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The Paxton Pre-Holiday Basketball Tournament will start on December 18th in Paxton.  Maywood-Hayes Center Girls will play Mullen at 5pm MT in the East Gym.  The Maywood-Hayes Center Boys will also take on Mullen at approx. 6:45pm MT.  View full bracket below. 





Topside Tip Off Basketball Tournament 
Goodland, Kansas 

Thursday, December 6th 
Girls - Colby 42, McCook 13 
Boys - Colby 64, McCook 54 

Friday, December 7th 
Girls - Yuma 58, McCook 31 
Boys - McCook 47, Norton 25

Saturday, December 8th 
Girls -  McCook 50, Burlington 45 
Boys - McCook 59, Burlington 34

McCook girls (1-2) back in action Tuesday, December 11th hosting Cozad. McCook boys open the season going (2-1). Both teams will play at North Platte on Friday, December 14th, and at Holdrege on December, 15th. Listen live on The Zone 93.9. 




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All five starters scored in double figures as No. 24/25 Nebraska used a balanced and efficient offensive attack to cruise to a 94-75 victory over Creighton Saturday evening in front of 15,950 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Nebraska scored 47 points in each half while putting up the third-highest point total in its 52 all-time meetings with Creighton. The Huskers, who led by as many as 22, were up 13 at the half and Creighton never got closer than nine in the second half. Nebraska, which improved to 8-2 with the win, earned its 17th consecutive home win, as the Huskers have won each of their six home games this season by at least 15 points.

James Palmer Jr. paced the Husker offense with 30 points, his second career 30-point effort. Palmer hit 9-of-12 shots from the field, including a career-high six 3-pointers, and he was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Thomas Allen added a career-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Isaiah Roby chipped in 15 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Glynn Watson Jr. added 13 points and a game-high five assists, while Isaac Copeland scored 11 points.

Nebraska shot 53.3 percent from the field, hitting 32 of its 60 shots for its third-most efficient performance of the season. That included knocking down 14-of-27 3-pointers for a season-high 51.9 percent from behind the arc. NU also outrebounded Creighton by four.

Creighton (6-3) was led by Mitch Ballock, who had a career-high-tying 23 points. Ballock was 7-of-10 from beyond the arc – including hitting each of his first six attempts – but the Huskers held him scoreless over the final 14:13. Davion Mintz (15) and Ty-Shon Alexander (10) were also in double figures for the Bluejays, but Nebraska limited Alexander to just one 3-pointer after the sophomore had hit multiple 3-pointers in every game this season.

Palmer got the Huskers going early, as he connected on his first three 3-pointers before Allen and Roby keyed an early 7-0 run, combining for all seven points as Nebraska built a 16-9 lead.

The Huskers led 18-10 when Palmer picked up his second foul, but the Huskers built the lead with the All-American candidate on the bench. NU went on a 19-4 surge, building a 21-point lead at 37-16 after a Nana Akenten 3-pointer with 7:18 left in the first half.

Nebraska led 47-26 after a Watson jumper, but the Bluejays made a run, outscoring the Huskers 8-0 to pull within 13 at the break.

Behind the shooting of Ballock, Creighton continued to chip away, pulling to within 51-42 after his sixth 3-pointer of the evening, but a pair of Roby free throws and Palmer’s 3-pointer pushed the lead back to 55-42 with 16:35 left.

Nebraska continued to extend the lead and led 77-60 before the visitors made one last run, Creighton ran off seven straight points to cut the deficit to 10 on 3-pointer from Mintz, but the answered once again. Creighton was within 81-70 before Isaac Copeland’s 3-pointer started a 13-2 run capped by Palmer’s sixth 3-pointer with 1:22 remaining.

The Huskers take a break for finals before traveling to Sioux Falls, S.D. for a matchup with Oklahoma State on Sunday, Dec. 16. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and will be carried by the Husker Sports Network and televised on BTN.





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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team dropped its final game of the calendar year Saturday at home, losing 84-80 to Laramie County Community College.

“We were just ill-prepared, even from the shoot-around,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said. “And I let it happen.”

In assessing the game and how the team could have been “five points better” than LCC, the coach cited the presence of nagging physical and mental breakdowns. “Not big issues but a lot of little ones that happened through the entire 40 minutes that cost us the game.” For instance, he cited the lack of focus on the team’s scouting report.

