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Crawford hoops go 1-1 over weekend
Crawford hoops go 1-1 over weekend

The Crawford Rams went 1-1 to open the 2022 boys’ and girls’ basketball seasons.

WSC finishes 4th, UNK 15th in final AVCA Division II coaches poll

WSC finishes 4th, UNK 15th in final AVCA Division II coaches poll

The record-setting Wayne State College volleyball team finished fourth in the final AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, with fellow in-state school UNK coming in at 15th.

Big second half leads WNCC men over Willison

Big second half leads WNCC men over Willison

The Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team put three in double figures and used a strong second half to register the 81-66 win over Williston State College Sunday morning in the Border Wars Invite in Gillette, Wyoming.

To the mat: high school wrestling season underway across Nebraska

To the mat: high school wrestling season underway across Nebraska

While high school basketball season was tipping off across Nebraska this weekend, it wasn't the only winter sport getting underway throughout the state.

Wayne's strong defense prevails in win over Ponca

Wayne's strong defense prevails in win over Ponca

It wasn't a high scoring game between Wayne and Ponca on Saturday night, but that's exactly how Coach Rob Sweetland likes the Blue Devils to play, as they cruised by Ponca 50-28.

Lady Raiders Win Western Conference

Lady Raiders Win Western Conference

A harassing defense, solid rebounding, and an attacking offense propelled the Sidney Lady Raider basketball team to a 51-37 win over Scottsbluff in the championship game of the Western Conference Invitational Tournament at WNCC Saturday afternoon.

WNCC men take out Miles

WNCC men take out Miles

The Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team received 20 points and 17 rebounds from Rodney Sawyer as the Cougar men defeated Miles Community College 80-67 in the second day of the Border Wars Invite at Gillette, Wyoming, on Saturday.

Bridgeport splits doubleheader with North Platte St. Pat's

Bridgeport splits doubleheader with North Platte St. Pat's

Senior Ruthie Loomis-Goltl had a game high 24 points and the Bridgeport girls basketball team earned their second consecutive win to start the season with a 64-18 victory over SPVA Conference rival North Platte St. Pat's on Saturday afternoon. 

Chadron State gets historic win on Saturday

Chadron State gets historic win on Saturday

The Chadron State College women's basketball team had its largest margin of victory since a 37-point 2010 win over Regis University, on Saturday afternoon in the Chicoine Center.

Colorado hires Deion Sanders to turn around program

Colorado hires Deion Sanders to turn around program

Deion Sanders is taking over as head coach at Colorado, bringing his charisma and larger-than-life persona to a beleaguered Pac-12 program that’s plunged to the bottom of college football.

North Texas earns 75-45 win against Omaha

North Texas earns 75-45 win against Omaha

Led by Abou Ousmane's 19 points, the North Texas Mean Green defeated the Omaha Mavericks 75-45 on Saturday night.

Saturday's local scoreboard, Dec. 3

Saturday's local scoreboard, Dec. 3

Saturday's local scoreboard, Dec. 3

Ponca moves to 2-0 after taking down Wayne on the road

Ponca moves to 2-0 after taking down Wayne on the road

The Ponca Indians used a four-way scoring attack to propel themselves to a 54-37 win over the Wayne Blue Devils on Saturday night.

Fairbury and Fillmore Central split doubleheader in tightly contested games

Fairbury and Fillmore Central split doubleheader in tightly contested games

GENEVA, NE — The Fairbury Jeffs and Fillmore Central Panthers two games Saturday went right down to the wire.

Bluejay men's soccer 3-2 win over #4 Duke puts team in College Cup

Bluejay men's soccer 3-2 win over #4 Duke puts team in College Cup

In a battle of the NCAA's best offense (Creighton) versus the best defense (#4 Duke), the adage that 'defense wins championships' fell short as the Creighton men's Soccer team downed Duke 3-2 to advance to the College Cup.

Creighton volleyball bounced in opening round of NCAA Tourney

Creighton volleyball bounced in opening round of NCAA Tourney

he 14th-ranked and 13th seeded Creighton Volleyball team had its season come to an abrupt end in the First Round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament, falling 3-2 to Auburn.

