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Huskers to Play Night Game in Fresno

The Mountain West Conference announced on Thursday that Nebraska’s Sept. 13 football game at Fresno State will be televised in prime time on CBS Sports Network. The matchup will kick off at 9:30 p.m. Central (7:30 PT in Fresno).

The meeting at Fresno State will be the second all-time between the schools, following a 42-29 Nebraska victory at Memorial Stadium in 2011. The Bulldogs will make a return trip to Lincoln in the 2016 season.

Fresno State is coming off an 11-2 record in 2013, capped by a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl.

The Sept. 13 evening telecast is the third night game on the Huskers’ 2014 schedule announced this week. Earlier, ABC/ESPN announced that Nebraska’s Sept. 20 game against Miami and its Oct. 4 game at Michigan State will both kick off at 7 p.m. CT.

The Big Ten Network is expected to announce its prime time television schedule for the 2014 season in the near future.

NSWCA Names Additional Award Winners

The Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association will honor the following at the Hall of Fame Banquet 5 pm June 14, 2014 at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island

· Selected the following special awards
o Senior Scholar
§ Class A Johnny Porter Bellevue East
§ Class B Will Schany Blair and Brett Velasquez Bennington
§ Class C Thomas Connely Kearney Catholic
§ Class D Benny Oliver Pender
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o Guy Mytty
§ Class A Javaughn Perkins Omaha North
§ Class B Will Schany Blair, Brett Velasquez Bennington, Colton Adams Scottsbluff
§ Class C Adam Keating Kearney Catholic
§ Class D Jacob Sebade Pender
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o Coaches Wife—Sharon Painter Cambridge
o Asst Coach—Jason Redmond West Point
o Patron—Mark Wragge Plainview
o Official—Duane Skiles North Platte
o McIntyre Wattnam---Kevin Kottich Omaha Bryan
o Media—Doug Duda - Classic Hits/ESPN Radio - Kearney
o Family of the year—Dunn Family from Pender
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o Elected NSWCA Coaches of the Year
o Class A Mike Shadwinkel Grand Island
o Class B Matt Bruggeman Gretna
o Class C Tahner Thiem David City
o Class D Tyler Herman Amherst

JOHANSSON TO PLAY PROFESSIONALLY IN SWEDEN

After spending his final year of junior eligibility with the Tri-City Storm, goaltender Jacob Johansson has decided to return to Sweden to pursue a professional career, signing a two-year deal with Linköping HC of the Swedish Hockey League.
The netminder, who originally hails from Stockholm, Sweden, appeared in 42 games for the Storm during the 2013-14 season. Johansson racked up over 2,000 minutes in between the pipes, seventh most in the league.
“I loved every part of my year in Kearney,” Johansson said. “I want to thank the organization for giving me the opportunity to represent the team and I want to thank the fans for giving us their full support throughout the year even when we didn’t play our best hockey.”
Johansson also recorded three shutouts among his 14 total wins, which was fourth best in the USHL. His 1,174 saves were fifth most among all goaltenders.
The six-foot, one-inch goalie is excited about his contract with a team in what is considered the top pro league in Sweden. But Johansson expects he’ll need to prove himself and will likely start out on a loan with a team in the second-best pro league in the country.
After a bout with mono kept the goaltender on the bench for the final weeks of the season, Johansson said he is healthy now and will begin offseason workouts in the coming weeks.
The Linköping organization is nothing new for Johansson, as he played for their junior team before coming to the USHL.
“I actually spoke with Linköping throughout most of the year since I played there last season,” Johansson said. “We actually have two players from the U.S. and there are a lot of players from other countries so I don’t think the difference is going to be too big.”
Johansson said that the year spent in the USHL will help him because of how many games he played.
“I got used to playing a lot of games,” Johansson said. “The media coverage was great and I loved interacting with our loyal fans.”
His final USHL statistics included an overall record of 14-22-3, with a goals against average of 3.07 and a save percentage of .910.
“I want to thank my billet family (John and Robyn Schulthiess) for being amazing and providing me with everything I needed while in the U.S.,” Johansson said.
With the 2013-14 season in the books, Tri-City is now preparing for the two annual USHL Entry Drafts, which will take place May 5-6. The Storm will have the No. 3 overall pick in both drafts.

Huskers Open Spring Schedule on Saturday

The Nebraska volleyball team will open the 2014 spring schedule this weekend as they will travel to face Iowa State in Ames, Iowa on Saturday, April 19. The match is slated for 2 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. Admission is free.

The match will be streamed online on Cyclones.TV. Fans with a HuskersNside account can watch the match with their subscription. Fans without a HuskersNside account can subscribe to HuskersNside or Cyclones.TV to watch the match. Live stats will be available on Cyclones.com.

The Huskers will continue the spring season next Saturday, April 26 in Wayne, Neb., with a match against Creighton at 2 p.m., at Rice Auditorium. The match is sold out and 50 percent of the all proceeds are going to the re-construction of the Wayne Summer Sports Complex that was destroyed by the October tornado that hit the Wayne area last fall.

UNK Third Seed in MIAA Tennis

With one rained out match remaining to be made up the MIAA has announced the pairings and seedings for the MIAA Tennis Championships. The Championships are scheduled to get underway on April 25 at 9 a.m. from the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo.

