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Gregory Named Lott IMPACT Trophy Quarterfinalist

Nebraska junior defensive end Randy Gregory is one of 20 standout defenders who were been named as quarterfinalists for the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy Wednesday.

The Lott Trophy is named in honor of former USC and NFL standout Ronnie Lott and is presented to the nation's most impactful defensive player.

The 6-6, 245-pound Gregory is a disruptive force for the Nebraska Blackshirt defense. Gregory has 28 total tackles, including six tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks. Gregory also has an interception, a fumble caused, two pass breakups and a team-high nine quarterback hurries.

Gregory was named the Lott Trophy Player of the Week following his performance against Miami, when he had seven tackles, including a pair of sacks, and forced a fumble.

Gregory is one of two defenders from the Big Ten on the list, joining Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun. Gregory and Calhoun are among six defensive ends on the Lott quarterfinalists list.

Eight semifinalists for the Lott Trophy will be chosen on Nov. 11, before balloting determines the four finalists. The winner will be announced on Dec. 14 in Newport Beach, Calif.

MIAA Preseason Women's Basketball Poll

Emporia State has been picked to win the league after winning the MIAA Tournament Championship in 2014. The Hornets got five first place votes, as did Pittsburg State who came in just seven points behind them in the poll of the league's coaches.

Washburn earned three first place votes and has been picked to finish third in the league coming in just four points in the poll ahead of Fort Hays State who also received a first place vote. Central Missouri has been picked to finish fifth this season after claiming the regular season title in 2014.

Missouri Southern has been picked to finish sixth in the poll ahead of Lindenwood who is picked to finish seventh. The Lions come in just two points ahead of Northeastern State who was selected to finished eighth. Just nine points behind that is Northwest Missouri who is picked to finish ninth.

Central Oklahoma received 66 points in the poll and are picked to finish 10th while Missouri Western comes in just six points behind them in the 11th spot. Southwest Baptist has been picked to finish 12th with Nebraska-Kearney picked to finish in 13th place. Lincoln has been picked to finish 14th by the league's coaches.

The regular season begins in early November with league contests getting underwayDec. 3-4.

2014-15 MIAA Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Emporia State (5) 160
2. Pittsburg State (5) 153
3. Washburn (3) 142
4. Fort Hays State (1) 138
5. Central Missouri 127
6. Missouri Southern 94
7. Lindenwood 85
8. Northeastern State 83
9. Northwest Missouri 74
10. Central Oklahoma 66
11. Missouri Western 60
12. Southwest Baptist 44
13. Nebraska-Kearney 30
14. Lincoln 18

Summers Has Career Best Round

The Nebraska-Kearney women's golf team shot a 36-hole total of 658 to tie for fifth place at the Lindenwood Fall Invitational Tuesday in St. Charles, Mo.

This was UNK's final tournament of the fall. The 13-team event was held at the par 71 Whitmoor C.C.

UNK had rounds of 324 and 334 to tie the host Lions for fifth. Nationally-ranked Central Oklahoma won (602) with Augustana a distant second (614).

Kearney beat, among others, MIAA rivals Lincoln and Southwest Baptist and NSIC foes Sioux Falls and Upper Iowa.

Colorado junior Ana Summers led the team by tying for fifth with a 10 over par 152 (73-79). She was tied for first after day one thanks to that career low and two over par 73.

Lindsey Bensch of UCO won with a five over par 147 (75-72).

Next, Texas freshman Samantha Crawford tied for 21st (163/81-82), Colorado sophomore Katherine Kemp tied for 29th (167/84-83) and Unadilla senior Stephanie Rodgers tied for 45th (176/86-90). Finally, South Dakota junior Katelyn Haschke was 59th (187/95-92).

UNK tees it up again in March 2015.

