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Huskers Fall to Oral Roberts, 11-4

Tulsa, Okla. – The Nebraska baseball team (11-9) fell behind 5-0 after two innings against Oral Roberts on its way to an 11-4 loss at J.L. Johnson Stadium on Tuesday night.

All three Husker batters in the top of the first struck out swinging. Oral Roberts scored first with one run in the bottom of the first. Noah Cummings hit a two-out double before Riley Keizor’s RBI single drove him in.

Angelo Altavilla became NU’s first baserunner with a one-out single in the second, but Luke Roskam lined out into a double play to end NU’s chance to score. The Golden Eagles added four runs in the second inning on three hits, but left the bases loaded when a strikeout ended the inning.

Gunner Hellstrom, making his second career start, hit a two-out single in the third, but was left stranded after an inning-ending strikeout. ORU had two baserunners in the bottom of the third, but neither scored after three flyouts ended a chance to extend its lead.

NU’s first two batters in the fourth each singled and eventually scored to cut the lead to 5-2. Zac Luckey reached on a bunt before Scott Schreiber’s single. They each advanced one base on a wild pitch before Jesse Wilkening’s sacrifice fly scored Luckey. Altavilla singled before Luke Roskam’s sacrifice fly scored Schreiber. All three Golden Eagle batters were retired in the bottom of the fourth.

NU went down in order in the fifth. In the bottom half of the inning, the Golden Eagles added six runs to build an 11-2 advantage. Spencer Henson hit a three-run home run during the inning.

Nebraska scored one run in the sixth when Luckey and Schreiber drew back-to-back walks to open the frame. A Wilkening flyout advanced Luckey to third. Luckey scored after the next at-bat when Altavilla hit a sacrifice fly to center field. ORU drew a pair of walks in the bottom of the sixth, but didn’t score.

The Huskers scored one run in the top of the seventh when the first three batters reached. Hellstrom drove in Jaxon Hallmark with an RBI single. NU left two runners stranded. The Huskers allowed a walk but no runs in the bottom of the seventh.

NU loaded the bases in the top of the eighth, but didn’t score any runs. Oral Roberts went down in order in the bottom half of the frame. In the top of the ninth, the Huskers went down 1-2-3.

Junior right-hander Mike Waldron made his second start of the season and threw 1.1 innings. Andrew Abrahamowicz (2.2 innings), Byron Hood (1.0), Keegan Watson (1.2), Matt Waldron (0.1) and Mitch Steinhoff (1.0) each made relief appearances.

The Huskers and Golden Eagles square off Wednesday at J.L. Johnson Stadium, starting at 1 p.m. (CT).


Danger football now 3-0 on the season

Danger football picked up a 50-41 win on the road Monday night vs Cedar Rapids. The Danger with the victory are now 3-0 on the season and will be back on the road for a quick turnaround as they are at Arizona this Saturday night. The Rattlers will enter the contest with a 2-1 record. Listen live Saturday night to Danger football on 103.1 2DAYFM and online Pregame will start at 7:45pm with kick off at 8:00pm. 


GISH baseball & soccer in action on Saturday

Grand Island Baseball 3/17
GI 16, Lincoln High 3
GI 11, Lincoln High 6


Islanders next action at Hastings on March 20th.


Grand Island Soccer 3/17 
BOYS: GI 2, North Platte 0
GIRLS: North Platte 6, GI 0


Next action for girls & boys, Thursday March 22nd at Fremont


Lue taking leave from Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence from the team to address health issues that have included chest pains and loss of sleep.

Lue said Monday in statement that tests have offered no conclusion about what the issue is and offered no timetable for his return. The coach said he feels he needs to step away "and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation" from which to coach the rest of the season.

"While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season," Lue said. "My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the championship we are all working towards."

The Cavaliers also didn't say who would lead the team in Lue's absence, though that responsibility could fall to associate head coach Larry Drew.

A stress-filled season for the Cavs has taken a toll on the 40-year-old Lue, who led them to the 2016 NBA championship after taking over for David Blatt midway through that season. They are just 40-29, third in the Eastern Conference, and have endured roster shake-ups, injuries and other distractions as they try to return to the NBA Finals.

Now they will play without their coach.


