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Clarkson/Leigh Upsets Hartington-Newcastle, Plus Full Round 1 Rundown

HARTINGTON - Round one of the eight-man state football playoffs is in the books. In Class D1, the only team to pull off an upset was Clarkson/Leigh. The 11th-seeded Patriots beat six-seed Hartington-Newcastle, 34-26. Christopher Konicek carried the ball 15 times for the Patriots, racking up 186 yards and 3 TD's. Hartington-Newcastle moved the ball well, with 368 total yards, but the Patriot defense forced four Wildcat turnovers. Clarkson/Leigh next faces the three-seed in the East, Heartland on Wednesday.

Other Class D1 scores:

Creighton 56, Twin Loup 7
Neligh-Oakdale 46, Elgin Public/Pope John 22
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 64, Pawnee City 2
Howells-Dodge 60, Cedar Bluffs 14
Bloomfield 66, Scribner-Snyder 56

RANDOLPH - Last week, the Bancroft-Rosalie Panthers scored over 100 points. This week, the Randolph Cardinals limited them to 14. Randolph advanced to the second round of the Class D2 tournament with a 54-14 win over Bancroft-Rosalie at home on Thursday. Dylan and Drew Loberg combined for 348 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground fro Randolph. Defensively, the Cardinals limited the Panthers to just 214 total yards. Next up for Randolph in the 2nd Round will be the 3-seed in the west, Kenesaw.

Other Class D2 scores:

Humphrey St. Francis 70, St. Mary's 14
Falls City Sacred Heart 52, Emerson-Hubbard 13

AP Prep Football Rankings - Oct. 7

CLASS A

1. Omaha North (6-0), 1, def. Omaha Central def. 35-28, Omaha South.

2. Millard North (6-0), 2, def. Omaha Northwest 55-14, Bellevue West.

3. Bellevue West (5-1), 3, def. South Sioux City 58-17, at Millard North.

4. Papillion-La Vista South (5-1), 4, def. Lincoln North Star 34-6, Omaha Northwest.

5. Creighton Preparatory School (5-1), 5, def. Bellevue East 57-13, South Sioux City.

6. Omaha Central (4-2), 7, lost to Omaha North 35-28, at Bellevue East.

7. Grand Island (5-1), 9, def. Fremont 46-6, at Millard South.

8. Lincoln East (4-2), NR, def. Kearney 31-12, Lincoln Southeast.

9. Norfolk (5-1), NR, def. Millard West 28-7, at Lincoln Northeast.

10. Millard West (3-3), 6, lost to Norfolk 28-7, at North Platte.

Others receiving votes: None.

CLASS B

1. Elkhorn (6-0), 1, def. Omaha Roncalli Catholic 60-13, at Elkhorn South.

2. Gretna (6-0), 2, def. Plattsmouth 45-14, Omaha Skutt Catholic.

3. Elkhorn South (6-0), 3, def. Mount Michael Benedictine 28-14, Elkhorn.

4. Omaha Skutt Catholic (5-1), 4, def. Lincoln Pius X 38-6, at Gretna.

5. McCook (5-1), 6, def. Gering 56-7, at Lexington.

6. Sidney (5-1), 7, def. Northwest 32-31, Scottsbluff.

7. Scottsbluff (5-1), 8, def. Aurora 37-29, at Sidney.

8. Aurora (4-2), 5, lost to Scottsbluff 37-29, at Seward.

9. Seward (5-1), 9, def. Norris 45-14, Aurora.

10. Beatrice (4-2), 10, def. Omaha Gross Catholic 42-6, at Crete.

Others receiving votes: Blair.

CLASS C1

1. Boone Central/Newman Grove (6-0), 1, def. Pierce 49-21, at Madison.

2. Norfolk Catholic (6-0), 2, def. West Point-Beemer 51-7, Wayne.

3. Ashland-Greenwood (6-0), 3, def. Fort Calhoun 35-7, at Omaha Concordia.

4. Kearney Catholic (6-0), 4, def. Central City 35-14, at Grand Island Central Catholic.

5. Columbus Scotus (5-1), 5, def. Bishop Neumann 42-6, Wahoo.

6. Wilber-Clatonia (6-0), 6, def. Raymond Central 42-7, at Fairbury.

7. Cozad (5-1), 8, def. Ord 34-0, Broken Bow.

8. Chadron (5-1), 9, def. Mitchell 57-0, Chase County.

9. Syracuse (4-2), 10, def. Conestoga 76-14, Louisville.

10. Pierce (4-2), 7, lost to Boone Central/Newman Grove 49-21, West Point-Beemer.

Others receiving votes: Chase County.

