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Lincoln - Nebraska running back Dedrick Mills rushed for a career-high 188 yards, but No. 15 Wisconsin held on for a 37-21 victory over the Huskers at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Mills piled up his career-best totals on just 17 carries, averaging 11.1 yards per tote, including a 12-yard touchdown run to open the scoring in the first quarter. Sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez added 89 yards on the ground despite being sacked four times for 34 yards, as the Huskers totaled 273 rushing yards in the game. Nebraska, which slipped to 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten, finished with 493 total yards, including 220 yards on 13-of-23 passing from Martinez against the Badgers.

The visiting Badgers managed 482 total yards, including 204 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries from running back Jonathan Taylor. His total helped Wisconsin roll up 320 yards on the ground. UW quarterback Jack Coan went 13-for-21 through the air for 162 yards with one touchdown.

Although Wisconsin won by two scores, Nebraska finished with more total yards but missed three golden opportunities to score in the second half. Early in the third quarter, Nebraska had 1st-and-10 at the UW 24, before taking a long sack. The Huskers gained back the 21 yards lost on the play, setting up a 41-yard field goal attempt. However NU missed the field goal.

In the fourth quarter, Nebraska's final two drives entered the Wisconsin red zone before the Huskers were stopped on downs at the UW 17 with 10:52 left. On NU's final drive, the Huskers moved all the way to the UW 4, but were stopped at the goal line on 4th down with 2:11 on the clock.

Both teams committed a turnover in the game that was converted to points by the opposing offenses, but one the biggest differences in the game came on special teams, including Badger Aron Cruickshank's 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to tie the game 7-7 with 5:16 left in the opening quarter.

The two teams went to the second quarter tied at 7-7 before the Badgers took their first lead on Collin Larsh's 31-yard field goal with 11:22 left in the half. Nebraska answered with a five-play, 73-yard drive capped by Martinez's two-yard touchdown run with 9:32 left to give the Huskers a 14-10 lead.

Wisconsin answered with a five-play drive of its own capped by Coan's 55-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Taylor to put the Badgers back in front at 17-14. UW gained more momentum on Nebraska's next offensive play, when Martinez's pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Jack Sanborn to set the Badgers up at the Big Red 21. Three plays later, Jonathan Taylor pounded his way in from one yard out to take a 24-14 lead.

Larsh added a 24-yard field goal for the Badgers with 11 seconds left in the half to take a 27-14 lead to the halftime locker room. It grew to 34-14 on Jonathan Taylor's 11-yard touchdown run with 4:50 left in the third quarter to cap a run of 24 straight points for Wisconsin.

But the Huskers continued to fight, flying 75 yards in four plays, culminating with Martinez's 23-yard touchdown strike to a wide open JD Spielman with 3:19 left in the third to pull within 34-21.

Nebraska wraps up its Big Ten road schedule by traveling to Maryland next Saturday to battle the Terrapins. Kick-off in College Park is set for 2:30 p.m. with live television coverage by BTN.

Game Summary
Wisconsin 37, Nebraska 21
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Attendance: 88,842 (374th consecutive sellout)
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019


First Quarter (7-7)
NEB - 5:27 - Dedrick Mills 12 run (Barrett Pickering kick) - 5 plays, 63 yards, 1:48 - NEB 7-0
WIS - 5:16 - Aron Cruickshank 89 KOR (Collin Larsh kick) - 7-7

Second Quarter (Wisconsin, 27-14)
WIS - 11:22 - Larsh 31 FG - 10 plays, 53 yards, 4:44 - WIS 10-7
NEB - 9:32 - Adrian Martinez 2 run (Pickering kick) - 5 plays, 73 yards, 1:46 - NEB 14-10
WIS - 6:39 - A.J. Taylor 55 pass from Jack Coan (Larsh kick) - 5 plays, 86 yards, 2:46 - WIS 17-14
WIS - 5:03 - Jonathan Taylor 1 run (Larsh kick) - 3 plays, 21 yards, 1:25 - WIS 24-14
WIS - 0:11 - Larsh 24 FG - 13 plays, 73 yards, 3:55 - WIS 27-14

