Indianapolis - Big Ten Player of the Year Jordan Hooper erupted for 33 points and 12 rebounds, while Rachel Theriot set a Big Ten Tournament record with 18 assists to go along with 14 points to power the No. 16 Nebraska women's basketball team to an 80-67 win over Minnesota on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 23-6 on the season while advancing to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals for the third consecutive season. The third-seeded Big Red will face the No. 2 seed and Big Ten Conference co-regular-season champion Michigan State on Saturday at approximately 5 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., notched her 10th career 30-point performance to go along with her 38th career double-double. It was her 12th double-double of the season. She hit 14-of-22 shots from the floor, including 3-of-6 threes and both of her free throws. Hooper did more than score and rebound, she added two assists, two blocks and two steals for the Huskers.
Somehow, Hooper's performance was overshadowed by the unbelievable floor game of Theriot. The 6-0 point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, dished out a career-high 18 assists, shattering the previous Big Ten Tournament record of 12 held by Penn State's Helen Darling in 2000. Theriot's total is also the most ever by a Big Ten player against a conference foe in any game, surpassing 16 by Maggie Acuna of Illinois in 2016.
Theriot's 18 assists marked the second-highest assist total in any game in Nebraska history, trailing only 19 assists by Kathy Hawkins against Nebraska-Kearney on Feb. 17, 1976. It was the first time since 1976 that any Husker had produced 15 or more assists in a game.
Theriot also became the first player in Nebraska history to dish out 200 assists in a season, pushing her season total to 201 to break the previous school record of 195 set by Meggan Yedsena in 1991-92 and matched by Lindsey Moore in 2012-13.
Junior Hailie Sample added six points and eight rebounds, while helping to shut down Minnesota's All-Big Ten guard Rachel Banham. Sample, Tear'a Laudermill and Brandi Jeffery, held the Big Ten's leading scorer to just four points in the second half and 12 for the game. Laudermill scored all eight of her points in the second half, including two big threes.
Minnesota finishes the regular season with a 20-12 record that included an 8-8 Big Ten regular-season mark and a 1-1 stay in the conference tournament. The Golden Gophers will await the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on March 17, to see if they earned a trip to the Big Dance.
Bloomington, Ind. – In a contest featuring a pair of teams on the brink of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament, Nebraska improved its résumé with a 70-60 victory on the road Wednesday night in Indiana. The triumph gives NU its first 10-win conference season since 1999 and clinches its first winning season in the league since 1999-2000.
The Huskers (18-11, 10-7), who led wire-to-wire throughout, took control of the contest early, making shots and continuing their strong play on the defensive end, holding Indiana (17-13, 7-10) to only 37 percent shooting. This marks the eighth consecutive game in which NU has held its opponents to under 40 percent shooting.
The Scarlet and Cream went on a 5:11 field goal drought midway through the second half as Indiana quickened the tempo and used an 8-0 run to knot the contest at 52 with 10 minutes remaining. NU responded by holding Indiana to a 4:16 field goal drought of their own to spoil Indiana’s Senior Night inside historic Assembly Hall.
Sophomore Walter Pitchford, who tallied the second-best point total of his career (17) along with nine rebounds, recorded the first nine Husker points on four-of-six shooting from the field to give NU the early momentum. Senior Ray Gallegos finished the night with nine points on three clutch 3-pointers, including a triple that gave the Huskers momentum headed into halftime with a 34-26 advantage, which staved off a late Hoosier run at the end of the first half.
Shavon Shields came up big in the second half for the Big Red to finish with 17 points and eight rebounds. Leading scorer Terran Petteway, who played limited minutes due to foul trouble, amassed 13 points while Benny Parker added eight.
Huskers shot 51 percent in the first half and ended the contest firing over 45 percent on 25-of-55 from the floor, including 6-for-17 from beyond the arc. NU also went 14-for-19 from the line on the evening, connecting on its last eight attempts from the stripe.
Coach Tim Miles and his NU squad led by as many as 11 points, tied for its largest lead on the road in the Big Ten Conference this season.
The Huskers will return home for Senior Night on Sunday when they host No. 9 Wisconsin at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is at 6:30 p.m. (CT) and the game will be televised on BTN and on the Husker Sports Radio Network.
Not quite a dog-pile, but the Cyclones did get to "storm" the court.
Clearwater/Orchard's luck did more than hold in the district final on Tuesday night. The Cyclones did plenty on their own, but not every day does someone win a district final after being down by four with 11 seconds left. Oh, and something about a turnover in the rafters. That plays into the story too.
The first half was largely characterized by domination by one side at a time. Sandhills/Thedford rolled to a 21-13 first quarter lead, but O/C came back and took the lead at halftime, 30-29. From there it was a back and forth battle to the finish, with neither team taking more than a two or three point lead.
One turning point was when S/T star Cole Taylor fouled out with several minutes left, and the Knights lost their best scoring threat. The Cyclones had a problem scoring as well, but S/T couldn't score enough to put the game out of reach. After the Cyclones took a timeout with 15 seconds left and a two point deficit, S/T stole the inbound pass to go up by four with 11.5 seconds left. However, Trevor Mlnarik knocked down a huge three-pointer from the top of the key to make it a one point game. Sandhills/Thedford played textbook ball, holding the ball out of bounds for three seconds before calling timeout with three seconds left.