The men will kick things off on Friday with third seeded Nebraska-Kearney taking on the sixth seed Emporia State at 9 a.m. Going on at the second set of courts at 9 a.m. will be the fourth seeded Lindenwood men against the #5 seed Washburn. Northwest Missouri has earned the top seed and at least a share of the MIAA regular season championship and will have a bye into the semi-finals on Saturday, April 26. The Southwest Baptist Men, who claim a share of the MIAA title with a NWMSU loss in their final match, will earn the second seed and also earns a bye directly to the semi’s.

Northeastern State earns the top seed in the women’s tournament and will face of with Washburn to open the women’s bracket at 11 a.m. on Friday. The other 11 a.m. match will feature second seeded Southwest Baptist against seventh seed Lindenwood. In the 1 p.m. matches third seed Nebraska-Kearney will face sixth seed Northwest Missouri and fourth seeded Central Oklahoma will take on five seed Emporia State.

Complete match schedule is listed below, please not schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather.

Friday, April 25 (Cooper Tennis Complex)
9:00 a.m. #3 Nebraska-Kearney Men vs. #6 Emporia State Men
9:00 a.m. #4 Lindenwood Men vs. #5 Washburn Men
11:00 a.m. #1 Northeastern State Women vs. #8 Washburn Women
11:00 a.m. #2 Southwest Baptist Women vs. #7 Lindenwood Women
1:00 p.m. #3 Nebraska-Kearney Women vs. #6 Northwest Missouri Women
1:00 p.m. #4 Central Oklahoma Women vs. #5 Emporia State Women
3:00 p.m. Men's Consolation*

Saturday, April 26 (Cooper Tennis Complex)
9:00 a.m. #1 Northwest Missouri Men vs. winner of 4/5
9:00 a.m. #2 Southwest Baptist Men vs. winner of 3/6
11:00 a.m. Women's Semi-Finals
1:00 p.m. Women's Consolation

Sunday, April 27 (Cooper Tennis Complex)
9:00 a.m. Women's 3rd Place
9:00 a.m. Women's Championship
11:00 a.m. Men's 3rd Place
11:00 a.m. Men's Championship

Lopers Have Added Six for the 2014 Season

Nebraska-Kearney women’s soccer coach John Maessner today announced that Kaitlyn Pawloski (Hastings H.S.) and Madalynn Doughty (North Platte H.S.) will join the Lopers in the fall.
In February, UNK added four Nebraska natives to its 2014 roster.
Doughty (5-0) will be a right forward or right defender for the Lopers. Ranked No. 1 in her class, she helped the Bulldogs win the last two GNAC titles and leaves with school records for most assists in a season and career.
Also a basketball and volleyball player at North Platte, Doughty is a member of the Nebraska Select Club soccer team as well. She helped that team win two Dakota Alliance U16 titles.
“Madalynn is an energetic, versatile player with very good quickness and speed that will be able to help us right away. She has the ability to play an attacking outside back or a wide attacking player on either side of the field within our current system,” said Maessner. “She gives us instant depth at several positions, which makes her very valuable. We look forward to her joining us and helping us continue to build on the progress that we have been able to make as a program.”
The younger sister of Loper junior Ashtin Pawloski, Kaitlyn is a 5-4 forward/midfielder who helped the Tigers qualify for the Class B state tourney the past three years.
An all-state and all-conference selections, she also qualified for the state cross country championships and earned a varsity basketball letter her freshman season.
A member of the Hastings Flames and Nebraska Select club soccer teams, she helped those teams win several tournaments.
“Kaitlyn is a quick, skillful attacking player that will help us to create more opportunities in front of the goal. She will give us depth at our attacking positions and make us more dangerous going forward,” said Maessner. “We are looking for her to help us right away and we are confident she will be a valuable member of our team.”
UNK is currently going through spring workouts.

Hastings Sweeps Morningside

It was a wild day of softball between Hastings College and Morningside on Wednesday as the Broncos utilized the long ball on a very blustery day at the Smith Softball Complex in order to sweep Morningside 9-8 in eight innings in game one and 9-8 in game two. Both games were won in come from behind fashion.
Game once saw the Mustangs jump out to a quick start against Taylor Erlenbusch as Kat Steffen would take advantage of the wind blowing out to left hitting a three-run home run for the early lead.
Morningside would increase the lead to 6-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh where things really got interesting.
After Haley Burge struck out, Molly Mullervy would keep things alive with a one out single. Anna Gerhard would step up and send a shot over the left field fence to cut the deficit to two at 6-4.
Kelsey Hoehler would draw a walk bringing up one of the hottest hitter on the Bronco squad in Heather Sabata. She would send the Jordan Johnson offering over the right field fence to tie the game at 6-6 to force extra innings.
The Mustang sticks were not fazed by the Broncos as they went right back to work. McKenzie Anderson would lead the inning off with a solo home run to left. Morningside would plate another run off a Taylor Daas single opening up a 8-6 lead heading to the home half of the inning.
Hastings would waste no time as Jessica Finnegan and Dana Manibusan would open the inning with back-to-back singles. Burge would also get on base with an infield single loading to bases.
Mullervy would then strike out followed by a RBI ground out by Gerhard leaving the Broncos down by one with two outs and Hoehler at the plate.
Hoehler would send a blooper off the end of her bat just over the head of the short stop but because there were two outs Burge and Manibusan were running on the crack of the bat as each of them would score ending the game.
Hastings would finish the game with 14 hits while the Mustangs finished with 13. This was just the second conference loss for the Mustangs.
If you thought game one was crazy, game two was even more topsy-turvy.
This time the Broncos would jump out to a big lead after Morningside would score the first run in the top of the first.
With one run already home in the bottom of the first, Sabata would step up to the plate with the bases loaded and blast a no doubter grand slam to center field as Hastings would lead 5-1 after just one inning.
Then things would take a crazy turn as the Bronco bats would go cold along with some focus in the field.
Throughout the next four innings, the Broncos would commit six errors while the Mustangs would score twice in each of the next three innings opening up a 7-5 lead.
Just when a split seemed imminent, long ball would come back to haunt the Mustangs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
With one out, Cara Williams would get things started with a double over the center fielders head. Manibusan would follow that up with an RBI double over the left fielders head.
Burge would also double in her next at bat but could not score Manibusan as she had to hold up to make sure the ball would not be caught.
After a Mullervy pop out, Gerhard would step up and be the next hero for the Broncos sending the Kayla Salonen pitch over the left field fence giving Hastings a 9-7 lead heading into the final frame.
Morningside would make things interesting as it would take a wacky play for this thing to end.
Steffen was at the plate with runners on first and second and two outs. She would single up the middle as Manibusan would try to throw out Daas to no avail. On the throw Johnson would take off for third and Gerhard's throw was late. With the throw to third, Steffen attempted to take second where Mullervy would gun the ball to Burge for the final out of this crazy exciting game.
Gerhard would finish the day with seven RBIs while Sabata would finish with six RBIs.
Hastings is now 17-16 (8-4) on the year and will be back in action Friday April 18 hitting the road for a doubleheader at York with first pitch set for 4:00 p.m. in York, NE.


