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Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports health care workers in three long-term care facilities in the Central District have tested positive for COVID-19. These facilities include Westfield Quality Center in Aurora, Emerald Nursing and Rehab Lakeview, and Heritage at Sagewood both in Grand Island.  Additionally, CDHD reports a total of 41 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Central District as of 5:00 pm today.

CDHD is working with the three long-term care facilities to identify those who may have been exposed to the virus, so that they can take appropriate actions. These actions include a 14-day quarantine for those exposed. Employees and residents who may become infected with the virus may initially have no or mild symptoms that may or may not worsen to severe symptoms. Staff at these facilities will be monitoring patients, as well as, staff in order to identify symptoms early on and prevent additional exposures. 

CDHD continues to be vigilant for new exposures, especially groups at higher risk for severe illness. These groups include people age 65 or older and those living in nursing homes or long-term facilities. People with chronic lung disease, asthma, serious heart conditions, conditions that cause a person to have a compromised immune system, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or liver disease are at higher risk for severe illness.

“There are many unknowns regarding COVID-19. We do know that every person is at risk for being infected, and we know that some young healthy individuals have become quite ill with the virus,” states Anderson. “We also know that there is no specific treatment for a person infected with COVID-19. Our best defense is to prevent the spread, that requires all of us taking this seriously.”


CURTIS, Neb. – The May commencement ceremony for spring 2020 graduates of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will be held online.


NCTA officials made the decision to move to an online ceremony amid continued concerns of spread of the COVID-19 virus, said Kelly Bruns, interim NCTA dean.


The May 7 ceremony will be a pre-recorded program including messages from students, faculty, administration and other dignitaries.


An awards night program, typically held the evening before graduation, will also take place online.


More information about both the graduation ceremony and the awards night will be posted to as details are finalized.


Additionally, NCTA will host an open house for all graduating students at a later date, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 1.


“The NCTA community is extremely proud of our graduating class and the adaptability and resilience they have demonstrated this spring,” said Kelly Bruns, interim NCTA dean. “We want to do our best to celebrate these students, even if that celebration looks a little different from most years.”


Graduates will receive their degrees on May 7. Diplomas and certificates will be mailed to the students afterwards. A program listing graduates’ names and degrees will be available for download from the NCTA website.


Regalia ordered for the ceremony will still be available to students and will be distributed at the open house in August. Student who are not able to attend in August may have their attire mailed to them.


Caps, gowns and tassels will be a gift to the graduates from NCTA. Students who have already paid for these items will receive a refund. Commemorative class belt buckles ordered by students will also be mailed.


“The NCTA faculty and staff wish our graduates the best as they start their careers,” said Bruns. “While we will not get to see them face to face at graduation we look forward to hearing of their successes as Aggie alumni.”

As of 4:00 p.m. today, Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a running total of thirty-three (33) positive lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. This number includes twelve (12) new cases, of which nine (9) are in Hall, two are in Hamilton County, and includes the first confirmed case for Merrick County. This is a 50% increase over yesterday’s count of 21. Please note these numbers do not include the cases which are diagnosed by healthcare providers based on symptom pattern. Since there is no specific treatment for Covid-19 infections, providers determine the necessity of testing. It is estimated that for every person diagnosed with COVID-19, 10 people have it but have not been diagnosed.

CDHD is issuing an additional directed health measure, DHM 2020-2, that will effectively close salons and parks in the Central District until further notice. Please refer to the directed health measure for further details. Hike and bike trails will remain open. CDHD encourages the community to get out and travel the trails, keeping social distancing in mind.

It is absolutely essential to stay away from others whenever you can. We know that we have community wide-spread. We also know that some people carry the virus but have no or very mild symptoms, so they continue to be out in the community. This means that when you are around others, you put yourself and others at risk for catching COVID-19. Limit your outings to stores as much as possible and only send one family member into the store at a time. If you are sick, stay away from others. Remember, it is important for everyone to wash their hands often and well.

Our community is now being targeted by the COVID-19 virus. The choices we each make in the coming days are absolutely critical to reducing the number of people who become infected with the virus.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Heartland United Way and Greater Grand Island Community Foundation will postpone Go Big GIVE to July 7th, 2020. Pre-give will begin June 22nd through July 6th.

