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Local Students Named To NCPA Academic All-State Team

The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) is pleased to announce the student recipients of the Fall 2014 Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA) Academic All-State Awards. Since 2006 this NSAA Award Program has recognized students who meet the criteria for nomination by their school in the season of their activity.

Each year the NSAA and the NCPA recognize students during Fall, Winter and Spring Seasons who are nominated by their schools for their individual academic excellence, leadership and significant contributions in their NSAA activity.

Details about criteria for this award are also available on the NSAA website:

Ainsworth Boys Cross-Country Austin Harthoorn Alec Masters Girls Cross-Country Emma Good Heather Martin Football Dominic Henry Jayden Philben Girls Golf Kirsten Gilliland Vanessa Taylor Play Production Nathaniel Goodloe Laura Peters Volleyball Lydia Allen Ellie Carr
Bloomfield Girls Cross-Country Clair Trenhaile Football Eric Abbenhaus Play Production Mariah Fehringer Aaron Millikan Volleyball Karly Jensen Kristin Thompson
Boone Central Boys Cross-Country Thomas Hosford Andrew Rasmussen Girls Cross-Country Kendra Gonzalez Catherine Weeder Football Joseph Brugger Travis Kennedy Play Production Megan Frerichs Catherine Weeder Softball Brianna Brugman Jaclyn Frey Volleyball Kaitlyn Stuhr Whitney Wurdeman
Burwell Girls Cross-Country Molly Mares Samantha O'Neal Football Tyres Chaffin Keaton Klimek Play Production Rebekah Birch Samantha O'Neal Volleyball Breanna Dawe Shea Jeffres
Chambers Girls Cross-Country Kacie Gribble Football Levi Koenig Play Production Molly Lambert Tami Jo Marcellus Volleyball Tami Jo Marcellus
Clearwater-Orchard Football Zach Martin Play Production Antonio Cerda-Soto Cadrien Livingston Volleyball Mallory Cooper Briana Stelling
Creighton Boys Cross-Country Joshua Borgmann Garrison Hazen Girls Cross-Country Marissa Frank Football Connor Baldwin Grant Mathis Play Production Allison Morrill Jocelyn Sukup Volleyball Makayla Brockhaus Jessica Gragert
Crofton Boys Cross-Country Joshua Goeden Cole Steffen Girls Cross-Country Haley Arens Quinn Wragge Football Brock Mueller Girls Golf Katelyn Stewart Mariah Zavadil Play Production Cory Augustin Joshua Goeden Volleyball Allison Arens Maria Wortmann
Ewing Play Production Samantha Funk Katie Koenig Volleyball Samantha Funk Katie Koenig
Keya Paha County Boys Cross-Country Phillip Lewis Football Kevin Udd
Lynch Play Production Drew Purviance Mykah Strom  Volleyball Madison Rossmeier
Neligh-Oakdale Boys Cross-Country Michael Peinke Girls Cross-Country Kassidy Grosserode Courtney Pellatz Play Production Bryce Frey Chase Kallhoff Volleyball Kelsey Green Kristin Rice
Niobrara Football Jacob Johnson Play Production Ashley Guenther Trenton Guenther Volleyball Brittany Eisenhauer
O'Neill Girls Cross-Country Abigail Gillham Kadra Sommersted- Simmons Football Tyson Hostert Walker Liewer Play Production Bailey Krieger James Walton Softball Ariel Lichty Volleyball Natalie Brodersen Sarah Devall
Ord Boys Cross-Country Jackson Barnes Devon Vancura Girls Cross-Country Tori Beran Katherine Lansman Play Production Molli Hagge Kirby Sheets Volleyball Kenzie Drudik Jordan Kuck
Osmond Boys Cross-Country Cameron Moes
Pierce Girls Cross-Country Shannah Unseld Football Noah Fisher Matthew Penne Girls Golf Breanna Attema KimberLee Carlson Play Production Kristin Arens Kati Krueger Softball Briana Polt Rachelle Tucker Volleyball Jaci Brahmer Allison Koehlmoos
Plainview Football Turner Dahl Tyler Friedrich Girls Golf Morgan Hampton Stephanie Sorensen Play Production Darian Grof Ryan Pellatz Volleyball Tessa Steinkraus Nicole White
Pope John Football Seth Schumacher Volleyball Jenna Parks Taylor Schumacher
Riverside Girls Cross-Country Molly Berger McKayla Mogensen Play Production Jacob Pritchard Joel Scott Volleyball Brandy Herley Karen Schmeits
Rock County Boys Cross-Country Colin Erickson Girls Cross-Country Tori Davis Megan Erickson Football Chris Coulter Play Production Hollie Morton Jayde Shankland Volleyball Kara Bruns Hollie Morton
Spalding Academy Football John Bernt Bronc McKay Play Production Ashley Glesinger Alyssa Seamann Volleyball Johanna Glaser Ashley Glesinger
St. Mary's Boys Cross-Country Logan Spencer Football Jacob Crumly Josh Cuddy Play Production Emily Pongratz Brittany Soukup Softball Paula Zakrzewski Volleyball Krissy Krotter Bridget Schneider
Stuart Girls Cross-Country Rachel Kaup Football Conner Paxton Play Production Brittany Hanzlik Kelsey Kaup Volleyball Hailey Paxton Jaden Schafer
Verdigre Football Benjamin Johnson Play Production Kaitlyn Hanvey Alex Hollmann Volleyball Madisen Randa
Wausa Girls Cross-Country Hannah Nelson Football Jordan Burns Travis Gillilan Play Production Samantha Hennings Brianna Van De Walle Volleyball Torissa Clausen Claire Vanness
West Boyd Girls Cross-Country Morgan Harmon Football Matthew Reiser Zachary Sextro Play Production Kristen Mohr Volleyball Amber Bendig
West Holt Girls Cross-Country Emma Laible McKenna Young Football Viktor Jonseth Josiah McAllister Girls Golf Mackenzie Hale Paige Mitchell Play Production Alex Fritz McKenna Young Volleyball Taylor Deseive Caitlyn Nelson
Wheeler Central Boys Cross-Country Shay Weber Girls Cross-Country Kristin Mahony Football Brenden Pelster Volleyball Regan Dierks

