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Blessing family, UNK coach proud to see Blessing Wrestling Facility completed
Blessing family, UNK coach proud to see Blessing Wrestling Facility completed

Ron Blessing won’t get to see the facility that bears his family’s name. The owner of Blessing Construction died in a work site accident in March.

Orangemen, Lady O both to play for third place in TBC Tournament finals

Orangemen, Lady O both to play for third place in TBC Tournament finals

Both Beatrice basketball teams will be in Wahoo on Saturday. 

Wrestling empowers Grand Island girls' team

Wrestling empowers Grand Island girls' team

'So, walking down the halls I thought, 'wow this school could be really good at girls wrestling,'' said Jeff Evans.

Gallaway signs with Hastings College wrestling

Gallaway signs with Hastings College wrestling

The top ranked girls wrestler in Nebraska is staying in her home state to compete in college.

Lincoln University leaving MIAA for GLVC

Lincoln University leaving MIAA for GLVC

Next season will be the final time Nebraska Kearney sports teams will play Lincoln University as a conference opponent.

Record-setting LHNE senior Wiederin aims to add more all-time marks to portfolio

Record-setting LHNE senior Wiederin aims to add more all-time marks to portfolio

Wiederin is now the all-time career leader in points, steals, and assists per season, and is on pace for all-time points per season, career assists, and career 3-pointers. 

Offensive GA comes from coaching family, was on Ohio staff

Offensive GA comes from coaching family, was on Ohio staff

Nebraska Kearney head football coach Ryan Held announced today that Kenny Zamberlin will be the Lopers offensive graduate assistant and tight ends coach.

Pierce standout Scholting commits to UNK

Pierce standout Scholting commits to UNK

A northeast Nebraska football standout is staying in state to play at the next level.

Sidney Teams Notch Wins Over Torrington

Sidney Teams Notch Wins Over Torrington

The Sidney Lady Raider and Red Raider basketball teams scored impressive wins over Torrington in a make-up game at the Cabela’s Athletic Facility on Tuesday. The game was postponed from December 16, because of weather.

Turnovers doom short handed Huskers against red hot Wildcats

Turnovers doom short handed Huskers against red hot Wildcats

LINCOLN - Nebraska knew they'd be in for a challenge with an impressive Northwestern team visiting Lincoln on Wednesday night.

'We've got to keep pushing': Norfolk girls basketball optimistic despite losses

'We've got to keep pushing': Norfolk girls basketball optimistic despite losses

Going into Friday’s matchup against Grand Island, who is another team that has had a bumpy season, the Panthers are preparing to possibly win their second game on the season.

Lopers add former Missouri Western assistant as passing game coordinator

Lopers add former Missouri Western assistant as passing game coordinator

Nebraska Kearney head football coach Ryan Held announced today that Moses Harper will be the Lopers passing game coordinator.

Western Nebraska Pioneers Release 2023 Schedule

Western Nebraska Pioneers Release 2023 Schedule

The Western Nebraska Pioneers will have a lot of new teams coming to Gering for the upcoming season.

Sutherland sweeps Creek Valley Tuesday

Sutherland sweeps Creek Valley Tuesday

Senior Cydnie Wilson helped the Sailors to get a 60-26 victory over the Storm by having a game high of 15 points.

Tuesday's local scoreboard, Jan. 24

Tuesday's local scoreboard, Jan. 24

Tuesday's local scoreboard, Jan. 24

Orangemen advance to conference semifinal with 71-63 win over Ralston

Orangemen advance to conference semifinal with 71-63 win over Ralston

A high scoring affair went the way of the Orangemen on Tuesday night as Beatrice avenged Friday nights loss to Ralston with a 71-63 win in the Trailblazer Conference Tournament quarterfinal. 

Sidney Wrestling Teams 12th at John Higgins Invite

Sidney Wrestling Teams 12th at John Higgins Invite

The Sidney Boys and girls wrestling teams traveled to Lexington on Saturday for the John Higgins Boys and Girls Invitational tournaments. Both Sidney teams finished in 12th place in their respective tournaments.

