Due to snowy conditions Friday and a forecast of colder, snowy weather on Saturday, several Sporting Events, involving local schools, have been called off. The Ogallala Track and Field Invitational scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. The Bayard C-D Track and Field meet scheduled for Saturday has been postponed, it may be rescheduled for a later date. The North Platte Girls Tennis Invite, scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed to Monday, April 1. The Girls Tennis Quad with Alliance, Gering and Scottsbluff has been postponed from Tuesday to Thursday April 4.
(AP) — Nebraska fired seventh-year coach Tim Miles on Tuesday after the Cornhuskers finished 13th in the Big Ten and failed to make the NCAA Tournament for a fifth straight year.
Athletic director Bill Moos announced the firing two days after the Huskers finished a 19-17 season with an 88-72 loss to TCU in the second round of the NIT.
Much was expected of the Huskers this season. They brought back four starters from a 22-win team that was fourth in the Big Ten, and the question among fans and media wasn’t whether Nebraska would be in NCAA Tournament but how deep a run it could make. But the Huskers went into a free fall in January and February, losing 11 of 13 games.
Miles was 116-114 overall and 52-76 in Big Ten regular-season games. Nebraska was 10th or lower in the conference in five of Miles’ seven years.
“Tim Miles is a good basketball coach who has put his heart, soul and energy into the Nebraska men’s basketball program over the past seven years,” Moos said. “Ultimately, we have not maintained a level of consistent success and stability on the court, and after a full review I have made the decision to move in another direction for the leadership of our program.”
The only time Miles got the Huskers to the NCAA Tournament was in 2014, when they won eight of their last nine regular-season games to finish fourth in the Big Ten and he was named conference coach of the year. Three straight sub-.500 seasons followed. Last season, Nebraska set a school record with 13 conference wins. But the Huskers were victims of a down year for the Big Ten and weren’t selected for the NCAAs.
The Huskers started this season 13-4 and appeared in The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 2014. The Huskers were dealt a blow when second-leading scorer and starting lineup fixture Isaac Copeland went out for the season with a knee injury Jan. 26, but by then the season was on its way toward unraveling.
“Thank you to the University of Nebraska for a remarkable journey,” Miles tweeted. “It was a great honor to represent this university the past seven years. I am extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish during my tenure, most notably developing relationships with so many fantastic people associated with the Huskers… My family will always be cheering for the Huskers and look forward to seeing #Nebrasketball make history in the near future.”
The Huskers lost by double digits seven times during the skid, and Miles rankled some fans with one of his comments on a podcast with Jeff Goodman of WatchStadium.com.
“If they fire me, they’re still going to pay me. I’m still a millionaire, so I’ve got that going for me,” Miles said. He later issued an apology.
Under terms of Miles’ contract, which was set to expire in March 2021, he’s owed a $2.52 million buyout.
In a head coaching career dating to 1995, this is the first time the 52-year-old Miles has been fired. Former athletic director Tom Osborne hired the South Dakota native away from Colorado State in 2012 after he led the Rams to a 20-win season and the NCAA Tournament.
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Dangerously cold weather in western Nebraska has prompted warnings from the National Weather Service.
Wind chill temperatures as low as 40 below zero (minus 40 Celsius) are expected Monday. A weather service wind chill warning extends through 11 a.m.
Several school districts and other agencies and businesses intend to open late or even remain closed for the day.
Wind chills as low as 30 below zero (minus 34 Celsius) are expected in most of eastern Nebraska.
NORTH PLATTE — A Holdrege man has been arrested following the shooting deaths of two people and the wounding of a third person in multiple incidents that occurred in Holdrege during the afternoon hours of Thursday, February 21.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., the Holdrege Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at 416 Logan Street. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the incident. Additional crime scenes were then identified in multiple units at the Sunrise View Apartments at 1422 12thAvenue.
A short time later, a vehicle owned by the suspect was seen traveling in the north part of Holdrege. A short, low-speed pursuit ensued and the suspect drove to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office where he was taken into custody without further incident.
The suspect, Manuel Gomez, 45, of Holdrege, has been lodged in Phelps County Jail. Gomez is the only suspect in all three shootings.
The victims are identified as Raymond Burton, 65, David Rogers, 54, both of whom were found deceased in separate units of the Sunrise View Apartments. The third victim, Doyle Morse, 64, was able to call 911 after being shot at 416 Logan Street. He has been life-flighted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney in critical condition.
The Nebraska State Patrol has been assisted by the Holdrege Police Department, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office, and South Central Area Law Enforcement Services in the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.
HOLDREGE, Neb. (AP) — Police in south-central Nebraska say two people have been killed and a third person critically injured in a shooting.
The Nebraska State Patrol confirms that the shooting happened Thursday afternoon in Holdrege, a city of around 5,500 that lies about 200 miles (321.85 kilometers) southwest of Omaha.
Holdrege police tell station NTV that one person believed to be the shooter has been arrested. The person injured was flown to a Kearney hospital.
Other details of the shooting and the names of the victims were not released by Thursday evening. A phone message left for Holdrege Police Chief Dennis Damoude on Thursday was not immediately returned.