Monday, February 25 th : Cheyenne County KS (St. Francis) St. Francis Emergency Building, 125 W Hwy 36
CURTIS, Neb. – Ron Rosati, dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, plans to retire Aug. 5 from NCTA. Rosati was tapped as head administrator for the University of Nebraska’s sole two-year institution in July 2013.
Before completing his University of Nebraska service at year-end, Rosati will serve as senior advisor for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) in Kigali, Rwanda. Opening in September, RICA is an English language institution dedicated to educating and inspiring a new generation of innovators in agriculture in Rwanda.
“Under Ron Rosati’s leadership, NCTA truly reached new heights in providing academic and financial access to higher education, as well as career preparation in the ag and veterinary technology industries,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and natural resources, and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“I want to thank Ron for his exemplary service and dedication over the past six years and wish him the best as he transitions into retirement.”
Kelly Bruns, director at NU’s West Central Research and Extension Center based in North Platte, has been named NCTA interim dean, while continuing to serve in his WCREC role. Bruns will lead NCTA campus administration with associate dean Jennifer McConville.
“It has been a privilege for me to serve NCTA as dean,” Rosati said. “The college is an exceptional place to work due to its small size, focus on agriculture and veterinary technology, and its emphasis on experiential learning.”
Rosati is a native of New York and has earned degrees in agricultural education and agronomy. He earned his doctorate from Iowa State, masters and bachelor’s from Cornell University, and associate degree from SUNY Farmingdale. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Rosati served in administrative capacities as provost at Southeast Missouri State University, provost at Alfred State College, State University of New York, and was a dean at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.
Rosati taught agricultural engineering technology and aquaculture for 19 years at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Illinois State University, The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute, and Iowa State University.
Rosati led strategic initiatives at NCTA including a 28.5% enrollment growth from 2013-2018, increased fiscal strength from deficit to fiscal health, and added academic programs in agricultural welding, equine industry management, a general agriculture online degree certificate, and partnerships in dairy and poultry management.
“NCTA has been recognized nationally for the quality of its academic programs and the success of its graduates. It’s been very rewarding for me to work with the faculty and staff who are responsible for those successes,” Rosati said.
Other administrative progress at NCTA the past six years included developing new procedures and policies for advising, admissions, registration, student payment procedures, student transfers, academic catalogs, student and employee handbooks, and Title IX and ADA compliance.
Increased appropriations by the Nebraska Legislature enabled significant campus progress in programs, student resources, and pay equity for faculty. New initiatives in public relations and recruiting, federal approval for enrolling international students, and reaccreditation were further benchmarks.
Bruns, who holds a doctorate in animal science, has served as director of WCREC since Nov. 2015. Jerry Volesky, longtime range and forage specialist, will serve as interim associate director at WCREC.
A national search will be launched to identify a new permanent dean of NCTA.
Sheriff Kapperman advises that on October 28 th , 2018 at approximately 1:30 p.m theFurnas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of terroristic threats at 720 7 th Street,Beaver City, Nebraska. The reporting party stated that Mark Hutchens, 56, of BeaverCity, Nebraska had fired a b.b gun at her and threatened to burn her house down. Anarrest warrant was filed for Mr. Hutchens for Third degree assault in a menacing manner
Blue Hill, Neb. (December 2, 2018) – Three Nebraskans have qualified to compete at pro rodeo’s world championship, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), held in Las Vegas December 6-15.
Bareback riders Steven Dent, Mullen, and Orin Larsen, Gering, and saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer, Elsmere, will ride at the annual WNFR, held at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas.
For thirty-two year old Dent, this is his ninth WNFR qualification. In high school, the all-around athlete played football, basketball, wrestled, and ran track, helping Mullen High School to a state championship in football his junior year and winning a state wrestling title his senior year. He ranches with his wife Kay and three children, ages five, three and one, near Mullen.
Dent enters this year’s WNFR in eighth place with $109,419.90 won.
Larsen is a Nebraska transplant, having grown up in Inglis, Manitoba but moving to Gering three years ago with his then-fiancee (now wife) Alexa.
Last month, he tore his meniscus at the Canadian Finals Rodeo. He’s had surgery and is doing everything he can to help it heal in time for ten nights of rodeo at the WNFR. It’s healing faster than planned, and with his doctor’s blessing, he hopes to be at the WNFR.
This will be the fourth WNFR qualification for Larsen, who is twenty-seven years old. He enters the WNFR in fourth place, with $130,655.10 in regular season earnings.
Saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer, Elsmere, finished the 2017 rodeo season in sixteenth place, one spot out of qualifying for the WNFR. He has been to five WNFRs and finished as reserve world champion in 2014. In the winter, he makes his home in Stephenville, Texas, but spends the summers in Nebraska and on the rodeo road.
Scheer enters this year’s Finals in ninth place in the saddle bronc riding, with $101,842.66 won.
The WNFR is the PRCA’s world championship of rodeo. Often called the “super bowl” of the sport, it features ten nights of rodeo competition. The top fifteen contestants in each of seven events qualify, based on money won during the regular season. At the end of the ten nights of rodeo, Dec. 15, world champions are crowned. Total payoff for the WNFR is $10 million.
The seventh-annual Nebraska Football Road Race will take place on Sunday, July 14. The one-mile fun run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K run will follow, with an estimated start time of 8:30 a.m. Both races will start and finish on Stadium Drive just outside the west side of Memorial Stadium.
The history of the Nebraska Football Road Race is directly tied to the inspirational relationship created in 2012 between former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead and Jack Hoffman. Because of this relationship, the Nebraska football team has been committed to raising awareness and funds for pediatric brain cancer research. In the six previous road races, a total of just over $230,000 has been raised.
Fans can register for the races by going to www.huskers.com/roadrace. Online registration is open until July 10 at 5:59 p.m. The cost until July 10 is $25 for the one-mile fun run and $30 for the 5K. Runners will also receive a commemorative race-day shirt and bracelet. All proceeds will benefit the Buffet Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its pediatric brain cancer research efforts.
Runners can still register after July 10 by going to the Lincoln Running Company (1213 Q St.) and paying a $40 late-registration fee for the 5K and $30 late-registration fee for the one-mile fun run. Registration at the Lincoln Running Company closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Runners can also sign up on race day for either the 5K or the one-mile fun run for $40 at the check-in table located near the start/finish line, but will not be listed in the results due to chip timing. Shirt sizes for late registrants are not guaranteed. Additionally, the first 1,000 registrants will be invited to watch a preseason Nebraska football scrimmage in Memorial Stadium in August. A date has not been finalized. Each registrant will receive an email with more details about the scrimmage as the date approaches.
The Nebraska Football Road Race is also a great way for fans to meet the team prior to the season. Select players will participate in the one-mile fun run and registrants will have opportunities to interact with the members of the Nebraska football team at the event.
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) and the Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) announced the advancement of 14 coaches and an athletic director as finalists for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year. The nominations were based on each coach’s career accomplishments through the 2017-18 athletic seasons. Two former Nebraska prep coaches will be honored by being inducted into the national high school coaching hall of fame as well.
|Jim||Hansen||Lincoln Pius X||Boys Assistant Coach|
|Shane||Fruit||Ogallala||Boys Cross Country|
|Doug||Goltz||Falls City Sacred Heart||Football|
|Kevin||Hubbell||Lincoln East||Girls Assistant Coach|
|Jeremy||Haselhorst||Papillion-La Vista South||Girls Cross Country|
|Nancy||Lockmon||Giltner||Girls Track & Field|
|Rich||Hood III||Omaha Burke||Swimming & Diving|
Eight finalists from across the nation, in nineteen recognized sports categories will be honored during the National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the NHSACA’s national convention in Bismarck, North Dakota on the evening of June 26, 2019. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in each sports category.
All Nebraska coaches were nominated for this national honor by the Nebraska Coaches Association. The selection is based on career longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. NHSACA is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.
NATIONAL HALL OF FAME: Coaches Gail Peterson, Crofton and Sharon Zavala, Grand Island Central Catholic will be inducted into the national high school coaching hall of fame at the same NHSACA Convention. Hall of Fame ceremonies will take place on June 25.
It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the advancement of Matt Wiemers from McCook High School as a finalist for the 2019 National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of tennis. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND on the evening of June 26, 2019. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in nineteen recognized sports categories. Coach Wiemers was nominated for this national honor by their state’s high school coaches’ association. This selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using a sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.
LINCOLN -- Scott Frost and his father, Larry, highlight the 26th induction class selected by the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation.
The Frosts will join family matriarch, Carol Frost, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.
Scott and Larry will be inducted during ceremonies Sept. 22 at Lincoln East High School.
Tickets to the induction ceremony are $25 for adults and $10 for K-12 students. Pre-kindergarten children are admitted for no charge. Tickets will be available through the Nebraska Sports Council in Lincoln.
