The NCAA announced on Wednesday that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA) will co-host the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championships at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
The CenturyLink Center will hold the event for the third time as the 2015 Championships are slated for Dec. 17-19. Omaha hosted the championship in 2006 and 2008 and the NCAA Division I Volleyball Regionals in 2005 and 2012.
Bidding for 82 of 89 NCAA championships began in July and 1,984 bid applications were ultimately submitted. Each sport committee, per division, selected the host sites it believed would provide the ultimate experience for the respective student-athletes, resulting in 523 total championship event sites awarded.
Nebraska is hosting one of four NCAA Division I Volleyball Regionals this weekend at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln.
This is the 39th edition of the Bobby Mills 1000 Yard Club, an annual compilation of all the high school running backs in Nebraska to reach the 1000 yard plateau in rushing. Bobby Mills, known as the 1000 Yard Guy, writes for the McCook Daily Gazette. Mills puts together the list based on information sent in by coaches. The purpose is to recognize all of those young men that have reached the 1000 yd plateau, known as the benchmark by which ball carriers are measured, and to promote high school football. Here are a few notes on the 1000 Yard Club followed by the list itself:
*A total of 98 running backs eclipsed the 1000 yard rushing mark in 2013. There were 64 seniors, 30 juniors, and 4 sophomores on this year's list.
*Omaha North junior Calvin Strong became the first ever Nebraska running back in history to break the 3,000 yard rushing mark in a single season.
*Jacob Morrill of Creighton became only the 3rd player in Nebraska history to rush for over a 1000 yards all 4 years in high school. The others were Mike Brower of Fillmore Central and Brandon Holtorf of Prague.
*Jake Paulsen of Cozad and Alex Brehmer of Lyons-Decatur NE (both seniors) each logged their third 1000 yard rushing season.
*This year, 3 backs went over the 5000 yard career rushing mark. They are: Jacob Morrill of Creighton (5,981), Jake Paulsen of Cozad (5,595), and Jordan Slough of Doniphan-Trumbull (5,137).
*This year's list saw a record 8 backs crack the 2000 yard rushing mark for the season.
*6 schools had two 1000 yard rushers this season. They were: Sutton, Giltner, Sidney, Lyons-Decatur NE, Falls City, and Chambers/Wheeler Central.
Here are the top ten rushers in the state, along with the 1000 yd rushers from the KBRX area. Click on the title of this article to see the whole list.
2013 Bobby Mills 1000 Yard Club
1. Calvin Strong-Omaha North - 3,008 Jr.
2. Travis Hoover-Hyannis - 2,641
3. Isaac Wallace-Ralston - 2,549
4. Jake Paulsen-Cozad - 2,533
5. Drew Klein-Papillion LV South - 2,165
6. Jordan Slough-Doniphan-Trumbull - 2,123
7. Ethan Skinner-Hemingford - 2,094
8. Logan Lewis-Sidney - 2,053
9. Jacob Morrill-Creighton - 1,939
10. Alex Brehmer-Lyons-Decatur NE - 1,811
12. Alex Kunz-Stuart - 1,746 Jr.
16. Jackson Love-Norfolk Catholic - 1,677
21. Ryan Dusel-Elkhorn Valley - 1,593
31. Justin Palmer - North Central - 1,382 Jr.
32. William McClintic-Burwell - 1,376
35. Wyatt Mazour-Boone Central/NG - 1,239 Jr.
42. Brenden Pelster-CWC - 1,285 Soph.
55. Ryan Becker-Hartington CC - 1,202 Jr
66. Shaka Taylor-Lutheran High NE - 1,128
81. Greg Olson-CWC - 1,059
89. Cody Beckmann-Bloomfield - 1,027 Jr.
The O’Neill Eagles were champions of their own invite after an impressive day that saw 11 Eagles finish with medals around their necks. Only three of the 14 weight classes did not have an O’Neill wrestler in the championships or consolations. The first ranked team in Class C delivered six individual championships, two runner-ups, and three third place finishers. O'Neill scored 228.5 points, which topped runner-up Valentine by a relatively comfortable margin of 21 points. Boone Central was the third place team.
Jon Marvin, Joe Gillham, Cory Rowse, Blake Walters, David Fox and Spencer Knopp won their weight classes, while Dion Nemec and Marcus McNichols made it to the championship match. Michael Burival, Jason Hahlbeck and Kyle Coenen all bounced back from earlier losses to win their consolation matches.
West Holt also had several good performances from a young team. Junior Viktor Jonseth was the runner-up in the 170 pound class (to Fox of O’Neill) while Jake Judge, Will Thiele, and Breydon Mlady all placed fourth. Judge, Thiele, and Mlady are all freshman, while the rest of the team consists of a sophomore and two juniors.
History was also made with the debut of the St. Mary’s wrestling team. Freshman Will Atkeson and junior Garret Gleason are the members of the inaugural Cardinal team. Atkeson won his third place match and Gleason went 0-2 (it’s worth mentioning that his first match was against the eventual 120 champ).
Click this link to check out all of the results from the O’Neill Invite, while all of the wrestling results from Saturday, including the Creighton Invite, can be found in the Pinnacle Bank Scoreboard.
Nebraska will appear in a New Year’s Day bowl game for the third straight season, as the Huskers were selected on Sunday to participate in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. Nebraska will take on Georgia in the Jan. 1 game at EverBank Field. The game will kick off at Noon ET (11 a.m. CT) with ESPN2 providing television coverage of the matchup.
The Huskers go into the bowl game with an 8-4 record, including a 5-3 mark in Big Ten Conference play. Nebraska will enter the Gator Bowl looking to pick up its ninth win of the 2013 season and extend its streak of nine-win seasons to six straight years.