 After many discussions with the Go Big GIVE team, community members and the participating nonprofit organizations, the decision to postpone Go Big GIVE was not taken lightly. The Go Big GIVE team feels the new date will give business and communities time to recover from these difficult times.


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the State’s eighth COVID-19 related Directed Health Measure (DHM) includes Antelope, Arthur, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Hooker, Keya Paha, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Pierce, Rock, and Thomas counties. It will be in effect beginning today at 10 pm and will last until May 11th unless renewed.

Under this new DHM, schools are closed through May 31, 2020 and extracurricular activities are also cancelled. Additionally, the new DHM cancels elective dental procedures and surgeries.

The quarantine measures are for individuals who are COVID-19 positive or develop fever, sudden onset of a dry cough, or sudden onset of shortness of breath without provocation (such as walking up stairs, running, choking, etc.). This excludes those with seasonal allergies, COPD, or other diagnoses that may produce respiratory symptoms. Additionally, the directive doesn’t apply to patients who have an alternative non-COVID-19 diagnosis from a healthcare provider. These patients should follow the treatment and guidance provided by their healthcare provider for such conditions.

The State-issued DHM now applies to 56 counties in Nebraska.

The first DHM, issued on March 18th, applies to Cass, Douglas, and Sarpy counties and is in effect until at least April 30th.

The second DHM, issued on March 25th, applies to Dodge, Lancaster, Saunders, and Washington counties and is in effect until at least May 6th.

The third DHM, issued on March 28th, applies to Butler, Hall, Hamilton, Merrick, Polk, Seward, and York counties and is in effect until May 6th unless renewed.

The fourth DHM, issued on March 29th, applies to Burt, Cuming, Madison, and Stanton counties and is in effect until May 6th unless renewed.

The fifth DHM, issued on March 30th, applies to Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.

The sixth DHM, issued on March 31st, applies to Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, and Webster counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.

The seventh DHM, also issued on March 31st, applies to Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, and Phelps counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.

The eighth DHM, issued on April 1st, applies to Antelope, Arthur, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Hooker, Keya Paha, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Pierce, Rock, and Thomas counties and is in effect until May 11th unless renewed.

The DHM and quarantine directions covering all of these counties can be found by clicking here.

The DHM imposes an enforceable limit on public gatherings. Among other steps, the DHM requires restaurants and bars in these areas to close their dining areas immediately and move to takeout, delivery, and/or curbside service only until further notice. Additionally, schools in these areas are directed to operate without students in their buildings. This restriction does not apply to school staff working in school buildings. It also does not apply to daycares that may be operated at a school per the Governor’s executive order regarding childcare, which you can access by clicking here.

Counties other than those noted above remain under the guidance issued March 18th by the Governor’s Office. You can find it by clicking here. If further community transmission cases of COVID-19 occur in other regions of the state, the Governor will announce DHMs covering the additional regions.

In addition to the DHMs issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Douglas County Public Health Director Dr. Adi M. Pour has issued an order covering Douglas County from March 18, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Full details of the order can be found on the Douglas County Health Department website ( or by clicking here.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department also issued a DHM, which can be found by clicking here. The order lasts until May 6, 2020.

Furthermore, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department issued a DHM, which can be found by clicking here. The order lasts until April 30, 2020.


Who does the Directed Health Measure apply to?

It applies to places such as theaters, churches, houses of worship, gyms, social clubs, salons, and social gatherings, including weddings, funerals, concerts, and athletic events. This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM applies to.

Do I need to shut down my bar or restaurant?

At bars and restaurants, it applies to patrons, not to your workforce. Restaurants and bars are encouraged to ask their patrons if they can prepare their order for takeout upon arrival. Restaurants will play a key part in feeding people throughout the pandemic.

Do I need to shut down my daycare?

No. DHHS has issued new guidance that daycares need to follow. You can find it by clicking here.

Do I need to shut down my office?

No. The Directed Health Measure does not apply to places such as office buildings, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, court houses, court rooms, banks, car dealerships, auto repair shops, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, small shops, golf courses, big box stores, gas stations, convenience stores, shopping malls, manufacturing facilities, packing facilities, construction jobs, and other traditional office settings. This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM does not apply to.

Furthermore, we do not expect these facilities to be impacted by additional limits at this time.

