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The McCook Community College volleyball team overcame a slight case of opening-night jitters in the first set of the season but went on to sweep Garden City Community College Thursday night 27-25, 25-15 and, 25-18 in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

The Lady Indians came out strong in the first set to take a comfortable lead, but stalled just enough to let the Broncbusters back into the set.

“I think that just goes back to how young we are (four sophomores and 10 freshmen) -- and I may be saying that all season -- but it does take time for the girls to be able to work together as a team,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza.

The coach was pleased with how many players were able to step into the rotation and fill roles and make adjustments and she plans to continue that this weekend for the four-game tournament in North Platte.

“I feel like everybody we have on the team is great, they are so versatile and ready to play,” Kobza said.

Freshman Fernanda Canedo, (Cochabamba, Boliva) led the Lady Indians with 15 kills. Sophomore Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) had six. Freshman Quinci Johnson, (Nunn, Colo.) was credited with four and sophomore Bailey Honn, (McCook) had three.

Kobza was also pleased with the improvement from the Tuesday night scrimmage with Durham College. “We wanted to fix some little mistakes from Tuesday so I gave each of the girls little things to work on and you could tell, they took it to heart,” Kobza said.

The Lady Indians will see some familiar and motivated foes in the Mid-Plains Subway Invite in North Platte. The Lady Indians will start the day Friday with a 3 p.m. game with Eastern Wyoming then take on Durham College at 7 p.m. On Saturday, MCC plays Hesston College (Kan.) at 10 a.m. and Garden City at 2 p.m.

“Those rematches with Durham and Garden City – they’re going to want to come gunning for us so we’re going to have to bring the heat and our freshmen better be ready to go,” Kobza said.

Durham College of Oshawa, Ontario has been in McCook since Sunday for preseason training and a cultural exchange with the MCC volleyball team. The Lords played Western Nebraska in the early game Thursday at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center and lost in three sets 25-20, 25-14, 25-19.

For the latest on MCC volleyball and all MCC sports including, schedules, rosters, photographs, and other news, please check out the official home of MCC Athletics at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=wvball

For more photographs from tonight’s game, please visit the McCook Community College Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

If you can make it to the games watch Lady Indian home games this season at https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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Lincoln - The Nebraska women’s basketball team will face a loaded nine-game Big Ten home schedule this season, beginning with its league opener against defending conference tournament champion Iowa on Saturday, Dec. 28.

Nebraska’s Big Ten tip-off against the Hawkeyes, who advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight a year ago, was the first of 18 conference dates for the Huskers announced by the Big Ten office and the Big Ten Network on Friday as part of the unveiling of the league-wide men’s and women’s basketball schedules for 2019-20.

No game times or television information were announced for any conference games. Those designations will come from the Big Ten at a later date.

Season tickets for Nebraska women’s basketball are on sale now at Huskers.com/Tickets and by calling 800-8-BIG-RED during regular business hours Monday-Friday at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office. Reserved season tickets are just $180 for the Huskers’ 18-game home schedule.

After opening Big Ten play at home against the Hawkeyes, the Huskers will hit the road for a New Year’s Eve clash with another 2019 NCAA Tournament team when they face Michigan State in East Lansing. The Spartans advanced to the NCAA Second Round last season.

The Huskers open January at home with back-to-back games against Minnesota (Jan. 4) and Wisconsin (Jan. 9) before back-to-back road games at 2019 NCAA Tournament teams Rutgers (Jan. 12) and Maryland (Jan. 16). The Big Red then return home for games against 2019 NCAA qualifier Michigan (Jan. 19) and Purdue (Jan. 22).

Nebraska closes January much like it opens the month, with back-to-back games against Wisconsin (Jan. 25) and Minnesota (Jan. 30) - this time on the road - to complete season series with the Badgers and Golden Gophers.

The Huskers will play three of their first four games in February at Pinnacle Bank Arena, beginning with a battle against Ohio State (Feb. 2), before facing 2019 NCAA Tournament qualifier Indiana (Feb. 9) and Penn State (Feb. 13). Those three home games surround a road trip to Iowa City to complete the season series against the Hawkeyes (Feb. 6).

Nebraska closes the regular season with three of its final four games on the road, starting with trips to Northwestern (Feb. 16) and Ohio State (Feb. 19), before closing regular-season home action against Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 22. The game against the Fighting Illini will mark Senior Day for Huskers Nicea Eliely, Kristian Hudson, Grace Mitchell and Hannah Whitish.

The Big Red will conclude the regular season with a road trip to Bloomington to complete the regular-season series with Indiana (Feb. 27), before returning to the Hoosier State for the Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis (March 4-8).

