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Joe’s Morning Sports-Monday, September 24, 2018

September 25, 2018

Tiger Woods is able to celebrate a PGA victory for the first time in five years. Woods delivered the perfect ending to his amazing return from four back surgeries by taking the win in the Tour Championship by two strokes over Billy Horschel. Woods was up by as many as five strokes in the final round before completing a 1-over 71 that left him 11 under for the tournament. It was the 80th victory of his PGA Tour career, and his first since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.

The third ranked Nebraska volleyball team improved to 2-0 in the Big Ten with a 3-1 win against Michigan State in front of a crowd of over 8,100 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center yesterday. Scores of the match had the Huskers winning 25-18, 25-9, 21-25, 25-16. The 11-1 Huskers won their eleventh straight match behind 15 kills from Lexi Sun. Mikaela Foecke added twelve kills on .417 hitting, and Lauren Stivrins had seven kills and seven blocks. Nebraska dominated the 12-3 Spartans in its three victorious sets, holding MSU to .030, -.030 and -.062 hitting in sets one, two and four, respectively. NU led throughout in sets two and four and never trailed after taking a 3-2 lead in set one. For the match, Nebraska out-hit Michigan State .224 to .047. Libero Kenzie Maloney had a match-high 17 digs, as the Huskers held a 56-34 advantage in that category.

The tenth ranked Creighton volleyball team swept preseason BIG EAST favorite and 21st ranked Marquette yesterday at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha. The match was the first regular-season meeting between league teams since 2005. Scores of the match in favor of the four-time defending BIG EAST champion Bluejays were 25-17, 26-24, 25-20. Taryn Kloth hit .464 and led Creighton with 16 kills, while Jaali Winters added 15 kills and eleven digs on .300 hitting. Creighton hit .439 in the first set and .322 for the afternoon to beat the Golden Eagles for the tenth time in the last eleven meetings. Brittany Witt led all players with 19 digs and Annika Welty served up three of CU’s four aces. Creighton had 48 kills, 59 digs and 7.5 blocks overall. The Bluejays improve to 10-4 overall and 2-0 in the BIG EAST while Marquette falls to 10-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

Two days, two 2019 guards committed to the Nebraska men’s basketball team. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that JUCO guard Jervay Green, a 6’3 native of Denver, announced his intention last night to join the Huskers. Green, a sophomore at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, averaged 14.9 points, five rebounds, and 3.7 assists as a freshman last season for WNCC. He shot 51% from the field and 31% from three-point range. As a senior in 2017 at Denver’s George Washington High School, Green averaged nearly 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals for a team that went 25-3. Green’s commitment comes about 24 hours and Mika Adams-Woods, a high school senior, gave his pledge to Tim Miles and the Huskers. Nebraska now has two open scholarships remaining for 2019.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school football rankings. In the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Burke remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Omaha Skutt stays at number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Aurora stays at number one, Pierce remains second, and Columbus Lakeview slips from fourth to fifth. In Class ‘C-2’, Centennial is once again first, Norfolk Catholic stays at number two, Oakland/Craig remains fourth, and Bancroft/Rosalie/Lyons/Decatur is once again sixth. In ‘Eight-Man 1’, Creighton remains first, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic is once again fourth, Burwell jumps from sixth to fifth, Wisner/Pilger moves up from eighth to seventh, Lutheran High Northeast re-enters the rankings at number nine, and Howells/Dodge falls from the top ten. In ‘Eight-Man 2’, Mullen is once again first, Humphrey St. Francis remains fourth, Bloomfield stays at number six, Clearwater/Orchard is once again seventh, and Randolph remains tenth. In ‘Six-Man’, Harvard remains first and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family drops from eighth to tenth. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Burke remains first in Class ‘A’ and McCook stays at number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Pierce stays at number one, Columbus Lakeview drops from fourth to sixth, and West Point-Beemer stays at number eight. In Class ‘C-2’, Norfolk Catholic is once again first, Oakland/Craig remains third, Bancroft/Rosalie/Lyons/Decatur stays at number four, and Hartington Cedar Catholic enters the rankings at number nine. In ‘D-1’, Bruning/Davenport/Shickley remains first, Creighton stays at number two, Burwell is once again third, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic remains fifth, Lutheran High Northeast & Fullerton enters the rankings at numbers eight & nine respectively, and Howells/Dodge falls out of the rankings. In ‘D-2’, Johnson/Brock is once again first, Clearwater/Orchard remains third, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number four, Bloomfield is once again seventh, Randolph is up from ninth to eighth, and Hartington/Newcastle drops out of the rankings. In ‘Six-Man’, Harvard remains first and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family slips from seventh to ninth.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school football rankings. Norfolk Catholic remains first in the Lincoln Journal Star and second in the Omaha World Herald in Class ‘C-2’. The 4-1 Knights routed Crofton last Friday at home 49-9. They have beaten David City Aquinas, St. Paul, BRLD, and Crofton while falling to Class ‘C-1’ top ranked Pierce. Norfolk Catholic returns to action on Friday night when they visit Lincoln Journal Star ninth ranked 2-3 Hartington Cedar Catholic at 7:00 in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX. Lutheran High Northeast has re-entered the rankings in both newspapers in Class ‘D-1’. They are eighth in the Lincoln Journal Star and ninth in the Omaha World Herald. The 3-1 Eagles upset previously ranked Howells/Dodge on the road last Friday night 52-30. LHNE has beaten Winnebago, Omaha Nation, and Howells/Dodge while falling to Wakefield. They are back in action on Friday when they host 2-2 Elkhorn Valley at 3:00.

