The Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference has announced the All Conference Academic Team for Fall of 2018. The requirements to receive this award, the student athlete must be nominated by the coach of the sport for which he or she is nominated, the student athlete must be a high school junior or senior varsity letter winner, and the student athlete must have a minimum accumulative GPA of 3.5 through the end of the preceding semester. View the list below.
Two McCook Volleyball players made Southwest Conference Volleyball team. Jayceea Hanson makes first team, and Robin Grigg makes Honorable Mention. You can view complete list here.
The 2018 Cattle Trail Basketball Classic will take place December 4th, 7th, and 8th. First round games will be played at McCook Community College Graff Events Center and McCook Senior High School. All Semi-Finals and Championship games will then be played at McCook Senior High School. We will have coverage of the Semi-Finals and Championship games on Coyote Country 105.3 and online coyote105.com. View full bracket below.
The McCook Bison Girls and Boys Basketball Teams will take part in the three day Topside Tournament in Goodland KS starting on Thursday December 6th and concluding on Saturday December 8th. View full bracket below.
Lincoln -- James Palmer Jr. scored 18 of his game-high 29 points in the second half, as No. 25 (Coaches) Nebraska improved to 3-0 on the season with a convincing 80-57 victory over Seton Hall Wednesday night in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
Palmer shook off a slow start and shined in the second half, as his 3-pointer sparked the decisive 9-2 Husker run after Seton Hall pulled to within 44-42 with 13:32 remaining and helped build a nine-point lead, at 53-44, after a Thomas Allen 3-pointer.
Seton Hall got to within 57-48 after a Michael Nzei basket with just under 10 minute remaining, but could not cut into the Husker lead in the last 10 minutes, as Nebraska stretched out the margin in the final few minutes.
Behind the play of Palmer and fellow seniors Isaac Copeland Jr. (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Glynn Watson Jr. (14 points, eight assists), the Huskers outscored the Pirates 36-15 down the stretch to pick up their 14th straight win at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Nebraska shot 59 percent in the second half, while holding the Pirates to 33 percent shooting after halftime. On the night, NU kept Seton Hall (1-1) to 36 percent shooting, including 2-of-16 from 3-point range.
Nebraska used 30 first-half points from Watson, Palmer and Copeland to take a 33-27 lead into the locker room.
The Huskers shot just 28 percent in the first half, but hit four 3-pointer and went 9-of-10 from the foul line in the opening 20 minutes of action.
The Huskers trailed in the early going before Watson keyed a 7-0 run, scoring five of his 10 first-half points in a 56 second spurt that gave NU a 12-7 lead.
Seton Hall, behind 15 first-half points from Myles Powell, used a 6-0 run to pull within 20-18 with 4:41 left in the half before Palmer got the Big Red on track. The senior wing scored nine of his 11 points in an 11-4 Husker run as Nebraska built its largest lead of the half at 31-22 with 2:16 before the break.
Nebraska scored the first four points of the second half to build a 37-27 lead after an Copeland putback slam with 18:31 left and led 44-36 before Seton Hall scored six straight points, the last of which was a Nzei basket to pull within 44-42 before Palmer’s 3-pointer triggered the win.
Powell led Seton Hall with 24 points, while Nzei added 13 and nine boards in a losing effort.
The Huskers return to action Monday night, as they take on Missouri State in the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker. Tipoff from the Sprint Center is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised by ESPNU. Tickets are available for the matchup by visiting SprintCenter.com or Ticketmaster.com.
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team worked out in full pads for two hours on Wednesday inside the Hawks Championship Center.
Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters addressed the media after practice, crediting senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. for his hard work and perseverance this season. Morgan had just 15 catches and no touchdowns in his first three games, but through the last four games, he’s caught 32 passes, including six for touchdowns.
“[Stanley Morgan Jr. has] meant everything,” Walters said. “He’s kind of the standard of how we do things around here. He’s been excellent. He’s been awesome. [He] loves football. Every time he steps on the field, he’s passionate. He plays until the whistle. He sets the standard. We want all of the younger guys in that receiver room to watch him and to be like him. If you’re like him, you’re going to be successful, not only on the field but also off the field. Being a leader, setting the standards, setting the environment, the expectations, even when things were a little rocky and we weren’t playing as well, he never jumped shipped. He’s always had a positive attitude. I’m glad to see that his hard work and perseverance is paying off.”