Coach Amy Williams, who enters her fourth season at the helm of the Huskers, returns five starters and each of the team’s top seven scorers from a year ago. The 2018 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year will lead a team that features three-year starters in seniors Nicea Eliely and Hannah Whitish along with returning starters in juniors Kate Cain and Taylor Kissinger. A strong group of four sophomores also returns for the Huskers, including Leigha Brown, Sam Haiby, Ashtyn Veerbee, and returning starter Kayla Mershon, who each played in all 30 games for Nebraska in 2018-19.




Lincoln – Five weekend Big Ten home games, including matchups with Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin, highlight Nebraska's 2019-20 men's basketball conference schedule released Friday morning.

The five home games include the Big Ten home opener against Elite Eight qualifier Purdue on Sunday, Dec. 15, as well as contests with Indiana (Jan. 18), Penn State (Feb. 1),  Wisconsin (Feb. 15) and Northwestern (March 1).

The 20-game slate begins with a pair of conference matchups in mid-December, as Nebraska will open Big Ten play at Indiana on Friday, Dec. 13, before hosting Elite Eight qualifier Purdue two days later.

Following non-conference action, the Huskers open 2020 at Pinnacle Bank Arena with matchups against Rutgers (Jan. 3) and Iowa (Jan. 7).  The remainder of January features home games with Indiana (Jan. 18) and Michigan (Jan. 28). The meeting with the Wolverines will feature the Big Ten's newest head coaches in NU's Fred Hoiberg and Michigan's Juwan Howard. The rest of NU's January schedule includes road tilts at Northwestern (Jan. 11), Ohio State (Jan. 14), Wisconsin (Jan. 21) and Rutgers (Jan. 25).

The February slate is highlighted by a visit by Final Four qualifier Michigan State, which will be likely open the season as the No. 1 team in the country, on Thursday, Feb. 20. It is one of three home games against NCAA qualifiers that month, as NU also hosts Wisconsin (Feb. 15) and Ohio State (Feb. 27) as well as Penn State (Feb. 1). NU also makes road trips to Iowa (Feb. 8), Maryland and Illinois (Feb. 24) in February.
NU's only home game in March is a Senior Day matchup with Northwestern on March 1, before the Huskers close out Big Ten play at Michigan (March 5) and Minnesota (March 8). The Big Ten Tournament takes place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis from March 11-15.

Start times and television information for all Big Ten games and non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date. All of the Huskers' Big Ten games, as well as the 2020 Big Ten Tournament, will be televised by one of the conference television partners, as the Big Ten has contracts with FOX Sports (Fox and FS1), ESPN (ESPN and ESPN2), CBS as well as BTN.

Season tickets for the 2019-20 season are completely sold out, while details on any remaining single-game tickets, including games over Holiday break, will be announced at a later date on Huskers.com/Tickets.




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Nate Neuhaus with the Nebraska School Activities Association talks with Hometown Family Radio about the officials clinic that was held in McCook.  Neuhaus also explains the shortage of officiating and how you can become an official.





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The McCook Bison Football Team had a successful run in 2018 finishing with a 9-2 record and a playoff berth.  The Bison will look for more success in 2019.  McCook will open up the season Friday August, 30th hosting Hastings.  View full interview with Coach Jeff Gross below.





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The Medicine Valley Raiders finished 2018 with a 5-4 record and a playoff berth.  Flashing back to 2017 where the Raiders had a perfect regular season and a Semi-Final berth in the playoffs before losing to eventual Runner-Up South Loup.  The Raiders felt like the 2018 season was a disappointment.  Med Valley doesn't want to experience a 5-4 season again like last year, instead Medicine Valley is hoping they can use experience from QB Sam Heapy, and TE Quade Potter and others to help propel the Raiders this season and a deep run in the playoffs, but the Raiders know they have a tough schedule ahead of them.   Full Interview with Head Coach Scott Johnsen below.





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The Nebraska volleyball team begins another season with the annual Red-White Scrimmage this Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Devaney Center. As of Thursday morning, a limited number of tickets and standing-room only are still available and can be purchased at Huskers.com/tickets. The Husker players will sign autographs following the scrimmage on the northwest concourse of the Devaney Center. 

The match will be broadcast on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com, on the official Huskers app and the TuneIn app. John Baylor is in his 26th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary. 

Nebraska is coming off its fourth straight NCAA Semifinals appearance and returns 10 players from its 2018 NCAA runner-up squad. For the first time in school history, the Huskers will have no seniors on their roster. 

