Dec 03, 2019 6:10 PM

MCC’s Kleewein to play volleyball at Arkansas-Monticello

Posted Dec 03, 2019 6:10 PM

Story by Brent Cobb, McCook Community College News/Sports Information

McCook Community College sophomore Madison Kleewein (North Platte) has signed a national letter of intent to continue playing volleyball next year at Division II University of Arkansas-Monticello.

“Arkansas-Monticello really likes the kids out of McCook and they were real interested in Maddie and she still has three years of eligibility left, and she’s graduating early,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said. “She still has a lot of volleyball left ahead of her and they are excited to get her on the court in January.”

Kleewein becomes the third former Lady Indian to play in Monticello. Jessica Mahan, a defensive specialist (Colorado Springs) was a senior this season and was joined last season by outside hitter Megan Orth (Peyton, Colo.).

Playing middle blocker and right-side hitter this season, Kleewein played in 29 matches and compiled 75 kills in 251 total attacks, averaging 1.09 kills per set. She also had 20 total blocks and 29 digs. She expects she will be a right-side hitter at UAM.

Her favorite moments from this past season -- where the Lady Indians went 25-12 and won the school’s second straight Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship – included a season high 11-kill (.409 hitting), match against Central Community College and also the Halloween-night win in Scottsbluff over No. 17 Western Nebraska, which snapped a 58-match losing stream to the Cougars dating back to 1994.

UAM competes within the Great American Conference (GAC) for ten sports. This past season the Cotton Blossoms went 11-18.

“Their coach reminds me of Coach Kobza plus they have a great nursing program,” said Kleewein. “Their campus and people were so welcoming, it reminded me a lot of McCook.”

She said her favorite memories from MCC include dancing on the bus trips and just hanging out with teammates in Brooks Hall.

“I’m real excited that Maddie found this opportunity right away – especially since she will be finished up here in two weeks,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.

“Maddie’s been a great leader and a phenomenal sophomore to have,” Kobza said. The coach expects her other three sophomores to find four-year schools as well. Those players include Kiera Barr, Mallory Brown and Bailey Honn.

“That’s the ultimate goal for me and my program is to get my sophomores on to the next level,” Kobza said

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Dec 03, 2019 6:10 PM
NPHS Football update - GNAC All conference players

North Platte (NPPost) - The end of the 2019 High School Football season once again had the Bulldogs on the outside looking in at the playoffs. A place no program wants to be. No heads hang low in the weight rooms of the High School. The team had MANY accomplishments to tout at the end of the season.

Firstly, Todd Rice in his second go around as Head Coach of the North Platte Bulldogs has seen marked improvement on the field in a new offensive and defensive scheme. He has also seen an uptick in ALL sports in the weight room, something he preaches day in and day out.

On the field, the team improved from one win in 2018, to three wins in 2019. The margin of loss shrunk considerably and there were a few games that Coach Rice felt the team "left on the table". North Platte finished with a 3-6 record and third place finish in district play.

As far as season accolades are concerned:

NPHS had four athletes recognized as GNAC All Conference Football players for this past season.

“GNAC All Conference selections are a strong reflection of our overall program. I am really proud of these players and they are great representatives of the continued improvement in our program." said Coach Rice.

The four athletes are:

Dalton Caley – SR Quarterback

Dalton had 91 rushing attempts for 333 yards and three touchdowns.

Passing – 11 completions in 26 attempts for 195 yards and four touchdowns.

Elliott Purdy – SR Tightend and Linebacker

Elliott was the leading tackler for the Bulldogs with 88 total tackles.

Elliott was also a starting TE.

Blake Vaughn – JR Running back and defensive back

Blake was the 2nd leading rusher for the Bulldogs with 61 attempts for 578 yards and 10 touchdowns. Blake averaged 9.5 yards per carry.

Defensively Blake started at corner and had 32 total tackles and 1 interception.

Cody Wright – JR Fullback

Cody was the leading rusher for the Bulldogs with 211 attempts for 1085 yards and 9 touchdowns. Cody rushed for over 100 yards in 7 of the Bulldogs 9 games.