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Monday, February 25 th : Cheyenne County KS (St. Francis) St. Francis Emergency Building, 125 W Hwy 36

Tuesday, February 26 th : Thomas County (Colby) Community Building downstairs, 285 E 5 th Street
Monday, March 4 th : Greeley County (Tribune) Tribune Fire Department, Ingalls and W Greeley Avenue
Tuesday, March 5 th : Graham County (Hill City) Frontier Stage, 321 Main Street
Thursday March 7 th : Hitchcock County (Culbertson) Culbertson Fire Station, Warsaw and Taylor
Monday, March 11 th : Decatur County (Oberlin) Golden Age Center, 105 W Maple Street
Tuesday, March 12 th : Sherman County (Goodland) Wolak Building, 1006 Center Street
Wednesday, March 13 th : Cheyenne County CO (Kit Carson) Kit Carson Volunteer Fire Department, 306 W 287/Hwy 40
Thursday, March 14 th : Dundy County (Benkelman) EMS Building, 1305 A Street
Friday, March 15 th : Wallace County (Sharon Springs) Wallace County Fairgrounds CAB Building
Monday, March 18 th : Kit Carson County (Burlington) Burlington Ambulance Building, 1576 Lowell Avenue
Tuesday, March 19 th : Yuma County (Wray) Wray Fire Hall, 145 Main Street
Wednesday, March 20 th : Red Willow County (McCook) Heritage Senior Center, 1312 W 5 th Street
Thursday, March 21 st : Wichita County (Leoti) Leoti Fire House, 301 N 4 th Street
Monday, March 25 th : Gove County (Grainfield) Gove County 4-H Building, 757 W 3 rd Street
Tuesday, March 26 th : Sheridan County (Hoxie) Bowen Scott House, 1041 Sheridan Avenue
Thursday, March 28 th : Logan County (Oakley) Logan County Courthouse downstairs, 710 W 2 nd Street
Tuesday, April 2 nd : Rawlins County (Atwood) Prairie Development Center, 208 S 4 th Street
Wednesday, April 3 rd : Norton County (Norton) Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, 14935 US Hwy 36


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JUNE 21, 2019 (BRIDGEPORT, NEB.)  — The Morrill County Sheriff’s is able to release additional details regarding the crash that claimed the life of Nebraska State Trooper Jerry L. Smith, #373, on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

At approximately, 7:36 a.m., the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls in reference to a three-vehicle crash west of Bridgeport on Highway 26, near mile marker 59. The 911 calls indicated that one of the vehicles involved was that of a Nebraska State Trooper. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene at 7:39 a.m. MDT.

The crash occurred when a 2002 Dodge Ram, driven by MaryJo Decora, 60, of Bridgeport, was stopped on the highway waiting to make a left turn into the Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery. Decora’s vehicle was struck from behind by a 2005 Mazda Tribute, driven by Derek Lacrete, 28, of Lewellen. Lacrete’s vehicle hit the back, driver’s side of Decora’s vehicle, causing Lacrete’s vehicle to veer into the oncoming lane, colliding head-on with a Nebraska State Patrol 2016 Dodge Charger, driven by Trooper Jerry Smith, 51, of Scottsbluff.

Trooper Smith was pronounced deceased on the scene. Lacrete was ejected from his vehicle during the crash and was also pronounced deceased on the scene.

The Morrill County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Morrill County ALS, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming State Patrol, and fire departments from Bridgeport, Bayard, and Broadwater all responded to the scene.

The crash is still under investigation by the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office with reconstruction assistance from the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office.

Funeral services for Trooper Smith are pending. Details will be released when appropriate.

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Adrian Smith

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CURTIS, Neb. – Ron Rosati, dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, plans to retire Aug. 5 from NCTA. Rosati was tapped as head administrator for the University of Nebraska’s sole two-year institution in July 2013.

 

Before completing his University of Nebraska service at year-end, Rosati will serve as senior advisor for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) in Kigali, Rwanda. Opening in September, RICA is an English language institution dedicated to educating and inspiring a new generation of innovators in agriculture in Rwanda.

