Thursday's Sports Update

The Nebraska baseball team picked up a 5th-straight win last night, crushing the UNO Mavericks 17-6 at Hawks Field in Lincoln. The Huskers, who have won 6-straight Big Ten games, return to conference action this weekend when they host the Northwestern Wildcats in a 3-game series beginning Friday.

University of Nebraska Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Miles announced Wednesday that point guard Tarin Smith (Ocean Township, N.J.) signed a National Letter-of-Intent with the Nebraska basketball program. Smith is a 6-foot-2, 175-pounder who played for Hall of Fame Coach Bob Hurley at St. Anthony, helping the Friars to consecutive state runner-up finishes. Smith is the second member of Nebraska’s recruiting class, joining 6-foot-10 center Jacob Hammond (Comanche, Okla.), who signed with Nebraska in the fall. Hammond averaged 26.2 points, 14.8 rebounds and 5.7 blocks per game this season while earning first-team all-state Class 3A honors from the Daily Oklahoman. A finalist for Mr. Basketball in the state of Oklahoma, Hammond was also named District 5 Player of the Year by the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association in 2014.

     ----- UNK Schedules -----

  Baseball (24-15, 18-14)
Today at Pittsburg State (15-27, 10-22)...6:00 @ Pittsburg, Kans. (one 9-inning game)
Friday at Pittsburg State...3:00 & 6:00 @ Pittsburg, Kans. (double header)
Saturday at Pittsburg State...12:00 @ Pittsburg, Kans. (one 9-inning game)

  Softball (11-25, 9-15)
Idle until April 22nd vs. Chadron State

  Outdoor Track & Field
Wed.-Thurs. at Mt. SAC Relays, Walnut, Calif. (3 Lopers competing)
Thurs.-Sat. at Kansas Relays, Lawrence, Kans. (25 Lopers competing)
Fri.-Sat. at Doane Relays, Crete
  Women's Tennis (18-6, 7-3 … ranked 6th & 8th in the Central Region)
Idle until the MIAA Championships April 25-27th

  Men's Tennis (16-4, 3-2 … ranked 3rd & 7th in the Central Region)
Idle until the MIAA Championships April 25-27th

  #24 Men's Golf
Mon./Wed. (April 21-23) at MIAA Championships, All Day, Lawrence, Kans.

  Women's Golf
Mon./Wed. (April 21-23) at MIAA Championships, All Day, Lawrence, Kans.

     ----- Thursday's High School Schedules -----

  Girls Tennis
Kearney High 10-team Doubles Invitational...9:30

  Boys Golf
Kearney High @ Hastings Invitational...10:00 @ Lochland
Kearney Catholic @ Adams Central Invitational...10:00

  Track & Field
Kearney High @ Dick Jones Track Invitational...3:00 @ Omaha Burke
Kearney Catholic @ Gothenburg...3:00

Kearney High @ Grand Island...(girls @ 6:00, boys @ 8:00)


Wednesday's Sports Update

The Nebraska baseball team banged out a season best 22-hits in a 14-5 route of the Kansas State Wildcats last night at Hawks Field in Lincoln. The winners of 4-straight, the Huskers continue their current 5-game homestand tonight when they host the Mavericks of UNO. You can hear tonight's game on your home for the Huskers 1340 AM KGFW starting at 6:04, first pitch is at 6:35. The Huskers return to Big Ten play this weekend when they host Northwestern.

The UNK women’s tennis team closed out the 2014 regular season by sweeping Fort Hays State, 9-0, yesterday at Harmon Park. The dual was originally set for Monday but pushed back due to weather. The Lopers (18-6, 7-3), ranked sixth (NCAA) and eighth (ITA) in the Central Region, have now won 13 of its matches by 9-0 scores. Both Loper teams are off until the MIAA Tournament next weekend (April 25-27) in Springfield, Mo.

The UNK Athletic Department is inviting the public to the Orthman Senior Student Athlete Recognition & Awards Banquet. This semi-formal event will take place on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union's Ponderosa Room. Tickets may be purchased by the General Public for $20.00 per person. To make your reservation call 308-865-8514. RSVP's must be submitted no later than Thursday, April 17th at 5:00 p.m. in order to ensure a reservation.

The Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) have named the athletes and coaches for the 2014 NCA Boys’ and Girls’ All-Star games. The coaches are NCA members selected by their coaching peers. The athletes, graduating seniors, are selected by a committee of NCA member coaches. Athletes will be placed on specific teams in June. The list of All-Stars includes Kearney High's Damien Austin, Rachel Jelden of Holdrege, and UNK recruits Ty Danielson of York and McKenzie Brown of Grand Island Northwest. The 35th Annual NCA Girls’ Basketball All-Star will be played at Lincoln North Star High School on Monday, July 22 followed by the 46th Annual Boys’ Basketball NCA All-Star game.

