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SCOTTSBLUFF – The McCook Community College Lady Indians basketball team had the chance to win the game with four seconds left on a buzzer-beater, but the shot missed and Eastern Wyoming won 86-85, to advance to the semi-finals of the Region IX, Division I Tournament.

“I thought that we fought the whole game,” said Brandon Pritchett, MCC coach. “Eastern Wyoming made some plays down the stretch and we didn't get stops in the last two minutes of the game.”

The two teams had played on even terms all year with the first matchup in November going to overtime before the Lancers won. They also picked up a two-point win in McCook in December. On Thursday it was more of the same as the teams finished the first 10 minutes tied at 17-17.

Eastern Wyoming went on an 8-0 run in the second period to take a 31-21 lead, but MCC battled back to reclaim the lead 48-44 at the half. The lead changed 16 times in the game with the score tied nine times.

Sophomore Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain) led MCC in scoring with 20 points along with nine rebounds. Freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) added 16 points and 19 rebounds.

Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) scored 14 points and sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Parachute, Colo.) scored 12 points.

The Lady Indians shot 43.8 percent for the game, made 11 of 37 shots from beyond the 3-point line (29.7 percent), and just 45.4 percent from the free-throw line on 22 attempts.

MCC out-rebounded the Lancers 51-36.

Eastern Wyoming shot 45.2 percent from the field, made seven of 19 shots from distance (36.8 percent), and connected on 13 of 16 free throws (81.3 percent). Abril Rexach led Eastern Wyoming with 23 points. Paula Martinez-Sanz added 19 points.

“We did a lot of really good things but it came down to making free throws in the second half,” Pritchett said.

The Lady Indians made just four of 13 free throws in the second half (30.8 percent).

“You never want to end your season on a loss but they have nothing to hang their heads about,” Pritchett said. “These girls had a great season and we are proud of them and what they accomplished.”

In addition to finishing with a 20-win season, the Lady Indians went 6-0 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference to win the school’s ninth conference championship and sixth since 2006.

Eastern Wyoming improves to 24-8 and will take on the winner of Thursday’s final game of the night between Western Nebraska and Sheridan.

Semi-final games are set for 5 and 7 p.m. (MT) Friday in Scottsbluff with the finals Saturday at 5 p.m. (MT.)

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:


LAMAR, Colo. – The McCook Community College Lady Indians split a doubleheader Thursday against Lamar Community College, winning the first game 6-2 and losing the second game 8-7 on a walkoff single in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) banged out six hits on the afternoon including five doubles and sophomore transfer Shae Muggridge, (Perth, Western Australia) picked up the complete game win in the first game but lost the second game in relief.

Lamar goes to 8-10 overall and 3-3 in Region IX play.

MCC goes to 6-10 and 2-4 in the Region IX standings.

The two teams will play another doubleheader Friday starting at 11 A.M. (MT)

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GAME 1: McCook CC 6, Lamar CC 2: MCC was able to take advantage of five Lamar errors which figured in all three innings in which the Lady Indians scored, the offense was able to capitalize and pitcher Shae Muggridge held off the Lopes for the complete-game win.

After Lamar took the lead with an unearned run in the second, MCC came back in the top of the third inning on a two-out, two run triple by Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah), followed by a Lamar error which enabled MCC take a 3-1 lead.

The first three hitters in the Lamar third reached base but MCC catcher Emma McLean (Willetton, Western Australia) helped erase one of the base runners on an attempted steal and Muggridge wiggled out of the inning allowing just one run.

A couple more Lamar errors in the fourth set the table for Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) who made it a 4-2 game with an RBI single.

A Lamar error in the sixth inning opened the door for the MCC offense and Emily Charchuk smacked her third hit of the game, an RBI-double to make it a 5-2 game and she later scored on a Lamar error the final margin of victory.

Lamar committed five errors in the game which led to four unearned runs.

MCC out-hit Lamar 8-7 with Charchuk leading the way with a pair of doubles and a single. Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) had a double and a single and Siebenthal also had a two-hit game.

Muggridge picked up the complete game win allowing seven hits, one earned run, four walks and six strikeouts.

