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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 -

The third was a woman in her 60s from Hall County -

The fourth was a man in his 80s from Custer County -

All 93 Nebraska counties are now covered by state Directed Health Measures (DHMs) until May 11 – 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 -

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

Here’s where to find tools and resources for individuals and families, schools, communities, businesses, healthcare facilities, and first responders on the DHHS website - and CDC’s website –

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 -

(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

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

(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.

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
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.


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 at 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 at


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 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


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.

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

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.



Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney women’s basketball team saw its 2019-20 season come to an end when it wasn’t selected for the 2020 NCAA Division II Tournament.


The Lopers (26-6) entered the weekend ranked ninth in the Central Region; the top eight teams in each of D2’s eight regions qualify for the tournament. The conference tournament winners from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conf.) and GAC (Great American Conf.) receive automatic bids. This year those teams were Central Missouri, St. Cloud State and Southeastern Oklahoma State.


SCSU likely “stole” a bid by winning the NSIC Tournament earlier this week as the Huskies were ranked 10th in the most recent region rankings. SEOSU also was on the bubble as they came into the weekend ranked seventh.


UNK beat NCAA qualifier Fort Hays State and Missouri Western State (21-8) twice and had wins against NCAA qualifier Emporia State, Central Oklahoma (18-10), Washburn (18-12), and Wayne State (16-13). However the FHSU Tigers had similar victories as well as non-conference ones over NCAA qualifiers Minnesota-Duluth and St. Anselm, Harding (19-10), and Concordia-St. Paul (15-14) with SWOSU having key wins against Pitt State and Washburn. The SW Okie win over the Gorillas likely was a huge factor in them getting the last at-large spot as UNK lost to PSU, 88-74, in early January.


The Lopers end the year leading the MIAA in eight different categories and saw its entire starting five earn All-MIAA honors. Finishing in third place in the league standings UNK’s win total is tied for the third most in school history. The 1995-96 (26-5), 1997-98 (26-4) and 1998-99 (24-6) squads also won 26 games with the Loper standard being 28 (1996-97).


Head coach Carrie Eighmey didn’t have a single senior on this year’s team with graduate transfer and point guard Haley Simental (Pueblo West, Colo.) granted a sixth year by the NCAA last month. Finally, current sophomore forward Shiloh McCool (Pleasant Valley, Ia.) sat out this winter due to injury after averaging 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season.


Central Regional ** March 13, 14 & 16 (Warrensburg, Mo.)

1.       Central Missouri (27-4) – automatic bid

2.       Minnesota-Duluth (26-6) – at-large bid

3.       Sioux Falls (26-6) – at-large bid

4.       Emporia State (24-7) – at-large bid

5.       Southeastern Oklahoma State (22-7) – automatic bid

6.       St. Cloud State (23-7) – automatic bid

7.       Fort Hays State (23-7) – at-large bid

8.       Southwestern Oklahoma State (21-8) – at-large bid

(FRIDAY 3/6) The North Platte Community College softball team fell in both games of Friday’s doubleheader against Northeastern Junior College. The Knights fell behind early in the opening game and struggled to bounce back as they lost 10-7 and 14-1 Friday evening.

NJC took advantage of some early Knight pitching that struggled to find the strike zone and jumped out to a five-run lead in the first inning. After the slow start, NPCC’s bats came alive late as the Knights scored three runs in the sixth and seventh inning. But the late rally fell short and NJC held on for the three-run win.

The Knights were led by Domonique Contreras, of Brighton, Co., who finished one for four from the plate with three RBI. Taylar Coleman, of North Platte and Marianne Mata, of Rialto, Ca., both finished the game two for four with two RBI. As a team, the Knights finished with ten hits while NJC finished with 12 hits.

The second game was all NJC as they again led early after scoring one in the first and two in the second. NPCC brought the score to 3-1 in the third but NJC answered with a huge bottom half of the inning as they scored ten runs on six hits. NJC finished the game two innings later with the 13-point win.

