Sports News-September 17, 2013

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Andy Dalton threw for 280 yards and the tie breaking touchdown as the Cincinnati Bengals evened their record at 1-1 by beating Pittsburgh 20-10.  Giovani Bernard accounted for both Bengals touchdowns, rushing for a seven-yard score in the first quarter before grabbing a 27-yard TD pass from Dalton in the third period.  The Steelers had just 44 rushing yards in falling to 0-2.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini went on a profanity-laced tirade against fans and two newspaper writers in audio that surfaced on the sports website Deadspin.  The audio posted yesterday catches Pelini speaking with Husker Sports Network play-by-play man Greg Sharpe before his postgame radio interview following Nebraska's win over Ohio State in October 2011.  The conversation was off air.  Pelini had been criticized by fans and media in the days leading to the Ohio State game for the Huskers' performance the week before in a 31-point loss at Wisconsin.  In the audio, Pelini repeatedly uses an expletive to refer to what he calls "fair-weather" fans.  Earlier yesterday, Pelini said if Tommie Frazier doesn't like how he's running the football program, he doesn't need his support.  Frazier quarterbacked the Cornhuskers' national championship teams in 1994 and '95.  He ripped the direction of the program on Twitter hours after Nebraska squandered an 18-point lead in a 41-21 loss to UCLA on Saturday.  Frazier called for the firings of the defensive staff and bemoaned what he saw as a lack of adjustments made in the game.  

The Nebraska volleyball team remains at number twelve in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll after a 3-0 week.  This past weekend, they beat Saint Mary's, Dayton, and Iowa State.  The 7-1 Huskers return to action on Sunday when they visit sixth ranked Texas in Austin.  The Creighton volleyball squad jumps from 24th to 23rd after a 2-1 week.  They beat Cal State Northridge and Denver while falling to UCLA.  The 7-2 Bluejays return to action in Wichita, Kansas this weekend when they play seventh ranked Hawaii, South Dakota, and Wichita State.  Penn State remains first followed by San Diego, Washington, Florida, and Southern California.

Nebraska outside hitter Amber Rolfzen was honored by the Big Ten Conference yesterday as she was named the league's Co-Freshman of the Week.  The honor marks her first career Freshman of the Week award.  Rolfzen led Nebraska to victories over Saint Mary's (3-1), Dayton (3-0) and Iowa State (3-0) over the weekend in the Ameritas Players Challenge.  She produced double-doubles in all three matches, averaging 3.6 kills and 3.5 digs per set.  Rolfzen also tallied a career-high 16 kills against Saint Mary's and was named the most valuable player of the tournament.  Creighton Volleyball's Lauren Smith has been named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week after hitting .406 and helping the Bluejays to three wins last week.  Smith etched her name in the Creighton record book twice during a 3-1 week that saw the redshirt freshman average 2.50 kills and 1.44 blocks per set.

The Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team will visit International League Champion Durham in Allentown, Pennsylvania in a one-game Triple-A National Championship tonight at 6:05.  The Storm Chasers won the American Northern Division by a single game over Memphis and then swept Oklahoma City 3-0 in the American Conference Series.  Omaha then went on to beat Salt Lake in the Pacific Coast League Title.  Durham was 87-57 on the season winning their division by ten games.

New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has admitted to violating probation by drinking alcohol and driving in Nebraska in July.  Dennard's admission came during yesterday's appearance in Lancaster County District Court in Lincoln.  A judge will announce at a disposition hearing Dec. 5 whether his probation will be revoked.  He remains free until then.  The probation violation stems from Dennard's arrest on suspicion of drunken driving in Lincoln on July 11.  He's set to appear in court Oct. 8 to face misdemeanor charges of first-offense DUI and refusing a chemical test.  Dennard, who played college football at Nebraska, was placed on two years of probation for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest outside a Lincoln bar in 2012.  Neither Dennard nor his attorney commented after Monday's hearing.