Huskers bolster WR intake with 4-star Demitrius Bell

Huskers bolster WR intake with 4-star Demitrius Bell

The 4-star wide receiver adds to what has been a productive first offseason for new Husker head coach Matt Rhule and his staff.

Alexandre's huge second half lifts Northeast

Alexandre's huge second half lifts Northeast

Emaniel Alexandre went off in the second half, helping propel the Northeast Community College men's basketball team past Southwestern Community College.

Monday's local scoreboard, Jan. 23

Monday's local scoreboard, Jan. 23

Monday's local scoreboard, Jan. 23

Lady O dominate Pioneers, advance in Trailblazer Conference Tournament

Lady O dominate Pioneers, advance in Trailblazer Conference Tournament

The Lady Orange are a step closer to defending their Trailblazer Conference tournament title. 

Doane announces Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2023

Doane announces Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2023

CRETE, NE — The Doane Tigers will add another seven people to its hall of fame this Spring.

WNCC basketball teams 1-0 in sub-region standings

WNCC basketball teams 1-0 in sub-region standings

Region IX conference schedule off and running

Bayard girls, Leyton boys claim Minuteman Activities Conference titles

Bayard girls, Leyton boys claim Minuteman Activities Conference titles

Justin Ernest, Cort Rummel, and Dillon Juelfs combined for 43 of Leyton's 51 points in Saturday's Minuteman Activities Conference Tournament championship game and the Warriors captured the title with a 51-42 victory over Potter-Dix.

Loomis-Goltl scores school-record 40 points, Bridgeport claims SPVA title

Loomis-Goltl scores school-record 40 points, Bridgeport claims SPVA title

Senior Ruthie Loomis-Goltl set a new school record for points in a game and the Bridgeport girls basketball team defeated Hershey, 85-41, to win the South Platte Valley Association Tournament Saturday at North Platte Community College. 

Blue Jays Beat Braves Back-to-Back

Blue Jays Beat Braves Back-to-Back

PIERCE - Both Blue Jays squads got back on the winning track, as the girls bounced Battle Creek 41-23, while the boys were victorious 37-33.

Chadron State wins big for second straight night

Chadron State wins big for second straight night

For the second night in a row, the Chadron State College men's basketball team was exceptional at both ends of the floor and defeated another primary challenger for a place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoffs by a wide margin. 

Janssen becomes WSC's all-time leading scorer in Wildcats' dominant home win

Janssen becomes WSC's all-time leading scorer in Wildcats' dominant home win

Fifth-year forward Jordan Janssen poured in a career-high 32 points on his way to becoming the all-time leading scorer in Wayne State men’s basketball history Saturday afternoon as the Wildcats cruised past Minnesota Crookston.

Saturday's local scoreboard, Jan. 21

Saturday's local scoreboard, Jan. 21

Saturday's local scoreboard, Jan. 21

Lady Raiders Edge Gothenburg at the Buzzer

Lady Raiders Edge Gothenburg at the Buzzer

Payton Schrotberger’s shot in the lane with 2.8 seconds to go gave the Sidney Lady Raiders a 45-43 win in a battle of ranked one-loss teams in Gothenburg on Friday night.

Eagles Play "Most complete game," Coach Says

Eagles Play "Most complete game," Coach Says

While playing what Coach Shane Paben called "our most complete game," the Chadron State College men's basketball team defeated the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 78-56 on the Eagles' home court Friday night.

Leyton girls and boys, Bayard girls, Potter-Dix boys to play for MAC championships

Leyton girls and boys, Bayard girls, Potter-Dix boys to play for MAC championships

Leyton started the 2023 Minuteman Activities Conference semifinals Friday with a 42-41 victory over Garden County with the help of Sophomore Zaili Benish scoring 26 and going 3-4 from three point land. 

Bernecker scores 1,000th career point in Trojan's 2OT win at Wayne

Bernecker scores 1,000th career point in Trojan's 2OT win at Wayne

Senior Jaxson Bernecker scored his 1,000th career point in a back-and-forth affair that saw the Cedar Catholic edge Wayne 46-45 in a double overtime.