16 Huskers Awarded Blackshirts

The Nebraska football team continued its preparations for itsSaturday morning Big Ten conference showdown with Rutgers University on Tuesday afternoon, as the Huskers practiced for nearly two hours inside of the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.
Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis met with media after practice, announcing that 16 Husker defenders were awarded the coveted Blackshirt jersey today before practice.
"We decided to after the game on Saturday, based on the challenges we faced at halftime, and the way they came out and corrected what we needed to be corrected and go out and play a good half to win the game," Papuchis said. "I thought based off of that, they were deserved to be handed out."
As for the players selected to be a part of the Blackshirt tradition in 2014, the list goes as follows.
Upfront defensive ends Randy Gregory and Greg McMullen both were selected as ends in the Blackshirt group. Gregory, the 6-6 dynamic pass rusher has recorded 28 total tackles, 13 of which were solo, adding six tackles for loss, four and a half sacks and nine quarterback hurries in his junior season. McMullen has also terrorized opposing teams' backfields, as the sophomore from Akron has seven tackles for loss with two and half sacks.
Defensive tackles selected in the Blackshirt group were sophomore Maliek Collins, and juniors Kevin Williams and Vincent Valentine. All three have produced valiantly for NU, with Williams rejoining the trio after battling minor injuries in the early part of the '14 season.
Four linebackers were awarded Blackshirts, with seniors Zaire Anderson, Trevor Roach, junior David Santos and sophomore Josh Banderas being the recipients. One of the most improved defensive units from 2013 to 2014, Roach, a former walk-on has led the unit with 42 total tackles (26 solo), with six tackles for loss and one sack.
A total of seven defensive backs were selected to be a part of the Blackshirt group, with veteran corners Josh Mitchell, Daniel Davie and Jonathan Rose being selected. Mitchell, a senior has recorded 19 tackles with one fumble returned for a touchdown against Miami. Davie has also shined, as the junior from Beatrice has two interceptions on the season.
Newcomers Byerson Cockrell and Joshua Kalu also were awarded Blackshirts for the contributions made at the nickel and dime cornerback position. Cockrell, a junior college transfer, and Kalu a true freshman have combined for seven pass breakups.
Finally two safeties were awarded Blackshirts, with senior Corey Cooper and sophomore Nate Gerry being the recipients. Cooper has led the back end of the Husker defense totaling 33 tackles, with one interception.

The Nebraska football team will continue its preparations for its Saturday morning game on Wednesday afternoon. The Huskers Big Ten conference clash against Rutgers will be nationally televised on ESPN2 at 11:00 am (Central).

