Many believe Friday the 13th to be a day of bad luck. For fans of high-scoring football, that turned out to be true Friday night at Weiland Field as the host Bison welcomed Class B No. 6 York.
“They’re lacking experience," McCook head coach Jeff Gross said of his team. "I know that experience is the one thing you want, but this is a group that has been patiently waiting their time.”
Kassidy Michaelis made an immediate impression on McCook’s girls tennis team as a freshman, winning 57 matches that spring. The wins just kept on coming.
Waverly senior quarterback Rhett Jordon had three touchdowns and the game-sealing interception to help the Vikings overcome a 13-point first-quarter deficit in a 36-30 win over host McCook in a Class B semifinal.
World-Herald prep recruiting specialist Mike Sautter was in Scottsbluff on Friday as McCook traveled to face the Bearcats. Both teams entered the game with 8-0 records.
Scottsbluff senior Chris Busby (above) was the star of the show for Scottsbluff in its 23-13 victory over No. 2 McCook on Friday night.
Class B No. 3 McCook ended York’s 14-game winning streak Friday night, beating the Dukes 20-13.
Division II schools Chadron State, UNK and Southwest Minnesota State have offered McCook's Colin Giron scholarships to play defensive line where he had 55 tackles in 2017.
August is a busy month for school principals and football coaches alike. So imagine the schedule of veteran McCook coach Jeff Gross, who is entering his third year doubling as high school principal.
One of Jeff Gross’ favorite pictures hangs on the wall of his office at McCook. It’s a family portrait taken in 2004, the year he was named World-Herald boys coach of the year after leading the Bison to their second straight Class B football title.
Class B will undergoing much turnover this season, with many schools being realigned into different classes, including contenders Columbus, Elkhorn and Elkhorn South making the jump to Class A.
McCook athlete DJ Gross committed to play football at South Dakota on Tuesday.
Senior year for McCook’s Zach Schlager was a set of short seasons. Multiple injuries limited him to a handful of football games. They also kept him out of basketball until late in the winter.
After winning her third match of the day, McCook’s Haley Potthoff said she still had enough energy to play a fourth match Thursday if it had been needed.
The Bison have the top seeds at No. 1 singles and doubles and will be among the favorites in the team race. A year ago, McCook edged Omaha Duchesne by a half-point to win the title. This year, Duchesne is seeded second in singles and third in No. 1 doubles.
DJ Gross has been around the McCook football program his entire life. His father, Jeff, has been the head coach since 1998. But DJ isn't just the son of a coach. He's a legitimate college football prospect.
Mollring was the NSAA director of the state track meet from 2008 to 2013 after joining the organization as an assistant director in 2003.
In 1 minute, 10 seconds Friday, JD Daro changed the momentum in Omaha Skutt’s favor. That swing lifted the SkyHawks to a 30-14 victory over McCook and moved into the Class B semifinals for the fifth straight year.
In a remarkable stretch of 57 minutes Wednesday afternoon, the Class B bracket was turned upside down.
Garrett Snodgrass scored twice and had a second-half interception as York defeated Class B No. 2 McCook 20-7 at Weiland Field.
AURORA — Class B No. 2-rated McCook looked like a veteran team during Friday’s season opener against No. 10 Aurora.
Three linemen, two superstar skill talents and one top national prospect who can live in the line and skill universes — not to mention throwing a shot put a half-mile. The 2017 World-Herald Super Six wasn’t among the hardest to pick, but it’s easily among the best in recent years.
Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with a story previewing a new team or teams each day. This week, Class B is featured, with No. 3 McCook today.
McCook sophomore Kassidy Michaelis took down No. 3 seed Brylee Lauby (Lexington) 6-2, 6-1 to cap a 43-0 season. She was the only singles player in Class B to make it through the season without a blemish.
Being the only undefeated singles player in the Class B state tournament didn’t create any extra pressure for McCook’s Kassidy Michaelis.
McCook linebacker Zach Schlager has committed to Colorado State. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is rated as the top linebacker in the 2018 NebHSRecruiting player rankings.