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NORTH PLATTE – The North Platte Community College men rolled to a 91-68 win over McCook Community College Wednesday night.

The win for the Knights clinched at least a share of the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship but the Indians have a chance to tie North Platte in the conference by winning its final two NCCAC games next week.

MCC’s Sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) and redshirt Sophomore AV Banks (Portageville, Mo.) both scored 15 points with all of Banks’ points coming from the 3-point line where he made five of eight shots.

MCC shot 44.9 percent from the field, made 10 of 21 shots from the 3-point arc, and 14 of 22 from the line (63.6 percent). The Indians out-rebounded North Platte 36-29. Cunningham led the Indians with six rebounds.

North Platte was 53.6 percent from the field, made nine of 14 3-pointers 64.3 percent) and 22 of 36 free throw shots (61.1 percent). Courtney Murrell led the Knights with 25 points.

The Knights improve to 21-3 on the season, 8-2 in the South Sub-Region. North Platte completes the NCCAC schedule at 5-1.

The Indians fall to 10-17 overall and 2-9 in South Sub-Region play.

The Indians can gain a share of the NCCAC title by winning Monday at Southeast Community College (6 p.m.) and Tuesday at home against Central Community College (7:30 p.m.) -- in a game postponed from Feb. 11. The Indians beat Southeast CC at home 82-62 on Feb. 10 and beat Central CC at Columbus Nov. 20 by the score of 99-78.

MCC wraps up region play at home Saturday against Lamar Community College. Saturday is also sophomore recognition day as well as the Dick Driml Chili Cookoff and Veterans Appreciation Day.

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

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





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NORTH PLATTE – The McCook Community College Lady Indians went on an 10-2 run midway through the second period to break open a four-point game, led by 10 at the half, and went on to a 86-67 win over North Platte Wednesday.

“We shot it well, played hard, we just need to continue to work and finish,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said.

With the win, MCC improves to 5-0 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference and clinches a share of the conference title with one game left – Tuesday at home against 3-1 Central Community College.

MCC got 21-point games from sophomore transfer Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.), and freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs). Bodette also led MCC with 12 rebounds.

Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) scored 14 points, including an eight-for-nine showing at the line). Sophomore Makayla Jones, (Aurora, Colo.) scored 13 points.

MCC shot 49.3 percent from the field, made five of 20 shots from 3-point range (25 percent) and 19 of 25 free throws (76.0 percent). The Lady Indians were able to take advantage of a 21-6 edge on points off of 17 North Platte turnovers.

“A good team win tonight I really thought as the game went on we were able to establish a good tempo and we got some baskets from transition which was big,” Fernetti said.

North Platte shot 34.9 percent from the field made five of 15 shots from distance (31.3 percent) and connected on 18 of 23 free throws (78.3 percent)

The Knights out-rebounded MCC 41-38. They were led in scoring by a trio of players with 18 points including Madisyn Francis, Nahatabaa Nacona, and Emily Joseph.

North Platte falls to 4-22 overall and finish 1-5 in the NCCAC

MCC improves to 18-10 and 5-0 in NCCAC.

The Lady Indians conclude Region IX south sub-region play Saturday at home against Lamar Community College. Western Nebraska leads the south with an 8-0 mark, Northeastern Junior College sits second at 6-2, MCC is third at 5-4. The Runnin’ Lopes are 0-9 in the south standings and 2-26 overall. Game time Saturday is 2 p.m. and Lady Indian sophomores will be honored. That is also the day of the Dick Driml Chili Cook-off and Veterans Appreciation Day.

MCC will play one final game Tuesday at home against Central Community College in a game that can possibly determine the NCCAC championship. MCC is 5-0 and Central 3-1. Before the Raiders come to MCC for a make-up game, postponed from Feb. 11 because of the weather, they also have a conference home game with Southeast Saturday. MCC beat Central 81-57 in Columbus on Nov. 20.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games and photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball





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McCook Senior Mackenzie Smith has signed her letter of intent to continue throwing Shot and Discus at the University of Nebraska Kearney.  Smith, Coach Blume and Coach May all able to chat with Hometown Family Radio about Smith heading to UNK.

 





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After snow postponed the McCook Community College baseball and softball games scheduled for today, the schedule for both teams have been changed for the next couple days.

MCC’s softball was scheduled to play at Garden City Community College (Kansas) Saturday. Today it was announced those games will be moved up and played in Dodge City, Kan. Thursday. Games will start at 1 and 3 p.m.

