Sports News-October 14, 2013

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David Ortiz hit a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning before Jarrod Saltalamacchia supplied a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Boston Red Sox a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.  The Red Sox managed to even the American League Championship Series at a game apiece despite Max Scherzer, who took a no-hitter into the sixth and held Boston to two hits while striking out 13 in seven innings.  Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila homered for the Tigers, who host Game Three on Tuesday.

The Nebraska football team jumped three spots in the USA Today coaches' poll following their 44-7 win against Purdue and are now 21st in the poll.  Seven ranked teams lost this weekend, three of those teams in the top ten.  The Huskers remain out of the ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.  Alabama is ranked first followed by Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State, & Florida State.  Nebraska is entering its second bye week in a month, and are tied with Michigan State for first in the Legends Division after Michigan's loss at Penn State.  The Huskers are 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
 
The Creighton volleyball team knocked Marquette out of first place in the BIG EAST with a victory yesterday in a matchup of the teams picked atop the preseason league poll.  Creighton won the first two sets by identical 25-21 scores, closing out both sets with a big run, before a 25-19 win in the clincher.  The win improved Creighton to 12-4 and 3-1 in the BIG EAST, while Marquette is now 11-5 and 3-1 in the BIG EAST.  Creighton setter Michelle Sicner had her second triple-double in a row, finishing with 33 assists, 15 digs and 12 kills on .579 hitting.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school football rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Omaha North remains first in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A' and Gretna stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again first, Norfolk Catholic remains second, Columbus Lakeview jumps from fourth to third, Columbus Scotus enters the rankings at number ten, and Wayne falls from the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Doniphan-Trumbull stays at number one, Lutheran High Northeast is once again second, Battle Creek enters the rankings at number eight, Hartington Cedar Catholic slips from seventh to ninth, and Crofton falls out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan stays at number one, Howells/Dodge remains second, Creighton moves up from fourth to third, and West Point Guardian Angels falls from third to sixth.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot remains third, Fullerton stays at number six, Humphrey St. Francis is once again seventh, and Lyons Decatur Northeast enters the rankings at number ten.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake stays at number one and Elkhorn Valley remains fifth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Westside remains first in Class 'A' and Gretna stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again first, Norfolk Catholic remains second, Columbus Lakeview stays at number seven, and Pierce enters the rankings at number ten.  In Class 'C-2', Doniphan-Trumbull is once again first, Lutheran High Northeast remains second, Hartington Cedar Catholic drops from fourth to eighth, Battle Creek moves up from tenth to eighth, and Crofton slips from ninth to tenth.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan stays at number one, Howells/Dodge remains second, Creighton is once again third, and West Point Guardian Angels falls from fourth to seventh.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot remains second, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number four, and Fullerton and Lyons Decatur Northeast enter the rankings at numbers nine and ten respectively.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake stays at number one.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school football rankings today.  The Three-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights remain second in Class 'C-1' in both newspapers after defeating West Point-Beemer 54-14 last Friday.  The 5-1 Knights will visit 4-2 Lincoln Journal Star tenth ranked Pierce on Friday.  Lutheran High Northeast is once again second in Class 'C-2'.  The 6-0 Eagles defeated Crofton 20-14 at home last Friday.  Lutheran High Northeast will host 3-3 Ponca on Friday afternoon.  The game can be heard on 106 KIX.

The Girls State Golf Championships get underway at various sites today.  Class 'A' will compete at the Norfolk Country Club.  Class 'B' will commence at Lincoln's Holmes Golf Course.  Class 'C' will hold their competition at Columbus' Quail Run Golf Course.  All sites will start at 9:30 AM.  Norfolk High's Samantha Bruening will represent her school in the Class 'A' competition while Norfolk Catholic's Ashlen Pospisil will participate in Class 'C'.  33 golfers from the northeast Nebraska area will be involved.

The Norfolk High football team dropped a 21-10 decision to Lincoln Southwest last Friday.  The injury-depleted Panthers lost running back Hayden Johnson and wide receiver Brady Houdek in injuries in the first half.  This year, Norfolk has beaten North Platte, Kearney, Fremont, and Lincoln Pius X while falling to Grand Island, Lincoln Southeast, and Lincoln Southwest.  The Panthers are outscoring their opponents on average 33.7-20.6.  Norfolk, which drop to 4-3 on the season will host 6-1 Lincoln East on Friday at 7:00.  The Spartans have won five in a row after beating Lincoln Southeast 21-10 last Friday.  Friday's game between the Norfolk & Kearney can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

The three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team routed West Point-Beemer 54-14 on the road last Friday to improve to 5-1 on the season.  Jackson Love ran for 140 yards off nine carries and three touchdowns in the win.  Seth Montag also added two scores and Kegan Ehlers, David Engelhaupt, and Austin Becker also had touchdowns while the Knights built a 54-0 lead at halftime.  Norfolk Catholic has beaten Columbus Lakeview, Bishop Neumann, Madison, Wahoo, and West Point-Beemer while falling to Boone Central/Newman Grove.  The Knights are outscoring their opponents on average 38.7-13.8.  They extended their win streak to 23 games in games away from Norfolk dating back to 2010 with the win last Friday.  Norfolk Catholic will now visit 4-2 Pierce on Friday at 7:00.  The Bluejays beat Wayne 37-24 last Friday.  

The Class 'C-2' Defending State runner-up Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team is 17-7 after a 4-1 week.  They split two matches last Tuesday falling to Shelby/Rising City and then beating Clarkson/Leigh.  Last Thursday, the Lady Eagles swept Wisner/Pilger and Wakefield in two sets each and then outlasted West Point Guardian Angels in three sets.  Lutheran High Northeast's 17 wins this season have come at the expense of Pender, Bancroft/Rosalie, Wayne, Wakefield three times, Norfolk Catholic twice, Lyons Decatur Northeast, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, Hartington Cedar Catholic, O'Neill, Howells/Dodge, Crofton, Clarkson/Leigh, Wisner/Pilger, and West Point Guardian Angels.  The Lady Eagles' remaining schedule has them hosting Wayne, their own invite, and Omaha Concordia while visiting Lincoln Journal Star sixth ranked in Class 'C-1' 14-7 Columbus Lakeview on Tuesday.

Local Scores:  Creighton 25-25-25 Marquette 21-21-19 (VB); South Dakota St. 22-25-25-25 Nebraska-Omaha 25-21-14-14 (VB); South Dakota St. 1 Nebraska-Omaha 0 (W Socc.); Concordia St. Paul 2 WSC 1 (W Socc.).

NFL Scoreboard:  Carolina 35 Buffalo 10; Cincinnati 27 Buffalo 24 (OT); Detroit 31 Cleveland 17; Green Bay 19 Baltimore 17; Kansas City 24 Oakland 7; Philadelphia 31 Tampa Bay 20; Pittsburgh 19 N.Y. Jets 6; St. Louis 38 Houston 13; Denver 35 Jacksonville 19; Seattle 20 Tennessee 13; San Francisco 32 Arizona 20; New England 30 New Orleans 27; Dallas 31 Washington 16.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PRESEASON
    
      Final    Houston            107    Indiana              98
      Final    New  Orleans    105    Atlanta              73
      Final    Phoenix            106    San  Antonio      99
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Phoenix              5    Carolina          3
      Final    Los  Angeles      3    Florida            0
      Final    Winnipeg            3    New  Jersey      0
      Final    Anaheim              4    Ottawa              1

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