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Blue Sweeps NCA All-Star Softball

The Blue team swept a doubleheader from the Reds last night in the Nebraska Coaches Association All Star Softball games at Bowlin Stadium in Lincoln. The scores were 3-1 and 2-1. Nebraska recruit Kaylan Jablonski of Omaha Skutt was the winning pitcher in both games, giving up just three hits in eight innings while striking out seven. She also hit a home run in the first game and a triple in the second game.

Lopers Going Far & Wide for '15 Recruiting Class

Nebraska-Kearney head wrestling coach Marc Bauer today announced the names of 10 high school seniors who will hit the mats for the Lopers in 2015.

Previously, Jeff Bizzle (Bentonville, Ark.) and Zach Stodden (Broomfield, Colo.) signed on with UNK. Next week, Bauer will announce the transfers that have joined the Blue & Gold.

The new Lopers are Rob Bastarache (Kansas City, Mo.), Isaac Deaton (Valdez, Alaska), Brian Geyer (Los Alamos, N.M.), Joseph Gillham (O'Neill), Seth Harrington (Ovid, Colo.), Harry "Bubba" Jaramillo (Maui, Hawai'i), Michael Lambert (Fremont), Luke Peterson (Susanville, Calif.), Brady Radik (Gretna) and Braden Urquhart (Panhandle, Texas).

For Staley High, Bastarache went 42-14 as a senior and finished third at state.

"Rob is a 6-1, 138 pound wrestler. His leverage is a huge asset and sets him apart from a lot of his competition," said Bauer. "We're not sure what weight class he'll end up at but we're pleased that he has chosen to be part of our program.

Deaton won three state titles wrestling for the Valdez High Buccaneers. He is the second Loper wrestler from Alaska since 2000, following heavyweight Dan Dalle-Molle.

"Isaac is the most decorated wrester in the history of high school. He dominated the state championships with three falls and a tech fall in the finals," said Bauer. "He has a lot of national level experience and has a tremendous work ethic. He is projected to compete at 165/174 pound weight class.

A rare Loper athlete from New Mexico, Geyer is a two-time state champ, placing first at 182 and 195 pounds. He'll compete at 197 lbs. for UNK and is slated to redshirt in 2014-15.

"Brian capped a successful high school career with two New Mexico State Championships. A two-sport star, he chose to continue his wrestling career at UNK and focus on athletic training," said Bauer.

Closer to home, Gillham was the 2014 Class C state champ at 132 lbs. after finishing third as a junior. He is slated to redshirt and is projected to be at 133 lbs.

"Joseph capped off a tremendous senior season by winning a state title. He's a hardworking and tenacious competitor," said Bauer.

Harrington, at Revere High, was a four-time state place who won a state title as a junior. Like Gillham, he will redshirt in 2015 and likely will be at 141 lbs.

"We have gotten to know Seth and his family over the years competing in our camps and the Midwest Classic National Tournament," said Bauer. "He has shown steady improvement and is a welcomed addition to our program."

Jaramillo won two state titles at Lahainaluna High and is one of three Hawaiians competing in athletics at UNK this year, joining two incoming football players. He'll be at 149 lbs. for the Lopers.

"Bubba is a standout athlete and leader in his community. He is lightning-fast on his feet and exciting to watch," said Bauer. "We look to redshirt him this year to get him as much mat time and experience at this level as we can."

Another redshirt this winter will be Lambert. He went 32-8 as a senior for the Tigers, finishing fifth in Class A at 182 lbs.

"Michael is a tremendous young man that is prepared to face the challenges of collegiate wrestling. He is projected to compete at 174 lbs. for us," said Bauer.

Coming from Lassen High is Peterson, a heavyweight. He was seventh at the 2011 California state championships and was among the nation's top ranked heavyweights.

"Luke spent the last two years on an LDS mission. He is a very mobile and athletic heavyweight. Standing 6-3 and weighing in at around 270 pounds, Luke looks to make his mark on the Loper program," said Bauer.

