Sports News-April 9, 2013

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Louisville has won its third national championship in men's basketball after Luke Hancock hit five three-pointers and scored 22 points in the Cardinals' 82-76 win over Michigan.  Hancock was named the most outstanding player of the Final Four after helping the Cards overcome twelve-point deficits in two straight games.  The outcome makes Rick Pitino the first coach to win an NCAA men's basketball crown at two schools, 17 years after leading Kentucky to the championship.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is among seven people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  Joining Pitino in the class of 2013 are former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis, former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley.

The Creighton baseball team returned to the national rankings for the first time in two years after a 4-0 week that also saw junior third baseman Federico Castagnini earn Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week accolades.  The Jays are ranked 30th in this week's Collegiate Baseball Division I poll, CU's first ranking by that poll since finishing the 2011 season with a No. 28 ranking after a 45-16 season that included MVC regular-season and Tournament titles.  This spring's Creighton team is 18-6.  Castagnini was instrumental in the Jays sweep of Bradley.  The two-hole hitter led Creighton with a .545 average with four runs scored and two RBI in the series.

Standing barely chest-high to his Nebraska teammates, seven-year-old Jack Hoffman was the star of the Cornhuskers' spring game this weekend after taking home the title of leading rusher.  And now his 69-yard touchdown, along with his story about fighting brain cancer, is attracting millions of fans.  Video of Jack dressed in a full Nebraska uniform, charging down the field Saturday before more than 60,000 fans, had been viewed more than two million times on YouTube by Monday.  It also aired on ESPN and national news networks.  His father says he hopes Jack's memorable touchdown will highlight the need for more research into pediatric brain cancer.  Jack, who lives in Atkinson, was diagnosed in 2011.  He's had two surgeries and is on a two-week break from a 60-week chemotherapy regimen.

Brett Bass and Matt Tew of the Nebraska-Omaha baseball team swept the Summit League's Player and Pitcher of the Week awards for their performances April 1-7.  Bass earns his first career Player of the Week award after hitting .529 with a .619 on-base percentage and .529 slugging percentage.  He recorded three RBI, two runs scored, four walks and three stolen bases in the five games last week.  Tew captures his first career Pitcher of the Week award after tossing a complete game shutout in a 7-0 win over Oakland Sunday.

Central Community College of Columbus landed Tra-Deon Hollins and Deandre Hollins-Johnson from the Omaha Central boys basketball team as recruits for next year.  The seniors guards’ signings on Omaha Central’s past three state championship boys teams was reported by the Omaha World Herald.  Omaha Central already had two players bound for NCAA Division I from this season’s 26-4 team, which won the school’s fourth consecutive Class ‘A’ state title and seventh in the past eight seasons.  Akoy Agau signed with Louisville and Nick Billingsley, who played his first three years at Omaha North, signed with UNO.

The Northeast Hawks men’s golf team hosted their own invite yesterday.  Southeast Community College won the four-team event with a 288.  The Northeast ‘Black’ team was second with a 322, Central of Columbus was third with a score of 342, and the Northeast ‘Red’ squad was fourth with a 356.   Southeast’s Mike Downey was the medalist with a 71.  He won by a single stroke.  Northeast was led by Trent Peterson’s 73. 

The Lincoln Journal Star has updated its high school baseball rankings.  Papillion La Vista South is the new number one in Class “A” while Norris remains first in Class “B”.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln SE (G&B Socc.-5:00); Lincoln SE at Nfk High (Bsbl DH-5:00); Nfk High at Fremont (G Tenn. Dual-4:15); Creighton at Nebraska (Bsbl-6:35); Air Force at Nebraska-Omaha (Bsbl-6:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Albuquerque (Bsbl-7:35); LHNE at WSC Inv. (T&F-Ccd.); LHNE/Nfk Cath at Lexington (G Socc.-Ppd.).

Local Scores:  West Point Guardian Angels/Scribner-Snyder 7 Nfk High 2 (Bsbl); Nfk High 142 Columbus 109 (B T&F Dual); Columbus 124 Nfk High 121 (G T&F Dual); Nfk High 167 Columbus 172 (BG Dual); Omaha Storm Chasers 8 Albuquerque 7 (10 Inn.) (Bsbl).

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