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LINCOLN, NE —Today, the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Board of Directors announced the future host city for the 2020-2024 Shrine Bowl of Nebraska.

On 10 January at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Lincoln, it was confirmed that Kearney was selected to host the Shrine Bowl of Nebraska for the next 5 years.
“We are extremely thrilled to return to Kearney for another five years. We were humbled by the amount of interest expressed to host the Shrine Bowl’s weekend of activities and wish to express our thanks to the other great Nebraska communities that submitted applications for candidate city consideration,” said Dave MacDonald, Executive Director of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl. “We believe awarding these bids for several years in advance will make for a better game day experience and lead to growth in our long-term corporate and community partnerships.”

Scheduled for June 4, 2020, Kearney will be hosting the Nebraska Shrine Bowl for the 7th time, first hosting the event in 2014. “The University of Kearney’s Ron and Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field has continued to provide an excellent game day experience for fans and players alike – an undeniable All-Star environment,” said Paul Gonzalez, President of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to retain and continue the City of Kearney’s partnership with the Nebraska Shrine Bowl,” said Roger Jasnoch, Director of the Kearney Visitors Bureau. “We feel it is a great fit with the resources Kearney has to be able to host an event as prestigious as this. The partnership provides an excellent opportunity to host students, athletes, and their families in Nebraska’s heartland and we hope they’ll take full advantage of all Kearney has to offer.”

No stranger to Nebraska’s premier high school sports event, Kearney has played host to the Nebraska Shrine Bowl for 5 years straight. Foster Field at the University of Nebraska – Kearney, which will serve as the game site, is widely regarded as one of the premier facilities in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.

“A lot of collaboration and community support went into the proposal, and we would like to especially thank the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Younes Hospitality, and many local businesses for their cooperation and assistance throughout this process. They were an integral part of our successful bid,” said Lynelle Fritzen, Sports Sales and Services Manager for the Kearney Visitors Bureau. “Kearney prepared a terrific bid. It was clear that the city and surrounding area are eager to host our event and we are equally excited to renew our relationship with the community,” added MacDonald.

“The community and businesses have been great supporters and the facilities are second to none. We are honored to be selected as the host for the Nebraska Shrine Bowl,"Jasnoch said. "Our community understands the importance of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl, from the students participating in football, band, and cheer, to the goal of fundraising for Shriners Hospitals for Children. We guarantee students will have a one of a kind experience in Kearney, and they will take home memories that will last a lifetime.”

About the Nebraska Shrine Bowl
The Nebraska Shrine Bowl is an all-star high school senior, North vs. South, football game put on each year in Nebraska, by the Nebraska Shrine. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charity that produces annual events and related activities, with net proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Nebraska Shrine Bowl has annually donated more than $2M to Shriners Hospitals for Children since its inception in 1958.
The game has been played throughout Nebraska each summer. Host cities have included Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney.

Beginning in 1958, the flagship event has been the North/South All-Star Football Game. As of 2018, the South leads the series with 30 wins, the North has 27 wins, and there have been 3 ties. Notable alumni include Nebraska football coaches, Scott Frost and Barrett Ruud, All-Americans Eric Crouch, Zach Wiegert, Danny Noonan, Dean Steinkuhler, Dave Rimington, Johnny Rodgers, Jeff Kinney, Jerry Murtaugh, in addition to other Husker stand-outs Sam Foltz, Sam Koch, Calvin Jones, Corey Schlesinger, Rob Zatechka, Tom Rathman, Gale Sayers, amongst many others.

The Nebraska Shrine Bowl also includes the Nebraska Masonic All-Star Marching Band camp, held annually at each host site. The week also includes the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Cheer Camp, which culminates with performances at each game. Other bowl weekend activities include the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Banquet and the state’s largest Shrine Parade.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a healthcare system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.

The 61st Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl will be played Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Kearney, Nebraska, at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Kearney. For more information, visit www.neshrinebowl.org.





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  The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team put five players in double figures in downing Otero Junior College 104-66 in the Region IX South Sub-region opener for both squads.
                The Cougars shot 54 percent from the field while burying 16 3-pointers in posting their 14th win of the season.
                Eva Langton, who finished with eight points and started the 3-point barrage with the Cougars’ first trey of the game, said the team played well on both sides of the ball.
                “I thought we played really well as a team which was the goal,” the sophomore from New Zealand said. “We worked really well off each other on defense. Overall it was a really good game especially coming back after break. I am really looking forward to our next games.”
                Langton also had plenty of support in the crowd this weekend as her family from New Zealand flew over for Christmas and got to watch her play. Langton said that was special for her and the team.
                “It has been awesome [to have my family here],” Langton said. “It is different being international when you can’t have your family come to any games. So, they came over here and get to see me play and also just not me but the whole team, and see the community I have been living in. It has been great and I am blessed that they got to come over.”
                The players did put on an offensive clinic for Langton’s family and the rest of the fans the last two days in scoring 203 total points in wins over Northeast Community College on Friday and Otero Saturday.
                WNCC was clicking from start to finish on Saturday against Otero. The Cougars first five field goals were all 3-pointers as they went up 15-6.  Langton had the first trey and then Tishara Morehouse and Taylor Joplin each had two treys. WNCC led 27-14 after one quarter.
                Langton said this team has plenty of offensive weapons.
                “We always talk about how much better we are when we play together,” Langton said. “We always talk about making extra passes and we did that tonight.”
                Merle Wiehl led all scorers with 22 points. Wiehl knocked down four 3-pointers and the sophomore from Germany moved into second place on the career scoring chart with 951 points passing Shana Coleman who had 944 career points. Wiehl is just 76 points away from breaking the career scoring record of 1,026 set by Penny Mallet in the 1981-83 seasons.
                Wiehl had plenty of support on offense. Tishara Morehouse had 18 points and two treys, while Taylor Joplin had 16 points and four 3-pointers. Yuliyana Valcheva tallied 11 points and a trey, while R’Manie Pulling had 10 points and a 3-pointer.
                Langton and Allysah Boothe each had two 3-pointers to finish out the Cougars 16 treys on the afternoon.
                WNCC’s offense continued to start the second quarter as Wiehl, Pulling, and Valcheva all connected on treys for a 38-15 lead. Otero fought back with a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to 38-25, but the Cougars took a 44-29 lead into the locker room.
                WNCC was just as explosive in the second half, outscoring the Rattlers 35-21 in the third period in building an 82-50 lead after three quarters. The Cougars opened the fourth quarter with seven straight points and hit the century mark for the sixth time this season with a minute to play on a Boothe 3-pointer.
                WNCC will be back in action next weekend when they hit the road for two South Sub-region contests when they face Northeastern Junior College on Friday and Lamar Community College on Saturday. The Cougars will return home January 22 when they host McCook Community College.
 
