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2018 Nebraska Shrine Bowl Rosters Announced

LINCOLN, NE —The Board of Directors for the Shrine Bowl of Nebraska released the initial player selections for the 60th Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl Game, which will take place on Saturday, June 2 at the University of Nebraska—Kearney's Foster Field at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium.

Coaching staffs for this year’s game were previously announced and those head coaches — Bellevue West's Mike Huffman (North) and Aurora's Kyle Peterson (South) — each chose from nominated seniors in their designated regions to represent their respective schools, as well as North or South, in the 60th annual Shrine Bowl.

North Team: Moses Bryant, Elkhorn South; Brian Covarrubias, Grand Island; Darnel Davis, Omaha Burke; Joe Dolincheck, Bellevue East; Brandon Eastlack, Millard North; Dylan Egr, Wahoo; Colton Feist, Yutan; AJ Forbes, Bellevue West; Dylan Gentrup, Boone Central; Drake Gilliland, Mitchell; Coby Haas, Sidney; Riley Harms, Fremont; Trevor Havlovic, East Butler; Bergan Hofer, Fremont; Jonah Housh, North Star; Vernon Johnson, Omaha North; Kohlton Keezer, Grand Island; Bryson Krull, North Platte; Dylan Kucera, Fremont Bergan; Grant Kwapnioski, Elkhorn; Wyatt Liewer, O’Neill; Alex Lindsay, Pierce; Grant Matthies, Creighton Prep; Zion Perry, Lincoln High; Carson Pilkington, Elkhorn South; Kooper Reece, Valentine; Andrew Rheiner, Omaha Burke; Milton Sargbah, Omaha North; Ryan Schommer, Norfolk; DJ Stephen, Valentine; Jesse Sullivan, Boone Central; Marcus Vaughn-Jones, Creighton Prep; Nolan Viergutz, Columbus Lakeview; Jacob Wageman, Bennington; Evan Welsh, Wahoo Neumann

North Coaches: Mike Huffman, Bellevue West; Andrew Christensen, Fort Calhoun; Tim Williams, Waverly; Dan Kajicek, Yutan; Ted Hennings, Creighton Prep; Mike Pokorski, Bellevue West

South Team: Dashawn Bates, Boys Town; Drew Bessey, Palmyra; Jaden Cover, Millard West; Tijah Davis, Boys Town; Connor Fee, Gretna; Jackson Gilbert, Bellevue East; Jackson Gordon, Omaha Skutt; Jalen Harris, Omaha Central; Hunter Hays, McCook; Spencer Hays, DC West; A.J. Johnson, West; Jacob Johnson, Fairbury; Joey Johnson, Gretna; Brett Kaiser, Kearney Catholic; Wyatt Kee, Gibbon; Masry Mapieu, York; Matt Masker, Kearney Catholic; Noah McCashland, Pius; Noah Meneses, Plattsmouth; Zack Muff, Crete; Nathan Murray, Kearney; Cal Narber, Aurora; Simon Otte, York; Dylan Plautz, Westside; Garrett Schardt, BDS; Zack Schlager, McCook; Caleb Schweigart, Westside; Bryce Stai, Norris; Isaiah Stalbird, Kearney; Dan Sunderman, Millard South; Bronson Titus, Holdrege; Adam Wasserman, Fairbury; Jonah Weyand, Crete; Gus Woeppel, Norris; Cole Young, Papillion South; **Caleb Marlatt, Elmwood-Murdock (unable to play- injury)

South Coaches: Kyle Peterson, Aurora; Reed Manstedt, Crete; Ryan Kearney, Pius X; Rashawn Harvey, Kearney Catholic; Tim Elge, Aurora; Wade Milller, Seward

The 60th Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl will be played Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, in Kearney, Nebraska, at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Kearney. Kickoff will be at 2:00 pm. Tickets and additional information are available at www.neshrinebowl.org or by calling (402) 477-8908.


High School Football Schedules 2018-2019

Lincoln, NE -  The Nebraska Schools Activities Association on Tuesday released the high school football schedules for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. To view, all schedules visit www.nsaahome.org/football


Schools in Grand Island, Aurora, and St Paul. View Link Here




Faced with budget gap, Nebraska-Kearney drops 3 men's sports

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska at Kearney is eliminating baseball, men's tennis and men's golf at the end of the 2018 spring season.

