Sports News-January 22, 2013

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The Creighton men’s basketball team dropped from twelfth to 17th in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and fell from tenth to twelfth in the USA Today Coaches poll released yesterday.  The 17-2 Bluejays split two games in the last week, beating Northern Iowa at home last Tuesday 79-61 and then falling to Wichita State on the road last Saturday 67-64.  Duke is the new number one in the AP Top 25.  Michigan, Kansas, Syracuse, and Louisville round out the top five.  Creighton will be in action next when they visit 8-10 Drake in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday at 7:05.  The Bluejays are 6-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference while the Bulldogs are 2-5.

Nebraska freshman Shavon Shields was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week yesterday after setting a pair of career highs last week.  The freshman from Kansas, averaged 23.5 points on 72% shooting, seven rebounds and two steals per game in helping the Huskers to a 1-1 week.  Shields led the Huskers in scoring and rebounding in both games last week.  He is the first Nebraska freshman to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Week and the first NU rookie honored by the conference since Toney McCray during the 2008-09 season.

The Nebraska football team has added another recruit in former Western Illinois kicker Pat Smith.  He’ll walk on at Nebraska and finish his collegiate playing career with the Huskers in 2013, reported by the Omaha World Herald.  As a junior in 2012, Smith made all ten of his field-goal attempts for Western Illinois, including a long of 46 yards.  He taught himself how to punt before the season and averaged 38 yards per attempt on a school-record 84 punts.  Smith was one of ten finalists for the Fred Mitchell Award, given annually to the best college kicker outside of the Football Bowl Subdivision.  Nebraska does have one scholarship kicker, sophomore Mauro Bondi, on its roster.  Brett Maher handled all of the field-goal, punting and kickoff duties in 2012.

The Nebraska-Omaha hockey team remained 13th in one poll and slipped to 14th in another this week.  The Mavericks stay at number 13 in the latest poll from the website USCHO.com and dropped from 13th to 14th in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine.  UNO was off last week and return to action on Friday when they visit Bemidji State.  Nebraska-Omaha is 13-9-2 overall and 9-5-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated their high school basketball rankings today.  In the boys basketball polls, the 14-2 Lutheran High Northeast Eagles remain number one in the Lincoln Journal Star and second in the Omaha World Herald in Class “C-2”.  In the girls rankings, the 12-3 Norfolk Lady Panthers stay at number nine in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” in the Omaha World Herald while remaining tenth in the Lincoln Journal Star.  The 9-5 Norfolk Catholic Lady Knights dropped out of both rankings in Class “C-1”.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school basketball rankings.  In the boys rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Central remains first in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” while McCook is once again first in Class “B”.  In Class “C-1”, Wahoo High stays at number one, Boone Central/Newman Grove remains fifth, Wayne is once again sixth, Columbus Lakeview jumps from ninth to eighth, & O’Neill moves up from tenth to ninth.  In Class “C-2”, Sutton stays at number one, Lutheran High Northeast remains second, Creighton re-enters the rankings at number ten, and Hartington Cedar Catholic falls out.  In Class “D-1”, Paxton is once again first, Howells/Dodge remains second, O’Neill St. Mary’s is once again sixth, and West Point Guardian Angels stays at number ten.  In Class “D-2”, Wausa jumps from second to first, Wynot moves up from fourth to third, Lindsay Holy Family re-enters the rankings at number nine, Bancroft/Rosalie remains tenth, and Humphrey St. Francis falls from the rankings.
   
In the boys rankings, in the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Central remains first in Class “A” while McCook stays at number one in Class “B”.  In Class “C-1”, Wahoo High is once again first, Boone Central/Newman Grove remains third, Wayne stays at number four, Columbus Lakeview enters the rankings at number eight, O’Neill moves up from tenth to ninth, and Columbus Scotus falls out of the rankings.  In Class “C-2”, Lutheran High Northeast stays at number one, Creighton re-enters the rankings at number ten, and Hartington Cedar Catholic drops out of the rankings.  In Class “D-1”, Howells/Dodge is once again first, O’Neill St. Mary’s stays at number three, and Clearwater/Orchard enters the rankings at number ten.  In Class “D-2”, Giltner is the new number one, Wausa moves up from fifth to third, Wynot jumps from sixth to fourth, Lindsay Holy Family moves up from tenth to eighth, Humphrey St. Francis drops from fourth to ninth, and Bancroft/Rosalie slips from ninth to tenth.

In the girls rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Bellevue West stays at number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” and Norfolk High is ninth in both criteria.  In Class “B”, Beatrice remains number one.  In Class “C-1”, Minden remains first, Pierce moves up from fourth to third, and Norfolk Catholic falls out of the rankings.  In Class “C-2”, Crofton is once again first and Homer jumps from third to second.  In Class “D-1”, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number one, Pender is once again second, Howells/Dodge remains third, O’Neill St. Mary’s stays at number four, Emerson/Hubbard remains sixth, and Randolph enters the rankings at number nine.  In Class “D-2”, Humphrey High remains first, Wynot stays at number two, Lindsay Holy Family is once again fourth, and Osmond moves up from seventh to sixth.
    
