Sports News-February 25, 2014

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New York police say Knicks player Raymond Felton has been arrested on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon.  Sgt. Thomas Antonetti says Felton turned himself in early this morning and was questioned in the 20th Precinct in Manhattan, hours after his team lost at home to the Dallas Mavericks.  The sergeant says the charges don't stem from him using the firearm in a menacing manner but of possessing a gun he wasn't registered to have.  Antonetti says the 29-year-old is now under the purview of the court system and will face a hearing sometime Tuesday.  The charges include criminal possession of a weapon in the second, third and fourth degrees.

Kansas' Naadir Tharpe had 19 points and the fifth-ranked Jayhawks claimed at least a share of its tenth consecutive Big XII championship by beating Oklahoma 83-75.  Tharpe was among five Jayhawks to score in double figures, with Wayne Selden and Andrew Wiggins each adding 15 points.  Joel Embiid had twelve points and 13 rebounds to help Kansas improve to 13-2 in the conference.

The Creighton men's basketball team has jumped from eleventh to ninth in the Associated Press poll after winning two games in the last week.  They beat Marquette on the road 85-70 last Wednesday and then defeated Seton Hall on Sunday at home 72-71.  The 23-4 Bluejays, return to action when they visit Xavier on Saturday.  Florida is the new number one followed by Wichita State, Arizona, Syracuse, and Kansas.  

Tear'a Laudermill scored 22 of her career-high 27 points and made six of her seven three-pointers in the first half, and the 16th ranked Nebraska women's basketball team defeated eighth-ranked Penn State 94-74 to stay alive in the Big Ten race last night.  The Cornhuskers extended their winning streak to a season-best eight games and pulled within a half-game of the two-time defending champion Lady Lions.  Nebraska has two games remaining in the regular season and the Lady Lions have one.  The surprisingly easy win came after a blistering first-half shooting performance.  The Huskers made eleven of 14 three-pointers the opening 20 minutes, a 79% clip that was the best by a major-conference team this season and second-best in Division I.  Nebraska finished with a season-high 16 three-pointers on 22 attempts.  The Huskers are now 21-5 overall and 11-3 in the Big Ten while Penn State drops to 21-6 overall and 12-3 in the conference.

The Big Ten honored a Husker player for the second straight week when it named senior Christian DeLeon the conference's pitcher of the week yesterday.  DeLeon helped Nebraska upset second ranked Oregon State by allowing just four hits and one unearned run over seven innings Friday.  The right-hander from Richmond, Texas, struck out five batters in a 9-2 victory.  It's the first time since Nebraska joined the Big Ten that it's had a pitcher earn the weekly award.

The Northeast Hawks men's basketball team's season has come to an end.  The Hawks dropped a Region XI semifinal game at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa last night 93-81.  Khapri Alston led four players in double figures for Northeast with 22 points and five rebounds.  Jabbar Washington netted 17 points and eight boards.  Buay Tuach added 15 points and Lyle Hexom had 14 points and six rebounds.  The Hawks trailed at halftime 41-35.  It was their third loss to Marshalltown this season.  Northeast's final mark is 14-17.  They had dropped their last three games in a row and twelve of their last 13.

The Lincoln Journal Star has released the unofficial Class 'A' boys basketball pairings.  The 19-4 Norfolk Panthers will play 11-12 Lincoln East on Saturday at Lincoln Southeast High School in an A-7 District Semifinal.  The Panthers won at Lincoln East on December 21st 66-46.  The other semifinal game has 18-5 Lincoln Southeast facing 9-14 Kearney.  Norfolk is ranked ninth in the Lincoln Journal Star and tenth in the Omaha World Herald.  The Panthers are outscoring their opponents on average 64.5-54.4.  The official pairings will be released today.

The Lincoln Journal Star has updated its high school girls basketball rankings for Classes 'A' & 'B'.  Omaha Benson remains first in Class 'A' while Grand Island Northwest is once again first in Class 'B'.

The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team is 12-10 on the season after beating previously top ranked in Class 'C-2' Hartington Cedar Catholic 80-74 last Friday night.  It was the fifth top ranked team the Knights have beaten this year.  They defeated Boone Central/Newman Grove, Columbus Scotus, Wahoo, and Hartington Cedar Catholic twice.  Norfolk Catholic is outscoring their opponents on average through 22 games 59.9-58.  Their opponents have a record of 318-168 for a win percentage of .654.  The Knights return to action this evening at 8:00 when they take on 11-9 Pierce in a C-1-8 Sub-District Semifinal Game from Norfolk High School.  Norfolk Catholic beat the Bluejays 62-55 at Pierce on January 11th. 