Tuesday's HS Volleyball Scores

Allen def. Homer, 18-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23
Arlington def. Syracuse, 25-10, 25-16, 21-25, 25-12
Arthur County def. South Platte, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-11
Boone Central/Newman Grove def. West Point-Beemer, 25-22, 25-22, 28-26
Broken Bow def. Valentine, 25-23, 22-25, 25-16
Centura def. Ravenna, 25-11, 25-18, 25-16
Chase County def. Hershey, 25-14, 26-24, 25-14
Crete def. Fairbury, 25-22, 25-16, 23-25, 25-16
Doniphan-Trumbull def. Hyannis, 25-15, 25-18
Elgin Public/Pope John def. Burwell, 25-11, 25-14, 19-25, 25-22
Elkhorn South def. Norris, 25-18, 25-27, 25-8, 25-22
Eustis-Farnam def. McCook, 25-13, 26-24, 20-25, 22-25, 15-5
Fort Calhoun def. Conestoga, 25-17, 25-22, 25-17
Gering def. Sidney, 14-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-22
Grand Island Northwest def. York, 25-14, 25-5, 25-11
Guardian Angels def. Norfolk Catholic, 25-19, 25-17, 25-23
Hastings def. Cozad, 25-14, 25-16, 25-17
Heartland Lutheran def. Fullerton, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-13
Holdrege def. Lexington, 25-16, 25-9, 25-13
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family def. Bancroft-Rosalie, 27-29, 25-19, 25-19, 25-21
Kearney def. Columbus, 23-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22, 16-14
Kearney Catholic def. St. Paul, 25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 25-16
Kenesaw def. Shelton, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20
Kimball def. Perkins County, 25-14, 25-22, 25-14
Lincoln Christian def. Raymond Central, 25-18, 25-6, 25-19
Lincoln Pius X def. Omaha Burke, 19-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-15
Lincoln Southeast def. Norfolk, 25-17, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20
Louisville def. Douglas County West, 25-19, 25-18, 16-25, 25-15
Lyons-Decatur Northeast def. Pender, 25-18, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17
Maxwell def. Elwood, 25-12, 25-9, 25-22
Minden def. Adams Central, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21
Nebraska City def. Blair, 25-22, 25-18, 25-22
North Bend Central def. Howells/Dodge, 25-17, 25-21, 25-17
North Platte def. Ogallala, 28-30, 25-18, 25-21, 25-23
North Platte St. Patrick's def. Sutherland, 25-13, 25-17, 25-18
Omaha Central def. Bellevue East, 25-17, 25-21, 25-18
Omaha Marian def. Millard West, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20
Omaha North def. Omaha Bryan, 25-16, 25-12, 25-10
Papillion-LaVista def. Millard North, 25-5, 25-20, 25-18
Papillion-LaVista South def. Omaha Westside, 25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 25-19
Ponca def. Laurel-Concord/Coleridge, 25-26, 25-19, 25-14, 25-14
Sandhills/Thedford def. North Central, 25-22, 25-18, 25-11
Silver Lake def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-23, 25-5, 25-22
South Sioux City def. Sioux City, West, Iowa, 26-24, 25-9, 25-11
Stuart def. Ainsworth, 25-20, 25-17, 25-23
Wahoo def. Beatrice, 25-22, 25-13, 25-12
Wisner-Pilger def. Twin River, 25-19, 26-24, 25-18
Wynot def. Osmond, 25-14, 25-13, 25-12
Yutan def. Palmyra, 25-15, 25-7, 25-7
Archbishop Bergan Triangular
Archbishop Bergan def. Tekamah-Herman, 25-11, 25-20
Scribner-Snyder def. Archbishop Bergan, 25-23, 25-22
Scribner-Snyder def. Tekamah-Herman, 26-24, 25-21
Chambers/Wheeler Central Triangular
Central Valley def. Ewing, 25-15, 25-22
Central Valley def. CWC, 24-26, 25-18, 25-23
CWC def. Ewing, 25-13, 25-20
Clearwater/Orchard Triangular
Clearwater/Orchard def. Plainview, 25-12, 27-25
St. Mary's def. Plainview, 25-9, 25-12
St. Mary's def. Clearwater/Orchard, 25-12, 25-9
Columbus Lakeview Triangular
Bishop Neumann def. Columbus Lakeview, 25-20, 19-25, 25-16
Omaha Concordia def. Columbus Lakeview, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21
Omaha Concordia def. Bishop Neumann, 26-24, 25-23
Columbus Scotus Triangular
Columbus Scotus def. Hastings St. Cecilia, 25-11, 21-25, 25-12
Columbus Scotus def. Lincoln Lutheran, 25-6, 25-9
Crossroads Conference Tournament
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. High Plains Community, 25-17, 17-25, 27-25
Meridian def. Hampton, 25-20, 20-25, 25-21, 23-25, 15-13
Shelby/Rising City def. Dorchester, 25-19, 25-23
Giltner def. Exeter/Milligan, 25-21, 25-13, 25-20
Elkhorn Triangular
Elkhorn def. Fremont, 25-13, 25-13
Elkhorn def. Lincoln East, 25-22, 25-13
Fremont def. Lincoln East, 12-25, 25-20, 25-23
Elmwood-Murdock Tournament
First Round
Elmwood-Murdock def. Malcolm, 25-16, 25-16
Freeman def. Mead, 25-15, 25-5
Third Place
Malcolm def. Mead, 25-16, 25-21
Freeman def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-14, 25-20
Emerson-Hubbard Triangular
Emerson-Hubbard def. Winside, 25-11, 25-20
Emerson-Hubbard def. Hartington-Newcastle, 16-25, 25-18, 25-22
Hartington-Newcastle def. Winside, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23
Gayville-Volin Triangular
Gayville-Volin, S.D. def. Omaha Nation, 25-11, 25-3, 25-15
Knox County Tournament
Fifth Place
Wausa def. Santee, 25-9, 25-18
Third Place
Niobrara/Verdigre def. Bloomfield, 25-13, 25-18
Crofton def. Creighton, 25-21, 25-14
Leyton Triangular
Leyton def. Banner County, 25-15, 25-9
Potter-Dix def. Leyton, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18
Potter-Dix def. Banner County, 25-7, 25-13
Litchfield Tournament
Ansley-Litchfield def. Anselmo-Merna, 25-15, 25-2
South Loup def. Amherst, 20-25, 25-10, 25-21
Amherst def. Anselmo-Merna, 25-18, 25-16
Ansley-Litchfield def. South Loup, 28-26, 25-16
Mitchell Triangular
Creek Valley def. Bayard, 2-1
Mullen Triangular
McPherson County def. Stapleton, 25-18, 25-22
Mullen def. McPherson County, 25-12, 25-17
Mullen def. Cody-Kilgore, 25-13, 25-14
O'Neill Triangular
Hartington Cedar Catholic def. O'Neill, 25-13, 25-18
Wayne def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 26-24, 25-19
Wayne def. O'Neill, 25-13, 25-11
Omaha Mercy Triangular
Platteview def. Omaha Mercy, 25-14, 25-20
Platteview def. Omaha South, 25-21, 25-12
Omaha Skutt Triangular
Aurora def. Omaha Gross Catholic, 17-25, 25-22, 25-17
Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Aurora, 25-10, 25-15
Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Omaha Gross Catholic, 25-16, 25-18
Pierce Triangular
Pierce def. Stanton, 25-17, 18-25, 27-25
Pierce def. Randolph, 25-17, 18-25, 27-25
Stanton def. Randolph, 25-17, 25-16
Pioneer Conference Tournament
Lewiston def. Southern, 24-26, 17-25, 25-19, 25-18, 15-10
Sterling def. Pawnee City, 14-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-8
Diller-Odell def. Nebraska City Lourdes, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21
Johnson-Brock def. Friend, 25-23, 25-22, 17-25, 26-24
Republican Plains Athletic Conference Tournament
Southern Valley def. Bertrand, 25-13, 24-26, 25-19, 19-25, 15-11
Wauneta-Palisade def. Wallace, 19-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-9, 15-7
Third Place
Bertrand def. Wallace, 25-18, 25-15, 25-20
Wauneta-Palisade def. Southern Valley, 16-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-18, 15-12
Schuyler Triangular
Humphrey St. Francis def. Madison, 25-19, 25-17
Humphrey St. Francis def. Schuyler, 25-19, 25-17
Madison def. Schuyler, 20-25, 25-23, 25-15
Southern Nebraska Conference (SNC) Tournament
Centennial def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-12, 25-19
Heartland def. Tri County, 25-11, 25-14
Superior def. Milford, 22-25, 25-22, 25-12, 19-25, 15-12
Sutton def. Sandy Creek, 21-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-14, 15-5
Spalding Academy Triangular
Palmer def. Neligh-Oakdale, 29-27, 25-14
Spalding Academy def. Neligh-Oakdale, 25-12, 27-25
Spalding Academy def. Palmer, 25-16, 25-15
Twin Loup Triangular
Arcadia-Loup City def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, 26-24, 22-25, 25-19
Twin Loup def. Arcadia-Loup City, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21
Twin Loup def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, 26-24, 25-23