Third Quarter (Wisconsin 34-21)
WIS - 4:50 - Jonathan Taylor 11 run (Larsh kick) - 9 plays, 76 yards, 5:29 - WIS 34-14
NEB - 3:19 - JD Spielman 23 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick) - 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:31 - WIS 34-21

Fourth Quarter (Wisconsin 37-21)
WIS - 5:25 - Larsh 30 FG - 10 plays, 72 yards, 5:27 - WIS 37-21



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Lincoln, Nebraska – Today, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green and Athletic Director Bill Moos announced a two-year extension of the contract for Husker Football Coach Scott Frost. 

 

In a joint statement they announced, “Two years ago, we had the tremendous opportunity to bring Scott Frost home to Nebraska to lead our football program into the future.  We are even more committed to that decision today. 

 

“Coach Frost has shown tremendous leadership in beginning to rebuild our football program.  We appreciate that a change of this nature will not happen overnight.  We are committed to Scott and the direction he is taking this program. 

 

“Scott is the right coach at the right time for this program.  We are excited for the heights to which he will take Nebraska football and the tremendous impact he will have in the development of our student athletes.”

 

The original terms of Frost’s contact will remain intact, with an extension from December 31, 2024, to December 31, 2026.





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Lincoln Nicea Eliely posted her second straight double-double with game highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds to power Nebraska to a 63-49 women's basketball win over SIUE on Sunday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The 6-1 senior wing from Colorado Springs, Colo., added game highs of four steals and two blocks as well to go along with three assists to help the Huskers improve to 4-0 on the young season. She also scored eight of Nebraska's final 10 points over the game's final 5:15 to secure the 14-point win over the Cougars, who slipped to 1-3.

Sophomores Leigha Brown (12 points) and Ashtyn Veerbeek (10) added double figures for the Big Red, while senior guard Hannah Whitish pitched in eight points, a career-high nine rebounds and a game-high five assists.

Nebraska jumped out to a 19-9 lead in the opening quarter following three consecutive three-pointers by Whitish and Brown in a 57-second span. After an SIUE timeout with 2:26 left, the Cougars scored the final five points of the quarter to trail 19-14 heading to the second.

In a low-scoring, clunky second quarter, the Cougars outscored Nebraska 8-4, as the Huskers went just 1-for-13 from the field, including 0-for-6 from three-point range.

Nebraska still held a 23-22 lead at the half, before Veerbeek took over the game in the first five minutes of the second half. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa, scored eight points, including a pair of threes, to push Nebraska's lead back to 10 at 36-26 with 4:22 left in the third quarter.

The Huskers built a 44-32 lead at the end of three periods, and grew the lead to 63-47 with 2:08 left in the game on Eliely's final points of the day.

Nebraska hit 40.7 percent (24-59) of its shots for the game, including 7-of-28 threes (.250), while hitting 8-of-12 free throws (.667). The Husker defense was solid, holding SIUE to just 33.9 percent (20-59) shooting, including just 1-of-13 from three-point range. The Cougars also went 8-for-13 at the foul line. NU won the rebounding battle, 45-32, while SIUE held the edge in turnovers 14-12.

The Huskers continue their four-game home stand on Wednesday when they take on defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Southern at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. with tickets available now at Huskers.com.




HESSTON, Kan. -- The McCook Community College women’s basketball team improved to 6-1 Saturday, winning 88-46 against Hesston College in the final game of the Lark Classic.

“I thought we came out with the energy we need to have all the time,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett.

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) helped jumpstart the Lady Indian offense with MCC’s first 10 points of the game but the winless Larks battled hard and fought back to trail 17-15 at the end of the first quarter.

