Norfolk – The North Platte Community College Lady Knights basketball team won their first game of the season with an 87-78 victory over the Iowa Lakes Community College Lady Lakers on Saturday afternoon.
A big second quarter propelled the Lady Knights to the win, outscoring the Lady Lakers 21-14. The Lady Knights trailed the Lady Lakers 17-16 after one quarter, but led at halftime 37-31.
In the third quarter, the Lady Knights expanded their lead to nine points 60-51 after outscoring the Lady Lakers 23-20.
In the fourth quarter, each team scored 27 points to keep the difference at nine to give the Lady Knights the win.
Allison Tichy, a sophomore from Bellevue led the Lady Knights with a career high 32 points. Tichy went 12 of 23 from the floor including five three-pointers. She also went 3 for 3 from the charity stripe. Her previous career high was 19 points.
Yasmyn Spivey was next in the scoring column with 18 points and Peighton Porter finished with 10 points for the Lady Knights. Porter also grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Lady Knights. Jameisia Holliman handed out six assists.
For the Lady Lakers, who are now 1-2 on the season, were led in scoring by Mia Wassink, who led all scorers, with 37 points. Lemia Ntor-Ue was the only other Lady Laker to score in double figures with 11 points. Wassink had a double-double with 13 rebounds.
The Lady Knights, now 1-3, are next in action on Friday, Nov. 17 when they host the Northeast Community College Lady Hawks.
Norfolk – The North Platte Community College Lady Knights were defeated by the National Junior College Athletic Association pre-season 15th ranked Des Moines Area Community College Lady Bears 87-66.
The Lady Knights started out the game, jumping out to a 7-3 lead. The Lady Bears got going and went on a 16-0 run to lead 19-7. At the end of the first quarter, the Lady Bears held a 28-14 lead.
The Lady Knights stayed close in the second quarter, being outscored 18-15 to trail 46-29 at the half.
The Lady Bears scored 18 more points in the third quarter and held the Lady Knights to 12 to increase their lead to 64- 41 at the end of the third quarter.
The Lady Knights did outscore the Lady Bears in the fourth quarter 25-23 to cut into the Lady Bear lead.
Allison Tichy led the Lady Knights in scoring with 13 points. Naria Hall and Yasmyn Spivey each had 12 points and Peighton Porter finished with 10 points. Lexa Lealiiee had 10 rebounds for the Lady Knights.
The Lady Bears, now 4-0 on the season, had five players in double figures led by Molly Mitchell with 19 points. Beth Atwood was next in scoring with 17 points. Regan Shockley finished with 14 points. Aliyah Robinson and Deja Davis each contributed 10 points. Mitchell and Atwood completed the double-double by each grabbing 11 rebounds for the Lady Bears.
The Lady Knights are 0-3 on the season. They will play Iowa Lakes Community College at noon on Saturday in the second day of the classic. Iowa Lakes, 1-1, lost to host Northeast Community College 95- 63 in the second game.
North Platte – The North Platte Community College Lady Knights basketball team dropped their home opener on Thursday to the Air Force Prep Lady Huskies 69-49 at the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.
The Lady Huskies jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held a 22-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Huskies increased their lead in the second quarter with the score being 35-15 at the halftime break.
In the third quarter the Lady Huskies outscored the Lady Knights 15-11 to take a 50-26 lead.
The Lady Knights outscored the Lady Huskies 23-19 in the fourth quarter to close the final gap to 20 points.
Naria Hall was the only Lady Knight in double digits with 15 points. Yasmyn Spivey added nine points and led the Lady Knights in rebounding with six.
Natalie Nicks led the Lady Huskies with 26 points. Two other Lady Huskies scored in double figures: Cierra Winters added 16 points and MaKenna Izzi tallied 10 points. Winters, Jasmine Sanders, and Coco Kuchins each had nine rebounds to lead the Lady Huskies.
The Lady Knights are now 0-2 on the season. They will travel to Norfolk this weekend to play in the Hawks Classic. They will play Des Moines Area Community College tomorrow and Iowa Lakes Community College on Saturday.
North Platte – A North Platte Community College softball player will represent her home country on the international stage Nov. 11 – 16 in Santa Marta, Colombia.
NPCC Knight Sophomore softball player Alejandra Vivar, from Lima, Peru will compete on the Peruvian national team in the Bolivarian Games.
According to the official website, Bolivarian Games have 11 countries participating in 34 sports. In the softball competition, there are five teams competing: Peru, Bolivia, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela.
“This is a tournament that is going to help teams qualify for the Pan-American games in 2019,” Vivar said. “We don’t need to qualify since we are hosting the Pan-American games.”
