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Huskers Enter Game Week

The Nebraska football team was back at it Saturday afternoon as the Huskers practiced inside Memorial Stadium for just over two hours. NU practiced in half pads, or helmets and shoulder pads, using most of Saturday's practice as a walkthrough for their season opening game against BYU next Saturday.
Nebraska head coach Mike Riley met with media members following practice, mentioning that his message for the team was to get some rest and come back strong Monday for game week.
"The thing we talked about at the very end was what we are heading into with this coming week," Riley said. "Get some rest-a day off for them tomorrow and take a break, come back Monday and we will start what we normally look as our process for a game week."
When asked if anything was different with this Fall Camp compared to others, Riley mentioned that he believes most Fall Camps have a lot of similar components.
"The obvious bad answer is location, where I am at, but Fall Camp-there is so many common parts to it, it is more similar than not," he said. "I have had to deal with some stuff that I have not had to before, like summer school, the school years go different. So you have to adjust to the place you are at and what goes on."
Riley did add, "One thing is for sure different is the number of you all (media) and the number of people-even if it is closed are at practice. Those parts like that are amped up, a lot, and that is actually kind of fun."


Quote of the Day: Coach Riley on the daily season practice schedule
"One thing that is a little bit of a change from here, from what they did before is we are actually going to give the players Sunday off and practice Monday. So what we will do in general is we will go short practice on Monday and Thursday in shells, just shoulder pads and helmets. Tuesday and Wednesday will be a hair longer in full gear. Friday in shorts and no shoulder pads."
Practice notes
Coach Riley mentioned that Trey Foster might be ready for the season opener.
Riley is hopeful that Alex Lewis, Daniel Davie, Josh Banderas and Brandon Reilly will all return to practice Monday.

Lopers Open Season Thursday

The Nebraska-Kearney Athletic Department announced today parking, tailgating and ticket arrangements for this Thursday's (September 3rd) home football game vs. fifth-ranked Northwest Missouri State.

The 2015 season opener – the First National Bank First Game -- is expected to draw a crowd large enough to set a new record for Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field. In the 2005 opener, 8,823 fans watched UNK face Nebraska-Omaha to set the standard.

With the fall semester underway and night classes in session, parking on campus will be extremely limited for the 7:00 p.m. kickoff.

Fans are encouraged to use the free shuttle services that will run from Kearney High (3610 6th Avenue), West Campus and The Buckle screen printing lot. These shuttles will start to pick up at 4:00 p.m. and run for an hour after the game ends.

See the campus maps (shuttle # 1 & shuttle # 2/parking map) for more details about the route.

Loper and Bearcat fans are also encouraged to buy their tickets early to avoid long lines the day of the game. Log on to www.lopertickets.com to buy single game or season tickets; around 2,500 tickets (season and single game) have already been sold and the majority of UNK's on-campus students (2,000) are likely to attend.

Gates to the stadium will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff (5:30 p.m.). Note this year UNK is offering a separate gate for fans with purses or bags. The Express Zone will be Gate B and the Bag Check line will be Gate C. Both gates are located on the West side of the stadium.

Fans are allowed to bring in unopened bottles of water. With temperatures expected to be in the mid-90's, fans are encouraged to do so.

Next, UNK fans will be allowed to tailgate in "Loperville" beginning at 4:00 p.m. This expanded area, located in Lot # 12, will again have food and drink provided by The Cellar Bar & Grill, as well as music and a new student tailgate area.

Northwest fans are encouraged to tailgate (starting after 2:00 p.m.) in Lot 20 located down the hill from the Kearney C.C. (2800 19th Avenue). The lot is about a block from the stadium.

During the game, the South end zone area will be turned into "Loperland", an area for young children to play on inflatables and Jump A Roos. Also, the Loper Loonies (UNK student booster group) will be making their 2015-16 debut.


Northwest is coming off 10-2 season in which it made another appearance in the Division II playoffs. A talented roster features preseason All-Americans Brandon Yost (defensive line) and Bryce Enyard (defensive back).

The Lopers have 19 return starters, including 2014 All-MIAA honorees Romero Cotton (running back) and Tyke Kozeal (linebacker).

Week 1 High School Football Scores

Thursday (08/27/2015)

Creighton Preparatory School 33, Papillion-LaVista 21
Elkhorn South 35, Omaha Gross Catholic 0
Lincoln High 20, Lincoln Northeast 13
Lutheran High Northeast 43, Ponca 14
Millard West 21, Omaha North 19

Friday (08/28/2015)

