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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. 


Because of the weather forecast for Sunday, the McCook Community College softball and baseball teams are abandoning plans for home games Sunday.

MCC softball’s doubleheader with Western Nebraska has been moved up to Thursday (March 12). The Lady Indians and Cougars will play a pair of games at the Jaycees Sports Complex at noon and 2 p.m.

MCC baseball, 12-10 are scheduled to play a three-game series against Southeast Community College and Saturday and Sunday but the coaches from the two schools are watching the weather and may move the series up a day or two before any adverse weather moves in.

Also one other scheduling change, this one not affected by weather. The MCC Golf team has added an even to the spring schedule. The team will travel to Beatrice April 20-21 to participate in a tournament hosted by Southeast Community College. The Indians will resume their Region IX season schedule March 19-20 in La Junta, Colo. with Thursday-Friday tournaments through April 24 – including the home tournament April 2-3 at Heritage Hills Golf Course,

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:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 23 points and hit the tiebreaking jumper with 28.3 seconds to play to send the Brooklyn Nets past the Los Angeles Lakers, 104-102. LeBron James had 29 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, who had a chance to get their fifth straight win until Anthony Davis missed a wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer. Caris LeVert added 22 points for the Nets, who are 2-0 since interim coach Jacque Vaughn replaced Kenny Atkinson.

UNDATED (AP) — James Harden poured in 37 points and the Houston Rockets snapped a four-game skid with a 117-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points as Houston expanded its lead in the Southwest Division to two games over Dallas. The Mavericks wasted Luka Doncic’s (DAHN’-chihch-ehz) 38 points in a 119-109 loss to the Spurs.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Boston Celtics have clinched an NBA playoff berth for the sixth consecutive year despite blowing a 19-point, second-half lead. Marcus Smart’s basket with 49.7 seconds left gave the Celtics a 111-109 lead in a 114-111 victory at Indiana. Jayson Tatum scored 30 points for Boston while Gordon Hayward added 27, 10 boards and five assists in his home state.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga has recaptured the West Coast Conference tournament title by thumping a long-time rival. Drew Timme (TIH’-mee) scored 17 points and Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) had a double-double in the Bulldogs’ 84-66 win over Saint Mary’s. Petrusev had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Zags, who bounced back from a middling performance in the semifinals to win their eighth WCC tournament title in 10 years.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask picked up his 50th career shutout and the Boston Bruins became the NHL’s first 100-point team this season by topping the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-0. He turned back 36 shots to help the Bruins end the Flyers’ nine-game winning streak. Matt Grzelcyk (GRIHZ’-lihk) and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) did the scoring as the Atlantic Division leaders moved eight points ahead of Tampa Bay.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Top-seeded North Dakota State led from start to finish and overwhelmed No. 6 North Dakota 89-53 in the Summit League Tournament championship game and secured the automatic NCAA Tournament bid. NDSU’s leading scorer, Vinnie Shahid, led the Bison with 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Shahid entered the game averaging 18.2 points per game, but he blew by that early in the second half.  De’Sean Allen-Likens led the Fighting Hawks with 17 points. 

Colby Community College downed McCook Community College in baseball Tuesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex in a nine-inning game 4-2.

The Trojans scored on a leadoff homerun in the first inning. MCC countered in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff double by freshman Trey Taliaferro (Coconut Creek, Fla.) and a two-out single by Caleb Eiguren (freshman, Westminster, Colo.) to tie the game.

Colby scored a run in the third but MCC came back to tie it 2-2 with a run in the fourth when Eiguren lined a one-out double and scored on a wild pitch. That would be MCC’s final hit on the afternoon and the Indians were held to just three.

Austin Mathews (sophomore, Clearwater, Fla.) started the game on the mound and went five innings allowing five hits and four earned runs. He walked one and struck out six.

Jade Gordon (sophomore, Alvin, Texas) pitched the six and seventh innings and held Colby hitless on three walks and four strikeouts.

Holden Hopkins (sophomore, Norman, Okla.) closed off the final two innings for the Indians with hitless ball. He also walked three and struck out four.

Colby goes to 10-10 on the season.

MCC goes to 12-10 and are scheduled to play a three-game series against Southeast Community College and Saturday and Sunday but the coaches from the two schools are watching the weather and may move the series up a day or two before any adverse weather moves in.