Cedar Catholic girls fend off comeback attempt against Wayne 56-47

Cedar Catholic girls fend off comeback attempt against Wayne 56-47

Cedar Catholic scored a huge road victory over Wayne Friday night.

Big second half leads WNCC women over McCook

Big second half leads WNCC women over McCook

The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team put four players in double figures and overcame a halftime deficit to register a Region IX South Sub-region win over McCook Community College 68-56 Friday evening in McCook.

Ogallala hosts Alliance in Friday hoops

Ogallala hosts Alliance in Friday hoops

A pair of eight-win teams faced off tonight in Keith County, with Ogallala hosting Alliance.

Bridgeport girls, boys advance to SPVA Tournament Championship game

Bridgeport girls, boys advance to SPVA Tournament Championship game

The 12-0 Bridgeport Lady Bulldogs face the 8-4 Chase County Lady Longhorns in the semi-finals of the SPVA Basketball Tournament.

Friday's local scoreboard, Jan. 20

Friday's local scoreboard, Jan. 20

Friday's local scoreboard, Jan. 20

Lady Orange pick up 11th win at Ralston, Orangemen drop second straight

Lady Orange pick up 11th win at Ralston, Orangemen drop second straight

Beatrice basketball split the Friday night trip to Ralston as the Lady Orange picked up 58-18 victory, while the Orangemen fell 68-60. 

Kimball wrestling room to be dedicated to Joe Culek

Kimball wrestling room to be dedicated to Joe Culek

KIMBALL Neb.-- In 1966, Joe Culek brought a wrestling state championship home to Kimball. On January 31st, his championship will be forever enshrined as the Kimball High School Wrestling Room is named in his honor. Of course Joe's 1966 championship isn't

Eagles notes: Eagles play at home again this weekend

Eagles notes: Eagles play at home again this weekend

No doubt about it, the Chadron State College men's basketball team needs to win some more games if it's going to reach the goal of qualifying for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences's Shootout at the end of the season.

Mayo scores 31 as South Dakota State beats Omaha 84-61

Mayo scores 31 as South Dakota State beats Omaha 84-61

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits defeated the Omaha Mavericks 84-61 on Thursday night led by Zeke Mayo's 31 points.

Thursday's local scoreboard, Jan. 19

Thursday's local scoreboard, Jan. 19

Thursday's local scoreboard, Jan. 19

Cold shooting night dooms Beatrice against Elkhorn, Orangemen fall to 7-4

Cold shooting night dooms Beatrice against Elkhorn, Orangemen fall to 7-4

Beatrice took on the Elkhorn antlers at the O-Zone on Thursday night, a rematch of the 2021 state tile game, but this time, it was the Antlers on top, 59-46 over the Orangemen. 

Former Husker will coach UNK secondary as graduate assistant

Former Husker will coach UNK secondary as graduate assistant

Nebraska Kearney head football coach Ryan Held announced today that Eric Lee Jr. will serve as a graduate assistant coach and work with the Loper secondary.

M.A.C. Semifinals Set for Friday

M.A.C. Semifinals Set for Friday

The Minuteman Activities Conference basketball tournament semifinals are now set for Friday in Bridgeport.

A ‘Blessing’ to our program: With local support, UNK opens new wrestling facility

A ‘Blessing’ to our program: With local support, UNK opens new wrestling facility

The University of Nebraska at Kearney opened the new Ron and Pam Blessing Wrestling Facility last month, giving the defending national champions an “amazing” place to call home.

Chris Ford, champ as player, coach with Celtics, dies at 74

Chris Ford, champ as player, coach with Celtics, dies at 74

Chris Ford, a member of the Boston Celtics 1981 championship team, a longtime NBA coach and the player credited with scoring the league’s first 3-point basket, has died, his family announced in a statement. He was 74.

Leeling Siblings Sign at Doane

Leeling Siblings Sign at Doane

A brother and sister duo at Sidney High School will be continuing their athletic careers at the next level. Camron Leeling and Karsyn Leeling signed their letters-of-intent to compete in track and field for Doane University.