Radik's father, Dan, was a Division II national runner up for Nebraska-Omaha. A standout football player and wrestler for the Gretna Dragons, he won the 2014 Class B state title at 195 pounds.

"Brady struggled deciding if he was going to play football or wrestle in college. He is a tremendous athlete and will give our upper weights good depth," said Bauer. "We think he'll be at 197 pounds for us."

Finally, Urquhart comes in from Amarillo Tascosa High after winning a 2014 Texas state title at 152 pounds. He was fourth a year earlier.

"Braden brings a wealth of national level experience to our program. He's tough on top and has what it takes to excel at this level," said Bauer. "He is projected to compete at 157 pounds."

UNK has had 13 top 10 finishes at the NCAA Division II Championships, including three national titles and four second place showings.

State Legion Baseball Begins Saturday

Hastings Five Points Bank will play Millard North/Fairway Asset in the opening round of the American Division of the Seniors Class A State Baseball Tournament on Saturday in Omaha. Hastings is 27-18 on the season and beat Millard North 5-1 on June 13th in the Omaha Gross Tournament. Game time will be at 5:00pm. Pre-game show begins at 4:45pm on 1230AM KHAS. With a win, Hastings would play the winner of the South Omaha/Papillion LaVista South game at 8:00pm Sunday night. A loss would send them to the loser's bracket against the loser of the South Omaha/Papillion LaVista South game at 2:00pm on Sunday afternoon.

The National Division of the Class A State Tournament will be played at Ryder Park in Grand Island. Kearney Runza will play the Millard South 52 Patriots at 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon. Grand Island Home Federal will battle Omaha Burke/T-Hurt Construction at 7:30pm. Both tournaments will run through Wednesday.

The Class A Juniors State Tournament gets underway on Saturday at Elkhorn South. Grand Island Five Points Bank will play Elkhorn South at 5:00pm.



