Sports News-January 8, 2013

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Alabama raced out to a 35-0 lead and claimed its second consecutive national championship by clobbering Notre Dame 42-14.  A.J. McCarron completed 20 of his 28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns, two to Amari Cooper.  Eddie Lacy rushed for a 20-yard touchdown less than three minutes into the game and finished with 140 yards on 20 carries.

The 13-1 Alabama Crimson Tide was voted national champion by The Associated Press for the ninth time, more than any other program in college football, after routing Notre Dame 42-14 last  night.  Notre Dame dropped to fourth.  Nebraska, which lost to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl, finished the season 10-4 and held on to the 25th spot in the poll.  12-1 Oregon finished second, and undefeated 12-0 Ohio State, banned from the postseason because of NCAA sanctions was third.  Georgia and Texas A&M tied for fifth.

The Creighton men’s basketball team jumped from 16th to 13th in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and remained eleventh in the USA Today Coaches poll released yesterday.  The 14-1 Bluejays won two games in the last week, beating Illinois State on the road last Wednesday 79-72 and then defeated Indiana State 79-66 at home last Saturday.  Duke remains first in the AP Top 25.  Michigan, Louisville, Arizona, and Indiana round out the top five.  Creighton will be in action next when they host 6-8 Drake on Tuesday at 7:05.  The Bluejays are 3-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference while the Bulldogs are 0-3.

For the second time this season, senior guard Paige Frauendorfer of the Nebraska-Omaha women’s basketball team has been named Summit League Women's Basketball Player of the Week.  The former Humphrey High standout recorded two double-doubles in a pair of league wins last week.  In a 59-41 win over Oakland on Thursday, the senior guard had 16 points, eleven rebounds, four assists and four steals.  On Friday, she scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season in the 60-50 win over Fort Wayne.  For the week, Frauendorfer averaged 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and three steals.  She is the second Summit League women's basketball player to earn multiple honors so far this season.

Continuing back pain has forced junior Adrianna Maurer to end her playing career for the Nebraska women’s basketball team.  Maurer, a 6’3 center from Shawnee Mission, Kansas, played in nine non conference games this season, averaging 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds.  As a sophomore, Maurer's season was cut short after she underwent major back surgery.  In 43 career games, Maurer scored 113 points and grabbed 91 rebounds.  She was the only center on Nebraska’s roster this season.

Four Creighton men’s soccer players earned spots on the Soccer America MVP teams announced yesterday.  The teams honor players who had the biggest impact on their teams success regardless of position.  Midfielder Jose Gomez mad the Soccer America MVP first team, while defender Andrew Ribeiro made the MVP second team.  Freshman Jeff Gal and Timo Pitter both made the All-Freshman first team.

The Nebraska-Omaha hockey team moved up in both weekly polls after sweeping two games from Colorado College last week.  The Mavericks are ranked 13th in the latest poll from the website USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine.  UNO returns to action on Friday and Saturday when they visit Denver College.  Nebraska-Omaha is 13-8-1 overall and 9-4-1 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 10-2 Lutheran High Northeast Eagles slipped from first to second in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class “C-2” and dropped from first to third in the Omaha World Herald.   The 4-7 Norfolk High boys dropped out of the Lincoln Journal Star rankings for Class “A”.  The 6-5 Norfolk Catholic Knights fell out of both media polls in Class “C-1”.  In the girls rankings, the 9-2 Norfolk Lady Panthers appeared in the Class “A” polls for both media at number ten.  The 6-3 Norfolk Catholic Lady Knights dropped out of both rankings in Class “C-1”.  The 4-7 Lutheran High Northeast Lady Eagles fell out of both polls in Class “C-2”.

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 the new number one in Class “B”.  In Class “C-1”, Wahoo High is the new number one, Boone Central/Newman Grove slips from fourth to sixth, Wayne stays at number seven, and Norfolk Catholic falls out of the rankings.  In Class “C-2”, Freeman is the new number one, Lutheran High Northeast drops from first to third, Hartington Cedar Catholic slips from fourth to sixth, and Creighton enters the rankings at number nine.  In Class “D-1”, Paxton is the new number one, Howells/Dodge improves from fifth to second, O’Neill St. Mary’s slips from second to sixth, and West Point Guardian Angels drops from eighth to tenth.  In Class “D-2”, Falls City Sacred Heart is the new number one, Humphrey St. Francis remains second, Wausa jumps from sixth to fourth, Wynot slips from third to fifth, Bancroft/Rosalie enters the rankings at number ten, and Lindsay Holy Family falls out of the rankings.
    In the boys rankings, in the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Central remains first and Norfolk High drops out of the rankings in Class “A” while McCook is the new number one in Class “B”.  In Class “C-1”, Wahoo High is the new number one, Boone Central/Newman Grove slips from fourth to sixth, Wayne jumps from ninth to seventh, and Norfolk Catholic falls out of the rankings.  In Class “C-2”, Freeman is the new number one, Lutheran High Northeast drops from first to second, Hartington Cedar Catholic slips from second to seventh, and Creighton enters the rankings at number nine.  In Class “D-1”, Howells/Dodge improves from third to first, O’Neill St. Mary’s slips from first to third, and West Point Guardian Angels drops out of the rankings.  In Class “D-2”, Falls City Sacred Heart is the new number one, Humphrey St. Francis remains third, Wausa jumps from fifth to fourth, Wynot slips from fourth to fifth, Bancroft/Rosalie enters the rankings at number nine, and Ewing & Lindsay Holy Family fall out of the rankings.

