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Senior post Amarah Williams and junior guard Laramey Lewis represent Nebraska Kearney on the 2015 All-MIAA women's basketball team.

The league's 14 head coaches vote on the makeup of the squad, which features a first, second and third team as well as honorable mention.

Williams (St. Louis, Mo.) made the third team with Lewis (Trenton) receiving honorable mention. Last season, Williams received honorable mention accolades.

Heading into Tuesday night's MIAA Tournament first round game at Central Oklahoma, Williams leads UNK in scoring (14.8), rebounding (7.7) and field goal percentage (55.7%) while ranking second in blocks (29).

Reaching the 1,000 career point milestone earlier this year, she also shoots 70% at the line and has had eight double doubles.

Ranking in the MIAA top 10 in virtually event statistical category, Lewis currently is at 14.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 43% from the three point line and 83% at the charity stripe.

Playing a league high 37.3 minutes per game, she has scored over 20 points eight times and had three double doubles.

League champ Fort Hays State picked up the Player (senior center Kate Lehman), Defensive Player (Lehman) and Coach (Tony Hobson) of the Year with Emporia guard Addie Lackey chosen as the top freshman.

UNK (12-16) is the 11th seed in the MIAA Tournament and plays at sixth seed Central Oklahoma (16-12) tonight. The two split the season series.

Three Loper Men Qualify for National Indoor Meet

The Nebraska Kearney track & field team has qualified three men for the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships March 13-14 in Birmingham, Ala.

The meet will take place at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The CrossPlex and the University of Alabama Huntsville will serve as co-hosts.

Lincoln senior Dillon Schrodt leads the way as he ranks second nationally in the heptathlon with 5,429 points. Pittsburg State freshman Tanner McNutt (5,438) had the highest point total in a meet this season with three other MIAA men also qualifying in this event.

Schrodt is a two-time indoor All-American, finishing seventh in the hep in 2013 (7th/5,185) and third in 2014 (3rd/5,336).

Next, Kimball senior Brady Land ranks third in the long jump thanks to his school record leap of 25-0.75. Only Lutalo Boyce of Texas A & M-Kingsville (25-7.25) and Chadron State freshman Damarcus Simpson (25-4.50) had a better jump this regular season.

Finally, Rushville sophomore Cole Wellnitz ranks 14th in the mile at 4:08.96. Adams State senior Matt Adams leads the country (3:59.89) with the eighth fastest time belonging to Wuoi Mach of Michigan's Grand Valley State (4:07.75).

A top eight finish is good for All-American honors. Spencer Huff ('08) is UNK's only D2 indoor All-American in the long jump while no Loper runner has earned that honor in the mile.

Cambridge junior Kalen Farr almost made it to Alabama as he ranked 15th nationally in the hep (5,037 points). A total of 14 were selected.

Below is when UNK's qualifiers compete

Friday, March 13th
Schrodt, First three Heptathlon events (9:45 a.m.)
Wellnitz, Mile Prelims (4:45 p.m.)
Land, Long Jump Finals (5:05 p.m.)

Saturday, March 14th
Schrodt, Last three Heptathlon events (9:00 a.m.)
Wellnitz, Mile Finals (4:25 p.m.)

