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NSAA Football District Assignments 2018-2019

Lincoln, NE - The Nebraska Schools Activities Association released on Thursday the district assignments for 2018 and 2019 seasons. Class A will feature six districts, Class B will have four, Class C1 features eight districts, Class C2 checks in with seven, Class D1 will have ten districts, Class D2 features nine, and Six Man will have six districts. 

Visit the link below for a full list. 



Placke Named CoSIDA All-America of the Year

AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Katie Placke of Hastings College headline the 2017 Academic All-America® College Division volleyball teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).


Placke was named the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year for College Division volleyball.


The CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division volleyball teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.


Placke is a setter for the Broncos, having helped them to three consecutive trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. In those trips to national tournament, Hastings advanced to the single-elimination round and won the 2016 national title, earning Placke a spot on the NAIA National Championship All-Tournament Team. Listed a setter, Placke showed great versatility throughout her career as she amassed 3,493 assists, 1,034 digs, 920 kills, and 387 total blocks during her tenure. Placke notched a career-high 344 kills during her senior season and ranks 25th in the NAIA in hitting percentage at 0.330. She also tallied 601 assists, 232 digs and 77 total blocks. Placke earned NAIA All-America first team honors in 2016 and 2017 after being an honorable mention in 2015.


The four-time All-Great Plains Athletic Conference selection is a human resources management major from Grand Island, Nebraska, and boasts a 4.00 grade-point average. Placke earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team last year.


Another repeat selection on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team is Libby Brenton of Siena Heights University. Brenton was named to CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team a year ago. Second team member Makenzie Montano of Lindsey Wilson College is a repeat honoree as well after making the second team in 2016.


The 14 members of the CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division volleyball team have an average GPA of 3.96.



Huskers Add Six Games to Future Football Schedules

Nebraska has added a total of six home games against three non-conference opponents to its future football schedules and also adjusted the date of a previously scheduled game.

The games added to the Nebraska schedule include:

  • South Dakota State—Sept 12, 2020; Aug. 31, 2024; Sept. 9, 2028
  • North Dakota—Sept. 3, 2022; Sept. 19, 2026
  • Georgia Southern—Sept. 10, 2022

The 2020 matchup with South Dakota State will take place a week after Nebraska opens the season against Purdue in a Big Ten Conference game. In order to complete its 2020 schedule, Nebraska has changed the date of its game against Cincinnati. The Bearcats will visit Lincoln on Sept. 26, in a game previously scheduled for Sept. 12, 2020.

South Dakota State will also play at Memorial Stadium for the Huskers’ 2024 season opener, and in the 2028 season. Nebraska and South Dakota State have met three times previously, with the Huskers owning a 3-0 series edge, including wins in 2010 and 2013.

The Jackrabbits have made the FCS playoffs for six straight seasons and will play in the national semifinals this weekend.In addition to its recent trips to Lincoln, SDSU has played non-conference games against Kansas, Missouri and Illinois in the past six seasons.

Nebraska will open the 2022 campaign against North Dakota, and will face Georgia Southern a week later, and will also take on UND in 2026.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks compete in the Big Sky Conference in the FCS ranks and reached the second round of the NCAA Playoffs in 2016. North Dakota faced Utah this season and has upcoming non-conference matchups with Washington and Kansas State, in addition to the trips to Lincoln.

The Big Ten Conference announced earlier this year that league institutions are permitted to schedule FCS opponents in years when the school plays only four conference home games. Nebraska has four Big Ten home games scheduled in even-numbered years, including 2022 and 2026.

Georgia Southern competes in the Sun Belt Conference in the FBS ranks, and regularly faces a difficult non-league slate. The Eagles faced Auburn and Indiana on the road this season, and have future games against Clemson, LSU, Minnesota, Ole Miss and Arkansas in the next four seasons.

The addition of North Dakota and Georgia Southern completes Nebraska’s 2022 non-conference schedule. Nebraska will play host to Oklahoma on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Memorial Stadium. The game with North Dakota in 2026 is the second contest on NU’s schedule that season, with the Huskers also hosting Tennessee on Sept. 12 in Lincoln.

