-- Female Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending May 15 --
Cougar Softball Team -- The softball team had a fantastic season, capturing their seventh Region IX title in program history and first since 2016. WNCC opened tourney play with a walk-off single by Bri George in a 3-2 win over McCook. WNCC then downed Trinidad State before facing McCook in the championship and winning 14-5. The Cougars then hosted the district final against Butler and fell in two games to the No. 10 Butler in a close 5-4 defeat and then 8-5 to end their season at 35-20 and winners of 19 games since April 1.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending May 15 --
Baseball team -- The Cougar baseball team capped off a successful Region IX tournament with a second-place finish. WNCC opened with a win over Southeast Community College in a play-in game. WNCC then went to the double elimination tournament and captured two wins over Trinidad State 3-2 and Lamar Community College 6-4 to move into the championship. Sunday's championship games were close. WNCC was one out from capturing their second Region IX tourney title in program history, but Lamar came back to win 6-5 in 11 innings. Lamar then won the if-neccessary game to advance to the district payoffs.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending May 7 --
Bri George, a freshman catcher from Hooper, Utah, has a 9-game streak of getting a hit in a game. IN the last four games, Bri had hits and had a big home run in a win over McCook in a 9-4 win where she had five RBIs and two runs scored. The home run was a grand slam. She also had two doubles in the four games. Bri is hitting .434 on teh season with 10 runs scored.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending May 7 --
Zach Berg, a sophomore pitcher from Parker, Colorado, picked up a win and save in four days to help the Cougars earn a playoff spot. Berg picked up the win against Otero by tossing four innings in striking out six while allowing a run and three hits. Then a couple days later, Berg finished off Sunday's must-win game against Lamar with a 4-inning relief appearance for the save in the 6-4 win. Berg struck out five and allowed just two hits in the save.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending April 21 --
Tylar Davis, a freshman from American Fork, Utah, had three big hits in a doubleheader win over Lamar on Saturday. Tylar, went 1-2 in a 2-0 win over the Lopes in the first game with a double add RBI. Tylar then wend 2-for-3 in a 12-1 win in game two with a double. Tylar also went 2-3 in a loss to 5-3 loss to Trinidad State. Tylar is batting .260 on the season with 17 runs scored and 16 RBIs.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending April 21 --
Dermot Fritsch, of Brisbane, Australia, had a nice weekend in helping the Cougar baseball team to three conference wins over Trinidad State thus taking over first place in the conference. Dermot went 6-of-10 from the plate with seven runs scored and four RBIs His big game was in a 13-4 win over Trinidad on Saturday where he went 2-for-5 with four RBIs, three runs scored, and had a walk-off home run to end the game. Dermot is batting .327 for the season with 27 RBIs and 27 runs scored.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending April 7 --
Emma Glawson, a freshman from Victoria, British Columbia, had a big weekend in four games in helping the Cougars take 3 of 4 from Otero. Emma went 11 of 16 at the plate with four runs scored and nine RBIs. Her big bat was her ability to hit extra base hits, collecting five doubles and two home runs. Her one double was a walk-off hit that scored Hannah Baesler with the game-winning run. She had three doubles and three RBIs in that win.
