Joe’s Morning Sports-Friday, April 20, 2018
Home games against defending Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan State and Sweet 16 qualifier Purdue highlight the Huskers’ 2018-19 conference home men’s basketball schedule. The Big Ten announced last fall that the conference schedule will increase from 18 to 20 games beginning with this season. Each team will have seven opponents they will play both home and away, along with three single-play home and single-play road games. The Huskers double play matchups feature a pair of 30-win teams in Michigan State and Purdue, which reached the Sweet 16 last season, as well as NIT Champion Penn State. NU’s other double plays for the upcoming season include Maryland as well as regional rivals Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. Nebraska’s three single-play matchups at Pinnacle Bank Arena will include Big Ten runner-up Ohio State, Wisconsin and Northwestern. The Huskers’ three single-play road games include a trip to NCAA runner-up Michigan, as well as visits to Indiana and Rutgers.
Norfolk High has named Derek Siedschlag as head softball coach. Siedschlag replaces Tonja Ripple, who coached for two years. Siedschlag was an assistant coach during the 2017 season. He is a 2011 Norfolk High graduate and current Norfolk Middle School Physical Education teacher. Last year, Norfolk softball had a 17-20 record.
The Norfolk High boys’ golf team claimed their seventh event of the season by winning the Columbus Invitational at Elks Country Club on Thursday. The Panthers shot 311 to win by twelve strokes. Luke Kluver was the medalist after carding a 73. He won by four strokes. Jake Kluver finished fourth at 77 and Kellen Rossman was 13th with an 80.
The Norfolk Catholic track & field squad participated in yesterday’s Pierce Invitational. In the boys’ standings, the host team was the champion with 160 points. They won by 66 points. The Knights finished fifth with 77.5. In the girls’ competition, Pierce was the champion as well with 132.5 points. Hartington Cedar Catholic was second with 122, and Norfolk Catholic took third with 84 points. Champions on the day for Norfolk Catholic were Ethan Piper (Discus & Shot Put); Carly Marshall (300 H); Jordan Peitz (HJ); & Mary Fennessy (Shot Put). The Knights will have athletes competing in today’s Nebraska Track & Field Festival hosted by Papillion La Vista South High School. Among the participants include Abby Miller (HJ, 800, 4X400); Dylan Kautz (100, 200, & 4X100); Rylan Rasmussen (3200 & 1600); Taylor Gilsdorf (200 & 4X400); Ryan Vetter (300 H & 4X100); Evan Smith (4X100); Kelby Schaefer (4X100); MacKenna Kalin (4X400); & Allyson Hoff (4X400).
The Lutheran High Northeast track & field team were involved in the Twin River Invite at Genoa on Thursday. In the boys’ competition, Shelby/Rising City was the champion with 146 points while the Eagles were second with 104. In the girls’ standings, Twin River was the champion with a score of 112. They won by ten points. The Lady Eagles were last in the eight-team competition with 22 points. Seth Knapp (Discus) was the only champion of the day for Lutheran High Northeast.
Wayne State volleyball player Megan Gebhardt and men’s track and field athlete Derek Lahm were named Northern Sun Conference Women’s and Men’s Honor Student-Athlete Award Winners. Each NSIC institution nominates one male and one female student-athlete for the Britton and Kelly Awards. Gebhardt, a graduate student business administration and finance major from Lutheran High Northeast, is the Wildcat Female honoree for a second straight year. She maintains a 4.00 grade point average and earned her bachelor’s degree in just three years while playing volleyball. Lahm, a senior track and field athlete from Columbus Scotus, is the Wildcat Male selection this year thanks to a 3.916 grade point average majoring in chemistry and health sciences. This season, Lahm was the NSIC indoor champion in the long jump (23’ 8 ½”) and also earned All-NSIC honors with a second place finish in the heptathlon with 5,063 points. During his time at Wayne State, Lahm has set four new school records (decathlon, long jump, 4x100 and 4x400 relays) and he is a five-time All-NSIC selection and two-time USTFCCCA All-Region honoree in the decathlon. Gebhardt and Lahm will also be honored as the Wayne State Bob Cunningham Scholar Athletes of the Year.
Checking out the local schedule for today, the Norfolk High track & field squad hosts their 92nd annual Invitational starting at 1:30. Teams participating include Norfolk High, Columbus, Grand Island, Lincoln Northeast, Millard North, Millard West, Omaha Benson, Omaha Burke, and Sioux Falls Roosevelt. Elsewhere, the Norfolk Catholic track & field squad has athletes competing in the Nebraska Track & Field Festival hosted by Papillion La Vista South High School at 3:30, and the Norfolk High girls soccer team faces Council Bluffs-Abraham Lincoln of Iowa in the Ralston Invitational at 5:00. In baseball, Nebraska visits Piscataway, New Jersey to play Rutgers at 1:00, Creighton is in Cincinnati, Ohio to play Xavier at 2:00, Nebraska-Omaha is at Ft. Wayne University in Indiana in an 11:00 doubleheader, and the Omaha Storm Chasers entertains Memphis at 7:05.
Local Schedule: Nfk High vs. Council Bluffs-Abraham Lincoln at Ralston Inv. (G. Socc.-5:00); Nebraska at Rutgers at Piscataway, NJ (Bsbl-1:00); Creighton at Xavier at Cincinnati, OH (Bsbl-2:00); Nebraska-Omaha at Ft. Wayne Univ., IN (Bsbl DH-11:00); Memphis at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).
Local Scores: Lincoln Pius X 1 Nfk High 0 (B. Socc.); NC/LHNE 4 Omaha Concordia 1 (B. Socc.); Memphis 6-2 Omaha Storm Chasers 2-1 (Bsbl DH).
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