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Tickets to Nebraska volleyball's annual Red-White Scrimmage will go on sale Tuesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. (CT) through the Nebraska Athletic Development & Ticketing Office.

The Huskers will host their annual scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers will sign autographs following the scrimmage on the northwest concourse of the Devaney Center.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 online at, in person at the ticket office, or by calling 800-8-BIG RED. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online for the best chance at securing seats quickly.

Nebraska is coming off its fourth straight NCAA Final Four appearance and returns 10 players from that NCAA runner-up squad. For the first time in school history, the Huskers will have no seniors on their roster.


Lincoln -- Nebraska sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez in on the initial Maxwell Award Watch List released Monday afternoon.


Martinez returns to pilot the Husker attack after a record-breaking freshman year in 2018. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder set 11 school records after becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. On the season, Martinez completed 224-of-347 passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also rushing for 629 yards and eight scores en route to All-Big Ten and Freshman All-America honors.


Martinez ranked 12th nationally and led all freshmen nationally in total offense per game (295.1 ypg) while also setting school marks for 300-yard total offense (seven) and 400-yard total offense (three) games in 2018. Martinez set freshman records for completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns (25), and he was fourth nationally among all freshmen in passing yards per game at 237.9 yards per game.


Martinez threw for a season-high 384 yards and two touchdowns against Wisconsin, while his best game of the year came against Minnesota, when he completed a school-record 86.2 percent of his passes (25-of-29) for 276 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for a season-high 125 yards and a score on 15 carries.


Martinez is one of 11 Big Ten players on the Maxwell Award Watch List. He will look to become Nebraska’s second Maxwell Award winner, joining 1983 winner Mike Rozier.


Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced October 29, 2019, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled November 25, 2019. The winners of the 2019 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 12, 2019


The United States women's volleyball national team won the Pan American Cup title on Sunday with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 29-27) sweep of Dominican Republic in Trujillo, Peru.

Former Huskers Kadie Rolfzen and Justine Wong-Orantes were on the U.S. team and played big roles for the Americans throughout the tournament. Rolfzen was named the Pan Am Cup's best attacker, posting double-digit kills in three of the five matches she played in. Wong-Orantes was voted the best libero. She had a match-high 19 digs in the title match.

Former Huskers have had an impressive run of international success over the past couple weeks. Last weekend, Kelsey Robinson, Jordan Larson and Mikaela Foecke were crowned champions with the U.S. National Team at the Volleyball Nations League in China. Also last weekend, former Husker Sarah Pavan clinched a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after winning Canada's first-ever gold medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.


The Nebraska women's basketball team will complete its non-conference home schedule by taking on Manhattan at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, Dec. 22.

The Huskers' first-ever meeting with Manhattan will cap Nebraska's 11-game regular-season non-conference schedule, which will include eight home games. The battle with the Jaspers will be part of a two-year home-and-home series, as the Huskers will travel to Manhattan in 2020-21. Next year's meeting in Manhattan will be a homecoming for Husker center Kate Cain, who is from Middletown, N.Y., and played at Pine Bush High School. Cain's father, Tim, graduated as Manhattan's all-time leading scorer with 1,872 points and was a two-time honorable-mention All-American by The Sporting News after averaging 17.3 points per game during his career. Tim Cain, who is the only player in Jasper history to be a four-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference choice, was also recently selected for induction into the MAAC Honor Roll. He will be recognized at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 14.

A two-year starter for the Huskers entering her junior season, Kate Cain is on track to shatter Nebraska's career blocked shot record. The 6-5 center set the school season record with 100 blocks as a true freshman in 2017-18, before adding a sophomore school record with 79 in 2018-19. Her 179 blocks in two seasons rank as the No. 4 career total in school history, and Cain needs just 60 blocks to set Nebraska's all-time record, which is currently held by Janet Smith (238, 1979-82).