CLASS C2

1. Battle Creek (6-0), 1, def. Hartington Cedar Catholic 36-14, West Holt.

2. Hastings St. Cecilia (6-0), 2, def. Southern Valley 48-0, Superior.

3. North Platte St. Patrick's (6-0), 3, def. Bridgeport 36-0, Kimball.

4. Aquinas Catholic (5-1), 4, def. Omaha Brownell-Talbot 57-13, at Tekamah-Herman.

5. Archbishop Bergan (5-1), 6, def. Logan View 41-0, Omaha Brownell-Talbot.

6. Sutton (6-0), 7, def. Doniphan-Trumbull 34-0, Southern Valley.

7. Lutheran High Northeast (5-1), 8, def. Crofton 44-26, at Hartington Cedar Catholic.

8. Hartington Cedar Catholic (4-2), 5, lost to Battle Creek 36-14, Lutheran High Northeast.

9. Malcolm (6-0), 9, def. Centennial 20-7, Shelby-Rising City.

10. Oakland-Craig (5-1), 10, def. Stanton 44-14, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge.

Others receiving votes: None.

CLASS D1

1. Hemingford (5-0), 1, def. Morrill 72-16, at Dundy County-Stratton.

2. Creighton (5-0), 2, def. Plainview 72-6, Howells-Dodge.

3. Guardian Angels Central Catholic (5-0), 3, def. Scribner-Snyder 24-20, Pender.

4. Heartland (5-0), 4, def. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 50-34, at Cross County.

5. BDS (5-0), 5, def. Diller-Odell 34-0, at Friend.

6. Elm Creek (5-0), 6, def. Arapahoe 42-36, Blue Hill.

7. Amherst (5-0), 7, def. South Loup 46-12, at Twin Loup.

8. Howells-Dodge (4-1), 8, def. Nebraska Christian 40-26, at Creighton.

9. Fullerton (5-0), NR, def. Clarkson/Leigh 58-14, at Nebraska Christian.

10. Friend (5-0), NR, def. Pawnee City 44-22, BDS.

Others receiving votes: Scribner-Snyder.

CLASS D2

1. Falls City Sacred Heart (4-1), 1, def. Lewiston 68-0, at Exeter-Milligan.

2. Stuart (5-0), 2, def. CWC 36-20, at Osmond.

3. Exeter-Milligan (5-0), 3, def. Lawrence-Nelson 66-24, Falls City Sacred Heart.

4. Humphrey St. Francis (5-0), 4, def. Hampton 78-3, Osceola.

5. Anselmo-Merna (5-0), 5, def. Sandhills/Thedford 34-29, Overton.

6. Kenesaw (4-1), 6, def. Parkview Christian 86-8, Loomis.

7. Giltner (3-2), 7, def. Meridian 52-42, at Red Cloud.

8. Elwood (4-1), 9, def. Bertrand 40-38, at Sumner-Eddyville-Miller.

9. Randolph (4-1), 10, def. St. Mary's 46-12, at Wausa.

10. Garden County (5-0), NR, def. Hay Springs 72-8, at Potter-Dix.

Friday Night Football Scoreboard

Norfolk Catholic 51, West Point-Beemer 7
Lutheran High NE 44, Crofton 26
Battle Creek 36, Hartington Cedar Catholic 14
Oakland-Craig 44, Stanton 14
Boone Central/Newman Grove 49, Pierce 21
Wayne 29, Madison 0
Elkhorn Valley 52, Palmer 21
Heartland 50, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 34
Humphrey St. Francis 78, Hampton 3
Osmond 49, Wausa 30
Randolph 46, St. Mary's 12
Wisner-Pilger 40, Homer 6
Fullerton 58, Clarkson/Leigh 14
Creighon 72, Plainview 6
Howells-Dodge 40, Nebraska Christian 26
Neligh-Oakdale 56, Niobrara/Verdigre 14
Elgin Public/Pope John 30, North Central 6
Pender 66, Omaha Nation 6
Guardian Angels CC 24, Scribner-Snyder 20
Allen 52, Lyons-Decatur NE 14
St. Edward 47, Walthill 6
Hartington-Newcastle 32, Winnebago 14
Columbus 42, Omaha South 12
Columbus Scotus 42, Bishop Neumann 6
Columbus Lakeview 42, North Bend Central 6
Arcadia-Loup City 26, Twin River 16
Hastings 55, Schuyler 12
Spalding Academy 77, Santee 0
Deshler 45, Riverside 14