GAME 2: Lamar CC 8, McCook 7 (eight innings): A costly error in the bottom of the eighth inning (MCC had seven miscues in the game) extended the inning to Alayna Georgio who delivered the walk-off single giving Lamar the split on the afternoon.

The Lady Indians got down 3-0 in the first, 4-2 in the second, and 6-4 before scoring a pair of runs in the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings.

In the eighth, with one out, Sydney McArthur, (Washington, Utah) singled, and went to third on an Emily Charchuk double. McArthur was thrown out at the plate on an attempted steal but Hannah Jensen, (Aurora, Colo.) gave MCC the 7-6 lead with an RBI single to left. Then Lamar won the game on a pair of unearned runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.

MCC scored its first runs of the day in the second inning, on a two-run double by Charchuk.

The Lady Indians came back to tie the game at 4-4 with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Sieara Price (Greely, Colo.) led off with a double, followed by a single off the bat of Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah). With one out it was Charchuk tying the game on a two-run double.

Chanel Siebenthal drew a one-out walk in the seventh and scored on a Jerusha Miner triple. Miner came home to tie the score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kassidy Powers, freshman, (Severance, Colo.).

Freshman Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta) started in the circle for MCC. She allowed two earned runs, five hits and two walks in 2.2 innings. Angel Valdez, freshman, (West Jordan, Utah) went three innings, surrendered five hits and no earned runs while walking one and fanning three. Freshman Etta Van Burgsteden, (Kinistino, Saskatchewan) pitched a scoreless one-third before yielding to Muggridge who took the loss giving up three hits and two unearned runs in 1.2 innings of work.

MCC had 15 hits in the game including three doubles and four RBI from Charchuk and multi-hit games from McArthur, Price, Siebenthal and Jensen.


The Nebraska volleyball team will play its lone 2019 spring match against Colorado State at McCook Community College in McCook, Nebraska on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m.

Approximately 1,300 tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m. at the Graff Events Center on the McCook Community College campus. Tickets are $10 for ages 2 and older. All tickets must be paid for in cash. There will be a limit of four tickets sold per person, and you must be 16 or older with an ID in order to purchase tickets.

Doors to the match will open at 11:30 a.m., and the match will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates and online at and on the Huskers app. The Husker volleyball players will sign autographs following the match.

The trip to McCook continues Nebraska’s tradition of touring the state for spring volleyball matches. The Huskers played Colorado State in Kearney in 2017 and have also made recent visits to Grand Island, Wayne, Norfolk and Ogallala.

Nebraska is coming off a 2018 season in which it reached the NCAA Final Four for the fourth straight year, a first in program history. The Huskers were the NCAA Runner-Up after dropping a five-set match to Stanford in Minneapolis. NU returns five starters from that squad, including first-team All-American Lauren Stivrins.


Class D-1 State Basketball Tournament

First Round Action - Thursday, March 7th


Lincoln East High School
#6 Wauneta-Palisade (20-5) vs #3 Paxton (23-1) - 2:45pm MT/3:45pm CT
Listen live on 105.3 Coyote Country & online
Taco Johns Pregame Show starts at 2:25pm MT/3:25pm CT with Seth Baumert


Wauneta-Palisade Leading Scorers

Duncan Rector 18ppg

Dennis Cavanaugh 8ppg

Dalton Harchelroad 5ppg

Caid Doetker 5ppg


Paxton Leading Scorers

Blake Brewster 20ppg

Kaden Schow 13ppg

Jordan Callihan 7ppg

Dane Storer 5ppg


The McCook Community College baseball team’s scheduled three-game series at home this weekend has been moved to Lamar, Colo.

The two teams split what was supposed to be a three-game series at Lamar Feb. 22-24, but the final game of that series was postponed, so this will become a four-game series with doubleheaders Friday and Saturday starting at 1 p.m. each day.

In Lamar on Feb. 22, the Indians won the first game of the series 14-8 and lost the second game 5-4.

The Indians are 4-5 on the season and 2-2 in Empire League play – tied for third place in the league.

Lamar is 5-8 on the year and 3-2 and second in Empire League Play, 2.5 games back of Trinidad State.