Boys District Basketball Scores

A-1 Tournament
Semifinal
Norfolk 68, Bellevue East 44
Omaha Burke 68, Grand Island 45
A-2 Tournament
Finals
Omaha Creighton Prep 61, Omaha Central 49
A-3 Tournament
Finals
Omaha South 50, Papillion-LaVista South 37
A-4 Tournament
Finals
Omaha North 75, Omaha Westside 60
A-5 Tournament
Finals
Bellevue West 77, Papillion-LaVista 53
A-6 Tournament
Finals
Millard West 35, Lincoln Southeast 28
A-7 Tournament
Final
Lincoln Northeast 66, South Sioux City 63
B-1 Tournament
Semifinal
Norris 42, Waverly 39, OT
Plattsmouth 58, Lincoln Pius X 57
B-2 Tournament
Semifinal
Elkhorn South 64, Omaha Skutt Catholic 52
Gretna 62, Ralston 53
B-3 Tournament
Semifinal
Blair 55, Bennington 50, OT
Elkhorn Mount Michael 50, Omaha Roncalli 34
B-4 Tournament
Semifinal
Beatrice 60, York 57
Crete 67, Seward 57
B-5 Tournament
Semifinal
Adams Central 46, Hastings 26
Aurora 63, Lexington 43
B-6 Tournament
Semifinal
Alliance 56, Sidney 50
Scottsbluff 51, Gering 39
Class C1 District Tournament
Finals
District C1-1
Falls City 50, Boys Town 48
District C1-2
Lincoln Christian 43, Wilber-Clatonia 39, OT
District C1-3
Bishop Neumann 50, Columbus Scotus 42
District C1-4
Winnebago 73, Norfolk Catholic 49
District C1-5
Grand Island Central Catholic 53, Gothenburg 47
District C1-6
Chadron 62, Ainsworth 51
Class C2 District Tournament
Finals
District C2-1
Archbishop Bergan 57, Freeman 54
Distict C2-2
Aquinas 63, Sutton 36
District C2-3
Battle Creek 73, Guardian Angels 54
District C2-4
Hartington Cedar Catholic 69, West Holt 38
District C2-5
Hastings St. Cecilia 51, Ravenna 29
District C2-6
Bridgeport 43, Southern Valley 29

Loper Men Advance in MIAA

Five players scored in double figures and the Nebraska Kearney used a big second half to pull away from Southwest Baptist, 90-74, Monday night at the Health & Sports Center.

This was an MIAA Tournament first round game. The sixth-seeded Lopers improve to 18-9 and will face third-seed Missouri Southern State (18-10) Thursday night in Kansas City at approximately 8:15 p.m.

In the only meeting between the two this winter, UNK beat MSSU by a 93-73 score back on December 4th in the H & S Center. Last March, the Lions ended the Lopers season in K.C., 87-79.

Ranked 13th out of 14 schools in the MIAA in three point percentage (33.2%), the 11th-seeded Bearcats bucked the odds by knocking down their first six long range shots.

Three of the bombs were from senior guard Derrick Stewart as SBU built a 24-18 nine minutes in. However, the 'Cats (11-18) would go 3 of 15 from behind the arc the rest of the way.

Shooting 57.4% (31 of 54) on the night, including 9 of 18 from the three point line, UNK slowly chipped away at the deficit, tying things up at 37 on a tip in from junior Connor Beranek (Ravenna) right before the halftime buzzer.

The Lopers never trailed in the second half, a 20-minute span in which it scored 53 points. Kearney moved ahead 57-46 on a layup from freshman forward Trey Lansman (Harlan, Ia.) at the 10:00 mark but SBU hung around for a bit longer.

Finally, UNK extended its lead to 15 points after Beranek blocked a three and then blocked a seemingly easy fast break layup for SBU that got the crowd of 1,500 to go crazy. The second block led to two free throws from junior Ethan Brozek (Norfolk Catholic H.S.) and was part of an 8-2 run.

"We're really happy to get that trip to Kansas City. After the disappointing performance we had on Saturday, we got ourselves back into a good spot," said UNK co-head coach Tom Kropp.

The 2015 MIAA Player of the Year, Beranek scored a game-high 26 points, grabbed nine rebounds (six defensive), handed out four assists, blocked four shots and had two of UNK's three steals.

To reach his point total, he was 11 of 15 from the field and 4 of 4 at the line. The Lopers were 19 of 20 at the line as a team to shoot a season-best 95.0%.

"The MIAA is one of the best Division II leagues in the country and is speaks volumes that both Connor and Ethan were voted to the first-team," said Kropp.

Next, Brozek had 15 points, four boards and three assists with York freshman Ty Danielson coming off the bench and going 4 of 7 from downtown to tally 14, three shy of his season-best effort.

Finally, Lansman got close to his first double double (16 points & eight rebounds) with Minnesota freshman guard Isaiah McKay providing 13 points, two assists and two boards.

"Looking back at the calendar, we've been on the road for 17 out of 32 days since the end of January," said Kropp. "We'll take tomorrow (Tuesday) off and get ready because we want to go to Kansas City and be involved in more than one game."

