Joe’s Morning Sports-April 6, 2017
Russell Westbrook dropped in 45 points and came within one rebound of his NBA-record 42nd triple-double while leading Oklahoma City’s 103-100 victory at Memphis. Westbrook hit a three-pointer and two free throws in the final 14 seconds, but he remains tied with Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in a season. He has three games remaining to break the mark set by ‘The Big O’ during the 1961-62 season.
That status of top-ranked Dustin Johnson for the Masters appeared to be in question yesterday after he took a serious fall down a staircase at the home he is renting during the tournament. His agent says Johnson landed very hard on his back and is treating it with ice and medication while staying immobile. The agent said yesterday that it was uncertain whether Johnson would be able to play at Augusta National which gets underway today.
Creighton center Justin Patton is declaring for the NBA draft and plans to sign with an agent, meaning he will forfeit his final three seasons of college eligibility. The university announced Patton’s decision last night. A news conference is scheduled for today. The 7-0 Patton was the Big East freshman of the year after averaging 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. He shot 68% from the field to lead the conference and rank second in the nation. Patton said in a statement he made the decision after much deliberation with his family and the coaching staff.
The Nebraska baseball team notched its ninth straight victory over the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks last night at Werner Park in Papillion with a 3-1 victory. The Huskers overcame a season-high three errors and were limited to seven hits, after averaging 11.3 hits over their last seven games. The Mavericks had their chances on the night, as they left twelve runners on base, including the bases loaded three times. They mustered only five hits on the evening. Nebraska’s Chad Luensmann got the final seven outs of the game for his team-high fifth save of the season. Scott Schreiber had two hits on the evening for NU. Jake McSteen was the winning pitcher for the Huskers while James Smith took the loss for Nebraska-Omaha. The Big Red are now 17-10-1 on the season while the Mavericks drop to 6-22.
Nebraska-Omaha has promoted Mike Gabinet to head hockey coach a year after he rejoined the program as an assistant. Athletic director Trev Alberts announced yesterday that the 35-year-old Gabinet would replace Dean Blais, who resigned last month after eight seasons with the Mavericks. Gabinet was a defenseman who played 130 games for the Mavericks from 2000-04. He played in the minor leagues and Europe until he began coaching in 2012. The Edmonton native was head coach at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2015-16, leading the team to a 36-0 record. Blais hired him as associate head coach last April.
The Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school soccer rankings. In the boys rankings, Omaha Creighton Prep remains first in Class ‘A’. In Class ‘B’, Elkhorn South stays at number one, Columbus High is once again second, South Sioux City remains third, Schuyler stays at number five, and Columbus Scotus is once again sixth. In the girls rankings, Omaha Marian remains first in Class ‘A’. In Class ‘B’, Omaha Skutt stays at number one, Columbus High moves up from sixth to fifth, and Columbus Scotus jumps from seventh to sixth.
The Norfolk Catholic boys golf team got their season underway recently with a dual loss at Battle Creek. They return to action today at 4:00 when they compete in Hartington Cedar Catholic’s triangular with Stanton involved. The Knights have a new coach in Dusty Korth replacing Bruce Shively. They have eleven golfers out this year and return their varsity of Tanner Cunningham, Chase Thramer, Jarret Cerny, Drew Pospisil, and Trey Colton. Norfolk Catholic has two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores, and one freshman on the roster. The Knights’ remaining schedule has them competing in invitationals at Ewing at Summerland, Boone Central/Newman Grove at Albion, Lutheran High Northeast at Norfolk Country Club, the Mid State Conference Meet at Indian Trails in Beemer, Columbus Lakeview at Elks Country Club, Humphrey St. Francis, and Battle Creek at Evergreen Hills. Norfolk Catholic also has duals with Lutheran High Northeast at Norfolk Country Club, at Plainview, and Neligh/Oakdale at Norfolk Country Club.
Checking out the local schedule for today, in high school sports, the Norfolk Catholic/Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys soccer teams visit Columbus Scotus at 5:00 simultaneously, the Norfolk High track & field squad competes in the Grand Island Invitational at 2:30, the Norfolk High baseball team takes on Thurston/Cuming County at Pender at 5:30, the Norfolk High girls tennis squad is at Hastings in a 4:00 dual, and the Norfolk Catholic & Stanton boys golf teams participate in Hartington Cedar Catholic’s triangular at 4:00. Also, the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team begins their 2017 campaign at Colorado Springs at 7:40.
Local Schedule: NC/LHNE at Columbus Scotus (G&B Socc.-5:00); Nfk High at Grand Island Inv. (T&F-2:30); Nfk High at Thurston/Cuming County at Pender (Bsbl-5:30); NC & Stanton at Hartington CC Tri. (BG-4:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Colorado Springs (Bsbl-7:40).
Local Scores: Iowa Lakes CC 8-10 NECC 4-0 (SB DH); Nebraska 5-2 Iowa St. 3-1 (SB DH); WSC 11-0 Winona St. 4-5 (Bsbl DH).
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