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Battle Creek, Creighton Come up Short of State Title

CREIGHTON - Northeast Nebraska had two teams with a chance to win a Class C Legion Baseball Junior state title, but neither team could take advantage. Louisville/Weeping Water beat Battle Creek and host Creighton Wednesday night to win their second straight Class C Junior title. Louisville's pitchers didn't give up a single run in either game. They first beat Battle Creek, 4-0. Battle Creek could manage only three hits in the game. Then in the championship, Louisville/Weeping Water shut out Creighton, 2-0, as Creighton could manage only two hits.

State Senior Legion Baseball Brackets Released

OMAHA - The Legion Senior state brackets have been announced. Columbus made it as an at-large bid to the 16-team Class A bracket. They'll face the Roof Tech team based out of Omaha in the opening round. Albion is the area's lone representative in the Class B tournament in Blair. They'll face Platte Valley in the opening round. The Class C tournament will be held in Hebron and feature three area teams. Pender opens things up against Wymore, while Creighton will take on Crofton. The state tournaments begin on Saturday.

Two Tied For the Lead at Nebraska Amateur

NORFOLK - The final round of the 106th Nebraska Amateur Golf Championship is today in Norfolk, and history could be made. 1999 champion David Clouse of Friend and Renen Sahr of Gordon are co-leaders following 54-holes at -7. At 54, Clouse is looking to become the tournament's oldest winner surpassing Tom Olson of Omaha who won in 1997 at 51. Sahr is seeking his first state title. Nine golfers are within five shots of the lead, including Sam Meuret of Brunswick, who's tied for 4th at -3 and Lance Lawson of Norfolk and Joey Baldwin of Wayne, who are tied for 6th at -2.

FULL LEADERBOARD:

T1 David Clouse Friend -7
T1 Renen Sahr Gordon -7
3 Phillip Baumberger Lincoln -4
T4 Carson Schaake Omaha -3
T4 Sam Meuret Brunswick -3
T6 Lance Lawson Norfolk -2
T6 Josh Reinertson Gibbon -2
T6 Rylee Reinertson Gibbon -2
T6 Joey Baldwin Wayne -2
T10 Preston Walford Tekamah -1
T10 Tyler Schaaf Lincoln -1
T10 Patrick Tryon Lincoln -1
T10 John Sajevic Fremont -1
T14 Lance Morrow Norfolk 1
T14 Greg Stanek Bellevue 1
T16 Andy Sajevic Fremont 2
T16 Travis Minzel Lincoln 2
T18 Calvin Freeman Table Rock 3
T18 Michael Colgate Kearney 3
T18 Ryan Nietfeldt Elkhorn 3
T18 Kris Koelzer O'Neill 3
22 Matt Record Lincoln 4
T23 Lucas Grossnicklaus Aurora 5
T23 Scott Sheldon Omaha 5
T25 Mike Vanier Lincoln 6
T25 Alex Schaake Omaha 6
T25 Will Pieper Omaha 6
T25 Matthew Unruh Lincoln 6
T25 Chris Rager South Sioux City 6
T30 Mitchell Ryan Omaha 7
T30 Richard Schneider Omaha 7
T30 Tanner Johnson Broken Bow 7
T33 Nathan Fuerhoff Columbus 8
T33 Brett Hoffman Kearney 8
T35 Brady Vancura Columbus 9
T35 Cameron Bargell North Platte 9
T37 Andrew Holloway Scottsbluff 10
T37 Alec Raabe Omaha 10
T37 Koy Potthoff Scottsbluff 10
T37 Jacob Frodyma Lincoln 10
T41 Cameron Farrell Lincoln 11
T41 Brian Csipkes Gretna 11
T43 Nick Vondrak Omaha 12
T43 Mike Siwa Omaha 12
T43 Nick Methe Papillion 12
T46 Clayton Peterson Lincoln 13
T46 Nick Swaney Blair 13
T46 Sean Backer McCook 13
T46 Chase Keitges Lincoln 13
T46 Jack Burmeister Lincoln 13
T46 Johnny Spellerberg Omaha 13
52 Kyle Murray Beatrice 14
53 Ryan Butler Superior 15
T54 Sean Song Omaha 16
T54 Wesley Bernt Kearney 16
T56 Patrick Clare Lincoln 17
T56 Clint Kracl Schuyler 17
58 Andrew Hansen Omaha 18
59 Paul Mohr Scottsbluff 19
T60 Dave Shillinglaw Papillion 21
T60 Ben Maschka Omaha 21