GI Area Soccer Scores 3/15


Columbus Lakeview 7, Grand Island Central Catholic 1
Grand Island 3, Lincoln High 0
Holdrege 1, Hastings 0
Kearney Catholic 4, York 2 (OT)
Schuyler 2, Aurora 0


Hastings 4, Holdrege 0
Kearney Catholic 1, York 0 (OT)
Lincoln High 3, Grand Island 2 (SO)
Schuyler 2, Aurora 1


Jaylen Reyes Named Volleyball Assistant Coach

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska volleyball head coach John Cook announced on Friday that BYU men’s assistant coach Jaylen Reyes has been named the new assistant coach for the Husker volleyball program. Reyes replaces Tyler Hildebrand, who accepted a new director position with USA Beach Volleyball in February.

Reyes, a former BYU libero, has been an assistant coach for the BYU men for the last three seasons. He handled player development and was the recruiting coordinator for the Cougars, who reached the NCAA Championship match each of the past two seasons. Reyes will join the Huskers at the conclusion of the BYU men’s season and will continue in the role that Hildebrand had, coordinating game plans and scouting reports while assisting in coaching all positions. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Reyes is the son of Tino Reyes, who was the head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Hawaii at Hilo from 2010-15 and spent 17 years as associate head coach on the Hawaii men’s volleyball coaching staff.

Reyes helped lead BYU to a 26-5 (16-2 MPSF) record in 2017, winning a share of the conference regular-season title. The Cougars reached the national championship match for a second-consecutive season. BYU went 27-4 (19-3 MPSF) in 2016 – Reyes’ first season on staff – also winning the conference title and playing in the national final. Reyes coached four AVCA All-Americans in both 2016 and 2017. This year the Cougars are 18-4 with a perfect 8-0 conference record.

“With Tyler leaving for USA Beach Volleyball, we had to find someone who could step in and replace what he did for Nebraska volleyball, and we had a big challenge,” Cook said. “My first call was to one of my closest advisors in the volleyball world, and he told me about a young coach and rising star, Jaylen Reyes. Jaylen’s team knocked Tyler’s Long Beach State team out of the final four last year, so I decided to start with that accomplishment. After interviewing all of our candidates and putting them through an extensive interview process, Jaylen separated himself from the others.

Jaylen is a second-generation coach. His dad, Tino, coached for years, so Jaylen has grown up in a gym. He was hired to coach at BYU a few days after completing his playing career. Coaching volleyball is in his DNA. We wanted someone who was willing to crawl here just like Andy Dufresne in the movie, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. Our players and the Husker Nation will love his energy, passion and ability to teach the game.”

Reyes’ other coaching experience includes serving as the lead coach at the Gold Medal Squared Clinic since 2014, and he was an assistant coach with the SCVA High Performance Team in the International Youth Division at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships, winning silver in 2017 and bronze in 2016.

“I would like to thank Coach Cook for this amazing opportunity to be a part of the Nebraska volleyball family,” Reyes said. “I look at this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with Coach Cook, Kayla (Banwarth), Lindsay (Peterson) and the rest of the support staff at Nebraska. I’m extremely honored and humbled to be able to join the Husker family and help continue the success of this storied program, and to get to work with some amazing young athletes along the way. Growing up as a lifelong volleyball fan, I’ve always appreciated and even idolized Coach Cook. Getting to know him these past couple weeks, I can see the type of leadership qualities and attention to detail it takes to be as successful as he has been. I’m excited to head out to Lincoln after our season at BYU is finished and get to work at the Devaney Center, which I have heard is home to the best fans in college volleyball.­­”

Reyes received his bachelor’s degree from BYU in exercise science in 2015. He was the starting libero for the Cougars from 2012-15 and received AVCA All-America honorable mention in 2015. Reyes helped his team to back-to-back MPSF regular-season and tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013-14. Reyes is BYU’s all-time rally-scoring era leader in games played (431) and is second in career digs (762).


Schreiber Smashes Two Homers as NU Routs Bears

Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team (10-7) raced out to a 7-0 lead after two innings and never looked back in a 14-2 win over Northern Colorado at Hawks Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Huskers and Bears (11-6) split their two-game set after UNC won on Tuesday by a 6-3 margin. Nebraska’s win snapped Northern Colorado’s six-game winning streak.

Senior Scott Schreiber’s bat continued where it left off on Tuesday, as he slugged two home runs on Wednesday. Schreiber, who went 3-for-4 with six RBIs and four runs scored on Wednesday, had a two-home run game for the fourth time in his career. He has 30 career home runs and 203 career hits after notching his 200th career hit on Tuesday. During the two-game series against Northern Colorado, Schreiber went 6-for-8.