Cain, who was a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams in 2017-18 while helping the Huskers to the NCAA Tournament, has averaged 8.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 54.8 percent from the field over her first two seasons at Nebraska.

Manhattan closed 2018-19 with a 12-19 record that included a 9-9 MAAC mark. Coach Heather Vulin enters her fourth season at the helm for Manhattan with an experienced team after guiding a young Jasper squad that featured five sophomores and three freshmen in the regular rotation throughout last season. This 2019-20 Jaspers will feature five seniors and five more juniors, including the return of 2019 Preseason All-MAAC guard Gabby Cajou, who missed all but seven games last season after suffering a season-ending injury. Cajou was the 2018 MAAC Sixth Player of the Year. Overall, Manhattan returns seven players who each started at least 10 games a year ago.

Before the Huskers face Manhattan in Lincoln, they will take on Oral Roberts at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday, Dec. 14. Coach Misti Cussen and the Golden Eagles went 18-13 last season, including a 10-6 Summit League mark. ORU returns three starters and a pair of double-figure scorers from last year's team, led by juniors Maya Mayberry (14.1 ppg) and Keni Jo Lippe (13.3 ppg).

The games with Oral Roberts and Manhattan will be Nebraska's final tune-ups before the start of Big Ten Conference play. The Huskers' 18-game conference schedule will include home games with Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota, Purdue, Penn State, Wisconsin and Illinois, to complete a 17-game regular-season home schedule for the Big Red.


Former Dundy County-Stratton standout Phalen Sanford is walking on as a redshirt freshman for the Nebraska Football Team.  Sanford will also participate in Track also at UNL on a scholarship.  After High School Sanford went to Hastings College for Football and Track his Freshman year. Seth Baumert with the Hometown Family Radio Sports Network able to chat with Sanford about his decision to head to the Capital City.



The Nebraska women's basketball team is making its final preparations for its upcoming European Tour to Italy and Spain, Aug. 1-11.

The Huskers, who have been training and practicing for the past several weeks in anticipation of the summer tour, will depart for Rome on Aug. 1, and will tour the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica before competing in their first game of the tour on Aug. 3.

On Sunday, Aug. 4, the Huskers expect to have the opportunity to see the Pope in St. Peter's Square before touring the legendary Colosseum.

The team travels to Florence for its second competition of the tour on Aug. 5, before spending the next two days exploring the capital of Italy's Tuscany region.

Nebraska's tour of Europe shifts gears on Thursday, Aug. 8, when the Huskers fly to Barcelona. The Huskers will see the sites of the historic Spanish city before playing their final game of the tour on Friday, Aug. 9.

A mid-day Mediterranean cruise on Saturday, Aug. 10, will highlight Nebraska's final day in Europe, before the Huskers return to the United States on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Social media coverage throughout the tour will be available on the Nebraska women's basketball (@HuskersWBB) Twitter and Instagram accounts.


Nebraska Women's Basketball  European Tour Itinerary(Italy & Spain, Aug. 1-11)


Thursday, August 1
Depart for Rome


Friday, August 2
Arrive Rome


Saturday, August 3
Tour Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica
Game #1 (Rome)


Sunday, August 4
St. Peter's Square
Tour the Colosseum


Monday, August 5
Depart for Florence (mid-day stop in Siena)
Game #2 (Florence)


Tuesday, August 6
Tour Florence


Wednesday, August 7
Cooking Classes in Florence


Thursday, August 8
Depart for Barcelona
Tour Barcelona


Friday, August 9
Tour Sagrada Familia
Game #3 (Barcelona)


Saturday, August 10
Sailing Cruise on Mediterranean Sea


Sunday, August 11
Return to United States


Six McCook Community College student/athletes were selected by their respective coaches to be recognized for the 2018-2019 academic year as Athletes of the Year in their individual sports.