10-Run Second Inning Powers Huskers to 17-6 Win

Trailing after the top of the first inning for the second straight game, the Nebraska baseball team (25-14, 7-2 Big Ten) exploded for a combined 15 runs in their first two at-bats, including a 10-run, 11-hit second inning en route to a 17-6 victory over the Omaha Mavericks on Wednesday at Hawks Field.
Austin Darby paced the NU offense with a three-hit, four-RBI day at the plate. While Steven Reveles produced his first career four-hit game and Michael Pritchard was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs.
Eight NU batters drove in runs in the victory, while five Huskers recorded multi-hit outings and six NU players scoring at least twice.
The Huskers last scored 10 runs in a inning during a 15-2 win over Northern Colorado on March 24, 2010 and the Huskers last plated 17 runs in a game at Ohio State on April 15, 2012, when they completed a doubleheader sweep with a 17-9 win.
On the mound, Kyle Kubat went 6.0 inning to earn his third win of the season. He gave up five runs on the night (three earned) on seven hits and one walk, while striking out a season high five.
For the second straight day, the Huskers found themselves in an early hole when the Mavericks capitalized on a pair of fielding errors in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead.
In the home-half of the first, Darby connected on a two-run double down the right field line on a 1-1 pitch to plate both Pritchard and Jake Placzek, tying the contest at 2-2. Reveles then sent the first pitch he saw to right field to score Darby, giving the Huskers a 3-2 lead. After stealing his fourth base of the year, Reveles scored on a Headley single through the left side and Headley then scored on a fielding error later in the inning to give NU a 5-2 lead.
The Huskers put the contest out of reach in the second inning when 16 batters came to the plate for the first 10-run inning since 2010, giving NU a 15-2 lead. The Huskers produced 11 hits in the inning, with Pritchard, Darby and Reveles each notching a pair of hits. The Huskers sent 10 batters to the plate before the first out of the inning was recorded and had the bases loaded following a one-out single by Headley before UNO reliever Cole Volkens ended the frame with consecutive outs.
A pair of RBI singles from UNO’s Brett Bass and Tyler Splichal combined with a Caleb Palensky sacrifice fly to right scored three runs in the top of the third, as the Mavs attempted to chip away at Nebraska’s lead. The Huskers pushed their lead to 17-5 in the fifth inning when Headley scored on a wild pitch and Pritchard drove in Ryan Boldt with a RBI single.
The Mavs scored once more in the eighth on a pair of doubles, but were unable to get any closer.
The Huskers continue their five-game homestand on Friday night when they begin a three-game series against the Northwestern Wildcats at Hawks Field. Game one is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

Pair of Husker Hoopsters Find New Homes

Former Husker Hannah Tvrdy will finish her basketball career at Colorado State. Tvrdy played in 21 games for the Huskers this year and averaged 1.5 points per game. Sadie Murren also found a new home yesterday. Murren will play the next two years at Wayne State after averaging 2.6 points and 1.0 rebound per game for the Huskers in 25 games this year.

Houston Named IFL Special Teams Player of the Week

Joe Houston of the Nebraska Danger has been named the Special Teams Player of the Week in the Indoor Football League. Houston drilled a 16-yard field goal as time expired on Saturday to give the Danger a 35-33 win over the Texas Revolution. The Danger will be off this week. They’ll play host to the Wyoming Cavalry on April 25th.

