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GICC boys golf wins Class C state title

Kearney, NE - The GICC boys golf team captured the Class C state team golf title on Wednesday at the Kearney Country Club with a score of 637. Elmwood Murdock came in second place with a score of 647, and Creighton third at 648. GICC individual results saw Gavin Fox receive 5th place, Jack Goering picked up 9th place, and Eli Fox snagged the 16th place finish. Other members of Head Coach Craig Rupp's squad are Carson Hamik and Will Goering. Below listen to some interviews after the Crusaders picked up the championship.





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State Golf Scores Individual & Team

 

Class A - Norfolk Country Club 

 

Class B - Quail Run Golf Course Columbus 

 

Class C - Kearney Country Club 

 

Class D - Lake Maloney Golf Cours North Platte 





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Schreiber Named Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist

Senior Scott Schreiber is one of 25 semifinalists for the 41st Golden Spikes Award, announced by USA Baseball on Monday.

Schreiber, who started all 52 games for the Huskers in 2018, was drafted in the 26th round by the Tampa Bay Rays following the 2017 campaign, but decided to return to Nebraska for his senior season. A 2016 All-American and two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Schreiber is also a finalist for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award. This year, Schreiber batted .369 with team highs in home runs (18), hits (79), runs scored (62) and total bases (148), while also tallying 48 RBIs, 13 doubles and one triple. He led the Big Ten Conference in runs scored, while ranking second in hits, home runs and total bases. Beginning with the announcement of semifinalists, a ballot will be sent to the Golden Spikes Award voting body consisting of national baseball media, select professional baseball personnel, previous Golden Spikes Award winners and select USA Baseball staff, totaling a group of over 200 voters. From Monday, May 21 through Sunday, June 3, the voting body will select three semifinalists from the ballot to be named as Golden Spikes Award finalists and fan voting will simultaneously be open on GoldenSpikesAward.com. Selections made by the voting body will carry a 95 percent weight of each athlete’s total, while fan votes will account for the remaining 5 percent. The finalists will then be announced on Wednesday, June 6. Beginning that same day through Friday, June 22, the voting body and fans will be able to cast their final vote for the Golden Spikes Award winner. The award will be presented on June 28 in Los Angeles, Calif. In its history, Nebraska has three Golden Spikes Award finalists, including 2005 winner Alex Gordon. Darin Erstad (1995) and Ken Harvey (1999) were also named finalists for the award.

2018 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalists

Joey Bart; Jr.; C; Georgia Tech; ACC

Alec Bohm; Jr.; IF; Wichita State; American Athletic

Kyle Brnovich; So.; RHP; Elon; Colonial Athletic

Brian Brown; Sr.; LHP; NC State; ACC

Kody Clemens; Jr.; IF; Texas; Big 12

Frank German; Jr.; RHP; North Florida; Atlantic Sun

Logan Gilbert; Jr.; RHP; Stetson; Atlantic Sun

Devlin Granberg; Sr.; IF/OF; Dallas Baptist; Missouri Valley

Luke Heyer; Sr.; IF/OF; Kentucky; SEC

Jonathan India; Jr.; IF; Florida; SEC

Josh Jung; So.; IF/RHP; Texas Tech; Big 12

Trevor Larnach; Jr.; OF; Oregon State; Pac-12

Nick Madrigal; Jr.; IF; Oregon State; Pac-12

Casey Mize; Jr.; RHP; Auburn; SEC

Joey Murray; Jr.; RHP; Kent State; Mid-American

John Rooney; Jr.; LHP; Hofstra; Colonial Athletic

Nick Sandlin; Jr.; RHP; Southern Miss; Conference USA

Zack Shannon; Sr.; RHP/IF; Delta State; Gulf South

Scott Schreiber; Sr.; OF; Nebraska; Big Ten

Brady Singer; Jr.; RHP; Florida; SEC

Bren Spillane; Jr.; IF/OF; Illinois; Big Ten

Kevin Strohschein; Jr.; OF; Tennessee Tech; Ohio Valley

Spencer Torkelson; Fr.; IF; Arizona State; Pac-12

Andrew Vaughn; So.; IF; California; Pac-12

Steele Walker; Jr.; OF; Oklahoma; Big 12





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Huskers Close Season with 11-8 Win Over Illinois

Champaign, Ill. – A six-run seventh inning helped Nebraska finish its season with an 11-8 victory over Illinois at Illinois Field on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Angelo Altavilla led the Husker offense with a 4-for-5 performance with two RBIs, two runs scored and three stolen bases. Zac Repinski and Keegan Watson each homered during NU’s scoring barrage in the seventh frame.