Otero                    14 15 21 16 – 66
WNCC (14-3)      27 20 35 22 – 104
OTERO
Kaitlyn Roycroft 3, Zaryna Ibarra-Urbina 2, Hilda Garcia 9, McClain Walker 4, Laura Prado-Morales 13, Charisse Fairley 15, Grace O’Neil 8, Alessia Capley 12
WNCC
Tishara Morehouse 18, Merle Wiehl 22, Allysah Boothe 8, Andrijana Reljic 4, Kolby Underwood 3, Anyssia Gibbs 4, R’Manie Pulling 10, Eva Langton 8, Yuliyana Valcheva 11, Taylor Joplin 16




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Adams Central 66, Doniphan-Trumbull 38
Aquinas 78, Columbus Lakeview 57
Aurora 58, Columbus 38
Axtell 57, Lawrence-Nelson 47
Battle Creek 61, Stanton 49
Bellevue West 55, Lewis Central, Iowa 46
Bloomfield 79, Elkhorn Valley 68
Boone Central/Newman Grove 87, Guardian Angels 64
Boys Town 75, Columbus Scotus 37
Bridgeport 51, Mitchell 48
CWC 51, St. Mary's 50, OT
Cambridge 66, Maxwell 51
Centennial 67, Central City 41
Centura 62, Cozad 59
Cheyenne Central, Wyo. 67, Scottsbluff 47
Clarkson/Leigh 68, Pender 53
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 48, Bishop Neumann 45
Creighton 60, O'Neill 57
David City 60, Malcolm 48
Elgin Public/Pope John 52, Winside 16
Elkhorn 51, Omaha Gross Catholic 48
Elkhorn South 65, Lincoln Southwest 60
Elm Creek 47, Kenesaw 35
Emerson-Hubbard 60, Wynot 44
Hay Springs 77, Potter-Dix 49
Hemingford 81, Sioux County 49
Hershey 49, Holdrege 46
Hitchcock County 51, Alma 32
Howells/Dodge 65, Mead 27
Kearney 75, Bellevue East 43
Kearney Catholic 51, Hastings St. Cecilia 37
Kimball 42, Gordon/Rushville 34
Lexington 81, Sidney 36
Lincoln Pius X 65, North Platte 51
Loomis 66, Silver Lake 36
Millard North 55, Millard South 36
Minden 34, McCook 28
Mullen 55, Arthur County 21
Neligh-Oakdale 60, Madison 48
Norfolk Catholic 78, Crofton 50
North Bend Central 59, Archbishop Bergan 44
North Platte St. Patrick's 61, Southwest 28
Omaha Bryan 79, Fremont 40
Omaha Burke 62, Norfolk 57
Omaha Central 77, Lincoln High 68
Omaha Creighton Prep 74, Lincoln Southeast 60
Omaha North 41, Omaha Northwest 40
Omaha South 62, Lincoln East 55
Omaha Westside 61, Grand Island 58
Overton 64, Bertrand 50
Papillion-LaVista 56, Lincoln Northeast 54
Pleasanton 59, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 27
Ponca 64, Westwood, Sloan, Iowa 34
Shelby/Rising City 68, Nebraska Lutheran 32
South Loup 74, Brady 50
South Platte 36, Stapleton 34
Superior 51, Sandy Creek 45
Valentine 78, Ogallala 42
Wahoo 83, Douglas County West 19
Wauneta-Palisade 59, Garden County 40
West Point-Beemer 63, Tekamah-Herman 34
Wilcox-Hildreth 57, Eustis-Farnam 37
Wisner-Pilger 52, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 34
Yutan 59, Fort Calhoun 53
2019 Goldenrod Conference Tournament=
Heartland Lutheran 51, Palmer 33
Nebraska Christian 57, Elba 5
Spalding Academy 44, St. Edward 33
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Beatrice vs. South Sioux City, ppd.
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley vs. Johnson County Central, ppd.
Conestoga vs. Auburn, ppd.
Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa vs. Louisville, ppd.
Elmwood-Murdock vs. Falls City, ppd.
Elmwood-Murdock vs. Sterling, ppd.
Fairbury vs. Clay Center, Kan., ppd.
Falls City Sacred Heart vs. Tri County, ppd.
Franklin vs. Blue Hill, ppd.
Heartland Christian, Iowa vs. Cedar Bluffs, ppd.
Johnson-Brock vs. Freeman, ppd.
Milford vs. Thayer Central, ppd.
Nebraska City vs. Fremont Mills, Tabor, Iowa, ppd.
Norris vs. Crete, ppd.
Palmyra vs. Diller-Odell, ppd.
Parkview Christian vs. Lewiston, ppd.
Pawnee City vs. Meridian, ppd.
Seward vs. Waverly, ppd.
Sidney vs. Nebraska City Lourdes, ppd.
Southern vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd.

