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The Nebraska volleyball team had four players earn all-region honors yesterday from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Seniors Lauren Cook, Gina Mancuso and Hannah Werth were named to the 14-member Mideast Region first-team, while freshman Meghan Haggerty was named honorable mention. Mancuso, who was named a unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten pick for the second consecutive year last week, has been key for the Husker offense in 2012. Cook has put together a stellar senior campaign, averaging 11.12 assists per set and totaling 1,290 total assists on the season. Werth has continued to put together a stellar Husker career in her senior season. She is averaging 3.07 kills per set and has 341 total kills on the season. The Huskers take on Washington at Qwest Center Omaha on Friday at 6:00 in NCAA Tournament Regional action. Creighton's Megan Bober and Kelli Browning have been named to the All-Central Region First Team. This marks the first time the Bluejays had two women named All-Region in the same season. Creighton wrapped up its best season in program history last Saturday, finishing 29-4.
The Nebraska men’s basketball team's back-to-back, double-digit wins over opponents from BCS conferences have at least piqued the interest of what has been a generally apathetic fan base. A win at Wake Forest last week and one at home over Southern California on Monday improved the Cornhuskers to 6-1, their best start since 2008-09. First-year coach Tim Miles says the Huskers will get a better read on themselves when they host 16th-ranked 7-1 Creighton on Thursday. Nebraska has lost ten of the last 14 meetings with its in-state rival but won three straight against the Bluejays in Lincoln. Miles said he doesn't think the Huskers will raise any eyebrows in the Big Ten or nationally unless they beat Creighton.
The Wayne State women’s basketball team is ranked 15th in this week’s USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll released yesterday. The Wildcats are 3-1 on the season and will be at home this weekend for a pair of NSIC matchups, hosting Sioux Falls Friday at 6:00 and Southwest Minnesota State Saturday at 4:00. The Wildcats have won 49 straight games at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.
Local Schedule: Cloud County CC, KS at NECC (WBB-6:00); Quakerdale Prep, IA at NECC (MBB-8:00); Nebraska at Creighton at Sokol Arena (WBB-7:05).
Local Scores: LHNE 52, Twin River 40 (BBB); LHNE 46, Twin River 31 (GBB); Pierce 38, Norfolk Catholic 30 (GBB)
Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:
Ben Burmester of the Pender wrestling team.
Richmond, Virginia was the capital of the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865.
By late next week, motorists should be able to drive the entire length of 25th Street. That's what Public Works Director Dennis Smith told members of the City Council earlier this week. Smith says the crew that will install the guardrail on the bridge west of Skyview Lake is expected to start work tomorrow, and their work will take four days. When they are finished, crews will need about two days to resurface the area under the guardrail. 25th Street has been under construction since early this spring, and closed since early summer, for widening and reconstruction. The entire length from Benjamin Avenue to the Highway 275 Bypass will now have a center turning lane.
A 26-year-old Tilden woman was arrested in Norfolk early yesterday morning for allegedly stealing a car in Tilden. Police Captain Michael Bauer says the Madison County Sheriff's Office relayed information to Norfolk Police that a car stolen earlier in Tilden was believed to be in Norfolk. Bauer says a Norfolk officer spotted the car, a white 1990 Buick Lesabre, about 2:26 a.m. near 1st Street and Norfolk Avenue. The car was stopped in the 1300 block of South First, and the driver, Donneceia Mcfarland of Tilden, was arrested for driving under suspension and theft by receiving stolen property. Mcfarland was taken to the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is seeking a court order that would allow the state pardons board to commute the sentences of prison inmates serving life for crimes they committed as juveniles. The attorney general filed the motion Tuesday after a Douglas County judge blocked the pardons board from holding hearings on 24 cases. An attorney who represents 14 of the inmates says the pardons board wants to use the hearings to subvert a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw out mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles.
Governor Dave Heineman is sending Nebraska Agriculture director Greg Ibach to Beijing, China to represent Nebraska at a workshop on U.S.-China Investment in agriculture and bio-energy. Heineman sees China playing a critical role in Nebraska's economic growth. Heineman says building relationships is the most important factor in dealing with China as a trade partner, and this week Ibach will have another opportunity to build on those relationships.
Holt County has been added to the list of areas designated by the state as "livestock friendly." Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy announced last week that Holt is the 21st county to receive the official state recognition. The county will receive road signs bearing the Livestock Friendly program logo to display along highways.
Nebraska health officials continue to urge people to get a flu shot after a jump of cases in Douglas County. Officials said Tuesday that the county has 27 confirmed cases of influenza. That's well above the normal five or fewer at this point in the season. Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour says it's too early to say what the jump means. But she says it's not too late for people to get vaccinated.
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