Do I need to cancel a wedding or a funeral?

Weddings and funerals are also subject to the 10-person limit. Event planners and facilities are encouraged to be flexible with people who are rearranging their plans.





North Platte, Ne - The West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) emphasizes the need for everyone to practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible, while new cases of COVID-19 continue to be found in the community. WCDHD has received preliminary results on seven new cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County.


The new cases involve one woman in her 40s and one in her 60s, plus three men in their 40s, one man in his 50s and one man in his 60s. Four of the cases are linked to known positive travel cases, four are direct contacts to travels and there are four individuals linked to two incidents of community transmission in the county. This brings the total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 12. The Health Department’s trained staff is investigating all cases and will communicate with anyone whom they are aware of that may have been exposed. 

“Community spread means we don’t know the source or contact of the disease,” said Shannon Vanderheiden, WCDHD executive director. “A case with an unknown source of infection is defined as community spread.  

“Our focus right now is to complete the contact investigations and to protect the health of the community,” said Vanderheiden.  “We want to continue to remind everyone that the best way to stop the spread of this virus is to stay at home if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 infection.”

If you visited any of the following locations at any of the dates and times listed below and are not showing symptoms, please self-quarantine and monitor your symptoms for 14 days from your most recent visit to one of the locations below.

If you are showing symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath), please contact your healthcare provider or public health. Please call before going to any healthcare facility.  Visit for self-quarantine guidance.






NP -Walmart

4:00-4:45 PM



Dunkin Donuts Drive-Thru

4:00-4:10 PM



Hobby Lobby

4:00-4:30 PM


Flying J

4:30-5:00 PM


Raising Cains

5:15-5:20 PM


Burger King

5:25-5:30 PM



Hobby Lobby

4:30-5:00 PM


Dunkin Donuts Drive-Thru

5:00-5:15 PM



Luigi Curbside To-Go

6:30-6:40 PM



Gosnell Family Medicine

10:55-11:30 AM



11:40 AM-1:10 PM


Arby's Drive-Thru

1:15-1:25 PM


Wendy's Drive-Thru

1:30-1:40 PM


Public health officials would like to remind everyone that if you have a fever of over 100.4 or symptoms of respiratory illness, please self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider or your local health department.

WCDHD is in communication with state officials in regard to issuing a state Directed Health Measure; more information to follow.

For the most up to date information from the CDC, visit:

APRIL 1, 2020 (KEARNEY, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested three people and seized 20 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop near Kearney.

The traffic stop occurred at approximately 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, when a trooper observed a Chevrolet Tahoe fail to signal a turn as it exited Interstate 80 near Kearney. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected clandestine activity.

Troopers performed a search of the vehicle and found 20 pounds of methamphetamine and two ounces of marijuana. The driver, Shanae Douglas, 31, of Gary, Indiana, was also discovered to have a revoked driver’s license.

Douglas, and passengers Antoinette Brandy, 33, of Gary, Indiana, and Juwan Powell, 21, of Harvey, Illinois, were all arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver, and possession of marijuana. Douglas was also cited for driving with a revoked driver’s license. All three were lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

The City of Grand Island Public Works Department is announcing the North Road Paving Improvement Project will begin the week of April 6, 2020.  North Road is scheduled to be closed on Monday, April 6, 2020 from Northwest High School to Highway 2.  This segment of North Road is tentatively planned to be closed until August 2020.  

The North Road project includes reconstruction from Capital Avenue to Highway 2.  The project will consist of removal of the existing 24’ wide asphalt roadway and construct a concrete curb and gutter, 3-lane, 41’ wide roadway section.  A roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Capital Avenue and North Road.  The project will also include storm sewer construction, sidewalk improvements, water main adjustments and sanitary sewer extension at Northview Drive.  

On March 10, 2020, City Council awarded the construction contract to Diamond Engineering Company of Grand Island, Nebraska for $3,335,787.35
For more information on the roadway project, and other Public Works projects, visit the projects webpage at, or call Public Works at 308-385-5455.

North Platte, Ne - Seventeen Mid-Plains Community College employees have been honored for their dedication and part-time service to MPCC.


The employees and the communities they work in are as follows.


