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We feature the Wauneta-Palisade Football team. The Broncos coming off of a 5-4 record and a playoff berth in 2017. TBroncoscos last year faced with a tough schedule with there opponents that they lost to had a combined record of 28-4. The Broncos look to regroup this upcoming season in 2018 returning a big majority of the team after only losing 3 seniors last year. Hometown Family Radio able to talked with Co Head Coach Randy Geier about who he has returning for the broncos here in 2018.  Wauneta-Palisade opens up the 2018 season at home on Friday, August 24th hosting Hitchcock County a game we will carry on Coyote Country 105.3.





Randy Geier

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Nebraska volleyball senior co-captains Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney were named to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team on Tuesday. The Huskers were also voted first by the league's head coaches in the preseason poll. Foecke, a 6-3 outside hitter, was one of seven unanimous selections to the preseason team. An AVCA second-team All-American and All-Big Ten selection in 2017, Foecke guided the Huskers to their second national championship in three years last season with a team-high 3.53 kills per set. The West Point, Iowa native collected her second Most Outstanding Player award at the NCAA Championships after 20 kills and 14 digs in the championship match against Florida. She became just the fourth player in NCAA history to twice be named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player and the first to earn the honor in non-consecutive years. Maloney, a 5-8 libero from Louisville, Kentucky, led the Huskers in digs last year with 3.62 per set and served a school-record 13 aces during the NCAA Tournament on her way to all-tournament team honors. Maloney played two of her best matches of the season at the final four, producing 21 digs, six assists and four aces in the semifinal against Penn State and 15 digs, two kills and an ace in the final against Florida. The Huskers, who have won back-to-back Big Ten titles, topped the preseason poll ahead of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Penn State and Illinois. Michigan came in at No. 6, followed by Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Northwestern, Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers.

The 2018 Huskers will set out to become the first squad in NU history to reach three straight final fours and will be hunting for a third straight conference championship for the first time since 2006-08 in the Big 12. Nebraska hosts its annual Red/White Scrimmage on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. It will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, Huskers.com and the Huskers app.

2018 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Ali Bastianelli, ILL
JORDYN POULTER, ILL
Taylor Louis, IOWA
CARLY SKJODT, MICH
Alexis Hart, MINN
STEPHANIE SAMEDY, MINN
SAMANTHA SELIGER-SWENSON, MINN
MIKAELA FOECKE, NEB
Kenzie Maloney, NEB
Taylor Leath, PSU
Kendall White, PSU
SHERRIDAN ATKINSON, PUR
DANA RETTKE, WIS
Tionna Williams, WIS

UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN CAPS

2018 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
1. Nebraska
2. Wisconsin
3. Minnesota
4. Penn State
5. Illinois
6. Michigan
7. Purdue
8. Ohio State
9. Michigan State
9. Iowa
11. Northwestern
12. Indiana
13. Maryland
14. Rutgers





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Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Tuesday inside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads and helmets. Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander addressed the media after practice, commenting on the play of the defense in the team’s recent scrimmage. “On our side of the ball, our plan was to play very basic stuff so everybody would have a chance to operate," Chinander said. "We were just evaluating technique, effort, communication and seeing who could tackle. For the most part it went pretty well, we have some things to clean up and some moves on the depth chart to make, but it was just a good evaluation tool for our coaches and our defense.” When prodded about the depth chart, Chinander elaborated that the coaches are evaluating what they have and thinking about how they can put their players in a position to be successful. “So far it’s been a pretty flowing depth chart," Chinander said. "We’ve been giving guys reps with the ones, twos and threes, whether they deserve them or not, just to see where they are at. That helps us evaluate each guy and see where they belong. Some of those guys, if they are with the twos and going against the twos, maybe they look better. Yesterday we were able to see guys who we thought were the ones go against the ones and see if they really should be there. I thought that was very important for us.” In terms of guys that have established themselves as starters, Chinander said that there are several players who have stood out in fall camp and they are working to get the ones and twos their reps to prepare them for the season opener. “We have another scrimmage on Friday, and I think that will help us solidify our depth chart on defense," he said. "We have a good idea who is going to be on the field but after that scrimmage we will be able to make some decisions and be able to tell you where guys are going to fall.” Chinander mentioned junior defensive lineman Carlos Davis as a standout in the scrimmage. He also praised the play of several members of his linebacker corps, including Mohammed Barry, Dedrick Young, Will Honas, Collin Miller and Luke Gifford. He also talked about bringing in former members of the Blackshirts to connect past Huskers with his defense. “I’ve said it before, I think the Blackshirts is the greatest tradition in college football. Coach McBride started it and we thought it was really important to embrace the past. The bar was set really high when the tradition started. We are not there yet, but we wanted our guys to get a taste of what that standard is and how you’re are supposed to act as a Blackshirt.” Former Huskers Grant Wistrom and Jason Peter came in last week to address the team. Chinander talked about the atmosphere when these two Blackshirts walked into the room. “It was an electric atmosphere and the way they were talking and describing things it felt like we were practicing," Chinander said. "It’s great for our kids to understand that it’s always on the line, whether we’re in the meeting room, lifting or stretching. You could tell when those guys were talking to us that it was on the line for them, and I think that was really cool for our kids to see. The next day we probably had our most impressive practice on defense and guys were flying around. I think that was a direct correlation to the talk that they gave to our defense.” The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Wednesday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.





