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Joe’s Morning Sports-Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019

January 9, 2019

Clemson is the College Football Playoff national champions for the second time in three years following a 44-16 rout of Alabama. Trevor Lawrence threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns, while Travis Etienne accounted for three TDs to help the Tigers deal the Crimson Tide their worst loss in twelve seasons under head coach Nick Saban. Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa had one of his two interceptions returned for a touchdown and was 22 of 34 for 295 yards and a pair of first-quarter TDs.

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was honored yesterday as one of 32 players named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. He was one of two quarterbacks named to the team joining Clemson true freshman Trevor Lawrence. Martinez ranks twelfth nationally in total offensive yards per game (295.1), and leads all freshman in that category, while ranking fourth among freshmen in passing yards per game. He averaged 237.9 passing yards per game and 57.2 rushing yards per game in 2018, becoming just the second FBS true freshman since 1990 to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game and the first to hit those averages as a Power Five program. Overall, Martinez was just the sixth freshman quarterback, true or redshirt, to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game since 1990.

Current Ohio coach and former Husker player, assistant and head coach Frank Solich was named the 2019 American Football Coaches Association President yesterday according to the Omaha World Herald. Solich succeeds former president Bill Cronin of Georgetown of Kentucky. Solich led Nebraska for six seasons, compiling a 58-19 record. He led the Huskers a conference championship and a Fiesta Bowl victory in 1999, when he earned Big 12 coach of the year honors. At Ohio, Solich has compiled a 106-75 record over 14 seasons, including a 9-4 mark with a Frisco Bowl victory in 2018.

The Nebraska men’s basketball team has dropped out of the Associated Press Top 25 rankings after being ranked 24th last week. The 11-4 Huskers lost a road game at Maryland last Wednesday 74-72 and then fell at Iowa on Sunday 93-84. NU returns to action on Thursday when they host Penn State at 8:00. Duke remains first followed by Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, and Gonzaga.

The Lincoln Journal Star has updated its high school boys basketball rankings. Bellevue West is the new number one in Class ‘A’ while Lincoln Pius X is the new number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo High stays at number one. In Class ‘C-2’, Bancroft/Rosalie/Lyons Decatur is the new number one after moving up from seventh, Wisner/Pilger enters the rankings at number five, Ponca drops from first to sixth, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge moves up from tenth to eighth, Wakefield enters the rankings at number ten, and Hartington Cedar Catholic falls from the rankings. In Class ‘D-1’, Fullerton remains first, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is once again sixth, and Boyd County stays at number eight. In Class ‘D-2’, Johnson/Brock remains first, Osmond stays at number four, Humphrey St. Francis is once again fifth, Wynot stays at number eight, and Stuart falls from the rankings.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school girls basketball rankings. In the Omaha World Herald, Papillion La Vista is the new number one in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’. Waverly is the new number one in Class ‘B’ while South Sioux City slips from seventh to tenth. In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo High stays at number one, West Point-Beemer falls from third to fifth, Columbus Lakeview moves up from ninth to seventh, and Columbus Scotus falls from the rankings. In Class ‘C-2’, Oakland/Craig is the new number one after moving up from second, Crofton jumps from fifth to third, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic stays at number six, Ponca enters the rankings at number eight, Clarkson/Leigh remains ninth, Bancroft/Rosalie/Lyons/Decatur enters the rankings at number ten, and Battle Creek falls from the rankings. In Class ‘D-1’, North Platte St. Patrick’s is once again first, North Central slips from second to third, Elkhorn Valley remains fourth, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is up from sixth to fifth, and Elgin Public/Pope John falls from eighth to tenth. In Class ‘D-2’, Falls City Sacred Heart is the new number one, Humphrey St. Francis moves up from third to second, Chambers/Wheeler Central jumps from eighth to sixth, Ewing enters the rankings at number seven, and Wynot falls from the rankings. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Papillion La Vista is the new number one in Class ‘A’. Waverly is the new number one in Class ‘B’ while South Sioux City slips from first to sixth. In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo High stays at number one, West Point-Beemer falls from fourth to seventh, and Columbus Lakeview enters the rankings at number eight. In Class ‘C-2’, Hastings St. Cecilia is the new number one, Oakland/Craig moves up from third to second, Crofton jumps from sixth to third, Ponca enters the rankings at number six, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic stays at number seven, Bancroft/Rosalie/Lyons/Decatur falls from fifth to eighth, Clarkson/Leigh drops from fourth to ninth, and Battle Creek falls from the rankings. In Class ‘D-1’, North Platte St. Patrick’s is once again first, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family remains third, North Central stays at number six, Elkhorn Valley slips from seventh to eighth, and Elgin Public/Pope John falls from eighth to ninth. In Class ‘D-2’, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number one, Chambers/Wheeler Central remains fifth, Ewing is once again sixth, and Wynot drops from seventh to eighth.