“The Gator Bowl gives our football team the opportunity to play in a New Year’s Day bowl for a third straight season, and we look forward to the trip to Jacksonville,” Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini said. “We had a great experience at the Gator Bowl when we played there in my first year here. We have some familiarity with Georgia having played them last year in the bowl game, but these are two different football teams. This will be a great challenge for our football team, and we look forward to the opportunity.”
Nebraska’s appearance in the Gator Bowl will be the Huskers’ 50th all-time bowl game. Nebraska will join Alabama and Texas the only schools with 50 or more bowl appearances. The 2013 season marks Nebraska’s sixth straight season with a bowl trip.
Nebraska will be making its second trip to the Gator Bowl, both under Pelini. Nebraska defeated Clemson 26-21 in the 2009 Gator Bowl to conclude Pelini’s first season as head coach with a 9-4 record.
“We are proud to celebrate our 50th bowl appearance with a trip to Jacksonville for the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl,” University of Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said. “The Gator Bowl has been a wonderful partner for the Big Ten for several years, and our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans will have a great experience in Jacksonville. The University of Georgia is an exceptional institution, has an outstanding football program and will be a great matchup for our team.”
The matchup with Georgia marks the second straight year the Huskers and Bulldogs have squared off on New Year’s Day. Last season, Georgia defeated Nebraska, 45-31, in the Capital One Bowl. It will mark the third all-time meeting between the schools with the other matchup occurring in the 1969 Sun Bowl, a 45-6 Husker victory.
The rematch with Georgia marks the first time Nebraska has faced the same opponent in a bowl in back-to-back years since taking on Florida State in the Orange Bowl following the 1992 and 1993 seasons.
Georgia enters the contest with an 8-4 record, including a 5-3 record in Southeastern Conference play. The Bulldogs have won four of their past five games after dropping consecutive contests in October to Missouri and Vanderbilt. Georgia capped its season with a 41-34 double-overtime victory over Georgia Tech on Nov. 30.
Tickets for the Gator Bowl will go on sale Monday morning beginning at 8 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at Huskers.com, or through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office by calling 1-800-8-BIG RED. Fans can purchase tickets by using VISA, MasterCard or Discover.
Gator Bowl tickets available for sale are priced at $60, $80 and $125. Nebraska will receive an allotment of 12,750 tickets for the game.
Nebraska senior Kelsey Robinson leads three Husker volleyball players who earned All-Big Ten honors from the league’s coaches on Tuesday. A native of Bartlett, Ill., Robinson became the first Husker to earn Big Ten Player-of-the-Year accolades.
Robinson paces a Husker contingent that also includes freshman Kadie Rolfzen and junior Mary Pollmiller. Nebraska saw Robinson and Rolfzen earn All-Big Ten honors, while Pollmiller earned honorable-mention accolades. Kadie Rolfzen was also named to the All-Freshman Team as a unanimous pick. In addition, senior Morgan Broekhuis was selected as Nebraska’s Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Robinson earned player-of-the-year accolades and a unanimous All-Big Ten award after totaling 481 kills on the season and 4.50 kills per set for the Huskers. Rolfzen put together a stellar freshman campaign for the Huskers in 2013. She has made an immediate impact for NU, totaling 341 kills on the year and 240 digs. Pollmiller garnered honorable-mention accolades as she has recorded 1,142 assists on the year, for an average of 10.67 assists per set. Pollmiller has helped Nebraska hit .300 or better in nine matches in 2013.
The Huskers open the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Dec. 6, when they face Fairfield at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The match is set to start at 7 p.m., or 30 minutes after the 4:30 p.m. match between Miami (Fla.) and Oregon. The first-round winners will then meet on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
On the football side, a dozen Nebraska players were honored by the Big Ten on Monday, earning all-conference honors as announced by the league office. Three Huskers were named first-team All-Big Ten selections by either the conference coaches or a media panel.
Junior running back Ameer Abdullah and sophomore defensive end Randy Gregory were first-team All-Big Ten selections on both the media and coaches teams. Senior defensive back Ciante Evans joined Abdullah and Gregory on the coaches All-Big Ten first team.
In addition to being a first-team choice on the coaches’ team, Evans was a second-team All-Big Ten pick by the media panel. Two other Huskers earned second-team accolades on Monday. Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste was a second-team choice on both teams, while senior center Cole Pensick earned second-team honors from the Big Ten coaches.
Six other Huskers earned honorable-mention all-conference honors on Monday. The coaches’ honorable mention all-conference list included defensive end Jason Ankrah, wide receiver Kenny Bell, safety Corey Cooper and offensive linemen Andrew Rodriguez and Jeremiah Sirles. Honorable-mention choices according to the media panel were Ankrah, Bell, Pensick, Rodriguez, Sirles and place-kicker Pat Smith. Bell and Sirles earned all-conference honors for the second straight year after both being second-team choices in 2012.
Senior fullback C.J. Zimmerer was chosen as Nebraska’s Sportsmanship honoree.
Did you know that there is a town called Mascot in Nebraska? Apparently, there is (or used to be). It is located in Harlan County and used to have a school. The mascot of Mascot was the Eagles. Did you know that Farnam was the only school in the nation known to have their mascot name at the time?
This fall we began down memory lane, coming up with names of all of the small towns in our area we could think of. As entertained as we were by the few towns in our area, we turned to the HuskerlandPreps message boards to tap the knowledge of folks across the state, asking about the history in their areas. It took off, and a huge list of Nebraska history was compiled.
We decided to post the list here. To see the entire thing, please click on the title of this article to open it up.