Sports News-October 30, 2013

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The Miami Heat collected their NBA championship rings and raised their banner before opening their current schedule with a 107-95 win over the Chicago Bulls.  LeBron James scored a team-high 17 points for the Heat, Chris Bosh finished with 16 and Shane Battier was 4-4 from three-point range to finish with 14 points.  Derrick Rose had a tough shooting night in his first game since missing last season due to major knee surgery, going 4-15 and finishing with twelve points and four assists in 34 minutes.

There are a host of first-time Gold Glove winners this year.  Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey has captured his first Gold Glove, as have Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez, Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado.  The first-timers on the National League side are Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons, Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado and Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez.  Left fielder Alex Gordon was the third Royal named to the American League Gold Glove squad.  The Orioles also have three Gold Glove winners after center fielder Adam Jones and shortstop J.J. Hardy were so honored.  They are joined by Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino.  St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina earned the hardware, as did Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips, Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez and Diamondbacks right fielder Gerardo Parra. It's the sixth straight Gold Glove for Molina.

The Dallas Mavericks are in the market for a general manager once again.  Gersson Rosas has resigned after three months, saying it wasn't the best fit for him at this point in his career.  Rosas filled a position that had been vacant since former coach and GM Don Nelson left the franchise eight years ago.

The Nebraska women's basketball team will open its 2013-14 campaign with its highest preseason ranking in school history, as the Huskers start the year twelfth in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 announced yesterday.  The Huskers finished the 2012-13 campaign at 18th in the final coaches poll following their second run to the NCAA Sweet 16 in the past four years.  Nebraska closed with a 25-9 overall record that included a 12-4 Big Ten Conference finish.

The Nebraska women's soccer team jumped up three spots to 18th in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll released yesterday.  This marks the team's fifth-consecutive week in the Top 25 and highest ranking since early September 2005.  NU has won five straight including twelve of its last 13 matches and are currently 14-3-1 overall on the year and in first place atop the Big Ten Conference with a 9-1-0 record.  They will host Senior Day this Friday afternoon at 3:30 against 13-4-1 Indiana looking to clinch its first regular-season conference championship since 2000.

The Mid States Conference Volleyball Tournamnet continued yesterday at Battle Creek & Pierce.  In semifinal matches at Battle Creek, West Point Guardian Angels defeated Hartington Cedar Catholic in four sets and Crofton clipped Wayne in five.  In consolation matches at Pierce, the host team beat Norfolk Catholic in four sets and Boone Central/Newman Grove edged Battle Creek in five.  The final day of the tournament will conclude on Friday.  Pierce will face Boone Central/Newman Grove in the fifth place match at 4:30, Hartington Cedar Catholic will play Wayne in the third place match at 6:00, and West Point Guardian Angels will take on Crofton in the championship match at 7:30.

Local Schedule:  Des Moines Area CC at NECC (VB-7:00); Illinois at Nebraska (VB-6:30); Drake at Creighton (M Socc.-7:00).

Thursday Afternoon:  The High School Football Playoffs get underway.  Lutheran High Northeast hosts Johnson County Central at 3:00.  Pregame coverage at 2:30 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  Also, Pierce visits Ogallala at 2:00.  Pregame coverage at 1:35 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Brett Haisch of the Laurel/Concord/Coleridge football team.