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The Maywood-Hayes Center Wolves has a tough 2-6 record last year under first-year head coach Joe Spangler and a very young squad only having three Seniors on the team.  This year Ethan Broker will be the lone Senior at Quarter Back. Hometown Family Radio able to catch up with second-year head coach Joe Spangler as he explains what his thoughts are on this upcoming season.  Maywood-Hayes Center opens up the 2018 season on the road at South Platte. 





Joe Spangler

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Our High School Football Fall Previews begin this week as we feature Medicine Valley. The Raiders are coming off of a fantastic 2017 season with an 11-1 record, making it to the Class D1 Semi-Finals before suffering a loss to eventual Runner-up South Loup. This season the Raiders are looking to resume where they left off but will have to do so with a younger squad and this year compete in Class D2. Hometown Family Radio able to catch up with Medicine Valley Raiders head coach Scott Johnson about his expectations this season. Medicine Valley opens up the 2018 season on Friday, August 24th at Wallace.

 





Scott Johnsen

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Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Friday outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in full pads and helmets. Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media after practice and talked about how the first week of fall camp has been.

“It’s been good, I see so much improvement from spring until now,” Frost said. “The improvement from January until now, it’s amazing how far the guys have come. We still have a lot to improve on and a lot to get better at, but overall I think [fall] camp has been really good, and the players have given us a lot of effort.” Frost also commented on how his team’s physicality has improved compared to last season. “[Strength Coach] Zach Duval is as good as there is in the business, and he’s changed our team,” Frost said. “All you have to do is walk out on the field and look at each individual and see how much improvement they’ve made with their bodies, with their speed, with their strength. Along with that it’s got to be guys that are willing to fight.” Frost also talked about the late addition of running back Maurice Washington, and how he’s impressed the coaching staff in camp. “We’re glad to have him,” Frost said. “He had a long road to get here, but he’s had probably a dozen big plays, spectacular plays already in this camp. So, he’s definitely opening some eyes, and I think he’s got a bright future here. I’d say to this point he’s better than what I expected. It’s amazing, he hadn’t worked out much and was focused in academics. We didn’t know what we’d get, but he’s going to be a pretty special player. The Huskers return to the practice field on Saturday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.





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University of Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles announced Friday that Vince Fritz has been named a graduate manager for the Husker basketball program for the upcoming season. In his role, Fritz will help in day-to-day operations of the Husker basketball program. “I’m happy to add Vince to the staff,” Miles said. “His credentials are terrific, looking at his high school background with his dad and his college experience with Kansas great Jeff Boschee. I think he will add a great deal to our program and work well with our players.” Fritz comes to Nebraska after playing collegiately at Missouri Southern for the past three seasons for Boschee. As a senior, Fritz played in 24 games as Missouri Southern went 20-10 in 2017-18, finished second in the MIAA and reached the 2018 NCAA Tournament. In his three seasons at the school, Fritz helped Missouri Southern to a combined 56-34 mark. He began his collegiate career at Sacred Heart (Conn.) University, where he spent his freshman season. A native of Overland Park, Kan., Fritz prepped at Blue Valley Northwest High School where he played for coach and father Ed Fritz. A four-year letterwinner, Vince Fritz was a two-time all-state performer who helped his team to a pair of state championships in Kansas. During his junior season, Blue Valley Northwest went 25-0 and finished 19th nationally by USA Today. A two-time first-team Eastern Kansas League selection, Fritz finished as the third-leading scorer in school history. He also played football at BVNW, earning all-league accolades as a punter and defensive back. Fritz comes from an athletic family. His father, Ed, has over 600 wins at the high school level in Kansas and has won four state titles since 2013 after playing at Baker University. His mother, Ann Costello, played collegiately at Nebraska from 1984-86, and has captured won a trio of state title at Blue Valley North. His uncle, Willie Fritz, is currently the head football coach at Tulane, while one grandfather, Vince Costello, is a member of the Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame and another, Harry Fritz, was a college football coach and executive director of the NAIA. Vince, who will pursue his master’s in educational administration, received his undergraduate degree from Missouri Southern in 2018.