Wong Named 2014 AAI Award Winner

Nebraska gymnast Emily Wong has been named the 2014 AAI Award winner, recognizing the most outstanding female gymnast in the country. The honor is given annually to the nation’s top gymnast on the basis of athleticism, academic excellence and civic responsibility. The award is voted on by the NCAA women’s gymnastics head coaches and was announced at the championship banquet Wednesday night in Birmingham, Ala.
Wong is the second Nebraska gymnast to receive this coveted award behind Richelle Simpson who captured the honor in 2005.
In her senior season at Nebraska, Emily Wong has cemented her position as one of the nation’s top all-around student-athletes in the country. At the 2014 Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet Wong was named Nebraska’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year, while also claiming the Big Ten Medal of Honor for her accolades.
Wong is known for her contagious smile that shines brightest when she is with her friends, family and while performing her floor routine that earned her third-place at the 2013 NCAA Championships last year. Her smile has helped her overcome many challenges over the years, including the recent passing of her father last October. Wong competes this season with a heavy heart as she wishes her father was still cheering her on in the stands, as he did every meet since she started competing as a little girl. This setback has not slowed her down; instead it has fueled her to one of the best senior seasons by a Nebraska gymnast in school history.
Through the 2014 regular season, Wong captured 32 event titles, remained undefeated in the all-around, while posting some of the top scores in the country. Her senior season has been dedicated to her father and her incredible strength has inspired the entire Nebraska gymnastics team to one of the best starts to a season since 1997.
An eight-time All-American in competition Wong has earned countless all-conference awards during her time at NU. In March of 2013 she became the first Big Ten gymnast to win back-to-back conference all-around titles since Penn State’s Brandi Personett (2007-08). Her four awards at the 2013 conference championships were the most in a single season for any Husker since Emily Parsons captured four honors in 2005. The Grand Forks, N.D., native has captured over 60 event titles throughout her career as a Husker and has spent most of her senior season ranked in the top-four nationally in the all-around.
At the 2014 Big Ten Championships Wong collected two career-high scores on beam (9.95) and floor recording a perfect 10.00 to become only the second Nebraska gymnast to record a 10.00 on the event behind Richelle Simpson. Wong was awarded Big Ten Gymnast of the Year for her efforts during the season.
Wong took home her 10th all-around crown at the 2014 NCAA Seattle Regional by delivering a notable performance. She recorded a career-high mark of 9.95 on bars and a 9.90 to take home top honors on both events en-route to the Regional all-around crown with a score of 39.625.
Wong is not only defined by her exceptional performances in the gym, but also her work in the classroom. She has earned numerous academic awards as a nutrition, health and exercise sciences major, including Academic All-America honors, three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-America accolades and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honors. In March of this year, Wong was named the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship Award winner.
Wong has been a staple in the Lincoln community and has participated in an array of outreach activities through the Nebraska Life Skills program. She has volunteered with a variety of programs, including elementary and middle school visits, Breast Cancer Awareness events, Lincoln Children’s Zoo “Boo at the Zoo” and Cedars Youth Services. Wong will graduate in December of 2014 with a 3.918 GPA earning her Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, exercise and health sciences and a minor in psychology/child, youth and family studies. She intends to continue her education to become a physical therapist.
2014 AAI Award Finalists
· Katherine Grable, Arkansas
· Kim Jacob, Alabama
· Alaina Johnson, Florida
· Joanna Sampson, Michigan
· Taylor Spears, Oklahoma
· Emily Wong, Nebraska – Winner

UNK Records 18th Dual Win

The Nebraska-Kearney women’s tennis team closed out the 2014 regular season by sweeping Fort Hays State, 9-0, Tuesday at Harmon Park.

The dual was originally set for Monday but pushed back due to weather.

The Lopers (18-6, 7-3), ranked sixth (NCAA) and eighth (ITA) in the Central Region, have now won 13 of its matches by 9-0 scores.

On “Senior Day”, UNK’s toughest doubles point came in the second spot where junior Kristin Weems (Arlington, Texas) and freshman Emily Fink (Elkhorn South H.S.) managed an 8-6 victory.

The pair improve to 15-4, which includes an 8-2 mark against MIAA competition.

In singles, senior Vanessa Gunawan (Indonesia) was up 6-0, 3-0 in the No. 1 position before her Tiger counterpart retired due to injury. The same scenario happened to Weems (6-2, 2-0) in the second spot.

Both improve to 16-8. In the latest ITA Central rankings, Gunawan is 11th in singles with Weems 18th.

At No. 5 singles, Missouri senior Britni Norfolk easily won her 10th consecutive match as she bested Katie Hipp (6-0, 6-0). Norfolk is now a team-best 20-4, including a 9-1 mark in MIAA duals.

Both Loper teams are off until the MIAA Tournament next weekend (April 25-27) in Springfield, Mo.

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Tennis Weekly Honors

Men's Tennis – McKay Inman, Hastings
McKay Inman of Hastings is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men's Tennis Player-of-the-Week. Inman, a junior for the Broncos from Colorado Springs, went 2-0 in singles on the week with two wins over high-quality opponents, helping Hastings to a 2-0 start in the GPAC. He is now 9-12 on the year in singles and 8-10 in doubles.

Two Husker Games Set for Prime Time

The Big Ten Conference and ESPN/ABC announced Tuesday that Nebraska’s 2014 games against Miami and Michigan State will be televised in prime time on the ESPN family of networks.

Nebraska will play host to Miami on Sept. 20, at Memorial Stadium with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CT. Two weeks later on Oct. 4 the Huskers will travel to East Lansing, Mich., to take on the defending Big Ten champions, also a 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. local in East Lansing). Both games will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 with a determination on the network to be made at a later date.

The two Nebraska games were among a group of six Big Ten contests announced for prime-time telecasts on ESPN/ABC on Tuesday.

The Huskers’ matchup with Miami will be the first regular-season meeting between the schools since the Hurricanes visited Lincoln in 1976. The teams met five times in bowl games between the 1983 and 2001 seasons, with the winner of those contests capturing the national championship four times.

The overall series between the schools is tied at 5-5, with Nebraska winning all three games in Lincoln. The schools will meet in Miami in 2015.