Chancellor Doug Kristensen said Monday the cuts are necessary because the school faces a $3.4 million budget gap. The elimination of the three sports will save UNK $450,000 annually. He said the cuts affect 56 student-athletes and 10 incoming freshmen.

Athletic director Paul Plinske said athletic scholarships will be honored through their remaining eligibility and UNK will support the athletes in their efforts to find new schools.

The Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association requires sponsorship of football and basketball. Kristensen said Title IX compliance prohibited the consideration of eliminating any women's sport.

Three coaching positions will be phased out over the next year.


UNK MBB: UCO edges Lopers 77-69

Kearney, Neb. – Four players scored in double figures and Central Oklahoma grabbed 14 offensive rebounds to beat Nebraska-Kearney, 77-69,Thursday night in Edmond.

The Bronchos (16-7, 9-5) are now 9-2 at home and 11-3 all-time against the Lopers (10-13, 6-8). UNK, falling to 7-11 in games decided by 12 points or less, was a bit shorthanded as starting forward AJ Jackson (Bellevue) was out due to illness and starting guard Lane Rohrich was limited due to injury. The Pierce native played 21 minutes when he usually goes for 36.

Despite the short rotation, Kearney was hotter than a firecracker in July as it hit seven three pointers in the first 10 minutes to lead 24-9. York senior guard Ty Danielson hit four of the bombs with junior reserve forward Carter Burns (Ankeny, Ia.) nailing two, junior guard Isaiah McKay (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) having one and freshman post Weston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Minn.) converting a three-point play for goid measure.

However, a UCO Broncho squad with five Division I transfers and nine players standing 6-4 or taller went inside to climb back into the things. Thanks to 11 offensive rebounds, the ‘Chos outscored UNK 30-10 the rest of the half to lead by five. A balanced attack saw eight players in the scoring column.

"We shot the ball well in the first half but the thing that did us in was that they rebounded the ball. When we were making all those shots, they were getting second chance opportunities and that helped them hang around. If we were finishing the possessions one and done, we could've really stretched the lead," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton.

UNK got 19 points and six rebounds from senior forward Trey Lansman (Harlan, Ia.) in the second half to hang around. The Lopers grabbed a 42-41 lead after a UCO turnover and a Lansman jumper. However, UCO wouldn't trail again as they went on an 11-4 run.

"I thought we did what we wanted in terms of post defense. We were able to sag and double; usually, they really enforce their will around the basket with deep post ups. We did a good job of taking that away from them but we couldn't finish possessions in the first half," said Lofton.

The Lopers tried to comeback from a 14-point hole late in the second half, getting the deficit down to 73-67 after a Danielson layup. However, UCO went 3 for 4 at the line to push the lead back to nine.

"We were knocking at the door for a long time but we couldn't get a stop or two that would've put us over the top," said Lofton.

Graduate transfer Marqueese Grayson, formerly of D1 Albany (NY), went for a team-high 20 points on 8 of 13 (4 of 4 threes) shooting. He also had four assists, two rebounds and a steal in 34 minutes.

Former 'Husker Jake Hammond, at 6-9, 230 lbs., had a double double (10 points & 12 rebounds) with Oral Roberts transfer Corbin Byford at 10 points and five boards. Off the bench, junior guard KoleTalbott had 12 points and three boards in 22 minutes. He came in averaging 3.5 points per game.

Lansman (24 points & 12 rebounds) recorded his 12th double double of the year, one of the highest such totals in Division II. He went 8 of 16 (1 of 6 threes) from the field and 7 of 8 at the lien in playing all 40 minutes.

Next, Danielson had 14 of his 16 points in the first half with Burns (six) and Iowa sophomore Kyle Juhl (five) combining for 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocks off the bench. Finally, McKay got close to his first career double double (eight points & nine rebounds).

UNK is at Northeastern State Saturday afternoon. The RiverHawks (7-15, 3-10) fell tonight to Fort Hays State, 98-89, its eighth loss in a row.


