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Rolfzen, Wong-Orantes Win Gold With Team USA

Former Nebraska volleyball standouts Amber Rolfzen and Justine Wong-Orantes won the gold medal with the U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team at the Pan American Cup on Sunday in Cañete, Peru.

The U.S. defeated Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23) to capture its fifth all-time Pan American Cup. Dominican Republic, the defending champions, had not lost a set in its six tournament matches until meeting Team USA in the final. The Americans finished the tournament with a perfect 7-0 record.

Rolfzen and Wong-Orantes each appeared in three of the seven matches throughout the tournament. Rolfzen totaled eight kills and two blocks, while Wong-Orantes had 21 excellent digs.


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Huskers Add Top 100 Freshman Post

One of the top 100 players nationally in the 2017 high school senior class will join the Nebraska women's basketball program for the 2017-18 season, as Coach Amy Williams announced on Friday that 6-5 center Kate Cain will join the Husker program.

Cain, who graduated from Pine Bush High School in New York, originally signed her National Letter of Intent with Delaware in November of 2016. Cain was released from her NLI after a coaching change at Delaware during the offseason. She chose Nebraska over Virginia, Minnesota and Dayton. She will have four years of eligibility at Nebraska beginning immediately in the 2017-18 season. As a senior, she was ranked as the No. 82 overall player in the nation by ESPN, which had her ranked as the No. 10 prep post player in the country. She originally chose Delaware over Syracuse, West Virginia and Seton Hall.

Williams said Cain will provide immediate help for the Huskers in the post, while bringing her work ethic and high character to the team.

"We're excited to have Kate join our program," Williams said. "She brings a strong back-to-the-basket post presence to our team and much-needed depth at that position. She's got great hands and a good presence around the rim. She is an excellent student, has great character and fits perfectly with the humble, hard-working culture we are establishing at Nebraska."

Cain was a finalist for Miss New York Basketball honors as a senior, when she averaged 25.2 points, 12.3 rebounds and 7.9 blocks per game for Coach Bill Lacouara at Pine Bush High School. She was a first-team USA Today All-New York selection in 2016-17. She averaged 24.3 points, 15.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks per game as a junior. Cain, who hails from Middletown, N.Y., played her club basketball for Coach John Reilly and the Hudson Valley Elite AAU program. She also helped Pine Bush to the New York state volleyball finals.

Cain has a strong family background in basketball. Her father, Tim, graduated as the all-time leading scorer (1,872 points) in Manhattan College history. He was a two-time honorable-mention All-American by The Sporting News, averaging 17.3 points per game during his career for the Jaspers. Kate's mother, Alison (Martinsky) Cain, was also a 1,000-point career scorer as a collegian at Fairfield, finishing with 1,071 points. She also ranked 10th in Fairfield history with 734 career rebounds, while ranking second in Stags history with 268 blocks. Alison played professionally in Ireland. Kate's older brother, John, is a 6-10 starting left-handed pitcher for the Lafayette baseball team. She also has a younger brother, Chris.


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Dates for 2017 Big Ten-ACC Challenge Announced

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Atlantic Coast and Big Ten Conferences on Monday announced the dates for the 19th annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge. The matchups, featuring all 14 Big Ten teams and all but one ACC member, were announced on June 8.

 

The dates for the 2017 Challenge appear below. Tip times and specific network assignments will be announced at a later date.

 

Monday, Nov. 27

Maryland at Syracuse

Wisconsin at Virginia

 

Tuesday, Nov. 28

Northwestern at Georgia Tech

Louisville at Purdue

Florida State at Rutgers

Illinois at Wake Forest

Iowa at Virginia Tech

 

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Duke at Indiana

Miami at Minnesota

Boston College at Nebraska

Michigan at North Carolina

Penn State at NC State

Clemson at Ohio State

 

Thursday, Nov. 30

Notre Dame at Michigan State


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Home Federal takes 4 over the weekend

Grand Island - The Home Federal Senior American Legion baseball team won four games over the weekend to push their record to 28-7 on the season. Action on Friday saw Home Federal defeat Smith Center, Kansas 11-1 & Lincoln Southeast 9-7. On Saturday Home Federal took care of Lexington 11-8 and won over Lincoln Northstar 11-10. Home Federal will be back in action on Monday, June 26th hosting DCB then travel to North Platte for a double-header on Tuesday June 27th. 

 

 

 

 


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Former Packers RB Ahman Green jailed on child abuse claim

 

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green has been charged with felony child abuse after his 15-year-old daughter told police he punched her in the face.