A balanced SBU attack was led by starters Daymond Cowlah (14 points) and Menas Stephens (nine points, seven rebounds & five assists).

Four Huskers Earn Big Ten Awards

Emily Cady and Rachel Theriot earned second-team All-Big Ten honors, while Tear'a Laudermill added honorable-mention recognition when the Big Ten Conference announced its postseason awards live on BTN on Monday.
Cady, a 6-2 senior forward from Seward, Neb., averaged a double-double with 12.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game to help the Huskers record their fourth consecutive 20-win season in 2014-15. A four-year starter who has made 129 straight starts since the first game of her freshman season, Cady owns 1,415 points while ranking third in school history with 1,089 rebounds. She enters the Big Ten Tournament needing just five rebounds to join the conference's all-time top 10 in that category. Cady also ranks No. 5 in Husker history in blocked shots (111), while recording more assists (302) than any other post player in Nebraska history.
Cady, who earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior, was also an honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice as a freshman and sophomore. She was also a Big Ten All-Freshman selection in 2012.
Theriot, a 6-0 junior point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, joined Cady with second-team All-Big Ten honors despite missing Nebraska's final eight Big Ten games with an ankle injury that required season-ending surgery on Feb. 19. A first-team All-Big Ten choice as a sophomore when she led the Huskers to the Big Ten Tournament title as the tournament's MVP, Theriot averaged 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists before her injury as a junior.
An honorable-mention All-American as a sophomore, Theriot was a preseason candidate for the Wade, Naismith, Wooden and Lieberman awards, while earning preseason first-team All-Big Ten recognition.
Laudermill, a 5-9 senior guard from Moreno Valley, Calif., added 13.7 points and 3.6 rebounds as a junior while joining Cady in the Husker starting five for all 29 games. It marked the second straight season for Laudermill to earn postseason honors, after claiming a second-team All-Big Ten award in 2014.
Senior Hailie Sample rounded out Nebraska's All-Big Ten honorees as the school's Sportsmanship Award winner. The 6-1 forward from Flower Mound, Texas, has produced 7.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game as a senior. Last season, Sample was a member of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team.
No. 7 seed Nebraska returns to action on Thursday at the Big Ten Tournament to take on No. 10 seed Illinois. Tip-off between the Huskers and Fighting Illini at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., is set for 6 p.m., with live TV coverage by BTN.
It will be the third meeting of the season between Nebraska and Illinois, with the Huskers coming from behind in the closing minutes to win a pair of possession games in the first two meetings.

3-3-2015

Emily Cady and Rachel Theriot earned second team All-Big Ten honors, while Tear'a Laudermill added honorable mention recognition when the Big Ten Conference announced its post season awards yesterday. Hailie Sample was named the schools Sportsmanship Award winner. Nebraska will be the number seven seed for the Big Ten Tournament that gets underway this week. The Huskers will play 10th seeded Illinois on Thursday at 6:00pm. We'll have the game on ESPN 1550 KICS beginning with the pre-game show at 5:45pm.

The championship games in the GPAC Tournament are set for tonight in Sioux City. In the women's game at 6:00pm, top ranked Morningside will battle third ranked Concordia followed by the men's game between Morningside and Midland.

The Nebraska-Kearney men's basketball team beat Southwest Baptist 90-74 last night in the first round of the MIAA Tournament. Connor Beraneck scored a game high 26 points, grabbed nine rebounds, had four assists, four blocked shots and three steals. With the win, the sixth seeded Lopers improve to 18-9 on the season and will face third seeded Missouri Southern State on Thursday at 8:15pm in Kansas City.

The UNK women will open the MIAA Tournament tonight against Central Oklahoma. Tip off will be at 7:00pm in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Hastings High is looking for a new wrestling coach. Brian Laux is stepping down after serving as the Tigers wrestling coach since 2009. Before that, he was an assistant coach for ten years. Hastings High finished fifth at this years state meet and seventh last year. Both finishes are the best for Hastings High in 18 years.

