Sinclair Named Preseason All-American
Nebraska senior pitcher Chance Sinclair was named a third-team Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American on Friday morning, announced by Collegiate Baseball. The Osawatomie, Kan., native was named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball following the 2014 season, becoming the first Husker pitcher since Johnny Dorn in 2008 to earn All-America honors.
Tabbed as a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, Sinclair led the Huskers with a 9-1 record and a 2.15 ERA in 100.2 innings over 16 starts. On the year, Sinclair went 6.0 or more innings in 13 of his 16 starts, including nine outings of at least 7.0 innings or more and a 9.0-inning complete game against Ohio State on April 5. During Big Ten play, Sinclair was a perfect 6-0 in eight starts with a 2.10 ERA, including a 10-strikeout performance in his final home start of the year against Illinois on May 15. It was the most strikeouts in a conference game by a Husker since Thad Weber sat down 11 against Kansas in 2008.
At the 2014 Stillwater Regional, Sinclair started NU's first NCAA Tournament game since 2008 and took a no hitter into the seventh inning against Cal State Fullerton. On the afternoon, Sinclair retired the first 14 Titan batters he faced before he issuing a two-out walk in the fifth, but didn't factor into the decision.
Sinclair joined the Huskers last season following two seasons at Neosho County CC where he set multiple school records.
The Huskers open the 2015 season on Friday, Feb. 13, in Las Vegas, Nev., when they open a three-game series against the UNLV Rebels.
Hastings OC Holtzclaw to Guide UNK Offense Line
Nebraska Kearney head football coach Josh Lamberson announced today that Joe Holtzclaw has joined his coaching staff and will lead the Loper offensive line.
The Sedalia, Mo., native is the second assistant to be hired by Lamberson as Matt Miller (wide receivers) was retained from the previous staff.
"Coach Holtzclaw provides a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be instrumental in our team's development," said Lamberson. "Joe is grounded in his fundamentals and techniques of offensive line play and will provide direction and leadership to that group. I'm thrilled that he has come aboard so quickly and has already made a difference in our recruiting process."
Holtzclaw comes to UNK following a five-year stint at NAIA Hastings College, spending the last four falls as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. During his tenure, he helped the Broncos win 25 games and was part of a 2014 offense that ranked second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in scoring (35.3) and yards (420.0).
In the spring and summer months the past four years, he was an assistant coach for the Nebraska Danger of the professional Indoor Football League (IFL). Working with the defensive line for three seasons and coaching the offensive line for one, Holtzclaw helped the Danger reach the United Bowl in 2013 and 2014, the IFL's championship game.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Northwest Missouri State. Serving as a graduate assistant (offensive line) in 2007 and 2008, Holtzclaw coached alongside Lamberson for one season. He remained on staff in 2009, leading the Bearcat tight ends.
While in Maryville, Holtzclaw was part of a program that had two national runner up finishes and won the 2009 national title.
As player for the Bearcats, he was a three-year starter along the offensive line who earned All-MIAA honors as a senior. Holtzclaw and Lamberson were starters on Northwest's 2005 and 2006 national runner up teams.
A graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, Holtzclaw and his wife, Dani, have a two-year old son, Hayden.
"I'm extremely excited about Joe, Dani and Hayden joining the Loper football family. "He is an outstanding recruiter, coach, husband, father and friend," said Lamberson. "We are blessed to have Joe and I look forward to our future together."
UNK is currently on Winter Break. The Lopers will start winter conditioning in January 2015.
Manhart Joins Elite Company
For a second straight season, Nebraska Kearney left tackle Cole Manhart has been named a first-team Associated Press Little All-American.
The A.P. Little All-American team dates back to the early 1930's and includes players from NCAA Division II and III schools, as well as NAIA institutions.
Manhart (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) joins center Jerry Scott (1980 & 1981) as the only Lopers to make this All-American team twice in a career. Scott (Ansley) also was a two-time first team selection.
