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The McCook Community College baseball team’s scheduled three-game series at home this weekend has been moved to Lamar, Colo.

The two teams split what was supposed to be a three-game series at Lamar Feb. 22-24, but the final game of that series was postponed, so this will become a four-game series with doubleheaders Friday and Saturday starting at 1 p.m. each day.

In Lamar on Feb. 22, the Indians won the first game of the series 14-8 and lost the second game 5-4.

The Indians are 4-5 on the season and 2-2 in Empire League play – tied for third place in the league.

Lamar is 5-8 on the year and 3-2 and second in Empire League Play, 2.5 games back of Trinidad State.

 

Here are the current standings for the Region IX Empire League.

TEAM W-L GB

Trinidad State JC 6-0 -

Lamar CC 3-2 2.5

McCook CC 2-2 3

Northeastern JC 3-3 3

Western Nebraska 1-2 3.5

Otero JC 1-4 4.5

Southeast CC 0-3 4.5

 

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

 

THURSDAY

Williston State College vs. Northeastern JC, 10 a.m. (MT) (at Pueblo, Colo.) (DH)

 

FRIDAY

MCC at Lamar, 1 p.m. (DH)

 

SATURDAY

MCC at Lamar, 1 p.m. (DH)

Otero JC at Southeast CC, noon (DH)

Western Nebraska at Trinidad State 3 p.m. (MT)

 

SUNDAY

Otero JC at Southeast CC, noon

Western Nebraska at Trinidad State noon (MT) (SH)





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McCook Community College Lady Indians basketball team (21-10) is headed to Scottsbluff Thursday for a second-round, 3 p.m. (MT) Region IX tournament game against Eastern Wyoming (23-8). After first-round games at various sites across Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska, the remainder of the tournament will be played at Cougar Palace in Scottsbluff, home of Western Nebraska Community College.

MCC opened post-season Friday at home with an 87-31 win over Lamar Community College. The Lady Indians allowed the Lopes just 13 second-half points and just three points in the fourth quarter.

Thursday’s matchup will be the third meeting between MCC and Eastern Wyoming. The Lancers dealt the Lady Indians their first loss of the season Nov. 8 in Torrington, Wyo. – a 90-84 loss in overtime, in a game MCC lead at the half 40-31. On Dec. 7 at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Eastern Wyoming dealt MCC its first home loss of the season 90-88 in a game that was tied eight times and the teams traded leads nine times.

MCC was second in the south-sub region in scoring with 85.2 points per game (Western Nebraska averages 90.8). The Lady Indians are shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 26-9 percent from the 3-point line.

Sophomore transfer Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) leads MCC and is second among players in the south sub-region with 18.4 points per game. Sophomore Sam Hinkle (Parachute, Colo) is averaging 15.1 points per game – fifth most in the south sub-region. Freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) is averaging 12.4 points per game, shooting 50.0 percent from the field, and 9.8 rebounds, which is second most among players in the south sub-region. She has also blocked 72 shots on the season, tops in the south sub-region by almost a block per game.

Sophomore Anna Sanjuan is averaging 10.7 points a game, and freshman Nikki Cross is averaging 10-1 points per game.

The Lancers are averaging 79-9 points per game, 41.8 percent shooting, and 32.3 percent from the 3-point line). Sophomore guard Emily Buchanan leads Eastern Wyoming with 17.5 points per game. Backcourt mate Abril Rexach Roure averages 12.1 points per game and freshman Paula Martizez Sanz leads forwards with 11.6 points per game.

Eastern Wyoming was the second-seeded team in the north and opened the tournament at home Friday with an 87-77 seed over north seventh seed Western Wyoming.

Awaiting the winner of the MCC-Eastern Wyoming game will be the winner of Thursday’s 8 p.m (MT) game between Western Nebraska (26-3) and Sheridan (19-12). The Cougars gained the top seed in the south and an automatic bid. Sheridan was the fifth seeded team in the north and went on the road Friday to down Gillette 72-65.

