FEBRUARY 14, 2019 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested several people and seized 100 pounds of marijuana during five traffic stops this week on Interstate 80. All five stops happened between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.
At approximately 1:55 p.m. MT Tuesday, trooper located more than two pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Toyota Yaris for speeding at mile marker 18 near Kimball. The driver, Jessica Reyna, 25, of Sacramento, California, and passenger, Chase Sinclair, 29, of Charlotte, North Carolina, were both arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.
Troopers then found 85 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT Tuesday. A trooper had stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe parked in a no-parking area on the shoulder of the on-ramp at exit 324 near Giltner. The driver, Franklin Schillfarth, 55, of Maryland, was arrested and was lodged in Hamilton County Jail.
On Wednesday at approximately 7:20 a.m. CT, another trooper stopped an eastbound Kia Rio for speeding at 114 miles per hour on I-80 near North Platte at mile marker 176. Marijuana containers were plainly visible in the vehicle and the trooper found approximately two pounds of marijuana during a search. The driver, Brianna Glover, 23, and passenger, Rashawn Hampton, 23, both of Michigan were arrested and lodged in Lincoln County Jail.
At approximately 9:00 a.m. CT Wednesday, a trooper stopped a Chevy pickup pulling a trailer for failing to stay in its lane near Kearney at mile marker 280. The trooper could smell the odor of marijuana in the vehicle and conducted a search. The search revealed personal use marijuana and a handgun. Additionally three pounds of marijuana was located hidden inside a large, older television. An investigation revealed that the driver was unaware of the marijuana inside the television. The driver, Ryan Taylor, 35, of Florida, was arrested and cited for a concealed handgun violation and personal use marijuana. He was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.
Finally, at approximately 10:45 a.m. MT, a trooper discovered seven pounds of marijuana after stopping an eastbound Hyundai Sonata for speeding near Kimball at mile marker 18. The driver, Christopher Seligman, 35, of Maryland, was arrested and lodged in Kimball County Jail.
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Monday, February 25 th : Cheyenne County KS (St. Francis) St. Francis Emergency Building, 125 W Hwy 36
On March 5, 2019 Deputies were sent to mile marker 197 (just east of Brady, NE.) on U.S. Highway 30. It was reported two vehicles had struck each other and there were injuries to both drivers. Deputies arrived and met with the drivers of the vehicles.
The investigation showed a black GMC Denali was eastbound on Highway 30 in its proper lane. A white Mitsubishi Mirage was westbound on Highway 30 and crossed the center line and struck the GMC Denali. The driver of the GMC was injured but refused medical treatment.
The driver of the Mitsubishi suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Great Plains Health. He was identified as thirty-one year old Joshua Baker of North Platte. Deputies believed Mr. Baker was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the accident. Deputies found suspected THC Wax in the vehicle and other items. Mr. Baker did not have a license or insurance at the time of the accident. Criminal charges are pending Mr. Bakers release from the hospital and laboratory testing. The investigation continues.
McCook Community College Lady Indians basketball team (21-10) is headed to Scottsbluff Thursday for a second-round, 3 p.m. (MT) Region IX tournament game against Eastern Wyoming (23-8). After first-round games at various sites across Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska, the remainder of the tournament will be played at Cougar Palace in Scottsbluff, home of Western Nebraska Community College.
MCC opened post-season Friday at home with an 87-31 win over Lamar Community College. The Lady Indians allowed the Lopes just 13 second-half points and just three points in the fourth quarter.
Thursday’s matchup will be the third meeting between MCC and Eastern Wyoming. The Lancers dealt the Lady Indians their first loss of the season Nov. 8 in Torrington, Wyo. – a 90-84 loss in overtime, in a game MCC lead at the half 40-31. On Dec. 7 at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Eastern Wyoming dealt MCC its first home loss of the season 90-88 in a game that was tied eight times and the teams traded leads nine times.
MCC was second in the south-sub region in scoring with 85.2 points per game (Western Nebraska averages 90.8). The Lady Indians are shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 26-9 percent from the 3-point line.
