Sports News-September 23, 2013

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The Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals are the latest major league teams to earn playoff berths.  The A's captured their second straight American League West championship when Texas lost 4-0 at Kansas City.  The Braves won the National League East and the Redbirds nailed down a playoff berth when Washington lost 4-2 to Miami in Game One of a doubleheader.
 
Henrik Stenson has won the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus by capturing the Tour Championship by three shots over Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker.  Stenson closed with a 2-under 68 for a 13-under total to become the first European to win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.

The twelfth ranked Nebraska volleyball team fell 3-2 to the sixth ranked Texas Longhorns yesterday in Austin.  Scores of the match had the Longhorns winning 20-25, 25-19, 27-25, 21-25, 15-12.  In front of over 4,000 fans, the Huskers used a comeback effort to force their first five set match of the season after being down 2-1 in the match.  Kelsey Robinson led Nebraska on the day with a season-high 26 kills on 66 attacks.  Kadie Rolfzen tallied 13 kills, while Amber Rolfzen had twelve and Meghan Haggerty notched eleven.  Robinson and Amber Rolfzen recorded double-doubles with 23 and 13 digs, respectively.  Pollmiller paced the offense with a season-high 62 assists. Justine Wong-Orantes had 22 digs for NU.  Nebraska hit .223 for the match, while Texas hit .232.  The Huskers were out-blocked 16-9, but out-dug the Longhorns 89-76.  Nebraska drops to 7-2 on the season while Texas improves to 6-2.

Meeting as non-conference foes for the first time, the 23rd ranked Creighton volleyball team defeated the host Wichita St. Shockers by a 16-25, 25-18, 25-20, 18-25, 15-9 score in the final match of the Shocker Volleyball Classic.  The Bluejays are now 8-1 in its last nine five-set matches against Wichita St., including one such victory each of the last four years.  Creighton closed out non-conference play with a 9-3 mark against one of the country's most difficult schedules, while the Shockers fell to 11-3 with the setback.  The Bluejays were paced by 17 kills from Leah McNary, while Lauren Smith produced a career-high 14 kills to go with six stuffs on .385 hitting.  Kelli Browning had ten kills and eight blocks, while Michelle Sicner recorded 45 assists, 14 digs, seven blocks and six kills.  Creighton had 58 kills, five aces, 56 digs and 14 blocks on .219 hitting.

More than 4,000 people raced through the streets of Omaha as part of the Omaha Marathon and related races.  About one-quarter of the people registered in yesterday's event signed up for the 26.2-mile marathon.  The others participated in shorter events.  Derek Fey won the men's marathon and declared the race would be his last.  Darcy Fuehrer, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, won the women's race.  This year's race included a lap around the inside of TD Ameritrade Park baseball stadium just before the finish line.

The Northeast Hawks men's golf team participated in yesterday's Iowa Lakes Fall Invitational at Brooks National Golf Club in Okoboji, Iowa.  Northern Iowa Area Community College was the champion with a 307 while the Hawks varsity squad placed second with a 311.  The Northeast JV team was seventh shooting a 343.  North Iowa's Levi Fink was the medalist with a 72.  He won in a playoff.  The Hawks' Michael Bergquist tied for third carding a 75, and Conner Watson shot 77 to tie for seventh place.

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 stays at number five, Pierce is once again number seven, and Wayne remains tenth.  In Class 'C-2', Doniphan-Trumbull stays at number one, Lutheran High Northeast is once again third, Crofton remains fourth, West Holt jumps from ninth to eighth, and Hartington Cedar Catholic moves up from tenth to ninth.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan stays at number one, Howells/Dodge remains second, West Point Guardian Angels is once again third, and Creighton stays at number four.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Fullerton drops from second to fourth, Wynot remains number six, Lyons Decatur Northeast jumps from eighth to seventh, and Bancroft/Rosalie falls from the rankings.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake stays at number one and Elkhorn Valley drops from third to fourth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Westside remains first and Norfolk drops out of the rankings in Class 'A'.  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 eight, and Pierce is once again number nine.  In Class 'C-2', Sutton stays at number one, Crofton is once again third, Lutheran High Northeast remains fourth, Hartington Cedar Catholic moves up from ninth to eighth, and West Holt & Battle Creek enter the top ten at nine & ten respectively.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan stays at number one, Howells/Dodge remains second, Creighton is once again third, and West Point Guardian Angels stays at number four.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot remains second, Fullerton drops from fourth to fifth, Humphrey St. Francis jumps from seventh to sixth, Lyons Decatur Northeast & Stuart enters the rankings at number eight and ten respectively.  Bancroft/Rosalie falls from the rankings.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake stays at number one and Elkhorn Valley remains fourth.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school football rankings today.  The Norfolk Panthers fall from the Lincoln Journal Star rankings after losing at home to Grand Island 34-28 last Thursday.  The 3-1 Panthers will visit 3-1 Lincoln Pius X on Friday night.  The Three-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights remain second in Class 'C-1' in both newspapers after routing Madison 50-7 on the road last Friday.  The 3-1 Knights will host 3-0 third ranked Wahoo on Thursday night at 7:00.  The game can be heard on 106 KIX.  Lutheran High Northeast stays at number three in the Omaha World Herald and are once again fourth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  The 3-0 Eagles whipped Laurel/Concord/Coleridge 48-14 at home last Friday.  Lutheran High Northeast will host 3-0 Omaha World Herald eighth ranked West Holt on Friday at 7:00.  The game can be heard on 106 KIX.