Nebraska scored three runs in the opening frame. Jesse Wilkening roped an RBI double before Luke Roskam drove in two runs with a single to center field. In the second inning, NU added four runs on Schreiber’s grand slam to center field.

UNC scored one run in the fourth inning, but the Huskers responded with two runs in the sixth with Schreiber’s two-run shot to left field. UNC added a run in the seventh before Nebraska’s five-run eighth. Pinch hitter Mike Addante smashed a double in the leadoff spot for his first career hit before Zac Repinski reached on an infield single. Altavilla reached on a fielder’s choice, which put runners on the corners. Schreiber was hit-by-pitch to load the bases. After a flyout, Roskam walked to score one run. Jaxon Hallmark drove in two runs with a single. Jeff Athey reached on an error, which scored two more runs.

Junior right-hander Mike Waldron, making his first start of the season, earned the win in 3.1 innings, giving up one run, while recording five strikeouts. Andrew Abrahamowicz tossed 2.2 innings of relief, while Zack Engelken, Byron Hood and Jake Hohensee each threw 1.0 inning. All five Husker pitchers recorded at least one strikeout.

The Huskers continue their homestand this weekend with three games against Northwestern State, beginning on Friday at Hawks Field at 4:05 p.m. (CT).


Huskers Fall at Mississippi State in NIT Opener

The Nebraska men’s basketball team could not overcome a pair of long field goal droughts on Wednesday night, as the Huskers saw a successful season come to an end with a 66-59 loss at Mississippi State in an NIT first-round matchup at Humphrey Coliseum.

Nebraska led early before missing seven straight shots in a five-minute stretch without a field goal in the first quarter. The drought left the Huskers with a seven-point deficit after one quarter of play, but Nebraska rallied to grab a 51-50 lead with 7:41 remaining. But after taking their first lead in nearly 28 minutes, Nebraska missed 10 of its next 11 shots and made just one basket in a span of more than seven minutes. With the Huskers struggling from the field, the Bulldogs used an 11-2 run to build an eight-point lead with 1:45 to play, and Nebraska would get no closer than four the rest of the way.

With the loss, the Huskers ended their season with a 22-11 record, marking a 10-win improvement from last season. Nebraska’s 22 wins tied for the second-most in school history after the Huskers set a school record with 13 conference victories.

Mississippi State, which won for the 19th time in 21 home games this season, improved to 23-11 and advanced to a second-round matchup at Baylor on Sunday.

James Palmer Jr. paced Nebraska with 13 points, as he finished his junior season with 568 points, the eighth-most points in Husker history. Isaac Copeland Jr. added 12 points before he fouled out late in the fourth quarter, and Isaiah Roby chipped in 10 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds before also fouling out.

Nebraska took great care of the ball against the Bulldogs, tying its season low with just five turnovers, but the Huskers were outrebounded by 17 and shot just 35 percent (23-of-65). The Huskers were only 6-of-22 from the 3-point line.

Mississippi State was led by Aric Holman, who posted a double-double off the bench with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Abdul Ado added 15 points and nine rebounds, while Xavian Stapleton scored 12 points and Lamar Peters dished out 14 assists. The Bulldogs shot 42 percent from the field (24-of-57) and matched Nebraska with six 3-pointers.

In the first quarter, Anton Gill opened the scoring with a 3-pointer before Mississippi State scored the next six points. Nebraska quickly regained the lead at 7-6 on back-to-back baskets 24 seconds apart from Copeland and Glynn Watson Jr. But Nebraska then missed its next seven shots, going nearly five minutes without a field goal, and MSU took advantage to build a 15-8 lead. The Bulldogs led 19-12 at the end of the opening quarter thanks to a strong inside presence, as 16 of Mississippi State’s 19 points were scored in the paint. The Bulldogs shot 56 percent in the first period (9-of-16), while Nebraska made only five of its 18 shots (28 percent).

The second quarter featured a series of runs for both teams. Nebraska scored the first seven points of the quarter to tie the game at 19-19. Mississippi State then scored the next five points while holding the Huskers scoreless for more than three minutes. Down by five, Nebraska scored four straight points to pull within one, only to see Mississippi State answer with six consecutive points to go on top 30-23. The Huskers answered right back and scored the next five points before MSU closed the quarter with a 3-pointer to take a 33-28 lead into the locker room. Nebraska outscored the Bulldogs by two in the second quarter, limiting the Bulldogs to 4-of-17 shooting, but three of those baskets were 3-pointers.

