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Matt Wiemers Receives Gold Star Award

Andrea Gallagher | April 20, 2020

To honor their100th anniversary in 2020, the USTA Missouri Valley is recognizing 100 deserving recipients with the Gold Star Award. This award recognizes contributions that recipients have made in growing the game of tennis in their community. One of the first Nebraska winners, just announced this month, is Matt Wiemers of McCook.

 

When Matt Wiemers played tennis at McCook Senior High School in the 1980’s, he never imagined he would return years later as the head tennis coach. After all, his passions were basketball and volleyball. He even played basketball at McCook Community College, and later coached there as well. However, he quickly discovered a new passion: tennis.

 

“I enjoy tennis because it requires so many facets, athleticism, strategy, mental toughness and drive,” Wiemers explained. “As a player I prefer singles because I want all the pressure on me.  But now as a coach, I love teaching doubles and the fast pace and quick reflexes it takes to be a proficient player.”

 

Wiemers has been coaching boys' and girls' high school tennis for twenty years in McCook. He’s also an elementary school P.E. teacher.  He decided to offer a no-cut tennis program at the high school level, and has never looked back on that decision.

 

“Running a no-cut program requires more time from coaches, flexibility from our players and families, and a school that supports what you do,” he said. “With the larger team numbers and only two coaches, we have split our teams into two practice sessions which provides much better one-on-one coaching.”

 

Wiemers and his wife Traci Wiemers, along with several current and former standout players, also put on summer tennis camps in the local community that continue to grow each year. They started the camps in 2000 with 12 participants. Now, more than 100 kids attend each summer.  “We are so proud of the programs we have built and the many opportunities tennis offers to the students of our community and Southwest Nebraska,” Wiemers added. “We look forward to continuing to build the sport and finding new avenues to better enrich our players, both young and old.”

 

Normally during this time of year, Wiemers would be out on the courts daily with his girls’ team, practicing and playing matches. However, the COVID-19 suspension of play has put a stop to this.  Instead, he is in regular contact with them either by email, text or a Zoom video meeting, as well as sending out weekly “cyber results”. He hopes to have a senior tennis event once the restrictions are lifted. 

 

The recipients of the Gold Star Award will receive personal items to keep, a plaque and a special gift. Congratulations to all of the Gold Star Award recipients.






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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Four-time All Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski is back in the NFL and reunited with Tom Brady. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have completed a trade for the retired New England star. They sent a fourth-round pick in this week's draft to the Patriots for Gronkowski and a seventh-round selection. Brady signed with the Bucs in free agency last month. Gronkowski was one of the most dominant tight ends in football when he walked away from the game in March 2019. He won three Super Bowl rings while playing for the Patriots.

TOKYO (AP) — A staff member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has tested positive for COVID-19. Tokyo organizers issued a statement today saying the male employee in his 30s worked at the headquarters building in Tokyo. Organizers said he was in quarantine at home. They said the area where he worked would be disinfected, and people who worked nearby have been told to stay home. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed last month until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The committee employs about 3,500 people, and organizers say about 90% have been working from home for the last several weeks.

UNDATED (AP) — Roger Federer has raised the prospect of merging the governing bodies that oversee the men’s and women’s professional tennis tours. The 20-time Grand Slam champion began a string of posts on Twitter by saying the shutdown of tennis because of the coronavirus outbreak has given the sport an ideal opportunity to assess its future. Federer says it might be “the time for men’s and women’s tennis to be united and come together as one.” The men's ATP was founded in 1972 and the women's WTA was created the following year. All professional tennis is suspended until at least mid-July because of the coronavirus outbreak.

TORONTO (AP) — Professional women’s hockey is set to make its return to Canada. The National Women’s Hockey League has announced that it’s expanding into Toronto. It says the yet-to-be-named franchise has an ownership group headed by former Harvard captain Johanna Boynton. It also features former Brown University coach Margaret Murphy as its president, and already has five players under contract. The Toronto team increases the U.S.-based league’s number of franchises to six, and comes a year after the Canadian Women’s Hockey League folded after 12 seasons because of financial instability.

UNDATED (AP) — Susie Maxwell Berning is the fourth and final person to be inducted next year in the World Golf Hall of Fame. She won the U.S. Women's Open three times in a six-year span. Only five other women have won at least three U.S. Women's Open and all of them are in the Hall of Fame. Maxwell Berning won a fourth major at the Women's Western Open. She had 11 career victories on the LPGA Tour while raising two daughters. She joins Tiger Woods, Marion Hollins and former PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem in the 2021 induction class.




