Sports News-September 3, 2013

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Roger Federer has failed to reach the United States Open quarterfinals for the first time in a decade.  The seventh-seeded Federer capped a year of early Grand Slam exits by falling to No. 19 Tommy Robredo 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth round.  Second seed Rafael Nadal, four seed David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet reached the quarterfinals by winning yesterday.

Jameis Winston and the eleventh-ranked Florida State Seminoles welcomed Pittsburgh to the Atlantic Coast Conference.  The Panthers might be reconsidering their move from the Big East after they were pounding by the 'Noles 41-13.  Winston was sensational in his first game as FSU's starting quarterback, completing 25 of 27 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns.  Nick O'Leary was Winston's target for three TDs, and Rashard Greene grabbed eight passes for 126 yards and a score.  Winston also had a five-yard touchdown run for the Seminoles, who finished with 533 yards of total offense while holding the Panthers to 297 yards.

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez says his left shoulder is fine and that he'll be full strength for this week's game against Southern Mississippi.  Martinez fell on his non-throwing shoulder in the third quarter against Wyoming and left the stadium with an ice pack on it.  Coach Bo Pelini described Martinez's injury as a bruise yesterday.  Martinez said he was sore after the 37-34 win over the Cowboys and that he needs to get used to contact after having not taken any significant hits since last season.  Pelini pointed out that Martinez doesn't get hit in practice so his routine will be the same as usual this week.

The Omaha Storm Chasers won the Pacific League American Conference North Division yesterday as second place Memphis lost to Oklahoma City 2-1.  Omaha went on to win their game over Round Rock, Texas 8-4 at Werner Park.  The Storm Chasers finished the regular season with a 70-74 record.  John Lamb was the winning pitcher yesterday to improve to 1-2 on the season and Michael Mariot earned his eleventh save.  Carlos Pena had three hits for the Storm Chasers including his second home run of the year.  Paulo Orlando also contributed three hits in the win.  Omaha now heads out to play South Division champion Oklahoma City for the first two games of the best-of-five American Conference playoff series that starts Wednesday.  Game Three is Friday at Werner Park, which is also the site of Games 4 and 5, if necessary, on Saturday and Sunday.

The Nebraska volleyball team fell from tenth to 13th in the American Volleyball Coaches Associated poll after a 2-1 start to the season.  This past weekend, they beat Louisiana Monroe and Saint Louis while falling to Auburn.  The Huskers return to action on Friday when they host Villanova and then entertain Georgia on Saturday.  Creighton jumps from 25th to 19th after a 2-0 start.  They beat 13th ranked BYU and Bowling Green last weekend.  The Bluejays return home this week to play three matches in the Bluejay Invitational.  They host Northern Colorado on Friday before playing Saturday matches versus the Southern Florida and California.

Creighton volleyball setter Michelle Sicner has been named the BIG EAST Player of the Week, the league office announced yesterday.  She becomes the volleyball program's first weekly honoree from the BIG EAST.  Sicner was named MVP of the Hampton Inn Invitational after averaging 11.57 assists, 3.43 digs, 1.71 kills and 0.86 blocks per set in wins over 13th ranked BYU and Bowling Green.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school football rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Millard West remains first in Class 'A' while Elkhorn stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Norfolk Catholic is once again first, Pierce remains second, Boone Central/Newman Grove stays at number three, and Columbus Lakeview is once again seventh.  In Class 'C-2', David City Aquinas remains first, Lutheran High Northeast stays at number four, Crofton is once again fifth, West Holt remains eighth, Hartington Cedar Catholic stays at number nine, and Oakland/Craig is once again tenth.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan remains first, Howells/Dodge stays at number two, West Point Guardian Angels moves up from fourth to third, Creighton jumps from fifth to fourth, Clarkson/Leigh improves from eighth to seventh, Randolph is up from tenth to eighth, and Elgin Public/Pope John falls from the rankings.  In Class 'D-2', Giltner is once again first, Fullerton jumps from sixth to fourth, Wynot moves up from seventh to sixth, Bancroft/Rosalie improves from tenth to eighth, Lyons Decatur Northeast enters the rankings at number ten, and Humphrey St. Francis falls from the ratings.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake remains first and Elkhorn Valley stays at number three.  The Lincoln Journal Star updated their Class 'A' & 'B' rankings.  Millard West remains first in Class 'A' while Omaha Gross stays at number one in Class 'B'.  

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school football rankings yesterday.  The Three-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights remain number one in Class 'C-1' after rallying past Columbus Lakeview 31-27 last Thursday.  The Knights will take on eighth ranked Bishop Neumann in Wahoo on Friday night.  The game will be the Cavaliers opener.  Lutheran High Northeast remains fourth in the Omaha World Herald & fifth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  The Eagles visit Fremont on Friday to open versus Lincoln Journal Star seventh ranked Archbishop Bergan at 7:00.

The Nebraska Cross Country Coaches Association has posted its preseason high school rankings.  In the boys criteria, Millard South is ranked first while Norfolk is seventh.  In the girls rankings, Lincoln East is first.

