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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott capped a busy stretch for NASCAR by winning the Alsco Uniforms at Charlotte Motor Speedway yesterday, finishing 2.2 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin. Elliott reeled in Kevin Harvick with 27 laps remaining and closed out his first Cup victory of the season. Ryan Blaney was third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse and Kurt Busch. The rain-delayed event closed a frantic 12-day period that featured four Cup races, two each in North and South Carolina.

UNDATED (AP) — Organizers have canceled the Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history due to social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak. The race had endured through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and a previous pandemic. The race draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14. It will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher's medal.

UNDATED (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell also said during today’s owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy Jeff Miller said the league’s first consideration is of course the health and safety of the public and the players and the employees and the people who will be participating.

UNDATED (AP) — Sports agent Scott Boras is recommending that his clients refuse Major League Baseball’s attempt to cut salaries during negotiations with the players’ association. He is claiming that team financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic have their origin in management debt financing. Boras wrote in an email obtained by The Associated Press that players should not alter terms of the March 26 agreement between MLB and the union that called for players to reduce their salaries to a prorated rate based on a shortened season. MLB on Tuesday proposed a series of tiered reductions that would cause top stars to receive the biggest cuts.

UNDATED (AP) — The English Premier League plans to restart on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown with new staggered kickoffs to maximize broadcast slots as fans are prevented from attending games. The clubs agreed Thursday that the competition should resume with a Wednesday night doubleheader featuring Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United. After those makeup games are played, the 30th round will start on Friday, June 19 provided authorities approve safety plans.

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MAY 28, 2020 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers have arrested a Lincoln man who was wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred just after midnight Thursday in Grand Island. The arrest is the result of an 18-hour search for the suspect between Aurora and Henderson.

At approximately 12:50 a.m. Thursday, a trooper observed a Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 near Aurora. The vehicle matched the description of one being sought by the Grand Island Police Department in connection with a shooting that occurred approximately 30 minutes earlier.

The trooper initiated a traffic stop near mile marker 335. Two occupants of the vehicle were quickly taken into custody, but a third occupant fled the traffic stop on foot. Additional troopers and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene to search the area. The person who fled the traffic stop was identified as the suspect of the shooting currently under investigation by Grand Island Police.

Law enforcement continued searching the area throughout the day. Thursday afternoon, an arrest warrant was issued in Hall County for Antoine Johnson, 33, of Lincoln, on charges of attempt of a Class I/1A/1B/1C/1D felony, use of a firearm to commit a felony, assault in the 1st degree, and use of a firearm to commit a felony.

Late Thursday afternoon, NSP received information that Johnson may be in the area just south of Interstate 80 at the Henderson exit at mile marker 342. Troopers proceeded to the scene and were able to locate Johnson hiding in a ditch approximately one mile south of I-80. Johnson was taken into custody at approximately 6:45 p.m. without incident.

Johnson has been transported to Hall County Jail. The Grand Island Police Department is the lead investigating agency of the shooting that took place early Thursday morning.

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Grand Island, Neb. (5/28/20) – An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect in the
shooting of Gary Zierke III near the intersection of Sycamore and Oklahoma Streets at 12:20
AM on 5/28/20.

The warrant is issued for Antoine C Johnson, of Lincoln, NE for Attempt of a Class
I/1A/1B/1C/1D Felony, Use of a Firearm to commit a felony, Assault in the 1st Degree, and Use
of a Firearm to commit a Felony.

Johnson is a Black Male, about 5’11” in height, and 185 pounds, with Black Hair and Brown
Eyes. He should be considered possibly armed and dangerous.

If Antoine C. Johnson is observed, please call 911 and report from a safe place or distance. If
you have information as to possible locations for Antoine C. Johnson, please contact 308-385-
5400 or your local police agency.



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At 12:20 AM on May 28th, 2020, the Grand Island Police Department responded to the area of Sycamore and Oklahoma Streets in reference to a shooting. On arrival, a victim was located with a single gunshot wound to his head. Lifesaving actions were taken by police personnel until emergency medical services could arrive.

The victim has been identified as Gary Zierke III, a 31 year old Lincoln male. Zierke is in critical condition and he has been taken by life flight to an Omaha Hospital.