Hastings St. Cecilia won the C2-5 District Championship last night with a 51-29 win over Ravenna. The Bluehawks outscored the Bluejays 14-2 in the second quarter to grabbed a 24-7 lead by halftime. Zach Kitten hit all six of his shots in the first half and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Brooks Asher pitched in with 16 points. St. Cecilia is now 24-1 and will play in the state tournament next week in Lincoln.

Adams Central used a 14-2 run in the second quarter to beat Hastings High 46-26 last night in the semi-finals of the B-5 District Tournament. The Patriots led at halftime 27-9. David Bohlen led Adams Central with 15 points. Addison Belau had 11 for Hastings. The Tigers end the season 9-14. Adams Central is now 20-4 and will play Aurora for the district championship at 7:00pm tonight. The Huskies beat Lexington 63-43. We'll have the game on 1230AM KHAS beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45pm.

In other action, Grand Island Central Catholic is headed to the state tournament after beating Gothenburg 53-47. Aquinas Catholic beat Sutton 63-36.

Beranek Named MIAA Player of the Year

Nebraska Kearney junior forwards Conner Beranek and Ethan Brozek have both been named first-team All-MIAA with Beranek also picking up Player of the Year honors.

The league's 14 head coaches vote on the makeup of the squad, which features a first, second and third team as well as honorable mention.

Beranek (Ravenna) and Brozek (Norfolk Catholic H.S.) have been the league's top two scorers all season, as well as ranking among the MIAA's best in rebounds, field goal percentage and blocks.

This past Saturday, they both reached the 1,000 career point milestone, Brozek currently with 1,006 and Beranek at 1,001.

Entering Monday's MIAA Tournament first round game, Beranek is averaging 19.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 55% from the field and 83% at the line. He was the only player to be a unanimous selection.

A four-time MIAA Player of the week, he has had five double doubles and been in double figures 22 times. Beranek joins Nick Branting ('04), Dusty Jura ('07), Eric Strand ('98 & '99) and Nick Svehla ('02 & '03) as Lopers to win conference P.O.Y honors at the Division II level.

Shooting 55% from the floor, Brozek has seven double doubles to date and reached double digits in 23 games. He is averaging 17.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. Brozek currently leads the league in offensive rebounds at 2.5 per game.

NW Missouri State senior guard Matt Wallace was tabbed the Defensive P.O.Y. with teammate Justin Pitts the top freshman. Sharing Coach of the Year honors are Kevin Muff from Pittsburg State and Ben McCollum of Northwest.


UNK Aiming for 4th National Title; Notre Dame Looks to Repeat

The brackets for the 2015 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Mo., have been released.

This year's meet will be held March 13-14 at the Chaifetz Arena. Maryville (Mo.) University will serve as the host school.

UNK is aiming for its fourth national title and a 14th straight Top 10 finish.

The top competition will come from defending national champion the College of Notre Dame (Ohio), Maryville, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), St. Cloud State (Minn.), Colorado Mesa, Western State and McKendree (Ill.).

NDC has a tourney-high eight qualifiers with UNK, Western, Maryville and Mesa each with seven.

Below are the pairings for the Lopers; national rankings are from February 25th.

125 lbs.
Connor Bolling (Jr., Central City, 32-11) Vs. # 2 Matt Turek (Gannon, Pa.)
Next Round: # 5 Garrett Evans (Ouachita Baptist) or # 8 Josh Kiefer (Indianapolis)

133 lbs.
# 1 Daniel DeShazer (Jr., Wichita, Kan., 35-5) vs. # 5 Mike Rhone (St. Cloud State)
Next Round: # 6 Nick Crume (Indianapolis) or Karl Lightner (Shippensburg, Pa.)

141 lbs.
Keith Surber (Fr-R, O'Fallon, Ill., 23-9) vs. Ryan Skonieczny (Findlay, Ohio)
Next Round: Preston Bowshier (Wheeling Jesuit, W.V.) or # 2 Josh Myers (Ouachita Baptist)

149 lbs.
# 7 Destin McCauley (So., North Sioux City, S.D., 23-7) vs. Andrew Bannister (Notre Dame)
Next Round: # 1 Keenan Hegarty (Maryville) or Scott Bosak (Belmont Abbey, N.C.)