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The fall athletic season official began Monday at McCook Community College with the arrival of the volleyball team. The athletic schedules for MCC’s six sports are set for the academic year with a combined 260 contests including 43 preseason and scrimmage games, 218 regular-season contests and 91 games/tournaments at home. Team schedules for volleyball, men’s golf, women’s and men’s basketball, baseball and softball are all posted on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web site at http://mccindians.com/ From this site, fans can download MCC schedules to on-line calendars like iCal and Google Calendar as well as RRS feeds. Printable schedules are also available from this site. In addition, pocket schedules for volleyball are available at various locations around campus.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL gets MCC started this fall with Coach Hayley Kobza’s team on the road for nine matches before the home opener set for Sept. 7 against Cloud County Community College at 6:30 p.m. Coming off a 20-win season, the Lady Indians have added a new pre-season date that has gained a lot of momentum – the MCC Alumni Scrimmage set for Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. So far, Kobza has received confirmation from a dozen former MCC volleyball players committed to play in the scrimmage and others who plan to come out and get their first look at the 2019 team. The team's first scrimmage is Tuesday at 2 p.m. against Colby Community College. The regular season begins Aug. 24 at the two-day Southeast Community College RKP Invitational in Beatrice. In addition to the home opener Sept. 7, the first home stand includes a Sept. 11 game with Garden City Community College (6 p.m.), the annual Pink-Out game against North Platte Community College Sept. 13 (7 p.m.) and Sept. 18 against Central Community College (7 p.m.) The fall season includes five home dates in both September and October.

MCC MEN’S GOLF TEAM, with Coach Tyler Loop, hits the links Sept. 8 at Riverton, Wyo., in defense of their Region IX championship. The year-long championship chase includes seven fall tournaments and six in the spring including home meets at Heritage Hills Golf Course Sept. 27-29 and again March 28-19, 2019. On Oct. 10, the team will travel to Gothenburg’s Wild Horse course for the Region III preview tournament hosted by Iowa Western Community College. Because of regional reconfiguration discussions, this non-conference tournament will be the chance for teams from the two regions to compete against each other.

COMBINED BASKETBALL OPENER: MCC Basketball takes center court Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 -- and for the first time ever, the MCC Men and Women are teaming up to host the eight-team MCC Tip-Off Classic. Two women’s games and two men’s games are set for each day. The MCC women play a team of MCC all-stars Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. and Little Priest Tribal College Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Lamar Community College is the other team. The MCC men begin the season in the Friday game against Louisiana Christian Prep at 7 p.m. and take on MCC all-stars Saturday at 5 p.m. The other men’s team is the William Penn Junior Varsity.

THE LADY INDIAN BASKETBALL team under Coach Kellen Fernetti, continues the 30-game season with a five November road games before staying home over the Thanksgiving weekend to host the MCC Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 23-24, playing the Colorado State University Club team at 7 p.m. on “Black Friday” then take on Northwest Kansas Technical College Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. MCC closes out the pre-Christmas portion of the schedule Dec. 8 at home against Laramie County then pick up in 2019 with a Jan. 7 home contest with Southeast Community College. January’s schedule sees the Lady Indians at home twice and on the road for five games. In February MCC has six home games and six on the road. The Lady Indians look to improve on a 6-25 season.

MEN’S BASKETBALL under Coach Brandon Lenhart, finished the season last year 18-13. The Indians follow the home opening weekend with three road games before returning home to host the “Region IX vs. Region V Shootout” featuring games against Cloud County and Garden City Community Colleges. The men begin 2019 with a Jan. 3 home scrimmage against Colby Community College before a non-conference road game at Concordia, Neb and at home against Air Force Prep Jan. 15 then four road tilts against Region IX foes Jan. 18-Jan. 25. MCC closes out January at home with North Platte. In February the Indians have seven home games and three road games with the season finale at home Feb. 23 against Lamar Community College.