“It wasn’t necessarily a lack of effort tonight but more a lack of concentration on doing the job we need them to do to be a better team,” Lenhart said.

Tied at the half 38-38 the teams traded leads 11 times and were tied eight times until the Golden Eagles took control over the past five minutes of the game stretching the lead to nine points at the 1:59 minute mark of the second half and the Indians cut the lead to two, got a defensive stop but couldn’t take advantage of free throws.

Four MCC players scored in double-figures.

Freshman Miles Black (Jonesboro, Ga.) led the way with 15 points, sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) and freshman Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) each scored 12 points, and freshman Kailee White Jr. (Henrietta, N.Y.) scored 11 points.

MCC won the rebound battle 38-28 with Cunningham and White each snatching six each.

The Indians shot 45 percent from the field for the game, 37.5 percent on 16 attempts from beyond the 3-point line, and 76.9 percent on 22 free-throw shots. LCCC was 47.4 percent from the field, 42.1 percent on 19 attempts from distance and 91.7 percent on 24 free throws.

MCC limited turnovers to seven, compared to nine for the Golden Eagles.

Laramie County is now 5-8 on the season while MCC finishes the semester at 6-7.

“We all need to do some big-time soul-searching over the break – coaches included,” Lenhart said.

The Indians will scrimmage Colby Community College Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. at home, head to York Jan. 10 to play the Concordia JC team, and face Air Force Prep Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. at home.

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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The McCook Community College Lady Indian basketball team reached the 10-win mark Saturday with a 78-71 win over Laramie County Community College in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

“It was a gut-check moment for us,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said.

MCC was tied at 23 after the first period but the Golden Eagles dominated the second period running to a nine-point lead at the midway point of the second period. MCC trailed 42-35 at the half and 58-53 at the end of the third period.

“Our overall effort just got better as we went along,” Fernetti said. “I’m proud of our effort.”

The Lady Indians out-scored LCCC 25-13 in the fourth period.

“Our balanced scoring makes us tough to guard,” Fernetti said.

Five Lady Indians scored in double-figures led by a pair of sophomores who each scored 17 including Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.), who also had nine rebounds, and Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain).

Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) scored 14 points, sophomore Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) scored 11 and freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 10 points and pulled down a team-high 17 rebounds.

“Ten wins before break is definitely a good position to be in,” Fernetti said. “Now we can rest up, get healthy and pick up Jan. 2.”

Laramie County Community College falls to 9-5,

Following the holiday break the Lady Indians return to action Jan. 7 at home against Southeast Community College for a Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference game.

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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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The sixth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team stifled one of the nation's top offenses to earn a seventh straight trip to the NCAA Regional Finals with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-23) sweep of No. 10 Kentucky on Friday at Minnesota's Maturi Pavilion.

The Huskers won their 11th straight match to improve to 27-6 on the season and will face the winner of No. 2 Minnesota and No. 14 Oregon on Saturday at 5 p.m. The match will be broadcast on ESPNU, WatchESPN.com and Husker Sports Network radio affiliates.

Nebraska out-hit Kentucky .239 to .165, holding the Wildcats to a season-low hitting percentage. It marked the 13th time this season Nebraska has held an opponent to a season-low hitting percentage. Kentucky entered the match hitting .304 this season, the fourth-best mark in the nation, but Nebraska blocked the Wildcats eight times.

Mikaela Foecke had 14 kills and 10 digs while hitting .303, and Lexi Sun had 13 kills and seven digs. Lauren Stivrins added eight kills. Four different Huskers had at least three blocks, led by Callie Schwarzenbach's five and Jazz Sweet's four. Both players also had four kills. Foecke and Stivrins both tallied three blocks.

Nicklin Hames had 38 assists and 11 digs for her 22nd double-double of the season, which ties Jordan Larson for NU's most in a single season in the rally-scoring era.

Nebraska had two more aces (4-2) and four fewer service errors (5-9) than the Wildcats (26-5), who had their 23-match win streak snapped. The Huskers had a 55-49 edge in digs, with Kenzie Maloney, Megan Miller and Hames all posting 11 digs.

Three different Wildcats had seven kills.