The prime-time matchup at Michigan State on Oct. 4 will pit the two schools that represented the Legends Division in the first three Big Ten Championship Games. Nebraska and Michigan State are now in opposite divisions in the Big Ten but will meet each of the next two seasons in cross-division contests. The prime-time telecast will mark the fourth straight year the two schools have met on ESPN or ABC.

BTN is expected to announce their prime-time football schedule in the near future.

Orthman Senior Student Athlete Recognition & Awards Banquet

This year, the University of Nebraska Kearney Athletic Programs experienced a tremendous amount of success both on and off the playing field. UNK student athletes continue to strive to perform at the very top in athletic competition as well as in the community and in the classroom. Several students have earned prestigious academic and athletic awards throughout the year.

To honor their achievement, we are inviting the general public to join us for the Annual Orthman Senior Student Athlete Awards & Recognition Banquet. This semi-formal event will take place on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union's Ponderosa Room.

Tickets may be purchased by the General Public for $ 20.00 per person. To access a reservation form call (308) 865-8514. RSVP's must be submitted no later than Thursday, April 17th at 5:00 p.m. in order to ensure a reservation.

Hooper Taken 13th by Tulsa

All-American Jordan Hooper became the third Husker in the last five years taken in the top 13 picks of the WNBA Draft, when she was chosen by the Tulsa Shock with first pick of the second round of the 2014 WNBA Draft on Monday.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., waited anxiously through the first round of the draft while watching with friends at a home in Lincoln. Once the draft moved from its live television home on ESPN2 to ESPNU, Hooper didn't have to wait long, as her name was called almost immediately.
"I am so excited about being picked in the draft and getting a chance to pursue the next stage of my basketball career," Hooper said. "Honestly, I don't know a lot about Tulsa other than they have some great young guards with Skylar Diggins and now Odyssey Sims. I love that Tulsa is in the Midwest and is about the closest of any WNBA team to Nebraska, so fans from my hometown of Alliance and fans across the state of Nebraska, especially here in Lincoln, might get some chances to watch me play in person."
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., becomes the latest in a string of WNBA draft picks for Coach Connie Yori and the Big Red. Since 2007, five Huskers have been chosen in the three rounds of the WNBA Draft. Hooper is the first Husker to ever be picked in the second round.
"I don't really care that I didn't get picked in the first round, but I am excited about being picked high in the second round. To me, it meant that Tulsa wanted me and recognized that I can help make them a better basketball team in some way," Hooper said. "My focus right now is to get to work to make the roster and hopefully find a way to make some significant contributions, whether it is scoring, rebounding, setting great screens or playing good defense. I just want to do what it takes to help us win games."
Tulsa finished the 2013 season with an 11-23 record, while featuring WNBA All-Rookie point guard Skylar Diggins. The Shock took another first-team All-America point guard with the No. 2 overall pick of this year's draft when they chose Baylor's Odyssey Sims.
Hooper not only has experience going against Sims when the two were freshmen in the Big 12 Conference, but they also started alongside each other on the USA Basketball World University Games Team that won gold in Russia in the summer of 2013.
"I am extremely excited for Jordan and it is certainly well-deserved," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "She is going to a team with some great young guards who will find ways to get her the ball and help her be successful. She is also going to a team where she has an excellent chance to make their roster and hopefully make an immediate impact."
In addition to newcomers Hooper and Sims, the Shock will feature first-year head coach Fred Williams, who spent the past six seasons with the Atlanta Dream, including the last two as their head coach. He helped the Dream to WNBA Finals appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
A first-team All-American by the WBCA, Hooper was the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year. The three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection also earned her second career spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after leading Nebraska to its first-ever conference tournament title. The school-record holder with 295 career three-pointers, Hooper is the only Husker and just the second Big Ten player in history to achieve the combined milestones of 2,300 points and 1,100 rebounds.
In 2013, point guard Lindsey Moore was taken by the Minnesota Lynx with the final pick of the first round (12th overall). Moore went on to win a WNBA title with the Lynx in her first season in the league.
Kelsey Griffin is the highest Husker draft pick in history, as she was chosen with the No. 3 overall pick in the WNBA Draft by the Lynx in 2010. Griffin, a 6-2 forward, was traded by the Lynx to Connecticut on draft day and has spent the past four seasons with the Sun. Griffin was a WNBA All-Rookie selection in 2010 and enjoyed her most productive season in the league as a full-time starter for the Sun in 2013.
Hooper expects to report to training camp on April 27, before earning her bachelor's degree in psychology from Nebraska on Saturday, May 10. The Shock will play a pair of preseason games against the San Antonio Silver Stars before opening the regular season at San Antonio on Saturday, May 17.
The Shock will play their second regular-season game against Minnesota and former Husker point guard Lindsey Moore on Friday, May 23 at the BOK Center in Tulsa at 7 p.m.
Nebraska WNBA Draft History
· *Jordan Hooper (2nd Round, Tulsa Shock, 2014)
· *Lindsey Moore (1st Round, Minnesota Lynx, 2013)
· *Kelsey Griffin (1st Round, Minnesota Lynx, 2010)
· *Cory Montgomery (3rd Round, New York Liberty, 2010)
· *Kiera Hardy (3rd Round, Connecticut Sun, 2007)
· *Nicole Kubik (1st Round, LA Sparks, 2000)
Other Huskers in the WNBA
· *Danielle Page (Free Agent, Connecticut Sun, 2008)
· Anna DeForge (Two-Time WNBA All-Star, 2000-08)
· *Yvonne Turner (Training Camp Contract, San Antonio Silver Stars, 2013)

2014 NAIA Football Coaches’ Spring Top 25 Poll


Three teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference are ranked in the 2014 NAIA Football Coaches Spring Top 25 Poll. Morningside is 4th, Northwestern is 13th and Dakota Wesleyan is 21st. Defending national champion Grand View of Iowa is ranked number one.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending national champion Grand View (Iowa) is the unanimous No. 1 in the 2014 NAIA Football Coaches’ Spring Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Vikings, who received 13 first-place votes and 288 total points, won the Tom Osborne Trophy for the first time in program history on Dec. 21, 2013 with a 35-23 win at the 58th annual Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship at Barron Stadium in Rome, Ga. Grand View finished 2013 as the NAIA’s only unbeaten team at 14-0.

