Sports News-November 18, 2013

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The Kansas City Chiefs' bid for a perfect season has ended with a 27-17 loss to the Broncos in Denver.  Alex Smith threw for two touchdowns but completed just 21 of his 45 passes for 230 yards.  Montee Ball had a pair of short touchdown runs and Peyton Manning passed for 323 yards and a TD as the Broncos pulled even with the Chiefs atop the AFC West at 9-1.
 
Alabama remains first in the Bowl Championship Series standings, followed by Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor.  The Buckeyes and Bears moved up with Stanford's loss at Southern Cal on Saturday, leaving Oregon at number five.
 
Jimmie Johnson clinched his sixth Sprint Cup title in eight years with a ninth-place finish in the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Johnson is now one behind Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt for the most driver championships in the circuit's history.  Matt Kenseth led a race-high 144 laps and earned a second-place finish but ended up 19 points behind Johnson in the Chase standings.

Ray Gallegos scored a game-high 18 points off the bench to lead five players in double figures, as Nebraska improved to 3-0 on the season with an 83-57 win over South Carolina State.  Gallegos, who didn't play in Nebraska's first two games, showed no rust by hitting 6-10 from three-point range, as the senior guard finished with 18 points in 23 minutes of action.  It marked the fifth time in his career that Gallegos hit at least six three-pointers in a game, as he led the Big Ten in three-pointers per game last season.  Gallegos was one of two Huskers making their season debut on Sunday, as junior guard Deverell Biggs added 18 points, two assists and three rebounds in 23 minutes.  Biggs, who redshirted last season, hit 5-10 shots from the floor and got to the line ten times, as Nebraska went 23-of-32 from the line.  The Huskers will now hit the road for the first time this season, as they head to Charleston, South Carolina for the Charleston Classic.  The Huskers take on Massachusetts Thursday at 11:30.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have posted their final high school volleyball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Class 'A' champion Omaha Marian is the new number one in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'.  Class 'B' champion Norris is the new number one in their class.  In Class 'C-1', Two-time defending champion Kearney Catholic is the new number one, Columbus Scotus drops from first to fourth, and Columbus Lakeview remains ninth.  In Class 'C-2', champion Hastings St. Cecilia stays at number one, West Point Guardian Angels is once again third, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family drops from second to fourth, Crofton slips from fourth to sixth, Stanton stays at number seven, Lutheran High Northeast remains eighth, and Hartington Cedar Catholic is once again tenth.  In Class 'D-1', champion O'Neill St. Mary's stays at number one, Howells/Dodge is once again third, Chambers/Wheeler Central falls from fourth to sixth, and Emerson/Hubbard remains tenth.  In Class 'D-2', champion Giltner is the new number one, Stuart jumps from fifth to second, Ewing is once again sixth, and Wynot remains ninth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, champion Omaha Marian is the new number one in Class 'A'.  Class 'B' champion Norris is the new number one in their class.  In Class 'C-1', Two-time defending champion Kearney Catholic is the new number one, Columbus Scotus drops from first to fourth, and Columbus Lakeview slips from fifth to sixth.  In Class 'C-2', champion Hastings St. Cecilia stays at number one, West Point Guardian Angels improves from fourth to third, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family drops from third to fourth, Stanton stays at number six, Crofton is once again seventh, Hartington Cedar Catholic drops from fifth to eighth, and Lutheran High Northeast falls from eighth to ninth.  In Class 'D-1', champion O'Neill St. Mary's stays at number one, Howells/Dodge is once again fourth, and Chambers/Wheeler Central moves up from eighth to fifth.  In Class 'D-2', champion Giltner stays at new number one, Stuart jumps from tenth to third, and Ewing falls from fourth to sixth.

The Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team's season came to an end at 23-10 after a first round loss to Hastings St. Cecilia at the State Tournament last Thursday in Grand Island.  The Lady Eagles lost in five sets 24-26, 25-20, 25-16, 24-26, 15-7.  It was the sixth year in a row that they had reached the State Tournament.  Lutheran High Northeast's final ranking is eighth in the Omaha World Herald & ninth in the Lincoln Journal Star.  Their 23 wins came courtesy of Pender, Bancroft/Rosalie, Wakefield three times, Wayne twice, Norfolk Catholic twice, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, Lyons Decatur Northeast, Hartington Cedar Catholic, O'Neill, Howells/Dodge, Crofton, Clarkson/Leigh, Wisner/Pilger, West Point Guardian Angels, Omaha North, South Sioux City, Douglas County West, Homer, and Omaha Concordia.   The Lady Eagles will lose six seniors to graduation in Morgan Uhlir, Hannah Knapp, Megan Gebhardt, Morgan Sunderman, Madison Spence, and Kelsey Sunderman.  

