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Joe’s Morning Sports-Monday, March 5, 2018

March 6, 2018

Creighton’s Marcus Foster was named First Team All-BIG EAST and Khyri Thomas garnered Second Team honors in a vote of league coaches announced yesterday. In addition Mitch Ballock was recognized with a spot on the BIG EAST’s All-Freshman Team. Creighton (21-10, 10-8 BIG EAST) tied for third place in the BIG EAST and will be the four seed in next week’s BIG EAST Tournament. The Bluejays will face fifth-seeded Providence on Thursday at 1:30 on FS1.

Colton McCrystal (149), Tyler Berger (157) and Taylor Venz (184) each took fourth place to lead a list of seven total placers yesterday, while Nebraska wrapped up a fifth-place team finish with 72.5 team points at the Big Ten Championships at the Breslin Center. Freshman Jason Renteria took fifth at 133, while Chad Red Jr. (141), Isaiah White (165) and Eric Schultz (197) each placed seventh at their respective weight classes. With their finishes in the Big Ten Championships, six Huskers in Renteria, Red, McCrystal, Berger, White and Venz qualified for the NCAA Championships which takes place March 15-17 in Cleveland, Ohio. Ohio State captured the team crown with 164.5 points,

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys basketball rankings. Omaha Creighton Prep is ranked first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Omaha Skutt is once again first in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo High stays at number one, Boone Central/Newman Grove enters the rankings at number five, Winnebago slips from fourth to sixth, O’Neill falls from second to eighth, and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder drops from eighth to ninth. In Class ‘C-2’, Ponca remains first, Bancroft/Rosalie-Lyons Decatur Northeast is once again fifth, Battle Creek moves up from seventh to sixth, and Lutheran High Northeast drops from eighth to tenth. In Class ‘D-1’, Kenesaw stays at number one, Osmond moves up from fourth to third, West Holt slips from second to fifth, and Fullerton enters the rankings at number seven. In Class ‘D-2’, Riverside is the new number one, Wynot enters the rankings at number nine, and Humphrey St. Francis drops from sixth to tenth.

The Omaha World Herald posted their final high school girls basketball rankings. Class ‘A’ Champion Omaha Westside is the new number one. Class ‘B’ Champion Elkhorn is the new number one in their class while South Sioux City slips from first to second. In Class ‘C-1’, Champion Columbus Scotus is the new number one after moving up from fourth and Pierce slips from seventh to eighth. In Class ‘C-2’, Champion Superior is the new number one, Stanton falls from third to fourth, Burwell moves up from seventh to sixth, Bancroft/Rosalie-Lyons Decatur Northeast drops from sixth to eighth, Hartington Cedar Catholic stays at number nine, and Hartington/Newcastle remains tenth. In Class ‘D-1’, Champion North Central is the new number one, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family slips from third to fourth, and West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic drops from fourth to sixth. In Class ‘D-2’, two-time Defending State Champion Falls City Sacred Heart stays at number one, Humphrey St. Francis is once again second, Ewing remains seventh, Chambers/Wheeler Central remains eighth, and Wynot stays at number nine.

The Northeast Hawks women’s basketball team is one step closer to the National Tournament. The Hawks, after losing twice to Iowa Western this season, knocked them off in the Region XI Final at Council Bluffs, Iowa Saturday night 72-55. Sierra Bell & Judit Valls led five players in double figures for Northeast with 14 points each. Bell added seven rebounds and four assists while Valls collected seven boards. The Hawks shot 54% from the field while the NJCAA Division I 16th ranked Reivers made only 34% of their shots. Northeast, who led 35-29 at halftime, improves to 25-4 and have won five of their last six games. Iowa Western falls to 25-6. The Hawks had lost to the Reivers earlier this season 65-47 at home and 74-60 in Council Bluffs. Northeast will now move on to the District ‘K’ Final as they will host fourth ranked 29-0 Moberly Area Community College of Missouri Friday at 6:00.

The Columbus High wrestling team concluded their season over a week ago with a sixth place finish at the State Duals Championships in Kearney. The Discoverers lost to Omaha Burke 44-27, beat Lincoln Southeast 60-18, and fell to Grand Island 28-27. They also placed sixth at the State Championships in Omaha nearly two weeks ago. Carson Zwingman (170) & Anthony Deanda (195) finished second. Kasten Grape (182) was third. Clay Cerny (106) & Carter Kucera (126) placed fifth. Eddie Loredo (220) was sixth. Columbus will be loaded for bear next year as they don’t lose anybody to graduation.

The Omaha World Herald eighth ranked in Class ‘C-1’ Pierce girls’ basketball team’s final record for 2017-18 is 17-9. The Lady Bluejays’ season ended at the hands of Mitchell last Thursday 53-36 in the opening round of the State Tournament at the Devaney Center in Lincoln. This year, Pierce beat Boone Central/Newman Grove, O’Neill, Columbus Scotus, Wakefield, Wisner/Pilger, Wayne three times, Columbus Lakeview, Humphrey St. Francis, Winnebago twice, Battle Creek, Crofton twice, Hartington Cedar Catholic, and Ord. The Lady Bluejays outscored their opponents on average through 26 games 47.3-4.3. The team loses seniors Destiny Martin, Sidney Zimmerer, Brenna Collison, and Carly Sutherland to graduation.

Local Schedule: NECC at Friends JV at Wichita, KS (SB DH-2:00); Creighton vs. Marquette at Chicago, IL (BIG EAST WBB Tourn. Semifinal-3:00).

Local Scores: Jefferson College (MO) 7 NECC 2; Neosho County CC, KS 13 NECC 11 (SB); Creighton 65 St. John’s 58 (BIG EAST WBB Tourn. Quarterfinal); Western Illinois 97 Nebraska-Omaha 57 (Summit League WBB Quarterfinals); Nebraska 10 Wichita St. 9 (10 Inn.) (Bsbl); Central Arkansas 7 Creighton 6 (Bsbl); WSC 16-5 Newman Univ. (KS) 6-11 (Bsbl DH); Wichita St. 8 Nebraska 0 (SB); Drake 2 Creighton 1; Missouri 8 Creighton 0 (SB); Nebraska-Omaha 4 Maine 2 (SB); WSC 4 West Virginia Wesleyan 2; Ashland Univ. 13 WSC 8 (SB at Florida).

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Atlanta 113 Phoenix 112

Final Indiana 98 Washington 95

Final Toronto 103 Charlotte 98

Final New Orleans 126 Dallas 109

Final Milwaukee 118 Philadelphia 110

Final Sacramento 102 N-Y Knicks 99

Final L.A. Clippers 123 Brooklyn 120

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final OT Nashville 4 Colorado 3

Final Florida 4 Philadelphia 1

Final Anaheim 6 Chicago 3

Final Vegas 3 New Jersey 2

Final Minnesota 4 Detroit 1

Final Winnipeg 3 Carolina 2

Final Columbus 4 San Jose 2

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (15) Michigan 75 (8) Purdue 66

Final (10) Cincinnati 62 (11) Wichita St. 61

Final (22) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 69 Pepperdine 66

Final (25) Houston 81 UConn 71