Sophomore transfer Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) leads MCC and is second among players in the south sub-region with 18.4 points per game. Sophomore Sam Hinkle (Parachute, Colo) is averaging 15.1 points per game – fifth most in the south sub-region. Freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) is averaging 12.4 points per game, shooting 50.0 percent from the field, and 9.8 rebounds, which is second most among players in the south sub-region. She has also blocked 72 shots on the season, tops in the south sub-region by almost a block per game.
Sophomore Anna Sanjuan is averaging 10.7 points a game, and freshman Nikki Cross is averaging 10-1 points per game.
The Lancers are averaging 79-9 points per game, 41.8 percent shooting, and 32.3 percent from the 3-point line). Sophomore guard Emily Buchanan leads Eastern Wyoming with 17.5 points per game. Backcourt mate Abril Rexach Roure averages 12.1 points per game and freshman Paula Martizez Sanz leads forwards with 11.6 points per game.
Eastern Wyoming was the second-seeded team in the north and opened the tournament at home Friday with an 87-77 seed over north seventh seed Western Wyoming.
Awaiting the winner of the MCC-Eastern Wyoming game will be the winner of Thursday’s 8 p.m (MT) game between Western Nebraska (26-3) and Sheridan (19-12). The Cougars gained the top seed in the south and an automatic bid. Sheridan was the fifth seeded team in the north and went on the road Friday to down Gillette 72-65.
In the top half of the bracket Casper College enters as the top-seed north team with a 25-6 record. The opened play Friday with an 81-39 win over eighth seeded Northwest (Wyoming). Casper plays Otero Junior College (15-12) at 6 p.m. (MT). As the fifth seed in the south, the Lady Rattlers had to go on the road to beat Trinidad State Friday 51-42.
The winner of that game will play the winner of Northeastern Junior College (21-6) and Laramie County Community College (19-11) in the first game of the day starting at 1 p.m. (MT). NJC earned a first-round bye as the second seeded team in the south. LCCC was the third seed in the north and beat Central Wyoming Friday, 69-60.
Semi-final games are set for 5 and 7 p.m. (MT) Friday in Scottsbluff with the finals Saturday at 5 p.m. (MT.)
MCC basketball players were honored by faculty, students, staff and fans Monday for winning 20 games this season and for winning the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship sweeping conference opponents in all six games.
This was the ninth conference championship for MCC and the sixth since 2006. MCC won titles in 1946, 1978, 1979, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2017.
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REGION IX WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
FIRST ROUND RESULTS (Friday)
McCook Community College 87, Lamar Community College 31
Otero Junior College 51, Trinidad State Junior College 42
Eastern Wyoming 87, Western Wyoming 77
Casper College 81, Northwest 39
Laramie County Community College 69, Central Wyoming 60
Sheridan 72, Gillette 65
QUARTERFINALS -- Thursday, March 7 (at Scottsbluff)
1 p.m (MT) -- Laramie County (19-11) vs. Northeastern Junior College (21-6)
3 p.m. (MT) – McCook Community College (21-10) vs. Eastern Wyoming (23-8)
6 p.m. (MT) – Otero Junior College (15-12) vs. Casper (25-6)
8 p.m. (MT) – Sheridan (19-12) vs. Western Nebraska Community College (26-3)
SEMIFINALS -- Friday, March 8 (at Scottsbluff)
5 p.m. (MT) -- LCCC/NJC winner vs. Otero/Casper winner
7 p.m. (MT) -- McCook/EWC winner vs. Sheridan/WNCC winner
FINALS -- Saturday, March 9 (at Scottsbluff)
5 p.m. -- Semifinal winners
The Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference has named its 2018-2019 all-conference team as selected by the coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
McCook Community College’s Hailey Tiles was the only unanimous pick garnering all three first-place votes. Also named to the team were Makenna Bodette and Anna Sanjuan. Former MCC coach Kellen Fernetti was also named co-coach of the year along with Central Community College Coach Billy Perkins.
