Joe’s Morning Sports-Friday, December 14, 2018
Reigning Most Outstanding Player Mikaela Foecke ripped her 19th kill to cap defending champion Nebraska’s rally for a 22-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-11 victory over Illinois last night in the NCAA volleyball semifinals in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 29-6 Cornhuskers will go for their sixth title Saturday night against 33-1 Stanford, which swept BYU in the other semifinal 3-0. Nebraska led 12-11 in the fifth game when a Foecke kill was ruled out of bounds. However, the Huskers challenged and the call was reversed after officials went to the video monitor and determined an Illinois block had gotten a finger on the ball. The Big Red then went up 14-11 on an Illinois error before Foecke closed it out. Lexi Sun had 19 kills and ten digs for Nebraska, who have won 13 straight since losing at home to Illinois in late October. Jacqueline Quade had 21 kills for the 32-4 Illini, who had won 17 straight.
Philip Rivers tossed a pass to Mike Williams for a two-point conversion with four seconds remaining to complete the Los Angeles Chargers’ comeback in a 29-28 win over the Chiefs in Kansas City last night in a game heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM. The Chargers trailed 28-14 with under four minutes remaining before Justin Jackson scored on a three-yard run. Rivers later hit Williams for a one-yard TD before their conversion left both teams tied for first in the AFC West at 11-3.
James Harden and the Houston Rockets cooled off the Los Angeles Lakers last night. Harden poured in 50 points in his second triple-double of the season as the Rockets won their second straight since a three-game slide, 126-111 against the Lakers. The NBA’s reigning MVP scored eleven points during a 13-2 spurt that put Houston ahead, 122-108. Harden also had ten rebounds and eleven assists in his 37th career triple-double. LeBron James had a team-high 29 points for the Lakers, who had won two straight and six of seven.
Wayne State softball coach Shelli Manson has announced the addition of five players for the 2019-20 season, recently signing national letters of intent during the fall NCAA signing period. The list includes Arizona’s Natalie Arbizu, Madison Gomez, Riley Holmberg & Paiton Tornberg along with Omaha’s Clare Reinhart. The Wildcats finished the 2018 season with a record of 16-29 overall and placed eleventh in the NSIC with a league mark of 10-16.
The Norfolk Catholic girls basketball team knocked off Lutheran High Northeast 49-34 last night at home. The Lady Knights outscored the Lady Eagles 30-12 during the second and third quarters. Hanna Neesen scored 14 points with two steals and teammate Anna Kassmeier added twelve points, seven rebounds, and three steals to the win for Norfolk Catholic. Lutheran High Northeast’s Becca Gebhardt had 13 points and five boards while teammate Chloe Spence netted eleven points, four rebounds, two steals, and two blocked shots. The Lady Knights improve to 2-4 on the season while the Lady Eagles dropped their fourth game in a row to fall to 1-4. Norfolk Catholic now leads the head-to-head matchup between the two teams 10-1 dating back to 2005 including winning the last seven meetings.
Checking out the local schedule for today, the Norfolk High wrestling team competes in the opening day of the Grand Island Flatwater Fracas at the Heartland Events Center. They face Manhattan, Kansas at 11:00, the Grand Island JV at 2:00, and two more duals later in the day. The Norfolk High swim team participates in the first day of the Lincoln Southeast Invitational with diving events at 2:30. In basketball, in games that can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com, Lutheran High Northeast visits Homer starting with the girls game at 6:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:40. The Norfolk Panther girls & boys are at Columbus High starting with the girls game at 5:45, the Norfolk Catholic boys go to Albion to play Boone Central/Newman Grove at 6:30, the Creighton men host Green Bay at 8:00, and the Nebraska-Omaha women entertain Bradley at 12:00.
Local Schedule: Nfk High at Columbus (G&B BB-5:45); LHNE at Homer (G&B BB-6:00); NC at Boone Central/Newman Grove at Albion (BBB-6:30); Nfk High vs. Manhattan, KS-11:00; vs. Grand Island JV-2:00 (Grand Island Flatwater Fracas WR at Heartland Events Center); Nfk High at Lincoln SE Inv. (G&B SW-2:30); Green Bay at Creighton (MBB-8:00).
This Evening: Lutheran High Northeast visits Homer in a girl/boy basketball doubleheader starting with the girls’ game at 6:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
Saturday Morning: Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM live from Market Grille at Hy-Vee East. This week: Nfk High’s Jared Oswald, Justin Grey, & Dave Nelson; NC’s Kevin Manzer; LHNE’s Mike Wiederin; NECC’s Dan Anderson; & BBB coach Todd Erwin of Laurel/Concord/Coleridge.
Saturday Afternoon: West Holt hosts Battle Creek in a girl/boy basketball doubleheader starting with the girls’ game at 3:30. Pregame coverage at approximately 3:15 on 97.5 KEXL & KEXL.com.
Local Scores: NECC 79 Midland JV 58 (WBB).
CBS Sports Radio at Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & 780 AM Mon-Fri at 6:00 PM; Sat at 4:00; & Sun at 1:00. Also, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs!
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Houston 126 L.A. Lakers 111
Final San Antonio 125 L.A. Clippers 87
Final Orlando 97 Chicago 91
Final Phoenix 99 Dallas 89
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Buffalo 3 Arizona 1
Final Columbus 4 L.A. Kings 1
Final Tampa Bay 4 Toronto 1
Final Montreal 6 Carolina 4
Final OT Nashville 4 Vancouver 3
Final OT Winnipeg 5 Edmonton 4
Final Minnesota 5 Florida 1
Final San Jose 3 Dallas 2
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (16) Wisconsin 101 Savannah St. 60