Nebraska’s non-conference schedules through 2022 are now complete and the Huskers’ full schedules, including Big Ten Conference games have been announced through the 2021 season.

Upcoming Nebraska Non-Conference Schedules


Sept. 1 Akron

Sept. 8 Colorado

Sept. 15 Troy


Aug. 31 South Alabama

Sept. 7 at Colorado

Sept. 14 Northern Illinois


Sept. 12 South Dakota State

Sept. 19 Central Michigan

Sept. 26 Cincinnati

Note: Nebraska opens season against Purdue on Sept. 5


Sept. 4 Northern Illinois

Sept. 11 Buffalo

Sept. 18 at Oklahoma


Sept. 3 North Dakota

Sept. 10 Georgia Southern

Sept. 17 Oklahoma


Zehendner signs with Concordia University softball

Grand Island, NE - Taylor Zehendner signed her letter of intent with Concordia University on Wednesday afternoon inside the Heartland Lutheran high school gymnasium. Taylor is a four-time all-state softball player for the GICC Crusader softball team (co-op) and was recruited for softball by at least four in state schools. She carries a 3.9 GPA while also participating in basketball, track, quiz bowl, NHS, student activities council, and is the chairwoman of the HLHS Principal's Cabinet. Taylor intends to study art education at Concordia. Listen to a interview with Taylor & Matt Williams with the KRGI Sports Network. 


Record-Setting Husker Receivers Honored

A pair of record-breaking Nebraska wide receivers were honored on Tuesday, as JD Spielman was named a freshman All-American by USA Today, while Stanley Morgan Jr. was named a first-team All-Big Ten performer by Phil Steele.

Spielman was one of only two wide receivers named a freshman All-American by USA Today and one of only 11 total offensive players. Morgan was one of three wideouts selected to Phil Steel’s All-Big Ten first team. Spielman broke one Nebraska single game record and three Husker freshman records in 2017, while Morgan set two NU season receiving records.

A redshirt freshman from Eden Prairie, Minn., Spielman set Nebraska freshman records with 55 catches and 830 receiving yards in 2017. He added 669 kickoff return yards to lead the Huskers with a 1,572 all-purpose yards, the most ever by an NU freshman. On the season, Spielman gained an average of 17.1 yards every time he touched the ball.

Spielman led all freshmen nationally with 75.5 receiving yards per game in 2017 and ranked second with 5.0 receptions per game and 142.9 all-purpose yards per game. He had a school-record 200-yard receiving game against Ohio State, the most receiving yards in a game by any freshman in 2017. Speilman also posted the second-longest play by a freshman in 2017 when he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in the season opener against Arkansas State on the first touch of his career.

In addition to his freshman All-America honor, Spielman was also a coaches’ third-team All-Big Ten selection at receiver and an honorable-mention choice as a kick returner. Spielman led the Big Ten with 88.1 receiving yards per game in conference action, and his 200 receiving yards against Ohio State marked the second-highest individual total in league play during the 2017 season.

Morgan also enjoyed a record-breaking season as a junior in 2017, when he led the Huskers with 61 receptions, 986 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns. Morgan’s 986 receiving yards were a Nebraska single-season record, supplanting 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers atop that chart. Morgan also ranked third in school history in touchdown receptions and was third in receptions. He also totaled a school-record five 100-yard receiving games in 2017.

A second-team All-Big Ten selection by the league’s coaches, Morgan led the Big Ten in touchdown catches, receiving yards per game (89.6) and 100-yard receiving games, while ranking second in receiving yards and third in receptions. At the conclusion of his junior season, Morgan ranked sixth all-time at Nebraska with 1,743 receiving yards and 15 touchdown receptions and was seventh with 119 receptions.

In addition to Morgan’s first-team selection, Spielman was named to Phil Steele’s All-Big Ten second team, while junior long snapper Jordan Ober was a third-team selection.


