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The Arapahoe Warrior Football Team finished the 2018 season with a 5-4 record and a playoff berth. This season won’t be an easy one for the Warriors after losing 6 seniors and 7 starters on both sides of the ball. Arapahoe will open up the season on Friday, August 30th hosting Elwood. View full interview with Coach Kronhofman below.





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Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours Monday morning inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.

Following practice, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander spoke to the media about how the defense began the week of practice.

“I know Coach Frost maybe said the offense didn’t come out as much as he wanted to, but we came out on defense,” Chinander said. “We made a few mental errors when we got tired. He (Frost) gave us a lot of tempo periods today. I thought the energy was really good. There hasn’t been one day where I have been disappointed with the energy of the team. We still got things to work on. We’re not there, but the energy has been really good.”

Chinander continued by sharing his thoughts on the situational scrimmage the team held last Friday.

"I thought we were really good with the ones and twos units,” he said. “You know the threes kind of had that half of football at the end. We have some work to do to develop those young guys. The ones and twos made some good plays and some dumb plays in situations. For instance, we picked off a ball to end the game and instead of just getting down with it, we tried to run it back for a touchdown. Those guys just have to learn those things. It’s really important that Coach (Frost) puts us in those situations, so we can have it happen on August 18 instead of September 30.”

Chinander was then asked about what he has seen from matchups between the offensive and defensive lines.

"It’s really good that in this camp, Coach Frost has gone a lot of ones versus ones,” Chinander said. “He wants a physical practice, so our best guys get their best guys everyday. That’s making us better, and that is making them better. Anytime our d-linemen get to go up against (Matt) Farniok or Brandon (Jaimes) and some of those guys, it is really good for us. Those receivers are causing us some fits out on the perimeter, but it's really good to see it in practice. I am glad we are doing one on ones and two on twos and good versus good for the majority of camp."

With the first game less than two weeks away, Chinander talked about some of the tough decisions he and the coaching staff will need to make regarding the depth chart.

"I think there’s some hard things going on yet,” Chinander said. “The defensive backs, there’s five or six guys that can be starters, and we’ve got to find a way to figure out who is going to walk out there for the first snap. That d-line is pretty deep. What do you do with JoJo (Domann)? Is he ready? The inside linebackers we got three guys, but those are good problems.

“I think what you guys are going to see and what everyone is going to see is a lot of guys rotating in, and I think we need that. Whether you are a starter or not, I would love to have 22 starters and roll that thing through and keep everyone fresh as many reps as we play on defense. There is definitely going to be some decisions on who is out there for the first snap."

The Huskers will continue fall camp on Tuesday in preparation for the first game against South Alabama on August 31.

BTN Bus Tour Stop Show Airs Tonight
The annual Big Ten Network Bus Tour was in Lincoln today to take in this morning’s Husker football practice and will give fans an inside view of the Huskers for the upcoming season with its show this evening.

The 60-minute show features interviews with Head Coach Scott Frost and Husker players Adrian Martinez, JD Spielman and Mohamed Barry, as well as mic’d up segments with Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters and Offensive Line Coach Greg Austin. Other content will be available throughout Monday on BTN Channels on Social Media (@NebraskaOnBTN, as well as BTN on both Instagram and Facebook.




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Nebraska Baseball Head Coach Will Bolt announced the addition of Danny Marcuzzo to his staff as volunteer assistant and camp coordinator on Monday.

“We are excited to have Danny and his wife Erin join our staff and bring them back to their home state of Nebraska,” Bolt said. “Danny brings a wealth of collegiate coaching experience in the Midwest as well as high character and an impressive work ethic. Danny will make us better in every area and we are fortunate to have him join the Husker family.”

“It’s a dream come true to be a part of the Nebraska baseball tradition,” Marcuzzo said. “I am looking forward to doing whatever I can to help this program be as successful as possible.”