Northeast Community College to Add Two New Athletic Programs


NORFOLK - Buoyed by the success of its athletic programs, administrators at Northeast Community College have announced that the Norfolk-based institution will add two new athletic programs to its growing roster of sports. Women's softball and men's soccer will begin at the College in Fall 2015.

The move comes two years after Northeast reinstated women's volleyball and men's golf following the discontinuation of the two sports a decade earlier. Northeast also has men's and women's basketball programs.

Dr. Karen Severson, vice president of student services, said the new sports will be considered as National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 2 programs, similar to the college’s volleyball and golf programs. The basketball programs are in Division 1.

"We really look at this as a great recruiting opportunity," Severson said. "There are so many wonderful student-athletes who currently live in our 20 county service area or in the region and we hope we can tap into that resource to build these teams with our own home grown athletes."

"This is a new day for athletics at Northeast," said Dr. Michael Chipps, college president. "Much research and time have been invested by the Northeast staff, led by Dr. Severson, to begin these new programs.”

Chipps said the primary reason for the start-up of softball and soccer is to provide additional opportunities for students to be engaged outside of the classroom. “There is ample evidence to support the fact that students who make connections at college not only enhance their academic experiences, but are also more likely to be retained and commit to complete. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to grow its enrollments and the addition of athletic programs is one of the ways to recruit new students who may not have considered Northeast. This is a great way to benefit everyone; the students, the service area and the college all at the same time."

Severson said they will begin the hiring process of coaches immediately. She said the College will also be searching for a full-time athletic director to lead Northeast's expanding athletic programs. The position is currently part-time.

"As we look at expanding sports now and in the future, we plan on looking at hiring a full-time athletic director to provide progressive, forward thinking direction in overseeing these programs,” Severson said.

"Adding these sports will be a game changer for Northeast, “Chipps said. “We are not only giving our students a quality education, but adding quality life-changing experiences, as well.” 

Coaches Take: Capital City Clash Recap

written by Bryan Corkle

Eagles after the win over Amherst. Photo credit to Nebraska USA Wrestling.

It was $1 Pack the House Night at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, NE as the Huskers were set to do battle with the Wisconsin Badgers. In an event that was clearly worth the price of admission, and may only come once in a lifetime, the Class C #2 O’Neill Eagles squared off against the
​ 5 time defending champions and this year's Class D #1 Amherst Broncos in the undercard of night’s match.  Over the past 3 years the UNL wrestling team has offered 2-3 of their Big 10 dual events during the season to Nebraska High Schools that have finished in the top 2 in state in the previous year.  The first event occurred 3 years ago when the Madison Dragons took on Omaha Skutt Catholic.  In the years since each successive dual has featured only Class A and B powers of the sport.  For O’Neill and Amherst this marked for both a unique opportunity to showcase their programs on a big stage early in the season and matched up 2 programs with a rich wrestling tradition and fan following.  Billed the "Capital City Clash”  Amherst brought in nine returning state medalists to O’Neill’s four and featured at least one ranked wrestler at every weight class.