The Kights elected to throw it deep on their inbound. With just three seconds, if they could even touch the ball it would be impossible for the Cyclones to get it back down the court for a reasonable shot. But the Cyclones charged 6'6" Andy Kerkman with guarding the inbounding player, and he threw it too high to compensate. The ball arched into the rafters. According to the rulebook, this constituted a turnover by S/T. With three seconds left, the Cyclones lobbed it in to their tallest player, and Kerkman forced up the ball through contact, making the shot and drawing the foul. Kerkman intentionally missed the free throw and time ran out as the Knights tried to heave a last second shot.
With the win, the Cyclones advance to the State Tournament next week. This will be the first time the Cyclones have qualified for State, with Orchard last going in 2006 and Clearwater qualifying in 1995. Clearwater/Orchard dropped to the 7 seed, which pits them against North Platte St. Pat's in the 9:00 AM game on Thursday, March 13. The game will be on KBRX 102.9 FM and kbrx.com.
Lincoln – Registration is open for the 2014 Cornhusker State Games, and Nebraska Sports Council officials announced today that, to help celebrate the event’s 30th Anniversary, Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 18 will take place at Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The annual mid-summer sports festival features competition scheduled July 18-27 in more than 60 sports at 50 different venues in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. Officials expect more than 13,000 competitors, with several new offerings including a gravel race for cyclists, a new junior division in baseball and the return of crossfit after a one-year hiatus.
The Cornhusker State Games also welcomes, for the first time, athletes from neighboring states which either a) have no official State Games of their own or b) don’t offer State Games of America qualifying sports that are offered at the Cornhusker State Games.
The National Congress of State Games recently relaxed the state residency requirement for participation in the event to accommodate athletes from states, like South Dakota and North Dakota, which don’t have official State Games of their own. The new ruling also opens a path for Dakotans to partake in the organization’s biennial national event, the 2015 State Games of America, which will also be held in Lincoln. To qualify for the national competition, non-Nebraska residents must earn a medal in a recognized State Games event in 2014.
Last year, 12,343 Nebraskans participated in the Cornhusker State Games. Top five team sports last year included basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball. Top individual sports were track & field, shooting, 5K run, triathlon, swimming and wrestling. Participants ranged in age from one to 87.
All registered participants receive a shirt, souvenir yearbook and pass to the Opening Ceremonies. Entry fees vary by sport based on competition costs, but the average entry fee is $29 per person. Those interested can find information or register at CornhuskerStateGames.com.
The Games Opening Ceremonies moves from its traditional home at Lincoln’s Seacrest Field to the new Pinnacle Bank Arena to provide an air-conditioned, rain-proof setting with top-of-the industry audio-visual production capability.
“We wanted to do something big and fun for the 30th Anniversary. Between the newness of the venue, the production capability and the climate control, the Pinnacle Bank Arena offers a chance to celebrate in style,” Nebraska Sports Council Executive Director Dave Mlnarik said.
The Nebraska Sports Council, which conducts the Cornhusker State Games and the LiveWell Challenge Series, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide quality sports competition and promote healthy lifestyle behaviors. Platinum partners include BlueCross and BlueShield of Nebraska, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center and Nebraska Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine. Learn more at NebraskaSportsCouncil.com.
The No. 16 Nebraska women’s basketball earned the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye at the 2014 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., March 6-9. The Huskers finished the regular season 22-6 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten.
Nebraska opens tournament play Friday, March 7 at approximately 8 p.m. (CT) against the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 6 seed Minnesota and No. 11 seed Wisconsin. The Huskers defeated Minnesota 88-85 in overtime in Lincoln on Jan. 16. Nebraska defeated Wisconsin 71-70 in overtime in Madison, Wis., Feb. 5.
The Big Ten announced on Sunday the bracket for the 2014 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament, with Penn State and Michigan State collecting the top two seeds after each earned shares of the Big Ten Championship. Nebraska and Purdue also earned first-round byes, entering the tournament as the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively. The Huskers finished the conference season with a 12-4 record, while the Boilermakers posted an 11-5 Big Ten mark.
The tournament will tip off at Noon ET on Thursday, as No. 8 Ohio State takes on No. 9 Northwestern, followed by No. 5 Iowa facing No. 12 Illinois at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday's second session tips off at 6:30 p.m. as No. 7 Michigan challenges No. 10 Indiana before No. 6 Minnesota squares off against No. 11 Wisconsin.
Friday’s quarterfinals tip off with top-seeded Penn State battling the winner of Thursday's Ohio State/Northwestern game at Noon, followed by fourth-seeded Purdue playing the winner of the Iowa/Illinois matchup. Friday's second session begins with second-seeded Michigan State facing the victor of Thursday's Michigan/Indiana contest at 6:30 p.m. before the quarterfinals conclude with third-seeded Nebraska squaring off against the Minnesota/Wisconsin winner.