This incident is believed to be drug related. A suspect in this case has been identified, and the search for that suspect is still ongoing. That search is being coordinated with other law enforcement agencies.

The Grand Island Police Department will continue to put resources toward the resolution of this incident and provide updates as warranted.

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North Platte, Ne - The following students qualified for the President’s List at Mid-Plains Community College during the 2020 spring term. To make the list, each student had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours in college-level courses and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.9 or greater on a 4.0 scale.

 

Nebraska

 

Anselmo - Luke Christen

 

Big Springs - Logan Osmera

 

Brady - Colton Lovitt, Emery Swan

 

Broken Bow - Mahala Sanchez

 

Brule - Justin Candy

 

Cambridge - Eddie Jaeger, Audrey Paisley

 

Cozad - Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, Tatiana Orozco

 

Culbertson - Kiera Barr, Suzette Dutcher, Adelina Wilcox

 

Elwood - Jaycee Wooters

 

Gothenburg - Mark Boson

 

Grant - Christopher Terry

 

Hershey - Caje Naranjo

 

Imperial - Kent Silvester

 

Indianola - Terasa Emmons, Dylan Hofman

 

Kearney - Makenzie Kollars

 

Lewellen - Shaun Swoboda

 

Lexington - Hana Brock, Weston Kunkee

 

McCook - Wade Burkert, Madison Cooper, Deanne Crocker, Stephen Guthrie, Kyle Kinne, Adrienne LaBay, Tyler Lytle, Nicholas Macfee, Brittanie Nolan, Rebecca O’Connor, Mary Osborne, Bria Simmonds, Ethan Wilcox, Alexander Wolvin

 

Merna - Cynthia Huhman

 

Mullen - Alysen Daniels

 

North Platte - Blake Barner, Alyssa Bergeron, Ty Brouillette, Noel Burrell, Tanner Collins, Blayden Gilbert, Elizabeth Goentzel, Kali Griesfeller, Regan Gutschenritter, Matthew Haynes, Shayla Hecht, Caleb Horne, Stephanie Johnson, Adam Kelsey, McKynzie Kelsey, Sungmoon Kim, Nicholas Lemke, Jenny Lim, Jade Lovitt, Sophia Maizo, Gabrielle Menghini, Duane Miller, Megan Morash, Angel Murphy, Jade Osborn, Shane Roebuck, Megan Shannon, Jaylee Sheets, Sylvan Singh, Amanda Smith, Carlye Stoppkotte, Bryson Walker, Daniel Wardyn, David Wellnitz, Ashtyn Winder, Lucas Zimbelman

 

Ogallala - McKenna Headley, Madison Mendoza, Conner Stevens

 

Ord - Chance Williams, Wyatt Williams

 

Paxton - Dalton Perlinger

 

Sutherland - Dewey Davis, Erica Hopping, Bonita Naughtin

 

Trenton - Jayda Dwyer, Kyleigh Scott

 

Valentine - Sheyenne Hammond

 

Venango - Valerie Perez

 

Wauneta - Alejandra Almanza


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North Platte, Ne - A North Platte man will face first-degree murder charges stemming from Friday’s fatal shooting in North Platte.

43 year old Keith Allen made his preliminary court appearance Tuesday where he was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of 25 year old Brett Torres. 


Allen called 911 Friday afternoon and reported that he had shot Torres in self-defense.

Police arrived on scene and found Torres in a vehicle unresponsive and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police did not report finding any weapons in Torres' possession or inside the vehicle.


Allen will remain in the custody of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office with no bond, and is due back in court on June 4th.


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The Hall County Fair announced Wednesday morning it’s intentions of presenting the 2020 county fair with adherence to all prevailing COVID-19 protocols. Hall County Fair manager Corby Flagel says it’s a developing situation. 

“Our primary goal is to offer an opportunity for the people of Hall County to show their livestock and static exhibits they have dedicated themselves to since last July,” 
 
“We are prepared to adapt our fair with a number of contingencies to coincide with the evolving health and safety guidance issued by the Nebraska Central District Health Department.” 

As of now, no music concerts or entertainment in a large gathering venue are scheduled to occur at this time, but that to could change should the covid 19 conditions continue to improve.