Preseason GPAC Basketball Polls

Women's Basketball - Tue, Oct. 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM
(Sioux City, Iowa) –Morningside totaled 97 points and is the preseason coaches' selections to win the 2014-2015 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women's Basketball Championship. The Mustangs tallied seven first place votes. Concordia and Hastings tied for second with 87 points, each with a pair of first place votes.
Last season there was a four-way tie for the conference title with Concordia, Hastings, Morningside, and Northwestern all going 16-4 in the GPAC. Northwestern, picked in fourth place this year, was the GPAC tournament champion last winter. Midland was picked fifth and Briar Cliff sixth in the early season poll.

Points were awarded on a 10-1 basis and coaches' could not vote for their own team.

Here is the complete 2014-15 GPAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll:

Place School Points First Place Votes
1. Morningside 97 7
2t. Concordia 87 2
2t. Hastings 87 2
4. Northwestern 73
5. Midland 60
6. Briar Cliff 50
7. Doane 43
8. Dakota Wesleyan 39
9. Mount Marty 32
10. Dordt 27
11. Nebraska Wesleyan 10

Men's Basketball - Tue, Oct. 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM
(Sioux City, Iowa) – Midland totaled 98 points and eight first place votes and is the preseason coaches' selection to win the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men's Basketball Championship for 2014-15. The Warriors posted a 30-6 record last year and finished as NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Runner-up in Point Lookout, Missouri.
Morningside, last year's GPAC Tournament winner, is picked second with 88 points and two first place votes. Dakota Wesleyan was picked third with 83 points and one first place vote. Briar Cliff was tabbed fourth with 71 points. Last year's regular season champ Dordt was picked fifth with 70 points.

Points were awarded on a 10-1 basis and coaches' could not vote for their own team.

Here is the complete 2014-15 GPAC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll:

Place School Points First Place Votes
1. Midland 98 8
2. Morningside 88 2
3. Dakota Wesleyan 83 1
4. Briar Cliff 71
5. Dordt 70
6. Northwestern 51
7. Hastings 43
8. Concordia 39
9. Doane 30
10. Mount Marty 17
11. Nebraska Wesleyan 15

Hastings Soccer Dominates GPAC Awards

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Men's Soccer Players-of-the-Week
Men's Offense – Lucas Venegas, Hastings College - Forward
Hastings College forward Lucas Venegas is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men's Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Venegas, a sophomore from Grand Island, Nebraska, scored two goals and added an assist in a 5-0 upset of NAIA No. 7 Oklahoma Wesleyan in the NAIA Game-of-the-Week. Hastings is 10-2-2 on the season.

