Sports News-September 16, 2013

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It was a great night for Joe Gibbs Racing at rain-soaked Chicagoland Speedway.  Matt Kenseth won the Geico 400, finishing just ahead of Gibbs teammate Kyle Busch.  Kenseth entered as the top seed in the Chase for the championship and showed why after two rain delays that totaled 6  1/2 hours.  He passed Busch on a restart with 27 laps remaining and padded his lead in the Sprint Cup points race.  Kevin Harvick finished third, followed by Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.

Nebraska has dropped out of The Associated Press & USA Today college football polls after its latest humbling loss, and the top of the rankings was unchanged after top ranked Alabama passed its first big test of the season.  The Cornhuskers, who were ranked 23rd last week, are unranked after UCLA won in Lincoln 41-21 last Saturday.  The Bruins scored the final 38 points.  Since Nebraska's record streak of 348 consecutive poll appearances ended in September 2002, there have been only two seasons (2010, 2011) in which the Huskers have been ranked every week, starting in the preseason.  The top five in the poll is Alabama, Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State, and Stanford.  The fallout from Nebraska's latest collapse on the national stage is going to last a while, and coach Bo Pelini knows it.  With South Dakota State up next and an open date the following week, fans will have a hard time getting past the loss to UCLA.  Pelini said he knows negativity will surround the program and that he and his players must stick together.  Tommie Frazier, who quarterbacked the 1994-95 national championship teams, took to Twitter Saturday night and called for the firings of the defensive coaches.

Annie Thoresen recorded a hat trick for Augustana College as Wayne State fell to the Vikings 4-1 yesterday in the Northern Sun Conference women's soccer opener for both teams played at the WSC Soccer Complex.  The Wildcats drop to 0-4 and 0-1 in the NSIC.  Wayne State avoided the shutout with just under two minutes left in the contest as senior forward Macy Hagen got a ball from Josie Brown and beat Viking goaltender Ashley Limmer to get the Wildcats on the board to make the final score 4-1.

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

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school football rankings today.  The Norfolk Panthers enter the Lincoln Journal Star rankings at number nine in Class 'A' after routing Fremont 42-17 last Thursday.  The 3-0 Panthers will entertain 2-1 tenth ranked Grand Island on Thursday night.  The game can be heard on 106 KIX.  The Three-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights drop from first to second in Class 'C-1' in both newspapers after falling to new number one Boone Central/Newman Grove 28-22 last Friday.  The 2-1 Knights will visit 1-1 Madison on Friday night at 7:00.  Lutheran High Northeast jumps from fourth to third in the Omaha World Herald and move up from fifth to fourth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  The 2-0 Eagles whipped Wisner/Pilger on the road 41-8 last Friday.  Lutheran High Northeast will host 0-2 Laurel/Concord/Coleridge on Friday at 7:00.

The Norfolk High football team routed Fremont last Thursday 42-17 at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field.  Panther quarterback Gunner Fuelberth, who started in place of an injured Taylor Reedy, threw for 270 yards off 19-26 passing and two touchdowns.  Fuelberth also ran for a score.  Running back Hayden Johnson ran for 167 yards off 28 carries and three touchdowns.  Jacob Hjorth caught ten passes for 160 yards and two scores.  With the win, Norfolk has won eight consecutive from Fremont.  The Panthers will host Grand Island on Thursday at 7:00.  The Islanders dropped a 45-13 road game at Omaha Westside last Friday.  Thursday's game between the Panthers & Islanders can be heard on 106 KIX &

The three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team dropped their first game of the year, falling to Boone Central/Newman Grove 28-22 last Friday night at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field.  The Cardinals' Wyatt Mazour ran for 187 yards off 23 carries and two touchdowns in the win while the Knights' Jackson Love scampered for 175 yards off 23 carries and a touchdown in the loss.  Boone's Matt Brugger ran for two touchdowns and Norfolk Catholic quarterback Zach Pospisil threw for two scores.  Norfolk Catholic's personal nine game win streak against the Cardinals ended with the loss.  The Knights will visit 1-1 Madison on Friday at 7:00.  

Local Schedule:  David City Aquinas at LHNE (SB-6:00); Nfk High at Fremont at Fremont GC (GG Dual-4:15); Nfk Cath at O'Neill Inv. (GG-10:00); LHNE at Neligh/Oakdale Inv. (CC-4:30).

Local Scores:  William & Mary 3 Creighton 2 (2 OT) (M Socc.); Nebraska 2 San Diego 1 (W Socc.); Creighton 2 Montana 1 (OT) (W Socc.); Augustana 4 WSC 1 (W Socc.).

NFL Scoreboard:  Buffalo 24 Carolina 23; Baltimore 14 Cleveland 6; Kansas City 17 Dallas 16; Miami 24 Indianapolis 20; Chicago 31 Minnesota 30; San Diego 33 Philadelphia 30; Atlanta 31 St. Louis 24; Houston 30 Tennessee 24 (OT); Green Bay 38 Washington 20; Arizona 25 Detroit 21; New Orleans 16 Tampa Bay 14; Denver 41 N.Y. Giants 23; Oakland 19 Jacksonville 9; Seattle 29 San Francisco 3.

      Final            St.  Louis            12    Seattle                  2
      Final            Baltimore              3    Toronto                  1
      Final            Detroit                  3    Kansas  City          2
      Final            Cleveland              7    Chi  White  Sox      1
      Final            L.A.  Angels          2    Houston                  1
      Final            Minnesota              6    Tampa  Bay              4
      Final            Oakland                  5    Texas                      1
      Final            Boston                    9    N-Y  Yankees          2
      Final            N-Y  Mets                1    Miami                      0,  12  Innings
      Final            Pittsburgh            3    Chi  Cubs                2
      Final            Washington          11    Philadelphia        2
      Final            San  Diego              4    Atlanta                  0
      Final            Milwaukee              6    Cincinnati            5
      Final            Arizona                  8    Colorado                2
      Final            San  Francisco      4    L.A.  Dodgers        3
      Final  OT    Connecticut      82    Indiana        80
      Final          Los  Angeles      89    Phoenix        55
      Final          Washington        70    New  York      52
      Final          San  Antonio      97    Atlanta        68

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