Checking out the local schedule for today, in basketball, in games that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, the Norfolk Catholic girls & boys visit Columbus Scotus starting with the girls’ game at 6:15. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55. Elsewhere in hoops, the Lutheran High Northeast girls host Howells/Dodge at 7:30, the Northeast Hawks women entertain the Midland JV at 5:00, the Nebraska women are home versus Maryland at 7:00, the Norfolk High wrestling team hosts Columbus in a 7:00 dual, and the Norfolk High swim teams are home against Columbus in a 4:15 dual.

The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team is 4-7 on the season after a 40-37 home loss to Pierce last Saturday night. The Knights have beaten Omaha Gross, Boone Central/Newman Grove, Winnebago, and Arlington while falling to Lincoln Lutheran, Bishop Neumann, Battle Creek, Lutheran High Northeast, West Point-Beemer, Wayne, and Pierce. Norfolk Catholic is being outscored on average through eleven games 47.3-44.7. They return to action this evening at 7:45 when they visit Class ‘C-1’ 5-4 Columbus Scotus and then host Class ‘C-2’ 2-7 Crofton on Saturday.

The Norfolk High girls basketball team is 2-8 on the season after a road loss at Lincoln Journal Star ninth ranked Lincoln Southwest 47-19 last Friday and a home loss to Lincoln Journal Star sixth ranked in Class ‘B’ South Sioux City 62-42 last Saturday. This year, the Lady Panthers have beaten Columbus and North Platte while falling to Omaha Marian, Lincoln Southwest twice, Omaha Westside, Kearney, Lincoln Southeast, and South Sioux City. Norfolk is being outscored on average through ten games 47.2-36.9. The Lady Panthers return to action on Friday when they host 3-6 Lincoln North Star.

The Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team is 3-9 on the year and have dropped four of their last five games after falling in the Lutheran Invitational Tournament Championship Game to Lincoln Lutheran 44-28 in Seward. The Lady Eagles, this season have beaten Wisner/Pilger, Riverside, and Heartland Lutheran while falling to West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic, Twin River, Pender, Norfolk Catholic, Homer, Wayne, Winnebago, Wakefield, and Lincoln Lutheran. Lutheran High Northeast is being outscored on average through eleven games 54.5-42.6. They now get ready for a week which includes a home game with Class ‘D-1’ 3-9 Howells/Dodge tonight at 7:30, visit Class ‘C-2’ 7-3 Battle Creek on Thursday, and host Class ‘C-2’ 4-4 Hartington Cedar Catholic on Saturday.

The Norfolk High swim team participated in the Millard South Invite last weekend. The boys finished third while the girls were sixth. Kellen Carney won the Boys 50 Yard Freestyle. New state qualifier Mason Olmer (200 Individual Medley) joined the previous group of state qualifiers for the Panthers. Both the girls & boys have earned duals wins this season over South Sioux City, Fremont, and Grand Island. The boys also have a two seconds, a third, and fifth place finish while the girls have a first, a third place finish, a sixth, and seventh in tournament competition. Norfolk returns to action this evening when they host Columbus in a 5:00 dual, and then compete in the Millard North Invite Thursday through Saturday.

Local Schedule: Columbus at Nfk High (G&B SW Dual-4:15); Columbus at Nfk High (WR Dual-7:00); NC at Columbus Scotus (G&B BB-6:15); Howells/Dodge at LHNE (GBB-7:30); Midland JV at NECC (WBB-5:00); Maryland at Nebraska (WBB-7:00).

This Evening: The Norfolk Catholic girls & boys basketball teams are on the road at Columbus Scotus starting with the girls’ game at 6:15. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

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