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Lily Davis heads to South Dakota State for diving
Lily Davis heads to South Dakota State for diving

Lily Davis’ road to the division one diving level is not a common expedition. 

Doane leads NAIA in 2024 Hampshire Honor Society

Doane leads NAIA in 2024 Hampshire Honor Society

Doane led the NAIA with 12 football players in the 2024 NFF Hampshire Honor Society. 

Fairbury sends players to NAIA schools for three straight years

Fairbury sends players to NAIA schools for three straight years

Fairbury basketball is sending its third player in three years to a NAIA school for college basketball. 

WNCC softball takes two games from NJC

WNCC softball takes two games from NJC

The Western Nebraska Community College softball team put together two team wins as the Cougars took a conference doubleheader from reigning Region IX champions Northeastern Junior College Tuesday at Volunteer Field.

West Nebraska All-Star Coaches Announced

West Nebraska All-Star Coaches Announced

The coaches have been selected for the West Nebraska All-Star Volleyball and Football games.

Eagles notes: Chadron State hosting football scrimmage on Friday

Eagles notes: Chadron State hosting football scrimmage on Friday

With the conclusion of spring football practices drawing near, the Chadron State College football team continues to prepare for an intrasquad scrimmage on Friday and a joint practice with Wayne State College on April 20.

Inoue breaks two records, WNCC takes DH from Lamar on Monday

Inoue breaks two records, WNCC takes DH from Lamar on Monday

Shintaro Inoue broke two career records Monday as the Western Nebraska Community College baseball team picked up two wins over Lamar Community College on Monday.

WNCC baseball takes two from Lamar on Sunday

WNCC baseball takes two from Lamar on Sunday

The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team got the offense rolling in an Empire Conference doubleheader win over Lamar Community College on Sunday in Lamar, Colorado.

Eagles lose two against Mavericks

Eagles lose two against Mavericks

The Colorado Mesa Mavericks defeated the Chadron State College softball team in two games on Saturday in Grand Junction, Colorado, winning 7-0 and 19-5. 

WNCC softball falls to NJC on Friday

WNCC softball falls to NJC on Friday

The Western Nebraska Community Collee softball dropped a conference doubleheader to Northeastern Junior College on Friday in different style of contests in Sterling, Colorado.

Inspired by former coach Tom Kropp, Marty Levinson motivated to rebuild UNK basketball

Inspired by former coach Tom Kropp, Marty Levinson motivated to rebuild UNK basketball

UNK's news conference for new basketball coach Marty Levinson felt more like a homecoming than an introduction.

Sidney Takes Third in Home Golf Invite

Sidney Takes Third in Home Golf Invite

The Red Raider Boy’s Golf Team finished third in the Sidney Invitational Wednesday at Hillside Golf Course. Sidney finished with a 353 team score, two stroke better than Alliance and three ahead of Chadron.

PBR set to return to Lincoln next week

PBR set to return to Lincoln next week

Professional Bull Riding is set to make a return to the Cornhusker state next week. 

INTERVIEW: UNK men's basketball coach Marty Levinson

INTERVIEW: UNK men's basketball coach Marty Levinson

Nebraska-Kearney introduced Marty Levinson as its new men's basketball coach on Friday.

Hastings St. Cecilia promotes Prevette to Boys Basketball Head Coach

Hastings St. Cecilia promotes Prevette to Boys Basketball Head Coach

The Bluehawks are promoting Jared Prevette to Head Coach of the St. Cecilia Boys Basketball program.

UNK tennis programs benefit from international talent

UNK tennis programs benefit from international talent

The University of Nebraska at Kearney tennis programs are benefiting from its diverse talent. 

Reggie Thomas transferring from Hastings College to D-l North Dakota

Reggie Thomas transferring from Hastings College to D-l North Dakota

Coming off one of the best seasons in Hastings College men’s basketball history, Reggie Thomas is making the jump to the Division l level.

NSAA approves shot clock for all classes, adds Class B for girls wrestling

NSAA approves shot clock for all classes, adds Class B for girls wrestling

The NSAA approved major changes to its administration and some of its premier sports at its April meeting on Thursday.