Green, 40, is also charged with disorderly conduct in the incident late Sunday in the Green Bay suburb of Ledgeview. According to a criminal complaint, Green's daughter told police that he struck her in the face in a dispute over getting her to do the dishes. Green allegedly told sheriff's deputies he hit his daughter with an open hand.

Court records don't list a defense attorney. Lammi Sports Management, which has handled Green's appearances, had no immediate comment.

Green was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2014. He is the team's all-time leading rusher and a four-time Pro Bowl pick.


 


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Elliott Moving to Analyst; Booker Named Assistant

Nebraska Head Football Coach Mike Riley announced today a change to the Husker coaching staff. Due to personal reasons that recently arose, Assistant Coach Bob Elliott will not be available to work on the field during the 2017 Nebraska football season and instead will serve as a defensive analyst in 2017. Scott Booker has been hired as the Husker safeties and special teams coach for the upcoming season. “We are sorry to see Bob Elliott leave our full-time on-field staff,” Riley said. “Bob is a wonderful man and a great football coach and he has built a great rapport with our staff and the players in our program. We respect Bob's decision and we are confident that he will continue to have a positive impact on our program.” A 38-year veteran of the coaching profession, Elliott joined the Nebraska staff this winter and coached the Husker safeties. Booker brings 10 years of full-time FBS coaching experience to the Nebraska program, including five seasons on the Notre Dame coaching staff. He most recently served as a special teams consultant with the Nebraska football program. “It's an unusual time to make a coaching hire,” Riley said. “But we are fortunate that Scott worked with our staff this past spring and brings great experience and energy to our program. We are confident that he will add to our program as a coach, teacher and recruiter.” Booker is proud to be a part of the Nebraska coaching staff and eager to work with the Huskers' special teams and safeties. “The opportunity to be a part of a prestigious program at the University of Nebraska is something that few coaches have the chance to do in their career,” Booker said. “This is a special place with tremendous people and a great leader in Coach Riley. I couldn't be more excited for the 2017 season and the chance to work with the young men in this program.”

 


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Nebraska Men's Basketball: McVeigh Selected to Australia World University Games Team

Lincoln -- Nebraska junior forward Jack McVeigh will join an exclusive list of Husker basketball players, as he was selected on Tuesday to represent his country in the 2017 World University Games later this summer. McVeigh is one of 12 players selected by Basketball Australia for the event, which takes place in Taipei from Aug. 19-29. He will become the third Husker basketball player to participate in the World University Games, joining Eric Piatkowski (1993) and Dave Hoppen (1985), as the former Huskers won gold and silver, respectively. McVeigh, a two-year performer for the Husker basketball team, has been part of the Australian National Team pool for international competition for several years. The 6-foot-8 forward served as captain of the Australian U-19 team and played in the U-19 World Championships in 2015 and made his senior national team debut in 2014 Sino-Australia Challenge. McVeigh played in 30 games for the Huskers in 2016-17, averaging 7.5 points and 2.5 points per game. He was second on the team with 47 3-pointers. In Big Ten play, he was one of the best sixth men in the conference, averaging 8.1 points per game and shooting 38 percent from 3-point range. McVeigh reached double figures eight times as a sophomore, including a pair of 21-point performances against Louisiana Tech and Big Ten regular-season champion Purdue. Australia is in Pool D, a group of teams that includes Ukraine, Lithuania, Israel, Russia and Mozambique, and a complete schedule for Australia’s pool is listed below. Australia’s only previous medal in the event came in 2013, earning a silver medal.


Australian Basketball Team Schedule - Times Listed are Central 

August 19:  vs. Ukraine 11:30 p.m.
August 21:  vs. Lithuania 2 a.m.
August 23:  vs. Israel 2 a.m.
August 23:  vs. Russia 11.30 p.m.
August 24:  vs. Mozambique 9 p.m.
August 26-27:  Quarterfinals TBA
August 27-28:  Semifinals TBA
August 28-29:  Bronze and Gold medal games

TBA


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59-44 Win Propels Danger into Playoffs

The final week of the season in the IFL left a lot of questions to be answered. The Danger locked up their playoff spot in the Intense Conference Championship game with Spokane losing to Salt Lake. However, Wichita Falls came to the Heartland Events Center needing a win to advance to the IFL playoffs and came up empty against Nebraska Saturday night, ending their season.

