The season opener for the Eagles is Friday night, and there are several notes for fans going to Wayne for some football.
First, there is some construction in Wayne that could make it difficult to get up to the field at the college. The directions for the easiest way to get up to the field are:
Come into town on Highway 35 from the west, cross the intersection of Highway 15, and travel east to Providence Road. This is the first road past the National Guard Armory. Turn left and drive north until the road T's at Lindahl Drive/14th street. Turn left (west) and there will be a parking lot along the south side of the road. This will be the easiest route.
Fans will want to get there a little bit earlier so that they can join in the tailgate. The tailgate is more like a cook-off. Several people from around town grill one of their favorite meals. People try portions of the what is cooked and then make a donation to the cook who they feel has the best food. The cook with the highest amount donated is the winner of the cook off. All proceeds will go to the Wayne Community School Foundation.
The No. 5 Nebraska volleyball team opens the 2015 regular season with the Nebraska Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports Center this weekend.
The Huskers will host Tulsa on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the season opener. NU will then play Grand Canyon at Noon and Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Each team will play three matches in the round-robin tournament. Nebraska’s matches will not be televised but will be streamed online at BTN2GO.com with a BTN Plus subscription.
Nebraska Head Coach John Cook enters the 2015 season three wins away from number 600 for his career. Cook is 597-131 entering his 23rd season as a head coach. With three wins, he will become the 15th active Division I head coach to reach 600 career wins.
Nebraska’s players got a reprieve from practice on Thursday afternoon, as the Husker coaches held meetings with the players and and then gave the team the day off.
— Banker said that one safety who has been impressing in the battle to start next to Nate Gerry is sophomore Kieron Williams. Banker said Williams had a strong week and is showing a better understanding of the mental part of the defense. Kieron Williams is battling closely with Aaron Williams at the spot to start opposite Nate Gerry.
— Banker said they are getting close to handing out Blackshirts. Banker said every week coaches have been talking about the depth chart, and guys who might be deserving of Blackshirts from each position.
— Nebraska would like to be able to rotate defensive ends, and not rely so heavily on starters Greg McMullen and Jack Gangwish. The next guys up for the defensive end would be Ross Dzuris and Freedom Akinmoladun.
— Freshman Antonio Reed will be playing almost exclusively on special teams this year. He was one of seven freshmen identified by Mike Riley as freshmen who will play in 2015.
Lincoln – Another key portion of the 2015-16 Nebraska men’s basketball schedule was revealed Thursday night, as the Big Ten announced the conference slate for the upcoming season during BTN Live.
The Huskers’ 2015-16 Big Ten schedule features a minimum of four Saturday home dates at Pinnacle Bank Arena, which doubles the Huskers’ total of Saturday conference home dates over the previous two seasons.
Senior Night will take place on Tuesday, March 1, as Purdue visits before the Huskers close the regular season at Northwestern on Sunday, March 6. The Big Ten Tournament returns to Indianapolis on March 9-13.
Start times and television information for Big Ten and non-conference games will be announced at a later date.
Lincoln - The Nebraska women’s basketball team will tip off its 18-game Big Ten Conference season on New Year’s Eve at Pinnacle Bank Arena, when the Huskers take on Iowa.
The Huskers announced their Big Ten schedule following the conference’s release of the full Big Ten slate on BTN Live Thursday evening.
Fans can purchase season tickets for Nebraska’s full 20-game home schedule beginning next week through the new “Seat Yourself” process available for the first time on Huskers.com. Reserved season tickets are available for just $180, while adult general admission reserved seats are just $90. GA season tickets for youth and seniors are just $40.
Nebraska will honor seniors Rachel Theriot, Kyndal Clark, Anya Kalenta and Alicia Ostrander on Senior Day against Northwestern on Sunday, Feb. 28.
The Huskers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Tournament, March 2-6. Nebraska won the Big Ten Tournament title at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2014, with Theriot capturing MVP honors. The Huskers are 8-2 all-time in three appearances at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
AP National Sports Headlines
EDISON, N.J. (AP) — Bubba Watson starts the day tied for the lead in the PGA's The Barclays tournament. He, along with Spencer Levin, Tony Finau and Camilo Villegas, opened play yesterday with a 5-under 65. Jordan Spieth is nine shots back after an opening round 74.
