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Shields Shines in Huskers’ 80-67 Win

Behind a career-high 35 points from Shavon Shields, Nebraska roared back from a 16-point first-half deficit to defeat Omaha, 80-67, in front a sellout crowd of 15,889 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Shields, a junior from Olathe, Kan., scored 13 of his 31 points in a 23-2 run, as the Huskers bounced back from a four-point overtime loss at Rhode Island on Saturday. Shields finished with 35 points on 12-of-16 shooting, including a career-high four 3-pointers, and added eight rebounds in matching the Pinnacle Bank Arena scoring record set by Terran Petteway last January.

The Huskers, who improved to 3-1 on the season, withstood Omaha’s best shot early. The Mavericks, who were coming off a win at Marquette on Saturday, connected on eight of their first nine shots from the field and used a 14-1 spurt to take a 23-7 lead just five minutes into the contest.

From there, Nebraska took over on both ends of the court, holding UNO without a field goal for 6:36 to quickly get back into the contest.

Petteway, who finished with 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, got the run started with a 3-pointer before Shields scored six straight points as part of a 16-0 surge to knot the score at 23 with 9:02 left in the half.  Moments later, Shields’ 3-pointer gave the Huskers its first lead of the evening, as the Huskers ran off seven straight points to take a 30-25 lead on Petteway’s dunk with 6:23 left in the half.

The Huskers eventually pushed the lead to 40-29 before taking an eight point lead into the locker room, at 42-34.

Omaha (2-2) continued to battle, cutting the lead to 47-43 on a CJ Carter basket with 13:14 left, but Shields took over again, scoring five straight points to push the margin to 52-43. The Mavericks made one last run, pulling to within 56-50 with 9:42 left after a Tim Smallwood 3-pointer before the Huskers put the visitors away with an 11-2 surge to make it 67-53 after a Shields jumper with 6:44 left.

Tai Webster joined Shields and Petteway in double figures with 10 point and five assists, as the Huskers shot 53 percent from the floor.

Devin Patterson led UNO with 20 points to pace three Mavericks in double figures.

The Huskers return home on Friday evening to host Tennessee-Martin. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.


Scheer ready for a run at the title

Cort Scheer is one of the best saddle bronc riders in ProRodeo.

He’s been one of the best for several years, and next week he heads to his fourth qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s premier event that takes place Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas.

“Every year you go into the finals feeling confident, but this is probably the most confident I’ve ever been going into it,” said Scheer, 28, of Elsmere.

He has reason to feel that way. Scheer is the No. 3 bronc rider in the world standings, having earned $102,413 through the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association regular season. He trails standings leader and two-time world champion Taos Muncy by a little more than $24,000.

“It’s awesome that we’re in that position,” Scheer said, referring to the fact that both he and Muncy were part of the rodeo team at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. “It all goes back to the practice pen when Taos and I and all those guys were getting on in a $10 jackpot.”

Each man who put his name in the hat ponied up $10, and the high-marked cowboy won the pot.

“Back in the day, all we wanted to do was win a $10 jackpot,” he said. “It’s amazing to me that we’re still going at each other. That’s the best opportunity in the world when you start off riding with the best. You aren’t just riding against anybody; you’re riding against the best in the world.

“Now instead of a $10 jackpot, you’re riding for $19,000 a round.” The NFR is the perfect place to excel. It offers the largest purse in the game, $6.375 million, and features only the top 15 contestants in each event in the world standings. In rodeo, dollars equal points, and the contestant in each event who finishes the 2014 campaign with the most money is crowned world champion. It’s well within Scheer’s grasp.

“Doing so well at the Canadian Finals (Rodeo) helps a ton with my confidence,” said Scheer, who won the average title earlier this month in Edmonton, Alberta. I’m pretty excited.

“This is the best year I’ve ever had. I usually have a pretty good winter, and I did.”

He was rather consistent this season. He earned eight event titles this year, from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Pendleton, Ore. He also won the January rodeo in Denver.

“The win at Pendleton was probably the biggest one of the year and the most unique one,” he said. “I wasn’t even planning on going and didn’t think I had enough horse in the first round to make it back to the short round. I ended up going, and the horse was pretty good. In the short round, the only horse in the pen I didn’t know was the horse I had.”

