Joe’s Morning Sports-Friday, October 12, 2018
ESPN reports that Nebraska coach Scott Frost said yesterday that potential tampering by Oregon State led the Cornhuskers to list the Pac-12 school among institutions not permitted to contact running back Greg Bell about a potential transfer. Bell, a top-rated junior college prospect signed by Frost last December, started the first three games for Nebraska this season. He then requested a scholarship release in the week after he lost the top position on Sept. 29 against Purdue. Nebraska granted his release but restricted Bell from talking with fellow Big Ten members, non-conference opponents of Nebraska over the next three years and Oregon State. Three Nebraska players recently transferred to OSU, including former four-star prospects Tristan Gebbia, a quarterback, and receiver Tyjon Lindsey. Both players were recruited to Nebraska by former coach Mike Riley, who now works as an analyst at Oregon State under Jonathan Smith. NCAA rules prohibit contact about a potential transfer from an outside school with currently enrolled players.
Nebraska guard James Palmer Jr. was honored yesterday, as he was named to the preseason All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball team. The team was announced prior to the start of the Big Ten Media Day in Chicago. Palmer, a returning first-team All-Big Ten selection, is one of three returning starters back for the Huskers, as he averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading the Huskers to a 22-11 record last season. He reached double figures in 31 of 33 games, including a career-high 34-point effort at Ohio State. Palmer, a 6’6, 207-pounder from Maryland, will look to be Nebraska’s first two-time first-team All-conference performer since Eric Piatkowski in 1993 and 1994.
The Norfolk High football team dropped to 3-5 on the season after suffering a 27-7 home loss last night to Lincoln Pius X. Thunderbolt quarterback Austin Jablonski had two touchdown passes and ran for another in the win. He threw for 172 yards while running for 51 yards. Lincoln Pius X outgained the Panthers in yardage 342-198. Norfolk’s lone score occurred in the third quarter on an Austin Bruzek two-yard TD run. Creighton Blain recorded ten tackles for the Panthers defensively. The Thunderbolts led 13-0 after the first quarter and 20-0 at halftime. They improve to 4-4 on the year.
The Norfolk Catholic cross country squads hosted yesterday’s D-3 District Meet at Skyview Lake. In the boys’ race, Ainsworth was the team champion after posting a score of 39. Norfolk Catholic was second at 44 and West Holt finished third with 51 points. All three teams qualified their entire squads for the State Championship next week at Kearney. Ainsworth’s Benjamin Arens was the medalist in a time of 16:04. He won by 1:15. The Knights’ Rylan Rasmussen was fifth, Elliot Eisenmenger got sixth, and Wyatt Ash finished 13th. Other Norfolk Catholic runners that will compete next week in the State Championship will be Dalton Brunsing, Ben Hammond, and Travis Kalous. In the girls’ competition, Ainsworth was the champion with a score of 18, Bloomfield was second at 30, and West Holt took third place with a score of 59. Ainsworth’s Rylee Rice was the medalist in a time of 19:58.48. She won by just over 44 seconds. Lutheran High Northeast’s Allison Stineman finished eighth and Norfolk Catholic’s Emily Faltys was 15th to qualify for the State Championship. The Lady Knights were fifth as a team.
The Norfolk High cross country teams participated in yesterday’s A-2 District Meet at Pioneer Park in Lincoln. In the boys’ race, three Panthers qualified for next week’s State Championship at Kearney. Jonathon Kittelson finished seventh, Matthew Protzman was ninth, and Guillermo Mendez placed eleventh. The team was fourth overall. The lone Lady Panther to qualify was Melorie Summers after finishing 14th. The Norfolk girls were fourth as a team.
Checking out the local schedule for today, in high school football at 7:00, Norfolk Catholic visits Stanton and Lutheran High Northeast hosts Madison. At the State Softball Tournament in Hastings, concerning area teams, Wayne battles Arlington at 11:30 in the Class ‘C’ bracket. In college volleyball, the Northeast Hawks take on Johnson Community College of Kansas at 1:00 and Mineral Area Community College of Missouri at 3:00 in matches at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Creighton is in Washington DC to play Georgetown at 5:00, Nebraska-Omaha visits Vermillion, South Dakota to play the University of South Dakota at 7:00, and Wayne State goes to Aberdeen, South Dakota to play Northern State at 6:00. To round out the docket, the Creighton men’s soccer team is in Cincinnati, Ohio to play Xavier at 6:00 and the Wayne State women’s soccer squad visits Minnesota State Moorhead at 3:00.
Local Schedule: NC at Stanton (FB-7:00); Madison at LHNE (FB-7:00); NECC vs. Johnson CC (KS)-1:00; vs. Mineral Area CC (MO)-3:00 (VB at Council Bluffs, IA); Wayne vs. Arlington (Class ‘C’ State SB Tourn. At Hastings-11:30); Creighton at Georgetown at Washington DC (VB-5:00).
Tonight: The Allen football team visits Randolph at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:45 on Lite Rock 97.5 KEXL & KEXL.com.
Saturday Morning: Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM live from Market Grille at Hy-Vee West. This week: Nfk High’s Tom Olson; NC’s Jeff Bellar & Michaela Barry; LHNE’s Darin Suckstorf; NECC’s Amanda Schultze; Wayne SB’s Rob Sweetland; & West Point GACC SB’s Allan Kreikemeier.
Local Scores: Lincoln Pius X 27 Nfk High 7 (FB); Columbus 25-28-18-25 Nfk High 14-26-25-16 (VB); NC 25-26 O’Neill 22-24; NC 25-25 Neligh/Oakdale 22-21 (O’Neill VB Tri.); Wayne 2 Bishop Neumann 1; Milford 6 West Point Guardian Angels CC 4 (Class ‘C’ State SB Tourn.).
NFL Scoreboard: Philadelphia 34 N.Y. Giants 13.
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON
Final Toronto 134 New Orleans 119
Final Utah 132 Sacramento 93
Final L.A. Clippers 124 Maccabi Haifa 76
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Boston 4 Edmonton 1
Final New Jersey 6 Washington 0
Final Colorado 6 Buffalo 1
Final Pittsburgh 4 Vegas 2
Final OT N-Y Rangers 3 San Jose 2
Final Columbus 5 Florida 4
Final L.A. Kings 3 Montreal 0
Final Vancouver 4 Tampa Bay 1
Final Toronto 5 Detroit 3
Final Nashville 3 Winnipeg 0
Final OT Minnesota 4 Chicago 3
Final St. Louis 5 Calgary 3