NE Nebraskans Take Part in Softball All-Star Game

LINCOLN - Some northeast Nebraska athletes took part in the Nebraska Coaches Association all-star softball double-header in Lincoln Wednesday. The Blue Team, which featured Norfolk coach Chuck Hughes as an assistant and Panther 3rd baseman Emma Kwapnioski, defeated the Red Team in both games, 3-1 and 2-1. The Red Team's roster featured Wayne shortstop Jalyn Zeiss.

Wayne St. Basketball Recognized for Academic Efforts

WAYNE - The Wayne State College men's basketball team was awarded the second annual NABC team academic excellence award. The award recognizes teams that have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. During the 2013-14 season, the Wildcats recorded a cumulative grade point average of 3.37. On Monday, six Wildcat players were recognized individually by being named to the NABC Honors Court with a 3.2 GPA or higher.

Area Senior Legion Tournament Rundown

NORFOLK - Columbus came up short in their bid for an area Senior Legion title. Columbus lost to Grand Island in the finals of the area tournament in Norfolk, 17-7. Every batter for Grand Island had at least one hit or scored a run.

Other area Senior Championship scores:

Class B in Albion: Albion advanced to state with a 3-1 win over Wakefield.

Class C in O'Neill: Creighton moves on to state by routing Valentine, 13-0.

Class C in West Point: Pender qualifies for state with a 7-0 victory over Dodge-Scribner-Howells

Class C in Wisner: Crofton is also headed to state after beating host Wisner-Pilger-Beemer, 3-1

Wayne State Softball Coach Stepping Down

WAYNE, Neb. (AP) - The head softball coach at Wayne State College is leaving to take a job at South Dakota State University.

Wayne State Director of Athletics Mike Powicki says Krista Wood built a successful program at Wayne State and "is very deserving of her new position" at the Division I level.

Wood spent eight seasons at Wayne State and became the school's all-time winningest coach.

She turned in eight straight winning seasons, a school record, and delivered three NCAA Tournament appearances, Super Regional berth and an NSIC Tournament title.

Nebraska Amateur Hits the Halfway Point

NORFOLK - Tuesday was cut day at the Nebraska Men's Amateur Golf Championship at Norfolk Country Club, with seven area golfers making it to the final two rounds. David Clouse of Friend is the two-day leader at -6, one shot clear of Renen Sahr of Gordon. Among the area golfers, Brunswick's Sam Meuret is part of a group tied for 3rd at -3, and Lance Lawson of Norfolk and Joey Baldwin of Wayne are in a group tied for 6th at -2.

