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Omaha North 27, Kearney 20
Norfolk Catholic 35, Boone Central/Newman Grove 0
Yutan 27, Centennial 6
Seniors: L-R: Jaiden Brown, Marque Crowe, MaKayla Davidson, Taylor Hopp, KayLee McDonald, Josie Otto, Haley Hoxworth.
The Alliance Girls Volleyball Team celebrated an outstanding season at their end of year banquet Monday night. The Bulldog team also paid tribute to this years 7 seniors and thanked them for their dedication and hard work for the AHS Volleyball program. Head Coach Jessica Kaiser thanked the seniors, underclassmen, parents and all others involved with volleyball. This years team tied the school record for wins in a season, finishing 23-8 and advanced to the District finals for the 4th straight year.
Coach Kaiser presented All Western Conference awards to MaKayla Davidson and Emerson Cyza and Honorable Mention awards to Ryley Rolls and Jordan Hopp. Other awards included…
Team Captains: Ryley Rolls and Kaylee McDonald
Most Improved: Payton Weber
Senior Award: MaKayla Davidson
Most Inspirational: Jaiden Brown
Unsung Hero and Utility Player: Josie Otto
Spirit Award: Haley Hoxworth
“All In” Award: Marque Crowe
Varsity Comeback Award: Taylor Hopp
Varsity MVP: Emerson Cyza. Emerson, just a junior, set a new school record for Kills in a season with 508, breaking her record of 370 from last year. She also recorded her 1000th career kill this season. Coach Kaiser also recognized sophomore Jordan Hopp who set a school record with 100 ace blocks.
The JV team finished with a record of 12-2. Coach Angie Hiemstra presented the JV awards.
Most Improved: Lillie Otto
Most Inspirational: Cameron Tritle
Outstanding Teammate: Blythe Boness
JV MVP: Shelbi Mills and Megan Oligmueller
The Freshman team finished with a record of 9-6. Coach Toree Ogden presented the Freshman awards.
Most Inspirational: Courtney Cox
Most Improved: Saphina Achi
Freshman MVP: Brooke Davidson and Billi Alvarado
The Chadron State College women’s basketball team will be back in action at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21, by hosting Nebraska-Kearney in the Chicoine Center. The Eagles also will play an exhibition game at Denver University at 7 p.m. Wednesday before joining their friends and family for Thanksgiving on Thursday.
The Eagles are 2-2 after winning over two Texas teams at home and dropping a pair of games in the Yellowjackets Classic at Billings, Montana, last week.
The Concordia Cavaliers topped the Eagles 65-60 in the first game at Billings and host Montana State Billings prevailed 69-59 in the second contest.
CSC coach Janet Raymer said her team needs to take better care of the basketball and box out on rebounds. The Eagles committed 34 turnovers in the two games and were out-rebounded 44-30 in the second game.
The Kearney women are off to a 4-0 start with wins over Wayne State, Central Christian and Newman, both of Kansas, and Colorado-Colorado Springs. Senior McKenzie Brown is shooting 55 percent from the field, including 12 of 23 from 3-point range, while leading the Lady Lopers with a 13.3-point average. She’s also the team’s leading rebounder at 7.3 per game.
Another senior, Alyssa Frauendorfer, is averaging 13.0 points. Both Brown and Frauendorfer have already had 26-point games.
The Denver women are 1-2 with a win over the Air Force Academy, but losses to Northern Colorado and the Wyoming Cowgirls.
This week’s games will wrap up the Eagles’ non-conference schedule. They will open their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference slate by entertaining Colorado Mines and Colorado Christian on Dec. 1 and 2.
York 31, Omaha Skutt Catholic 0
East Butler 36, South Loup 14
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 58, Blue Hill 23
There will be 3 more State Championship games Tuesday, Nov. 21 beginning with Class C 1, Norfolk Catholic (12-0) vs Boone Central/Newman Grove (10-2), 10:15 am CT. Class C 2 Yutan (9-3) vs Centennial (12-0), 2:45 pm CT and Class A Kearney (12-0) vs Omaha North (11-1) 7:15 pm CT. All games will be played at Memorial Stadium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Behind a 30-point, eight-rebound performance from Isaac Copeland, the Nebraska men’s basketball team bounced back with a 92-70 win over North Dakota Sunday afternoon.
Copeland went 12-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, as Nebraska (3-1) shot 53 percent from the field and put four in double figures. Copeland did most of his damage in the first half, totaling 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting. It marked his second career 30-point performance and first since the 2015-16 season when he was at Georgetown.
Glynn Watson Jr., Anton Gill and Isaiah Roby scored in double digits as well to help propel the offense to its highest output since last January. Gill finished with a career-high 16 points, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, while Watson and Roby finished with 13 and 11 markers, respectively.