 

“Under Ron Rosati’s leadership, NCTA truly reached new heights in providing academic and financial access to higher education, as well as career preparation in the ag and veterinary technology industries,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and natural resources, and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

 

“I want to thank Ron for his exemplary service and dedication over the past six years and wish him the best as he transitions into retirement.”

 

Kelly Bruns, director at NU’s West Central Research and Extension Center based in North Platte, has been named NCTA interim dean, while continuing to serve in his WCREC role. Bruns will lead NCTA campus administration with associate dean Jennifer McConville.

 

“It has been a privilege for me to serve NCTA as dean,” Rosati said. “The college is an exceptional place to work due to its small size, focus on agriculture and veterinary technology, and its emphasis on experiential learning.”

 

Rosati is a native of New York and has earned degrees in agricultural education and agronomy. He earned his doctorate from Iowa State, masters and bachelor’s from Cornell University, and associate degree from SUNY Farmingdale. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Rosati served in administrative capacities as provost at Southeast Missouri State University, provost at Alfred State College, State University of New York, and was a dean at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.

 

Rosati taught agricultural engineering technology and aquaculture for 19 years at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Illinois State University, The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute, and Iowa State University.

 

Rosati led strategic initiatives at NCTA including a 28.5% enrollment growth from 2013-2018, increased fiscal strength from deficit to fiscal health, and added academic programs in agricultural welding, equine industry management, a general agriculture online degree certificate, and partnerships in dairy and poultry management.

 

“NCTA has been recognized nationally for the quality of its academic programs and the success of its graduates. It’s been very rewarding for me to work with the faculty and staff who are responsible for those successes,” Rosati said.

 

Other administrative progress at NCTA the past six years included developing new procedures and policies for advising, admissions, registration, student payment procedures, student transfers, academic catalogs, student and employee handbooks, and Title IX and ADA compliance.

 

Increased appropriations by the Nebraska Legislature enabled significant campus progress in programs, student resources, and pay equity for faculty. New initiatives in public relations and recruiting, federal approval for enrolling international students, and reaccreditation were further benchmarks.

 

Bruns, who holds a doctorate in animal science, has served as director of WCREC since Nov. 2015. Jerry Volesky, longtime range and forage specialist, will serve as interim associate director at WCREC.

 

A national search will be launched to identify a new permanent dean of NCTA.


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Sheriff Kapperman advises that on October 28 th , 2018 at approximately 1:30 p.m theFurnas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of terroristic threats at 720 7 th Street,Beaver City, Nebraska. The reporting party stated that Mark Hutchens, 56, of BeaverCity, Nebraska had fired a b.b gun at her and threatened to burn her house down. Anarrest warrant was filed for Mr. Hutchens for Third degree assault in a menacing manner

and terroristic threats, along with a search warrant for the b.b gun.The arrest warrant and search warrant were granted by Furnas County Court and signed. Entry was made into the residence of Mark and Jennifer Hutchens, 38, of Beaver City,Nebraska. During the execution of the search warrant for the b.b gun, methamphetamineand drug paraphernalia was located along with a shotgun. A second search warrant was obtained to search the residence for drugs, drug paraphernalia and other weapons. Mr. Hutchens is a felon and is prohibited from owning firearms. Additional items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple firearms and knives were located in the residence. Jennifer Hutchens was arrested for one count of possession of a control substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mark Hutchens was arrested for the
arrest warrant and the additional charges of possession of a control substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.Both Mr. and Mrs. Hutchens appeared in the Furnas County Court and were arraigned on all charges on Monday, October 29 th , 2018, they are due back for preliminary hearing on Monday, November 05 th , 2018. Mr. Hutchens bond was set at $30,000 subject to 10% and Mrs. Hutchens bond was set at $5,000 subject to 10%. At the time of this press release Mrs. Hutchens has bonded out of jail and Mr. Hutchens remains in custody.


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AUGUST 28, 2019 (CURTIS, NEB.)  — The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol and several other law enforcement agencies, has arrested a juvenile for making a threatening social media post toward Medicine Valley School.

Tuesday morning, August 27, Medicine Valley School was made aware of social media posts that included a threat of violence against the people of the school. The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office responded and worked to secure the school.

Several other agencies assisted in various aspects of the investigation, which led investigators to arrest a 14-year-old female. The juvenile was cited for making terroristic threats. A probation assessment determined that the juvenile could remain at home following the arrest.