The Hall County Fair is scheduled to take place at Fonner Park from July 22 – 26. 

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State officials say another Nebraska prisons employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says in a news release that a staff member at the Lincoln Correctional Center tested positive for the virus and is self-isolating at home. The department says it will be notifying employees and inmates at the facility of the development and is directing anyone who had close contact with the staffer to self-quarantine until the are medically cleared to come out of quarantine. The staffer is the 11th state prisons employee to test positive for the virus.

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On May 22, 2020, Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele issued an order reopening the City’s softball and baseball fields to organized team activities effective June 1, 2020. Organized team practices and games at the city’s softball and baseball fields are required to follow the Directed Health Measures and Sports Reopening Guidelines issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and City Park Rules.


MAY 26, 2020 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Nebraska State Troopers have arrested four people following a pursuit and search of the Gibbon area that ended Monday evening.

The Sunday evening pursuit, in which the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro reached a speed of 174 miles per hour while attempting to flee a traffic stop, had ended in Gibbon. A trooper had been able to deploy spike strips during the pursuit, which led to the Camaro becoming disabled near Gibbon High School. All three occupants of the vehicle fled the scene on foot.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday, Troopers received information that a suspect being sought in relation to the pursuit was attempting to leave the area in a Jeep Patriot. Troopers performed a traffic stop on the vehicle as it was leaving Gibbon on Highway 30.

Inside the vehicle, troopers located the suspect, Tyler Liles, 22, of Creve Coeur, Illinois. The driver of the Jeep Patriot, Kyle Buss, 26, of Pekin, Illinois, had traveled to Gibbon in an attempt to transport Liles and the two others out of the area. Liles and Buss were both arrested.

Troopers then developed information that led to the location of the two other people who had been in the Camaro during the pursuit, Alexis Schurter, 19, of Hartsburg, Illinois, and Bradley Fulton, 20, of Pekin, Illinois. Troopers arrested Schurter and Fulton without further incident in Gibbon.

Liles was arrested for willful reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, felony flight to avoid arrest, obstructing a peace officer, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of money during a drug violation, accessory to a felony, and possession of multiple licenses.

Fulton and Schurter were both arrested for obstructing a peace officer, possession of money during a drug violation, and accessory to a felony. Buss was arrested for aiding consummation of a felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of money during a drug violation. All four were lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Wednesday’s NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been rained out and rescheduled for Thursday night. The starting order for the second Cup race at Charlotte this week was set based on the finishing order of the Coca-Cola 600 but with an inversion. Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman will start from the pole, while Coca-Cola 600 winner Brad Keselowski will start 20th.

UNDATED (AP) — Baseball players will take at least a few days and possibly until next week to respond to Major League Baseball’s proposed sliding scale of salary slashing. But people familiar with their deliberations tell The Associated Press that players appeared likely to propose increasing the number of regular-season games this year while holding to their demand for full prorated salaries. One of the people said many players were angered by the proposal teams made Tuesday.

UNDATED (AP) — Basketball Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN that the enshrinement ceremony for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and five others will be delayed until the spring of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place in Springfield on Aug. 29. Bryant, Garnett and Duncan all got into the Hall in their first year as finalists, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman (EYE'-zur-muhn) is keeping coach Jeff Blashill (BLA’-shihl) despite missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Yzerman told reporters his previously announced plans to keep Blashill behind the bench have not changed. The Red Wings won an NHL-low 17 games this season and are 153-194-52 under Blashill.

UNDATED (AP) — The final deadline to nominate horses to the rescheduled Triple Crown series is June 3. Owners and trainers can make 3-year-old thoroughbreds eligible for the three-race series at a cost of $3,000. That’s half the original price as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which is forcing the series to be run out of order for the first time since 1931. The late nominations were originally due March 30 but were postponed until the Triple Crown races were rescheduled.




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Hastings, Neb. - Warrensburg, Missouri-native John Grinde will be joining the Hastings College football staff as the offensive coordinator Head Coach Tony Harper announced on Tuesday. Grinde spent the past four seasons as the offensive line coach at University of North Carolina Pembroke.