MCC baseball was scheduled to play at Lamar Colo. Saturday and Sunday but because of weather conditions and field conditions that three-game series was moved up a day. The two teams will play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. MST and then a nine-inning game Sunday starting at 1 p.m. MST.

You can stay up to date on all scheduling changes and game information by visiting the official website of McCook College Indian Athletics at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx





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Adverse weather has postponed the McCook Community College baseball and softball games scheduled for Wednesday.

MCC softball’s games against Colby Community College at the Jaycees Sports Complex in McCook for Wednesday were postponed. The coaches are looking to reschedule those games if the schedule allows. MCC baseball’s game at Barton County Community College for Wednesday was also postponed.

In addition, weekend games for both baseball has been changed and softball games in Kansas are uncertain.

MCC’s softball was scheduled to play at Garden City Community College (Kansas) Saturday. That doubleheader has tentatively been moved up to Friday, as the teams are hoping for better weather.

MCC baseball was scheduled to play at Lamar Colo. Saturday and Sunday but because of weather conditions and field conditions that three-game series was moved up a day, it was announced today. The two teams will play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. MST and then a nine-inning game Sunday starting at 1 p.m. MST.

You can stay up to date on all scheduling changes and game information by visiting the official website of McCook College Indian Athletics at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Class B=

Subdistrict B-1=

Final=

Platteview 56, Plattsmouth 45

Subdistrict B-2=

Final=

Omaha Skutt Catholic 63, Elkhorn Mount Michael 24

Subdistrict B-3=

Final=

Omaha Roncalli 50, Bennington 44

Subdistrict B-4=

Final=

Lincoln Pius X 55, Norris 45

Subdistrict B-5=

Final=

Seward 55, Crete 32

Subdistrict B-6=

Final=

Aurora 55, York 51

Subdistrict B-7=

Final=

Lexington 55, McCook 39

Subdistrict B-8=

Final=

Scottsbluff 53, Alliance 49

Class C-1=

Subdistrict C1-1=

Auburn 61, Falls City 50

Syracuse 46, Johnson County Central 38

Subdistrict C1-4=

Aquinas 63, Bishop Neumann 45

Wahoo 79, David City 31

Subdistrict C1-5=

Boys Town 66, Omaha Concordia 53

Fort Calhoun 74, Douglas County West 66

Subdistrict C1-6=

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 31, West Point-Beemer 28

North Bend Central 69, Arlington 26

Subdistrict C1-7=

Norfolk Catholic 64, Winnebago 51

Wayne 39, Pierce 33

Subdistrict C1-8=

Boone Central/Newman Grove 52, Columbus Lakeview 36

Columbus Scotus 63, Twin River 46

Subdistrict C1-9=

Adams Central 60, Gibbon 17

Kearney Catholic 68, Wood River 30

Subdistrict C1-10=

Broken Bow 37, Ord 35

Grand Island Central Catholic 50, St. Paul 39

Subdistrict C1-11=

Cozad 64, Chase County 46

Ogallala 66, Hershey 62

Subdistrict C1-12=

Chadron 49, Gordon/Rushville 38

Mitchell 74, Valentine 50

Class C-2=

Subdistrict C2-1=

Freeman 51, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 23

Southern 61, Palmyra 55

Subdistrict C2-2=

Sutton 61, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 30

Tri County 60, Wilber-Clatonia 40

Subdistrict C2-3=

Elmwood-Murdock 59, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 35

Yutan 73, Tekamah-Herman 24

Subdistrict C2-4=

Centennial 69, Nebraska Christian 41

Shelby/Rising City 55, Cross County 47, OT

Subdistrict C2-5=

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 69, Guardian Angels 25

Omaha Nation 68, Oakland-Craig 54

Subdistrict C2-6=

Howells/Dodge 64, Lutheran High Northeast 44

Wakefield 47, Wisner-Pilger 37

Subdistrict C2-7=

