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January 28, 2020 (McCook, Neb.) – An inmate was apprehended shortly after jumping the fence at the Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook this morning. The escape occurred just before 9:30 a.m. Ryan Lykens #76263 (37) was taken into custody near the facility around 45 minutes later.
Staff members noticed that razor wire along the fence line at the facility had been pushed aside and followed tracks in the snow to a nearby canyon. While Lykens moved through the canyon, staff members from WEC continued their search. When they found him, he refused multiple directives to stop and surrender. Staff members then deployed chemicals (oleoresin capsicum) to gain his compliance. Shortly thereafter, deputies arrived on the scene and took Lykens into custody.
Lykens was taken to an area urgent care facility for stitches resulting from an injury he received during the escape. Two staff members received scrapes and bruises when they accidentally ran into a snow-covered fence during the search.
Lykens is currently sentenced on charges out of Dodge County including possession of a deadly weapon, terroristic threats and domestic assault. He has a tentative release date of October 31, 2020. In April 2019, Lykens was released on parole. In December he violated his parole and was returned to the custody of NDCS.
Lykens will be moved to the Red Willow County jail. Authorities will determine if he will face additional charges resulting from the escape.
The Work Ethic Camp is a minimum security facility. Inmates are able to work in the community with intermittent supervision.
Evanston, Ill. – The Nebraska baseball team (24-18, 13-8 Big Ten) produced 12 hits in a 6-4 win over Northwestern at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park on Monday afternoon.
Senior right-handed pitcher Reece Eddins, making his ninth start of the season, went 6.0 innings and allowed one run, while recording six strikeouts and only walked one batter. Robbie Palkert threw 2.0 innings before Colby Gomes tossed the final 1.0 inning to pick up his team-high ninth save of the season.
In the opening frame, Nebraska took the early lead when Aaron Palensky smashed a leadoff home run. The Huskers left one runner stranded after Joe Acker drew a one-out walk. The Wildcats left two runners on in a scoreless frame.
Luke Roskam drew a one-out walk before Angelo Altavilla hit a two-out single to put two runners on, but a fielder’s choice ended the inning. Northwestern left one runner on base in a scoreless inning, as Nebraska retained a 1-0 lead.
The Huskers went down in order in the top of the third. Northwestern managed a single, but couldn’t drive in the run in the bottom of the third.
Nebraska was retired 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth with three groundouts. Eddins retired all three Wildcat batters in the bottom of the fourth.
In the top of the fifth, the Huskers plated one run to extend its lead to 2-0. Colby Gomes hit a leadoff single before Altavilla drove him in with an RBI double. Palensky drew a walk before Cam Chick reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Back-to-back strikeouts and a fielder’s choice kept Nebraska from adding any more runs. Casey O’Laughlin hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the score to 2-1 before three consecutive outs.
Nebraska added two runs in the top of the sixth to build a 4-1 lead. Jaxon Hallmark ripped a leadoff triple before scoring on Altavilla’s two-out RBI double. Palensky continued the hitting barrage with an RBI single to drive in Altavilla. Chick was hit-by-pitch and Acker singled, but both runners were left stranded. In the bottom of the sixth, Northwestern left two stranded in a scoreless frame that featured one hit and one error.
The Huskers extended their lead to 5-1 with one run in the top of the seventh. Mojo Hagge smashed a leadoff double before Hallmark singled. Gomes was hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Altavilla’s groundout drove in one run before a flyout ended the inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Palkert retired all three Wildcat hitters he faced.
Chick drew a leadoff walk in the top of the eighth before stealing second base. He also stole third and scored on the play when the Northwestern catcher overthrew the third baseman. Hagge singled and Hallmark walked, but both were left stranded. Northwestern trimmed the deficit to 6-3 with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the eighth.
In the top of the ninth, Altavilla was hit-by-pitch with one out and advanced to third on Palensky’s base hit. They were each left stranded after back-to-back strikeouts. The Wildcats scored one run in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough.
The Huskers welcome Arizona State to Hawks Field this weekend for a three-game series, starting on Friday at 6:35 p.m. (CT) on NET.
STERLING, Colo. -- The McCook Community College baseball team wrapped up the season Monday with a 13-0 win over Northeastern Junior College to finish the season with a three-game sweep over the Plainsmen, a team that is advancing to the Region IX tournament as one of the top four teams in the Empire League.
On Monday the Indians sent 15 hitters to the plate in the third inning and exploded for 10 runs in the game shortened to five innings by the run-rule.
