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LINCOLN – Four deaths related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) bringing the state total to 12.

Two were Douglas County residents. One woman in her 70s and another woman in her 90s. Both with underlying health conditions - https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/latest-news.

The third was a woman in her 60s from Hall County - https://cdhd.ne.gov/.

The fourth was a man in his 80s from Custer County - https://www.facebook.com/lbphd.org/.

All 93 Nebraska counties are now covered by state Directed Health Measures (DHMs) until May 11 – http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus. It’s critical that Nebraskans follow these enforceable state Directed Health Measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state. These measures help protect each other and those who are more vulnerable to severe illness and death, and help hospitals and clinics from being overwhelmed so they can continue to provide care to families, friends and neighbors who need it.

In addition to the state-issued DHM, some Local Health Departments have issued additional restrictions - http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx#SectionLink1.

Tonight’s state case total is 478. DHHS launched a new data dashboard that provides daily updates to the state’s COVID-19 case totals. You can find it at http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus.

Here’s where to find tools and resources for individuals and families, schools, communities, businesses, healthcare facilities, and first responders on the DHHS website - http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus and CDC’s website – https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.

DHHS opened a statewide COVID-19 information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed. The number is (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week.

DHHS will continue to update Nebraskans through the DHHS website and on Facebook and Twitter as we have new information. The CDC’s website is also a good resource for COVID-19 information - https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.

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(CDHD Release) - Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports 78 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 4.30 p.m. today. This includes 2 in Merrick County, 7 in Hamilton County, and 69 in Hall County. Approximately 75 healthcare workers were tested today by the National Guard at Fonner Park, with plans for an additional 75 to be tested tomorrow.

Central District Health Department reminds everyone to clean your hands often, avoid close contact-maintain 6 foot social-distance, cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when in public, for example grocery stores; cover coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

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As promised, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has sent the National Guard to Grand Island to perform additional Covid 19 testing. Teresa Anderson, director of the Central District Health Department, said today at City Hall that the testing is being limited to health care workers and emergency personnel.

The Health Department was also notified that the limited testing from the National Guard for health care workers is being further limited due to issues of testing supplies. Adjustments are being made accordingly in order to facilitate testing 150 health care workers today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday).


Teresa Anderson, director of the Central District Health Department

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(CDHD Release) - Central District Health Department (CDHD) is saddened to report the second COVID-19 related death in Hall County. The death was a woman in her 60’s who was hospitalized.

We were also notified that the limited testing from the National Guard for health care workers is being further limited due to issues of testing supplies. We are making adjustments accordingly in order to facilitate testing 150 health care workers today and tomorrow.

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In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 cases in
Grand Island, the Grand Island Police Department will continue to enforce the city park and
GIPS school playgrounds closures with citations. The closure of city parks does not include city
sidewalks and the hike and bike trail system and lake walkways (Pier Park Lake, Suck’s Lake,
and Eagle Scout Lake walkways), however users of those walkways must be using them for
their intended purpose and are encouraged to maintain social distancing.
Additionally, the Grand Island Police Department will proactively patrol and respond to
complaints of gatherings of more than 10 persons or smaller gatherings with invitees where
social distancing isn’t taking place, particularly during the upcoming holiday weekend. If these
gatherings include persons who are not permanent residents of that address, we will enforce the
Directed Health Measures with discretion accordingly.
This will be done in accordance with the Directed Health Measure, which reads as follows:
1) Gatherings and services as described are prohibited:
a. Any event or convening that brings together more than ten (10) persons, excluding staff, in a
single room or single space at the same time, including but not limited to, a school, daycare
facility (including in home facilities), gymnasiums, fitness center, auditorium, stadium,
arena, large event conference room, meeting hall, theater, library, or any other confined
indoor or confined outdoor space, and weddings, funerals, parades, fairs, festivals, and
concerts.
b. Any indoor or outdoor event or convening having ten (10) or fewer persons where a
minimum distance of six (6) feet between all individuals cannot be maintained.
c. Customer services at tattoo parlors, massage parlors, barbershops, beauty/nail salons, and
similar personal services businesses.