Men’s Baseball: Mark Starks, Omaha, Nebraska
Sophomore – Major: Science
Parents: Don & Doris Starks
Coach: Jon Olsen
Men’s Basketball: Amadou Dieye, Nigeria
Sophomore – Major: Business and Management
Parents: Mamadou Amadou Dieye Fatima Ba
Coach: Brandon Lenhart
Golf: Cameron Lampe, Fort Collins, Colorado
Sophomore – Major: Marketing
Parents: Mike and Wendy Lampe
Coach: Tyler Loop
Women’s Basketball: Makenna Bodette, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Freshman – Major: Pre-Physical Therapy
Parents: Steve and Teresa Bodette
Coach: Brandon Pritchett
Women’s Softball: Chanel Siebenthal, Lakewood, Colorado
Sophomore – Major: Pharmacy
Parents: Tim and Carol Siebenthal
Coach: Joshua Barnes
Women’s Volleyball: Brooklyn Evans, Ogden, Utah
Sophomore – Major: Undecided
Parents: London and Tim Ryan
Chad and Heidi Evans
Coach: Haley Kobza
From these six outstanding athletes, who were also successful students in the classroom, the MCC Indians Boosters selected the overall male and female athletes for the year. This special recognition was awarded to Brooklyn Evans and Amadou Dieye. The MCC Indians Boosters, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed in 1996 to support McCook Community College through its sports programs. Along with sponsoring the Adopt-an Student and Read Aloud programs, the MCC Boosters coordinate the Hall of Fame, Dream Team and Banner Club programs, provide book scholarship funds, publish the sports media guides, and sponsor special events and promotions. If you would like more information about the MCC Boosters, you may contact Shawn Knoll by email at



Lincoln - The Nebraska women’s basketball team will host a special tip-off to the 2019-20 season when the Huskers welcome 3rd through 8th grade students from around the state to Pinnacle Bank Arena for the Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally on Wednesday, Nov. 6.


The Sportsmanship Pep Rally will take place prior to Nebraska’s season-opening game against Alabama A&M, which is scheduled for a noon tip-off at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Bulldogs are coached by former Husker Margaret Richards.


Nebraska Senior Associate Athletic Director for Life Skills Keith Zimmer and his staff will be coordinating a pep rally, which will give students a chance to hear inspirational life skills and academic messages from Husker student-athletes and staff, before helping to tip off the 2019-20 basketball season.


The Nebraska High School Hall of Fame is partnering with the Huskers to reach out to elementary and middle grades students around the state to make the day’s activities possible.


It will be the second time that Pinnacle Bank Arena has served as a host site for the Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally. The first came on opening day for the arena on Nov. 8, 2013, when more than 4,000 youth from around Nebraska celebrated with the Huskers.


For more information, or to register your school to attend the Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally, please email Assistant Director of Life Skills Kate Frazier at


The board members of the McCook Midget Baseball Association for the 2019 season include: President Jim Roberts; Vice President Billy Davidson; Secretary Donetta Schaffer; and Treasurer Angela Wagner. At large members on the MMBA board include Joel Arterburn, Craig Dickes, and Adam Wilhelmson. Past President and founder of the coaches Wiffle ball tournament is Wes Collicott.

The two teams of the All Star Game are called the American League and the National League. Both teams include players from the First Central Bank Royals, the McCook CrossFit White Sox, the Kmoch Mets, the Pullman Pirates, and the Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals.

The head coach of the American League is Wes Collicott, coach of the First Central Bank Royals.

His assistants are Eric Riggins, Taye Collicott, and Jason Loop- coaches of the Royals- and Griff Malik, coach of the Mets.

The head coach of the National League is Doug Terry, coach of the Pullman Pirates. His assistant is Rick Haddix coach of the Royals.

The National League won the the 2019 All Star Game by defeating the American League with the score of 21 to 20.


McCook First Central Bank Juniors Legion Baseball Team (12-11) grabs the #1 Seed in the Class B6 Area District Tournament which is held in Broken Bow.  The Tournament starts on Friday, July 12th.  View the Full Bracket Below. 

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