The Wayne State volleyball team moved up one spot to seventh in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.  The Wildcats went 4-0 over the weekend at the CSU Pueblo Ramada ThunderWolves Volleyball Classic in Colorado, recording all four wins by 3-0 sweeps.  Wayne State opens Northern Sun Conference play Thursday evening hosting the University of Sioux Falls in a 7:00 match.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school volleyball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Millard West is the new number one in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A' while Grand Island Northwest remains first in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Columbus Scotus stays at number one, Wayne jumps from ninth to fifth, and Wisner/Pilger moves up from tenth to sixth.  In Class 'C-2', Hastings St. Cecilia is the new number one, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family stays at number three, Stanton improves from fifth to fourth, Lutheran High Northeast drops from first to fifth, and Hartington Cedar Catholic, Wakefield, and West Point Guardian Angels falls from the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is the new number one after moving up from second and Howells/Dodge jumps from third to second.  In Class 'D-2', Mead stays at number one and Ewing remains fifth.  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 Wayne enters the rankings at number eight.  In Class 'C-2', Lutheran High Northeast remains first, Wakefield & Stanton enters the rankings at numbers four & five respectively, Humphrey High/Lindsay Holy Family slips from fifth to seventh, Crofton enters the rankings at number nine, and Hartington Cedar Catholic & West Point Guardian Angels fall from the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is the new number one after moving up from second and Howells/Dodge jumps from tenth to sixth.  In Class 'D-2', Mead remains first and Ewing stays at number two.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school volleyball rankings today.  Lutheran High Northeast remains number one in the Lincoln Journal Star and slip from first to fifth in the Omaha World Herald.  The Class 'C-2' Defending State runner-up Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team is 9-2 after a 5-1 week.  They beat Norfolk Catholic last Tuesday in four sets and then defeated Lyons Decatur Northeast, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, Wakefield, and Class 'C-2' Defending State Champion Hartington Cedar Catholic at the Wakefield Invitational in two sets each.  The Lady Eagles' lone loss was to Stanton in three sets on Saturday morning.  The win over Hartington Cedar Catholic was the championship match and Lutheran High Northeast won the title for the fourth consecutive year.  Megan Gebhardt was voted MVP by the coaches at the tournament and Morgan Uhlir was named to the All-Tournament team.  The Lady Eagles' upcoming schedule has them hosting 5-5 Hartington Cedar Catholic on Thursday night before entertaining 3-6 Ord and 0-7 O'Neill in a triangular on Saturday.

The Norfolk Catholic girls golf team competed at yesterday's O'Neill Invitational.  The host team was the team champion with a 414.  They won by 21 strokes.  Norfolk Catholic finished fourth with a 454.  The Lady Knights' Ashlynn Pospisil was the champion with an 87.  She won by five strokes.

The Norfolk High boys tennis team participated in the Lincoln East Invitational yesterday.  The host team was the team champion with a score of 47.  They won by seven points.  Norfolk finished fifth with a mark of 21.  Keaton Kreikemeier placed fourth in #2 Singles with a 2-2 record.  Mitch Dudley went 2-2 in #1 Singles.  Landon Marotz & Dexter Renter finished 1-3 in #1 Doubles.  Luke Prauner & Tyler Clarkson were 2-2 in #2 Doubles.

The Lutheran High Northeast cross country team competed in yesterday's Neligh/Oakdale Invitational.  Hartington High won the boys team race with a score of 37.  They won by two points.  Cameron Moes of Osmond was the champion in 16:40.  He won by 21 seconds.  The Eagles were led by Andrew Daughton's 40th place finish.  Hartington High won the girls team race as well with a score of 22.  They won by seven points.  Anna Brodersen of Hartington was the champion in 20:39.  She won by 44 seconds.  The Lady Eagles were led by Sara Wolf's 16th place finish.