2) Public Park access is restricted to hiking and biking trails and public sidewalks. Users of trails and
sidewalk are encouraged to maintain six (6) feet of separation between all persons. Additional
restrictions may be imposed by municipal or county authorities.

This is a time for all residents of Grand Island to work together, keep one another healthy, and
help save lives as the presence of COVID-19 in our community grows.

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North Platte, Nebraska - The West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) has now tested 163 individuals in Lincoln County for Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Of the 163 tested, 16 have been positive.  Five are travel-related, four are due to contact with a traveler, three are community spread, and the remaining four are due to contact with community spread.  All sixteen cases are within Lincoln County.  Stay informed of new cases by visiting our website athttps://wcdhd.org/(information will be updated daily at noon and 6:00 PM).

The best antidote to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is social and physical distancing.  

This includes:

  • Stay home and practice social and physical distancing

    • Stay Home

    • Avoid gatherings of 10 or more

  • When out stay 6 foot away from others

  • Cough and/or sneeze into your elbow

  • Wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds

  • Do not touch your face

  • Wear a community mask - this will help mitigate the spread of the virus

While testing continues to improve, Governor Pete Ricketts has issued a state-wide Directed Health Measure (DHM).  To learn more about this DHM and how it may affect you, please visit the governor’s website atGovernor Pete RickettsAdditionally, the governor has launched a new campaign in honor of State Health Week, asking all Nebraskans to Stay Home, Stay Healthy, and Stay Connected.

Public health officials would like to remind you that if you have a fever of over 100.4 or symptoms of respiratory illness, please self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider for additional guidance.  If you are tested, have been in direct contact of a lab-confirmed case, or traveled outside of Nebraska in the last two weeks PLEASE register with WCDHD athttps://consultinglhd.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a67PjRi6skYXMrP



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North Platte, Ne - 69 local nonprofit causes have signed up to participate in North Platte Giving Day set for May 6. During this community giving event, donors choose which local nonprofits to support and how much to give to each. 

“North Platte Giving Day is the best time to help community causes,” said Eric Seacrest, executive director of Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, which is hosting Giving Day for the fifth year.

“Just by donating, donors can help their favorite nonprofits earn pledged matching gifts and win cash prizes provided by sponsors,” Seacrest said. “And new for 2020 is a change in tax law, allowing virtually every donor to claim a tax deduction for a charitable gift.”

Giving Day gifts are tax deductible as charitable contributions.  As part of COVID-19 relief legislation, a new charitable tax deduction of up to $300 is available in 2020 for taxpayers who use the "standard deduction". 

100% of each Giving Day donation will go to donor-selected nonprofits. The Community Foundation along with a generous anonymous donor are covering all donation processing fees. There is no charge for nonprofits to participate in North Platte Giving Day. 

Early Giving is available beginning April 27 to Giving Day donors making gifts online and by mail. Early Giving gifts can win cash prizes for nonprofit and earn available pledged matching funds. More than 40 cash prizes will be given to nonprofits based on random selection or greatest number of unduplicated donors by check or online during various time periods. Cash prizes will range from $200 to $1,000.

Matching gifts pledged to specific nonprofits will be available to be earned when donors make gifts to those nonprofits.

Giving Day donors can give online from computers, smartphone and tablets at NorthPlatteGivingDay.org. The minimum online gift to a nonprofit is $10. Live support will be available on the website to assist donors if needed on Giving Day. 

Giving Day donation checks can be mailed to Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, PO Box 1321, North Platte NE 69103. 

Donors can drop off checks at local Giving Sites on May 6. Local Giving Sites will accommodate social distancing. Giving Sites are expected to include: Prairie Arts Centers, Orr’s Cleaners, Bill’s U-Save Pharmacy and Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation.