The induction class includes 12 athletes, five coaches, two contributors and a referee.
-- Damon Benning, Omaha Northwest (1992): Earned all-state honors in baseball and football, gaining at least 100 yards in nine games his senior football season after making the switch from quarterback. At Nebraska, he ran for 1,562 yards on 270 carries.
-- Andrea Conner, Millard South (1991): Nebraska’s most decorated female gymnast, she won 13 gold medals at the state meet, sweeping all five championships in 1990.
-- Larry Frost, Malcom (1965): Set a national record with 121 career touchdowns and was named the Shrine Bowl Offensive Player of the Game. Also set school records in basketball and track before a standout football career with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
-- Scott Frost, Wood River (1993): Amassed more than 10,000 yards of total offense in football and won state track gold medals in the 300-meter hurdles and shot put. The current football coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, he quarterbacked the Huskers to the 1997 national championship,
-- Aaron Golliday, York (1998): Earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball and track. All-state in football and basketball and a state champion in the shot put, he was a four-year letterman playing tight end for the Huskers.
-- Jenny Green, Grand Island Central Catholic (2003): Set the state record in the pole vault and won the all-class gold medal in the pole vault all four years. Also was all-state in volleyball and a state qualifier in diving.
-- Jina Johansen Douglas, Centura (2001): Led her basketball team to a 91-7 record and two state runner-up finishes while earning all-state honors for three years. Now the women’s basketball coach at Hastings College, she had a standout career at Nebraska, starting 63 consecutive games.
-- Sheila Miller Estes, Omaha Central (1977): Started in volleyball and basketball and was the state 200-meter dash champion. She went on to play basketball at Creighton, leading the team in several statistics.
-- Richard “Richie” Ross, Lincoln High (2000): Set the Links single-game scoring record in basketball and won the all-class gold medal in the triple jump. In college, he set NCAA Division receiving records playing at the UNK.
-- Jennifer Warner Ramsey, St. Paul (1993): Led Greeley and St. Paul to state basketball championships. She started every game as a freshman at Iowa State before transferring to UNK where she was twice named the conference player of the year.
-- Colby Wissel, Kearney (2004): Won three straight Class A cross country gold medals and set state records in the 1,600 and 3,200. At Kansas University, he was a Big 12 cross country and indoor 3,000-meter champion.
-- Danny Woodhead, North Platte (2004): Rushed for 63 touchdowns and nearly 5,000 yards on the football field while excelling in basketball, soccer and track for the Bulldogs. At Chadron State was a two-time winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy, NCAA Div. II’s version of the Heisman Trophy. He also played in the NFL for 10 years.,
-- Doug Denson, Millard South: Led Millard South wrestlers to seven Class A team championships and three state dual championships as well as seven other appearances on the podium.
-- Gwen Egbert, Papillion-La Vista/PLV South: Logged 700 career victories coaching Papillion-LaVista and Papillion-LaVista South volleyball teams to six state championships and seven state runner-up finishes over a 27-year career.
-- Jack Guggenmos, Aurora: Collected 211 coaching victories in a 30-year career, guiding Aurora to three state finals appearances.
-- Curt Shockey, Ralston: Coached Ralston to six state baseball championships between 1986 and 1996. He amassed more than 1,000 coaching victories in high school and American Legion baseball.
-- Tim Turman, Bishop Neumann: Led Neumann’s football team to two state championships and five runner-up finishes while claiming more than 300 career victories. He also has coached Neumann to three state track championships.
-- A. Hurbert “Hub” Foster, York: As sports editor of the York News-Times, from the 1950s to the 1970s, he promoted high school sports in the York area. After retirement, he continued to write articles for the paper until shortly before his death at age 95.
-- Gene Haynes, Omaha: Affectionately known as “Mr. North High,” Haynes’ career as a teacher, coach, athletic director and administrator began in 1967 when he waa a teacher and coach at Omaha Technical High School.
-- Joe Wells, Grand Island: Has officiated basketball for more than 40 years, working 24 state championship games. He also has umpired baseball.
In addition to the inductees, the Hall of Fame honors teams and individuals for outstanding accomplishments. This year’s honorees are:
-- Great Moments in High School Sports: Jerry Motz, Lincoln Northeast: Made his last 23 shots in the Rockets’ 1964 win over South Sioux City while scoring a Class A record 57 points.
-- Dominant Dynasty: Amherst Wrestling 2005-17: Won 13 Class D state champion (five dual) and four runner-up trophies in 12 seasons.
