The Hastings College men's basketball team has been picked by the league's coaches to finish seventh this year in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Broncos finished 21-10 last year, 14-6 in the conference. Midland was picked to win the championship this year followed by Morningside, Dakota Wesleyan, Briar Cliff and Dordt. Rounding out the pre-season poll were Northwestern, Hastings, Concordia, Doane, Mount Marty and Nebraska Wesleyan. Hastings will open the season on October 31st at the York Classic against Bellevue University.
The Hastings College women finished in a tie for second in the preseason poll. The Broncos were 28-6 last year, 16-4 in the conference. Morningside was the preseason favorite. Concordia and Hastings tied for second. Northwestern was fourth and Midland was fifth. Rounding out the poll were Briar Cliff, Doane, Dakota Wesleyan, Mount Marty, Dordt and Nebraska Wesleyan. Hastings will open the season on October 31st at Southwestern College.
Several Hastings College players have been honored this week by the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Logan Drueppel has been named the Volleyball Player of the Week, Megan Kruse has been named the Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, Lucas Venegas has been named the Mens Soccer Player of the Week and Alex Guyer has been named the Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
Nebraska has dropped one spot to number 14 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. The Huskers are 11-6 on the season. Stanford is ranked number one followed by Texas, Washington, Florida State and Wisconsin. Rounding out the top ten are Colorado State, Penn State, Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. Nebraska will play at Minnesota tomorrow night. First serve will be at 6:30pm. Pre-game show begins at 6:00pm on 1230AM KHAS.
Nebraska-Kearney has moved up one spot to number six in the AVCA Division II Poll. The Lopers are 20-2. Tampa is ranked number one.
Morningside is still on top of the NAIA Football Coaches Top 25 Poll. The Mustangs are 6-0 on the season after Saturday's 50-7 win over Dakota Wesleyan. Northwestern has moved up four spots to number eight. Dakota Wesleyan drops five spots to number 21.
Lawrence Nelson won the Twin Valley Conference Volleyball Tournament last night by knocking off Silver Lake 25-9, 25-21, 21-25, 25-11. In the consolation game, Blue Hill defeated Red Cloud 27-25, 26-24, 27-25.
In the semi-finals of the Crossroads Conference Tournament, Exeter-Milligan beat Hampton and Giltner defeated Meridian. In other action, Ord got by Minden, Sandy Creek knocked off Heartland and Sutton beat Centennial.
The new high school volleyball ratings are out today in the Lincoln Journal Star. Papillion LaVista is ranked number one in Class A. The Monarchs are now 31-0. Omaha Skutt tops the Class B poll. Aurora is 8th and Grand Island Northwest is 9th. Kearney Catholic is still on top in Class C-1. Grand Island Central Catholic is 7th. Freeman leads in Class C-2. Hastings St. Cecilia is 2nd. Centura is 5th. Sutton is 9th and Superior is 10th. St. Mary's is the leader in Class D-1. Axtell is 3rd. Stuart leads Class D-2. Bertrand is 2nd. Giltner is 3rd. Silver Lake is 9th and Lawrence Nelson is 10th.
The wait is almost over for the opening game of the World Series. Game 1 for the Giants and Royals will be played tonight in Kansas City, with James Shields taking the mound for the home team against Madison Bumgarner. The Royals advanced with a four-game sweep of the Orioles in the American League Championship Series while the Giants eliminated the Cardinals in five games to win the NLCS. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series will be Wednesday night in Kansas City before the series moves to San Francisco. First pitch will be at 7:07pm. Pre-game show begins at 6:00pm on "The Breeze," KLIQ 94.5FM.