Sports News-September 24, 2013

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Peyton Manning completed 32 of his 37 passes for 374 yards and three more touchdowns last night as Denver whipped the Oakland Raiders 37-21 to improve to 3-0.  Manning hit Eric Decker, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker for touchdowns in the Broncos' third straight lopsided win.  Manning has set an NFL record with twelve touchdown throws in his first three games, breaking the mark of eleven set by New England's Tom Brady in 2011.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds were able to clinch playoff berths last night with help from the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-3 win over Washington.  The Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Starling Marte's two-out homer in the ninth, and the Reds got a walkoff single from Shin-Soo Choo in the tenth inning to top the New York Mets 3-2.  Carlos Beltran hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and Adam Wainwright notched his 18th win as the Redbirds eliminated the Nationals from postseason contention.

The Nebraska volleyball team remains at number twelve in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll after falling to Texas last Sunday in their lone match of the week.  The 7-2 Huskers return to action this weekend when they visit Northwestern and Illinois on Friday & Saturday respectively.  The Creighton volleyball squad stays at number 23 after a 2-1 week.  They beat South Dakota & Wichita State while falling to Hawaii.  The 9-3 Bluejays are off until October 4th when they visit Butler University.  Penn State remains first followed by Washington, Florida, USC, and Texas.

Creighton men's soccer junior Eric Miller and freshman Fabian Herbers claimed Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors from the BIG EAST, respectively.  Junior Alex Bolowich also claimed a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.  Creighton's Kelsey O'Donnell was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.

Nebraska soccer freshman forward Jaycie Johnson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.  Johnson earned the award after notching the lone tally in the 1-0 conference opener against Michigan State and the go-ahead score in the 79th minute of Sunday's exciting 2-1 victory over No. 14 Denver.

Nebraska-Omaha senior midfielder Monica Bosiljevac was named Summit League Offensive Player of the Week today.  The award was the first career weekly honor for the Omaha Marian product.  Bosiljevac scored two goals over the weekend to help the Mavs to an 0-1-1 record.

The Wayne State volleyball team fell one spot to eighth in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll released yesterday.  The Wildcats went 1-1 in conference play last week defeating Sioux Falls at home last Thursday night 3-0 before falling to #10 Southwest Minnesota State 3-1 on Saturday.  Wayne State will be at home on Tuesday evening with Augustana coming to Rice Auditorium with the game set to begin at 7:00 p.m.

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 the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A' while Grand Island Northwest stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Columbus Scotus is once again first, Wisner/Pilger is once again sixth, and Wayne slips from fifth to seventh.  In Class 'C-2', Freeman is the new number one, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family moves up from third to second, Crofton & Hartington Cedar Catholic enters the rankings at numbers five & six respectively, Stanton falls from fourth to eighth, and Lutheran High Northeast drops from fifth to ninth.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's stays at number one, Howells/Dodge slips from second to third, and Chambers/Wheeler Central enters the rankings at number ten.  In Class 'D-2', Mead remains first and Ewing jumps from fifth to fourth.  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, Wisner/Pilger enters the rankings at number nine, and Wayne falls out of the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Hastings St. Cecilia is the new number one, Wakefield jumps from fourth to third, Hartington Cedar Catholic enters the rankings at number four, Stanton stays at number five, Lutheran High Northeast drops from first to sixth, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family slips from seventh to ninth, and Crofton drops out of the rankings.  In Class 'D-1', O'Neill St. Mary's is once again first and Howells/Dodge stays at number six.  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 drops from first to sixth in the Lincoln Journal Star and falls from fifth to ninth in the Omaha World Herald.  The Class 'C-2' Defending State runner-ups are 10-4 after a 1-2 week.  They lost matches to Hartington Cedar Catholic & Ord last week while beating O'Neill.  The Lady Eagles' upcoming schedule has them hosting 8-2 Howells/Dodge tonight before facing 8-1 Crofton & 3-10 Norfolk Catholic in the Norfolk Catholic triangular on Saturday.

The Norfolk High boys tennis team participated in yesterday's Papillion La Vista Invite.  The Panhters finished twelfth in the 24-team competition.  Lincoln Southwest was the champion with 48 points.  They won by four points.  Norfolk totaled twelve points.  Landon Marotz & Dexter Renter recorded a 2-2 record in #1 Doubles.  Mitch Dudley went 1-1 in #1 Singles, Keaton Kreikemeier had a 1-1 record in #2 Singles, and Alex Busskohl & Luke Prauener were 1-1 in #2 Doubles.