25 years of service


North Platte - Wanda Hornbacher, adult basic education instructor


20 years of service


McCook - Brigitta Post, adult basic education instructor and Stephen Lytle, security guard


North Platte - Linda Deeds, student success


15 years of service


North Platte - Vicki Hopping, NPCC volleyball recruiter; Donna Melvin, bus driver; Brad Nixon, scorebook; Jason Trosper, announcer and Jason Jensen, timer


10 years of service


North Platte - Kristen Grimes, student advisor


Imperial - Carla Colton, administrative assistant


Five years of service


McCook - Sandra Krysl, scorebook and Garrett Nokes, rodeo coach


North Platte - Jo Ann Lundgreen, administrative assistant; Gordon Peeks, lab assistant; Jeannette Daily, student success and Amanda Crow, administrative assistant

This morning, Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a lab-confirmed positive test in a long-term care facility in Hall County. The positive test is in a health care worker. CDHD is currently working with the facility to identify possible exposures and to advise as to prevention measures. 


Effective Monday, March 16th all NSAA activity practices are suspended until Monday, March 30 and all NSAA activity competitions are suspended until Thursday, April 2.  These suspensions may be extended should the conditions warrant.

Member schools and student-participants are expected to adhere to the NSAA Constitution & Bylaws and activity manuals during this time.

As more information becomes available, official updates will be posted on the NSAA website and NSAA social media platforms. 



NSAA State Championship=

Class A=


Bellevue West 64, Millard North 62

Class B=


Omaha Skutt Catholic 59, Omaha Roncalli 31

Class C1=


Auburn 58, Ogallala 34

Third Place=

Adams Central 59, Lincoln Christian 47

Class C2=


Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 61, Grand Island Central Catholic 47

Third Place=

Yutan 39, Sutton 30

Class D1=


Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 76, Southern Valley 31

Third Place=

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 50, North Platte St. Patrick's 36

Class D2=


Falls City Sacred Heart 45, Humphrey St. Francis 33

Third Place=

Parkview Christian 62, Mullen 43

NSAA Championship Bracket 

In consideration of the COVID-19 situation the National Junior College Athletic Association has suspend all spring athletic competition beginning Saturday, March 14 through Friday, April 3.

For McCook Community College, that affects 32 games/tournaments that were scheduled through April 3 including 16 softball games, 13 baseball games and three men’s golf tournaments.

To stay up-to-date with all MCC Indian Athletics including up-to-date information regarding the resumption of the spring schedule and other news, please visit the MCC Indians Athletics web page at:



NSAA State Championship=

Class A=


Bellevue West 56, Elkhorn 34

Millard North 62, Papillion-LaVista South 60

Omaha South 48, Omaha Central 47

Omaha Westside 74, Omaha Creighton Prep 70

Class B=


Elkhorn Mount Michael 76, Wahoo 50

Omaha Roncalli 60, Hastings 58

Omaha Skutt Catholic 45, Norris 33

Scottsbluff 53, Alliance 38

Class C1=


Adams Central 63, St. Paul 42

Auburn 54, Ashland-Greenwood 48

Lincoln Christian 44, Wayne 38

Ogallala 65, Kearney Catholic 62

Class C2=


Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 71, Doniphan-Trumbull 46

Grand Island Central Catholic 41, Palmyra 38

Sutton 55, Centennial 48, OT

Yutan 63, Ponca 56, 2OT

Class D1=


Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Fullerton 53

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 75, Paxton 47

North Platte St. Patrick's 57, Pleasanton 48, OT

Southern Valley 50, Osmond 49

Class D2=


Falls City Sacred Heart 45, Johnson-Brock 40

Humphrey St. Francis 57, Randolph 46

Mullen 51, St. Mary's 49

Parkview Christian 65, Loomis 49

The McCook Community College softball team made it three walk-off wins at home this week and went on to sweep Western Nebraska Thursday by the scores of 9-8, 8-3. The win gives MCC a five-game winning streak.

“These were quality wins today, we had good pitching and continue to swing the bats throughout the lineup,” said Coach Kevin Kaalberg. “The team isn’t letting one bad inning get them down.”

Freshman Kaitlyn Lord, (Colorado Springs, Colo.) delivered the walk-off RBI single in Game 1 and smacked out five hits in seven at bats on the day with seven RBIs a double and a home run. Freshman Kristen Mogan, (Richfield, Utah) was seven-for-eight with a pair of doubles and four RBIs.

