Here is a change in the McCook Community College baseball schedule for this week. The Indians were scheduled to play Colby, but will now play Northeast Community College (Norfolk) instead, at 4:30 p.m. in Colby. Northeast is coached by McCook High School graduate Marcus Clapp.
MCC Baseball Coach Jon Olsen said since Norfolk had been hit particularly by severe weather this spring, the three coaches decided to help out NECC and give them a chance to play two games while MCC and Colby CC will get the chance to get in a mid-week game. MCC is 6-10 on the year.
The Hawks (5-5) will take on Colby CC (13-7) at 2 p.m. with the MCC-Northeast game to follow.
BEATRICE – The McCook Community College baseball team salvaged the final game of a three-game series against Southeast Community College Monday, 7-5. The Storm won the first two games of the series 3-2, and 11-9.
“It was good to get back on the winning side of things,” MCC Coach Jon Olsen said. “Getting walked off in the bottom of the 7th was a tough one to swallow yesterday, and then losing game 2 as well.”
On Monday, the two teams matched scores through the first four innings.
A pair of two-out Southeast errors opened the door for MCC in the first and Justin Lucas (Las Vegas) capitalized with an RBI-single to leftfield. A walk and a McCook error in the bottom of the frame led to a Southeast run to tie the game 1-1.
The Indians took a 2-1 lead in the fourth with two outs on a Julio Seperich (Las Vegas) home run. Ricardo Jimenez, (Hialeah, Fla.) and Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, (Austin, Texas) followed with a double and a single to make it a 3-1 MCC lead, but the Storm tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a couple two-out walks and a double.
MCC came right back leading off the fifth inning with a walk, a Lucas single, and a Storm error to put the Indians back on top 4-3. Lucas later scored on a wild pitch to put McCook up 5-3.
Clark-Chiapparelli doubled to lead off the MCC sixth and later came home on a Southeast error to make it a 6-3 game.
Braden Babcock picked up the win on the mound pitching six innings, allowing four hits, three earned runs and four walks. He struck out seven.
“I thought we responded very well today, we got a nice performance on the mound today and came up with some timely hits.
Southeast was charged with four errors in the game leading to three unearned runs. A McCook error in the seventh lead to an unearned Southeast run to cut the gap to 6-4.
MCC added its final run in the ninth inning on a Trevor Pacheco (Pueblo, Colo.) leadoff walk, a single by Kaleb Wroot (North Platte), and a sacrifice fly from Beau Hawley (Greeley, Colo.)
Clark-Chiapparelli pitched the final three frames, picking up the save allowing one hit, three walks, one earned run and four strikeouts.
The Indians got two-hit games from Jiminez, Clark-Chiapparelli, Lucas and Seperich.
“We are getting there, we just need to keep playing,” Olsen said. “We have a good mindset and will keep grinding it out.”
With the loss, Southeast falls to 4-10
MCC snaps a five-game losing streak and improves to 6-10 on the season.
The Indians are headed to Colby Wednesday to play Colby Community College but coaches are still trying to figure out a schedule to accommodate Northeast Community College in a triangular. Game times are pending. They will be posted as soon as the schedule is set.
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9 sophomore Ricardo Jimenez, (Hialeah, Fla.)
4 sophomore Julio Seperich (Las Vegas)
33 sophomore JR Maldonado, (Las Vegas)
13 freshman Kaleb Taylor, (McCook)
15 freshman Victor Santiago (Caguas, Puerto Rico)
17 sophomore Beau Hawley, (Greeley, Colo.)
2 rs sophomore Angel Mojica (Denver)
9 sophomore Ricardo Jimenez, (Hialeah, Fla.)
8 rs freshman Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, (Austin, Texas)
27, sophomore Parker Kretzel, (Thornton, Colo.)
3 rs sophomore Mark Starks (Blair)
6 freshman Sam Lebel, (Brampton, Ontario)
7 freshman Justin Lucas (Las Vegas)
18 freshman Sebastian Pochun, (Orleans, Ontario)
19 rfreshman Tristan James-Waters, (Aurora, Colo.)
23 freshman Yasnier Laureano (Anderson, S.C.)