“North Platte Giving Day fits the mission of the Community Foundation to serve charitable people and worthy causes in this area,” said Seacrest. “Our Board of Directors wants the community to know about the important work of local nonprofits and their need for financial support.”

Each of the 69 participating nonprofits serves people in Lincoln County and many serve an even larger area. “Nearly all the local nonprofits in Lincoln County that people depend on are participating,” Seacrest said.

Several participating nonprofits are helping people of Lincoln County cope with consequences of the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak including Connection Homeless Shelter, Grace Ministries Food Pantry, Great Plains Health Care Foundation, North Platte Catholic Community Food Pantry, North Platte Senior Center, Salvation Army and the COVID-19 Response Fund.

During last year’s Giving Day, $271,378 was raised for local nonprofits from donations, cash prizes from sponsors and earned matching gifts. 

Giving Day website technology again is provided by CiviCore, based in Denver. CiviCore provides technology for many of the largest giving days in the country as well as many other giving days in Nebraska.

Beginning at 12:01 am on May 6, the online leaderboard will display early giving donation totals.  as well as gifts received on Giving Day. During Giving Day the online leaderboard will provide updates on donation totals for nonprofits as well as prizes won by nonprofits.

Information about each of the 69 participating nonprofits including need for financial support and volunteer opportunities can be viewed at NorthPlatteGivingDay.org.

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The number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Central District totals 68 as of 5 p.m. today. This includes 1 case in Merrick County, 5 in Hamilton County and 64 in Hall County.

Additionally, we have been notified that testing will be provided to at risk healthcare workers and first responders on a very limited basis this week. The National Guard will be in Grand Island tomorrow through Friday (5 days). Hours for testing are 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day. The goal is to test 75 healthcare workers and first responders each day for five days by appointment only. Nasopharyngeal specimens will be obtained and sent to the Nebraska Public Health Lab. The first priority is testing of long term care workers who have been exposed or are having symptoms. Then the schedule will be filled with other HCWs who have been exposed or are having symptoms. Health care workers providing direct care will be prioritized for testing. 

The testing provides an opportunity to determine the spread of the virus in the healthcare community. This will in turn give us knowledge of the level of the virus in our community in general. The process is being coordinated through CDHD. For more information, call 308-385-5175.


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APRIL 6, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — In accordance with the State of Emergency declared by Governor Pete Ricketts and guidelines from federal and local health officials regarding social distancing, NSP will prioritize some specific fingerprinting services through Friday, May 22, 2020. Appointments will be available for all categories beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Between April 6 and May 22, fingerprinting appointments will be available for the following categories. Appointments must be made in advance and will include extra precautions.

·       Those who are required to be fingerprinted under the Sex Offender Registration Act, including federal sex offender regulations

·       Concealed Handgun Permit applicants

·       Concealed Handgun Permit renewal applicants who are unable to renew online.

·       Law Enforcement Officers

·       Healthcare, Daycare, and other essential personnel not covered by an Executive Order

 
Nebraskans who fit any of those categories can call the NSP Criminal Identification Division office in Lincoln at 402-479-4971 to schedule appointments, regardless of your location in Nebraska. Renewals or changes to existing CHPs, such as updating a name or mailing address, can still be completed online at https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-nsp-chp/.

Pursuant to Executive Orders 20-08 and 20-10 regarding healthcare workers and daycare providers, work may begin prior to completion of an FBI fingerprint-based background check. Those who are covered by an Executive Order should schedule that required fingerprint-based background check for after May 26, 2020.

Other persons required to be fingerprinted for employment purposes, such as law enforcement, healthcare/daycare providers not covered by an Executive Order, or other essential personnel who are not subject to an Executive Order amending timeline requirements, should call 402-479-4971 for scheduling options.

The unavailability of fingerprinting appointments at NSP does not interfere with an employer’s ability to conduct the background checks that are still required during this time.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association has cancelled all spring competition. The announcement ends the 2020 season for the North Platte Community College softball team.

