Sports News-October 29, 2013

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The Boston Red Sox have a three-games-to-two lead in the World Series and can wrap up their third title in ten seasons as early as tomorrow night.  Jon Lester allowed one run and four hits over 7 2/3 innings to pitch the Bosox to a 3-1 win over the Cardinals in Game Five at St. Louis last night.  David Ross doubled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh, and David Ortiz went 3-4 with an RBI double to raise his series batting average to .733.
The Seahawks still own a one-game lead over San Francisco in the NFC West following Seattle's 14-9 triumph at St. Louis.  Russell Wilson tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Golden Tate, including an 80-yard score to put the Seahawks ahead 14-6 late in the third quarter.  Seattle improved to 7-1, and the Rams dropped to 3-5 despite Zac Stacy's 133 yards on 24 carries.

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini is looking for answers after his team's confounding loss to double-digit underdog Minnesota.  The Cornhuskers host Northwestern on Saturday at 2:30 needing a win to stay in the thick of the Legends Division race.  Nebraska is 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten while the Wildcats are 4-4 overall and 0-4 in the conference.  The week didn't start well for quarterback Taylor Martinez, who had a hip pointer added to his list of ailments.  He also is batting shoulder and toe problems and is listed day-to-day.  The Cornhuskers also are looking to shore up its run defense after surrendering a season-high 271 yards on the ground to the Gophers.  In other Nebraska football news, the November 9th game at Michigan will kick off at 2:30 and be televised on either ABC or ESPN.

The Nebraska volleyball team has jumped from 13th to eleventh in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll after beating Iowa 3-0 and Ohio State 3-1 last week.  The 15-4 Huskers return to action this week when they host Illinois and Northwestern on Wednesday & Saturday respectively.  Texas remains first followed by Penn State, Washington, USC, and Florida.

The Wayne State volleyball team is ranked 18th in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The 17-7 Wildcats posted a 2-1 record last week as the Wildcats recorded a 3-0 sweep at Augustana last Tuesday followed by a heartbreaking 3-2 home loss Friday to fourth ranked Minnesota Duluth.  Wayne State rebounded from the setback Saturday with a 3-1 win over St. Cloud State.

The Mid States Conference Volleyball Tournament got underway yesterday.  In matches at Battle Creek, Norfolk Catholic swept O'Neill in three sets 25-12, 25-16, 25-12 and then lost to West Point Guardian Angels 25-18, 25-18, 25-15.  The other match saw Hartington Cedar Catholic sweep Pierce in three sets.  In matches at Pierce, Wayne defeated Boone Central/Newman Grove in three sets and Crofton swept Battle Creek in three.  In semifinal matches at Battle Creek today, West Point Guardian Angels faces Hartington Cedar Catholic at 6:00 and Wayne takes on Crofton at 7:30.  In consolation matches at Pierce, the host team plays Norfolk Catholic at 6:00 and Boone Central/Newman Grove meets Battle Creek at 7:30.

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 Columbus Lakeview enters the rankings at number nine.  In Class 'C-2', Hastings St. Cecilia remains at number one, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family remains third, Hartington Cedar Catholic is once again fifth, Lutheran High Northeast stays at number six, West Point Guardian Angels remains seventh, and Crofton is once again eighth.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is once again first, Howells/Dodge stays at number five, Chambers/Wheeler Central remains seventh, and Emerson/Hubbard moves up from tenth to ninth.  In Class 'D-2', Bertrand remains at number one, Ewing stays at number three, Stuart is once again eighth, and Wynot enters the rankings at number ten.  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 jumps from eighth to fifth.  In Class 'C-2', Hastings St. Cecilia remains at number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic is once again second, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family stays at number four, West Point Guardian Angels remains fifth, Stanton is once again sixth, Crofton stays at number seven, Lutheran High Northeast remains eighth, and Wakefield is once again ninth.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is once again first, Howells/Dodge remains fourth, Chambers/Wheeler Central moves up from ninth to eighth, and Emerson/Hubbard improves from tenth to ninth.  In Class 'D-2', Giltner remains first, Ewing slips from third to fifth, Stuart jumps from ninth to eighth, and Wynot enters the rankings at number nine.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school volleyball rankings today.  Lutheran High Northeast remains sixth in the Omaha World Herald and eighth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  The Defending State runner-ups are 22-8 and winners of five in a row after winning their own tournament last Saturday.  They swept South Sioux City, Omaha North, Homer, and Douglas County West in two sets each.  The Lady Eagles' upcoming schedule has them hosting 18-9 Omaha Concordia on Friday.

The Norfolk High football team's season concluded with a 30-7 win at Lincoln Northeast last Friday.  Hayden Johnson ran for 219 yards off 27 carries and a pair of second half touchdowns.  Taylor Reedy threw a touchdown pass and ran for another.  Kyle Temple had three sacks and a fumble recovery in the second half.  Norfolk found out on Saturday morning that they did not reach the Class 'A' playoffs.  This year, the Panthers outscored their opponents on average 32.2-19.9.  They will lose 24 seniors to graduation including quarterback Taylor Reedy, wide receiver Jacob Hjorth, running back Hayden Johnson, defensive lineman Kyle Temple, and others.  