Traditionally the starting weight is determined by the flip of a coin before the start of the dual, but with key match-ups at 145 between Cory Rowse of O’Neill and Logan Dibbern of Amherst and at 152 Blake Walters of O’Neill and Devin Dibbern of Amherst, both teams agreed to start the dual at 160 lbs. placing those key matches as the final bouts of the afternoon.

“We knew we had some tough match-ups at some of the weights where they had returning state medalists and we had guys with very limited varsity experience.  It put us in a tough spot where we were going to have to pick-up pins and major decisions for bonus points in bouts where both teams had proven quality guys.  That really did put the pressure on us, but our kids understood what they had to do, and made it happen,” said Curtis Childers, in his first year as assistant coach with the Eagles.

One of those match-ups was at 220 lbs. where Jason Hahlbeck was matched up against returning state medalist Payton Schake.  “We put it on Jason in this match.  We felt like Hahlbeck was going to fly under the radar a little coming into this, he’s very difficult to score on and had really made some progress on his offense in the week after the O’Neill Invite.  We were confident he could deliver.”  said assistant coach Tyler Cole.  Hahlbeck dominated the match scoring the first takedown after a good scramble in the first period before recording an escape
takedown and near-fall in route to a pin halfway through the second period.

At 120 lbs.
​ freshman Caden Moore found himself matched up against returning state medalist Peyton Cumpston from Amherst.  Moore who suffered a meniscal tear in his knee late in the week of preparation for the dual and underwent a procedure to repair on Monday after the Saturday dual was locked in a 3-3 tie match in the third period with Moore in the top position.  “He had been working hard to turn him and had almost got it done a couple times, but at that point we were really thinking Caden just needed to ride him out and get a takedown in overtime to win it.” commented Coach Cole.  Moore had other ideas. With time winding down, Moore turned Cumpston and recorded a fall bringing O’Neill back into the match.

After an O’Neill win by major decision at 132 for Jon Marvin and losses at 126 and 138.  The dual score was Amherst 34 - O’Neill 26.  Cory Rowse stepped on the mat to square off against returning state runner-up Logan Dibbern.  In a wildly entertaining bout with scoring from both wrestlers Rowse was able to throw Dibbern to his back and record a fall in
​ the ​second period.  This brought the O’Neill crowd to their feet for the final match between two undefeated wrestlers at 152 lbs.

With the dual on the line Walters and Devin Dibbern battled for 3 periods with no scoring.  Both wrestlers rode very well in the second and third period with each taking a turn from the referees’ position.  Walters appeared to score near-fall in the third period with a tilt, but the official didn’t call it that way, which brought the match to overtime tied 0-0.  Dibbern attempted a snap-shuck half way through the sudden death extra period with Walters catching Dibbern’s leg in his attempt to move behind and score.  Working up to the leg the Eagle wrestler was able to advance forward and secure the 2 point takedown for the win 2-0, final dual score, Eagles 35 - Amherst 34.

“I’ve been doing this for 11 years now, and this ranks right up there with anything I’ve ever experienced in this sport.”  commented Head Coach Bryan Corkle. “Our kids came in here to win this thing.  They understood the plan.  Even those matches we took losses in, our guys battled and fought off pins.  Every point mattered in this thing and I couldn’t be more proud.”


Huskers' Riley Announces Hiring of Four Assistant Coaches

University of Nebraska Head Football Coach Mike Riley announced on Thursday the hiring of four assistant football coaches that will help lead the Husker football program into the future.  All four assistant coaches worked for Riley at Oregon State, and all have proven track records as great coaches, teachers, mentors and outstanding recruiters. 

The full-time coaches announced on Thursday include defensive assistants Mark Banker and Trent Bray, offensive assistant Mike Cavanaugh, and one of the nation’s most respected special teams experts in Bruce Read.  No coordinator designations, other than special teams, have been made to this point.

The staff members Coach Riley added on Thursday have a combined 97 years of coaching experience and a combined 45 years working with Riley, including time at Oregon State and the San Diego Chargers.

“I am excited to have the first pieces in place regarding our staffing,” Riley said. “I’m very excited about the coaches that are on board right now. I’ve worked with them and trust them and know the kind of work they do. They are excited to represent the University of Nebraska and our football program, and we are fortunate to have them on staff.”

Mark Banker has worked with Riley for 18 seasons, including 14 seasons together at Oregon State, where Banker served as defensive coordinator. More than 70 of Banker’s defenders have earned all-conference honors during his tenure in Corvallis.