You can stay up to date with all the up-to-the minute scheduling changes and more on the MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at:

For more photos from the game, please visit the MCC Facebook at:

The McCook Community College softball team came up with a pair of walk-off wins Tuesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex over the Midland College Chaparrals (Texas) by the final scores of 11-10 and 1-0.

Down 10-6 in Game 1, the Lady Indians pushed across five seventh-inning runs ending with a two-run walk-off double by freshman Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.). The Lady Indians broke up a scoreless tie in Game 2 with a two-out rally on a single by Alice Midiri (freshman Condove, Italy) and a game-winning double from freshman Megan Blood-Smyth, (Thornton, Colo.). Sophomore pitcher Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) pitched a four-hit shutout to pick up the win.

“I’m incredibly proud of these kids for continuing to fight,” said MCC Coach Kevin Kaalberg. “We talked after the games that back in February we probably don’t come back in that first game. That shows growth from these kids.”

Midland College falls to 4-10 on the season.

MCC has won eight of its last 11 games and will be in action Thursday for a doubleheader with Western Nebraska, in games moved up from Sunday because of weekend weather concerns. Thursday’s game is set to start at noon at the Jaycees Sports Complex. On Saturday MCC is set to host Northeastern Junior College in a doubleheader starting 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 11, Midland College (Texas) 10: Down 10-6 in the seventh inning, the Lady Indians battled back with five runs to win in walk-off fashion on a two-run walk-off double by freshman Camryn Laird, (Pueblo, Colo.).

The Chaparrals opened the day with a two-run first. MCC scored a run in the third on an error, a sacrifice bunt and a fielder’s choice. Midland added two runs in the fourth and another to take a 5-1 lead but MCC responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Kristen Mogan, (freshman Richfield, Utah) and freshman Kassandra Orr, (Victoria, British Columbia) both singed to start off the fifth inning and Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, (freshman, Cozad/Gothenburg High School) doubled them home to make it 5-3. Megan Bloodsmyth had an RBI-single, and a fielder’s choice tied the game at 5-5.

Freshman Anna Wilcox (Victoria, British Columbia) went the first five innings in the pitching circle allowing five hits and three earned runs. She walked five and struck out four.

Midland scored three times in the sixth and twice in the seventh off freshman pitcher Savannah Hansen, (Monroe, Utah). She allowed four hits, walked three and struck out one and left the game down 10-6.

The first six batters in the MCC seventh reached base including: a double by Bloodsmyth, a single by Lexee Johnson, (freshman, Delta, Utah), a walk by Kaitlyn Lord, (freshman, Colorado Springs), a single by sophomore Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.), a walk by Mogan, a Midland error, a popout and that set up the two-run walk-off double by Laird.

Both teams had nine hits with Bloodsmyth and Orr two each.

GAME 2 – McCook CC 1, Midland College (Texas) 0: Karleigh Kleinknecht held Midland bats in check allowing just four hits in the game. She issued three walks and struck out six.

MCC scored the game winner in the bottom of the seventh inning when Alice Midri beat out a two-out infield hit and later went to second on a passed ball. Freshman Bloodsmyth fought off an 0-2 count to even it a 2-2, then fouled three straight pitches before lining the game-winning double to center field.

The Lady Indians had eight hits in the game including two each from Midri and Bloodsmyth and two from Kristen Mogan.

Two McCook Community College women’s basketball players have been named to the All- Region IX South Team.

Sophomores Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) and freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) were both selected to the squad.

In addition Bodette was one of five players named to the all-defensive team.

Bodette, 6-0, started all 32 games for the Lady Indians scoring 448 points and pulling down 280 rebounds. That gave her an average of 14 points and 8.75 rebounds per game. She made 200 of 342 shots on the season (58.5 percent) and 43 of 60 free throws (71.7 percent), had 26 steals and 53 assists.

Nationally, she ranked eighth among players from 182 Division I schools with 215 offensive rebounds and 13th in the nation with 63 blocked shots.

Torrubia Cano, 5-11, also played in all 32 MCC games, starting 26 and averaging 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. For the season she scored 359 points and gathered 232 rebounds. From the 3-point line she made 39 of 91 attempts, (42.9 percent) which was 11th best in the nation. From the field she was 53.7 percent and had 37 steals, 44 assists and 13 blocked shots.

