Sports News-October 15, 2013

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are within two games to one in the National League Championship Series after Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed just three hits over seven innings of a 3-0 shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals.  Adrian Gonzalez sparked the Dodgers' first rally, stroking an RBI single before scoring on Yasiel Puig's triple.  Losing pitcher Adam Wainwright allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings after entering the game 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA lifetime in the postseason.
The San Diego Chargers controlled the ball for more than 38 minutes and didn't allow a touchdown in a 19-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts.  Philip Rivers was 22-33 for 237 yards, no interceptions and a second-quarter touchdown that put San Diego ahead to stay.  Ryan Mathews ran for 102 yards as the Chargers improved to 3-3 and dropped the Colts to 4-2.

Nebraska has delayed football games against Tennessee for a decade but found a substitute opponent in the University of Oregon.  Nebraska officials say Tennessee had asked to delay their 2016 and 2017 games, which have been rescheduled to 2026 in Lincoln and 2027 in Knoxville.  The Lincoln game with Oregon is scheduled for 2016 and the Eugene game is set for 2017.  The Huskers delayed their 2016 game against Wyoming to accommodate the schedule change.  It's now set for 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.  Nebraska has beaten Oregon five times in their six games.  They last met in 1986 in Lincoln.

The Nebraska volleyball team jumps from ninth to eighth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll after beating Michigan and then falling to Michigan State last week.  The 12-3 Huskers return to action this weekend when they host Indiana and Purdue on Friday & Saturday respectively.  USC remains at number one followed by Florida, Texas, Penn State, and Michigan State.

The Nebraska baseball schedule has been released.  They are set to play 56 games under third-year skipper Darin Erstad, including 27 games at Hawks Field.  The Huskers will play eleven games against teams that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including a pair of games with College World Series participant Oregon State.  The Nebraska coaching staff scheduled a balanced non-conference slate with 15 games at home and 17 on the road, including seven neutral site games.  The Huskers will again play eight Big Ten series, playing four each at home and on the road.  After completing a two-year cycle of conference games, Nebraska faces Michigan State and Penn State for the first time in the regular season, while dropping series with Indiana and Purdue.

The Wayne State volleyball team stayed 15th in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll released yesterday.  The 13-5 Wildcats was 1-2 during a brutal stretch of games last week, falling 3-0 at eighth ranked Nebraska-Kearney last Tuesday.  Wayne State also battled top ranked and six-time defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul Friday before falling in five sets but rebounded nicely Saturday with a convincing 3-0 sweep over Minnesota State Saturday.  The Wildcats will be in action when they host Peru State Wednesday evening at 7:00.

The Girls State Golf Championships got underway for Class 'B' yesterday at Lincoln's Holmes Golf Course.  Beatrice has the team lead with a 359.  They lead by five strokes.  Lauren Pelster of Omaha Duchesne Academy has a one stoke lead with an 80.  Class 'A' will hold an 18-hole competition at the Norfolk Country Club after being canceled yesterday due to rain.  Class 'C' will also hold an 18-hole competition at Columbus' Quail Run Golf Course after being rained out yesterday.  Both 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 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 and Wisner/Pilger falls out of the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Hastings St. Cecilia remains at number one, Crofton stays at number three, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is once again fifth, Hartington Cedar Catholic stays at number seven, Lutheran High Northeast remains eighth, Wakefield is once again ninth, and West Point Guardian Angels stays at number ten.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is once again first, Howells/Dodge slips from third to fifth, Chambers/Wheeler Central jumps from ninth to seventh, and Emerson/Hubbard stays at number ten.  In Class 'D-2', Bertrand remains at number one, Ewing stays at number three, and Stuart is once again eighth.  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 and Columbus Lakeview falls from the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Hastings St. Cecilia remains at number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic jumps from third to second, Stanton is up from fourth to third, Crofton moves up from sixth to fifth, Lutheran High Northeast stays at number seven, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is once again eighth, West Point Guardian Angels remains ninth, and Wakefield falls from second to tenth.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is once again first, Howells/Dodge jumps from fifth to fourth, Chambers/Wheeler Central enters the rankings at number nine, and Emerson/Hubbard stays at number ten.  In Class 'D-2', Giltner remains first, Ewing stays at number three, and Stuart is once again at number nine.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school volleyball rankings today.  Lutheran High Northeast remains seventh in the Lincoln Journal Star and eighth in the Omaha World Herald in Class 'C-2'.  The Class 'C-2' Defending State runner-ups are 17-7 after an 4-1 week.  They beat Clarkson/Leigh, Wisner/Pilger, Wakefield, and West Point Guardian Angels while dropping a match to Shelby/Rising City.  The Lady Eagles' upcoming schedule has them visiting 14-7 Columbus Lakeview tonight at 7:00.

The Lutheran High Northeast football team defeated Crofton 20-14 at home last Friday to improve to 6-0 on the season.  Shaka Taylor ran for 125 yards off 31 carries in the win and threw a touchdown pass before leaving with a concussion in the third quarter.  Kyle Rosberg, Ryan Brand, and Keaton Alberts also had a hand in a score for the Eagles.  They are ranked second in the Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  Lutheran High Northeast has beaten Archbishop Bergan, Wisner/Pilger, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, West Holt, Hartington Cedar Catholic, and Crofton by an average score of 36.5-16.  The Eagles will now host 3-3 Ponca on Friday at 3:00.  The Indians hammered Homer last Friday 48-14.  Friday's game between Lutheran High Northeast and Ponca can be heard on 106 KIX.

The Norfolk High volleyball team is 8-16 after sporting a 2-2 record at the Millard South Invite last Saturday.  They beat Bellevue East and Lincoln High while falling to Millard South and Omaha Westside.  All four matches went two sets.  Norfolk's eight wins have come at the expense of Bennington, Omaha Benson, Omaha Northwest, Lincoln High twice, Kearney, Lincoln East, and Bellevue East.  The Lady Panthers' remaining schedule has them participating in the Grand Island triangular this evening with Millard West involved, a road dual at Lincoln Northeast, the Hastings triangular with Lexington involved, a road dual at Lincoln Southeast, and the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament at Hastings.

The Norfolk High softball team's season came to a close at 12-25 after going 2-2 in their district tournament last Thursday & Friday.  On Thursday they lost to Omaha Benson 10-0 and beat South Sioux City 14-0.  On Friday, the Lady Panthers upset Omaha Benson 3-1 and then were eliminated by Grand Island 11-3.  This season, Norfolk beat Lincoln Northeast, Fremont twice, Scottsbluff, O'Neill, Columbus three times, Lincoln High twice, South Sioux City, and Omaha Benson.  The Lady Panthers were outscored on average 7.0-4.5.  

Local Schedule:  LHNE at Columbus Lakeview (VB-7:00); Nfk High Vs. Millard West-6:00; Vs. Grand Island-7:00 (Grand Island VB Tri.); Bishop Neumann at Nfk Cath (VB-7:30); Iowa Western CC at NECC (VB-7:00); Creighton at Michigan at Ann Arbor, MI (M Socc-6:00).

National League Championship Series:  Los Angeles Dodgers 3 St. Louis 0 (2-1).

NFL Scoreboard:  San Diego 19 Indianapolis 9.

      Final    Brooklyn        127    Philadelphia      97
      Final    Orlando          102    Dallas                  94
      Final    Denver              98    San  Antonio        94
      Final    Sacramento      99    L-A  Clippers      88
      Final    Detroit            3    Boston          2
      Final    Washington      4    Edmonton      2
      Final    Minnesota        2    Buffalo        1

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