Big Ten Tournament semifinal games will be played on Saturday, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The championship game tips off at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Thursday, Friday and Saturday games will be broadcast by BTN, while ESPN will carry Sunday’s title game.
Six different programs have won the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue has won nine titles to lead all conference teams, including the past two crowns. Tournament championship games have featured teams seeded as high as first, second and third and as low as sixth, seventh, and ninth. Nine different schools have advanced to the tournament's championship game.
Boyd County held off a fiesty Sandhills/Thedford team Friday night in Burwell and reserved their spot in Lincoln. The Spartans will make their first trip to State as a co-op, and will look for their first championship since Lynch won it in 1992. Spencer-Naper last qualified for State in 1999, the last time any of the four schools that make up Boyd County traveled to Lincoln. The Spartans held an early lead, but had to fight off a Lady Knights squad that pushed them all the way to the buzzer. Boyd Co. bent but didn't break, finishing with a 41-34 victory to claim the district championship.
St. Mary's joined Boyd Co. in the D1 field, giving our area two teams from the same subdistrict. A very deserving CWC squad sits at home as well, but in the district setup this year there was no justice. St. Mary's was at the top of the D1 wild card points standings almost all season, so they had surety of making the tournament heading into the postseason.
Lady Luck also smiled down on Stuart last night, as the Broncos picked up the final wild card in Class D2. Stuart did the work this season, going 17-8 against some great competition, but needed a little luck to make it in. The Broncos needed Bancroft-Rosalie, Giltner, Falls City Sacred Heart and Wynot to win last night, and got their wish. Unfortunately for Ewing that meant that they were collateral damage, as part of the puzzle was conditional on Wynot defeating Ewing, which happened through a 40-34 final score.
Here are the opponents and times for the upcoming games on Thursday. All of the games will be at Lincoln North Star.
#1 St. Mary's (21-2) plays #8 seed Emerson-Hubbard (15-8) at 2 pm
#4 Boyd County (19-4) vs. #5 Humphrey St. Francis (23-2) at 3:45 pm
#6 Stuart (17-8) draws # 3 Sterling (18-7) at 8:45 pm - Sterling is also a wild card team
All of the games will be broadcast on KBRX FM and kbrx.com. Good luck to the Cardinals, Spartans and Broncos from KBRX!
For a second straight year the O'Neill Eagle wrestling team proved to be one of the best in Class C. The Eagles put six individuals up on the podium, including three at the very top. Joe Gillham won the gold at 132 as a senior, junior Blake Walters placed first at 152 pounds, and junior David Fox proved to be the best in the 170 pound weight class. Jon Marvin placed 2nd at 126, falling to long time nemesis Takoda Batenhorst, one of the best wrestlers to come out of talent rich Madison. Cory Rowse also won his 5th place match at 145, and fellow senior Spencer Knopp closed out his career with a 4th place medal at the 195 pound class.
The Eagles also took home the runner-up trophy for the second straight year. This year was a nail-biter, with the Eagles falling one point short of tying David City for the title. The final team score was 125-124. This wasn't even the closest team race, with the Class A race seeing Omaha North downing Millard South 156-155.5 after the final match of the day. The Eagles may be disappointed to fall just short of the team title, but to put it in perspective, there are 62 other Class C teams that would be pretty tickled to win a trophy. Valentine was one of those, as they put up 109 points, but ran out of wrestlers after the consolations finished up on Saturay morning and the Badgers had nobody left in the finals. Between these three teams all putting up over 100 points, the Class C team race was one of the more intriguing competitions in years.
But the Eagles still aren't done. They will battle for the State Duals title this coming Saturday in Kearney. With the dual format, the Eagles could find a bit of redemption. Whereas the individual state tournament is highly dependent on which matchups happen during the course of the bracket, the State Duals tournament perhaps is better for determining which team is the best team from top to bottom. O'Neill is one of four district champion teams and four wild card teams to qualify for the State Duals. Action for Class C starts at 3 pm, with three rounds of duals. All three matches will be live on air on 102.9 FM and kbrx.com.
For all of the results for our area wrestlers from Classes C and D, check out our State Wrestling page.
Although basketball and wrestling are still going strong, and full seasons of track/golf and baseball/softball remain, let's talk some football. Playing football is the easy part, but it is a big effort to put together all of the districts and schedules for every school in the state. Several months ago we learned who would be dropping or moving up a class when the classifications were released, followed up by the district assignments. On Wednesday the full schedules were released to the schools and public by the NSAA, who puts together the two year schedules for football. Football is the only event that the NSAA is in charge of scheduling, with school AD's being in charge of the rest.
One note about the Class C1/C2 schedules: All teams in Class C will follow the A/B schedule, playing 9 regular season games. Only 16 teams will make the playoffs.
So here are the schedules for the 2014/2015 football seasons. First are listed the districts that our area teams are in, or any of the districts that hold area interest. The numbers in parenthesis are last year's records. Click the headline of each box to open up the full district schedules on a Word document. Then the full schedules for the KBRX area teams, sorted by class, will be available to scroll through.