Hailey Tiles, sophomore from Rogers, Ark., averaged 18.0 points per game. She shot 42.9 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from the 3-point line, 69.9 percent from the foul line, which was ranked eighth best in the south sub-region She also averaged 5.3 rebounds per game, had 86 assists (third in the south region) and 75 steals, which was third most in Region IX.
Anna Sanjuan, sophomore guard from Reus, Spain, started 15 games for the Lady Indians and played in 31, scoring 11.0 points per game, gathering 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. She shot 36.5 percent from the floor and 32.0 percent from the 3-point line. Her 121 defensive rebounds were seventh most among Region IX south players. She had 51 steals on the season – fourth in Region IX south, and 95 assists, which ranked third.
During her freshman season at MCC, Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) averaged 12.2 points and 10.1 rebounds. She had the most defensive rebounds of any player in Region IX as well as the most total rebounds (324.) She topped all players with 75 blocks on the season, 36 more than any other player in the region. In addition, she shot 50.6 percent from the field, fourth best in the south sub-region.
Former McCook Community College Coach Kellen Fernetti led the team through a 5-0 record in the conference before he resigned his position Feb. 22. He and Central Community College Coach Billy Perkins were named Co-Coaches of the Year.
North Platte’s Emily Joseph and Nahatabaa Nacona were named to the first-team. Madisyn Francis received honorable mention.
Central Community College players named to the team included: Sophomore Dayzchaylon Gardner, freshman Monica Brooks, and Sophomore Alexis Ramaekers.
Southeast Community College players selected to the squad included: Sophomore Morgan Frauendorfer and sophomore Emily Zvolanek. Sophomore Madison Hajek received honorable mention.
Here are the Final NCCAC Standings
McCook Community College 6-0
Central Community College 4-2
North Platte Community College 1-5
Southeast Community College 1-5
The McCook Community College volleyball team lost for the first time at home this season Friday losing a four-set match to No. 19 ranked Western Nebraska Community College. MCC came out and won the first set 25-17 but the Cougars won the next three by the scores of 25-19, 25-23 and 28-26.
“We just gave it away to them in the fourth set,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said. “We had 13 hitting and service errors.”
Freshman Faith Simpson (Palisade) led MCC with 18 kills. Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.) had 10 kills. Sophomore Ty Johnson (Conroe, Texas) had six kills.
Sophomore Hannah Emerson (Greeley, Colo.) had five kills and four block assists. Freshman Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) had five kills and sophomore Ashley Carson (Ord) had one solo block and two assist blocks.
“Tonight was not what we planned,” Kobza said. “We need to come in and get to work Tuesday.”
Western Nebraska improves to 23-7 on the year. The Cougars already clinched the Region IX south division and closed out the standings at 9-1.
MCC is 19-11 overall and 3-6 in the Region IX south division standings with one game remaining on the season, a 7 p.m. Tuesday match at home with Region IX foe Northeastern Junior College, a team ranked 20th in the nation. NJC is 20-6 overall and 6-3 in Region IX south play.
Tuesday will be the final home match for seven MCC sophomores including: Ashley Carson, Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah), Onyessah Rocha, (Topeka, Kan.); Ty Johnson; Ryan Maddera; Hannah Emerson; and Haley Jacobsen (Littleton, Colo.)
For more photos from MCC’s home volleyball games check out individual game photo galleries in the Fan Zone on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:
You can follow all MCC home games “live action” or “archived games” via live streaming this season “Tribe Watch” available in the Fan Zone section of the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:
The McCook Community College volleyball team dropped all three of its matches over the weekend in Colorado, losing in four sets Thursday to Trinidad State, and dropping fifth-set tie-breakers Friday at La Junta against Otero and Saturday at Lamar.
MCC falls to 14-8 on the season and 0-4 in the south division of the Region IX conference.