-- Ron Gustafson Inspiration Award: Alex France, Millard North: Competed in cross country all four years despite progressive visual impairment that made it necessary for him to race with the aid of a guiding runner.
-- Fischer Family Award: Tim and Dianne Turman, Wahoo: (Sons Matt and Seth, daughters Sara (Vedral), Stephanie (Jarrett), Krissy and Jessica (Schutt).
-- Golden Anniversary Team (1969-70): Cozad football and boys basketball: Undefeated state basketball champion (22-0) and mythical football champion (9-0).
-- Golden Anniversary Team (1969-70): Pawnee City Boys Basketball: Undefeated Class C state champion (26-0).
-- Silver Anniversary Team (1994-95: Cambridge football and girls basketball: Undefeated Class C-2 state champions.
-- Silver Anniversary Team (1994-95): Norfolk football: Undefeated Class A state champions (12-0).
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Nebraska volleyball team fell just short of a second straight national title Saturday night, falling to No. 1 Stanford in a five-set thriller at the Target Center.
Nebraska fought off five set points before dropping the first set, 28-26. The Huskers evened the match with a 25-22 victory in set two, before Stanford grabbed a 2-1 lead with a 25-16 win in set three. But the Huskers fought back as they have done all season, handing the Cardinal its worst set loss of the season with a 25-15 victory in the fourth set. In set five, Nebraska led early and the set was tied at nine before Stanford won six of the final rallies to win its NCAA-leading eighth national title. In one of the closest final matches in NCAA history, only one point separated the two teams as Stanford outscored Nebraska 105-104 in the match.
Nebraska (29-7) finished as the NCAA runner-up for the fourth time in school history, after winning the national title in two of the last three seasons (2015 and 2017). First-team All-American Mikaela Foecke was brilliant in her final match, recording a career-high 27 kills and hitting .296. She also had 12 digs to post her fourth straight double-double. Fellow first-team All-American Lauren Stivrins was unstoppable, putting down a career-high 19 kills on only 26 swings. Stivrins hit .615 for the match, the second-highest total ever in an NCAA Final by a player with at least 20 attempts. Foecke and Stivrins were both named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team, with Foecke earning the honor for the third time in her career.
Jazz Sweet added 10 kills and five blocks for Nebraska, while Kenzie Maloney had a team-high 17 digs to pace five Huskers with double-digit digs. Nicklin Hames had a career-high 62 assists while running an efficient Husker offense.
Nebraska had nine more kills than Stanford and hit .271 to the Cardinal's .250, but Stanford had eight more digs and 2.5 more blocks than the Big Red. The Cardinal also served up nine aces, while Nebraska had just two aces with each team committing eight service errors.
Kathryn Plummer, the 2018 national player of the year an co-Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship, led the Cardinal with 19 kills. She shared most-outstanding-player honors with libero Morgan Hentz, who had 32 digs for Stanford. Holly Campbel (15 kills) and Audriana Fitzmorris (14 kills) also finished with double-figure kills for the Cardinal.
Stanford (34-1) finished the season with a 32-match winning streak.
Set 1: Sweet and Foecke each had a pair of early kills as the Huskers connected on five of their first seven swings to take a 6-3 lead. Foecke served an ace and the Huskers led 9-4 after a 3-0 run, as Stanford called timeout. Stanford scored five of the next seven points to cut the Huskers' lead to 11-9, and Nebraska used a timeout. Davis terminated a kill for sideout after the timeout, but a Plummer kill and a Stanford ace brought the Cardinal within 12-11. Foecke kept Nebraska in front with a kill, and Stivrins and Sweet blocked a Plummer shot before Foecke pounded another kill for a 15-11 lead. The Cardinal rallied to take a 19-18 lead with a 4-0 run keyed by back-to-back aces by Kate Formico. After a timeout, Schwarzenbach put down a kill on the slide to tie the score at 19-19, but Stanford responded with a kill and another ace, its fifth of the set, to go up 21-19. The Cardinal pulled ahead 23-20 before Foecke notched a kill. But Plummer grabbed sideout for Stanford on the next rally. The Huskers fought off three set points with a block by Sweet and Stivrins, a Stanford hitting error and a Stivrins joust, and the score was tied again 24-24. The teams traded kills to a 26-26 tie, but a Nebraska hitting error put Stanford up 27-26 before a Cardinal block gave them the 28-26 lead.