 

“In light of the progressive evolvement of the COVID-19 situation, the NJCAA has decided to end all competition for the remainder of the academic year,” stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. “As an association, the NJCAA exhausted all possible avenues to potentially postpone competition for both upcoming basketball championships and spring sport competition. We believe following the recommendations of the CDC is in the best interest of our member colleges and our student-athletes.”

Spring competition includes all practices, regular season, postseason, and national championship play. Regarding eligibility for spring sports, no spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled at a member college in 2020 will be charged a year of participation.





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Effective Monday, March 16th all NSAA activity practices are suspended until Monday, March 30 and all NSAA activity competitions are suspended until Thursday, April 2.  These suspensions may be extended should the conditions warrant.

Member schools and student-participants are expected to adhere to the NSAA Constitution & Bylaws and activity manuals during this time.

As more information becomes available, official updates will be posted on the NSAA website and NSAA social media platforms. 




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

NSAA State Championship=

Class A=

Championship=

Bellevue West 64, Millard North 62

Class B=

Championship=

Omaha Skutt Catholic 59, Omaha Roncalli 31

Class C1=

Championship=

Auburn 58, Ogallala 34

Third Place=

Adams Central 59, Lincoln Christian 47

Class C2=

Championship=

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 61, Grand Island Central Catholic 47

Third Place=

Yutan 39, Sutton 30

Class D1=

Championship=

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 76, Southern Valley 31

Third Place=

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 50, North Platte St. Patrick's 36

Class D2=

Championship=

Falls City Sacred Heart 45, Humphrey St. Francis 33

Third Place=

Parkview Christian 62, Mullen 43

NSAA Championship Bracket 





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In consideration of the COVID-19 situation the National Junior College Athletic Association has suspend all spring athletic competition beginning Saturday, March 14 through Friday, April 3.

For McCook Community College, that affects 32 games/tournaments that were scheduled through April 3 including 16 softball games, 13 baseball games and three men’s golf tournaments.

To stay up-to-date with all MCC Indian Athletics including up-to-date information regarding the resumption of the spring schedule and other news, please visit the MCC Indians Athletics web page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

NSAA State Championship=

Class A=

Quarterfinal=

Bellevue West 56, Elkhorn 34

Millard North 62, Papillion-LaVista South 60

Omaha South 48, Omaha Central 47

Omaha Westside 74, Omaha Creighton Prep 70

Class B=

Quarterfinal=

Elkhorn Mount Michael 76, Wahoo 50

Omaha Roncalli 60, Hastings 58

Omaha Skutt Catholic 45, Norris 33

Scottsbluff 53, Alliance 38

Class C1=

Quarterfinal=

Adams Central 63, St. Paul 42

Auburn 54, Ashland-Greenwood 48

Lincoln Christian 44, Wayne 38

Ogallala 65, Kearney Catholic 62

Class C2=

Quarterfinal=

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 71, Doniphan-Trumbull 46

Grand Island Central Catholic 41, Palmyra 38

Sutton 55, Centennial 48, OT

Yutan 63, Ponca 56, 2OT

Class D1=

Quarterfinal=

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Fullerton 53

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 75, Paxton 47

North Platte St. Patrick's 57, Pleasanton 48, OT

Southern Valley 50, Osmond 49

Class D2=

Quarterfinal=

Falls City Sacred Heart 45, Johnson-Brock 40

Humphrey St. Francis 57, Randolph 46

Mullen 51, St. Mary's 49

Parkview Christian 65, Loomis 49





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The McCook Community College softball team made it three walk-off wins at home this week and went on to sweep Western Nebraska Thursday by the scores of 9-8, 8-3. The win gives MCC a five-game winning streak.

“These were quality wins today, we had good pitching and continue to swing the bats throughout the lineup,” said Coach Kevin Kaalberg. “The team isn’t letting one bad inning get them down.”