25 freshman Clayton Stevens, (McCook)
28 freshman Nolan Opheim, (Omaha, Burke High School)
29 r-freshman Vann Stevenson, (Grand Island, CC)
30 r-freshman Tanner Cissell, (Omaha-Millard North)
44 freshman Drew Harvie, (McCook)
1 Sophomore Caleb Keck, RHP, (Rittman, Ohio)
5 sophomore Jesse Bloom, RHP, (Centennial, Colo.)
8 rs freshman Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, P/IF (Austin, Texas)
10 freshman Braden Babcock, LHP, (Oshawa, Ontario)
11 freshman Isaac Vargas, LHP, (Greeley, Colo.)
12 sophomore Spencer Ray, RHP, (Greeley, Colo.)
14 freshman Ethan McKenna, RHP, (Lexington)
21 freshman Anthony Kingsbury, RHP, (Gatineau, Quebec)
24 sophomore Shaun Hickey, RHP, (Summerville, New Brunswick)
HOWARD, Texas – The McCook Community College softball team began their spring-break trip with a pair of losses to Howard College Monday, 8-0 and 4-3.
The Lady Indians were limited to one hit in the opener and despite a pair of home runs from freshman Emma McLean, (Willetton, Western Australia) in the second game, the Lady Indians fell short. McLean went four-for-five on the day.
Howard improves to 16-7 on the season.
The Lady Indians fall to 7-13 and continue the Texas road-trip Tuesday with a pair of games at Midland College (15-7).
MCC will be on the road Saturday and Sunday for a pair of Region IX doubleheaders at Trinidad State (11-14) Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. and noon.
GAME 1 – Howard College 8, McCook CC 0 – Howard College pitchers Julia Grib and Main Musicant kept the Lady Indians off the scoreboard and held MCC bats to just one hit in five innings.
The Hawks scored three unearned runs in the second, added two on a two-run homer in the third, hit a solo home run in the fourth, and added two more in the fifth with no outs to end the game.
MCC’s lone hit came from Emma McLean who line a single to centerfield with one out in the fifth.
Freshman Sarah Willier (Ponoka, Alberta) took the loss for MCC in two innings of work she allowed five hits, and two earned runs. Freshman Angel Valdez, (West Jordan, Utah) went two innings and allowed five hits and three earned runs.
GAME 2 – Howard College 4, McCook CC 3 – In a tight-game the Lady Indians took leads of 1-0 in the first, and 2-1 in the fourth but the Hawks came back to score a pair of runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.
In the first MCC found a way to score a run without a base hit. Hanna Jensen (Aurora, Colo.) drew a one- out walk, stole second and third base and scored on a sacrifice fly from Chanel Siebenthal, (Lakewood, Colo.)
After giving up a run in the third on a Howard College home run, MCC tied the game back up in the fourth inning on a two-out home run from Emma McLean.
The Hawks went up 3-2 in the fifth inning and added another in the sixth.
McLean homered with one out in the seventh inning the cut the gap to 4-3, but MCC was unable to generate any baserunners.
Sophomore Shae Muggridge, (Perth, Western Australia) took the loss, giving up six hits, four earned runs, one walk. She struck out five.
MCC was held to five hits – three from McLean and singles from Hannah Jensen (who swiped three bases) and Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah).
Nebraska volleyball student-athlete Mikaela Foecke has been named a finalist for the prestigious AAU James E. Sullivan Award, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) announced Monday.
The AAU Sullivan Award has been presented annually since 1930 to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Representatives from the AAU created the Sullivan Award with the intent to recognize amateur contributions and achievements from non-professional athletes across the country. Foecke was also a finalist for the award in 2016, and this marks the fourth time in the last five years Nebraska volleyball has had a finalist for the AAU Sullivan Award. Foecke will go to New York City for the ceremony, which will take place Tuesday, April 16 at the New York Athletic Club.
Fan voting is open to the public at https://aausports.wyng.com/
"I am so proud to be able to represent Nebraska volleyball at the AAU Sullivan Award ceremony for a second time," Foecke said. "Once again, it is so humbling to be included in a group of such amazing athletes from around the country. This wouldn't be possible without the support from my family, teammates, coaches, and of course, Husker Nation. I want to thank everyone for voting for me and supporting me, and thank you to the AAU Sullivan Award committee for the honor of being recognized as a finalist for the award."
