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Huskers to Face Washington State in Cayman Islands Classic Opener

Lincoln – Nebraska will face Washington State in the opening round of the Cayman Islands Classic, as the tournament bracket was released was released Wednesday afternoon by Caymax Sports LTD.

The Huskers will face Washington State in its quarterfinal matchup on Monday, Nov. 25, at 6:30 p.m. (Central) at John Gray Gymnasium, just minutes away from world famous Seven Mile Beach. It will be a matchup of new coaches as the Huskers are led by Fred Hoiberg, while Washington State is coached by Kyle Smith, who was hired after leading San Francisco to three straight 20-win seasons. The Cougars are led by CJ Elleby, who averaged 14.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

Nebraska has won six of eight meetings between the schools, but the November matchup will be the first meeting since the 1998-99 season. The winner of the NU-WSU game will play either Old Dominion or George Mason the following evening. The other first-round matchups and times include Colorado State-New Mexico State (10 a.m. CT), Loyola-South Florida (12:30 p.m. CT) and George Mason-Old Dominion (4 p.m. CT).

Semifinal round games are slated for 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (CT), while Tuesday’s consolation bracket will play at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (CT).

The seventh-place game will open the final day of competition on Wednesday, Nov. 27 starting at 10 a.m. (CT), followed by the fifth-place game (12:30 p.m. CT), third-place game (4 p.m. CT) and title game (6:30 p.m. CT) to crown the Cayman Islands Classic champion.

Five of the eight teams reached postseason play in 2018-19, as New Mexico State and Old Dominion advanced to the 2019 NCAA Tournament, while Loyola of Chicago and Nebraska played in the NIT and South Florida captured the 2019 College Basketball Invitational championship.

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Roby Highlights Huskers’ Pro Prospects

Lincoln – Husker basketball players Isaiah Roby and James Palmer Jr. have been crossing the country over the past month as they prepare for the start of their start of their professional careers.

The NBA Draft takes place at the Barclays Center Brooklyn on Thursday night starting at 6 p.m. (central). The event will be carried live on ESPN.

Roby has worked out for nearly a dozen teams during the pre-draft process, and most of the NBA Drafts have the 6-foot-8 forward pegged as a second-round pick. Of the seven mock drafts linked by, Roby is listed in six of them, with projections ranging from 36th to 46th overall. If Roby is picked in that range, he would be the highest Husker taken in the NBA Draft since Tyronn Lue in 1998.

A three-year performer for the Huskers, Roby turned in a solid junior campaign, as he set career highs in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg), assists (1.9 apg) and steals (1.3 spg), while averaging 1.9 blocks per game. He was the only Big Ten player to rank in the top 10 in the conference in both steals and blocked shots, and Roby became just the second person in school history to have at least 50 steals and blocks in consecutive seasons.

Palmer has worked out for eight teams (Minnesota, Dallas, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Portland, Memphis, Golden State and Los Angeles Lakers) over the last three weeks. If he is not drafted Thursday, he would be a strong candidate to play in the NBA Summer League, following in the footsteps of recent Huskers Terran Petteway, Andrew White III, Shavon Shields and Tai Webster.

Palmer was a two-time All-Big Ten performer, averaging 18.5 points per game during his Husker career to rank second on NU’s career scoring chart. As a senior, he averaged 19.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game to earn all-district and All-Big Ten honors. Earlier this spring, he played in the Reese's College All-Star Game and was named to the Portsmouth Invitational All-Tournament team.

Glynn Watson Jr. is the third Husker who could make an NBA Summer League roster, as he finished his career with 1,531 points and ranked in the top 10 on NU career lists in steals (177, fourth), assists (382, seventh) and 3-pointers (184, fourth). As a senior, he started all 36 games and averaged a career-high 13.6 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He worked out for Sacramento earlier this month.

Isaac Copeland Jr. continues his rehab after tearing his ACL in January against Ohio State, and hopes to return to the court later this year to begin his professional career. Prior to his injury, Copeland averaged 14.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game and was second on the Huskers in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots (0.9 bpg). The 6-foot-9 forward from Raleigh, N.C., started 53 straight games in his two years at Nebraska before the injury. 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Cody Master's first triple of the season drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, Taylor Floyd held off Arkansas in the ninth, and Texas Tech stayed alive in the College World Series with a 5-4 win. The No. 8 national seed Red Raiders bounced back from a 5-3 loss to Michigan and await the loser of the game between the Wolverines and Florida State. No. 5 Arkansas was eliminated in two games a year after making it to the CWS finals.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tommy Henry limited Florida State to three hits and Jesse Franklin's first-inning home run stood up in Michigan's 2-0 win at the College World Series. The Wolverines took control of Bracket 1 in their first CWS appearance since 1984 and need one more win Friday to reach the best-of-three finals next week. Florida State fell to 1-1 and has scored just two runs in 26 innings.