All-American Stivrins and Setter Hames Lead Huskers into 2019 Season
• Nebraska's two captains for the season are All-America junior middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and sophomore setter Nicklin Hames, who was an All-Big Ten Freshman pick and earned All-America honorable mention in 2018. The young duo will guide a Nebraska team that has no seniors on its roster for the first time in program history. 
• Stivrins, a Scottsdale, Arizona native, had a breakout sophomore season to earn first-team All-Big Ten and first-team AVCA All-America honors. She averaged 2.36 kills per set and had a hitting percentage of .421, the third-highest mark in school history and the No. 3 mark in the nation last season. As a junior in 2019, Stivrins will aim to hunt down Tracy Stalls' single-season school-record hitting percentage of .473 in 2007.
• Stivrins was selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team in 2018 after a career-high 19 kills on .615 hitting in the championship match against No. 1 Stanford. 
• Hames, a sophomore from Maryville, Tennessee, set the Huskers to the NCAA Championship match as a true freshman. She finished the season with 10.49 assists per set and 3.32 digs per set, along with 40 service aces, second-most on the team. 
• Hames had 25 double-doubles during the 2018 season, which broke Jordan Larson's school record for double-doubles. She tallied a career-best 62 assists in the NCAA final against Stanford with 12 digs.

"29,029" and "To Be Continued..."
• The 2019 Nebraska volleyball team has taken on two mantras for the season: 29,029 and To Be Continued...
• 29,029 is the elevation in feet of Mount Everest. The Huskers, who nearly reached the peak of college volleyball in 2018 before coming up three points short against Stanford, are using the memory of that defeat to motivate them in 2019. The Huskers will play 29 regular-season matches, and Head Coach John Cook said the hardest part of climbing Mount Everest is the final 29 feet. "Many people say the elevation is 29,000 feet, forgetting the final 29 feet. We got to that 29,000 (in 2018). We didn't get that last 29 feet. All the bad things happen in the last 29 feet. People mentally let go, they're exhausted, they get stuck. Our whole theme is we've got to figure out how to get the last 29 feet." 
• The Huskers also have a team slogan of "To Be Continued..." in 2019. The slogan references the Huskers continuing what they couldn't quite finish in 2018 - winning an NCAA Championship. It also means carrying on the recent success of the program (four straight NCAA Semifinals appearances) and preparing to bring back the entire team for the 2020 season. The Huskers have no seniors on their roster for the first time in program history. 

Foecke and Maloney Leave Big Shoes to Fill
• This year, the Huskers will be without two players who led the program to four straight final fours from 2015-18 in Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney. The All-Americans both graduated, leaving big production to replace at outside hitter and libero. Foecke and Maloney won two NCAA titles, two Big Ten titles and won more postseason matches than any other player in Husker history. 
• Stivrins and Hames are among 10 returning players who will be counted on to step up for the Huskers. Juniors Lexi Sun and Jazz Sweet return to lead the Huskers on the pins, and sophomore Callie Schwarzenbach is back after breaking the Nebraska freshman record for blocks last season with 177. Sophomore hitter Capri Davis played a big role last year coming off the bench, and sophomore Megan Miller and junior Hayley Densberger both have a plethora of experience in the back row. 
• A group of six freshmen will help offset the loss of the most decorated senior class in school history. Three of the six newcomers - outside hitter Madi Kubik, middle blocker Riley Zuhn, libero Kenzie Knuckles - were PrepVolleyball.com All-Americans and ranked among the top 40 prospects in the 2019 class. The Huskers' incoming class was ranked No. 2 by PrepVolleyball.com.  

Huskers Visit Asia in Summer of 2019
• The Nebraska volleyball team took a 17-day trip to Japan and China over the summer. The Huskers took on top professional teams from the two countries during the trip, winning about half of the sets they played. Head Coach John Cook called it "by far the best" of the five trips his teams have taken to Asia in his 20 years at Nebraska.
• In addition to the highly competitive matches, the Huskers also toured numerous sites in Asia, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. With six newcomers and no seniors on the roster for the 2019 season, the trip was a great opportunity for the team to bond on and off the court, a team that will spend the next two years playing together. 
• The NCAA allows a team to take a foreign trip every four years, and Cook has made it a habit to take his team to Asia. Previous trips have usually paid off with successful seasons. In the last four seasons following a Cook-led foreign trip, Nebraska has responded by winning three conference titles and two national championships.
• Cook took his first team to Asia prior to the 2000 season, his first as Nebraska's head coach. The Huskers responded with a 34-0 season and the program's second national championship.
• In 2006, Cook took his team back to Asia and the results were the same: another national championship. The Huskers went 33-1 following their international trip and capped the national title with a 3-1 victory over Stanford in front of 17,209 fans at the Qwest Center in Omaha.
• Nebraska went back to Asia in 2010. Although NU did not win the national title that year, it did put together a 29-3 season that included a Big Ten title. Nebraska took a No. 3 ranking into the NCAA Tournament but was upset in a four-set loss at No. 11 Washington in the NCAA Regional Semifinal. 
• The Huskers' last Asia trip in 2014 with only one senior was followed by a 23-10 season. But the following year saw that young group go on to win the program's fourth national title. 