It turned out to be just fine. Scheer scored 91 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Rounder to win the short round and the average title.

“Just to win in that arena in the grass and to be able to take the victory lap around the track there, it was awesome,” he said.

Scheer has won a lot in a career that began seven seasons ago. In addition to attending Panhandle State on a rodeo scholarship, he also was on the rodeo teams at Garden City (Kan.) Community College and Montana State University. He first qualified for the NFR in 2010, then missed the next season after suffering a knee injury – he still finished 2011 among the top 25 in the world. He has returned to Las Vegas every year since.

“If you don’t have momentum, you don’t have consistency or confidence,” said Scheer, who was raised on the Nebraska sandhills, the youngest of three children born to Kevin and Pam Scheer. “When you get that on your side, it dang sure helps you. When a guy is confident, you feel like you can’t do anything wrong.”

He hasn’t been on a bronc since the final round of the Canadian Finals on Nov. 9, but he’s has a bit of a swagger after his successful run.

“I think the timing of it is big because it’s just before the NFR,” he said. “It’s also the format of it, the horses and the caliber of the cowboys. Most of those horses will be at the finals.

“My whole mindset was moving on to the next one. No matter how I did, I put it behind me and moved on to the next one. Now it’s been on the NFR. My saddle feels great, and I feel great. Ninety percent of bronc riding is mental. I’m real confident in my saddle, real confident in myself. I’ve also been staying in good shape.”

The past few weeks have been vital for Scheer, who has spent virtually all of it at his Nebraska home. He helps his dad and brother, Clete, on the ranch every day. That type of manual labor is good for the mind and the body. Now he has his sights set firmly on the Nevada desert, where he hopes to take a step up from a solid 2013 NFR – he was one of only two men to ride all 10 broncs, finishing second in the average.

“I learned a lot from last year,” Scheer said. “I felt like I could ride better than I did in a lot of those rounds. You learn from those mistakes. You always want to be at the top of the food chain. It looked like I was riding for the average in the end.

“I’d rather be known for a guy who rides for the rounds and not for the average. I might as well be 85 instead of 75. Sure it’s a confidence booster you can ride them, but you just have to better yourself in the end.”

That’s a solid approach by the humble cowboy. It’s the reason he has been so victorious this year and why he’s one of the elite bronc riders in the game.

It’s why he’ll battle for the world title.


VHS Winter Sports Numbers


Wrestling-13 Freshmen

10 Sophomores

7 Juniors

5 Seniors

35 total


Girls Basketball-5 Freshmen

6 Sophomores

7 Juniors

5 Seniors

23 total


Boys Basketball-7 Freshmen

8 Sophomores

4 Juniors

7 Seniors

26 total


The Badgers will be playing a Hall of Fame basketball game on Tuesday December 2nd at 5 pm at the Middle School vs Cody Kilgore.  Admission is $5 for Adults and $4 for Students and no passes will be accepted.  All proceeds go to the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame.  The girls will play first and the boys will follow.  This game doesn't count towards records as it is a pre-season game.


Hall of Fame Basketball Game vs. Cody Kilgore on December 2

The Valentine Badgers High School Basketball Teams will be playing a Hall of Fame game on Tuesday, December 2nd at 5 pm at the Middle School vs Cody Kilgore. Admission is $5 for Adults and $4 for Students. No passes will be accepted.  All proceeds go to the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame.  The girls will play first and the boys will follow.  This game will not count towards records as it is a pre-season game.


2015 mountain lion season applications available

Applications are available for the 2015 South Dakota mountain lion hunting season.

The state's Game, Fish and Parks Department says there's no deadline to submit an application for the season. However, hunters who want an access permit to Custer State Park must submit their application by Dec. 10.

The season runs from Dec. 26 through March 31. The harvest limit has been set at 75 total lions or 50 female lions, whichever happens first. The season closes in the Black Hills Fire Protection Unit if either of the harvest limits is reached.

Wildlife officials say Custer State Park will have eight separate hunting intervals, four of which will allow the use of dogs. The access permits to the park are given through a lottery process.


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