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Loper Softball Splits With Chadron St

Sophomore first baseman Kate Ruwe hit a two out, walk-off single to help Nebraska-Kearney rally past Chadron State, 4-3, in the second game of a double header Tuesday afternoon at Dryden Park.
The Eagles (24-20) took the first game, 2-0. This double header was originally scheduled for March but postponed due to weather.
In the night cap, Chadron left fielder Jessica Eatmon (2 for 3) hit a two-out single in the top of the seventh with the game tied at two. She then stole second, moved to third on a fielding error and then came home on a throwing miscue.
UNK (12-26) responded quickly when senior catcher Jen Kramer (North Platte) led off the bottom of the inning with a double to right center. Pinch runner Sam Liebmann (Valencia, Calif.) took second on a passed ball and tied the game when senior center fielder Whitney Frederick (Blair) hit a single up the middle.
Back-to-back bunt singles, travelling a combined four feet, loaded the bases with no outs. However, Eagle starter Breeze Phillips (2-2) put down the next two Lopers in order.
That brought Ruwe (Blair) to the plate, who recorded her second hit of the game with a line drive to left that scored Frederick. In the sixth, Ruwe (2 for 4) hit a single to center to knot things at two.
Bennington senior Bailey Backhuus threw a complete game six-hitter to earn her second win of 2014. She fanned seven and walked just two while blanking Chadron for four straight innings.
Backhuus tossed the final 3.1 innings in game one as Grand Island junior Taryn Trosper was hit in the nose by a line drive. While an out was recorded on the play, Trosper had to leave the game after allowing no earned runs in 3.2 innings.
Chadron scored an unearned run in the first and used two hits, two walks and a passed ball to add an insurance run in the fifth.
Kylee Polsley (14-6) went the first four innings to pick up the win with Aryn Grywusiewicz throwing the final three to earn her first save of the spring
Ralston freshman Taylre Keenan had two of UNK’s six hits.
The Lopers play an MIAA double header Saturday at Fort Hays State. The Tigers then return to Kearney on Sunday for a non-conference double dip at noon.
Those Sunday games were originally set for Friday afternoon.


Bronco Softball Splits With Doane

The Hastings College softball team was looking to make a splash in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Standings but Doane had other ideas as the Broncos split with the Tigers taking game one 3-0 while falling in game two 5-1 at the Smith Softball Complex.
Hastings had its bats working pounding out 14 hits in game one against Kylie Garrett while Taylor Erlenbusch held the Tigers in check giving up just four hits in her complete game shutout.
Holding on to a slim 1-0 lead heading into the sixth, Hastings needed some insurance and would get just that as Anna Gerhard brought home Jessica Finnegan on a sacrifice fly while Kelsey Hoehler would single home Dana Manibusan.
The Broncos would hold on for the 3-0 win.
Game two Doane would return the favor with a big third inning where Hastings would be its worst enemy helping the Tigers with its four runs in the inning.
The Broncos were unable to figure out Ellie Doughty picking up just five hits in game two.
Hastings is now 20-17 (9-5) on the season and will be back in action Thursday April 24 as Nebraska Wesleyan comes to town with first pitch set for 5:00 pm at the Smith Softball Complex.

Lopers Tee Off in Final Round of MIAA's

The Nebraska-Kearney golf teams remained in fifth (women) and eighth (men) places after the second day of the 2014 MIAA Championships in Lawrence, Kans.
The 54-hole tournament is being played at the par 72 Alvamar G.C. Live results are available by going to www.golfstat.com.
Ranked 40th in Golf Stat’s national poll, the Loper men followed up a 306 on Monday with a 308 today. They are now tied with Missouri Southern State for eighth (614) in the 12-team field.
No. 38 Central Oklahoma (605) and Missouri Western State (604) are just ahead of the Lopers and Lions. Fifth-ranked Central Missouri is at a five under par 571 to lead the field by 23 strokes.
The UNK women have had rounds of 357 and 354 (711) to be nine shots ahead of UCM in the nine-team field. No. 13 Central Oklahoma (641) and No. 30 Northeastern State (653) are well ahead of the pack.
Individually, Florida sophomore Michael Colgate is tied for 12th place with a five over par 149 (72-77). His second round featured two birdies and 10 pars.
UCM’s Cy Moritz (139) and Robby Hughey (141) are leading the field.
On the women’s side, UNK sophomore Ana Summers is tied for 13th place thanks to a 170 (82-88). She had three birdies and five pars in her second round.
UCO’s Taylor Neidy (154) has a two-shot lead over NSU’s Baylee Price.