Sophomore pitcher Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the Game 1 win and went the distance in Game 2 to win twice on the day. Her sister Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, (freshman, Cozad/Gothenburg High School) went four for six on the day with a double.

Western Nebraska falls to 4-10. This was their Region IX conference action of the season.

MCC improves to 10-12 and 3-3 against Region IX south teams. Weather permitting, the Lady Indians are scheduled to host Northeastern Junior College Saturday at 1 p.m.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including up-to-date scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

For more photos from today’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at:

GAME 1 – McCook CC 9, Western Nebraska 8: The Cougars took a 4-1 lead in the second inning off MCC starter Anna Wilcox, (freshman, Victoria, British Columbia) who was relieved by freshman Savannah Hansen, (Monroe, Utah).

Kaitlyn Lord lined a two-run homerun to center field to bring the Lady Indians back to 4-3 and then the Tribe scored four runs in the third to take a 7-4 lead. In the four-run fourth, MCC got back-to-back doubles from sophomore Jade Hollands, (Effingham, Kan.) and Kristen Mogan to give MCC a 5-3 lead and Lord delivered a two-out single to put the Lady Indians up by three runs.

Kaitlyn Kleinknecht doubled leading off the fifth inning and came home on a single from freshman Lexee Johnson, (Delta, Utah), to put MCC up 8-4.

The Cougars struck for four runs in the sixth inning off Hansen, who was relieved with the bases loaded by Karleigh Kleinknecht, who walked in the tying run before getting out of the inning tied 8-8. The Indians managed a hit in the sixth but couldn’t score and Kleinknecht set the Cougars down in order in the seventh to set the stage for more walk-off drama.

Freshman Kassandra Orr, (Victoria, British Columbia) led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. Sophomore Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta) came on to pinch run for Orr. Kaitlyn Kleinknecht followed with a single advancing Willier to second then Johnson bunted into a double play but Willier remained at second base. On a 2-0 count Lord ripped a single to left field – her third hit of the game which drove home the winning run giving MCC three straight wins in the bottom of the seventh inning.

MCC out-hit Western Nebraska 14-8. Mogan had a double and a single along with three RBIs.

GAME 1 – McCook CC 8, Western Nebraska 3: After finishing the first game with a win, Karleigh Kleinknecht started the second game in the pitching circle and kept the Cougars off the scoreboard through four innings giving the MCC offense time to get on track.

Kaitlyn Lord started things off with a double in the second inning and scored on a single by Sarah Willier, who later made it 2-0 on a Western Nebraska error.

Another Cougar error to start off the third opened way for three more MCC runs. Kristen Mogan ripped an RBI-double to center, Lord hit a sacrifice fly and freshman Alice Midiri, (Condove, Italy) delivered an RBI single to put MCC up 5-0.

A two-out Morgan single in the fifth and a triple by Kaitlyn Kleinknecht made it a 6-0 game but Western struck for three unearned runs in the fifth inning.

MCC added two runs in the sixth. Hollands doubled to lead off the sixth inning, went to third on a single by Morgan. Both scored on a two-run double by Lord.

Karleigh Kleinknecht went five innings allowing five hits, no earned runs, one walk and she struck out 12 Cougars.

Morgan led the 13-hit MCC attack with three hits. The Lady Indians got two-hit games from the bottom four in the batting order in Lord, Kassandra Orr, Willier and Midri.


Because of the predicted winter weather system moving into the area this weekend, the McCook Community College baseball team is moving its games this weekend to Beatrice starting Friday.

The Indians will face the Storm in Beatrice Friday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. against Southeast Community College. While the Saturday-Sunday weather forecast in Beatrice doesn’t look promising, the two teams will try and fit the final game if the weather clears. If not, they will make it up later in the year.

The Indians are 12-10 on the season and lead the Region IX Empire League standings at 6-3. The Storm is 11-8 on the season and 4-4 in the Region IX Empire League standings.

In Empire League Action Wednesday, Trinidad State beat Lamar 12-4.