Set 2: Stivrins, Sun and Foecke sparked a 3-0 run with kills to give Nebraska an early 6-4 advantage. Sun and Schwarzenbach blocked a Stanford attack to keep NU up two, 8-6, and the teams sided out for five rallies before a pair of Husker hitting errors wide put Stanford up 11-10. Stivrins and Sun terminated kills to put Nebraska back up 13-12, and a Stanford hit wide gave Nebraska a 15-13 lead at the media timeout. Two Stanford kills tied the score at 15-15, but a service error and block by Sweet and Schwarzenbach restored a two-point lead at 17-15. Davis and Foecke killed back-to-back rallies for a 19-16 Husker lead, and Stanford called timeout. On the next rally, the Huskers scrambled defensively to save two Stanford shots, and Foecke came up with another kill to make it 20-16. A service error by the Big Red and a block by Stanford cut the margin to two, 21-19. After a timeout, Foecke smashed her 13th and 14th kills on back-to-back rallies to put Nebraska ahead 23-19. Stanford answered with a block and a kill to cut the deficit in half, but Foecke connected again for set point at 24-21. Fitzmorris found the floor for Stanford to make it 24-22, and a Stanford net violation gave the Huskers the 25-22 win and evened the match at 1-1.
Set 3: Stanford jumped out to a 7-2 lead, getting two blocks and five kills along the way. The Huskers chipped away with three kills by Foecke and one for Schwarzenbach, and a block by Schwarzenbach and Sweet got the Huskers within two, 9-7. After Davis got a kill to keep NU down two, 10-8, Stanford rattled off seven straight points in a row to go up 17-8. The Cardinal pulled ahead 20-9 before the Huskers gained a little momentum with a 3-0 run to make it 20-12. Nebraska would get as close as seven, but the Cardinal took the 25-16 win to go up 2-1. Nebraska hit just .027 in the set after hitting .302 and .326 in the first two sets.
Set 4: Sweet opened the set with back-to-back kills, and a blast by Foecke combined with two Stanford errors had the Huskers up 5-0. Stivrins powered down overpasses on back-to-back rallies, and a two-hit violation on Stanford made it 9-1 Huskers before the Cardinal used their second timeout of the set. A trio of breakdowns by the Huskers allowed Stanford within 13-7, and NU called timeout. After Stanford cut it to five, Sun produced a kill and an ace on consecutive rallies, and Sweet added a kill for a 17-9 Husker lead. Sweet added another kill, and a hustle play by Maloney to save a ball led to a kill by Stivrins to make it 19-11. Stivrins and Foecke then stuffed a Stanford attack, and the Cardinal hit long for a 21-11 Husker lead. Stivrins' 17th kill of the night pushed the Huskers to a 23-14 advantage, and her 18th kill gave NU set point at 24-15. A back-row blast by Foecke clinched the set at 25-15, forcing a game five. NU hit .412 in set four and held Stanford to .121.
Set 5: Foecke opened set five with a kill and Sweet and Schwarzenbach followed with a block. Foecke tied her career high in kills with 25 to put NU ahead 3-1, but Stanford scored the next four to take a 5-3 lead. Foecke and Stivrins tallied important sideout kills, and Stanford hit long to tie the score at 6-6. Nebraska served long, but Hames dumped a kill to keep it tied 7-7. However, Nebraska served long again, and Stanford led 8-7 as the teams switched sides. Campbell tipped a kill down for Stanford to make it 9-7 Cardinal, but Sun answered with back-to-back kills to knot the score at 9-9. Campbell tooled a block and Plummer drew a touch for a kill to make it 11-9 Stanford. Davis subbed in and earned sideout, but Campbell responded for Stanford, and Nebraska called timeout down 12-10. Gray dumped a kill and Wilson served an ace for match point at 14-10. Foecke kept NU alive with her 27th kill, and Plummer committed an attacking error to make it 14-12. But Stanford won 15-12 on a back-row kill by Meghan McClure.
Nebraska Post-Match Notes
- The loss snapped Nebraska’s 13-match winning streak, as the Huskers (29-7) finished as the NCAA runner-up for the fourth time in school history (1986, 1989, 2005, 2018).
- Nebraska fell to 5-4 all-time in the NCAA Final, including a 4-2 record under John Cook. The Huskers had been victorious in their last three NCAA Final appearances (2006, 2015, 2017) before Saturday’s loss.
- The Huskers’ school-record postseason winning streak was snapped at 11 straight victories, as Nebraska suffered its first postseason loss since a 2016 NCAA Semifinal defeat to Texas.
- Nebraska dropped to 113-32 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskers’ 113 postseason victories and .779 winning percentage both rank second in NCAA history behind Stanford (125 wins, .801 winning percentage).