A couple more Cano buckets early in the second quarter pushed MCC to a 26-17 lead. The Lady Indians extended it to 33-22 with just under three minutes left then outscored the Larks 10-2 the rest of the way to lead 43-24.

“Our second quarters haven't been great and we really changed the game at that point,” Pritchett said. “Carla had another good one and has been shooting it really well.”

MCC outscored Hesston by 11 points in both the third and fourth quarters.

Cano led MCC with 21 points including a three-for-seven showing from the arc and topped the team with eight rebounds.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 15 points to go along with six rebounds. Sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) scored 15 points and was three-for-five from the 3-point line.

Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) scored nine points and named eight rebounds. Freshman Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) scored nine points and was three-for-six from the arc.

Freshman Kelly Snelling (Gering, Neb.) chipped in eight points. Redshirt freshman transfer Jessika Espinoza, (El Paso, Texas) scored five points and had six rebounds. Sophomore transfer Achock Gumwel, (Sydney, Australia), had five rebounds and four points.

 

MCC shot 44 percent from the field, made 11 of 28 shots from the 3-point line (39.3 percent) but just 11 of 24 from the free-throw line (45.8 percent).

“We are close to where I want us to be shooting percentage,” Pritchett said. “Today we just lacked making free throws.”

MCC out-rebounded Hesston 46-31. The Larks turned the ball over 28 times to 15. The Lady Indians scored 40 points off those turnovers. MCC also got 41 bench points Saturday.

Hesston falls to 0-10 on the season.

The 6-1 Lady Indians will play three straight nights starting Thursday in Crete against the Doane University JVs, then Friday and Saturday for the final home games of the semester.

On Friday MCC takes on Western Wyoming Community College in a 5:30 p.m. game at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. On Saturday MCC will celebrate alumni with the annual game against the MCC All-Stars set for 4 p.m.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

If you can’t make it to the games, you can watch MCC basketball home games at https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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HESSTON, Kan. – The McCook Community College Lady Indian basketball team won its opening match Friday in the Lark Classic at Hesston, Kan., downing the Bethel College JVs, 72-63.

“I thought we had a slow start to the game but adjusted well in the second half,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “We put them on the foul line and gave up too many offensive rebounds in the first half.”

MCC led 16-12 after one quarter but the Threshers came back to take the lead late in the first half 30-29.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) led MCC offensively with 17 points including 11 in the second half.

“Makenna (Bodette) had another solid game inside for us,” said Pritchett.

Sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain/Miles Community College) added 16 points.

“Paula came off the bench tonight and really gave us a huge lift. She made a couple big 3’s in the first half,” Pritchett said. “She was a game-time decision for us as she sprained her ankle Wednesday pretty bad. We taped her up and the toughness she showed was a big-time lift.”

The Lady Indians also got another key Spanish contribution off the bench Friday. Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla, Spain) came off the bench and provided a fourth quarter spark scoring eight of her 10 points in the final 10 minutes of the game.

MCC was able to capitalize from the line making 19 of 22 free throws.

The Lady Indians improve to 5-1 on the season and continue the Hesston Classic Saturday with a 2 p.m. game against the host Hesston College Larks. Hesston went to 0-9 Friday losing to North Platte, 86-51.

Next weekend the Lady Indians will play on three straight nights starting Thursday in Crete against the Doane University JVs, then Friday and Saturday for the final home games of the semester. On Friday MCC takes on Western Wyoming Community College in a 5:30 p.m. game at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. On Saturday MCC will celebrate alumni with the annual game against the MCC All-Stars set for 4 p.m.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

If you can’t make it to the games, you can watch MCC basketball home games at https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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Less than one week after the end of the McCook Community College volleyball season ended, Coach Hayley Kobza signed her first player for the 2020 season. On Friday, Gibbon High School senior Kaylee Palmieri signed her letter of intent to play for the Lady Indians.