Here are the current standings for the Region IX Empire League.


Trinidad State JC 6-0 -

Lamar CC 3-2 2.5

McCook CC 2-2 3

Northeastern JC 3-3 3

Western Nebraska 1-2 3.5

Otero JC 1-4 4.5

Southeast CC 0-3 4.5





Williston State College vs. Northeastern JC, 10 a.m. (MT) (at Pueblo, Colo.) (DH)



MCC at Lamar, 1 p.m. (DH)



MCC at Lamar, 1 p.m. (DH)

Otero JC at Southeast CC, noon (DH)

Western Nebraska at Trinidad State 3 p.m. (MT)



Otero JC at Southeast CC, noon

Western Nebraska at Trinidad State noon (MT) (SH)


McCook Community College Lady Indians basketball team (21-10) is headed to Scottsbluff Thursday for a second-round, 3 p.m. (MT) Region IX tournament game against Eastern Wyoming (23-8). After first-round games at various sites across Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska, the remainder of the tournament will be played at Cougar Palace in Scottsbluff, home of Western Nebraska Community College.

MCC opened post-season Friday at home with an 87-31 win over Lamar Community College. The Lady Indians allowed the Lopes just 13 second-half points and just three points in the fourth quarter.

Thursday’s matchup will be the third meeting between MCC and Eastern Wyoming. The Lancers dealt the Lady Indians their first loss of the season Nov. 8 in Torrington, Wyo. – a 90-84 loss in overtime, in a game MCC lead at the half 40-31. On Dec. 7 at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Eastern Wyoming dealt MCC its first home loss of the season 90-88 in a game that was tied eight times and the teams traded leads nine times.

MCC was second in the south-sub region in scoring with 85.2 points per game (Western Nebraska averages 90.8). The Lady Indians are shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 26-9 percent from the 3-point line.

Sophomore transfer Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) leads MCC and is second among players in the south sub-region with 18.4 points per game. Sophomore Sam Hinkle (Parachute, Colo) is averaging 15.1 points per game – fifth most in the south sub-region. Freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) is averaging 12.4 points per game, shooting 50.0 percent from the field, and 9.8 rebounds, which is second most among players in the south sub-region. She has also blocked 72 shots on the season, tops in the south sub-region by almost a block per game.

Sophomore Anna Sanjuan is averaging 10.7 points a game, and freshman Nikki Cross is averaging 10-1 points per game.

The Lancers are averaging 79-9 points per game, 41.8 percent shooting, and 32.3 percent from the 3-point line). Sophomore guard Emily Buchanan leads Eastern Wyoming with 17.5 points per game. Backcourt mate Abril Rexach Roure averages 12.1 points per game and freshman Paula Martizez Sanz leads forwards with 11.6 points per game.

Eastern Wyoming was the second-seeded team in the north and opened the tournament at home Friday with an 87-77 seed over north seventh seed Western Wyoming.

Awaiting the winner of the MCC-Eastern Wyoming game will be the winner of Thursday’s 8 p.m (MT) game between Western Nebraska (26-3) and Sheridan (19-12). The Cougars gained the top seed in the south and an automatic bid. Sheridan was the fifth seeded team in the north and went on the road Friday to down Gillette 72-65.

In the top half of the bracket Casper College enters as the top-seed north team with a 25-6 record. The opened play Friday with an 81-39 win over eighth seeded Northwest (Wyoming). Casper plays Otero Junior College (15-12) at 6 p.m. (MT). As the fifth seed in the south, the Lady Rattlers had to go on the road to beat Trinidad State Friday 51-42.

The winner of that game will play the winner of Northeastern Junior College (21-6) and Laramie County Community College (19-11) in the first game of the day starting at 1 p.m. (MT). NJC earned a first-round bye as the second seeded team in the south. LCCC was the third seed in the north and beat Central Wyoming Friday, 69-60.

Semi-final games are set for 5 and 7 p.m. (MT) Friday in Scottsbluff with the finals Saturday at 5 p.m. (MT.)

MCC basketball players were honored by faculty, students, staff and fans Monday for winning 20 games this season and for winning the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship sweeping conference opponents in all six games.