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Adams Central 47, Doniphan-Trumbull 46
Aquinas 47, Columbus Lakeview 33
Archbishop Bergan 57, North Bend Central 50
Aurora 44, Columbus 38
Bennington 51, Sioux City, West, Iowa 41
Bishop Neumann 53, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 33
Bloomfield 59, Elkhorn Valley 27
CWC 74, St. Mary's 31
Cambridge 36, Maxwell 33
Centennial 55, Central City 46
Centura 45, Cozad 38
Cheyenne Central, Wyo. 58, Scottsbluff 41
Clarkson/Leigh 38, Pender 35
Elgin Public/Pope John 61, Winside 11
Elm Creek 51, Kenesaw 39
Fremont 69, Omaha Bryan 11
Gordon/Rushville 41, Kimball 28
Guardian Angels 69, Boone Central/Newman Grove 45
Hastings St. Cecilia 69, Kearney Catholic 47
Hay Springs 46, Potter-Dix 25
Hemingford 51, Sioux County 41
Hershey 56, Holdrege 43
Hitchcock County 63, Alma 49
Howells/Dodge 72, Mead 42
Kearney 60, Bellevue East 29
Lawrence-Nelson 41, Axtell 34
Lincoln East 73, Omaha South 19
Lincoln High 52, Omaha Central 42
Lincoln Pius X 63, North Platte 30
Lincoln Southeast 50, Omaha Marian 34
Lincoln Southwest 36, Elkhorn South 34
Malcolm 40, David City 37
McCook 45, Minden 33
Millard North 55, Millard South 54
Mitchell 59, Bridgeport 26
Mullen 38, Arthur County 34
Nebraska Lutheran 41, Shelby/Rising City 36
Neligh-Oakdale 60, Madison 27
North Platte St. Patrick's 67, Southwest 18
O'Neill 63, Creighton 40
Ogallala 46, Valentine 43
Omaha Burke 54, Norfolk 47
Omaha Duchesne Academy 41, Omaha Concordia 34
Omaha Northwest 81, Omaha North 53
Omaha Westside 46, Grand Island 19
Overton 39, Bertrand 38, OT
Papillion-LaVista 51, Lincoln Northeast 50
Pleasanton 49, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 22
Ponca 46, Westwood, Sloan, Iowa 38
Sandhills/Thedford 39, McPherson County 25
Sidney 46, Lexington 35
Silver Lake 56, Loomis 49
South Loup 55, Brady 20
South Platte 54, Stapleton 24
Stanton 44, Battle Creek 34
Superior 63, Sandy Creek 30
Wahoo 83, Douglas County West 19
Wauneta-Palisade 40, Garden County 35
West Point-Beemer 64, Tekamah-Herman 33
Wilcox-Hildreth 57, Eustis-Farnam 20
Wisner-Pilger 47, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 36
Yutan 61, Fort Calhoun 31
2019 Goldenrod Conference Tournament=
Nebraska Christian 56, St. Edward 25
Palmer 33, Heartland Lutheran 19
Riverside 50, Elba 24
Dakota State University Classic=
Hartington-Newcastle 48, Canistota, S.D. 43
Hanson Corn Palace Classic=
Crofton 48, Flandreau, S.D. 35

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Beatrice vs. South Sioux City, ppd.
Conestoga vs. Auburn, ppd.
Elmwood-Murdock vs. Falls City, ppd.
Fairbury vs. Clay Center, Kan., ppd.
Franklin vs. Blue Hill, ppd.
Heartland Christian, Iowa vs. Cedar Bluffs, ppd.
Louisville vs. Omaha Skutt Catholic, ppd.
Milford vs. Thayer Central, ppd.
Norris vs. Crete, ppd.
Omaha Brownell-Talbot vs. Nebraska City, ppd.
Seward vs. Waverly, ppd.
Sidney, Iowa vs. Nebraska City Lourdes, ppd.




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The Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team never trailed and rolled to a 103-87 Region IX South sub-region win over Otero Junior College Friday night at Cougar Palace.
                The 23rd-ranked Cougars, who moved to 13-5 on the season used a strong defensive effort and balanced scoring with five in double figures in stopping a 3-game losing skid.
                Marquis White, who finished with 17 points, said this was a good performance from the entire team.
                “I thought we played really good. We finally locked into the defensive side,” White said. “I think we held them to under 40 percent in the first half. That was really key for us and I know it was big for our coach for us to play defense.”
                More importantly, the win stopped that losing streak and White said it feels good to get back on the winning side of things.
                “It was a big win for us to get out of the losing column,” White said. “Every time we lose a game we want to bounce back with a win. We don’t want to lose period, so this is a big win for us to get back in the win column, lift our spirits up and hopefully get some momentum here.”
                WNCC ignited early behind a strong defense and a strong inside game. Martin Roub had 10 points in the paint of the Cougars’ first 23 points and sprinkle in a 3-pointer here and there, the Cougars quickly moved the game to a double-digit contest.
                “That [playing good defense] is important for us. That is one of our keys to play defense, rotate, and stop them overall,” White said. “If we stop our opponents, we feel like we can score with anybody in the country. Defense was big for us.”
                Otero sliced the lead to 23-17 midway through the first half only to watch the Cougars explode for 33 points to hold a 56-34 lead at halftime. White was one of the big contributors in the first-half scoring explosion and then Jervay Green scored eight points late.
                White said it was a balanced offensive attack.
                “We have a lot of weapons on offense,” White said. “One through five everybody can score the ball so we like to move it. We like to get everybody going and whoever gets hot, gets hot.”
                The second half saw Otero the game to within 14 points on a couple occasions, the last time at 72-58. WNCC then went on a 6-0 run behind four points from Green and a bucket by White for a 78-28 lead. WNCC hit the century mark with 1:53 to play on a Roub bucket for the win.
                The Cougars had colorful scoring on the night. Roub and Bryce Sanchious led the team with 22 points followed by 19 from Green, 17 from white, and 14 from Dru Kuxhausen.
                WNCC shot 57 percent from the field and buried 9 of 27 3-pointers. Sanchious had three treys, while Kuxhausen and Green each had two.
                WNCC’s defense was strong as they held Otero to under 40 percent shooting in the first half and 42.3 percent from the game.
                The Rattlers had six players in double figures. Sam Mack had 14 points while Yaniel Vidal and Tramarcus Levi each had 13. AJ Youngman had 12, while Reggie Gibson and Wesley Harris each had 10.
                WNCC, 13-5, will be back in action next weekend when they hit the road for a pair of South sub-region contests when they battle Northeastern Junior College on Friday and Lamar Community College on Saturday.
                “We will play the same way, lock it in on defense and hopefully come out with a win in both games,” White said. “
 