Trent Bray has spent the past three seasons tutoring linebackers at Oregon State. Bray was a standout linebacker for the Beavers from 2002 to 2005, totaling 337 tackles to rank among the top 10 tacklers in Oregon State history.

Mike Cavanaugh has spent the past 10 seasons on Riley’s staff, coaching the Beaver offensive line. Cavanaugh also spent time in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, and has several collegiate coaching stops, including six years as the offensive line coach at Hawaii. The play of Cavanaugh’s offensive lines has helped the Beavers to record-setting offensive numbers.

Bruce Read has focused on special teams throughout his 29 years in coaching. Most recently, Read has been on Riley’s Oregon State staff since 2009, Read’s third stint at Oregon State. The OSU special teams have achieved numerous school records under Read’s direction. Read was also on Riley’s San Diego Chargers staff and was an NFL special teams assistant with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

Click the title of this article to read more about each assistant coach and their quotes on being at Nebraska.

D2-5 All-District Football Awards

D2-5 All-District First Team
Stuart: Alex Kunz, Sr.; Mitchell Dvorak, Sr.; Chase Broders, Sr.; Micah Dexter, Jr.;  Tate Schmaderer, Jr.;
CWC: Jayle Hinkle, Sr.; Brenden Pelster, Jr.;  Zach Haburchak, Sr.; and Levi Koenig, Sr.
St. Mary's: Zach Novak, Sr.; Adam Soukup, Sr.;  and Brant Shoemaker, Sr.
Osmond: Max Frank, Jr. and Tyler Reikofski, So.
Wausa: Jordan Burns, Sr.
Randolph: Dylan Loberg, Sr.; Seth Lackas, Sr.; Jacob Rath, Sr.; Grant Brunssen, Jr.; and Drew Loberg, So.

Honorable Mention
Stuart: Mason Dexter and Logan Olson
CWC: Trevor Jarman and Daniel Libolt
St. Mary's: Mike Wecker and Tyler Regan
Osmond: Vince Heldoorn and Caleb Krohn
Wausa: Ryan Kumm and Aiden Kleinschmit
Randolph: Denton Kuhl and Landyn Anderson

Nebraska to Meet USC in National University Holiday Bowl

Nebraska has been selected to take on USC in the National University Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 27. The matchup will take place at Qualcomm Stadium, the home of the San Diego Chargers. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. CT with ESPN providing television coverage of the matchup.

The Huskers will head to the West Coast with a 9-3 overall record, including a 5-3 mark in Big Ten Conference play. Nebraska capped the regular season with a 37-34 overtime victory at Iowa on the day after Thanksgiving. Nebraska is ranked 22nd in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 25 in the Associated Press Poll heading to San Diego.

Mike Riley was named Nebraska’s head coach on Dec. 4, but will not coach the Huskers in the bowl game, with Interim Coach Barney Cotton leading the Huskers in San Diego.

“We look forward to the opportunity to take on USC in the Holiday Bowl, and the opportunity to finish our season with a trip to San Diego,” Cotton said. “Our goal as a coaching staff is to provide a great bowl experience and put this team in position for success in the Holiday Bowl. This team has outstanding character and leadership, and we would like nothing more than to send our seniors out with a second straight bowl victory and a 10-win season.”

Nebraska’s appearance in the Holiday Bowl will mark its fourth trip to the San Diego game, including three in the past six years. Nebraska is 1-2 in the Holiday Bowl, defeating Arizona in the 2009 game, while losing to Arizona in the 1998 Holiday Bowl and to Washington in 2010. The trip to the Holiday Bowl is Nebraska’s 51st all-time bowl appearance, the third-most bowl appearances of any school in the country. The 2014 season marks the seventh straight season with a bowl trip for Nebraska. 

“We are excited to celebrate our 51st bowl appearance with a trip to San Diego for the Holiday Bowl,” University of Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said. “The Holiday Bowl is a wonderful new partner for the Big Ten Conference, and our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans are excited to travel to the West Coast. I know they will have a wonderful experience in San Diego. The University of Southern California is an outstanding institution, has an excellent football program and will be a great matchup for our team.”

The matchup with USC marks the fifth all-time meeting between two of college football’s most storied programs, and the first ever in a bowl game. USC holds a 3-0-1 all-time edge in the series, most recently defeating Nebraska in 2006 and 2007 in a home-and-home series. USC also defeated Nebraska in 1969, and the schools played to a tie in the 1970 season.

