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Brown Named to Groza Watch List

Lincoln – University of Nebraska place-kicker Drew Brown was one of 30 kickers named to the Watch List for the 2017 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Wednesday morning.

 

Brown, a senior from Southlake, Texas, earns his second Groza Award watch list nomination of his career, as the three-year starter comes off his most accurate season in 2016. Brown was 12-of-14 in field goals, including a career-long 51 yarder against Purdue, and perfect on all 38 extra-point attempts to garner All-Big Ten honors from the conference media. Brown also booted 30 of his 63 kickoffs for touchbacks as a junior.

 

During his sophomore campaign, Brown connected on 21-of-27 field goals, as his 21 field goals ranked second in school history. That year was highlighted by an NCAA record-tying performance against Southern Miss, when he had five first-half field goals. That season, 13 of his 21 field goals were from at least 40 yards. A three-year starter, Brown enters his senior campaign seventh all-time at Nebraska in scoring with 282 career points, while his 47 field goals rank third in school history. Brown is one of three Big Ten kickers on the initial watch list released Wednesday.

 

The Groza Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Nov. 21 with the three finalists chosen on Nov. 21. The 2017 winner will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 7, during the Home Depot

College Football Awards Show.

 

The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.


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Home Federal to open post-season play Friday

South Sioux City - The Home Federal American Legion baseball team will start post-season play this Friday, July 14th opening up the Area 6 tournament in South Sioux City at Klasey Park with Norfolk at 1:00 pm. Listen to all of the Home Federal post-season games on KRGI 1430 AM/106.9 FM. View the full Area 6 bracket below. 


Red/White Scrimmage Tickets On Sale

Tickets to Nebraska volleyball's annual Red/White Scrimmage went on sale Monday morning through the Nebraska Athletics Ticket Office.

The defending Big Ten champion Huskers will host their annual scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tickets can be purchased for $10. Groups that purchase 15 or more tickets receive a discounted rate of $8 per ticket. The Huskers will unveil their 2016 Big Ten Championship banner at the scrimmage. Fans can purchase tickets here or by calling (402) 472-3111.


 


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Home Federal wins four over the weekend

The Grand Island Home Federal senior American Legion baseball team picked up four more wins over the weekend taking part in the Hastings/Kearney Invite. Home Federal would defeat Papillon LaVista South 10-1 on Friday night in Kearney. On Saturday in Hastings Home Federal would defeat Omaha Gross 4-1 and take care of Lincoln Northeast 8-1. On Sunday Grand Island would travel back to Kearney to pick up a win over Millard South 8-0. Home Federal is now 38-9 on the year and will next be in action hosting North Platte tomorrow night in a nine inning contest at 7:30pm. 


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Remembering Coach Bob Elliott

Statement from Head Coach Mike Riley

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Bob Elliott. Bob was a wonderful man with a great family. Bob has left an impact on and off the field that will be remembered for many years to come.

“In his short time with our program, Coach Elliott developed a great relationship with the young men in our football program and our staff. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s wife, Joey, and his entire family during this difficult time.”

Statement from Defensive Coordinator Bob Diaco:

“Coach Elliott has been a father figure and mentor to me for almost 30 years. During my life I have met few people that possess the amount of toughness Coach Elliott had, while also possessing the same amount of class. Coach Elliott had unwavering principles and that combination of traits put him in company with very few.”

Statement from the Elliott Family:

"Bob Elliott, our loving son, husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday night, July 8th, 2017.

"Bob devoted his life to serving as a mentor and coach to countless student-athletes. In his over 40 year career, he was committed to excellence and integrity, sought to bring out the best in everyone, and instilled a sense of hope to all he touched.

"He was a champion and warrior who was steadfast, dedicated, and selfless. His pride and joy were his wife, children, grandchildren, and family, and although our hearts are broken, his memory lives on through the men and women who loved him throughout his great life.

"Details for a celebration of his life will be shared soon."