“We played good today, the third inning was pretty fun to watch, with 10 runs and three home runs, our guys played well this weekend.”
A double by Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli (Austin, Texas) and an error led to two runs in the first inning. A Kade Wroot (North Platte) solo home run to lead off the second inning made it 3-0.
Two Plainsmen errors to start the third in front of a Trevor Pacheco (Pueblo, Colo.) home run made it 6-0. Ricardo Jimenez, (Hialeah, Fla.) singled in front of a Justin Lucas (Las Vegas) home run to make it 8-0. Singles by Beau Hawley (Greeley, Colo.) and Parker Kretzel (Thornton, Colo.) in front of an Angel Mojica (Denver) homer made it 11-0 and a two-run single by Pacheco put MCC up 13-0.
Freshman Braden Babcock, (Oshawa, Ontario) was the beneficiary of all the Indians offense picking up the win in four innings of work allowing two singles, two walks and four strikeouts. Sophomores Spencer Ray (Greeley, Colo.), and Shaun Hickey (Summerville, New Brunswick) finished out the game combining for an inning of scoreless, hitless relief.
All nine position players had a hit and scored a run. Pacheco had a pair of hits and five RBIs, and Lucas had two hits.
“Our guys kept playing until the end which I am proud of, it was a great group of guys to be around, just some really good people in the group,” Olsen said. “We didn’t reach our goal of the region tournament but we played it out well, just had a little too much ground to make up.”
NJC falls to 29-25 and 20-16 in Region IX but the Plainsmen will finish third in the Empire League standings and will play in the post-season tournament starting Thursday. Trinidad State finished in first place with a 22-14 mark, Lamar was second at 21-15, NJC finished in a three-way tie for third place but gained the third seed by virtue of tie-breakers over Western Nebraska and Southeast Community College. Western and SECC will play a one-game play-in Wednesday at Trinidad to determine the fourth team in the Region IX tournament.
MCC finishes the season at 20-28 and 16-20 in Region IX.
“We have a good number of guys signed to four year schools with some more signing this week and working on finding a home for the rest of our sophomores which is ultimately why we are here,” Olsen said. “I am really excited for the guys we have returning and we have a great freshman class already signed ready to join them, really looking forward to next season and another good group of guys to be around.”
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Evanston, Ill. – The Nebraska baseball team (23-18, 12-8 Big Ten) was held to three hits in a 10-2 loss to Northwestern at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park on Sunday afternoon.
Senior left-hander Nate Fisher, making his 11th start of the season, threw 5.2 innings and allowed seven runs (five earned runs), while recording five strikeouts and one walk. Mike Waldron went 1.2 innings of relief before Chad Luensmann tossed the final 0.2 inning.
In the top of the first, Nebraska scored one run to take the early lead. Aaron Palensky hit a leadoff single before Cam Chick’s base hit in the No. 2 spot. After a foul-out, a sacrifice fly scored Palensky from third base. Chick stole second, but was left stranded. In the bottom of the first, Northwestern left one runner stranded in a scoreless frame.
Angelo Altavilla drew a one-out walk in the top of the second, but back-to-back outs kept Nebraska from adding to its lead. The Wildcats managed one baserunner in the bottom of the second, but he was picked off at first base.
The Huskers went down 1-2-3 in the top of the third. Northwestern plated three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead. The Wildcats strung together three hits, while Nebraska committed two errors during the frame.
Gunner Hellstrom drew a two-out walk in the fourth, but the Huskers were held scoreless. Northwestern tacked on two more runs to extend its lead to 5-1. The Wildcats scored both of their runs with two outs, as they tallied two hits and Nebraska committed one error in the frame.
Mojo Hagge drew a leadoff walk in the fifth, but was thrown out on a double play. Palensky was hit-by-pitch before a flyout ended a scoreless frame. The Wildcats went down in order in the bottom of the fifth.
Nebraska was retired in order in the top of the sixth with two groundouts and a strikeout. Northwestern added two runs in the sixth to extend its lead to 7-1. The Wildcats produced three hits during the frame.
In the top of the seventh, the Huskers were sat down in order. The Wildcats managed a double in the bottom of the seventh, but left the runner stranded.
The Huskers scored one run in the top of the eighth to trim the deficit to 7-2. Chick drew a two-out walk before Joe Acker blistered an RBI double to drive him in. It was Nebraska’s first hit and first run since the opening frame. In the bottom of the eighth, Northwestern tacked on three more runs to extend its lead to 10-2. Five of the first six hitters recorded hits, including a home run and a double, before Nebraska tallied back-to-back outs to end the inning.