USC will enter the Holiday Bowl with an 8-4 overall record, including a 6-3 mark in Pac-12 Conference play. The Trojans are ranked 24th in the Associated Press Poll and the College Football Playoff rankings, and are just outside of the top 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Three of USC’s four losses were by six or fewer points, and the Trojans are coming off a 49-14 win over Notre Dame in their regular-season finale.

Coach Steve Sarkisian is in his first season at the helm of the USC program, after running the Washington program prior to moving to Los Angeles. The 2014 Trojans feature an explosive passing offense, averaging nearly 300 yards per game to rank 15th in the nation. USC also ranks in the top 30 in total offense and scoring offense. Defensively, the Trojans are tough against the run, and also rank among the nation’s leaders in turnover margin.

Tickets for the Holiday Bowl are on sale to the public now at Beginning Monday morning tickets can also be purchased by calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8-BIG RED. Fans can purchase tickets by using VISA, MasterCard or Discover. Holiday Bowl tickets range in price from $75 to $120, and Nebraska will receive an allotment of 6,000 tickets for the game.

Wagner Native Kokesh Wins Prestigious Vegas Tournament

Photo courtesy of NU Media Relations/

Las Vegas, Nev. – Senior All-American Robert Kokesh captured the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational crown at 174 pounds at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Saturday.

Four Huskers placed in the tournament, with senior James Green taking runner-up honors at 157 pounds. Sophomore Justin Arthur (149) notched a fourth-place finish and TJ Dudley (184) finished seventh. Nebraska finished sixth as a team with 89 points.

Kokesh, the No. 2 seed, started his day with a 7-2 decision over third-seeded Tanner Weatherman of Iowa State in the semifinals. In the finals, Kokesh took down No. 5 seed Blaise Butler of Virginia, 6-2. In the first period, the Husker senior earned one takedown to build a 2-0 lead. He started the second period on bottom and escaped to take a 3-0 advantage into the third stanza.

Both wrestlers started the final period in the neutral position, but Butler took down Kokesh to cut the lead to 3-2. After a quick escape, Kokesh extended his lead with a takedown at the buzzer. For the tournament, the two-time All-American notched two major decisions in five matches. He improves to 14-0 on the season.

The Huskers return home next weekend to face Wisconsin on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. (CT) at the Devaney Center.

Wecker Invited To The 2015 NCA Volleyball All-Star Match

The Nebraska Coaches Association released their picks for the 2015 NCA All-Star Volleyball team on Friday. Among the names were several girls from around the KBRX area, including St. Mary's senior Mackenzie Wecker.

From her libero postition, Wecker helped lead the St. Mary's Cardinals to the D1 Championship for a second straight year. Coach McKenzie Connot had previously commented on her star defensive player: "Mack was our libero, I'd say the best in the state. She ended the season with 398 digs. Mack reads tips and shots that the other hitters make and gets touches when we all think the balls are going down. Not only does she man our back row, but she talks to OUR hitters, letting them know what shot the defense is giving them. She is a great player - very coachable and gives it her all."

Wecker also recorded 36 ace serves throughout 87 sets this year. Mackenzie is considering playing at the college level, but is unsure where the final destination will be.

Several other players from the edge of the KBRX area were named to the team, including Crofton standout Maria Wortmann, who led her team to a C2 runner-up finish. Kenzie Drudik of Ord will join coach Wendy Alexander on the team as well. Alexander will be serving as an assistant to Gretna's Mike Brandon.

The All-Star game itself will be played on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at North Star High School in Lincoln. While the NCA has named the coaches and players, they will be sorted into teams at a later date.

Here are the coaches and players selected for the game:

Head Coach Mike Brandon, Gretna
Assistant Coach Wendy Alexander, Ord
Head Coach Renee Saunders, Skutt Catholic
Assistant Coach Don Matt, Chadron
Emma Benton Grand Island CC OH
Sara Boothe Lincoln Pius X S
Maddy Bruder Norris OH
Kenzie Drudik Ord OH
Gessica Gdowski Fremont OH
Jenna Habegger Pawnee City OH
Clare Hamburger Hastings St. Cecilia S
Katie Hitz Lincoln North Star MH
Kylie Hohlen Norris OH/Lib
Hanna Justesen Elmwood-Murdock OH
Claire Knust Omaha Skutt Catholic MH
Hannah Kring Axtell MH
Kelsey O’Connell Omaha Marian MH
Priscilla O’Dowd Papillion-La Vista MH
Allison Penner Aurora S/RS
Jessica Peters Papillion-La Vista S
Sara Rahmanzai Gretna MH/RS
Tiani Reeves Gothenburg MH/RS
Carley Remmers Freeman MH/OH
Meagen Roth Lincoln Southeast OH
Ali Rowse Minden S
Kendall Schroer Ogallala MH
Lindsy Siegel Ansley-Litchfield MH
Morgan Stute Kearney Catholic Lib
Mackenzie Wecker St. Mary’s Lib
Megan Wickey Omaha Concordia OH
Maria Wortmann Crofton MH
Kylee Wurster Lincoln Southeast S


