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Omaha, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (22-14) fell to Creighton, 2-1, in the series rubber match at TD Ameritrade Park on Tuesday night.

Nebraska saw pitching appearances from Ethan Frazier (2.2 innings), Ben Klenke (1.0), Mike Waldron (2.1), Kyle Perry (0.0), Shay Schanaman (1.0) and Bo Blessie (1.0).

In the opening frame, the Huskers were retired in order with two flyouts to center field and a groundout. In the bottom of the first, the Bluejays went down 1-2-3 with two groundouts and a flyout.

All three Husker batters were retired in the top of the second with two strikeouts and a flyout. Creighton managed one baserunner in the bottom of the second, but he was caught stealing after a groundout and flyout.

Jaxon Hallmark ripped a one-out double in the top of the third and then advanced to third on a wild pitch before back-to-back outs left him stranded. The Bluejays strung together back-to-back base hits to put runners on the corners, but couldn’t bring them in as the game remained scoreless.

Aaron Palensky hit a leadoff single in the top of the fourth and Luke Roskam was hit-by-pitch, but both runners were left stranded in a scoreless frame. Creighton scored one run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. The Bluejays scored their run with two outs after a walk and hit-by-pitch led to an RBI single.

In the fifth inning, both teams went down in order as the score remained a 1-0 lead for the Bluejays.

Nebraska scored one run in the top of the sixth to tie the score at 1-1. Spencer Schwellenbach laced a leadoff single before Palensky recorded a base hit of his own. A wild pitch advanced Schwellenbach to third base. He scored on Gunner Hellstrom’s sacrifice fly to center field. Roskam drew a walk to put runners on, but they were left stranded. In the bottom of the sixth, Jack Strunc hit a solo home run to give Creighton a 2-1 lead.

NU went down in order in the top of the seventh. Creighton loaded the bases on three walks in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t convert as the Bluejays’ lead stayed at 2-1.

The Huskers were sat down in order in the top of the eighth. The Bluejays loaded the bases again in the bottom of the eighth, but failed to score any runs.

In the top of the ninth, Joe Acker reached on a leadoff walk and stole second. Cam Chick drew a two-out walk to put two runners on, but a flyout ended the game.

The Huskers return home to host Illinois for a three-game series at Hawks Field this weekend. The games are set for Friday at 7:35 p.m. (CT) on Big Ten Network, Saturday at 2:05 p.m., on NET and Sunday at 11:05 a.m.





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Kearney Catholic 0 McCook 9

 
Varsity Singles
1 Kassidy Michaelis def A. Waggoner 8-1
2 Sydney Stewart def L. Trettel 8-0
3 Riley Hansen def E. Saadi 8-5
4 Megan Hodgson def K. Graham 8-1
5 Kori Uerling def B. Brandt 8-1
6 Macy Hill def S. Conner 8-6
 
Varsity Doubles
1 Riley Hansen/Kori Uerling def Saadi/Conner 8-5
2 Megan Hodgson/Delaney Jumps def Waggoner/Trettel 8-6
3 Kassidy Michaelis/Sydney Stewart def Graham/Ashton Huls 8-0
 
Junior Varsity Singles
Elsa Wilcox def J. Kruse 8-0
Olivia Koetter def A. Halpin 8-0
 
Junior Varsity Doubles
Elsa Wilcox/Olivia Koetter def Kruse/Halpin 6-0
Highlight match was Megan and Delaney winning a tightly contested match 8-6, avenging an earlier loss
a couple weeks ago. They are making positive strides in areas we are wanting them to improve. They
are getting close to being where we want them to be and then things will really start to roll for them.
Riley and Kori battled their way to an 8-5 win at 1 doubles. They got off to a slow start, but caught
momentum in the later part of the match that ended with a 4-0 run. They are making strides in
adjusting their play that will make them a better team. With more time and match play, I’m confident
they will get to where we want them to be.
 
Kearney 4 McCook 5
 
Varsity Singles
1 Kassidy Michaelis def O. Flood 8-5
2 Sydney Stewart def A. Boyd 8-3
3 Riley Hansen lost to M. Henning 8-6
4 Megan Hodgson lost to A. Chally 8-3
5 Kori Uerling lost to K. Sears 9-8 (7-5)
6 Macy Hill def N. Tenkorang 8-3
 
Varsity Doubles
1 Riley Hansen/Kori Uerling def Flood/Sears 9-8 (9-7)
2 Megan Hodgson/Delaney Jumps lost to Chally/Henning 8-3
3 Kassidy Michaelis/Sydney Stewart def Bella Engberg/Liz Young 8-2
 
