Sports News-April 16, 2013

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At least three people were killed and more than 140 others injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon yesterday afternoon, about two hours after Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia was declared the winner.  A senior United States intelligence official said two other bombs were found near the end of the course in what appeared to be a well-coordinated attack.

Lindsey Moore became the third first-round pick in Nebraska history, when she was selected with the twelfth overall pick by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2013 WNBA Draft last night.  Moore, a 5’9 point guard from Washington, joined eleven other top collegians at last night’s draft live at ESPN headquarters in Connecticut.  She joins former Husker WNBA first-rounders Kelsey Griffin and Nicole Kubik.  Moore led Nebraska to the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16, closing her career as the Huskers' all-time assist leader. She started and won more games than any other player in Nebraska history during her four-year career, while becoming the only Husker starter to play in a pair of NCAA Sweet 16s in her career.  Baylor’s Brittney Griner was the first pick to the Phoenix Mercury.

Christy Neneman, Nate Funk and Dan Smith were inducted into the Creighton Athletic Hall of Fame during a banquet last night in Omaha.  Neneman was a star women's basketball player at the school who graduated in 2004.  Funk was a standout men's basketball player who graduated in 2007.  Smith was a star pitcher who wrapped up his Creighton Baseball career in 1990 after becoming a first-round pick of the Texas Rangers.  In addition, volleyball standout Megan Bober and men's basketball sharpshooter Ethan Wragge were honored with the Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards.  For the third year in a row, Creighton honored its top teams in each gender.  The volleyball and  basketball teams shared the top women's honor, while the basketball and soccer teams shared the top men's award.  Individually, Bober and Doug McDermott were recognized as Creighton's Athletes of the Year.  It was Bober's second straight honor.

Nebraska football player Sean Fisher and track & field athlete Katelyn White have been chosen as the 2013 Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award recipients by the Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership.  The league announced yesterday that Fisher and White will receive $10,000 scholarships.  The award recognizes one male and one female Big Ten senior pursuing a postgraduate degree for achievements in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and leadership.  The award is named for the Big Ten commissioner from 1971-89.  White and Fisher have 4.0 grade-point averages.  White is completing a nutrition science degree and plans to become a physical therapist.  Fisher is finishing his business degree and plans to go to medical school.  This is the first time in six years the Duke awards have gone to athletes from the same school.

Campbell Ditto and Dana Elsasser of the Nebraska-Omaha softball team swept the Summit League Player and Pitcher of the Week awards.  Ditto, a freshman catcher, hit .625 with two home runs, five RBIs, two doubles and three runs scored in the series sweep of Indiana-Purdue University over the weekend.  Elsasser, a junior pitcher, tossed two complete-game shutouts against IUPUI over the weekend in 4-0 and 3-0 wins.  She posted 16 strikeouts, two walks and allowed just seven hits in 14.0 innings pitched.

After sweeping Minnesota Duluth in two games on Sunday, the Bulldogs got revenge on the Wildcats yesterday by sweeping the doubleheader with Wayne State by scores of 1-0 and 6-4.  WSC falls to 20-10 overall on the season and 12-4 in league play.

Carly Fehringer of Wayne State was announced yesterday as the Northern Sun Conference Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week following her performance Saturday at the Concordia Invite in Seward.  Fehringer, a junior from Wayne, uncorked the top throw in the hammer on Saturday with a new school record and NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 206’ 11”, breaking the previous school mark of 196’ 4” set by Lachel Milander at the Wildcat Classic on March 30th.  Her mark moves her into the top ranking in the Nation and is the 13th best in all divisions.  It also exceeds the USATF “B” standard mark for the USATF Outdoor National Championships to be held in June.  In addition, she is the first athlete in NSIC history to have a mark over 200’.  She also placed fifth in the shot put at 46’ 1 ¼”.  Wayne State College will be in action this weekend competing at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite in Lincoln on Saturday.

The Northeast Hawks men’s golf team competed in the first day of the Midland Spring Invite yesterday at the Fremont Country Club.  Iowa Western Community College is in the lead with a score of 299.  They lead by 15 strokes.  The Hawks currently sits in sixth place in the nine team event with a 340.  Iowa Western’s Jose Pelayo has the individual lead with a 70.  He leads by five strokes.  Kenny Kuchar of Northeast is tied for 18th with an 81 to lead the team.  Today’s final day of competition will be held at the Pines in Valley.

The Norfolk High girls tennis team participated in yesterday’s Lincoln North Star Invitational.  The Lady Panthers won the event with 48 points.  The host team was second with 38.  Emily Kortje was first in #1 Singles with a 4-0 record.  Kayla Fowler was first in #2 Singles with a 4-0 mark.  Emma Kwapnioski & Whitney Schutt were first in #1 Doubles with a 4-0 record.  McKenzie Essley & Logan Maggart were first in #2 Doubles with a 4-0 mark.  It's the first tournament that Norfolk has won since 2004.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school baseball rankings.  In both media, Papillion La Vista South remains first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while Norris remains first in Class “B”.

Local Schedule:  Millard West at Nfk High (B Socc.-6:45); Lincoln NE at Nfk High (Bsbl DH-5:00); LHNE at Laurel/Concord/Coleridge Inv. At Laurel (T&F-2:00); Nfk High at Hastings Inv. At Lochland CC (BG-10:00); Sioux City Heelan at Nfk High (G Tenn. Dual-4:00); NECC at Midland Univ. Inv. At Fremont (MG-12:00); Arkansas at Nebraska (Bsbl DH-3:05); Kansas at Creighton (Bsbl-6:30); Iowa at Nebraska-Omaha (Bsbl-2:00); WSC at Univ. Of Sioux Falls (SB DH-3:00); Albuquerque at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-6:35); Nfk Cath at O’Neill Inv. (T&F-Ccd.).

Local Scores:  Columbus Lakeview 3 Nfk Cath/LHNE 1 (B Socc.); LHNE/Nfk Cath 2 Columbus Lakeview 1 (G Socc.); Minnesota Duluth 1-6 WSC 0-4 (Bsbl DH); Omaha Storm Chasers 3 Nashville 2 (Bsbl).

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE
   
      Final    Boston              3    Tampa  Bay              2
      Final    Toronto            4    Chi  White  Sox      3
      Final    Minnesota        8    L.A.  Angels          2
      Final    Oakland          11    Houston                  2
   
   
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
   
      Final    St.  Louis      10    Pittsburgh            6
      Final    Cincinnati      4    Philadelphia        2
      Final    Washington    10    Miami                      3
      Final    San  Diego        6    L.A.  Dodgers        3
   
   
          NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
   
      Final    Chicago                102    Orlando                84
      Final    Miami                      96    Cleveland            95
      Final    Charlotte            106    New  York              95
      Final    Detroit                109    Philadelphia    101
      Final    Brooklyn              106    Washington        101
      Final    Denver                  112    Milwaukee          111
      Final    Memphis                103    Dallas                  97
      Final    Oklahoma  City    104    Sacramento          95
      Final    Utah                        96    Minnesota            80
      Final    Phoenix                119    Houston              112
      Final    Golden  State      116    San  Antonio      106
   
   
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
   
      Final          Toronto                2    New  Jersey      0
      Final          Philadelphia      7    Montreal          3
      Final          Chicago                5    Dallas              2
      Final          Vancouver            5    Nashville        2
      Final  OT    Columbus              4    Colorado          3
      Final          Minnesota            4    Calgary            3
      Final          San  Jose              4    Phoenix            0
   
        Ottawa    at    Boston    (7:00  p.m.,    postponed,    )

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