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Omaha, Neb. - The baseball game between Nebraska and Iowa at the Big Ten Tournament has been postponed to Friday due to stormy weather at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday night.

That game will begin approximately one hour after the conclusion of the Ohio State-Maryland game, which will resume on Friday at 10 a.m. (CT). The game was suspended in the bottom of the eighth inning with Ohio State holding a 3-2 lead over Maryland. "Day 2" tickets (Thursday) are good for the conclusion of Ohio State-Maryland as well as the Nebraska-Iowa game. "Day 3" tickets (Friday) will be valid beginning at 2 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. (CT) at TD Ameritrade Park.


Rosters and coaches for the 2019 McCook Community College Wild West all-star volleyball classic have been announced and include four players who will begin their Lady Indian careers at the game in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. The game is set for June 22 at 3 p.m. This all-star game (previously operated through the Sertoma Club) features area high school graduates, including four of the newest members of the MCC volleyball team. Admission is $8 for adults $5 for children 18 and younger with children four and younger admitted free. McCook High School graduate Jayceea Hanson, a Lady Indian recruit, will make her post-high school debut in the game and will be joined by McCook High School teammate Robin Grigg on the East Squad. The team will be coached by Athena Messinger and assisted by Nick Nothnagel. Other team members include Nicole Elizabeth Dewey of Southwest, Alex Ellermeier, of Medicine Valley and Arapahoe teammates Joslyn North and Chloe Carlson. Gothenburg has four players on the east squad including: Lauren Johnson, Amaya Ackerman, Kendal Wahlgren and Ainsley Rickertsen. Three players from North Platte St. Pat’s were selected and include: Calli Groseth, Kaleigh Kummer, and Hayley Homan. Rounding out the East team are Lexington’s Jennifer Nava, Elwood’s Baylee Diefenbaugh and Bertrand’s Lindsay Schutz. The West squad has a distinct MCC flavor with 2018 graduate Dylann Bylund (Colorado Springs) to coach the team and assisted by another 2018 grad in Sidney Kizer (Northglen, Colo.). Their team includes three incoming MCC freshmen in Hershey’s Emily Barr, and four players from Ogallala including future Lady Indians Mackenzie Anderson and Madison Mendoza as well as Emma Krab and Leslie Fair. Barr will be joined by her former Hershey teammates Channing Holm and Ashley Hassett. Dundy County-Stratton teammates Grace Frederick and Adalene Krutsinger were named to the West all-star team along with Wauneta-Palisade’s Monique Gooden, Chase County’s Allison Owings, and Hitchcock County’s Amanda Horinek and Kyleigh Scott. North Platte High School’s Abbie Hedgecock and Peyton Donovan Negley round out the team.


Comments from McCook Bison Head Coach Joe Vetrovsky:

The McCook Bison Boys golf team competed at the Class B state golf meet on Wednesday May 22nd at Elks Country Club in Columbus, NE. Normally the state meet is a two day event but the first day, on Tuesday May 21st, was cancelled due to inclement weather conditions so it was moved to a one day championship competition. On Wednesday May 22nd the weather conditions were cool and windy. The North Platte Bulldogs took home the Class B state title with a team score of 326 and Hastings Adam Central were state runner-up with a team score of 328. The Bison golfers placed 11th as a team and showed a lot of determination given the adverse weather conditions by posting a team score of 369. The Bison were lead by sophomore Brady Esch who scored an 85 which was only two strokes out of individual medal contention. Brady had a consistent day throughout his entire 18 holes and competed well given it was his first ever state golf meet competition. Other Bison golfers that competed in their first ever state meet competition were Junior Logan Barenberg who scored a 93, Sophomore Payton Craw who scored a 95, Junior Brandan Eckhardt who scored a 96, and Senior Joel Gray who scored a 97. All these players showed a lot of growth and improvement throughout their rounds and managed the course well given the windy and cool conditions. At the conclusion of the state golf meet the Bison wrap up a very successful season.


McCook Community College’s summer camps for girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball and high school summer leagues and team camps for volleyball, and boys and girls basketball is set. This will be the eighth year of summer camps and leagues in the $10 million Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center featuring three full-size courts in an air-conditioned, state-of-the-art facility.

MCC Basketball Coach Brandon Pritchett will hold boys youth basketball camps May 29-31 for those in Kindergarten through ninth grade. Youth girls basketball camps are set for June 3-5 for girls in Kindergarten through ninth grade and Coach Hayley Kobza will conduct youth volleyball camps June 19-21.

“Our summer camps are great for kids to come out and test the waters to see if volleyball is the sport for them,” Coach Kobza said. “We work on making it skill-based, but also throw in some other fun games in there as well.”

Half-day camps for the younger campers are as low $30 and most full-day and multi-day camps are in the $50 range (check individual camp brochures for prices. These are available on-line at the McCook Community College Indian Athletics page in the camps and clinics section of the Fan Zone. The link is listed at the end of this article.)