The Nebraska women's basketball team will play a marquee opponent on its home court at Pinnacle Bank Arena, when the Big Red battle the Duke Blue Devils in the B1G/ACC Challenge in December.

The clash between the Huskers and Blue Devils on Wednesday, Dec. 4, marks the first announcement of a game in Nebraska's upcoming 2019-20 season schedule. It will also be the third overall meeting between Nebraska and Duke in history, with the most recent coming as part of the B1G/ACC Challenge on Dec. 3, 2014, at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers won that challenge match-up, 60-54. Duke won the first meeting in the 2013 NCAA Sweet Sixteen in Norfolk, Va., with a hard-fought 53-45 victory.

Both Nebraska and Duke have rich postseason traditions. The Huskers have made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1988, including six since 2010 with their most recent appearance in 2018. The Blue Devils have earned 24 all-time NCAA Tournament bids, including eight since 2010 with their most recent trip to the Big Dance in 2018.

The Huskers and Blue Devils are both poised to be teams on the rise in 2019-20. Last year, Duke finished with a 15-15 overall record that included a 6-10 ACC mark. The Huskers went 14-16 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten.

Nebraska returns all but one player from its 2019-20 roster, including four freshmen who combined for 893 points last season. It was the most points scored by a Husker freshman class since 1981-82, while the quartet (Leigha Brown, Sam Haiby, Kayla Mershon, Ashtyn Veerbeek) played the third-most minutes (2,222) of any freshman class in Nebraska women's basketball history.

The Huskers also return two-time All-Big Ten guard Hannah Whitish. The senior from Barneveld, Wis., needs just 34 points to become the 33rd 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska history. Fellow senior and three-year starter Nicea Eliely will add more experience for the Big Red, along with seniors Grace Mitchell and Kristian Hudson and juniors Taylor Kissinger and Kate Cain. Kissinger (Minden, Neb.) finished fourth in the nation by knocking down 45.6 percent (62-136) of her three-point attempts last season.

Incoming freshmen Isabelle Bourne, Trinity Brady and Makenzie Helms are also set to help the Huskers in 2019-20.

The Blue Devils return a trio of double-digit scorers from a year ago, led by first-team All-ACC guard Haley Gorecki. The 6-0 senior-to-be averaged team bests of 17.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.6 steals per game for Duke last season. She will be joined by fellow senior Leaonna Odom (13.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and sophomore Miela Goodchild (10.9 ppg), who earned All-ACC Freshman honors in 2018-19.

Goodchild, who will be a teammate of Husker freshman Isabelle Bourne on the Australian National Team at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup this July in Bangkok, Thailand, shot a solid 44.5 percent (73-164) from three-point range for the Blue Devils a year ago to rank sixth in NCAA Division I in that category to finish just two spots behind Nebraska's Taylor Kissinger in the national rankings.

Nebraska's B1G/ACC Challenge game with Duke is the first announced game on the Huskers' 2019-20. More non-conference game dates will be announced soon as contracts are finalized. Visit for the most current schedule information on Nebraska women's basketball. For 2019-20 season ticket information, call 1-800-8-BIG-RED.


McCook Community College infielder Angel Mojica, Denver, has signed on to play baseball this fall with NAIA Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa.

“I’m happy for Angel. This is a really good program and I think he has the chance to make a big impact right away,” ” said MCC baseball coach Jon Olsen.

Mojica, a 5-6, 135-pound infielder who attended Alameda High School in Denver, played in all 48 games this season for the Indians. He batted .252 with two home runs and 20 RBIs in 143 at bats. As a defender he made just four errors on the season in 146 total chances primarily at second and third base and finished with a .973 fielding percentage.

“Angel is an excellent defender and really improved as a hitter here,” Olsen said. “We are looking forward to seeing him make an impact at Waldorf and wish him the best of luck,” Olsen said.

The Warriors made a run at the North Star Athletic Association Tournament but fell short of an automatic bid for the 46-team national tournament by losing to Bellevue to finish as runner-up in both the tournament and in the regular season standings. Waldorf did post the most wins in school history this year and finished 30-22.


Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats Captures Lead Early To Defeat Boutique Air Hot Rods

Boutique Air Hot Rods fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 3-2 loss to Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats on Monday. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats took the lead on a groundout in the first inning. The pitching was strong on both sides. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats pitchers struck out 13, while Boutique Air Hot Rods sat down nine. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats got things moving in the first inning. An error scored one run for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. Asher Wilson got the start for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. He lasted three and a third innings, allowing one hit and one run while striking out nine. Brody Anthony was on the pitcher's mound for Boutique Air Hot Rods. He allowed two hits and three runs over four innings, striking out nine. Beau Rodarmel went 1-for-2 at the plate to lead Boutique Air Hot Rods in hits. Rodarmel led Boutique Air Hot Rods with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with seven stolen bases.



Walk-Off Seals Win For Parker Scrappers Against Mac's Drive In Marauders

Mac's Drive In Marauders fell to Parker Scrappers 4-3 on Monday on the final play of the game. The game was tied at three with Parker Scrappers batting in the bottom of the fifth when Kale Sattler singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. Parker Scrappers got things moving in the first inning. Kale drove in one when he doubled. Mac's Drive In Marauders notched three runs in the fourth inning. The offensive firepower by Mac's Drive In Marauders was led by Colton Koetter, Joseph Yost, and Cruz McCarty, who all drove in runs. Kale led things off on the mound for Parker Scrappers. He surrendered zero runs on zero hits over two-thirds of an inning, walking zero. Bo Schlegel was on the mound for Mac's Drive In Marauders. He lasted two innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out six and walking one. Elijah Smith threw two and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen. Schlegel, Vince Mashek, and McCarty each managed one hit to lead Mac's Drive In Marauders. Mac's Drive In Marauders didn't commit a single error in the field. Mashek had 11 chances in the field, the most on the team. Parker Scrappers tallied five hits in the game. Blake Steinmetz and Kale all had multiple hits for Parker Scrappers. Parker Scrappers tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases. Ty Junker led the way with two.



My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts's Two Pitchers Combine In No-Hitter To Defeat Sports Shoppe Iron Birds

My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts's two pitchers didn't allow a single hit, as My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts defeated Sports Shoppe Iron Birds 2-0 on Monday. Wyatt Benes struck out Tripp Raile to get the last out of the game. The pitching was strong on both sides. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts pitchers struck out 11, while Sports Shoppe Iron Birds pitchers sat down nine. Kooper Rakes was on the hill for My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts. He went two and a third innings, allowing zero runs on zero hits and striking out seven. Trevan Rundle started the game for Sports Shoppe Iron Birds. He allowed one hit and one run over two innings, striking out three. Tripp threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts hit one home run on the day. Rakes put one out in the fourth inning. Rakes went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts in hits. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Benes had the most chances in the field with eight. Drayvin Rammage led My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with six stolen bases.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Stage fright was no factor for a Michigan baseball program that's in the College World Series for the first time in 35 years. The Wolverines just kept doing what they've been doing since the NCAA Tournament started.

"Pitching, defense, timely hitting seems to be the recipe of the postseason," coach Erik Bakich said.

The Wolverines got all three once again Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park.

Jimmy Kerr's first triple in two years helped build an early lead, Karl Kauffmann pitched seven strong innings and the Wolverines opened their first CWS appearance since 1984 with a 5-3 victory over Texas Tech.

The last time Michigan made it this far, a team led by future Hall of Famer Barry Larkin went 0-2. The Wolverines had lost four straight in the CWS since winning their first game in 1983.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Drew Parrish called it the best performance of his career. It came at the right time and place for Florida State, which is attempting to send its coach and all-time NCAA wins leader into retirement with his first national championship.

Parrish limited Arkansas to five hits in eight innings and J.C. Flowers scored on a sacrifice fly in the ninth before closing it out on the mound, giving the Seminoles a 1-0 win in the first game of Mike Martin's 17th College World Series appearance on Saturday night.

FSU had lost five CWS openers since last winning one in 1999. Of the past 38 national champions, 34 won their first game in Omaha.

The win was the sixth straight in the NCAA Tournament for Florida State (42-21).

