Joe’s WJAG Sportscast September 1, 2016
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Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was not hurt after being involved in a car crash following a game last night. The Orange County Register reported Trout was in one of four vehicles involved in two connected crashes on the 55 freeway shortly before 9:00 PM. One victim was taken to Hoag Hospital and another to Orange County Global Medical Center, Capt. Larry Kurtz told the newspaper. It was unclear if either victim was Trout. Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed the report and says in a statement he’s spoken to Trout and “he feels fine.” Eppler says Trout was at home and is planning to travel with the club today to Seattle. Trout did not play in Los Angeles’ 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The 2014 American League MVP Award winner is batting .319 with 25 homers and 21 stolen bases this season.
The NFL has cleared Pittsburgh’s James Harrison and Green Bay’s Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers of any wrong-doing stemming from an Al-Jazeera America report linking them to performance enhancing drugs. The move comes after the league interviewed the three last week during its investigation of the report.
Nebraska junior middle blocker Briana Holman was named the espnW National Player of the Week yesterday. Playing in her first matches since 2014, Holman helped the top-ranked Huskers to a 3-1 win over then-third ranked Florida and sweep of then-second ranked Texas. She hit .471 with ten kills and a match-high seven blocks against the Gators, and had eight kills and three blocks against Texas while hitting .727 with no errors. Holman averaged 2.57 kills per set and 1.43 blocks per set while hitting .571 on the weekend. The Huskers host the Nebraska Invitational on Friday and Saturday. They will face Iowa State Friday at 6:00 and Oregon State Saturday at 2:30.
The Omaha World Herald has released their preseason high school volleyball rankings. In Class ‘A’, Three-time Defending State Champion Omaha Marian is preseason ranked first while Class ‘B’ Defending State Champion Omaha Skutt is ranked first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Three-time Defending State Champion Kearney Catholic is first and Columbus Scotus is third. In Class ‘C-2’, Stanton is preseason ranked first, Crofton is second, Hartington Cedar Catholic comes in fourth, Ponca is ranked sixth, Wisner/Pilger is eighth, and Howells/Dodge comes in ninth. In Class ‘D-1’, Defending State Champion Johnson/Brock is preseason ranked first, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic is second, Emerson/Hubbard comes in third, and Lutheran High Northeast is ranked fourth. In Class ‘D-2’, Defending State Champion Exeter/Milligan is preseason ranked first, O’Neill St. Mary’s is second, Stuart is ranked fifth, Wynot is eighth, and Chambers/Wheeler Central comes in tenth. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Three-time Defending State Champion Omaha Marian is preseason ranked first in Class ‘A’ while Defending State Champion Omaha Skutt is ranked first in Class ‘B’.
The Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team is preseason ranked fourth in Class ‘D-1’ in the Lincoln Journal Star. The team gets their season underway on today when they face Pender at 5:30 and West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic at 6:30 at the Northeast Nebraska Classic in Pender. The Lady Eagles, who were 20-14 a season ago, has dropped from Class ‘C-2’ to ‘D-1’.
The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school softball rankings. In the Omaha World Herald, Papillion La Vista stays at number one in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ and Class ‘A’ while Gretna is once again first in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C’, Conestoga remains first, Twin River moves up from eighth to second, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic enters the rankings at number eight, and Twin River falls from the rankings. In the Lincoln Journal Star, Papillion La Vista is the new number one in Class ‘A’ while Gretna remains first in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C’, Conestoga stays at number one, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic improves from sixth to fifth, and Twin River enters the rankings at number six.
The Norfolk High boys & girls cross country team gets their season underway on Saturday when they participate in the Papillion La Vista South Invitational. The boys team, which placed twelfth at the State Championship last year, has 31 runners out this season and returns Ethan Koehler, Austin Truex, and Jacob Wicker from the team. The Panther roster includes two seniors, ten juniors, nine sophomores, and ten freshmen. The girls team, which placed seventh at last year’s State Championship, has 29 runners out this year including sixth-place finisher Megan Means and Grace Protzman. The Lady Panther roster includes two seniors, ten juniors, nine sophomores, and ten freshmen. The Panthers schedule has them competing in invitationals hosted by Papillion La Vista South, Omaha Central, Kearney, Columbus, and the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Meet at Lexington. Norfolk will host their own invite on September 16th at Skyview Lake.
The Norfolk Catholic cross country teams start their 2016 campaign on Friday when they participate in the Boone Central/Newman Grove Invitational at Albion. The roster includes eleven boys and eleven girls competing in Class ‘C’. The boys squad returns tenth place runner Jonah Heng from last year while the girls squad returns Audrey Stelling from the State Championships last year. Their schedule has them competing in invitationals hosted by Boone Central/Newman Grove, Wayne, Columbus Scotus, Crofton, South Sioux City, and the Mid State Conference Meet at Wayne. Norfolk Catholic will host their own invitational on September ninth at Skyview Lake.
Local Schedule: Fremont at Nfk High (FB-7:00); Nfk High at Fremont (SB DH-5:00); Nfk Cath at Pierce (VB-7:30); LHNE vs. Pender-5:30; vs. West Point Guardian Angels CC-6:30 (NE Nebraska VB Classic); WSC at MSU Moorhead, MN (FB-6:00); Iowa St. at Nebraska-Omaha (VB-7:00); Round Rock, TX at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).
Friday Night: The Norfolk Catholic football team hosts Columbus Lakeview at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:20 on 106 KIX, 106KIX.com, & video streaming at Norfolkdailynews.com. Also, Battle Creek visits Oakland/Craig at 7:00. Pregame coverage at 6:40 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.
Saturday Morning: Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 live from Hy-Vee West. Get the lowdown with the coaches.
Local Scores: NECC 25-25-22-20-21 Des Moines Area CC, IA 19-23-25-25-19 (VB); Iowa Western CC 4 NECC 0 (M. Socc.); Iowa Western CC 4 NECC 0 (W. Socc.); Round Rock, TX 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 (Bsbl).
Final L.A. Angels 3 Cincinnati 0
Final Detroit 3 Chi White Sox 2
Final Boston 8 Tampa Bay 6
Final Texas 14 Seattle 1
Final Houston 4 Oakland 3
Final Toronto 5 Baltimore 3
Final Cleveland 8 Minnesota 4
Final N-Y Yankees 5 Kansas City 4, 13 Innings
Final Colorado 7 L.A. Dodgers 0
Final San Francisco 4 Arizona 2
Final Washington 2 Philadelphia 1
Final N-Y Mets 5 Miami 2
Final Atlanta 8 San Diego 1
Final Chi Cubs 6 Pittsburgh 5
Final L.A. Dodgers 10 Colorado 8
Final Milwaukee 3 St. Louis 1
WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Seattle 78 Dallas 66
NFL PREASON SCORE
Washington 20, Tampa Bay 13