THE MCC BASEBALL TEAM has nine fall scrimmage games on the calendar and 55 games scheduled for the spring, starting in Dallas Feb. 8-9 with a pair of doubleheaders against North Lake College. The first of 25 homes for Coach Jon Olsen’s team is set for Feb. 13 against Colby with the last home game set for May 1 against Western Nebraska. One change in the Region IX Empire League this year will be replacing Miles Community College of Montana with Southeast Community College (Beatrice.). Coach Jon Olsen and the Indians have three home games in February, 11 in March, 12 in April and one in May. The Indians finished last season 16-40.

MCC SOFTBALL – begins a 25-game fall scrimmage schedule in Utah, Aug. 31 and has 60 games set for the spring starting with a Texas roadtrip Feb. 1-2 in Snyder, Texas and Vernon Texas. The home opener is set for Feb. 20 against Colby Community College. The Lady Indians, who went 29-25 last year under Coach Josh Barnes, have seven doubleheaders scheduled in February, and 14 in March including spring break games in Big Springs and Midland, Texas, and nine doubleheaders in April. The season concludes with a pair of home doubleheaders April 26-27 against Trinidad State and Otero Junior College.

THE 2018-19 TRIBE: For the 2018-2019 academic year there are 110 student athletes enrolled at MCC from 14 states, nine countries and six Canadian provinces. Those states include: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming and Utah. Countries include: Australia, Canada, Croatia, England, Finland, Germany, Nigeria, Sengal, and Spain. Canadian Provinces include: Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

FOR SCHEDULE INFORMATION as well as rosters, game results, and photographs, and more please visit the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web site athttp://mccindians.com/ Schedules are subject to change.

FOLLOW THE GAMES LIVE ON “TRIBE WATCH” …All regular-season home contests in volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball (as well as other McCook Community College events) are available for free to watch via live-streaming video. If you can’t watch events live, most games are archived and available to watch within 24 hours after the game is over. The “Tribe Watch” link is accessible on the “Fanzone” section of the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page http://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch

During the spring sports season, MCC will have two channels to livestream baseball and softball. The second channel is at: https://evideo.mpcc.edu/Watch/MCCSports





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Lincoln – University of Nebraska Coach Tim Miles announced Thursday that Dedoch Chan (pronounced DEE Doe-ch) will join the Husker program for the 2018-19 campaign. Chan, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward from Rochester, Minn., comes to Nebraska after spending last season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He will be a sophomore in 2018-19 and will have three years of eligibility remaining. “I’m very happy to add a player as productive as Dedoch has been at his junior college,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said.” The Huskers needed another player with size in the rotation, and Dedoch fits the bill. He’s a great young man, and we are proud to have in our program. I can’t wait to get started to work with him.”

Last season, Chan helped the Bulldogs and Coach Wendell Weathers to a 16-9 record, averaging 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game to pace the team in both categories. A first-team NJCAA All-Region 23 selection, he totaled eight double-doubles as a freshman, highlighted by a 33-point, 17-rebound performance against Meridian CC. A two-time Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Player of the Week, Chan was a first-team All-MACJC South selection following his freshman campaign. He had nine games of at least 20 points, including a stretch of seven straight down the stretch, as he shot 47 percent from the field, 31 percent from 3-point range and 73 percent from the line for the year. He had a season-high 34 point effort in a four-point win over Southwest Mississippi and had eight or more rebounds on 14 occasions, including three games of at least 15 rebounds. Chan prepped at John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minn., playing for Kirk Thompson in his final two high school seasons. As a senior, he garnered All-Big Nine Conference honors, averaging 16.0 points per game on 54 percent shooting along with 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He helped John Marshall to a 25-4 record and a Section 1AAAA Runner-up finish. He transferred to John Marshall a junior and averaged 7.3 points point and 5.0 rebounds per game despite missing nearly a third of the season after moving. As a sophomore, Chan led Albert Lea High School with 22 points and eight rebounds a game to earn first-team All-Big Nine Conference accolades.





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The McCook Girls Golf Team is young this season.  That is no secret, but second-year head coach Joel Arterburn doesn't want that to be an excuse this season as he still believes his team has a bunch of talent.  Hometown Family Radio able to talk to Coach Arterburn as he gives us the low down on what his team is all about for this upcoming season.  McCook Girls Golf Team starts the 2018 season on August 16th in Cambridge.  





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