Otero                    34 53 – 87
WNCC                   56 47 – 103
OTERO
Reggie Gibson 10, Jamal Harris 5, Jacob Jackson 2, KJ Harris 1, Darius Chester 7, Yaniel Vidal 13, Tramarcus Levi 13, Sam Mack 14, AJ Youngman 12, Wesley Harris 10.
WNCC
Dru Kuxhausen 14, Marquis White 17, LeBeck Warren 6, Bryce Sanchious 22, TJ O’Conor 3, Jervay Green 19, Martin Roub 22.
               




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WNCC women roll over Northeast

 

                Merle Wiehl and Tishara Morehouse combined for 51 points and the Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team buried 13 3-pointers in registering a 50-point 99-49 win over Northeast Community College Friday evening at Cougar Palace.

                Wiehl led all scored with 30 points, including burying five 3-pointers. Morehouse tallied 21 points with four 3-pointers.

                Morehouse, a freshman guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, said the team played well.

                “We played really well today,” Morehouse said. “We all played as a team. Everything was just falling with us and it was a good win.”

                The win was huge for the Cougars, who saw their 11-game winning streak snapped on Monday to Casper College 83-63. Friday’s contest saw the Cougars excel and Morehouse said it was a marked difference between games.

                “Tonight was way better than Monday,” she said. “Monday we were just tired. We came in sloppy and not playing as a team. From now on we are going to keep getting these Ws.”

                It was a marked difference between the two games, too. WNCC shot 47 percent from the field but more importantly out-rebounded the Hawks 50-34.

                The team win also showed as all 11 roster players scored a point and grabbed a rebound.

                The Cougars had three players in double figures. Behind Wiehl and Morehouse, Taylor Joplin tallied 12 points. WNCC also got nine points from Yulihana Valcheva and seven points from Andrijana Reljic.

                As much as the offense was clicking, it was the defensive rebounding that was clutch Morehouse said.

                “Boxing out and getting defensive rebounds was key tonight,” she said. “Monday we did not get no defensive rebounds and our defense wasn’t what we wanted it to be. Today, defense is what it was.”

                On the glass, Reljic led the attack with six rebounds, while Wiehl and Joplin each had five boards.

                Valcheva also tallied four blocked shots, while Wiehl and Joplin had one block.

                WNCC’s dominance started early. Northeast scored the first bucket of the game. After that, WNCC reeled off an 11-0 run for an 11-2 lead and later led 22-10.

                Northeast battled back, going on a 6-0 run of their own to climb to 22-16. WNCC led 25-18 after the first quarter.

                The Cougars opened the contest in the second quarter, outscoring Northeast 24-11 in the second quarter to lead 49-29 at halftime. WNCC scored the final 10 points of the period including 3-pointers by Wiehl and Morehouse.

                WNCC didn’t let up in the second half, opening the third quarter on a 12-3 run to lead 61-32 and led 71-40 after three quarters.

                WNCC outscored Northeast 28-9 in the final stanza for their 13th win of the season.

                WNCC, 13-3, will look for back-to-back wins when they host Otero Junior College Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Region IX South sub-region opener for both squads. After Saturday, the Cougars will hit the road for a pair of sub-region games next weekend against Northeastern Junior College and Lamar Community College.

 

Northeast           18 11 11 9 – 49

WNCC (13-3)      25 24 22 28 – 99

NORTHEAST

Kori Fischer 3, Eriana Brown 8, Jade Blackburn 5, Caitlin Orton 2, Lauren Hunstad 7, Katie Richards 1, Macey Kulhanek 5, Irene Sanz 9, Teagan Pompa 9.

WNCC

Tishara Morehouse 21, Merle Wiehl 30, Allysah Boothe 5, Andrijana Reljic 7, Kolby Underwood 4, Anyssia Gibbs 2, R’Manie Pulling 3, Eva Langton 3, Yulihana Valcheva 9, Taylor Joplin 12, Yaidelis Torres 3.

 




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 51, Grand Island Northwest 42