Statement from Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bump Elliott and the Elliott family as they mourn their loss. Bobby was a terrific person. He loved his family... he loved to coach... and he loved the Hawkeyes. He will be missed."

Statement from Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz:

“Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Bump, Joey, and the entire Elliott family. Bob was an outstanding individual with the highest integrity as a person, and as a football coach. Along with being an outstanding player and excelling in academics during his Iowa career, Bob was a dedicated coach and family man, always putting others ahead of himself. Bob touched the lives of many student-athletes, along with those he coached and worked with throughout his career. Bob was a great Hawkeye and contributed to our program as a player, coach and graduate of the University of Iowa.”

Across social media former players, teams and fans remembered the legacy of Coach Elliott.


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IFL announces all IFL teams for 2017

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce 2017 All-IFL First and Second Team Selections.

The Arizona Rattlers, Iowa Barnstormers, Sioux Falls Storm, and Wichita Falls Nighthawks lead the way with six All-IFL selections each.

In their first year of IFL play, six Arizona Rattlers earned All-IFL recognition. After leading the IFL in rushing yards, RB Darrell Monroe and OL Lamar Made were named to the First Team All-IFL list. On defense, DL Chris McAllister and DB Allen Chapman were also honored with First Team accolades. OL Damian Love and K Sawyer Peter were named to the Second Team All-IFL list.

After going 4-12 in 2016, the Iowa Barnstormers were the surprise team in 2017 as they rattled off 11 consecutive victories and finished the season 13-3. After tying for the league lead with 22 touchdown receptions, WR Brady Roland has been named to his second consecutive First-Team All-IFL list. The Barnstormers sported one of the most stout defenses in the league this season as both LB Javicz Jones, who led the IFL in tackles (148), and DL Ra’Shawde Myers have been named as First-Team selections. QB Travis Partridge, OL D’Angelo McCray and DB Jamie Bender were named as Second Team selections.

The Sioux Falls Storm finished the season with an IFL best 14-2 record and will be returning to the United Bowl to chase their seventh consecutive IFL championship. For much of the season, the Storm led the IFL in rushing yards and were anchored by First Team Selection OL Rashad Mungro. DB Rashard Smith has been named to his second consecutive First Team list after leading the team with seven interceptions. OL Kyle Bryant, DL Claude Davis, LB Tyler Knight and DB Matt Hermanson were named as Second Team selections.

The Wichita Falls Nighthawks sported the league’s top-ranked offense en route to a 12-4 season. For a second consecutive season, both QB Charles McCullum and WR Jordan Jolly have been named as First-Team selections. After setting multiple Special Teams records this season both K Rockne Belmonte (Most Career FGs,87) and KR Tyler Williams (Most All-Purpose Yards, 2,554) have been named as First Team Selections as well. Williams has also been named as a Second Team selection at RB and is the only player in the IFL to be named to two lists. DL Walter Thomas has also been honored with Second Team accolades.

After advancing to their fifth consecutive Intense Conference Championship, the Nebraska Danger had three players named to the All-IFL list. OL Darius Savage and DB Trey Wafford were both named as First Team selections. As a rookie, Wafford was second in the IFL in tackles (129). DL Eze Obiora was named to the Second Team.

Four teams each placed two players on the All-IFL teams in 2017.

In the Intense Conference, Colorado Crush WR Kyle Kaiser and KR Daniel Lindsey were both named as Second Team selections. Kaiser’s All-IFL selection is the fourth of his career. In their first season in the IFL, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles had the IFL league leader in interceptions DB James Calhoun named to the First Team and WR Devin Mahina named to the Second Team. The IFL’s sack leader in Spokane Empire DL John Griggs was named as a First Team selection while DB John Hardy-Tuliau was named to the Second Team.

In the United Conference, Green Bay Blizzard WR Marquel Willis and DB Manny Asprilla were both named as Second Team selections. After tying for the league lead in touchdowns receptions (22) Cedar Rapids Titans WR Damond Powell was named as a First Team selection. Powell was the Titans’ lone representative on the All-IFL list.