Set 1: Sun had two early kills and an ace, as the Huskers rallied from down 3-1 to take an 11-7 lead, while Kentucky committed three service errors and three attacking errors. Two kills by Alli Stumler brought Kentucky within two, but Stivrins and Foecke terminated back-to-back kills to restore a four-point lead, 13-9. A back-row kill by Foecke and a Kentucky miscue made it 15-10 Huskers. After the Wildcats cut it to three, they committed another service error and Stivrins and Foecke stuffed an attack for an 18-13 lead, forcing Kentucky's second timeout. Maloney came out of the timeout with an ace to make it 19-13. Stivrins and Sun tacked on three more kills and combined for a block, and the Huskers increased the lead to 24-15 after an 8-2 spurt. Nebraska won 25-17, holding Kentucky to .100 hitting. Sun had four kills and no errors to lead the Big Red.

Set 2: The Huskers picked up where they left off in set one, taking a 6-1 lead courtesy of two blocks by Sweet, one with Schwarzenbach and one with Stivrins. Foecke blasted three more kills and put the Huskers up 8-2. The Huskers used a timeout after Kentucky pulled within 9-5 via back-to-back blocks. Stivrins immediately earned sideout for the Huskers, and a tough serve by Hayley Densberger forced a Kentucky hitting error to make it 11-5 Huskers. Nebraska led 14-7 after kills by Sun and Sweet, but Kentucky responded with a 3-0 run out of a timeout to get within four, 14-10. The teams traded six sideouts before Avery Skinner and Caitlyn Cooper terminated for Kentucky to get the Wildcats within 17-15. Stivrins ended the Wildcats' 3-0 run with back-to-back slide kills to make it 19-15. Kentucky got back within two at 21-19 but then committed a service error. Sweet found the floor for a kill, and Foecke and Schwarzenbach blocked Wildcat attacks for the final two Husker points to give them a 25-20 win and a 2-0 lead in the match.

Set 3: Nebraska fell behind 4-1 but rallied to tie the set at 6-6 with back-to-back kills by Stivrins and Sun. The Wildcats then went on a 5-0 run to take an 11-6 lead, however. A pair of kills by Sun brought NU within three, 12-9, but Kentucky had an answer once again, scoring the next three points for a 15-9 lead. The lead went to seven before Foecke killed consecutive rallies and Miller served an ace to cut it to four, 18-14. After Kentucky got sideout, Stivrins struck for two more kills and Kentucky hit long to get the Huskers within 19-17. Kentucky went back ahead by four, 22-18, but Sun's 13th kill and a block by Sweet and Schwarzenbach cut the deficit back to two, 22-20. Nebraska trailed 23-20 when Sweet connected for kills from both the left and right sides to cut it to one, 23-22, and Foecke terminated to tie the set at 23-23, the first tie since 6-6. Nebraska earned match point at 24-23 after winning a challenge that Kentucky committed a net violation, and Foecke finished the match off with her match-high 14th kill.

Match Notes

  • Nebraska improved to 27-6 overall and won its 11th straight match.
  • The Huskers advanced to an NCAA Regional Final for the seventh straight season and for the 28th time in the Huskers’ 37 all-time NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • Nebraska has made 16 NCAA Regional Final appearances in John Cook's 19 years at Nebraska, more than any other school in that span.
  • NU will play the winner of No. 2 Minnesota and No. 14 Oregon on Saturday at 5 p.m. (CT) for a chance to reach a fourth straight final four. The Huskers have never been to four consecutive NCAA Semifinals.
  • John Cook is 70-14 in the NCAA Tournament at Nebraska. Including his seven seasons at Wisconsin, Cook is 78-18 in the postseason.
  • Nebraska won its ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament match to improve to 111-31 (.782) all-time in the postseason, the second-best win percentage behind only Stanford (.796).
  • Nebraska’s two seniors who have been with the program all four years - Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney – are 19-1 in their NCAA Tournament careers. The duo is a combined 50-2 all-time in the months of November and December.
  • Foecke had the third double-double of her NCAA Tournament career with 14 kills and 10 digs. The others were in the 2017 NCAA Semifinal (Penn State) and Championship (Florida).
  • NU held Kentucky to a season-low .165 hitting percentage, the 13th time this season Nebraska has held a team to its lowest hitting percentage of the season. Kentucky came into the match hitting .305, which ranked fourth nationally.
  • The Huskers have now held 26 of their 33 opponents under .200 hitting this year, and 13 have hit below .100.
  • Freshman setter Nicklin Hames had her 22nd double-double of the season with 38 assists and 11 digs. That ties Jordan Larson for the single-season school record for double-doubles in the rally-scoring era.





