Joe’s Morning Sports-Thursday, February 15, 2018
The Winter Olympics are continuing in South Korea. Norway has the most medals with 16 while the United States has eight. The U.S. has five gold, one silver, and two bronze.
Joe Rosga scored 28 points with four three-pointers and three steals to lead five players in double figures and Denver never trailed in beating Nebraska-Omaha 94-78 last night to split the season series. Daniel Norl scored 21 points, JT Gibson had 14 and Zach Jackson eleven points for the Mavericks. The Pioneers improve to 9-18 overall and 4-6 in the Summit League while UNO falls to 12-14 overall and 6-6 in the conference.
Creighton senior guard Marcus Foster is on the list of 30 men’s players competing to receive the 50th Citizen Naismith Trophy. From this list, ten semifinalists will be revealed on Feb. 28, and only those ten players are eligible for the group of four finalists, which will be released in mid-March. The trophy will be awarded on April 1 in San Antonio, during the NCAA Men’s Final Four. Foster leads Creighton with 20.3 points per game while shooting 51% from the field, 45% from three-point range and 80% at the line.
Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne (Hastings) is set to join Tom Kropp (Aurora) and Marlin Briscoe (Omaha South) in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame at an induction scheduled for late June, according to the Omaha World Herald. Osborne is one of just two men to win The World-Herald’s high school (1955) and state college (1959) athlete of the year awards. In high school, Osborne was all-state in football and basketball in 1954-55 and helped Hastings win a state title on the hardwood. In track, he won the discus at the state meet as a senior and placed second in the 440-yard dash. The future coach and congressman also stood out on the baseball diamond, starting at third base for Hastings’ 1953 Legion state champion team. He was offered a professional baseball contract before settling on hometown Hastings College, where he played basketball and football.
The Northeast Hawks basketball teams split a doubleheader last night in Beatrice with Southeast Community College. The men dropped an 85-62 decision to the Division II Storm. Steve Wooten led the Hawks with 31 points and 18 rebounds and Jaquan Sanders added twelve points. Melky Moreaux did not play. Northeast, who trailed 43-33 at halftime, drops to 13-14. They’ve lost four in a row and eight of their last nine games. The Northeast women earned a 70-60 victory in their game over Southeast. Mykala Baylor led three players in double figures for the Hawks with 16 points, ten rebounds, three blocked shots, and two steals. Baileigh Nuzum added 15 points and five boards, and Sierra Bell chipped in with twelve points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Northeast, who led 39-33 at halftime, improves to 22-3 on the year. They’ve won two games in a row and seven of their last eight.
The State Wrestling Championships get underway today at CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Classes ‘B’ & ‘C’ start first round action at 9:30 AM while Classes ‘A’ & ‘D’ commence at 2:30. Norfolk High will be represented in the Class ‘A’ Tournament by Weston Godfrey (106); Aaron Dittmer (120); Travis Lamm (126); Josh Licking (138); Brayden Splater (152); Zach Hintz (160); Dalton Freiberg (195); MJ Montgomery (220); & Conner Cowling (285). In competition for Norfolk Catholic in Class ‘C’ will be Wyatt Smydra (126); Francisco Perez (132); & Arik Seymour (138). 156 wrestlers from the Northeast Nebraska area will be in competition. We will reports throughout the day on 106 KIX, Lite Rock 97.5 KEXL, & Newstalk WJAG 780 AM & 105.9 FM.
This Evening: Wayne meets Pierce at 7:00 in the Girls C-1-5 Sub-District Final from Norfolk High. Pregame coverage at 6:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com. Also, Randolph faces Elkhorn Valley at 7:00 in the Girls D-1-5 Sub-District Final from Battle Creek. Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Lite Rock 97.5 KEXL & KEXL.com.
Local Scores: Southeast CC 85 NECC 62 (MBB); NECC 70 Southeast CC 60 (WBB); Denver 94 Nebraska-Omaha 78 (MBB); Nebraska 79 Michigan St. 69 (WBB); South Dakota 75 Nebraska-Omaha 50 (WBB).
CBS Sports Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 AM Mon-Fri at 6:00 PM; Sat at 4:00; & Sun at 1:00.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Detroit 104 Atlanta 98
Final Philadelphia 104 Miami 102
Final Charlotte 104 Orlando 102
Final Washington 118 N-Y Knicks 113
Final Indiana 108 Brooklyn 103
Final Oklahoma City 121 Memphis 114
Final Houston 100 Sacramento 91
Final L.A. Clippers 129 Boston 119
Final Toronto 122 Chicago 98
Final New Orleans 139 L.A. Lakers 117
Final Utah 107 Phoenix 97
Final Portland 123 Golden State 117
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Toronto 6 Columbus 3
Final Colorado 2 Montreal 0
Final Florida 4 Vancouver 3
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final Providence 76 (3) Villanova 71
Final (4) Xavier 102 Seton Hall 90
Final (10) Auburn 76 Kentucky 66
Final OT Florida St. 81 (11) Clemson 79
Final (12) Duke 74 Virginia Tech 52
Final (22) Michigan 74 Iowa 59
Final (24) Nevada 77 Boise St. 72