Sports News-November 14, 2013

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Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault reported nearly a nearly a year ago.  The university and Winston's attorney confirmed today that the Tallahassee Police Department is conducting an investigation.  Police officials refused to answer any questions, although they did release a heavily redacted two-page incident report.  The report does not mention Winston by name, but it says the incident took place between 1:30-2:00 AM last Dec. 7.  It describes the suspect in the sexual assault case as being between 5'9 and 5'11.  Winston is listed by Florida State as being 6-4.  Winston had led the Seminoles to a 9-0 record and the two ranking in the Bowl Championship Series standings.  The school says there is no change in his status for Saturday's game against Syracuse.

Detroit's Max Scherzer is runaway winner for the American League Cy Young Award, getting 28 of a possible 30 first-place votes.  Scherzer had a dream season in 2013, winning his first 13 games before finishing with a 21-3 record and 2.90 ERA.  For the second time in three years, the National League Cy Young Award goes to the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw.  He had a Major League best ERA of 1.83, a league high 232 strikeouts and a 16-9 record.  Kershaw picked up all but one of the first-place votes.

A pair of high school basketball standouts have signed letters-of-intent to play at Creighton University.  Leon Gilmore III and Ronnie Harrell will both be freshmen when they enroll in the fall of 2014 and have four years of eligibility.  Gilmore is a 6'7 wing from Texas, who attends Manvel High School.  As a high school junior, he helped his team to a 30-6 record by averaging 13.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game.  Gilmore competes for the Houston Hoops AAU program.  Harrell is a 6'7 wing from Colorado.  As a junior he averaged 13.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game, helping his team reach the state title game.

Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles announced that Jacob Hammond has signed a National Letter-of-Intent with the Husker basketball program today, the first day of the fall signing period.  Hammond, a 6'10, 230-pounder from Oklahoma, is considered one of the nation's top big men in the class of 2014.  Hammond is rated among the top 150 players in the country by Rivals.com, while he was a consensus three-star selection by ESPN.com, Scout.com and 247 Sports.com.  Hammond is the first Rivals' top-150 recruit Nebraska has signed since the site began ranking prospects in 2003.  He selected Nebraska over a number of schools, including Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech.

C.J. Carter pumped in 22 points and led four players scoring in double figures as Nebraska-Omaha won its home opener last night running past Missouri-Kansas City 101-71.  Carter rarely missed in leading the hot-shooting Mavericks, hitting 7-9 shots from the field, including 3-4 from three-point range, and was 5-5 from the free-throw line.  Nebraska-Omaha shot 53% for the game.  The Mavericks are now 2-1.  Former Norfolk Panther Jalen Bradley, scored five points in twelve minutes.

Wayne State middle hitter Alyssa Frauendorfer was named Freshman of the Year while Cori Hobbs and Leisa McClintock received All-Conference volleyball honors yesterday as the Northern Sun Conference released the 2013 NSIC All-Conference Volleyball Team as voted on by league coaches.  Frauendorfer and Hobbs each were named First Team All-NSIC while McClintock was a Second Team selection for the second straight season.

Wayne State head volleyball coach Scott Kneifl yesterday announced the signings of four high school standouts to the 2014 recruiting class.  Joining the Wildcat volleyball program for the 2014-15 academic year are Megan Gebhardt of Lutheran High Northeast, Bree Ackermann of Lincoln, Erin Gross from Tekamah/Herman and Mariah Halvorsen of Minnesota.  Gebhardt is a 5'8 senior setter/right-side hitter.  This season, she recorded 211 kills, 54 service aces, 41 blocks and 505 set assists helping the Eagles to a 23-9 record and a berth in the Class C-2 State Tournament.  As a junior in 2012, Gebhardt earned Class 'C-2' All-State honors with 180 kills and 551 set assists while helping her team to a state runner up finish with a 30-6 record.  In other Wayne State volleyball news, the team remained tenth in the latest NCAA Division II Central Region Volleyball Rankings released yesterday.  The Central Region includes teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, Great American Conference and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Wayne State head women's basketball coach Chris Kielsmeier announced yesterday the signings of five high school seniors to play basketball for the Wildcats in the 2014-15 season.  Signing during the NCAA early period are Paige Ballinger of Pender, Jasmin Bretoi of Minnesota, Kacie O'Connor from Wyoming, Taylor Reiner of Colorado and Maggie Schulte from Wynot.

Wayne State head softball coach Krista Wood announced yesterday that four high school seniors have signed national letters to play softball for the Wildcats in the 2014-15 academic year.  Signing during the NCAA early signing period include Brooke French of Iowa, Rachel Shumaker from California, Katelyn Wobken of Scribner/Snyder and Jalyn Zeiss from Wayne.

The Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team is 23-9 on the season and takes on 25-8 Hastings St. Cecilia in the opening round of the Class 'C-2' State Tournament this morning at 9:00 AM at Northwest High School in Grand Island.  The seventh seeded Lady Eagles are a wildcard in the bracket while the second seeded Hawkettes have won three in a row entering the tournament.  Lutheran High Northeast is ranked eighth in the Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star while Hastings St. Cecilia is first in the Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star.  Other matches regarding area teams in the 'C-2' bracket have Crofton facing Palmyra at 11:00, and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family battles West Point Guardian Angels at 4:00.  In Class 'C-1', at Grand Island Senior High School, Wayne takes on Ogallala at 2:00 and Columbus Scotus plays Syracuse at 6:30.  In Class 'D-1', at Grand Island Central Catholic High School, O'Neill St. Mary's plays Cross County at 2:00, Chambers/Wheeler Central goes head to head with Friend at 4:00, and Howells/Dodge meets Axtell at 8:30 PM.  In Class 'D-2', at Northwest High School, Stuart plays Falls City Sacred Heart at 8:30 PM.

The NSAA has announced game times for the Class 'C' & 'D' semifinal playoff football games.  On Monday, in Class 'D-1', in a game that can be heard on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com, Creighton hosts Exeter/Milligan at 5:00.  Pregame coverage at 4:35.  In Class 'D-2', Stuart is home against Amherst at 2:00 and Falls City Sacred Heart visits Wynot at 3:00.  On Tuesday, in Class 'C-1', Boone Central/Newman Grove goes to Cozad for a 4:00 meeting and Columbus Lakeview is at Ashland/Greenwood at 6:00.  In Class 'C-2', in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, Battle Creek hosts Doniphan/Trumbull at 5:30.  Pregame coverage at 5:00.

106 KIX & Newstalk WJAG has announced it's upcoming basketball broadcast schedule featuring 39 regular season games.  Norfolk High's girls & boys will combine for eleven broadcasts and the boys will be followed in their postseason run.  The Norfolk Catholic girls & boys will be featured in 13 broadcasts and the girls be covered in their postseason.  The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys will combine for ten broadcasts and the boys will be followed in their postseason run.  The Northeast Hawks men & women will be covered in five broadcasts.  The schedule can be viewed at 106KIX.com & WJAG.com.

Local Schedule:  Graceland at Nebraska-Omaha (WBB-7:00); WSC at Chadron St. (WBB-7:00).

Local Scores:  Nebraska-Omaha 101 Missouri-Kansas City 71 (MBB).

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