The investigation revealed that no other person was involved in the creation of the threats. There is no safety concern at the school this morning.

The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Information Analysis Center, North Platte Police Department, McCook Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI. 

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Community Connection

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On May 22 2019, the FBI along with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, Grand Island Police Department, Hastings Police Department, and Nebraska State Patrol, responded to a rural area near Interstate 80 and Nebraska Highway 281 regarding the sighting of two wanted fugitives from the state of Kansas.

Dustin Eugene Bilbrey, age 36, and Rebecca Sue Humphrey, age 33, are wanted on state arrest warrants for aggravated robbery, vehicle burglary, arson, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, criminal damage to property, and theft charges out of Saline County, Kansas. They were last seen during the early morning hours of May 23, 2019 travelling in a silver Ford explorer.

Bilbrey is described as a white male, approximately 6'3" tall, and 199 pounds. Humphrey is described as a white female, approximately 5'5" tall, and 150 pounds.  

These individuals are considered armed and dangerous. If you have information on the whereabouts of these individuals or see these individuals, do not approach and call 911, local law enforcement, or your local FBI office immediately.

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North Platte, NE - The WESTCO Zephyrs baseball team would pick up a 7-5 win over North Platte on Sunday night to advance in the Area 7 seniors tournament. The game had extra importance as the winner would not only advance in the area tournament but would also punch their ticket to a state tournament. Three teams advance to state from the A7 bracket with Kearney hosting. With North Platte eliminated from the A7 tournament. WESTCO, Kearney, and Hastings will all play in a state tournament. 

Paul Panduro would lead the way for WESTCO vs North Platte having three hits along with an RBI. Jack Jones would score twice with a hit and an RBI. Porter Robbins, Harold Baez, Tate Carson, and Creighton Dike would each bring in a run to score.

Combined effort on the hill for WESTCO vs North Platte. Creighton Dike started off the game going four innings throwing 40 pitches, giving up three hits and three runs. Paul Panduro would take it the rest of the way coming into the game in the 5th inning finishing the game with 57 pitches. Giving up two hits, two runs, and struck out four.  

WESTCO with the win Sunday is now 31-18 on the year. They will play again Monday, July 22nd at 6:00 pm MT vs the looser of Kearney and Hastings who will play at 3:00 pm MT. 

North Platte - 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 - 5 runs - 5 hits - 3 errors 
WESTCO - 2 0 1 1 1 2 x - 7 runs - 9 hits - 8 errors 






Paul Panduro after North Platte

WESTCO highlights vs North Platte

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For a moment Tuesday night, McCook Community College fans probably flashed back to one week ago when a key-three pointer in the final two minutes of the game led to a men’s win over North Platte. On Tuesday night the Indians trailed Western Nebraska by as many as 13 points with 9:31 left in the game but hit a key 3-pointer at the 2:50 mark to take a 76-74 lead. This time the opponents wrestled back the lead and won 91-85.

“I am really proud of how the guys fought the entire game,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said. “I thought we defended well tonight, we helped the helpers but at the end of the night there are no moral victories.”

After trailing 40-36 at the half, Western gradually upped the lead to 13 points but MCC was able to charge the offense with points in the paint which opened up the 3-point shooters to make it a close game late.

Dru Kuxhausen led Western with 30 points. Bryce Sanchious scored 21 and Jervay Green scored 20.

Freshman Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) led MCC with 20 points and tied for team-high in rebounds with six. Sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) had 18 points and five boards.

Sophomore Amadou Dieye (Senegal) scored 12 (three of four from the 3-point line) to go along with six rebounds. Redshirt freshman AV Banks (Portageville, Mo.) scored 12 points (on four of six three-point shots) and nabbed five rebounds. Freshman Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) scored 10 points.

MCC shot 44.8 percent from both the field, (30 of 67) and from the 3-point line (13 of 29) and 75 percent from the line (12 of 16).

Western shot 50.7 percent from the field, 34.6 percent on 26 3-pointers, and 77.8 percent from the line 14 of 18). The Cougars led at the half 40-36.

MCC won the rebound battle 38-34 but Lenhart was disappointed in his team’s ability to grab rebounds at key points in the game.