MCC Volleyball - Kaylee Palmieri (square crop)Palmieri, a 5-7 setter, was named to the 2019 Louplatte all-conference team and was a 2018 honorable mention -- playing for Coaches Lonna Pickel and Connie Kenton. Gibbon went 9-20 this year.

“I picked MCC because McCook is a small town just like mine and the environment is very welcoming,” she said. “I am also very passionate about volleyball so being able to play some more is an amazing experience.”

This year she played in 69 sets and had 248 assists and 214 digs. In her four years of varsity competition she played in 278 sets and had 551 assists, 85 service aces, 569 digs, 318 kills and 88 total blocks.

Palmieri is also a three-time all-Louplatte Conference athlete for the Buffaloes in track where she has been named all-conference in three events; 800 meter in 2017; the 3200 meter relay in 2018, and the long jump this year.

When asked what her favorite quite is she said, “You can't control the situation, but you can control your reaction.”

As far as role models, she said she doesn’t really limit herself to focusing on one person or player, particularly when it comes to volleyball.

“I love watching and following players that have different qualities that make them amazing,” she said.

She plans to pursue a degree in radiology.

She said she will miss all of the girls she played with, but will always have a special bond with the senior teammates she has played with since elementary school.





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Senior Nicea Eliely erupted for her first career double-double by putting up 12 points and pulling down a career-best 15 rebounds to lead Nebraska to a 78-55 women's basketball win over Morgan State on Thursday night.

Sophomore Leigha Brown added a big spark off the bench with a game-high 16 points and a career-high-matching five assists to help the Huskers improve to 3-0 on the young season. Sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek and Kate Cain each pitched in 13 points inside to drop Morgan State to 2-2 on the season.

As a team, Nebraska went 24-for-52 from the floor and an impressive 28-for-35 from the free-throw line to overcome a 2-for-13 shooting performance from three-point range. The Husker defense held the Bears to a 32.9 shooting percentage (23-for-70), but Morgan State hit six threes to stay within striking distance through three quarters. 

Nebraska led 52-48 heading into the final period, despite hitting just 13-of-36 field goals through the first 30 minutes. The Bears cut it to 52-50 to open the fourth, but Nebraska hit 11-of-16 shots in the final period, including 2-of-3 threes to win going away. The Huskers, who outscored Morgan State 26-7 in the final period, finished the game on a 20-3 surge. 

At the half, the game was tied, 30-30. Both teams got off to slow starts, going a combined 20-for-53 (38 percent) from the floor. The Huskers had the advantage at the foul line though, which kept them in the game. NU shot 16-for-20 in the half, while Morgan State didn't take a single shot from the line in the first 20 minutes of play. Despite the slow start, the Huskers had a strong finish to the half, making five of their last seven field goals. Veerbeek led the Huskers with 11 points in the first half. Brown finished with six points and three assists, while Eliely had eight boards. 

Nebraska led 14-11 after the first quarter. The Huskers made just two shots from the floor, but were clutch from the free-throw line going a perfect 10-for-10. Veerbeek scored Nebraska's first four points of the game after a shot from the field and a pair of free throws. NU held Morgan State scoreless for nearly four minutes before the Bears drained a three to get on the board. Veerbeek, Brown and Isabelle Bourne led the Huskers with four points each in the first. In the second quarter, Veerbeek scored Nebraska's first seven points. She led the Huskers with 11 points overall in the first half.

Nebraska is back in action on Sunday as the team welcomes SIUE to Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. The Huskers will celebrate Alumni Weekend. 



Lincoln – University of Nebraska defensive lineman Ben Stille has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VII team released Thursday. Stille, a junior defensive lineman from Ashland, Neb., will now advance to the national ballot, as he looks to increase Nebraska’s nation-leading total of 338 Academic All-Americans.

 

This season, Stille has played in all nine games for the Blackshirts, totaling 23 tackles, including six tackles for loss. He is tied for third on the team with 2.5 sacks and ranks second on the Huskers with five quarterback hurries. He had a career-high five tackles against Northwestern and has recorded at least half a sack in three of the Huskers’ last four contests.

