OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens, The Associated Press has learned. Major League Baseball and the NCAA have been working to arrange a game as a kickoff event to the CWS, two people close to the situation told the AP on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details.
A news conference with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was scheduled for Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park, the host site for the CWS. The move would be similar to the regular-season games played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Little League World Series.
Volleyball fans will get their first look at three McCook Community College freshmen Saturday when MCC hosts the second Wild West All-Star Volleyball Classic in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. The game, featuring area high school graduates, starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 18 and younger with children four and younger admitted free. This is the second year the college has been in charge of the all-star game, having previously staged through the Sertoma Club. “This year we are going to make it like an actual game and just play the best three out of five,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza. “In the past they usually played five sets, but I want to make it different and just make it like an actual volleyball game.” Bryson Mahlberg of Gothenburg will coach the east team and will be assisted by Sam Hammond of Lexington. Their roster includes Gothenburg’s Gracie Stienike, middle/outside/setter and Lexington outside hitter Hana Brock. MCC recruit Bailey Honn, an outside hitter, joins a trio of former McCook High School Bison on the east squad. She will be joined by middle blocker Jaden Bryant and outside hitter Riley Jo Sis. Outside hitter Halle Dahlgren is joined by her Bertrand teammate, setter Kaitlyn Ryan.
The east roster includes a pair of Elwood grads in outside hitter Felicia Knoerzer and setter Manon Martin. Rounding out the east squad are: Sydney Mullen, outside/middle from Maxwell; Emery Swan, libero of Brady, and Cassi Bose, middle blocker of Southern Valley. Katie Lawless of Wauneta-Palisade will coach the west team with her assistant Landon Lawless of Wauneta-Palisade. “The west side coaches are a husband and wife duo. I am excited to watch them coach together, just for the fact I don’t think my husband and I could ever be able to do that” Kobza said. The west roster includes two MCC recruits in Faith Simpson, an outside hitter, middle blocker, setter of Wauneta-Palisade as well as right-side hitter/middle Madison Kleewein of North Platte St. Pat’s. Three teammates from North Platte High School will play for the west including outside hitter Samantha Mauch, middle blocker Kaitlyn Hansen and outsider hitter Gabby Menghini. Other west squad members include: setter/libero Allie Behlke and libero Dawson Jo Latta of Dundy County-Stratton; setter Morgan Hoatson, Sutherland; outside hitter Ragan Nickless of Chase County High School; right-side hitter Skylar Herrick and libero Joslyn Crow of Hershey. “Both teams have solid players, it should be a great match to watch,” said Kobza.
Scoring rave reviews in front of a large crowd for their performance at Lincoln County Raceway were victors: Bryan Herrick, Jamey Kennicutt, Casey Woken, Jacob Hagan and Daryl Cauffman in North Platte, Nebraska on Sunday evening.
Veteran wheelman Bryan Herrick of Curtis piloted his hot rod to the win in the IMCA Modified Feature. The Rubber Duck started on the outside of the front row and was able to take the lead on the first lap and never look back as he floated to the win. Putting the pressure on Herrick for much of the feature was Brandon Clough of Wallace. Clough started on the pole and was able to stay in the lead group and out of trouble to finish in the runner-up position. The Brady Bullet Dave Pedersen was up on the wheel from the onset to earn third place honors in the feature event. Cole Hodges of Ogallala and North Platte’s Jay Steffens were fourth and fifth overall in the feature.
Starting up front and staying up front was the formula for success for Gothenburg’s Jamey Kennicutt. Kennicutt was the winner of the IMCA Northern Sport Modified feature event as he held off all challengers during the waning laps after his big cushion was extinguished with late race caution flags. Putting on the heaviest pressure during those waning laps was the duo of Tony Schultz of North Platte and Zach Schultz of North Platte. Tony Schultz was able to hold his position while challenging for the lead to finish in second place. Zach Schultz was able to drive his way onto the podium in third place overall after starting in the fourth row when the green flag was waved. Kerry Jones of North Platte and Jake Wolsleben of Cozad were the fourth and fifth place finishers in the feature race.
For the second week in a row, the Norton Nightmare Casey Woken scored the victory in the IMCA Stock Car feature. Woken of Norton, Kansas started in the fourth row when the green flag dropped. Woken was able to work through traffic and garner the lead on the fifth lap and never look back to claim the win. Working his way into position to pressure Woken was Mikey Dancer of North Platte as he drove his hot rod to a runner-up finish. Having one of his best finishes to date during his rookie season in the division, Robbie Kosmacek of North Platte was the third place finisher in the feature. Kosmacek started the feature in the sixth row to be the hard charger of the feature.