“We were up two late in the game, we defended well at the other end but just didn’t box out and Western was able to stop our momentum,” Lenhart said.

Western Nebraska improves to 18-7 and 5-1 in the South Sub Region.

MCC falls to 9-13 and 2-5 in the region.

MCC plays the second of six straight home games Friday taking on Northeastern Junior College at 7:30 p.m.

“NJC is playing solid, hungry basketball but I think we can build off the positive things I’m seeing,” Lenhart said. “I know the guys are highly disappointed but they shouldn’t be disappointed in the effort.”

On Sunday the Indians take on Southeast Community College in a men’s-only game starting at 3 p.m.; followed by a game Monday against Central Community College (7:30 p.m.); Feb. 15 against Trinidad State (7:30 p.m.); and Feb. 16 against Otero Junior College (4 p.m.)

For more photos from the game, please visit the MCC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

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

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball&path=mbball





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SCOTTSBLUFF – The Western Nebraska women’s basketball team took control of the Region IX South Sub Region Tuesday night with a 98-63 win over McCook Community College.

The two teams entered Tuesday play tied for first place in the standings but it was the Lady Cougars that kept the perfect mark alive improving to 4-0 in sub-region play. Western Nebraska raced to a 28-9 first-quarter lead and got up 49-22 at the half.

“Tonight we had a hard time in the first half making shots and a lot of that goes to Western Nebraska and the defense they played,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “They pressured us full and half-court and sped us up a bit.”

A trio of WNCC players topped the 20-point mark with Taylor Joplin and Tishara Morehouse each scoring 24 and Merle Wiehl adding 21.

“While the first half didn't go the way we envisioned, we did have a 41-point second half and were much better,” Fernetti said.

Sophomore Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) led MCC with 18 points. Sophomore Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain) scored 11 points. Freshman Lena Goerke (Hamburg, Germany) had nine points. Sophomore Sam Hinkle (Rifle, Colo.) added eight points.

Tiles had seven rebounds, freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) had six for the Lady Indians who were out-rebounded on the night 54-39.

“There was a lot to build on today. Our effort for all 40 minutes was something to be very proud of,” Fernetti said. “I’m very proud of how hard we played and that we never quit.”

The Lady Cougars improve to 17-3, 7-0 at home and 4-0 lead the South Sub-Region standings at 4-0.

MCC falls to 13-6 on the season and 2-1 in Region IX South Sub-Region play.

The four game road-swing to start South Sub-Region IX play continues Friday at Sterling, Colo., against Northeastern Junior College (11-5) before returning home Tuesday to host North Platte.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games and photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

 





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Western Nebraska Community College won for the 20th time this season, handing the McCook Community College women a 104-64 loss.

“It’s disappoint to admit it but tonight was very similar to what happened to us in Scottsbluff,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “We cut it to seven points in the second quarter then let them make big runs and it wasn’t much of a game after that.”

Western took a 22-12 lead after the first quarter, the Lady Indians looked to get back in the game but the Cougars ended up leading by 20 points at the half and cruised to the 40 point win.

“You have to tip your hats to Western, they are 20-3 for a reason,” Fernetti said. Our kids played hard but Western is tough.”

Sophomore transfer Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) led MCC with 18 points which included a 10-for-11 showing from the free-throw line. Freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. Freshman Destiny Davis (Oklahoma City) was the other Lady Indian in double-figures with 11 points.

Sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) scored eight points. Freshman Lena Goerke (Hamburg, Germany) nabbed nine rebounds to go along with six points.

The Lady Indians shot 29.2 percent from the field; made five of 23 3-point shots (21.7 percent), and made 17 of 20 free-throw shots (85 percent).

Western Nebraska shot 55.6 percent from the field; 12-for-33 from the 3-point line (36.4 percent) and 16 of 20 free-throw attempts (80.0 percent. The Cougars out-rebounded MCC 47-39.

Western Nebraska improves to 20-3 and 6-0 in South Sub-Region play

MCC falls to 15-8 and 3-3 in South Sub-Region play.

Now the Lady Indians play the second of five straight games at home in the Peter and Dolores Graff events Center Friday against Northeastern Junior College (5:30 p.m.). The Plainswomen beat MCC 69-58 Jan. 25 at Sterling, Colo.