 

In the classroom, Stille carries a 3.39 GPA in Nutrition Health Sciences and has been named Academic All-Big Ten in each of the past two seasons. He is also active in NU’s Life Skills program and was a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team and Wuerffel Trophy in 2019.

 

The 2019 Academic All-America team will be announced on Dec. 9. Stille and the Huskers will be in action on Saturday when they host No. 15 Wisconsin at 11 a.m. The game will be televised by BTN and carried on the Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network.





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The Nebraska women's basketball team will welcome three freshmen to its 2020-21 roster with the additions of Ruby Porter, Annika Stewart and Whitney Brown, Coach Amy Williams announced to open the fall 2019 signing period on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

"It's a very exciting day for our program, as we add a recruiting class that fits our needs on the court and our Husker family as a whole," Williams said. "We are excited about the potential this group brings, and we are looking forward to helping them build a great list of accomplishments in the future here at Nebraska."

Ruby Porter
5-10, Guard
Adelaide Australia (Sturt Sabres/Adelaide Lightning)

Ruby Porter, a 5-10 guard from Adelaide, Australia, became the first signee across any of Nebraska's sports during the signing period. She completed her paperwork shortly after 7 a.m. in her local time in Australia, which was late-afternoon Tuesday in Nebraska.

One of the most talented players in Australia's class of 2020, Porter was a member of the Australian U18 3x3 National Team that competed in the Youth Olympics in Argentina in October 2018, before winning the Asia Cup in the summer of 2019. She also competed at the 2018 World Championships in Minsk, Belarus as part of the U17 Australian National Team (Sapphires).

In April of 2019, she participated in "Next Generation Saturday" at the NCAA Women's Final Four in Tampa, before competing in the Australian Team Camp alongside current Husker freshman Isabelle Bourne for a spot on the U19 team at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup.

As a member of the Sturt Sabres in Australia's Premier League, Porter averaged 15.9 points per game at the U20 national championships in February of 2019. In April of 2018, Porter averaged 16.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 steals in helping South Australia to a silver medal at the U18 National Championships.

Porter said she chose Nebraska over LSU because of the Husker program's family atmosphere.

"The people at Nebraska made it feel like one big family and a place where I can develop best to achieve my goals in basketball and in life."

Annika Stewart
6-3, Forward
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Wayzata)

Annika (pronounced AH-nick-ah) Stewart, a 6-3 forward out of Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minn., was the first commitment in Nebraska's signing class, making her intentions known on July 31. Stewart is expected to provide the Huskers with a versatile forward who brings a strong post game and the ability to shoot the three. Stewart averaged 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds as a junior for 26-3 Wayzata, while earning All-Lake Conference and All-Metro honors. She produced 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore for the 25-3 Trojans to earn All-Lake Conference honors in her first season at the school. Wayzata was the No. 2 ranked team in Class 4A in Minnesota in both 2018 and 2019. She played her eighth grade and freshman seasons in North Dakota at Minot's Bishop Ryan High School, before her family moved to Minneapolis.

After coming off the bench as an eighth grader, Stewart averaged 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds as a freshman for Bishop Ryan. She earned all-region and all-conference honors while helping Bishop Ryan to a 20-5 record on the season. She has totaled 1,095 points, 600 rebounds, 106 blocks and 80 three-pointers in her four high school seasons combined entering her senior year in 2019-20.

Stewart played her summer club basketball for North Tartan - the same program that produced current Husker sophomores Sam Haiby (Moorhead) and Kayla Mershon (Chanhassen/Minnetonka). In the summer of 2019, Stewart earned an all-tournament selection at the Nike Boo Williams in Hampton, Va.

Stewart chose Nebraska over Minnesota and Iowa because of the overall environment of the program.