The Lincoln Journal Star top ranked and Omaha World Herald second ranked in Class ‘C-1’ Pierce football team is 5-0 on the year after routing Wayne on the road last Friday night 42-14. Dalton Freeman ran for 117 yards off 21 carries and two touchdowns in the win. The Bluejays, who have beaten Norfolk Catholic, Arlington, Ord, Columbus Scotus, and Wayne is outscoring their opponents on average through five games 51.6-22.8. Pierce opened the season with a victory over last year’s Class ‘C-1’ Champion Norfolk Catholic 48-29. Pierce returns to action on Friday night when they visit 4-1 Columbus Lakeview at 7:00 in a game that can be heard on Lite Rock 97.5 KEXL.

The second ranked in both polls in Class ‘D-1’ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family volleyball team is 14-0 on the season and have lost only one set all season long after winning two matches six days ago over Logan View/Scribner-Snyder and West Point-Beemer. This season the Lady Bulldogs have beaten BRLD, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic, North Bend Central, Friend, Meridian, Exeter-Milligan, Oakland/Craig, High Plains Community, Clarkson/Leigh, Chambers/Wheeler Central, Twin Loup, Riverside, Logan View-Scribner/Snyder, and West Point-Beemer. The only set they lost was the North Bend Central on September 6th. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, who finished 22-11 last season, was not preseason ranked this year. The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday when they host 3-8 Pender.

Checking out the local schedule for today, the Norfolk High cross country team participates in the Nebraska-Kearney Invite at 3:30, the Norfolk Catholic cross country squad competes in the Crofton Invitational at 4:30, the Norfolk High boys tennis team visits Fremont for a 4:00 dual, and the Northeast Hawks women’s soccer team is in Seward to play the Concordia JV at 7:30.

Local Schedule: Nfk High at Nebraska-Kearney Inv. (CC-3:30); NC at Crofton Inv. (CC-4:30); Nfk High at Fremont (B. Tenn. Dual-4:00); NECC at Concordia JV at Seward (W. Socc.-7:30).

Local Scores: (3) Nebraska 25-25-21-25 Michigan St. 18-9-25-16 (VB); (10) Creighton 25-26-25 (21) Marquette 17-24-20 (VB); Nebraska-Omaha 25-25-23-22-15 North Dakota St. 12-14-25-25-11 (VB); Nebraska 1 Purdue 0 (W. Socc.); Creighton 1 Xavier 0 (W. Socc.); Texas-Rio Grande Valley 1 Nebraska-Omaha 0 (W. Socc.); Univ. of Mary 2 WSC 0 (W. Socc.).

NFL Scoreboard: Carolina 31 Cincinnati 21; New Orleans 43 Atlanta 37 (OT); Baltimore 27 Denver 14; Tennessee 9 Jacksonville 6; Buffalo 27 Minnesota 6; Kansas City 38 San Francisco 27; Philadelphia 20 Indianapolis 16; Miami 28 Oakland 20; Washington 31 Green Bay 17; N.Y. Giants 27 Houston 22; L.A. Rams 35 L.A. Chargers 23; Chicago 16 Arizona 14; Seattle 24 Dallas 13; Detroit 26 New England 10.

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INTERLEAGUE

Final Chi Cubs 6 Chi White Sox 1

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Baltimore 6 N-Y Yankees 3

Final Tampa Bay 5 Toronto 2

Final Kansas City 3 Detroit 2

Final Houston 6 L-A Angels 2

Final Texas 6 Seattle 1

Final Minnesota 5 Oakland 1

Final Cleveland 4 Boston 3, 11 Innings

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Miami 6 Cincinnati 0

Final Milwaukee 13 Pittsburgh 6

Final N-Y Mets 8 Washington 6

Final Atlanta 2 Philadelphia 1

Final St. Louis 9 San Francisco 2

Final L-A Dodgers 14 San Diego 0

Final Colorado 2 Arizona 0

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