Joe’s Morning Sports-Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Creighton men’s soccer head coach Elmar Bolowich announced his resignation yesterday to become the Executive Director of Armada Youth FC in Jacksonville, Fla. Creighton Athletics Hall of Famer Johnny Torres has been promoted from assistant coach to head coach. Torres spent each of the past twelve seasons as an assistant coach at Creighton and earned NSCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year recognition in 2012. During his eight seasons at Creighton, Bolowich led the Bluejays to a 115-40-17 record and the Bluejays reached the NCAA College Cup twice. He also led the program to six NCAA tournament appearances, four regular-season conference titles and two conference tournament championships. Creighton’s season ended at 11-4-3 this season.
The Nebraska volleyball team remains sixth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association rankings. They won two road matches in the last week after beating Iowa last Wednesday 3-0 and Michigan on Saturday 3-1. The 20-6 Huskers return to action on Friday night when they visit Purdue. The 24-4 Creighton Bluejays are once again ninth after winning two home matches last weekend. They beat Georgetown 3-0 last Friday and Villanova 3-0 on Sunday. The Bluejays return to action on Friday & Saturday when they host Providence in back-to-back nights. BYU remains first followed by Stanford, Minnesota, Illinois, and Texas.
Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and quarterback Adrian Martinez was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. The weekly award is the first of Ozigbo’s career, while he became the first Husker to be named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week since Tommy Armstrong Jr. in 2016. Martinez was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second straight week and for the third time this season. He is the eighth player in Big Ten history to take home three freshman-of-the-week awards, and he is the first quarterback to be named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times since Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett in 2014. Ozigbo was recognized after he averaged 14.7 yards per carry in the Huskers’ 54-35 win over Illinois on Saturday. He had 162 yards rushing on only eleven carries, his fourth Big Ten game with more than 150 rushing yards, and he scored a career-high three touchdowns. Ozigbo had touchdown runs of 60 and 66 yards for the two longest rushes of his career.
Northeast Hawks power-hitting infielder, Christian Dumont is headed south to continue his academic and athletic career, signing with Houston Baptist University. Last season, Dumont was a dynamic threat for the Hawks baseball team, in their first season under head coach Marcus Clapp. The Bellevue native tallied a .366 batting average with nine home runs, 30 RBI, 16 doubles, three triples, 68 hits, 63 runs and 19 stolen bases. Dumont finished in the top-50 at the NJCAA DII level in runs, doubles, total bases and total games played. The Hawks kick-off the spring season in 2019 when they visit Northern Oklahoma College-Enid on Feb. 2 In Oklahoma.
The Lincoln Journal Star posted its final high school volleyball rankings. Class ‘A’ Champion Millard North is the new number one in their class while Class ‘B’ Four-time Defending State Champion Omaha Skutt is the new number one in theirs. In Class ‘C-1’, Two-time Defending State Champion Wahoo High stays at number one, Columbus Scotus remains seventh, and Wayne enters the rankings at number eight. In Class ‘C-2’, Champion Blue Hill is the new number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic moves up from fourth to second, Stanton slips from first to third, Battle Creek jumps from tenth to eighth, and Clarkson/Leigh falls from fifth to ninth. In Class ‘D-1’, Champion Archbishop Bergan remains first, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family moves up from fourth to second, and Lutheran High Northeast enters the rankings at number nine. In Class ‘D-2’, Champion Bruning/Davenport/Shickley stays at number one, Ewing remains second, Wynot moves up from fifth to fourth, Chambers/Wheeler Central slips from seventh to eighth, and Humphrey St. Francis drops from eighth to ninth.
The Lincoln Journal Star top ranked and Omaha World Herald second ranked in Class ‘C-2’ Norfolk Catholic football team is bound for the Class ‘C-2’ State Championship Game. It will be the 17th State Championship Game they’ve played in. The Knights are 11-1 on the year after routing Sutton last Friday on the road 50-28. Dylan Kautz ran for 230 yards off 30 carries and three touchdowns while also catching a TD pass. Teammate Evan Smith scampered for 156 yards off 16 carries with two touchdown runs and also had a TD reception. Norfolk Catholic, who has beaten David City Aquinas, St. Paul twice, BRLD, Crofton, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Battle Creek, Stanton, Ponca, Archbishop Bergan, and Sutton while falling to Pierce is outscoring their opponents on average through twelve games 47.4-19.8. They return to action a week from today when they play Centennial in the Class ‘C-2’ State Championship Game at 10:15 AM.
The Northeast Hawks volleyball team is 19-13 on the season and have been idle since October 28th after qualifying for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Charleston, West Virginia. The Hawks, who are in the tournament for the third year in a row, will play North Dakota State College of Science at 12:00 CDT on Thursday in the opening round. This season, Northeast has beaten Williston of North Dakota, Southeastern of Iowa, Lake Region of Colorado, Fort Scott of Kansas twice, Southeast of Nebraska, Iowa Lakes, North Platte twice, Des Moines Area, Laramie County of Wyoming, Casper of Wyoming, Southwestern of Iowa twice, Central of Columbus, Ellsworth of Iowa, Hawkeye of Iowa, Kirkwood of Iowa, and North Iowa Area.
The Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team’s season ended ten days ago with a four-set loss to North Platte St. Patrick’s in a Class ‘D-1’ District Final. Their final record is 22-12. This year the Lady Eagles earned wins over Elgin Public/Pope John, Tekemah/Herman, North Bend Central, Wisner/Pilger twice, Norfolk Catholic, Homer, BRLD, Pierce twice, Howells/Dodge, O’Neill, Fullerton, Wood River, Crofton, Shelby/Rising City, Clarkson/Leigh, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic, South Sioux City, Omaha North, Osmond, and Randolph. Lutheran High Northeast will lose only one senior to graduation in Matty Boning.
Checking out the local schedule for today, in basketball, the Wayne State men host Waldolf College at 7:00, the Northeast Hawks men entertain the York JV at 7:00, and the Northeast Hawks women visit North Platte Community College at 5:00.
Local Schedule: York JV at NECC (MBB-7:00); NECC at North Platte CC (WBB-5:00); Waldorf at WSC (MBB-7:00).
Local Scores: Kansas St. 61 Nebraska-Omaha 46 (WBB).
Class ‘D-1’ & ‘D-2’ Football Semifinal Games: Burwell 23 North Central 22; Creighton 72 Exeter/Milligan/Friend 26 (D-1); Johnson/Brock 58 Humphrey St. Francis 44; Mullen 36 Lawernce/Nelson 24 (D-2).
NFL Scoreboard: N.Y. Giants 27 San Francisco 23.
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