Sports News-November 4, 2013

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Florida State is back in second place in the Bowl Championship Series standings, edging past Oregon behind first-place Alabama.  The Seminoles' lead is thin and their stay at number two could be short again.  Third-place Oregon plays Stanford Thursday night and a win is likely to push the Ducks back into second.  The Seminoles and Ducks have exchanged positions in the BCS standings the last two weeks.  The top two in the final standings play in the BCS championship game.  Florida State is third in both the USA Today coaches' poll and Harris poll, though the Seminoles gained ground on the Ducks after a 41-14 victory over Miami on Saturday night.  Florida State is ranked first in the computer ratings.  Oregon is second in the polls and third in the computers.  In Nebraska football news, Husker fans will be able to watch them play Michigan on ABC Saturday afternoon.  The game in Ann Arbor, Mich., will kick off at 2:30 on Saturday.  The game between the 6-2 Nebraska and the 8-1 Wolverines will help determine which Big Ten teams will play in the conference championship game.

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed leaving the field at halftime and was taken by ambulance to a hospital and the Indianapolis Colts rallied for a 27-24 victory over the Texans.  The team didn't say what was wrong with Kubiak, but did say he didn't have a heart attack.  The team said the 52-year-old coach was conscious and was with his family as he was taken to the hospital.  Texans GM Rick Smith said the coach felt light-headed and dizzy, but was evaluated by specialists.  Smith said he hoped Kubiak would be given a clean bill of health and be back with the team soon.
 
The Miami Dolphins have suspended guard Richie Incognito for misconduct related to the treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin, who abruptly left the team a week ago to receive help for emotional issues.  In a statement released last night, the Dolphins said they believe in maintaining a culture of respect, and as a result believe the suspension of Incognito is in the best interest of the organization.  The move came after the team and NFL began investigating allegations of misconduct made Sunday by representatives of Martin.  Before being suspended, the former Nebraska Cornhusker, Incognito posted several tweets saying he wants his name cleared after reports linked him to the Martin matter.  The Dolphins have attributed Martin's absence to an illness not tied to football.

The Omaha World Herald updated its high school football rankings.  Millard West remains at number one in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A' and Gretna stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again first, Norfolk Catholic remains fourth, Pierce stays at number six, and Columbus Lakeview is once again at number ten.  In Class 'C-2', Doniphan-Trumbull stays at number one, Battle Creek remains fourth, Lutheran High Northeast stays at number six, and Hartington Cedar Catholic is once again seventh.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan stays at number one, Howells/Dodge remains second, Creighton is once again third, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number six, and Randolph remains ninth.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot remains third, Fullerton stays at number four, Lyons Decatur Northeast is once again sixth, and Stuart remains seventh.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake stays at number one.  

The Omaha World Herald updated its high school football rankings today.  The Three-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights remain fourth in Class 'C-1" after beating Gibbon 34-18 last Thursday in the opening round of the playoffs.  The 7-2 Knights will host 8-1 Adams Central of Hastings on Thursday at 3:00 in the second round of the playoffs.  Lutheran High Northeast is once again sixth in Class 'C-2'.  The 8-1 Eagles routed Johnson County Central 55-8 in the opening round of the Class 'C-2' playoffs last Thursday.  Lutheran High Northeast will entertain 7-2 Hartington Cedar Catholic in the second round of the playoffs at 7:00 on Thursday.  The game can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  The Eagles beat the Trojans 34-12 in Hartington on October 4th.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school volleyball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Millard West remains number one in Class 'A' while Grand Island Northwest stays at number one in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Columbus Scotus is once again first and Columbus Lakeview jumps from ninth to eighth.  In Class 'C-2', Hastings St. Cecilia remains at number one, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is once again third, Lutheran High Northeast moves up from sixth to fifth, West Point Guardian Angels improves from seventh to sixth, Crofton moves up from eighth to seventh, Hartington Cedar Catholic drops from fifth to eighth, and Wakefield enters the rankings at number ten.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is once again first, Howells/Dodge stays at number five, Chambers/Wheeler Central remains seventh, and Emerson/Hubbard falls from ninth to tenth.  In Class 'D-2', Bertrand remains at number one, Ewing stays at number three, Stuart is once again eighth, and Wynot remains tenth.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Millard West stays at number one in Class 'A' while Grand Island Northwest is once again first in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Columbus Scotus stays at number one and Columbus Lakeview remains fifth.  In Class 'C-2', Hastings St. Cecilia stays number one, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family moves up from fourth to third, West Point Guardian Angels jumps from fifth to fourth, Hartington Cedar Catholic slips from second to fifth, Stanton is once again sixth, Crofton stays at number seven, Lutheran High Northeast remains eighth, and Wakefield drops out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is once again first, Howells/Dodge remains fourth, Chambers/Wheeler Central stays at number eight, and Emerson/Hubbard drops out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-2', Giltner remains first, Ewing moves up from fifth to fourth, Stuart falls from eighth to tenth, and Wynot slips out of the rankings.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school volleyball rankings today.  Lutheran High Northeast jumps from sixth to fifth in the Omaha World Herald and remain eighth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  The Defending State runner-ups are 23-8 and edging Omaha Concordia in five sets last Friday.  The Lady Eagles face 24-6 Stanton this evening in a C-2-5 Sub-District Semifinal at Norfolk High.