     VOLLEYBALL
     Adams Central def. Wood River, 25-18, 25-23, 27-29, 25-16
     Arapahoe def. Loomis, 25-8, 25-7, 25-15
     Archbishop Bergan def. Omaha Concordia, 25-15, 23-25, 25-16, 25-14
     Arlington def. Fort Calhoun, 25-21, 22-25, 25-17
     Ashland-Greenwood def. Omaha Mercy, 25-15, 25-21, 25-23
     Aurora def. Seward, 25-15, 25-18, 25-17
     Bertrand def. Maxwell, 25-14, 25-18, 25-17
     Bishop Neumann def. Boys Town, 25-8, 25-3, 25-10
     Chadron def. Alliance, 25-13, 25-20, 25-18
     Chase County def. McCook, 25-19, 25-18, 25-9
     Columbus Lakeview def. Schuyler, 25-12, 25-20, 25-10
     Cozad def. Perkins County, 25-18, 25-10, 25-21
     Cross County def. Fullerton, 25-23, 25-12, 25-13
     Elkhorn South def. Plattsmouth, 25-14, 25-8, 25-9
     Eustis-Farnam def. Elwood, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13, 27-25
     Exeter/Milligan def. Shelby/Rising City, 22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-23
     Fairbury def. Falls City, 25-19, 25-20, 25-23
     Grand Island Northwest def. Lincoln Pius X, 25-20, 25-23, 25-15
     Gretna def. Elkhorn, 25-16, 25-18, 25-16
     Hampton def. McCool Junction, 25-6, 25-18, 25-9
     Hay Springs def. Garden County, 16-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-19
     Lincoln Lutheran def. Raymond Central, 25-15, 25-18, 26-24
     Lincoln Southeast def. Lincoln North Star, 26-28, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22
     Madison def. St. Edward, 25-22, 25-14, 20-25, 15-25, 15-1
     Mead def. Malcolm, 25-17, 25-19, 25-15
     Norris def. Blair, 25-21, 25-16, 25-23
     North Platte def. Grand Island, 25-22, 25-20, 25-23
     Omaha Brownell-Talbot def. College View Academy, 25-12, 25-4, 25-15
     Omaha Nation def. Marty Indian, S.D., forfeit
     Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Columbus Scotus, 25-17, 25-22, 25-20
     Paxton def. North Platte St. Patrick's, 16-25, 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12
     Potter-Dix def. Creek Valley, 25-19, 25-18, 18-25, 25-16
     Ralston def. Omaha Roncalli, 25-20, 25-20, 25-14
     Sidney def. Kimball, 25-14, 25-17, 25-19
     Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Pleasanton, 15-25, 25-9, 25-23, 25-11
     Tekamah-Herman def. Lyons-Decatur Northeast, 25-23, 25-13, 25-19
     Twin Loup def. North Loup Scotia, 25-16, 25-10, 25-16
     Wahoo def. Platteview, 25-19, 25-14, 26-24
     Wauneta-Palisade def. Wallace, 25-16, 25-20, 26-24
     Waverly def. Bennington, 25-17, 25-7, 25-15
     Wisner-Pilger def. Oakland-Craig, 25-16, 25-15, 25-14
     York def. Crete, 17-25, 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 15-10
 Anselmo-Merna Triangular
     Mullen def. South Loup, 25-18, 18-25, 25-21
     South Loup def. Anselmo-Merna, 25-21, 25-12
 Bridgeport Triangular
     Bridgeport def. Gordon/Rushville, 25-22, 23-25, 25-10
     Mitchell def. Gordon/Rushville, 26-24, 25-16
     Mitchell def. Bridgeport, 25-23, 25-17
 Cody-Kilgore Triangular
     Cody-Kilgore def. Arthur County, 16-25, 25-20, 25-16
     SMC def. Cody-Kilgore, 25-18, 25-18
 Doniphan-Trumbull Triangular
     Centura def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-22, 25-19
     Centura def. Arcadia-Loup City, 25-19, 25-18
     Doniphan-Trumbull def. Arcadia-Loup City, 25-21, 25-19
 Dundy County-Stratton Triangular
     Dundy County-Stratton def. Medicine Valley, 25-13, 25-9
     Southwest def. Dundy County-Stratton, 25-15, 25-15
     Southwest def. Medicine Valley, 25-9, 25-10
 Freeman Triangular
     Freeman def. Auburn, 25-15, 25-18
     Freeman def. Conestoga, 25-8, 25-16
 Giltner Tournament
     Giltner def. Deshler, 25-7, 25-17, 25-22
     Meridian def. Red Cloud, 13-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-19
 Consolation
     Deshler def. Red Cloud, 25-9, 25-14, 25-19
 Championship
     Giltner def. Meridian, 25-14, 25-16, 25-18
 Grand Island Central CatholicTriangular
     Central City def. Aquinas, 25-21, 25-17
     Grand Island Central Catholic def. Central City, 25-10, 25-17
     Grand Island Central Catholic def. Aquinas, 25-15, 25-19
 Hayes Center Triangular
     Hayes Center def. Maywood, 25-16, 25-12
     Hayes Center def. Hitchcock County, 25-18, 25-14
     Maywood def. Hitchcock County, 25-21, 18-25, 26-24
 Hershey Triangular
     Hershey def. Broken Bow, 25-14, 18-25, 25-19
     Kearney Catholic def. Broken Bow, 25-10, 25-13
     Kearney Catholic def. Hershey, 25-7, 25-12
 High Plains Community Triangular
     High Plains Community def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-20, 18-25, 25-11
     Osceola def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-18, 25-17
     Osceola def. High Plains Community, 25-15, 25-23
 Howells-Dodge Triangular
     Howells/Dodge def. Pender, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17
     Howells/Dodge def. West Point-Beemer, 25-12, 17-25, 25-21
     Pender def. West Point-Beemer, 25-17, 25-18
 Johnson County Central Triangular
     Elmwood-Murdock def. Yutan, 23-25, 26-24, 26-24
     Johnson County Central def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-20, 25-16