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marshall Gilbert hit a bases-loaded single up the middle that capped a four-run ninth inning and gave Mississippi State a 5-4 walk-off victory over Auburn in the College World Series. The No. 6 national seed Bulldogs threatened time and again before finally breaking through in the ninth for its sixth straight win in the NCAA Tournament.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Austin Martin homered on Reid Detmers' first pitch of the game and he went deep again in the seventh to break a tie in Vanderbilt's 3-1 victory over Louisville on Sunday in the College World Series. Drake Fellows came off a poor outing in the super regionals to pitch seven strong innings and help No. 2 national seed Vanderbilt (55-11) set a program record for wins and improve to 4-0 in its CWS openers.

Monday, June 17th Schedule 
1pm - Texas Tech vs Arkansas - Elimination Game
6pm - Michigan vs Florida St - Winners Bracket Game 


Boutique Air Hot Rods Fights Back In Loss To Mac's Drive In Marauders

Boutique Air Hot Rods's effort to come back from down five runs in the second inning came up just short, as they fell 6-5 to Mac's Drive In Marauders on Friday. Boutique Air Hot Rods put up three runs in the failed comeback. Braidon Garcia and Aiden Lauer all picked up RBIs in the rally. Theron Erickson got the start for Mac's Drive In Marauders. He surrendered three runs on two hits over two innings, striking out two. Mason West toed the rubber for Boutique Air Hot Rods. He went two innings, allowing five runs on four hits and striking out three. Brody Anthony and James Henning entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one inning and two-thirds of an inning respectively. Boutique Air Hot Rods tallied one home run on the day. Lauer put one out in the third inning. Lauer, Garcia, and West all had one hit to lead Boutique Air Hot Rods. Boutique Air Hot Rods was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Cooper Soundy had the most chances in the field with six.



Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats Can't Quite Erase 5-Run Deficit In Loss To Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps

Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats's effort to come back from down five runs in the fourth inning came up just short, as they fell 6-4 to Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps on Friday. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats scored two runs in the failed comeback on a triple by Asher Wilson and a single by Steven Werkmeister.

Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats fell behind early in the loss. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps scored on a stolen base by Jackson Hartwell and a double by Lee Davidson in the first inning. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps got things started in the first inning. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps scored on a stolen base during Caleb Sughroue's at bat. Then Sughroue singled. Davidson was on the hill for Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps. He surrendered one run on two hits over four and a third innings, striking out 13 and walking one. Asher Wilson toed the rubber for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. He went two and a third innings, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out six and walking one. Hayden Uerling, Grady Lentz, and Wilson each contributed in relief for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. Wilson led Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats with two hits in three at bats. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats stole eight bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Uerling led the way with two. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats didn't commit a single error in the field. Spencer Snyder had 13 chances in the field, the most on the team. Davidson went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps in hits.




North Platte, Neb. (June 14, 2019) – A potential win in North Platte will get Blake Chauvin farther down the road.


The Raceland, Louisiana cowboy had a time of 7.8 seconds in the tie-down roping during the third night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, to tie for the lead in the second round in his event.


He rode a thirteen year old sorrel mare named Sister, who he purchased a year ago. The mare has been a blessing, he said. “She always works good, scores good, stops and pulls,” Chauvin said. Sister has her moments, though. “She’s a nag,” he said. “She can be mean sometimes, and sometimes she’s just the coolest horse to be around. It’s mood swings, I guess.”


A 2018 high school graduate, Chauvin, who is nineteen years old, began pro rodeo as soon as high school was over. He’s rodeoing fulltime, and a check from the Buffalo Bill Rodeo will help get him farther down the road.


But rodeo was not his first love. His granddad, Ridley Chauvin, was a tie-down roper and wanted his grandson to rope. Blake was not interested, choosing football instead. When he was fourteen years old, he got on a good horse and picked up a rope, and was hooked. “Grandpa roped calves all his life, and growing up, he always wanted me to rope. I didn’t want to rope at first. I just wanted to play football.” Once he started, “I’ve loved it since.”


Chauvin did well through the winter, rodeoing in the southeastern part of the U.S. The summer has been slow, though. “I’ve had a little rough start to the summer,” he said. The potential win in North Platte will get him started. “I had to get things going,” he said.


Like many other cowboys, Chauvin would someday like to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and be like twenty-four time world champion Trevor Brazile. “That’s everybody’s goal, to be the next Trevor Brazile. He’s a great guy. That’s every cowboy’s dream, to be like him.”


And the first phone call he makes after he’s done roping is to his granddad Ridley and grandma Joanna. “He tells me to call him as soon as I’m done roping,” Chauvin said. Chauvin sends videos of his runs to Joanna, who shows the videos to Ridley, because Ridley’s phone is a flip phone.