- John Cook fell to 72-15 in the NCAA Tournament at Nebraska. Including his seven seasons at Wisconsin, Cook is 80-19 in his NCAA Tournament career.
- Nebraska lost to the No. 1-ranked team for the first time since a 3-1 loss to top-ranked Texas in the 2013 NCAA Regional Final. The Huskers had won their last three matches against the No. 1 team, including postseason wins in two of the past three seasons (Washington in the 2015 Regional Final and Penn State in the 2017 NCAA Semifinal).
- Nebraska defeated Stanford 25-15 in the fourth set, holding the Cardinal to its lowest-scoring set of the season.
- Nebraska’s two seniors who were with the program each of the last four years – Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney – finished with a 21-2 record in their NCAA Tournament careers. Foecke and Maloney played in more postseason sets and matches and won more NCAA Tournament matches than other players in Husker history.
- Foecke and Maloney finished with a 52-3 combined record in the months of November and December.
- Foecke had a career-high 27 kills in the match on a career-high 71 swings. The 27 kills tied for the second-highest total by a player in a five-set NCAA Final. Foecke also had 11 digs, posting her fourth straight double-double.
- In her three career NCAA Finals, Foecke totaled 66 kills on .301 hitting. She had at least 19 kills in all three of her NCAA Finals matches.
- Foecke has 129 kills in her career in NCAA Semifinals/Finals matches. That total ties for third in NCAA history.
- Foecke served up nine aces in her career in NCAA Semifinals/Finals matches. That total ranks in a tie for eighth in NCAA history.
- In her overall NCAA Tournament career, Foecke totaled 309 kills and 26 aces. Her 282 postseason kills and 25 aces both rank second in Nebraska postseason history.
- Foecke finished her outstanding career with 1,684 career kills. Foecke ranks third all-time at Nebraska in kills, including second in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
- Foecke also totaled 135 service aces in her career, the seventh-most in Nebraska history and the fourth-highest total in the rally-scoring era.
- Foecke finished her senior season with 514 kills, tied for the eighth-highest total in Nebraska history and third during the rally-scoring era. Foecke joined Sarah Pavan (2006) and Kelsey Robinson (2013) as the only Huskers to have 500 kills in a season during the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
- Foecke also had 46 services aces in 2018, the fifth-highest total by a Husker in the rally-scoring era.
- Maloney finished with 86 digs in her career in NCAA Semifinals/Finals matches. That total ranks in a tie for fourth in NCAA history and is the most in the rally-scoring era.
- Maloney finished her career with 229 digs in the NCAA Tournament digs to rank third on Nebraska’s postseason career digs list.
- Maloney had 84 digs in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the fourth-highest total in Husker postseason history.
- Maloney finished her career with 1,406 digs. That total ranks fifth all-time at Nebraska.
- Maloney had 536 digs in her senior season, the fourth-highest total in Nebraska history. Maloney averaged 4.03 digs per set – the eighth-highest total in school history – to become the fifth Husker to average 4.0 digs per set in a season.
- Lauren Stivrins hit .615 in the match. That ranks as second-highest total in NCAA Finals history (minimum 20 attempts) behind Pacific’s Elaina Oden, who hit .690 in the 1986 NCAA Final.
- Stivrins hit .421 in 2018 to become the fifth Husker to hit over .400 in a season and the first since Brooke Delano in 2010. Stivrins’ .421 attack percentage was the third-highest mark in school history and ranked second during the rally-scoring era.
- Jazz Sweet had 10 kills, her first match with double-figure kills since Oct. 24 at Ohio State.
- Nicklin Hames had a career-high 62 assists against Stanford. She finished her freshman season with 1,395 assists, which ranks as Nebraska’s third-highest season total during the rally-scoring era.
- Callie Schwarzenbach finished the season with 177 blocks, a Nebraska freshman record and the eighth-highest total by a Husker in the rally-scoring era.
- Mikaela Foecke and Lauren Stivrins were both named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team. Foecke made the team for the third time in her career.
Huskers to Face Washington State in Cayman Islands Classic Opener
Lincoln – Nebraska will face Washington State in the opening round of the Cayman Islands Classic, as the tournament bracket was released was released Wednesday afternoon by Caymax Sports LTD.
