Sports News-October 1, 2013

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Evan Longoria cracked his 32nd home run and went 3-4 in the Tampa Bay Rays' 5-2 win over Texas in the one-game playoff to decide the American League's final wild card.  David Price went the distance for the victory, scattering seven hits and striking out four.  The Rays are back in action tomorrow night with a one-game wild-card play-in game.  They're in Cleveland to take on the Indians with the winner advancing to play Boston in the best-of-five American League Division Series.

The New Orleans Saints are one of five teams in the NFL off to a 4-0 start.  Drew Brees passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints handed the Miami Dolphins their first loss of the season 38-17 last night.

The Nebraska football team begins the week of its Big Ten opener not knowing who its quarterback will be against Illinois on Saturday at 11:00.  Taylor Martinez hasn't practiced for two weeks because of a nagging turf toe on his left foot.  Coach Bo Pelini said yesterday that if Martinez doesn't practice Tuesday or Wednesday, Tommy Armstrong Jr. probably will be the starter for the second straight game.  Pelini said he wants Martinez to be 100% when he returns to practice, and the coach said the senior is getting closer.  Martinez started 32 straight games before missing the Sept. 21 game against South Dakota State.  He ran tentatively against UCLA the week before and hasn't practiced since.  Armstrong and Ron Kellogg III each played five series against South Dakota State.

The Nebraska volleyball team jumps from twelfth to tenth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll after beating Northwestern and Illinois last week.  The 9-2 Huskers return to action this weekend when they host Minnesota and Wisconsin on Friday & Saturday respectively.  The Creighton volleyball squad improves from 23rd to 22nd after being idle last week.  The 9-3 Bluejays visit Butler and Xavier on Friday and Saturday respectively.  Washington is the new number one followed by USC, Florida, Texas, and Penn State.

Creighton men's soccer sophomore Brendan Hines-Ike claimed Defensive Player of the Week honors from the BIG EAST, the league office announced yesterday.  It marks the first Defensive Player of the Week honor for Hines-Ike and third defensive accolade awarded to a Bluejay by the conference this season.

The Big Ten Conference announced yesterday that junior Mary Pollmiller was selected as this week's Big Ten Setter of the Week.  The honor marks her first Big Ten weekly award.  The last Husker to earn Setter of the Week honors was Lauren Cook on Oct. 15, 2012.

Nebraska-Omaha junior center back Felipe da Silva picked up Summit League Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors yesterday.  The award was the first weekly honor for the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil native.  Da Silva was an All-Summit Second-Team selection last year in his first year at UNO.

The Wayne State volleyball team is ranked 10th in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll released yesterday. The 11-2 Wildcats went 2-1 in conference play last week, falling at home to Augustana 3-0, while sweeping Minot State and the University of Mary over the weekend.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school volleyball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Millard West remains number one in Class 'A' while Grand Island Northwest stays at number one in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Columbus Scotus is once again first, Wisner/Pilger falls from sixth to seventh, and Wayne jumps from seventh to eighth.  In Class 'C-2', Freeman stays at number one, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is once again second, Hartington Cedar Catholic remains sixth, Lutheran High Northeast moves up from ninth to seventh, Crofton slips from fifth to eighth, Wakefield enters the rankings at number ten, and Stanton falls out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's stays at number one, Howells/Dodge slips from third to fourth, and Chambers/Wheeler Central stays at number ten.  In Class 'D-2', Giltner is the new number one and Ewing moves up fourth to third.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Millard West stays at number one in Class 'A' while Grand Island Northwest is once again first in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Columbus Scotus stays at number one, Columbus Lakeview enters the rankings at number seven, and Wisner/Pilger drops out of the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Hastings St. Cecilia remains at number one, Wakefield stays at number three, Hartington Cedar Catholic is once again at number four, Stanton stays at number five, Lutheran High Northeast remains sixth, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family jumps from ninth to seventh, and Crofton enters the rankings at number eight.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is once again first and Howells/Dodge stays at number six.  In Class 'D-2', Giltner is the new number one and Ewing slips from second to third.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school volleyball rankings today.  Lutheran High Northeast remains sixth in the Lincoln Journal Star and jumps from ninth to seventh in the Omaha World Herald in Class 'C-2'.  The Class 'C-2' Defending State runner-ups are 13-4 after a 3-0 week.  They beat Howells/Dodge, Crofton, and Norfolk Catholic last week.  The Lady Eagles' upcoming schedule has them visiting 12-2 Crofton tonight before facing 11-0 O'Neill St. Mary's on Thursday.