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NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has made a move that allows teams to lay off or cut the pay of major and minor league managers, coaches, trainers and full-time scouts starting May 1. Manfred has suspended uniform employee contracts that cover about 9,000 people, including general managers on some teams. Manfred cited the inability to play games due to the national emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) says he won’t take any anti-coronavirus vaccination if it becomes compulsory for tennis players to return to the world tours. The world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player says in a live Facebook chat that he wouldn’t “be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel.” Djokovic and his wife have two children and have spoken previously against vaccinations. Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th grand slam singles title.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived oft-injured receiver Marqise Lee to create nearly $5 million in salary cap space, parting with a player who had just three receptions the last two years combined. The Jaguars were waiting for Lee to get fully healthy before letting him go, giving him the best chance to pass a physical with another team. He missed the entire 2018 season following a major knee injury and injured his shoulder last October, causing him to miss the final eight games.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis says it has added guard-forward Landers Nolley II as a transfer from Virginia Tech. Nolley was on the Atlantic Coast Conference all-freshman team this past season after averaging a team-high 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds with the Hokies. He started 29 of 32 games with Virginia Tech and ranked 12th nationally among freshmen in scoring.

UNDATED (AP) — Former PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame through the contributor category. Finchem expanded the PGA Tour’s footprint around the world and negotiated TV contracts that more than tripled prize money during his two decades as commissioner. He joins the induction class of 2021 with Tiger Woods.




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Lincoln – University of Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed Saturday that Charlie Easley has entered the transfer portal and will transfer following the spring semester.

Easley, a 6-foot-2 guard who walked on to the Husker program out of Lincoln Pius X, played in 28 games, including four starts, as a freshman in 2019-20. He averaged 1.9 points, 0.5 assists and 0.6 steals per game and tallied five or more points on six occasions, highlighted a season-high eight points and three steals in 16 minutes against Indiana on Jan. 18. He had multiple steals on five occasions, including three each against Indiana and Michigan.

“We loved having Charlie as part of our program over the last year,” Hoiberg said. “He worked hard to earn a scholarship for the spring semester and took advantage of the opportunity to earn playing time last season. That put Charlie in a position where he can be a significant contributor for a program. I thank Charlie for his contributions and everyone in our program wishes him the best in the future.”

(Note outside of the Nebraska release) Easley announced on his twitter page that he would be attending the University of South Dakota State. 




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UNDATED (AP) — Andrew Bogut (BOH'-gut) says he probably needs to decide by mid-May whether to end his professional basketball career after 15 years. The first player taken in the 2005 NBA draft began his career with the Milwaukee Bucks and won a championship with the 2015 Golden State Warriors. Bogut spent the last two seasons playing in his native Australian and was planning to retire after representing his country at the Tokyo Games this summer before the pandemic postponed the Olympics.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nobody did anything to get fired or lose a sponsor in this week's edition of NASCAR virtual racing. William Byron won his second consecutive NASCAR virtual race by holding off Timmy Hill in today’s event at virtual Richmond Raceway. The most excitement came when Matt DiBenedetto was parked for intentionally crashing Ryan Preece and the two then engaged in a Twitter spat. The iRacing Series has had a sour taste since Bubba Wallace lost a sponsor for quitting a game in a rage and Kyle Larson was fired for using a racial slur.

UNDATED (AP) — Charles Leclerc has won his second straight Formula One Virtual Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver started the Chinese GP in the pole position. The 22-year-old Leclerc, who has won two F1 races, only started playing the video game at the start of the month. The actual Chinese GP, originally scheduled for April 19, was postponed in February. With the F1 season halted by the coronavirus pandemic, the sport launched a virtual series to keep fans entertained. Golfer Ian Poulter was 18th.

UNDATED (AP) — Wayne Gretzky is optimistic the NHL will be able to resume at some point this summer, telling The Associated Press he’s hopeful all sports will be able to come back from the coronavirus pandemic and serve as a sign that conditions are improving. Gretzky says he believes leaders in the U.S. and Canada will find a way to bring back hockey and other sports in June, July and August. The league is considering several options on trying to resume this season, including going directly to the playoffs at several neutral sites.

