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Golf : GICC 1st - Aurora 2nd at Minden Invite

Minden - Central Catholic boys golf team edged out Aurora 333 to 332 to claim first place at the Minden Invite on Thursday. 


Husker Softball Season Ends With 5-0 Loss to Penn State

Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Nebraska softball team saw its season end Thursday afternoon, as the Huskers fell to Penn State, 5-0, in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Nittany Lions won with timely hitting, going 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Half of Penn State's eight hits came with a runner in scoring position - including three with two outs - while the other four hits all came with none out to set the table in all four innings in which the Nittany Lions scored. In contrast, the Huskers were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and twice NU had a runner on third base with fewer than two outs but failed to score.

With the loss, Nebraska ended its season with a 24-29 record. Penn State improved to 23-32 and advance to face No. 4 seed Illinois on Friday. Senior right-hander Cassie McClure (11-9) took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in 1.2 innings. Junior right-hander Kaylan Jablonski pitched well in relief, allowing only two runs in 5.1 innings.

Jablonski also produced one of Nebraska's two hits, while freshman Tristen Edwards led off the bottom of the second with a double to account for the Huskers' other hit. Penn State ace Marlain Laubach, who went 0-2 against Nebraska in the regular season, got her revenge in the postseason, as she fired a two-hit shutout, retiring the final 11 Huskers.

Penn State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. A leadoff walk, a single and a sacrifice bunt put Nittany Lions on second and third with one out. McClure bounced back with a big strikeout before Delaney Elling brought home the game's first two runs by lining a 3-2 pitch into center field for a two-out single.

The Nittany Lions stretched their lead to 3-0 in the top of the second on a two-out RBI double from Rebecca Ziegler.

Edwards then led off the bottom of the second with a double. She was at third with one out following a ground out, but Nebraska was unable to bring her home as a strikeout and a foul out ended the inning.

The Huskers threatened again in the bottom of the fourth when senior MJ Knighten drew a leadoff walk before Jablonski singled. McClure then drew another walk to load the bases with one out but again Nebraska failed to score.

Penn State then used a leadoff walk, a wild pitch and an RBI single to push its lead to 4-0 in the top of the fifth.

The Nittany Lions added an insurance run when Rebecca Ziegler led off the top of the seventh with a home run before Laubach wrapped up her third shutout of the season by retiring Nebraska in order in the bottom of the seventh.

Each of Nebraska's four seniors - Knighten, McClure, Rachel Arthur and Lotte Sjulin - saw action in their final game.


UNK Football: Eagles Ask Kozeal to Tryout

Kearney, Neb. – Former Nebraska-Kearney All-American linebacker TykeKozeal has received a tryout offer from the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.

The Sargent native becomes the 11th Loper since 2000 to tryout for an NFL club or sign a free agent deal. Offensive linemen Cole Manhart (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was the most recent UNK alum in the League, spending last season with the Pittsburg Steelers. He began his NFL journey with the Eagles in May 2015.

If the tryout goes well, Kozeal will stick around for the Eagles rookie minicamp, slated for May 12-14 (Fri.-Sun.). Later in May and in early June are the team's OTA's (organized team practice activities) with the mandatory minicamp set for June 13-15.

Kozeal started all 44 games in his UNK career, amassing 604 tackles and garnering All-American honors from a slew of outlets this year. He also was a 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-American for maintaining a 3.80 GPA as an Health & P.E. major.

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Ryan Bachman/OL Houston Texans
Mason Brodine/DE Oakland Raiders & St. Louis Rams
Stephen Goodin/OL New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys & Minnesota Vikings
Arthur Hobbs/CB San Diego Chargers
Joel Jacobs/TE St. Louis Rams & New England Patriots
Tyke Kozeal/LB Philadelphia Eagles
Tyler McNitt/TE Minnesota Vikings
Cole Manhart/OL Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders & Pittsburgh Steelers
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GICC tennis players Fay and Liske preparing for state

Grand Island - Amanda Fay and Madison Liske, GICC Tennis players in advance of state next week.


Husker tour makes stop in Grand Island

Grand Island - The annual Husker tour made pit stops on Tuesday in Alliance, McCook, and Grand Island. Traveling on the tour was Nebraska head football coach Mike Riley, Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst, from the Husker Sports Network Greg Sharpe, and former Husker Steve Taylor. Make an appearance on the Grand Island stop at the Balz Banquet Hall was Nebraska women's basketball coach Amy Williams. Below listen to several interviews that were conducted with the KRGI Sports Network. 


