Sports News-August 30, 2013

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin says he'll be under center for the season opener on September 9, tweeting, "Operation Patience complete: cleared.  But Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he needed to discuss some "concerns" with Andrews and Griffin and would make a decision Monday about whether the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year will start against Philadelphia.  Griffin, who worked out at Raymond James Stadium for about 30 minutes before walking off the field with Dr. James Andrews.  Andrews was in town to examine the quarterback's surgically repaired right knee.

Sixth-ranked South Carolina gave up fewer than 300 yards and only one touchdown in a 27-10 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels.  The Gamecocks built a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and iced the victory on Mike Davis' 75-yard touchdown run midway through the third period.  Davis finished with 115 yards on twelve carries, while Connor Shaw was 11-19 for 149 yards and one TD.

Nebraska officials say a new statue of legendary football coach Bob Devaney will grace the latest addition to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.  Athletics director Shawn Eichorst announced that the statue will be unveiled at a brief ceremony starting at 4:00 today in the new East Stadium Plaza.  Members of Devaney's family, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne, and university Chancellor Harvey Perlman are expected to attend the event.  The life-size bronze rendering was sculpted by Omaha artist Joe Putjenter.  Nebraska had but three winning teams in the 21 seasons before Devaney arrived in 1962.  Under his leadership, the Huskers won back-to-back national championships in 1970 and 1971.  Devaney served as Nebraska's athletics director from 1967 to 1993. He died May 9, 1997, at age 82.

The three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team survived a scare from Columbus Lakeview last night winning 31-27 at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field.  The Vikings, who led 14-0 after one quarter, and 27-24 with 2:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, watched the Knights' Jackson Love gallop 50 yards for a score with 1:50 remaining to give Norfolk Catholic a 31-27 victory.  Love ran for 219 yards off 28 carries and three touchdowns in the win.  Love had T-D runs of 2, 42, and 50 yards in the victory.  Columbus Lakeview led 20-10 at half-time.  The Vikings' Mark Jarecki ran for two touchdowns and caught five balls for 71 yards in the loss.  Quarterback Jack Shadley was 14-32 through the air for 167 yards and ran for 95 yards off 15 carries including a 41 yard touchdown run in the second quarter.  With the win, the Knights are now 14-0 against Columbus Lakeview in the history of the matchup, and have extended their opening night win streak to 17 games dating back to 1996.  The Knights will visit Bishop Neumann next week while the Vikings hosts Fairbury.

The Norfolk High girls golf squad gets their season underway today when they compete in the Kearney Invitational at Meadowlark Hills.  The Lady Panthers have nine girls out this year on the team.  Last year, Norfolk won the Class 'A' Championship with a senior group managed by longtime coach Jerry Cover.  Cover resigned as girls golf coach afterwards but will be back as the boys coach this spring.  Lance Kosch is the new girls coach and has a core of five players that will see varsity action in Maddy Buettner, Sami Bruening, Allison Temple, Mariah Yagow, and Whitney Lindsay.  The Lady Panthers' schedule has them participating in invitationals at Kearney, Columbus, Grand Island, the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Meet in McCook, and two in Lincoln, a dual at Fremont, and a road triangular at Columbus with Fremont involved.  Norfolk will host Columbus in a dual on September 30th and host the Norfolk Invite on September 20th at the Norfolk Country Club.  

The Norfolk Catholic girls golf team got their season underway last Tuesday with a 223-244 loss to Battle Creek.  The Lady Knights have only four girls out this year on the team.  Returning from last year's third place state tournament team is Ashlynn Pospisil.  She's joined by sophomores Mady Doggett, Libby Tielke, & Blair Benda.  Norfolk Catholic's remaining schedule has them hosting Columbus Scotus in a dual this afternoon at Eldorado Hills at 4:00, and then entertaining Stanton for a dual, visiting Plainview for a dual, going to Hartington Cedar Catholic for a triangular with Pierce involved, visiting Crofton for a dual, and participating in invitational at Pierce, O'Neill, Wayne, Columbus Scotus, and competing in the Mid States Conference Meet hosted by Crofton.  Norfolk Catholic coach Bob Hupp talked about the upcoming season.

Former Norfolk High student and athlete Erin Gesell will be participating in the Elite, 5150 Hy-Vee triathlon 25 year old female division on Sunday.  She is among the top 15 national triathlon finishers at last years event qualifying her for the Elite Championship Group.  At Norfolk High she was a four-year starter in soccer, lettering in soccer and volleyball in addition to being an all conference academic award winner.

Local Schedule:  North Platte at Nfk High (FB-7:00); Nfk High at Kearney Inv. At Meadowlark Hills (GG-9:00 AM); Columbus Scotus at Nfk Cath at Eldorado Hills (GG Dual-4:00); NECC Vs. Iowa Western-5:00; Vs. Kirkwood-7:00 (Iowa Lakes VB Inv.); Nebraska Vs. Louisiana Monroe at St. Louis, MO (VB-4:30); Creighton Vs. BYU at Bowling Green, OH (VB-3:30); Round Rock at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Tonight:  The Class 'D-1' Two-time defending state champion Elgin Public/Pope John football team entertains Randolph in the opener of the season at 7:00.  Pregame coverage 6:45 on Literock 97.5 & literock97.com.

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee West.  This Week:  Nfk High's Tom Olson & Sarah Klug; Nfk Cath's Jeff Bellar; LHNE's Darin Suckstorf & Kathy Gebhardt; and we'll review Joe Tjaden's day at Husker Media Day from this week.

Local Scores:  Kearney 8-10 Nfk High 5-8 (SB DH); Pierce 13 LHNE 0 (SB); Iowa 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 (Bsbl).

     PREP FOOTBALL
     Grand Island 54, Lincoln Northeast 14
     Millard South 20, Millard North 16
     Nebraska City Lourdes 70, Cedar Bluffs 0
     Norfolk Catholic 31, Columbus Lakeview 27

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final    Atlanta              3    Cleveland            1
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Detroit              7    Oakland                6
      Final    Kansas  City      3    Minnesota            1
      Final    L.A.  Angels      2    Tampa  Bay            0
      Final    Baltimore          3    Boston                  2
      Final    Seattle              3    Houston                2
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final    N-Y  Mets          11    Philadelphia      3
      Final    Washington        9    Miami                    0
      Final    Milwaukee          4    Pittsburgh          0
    
    
          NATIONAL  FOOTBALL  LEAGUE  PRESEASON
    
      Final    Detroit                35    Buffalo              13
      Final    Cincinnati          27    Indianapolis    10
      Final    N-Y  Jets              27    Philadelphia    20
      Final    Jacksonville      20    Atlanta              16
      Final    Miami                    24    New  Orleans      21
      Final    New  England        28    N-Y  Giants        20
      Final    Carolina              25    Pittsburgh        10
      Final    Washington          30    Tampa  Bay          12
      Final    St.  Louis            24    Baltimore          21
      Final    Cleveland            18    Chicago              16
      Final    Kansas  City        30    Green  Bay            8
      Final    Houston                24    Dallas                  6
      Final    Minnesota            24    Tennessee          23
      Final    Arizona                32    Denver                24
      Final    Seattle                22    Oakland                6
      Final    San  Francisco    41    San  Diego            6
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  FOOTBALL
    
      Final    (  6)  South  Carolina              27    North  Carolina    10
      Final    (24)  Southern  California    30    Hawaii                    13
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    Seattle      78    Connecticut      65

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