157 lbs.
# 8 Chase White (Jr., Lincoln, 14-7) vs. Greg Hegarty (Maryville)
Next Round: Sean Turner (Anderson, S.C.) vs. Michael Springer (Shippensburg, Pa.)

165 lbs.
Devin Aguirre (Jr., Ponca City, Okla., 28-14) vs. # 8 Nick Fishback (Wisconsin-Parkside)
Next Round: Angelo Bortoluzzi (Mercyhurst, Pa.) or # 5 Dimitri Willis (Maryville)

197 lbs.
# 1 Romero Cotton (Jr., Hutchinson, Kan.) vs. Evan Rosborough (Lake Erie, Ohio)
Next Round: Chris Di Lorio (Long Island-Post, N.Y.) or Joe Gomez (Northern State)

No. 1 Kokesh Leads Huskers in Big Ten Pre-Seeds

Five Huskers earned top-five pre-seeds for this weekend's Big Ten Championships when the conference announced them on Monday.
Senior Robert Kokesh, a two-time All-American, leads Nebraska with the top spot at 174 pounds. Kokesh holds a perfect 30-0 record this season and is one of eight top contenders for the WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy.
Three-time All-American James Green is the No. 3 seed at 157 pounds. Both Kokesh and Green captured Big Ten titles last season before earning top-four finishes at the NCAA Championships.
Additional Huskers in the top five include Anthony Abidin (No. 3 seed at 141 pounds), Tim Lambert (No. 4 at 125) and Aaron Studebaker (No. 5 at 197). TJ Dudley (No. 6 at 184), Justin Arthur (No. 7 at 149), Eric Montoya (No. 9 at 133), Austin Wilson (No. 9 at 165) and Collin Jensen (No. 10 at heavyweight) also garnered top-10 pre-seeds.
Nebraska finished the dual season with a 14-1 mark, which tied the school record for fewest dual losses in a season. NU posted an 8-1 record in Big Ten duals, which marked its best since joining the conference in 2011. The Huskers ended the season on a 10-match winning streak and also posted a 5-0 mark against ranked opponents.
The Big Ten Championships begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT) at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Session II is slated for a 5 p.m. start on Saturday. Sunday'saction will consist of Session III, which starts at noon, and Session IV, which is set for 2 p.m. The first three sessions will be streamed on BTN Plus (subscription required), and the final session will be broadcasted live on the Big Ten Network.
Nebraska Pre-Seeds for Big Ten Championships
125: #4 Tim Lambert
133: #9 Eric Montoya
141: #3 Anthony Abidin
149: #7 Justin Arthur
157: #3 James Green
165: #9 Austin Wilson
174: #1 Robert Kokesh
184: #6 TJ Dudley
197: #5 Aaron Studebaker
HWT: #10 Collin Jensen

STORM SWEEP SIOUX CITY WITH 5-1 VICTORY

Cody Milan scored twice and the Tri-City Storm (29-12-6) defeated the Sioux City Musketeers (31-13-5) 5-1 at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night to earn a sweep of the weekend and take the six-game regular season series between the top teams in the Western Conference, four games to two.

Also scoring in the victory for Tri-City was Matthew Freytag, Nick Master and Conner Valesano, while goaltender Jared Rutledge earned his third win of the season over Sioux City, making 29 saves.

After a scoreless first period, the Storm took the lead at 11:54 of the second on Freytag's 14th goal of the season. Tri-City captain Garrett Gamez found the Wisconsin commit in front of the Sioux City net and the forward was able to control a bouncing puck and bat it into the far side of the net to make it 1-0.

Less than three minutes later, Milan made it 2-0 with his first strike of the night. Defenseman Mattias Goransson got the puck to the front of the Musketeer net where it hit Dan Labosky's stick and went right to Milan, who backhanded it home for the 2-0 lead.

Goransson was credited with the second assist on both of the Storm's second period goals and Tri-City went into the second intermission ahead by two.

A penalty to Sioux City's Sebastian Repo that came five seconds into the final period put the Storm on the power play and Nick Master capitalized, scoring his 20th goal of the season.