NPCC was led by Brittany Bui, of Lakewood, Co., who finished the game two for three and scoring the Knights lone run. From the mound, Coleman and Contreras combined to give up 14 runs on eight hits.

The losses drop NPCC’s record to 4-6 on the season. They return home to face Iowa Western Sunday at Dowhower Softball Complex with games starting at 2:00 PM.

“We started out slow and were never able to change gears and gain the momentum we needed to come out on top,” said NPCC coach Janelle Higgins. “We had moments that we played fundamentally sound, but we had to many routine errors that we couldn’t bounce back from. We will have to clean the slate, work hard tomorrow and be ready to bounce back against Iowa Western Community College on Sunday.” 

(SUNDAY 3/8) The North Platte Community College softball team hosted Iowa Western Community College Sunday at Dowhower softball complex in North Platte. The Knights struggled to get any momentum going offensively against the Reivers and IWCC won both games 6-3 and 12-0

The Knights fell behind early in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader after IWCC jumped out to three run lead in the first inning. After falling behind 5-0 in the third inning, the Knights bounced back in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run homerun by Kayleigh Bucio, of Rialto, Ca. After cutting the lead to two runs in the third, NPCC was unable to add to the scoreboard and IWCC came away with the 6-3 win.

The Knights were led offensively by Bucio who finished the game one for three from the plate with three RBI. Taylar Coleman, of North Platte took the mound for NPCC allowing six runs on eight hits while striking out six and walking four.

The second game was dominated by IWCC pitching as the Reiver pitchers combined to pitch a five-inning no-hitter while striking out four Knights. IWCC came out strong scoring 12 runs in the first three innings. With the bats cold, the Knights fell in the final game of Sunday’s doubleheader 12-0. Knights pitchers gave up 12 runs on seven hits while striking out three.

“IWCC’s pitchers hit spots and kept us off balance all day,” said NPCC coach Janelle Higgins. “Defensively, we were caught on our heels throughout the day, giving up four unearned runs in game one and nine in game two. If we take away the errors, we have two different ball games. Today’s injuries to Cundiff and Mata also hurt as it forced us to change our infield around as well.”

With the losses, NPCC drops to 4-8 on the season. The Knights have a chance to bounce back against Northwest Kansas Technical College when they next travel to Goodland, Ks next Sunday.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gabe Kalscheur scored 26 points and Alihan Demir added 19 points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota set a season-high in scoring with a 107-75 victory over Nebraska. Marcus Carr had 18 points and 11 assists, while Daniel Oturu added 10 points and six rebounds for the Gophers, who made a school-record 18 3-pointers. Haanif Cheatham led the Huskers with 17 points. Jervay Green added 16, Thorir Thorbjarnarson had 14, and Kevin Cross scored 10.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Zegarowski made all five of his 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead No. 11 Creighton to a share of the Big East regular-season title with a 77-60 victory over No. 8 Seton Hall. The Bluejays claimed all or part of their first conference title since winning the Missouri Valley outright in 2012-13. Creighton has won 11 of its last 13 games and because it swept the season series against the Pirates will be the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament in New York next week. Myles Powell and Quincy McKnight scored 15 apiece for the Pirates.

Class A 
Championship - Pius X 45, Lincoln East 37 

Class B 
Championship - Crete 52, Beatrice 26 

Class C1 
Championship - Championship - North Bend Central 48, Lincoln Christian 59
3rd Place - Adams Central 44, St Paul 41 

Class C2 
Championship - St Cecilia 41, Ponca 37 
3rd Place - Crofton 58, Oakland Craig 40 

Class D1 
Championship - Pleasanton 47, Fremont Bergan 38 
3rd Place - CWC 66, Hartington CC 54

Class D1 
Championship - Wynot 59, Humphrey St Francis 51
3rd Place - Falls City Sacred Heart 59, Mullen 36