The Nebraska Lawdawg football team has advanced to the United National Football League Bowl I.  The Norfolk-based Lawdawgs hammered the Kansas City Panthers last Saturday night at the Norfolk Middle School Field 40-9.  Chuck Wright threw three touchdown passes to Steven Rush and defensive lineman Chris Bradford had two fumble recoveries for scores in the win.  Bradford returned a fumble 46 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and a 97 yard fumble recovery for a score in the fourth quarter.  Wright finished 18-27 for 235 yards and three touchdowns in the win.  He was intercepted once.  The Lawdawgs totaled 339 yards of offense while Kansas City mustered only 202.  The Lawdawgs led at halftime 26-9.  They are now 9-1 on the season and will host the Quad Cities Wolfpack of Iowa in the UNFL Bowl I on Saturday, November 23rd.  The Lawdawgs beat the Wolfpack earlier this season 27-14 on September 14.

The three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team beat Gibbon 34-18 in the opening round of the Class 'C-1' playoffs last Thursday night at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field to improve to 7-2 on the season.  The Knights' David Engelhaupt had three touchdown in three different ways.  He ran for a score, threw for a touchdown, and had an interception return for a score in the win.  All-State running back Jackson Love had a touchdown run in the first quarter, but left the game in the first quarter due to a leg injury.  Norfolk Catholic led at halftime 20-6.  They have now won 16 consecutive playoff games dating back to 2010 and will now host 8-1 Adams Central of Hastings in the second round of the playoffs on Wednesday.  The Patriots won they playoff game yesterday over Chadron 22-7. The Knights are ranked fourth in the Omaha World Herald & sixth in the Lincoln Journal Star and outscoring their opponents on average 38.2-14.3.  The Knights are the three seed in the west bracket while the Patriots are the six seed.  

The Lutheran High Northeast football team opened the Class 'C-2' playoffs with a 55-8 rout of Johnson County Central last Thursday at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field.  Shaka Taylor ran for 201 yards off 19 carries and three touchdowns in the win.  Kyle Rosberg & Nick Stolze also ran for two scores.  Lutheran High Northeast outgained the Thunderbirds in yardage 464-112.  The 8-1 Eagles have now won 16 consecutive home games dating back to 2010.  They will now host 7-2 Hartington Cedar Catholic in the second round of the playoffs on Wednesday night at 7:00.  The Trojans won their playoff game last Thursday over Palmyra 41-0.  Lutheran High Northeast is ranked sixth in the Omaha World Herald & seventh in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  They are outscoring their opponents on average 33.1-16.8.  Wednesday's game between Lutheran High Northeast & Hartington Cedar Catholic can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  The Eagles are the two seed in the east bracket while the Trojans are the seven seed.

The Hartington Cedar Catholic football team routed Palmyra last Thursday 41-0 in the opening round of the Class 'C-2' playoffs to improve to 7-2 on the season.  Ryan Becker ran for three touchdowns and threw for another in the win.  He ran for 197 yards off 29 carries.  The Trojans led 21-0 at halftime.  They are ranked seventh in the Omaha World Herald & unranked in the Lincoln Journal Star.  Hartington Cedar Catholic is outscoring their opponents on average 25.2-16.3. They will have a rematch at Lutheran High Northeast on Wednesday in the second round of the playoffs at 7:00.  The Eagles beat the Trojans 34-12 on October 4th.  In that game, Lutheran High Northeast quarterback Shaka Taylor ran for four touchdowns and threw another in the win.  He ran for 194 yards off 36 carries.  The game between the Eagles and Trojans on Wednesday can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  Lutheran High Northeast is the two seed in the east bracket while Hartington Cedar Catholic is the seven seed in the east bracket.