The Huskers will face Washington State in its quarterfinal matchup on Monday, Nov. 25, at 6:30 p.m. (Central) at John Gray Gymnasium, just minutes away
from world famous Seven Mile Beach. It will be a matchup of new coaches as the Huskers are led by Fred Hoiberg, while Washington State is coached by
Kyle Smith, who was hired after leading San Francisco to three straight 20-win seasons. The Cougars are led by CJ Elleby, who averaged 14.7 points
and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Nebraska has won six of eight meetings between the schools, but the November matchup will be the first meeting since the 1998-99 season. The winner of
the NU-WSU game will play either Old Dominion or George Mason the following evening. The other first-round matchups and times include Colorado State-New
Mexico State (10 a.m. CT), Loyola-South Florida (12:30 p.m. CT) and George Mason-Old Dominion (4 p.m. CT).
Semifinal round games are slated for 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (CT), while Tuesday’s consolation bracket will play at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (CT).
The seventh-place game will open the final day of competition on Wednesday, Nov. 27 starting at 10 a.m. (CT), followed by the fifth-place game (12:30 p.m.
CT), third-place game (4 p.m. CT) and title game (6:30 p.m. CT) to crown the Cayman Islands Classic champion.
Five of the eight teams reached postseason play in 2018-19, as New Mexico State and Old Dominion advanced to the 2019 NCAA Tournament, while Loyola of
Chicago and Nebraska played in the NIT and South Florida captured the 2019 College Basketball Invitational championship.
Fans can purchase tickets online at www.caymanislandsclassic.
Roby Highlights Huskers’ Pro Prospects
Lincoln – Husker basketball players Isaiah Roby and James Palmer Jr. have been crossing the country over the past month as they prepare for the start of their start of their professional careers.
The NBA Draft takes place at the Barclays Center Brooklyn on Thursday night starting at 6 p.m. (central). The event will be carried live on ESPN.
Roby has worked out for nearly a dozen teams during the pre-draft process, and most of the NBA Drafts have the 6-foot-8 forward pegged as a second-round
pick. Of the seven mock drafts linked by NBA.com, Roby is listed in six of them, with projections ranging from 36th to 46th overall.
If Roby is picked in that range, he would be the highest Husker taken in the NBA Draft since Tyronn Lue in 1998.
A three-year performer for the Huskers, Roby turned in a solid junior campaign, as he set career highs in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg), assists
(1.9 apg) and steals (1.3 spg), while averaging 1.9 blocks per game. He was the only Big Ten player to rank in the top 10 in the conference in both
steals and blocked shots, and Roby became just the second person in school history to have at least 50 steals and blocks in consecutive seasons.
Palmer has worked out for eight teams (Minnesota, Dallas, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Portland, Memphis, Golden State and Los Angeles Lakers) over the last
three weeks. If he is not drafted Thursday, he would be a strong candidate to play in the NBA Summer League, following in the footsteps of recent Huskers
Terran Petteway, Andrew White III, Shavon Shields and Tai Webster.
Palmer was a two-time All-Big Ten performer, averaging 18.5 points per game during his Husker career to rank second on NU’s career scoring chart. As a
senior, he averaged 19.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game to earn all-district and All-Big Ten honors. Earlier this spring,
he played in the Reese's College All-Star Game and was named to the Portsmouth Invitational All-Tournament team.
Glynn Watson Jr. is the third Husker who could make an NBA Summer League roster, as he finished his career with 1,531 points and ranked in the top 10 on
NU career lists in steals (177, fourth), assists (382, seventh) and 3-pointers (184, fourth). As a senior, he started all 36 games and averaged a career-high
13.6 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He worked out for Sacramento earlier this month.
Isaac Copeland Jr. continues his rehab after tearing his ACL in January against Ohio State, and hopes to return to the court later this year to begin his professional career. Prior to his injury, Copeland averaged 14.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game and was second on the Huskers in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots (0.9 bpg). The 6-foot-9 forward from Raleigh, N.C., started 53 straight games in his two years at Nebraska before the injury.
Two Huskers Among Top-10 JUCO Signees
Lincoln – A pair of Husker men’s basketball signees were recognized this week, as JUCORecruiting.com released its final top-100 ranking for the class of 2019.
Cam Mack (Austin, Texas) was rated as the No. 3 JUCO player in this year’s class, while Jervay Green (Denver, Colo.) was the eighth-rated prospect by the site. Nebraska was the only program in the country with two players among the top 10 in this year’s class. The two players are also the program’s first top-10 recruits according to the JUCO site dating back to 2011.