NSAA State Championship=

Class A=


Lincoln East 59, Fremont 50

Lincoln Pius X 71, Millard South 46

Class B=


Beatrice 43, Scottsbluff 26

Crete 48, Grand Island Northwest 47, 3OT

Class C1=


Lincoln Christian 68, St. Paul 59

North Bend Central 39, Adams Central 31

Class C2=


Hastings St. Cecilia 62, Crofton 60

Ponca 53, Oakland-Craig 44

Class D1=


Archbishop Bergan 40, Hartington Cedar Catholic 34

Pleasanton 50, CWC 46

Class D2=


Humphrey St. Francis 68, Mullen 38

Wynot 37, Falls City Sacred Heart 27

RATON, N.M. – The McCook Community College softball team opened up the Region IX schedule Friday in New Mexico dropping a pair of games to Trinidad State 8-0, 12-4.

MCC was out-hit on the afternoon 16-9. Freshman Kristen Mogan, (Richfield, Utah) provided the offensive highlight of the day with a three-run home run in Game 2.

Trinidad State improves to 11-5 on the season.

MCC falls to 5-11. The Lady Indians will play Otero Junior College in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 11 a.m. (MT)

GAME 1 – Trinidad State JC 8, McCook CC 0: The Trojans broke up a 2-0 game with five runs in the fourth inning keyed by Gianna Paape’s two-out, three-run home run.

Sophomore Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta) took the loss allowing four hits and three earned runs over 3.2 innings pitched. Freshman Anna Wilcox, (Victoria, British Columbia) pitched the final 1.2 innings, allowing two hits and a run.

MCC was held to four hits – all singles.

GAME 2 – Trinidad State JC 12, McCook CC 4: The Trojans took charge early, scoring six runs in the first inning.

The Lady Indians scored their first run of the day in the second inning on a walk and an RBI-double by freshman Megan Blood-Smyth, (Thornton, Colo.).

Trinidad State came back with three runs in the second to lead 9-1 until MCC’s Kristen Mogan belted a three-run home run to centerfield in the third to close the gap to 9-4. The Trojans put the game away with a run in the third and two more in the fourth inning.

MCC had five hits in the game.

Three pitchers took the circle for MCC: sophomore pitcher Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School); freshman Savannah Hansen, (Monroe, Utah); and Anna Wilcox. They allowed 10 hits in four innings worked, 10 earned runs, and six walks.

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:

CASPER, Wyo. – The Casper College women won their 13th straight game and advanced to the Region IX Tournament semi-finals Thursday claiming an 82-55 win over McCook Community College to end the season for the Lady Indians.

The T-Birds, ranked 15th in the nation, got out to a 20-10 first-quarter lead and stretched it to 42-25 at halftime.

For Casper, five players scored in double-figures led by 15 points from Ashley Tehau, 13 by Natalia Otkhmezuri, 11 from Mya Jones and 10 points each off the bench by Kammie Ragsdale and Reka Soos.

The Thunderbirds shot 50.8 percent from the field, was 11 of 24 from beyond the 3-point line (45.8 percent) and made 11 of 16 free throws (68.6 percent). Casper held a 34-29 rebound edge and committed 14 turnovers.

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) led MCC with 13 points to go along with six rebounds. She was five-for-eight from the field.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) winds up her MCC career with nine points and a team-leading seven rebounds.

Sophomore Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) wraps up her MCC career with eight points, four assists and three steals.

Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) came off the bench with nine points and three rebounds.

MCC shot 43.1 percent from the field made two of 14 3-pointers (14.3 percent) and was nine of 14 from the free-throw line (64.3 percent). The Lady Indians turned the ball over 20 times.

The Lady Indians finish at 22-10.

In other Region IX quarterfinal action, Western Nebraska downed Sheridan 84-49. Gillette beat Northeastern Junior College 61-51 and Otero Junior College defeated Eastern Wyoming 84-75.