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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team overcame a slow start offensively, erased a 10-point deficit just before halftime, and came back to down Eastern Wyoming College Friday night 76-66.

“Our guys did a good job of putting their feet down and coming out with a much better effort the final 20 minutes of this game,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said.

The Indians trailed at the half 34-26 after making just eight of 28 shots (29.6 percent).

“I thought we did a good job guarding their 3-point shooters, that’s their game and we held them to 17 percent,” Lenhart said. The MCC perimeter defense limited the Lancers to one of 12 shots from 3-point distance in the second half.

“Offensive rebounds were key for us in a lot of critical situations tonight,” Lenhart said. “This game went very similar to our game with them in Torrington last month although we didn’t get down by as much there but were able to take charge in the second half.”

The Indians won the rebound battle 40-33 including 13 on the offensive end while the Lancers had just four.

Freshman Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) and sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent) tied for team-high scoring honors with 17 points apiece.

“I thought Tyrek not only lifted us offensively and on defense but has become a phenomenal leader this season,” Lenhart said. “He does things that you don’t necessarily see but he is a presence for his teammates from a leadership standpoint.”

“Peanut Cunningham had a phenomenal game for us too,” Lenhart said.

The Lancers fall to 4-8 on the season

“Eastern Wyoming’s a good team and our team deserves a lot of credit for beating a good team,” Lenhart said, “Their record might not show it but they’ve played some solid teams in our region very tough.”

MCC evens its slate at 6-6 heading into the final game of the calendar year Saturday at home. The Indians play Laramie County Community College, a team they lost to 80-74 in mid-November. The Eagles were 4-7 entering Friday’s game in North Platte.

The Indians will scrimmage Colby Community College Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. at home, head to York Jan. 10 to play the Concordia JC team, and face Air Force Prep Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. at home.

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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For the second time this season Eastern Wyoming beat the McCook Community College Lady Indian basketball team with the latest coming Friday night at home 90-88.

“It was a very fun competitive game tonight and we just fell short,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “My team kept fighting and battling.”

On Nov. 9 The Lancers downed MCC in Torrington 90-84 in overtime before handing the Lady Indians their first loss at home this season Friday.

The teams changed leads nine times, and they were tied eight times. While the Lady Indians got down by 11 points with 1:21 left in the first half, and trailed 51-41 at the half they battled back to take the lead twice in the second half.

Sophomore Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) led MCC with 26 points (including a 13-for-14 night from the free-throw line). Sophomore Makayla Jones, (Aurora, Colo.) scored 18 points, freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 14 points. Sophomore Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain) scored 12 points and freshman Lena Goerke (Hamburg, Germany) scored 11 points.

MCC shot 41.2 percent from the field in the first half and upped that to 43.6 percent in the second half. From the line the Lady Indians made 22 of 28 free throws (78.6 percent).

“I like where we are heading despite the loss. We can learn from this and be better for it,” Fernetti said. “Moving forward, we need a better focus defensively in transition and we have to rebound better.”

The Lancers out-rebounded MCC 49-40 and the Lady Indians gave up 13 offensive rebounds to Eastern Wyoming. Sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) had seven rebounds along with Jones.

Eastern Wyoming improves to 11-1

“Both games with them were close, but we have to have a focus for 40 minutes against elite quality teams. Proud of my team, and we have a big test vs Laramie County tomorrow,” Fernetti said.

MCC falls to 9-4 with a chance to win 10 games before the Christmas break with the 2 p.m. game Saturday against Laramie County Community College – a team MCC beat in Cheyenne last month 79-76.

This will be the final game for the Lady Indians until returning from the holiday break Jan. 7 at home against Southeast Community College.

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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Former McCook Community College Volleyball standout Ashley Carson signed her letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Coker College a Division II school in Hartsville South Carolina.  Listen to Full Interviews with Ashley Carson and MCC Volleyball Head Coach Hayley Kobza.





Ashley Carson

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The No. 24/25 Nebraska men’s basketball team led by double-digits with 10 minutes to play Wednesday night at Minnesota, but the Huskers could not hold the lead down the stretch in an 85-78 loss to the Golden Gophers at Williams Arena.