The Norfolk High boys tennis team got their season underway last Saturday when they placed sixth in the twelve-team Lincoln High/Lincoln Northeast Invitational.  The Panthers return four qualifiers from the State Championships last year in Alex Busskohl, Landon Marotz, Keaton Kreikemeier & Mitch Dudley.  They have 24 boys out this season with nine being seniors, six juniors, five sophomores, and four freshmen.  Norfolk's remaining schedule has them at invitationals hosted by Columbus, Fremont, Millard North, Papillion La Vista, Hastings, and the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Meet at North Platte.  The Panthers will be on the road for duals at Hastings, Columbus, Kearney, and a triangular at Columbus with Grand Island involved.  Norfolk will entertain Columbus and Fremont for duals.

The Norfolk High football team routed North Platte last Friday at home in the opener for both teams 63-14.  The Panthers led 42-0 after the first quarter in route to the victory.  Norfolk totaled 497 yards of total offense while the Bulldogs mustered only 135.  Hayden Johnson ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns and Taylor Reedy threw two T-D passes and 149 yards in the win.  With the win, the Panthers have won five consecutive from North Platte.  Norfolk will visit 1-1 Kearney on Friday at 7:00.  The Bearcats fell in their opener to Lincoln Pius X 22-19.  Friday's game between the Norfolk & Kearney can be heard on 106 KIX &

The three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team survived a scare from Columbus Lakeview last night winning 31-27 at Norfolk's Veterans Memorial Field.  The Vikings, who led 14-0 after one quarter, and 27-24 with 2:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, watched the Knights' Jackson Love gallop 50 yards for a score with 1:50 remaining to give Norfolk Catholic a 31-27 victory.  Love ran for 219 yards off 28 carries and three touchdowns in the win.  With the win, the Knights are now 14-0 against Columbus Lakeview in the history of the matchup, and have extended their opening night win streak to 17 games dating back to 1996.  The Knights will visit Bishop Neumann on Friday at 7:00 in the Cavaliers opener.  

The Lutheran High Northeast football team gets their season underway on Friday when they visit Fremont to play Lincoln Journal Star seventh ranked in Class 'C-2' Archbishop Bergan in the opener for both teams.  The Eagles return just four players with starting experience on the offensive side of the ball and five players with starting experience on the defensive side of the ball.  They were 11-1 last season falling to eventual champion David City Aquinas 42-41 in overtime in a semifinal game.  Lutheran High Northeast is ranked fourth in both the Omaha World Herald & fifth in the Lincoln Journal Star.  Their home schedule features games with Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, West Holt, Crofton, and Ponca while visiting Archbishop Bergan, Wisner/Pilger, Hartington Cedar Catholic, and Battle Creek.  

The Norfolk High volleyball team gets their season underway on Friday when they participate in the Beatrice Invitational.  They play Waverly at 4:30 and then Kearney Catholic & Council Bluffs-Abraham Lincoln of Iowa afterwards.  The Lady Panthers return six letter winners from last year's 9-26 team this year in senior Chelsea Johnson, senior Aleeyah Kucera, and juniors Layne Mitchell, Taylor Thompson, Jaycee Bradley, Claire Sintek, and Michaela Heimes.  Norfolk's schedule includes a home triangular with Omaha Benson & Omaha Northwest on September 12, a home triangular with Fremont & Lincoln Southwest on September 17, and a dual with Lincoln North Star on September 24.  

The Class 'C-2' State Runner-up Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team gets their season underway on Thursday when they participate in the Northeast Nebraska Volleyball Classic.  They play Bancroft/Rosalie at 6:30 and Pender at 7:30.  The Lady Eagles, who have reached the state tournament five years in a row, winning it twice, return eleven letter winners from last year's 30-6 team that lost to Hartington Cedar Catholic in the State Championship Match in four sets.  Starting experience returns in senior Megan Gebhardt, Morgan Sunderman, Hannah Knapp, Kelsey Sunderman, and Morgan Uhlir.  Lutheran High Northeast's home schedule includes Norfolk Catholic on September 10, Hartington Cedar Catholic on September 19, a home triangular with Ord & O'Neill on September 21, Howells/Dodge on September 24, Wayne on October 21, the Eagle Classic on October 26, and Concordia of Omaha on November 1.  

Local Schedule:  Wayne at LHNE (SB-6:30); Nfk High at Lincoln Pius X Inv. At Wilderness Ridge (GG-8:30 AM); Stanton at Nfk Cath at Eldorado Hills GC (GG Dual-4:00).

Local Scores:  Nebraska 2 Utah St. 2 (Tie) (W. Socc.).

      Final    Toronto                4    Arizona                  1
      Final    N-Y  Yankees        9    Chi  White  Sox      1
      Final    Detroit                3    Boston                    0
      Final    Minnesota          10    Houston                  6
      Final    Kansas  City        3    Seattle                  1
      Final    Baltimore            7    Cleveland              2
      Final    Oakland                4    Texas                      2
      Final    L.A.  Angels      11    Tampa  Bay              2
      Final    Atlanta              13    N-Y  Mets                5
      Final    Cincinnati          7    St.  Louis              2
      Final    Pittsburgh          5    Milwaukee              2
      Final    Miami                    4    Chi  Cubs                3
      Final    San  Diego            4    San  Francisco      1
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers    10    Colorado                8
      Final    Philadelphia      3    Washington            2
      Final    (11)  Florida  State    41    Pittsburgh    13
      Final    Atlanta      92    Los  Angeles      82

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