The MCC coaching staffs and MCC players from these three sports will instruct and supervise all campers. Each day the campers will be given instruction in the fundamentals of the game. Campers will compete for awards on a day-to-day basis, playing numerous games. All players are grouped according to age and grade for competition and instruction. Each camper must provide their own: gym shorts, T-shirt, gym shoes, towel, and water bottle.

Team camps are set for June 8 for boys basketball, June 15 for girls basketball and July 1 and 2 for girls volleyball.

High school basketball summer leagues will begin June 3 for boys and June 4 for girls.

The girls high school volleyball league will start July 3 and continue through July 31.

“The MCC Summer League offers a great opportunity to get next year’s team together and play against teams from around Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota,” said Pritchett. Varsity and Junior Varsity teams are guaranteed two games each night. Cost is $275 per team. Teams entering more than one team receive a discounted rate of $225.00 per team.

For more information, about all the basketball camps, Brandon Pritchett or call 308-345-8115. For volleyball camp information, contact Coach Hayley Kobza at (254) 433-1968 or email her at

Application and entry forms are available on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics page in the camps and clinics section of the Fan Zone at:


May 29-May 31 -- Boys youth basketball camps: (K-5th grade 9 a.m.-noon; 6-9th grade, 1-4 p.m.)

June 3-June 5 – Girls youth basketball camps: (K-5th grade 9 a.m.-noon; 6-9th grade, 1-4 p.m.)

June 19-21 -- Girls volleyball youth camp (K-8)

June 19 – Girls (6th-8th grade, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

June 20 – Girls (6th-8th grade, 9 a.m.-noon); (Kindergarden-2nd grade, from 1-4 p.m.)

June 21 – Girls (3rd grade-5th grade, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

June 27 – Girls (high school, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity)

June 28 – Girls (high school, 9 a.m.-noon, varsity/jr. varsity)


June 8 -- Boys basketball team camp (8 a.m.-8 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 

June 15 -- Girls basketball team camp (8 a.m.-8 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 

July 1- 2 – Girls volleyball team camp (9 a.m.-4 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 


June 3-24 -- Boys Basketball League (4-10 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 

June 4-25 – Girls Basketball League (4-10 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity) 

July 3-31 – Girls Volleyball League (4-10 p.m., varsity/jr. varsity)


Omaha, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (29-20) pounced early in an 8-2 win over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park on Wednesday night. The Huskers plated three runs in the first inning and five runs in the third inning.

Starting pitcher Matt Waldron, making his 12th start of the season, went 7.1 innings and matched his career high with nine strikeouts. Waldron has 239 strikeouts in his career, which puts him in fourth place on Nebraska’s career strikeouts list. Mike Waldron and Robbie Palkert each came in for shutout relief appearances.

In the opening frame, the Huskers plated three runs to take the early lead. Mojo Hagge drew a leadoff walk before Aaron Palensky reached on a one-out error. Angelo Altavilla drove in both of them with a two-run triple, his 150th career hit. Altavilla scored on Joe Acker’s sacrifice fly before a strikeout ended the inning. In the bottom of the first, Waldron struck out the side.

NU went down 1-2-3 in the top of the second with three groundouts. Minnesota scored one run in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 3-1.

In the top of the third, Nebraska added five runs to extend its lead to 8-1. Cam Chick was hit-by-pitch and stole second after the first out was recorded. With two outs, Altavilla added to his RBI total by driving in Chick with a base hit. Altavilla stole second before Acker drew a walk. Gunner Hellstrom drove in one run with an RBI single before Alex Henwood was hit-by-pitch. Spencer Schwellenbach crushed a three-run double to send the TD Ameritrade Park crowd into a frenzy. A groundout ended NU’s five-run, three-hit frame. Minnesota managed one hit in a scoreless bottom of the third. Waldron recorded two strikeouts during the inning.

The Huskers went down in order in the top of the fourth. Waldron retired all three Gopher batters in the bottom of the fourth.

NU went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth with a flyout, groundout and strikeout. In the bottom of the fifth, Minnesota went down in order, as Waldron recorded his seventh strikeout of the night.

For the third consecutive inning, Nebraska’s offense was shut down, as the Huskers were retired 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. The Gophers managed one hit in the bottom of the sixth, but left the runner stranded.

In the top of the seventh, Palensky and Altavilla drew back-to-back two-out walks, but a flyout left them stranded in a scoreless frame. Minnesota managed a hit in the bottom of the seventh, but a double play followed by a flyout left the runner on base.

Schwellenbach was hit-by-pitch in the top of the eighth, but left stranded in a scoreless inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Minnesota scored one run to cut the score to 8-2, but left the bases loaded.

In the ninth, Cam Chick reached on an error and stole second, but was left stranded after back-to-back strikeouts. The Gophers went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.

The Huskers face No. 8 seed Iowa in the winners bracket game on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 9:03 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.


The NSAA Boys State High School Golf Championship took place on Wednesday, May 22nd.  It was a fun filled day for Cambridge's Preston Carbaugh who won first place individually scoring a 74 to win the race in Class C at Kearney at Meadowlark Golf Course.  Hometown Family Radio talks with Carbaugh about winning the State Championship.