Trojans Twice Trump The Cards

Trojans Twice Trump The Cards

HARTINGTON - Cedar Catholic started their seasons with a sweep over Boone Central -- 33-26 for the girls and 67-61 in the boys game.

Sidney, Scottsbluff to battle in Western Conference Invite Championship Games

Sidney, Scottsbluff to battle in Western Conference Invite Championship Games

In a matchup of the top two seeds of the girls and boys brackets, Sidney and Scottsbluff will square off on Saturday in both championship games of the Western Conference Invitational Tournament at Cougar Palace.

Chadron State opens RMAC schedule with 83-71 win

Chadron State opens RMAC schedule with 83-71 win

The Chadron State College men's basketball team opened its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule with a rousing 83-71 victory over Colorado State-Pueblo in the Chicoine Center on Friday night.

WNCC men shoot past Dawson

WNCC men shoot past Dawson

The Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team connected on 12 3-pointers while overcoming a slow start to run away with a 95-72 win over Dawson Community College in the Border Wars Classic in Gillette, Wyoming, Friday afternoon.

Wausa rallies from slow start for season-opening win

Wausa rallies from slow start for season-opening win

The Vikings rallied from nine down at the half to beat Plainview on the road 63-55

Plainview holds off Wausa rally for second straight win

Plainview holds off Wausa rally for second straight win

The Pirates beat the Vikings 45-39 in their home opener

No. 13 Creighton women rally, beat No. 25 Villanova 67-46

No. 13 Creighton women rally, beat No. 25 Villanova 67-46

Molly Mogensen scored 22 points, Morgan Maly added 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting and No. 13 Creighton beat 25th-ranked Villanova 67-46.

Friday's local scoreboard, Dec. 2

Friday's local scoreboard, Dec. 2

Friday's local scoreboard, Dec. 2

NSAA names Jennifer Schwartz as interim executive director

NSAA names Jennifer Schwartz as interim executive director

The Nebraska School Activities Association has named Jennifer Schwartz, currently the Associate Director of the NSAA, as the Interim NSAA Executive Director. 

Wildcats split doubleheader at Sioux Falls, WSC women snap drought against Cougars

Wildcats split doubleheader at Sioux Falls, WSC women snap drought against Cougars

The Wayne State College basketball teams split a doubleheader at Sioux Falls, with the WSC women's squad ending a nine-game skid against the Cougars, while the Wildcat men's team was upended by a second-half USF rally.

Eagles notes: Chadron State hosting three dual matches Sunday

Eagles notes: Chadron State hosting three dual matches Sunday

The Chadron State College men's wrestling team won't be competing at home often this season, but one of them is this Sunday, Dec. 4, when the Eagles will host a triple dual in the Chicoine Center.

Thursday's local scoreboard, Dec. 1

Thursday's local scoreboard, Dec. 1

Thursday's local scoreboard, Dec. 1

Sidney teams advance in Western Conference Invitational

Sidney teams advance in Western Conference Invitational

The Sidney Lady Raiders and Red Raiders cruised to first round wins in the Western Conference Invitational Thursday night in Gering.

Thayer Central sweeps Republic County in first games in new gym

Thayer Central sweeps Republic County in first games in new gym

HEBRON, NE — The Thayer Central Titans opened up the 2022-23 basketball season with wins over Republic County, Kan. Thursday night in the first pair of games in the school's new gym.

Wisner-Pilger girls, boys sweep Lutheran High Northeast in Tip Off Classic

Wisner-Pilger girls, boys sweep Lutheran High Northeast in Tip Off Classic

The Wisner-Pilger Gators were hungry and chomped their way to a pair of victories on Thursday night against the Lutheran High Northeast Eagles in Norfolk.

#7 Creighton men's basketball falls at #2 Texas, 72-67

#7 Creighton men's basketball falls at #2 Texas, 72-67

No. 2 Texas used a 10-0 run midway through the second half to earn a 72-67 win over No. 7 Creighton.