Nebraska took control from the onset, using an early 11-0 run keyed by Copeland and Watson to take a nine-point lead, as the duo combined for nine Husker points in the run.
North Dakota pulled to within 11-5 after a Dale Jones 3-pointer, but Nebraska responded with a 12-2 run to push the lead back to 16 after seven straight Husker points, capped by Gill’s jumper. NU shot 61 percent in the first half and took a 17-point halftime lead.
North Dakota (2-2), which went to the NCAA Tournament last year, cut the 17-point deficit to 55-46 after a Cortez Seales basket with 14:07 left, but the Huskers ran off six straight points, extending the margin to 15, at 63-48, after a Copeland 3-pointer. From there, the Huskers led the double figures the rest of the afternoon.
North Dakota was led by Marlon Stewart who had 20 points. As a team, the Fighting Hawks shot 44.1 percent from the field. NU limited Geno Crandall, who was averaging 27.3 ppg, to just 3-of-10 shooting.
Nebraska returns to action on Thursday, as the Huskers take on UCF in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational.
The Chadron State College men’s basketball team held NAIA Division II’s fourth-ranked team to 14.3 percent shooting, and under 35 percent overall, as the Eagles got past the Bellevue Bruins 64-54 Saturday afternoon in their home Chicoine Center.
Jaisean Jackson led the team with 19 points and four assists, adding five rebounds and a steal.
“We made sure they didn’t take over on the offensive end,” said Jackson. “We contained the ball and rebounded. We were aggressive like always. I took what they gave me on our possessions. At the end of the day, we came out with the win. You do the little things, and that’s what wins games.”
Jackson was 7-of-14 from the field, and 5-for-7 from the foul line.
The Bruins were trying to establish a perimeter threat all afternoon, but found no consistency in their three-point shooting, thanks to the tight Chadron State defense. Bellevue went 5-for-35 from beyond the arc.
“Jaisean’s a kid that we’ve been challenging to be a better practice player,” said CSC Head Coach Houston Reed, “and he’s really accepted the challenge. You can see it on the floor. He’s really made some adjustments with how under control he’s played with the ball in his hands, the last couple of games.”
“Twenty-three [Bruin guard Jalen Hall] is a tall task,” said Reed. “He had 21 points, but we guarded him the right way and he was 1-of-10 from three. We took some charges. Some didn’t get called, but some did. Shane Paben’s a great coach. They really attacked us in the lane. Those last four or five defensive possessions, we were able to make some adjustments and come up with some stops.”
Besides Hall, no other Bruin player had more than six points in the game. Bellevue ran 13 players into the game at one point or another, while CSC used only eight.
Chadron State guard Darius Polley returned home last week to attend to a personal matter.
Junior guard Leigh Saffin was CSC’s most accurate shooter, hitting 4-of-6 overall and 3-of-5 from long range, including a dagger from the corner with 2:42 that stretched the Eagles’ lead to its largest to that point, at 59-49.
Michael Johnson led Chadron State with 10 rebounds. Bellevue’s outside shooting enabled them to record 13 offensive rebounds, however CSC led in defensive boards, 28 to 24.
Chadron State will go on the road to Montana State Billings, where they play Tuesday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Tanner Lee threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns, and Nebraska outscored Penn State by three touchdowns in the second half, but that wasn’t enough, as the Huskers fell to No. 10 Penn State 56-44 on Saturday before 106,722 fans at Beaver Stadium.
Lee, a junior quarterback, was 26-of-41 passing, and junior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr.caught seven passes for a career-high 185 yards, as the Husker offense came to life in the second half after a scoreless second quarter.
That period told the game’s story, as Nebraska (4-7, 3-5 Big Ten Conference) didn’t gain a first down in the second quarter, while Penn State (8-2, 5-2) scored four touchdowns.
Saquon Barkley ran 17 times for 168 yards for Penn State, with the majority of that damage coming in the first half.
Barkley, a junior running back, ran 65 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the game, as Nebraska fell behind in the game’s first minute for a second straight game. Last week, a 100-yard kickoff return by Minnesota set the tone in the Huskers’ loss to the Gophers.
Like last week, Nebraska responded with a score, and even took the lead against Penn State, but couldn’t keep the Nittany Lions’ potent offense off the field. Quarterback Trace McSorley was 24-of-36 passing for 325 yards, and Penn State finished with 609 yards of total offense.
Nebraska went three-and-out on its first possession and punted, but Zech McPhearson fumbled the return and redshirt freshman Collin Miller recovered at the 34-yard line for the Huskers.
Lee completed an eight-yard pass to senior receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El on 3rd-and-7, and he connected with Morgan for a 12-yard gain to the Penn State 11-yard line. But the Huskers got no closer and settled for senior kicker Drew Brown’s 27-yard field goal.