FULL LEADERBOARD

1 David Clouse Friend -6
2 Renen Sahr Gordon -5
T3 Phillip Baumberger Lincoln -3
T3 Travis Minzel Lincoln -3
T3 Sam Meuret Brunswick -3
T6 Carson Schaake Omaha -2
T6 Lance Lawson Norfolk -2
T6 Josh Reinertson Gibbon -2
T6 Joey Baldwin Wayne -2
T10 Greg Stanek Bellevue Even
T10 Rylee Reinertson Gibbon Even
T10 Patrick Tryon Lincoln Even
T10 John Sajevic Fremont Even
T14 Michael Colgate Kearney 1
T14 Preston Walford Tekamah 1
T14 Brady Vancura Columbus 1
T17 Kris Koelzer O'Neill 2
T17 Tyler Schaaf Lincoln 2
T17 Andy Sajevic Fremont 2
T17 Scott Sheldon Omaha 2
T17 Mike Vanier Lincoln 2
T17 Tanner Johnson Broken Bow 2
T23 Calvin Freeman Table Rock 3
T23 Ryan Knispel Omaha 3
T23 Matt Record Lincoln 3
T23 Chris Rager South Sioux City 3
T23 Koy Potthoff Scottsbluff 3
T28 Matthew Unruh Lincoln 4
T28 Andrew Holloway Scottsbluff 4
T30 Ryan Nietfeldt Elkhorn 5
T30 Cameron Bargell North Platte 5
T30 Chase Keitges Lincoln 5
T30 Patrick Clare Lincoln 5
T30 Alex Schaake Omaha 5
T30 Lucas Grossnicklaus Aurora 5
T30 Brett Hoffman Kearney 5
T37 Andrew Hansen Omaha 6
T37 Mitchell Ryan Omaha 6
T37 Will Pieper Omaha 6
T37 Nathan Fuerhoff Columbus 6
T37 Richard Schneider Omaha 6
T37 Lance Morrow Norfolk 6
T37 Sean Song Omaha 6
T44 Cameron Farrell Lincoln 7
T44 Nick Vondrak Elkhorn 7
T44 Brian Csipkes Gretna 7
T44 Alec Raabe Omaha 7
T48 Clint Kracl Schuyler 8
T48 Sean Backer McCook 8
T48 Ryan Butler Superior 8
T51 Clayton Peterson Lincoln 9
T51 Jack Burmeister Lincoln 9
T51 Wesley Bernt Kearney 9
T51 Mike Siwa Omaha 9
T55 Dave Shillinglaw Papillion 10
T55 Paul Mohr Scottsbluff 10
T55 Ben Maschka Omaha 10
T55 Johnny Spellerberg Omaha 10
T55 Nick Swaney Blair 10
T55 Nick Methe Papillion 10
T55 Kyle Murray Beatrice 10
T55 Jacob Frodyma Lincoln 10

FAILED TO QUALIFY

Scott Tridle Lincoln
Steve Buroker Bennington
Jay Muller Bennington
Riley Meuret Brunswick
Stephen Pfeffer Omaha
Miles Russell Omaha
Aaron Hart Papillion
Timothy Jensen Syracuse
Taylor Sidzyik Omaha
Nolan Maschka Omaha
Philip Maschka Omaha
Alec Anania Grand Island
Myron Parsley Lincoln
Keevan Statz Lincoln
Corey Labenz Lincoln
Josh Wilson Papillion
Smokey Cornelius Cozad
Dillon Saltzman Seward
Benjamin Vetrovsky McCook
Drew Morrissey Omaha
Justin Kosmicki Lincoln
David Easley Lincoln
Zach Taylor Omaha
John Thomas Omaha
Jay Moore Lincoln
Travis Baker Norfolk
Matt Guynan Bennington
Zach Sudbeck Norfolk
Nate Nemer Omaha
Tommy Pieper Omaha
Joel Bittner Lincoln
Greg Sohl Wahoo
Collin Brown Fremont
Blake Tooley Omaha
Mitchell Holgate Homer
Luke Kluver Norfolk
Benjamin Grossnicklaus Aurora
Mitchell Klooz Laurel
Leighton Thomas York
Alexander Strom Norfolk
Jordan Reinertson Gibbon
Tyler Kirkholm South Sioux City
Jerrod Ingram Omaha
Chris DeBusk Lincoln
Riley Knake Norfolk
Ryan Brenden Norfolk
Ben Svehla Lincoln
Doug Tegler Eagle
Tyler Erwin Omaha
Josh Nunnally Lincoln
Kyle Deets Elkhorn
Brady Barrett Hastings
David Baker Omaha
Broderick Baker Norfolk
Tyler Dowling Kearney
Steve Blocher West Point
Matthew Geschke Omaha
Mark Wright Omaha
Trevor Spiegel Kearney
Les Johnson Fremont
Payton Baker Norfolk
Michael Hadden Scottsbluff
Trevor Kosch Humphrey
Jeff Bargell North Platte
Shawn West Norfolk
Jack Christ Omaha
James Ginal Omaha
Austin Reece Lincoln
Jake Blum Gretna
Steve Ritzman Elkhorn
Austin Thelander Grant
Kyle Regen Omaha
Joseph Peterson Omaha
Trey Rodgers Kearney