On Tuesday the Lady Indians head back on the road in what should be another tough match at Sterling, Colo. against 15-4 Northeast Junior College. MCC steps out of conference Thursday to travel to Garden City Kansas to face the 0-22 Broncbusters. MCC beat Garden City CC on Sept. 11 in a three-set sweep. MCC winds up its six-game road streak in Cheyenne, Wyo. Oct. 9 to take on Laramie County Community College, a team MCC swept Sept. 22 in the Wyo-Braska tournament in Scottsbluff.
MCC will have the chance to even the slate against the Southern Colorado teams the next time the Lady Indians suit up in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center with a three-game home stand starting Oct. 11 against Trinidad State (7 p.m.), Oct. 12 against Otero Junior College (6 p.m.) and Oct. 13 aganst Lamar (3 p.m.)
SATURDAY, Lamar CC 3, MCC 2: The Lady Indians won the first and third sets but for the second second-straight day, lost a fifth-set tie-breaker. Lamar won 22-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21, 12-15.
FRIDAY, Otero JC 3, MCC 2: The Lady Indians were a point from going up 2-0 Friday night against 19th-ranked Otero Junior College but ended up losing the second set and dropping a five-set match.
Otero won 20-25, 28-26, 25-13, 21-25, 15-11. MCC also got down 16-10 in the fourth set but rallied back to even the match a 2-2. In the fifth-set tie-breaker, again the Rattlers came out and went up 7-1 and 10-3 before the Lady Indians battled back to 11-9 and 12-10 but Otero closed out the game.
Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 20 kills and Ryan Maddera (Greeley, Colo.) had 11. Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah) led MCC with digs.
THURSDAY, Trinidad State 3, MCC 1: MCC dropped a tight, four-set match 25-22, 27-29, 23-25, 25-27. Maddera had 19 kills, and Simpson 16. Evans had 25 digs.
The McCook Community College volleyball team opens regular season play this weekend in Beatrice for the RKP Invitational Tournament Friday and Saturday.
Third-year coach Hayley Kobza is looking for her team to improve over last year’s 20-19 mark – the school’s first winning record of the century. She will rely on seven returners to continue the momentum gained a season ago.
“Every year our goal is to be better than the year before and we also want to develop our players’ volleyball skills so more players can continue playing when they leave here,” Kobza said.
Recently, the team elected a trio of sophomores as captains for the season. They include Ashley Carson, Ord; Brooklyn Evans, Ogden, Utah; and Ty Johnson, Conroe, Texas. Evans played as a setter last season when the Lady Indians used a 6-2 scheme and will play libero/defensive specialist this year. Johnson, who was featured as an outsider hitter last season moves to middle blocker.
“Both these players worked hard all summer to make these changes and help make us a better team and more versatile,” Kobza said, “And Ashley returns as the primary setter this year and brings tremendous leadership and work ethic to the group.”
Two returners who impressed Kobza since the end of last season are former Greeley West (Colorado) teammates Ryan Maddera and Hannah Emerson, billed in high school as the “Twin Towers.” A trimmed-down, more powerful, quicker version of the “Twin Towers” showed up on campus at the start of fall workouts.
Maddera made the Region IX South all-tournament team last November. The 6-1 outside hitter had 363 kills, 19th best in Region IX. She also had 72 blocks.
“Ryan has improved tremendously because of her off-season, intense commitment to workouts and with this physical transformation, it has shown up on the court and she is already gaining a lot of attention by scouts,” Kobza said.
Emerson, a 6-2 middle blocker has also made the commitment for improvement through workouts.
“She came back and has demonstrated a huge improvement over last season and her desire has translated to improvement on the court.”
Sophomore Hayley Jacobsen, Littleton, Colo., 5-9 middle last year, also makes a position change this year to right side. “She’s another player who made the sacrifice to change positions to make our team better and worked hard in the off-season,” Kobza said.
Onyessah Rocha, defensive specialist from Topeka, Kan., starts the season as libero. “She brings a lot of serve-receive consistency to the court,” her coach said.
Freshman Faith Simpson, Wauneta-Palisade, stood out in the alumni scrimmage this past Saturday. Kobza envisions a “huge role for her in the success of our season with her grit, power and determination.”
