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Lincoln - James Palmer Jr. scored 14 points, including a go-ahead basket with 41 seconds to play, but Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s 3-pointer with 21 seconds left gave Kansas the lead for good, as the No. 13 Jayhawks escaped Lincoln with a 73-72 victory in the Shelter Insurance Showcase.

Nebraska had two chances in the final 20 seconds to regain the lead. Anton Gill’s 3-pointer’s 3-pointer was off the mark before Palmer grabbed his career-high eighth rebound, but his off-balanced jumper was blocked by Udoka Azubuike, allowing the Jayhawks to escape with the one-point win.

Palmer led four Huskers in double figures, as Thomas Allen scored a career-high 13 points, while Isaac Copeland chipped in 12 tallies and Glynn Watson Jr. added 11.

 

The Huskers limited Kansas to just 44 percent shooting on Saturday, after the Jayhawks came into the game averaging 52 percent, which ranked eighth in the nation. The Huskers shot 49 percent from the floor, including 36 percent from downtown. Both teams grabbed 33 rebounds on the night, but Kansas held a 40-28 advantage in points in the paint.

Copeland led Nebraska with nine rebounds, while Palmer added eight. Evan Taylor paced the Huskers with four assists.

In addition to Azubuike's 26 points, Devonte' Graham scored 18 points, while Mykhailiuk added 14 for the winners.

The Huskers will return home to face UTSA on Wednesday, with tip-off at Pinnacle Bank Arena set for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on BTN and carried on the Husker Sports Network. Tickets are available by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED.


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High school basketball scores Dec. 11th-16th

Check out the following links below on high school basketball scores from the week of December 11th through 16th. 

 

Girls Scores

 

Boys Scores


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Nebraska volleyball wins the national title

Kansas City, Mo. - The Nebraska volleyball team won its fifth national title on Saturday night, defeating the No. 2 seed Florida Gators, 3-1, in front of an NCAA-record 18,516 fans at the Sprint Center, most of whom were wearing red.

The Huskers won their fifth national title and second in three years, becoming just the third team in NCAA history to win five volleyball national championships. Nebraska won the opening set 25-22 and cruised to a 25-17 win in set two. Florida bounced back to win the third set, 25-18, before Nebraska came out on fire in set four, racing to a 9-1 lead en route to a 25-16 victory.

Mikaela Foecke paced the Huskers with a match-high 20 kills, as Nebraska totaled 14 more kills than the Gators. Kelly Hunter dished out 37 assists and tied her season high with six kills while finishing her NCAA Tournament career with a 16-1 record. Foecke and Hunter were named the co-Most Outstanding Players of the NCAA Championship and were joined on the team by libero Kenzie Maloney, who had a match-high 15 digs and produced a career-high two kills. Lauren Stivrins added nine kills and Briana Holman and Annika Albrecht each chipped in six kills. The Huskers hit .234 in the match - nearly .100 higher than Florida, and out-dug the Gators, 65-49.

Fans can welcome home the national champions on Sunday, as the Nebraska Athletic Department will host a free championship celebration tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. and free parking will be available in lot 58.

Set 1: Holman put the Huskers up 5-3 after a block and a kill on back-to-back rallies. Foecke added a solo block and an ace on consecutive rallies for a 7-4 Husker lead. Florida responded to take an 11-9 lead with a 5-1 run. The Gators extended the lead to 15-11 with three straight kills, but Foecke gained sideout for the Huskers to spark a 7-0 run that would put NU up 18-15. Hunter's service run included an ace, and Foecke hammered two more kills during the spurt. After Florida ended NU's run, the Gators would rally to tie the set at 22-22 before committing a service error. Florida hit the antenna on its next attack to give Nebraska set point at 24-22. After a Florida timeout, Foecke went crosscourt for the set clincher. Nebraska prevailed despite hitting .081, as it held Florida to .025 hitting and won the serving battle by two aces. Both teams had just 10 kills in the set, with Foecke posting five for the Big Red.