The perseverance and hard work paid off for Jacob Hagan of Kearney as he drove his rocketship to the winners circle in the IMCA Hobby Stock division. Hagan started the feature event on the outside of the second row and was able to drive to the lead on the third lap to prosper in clean air on his way to the win. Jeromy Wagner of Kensington, Kansas was able to drive onto the podium from his third row starting position. Wagner tried nearly everything possible to take the lead away from Hagan, but as the checkered flag flew, he was forced to settle with runner-up honors. Chuck Ledbetter of Loomis had a stellar run during the feature race after starting on the inside of the second row. Ledbetter showcased great consistency throughout the feature to finish third overall.
Getting to the front in the early going and powering his way to the win was Daryl Cauffman of North Platte in the IMCA Sport Compact feature. Cauffman started the feature event in the third row and was able to maneuver through traffic to score the lead on his way to the victory. Putting heavy pressure on Cauffmann throughout the final laps was reigning season points champion Andrew Baumgardner of North Platte. Baumgardner was able to work the high and low grooves but it was Cauffman that remained in the lead and Baamgardner settled for second place accolades. Coming back from an early lap flat tire, Lonnie Lenser Jr of Valentine was heavy on the ‘loud pedal’ to drive from the rear back to the podium where he would earn third place honors.
--IMCA Modified Feature: 1. Bryan Herrick; 2.20b-Brandon Clough; 3. 4p-Dave Pedersen; 4. 34jw-Cole Hodges; 5. XII-Jay Steffens; 6. 6c-Cale Osborn; 7. 93h-Klancey Honeycutt.
--IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature: 1. 15k-Jamey Kennicutt; 2. 55m-Tony Schultz; 3. 55z-Zach Schultz; 4. 12j-Kerry Jones; 5. 01-Jacob Wolsleben; 6. 22w-Brady Weinman; 7. 3-Gary Long; 8. 88-Eric Kackmeister; 9. 69-Adam Kackmeister; 10. 59-Tyler Rajdl.
--IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1. 35jw-Casey Woken; 2. 45-Mikey Dancer; 3. 15r-Robbie Kosmacek; 4. 11k-Kyle Clough; 5. 5d-Travis Demilt; 6. 16w-Jeff Whiting; 7. 03x-Henry Henderson; 8. 24-Bob Chalupa; 9. 75-Dan Eller; 10. 47-Russ Small Jr.
--IMCA Hobby Stock Feature: 1. 72b-Jacob Hagan; 2. 29-Jeromy Wagner; 3. 5-Chuck Ledbetter; 4. 12t-Tanner Jones; 5. 88m-TC McKain; 6. 20b-Brady Henderson; 7. 28d-Devin Bjorklund; 8. 96k-Sean Miller.
--IMCA Sport Compact Feature: 1. 00d-Daryl Cauffman; 2. 44u-Andrew Baumgardner; 3. L2-Lonnie Lenser Jr; 4. 24u-Tom Baumgardner; 5. 26-Marcus Florom; 6. 7e-Quincy Eggleston; 7. 4k-Kyle Filyaw; 8. 03r-Jacob Riewe; 9. 07-Merle Johnson; 10. 84d-Kaden Dady.
The 2018 Buffalo Bill Rodeo will get underway June 13th-16th at the Wild West Arena in North Platte. Professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation will vie for $110,000 in prize money. Rodeo clown and barrelman Mark Swingler will tickle the funny bone of fans each night. Other rodeo personnel includes faces familiar in North Platte: announcer Randy Corley; and bullfighters Quirt Hunt and Zach Call. Hometown Family Radio able to talk with Mark Swingler about his role as a Rodeo Clown and Barrelman.
Lincoln - - The Nebraska Sports Council invites Red Willow County area residents to run a mile with the Cornhusker State Games (CSG) Torch this Saturday, June 9th. There is no entry fee and runners will receive a free T-shirt. The Torch Run is the precursor to the 2018 Cornhusker State Games, which takes place July 20-29 in Lincoln and surrounding communities. Competition is offered in over 60 sports for an estimated 12,000 athletes. The June 9th leg of the Torch Run will kickoff at Chase County High School at 7 a.m. and will be running east along Hwy. 6 until it reaches McCook at approximately 5 p.m. for a Welcome Ceremony in the Walmart parking lot. Runners are responsible for their own transportation and will be scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis. To sign up, please contact: Pat Hagedorn at 402-471-2544 or email@example.com The Torch Run, sponsored by the National Guard and Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association, completes its journey on Friday, July 20, when the cauldron is lit at the Games’ Opening Ceremonies at Lincoln’s Seacrest Field. For Cornhusker State Games entry information and to register online log onto: www.cornhuskerstategames.com or call 402-471-2544