Kearney takes down Islander soccer at state

Omaha - Kearney was able to avenge a 2-1 shootout April 13th loss to Grand Island at the state soccer tournament on Wednesday as the Bearcats defeated the Islanders 1-0 in the opening round in Omaha at Morrison Stadium. Kearney would score the lone goal of the match at the 23-minute mark as Matt Stute would chip in a loose ball in front of the net. Kearney (18-3) will take on Creighton Prep (17-3) in the state semifinals on Friday at 6:00 pm. Grand Island season comes to an end with a record of 11-7. The other quarterfinal matches will see Westside vs Lincoln East and Millard West vs Lincoln North Star. 


State Soccer Bracket


Grand Island boys soccer getting ready for state soccer

The Grand Island boys soccer team will take on Kearney in the first round of the Class A state soccer tournament on Wednesday at 11:00 am. The match will be played at Morrison Stadium on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha. Listen to interviews with three Islanders David Garcia, Justin Oregon, and Brian Covarrubias below. 

State Soccer Brackets


Hastings College softball claims GPAC title

Sioux City - The Hastings College softball team battled into the if necessary game and came away with its first Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Championship since 2009. The Broncos dropped game one 8-1 to Morningside before coming back to defeat the Mustangs 5-2 and 5-4 on Monday evening.

Head Coach Troy Baker complimented his team on its gritty effort, "I'm so proud how the team responded especially having one bad inning that cost us the first game," Baker said.

That one inning he is talking about was the bottom of the 6th where Morningside scored eight runs off of two early errors by Hastings that saw the Mustangs go from 1-0 down to up 8-1 which was the final of game one.

This put Hastings in a tough spot now having to win two straight games against the No. 9 team in the country in order to be named GPAC Tournament Champions.

Hastings then turned to ace Josie Bumgardner in game two where she held the Mustangs in check until the 4th when MC scored on a sac fly to take a 1-0 lead.

The what seemed to doom the Broncos in game one in turn came back against the Mustangs as Cara Williams attempted to move Alex Schmidt to second on a bunt but Rachel Henks threw the ball away. This was nearly identicle to what happed to the Broncos in game one that sparked the eight run 6th.

With runners on the corners, Chloe Boeka ripped a game tying RBI single plating Schmidt to tie the game 1-1. Hastings would load the bases with two outs when Bumgardner helped her own cause blasting a grand slam over the left field fence for the 5-1 lead.

From there, Bumgardner allowed just one more run in her complete game effort keeping the Broncos alive for the tournament title.

Now going to a game three, Hastings turned to true freshman Ashlynn Clifford as she was asked to keep the Mustang bats in check.

Clifford would get some help before she even took the mound as Lexie Linderman roped a double to right which scored Williams for the early 1-0 lead.

Clifford would do her part keeping Morningside off the scoreboard until Linderman struck again in the 3rd with a 2-run home run to right center increasing the Bronco lead to 3-0.

Clifford continued to stymie the Mustangs as she not only kept them off the scoreboard, but also out of the hit column through four innings of play.

In the top of the 4th, Hastings would strike again with RBI singles from Corrin Ziepke and Boeka pushing the Bronco lead to 5-0.

The Mustangs finally got a hit off Clifford in the 5th and it was a big one as Mara Amsberry hit a 2-run home run to left cutting the deficit to 5-2.

This lead would hold into the 7th when Allie Martinez connected on another 2-run home run bringing the Mustangs to within one run at 5-4.

Coach Baker decided that it was time to go back to his ace Bumgardner as she got a groundout and a strikeout to give Hastings the conference title.

"Josie and Ashlynn had great outings and Josie's grand slam with Lexie's home run the were the big blows of games 2 and 3," Baker said.

After Bumgardner got the final out, she ran straight over to the bench and jumped into Kaitlynn Behnk's arms as the celebration was on.

Hastings finishes the regular season 36-22 and will now wait to hear where they will be going for the NAIA National Softball Championship Opening Round.


Huskers win over Rutgers in walk off fashion

Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (29-16-1, 12-5-1 Big Ten) completed a home weekend sweep with a 7-6 walk-off win over Rutgers (17-28, 5-10 Big Ten) at Hawks Field on Sunday afternoon.

Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth, leadoff hitter Scott Schreiber singled to centerfield, and advanced to second on Brison Cronenbold's sacrifice bunt two at-bats later. Luis Alvarado singled to bring in Schreiber for the winning run. It was Nebraska's first walk-off win since March 1, 2016, when NU defeated Loyola-Marymount, 6-4. Nebraska takes first place in the Big Ten standings with its win and Maryland's loss to Illinois on Sunday.

Junior lefthander Jake Meyers made his 11th start of the season, and threw 7.1 innings with six strikeouts. He gave up six runs, four of which were earned, before Chad Luensmann came in for the final 1.2 innings.