Area Golfer to Take Part in Interstate Match-up

TOPEKA, KS - A northeast Nebraska golfer will be looking to help bring bragging rights back to the Cornhusker State. Trevor Kosch of Humphrey is among the eight golfers selected to represent Nebraska in the annual Kansas-Nebraska Junior Golf Tournament held in Topeka, Kansas this year. The tournament is an annual Ryder Cup style match-up, featuring a team match-play format. Nebraska hasn't won the junior golf border war since 2010.

More Than Winning

Paul Koch sings his book for a fan in Petersburg, NE.

PETERSBURG - Former Nebraska football Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Koch spoke about his time at Nebraska in Petersburg on Thursday.

At the Teammates Fundraiser, Koch talked about Nebraska being a pioneer for life skills, the academic program, training, and strength and conditioning.

In Koch's new book, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, he looks at how and why Nebraska won 60 games and lost only 3 in Tom Osborne's last five years as Head Coach of the Nebraska football team.

"This book is a behind the scenes revelation of everything involved in the process of getting Nebraska football to that point and it's a story that must be told," Koch said.

Koch points out it wasn't just about wins and loses. Victories were achieved every year with players maturing, earning better grades and becoming better people.

Huskers Fall to Cal State Fullerton in Stillwater Regional

STILLWATER, Okla. - J.D. Davis hit a two-out, eighth-inning grand slam, lifting Cal State Fullerton to a 5-1 victory over Nebraska in the first game of the Stillwater regional Friday.

Third-seeded Fullerton (33-22) won its eighth straight and advanced to Saturday's winners' bracket matchup against Oklahoma State the winner of Friday night's 8-0 Oklahoma State-Binghamton contest.

Number 2 Nebraska (40-20) will play in the consolation bracket Saturday.

Davis, who had already ended Cornhuskers starter Chance Sinclair's no-hitter in the seventh, was the first batter to face Nebraska reliever Josh Roeder. He promptly sent a 2-1 pitch about 30 feet over the left field wall to clear the bases.

Nebraska led 1-0 when Sinclair lost his no-hitter and shutout in the seventh.

The Huskers fall to the loser's bracket and will play today at 12:05 p.m. (CT) against Binghamton. Coverage on 94 Rock set to begin at 11:30. 

Husker Softball Comes from Behind Against Indiana

LINCOLN – MJ Knighten picked a perfect time for her first career triple, as the freshman scorched a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth inning to turn a one-run deficit into a one-run lead, as the Huskers rallied for a 3-1 victory over visiting Indiana Friday night at Bowlin Stadium.

Nebraska, which had been 2-11 this season when trailing after five innings, kept its Big Ten title hopes alive as it improved to 38-14 overall and 16-5 in league play. First-place Michigan and third-place Minnesota both lost Friday, while Nebraska clinched a first-round bye for next week's Big Ten Tournament.

Husker Bats Come to Life Against Penn State

LINCOLN – Nebraska's offense struck early and often on its way to pounding out 21 hits in a dominant 13-3 victory over Penn State in the series opener on Friday night at Hawks Field.

Eight Huskers posted multiple hits, including Ryan Boldt who recorded his fourth, four-hit game of the season. Nebraska is now 30-17 on the year and 11-5 during Big Ten play.

Coaches and Rosters Announced for 2nd Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic.