The Norfolk High girls golf squad competed in yesterday's Bellevue West Invitational at Willow Lakes.  Bellevue East was the champion with a 386 score.  They won by eleven strokes.  Norfolk finished fourth with a score of 413.  Bellevue East's Miranda Keeler was the medalist shooting a 79.  She won by nine strokes.  The Lady Panthers' Sami Bruening carded a 94 to tie for fifth.  Teammate Maddie Buettner placed 14th with a 101.

The Lutheran High Northeast football team defeated Laurel/Concord/Coleridge at home 48-14 last Friday.  The Eagles' Nick Stolze ran for 142 yards off nine carries and two touchdowns while teammate quarterback Shaka Taylor scampered for 132 yards off ten carries and a T-D run.  Taylor also had a touchdown pass to Myles Kant in the win.  The Eagles are ranked third in the Omaha World Herald & fourth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  Lutheran High Northeast will now entertain 3-0 Omaha World Herald eighth ranked on Friday.  The Huskies whipped Wakefield last Friday 27-7 but lost All-State running back Josh Coyle.  Friday's game between Lutheran High Northeast & West Holt can be heard on 106 KIX.

The Norfolk Catholic volleyball team is 3-10 on the season after going 0-2 last week.  They dropped a three-set match at home to Hartington Cedar Catholic and a five-set match at Boone Central/Newman Grove.  The Lady Knights' three wins this season have come at the expense of Pierce twice and Centura.  Norfolk Catholic's upcoming schedule has them visiting 8-2 Wayne on Tuesday night and then hosting a triangular on Saturday with 8-1 Crofton & 10-4 Lutheran High Northeast involved.  

The Northeast Hawks volleyball team is 11-8 on the year and snapped a four-match losing streak with a four set home win over Ellsworth of Iowa last Wednesday night.  The volleyball program was rebooted under head coach Amanda Schultze after being suspended in 2003.  The Hawks have only a single match this week when they host Southwestern of Iowa on Wednesday night at 7:00.  

Local Schedule:  Howells/Dodge at LHNE (VB-7:30); Lincoln North Star at Nfk High (VB-6:00); Nfk Cath at Wayne (VB-7:30); Augustana at WSC (VB-7:00); Michigan St. At Creighton (M Socc.-7:00); Kansas City at Nebraska-Omaha (M Socc.-4:00).

Local Scores:  Elkhorn 7 Nfk High 2 (SB).

NFL Scoreboard:  Denver 37 Oakland 21.

     Douglas County West def. Conestoga, 25-16, 25-9, 25-15
     Elwood def. Maywood, 25-15, 25-17
     Palmyra def. Malcolm, 25-12, 26-28, 25-14, 25-14
     Ralston def. Omaha South, 25-11, 25-20, 25-16
     South Platte def. Elwood, 19-25, 25-14, 25-22
     Wakefield def. Ponca, 25-21, 25-17, 25-17
 Fremont Triangular
     Fremont def. Omaha Northwest, 25-11, 25-10
     Fremont def. Omaha North, 25-18, 25-14
     Omaha North def. Omaha Northwest, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20

      Final            Tampa  Bay              5    Baltimore            4
      Final            Texas                    12    Houston                0
      Final            Minnesota              4    Detroit                3,  11  Innings
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      3    Toronto                2
      Final            Oakland                10    L.A.  Angels        5
      Final            Kansas  City          6    Seattle                5,  12  Innings
      Final            Milwaukee              5    Atlanta                0
      Final            Cincinnati            3    N-Y  Mets              2,  10  Innings
      Final            Miami                      4    Philadelphia      0
      Final            Pittsburgh            2    Chi  Cubs              1
      Final            St.  Louis              4    Washington          3
      Final            San  Diego              4    Arizona                1
      Final  2OT    Pittsburgh      3    Chicago              2  (SO  Pittsburgh  2-0)
      Final  2OT    Minnesota        2    Columbus            1  (SO  Minnesota  1-0)
      Final  OT      Boston              3    Washington        2
      Final            Montreal          3    New  Jersey        2
      Final            Calgary            4    N-Y  Rangers      1
      Final            Edmonton          2    Winnipeg            1
      Final            Vancouver        6    Phoenix              1
      Final    Atlanta      80    Washington        72
      Final    Phoenix      78    Los  Angeles      77

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