler will step in as the interim head coach this season for Gering. The Bulldogs ended the season a game under five hundred last season falling in the sub-districts to Scottsbluff. Gering will be young this season after losing Jake Rocheleau, Tyler Pszanka, Joziah Palomo and Walker Cook to graduation. Interim Head Coach Rick Winkler looks to reload with the likes of Xavier Horst, Kolton Ebbers, Emanuel Campos and Bryce Sherrell. 




Nebraska's Hannah Whitish was named to the 12-player All-Big Ten Team by the conference coaches when the annual preseason honors were announced on Monday, Oct. 22.

The announcement of the preseason teams marked the tip-off of Big Ten Women's Basketball Media Week (@B1GWBBall) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Whitish, a 5-9 junior guard from Barneveld, Wis., led Nebraska in scoring (12.6 ppg) and assists (4.7 apg) as a sophomore in 2017-18. She owned a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as Nebraska's point guard while also ranking among the Big Ten's best three-point shooters. Whitish played a major role in lifting Nebraska to the nation's top turnaround in the win column last season, as the Huskers recorded 14 more victories (21) in 2017-18 than in 2016-17 (7). She captured second-team All-Big Ten accolades at the end of last season while helping Nebraska to the NCAA Tournament.

Whitish was the lone Husker honored by the league in preseason voting of the conference coaches.

The Big Ten Conference does not rank its team's No. 1 through No. 14 in preseason voting, instead the coaches and select media members each choose their projected top-three teams in the league.

Maryland is the preseason pick of the coaches and the media to win the Big Ten, while Iowa was picked No. 2 by both the coaches and media. The league coaches chose Michigan in the No. 3 spot, while the conference media selected Minnesota. Iowa senior center Megan Gustafson, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, was chosen by the coaches to repeat that honor. Gustafson, Maryland's Kaila Charles, Michigan's Hallie Thome and Minnesota's Kenisha Bell were all unanimous preseason all-conference selections by the coaches.

2018-19 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM*

Hannah Whitish, Jr., G, Nebraska

Alex Wittinger, Sr., F, Illinois

Kathleen Doyle, Jr., G, Iowa

Megan Gustafson, Sr., F, Iowa

Kaila Charles, Jr., G, Maryland

Hallie Thome, Sr., C, Michigan

Shay Colley, Jr., G, Michigan State

Kenisha Bell, Sr., G, Minnesota

Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah, Sr., F, Northwestern

Teniya Page, Sr., G, Penn State

Ae’Rianna Harris, Jr., F, Purdue

Dominique Oden, Jr., G, Purdue

Whitish and the Huskers will hit the court for the first time together at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday night for a free Open Practice. Doors at the arena open at 6:45 p.m., and the practice is expected to last until approximately 8 p.m. Autograph opportunities will follow the practice.

Season tickets for Nebraska women's basketball are on sale now at Huskers.com.





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A couple of Grand Island Central Catholic Seniors made news. Kamryn Willman signed a volleyball letter of intent with the College of St. Mary in Omaha.

Megan Woods, a D1 commit to UNO, has been selected to play in the Nebraska Coaches All Star Volleyball Match this summer. 





Kamryn Willman

Megan Woods

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Western Nebraska Community College’s Laramie Lake made one of the biggest saves of her goalkeeping career late in the second overtime of the Cougar’s match with Northeastern Junior College Wednesday at Landers Soccer Complex..

The freshman from Cheyenne, Wyoming, with 3:34 to play in double overtime, made a save on a penalty kick to help the Cougars earn a 2-2 tie with the Plainswomen in a Region IX South Conference contest.

If Lake would have missed the save, the Plainswomen would have walked off with the victory. That wasn’t the case. It was a moment that Merrissa Espinoza, a freshman defender from Scottsbluff, said was like a game-winning goal.

“Oh, my goodness, that save was so big,” she said. “That save was amazing and it was hard not to tackle her because there was still time in the game. We just wanted to get on her and love her and tell her we were going to buy her dinner tonight. It was just amazing that she saved us so much.”
                
Thankfully, for the Cougar defense stepped up with some big defensive stops to help WNCC earn another tie on the season. WNCC is now 2-3-1 in conference action and 3-7-2 overall on the season.

Espinoza said the team could have played better, but they played well enough to get the tie in weather conditions that was cold with plenty of snow flurries.

“We played our best but we could have done better,” Espinoza said. “Our shots were there; e just couldn’t finish.”

The match had a little bit of everything with scoring and fine defensive plays.

Both teams netted a goal in each half. WNCC struck first as Caroline Vieira needed the first goal with 21:30 to play in the opening half off an assist from Bethany Fuchs.

Ten minutes later, Jaycie Dillenburg tied the contest after taking a pass from Michele Pelino. That is where things stayed until halftime.