“We’re going to call the game to win, but we know those guys have to get touches,” Walters said. “We know those guys have to make plays. If we’re doing what we’re supposed to do, those records will come because those guys are going to have to make plays. Our offense kind of goes through those three guys, but, we’re not going to get out of our normal play calling mode just to set records. It’ll come if we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing.”
Walters discussed the excitement going into Saturday’s game and how they are ready to take on the challenge.
“We’re playing at a high level,” Walters said. “Their defense is playing at a high level. It’s probably the best defense we’ve played since No. 4 Michigan. So, it’ll be a challenge in front of us to really see where we are as an offense. The guys have embraced that. They have the number one run defense in the country. That’s going to be a challenge. Our offensive line, they’re taking that challenge. They’re excited. We can’t wait to go out there Saturday and see what happens.”
Walters also mentioned the status of wide receiver JD Spielman.
“He’s been limited,” Walters said. “He’s been day-to day. The good thing about JD [Spielman] is that he knows the offense in and out. So, he doesn’t need a whole lot of practice time to stay sharp. So, we’ll make sure he’s healthy and we’ll just see.”
Nebraska will continue preparations for Saturday’s game against Michigan State at Memorial Stadium. The game will serve as Senior Day. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. with television coverage provided by FOX.
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska volleyball program and Head Coach John Cook announced the signing of five student-athletes on Wednesday, the first day of the National Letter of Intent November signing period.
Three members of the Huskers’ signing class – outside hitter Madi Kubik, outside hitter Riley Zuhn and libero Kenzie Knuckles – are Under Armour First-Team All-Americans. Wisconsin and Stanford were the only other schools with three recruits on the first team.
Kubik, a 6-1 outside hitter from West Des Moines Valley High School in Iowa, is rated the No. 4 overall prospect by PrepVolleyball.com and won the gold medal at the 2018 NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship while recording nine kills and two blocks in the championship match against Dominican Republic.
Zuhn is a 6-5 hitter from Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. Zuhn was a MaxPreps All-American as a sophomore after leading her school to a state title, and she is the first-ever NORCO club player to compete on the U.S. Youth National Team. Zuhn is rated the No. 32 overall prospect by PrepVolleyball.com.
Knuckles, a 5-8 libero recruit out of Yorktown High School in Indiana, played outside hitter in high school and led Yorktown to a 34-0 record as a senior and a Class 4A state title. Knuckles is ranked the No. 37 overall prospect and the No. 3 libero, and she was one of only 10 seniors named to the MaxPreps 2018 Midseason Player of the Year Watch List in October.
Two in-state prospects are also members of the Husker class. Lincoln Pius X libero Emma Gabel and Johnson-Brock middle blocker Fallon Stutheit will join the Huskers next season. The 5-7 Gabel was a PrepVolleyball.com Club All-American in 2018 and led Pius X to the Class A state final this season. She was also an AAU National Championship All-Tournament selection after leading VCN to a fifth-place finish in 2017. Stutheit owns the Nebraska Class D1 record for kills in a season with 539 and won three straight Class D1 state championships at Johnson-Brock. The 6-1 middle blocker is a two-time Lincoln Journal Star Super-State and Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska first-team selection.
“We feel like we’ve put together a strong class that addresses what we will need to replace after this senior class of Mikaela Foecke, Kenzie Maloney and Brooke Smith graduates,” Cook said. “We have five highly talented, high-character individuals joining our program, and we’re excited to have two Nebraska girls joining our team next season. The returning players from this year’s team and this class will be our team for the next two years, so this is going to be a core group together, and we are going to expect this class to come in and challenge for important roles right away.”
Emma Gabel, 5-7, L, Lincoln, Neb. (Pius X) (VCNebraska)
• Attended Lincoln Pius X High School in Nebraska, helping the Thunderbolts reach the Class A state championship match as a senior in 2018
• Had 596 digs (5.7 per set), 24 service aces and 52 set assists as a senior
• Received Lincoln Journal Star Class A all-state honorable mention as a junior in 2017
• Played club volleyball for VCNebraska, which finished fifth in the AAU National Championships 16 Open Division in 2017
• Was named to the AAU National Championships All-Tournament Team in 2017 and was a PrepVolleyball.com Club All-American in 2018
• Also competed in track and field for the Thunderbolts
Coach Cook: “Emma will be a great addition to our back row. She is an elite passer and defender who reads the game well. We are excited to add another Nebraskan to our roster. Emma is someone we know will work hard and could have an immediate impact on our program. She comes from one of the best high school teams in the state and is a fierce competitor that will raise the level of our gym.”
