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Joe’s Morning Sports-Thursday, October 4, 2018

October 5, 2018

The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is about to heat up once again. The Bronx Bombers were able to advance to the American League Division Series by whipping the Oakland Athletics, 7-2 and setting up a meeting with the Red Sox. Aaron Judge opened the scoring with a homer and Giancarlo Stanton capped the Yankees’ offense with a solo blast as New York won the A.L. wild-card game for the second straight year. The Yankees-Red Sox series begins Friday at Fenway Park.

C.J. Fuller, the former Clemson running back part of the Tigers’ 2016 national championship team, has died. He was 22. There was no immediate cause of death. Fuller played at Clemson from 2015-2017 after redshirting his first season. He rushed for 599 yards and four touchdowns. Fuller was on three straight Atlantic Coast Conference title teams that made the College Football Playoffs. He had a 30-yard TD catch in a 31-0 Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State. A week later, Fuller’s 20-yard kickoff return started Clemson’s game-winning drive in a 35-31 win over Alabama for the championship.

The Omaha World Herald reports that Omaha Creighton Prep forward Akol Arop committed to Nebraska last night, giving the Huskers three straight classes with an in-state recruit. The 6’5, 189-pound Arop is the top-rated in-state player in the 2019 class. The Huskers signed Platteview post Brady Heiman in 2018, and Lincoln North Star guard Donovan Williams committed to Nebraska’s 2020 class last month. Arop is known for his athleticism and vertical jump of 36 inches, but he also worked to improve his shooting. Nebraska-Omaha was the first to offer Arop in December 2017. He also had offers from Drake, UC Davis, Towson, UNC Greensboro, San Diego and Tulsa.

The third ranked Nebraska volleyball team posted a 3 -1 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in front of over 8,000 fans at the Bob Devaney Sports Center last night. Scores of the match had the Huskers winning 25-10, 23-25, 25-15, 25-11. Mikaela Foecke had 20 kills and nine digs while hitting .459, Jazz Sweet had 15 kills and Lexi Sun added 13 kills and 13 digs on .385 hitting as the Big Red won their 14th straight match to improve to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten. Iowa dropped to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten. Nebraska had a .373 to .071 hitting advantage, and freshman setter Nicklin Hames had 47 assists and eleven digs.

The Huskers’ 2019 baseball schedule was released yesterday according to the Lincoln Journal Star, and features six games against teams that played in the 2018 College World Series, including four games against defending national champion Oregon State. Also on the schedule are three-game home stands against Baylor and Arizona State. Nebraska opens the season with a three-game set beginning February 15 on the road at UC Riverside. The 2019 home opener comes March 5 against Nebraska-Omaha, followed by a weekend series against Baylor as part of a 13-game home stand. The Huskers will again play three games against Creighton, with two of the contests at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

The Nebraska-Omaha women’s basketball team was voted eighth in the Summit League preseason poll released yesterday by the league office. South Dakota State was tabbed the preseason favorite with 24 first-place votes. The Mavericks welcome South Carolina Upstate on Nov. 9 at 7:00 in their opener.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school softball rankings. In the Omaha World Herald, Papillion La Vista remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Elkhorn stays at number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C’, Wayne is once again first and West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic slips from seventh to eighth. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Papillion La Vista remains first and Norfolk High is once again tenth in Class ‘A’ while Elkhorn stays at number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C’, Wayne is once again first and West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic slips from sixth to eighth.

The Norfolk High softball team remains tenth in the Lincoln Journal Star Class ‘A’ rankings. The 18-19 Lady Panthers went 2-2 in the last seven days with victories over Lincoln Pius X and Fremont. They dropped games to second ranked Lincoln Southwest and eighth ranked Grand Island. Norfolk returns to action this morning at 10:00 when they face Lincoln East in the opening round of the A-3 District Tournament.

Checking out the local schedule for today, the Norfolk High softball team faces Lincoln East at 10:00 at Doris Blair Park in Lincoln in the opening round of the A-3 District Tournament. They will also play a second game at 12:00. In volleyball, Lutheran High Northeast hosts their own triangular with West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic & Wisner/Pilger involved. They play Guardian Angels at 5:00 and Wisner/Pilger at 7:00. Also, Norfolk Catholic visits Battle Creek at 7:30. Elsewhere, the Norfolk High cross country teams compete in the Heartland Athletic Conference Championships at Kearney at 4:00, the Norfolk Catholic cross country squad participates in the Mid State Conference Meet at O’Neill at 4:30, and the Norfolk High boys’ tennis team entertains Columbus in a 4:00 dual.

This week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Dylan Vogt of the Pender football team. In the Pendragons’ 92-70 win at Cedar Bluffs last Friday, he had 352 all-purpose yards. Vogt ran for 210 yards off 21 carries and five touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass and had a kick-off return for a score. Vogt, was responsible for 50 points that evening and also contributed eleven tackles. He was nominated by Coach Andy Welsh. Congratulations to Dylan Vogt of the Pender football team, he is this week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.

Local Schedule: Nfk High at Lincoln East (A-3 Dist. SB Tourn.-10:00); LHNE vs. West Point GACC-5:00; vs. Wisner/Pilger-7:00 (LHNE VB Tri); NC at Battle Creek (VB-7:30); Nfk High at Heartland Athletic Conference Championship at Kearney (CC-4:00); NC at Mid State Conference Meet at O’Neill (CC-4:30); Columbus at Nfk High (B. Tenn. Dual-4:00).

Friday Night: The Norfolk Catholic football team hosts Battle Creek at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:20 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com. Also, Norfolk High visits Omaha Central at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:45 on Lite Rock 97.5 KEXL & KEXL.com.

Local Scores: NECC 25-25-25 North Iowa Area CC 20-17-20 (VB); Nebraska-Omaha 0 Campbell 0 (Tie) (M. Socc.).

Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Dylan Vogt of the Pender football team.

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON

Final N-Y Knicks 107 Brooklyn 102

Final Detroit 97 Oklahoma City 91

Final Milwaukee 116 Chicago 82

Final Phoenix 91 New Zealand Breakers 86

Final L.A. Clippers 128 Minnesota 101

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final OT Edmonton 4 Cologne 3

Final OT Toronto 3 Montreal 2

Final Washington 7 Boston 0

Final Vancouver 5 Calgary 2

Final Anaheim 5 San Jose 2

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