Joe’s Morning Sports-Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The Golden State Warriors are heading to San Antonio with a two-games-to-none lead in the NBA’s Western Conference finals following a 136-100 dismantling of the Spurs. Stephen Curry sat out the final period after providing 29 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Kevin Durant finished with 16 points and rookie Patrick McCaw had 18 points and five assists off the bench.
The Boston Celtics have won the NBA draft lottery and will have the top pick next month. The Celtics actually got the pick from the Brooklyn Nets following a 2013 trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn. The Los Angeles Lakers have the second selection, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings.
Saying he made a life decision way too early, Marquez Beason, a prized football recruit for the 2019 class, announced yesterday he is decommitting from Nebraska according to the Lincoln Journal Star. The news comes nearly a month after the Texas standout and four-star recruit announced his intentions to attend Nebraska. Beason said the Huskers will remain a top school among a list of suitors that continues to grow. The 5’11, 175-pound receiver now has upwards of 20 reported offers, including Ohio State, LSU, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Baylor and Arkansas.
Wayne State junior Michaela Dendinger has qualified in three events for the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships that will be held May 25-27 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. A graduate of Hartington High School, Dendinger will represent Wayne State in the discus, hammer throw and shot put with NCAA automatic qualifying marks in all three events. She also received three All-Region honors for those competitions from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Also junior Brady Metz was named All-Region for placing in the top five in the Central Region in the triple jump.
Wayne State College had 30 student-athletes named to the Northern Sun Conference Spring All-Academic Team. Among the honorees include baseball’s Joey Lenihan of Wayne. Scribner’s Katelyn Wobken and Wayne’s Abbie Hix from the softball squad were honored. Norfolk’s Allen Arauz, Columbus’ Derek Lahm, Verdigre’s Tessa Ives, and Stanton’s Siera Zach, and Michaela Dendinger of Coleridge received the accolade from the track & field team.
Checking out the local schedule for today, the State Soccer Championships conclude at Morrison Stadium in Omaha. The Columbus Scotus girls face Omaha Skutt in the Class ‘B’ Championship at 5:00 and the Millard North girls meet Omaha Marian in the Class ‘A’ Title Match at 7:30. Also, the State Baseball Tournament continues for Class ‘A’ in Papillion while Class ‘B’ holds their competition in Lincoln. Elsewhere, the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team hosts Tacoma in an 11:05 doubleheader.
This week’s Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Alyssa Fye of the Randolph track & field team. At last Wednesday’s D-1 District Meet in Hartington, she won four gold medals for the second year in a row. Fye won the 800 in 2:29.4, the 1600 in 5:39.7, the 3200 in 12:13.9, and also ran the anchor leg of the 3200 relay. She ran four miles that day to claim the four gold medals. Fye was nominated by coach Ted Stubbs. Congratulations to Alyssa Fye of the Randolph track & field team, she is this week’s Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.
Local Schedule: Omaha Skutt vs. Columbus Scotus (Class ‘B’ Girls State Soccer Championship at Morrison Stadium, Omaha-5:00); Omaha Marian vs. Millard North (Class ‘A’ Girls State Soccer Championship at Morrison Stadium, Omaha-7:30); Tacoma at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl DH-11:05).
Local Scores: Iowa 9 Nebraska-Omaha 8 (Bsbl); Kansas at Creighton (Bsbl-Ccd. Rain); Tacoma at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-Ppd. Rain); Omaha Skutt vs. Columbus Scotus (Class ‘B’ Girls State Soccer Championship-Ppd.); Omaha Marian vs. Millard North (Class ‘A’ Girls State Soccer Championship-Ppd.).
Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Alyssa Fye of the Randolph track & field team.
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