Sports News-August 8, 2012

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Former Norfolk High standout Jeremy Scott fell short in qualifying for the Pole Vault finals at the Olympics in London.  Scott missed his first attempt at 5.35 meters.  He then missed his first attempt at 5.50 meters before clearing his second try.  Scott then missed all three attempts at 5.60 meters.  He competed against 32 other vaulters for a chance at the Final on Friday afternoon at 1:00.  14 vaulters advanced to the Final with six reaching with 5.50 meters while Scott was among three vaulters that didn't qualify despite a 5.50 mark.  The 31-year-old has spent nine years training with Bell Athletics in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Scott is the tallest pole vaulter in the world at 6’9 ¾.  He says his training has helped him go from clearing 15’2 in high school in 1999 to win the state tournament to clearing 19’1 ¼ in a recent meet.

China continues to lead the medals race in London.  They have 73 of them, including 34 gold.  The United States is next with 70 medals, including 30 gold.  After a slow start, this year's hosts sit tied for third with Russia in the overall count with 48.  Great Britain won three gold on Tuesday to raise its total to 22.  That's the most the Brits have collected at any Summer Games in 104 years.

Aly Raisman grabbed the gold in the floor exercise.  The captain of the U.S. women's gymnastics team also earned the bronze medal on balance beam.  All around gold medalist Gabby Douglas finished seventh on the beam after a fall.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Browns President Mike Holmgren, & Patriots coach Bill Belichick were among more than 900 people who packed the church for the funeral service of Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid.  Garrett Reid was found dead in his dorm room Sunday morning at Lehigh University, where he was assisting the Eagles strength and conditioning coach during training camp.  The 29-year-old recovering drug addict had seemingly turned his life around.  Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie says that Andy Reid expects to return to coach the Eagles in their exhibition game Thursday.

First-year defensive coordinator John Papuchis says one of Nebraska's top priorities is to shore up a line that has been underperforming.  Opponents last season rushed for the second-most yards against the Cornhuskers since 1977, and Nebraska recorded its second-fewest sacks since the statistic was first officially tracked in 1981  Defensive ends Cameron Meredith, Jason Ankrah and tackle Baker Steinkuhler have locked up three of the four starting jobs.  With those three starting nine games together last season, the Huskers allowed an average of 158 yards on the ground to rank 64th nationally.  That number ballooned to 176 yards against Big Ten opponents.  Only eleven of the Huskers' 21 sacks came in the eight conference games.  Meredith said new line coach Rick Kaczenski is stressing the importance of playing aggressively.

The Big Ten Conference and ESPN announced the start times and television information for the 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Men’s Basketball Challenge yesterday.  Nebraska's game at Wake Forest has been set for Tuesday, Nov. 27, and will be carried on ESPNU at 8:15.  The Huskers' game at Wake Forest is one of six games across ESPN platforms that evening.  It is the second straight year that Nebraska and Wake Forest have squared off in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, as the Demon Deacons pulled out a 55-53 victory in Lincoln last November.  The Big Ten won the Commissioner's Cup for the third consecutive year in 2011, winning eight of the twelve matchups.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Top 25 Poll was released yesterday and it ranks the Creighton men's soccer team third heading into the 2012 season.  The Bluejays made a run into the College Cup in 2011, finishing the season 21-2-1 with a tie in the national semifinal match.  They finished last season ranked fourth in the NSCAA poll.  Creighton advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, marking the 19th time in the last 20 seasons, advancing to the College Cup for the first time in nine years.  The Bluejays won both the Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season and Tournament titles, setting a school record with a 14-0-0 home record.  They return a solid core of players from the 2011 squad, led by 2011 MVC All-Conference Second Team members Jose Gomez and Bruno Castro.  The duo combined for ten goals and 16 assists last season, seeing most of their playing time in the midfield.

Wayne State College was picked to finish seventh overall in the 2012 Northern Sun Conference Preseason Football Coaches’ Poll released by the league office yesterday.  The Wildcats were also selected fourth in the NSIC South Division.  Minnesota Duluth has been dubbed the NSIC & NSIC North Division favorite this season by coaches.  In the NSIC South Division, Minnesota State is the favorite.  Wayne State senior wide receiver Kevin Paulsen and senior defensive end Richard Daniel were listed as Wildcats to Watch in the NSIC this season. Paulsen is a 5’9, 170 pounder from Pierce who led Wayne State in all-purpose yards per game last season at 111.8 and was named NSIC South Division Honorable Mention last season.  Daniel is a 6-2, 225 pounder from Papillion La Vista who has earned All-NSIC South Division Team honors the last two seasons. He ranked tied for first in the NSIC in sacks with eight and forced fumbles with four.  Wayne State was 7-4 overall last year and 7-3 in the NSIC.  They open the 2012 season on the road at MSU Moorhead on September 1st with kickoff set for 1:00.

Qualifying medalist William Lawson of Omaha won a pair of matches yesterday to advance to the semifinals of the Second Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship.  Lawson topped Stan Tafoya of Lincoln 3 and 2 and Marcus Bell of Bellevue 2 and 1.  He'll now face Larry Sock of Lincoln, a Nebraska Golf Hall of Famer with six major state titles.  Sock beat the third seeded Charlie Doeden of Valley 3 and 2 and Les Johnson of Fremont 1 up.  On the other side of the bracket second seed Dave Shillinglaw of Papillion will face three seed, Jay Muller of Omaha.  Shillinglaw defeated Brian Hake of Omaha 3 and 2 and Doug Rose of Wayne 4 and 2.  Muller beat John Knicely of Omaha 4 and 2 and Bob Meyer of Omaha 3 and 2.  Norfolk’s Rob Merrill lost in the quarterfinal round of the Sam Reynolds Flight to Kirk McLaughlin of Beaver Lake 19 holes and then lost his consolation match to Gary Jacobsen of Omaha 7 & 5.

Local Schedule:  Colorado Springs at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-12:05).

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Colorado Springs 1 (Bsbl).

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