Master has now scored in five consecutive Tri-City home games, and has goals in seven of the last eight played at the Viaero Event Center. Assists on the tally were credited to both Christopher Brown and Bobby Nardella.

The Storm held their 3-0 lead until the final minutes, when Musketeer forward Sam Kurker scored with an extra attacker to get Sioux City on the board.

Rutledge's shutout bid ended with less than a minute and a half to go in the contest before empty net goals by both Milan and Valesano for Tri-City.

The Storm outshot Sioux City 38-30 in the contest, as Musketeers' netminder Collin Olson made 33 saves while suffering the loss.


Tri-City is still in second place in the USHL's Western Conference with 64 points, but the Storm gained three points on Sioux City in the weekend series and is three points back of the top spot in the west.

The Storm will now travel to Fargo for their first meetings with the Force this season. The first meeting is Thursday night, with the series concluding on Friday. Both games will start at 7:05.
MASTER'S OVERTIME WINNER DOWNS SIOUX CITY
STORM SET RECORD WITH 9TH STRAIGHT WIN AT HOME

KEARNEY, Neb. – Nick Master scored both the tying goal with under three minutes to go in the third period and the game-winner in overtime as the Tri-City Storm (28-12-6) defeated the Sioux City Musketeers (31-12-5) 4-3 on Friday night at the Viaero Event Center.

In addition to Master's two tallies, Tri-City got goals from both Mason Appleton and Chris Wilkie, while Bobby Nardella registered three assists.

Robert Carpenter scored just 3:40 into the game for Sioux City to give the Musketeers a 1-0 lead early on in the opening period.

But Tri-City evened the game at 1-1 late in the frame when Appleton scored his 10th of the season, with assists from Alec Dillon and Nardella. For Dillon, the helper was his first of the season.

Sioux City re-took the lead in the middle frame on Adam Johnson's 27th goal of the season, and had a 2-1 advantage with the game headed to the third period.

Just 1:04 into the final stanza, Wilkie scored his 27th of the year, to tie the game and bring new life to Tri-City. The Omaha native's tally tied him with both Carpenter, Johnson and Waterloo's Brock Boeser for the USHL goal scoring lead.

Assists on the tally went to Jake Wahlin and Christopher Brown. For Brown, it was his first Storm point in his first game after being acquired from Green Bay in a trade Monday.

Once again, the Musketeers went ahead on a goal by defenseman Ryan Zuhlsdorf, and had another one-goal edge at 3-2 less than halfway through the third.

As the minutes ticked down, the Storm continued to get chances. For the third time, Tri-City tied the game on Master's 18th goal of the season at 17:12 of the third. Assists on the goal were credited to Nardella and forward Matthew Freytag.

The late equalizer sent the game into overtime. In the extra session, Storm captain Garrett Gamez earned a shot on net off a rush that created a rebound in front. The loose puck hit Master and bounced in, winning the game for Tri-City. Nardella had the second assist on the goal, springing Gamez free for the rush.

The Storm outshot Sioux City 46-25 in the contest, including a 19-10 edge in the opening period and 14-6 in the middle frame.

Netminder Alec Dillon picked up the win, making 22 saves. Collin Olson suffered the loss in between the pipes for Sioux City, stopping 42 shots.

Tri-City is still in second place in the USHL's Western Conference with 62 points, however they are now five points behind the Musketeers.

Lopers Have 3 Champs, 3 Runners Up

The 7th-ranked Nebraska Kearney wrestling won the 2015 NCAA West Regional with 128.50 points and qualified seven individuals for the NCAA Championships in two weeks.

The regional was held Friday and Saturday in Pueblo, Colo.

This was the Lopers fifth straight regional title and the 13th in the Marc Bauer era (2000-present). Eighth-ranked Western State (117.0) was runner up with 10th-ranked Colorado Mesa (107.0) third in the 14-team race.

Placing first in their respective weight classes were juniors Daniel DeShazer (133 lbs.), sophomore Destin McCauley (149 lbs.) and redshirt freshman Keith Surber (141 lbs.). Coming in second were juniors Devin Aguirre (165 lbs.), Romero Cotton (197 lbs.) and Chase White (157 lbs.).

