UNDATED (AP) — The two Western Division-leading teams in baseball are in action this afternoon. Oakland's Athletics have the best record in baseball at 62-38 and they are home to the Astros, while San Francisco, the leader of the NL West, is in Philadelphia facing the Phillies.
UNDATED (AP) — The end of the Tour de France is in sight. The three-week competition comes to an end this Sunday when the racers arrive in Paris. On tap today is the 18th stage of the event with Italy's Vincenzo Nibali still wearing the yellow jersey, symbolic of being the overall leader.
UNDATED (AP) — The weekend golf action starts today with all three major tours in action. For the PGA it's the Canadian Open in Montreal with newly crowned British Open champ Rory McIlroy skipping the event. For the women it's a team competition in Maryland while for the seniors it's the British Senior Open in Wales.
SEATTLE (AP) — Bartolo Colon, who was 41 the last time anybody checked, lost a bid for a perfect game in the seventh inning in the Mets 3-2 win over the Mariners. Colon sat down the first 20 batters he faced before Robinson Cano singled in the seventh.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Closing arguments in the case of Sterling vs. Sterling and who has the right to sell the Los Angeles Clippers will take place Monday. Testimony came to an end yesterday when attorneys for Donald Sterling failed to call his wife, Shelly Sterling, to the stand.
The 106th Nebraska Amateur Championship Golf Tournament will conclude today at Norfolk Country Club in Norfolk and the KBRX area has a couple of golfers in competition.
Kris Koelzer of O'Neill, Tyler Schaaf of Lincoln, formerly of Atkinson, and Sam Meuret of Brunswick will be playing in the 4th and final round. Several golfers with local ties are also competing. Josh and Rylee Reinertson of Gibbon are both in the top 10 to start the day, and Lucas Grossnicklaus of Aurora is also competing.
David Clouse of Friend and Renen Sahr of Gordon have the lead at 7-under-par. Tyler Schaaf is tied for 10th place at 1-under-par and Kris Koelzer is tied for 18th with a score of 3-over-par. Sam Meuret started the day tied for 4th place at 3-under. The Reinertson boys were both tied for 6th place at 2-under-par with two other golfers, and Grossnicklaus, although not within striking distance of the top 10, was still tied for 23rd entering the day at 5-over.
The National Finals of the High School Rodeo season began Sunday, bringing hundreds of contestants to Rock Springs, Wyoming to compete. Among these were a number of area Nebraskans, who qualified for Nationals by way of the State Finals.
The National Finals consisted of two rounds that span six sessions each (referred to as performances) and the short go-round on Saturday evening. Each contestant competed twice during the week, with points being awarded to the top 20 in each event per round. The top 20 in the average qualified for the short go, which was held Saturday night and determined the final standings.
Here are the results for all of the area competitors that we followed. Only Brook Jamison qualified for the short go, and wound up 12th in that round as well as the overall standings of the breakaway roping.
That brings an end to the high school rodeo season. The NHSRA season has a short turnaround though, as the new season will begin in about a month.
click the title to open complete recaps of each game courtesy of Coach Greg Appleby
Front Row (L to R): Shayne Campbell, Zeb O’Bryan, Bryce Heiser, Austin Hilker, Wyatt Liewer, Nick Haburchak, Bailey Thompson. Back Row (L to R): Coach Mark Thompson, Devin Jurgensmeier, Alex Thramer, Deven Fritz, Walker Liewer, Brenden Cleveland, Justin Appleby, and Coach Greg Appleby. (photo courtesy of Kaye Appleby)
The Pinnacle Bank Irish Juniors completed their season by competing in the Class B Area 5 Tournament at Central City last weekend. The young Irish Juniors team completed their season with an 11-11 record and next season looks promising as only one player is too old to compete for the Juniors next season and the Irish were playing their best team baseball of the year at the end of the season. Many players gained valuable experience and are looking to make a run at the State Tournament next year.
