Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad met with the media on Tuesday as Nebraska kicked off fall practice early on Tuesday morning.
— Erstad said he was surprised that Austin Christensen and Wes Edrington opted to end their Husker careers. Christensen transferred to Northern Iowa where he will finish his degree. Edrington is still in school at Nebraska, but will no longer play baseball.
— A number of pitchers will be limited this fall after heavy workloads this summer. Max Knutson, Reese Eddins, Garett King, Nate Fisher, Jake Meyers and Jake McSteen will be limited this fall, Erstad said. Reliever Jake Hohensee underwent Tommy John surgery over the summer and won’t pitch in 2016.
— Nebraska will be without former catcher and volunteer assistant Jeff Christy, who took an assistant coaching job at Central Oklahoma University. Volunteer assistant Brad Smith will now coach first base. Former Husker Jeff Tezak is a new graduate manager. With Christy gone, assistant Mike Kirby will work with the catchers.
— At catcher, Nebraska will be replacing Tanner Lubach, and will have a number of options, including freshman Jesse Wilkening, veteran Taylor Fish, freshmen Mike Waldron, junior college transfer Brady Childs and Cole Klemke.
— Nebraska will scrimmage three times per week, Erstad said, concluding with the Red-White game. Don’t expect costumes in any of the games. Erstad said there is too much work to do with 15 new players. The Huskers get 45 days to squeeze in 28 practices.
— Erstad is taking a more active role in the offense this season. Erstad will call all of the offensive plays from the dugout, with Mike Kirby continuing to coach third base. “I’ve taken over the base running stuff, I’m going to be a lot more active in the hitting side of things,” Erstad said. “To make sure some of the things are cleaned up. I’m going to play a much more active role in that respect.”
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate at a Central California prison. Phillips is suspected of killing 37-year-old Damion Soward at Kern Valley State Prison in April. Officials determined Soward was strangled.
The Kern County district attorney's office says the 40-year-old Phillips faces a first-degree murder charge.
Phillips is serving a sentence of more than 31 years. He was convicted of choking his girlfriend and later of driving his car into three teens after a pickup football game.
KBAK-TV reports Phillips was ordered back to court Sept. 15.
The PA announcer drama continued with this statement from UNL:
“Yesterday, the University was made aware of a social media comment posted last year by the newly-named football public address announcer, Jon Schuetz. After reviewing the post, highly critical of University leadership and, after thorough internal discussion, we visited with Jon, who was extremely apologetic and agreed with our decision that he cannot represent the University in such a public capacity.
We are pleased to welcome Lane Grindle as our new public address announcer for the 2015 season. Lane has been a part of the Husker Family for more than 10 years, and we look forward to his first game in the booth at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Grindle, who currently is a member of the Husker IMG Sports Network team, will continue his pre and postgame football duties on the radio network during home games and will still serve as the sideline reporter for away games. Steve Taylor, also with the Husker IMG Sports Network broadcast team, will serve in an expanded role at Husker home games as the sideline reporter.”
AP National Sports Headlines
NEW YORK (AP) — Top-seed Serena Williams has moved into the third round of the U.S. Open, beating Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6, 6-3 in an uneven performance. The defending champ committed 10 double faults and two dozen unforced errors in the win.
CHICAGO (AP) — Joey Votto hit a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lift Cincinnati to a 7-4 win over the Cubs. Chicago had tied the game in the bottom of the eighth inning on a two-run homer from Kris Bryant.
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna hit a two run homer while teammates Martin Prado and Jeff Mathis added two RBIs each in Miami's 7-3 win over Atlanta. The staggering Braves have lost eight in a row at home for the first time since 1988.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals have pulled Michael Wacha from his scheduled start against the Nationals tonight in favor of minor-league call up Tyler Lyons. Wacha is 15-4 with a 2.69 earned run average. He is presumably getting an extra day of rest as the Cardinals monitor the workload for its pitching standouts.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame by the nine-member contributors committee. Under DeBartolo's ownership, the 49ers won five Super Bowls in the 1980s and '90s. They won at least 10 games in 17 seasons and appeared in 10 conference title games.
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