Allen 67, Whiting, Iowa 26

Alliance 65, Chadron 31

Amherst 47, Pleasanton 39

Ansley-Litchfield 60, Stapleton 22

Arapahoe 54, Elwood 37

Arthur County 41, Maywood-Hayes Center 37

Ashland-Greenwood 69, Raymond Central 42

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 62, Oakland-Craig 51

Bellevue West 54, Bellevue East 33

Bennington 64, Waverly 59

Bishop Neumann 72, Omaha Concordia 42

Blair 56, Plattsmouth 39

Bloomfield 61, Plainview 54

Blue Hill 54, Red Cloud 23

Boyd County 60, CWC 18

Bridgeport 45, Kimball 34

Centennial 69, Columbus Lakeview 38

Chase County 60, Gothenburg 49

Cheyenne East, Wyo. 71, Scottsbluff 60

Cross County 43, David City 29

Deshler 54, McCool Junction 28

Doniphan-Trumbull 59, Gibbon 34

Dundy County-Stratton 73, Medicine Valley 40

Elkhorn South 53, Millard South 49

Elmwood-Murdock 55, Conestoga 31

Ewing 57, Elba 6

Gering 59, Gordon/Rushville 36

Giltner 49, Osceola 17

Grand Island Central Catholic 59, Aquinas 40

Gretna 71, Nebraska City 32

Hartington Cedar Catholic 64, Pierce 63, OT

Hartington-Newcastle 76, Homer 46

Harvard 49, Silver Lake 43

Hastings 47, McCook 39

Heartland 64, East Butler 54

Hemingford 66, Bayard 60

Hershey 53, Valentine 35

High Plains Community 65, Dorchester 24

Holdrege 45, Southern Valley 34

Howells/Dodge 55, Wisner-Pilger 46

Humphrey St. Francis 75, Clarkson/Leigh 43

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 75, Clearwater/Orchard 43

Kearney 60, Lincoln Northeast 48

Kenesaw 49, Lawrence-Nelson 37

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 87, Creighton 47

Lexington 52, Columbus 47

Leyton 58, Potter-Dix 15

Lincoln Christian 78, Columbus Scotus 32

Lincoln East 61, Lincoln Southeast 57

Lincoln Lutheran 59, Nebraska City Lourdes 36

Lincoln Pius X 79, Lincoln High 62

Lincoln Southwest 41, Fremont 37

Loomis 67, Wilcox-Hildreth 35

Madison 72, Tekamah-Herman 43

Niobrara/Verdigre 53, Elkhorn Valley 52

Norfolk 61, Lincoln North Star 56

Norris 57, Ralston 30

North Central 72, Twin Loup 30

Ogallala 62, Sidney 45

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 63, Omaha Christian Academy 52

Omaha Central 74, Omaha Northwest 52

Omaha Creighton Prep 68, Omaha South 62, 2OT

Omaha Nation 97, Marty Indian, S.D. 62

Omaha Roncalli 63, Elkhorn Mount Michael 59

Omaha Skutt Catholic 65, Omaha Gross Catholic 39

Omaha Westside 63, Omaha Burke 58

Osmond 69, Emerson-Hubbard 46

Overton 62, North Platte St. Patrick's 49

Papillion-LaVista South 59, Papillion-LaVista 58

Paxton 52, Wallace 40

Ponca 63, Elk Point-Jefferson, S.D. 40

Seward 53, Schuyler 12

Shelby/Rising City 66, Hampton 9

Southwest 64, Bertrand 57

St. Paul 41, Ord 34

Stanton 69, Boone Central/Newman Grove 62

Stuart 67, Elgin Public/Pope John 47

Sutherland 54, Cambridge 37

Sutton 74, Thayer Central 17

Wahoo 68, Platteview 49

Wauneta-Palisade 60, Perkins County 56

Wausa 52, Randolph 29

Wayne 57, Guardian Angels 53

York 30, Crete 29

Yutan 79, Malcolm 29

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Alma vs. Hitchcock County, ppd. to Jan 12th.

Arlington vs. Syracuse, ppd.

Falls City vs. Maryville, Mo., ccd.

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 53, Grand Island Northwest 50

Ansley-Litchfield 56, Stapleton 27

Ashland-Greenwood 42, Raymond Central 38

Bayard 45, Hemingford 30

Bellevue West 54, Bellevue East 33

Bertrand 54, Southwest 24

Bishop Neumann 65, Omaha Concordia 31

Blair 50, Plattsmouth 22

Bloomfield 45, Plainview 26

Blue Hill 55, Red Cloud 20

Boone Central/Newman Grove 42, Stanton 39

Bridgeport 55, Kimball 45

Broken Bow 37, Wood River 29

CWC 67, Boyd County 45

Cambridge 59, Sutherland 34

Chadron 32, Alliance 25

Chase County 62, Gothenburg 34

Cheyenne East, Wyo. 67, Scottsbluff 58

Clarkson/Leigh 53, Humphrey St. Francis 46

Cody-Kilgore 63, Hyannis 32

Columbus 47, Lexington 35

Columbus Lakeview 67, Centennial 58

Crete 51, York 37

Cross County 43, David City 29

Deshler 44, McCool Junction 36

Doniphan-Trumbull 64, Gibbon 24

Dundy County-Stratton 57, Medicine Valley 23

Elgin Public/Pope John 45, Stuart 36

Elkhorn Valley 46, Niobrara/Verdigre 33

Elmwood-Murdock 59, Conestoga 34

Elwood 59, Arapahoe 44

Emerson-Hubbard 56, Osmond 39

Ewing 58, Elba 20

Fairbury 47, Auburn 39, OT

Gering 57, Gordon/Rushville 49

Giltner 51, Osceola 23

Grand Island Central Catholic 56, Aquinas 53

Gretna 64, Nebraska City 20

Hartington Cedar Catholic 50, Pierce 39

Hartington-Newcastle 44, Homer 37

Harvard 48, Silver Lake 36

Hastings 47, McCook 39

Heartland 53, East Butler 37

Hershey 53, Valentine 43

High Plains Community 45, Dorchester 43

Howells/Dodge 50, Wisner-Pilger 35

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 50, Creighton 47

Lawrence-Nelson 59, Kenesaw 44

Leyton 59, Potter-Dix 16

Lincoln Christian 45, Columbus Scotus 32

Lincoln East 48, Lincoln Southeast 34

Lincoln Northeast 54, Kearney 42

Lincoln Pius X 67, Lincoln High 12

Lincoln Southwest 62, Fremont 56

Loomis 52, Wilcox-Hildreth 25

Madison 61, Tekamah-Herman 59

Maywood-Hayes Center 60, Arthur County 19

Millard South 51, Elkhorn South 30

Minatare 37, Morrill 31

Mitchell 59, Crawford 24

Nebraska City Lourdes 49, Lincoln Lutheran 26

Norfolk 48, Lincoln North Star 40

Norfolk Catholic 35, Wayne 34

North Central 46, Twin Loup 15

North Platte St. Patrick's 68, Overton 27

Oakland-Craig 60, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 50

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 37, Omaha Christian Academy 31