The Northeast Hawks men's basketball gets their season underway on Friday when they take on North Platte Community College at the McCook Classic.  They will face the host team on Saturday.  The Hawks will try to rebound from last year's 16-15 season with six returning sophomores in Khapri Alston, Junior Denis, Jabbar Washington, Kyle Kilgore, Rasheed Fairley, and Oral Rahming.  They also added seven new faces for this year's squad.  Northeast's home schedule before winter break includes games with North Dakota State College of Science, Iowa Lakes, Iowa Central, Mt. Marty JV, ABCD Prep of Iowa, the Dordt JV, and Southeast of Nebraska.  

     Alma def. Franklin, 25-22, 25-11, 25-23
     Cedar Valley def. Humphrey St. Francis, 25-15, 25-23, 25-21
     Fremont def. Columbus, 25-14, 25-16, 29-27
     Hartington Cedar Catholic def. Pierce, 25-22, 25-16, 25-9
     Lincoln East def. Lincoln High, 25-10, 25-10, 25-10
     Malcolm def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-16, 25-21, 25-21
     Maxwell def. Eustis-Farnam, 25-9, 24-26, 25-18, 25-18
     Nebraska City def. Omaha Roncalli, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20
     Southern Valley def. Franklin, 25-10, 25-17, 25-7
     Spalding/Spalding Academy def. Burwell, 25-21, 25-15, 15-25, 25-11
     Valentine def. Bennett County, S.D., 25-18, 25-20, 25-14
     Wayne def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-16, 25-23, 25-19
     Wilcox-Hildreth def. Alma, 25-22, 25-12, 25-21
 Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament
 First Round
     Allen def. Winside, 25-12, 25-7
     Creighton def. Winnebago, 25-14, 25-14
     Emerson-Hubbard def. Walthill, 25-6, 25-14
     Randolph def. Ponca, 25-12, 25-18
     Wakefield def. Osmond, 25-4, 25-11
     Allen def. Creighton, 26-24, 24-26, 25-17
     Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Wynot, 25-23, 21-25, 27-25
     Emerson-Hubbard def. Hartington, 25-20, 25-16
     Randolph def. Wakefield, 25-18, 25-23
 Metro Tournament
 Pool Play
 Pool A
     Millard West def. Omaha Bryan, 25-4, 25-10
     Millard West def. Omaha Westside, 25-18, 29-27
     Millard West def. Omaha North, 25-14, 25-16
     Omaha North def. Omaha Bryan, 25-12, 25-21
     Omaha Westside def. Omaha North, 25-23, 25-21
     Omaha Westside def. Omaha Bryan, 25-13, 25-3
 Pool B
     Bellevue West def. Omaha Central, 18-25, 25-19, 25-14
     Bellevue West def. Omaha Northwest, 25-11, 25-15
     Omaha Central def. Omaha Northwest, 25-15, 25-15
     Omaha Marian def. Omaha Northwest, 25-8, 25-6
     Omaha Marian def. Bellevue West, 25-21, 25-17
     Omaha Marian def. Omaha Central, 25-11, 25-12
 Pool C
     Millard South def. Omaha Burke, 25-23, 25-16
     Millard South def. Omaha South, 25-8, 25-12
     Omaha Burke def. Papillion-LaVista, 25-21, 15-25, 25-23
     Omaha Burke def. Omaha South, 25-10, 25-10
     Papillion-LaVista def. Omaha South, 25-6, 25-5
     Papillion-LaVista def. Millard South, 24-26, 25-23, 25-17
 Pool D
     Bellevue East def. Omaha Benson, 25-21, 26-24
     Millard North def. Bellevue East, 25-9, 25-18
     Millard North def. Papillion-LaVista South, 25-19, 27-25
     Millard North def. Omaha Benson, 25-10, 25-12
     Papillion-LaVista South def. Omaha Benson, 25-13, 25-19
     Papillion-LaVista South def. Bellevue East, 25-12, 25-16
 Niobrara Valley Conference Tournament
 First Round
     Clearwater/Orchard def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-14, 25-11, 25-22
     CWC def. Santee, 25-3, 25-6, 25-11
     West Holt def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-12, 20-25, 25-10, 15-11
     CWC def. Clearwater/Orchard, 25-23, 25-21, 25-15
     Ewing def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-19, 25-8, 25-13
     St. Mary's def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 25-14, 25-14, 25-11
 Pioneer Conference Tournament
 First Round
     Diller-Odell def. Lewiston, 25-9, 25-16
     Falls City Sacred Heart def. Diller-Odell, 25-13, 26-24
     Friend def. Nebraska City Lourdes, 25-15, 25-27, 25-21
     Johnson-Brock def. Pawnee City, 25-15, 25-16
 Southern Nebraska Conference (SNC) Tournament
 First Round
     Centennial def. Tri County, 25-22, 25-20
     Heartland def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-21, 20-25, 26-24
     Milford def. David City, 25-10, 25-14
     Milford def. Fillmore Central, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19
     Superior def. Centennial, 25-19, 25-20
     Sutton def. Sandy Creek, 25-18, 15-25, 25-22
 Syracuse Triangular
     Douglas County West def. Syracuse, 25-17, 25-19
     Syracuse def. Ashland-Greenwood, 25-15, 25-15

      Final    Dallas              4    Buffalo              3
      Final    Pittsburgh      3    Carolina            1
      Final    Montreal          2    N-Y  Rangers      0
      Final    Chicago            5    Minnesota          1
      Final    Vancouver        3    Washington        2

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