Sports News-August 26, 2013

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Adam Scott closed with a 5-under-par 66 to win The Barclays by one stroke over four others.  He finished at 11-under 273 and moved to a career-best second in the world in winning the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs.  Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Gary Woodland and Graham DeLaet tied for second, one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, and D.A. Points.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion in Saturday's preseason loss to the Washington Redskins, a league source told ESPN.  Per the source, the Bills are proceeding as if the concussion, which was termed "serious," could be career-ending.  Kolb will undergo a battery of tests and the Bills do not want to rush him back even if he can continue his career.  While diving for a first down in Saturday's game, he was kneed in the helmet by a Redskins defender.  The Bills are already without rookie EJ Manuel, who underwent a minor procedure on his left knee last week.  Yesterday, the team signed veteran quarterback Matt Leinart and traded with the Detroit Lions for backup quarterback Thad Lewis.

Australia's Bronson La'Cassie won the Cox Classic at Champions Run in Omaha yesterday to earn a PGA Tour card with a sixth-place finish on the Web.com Tour money list.  The former University of Minnesota player beat Matt Bettencourt with a par on the third hole of a playoff.  La'Cassie closed with a 4-under 67 to match Bettencourt at 21-under 263 at Champions Run.  Bettencourt also finished with a 67.  La'Cassie earned $144,000 to jump from 33rd to sixth on the money list with $255,629.  The top 25 after the tournament earned PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season.  

The Lincoln Journal Star has announced it's preseason high school football rankings.  Class 'A' Champion Millard North is ranked first.  Class 'B' Defending State Champion Omaha Gross is preseason ranked first in their class.  In Class 'C-1', Three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic is number one, Pierce is ranked third, Boone Central/Newman Grove is ranked fourth, and Columbus Lakeview is fifth.  In Class 'C-2", Two-time defending state champion David City Aquinas is ranked first, Crofton is fourth, Lutheran High Northeast is ranked fifth, Oakland/Craig is eighth, and Hartington Cedar Catholic is ranked tenth.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan is number one, Howells/Dodge is ranked second, Creighton is third, West Point Guardian Angels is ranked fourth, and Elgin Public/Pope John is fifth.  In Class 'D-2', Defending State Champion Giltner is preseason ranked first, Humphrey St. Francis is second, Wynot is ranked sixth, and Bancroft/Rosalie is seventh.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake is ranked first and Elkhorn Valley is fourth.

The Northeast Community College men's golf team gets their season underway today when they host a triangular at the Norfolk Country Club against Midland University & Central Community College of Columbus at 1:00.  This year's Hawk roster includes Justin Bruntz & Michael Bergquist of Colorado, Justin Mlnarik of Schuyler, Dustin Vinson of Grand Island, Corby Forbes of Plainview, Brandon Schmidt of Columbus, Alex Dredge of Valentine, Mike Smith & Mitchell Smith of Battle Creek, Trae Deeder of Madison, & and Trever Miller of Lexington.  Northeast's schedule includes today's triangular at the Norfolk Country Club, the Des Moines Area Invite in Boone, Iowa, the Midland Invite in Fremont, the Doane Invite in Lincoln, the Iowa Lakes Invite in Okoboji, Iowa, the Dakota Wesleyan Invite in Mitchell, South Dakota, the Eagle Classic in Marian, Iowa, and then hosting the Nebraska Intercollegiate on October 11-12.

The Nebraska Lawdawg football team dropped a 7-3 decision on Saturday night at home to the Kansas City Panthers.  The lone touchdown of the game was a David Jones 35 yard touchdown pass to Avery Washington in the first quarter to stake the Panthers to a 7-0 lead.  The Norfolk-based Lawdawgs' lone score was a 28 yard field goal by Alan Strong in the fourth quarter.  The Lawdawgs had six turnovers in the game with five fumbles and an interception.  They had 226 yards of total offense while Kansas City mustered only 146.  The Lawdawgs' Adam Simpson led the team in rushing with 54 yards on ten carries.  Quarterback Sam Kurpgeweit was 5-18 for 94 yards an interception.  The Panthers are 1-0 on the season while the Lawdawgs drop to 2-2.  The Lawdawgs will be home next Saturday when they play the Minot Oilers of North Dakota.

The Northeast Community College volleyball team is 4-0 on the season after beating McCook Comity College in three sets and Southeast in four on Friday.  On Saturday, the Hawks edged Marshalltown of Iowa in five sets 27-25, 19-25, 22-25, 26-24, 15-7 and Cloud County of Kansas in four sets 14-25, 25-15, 26-24, 27-25.  Northeast has reinstated volleyball after the program was disbanded in 2002-2003 with Amanda Schultze being named as the head coach.  This year's Hawk roster includes Stanton's Kennedy Cheyney, Allen's Brittany Sullivan, Winside's Nazya Thies, Atkinson's Shelby Weber, Randolph's Kirsten Fink, Wayne's Sarah Maxson, and Haley Roelle & Sydney Luedtke from Creston.  Northeast's regular season schedule includes home matches with McCook, North Platte, Central of Columbus, Southeast, and Iowa schools Kirkwood, Ellsworth, Southwestern, Southeastern, Iowa Western, and Des Moines Area.  The Hawks have no time to relax as they host McCook on Tuesday, visit North Iowa Area in Mason City, Iowa on Wednesday, and compete in the Iowa Lakes Community College Tournament at Estherville, Iowa on Friday & Saturday.  

