Freshman guard Natalie Romeo tied a school record with seven three-pointers on her way to a career-high 26 points to lead seventh-seeded Nebraska to an 86-71 pounding of 10th-seeded Illinois in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament at Sears Centre Arena on Thursday night.
With the victory, Nebraska advances to tonight’s Big Ten quarterfinal game against second-seeded Iowa. Tip-off between the Huskers and No. 14 Hawkeyes for the third time this season is set for 6 p.m.
Senior guard Taevaunn Prince had a double double and Missouri Southern State used a big first half run to eliminate Nebraska Kearney, 97-88, from the MIAA Tournament Thursday night in Kansas City, Mo. The third-seeded Lions improve to 19-10 and advance to Saturday's semifinal game against defending national champion Central Missouri. UNK ends the season at 18-10.
Nebraska Kearney and head women's basketball coach Kevin Chaney have agreed to part ways, it was announced yesterday by Athletics Director Dr. Paul Plinske.
Chaney, the sixth head coach in the program's 46-year history, recently completed his fifth season at the helm. UNK went 12-17 in 2014-15, finishing 11th in the MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) with a 6-13 league record.
Hastings St.Cecilia used a 22-1 run in between the 1st and 2nd quarter to roll past North Platte St. Pats 63-36 in first round of the C-2 Girls state basketball tournament in Lincoln yesterday. The Hawketts were led offensively by Claire Hamburger who scored 24 points in the game, Chandra Farmer had 16 points, Kameron Kissinger had 15 points all on three pointers. With the win Hastings St. Cecilia improves to 22-3 on the season and will play Sutton tonight in the second round at 8:45, after Sutton upset Freeman last night 56-38. The Hastings St. Cecilia Sutton game will be broadcast on 1230 KHAS beginning with the pregame show at 8:30.
The Hastings High Tigers girls basketball team fell to Norris last night 46-32 in the first round of the class B tournament. Sophia Pankratz led the way with 13 points, Libby Napple added 8 points Hastings ends the season with a record of 13-12
The Blue Hill Girls basketball made history yesterday with their first state tournament win with a 61-46 win over Fullerton in a Class D-1 first-round game. The Bobcats who improved to 22-3 with the win now get set to take on the number one seeded O'Neill St. Mary's in a semifinal game at 10:45 this morning. We’ll have that game on the Breeze KLIQ 94.5
In other action from the state tournament Minden was unable to knock off two time defending C-1 Champion Pierce falling last night to the Blue Jays 56-48. Kearney Catholic won 62-40 over Chadron and get set to take on Norfolk Catholic in the C-1 tournament. Giltner was knocked out by Sandhills/Thedford last night 48-34 in the first round of the D-2 state tournament.
UNK Goes for National Title Next Weekend
The Nebraska Kearney wrestling team is up four spots to third in the latest Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 20 poll.
The Lopers received 139 points to be the highest ranked MIAA team in the poll. The six-team league is also represented Lindenwood (10th) and Fort Hays State (16th).
Defending national champion the College of Notre Dame (Ohio) vaulted three spots back into the top position. The Falcons, with 157 points and five first place votes, have a nation-best eight qualifiers for next week's NCAA Championships in St. Louis.
NCAA host Maryville remains second with 155 points and the other three first place votes. UNK, MU, No. 6 Western State and No. 8 Colorado Mesa each have seven national qualifiers.
Individually for UNK, junior Daniel DeShazer (1st/133 lbs.) retained his ranking with sophomore Destin McCauley up a spot to sixth at 149 lbs. with junior Chase White moving up three positions to fifth at 157 lbs. Finally, junior Romero Cotton dropped a spot to second at 197 lbs.
Below are the national pairings for the Lopers with current national rankings.
Connor Bolling (Jr., Central City, 32-12) Vs. # 5 Matt Turek (Gannon, Pa.)
Next Round: # 8 Garrett Evans (Ouachita Baptist) or # 7 Josh Kiefer (Indianapolis)
# 1 Daniel DeShazer (Jr., Wichita, Kans., 35-5) vs. Mike Rhone (St. Cloud State)
Next Round: # 4 Nick Crume (Indianapolis) or Karl Lightner (Shippensburg, Pa.)
Keith Surber (Fr-R, O'Fallon, Ill., 23-9) vs. Ryan Skonieczny (Findlay, Ohio)
Next Round: # 6 Preston Bowshier (Wheeling Jesuit, W.V.) or # 5 Josh Myers (Ouachita Baptist)
# 6 Destin McCauley (So., No. Sioux City, S.D., 23-7) vs. Andrew Bannister (Notre Dame)
Next Round: # 2 Keenan Hegarty (Maryville) or Scott Bosak (Belmont Abbey, N.C.)
# 5 Chase White (Jr., Lincoln, 14-7) vs. # 8 Greg Hegarty (Maryville)
Next Round: # 6 Sean Turner (Anderson, S.C.) vs. Michael Springer (Shippensburg, Pa.)