Men's Defense – Alex Guyer, Hastings College - Keeper
Hastings College keeper Alex Guyer is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men's Defensive Player-of-the-Week. Guyer, a junior from Lincoln, Nebraska, recording nine saves keeping No. 7 Oklahoma Wesleyan off the board in the Broncos upset over the Eagles. He also picked up his ninth shutout of the season. Hastings is 10-2-2 on the season.
National Defensive Player of the Week
Alex Guyer, Hastings (Neb.)
6-0, Jr., GK, Lincoln, Neb.
• This is his second career NAIA National Player of the Week honor – his first was earned on Oct. 22, 2013.

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Women's Soccer Players-of-the-Week
Women's Offense – Megan Kruse, Hastings College – Forward
Hastings College forward Megan Kruse is the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Women's Soccer Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Kruse, a sophomore from Gretna, Nebraska, picked up a hat-trick, netting three goals in a 5-1 win over NCAA Div. II Nebraska-Kearney She also added an assist in the game. The Broncos are 11-2-1.

Eight Huskers Ranked in InterMat Preseason Poll

Eight of Nebraska's wrestlers earned spots in the top 20 of their respective weight classes when InterMat released its preseason rankings on Tuesday.
Reigning All-Americans James Green (157) and Robert Kokesh (174) are each ranked second heading into the 2014-15 campaign, and will wrestle at the NWCA All-Star Classic on Nov. 1 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Green, a three-time All-American, finished last season with a 35-2 record and a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He finished seventh at the national tournament in both 2012 and 2013.
Kokesh, a two-time All-American, took fourth place at the 2014 NCAA Championships after a 37-3 campaign as a junior. He finished third at nationals as a sophomore in 2013.
Senior Jake Sueflohn rounds out the Huskers in the top 10 with the No. 8 spot at 149 pounds. The three-time NCAA qualifier finished last season with a 31-6 mark, which included a 13-1 record in dual competition.
Juniors Austin Wilson (165) and Anthony Abidin (141) also earned spots in the rankings, along with sophomores TJ Dudley (184), Tim Lambert (125) and Collin Jensen (HWT). Wilson, Dudley, Lambert and Jensen all qualified for last season's NCAA Championships.
Wilson enters the season ranked 14th at 165 pounds after going 23-16 last season. Abidin sits at No. 17 at 141 pounds after posting an 18-3 record, which included a perfect 5-0 dual mark.
Dudley is No. 13 at 184 pounds, and posted a 26-8 record during his first season in the NU lineup. Lambert went 24-13 last season, and is ranked 14th at 125 pounds. Jensen comes in at No. 16 at heavyweight after posting a 20-15 record in 2013-14.
As a team, Nebraska is ranked 10th in the tournament rankings and holds the No. 7 spot in the dual meet rankings.
The Huskers open their 2014-15 campaign on Friday, Oct. 31 by hosting the Coaches Clinic/Intrasquad event at the Devaney Center at 5 p.m. The following day, Green and Kokesh will each grapple at the NWCA All-Star Classic at the Palestra in Philadelphia, Pa. Nebraska's first home dual is slated for Sunday, Nov. 16 against new Big Ten foe Maryland at the NU Coliseum.
Huskers in InterMat Preseason Rankings (Oct. 21)
125: #14 Tim Lambert (So.)
141: #17 Anthony Abidin (Jr.)
149: #8 Jake Sueflohn (Sr.)
157: #2 James Green (Sr.)
165: #14 Austin Wilson (Jr.)
174: #2 Robert Kokesh (Sr.)
184: #13 TJ Dudley (So.)
HWT: #16 Collin Jensen (So.)

Red Takes Series Finale with Walkoff Win

In a game that saw Bo Pelini (Blake Headley) play third base and a yellow teletubby (Wes Edrington) hit a home run off the left-field foul pole, the Red squad got a walkoff bases-loaded single by the White Power Ranger (Nathan Chunn) in the bottom of the sixth inning that gave the Reds a 5-4 win and a 2-1 series win in the annual Red-White Series.