Here is the All-Region IX Team:


Makenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Carla Torrubio Cano, McCook Community College

Aleksandra Ratnikava, Northeastern Junior College

Lea Mafua, Otero Junior College

Emma Florez, Otero Junior College

Charisse Fairley, Otero Junior College

Tk Morehouse, Western Nebraska Community College

Yuliyana Valcheva, Western Nebraska Community College

R'Manie Pulling, Western Nebraska Community College

Lidsey Mahoukou, Western Nebraska Community College

SOUTH All-Defensive Team

Unique Gainey, Northeastern Junior College

Emma Florez , Otero Junior College

Makenna Bodette, McCook Community College

Mariah Garcia, Trinidad State Junior College

R'Manie Pulling, Western Nebraska Community College


Natalia Otkhmezuri, Casper College

Mya Jones, Casper College

Raquel Ferrer-Bernad, Casper College

Essy Latu, Central Wyoming College

Ane Esnal Aquirre, Eastern Wyoming College

Kobe King-Hawea, Gillette College

Skylar Patton, Gillette College

Molly Coleman, Gillette College

Adela Smutna, Northwest College

NORTH All-Defensive Team

Juneau Jones, Casper College

Emma Strom, Eastern Wyoming College

Skylar Patton, Gillette College

Abby Garreaud, Laramie County CC

Raquel Turner, Northwest College

MIAMI (AP) — All major professional sports leagues are taking corona virus outbreak precautions. The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel. The changes will be temporary. Media will still have access to players.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch on opening day at home against the Angels on March 26. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday's exhibition game against the New York Mets. There is not a timetable for his return. Verlander had a similar injury during spring training in 2015 and did not make his season debut until June 13. 

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The surgeons who operated on Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun decided not to wire his broken jaw shut. Calhoun was hit in the face by a fastball on Sunday. He is expected to be released from this hospital in coming days. Doctors haven't determined if Calhoun had a concussion. He tweeted that he's “doing well” and “can't wait to be back hitting homers soon.”

DENVER (AP) — The short-handed Milwaukee Bucks have now lost four out their last five games. The latest lost was a 109-95 thumping by the Denver Nuggets. Denver’s Jamal Murray scored 21 points, but his teammates and lots of people on Twitter say he was robbed on a hard slam dunk ruled an offensive foul. The bucks are without their top six scorers — including reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON'-poh).

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Shea Theodore scored 2:13 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights increased their Pacific Division lead to three points by beating the second-place Edmonton Oilers 3-2. The Golden Knights improved to 11-2-0 in their past 13 games. Alex Chiasson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the goals for the Oilers, who played without captain Connor McDavid due to an illness.

The McCook Community College baseball team has moved its scheduled game Tuesday from Colby to McCook.

The two teams will play a nine-inning game Tuesday (March 10) starting at 4 p.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex.

Colby is 9-10 on the season. MCC is 12-9. The two teams played in McCook Feb. 16 with the Indians coming out on top 8-6.

This weekend the Indians host Southeast Community College in a three-game Empire League series. The opener is set for a nine-inning game Saturday at 2 p.m. and concluding with a pair of seven-inning games Sunday starting at 1 p.m.

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:

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at:


The Nebraska volleyball team will play a spring match against Northern Colorado at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island on Saturday, April 25. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster and at the Heartland Events Center Box Office at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11. All tickets will be reserved at $10 with limited courtside seats available at $25 each. There will be a limit of eight tickets sold per person, and there will be a handling fee on all tickets purchased. No tickets will be sold through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office.

The spring match will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates and online at and on the Huskers app. The Husker volleyball players will sign autographs immediately following the match.

Nebraska last played in Grand Island in 2015, when the Huskers swept Kansas State in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,006 at the Heartland Events Center. NU also played in Grand Island in 2011, topping Wichita State with 5,522 in attendance.

The match in Grand Island will be the Huskers' only one of the 2020 spring season. Nebraska is coming off a 28-5 season and an NCAA regional final appearance in 2019. The Huskers had no seniors on their roster last season for the first time in school history, and 12 players return from that squad this spring. 

Northern Colorado went 26-8 last year and 17-1 in the Big Sky Conference. The Bears won the Big Sky Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell in the first round to Hawaii, 3-1. 

Lincoln, Neb. – Leading 7-5 after the top of the seventh, Nebraska (5-8) scored five runs over the next two innings on its way to a 12-5 win over Columbia at Hawks Field on Sunday afternoon.