Vivar said that these games are going to help us realize the level of competition we will face in 2019.
“I am really excited to be able to play for my country,” Vivar said. “Even though softball is not our strongest sport, it is such a big honor to represent my country since not everyone has that opportunity. We have been working really hard to improve the softball in Peru, and I think every day we can tell the difference. Our federation is giving us the opportunity to travel and see the softball level out of the country, and those are experiences worth taking advantage of.”
Vivar said that four years ago, when practicing for the 2013 Bolivarian Games, they didn’t have a field to practice on. This year they have their own softball field and have players studying and playing ball in the U.S. She said perseverance has been reflected from everyone behind the project, and working together has made them move forward.
My grades and my hard work here has shown that I am able to represent my country,” Vivar said.
Peru will open up on Nov. 12 against Panama.
North Platte – The North Platte Community College Lady Knights volleyball team has signed Sydney Mullen from Maxwell, Neb., to a letter of intent to play volleyball for the Lady Knights during the 2018 season.
Mullin, who is 5′ 11, is the first recruit for the Lady Knights for the 2018 season.
During her career at Maxwell High School, MullinShe also had 250 total blocks and 142 service aces in 317 sets. During that time, she had 1098 kills and a .251 kill efficiency. played varsity for all four years.
“We are really excited that Sydney is the beginning of our 2018 recruiting class,” Lady Knight Head Coach Alexa McCall said. “She is super athletic and is going to be an impact player for us. She is a hard worker and a great kid!”
She is the daughter of Eric and Ursula Burton and was coached by Gina Sommers.
North Platte – The opening of the 2017-18 basketball season didn’t go as planned for the North Platte Community College Knights basketball team on Wednesday night, losing to the Hastings College Junior Varsity Broncos 88-83 at the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.
The Broncos jumped out to a 17-7 lead, making their first five out of six three-pointers in the game. The Knights rallied to tie the score at 23 each.
The Knights went on an 18-1 run to take their biggest lead of 17 at 41-24. Trajan Harris scored 12 points during the run, including three three-pointers for the Knights.
The Broncos finished the half on a 16-8 run on four three pointers to trail the Knights at halftime 49-40.
The Broncos opened up the second half on a 19-10 run to tie the game up at 59 on a three-pointer by North Platte St. Pats graduate Bryce Byrn.
With the score tied at 62, the Broncos took the lead for good on a putback by Stratton Discoe to make it 64-62.
The Knights cut the Bronco lead to one at 83-82 on a basket by Godfrey Rolle.
For the game the Broncos made 13 of 30 from behind the three-point line.
Rolle led all scorers with 27 points. Harris added 17 for the Knights as the only other Knight to score in double figures. Buom Dubuol had nine rebounds and Ty Clement had eight to lead the Knights.
Ryan Ierna was one of five Broncos in double figures with 18 points. Byrn and Discoe each had 17 points. Trevor Adelung added 12 points and Zach Johnson added 11 points. Ierna also collected nine rebounds to lead the Broncos.
The Knights are in action next on November 17-18 when they travel to Cheyenne, Wyoming to play in the Laramie County Community College Classic.
They do not play at home until December 1, when they face Region IX South Sub-Region foe, Laramie County Community College.
North Platte – Four of the members of the North Platte Community College Lady Knights volleyball team were recognized at the Region IX Division II tournament, October 28, as All-Region and All-Tournament members.
Luisa Hernandez, Carlie Wytulka, and Aly Camacho were named to the All-Region IX Division II Team. Hernandez, Wytulka, and Antonya Schaffert were named to the Region IX Division II All-Tournament Team.
Hernandez, a freshman outside hitter from Yuma, Colo., led the Lady Knights in kills with 470 kills and defensive digs with 557 digs. Hernandez is fifth on the Lady Knights all-time list for kills in a season and 13th on the kills per set in a season at 3.1 kills per set. She was second on the team in service aces and had 49 total blocks.
Wytulka, a freshman setter from Necle, Colo., led the Lady Knights in set assists with 911 assists. She is 17th on the Lady Knights all-time list for assists Wytulka also had 77 kills, 21 service aces, 361 defensive digs and 59 total blocks.
Camacho, a sophomore middle blocker from Scottsbluff was second on the Lady Knights with 151 total blocks. Camacho had 193 kills and 52 defensive digs. She is 19th on the Lady Knights all-time list for total blocks in a season and eighth in career blocks with 251 total blocks.
Schaffert, a sophomore libero / defensive specialist from Otis, Colo., was second on the Lady Knights in defensive digs and led the Lady Knights in serving percentage at 96 percent. Schaffert is 17th on the Lady Knights all-time list in season serving percentage and eighth in career serving percentage at 95.4 percent. In her career, she went 1054 for 1105 in serving. Schaffert also had 39 service aces and 29 set assists.
