Sports News-January 28, 2014

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It appears that Deverell Biggs' Nebraska basketball career is over after just 15 games in two years.  The Omaha World Herald reports that the junior guard out of Omaha Central was dismissed from the team last night for repeated disciplinary woes.  Biggs, the Huskers' third-leading scorer at 9.9 points a game, is a former two-time All-Nebraska high school pick who led Omaha Central to three straight Class A state titles. The 6'0, 175-pounder then was a first-team junior college All-American in 2011-12 at Seward County (Kan.) Community College.  When he signed a letter of intent in April 2012 a few weeks after Miles arrived at Nebraska, Biggs was the first in-state recruit at NU in ten seasons.  During his redshirt year in 2012-13, Biggs was hit with a driving-while-intoxicated charge.  That earned him a two-game suspension to start this season.

The Creighton men's basketball team has reappeared in the Associated Press poll at number 20 after routing Villanova 96-68 on the road and then beating Georgetown last Saturday 76-63 at home.  The 17-3 Bluejays return to action this week when they host St. John's on Tuesday at 8:00.  Arizona remains first followed by Syracuse, Florida, Wichita State, & San Diego State.

Creighton forward Ethan Wragge has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week and ESPN.com's National Player of the Week yesterday after helping his team to double-digit wins over fourth ranked Villanova and Georgetown and averaging 19.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.  The senior from Minnesota, shot a blistering 60% from the field, with all 20 attempts coming from behind the three-point line, and was also perfect in three attempts from the charity stripe.  Wragge opened his week with one of the best shooting displays in Creighton history while scoring a career-high 27 points.  In Saturday's win over Georgetown, he had twelve points and four rebounds in a 13-point victory.

Defensive tackle Avery Moss is banned from the Nebraska campus in Lincoln and will not play for the Cornhuskers in 2014.  Moss pleaded no contest to public indecency in connection with a 2012 incident yesterday.  He'll be sentenced March 28.  University spokesman Steve Smith said Moss is not enrolled and has been banned from the Lincoln campus through Dec. 31.  Smith said he couldn't disclose the reason for Moss' ban because of privacy laws.  Police say a female student reported a man exposed himself twice to her in December 2012 at a campus convenience store where she worked.  She later identified Moss, who started three games in 2013.  He didn't travel to the Gator Bowl because of what coach Bo Pelini described as a personal issue.

The Nebraska women's basketball team has dropped out of the Associated Press poll after being ranked 21st last week.  They lost to Northwestern on Sunday 63-59.  The 13-5 Huskers return to action this week when they host Michigan on Wednesday and visit Iowa on Saturday.  Connecticut remains first followed by Notre Dame, Duke, Stanford, & Louisville.  

Creighton sophomore Marissa Janning was named the BIG EAST women's basketball player of the week yesterday.  She stuffed the stat sheet in the Bluejays' 83-64 win over Marquette on Saturday.  Janning scored a game-high 23 points in 30 minutes of action while dishing out a career-high eight assists and grabbing three boards.  This is the first weekly honor captured by the Bluejays during the 2013-14 season.

The Nebraska women's basketball program is adding another name and number to its wall of honor inside the new Pinnacle Bank Arena, and this one is a legend.  Kelsey Griffin, one of the most accomplished Huskers both on and off the court in program history, will be honored by Nebraska with the retirement of her 23 jersey on Wednesday, when the Huskers take on Michigan at 7:00.  The ceremony will occur shortly after 6:30.  While Griffin's 23 will be prominently displayed in Pinnacle Bank Arena, it will continue to be worn by current Husker junior Emily Cady.  Griffin will join 1993 Wade Trophy Winner and CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Famer Karen Jennings and 1988 Big Eight Player-of-the-Year Maurtice Ivy among Nebraska's retired jersey honorees.  Griffin, a first-team All-American on the court and a national player-of-the-year finalist in 2010, became the face of Nebraska women's basketball for five seasons from 2006-10.