Other MIAA players to make this year's team were Central Missouri's LaVance Taylor (1st/all-purpose), NW Missouri State's Matt Longacre (1st/defensive end) and Missouri Western State's Michael Jordan (3rd/defensive back).
Taylor, a running back and kick returner, played under new UNK head coach Josh Lamberson the past four seasons.
The 6-6, 310 lbs. Manhart graduates from UNK tomorrow with a Criminal Justice degree. He then heads to California to work out and train for the 2015 NFL Draft in May.
Manhart will suit up once more, playing in the 4th Annual NFLPA (NFL Players Association) Collegiate Bowl January 17th on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills. The game will be aired live on ESPN 2 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Central.
UNK's A.P. Little All-Americans
Yr. Name/Position Hometown Team
1973 Phil Gustafson (DL) Galesburg, Ill. 1st
1980 Jerry Scott (C) Ansley 1st
1981 Jerry Scott (C) Ansley 1st
1996 Mike Smith (Kick Return) Kearney 2nd
2002 Henrik Juul-Nielsen (K) Denmark 1st
2002 Mike Miller (RB) Littleton, Colo. 3rd
2005 Richie Ross (WR) Lincoln 2nd
2009 Jack Hiett (C) Arvada, Colo. 2nd
2010 Orion Matthies (RT) Overton 3rd
2011 Arthur Hobbs (CB) San Diego, Calif. 2nd
2013 Cole Manhart (LT) Highlands Ranch, Colo. 1st Team
2014 Cole Manhart (LT) Highlands Ranch, Colo. 1st Team
Huskers Announce Team Award Winners
Senior I-back Ameer Abdullah led the way in team awards announced on Thursday. Abdullah was named the overall Team Most Valuable Player for the second straight year, and also earned Offensive MVP honors. Abdullah was also selected as the winner of the Guy Chamberlin Trophy. The award dates back to 1967 and is voted on by members of the media, and honors a senior player who has the qualities and dedication of the great Cornhusker tradition.
One of five team captains, Abdullah became Nebraska's all-time leader in all-purpose yards this season and ranks No. 2 on the career rushing list.
A pair of Husker sophomores shared Defensive MVP honors for the 2014 season. Defensive tackle Maliek Collins recorded 12 tackles for loss on the year, along with 3.5 sacks. Safety Nate Gerrywas the second-leading tackler for the Huskers and also ranked among the Big Ten leaders with five interceptions, all in league play.
Freshman standout De'Mornay Pierson-El earned the Huskers' Special Teams MVP award. Pierson-El was an electrifying punt returner, scoring three touchdowns on returns while averaging 17.8 yards per return to rank third in the nation.
Senior linebacker Trevor Roach was honored as the winner of a pair of awards. Roach received the Tom Novak Trophy. The oldest of Nebraska's senior awards, the Novak Trophy dates back to 1950. Roach also was named the winner of the Pat Clare Award.
Senior offensive guard Jake Cotton, a Lincoln Southeast graduate and second-generation Husker, was presented the Cletus Fischer Native Son Award, given annually to a senior who is a Nebraska native. The award is named in honor of long-time Nebraska offensive line coach Cletus Fischer.
The Chamberlin, Native Son and Novak awards will also be honored at the Outland Trophy Award ceremony in Omaha on Jan. 15.
Junior defensive end Jack Gangwish received the prestigious Lifter of the Year Award, while redshirt freshman Josh Faulkenberry was awarded the Huskers' 2014 Walk-on MVP Award. The Scout Team Offensive MVP Award was shared by guardJerald Foster and running back Mikale Wilbon, while the Scout Team Defensive MVP was shared by Erik Evans and Zach Stovall.
Senior center Mike Moudy was the recipient of the Character Award, Kenny Bell was the winner of the Perimeter Award and center Mark Pelini received the Husker Heart Award.
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).