-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 10 --
Allysah Boothe, a sophomore from Chicago, had a big game in a win over McCook last week, the sophomore guard finished with 20 points in the win while connecting on three 3-pointers and going 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. She also had two steals. Allysah is averaging 7.7 points a game this season for the No. 24-ranked Cougars.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending Feb. 10 --
Bryce Sanchious, a sophomore, had a double-double in a road win over McCook on Tuesday. Sanchious finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the 91-85 win over McCook to help the Cougars regain the top spot in the South sub-region. Bryce was also 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. In the previous home game against Trinidad, Bryce had 12 points and seven rebounds in a win over Trinidad State.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending January 20 --
Andrijana Reljic, a sophomore from Bosnia, had a big rebounding effort in two road wins last week. Andrijana pulled down 13 boards and had four blocked shots in a win over NJC. She also had six points. Then, in a big road win at Lamar, Andrijana had five points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals. The 13 rebounds against NJC was her season high.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending January 20 --
Dru Kuxhausen, a sophomore from Scottsbluff, had a nice weekend in helping the men pick up two road wins. Dru scored 33 points and knocked down six treys in a win over NJC. Dru then came back with a 23-point effort with two threes, four rebounds, six assists, and going 5-of-7 from the charity stripe in a win over Lamar. Dru is averaging 19 points a game for the Cougars.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Jan. 13 --
Yuliyana Valcheva, a freshman from Bulgaria, had a consistent week last week in three contests. The 6-1 forward finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds in helping the Cougars go 2-1. Against Casper, Yuliyana had eight points and six rebounds. In a win over Northeast, Yuliyana had nine points and three rebounds, and then in a sub-region win over Otero, Yuliyana tallied 11 points and five rebounds with one 3-pointer.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Jan. 13 --
Bryce Sanchious, a sophomore, had a nice two games last week. Bryce scored 36 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. In a loss to LCCC, Bryce had 14 points with six boards, four steals, and a 3-pointer. In a sub-region win over Otero on Friday, Bryce tallied 22 points with six rebounds, three 3-pointers, and two blocked shots. He also had a couple of big dunks in the win.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending December 16 --
Merle Wiehl, a sophomore from Germany, had another big weekend in helping the Cougar women to their 11th straight win. Merle had 30 points with 6 treys in a win over Central Wyoming. She then had 19 points and five treys in a win over Sheridan College. Merle now has 882 career points and needs just 145 more to break the career scoring record of 1,026 set by Penny Mallet in 1981-83. Merle is also nearing the career 3-point record. Merle currently has 91 career 3-pointers, including 52 this season, and needs 28 more 3-pointers to break the record by Lyndie Pucket in 2013-15.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending December 16 --
Martin Roub, a sophomore from the Czech Republic, had a consistent week for the Cougars. While Jervay Green set a new school record with 51 points in a game against Iowa Lakes, Roub continued excelling on the court. In three games last week, Roub finished with 61 points, including a season-best 29-point performance in a win over Laramie County Community College where he also had 13 rebounds for a double-double. Roub also finished with 16 points each in losses to Indian Hills and Iowa Lakes. For the season, Roub, who signed in November with Jacksonville State in Alabama, is averaging 16.6 points and 7 rebounds a game.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending December 9 --Taylor
Taylor Joplin, a freshman from Great Plain, Kansas, had a nice game in a win over Northwest College on Friday. Joplin finished the game with 16 points on 60 percent shooting. Joplin finished three 3-pointers. Joplin also pulled down four rebounds and dished out three assists. Joplin is averaging 13.2 points a game and has connected on 20 3-pointers.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Dec. 9 --
Jervay Green, a sophomore from Denver, had a big win in two wins last week. Jervay, the University of Nebraska recruit, scored 52 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in wins over Williston State and No. 24 Sheridan College. Jervay had 26 points in both games. Against Williston, nine rebounds, two 3-pointers, and was 11 of 15 from the field. Against Sheridan, Jervay had threes and was 10 of 15 from the field.