The first quarter saw the Danger and the Nighthawks get going quickly as both teams scored in the first six minutes of the quarter. With just over six minutes left, Nebraska made a big defensive stop on fourth down to force a turnover. About a minute later, Nebraska quarterback Drew Powell took off up field, running 15 yards for a touchdown. The first quarter ended with the Danger leading 14-7.

Wichita Falls didn’t waste any time getting on the board in the second quarter, scoring a touchdown while only taking one second off the clock. On the ensuing drive, a holding call seemed to shut down the Danger offense but then Powell found receiver Carl Sims for a 16-yard first down reception. That play would set up a 39-yard field goal from Josh Gable, giving the Danger a slim lead 17-14. A big Wichita Falls kick return allowed them to score less than 20 seconds later, also giving the Nighthawks their first lead of the game 21-17. Nebraska responded with a score of their own to retake the lead but Wichita Falls just wouldn’t go away, scoring to end the half and take the lead away 28-24.

“I thought we played really well in the first half. The first quarter especially we gave ourselves an advantage simply by playing good defense and getting off the field. We didn’t have the lead at the half but that was just some missed opportunities on our part,” said Head Coach Hurtis Chinn.

The third quarter was all Danger. The ball got rolling when Powell found Carl Sims yet again, this time for a 10-yard pass for a touchdown. The Nebraska defense made their presence known a few minutes later, forcing the Nighthawks to make a field goal attempt. Wichita Falls kicker Rockne Belmonte missed it, turning the ball back over to Nebraska. Three minutes later, Nebraska’s Powell rushed for his third touchdown of the night giving the Danger a 10-point lead, 38-28. The Nighthawks offense seemed to derail, committing back-to-back penalties and setting up long second and third and goal plays. An incomplete pass from McCullum to former Danger player Troy Evans brought on the field goal team for Wichita Falls. The kick was good, cutting the Danger lead back to seven 38-31 to end the quarter.

Drew Powell kicked off the scoring in the final quarter. After leading the Danger offense down the field, Powell rushed for a six-yard touchdown, his fourth on the night. At this point, the Danger had a 14-point lead but Wichita Falls again scored to cut the lead back to seven with under 10 minutes left in the game. In what seemed to be a common theme of the night, Drew Powell scored another rushing touchdown, this time tying the franchise record for most rushing touchdowns in a game. That record is shared with former Danger quarterback Jameel Sewell and former running back Waymon James. Wichita Falls made one last attempt to score as the game approached the one-minute warning. Two penalties, one of which was a personal foul on the Nighthawks set up a fourth down and 25. A long pass from Charles McCullum was broken up by Danger defensive back Demetruce McNeal resulting in a turnover on downs. The Danger would have the ball at the Nighthawk ten-yard line. The next play receiver Eric Thomas took a direct snap into the end zone extending the Danger lead to 21 points, 59-38. Wichita Falls would score once more but it wouldn’t be enough to catch the Danger before the end of the game.

“We played lights out in the second half. Big shout out goes to Drew Powell. I think he is one of the best duel threat quarterbacks in the league right now. As far as the playoffs go, we can now focus on Arizona and winning another conference championship,” Chinn said.

 

The Danger play next Saturday in the Intense Conference Championship in Phoenix, Arizona.


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Three Huskers Taken in MLB Draft

Lincoln – Three members of the 2017 Nebraska baseball team heard their names called on Wednesday during the MLB Draft, as juniors Jake Meyers, Luis Alvarado and Scott Schreiber were all picked. Meyers was the first to come off the board when the Houston Astros took the third-team All-American with the 16th pick of the 13th round and two picks later Alvarado was taken by Seattle Mariners. Schreiber was picked in the 26th round by the Tampa Bay Rays, the same organization where is brother, Brad, is a member of the Rays' Double-A team.

Of the Huskers drafted on Wednesday, only Alvarado had previously been picked. The Salinas, Puerto Rico, native was a 33rd-round pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2014 when he came out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.

On Tuesday, Husker signee John Swanda out of Des Moines, Iowa, was taken in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Angels.

Jake Meyers – Houston Astros (13th Round – 16th Pick)Jake Meyers earned third-team All-America honors from both Baseball America and the NCBWA, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and was named 1-of-5 finalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player-of-the-Year Award in 2017. A versatile player, Meyers started 40 games in centerfield and 14 games on the mound during the 2017 campaign. He batted .297 with one home run, seven doubles, 16 RBIs and a team-leading 52 runs. Meyers also led the team in stolen bases with 20 in 22 attempts.