In the top half of the bracket Casper College enters as the top-seed north team with a 25-6 record. The opened play Friday with an 81-39 win over eighth seeded Northwest (Wyoming). Casper plays Otero Junior College (15-12) at 6 p.m. (MT). As the fifth seed in the south, the Lady Rattlers had to go on the road to beat Trinidad State Friday 51-42.

The winner of that game will play the winner of Northeastern Junior College (21-6) and Laramie County Community College (19-11) in the first game of the day starting at 1 p.m. (MT). NJC earned a first-round bye as the second seeded team in the south. LCCC was the third seed in the north and beat Central Wyoming Friday, 69-60.

Semi-final games are set for 5 and 7 p.m. (MT) Friday in Scottsbluff with the finals Saturday at 5 p.m. (MT.)

MCC basketball players were honored by faculty, students, staff and fans Monday for winning 20 games this season and for winning the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship sweeping conference opponents in all six games.

This was the ninth conference championship for MCC and the sixth since 2006. MCC won titles in 1946, 1978, 1979, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2017.

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

 

REGION IX WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

 

FIRST ROUND RESULTS (Friday)

McCook Community College 87, Lamar Community College 31

Otero Junior College 51, Trinidad State Junior College 42

Eastern Wyoming 87, Western Wyoming 77

Casper College 81, Northwest 39

Laramie County Community College 69, Central Wyoming 60

Sheridan 72, Gillette 65

 

QUARTERFINALS -- Thursday, March 7 (at Scottsbluff)

1 p.m (MT) -- Laramie County (19-11) vs. Northeastern Junior College (21-6)

3 p.m. (MT) – McCook Community College (21-10) vs. Eastern Wyoming (23-8)

6 p.m. (MT) – Otero Junior College (15-12) vs. Casper (25-6)

8 p.m. (MT) – Sheridan (19-12) vs. Western Nebraska Community College (26-3)

 

SEMIFINALS -- Friday, March 8 (at Scottsbluff)

5 p.m. (MT) -- LCCC/NJC winner vs. Otero/Casper winner

7 p.m. (MT) -- McCook/EWC winner vs. Sheridan/WNCC winner

 

FINALS -- Saturday, March 9 (at Scottsbluff)

5 p.m. -- Semifinal winners





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A total of eight McCook Community College softball games scheduled for this week have been postponed. In addition a pair of road doubleheaders at Lamar, Colo., scheduled for later this month has been moved up so the Lady Indians can get in a couple doubleheaders in Colorado Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday’s game at Columbus against Central Community College was postponed and rescheduled for April 1 at 1 and 3 p.m.

Friday’s scheduled home game with Lamar Community College was postponed to March 29 at noon and 2 p.m. Also MCC’s four-game series at Lamar scheduled for March 30 and 31 were moved up to this weekend so the two teams will play in Lamar Thursday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (MT) and again Friday a 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (MT)

Saturday’s game at Beatrice against Southeast Community College was postponed until April 8 at 3 and 5 p.m.

Sunday’s home game against Central Community College was postponed until April 24 at 1 and 3 p.m.

Next week the schedule calls for a home doubleheader March 14 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. against North Platte Community College in the annual Purple Out games to raise money and awareness for epilepsy.

The Lady Indians are also scheduled to host Southeast Community College March 16 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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

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





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Lincoln, NE - The Dundy County-Stratton Girls Basketball team participated in the NSAA State Basketball Tournament Thursday, February 28th-March 2nd.  DCS entered the State Tournament with a 22-2 record.  DCS would take on defending state champions North Central in a Quarter Final round on Thursday and win 48-28.  DCS would then play Pleasanton in a Semi-Final round from the Bob Devaney Sports Central as the Tigers would survive against the Bulldogs 62-54 to then set up a Championship game where the Tigers have been 3 out of the 5 years. DCS has never won a State Title in School History, but same situation for their opponent and Fremont Archbishop Bergan who also has never won a State Title in School History.  In that Championship game from Pinnacle Bank Arena it would be a low scoring affair through the first three quarters. Heading into the fourth quarter DCS trailing 22-20, and DCS could not overcome a deficit as the Tigers would fall to the Knights 36-27.  Dundy County-Stratton finishes Runner-Up in Class D1 for the third time in School History.  





