Sports News-February 11, 2014

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The United States entered today's Olympic action ranked fourth in the overall medal count with six, two gold, one silver, and three bronze.  Reno's Julia Mancuso added to the American medal count by earning bronze in the women's super-combined.

Kansas State blew a nine-point lead over the last two minutes of regulation before downing seventh-ranked Kansas 85-82 in overtime.  Marcus Foster scored 20 points, including two free throws in the closing seconds of overtime.  Will Spradling added 15 points for the Wildcats, who beat the Jayhawks for just the third time in 26 games at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Creighton men's basketball team has dropped from twelfth to 18th in the Associated Press poll after splitting two games last week.  They beat DePaul 78-66 last Friday and then lost to St. John's on the road on Sunday 70-65.  The 19-4 Bluejays, return to action this week when they visit Butler on Thursday and host Villanova on Sunday.  Syracuse remains first followed by Arizona, Florida, Wichita State, & San Diego State.

The Nebraska women's basketball team has moved up from 22nd to 21st in the Associated Press poll after beating Wisconsin last Wednesday 71-70 in overtime on the road and then defeated Michigan State at home 76-56 on Saturday.  The 17-5 Huskers return to action this week when they visit Michigan on Thursday and then host Indiana on Sunday.  Connecticut remains first followed by Notre Dame, Duke, Louisville, & South Carolina.

Preliminary autopsy results show no signs that alcohol or a drug overdose was involved in the death of an 18-year-old Wayne State College football player.  Eddie Key III's body was found Saturday evening in his dorm room at the campus.  Wayne Police Chief Marlen Chinn says it may take weeks before complete autopsy and toxicology results are available.  Authorities believe Key died in his sleep Saturday morning.  He was last seen alive about 4:00 AM Saturday.  Key played defensive end for Wayne State last fall after he graduated from Lincoln North Star High School in 2013.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings.  In the boys rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Benson is the new number one and Norfolk slips from fourth to fifth in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'.  Elkhorn South is once again first in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Lincoln Christian remains number one, Boone Central/Newman Grove moves up from seventh to third, Wayne falls from fourth to fifth, Columbus Scotus slips from fifth to sixth, Columbus Lakeview moves up from tenth to ninth, and O'Neill falls from the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Hastings St. Cecilia is the new number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic drops from first to second, and Winnebago is once again seventh.  In Class 'D-1', Howells/Dodge remains first, O'Neill St. Mary's stays at number three, Randolph jumps from ninth to fifth, and Clearwater/Orchard drops from seventh to eighth.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart remains number one, Wynot stays at number four, Bancroft/Rosalie is once again sixth, and Wausa slips from seventh to ninth.  

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings.  In the girls rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Benson remains first and Crofton is once again eighth in the 'Nebraska Top 10'.  Omaha Benson stays at number one in Class 'A' while Lincoln Pius X remains first in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Minden stays at number one, Norfolk Catholic moves up from tenth to eighth, and Pierce drops from third to tenth.  In Class 'C-2', Crofton stays at number one, Pender remains second, West Point Guardian Angels drops from third to fourth, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family remains fifth, and Homer stays at number seven.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is once again first, Humphrey St. Francis jumps from fifth to fourth, Chambers/Wheeler Central slips from fourth to sixth, and Howells/Dodge is once again at number ten.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot remains fourth, Stuart stays at number five, and Bancroft/Rosalie remains sixth.  

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings.  The 17-2 Norfolk High boys slip from fourth to fifth in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'.  The 14-6 Norfolk Catholic girls jump from tenth to eighth in Class 'C-1'.

