Sports News-June 13, 2014

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Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs dominated the first half to beat the Miami Heat 107-86 and take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.  The Spurs held the Heat to 35% shooting in the first half while taking a 55-36 lead.  LeBron James was the only Heat player to finish with more than twelve points, scoring a game-high 28 and grabbing eight rebounds.  
 
The World Cup is underway in Brazil, where the host country opened the competition with a 3-1 win over Croatia.  The Brazilians fell behind 1-0 on an own goal in the 11th minute before Neymar scored twice, the second coming on a penalty shot in the 71st minute.  Croatia had a goal disallowed in the 83rd minute after the referee ruled Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar had been fouled.

Virginia, TCU, Mississippi, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Texas, Louisville, and UC Irvine make up the field of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha starting Saturday.  For the first time since the NCAA expanded the tournament to 64 teams and adopted the current format, the field of teams will include just two of the eight squads that were awarded national seeds at the start of the tournament.  Virginia is the third national seed while Texas Christian is seventh. On Saturday, 40-23 UC Irvine will play 43-19 Texas at 2:00 and 50-15 Louisville meets 46-19 Vanderbilt at 7:00.  Sunday games feature 45-19 Texas Tech against 47-16 TCU at 2:00 and 46-19 Mississippi plays 49-14 Virginia at 7:00.  

After hearing each of their names called in the Major League Baseball Draft, Mike Gerber, Jake Peter and Bryan Sova have all agreed to terms with their respective Major League teams and have reported for rookie ball.  Terms of their former Bluejays' respective contracts have not been disclosed.  Peter, who left Creighton after his junior season, was selected in the seventh round with the 198th overall pick by the Chicago White Sox and has reported to the White Sox facility in Arizona.  As seniors Gerber and Sova had an easier decision to sign their respective offers.  Taken in the 15th Round by the Detroit Tigers with the 460th overall pick, Gerber is at the Tigers facility in Tampa.  Sova meanwhile is also in Florida after being selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 25th round with the overall 742nd pick.

Nebraska senior Patrick Raedler finished eighth in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., to earn All-American status according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  Raedler entered finals as the ninth-seed and his mark of 24’4 ¼ came on his second-to-last jump.  The Husker men's 1,600 relay team posted the third-fastest qualifying time with a time of 3:03.61 seconds.  The Nebraska women are tied with five other teams for seventh in the team standings.

Clay Kramper of Homer has signed a national letter of intent to attend Wayne State and compete in men’s track and field for the Wildcats next year.  Kramper is the fourth member of the 2015 men’s track and field recruiting class, joining Nate Lechtenberg of Papillion, Brady Metz of Grand Island and Richard Sweeney of Blair.  Kramper is a standout sprinter for Homer, placing in the top three at the Class ‘C’ state track meet in the 100 and 200 meter dashes the last two years.  This season he was second in the 200 meter dash and third in the 100 meter dash.  

The second annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic will be played on Saturday at 1:00 at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field.  Players included on the 'Red' team are Norfolk Catholic's Joe Braithwait, Jordan Cattau, Jackson Love, & Mark Uhlir.  Lutheran High Northeast's Shaka Taylor will also represent the 'Red' squad.  Norfolk High's Jacob Hjorth, Dylan Puls, Taylor Reedy, & Landen Thieman will play for the 'White' team.  Jeff Bellar of Norfolk Catholic will be the head coach of the Red Team while Joe Anderson of Oakland/Craig will serve as the head coach of the White Team.  Both coaches were assistants in last summer's inaugural game, which the Red Team won, 20-10.  Among Anderson's assistants include Norfolk High's Tom Olson while Bellar's assistants include Norfolk Catholic's Mike Bivens.   Saturday’s game can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com starting with pregame coverage at 12:30.

Northeast Community College will host the 17th annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Volleyball Classic on Saturday at 5:00 at the Cox Activities Center at Northeast Community College in Norfolk.  Members of the ‘Dark’ Team include: Lutheran High Northeast’s Morgan Uhlir & Megan Gebhardt; Wayne’s Megan Backer & Ashton Schweers; O’Neill St. Mary’s Brooke Bauer & Justine Blumenstock; Ewing’s Riley Funk; Tekemah/Herman’s Erin Gross; Wisner/Pilger’s Makenzie Kalkowki, and Wakefield’s Lauren Lehmkuhl.  The ‘Dark’ team will be coached by O’Neill St. Mary’s Nicole Renshaw & Wayne’s Traci Krusemark.  Members of the ‘Light’ Team include: Lutheran High Northeast’s Morgan Sunderman; O’Neill St. Mary’s Emily Everitt, Humphrey High’s Ellie Geyer; West Point Guardian Angels’ Gabby Knobbe; Hartington Cedar Catholic’s Bailey Steffen, Kallie Leise & Karly Noecker; Wisner/Pilger’s Megan Springer; and Emily Brichacek & Amanda Evert of Howells/Dodge.  The ‘Light’ squad will be coached by Crofton’s Susie Johnson and West Point Guardian Angels’ Sandi Nelson.

After being held in Hastings for several years, the Nebraska Shrine Soccer Classic is moving to Omaha this year.  Tomorrow’s matches will be played at Caniglia Field at Nebraska-Omaha.  The new soccer-specific playing surface there is considered one of the best in the country.  The girls match begins at 5:00 and the boys match at 7:00.  This is the 21st annual Shrine Soccer Classic for some of the best high school seniors in the state.  The matches have been held in Lincoln and Omaha, and for about the past ten years at Hastings College.  Among players representing the ‘North’ team in the boys’ match are Norfolk High’s Michael Granados, Schuyler’s Agustin Palma & Daniel Maganda, & Columbus Scotus’ Cody Zimmerman.  Participating the girls match for the ‘North’ squad will be Norfolk High’s Jessica Mahan, Schuyler’s Rachel Folda, Columbus Lakeview’s Lexi Mullinix, and Columbus Scotus’ Payton Chohon & Emily Kosch.  

The 42nd Nebraska Cup Matches will be contested today at Grand Island's Riverside Golf Club.  This goodwill competition pits a 14-man squad representing the Nebraska Golf Association against a team of pros from the Nebraska PGA in Four-Ball and Singles Match Play competition.  Last season the PGA defeated the NGA 45-39 at Beatrice Country Club.  The NGA trails the overall series 17-24.  Among the competitors on the Nebraska Golf Association team include Norfolk’s Lance Lawson, Columbus’ Mike Krumland, and Sam Meuret of Brunswick.  Representing the Nebraska PGA Professional Team will be Bryan Hughett of Norfolk Country Club, Troy Harder of Wayne Country Club, and Doug Dunbar of Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus.

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

Local Scores: Omaha Central Four Aces Eagles 5-13 Nfk Seniors 4-3 (Bsbl DH); Nfk Golden Girls 18’s 9 Columbus Bullets 1 (SB); Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Sacramento 2 (Bsbl).

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