Sports News-March 5, 2014
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Tommy Armstrong Jr. remains Nebraska's first string quarterback heading into coach Mike Riley's first spring practice with the Cornhuskers. Besides that, the offense is going to look much different as Riley begins installing a pro-style system when practice begins Saturday. Armstrong said yesterday he won't get nearly the number of rushing attempts in the new offense. Armstrong ran 145 times in 2014, mostly on designed runs and zone-read keepers. Riley said he would divide the team into two groups for spring practices so he can familiarize himself with and better evaluate the players. Coaches will conduct two separate practices each day, with about 60 players on Team Red and 60 on Team White. The spring game is April 11.
Four athletes from Wayne State have qualified in five events for next weekend’s NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, hosted by Alabama-Huntsville March 13-14. Redshirt freshman Braxton Adams will compete in the 60 meter dash. Senior Sara Wells has qualified in the shot put for the third straight year and is a two-time All-American in the event. Sophomore Michaela Dendinger has qualified for indoor nationals in the shot put and weight throw. Freshman Shandan Platt will compete in the shot put. The Wayne State women’s team is ranked 25th in this week’s NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Team Computer Rankings released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Northeast Hawks women’s basketball team has dropped out of the latest NJCAA Division I Top 25 Poll. The Hawks lost to 17th ranked Iowa Western Community College in the Region XI Championship Game last Saturday at home 66-61. Northeast’s final mark is 25-6.
The NSAA has released the Boys State Basketball Tournament bracket which gets underway on Thursday, March 12. Regarding area teams, 25-0 Norfolk High will play 20-5 Lincoln Northeast in the Class ‘A’ bracket at Pinnacle Bank Arena at 3:45. In Class ‘C-1’, 24-1 Winnebago meets 19-6 Wahoo High at 9:00 AM and 20-5 Columbus Scotus plays 22-3 Falls City at 3:45 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. In Class ‘C-2’, 18-7 Hartington Cedar Catholic takes on 24-1 Hastings St. Cecilia at 7:00 and 21-5 Battle Creek faces 23-4 Bridgeport at 8:45 in games at Lincoln Northeast High School. In Class ‘D-1’, 24-1 Clearwater/Orchard meets 21-4 Humphrey St. Francis at 10:45 and 17-8 Bloomfield plays 21-3 Heartland at 2:00 in games at Lincoln Southeast High School. In Class ‘D-2’, 25-1 Bancroft/Rosalie battles 17-7 Bertrand at Lincoln Southeast High School at 7:00.
The Girls State Basketball Tournament gets underway today at various sites in Lincoln. In Class ‘A’, in a game that can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 780 AM, 105.9 FM, & WJAG.com, Norfolk High plays Omaha Benson at Pinnacle Bank Arena at 2:00. Pregame coverage at 1:40. In Class ‘C-1’, at the Devaney Center, in a game that can be heard on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com, Pierce takes on Minden at 9:00 AM. Pregame coverage at 8:40. In a game that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, Norfolk Catholic meets Bishop Neumann of Wahoo at 2:00. Pregame coverage at 1:40. In Class ‘C-2’, at Lincoln North Star, Crofton takes on Ponca at 2:00 and West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic faces Yutan at 3:45. In Class ‘D-1’, at Lincoln Southwest, in a games that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, Humphrey St. Francis plays Dundy County-Stratton at 9:00 AM and Howells/Dodge meets Emerson/Hubbard at 10:45. Pregame coverage at 8:40 AM. Elsewhere in Class ‘D-1’, O’Neill St. Mary’s faces Friend at 2:00 and Fullerton takes on Blue Hill at 3:45. In Class ‘D-2’, Stuart meets Mullen at Lincoln North Star at 9:00 AM and Wynot battles Hampton at Lincoln Southwest at 8:45. Also on today’s local schedule, the Nebraska women’s basketball team plays Illinois in the Big 10 Tournament at Hoffman Estates, Illinois at 6:00.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Indiana 105 New York 82
Final Phoenix 105 Orlando 100
Final Charlotte 115 Brooklyn 91
Final Cleveland 120 Toronto 112
Final Boston 85 Utah 84
Final Denver 100 Minnesota 85
Final New Orleans 88 Detroit 85
Final Miami 100 L-A Lakers 94
Final Memphis 102 Houston 100
Final OT Oklahoma City 123 Philadelphia 118
Final San Antonio 112 Sacramento 85
Final Golden State 102 Milwaukee 93
Final OT Portland 98 L-A Clippers 93
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Ottawa 3 Winnipeg 1
Final OT Detroit 2 N-Y Rangers 1
Final Anaheim 3 Montreal 1
Final Colorado 3 Pittsburgh 1
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 3) Duke 94 Wake Forest 51
Final (12) Notre Dame 71 (16) Louisville 59
Final (23) Ohio St. 77 Penn St. 67
Final (24) Providence 79 Seton Hall 66