Joe’s Morning Sports-Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Brady Manek matched a season-high with 18 points to lead five players in double figures and Oklahoma defeated Creighton 83-70 last night in Norman. Christian James added his fourth straight double-double with 14 points and twelve rebounds. The Bluejays’ Martin Krampelj led three players in double figures with 19 points and ten boards. Teammate Damien Jefferson added 16 points and five rebounds while Marcus Zegarowski pumped in twelve points. Creighton, which entered the game leading the nation in three-point shooting at 45%, made just 7-30 from long distance. The Sooners led at halftime 47-33. They improve to 10-1 while the Bluejays fall to 7-4.
Sam Shurtleff is set to join Nebraska football’s 2019 walk-on class, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. The 6’3 athlete from Georgia is the twelfth known member of NU’s 2019 walk-on class, a group that could eventually finish at more than 20. He is the second out-of-state walk-on in the group, joining Colorado receiver Zach Weinmaster. It’s possible that some of the commits will be announced today along with the early scholarship signees, though others will likely be announced in February.
While the holiday season is in full swing, Creighton baseball started unwrapping presents and expectations for 2019 as junior Will Robertson was named the BIG EAST Preseason Co-Player of the Year and the Bluejays were picked to finish second as the conference announced its preseason poll and All-BIG EAST squad yesterday. The reigning BIG EAST regular season and tournament champions, St. John’s are the preseason favorite to win the league a ninth time. Along with the poll, the coaches selected Robertson and Xavier junior designated hitter Conor Grammes as the Co-Preseason Players of the Year. Robertson was a BIG EAST First Team honoree from 2018. He had 16 RBI for Creighton in league action with 37 total bases and six doubles. Overall, Robertson was the BIG EAST leader in slugging percentage at .641, 59 RBI’s, and total bases with 127. The junior outfielder led Creighton last year with a .333 batting average. In addition to Robertson, teammates Ryan Mantle and Isaac Collins were selected to the preseason all-conference team.
The Lutheran High Northeast basketball teams split a doubleheader with Riverside last night at the Clayton & Vivian Andrews Activities Center. The Omaha World Herald sixth ranked in Class ‘C-2’ Eagle boys suffered their first loss of the year after a 49-47 loss to the third ranked in Class ‘D-2’ Chargers. Ben Gebhardt had 16 points and eight rebounds and teammate Jaxson Kant added 16 points and seven boards in the loss for LHNE. Teammate Brady Jackson scored eleven points. Riverside’s Joe Bloom had 23 points, eight rebounds, and two blocked shots. The 6-0 Chargers led 28-25 at halftime. Lutheran High Northeast drops to 6-1. The Lady Eagles routed Riverside in their game 62-36 to snap a five game losing streak. Chloe Spence led four players in double figures for LHNE with 13 points and six assists. Mia Furst had a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. Lutheran High Northeast led at halftime 30-12. They improve to 2-5 while the Lady Chargers fall to 0-6.
Holiday basketball tournament brackets have been released regarding Norfolk High, Norfolk Catholic, & Lutheran High Northeast. In tournaments starting on December 27th, Norfolk High will participate in their first year of the four-day Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament. The Panther boys will host Fremont in an opening round game at 3:00 while the Lady Panthers will visit 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. They will play a girl/boy doubleheader versus Laurel/Concord/Coleridge on December 27th 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 on December 27th. They will take on Winnebago in a girl/boy twin bill starting with the girls contest at 2:30.
Local Schedule: UC Santa Barbara at Nebraska-Omaha (MBB-7:00).
Local Scores: Logan View 65 NC 13 (WR Dual); Arkansas 84 Nebraska 80 (WBB).
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Final Philadelphia 3 Detroit 2
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