Kenzie Knuckles, 5-8, L, Yorktown, Ind. (Yorktown)
• Played outside hitter at Yorktown High School in Indiana but will be a defensive specialist/libero for the Huskers
• Was named an Under Armour First-Team All-American in 2018
• Ranked the No. 37 overall prospect and the No. 3 libero by PrepVolleyball.com
• Was one of 10 seniors named to the MaxPreps 2018 Midseason Player of the Year Watch List
• Was an all-state performer each year of her high school career, leading Yorktown to a perfect 34-0 record as a senior with 4.2 kills per set and 3.9 digs per set
• Led Yorktown to the Indiana Class 4A state title in 2018, posting 14 kills and 10 digs in the state championship match
• Also won a Class 3A state title with Yorktown as a sophomore in 2016, recording 30 kills and 18 digs in the championship match
• Played beach volleyball instead of club volleyball in 2018 to improve her ball-handling and defensive skills
Coach Cook: “Kenzie is a phenomenal libero who plays for one of the best high school teams in the nation. She led her team to an undefeated season her senior year, and we are excited that she chose to be a Husker. We believe we’re getting one of the most talented players in the country in Kenzie and can’t wait to get her in a Nebraska jersey. She is a ball-control machine who has the potential to be on the court right away.”
Madi Kubik, 6-1, OH, West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley) (Iowa PowerPlex)
• Led Valley High school in West Des Moines, Iowa to a 41-4 record and the Class 5A state semifinals as a senior in 2018 with 5.16 kills per set on .382 hitting
• Competed on the U.S. Junior National Team, winning the gold medal at the 2018 NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship while recording nine kills and two blocks in the championship match against Dominican Republic
• Was named an Under Armour First-Team All-American in 2018
• Ranked the No. 4 overall prospect by PrepVolleyball.com
• Averaged 5.5 kills per set as a junior in 2017, leading the Tigers to the Iowa Class 5A state championship match
• Named to the Des Moines Register’s All-Iowa Elite team following her junior season
• Helped her club team, Iowa PowerPlex, finish 19th at the Open qualifiers in 2018
• Named the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year and the Iowa Class 5A Player of the Year in 2017
Coach Cook: “Madi is undoubtedly one of the best players in the country. Her experience with Team USA will be a very valuable addition to our program. With an outside (Mikaela Foecke) graduating after this season, Madi will have a chance to compete for a starting spot right away. She is a complete volleyball player and can play all six rotations. She is an exceptional passer as well as a force at the net and could contribute to the program in more ways than one.”
Fallon Stutheit, 6-1, MB, Johnson, Neb. (Johnson-Brock) (Nebraska One)
• Led Johnson-Brock High School - coached by her mother, Tera - to three Nebraska Class D1 state titles in her high school career
• As a senior in 2018, recorded 475 kills (5.1 per set) with a .415 hitting percentage
• Averaged 5.9 kills per set on .433 hitting as a junior in 2017
• Posted 19 kills and 16 digs in the Class D1 state championship match as a junior
• Set a Nebraska Class D1 state record with 539 kills in a season as a sophomore in 2016
• Was a two-time Lincoln Journal Star Super-State and Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska first-team selection
• Played club volleyball for Nebraska One
• Also played basketball for the Eagles
Coach Cook: “One of the best middles in the state, Fallon comes to us from the small town of Johnson. She’s a bit undersized but can definitely hold her own at the net. She led her team to a state semifinal appearance at the state tournament playing all six rotations. Again, we love adding Nebraska kids to our roster and Fallon epitomizes a small-town Nebraska girl chasing her dreams of being a Husker.”
Riley Zuhn, 6-5, OH, Fort Collins, Colo. (Fossil Ridge) (NORCO)
• Attended Fossil Ridge High School in Colorado, helping the SaberCats reach the quarterfinals of the Colorado 5A state tournament
• Ranked the No. 32 overall prospect by PrepVolleyball.com and was named an Under Armour First-Team All-American in 2018
• Averaged 3.7 kills per set with a .421 hitting percentage as a senior
• Led Fossil Ridge to a Class 5A state title in 2016 as a sophomore with 3.5 kills per set on .381 hitting, earning MaxPreps Sophomore All-America honors
• Was a Colorado 5A all-state selection
• Played club volleyball for NORCO and became the first player from the NORCO program to compete on the U.S. Youth National Team
Coach Cook: “Riley has worked very hard to be a Husker. We admire her passion and drive to be great. She is a player that will without a doubt have a positive impact on the culture of our program with her hard work and dedication. She is a highly skilled attacker and blocker and plays for one of the best club teams in Colorado.”