Senior right-hander Matt Warren, making his 12th start of the season, went 5.0 innings and allowed three runs on three hits, while recording two strikeouts. Nate Fisher (0.2 inning), Andrew Abrahamowicz (1.1) and Jake Hohensee (2.0) each made relief appearances for the Huskers. Abrahamowicz earned the win, while Hohensee collected his team-high 13th save of the season.

In the top of the first, the Huskers went down in order with two flyouts and one strikeout. Illinois took a 1-0 lead after the bottom of the first. Bren Spillane drew a one-out walk and scored on Michael Massey’s RBI single. Warren struck out the next Illini batter.

Altavilla hit a two-out single before stealing second, but remained stranded when a strikeout ended the second frame for the Big Red. Illinois added two runs in the bottom of the second to build a 3-0 advantage. Grant Van Scoy drew a two-out walk before Jack Yalowitz homered to right field.

Nebraska managed two hits in the top of the third, but left two on base in a scoreless frame. Mojo Hagge hit a one-out single, but was thrown out at second when Scott Schreiber reached on a fielder’s choice. Schreiber made it to second when Jesse Wilkening singled, but both runners were stranded when a flyout ended the inning. The Fighting Illini threatened with two baserunners with two outs in the bottom of the third, but the score remained 3-0.

NU tied the game at 3-3 with three runs in the top of the fourth. The first four Husker batters reached base, as Repinski drew a walk before Luke Roskam, Altavilla and Jaxon Hallmark singled. Altavilla’s hit brought in Repinski and Hallmark’s hit drove in Roskam. Hagge grounded out, but earned an RBI as Altavilla scored on the play. The Illini went down in order in the bottom of the fourth.

The Huskers took a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth with two runs. Wilkening laced a leadoff double before advancing to third on a groundout. Repinski’s sacrifice fly drove in Wilkening. Roskam blistered a double and scored on Altavilla’s RBI single. Warren retired all three Illini batters in the bottom of the fifth with one strikeout.

Nebraska went down 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Illinois retook the lead at 7-5 with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. The first four Illini batters reached base and also scored with two singles, one double and a walk.

The Huskers responded with six runs in the top of the seventh to take an 11-7 lead. Brison Cronenbold drew a leadoff walk before Repinski blasted his third home run of the season. After a flyout, Altavilla and Hallmark hit back-to-back singles before Watson blistered his first career home run to bring in both baserunners. Schreiber walked before scoring on Wilkening’s second double of the game. In the bottom of the seventh, Spillane hit a solo home run to cut the Husker lead to 11-8 before three consecutive outs.

Roskam drew a one-out walk before a double play ended a scoreless top of the eighth for the Big Red. Illinois’ leadoff hitter walked, but he remained stranded after three consecutive outs.

Hagge singled in the top of the ninth, but the other three Husker batters in the inning struck out. Illinois’ leadoff hitter walked in the bottom of the ninth, but a double play followed by a groundout ended the game.

The Huskers finish the season with a 24-28 record, including an 8-14 mark in Big Ten play.




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Stoute dismissed as Danger head coach

GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA - Bosselman Entertainment LLC and the Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football Team announce the dismissal of Mark Stoute from the position of head coach.

 

“We thank Coach Stoute for his commitment to our program and wish him the absolute best,” Nebraska Danger Owner Charlie Bosselman states. “Moving forward, we have tremendous expectations for our football program and a steadfast commitment to winning. I believe we can achieve great things within the Indoor Football League, and it is our priority to present a high-level product for our fans and our community.”

 

Current Danger assistant coaches Adam Shackleford and Pig Brown will take over as co-head coaches for the duration of the 2018 Danger season, in which three regular-season games remain.





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Green Bay takes down Danger in GI

Grand Island, NE - The Nebraska Danger took on the Green Bay Blizzard with a chance to seal up playoff spot, but a strong second half for the Blizzard gave them the victory, 31-20.