The final 18 holes in each tournament will be played Wednesday.

Tuesday's HS Soccer Finals

Girls soccer
Kearney Catholic 1, Lexington 0, SO
Schuyler 4, Northwest 2
York 5, Holdrege 2
Kearney 2, North Platte 1

Boys soccer
Holdrege 2, York 0
Lexington 9, Kearney Catholic 0
North Platte 3, Kearney 2
Schuyler 9, Northwest 1

Two Nebraska Games Selected for BTN Night Telecasts

Nebraska continues to add prime-time appearances to its 2014 football schedule. BTN announced its schedule of 2014 evening telecasts on Tuesday, including Nebraska’s games against Illinois and at Northwestern.

The Huskers will play host to Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Memorial Stadium with kickoff set for 8 p.m. CT. The Huskers’ contest against Illinois will also mark Nebraska’s 2014 Homecoming game.

The meeting with Illinois will mark the second of back-to-back prime time games at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers’ Sept. 20 matchup with Miami will be televised by ABC, ESPN on ESPN2 with kick time set for 7 p.m. Nebraska has a history of success in night games in Lincoln, posting a 39-5 all-time record in Memorial Stadium night games, including a current streak of 13 straight victories.

The second BTN prime time game for Nebraska in 2014 will be an Oct. 18 visit to Evanston, Ill., to take on the Northwestern Wildcats. Kickoff from Ryan Field is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.

Nebraska and Northwestern have played close games each of the Huskers’ first three years in the Big Ten. The three games have been decided by a total of seven points, including a 29-28 Nebraska victory at Ryan Field in 2012.

The announcement of two BTN night games on Tuesday gives Nebraska five consecutive prime time games during the 2014 season. Nebraska will play at Fresno State on Sept. 13 (9:30 p.m. CT, CBS Sports Network), then plays host to the consecutive home night games against Miami and Illinois. The stretch concludes with an Oct. 4 game at Michigan State (7 p.m. CT, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2) and the Huskers’ trip to Northwestern.

The five-game stretch of night games will be Nebraska’s longest since also playing five straight night games during the 2006 season.

Loper Football Backers to host fifth fundraising event May 6

The University of Nebraska at Kearney has gathered a lot of momentum with its football fundraising efforts over the past four years.
Thanks to the Loper Football Backers Club dinner and scholarship fundraiser established in 2010, the program has raised $466,000 for scholarships and other program needs.
UNK will look to continue that momentum when Loper Backers hosts this year’s fundraising event May 6 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney. The evening starts with a 5:30 p.m. social hour, followed by dinner and silent auction at 7 p.m. and live auction at 7:45 p.m.
Tickets, which are $35 per person and include dinner, can be purchased by calling the UNK football office at 308-865-8020. Corporate tables that seat 10 are $500.
Last year more than 600 people attended, with a record $135,000 raised for the football program.
“Our third season in the MIAA is just five short months away, but the building blocks of our competitiveness began in 2010. Without this much-needed financial support, we would not be in a position to attract the caliber of football player we need,” said UNK Athletics Director Paul Plinske. “We encourage all Loper fans to come out on May 6 to help show their support as we prepare for the 2014 season and beyond.”
UNK Head Coach Darrell Morris said the dinner and auction “has become a vital part of our drive into competitiveness in the powerful MIAA. 
“It has enhanced our ability over the past few recruiting classes to attract the type of student-athlete that can compete both in the classroom at UNK and on the field in the MIAA,” he added.
The focal point of the event, the silent and live auctions, includes more than 100 items. Among items that will be auctioned:
Autographed Denver Broncos helmet and John Elway signed jersey
Peyton Manning signed football and jersey
Putter signed by Phil Mickelson
Boxing gloves autographed by Sylvester Stallone
Time in Orlando or choice of other resorts in Arizona, South Carolina, California or Hawaii.
Loper football game watch parties in the Wiens Room, with season tickets and Under Armour package.
Tickets to NFL preseason game between Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles
“Lease a Loper” package, where four UNK players will complete chores and a day of work.
Those not able to attend the banquet but who would like to bid on auction items can do so by visiting online auction company Qtego at www.qtegoauction.com. By registering your phone, you can bid on any item.
UNK begins its 2014 season at defending NCAA Division II national champion Northwest Missouri State on Sept. 4.