“NJC will be another test for us,” Fernetti said. “We’re a little banged up and working through some illness on the team so we’re going to rest up then gear up for Northeastern,” Fernetti said.

On Monday the Lady Indians take a break from the Region IX competition and host Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference opponent Central Community College (5:30 p.m.). MCC continues the homestand Feb. 15 against Trinidad State (5:30 p.m.); and Feb. 16 against Otero Junior College (2 p.m.).

For more photos please visit the MCC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games and photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball





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Nebraska's Hannah Whitish was named to the 12-player All-Big Ten Team by the conference coaches when the annual preseason honors were announced on Monday, Oct. 22.

The announcement of the preseason teams marked the tip-off of Big Ten Women's Basketball Media Week (@B1GWBBall) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Whitish, a 5-9 junior guard from Barneveld, Wis., led Nebraska in scoring (12.6 ppg) and assists (4.7 apg) as a sophomore in 2017-18. She owned a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as Nebraska's point guard while also ranking among the Big Ten's best three-point shooters. Whitish played a major role in lifting Nebraska to the nation's top turnaround in the win column last season, as the Huskers recorded 14 more victories (21) in 2017-18 than in 2016-17 (7). She captured second-team All-Big Ten accolades at the end of last season while helping Nebraska to the NCAA Tournament.

Whitish was the lone Husker honored by the league in preseason voting of the conference coaches.

The Big Ten Conference does not rank its team's No. 1 through No. 14 in preseason voting, instead the coaches and select media members each choose their projected top-three teams in the league.

Maryland is the preseason pick of the coaches and the media to win the Big Ten, while Iowa was picked No. 2 by both the coaches and media. The league coaches chose Michigan in the No. 3 spot, while the conference media selected Minnesota. Iowa senior center Megan Gustafson, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, was chosen by the coaches to repeat that honor. Gustafson, Maryland's Kaila Charles, Michigan's Hallie Thome and Minnesota's Kenisha Bell were all unanimous preseason all-conference selections by the coaches.

2018-19 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM*

Hannah Whitish, Jr., G, Nebraska

Alex Wittinger, Sr., F, Illinois

Kathleen Doyle, Jr., G, Iowa

Megan Gustafson, Sr., F, Iowa

Kaila Charles, Jr., G, Maryland

Hallie Thome, Sr., C, Michigan

Shay Colley, Jr., G, Michigan State

Kenisha Bell, Sr., G, Minnesota

Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah, Sr., F, Northwestern

Teniya Page, Sr., G, Penn State

Ae’Rianna Harris, Jr., F, Purdue

Dominique Oden, Jr., G, Purdue

Whitish and the Huskers will hit the court for the first time together at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday night for a free Open Practice. Doors at the arena open at 6:45 p.m., and the practice is expected to last until approximately 8 p.m. Autograph opportunities will follow the practice.

Season tickets for Nebraska women's basketball are on sale now at Huskers.com.





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Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska softball team (13-22, 2-7 Big Ten) dropped the series finale to No. 25 Northwestern (29-7, 9-0 Big Ten) on Sunday by a score of 4-0.

Northwestern's Danielle Williams (19-3) dominated in the circle. She pitched a complete 7.0 inning game and gave up one hit. She also had one walk and 12 strikeouts.

Courtney Wallace (2-4) started and pitched 3.0 innings, giving up three runs, including two unearned runs, off four hits. She also had one strikeout. Lindsey Walljasper pitched 4.0 innings of relief. She gave up one run on two hits and also had one strikeout.

Samantha Owen had Nebraska's only hit on the day. Madi Unzicker drew a walk to give the Huskers another base runner. Tristen Edwards was hit by a pitch, while Sarah Yocom reached on an error to give the Huskers four base runners against the Wildcats.

In the second, Northwestern took a 1-0 lead. The Wildcats got a base runner after a leadoff double. A sac bunt moved her to third. Nebraska retired the next batter for the second out, but a single scored one run.

In the third, the Wildcats took advantage of a Husker error to extended their lead to 3-0. A leadoff walk put a runner on. A fielder's choice allowed the batter to reach. The runner should have been out at second, but an error allowed her to advance. The Huskers got a big double play, but the lead runner still reached third. A hit by pitch loaded the bases and a singled scored two runs.