The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team is 11-8 on the year after a 2-1 fifth place performance at the Mid State Conference Tournament last week.  They lost to Boone Central/Newman Grove in their opening game last Tuesday 81-63, beat Hartington Cedar Catholic in a consolation game on Friday 55-54 on a Blake Uhing game winning three-pointer at the horn, and defeated O'Neill 87-76 on Saturday in the fifth place game.  The win for the Knights on Friday over Hartington Cedar Catholic was their fourth win over a top ranked team this year.  Norfolk Catholic is outscoring their opponents on average 60.1-57.2.  Their opponents have a record of 243-122 for a win percentage of .666.  The Knights return to action on Friday when they visit 4-10 Class 'B' Gretna and play Omaha World Herald sixth ranked in Class 'C-2' 16-3 Doniphan/Trumbull at 4:00 on Saturday at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island as part of the Heartland Hoops Classic.  Friday's game at Gretna can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

The Norfolk High girls basketball team is 10-9 on the season after splitting two game over the weekend.  They lost at home on Friday to Fremont 71-47 and then snapped a seven game losing streak on Saturday when they beat Lincoln High on the road 52-41.  The Lady Panthers are outscoring their opponents on average through 19 games 50.7-50.4.  Their opponents have a record of 175-176 for a win percentage of .499.  Norfolk returns to action this week when they host 2-17 Lincoln North Star on Friday and visit Omaha World Herald tenth ranked 15-5 Kearney on Saturday. 

The Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team is 6-13 on the year after a 57-40 win at home over Omaha Nation last Friday.  The Lady Eagles are being outscored on average through 19 games 46.4-36.4.  Their opponents have a record of 214-157 for a win percentage of .577.   Lutheran High Northeast this season were 0-7 and also 1-11 but now have won four of their last five games and stand 6-13.  The Lady Eagles return to action on Tuesday when they host Class 'C-1' 4-15 David City High.

The Winside wrestling team is coming off a fourth place finish last Friday at the Clearwater/Orchard Invite.  Plainview was the team champion with 141 points while the Wildcats totaled 74.  Marcos Escalera & Caleb Lienemann were champions.  Colby Erickson & Zane Jensen got second.  Sean Mann placed third.  Isaiah Muhs & Sam Wolfe got fifth.  Hayden King & Joey Haase finished sixth.  This season, Winside has also got first at their own invite, got second at Battle Creek, placed fourth at North Bend Central & Clearwater/Orchard, took fifth at Oakland/Craig, placed sixth at South Sioux City & the Lewis & Clark Conference Meet, and was eighth at Creighton & Ainsworth.  The Wildcats are also 3-0 in duals.  Winside returns to action on Friday & Saturday for the D-2 District Meet at Pender.  Also included in the meet will be Clearwater/Orchard, Elgin Public/Pope John, Elkhorn Valley, West Point Guardian Angels, Humphrey St. Francis/Lindsay Holy Family, Howells/Dodge, Neligh/Oakdale, Osmond, Pender, Plainview, Randolph, Scribner/Snyder, O'Neill St. Mary's, & West Holt.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath at West Point Guardian Angels (GBB-8:00); David City High at LHNE (GBB-7:30).

Local Scores:  NECC 112 Morningside JV 69 (MBB); NECC 92 Morningside JV 73 (WBB).

     BOYS BASKETBALL
     Boys Town 53, Ashland-Greenwood 52
     Hemingford 71, Minatare 45
     Lexington 70, Broken Bow 37
     Omaha Gross Catholic 64, Elkhorn Mount Michael 63
 Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament
 Championship
     Winnebago 41, Randolph 34

     GIRLS BASKETBALL
     Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 80, South Sioux City 62
     College View Academy def. Parkview Christian, forfeit
     Gretna 61, Wahoo 38
     Hemingford 66, Minatare 2
     Lexington 49, Broken Bow 47
     Lincoln Lutheran 51, Ralston 42
     Omaha Duchesne Academy 54, Fort Calhoun 26
 Lewis & Clark Conference Tournament
 Championship
     Homer 55, Wynot 34

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Indiana              119    Denver                  80
      Final    Toronto              108    New  Orleans      101
      Final    Detroit              109    San  Antonio      100
      Final    Boston                102    Milwaukee            86
      Final    Houston              107    Minnesota            89
      Final    Golden  State    123    Philadelphia      80
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final  OT              Kansas  St.            85    (  7)  Kansas          82
      Final                    West  Virginia    102    (11)  Iowa  St.      77
      Final          (17)  Virginia                61              Maryland      53
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (17)  North  Carolina      89    (  3)  Duke                  78
      Final    (  8)  Tennessee                81    (16)  Vanderbilt      53

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