Nebraska senior Kelsey Robinson leads three Husker volleyball players who earned All-Big Ten honors from the league’s coaches on Tuesday. A native of Bartlett, Ill., Robinson became the first Husker to earn Big Ten Player-of-the-Year accolades.
Robinson paces a Husker contingent that also includes freshman Kadie Rolfzen and junior Mary Pollmiller. Nebraska saw Robinson and Rolfzen earn All-Big Ten honors, while Pollmiller earned honorable-mention accolades. Kadie Rolfzen was also named to the All-Freshman Team as a unanimous pick. In addition, senior Morgan Broekhuis was selected as Nebraska’s Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Robinson earned player-of-the-year accolades and a unanimous All-Big Ten award after totaling 481 kills on the season and 4.50 kills per set for the Huskers. Rolfzen put together a stellar freshman campaign for the Huskers in 2013. She has made an immediate impact for NU, totaling 341 kills on the year and 240 digs. Pollmiller garnered honorable-mention accolades as she has recorded 1,142 assists on the year, for an average of 10.67 assists per set. Pollmiller has helped Nebraska hit .300 or better in nine matches in 2013.
The Huskers open the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Dec. 6, when they face Fairfield at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The match is set to start at 7 p.m., or 30 minutes after the 4:30 p.m. match between Miami (Fla.) and Oregon. The first-round winners will then meet on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
On the football side, a dozen Nebraska players were honored by the Big Ten on Monday, earning all-conference honors as announced by the league office. Three Huskers were named first-team All-Big Ten selections by either the conference coaches or a media panel.
Junior running back Ameer Abdullah and sophomore defensive end Randy Gregory were first-team All-Big Ten selections on both the media and coaches teams. Senior defensive back Ciante Evans joined Abdullah and Gregory on the coaches All-Big Ten first team.
In addition to being a first-team choice on the coaches’ team, Evans was a second-team All-Big Ten pick by the media panel. Two other Huskers earned second-team accolades on Monday. Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste was a second-team choice on both teams, while senior center Cole Pensick earned second-team honors from the Big Ten coaches.
Six other Huskers earned honorable-mention all-conference honors on Monday. The coaches’ honorable mention all-conference list included defensive end Jason Ankrah, wide receiver Kenny Bell, safety Corey Cooper and offensive linemen Andrew Rodriguez and Jeremiah Sirles. Honorable-mention choices according to the media panel were Ankrah, Bell, Pensick, Rodriguez, Sirles and place-kicker Pat Smith. Bell and Sirles earned all-conference honors for the second straight year after both being second-team choices in 2012.
Senior fullback C.J. Zimmerer was chosen as Nebraska’s Sportsmanship honoree.
Joe Anderson of Oakland-Craig and Jeff Bellar of Norfolk Catholic have been named head coaches for the 2nd Annual Red vs. White Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic, according to Mike Fuehrer, Sports Development Manager for the Norfolk Area Sports Council.
Both Anderson, who will be the head coach for the White Team, and Bellar, who will be the head coach for the Red Team, served as assistant coaches on last summer’s inaugural game at Veteran’s Memorial Field in Norfolk.
“The Board of Directors for the All-Star Classic are very excited to have Coach Anderson and Coach Bellar represent our two All-Star football teams,’’ Fuehrer said. “The Board wants to name head coaches who served the previous year as an assistant coach. This will help us provide consistency year-in and year-out as we continue to showcase football in Northeast Nebraska.’’
Anderson’s assistant coaches will be Tom Olson of Norfolk High School, Andrew Carlson of Battle Creek, Rusty Droescher of Oakland-Craig, Jon Cerny of Bancroft-Rosalie and Dean Boyer of Plainview.
Bellar’s assistant coaches include Mark Brahmer of Pierce, Tony Hoffman of Crofton, Blair Kalin of Hartington High School, Mike Bivens of Norfolk Catholic and Terry Kathol of Hartington Cedar Catholic.
