Sports News-May 15, 2013

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The San Antonio Spurs got 25 points and ten assists from point guard Tony Parker and eased past Golden State 109-91 for a 3-2 series lead over the Warriors.  Game Six of this series is Thursday night in Oakland.
The Indiana Pacers are one victory away from reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004.  George Hill's 26 points led the Pacers to a 93-82 win and a 3-1 series lead over the New York Knicks, who return home for Game Five Thursday night.

Top prep basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins has signed a letter of intent to attend Kansas, adding to the Jayhawks already strong recruiting class.  The son of former NBA first round draft choice Mitchell Wiggins averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds this past season.

The Nebraska baseball team pounded out 16 hits last night in beating Creighton 12-9 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.  Austin Darby & Tanner Lubach each had three hits for N-U while Lubach drove in four runs.  Rich Sanguinetti & Jake Placzek each had two hits for the Huskers in the win.  Nebraska held on despite leading 9-1 after the top of the fifth inning.  The Bluejays plated seven runs in the bottom of the fifth & sixth innings.  Creighton’s Federico Castagnini hit his first homerun of the year.  N-U’s Tyler Niederklein was the winning pitcher while the Bluejays’ Matt Warren took the loss.  Nebraska is now 24-26 overall while Creighton drops to 28-15.

The Nebraska men’s basketball team is set to face Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin once each during the 2013-14 season, as the Big Ten Conference announced the single-play matchups yesterday.  With an 18-game conference schedule, four teams are deemed single-play opponents, while Nebraska will face the remaining seven teams in Lincoln and on the road.  This season, Nebraska’s single-play home opponents are Wisconsin and Minnesota, while Iowa and Michigan State will be the two teams NU only faces on the road.  Nebraska’s Big Ten home slate at Pinnacle Bank Arena will feature six of the seven Big Ten teams which made the NCAA Tournament in 2012-13, including NCAA runner-up Michigan, Big Ten regular-season champion Indiana, Big Ten Tournament champion Ohio State, NCAA qualifiers Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue.  On the road, Nebraska will make trips to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue.

The Big Ten Conference announced its 2013 outdoor track and field individual award winners yesterday.  Nebraska senior Mara Griva was named the Field Athlete of the Year and of the Championships, while head coach Gary Pepin was named the Men’s’ Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year as voted on by the Big Ten coaches.  Pepin was honored after leading his men’s team to their first Big Ten team title at last weekend's 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Columbus, Ohio where Nebraska beat Minnesota 131.50-93.  As the men's and women's coach, he has guided the Huskers to 69 conference titles, including 44 Big Eight championships, 23 Big XII team titles and two Big Ten crowns.  Griva was honored by the Big Ten coaches after earning the long and triple jump titles at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

Wayne State has qualified in nine events for the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Track & Field Championships to be held May 23-25 in Pueblo, Colorado.  The three day event will be hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo.  The Wildcat women have five individuals competing in eight events while the men’s squad has one qualifier in one event.  The competitors include Carly Fehringer (Hammer Throw & Shot Put);  Mackenzie Masching & Lachel Milander (Hammer Throw);  Emily Wells (Hammer Throw & Discus);  Sara Wells (Shot Put & Discus); & Brad Wright (Discus).

The Norfolk Catholic boys golf team participated at yesterday’s C-4 District Meet at Indianhead Golf Course in Grand Island.  Gibbon was the team champion with a 317, Elgin Public/Pope John was second carding a 336, and Ord took third with a 337.  All three teams qualified for the State Championships next week at Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln.  Norfolk Catholic finished fourth with a 354.  Gibbon’s Rylee Reinertson was the medalist shooting a 69.  He won by seven strokes.  The Knights’ Riley Knake was the only qualifier for the State Championships for the school.  He finished sixth with an 81.

The Lincoln Journal Star posted its final high school soccer rankings.  In the boys rankings, Class “A” State Champion Omaha South remains first.  In Class “B”, State Champion South Sioux City is the new number one, Columbus jumps from sixth to fourth, Schuyler slips from third to fifth, and Columbus Scotus stays at number eight.  In the girls rankings, Class “A” Champion Millard West is the new number one.  In Class “B”, Champion Omaha Skutt remains first, and Columbus Scotus stays at number four.

Local Scores:  Nebraska 12 Creighton 9 (Bsbl); Nebraska-Omaha 7-7 Western Illinois 6-4 (Bsbl DH); Colorado Springs 9 Omaha Storm Chasers 5 (Bsbl).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Laura Miksch of the Columbus Scotus girls track & field team.

      Final            Philadelphia        6    Cleveland              2
      Final            San  Diego              3    Baltimore              2
      Final            Toronto                10    San  Francisco      6
      Final            N-Y  Yankees          4    Seattle                  3
      Final            Detroit                  6    Houston                  2
      Final            Tampa  Bay              5    Boston                    3
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      4    Minnesota              2
      Final            L.A.  Angels          6    Kansas  City          2
      Final            Texas                      6    Oakland                  5,  10  Innings
      Final            Pittsburgh            4    Milwaukee              3,  12  Innings
      Final            Cincinnati            6    Miami                      2
      Final            Colorado                9    Chi  Cubs                4
      Final            St.  Louis            10    N-Y  Mets                4
      Final            Arizona                  2    Atlanta                  0
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers        2    Washington            0
      Final    Indiana              93    New  York              82
      Final    San  Antonio    109    Golden  State      91
      Final    Pittsburgh        4    Ottawa          1
      Final    Los  Angeles      2    San  Jose      0

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