Joe’s Morning Sports-Thursday, August 23, 2018
It’s a three-game suspension for Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer. The school made the decision following a two-week investigation into how Meyer reacted to accusations that former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith abused his ex-wife, Courtney Smith. The probe directly centered on the question of what Meyer knew and when. Ohio State trustees discussed the decision to punish Meyer in a marathon meeting yesterday. The Buckeyes’ season starts Sept. 1 with a game against Oregon State in Columbus. Meyer will also miss the Big Ten opener Sept. 8 against Rutgers, and a top-25 matchup against TCU the following Saturday.
Make it three departures in two days for Nebraska football. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Avery Roberts was officially granted his release from the Husker program. The sophomore was a highly touted prospect when he arrived on campus from Delaware, but played sparingly as a freshman for Mike Riley and was buried on the depth chart in Barrett Ruud’s position group. Roberts appeared in all twelve games for Nebraska in 2017 largely on special teams and in clean-up duty and finished his career with four tackles. His departure follows Monday’s news that junior-college transfer Will Jackson had left the team and yesterday’s revelation that junior offensive lineman Jalin Barnett was stepping away from the game after suffering his fifth concussion of his college career. Because each of the three began fall camp and received some form of aid, they count against NU’s scholarship numbers for the fall and will clear in January. Those three spots, then, increase room in the 2019 recruiting class but cannot be taken for the 2018 season. Also, the Omaha World Herald reports that three-star running back Thomas Grayson announced that he is decommitting from the Huskers and reopening his recruitment in a tweet last night.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have released their preseason volleyball rankings. In the Omaha World Herald, Class ‘B’ Three-time Defending State Champion Omaha Skutt is ranked first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘B’ while Millard North is number one in Class ‘A’. In Class ‘C-1’, Defending State Champion Wahoo is preseason ranked first. In Class ‘C-2’, Stanton is number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic comes in third, Ponca is ranked fourth, Wisner/Pilger is preseason ranked sixth, and Clarkson/Leigh is eighth. In Class ‘D-1’, Three-time Defending State Champion Johnson/Brock is ranked first, Hartington/Newcastle is fourth, Lutheran High Northeast is preseason ranked fifth, and Elkhorn Valley comes in seventh. In Class ‘D-2’, Defending State Champion Exeter/Milligan is preseason ranked first, Ewing is second, Humphrey St. Francis comes in fourth, Wynot is preseason ranked seventh, and Chambers/Wheeler Central is eighth. In the Lincoln Journal Star preseason rankings, Class ‘A’ Defending State Champion Omaha Marian is first while Class ‘B’ Three-time Defending State Champion Omaha Skutt is ranked first in their class. In Class ‘C-1’, Defending State Champion Wahoo is preseason ranked first. In Class ‘C-2’, Defending State Champion Superior is first, Stanton is number two, Hartington Cedar Catholic comes in third, Ponca is ranked fifth, Clarkson/Leigh is preseason ranked seventh, and Battle Creek is ninth. In Class ‘D-1’, Three-time Defending State Champion Johnson/Brock is ranked first, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is sixth, and Hartington/Newcastle is preseason ranked seventh. In Class ‘D-2’, Bruning/Davenport/Shickley is preseason ranked first, Ewing is third, Humphrey St. Francis comes in fourth, and Chambers/Wheeler Central is preseason ranked fifth.
The Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team is preseason ranked fifth in Class ‘D-1’ in the Omaha World Herald. They are unranked in the Lincoln Journal Star. The Lady Eagles, who dropped down to Class ‘D-1’ from ‘C-2’, had a record of 18-17 last year. They open tonight at home versus Elgin Public/Pope John.
The Norfolk High volleyball team gets their season underway tonight when they visit Omaha World Herald fifth ranked in Class ‘A’ Lincoln Southwest at 6:30. The Lady Panthers return five players with starting experience in Gabby Ruth, Alex Ruth, Anden Baumann, Jalen Hoffman, and Sadie Mittelstat from last year’s 10-27 team. Norfolk’s home schedule includes matches with Grand Island, Lincoln North Star, Lincoln Pius X, Fremont, Lincoln High, Columbus, and the Norfolk Invitational this Saturday. The tournament will include Bennington, Columbus, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln High, South Sioux City, and Yankton.
The Omaha World Herald fifth ranked in Class ‘D-1’ Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team gets their season underway tonight when they host Elgin Public/Pope John at 7:00. The Lady Eagles return four players with starting experience in Matty Boning, Kendra Rosberg, Becca Gebhardt, and Chloe Spence from last year’s 18-17 team. The school will drop down from ‘C-2’ to ‘D-1’ this year for volleyball due to enrollment. Lutheran High Northeast’s home schedule includes matches with Elgin Public/Pope John, Pierce, Columbus Lakeview, Stanton, a triangular on October 4th with West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic and Wisner/Pilger, and the Eagle Classic on October 20th.
This week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Tori Kniesche of the Wayne softball team. She was the Max Preps National Player of the Week for her performance last week. Kniesche threw a one-hit shutout versus Blair last Thursday and struck out 15 in a 2-0 win. She no-hit Ponca and struck out eight in a 12-0 victory. Kniesche threw another no-hitter versus Twin River and struck out 14 in a 3-0 win. For good measure, she tossed a perfect game against Arlington last Saturday striking out 14 more in six innings in a 3-0 victory. Kniesche’s overall stat line after one week is 4-0 with 25 innings pitched. She has given up only one hit, walked seven, and struck out 56. Kniesche was nominated by Coach Rob Sweetland. Congratulations to Tori Kniesche of the Wayne softball team she is this week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.
Checking out the local schedule for today, the high school volleyball season gets underway, Norfolk High opens at Lincoln Southwest at 6:30 and Lutheran High Northeast entertains Elgin Public/Pope John at 7:00. Elsewhere, Norfolk High softball visits Lincoln Southeast for a 5:00 doubleheader and the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team is at Oklahoma City at 7:05.
Local Schedule: Nfk High at Lincoln SE (SB DH-5:00); Nfk High at Lincoln SW (VB-6:30); Elgin Public/Pope John at LHNE (VB-7:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Oklahoma City (Bsbl-7:05).
Friday Night: The top ranked in Class ‘C-2’ Norfolk Catholic football team opens their 2018 campaign at second ranked in Class ‘C-1’ Pierce at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com. Also, top ranked in Class ‘D-1’ Creighton entertains sixth ranked Wakefield at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:45 on Lite Rock 97.5 KEXL & KEXL.com.
Local Scores: Hutchinson CC, KS 6 NECC 0 (W. Socc.); Oklahoma City 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 (Bsbl).
Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Tori Kniesche of the Wayne softball team.
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