This was the ninth conference championship for MCC and the sixth since 2006. MCC won titles in 1946, 1978, 1979, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2017.

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:





McCook Community College 87, Lamar Community College 31

Otero Junior College 51, Trinidad State Junior College 42

Eastern Wyoming 87, Western Wyoming 77

Casper College 81, Northwest 39

Laramie County Community College 69, Central Wyoming 60

Sheridan 72, Gillette 65


QUARTERFINALS -- Thursday, March 7 (at Scottsbluff)

1 p.m (MT) -- Laramie County (19-11) vs. Northeastern Junior College (21-6)

3 p.m. (MT) – McCook Community College (21-10) vs. Eastern Wyoming (23-8)

6 p.m. (MT) – Otero Junior College (15-12) vs. Casper (25-6)

8 p.m. (MT) – Sheridan (19-12) vs. Western Nebraska Community College (26-3)


SEMIFINALS -- Friday, March 8 (at Scottsbluff)

5 p.m. (MT) -- LCCC/NJC winner vs. Otero/Casper winner

7 p.m. (MT) -- McCook/EWC winner vs. Sheridan/WNCC winner


FINALS -- Saturday, March 9 (at Scottsbluff)

5 p.m. -- Semifinal winners


A total of eight McCook Community College softball games scheduled for this week have been postponed. In addition a pair of road doubleheaders at Lamar, Colo., scheduled for later this month has been moved up so the Lady Indians can get in a couple doubleheaders in Colorado Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday’s game at Columbus against Central Community College was postponed and rescheduled for April 1 at 1 and 3 p.m.

Friday’s scheduled home game with Lamar Community College was postponed to March 29 at noon and 2 p.m. Also MCC’s four-game series at Lamar scheduled for March 30 and 31 were moved up to this weekend so the two teams will play in Lamar Thursday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (MT) and again Friday a 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (MT)

Saturday’s game at Beatrice against Southeast Community College was postponed until April 8 at 3 and 5 p.m.

Sunday’s home game against Central Community College was postponed until April 24 at 1 and 3 p.m.

Next week the schedule calls for a home doubleheader March 14 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. against North Platte Community College in the annual Purple Out games to raise money and awareness for epilepsy.

The Lady Indians are also scheduled to host Southeast Community College March 16 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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


Lincoln, NE - The Dundy County-Stratton Girls Basketball team participated in the NSAA State Basketball Tournament Thursday, February 28th-March 2nd.  DCS entered the State Tournament with a 22-2 record.  DCS would take on defending state champions North Central in a Quarter Final round on Thursday and win 48-28.  DCS would then play Pleasanton in a Semi-Final round from the Bob Devaney Sports Central as the Tigers would survive against the Bulldogs 62-54 to then set up a Championship game where the Tigers have been 3 out of the 5 years. DCS has never won a State Title in School History, but same situation for their opponent and Fremont Archbishop Bergan who also has never won a State Title in School History.  In that Championship game from Pinnacle Bank Arena it would be a low scoring affair through the first three quarters. Heading into the fourth quarter DCS trailing 22-20, and DCS could not overcome a deficit as the Tigers would fall to the Knights 36-27.  Dundy County-Stratton finishes Runner-Up in Class D1 for the third time in School History.  


North Platte Community College downed McCook Community College Sunday to advance to Thursday’s second round of the Region IX tournament starting Thursday in Sheridan, Wyo. The Knights will play Central Wyoming in a quarter-final game at 5 p.m. (MT).

Sunday’s game (which was pushed back from Saturday night because of weather concerns) was tight game most of the way with the score tied 13 times and the lead changed 10 times. North Platte out-scored MCC 28-14 from the free-throw line and the Knight’s bench enjoyed a 19-6 edge over MCC to help keep NPCC alive in post-season play.

The Indians converted 11 North Platte turnovers into 15 points and held a 10-3 edge in second-chance points, but couldn’t re-take the lead in the late stages of the game.

Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J) led MCC with 24 points, Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) had 17, Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) had 17 points and Ron Rice (New York, N.Y.) had 10 points. The Indians shot 53.4 percent from the field, made six of 23 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (26.1 percent) and connected on 14 of 18 free-throws (77.8 percent).

