Jeff Van Patten
Jeff Van Patten is the sports editor of the Star-Herald. Jeff can be reached by calling 308-632-9050 or emailing email@example.com.
Area teams hit the practice field for the first time since March when the pandemic shut down sports. Teams are excited for the upcoming season to begin.
Stellar pitching, big first inning propel Pioneers to 7-1 game two win over Hastings on Saturday.
Pioneers owners Chuck and Meyra Heeman are bringing Hoop It Up 3-on-3 basketball to the Scottsbluff-Gering area in September.
Jason Luke hit two home runs as he tried to will the Pioneers to victory. Western Nebraska came up just short as they were edged 7-6 Badlands on Thursday.
Three Badlands pitchers combined to throw 16 strikeouts in the Big Sticks' 3-0 win over the Pioneers on Monday.
Despite learning a new position, Thomas Gavello has excelled in the field and in the batters box for the Pioneers. He leads the team in batting with a .313 average and also has a 1.000 fielding percentage.
The WESTCO Zephyrs found its offense in their game against Cheyenne Post 6, but dropped the second game of their triangular on Saturday 10-5.