Grand View, led by AFCA Coach of the Year Mike Woodley, returns 14 starters on offense and defense, including second team All-Mid States Football Association Midwest League quarterback Derek Fulton. Fulton, who was named the Outstanding Offensive Player of the Game at the 2013 championship, ranked third in the NAIA in total offense (4,158) and fifth in total passing (3,451) a season ago. The dual-threat quarterback was also the team leader in rushing with 707 yards on 166 attempts, including five touchdowns.

Perennial powerhouse Carroll (Mont.), who fell to eventual runner-up Cumberlands (Ky.) in overtime of the NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) semifinals, 34-27, checks in at No. 2 with 270 points. All-Americans Sean Blomquist and Dustin Rinker highlight the returners for the Fighting Saints. Blomquist led a defense that ranked third in scoring defense (16.2 points per game) with 124 tackles, including 91 solo stops, and 19 tackles for loss. Rinker was the cornerstone of Carroll’s rushing attack, tallying 1,960 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on 364 attempts.

Cumberlands (Ky.) claims the No. 3 position with 262 points. The Patriots led the NAIA in rushing offense (4,978), rushing offense per game (355.6) and total scoring (616) last year.

Rounding out the top five are No. 4 Morningside (Iowa) and No. 5 Baker (Kan.) with 259 points and 244 points, respectively. The Mustangs eliminated Baker in the FCS quarterfinals before falling to in-state rival Grand View in the semifinals. Morningside returns quarterback Ryan Kasdorf, who led the team with 3,335 yards and 42 touchdowns, but will be without wide receiver and NAIA National Player of the Year Kyle Shuck due to graduation. The Wildcats return 16 starters from a season ago with eight coming back on either side of the ball.

Minimal movement occurred within the poll. No. 16 Saint Xavier (Ill.) making the biggest improvement with a two-spot jump, while no team fell more than two positions since the postseason poll. No. 24 Southern Oregon is the only newcomer.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents.

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NOTES (all information dates back to 1999): The Spring Top 25 Poll has been produced since 2007 … Only one program has been ranked No. 1 in the Spring Top 25 and eventually won the national title that same year – former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) did so in 2009 … Five teams have received the No. 1 ranking in the spring poll: Grand View (Iowa), Marian (Ind.), Saint Xavier (Ill.), Sioux Falls and Carroll (Mont.) … There were 45 different programs ranked in 2013 … Thirteen teams were ranked in all 13 polls … Three teams held the No. 1 ranking: Morningside (Iowa), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Grand View … Cumberlands, Morningside and Saint Francis (Ind.) were ranked in the top 10 in every poll …Carroll leads all institutions with 57 all-time first-place rankings and is followed by former member Sioux Falls (55), Georgetown (25), Saint Xavier (14) and former member Northwestern Oklahoma State (11) … Saint Francis boasts the longest consecutive stretch of being named in the Coaches’ Top 25 Poll with 181 … Following the Cougars in consecutive appearances are Carroll with 168, Missouri Valley with 103, Morningside with 87 and Saint Xavier with 76 … Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 35-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.
2014 NAIA Football Coaches’ Spring Top 25 Poll (April 14)
RANK LAST TIME* SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2013 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Grand View (Iowa) (13) 14-0 288
2 3 Carroll (Mont.) 12-2 270
3 2 Cumberlands (Ky.) 13-1 262
4 4 Morningside (Iowa) 11-2 259
5 5 Baker (Kan.) 11-2 244
6 6 Saint Francis (Ind.) 9-3 236
7 7 Missouri Valley 9-3 227
8 8 Tabor (Kan.) 10-3 192
9 10 Faulkner (Ala.) 9-3 190
10 11 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 9-4 183
11 9 Benedictine (Kan.) 10-2 182
12 12 Georgetown (Ky.) 7-4 168
13 13 Northwestern (Iowa) 8-3 161
14 15 Ottawa (Kan.) 8-4 147
15 14 Sterling (Kan.) 9-3 137
T16 18 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 7-4 111
T16 16 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 7-4 111
18 19 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 8-3 100
19 17 Friends (Kan.) 8-3 97
20 21 St. Francis (Ill.) 7-4 65
21 20 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 8-3 64
22 22 Langston (Okla.) 6-4 53
23 24 Peru State (Neb.) 7-4 33
24 RV Southern Oregon 7-4 31
25 23 Cumberland (Tenn.) 7-4 26

Others receiving votes: Eastern Oregon 25; Reinhardt (Ga.) 8; Siena Heights (Mich.) 7.

