Joe’s Morning Sports-Thursday, November 2, 2017
George Springer slammed a two-run homer and Charlie Morton tossed four innings of two-hit relief as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game Seven of the World Series. Springer was named the series MVP after tying a Fall Classic record with five homers and becoming the first to go deep in four consecutive games in the same World Series. Morton retired the last eleven Dodgers to secure the first World Series title in the Astros’ 56-season history.
Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos hopes to meet with Husker football coach Mike Riley, possibly this week, as he evaluates the program. Riley is 19-15 in his third season at the helm. Moos ultimately will need to decide if Riley gets a fourth year or if a change is needed. Bleacher Report reported yesterday that Moos said on an Omaha radio station that former Husker and current Central Florida coach Scott Frost ‘has got the full package’. Unlike his previous stop at Washington State, Moos says the facilities and branding are in place at Nebraska.
Creighton will reconnect with old rivals during the 2018 baseball season, as the Jays are scheduled to play nine games against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference according to the Omaha World Herald. After 14 straight road games to open the year, they will hold its home opener March 16, the start of a three-game series against Wichita State. The Bluejays begin its 2018 campaign with a neutral-site series in Fort Myers, Florida, against Northeastern from Feb. 16-18. Creighton, the defending Big East regular-season champions, will open the conference portion of its schedule with a home series against Butler on April 6. The Big East tournament will be held in Mason, Ohio, from May 24-27.
Nebraska linebacker Chris Weber joined an elite group of scholar-athletes yesterday, as the senior was one of 13 finalists by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for the Campbell Trophy. As a finalist, Weber will receive a $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, and will travel to New York City in December for the 60th annual NFF Awards Dinner on Dec. 5. Weber is Nebraska’s first Campbell Trophy finalist since Spencer Long in 2013, and the 23rd Husker football player to receive this prestigious honor for achievement on the playing field and in the classroom.
A member of the Northeast Hawks women’s soccer team has earned conference honors. Alexis Wemhoff, goalkeeper, has been named Athlete of the Week by the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. Wemhoff, a freshman from Columbus, played an important role in Northeast’s win last week to move the Hawks on to the semi-finals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XI Tournament. Last week against Hawkeye Community College, Wemhoff allowed one goal in a 2-1 victory, while saving six shots.
The NSAA has announced high school volleyball district final information. Regarding area teams, in Class ‘C-1’, Wayne will face North Bend Central on Saturday at West Point-Beemer High School at 1:00. In Class ‘C-2’ on Saturday, Hartington Cedar Catholic will meet Bancroft/Rosalie-Lyons Decatur Northeast at Wayne State College at 1:00, Burwell battles Nebraska Christian at St. Paul High School at 7:00, Creighton faces Centura at Central Community College in Columbus at 1:00, Ponca takes on North Platte St. Patrick’s at Aurora at 12:00, and Stanton tangles with Thayer Central at Cross County High School at 5:00. Tonight, in Class ‘D-1’, Clarkson/Leigh plays Lourdes Central Catholic at Wahoo High School at 7:00, Elkhorn Valley meets Elgin Public/Pope John at Neligh/Oakdale High School at 7:00, and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family faces Heartland at Shelby/Rising City High School at 7:00. Tonight, in Class ‘D-2’, Humphrey St. Francis goes head to head with Wynot at Norfolk Catholic High School at 7:00, and Ewing meets Riverside at Boone Central/Newman Grove at 7:00.
Friday Night: The High School Football Playoffs continue with the quarterfinals. Norfolk Catholic visits David City Aquinas at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:20 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com. Pierce hosts West Point-Beemer at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Lite Rock 97.5 & KEXL.com. Battle Creek entertains Ponca at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
Local Scores: Kearney 25-25-25 Nfk High 11-20-19 (A-6 VB Dist. Semifinal); NECC 23-25-25-25 Southwestern CC, IA 25-19-21-20 (Region XI ‘A’ VB Semifinal); NECC 116 York JV 63 (MBB); NECC 71 Northeastern JC, CO 51 (WBB); Iowa Western CC 2 NECC 0 (Region XI W. Socc. Semifinal); (18) Georgetown 3 Creighton 1 (M. Socc.); Creighton 68 Northern St. 63 (WBB Exhibition).
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Philadelphia 119 Atlanta 109
Final Indiana 124 Cleveland 107
Final Phoenix 122 Washington 116
Final Charlotte 126 Milwaukee 121
Final Boston 113 Sacramento 86
Final Miami 97 Chicago 91
Final Houston 119 N-Y Knicks 97
Final Minnesota 104 New Orleans 98
Final Orlando 101 Memphis 99
Final OT Utah 112 Portland 103
Final Denver 129 Toronto 111
Final L.A. Clippers 119 Dallas 98
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Chicago 3 Philadelphia 0
Final Pittsburgh 3 Edmonton 2
Final Toronto 3 Anaheim 1
Final New Jersey 2 Vancouver 0
Final San Jose 4 Nashville 1