The Wayne volleyball team's concluded at 23-7 after a first round loss to Ogallala at the State Tournament last Thursday in Grand Island.  The Lady Blue Devils lost in three sets 25-21, 25-22, 25-21.  Wayne's 25 wins came at the expense of North Bend Central, Oakland/Craig, Wisner/Pilger twice, Wakefield, Schuyler twice, Columbus Lakeview, Crofton, Norfolk Catholic twice, Pierce twice, Chambers/Wheeler Central, West Point-Beemer twice, Arlington, Logan View, Madison, Boone Central/Newman Grove twice, Battle Creek, Hartington Cedar Catholic twice, and O'Neill.  The Lady Blue Devils will lose four seniors to graduation in Meagan Backer, Ashton Schweers, Jaci Jenkins, and Paige Wacker.

The Lutheran High Northeast football team's season came to an end falling to Two-time Class 'C-2' Defending State Champion David City Aquinas 24-13 in the quarterfinals last Tuesday in David City.  The Eagles final record is 9-2 and outscored their opponents on average this season 30.8-18.4.  The team has won 17 games in a row at home dating back to 2010 and have won 16 of their last 17 contests dating back to 2011.  Lutheran High Northeast is ranked sixth in the Omaha World Herald & seventh in the Lincoln Journal Star.  They will lose ten seniors to graduation in Cody Boche, Austin Wingate, Shaka Taylor, Andrew Wik, Chris Moje, Myles Kant, Beau Morgan, Brandon Means, Ryan Freudenburg, and Geordan Risor.  

The Columbus Lakeview football team routed Bishop Neumann last Tuesday 55-35 in the quarterfinal round of the Class 'C-1' playoffs to improve to 9-2 on the season.  Mark Jarecki ran for 247 yards and four touchdowns and caught another from Jack Shadley.  Shadley threw for two scores and ran for two more.  The Vikings led 28-20 at halftime.  They are ranked tenth in the Omaha World Herald & the Lincoln Journal Star.  Columbus Lakeview is outscoring their opponents on average 40.9-19.9. They will now visit 10-1 Ashland/Greenwood in a Class 'C-1' semifinal on Tuesday at 6:00 looking for their first state championship game appearance in school history.  Columbus Lakeview is the eight seed in the east bracket while Ashland/Greenwood is the three seed.

This Evening:  The 11-0 Creighton football team entertains 11-0 Exeter/Milligan at 5:00 in a Class 'D-1' semifinal.  Pregame coverage at 4:35 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.
    
Tuesday Evening:  The 11-0 Battle Creek football team hosts 11-0 Doniphan/Trumbull at 5:30 in a Class 'C-2' semifinal.  Pregame coverage at 5:00 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Nebraska 83 South Carolina St. 57 (MBB); Kansas 74 Creighton 68 (WBB); Denver 25-25-25 Nebraska-Omaha 17-14-20 (VB); (13) Nebraska 25 (19) Northwestern 16 (WR Dual).

NFL Scoreboard:  Arizona 27 Jacksonville 14; Tampa Bay 31 Atlanta 28; Chicago 23 Baltimore 20 (OT); Cincinnati 41 Cleveland 20; Pittsburgh 37 Detroit 27; Buffalo 37 N.Y. Jets 14; Oakland 28 Houston 23; Philadelphia 24 Washington 16; Miami 20 San Diego 16; N.Y. Giants 27 Green Bay 13; Seattle 41 Minnesota 20; New Orleans 23 San Francisco 20; Denver 27 Kansas City 17.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final  OT    Portland        118    Toronto          110
      Final          Memphis            97    Sacramento      86
      Final          L-A  Lakers    114    Detroit            99
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Columbus            4    Ottawa                1
      Final    Washington        4    St.  Louis          1
      Final    Los  Angeles      1    N-Y  Rangers      0
      Final    Chicago              4    San  Jose            1
      Final    Dallas                2    Vancouver          1
      Final    Minnesota          2    Winnipeg            1
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  Kentucky            87              Robert  Morris                  49
      Final              Iowa  St.            77    (  7)  Michigan                            70
      Final              Belmont              83    (12)  North  Carolina                80
      Final    (15)  Gonzaga              82              Oakland                              67
      Final    (19)  UConn                  77              Boston  U.                          60
      Final              Indiana  St.      83    (21)  Notre  Dame                        70
      Final    (22)  New  Mexico      109              Charleston  Southern      93
      Final    (23)  Baylor                87              Louisiana-Lafayette      68
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final          (  1)  UConn                        71    (13)  Penn  St.                  52
      Final          (  2)  Duke                          92              Alabama                    57
      Final          (  3)  Stanford                  66              UC  Davis                  48
      Final          (  4)  Tennessee                87              Georgia  Tech          76
      Final  OT    (  5)  Louisville              97    (11)  Oklahoma                  92
      Final          (  7)  Kentucky                  96              Cent.  Michigan      74
      Final          (10)  California              67              Georgetown              52
      Final          (12)  North  Carolina      78              UCLA                          68
      Final          (16)  Texas  A&M                63              Houston                    51
      Final          (18)  Purdue                      81              Toledo                      79
      Final  OT    (19)  Michigan  St.          96    (23)  Dayton                      89
      Final          (21)  South  Carolina      88              Seton  Hall              67
      Final          (24)  Georgia                    53              Ohio  St.                  49

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