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 77, Crofton 50

Ponca 65, Hartington Cedar Catholic 53

Subdistrict C2-8=

Ainsworth 61, Creighton 48

Battle Creek 57, Neligh-Oakdale 48

Subdistrict C2-9=

Alma 50, Sandy Creek 47

Hastings St. Cecilia 45, Superior 30

Subdistrict C2-10=

Centura 75, Ravenna 51

Doniphan-Trumbull 48, Arcadia-Loup City 36

Subdistrict C2-11=

Cambridge 57, Southern Valley 46

South Loup 53, Perkins County 38

Subdistrict C2-12=

Bridgeport 55, Kimball 39

Hemingford 73, Bayard 59

Class D-1=

Subdistrict D1-1=

Nebraska City Lourdes 57, Pawnee City 45

Omaha Christian Academy 47, Weeping Water 31

Subdistrict D1-2=

Deshler 59, Meridian 27

Heartland 47, McCool Junction 45

Subdistrict D1-3=

Archbishop Bergan 75, Clarkson/Leigh 35

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 86, East Butler 34

Subdistrict D1-4=

Emerson-Hubbard 38, Allen 35

Homer 58, Pender 53

Subdistrict D1-5=

Bloomfield 60, Plainview 40

Hartington-Newcastle 43, Elkhorn Valley 41

Subdistrict D1-6=

Boyd County 46, Clearwater/Orchard 38

West Holt 46, Niobrara/Verdigre 42

Subdistrict D1-7=

Fullerton 58, Harvard 43

Kenesaw 49, Shelton 45

Subdistrict D1-8=

Arapahoe 45, Wilcox-Hildreth 40

Axtell 50, Bertrand 48

Subdistrict D1-9=

Elm Creek 73, Elwood 43

Overton 64, Pleasanton 55

Subdistrict D1-10=

Anselmo-Merna 65, Sandhills/Thedford 52

Ansley-Litchfield 69, Burwell 56

Subdistrict D1-11=

Dundy County-Stratton 46, Hitchcock County 37

Wauneta-Palisade 80, Southwest 28

Subdistrict D1-12=

North Platte St. Patrick's 62, Garden County 33

Paxton 61, Maxwell 38

Class D-2=

Subdistrict D2-1=

Falls City Sacred Heart 75, Lewiston 38

Johnson-Brock 69, Sterling 48

Subdistrict D2-2=

Diller-Odell 50, Parkview Christian 44

Exeter/Milligan 63, Friend 26

Subdistrict D2-3=

Humphrey St. Francis 74, Osceola 28

Mead 49, Cornerstone Christian 25

Subdistrict D2-4=

Osmond 69, Wynot 47

Randolph 57, Wausa 46

Subdistrict D2-5=

St. Mary's 51, CWC-Ewing 38

Stuart 56, Elgin Public/Pope John 32

Subdistrict D2-6=

Central Valley 97, Spalding Academy 45

Riverside 82, St. Edward 16

Subdistrict D2-7=

Giltner 58, High Plains Community 28

Lawrence-Nelson 41, Heartland Lutheran 24

Subdistrict D2-8=

Blue Hill 55, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 28

Loomis 60, Silver Lake 36

Subdistrict D2-9=

Eustis-Farnam 62, Brady 60, OT

Wallace 51, Medicine Valley 39

Subdistrict D2-10=

Hyannis 65, Arthur County 42

Mullen 50, Stapleton 23

Subdistrict D2-11=

Creek Valley 64, Potter-Dix 12

South Platte 49, Leyton 38

Subdistrict D2-12=

Cody-Kilgore 62, Sioux County 44

Crawford 55, Hay Springs 37





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The Nebraska men’s basketball team posted its highest point total in more than a month Tuesday night, but the Huskers ran into a hot-shooting Penn State squad in a 95-71 loss at the Bryce Jordan Center.

James Palmer Jr. led Nebraska with 24 points – including 15 in the second half – as the Huskers topped the 70-point mark for the first time since a 70-64 win over the same Penn State squad on Jan. 10. Isaiah Roby had one of the most efficient nights of his career, scoring 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and Thomas Allen added 11 points for Nebraska (15-12 overall, 5-11 Big Ten).

Nebraska shot 47.5 percent from the field and was 6-of-18 from the 3-point line, including 6-of-12 in the second half. But Penn State hit 56 percent of its shot, the best shooting night by a Husker opponent in 61 games. The Nittany Lions set season highs in points (95), field goals (35) and shooting percentage (55.6), all of which were the most Nebraska has allowed this season.

Lamar Stevens scored a game-high 29 points for the Nittany Lions (10-16, 3-12 Big Ten) and Rasir Bolton added 21. Josh Reaves and Mike Watkins chipped in 10 points apiece.