NSAA appoints Jennifer Schwartz as Executive Director

NSAA appoints Jennifer Schwartz as Executive Director

The NSAA has a new Executive Director. 

Nebraska 8-Man All-Star Game rosters announced

Nebraska 8-Man All-Star Game rosters announced

The rosters are set for the 2024 Sertoma 8-Man All-Star Game.

Aidan McDowell heading to Fort Hays State University

Aidan McDowell heading to Fort Hays State University

Aidan McDowell is taking his talents to Fort Hays State University for college basketball. 

Nine-year-old girl accurately predicts March Madness Final Four

Nine-year-old girl accurately predicts March Madness Final Four

According to her father, Ani Olsufka's success was not due to an in-depth knowledge of college basketball but rather to random picks.

WNCC baseball drops doubleheader to Garden City

WNCC baseball drops doubleheader to Garden City

The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team couldn’t find their offense in dropping a doubleheader with Garden City Community College on Tuesday at Cleveland Field.

Chadron State football announces staff changes

Chadron State football announces staff changes

Chadron State College head football coach Jay Long announced the addition of three new football coaches and other changes to the team's coaching staff on Tuesday.

Jude named interim Chadron State Athletic Director

Jude named interim Chadron State Athletic Director

An accomplished administrator with more than two decades of athletic experience and a former vice president for the Denver Broncos, Dr. China Jude, has been named as Chadron State College's interim athletic director.

Province's first career goal pushes #9 Kearney past Norfolk in defensive thriller

Province's first career goal pushes #9 Kearney past Norfolk in defensive thriller

NORFOLK - The Kearney Bearcats have won its eighth game on the year and third straight after leaving Norfolk with a 1-0 win on Tuesday night

'People can feel my passion': alum Marty Levinson hired as UNK men's basketball coach

'People can feel my passion': alum Marty Levinson hired as UNK men's basketball coach

The University of Nebraska-Kearney is turning to an alumnus to lead its men’s basketball program.

UNK Men's Basketball selects Levinson as new Head Coach

UNK Men's Basketball selects Levinson as new Head Coach

After spending most of last season with an interim head coach, the Lopers are hiring former UNK player and graduate assistant Marty Levinson to lead the men's basketball program.

Tri-City Storm coach named head coach of Miami (OH) hockey

Tri-City Storm coach named head coach of Miami (OH) hockey

The Tri-City Storm head coach is leaving Kearney to become head coach at a Division l university.

Hastings College's Reggie Thomas named 1st-team All-American, first in program history

Hastings College's Reggie Thomas named 1st-team All-American, first in program history

Reggie Thomas’s historic season with the Hastings College men’s basketball team continues to yield accolades.

Plattsmouth Picks Up Home Win Over Auburn

Plattsmouth Picks Up Home Win Over Auburn

PLATTSMOUTH, NE - The Plattsmouth Blue Devils defended their home turf for a 7-4 win over the Auburn Bulldogs on Thursday, March 28.

Dalton Knecht's huge day can't quite carry Tennessee past Zach Edey and Purdue

Dalton Knecht's huge day can't quite carry Tennessee past Zach Edey and Purdue

Dalton Knecht was dazzling for much of the day, looking like the prospect NBA teams are projecting as a lottery pick. Tennessee leaned on the All-America wing even more than usual, with a Final Four bid at stake.

Eagles compete at Colorado State Invite

Eagles compete at Colorado State Invite

The Chadron State College track and field field team competed against multiple division one opponents on Friday and Saturday while participating in the Jack Christiansen Invite in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

WNCC, Trinidad split conference games Saturday

WNCC, Trinidad split conference games Saturday

The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team split an Empire Conference doubleheader Saturday in contrasting fashion in Pueblo, Colorado.

Vilims strong as Northeast drops rubber match to #9 Kirkwood

Vilims strong as Northeast drops rubber match to #9 Kirkwood

The Northeast Community College baseball team was back at home Saturday for the finale of their series with Kirkwood. The Hawks fell in the showdown by a final score of 8-4 in what marks their first conference-series loss of the season.

From junior college to starring for Tennessee, Dalton Knecht took a long road to March Madness

From junior college to starring for Tennessee, Dalton Knecht took a long road to March Madness

Dalton Knecht didn’t have a lot of choices to continue his basketball career coming out of Prairie View High School in Henderson, Colorado. He stayed in state, taking his raw talents to Northeastern Junior College in Sterling.