The Lutheran High Northeast football team defeated Wisner/Pilger on the road 41-8 last Friday.  The Eagles' Nick Stolze ran for 168 yards off eight carries and three touchdowns while teammate quarterback Shaka Taylor scampered for 124 yards off 16 carries and a score.  Lutheran High Northeast ran for over 400 yards as a team and five first half touchdowns.  They are ranked third in the Omaha World Herald & fourth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  The Eagles will now host 0-2 Laurel/Concord/Coleridge on Friday.  The Bears dropped a 34-0 contest to Hartington Cedar Catholic last Friday.  

The Norfolk High volleyball squad is 3-5 on the young season but have won three matches in a row after sweeping Omaha Northwest and Omaha Benson in two sets each last week.  The Lady Panthers have also beaten Bennington this season while falling to Waverly, Kearney Catholic, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, Douglas County West, and Ogallala.  Norfolk's upcoming schedule has them hosting 2-4 Fremont and 4-2 Lincoln Southwest on Tuesday night in a triangular before competing in the Lincoln Public Schools Class on Friday & Saturday.  

The Northeast Hawks volleyball team is 10-7 on the year but have dropped three matches in a row.  They lost road matches to Central of Columbus and Iowa Central in Ft. Dodge last week.  The volleyball program was rebooted under head coach Amanda Schultze after being suspended in 2003.  The Hawks upcoming schedule has them visiting Council Bluffs on Tuesday to play Iowa Western and then host Ellsworth of Iowa on Wednesday.  

Local Schedule:  Nfk High Vs. Fremont-5:00; Vs. Lincoln SW-7:30 (Nfk High VB Tri.); Hartington CC at Nfk Cath (VB-7:30); Nfk High at Lincoln SW (SB DH-5:00); Columbus at Nfk High (B Tenn. Dual-4:15); Nfk Cath at Wayne Inv. (CC-5:00); NECC at Iowa Western CC at Council Bluffs, IA (VB-7:00); NECC at Doane Inv. At Wilderness Ridge GC, Lincoln (MG-11:00).

Local Scores:  David City Aquinas 13 LHNE 1 (SB); Fremont 206 Nfk High 213 (GG Dual);

NFL Scoreboard:  Cincinnati 20 Pittsburgh 10.

     Columbus def. York, 25-14, 25-17, 25-17
     Emerson-Hubbard def. Bancroft-Rosalie, 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-23
     Ewing def. Spalding/Spalding Academy, 20-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-19
     Friend def. Tri County, 25-10, 25-14, 25-12
     Wausa def. Bloomfield, 25-22, 25-12, 25-22
 Boys Town Triangular
     Boys Town def. College View Academy, 25-17, 26-28, 25-22
     Fremont Mills, Tabor, Iowa def. Boys Town, 25-20, 25-17

      Final    Cincinnati            6    Houston                1
      Final    Detroit                  4    Seattle                2
      Final    Tampa  Bay              6    Texas                    2
      Final    Kansas  City          7    Cleveland            1
      Final    Chi  White  Sox    12    Minnesota            1
      Final    L.A.  Angels        12    Oakland                1
      Final    Philadelphia      12    Miami                    2
      Final    San  Diego              2    Pittsburgh          0
      Final    Milwaukee              6    Chi  Cubs              1
      Final    Colorado                6    St.  Louis            2
      Final    Arizona                  2    L.A.  Dodgers      1
        Atlanta    at    Washington    (7:05  p.m.,    postponed,  death)
      Final    Cincinnati    20    Pittsburgh    10
      Final            Florida                6    Nashville            3
      Final            Boston                  6    Montreal              3
      Final            Detroit                4    Pittsburgh          1
      Final  OT      Florida                3    Nashville            2
      Final            New  Jersey          2    N-Y  Rangers        1
      Final  2OT    Philadelphia      3    Toronto                2
      Final  2OT    Washington          4    Philadelphia      3
      Final            Ottawa                  4    Calgary                2
      Final            Anaheim                6    Phoenix                2
      Final            San  Jose              3    Vancouver            2

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