UNK BB:Henderson reliever stars in 3-0 shutout

Kearney, Neb. – Junior right handed reliever Kris Priddy threw six scoreless innings to help Henderson State blank Nebraska-Kearney, 3-0,Thursday night in Arkadelphia, Ark.

This game was part of the three-day Henderson State Invitational. The Reddies, who beat UNK by a 7-0 score last February, improve to 2-2 while the Lopers drop to 1-2.

It was a bit of a pitcher's duel as the two teams combined for just 14 hits (11 singles) and 20 runners left on base. Each squad stranded 10.

Priddy (1-0), coming in at 5-10, 165 lbs., took over in the top of the fourth and allowed just three hits and a walk the rest of the way. Fanning five, he now has a 1.04 ERA in three appearances (8.2 innings). In 2017, he logged a total of 7.0 innings over six appearances.

Junior lefty Jeremy Moyer (Prescott, Ariz.) made his first appearance as a Loper, allowing three earned on seven hits, five walks and three wild pitches. Striking out five in 4.2 innings, he gave way to right handers Thomas Ruwe (Arlington) and Peyton Pocock (Kearney). They combined to shut out HSU, allowing just a hit and a walk with three K's.

The Reddies tallied single runs in the second, third and fifth innings. Cleanup hitter Jordan Harris, who played center field and started the game on the mound, went 2 for 3 with an RBI with seven-hole hitter Taylor Langston 2 for 3 with a run and RBI.

For UNK, leadoff and junior center fielder hitter Brett Young (2 for 5) and sophomore second baseman Calvin Rudolph (2 for 3 with a walk) provided the offense.

On Friday, weather permitting, UNK faces 40th-ranked Arkansas-Ft. Smith (3-0). First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.


UNK WBB:Loper magic runs out

Kearney, Neb. – The Central Oklahoma Bronchos got big performances from starters Madison Lee and Jesheon Cooper and closed on a 30-9 run to rally past Nebraska-Kearney, 67-59,Thursday night in Edmond.

Thanks to strong final 11 minutes, UCO (18-5, 9-5), ranked most of the season in the WBCA Top 25 poll, sees a two-game losing streak to UNK come to an end. Meanwhile, the Lopers (18-4, 10-4) lose for the first time since January 6 and a seven-game win streak goes by the wayside.

UNK seemingly was headed for an eighth straight victory as they led for the first 36:52 and by as many as 13 points. However, the Lopers offensive production dipped with each passing 10 minutes, finishing with five points on 2 of 13 shooting in the fourth quarter.

"I thought we played well on both sides of the ball for the first three quarters. We had a few too many turnovers (17) against a team that pressures a little bit," said Loper assistant coach Brandon Rohr. "It just didn't quite bounce our way down the stretch. There's a few possessions and a few defensive rebound opportunities we would like back."

Now 11-1 in games decided by 10 points or less, UNK led 50-37 after a triple by Crofton freshman Kelsey Sanger. UCO started its big run by scoring the final four points of the third quarter to trail 54-46. The two buckets came in the final 41 seconds.

Senior guard Melinda Murillo, UCO's leading scoring on the year, made it a six-point game 10 seconds into the fourth quarter and then both squads went cold. UCO tallied three points over the next seven minutes while the Lopers were stuck on 54 points.

UNK's only baskets of the quarter came on-back-to-back possessions as senior guard Michaela Barry (Battle Creek) banked in a runner and junior forward Jaymie Bernbeck (Garden City, Kan.) hit a baseline jumper. That made it 58-54 with 2:52 remaining but UCO tallied the next eight points.

"They were really physical going to the ball and started switching things late. That kind of threw us off a little bit. The floor started to shrink and it makes it harder for the offense to operate. One player is able to guard two," said Rohr.

After an offensive rebound, sophomore reserve guard Shatoya Bryson hit a three to make it a one-point deficit. The Lopers missed a shot with 2:05 left and then Cooper, standing 6-5, tallied a put back layup to tie the game. A UNK turnover followed and then Lee, averaging three points on the year, rebounded a miss and converted a three-point play that gave her team the lead for good.