Mack, the top-rated point guard in the class, spent last season at Salt Lake CC, averaging 19.1 points, 7.2 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game this past season. Mack, a first-team All-Region 18 honoree, ranked in the top 25 nationally in assists (fifth) and steals (24th). The 6-foot-2 guard dished out 10-or-more assists on nine occasions and had three triple-doubles in his lone season at the school. Mack shot 46 percent from the field and boasted a 2.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Green, who was listed as the No. 2 combo guard in the country, was one of the nation’s most prolific scoring guards at Western Nebraska CC. He earned second-team NJCAA All-America honors, averaging 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists last season. The Region IX Co-Player of the Year, Green ranked eighth nationally in scoring while shooting 55 percent from the field, including 39 percent from 3-point range. Green’s sophomore season was highlighted by a 51-point performance against Iowa Lakes CC, one of his three 40-point games on the year.
Green and Mack highlight Nebraska’s recruiting class that begins to arrive on campus beginning next week.
Thorbjarnarson Represents Iceland
Rising junior Thorir Thorbjarnarson represented his native Iceland earlier this week, competing in the Games of the Small States of Europe. The Olympic-style competition is held for European countries with populations of under one million people.
Thorbjarnarson played in three games for Iceland’s Senior National Team during the competition, averaging 9.3 points per game, including 14 points in a loss to the hosts from Montenegro. He closed out the event with 12 points in a win over Cyprus in the fifth-place game. It is the second time that Thorbjarnarson has played in the tournament, as he made his national team debut in the event in 2017.
Last season, Thorbjarnarson played in 25 games, including seven starts, to help the Huskers to a 19-17 record. He averaged 2.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, as Nebraska reached its second straight NIT. He moved in the starting lineup during the Huskers’ Big Ten Tournament and NIT games, and had eight points, three rebounds and three assists in the Huskers’ second-round NIT loss to TCU.
Husker Basketball Camps Begin Next Week
The first session of the Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps begins next Monday, June 10, at the Hendricks Training Complex.
The 2019 camp series will feature two four-day camps, as well a pair of specialty clinics for boys and girls entering the 3rd-12th grade. In addition, there will also be a three-day Little Husker camp for kids who are in grades K-4 for the upcoming year. Hoiberg and his staff of instructors will work with campers on the fundamentals of basketball in a fun atmosphere. All camps are open to both boys and girls entering the respective grade level.
For more information, camp information, pricing and to register for the 2019 camps, email fredhoibergbasketballcamps@
One of the catalysts in Nebraska baseball’s rise to national prominence in his playing days, Will Bolt returns to his alma mater as head coach. Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos named Bolt the 24th head coach of the Husker baseball program on Friday.
Bolt brings 16 years of coaching experience to the Nebraska program, including five seasons on the Husker baseball staff and four years as a head coach at Texarkana College.
Bolt served as Nebraska’s Associate Head Coach under Darin Erstad from 2012 to 2014 and also was a volunteer assistant on the 2005 Husker team that reached the College World Series. As a player or coach, Bolt has been a part of all three of Nebraska’s College World Series teams and all four Super Regional squads.
Bolt returns to Lincoln after spending the past five seasons on the Texas A&M staff where he helped the Aggies to five straight NCAA regional appearances and a trip to the 2017 College World Series.
“The opportunity to come back home to Nebraska and lead the Husker baseball program is such a blessing and honor for my family and me,” Bolt said. “It is such an exciting time in Husker athletics with the foundation laid by Bill Moos within the athletic department, and the success Coach Erstad and staff have had on the field.
“My family and I have the fondest affection for the Huskers and the city of Lincoln, and truly cannot wait to become part of the Husker family again!”
The native of Conroe, Texas, had his first association with the Nebraska program as a player for the Huskers from 1999 to 2002. A member of Dave Van Horn’s first recruiting class at Nebraska, Bolt played on four NCAA regional teams and captained the Huskers’ first two College World Series teams in 2001 and 2002. Bolt finished his Husker playing career with school records in games played (251), games started (242), at-bats (922), hits (281), doubles (56) and assists (639).
“Will Bolt has been a winner at every stop he has made as a coach and player, and I am proud to welcome him back to Lincoln as our next head baseball coach,” Moos said. “Will was a part of the most successful teams in the history of our baseball program, and he knows what it takes to win here.
“Will has proven to be an outstanding recruiter wherever he has coached. He understands the appeal of Nebraska and everything our baseball program and University has to offer to student-athletes.”
Bolt and his wife, Lauren, have two sons, Jaxon and Austin, and one daughter, Bella. Bolt has signed a five-year contract that will pay him $300,000 annually.