Foecke concluded her illustrious Husker career in 2018 with AVCA First-Team All-America honors after leading the team with 3.86 kills per set and 2.65 digs per set, along with a team-high 46 service aces. She finished her Husker career with a 21-2 record in her NCAA Tournament career after a runner-up finish in 2018, playing in more sets and matches and winning more NCAA Tournament matches than any player in Husker history. She went 52-3 in her career during the months of November and December and was an NCAA Championship All-Tournament selection for the third time in her career after a career-high 27 kills on .296 hitting with 11 digs in the NCAA Championship match against Stanford. She posted double-doubles in her last four NCAA Tournament matches to bring her season total to 17 and was named most valuable player of the Minneapolis Regional after 16 kills and 13 digs against No. 14 Oregon and 14 kills and 10 digs against No. 10 Kentucky.
Foecke was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection for the second straight season and ended her career at No. 3 on NU's career kills chart with 1,684, the second-highest total in the rally-scoring era. Foecke won the Senior CLASS Award, given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I volleyball with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.
A team captain and Nebraska volleyball's representative on the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Foecke has shown exemplary character throughout her Husker career. A three-time Tom Osborne Citizenship Team member and a Diversity & Inclusion Summit leader, Foecke has also remained committed to community outreach, helping the Husker volleyball program earn the Nebraska's Life Skills Award through her work with events and organizations such as One Shirt One Body, Uplifting Athletes, People's City Mission, Husker Heroes, Make-a-Wish and more.
Lincoln – The Nebraska men’s basketball program will make its second straight postseason appearance, as the Huskers were selected for the 2019 National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Sunday evening.
Nebraska, which enters the postseason with an 18-16 record, is the No. 4 seed and will take on No. 5 seed Butler (16-16), on Wednesday, March 20 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (central) and the game will be televised on ESPN2 and carried on the Husker Sports Network.
“We are excited to have our season continue, especially for our seniors who wanted to return to postseason play,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “We had our share of struggles at times, but I think the way we have played over the final two weeks of the season is a testament to our players and the character they have. I believe that our performance at the Big Ten Tournament is a good momentum boost heading into the postseason, and showed a team that wanted to keep playing.
“We have been tested against a schedule that is in the top five nationally in Kenpom, including 25 games against the top two quadrants in the NET, and we are looking forward to the postseason challenge.”
Butler tied for eighth in the Big East with a 7-11 mark and features guard Kamar Baldwin, who was a second-team All-Big East selection this season. Baldwin averaged 17.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 rebounds per game.
The 2019 NIT is the 26th postseason appearance in school history and 19th time NU has been selected for the NIT. The Huskers are 23-17 all-time in the NIT, including a championship in the 1996 NIT and semifinal appearances in 1983 and 1987.
NIT First-round tickets are on sale now by visiting huskers.com/tickets and by calling the NU Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday morning. Premium seat holders (courtside, suites and loges) should be able to park in their normal spots for the first-round game. Season-ticket holders will not have their parking for NIT games. Parking for the first-round game will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from Park N’ Go (http://parkandgo.org/) beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday.
Chicago – University of Nebraska guard James Palmer Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md.) was one of five players named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team Sunday evening. Palmer led the Huskers to the quarterfinals, averaging 24.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game, as he played all 120 minutes of NU’s three contests. Palmer tied a career high with 34 points in the first-round win over Rutgers, including a school-record 27 points in the second half alone. His 34 points was one off the Big Ten Tournament record, as Nebraska rallied from an eight-point deficit.
The senior guard carried the Huskers to a win over No. 21 Maryland with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting, five rebounds and three assists before finishing with 15 points and four steals in the loss against No. 19 Wisconsin on Friday. Palmer is the first Husker named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team since Shavon Shields in 2016.
2019 Big Ten All-Tournament Team
Cassius Winston – Michigan State (Most Outstanding Player)
James Palmer Jr. - Nebraska
Ignas Brazdeikis – Michigan
Zavier Simpson – Michigan
Jordan Murphy - Minnesota
BEATRICE -- The McCook Community College baseball team lost a pair of games Sunday to Southeast Community College 3-2, and 11-9.
The Indians held a 2-1 lead in the first game heading into the bottom of the seventh, but surrendered the lead on a couple of walks, a sacrifice bunt, a passed ball and a pair of singles, including the two-run walk-off hit by Kenny Allred.
Southeast scored six runs in the first inning of the second game, led 7-2 before the Indians offense responded, but fell short.
After losing its first 10 games of the season, Southeast CC extends its win streak to four games and improves 4-10 on the year.