Barry made one of two free throws with 46 seconds to go to keep it a one possession game but Lee hit a jumper with the shot clock winding down. She finished with 10 points, seven coming in the fourth. Shooting 80 percent at the line coming in, the 'Chos went 5 of 7 at the line to salt things away

"We were up four with two and a half left and gave up an offensive rebound and it got kicked out for a three. We just got to close and that's something our group and done all year. We just didn't do it tonight," said Rohr.

In losing two games to UNK late last year, UCO committed a combined 38turnovers. Tonight, they had only eight while hitting seven threes and limiting UNK to 39 percent shooting. The 'Chos came in among the MIAA leaders in field goal percentage defense (34.2) and Cooper is one big reason why. She finished with six blocks and altered countless others as she was parked in the lane in the fourth quarter.

Besides the swats, Cooper had 10 rebounds and eight points. In addition to Lee's heroics, starter Blake Blessington (18) and Murillo (11) scored in double figures as did Bryson (10). She came in averaging 5.4 points per game.

For UNK, Barry had second double double (18 points and 10 rebounds) of the year with Sanger tallying 14 and Grand Island senior McKenzie Brown chipping in with 12 points and nine boards. Barry made eight free throws and five shots while also having a team-best six assists. Next, these three players each logged 38 minutes.

Finally, Humphrey graduate transfer Alyssa Frauendorfer fouled out midway the fourth, UNK's fifth DQ of the year, and managed five points and five rebounds.

UNK heads to Northeastern State on Saturday afternoon. The RiverHawks (9-12, 5-9) fell tonight to Fort Hays State, 71-53.


Hastings College WBB:Farmer posts career night routing Doane

Hastings, NE - The Hastings College women's basketball team picked up another huge performance from Shandra Farmer as the Broncos crushed Doane 81-58 on Wednesday night in Lynn Farrell Arena.

Early on with the game tied 3-3, Farmer came up with one of her career high seven steals and then found Jordan Johnson for the bucket and the lead in which Hastings would not relinquish.

Farmer then picked the pocket of Cortney Arkfeld and raced the other way for an easy layup and the 7-3 lead.

Later on in the first quarter, Farmer did the same thing to Arkfeld right after Mackenzie Willicott picked up a steal and a layup as Doane would be forced to call a timeout as the rout was on.

Both Farmer and Willicott made life difficult for the Tigers combining for 11 total steals and 48 of the Bronocs 81 poinrts.

Farmer sunk home a career high 30 points on 11-for-15 shooting while ripping off seven steals. Willicott scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting while picking up four steals. Rachel Jelden also got in on the act with a career high five steals.

With Doane attemping to keep things close in the first period, Farmer would snag the pass from Gabby Grasso and drain a 3-pointer for the 16-8 lead.

After a Tiger bucket, Grasso picked up an offensive rebound and got the put back to push the lead back to eight at 18-10. Then Willicott received a great pass from Emma Grenfell and put it home as Hastings now led 22-10 with 2:00 to go in the first quarter.

The Broncos would blow the game wide open late in the second quarter ending the half on a 10-2 run with buckets from Farmer, Holly Hild and Willicott as Hastings led 48-29 at halftime.

Hastings finished the game shooting 44 percent from the floor compared to just 36 percent for Doane. Hastings forced 28 turnover with 23 of them being steals. Hastings also had seven blocks to just two for Doane.

Hild and Johnson would combine for 16 points and five assists on the night.

Hastings improves to 21-5 (12-5) on the year and will be back in action Saturday Feb. 10 hitting the road to take on Dordt with tip-off set for2:00 p.m. in Sioux Center, IA.


Ortega boys sign with Nebraska Wesleyan baseball


Grand Island - Girls Basketball Sub-District Pairings

Northwest - Columbus - Seward - Aurora - York 

Girls Class B Sub District 6 - BRACKET


GICC - Central City - St Paul - Adams Central 

Girls Class C1 Sub District 9 - BRACKET


Hampton - Silver Lake - Red Cloud - H.Lutheran - Giltner 

Girls Class D2 Sub District 7 - BRACKET


GISH athletes sign on to the next level