The Nebraska Coaches Association in partnership with the National Athletic Coaches Association has announced the finalists for the 2014 High School National Coach of the Year as well as the inductees into the NHSACA Hall of Fame Class of 2014 from Nebraska.  The Nebraska finalists for the Coach of the Year include:  Wayne Athletic Director Rocky Ruhl, Columbus Scotus Girls Track & Field coach Janet Tooley.  The NHSACA Hall of Fame Luncheon and the NHSACA Coach of the Year and Awards Banquet are part of the 2014 National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Convention in Jackson Hole, Wyoming June 14-18.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings.  In the boys rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Central remains first and Norfolk stays at number four in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'.  Elkhorn South is once again first in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Wahoo Neumann is the new number one, Wayne slips from second to fourth, Columbus Scotus drops from fourth to fifth, Pierce jumps from tenth to seventh, and Norfolk Catholic & Boone Central/Newman Grove enters the rankings at numbers nine and ten respectively.  In Class 'C-2', Hastings St. Cecilia is the new number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic moves up from fourth to second, Winnebago jumps from eighth to seventh, and Twin River falls out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', Howells/Dodge is once again first, O'Neill St. Mary's remains third, Clearwater/Orchard falls from fourth to seventh, Randolph jumps from tenth to ninth, and Humphrey St. Francis falls out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-2', High Plains Community stays at number one, Wynot remains second, Bancroft/Rosalie moves up from sixth to fifth, and Wausa & Stuart enter the rankings at numbers seven & eight respectively.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Central remains first and Norfolk jumps from fifth to second in Class 'A'.  Elkhorn South is once again first in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Wahoo Neumann is the new number one, Wayne slips from second to fourth, Boone Central/Newman Grove enters the rankings at number five, Columbus Scotus drops from third to sixth, Columbus Lakeview jumps from ninth to seventh, and Norfolk Catholic moves up from tenth to ninth.  In Class 'C-2', Hartington Cedar Catholic is the new number one after moving up from third and Winnebago jumps from eighth to seventh.  In Class 'D-1', Howells/Dodge is once again first, Clearwater/Orchard slips from second to sixth, O'Neill St. Mary's moves up from eighth to seventh, Randolph enters the rankings at number nine, and Humphrey St. Francis falls out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-2', High Plains Community stays at number one, Bancroft/Rosalie is once again third, Wynot stays at number five, and Wausa jumps from ninth to eighth.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings.  In the girls rankings, in the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Benson is the new number one and Crofton moves up from tenth to ninth in the 'Nebraska Top 10'.  Omaha Benson is the new number one in Class 'A' while Grand Island Northwest remains first in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Minden stays at number one, Pierce remains fifth, and Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again tenth.  In Class 'C-2', Crofton stays at number one, Pender remains second, West Point Guardian Angels is once again third, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family remains fifth, and Homer stays at number seven.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is the new number one after moving up from second, Chambers/Wheeler Central remains fourth, and Humphrey St. Francis stays at number six.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Stuart remains fourth, Wynot moves up from seventh to fifth, and Bancroft/Rosalie jumps from eighth to sixth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Benson is the new number one in Class 'A' while Grand Island Northwest remains first in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Minden stays at number one, Pierce remains fourth, Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again seventh, Norfolk Catholic moves up from tenth to ninth, and Wayne falls from the top ten.  In Class 'C-2', Crofton stays at number one, Pender remains second, West Point Guardian Angels is once again third, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family remains fifth, Homer stays at number seven, and Laurel/Concord/Coleridge is once again ninth.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's remains first, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number four, Chambers/Wheeler Central is once again fifth, and Howells/Dodge stays at number ten.  In Class 'D-2', Giltner is once again first, Wynot stays at number three, Stuart remains fifth, Wynot moves up from seventh to fifth, Bancroft/Rosalie is once again sixth, and Ewing enters the rankings at number ten.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings.  The 13-2 Norfolk High boys move up from fifth to second in the Lincoln Journal Star and remain fourth in the Omaha World Herald.  The 8-6 Norfolk Catholic boys enter the Omaha World Herald rankings at number nine in Class 'C-1' while moving up from tenth to ninth in the Lincoln Journal Star.  The 10-5 Norfolk Catholic girls jump from tenth to ninth in Class 'C-1' in the Lincoln Journal Star.

The Northeast Hawks men's basketball team is 13-10 on the season and have dropped five games in a row after falling to Southeast Community College in Beatrice last Saturday 78-74.  Khapri Alston led three players in double figures for the Hawks with 24 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and three blocked shots.  Through 23 games, Northeast is outscoring their opponents on average 86.8-83.  On Sportstalk on 106 KIX last Saturday, coach Dan Anderson talked about the upcoming week which includes home games with NJCAA sixth ranked in Division I Indian Hills Community College on Wednesday and third ranked Iowa Western Community College on Saturday.  The Hawks have dropped games to both teams earlier this season.

The Norfolk High girls basketball team is 9-6 on the season and have fallen in four consecutive after falling at Lincoln Southeast 45-42 on Friday and then dropping a 61-35 home decision to Lincoln Journal Star second ranked in Class 'A' Bellevue West on Saturday.  The Lady Panthers have beaten Lincoln High, Omaha Burke, Lincoln East, Columbus twice, Scottsbluff, North Platte, Grand Island, & South Sioux City while falling to Bellevue East, Lincoln Southwest, Omaha Westside, North Platte, Lincoln Southeast, & Bellevue West.  Norfolk is outscoring their opponents on average 51.2-49.3.  Their remaining schedule has them hosting Millard North, Fremont, Lincoln North Star, & Omaha Bryan while visiting Omaha Northwest, Lincoln High, Kearney, & Lincoln Northeast. Norfolk returns to action on Thursday when they visit sixth ranked in both polls in Class 'A' 9-4 Omaha Northwest.