The Norfolk Catholic volleyball team is 7-20 on the season after a 1-2 record last week at the Mid States Conference Tournament.  They beat O'Neill in three sets, lost to West Point Guardian Angels in three, and then dropped a four set consolation match to Pierce.  Norfolk Catholic's seven wins have come at the expense of Pierce twice, Centura, Battle Creek, Allen, and O'Neill twice.  The Lady Knights' start their postseason run this evening when they meet 9-17 Boone Central/Newman Grove in a Class C-1-8 Sub-District Semifinal match at Neligh/Oakdale High School.  The Lady Cardinals beat Norfolk Catholic in a five-set match in Albion on September 19th.  

The Northeast Hawks volleyball team is 15-20 on the year and have dropped three of their last five matches after falling at home to Des Moines Area Community College in three sets last Wednesday night.  The volleyball program was rebooted under head coach Amanda Schultze after being suspended in 2003.  Their wins this year have come at the expense of McCook three times, Southeast three times, Marshalltown of Iowa three times, Cloud County of Kansas, North Iowa, Iowa Lakes twice, McCook, and Ellsworth of Iowa.  The Hawks start their postseason run on Tuesday when they visit Creston, Iowa to play 30-9 Southwestern of Iowa in the NJCAA Region XI-B Division II Volleyball Tournament at 7:00.  The Hawks were beaten by this team in the regular season on September 25th in Norfolk in three sets.  

The Northeast Hawks women's basketball gets their season underway on Wednesday when they host North Dakota State College of Science in the opener.  Northeast reached the NJCAA National Tournament last year capping a 28-5 season with a 72-68 loss to Weatherford College of Texas.  The Hawks return four players from last year's team in Lexi Murphy, Emily Gamble, Alison Klostergaard, and Debinique Knowles.  They also added eight new faces for this year's squad.  The Hawks' home schedule before winter break includes games with North Dakota State College of Science, Iowa Lakes, Des Moines Area of Iowa, Cloud County of Kansas, the Doane JV, the Mt. Marty JV, Kirkwood of Iowa, Southeastern of Iowa, Northeastern of Colorado, the Midland JV, Southeast of Nebraska, and the Concordia JV.  

Local Schedule:  LHNE Vs. Stanton at Nfk High (C-2-5 Sub-Dist. VB Semifnal-6:00); Nfk Cath Vs. Boone Central/Newman Grove at Neligh/Oakdale (C-1-8 Sub-Dist. VB Semifinal-6:45).

Local Scores:  Creighton 25-25-25 Seton Hall 18-20-18 (VB); Ft. Wayne 25-28-19-25 Nebraska-Omaha 18-26-25-19 (VB); Nebraska-Omaha 3 Eastern Illinois 0 (M Socc.); Western Illinois 3 Nebraska-Omaha 0 (W Socc.); WSC 5 Sioux Falls 2 (W Socc.).

NFL Scoreboard:  Carolina 34 Atlanta 10; Kansas City 23 Buffalo 13; Dallas 27 Minnesota 23; N.Y. Jets 26 New Orleans 20; Washington 30 San Diego 24 (OT); Tennessee 28 St. Louis 21; Philadelphia 49 Oakland 20; Seattle 27 Tampa Bay 24 (OT); Cleveland 24 Baltimore 18; New England 55 Pittsburgh 31; Indianapolis 27 Houston 24.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Detroit                  87    Boston              77
      Final    Orlando                107    Brooklyn          86
      Final    Miami                    103    Washington      93
      Final    Oklahoma  City    103    Phoenix            96
      Final    Minnesota            109    New  York        100
      Final    L-A  Lakers          105    Atlanta          103
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final  2OT    Dallas            4    Ottawa              3  (SO  Dallas  1-0)
      Final  OT      Calgary          3    Chicago            2
      Final            Minnesota      4    New  Jersey      0

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