"I feel Very fortunate and thankful for the opportunity, and excited to be a Bronco! My wife and I cannot wait to get back to the Midwest where we grew up," Grinde continued. "Especially in such a great and welcoming community like Hastings. I intend to bring energy, enthusiasm, and create a spark for these talented young men and to the campus as well. We are going to play hard, be disciplined, and most importantly have some fun and success doing it!"

During his time with UNC Pembroke, Grinde coached seven All-Conference Academic Honor Roll recipients, an All-American while helping guide the team to the 2016 NCAA DII playoffs making it to the second round.

"Playing wide receiver allowed me to see the offensive picture as a whole. As far as coaching  offensive line, I am so passionate about the position being that my father was a long time offensive line coach. This helped me understand what the position truly means to the game of football. Having coached four different positions on the offensive side of the ball along with many great mentors, has provided me with the experiences necessary to be successful here at Hastings. "

As a graduate assistant at the University of Central Missouri where he helped coach the offensive line, tight ends, and running backs over three years, he saw plenty of success with an appearance in the Live United Texarkana Bowl along with coaching two All-Region and All-American performers.

“With experience coaching multiple positions on the offense, coach (Grinde) will be able to communicate specifically with each player and create a trust in the overall scheme," Harper said. "We are excited to have John and his wife Bailey join the Bronco Family.”  

Grinde brings a wealth of experience having coached four different positions while also competing in the NCAA DII playoffs as a wide receiver at University of Central Missouri. He knows the game very well and also comes from a quality football background as his father is a former college offensive line coach and is currently the Head Football Coach at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, CO.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among "Great Schools, Great Prices" by U.S. News & World Report and a "Best in the Midwest" by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.





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Beginning June 1st NSAA member schools are permitted to conduct voluntary strength and conditioning sessions.

While permitting school-sponsored summertime conditioning programs, prioritizing the health and safety of all students and staff must remain the focus of each NSAA member school.

These requirements must be followed:

Maintain social distance by being 6 feet apart at all times.
Groups of a maximum 25 persons (students) or less must be pre-determined
50% of rated occupancy does not apply to high school weight rooms per the express directive of the Governor’s office.
Member schools located in Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Dakota counties are limited to groups of 10 students per local directed health measures (DHMs).
Once groups are determined, students may not switch from one group to another.
Interaction between groups shall be avoided.
Sessions can only include weightlifting, running, and exercises designed to promote physical fitness.
Sport-specific drills are not permitted, and sport-specific equipment may not be used as part of school-sponsored summer conditioning.
Implement diligent and effective cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces following the guidance of the CDC.
Additionally, NSAA member school-sponsored camps and clinics are prohibited in any sport at this time.

Pursuant to the Governor’s DHM, the following activities are prohibited: basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, and wrestling (“Prohibited Sports”).

NSAA member schools may have open gyms where sport-specific drills are permitted, and sport-specific equipment may be used by individuals except in the Prohibited Sports.

It is the responsibility of each NSAA member school to comply with:

The above requirements; and,
The NSAA Summer Activities Bylaws.
Should the Governor issue further DHMs that would modify the foregoing provisions or other conditions warrant, these requirements will be adjusted.

Any further official updates will be posted on the NSAA website and the NSAA social media platforms.

 




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TORONTO (AP) — There’s no date set for it to begin, but the National Hockey League is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol early next month. That includes opening practice facilities and allowing small group workouts. Six players will be allowed in team facilities at one time for the voluntary workouts. No on-ice coaching or instruction is permitted. The NHL season was paused March 12 because of the pandemic.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing is thanking his doctors and nurses and his fans as he battles COVID-19. Ewing, who played for Hoyas and the New York Knicks for 15 seasons has been released from a Washington hospital and is recovering at home. Patrick Ewing Jr. tweeted this his dad is getting better and appreciates the thoughts and prayers given.

SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Medical Association has urged the National Rugby League to slow down on its plans to have spectators in stadiums by July 1, describing the move as “absurd and dangerous.” The AMA made the call two days before the NRL is set to restart of the 16-team competition in empty stadiums. Just two rounds of matches were played in March before the season was halted amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

UNDATED (AP) — The National Women’s Soccer League says players may start training in small groups, provided it is done under league protocols and meets the requirements of local authorities. Teams will be able to progress to full team training on May 30 once they complete five days of small group training. The small groups cannot exceed eight players during Phase 2 of the nine-team league’s return to play protocol. Players must complete a pre-training assessment and undergo daily symptom and temperature screenings as well as other tests.