In the fifth, the 'Cats scored one run off two hits to go up 4-0.

Nebraska was unable to make up the difference in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Nebraska is back in action on Tuesday when the team travels to Omaha to take on in-state rival Creighton. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. A live radio broadcast will be available on Huskers.com.





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Listen to an interview below with WNCC men's basketball coach Cory Fehringer talking about the newest addition to the Cougars and the others that will be joining the team this year. 



Cory Fehringer WNCC Basketball 07-23-19

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McCook Community College graduate Jake Sanford was drafted by the New York Yankees in the third round Tuesday of the MLB draft, just one year after taking his last at bats for the Indians.

The 21-year-old former MCC walk-on from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, was the 105th player taken in this year’s draft. After graduating from MCC in May of 2018 he transferred to Western Kentucky where he led all NCAA Division 1 hitters with an .805 slugging percentage and was second in the country with 178 total bases. His 22 homers ranked sixth in the NCAA.

This year for the Hilltoppers, Sanford was named the 2019 Conference USA Player of the year as well as being named newcomer of the year by winning the conference triple crown batting .398 with 22 homeruns and 66 RBIs. He is one of 24 Division I players named to be a Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist, a trophy considered to be college baseball’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. (The winner will be unveiled on June 14.)

Sanford’s success at the Division I level comes as no surprise to his former coach at MCC.

“We are extremely happy for Jake,” said MCC Coach Jon Olsen. “I knew watching Jake over his two years at McCook, he had a chance for some big things, when you combine his natural physical ability, his work ethic, and his power as a left handed bat, he had a chance to be special,” Olsen said.

Olsen said he had multiple pro scouts contact him trying to gather as much information on Jake prior to the MLB draft. Sanford said in the month or so leading up to this week’s MLB draft he met with more than 25 teams, with scouts talking with him and administering eye exams and brain tests.

“It’s been a little bit crazy,” he told the Chronicle-Herald in Halifax.

Sanford, didn’t draw any scouting or recruiting interest as a high schooler. His only university offer was to play volleyball at Dalhousie. He paid his own way to MCC hoping to make the team as a walk-on in the fall of 2016, earned a scholarship for his second semester, and as a freshman hit .358 with 13 doubles, 5 triples, 11 home runs, and 39 RBIs. After his sophomore year at MCC, Sanford was named to the 2018 first team all-Region IX team. He led the Indians with .374 batting average, a .450 on-base average and slugged .700, the all-time best for any MCC hitter. His 12 home runs tied for the Region IX lead and he drove in 55 runs in 54 games – the fourth most RBIs in the region.

“I really enjoyed Jake during his time here as both a person and player, and I can tell you his best days as a player are still ahead of him,” Olsen said. “It will be fun to watch him progress, and want to wish him the best of luck moving forward,”

Western Kentucky (in its 100th season of baseball) went 16-13-1 and qualified for the Conference USA tournament for the first time since joining the league prior to the 2015 season. The fourth-seeded Hilltoppers went 1-2 in the eight-team, double-elimination championship in Biloxi, Miss.

If Sanford doesn’t sign a contract with the Yankees he could re-enter the draft next year and return to WKU for his senior year, but Olsen said that doesn’t seem likely. If Sanford signs he will likely end up playing in a rookie level short-season this summer.

Pro scouts and his former MCC coaches, teachers and teammates weren’t the only ones following Jake’s slugging exploits this year in Bowling Green.

“Larry Walker called me the other day,” Sanford said in a recent interview. The former all-star for the Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies was – like Sanford – a former hockey goalie-turned left-handed slugging outfielder.

“He said all Canadians stay together and that he was rooting for me.”

Sanford received his associate’s degree at MCC in Sports Marketing and continued with that his junior year at Western Kentucky.





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Thursday 
Game 1 - Kearney 8, WESTCO 1 
Game 2 - Kearney 9, WESTCO 1 

Friday 
Game 1 - WESTCO 13, Seward 5 
Game 2 - Beatrice 4, WESTCO 1 

Saturday 
Mt Michael 2, WESTCO 1 

Next action Thursday hosting Buckley at Cleveland Field. First pitch at 8pm. 




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