Also headed to St. Louis, Mo., for nationals is junior Connor Bolling (3rd/125 lbs.). Finishing their seasons Saturday were junior Casey Powell (6th/184 lbs.) and redshirt freshman Ivan DeLeon (5th/285 lbs.).

The nation's top-ranked wrestler at 133 lbs. all season, DeShazer (Wichita, Kans.) is now 35-5 after a 3-2 decision over San Francisco State sophomore Jordan Gurrola in the finals. A takedown right off the bat helped DeShazer record his 16th straight victory.

Surber (O'Fallon, Ill.) followed with a 5-2 decision over Western State's Corbin Bennetts in the 141 lbs. finals. An early takedown, two escapes and riding time provided the winning margin.

Ranked seventh nationally, McCauley (No. Sioux City, S.D.) copied DeShazer and Surber by getting an early takedown. Like Surber, he built up some riding time to get by Reis Humphrey of New Mexico Highlands, 5-3.

White (Lincoln H.S.), ranked eighth nationally, had to face third-ranked James Martinez of Mesa in his first place bout. Martinez tallied all six of his points in the second period thanks to a takedown and some near fall points. White managed one takedown and an escape to fall 6-3.

At 165 lbs., Aguirre (Ponca City, Okla.) had the daunting task of facing top-ranked and unbeaten Chris Watson of Central Oklahoma. Aguirre battled but Watson used a second period escape to win 1-0 and up his record to 38-0.

Cotton (Hutchinson, Kans.), the defending national champ at 197 lbs., squared off against 6th-ranked Sam Mangum of Western. Each recorded an escape in regulation with Mangum using a takedown to win in the first sudden victory period, 4-2.

Earlier in the day, Bolling (Central City) punched his ticket to nationals for the first time with wins over UCO's Zac D'Amico, 6-3, and Newman's Dustin Reed, 8-6.

While he isn't going to Missouri, DeLeon (Katy, Texas) capped a strong first season on varsity by pinning Simon Molle of Simon Fraser (Canada) at 4:31 to place fifth at 285 lbs. DeLeon finishes 2014-15 at 26-21 with 12 falls.

Finally, Powell (Catoosa, Okla.) ends the season at 22-23 after losing to wrestler from SFSU and Highlands. He spent half the year at 174 lbs. before bumping up to help fill a void in the Loper lineup.

The NCAA brackets will be released early next week.

Lopers Compete at MIAA Indoor Meet

The Nebraska Kearney track & field teams finished third (men) and fifth (women) at the 2015 MIAA Indoor Championships Sunday afternoon in Warrensburg, Mo.

The three-day meet was hosted by Central Missouri.

The 19th-ranked Loper men were just 16 points from winning a title as they scored 105.0 with UCM (108.0) and Pittsburg State (120.0) the only schools in front. Missouri Southern State (100.0) was a close fourth in a 10-team race.

In the women's 11-team race, UCM scored 159.0 points to come in ahead of defending champ Lincoln (142.0). The next four teams were Pitt (92.0), MSSU (90.0), UNK (53.0) and Southwest Baptist (52.0).

Kearney had one champion on the weekend as Gordon redshirt freshman Cole Wellnitz won the mile (4:12.13) on Sunday afternoon. He's on the bubble, currently ranked 18th, to make the national meet in this event.

Finishing second on Sunday were Kimball senior Brady Land (long jump/23-8) and Pickrell senior Colby Jurgens (weight throw/60-4.50) with Norfolk senior Nick Knudson (3,000/8:36.67), Omaha senior Morgan Hopkins (600 yards/1:25.55), Holdrege junior Jerod Schoneman (mile/4:15.17) and Kearney sophomore Cody Wirth (600 yards/1:14.10) each placing third in their respective events.

Hopkins time is the second best in school history, trailing only the 1:24.66 run by current senior Stephanie Hutsell two years ago.

Also coming third, and scoring six team points, was the men's 4 x 400 yard relay team. They ran a 3:21.71 to come in behind only Emporia State (3:21.54) and Lincoln (3:21.26).