MCC falls to 5-10.
The two teams will wrap up the three-game series Monday at 1 p.m.
GAME 1 – Southeast CC 3, McCook CC 2: Once again, the Indians got a strong series-opening pitching performance from freshman Isaac Vargas (Greeley, Colo.) who held Southeast off the scoreboard until the fourth inning when the Storm scored on a hit batter, a single, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly.
The Indians went six innings before denting the scoreboard on a leadoff walk by Justin Lucas (Las Vegas) and one out later a two-run home run by sophomore transfer JR Maldonado, (Las Vegas).
In the Southeast seventh, the Storm led off with a single and a walk before Vargas was pulled. He went six innings, allowing two hits, one earned run and he struck out seven. Against reliever Jesse Bloom (Centennial, Colo.), the Storm put down a sacrifice bunt to put the winning run on second with one out. A passed ball tied the game and Allred’s bunt single made a winner of reliever E.J. Johnson.
MCC out-hit the storm 7-3, with Maldonado leading the way with a double and home run in three at bats.
GAME 2 – Southeast CC 11, McCook CC 9: The Indians came out with a two-run first. Sophomore Ricardo Jimenez, (Hialeah, Fla.) led off the game with a double. After a hit batsman on a groundball out advanced runners to second and third, a Storm error led to a 2-0 MCC lead.
Southeast responded scoring six runs in the bottom of the inning off Indian starter, Shawn Hickey (Summerville, New Brunswick), who lasted just five batters into the game. After an out to lead off the inning, the Storm drew a pair of walks, moved into scoring position with a wild pitch and tied the game on a single. After an MCC error, Jesse Bloom took over on the mound and Southeast took a 3-2 lead on an MCC error, and followed that up with a triple, a pair of singles a walk, and a passed ball to lead 6-2.
The Storm added a run in the second to lead 7-2 before MCC came back with three runs in the third. A Southeast error, a single by Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, (Austin, Texas), and a hit batter loaded the bases. A passed ball led to the first run and a Trevor Pacheco double cut the Storm lead to 7-5.
Southeast responded with a run in the bottom of the third and went up 11-5 with three runs in the fourth inning.
The Indians mounted a comeback in the sixth. Pacheco singled to lead off the inning. Kaleb Taylor (McCook) singled and a walk loaded the bases. Angel Mojica (Denver) drove in the first run of the frame. After two outs, Clark-Chiapparelli lined a two-run single with the other runner scoring on an outfield error as MCC made it an 11-9 game but the Indians went out in order in the seventh.
MCC had seven hits in the game with Clark-Chiapparelli and Pacheco with two each. They also both drove in two runs.
Bloom went 3.2 innings giving up 10 hits and six earned runs. Sophomore Spencer Ray (Greeley, Colo.) pitched the final two innings of scoreless, hitless relief striking out three hitters.
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The McCook Community College Lady Indians busted open a 4-0 game in the sixth inning of the first of two games Saturday to sweep Northeast Community College 8-0, and 17-1.
“These were good team wins,” MCC Coach Josh Barnes said. “The bats came alive in Game 2 with solid defense.”
After erupting for four runs in the sixth inning of the first game MCC banged out 17 hits in the second game including home runs from freshman Kassidy Powers (Fort Collins, Colo.) and sophomore Sieara Price (Greeley, Colo.) to put the game away early.
The Indians also got a couple of complete game wins in the circle from sophomore Shae Muggridge (Perth, Western Australia) and freshman Etta Van Burgsteden (Kinistino, Saskatchewa).
“Shae and Etta pitched well,” Barnes said.
These games were not originally on the schedule but were added Saturday, when Northeast was unable to play in North Platte Saturday because of field conditions.
Northeast falls to 0-6 and head to North Platte to play a pair of games Sunday.
The Lady Indians improve to 9-11 and head to Texas for spring break where they will play Howard College (14-7) Monday in a doubleheader at Big Springs Texas, and Midland College (14-6) Tuesday in a doubleheader at Midland, Texas.
MCC will be on the road March 23-24 for a pair of Region IX doubleheaders at Trinidad State (10-13) March 23 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and March 24 at 10 a.m. and noon.
GAME 1 – McCOOK CC 8, Northeast CC 0 – The Lady Indians opened the game in the bottom of the first with doubles from Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia) and Hannah Jensen (Aurora, Colo.) and a two-run single from Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley Utah). With two-outs, sophomore Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) lined an RBI single to right put MCC up 3-0.
