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UNK Baseball: Loper Rally Falls Short in '17 Finale, 7-6

Kearney, Neb. – The Central Oklahoma Bronchos scored five runs over the first two innings and got three strikeouts from senior closer Gibson Russ to hold off Nebraska-Kearney, 7-6, Sunday afternoon in Edmond, Okla.

With the series sweep, the Bronchos (30-17-1, 20-16) will be the sixth seed in next weekend's eight-team MIAA Tournament. The Lopers end the 2017 campaign at 14-35 (7-29).

UCO tallied three runs in its first at-bat thanks to four hits, including a two-run single by third baseman Anthony Alvarez (2 for 4). Left fielder Caleb Peters led off the second with a homer and then a wild pitch made it 5-0.

The Lopers, finishing with eight hits, got on the board in the sixth when senior center fielder Easton Edmond (Lincoln S.W.) smacked an RBI single up the middle. After a walk and pitching change, junior shortstop Josh Estrada (Houston) was plunked, bringing home senior right fielder and leadoff hitter Jacob Richardson (Goddard, Kan.).

However, things appeared bleak as UNK entered the top of the ninth down 7-2. A big comeback attempt unfolded against two new UCO pitchers as the first five Lopers reached safely. Senior catcher Kirk McLeod (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) made it 7-4 with a two-run double to left. He latered scored on a wild pitch.

A Richardson singled made it 7-6 and put runners at first and second with just one down. A 6-4, 220 pound lefty, Russ (13 saves) came in when it was 7-4 and threw a wild pitch and gave up three hits. However, he also recorded three strikeouts, including back-to-back K's to end the rally and game.

Starter Tyler Culver (4-1) fanned seven over 5.1 innings to pick up the win. UCO's first reliever, righty Greg Hyde, fanned three in 1.2 innings. Besides Alvarez, UCO saw catcher Dayne Sommer finish 3 for 4 with a run and RBI from the cleanup spot.

Junior first baseman Ricky Trammell (2 for 4, one run) was the lone Loper with a multi-hit effort. On the mound, senior workhorse relievers Sean Laughlin (Overland Park, Kan.) and Weston Glienke (Spencer, Ia.) combined to blank UCO over the final 3.0 innings.


UNK’s 2017 Senior Class

Derek Clausen (P, Beatrice)
Easton Edmond (OF, Lincoln)
Trey Ertmer (P, Elizabeth, Ill.)
Weston Glienke (P, Spencer, Ia.)
Brent Kirsch (INF/OF, Papillion)
Sean Laughlin (P, Overland Park, Kan.)
Kirk McLeod (C, Detroit Lakes, Minn.)
Jacob Richardson (OF, Goddard, Kan.)
Matt Salamon (2b, Owasso, Okla.)
Tanner Spencer (P, Craig, Saskatchewan, Canada)


Parrella will be guest at GICC athletic banquet

The Central Catholic Athletic Booster Club Banquet will be held on Tuesday, May 9th, in the south gym at 6:00 pm. All high school athletes, including dance and cheer, and the Shooting Team, will be the guests of honor. We invite all families to the banquet. Families with "Crusader/Fine Arts Passes" will receive two free meals. All other students and adults will be: Adults $7.00 Students $5.00.

John Parrella, defensive line coach at UNL, will be our honored guest. John’s number 89 will be retired and he will be honored for having competed in three Super Bowls.



Maruska to golf for Doane College

Grand Island - Emily Maruska signed a letter of intent to golf for the Doane College Tigers on Thursday at Northwest High School. Maruska plans to major in elementary education while attending Doane. Listen to a interview below with Maruska and KRGI's Matt Williams. 


Colin Williams signs with Hesston College soccer

Grand Island - Thursday afternoon soon to be Northwest senior Colin Williams signed his letter of intent to play soccer at Hesston College in Hesston, KS. Listen to an interview with Colin and KRGI's Matt Williams below. 


Grand Island boys advance to state

Lincoln - Wednesday night the Grand Island boys soccer club punched their ticket to the state soccer tournament with a 3-2 shootout win over Lincoln Southwest. This was the second time a shootout took place between the two teams to determine the outcome as GI took down the Silverhawks in the HAC championship game earlier in the season. The state tournament in Omaha will start on Wednesday, May 10th. 


State Tournament Bracket


Husker baseball recognized by NCAA

Husker baseball picked up an award for performance in the classroom.


Aurora boys golf wins GICC invite

Aurora boys picked up a team victory Tuesday at the GICC invite


District Soccer Action - Tuesday 5/2 Scores


District Soccer Scores 

Tuesday, May 2nd 

Boys B7 @ York - Aurora 4, GICC 3 

Girls B7 @ Hastings - Hastings 6, Northwest 0

Girls A5 @ Westside - Omaha Westside 7, Grand Island 0 


Wednesday, May 3rd 

Boys A7 District Championship - Grand Island vs Lincoln Southwest - 5pm 

Boys B7 District Semi-Finals - York vs Aurora - 4pm 

Boys B7 District Semi-Finals - Northwest vs Hastings - 6pm 


Girls Class A-5 (Grand Island) 


Boys Class A-7 (Grand Island) 


Girls Class B-7 (Northwest-Aurora) 


Boys Class B-7 (Northwest-Aurora-Central Catholic) 



Grand Island baseball districts start Saturday

The Grand Island baseball team will participate in the Class A District 3 tournament starting on Saturday, May 6th in Omaha. Creighton Prep/Jurgensen Park will be the host of the tournament. Grand Island checks in as the three seed with a 15-10 record and will battle two seed Millard North, 14-12, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Listen live on KRGI AM 1430 & 106.9 FM. The other semi-final matchup will be one seed Creighton Prep, 17-10, taking on four seed Lincoln High, 6-16, at 2:00 p.m. Below is a bracket of the A-3 field. 


Class A District 3 Bracket


UNK Women's Tennis: Lopers Fall in NCAA's, 5-3

Kearney, Neb. – The 43rd-ranked Central Oklahoma Bronchos won four singles matches to beat Nebraska-Kearney, 5-3, in an NCAA Central Regional dual Monday evening in Tahlequah, Okla.

The Lopers finish the year at 13-12 with fourth-seeded UCO (14-8) advancing to face 18th-ranked Northeastern State Tuesday morning. The winner advances to the "Sweet 16" on Florida.

In a very rare occurrence, all three doubles matches were decided by a 9-8 score with UNK fortunate enough to win two of them.

Juniors Amanda Alvarez (Spain) and Emma Neil (Papillion) rallied past Jenny Bond and Emilie Semo at number three, 9-8 (7-1), to get the Lopers on the board. One spot higher, senior Sthefani Rodriguez (Venezuela) and sophomore Sherry Sun (China) won a back and forth battle over Shali Schoepflin and Kirstana Bhat, 9-8 (7-4).

Per usual, Neil rolled at number four singles (6-0, 6-2), recording her 18th win of the dual season. However, the 'Chos won four other matches in straight sets to advance. The clinching win came from Bhat at number two (6-1, 6-2).

At number one singles, freshman Ana Royo (Spain) was battling 38th-ranked Ali Hodges before that match was halted. Royo won the second set, 6-1, while Hodges took the first, 6-2, and was ahead in the third, 3-1.

Rodriguez was UNK's only senior this season. She began her career at Division I Louisiana-Monroe and has been a starter the past three years.

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