Midway through the second half, WNCC went up 2-1 after Rafaela Passos scored off an assist from Rafaela Ornelas. The Cougar defense played tough until with seven minutes left when Macy Gurule scored from an assist from Dillenburg.

WNCC had a could chances at the end of regulation but couldn’t score to force extra periods.

Neither scored in the first 10-minute overtime period. The second overtime period saw NJC have a prime scoring chance with the penalty kick but Lake’s save extended the match.

WNCC outshot NJC 17-11. The Cougars had 12 shots on goal compared to just four for the Plainswomen.

WNCC had three corner kicks in the contest while NJC had four.

Lake had seven saves in net for the Cougars while NJC goalkeeper Nohelia Pena had 13 saves.

The Cougar women will have two regular season contests left. WNCC will face York College junior varsity on Thursday before hosting Northwest College on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the final home contest. Sunday’s contest will be sophomore recognition for the five sophomores – Dayeli Limon, Sydney Heimbouch, Tayna Bretani, Megan Jarman, and Jordyn Rivera.

With two matches left in the regular season before the post season, Espinoza can’t believe the season is almost over.

“I can’t believe the season is almost over. It is going to be bittersweet especially since I gotten so close to the sophomores. They are just a great team,” Espinoza said. “Our record should be better because there are games that we could have won. It is sad that it almost over.”




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The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team will be holding hitting and pitching leagues for the area youth baseball players beginning in January.

 

Both leagues will run for five weeks on Monday nights. Cost for the leagues is $50 per participant.

The hitting league will get the ball rolling first with hitting action slated for January 21 and 28, and February 4, 11, and 18. The pitching league will be held February 25, March 4, 18, and 25, and April 1.

 

Ages for the two leagues are baseball players 8 to 18. The hitting league is limited to the first paid 24 teams of four players, while the pitching league will consist of teams of two. League action begins at 6 p.m. with staggered starting times. The action will take place at the Field of Dreams indoor baseball facility located in Scottsbluff by Cleveland Field.

 

To download a league registration form, go to wnccathletics.com and the camps tab.

For more information, contact WNCC baseball coach Mike Jones at jomesm@wncc.edu or 308-635-6198.





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The 14th-ranked Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team scored 51 second-half points to come back to top Colby Community College 88-85 Wednesday evening at Cougar Palace in the Cougars’ home opener.

The big difference in the game was second half shooting and rebounding.

“The first half we came out very slow and we weren’t playing good defense,” Bryce Sanchious, who finished with 16 points including a couple eye-popping, second half dunks, said. “The second half, coach told us to play defense.”

Defense was a big key and Sanchious said that is something that they have to get better at.

“We are a pretty good offensive team right now because that is what we work on in practice,” he said. “Right now we have to work on our defense because we can’t have teams scoring over 80 points on us.”

The second half was the turning point for the Cougars. In the opening half, WNCC shot just 39 percent from long-range in making seven 3-pointers but just 42 percent from the field. Colby shot 55 percent from the field in the opening half. Colby even had a 21-18 rebound edge in the opening first half.

WNCC started strong as Jervay Green had five straight points for a 32-27 WNCC lead with 6 minutes to play. That was when Colby took the lead, going on a 9-0 run to lead 36-32 with 4:11 to play. The Trojans pushed the lead to double digits at 44-34 and led 49-37 at halftime.

Sanchious said they knew going into the locker room what they needed to do in the second half.

“We knew going into halftime what we needed to do since they were out-rebounding us,” he said. “The second half rebounding was totally different.”

Rebounding and shooting picked up for the Cougars. WNCC had 17 big rebounds but it was the shooting that heated up with an electric student section that was got the Cougars energized. WNCC shot 69 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes and were 6 of 7 from long range. Colby shot 35 percent in the second half.

Early on in the second half Colby continued to play strong as they held a double digit lead for the first eight minutes of the contest, leading 68-50 at one time. It was at that junction that the Cougar offense hyped up, going on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 68-60 on a Sanchiouis electrifying dunk.

Colby and WNCC kept trading buckets and led 75-68 on a Craig Beaudeon trey. WNCC responded with authority after that and it all started with another Sanchious energizing dunk. The Cougars took their first lead of the game since midway in the first half at 76-75 on a Dru Kuxhausen 3-pointer with 4:32 to play.

Colby went back in front with a bucket by Rian Carter, but the Cougars went on a 7-0 run on 3-pointers by Kuxhausen and Green to lead 83-77.

The contest stayed close to the end. Colby sliced the lead to one, 84-83, with 22.7 seconds. Kuxhausen hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to an 88-85 lead. Colby had one last hope of tying the game in the final 3.2 seconds. Carter brought the ball to past half court and shot a desperation 3-pointer that hit the rim but didn’t go in as the final buzzer went off.

WNCC had just five players hit the scoring column on the night. Green led all scorers with 30 points, including making four 3-pointers.