Nebraska trailed by 19 at the half, its largest halftime deficit of the season. The Huskers allowed 44 points to a hot-shooting Penn State team, tying for the most points NU has allowed in a first half this season. Penn State hit six 3-pointers and shot 50 percent in the half, while the Huskers were 0-of-6 from the 3-point line and shot just 40 percent. Nebraska also committed seven turnovers and allowed eight offensive rebounds, as the Nittany Lions scored 14 points off turnovers and added 13 second-chance points.

Each of Penn State’s first six shots were 3-pointers. The Nittany Lions missed their first four attempts, but made six of their final nine 3-pointers of the half. Lamar Stevens hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points during a 10-0 Penn State run that turned a one-point deficit into a 13-4 lead four minutes into the game. Nebraska pulled to within five at 17-12 before going nearly five minutes without a point. Penn State took advantage with a 7-0 run that stretched the lead to 12. A 6-0 spurt four minutes later put the Nittany Lions on top 35-18, and Penn State scored the final four points of the half to take a 44-25 lead into the locker room.

Nebraska came out strong in the second half, scoring the first five points of the period. But Penn State settled back in, using a 7-0 run to build a 57-35 lead, marking the Huskers’ first deficit of more than 20 points this season. The Nittany Lions stretched the lead to 25 six minutes into the half. Allen scored five straight points to cut the lead back to 20 with 12:09 to play, but Nebraska was never able to get closer than that. Penn State made eight consecutive shots over the next seven minutes to build an 83-55 advantage with less than six minutes remaining. The Nittany Lions built their largest lead of 29 with 2:04 to play following their 11th 3-pointer of the night. Nebraska scored seven of the game’s final nine points, with all seven points coming from the Husker bench.

The Huskers shot 55.2 percent in the second half, but Penn State was 18-of-29 from the field (62.1 percent) in the final 20 minutes, including 5-of-7 from the 3-point line and 10-of-11 at the free-throw line.

Nebraska returns home this weekend, when the Huskers host No. 15 Purdue Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m., and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network, which the Husker Sports Network providing live radio coverage.

Nebraska Postgame Notes*-James Palmer Jr. reached double-figures for the 26th time this season with 24 points. Palmer also went over 500 points this season, becoming the eighth player in school history to record consecutive 500-point seasons.
*-Palmer posted his 13th 20-point game of the year, matching the most under Tim Miles (13, Terran Petteway, 2014-15). Palmer now has 21 career 20-point games.
*-Palmer also passed Herschell Turner for 29th on Nebraska’s career scoring chart, as Palmer now has 1,082 career points at NU.
*-Amir Harris had a career-high two blocked shots tonight. Harris had one blocked shot in four previous games this season. He also finished with four points, his highest total since Nov. 11.
*-Penn State became just the third opponent in the last 51 games dating back to last season to shoot over 50 percent from the field.
*-Nebraska saw its two-game win streak snapped and fell to 1-6 in State College in the Big Ten era. Prior to tonight, three of the last four matchups were decide by four points or less.
*-Isaiah Roby finished with 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting. In two games against Penn State this year, Roby is 16-of-19 from the field.





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Adverse weather has postponed the McCook Community College softball games scheduled for Wednesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex in McCook. MCC was to play Colby Community College. The coaches are looking to reschedule those games if the schedule allows.

Also, MCC’s softball games at Garden City, Kan, scheduled for Saturday have tentatively been moved up to Friday, as the teams are hoping for better weather. You can stay up to date on all scheduling changes and game information by visiting the official website of McCook College Indian Athletics at: https://mccindians.com/schedule.aspx?tab=schedule2&path=softball





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Riverside, Calif. – The Nebraska baseball team (3-1) closed its season-opening series with a 7-1 win over UC Riverside at Riverside Sports Complex on Sunday.

Freshman right-hander Colby Gomes, making his pitching debut, went 4.0 scoreless innings and recorded two strikeouts. Senior Matt Waldron threw 5.0 innings of relief and earned seven strikeouts.

Nebraska struck first with one run in the opening frame. Angelo Altavilla hit a one-out single before Mojo Hagge advanced him with a single of his own. Aaron Palensky drove in Altavilla with an RBI single. In the bottom of the first, the Highlanders left two runners on base during a scoreless frame. UC Riverside managed two hits.

Drew Gilin recorded his first career hit in the top of the second, but the Huskers were held scoreless. The Highlanders earned two hits in the bottom of the second, but left a pair of runners stranded.