On Friday Western Nebraska (27-1) will take on Gillette (28-4) in the first semi-final game with Casper (27-3) playing Otero JC (23-5) in the second game. The finals are set for Saturday at 6 p.m. (MT)

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball and all sports please visit the MCC Athletics web page at



NSAA State Championship=

Class A=


Fremont 58, Omaha Westside 40

Lincoln East 50, Papillion-LaVista 30

Lincoln Pius X 60, North Platte 44

Millard South 54, Lincoln Southwest 44

Class B=


Beatrice 51, Platteview 47

Crete 48, Norris 43, OT

Grand Island Northwest 47, Sidney 44

Scottsbluff 57, Bennington 47

Class C1=


Adams Central 44, Chadron 30

Lincoln Christian 55, Malcolm 34

North Bend Central 48, West Point-Beemer 33

St. Paul 41, Wahoo 38

Class C2=


Crofton 72, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 41

Hastings St. Cecilia 56, Superior 43

Oakland-Craig 41, Clarkson/Leigh 36

Ponca 56, Grand Island Central Catholic 38

Class D1=


Archbishop Bergan 44, Maywood-Hayes Center 30

CWC 58, Dundy County-Stratton 36

Hartington Cedar Catholic 54, Weeping Water 49

Pleasanton 66, Pender 56

Class D2=


Falls City Sacred Heart 53, Loomis 27

Humphrey St. Francis 60, Sterling 53

Mullen 60, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 54

Wynot 48, Lawrence-Nelson 39

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Nebraska battled back from a slow start to pull within four points at halftime, but No. 25 Michigan started the second half on an 18-4 run on its way to an 82-58 victory Thursday night at the Crisler Center.
Haanif Cheatham scored 19 points and Dachon Burke Jr. scored 16 points to pace Nebraska (7-23, 2-17 Big Ten Conference). Thorir Thorbjarnarson pulled down a team-best seven rebounds for the Huskers, who outrebounded Michigan 40-38, the first time this season Nebraska has outrebounded a Big Ten foe.
Nebraska also shot a season-best 80 percent on free throws, connecting on 12 of 15 attempts.
But the Wolverines, led by Isaiah Livers with 18 points, shot 59.4 percent from the field in the second half to pull away from Nebraska, which was playing without starting point guard Cam Mack for its second consecutive road game.
Michigan (19-11, 10-9) opened the game with an 11-2 lead and held a nine-point margin with midway through the first half, when Nebraska used a 10-2 run to get back in the game.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Thorbjarnarson and Burke started the run. John Teske hit a short jumper for Michigan, but Kevin Cross scored in the paint and Thorbjarnarson scored a layup to pull the Huskers within 23-22 with 6:52 remaining before halftime.
Nebraska, though, missed its next five field goal attempts while also committing five turnovers. However, Michigan didn't take full advantage, only extending its lead to 29-22 with 3:59 remaining. Eli Brooks had two 3-pointers in that stretch for the Wolverines.
Cheatham ended Nebraska's scoring drought of 6 minutes, 52 seconds with a layup off a Michigan turnover. Akol Arop followed with a transition layup off an assist from Thorbjarnarson to pull the Huskers within 29-26 with 1:04 remaining before halftime.
Brandon Johns Jr. hit a 3-pointer for Michigan, and Burke made two free throws, while Michigan missed a shot at the halftime buzzer, with the Wolverines leading 32-28 at halftime. Nebraska held Michigan to 34 percent shooting in the first half, including 5-of-15 on 3-pointers, while the Huskers shot 37 percent and held a 24-18 rebounding advantage in the first half.
Nebraska concludes the regular season Sunday with a noon tip-off at Minnesota. The Huskers will be either the No. 13 or No. 14 seed for next week's Big Ten Tournament, which begins Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Tommy Gunz
GI Vapors