ATLANTA (AP) — Americans have proved they are starved for TV sports, even golf. Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of “The Match: Champions for Charity" attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history. Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning scored a 1-up victory over Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club. It raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief funds.




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(North Platte, NE) - Dehje Belmore, a 5’10” forward for the North Platte Community College Knights, has accepted an offer to continue her basketball and academic collegiate career at McMurry University in Abilene, TX. Belmore, of Denver, CO., graduated with her Associates Degree from Mid-Plains Community College while carrying a 3.55 Cumulative GPA.

Belmore played in 28 games for the Knights this past season while starting in 11. She averaged 3.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while also serving as a team captain. Belmore helped lead the Knights to a 10-21 record during the 2019-20 season along with a Region IX and District F championship.

“We are excited and proud of Dehje on continuing her education and athletic career at McMurry University,” said NPCC Head Coach Jeff Thurman. “She has worked extremely hard in the classroom and on the basketball court to achieve an opportunity like this. Dehje has done so much for our program for the last two years and she deserves this. McMurry is getting a great individual that will make an immediate impact within their program.”

 




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NEW YORK (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association has given management a wide-ranging response to a 67-page proposed set of protocols for a season to be played during the coronavirus pandemic. The union says it addressed protections for high-risk players, access to pre- and postgame therapies, testing frequency, protocols for positive tests, in-stadium medical personnel and sanitization procedures. Players viewed many of the concepts in the original draft submitted last week as over-the-top, such as arriving in uniform at the ballparks, a prohibition on them leaving without team permission and a ban on guests other than immediate family members.

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are making tough financial decisions concerning their front office staff with the major league season still on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Cubs are instituting pay cuts based on compensation, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates announced Thursday that they are instituting furloughs for several employees in business operations beginning June 1.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar has altered its schedule again amid the coronavirus pandemic, cancelling the June 27 race at Richmond and the July 12 street course event in Toronto. The open-wheel series is slated to finally begin June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, but its next event won’t be held until July 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race scheduled for June 21 at Road America in Wisconsin has been changed to a doubleheader on July 11-12.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Justyn Ross will have shoulder surgery next month to alleviate an issue that cropped up during the team's spring workouts in March. Ross led the Tigers with 66 catches last season that went for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. He had 1,000 yards receiving as a freshman, highlighting his season with a 74-yard TD in the national championship win over Alabama.

UNDATED (AP) — Some Louisville football and basketball players will return to campus Wednesday in a phased approach and begin voluntary workouts on June 8. The first phase of 30 football players and 15 men’s and women’s basketball players will arrive next week after being advised of safety protocols. Indiana University hopes to have some student-athletes back by mid-June.




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This week has been a big one for North Platte Community College alum Maddy Krebs.

On Monday, she opened a new Jazzercise business and Wednesday she was named as the head volleyball coach at St. Pat’s High School in North Platte.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Krebs said. “I never would have had the confidence to be where I am today without NPCC and my former college volleyball coach, Sally Thalken.”

Krebs is no stranger to St. Pat’s. She graduated from the school in 2008 then attended NPCC on a volleyball scholarship.

“Going to NPCC was a pretty easy choice,” Krebs said. “The scholarship was a big incentive, but I had also been offered a scholarship somewhere else. I chose NPCC because I could still be close to my family, and because I liked the size of North Platte. I did live in the dorms to make it feel more like I was away from home.”

Aside from playing volleyball, Krebs wasn’t exactly sure what she wanted to do with her college career.

“I love children, so I knew I wanted to work with kids somehow,” Krebs said. “The advisors at NPCC were great. They helped me narrow down a path, and I never had to guess what classes to take. They lined me up in the right direction.”

Krebs graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from NPCC in 2010 then transferred to Peru State College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2012. In 2014, Krebs also obtained a master’s degree from Peru State in curriculum and instruction.

She returned to North Platte after that and spent three years teaching at Jefferson Elementary and two years at McDonald Elementary before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom for her two daughters. By the fall of 2019, she was ready to go back to work.