Junior Varsity Singles
Elsa Wilcox lost to Bella Engberg 8-3
Olivia Koetter def Liz Young 8-2
 
Junior Varsity Doubles
Elsa Wilcox/Olivia Koetter def Boyd/Tenkorang 9-7
A lot of highlights in this dual. To go to Kearney and come home with two wins is pretty dang special.
You can always be sure both home teams will give you their best shot. Today was a total team effort
and I’m very pleased with our play.
The tie breaker win by Riley and Kori was awesome. They did a great job of making Kearney play their
style of tennis. The match was a battle from start to finish. I was happy they were able to pull out a win
after working so hard.
Kassidy played a nice match against a solid singles player. Kassidy did a great job of staying positive and
finished the match on a 3-0 run. They had some long rallies and neither player gained more than a 2
game lead. That was a huge win for Kassidy today.
 
Next Action: Friday Varsity/Junior Varsity host Alliance 1:00 / Gering 3:00 / Scottsbluff 5:00
Saturday host McCook invite 9:30 AM





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Colby Community College came up with three runs in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday to beat McCook Community College 5-4.

Both teams scored a pair of first-inning runs which held until MCC scored a run in the fifth inning. That 3-2 lead lasted until the ninth inning.

McCook Community College freshman starting pitcher Anthony Kingsbury (Gatineau, Quebec) walked the first Trojan he faced then gave up a two-run homerun, but settled down the rest of the way.

The Indians knotted the game in the bottom of the first inning, sophomore Ricardo Jimenez, (Hialeah, Fla.) doubled to lead off the frame and Mark Starks (Blair) was hit by a pitch. Jimenez went to third on a fly ball and scored on a Parker Kretzel (Thornton, Colo.) ground out. Both runners advanced on a passed ball and Starks scored on an error by the catcher.

In the top of the fifth, Colby loaded the bases on two singles and a hit batter but Kingsbury struck out the next three hitters to end the threat.

Jimenez drew a one-out walk in the fifth inning and later scored on an outfield error to take a 3-2 lead.

Jimemez’s first inning double was the only hit for the Indians until the eighth inning when Kretzel singled.

Kingsbury pitched the first eight innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs, two walks and nine strikeouts.

Freshman Yasnier Laureano (Anderson, S.C.) came on for the ninth inning but walked the first hitter, who stole and scored on a single to tie the game. The Trojans added two more runs in the inning on a walk, two wild pitches, a hit batter and a two-run single.

Trailing 5-3, freshman Kaleb Taylor, (McCook) led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a line drive home run to left field to cut the margin to one run. Freshman Trevor Pacheco (Pueblo, Colo.) followed with a pinch-hit single but Colby’s Blake Gallagher struck out the next three MCC hitters to end the game.

Colby improves to 31-14 with the win.

MCC falls to 15-23 and will take on Southeast Community College Wednesday in a critical Region IX doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.

For more photos from the game, please visit the MCC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=baseball&path=baseball





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Comments from Coach Joe Vetrovsky

The McCook Bison boys golf team competed in the Holdrege Invite on Tuesday April 29th. The weather was fantastic with sunny conditions and minimal wind.
In a tough field of teams the Bison competed well by finishing with a 348 as a team which placed them 4th in a 12 team field. Grand Island Northwest, with a team score of 334, was the team champion after a sudden death playoff over Broken Bow.
Sophomore Brady Esch lead the bison with an 82 which notched him 10th place as an individual. Brady had a nice day while being very consistent throughout his entire round.
Others that competed for the Bison were sophomore Payton Craw who shot a nice round of 87. Junior Brandan Eckhardt who had a consistent round by shooting an 89. Senior Joel Gray who scored a 90 and junior Logan Barenberg who carded a 92.
The Bison look forward to traveling to Sidney next Monday April 29th for a four team competition against Sidney, North Platte, and Ogallala.




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The McCook Community College softball team split a pair of games with Otero Junior College Tuesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex. OJC won the first game 4-3 and MCC came back to win the second game 7-6 in eight innings.

“Today was fun, we had two hard-fought games,” said MCC Coach Josh Barnes.

The Rattlers broke up a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the sixth inning to take the opening game but MCC got a game-winning walk-off single from Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) in the bottom of the eighth inning to make a winner of freshman Sarah Willier (Ponoka, Alberta).

Freshman Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.) and sophomore Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) both had three doubles on the afternoon. Hollands had five RBIs.

“The girls are really playing hard for each other and it showed today,” Barnes said.

MCC improves to 23-25 and 12-14 in Region IX. Otero JC goes to 18-9 in the Region two games back of Western Nebraska. MCC is in fourth place.