In the top of the ninth, all three Husker hitters flied out.
The series between Nebraska and Northwestern concludes on Monday, with first pitch set for 3:30 p.m. (CT).
A man who spent nine years at McCook Community College as an assistant coach with the men’s basketball team, will take over the head coaching post for the MCC women’s basketball program.
Brandon Pritchett has been named MCC’s Women’s Basketball Coach. He had been serving the college as the interim coach since late February after the resignation of former coach Kellen Fernetti. Pritchett took over a team that topped the 20-win mark for the third time in four years.
“We are extremely excited for Coach Pritchett to take over the women’s basketball program here at McCook,” said MCC Athletic Director Jon Olsen. “Brandon has done an excellent job in his nine years at the college in every role he has had, he is a great worker and someone that I can count on to get things done and is always there to help for the betterment of the college and our student athletes.”
This season, the Lady Indians finished 21-11 and claimed a Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship with a perfect 6-0 mark. The team finished in third place in the South Sub-Region and hosted a first round Region tournament game for the first time since going to the current play-in game format. The season ended with a one-point loss to Eastern Wyoming in the second round of the Region IX Tournament.
Since arriving at MCC in August of 2010, Pritchett began his assistant coaching duties with the men’s program under Brandon Lenhart which has included a wide range of responsibilities including recruiting and summer camp responsibilities.
Pritchett served two years as Resident Life Assistant, Intramural Director, and basketball camp instructor. In March of 2012, he was named Area Assistant Director of Advising where his duties have included advising for MCC’s 450 on-campus, commuter and on line students as well as student recruitment for the 18 counties in the Mid-Plains Community College District.
In December of 2012 he launched the first McCook Community College Athletic website.
“Brandon has been a huge part of our athletic program during his time here, and now I am excited for him to take on his new role,” Olsen said.
Prior to coming to MCC he spent six seasons at Flagstaff High School. He graduated Cum Laude at Northern Arizona University in 2005 and received his master’s degree in Sports Science and Management at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala., in 2013.
STERLING, Colo. – Sophomore transfer Ricardo Jimenez, (Hialeah, Fla.) hit a pair of solo home runs in Game 1 to back the three-hit pitching of freshman Isaac Vargas (Las Vegas) and also homered in Game 2 as McCook Community College swept Northeastern Junior College Sunday 6-1 and 8-5.
The Indians were down 5-2 in the sixth of Game 2 but came up with a five-run sixth inning to pin the double loss on the Plainsmen
“We played well,” MCC Coach Jon Olsen said. “It was good to get the sweep, I hope we can finish off the weekend and the year tomorrow on a high note.”
NJC falls to 29-24 and 20-15 in Region IX but the Plainsmen will finish in the top four teams in the Empire League standings and will play in the post-season tournament.
MCC improves to 19-28 and 15-20 in Region IX. The two teams wrap up the regular season Monday with a nine-inning game starting at 1 p.m. (MT).
“It’s somewhat bittersweet as we look back at some of the games we gave away earlier in the year,” Olsen said. “I’m proud of our guys for continuing to play hard and compete, it shows a lot from them and I said hope we can come out and have a good day tomorrow.”
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GAME 1 – McCook CC 6, Northeastern JC 1: The Plainsmen took a 1-0 first-inning lead but MCC scored six unanswered runs to back the three-hit pitching of freshman Isaac Vargas. Ricardo Jimenez hit the first of two home runs in the game in the second inning to tie the game at 1-1 and sophomore Beau Hawley (Greeley, Colo.) singled home freshman Kade Wroot (North Platte) to put the Indians up 2-1.
Jimenez led off the fourth with his second solo homer to make it a 3-1 game. Sophomores Angel Mojica (Denver) and Julio Seperich singled in the fifth inning and came home on a double off the bat of Trevor Pacheco (Pueblo, Colo.). Pacheco made it 6-1 coming home on a Justin Lucas (Las Vegas) sacrifice fly.
Vargas picked up the complete-game win. He walked six and struck out eight.
GAME 2 – McCook CC 8, Northeastern JC 5: Northeastern Junior College came out with single runs in the first second innings and went up 4-0 with a pair of runs in the third inning.
MCC cut the lead in half in the fourth inning when Ricardo Jimenez led off with his third homer of the game (all three solo shots). Kade Wroot doubled and scored on a single by freshman Nolan Opheim, (Omaha).