Freshman Kaitlyn Lord, (Colorado Springs, Colo.) delivered the walk-off RBI single in Game 1 and smacked out five hits in seven at bats on the day with seven RBIs a double and a home run. Freshman Kristen Mogan, (Richfield, Utah) was seven-for-eight with a pair of doubles and four RBIs.

Sophomore pitcher Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the Game 1 win and went the distance in Game 2 to win twice on the day. Her sister Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, (freshman, Cozad/Gothenburg High School) went four for six on the day with a double.

Western Nebraska falls to 4-10. This was their Region IX conference action of the season.

MCC improves to 10-12 and 3-3 against Region IX south teams. Weather permitting, the Lady Indians are scheduled to host Northeastern Junior College Saturday at 1 p.m.

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

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

For more photos from today’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

GAME 1 – McCook CC 9, Western Nebraska 8: The Cougars took a 4-1 lead in the second inning off MCC starter Anna Wilcox, (freshman, Victoria, British Columbia) who was relieved by freshman Savannah Hansen, (Monroe, Utah).

Kaitlyn Lord lined a two-run homerun to center field to bring the Lady Indians back to 4-3 and then the Tribe scored four runs in the third to take a 7-4 lead. In the four-run fourth, MCC got back-to-back doubles from sophomore Jade Hollands, (Effingham, Kan.) and Kristen Mogan to give MCC a 5-3 lead and Lord delivered a two-out single to put the Lady Indians up by three runs.

Kaitlyn Kleinknecht doubled leading off the fifth inning and came home on a single from freshman Lexee Johnson, (Delta, Utah), to put MCC up 8-4.

The Cougars struck for four runs in the sixth inning off Hansen, who was relieved with the bases loaded by Karleigh Kleinknecht, who walked in the tying run before getting out of the inning tied 8-8. The Indians managed a hit in the sixth but couldn’t score and Kleinknecht set the Cougars down in order in the seventh to set the stage for more walk-off drama.

Freshman Kassandra Orr, (Victoria, British Columbia) led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. Sophomore Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta) came on to pinch run for Orr. Kaitlyn Kleinknecht followed with a single advancing Willier to second then Johnson bunted into a double play but Willier remained at second base. On a 2-0 count Lord ripped a single to left field – her third hit of the game which drove home the winning run giving MCC three straight wins in the bottom of the seventh inning.

MCC out-hit Western Nebraska 14-8. Mogan had a double and a single along with three RBIs.

GAME 1 – McCook CC 8, Western Nebraska 3: After finishing the first game with a win, Karleigh Kleinknecht started the second game in the pitching circle and kept the Cougars off the scoreboard through four innings giving the MCC offense time to get on track.

Kaitlyn Lord started things off with a double in the second inning and scored on a single by Sarah Willier, who later made it 2-0 on a Western Nebraska error.

Another Cougar error to start off the third opened way for three more MCC runs. Kristen Mogan ripped an RBI-double to center, Lord hit a sacrifice fly and freshman Alice Midiri, (Condove, Italy) delivered an RBI single to put MCC up 5-0.

A two-out Morgan single in the fifth and a triple by Kaitlyn Kleinknecht made it a 6-0 game but Western struck for three unearned runs in the fifth inning.

MCC added two runs in the sixth. Hollands doubled to lead off the sixth inning, went to third on a single by Morgan. Both scored on a two-run double by Lord.

Karleigh Kleinknecht went five innings allowing five hits, no earned runs, one walk and she struck out 12 Cougars.

Morgan led the 13-hit MCC attack with three hits. The Lady Indians got two-hit games from the bottom four in the batting order in Lord, Kassandra Orr, Willier and Midri.




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Because of the predicted winter weather system moving into the area this weekend, the McCook Community College baseball team is moving its games this weekend to Beatrice starting Friday.

The Indians will face the Storm in Beatrice Friday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. against Southeast Community College. While the Saturday-Sunday weather forecast in Beatrice doesn’t look promising, the two teams will try and fit the final game if the weather clears. If not, they will make it up later in the year.