“I had been a Jazzercise instructor since 2014,” Krebs said. “For some time, the Jazzercise owner had been talking about selling the business if the opportunity came up. In November, I decided I was ready to be that opportunity.”

Krebs took over the business, formerly located at 1220 W. A St., and moved it to 421 N. Dewey St. right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

“I signed the lease on the new building in February and started renovating then found out I couldn’t open because of coronavirus,” Krebs said. “So, I began doing live classes on Facebook until I was finally able to open this week. We’re still respecting the 10-person social distancing rule, but to actually see customers come in the door is fabulous.”

Krebs plans to fall back on many of the skills she learned at NPCC in both of her new roles.

“Those personal skills will definitely come into play,” Krebs said. “I will be using all of the things I learned about communication, time management and expectations. I also have a lot of great connections in the community from my time spent at NPCC. I’m excited about what the future holds.”

Krebs is offering a discounted Jazzercise membership to NPCC students - $30 a month as compared to the regular price of $60 per month.

More information about her Jazzercise location can be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Jazzercise-North-Platte-247186945339752/ or the Jazzercise website at https://www.jazzercise.com/location/north-platte-jazzercise.




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DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Rain wiped out the final 20 laps of last night’s NASCAR Cup race at Darlington, allowing Denny Hamlin to come away with the victory. Hamlin was out of fresh tires when the race was stopped, but he received help when Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch caused a hard-charging Chase Elliott to crash eight laps earlier to bring out the caution. Busch finished second in NASCAR’s first Wednesday race in 36 years. Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones completed the top five.

UNDATED (AP) — As the NBA continues to work through multiple return-to-play scenarios, two people with knowledge of the situation say Orlando, Las Vegas and Houston remain under consideration as cities that could host regular-season and playoff games. Wednesday marked the end of the 10th week since the NBA shut down on March 11. The pandemic halted the regular season with 259 games remaining, but none of those contests have yet to be officially canceled.

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay says the issue came up about a month ago during a conference call with the league’s competition committee. Many players already wear visors to protect their eyes. McKay says the new mask would cover even more of the face. The medical director of the NFL Players Association tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that league engineers and sports equipment company Oakley are already testing prototypes of the modified mask.

UNDATED (AP) — The LPGA Tour will not have its qualifying events at the end of the year and will keep the same roster of players it has on all of its tours. The LPGA already has canceled seven events, plus the UL International Crown team event, because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut the tour down since Inbee Park won the Women's Australian Open on Feb. 16. It hopes to resume on July 23-26 with the Marathon Classic in Ohio.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are suing to obtain a green card for their British-born strength and conditioning coach. The Sabres say federal immigration officials wrongly denied a petition by the team to secure the card for Ed Gannon. The team maintains U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services misstated facts and arbitrarily failed to follow its own rules in denying permanent residency status to Gannon, who has worked for the team since 2015.




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CLEVELAND (AP) — The new NFL Players Association president says he doesn’t know when players will be allowed to return to team training facilities. And Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter isn't willing to guess what the NFL might look like when it’s back on the field. The league has told all 32 teams that they may proceed with limited openings based on state restrictions meant to combat the virus outbreak.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels will implement furloughs across their organization starting June 1. They're the latest team to take steps against the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Angels’ furloughs will impact employees across the front office, scouting department and minor league system. They had already pledged to pay their employees through May. The $1 million employee assistance fund is separate from the $1.2 million already put up by the team to pay Angel Stadium’s roughly 1,800 workers.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers would prefer to stay home in their new ballpark whenever it is time to get back to spring training. They still haven’t played a game, or even had an organized workout, in their $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof. General manager Jon Daniels says there would be a lot of advantages to workouts in Texas instead of returning to their camp in Arizona. Spring training has been on hold for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA teams will have to get their rosters down to 12 by May 26 so that players can get paid starting June 1. That's according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press. The league and the players' union are still working out details of how often players will get paid and how much. The person said players who are waived over the next week won't get paid, but they will receive benefits through June 30.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Soccer’s All-Star Game has been canceled for the first time in its quarter-century history because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLS All-Stars had been scheduled to play counterparts from Mexico’s Liga MX on July 29 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. MLS says the 2021 game will take place at Banc of California Stadium, most likely against All-Stars from Liga MX.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic —or NFL rules against players working out at team facilities — keep him from preparing for a new season with his new Tampa Bay team. Brady gathered some of his new Buccaneers teammates on a high school field for a throwing session. Brady wore a Buccaneers helmet and an orange jersey over his shoulder pads. The informal, players-only workout lasted two hours, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