--Male Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending April 7 -
Brevin Owen, a soohomore from Peyton, Colorado, had a good seven games last week against Otero and McCook. Brevin finished with 11 runs, 12 hits, four doubles, two triples, two home runs, and six RBIs.He also struck out once in 22 at bats. It was the home series with McCook that Brevin stepped up as the sophomore hit .500 with six runs scored with a double, a triple, and two home runs with six RBIs.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 25 --
Michaela Kelly, a sophomore from Castle Rock, Colorado, had a solid six games last week in helping the Cougars to five of six wins. Michaela finished the six games with a .696 batting average while tallying two doubles, one triple, and two home runs. She also had 15 RBIs and nine runs scored. In all six games, Michaela had at least two hits. In the NJC doubleheader win, she had nine RBIs with two doubles and a home run, while scoring four runs. Michaela is batting .500 for the year.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 24 --
Hunter Parker, a sophomore from Centennial, Colorado, had a big pitching performance in a 4-1 win over Southeast Community College on Sunday. Parker, who has signed to play at Ft. Hays State University next year, went five strong innings with eight strikeouts while allowing just two his and one run, Parker faced just 21 batters in those five innings. For the season, Parker is 2-1 with 17 strikeouts in four appearances. Parker is committed to play for the Western Nebraska Pioneers this summer in Gering.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 10 --
The Women's Basketball Team gets the pick this week for winning the Region IX title with a 65-60 win over Casper College to earn a third straight trip to nationals. The championship was the programs' 14th Region IX title. WNCC earned the title with a 95-43 win over Sheridan and then a 91-65 win over Eastern Wyoming. The Cougars will be facing Hutchinson in the National Tournament on Monday, March 17.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 10 --
Hunter Yates, a sophomore from Laramie, Wyoming, had a bit weekend in helping the Cougars to two wins over Trinidad State Junior College. In a 6-5 win on Saturday, Yates went 2-for-2 with a run scored. It was the next two games that stood out. In a 10-3 win, Yates went 2-for-3 with a grand slam, four RBIs and a run scored. Yates added another home run in the 11-3 loss to the Trojans.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 4 --
Emma Glawson, a freshman pitcher from Victoria, British Columbia, had a big game in a 22-7 win over Trinidad State Junior College last weekend. Emma went 4-for-4 in the win with five RBIs and five runs scored with a double and two home runs. She also pitched 1.1 innings in the game allowing two hits. In the game before this one, Emma picked up the in circle in the 9-1 win over Trinidad allowing four hits, one run, and striking out five. Emma is batting .400 on the season with four home runs and four doubles.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 4 --
Braden Lofink, a sophomore outfielder from Scottsbluff, had a big, clutch 2-run double to help the Cougar baseball team to a 9-4 win over Lamar Community College in conference action on Friday. Lofink finished the game going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, two runs scored, and a double. Lofink is batting .250 for the season in five games with four runs scored and six RBIs.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending February 24 --
Abriana Ramirez, a sophomore from Arvada, Colorado, had a big series as WNCC defeated No. 14 Highland Community College in a pair of games last week. Abriana went 5 for 7 in two wins. In the second game, the 14-13 win, AB went 4 for 5 with a home run, a double, five RBIs, and four runs scored. In the 10-6 win, AB went 1 for 2 with a double and a run scored.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 24 --
Martin Roub, a sophomore from the Czech Republic, had a consistent two games in a pair of sub-region games against Otero and Trinidad State. In a win over Otero, Martin tallied 27 points on 13 of 17 shooting with four rebounds and two blocked shots. In a loss to Trinidad, Martin led the team with 28 points on 13 of 19 shooting from the field while pulling down seven rebounds, burying two 3-pointers, and blocking a shot.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending February 17 --
Merle Wiehl, a sophomore from Germany, had a big week last week. Merle scored 31 points in a win over NJC on Saturday which clinched the South sub-region. More importantly, the 31 points broke the school record for points in a season as she became only the second player in school history to score over 600 points. Merle finished the NJC game with 31 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. She also had a 24 point performance in a win over Lamar, where she had six rebounds and four assists. Merle know holds records for career points and 3-pointers made, as well as season scoring.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 17 --
Jervay Green, a sophomore from Denver, helped the Cougar men to two sub-region wins last week in wins over Lamar 81-77 and then NJC 82-70. Against Lamar, Jervay had an all-around contest finishing with 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and five steals. The University of Nebraska recruit also had an all-around game in the NJC win, finishing with 19 points, four rebounds, seven assists, and a steal.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 10 --