The Norfolk High girls basketball team is 12-11 on the season after splitting two game over the weekend.  They lost on the road at Lincoln Northeast 64-52 last Friday and then beat Omaha Bryan at home on Saturday 58-17.  The Lady Panthers are outscoring their opponents on average through 23 games 50.4-48.9.  Their opponents have a record of 254-266 for a win percentage of .488.  Norfolk returns to action this evening when they meet seventh ranked in both polls in Class 'A' 14-9 Lincoln Southwest in an A-3 District Semifinal at Fremont High School.  The Lady Panthers fell to this team at home on December 13th in double overtime 72-68. 

The Norfolk Catholic wrestling team concluded their season totaling 18 points at the NSAA Championships last weekend.  Matthew Brtek placed fifth in the state after a 3-2 record, Aaron Hoff went 3-3 to place sixth, and Nic Beed recorded an 0-2 mark.  This season, the Knights placed second in invitationals at Oakland/Craig, third at Plainview, took fifth at O'Neill, David City Aquinas, and their own invite, got seventh at the Stanton Invitational, and eighth in their district meet.  Norfolk Catholic went 8-7 in duals this season. 

The Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team's season reached conclusion after falling to Battle Creek seven days ago 46-42 in an opening round game of the C-2-5 Sub-District Tournament at Norfolk Catholic.  The Lady Eagles were outscored on average through 22 games 48.9-37.5.  Their opponents have a record of 234-230 for a win percentage of .504.  Lutheran High Northeast will graduate three seniors in Janey Pasold, Megan Gebhardt, and Kelsey Sunderman.  

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath Vs. Pierce at Nfk High (BBB C-1-8 Sub-Dist. Semifinal-8:00); LHNE Vs. Clarkson/Leigh at Nfk Cath (BBB C-2-5 Sub-Dist. Semifinal-8:00); Nfk High Vs. Lincoln SW at Fremont (GBB A-3 Dist. Semifinal-7:30).

Tonight:  The C-2-5 Boys Sub-District Semifinals from Norfolk Catholic High School has Stanton playing Battle Creek at 6:15 and Lutheran High Northeast tangles with Clarkson/Leigh at 8:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 5:55 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  Also, Osmond battles Wausa in a D-2-5 Sub-District semifinal from Randolph at 7:30.  Pregame coverage at approximately 7:10 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

     BOYS BASKETBALL
     Bennington 85, Elkhorn Mount Michael 76
 C1-4 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Arlington 73, Douglas County West 36
 C1-5 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Malcolm 70, Fairbury 35
 C1-7 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Tekamah-Herman 44, Logan View 42
 C1-8 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     O'Neill 59, Madison 57
 C1-9 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     St. Paul 54, Central City 41
 C1-10 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Broken Bow 47, Centura 40
 C1-11 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Hershey 48, Ogallala 32
 C2-1 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Southern 48, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 45
 C2-2 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Elmwood-Murdock 74, East Butler 18
 C2-4 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Ponca 59, Laurel-Concord 53, OT
 C2-5 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Battle Creek 64, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 41
 C2-6 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Shelby/Rising City 48, Nebraska Christian 47
 C2-8 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Blue Hill 68, Franklin 35
 C2-9 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Creighton 52, Plainview 28
 C2-12 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Bayard 45, Perkins County 33
 D1-2 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     McCool Junction 72, Nebraska Lutheran 41
 D1-3 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Omaha Christian Academy 46, Cedar Bluffs 35
 D1-4 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Emerson-Hubbard 56, Allen 37
 D1-5 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Cedar Valley 41, Cross County 31
 D1-7 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     North Central 56, CWC 41
 D1-8 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Twin Loup 49, Ansley-Litchfield 44
 D1-9 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Wilcox-Hildreth 42, Axtell 29
 D1-11 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Brady 63, Maxwell 46
 D2-2 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Dorchester 34, Meridian 28
 D2-5 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Santee 66, Elkhorn Valley 58
 D2-7 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Pleasanton 50, Silver Lake 49
 D2-8 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Loomis 47, Eustis-Farnam 40
 D2-9 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Maywood 63, Wauneta-Palisade 47
 D2-11 Subdistrict Tournament
 First Round
     Banner County 51, South Platte 39

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Milwaukee          130    Philadelphia    110
      Final    Dallas                110    New  York            108
      Final    Golden  State    104    Detroit                96
      Final    L-A  Clippers    123    New  Orleans      110
      Final    Utah                    110    Boston                  98
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  4)  Syracuse      57    Maryland      55
      Final    (  5)  Kansas          83    Oklahoma      75
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  6)  Baylor                  96              Oklahoma        89
      Final    (16)  Nebraska              94    (  8)  Penn  St.        74
      Final    (21)  Michigan  St.      75              Minnesota      61

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