Omaha Gross Catholic 46, Omaha Duchesne Academy 39

Omaha Northwest 86, Omaha Central 48

Omaha Westside 56, Omaha Burke 43

Ord 48, St. Paul 45

Papillion-LaVista 68, Papillion-LaVista South 36

Pleasanton 47, Amherst 23

Ponca 43, Elk Point-Jefferson, S.D. 37

Randolph 48, Wausa 25

Seward 44, Schuyler 24

Shelby/Rising City 38, Hampton 19

Sidney 35, Ogallala 22

South Loup 44, Maxwell 38

South Sioux City 77, Ralston 22

Thayer Central 53, Sutton 49

Wahoo 55, Platteview 36

Wallace 48, Paxton 43

Waverly 42, Bennington 36

Wynot 47, Winnebago 35

Yutan 57, Malcolm 28

MUDECAS=

A Division=

Championship=

Sterling 55, Exeter/Milligan 26

Consolation=

Johnson-Brock 32, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 27

Southern 37, Meridian 24

Third Place=

Falls City Sacred Heart 42, Freeman 40

B Division=

Championship=

Diller-Odell 45, Tri County 44

Consolation=

Johnson County Central 39, Lewiston 23

Pawnee City 42, Parkview Christian 20

Third Place=

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 50, Palmyra 34

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Arlington vs. Syracuse, ppd.

Falls City vs. Maryville, Mo., ccd.





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 57, O'Neill 52

Allen 70, Santee 46

Anselmo-Merna 53, Sandhills/Thedford 42

Battle Creek 56, Lutheran High Northeast 37

Bayard 72, Sioux County 36

Boys Town 52, Elkhorn Mount Michael 51

Centura 76, Shelton 50

Chase County 62, Perkins County 27

Cody-Kilgore 57, Hay Springs 45

College View Academy 71, Hampton 16

Cozad 65, Gothenburg 43

Crawford 49, Guernsey-Sunrise, Wyo. 35

East Butler 53, Dorchester 31

Elm Creek 67, Axtell 60

Fort Calhoun 64, Weeping Water 44

Heartland 73, Fillmore Central 38

Heartland Lutheran 62, St. Edward 33

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 67, Neligh-Oakdale 37

Hyannis 87, Stapleton 63

Kearney Catholic 53, Broken Bow 49

Louisville 42, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 37

Nebraska Christian 61, Spalding Academy 36

Nebraska Lutheran 57, High Plains Community 48

North Bend Central 58, Wayne 39

North Central 42, West Holt 40

Omaha Christian Academy 30, Cornerstone Christian 15

Omaha Nation 75, Pender 70

Omaha Skutt Catholic 62, Blair 53

Ord 50, Burwell 45

Osceola 40, Friend 35

Paxton 62, Creek Valley 43

Ravenna 67, Central City 40

Riverside 65, Arcadia-Loup City 44

St. Mary's 74, Ewing 34

Sutton 49, Wood River 34

Torrington, Wyo. 70, Mitchell 53

Twin River 62, Cross County 35

Wallace 54, South Platte 32

Walthill 90, Winside 29

West Point-Beemer 47, Schuyler 35

MUDECAS=

A Division=

Semifinal=

Falls City Sacred Heart 61, Johnson-Brock 43

Tri County 41, Freeman 39

B Division=

Semifinal=

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 51, Diller-Odell 42

Southern 50, Palmyra 33

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Alma 52, Eustis-Farnam 11

Ansley-Litchfield 58, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 39

Arcadia-Loup City 68, Riverside 19

Battle Creek 57, Lutheran High Northeast 41

Bayard 49, Sioux County 39

Centura 58, Shelton 15

College View Academy 42, Hampton 36

Cozad 47, Gothenburg 43

Crawford 38, Guernsey-Sunrise, Wyo. 24

Creek Valley 38, Paxton 37

East Butler 69, Dorchester 50

Elm Creek 36, Axtell 34

Ewing 53, St. Mary's 19

Fillmore Central 58, Heartland 44

Friend 37, Osceola 31

Fullerton 50, Palmer 37

Heartland Lutheran 42, St. Edward 40

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 61, Neligh-Oakdale 25

Hyannis 60, Stapleton 23

Kearney Catholic 48, Broken Bow 45

Lawton-Bronson, Iowa 60, Wakefield-Allen 52

Louisville 50, Lincoln Christian 47

Mead 70, Boys Town 25

Mitchell 65, Torrington, Wyo. 32

Nebraska Christian 63, Spalding Academy 8

Nebraska Lutheran 40, High Plains Community 36

North Bend Central 50, Wayne 32

O'Neill 67, Ainsworth 35

Omaha Christian Academy 54, Cornerstone Christian 18

Omaha Gross Catholic 58, Omaha Mercy 37

Omaha Marian 66, Omaha South 15

Omaha Roncalli 58, Plattsmouth 35

Omaha Skutt Catholic 40, Blair 33

Ord 35, Burwell 34

Pender 74, Omaha Nation 34

Pierce 57, Humphrey St. Francis 39

Ravenna 63, Central City 57

Sandhills/Thedford 49, Anselmo-Merna 33

South Platte 47, Wallace 37

Twin River 36, Cross County 23

Walthill 65, Winside 22

Weeping Water 67, Fort Calhoun 38

West Central, S.D. 49, Crofton 40

West Holt 45, North Central 41

West Point-Beemer 61, Schuyler 11

Wood River 45, Sutton 39

2019 MUDECAS Tournament=

A Division=

Exeter/Milligan 39, Freeman 31

Sterling 25, Falls City Sacred Heart 23, OT

B Division=

Diller-Odell 57, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 47

Tri County 27, Palmyra 22




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Lincoln – Behind a career-high 22 points from Isaiah Roby, Nebraska snapped a two-game losing streak with a 70-64 win over Penn State Thursday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Roby had 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added season bests in both rebounds (11) and blocked shots (four) to propel the Huskers (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten) to its 20th straight home win dating back to last season.