MCC will take on Central Community College in a 1 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex. Central is 10-20 overall after sweeping a pair of games at North Platte Tuesday, 18-3, 18-14.

For more photos from today's games, please visit the MCC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

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:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball

GAME 1 – Otero JC 4, McCook CC 3: Otero scored a pair of runs in the first inning, but MCC starting pitcher Shae Muggridge (Perth, Western Australia) was able to respond pitching shutout ball for the next four innings to give the Lady Indian offense a chance.

That happened in the fourth inning when sophomore Isabel Serna doubled to lead off the inning. Taylor Ford (McCook) bunted her to third base and Jade Hollands drove her in with an RBI single. After a Sydney McArthur single and a Hollands steal of third base, MCC tied the game on a sacrifice fly from Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah).

The Rattlers came back with a pair of runs in the sixth inning but MCC responded with a run in the bottom of the inning with a double from Serna, a Rattler error, and a Hollands double.

Muggridge pitched seven innings, allowed three hits, three earned runs, five walks and four strikeouts.

MCC had eight hits with two each from Serna and Hollands.

GAME 2 –McCook CC 7, Otero JC 6 (8 innings): The two teams continued to keep pace with each other in the second game. OJC scored two runs in the second and MCC responded with two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the inning on a walk, an error and two-run Jade Hollands double.

The Rattlers took a 3-2 lead in the third and added a run in the sixth to lead 4-2 but MCC tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) singled to start the inning and one-out later Isabel Serna doubled to cut the gap to 4-3. Serna scored on a Rattler error to tie the game.

Both teams went out in order in the seventh to send the game to an extra frame and Otero led off with a single and double and were able to score both those runners and lead 6-4.

In the MCC eighth, Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah) delivered a one out single but it took three straight two-out hits to record the win. Sarah Willier singled, Hollands doubled to tie the game and later stole third but was injured on the play. With pinch runner Aubri Ross (Cambridge) at third base, McArthur singled to right field for the game-winning hit.

Otero out-hit MCC 10-9. Hollands, Serna, and McArthur all had two-hit games.

Willier was the winning pitcher scattering 10 hits over eight innings. She walked one and struck out three.





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McCook Boys Junior Varsity finished 1st in the team race.  McCook Girls Junior Varsity finished 2nd in the team race.  View Full individual results below.





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The rosters for the 2019 CSO All Star Game to be played at Cambridge High School on Friday, May 24th at 6pm (girls) and 8pm (boys). The Cambridge School Organization (CSO) began organizing an All Star game for graduating seniors of Southwest Nebraska in 1985. Over the past 34 years, the game has changed from a match up of Class C vs. Class D schools into a game in which teams are divided by geographical East vs West format. The game has traditionally taken place the Friday before Memorial Day in Cambridge. The game has featured the best senior players and coaches from the area during that time.  The game will be broadcasted on Coyote Country 105.3 and online coyote105.com.





The start times for both the MCC softball games and the MCC baseball game today have been pushed back.

The softball doubleheader with Otero Junior College will begin at 1 p.m. today and the baseball game with Colby Community College will start at 4 p.m.

Both MCC softball and baseball teams enter the final two weeks of regular season play and both are pushing to secure a spot in the top four in the Region IX standings to earn a spot in the post-season tournament.

The MCC softball team is 22-24 on the season and 11-13 in Region IX – fourth place in the standings. Today’s opponent, Otero is second in the standings at 17-9 (28-12 overall.) After a non-Region IX game Wednesday with Central Community College, the Lady Indians will take on Region IX foe Trinidad State Friday (11 a.m., 1 p.m.). The Trojans are third in the standings at 13-13.

MCC baseball is on a roll, winning four games this past weekend in La Junta. The Indians are 15-22 overall and 11-15 in the Region IX Empire League, in sixth place, five games out of the lead and three games out of fourth place. Today’s game with Colby is a non-conference game. The Indians take on Region IX opponent Southeast Community College Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Storm are fifth in the standings at 12-14. This weekend MCC hosts Region IX-leading Trinidad State in a three-game series starting with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. The Trojans are 17-11.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx





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Lincoln – Nebraska Men’s Basketball Coach Fred Hoiberg announced the addition of graduate transfer Haanif Cheatham (prounoucned Hah-NEEF CHEE-tum) to the Nebraska basketball roster for the 2019-20 campaign.

Cheatham, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., provides the Huskers with an experienced backcourt scorer, totaling nearly 850 points in his college career playing at Marquette and Florida Gulf Coast. He has made 73 career Division I starts, including 63 in two-plus seasons at Marquette.