Marcuzzo spent last season as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Coffeyville Community College, working primarily with hitters and infielders. Coffeyville posted 29 wins in 2019, more than each of the previous four seasons. Coffeyville’s defense set the school record for fielding percentage in 2019 under Marcuzzo’s direction with a .969 clip.

Marcuzzo coached at Central Oklahoma for two years before going to Coffeyville, helping the squad set a then-school record for fielding percentage with a .975 clip in 2018. The Bronchos captured the 2018 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association regular-season title and qualified for the NCAA Division II Regionals. In 2017, Central Oklahoma reached the finals of the NCAA Division II Central Regional after winning 37 games.

During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Marcuzzo coached hitters and infielders at Butler Community College. In 2016, Butler set the school record for fielding percentage at .968.

Marcuzzo’s first coaching stint at Coffeyville spanned two seasons, as he helped the Red Ravens to the two most successful years in program history. In 2014, Coffeyville set the program record for overall wins (38) and conference wins (25). Marcuzzo worked with outfielders and assisted with hitters for the Red Ravens.

Marcuzzo coached with Midwest Nationals for four summers, serving as the head coach of 18 Red in 2013 before spending three years as an assistant for 17 Blue from 2014 to 2016. During his three seasons with 17 Blue, the team won 124 games, highlighted by a program-record 47 wins in 2015. Marcuzzo saw 16 players sign National Letters of Intent with Division I teams and had two players selected in the MLB Draft.

A native of Omaha, Neb., Marcuzzo graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois in 2012 before earning a Master’s degree from Central Oklahoma in 2017.




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DENVER (AP) — Garrett Hampson didn't think about being a hero. He only wanted to hit a ball deep enough to score Yonathan Daza from third.

His approach paid off and kept Colorado's faint playoff hopes alive.

Hampson hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Rockies rallied to beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep.

Nolan Arenado homered twice for Colorado, which has won four straight and swept a series for the first time since June 18-20. It took a wild finish in which the lead changed three times after the seventh inning.

"It's not an easy thing to do in this game, so it felt good to do it," Arenado said of the sweep. "I don't know if we're in it or out of it, we just have to focus on ourselves and win ballgames."

The Rockies loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th against Jeff Brigham (2-2). Daza had an infield single, Raimel Tapia reached when his grounder got past Isan Díaz — the second baseman's second error of the game — and Ryan McMahon singled.

The Marlins brought right fielder Brian Anderson into the infield, leaving two outfielders. Brigham struck out Ian Desmond before Hampson lifted a 1-0 breaking ball to left to score Daza.

"I was hoping it was going to be deep enough and then I looked out there and there was nobody out there," Hampson said. "Got the job done. It's what you play for. It's what you want to do."

Arenado gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead in eighth inning with his 30th home run of the season, a two-run shot off of reliever Austin Brice. Colorado's Wade Davis, who moved back into the closer's role he lost to Scott Oberg two weeks ago, started the ninth by walking Jorge Alfaro. Lewis Brinson doubled and Neil Walker singled to tie it.

Carlos Estévez came on and allowed a sacrifice fly and Brian Anderson's double, which gave Miami a 6-4 lead. But Díaz couldn't field a grounder cleanly in the bottom of the inning, helping the Rockies tie it against Ryne Stanek.

Charlie Blackmon's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Trevor Story sent the game to extra innings.

"Obviously I was just trying to get an out," said Díaz, who was playing in his 13th game since being called up from the minors. "I was a little too quick to the ball, a little too fast. The thing is to catch the ball first. I didn't do it."

Miami manager Don Mattingly said the rookie learned a tough lesson.

"We'll make sure we talk with him," he said. "It is something I think that'll help him. You don't want to have that lesson. I've learned that lesson the same way. It's not an easy one to swallow, but you do come out on the other side of it."

Blackmon hit his 26th homer in the sixth to cut the Marlins' lead to 3-2.

Harold Ramírez had three hits and two RBIs to help put the Marlins ahead. Starter Jordan Yamamoto struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Oberg was placed on the 10-day injured list with a blood clot in his right arm. Oberg had a procedure to dissolve the clot at a hospital on Saturday and stayed overnight, manager Bud Black said. Colorado recalled RHP DJ Johnson from Triple-A Albuquerque.