NSAA football classifications 2018-19

Lincoln, NE - The Nebraska Schools Activites Association on Monday released the classifications for the next two football seasons, 2018 & 2019. The NSAA for this round of classification will be going by boy enrollment only that includes freshman, sophomores, and juniors. Out of the six classes, some will feature some changes. Class A will now have 32 teams. Class B will only have 23, including South Sioux City opting down from Class A to Class B. The Cardinals will not be eligible for the playoffs. Class C1 will feature 42 teams. Class C2 will have 39. Eight-man will have a total of 109 schools. Class D1 will have 57, D2 will come in with 52. In the six-man ranks there will be a total of 31 teams. Two will be ineligible for the playoffs including Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family and McPherson County/Stapleton. To view each team and it's respected classification visit 





Flatwater Fracas Wrestling Tournament Schedules

Grand Island, NE - This upcoming Friday and Saturday, November 15th & 16th will feature wrestlers from Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, and Colorado for the 2017 Flatwater Fracas tournament at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island. Action on Friday will start at 9:30 am with the tournament featuring four pools, with ten mats being used. Pool play will continue on Saturday. Later in the day will feature bracket competition. Below view and download the brackets to this year's Flatwater Fracas action. 


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Diane Rouzee steps down as Northwest volleyball coach

Grand Island, NE - There will be a new head coach at Northwest high school when it comes to the sport of volleyball next season for the Vikings. On Sunday at the end of the year banquet, Diane Rouzee made the announcement that she is going to be stepping down as the head coach. Rouzee talked to KRGI sports that her family situation has changed and wanted to spend more time with family. Diane spent a total of 33 years with Northwest volleyball, of those 33, 30 years as the head coach. In her head coaching career, she had an overall record of768-183 winning three state championships in 1994, 2003, and 2012. She would be apart of seven runner-up finishes in 1986, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2016. This past season Northwest advanced to state for the 17th consecutive time going 1-1 falling in the state semi-finals to Omaha Duchesne three sets to none. The vikings finished the year with a 29-9 record. The KRGI Sports Network was able to catch up with Diane Rouzee after the announcement was made to the public on Monday. 


Huskers Sweep Big Ten Awards

Nebraska sophomore Hannah Whitish was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, while freshman Kate Cain added her third Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award in the season's first five weeks, when the conference announced its honors on Monday.

Whitish, a 5-9 point guard from Barneveld, Wis., earned the first conference player-of-the-week award of her career and the first by any current Husker after producing the best week of her young career. She averaged 29.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals to lead the Big Red to a pair of unlikely road wins at Kansas and Drake.

In the win at Kansas on Wednesday, Whitish scored 25 of her career-high 29 points in the second half to carry the Huskers to a 66-49 victory over the Jayhawks. The win snapped KU's seven-game home winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse, as the Huskers handed the Jayhawks their first loss of the season. Whitish helped the Big Red rally from a 13-point first-half deficit by hitting her final seven field goal attempts of the game, including four three-pointers. She also sank eight straight free throws in the final 1:29 to seal the win. In the second half, she personally outscored Kansas, 25-13, the largest margin by an individual over any team in a Division I half so far this season.

Nebraska's win over Kansas snapped a 14-game losing streak for the Huskers in true road games dating back to Jan. 24, 2016 at Michigan.

She followed up her performance in Lawrence by matching her career high with 29 more points to go along with six rebounds, six assists, two steals and her first blocked shot of the season in 42 minutes of an 89-85 double-overtime victory at Drake. With Whitish leading the charge, the Huskers handed the Bulldogs just their second loss (both in multiple overtime periods) in the last 24 games at the Knapp Center.

Whitish tied her career high with five three-pointers to rally the Huskers from a nine-point third-quarter deficit. She also sank all eight of her free throws in the game to seal Nebraska's second straight road win. It marked the first time since the start of the 2014-15 season that the Huskers had posted back-to-back wins in true road non-conference games.

Whitish increased her season averages to 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Her 2.6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio also ranks among the best in the Big Ten and nationally.

While Whitish carried the Huskers offensively, Cain continued to anchor Nebraska's outstanding defensive efforts in their road wins. The 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., continued her early assault on the Husker record books by blocking nine shots in the two wins. She pushed her season total to 34, moving her into sole possession of third place on Nebraska's single-season freshman block chart in just 10 games. With 3.4 blocks per game, Cain ranks No. 3 nationally among all Division I players and is on pace to reach 100 total blocks for the season. Nebraska's overall season record is 78 by Olympic bronze medalist Danielle Page (78) as a senior in 2007-08.

