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John Cook, “Dream Big, Dream Like a Champion”

Thunderous applause and a standing ovation greeted Husker volleyball coach John Cook as he entered the Fox Theater on Monday night. The four-time national champion was brought to North Platte by the North Platte Area Sports Commission to provide a night of inspiration, motivation and fun for those in attendance. Cook told the audience —…

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Cornhole de Mayo

Bean bags flew back and forth across the field behind Pal’s Brewing Company during the first North Platte cornhole competition Saturday. For $20 per two-person team, pairs could compete for the top three places and a total of $1,000 cash prizes. And plenty of people turned out for the chance to win. The competition caught…

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Sports Events have brought in over $250,000 to North Platte

The first year for the North Platte Area Sports Commission meant about $250,000 of economic impact for Lincoln County in 2017, according to North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau statistics. The commission hosted more than 20 events through 2017 ranging from district basketball tournaments to state high school golf. “I think it shows that we can…

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Fighting in brother’s memory, Ryan MacDonald remains undefeated with win at MCF14

Ryan MacDonald, left, celebrates after defeating Chad Obermiller on Saturday at MCF14 at the D&N Center in North Platte. MacDonald has the MCF Pro Featherweight Title belt around his right shoulder and is holding his late brother, Kyle MacDonald’s ashes in his left hand. Midwest Championship Fighting owner Russ Jones, right, looks on. This was…

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North Platte group wins division in Boulder

A contingent of North Platte fitness athletes made their presence felt at the 70.3-mile IRONMAN Triathlon on Saturday in Boulder, Colorado. The Mid-Nebraska Performance triathlon team brought 29 competitors to the event, winning the Division V team competition by a wide margin, compiling 16,772.8 points, while the next closest team scored 9,461.7. Longtime local fitness…

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Nebraska Greats Golf Tournament

If Jerry Murtaugh hadn’t run into Andra Franklin, none of this would have happened. One November, “12-13 years ago,” the former Husker linebacker had invited as many former Nebraska football players as he could get to a charity event in Omaha. One of those was Andra Franklin, a first-team all-Big Eight selection in 1980 at…

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Eagles State Pool Tournament

More than 2,000 people are in town this weekend for the 2017 Eagles State Pool Tournament. The tournament takes place at the D&N Event Center, with at least 80 tables set up to accommodate the competition. “This is a real big deal for North Platte,” said Larry Mora, tournament director. “It’s probably even bigger than…

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1st Annual Tanking Race

Teams make a splash in first tanking race on N. Platte River The tankers weren’t tanked but tired at the end of the trip. The first North Platte Area Sports Commission tanking race came to a successful conclusion at Cody Park as the winning team crossed the finish line on Saturday afternoon. The race began…

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Area State Wrestling Qualifiers

Area State Wrestling Qualifiers Class A 120 – Jesse MacMillan, North Platte 145 – Dylan Petersen, North Platte 160 – Jayden Songster, North Platte 170 – Braiden Ruffin, North Platte 182 – Zach Huerta, North Platte 285 – Bryan Halsted, North Platte Class B 113 – Trevor Holley, Gothenburg 120 – Noah Larson, Gothenburg; Jace…

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O’Connor Wins 650th in 1,000 game Coached at NPCC!

Knights head coach Kevin O’Connor won his 650th game in his 1,000th game coached on Friday. To get there, the Knights (12-5, 3-6 in Region IX) played one of their best halves of the season in the first half against Central (12-9) en route to a dominating 86-52 win. After the game, O’Connor said he…

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“City Park” sits empty on the corner of W. Walker road and Buffalo Bill Ave.

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — “City Park” sits empty on the corner of W. Walker road and Buffalo Bill Ave. The area is mainly used as a tree branch dumping ground, but one North Platte resident has big plans to change that. Brandon McCook wants to build a sanctioned USA BMX track there. “BMX is a…

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North Platte had never hosted a full-length marathon…

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — North Platte had never hosted a full-length marathon. However, that all changed on the morning of Saturday October 8th, as the city saw 42 runners lace up their sneakers and tackle the 26.2 mile course. The race is run in connection with the Autumn River Run, which started 10 years ago….

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