PEP TALK

Estévez was pitching for the second straight day and starting to feel the effects of throwing 31 pitches, so when Brinson came up with two outs and a runner on in the 10th, Black ran out to talk to him.

"I got a runner on, got two outs and he came out to check on me," Estévez said. "I told him, 'Honestly, I'm tired but I got one more in the tank.' He said, 'Go get him, blow one by him.'"

Estévez struck Brinson out on three pitches, the last a 97-mph fastball.

"He was tiring a bit and I wanted to let him know he was still throwing the ball well," Black said. "His matchup with Brinson was critical."

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernández (2-5, 5.40 ERA) will open a three-game series at Atlanta starting Tuesday. It will be his third start and eighth appearance against the Braves.

Rockies: RHP Chi Chi González (0-4, 6.57) takes the mound at Arizona on Monday for the start of a three-game series against the Diamondbacks.




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The anticipation is over: adidas and the University of Nebraska partnered to the jersey every Cornhusker fan has wanted, the Nebraska black jersey. Known as the “Blackshirts,” a reference to the Cornhuskers' starting defensive unit, the nickname became the key inspiration behind Nebraska’s 2019 alternate uniforms.

Uniforms use a black base with traditional red and white accents Personifying the players’ relentless attitude, a skull-and-crossbones logo sits on the jersey’s sleeve caps The jersey features a body-mapping design, using a ribbed, knit pattern on the chest and shoulder pads to produce a refined fit, while knit engineered mesh channels feature Climacool technology to provide enhanced breathability and cooling zones.

No date has been announced for when the jerseys will be worn. Follow Huskers.com as well as NU's social media channels on twitter (@Huskers & @HuskerFBNation) and Instagram (huskers & huskerfbnation) for more information on Nebraska’s 2019 alternate uniforms as details are announced.

Fan interested in buying a replica uniform can shop here.

 





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McCook hits the road to Holdrege for a Softball Invite starting on Saturday, August 31st.  This is a double elimination tournament.  McCook will take on St. Paul in the opening game at 10:30am.  View the full bracket below.



McCook Community College softball coach Josh Barnes has resigned to take a new post to lead the softball program at Angelina College in Texas.
 
“I would like to thank Josh for his time here at McCook, he has done a great job with softball here and we will miss him,” said MCC Athletic Director Jon Olsen. “I have really enjoyed watching him grow as a coach, and definitely am happy for him as he moves forward.”
 
“Coach Olsen believed in me and gave me an opportunity that I will forever be thankful for,” Barnes said.
 
Barnes was at MCC for three seasons and worked as an enrollment coach as well. After a 22-38 mark in his first year, the Lady Indians improved to 29-25 in 2018 and won the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Championship.
 
 “I will greatly miss the people of McCook and how they accepted us into their lives as family. I am extremely appreciative of former players, past and present. They accomplished so much in the time they were here. McCook will always be a favorite part of Lani and I's lives,” Barnes said.
 
This past season, MCC won a share of the conference title and gained the team’s first appearance in the Region IX post-season in three years and went 2-2 to reach the championship game, but fell 9-4 to Western Nebraska and ended the season at 29-33.
 
“I want to thank McCook Community College, Kelly Rippen, Jon Olsen, the athletic department, the faculty, MCC Boosters and of course the staff in McMillen Hall,” Barnes said.
 
 “It’s always bittersweet when a coach takes another coaching opportunity, I’m proud of Josh, but always enjoyed our time working together,” Olsen said.
 
Assistant Coach Katie Ackerman will take over as MCC’s interim head coach.
 
“We are excited to have Katie take over on short notice right at the beginning of the school year, we have a great group of returners and a great class coming in and we are happy we can keep some continuity within the program,” Olsen said.  
 
