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Joe’s Morning Sports-Friday, March 16, 2018

March 17, 2018 GMT

The eighth-seeded 21-11 Creighton men’s basketball team faces ninth-seeded 22-11 Kansas State this evening in the NCAA Tournament at Charlotte, North Carolina at 5:50. The game will be televised on TNT. The Bluejays enter this evening coming off an 85-81 loss to Marquette in the BIG EAST Tournament. Creighton has won two of their last three games. The Wildcats are coming off an 83-67 loss to Kansas in the Big XII Tournament. Kansas State has won two of their last three. The teams last played in 1987 with the Wildcats winning 88-78. The winner will meet either Virginia or Maryland-Baltimore County on Sunday.

Tyler Berger (157) and Isaiah White (165) advanced to the quarterfinal round after Session II action last night at the NCAA Championships at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Nebraska sits tied for 20th place overall with eight team points. Ohio State leads the tournament by 7.5 points with 36 points. All six Huskers who wrestled Sunday won a match and are alive in the tournament. In addition to Berger and White making the quarterfinal round, Chad Red Jr. (141), Colton McCrystal (149), Taylor Venz (184) and Eric Schultz (197) are alive in the consolation bracket. The event resumes today at 10:00.

Former Husker Niles Paul has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Financial terms of the deal were not released by the team, but according to reports, Paul received a two-year contract worth just under $9 million. Paul, entering his eighth NFL season, had spent his entire career with Washington. Paul, who graduated from Omaha North, was a fifth-round draft pick of Washington in 2011. As a Husker, he was a second-team All-Big 12 selection by the league coaches in 2010. Paul finished his NU career with 103 catches for 1,532 yards and five touchdowns.

A former public address announcer at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln has been convicted of bilking an 88-year-old Lincoln woman out of more than $100,000 before her 2015 death. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that a jury found 52-year-old Patrick Combs guilty yesterday of attempted theft, abuse of a vulnerable adult and theft. Combs was acquitted of a count of unauthorized use of a credit card. His attorney had maintained that Combs spent the money, but didn’t steal it. Combs has maintained that the woman and her late husband thought of him as a son and encouraged him to spend estate money earmarked for him in their will - money that would otherwise be taxed. Combs’ first trial in 2016 ended in a mistrial.

Wayne State had 30 student-athletes named to the Northern Sun Conference Winter All-Academic Team announced yesterday. To be eligible for the NSIC Winter All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must be a member of the varsity traveling team and have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or better. Among the athletes named from the track & field team are Norfolk’s Allen Arauz, Columbus’ Derek Lahm, Neligh’s Dylan Kaup, Verdigre’s Tessa Ives, Wakefield’s Josephine Peitz, and Michaela Dendinger from Coleridge. Wynot’s Maggie Schulte was also honored from the women’s basketball team.

The Omaha World Herald has announced its high school preseason soccer rankings. In the boys’ rankings, Omaha South is ranked first and South Sioux City is fourth in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’. Omaha South is first in Class ‘A’. In Class ‘B’, South Sioux City is preseason ranked number one, Schuyler is fifth, Columbus High is ranked sixth, and Columbus Lakeview is tenth. In the girls’ rankings, Omaha Marian is preseason ranked first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’. In Class ‘B’, Omaha Skutt is number one, Columbus Scotus is fifth, and Columbus High is ranked seventh.

The Norfolk High boys’ soccer team gets their season underway Saturday when they host Hastings at 2:00. The Panthers return five players with starting experience in Bristol Arneson, Austin Bruzek, Eli Alvarez, Rocky Guevara, Brando Ochoa. Norfolk High has 22 players out this year. They will try to improve upon last year’s 4-13 season. The Panthers’ remaining schedule has them hosting Hastings, Columbus, Lincoln North Star, Lexington, Lincoln Pius X, North Platte, Fremont, and hosting their own invite against Fremont & South Sioux City on March 31st and the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament on April 6-7. Norfolk will visit Kearney, Omaha Central, Lincoln Southeast, and Lincoln High.

The Norfolk High girls’ soccer team gets their season underway Saturday when they host Hastings at 12:00. The Lady Panthers return eleven girls with starting experience. They have 32 girls out for soccer. Norfolk will try to improve upon last year’s 12-7 state tournament season. Norfolk’s schedule has them hosting Hastings, Lincoln Pius X, Columbus, Lincoln North Star, Lincoln Southwest, Lexington, North Platte, and Fremont. They will also host their own invite against Fremont & South Sioux City on March 31st and the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament on April 6-7. The Lady Panthers will visit Kearney, Lincoln Southeast, and Lincoln High and will also compete in the Ralston Invite for two games.

The Lutheran High Northeast/Norfolk Catholic girls’ soccer team gets their season underway today at 4:00 when they take on Omaha Concordia as part of the Omaha Bryan Tournament. The tournament will conclude on Saturday where they play either Fremont or Omaha Bryan. The team has 16 girls out for soccer this year with eight being seniors, zero juniors, four sophomore, and six freshmen. Lutheran High Northeast/Norfolk Catholic, who was 5-8 last year, feature a remaining schedule has them hosting Columbus Scotus and Lincoln Lutheran.