     Yutan def. Johnson County Central, 25-20, 25-23
 Kenesaw Triangular
     Axtell def. Kenesaw, 25-17, 25-15
     Blue Hill def. Kenesaw, 25-8, 25-15
     Blue Hill def. Axtell, 25-14, 25-10
 Lawrence-Nelson Triangular
     Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Lawrence-Nelson, 25-12, 25-16
     Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Palmer, 25-19, 25-15
     Lawrence-Nelson def. Palmer, 25-14, 25-10
 Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament
 Consolation
     Ponca def. Homer, 27-25, 25-18
     Wausa def. Winnebago, 26-24, 25-22
     Winside def. Walthill, 25-9, 25-10
 Semifinal
     Allen def. Laurel-Concord/Coleridge, 25-21, 28-30, 12-25, 25-17, 15-8
     Randolph def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-22, 24-26, 25-20, 13-25, 15-12
 Leyton Tournament
     Banner County def. Minatare, 25-20, 21-25, 25-15
     Leyton def. Banner County, 25-8, 25-12
     Leyton def. Minatare, 25-3, 25-11
     Leyton def. South Platte, 25-20, 25-20
     South Platte def. Banner County, 25-9, 25-9
     South Platte def. Minatare, 25-16, 17-25, 25-22
 Louisville Triangular
     East Butler def. Louisville, 25-17, 25-23
     Palmyra def. Louisville, 25-13, 25-27, 25-14
     Palmyra def. East Butler, 25-14, 25-21
 Mid-State Conference Tournament
 Consolation Semifinal
     Boone Central/Newman Grove def. Battle Creek, 21-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-18, 15-7
     Pierce def. Norfolk Catholic, 17-25, 25-22, 25-20, 29-27
 Semifinal
     Crofton def. Wayne, 11-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-13
     Guardian Angels def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-20
 Niobrara Valley Conference Tournament
 Semifinal
     Ewing def. CWC, 25-15, 25-14, 25-18
     St. Mary's def. Stuart, 25-18, 25-18, 25-14
 North Bend Central Triangular
     North Bend Central def. Logan View, 25-13, 25-18
     Stanton def. North Bend Central, 21-25, 25-12, 25-21
     Stanton def. Logan View, 25-13, 25-9
 Parkview Christian Triangular
     Dorchester def. Parkview Christian, 25-11, 25-20
     Nebraska Christian def. Parkview Christian, 25-11, 25-7
     Nebraska Christian def. Dorchester, 25-9, 25-14
 Pioneer Conference Tournament
 Consolation
     Diller-Odell def. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, 26-24, 21-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-11
     Southern def. Lewiston, 25-12, 25-11, 25-9
 Semifinal
     Falls City Sacred Heart def. Friend, 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 25-15
     Johnson-Brock def. Sterling, 14-25, 25-27, 25-23, 27-25, 16-14
 Ravenna Triangular
     Ord def. Gibbon, 25-6, 25-18
     Ord def. Ravenna, 25-14, 25-10
     Ravenna def. Gibbon, 25-20, 19-25, 25-15
 Sandhills/Thedford Triangular
     Ansley-Litchfield def. Brady, 25-17, 25-12
     Ansley-Litchfield def. Sandhills/Thedford, 20-25, 25-21, 25-16
     Sandhills/Thedford def. Brady, 25-22, 25-22
 Shelton Triangular
     Amherst def. Shelton, 25-11, 25-10
     Overton def. Shelton, 25-18, 25-19
     Overton def. Amherst, 25-18, 25-23
 Silver Lake Triangular
     Heartland Lutheran def. Harvard, 25-22, 25-15
     Silver Lake def. Harvard, 25-12, 25-14
     Silver Lake def. Heartland Lutheran, 25-18, 25-20
 Southern Nebraska Conference (SNC) Tournament
 Consolation Round Two
     Centennial def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-12, 20-25, 25-12
     Sandy Creek def. David City, 25-16, 25-18
 Consolation
     Heartland def. Tri County, 25-12, 26-24
 Semifinal
     Milford def. Thayer Central, 25-13, 25-18, 25-22
     Superior def. Sutton, 26-24, 25-19, 25-21
 St. Paul Triangular
     Hastings St. Cecilia def. Twin River, 25-17, 25-16
     St. Paul def. Twin River, 25-13, 25-3
     St. Paul def. Hastings St. Cecilia, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22
 Sutherland Triangular
     Cambridge def. Sutherland, 25-21, 28-26
     Elm Creek def. Cambridge, 25-23, 25-21
     Elm Creek def. Sutherland, 25-21, 25-18
 Weeping Water Triangular
     Scribner-Snyder def. Omaha Christian Academy, 26-24, 25-15
     Scribner-Snyder def. Weeping Water, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21
     Weeping Water def. Omaha Christian Academy, 25-10, 25-18

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      Final    Indiana            97    Orlando                87
      Final    Miami              107    Chicago                95
      Final    L-A  Lakers    116    L-A  Clippers    103
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Anaheim              3    Philadelphia        2
      Final    Montreal            2    Dallas                    1
      Final    N-Y  Rangers      3    N-Y  Islanders      2
      Final    New  Jersey        2    Tampa  Bay              1
      Final    Chicago              6    Ottawa                    5
      Final    St.  Louis          3    Winnipeg                2
      Final    Toronto              4    Edmonton                0
      Final    Phoenix              3    Los  Angeles          1

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