Ackermann has spent the past three years with the team. Prior to McCook Community College, she attended Chadron State College, where played in 141 career games as an outfielder and was elected captain her senior season.  During her career with the Eagles, Ackermann held a batting average of .363 and is the current homerun record holder with 37 homeruns.
 
“Katie has done a great job as an assistant here at McCook, I have seen her work ethic and dedication to our student-athletes in the past and am excited to have her lead our softball team,” Olsen said.
 
A native of Kearney, Neb., Ackermann received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and completed a Master’s of Science in Organizational Management degree at Chadron State College.
 
Katie and husband Brad have two children, Braelynn and Carter.




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DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado lingered near the batter's box a little longer than usual as he stared at his liner.

It wasn't to admire. It was simply to make sure.

In a season that's been so foul for Colorado, he wanted to double-check that his deep drive indeed stayed fair before celebrating.

Arenado hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Rockies a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

A rare bright spot in what's been a trying stretch for a club that's all but assured it won't be making a third straight postseason appearance. The Rockies are 14-33 since June 21, which is one of the worst marks by winning percentage in the majors over the time frame.

"It's been a grind for all of us individually and as a team," said Arenado, who'd left four runners on base before connecting on his 27th homer of the season. "It feels good to come out with a win right there."

After Trevor Story was hit by a pitch to start the ninth, Arenado launched a fastball from Archie Bradley (3-5) over the fence in left — and just fair. It was Arenado's third career walk-off homer and first since June 18, 2017, against San Francisco.

"I hit it good," Arenado said.

Bradley threw it good, too.

Immediately after contact, Bradley began walking toward the dugout. He knew. He had his career-best string of 17 1/3 scoreless innings snapped.

"This is our last time here and I'm not sad about it," Bradley said about Coors Field. "I will be the first person happy to get out of here."

Arenado was doused with Powerade soon after crossing home plate and mobbed by teammates. Colorado ended a string of five straight losses to Arizona.

Arenado's homer came after Ketel Marte delivered a two-out, run-scoring bloop single in the top of the inning to give the Diamondbacks the lead. Marte dropped a slider from closer Scott Oberg (6-1) just over the head of Story, who turned and threw home too late. It was Marte's career high-tying fourth hit of the day.

Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer and Wilmer Flores added a solo shot in the sixth to give Arizona a 5-2 lead. The Rockies tied it up on pinch-hitter Ryan McMahon's three-run homer in the bottom half of the inning off Yoshihisa Hirano.

"That was fun, huh?" McMahon cracked. "I had a good time."

The Diamondbacks' bullpen was pressed into duty earlier than expected when starter Robbie Ray left in the third inning because of spasms in his lower back. Ray made one warmup pitch before the trainer came out to check on him. He said he could've pushed through, but he didn't "want it to turn into something that is a bigger issue."

It was far from a defensive clinic for the Diamondbacks, who committed a season-high four errors. Christian Walker, Nick Ahmed and Marte were charged with errors on fielding plays and Flores on a throw.

"This," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said, "is a tough game to absorb."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta has been dealing with a stiff neck and didn't start on his 32nd birthday. He entered in the seventh as part of a double-switch and had a single in the eighth.

FREELAND'S DAY

Rockies starter Kyle Freeland allowed two runs in the first before settling down. He fell apart again in the sixth in surrendering three more. The scuffling left-hander who finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting a season ago allowed five runs over six innings in the no-decision.

EYE CONTACT

Lovullo is impressed by the poise of rookie outfielder Josh Rojas, who was acquired in the deal that sent Zack Greinke to Houston.

"He looks me in the eye when he talks to me," Lovullo said. "Young players have a tough time doing that."

Lovullo still has a hard time believing that Rojas lasted until the 26th round of the 2017 draft before the Astros selected him.

"They uncovered somebody that's pretty special," Lovullo said. "This looks like a first-round draft choice to me."

Rojas didn't start but entered as part of a double-switch in the sixth. Rojas had a double.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: Begin a four-game series against San Francisco on Thursday. Lefty Alex Young (4-2, 3.32 ERA) gets the start for the Diamondbacks.