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Second-round play is under way in the LPGA's Yokohama Tire Classic in Alabama. The leader at the end of the first round yesterday was Brittany Lang at 7-under. Her round featured nine birdies.
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) — Today is Bernhard Langer's 58th birthday. The German is celebrating with first-round play in the Champions Tour Dick's Sporting Goods Open. Langer won the event a year ago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Michael Wacha can join Jake Arrieta of the Cubs and Madison Bumgarner as a 16-game winner tonight. Wacha and his St. Louis Cardinals are in San Francisco for a date tonight with Bumgarner's Giants.
UNDATED (AP) — The man known as "Chocolate Thunder" because of his dunking ability in the NBA, Darryl Dawkins, has passed away. Dawkins, who played in the NBA for 14 seasons, died at the age of 58. Because of his backboard-shattering dunks, the use of breakaway rims was instigated in basketball worldwide.
BEATRICE – The Northeast Community College volleyball team is 3-1 after opening the season Friday and Saturday at the Southeast Community College Tournament in Beatrice.
Tabby Kander led Northeast with 15 kills and two ace serves in a 25-19, 24-26, 25-16, 22-25, 17-15 win over Southeast Community College in its opening match. Taryn Luedtke had eleven kills while Kelsey Shoemaker finished with nine kills and three assists. Kiara Lopez had 29 assists and three assist blocks. Meagan Backer and Mackenzie Wecker recorded 22 and 20 digs, respectively.
In the second match, the Hawks defeated Southwestern 25-22, 21-25, 25-17, 28-30, 15-6. Layne Mitchell finished with 15 kills, two solo and three assist blocks and two ace serves. Kander recorded 14 kills and four ace serves while Shoemaker had 12 kills. Lopez recorded 51 assists while Backer and Wecker had 29 and 23 digs, respectively.
On Saturday, Northeast defeated Highland Community College in five sets, 16-25, 25-19, 28-26, 25-14, 15-13. The Hawks were led by Lexi Sokol with 14 kills and 12 from Luedtke. Shoemaker finished with one solo and two assist blocks. Lopez recorded 43 assists and five ace serves; Wecker had 25 digs and three ace serves; and Backer recorded 20 digs.
In the final match, Northeast fell in straight sets to Cloud County Community College, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19. Luedtke finished with nine kills and one solo block; Shoemaker had eight kills and four assists; Lopez had 25 assists and one ace serve; Sokol had one solo and three assist blocks; Wecker finished with 18 digs and one ace serve while Backer recorded 16 digs and one ace serve.
Northeast will be in action on Wednesday as it faces Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA, at 7 p.m.
Back Row (L-R): Hailee Harmon, Paige Gaughenbaugh, Ashton Bancroft, Taylor Finke, Mackenzie Jensen, Tori Osterman, Nicole Zavadil Front Row (L-R): Chelsey Reifert, Mady Dogget, Abby Westerman, Cassidy Ulrich, Brandy Wiebelhaus, Blair Benda, Libby Tielke, Nikki Gotschall
Whatever their score, its doubtful that anybody complained about getting out of school to golf on a beautiful Thursday in O'Neill.
With an 80 degree day that saw the breeze come up in the afternoon, ten teams began the girls' golf season at the O'Neill Invite. Plenty of talent was on display, as the Eagles brought back their two individual state qualifers from last year besides several other solid varsity veterans. Battle Creek, Norfolk Catholic and Valentine all returned at least three girls from last year's state-qualifying teams.
Fifteen individual medals were handed out at the end of the day, which also included a playoff for the team trophy. O'Neill edged Battle Creek on the first hole of a possible three-hole playoff to win their own invite for the third straight year. In addition the Eagles had three medalists, which included the gold and silver medals. Battle Creek put three in the medals and Norfolk Catholic had four to start the season in a good way.
The beginning of the NSAA fall sports season kicks off this week with the softball and girls golf seasons. Here is the quick rundown on what that means for the area.