Chauvin will not place in the average; on his first run during slack earlier in the week, he did not make a qualified run.


Other fast times and high scores from the Friday night performance are bareback rider Mason Clements, Draper, Utah (82 points); steer wrestlers Denell Henderson, Damascus, Ark. and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. (4.2 seconds each); saddle bronc rider Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D. (87 points); team ropers Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla./Shay Dixon Carroll, La Junta, Colo. (5.3 seconds); and barrel racer Shali Lord, Lamar Colo. (17.44 seconds). No bull riders made qualified rides tonight.


The final night of rodeo in North Platte wraps up on Saturday, June 15 when champions will be crowned and custom engraved buckles awarded to winners. The big rodeo parade takes place on Saturday at 1 pm. NebraskalandDays continues with more activities through June 22. The celebration wraps up next weekend with concerts by Jake Owen and special guests the Casey Donahew Band and the Whiskey Bent Band (June 21) and Kane Brown with special guests Lindsay Ell and Travis Denning (June 22).

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Results, 3rd  Performance June 14, 2019

North Platte, Nebraska – Buffalo Bill Rodeo


Bareback Riding 

1. Mason Clements, Draper, Utah 82 points on Nutrena’s Little Jet; 2. (tie) Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. and Blaine Kaufman, Pretty Prairie, Kan. 81 each; 4. Cauy Pool, Bonanza, Ore. 78.5.


Steer Wrestling

2nd go round

1. (tie) Denell Henderson, Damascus, Ark. and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. 4.2 seconds each; 3. Jon Herl, Goodland, Kan. 4.5; 4. Sam Powers, Sonora, Texas 4.6.


Tie Down Roping

2nd go round

1. Blake Chauvin, Raceland, La. 7.8 seconds; 2. Todd Brown, Lamar, Colo. 9.3; 3. Morgan Murray, Colorado Springs, Colo. 13.0; 4.  L.D. Meier, Limon, Colo. 23.5.


Saddle bronc riding

1. Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D. 87 points on Nutrena’s Little Angel; 2. Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.81; 3. Cody Martin, Eagle, Colo. 80.5; 4. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 79.


Team roping

1. Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla./Shay Dixon Carroll, La Junta, Colo. 5.3 seconds; 2. Jay Tittel, Pueblo, Colo./Richard Durham, Henrietta, Texas 6.1; 3. Denton Taylor, Craig, Colo./Dusty Taylor,  Craig, Colo. 6.6; 4. Travis Bounds, Clifton, Colo./T.J. Watts, Eads, Colo. 6.7.


Barrel racing

1. Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo. 17.44; 2. Deb Cox, Mullen, 18.06; 3. Gayle White, Dickens, Neb. 18.12; 4. Jeanne Anderson, White City, Kan. 18.59.


Bull Riding

No qualified rides.


** All results are unofficial. 


One of the catalysts in Nebraska baseball’s rise to national prominence in his playing days, Will Bolt returns to his alma mater as head coach. Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos named Bolt the 24th head coach of the Husker baseball program on Friday.

Bolt brings 16 years of coaching experience to the Nebraska program, including five seasons on the Husker baseball staff and four years as a head coach at Texarkana College.

Bolt served as Nebraska’s Associate Head Coach under Darin Erstad from 2012 to 2014 and also was a volunteer assistant on the 2005 Husker team that reached the College World Series. As a player or coach, Bolt has been a part of all three of Nebraska’s College World Series teams and all four Super Regional squads.

Bolt returns to Lincoln after spending the past five seasons on the Texas A&M staff where he helped the Aggies to five straight NCAA regional appearances and a trip to the 2017 College World Series.

“The opportunity to come back home to Nebraska and lead the Husker baseball program is such a blessing and honor for my family and me,” Bolt said. “It is such an exciting time in Husker athletics with the foundation laid by Bill Moos within the athletic department, and the success Coach Erstad and staff have had on the field.

“My family and I have the fondest affection for the Huskers and the city of Lincoln, and truly cannot wait to become part of the Husker family again!”

The native of Conroe, Texas, had his first association with the Nebraska program as a player for the Huskers from 1999 to 2002. A member of Dave Van Horn’s first recruiting class at Nebraska, Bolt played on four NCAA regional teams and captained the Huskers’ first two College World Series teams in 2001 and 2002. Bolt finished his Husker playing career with school records in games played (251), games started (242), at-bats (922), hits (281), doubles (56) and assists (639).