CLOUSE AND SAHR TIED AT SEVEN UNDER

1999 champion David Clouse of Friend and Renen Sahr of Gordon are co-leaders following 54-holes at the 106th Nebraska Amateur Championship. At 54, Clouse looks to become the tournament's oldest winner surpassing Tom Olson of Omaha who won in 1997 at 51; Sahr is seeking his first state title. Seven golfers sit within five shots of the lead. A total of 13 golfers are under-par. Thursday's final round kicks off at 7 a.m. The final group with Clouse and Sahr begins play at 11:30 a.m.
Full Leaderboard
Fav SC Pos. Player City Today Hole Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
T1 David Clouse Friend 11:30 am Tee: 1 -7 68 70 71
T1 Renen Sahr Gordon 11:30 am Tee: 1 -7 68 71 70
3 Phillip Baumberger Lincoln 11:21 am Tee: 1 -4 71 70 71
T4 Carson Schaake Omaha 11:21 am Tee: 1 -3 73 69 71
T4 Sam Meuret Brunswick 11:12 am Tee: 1 -3 72 69 72
T6 Lance Lawson Norfolk 10:54 am Tee: 1 -2 69 73 72
T6 Josh Reinertson Gibbon 11:03 am Tee: 1 -2 68 74 72
T6 Rylee Reinertson Gibbon 11:12 am Tee: 1 -2 72 72 70
T6 Joey Baldwin Wayne 11:03 am Tee: 1 -2 70 72 72
T10 Preston Walford Tekamah 10:45 am Tee: 1 -1 71 74 70
T10 Tyler Schaaf Lincoln 10:54 am Tee: 1 -1 74 72 69
T10 Patrick Tryon Lincoln 10:45 am Tee: 1 -1 71 73 71
T10 John Sajevic Fremont 10:36 am Tee: 1 -1 74 70 71
T14 Lance Morrow Norfolk 10:36 am Tee: 1 +1 72 78 67
T14 Greg Stanek Bellevue 10:27 am Tee: 1 +1 68 76 73
T16 Andy Sajevic Fremont 10:27 am Tee: 1 +2 73 73 72
T16 Travis Minzel Lincoln 10:18 am Tee: 1 +2 68 73 77
T18 Calvin Freeman Table Rock 10:09 am Tee: 1 +3 72 75 72
T18 Michael Colgate Kearney 10:00 am Tee: 1 +3 73 72 74
T18 Ryan Nietfeldt Elkhorn 10:18 am Tee: 1 +3 73 76 70
T18 Kris Koelzer O'Neill 10:09 am Tee: 1 +3 76 70 73
22 Matt Record Lincoln 10:00 am Tee: 1 +4 72 75 73
T23 Lucas Grossnicklaus Aurora 9:51 am Tee: 1 +5 77 72 72
T23 Scott Sheldon Omaha 9:51 am Tee: 1 +5 70 76 75
T25 Mike Vanier Lincoln 9:24 am Tee: 1 +6 74 72 76
T25 Alex Schaake Omaha 9:42 am Tee: 1 +6 75 74 73
T25 Will Pieper Omaha 9:42 am Tee: 1 +6 79 71 72
T25 Matthew Unruh Lincoln 9:33 am Tee: 1 +6 77 71 74
T25 Chris Rager South Sioux City 9:33 am Tee: 1 +6 74 73 75
T30 Mitchell Ryan Omaha 9:15 am Tee: 1 +7 77 73 73
T30 Richard Schneider Omaha 9:24 am Tee: 1 +7 74 76 73
T30 Tanner Johnson Broken Bow 9:15 am Tee: 1 +7 73 73 77
T33 Nathan Fuerhoff Columbus 9:06 am Tee: 1 +8 76 74 74
T33 Brett Hoffman Kearney 9:06 am Tee: 1 +8 78 71 75
T35 Brady Vancura Columbus 8:57 am Tee: 1 +9 73 72 80
T35 Cameron Bargell North Platte 8:57 am Tee: 1 +9 76 73 76
T37 Andrew Holloway Scottsbluff 8:39 am Tee: 1 +10 73 75 78
T37 Alec Raabe Omaha 8:48 am Tee: 1 +10 79 72 75
T37 Koy Potthoff Scottsbluff 8:39 am Tee: 1 +10 72 75 79
T37 Jacob Frodyma Lincoln 8:48 am Tee: 1 +10 81 73 72
T41 Cameron Farrell Lincoln 8:30 am Tee: 1 +11 76 75 76
T41 Brian Csipkes Gretna 8:30 am Tee: 1 +11 76 75 76
T43 Nick Vondrak Omaha 8:12 am Tee: 1 +12 75 76 77
T43 Mike Siwa Omaha 8:21 am Tee: 1 +12 76 77 75
T43 Nick Methe Papillion 8:21 am Tee: 1 +12 77 77 74
T46 Clayton Peterson Lincoln 7:54 am Tee: 1 +13 79 74 76
T46 Nick Swaney Blair 8:12 am Tee: 1 +13 75 79 75
T46 Sean Backer McCook 7:54 am Tee: 1 +13 76 76 77
T46 Chase Keitges Lincoln 7:45 am Tee: 1 +13 72 77 80
T46 Jack Burmeister Lincoln 8:03 am Tee: 1 +13 76 77 76
T46 Johnny Spellerberg Omaha 8:03 am Tee: 1 +13 76 78 75
52 Kyle Murray Beatrice 7:45 am Tee: 1 +14 75 79 76
53 Ryan Butler Superior 7:36 am Tee: 1 +15 78 74 79
T54 Sean Song Omaha 7:27 am Tee: 1 +16 77 73 82
T54 Wesley Bernt Kearney 7:36 am Tee: 1 +16 75 78 79
T56 Patrick Clare Lincoln 7:18 am Tee: 1 +17 71 78 84
T56 Clint Kracl Schuyler 7:27 am Tee: 1 +17 72 80 81
58 Andrew Hansen Omaha 7:18 am Tee: 1 +18 76 74 84
59 Paul Mohr Scottsbluff 7:09 am Tee: 1 +19 77 77 81
T60 Dave Shillinglaw Papillion 7:00 am Tee: 1 +21 77 77 83
T60 Ben Maschka Omaha 7:09 am Tee: 1 +21 78 76 83