WNCC baseball takes two from Trinidad

WNCC baseball takes two from Trinidad

The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team won their 7thstraight game after taking an Empire Conference doubleheader from Trinidad State College Friday in Pueblo, Colorado.

Dalton Knecht scores 24, Tennessee beats Creighton 82-75 to pull within a win of first Final Four

Dalton Knecht scores 24, Tennessee beats Creighton 82-75 to pull within a win of first Final Four

Dalton Knecht had 24 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals, and Tennessee moved within a victory of its first trip to the Final Four, beating Creighton 82-75 in a Midwest Region semifinal.

CSC defeated by CCU on day two

CSC defeated by CCU on day two

Despite Mackenzi Kroll hitting three home runs in Friday's game one, the Colorado Christian Cougars defeated the Chadron State Eagles in the two team's double header, winning game one 10-8 before having an 8-0 victory in five innings during game two.

Eagles fall in two games against #8 CCU

Eagles fall in two games against #8 CCU

The #8 ranked Colorado Christian softball team defeated the Chadron State College softball team in two games Thursday afternoon, winning 11-2 and 6-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader.

McManigal Returns to Red Raiders as Head Wrestling Coach

McManigal Returns to Red Raiders as Head Wrestling Coach

Sidney High School has announced that Cory McManigal has been hired as the new head coach of the Red Raider wrestling program for the 2024-2025 season.

Kimball Public Schools Excitedly Anticipates New Football Scoreboard Installation, Thanks to FirsTier Bank's Generosity

Kimball Public Schools Excitedly Anticipates New Football Scoreboard Installation, Thanks to FirsTier Bank's Generosity

Kimball, Nebraska - March 27, 2024 - Kimball Public Schools is thrilled to announce the upcoming installation of a new football stadium scoreboard that has been made possible through a gracious donation from FirsTier Bank. This scoreboard represents a sig

Chadron State announces change in leadership of men’s basketball program

Chadron State announces change in leadership of men’s basketball program

Chadron State College Interim Athletic Director Ted Tewahade announced Tuesday that men's basketball head coach Shane Paben will not have his contract renewed.

Creighton do-it-all man Baylor Scheierman looking for happier ending in March Madness

Creighton do-it-all man Baylor Scheierman looking for happier ending in March Madness

Baylor Scheierman was the picture of Creighton’s raw emotion in the immediate aftermath of its crushing loss in the NCAA Elite Eight last year.

Hastings College MBB's Reggie Thomas enters transfer portal

Hastings College MBB's Reggie Thomas enters transfer portal

Reggie Thomas, the 2024 Men's Basketball GPAC Player of the Year, has entered the transfer portal after two seasons with the Broncos. 

Hastings College's Poppen resigns to take job at Iowa Soccer Club

Hastings College's Poppen resigns to take job at Iowa Soccer Club

Cole Poppen is stepping down as the Hastings College Men's Soccer Head Coach after three seasons. 
According to the college, Poppen is taking a position with a Des Moines soccer club in Iowa. 

Eagles notes: CSC bareback rider places third

Eagles notes: CSC bareback rider places third

Cinch Kiger, a sophomore from Overton, Neb., led the Chadron State College entries at the Eastern Wyoming College rodeo in Torrington last weekend. 

Kiki Rice scores 24 as UCLA rallies past Creighton 67-63 to reach the Sweet 16

Kiki Rice scores 24 as UCLA rallies past Creighton 67-63 to reach the Sweet 16

Kiki Rice scored 24 points, Lauren Betts had 20 points and 10 rebounds and second-seeded UCLA rallied in the second half for a 67-63 victory over seventh-seeded Creighton in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament on Monday night.

Hastings High hires local face as new volleyball head coach

Hastings High hires local face as new volleyball head coach

The Tigers new volleyball coach is Mandy Buderus, who has numerous years of experience as a volleyball coach in Central Nebraska.

WNCC softball splits with Colby on Sunday

WNCC softball splits with Colby on Sunday

The Western Nebraska Community College softball team earned a split with Colby Community College on Sunday to finish the weekend series in Colby, Kansas.