Kissinger scores 16 points in varsity debut as Hastings St. Cecilia tops Scotus

Kissinger scores 16 points in varsity debut as Hastings St. Cecilia tops Scotus

Avery Kissinger scored 16 points in her varsity debut, helping lead Hastings St. Cecilia to a season-opening girls basketball win over Columbus Scotus.

Scotus opens season with boys basketball win over St. Cecilia

Scotus opens season with boys basketball win over St. Cecilia

Max Wemhoff scored 12 points off the bench to lead Columbus Scotus to a season-opening boys' basketball win over Hastings St. Cecilia on Thursday.

Wayne High's unified bowling team is a strike of a team

Wayne High's unified bowling team is a strike of a team

The Wayne High Blue Devils unified bowling team is state championship bound after winning districts, but what's even better is the story within the team.

PREVIEW: Beatrice riding back to back state tournament appearances, looks to experience this season

PREVIEW: Beatrice riding back to back state tournament appearances, looks to experience this season

After consecutive state tournament appearances, including a state title in 2021 and a semifinal in 2022, the Beatrice Orangemen are ready to get after it this season.

Willis leaving Wayne State football program

Willis leaving Wayne State football program

A former starting quarterback and captain is leaving the Wayne State College football program.

Kowalczyk, Powders represent WSC on All-Region team

Kowalczyk, Powders represent WSC on All-Region team

Wayne State College sophomore linebacker Alex Kowalczyk and senior placekicker Alex Powders were selected to the D2CCA All-Super Region 4 Football Team released Thursday afternoon.

UNK's Davis is finalist for D-ll player of the year award again

UNK's Davis is finalist for D-ll player of the year award again

Nebraska-Kearney redshirt senior quarterback TJ Davis is one of nine finalists for the 2022 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.

Three Northeast men's soccer players claim All-American status

Three Northeast men's soccer players claim All-American status

Three Northeast Community College men's soccer players have received national honors, getting tabbed as NJCAA All-Americans on Wednesday.

Three Hawks earn All-American honors

Three Hawks earn All-American honors

Three Northeast Community College women's soccer players were named All-Americans, it was announced by the NJCAA this week.

Wayne State's Taya Beller, Maggie Brahmer named D2CCA All-American First Team

Wayne State's Taya Beller, Maggie Brahmer named D2CCA All-American First Team

One day after being named AVCA First Team All-Americans, Wayne State sophomore middle hitters Taya Beller and Maggie Brahmer added one more post-season honors to their long list Thursday.

NPCC names Will Peers the Head Coach of the Inaugural Golf Team

NPCC names Will Peers the Head Coach of the Inaugural Golf Team

North Platte Community College will be beginning its Men’s Golf Program in the fall of 2023 and has named Will Peers as the first Head Coach of the program.

Wednesday's local scoreboard, Nov. 30

Wednesday's local scoreboard, Nov. 30

Wednesday's local scoreboard, Nov. 30

Red Raiders Tip Off Winter Sports Thursday

Red Raiders Tip Off Winter Sports Thursday

The high school Winter sports season gets underway this week for the Sidney Lady Raiders and Red Raiders.

Eagles notes: Chadron State track team anxious to compete

Eagles notes: Chadron State track team anxious to compete

The first weekend in December means the Chadron State College track and field teams will be giving a preview of coming attractions at the Yellow Jackets Holiday Open Meet at Black Hills State in Spearfish on Saturday.

WNCC’s Cercal named Region IX soccer MVP

WNCC’s Cercal named Region IX soccer MVP

Western Nebraska Community College’s Rodrigo Cercal finished up his sophomore season with quite a bit of honors recently when the Region IX All-Region teams were announced.

Four Wildcat volleyball players earn All-American honors

Four Wildcat volleyball players earn All-American honors

For the first time in school history, Wayne State College has a First-Team All-American, and the Wildcats also have more than two All-Americans for the first time ever.

Bearcats top Peru State women's basketball

Bearcats top Peru State women's basketball

Bearcats score 40 from the paint

Tuesday's local scoreboard, Nov. 29

Tuesday's local scoreboard, Nov. 29

Tuesday's local scoreboard, Nov. 29

PREVIEW: Lady O leaning on tight defense, diverse scoring heading into season

PREVIEW: Lady O leaning on tight defense, diverse scoring heading into season

Lady Orange basketball is looking to build off their appearance in the state tournament last season, hoping to take a few steps further this year.