2014 D1-7 All District Football Team

Boyd County
Mitchell Atkinson—Junior
Khris Warnke, Returner—Senior
Spencer Volden—Senior
Zach Martin—Junior
Orlando Roman, Kicker —Senior
Elgin Public-Pope John
Kyle Heithoff—Senior
Andrew Fangman—Junior
Seth Schumacher—Junior
Kyle Kallhoff—Junior
Scott Moser—Junior
Chad Bode—Sophomore
Casey Garcia—Senior
Garett Allemang—Junior
Ben Lingenfelter—Sophomore
Grant White—Sophomore
Chris Bentley—Sophmore
Cade Kalkowski—Junior
Jacob Johnson—Senior
Ben Johnson—Junior
North Central
Justin Palmer—Senior
Tyler Knox—Senior
Justin Dearmont—Senior
Ethan Munger—Junior

Honorable Mention
Zach Sextro, Boyd County—Senior
Jory Carson, Boyd County—Junior
Wyatt Boettcher, Boyd County—Junior
Andy Kerkman, Clearwater Orchard –Junior
Blake Kester, Clearwater/Orchard – Junior
Trevor Mlnarik, Clearwater/Orchard—Senior
Austin Meis, Elgin Public-Pope John—Junior
Zach Chance, Neligh-Oakdale—Senior
Blake Heithoff, Neligh-Oakdale—Junior
Tyson Belitz, Neligh-Oakdale--Sophomore
Andrew Hollenbeck, North Central—Senior
Chris Coulter, North Central—Senior
Kevin Udd, North Central—Junior


Nebraska Hires Mike Riley As Head Football Coach

Lincoln, NE—The University of Nebraska has hired Mike Riley as its new Head Football Coach, Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst announced today.  Riley will be formally introduced at a news conference on Friday, December 5th at 9:00 a.m. in the West Memorial Stadium – 3rd Floor Club. 

Riley comes to Nebraska after 14 seasons as the head coach at Oregon State University, spanning two different tenures in Corvallis.  Riley has led OSU to 93 wins and a 6-2 record in postseason bowl games.  In addition to his time at Oregon State, Riley has served as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, with whom he won two Grey Cup Championships, and the San Antonio Riders in the World Football League.  He has served as an assistant coach at California, USC, Linfield College, Whitworth and Northern Colorado as well as with the New Orleans Saints and in the Canadian Football League. 

Riley is a native of Idaho and a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he played for Paul “Bear” Bryant and won three SEC titles and one National Championship.

Mike and his wife, Dee, have two children, Matthew and Kate, and one grandchild, Eli.

Mike will assume his duties immediately but will not coach the Huskers in the upcoming bowl game as Interim Head Coach Barney Cotton will coach the team through the bowl.

Statement from Chancellor Harvey Perlman
“We have high expectations of the men and women who teach and coach our students and Mike Riley is an outstanding addition to our family.  I want to welcome Mike and his family to Nebraska and thank Shawn Eichorst for his great efforts in bringing Mike to Lincoln.”

Statement from Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst:
“There was one coach who fit all the characteristics that I was seeking to lead our tradition rich football program.  Mike Riley has a proven record of success, a sound approach to football and teaching, an understanding of the educational mission of our university and the integrity and values that we cherish at Nebraska.  I have no doubt that Mike will assemble a tremendous staff and lead our student-athletes to win Big Ten titles and compete for national championships in the years ahead.”

Statement from Mike Riley:
“It is truly an honor to join the University of Nebraska family.  Though we love Corvallis and Oregon State, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to coach at one of the nation’s most storied football programs and I can’t wait to get started.  My sincere thanks to Chancellor Perlman and Shawn Eichorst for their confidence in me and I look forward to becoming a part of the Nebraska family and building upon the great history and tradition.”

University of Nebraska Fires Bo Pelini

University of Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst has dismissed Head Football Coach Bo Pelini effective immediately.

Statement from Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst:
“Earlier this morning, I informed Coach Bo Pelini of our decision to move forward in a new direction.  Coach Pelini served our University admirably for seven years and led our football program’s transition to the Big Ten Conference.  We wish Coach Pelini and his wonderful family all the best and thank him for his dedicated service to the University.”