Set 2: Nebraska scored the first three points of the set with Holman stuffing a shot and putting down a kill. The teams began siding out an efficient clip, but Sweet, Foecke and Stivrins tallied consecutive kills on Townsend's serve to put NU up 9-5. Stivrins and Foecke terminated again, and Hunter smashed an out-of-system kill from the right side for a 12-7 lead. Holman and Albrecht teamed up for a block, and Florida hit long to increase the lead to seven at 16-9. After Florida pulled within 17-12, Albrecht tooled the Florida block and the Gators mishandled a Townsend serve to keep NU up by seven, 19-12. A Florida timeout couldn't slow the Husker attack, as Albrecht added another kill after the break and Florida hit long to make it 21-12 after the 4-0 run. Florida pulled within 23-17 but misfired on its next attack. The Huskers took the 2-0 lead with a 25-17 win on Foecke's 10th kill of the match. NU was much sharper in set two, hitting .417.

Set 3: Florida gained an early 12-7 advantage thanks to a 4-0 run when the score was tied 6-6. The Gators built the lead to 16-10 before Foecke and Albrecht terminated to draw the Huskers within 16-12. But Nebraska could get no closer than four, as Florida scored the next three points to go up 19-12. Stivrins struck for three kills to help NU cut what was an eight-point deficit to five at 22-17, but Snyder terminated for sideout for Florida, and the Gators won 25-18 to take the set.

Set 4: Hunter and Foecke got Nebraska off to a positive start with kills, and Foecke and Holman stuffed a Gator attack as NU claimed a quick 4-0 lead. A slew of Gator errors, followed by an ace by Hunter and another block by Holman and Foecke made it 9-1 Huskers. After Florida chipped away to within 12-6, a service error and a Foecke kill restored an eight-point lead at 14-6. But the Gators scored four in a row to slice the lead to four at 14-10, and the Huskers called timeout. Foecke terminated after the break and Maloney dug a Joseph shot back to the Florida side for her second kill of the match. She then served an ace to make it 17-10 Huskers. Albrecht, Holman and Sweet swatted kills to keep the lead at seven, 20-13. Stivrins found the floor on back-to-back rallies to give the Huskers a 23-15 lead, and Hunter dumped a kill for match point at 24-15.


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NU Digs Deep To Top No. 1 Penn State, Advance to NCAA Final

Kansas City, Mo. - In another epic NCAA Tournament match between Nebraska and Penn State, the Huskers survived one match point and rallied from a 2-1 deficit Thursday night to defeat the Nittany Lions in a national semifinal match at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

With the win, Nebraska advanced to Saturday night's NCAA Championship match, where the Huskers will face either No. 2 seed Florida or third-seeded Stanford at 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2. Nebraska (31-4) extended its win streak to a nation-leading 18 consecutive matches, while snapping the Nittany Lions' 23-match winning streak. Penn State, the nation's top-ranked team and No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, ended its season with a 33-2 record, with both losses coming to Nebraska.

The Huskers started strong, taking the opening set 25-18. Penn State then used late rallies to win the next two sets (25-23 and 26-24) before fighting off two set points in the fourth set to earn a match point at 26-25. But the Huskers scored the final three points of the set to rally for a 28-26 win. In the fifth set, Nebraska trailed 6-4 before winning five straight points to take a 9-6 lead. Penn State would never get closer than one the rest of the way as first-team All-American Kelly Hunter closed out the win with a kill on the Huskers' second match point.

Hunter posted her fourth double-double in five NCAA Tournament matches this season, dishing out 47 assists and posting a career-high 23 digs. Mikaela Foecke recorded her first career double-double in the postseason, totaling a match-high 19 kills and a career-high 19 digs. Annika Albrecht and Briana Holman added 13 kills each, while Jazz Kill had 12 kills on .375 hitting. Lauren Stivrins added a career-high nine blocks to complement seven kills.

The Huskers hit .249 in the match, 32 points higher than Penn State. Nebraska also out-blocked the Nittany Lions 13-12 and out-dug PSU 90-76.

The win was Nebraska's first victory in three tries against Penn State in the NCAA Semifinals. The Huskers will play for their fifth national title on Saturday in their eighth NCAA Final appearance. First serve on Saturday night is set for 8:00 pm. Listen live in McCook on 102.1 FM True Country. In Grand Island on Country 96.5 FM & Big Country 97.7 FM.

 


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Coaching Honors Continue for Frost

Nebraska Head Football Coach Scott Frost added two more coaching accolades on Thursday, honoring him for his work at UCF during the 2017 season.

