Joe’s Morning Sports-Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oregon State, Texas, Texas Tech, Washington, Arkansas and Florida are the programs that have reached the College World Series. In games as TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha on Saturday, Oregon State and North Carolina will open the tournament at 2:00 followed by Washington and Mississippi State at 7:00. On Sunday, Arkansas and Texas face off at 1:00 followed by Texas Tech and Florida at 6:00. Former Husker coach Dave Van Horn will lead his Arkansas team to Omaha for the fifth time since 2004. The Razorbacks, who have never won a title, are 10-17 in eight appearances. Defending champion Florida is making its twelfth CWS appearance, including the Gators’ fourth straight and seventh since 2010 under Coach Kevin O’Sullivan.
The Nebraska women’s basketball team will square off with 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four participant and ACC regular-season and tournament champion Louisville in the 2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The conferences announced the match-ups for the twelfth consecutive season of the challenge, which pits two of the nation’s premier women’s basketball conferences against each other in head-to-head clashes. The Huskers, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament after finishing third in the Big Ten Conference regular-season standings, will travel to the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville to collide with the Cardinals on Nov. 29. The Cardinals, who are coached by former Nebraska assistant Jeff Walz, finished with a 36-3 overall record last season that included a 15-1 ACC mark. The Big Red finished with a 21-11 overall record that included an 11-5 Big Ten mark. The Huskers also advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals and the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
La Vista’s Alex Zillig shot the only round under par and took medalist honors and the top seed at the 29th Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship after yesterday’s Stroke Play Qualifying at York Country Club. Zillig fired a 67 (-3) to take the top spot by three strokes, and he will take on 32nd seed Chase Aldrich of Wahoo, who won a 6-for-1 playoff for the final spot in the bracket. Also making the cut were Creighton’s Chase Largen (75); Norfolk’s Kellen Rossman (76); & Atkinson’s Mason Hale (76).
Elkhorn’s Megan Whittaker, the 2016 Champion, earned medalist honors and the top seed after yesterday’s Stroke Play Qualifying for the 56th Nebraska Girls’ Match Play Championship at York Country Club. Whittaker shot 73 (+3), the low round of the day by three strokes and will face Papillion’s Peyton Savington, who won a playoff for the final spot in the bracket in the Round of 16. Also making the cut was Hartington’s Cassidy Ulrich (83).
Scott Frost, Bill Moos and other members of the Nebraska football staff continue a two-day, 26-town tour to meet with fans today. All events on the Husker Nation Tour are free and open to the public. Tight Ends coach Sean Beckton & Inside Linebackers coach Barrett Ruud visit Norfolk Country Club today between 9:00-10:00 AM. Other Northeast Nebraska cities to be visited today include O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point.
Some of the finest high school basketball players in the region will take to the hardwood Friday in Norfolk. Northeast Community College will host the 35th Annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Basketball Games in the Cox Activities Center with the girls’ game at 6:00 and the boys’ contest following at 8:00. Members of the girls’ ‘Light’ team includes Norfolk High’s Kyla Moore & Taylor Stoltz, Lutheran High Northeast’s Kortni Kasik, BRLD’s Vicki Gatzemeyer, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic’s Lexis Haase, Stanton’s Hannah Heppner, Omaha Nation’s Shailece Porter, Macey Kulhanek of Howells/Dodge, and Carly Sutherland & Sidney Zimmerer of Pierce. Norfolk High’s Jared Oswald & Omaha Nation’s Brad Vogt will coach the ‘Light’ team. Members of the girls’ ‘Dark’ team includes: Norfolk Catholic’s Jordan Peitz, North Central’s Jadyn Bussinger, Wayne’s Kylie Hammer, West Point-Beemer’s Brittney Hinkel, Allen’s Bri Hingst, West Holt’s Bailey Kraus, Osmond’s Caitlin Kumm, North Central’s Caitlin Orton, Hartington Cedar Catholic’s Anna Reifenrath, and Hartington/Newcastle’s Allie Rosener. Hartington/Newcastle’s Marcus Messersmith and North Central’s Alex McCleary will coach the ‘Dark’ squad. Members of the boys’ ‘Light’ team include: Norfolk High’s Matt Hagedorn & Zack James, Lutheran High Northeast’s Ty Pape & Blake Freudenburg, O’Neill’s Justin Appleby & Alex Thramer, Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Jesse Sullivan & Dylan Gentrup, West Holt’s Mason Hale & Bryce Kerkman. The ‘Light’ team will be coached by Lutheran High Northeast’s Darin Suckstorf & West Holt’s Todd Hale. Members of the boys’ ‘Dark’ team include: Winnebago’s MaNaPe Cleveland & D’Von LaPointe, Ponca’s Max Masin, Connor Day & Logan Kingsbury, Battle Creek’s Stone Kraft, Osmond’s Alex Kumm, Wayne’s Mason Lee, Logan View’s-Scribner/Snyder’s Ben Moxness, and Winside’s JaShaun Vyborny. The ‘Dark’ squad will be coached by Ponca’s Adam Poulosky and Winside’s Tom Meyer.
Local Schedule: Kelly’s 18’s at Yankton Fury (SB DH-6:30).
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Final Boston 2 Baltimore 0, 12 Innings
Final Tampa Bay 8 Toronto 4
Final Cleveland 4 Chi White Sox 0
Final Seattle 5 L-A Angels 3
Final Miami 7 San Francisco 5
Final Chi Cubs 7 Milwaukee 2, 11 Innings
Final St. Louis 5 San Diego 2
Final Arizona 9 Pittsburgh 5