Joe’s Morning Sports-Tuesday, October 2, 2018

October 3, 2018

The Milwaukee Brewers have locked down the National League Central title and home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs by scoring twice in the eighth inning of a 3-1 victory over the Cubs in Chicago yesterday. The game was tied 1-1 until Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun hit RBI singles. Christian Yelich was 3-4 with an RBI single, leaving him with a league-leading .326 average but falling one RBI and two home runs shy of winning the Triple Crown.

Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy belted two-run homers as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Colorado, 5-2 yesterday to win their sixth consecutive National League West championship. Walker Buehler added an RBI single and limited the Rockies to one hit over 6 2/3 innings. The Dodgers will host the first two games of their NLDS against Atlanta, and the Rockies will travel to Chicago to take on the Cubs in today’s wild-card game.

Last night in a game heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM, Kareem Hunt provided a four-yard touchdown run with 1:39 remaining to cap the Kansas City Chiefs’ comeback in a 27-23 win at Denver. The Chiefs scored two TDs over the final 6 ½ minutes to remain one of the NFL’s two unbeaten teams at 4-0. Patrick Mahomes threw for a touchdown, ran for another and was 28-45 passing for 304 yards and no interceptions.

The Nebraska volleyball team remains third in the American Volleyball Coaches Association rankings. They beat Northwestern last Friday 3-0 and Illinois 3-1 on Saturday. The 13-1 Huskers return to action on Wednesday night when they host Iowa. The 12-4 Creighton Bluejays stay at number ten in the rankings after winning two matches last week. They beat Butler 3-2 last Friday and Xavier 3-0 on Saturday. The Bluejays return to action on Friday when they host Seton Hall. BYU remains first followed by Stanford, Nebraska, Texas, and Minnesota.

The Norfolk Catholic girls’ golf team has qualified for the State Championship next week. At yesterday’s C-3 District Meet at Norfolk Country Club, Battle Creek was the team champion with a 426, the Lady Knights were second at 440, and Hartington Cedar Catholic was third after a 440. Norfolk Catholic’s Anna Kassmeier was the medalist after shooting an 89. She won a playoff after a three-way tie with Hartington Cedar Catholic’s Ireland Biltoft & Pierce’ Sydney Erickson. The Norfolk Catholic team won a playoff with Hartington Cedar Catholic to claim second. Other members of the Norfolk Catholic team that has qualified for the State Championship include Hanna Neesen (112); Kalee Gilsdorf (117); Carly Thramer (122); & Autumn Alder (191). Next week’s Class ‘C’ event will be held at River’s Edge Golf Course in North Platte.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school volleyball rankings. In the Omaha World Herald, Millard North remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Omaha Skutt stays at number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Lincoln Lutheran is once again first, Columbus Scotus moves up from tenth to ninth, and Wayne enters the rankings at number ten. In Class ‘C-2’, Stanton is once again first, Hartington Cedar Catholic moves up from third to second, Clarkson/Leigh improves from eighth to seventh, and Battle Creek jumps from ninth to eighth. In Class ‘D-1’, Archbishop Bergan stays at number one, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family remains second, Hartington/Newcastle stays at number seven, Lutheran High Northeast slips from eighth to ninth, and Howells/Dodge falls from the rankings. In Class ‘D-2’, Ewing is the new number one after moving up from second, Chambers/Wheeler Central remains fourth, Wynot drops from sixth to eighth, and Humphrey St. Francis stays at number nine. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Millard North stays at number one in Class ‘A’ while Omaha Duchesne is once again first in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Lincoln Lutheran stays at number one. In Class ‘C-2’, Stanton is the new number one after moving up from second, Hartington Cedar Catholic remains fifth, Clarkson/Leigh stays at number seven, and Battle Creek moves up from tenth to eighth. In Class ‘D-1’, Archbishop Bergan remains first, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family slips from second to third, Lutheran High Northeast falls from fifth to seventh, Hartington/Newcastle remains eighth, and Howells/Dodge falls from the rankings. In Class ‘D-2’, Bruning/Davenport/Shickley is once again first, Ewing remains second, Chambers/Wheeler Central slips from third to fourth, and Wynot drops out of the rankings.

The Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team has dropped from eighth to ninth in the Omaha World Herald and fallen from fifth to seventh in the Lincoln Journal Star rankings in Class ‘D-1’. The 14-6 Lady Eagles split two matches at the Crofton triangular last Tuesday. They were upset by Norfolk Catholic 2-1 and then came back to beat Crofton 2-1. Lutheran High Northeast returns to action tonight when they compete in seventh ranked in Class ‘C-2’ 14-4 Clarkson/Leigh’s triangular with 10-7 Shelby/Rising City involved.