Wayne St. Soccer Loses to MSU-Moorhead

MOORHEAD, MN - Despite out-shooting MSU Moorhead 29-9 and 18-5 in shots on goal, Wayne State College suffered a 2-1 loss at MSU Moorhead Sunday in Minnesota. Kelsea Lambert had 10 shots and six shots on goal with an assist to lead Wayne State offensively. McKenzie Hallstrom added four shots with three on goal while Natalie Poppe registered her first goal of the season. Wayne State falls to 1-6-1 overall and 0-5 in the NSIC. They'll be on the road again next weekend in Northern Sun Conference play, visiting Minnesota Crookston and Bemidji State.

LHNE-Ainsworth Among the Key Friday Match-ups

AINSWORTH - The Lutheran High NE Eagles will look to make it two wins in a row as they travel to Ainsworth on Friday. The Eagles bounced back from their only loss of the season with a 66-26 win over Laurel-Concord-Coleridge last week. Senior lineman Kevin Sullivan says a lot of the credit for the bounce back should go to Coach Darin Suckstorf.

Sullivan: "He talked to us a lot about how we need to not get down on ourselves and how we need to stay focused despite anything that's happened to us, like in the loss. We came back and had a great week of practice this week. We keep getting better and better."

FULL FRIDAY SCHEDULE:

Lutheran High NE vs. Ainsworth (on 94 Rock)
Pierce vs. Wayne (at 94rock.fm)
Columbus Lakeview vs. Wahoo (at ColumbusNewsTeam.com)
Norfolk Catholic vs. Madison
Battle Creek vs. Ponca
Stanton vs. Wisner-Pilger
Winside vs. Wynot
Elkhorn Valley vs. Heartland Lutheran
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family vs. Fullerton
Humphrey St. Francis vs. Palmer
Randolph vs. CWC
Clarkson/Leigh vs. Howells-Dodge
Plainview vs. Guardian Angels CC
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge vs. Homer
Wakefield vs. Hartington-Newcastle
Wausa vs. Stuart
Elgin Public/Pope John vs. Clearwater/Orchard
Pender vs. Winnebago
Boone Central/Newman Grove vs. West Point-Beemer
Emerson-Hubbard vs. Allen
Creighton vs. Bloomfield
St. Edward vs. Riverside
Hartington Cedar Catholic vs. West Holt
Columbus vs. Omaha Burke
Columbus Scotus vs. David City
Spalding Academy vs. Walthill
Twin River vs. Centura
Schuyler vs. Seward
Scribner-Snyder vs. Omaha Nation

NECC Golf Finishes 14th in Fremont

FREMONT - The Northeast Community College golf team took on some tough competition in Fremont Tuesday. The Hawks finished 14th at the Midland University Invitational, 23 shots off the pace of the winner, Hastings College. Iowa Wesleyan was second. Northeast's Michael Bergquist finished 14th overall with a five-over 76. The Hawks are off until next Tuesday's Southeast Community College Invitational in Beatrice.

Northeast CC Adds New VB Player

NORFOLK - The Northeast Community College volleyball team is welcoming a new member to their ranks. School officials announced Tuesday that sophomore Sydney Whitmarsh will be a middle blocker for the Hawks. Whitmarsh graduated from Arlington High School, and competed for Southwest Iowa Community College as a freshman. Whitmarsh's new team is back in action on Friday, hosting the Northeast Volleyball Tournament.