Kuxhausen finished with 24 points with six treys, while Sanchious had 16 points.

Martin Roub and Henry Tanksley each finished with nine points.

Colby finished the game with four players in double figures. Ed Oliver-Hampton led the team with 21 points followed by Craig Beaudion with 19, Carter with 15, and Javion May with 10.

WNCC, 3-0, will be back in action this weekend for the Region 9/18 Classic when Casper, College of Southern Idaho, and Salt Lake Community College come to WNCC. Friday’s schedule has Casper facing Salt Lake at 5:30 p.m. followed by WNCC and No. 3 CSI at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s schedule pits CSI and Casper together at 4 p.m. with WNCC and No. 8 Salt Lake battling at 6 p.m.

 

Colby (2-1)                          49 36 – 85

WNCC (3-0)                         37 51 – 89

COLBY

Rian Carter15, Javion May 10, Craig Beaudion 19, Caleb Jones McCray 6, Gabe Oliveira 2, Eddie Davis 3, Ed Oliver-Hampton 21, Eric Turner 5, Moses Bol 4.

WNCC

Dru Kuxhausen 24, Bryce Sanchious 16, Henry Tanksley 9, Jervay Green 30, Martin Roub 9.




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The #14 Western Nebraska Community College Cougars Men's Basketball program is back in action Friday as they will play for a second time this season against the top five College of Southern Idaho. The Cougars pulled out a close 105-102 victory over the Golden Eagles last weekend at Central Wyoming. 

The Golden Eagles look to redeem themselves in what will be a  less than packed house at the Palace as the Scottsbluff Bearcats Semi-Final State Football Playoff game will be played at the same time. WNCC is offering free entry to anyone with a stamp from the Scottsbluff game.

The Cougars will also host another top ten opponent Salt Lake Community College on Saturday at 6pm. You can listen to all the action beginning at 5:45pm for pregame coverage tomorrow. 

Here is my conversation with Cory Fehringer on the Cougars 3 and 0 start to the season. 




11.09 Cory Fehringer

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The No.18 Western Nebraska Community College fought back from a 2-0 deficit only to come up short in a heartbreaking loss to Laramie County Community College in five sets 25-13, 25-20, 17-25, 17-25, 16-14 Tuesday evening in Cheyenne.

The lose drops the Cougars to 23-8 on the season and snaps a 9-match winning streak, while the Golden Eagles move to 23-7 and push their win streak to 12 matches.

WNCC will have two more regular season matches before next week’s regional tournament this week at home. On Thursday, in sophomore recognition night, the Cougars host Sheridan College at 7 p.m. followed by a Friday night encounter against No. 5 Iowa Western Community College at 7:30 p.m. in homecoming festivities after the match.

Tuesday’s match with LCCC, however, started exactly how it the first meeting between the two squads started with the Golden Eagles grabbing the first set 25-13 and the second set 25-20 for a 2-0 lead.

Just like the August meeting, WNCC responded back grabbing the third set 25-17 and then rolling to the fourth set 25-17 behind strong serving.

That set up a crucial fifth set just like the first meeting. WNCC led 8-7 in the fifth on two Enna Masaki points only to watch LCCC come back for a 10-8 lead.

From there the fifth set became intense as WNCC tied set at 11-11 on an Amryi-Grace Paris kill and Kaile Tuisamatatele points. WNCC led 13-12 after a Jayme Commins service point and it looked as if WNCC was going to pull out the fifth set like they did in the first meeting.

LCCC, however, came back to lead 14-13 and was one point from the match. WNCC forced extra points on a Masaki kill, tying the set at 14. LCCC responded back in claiming the final two points for the win.

WNCC had three players led the team with nine kills each in Masaki, Paris, and Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina.

Commins had a double-double with 15 digs and 39 set assists. Commins also had four digs.

Several players had near double-doubles. Masaki had nine digs, six points, three aces and three solo blocks to go with her nine kills, while Adia Sherbeyn finished with 10 digs and eight points.

Also for the Cougars, Tuisamatatele tallied seven kills, six points, two solo blocks, and 12 points; Ana Costas had 15 digs, nine points, and three set assists; Camille Esselin had eight digs and two points; Gaby Canavati had seven kills and three digs; Mamai-Lagafuaina had five solo blocks; and Sarena Bartley had four kills.

After this week, WNCC will be back in Cheyenne for the Region IX tournament that begins on Halloween. WNCC, who earned the No. 1 seed from the South Sub-region will play at 1 p.m. on Oct. 31 against the winner of the North 4 and South 5 winner that will be played earlier on Halloween. The Region IX tournament will be held at Storey Gym in Cheyenne with the top two teams from the regional tournament qualifying for the national tournament later in November.