Allysah Boothe, a sophomore from Chicago, had a big game in a win over McCook last week, the sophomore guard finished with 20 points in the win while connecting on three 3-pointers and going 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. She also had two steals. Allysah is averaging 7.7 points a game this season for the No. 24-ranked Cougars.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending Feb. 10 --
Bryce Sanchious, a sophomore, had a double-double in a road win over McCook on Tuesday. Sanchious finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the 91-85 win over McCook to help the Cougars regain the top spot in the South sub-region. Bryce was also 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. In the previous home game against Trinidad, Bryce had 12 points and seven rebounds in a win over Trinidad State.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending January 20 --
Andrijana Reljic, a sophomore from Bosnia, had a big rebounding effort in two road wins last week. Andrijana pulled down 13 boards and had four blocked shots in a win over NJC. She also had six points. Then, in a big road win at Lamar, Andrijana had five points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals. The 13 rebounds against NJC was her season high.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending January 20 --
Dru Kuxhausen, a sophomore from Scottsbluff, had a nice weekend in helping the men pick up two road wins. Dru scored 33 points and knocked down six treys in a win over NJC. Dru then came back with a 23-point effort with two threes, four rebounds, six assists, and going 5-of-7 from the charity stripe in a win over Lamar. Dru is averaging 19 points a game for the Cougars.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Jan. 13 --
Yuliyana Valcheva, a freshman from Bulgaria, had a consistent week last week in three contests. The 6-1 forward finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds in helping the Cougars go 2-1. Against Casper, Yuliyana had eight points and six rebounds. In a win over Northeast, Yuliyana had nine points and three rebounds, and then in a sub-region win over Otero, Yuliyana tallied 11 points and five rebounds with one 3-pointer.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Jan. 13 --
Bryce Sanchious, a sophomore, had a nice two games last week. Bryce scored 36 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. In a loss to LCCC, Bryce had 14 points with six boards, four steals, and a 3-pointer. In a sub-region win over Otero on Friday, Bryce tallied 22 points with six rebounds, three 3-pointers, and two blocked shots. He also had a couple of big dunks in the win.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending December 16 --
Merle Wiehl, a sophomore from Germany, had another big weekend in helping the Cougar women to their 11th straight win. Merle had 30 points with 6 treys in a win over Central Wyoming. She then had 19 points and five treys in a win over Sheridan College. Merle now has 882 career points and needs just 145 more to break the career scoring record of 1,026 set by Penny Mallet in 1981-83. Merle is also nearing the career 3-point record. Merle currently has 91 career 3-pointers, including 52 this season, and needs 28 more 3-pointers to break the record by Lyndie Pucket in 2013-15.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending December 16 --
Martin Roub, a sophomore from the Czech Republic, had a consistent week for the Cougars. While Jervay Green set a new school record with 51 points in a game against Iowa Lakes, Roub continued excelling on the court. In three games last week, Roub finished with 61 points, including a season-best 29-point performance in a win over Laramie County Community College where he also had 13 rebounds for a double-double. Roub also finished with 16 points each in losses to Indian Hills and Iowa Lakes. For the season, Roub, who signed in November with Jacksonville State in Alabama, is averaging 16.6 points and 7 rebounds a game.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending December 9 --Taylor
Taylor Joplin, a freshman from Great Plain, Kansas, had a nice game in a win over Northwest College on Friday. Joplin finished the game with 16 points on 60 percent shooting. Joplin finished three 3-pointers. Joplin also pulled down four rebounds and dished out three assists. Joplin is averaging 13.2 points a game and has connected on 20 3-pointers.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Dec. 9 --
Jervay Green, a sophomore from Denver, had a big win in two wins last week. Jervay, the University of Nebraska recruit, scored 52 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in wins over Williston State and No. 24 Sheridan College. Jervay had 26 points in both games. Against Williston, nine rebounds, two 3-pointers, and was 11 of 15 from the field. Against Sheridan, Jervay had threes and was 10 of 15 from the field.
-- Female Athlete of the week for the week ending Dec. 2 --
R'Manie Pulling, a freshman from Denver, had a big week last week in two wins for the Cougars. R'Manie had double-figure performances int eh two wins and pushed her consecutive streak to four games. In a win over the Colorado State Club, R'Mani had 14 points with two treys and six assists. R'Manie then finished with 11 points in a win over an undefeated EWC team while going 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Dec. 2 --
Dru Kuxhausen, a sophomore from Scottsbluff, had a big performance in a win over Eastern Wyoming College last week. Dru finished the game with 22 points including nailing five 3-pointers and going 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Dur also dished off four assists and had two steals. Dru is tied for fifth in the nation in made 3-pointers with 40 made treys so far this season for the No. 16-ranked Cougar men.