As was the case in the first two games against Rutgers, Nebraska produced double-digit hits with 13 on Sunday. In addition, the Huskers scored in the first inning for the third time in the three-game series. Meyers was walked in the opening at-bat of the game, and back-to-back groundouts advanced him to third. He scored when Ben Miller reached on a Rutgers error.

NU added three runs in the second frame. Mojo Hagge reached second base on an error by the Scarlet Knights in the first at-bat of the inning. Jesse Wilkening singled, bringing in Hagge. Jake Schleppenbach doubled, advancing Wilkening to third. Meyers singled to score Schleppenbach and Wilkening. Meyers advanced to third on an Angelo Altavilla single, but was left on base after the Rutgers defense recorded three consecutive outs.

Rutgers cut into the lead with a pair of runs in the third inning. Nebraska responded with one run in the fifth and one in the sixth. Rutgers tied the game 6-6 in the eighth inning, which included a three-run homer by Tom Marcinczyk.

The Huskers return to action on Wednesday night with the final game of the season series against intrastate rival Creighton. First pitch at TD Ameritrade Park is set for 7 p.m. (CT).


Husker softball falls late to Purdue

West Lafayette, Ind. - The Nebraska softball team was unable to hold off a pesky Purdue team on Sunday, as the Boilermakers used a three-run sixth inning to rally for a 6-4 victory over the Huskers.

With the win, Purdue (19-35 overall, 8-4 Big Ten) clinched a series victory over the Huskers. Nebraska fell to 24-27 with the loss and dropped to 13-9 in conference play. With the series loss, Nebraska will be the No. 5 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament, regardless of the result of Monday's game, when Nebraska and Purdue wrap up their three-game series at 11 a.m. (Central).

Purdue Katie Johnson baffled the Husker hitters for the second straight game. After earning a no-decision in the Boilermakers' walk-off win Saturday, Johnson came on in relief in the first inning with Purdue already trailing 1-0 with the bases full of Huskers and only one out. Johnson got out of the jam allowing only one more run and finished with 7.0 innings pitched, allowing two runs on only three hits to improve to 3-10 on the season.

For Nebraska, junior Kaylan Jablonski (11-15) took the loss in relief. Jablonski allowed four runs on seven hits in 2.0 innings. Senior Cassie McClure earned the start and allowed two runs on six hits in 4.0 innings. Jablonski and McClure also paced the NU offense for the second straight game. Jablonski was 2-for-4 with a double, while McClure was 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a walk. Freshman Tristen Edwards also tripled for the Big Red as part of a 1-for-2 day.

Things began well, as Nebraska scored twice in the top of the first inning but missed a chance for more. The Huskers loaded the bases on consecutive walks to senior MJ Knighten and sophomore Alyvia Simmons and a single from Jablonski. Edwards then drew a five-pitch walk to bring Knighten home with the game's first run. The Huskers still had the bases loaded with no outs prompting a Purdue pitching change. Katie Johnson entered the game and coaxed a ground ball to the shortstop, but Kristen Hoppman's throw home was mishandled by the catcher, allowing Simmons to score on the error. Leading 2-0 with the bases still loaded, the Huskers had to settle for just the two runs as a strikeout and a lineout that Purdue turned into a double play ended the inning.

Purdue came back in the bottom of the second. A leadoff double was erased by a double play before a walk, a hit batter and a two-out RBI single cut the Husker lead to 2-1.

Nebraska answered right back in the top of the third. Jablonski doubled with one out and scored two batters later on a two-out RBI double from McClure.

In the bottom of the third, a pair of singles gave Purdue runners at first and second with one out. An RBI single off the wall from Alexa Binckes cut the Nebraska lead to 3-2 before the Huskers turned an inning-ending double play.

The Boilermakers threatened again in the bottom of the fifth. Jablonski allowed consecutive singles to the first two batters she faced out of the bullpen before quickly retiring the next two batters. But Lexi Valone delivered a two-out, RBI single to tie the game after five innings of play.

In the top of the sixth, Edwards led off with a triple, McClure walked and junior Taylor Otte was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Junior Laura Barrow then scored Edwards with a sacrifice fly to center. After regaining the lead, 4-3, Nebraska had to settle for just the one run, as a strikeout and a pop out left Huskers stranded at first and second.

After threatening to produce a big inning several times, Purdue finally cashed in a scoring opportunity for multiple runs in the bottom of the sixth, plating three runs. A leadoff single, a bunt and an infield single gave the Boilermakers runner at first and second with one out. Maya Hughes then lined a single to right field and the tying run scored from second after the home plate umpire ruled Nebraska missed the tag on the runner even though it appeared sophomore Bri Cassidy had tagged out the runner following a high throw. Hoppman then broke hte 4-4 tie with a clutch two-run single to center.

Nebraska was retired in order in the top of the seventh, as the Huskers were out-hit 13-4 in the loss.

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