Frost was named the 2017 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, as announced by the Football Writers Association of America and the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Frost will be honored at a Jan. 6 reception in Atlanta in conjunction with the College Football Playoff Championship game.

The FWAA has presented a coaching award since the 1957 season and the coaching award is named in after the late Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State for 55 seasons. Robinson won 71 percent of his games during his career and his teams won or tied for 17 SWAC championships.

Among the previous winners of the FWAA coach-of-the-year award is Nebraska’s Bob Devaney, who captured the honor while guiding Nebraska to the 1971 national title.

Frost was also named a finalist for the 2017 George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award presented by the Maxwell Football Club on Thursday. Frost is joined in the group of four finalists by Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma, Clemson’s Dabo Swinner and Kirby Smart of Georgia.

The winner of the 2017 George Munger Award will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and the award will be formally presented at the Maxwell Award Gala in March in Atlantic City, N.J.

Frost guided the UCF Knights to the only undefeated season in the FBS ranks in 2017, just two seasons after inheriting a winless team. Frost will guide UCF in the Peach Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1 in Atlanta.


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Weber Named First-Team Academic All-American

Nebraska senior linebacker Chris Weber added his name to the nation-leading list of Husker Academic All-Americans on Thursday. Weber was one of 25 Division I football student-athletes named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team.

Weber’s selection increases Nebraska’s nation-leading total of Academic All-Americans across all sports to 330. The Husker football program now has 108 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, including 70 first-team selections. The 108 honorees are the most of any athletic program in college athletics.

“It is an unbelievable honor to be a part of the Nebraska Academic All-American tradition,” Weber said. “This has been a goal of mine and I am proud to finish my Nebraska career with being named an Academic All-American. I could not have reached this accomplishment without the support of my wife, Sam, and my parents. I also want to thank the academic support staff, specifically Katie Jewell and Dennis Leblanc, and all of the great professors and teachers I have had at the University of Nebraska.”

Weber was a standout on and off the field throughout his Nebraska career. An Elkhorn High graduate, Weber will graduate from UNL next May and carries a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average in nutrition science, and has already been accepted to medical school at UNMC. Weber is the first Husker to garner first-team Academic All-America honors since offensive lineman Spencer Long in 2013.

This season marked the third consecutive year Weber was a CoSIDA Academic All-District VII choice, and he is a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Weber was also one of 13 finalists for the prestigious Campbell Trophy and earned an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as part of the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Class.

On the field, Weber was a 2017 team captain and led the Huskers with 95 tackles and nine tackles for loss. He had four games with at least 10 tackles during his senior season. He has also been instrumental in NU’s Life Skills program, as Weber has been named to the Brook Berringer and the Tom Osborne teams in each of the past four years. Earlier this year, Weber led NU’s Uplifting Athletes Road Race efforts, raising more than $35,000 for pediatric cancer research this year and move than $125,000 over the past four years.


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NSAA Football District Assignments 2018-2019

Lincoln, NE - The Nebraska Schools Activities Association released on Thursday the district assignments for 2018 and 2019 seasons. Class A will feature six districts, Class B will have four, Class C1 features eight districts, Class C2 checks in with seven, Class D1 will have ten districts, Class D2 features nine, and Six Man will have six districts. 


Visit the link below for a full list. 

2018-2019


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Placke Named CoSIDA All-America of the Year

AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Katie Placke of Hastings College headline the 2017 Academic All-America® College Division volleyball teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

 

Placke was named the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year for College Division volleyball.

 

The CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division volleyball teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

 

Placke is a setter for the Broncos, having helped them to three consecutive trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. In those trips to national tournament, Hastings advanced to the single-elimination round and won the 2016 national title, earning Placke a spot on the NAIA National Championship All-Tournament Team. Listed a setter, Placke showed great versatility throughout her career as she amassed 3,493 assists, 1,034 digs, 920 kills, and 387 total blocks during her tenure. Placke notched a career-high 344 kills during her senior season and ranks 25th in the NAIA in hitting percentage at 0.330. She also tallied 601 assists, 232 digs and 77 total blocks. Placke earned NAIA All-America first team honors in 2016 and 2017 after being an honorable mention in 2015.