Brown, who became only the fourth Husker player in history to start in 50 career games, has made 17 straight field goals in road and neutral-site games.
Nebraska then forced its only 3-and-out of the first half, and Penn State punter Blake Gillikin hit an 18-yard punt off the side of his foot, and Nebraska began its next drive at the Penn State 36-yard line.
This time, Nebraska capitalized. Lee hit freshman receiver JD Spielman for a 17-yard gain on the first play of the drive, connected with Morgan for an eight-yard gain to the one, and junior running back Devine Ozigbo scored on the next play, giving the Huskers a 10-7 lead with 6:17 remaining in the first quarter.
Penn State answered emphatically. The Nittany Lions scored touchdowns on their next five drives, covering 66, 85, 67, 65 and 78 yards. Their final drive of the half ended in Nebraska territory as the clock expired, and Penn State led 42-10 at halftime.
The Huskers forced a 3-and-out on Penn State’s first possession of the third quarter, then Lee led an eight-play, 90-yard drive that included a 34-pass to Morgan. Junior running back Mikale Wilbon scored on a 24-yard run to make the score 42-17.
After forcing another 3-and-out, Nebraska needed only four plays to cover 79 yards for a touchdown, with Lee hitting Pierson-El on a 22-yard scoring pass. Morgan also caught a 51-yard pass on the quick series that pulled the Huskers within 42-24.
Penn State countered with two touchdowns on its next two possessions, but again, the Huskers showed some resolve when they drove 75 yards in seven plays for their third touchdown of the half, an eight-yard pass from Lee to Morgan, making the score 56-31.
Nebraska’s final two touchdowns came in the game’s final 4:32. Wilbon scored on a 1-yard run, and then Pierson-El recovered a perfectly placed onside kick by Brown.
That led to a three-yard touchdown pass from Lee to tight end Jack Stoll on the game’s final play. There was no extra point attempt.
Nebraska returns home Friday to conclude the season against Iowa on Senior Day.
A slow start hampered the Chadron State College women’s basketball team Saturday night as host Montana State University Billings built a 40-26 halftime lead and went on to defeat the Eagles 69-59 in the final game of the Yellowjacket Classic.
Now 4-0, MSU Billings was led by 5-10 senior guard Alisha Breen, who finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds. She already had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds by halftime and was the only Yellowjacket to reach double digits in either category for the game.
Chadron State was led in scoring by junior center Savannah Weidauer and freshman guard Brooke Turek, each with 15 points. No one else had more than six for the Eagles, now 2-2 for the season.
Chadron State was particularly cold in the opening period, making just two of 13 field goal shots. Billings was five of 16 while taking a 13-6 lead.
Breen’s nine points and six rebounds led the way as Billings outscored the Eagles 27-20 in the second period to build its 14-point halftime lead.
With Weidauer tallying 11 points, Chadron State outcored Billings 19-15 in the third quarter and eventually cut Yellowjackets’ lead to 61-57 on Turek’s jumper with 3:38 to play. However, Breen answered with a layup and also added two free throws to help keep her team in the lead.
Billings shot 34.3 percent (23-67) from the field for the game while the Eagles hit 36.5 percent (23-63). But the Yellowjackets outscored CSC eight to six from 3-point territory and finished 15 of 17 from the free throw line. Chadron State also missed just two free shots, but went to the line only nine times.
Breen’s 16 rebounds, one shy of her career-high, helped the Montana team to a 44-30 advantage off the glass. However, CSC freshman guard Jessica Harvey was the game’s second-leading rebounder with nine.
Breen was named the Classic’s outstanding player. The Eagles’ Kalli Feddersen also was among the five players placed on the all-classic team. She finished the Eagles’ two games with 30 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
Feddersen had a game-highs of 20 points and seven assists and also claimed five rebounds when the Concordia Cavaliers of Portland, Ore., took a 65-60 decision to open the Yellowjacket Classic on Thursday night.
The Eagles will meet Nebraska-Kearney at 5:30 Tuesday night and visit the Denver Pioneers for an exhibition game the next night while closing out their non-conference schedule. They will open Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play by hosting Colorado Mines and Colorado Christian on Dec. 1 and 2.
Chadron State 6 20 19 14 —-59
MSU-Billings 13 27 15 14 —-69
Chadron State College had five wrestlers place at the University of Nebraska Kearney Open on Saturday, including three in the Elite tournament and two in the Amateur. No team score was recorded for the event.
Freshman Jake DeSersa was the Eagles’ top placer, finishing runner-up in the Amateur 149-pound bracket. DeSersa won his first four matches, including two pins, a major decision, and a decision, to land in his bracket’s final. There, he dropped a 9-5 decision to Gavin Melendez of CSU-Pueblo.