The Indians are 12-10 on the season and lead the Region IX Empire League standings at 6-3. The Storm is 11-8 on the season and 4-4 in the Region IX Empire League standings.

In Empire League Action Wednesday, Trinidad State beat Lamar 12-4.

This weekend, Northeastern and Western Nebraska are out of conference with games scheduled in Arizona. Trinidad State is out of conference against Adams State JV. In the only other Empire League matchup this weekend Lamar is scheduled to travel to La Junta, Colo. for two games against Otero Junior College Saturday and one on Sunday.

                EMPIRE LEAGUE STANDINGS

                                    W-L    PCT.   GB   OVERALL

McCook                     6-3      .667    --         12-10

Northeastern JC       5-3      .625      .5       12-9

Western Nebraska   4-4      .500    1.5         5-14

Trinidad State           5-6      .455    2          14-11

Southeast CC           4-4      .400    1.5       10-8

Lamar CC                  5-7      .417    2.5         6-12

Otero JC                    4-6      .400    2.5       11-12

 

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, NE – March 11, 2020 – Based on the recommendations made by the Mayor’s Office of the City of Lincoln, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and the Nebraska Department of Education, the 2020 NSAA Boys State Basketball Championships will proceed as scheduled, but fan attendance will be limited.  The tournament venues and game times remain the same.

 

Attendance will be limited to the varsity players, coaches, team support personnel (athletic trainers and student managers) and school administrators of the qualifying schools and their immediate families.  Immediate family includes parents, stepparents, guardians, siblings, other members living in the athlete’s household, and grandparents.  School administrators will be required to provide a list of those persons meeting the qualifications for entry.  School administrators will be at the entrance of each venue to identify and grant entry to those persons on the list.  Those entering the venue will be required to purchase a ticket or may use previously purchased tickets or passes.  Pre-purchased online tickets will not be honored.

 

We regret that non-varsity boys’ basketball participants, cheerleaders, dance teams, school mascots and pep bands may not attend the games.  In addition, the US Bank Believers and Achievers award and NSAA Distinguished Service Awards will not be presented at this event but will be rescheduled.

 

Anyone not on the approved list who previously purchased a ticket will not be allowed entry.  Passes will not be honored including NCA Gold Card, NSAA Courtesy Passes and Lifetime passes.  This measure is to protect the health and safety of the student athletes, their families and the public at large.  

 

Members of the media with NSAA issued credentials will be allowed entry at all venues.  The NSAA is working with local media outlets to video stream and/or televise the games.  More information will be posted on the NSAA website as it becomes available.

 

This is an unprecedented event, the NSAA Board of Directors and staff understand the hardship this has created for our membership.  But we felt that our student-athletes should have the opportunity to compete while also complying with the recommendations of our local health and government officials.  We look forward to providing the best possible experience for our member schools, student-athletes and their families.





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Heisman Trophy winner and Nebraska great Eric Crouch is one of 19 individuals who will make up the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class. The 17 players and two coaches were announced Wednesday by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame.

The 2020 Hall of Fame class includes five winners of major college awards, led by Crouch’s 2001 Heisman, and 10 conference players of the year, including Crouch, a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year.

Crouch is among the group of players selected from the national ballot that included 76 All-Americans. Crouch becomes the 19th Nebraska player to earn induction into the College Hall of Fame and gives NU 25 overall members of the Hall including six coaches. Crouch is the first Husker selected since Aaron Taylor was inducted in 2018. Crouch is the seventh Husker inducted into the Hall in the past 14 seasons joining Taylor (2018), Trev Alberts (2015), Tommie Frazier (2013), Will Shields (2011), Grant Wistrom (2009) and Mike Rozier (2006).

The 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8, 2020, at the New York Hilton Midtown. The inductees will also be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the fall. Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Crouch finished his college career as only the third quarterback in NCAA history to rush for 3,000 yards and pass for 4,000 yards. A 2001 first-team All-American, Crouch won the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien Award. He guided Nebraska to an 11-2 record and a spot in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. In his senior season, Crouch became just the 13th quarterback in NCAA history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season.