Preston Carbaugh


My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts Out-Hits Competition, Yet Sports Shoppe Iron Birds Takes The Win

 Even though My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts collected four hits to Sports Shoppe Iron Birds's three, they still fell 11-2 on Wednesday.  The My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Sports Shoppe Iron Birds, giving up 11 runs.  Sports Shoppe Iron Birds scored seven runs in the third inning. The big inning for Sports Shoppe Iron Birds came thanks to walks by Krayten Ureste, Blake Husted, Tripp Raile, and Trevan Rundle and by Cale Graham.  Ureste got the start for Sports Shoppe Iron Birds. He lasted one inning, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out three.  Wyatt Benes toed the rubber for My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts. He lasted one inning, allowing two hits and four runs while striking out three. Kooper Rakes threw one and one-third innings out of the bullpen.  Rakes went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts in hits.


Late Score Costs Mac's Drive In Marauders Against Boutique Air Hot Rods

 Wednesday's game against Boutique Air Hot Rods was a heartbreaker for Mac's Drive In Marauders, as they lost the lead late in an 11-7 defeat. The game was tied at five with Boutique Air Hot Rods batting in the top of the fourth when Boutique Air Hot Rods scored on a stolen base during James Henning's at bat. Then Henning singled.  Despite the loss, Mac's Drive In Marauders did collect eight hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, Boutique Air Hot Rods had seven hits on the way to victory.  Mac's Drive In Marauders opened up an early lead in the first inning when Bo Schlegel singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.  In the bottom of the third inning, Mac's Drive In Marauders tied things up at five when Elijah Smith was hit by a pitch, driving in a run.  Mac's Drive In Marauders scored three runs in the third inning. Joshua Lee Hit and Smith all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.  Henning got the start for Boutique Air Hot Rods. He went two innings, allowing five runs on six hits and striking out five.  Schlegel was on the mound for Mac's Drive In Marauders. He surrendered eight runs on six hits over three and a third innings, striking out seven. Cruz McCarty threw one-third of an inning in relief.  Mac's Drive In Marauders tallied eight hits in the game. Tad Puckett, Jr, Hit, and Schlegel all had multiple hits for Mac's Drive In Marauders. Schlegel, Hit, and Puckett each collected two hits to lead Mac's Drive In Marauders. Puckett led Mac's Drive In Marauders with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with nine stolen bases.  Brody Anthony went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Boutique Air Hot Rods in hits. Boutique Air Hot Rods tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases. Anthony led the way with four.



The NSAA Boys State High School Golf Championships was converted to a 1 Day 18 Hole competition rather then the traditional two day event.  Due to rainy weather on Day 1.  The NSAA made the decision to turn it into a one day event.  View the final Team and Individual results below.


Class B Team Results


Class C Team Results


Class D Team Results


Nebraska produced a pair of second-team All-Big Ten selections as the conference announced its postseason honors and award winners on Tuesday. Sophomore outfielder Aaron Palensky received recognition from the Big Ten after leading the Huskers with a .339 batting average in the regular season and a team-high .323 batting average in conference play. Palensky, in his first year at Nebraska, leads the Huskers in hits (65), doubles (11), triples (2), home runs (5) and runs scored (36). He has 20 multi-hit efforts this season, the most on the team, to go along with six multi-RBI performances, tied for second-most on the squad. Freshman Cam Chick earned the designated hitter spot on the second team and the All-Freshman Team. During Big Ten play, Chick hit .316, second-best average on the team in conference play behind only Palensky. For the regular season, Chick compiled 35 hits, two doubles, four home runs, 25 RBIs and 26 runs scored. He has recorded 10 multi-hit efforts and six multi-RBI showings. Junior outfielder Joe Acker earned Nebraska’s Sportsmanship Award for 2019. Acker ranks third on a team with a .286 batting average. He has amassed 40 hits, seven doubles and one triple. Acker’s 13 multi-hit games are tied for the second-most on the team. His eight stolen bases are a team high. Nebraska continues its season on Wednesday when the Huskers open the Big Ten Tournament against No. 4 seed Minnesota at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The game, scheduled for 9 p.m. (CT), will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Tickets for the Big Ten Tournament are on sale at

Nebraska’s 2019 All-Big Ten Selections

 Second Team: Aaron Palensky (OF)
Second Team: Cam Chick (DH)
All-Freshman Team: Cam Chick (DH)
Sportsmanship Award: Joe Acker


The McCook Bison Golf Team is ready for the State Tournament at Elks Country Club in Columbus.  The Tournament is a two day event on May 21st and 22nd.  Hometown Family Radio talks with the McCook Bison Boys Golf Head Coach Joe Vetrovsky about the Tournament. The Bison Qualified as a team, that team consists of Brady Esch, Payton Craw, Logan Barenberg, Joel Gray, and Brandan Eckhardt.

Joe Vetrovsky

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