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Joe’s Morning Sports-Thursday, December 27, 2018

December 28, 2018

The First Responder Bowl had to be canceled due to the threat of severe weather after a delay of nearly 90 minutes. Boston College was leading Boise State 7-0 with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter when play was stopped. The delay came not long after AJ Dillon ran 19 yards for a touchdown. NCAA spokesman J.D. Hamilton said via email that it was believed to be the first bowl canceled by weather.

Nebraska volleyball head coach John Cook was named national coach of the year by VolleyballMag.com yesterday, and three Huskers were chosen to the website’s All-America teams. Cook led the Huskers to the final four for the fourth straight season, as the Huskers also advanced to the national title match for the third time in the last four years. Early in the season, Cook became the tenth active Division I head coach and 27th all-time to reach 700 career wins. Senior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke and sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins were named first-team All-Americans by VolleyballMag.com. Senior libero Kenzie Maloney was named a second-team All-American, and freshman setter Nicklin Hames received honorable mention.

George Sullivan, the head athletic trainer at Nebraska for 20 years and a member of the athletic program’s medical staff for more than 50, has died. He was 91. Current head athletic trainer Jerry Weber said Sullivan died Tuesday. Sullivan was regarded as a pioneer in athletic training practices and was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1976. Memorial Stadium’s athletic training room is named for him. He retired from full-time work in 1994 and continued as a consultant to the athletic department and other organizations. Sullivan grew up in Rockville and served in the Army in Germany and France during World War II. He studied physical education and physical therapy and played football at Nebraska upon his discharge. Sullivan was hired full-time as an athletic trainer in 1953 and treated players on national championship football teams coached by Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne.

Nebraska football has just added another in-state player to its 2019 recruiting class. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Omaha Creighton Prep senior John Bullock, a 6’1, 195-pounder, committed to walking on as part of the Huskers’ class yesterday. Projected as a defensive back in college, Bullock becomes the 15th walk-on in the Huskers’ class of 2019 and second to announce his decision this week, joining Austin Jablonski of Lincoln Pius X.

Holiday basketball tournaments get underway today for Norfolk High, Norfolk Catholic, & Lutheran High Northeast. Norfolk High will participate in their first year of the four-day Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament. The Panther boys will host 0-7 Fremont in an opening round game at 3:00 today while the Lady Panthers will visit 3-4 Lincoln Southeast in an opening round contest at 3:00. Norfolk Catholic will compete in the three-day Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout at Wayne State College today. They will play a girl/boy doubleheader versus Laurel/Concord/Coleridge staring with the girls game at 12:30. In games that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, Lutheran High Northeast will take part in the three-day Shootout on the Elkhorn Tournament at Wisner starting today. They will face Winnebago in a girl/boy twin bill starting with the girls contest at 2:30.

This week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Caleb Kearnes of the Homer basketball team. Last Thursday in a 67-61 road win at Randolph, he scored 30 points, pulled down ten rebounds and dished out four assists. Kearnes hit five three-pointers and was 9-10 from the free-throw line. He was nominated by coach Bret Hightree. Congratulations to Caleb Kearnes of the Homer boys basketball team, he is this week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.

Local Schedule: Missouri-Kansas City at Creighton (MBB-7:00).

This Afternoon: The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball teams face Winnebago in the opening round of the Shootout on the Elkhorn Tournament at Wisner starting with the girls game at 2:30. Pregame coverage at approximately 2:10 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com. We will have the Eagles all three days.

Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Caleb Kearnes of the Homer boys basketball team.

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