Sports News-September 20, 2013

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Now that's the kind of homecoming Andy Reid had in mind.  The former Eagles coach returned to the City of Brotherly Love with his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs, who improved to 3-0 by beating mistake-prone Philadelphia 26-16.  The Chiefs have won more games already under Reid than it did all of last season.  His Kansas City players even gave their coach a Gatorade bath in the waning seconds.  Reid only smiled.  The Chiefs' defense forced five turnovers and sacked Michael Vick six times, 4 ½ by linebacker Justin Houston.  Kansas City, which has not had a giveaway this season, got a 38-yard interception return by Eric Berry for a touchdown, and a three-yard scoring run by Jamaal Charles.  Ryan Succop kicked four field goals.  Reid led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six division titles, five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl in 14 seasons before he was fired after going 4-12 last year.  The Eagles fell to 1-2 after their eighth straight home loss dating to last season.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the first major league baseball team to pop champagne this season.  The Dodgers clinched their first National League West title since 2009 by rallying past Arizona 7-6 behind a pair of home runs by Hanley Ramirez.  Despite an National League-high payroll of $214 million-plus on opening day, the Dodgers got off to a 30-42 start.  They were last in the division, 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Diamondbacks, before play on June 22.  Los Angeles has gone 58-23 since.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says Taylor Martinez is doubtful for Saturday's game against South Dakota State and that redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. is the probable starter.  Martinez has missed all week of practice because of a turf toe injury on his left foot.  Pelini said after practice yesterday that Armstrong and fifth-year senior Ron Kellogg III would take snaps against the Jackrabbits.  Both played in the second half of the 56-13 win over Southern Mississippi on Sept. 7.  Pelini said the competition between Armstrong and Kellogg is close but that Armstrong had a "tremendous" week of practice.  The 2-1 Cornhuskers have an open date after this week and open Big Ten play Oct. 5 at home against Illinois.

The price tag for the University of Nebraska at Omaha's new arena has gone up nearly $12 million, and officials are blaming rising construction costs and design revisions.  The Omaha World-Herald reports that the cost of the arena being built at 67th and Center Streets has jumped to $87.9 million.  It had been $76.3 million.  Erin Owen, director of university communications, says UNO intends to pay for the $11.6 million in additional costs with $4 million more in bonds, $4 million more in private donations and $3.6 million in university funds.  UNO planned to ask the University of Nebraska Board of Regents to approve the revised cost and a financing plan that asks permission to issue up to $73 million in bonds.

The Nebraska-Omaha hockey team is picked to finish eighth in the first preseason media poll released by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.  Miami took the top spot.

Freshman Alyssa Frauendorfer recorded 16 kills and hit .600 for the match to lead the seventh ranked Wayne State volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over the University of Sioux Falls last night in the Northern Sun Conference volleyball opener for both teams played before 1,044 fans at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.  Scores of the match had Wayne State winning 25-13, 25-15, 28-26.  The host Wildcats move to 9-0 on the year and 1-0 in the league while the visiting Cougars drop to 7-2 overall and 0-1 in the NSIC.

Grand Island ran for 191 yards as a team while defeating the Norfolk Panthers 34-28 last night at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field.  Jake Mayer scampered for 103 yards and a touchdown and teammate Andrew Rojas ran for 90 yards and two scores in the win.  Quarterback Pierce Almond added two touchdown passes to Trevor Wojtalewicz in the victory.  Norfolk quarterback Gunner Fuelberth completed 22-39 passes for 214 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions in the loss.  Teammate Jacob Hjorth caught ten passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.  Blake Bauer also caught a touchdown pass.  The Panthers' Ryker Theisen snagged a 30 yard interception return for a score on the last play of the third quarter to cut the Islanders' lead to 28-21.  Norfolk's Kyle Temple had ten tackles on the night with two sacks and a fumble recovery.  The game was tied at 7-7 at halftime.  Lincoln Journal Star tenth ranked Grand Island improves to 3-1 while the ninth ranked Panthers to 3-1.