Fuehrer said the Board of Directors voted to have four head coaches and two assistant coaches represent each team. “There are a lot of assistant coaches in programs from throughout Northeast Nebraska that are very deserving and we want to reward them for their hard work too,’’ Fuehrer said.
Head coaches from a pool of 59 high school football teams from throughout Northeast Nebraska have until Nov. 30 to nominate their own players for consideration. Both teams will have 35 players on their rosters.
The annual All-Star Game will be played on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Field in Norfolk. Faith Regional Health Services (FRHS) was last year’s Title Sponsor. It was previously announced that FRHS will be the Title Sponsor for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 All-Star Games.
Back Row: Trina Swanson, Tessa Fox, Matt Dickau, Franklin Fessler, Mr. Hanzlik
Front Row: Sam Pulis, Marina Fessler, Slayder Swanson
The story is a little bit late, but better late than never. The Stuart fans were awarded the Sportsmanship trophy for Class D2 at the State Volleyball Tournament. The Sportsmanship Award is given to a school based on the crowd support at the contests, including factors like crowd size, enthusiasm, team support, and good will toward other teams and officials. Several Stuart students were on hand to receive the award from NSAA officials.
Lincoln - A five-player recruiting class with each ranked among the top 25 nationally by ESPN at their position has earned the Nebraska women’s basketball program its best recruiting class ranking in school history for the Class of 2014.
Tennessee Class 2-AA Player of the Year Jasmine Cincore, Kansas Class 4A Player of the Year Kaylee Page, California prep stars Natalie Romeo and Darrien Washington, and Washington High School standout Chandler Smith are all expected to join Coach Connie Yori’s Huskers as freshmen in 2014-15 after signing National Letters of Intent in the past week.
Nebraska’s class was ranked No. 16 nationally by ESPN, before the addition of Smith. The 6-0 guard from Washington signed her letter of intent Monday, after being ranked as the No. 62 player in the nation by ESPN. Her addition could propel the Huskers upward in the recruit rankings for 2014 later this week. Page and Romeo also headline the Husker class. The 6-2 Page was ranked No. 42 nationally by ESPN, while Romeo was No. 55. Romeo, a 5-7 point guard from the Bay Area in California, has been ranked as high as No. 27 nationally by one recruiting service and as the No. 6 point guard in the country.
Romeo’s club teammate, the 6-2 Washington, was ranked as the No. 16 post player in the nation by ESPN, while Cincore was ranked as ESPN’s No. 24 point guard in the 2014 class, despite being projected as a combo guard for the Huskers.
“We are excited about the potential of this recruiting class, and we hope all five players have outstanding senior seasons in high school this year,” Yori said. “We have built quite a bit of momentum in recruiting the past few years and this class is part of it.”
Overall, Nebraska’s current No. 16 national ranking eclipses NU’s previous top recruiting class, which came with the Huskers’ current junior class of Emily Cady, Hailie Sample, Tear’a Laudermill and Brandi Jeffery, which was ranked No. 24 nationally in November of 2010.
Nebraska’s five-player class will be expected to replace the loss of Jordan Hooper, a two-time All-American who is the only senior on the Huskers’ 11-player roster in 2013-14.
UPDATE: Nebraska's class has moved up 7 spots to No. 9 on ESPN's list of rankings, released on Thursday, November 21.
Did you know that there is a town called Mascot in Nebraska? Apparently, there is (or used to be). It is located in Harlan County and used to have a school. The mascot of Mascot was the Eagles. Did you know that Farnam was the only school in the nation known to have their mascot name at the time?
This fall we began down memory lane, coming up with names of all of the small towns in our area we could think of. As entertained as we were by the few towns in our area, we turned to the HuskerlandPreps message boards to tap the knowledge of folks across the state, asking about the history in their areas. It took off, and a huge list of Nebraska history was compiled.
We decided to post the list here. To see the entire thing, please click on the title of this article to open it up.