In the girls rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Bellevue West is the new number one in the “Nebraska Top 10” & Class “A” and Norfolk High enters the Class “A” rankings at number ten.  In Class “B”, Beatrice is the new number one.  In Class “C-1”, Minden remains first, Pierce jumps from eighth to fourth, and Norfolk Catholic, Boone Central/Newman Grove, and Columbus Scotus drop out of the rankings.  In Class “C-2”, Crofton is once again first, Homer stays at number four, Hartington Cedar Catholic slips from eighth to ninth, and Lutheran High Northeast falls out of the rankings.  In Class “D-1”, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number one, Pender moves up from third to second, Howells/Dodge slips from second to third, O’Neill St. Mary’s moves up from fifth to fourth, Emerson/Hubbard enters the rankings at number five, and Randolph drops out of the rankings.  In Class “D-2”, Humphrey High remains first, Wynot stays at number two, Lindsay Holy Family is once again fourth, and Osmond enters the rankings at number nine.
    In the Lincoln Journal Star girls rankings, Bellevue West is the new number and Norfolk High enters the Class “A” rankings at number ten.  In Class “B”, Grand Island Northwest is the new number one.  In Class “C-1”, Kearney Catholic is the new number one, Pierce enters the rankings at number four, Columbus Scotus moves up from eighth to seventh, and Norfolk Catholic and Boone Central/Newman Grove drop out of the rankings.  In Class “C-2”, Crofton is once again first, Homer stays at number seven, Hartington Cedar Catholic enters the rankings at number ten, and Lutheran High Northeast falls out of the rankings.  In Class “D-1”, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number one, Pender moves up from third to second, Howells/Dodge slips from second to third, O’Neill St. Mary’s slips from seventh to eighth, and Emerson/Hubbard enters the rankings at number ten.  In Class “D-2”, Humphrey High remains first, Wynot jumps from third to second, Osmond falls from second to third, Lindsay Holy Family is once again fourth, and Bancroft/Rosalie and Ewing fall out of the rankings.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath at Columbus Scotus (G&B BB-6:15); Crofton at LHNE (G&B BB-6:30); Columbus at Nfk High (WR Dual-7:00); Columbus at Nfk High (G&B SW Dual-4:30); Drake at Creighton (MBB-7:05).

This Evening:  The Norfolk Catholic girls & boys basketball teams are on the road at Columbus Scotus for a doubleheader starting with the girls game at 6:15.  Pregame coverage at 5:55 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final          Washington      101    Oklahoma  City      99
      Final          Boston              102    New  York                96
      Final          Chicago            118    Cleveland              92
      Final          New  Orleans      95    San  Antonio          88
      Final          Utah                  100    Dallas                    94
      Final          Memphis            113    Sacramento            81
      Final  OT    Portland          125    Orlando                119
    
    
           TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  5)  Indiana            74              Penn  St.          51
      Final    (17)  Notre  Dame      66    (21)  Cincinnati      60

     BOYS BASKETBALL
     Banner County 51, Hyannis 36
     Douglas County West 53, Scribner-Snyder 34
     Elkhorn 55, Schuyler 42
     Omaha Brownell-Talbot 43, College View Academy 39
     Sutton 71, Silver Lake 29
 Knight Classic Tournament
     Archbishop Bergan 83, Hartington Cedar Catholic 79, 3OT
 GIRLS BASKETBALL
     Elkhorn 55, Schuyler 27
     Friend 56, Cross County 36
     Guardian Angels 76, O'Neill 37
     Hyannis 71, Banner County 19
     Omaha Brownell-Talbot 38, College View Academy 25
     Scribner-Snyder 37, Douglas County West 29
     Sutton 45, Silver Lake 38
 MUDECAS Class A Tournament
     Exeter/Milligan 42, Freeman 39
     Falls City Sacred Heart 40, Diller-Odell 30
     Southern 32, Palmyra 29
     Sterling 42, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 35
 MUDECAS Class B Tournament
     Johnson-Brock 39, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 20
     Lewiston 44, Johnson County Central 19
     Nebraska City Lourdes 49, Parkview Christian 11
     Pawnee City 56, Meridian 43

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