The Lincoln Journal Star top ranked and Omaha World Herald second ranked in Class ‘C-2’ Norfolk Catholic football team is 5-1 on the year after routing Hartington Cedar Catholic last Friday night 54-20. The Knights got 277 rushing yards off 31 carries and three touchdown runs by Dylan Kautz as the team had 479 rushing yards. He also had a 70 yard TD reception. Evan Smith contributed 105 rushing yards off twelve carries and two scores. Norfolk Catholic, who has beaten David City Aquinas, St. Paul, BRLD, Crofton, and Hartington Cedar Catholic while falling to Pierce is outscoring their opponents on average through five games 43.5-19.7. The Knights return to action on Friday night when they host 4-2 Battle Creek at 7:00 in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX.

The eighth ranked in both polls in Class ‘D-1’ Lutheran High Northeast football team is 4-1 on the season after whipping Elkhorn Valley at home last Friday 60-24. Jaxson Kant had five touchdowns on the day. He ran for 123 yards off six carries and two scores. Kant also was 6-7 passing for 155 yards and three scores. Teammate Kalvin Watts scampered for 134 yards off ten carries and two touchdowns and Ben Gebhardt had two TD receptions. The Eagles have beaten Winnebago, Omaha Nation, Howells/Dodge, and Elkhorn Valley while falling to Wakefield. They are outscoring their opponents on average through five contests 65.4-36.4. The Eagles return to action on Friday when they visit 3-2 Laurel/Concord/Coleridge.

The Norfolk Catholic volleyball team is 5-11 on the year after a 4-2 week. They beat Crofton, fifth ranked in Class ‘D-1’ Lutheran High Northeast, West Point-Beemer, and Class ‘B’ Blair while falling to fourth ranked in Class ‘B’ Hastings in a deciding set and Columbus Lakeview. This year, the Lady Knights have beaten Boone Central/Newman Grove and the four teams they defeated last week. They now get ready for a road match at Omaha World Herald ninth ranked in Class ‘C-2’ 15-6 Battle Creek on Thursday night.

The seventh ranked in both polls in Class ‘C-2’ Clarkson/Leigh volleyball squad is 14-4 on the season after a 4-1 week. At their own invitational last Saturday, they beat Cross County and Chambers/Wheeler Central while falling to David City Aquinas. The Lady Patriots had also won matches over Logan View/Scribner-Snyder and Schuyler earlier last week. This season, they have earned wins over Howells/Dodge, Madison, BRLD, High Plains Community, Battle Creek, Twin River twice, Mead, Deshler, Red Cloud, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, Schuyler, Cross County, and Chambers/Wheeler Central. The Lady Patriots return to action this evening when they host a triangular with 10-7 Shelby/Rising City and seventh ranked in Class ‘D-1’ 14-6 Lutheran High Northeast involved.

Checking out the local schedule for today, in volleyball, Norfolk High visits Kearney at 6:30 and Lutheran High Northeast competes in the Clarkson/Leigh triangular in Clarkson. They play Shelby/Rising City at 6:30 and Clarkson/Leigh at 7:30. Also, the Norfolk High girls’ golf squad participates in the A-2 District Meet at Tiburon Golf Club in Omaha at 9:30 AM and the Norfolk High boys’ tennis team entertains Kearney in a dual at 4:00. In college soccer, the Northeast Hawks men are home versus Marshalltown Community College of Iowa at 2:00 and the Creighton men host Denver University at 7:00.

Local Schedule: Nfk High at Kearney (VB-6:30); LHNE vs. Shelby/Rising City-6:30; vs. Clarkson/Leigh-7:30 (Clarkson/Leigh VB Tri.); Nfk High at A-2 Dist. Meet at Tiburon GC, Omaha (GG-9:30 AM); Kearney at Nfk High (B. Tenn. Dual-4:00); Marshalltown CC, IA at NECC (M. Socc.-2:00); Denver at Creighton (M. Socc.-7:00).

NFL Scoreboard: Kansas City 27 Denver 23.

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Final Milwaukee 3 Chi Cubs 1

Final L-A Dodgers 5 Colorado 2

Miami at Pittsburgh 1:00 p.m., canceled



Final OT N-Y Knicks 124 Washington 121

Final Philadelphia 120 Orlando 114

Final Atlanta 116 New Orleans 102

Final Sacramento 106 Phoenix 102



Final OT New Jersey 3 Bern 2



Final Kansas City 27 Denver 23

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