NU scored two runs in the top of the third to extend its lead to 3-0. Schwellenbach and Hagge each walked before Luke Roskam’s two-RBI single. UC Riverside went down in order in the bottom half of the inning.

In the top of the fourth, Nebraska went down in order with one strikeout and two flyouts. Riverside managed two hits in the bottom of the fourth, but Roskam threw a laser to second base for an inning-ending pickoff.

Nebraska left one runner on base via walk during a scoreless top of the fifth. UC Riverside went down in order in the bottom of the fifth.

All three Husker batters struck out in the top of the sixth. Waldron responded by retiring all three Highlanders he faced in the bottom of the sixth.

Nebraska plated one run to extend its lead to 4-0 in the top of the seventh. Blake Peterson hit a leadoff single and then later scored on Altavilla’s RBI single. Waldron added a strikeout in the bottom of the seventh as he retired all three batters he faced.

In the top of the eighth, Nebraska left two runners on in a scoreless frame. Waldron mowed down the Highlanders 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth.

The Huskers scored three runs on two hits in the top of the ninth to build a 7-0 lead. Acker doubled in the leadoff spot before Schwellenbach drove him in with a single. Hagge and Palensky also registered RBIs during the inning for the Big Red. UC Riverside scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the ninth.

The Huskers return to action next week at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Ariz. NU faces defending national champion Oregon State in a four-game set, beginning on Thursday.





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Lincoln – Behind a big night from Isaiah Roby, the Nebraska men’s basketball team won its second straight game with a 59-50 victory over Northwestern Saturday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Roby filled up the stat sheet while producing his third double-double of the season. He scored a game-high 19 points, pulled down a game- and career-high 16 rebounds, tied his season high with a game-high five blocks and added a pair of assists and two steals. With Nebraska’s offense struggling early in the second half, Roby scored the Huskers’ first 10 points of the period and finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the second half alone.

In addition to Roby’s performance, James Palmer Jr. chipped in 13 points – his 22nd straight game in double figures – and dished out six assists, one shy of his season high. Glynn Watson Jr. added 12 points and six rebounds. Nebraska shot only 32.8 percent from the field, but the Husker defense had seven blocks and eight steals while forcing 15 Northwestern turnovers. The Wildcats shot only 34.5 percent and were just 5-of-25 from the 3-point line en route to its second-lowest total of the year.

With its second win of the week, Nebraska improved to 15-11 on the year and moved to 5-10 in Big Ten Conference play. Northwestern (12-13, 3-11 Big Ten) was led by a double-double from Dererk Pardon (13 points and 12 rebounds), while Vic Law scored 15 points and Anthony Gaines added 10 points.

Nebraska led for much of the first half, taking a 28-23 lead into the locker room. The teams traded baskets during a hot start, before a 6-0 run gave the Huskers a 14-9 lead eight minutes into the contest. Five straight points from Northwestern trimmed the lead to one with eight minutes left in the half, but Thomas Allen knocked down a three and Palmer connected on three free throws to give Nebraska its biggest lead of the half at 26-19. The Huskers scored only two points over the final six minutes of the half, but the Husker defense limited the Wildcats to just four points during that stretch.

Roby was the only Husker to score a point in the first eight minutes of the second half, as Northwestern battled back to take the lead. After Roby opened the period with a layup, five quick Wildcat points trimmed the Husker lead to two. Roby answered with a 3-pointer but another 5-0 spurt gave Northwestern a 36-35 advantage with 14:27 left.

After a two-minute scoreless drought, Roby put Nebraska back on top for good with a 3-pointer with 12:08 to play. Northwestern trimmed the lead to one with eight minutes remaining, but the Huskers put the game out of reach with an 11-0 run. Watson scored the final five points of the run, as his 3-pointer gave Nebraska its largest lead at 53-41 with 3:52 to play.

Despite playing its starting five the entire second half, Nebraska had plenty of energy on the defensive end. The Huskers held Northwestern scoreless for more than five minutes during their 11-0 run. After a Northwestern basket cut the lead to one with 8:18 remaining, the Wildcats did not make another field goal until more than seven minutes later, when a Pardon dunk made the score 55-47 with 1:05 to play, but that was as close as Northwestern would get.

Following a pair of home wins this week, Nebraska hits the road to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on FS1 with the Husker Sports Network providing live radio coverage.





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