Meyers went 8-2 on the mound with a 3.42 ERA in team-high 84.1 innings this season. Meyers tied fellow junior Jake Hohensee for the lead in strikeouts with 57, while walking only nine batters. Meyers tossed a complete game shutout on March 12 against Western Carolina and was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week following the performance.

Luis Alvarado – Seattle Mariners (13th Round – 18th Pick) Luis Alvarado completed his junior year at Nebraska in 2017, making 57 starts in the field and 16 appearances on the mound as a reliever. Alvarado had the fourth-most hits (64) and fifth-most doubles (12) on the team in 2017. He hit .283 with two home runs, 25 RBIs, 39 runs and two triples. On the mound, Alvarado led the Huskers with 10 saves, with a 1.72 ERA over 15.2 innings of work. He struck out 15 batters, and allowed the opposition to only bat .182. Alvarado is a .275 career hitter in 145 games, notching 136 hits, 50 RBIs, 78 runs and five home runs.

Scott Schreiber – Tampa Bay Rays (26th Round – 4th Pick) Scott Schreiber led NU's offense with a .330 average during his junior season. Schreiber was also the team leader in home runs (7), hits (77), doubles (15) and RBIs (51) in 2017. In addition, he had 45 runs and one triple in 57 appearances, making 20 starts in right field, 36 as the designated hitter and one at first base. Schreiber achieved first-team All-Big Ten status in 2016 and 2017, and also earned Perfect Game/Rawlings honorable-mention All-America accolades in 2016. During his first three seasons, Schreiber has played in 145 games and batted .314. He has 180 hits, 26 home runs, 27 doubles, 124 RBIs, 104 runs and four triples.

The deadline for draftees to sign with the team that picked them is July 15.


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Danger, Nighthawks meet to decide Playoffs

GRAND ISLAND, NE – The playoff aspirations of five teams in the Indoor Football League hang on the outcome of a game in Grand Island on Saturday night. The Danger will host the Wichita Falls Nighthawks in the final game of the regular season on Humane Society Night this Saturday.

 

Wichita Falls will travel to Nebraska looking to clinch one of the two playoff spots in the United Conference. With a win, Wichita Falls would make the playoffs. At the same time, the Sioux Falls Storm and Iowa Barnstormers will be battling in Iowa for the #1 seed in the United Conference and home field advantage in the playoffs. To make matters even more interesting, Wichita Falls holds the tie-breakers over both Iowa and Sioux Falls so if Wichita Falls wins, the loser of the Iowa/Sioux Falls game is out of the playoffs. If Wichita Falls loses, they are out of the playoffs.

 

The Intense Conference playoff possibilities are less confusing, but are also not yet completely decided. The Arizona Rattlers already locked in at the #1 seed in the United Conference with a three game lead on second place. The Danger and the Spokane Empire are tied with 8-7 records, but the Danger hold the tiebreaker thanks to a 42-36 win over the Empire on April 1st. For the Danger to clinch a spot in the playoffs, they either need to beat Wichita Falls or have Spokane fall to the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles on Friday night. Spokane would make the playoffs with a win and a Danger loss.

 

“The playoff possibilities are a complete mess, so all we have been preaching to our guys this week is to focus on beating Wichita Falls,” said Danger head coach Hurtis Chinn. “Win and we are in. Wichita Falls is a very good football team, so they have our complete focus.”

 

The Nighthawks have had one of the hottest offenses in the IFL all season and can put up points very quickly. The Danger and Nighthawks have met twice this season and the Danger were able to pull within two points (42-44) and four points (40-44) in the fourth quarter, but fell both times, 48-65 and 40-57 respectively.

 

“Finishing the entire fourth quarter has been problem for us this year,” said Chinn. “We have a lot of young guys that haven’t experienced how quickly points can be put up in the indoor game, but I feel like our team has improved a lot since we last met Wichita Falls. Our defense is stout and our offense is really coming together and are starting to click at the right time.”

 

Kickoff is set for 7 pm Saturday night at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, with Humane Society Night as the feature. Doors open at 6:00 with pre-game activities beginning at 6:30.

 

Tickets for Saturday night are available at area Pump & Pantry stores, the Heartland Events Center Box Office, or via Ticketmaster. The game will be broadcast live on 2DayFM 103.1, or streamed live at www.2dayfm1031.com with live video available at DangerFootball.com/Watch.


Following the game, an autograph party with Players and Coaches will take place on the Danger turf.  

www.dangerfootball.com


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