UNK O-Line Coach brings D-l, D-ll experience to Lopers

UNK O-Line Coach brings D-l, D-ll experience to Lopers

Nebraska Kearney head football coach Ryan Held announced today that Nate Baker is the Lopers new offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

Platteview buries Nebraska City in girls and boys basketball

Platteview buries Nebraska City in girls and boys basketball

The Platteview girls and boys basketball teams combined to hit 22 3-pointers during two dominant wins over Nebraska City.

Eagles open Indoor Season with Promising Results

Eagles open Indoor Season with Promising Results

Chadron State College sprinters and field events participants turned in some promising results Saturday while competing at the Myrle Hanson Open Meet at Black Hills State in Spearfish.

Nembhard scores 12, Creighton beats Butler 73-52

Nembhard scores 12, Creighton beats Butler 73-52

Led by Ryan Nembhard's 12 points, the Creighton Bluejays defeated the Butler Bulldogs 73-52 on Tuesday night.

Tuesday's local scoreboard, Jan. 17

Tuesday's local scoreboard, Jan. 17

Tuesday's local scoreboard, Jan. 17

Madison outlasts Stanton in overtime thriller

Madison outlasts Stanton in overtime thriller

Despite a buzzer-beater to tie the game and a hostile road environment, the Madison Dragons came out on top in a battle with the Stanton Mustangs.

Stanton Mustangs heat up early in big win over Madison

Stanton Mustangs heat up early in big win over Madison

The Stanton Mustangs and Madison Dragons came into Tuesday night's matchup looking for a spark and the Mustangs got just what they were searching for with a 49-20 win over the Dragons.

Nebraska volleyball signee named 2023 Gatorade National Player of the Year

Nebraska volleyball signee named 2023 Gatorade National Player of the Year

6-foot-2 outside hitter Harper Murray, who is currently committed to Nebraska named the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year.

UNK adds 'Godfather' to staff as recruiting coordinator, linebackers coach

UNK adds 'Godfather' to staff as recruiting coordinator, linebackers coach

Nebraska Kearney head football coach Ryan Held announced today that Jesse Ornelas is the Lopers new recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach.

Monday's local scoreboard, Jan. 16

Monday's local scoreboard, Jan. 16

Monday's local scoreboard, Jan. 16

WNCC men battle to get overtime winner over EWC

WNCC men battle to get overtime winner over EWC

The Western Nebraska Community College and Eastern Wyoming College men’s basketball teams hooked up in the annual Highway 26 Border War Monday night and this contest was a war with the Cougars earning the 86-83 winner in overtime.

Duncan Field and Hastings American Legion to host Nebraska State American Legion tournament

Duncan Field and Hastings American Legion to host Nebraska State American Legion tournament

The Nebraska American Legion announced that Duncan Field and Hastings American Legion will host the 2023 Nebraska American Legion Senior State Tournament.

Former NDSU commit switches pledge to Wayne State

Former NDSU commit switches pledge to Wayne State

The Wayne State football team secured a significant commitment on Monday, snagging former North Dakota State commit Ahmar Brown.

Four people with Central Nebraska ties included in Nebraska Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame class

Four people with Central Nebraska ties included in Nebraska Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame class

Four people with ties to central Nebraska are among those set to be inducted into the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame this year.

Former Loper picked as UNK special teams coordinator, D-line coach

Former Loper picked as UNK special teams coordinator, D-line coach

Nebraska Kearney head football coach Ryan Held announced today that Jake Mandelko is the Lopers new special teams coordinator and defensive line coach.

Lady Raiders 12-1 After Win Over North Platte

Lady Raiders 12-1 After Win Over North Platte

Maci Freeze hit a three-point shot to give the Bulldogs a 11-10 lead with 1:25 to go in the first quarter. It was North Platte’s last lead of the game. Sidney improved to 12-1 on the season with a 55-40 win Saturday afternoon in North Platte.