The Plainsmen scored in their fourth straight inning to take a 5-2 lead which held until the MCC sixth when a one-out NJC error opened the door for the Indian offense. Opheim and Tristan James-Waters, (Aurora, Colo.) singled to load the bases for Vann Stevenson, (Grand Island) who was hit by a pitch to start the scoring. Starting pitcher Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli, (Austin, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly for the second out of the inning but drew the Indians to 5-4. Angel Mojica singled to tie the score and freshman Clayton Stevens, (McCook) put the Indians in front with a single to right field. Wroot made it a 7-5 game with his RBI-single.
James-Waters added a two-out solo home run in the seventh.
Clark-Chiapparelli went the distance to pick up the win. He allowed four earned runs on nine hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
The Indians got two-hit games from Jimenez, Wroot, Opheim and James-Waters.
COLUMBUS – The North Platte Community College softball team put the tying run at third base Sunday but fell 4-3 to Central Community College as the season ends in the first round of the Region IX Division II tournament. Sunday was the third game of a best-of-three, first-round series. CCC won the first game Saturday 6-5 in eight innings. North Platte came back to win the second game Saturday 10-0 to set up Game 3 Sunday.
“We fought all the way to the end and never gave up,” said North Platte Coach Janelle Higgins. “We knew it was going to be a battle all the way to the end and it was.”
North Platte came out Sunday with a first-inning lead. After the game started on a Raider error, Emily Marsden (Papillion) singled and both runners moved up on a Willow Chitty (North Platte) sacrifice bunt and the Knights took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Hallei Morales (North Platte).
Central tied the game in the bottom of the first and took a 2-1 lead with a run in the third, and added runs in the fifth and sixth innings to lead 4-1.
“We missed opportunities to score almost every inning and that was the difference in the game,” Higgins said.
In the North Platte seventh, Morales led off with a walk, but after a strikeout and a fielder’s choice the Knights got down to their last strike twice but didn’t fold. Megan Hernandez-Bellew (Broomfield, Colo.) singled to center. Maddie Liddell (Glenwood, Iowa) got down 0-2 but worked a walk to load the bases for Kayleigh Bucio (Rialto, Calif.) who singled on an 0-2 pitch to right field to drive home two runs and close the gap to 4-3, but the rally ended with runners on first and third.
Marsden pitched six innings and absorbed the loss, she allowed eight hits, and struck out four.
North Platte had seven hits in the game with two from Hernandez-Bellew and five singles.
With the win Central CC improves to 13-22 and advances to the Region IX Division II championship series at Beatrice against Southeast Community College – a best-of-three-game series.
North Platte finishes the season at 16-29.
“It’s always hard to lose but it’s harder when you know the season is over,” Higgins said. “This team left everything on the field today and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
GAME 1 (Saturday) – Central CC, 6, North Platte CC 5 (8 innings): The two teams traded leads five times before the Raiders scored the game winner in the bottom of the eighth inning.
North Platte took a 2-1 lead in the third inning on Emily Marsden’s two-run double. Central scored two in the third and one in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.
The Knights responded with a run in the sixth on a single by Alea Binkly (Council Bluffs, Iowa) and a double by Ashylnn Krueger (Littleton, Colo.). With one out in the seventh, Mikayla Gibson (West Valley, Utah) and Marsden singled, then two outs Hallei Morales doubled to center to put North Platte in the lead 5-4.
Central scored a run in the seventh to tie and one in the eighth for the win.
Krueger pitched the first 6.1 innings, allowed five runs and six hits, one walk and she struck out one.
GAME 2 (Saturday) – North Platte CC 10, Central CC 0: The Knights rebounded from the walk-off loss by exploding for four runs in the first inning, two in the second, and finished out the game with three in the fourth and one in the fifth to polish off the Raiders in five innings.
Willow Chitty powered a two-run homer in the first and went four-for-four at the plate to drive in half of North Platte’s 10 runs.
Emily Marsden was the winning pitcher going four hitless, scoreless innings, striking out six. Hailey Wilkins (Tyler, Texas) recorded the last three outs to earn the save.
Hallei Morales went three-for-four and Kayleigh Bucio went two-for-two as North Platte outhit Central CC 11-1.
Evanston, Ill. – Trailing 4-0 after eight innings, Nebraska (23-17, 12-7 Big Ten) scored two runs in the top of the ninth before falling to Northwestern at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park on Saturday afternoon.
Senior right-handed pitcher Matt Waldron, making his ninth start of the season, went 7.0 innings and allowed four runs, while recording five strikeouts and no walks. Waldron has gone 6.0 innings or more in eight consecutive outings. Max Schreiber threw 1.0 inning and tallied two strikeouts.
