Sports News-August 25, 2014

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For the second straight year, the St. Louis Rams are going with Plan ‘B’ at quarterback.  Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has a torn ACL in his left knee for the second straight year and is out for the season.  That means backup Shaun Hill likely will start the season as Rams QB.

Don Wan Sin homered and scored twice as Asia-Pacific Region champion South Korea beat Chicago 8-4 in the Little League World Series championship.  Brandon Green went 5 2-3 innings for Chicago, which had survived four straight knockout games before the final.

The Los Angeles Angels are back on top in the American League West after their 9-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics last night.  Josh Hamilton hit his tenth homer, a two-run shot off loser Scott Kazmir, in the third inning and Mike Trout hit his 29th of the season off reliever Jesse Chavez.  The Angels have the best record in Major League Baseball.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have released its high school football rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Class ‘A’ Defending State Champion Omaha North is ranked first in their class.  Class ‘B’ Defending State Champion Omaha Skutt is preseason ranked first in theirs.  In Class ‘C-1’, Boone Central/Newman Grove is ranked first, Norfolk Catholic is fourth, Columbus Scotus comes in eighth, and Pierce is ranked ninth.  In Class ‘C-2’, David City Aquinas is preseason ranked first, Battle Creek is second, Hartington Cedar Catholic is ranked fifth, Lutheran High Northeast is sixth, and Oakland/Craig is ranked eighth.  In ‘Eight Man-1’, Hemingford is preseason ranked first, West Point Guardian Angels is third, Howells/Dodge is ranked fourth, and Creighton is fifth.  In ‘Eight Man-2’, Defending State Champion Falls City Sacred Heart is preseason ranked first, Stuart is second, Humphrey St. Francis is ranked fifth, Randolph comes in sixth, Wynot is preseason is ranked seventh, and Bancroft/Rosalie is ninth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Class ‘A’ Defending State Champion Omaha North is ranked first in their class.  Class ‘B’ Defending State Champion Omaha Skutt is preseason ranked first in theirs.  In Class ‘C-1’, Boone Central/Newman Grove is ranked first, Norfolk Catholic is second, Columbus Scotus comes in third, and Pierce is ranked fifth.  In Class ‘C-2’, Battle Creek is preseason ranked first, Oakland/Craig is ranked sixth, Lutheran High Northeast is seventh, and Hartington Cedar Catholic is ranked ninth.  In ‘D-1’, Hemingford is preseason ranked first, Howells/Dodge is second, Creighton is ranked fifth, and West Point Guardian Angels is sixth.  In ‘D-2’, Defending State Champion Falls City Sacred Heart is preseason ranked first, Stuart is fourth, Humphrey St. Francis is ranked fifth, Randolph comes in sixth, Wynot is preseason is ranked seventh, and Bancroft/Rosalie is tenth.  In ‘Six-Man’, Silver Lake is ranked first.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have released its high school football rankings.  Norfolk Catholic is ranked second in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-1' and fourth in the Omaha World Herald.  The Knights were 8-3 a year ago.  Lutheran High Northeast is ranked sixth in the Omaha World Herald in Class 'C-2' and comes in seventh in the Lincoln Journal Star.  They were 9-2 last season.

The Northeast Hawks volleyball team split four matches last Friday & Saturday at the Southeast Community College Invitational at Beatrice.  They swept McCook Community College in three sets on Friday and then beat Highland of Kansas in three on Saturday.  The Hawks lost to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in three sets on Friday and were beat by Southeast Community College in four sets on Saturday.  Northeast return three players with starting experience in Maggie Earney, Brittany Sullivan, & Grace Ecklund from last year’s 21-15 team.  They return to action on Friday when they host North Iowa Area Community College and Central of Columbus in a triangular.

The Norfolk High softball team is 0-4 on the season after being swept in a doubleheader at Grand Island 4-1 & 8-3 last Saturday.  The Lady Panthers were swept in a twin bill last Thursday to open the season by Lincoln Southeast 10-0 & 12-1.  Norfolk has 39 girls out this year on the team with 18 on the varsity roster.  They have eight players returning with starting experience from last year’s 12-25 team including pitchers Skyler Johnson & Jill Orwig.  The Lady Panthers return to action on Tuesday night when they host 0-1 Lincoln Northeast and then entertain 1-0 Kearney on Thursday.  

The Norfolk Catholic volleyball team gets their season underway on Thursday, September 4th when they participate in Schuyler’s triangular with Pierce involved.  The Lady Knights return seven players from last year’s 9-21 team with starting experience led by First team All-Conference standout Bailey Ehlers.  Norfolk Catholic’s home schedule includes matches with Lutheran High Northeast, Wahoo, Wayne, West Point-Beemer, West Point Guardian Angels, a triangular with Lutheran High Northeast & Crofton involved, and will host the Mid State Conference Tournament starting on October 27th.  

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Reno (Bsbl-9:05).

Local Scores:  Reno 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl); DePaul 2 Nebraska 1 (W. Socc.); Creighton 2 Incarnate Word 0 (W. Socc.).

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