"I really like the coaching staff and the family atmosphere," Stewart said. "I believe it is a special place with great support to thrive as a student-athlete. I'm excited to be a Husker!"

Whitney Brown
5-8, Guard
Grand Island, Nebraska (Northwest)

Whitney Brown averaged 16.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.9 steals per game in leading Grand Island Northwest to the 2019 Nebraska Class B State Championship. The 5-8 guard averaged 21.0 points per game in three state tournament wins for the Vikings, including a 23-point effort in the Class B state championship game against Crete. Her performance as a junior earned her a spot on the Omaha World-Herald's All-Nebraska First Team, while adding honors on the Lincoln Journal Star's Super-State Second Team in 2019. She was a first-team Class B All-State selection by both papers. She was the captain of the Grand Island Independent's All-Heartland Super Squad for Coach Russ Moerer. She played summer club basketball for the Cornhusker Shooting Stars Bison Elite. 

Brown, who will be a four-time letterwinner in both basketball and volleyball at Grand Island Northwest, is also a two-time letterwinner in track. She helped the volleyball team to state tournament appearances in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and is a two-time state qualifier in the 3,200-meter run.

An academic all-state selection in both basketball and volleyball, Brown is also the president of the student council and the president of the National Honor Society.

She chose Nebraska over Eastern Illinois, Northwest Missouri State, Fort Hays State and Nebraska-Kearney.

"It has always been my dream since I was a little kid to be a Husker, so when I was given the opportunity it was my dream come true," Brown said. "It will be an honor to represent my hometown with "Huskers" written across my chest."




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Four McCook Community College Student Athletes signed letters of intent Wednesday to continue their athletic careers at four-year schools. Wednesday was National Signing Day, the first day student/athletes can sign a contract to play at the junior college level or sign with an NAIA school.

Wednesday’s first-day signees included baseball players Braden Babcock, Oshawa, Ontario; Issac Vargas, Greeley, Colo.; Yasnier Laureano, Anderson, S.C.; and softball player Jade Hollands, Effingham, Kan.

MCC Athletic Director and Baseball Coach Olsen said while college sports tend to measure success by wins and losses, he believes at the junior college level there is another important factor.

“Sure we want to be good but at the end of the day it’s about getting our students off to a four-year school and we’ve been really successful over the years doing that,” he said.

This past year nine MCC baseball sophomores moved on four-year schools and Olsen believes another seven or eight players will sign in the spring.

“Anytime that we can help somebody come to McCook and move on to better themselves and further their education that’s a 100 percent win for us,” Olsen said.

Overall, last year MCC 24 student athletes moved on to four-year schools. These athletes were from all six sports. Seven are playing and NCAA Division I programs, nine and Division II schools and eight at NAIA schools.

“Today’s signings are a testament to their work ethics,” said Olsen. “Our baseball team was lacking in pitching and we went after Braden and Issac who joined us last fall and ‘Yas’ joined at semester,” Olsen said.

“Coach Pat Robles deserves a ton a credit here, he’s extremely knowledge and has an extreme work ethic and relates well to our guys. His specialty is the development on the pitching side and he really does a nice job with that.”

This past spring MCC hurlers led Region IX (The Empire League) in earned run average at 4.85, allowed the fewest hits in the league (331) and struck out a league-leading 10.26 hitters per game.

Braden Babcock, 6-3, 225 sophomore from Maxwell Heights SS in Oshawa, Ontario signed on to play at Southern Illinois, an NCAA Division I school in Carbondale, Ill., part of the Missouri Valley Conference. Twenty-four Saluki alumni have gone on to the Major Leagues including seven-time all-star Dave Stieb, and two-time all-star Steve Finley. Southern Illinois has played in the NCAA tournament 14 times and in the College World Series five times. 

“They have a great reputation for winning and play in an awesome conference, and a brand new coaching staff from some high-level teams,” Babcock said.