In the third quarter, Roby knocked down his first 3-pointer and the converted a traditional three-point play to get the Huskers within one at 35-34. After the teams traded baskets, Nebraska finally pulled even at 40 when Evan Taylorbanked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key. But Holman scored the next five points for Mississippi State, and the Bulldogs scored 10 of the final 15 points in the quarter to take a 50-45 lead into the final period.

Nebraska came out strong in the fourth quarter, opening the period on a 6-0 run. The Huskers capped the run on a pair of Palmer free throws, which gave Nebraska a 51-50 advantage, NU’s first lead since the six-minute mark of the first quarter. After falling behind, Mississippi State responded with an 11-2 run to build its largest lead at 61-53 with 1:45 remaining. Nebraska missed 10 of 11 shots during the Bulldogs’ run, but back-to-back baskets from Roby and Gill cut the lead to four with 42.8 seconds remaining. MSU then closed out the victory by making 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch.


 -Nebraska finishes with a 22-11 record, as the 22 wins tied for the second-highest total in school history.

*-Nebraska made its 18th NIT appearance in school history and first since the 2010-11 season.

*-With the loss, Nebraska falls to 23-17 all-time in the NIT.

*-Nebraska is 0-2 all-time against Mississippi State

*-With 13 points tonight, James Palmer Jr. moved into eighth place on NU’s single-season scoring list, passing Jaron Boone (1995), Andrew White III (2016) and Terran Petteway (2015). Palmer, who finished the season with 568 points, also reached double figures for the 31st time this season. He also tied his season high with two blocked shots,

*-With four free throw attempts, Palmer tied Kimani Ffriend’s school record of 221 set in 1999-2000. Palmer also finished fourth on NU’s single-season free throw attempt list.

*-Isaiah Roby finished the season with eight straight double figure performances, as he finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Roby also grabbed seven or more rebounds in each of NU’s last eight contests.

*-Nebraska’s five turnovers tied a season low (also at Michigan State)

*-Nebraska finished with 182 blocked shots, a total which is third on NU’s single-season list and the most since 1997.

*-Isaac Copeland reached double figures for the 23rd time this season with 12 points (17-5 entering tonight)

*-Tonight marked only the second time all season that Nebraska lost consecutive games (Dec. 9-16).


Huskers to Face Sun Devils in NCAA First Round

The Nebraska women’s basketball team earned its 14th NCAA Tournament bid in school history, as the Huskers claimed a No. 10 seed in the 64-team field announced during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on ESPN Monday night.

Nebraska, which produced one of the nation’s top turnarounds under second-year coach Amy Williams in 2017-18, will face No. 7 seed Arizona State at the Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised by ESPN2, while a radio call of the game will be provided by the Husker Sports Network.

Texas (26-6, 15-3 Big 12) earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will take on No. 15 seed Maine (23-9, 13-3 America East) in Saturday’s second game at Austin. The Longhorns advanced to the Big 12 Championship Game, while the Black Bears earned the America East automatic bid by winning the tournament title. That game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. (CT) tip on ESPN2. The winners of the two first-round games will meet in Monday’s second round.

The winner of the four-team bracket in Austin will advance to the Kansas City Regional, March 23-25.

Nebraska heads into the NCAA Tournament with a 21-10 record after earning the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament with an 11-5 conference mark. The Huskers also advanced to the Big Ten semifinals.

Nebraska’s 21 wins mark a 14-game improvement in the win column over last year’s 7-22 overall record, when the Huskers tied for last in the Big Ten Conference. The improvement is the largest increase by any team in 2018 NCAA Tournament field and tied for the biggest jump in Division I with fellow Big Ten partner Rutgers. Nebraska produced an eight-game improvement in league play (3-13, 2016-17).

Williams earned 2018 Big Ten Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors from the league coaches and media and is one of 10 semifinalists for the Werner Ladder Naismith National Coach-of-the-Year award.