Kearney Federal Credit Union, in partnership with Kearney Soccer Club, is sponsoring the First Annual Spring Fling Soccer Tournament May 2nd through May 4th at West Lincoln Way and Ted Baldwin Soccer Parks in Kearney. Thirteen teams from the Kearney area and an additional twenty-six teams from across the state have registered to complete in the tournament.

     ----- Tuesday's High School Results -----

  Girls Tennis
Kearney High def. Gering 9-0
Kearney High def. Scottsbluff 9-0


Tuesday's Sports Update

The Nebraska baseball team takes a break from Big Ten play with a pair of non-conference games this week. The Huskers host the Kansas State Wildcats tonight and the UNO Mavericks tomorrow night at Hawks Field. The Huskers return to Big Ten play this weekend when they host Northwestern. Tonight's game against the Kansas State Wildcats can be heard on 1340 AM KGFW starting at 6:04, first pitch is at 6:30.

The Loper women's tennis team is scheduled to wrap up the regular season today when they host Fort Hays, with first serve at 3:30 at the Harmon Park courts. The MIAA Tourney begins a week from this Friday in Springfield, Missouri.

     ----- Tuesday's High School Schedule -----

  Girls Tennis
Kearney High vs. Gering...1:30 @ Apollo Park
Kearney High vs. Scottsbluff...3:30 @ Apollo Park

  Girls Soccer
Kearney High @ Holdrege...4:30 @ Holdrege High

  Boys & Girls Soccer
Kearney Catholic vs. Columbus Scotus...5:00

  Boys Golf
Kearney Catholic Triangular (vs. Ravenna and Loup City)...4:00 @ Meadowlark Hills


Monday's Sports Update

I-back Imani Cross rushed for 100 yards and two scores, while Nebraska’s four quarterbacks combined for 356 yards and three touchdowns, as the Red team won the annual Red/White Spring Game with a 55-46 victory Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The game featured a modified scoring system with points for both offensive and defensive plays. The Huskers begin their 125th season of football on Saturday, Aug. 30th, when they host Florida Atlantic in the season opener at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff time and television information will be announced later this spring. For more visit

A two-out RBI single in the top of the 10th inning secured a 3-2 win and a series sweep of the Minnesota Golden Gophers by the Nebraska baseball team yesterday afternoon in Minneapolis. With their second straight conference sweep, the Huskers are 7-2 in league play and have swept consecutive conference series for the first time since 2006. The Huskers return to Hawks Field tomorrow night when they host the Kansas State Wildcats.

Junior Max Ayoub hit a sharp single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth to help the UNK baseball team rally past Washburn, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field. The two-run rally in the ninth helped the Lopers (24-15, 18-14) take three of four from the Ichabods (18-18-18, 1715). UNK, down to 10 healthy position players, had split four straight series. The Lopers travel to Pittsburg State this weekend. Due to the Easter Holiday, that series will be Thursday-Saturday.

Senior third baseman Sarah Rome belted a two-run homer and the UNK softball team scored three times in the top of the seventh to beat Missouri Southern State, 7-4, in the first game of a double header Saturday in Joplin. The Lions (15-31, 7-15) had 14 hits to take the nightcap, 10-2 (5 innings). The Loper softball team (11-25, 9-15) is off until an April 22nd home double header with Chadron State.

The UNK track & field team won five events and had five national marks at the Concordia Invitational Saturday in Seward. The non-team scoring meet featured NAIA and Division III schools around the area. Senior thrower Michael Thalken (Ogallala) paced the Lopers as he won the hammer with a throw of 191-11, the second best effort in school history. The throw places him 12th on the national list. On the track, Brainard junior Marissa Bongers ran past the 800 field, turning in a 2:10.38 to win by seven seconds. The time currently is the fourth best in D2 and not too far off her school record (2:09.02). UNK is at the Doane Relays this Friday and Saturday. Select Lopers will compete in the prestigious Mt. Sac (California) and Kansas Relays as well.

The UNK tennis teams capped a big week by both defeating Emporia State Saturday afternoon at Harmon Park. The Loper women won 9-0 to improve to 17-6 (6-3) while the men managed a 5-4 victory to be at 16-4 (3-2). In the latest NCAA Central Region rankings, the UNK women came in seventh with the Hornets (15-6, 7-3) sixth; seven teams make the NCAA Tournament field later this spring. The Loper women are schedule to wrap up the regular season today when they host Fort Hays, with first serve at 3:30 at the Harmon Park courts.

     ----- Saturday's High School Results -----

  Boys Soccer (GNAC Tournament in Scottsbluff)
Kearney High def. Gering 5-0
Kearney High def. Columbus 2-1
Hastings def. Kearney High 1-0

  Girls Soccer (GNAC Tournament in Scottsbluff)
Kearney High def. Lexington 6-0
Kearney High def. Columbus 3-0
Kearney High def. Hastings 5-1