UNDATED (AP) — The Associated Press has asked more than 20 policymakers, coaches and players across the globe to assess the chances of getting sporting events going again soon. They all conceded that sports may not restart for months, if at all this year. Most agree that what's needed is a drastic ramp-up in testing, a vaccine or some type of improved treatment to make players feel safe to compete.




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Trio of MCC Golfers Receive Post Season Recognition

NORMAN, Okla. — McCook Community College sophomore golfer Chesney Tatman (North Platte) was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association all-District team this week. The team was selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Tatman was also one of three MCC golfers to be named to the All-Region IX second team along with sophomores Kyle Zimbelman (North Platte) and KC Carlson (Delta, Colo.)

Five golfers from Region IX were named to the PING District I team which combines teams from Region IX and Region I (Arizona). In addition to Tatman, five members from Eastern Arizona and four Eastern Wyoming Lancers were named to the team.

The all-Region IX team is based on points earned during the season. This year the Covid-19 virus prevented teams from competing in the second half of the season this spring, so the points were based on individual performances during the fall portion of the schedule. Eastern Wyoming also dominated the Region IX first-team with four players selected in: Jo Vin Tan (40 points), Tomas Kubata (36 points), Mason Hale (32 points) and Lucas Howell (28 points.)

Three Indians and a Lancer made up the second team: Tatman (23 points), Zimbelman (22 points),

RJ Moya, Eastern Wyoming (22 points) and Carlson 17 points.

Tatman finished fifth in the individual standings for the region and had a 76.2 gross score for the fall season and a low score of 72. Zimbelman carried a 76.3 gross score with a low score of 70 and Carlson, averaged 76.8 stokes per round with a low of 69.

In addition to post-season honors, MCC Coach Tyler Loop has announced that Tatman will be returning to MCC for another year.

“The NJCAA has granted student-athletes that didn't finish their season another year of eligibility so Chesney will be return while Kyle and KC are still deciding what they will do,” Loop said. Last week the other MCC sophomore, Trevor Oberg signed a letter of intent to continue his golf career this fall at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina.

The Indians finished the year in second place behind Eastern Wyoming in the team standings. At the half-way point of the season the Lancers had 57 points to 45 for MCC, Lamar was third with 26 points, Northeastern Junior College fourth with 22 points, Central Wyoming fifth with 12 points and Otero Junior College was sixth with six points.

In October, the Indians appeared in the top 20 national JUCO rankings at No. 19 and were poised to make their third straight trip to the NJCAA national tournament when the NJCAA cancelled spring sports and prevented the start of the spring golf season that was to have continued on March 19.

 






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ThreeMCCPlayers Moving on to NCAA Programs

Three members of the McCook Community College men’s basketball team have signed letters of intent to continue their careers at NCAA Division 1 and Division II programs.

Sophomores Raheim Sulivan and Tyrik Singh signed with Marist and Saginaw Valley State respectively and freshman Le’Tre Darthard is leaving MCC after one year to continue his basketball career at a Division I school.

On Wednesday, Darthard (Denton, Texas) announced he is transferring to Division 1 Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah to play for a two-time NBA champion.

"Le'Tre is a player who impacts a game in many ways," said Utah Valley Coach Mark Madsen. "He is an elite shooter who shot 45 percent from the three-point line. He also excels on the defensive side of the ball where he loves guarding top players on other teams.”

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard/forward played his freshman season for the Indians averaging 18.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.0 assists per game. He shot 58.7 percent from the field and 44.9 percent from long range. He also shot nearly 80 percent from the free-throw line. Darthard scored 20 or more points in 10 games and 30 or more points three times. He earned multiple postseason accolades, including All Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference, All-Region IX third team, Region IX all-tournament team, and Omaha World Herald All-NJCAA team.

“Le'Tre has defined himself by adding new aspects to his game each summer. He plays the game with ferocity and emotion,” said Madsen. “In addition to being an excellent basketball player, Le'Tre is an elite student who will be pursuing business coursework.”

Masden, in his first season as the head coach of the Wolverines is a two-time NBA champion, former Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach, and former Stanford University basketball star. He took over the Utah Valley program after serving the previous six seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. He won NBA champion titles as a player with the Lakers (2001 and 2002), and he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves for six seasons.

