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Joe’s Morning Sports-Tuesday, December 18, 2018

December 19, 2018

The Nebraska men’s basketball team has re-entered the Associated Press Top 25 rankings at number 25 after dropping out last week. The 9-2 Huskers won their lone game in the past week by beating Oklahoma State in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Sunday 79-56. They return to action on Saturday when they host Cal State Fullerton at 1:00. Kansas remains first followed by Duke, Tennessee, Michigan, and Virginia.

The Nebraska volleyball team finished second and Creighton is 13th in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association poll of the 2018 season. The 29-7 Huskers jumped from sixth to second in the final poll after finishing as the runner-up after a five-set loss to Stanford in the NCAA Championship Match last Saturday. The Bluejays slipped from ninth to 13th in the final poll. They finished the 2018 season with a 29-5 overall record while reaching a seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament and winning the BIG EAST regular-season and Tournament titles for a fifth straight season.

The Nebraska Athletic Department and the University of Akron have finalized a two-part agreement, addressing the 2018 canceled football game between the schools and scheduling a future contest in Lincoln. Nebraska will play host to Akron at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 6, 2025. Akron will receive a guarantee of $1.45 million for the 2025 game in Lincoln. Nebraska will pay Akron $650,000 for the originally scheduled game on Sept. 1, 2018, that was canceled due to severe weather in Lincoln. The contract signed in 2014 provided a guarantee of $1.17 million for Akron to play the game in Lincoln, and Nebraska has agreed to pay more than half of that guarantee despite the game being canceled. The 2025 game against the Zips will be the home opener at Memorial Stadium for Nebraska.

The Lincoln Journal Star has updated its high school boys basketball rankings. Omaha Creighton Prep is the new number one in Class ‘A’ while Omaha Skutt stays at number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo High is the new number one. In Class ‘C-2’, Ponca is once again first, BRLD drops from second to seventh, and Hartington Cedar Catholic & Laurel/Concord/Coleridge enters the rankings at numbers nine & ten respectively, and Oakland/Craig falls from the rankings. In Class ‘D-1’, Fullerton stays at number one, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family jumps from tenth to sixth, Boyd County enters the rankings at number eight, and Clearwater/Orchard & North Central falls from the rankings. In Class ‘D-2’, Johnson/Brock remains first, Osmond stays at number four, Humphrey St. Francis is once again fifth, Wynot remains eighth, and Stuart enters the rankings at number ten.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school girls basketball rankings. In the Omaha World Herald, Millard South is once again first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’. South Sioux City falls out of the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ and slips from first to fourth in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo High stays at number one, West Point-Beemer enters the rankings at number four, and Pierce drops out of the rankings. In Class ‘C-2’, Superior remains first, Oakland/Craig is once again second, Battle Creek & West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic enters the rankings at numbers six & eight respectively, and Stanton, Crofton, Burwell, Hartington Cedar Catholic, and West Holt falls from the rankings. In Class ‘D-1’, North Platte St. Patrick’s is the new number one, North Central jumps from fourth to second, Elkhorn Valley moves up from ninth to fourth, Elgin Public/Pope John remains eighth, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family slips from second to ninth, and Hartington/Newcastle drops out of the rankings. In Class ‘D-2’, Exeter/Milligan is the new number one, Humphrey St. Francis moves up from third to second, Chambers/Wheeler Central drops from first to sixth, Wynot stays at number seven, and Ewing falls from fourth to eighth. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Millard South is once again first in Class ‘A’. South Sioux City remains first in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo High stays at number one, West Point-Beemer moves up from fifth to fourth, and Columbus Scotus drops out of the rankings. In Class ‘C-2’, Superior remains first, Oakland/Craig is once again third, Clarkson/Leigh enters the rankings at number four, Crofton moves up from seventh to sixth, Battle Creek enters the rankings at number eight, and Stanton, Hartington Cedar Catholic, and BRLD falls from the rankings. In Class ‘D-1’, North Platte St. Patrick’s is the new number one, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family stays at number three, North Central jumps from seventh to sixth, Elkhorn Valley moves up from eighth to seventh, Elgin Public/Pope John jumps from ninth to eighth, and Hartington/Newcastle drops out of the rankings. In Class ‘D-2’, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number one, Chambers/Wheeler Central remains fifth, Ewing stays at number six, and Wynot jumps from eighth to seventh.