This weekend, Northeastern and Western Nebraska are out of conference with games scheduled in Arizona. Trinidad State is out of conference against Adams State JV. In the only other Empire League matchup this weekend Lamar is scheduled to travel to La Junta, Colo. for two games against Otero Junior College Saturday and one on Sunday.


                                    W-L    PCT.   GB   OVERALL

McCook                     6-3      .667    --         12-10

Northeastern JC       5-3      .625      .5       12-9

Western Nebraska   4-4      .500    1.5         5-14

Trinidad State           5-6      .455    2          14-11

Southeast CC           4-4      .400    1.5       10-8

Lamar CC                  5-7      .417    2.5         6-12

Otero JC                    4-6      .400    2.5       11-12


You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:


Lincoln, NE – March 11, 2020 – Based on the recommendations made by the Mayor’s Office of the City of Lincoln, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and the Nebraska Department of Education, the 2020 NSAA Boys State Basketball Championships will proceed as scheduled, but fan attendance will be limited.  The tournament venues and game times remain the same.


Attendance will be limited to the varsity players, coaches, team support personnel (athletic trainers and student managers) and school administrators of the qualifying schools and their immediate families.  Immediate family includes parents, stepparents, guardians, siblings, other members living in the athlete’s household, and grandparents.  School administrators will be required to provide a list of those persons meeting the qualifications for entry.  School administrators will be at the entrance of each venue to identify and grant entry to those persons on the list.  Those entering the venue will be required to purchase a ticket or may use previously purchased tickets or passes.  Pre-purchased online tickets will not be honored.


We regret that non-varsity boys’ basketball participants, cheerleaders, dance teams, school mascots and pep bands may not attend the games.  In addition, the US Bank Believers and Achievers award and NSAA Distinguished Service Awards will not be presented at this event but will be rescheduled.


Anyone not on the approved list who previously purchased a ticket will not be allowed entry.  Passes will not be honored including NCA Gold Card, NSAA Courtesy Passes and Lifetime passes.  This measure is to protect the health and safety of the student athletes, their families and the public at large.  


Members of the media with NSAA issued credentials will be allowed entry at all venues.  The NSAA is working with local media outlets to video stream and/or televise the games.  More information will be posted on the NSAA website as it becomes available.


This is an unprecedented event, the NSAA Board of Directors and staff understand the hardship this has created for our membership.  But we felt that our student-athletes should have the opportunity to compete while also complying with the recommendations of our local health and government officials.  We look forward to providing the best possible experience for our member schools, student-athletes and their families.


Heisman Trophy winner and Nebraska great Eric Crouch is one of 19 individuals who will make up the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class. The 17 players and two coaches were announced Wednesday by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame.

The 2020 Hall of Fame class includes five winners of major college awards, led by Crouch’s 2001 Heisman, and 10 conference players of the year, including Crouch, a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year.

Crouch is among the group of players selected from the national ballot that included 76 All-Americans. Crouch becomes the 19th Nebraska player to earn induction into the College Hall of Fame and gives NU 25 overall members of the Hall including six coaches. Crouch is the first Husker selected since Aaron Taylor was inducted in 2018. Crouch is the seventh Husker inducted into the Hall in the past 14 seasons joining Taylor (2018), Trev Alberts (2015), Tommie Frazier (2013), Will Shields (2011), Grant Wistrom (2009) and Mike Rozier (2006).

The 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8, 2020, at the New York Hilton Midtown. The inductees will also be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the fall. Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Crouch finished his college career as only the third quarterback in NCAA history to rush for 3,000 yards and pass for 4,000 yards. A 2001 first-team All-American, Crouch won the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien Award. He guided Nebraska to an 11-2 record and a spot in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. In his senior season, Crouch became just the 13th quarterback in NCAA history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season.

Crouch ended his Nebraska career by holding 32 school records, and he remains atop the Nebraska charts for rushing by a quarterback (3,434), total touchdowns (88), career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (59) and single-season rushing touchdowns for a quarterback (20). Crouch rushed for more than 100 yards 17 times in his career, an NCAA record for a quarterback at the time.

Crouch guided Nebraska to a 10-2 record and a share of the Big 12 North title as a junior in 2000. He was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Big 12 as a sophomore in 1999, when he led the Huskers to a 12-1 record, a Big 12 title, and No. 3 final national ranking.