Nebraska Fans Continue Record-Setting Consecutive Sellout Streak
• Nebraska volleyball holds an NCAA women's record 253 consecutive regular-season sellouts. 
• Nebraska led the nation in attendance in 2018 for the sixth straight year since moving into the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013, averaging 8,205 fans per match.  
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (28 straight seasons).

Huskers Ranked No. 2 in AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 2 in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll. NU began and ended last season at No. 2.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 99 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 487 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 542 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.

AVCA Hall of Fame Head Coach John Cook Enters 20th Season at Nebraska
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 20th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2019. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, nine final fours, 12 conference championships and 17 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 721 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history. 
• Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .881 win percentage in that time (560-76). 
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 55 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall. 
• Cook became the ninth active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins in 2018.




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PHOENIX (AP) — Tim Melville had to pause for a moment to clear his throat of some whipped cream.

He'd gotten the traditional condiment treatment in the showers from his Colorado Rockies teammates, in celebration of his first major league win.

Melville pitched seven innings of two-hit ball in his first big league appearance in almost two years, and the Rockies cruised to a 7-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Melville, a 29-year-old right-hander with just six previous major league appearances who started this season in independent ball, limited Arizona to a first-inning double and a sixth-inning home run by Ketel Marte to go with four strikeouts and two walks. He also picked up his first hit — a two-out, fourth-inning single — and his first two career RBIs.

In April, Melville wasn't on a team when he came to a game as a fan at Chase Field.

"You win or you learn. I never look at it as losing," Melville said. "I've had a lot of ups and downs throughout my career and other opportunities in the big leagues. I'm very thankful for this one."

Melville was an emergency call-up from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier Wednesday to start in place of Jon Gray, whom the Rockies before the game placed on the 60-day injured list with a left foot fracture.

"I told him after the game, timeless. That's a throwback pitching style game. He could have pitched in the '20s, could've pitched in the '50s, '70s, '80s," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "That was fun to watch. A guy that understands how he gets his outs, how he changes speeds. He stayed just within himself and did his thing."

Colorado won the season series with Arizona, 10 games to nine. Alex Avila also homered for the Diamondbacks, who had their four-game win streak snapped.

The Rockies jumped on struggling Mike Leake (9-10) early with two runs on three straight singles and a fielder's choice in the first.

In the fourth, a hit batter, four singles and a sacrifice fly produced three more runs and a 5-0 lead. Leake got through five innings and was charged with five runs on eight hits. He's allowed 17 earned runs on 26 hits in 16 innings over his last three starts.

"Sometimes balls through holes can beat you," Leake said. "I got a little elevated towards that fourth inning. I could have stayed off the plate or more down."

Melville executed a squeeze bunt in the sixth to drive in Yonathan Daza, and Charlie Blackmon drove in his second run of the day with a single after Trevor Story led off the seventh with a walk and stolen base.

Marte hit his 27th home run of the season in the sixth, a solo shot to right field. Avila took Jesús Tinoco deep in the eighth for his ninth of the year.

"The theme here is we never got anything going offensively," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "I think we were prepared, we just went out of the zone (swinging) too often."

PAYAMPS DEBUT

Diamondbacks right-hander Joel Payamps made his major league debut and allowed two runs on four hits in three innings. The 25-year-old from the Dominican Republic also had three strikeouts, with his first one as a big leaguer coming against the Rockies' Garrett Hampson.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP German Márquez (12-5, 4.71 ERA) gets the call to open a four-game series at St. Louis on Thursday. Márquez is 4-0 over his last five starts.

Diamondbacks: After Thursday's off day, the Diamondbacks are off to Milwaukee for a three-game series with the Brewers in a matchup of teams trying to stay in the postseason hunt. Arizona has RHP Merrill Kelly (9-12, 4.63) set to start Friday's series opener. The Diamondbacks have lost five straight at Miller Park.




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McCook Bison Softball Squad had its fair share of struggles in 2018 finishing 10-21 on the year. This season the expectations are a little higher with six Seniors making a return this season. Head Coach Jason Cochran talks with the Hometown Family Radio Sports Network about the upcoming season and hopes the Bison have improved from the struggles a year ago.  McCook kicks off the season Friday, August 23rd at Gothenburg. First pitch slated for 6:30pm.





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The McCook Bison Girls Golf Team is ready for the season to get rolling.  McCook will get the season started with an invite involving Cambridge, DCS, Southwest, and Lexington.  McCook returns everyone back from last year's squad plus some new faces to make an impact for the team.  Head Coach Joel Arterburn previews the upcoming season. Full interview below..





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