- O’Neill bumped back up into Class B this year after being Class C last year
- Districts for the Eagles will be in Hastings this year
- Boone Central/Newman Grove, Pierce, Wayne and Guardian Angels CC are the other Mid-State schools. Wayne was last year’s conference champ
- Ord started up a softball program for the first time this year. They will compete in Class C and travel west for their district
- Guardian Angels was the Class C Champion with a record of 26-8 last year. It was the Bluejays’ first title. Elkhorn beat Elkhorn South to win Class B, and Millard South finished off a four-peat in Class A (121-14 during that stretch)
- Area teams are O’Neill, West Holt, Elkhorn Valley, Plainview, Pierce, Crofton, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Boone Central/Newman Grove, Battle Creek and Ainsworth
- The Eagles dropped down to Class C this year, which means every area team we will follow is in Class C
- State Golf this year is at the Norfolk Country Club for Class A, Quail Run in Columbus for Class B, and North Platte’s Lake Maloney Golf Course for Class C
- Minden is the defending Class C champion, but Lincoln Lutheran returns all five golfers from last year’s 3rd place team. Kearney Catholic returns four from their 5th place team, including Morgan Thiele. They would probably be considered the favorites this year, although Battle Creek (10th last year) brings back four, Wayne (11th) has three returners, and Norfolk Catholic (12th) has all five girls back from last year’s state qualifying team.
- Scottsbluff is the Class B defending champion and Elkhorn South won it in A last year
St. Mary’s graduate Mackenzie Wecker earned plenty of honors and competed in several All-Star games over the summer. As she begins her college career as a libero at Northeast she will have another honor.
Wecker was selected as one of four volleyball players in Region 11 to be recognized as a top newcomer in the NJCAA ranks. This list is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s annual volleyball/fall sports preview series. Mackenzie joined three players from Iowa on the list, which covers all of the regions in the NJCAA’s Division II category. Northeast Community College is part of Region 11, which consists of 15 colleges in Iowa and Nebraska.
Mackenzie is part of a very talented freshman class at NECC. Of course, Courtni Kunz from Stuart is another standout from the area who join Wecker in Norfolk. The Hawks only return five sophomores, so they will have to lean on the nine newcomers when they begin the season on Friday, August 21. The Hawks play four matches in Beatrice on Friday and Saturday at the Southeast Community College Tournament to kick off their 2015 campaign.
KBRX wishes good luck to Mackenzie, Courtni and the Hawks!
The thirty-three swimmers that belong to the Blue Dolphin Swim Team saw their season come to an end for this summer. The team was coached by Rahtaya Young.
Twenty-four of the team’s swimmers participated in the two day James River Valley Conference Championship, held in Armour, South Dakota, July 18th and July 19th.
Individual awards presented during the awards ceremony on Sunday at the Championship meet were earned by:
Blake Parks (10), First Place in Boys 10 & Under.
Mikyla Grenier (12), Second place in Girls 11 & 12.
Spencer Davis (14), First Place in Boys 13 & 14.
Claire Everitt (15), Fourth Place in Girls 15 & 16.
Karissa Nichols (15) Third Place in the Girls Open.
Ally Sedlacek (11) Fourth Place in the Girls Open.
Swimming for the O’Neill Blue Dolphins this year were:
Kamry Neptune of Atkinson.
Sena Essink, Katharina Rice, and Maycee Zimmerer; all of Creighton.
Kirsten Adams of Orchard.
Kaleb Asche, Samantha Asche, Sam Carstens, Sable Davis, Spencer Davis, Claire Everitt, Nikki Gotschall, James Grenier, Mikyla Grenier, Aurora Heiss, Turner Heiss, Emily Jacques, Tayte Jussel, Allie Krotter, Wreece Liewer, Zuri Moore, Savannah Morrow, Schuylar Morrow, Karissa Nichols, Bethany Owens, Alivia Parks, Blake Parks, Ashley Pischel, Remington Risinger, Autumn Schaecher, Ally Sedlacek, Sarah Turpin, Spencer Turpin; all of O’Neill.
At the team awards celebration, Coach Rahtaya Young presented the following awards:
Female Swimmer of the Year was awarded to Ally Sedlacek.
Male Swimmer of the Year was awarded to Spencer Davis.
TeamMate and Leadership Award was awarded to Allie Krotter.