MCC had 33 rebounds, 10 by Battle-Holley, seven by McBride and six by Antonije Petroic (Pancevo, Serbia). The Indians out-rebounded NPCC, 33-21.

North Platte, which led 44-37 at the half, was led in scoring by Courtney Murrell (Plano, Texas) with 23 points, Tim Johnson (Arlington, Texas) added 22 points and had a team-high seven rebounds. Edgars Kaufmanis (Valmiera Latvia) had 13 points with a three-for-five night from the 3-point line.

The Knights shot 45.6 percent from the field, made five of 11 3-pointers (45.5 percent) and went to the free-throw line 32 times, making 28 (87.5 percent).

North Platte improves to 23-4 and with the second seed in the South-Sub Region will take on the third-seed from the North-Sub region, Central Wyoming. The 11-19 Rustlers, who lost four of their final five games, were a 77-56 winner Saturday over Laramie County Community College.

Awaiting the winner of that game will be the winner of the game between top north seed Sheridan College (29-2) and on Northeastern Junior College (15-17), the fourth-seeded team from the south. Sheridan was an 89-83 winner Saturday over Northwest College. The Plainsmen knocked off Otero Junior College Saturday 92-78. The Sheridan-NJC game will follow the North Platte-Central Wyoming game.

In the other side of the bracket, in the first game of the day No. 2 North seed Casper College (29-2) will play south’s third-seeded Trinidad State (21-9) at 1 p.m. (MT). The other game in that bracket features the south’s top seeded Western Nebraska (23-7) against the north’s fourth seed Eastern Wyoming (12-19) at 3 p.m. (MT).


The Nebraska women's basketball team earned the No. 6 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, March 6-10.

The Huskers, who won three of their final four regular-season conference games to finish the year with a 9-9 league mark, claimed the No. 6 seed officially after Minnesota defeated Michigan State 81-63 on Sunday afternoon.

Nebraska finished in a four-way tie for sixth in the final league standings, but held the collective tiebreakers over Minnesota, Michigan State and Northwestern. The Huskers went 3-1 against that group of teams with wins over ranked Minnesota and Michigan State squads while splitting two games with Northwestern.

Maryland (15-3) won the Big Ten regular-season title, while Iowa (14-4) finished second and Rutgers finished third (13-5). Michigan claimed the No. 4 seed at 11-7, while Ohio State took the No. 5 seed at 10-8. The Huskers defeated both Ohio State and Michigan during the regular season, but went 0-5 against the Big Ten's top three teams with two losses apiece to No. 8 Maryland and No. 12 Iowa.

The Huskers earned a first-round bye at the Big Ten Tournament and will open play on Thursday, March 7 at approximately 7:45 p.m central time. Nebraska will play the last of four games on Thursday and will face the winner of Wednesday's 3 p.m. (CT) game between No. 11 seed Purdue and No. 14 seed Illinois. Nebraska swept the season series with Purdue and defeated Illinois in Champaign.

Tournament action begins on Wednesday, March 6 with No. 12 Penn State taking on No. 13 Wisconsin at 12:30 p.m. (CT), followed by the game between the Boilermakers and Fighting Illini.

Thursday's second round tips with No. 8 Northwestern facing No. 9 Michigan State at 11 a.m. (CT), followed by No. 5 Ohio State facing the winner of the Penn State/Wisconsin. Thursday's evening session begins with No. 7 seed Minnesota battling No. 10 seed Indiana at 5:30 p.m.

All six first- and second-round games will be televised live by BTN. In fact, BTN will carry each of the first 12 games (first round through semifinals). All 12 games will also be available on BTN2Go and the FOX Sports app.

If the Huskers can advance, they would face No. 3 seed Rutgers in Friday's last quarterfinal game, which would tip at approximately 7:45 p.m. (CT) - or 25 minutes after the conclusion of the evening session's first game.

The Big Ten semifinals are set for 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, before the championship game tips on Sunday at 5 p.m. (CT). The title game will be televised by ESPN2 and available on the ESPN app.

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