Nebraska got things moving quickly, but their first drive stalled out. Kicker Brad Hatfield came on and completed at 22-yard field goal to give the Danger a 3-0 lead. The Blizzard threatened to score on the next drive, but a fumble forced and recovered by Danger defensive lineman Xzavie Jackson gave Nebraska the ball deep in their own territory. Aided by a 27-yard run from quarterback Gregory Hankerson Jr., Nebraska scored when running back Angelo Pease snuck in a three-yard touchdown to extend the Nebraska lead to 10.
Green Bay gave up the ball again on a fumble to start the second quarter and Phillip Lewis recovered for Nebraska. The Danger settled for a field goal and came out with a 13-0 lead. Green Bay responded with their first score of the night to cut the lead to six points, 13-7. Hankerson Jr., who ended the first half with 72 rushing yards, set up the second score of the night when Pease rushed eight yards for his second touchdown. Both teams missed a field goal before Green Bay threw a 45 yard touchdown pass with 1.5 seconds left in the half to keep the game within one possession.
“We played well in the first half. Xzavie [Jackson] and Phillip [Lewis] were huge factors on the defensive line and both were playing with some fire tonight. Just a few slip ups kept Green Bay in this one, but they are things we can get cleaned up,” said head coach Mark Stoute.
Green Bay received the ball to start the second half. After a couple plays, they landed another deep touchdown pass, this time for 22 yards to take their first lead of the game, 21-20. The Nebraska drive stalled and a missed field goal gave the ball back to the Blizzard. Green Bay capitalized on getting the ball back, by scoring on a 22-yard touchdown pass and taking an eight point lead, 28-20.
The Danger defense stepped up and stalled the Blizzard drive at the start of the fourth quarter. Davion Belk blocked the Green Bay field goal, setting up the Danger offense at the 11-yard line. Nebraska couldn’t string enough plays together to score and a blocked field goal attempt was salt in an open wound. The Danger defense again stopped the Blizzard, forcing a field goal attempt that was missed wide left. Nebraska then squandered an opportunity to at least tie the game. The Blizzard wrapped up the game by kicking a field goal with 26 seconds left to put the score out of reach, 31-20.
“We lost our offensive zip in the second half. We came out flat and couldn’t move the ball. I give a lot of credit to our defense for keeping the game within reach, but when we can’t find any rhythm on offense it makes it hard to win,” Stoute said.
Nebraska next plays in the Heartland Events Center on June 16th against the Arizona Rattlers.




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Huskers Fall to Fighting Illini, 13-6

Champaign, Ill. – The Nebraska baseball team (23-28, 7-14 Big Ten) was officially eliminated from contention for a spot in the Big Ten Tournament following a 13-6 loss to Illinois at Illinois Field on Fridayevening.

In the top of the first, NU left one baserunner stranded in a scoreless frame as Jesse Wilkening drew a two-out walk. Illinois took a 1-0 lead with one run in the bottom of the first. Michael Massey hit an RBI single that brought in Ben Troike after he was hit-by-pitch. Troike stole second before advancing to third on a wild pitch.

Angelo Altavilla smashed his fifth home run of the season in the top of the second to tie the game at 1-1. The Fighting Illini went down in order in the bottom of the second.

NU went down 1-2-3 in the top of the third with two flyouts and a strikeout. Illinois left two baserunners on after a leadoff single and a strikeout-wild pitch, but the score remained tied at 1-1.

Jaxon Hallmark hit a two-out single and stole second in the fourth, but was left stranded after an inning-ending strikeout. Illinois scored five runs on four hits to take a 6-1 lead after the bottom of the fourth.

Joe Acker hit a two-out single in the top of the fifth, but remained stranded when the inning ended on a flyout. Illinois extended its lead to 9-1 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The first two Illini hitters reached on a double and a single. A sacrifice fly brought in one run before Zac Taylor hit a two-run homer to left field.

In the top of the sixth, Wilkening, Hallmark and Alex Henwood each singled to load the bases with two outs, but a groundout ended a scoreless frame for the Big Red. Illinois tacked on four runs in the bottom of the sixth on six hits. Bren Spillane hit a leadoff home run before five of the next six Illini batters recorded hits.

In the top of the seventh, NU went down in order. The Fighting Illini also went down 1-2-3 in the seventh.

Nebraska scored five runs in the top of the eighth to cut the deficit to 13-6. Scott Schreiber reached on a strikeout-wild pitch in the leadoff spot before Wilkening blistered a home run to score both of them. Hallmark drew a one-out walk before Henwood singled. Altavilla walked to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Hallmark before Mike Addante’s two-RBI single. Brison Cronenbold hit a double to advance Addante to third, but both runners remained stranded after a groundout ended the inning. Illinois went down in order in the bottom of the eighth.

All three Husker batters in the top of the ninth were retired.

The Huskers and Fighting Illini wrap up their three-game series with the regular-season finale on Saturdayat 3 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.





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Burkett named new assistant at Colorado State

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State women's basketball team has added Rico Burkett as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Head coach Ryun Williams announced the addition of Burkett on Thursday.
 
Burkett was the head coach of the Wayne State men's basketball team for nine seasons, finishing his tenure with the Wildcats with the third-most wins in program history (111). Burkett's nine-year stint also ranks as the second-longest tenure in program history, behind only W. Ray Hickman, who served as WSC head coach from 1927-38.
 