The Norfolk High boys’ track & field squad starts their season today when they compete in the Nebraska-Kearney Indoor Invitational. The Panthers return only Connor Clayton (Triple Jump) from the State Championships last year. Norfolk High, who has 20 returning letterwinners of the 74 athletes out this season feature seven seniors, 16 juniors, 17 sophomores, and 34 freshmen. Their remaining schedule has them competing in invitationals hosted by University of South Dakota-Vermillion Indoor, Doane Indoor, Ralston, Grand Island, University of South Dakota-Vermillion Outdoor, Fremont, their own invitational on April 20th, the Northeast Nebraska Track & Field Classic on April 26th, the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Meet on May 3rd at McCook, and a road dual with Columbus on April 16th.

The Norfolk High girls’ track & field team gets their season underway today when they participate in the Nebraska-Kearney Indoor Invitational. The Lady Panthers return two state qualifiers from the State Championships last year in Taylor Stoltz (State Champion in the High Jump) & Megan Means (3200). Norfolk High has 71 athletes out this season with seven being seniors, 18 juniors, 19 sophomores, and 27 freshmen. The squad has 19 return letter winners. Their remaining schedule has them competing in invitationals hosted by University of South Dakota-Vermillion Indoor, Doane Indoor, Ralston, Grand Island, University of South Dakota-Vermillion Outdoor, Fremont, their own invitational on April 20th, the Northeast Nebraska Track & Field Classic on April 26th, the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Meet on May 3rd at McCook, and a road dual with Columbus on April 16th.

The Norfolk Catholic girls & boys track & field team gets their season underway on Saturday when they participate in the Wayne State Indoor Meet. The Knights return ten athletes who were involved in the State Track & Field Championships from a year ago in Dylan Kautz (1st-100; 1st-200; & 4th-4X100); Kelby Schaefer & Ryan Vetter (4th-4X100); Ethan Piper (2nd-Shot Put); Abby Miller, Allyson Hoff, & Taylor Gilsdorf (3rd-4X400); Gilsdorf (200 & 400); Audrey Stelling (800, 1600, & 3200); Jordan Peitz (Shot Put); & MacKenna Kalin (PV). Norfolk Catholic has 31 boys & 26 girls out this season. Their remaining schedule has them competing in invitationals hosted by Wayne State, Plainview, Battle Creek, O’Neill, Pierce, Papillion La Vista South, the Mid State Conference Meet at Hartington Cedar Catholic, and their own invitational which they host on May 3rd. The Knights will also host Lutheran High Northeast in a dual on Tuesday, March 27th.

Local Schedule: Nfk High at Nebraska-Kearney Inv. (T&F-1:00); LHNE/NC vs. Omaha Concordia at Omaha Bryan (G. Socc.-4:00); Northwestern St. at Nebraska (Bsbl-4:05).

Saturday Morning: Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 from Market Grille at Hy-Vee West. This week: Ponca BBB Adam Poulosky; Winnebago BBB Jeff Berridge; BRLD BBB Cory Meyer; Humphrey St. Francis GBB Bryan Reichmuth; West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic GBB Jerry Stracke; Battle Creek Wrestling Cody Wintz; & NECC Softball Iris Woodhead.

Local Scores: Columbus 7-11 Nfk High 3-4 (Bsbl DH); NECC 6-6 Briar Cliff JV 1-9 (SB DH).

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tourn.: Villanova 87 Radford 61; Alabama 86 Virginia Tech 83; Texas Tech 70 Stephen F. Austin 60; Florida 77 St. Bonaventure 62; Gonzaga 68 UNC-Greensboro 64; Ohio St. 81 South Dakota St. 73; Houston 67 San Diego St. 65; Michigan 61 Montana 47; Rhode Island 83 Oklahoma 78 (OT); Duke 89 Iona 67; Kansas 76 Penn 60; Seton Hall 94 NC State 83; Kentucky 78 Davidson 73; Buffalo 89 Arizona 68; Tennessee 73 Wright St. 47; Loyola of Chicago 64 Miami 62.

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Toronto 106 Indiana 99

Final Philadelphia 118 N-Y Knicks 110

Final Charlotte 129 Atlanta 117

Final Houston 101 L.A. Clippers 96

Final Chicago 111 Memphis 110

Final San Antonio 98 New Orleans 93

Final Utah 116 Phoenix 88

Final Denver 120 Detroit 113

Final Portland 113 Cleveland 105

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Washington 7 N-Y Islanders 3

Final Columbus 5 Philadelphia 3

Final Toronto 5 Buffalo 2

Final Pittsburgh 5 Montreal 3

Final Florida 3 Boston 0

Final Winnipeg 6 Chicago 2

Final Colorado 4 St. Louis 1

Final L.A. Kings 4 Detroit 1

Final Nashville 3 Arizona 2