Loper Baseball Moved Up to Thursday Start

The Nebraska-Kearney/Missouri Southern State baseball series scheduled for this weekend at Memorial Field has been moved due to impending bad weather.

The Lopers (27-16, 21-15) and Lions (23-22, 16-20) will now play single games on Thursday (6:00 p.m.) and Saturday (1:00 p.m.) with a double header set for Friday (3:00 & 6:00 p.m.).

The series was originally scheduled to be played Friday through Sunday. Prior to Saturday’s game, seven Loper seniors will be honored.

Eckhoff named second team All-American

Freshman Emily Eckhoff from Denver, Colo., earned NAIA Second Team All-American honors as a member of the Hastings College Bronco Women’s Bowling team. This is the team’s inaugural year, making Eckhoff the first Bronco to earn this recognition.

Broncos Earn Player of the Week Honors

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Tennis Weekly Honors
Men’s Tennis – Joe Ritzdorf, Hastings
Joe Ritzdorf of Hastings is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men's Tennis Player-of-the-Week. The senior out of York, Nebraska, is playing some of the best tennis of his career for the Broncos, picking up a win in both singles and doubles against Doane last week in a 7-2 win for Hastings. Ritzdorf is now 9-12 overall on the year.


Player- Heather Sabata, Hastings
Hastings first baseman Heather Sabata is the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Softball Player of the week. A sophomore from Columbus, Nebraska, Sabata played a key role in the Broncos’ two come-from-behind wins against Morningside on the week. In the first game of the doubleheader, Sabata hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings where Hastings would eventually get the 9-8 win. In the second game, she hit a grand slam in the first inning to put Hastings in front 5-1. Hastings is now 19-16 overall and 8-4 in the GPAC.

Danger ready to square off with Wyoming Cavalry

The Nebraska Danger enter the second half of the 2014 IFL season with a home game against the Wyoming Cavalry on Friday night. Kickoff is slated for 7 PM at the Heartland Events Center, with the Danger currently sharing the Intense Conference lead with rival Colorado, both at 5-2 on the season.
The Danger were off last week and will take the field for the first time since they defeated Texas 35-33 in Grand Island on April 12, courtesy of Joe Houston’s 16-yard field goal with no time left. It was the most improbable of wins, as the Danger squandered a 29-14 halftime lead and watched as Houston missed a 29-yard attempt with 31 seconds left.
But, armed with a full allotment of timeouts, the Danger defense stopped Texas on downs and the Revolution then bobbled the snap on fourth down, which gave Nebraska the ball back with 16 seconds left. Houston was named IFL special teams player-of-the-week for his kick.
“It was one of those games we might not have deserved to win, but we pulled it out,” Danger coach Mike Davis said. “You are going to have a couple of those during the season.”
Quarterback Jameel Sewell threw for 168 yards and ran for 59 on just eight carries in the win for Nebraska while playing his full game since March 8th against Texas. Kayne Farquharson led the Danger receiving corps with 73 yards on six catches and Maurice Avery added 70 yards on seven receptions. Ramon Broadway had 9.5 tackles for the Danger defense, which also produced four sacks and four turnovers in the contest.
“We are playing really well on defense right now, but we can play better,” Davis said. “We just need to get fully healthy on offense and I think we are pretty close. Wyoming is probably a little better than their record shows. They beat Texas and they have played some teams really close. We’ll need to be ready.”
Despite their 1-6 record, the Cavalry will have Nebraska’s full attention. They defeated Texas 28-24 on March 28th and the next week lost to division co-leader Colorado 51-50. Quarterback Sam Durley is fourth in the league in passing yards/game (154) and third in touchdown passes (20).
Kickoff is set for 7 pm on Saturday night at the Heartland Events Center. Doors open at 6:00 with pre-game activities beginning at 6:30. The theme is 70s night, with 5% off tie-dye shirts.
Tickets for Saturday night are available at area Pump & Pantry stores, the Heartland Events Center Box Office, or via Ticketmaster.
Following the game, an autograph party with Players and Coaches will take place on the Danger turf.


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.