-- Female Athlete of the week for the week ending Dec. 2 --
R'Manie Pulling, a freshman from Denver, had a big week last week in two wins for the Cougars. R'Manie had double-figure performances int eh two wins and pushed her consecutive streak to four games. In a win over the Colorado State Club, R'Mani had 14 points with two treys and six assists. R'Manie then finished with 11 points in a win over an undefeated EWC team while going 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Dec. 2 --
Dru Kuxhausen, a sophomore from Scottsbluff, had a big performance in a win over Eastern Wyoming College last week. Dru finished the game with 22 points including nailing five 3-pointers and going 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Dur also dished off four assists and had two steals. Dru is tied for fifth in the nation in made 3-pointers with 40 made treys so far this season for the No. 16-ranked Cougar men.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Nov. 18 --
Merle Wiehl, a sophomore from Germany, had three big games last week in scoring 84 points in three wins. Merle started with a 32-point performance against Northwest at home as she finished with six 3-pointers. Merle followed that up with two imporessive games on the road, finishing with 25 points in a win over Gillette where she had three treys and then had a 27-point effort against Colorado Northwestern where she had another three treys. For the season, Merle is averaging 24.7 points and has made 16 treys.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Nov. 18 --
Elie Cadet, a freshman from West Orlando, Florida, had a big game in a 99-70 win over Central Wyoming College on Saturday. Cadet led the team with 27 points in his first start of the season. Cadet was 13 of 19 from the floor and pulled down five rebounds with two blocked shots. Cadet in a previous game with Western Wyoming where WNCC won 93-90, finished with eight points. Cadet is averaging 8.6 points on 59 percent field goal shooting for the season.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 4 --
Tishara Morehouse, a freshman from Milwaukee, finished the first two games of the season scoring 50 points. Tishara had a 36-point effort in a win over Garden City, where she had five rebounds, three 3-pointers, four steals while going 14 of 20 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. In a loss to Seward to open the season, Tishara had 14 points with five rebounds and two 3-pointers.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 4 --
Bryce Sanchious, a sophomore from Ft, Lauderdale, Florida, had a consistent opening two games on the road finishing with 43 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists in wins over Central Wyoming and College of Southern Idaho. Bryce had 24 points with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds and three assists against Central. He was also 8-of-8 fro the free throw line. Against CSI, Bryce had 19 points with four threes, six rebounds, and four assists.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Oct. 28 --
Amryi-Grace Paris, a freshman from Hawaii, had a good week last week in powering down 17 kills in a 5-set loss to Iowa Western, the No. 5 team in the country. Paris also had 14 kills in a win over Sheridan and tallied nine kills in a five-set loss to LCCC. In three matches, she had 40 kills, five solo blocks, and four assisted blocks. In the last eight matches, Paris has netted double-figure kills in seven of the matches.