UNDATED (AP) — Changes designed to enhance opportunities for minorities to get executive, head coaching and coordinator positions were passed by NFL owners. The changes include addendums to the Rooney Rule, which has fallen short in its goal of increasing diversity. All clubs will now be required to interview at least two minority candidates from outside the organization for head coach vacancies; at least one minority candidate for any of the three coordinator vacancies; and at least one external minority candidate for senior football operations or general manager positions.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Bojan Bogdanović underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right wrist. The procedure was by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michelle Carlson in New York City. There's no timetable for Bogdanović's return. The NBA season remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bogdanović was averaging 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his first season with the Jazz. He also was playing a career-best 33.1 minutes per game.




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A former Mid-Plains Community College student and North Platte native has been named the next men's basketball coach at McCook Community College.

Jacob Brandl, who wore the black and gold of North Platte Community College in 2007-08, has been hired to fill the head men's basketball vacancy left when former coach Kyle Drennan left after one season to become Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Brandl, who has been at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. since 2012, will also serve as MCC's career coach. He served as Wesleyan's Associate Head Coach for the past year.

"I'm very excited and honored to be a part of the McCook family and want to thank Kelly Rippen, Jon Olsen, and the rest of the search committee," Brandl said. "As a North Platte native and former Mid-Plains student athlete, having an opportunity to come back to Nebraska and be close to home is very exciting for me."

MCC Athletic Director Jon Olsen said Brandl emerged from a talented list of candidates as the coach who checked all the boxes for what MCC was looking for.

"This was the most impressive pool of candidates I've seen for a position in 20 years of being on search committees at different junior colleges," Olsen said. "For him to come out on top of that, takes something."

"Coach Brandl brings a wealth of knowledge, energy, and passion not only for basketball, but for higher education as well," said Kelly Rippen, Vice President of MCC and Student Affairs. "It was evident in his application materials and his interviews that he would be as dedicated to the career coaching side of his role, as he would be to basketball."

Brandl attended North Platte Community College from 2006-2008 and received his Associate of Arts Degree in 2008. From North Platte he went to Dana College in Blair and later attended Midland University in Fremont where he received a bachelor's degree in history and secondary education as well as a field endorsement in social science and coaching. He went on to Dakota Wesleyan from 2012-2014 where he received his master's degree in Education Policy and Administration.

At Dakota Wesleyan he was responsible for all players' eligibility with the NAIA clearinghouse, responsible for all recruit correspondence and databases and recruited players from all areas including 77 student athletes over the past six years. He also served as lead scout for all opponents and game planning, and player development for a team that has made the NAIA national tournament the past six seasons.

"On the basketball side of things Jacob has been on a coaching staff that has taken their team to the national championship game and to the national tournament multiple times during his time at Dakota Wesleyan." Olsen said. "His role as an assistant has continued to grow there and he understands what it takes to run a successful college program."  

As a college player at North Platte and Dana, he scored 966 career points, including 221 career 3-point field goals. He started 30 straight games for the Knights and then 59 straight for Dana College.

"Being from North Platte and playing at North Platte Community College, he has a great understanding of Mid-Plains, the area, how our region works, and what it is going to take to win in our region," Olsen said. "I know he is ready to get to work and I am really looking forward to having him on our staff and working with him."

Brandl said the family atmosphere at MCC really stood out as a place that he -- and wife Ashley -- want to be.

"Being a part of a campus that truly backs each other and the student athletes in more ways than one, solidified my decision on wanting to be here," Brandl said.

The coach looks to play a tough and disciplined brand of basketball, on and off the court.

"Offensively our main objective is to value the ball and defensively giving max effort on every possession," he said.

Rippen said MCC is lucky to have Coach Brandl join the MCC family. "He is impressi




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