Kobza said first-year players Kiera Barr, 5-8, (outside hitter now moved to a defensive specialist) Granby, Colo., and Makayla Harris, 5-5 defensive specialist from Brighton, Colo., both bring tremendous defense to the court as well as energy.
The coach is also excited about the quartet of freshmen hitters in Bailey, Honn, 5-8, McCook; Maddie Kleewein, 6-0, North Platte St. Pat’s; Allie Gammel, 5-9, Arvada, Colo.; and Mallory Brown, 5-8, Colorado Springs,
“They are all great hitters that are already improving and will have opportunities this year which will allow us a lot of depth as the season goes along,” Kobza said.
MCC opens play Friday at 1 p.m. in the Southeast Community College tournament against Southeastern Community College of Iowa and a 5 p.m. against Colby Community College. On Saturday MCC takes on Hawkeye Community College at 9 a.m. and concludes the weekend at 5 p.m. against Northeast Community College (Norfolk).
After five more road games, the home opener is set for Sept. 7 against Cloud County Community College at 6:30 p.m. The first home stand includes a Sept. 11 game with Garden City Community College (6 p.m.) North Platte Community College Sept 13 (7 p.m.) and Sept. 18 against Central Community College (7 p.m.)
MCC closes out the season with six games at home and a short road trip to North Platte starting with a three-game home stand Oct. 11-13 against Trinidad State, Otero Junior College and Lamar Community College. After an Oct. 17 visit to North Platte the Lady Indians will finish home contests against Western Nebraska Oct. 19 and Northeastern Junior College Oct. 23.
The Region IX Tournament is set for Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in Cheyenne, Wyo. with a slight format-change from previous years instead of the south and north divisions staging separate tournaments the top four teams in each division will face off in a double-elimination format.
MCC VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 24 – at Beatrice vs. Southeastern Community College (Iowa), 1 p.m.
Aug. 24 – at Beatrice vs. Colby Community College, 5 p.m.
Aug. 25 - at Beatrice vs. Hawkeye Community College, 9 a.m.
Aug. 25 – at Beatrice vs. Northeast Community College, 5 p.m.
Aug. 28 – at Eastern Wyoming College, 7 p.m.
Sept. 1 – at Arkansas City, Kan. vs. Cowley College, noon
Sept. 1 – at Arkansas City, Kan. vs. Johnson County, 2 p.m.
Sept. 4 – at Southeast Community College, 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 – at Central Community College-Columbus, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 – (H) vs. Cloud County Community College, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 – (H) vs. Garden City Community College, 6 p.m.
Sept. 13 – (H) vs. North Platte Community College, 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 – (H) vs. Central Community College-Columbus, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 – at Western Nebraska Community College, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21-22 – at Scottsbluff for Wyo-Braska Shootout, times, opponents TBA
Sept. 25 – (H) vs. Southeast Community College, 7 p.m.
Sept, 27 – at Trinidad State Junior College, 6 p.m.
Sept. 28 – at Otero Junior College, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 – at Lamar Community College, 2 p.m.
Oct. 2 – at Northeastern Junior College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4 – at Garden City Community College, 6 p.m.
Oct. 9 – at Laramie County Community College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 – (H) vs Trinidad State Junior College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 – (H) vs. Otero Junior College, 6 p.m.
Oct. 13 – (H) vs. Lamar Community College, 3 p.m.
Oct. 17 – at North Platte Community College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 – (H) vs. Western Nebraska Community College, 6 p.m.
Oct. 23 – (H) vs. Northeastern Junior College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 31-Nov. 3 -- Region IX Tournament, Cheyenne, Wyo.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2018 volleyball team includes: (front row from left) Carson Mack, Bailey Honn, Makayla Harris, Kiera Barr, Brooklyn Evans, Ashley Carson, Onyessah Rocha. (Back row:) Ty Johnson, Hayley Jacobsen, Ryan Maddera, Hannah Emerson, Faith Simpson, Maddie Kleewein, Allie Gammel, Mallory Brown. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Lorens/Acme Printing Company).