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North Platte Community College downed McCook Community College Sunday to advance to Thursday’s second round of the Region IX tournament starting Thursday in Sheridan, Wyo. The Knights will play Central Wyoming in a quarter-final game at 5 p.m. (MT).

Sunday’s game (which was pushed back from Saturday night because of weather concerns) was tight game most of the way with the score tied 13 times and the lead changed 10 times. North Platte out-scored MCC 28-14 from the free-throw line and the Knight’s bench enjoyed a 19-6 edge over MCC to help keep NPCC alive in post-season play.

The Indians converted 11 North Platte turnovers into 15 points and held a 10-3 edge in second-chance points, but couldn’t re-take the lead in the late stages of the game.

Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J) led MCC with 24 points, Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) had 17, Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) had 17 points and Ron Rice (New York, N.Y.) had 10 points. The Indians shot 53.4 percent from the field, made six of 23 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (26.1 percent) and connected on 14 of 18 free-throws (77.8 percent).

MCC had 33 rebounds, 10 by Battle-Holley, seven by McBride and six by Antonije Petroic (Pancevo, Serbia). The Indians out-rebounded NPCC, 33-21.

North Platte, which led 44-37 at the half, was led in scoring by Courtney Murrell (Plano, Texas) with 23 points, Tim Johnson (Arlington, Texas) added 22 points and had a team-high seven rebounds. Edgars Kaufmanis (Valmiera Latvia) had 13 points with a three-for-five night from the 3-point line.

The Knights shot 45.6 percent from the field, made five of 11 3-pointers (45.5 percent) and went to the free-throw line 32 times, making 28 (87.5 percent).

North Platte improves to 23-4 and with the second seed in the South-Sub Region will take on the third-seed from the North-Sub region, Central Wyoming. The 11-19 Rustlers, who lost four of their final five games, were a 77-56 winner Saturday over Laramie County Community College.

Awaiting the winner of that game will be the winner of the game between top north seed Sheridan College (29-2) and on Northeastern Junior College (15-17), the fourth-seeded team from the south. Sheridan was an 89-83 winner Saturday over Northwest College. The Plainsmen knocked off Otero Junior College Saturday 92-78. The Sheridan-NJC game will follow the North Platte-Central Wyoming game.

In the other side of the bracket, in the first game of the day No. 2 North seed Casper College (29-2) will play south’s third-seeded Trinidad State (21-9) at 1 p.m. (MT). The other game in that bracket features the south’s top seeded Western Nebraska (23-7) against the north’s fourth seed Eastern Wyoming (12-19) at 3 p.m. (MT).





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The Nebraska women's basketball team earned the No. 6 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, March 6-10.

The Huskers, who won three of their final four regular-season conference games to finish the year with a 9-9 league mark, claimed the No. 6 seed officially after Minnesota defeated Michigan State 81-63 on Sunday afternoon.

Nebraska finished in a four-way tie for sixth in the final league standings, but held the collective tiebreakers over Minnesota, Michigan State and Northwestern. The Huskers went 3-1 against that group of teams with wins over ranked Minnesota and Michigan State squads while splitting two games with Northwestern.

Maryland (15-3) won the Big Ten regular-season title, while Iowa (14-4) finished second and Rutgers finished third (13-5). Michigan claimed the No. 4 seed at 11-7, while Ohio State took the No. 5 seed at 10-8. The Huskers defeated both Ohio State and Michigan during the regular season, but went 0-5 against the Big Ten's top three teams with two losses apiece to No. 8 Maryland and No. 12 Iowa.