The Wolverines play in the Western Athletic Conference and were 11-19 when the season was halted in March because of the Covid-19 virus.

Raheim Sullivan(Toronto, Ontario), a 6-1 guard and sophomore transfer from Moberly Area Community College, will continue his career with Marist, a D1 program in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Sullivan averaged 16.5 points per game, shot 47.6 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from the 3-point line and 74.5 percent from the free-throw line. He averaged 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. He scored 513 points on the year and had 62 steals. He was named to the all-Region IX third team as well as first-team all-NCCAC honors and honorable mention on the Omaha World-Herald all Nebraska JUCO team.

The Red Foxes concluded their 2019-20 campaign March 10 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament and finished 7-23 under Coach John Dunne, in his second year with the team.

Also on Wednesday, sophomore transferTyrik Singh signed his letter of intent to play next season at Saginaw Valley State in University Center, just north of Saginaw, Mich. SVS is an NCAA Division II program.

Singh, a 6’7 forward from San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago, spent his freshman campaign at Daytona State before transferring to McCook for his sophomore season. He earned First Team All-NCCAC honors.

In a Tweet from the team’s social media feed, welcoming Singh to “The Valley” the Cardinals say the 6’7 forward “will bring a lot of skill and shooting ability to the Cardinals after graduating from McCook CC next month. High character, hard worker, great fit! Can’t wait to get to work, Tyrik!”

Singh started 29 of 31 games for the Indians this year averaging 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He shot 47.3 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from the 3-point line.

Under Coach Randy Baruth, in his eighth season with the Cardinals, the team went 16-13 and competed in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

 






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The Executive Director of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl (NSB), Dave MacDonald, and the NSB Executive Board (NSBEB), held a conference call Tuesday afternoon to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the 2020 Nebraska Shrine Bowl Game.
 
NSBEB Members expressed their shared concern about the COVID-19 pandemic, its influence on everyone’s lives, and the impact it has made on student athletes’ preparations for the North South Nebraska Shrine Bowl Game.
 
In the present circumstances and based on the latest information provided by the CDC and directives by the State of Nebraska, the NSB Executive Director and NSBEB has concluded that the 62nd Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl must be rescheduled to a date beyond June 6 but no later date than July 31, 2020 in order to safeguard the health of the student-athletes, everyone involved in the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Game, and the community of fans, family, friends, and supporters of the annual game.
 
The NSBEB will announce a revised date for the game after the new schedule for the weeks’ activities leading up to the game has been adjusted and renews its preparations for a dynamic event that will bring Nebraskans from across the state together again.




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Nebraska Coach Amy Williams announced on Wednesday, April 15, that three new Huskers will be joining the women's basketball program for the 2020-21 season. Graduate transfer MiCole Cayton, junior-to-be Bella Cravens and sophomore-to-be Nailah Dillard will join incoming freshmen Ruby Porter, Annika Stewart and Whitney Brown as the newest Huskers on the roster this fall.

Cayton, a 5-9 guard from Stockton, Calif., is expected to earn her bachelor's degree from California in May. Cayton, who originally signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Nebraska in November of 2015, was an honorable-mention All-Pac-12 Freshman Team selection in 2016-17 at Cal. She appeared in just four games over the next three seasons for the Bears because of knee injuries and is expected to have at least two years of eligibility remaining. She plans to pursue a master's degree in education at Nebraska.

Cravens, a 6-3 forward from Laie, Hawaii, will be a junior for the Huskers in 2020-21. She earned honorable-mention All-Big Sky accolades as a sophomore at Eastern Washington after averaging 10.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks for the Eagles as a sophomore in 2019-20.

Dillard rounds out the group of incoming Huskers. The 5-9 guard from Sacramento, Calif., appeared in 23 games at Texas Tech as a true freshman in 2019-20. She averaged 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in just under 10 minutes per game. 

Complete information on the three newest Huskers, including comments from Coach Amy Williams, can be found below.

MiCole Cayton
5-9, Graduate, Guard, Stockton, California (St. Mary's (Stockton)/California)

Nebraska Coach Amy Williams on MiCole Cayton:
"MiCole has an infectious competitive spirit and drive to be her very best. Her high energy and passion along with her experience as a collegiate athlete make her a great fit for our program."