Glynn Watson Jr. added 19 points and three assists, while James Palmer Jr. added 11 as the Huskers shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, but could not subdue the Nittany Lions until the end.

Clinging to a 58-57 lead, Watson scored eight straight points for the Huskers, the last being a 3-pointer with 2:15 left that staked the hosts a 65-61 lead. Penn State got to within 66-62 after a Mike Watkins free throw just under 20 seconds remaining, but Roby salted the game away hitting four straight free throws in the final 17.2 seconds.

Nebraska’s defense held Penn State to just one field goal in the final 2:51, as the Nittany Lions shot just 36 percent, but used a 46-32 advantage on the glass and a 17-4 advantage in second-chance points to stay in the contest.

Josh Reaves led four Nittany Lions (7-9, 0-5 Big Ten) in double figures with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, while Lamar Stevens and Myles Dread added 13 apiece.

The first 20 minutes was closely contested, as neither team led by more than five points and NU took a 33-31 lead into the locker room. Nebraska shot 48 percent from the floor, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, but Penn State hung around by outscoring the Huskers, 5-0, on second-chance points and going 4-of-7 from the line, while NU got to the line just twice in the opening 20 minutes.

Nebraska trailed 19-14 with 9:14 left in the half before the Huskers rallied. Roby had five of his 10 first-half points in the surge, tying the game at 21.

PSU would eventually push the margin to 26-23 before Thomas Allen single-handedly keyed a run with seven straight points, as NU pushed the margin to 30-26 after a steal and layup with 3:18 left in the half.

PSU would run off five straight points, taking a 31-30 lead on a Reaves 3-pointer, as he scored 11 first-half points. Nebraska would answer behind a banked-in 3-pointer from Watson to give the Huskers a two-point lead going into the locker room.

Nebraska stretched the two-point halftime lead to four after a Watson basket, but PSU went on an 8-1 run, as consecutive 3-pointers from Reaves gave the Nittany Lions a three-point lead and forced a timeout with 17:06 left.

Nebraska then regained the lead with an 8-2 run of its own, as Watson’s 3-pointer gave the hosts a 44-41 lead with 14:35 left. From there, neither team could pull away, as their team led by more than five points until the final 15 seconds.

Nebraska returns to action on Monday, Jan. 14, as the Huskers travel to Indiana. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. (central) and will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and on FS1.





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 50, Boyd County 49

Amherst 63, Alma 47

Anselmo-Merna 72, Elwood 44

Aquinas 46, Twin River 38

Arcadia-Loup City 66, Shelton 48

Auburn 66, Falls City 36

Aurora 57, Hastings 52

Bayard 45, Morrill 28

Bellevue West 62, Millard North 58

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 68, South Sioux City 55

Blue Hill 53, Gibbon 47

Boys Town 52, Lincoln Christian 43

Bridgeport 76, Leyton 21

Centennial 58, Shelby/Rising City 45

Centura 52, Doniphan-Trumbull 48, OT

Chadron 86, Hemingford 64

Chase County 54, Southern Valley 43

Clearwater/Orchard 42, Creighton 40

Columbus Lakeview 44, Pierce 42

David City 62, Raymond Central 58

Deshler 61, Sandy Creek 37

Dorchester 48, Friend 34

Dundy County-Stratton 68, Hitchcock County 43

Elkhorn Mount Michael 72, St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 46

Elkhorn Valley 61, Ewing 38

Fort Calhoun 41, Louisville 36

Fullerton 69, Elgin Public/Pope John 28

Garden County 43, Minatare 23

Gordon/Rushville 47, Hay Springs 33

Grand Island Northwest 45, Hastings St. Cecilia 38

Gretna 54, Lewis Central, Iowa 44

Haxtun, Colo. 71, Creek Valley 41

Heartland 55, Superior 43

Heartland Lutheran 69, Hampton 30

Hershey 49, Sutherland 38

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 59, Wisner-Pilger 44

Kearney Catholic 63, Lexington 48

Kenesaw 41, Giltner 33

Kimball 69, Potter-Dix 16

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 75, Wayne 54

Lincoln Lutheran 46, Elmwood-Murdock 41

Lincoln North Star 71, Lincoln Southeast 50

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 62, Madison 28

Malcolm 58, Fillmore Central 46

Maxwell 53, Maywood-Hayes Center 30

McCool Junction 50, Harvard 46

Mead 40, Weeping Water 21

Minden 65, Ravenna 64

Nebraska Christian 47, Osceola 41

Niobrara/Verdigre 80, Wynot 76, 2OT

Norfolk Catholic 46, Columbus Scotus 42

North Bend Central 72, Arlington 41

North Platte St. Patrick's 41, Mullen 24

Oakland-Craig 88, Walthill 36

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 56, College View Academy 45