With Cain on the floor at Kansas, the Jayhawks managed just 23 points in three quarters, including just four points in the fourth quarter when KU went without a field goal. The four fourth-quarter points matched the fewest points scored in any period against the Huskers since the advent of the quarter system in women's college basketball. It also marked the first time the Big Red had held an opponent without a field goal in any single quarter. The 13 points allowed by the Big Red in the second half were the fewest ever allowed by a Nebraska team in any half away from home.

Cain added five points on 2-of-3 shooting against the Jayhawks, while grabbing a game-high nine rebounds and rejecting five shots.

On Saturday at Drake, Cain was bigger at both ends of the court. She continued her block barrage with four and contributed a steal, while notching her third double-double of the season with career highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Cain hit 9-of-15 shots from the field, as Nebraska held Drake to its lowest point total in regulation (69) at home in the last 17 games at the Knapp Center dating back to Nov. 27, 2016.

Cain, who has won back-to-back Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week awards, is averaging 10.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while shooting a team-best 59 percent from the field.

Cain and Whitish will try to lead the 7-3 Huskers to their fourth consecutive victory when they travel to San Jose State on Sunday. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Spartans is set for 2 p.m. (CT).


Creighton takes down Husker men 75-65

Lincoln – Isaac Copeland had a team-high 20 points, but Marcus Foster’s 3-pointer with 47 seconds left give host Creighton the margin it needed in a 75-65 win over Nebraska at the CenturyLink Center.

Nebraska was within 66-63 after a James Palmer jumper with 1:04 remaining, but Foster’s long 3-pointer from the wing pushed the margin to 69-63, and Creighton sealed the win by going 6-of-6 from the line in the final 30 seconds.

The Huskers, who were without Glynn Watson, who had fouled out earlier after picking up a phantom fifth foul with 2:47 left after Nebraska was within 60-57. NU was able to keep it close before Foster’s 3-pointer started a game-ending 9-2 run for the Bluejays.

Copeland, who had 20 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals, was one of three to finish in double figures. James Palmer Jr. had 16 points, while Isaiah Roby had 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting after playing just two minutes because of foul trouble.

Foster’s 19-point effort led five Creighton players in double figures, as the Bluejays shot 50 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Huskers, 43-33.

In the first half, a strong effort from Copeland and a strong defensive effort gave the Huskers a 33-28 lead into the locker room. Nebraska’s defense held Creighton to its lowest-scoring half of the season, as the Bluejays shot just 41 percent from the field, including 2-of-15 from 3-point range, in the opening 20 minutes.

Nebraska used some strong 3-point shooting early, as the Huskers hit a trio of 3-pointers, including two by Palmer, in the first five minutes as part of 11-4 run to take a 11-7 lead at the first media timeout.

NU had a chance to extend the lead heading into that timeout, but the initial call of a block that would have given Jordy Tshimanga a basket and a chance to extend a six-point lead was changed into a charge, giving Tshimanga a second foul instead of two fouls on Creighton’s Toby Hegner.

Nebraska, was battled foul trouble for most of the first half, got Glynn Watson going midway through the first half, as the junior guard keyed a 6-0 run that pushed the lead to 25-19 after a Roby slam. The Huskers eventually pushed the lead to seven after a Copeland jumper with 3:53 left in the half. Creighton pulled to within 31-28, but Watson’s basket pushed the lead back to five at the break.

The Huskers built an eight-point lead at 36-28 after a Copeland 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Bluejays went on a 15-4 spurt to regain the lead at 43-40 on a Davion Mintz basket. Foster, who scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, and Mitchell Ballock keyed the Bluejay rally.

Nebraska quickly answered, as a Roby 3-pointer knotted the score at 43 and the score was tied at 47 after a Palmer basket before Creighton scored eight of the next 10 points to stretch the margin to 56-49 after a Martin Krampelj basket. The Huskers would not go away, as a basket from Copeland and a 3-pointer from Roby made it a one-point game at 55-54 with 4:42 left, setting the stage for the finish.

The Huskers are off for final exams before returning to the court next Saturday as they host No. 2 Kansas. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. from a sold out Pinnacle Bank Arena and the game will be on the Husker Sports Network and televised by FS1.