On the second pitch of the game Edrington blasted a two-run homer off the left field foul pole to give the Whites a 2-0 lead. They added a run later in the inning for a 3-0 lead. The Reds would respond with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to make it a 3-2 game.

Edrington led off the third and reached on an error. After moving to third base, he scored on an RBI by the Blue Power Ranger (Tanner Lubach).

Trailing 4-2, the Reds cut the deficit to one run in the bottom of the fourth when the Red Power Ranger (Taylor Fish) scored on a fielding error.

With the series on the line and down to their final at bat, the Reds were quickly down to their final out after the Green Power Ranger (Jake Schleppenbach) and the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man (Steven Reveles) were reach retired to start the inning. Headley started a two-out rally when he was hit-by-pitch and then moved into scoring position on a base hit by a farmer (Scott Schreiber). Fish drove in the game-tying run with a base hit and then a piece of bacon (Jake Meyers) was hit-by-pitch to load the bases. With two outs, Chunn stepped in and lined a single into left field for the game winning RBI.

The Huskers now enter Winter Conditioning in preparation for the 2015 season. Nebraska opens the 2015 campaign with a three-game series against UNLV in Las Vegas, with the season opener set for Friday, Feb. 13.

Lopers Sweep MIAA Cross Country Honors

Kansas City, Mo. – Nebraska-Kearney has swept the MIAA Cross Country Athlete of the Week award as Bryan Hill won for the men and Morgan Benesch won for the women.

MIAA Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Bryan Hill, Nebraska-Kearney
Helped UNK, ranked 6th in the region, place 3rd out of 17 schools (110 pts.) at the FHSU Tiger Open. Scored 10 points (18th overall) in 24:13.90 to be the first MIAA runner to cross the finish line. The senior is a native of North Platte, Neb. where he competed at North Platte High School.

MIAA Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Morgan Benesch, Nebraska-Kearney
Again led the Lopers, this time scoring seven points (7th overall) at the FHSU Tiger Open thanks to a 17:39.60. Was the second MIAA runner to cross the finish line in a field of 143. The sophomore is a native of Columbus, Neb. where she competed at Scotus High School.


Olympic bobsledder Curt Tomasevicz, international author and motivational speaker Jon Gordon and former Husker athlete Matt Davison are among those speaking at the 2014Tom Osborne Leadership Award Seminar and Banquet at the Hastings City Auditorium in Hastings on Tuesday, October 28. This is the fifth year for the annual event sponsored by Leadership Hastings. Tomasevicz will be awarded this year's Tom Osborne Leadership Award. He is a former University of Nebraska football player who competed for the U.S. National Bobsled Team for ten years in three Olympic games, winning two medals. Tomasevicz will speak during the afternoon seminar and again at the evening banquet. He will be joined at the banquet by motivational author and speaker Jon Gordon, who has written numerous bestselling books and has worked with professional and college sports teams and Fortune 500 companies. Tickets for the event are available this week by contacting Leadership Hastings at the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to Tomasevicz, the afternoon leadership seminar will also feature former Husker football and basketball player and current Husker sports commentator Matt Davison. Davison will deliver a motivational talk on leadership. The seminar begins at 1:00 p.m.with a presentation by local motivational author and speaker Tiffany Crouse.

The evening banquet will include the presentation of the Tom Osborne Leadership Award to Tomasevicz, who will speak about his his gold-medal winning Olympic career and the leadership skills he learned from his years training for the Olympic Games. The Tom Osborne Leadership Award is given annually to an outstanding Nebraskan or someone with ties to Nebraska who has achieved excellence in their field and given back to their community. During the banquet, Centennial Plastics, LLC of Hastings will also receive the annual Ron Sanders Service Award for their active involvement and support of Leadership Hastings and the community. Furthermore, Gordon will give a motivational talk on developing positive leaders, organizations and teams. He is the author of numerous books including The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, Soup, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, and his latest book The Carpenter. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Bayer and more. Gordon also met with Husker coaches and players to share his motivational principles.

The Tom Osborne Leadership Award banquet begins with a social at 5:00 p.m., dinner at6:00 p.m. and the program following at 6:45 p.m.

The seminar and banquet are open to the public. Tickets for the leadership seminar and banquet are available at a price of $60 each. Tickets for the banquet only are $40 each. Student tickets for the seminar only are also available for $5 each. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Proceeds will go to support the Leadership Hastings program. For information on tickets or sponsorships, call Leadership Hastings at (402) 461-8411.

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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