FULL LIST OF FIRST AND SECOND TEAM ALL-IFL PLAYERS BELOW

First Team All-IFL Offense

Quarterback : Charles McCullum (Wichita Falls)

Running Back : Darrell Monroe (Arizona)

Wide Receiver : Jordan Jolly (Wichita Falls)

Wide Receiver : Brady Roland (Iowa)

Wide Receiver : Damond Powell (Cedar Rapids)

Offensive Line : Darius Savage (Nebraska)

Center : Rashad Mungro (Sioux Falls)

Offensive Line : Lamar Made (Arizona)

 

First Team All-IFL Defense

Defensive Line : John Griggs (Spokane)

Defensive Line : Ra’Shawde Myers (Iowa)

Defensive Line : Chris McAlllister (Arizona)

Linebacker : Javicz Jones (Iowa)

Defensive Back : Trey Wafford (Nebraska)

Defensive Back : Allen Chapman (Arizona)

Defensive Back : Rashard Smith (Sioux Falls)

Defensive Back : James Calhoun (Salt Lake)

 

First Team All-IFL Special Teams

Kicker : Rockne Belmonte (Wichita Falls)

Kick Returner : Tyler Williams (Wichita Falls)

 

Second Team All-IFL Offense

Quarterback : Travis Partridge (Iowa)

Running Back : Tyler Williams (Wichita Falls)

Wide Receiver : Kyle Kaiser (Colorado)

Wide Receiver : Devin Mahina (Salt Lake)

Wide Receiver : Marquel Willis (Green Bay)

Offensive Line : Kyle Bryant (Sioux Falls)

Center : Damian Love (Arizona)

Offensive Line : D’Angelo McCray (Iowa)

 

Second Team All-IFL Defense

Defensive Line : Eze Obiora (Nebraska)

Defensive Line : Claude Davis (Sioux Falls)

Defensive Line : Walter Thomas (Wichita Falls)

Linebacker : Tyler Knight (Sioux Falls)

Defensive Back : Jamie Bender (Iowa)

Defensive Back : Matt Hermanson (Sioux Falls)

Defensive Back : John Hardy - Tuliau (Spokane)

Defensive Back : Manny Asprilla (Green Bay)

 

Second Team All-IFL Special Teams

Kicker : Sawyer Petre (Arizona)

Kick Returner : Daniel Lindsey (Colorado)


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Huskers to Clash with Clemson in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The Nebraska women's basketball team will collide with Clemson in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday, Nov. 30, the Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday.

The conference announced the 14-game challenge schedule, which includes five games on Wednesday, Nov. 29, and nine contests on Thursday, Nov. 30, including Nebraska's game with the Tigers in Lincoln. It will mark the 11th season for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which is scheduled to continue through the 2020-21 campaign. Last year, the ACC won the challenge, 9-5, after the two conferences split the challenge (7-7) in both 2014 and 2015.

The Big Red's game with Clemson will be just the second in school history between the two women's basketball programs. The only previous contest came back on Nov. 24, 1984, when the Tigers knocked off the Huskers, 99-84, in the championship game of the Nebraska Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The Huskers are 2-1 at home in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, including a perfect 2-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska's last home contest in the challenge between two of the nation's premier women's basketball conferences came with an 88-67 victory over NC State on Dec. 3, 2015. That followed a 60-54 victory over Duke at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Dec. 3, 2014.

Nebraska's lone home loss in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge came to Maryland on Nov. 28, 2012, before the Terrapins became a member of the Big Ten.

Nebraska returns four guards to its lineup in 2017-18, led by seniors Jasmine Cincore and Emily Wood, along with sophomores Nicea Eliely and Hannah Whitish. The Huskers also welcome experienced newcomers to the backcourt in senior Janay Morton and sophomore Bria Stallworth. Junior forwards Maddie Simon and Darrien Washington will be joined inside by sophomores Rachel Blackburn and Grace Mitchell. True freshmen Kate Cain (center) and Taylor Kissinger (guard) also will look to help the Huskers immediately in 2017-18, after Nebraska finished with a 7-22 overall record and a 3-13 Big Ten mark in Coach Amy Williams' first season at her alma mater.