Devin Aguirre (Jr., Ponca City, Okla., 28-14) vs. Nick Fishback (Wisconsin-Parkside)
Next Round: # 6 Angelo Bortoluzzi (Mercyhurst, Pa.) or # 5 Dimitri Willis (Maryville)
# 2 Romero Cotton (Jr., Hutchinson, Kans.) vs. # 8 Evan Rosborough (Lake Erie, Ohio)
Next Round: Chris Di Lorio (Long Island-Post, N.Y.) or Joe Gomez (Northern State)
Danger's Evans IFL Special Teams Player of the Week
WEEK 1 IFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK ANNOUNCED
RB Tory Harrison, DL Jeremiah Price & KR Troy Evans
Take Home Honors
The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the Week 1 Vidswap.com Players of the Week.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tory Harrison (RB, Sioux Falls)
Storm RB Tory Harrison (5'11,200, Southern Mississippi) helped propel the Storm to a 66-42 victory over the Bemidji Axemen with 91 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in Week 1. Harrison also added 11 kick return yards and finished with 102 all-purpose yards. After week one, Harrison currently leads the IFL in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. The Storm rushed for six touchdowns in Week 1. Sioux Falls goes on the road again in Week 2 as the team travels to face inter-conference rival, the Cedar Rapids Titans.
Honorable Mention: Houston Lillard (QB, Tri-Cities Fever), Willie Copeland (QB, Colorado Ice), Washaun Ealey (RB Cedar Rapids Titans) Bryan Pray (WR, Cedar Rapids Titans)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jeremiah Price (DL, Cedar Rapids)
2012 United Bowl MVP Jeremiah Price (6'2,255, Oklahoma State) turned out one of the more impressive defensive performances in league history last week. Price gained four quarterback sacks in route to the Titans 51-20 over the Iowa Barnstormers in the inaugural "Iowa Bowl". He also had a forced fumble. Price has now racked up 31.5 sacks in his career and is second among active players only behind Titans teammate Xzavie Jackson (49.5). Price and the Titans prepare for a rematch of the 2014 United Conference Championship game against the Sioux Falls Storm this week
Honorable Mention: Jujuan Harley (DB, Bemidji Axemen), T.J Simmons (DB, Iowa barnstormer), Xzavie Jackson (DL, Cedar Rapids Titans) ,Dontrell Johnson (DB, Green Bay Blizzard)
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Troy Evans (KR, Nebraska)
KR Troy Evans, one of the more versatile players in the IFL ,helped the Danger clinch 52-35 victory against the Blizzard a with a decisive kick return for a touchdown. In a back and forth battle up until the third quarter, Evans (5'9,202, Marshall University) grabbed a Blizzard kickoff late in the quarter and ran it 58 yards back to help give the Danger a 17 point lead that they would never relinquish. Evans finished the game with two kick returns for 68 yards and a touchdown. He also added six receptions for 41 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Three Loper Men Qualify for National Indoor Meet
The Nebraska Kearney track & field team has qualified three men for the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships March 13-14 in Birmingham, Ala.
The meet will take place at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The CrossPlex and the University of Alabama Huntsville will serve as co-hosts.
Lincoln senior Dillon Schrodt leads the way as he ranks second nationally in the heptathlon with 5,429 points. Pittsburg State freshman Tanner McNutt (5,438) had the highest point total in a meet this season with three other MIAA men also qualifying in this event.
Schrodt is a two-time indoor All-American, finishing seventh in the hep in 2013 (7th/5,185) and third in 2014 (3rd/5,336).
Next, Kimball senior Brady Land ranks third in the long jump thanks to his school record leap of 25-0.75. Only Lutalo Boyce of Texas A & M-Kingsville (25-7.25) and Chadron State freshman Damarcus Simpson (25-4.50) had a better jump this regular season.
Finally, Rushville sophomore Cole Wellnitz ranks 14th in the mile at 4:08.96. Adams State senior Matt Adams leads the country (3:59.89) with the eighth fastest time belonging to Wuoi Mach of Michigan's Grand Valley State (4:07.75).
A top eight finish is good for All-American honors. Spencer Huff ('08) is UNK's only D2 indoor All-American in the long jump while no Loper runner has earned that honor in the mile.
Cambridge junior Kalen Farr almost made it to Alabama as he ranked 15th nationally in the hep (5,037 points). A total of 14 were selected.
Below is when UNK's qualifiers compete
Friday, March 13th
Schrodt, First three Heptathlon events (9:45 a.m.)
Wellnitz, Mile Prelims (4:45 p.m.)
Land, Long Jump Finals (5:05 p.m.)
Saturday, March 14th
Schrodt, Last three Heptathlon events (9:00 a.m.)
Wellnitz, Mile Finals (4:25 p.m.)