02-04-11

 

Happy Birthday Wishes to:
 Cindy Brewer, Keith Lenton, Pat McCollough, Andrea Ortiz, Rich Richardson
 
Skywatch Weather:
 Today, mostly sunny early, then increasing clouds, high 36.  Tonight, mostly cloudy, chance for freezing drizzle late, low 24.  Saturday, considerable cloud cover, chance for freezing rain, mixing with rain & snow, high 35.
 
Sports:

 Former Nebraska standout Ndamukong Suh will be named the NFL Rookie of the Year.  The 2009 Husker All-American, who was the Detroit Lions’ second overall selection in last year’s pro draft, has been selected as the NFL’s rookie of the year by a vote of fans.  It’s the first time in the award’s nine-year history that it has been given to a defensive player.  The Associated Press is scheduled today to announce its defensive and offensive rookies of the year.  Suh, who led his team and all rookies with ten quarterback sacks, beat out St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, who was the top pick in last April’s NFL draft.  The 24-year-old Suh finished with 66 tackles, was selected to the Associated Press All-Pro team and was picked for the Pro Bowl.  Because of shoulder surgery, he did not play in the NFL’s all-star game.  He also had an interception, scored on a fumble recovery and produced three pass break-ups. 
 
The Mid States Conference Basketball Tournament continued yesterday with the girls bracket.  In the semifinals, Hartington Cedar Catholic defeated Norfolk Catholic 47-39.  The Lady Knights were led by Erin Anderson’s 14 points and seven rebounds.  They drop to 11-6 on the year and will play Boone Central in the third place game at Northeast Community College on Saturday at 2:30.  The other semifinal had West Point Central Catholic dumping Boone Central 56-40.  In consolation games, Pierce topped Battle Creek 45-41 and Wayne defeated Madison 47-39. 
 
Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Fremont (G&B BB-5:45); Nfk High at Millard South Inv. (B SW-3:00); Nfk Cath Vs. Hartington CC at NECC (Mid States Conf. BB Semifinal-6:15); LHNE at Omaha Nation (G&B BB-6:30).
 
This Evening:  The Norfolk High girls & boys basketball teams visit Fremont.  The girls game starts at 5:45 with the boys contest at approximately 7:30.  Pregame coverage at 5:25 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
 
Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on Newstalk WJAG 780 AM, 105.9 FM, & WJAG.com from 9:05-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East.  This Week:  Nfk High’s Ben Ries & Tony Brown; Nfk Cath’s Tim Kassmeier; LHNE’s Greg Rathke; NECC’s Matt Svehla; and Humphrey High boys basketball coach Gary Bender.
 
Tuesday Evening:  The Northeast Hawks women and men’s basketball teams visit Beatrice to play Southeast Community College starting with the women’s game at 5:30.  Pregame coverage at 5:10 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.
 
Local Scores:  Creighton 62 Southern Illinois 43 (WBB).
 
Kwifax:
 Americans buy roughly 900,000 tons of charcoal briquettes each year.
 
News Briefs:
 Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne testified in favor of legislation yesterday that would allow judges presiding over divorce cases to order couples with children to attend marriage counseling. Osborne says he saw firsthand the effects of divorce during his 36 years of coaching.
 
A damaged bridge along the Cowboy Trail three miles west of Norfolk has been removed Flooding of the Elkhorn River last June washed out the bridge and damaged other sections of the trail. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Trails Coordinator Duane Westerholt says there are plans to replace the iron bridge with a less expensive prefabricated pedestrian bridge. The reconstruction timeline is unknown, but reports on work progress and completion will be made available. Because of the flood damage, Commission officials says the trail is closed to all users from Norfolk to O'Neill. A 123-mile stretch from O'Neill to Valentine is open.
 
Funeral services will be held in Pierce for a 25-year-old man who died Wednesday following a collision the night before in Lincoln. Lincoln Police report Anthony Fisher died from injuries he sustained when his car left the roadway late Tuesday night and rammed a light pole near the entrance to the Highlands Golf Course. Services for Anthony Fisher will be held will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pierce with burial in the parish cemetery. Visitation at the church will be 5-8 p.m. today with a 7 p.m. rosary.
 
Children from several Northeast Nebraska communities will receive special dental check-ups today. They will take part in the 10th annual Children's Dental Day at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Dentistry. College  Dean Dr. John Reinhardt tells WJAG NEWS this will be the first trip to the dentist for many of the children.
 
Lots of people got up early this morning to go bowling. It's Souper Bowl 2011  a benefit for the Norfolk Salvation Army and sponsored by Kings Lanes, Lite Rock 97.5 and 106KIX radio. Teams of four filled all 32 lanes at Kings to bowl two games starting at 6 a.m. Admission was at least one can of soup from each bowler. With an increase of people coming into its Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army Lt. Heather Montenegro says the donations couldn't come at a better time. The Norfolk Hy-Vee Stores also contributed in a big way by donating a large amount food -- brought to the Soup Kitchen yesterday and the bowling alley this morning.
 
Today's Tickler:
 If you ask enough people for advice, you can eventually find someone who will tell you to do what you were going to do anyway.

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