The Norfolk High football team is coming off their first loss of the year last Thursday when they dropped a 34-28 home decision to Grand Island.  Norfolk quarterback Gunner Fuelberth completed 22-39 passes for 214 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions in the loss.  Teammate Jacob Hjorth caught ten passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.  The Panthers' Ryker Theisen snagged a 30 yard interception return for a score on the last play of the third quarter to cut the Islanders' lead to 28-21.  Norfolk's Kyle Temple had ten tackles on the night with two sacks and a fumble recovery.  The Panthers now turn their attention to a road game on Friday when they visit 3-1 Lincoln Pius X at 7:00.  The Thunderbolts dropped a 31-28 decision last Friday to Lincoln North Star.  

The three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team routed Madison on the road 50-7 last Friday.  Quarterback Zack Pospisil threw three touchdown passes and ran for another.  Wingback Kegan Ehlers caught two touchdown passes and running back Jackson Love ran for two scores.  With the win, the Knights extended their win streak in games away from Norfolk to 22 dating back to 2010.  Next up for 3-1 second ranked Norfolk Catholic is a home game with 3-0 third ranked Wahoo on Thursday night.   The Warriors had a bye week last night. Thursday's game can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Chuck Wright threw four touchdown passes and the Lawdawg defense recorded two scores as the Nebraska Lawdawg football team routed the Omaha Outlaws 40-12 on Saturday night at the Norfolk Middle School Field.  Wright completed seven of 19 passes for 135 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.  Wide receiver Steven Rush caught two balls on the evening with both being touchdowns from 9 & 23 yards.  The Norfolk-based Lawdawgs' Don Oliver had a fumble recovery for a score in the first quarter and Rob Mitchell had a 31 yard interception return for a score late in the second quarter.  The Lawdawgs outgained the Omaha in yardage 219-162.  The Lawdawgs' Troy Hofer had 5 ½ tackles and a sack to lead the team defensively.  There was a combined 19 penalties on the evening for 117 yards.  The Lawdawgs are now 5-1 on the season while the Outlaws drop to 6-2.   The Lawdawgs will be in action next on Saturday when they play the Minot Oilers in Selby, South Dakota.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Elkhorn (SB-6:30); Nfk High at Papillion La Vista Inv. (B Tenn-8:00 AM); Nfk High at Bellevue West Inv. (GG-9:00 AM).

Local Scores:  Texas 20-25-27-21-15 Nebraska 25-19-25-25-12 (VB); Creighton 16-25-25-18-15 Wichita St. 25-18-20-25-9 (VB); Nebraska 2 (14) Denver 1 (W Socc.); Nebraska-Omaha 1 Missouri St. 1 (Tie) (W Socc.); WSC 1 MSU Moorhead 0 (W Socc.).

NFL Scoreboard:  New Orleans 31 Arizona 7; Cleveland 31 Minnesota 27; Detroit 27 Washington 20; Cincinnati 34 Green Bay 30; Baltimore 30 Houston 9; Carolina 38 N.Y. Giants 0; Tennessee 20 San Diego 17; Dallas 31 St. Louis 7; New England 23 Tampa Bay 3; Miami 27 Atlanta 23; N.Y. Jets 27 Buffalo 20; Indianapolis 27 San Francisco 7; Seattle 45 Jacksonville 17; Chicago 40 Pittsburgh 23.

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final          San  Francisco      2    N-Y  Yankees        1
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Cleveland              9    Houston                2
      Final          Chi  White  Sox      6    Detroit                3
      Final          Boston                    5    Toronto                2
      Final          Tampa  Bay              3    Baltimore            1
      Final          Kansas  City          4    Texas                    0,  10  Innings
      Final          Seattle                  3    L.A.  Angels        2
      Final          Oakland                11    Minnesota            7
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final          Cincinnati          11    Pittsburgh          3
      Final          Miami                      4    Washington          2    (first  game)
      Final          Washington            5    Miami                    4    (second  game)
      Final          N-Y  Mets                4    Philadelphia      3
      Final          Atlanta                  5    Chi  Cubs              2
      Final          Arizona                13    Colorado              9
      Final          L.A.  Dodgers        1    San  Diego            0
      Final          Milwaukee              6    St.  Louis            4
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PRESEASON
    
      Final    Chicago          4    Detroit                  3
      Final    Nashville      2    N-Y  Islanders      0
      Final    Toronto          5    Buffalo                  3
      Final    Colorado        2    Anaheim                  1
    
    
          WNBA  BASKETBALL  PLAYOFFS
    
      Final    Indiana          79    Chicago      57
      Final    Minnesota      58    Seattle      55

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