Joe’s Morning Sports-December 20, 2018
Nebraska football’s first full signing class under second-year coach Scott Frost was highlighted by a group of versatile and speedy prospects to fit the Cornhuskers’ spread offense. Norfolk Catholic’s Ethan Piper is part of Nebraska’s largest class of in-state signees since 2008. The two-way standout lineman joins the Huskers after being a dominant presence for the Knights and Coach Jeff Bellar for the past three seasons. As a senior, Piper’s blocking paved the way for a powerful Norfolk Catholic offense and record-setting rushing attack. Defensively, he recorded 120 tackles, including 14 sacks. His play helped the Knights to an 11-2 record and a runner-up finish in the Class C-2 playoffs. Piper is regarded among the top five players in Nebraska by both Rivals and 247 Sports, which also ranked him among the top 80 defensive line prospects in the nation. He chose Nebraska over offers from Iowa and Ohio. Wandale Robinson, a four-star prospect out of Kentucky, was maybe the biggest prize in the class of 25 signed by Frost yesterday as the early signing period began. The 5’9, 179-pound Robinson was a late flip by Nebraska away from his home state Wildcats. The Huskers also signed Luke McCaffrey, the brother Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffery, who is listed as a four-star athlete. Darien Chase is another four-star athlete from Washington State, and the Huskers landed Ronald Thompkins, an all-purpose back like Robinson, from Georgia. Nebraska signed players from 15 states.
The Houston Rockets set an NBA record with 26 three-pointers and earned their fifth straight win by outscoring the Washington Wizards, 136-118. James Harden nailed six treys while scoring 35 points, Chris Paul added five three-pointers and Gerald Green and Eric Gordon made four apiece on a night Houston attempted 55.
Zach Jackson scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures as Nebraska-Omaha ran past UC Santa Barbara 85-74 last night. He was 9-13 from the field for the Mavericks and teammate Matt Pile added a double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. UNO shot 55% from the field compared to 41% for UC Santa Barbara. Armond David led the Gauchos with 26 points and two steals. The Mavericks improve to 5-7 while UC Santa Barbara drops to 8-3.
This week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Conner Cowling of the Norfolk High wrestling team. At the Grand Island Flatwater Fracas at the Heartland Events Center last weekend, he went 8-0 pinning his way through the tournament including the sixth ranked wrester from Omaha Burke. This season, Cowling is 22-0 with 14 consecutive pins. He is the top ranked wrestler at heavyweight and chasing the school record of consecutive pins with 22. Cowling was nominated by coach Justin Grey. Congratulations to Conner Cowling of the Norfolk High wrestling team, he is this week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.
Local Schedule: Coe at Creighton (MBB-7:00); Creighton vs. South Florida at Orlando, FL (WBB-5:15).
Friday Evening: Norfolk Catholic visits Winnebago in a girl/boy basketball doubleheader starting with the girls’ game at 5:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 4:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com. Also, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family hosts Battle Creek in a girl/boy basketball doubleheader starting with the girls’ contest at 3:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 2:45 on 97.5 KEXL & KEXL.com.
Local Scores: WSC 64 Midland 53 (WBB).
Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Conner Cowling of the Norfolk High wrestling team.
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