“We are excited about adding Haanif to our program,” Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “His experience and leadership will help us greatly, as we replace a number of seniors from last year’s team. Haanif is a strong, physical guard who has a skill set that will allow him to fit well in our system.”

Cheatham spent last season at Florida Gulf Coast, averaging 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game, as he started all 10 games he appeared in before season-ending surgery. He reached double figures eight times, including a 23-point effort on 10-of-16 shooting against South Dakota State and a 20-point night against Florida Atlantic. He shot 45 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range in his only year at the school.

He spent two-plus seasons at Marquette, earning Big East All-Freshman Team honors in 2015-16 and earned the team’s Best Defensive Player Award in each of his first two full seasons at the school (2015-16, 2016-17). He started all 33 games as a freshman, averaging 11.8 points on 49 percent shooting, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He reached double figures 21 times, including a season-high 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting against Jackson State. In Big East play, he reached double figures 12 times, including three 20-point performances in a four-game stretch. He also averaged 16.5 points per game in the Eagles’ two Big East Tournament contests.

As a sophomore, Cheatham averaged 8.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, while starting 25 of 32 games for Marquette, which went 19-13 and reached the NCAA Tournament. He was third on the team with 71 assists, while cutting his turnovers from 88 to 51. He reached double figures 14 times, including six consecutive games to open the season. He had a season-high 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting vs. IUPUI, while reaching double figure six times in Big East action, including 17 against Seton Hall. He started Marquette’s first five games as a junior, averaging 8.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, before transferring.

Cheatham was a consensus top-100 prospect coming out of Pembroke Pines Charter High School under head coach Dave Roca. As a senior, he helped his team to a regional finals appearance, averaging 24.0 points. 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game before falling to eventual state champion Miami Norland. He garnered first-team all-state honors by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches. As a junior, he averaged 26.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.0 steals per game en route to another regional final appearances. His junior campaign was highlighted by four triple-double efforts, which helped earn Florida Dairy Farmer's Class 6A Player of the Year accolades. He played AAU ball for Nike Team Florida and was invited to compete in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy, Lebron James Skills Academy and Nike Global Challenge.





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Iowa City, Iowa – The Nebraska baseball team (22-13, 11-4 Big Ten) salvaged its series against Iowa with a 3-2 win over the Hawkeyes at Duane Banks Field on Sunday afternoon.

Senior right-hander Reece Eddins, making his seventh start of the season, went 7.0 innings and allowed only one run. Shay Schanaman (0.1), Robbie Palkert (0.2) and Colby Gomes (1.0) came on for relief appearances. Eddins earned the win and Gomes picked up his team-high eighth save.

In the opening frame, NU went down 1-2-3. In the bottom of the first, Iowa managed a one-out single, but a double play kept the Hawkeyes from scoring.

The Huskers were retired in order in the top of the second. Iowa left its lone baserunner stranded in a scoreless bottom of the second, as the Hawkeyes registered their second hit of the game.

Nebraska went down in order for the third consecutive inning. The Hawkeyes had runners on first and second after a base hit and hit-by-pitch, but a flyout and fielder’s choice ended a scoreless frame.

In the top of the fourth, Schwellenbach annihilated a home run to left field, his third homer in the last four games. The next three Husker hitters produced outs, as NU held the early 1-0 advantage. Eddins retired all three Hawkeye hitters in the bottom of the fourth.

All three Husker batters in the top of the fifth were retired. In the bottom of the fifth, the Hawkeyes also went down in order.

Alex Henwood hit a one-out bunt single in the top of the sixth, but a double play ended NU’s chance to add runs as the score remained 1-0. After a pair of flyouts in the bottom of the sixth, Iowa’s next two batters reached on an error and a walk, but a groundout kept them on base.

Nebraska plated two runs in the top of the seventh to take a 3-0 lead. Aaron Palensky reached on an error in the leadoff spot and advanced to second. Joe Acker singled to put runners on the corners. Luke Roskam grounded it to second base, but an error allowed both Palensky and Acker to score on the play. A flyout and strikeout left Roskam stranded. Connor McCaffery homered to left field to cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh.

In the top of the eighth, Colby Gomes hit a leadoff single and advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt and groundout. He was left stranded on third after a strikeout. Iowa scored one run in the bottom of the eighth to cut Nebraska’s lead to 3-2. NU allowed two walks and committed one error, while giving up one hit during the frame.

The Huskers went down in order in the top of the ninth. Gomes retired all three Hawkeyes in the bottom of the ninth.

The Huskers visit Creighton on Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The game, set for 7 p.m. (CT), will be televised on CBS Sports Network.





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