Sports News-October 8, 2013

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Nebraska junior I-back Ameer Abdullah has been named Big Ten CO-Offensive Player of the Week for his effort in the Huskers' 39-19 victory over Illinois in the Big Ten Conference opener.  He rushed 20 times for a career-high 225 yards in the victory, including a pair of touchdown runs.  Abdullah's also caught a pass for 15 yards, giving him 240 all-purpose yards on the day.  The performance marked his fourth 100-yard rushing effort of the season.  Abdullah needs 23 rushing yards this week to become the 29th player in school history with 2,000 career rushing yards,  He shared the Big Ten offensive award with Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde.

The Nebraska volleyball team jumps from tenth to ninth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll after beating Minnesota and Wisconsin last week.  The 11-2 Huskers return to action this weekend when they visit Michigan and Michigan State on Friday & Saturday respectively.  The Creighton volleyball squad dropped out of the ranking after being ranked 22nd last week.  The 10-4 Bluejays lost to Butler and beat Xavier last week.  They host DePaul and Marquette on Friday and Sunday respectively.  USC is the new number one followed by Florida, Texas, Penn State, and Hawaii.

The Nebraska volleyball team had three players honored by the Big Ten Conference yesterday as Kelsey Robinson was named the league's CO-Player of the Week, Meghan Haggerty earned Defensive Player of the Week honors and Amber Rolfzen was selected as the Freshman of the Week.

Creighton sophomore Kirstyn Corder's two game-winning goals last week earned her the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honor.  Freshman goalkeeper Danielle Rice also earned a spot on the BIG EAST Honor Roll for her shutout at Seton Hall.  Corder is the first Bluejay to earn the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Award, senior Kelsey O'Donnell and Emily Roll have each grabbed Defensive Player of the Week nods this season.

The Wayne State volleyball team is ranked 15th in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The 12-3 Wildcats went 1-1 in conference play last weekend as they swept MSU Moorhead on Friday evening and then fell to Northern State in five sets on Saturday evening.

The Northeast Hawks men's golf team concluded play at the Eagle Classic at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Marion, Iowa yesterday.  Indian Hills Community College of Iowa was the team champion with a 577.  They won by 24 strokes.  The Hawks finished fifth with a 641.  Harrison Moore of Indian Hills was the medalist with a 143.  He won by two strokes.  Michael Bergquist of Northeast led his team with his 14th place finish.  He shot 155.

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

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school volleyball rankings today.  Lutheran High Northeast falls from sixth to seventh in the Lincoln Journal Star and drops from seventh to eighth in the Omaha World Herald in Class 'C-2'.  The Class 'C-2' Defending State runner-ups are 13-6 after an 0-2 week.  They dropped matches to Crofton & O'Neill St. Mary's last week.  The Lady Eagles' upcoming schedule has them competing in the Shelby/Rising City triangular this evening.  The play the 15-1 host team and 4-14 Clarkson/Leigh.

The Norfolk Catholic volleyball team is 3-14 on the season and have dropped nine matches in a row after a four set loss at West Point-Beemer last Saturday.  The Lady Knights' three wins this season have come at the expense of Pierce twice and Centura.  Norfolk Catholic's upcoming schedule has them visiting Battle Creek on Thursday and then participating the Wisner/Pilger Invitational on Saturday.  

The Norfolk High softball team is 10-23 on the season after a 1-2 showing at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament in Columbus last Saturday.  They beat Columbus 4-1, lost to North Platte 7-5, and then dropped a 10-8 decision to Kearney.  This season, Norfolk has beaten Lincoln Northeast, Fremont twice, Scottsbluff, O'Neill, Columbus three times, and Lincoln High twice.  The Lady Panthers are currently being outscored on average 7.2-6.3.  They open postseason play on Thursday, when they take on Lincoln Journal Star sixth ranked 19-7 Omaha Benson at Grand Island in the A-6 District Tournament.  

The Humphrey-Lindsay Holy Family volleyball team is 15-2 on the season after a 2-1 record last Saturday at the Clarkson Invitational.  They swept Lyons Decatur Northeast and Pender before dropping the championship match to Howells/Dodge in three sets.  This is the first year of the coop between Humphrey & Lindsay Holy Family in volleyball.  Last year, Humphrey High won the State Title of Class 'D-2' while Lindsay Holy Family won 19 matches.  Their remaining schedule has them hosting a triangular with Clarkson/Leigh and Howells/Dodge, participating in the Elgin Public/Pope John triangular with Neligh/Oakdale involved, competing in the East Husker Conference Tournament, visiting Bancroft/Rosalie, and also taking part in the Osceola triangular with East Butler participating.  

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at A-1 Dist. Meet at Grand Island (GG-9:00 AM); Nfk Cath at C-2 Dist. Meet at Wayne (GG-9:00 AM); LHNE Vs. Shelby/Rising City-5:30; Vs. Clarson/Leigh-6:30 (Shelby/Rising City VB Tri.); Nfk High at Kearney (B Tenn. Dual-4:00); WSC at Nebraska/Kearney (VB-7:00).

Local Scores:  LHNE 4 West Point-Beemer 1 (SB).

Area High School Football Scores:  Laurel/Concord/Coleridge 34 Wakefield 33; Winside 62 Osmond 46; Wayne 21 West Point-Beemer 13.

NFL Scoreboard:  N.Y. Jets 30 Atlanta 28.

Major League Baseball Division Series Playoffs:  Oakland 6 Detroit 3 (2-1); St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 1 (2-2); Tampa Bay 5 Boston 4 (1-2); Los Angeles 4 Atlanta 3 (Los Angeles wins series 3-1).

     Arthur County def. Sioux County, 25-16, 26-24, 22-25, 25-20
     Blair def. Plattsmouth, 25-13, 25-16, 25-17
     Elkhorn South def. Elkhorn, 20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 28-26
     Malcolm def. Johnson County Central, 25-12, 25-14, 25-20
     Mullen def. Hay Springs, 25-9, 25-20, 25-15
     Norris def. Bennington, 25-14, 25-22, 25-16
     Palmyra def. Johnson-Brock, 25-21, 25-21, 25-20
     Ralston def. Nebraska City Lourdes, 25-15, 25-15
     Syracuse def. Ralston, 25-16, 20-25, 25-21
     Syracuse def. Milford, 25-18, 25-13
     Waverly def. Blair, 25-17, 25-20, 25-12
     Wynot def. Randolph, 26-24, 22-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-13
     Hay Springs vs. Gordon/Rushville, ppd.

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