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team worked out in full pads for just over two hours on Tuesday inside the Hawks Championship Center.
Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander addressed the media following practice and he was asked what he has seen from a Michigan State offense that was held to six points last week against No. 8 Ohio State.
"Their injuries. They've lost some of their personnel,” Chinander said. “They're kind of finding out what's best for them with the people they have. I think they're going to find it out. Forecast says it's going to be cold and windy, so (they'll) probably get packed in and run the football and try to do what they're really good at and being physical and running the ball, so that's what we kind of expect right now."
Chinander also talked about the Spartans’ quarterback situation and how to prepare for seeing two quarterbacks on Saturday.
"With their two guys it's kind of what plays they run,” Chinander said. “I don't know if the skill set is completely different. I mean, they both do a good job running that offense. Their third guy is obviously a guy that we recruited at UCF that's more of a ‘wildcat’ guy. So I think you have a few things to prepare for but you kind of have to do some of it in the ‘good-on-good’ periods against our offense and some of it through the scout team work. I think there's a lot to prepare for not only that but a lot of different personnel groupings they present you with."
Chinander went on to comment on the seniors of the defense and if the game on Saturday will be a bittersweet one for him.
"Yeah I think it'll be bittersweet,” Chinander said. “Those guys have done a great job of helping transform the direction of the program, the culture of the program. Setting the stage for what's to come in the next few years. They understand that but it's going to be kind of bittersweet to have them go the last time without them experiencing what they've created. I hope they're back forever. I hope they feel like they can come back to any meeting, any practice, to any game and be a part of this team because they're always going to be a part of this team no matter where it goes.
“I think it's going to be really good in the future, and I hope they realize how big of a part of that they're going to have in that."
Chinander ended with expressing excitement to see his defense go up against another power offense like Michigan's.
"I think we went into that Michigan game and our guys kind of didn't know what we had yet,” Chinander said. “It was starting to build. I don't know if we were at the point where we thought were going to go win that football game. When the guys were at Ohio State, we were at the point where we were going to go win this football game, and I'm anxious to see how it'll carry over, just the attitude and the energy and where we start the game as opposed to where we started against Michigan. How we defend this thing right from the whistle, if we can shut it down a little bit and make them do some other things or if we're going to be in for a fist fight all game, but it's going to be exciting to watch."
Nebraska will continue preparations against to face off against Michigan State on senior day on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. with television coverage provided by FOX.
The Nebraska men's basketball team faces an early-season test on Wednesday, as the Huskers host Seton Hall in the Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup. Tipoff from a sold-out Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 6:30 p.m. Any returned tickets would be available at PBA beginning 90 minutes before tipoff.
ON THE LINE
- NU looks to help the Big Ten win the Gavitt Tipoff Games for the first time in the event's four-year existence. The two conferences have gone 4-4 in each of the last three seasons. NU is 0-2 in the Gavitt Games, but both games were on the road.
- A win for Nebraska would not only give NU a 3-0 record for the fourth time in seven seasons under Head Coach Tim Miles, but would also mark his 100th win at Nebraska. He would become the fifth Husker coach with 100 wins.
- A win would be Nebraska's 14th straight home victory dating back to last December, the longest win streak in the Big Ten. Nebraska is 40-9 in non-conference home games under Tim Miles.
- Although it is very early in the season Nebraska leads the nation in scoring defense (36.0 ppg), is second in field goal percentage defense (.226) and 3-point percentage defense (.125), 10th in turnovers forced (22 per game) and 12th in blocked shots (8.0 bpg).
- Nebraska has not allowed an opponent to shoot over 50 percent in 28 straight games dating back to last season, including 11 straight foes held to 50 percent shooting.
- Under Miles, the Huskers are 45-5 (.900) when holding opponents under 60 points.
- NU has limited both of its opponents to 0.47 points per possession, the lowest number in Tim Miles' seven years.