Omaha Bryan 56, Omaha North 49

Omaha Burke 57, Millard West 51

Omaha Central 76, Papillion-LaVista 40

Omaha Roncalli 64, Blair 53

Osmond 66, Neligh-Oakdale 63

Overton 76, Brady 23

Palmer 49, High Plains Community 29

Pender 49, Homer 48

Platteview 47, Ashland-Greenwood 36

Pleasanton 47, Central Valley 38

Ponca 56, Wakefield 43

Riverside 84, Burwell 52

Sandhills/Thedford 34, Twin Loup 27

St. Paul 65, Central City 37

Stanton 55, Plainview 43

Stuart 56, CWC 31

West Holt 60, Crofton 53

West Point-Beemer 45, Battle Creek 39

Wilber-Clatonia 56, Fairbury 20

Winnebago 82, Emerson-Hubbard 53

Winner, S.D. 64, Valentine 42

York 60, Grand Island Central Catholic 52

Yutan 65, Douglas County West 45

2019 MUDECAS Basketball Tournament=

A Division=

Falls City Sacred Heart 75, Johnson County Central 30

Freeman 73, Sterling 44

Johnson-Brock 56, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 36

Tri County 62, Exeter/Milligan 48

B Division=

Diller-Odell 64, Parkview Christian 48

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 61, Lewiston 54

Palmyra 60, Meridian 40

Southern 64, Pawnee City 21

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Amherst 48, Alma 32

Anselmo-Merna 43, Elwood 33

Aquinas 49, Twin River 41

Arcadia-Loup City 59, Shelton 11

Arlington 47, North Bend Central 45

Auburn 47, Falls City 41

Aurora 31, Hastings 22

Bayard 53, Morrill 32

Bennington 57, Omaha Duchesne Academy 35

Bishop Neumann 80, Guardian Angels 51

Blue Hill 60, Gibbon 21

Boyd County 65, Ainsworth 40

Boys Town 42, Cornerstone Christian 11

Bridgeport 57, Leyton 50

CWC 54, Stuart 29

Centennial 52, Shelby/Rising City 16

Chadron 63, Hemingford 16

Chase County 68, Southern Valley 23

Columbus Lakeview 41, Pierce 32

Columbus Scotus 46, Norfolk Catholic 24

Creighton 41, Clearwater/Orchard 25

Deshler 53, Sandy Creek 40

Doniphan-Trumbull 54, Centura 38

East Butler 77, Nebraska Lutheran 42

Elkhorn 48, Bellevue East 25

Elkhorn South 78, Omaha South 18

Ewing 49, Elkhorn Valley 41

Fairbury 48, Wilber-Clatonia 8

Fillmore Central 42, Malcolm 26

Friend 39, Dorchester 36

Fullerton 34, Elgin Public/Pope John 25

Gordon/Rushville 67, Hay Springs 26

Grand Island Central Catholic 46, York 38

Grand Island Northwest 53, Hastings St. Cecilia 48

Hampton 40, Heartland Lutheran 24

Hartington-Newcastle 34, Randolph 20

Haxtun, Colo. 74, Creek Valley 25

Hershey 58, Sutherland 28

Hitchcock County 40, Dundy County-Stratton 38

Howells/Dodge 49, Lutheran High Northeast 38

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Wisner-Pilger 37

Kearney Catholic 45, Lexington 39

Kenesaw 50, Giltner 33

Kimball 63, Potter-Dix 12

Lincoln Lutheran 41, Elmwood-Murdock 38

Lincoln Southeast 41, Lincoln North Star 18

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 57, Madison 35

Louisville 66, Fort Calhoun 24

Maywood-Hayes Center 47, Maxwell 26

McCool Junction 54, Harvard 32

Milford 46, Syracuse 36

Millard North 80, Bellevue West 53

Minatare 31, Garden County 22

Minden 41, Ravenna 24

Nebraska Christian 53, Osceola 31

Nebraska City 60, Conestoga 31

Norris 47, Gretna 24

North Platte St. Patrick's 48, Mullen 28

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 59, College View Academy 14

Omaha Burke 47, Millard West 46

Omaha Concordia 51, Ralston 33

Omaha North 52, Omaha Bryan 13

Omaha Skutt Catholic 67, Omaha Roncalli 48

Omaha Westside 53, Omaha Marian 33

Osmond 42, Neligh-Oakdale 39

Overton 57, Brady 37

Palmer 39, High Plains Community 31

Papillion-LaVista 76, Omaha Central 40

Paxton 43, Medicine Valley 39

Pender 53, Homer 45

Platteview 61, Ashland-Greenwood 25

Pleasanton 53, Central Valley 47

Ponca 59, Wakefield-Allen 30

Raymond Central 47, David City 44

Red Cloud 33, Franklin 26

Sandhills/Thedford 36, Twin Loup 18

Scottsbluff 71, Gering 48

St. Paul 47, Central City 43

Stanton 58, Plainview 24

Superior 67, Heartland 34

Wahoo 57, Omaha Mercy 31

Waverly 48, Beatrice 41

Wayne 60, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 58

Weeping Water 61, Mead 25

West Point-Beemer 46, Battle Creek 43

Winner, S.D. 56, Valentine 24

Wynot 53, Niobrara/Verdigre 23

Yutan 60, Douglas County West 32





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Scottsbluff, NE - Tuesday afternoon Activities Director Dave Hoxworth of Scottsbluff Public Schools informed the media that Bearcat football coach Joe Benson would be stepping down from his coaching position. Benson who helped guide the program in multiple coaching roles for 30 years was the sole head football coach for the last 12 seasons. This last season was the most successful for Benson, leading the Bearcats to the state championship game in Lincoln vs Omaha Skutt Catholic. Below is the release that Dave Hoxworth sent out to the media informing them of the Coach Benson decision. 

Good Afternoon,

The purpose of this email is to inform you that Coach Joe Benson has resigned his position as Head Football Coach at Scottsbluff High School.  

This position will be opened up immediately and remain open until filled. 

Coach Benson has agreed to help the team transition through the winter conditioning season, and our goal is to have a replacement for him as soon as possible.  

Through Coach Benson's 30 year career at Scottsbluff, Joe coached at the freshman level for 2 years and the last 28 years with the varsity program and the last 12 years as the head coach.  Coach Benson compiled an 85-39 record as the head coach of the Bearcats.  Prior to becoming the head coach,  Joe served as the defensive coordinator for several years.  

It is very difficult to lose a coach that has had such a positive impact on our football program for the last 30 years.  Joe has a tireless work ethic and is a coach that truly loves the game of football, but most importantly, Coach Benson loved building relationships with our student-athletes and treating kids with a tremendous amount of respect.  One of Joe's greatest qualities was to get the absolute best from every athlete that competed on our football team.  Coach Benson has a unique gift to place a player in positions on our football team that would directly impact the success of our team.   

We wish Coach Benson the best and thank him and his family very much for the long-lasting impact and the sacrifices they have made that comes with the responsibility of being a head football coach. 




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