Big Ten Alumni to Attend Kickoff Luncheon

The Big Ten Conference announced today the 14 former players that will be in attendance at the 2014 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW. The former standouts will be available for autographs and a photo session prior to the 43rd annual event, which will be held on Tuesday, July 29, at the Hilton Chicago and will mark the first official appearance of Maryland and Rutgers as members of the Big Ten.
Beginning at 10 a.m. CT, fans in attendance will take part in an autograph session with all 14 head coaches and one former player from each school, while current players will take part in brief, live interviews highlighted by questions from fans on-site and through social media channels. Fans will have the opportunity to take photos of head coaches along with current and former players at around 10:50 a.m.
The group of former players, one from each Big Ten school, includes 11 all-conference selections, nine All-Americans, three College Football Hall of Famers, three Super Bowl winners and two national champions. The full list of former players scheduled to be in attendance at the Kickoff Luncheon can be found below:
Dana Howard, Illinois (1991-94)
Anthony Thompson, Indiana (1986-89)
Chuck Long, Iowa (1982-85)
Kevin Glover, Maryland (1982-84)
Jon Jansen, Michigan (1995-98)
Flozell Adams, Michigan State (1994-97)
Laurence Maroney, Minnesota (2003-05)
Kris Brown, Nebraska (1995-98)
Darnell Autry, Northwestern (1994-96)
Tito Paul, Ohio State (1991-94)
Anthony Adams, Penn State (1999-2002)
Dave Butz, Purdue (1970-72)
L.J. Smith, Rutgers (1999-2002)
Mark Tauscher, Wisconsin (1997-99)
The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., with ESPN's Rece Davis serving as emcee and sitting down with the coaches in small groups to discuss the upcoming season. The event also will feature speeches by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Tournament of Roses president Rich Chinen and Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska. The All-Big Ten running back and Academic All-Big Ten honoree will speak on behalf of the 42 players in attendance. The complete list of player attendees can be found atwww.bigten.org.

A limited number of tickets remain available for $110 per seat or $1,100 per table (10 seats). Contact Josh Munk at the Big Ten office at 847-696-1010, ext. 105, orjmunk@bigten.org to purchase tickets.

For over four decades, the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon has featured some of the biggest names in college football. Legendary players like Desmond Howard, Eddie George, Ron Dayne and Drew Brees, as well as storied coaches like Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, Duffy Daugherty and Hayden Fry, have all attended this historic event. In all, more than 850 of the conference's finest players, over 60 head coaches and nearly 50,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules.

Chargers Extend Woodhead Contract

The San Diego Chargers agreed on a two-year contract extension with running back Danny Woodhead , the
team announced today. Woodhead originally signed a two-year contract when he joined the Chargers as an unrestricted free agent from New England in March 2013. His new contract runs through the 2016 season.


"Danny is an integral part of our offense," said General Manager Tom Telesco. "His work ethic and on-field production were key elements last year. We look forward to having him be a part of the Chargers organization into the future."


The popular jack-of-all-trades had a career year in 2013. A talented receiver out of the backfield, Woodhead recorded new career highs of 76 catches (second on the team), 605 yards and six touchdowns. He ranked first among all NFL running backs in touchdown catches and ranked second in receptions and receiving yards. Woodhead also posted 429 rushing yards for a total of 1,034 yards from scrimmage, as well as two rushing touchdowns for a total of eight. Adding in his 262 kickoff return yards, he set another career-high with 1,296 all-purpose yards.

The 2014 season will mark his seventh in the NFL.

Maher Named CFL Special Teams Player of the Week

Emmanuel Arceneaux, Odell Willis, Brett Maher and Andrew Harris, were named the Canadian Football League Players of the Week for Week 4 of the 2014 Canadian Football League season.