Charchuk drove in a run in the second to put MCC on top 4-0 and the game stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth frame.
Lili Belton (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) led off the sixth inning with a pinch-hit single. After a fielder’s choice, a Northeast error, and a passed ball, the Lady Indians went up 6-0. With two outs, Miner ended the game with a two-run double.
Shae Muggeridge went the distance in the six-inning win, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out six.
MCC had 10 hits with two each from Miner, Charchuk, and Hanna Jensen.
GAME 2 – McCOOK CC 17, Northeast CC 1 – The Lady Indians struck for seven runs in the first inning -- which included a grand slam from freshman Kassidy Powers -- and six more in the second inning on six hits and two Hawk errors to lead 13-0.
After Northeast scored a run in the third, MCC got the run back on a Sieara Price solo homerun.
Etta Van Burgsteden picked up the win in the pitcher’s circle allowing one run on three hits and five strikeouts.
Sophomore Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) led the 17-hit attack with four hits, three runs scored, four runs driven in, and a couple stolen bases. Powers had five RBI in the game with two hits. The Lady Indians also got two-hit games from freshman Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah), who also stole three bases, Hannah Jensen, who stole twice, Jerusha Miner and Isabel Serna.
The Nebraska men’s basketball team rallied from a 13-point deficit to lead No. 19 Wisconsin with less than 10 minutes to play, but the Huskers fell just short down the stretch in a 66-62 loss to the Badgers Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
The Huskers trailed by 13 with less than four minutes remaining in the first half, but closed the half on an 8-0 run to pull within five at the break. The Huskers fought all the way back to grab a 46-45 lead midway through the second half. Wisconsin regained the lead, but Nebraska trailed by just two with less than a minute to play before the Badgers made a clutch 3-pointer and hit 6-of-7 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.
Nebraska (18-16) played only six players in the game, with James Palmer Jr., Isaiah Roby and Glynn Watson Jr.playing all 40 minutes. Watson scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Palmer added 15 points and four steals and Roby chipped in 13 points and four blocks. That trio combined for 51 of Nebraska’s 62 points, but all six Huskers who played scored, with Thorir Thorbjarnarson contributing five points, Johnny Truebloodscoring four points and Tanner Borchardt making his only shot to finish with two points.
Wisconsin was led by four players in double figures. Khalil Iverson and Nate Reuevers each scored 14 points, while Brad Davison and Aleem Ford had 11 points each. The Badgers (23-9) advanced to Saturday’s semifinal to face fifth-ranked Michigan State, the tournament’s No. 1 seed.
Wisconsin scored the first eight points of the game and made five of its first six shots to build an early 10-2 advantage. Nebraska scored the next four points before Wisconsin used a pair of big possessions to fuel an 11-2 run and take a 13-point lead at the 12-minute mark. A Roby follow-up dunk was wiped away due to a controversial goal-tending call and the Nebraska bench received a technical foul for arguing the call. Wisconsin made the two technical foul shots and then Ford hit a 3-pointer to cap a five-point possession. The next trip down the court, Ford made another three and was fouled, hitting the free throw to complete a four-point play.
Trailing 21-8, Watson answered with a 3-pointer to spark a 10-2 run that trimmed the Badger lead to five midway through the period. The Huskers pulled within four before going scoreless for more than four minutes, during which time Wisconsin scored nine straight points to build a 34-21 lead with at the 3:27 mark. Watson then scored the final eight points of the half to pull Nebraska within 34-29 at the break. Watson scored 13 of NU’s final 21 points in the half.
Wisconsin shot 57 percent in the first half, but the Huskers did force nine turnovers against a Badger squad that averages fewer than 10 turnovers per game.
In the second half, Roby scored five straight points to cut the lead to two, but Wisconsin answered with a 3-pointer. Nebraska pulled back within two on a Watson three that made it 43-41 with 14:15 to play. After the Huskers missed four opportunities to tie or take the lead, the Badgers broke a three-minute scoring drought with a putback. But Thorbjarnarson answered with a 3-pointer and Palmer added a layup to put Nebraska on top 46-45 with 10 minutes remaining.
