Local Sports 8-28-2015
Two national championship contenders will play the Nebraska men's basketball team at Pinnacle Bank Arena this year. The Huskers will face Indiana on January 2nd and Maryland on February 3rd. Both foes are being touted as preseason Top 5 in the country. Nebraska will start the conference season on December 30th at home against Northwestern.
The Nebraska women's basketball team will tip-off its 18-game Big Ten Conference season on New Years Eve against Iowa at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers will play five NCAA Tournament teams including Northwestern on January 3rd, Maryland on January 7th, Rutgers on January 16th, Minnesota on February 11th and Ohio State on February 18th.
The Nebraska volleyball team begins its season this weekend with the Nebraska Invitational. The Huskers will play Tulsa at 7:00pm tonight. Then will face Grand Canyon at noon tomorrow and Pittsburgh at 7:00pm. We'll have the Saturday games on 1230AM KHAS beginning with the pre-game show at 11:30am.
The Nebraska women's soccer team will play Central Michigan at 7:05pm tonight at Hibner Stadium. The Huskers are 1-0 on the season after beating Kansas 3-0 last weekend.
The Hastings College volleyball team will play Bellevue University tonight at 7:00pm at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island. The Broncos are 3-1 on the season. The men's soccer team will open the season tomorrow night at 6:00pm against 15th ranked Ashford University. The women's soccer team will play Kansas Wesleyan at 8:00pm.
The High school football season got underway last night. Millard West beat defending state champion Omaha North 21-19, Lincoln High got by Lincoln Northeast 20-13, Omaha Creighton Prep downed Papillion LaVista 33-21, Elkhorn South shut out Omaha Gross 35-0 and Lutheran High Northeast rolled past Ponca 43-14. Tonight, Adams Central plays at Grand Island Northwest (KHAS), Hastings St. Cecilia is at Ravenna and Hastings High is at Gering (ESPN 1550 KICS)
At the Adams Central softball triangular yesterday, Adams Central beat Ord 11-5 and Fairbury 4-3. The Patriots are now 4-2. Hastings High split two games with Grand Island, winning 8-7 and losing 13-10. The Tigers are now 2-1. In other action, Kearney took two from Norfolk 13-1 and 8-3, Holdrege shut out Aurora 10-0, Grand Island Northwest got by Lexington 6-3 and St. Paul beat Minden 17-9.
Yordano Ventura struck out a career high 11 in just six innings as the Kansas City Royals hung on to beat the struggling Baltimore Orioles 5-3 yesterday. Ventura allowed just two hits and four walks to improve to 5-0 in his last seven starts. Kansas City will play at Tampa Bay tonight beginning at 6:10pm. Pre-game show begins at 5:30pm on "The Breeze," KLIQ 94.5FM.
Storm release training camp roster
The Tri-City Storm has officially released its training camp roster.
The club's training camp roster features 30 players and eleven returning players who hope to qualify for the Opening Night 23-man roster September 25, 2015 at the Viaero Event Center against the Omaha Lancers.
Head Coach Bill Muckalt begins his first season at helm, joined by first-year assistants Ben Gordon and Taylor Nelson. Muckalt took over for former Storm head man Jim Hulton this offseason.
Four of the Storm's returning players are defenseman Jack McNeely, Tory Dello, Jason Krych, and Mattias Goransson. Goransson finished with 28 points last season and is the club's leading returning blue-line scorer. Dello begins his fourth season with the club.
Jake Wahlin is the Storm's leading returning scorer, finishing fifth on the team with 15 goals and 41 points in 59 games. The St. Cloud State commit joins sixteen other forwards looking to offset the loss of last year's leading scorer Chris Wilkie.
In net, four new faces Jake Kielly, Matthew Greenfield, Michael Latorella, and Justin Kapelmaster have the chance to replace the duo of Alec Dillon and Jared Rutledge.
The Storm qualified for the Clark Cup Playoffs in 2014-15 as the second seed in the USHL's Western Conference after finishing the regular season 37-17-6, good for 80 points. The team advanced to the second round before falling to Sioux Falls in the Western Conference Finals, the Storm's first trip to the Conference Finals since 2005.
Find the full training camp roster below. Full practices for Storm training camp begin Friday, August 28 and continue through Monday, August 31.
Training Camp Roster
#1 Jake Kielly Eden Prairie, MN
#30 Matthew Greenfield Parkland, FL
#31 Michael Latorella Macomb, MI
#35 Justin Kapelmaster Coral Springs, FL
#2 Jack McNeely Lakeville, MN
#3 Tory Dello Crystal Lake, IL
#4 Jason Krych Champlin, MN
#5 John Marino Brockton, MA
#6 Shawn Brennan Delaware, OH
#8 Joey Matthews Columbia, IL
#23 Andrew Peski Orleans, ON, CAN
#27 James Gobetz St. James, NY
#28 Mattias Goransson Grums, Sweden
#7 Austen Long Blaine, MN
#9 Nolan Aibel Brookville, NY
#10 Justin Dixson Sunnyvale, CA
#11 Aaron O'Neill Franklin, TN
#14 Monte Graham Hanover, MA
#15 Dakota Boutin Moosomin, SK, CAN
#16 Bobby Kaiser Grosse Pointe Park, MI
#17 Nico Strum Augsburg, Germany
#18 Carson Meyer Powell, OH
#19 Wade Allison Myrtle, MB, CAN
#20 Jake Wahlin St. Paul, MN
#21 Sam Sternschein Syosset, NY
#22 Brendan Miller North Tonawanda, NY
#24 Dan Labosky Edina, MN
#25 Brian Hawkinson Aurora, CO
#26 Alex Limoges Winchester, VA
#29 Evgeny Yakolev Moscow, Russia
Loper Men Selected to Win MIAA
The Nebraska-Kearney cross country teams are picked first (men) and sixth (women) in the 2015 MIAA preseason polls.
The men tallied 58 points and six first place votes to place just ahead of Pittsburg State (52), Missouri Southern State (47; one first place) and Fort Hays State (45; one first place) in a nine-team race.
Last fall, UNK was nationally ranked for multiple weeks, finished runner up at the MIAA Championships and fell just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
Head coach Brady Bonsall returns the majority of that squad but top runner Bryan Hill graduated. A large roster features five seniors, including track All-American Cole Wellnitz (Rushville) and team captain Alex Obermier (York), and 2014 All-Region selection Jahn Landrigan (Broken Bow), UNK's only junior.
A young women's squad tallied 54 points to come in ahead of five others. Missouri Southern and Southwest Baptist each tallied 94 points to tie for first with MSSU having six first place votes and SBU grabbing the other five.
UNK was eighth at the MIAA's last fall.
The Lopers have only two upperclassmen on its roster, including 2014 All-Region runner Morgan Benesch (Columbus). Freshmen Melissa Davison (Auburn), Gabby Gracia (Holdrege) and Shelbi Sloup (Seward) all redshirted last fall but had successful track seasons.
UNK begins the regular season on Friday, September 4th at NW Missouri State.