Ottawa REDBLACKS kicker and punter Brett Maher was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 4. Maher went a perfect 6-for-6 on field goals and scored all his teams points, in their historic first game at TD Place – the franchise's first ever win – an 18-17 decision over the Toronto Argonauts.

With under a minute to play in the game, Maher hit a 27-yard field goal to give the REDBLACKS the 18-17 lead. Maher also kicked successful field goals from 48, 32, 30, 26 and 22 yards away in the game.

Maher had six punts in the game, averaging over 51 yards per punt, with his longest reaching 57 yards.

Maher, a Kearney, Nebraska native and a product of University of Nebraska, is 9-for-11 kicking field goals this season and is currently tied for fourth in kicking points with 33.

This is Maher's first season in the CFL and his first Player of the Week award.

APPLETON COMMITS TO MICHIGAN STATE

While still preparing for his first USHL season with the Tri-City Storm, Mason Appleton has already made up his mind on where he'll spend his college years.

Appleton, the third overall pick in Phase 2 of the 2014 USHL Draft back in May, has announced his commitment to play at Michigan State University in the Big Ten Conference.

The Green Bay, Wis. native said the school had been tracking his progress, but things started to heat up when they saw him in action at Tri-City's tryout camp last month in Las Vegas.

"They pulled me aside after the first All-Star game and told me they wanted to get me on campus for a visit as soon as they could," Appleton said.

The 18-year-old forward said that it had been a dream of his to play at a Big Ten school, and loved the atmosphere on the East Lansing campus.

"I really liked that all the athletic facilities were within a half-mile of each other," Appleton said. "I got to hang out with the guys on the team and they were all good to me. It's a first-class organization."

He also had the luxury of talking with returning Storm forward Cody Milan at camp. Milan has also committed to the Spartans.

"Cody and I played together in the All-Star game and he told me he was going there," Appleton said. "I don't have any other good friends there so it will be a good experience to meet a lot of new people."

Appleton finished his high school career at Notre Dame Academy this past season, but made sure he didn't rush any decisions during the recruiting process.

"I didn't want to just jump on the first opportunity," Appleton said. "I really wanted to feel out the coaching staff, facilities and those types of things. I also talked to the staff to figure out what type of player they see me as and what my role would be. I had to make the best decision for myself. It was a lot of research and talking to people to figure out what would be a great fit."

The Storm's full 60-game schedule for the 2014-15 USHL season is posted on the team's website, stormhockey.com. Tri-City will host the Sioux Falls Stampede to open their home schedule on Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

In the meantime, Appleton isn't looking to change much of his game between now and the start of his first USHL season in the fall.

"I'm just going to work hard this last month and come in my best shape," Appleton said. "I plan on sticking to my keys and what I do well as a player and we'll see where the year takes me."

DANGER RENEW DAVIS' HEAD COACHING CONTRACT FOR 2015

Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football Team Owner and President Charlie Bosselman is pleased to announce that Danger Head Coach Mike Davis will continue in his role for the 2015 Danger season.

"We are very pleased to re-sign Coach Davis for the 2015 season," said Bosselman. "We were thrilled to finish our season in the United Bowl for the second year in a row, and Mike's leadership and coaching experience continue to move the Danger forward. We have an awesome fan base to support us and we're excited to continue having Coach Davis on our staff and are excited for season five."

Coach Davis remarks, "I am excited to continue to build the Danger Football organization both on and off the field. The community of Grand Island has the best fans in the league and they deserve one of the best teams in the league to go along with that. I am happy that the Bosselman family continues to see me as the leader of this team again next season."

Born and raised on the east coast, 2015 will be Davis' fifth season at the helm with the Danger. Previously, Davis played six years in the arena and indoor leagues before moving into coaching. In 2014, Davis led the Danger to their second consecutive playoff appearance and win as they defeated the Colorado Ice in the Intense Conference Championship game. Under his leadership, the Danger have posted a 30-30 record, including an 11-5 mark this past season.

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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