Dec 04, 2019 3:24 PM

NPHS Winter sports ready to go for 2019-2020

Posted Dec 04, 2019 3:24 PM

North Platte (NPPost) - The weather outside might be frightful, but inside things are heating up for the North Platte Bulldog athletic program as the Winter sports season is about to begin.

For those that didn't know, the Bulldogs compete in all the winter sports (Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling along with Swimming and Diving) available in Nebraska and with the calendar turning to December things are ready to get underway.

On December 3rd the high school held a media day for Wrestling and Basketball (Swimming and Diving will be later when they get their suits for pictures). We had a chance to chat with some of the athletes from the sports.

Boys Basketball:

Coach Kaminski comes into this season losing 6 seniors, many of whom were key players over the last few years. He looks to improve on last seasons 4-16 record with a group that he says plays with more passion than he's ever seen. Although the team lost some height from last year, they picked up speed and will be very scrappy according to Kaminski.

The only starter to return from last year is now senior Steven Garcia who will be looked upon to lead:

Joining him on the team is defensive minded Derek Ramos, fresh off a great football season that he hopes will carry into Basketball:

Girls Basketball:

Coach Tyson Hammond enters his second season with a firm idea of his players, what they are capable of and how he wants to go about business. Hammond only graduated two seniors last year so he returns a core of players who are all very familiar with each other. That chemistry lead the girls to a 12-10 finish last year that included a sub-district win before losing to Crete in the District finals, just missing out on an invite to the state tournament. A trip to state is the goal for the team this year.

Callie Haneborg, one of the guards for the team, is expected to be a leader both on and off the court:

Another returner who is looking to step up is softball superstar Abby Orr (who has already accepted an offer to play softball at a Division 1 NCAA school):


It was a very successful previous season for Head Coach Dale Hall in 2018-2019. His team sent five wrestlers to the state tournament and all came back with medals, including one state champion in Darian Diaz (126 LBS). The team itself finished tied for 6th place with Scottsbluff. Coach Hall has a lot of talent returning to the roster this year and looks to have the same type of success, although he would tell you that success like that comes one day, one match at a time. Here is what he had to say:

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NPCC Knights Softball signs six athletes

Story by Tessa Burford, NPCC Knights SID

The North Platte Community College Knights Softball team recently signed six athletes. New to the Knights Softball program are Kirsten Greenwalt, Madisyn Hamar, Jayden Horner, Nevaeh Ramirez, Jordan Young and Ashlyn Wheeling.


NPCC Softball signs Kirsten Greenwalt; pictured are Greenwalt (seated at center), friends and family, and NPCC head coach Janelle Higgins (far right).


Greenwalt, of Eaglecrest High School in Centennial, Colo., formerly played softball for the American Freedom club and decided to become a Knight because she likes how much fun is had by the NPCC Softball Team and how hard they are expected to work.


NPCC Softball signs Madisyn Hamar; pictured are Hamar (seated at center), friends and family, and NPCC head coach Janelle Higgins (far right).


Hamar, of Chadron, attended Chadron High School and played for the Chadron Slammers. She is most looking forward to finding discipline as a player, while enjoying a good program. “It will be a fun experience to compete at the next level with a very experienced coaching staff,” said Hamar.


NPCC Softball signs Jayden Horner; pictured are Horner (seated at center), friends and family, and NPCC head coach Janelle Higgins (far right).


Horner attended Frederick High School in Longmont, Colo. and previously played softball for the Colorado Invasion 02 club. She looks forward to becoming a Knight, particularly enjoying the hometown atmosphere, as well as support from the community and opportunities to make new friends.


NPCC Softball signs Navaeh Ramirez; pictured are Ramirez (seated at center), friends and family, and NPCC head coach Janelle Higgins (far right).


Ramirez hails from Prairie View High School in Brighton, Colo. and gained club softball experience with the American Freedom – Bobby Matthews team. She is most excited about connecting with new teammates and coaching staff. “I’m looking forward to being coached by an all-female coaching staff because before I’ve been with male coaches, so it’ll be different,” said Ramirez.


NPCC Softball signs Ashlyn Wheeling; pictured are Wheeling (seated at center), friends and family, and NPCC head coach Janelle Higgins (far right).


Wheeling, of Mountain Range High School in Westminster, Colo., played club softball with the Colorado Invasion 18A – Belloni. “I decided to become a Knight for the new opportunities and the chance to play softball,” said Wheeling.


NPCC Softball signs Jordan Young; pictured are Young (seated at center), friends and family, and NPCC head coach Janelle Higgins (far right).


Young comes to the Knights from Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colo. and played club ball with the Sting 18 Meza. She chose NPCC, due to the small-town atmosphere, good coaching and the opportunity to become a better softball player.


NPCC head coach Janelle Higgins is looking forward to the opportunities this recruiting class will bring.


“I am excited for these young ladies to join our family; they have all been very involved and committed to our program for over a year. This group brings a lot of positive and fun energy with them, along with their academic and athletic abilities. They will definitely be a strong core for our 2020 athletes. Ashlyn and Jayden played summer ball for Shelby Belloni, a former standout athlete here, and it is always exciting when athletes follow in their coaches’ footsteps,” said Higgins.


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