“Will Bolt has been a winner at every stop he has made as a coach and player, and I am proud to welcome him back to Lincoln as our next head baseball coach,” Moos said. “Will was a part of the most successful teams in the history of our baseball program, and he knows what it takes to win here.

“Will has proven to be an outstanding recruiter wherever he has coached. He understands the appeal of Nebraska and everything our baseball program and University has to offer to student-athletes.”

Bolt and his wife, Lauren, have two sons, Jaxon and Austin, and one daughter, Bella. Bolt has signed a five-year contract that will pay him $300,000 annually.


McCook Community College has named Kyle Drennan as men’s basketball coach and career coach. Drennan comes from McNeese State University at Lake Charles, La. where he was Director of Operations for the basketball staff.

“I've been involved in many search committees over the years and it's rare to see someone come in with so much passion and excitement for a job, especially when it involves more than just coaching basketball,” said Kelly Rippen, Area Vice President of Student Affairs and McCook Community College. She said Drennan brings a strong foundation in business, marketing, and management that is perfect for the Career Coaching role. From the basketball side, he’s been part of several successful programs and has a “wonderful network in collegiate athletics.

A 2009 graduate from the University of Colorado, Drennan has nearly 10 years of experience in working with athletic programs in terms of team management, planning, player development, mentoring, marketing and promoting, film breakdown, and leadership skills.

“We were very impressed when Kyle came to interview,” said Athletic Director Jon Olsen. “He displayed a great passion for the game of basketball as well as a high level of organization which will help him succeed at McCook.”

Drennan came to McNeese after serving as the Director of Scouting and Operations with JUCO Advocate out of Austin, Texas, where he guided players to the JUCO ranks then assisted them in getting scholarships from four-year programs. He worked as the Director of Scouting and Social Media at Texas Top 100 where he developed and executed regional camps, evaluated players at the local and national levels, spearheaded social media coverage of live and upcoming events, and much more.

Drennan started coaching in 2015 as an assistant coach at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan. He started his career in marketing with the Fenway Sports Group and the Salem Red Sox, a minor league baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. There he development short and long term marketing plans as well as building relationships with Fortune 500 companies. After that, he became the Assistant Director of Operations at PAQ-Source in Denver where he developed strategic plans and the overseeing of assigned operations.

“I’m excited to be here and excited to dive into being part of this community,” Drennan said, adding that having coached in a small town in Kansas (Parsons) he understands the pride aspect of it.

“Not just from the college’s standpoint but at the community college level your town invests in your kids,” Drennan said. “Host families open their doors to students and student athletes, businesses reach out… we are neighbors and want to be good neighbors and we want our neighbors to root for us. We plan on being out in the community a lot.”

Drennan said, as a coach he tries to confine his “rules” for athletes to five basic pillars that include: love, communication, appreciation, servant mentality and passion.

Since he inherits a team with only one returning freshman, he’s fast-tracking his recruiting. He’ll be in Chicago Monday to speak with a point guard. Thanks to his connections with JUCO Advocate, he has commitments from a couple post players from Europe and has interests serious enough to visit three players in Texas, as well as the Washington D.C., area and Canada. He also knows there area players locally and in Nebraska who fit his mold of what he’s looking for.

“It definitely be will be a different-looking team in 2019-2020,” Drennan said.

“Kyle is very tied in on the recruiting scene which will not only help in the short time period for this year but moving forward as our head men’s basketball coach,” Olsen said.

Rippen said Drennan’s ability to recruit top athletes and bring out the best in them on the court and in the classroom impressed the MCC hiring committee, as did his coaching philosophy and experiences over the past 10 years.

Drennan describes his offensive philosophy as a lot of pick-and-roll, with skilled big men. He likes to space the floor, and his shooters better be ready to shoot. “I’d like to have a team that can play fast on misses, and defensively we want to be tough and dictate how the other team has to play.” He likes defenses that can take away their opponents top option and rebounding is always a priority.

“Basically anything that comes with effort, I want my team to be good at those things, and those are the type of qualities I’ll recruit,” Drennan said.

“I am excited for Kyle to get to work and looking forward the working with him as our new head men’s basketball coach,” Olsen said.

“He's an impressive individual with a strong work ethic and will be an excellent addition to the college and the community,” Rippen said. “We are thrilled to have him join our college family.

Drennan fills the vacancy held by Brandon Lenhart who took a job at Minot State University in Minot, N.D. Lenhart was at MCC for 12 years, compiling a 192-181 record.


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