Statement from Chancellor Harvey Perlman:
“I fully support Shawn’s decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program, and wish Bo and his family all of the best.  I am confident that Shawn will find the best coach, teacher and fit for this University and for our football program.”

Statement from Barney Cotton
Nebraska Football Interim Head Coach

“I feel it is my duty to be there for our staff and to show love and support for our players.  I accepted this responsibility because of my loyalty to Bo, this staff and our players.  I appreciate the confidence that Shawn has shown in me during this tough circumstance. 

“I will encourage our players to finish their classwork to the best of their abilities, to continue to be great citizens and to give every last ounce of effort in their preparations for the upcoming bowl game.   More than anything else, I will encourage them to be good teammates to each other.”

Hired as Nebraska’s 28th coach on December 2, 2007, Bo Pelini has posted a 67-27 record in his seven years at the helm of the Husker Football Program.  The University of Nebraska supports 24 varsity athletics sports, including its football program which has enjoyed success at the highest level winning five national championships, 43 conference championships and 874 victories since 1890 to rank fourth all-time in victories.

Coaches Award D1-3 All-District Football Honors

2014 D1 District 3 Football All District/Honorable Mention
Bloomfield, Creighton, Hartington/Newcastle, Plainview, Wakefield
All District Honorable Mention
Eric Abbenhaus-SR -  TE/DB
Cody Beckmann-SR -  RB/DB
Jeff Bertschinger-SR - OL/DL
Tyler Holz-JR- FB/LB
Quinn O’Brien- SR - QB/DB

Colton Boelter- SR - QB/DB
Austin Diedrichsen- JR - QB/DB
Reid Liska- SR - RB/DB
Grant Mathis- SR - OL/DE
Sam Morrill- SO - OL/DE
Beau Schindler- SR - TE/LB
Lane Walton- JR - FB/LB

Tanner Fischer- SR - TE/DE
Kolby Jueden- SR - QB/DB
Ethan Morten- JR - FB/LB
Zayne Spiczka- JR - OL/DL

Cole Aschoff- SO – RB/DB/RETURNER
Derick Mosel- SR - QB/DB/PUNTER
Josh Zern- SR - OL/DL

Alex Conley- SR - QB/LB
Levi Nelson- SR - FB/LB
Cole Bruns- SO - OL/DL
Devin Gieselman- SR - OL/DL
McGwire Mackeprang - SO- OL/DL
Conner Wilson- SR - TE/DB

Austyn Larsen - SR - OL/DT

Andrew Hoesing- SR- OL/DL
Chris Pavlik- SR- RB/DB

Turner Dahl- JR – TE/DE
Tyler Friedrich- JR – RB/LB 
Alex Haase- JR – WR/LB
Nic Jensen- JR – OL/DL

Tim Anderson- SR - OL/DL   
Efren Godinez- SR - TE/LB
Anthony Victor- SR - WR/FS


Omaha Skutt Tops Antlers 40-10, Repeat in Class B


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Thomas Pivovar and Hunter Smith accounted for three touchdowns apiece and combined for 214 yards rushing as top-ranked Omaha Skutt won its second straight Class B championship with a 40-10 victory over No. 4 Elkhorn on Tuesday night.

Pivovar ran for 109 yards and two TDs and also scored on a 61-yard pass from Isaiah Ramsey. Smith rushed for 105 yards and three TDs.

The SkyHawks beat Elkhorn 24-21 in their final regular-season game. They took control of the title game after Elkhorn opened the scoring with a field goal.

Skutt (12-1) rushed for 328 of its 416 total yards, converted 7 of 11 third downs and held a seven-minute advantage in time of possession.

Quinn Nietfeld rushed for 70 yards to lead the Antlers (10-3), who were in the state final for the fourth time in nine years.

Boone Central/Newman Grove Sends Coach Johnson Out a Winner

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Wyatt Mazour ran for 250 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 128 yards and three scores to lead top-ranked Boone Central/Newman Grove to a 54-14 victory over No. 2 Ashland Greenwood in the Class C1 championship game on Tuesday.

Boone Central/Newman Grove was state runner-up in 2012 in its first year as a consolidated school. Boone Central won a C2 title in 2001. The Cardinal's victory came in the final game for coach Arnie Johnson, who is retiring.

Mazour's TD passes of 8 yards to Zac Glidden and 19 yards to Travis Kennedy got the Cardinal out to a quick lead. They were up 34-7 at halftime. While Mazour's 500+ all-purpose yards will go down as one of the great performances in a championship game, the over-looked offensive line made many of those yards pretty easy.