The Irish opened Area 5 Tournament play with a game against Aurora at 2:00 pm at Central City on July 11th. The Irish were able to get guys on base in the 4th through 7th innings but left eight runners stranded on the bases in these innings as they were unable to come up with the big hit when they really needed it and Aurora was able to hold on for a 4-2 win.
After advancing in the tournament with a bye on Saturday due to the 7-team bracket, the Irish were set to battle Columbus Lakeview on Sunday afternoon. The Irish were in control throughout this one as they downed Lakeview 7-3. The Irish were led by Alex Thramer, Bryce Heiser, and Bailey Thompson with two hits each in this game. Appleby, Hilker, and Walker Liewer had one hit each. The Irish scored 7 runs on 9 hits and committed 2 errors in the game. Columbus Lakeview had 3 runs on 7 hits and committed 3 errors.
Justin Appleby delivers as Bailey Thompson holds down the fort
in center field. (photo courtesy of Kaye Appleby)
Click the title of this article to open the full recap
On Monday, the Irish made the 2-hour trek to Central City again to face the #1 seeded Albion team. This turned out to be the game of the tournament as the Irish and the Albion squad battled for 9 innings before the Irish fell to Albion 8-7 in a drama filled game that saw both teams have many chances to win this game.
In the 9th Albion was able to score three runs on four hits to take an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the 9th. Again however, the never-say-die Irish squad came up with two runs and had the bases loaded but could not plate the tying run on this occasion. For the game the Irish had 7 runs on 8 hits while committing 2 errors and leaving 13 runners on base. Albion had 8 runs on 6 hits and 3 errors while leaving 8 runners on base. Albion would go on to beat Aurora and then lost to Minden 5-4 as Minden advanced to the State Tournament.
“I was really proud of our guys in this tournament," said Coach Appleby. "We pitched it and played defense as well as we have all year and proved that we can compete with the Class B teams in our Area. Tournament Baseball is EXTREMELY exciting and fun and we need to continue getting young guys in this community to stick with baseball and get some back out next year to continue to grow the tradition-rich Irish baseball program!! We are a REALLY young team as only one player is moving on to Seniors next year, and we have five guys who could still be playing in Pony League and two of those guys could be 1st year Ponies. We came a long way this year and are really excited to continue this momentum into next year. This was a great bunch of guys to coach and they all had great attitudes throughout the entire season.
"I would also like to thank Assistant Coach Mark Thompson for all of his time and effort this season as well as all of the parents for supporting their sons and Irish baseball. A special thanks also goes to Schell Fritz who drove boys to away games every time we went out of town this year. Thank you also to Pinnacle Bank, Adamson Distributing, and American Legion Simonson Post 93 for all of your continued support of American Legion Baseball. Thanks must also be given to the Legion Baseball Committee for all of their hard work especially Tom Earley, Gary Hostert, and Janice Vosler who can be found working at almost every Legion Game. THANKS AGAIN!!!"
Summerland Golf Course in Ewing was the site on Friday, July 11 for their Junior Golf Tournament. Here are the results in the various age groups:
Girls 10-12 years old played 9 holes
1st Abby Broderson, Albion 45
2nd Skylar Reestman, Elgin 51
3rd Libby Wilkins, Ainsworth 59
Girls 16 & over played 18 holes
1st Victoria Osterman, Ainsworth 116
Boys 10-12 years old played 9 holes
1st Peyton Hoefer, Elgin 41
2nd Hunter Charf, Neligh 42
3rd Gage Clifton, Orchard 43 Boys 13-14 years old played 18 holes
1st Chase Largen, Creighton 80
2nd Sam Wilkins, Ainsworth 88
3rd Cole Gaughenbaugh, O’Neill 101
Boys 15-17 years old played 18 holes
1st Bryce Kerkman, Atkinson 78
2nd Andrew Schnoor, Randolph 84
3rd Theo Stenka, Atkinson 88
10-12 year old Winners
(front row left to right) Abby Broderson, Skylar Reestman & Libby Wilkins
(back row left to right) Peyton Hoefer, Hunter Charf & Gage Clifton
Boys 13-14 winners
(left to right) Chase Largen, Sam Wilkins & Cole Gaughenbaugh
The Pinnacle Bank Irish Juniors have had an up and down past couple of weeks as they prepare for the Area Tournament in Central City starting on July 11th. The Irish Juniors currently stand with a 10-9 record as they head into Area play as the #4 seed in a 7-team tournament with a chance for a berth in the State Tournament. The Irish start tournament play on Friday at 2:00 pm as they battle #5 seed Aurora. The #1 seed in the Area Tournament is Albion, a team the Irish downed 7-6 earlier in the season.
