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Two Area Teams Remain at State Legion Tournament

BLAIR - With two days to go in the state Legion Baseball tournaments, northeast Nebraska still has two chances to bring home state titles.

At the Class B tournament in Blair, Albion stayed alive by trouncing Cozad in an elimination game, 15-5. Derek Gentrup smashed the first homer of the tournament for Albion, while Travis Kennedy, Tyler Hedlund and Pierce Koch all had triples. In all, Albion smacked 17 base hits. Next up for Albion is Hickman at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

HEBRON - In the Class C bracket down in Hebron, Pender is still alive. Pender topped Creighton in an elimination game Monday, 9-3. Creighton actually took the first lead in the game, 2-0, and the game was close until the 4th inning when Pender plated six runs. Caleb Hansen struck out seven to pick up the win on the mound, while Carson Tietz had two hits to lead the Pender offensive attack. Next up for Pender is Shelton-Gibbon in an 8 p.m. match-up.

Nebraska-Kansas Junior Cup Begins Tuesday

TOPEKA, KS - The annual Kansas/Nebraska Junior Golf Cup tees off Tuesday morning. Eight of the best junior golfers in each state will compete in a Ryder Cup-style format tournament. Trevor Kosch of Humphrey is one of the golfers representing Nebraska, who hasn't won the cup since 2010. The tournament starts with doubles match-play Tuesday morning.

State Legion Tournaments Continue

OMAHA - The State Legion Baseball Tournaments are rolling along at various locations around Nebraska. In Class A, Columbus was eliminated on Sunday, after falling 17-4 in a losers' bracket game.

BLAIR - In Class B, Albion is still alive. Albion had fallen to the losers bracket after falling to Platte Valley on Saturday, but bounced back with an 8-2 win over Alliance Sunday. Pierce Koch was the winning pitcher for Albion. They'll next face Bennington in another elimination game Monday.

HEBRON - An error in the 9th inning dropped Creighton to he elimination bracket of the Class C tournament, as they lost to host Hebron, 3-2. Creighton had led 2-0 before giving up the final three runs to take the loss. Creighton gets another northeast Nebraska team on Monday, Pender. Pender stayed alive by winning their first elimination game, 11-6 over Malcolm. Benny Oliver, Aaron Ras and Caleb Hansen all had multi-hit games. Croton, meanwhile was eliminated from the tournament. They lost to Sutton 8-4 after stranding 10 base-runners.

Nebraska Bison Squad Wins 16U Title

LAS VEGAS - A Nebraska summer basketball team featuring northeast Nebraska athletes is celebrating a big tournament win in Vegas over the weekend. The Nebraska Bison 16 and under team defeated the Michigan Mustangs, 58-54 at Las Vegas Del Sol High School Sunday to win the inaugural Vegas Finals !6 and under championship. The team featured Norfolk High's Gunner Fuelberth and Brandon Villalpando, and Norfolk's Andy Coan served as an assistant on the team.

The Bison White Team were one of three Nebraska Bison teams taking part in the tourney. The Capital Gold Team fell in the semi-finals of the 15 and under bracket, while the Red Team lost in the second round of the 17 and under bracket.

In addition to being a chance for the athletes to hone their skills, the tournament also gave the hoopsters some time with college coaches looking on. Tournament officials say coaches from the University of Akron, as well as Northern Sun Conference schools Sioux Falls, Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota-Crookston were in attendance.

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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