Joe’s Morning Sports-Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Freshman starting quarterback Adrian Martinez practiced yesterday but remains questionable for Saturday’s game at Michigan. Martinez missed the conclusion of Nebraska’s opening game against Colorado after a controversial play resulted in his injury. Walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch started in his place in the Huskers’ loss versus Troy last Saturday. In other Nebraska football news, the Big Ten Conference announced that the Huskers’ Sept. 29 home game against Purdue will kick off at 2:30 and will be televised by Big Ten Network. Purdue has lost three heartbreakers to open the season, 31-27 to Northwestern, 20-19 against Eastern Michigan and 40-37 versus Missouri. The Boilermakers take on Boston College on Saturday.
The Nebraska volleyball team jumped from fourth to third in the AVCA rankings. They won three matches last week by beating Central Michigan 3-0, New Mexico 3-1, and Missouri State 3-0 at the Husker Invite. The 9-1 Big Red return to action on Friday night when they host 11-0 18th ranked Michigan. The 8-4 Creighton Bluejays remains tenth in the rankings after splitting two matches last week. They swept Northern Iowa 3-0 and lost to eighth ranked Illinois 3-1. The Bluejays return to action on Friday when they host DePaul. BYU remains first followed by Stanford, Nebraska, Penn State, and Texas.
The BIG EAST released the conference schedule for Creighton women’s basketball. The Bluejays continue the true round robin format, playing each of their BIG EAST nine opponents both at home and on the road. For the first time since joining the league they open conference action on the road, traveling to DePaul on December 29th for a battle with the Blue Demons. Creighton’s first BIG EAST home game will be on January 4th when they welcome Villanova. Coming off back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament, Creighton returns seven letter winners.
The Wayne State volleyball team remained 18th in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll. The 10-3 Wildcats recorded a 2-1 mark with a NSIC road sweep at Augustana followed by a 3-0 home loss to Concordia-St. Paul and a 3-2 win over Minnesota State. Wayne State are on the road this weekend for NSIC matches at Upper Iowa on Friday at 6:00 and Winona State on Saturday at 4:00.
The Norfolk Catholic girls golf team placed third at yesterday’s Hartington Cedar Catholic Invitational. The host team was the champion with a score of 424. Battle Creek was second at 429 and the Lady Knights were third after carding a 435. Norfolk Catholic’s Anna Kassmeier won a one-hole playoff over Hartington Cedar Catholic’s Ireland Biltoft & Battle Creek’s Kylee McLean to take medalist honors. All three shot 92. Norfolk Catholic’s Hanna Neeson finished sixth after shooting a 103.
Bellevue’s Marcus Bell earned the top seed for the eighth Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship during Stroke Play Qualifying at Platteview Golf Club in Bellevue. Bell shot the low round of the day, a 73 (+1), to take medalist honors. He will face Omaha’s Skip Gist, the 2017 Runner-up and the 16 seed, in the Round of 16. Gist was the final player to make the championship bracket with a round of 79 (+7). Columbus’ Mike Krumland will compete in today’s championship bracket quarterfinals after yesterday’s 76.
The Norfolk High boys tennis squad participated in yesterday’s Papillion La Vista Monarch Invitational. The Panthers finished 20th in the 24-team competition. Tate Brudigan was 1-2 in #1 Singles; Mason Borgman recorded a 2-2 mark in #2 Singles; Colby Mrsny & Jared Ertzner Kitto had a 1-2 record in #1 Doubles; and Josh Schrader & Colby Clarkson were 0-2 in #2 Doubles.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school volleyball rankings. In the Omaha World Herald, Millard North remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Omaha Skutt is the new number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo High stays at number one and Columbus Scotus drops from seventh to tenth. In Class ‘C-2’, Stanton is once again first, Hartington Cedar Catholic slips from third to fourth, Clarkson/Leigh & Battle Creek enters the rankings at seven & eight respectively, and Burwell drops out of the rankings. In Class ‘D-1’, Archbishop Bergan stays at number one, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family jumps from third to second, Hartington/Newcastle improves from ninth to seventh, Lutheran High Northeast remains eighth, and Neligh/Oakdale enters the rankings at number ten. In Class ‘D-2’, Bruning/Davenport/Shickley is once again first, Ewing remains second, Wynot stays at number five, Chambers/Wheeler Central remains sixth, and Humphrey St. Francis stays at number nine. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Millard North stays at number one in Class ‘A’ while Omaha Skutt is the new number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, St. Paul is the new number one, and Columbus Scotus & Wayne drop out of the rankings. In Class ‘C-2’, Stanton is once again first, Hartington Cedar Catholic drops from third to fifth, Clarkson/Leigh enters the rankings at number six, Battle Creek slips from sixth to seventh, Twin River moves up from tenth to eighth, and Wisner/Pilger falls from the rankings. In Class ‘D-1’, Archbishop Bergan remains first, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family moves up from third to second, Hartington/Newcastle falls from fifth to eighth, and Neligh/Oakdale enters the rankings at number ten. In Class ‘D-2’, Bruning/Davenport/Shickley is once again first, Ewing remains second, Chambers/Wheeler Central drops from third to fifth, and Wynot drops out of the rankings.
The Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team remains eighth in the Omaha World Herald Class ‘D-1’ rankings. The 8-5 Lady Eagles lost their lone match last week at fourth ranked in Class ‘C-2’ Hartington Cedar Catholic 3-0. They return to action tonight when they visit 9-3 Howells/Dodge at 7:30.
The Lincoln Journal Star top ranked and Omaha World Herald second ranked in Class ‘C-2’ Norfolk Catholic football team is 3-1 on the year after routing Bancroft/Rosalie/Lyons/Decatur on the road last Friday night 49-14. The Knights got 197 rushing yards off 25 carries and three touchdowns by Dylan Kautz as they outscored BRLD 28-0 in the second half. Norfolk Catholic, who has beaten David City Aquinas, St. Paul, & BRLD while falling to Pierce is outscoring their opponents on average through four games 39.5-22.3. They return to action on Friday night when they host 0-4 Crofton at 7:00.
The Lutheran High Northeast football team is 2-1 on the season after dropping a 70-66 home decision to Wakefield last Friday. Jaxson Kant had eight touchdowns on the night. He ran for 232 yards off 25 carries and six scores. Kant through the air was 15-25 for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Teammate Ben Gebhardt caught twelve balls for 250 yards and two scores. Between the Eagles & Trojans, there was 136 points and 1125 yards of total offense. Lutheran High Northeast has beaten Winnebago & Omaha Nation while falling to Wakefield. They are outscoring their opponents on average through three contests 71.7-42.7. The Eagles now turns their attention to Omaha World Herald fifth ranked and Lincoln Journal Star sixth ranked 2-1 Howells/Dodge on Friday night at 7:00 in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX.
The Norfolk High softball team is 9-15 on the season after snapping a five game losing streak last Thursday with a doubleheader sweep of Lincoln High 7-0 & 5-0. The Lady Panthers this season have beaten Grand Island, Lincoln Southeast, Lincoln Northeast three times, Kearney, South Sioux City, & Lincoln High twice. They are being outscored by their opponents on average through 24 contests 5.1-4.4. The Lady Panthers return to action this evening when they visit 14-10 Lincoln East for a doubleheader.
The 17th ranked in Division II Northeast Hawks volleyball team is 9-6 on the season after a 2-2 weekend at the Northeastern Junior College Tournament in Sterling, Colorado. They beat Laramie County Community College of Wyoming and Casper Community College of Wyoming 3-0 while falling to Sheridan Community College of Wyoming 3-2 and Northeastern Junior College of Colorado 3-0. This season the Hawks have beaten Williston of North Dakota, Southeastern of Iowa, Lake Region of Colorado, Fort Scott of Kansas, Southeast of Nebraska, Iowa Lakes, North Platte, Des Moines Area, Laramie County of Wyoming, and Casper of Wyoming. The Hawks return to action on Wednesday when they visit Southwestern of Iowa at 7:00 and then host 9-7 Central of Columbus on Friday at 7:00.
The third ranked in both polls in Class ‘C-2’ Hartington Cedar Catholic volleyball squad is 15-3 on the year after going 2-1 at the Stanton Invite last Saturday. They beat Ponca & Battle Creek 2-0 while falling to Stanton in the championship match 2-1. This season the Lady Trojans have beaten Randolph, Homer twice, Battle Creek twice, Humphrey St. Francis, Norfolk Catholic twice, Crofton, BRLD, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, Lutheran High Northeast three times, and Ponca. Last year, Hartington Cedar Catholic reached the Class ‘C-2’ State Championship Match and dropped a 3-2 decision to Superior. Hartington Cedar Catholic returns to action on Tuesday when the visit Class ‘C-1’ 7-4 Pierce.
Checking out the local schedule for today, in volleyball, Norfolk High visits Lincoln Northeast at 6:30, Norfolk Catholic hosts Wayne at 7:30, and Lutheran High Northeast is in Howells to play Howells/Dodge at 7:30. Elsewhere, the Norfolk High softball team is at Lincoln East for a 5:00 doubleheader and the Northeast Hawks women & men’s soccer teams are home against Iowa Lakes Community College starting with the women’s match at 2:00.
Local Schedule: Nfk High at Lincoln NE (VB-6:30); Wayne at NC (VB-7:30); LHNE at Howells/Dodge (VB-7:30); Nfk High at Lincoln East (SB DH-5:00); Iowa Lakes CC at NECC (W&M Socc.-2:00).
Local Scores: Columbus 191 Nfk High 199 (GG Dual).
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