The Huskers earned a first-round bye at the Big Ten Tournament and will open play on Thursday, March 7 at approximately 7:45 p.m central time. Nebraska will play the last of four games on Thursday and will face the winner of Wednesday's 3 p.m. (CT) game between No. 11 seed Purdue and No. 14 seed Illinois. Nebraska swept the season series with Purdue and defeated Illinois in Champaign.

Tournament action begins on Wednesday, March 6 with No. 12 Penn State taking on No. 13 Wisconsin at 12:30 p.m. (CT), followed by the game between the Boilermakers and Fighting Illini.

Thursday's second round tips with No. 8 Northwestern facing No. 9 Michigan State at 11 a.m. (CT), followed by No. 5 Ohio State facing the winner of the Penn State/Wisconsin. Thursday's evening session begins with No. 7 seed Minnesota battling No. 10 seed Indiana at 5:30 p.m.

All six first- and second-round games will be televised live by BTN. In fact, BTN will carry each of the first 12 games (first round through semifinals). All 12 games will also be available on BTN2Go and the FOX Sports app.

If the Huskers can advance, they would face No. 3 seed Rutgers in Friday's last quarterfinal game, which would tip at approximately 7:45 p.m. (CT) - or 25 minutes after the conclusion of the evening session's first game.

The Big Ten semifinals are set for 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, before the championship game tips on Sunday at 5 p.m. (CT). The title game will be televised by ESPN2 and available on the ESPN app.





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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team dropped the season home finale Wednesday to Central Community College 66-65.

The Indians squandered a 17-point first half lead and went cold in the second half scoring 25 points on a 28 percent shooting effort over the final 20 minutes – unable to establish offensive flow for much of the second half.

The Raiders took their first lead of the game near the 3:00 mark, and never led by more than a point all game, but the Indians went cold and turned the ball over at critical offensive possessions down the stretch.

Two MCC players reached double-figures. Freshman Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) scored 12 points and freshman Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) 11 points.

Early on, MCC appeared to be in control building the 17 point lead. The Indians made five of 10 3 pointers in the first half, shot 46.2 percent from the field while limiting the Raiders to a 28.6 percent showing from the field and a 27.3 percent showing at the 3-point line.

In the second half, MCC launched 13 shots from the 3-point line and only made two (15.4 percent). The offense also turned the ball over 12 times in the second half (22 overall).

Central was able to take advantage of opportunities at the line making eight of nine in the second half and 12 of 13 overall (92.3 percent). Conversely, the Indians left six points at the line in the first half (making 11 of 18 free throws) and two more in the second half after picking up the pace at the line making nine of 11 (81.8 percent.)

Central out-rebounded MCC 22-17 in the first half and 18-13 in the second half. McBride paced MCC on the boards with six.

The Raiders finish the regular season 10-16 and 1-5 in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference.

MCC falls to 11-19 overall and finishes at 3-3 in the NCCAC.

The Indians will open Region IX tournament play this weekend as the lowest seed among the seven teams and will travel to North Platte Saturday for a 6 p.m. play-in game.

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 claimed the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship downing Central Community College 84-67 in a tune-up for the start of the Region IX postseason which begins Friday at home.

“I thought they played through some adversity tonight to pull off a great conference win. They really wanted this win tonight,” said Brandon Pitchett, MCC coach.

Not only do the Lady Indians go 6-0 in the NCCAC, they picked up their 20th win of the season -- but it didn’t come easy.

After racing to a 15-point lead in the first quarter, MCC was able to get hot enough from the 3-point line to overcome 13 first-half turnovers. The Lady Indians made six of 12 shots from beyond the 3-point line (50 percent – compared to 46.9 percent from the field overall in the first half -- but cooled considerably in the second period managing only 12 points. MCC led at the break 44-35 but let the lead evaporate to five points with six minutes left in the game.

“We had a short bench tonight and got into some foul trouble in the first half,” Pritchett said.