Female Most Improved was awarded to Aurora Heiss and Schuylar Morrow.
Male most Improved was awarded to Tayte Jussel.
Rookie of the Year was awarded to Autumn Schaecher and Maycee Zimmerer.
All-Out Awards were given to Mikyla Grenier and Blake Parks.
Spencer Davis and Ally Sedlacek, Male and Female Swimmers of the Year
The Blue Dolphin Swim Team participated in eight other swim meets with all of those meets being held in south central South Dakota communities, with the exception of two meets hosted by O’Neill. The team is looking forward to the 2016 season.
Soon (and all too soon for some) the new school year begins and local sports start back up. There were some substantial differences this year as far as class changes, and with that the new districts. Football teams will be the same because of the two year scheduling, but the other four sports that our area schools participate in have changes every year. All of the area schools are listed below by sport and class. All of the districts are set except for Class D Cross Country, but none of the locations have been chosen yet.
Subdistrict C1-7: Madison, Norfolk Catholic, Pierce, Wayne, West Point-Beemer Subdistrict C1-8: O'Neill, Ord, Broken Bow, Valentine Subdistrict C1-9: Boone Central/Newman Grove, Central City, Grand Island Central Catholic, St. Paul
Subdistrict C2-4: Hartington Cedar Catholic, Hartington-Newcastle, Homer, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Ponca Subdistrict C2-5: Battle Creek, Clarkson/Leigh, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Lutheran High Northeast, Stanton Subdistrict C2-9: Creighton, Crofton, Niobrara/Verdigre, Plainview Subdistrict C2-10: Ainsworth, Burwell, Elgin Public/Pope John, Neligh-Oakdale, West Holt
Subdistrict D1-6: Boyd County, Clearwater/Orchard, Elkhorn Valley, North Central, Osmond Subdistrict D1-7: Central Valley, Harvard, Heartland Lutheran, Kenesaw, Shelton
Subdistrict D2-4: Riverside, Spalding Academy, Elba, Palmer, St. Edward Subdistrict D2-5: Bloomfield, Santee, Wausa, Winside, Wynot Subdistrict D2-6: CWC, Ewing, St. Mary's, Stuart
District C-2: O'Neill, Pierce, Hartington, Arlington, Columbus Lakeview, Columbus Scotus, Fort Calhoun, Norfolk Catholic, North Bend Central, Wayne, West Point-Beemer District C-3: Ord, Boone Central/Newman Grove, Adams Central, Central City, David City, Fairbury, Kearney Catholic, Milford, Minden, South Central Nebraska Unified District #5, St. Paul
West Holt, Chambers/Wheeler Central, Creighton, Niobrara/Verdigre, Boyd County, Stuart, North Central, Neligh-Oakdale, Elkhorn Valley, Plainview, Bloomfield/Wausa, Burwell, Crofton, Ainsworth, Battle Creek, Central Valley, Osmond
District C-4 @ Cozad Country Club: O'Neill, West Holt, Ainsworth, Arcadia-Loup City, Cambridge, Centura, Cozad, Gibbon, Kearney Catholic, Minden, Ravenna, Southwest, Valentine District C-3 @ Wayne Country Club: Elkhorn Valley, Plainview, Battle Creek, Crofton, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Pierce, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Norfolk Catholic, Oakland-Craig, Stanton, TC (Pender/Bancroft-Rosalie), Wayne, West Point-Beemer District C-2 @ Quail Run Golf Course, Columbus: Boone Central, Arlington, Cedar Bluffs, Central City, Clarkson-Leigh, Columbus Lakeview, Columbus Scotus, Elmwood-Murdock, Fullerton, Omaha Brownell-Talbot, Shelby-Rising City, St. Paul, Wahoo
District B-5: O'Neill, Adams Central, Aurora, GICC, Hastings, Holdrege, Northwest
District C-3: Pierce, Guardian Angels Central Catholic, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, Tekamah-Herman, Wayne, West Point-Beemer, Wisner-Pilger District C-5: Boone Central/Newman Grove, Aquinas Catholic, Central City, Columbus Lakeview, Highway 91, St. Paul, Twin River District C-6: Ord, Chadron, Chase County, Cozad, Minden, Southern Valley/Alma