WNCC sweeps Luna on Saturday for fourth and fifth straight wins

WNCC sweeps Luna on Saturday for fourth and fifth straight wins

The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team swept Luna Community College in an Empire Conference doubleheader at a chilly Cleveland Field on Saturday.

Creighton outlasts Oregon 86-73 in double OT thriller to earn spot in Sweet 16 of March Madness

Creighton outlasts Oregon 86-73 in double OT thriller to earn spot in Sweet 16 of March Madness

Steven Ashworth and Ryan Kalkbrenner made 3-pointers in the second overtime and Creighton edged past its former coach — Oregon’s Dana Altman — to move into the Sweet 16 with an 86-73 win in the Midwest Region.

Results: North Platte high school golf invite

Results: North Platte high school golf invite

Golf teams from across the region took to the links on Friday for the North Platte Boys Golf Invite.

Lauren Jensen, Emma Ronsinek lead hot-shooting Creighton into second round with 87-73 win over UNLV

Lauren Jensen, Emma Ronsinek lead hot-shooting Creighton into second round with 87-73 win over UNLV

Lauren Jensen scored 25 points, Emma Ronsiek added 23 and Creighton sank 15 3-pointers en route to a 87-73 victory over UNLV in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament on Saturday despite 30 points from Desi-Rae Young.

WNCC baseball takes doubleheader from Luna

WNCC baseball takes doubleheader from Luna

The Western Nebraska Community College baseball opened Empire Conference action with a doubleheader sweep over Luna Community College Friday at Cleveland Field.

Oregon coach Dana Altman set for NCAA Tournament reunion against Creighton

Oregon coach Dana Altman set for NCAA Tournament reunion against Creighton

Dana Altman is about to re-visit his basketball past. On Saturday in the NCAA Tournament, Oregon's coach will face Creighton, where he spent 16 seasons and built a program in shambles into a mid-major power.

Up, up and away: Leeling leaps to new heights in Nebraska high school girls high jump

Up, up and away: Leeling leaps to new heights in Nebraska high school girls high jump

Karsyn Leeling, the daughter of Amanda Sharman and Chad Leeling, became the first woman in Nebraska high school track and field history to clear six feet in high jump. 

Familiar face to lead Kimball High School boys basketball Team

Familiar face to lead Kimball High School boys basketball Team

Trevor Anderson has been named the head coach of the Kimball boys basketball team. If the name sounds familiar, that is because Anderson has served as the Superintendent of Kimball Public Schools for the past four years. The son of a two time state champi

Panthers hold out after 12 innings in double-header

Panthers hold out after 12 innings in double-header

Norfolk High defeats Lincoln North Star 8-7 after 12-inning thriller.

UNK football off to crisp start in second spring under Ryan Held

UNK football off to crisp start in second spring under Ryan Held

There’s nothing but good vibes around the first spring football practice at UNK.

March Madness: Creighton outmuscles Akron for 77-60 win in NCAA Tournament opener

March Madness: Creighton outmuscles Akron for 77-60 win in NCAA Tournament opener

Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 23 points and Trey Alexander had 19 as Creighton, which came within seconds of making the Final Four a year ago, opened the NCAA Tournament with a 77-60 win over Akron in the Midwest Region.

Davis works out as receiver, four Lopers participate in Nebraska Pro Day

Davis works out as receiver, four Lopers participate in Nebraska Pro Day

The player who defined an era of UNK football is preparing for a pro career.

Trio of women’s wrestlers named Second Team All-Conference

Trio of women’s wrestlers named Second Team All-Conference

Mana Chanthasone, Ana Rojas-Zamora and Kamila Montenegro were all named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Women's Wrestling Second Team All-Conference, the league office announced on Wednesday.

Creighton's Isaac Traudt wears glucose monitor to stay in game

Creighton's Isaac Traudt wears glucose monitor to stay in game

Creighton's Isaac Traudt is playing at the highest level of college basketball while managing Type 1 diabetes.

Kearney Catholic promotes Jochum to head volleyball coach

Kearney Catholic promotes Jochum to head volleyball coach

Kearney Catholic is hiring a current assistant coach to take over its storied volleyball program.