"Rico and his family will be tremendous additions to Colorado State University and our women's basketball program," Williams said. "My relationship with Rico goes all the way back to our playing days, as well a lengthy overlap when we were both at Wayne State. I have always had great respect for his ability to interact and relate to players as well as develop their games. Rico is just a very knowledgeable basketball guy who will no doubt help move us forward."
 
Burkett spent 13 seasons total with the Wayne State men's basketball program, previously serving as an assistant coach under current Creighton head coach Greg McDermott for four seasons before being promoted to head coach upon McDermott's departure.
 
"Mandy, Taryn, Marcus and I are excited to join the Ram family," Burkett said. "Coach Williams is one of the brightest coaches in the country, and he has established a rich basketball tradition during his time at Colorado State University. This is a tremendous opportunity to join his staff and be a part of the CSU basketball family. We look forward to moving to Fort Collins and getting involved in a great community. I'm excited to get to work and start building relationships."
 
During his tenure at Wayne State, Burkett recruited and developed 19 All-NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) players, including nine First-Team All-NSIC selections, five Second-Team All-NSIC picks, three Third-Team All-NSIC honorees and two All-NSIC Honorable Mentions. He also coached 1998 All-American Tyler Johnson, as well as All-America Honorable Mention Brad Joens in 2000-01.

Academics were a point of emphasis for Burkett at Wayne State, and he served as academic coordinator for all basketball student-athletes during his WSC tenure. His teams boasted a 100 percent player graduate rate, a 3.0 team GPA or better in 15 of his 18 semesters as head coach and two NSIC Britton Award honorees, the only two in school history. The Britton Award is given annually to the conference's top male scholar-athlete.
 
Burkett has 16 seasons of collegiate coaching experience in all, including a stop as an assistant coach for two seasons at Stetson (1995-97) and his first coaching job as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, North Dakota (1993-94).
 
As a player, Burkett led North Dakota to back-to-back Elite Eight appearances from 1990-91 with no fewer than 28 wins each season and a combined four North Central Conference regular-season and region titles. In 1991, Burkett served as UND's captain, and was named the North Central Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He remains UND's all-time single-season record holder in assists (232) and steals (75).
 
This marks a return to the collegiate coaching ranks for Burkett after a nine-year hiatus from the game. In between college coaching stints, he has served his community in various positions in Grand Island, Neb., including at Boys Town (2010-13 - shelter school/youth care worker), the Department of Health and Human Services (2013 - child and family services specialist), and presently, as an alternative education specialist at Northwest High School. While teaching at Northwest, Burkett assisted the boys' basketball coaching staff from 2013-15 and is currently the girls' basketball coach.
 
Burkett begins his duties at Colorado State in June. Notably, the careers of Williams and Burkett overlapped for eight years at Wayne State, as Williams held the head coaching job for the women's program during Burkett's tenure as men's head coach.





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Danger ready for re-match with Blizzard

GRAND ISLAND, NE - After opening the year 3-0, the Nebraska Danger has lost six of its last seven games. However, the team showed some life against a Sioux Falls team that is figured to be a United Bowl favorite.

The Danger fell to the Storm 40-36, but also missed three field goals in the loss, which even making two of them would have provided them the edge they needed to knock of Sioux Falls for the first time this season.

The Danger was led by a new quarterback as well – Greg Hankerson, Jr. After a struggle-filled losing streak with Jesse Scroggins at the helm, head coach Mark Stoute turned to the new man under center and did see some good things. Hankerson threw for four touchdowns, but also had some rust to knock off as he threw an interception and lost a fumble in the tough loss.

Who possibly shined the most was Danger running back Angelo Pease, who caught two touchdowns and ran for another. In the end, however, it wasn’t enough to push the Danger back into the win column just yet.

Now it’s the rubber-match between the Danger and the Green Bay Blizzard – a team who stunned the Danger a few weeks ago with a convincing 47-25 win over the team in Wisconsin. It was certainly a big difference from the Danger’s 59-23 win over the Blizzard back in Week 3.

The Danger still hold a three-game edge for the last playoff spot in the IFL with four games to go, but a loss to Green Bay this week could diminish those chances.

 

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Heartland Events Center this Friday, May 18. Taste of the Heartland begins at 6 pm, with samplings from numerous area restaurants. It is also First Responder Appreciation Night, with complimentary tickets available at the Box Office for all First Responders. The game will feature a very special national anthem and color guard presentation. Concession specials include $1 Hot Dogs and $2 Beers. Feature non-profit organization is MDA, come help the Grand Island Fire Department “Fill the Boot” for Muscular Dystrophy.

 

Tickets are available at the Heartland Events Center Ticket Office, Ticketmaster.com, or local Pump and Pantry Locations. For more information, visit dangerfootball.com.

 




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