The Lutheran High Northeast softball team got their season underway last Saturday where they went 1-1 at the Wayne Invite.  They beat North Bend Central 11-3 in five innings before falling to West Point-Beemer 7-0.  The Lady Eagles have ten girls out this year under second year coach Kiley Koch.  The team will try to improve upon last year's 9-20 record.  Lutheran High Northeast will be in action next when they host 1-0 Pierce on Thursday.

The Norfolk Catholic volleyball team gets their season underway on Thursday, September fifth when they visit Pierce for a triangular with Schuyler involved.  The Lady Knights return only two players with starting experience this year in senior Nicole Ramaekers & junior Kristin Maguire and they also have a new head coach in Travis Fisher.  Fisher takes over for Gail Borgmann, who resigned after last year's State Tournament team that finished 28-3.  Norfolk Catholic's schedule includes home games with Hartington Cedar Catholic, an invitational on September 28th with Boone Central, Crofton, and Lutheran High Northeast.  Other home dates include Battle Creek, Bishop Neumann, and O'Neill.  

The three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team gets their season underway on Thursday when they host Lincoln Journal Star fifth ranked Columbus Lakeview in the opener for both teams.  The Knights return three players with starting experience on the offensive side of the ball and two players with starting experience on the defensive side of the ball.  They were 12-1 last season winning the State Championship Game over Boone Central/Newman Grove 24-13.  Norfolk Catholic is preseason ranked first in both the Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star.  Their home schedule features games with Columbus Lakeview, Boone Central/Newman Grove, Wahoo, & Wayne while visiting Bishop Neumann, Madison, West Point-Beemer, and Pierce.  Thursday's game between Norfolk Catholic and Columbus Lakeview can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

The Norfolk High football team gets their season underway on Friday when they host North Platte in the opener for both teams.  The Panthers return eight players with starting experience on the offensive side of the ball while nine players with starting experience return on the defensive side of the ball.  The Panthers were 4-6 last season falling in the opening round of the state playoffs.  Norfolk High's home schedule features games with North Platte, Fremont, Grand Island, Lincoln Southwest, & Lincoln East while visiting Kearney, Lincoln Pius X, Lincoln Southeast, and Lincoln Northeast.  

The Norfolk High softball team is 0-4 on the season after being swept in doubleheaders by Lincoln Southeast 10-2 & 9-1 last Thursday before falling in a twinbill at home last Saturday to Grand Island 15-1 & 12-0.  The Lady Panthers return four players with starting experience this year in junior catcher Lakyn McCarter, senior Emma Kwapnioski, junior Malia Gass, and junior pitcher/first baseman Skyler Johnson.  Norfolk's 38 regular season game schedule includes home games with , Fremont, the Norfolk Invite, Lincoln North Star, O'Neill, Bellevue West, and Lincoln High.  Their upcoming schedule has them visiting Lincoln Northeast for a doubleheader on Tuesday, going to Kearney for a twinbill on Thursday, and then participating in the Lincoln Public Schools Tournament on Saturday.

Local Schedule:  Midland & Central CC at NECC at Nfk CC (MG Tri.-1:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Iowa (Bsbl-6:35)

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 5 New Orleans 3 (Bsbl); Nebraska 4 Cincinnati 1 (W Socc.); Boise St. 2 Creighton 1 (W. Socc.); UTEP 2 Nebraska-Omaha 0 (W. Socc.). 

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final            Detroit                11    N-Y  Mets              3
      Final            Kansas  City          6    Washington          4
      Final            Boston                    8    L.A.  Dodgers      1
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Cleveland              3    Minnesota            1
      Final            Baltimore            10    Oakland                3
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          3    Tampa  Bay            2,  11  Innings
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      5    Texas                    2
      Final            Toronto                  2    Houston                1
      Final            L.A.  Angels          7    Seattle                1
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Colorado                4    Miami                    3
      Final            Milwaukee              3    Cincinnati          1
      Final            Philadelphia        9    Arizona                5
      Final            Atlanta                  5    St.  Louis            2
      Final            San  Francisco      4    Pittsburgh          0
      Final            San  Diego              3    Chi  Cubs              2,  15  Innings
    
    
          NATIONAL  FOOTBALL  LEAGUE  PRESEASON
    
      Final    New  Orleans        31    Houston        23
      Final    San  Francisco    34    Minnesota    14
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final            San  Antonio      70    Seattle              64
      Final            New  York            74    Connecticut      66
      Final  2OT    Los  Angeles      90    Tulsa                  88

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