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In a battle of Top 15 teams, the Salt Lake Community College men’s basketball team shot 50 percent and buried 15 3-pointers in racing to a 108-78 win over Western Nebraska Community College Saturday evening at Cougar Palace.

Salt Lake, who is ranked eighth in the nation, put up 61 first-half points and held the 14th-ranked Cougars to 27 percent shooting in the first half to register the victory and go 1-1 over the weekend. Casper and the College of Southern Idaho also went 1-1 in the Region 9/18 Classic after CSI came back from a 60-47 halftime deficit to top Casper 105-103 in the early game Saturday.

WNCC, who dropped to 3-2 on the season, will have a week to regroup before hosting another 4-team classic next weekend when Central Wyoming College, Western Wyoming Community College, and Williston State come to Cougar Palace. WNCC will play Western Wyoming on Friday at 7 p.m. and then Central Wyoming on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Saturday, WNCC’s shooting woes started early in the match. The two teams were tied just once at 2-2. After that, Salt Lake went on a 10-0 run and never relinquished the lead again.

The Cougars, however, kept fighting in the game. With the Bruins up 12-2, WNCC sliced the lead to 12-7 on a Henry Tanksley 3-pointer and a Jervay Green bucket. Salt Lake came right back on an 8-0 run for a 20-7 lead and later led 37-22. That was when the Bruins went on a 12-0 run to lead 49-22 before settling for a 61-28 halftime lead.

The first half saw several Cougars in foul trouble early, including Green and Dru Kuxhausen each with three fouls.

The second half was an evenly played 20 minutes with WNCC outscoring Salt Lake 50-47. The trading baskets, though, was not enough as the Cougars suffered their second loss of the season.

Shooting was the big reason for the Cougar’s defeat. WNCC shot 26.5 percent in the first half and just 37 percent for the game. Added to that, the Cougars were 3 of 17 from beyond the arc in the first half for 18 percent. The second half was better, shooting 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from the 3-point area (8 of 19).

Free throw shooting wasn’t go the Cougars way either shooting 50 percent at 15 of 30.

Salt Lake, on the other hand, shot 51 percent in the first half, 47 percent in the second half for an even 50 percent for the game. The Bruins buried eight treys in the first half and nine in the second half. Salt Lake was also 19 of 24 from the charity stripe.

Salt Lake also won the rebound battle 53-41.

WNCC had four players finish with double figures. Bryce Sanchious led the Cougars with 22 points, including going 7 of 10 from the charity stripe. Kuxhausen tallied 21 points and six 3-pointers before fouling out.

Tanksley finished with 12 points followed by Martin Roub with 10. Green, after tallying 44 in a game against Southern Idaho on Friday, finished with eight points.

Salt Lake also had four players in double figures. Josh Colon had 25 points with three 3-pointers while going 8 of 8 from the charity stripe. Daron Henson also had 23 points with four treys, while Cameron Mack had 15 and three 3-pointers, and Aaron Burt tallying 12 points.

In the first game of the day, Casper College ran out to a 60-47 halftime lead on 43 percent shooting while burying eight 3-pointers. The second half was the difference as the T-birds shot 36 percent and made just two treys. CSI, on the other hand, stayed consistent in shooting 46 percent in the first half and 47 percent in the second half. The big difference in the game was rebounding, where the Golden Eagles held a 59-48 advantage.

Casper had four players in double figures, led by Isaac Bonton with 29 points, including five 3-pointers and going 12 of 15 from the free throw line.

Southern Idaho had six players in double figures. David Walker finished with 20 points, including going 8 of 10 from the free throw line, while Coreyoun Rushin and N’Keil Nelson each had 18 points.

 

 

Casper (3-1)                        60 43 – 103

Southern Idaho (2-2)      47 58 – 105

CASPER

Braxton Bertolette 18, Jalen Harris 4, Keiron Goodwin 7, Amin Adamu 6, Isaac Bonton 29, Philip Pepple 6, Wilfried Likayi 16, Zion Tordoff 4, Broc Furman 10, James Hampshire 3.

CSI

David Walker 20, Malik Porter 6, Coreyoun Rushin 18, Roberto Gittens 11, N’Keil Nelson 18, Coleman Sparling 3, Brayden Parker 15, Jaxon Edelmayer 12, Andrea Lo Biondo 2.

 

Salt Lake (2-1)    61 47 – 108

WNCC (3-2)         28 50 – 78

SALT LAKE

Asa McCord 8, Daron Henson 23, Cameron Mack 15, Aaron Burt 12, Alan Zekovic 6, Dimi Pansev 2, Matt Lindsy 9, Josh Colon 25, Hunter Schofield 8.

WNCC

Dru Kuxhausen 21, LeBeck Warren 2, Bryce Sanchious 22, Ernesto Chavez 1, Elie Cadet 2, Henry Tanksley 12, Jervay Green 8, Martin Roub 10.




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