The Norfolk Catholic wrestling team is coming off a second place finish at the Oakland/Craig Invite last Saturday.  Nathan Brtek was the champion at 152 pounds.  Nic Beed placed second, Matthew Brtek & Logan Hale took third, Dillon Hupp, Christian Primm, Aaron Hoff & Riley McCarthy finished fourth, Jonah Heng placed fifth, and Logan Hamik, Andy Mendez, & Paul Uhlir were sixth.  This season, the Knights have also placed fifth at the O'Neill & David City Aquinas Invites, took seventh at the Stanton Invitational, was 2-3 at the Boone Central/Newman Grove duals tournament, went 3-2 at the Lutheran High Northeast duals tournament, and the second place finish at Oakland/Craig.  Norfolk Catholic is 8-7 in duals this season.  Their remaining schedule has them participating in the Plainview Invite on Saturday and then hosting the Mid States Conference Meet on February eighth. 

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath at O'Neill (G&B BB-6:00); LHNE Vs. Lourdes CC at Midland College, Fremont (G&B BB-6:00); Nfk High at Fremont (WR Dual-7:30); Elkhorn at Nfk High (G&B SW. Dual-4:30); NECC at Des Moines Area CC at Boone, IA (WBB-5:30); St. John's at Creighton (MBB-8:00); Creighton at Seton Hall at South Orange, N.J. (WBB-6:00).

Tonight:  The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team is at O'Neill at approximately at 8:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 7:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  We'll have reports on the girls game before hand at 6:00.

     BOYS BASKETBALL
     Walthill 54, Allen 38
 Centennial Conference Tournament
     Aquinas 43, Lincoln Lutheran 42
 Central Conference Tournament
     Schuyler 51, Fairbury 35
 Crossroads Conference Tournament
     Exeter/Milligan 70, Shelby/Rising City 33
     High Plains Community 73, Dorchester 32
 Eastern Midlands Conference Tournament
     Nebraska City 55, Blair 52
 Nebraska Frontier Conference Tournament
     Omaha Brownell-Talbot 46, Nebraska Lutheran 38
     Omaha Christian Academy 41, College View Academy 28
 Southwest Conference Tournament
     Cozad 57, Valentine 49
     Gothenburg 44, Broken Bow 38
     Minden 53, Ogallala 42

     GIRLS BASKETBALL
     Allen 56, Walthill 26
     Homer 61, Wakefield 49
     Ralston 58, Omaha Mercy 46
 Capitol Conference Tournament
     Platteview 78, Douglas County West 14
     Syracuse 51, Fort Calhoun 34
     Wahoo 48, Ashland-Greenwood 27
 Centennial Conference Tournament
     Lincoln Christian 59, Archbishop Bergan 26
 Central Conference Tournament
     Crete 47, Schuyler 29
     Seward 36, Aurora 33
 Crossroads Conference Tournament
     Giltner 57, Hampton 28
     Shelby/Rising City 63, Osceola 24
 Eastern Midlands Conference Tournament
     Bennington 44, Nebraska City 42
 Republican Plains Activity Conference Tournament
     Alma 49, Medicine Valley 16
     Arapahoe 45, Bertrand 35
     Dundy County-Stratton 57, Paxton 33
     Southern Valley 47, Cambridge 42
     Wallace 50, Hitchcock County 42
 Sandhills Conference Tournament
     Brady 57, Arthur County 39

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Phoenix                124    Philadelphia    113
      Final    Toronto                104    Brooklyn            103
      Final    Oklahoma  City    111    Atlanta              109
      Final    L-A  Clippers      114    Milwaukee            86
      Final    Minnesota              95    Chicago                86
      Final    Utah                      106    Sacramento          99
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Boston                6    N-Y  Islanders      3
      Final    Carolina            3    Columbus                2
      Final    Pittsburgh        3    Buffalo                  0
      Final    Colorado            4    Dallas                    3
      Final    Edmonton            4    Vancouver              2
      Final    Los  Angeles      1    San  Jose                0
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (23)  Oklahoma        88    (  8)  Oklahoma  St.      76
      Final    (  9)  Villanova      65              Georgetown          60
      Final    (17)  Duke                80    (18)  Pittsburgh          65
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  2)  Notre  Dame      87    (  8)  Maryland              83
      Final    (  4)  Stanford          86              Southern  Cal      59
      Final    (19)  Purdue              80              Illinois              68

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