-- Male Athlete of the Week ending Oct. 28 --
Viktar Kravets, a sophomore, was selected this week because of homecoming festivities since there were no male sports going on. Viktar, from Aurora, Colorado, was named a second attendant at the Homecoming Royalty crowning on Oct. 26 after the WNCC/Iowa Western volleyball match. Viktar and Cougar soccer player Arcy Salgado each were a nominee.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending October 21 --
Sarena Bartley, a sophomore from Ridgefield, Washington, came off the bench in the win against McCook and put down a season-With 14 kills in the 4-set win. Sarena, who has been battling injury and sickness for the majority of the season, finished the McCook win with a hitting efficiency of .385. She also picked up a season-high four digs.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Oct. 21 --
Josue Fernandez, a sophomore from Holdrege, had a big goal in the last regular season game against Central Community College-Columbus on Oct. 13 when he scored a goal in helping the Cougar men to a 3-0 win to wrap up the regular season. Josue has scored two goals this season for the Cougars and ws a starter.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 30 --
Kaile Tuisamtatele, a sophomore from Hawaii, had a nice weekend in the middle in hitting over .500 for three matches. In a loss to Otero, Kaile had seven kills and four digs while hitting .429. She picked it up in the next two matches, recording double-doubles. Against Lamar, Kaile had 13 kills, 12 service points, seven digs, and three solo blocks. She had a double-double also in a a win against Trinidad, finishing with 10 kills, 12 points, three ace services, and two digs.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 30 --
Thomas Franze, sophomore from Brazil, came back from an injury and scored a goal and had an assist in two conference matches last week. In a 2-1 win over Trinidad State Junior College, Franze scored the team's second goal, which proved to be the game-winner. In a 2-1 loss to Otero, Franze had an assist on a goal by Silvio Xavier. In eight games played, Franze has a goal and three assists.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 23 --
Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina, a 6-foot-3 middle hitter from Tacoma, Washington, put up double-figure kills in two wins last week. Leslie tallied 11 kills and two solo blocks in a four-set win over McCook where she hit .556. Leslie also had a 10-kill, 3-solo block effort in a win over Dawson. In a match against EWC, Leslie tallied six kills and hit 1.000 attacking while tallying three solo blocks. She also had six kills and three solo blocks in a win over Casper. For the four matches, Leslie tallied 33 kills and 11 solo blocks.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 23 --
Hector Salgado, a freshman from Denver, scored two goals in a conference win over Central Community College-Columbus on Saturday at the Landers Soccer Complex. Hector scored his first goal toward the end of the first half as WNCC had a 2-0 lead at intermission. Hector booted his second goal to make it 4-0 early in the second. The Cougars won 6-2. Hector has four goals on the season, scoring twice in a game against Colorado Northwestern earlier in the season.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 16 --
Thais Nayara, a freshman from Brazil, scored three goals in two matches last week. Thais had two goals in a 3-2 win over Northeastern Junior College on Wednesday and then added the tying goal in the 79th minutes help the Cougars tie Gillette 2-2 in double overtime. Thais has scored four goals this season for the Cougar women, who are off until Sept. 28 and 29 when they host Otero and Trinidad.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Sept. 16 --
Ruam Barbosa, a freshman goalkeeper from Brazil, was called into the match with Gillette College on Saturday with pressure. Barbosa was inserted into the match to defend a penalty kick and Barbosa successfully stopped the kick. The save proved huge in the end as WNCC beat Gillette 2-1. Barbosa finished the game with two saves in net for the 10 minutes he was in the game, but the biggest save on the penalty kick.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 9 --
Caroline Vieira, a freshman from Brazil, scored the only goal the Cougar women needed in a 1-0 win over Trinidad State Junior College on Saturday. Caroline's goal came in the 70th minute off a free kick to help WNCC to the Region IX South win. The goal was Caroline's first of the year and helped the Couigar women to their second victory of the season.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 9 --
Ramses Atahualpa, a sophomore from Brazil, scored the winning and only goal in a 1-0 win over Trinidad State Junior College on Saturday. Ramses has scored at least one goal in four straight matches now. Ramses also scored the tying goal in the win over Otero on Friday. So far this season, Ramses has netted five goals, one from his total from a year ago.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Aug. 26 --
Ana Costas, a freshman from Puerto Rico, stepped in nicely for former libero Genesis Benetiz at the Reiver Invite. Ana finished the four games at the invite with a total of 63 digs, including a 21 dig performance against Jefferson. She also had 16 against Iowa Western and 15 against Indian Hills. She also had 20 service points in three matches, including a 13-point scoring spree against Jefferson.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Aug. 26 --
Silvio Xavier, a sophomore from Brazil, scored two second-half goals in a game against Salt Lake Community College on Aug. 23. The Cougars trailed 3-0 at halftime to the Bruins, before Xavier rocketed in two goals to make it a 0ne-goal game. Silvio scored his two goals in the 62nd minute and the 83rd minute. Silvio now has scored 19 goals in his two years at WNCC.