The Norfolk Catholic cross country teams participated in yesterday's Columbus Scotus Invite.  In the boys race, the host team was the champion with a score of 18.  They won by 36 points.  The Knights finished fourth with a score of 93.  Columbus Scotus' Eduardo Lopez was the champion in 16:54.  He won by 14 seconds.  Norfolk Catholic's Cameron Casey finished ninth and teammate Matthew Wieser was 15th.  In the girls competition, Columbus Scotus was the champion with 19 points.  They won by 39 points.  The Lady Knights finished fourth with 66 points.  The host teams' Kaylee Tonniges was the champion in 20:19.  She won by a single second.  Norfolk Catholic's Joelle Heng and Nicole Aschoff finished fifth and 19th respectively.

Local Schedule:  Nfk Cath at Madison (FB-7:00); Laurel/Concord/Coleridge at LHNE (FB-7:00); Nfk High Vs. Lincoln North Star-3:00; Vs. North Platte-6:00; Vs. Lincoln SE-7:00 (Lincoln Public Schools VB Classic); Nfk High hosts Inv. At Nfk CC (GG-9:00 AM); Nfk High hosts Inv. At Skyview Lake (CC-4:30); Creighton Vs. Hawaii at Wichita, KS (VB-5:00).

Tonight:  High School football action has Plainview hosting Clarkson/Leigh at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:35 on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com.

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 AM from Hy-Vee East.  This week:  Nfk High's Tom Olson & Chuck Hughes; Nfk Cath's Jeff Bellar & Travis Fisher; LHNE's Darin Suckstorf; & NECC's Amanda Schultze.

Local Scores:  Grand Island 34 Nfk High 28 (FB); Hartington CC 22-25-25-25 LHNE 25-22-21-17 (VB); Boone Central/Newman Grove 25-14-25-23-15 Nfk Cath 18-25-21-25-9 (VB); Nfk Cath 230 Crofton 253 (GG Dual); Oklahoma 25-25-25 Nebraska-Omaha 16-20-19 (VB); WSC 25-25-28 Univ. Of Sioux Falls 13-15-26 (VB); Nebraska 1 Michigan St. 0 (W. Socc.); Millard South at Nfk High (SB-Ppd. Rain); LHNE at O'Neill Tri (SB-Ccd. Injuries); Nfk High at Millard North Inv. (B Tenn.-Ccd. Rain.).

NFL Scoreboard:  Kansas City 16 Philadelphia 16.

     PREP FOOTBALL
     Grand Island 34, Norfolk 28
     Hemingford 70, Hay Springs 22
     Lincoln North Star 31, Lincoln Pius X 28
     Millard West 27, Millard South 7
     Omaha North 42, Lincoln Southwest 10
     Omaha Westside 42, Fremont 10
     Papillion-LaVista 49, Omaha Benson 8

