Joe’s Morning Sports-Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Nebraska guard James Palmer Jr. was one of 50 players on the initial Citizen Naismith Trophy Men’s Player of the Year list released yesterday. Palmer, who was named to the Jerry West Award watch list for the top shooting guard in college basketball, is one of eight Big Ten players on the Watch list. A returning first-team All-Big Ten selection, Palmer comes off a junior season where he averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading the Huskers to a 22-11 record and an NIT berth. He is the first Husker to make the Naismith Trophy Watch List since Terran Petteway in 2014-15. The Citizen Naismith Trophy will be awarded on April 7, 2019, during the Final Four in Minneapolis.
The Nebraska volleyball team moved up from eighth to sixth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association rankings. They won two home matches in the last week after beating Penn State last Friday 3-2 and Rutgers 3-0 on Saturday. The 18-6 Huskers return to action on Wednesday night when they visit Iowa. The 22-4 Creighton Bluejays remain ninth in the rankings after winning two road matches last weekend. They beat St. John’s 3-0 last Friday and Seton Hall 3-0 on Saturday. The Bluejays return to action on Friday when they host Georgetown. BYU remains first followed by Stanford, Minnesota, Illinois, and Texas.
The accolades keep rolling in for the Northeast Hawks women’s volleyball team. After being crowned the Region XI-B champions, Savannah Nelson, Hannah Heppner and Kalli Brester were named First Team All-Region XI-B recipients. Also announced by the conference yesterday, Elley Beaver and Gabriela Barbosa were named Second Team All-Region XI-B members for their efforts on the court this season. Along with the Region XI-B honors, the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference All-Conference teams were announced as Nelson was named a First Team member. Heppner and Brester made the Second Team All-Conference list, while Beaver and Delaney Belt garnered Honorable Mention All-Conference recognition. The 19-13 Hawks have qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the third consecutive year. They will find out their opponent this week for the tournament that starts November 15 in Charleston, West Virginia.
The Lincoln Journal Star top ranked and Omaha World Herald second ranked in Class ‘C-2’ Norfolk Catholic football team is 10-1 on the year after routing St. Paul last Friday at home in the quarterfinals of the playoffs 56-12. It was the second time this season the Knights beat the Wildcats. They won the earlier matchup on September 7th 49-20. Last Friday, Dylan Kautz ran for 220 yards off 17 carries and five touchdowns while teammate Evan Smith also had two TD runs. Norfolk Catholic, who has beaten David City Aquinas, St. Paul twice, BRLD, Crofton, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Battle Creek, Stanton, Ponca, and Archbishop Bergan while falling to Pierce is outscoring their opponents on average through eleven games 47.3-19. They return to action on Friday night when they visit Omaha World Herald third ranked 10-1 Sutton at 7:00 in a semifinal game.
The Norfolk High volleyball squad’s 2018 campaign concluded at 17-19 after falling to Lincoln East 3-1 in an A-2 semifinal match last Wednesday. This year, the Lady Panthers beat Yankton, South Sioux City, Kearney, Grand Island twice, Lincoln North Star twice, Lincoln Northeast twice, Fremont twice, North Platte, Omaha Westside twice, Lincoln High twice, and Bellevue East. Norfolk’s 17 wins this season is the most the volleyball program has recorded since they won 20 matches in 2003. They will lose four seniors in Alex Ruth, Gabby Ruth, Saydee Mittlestadt, & Desiree Morales.
The Northeast Hawks men’s basketball team is 1-1 after a road trip to Hutchinson, Kansas to start the season. They dropped their opener of the year to NJCAA ninth ranked in Division I Hutchinson 99-62 last Friday before bouncing back with a 91-75 win over the Tabor JV of Kansas on Saturday. The Hawks will try to better last year’s 15-17 record. They return only one player in Moses Byekwaso from last year’s team. Northeast also added 13 new faces for this year’s squad including Norfolk’s Zack James, Spencer’s Caleb Rihanek, Scribner’s Ben Moxness, and Humphrey’s Luke Rollman. Their home schedule before winter break includes games with the York JV, Iowa Central, Iowa Lakes, Southeast of Nebraska, Quakerdale Prep of Iowa, the Concordia JV.
Checking out the local schedule for today, Class ‘D-1’ & ‘D-2’ football playoff games resume with quarterfinal action. In Class ‘D-1’ at 6:00, in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, Lutheran High Northeast hosts Creighton at 6:00. Pregame coverage at 5:20. Elsewhere in ‘D-1’ at 6:00, regarding area teams, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic is in Milligan to play Exeter/Milligan/Friend, Burwell is at Arcadia to play Arcadia/Loup City, and North Central entertains Dundy County/Stratton in Bassett. In Class ‘D-2’, in a game that can be heard on 97.5 KEXL & KEXL.com, Bloomfield visits Johnson to play Johnson/Brock at 3:00. Pregame coverage at 2:45. Also, Humphrey St. Francis is at Falls City Sacred Heart at 4:30. In basketball, the Northeast Hawks men are home versus the York JV at 7:00, Nebraska hosts Mississippi Valley State at 7:00, Creighton defends the home court against Western Illinois at 7:30, and the Nebraska-Omaha men visit Minneapolis to play the University of Minnesota at 7:00. In volleyball, Nebraska-Omaha is in Macomb, Illinois to play Western Illinois at 5:30 and Wayne State faces Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall, Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the NSIC Tournament at 8:00.
Local Schedule: York JV at NECC (MBB-7:00); Mississippi Valley St. at Nebraska (MBB-7:00); Western Illinois at Creighton (MBB-7:30); Nebraska-Omaha at Minnesota (MBB-7:00); Nebraska-Omaha at Western Illinois at Macomb, IL (VB-5:30); WSC vs. SW Minnesota St. at Marshall, MN (NSIC VB Tourn. Semifinal-8:00).
Local Scores: NECC 81 Concordia JV 76 (WBB).
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Houston 98 Indiana 94
Final Orlando 102 Cleveland 100
Final OT Miami 120 Detroit 115
Final 2OT Chicago 116 N-Y Knicks 115
Final Oklahoma City 122 New Orleans 116
Final Denver 115 Boston 107
Final Toronto 124 Utah 111
Final L.A. Clippers 120 Minnesota 109
Final Golden State 117 Memphis 101
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final New Jersey 5 Pittsburgh 1
Final OT Boston 2 Dallas 1
Final SO Montreal 4 N-Y Islanders 3
Final Washington 4 Edmonton 2
Final Philadelphia 5 Arizona 2
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Final Tennessee 28 Dallas 14