If you click on the title of this article, you can read a recap of each game, but here is a quick rundown of their latest activity: The Irish dropped a double-header to Bloomfield/Wausa on June 24th by scores of 10-3 and 7-5. On June 25th, the Irish traveled to Ainsworth and dropped a tough game 13-12 to Ainsworth. June 30th brought the Juniors a bounce back win with a resounding 13-0 victory over Stanton. The Irish kept up their winning ways on July 1st as they traveled to Hartington and won a great baseball game 2-1. O'Neill then hosted Randolph in the 1st round of the Elkhorn Valley League tournament on July 5th and pounded out a 14-6 win. On Monday night, July 7th, the Irish dropped the semi-final match-up in the Elkhorn Valley League Tournament to Creighton 11-2.
Coach Greg Appleby is ready to go: “We look forward to the Area Tournament starting this week in Central City. Our defense and pitching has gotten better in areas over the past couple of weeks and we hope to compete well in the Area Tournament and if we play well and gain some momentum throughout the tournament, you never know what might happen.”
The O'Neill Diamondbacks claimed the 2014 Elkhorn Valley Little League Championship late Wednesday night.
The Elkhorn Valley Little League finished up the season with the annual tournament on Wednesday night. Consolation and championship games were played at Tom Earley Field, with an exciting finish that ran late into the night.
Atkinson and the O'Neill A's squared off in the first game of the night, vying for 3rd place. Pitching was the name of the game early, with starters Jordan Tasler and Andrew Alder combining for 21 strikeouts in their 8 combined innings. Atkinson managed to scratch across a run in the top of the first inning, a lead which held until the fifth inning. The Cubs put up a 4-spot in the 3rd inning, followed by the A's doing the same in their half of the 4th. After another run pushed Atkinson's lead to 6-4, the A's came up with a two run 5th to tie it up heading into the final frame. The Cubs sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring four runs in the top half of the inning. The defense allowed the first two A's batters to reach the basepaths, resulting in one score, before shutting down the O'Neill rally to complete the 10-7 win for 3rd place.
The championship game between the O'Neill Diamondbacks and Ainsworth was a good one to watch. With unseasonably cool temperatures and no wind, it was a beautiful night for baseball. Ainsworth started off the game as the away team and knocked in two runs. O'Neill answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Ainsworth made sure that was the last time O'Neill would have the lead for a long time, batting in two runs in the 2nd and putting up 4 scores in the 3rd inning to take an 8-4 lead by the halfway point in the game. Ainsworth pitcher Grant Stec did a great job of holding O'Neill in check until the bottom of the 4th inning, when the D-backs worked 5 walks into a three run inning to cut the deficit to two runs. O'Neill releif pitcher Colin Notkin mowed through the solid Ainsworth lineup for four innings, allowing just one run and striking out nine with no walks. This allowed O'Neill to make it a ballgame in the bottom of the 6th and last inning. The D-backs took advantage of several odd rolls to get runners on base, including a ball that started foul and just rolled inside of the line to allow all runners to be safe. It was the type of inning that made you think it was destiny, as the D-backs pushed across three runs with two outs to spare on a bases-loaded single from leadoff man Kolby Dean that scored Chase Heiss for the 10-9 walkoff win.