One of five team captains as a senior, Crouch had his No. 7 jersey retired in 2002. Crouch was drafted as a receiver in the third round of the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He went on to play professionally in NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League. Crouch is the Owner & CEO of Crouch Recreation, a playground and recreation equipment vendor in Omaha.

Comments on Crouch’s Hall of Fame Selection:

Frank Solich, Nebraska Head Coach (1998-2003), Ohio Head Coach (2005-present):

“Eric Crouch had a special talent and is one of the most unique athletes I have coached in my career. His 2001 season was remarkable as he broke numerous NCAA and school records on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy. His outstanding leadership helped guide our team to the National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl as a senior.  Eric is a special young man and very deserving of this prestigious honor. He has represented Nebraska at the highest level both on and off the field.”


Tom Osborne, Nebraska Head Coach (1973-97), 1998 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee:

“Eric was a great runner and had excellent speed to go with his other skills. The thing that really struck me about Eric is that he was so much stronger than you would have thought. When I was recruiting him in high school and watched him in the weight room, it struck me that he was lifting amounts of weight that would have made an offensive lineman proud. He was really gifted and his skills fit Nebraska very well. I didn’t get to coach him, but enjoyed watching his career.”


Scott Frost, Nebraska Head Coach, Teammate of Eric Crouch in 1997:
“It is a well-deserved honor for Eric to be selected into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is one of the all-time greats in the proud history of Nebraska football and one of the best option quarterbacks in college football history. It is great to see a former Husker teammate selected for the Hall of Fame.”

Turner Gill, Crouch’s Quarterback Coach at Nebraska and Nebraska Quarterback (1980-83):

"Eric was extremely explosive, very durable and was the fastest player that I have ever seen in college football. While his nature was to be quiet, he was a fierce competitor once he was on the field. An outstanding family man, Eric has always been very generous with his time in the community and is especially good working with youth, and he has continued that work in his career after football."


Matt Davison, Crouch’s Teammate from 1997-2000 and NU’s Leading Receiver in 1998-99-2000:

“Eric was incredibly talented, but he had an even greater desire to win. He was one of the toughest players I was ever around, left everything on the field each Saturday and wouldn’t accept losing. Eric was a high character guy, a great leader and as good of a teammate as you could find. As a friend, I couldn’t be happier for Eric and his family.”

The McCook Community College baseball team won both of the Region IX Player of the Week Awards.

Freshman Caleb Eiguren (Westminster, Colo.) a catcher-outfielder was named the Region IX Player of the Week and Nicholas Wellman (redshirt freshman, Quincy, Ill.) was named Region IX Pitcher of the Week.

MCC swept a three-game series over the weekend at Lamar winning 9-8, 4-3 and 11-10. The wins put he Indians in first place in the Region IX Empire League.

Eiguren played a big role in the sweep over Lamar.  In Game 2, he hit a 3-run home run in the top of the 7th to secure the 4-3 win. Caleb was eight of 18 (.444) with two doubles, a home run, and eight RBIs. He also scored two runs.

Wellman, a right-handed pitcher was outstanding out of the bullpen this week in helping the Indians capture a 4-1 week overall and 3-0 in Region IX play. The closer for the Indians made three appearances over four innings pitched, fanning nine batters and recording three saves.

Two members of the McCook Community College men’s basketball team have received post season Region IX honors.

Sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) were both selected to the all-Region IX third team. In addition, Darthard was also named to the all-tournament team.

Sullivan averaged 16.5 points per game, shot 47.6 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from the 3-point line and 74.5 percent from the free-throw line. He averaged 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

He scored 513 points on the year and had 62 steals.

Darthard averaged 17.9 points, and 5.5 rebounds per game. He shot 57 percent from the field and made 52 of 121 attempts from the 3-point line (43 percent) and was a 79.7 percent shooter from the free-throw line. He had 31 assists and 39 steals on the season.

In being named to the all-tournament team, Darthard scored 35 points in an opening-round win at home in an 89-64 win over Lamar and scored 30 points in an 82-69 loss to Western Wyoming. For the tournament he averaged 32.5 points and 6 rebounds per game. He made 26 of 34 shots from the field (76.4 percent) went five for seven from the 3-point line (71.4 percent) and sent eight-for-12 from the free throw line (66.7 percent).

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