NECC Golf Tees Off This Week

NORFOLK - The Northeast Community College golf team tees up for the first time in 2014 this week. Head Coach Brad Bosh's squad returns four team members, including two all-conference performers in Alex Dredge and Justin Mlnarik. The Hawks also added eight new team members this year, including two incoming freshman from the area, Michael Brockhaus from Humphrey St. Francis and Lucas Bradfield from Wisner-Pilger. The Hawks' first tournament is the Doane Fall Invitational in Crete.

Wayne St. Cross Country Picked to Finish 11th/12th

WAYNE - Voters in the Northern Sun Conference are going with the defending champions to repeat as the conference's best in Cross Country this fall. The NSIC pre-season rankings were released Tuesday. Wayne St. was picked 11th in the men's poll and 12th in the women's poll. Augustana was picked to repeat as champion on the men's side, while the voters believed that Minnesota-Duluth will win a second straight women's conference title. Wayne St. opens their season next Friday at the Augustana Twilight Invitational in Sioux Falls, SD.

High Softball Rundown, 8-26

NORFOLK - This time it was Norfolk's turn for a softball sweep. After two double-header losses to start the season, Norfolk swept Lincoln NE Tuesday, 9-1 and 9-0. The victories mean the Panthers are now 2-4 on the season. They'll try to keep their win streak going Thursday, hosting a double-header against Kearney.

LEIGH - The Pierce Blue Jays are back at .500 following a slugfest win over Highway 91 Tuesday. The Blue Jays beat the Cyclones, 11-7. The win improves Pierce to 2-2 ahead of the Wisner-Pilger Tournament on Saturday.

Other scores:

Wayne 15, O'Neill 5
Wisner-Pilger 6, Twin River 5
Twin River 9, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 0
Arlington 6, West Point-Beemer 0
Guardian Angels CC 9, South Sioux City 4

Ten Players Sign to Play Basketball at NECC

NORFOLK - Ten players have signed to play basketball at Northeast Community College during the 2014-15 season, including one from Norfolk and another who has a brother who plays in the NBA.

Dan Anderson, Hawks head coach said that the 2014 class will add some size, speed, and the ability to shoot the basketball. Many of Hawks players spent the majority of their summer on campus and he's eager to get all of the players here to begin preparing for the upcoming season.

This year's recruits include: Jalen Bradley, Norfolk. The Norfolk high alum played 13 games for the University of Nebraska-Omaha as a redshirt freshman in the 2013-14 season before injuries sidelined him for the second half of the campaign. The guard averaged 4.8 points and 0.9 rebounds over 8.8 minutes per game off the bench.

Pierre Conwell, St. Paul, MN.  Conwell, a 6'3" forward, averaged 16 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Class 3A-Section 4 runner-up Johnson High School Governors.

Shawn Lipscomb, Durham, NC. The 6'0" guard held the nation's scoring title by Maxpreps.com during his junior year at Flora Macdonald Academy in Red Springs, NC.

Kevin Metoyer, Omaha.  The 5'9" Metoyer was part of Omaha Westside's state runner-up season in his senior year. He averaged 15.6 points, 6.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game in his final high school year.

Trevon Moody, Sioux Falls, SD. Moody spent last season at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA.

Boris Rajovic, Ellicot City, MD. Originally from Montenegro, the 6'10" Rajovic played his junior and senior years at Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City.

Torrell Sutton, Hamilton, OH. Sutton, 6'9", averaged 13.4 points and 4.2 blocks per game for Christian Life Center Academy in Houston, TX.

Dishawn Thompson, Brampton, Ontario. The 6'5" Thompson played his senior year for Faith Christian School in Phoenix, AZ.  His brother, Tristan, plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Omar Venable, Decatur, GA. The 6'8" Venable was part of Miller Grove High School's five consecutive Georgia state championships (Four – 4A, 1 – 5A). He averaged eight points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game during his senior season.

L.J. Westbrook, Salem, OR. The 6'3" Westbrook averaged 14.3 points per game during his prep campaign before joining the Hawks in the spring of 2014.
Northeast will have four players return from last year's team - Demarcus Cunningham, Atlanta, GA; Chima Moneke, Canberra, Australia; Dionte Smith, Nassau, Bahamas; and Buay Tuach, Omaha.
The Hawks open the season on Saturday, November 1, at the North Dakota State College of Science Classic in Wahpeton, ND.

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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