Five Huskers notched multi-hit efforts to help NU's offense compile 15 hits altogether. Spencer Schwellenbach and Luke Boynton led the way with three hits apiece. Boynton, Luke Roskam and Cam Chick each produced three-RBI efforts.

Lefty Caleb Feekin, making his first career start on the mound, allowed one run in 2.1 innings of work. NU saw relief appearances from Tyler Martin, Quinn Mason, Bo Blessie, Trey Kissack, Sayer Diederich and Max Schreiber. Mason recorded four strikeouts in 2.0 innings. Schreiber earned the save by tossing 2.1 no-hit scoreless frames.

NU pounced early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the opening frame. After Leighton Banjoff and Aaron Palensky drew back-to-back walks, Chick smacked his fourth home run of the season. Columbia responded with one run in the top of the second, as Weston Eberly hit a solo home run.

In the bottom of the second, Jaxon Hallmark ripped a two-out triple before scoring on Banjoff's RBI single to extend NU's lead to 4-1. After a scoreless third inning for both teams, NU scored one run in the bottom of the fourth. Hallmark laced a two-out single before Banjoff's RBI double brought him in.

After the Lions scored one run in the top of the fifth, NU bounced back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-2 advantage. Roskam blasted a two-run homer that drove in Schwellenbach during the frame.

Columbia scored two runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh to trim the deficit to 7-5. In the bottom of the seventh, Schwellenbach singled and Roskam drew a walk to put two runners on with no outs. The runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt before Schwellenbach scored on a wild pitch. Boynton's RBI single brought in Roskam.

Leading 9-5, Nebraska added three runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach for Columbia. NU loaded the bases with one out and scored its first run of the frame on Roskam's sacrifice fly. Boynton drove in a pair with his two-RBI single up the middle.

The Huskers return to action on Tuesday against Northern Colorado at Hawks Field, starting at 4:05 p.m. (CT). The two-game series between the Huskers and Bears concludes on Wednesday at 1:35 p.m.


Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney women’s basketball team saw its 2019-20 season come to an end when it wasn’t selected for the 2020 NCAA Division II Tournament.


The Lopers (26-6) entered the weekend ranked ninth in the Central Region; the top eight teams in each of D2’s eight regions qualify for the tournament. The conference tournament winners from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conf.) and GAC (Great American Conf.) receive automatic bids. This year those teams were Central Missouri, St. Cloud State and Southeastern Oklahoma State.


SCSU likely “stole” a bid by winning the NSIC Tournament earlier this week as the Huskies were ranked 10th in the most recent region rankings. SEOSU also was on the bubble as they came into the weekend ranked seventh.


UNK beat NCAA qualifier Fort Hays State and Missouri Western State (21-8) twice and had wins against NCAA qualifier Emporia State, Central Oklahoma (18-10), Washburn (18-12), and Wayne State (16-13). However the FHSU Tigers had similar victories as well as non-conference ones over NCAA qualifiers Minnesota-Duluth and St. Anselm, Harding (19-10), and Concordia-St. Paul (15-14) with SWOSU having key wins against Pitt State and Washburn. The SW Okie win over the Gorillas likely was a huge factor in them getting the last at-large spot as UNK lost to PSU, 88-74, in early January.


The Lopers end the year leading the MIAA in eight different categories and saw its entire starting five earn All-MIAA honors. Finishing in third place in the league standings UNK’s win total is tied for the third most in school history. The 1995-96 (26-5), 1997-98 (26-4) and 1998-99 (24-6) squads also won 26 games with the Loper standard being 28 (1996-97).


Head coach Carrie Eighmey didn’t have a single senior on this year’s team with graduate transfer and point guard Haley Simental (Pueblo West, Colo.) granted a sixth year by the NCAA last month. Finally, current sophomore forward Shiloh McCool (Pleasant Valley, Ia.) sat out this winter due to injury after averaging 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season.


Central Regional ** March 13, 14 & 16 (Warrensburg, Mo.)

1.       Central Missouri (27-4) – automatic bid

2.       Minnesota-Duluth (26-6) – at-large bid

3.       Sioux Falls (26-6) – at-large bid

4.       Emporia State (24-7) – at-large bid

5.       Southeastern Oklahoma State (22-7) – automatic bid

6.       St. Cloud State (23-7) – automatic bid

7.       Fort Hays State (23-7) – at-large bid

8.       Southwestern Oklahoma State (21-8) – at-large bid

Tommy Gunz
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