After taking the lead, Nebraska missed its next eight shots and went nearly five minutes without scoring. Wisconsin took advantage with a 7-0 run to take a 52-46 lead at the 7:13 mark. Roby broke the Huskers’ scoring drought with a pair of free throws and Watson scored five points in 33 seconds to pull Nebraska back within two with four minutes to play.
A Palmer steal and Trueblood layup kept Nebraska within two at the three-minute mark. Neither team scored over the next two minutes, as Wisconsin took a timeout leading 57-55 with 58 seconds remaining. D’Mitrik Trice drilled a clutch 3-pointer following the timeout and Wisconsin knocked down 6-of-7 free throws in the final 40 seconds to hang on for the win.
Nebraska Post-Game Notes
- Today’s game against No. 19 Wisconsin marked Nebraska’s 11th game this season against a ranked opponent, the most games the Huskers have ever played against ranked teams in one season
- Nebraska’s 2-1 finish at the Big Ten Tournament tied for the best mark every by the No. 13 seed.
- The Huskers forced Wisconsin into a season-high-tying 17 turnovers.
- Glynn Watson Jr. became Nebraska’s all-time leader in games played by appearing in his 132nd game today. Watson had been tied with Cookie Belcher, who played in 131 games from 1997 to 2001. Watson also started the 111th game of his career against Wisconsin, tying Dave Hoppen (1983-86) for the third-most starts in program history.
- Watson scored a game-high 23 points, marking his fifth 20-point effort of the season.
- James Palmer Jr. scored 15 points. He finished the 2019 Big Ten Tournament with 73 points, posting the seventh-most points in a single Big Ten Tournament in the event’s history.
- Watson hit five 3-pointers against Wisconsin to move into the top five on Nebraska’s all-time chart with 179 career 3-pointers. He is tied with Erik Strickland (1993-96) for fifth place on that list.
- Palmer was 2-of-2 at the free throw line against the Badgers. His two free throws gave him 21 made free throws at the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, tying for the eighth-most in a single Big Ten Tournament in the event’s history. Palmer attempted 32 free throws, which ranks as the most in a single Big Ten Tournament, eclipsing the previous record of 29 by Ohio State’s Brent Darby in the 2003 event.
- Isaiah Roby blocked four shots in the game. He blocked 11 shots in Nebraska’s three games at the Big Ten Tournament, one shy of the most blocks in a single Big Ten Tournament. His three blocks also gave Roby a school-record 17 blocked shots in his conference tournament career, breaking the Nebraska record of Venson Hamilton, who had 15 blocks in his six career conference tournament games from 1996 to 1999.
- Despite playing three games in less than 48 hours – two of which were against top-25 opponents – Nebraska played only seven players in the entire Big Ten Tournament. Watson and Palmer both played all 120 minutes in Chicago, while Roby logged 116 minutes. Watson, Palmer and Roby each played all 40 minutes Friday against Wisconsin.
McCook Community College sophomore volleyball player Ty Johnson signed her national letter of intent Thursday to continue her volleyball career in the fall at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. The Conroe Texas native is excited to be returning to a school within three hours of home.
Johnson played in all 35 matches and had 227 kills on the season, 45 service aces, 97 digs, and 93 blocks. She ranked second in the south sub-region in block assists (84) and was fourth in hitting percentage (.261). Johnson expects to play middle for the Lady Wildcats, who won their second Red River Athletic Conference Championship and made it to the opening round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship before losing in four sets to Oklahoma City University and finished the season at 20-4. “I’m really going to miss my teammates, the MCC family, and Coach Kobza,” Johnson said. “Yes she pushes us hard and keeps us on task, but she also has been very supportive, especially for me as a looked for my next volleyball team.” “I’m going to miss her enthusiasm and her charisma on the court, she has just been a positive role model for all our players,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza. For Kobza this is the signing she’d been waiting for the whole volleyball off-season – the final one – seven for seven. Johnson becomes the seventh out of seven sophomores to sign on to continue playing volleyball at four-year schools.
“This is my first recruiting class, so to have all seven of them all going on is pretty special,” Kobza said. “I think it’s a tribute to the hard work we do in this program and these seven will serve as the benchmark for others that follow, and example of what can happen in two years if you want to work.”
Johnson was one of three captains on a team that helped lead the Lady Indians to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time this century and also helped MCC capture its first Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Championship in 38 years and finished the season at 21-14, which included wins against two top 20-ranked opponents. Johnson is a biology major at MCC, she plans to pursue a degree in ultra-sound technology.