The Huskers, who earned their first NCAA bid since facing Syracuse in the 2015 first round at Columbia, S.C., are led on the court by second-team All-Big Ten point guard Hannah Whitish. The 5-9 sophomore from Barneveld, Wis., leads Nebraska in scoring (12.6 ppg), assists (4.8 apg) and steals (1.3 spg).

Inside, freshman Kate Cain has made a major impact at both ends of the court for the Big Red. The 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., adds 10.1 points per game while leading Nebraska in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and blocked shots (3.2 bpg). Cain’s Big Ten-leading 100 blocks have smashed Nebraska’s single-season school record and rank her among the top-five shot-blockers in the nation this season. She was the only freshman or sophomore to earn a spot on the five-player Big Ten All-Defensive Team and she was also one of five conference newcomers on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

With Cain in the middle and a commitment to defense for the entire Nebraska team, the Huskers improved by 13 points defensively from a year ago, allowing just 63.3 points per game this season. The Huskers led the Big Ten in both field goal percentage defense (.371) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.302) in 2017-18. Despite losing their starting front line, the Huskers were also six points per game better on the offensive end this season.

Nebraska’s game against the Sun Devils (21-12, 10-8 Pac-12) will be the eighth all-time meeting between the Huskers and Arizona State. Nebraska owns a 4-3 edge in the all-time series, including a 62-58 win over the Sun Devils in the last meeting between the two teams at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln on Dec. 28, 2008.

It will be the first-ever meeting between Nebraska and Arizona State in the postseason, and the only previous neutral site meeting between the schools came in the first match-up, a 71-69 Husker win at the California Invitational on Nov. 29, 1979.

Nebraska’s only other NCAA Tournament appearance in the state of Texas was a successful one. In 2013, the sixth-seeded Huskers went to College Station, Texas and defeated 11th-seeded Chattanooga (73-59) before knocking off third-seeded Texas A&M (74-63) at Reed Arena to advance to the second NCAA Sweet Sixteen in Husker history.

Nebraska’s point guard on that 2013 squad was All-American and WNBA first-round draft pick Lindsey Moore, who also led the Huskers to their first-ever NCAA Sweet Sixteen as a freshman in 2010. Moore is now a graduate assistant at Arizona State.

Nebraska Coach Amy (Gusso) Williams will be leading her second school to an NCAA Division I Tournament, after also helping two Nebraska teams to the NCAA Tournament as a student-athlete.

Williams was a sophomore guard on a 1996 Husker team that earned a trip to the first round. She was a senior on Nebraska’s 1998 NCAA Tournament squad that advanced to the second round with a win over New Mexico in Norfolk, Va.

As a second-year Division I head coach at South Dakota, Williams led the Coyotes to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, before falling to Stanford in the first round.


Big Red Heading to Mississippi State for NIT

Lincoln – The Nebraska men’s basketball program will make its first postseason appearancein four years, as the Huskers were selected for the National Invitational Tournament (NIT)Sunday evening.

Nebraska, which enters the postseason with a 22-10 record, is the No. 5 seed and will take on No. 4 seed Mississippi State (22-11), on Wednesday, March 14 at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (central) and the game will be televised on ESPN2 and carried on the Huskers Sports Network.

The Huskers opened the season by playing the Bulldogs in a charity exhibition game in October, winning 76-72 in Starkville.

The 2018 NIT is the 25th postseason appearance in school history and 18th time NU has been selected for the NIT. The Huskers are 23-16 all-time in the NIT, including a championship in the 1996 NIT and semifinal appearances in 1983 and 1987. This is NU’s first NIT appearance since 2011.

The Huskers finished fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-5 record before losing to eventual tournament champion Michigan in the Big Ten Quarterfinals on March 2. Nebraska is led by a pair of All-Big Ten selections in James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr. Palmer was a first-team All-Big Ten pick by the conference coaches, as he averaged 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Copeland garnered honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors by both the coaches and media, as he averaged 12.9 points, a team-high 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.

Mississippi State is 22-10 and finished tied for seventh in the Southeastern Conference. Coach Ben Howland’s team went 18-2 at Humphrey Coliseum this season. The Bulldogs feature four players who average double figures, including Quinndary Weatherspoon, who averaged 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game en route to second-team All-SEC honors. Nick Weatherspoon was a freshman All-SEC team member and is second in the team in scoring at 11.1 ppg.

If Nebraska wins, Nebraska will play the winner of top-seeded Baylor against eighth-seeded Wagner in the second round.

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Crae Mill