NORFOLK - The Coaches and teams of 36 local All Stars have been announced for the 2nd Annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic.

Mike Fuehrer, Sports Development Manager for the Norfolk Area Sports Council said that the Classic's Board of Directors are extremely pleased with the talent pool from both the Red and White teams, who will take the field at Veteran's Memorial Park in Norfolk.

Jeff Bellar of Norfolk Catholic will be the head coach of the Red Team, while Joe Anderson of Oakland-Craig will serve as the head coach of the White Team.

The Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic will kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14th.


2014 Red Team Roster:
Jared Anderson - Wayne
Jalen Barry - Wayne
Joe Braithwait - Norfolk Catholic
Aaron Carlson - Ponca
Jordan Cattau - Norfolk Catholic
Charlie Charlson - Ponca
Austin Conn – Wausa
Austin Druyor – Pierce High
Ty Dybdal - Hartington High
Kelby Feddern - West Holt
Alic Fischer - South Sioux City
Austin Gubbels - Randolph
Jake Guenther - Crofton
Ethan Hirschman - Laurel-Concord/Coleridge
Lane Jacobsen - Creighton
Taylor Kathol - Hartington Cedar Catholic
Karter Keefer - South Sioux City
Austin Keiser - Wayne
Rylee Klawitter - Verdigre
Eric Kleinschmit - Crofton
Charles Krueger - Pierce High
Chance Larsen - Pierce High
Caleb Lienemann - Winside
Jackson Love - Norfolk Catholic
Jacob Morrill - Creighton
Nolan Nordhues - Randolph
Connor Osborne - West Holt
Trevor Pecena - Wayne
Lane Rohrich - Pierce High
James Stark - Ponca
Shaka Taylor - Lutheran High NE
Mark Uhlir – Norfolk Catholic
Connor Wieseler - Hartington Cedar Catholic
Davis Wieseler - Wynot
Seth Wilmes - Creighton
Evan Woockman - Crofton


2014 White Team:
Andre Berg - Bancroft-Rosalie
Trev Bode - Battle Creek
Tyson Bolling - Plainview
Cody Carlson - Stanton
Joe Crilly - Madison
Jacob Dixon - Oakland-Craig
Devon Dixon - Wisner-Pilger
Troy Ebel - Scribner-Snyder
Evan French - Logan View
Nate Gray - Battle Creek
Lucas Gurnsey - Clarkson-Leigh
Max Hastreiter - Humphrey Public
Tyler Hedlund - Boone Central-Newman Grove
Luke Hegemann - Howells-Dodge
Jacob Hjorth- Norfolk High
Houston Huss - Stanton
Spencer Knopp - O'Neill
Pierce Koch - Boone Central-Newman Grove
Eli McKeown - Battle Creek
Justin Niewohner - Scribner-Snyder
Trent Ortmeier - Guardian Angels CC
Trent Pekny - Clarkson-Leigh
Dylan Puls - Norfolk High
Taylor Reedy - Norfolk High
Dakota Riecken - Lyons-Decatur
Matt Schnebel - Battle Creek
Jared Shakespeare - West Point-Beemer
Heath Stromquist - Oakland-Craig
Landen Thieman - Norfolk High
Jacob VonSeggern - Logan View
Trent Wagner - Madison
Brandon Weidner - Humphrey St. Francis
Alex Wiese - Boone Central-Newman Grove
Casey Wisnieski - Howells-Dodge
Sam Zach – Humphrey St. Francis
Austin Zoucha - Boone Central-Newman Grove

Registration Open for 2014 Laugh and a Half Marathon

NORFOLK - Registration is now open for the 2014 Laugh and a Half Marathon.

The race, which will be held on June 14, 2014 will also a 5K run, 10Krun , 1/2 marathon, as well as, a kid's fun run. The winner of the race will win a $200, and proceeds raised from the race will benefit pediatric needs in Northeast Nebraska.

Those looking to register for the race can do so online.

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