Rockies: After a day off, the Rockies host Miami for three games. Righty Jon Gray (10-8, 4.06) takes the mound Friday after skipping his scheduled start Tuesday due to a sore left ankle. The Marlins will throw right-hander Sandy Alcántara (4-10, 4.44).




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LINCOLN, NE —Today, the coaches for the 62nd annual Shrine Bowl of Nebraska were selected.  The following Nebraska High School football coaches will represent the North and South teams respectively: 

NORTH TEAM
Head Coach: Mark Macke ⁠— HC, Lincoln High (A)
Asst. Coach: Rusty Fuller ⁠— HC, St. Paul (C2)
Asst. Coach: Josh Deines ⁠— HC, Sandhills/Thedford (D2)
Asst. Coach: Bryan Soukup ⁠— HC, Blair (B)
Asst. Coach: AJ Santos ⁠— Defensive Coordinator, Lincoln High (A)
Asst. Coach: Paul Cloutier ⁠— Special Teams Coordinator, Grand Island (A)

SOUTH TEAM
Head Coach: Ryan Thompson ⁠— HC, Ashland-Greenwood (C1)
Asst. Coach: Evan Klanecky ⁠— HC, Centennial (C1)
Asst. Coach: Jay Lanstrom ⁠— HC, Omaha Central (A)
Asst. Coach: Troy Huebert ⁠— HC, Central City (C1)
Asst. Coach: Nate Tonjes ⁠— Offensive Coordinator, Ashland-Greenwood (C1)
Asst. Coach: Brant Loewe ⁠— Running Backs Coach, Skutt Catholic (B)

Lincoln High Head Football Coach Mark Macke, who has led the Links back into Nebraska high school football prominence, will guide the North team on the field.  During the 19 seasons he was a Creighton Prep assistant football coach and the offensive coordinator from 1992 through 2010, the Junior Jays were in the Class A playoffs 17 times with state titles in 1999 and 2004, and runner-up finishes in 2000 and 2003.

"I feel extremely honored and humbled to be selected as the North Head Coach. I was very fortunate to be an assistant in 2011. That was a wonderful experience not only for myself, but for the players as well," said Macke. "It's my goal that this will be another meaningful experience and that our players and coaches understand the true value of the Shrine Bowl and what it means to play in this game."
 
Ashland-Greenwood Head Football Coach Ryan Thompson, who led the Bluejays to seven straight playoff appearances between 2009 and 2015, a pair of Class C-1 state runner-up finishes in 2013 and 2014, and quarterfinal showings in four other seasons will lead the South team on the sidelines.

"I am very honored to be selected as the head coach for the South team in this year's Shrine Bowl Game. It is humbling to be associated with a long list of great coaches and players who have been involved with this game over the years," Thompson said. "Most importantly, I look forward to having our team support a great cause for an outstanding organization."

Dave MacDonald, Executive Director of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl remarked, "We are excited to have Coach Thompson, Coach Macke, and their assistant coaching staffs join us in our mission to support Shriners Hospitals for Children.  The talent their teams have exhibited on the field is a testament to their tremendous leadership.  We are grateful for their direction both on and beyond the field this year." 
 
The 62nd annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl game will be played at the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s Ron and Carol Cope Stadium Foster Field in Kearney, Nebraska on Saturday, June 6.  All proceeds from the game benefit Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.




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The McCook Community College Volleyball team is coming off of it’s second twenty win season going 21-14 last year, MCC lost seven sophomores due to graduation but are all moving on to continue volleyball careers at four year schools.  MCC will look to dominate this upcoming season under 4th year Head Coach Hayley Kobza.  MCC Volleyball squad opens up the preseason portion of the schedule starting on Tuesday, August 20th hosting Durham College from Ontario Canada, then on Thursday a match up with Garden City, before MCC hits the road to North Platte for the Mid-Plains Subway Invite August 23rd and 24th.  Full interview with MCC Volleyball Head Coach Hayley Kobza below.






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