Nebraska (7-2, 1-1) led for much of the game and was on top 67-56 midway through the second half. But the Husker offense went cold from there and Minnesota’s offense caught fire, as the Gophers (7-2, 1-1) outscored Nebraska 29-11 over the game’s final 10 minutes. During that stretch, Nebraska was just 3-of-12 from the field, while Minnesota was 9-of-16.

The Gophers used a 9-0 run to turn a five-point deficit into a 77-73 lead with 2:26 remaining, and the Huskers were never able to get closer than two the rest of the way. Minnesota won by shooting 51.8 percent from the field – including 57.1 percent in the second half – becoming the first Husker opponent in 35 games to shoot better than 50 percent.

Amir Coffey paced the Gopher offense with a career-high 32 points, including 18 in the second half. Jordan Murphy had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, with 12 of his points coming in the second half.

Nebraska shot 45.9 percent on the game, but the Huskers hit only 38 percent of their shots in the second half. It was a balanced night offensively for the Big Red as six Huskers finished with at least nine points. Isaac Copeland had 17 points and Isaiah Roby added 15 points, but both players fouled out down the stretch. Glynn Watson Jr. had 14 points and James Palmer Jr. rounded out Nebraska’s double-figure scorers with 11 points, but he was held scoreless in the second half while missing all seven of his shots. Thomas Allen Jr. and Brady Heiman scored nine points apiece.

Things started out well as Nebraska scored on five of its first six possessions to start the game. A pair of 6-0 runs gave Nebraska a 12-4 lead and forced a Minnesota timeout less than three minutes into the contest. The timeout did not slow down NU’s offense, as the Huskers stretched the lead to 19-10 three minutes later.

The Huskers’ offensive efficiency kept Minnesota at bay, as Nebraska maintained its nine-point advantage when Allen knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 28-19 with 9:19 left in the first half.

But following Allen’s three, Nebraska’s offense hit a lull over the next five minutes, allowing Minnesota to go on a 15-4 run to take a 36-32 lead. Coffey scored 11 straight Gopher points during the run, while Heiman accounted for all four Husker points.

Heiman then delivered a key offensive rebound that sparked a half-ending run for the Huskers. Heiman’s rebound led to a pair of Palmer free throws, snapping NU’s nearly four-minute scoring drought. Palmer went to the line after he drew a foul on Coffey, which forced Coffey to the bench for the final 4:11 of the half with three fouls.

With Coffey on the bench, Nebraska closed the half on a 10-3 run, turning a two-point deficit into a five-point halftime lead. Palmer (six points) and Heiman (four points) combined to score all 10 points during the run, while Nebraska held Minnesota without a field goal for the final 2:57 of the half. Palmer led the Huskers with 11 first-half points, and Nebraska forced eight first-half turnovers which led to a 15-3 Husker advantage in points off turnovers.

After closing the first half on a 10-3 run, Nebraska opened the second half on a 7-1 spurt to build its first double-digit lead at 51-40 two minutes into the period. The Huskers extended the lead to 13 one minute later on a pair of Watson free throws.

Nebraska continued to lead by double digits until the Gophers went on a 6-0 run during a three-minute Husker scoring drought, trimming the lead to 58-50 with 13 minutes remaining. Roby ended the run with a pair of free throws before the teams began trading baskets.

The Huskers led 67-56 at the 10-minute mark following a Nana Akenten 3-pointer. But Nebraska’s offense went cold from there, as the Huskers hit only three field goals and scored just 11 points over the final 10 minutes.

A three-minute scoring drought allowed Minnesota to trim the lead to four before Watson nailed a jumper to put the Huskers on top 71-65 with 4:57 to play. The Huskers then went nearly three more minutes without scoring, but Minnesota was not able to cut into the deficit until a game-changing run.

Trailing by five, Dupree McBrayer hit a 3-pointer and Minnesota knocked down four consecutive free throws to take their first lead of the second half at 74-73. Coffey then capped a 9-0 Gopher run in a span of just 1:49 to give Minnesota a 77-73 lead with 2:24 to play.

Watson snapped the run with a driving basket to pull the Huskers within two but Minnesota scored four of the next five points to build a five-point lead. Copeland responded with a driving layup that brought it back to a one-possession game at 81-78 with 43.8 seconds left. But Nebraska missed a pair of late 3-pointers and Minnesota hit all four of its free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

Nebraska returns to action on Saturday, when the Huskers host Creighton at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff between the Huskers and Bluejays is set for 5 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.





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