Clemson finished 2016-17 with a 15-16 overall record that included a 3-13 ACC mark. Clemson's 15 wins in 2016-17 represented an 11-game improvement in the win column from the 2015-16 campaign. Head Coach Audra Smith enters her fourth season at Clemson with a young and experienced roster that includes eight returning players who each started at least nine games for the Tigers a year ago.

Senior wing Nelly Perry (12.7 ppg), 5-9 junior guard Aliyah Collier (10.0 ppg) and 5-7 junior guard Danielle Edwards (9.7 ppg) return as Clemson's top three scorers from a year ago. Collier was also Clemson's top rebounder last season as a sophomore with 7.9 boards per game, while Edwards was voted the team's best defensive player after notching a team-high 59 steals.

In addition, Kobi Thornton ranked fourth among the Tigers in scoring as a freshman with 9.0 points per game while playing in 26 games without a start. The 6-2 post was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team after adding 5.7 rebounds per game and leading the Tigers with 35 blocked shots on the season.

As a team, Clemson played solid defense throughout the year and allowed just 64.1 points per game, but scored just 59.1 points per contest. The Tigers hit just 37.8 percent of their shots from the field, including 28.6 percent from three-point range.

Game times and TV/video stream information for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge will be announced at a later date. For ticket information regarding Nebraska women's basketball, visit Huskers.com.

 

The 2017 Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Notre Dame @ Michigan
Wisconsin @ Pittsburgh
Florida State @ Iowa
Maryland @ Virginia
Minnesota @ North Carolina

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Clemson @ Nebraska
Wake Forest @ Penn State
Purdue @ Georgia Tech
Northwestern @ Syracuse
Louisville @ Indiana
Virginia Tech @ Illinois
Michigan State @ Miami
Ohio State @ Duke
NC State @ Rutgers


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Florida beats LSU 6-1 at CWS for 1st national championship

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Florida scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their Southeastern Conference rival 6-1 Tuesday night to complete a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals for their first national title in baseball.

The Gators (52-19) posted the eighth sweep in the 15 years of the best-of-three finals format, and first since 2013. LSU (52-20) lost for the first time in seven appearances in a championship game.

Freshman Tyler Dyson (4-0) limited the Tigers to three hits in six innings in only his second start, and the Gators capitalized on LSU errors in the first and second innings to go up 2-0 against Jared Poche' (12-4).

Down 2-1 in the seventh, LSU had what would have been the tying run sent back to third base because of a runner interference call at second on a double-play ball. In the eighth, the Tigers failed to push across a run after having runners on the corners with no outs.


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GILT 16th Annual Golf Scramble

Grand Island - GILT will host their 16th annual golf tournament on Saturday, August 5th at Wood River Country Club. This will be a three-person scramble golf benefit for the Catherine Fosket Scholarship Fund. There will be a flag prize on every hole and fun for everyone. Nine holes will be played with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. View and print the registration form with the information below. For more information, call Jeannee Mueller Fossberg at 379-2015. 

 

GILT Golf Tournament Registration Form 


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Singer's 12 Ks help Gators beat LSU 4-3 in CWS finals opener

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Brady Singer struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings, Jonathan India doubled in two runs, and Florida beat LSU 4-3 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night.

The Gators (51-19) need a win Tuesday or Wednesday to earn their first national championship.

Singer's strikeout total was highest by a single pitcher in a CWS finals game. Singer (9-5) limited LSU (52-19) to three singles before Antoine Duplantis homered in the sixth.

Florida led 3-0 after LSU starter Russell Reynolds (1-2) issued three straight walks in the fourth, with India driving in two runs on a ground-rule double.

Down 4-2, LSU threatened in the eighth. Josh Smith sent a ball into the right-center gap to drive in a run. He was thrown out trying for second by Nick Horvath, who entered as a pinch runner in the top of the eighth and stayed in the game as the center fielder.


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