Amherst 66, Shelton 22
Aquinas Catholic 51, Hartington Cedar Catholic 7
Arapahoe 34, Alma 22
Arcadia-Loup City 28, Hershey 0
Aurora 40, Crete 21
BDS 64, Harvard 12
Battle Creek 19, Stanton 6
Bellevue West 42, Omaha Westside 22
Bennington 27, Platteview 0
Bertrand 68, Pleasanton 20
Bishop Neumann 36, Syracuse 22
Boys Town 63, Lincoln Christian 30
Brady 50, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 22
Broken Bow 32, Grand Island Central Catholic 10
Cambridge 12, Southern Valley 6
Central City 38, Madison 14
Centura 36, Sandy Creek 28
Chase County 38, Minden 6
Columbus Scotus 31, Boone Central/Newman Grove 14
Crawford 14, Edgemont, SD 6
Crofton 34, Homer 6
Cross County 66, McCool Junction 14
David City 23, Douglas County West 13
Doniphan-Trumbull 26, North Platte St. Patrick's 20
East Butler 56, Nebraska Christian 20
Elgin Public/Pope John 52, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 28
Elkhorn 35, Blair 21
Elmwood-Murdock 3, Malcolm 0
Emerson-Hubbard 28, Palmer 26 (OT)
Exeter-Milligan 46, Kenesaw 40 (ot)
Fairbury 38, Superior 0
Falls City 30, Lincoln Lutheran 8
Fillmore Central 28, Freeman 0
Fremont 45, Omaha Northwest 14
Gibbon 38, St. Paul 14
Gordon-Rushville 28, Kimball 13
Grand Island 20, Kearney 12
Gretna 34, Lincoln Pius X 14
Hastings 25, Gering 14
Hastings St. Cecilia 55, Ravenna 0
Holdrege 34, Gothenburg 21
Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 8, Tri County 7
Julesburg, CO (Sedgwick County) 94, Creek Valley 8
Kearney Catholic 35, Ord 32
Lincoln East 28, Bellevue East 13
Lincoln Southwest 17, Lincoln Southeast 14
Logan View 20, Palmyra 19
Loomis 20, Eustis-Farnam 12
Lourdes Central Catholic 24, Diller-Odell 22
Lyons-Decatur Northeast 84, Parkview Christian 60
Maxwell 54, Sutherland 34
McCook 28, Alliance 12
Milford-Dorchester 28, Louisville 12
Millard North 14, Millard South 10
Mitchell 28, Bayard 20
Morrill 44, Hay Springs 26
Nebraska City 32, Auburn 6
Norfolk 49, South Sioux City 6
Norfolk Catholic 48, Arlington 8
North Andrew, MO 58, Falls City Sacred Heart 26
North Platte 38, Columbus 7
Northwest 34, Adams Central 8
O'Neill 28, Wayne 21
Oakland-Craig 22, Archbishop Bergan 6
Ogallala 30, Cozad 0
Omaha Benson 43, Schuyler 20
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 3, Centennial 0
Omaha Central 14, Lincoln North Star 7
Omaha Concordia 25, Johnson County Central 7
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 40, Mount Michael Benedictine 0
Omaha Skutt Catholic 35, Beatrice 0
Omaha South 50, Omaha Bryan 0
Osceola 62, Meridian 32
Papillion-LaVista South 34, Omaha Burke 16
Pierce 58, North Bend Central 20
Plainview 58, Wausa 26
Plattsmouth 28, Ralston 7
Raymond Central 34, Conestoga 12
Scottsbluff 41, Lexington 0
Scribner-Snyder 80, Omaha Christian Academy 42
Sidney 41, Chadron 7
Southern 24, Thayer Central 0
St. Mary's 24, Allen 20
Sutton 50, Wood River 0
Twin River 27, Shelby 10
Valentine 27, Ainsworth 6
Wahoo 45, Ashland-Greenwood 42 (OT)
Wauneta-Palisade 50, Deshler 27
Waverly 44, Seward 6
West Holt 28, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 20
West Point-Beemer 22, Fort Calhoun 19
Wilber-Clatonia 20, Columbus Lakeview 7
Wisner-Pilger 31, Tekamah-Herman 6
Wynot 30, Winside 8
York 10, Norris 7
Yutan 48, Weeping Water 0

Ayoub Signs With Saltdogs

The Saltdogs signed All-Nebraska D-II C/OF Max Ayoub, a UNK alum, and former Roncalli LHP Dylan Badura Saturday at the American Association roster-expansion deadline.

Ayoub, a three-time MIAA first teamer, hit .302 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI with a .680 slugging percentage this spring for the University of Nebraska at Kearney Lopers.

The 22-year old from Grand Island was also named captain of the Omaha World Herald's All-Nebraska Division II team. Ayoub played his freshman year at University of Nebraska at Omaha before transferring.

Badura pitched collegiately at the University of Texas-Pan American (where he went 5-9 with a 3.95 ERA in 35 games), and began 2015 with the independent Road City Warriors of the East Coast Baseball League.

The 23-year old from Omaha went to Roncalli and penned a column for the Derek Jeter-run "The Players Tribune" in May:http://www.theplayerstribune.com/dylan-badura-indy-baseball-league/

To make room on the roster, Lincoln placed RHP Marshall Schuler on the inactive list.