2014 Nebraska Coaches Association Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball All-Star Rosters

2014 NCA Boys Basketball All Stars

COACHES

RED TEAM
Head Coach Paul Reinertson, Gibbon
Assistant Coach Mike Emory, Pierce

BLUE TEAM
Head Coach Tod Heier, Twin River
Assistant Coach Tony Quattrocchi, Lincoln North Star
PLAYERS

Damien Austin Kearney G
Ronney Barnes Omaha Northwest G
Jalen Barry Wayne G
Jarek Coles Omaha Central G
Ty Danielson York F
BJ Day Lincoln Southeast F
Spencer Eliason Chadron F/P
Zach Flott Ralston F/P
Mitchell Hahn Fremont F
Christian Hatterle Bellevue West F
Luke Hegemann Howells-Dodge F/P
Connor Heier Twin River G
Payton Helmstadter Lincoln Northeast G
Adam Moon St. Mary's F
Connor Musiel Lincoln North Star G
Logan Power Lincoln Christian F
Rylee Reinertson Gibbon G
Lane Rohrich Pierce G
Ben Scheef Wahoo F
Troy Sedlacek Millard South G
Matt Thomas Elkhorn South G
Nolan White Exeter-Milligan F
Austin Woita Bishop Neumann G/F
Rylee Zimmerman Beatrice G


2014 NCA Girls Basketball All Stars

COACHES

RED TEAM
Head Coach Heath Birkel, Deshler
Assistant Coach Jon Perone, Omaha Benson

BLUE TEAM
Head Coach Steve Wieseler, Wynot
Assistant Coach Jennifer Wragge, Elkhorn
PLAYERS

Paige Ballinger Pender F/P
Madi Braun Bellevue West G/F
McKenzie Brown Northwest G
McKenna Dodd Lincoln Southwest G
Cameron Eddie Laurel-Concord/Coleridge G
Morgan Ewing Lincoln Northeast F
Peyton Hagen Bellevue East G
Jenscena Hansen Deshler F
Maegan Hiatt Hershey G
Holly Hild Millard North G/F
Mary Janovich Gretna G
Rachel Jelden Holdrege F/P
Kaylee Jensen Lindsay Holy Family P
Ashlea Kerr Chadron G/F
Megan Kucks Elkhorn South G
Lauren Lehmkuhl Wakefield G/F
Kate Liveringhouse Bellevue West F/P
Taylor Menke Friend G
Hannah Riley York G
Jamie Schuetz Gretna F
Maggie Schulte Wynot F/P
Bailey Smith Columbus G
Brandan Tighe Homer G
Montrese Weller Omaha Benson F

Thursday's HS Basketball S

BOYS BASKETBALL
Archbishop Bergan 67, Boys Town 54
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 54, Meridian 29
Douglas County West 49, Cedar Bluffs 39
Exeter/Milligan 49, Giltner 27
Garden County 50, Arthur County 34
Gering 73, Ogallala 36
Hartington 52, Wakefield 49
High Plains Community 63, Cedar Valley 23
Hitchcock County 71, Southwest 28
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 57, Emerson-Hubbard 51, OT
Lincoln Southeast 77, Lincoln North Star 58
Lincoln Southwest 77, Lincoln Northeast 39
Little Wound, S.D. 82, Hay Springs 34
Medicine Valley 59, Wauneta-Palisade 54
Nebraska Lutheran 45, Dorchester 39
Palmer 54, Heartland Lutheran 50
Plainview 40, Allen 27
Santee 86, St. Edward 70
SMC 64, Hyannis 51
Sterling 51, Friend 37
East Central Nebraska Conference Tournament
Semifinal
Johnson County Central 44, Freeman 35
Mead 57, Yutan 43
Seventh Place
Weeping Water 64, Malcolm 55
Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament
Quarterfinal
Ponca 44, Osmond 36
Randolph 39, Creighton 38
Wausa 63, Walthill 59
Winnebago 65, Bloomfield 48
Wynot 63, Homer 55
Lou Platte Conference Tournament
Quarterfinal
Adams Central 55, Ord 50
Doniphan-Trumbull 68, Wood River 60
Gibbon 70, Arcadia-Loup City 47
Ravenna 60, Kearney Catholic 53
Loup Valley Conference Tournament
Semifinal
Anselmo-Merna 64, Twin Loup 31
South Loup 54, Mullen 53
Niobrara Valley Conference Tournament
Semifinal
Niobrara/Verdigre 63, Clearwater/Orchard 58
St. Mary's 66, Stuart 48
Pioneer Conference Tournament
Quarterfinal
Falls City Sacred Heart 69, Johnson-Brock 38
Lewiston 70, Pawnee City 51
Nebraska City Lourdes 67, Diller-Odell 46
Sterling 51, Friend 37
Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament
Quarterfinal
Centennial 48, Thayer Central 34
Heartland 50, David City 28
Milford 44, Tri County 28
Sutton 44, Wilber-Clatonia 26
Western Trails Conference Tournament
First Round
Hemingford 66, Morrill 27
Kimball 69, Gordon/Rushville 29
Mitchell 63, Bayard 54
GIRLS BASKETBALL
Arapahoe 77, Alma 49
Bellevue West 87, Omaha Marian 46
Bertrand 51, Cambridge 48
Blair 66, Ashland-Greenwood 34
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 64, Meridian 28
Cedar Valley 45, High Plains Community 30
Columbus 49, Bennington 34
Columbus Scotus 73, Aquinas 47
Douglas County West 43, Cedar Bluffs 40
Garden County 42, Arthur County 35
Gering 51, Ogallala 30
Giltner 59, Exeter/Milligan 32
Hastings St. Cecilia 54, Grand Island Central Catholic 27
Lincoln Northeast 64, Lincoln Southwest 57
Lincoln Pius X 42, Elkhorn South 30
Lincoln Southeast 52, Lincoln North Star 24
Little Wound, S.D. 65, Hay Springs 31
Nebraska Lutheran 50, Dorchester 36
Omaha Duchesne Academy 42, Plattsmouth 26
Omaha Gross Catholic 56, Omaha Skutt Catholic 52
Palmer 63, Heartland Lutheran 51
Southwest 45, Hitchcock County 36
St. Edward 44, Santee 22
Wauneta-Palisade 60, Medicine Valley 21
East Husker Conference Tournament
Consolation
Clarkson/Leigh 53, Lyons-Decatur Northeast 32
Madison 48, Logan View 40
Oakland-Craig 49, Bancroft-Rosalie 45
Wisner-Pilger 48, West Point-Beemer 42
Consolation Semifinal
Twin River 43, Tekamah-Herman 38, OT
Semifinal
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 65, Howells/Dodge 20
Pender 58, Stanton 32
Fort Kearny Conference Tournament
Semifinal
Elm Creek 54, Pleasanton 39
Overton 58, Amherst 36
Lou Platte Conference Tournament
Quarterfinal
Centura 41, Ord 34
Doniphan-Trumbull 55, St. Paul 46
Kearney Catholic 60, Adams Central 19
Ravenna 50, Wood River 46
Loup Valley Conference Tournament
Semifinal
Sandhills/Thedford 46, Mullen 40
Mid-State Conference Tournament
Championship Semifinal
Crofton 52, Wayne 31
Norfolk Catholic 63, Guardian Angels 59
Consolation Semifinal
Boone Central/Newman Grove 67, Hartington Cedar Catholic 43
Pierce 70, Battle Creek 29
Niobrara Valley Conference Tournament
Semifinal
St. Mary's 62, Stuart 36
Pioneer Conference Tournament
Quarterfinal
Falls City Sacred Heart 63, Johnson-Brock 34
Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament
Quarterfinal
Fillmore Central 60, Heartland 36
Sandy Creek 57, David City 39
Superior 60, Wilber-Clatonia 37
Sutton 53, Milford 33
Twin Valley Conference Tournament
Semifinal
Blue Hill 53, Red Cloud 15
Deshler 46, Silver Lake 30
Western Trails Conference Tournament
First Round
Gordon/Rushville 57, Morrill 48
Kimball 47, Bayard 27
Mitchell 49, Bridgeport 39