     VOLLEYBALL
     Allen def. Emerson-Hubbard, 17-25, 26-24, 25-22, 20-25, 15-12
     Alma def. Amherst, 25-16, 25-17, 17-25, 25-23
     Ashland-Greenwood def. Louisville, 25-9, 25-17, 17-25, 25-23
     Aurora def. Central City, 25-6, 25-2, 25-12
     Beatrice def. Omaha Duchesne Academy, 25-17, 25-22, 21-25, 25-27, 16-14
     Bellevue East def. Omaha Gross Catholic, 19-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-12, 15-12
     Blair def. Bennington, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22
     Boone Central/Newman Grove def. Norfolk Catholic, 25-18, 14-25, 25-21, 23-25, 15-9
     Chase County def. Wauneta-Palisade, 20-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-20
     Creighton def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 20-25, 25-14, 17-25, 25-20, 15-6
     Crofton def. Pierce, 25-8, 25-17, 25-14
     Doniphan-Trumbull def. Adams Central, 17-25, 25-23, 27-25, 19-25, 15-10
     Dorchester def. Friend, 25-9, 25-12, 25-13
     Douglas County West def. Archbishop Bergan, 25-10, 25-11, 25-18
     Elmwood-Murdock def. Weeping Water, 25-20, 25-11, 25-22
     Fillmore Central def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-5, 25-17, 25-12
     Garden County def. Morrill, 13-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, 15-11
     Giltner def. Palmer, 25-22, 25-21, 25-12
     Grand Island Central Catholic def. Gothenburg, 25-23, 26-24, 21-25, 25-20
     Gretna def. Omaha Westside, 26-24, 25-14, 25-21
     Guardian Angels def. O'Neill, 25-12, 25-8, 25-15
     Hampton def. Osceola, 25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 25-23, 16-14
     Hartington Cedar Catholic def. Lutheran High Northeast, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17
     Hastings def. Holdrege, 25-23, 24-26, 25-17, 25-17
     Hastings St. Cecilia def. Aquinas, 25-22, 25-14, 25-10
     Heartland def. Cross County, 25-19, 26-24, 22-25, 17-25, 15-9
     Hemingford def. Edgemont, S.D., 25-20, 25-23, 25-10
     Kearney Catholic def. Centura, 25-20, 25-11, 25-19
     Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Plainview, 25-15, 25-23, 31-29
     Lawrence-Nelson def. Shelton, 25-18, 25-15, 25-10
     McCool Junction def. Harvard, 25-22, 25-20, 26-24
     Millard South def. Omaha Central, 25-19, 26-24, 22-25, 25-15
     Minden def. Thayer Central, 25-21, 25-17, 25-7
     Niobrara/Verdigre def. Neligh-Oakdale, 25-22, 25-14, 25-14
     North Central def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-14, 25-15, 25-14
     Omaha Mercy def. Omaha Roncalli, 25-17, 25-18, 18-25, 25-15
     Omaha North def. Omaha South, 25-18, 25-21, 25-13
     Ord def. West Holt, 25-6, 21-25, 25-19, 25-11
     Ponca def. Homer, 26-24, 26-24, 25-21
     Ralston def. Plattsmouth, 25-16, 25-11, 25-18
     Randolph def. Wausa, 25-9, 25-12, 25-20
     Raymond Central def. Fort Calhoun, 25-15, 25-14, 25-22
     Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa def. South Sioux City, 25-14, 25-16, 25-16
     Sidney def. Alliance, 25-20, 25-21, 13-25, 25-20
     Spalding/Spalding Academy def. Anselmo-Merna, 25-17, 19-25, 25-21, 25-5
     St. Mary's def. Osmond, 25-2, 25-4, 25-6
     Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. South Loup, 25-23, 25-11, 25-19
     Superior def. Tri County, 25-20, 25-12, 25-9
     Sutton def. Centennial, 27-25, 25-11, 25-9
     Syracuse def. Platteview, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20
     Twin River def. Fullerton, 25-21, 25-10, 25-22
     Wahoo def. Yutan, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15
     Wakefield def. Pender, 25-11, 25-15, 26-28, 25-21
     West Point-Beemer def. Madison, 25-19, 25-11, 25-13
     Winnebago def. Boys Town, 25-20, 25-8, 25-22
     Winside def. Bloomfield, 25-17, 25-14, 20-25, 25-19
 Auburn Triangular
     Auburn def. Falls City, 25-18, 25-22
     Nebraska City def. Falls City, 19-25, 25-22, 25-14
 Boyd County Triangular
     Boyd County def. South Central, S.D., 25-11, 25-8
     Stuart def. Boyd County, 25-12, 25-19
     Stuart def. South Central, S.D., 25-16, 25-14
 Cedar Bluffs Triangular
     Shelby/Rising City def. Cedar Bluffs, 25-20, 25-18
     Shelby/Rising City def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-21, 25-5