The Norfolk High wrestling team is coming off a 5-3 performance last weekend at the Grand Island Flatwater Fracas at the Heartland Events Center. They earned dual wins over the Grand Island JV, Bennington, Fairbury, Lincoln Southwest, and Smith Center of Kansas while falling to Manhattan, Kansas, Omaha Burke, and Beatrice. Conner Cowling (285) went 8-0 while Aaron Dittmer (126) & Creighton Blain (182) were 7-1. This year, the Panthers who are 12-7 in duals, have beaten Cozad, Malcolm, High Plains Community, O’Neill, Gothenburg, Blue Valley West of Kansas, Elkhorn South, the Grand Island JV, Bennington, Fairbury, Lincoln Southwest, and Smith Center of Kansas. Norfolk also won the Fremont Invite earlier this season. The Panthers will not be in a competition until January 5th when they compete in the Sioux City East Invitational.

The Norfolk High swim team participated in the Lincoln Southeast Invite last weekend. The boys finished fifth while the girls were seventh. New state qualifier Ben Spray (500 Freestyle) 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 second and fifth place finish while the girls have placed third and seventh in tournament competition. Norfolk will not be in a competition until January 5th when they compete in the Millard South Invite.

The Northeast Hawks men’s basketball team is 8-6 on the season after a 72-66 loss to Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago last Saturday. Seth Coatta led the Hawks with 19 points and seven rebounds. This year, they have beaten the Tabor JV of Kansas, the York JV twice, Iowa Central, Southeast of Nebraska, Quakerdale Prep of Iowa, the Mt. Marty JV, and the Concordia JV. Northeast is outscoring their opponents on average through 14 games 82.8-80. The Hawks return to action on January 5th when they visit Quakerdale Prep in New Providence, Iowa.

The Norfolk High girls basketball team is 2-3 on the season after sweeping Columbus and North Platte last weekend. The Lady Panthers beat Columbus on the road last Friday 33-18 and North Platte at home on Saturday 46-38. This year, Norfolk has beaten Columbus and North Platte while falling to Omaha Marian, Lincoln Southwest, and Omaha Westside. They are being outscored on average through five games 42.4-37.8. Norfolk returns to action on Friday when they host 2-3 Kearney.

Checking out the local schedule for today, in basketball, the Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys host Riverside starting with the girls game at 6:00, the Creighton men take on the University of Oklahoma in Norman at 8:00, and the Nebraska women battle the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville at 7:00. Also, the Norfolk Catholic wrestling team visits Hooper to meet Logan View for a 7:00 dual.

Local Schedule: Riverside at LHNE (G&B BB-6:00); NC at Logan View at Hooper (WR Dual-7:00); Creighton at Oklahoma at Norman, OK (MBB-8:00); Nebraska at Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR (WBB-7:00).

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Milwaukee 107 Detroit 104

Final Phoenix 128 N-Y Knicks 110

Final Oklahoma City 121 Chicago 96

Final Minnesota 132 Sacramento 105

Final Houston 102 Utah 97

Final San Antonio 123 Philadelphia 96

Final Portland 131 L.A. Clippers 127

Final Golden State 110 Memphis 93

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Columbus 1 Vegas 0

Final Anaheim 4 Pittsburgh 2

Final Boston 4 Montreal 0

Final OT Ottawa 4 Nashville 3

Final N-Y Islanders 4 Colorado 1

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final New Orleans 12 Carolina 9

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (11) Florida St. 85 SE Missouri 68

Final Vanderbilt 81 (18) Arizona St. 65

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