Sports News-November 21, 2012
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Kyle Schaefer scored the go-ahead touchdown on his only carry of the game, and Norfolk Catholic became the first school to win three straight Class “C-1” football championships with a 24-13 victory over Boone Central/Newman Grove yesterday. Schaefer's five-yard run with 3:16 left in the third quarter gave the Knights a 17-13 lead. Teammate Jordan Bellar's second touchdown pass of the game, a 38-yarder to Allen Lewis early in the fourth, gave his team an eleven-point lead. N-C’s Jackson Love rushed for 144 yards on 21 carries. Cardinal quarterback Tanner Mazour was 18-32 for 257 yards but was intercepted three times. Teammate Blake Slizoski had 72 yards on ten carries. Norfolk Catholic totaled 349 yards of total offense while Boone Central/Newman Grove accrued 383. The game was tied at 3-3 at halftime. The champions won both meetings this season with the Cardinals. The Knights finish 12-1 while Boone Central/Newman Grove concludes their season at 11-2. It’s Norfolk Catholic’s ninth football championship. It’s also the Knights’ ninth straight win and second championship victory against the Cardinals. They also extended their win streak of games away from Norfolk to 20 dating back to 2010.
The Los Angeles Lakers were winners in their first game under new coach Mike D'Antoni. Kobe Bryant dropped in 25 points and Dwight Howard added 23 and 15 rebounds in a 95-90 triumph over Brooklyn. Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace each had 17 points for the Lakers, who are 5-1 since former coach Mike Brown was dismissed.
Former champion boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho was seriously wounded yesterday in a shooting outside the Puerto Rican capital, although doctors and his spokesman said he was expected to survive. At least one gunman opened fire on the 50-year-old Camacho and another man who was shot and killed as they sat in a car in the city of Bayamon. The hospital director said the bullet apparently struck Camacho in the jaw but exited his head, lodged in his right shoulder and fractured two vertebrae.
The Big Ten will soon be a 14-team conference now that Rutgers has accepted an invitation to join the league, although the school still has to negotiate a release date with Big East officials. Rutgers has been a Big East member since 1991, and its football program has grown exponentially over the past decade. The decision comes a day after Maryland announced it would become part of the Big Ten in the summer of 2014.
Doug McDermott and Gregory Echenique scored 17 points apiece to lead four Creighton players in double figures, and the 14th-ranked Bluejays defeated Longwood 105-57 last night. Ethan Wragge and Will Artino each added 13 points for the Bluejays, who have won all their games this season by at least 20 points. McDermott, Creighton's returning All-American, missed three shots, had another blocked and threw away a pass in the first four minutes. He went to the bench for about a minute, and upon returning he hit a three-pointer and his next four shots, including a tip-in at the buzzer for a 53-24 halftime lead. The Bluejays are now 4-0 on the season.
Jordan Hooper posted a double-double and the 23rd ranked Nebraska women’s basketball team beat Sam Houston State 85-72 last night, rebounding from their first loss on Sunday. Hooper had 19 points and ten rebounds. Teammates Emily Cady had a season-high 18 points and Lindsey Moore contributed 13 points and five assists. The Cornhuskers led 50-22 at halftime. Nebraska shot 43% from the field for the game while the Bearkats shot 41%. N-U is now 4-1 on the season. South Dakota State handed the Huskers its first loss, 60-55 last Sunday.
Sarah Nelson scored 23 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Creighton women's basketball team to a 53-49 win at South Dakota last night. Teammates Carli Tritz and Marissa Janning each added eight points for the Bluejays, who never trailed. Creighton, who led 31-23 at halftime, shot just 28% from the field in the second half, including 1-11 from three-point range The Bluejays had a huge advantage in takeaways as they forced 25 South Dakota turnovers while committing nine. Creighton is now 2-1 on the season.
Sophomore forward Jordan Spencer made 10-13 shots and scored a career-high 26 points to power tenth ranked Wayne State in an 81-47 non-conference women’s basketball win last night over William Penn at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. WSC is now 2-0 on the season after winning its 48th straight game at Rice Auditorium while the visiting Lady Statesmen fall to 3-5.
Senior guard Amry Shelby of Wayne State was selected as the Northern Sun Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week yesterday. It marks the first time this season that Shelby has won the honor. Shelby scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Wildcat men in a 78-59 win over in-state rival Nebraska-Kearney last Thursday. After three games, Shelby leads the NSIC in scoring averaging 24.3 points per game and is shooting 55% from the field. Wayne State is now 3-0 on the season and will face Peru State at Rice Auditorium this Saturday evening at 6:00.
The Northeast Hawks women’s basketball team has improved to 9-0 after routing Ellsworth Community College of Iowa 86-52 last night at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk. The win matches the school’s best start since 2000-2001 when that team went 9-0 as well. The Hawks’ A.J. Johnson led three players in double figures with 17 points, six assists, and three steals. Teammate Ivana Vuletic had 15 points and five boards while Emily Gamble contributed twelve points and three steals. Northeast led 52-25 at half-time. The Hawks best start in program history was in 1998-99 when they ran out to a 13-0 record.
Local Schedule: Tulane at Nebraska (MBB-7:00); Iowa at Nebraska (VB-7:00); Saint Louis at Nebraska-Omaha (WBB-2:00).
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High School State Championship Football Games: David City Aquinas 35 Sutton 20 (“C-2”); Omaha Gross 14 Norris 7 (“B”).
Local Scores: NECC 86 Ellsworth CC, IA 52 (WBB); (14) Creighton 105 Longwood 57 (MBB); (23) Nebraska 85 Sam Houston St. 72 (WBB); Creighton 53 South Dakota 49 (WBB); (10) WSC 81 William Penn 47 (WBB).
Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Ross Schindler of the Elgin Public/Pope John football team.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Philadelphia 106 Toronto 98
Final New York 102 New Orleans 80
Final L-A Lakers 95 Brooklyn 90
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final OT ( 1) Indiana 82 Georgetown 72
Final ( 7) Florida 58 Savannah St. 40
Final Butler 82 ( 9) North Carolina 71
Final (11) UCLA 60 Georgia 56
Final (12) Kansas 73 Saint Louis 59
Final (14) Creighton 105 Longwood 57
Final (15) Michigan St. 74 Boise St. 70
Final (22) Cincinnati 91 Campbell 72
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 5) Notre Dame 93 Mercer 36
Final ( 7) Louisville 94 UCF 73
Final ( 8) Georgia 94 Savannah St. 57
Final (15) Texas 80 Jackson St. 53
Final (16) Ohio St. 70 St. Francis (Pa.) 54
Final (21) Oklahoma St. 96 Texas-Pan American 42
Final (23) Nebraska 85 Sam Houston St. 72