Huskers Top Pitt 3-1, Give Cook 600th Win

The Nebraska volleyball team finished off an unbeaten weekend at the Nebraska Invitational with a 3-1 (25-9, 25-20, 27-29, 25-19) win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The win marked the 600th career win for Nebraska head coach John Cook, making him the 15th active Division I head coach to reach 600 career wins.
The fifth-ranked Huskers improved to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2012. Tournament MVP Kelly Hunter led NU with a career-high 50 assists, 11 digs and eight kills. Annika Albrecht had a career-high 18 kill and 10 digs, while Kadie Rolfzen - also an All-Tournament team member - had 17 kills and six digs. Justine Wong-Orantes, NU's third All-Tournament team honoree, had 19 digs. Mikaela Foecke and Amber Rolfzen each added seven kills and four blocks, while Cecilia Hall had six kills and four blocks, as NU set a season high with 10 blocks.
Pittsburgh (2-1) was led by Kadi Kullerkann's 12 kills. Casey Durham added 10.
NU outhit Pitt .278 to .103, as the Huskers held their three opponents over the weekend to a combined .107 hitting percentage.
The Huskers put together a 17-2 run to close out an emphatic 25-9 first-set victory. The Huskers led 8-7 but reeled off nine straight points with two kills by Albrecht and Foecke and one each from Kadie and Amber Rolfzen. Nebraska hit .333 and held Pitt to a -.054 clip. Six different Huskers had kills in the set, with five registering at least two kills.
Nebraska led for good in the second set after taking a 2-1 lead and stretching it to 18-12 on a Hunter kill. After Pitt pulled it back to 19-17, the Huskers got two kill by Kadie Rolfzen and two straight attack errors by Pitt to go up 23-17. Foecke capped off the set with a kill for a 25-20 win and 2-0 Husker lead.
The Huskers encountered their toughest challenge so far this season in set three, as Pittsburgh built a 14-8 lead courtesy of four straight points off blocks, three by Kullerkann and Amanda Orchard. Trailing 16-11, the Huskers used their block to put together a 6-0 run to take the lead, with Hall contributing two and Foecke one in the comeback. Pitt regained an 18-17 lead with a Husker service error and then a service ace off the net by Mariah Bell. The Panthers extended the lead to 21-18, but Albrecht swung Nebraska back into the game with two straight kills to get within 21-20. Albrecht and Amber Rolfzen teamed up for a block to tie the set at 21-21. The teams traded points back and forth to 27-27, when Maria Genitsaridi and Durham got back-to-back kills to give Pitt the 29-27 win.
Nebraska took a 6-4 lead in the fourth, but a 4-0 run by Pitt gave the Panthers an 8-6 edge. The Huskers responded to take a 13-12 lead on a tip kill by Meghan Haggerty after a long rally, then Brooke Smith served up an ace for a 14-12 lead and the Huskers tacked on another block by Haggerty and Hunter. The Huskers went up 18-13 on another block, this time by Haggerty and Foecke. The Huskers didn't let Pitt within five the rest of the way in claiming a 25-19 win.
Nebraska hits the road for the first time this season with a pair of top-15 matchups at the VERT Challenge in Austin, Texas next weekend. Nebraska will play No. 3 Texas on Friday at 6 p.m., and No. 13 Oregon on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Nebraska Invitational All-Tournament Team
Kelly Hunter, Nebraska (MVP)
Justine Wong-Orantes, Nebraska (Best Libero)
Kadie Rolfzen, Nebraska
Kadi Kullerkann, Pittsburgh
Angela Seman, Pittsburgh
Brooke Berryhill, Tulsa
Natalie Tardy, Grand Canyon

Hastings VB Squeaks Out Win

It came down to a single serve catching the top of the net and landing on Bellevue's side to decide the game between Hastings and Bellevue on Friday night at the Heartland Events Center as part of the Nebraska State Fair. The Broncos escaped with the 19-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20, 16-14 five set victory over the upset minded Bruins.
Things had not always bounced the right way for the Broncos throughout the night but when Emily Filsinger stepped up and hit her jump serve off the top of the net and having it carry just enough momentum to fall on the Bruin side to give the Broncos the narrow victory.
But before all of the excitement that set five had to offer, Hastings was down two sets to one and on the verge of being upset.
Hastings trailed early on in set four 6-3 before gaining some momentum.
Morgan Heise who finished with nine kills on the night picked up a kill followed by an error by the Bruins to make it 6-5. After a BU point, Andrea Jameson and Jennifer Klaudt would team up for a block followed by an ace from Heise and another error by BU gave Hastings the 8-7 lead.
Hastings would seize control of the set at this point stretching the lead to as many as five to set up the decisive set five.
The Broncos were led by Logan Drueppel and Klaudt as each finished with 12 kills. Abigayle Preissler added 11.
Neither teams hitting percentage jumped off the page as Bellevue finished the night at .117 while Hastings finished at .114.
Katie Placke led the way with 45 assists for Hastings while Jill Bax had 22 digs on the night.
Beth Walker caused fits for the Broncos as she finished with 40 assists but had eight kills and hit .615.
Hastings is now 4-1 (0-0) on the year and will be back in action Sept. 4 taking part in the Bellevue Labor Day Classic as the Broncos will take on Olivet Nazarene at11:00 am and then take on No. 5 Rocky Mountain at 7:00 p.m. in Bellevue, NE.

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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