The Lady Knights finished the season at 19-23. They were runner-up in the Region IX Division II tournament and tied with Central Community College for the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference title.
Colorado Springs, Colo – The North Platte Community College Lady Knights basketball team opened the 2017-18 basketball season on the road, losing to Air Force Prep, 79-72.
Ashley Bell, the first year Interim Head Coach of the Lady Knights said, “The girls competed. We made many mental mistakes which down the stretch cost us the game. We shot well from the field and the free throw line. We just have to be more aware of turning the ball over and staying within our offenses.”
The Lady Knights committed 17 turnovers during the game.
Yaasmyn Spivey, a freshman from Omaha, led the Lady Knights in scoring with 14 points. Sophomore Allison Tichy from Bellevue added 11 points.
Spivey also added six rebounds and four assists to lead the Lady Knights. Nahatabaa Nacona, a freshman from Chinle, Ariz., added four assists.
The Lady Knights will have their home opener next Thursday, November 9, against the same opponent. Game time is 5 pm.
Columbus – The North Platte Community College Lady Knights volleyball team opened their quest for the Region IX Division II title on Friday as they defeated Southeast Community College and Central Community College.
In the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region IX Division II tournament, the Lady Knights defeated the Southeast Community College Lady Storm in four sets, 25-20, 25-9, 19-25, and 25-17.
Carly Moss led the Lady Knights with 12 kills and Luisa Hernandez added 11 kills. Carlie Wytulka had 41 set assists, Antonya Schaffert had 21 defensive digs and three service aces to pace the Lady Knights.
In the semifinals on the winner’s bracket the Lady Knights matched up against the number one seed Central Community College Lady Raiders. The game went five sets with the Lady Knights being victorious, 12-25, 25-17, 25-20, 17-25 and 15-13.
Hernandez had 14 kills and Moss had 12 kills for the Lady Knights. Wytulka had 42 set assists, Hernandez had 23 defensive digs, and Schaffert had two service aces.
“I am proud of the fight that we showed. When we pass and serve we are a good team and there were moments that we didn’t.” Lady Knight Head Coach Alexa McCall said, “We have to be ready tomorrow because it will be a tough game and mentally we have to be ready.”
The Lady Knights had a chance to wrap up their first Region IX Division II crown on Saturday, but the Central Community College Lady Raiders had different plans and defeated the Lady Knights in four sets, 25-17, 23-25, 25-12 and 25-22, to force an “if necessary” game.
The Lady Raiders, who are the number one seed in the tournament, made it to the championship game by defeating the Southeast Community College Lady Storm in three sets, 25-14, 27-25, and 26-24.
In order to win the championship the Lady Raiders needed to beat the Lady Knights twice.
Lady Knight Assistant Coach Sally Thalken said, “Central definitely came to play. Their back was against the wall. They did a nice job of keeping us out of system. We will be ready to play our best tomorrow and leave everything on the court.”
Luisa Hernandez led the Lady Knight attack with nine kills. Shaylee Johnson and Amanda Kroeger each added eight kills. Carlie Wytulka had 23 defensive digs and 30 set assists to lead the Lady Knights. Carly Moss and Antonya Schaffert had 22 and 21 defensive digs respectively.
Jacie Laetsch had 14 kills and 11 defensive digs. Chainey Tompkin added 13 kills. Paxton Throne had 42 set assists for the Lady Raiders.
On Sunday, the Lady Knights bid for the Region IX Division II title fell short as the Central Community College Raiders defeated the Lady Knights in the championship game in three sets, 25-17, 25-22, and 25-14.
Lady Knight Assistant Coach Sally Thalken said, “I’m proud of the girls. They fought hard and Central played well. We just couldn’t get anything tied together.”
The Lady Knights ended their season with the loss and finished with a 19-23 record.
Luisa Hernandez and Carly Moss each had seven kills each to lead the Lady Knights. As a team the Lady Knights had 25 kills with a .024 hitting percentage.
Carlie Wytulka finished the game with 22 set assists and Antonya Schaffert had 20 defensive digs to lead the Lady Knights.
Hernandez, Wytulka, and sophomore Aly Camacho were named to the All-Region IX Division II team. Hernandez, Wytulka and Schaffert were named to the All–Region IX Division II Tournament team.
For the Lady Raiders, the seven-time defending Region IX Division II champions, they will advance to the District G playoff at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, N.D.
The game finished the Lady Knight career for sophomores, Mikenna Curlee, Schaffert, Madi Gilg, Cheyanne Kuhlmann, and Camacho.