A pair of McCook Community College volleyball players have been named to the all-Region IX team.
Sophomore setter Ashley Carson (Ord) and freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) were both named to the squad, as selected by a vote of the 13 Region IX coaches in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming. In addition, Simpson was also selected the south division’s Freshman of the Year.
In 35 matches, Carson had 1,268 sets – the most in Region IX, and sixth best among all setters in the nation. Her 9.61 sets per match were third best in the region and 16th in the nation. In addition Carson had 37 service aces, 237 digs, 40 blocks and 56 kills.
“Ashley has been such a fun kid to coach, because she really just does her job and doesn’t need much guidance,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said. “She was a huge asset to our program the last two years and she will be very hard to replace. I am excited to see where her volleyball career takes her.”
Simpson was second in Region IX in kills per set 3.79 and second with her .295 hitting percentage. Her 481 total kills ranked fourth in the nation among the 93 schools participating in volleyball. Her kills per set ranked 10th in the country. She also had 56 service aces per set, fourth most in the region, 79 digs, and 49 blocks.
“Faith is an athlete. This was great year for her, but next year is going to be even better. She was the player that every college coach knew her name,” Kobza said. “And the best part was that they (the coaches) had no idea where Wauneta-Palisade High School was, that’s the perk of recruiting local from a small town.”
Here is the all-Region IX team:
Ashley Carson, McCook Community College
Faith Simpson McCook Community College
Sofija Pejevic, Northeastern Junior College
Syenna Masaki, Western Nebraska
Ema Causevic, Otero Junior College
Sara Antic, Northeastern Junior College
Anamarija Mikovic, Lamar Community College
Anna Costas, Western Nebraska
Brilane Manchego Otero Junior College
Heloisa Niespodzinski, Trinidad State Junior College
Kacey Jaeger, Northeastern Junior College
Kaili Tuisamatatele, Western Nebraska
Anouk Van Noord, Otero Junior College
Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina, Western Nebraska
Charlene Hosly, Lamar Community College
Julia Gutierrez Mas, Northeastern Junior College
The McCook Community College volleyball team has signed its first recruit for the 2019 campaign – McCook High School’s Jayceea Hanson, a 6-0 senior, middle blocker.
“It’s been my dream to play college volleyball since I was a little girl,” Jayceea said at a signing ceremony at MHS Tuesday. “My parents brought me to a game several years ago and I really liked the way the team played, I loved the environment and I noticed how much the team is like one big family and I want to be a part of it.”
McCook Community College Coach Hayley Kobza said she’s had her eye on Jayceea since coaching her on a club team two years ago.
“She’s a three-sport athlete and brings height and mental toughness to our team,” Kobza said.
She expects Hanson to come in and play right away and make an impact.
“We have some expectations for her and I know she has some big goals as well and she’ll work hard from now through Aug. 1 to make that happen,” Kobza said. “I think she’ll fit in nicely with the MCC volleyball culture we’re building, I couldn’t be more excited to bring her to this team.”
Jayceea plans to study Special Education and Early Childhood Development at MCC.
McCook High School Senior Jayceea Hanson (front row, second from left) signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play volleyball next year at McCook Community College. Joining Jayceea were (from left) her father John, mother Sherry and MHS Volleyball Coach Audrey Feeney. Also attending the signing were members of the MCC volleyball team (back row from left): Coach Hayley Kobza, Ty Johnson, Brooklyn Evans, Mallory Brown and Madison Kleewein.
The McCook Community College volleyball team signed another player Wednesday when Eaton High School (Colo.) senior hitter Quinci Johnson signed her national letter of intent to play volleyball in the Fall at MCC.
“I came to open tryouts last summer and felt really welcome here by Coach Kobza and players and everybody I came in contact with,” Johnson said. “I liked the feel of it and how well MCC seemed to suits me that I came back for a second open tryout.”
