Joe’s Morning Sports-Monday, September 17, 2018
Local ties once again helped the Nebraska volleyball team get one of the best high school volleyball players in the country, even though she’s not from the state. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Ally Batenhorst, a high school sophomore Texas, announced yesterday that she’ll be playing her college ball at Nebraska. This summer, the 6’4 outside hitter was one of just twelve players chosen for the U.S. youth national team. While Batenhorst lives near Houston now, she was born in Omaha and her parents each attended college in Lincoln. Her dad, Kurt, is from Wisner. Her mother, Susan O’Rourke, is from Omaha. The college recruiting process began when Batenhorst was in the eighth grade. She picked the Huskers over some of the top programs in the country in Stanford, Texas, Wisconsin and Minnesota. With her commitment, Nebraska keeps adding to what may up being one of the program’s best recruiting classes ever in 2021. Playing for Seven Lakes High School, Batenhorst was the national freshman of the year according to Prepvolleyball.com. Nebraska setter Nicklin Hames earned the same award in 2014.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school football rankings. In the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Burke remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Omaha Skutt stays at number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Aurora stays at number one, Pierce remains second, and Columbus Lakeview is once again fourth. In Class ‘C-2’, Centennial is once again first, Norfolk Catholic stays at number two, Oakland/Craig remains fourth, Bancroft/Rosalie/Lyons/Decatur slips from fifth to sixth, and Ponca drops out of the top ten. In ‘Eight-Man 1’, Creighton remains first, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic is once again fourth, Howells/Dodge stays at number five, Burwell moves up from seventh to sixth, Wisner/Pilger jumps from ninth to eighth, and Lutheran High Northeast falls from the top ten. In ‘Eight-Man 2’, Mullen is once again first, Humphrey St. Francis remains fourth, Bloomfield stays at number six, Clearwater/Orchard is once again seventh, Randolph enters the rankings at number ten, and Osmond falls from the rankings. In ‘Six-Man’, Harvard remains first and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family moves up from ninth to eighth. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Burke remains first in Class ‘A’ and McCook stays at number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Pierce stays at number one, Columbus Lakeview moves up from fifth to fourth, and West Point-Beemer jumps from ninth to eighth. In Class ‘C-2’, Norfolk Catholic is once again first, Oakland/Craig moves up from fifth to third, Bancroft/Rosalie/Lyons/Decatur remains fourth, and Ponca drops out of the rankings. In ‘D-1’, Bruning/Davenport/Shickley remains first, Creighton stays at number two, Burwell moves up from fourth to third, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic is up from sixth to fifth, Howells/Dodge moves up from seventh to sixth, and Lutheran High Northeast falls out of the rankings. In ‘D-2’, Johnson/Brock is once again first, Clearwater/Orchard remains third, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number four, Bloomfield is once again seventh, Randolph remains eighth, and Hartington/Newcastle stays at number nine. In ‘Six-Man’, Harvard remains first and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family stays at number seven.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school football rankings. Norfolk Catholic remains first in the Lincoln Journal Star and second in the Omaha World Herald in Class ‘C-2’. The 3-1 Knights routed BRLD last Friday on the road 49-14. They have beaten David City Aquinas, St. Paul, and BRLD while falling to Class ‘C-1’ top ranked Pierce. Norfolk Catholic returns to action on Friday night when they host 0-4 Crofton at 7:00. Lutheran High Northeast has dropped out of both polls in Class ‘D-1’ after being ranked third in the Lincoln Journal Star and sixth in the Omaha World Herald. The 2-1 Eagles lost at home to Wakefield last Friday night 70-66. LHNE has beaten Winnebago & Omaha Nation while falling to Wakefield. They are back in action on Friday when they visit Omaha World Herald fifth ranked 2-1 Howells/Dodge at 7:00 on 106 KIX.
Checking out the local schedule for today, the Norfolk High girls golf squad faces Columbus in a 4:30 dual at Elks Country Club, the Norfolk Catholic girls golf squad competes in the Hartington Cedar Catholic Invitational at 9:00 AM, and the Norfolk High boys tennis team participates in the Papillion La Vista Invite at 8:00 AM.
Qualifying for the eighth Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship takes place today at Platteview Golf Club in Bellevue. 36 Gross Division golfers and 17 Net Division golfers will be competing for match play brackets and seeds. The low 16 scores in the Gross Division will make up the Championship bracket. Match Play begins tomorrow and wraps up Wednesday. Among the golfers includes Columbus’ Mike Krumland.
The Norfolk High football team is 1-3 on the year after dropping a home contest to Lincoln Northeast last Thursday 24-21. The Panthers’ scoring came courtesy of a Brandon Hart touchdown pass to Cooper Caskey, a blocked punt by Cordyn Weinberger recovered in the end zone by Brayden Splater, and an Austin Bruzek eight-yard TD run. Norfolk, who has beaten Columbus and lost to Elkhorn, Kearney, & Lincoln Northeast are being outscored on average through four contests 22.3-20.5. The Panthers return to action on Friday when they visit 2-2 Omaha South at 7:00.
The Norfolk Catholic volleyball team is 1-8 on the year after they picked up their first win of the year last Thursday over Boone Central/Newman Grove in three sets in Stanton. This year, the Lady Knights have beaten Boone while falling to Pierce twice, Hartington Cedar Catholic twice, Columbus Lakeview, Lutheran High Northeast, Wahoo High, and Stanton. Last year, Norfolk Catholic suffered through a 7-22 campaign and now have a new coach in Michaela Barry and a new system. However, their opponents through the first nine matches of the year are sporting an overall record of 84-34 for a win percentage of .712. The Lady Knights return to action tomorrow night when they host Class ‘C-1’ 8-5 Wayne at 7:30.
Local Schedule: Nfk High at Papillion La Vista Inv. (B. Tenn.-8:00 AM); Nfk High vs. Columbus at Elks CC (GG Dual-4:30); NC at Hartington CC Inv. (GG-9:00 AM).
Local Scores: Nebraska 2 Maryland 1 (OT) (W. Socc.); Illinois St. 2 Nebraska-Omaha 0 (W. Socc.); SW Minnesota St. 4 WSC 3 (OT) (W. Socc.).
NFL Scoreboard: Kansas City 42 Pittsburgh 37; Indianapolis 21 Washington 9; Tampa Bay 27 Philadelphia 21; Miami 20 N.Y. Jets 12; Tennessee 20 Houston 17; L.A. Chargers 31 Buffalo 20; Atlanta 31 Carolina 24; Minnesota 29 Green Bay 29 (OT) (Tie); New Orleans 21 Cleveland 18; L.A. Rams 34 Arizona 0; San Francisco 30 Detroit 27; Denver 20 Oakland 19; Jacksonville 31 New England 20; Dallas 20 N.Y. Giants 13.
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Final Boston 4 N-Y Mets 3
Final Houston 5 Arizona 4
Final San Diego 7 Texas 3
Final Toronto 3 N-Y Yankees 2
Final Baltimore 8 Chi White Sox 4
Final Tampa Bay 5 Oakland 4
Final Detroit 6 Cleveland 4
Final Minnesota 9 Kansas City 6
Final L-A Angels 4 Seattle 3
Final Washington 6 Atlanta 4
Final Miami 6 Philadelphia 4
Final Pittsburgh 3 Milwaukee 2
Final Cincinnati 2 Chi Cubs 1
Final Colorado 3 San Francisco 2
Final St. Louis 5 L-A Dodgers 0