Trevor Nichelson ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns for Ashland-Greenwood, and Bryce Chudomelka passed for 84 yards. The Bluejays made things interesting in the third quarter by forcing a turnover and pulling back within a few scores, but could not dig out of the hole they were in at the half.

Aquinas Uses Defense & Ground Game To Beat Down Cedar 40-6 in Class C

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lane Napier ran for 119 yards and three touchdowns and Aquinas Catholic rushed for 308 of its 322 yards while defeating turnover-plagued Hartington Cedar Catholic 40-6 in the Class C2 championship game Tuesday.

Aquinas (12-1) won the state title for the third time in four years.

The Monarchs from David City got out to a 40-0 lead on Napier's TD runs of 1, 6 and 19 yards and Trev Semrad's 6-yard run and 65-yard interception return.

Ryan Becker ran for 91 yards to lead Cedar Catholic (10-3). Tanner Keiser threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tristan Steffen in the final minute for Cedar Catholic's only score.

The Trojans were intercepted four times, three by Semrad, and they lost four fumbles.

Cedar Catholic was in a state final for the third time but is still looking for its first championship.

O'Neill Students Recognized as Academic All-State

The NSAA recognizes up to two student athletes per activity who have excelled in the classroom and activity field.  O'Neill students receiving recognition in the fall of 2014 are:  Front row left-Abby Gillham (cross country), Ariel Lichty (softball), Bailey Kreiger (play production), Paula Zakrewski (softball), Natalie Brodersen (volleyball), Sarah Devall (volleyball), Kadra Sommersted-Simmons (cross country), Back row left-Logan Spencer (cross country), Walker Liewer (football), Tyson Hostert (football).  Not in picture: James Walton (play production).

Omaha North Defeats Prep 41-0 to Defend Class A Title

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — All-time state rushing leader Calvin Strong ran for 286 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 1 Omaha North limited No. 3 Omaha Creighton Prep to 128 total yards while winning its second straight Class A championship with a 41-0 victory Monday night.

It was the first shutout in a Class A final since 1992.

Strong, running behind a line featuring Nebraska recruit Michael Decker, carried 23 times and had touchdowns of 10, 3 and 55 yards for the Vikings (13-0). Markell Vaughn returned a punt 49 yards for a TD, and quarterback Payton Nelson ran and passed for short touchdowns.

Prep's Micah Rensch ran 16 times for 81 yards against a defense that went into the game allowing an average of 11 points.

Prep (11-2) was in the state final for the first time since 2004. Andy Yost served as the Junior Jays' coach after the resignation of Chris Nizzi last week.

Hemingford Tops BDS 52-8 in D1 Championship Game

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ethan Skinner ran for 233 yards and four touchdowns, Brady Turek rushed for 190 yards and two TDs and top-ranked Hemingford limited No. 7 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley to 122 yards in a 52-8 victory in the Class D1 championship game Monday.

The Bobcats (13-0) bounced back from squandering an 18-point lead in a loss to Exeter-Milligan in last year's title game and became the first football champion from the state's Panhandle since 1986.

Turek's 76-yard run and 22-yard pass to Colt Foster got Hemingford out to a 14-0 lead. Skinner scored the first of his four TDs on a 5-yard run to make it 20-0 at half. Skinner finished the season with 2,685 yards rushing and 50 touchdowns.

The Bobcats amassed 426 yards and averaged almost 8 yards a play against the Eagles (11-2). Grant Norder rushed for 44 yards to lead BDS as the Eagles' potent passing attack was limited by the windy conditions and a stingy Hemingford defense.

Exeter-Milligan Wins 40-26 in D2 Championship Game

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Kyle Jensen ran for 187 yards and scored three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter as top-ranked Exeter-Milligan came from behind and pulled away for a 40-26 victory over No. 4 Anselmo-Merna in the Class D2 title game Monday.

The Timberwolves (13-0) are state champions a second straight year. They won Class D1 in 2013.

Troy Gilligan's 30-yard pass to Shaun Christen gave the Coyotes (12-1) an 18-14 lead in the third quarter. But Sam Zeleny and Derek Luzum hooked up for 7 yards for their second touchdown of the game to give Exeter-Milligan the lead, and Jensen scored on runs of 49 and 8 yards to put the Timberwolves up 34-18.

Jensen averaged 5.1 yards on his 37 carries.

Anselmo-Merna had two 100-yard rushers, with Gilligan going for 118 on 30 carries and Trent Geisler for 112 on 22 runs.
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