This foursome consisted of Lincoln freshman Mandera Gatwech, Lexington junior Alex Hovie, Grand Island sophomore Spencer Wichert and Grand Island senior Louis Kaelin.

Next, the Loper men scored seven points at 800 meters, led by a fourth place effort from Wellnitz (1:55.91) with Lincoln senior Dillon Schrodt fourth in the 60 hurdles (8.14) and Lincoln senior Jay Kilpatrick and Gothenburg senior Tanner Schwanz both clearing 15-3.50 to score a combined seven points in the pole vault.

Back on the women's side, Seward senior Liz Damman (4th/5:08.00) and Auburn freshman Melissa Davison (7th/5:13.94) both scored in the mile with Columbus sophomore Morgan Benesch fourth at 3,000 meters (10:08.42) and Hutsell fifth (2:19.75) and Damman seventh (2:21.38) in the 800.

Finally, Hutsell ran anchor and Hopkins lead for the 4 x 400 yard relay team that finished fifth (3:58.82.).

The list of national qualifiers will be released early this week. Schrodt (heptathlon) and Land (long jump) are automatic qualifiers with Cambridge junior Kalen Farr (16th/hep) joining Wellnitz on the bubble.

Other Lopers currently in the top 25 are Jurgens (22nd/weight throw), junior Danyell Coons (24th/weight throw) and sophomore Brooke Frederick (22nd/pole vault).

Loper Tennis

The Nebraska Kearney tennis teams both fell to the Drury University Panthers Sunday afternoon in Springfield, Mo.

Ranked 11th nationally, the DU men remained unbeaten (6-0) by winning two doubles and four singles matches, 6-3, against the 33rd-ranked Lopers (8-1).

On the women's side, the 20th-ranked Panthers improved to 7-0 with a 9-0 victory over UNK, which falls to 8-1.

Sophomore Justin Nguyen (Louisville, Colo.) and Mohab El Zanaty (Egypt) won 8-5 at No. 3 doubles but DU's No. 2 squad managed an 8-6 victory against senior Jack Nicholson (England) and freshman Georges Wakim (Egypt).

In a matchup of nationally-ranked pairs, Drury's 18th-ranked Max Hepp and Jorge Nadal beat UNK's 2nd-ranked duo of freshman Joey Richards (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and sophomore Lucas Garces (Spain) by an 8-3 score.

Zanaty won his No. 5 singles matches in straight sets, 6-4 & 7-5, with Wakim doing the same one spot higher in the lineup, 6-4 & 6-4. Nicholson won the second set at No. 6 singles but dropped a third set tiebreaker, 10-5.

Drury won the other three singles matches in straight sets.

The Loper women got close to getting on the board but senior Kari Emery (Tucson, Ariz.) and freshman Emma Neil (Papillion-LaVista H.S.) lost 9-8 (3) at No. 3 doubles. UNK also lost 8-5 in the second spot.

Finally, Elkhorn sophomore Emily Fink had the most successful singles showing for the Lopers, losing her first set 6-4.

The Loper men face Division I UNO Wednesday in Omaha with the women hosting MIAA foe Central Oklahoma on Saturday morning at Harmon Park.

Nebraska-Kearney track & field team members Kevin Carder, Dillon Schrodt and Jackie Ziemke have been selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 7 teams, as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).

To be eligible for this squad, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative GPA, be a starter or key reserve and been at his/her current school for one academic year. Finally, sports information directors (SID's) vote on the makeup of the Academic All-American and All-District teams.

District 7 includes schools from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) and GAC (Great American Conference).

This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

Carder maintains a 3.99 GPA as Political Science major. Currently running across Europe, the Albion native was the Lopers team MVP in cross country in each of the past two years while being an NCAA provisional qualifier at 10,000 meters this spring.

In the ring, Ziemke (Waco) earned All-American honors in the shot this past March thanks to a third place finish. Also qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, she has a 3.93 GPA in Business Administration.

A junior from Lincoln North Star, Schrodt was an All-American in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor meet with a third place finish. At last week's NCAA Outdoor meet, he placed ninth in the decathlon and also was a qualifier in the 110 hurdles. He maintains a 3.86 GPA in Math (grades 7-12).

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