In the Lincoln Journal Star girls rankings, Bellevue West stays at number one and Norfolk High remains tenth in Class “A”.  In Class “B”, Grand Island Northwest stays at number one.  In Class “C-1”, Pierce is the new number one after moving up from fourth and Norfolk Catholic falls out of the rankings.  In Class “C-2”, Crofton is once again first and Homer stays at number seven.  In Class “D-1”, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number one, Pender remains second, Howells/Dodge is once again third, O’Neill St. Mary’s jumps from eighth to seventh, and Emerson/Hubbard stays at number ten.  In Class “D-2”, Humphrey High remains first, Wynot is once again second, Osmond remains third, and Lindsay Holy Family is once again fourth.

Local Schedule:  O’Neill at Nfk Cath (G&B BB-5:30); LHNE Vs. Lourdes CC at Midland Lutheran College (G&B BB-6:00); Fremont at Nfk High (WR Dual-7:30); Nfk High at Elkhorn (G&B SW Dual-4:30); Central CC at NECC (W&M BB-6:00); Illinois at Nebraska (MBB-7:30).

This Evening:  The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball teams visits Midland Lutheran College in Fremont to take on Lourdes Central Catholic in a 6:00 doubleheader starting with the girls game.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Local Scores:  Creighton 73 Missouri St. 53 (WBB).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Indiana                82    Memphis                81
      Final    New  Orleans      114    Sacramento        105
      Final    Houston              100    Charlotte            94
      Final    Atlanta              104    Minnesota            96
      Final    Brooklyn              88    New  York              85
      Final    Golden  State    106    L-A  Clippers      99
      Final    San  Antonio        90    Philadelphia      85
      Final    Chicago                95    L-A  Lakers          83
      Final    Washington          98    Portland              95
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            N-Y  Islanders      4    Tampa  Bay      3
      Final  2OT    Boston                    2    Winnipeg        1  (SO  Boston  2-1)
      Final  2OT    St.  Louis              4    Nashville      3  (SO  St.  Louis  2-0)
      Final            Buffalo                  2    Toronto          1
      Final  2OT    Detroit                  4    Columbus        3  (SO  Detroit  1-0)
      Final            Ottawa                    4    Florida          0
      Final            Anaheim                  5    Calgary          4
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  3)  Syracuse          57    (21)  Cincinnati      55
      Final              Georgetown      63    (24)  Notre  Dame      47
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  3)  UConn            79    (  4)  Duke              49
      Final    (  8)  Penn  St.      59    (23)  Michigan      49

     BOYS BASKETBALL
     Allen 53, Walthill 51
 Capitol Conference Tournament
     Ashland-Greenwood 63, Platteview 62
     Fort Calhoun 70, Arlington 65, 2OT
     Raymond Central 66, Syracuse 60, OT
     Wahoo 70, Douglas County West 39
 Centennial Conference Tournament
     Bishop Neumann 74, Elkhorn Mount Michael 48
     Grand Island Central Catholic 47, Aquinas 44
     Hastings St. Cecilia 54, Omaha Concordia 44
     St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 67, Archbishop Bergan 52
 Central Conference Tournament
     Aurora 49, Schuyler 30
     Holdrege 64, Central City 37
 Crossroads Conference Tournament
     High Plains Community 83, Hampton 40
 Eastern Midlands Conference Tournament
     Elkhorn 51, Nebraska City 49
 Sandhills Conference Tournament
     Mullen 47, Arthur County 26
     SMC 40, Cody-Kilgore 14
 GIRLS BASKETBALL
     Allen 57, Walthill 29
     Homer 65, Wakefield 42
     Neligh-Oakdale 58, Stuart 49
     Ralston 62, Omaha Mercy 53
     Valentine 56, Broken Bow 29
 Centennial Conference Tournament
     Bishop Neumann 52, Grand Island Central Catholic 42
     Columbus Scotus 31, St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 26
     Lincoln Lutheran 52, Archbishop Bergan 30
     Omaha Concordia 62, Boys Town 23
 Central Conference Tournament
     Central City 43, Columbus Lakeview 31
     Schuyler 46, Aurora 36
 Crossroads Conference Tournament
     Giltner 43, Osceola 36
     Shelby/Rising City 61, Meridian 19
 Eastern Midlands Conference Tournament
     Plattsmouth 57, Nebraska City 28
 Frontier Conference Tournament
     Omaha Brownell-Talbot 46, Parkview Christian 25
     Omaha Christian Academy 41, College View Academy 24
 Republican Plains Activity Conference Tournament
     Arapahoe 58, Bertrand 41
     Cambridge 30, Medicine Valley 15
     Dundy County-Stratton 49, Wauneta-Palisade 48
     Hitchcock County 52, Paxton 47
     Southern Valley 51, Alma 39
 Southwest Conference Tournament
     Ainsworth 56, Cozad 21
     Gothenburg 38, Ogallala 34

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