 

The four-time All-Great Plains Athletic Conference selection is a human resources management major from Grand Island, Nebraska, and boasts a 4.00 grade-point average. Placke earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team last year.

 

Another repeat selection on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team is Libby Brenton of Siena Heights University. Brenton was named to CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team a year ago. Second team member Makenzie Montano of Lindsey Wilson College is a repeat honoree as well after making the second team in 2016.

 

The 14 members of the CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division volleyball team have an average GPA of 3.96.

 


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Huskers Add Six Games to Future Football Schedules

Nebraska has added a total of six home games against three non-conference opponents to its future football schedules and also adjusted the date of a previously scheduled game.

The games added to the Nebraska schedule include:

  • South Dakota State—Sept 12, 2020; Aug. 31, 2024; Sept. 9, 2028
  • North Dakota—Sept. 3, 2022; Sept. 19, 2026
  • Georgia Southern—Sept. 10, 2022

The 2020 matchup with South Dakota State will take place a week after Nebraska opens the season against Purdue in a Big Ten Conference game. In order to complete its 2020 schedule, Nebraska has changed the date of its game against Cincinnati. The Bearcats will visit Lincoln on Sept. 26, in a game previously scheduled for Sept. 12, 2020.

South Dakota State will also play at Memorial Stadium for the Huskers’ 2024 season opener, and in the 2028 season. Nebraska and South Dakota State have met three times previously, with the Huskers owning a 3-0 series edge, including wins in 2010 and 2013.

The Jackrabbits have made the FCS playoffs for six straight seasons and will play in the national semifinals this weekend.In addition to its recent trips to Lincoln, SDSU has played non-conference games against Kansas, Missouri and Illinois in the past six seasons.

Nebraska will open the 2022 campaign against North Dakota, and will face Georgia Southern a week later, and will also take on UND in 2026.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks compete in the Big Sky Conference in the FCS ranks and reached the second round of the NCAA Playoffs in 2016. North Dakota faced Utah this season and has upcoming non-conference matchups with Washington and Kansas State, in addition to the trips to Lincoln.

The Big Ten Conference announced earlier this year that league institutions are permitted to schedule FCS opponents in years when the school plays only four conference home games. Nebraska has four Big Ten home games scheduled in even-numbered years, including 2022 and 2026.

Georgia Southern competes in the Sun Belt Conference in the FBS ranks, and regularly faces a difficult non-league slate. The Eagles faced Auburn and Indiana on the road this season, and have future games against Clemson, LSU, Minnesota, Ole Miss and Arkansas in the next four seasons.

The addition of North Dakota and Georgia Southern completes Nebraska’s 2022 non-conference schedule. Nebraska will play host to Oklahoma on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Memorial Stadium. The game with North Dakota in 2026 is the second contest on NU’s schedule that season, with the Huskers also hosting Tennessee on Sept. 12 in Lincoln.

Nebraska’s non-conference schedules through 2022 are now complete and the Huskers’ full schedules, including Big Ten Conference games have been announced through the 2021 season.

Upcoming Nebraska Non-Conference Schedules

2018

Sept. 1 Akron

Sept. 8 Colorado

Sept. 15 Troy

2019

Aug. 31 South Alabama

Sept. 7 at Colorado

Sept. 14 Northern Illinois

2020

Sept. 12 South Dakota State

Sept. 19 Central Michigan

Sept. 26 Cincinnati

Note: Nebraska opens season against Purdue on Sept. 5

2021

Sept. 4 Northern Illinois

Sept. 11 Buffalo

Sept. 18 at Oklahoma

2022

Sept. 3 North Dakota

Sept. 10 Georgia Southern

Sept. 17 Oklahoma



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Zehendner signs with Concordia University softball

Grand Island, NE - Taylor Zehendner signed her letter of intent with Concordia University on Wednesday afternoon inside the Heartland Lutheran high school gymnasium. Taylor is a four-time all-state softball player for the GICC Crusader softball team (co-op) and was recruited for softball by at least four in state schools. She carries a 3.9 GPA while also participating in basketball, track, quiz bowl, NHS, student activities council, and is the chairwoman of the HLHS Principal's Cabinet. Taylor intends to study art education at Concordia. Listen to a interview with Taylor & Matt Williams with the KRGI Sports Network. 


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