Crouch ended his Nebraska career by holding 32 school records, and he remains atop the Nebraska charts for rushing by a quarterback (3,434), total touchdowns (88), career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (59) and single-season rushing touchdowns for a quarterback (20). Crouch rushed for more than 100 yards 17 times in his career, an NCAA record for a quarterback at the time.

Crouch guided Nebraska to a 10-2 record and a share of the Big 12 North title as a junior in 2000. He was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Big 12 as a sophomore in 1999, when he led the Huskers to a 12-1 record, a Big 12 title, and No. 3 final national ranking.

One of five team captains as a senior, Crouch had his No. 7 jersey retired in 2002. Crouch was drafted as a receiver in the third round of the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He went on to play professionally in NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League. Crouch is the Owner & CEO of Crouch Recreation, a playground and recreation equipment vendor in Omaha.

Comments on Crouch’s Hall of Fame Selection:

Frank Solich, Nebraska Head Coach (1998-2003), Ohio Head Coach (2005-present):

“Eric Crouch had a special talent and is one of the most unique athletes I have coached in my career. His 2001 season was remarkable as he broke numerous NCAA and school records on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy. His outstanding leadership helped guide our team to the National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl as a senior.  Eric is a special young man and very deserving of this prestigious honor. He has represented Nebraska at the highest level both on and off the field.”

 

Tom Osborne, Nebraska Head Coach (1973-97), 1998 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee:

“Eric was a great runner and had excellent speed to go with his other skills. The thing that really struck me about Eric is that he was so much stronger than you would have thought. When I was recruiting him in high school and watched him in the weight room, it struck me that he was lifting amounts of weight that would have made an offensive lineman proud. He was really gifted and his skills fit Nebraska very well. I didn’t get to coach him, but enjoyed watching his career.”

 

Scott Frost, Nebraska Head Coach, Teammate of Eric Crouch in 1997:
“It is a well-deserved honor for Eric to be selected into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is one of the all-time greats in the proud history of Nebraska football and one of the best option quarterbacks in college football history. It is great to see a former Husker teammate selected for the Hall of Fame.”

Turner Gill, Crouch’s Quarterback Coach at Nebraska and Nebraska Quarterback (1980-83):

"Eric was extremely explosive, very durable and was the fastest player that I have ever seen in college football. While his nature was to be quiet, he was a fierce competitor once he was on the field. An outstanding family man, Eric has always been very generous with his time in the community and is especially good working with youth, and he has continued that work in his career after football."

 

Matt Davison, Crouch’s Teammate from 1997-2000 and NU’s Leading Receiver in 1998-99-2000:

“Eric was incredibly talented, but he had an even greater desire to win. He was one of the toughest players I was ever around, left everything on the field each Saturday and wouldn’t accept losing. Eric was a high character guy, a great leader and as good of a teammate as you could find. As a friend, I couldn’t be happier for Eric and his family.”





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The McCook Community College baseball team won both of the Region IX Player of the Week Awards.

Freshman Caleb Eiguren (Westminster, Colo.) a catcher-outfielder was named the Region IX Player of the Week and Nicholas Wellman (redshirt freshman, Quincy, Ill.) was named Region IX Pitcher of the Week.

MCC swept a three-game series over the weekend at Lamar winning 9-8, 4-3 and 11-10. The wins put he Indians in first place in the Region IX Empire League.

Eiguren played a big role in the sweep over Lamar.  In Game 2, he hit a 3-run home run in the top of the 7th to secure the 4-3 win. Caleb was eight of 18 (.444) with two doubles, a home run, and eight RBIs. He also scored two runs.

Wellman, a right-handed pitcher was outstanding out of the bullpen this week in helping the Indians capture a 4-1 week overall and 3-0 in Region IX play. The closer for the Indians made three appearances over four innings pitched, fanning nine batters and recording three saves.




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Tommy Gunz
GI Vapors