The Lutheran High Northeast football team defeated West Holt at home 29-14 last Friday to improve to 4-0 on the season.  Quarterback Shaka Taylor ran for 167 yards off 30 carries and a score.  He also threw for 107 yards and two touchdowns to Nick Stolze.  Stolze also ran for 78 yards and a touchdown.  The Eagle defense allowed only 199 yards of total offense.  Lutheran High Northeast will visit 4-0 Hartington Cedar Catholic on Friday.  The Trojans doubled up Crofton last Friday night on the road 26-13.  The Eagles are ranked third in the Omaha World Herald & the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  Hartington Cedar Catholic is ranked seventh in the Omaha World Herald & fourth in the Lincoln Journal Star.  

The Class 'C-2' Defending State runner-up Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team is 13-4 after a 3-0 week.  They beat Howells/Dodge in four sets last Tuesday before defeating Crofton & Norfolk Catholic in two sets each last Saturday.  The Lady Eagles' 13 wins this season have come at the expense of Pender, Bancroft/Rosalie, Wayne, Wakefield twice, Norfolk Catholic twice, Lyons Decatur Northeast, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, Hartington Cedar Catholic, O'Neill, Howells/Dodge, and Crofton.  Lutheran High Northeast's remaining schedule has them hosting Shelby/Rising City, Clarkson/Leigh, Wayne, their own invite, and Omaha Concordia while visiting Crofton, O'Neill St. Mary's, the West Point Guardian Angels invite, and Columbus Lakeview.  Lutheran High Northeast will be in action next on Tuesday when they visit 12-2 Crofton.

The Norfolk High volleyball squad is 4-14 on the season after a 1-2 span last week.  They dropped a match to Lincoln North Star in straight sets last Tuesday before splitting a triangular at Columbus.  The Lady Panthers defeated Lincoln High in three sets and lost to the host team in two last Thursday.  Norfolk's four wins have coming at the expense of Bennington, Omaha Benson, Omaha Northwest, and Lincoln High.  Their upcoming schedule has them participating in a triangular at Kearney on Tuesday with Lincoln East involved.  

The Battle Creek football team defeated Wakefield on the road 49-0 last Friday to improve to 4-0.  The Brave defense pitched their third shutout of the season holding the Trojans under 200 yards.  They ran for 334 yards as a team led by Nate Gray's 153 yards and two touchdowns.  Battle Creek will visit 3-1 West Holt on Friday.  The Huskies lost their first game of the season to Lutheran High Northeast on the road 29-14 last Friday.  The Braves are ranked ninth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  West Holt is ranked ninth in the Omaha World Herald.

Local Schedule:  LHNE at Crofton (VB-7:30); Nfk High Vs. Kearney-5:00; Vs. Lincoln East-6:00 (Kearney VB Tri.); Nfk High at Columbus (SB DH-5:00); Nfk Cath at Mid States Conf. Meet at Crofton (GG-1:00); Nfk High at Hastings (B Tenn. Dual-4:15).

Local Scores:  LHNE 11 Boone Central 8; West Point Guardian Angels 14 LHNE 3 (SB Tri.); Columbus 186 Nfk High 193 (GG Dual); Nfk High 7 Fremont 2 (B Tenn. Dual).

NFL Scoreboard:  New Orleans 38 Miami 17.

     Holyoke, Colo. def. Perkins County, 25-19, 25-12, 25-21
     Niobrara/Verdigre def. Santee, 25-15, 25-9, 25-4
     Palmyra def. Pawnee City, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-23
     Savannah, Mo. def. Falls City Sacred Heart, 25-18, 25-19, 24-26, 13-25, 16-14
 Neligh-Oakdale Triangular
     St. Mary's def. Neligh-Oakdale, 25-10, 25-15
     Stuart def. St. Mary's, 25-21, 15-25, 25-21
 Wahoo Triangular
     Douglas County West def. Fort Calhoun, 25-17, 25-10
     Wahoo def. Fort Calhoun, 27-25, 25-12
     Wahoo def. Douglas County West, 25-23, 25-15

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