In the opening frame, the Huskers left the bases loaded without scoring. After a leadoff flyout, Aaron Palensky and Joe Acker each singled before Ty Roseberry walked, but back-to-back outs left the trio stranded. In the bottom of the first, Waldron sat down the Wildcats with a 1-2-3 inning.
Colby Gomes laced a one-out single in the top of the second and advanced to second base on a groundout. Gomes made it to third on a wild pitch, but was left on base after a strikeout ended a scoreless inning. The Wildcats went down in order in the bottom of the second as Waldron tallied two strikeouts.
Nebraska went down in order with two flyouts and a groundout in the top of the third. Northwestern plated one run in the bottom of the third to take the early 1-0 lead. The Wildcats managed two hits during the frame.
The Huskers went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. The Wildcats managed one hit in the bottom of the fourth, but left the runner stranded as the score remained 1-0.
Nebraska was retired in order in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth, Northwestern scored two runs on three hits to build a 3-0 advantage.
In the sixth, Palensky laced a leadoff single before Acker drew a walk, but a flyout and double play ended a scoreless frame for the Big Red. Waldron retired the Wildcats in order in the bottom of the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, the Huskers went down in order with a flyout, groundout and strikeout. In the bottom of the seventh, Jack Kelly hit a solo home run to extend Northwestern’s lead to 4-0.
Nebraska went down in order in the top of the eighth with two strikeouts and a flyout. The Wildcats went down in order in the bottom of the eighth as Schreiber notched two strikeouts.
In the top of the ninth, Acker drew a leadoff walk before pinch hitter Cam Chick singled through the right side to put runners on first and second. Pinch hitter Mojo Hagge kept the momentum going with an RBI double down the left field line for Nebraska’s first run of the game. After a line-out, Chick scored on a wild pitch that advanced Hagge to third. Back-to-back strikeouts ended the rally and the game.
The series continues on Sunday, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. (CT).
SCOTTSBLUFF – The McCook Community College dropped a pair of games to end the regular season Saturday losing the first game resumption of an April 21 suspended game 10-4, and the second game 9-4.
MCC finishes the regular season at 27-31 and will be the fourth seed in the Region IX Division I tournament set to begin at Scottsbluff Thursday.
The Lady Indians finish the Region IC Conference with a 13-17 record.
Western Nebraska finishes the regular season at 32-18 overall (24-6 in conference) and the outright conference championship and as the top seed, will host the post-season tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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GAME 1 – Western Nebraska 10, McCook CC 4: The Lady Indians were leading this game 4-1 on April 21 when rain suspended action. On Saturday it was all Western Nebraska when the game resumed in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and the Cougars batting as the first two hitters singled to tie the game, then homered to lead 8-4. Western added two more in the sixth inning.
MCC was out-hit 8-4. The Lady Indians got a triple from Hannah Jensen (Aurora, Colo.) a double by Emily Charchuk (Victoria, British Columbia), and singles from Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah) and Brooklyn Jensen Brooklyn (West Valley City, Utah)
Shae Muggridge took the loss for MCC in 3.1 innings, she allowed eight runs on six hits. Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) went the final 2.2 innings and gave up two earned runs and two hits with three strikeouts.
GAME 2 – Western Nebraska CC 9, McCook CC 4: Western Nebraska scored five runs in the fifth inning en route to a 9-4 win over MCC.
MCC started the game with a pair of first-inning runs. Brooklyn Jensen led off the game with a single. After a popout, MCC loaded the bases when Emma McLean (Willetton, Western Australia) was hit by and pitch and Jerusha Miner singled to load the bases for Isabel Serna (Roy, Utah) who doubled home two. MCC took a 3-1 lead in the second on doubles by Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) and Sarah Willier (Ponoka, Alberta)
After the Cougars took a 6-3 lead in the fifth, MCC got one run back in the sixth when McLean singled home Brooklyn Jensen.
Western scored three runs in the sixth.
MCC got two-hit games from Brooklyn Jensen, Willier, and McLean.
Shae Muggridge took the loss for MCC in 4 innings, she allowed four earned runs on six hits and struck out six. Angel Valdez (West Jordan, Utah) and Kayla Harrison went the final 2 innings.
Comments from Head Coach Joe Vetrovsky:
The McCook Boys Golf team competed in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference golf tournament on Friday May 3rd at Scottsbluff Country Club in Scottsbluff, NE. The weather was great for the tournament. The course conditions were in excellent condition for the competitors.