Huskers Host Miami on ESPNU

Nebraska’s game against Miami could be the decisive game of the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, as television and start times for the annual event were announced Thursday morning.
The Huskers’ game with the Hurricanes from Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 4, will be televised nationally on ESPNU with a start time of 8:30 p.m. central. It is final game of the 12-game series, as the Big Ten looks to hold on to the Commissioner's Cup for the fifth consecutive year.
The Huskers are 1-1 all-time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups, including a win at Wake Forest in 2012. The ACC leads the all-time series, 10-3-1, with the Big Ten winning three of the last four matchups.
The Huskers fared well on ESPNU in 2012-13, going 4-0 on the network, including three Big Ten victories.
Nebraska, under second-year Coach Tim Miles, returns three starters from a team that went 15-18 in his first season, including senior guard Ray Gallegos and forwards David Rivers and Shavon Shields. Gallegos, who averaged 12.5 ppg in 2012-13, led the Big Ten in 3-pointers per game and ranked second in school history with 83 3-pointers, while Shields averaged 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a true freshman. Rivers started NU’s final 17 games at forward and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. In all, nine letterwinners return for the Huskers in 2013-14, while eight newcomers, including three redshirts, will suit up for the Scarlet and Cream for the first time this season.
Complete matchups, start times and television information are listed below.

Tuesday, Dec. 3
Indiana at Syracuse: 7:15 p.m. ET/6:15 p.m.CT (ESPN)
Illinois at Georgia Tech: 7:15 p.m. ET/6:15 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Penn State at Pittsburgh: 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Michigan at Duke: 9:15 p.m. ET/8:15 p.m. CT (ESPN)
Notre Dame at Iowa: 9:15 p.m. ET/8:15 p.m.CT (ESPN2)
Florida State at Minnesota: 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)


Wednesday, Dec. 4
Maryland at Ohio State: 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT (ESPN/ESPN2)
Wisconsin at Virginia: 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m.CT (ESPN/ESPN2)
Northwestern at North Carolina State: 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
North Carolina at Michigan State: 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT (ESPN)
Boston College at Purdue: 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Miami (Fla.) at Nebraska: 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Hastings College to hold its 25th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony

The 25th Annual Hastings College Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, September 21 at Hazelrigg Student Union (705 E. 9th Street) on Hastings College’s campus.
For more information or to purchase a ticket for the Hastings College Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony, contact Hauli Sabatka at 402-461-7433 or alumni@hastings.edu.
The Hastings College Athletic Hall of Fame, established in 1989, honors and preserves the memory of athletes, teams, coaches and those who have contributed meritorious service to Hastings College and its athletic programs. A committee of college officials and alumni make selections based on submitted nominations. This year’s inductees include:
Chad Drehle ’96 of Jefferson City, Mo., for track and field and football
Craig Frahm ’88 of Highlands Ranch, Colo., for men’s basketball
Lyle Fleharty of Hastings, Neb., for meritorious service

The Hastings College Alumni Coach of the Year award, established in 2004 by the Alumni Association, is presented to a graduate who has shown outstanding achievement in an athletic coaching profession.
Todd Raridon ’80 of Plainfield, Ill.