MiCole Cayton hopes to put knee injuries behind her after choosing to transfer following her graduation from California. The 5-9 guard from Stockton, Calif., originally signed with the Huskers out of high school as part of a top-15 national recruiting class in November 2015.

In the midst of a coaching change at Nebraska, Cayton chose to stay closer to home at Cal and was an All-Pac-12 Freshman honorable-mention choice in 2016-17. She started 13 games as a freshman, including the last 12 games of the season for the Bears. That stretch of starts began with a career-high 18 points in a win over No. 13 UCLA.

In 34 games as a freshman for the Bears, Cayton averaged 5.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal.

She opened her sophomore season with 13 points in a win over Saint Mary's, but missed the remainder of the year after suffering a torn ACL. As a redshirt sophomore in 2018-19, Cayton returned to the court in a debut against her hometown school, Pacific, before scoring her only points of the season in a win over San Diego. She played three total games in her third year before undergoing surgery to repair cartilage damage in her right knee.

Cayton missed the entire 2019-20 season with a knee injury.

High School
Cayton was rated as the No. 78 player overall in the nation and the No. 17 guard by ESPN. The WBCA High School All-American averaged 12.0 points and 2.0 steals per game as a senior, while leading St. Mary's (Stockton) to a 28-1 record and a No. 2 final national ranking in the espnW 25 Power Rankings. She was one of six finalists for Cal-Hi Sports State Player of the Year. She led all scorers with 21 points to power St. Mary's to a CIF section title over Mater Dei and former UConn star Katie Lou Samuelson. Cayton was a Cal-Hi Sports Elite All-State, All State Division I, Underclass Junior and Underclass Sophomore selection. Cayton was also the Northern California preps Player of the Year. She played club basketball for the California Storm under Coach George Quintero, and she was a member of the Nike Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team.

Personal
The daughter of Michael Cayton and Karen Mercado Cayton, MiCole was born July 31, 1998. She plans to earn her bachelor's degree in legal studies from California in May, before pursuing a master's degree in education from Nebraska. She was also on the board of the Black Student-Athletes Committee at California. She loves the outdoors and Cornhusker fans.

Bella Cravens
6-3, Junior, Forward, Laie, Hawaii (Maryknoll School/Eastern Washington)

Nebraska Coach Amy Williams on Bella Cravens:
"Bella is an excellent athlete who is motivated to become the best player she can. We have a strong need for the things she brings to the table, and we believe her best basketball is still in front of her. We can't wait to pour into her as a Husker."

An honorable-mention All-Big Sky selection as a sophomore at Eastern Washington, Bella Cravens joins the Nebraska program for her final two seasons beginning in 2020-21. Cravens, a 6-3 forward from Laie, Hawaii, played in 28 games with 26 starts for the Eagles in 2019-20. She averaged 10.4 points while leading the Big Sky with 8.5 rebounds per game, which ranked No. 92 nationally. Cravens produced six double-doubles on the season, including a career-high 28 points and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes of action against Northern Arizona (Feb. 22). She hit 10-of-12 field goals against NAU just two days after going 8-for-8 from the field against Sacramento State (Feb. 18). She had 18 points and 15 rebounds against Portland State (Feb. 15) and 20 points, career highs of 16 rebounds and five steals, along with a season-high four blocks against Southern Utah (Feb. 27). During that four-game stretch (Feb. 15-27), Cravens averaged 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.8 steals while hitting 69.6 percent (32-46) of her field goal attempts. For the season, she scored in double figures 14 times, including two 20-point efforts, while grabbing 10 or more rebounds on 10 occasions. Cravens ranked fifth in the Big Sky and 66th nationally with 1.7 blocks per game. She totaled 96 blocks in two seasons at Eastern Washington, which ranked ninth on the school career charts.

Cravens competed in 32 games with 17 starts as a true freshman for EWU in 2018-19. She averaged 3.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in just 15.8 minutes per game. Cravens had a season-high 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds for her first career double-double against Idaho State (March 12). She added a career-high five blocks and a season-best 15 rebounds against Sacramento State (Feb. 28). She finished the season with two games in double-figure points and three with double-digit rebounds. Off the court, Cravens earned a spot on the Big Sky Winter All-Academic Team.