“The players and were impressed with how well she did at her first tryout but when she came back for a second time, it was pretty obvious how much she wanted to be a part of our team,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.
Johnson, a 5-8 hitter, is expected to play multiple positions for the Lady Indians.
“I think that is one of her strengths is her versatility and being able to go back and forth between the right side or outside,” Kobza said. “That’s a great option for a team when you have someone who can come in and help you out at either position and make that transition instantly.”
“I’m just happy to be part of this group that looks to build on what’s taken place the past several years,” Johnson said. “I’m looking forward to bonding with my teammates because they are going to be my family for the next two years and I plan to work hard to earn a spot on this team.”
Johnson, who played softball and ran track in middle school, decided to focus on volleyball her freshman year at Highland High School, then transferred to Eaton, where her team won state in 2017, and made it to the semifinals this past season.
“From a recruiting standpoint, we’ve had good luck with players who come from winning programs,” Kobza said.
Johnson plans to focus on nursing classes when she enrolls for classes in the Fall.
The McCook Community College volleyball team downed Southeast Community College Tuesday night in straight sets, 25-9, 25-15, 25-23 to sew up the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship with a 5-0 mark. MCC has one remaining NCCAC game left to play in North Platte Oct. 17 but all three of the other teams have at least two conference losses.
MCC cruised in the first two sets and trailed 17-11 in the third set before a lengthy officiating delay which reversed a point and the Lady Indians were able to step up the intensity and close out the win on a 13-7 run.
Freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 12 kills on Wauneta-Palisade High School Night. It was also Red Willow County Night.
Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.) had eight kills.
“Our passing was a little off tonight, and that affected our timing with hitting,” Kobza said. “It was the first off-night our setter Ashley Carson had all season, she was sick and had to battle all night.”
While MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said it’s nice to add another conference banner in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center (the other came in 1980) the team has its eye on a bigger prize in the Region IX south division.
“We are way better than we showed tonight,” she said. “I told the girls all these people came out to see us tonight and we played poorly, but won. We need to start playing better and we need to start now.”
Southeast falls to 2-14 on the year.
MCC improves to 14-5 and now hits the road for six straight games starting Thursday with a three-day weekend swing through southern Colorado against Region IX south division opponents.
On Thursday MCC takes on 8-9 Trinidad State at 7 p.m. (MT). On Friday (at 6 p.m. MT) the Lady Indians face 16-1 and 19th-ranked Otero Junior College in La Junta and on Saturday, it’s on to Lamar to face the 14-7 Runnin’ Lopes.
“We’ve got to step it up facing three quality teams on the road,” Kobza said.
MCC’s next home stand will be Oct. 11-13 when the Lady Indians host these same three schools in the same order. Game times are 7 p.m. for the Oct. 11 game with Trinidad State, 6 p.m. for the Oct. 12 game with Otero and 3 p.m. for the Oct. 13 game with Lamar.
For more photos from MCC’s home volleyball games check out individual game photo galleries in the Fan Zone on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:
The McCook Community College volleyball team has added another player to the 2019-2020 squad. Chandler Nelson, a 5-8 setter from Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs is the newest Lady Indian.
“Chandler has great hands and makes some great plays. I am excited to see what she brings to our team next year,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza.
“I decided to come to MCC to play for Coach Kobza because the energy on campus and at practice felt so positive and comfortable,” she said. “I feel that I will grow to my highest potential as a Lady Indian and I know Coach Kobza will help me on moving on to the next level after my two years at McCook.”
Nelson said what she is most excited about signing with MCC is getting to be with “such amazing girls and a great coach.” She’s excited to get started, looking to improve and looking forward to getting to travel, playing the sport that she loves.
“She is a player that I know is going to work hard in the summer and work even harder when she gets here,” Kobza said.
Nelson said her favorite quote is from the Bible, Proverbs 13:4, “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.”
She said this verse has helped her so much through volleyball and high school.
“It has shown me that you do not gain success unless you work hard for it and continue to. Never settle for just good enough, there is always more you can do, especially if it is something you're passionate about.”