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Nebraska freshman Ameer Abdullah captured several honors for his electrifying performance against Fresno State.  The I-back/returner was named the Big Ten Special Team Player of the Week as well as the Freshman of the Week, while he also captured the College Football Performance Award for National Kickoff Returner of the Week.  Abdullah totaled 231 all-purpose yards on eight touches, an average of 28.9 yards per attempt, in Saturday's 42-29 win over the Bulldogs.  The freshman from Alabama, set Nebraska's single-game record with 211 kickoff return yards, breaking the previous mark of 186 by Josh Davis in 2002, including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown after Fresno State pulled to within 28-26 in the fourth quarter.  Abdullah also set up Nebraska's go-ahead score in the third quarter with a 38-yard return after the Huskers fell behind 20-14.  After two weeks, Abdullah is second nationally in kickoff return average and 13th nationally in punt returns.

The Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team hosts the Sacramento River Cats tonight at Werner Park in Game One of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series at 7:05.  It is the first time for Omaha in their 14 year history in the league that they will be in the title series.  They also earned their first postseason series victory since 1990, when they won the Triple-A Championship as a member of the American Association.  The Storm Chasers beat Round Rock, Texas in four games last Saturday in their American Conference Championship Series.  Sacramento defeated Reno in their series last Sunday in five games.  Omaha went 79-63 in the regular season as they won the American North Division while the River Cats sported an 88-56 mark.  They claimed the South Division.  The Storm Chasers are the affiliate of the Kansas City Royals while Sacramento is part of the Oakland Athletics organization.

The Class “C-2” Defending State Champion Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team remains number one in the Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star rankings.  Both newspapers updated their rankings today.  The Lady Eagles are 11-0 on the season and have yet to lose a set.  They are in action tonight at 1-3 Creighton at 7:30.  The Norfolk Catholic volleyball squad dropped out of the Omaha World Herald Class “C-1” rankings.  The Lady Knights were previously tenth and have a 5-2 record.

The Norfolk Catholic girls golf team placed second at yesterday’s O’Neill Invitational.  Valentine was the team champion with a 394, the Lady Knights were second with a 417, and O’Neill took third with a 421.  Individually, O’Neill’s Allison Depko was the medalist with an 86.  Valentine’s Alex Bauer was second with an 88.  Norfolk Catholic’s Paige Marsden placed fourth with a 94, teammate Hannah Baldacci was ninth with a 105, and Molly Langel placed 13th with a 108.

The Norfolk High boys tennis squad placed fifth in yesterday’s Lincoln East Invitational.  Lincoln East was the champion with a 48 while the Panthers totaled 24 points.  Jackson Kube placed fourth in #1 Singles with a 2-2 record.  Drew Dudley was third in #2 Singles with a 3-1 mark.  Keith Finn & Tyler Juhlin went 1-3 in #1 Doubles and Keaton Kreikemeier & Mitch Dudley finished 2-2 in #2 Doubles.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High & Lincoln SW at Fremont Tri. (VB-5:00); Nfk High at Fremont (GG Dual-4:15); Columbus at Nfk High (B. Tenn. Dual-4:15); Hartington CC at Nfk Cath (VB-7:30); Nfk Cath at Wayne Inv. (CC-5:00); LHNE at Creighton (VB-7:30); Emporia St. At WSC (W. Socc.-4:00).

Local Scores:  LHNE 9-2 David City Aquinas 1-13 (SB DH).

NFL Scoreboard:  New England 38 Miami 24; Oakland 23 Denver 20.




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Members of the Norfolk Public Schools Board of Education gave unanimous approval Monday night to a total budget of $61,370,470 for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Director of Business Services Vicky Schwartz says the district's tax asking will be down slightly, amounting to about $5.85 on a house with a tax value of $100,000. The tax levy approved by the School Board is $1.31867 per hundred dollars of valuation. Schwartz says there was a 1.45 percent increase in valuation in the district this year, after a decrease in total valuation last year. She says 75 percent of the district's expenditures are for general instruction, special education and pupil support - money spent directly on classroom activities for students.

Some 74 students have enrolled in Nebraska's pilot program for online education. The University of Nebraska is offering the online courses through its own virtual high school. President J.B. Milliken says students from 25 Nebraska high schools have signed up for math, science, language and other courses. The pilot program announced last month was to have space for 50 students, with the university footing the bill for the first year.

The two people killed Friday night in a motorcycle collision on a northeast Nebraska highway were students at Wayne State College.  Christopher Oberg, 20, of Mapleton, Iowa, and Alexis Calfee, 19, of Bennet were killed in a crash just west of Emerson. Oberg and Calfee were second year students at Wayne State and had participated in athletics with the Wayne State track team. A memorial organized by their friends was held last night at Wayne State's Memorial Stadium.

A national leader of a national group opposed to Planned Parenthood's services was in Norfolk Monday night  expressing concerns over the organization's announcement that it plans to expand outside Omaha and Lincoln into other Nebraska communities including Norfolk. Jim Selak is vice president of the American Life League and founder of Stop Planned Parenthood International. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland CEO Jill June has not said if abortion services would be provided in the clinics which they hope to open over the next five years. Sedlak was brought to Norfolk to speak by Norfolk Area Right To Life.

Governor Dave Heineman is touting a new program that encourages students to make healthy food choices. Schools participating in the "Fuel Up to Play 60" program can apply for funding for taste-testing healthy foods to add to their lunch menus. Nearly 1,000 Nebraska schools have signed up so far.

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