Northeast gets four players in double figures in close win over Concordia JV

Northeast gets four players in double figures in close win over Concordia JV

The Northeast Community College men's basketball team held off a feisty Concordia University JV squad Monday night in Norfolk.

Northeast sweeps North Platte Community College in women's hoops

Northeast sweeps North Platte Community College in women's hoops

It was a season sweep for the Northeast Community College women's basketball team against an in-state foe.

Ogallala aiming for another state tournament appearance

Ogallala aiming for another state tournament appearance

The Ogallala boys basketball team is looking to make another run to the State Tournament following their appearance in 2021-22.

Smith leads balanced Mississippi St. attack sinking Omaha

Smith leads balanced Mississippi St. attack sinking Omaha

Tolu Smith scored 12 points, D.J. Jeffries scored 10, 11 Mississippi State players entered the scoring column and the Bulldogs used the second half to pull away from Omaha for a 74-54 win.

Former Hastings College football player named as Director of Sports Performance

Former Hastings College football player named as Director of Sports Performance

Hastings College is turning to one of its own graduates to run its sports performance department.

Chadron State finishes non-conference play in Sioux Falls

Chadron State finishes non-conference play in Sioux Falls

The Chadron State College women's basketball team, for the second consecutive night, ran out to a significant lead early.

#15 Creighton volleyball tops #14 Marquette for third straight BIG EAST Tourney title

#15 Creighton volleyball tops #14 Marquette for third straight BIG EAST Tourney title

Norah Sis and Ava Martin combined for 45 kills to lead No. 15 Creighton Volleyball to its eighth BIG EAST Tournament title in the last nine years with a 3-2 win vs. No. 14 Marquette on Saturday evening at D.J. Sokol Arena.

Creighton beats Tulsa 2-1 to advance to NCAA quarterfinals

Creighton beats Tulsa 2-1 to advance to NCAA quarterfinals

For the third consecutive match in the NCAA Tournament the Creighton Men's Soccer team delivered the game-winning goal in the final ten minutes of regulation, besting Tulsa 2-1 on Saturday, Nov. 26 to advance to the Elite Eight.

Wayne State men rally for 89-87 win at Eckerd College in Florida

Wayne State men rally for 89-87 win at Eckerd College in Florida

The Wayne State men’s basketball team overcame a 20-point first half deficit and 58 percent shooting by host Eckerd College as the Wildcats rallied in the second half for a 89-87 victory over the Tritons.

WSC women storm back from 24 down and win at Colorado Mesa 62-59

WSC women storm back from 24 down and win at Colorado Mesa 62-59

Wayne State College rallied from a 46-22 deficit early in the third quarter as the Wildcats stormed back to shock host Colorado Mesa 62-59 Saturday evening at the Holiday Inn-Airport Thanksgiving Women’s Basketball Classic in Grand Junction, Colorado.

WNCC women top No. 5 New Mexico JC

WNCC women top No. 5 New Mexico JC

The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team buried nine 3-pointers and led for over 90% of the game as the Cougars toppled No. 5 New Mexico Junior College 63-52 Saturday afternoon in the final day of the McCook Thanksgiving Classic.

Eagles notes: Big first half sends Chadron State to third straight win

Eagles notes: Big first half sends Chadron State to third straight win

The Chadron State College men's basketball team shot 63.6% from the field while building a 57-25 halftime lead and went on to defeat Ecclesia College from Springdale, Ark., 94-67 on Saturday.

Saturday's local scoreboard, Nov. 26

Saturday's local scoreboard, Nov. 26

Saturday's local scoreboard, Nov. 26

Jungers scores 17, Omaha defeats Southern 88-78

Jungers scores 17, Omaha defeats Southern 88-78

Led by Luke Jungers' 17 points, the Omaha Mavericks defeated the Southern Jaguars 88-78 on Saturday night.