High School
Cravens led the Maryknoll School to four consecutive Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) titles during her tenure. She also led the Spartans to runner-up finishes at the state tournament in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
 
Following her senior season, she claimed first-team all-state, first-team defensive all-state and ILH Player-of-the-Year honors. She was an HHSAA Hall of Honor recipient. Cravens earned four letters in basketball and three in volleyball.
 
Personal
The daughter of Sharlene and Mark Cravens, Isabella was born May 7, 2000. She has five siblings, including older sisters Natallia and Cybil, older brother William, and younger brothers Braxton and Gabriel. Bella plans to major in communication studies at Nebraska.
 
Nailah Dillard
5-9, Sophomore, Guard, Sacramento, Calif. (Inderkum/Texas Tech)

Nebraska Coach Amy Williams on Nailah Dillard:
"We are very excited to add Nailah to the Husker family. She brings another confident presence from behind the art, and she is also a player that is hungry to expand her game. She takes pride in playing on both ends of the court."

Nailah Dillard (pronounced NY-EE-luh) comes to Nebraska after spending her first collegiate season at Texas Tech.  The 5-9 guard from Sacramento, Calif., averaged 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in just under 10 minutes per game for the Lady Raiders.

Dillard appeared in 23 contests while making a pair of starts. She scored a career-high 10 points in a career-high 28 minutes in a win over Oklahoma. Dillard added a pair of steals while knocking down a career-high-tying three threes against the Sooners.

Dillard added nine points in 27 minutes the next time out against Big 12 champion Baylor. She hit a pair of threes against the Lady Bears.

Early in the season, Dillard scored nine points in just nine minutes in a win over Florida A&M. She established her career high with three threes against the Rattlers. She also grabbed a career-high four rebounds and dished out a career-best two assists against FAMU.

High School
Dillard was one of the top players in California at Inderkum High School in Sacramento. She averaged 22 points per game as a senior to earn second-team all-state honors. She competed for West Coast Premier, one of the top travel teams in California, and she led the EYBL in three-point percentage as a junior.

As a junior at Inderkum, she scored a career-high 40 points in a 68-36 win over Woodland (Jan. 10, 2018). Five days earlier, she scored 34 in a win over Yuba City. They were two of 14 games during Dillard's junior season in which she scored 25 or more points.

She was an honor roll student and graduated magna cum laude from Inderkum.

Personal
The daughter of Jason Dillard and Damia Dillard, Nailah was born Nov. 7, 2001. She has a twin sister, Naomi, and a younger sister, Samaya. Nailah is planning to major in political science at Nebraska.

"I chose Nebraska because I wanted to play for coaches who would invest in me and value me as a person on and off the court. I wanted to play for a program that values success, and I am looking forward to playing with teammates and for coaches who love to win as much as I do."





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UNDATED (AP) — The major college football conference commissioners have held a 30-minute conference call with Vice President Mike Pence, stressing that college sports cannot return from the coronavirus shutdown until campuses have reopened. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says Pence asked good questions during yesterday’s call and was “hopeful and optimistic” about the fight against the coronavirus. American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco says they stressed the differences between pro and college sports and talked about how academics and college athletics are inseparable.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer Roy Halladay had high levels of amphetamines in his system and was doing extreme acrobatics when he lost control of his small plane and nosedived into Tampa Bay in 2017, killing him. That’s according to a report issued yesterday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Halladay had amphetamine levels about 10 times therapeutic levels in his blood along with a high level of morphine and an anti-depressant that can impair judgment.

UNDATED (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Willie Davis has died at 85. Davis was a five-time All-Pro who helped Green Bay win six championships from 1960-67, including the first two Super Bowls. He was voted to the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1960s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981, 12 years after he retired. Davis played his first two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being taken in the 15th round of the 1958 NFL draft out of Grambling.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Graduate transfer Dimencio Vaughn has signed to play his final season with Mississippi after three years at Rider. Vaughn averaged 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds last season, ranking fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in both categories. He was twice a first-team All-MAAC selection and was considered one of the top available grad transfers. Vaughn received a medical redshirt after a season-ending injury nine games into his freshman season.

STAMFORD, Conn (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment started releasing professional wrestlers yesterday in budget cuts related to the coronavirus pandemic. The moves came even with the company allowed to continue to run live TV shows in Florida after Gov. Ron DeSantis deemed WWE an essential business. Pro sports were added to a list of businesses permitted to stay open in an April 9 memorandum. WWE is allowed to continue putting on shows without fans.




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