During his freshman campaign Babcock tied Vargas for the team lead with 10 starts. Babcock was second on the squad in innings pitched with 58.2. He went 4-5 on the season with a 3.53 ERA and a complete game. He struck out 64, allowed 58 hits and walked 30. At the Region IX Sophomore All-Star game last month in Arizona, he was clocked between 87-90 mph and struck out all five of the batters he faced. He was named to the Omaha World-Herald all Junior College team in June.

Babcock said Southern Illinois reached out to him right off the bat, and maintained interest all through the recruiting process.

“I’ve really enjoyed friendships and relationships I’ve made here,” Babcock said. “The culture is so much different here than you will see at D1 schools. You just get so much closer to your friends, your coaching staff and the players on your team.”

Issac Vargas, a 6-2, 225-pounder from Greeley Central High School in Greeley, Colo. signed on to play at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. SIU-E is an NCAA Division 1 school which plays in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Cougars made eight appearances in the Division II World Series before becoming a Division I program in 2008.

Vargas said he believes SIU-Edwardsville can help him get to the next level and credits MCC Pitching Coach Pat Robles for helping develop his skills over the past 15 months to point he can continue pitching.

“Coach Robles was a blessing for me quite honestly” Vargas said, “I’m ecstatic to be moving on to the next level.”

Vargas appeared in 14 games as a freshman, starting 10 of those. He was 6-3 with a 2.71 ERA and a save. In 73 innings pitched, he struck out 98 hitters. His ERA was sixth best in the region, he ranked fourth in wins and innings pitched, third with four complete games and strikeouts, and second with 12.08 strikeouts per game. He was named to the All-Region IX team and the Omaha World-Herald all-JUCO team.

The Colorado native had a 14-strikeout performance March 23 at Trinidad and followed that up with double-digit strikeouts in three of his next four games. At the Region IX Sophomore all-star game in Arizona, Vargas struck out four of the five batters he faced with his velocity ranging between 84-86 mph.

Yasnier Laureano, a 6-4, 205, right-handed pitcher from T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C., signed on Wednesday to play baseball at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla. a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school.

He said he is looking forward to continuing his career at a school with a great baseball tradition.

“They won the NAIA national championship in 2018,” he said.

He transferred to MCC for the spring semester.

“At 20 years old, I didn’t really have many opportunities left and Coach Olsen and Coach Robles helped me realize that I needed to work hard every day, and not take anything for granted,” Laureano said.

Laureano, appeared in nine games this past spring. Pitching in 9.1 innings he allowed nine hits and struck out 12.

Last month he was one of four MCC pitchers invited to Peoria, Ariz. to take part in the Region IX Sophomore All-Star Baseball game where he struck out two batters and his pitch velocity was measured at between 90-94 mph.

“He’s got the best arm on the team by far,” Olsen said. “He’s been up to 94 mph multiple times this fall,” Olsen said.

Jade Hollands, who attended Atchison County High School in Kansas, signed on Wednesday to play softball at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, a Division II school. The Dragons compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Hollands said she was looking for a school to continue her career and liked what her research turned up on the program. She contacted them, got invited for a visit and she liked the coach and the players and said if felt like the right fit for her.

As a freshman the 5-9, utility/first baseman played in 45 games, batted .307, slugged .436, smacked eight doubles, a triple and a home run.

She said she has enjoyed her time at MCC and while there are a lot of great memories on campus, there’s one softball memory that stands out for her.

“Last year against Otero we be them here at home, and they hit me in the face,” she said.

Down 6-4 in the eighth inning, MCC rallied with three straight two-out hits including a Hollands double. While stealing third she was struck in the face with a thrown ball and had to leave the game but “her” pinch runner scored the game winner, and she sported a swollen, black eye for “taking” one for the team.

Three of her eight doubles on the season came in that April 23 doubleheader against Otero Junior College when Hollands went four-for-six with four RBI.

The Lady Indians went 29-33 her freshman season and made it to the finals of the Region IX tournament.





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