The Lady Indians utilized big bench minutes from sophomore Laura Mata (Barcelona, Spain), and freshmen Destiny Davis (Oklahoma City) and Sydney Sanford (Missouri City, Texas).

“I thought Sydney, Laura and Destiny came in and gave us great minutes off the bench. Stats don't tell the whole story but those three had great effort tonight,” Pritchett said.

Four Lady Indians scored 16 points or more, led by sophomore Anna Sanjuan (Reuss, Spain) who scored 20 points with a six-for-14 showing from the 3-point line.

“Anna had another big game and hit a huge 3-pointer late in the second half out of a timeout,” Pritchett said.

Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) scored 19 points for MCC, sophomore transfer Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark) scored 16 and freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 16 points along with 12 rebounds.

Sophomore Makayla Jones, (Aurora, Colo.) had 11 rebounds including eight on the offensive end.

MCC shot 40.3 percent for the game from the field, made 11 of 29 3-point shots (37.9 percent) and 15 of 23 from the line (65.2 percent.) MCC out-rebounded the Raiders 42-34.

Central shot 48.1 percent for the game, made two of 14 3-pointers (14.3 percent) and made good on 14 of 17 free throw attempts.

“It is exciting for this group to finish what they started and take an outright conference championship,” Pritchett said.”

This was the ninth conference championship for MCC and the sixth since 2006. MCC won titles in 1946, 1978, 1979, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2017.

Central Community College falls to 4-2 in the NCCAC and 10-14 overall. They gained the top seed in Region XI, Division II and will host North Platte (6-22) Tuesday for the for the Division II region title.

With a 6-4 mark in south sub-region play, the Lady Indians gain the third seed in the region and will host a first-round Region IX Division I tournament game Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Lamar Community College. The third-seeded Lady Indians, (20-10) will take on last-place seed Lamar (2-28) at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center at 5:30 p.m.

MCC is 3-0 against Lamar this year winning 112-60 in the Lamar Community College Classic Dec. 12, winning at Lamar 123-40 on Feb. 1 and again this past Saturday 103-50.

A Friday win would set up a game with second-seeded Northeastern Junior College (21-6) in the second round next week.

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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Boys - State Basketball Tournament Bracket 






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BEATRICE – The McCook Community College men got down by 19 points in the first half, applied pressure defense to get within striking distance but couldn’t overcome the deficit to drop an 89-79 decision to Southeast Community College Tuesday.

“We didn’t come ready to play mentally or physically and Southeast did,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said.

The Indians entered the game with a 3-1 mark in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference with a chance to tie North Platte, but the loss gives the title to the Knights.

“Our preparation the day before and on game day was nonexistent and we carried that over to tonight, and that’s a reflection of the head coach,” Lenhart said.

Freshman Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) and sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) led MCC with 21 points. Freshman Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) scored 17 and sophomore Antonije Petrovic (Pancevo, Serbia) scored nine points.

Sophomore Ron Rice (New York, N.Y.) led MCC with 11 rebounds, Cunningham had nine.

Southeast shot 42.2 percent from the floor, 41.4 percent from the 3-point line, and 71.9 percent from the line. The Storm out-rebounded the Indians 49-39.

MCC shot 40.8 percent from the floor, 38.1 percent from distance and made just 13 of 22 free throws (59.1 percent).

The Storm close out the season at 12-16.

MCC falls to 11-18 overall and 3-2 in NCCAC.

“Our team will be better for it and moving forward, less than 24 hours to get prepared for Central,” Lenhart said.

The Indians close out the regular season Wednesday at home at 7 p.m. against Central Community College.

MCC, 3-9 in the south sub-region, will open Region IX tournament play this weekend as the lowest seed among the seven teams.

Western Nebraska beat North Platte 82-76 Tuesday night to win the Region IX south and earn an automatic bid for the Region IX tournament which begins in Sheridan, Wyo. March 7-9. Western finishes out the regular season 23-7, 10-2 in the south sub-region.

MCC will travel to North Platte (22-3, 9-2) Saturday, (game time not yet set).

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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