 Council Bluffs Jefferson Triangular
     Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa def. Omaha Northwest, 23-25, 25-14, 15-10
     Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa def. Omaha Benson, 25-21, 25-23
 David City Triangular
     David City def. Malcolm, 25-17, 26-24
     Milford def. David City, 25-14, 25-21
     Milford def. Malcolm, 25-21, 26-24
 Deshler Triangular
     Deshler def. Franklin, 25-16, 25-10
     Kenesaw def. Franklin, 18-25, 25-19, 25-18
 Elwood Triangular
     Axtell def. Elwood, 25-14, 25-12
     Elwood def. Loomis, 25-15, 16-25, 25-17
 Gordon-Rushville Triangular
     Chadron def. Gordon/Rushville, 25-14, 25-15
     Chadron def. Gering, 25-27, 25-16, 25-16
     Gering def. Gordon/Rushville, 25-7, 25-20
 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Triangular
     High Plains Community def. Clarkson/Leigh, 25-16, 17-25, 25-20
     Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family def. High Plains Community, 25-15, 25-11
 MUDECAS Tournament
 Class B
 Fifth Place
     Johnson County Central def. Diller-Odell, 25-24, 13-25
 Third Place
     Nebraska City Lourdes def. Southern, 25-17, 14-25, 25-13
 Championship
     Meridian def. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18
 Class A
 Fifth Place
     Sterling def. Falls City Sacred Heart, 25-15, 25-11
 Third Place
     Palmyra def. Exeter/Milligan, 25-20, 14-25, 25-22
 Championship
     Freeman def. Bruning-Davenport/Shickley, 25-19, 25-16
 North Loup Scotia Triangular
     Burwell def. North Loup Scotia, 25-14, 25-8
     Nebraska Christian def. North Loup Scotia, 25-2, 25-7
     Nebraska Christian def. Burwell, 25-20, 25-21
 Omaha Nation Triangular
     Omaha Nation def. Walthill, 9-25, 25-14, 15-10
     Omaha Nation def. Santee, 25-18, 25-13
     Walthill def. Santee, 21-25, 25-23, 15-10
 Ravenna Triangular
     Broken Bow def. Lexington, 25-13, 25-9
     Broken Bow def. Ravenna, 25-21, 25-21
     Ravenna def. Lexington, 25-12, 25-14
 Southern Valley Triangular
     Arapahoe def. Southern Valley, 25-13, 24-26, 25-18
     Bertrand def. Arapahoe, 25-23, 25-10
     Bertrand def. Southern Valley, 25-13, 24-26, 25-18
 Wilcox-Hildreth Triangular
     Elm Creek def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-14, 19-25, 25-18
     Overton def. Elm Creek, 25-23, 25-23
     Overton def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-15, 25-22

     AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Detroit                  5    Seattle              4
      Final            Cleveland              2    Houston              1,  11  Innings
      Final            Toronto                  6    N-Y  Yankees      2
      Final            Boston                    3    Baltimore          1
      Final            Texas                      8    Tampa  Bay          2
      Final            Oakland                  8    Minnesota          6
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Pittsburgh          10    San  Diego          1
      Final            San  Francisco      2    N-Y  Mets            1
      Final            Chi  Cubs                5    Milwaukee          1
      Final            Colorado                7    St.  Louis          6,  15  Innings
      Final            L.A.  Dodgers        7    Arizona              6
      Final            Washington            3    Miami                  2
    
    
          NATIONAL  FOOTBALL  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Kansas  City    26    Philadelphia    16
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PRESEASON
    
      Final            Buffalo                  5    Carolina          2
      Final            Detroit                  8    Boston              2
      Final            N-Y  Islanders      5    New  Jersey      3
      Final            Tampa  Bay              5    Nashville        1
      Final            Toronto                  3    Ottawa              2
      Final            Minnesota              4    Winnipeg          1
      Final  2OT    Pittsburgh            4    Chicago            3  (SO  Pittsburgh  1-0)

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