Another highlight of the meet was Brock Thumm in the Elite 141-pound bracket. The fourth-year Eagle dropped his first match 4-3, before putting together a streak of five wins, four coming over top 141-pounders on West Super Region teams. Thumm defeated varsity wrestlers from No. 7 CSU-Pueblo, No. 8 Central Oklahoma, No. 20 Nebraska-Kearney, and No. 27 Western State, before dropping his opponent from Hastings College, by a 14-1 major decision, in the third-place matchup. His 9-8 decision over host UNK’s Johnathon Killingsworth, in the consolation quarterfinals, avenged his earlier loss.
Chance Karst took fourth in the competitive Elite 133-pound bracket. The redshirt freshman defeated three nationally-ranked wrestlers from NAIA and junior college, en route to a 4-2 finish. Karst lost twice to Drake Foster, an NCAA Division I wrestler from Wyoming, who went 22-5 two seasons ago before redshirting.
In the Amateur 149-pound competition, Caleb Haskell went 3-2 to finish fourth. The redshirt freshman made it to the championship semifinal, before dropping two close decisions in the semi and the consolations.
Joshua Miller, in the Elite 141 bracket with Thumm, won 8-6 and 8-5 over Colorado Mines’ and CSU-Pueblo varsity wrestlers, before falling in the semifinal, his consolation semi, and the fifth place match.
A third wrestler in the Elite 141 classification, Adrian Cisneros, went 2-2 with wins over Adams State and Concordia-Nebraska.
The Eagles have nearly two weeks until their dual season opener at Western State, on December 1 in Gunnison.
Complete results for attached wrestlers at the UNK Open follow:
Chance Karst (Chadron State) pinned Michael Andreano (Briar Cliff), 1:44; Drake Foster (Wyoming) MD Chance Karst (Chadron State), 15-2; Chance Karst (Chadron State) pinned Josh Breece (Central Oklahoma), 1:19; Chance Karst (Chadron State) MD Haidon Allen (St. Mary), 19-8; Chance Karst (Chadron State) pinned D`Andre Brumfield (Iowa Western CC), 2:28; Drake Foster (Wyoming) pinned Chance Karst(Chadron State), 6:14.
Adrian Cisneros (Chadron State) MD Joshua Salas (Adams State), 16-2; Adrian Cisneros (Chadron State) MD Kyle Carey (Concordia-Neb.), 14-6; Tim Edmonson (Western State Colorado University) MD Adrian Cisneros (Chadron State), 13-1; Albert Landeros (Hastings) dec. Adrian Cisneros (Chadron State), 13-7.
Jonathan Killingsworth (Nebraska-Kearney) dec. Brock Thumm (Chadron State), 4-3; Brock Thumm(Chadron State) MD Levi Maes (Colorado State University – Pueblo), 15-2; Brock Thumm (Chadron State) dec. Rio Zamora (Central Oklahoma), 5-3; Brock Thumm (Chadron State) dec. Jonathan Killingsworth (Nebraska-Kearney), 9-8; Brock Thumm (Chadron State) dec. Tim Edmonson (Western State Colorado University), 8-2; Brock Thumm (Chadron State) MD Albert Landeros (Hastings), 14-1.
Joshua Miller (Chadron State) dec. Lukas Erickson (Colorado School Of Mines), 8-5; Joshua Miller(Chadron State) dec. Rio Zamora (Central Oklahoma), 8-6; Garrett O`Shea (Air Force) MD Joshua Miller(Chadron State), 12-3; Albert Landeros (Hastings) dec. Joshua Miller (Chadron State), 7-5; Tim Edmonson (Western State Colorado University) dec. Joshua Miller (Chadron State), 8-3.
Luke Weber (Nebraska) dec. Jacob Otuafi (Chadron State), 5-1; Marcus Amico (Air Force) dec. Jacob Otuafi (Chadron State), 5-2.
Travis Bradford (Western State Colorado University) inj. def. John Porter (Chadron State), 5:26; Damon Rodriguez (Unattached) MFF John Porter (Chadron State).
Brandon Supernaw (Western State Colorado University) MD Heber Shepherd (Chadron State), 14-1; Noah Irons (Air Force) dec. Heber Shepherd (Chadron State), 6-3.
Rulon Taylor (Chadron State) dec. Aaron Rafalko (Midland), 4-3; Rulon Taylor (Chadron State) dec. Justin Hennessy (Nebraska Wesleyan University), 5-3; Caleb Cotter (Central Oklahoma) dec. Rulon Taylor(Chadron State), 7-2; Danny Gordon (Wyoming) dec. Rulon Taylor (Chadron State), 3-2.
Dallas Wilson (Pratt Community College) MD Evan Smith (Chadron State), 14-4; Evan Smith (Chadron State) won by tech fall over Tyler Hamm (Briar Cliff), 17-2; Damon Hail (Cowley College) MD Evan Smith (Chadron State), 11-3.
Jacob DeSersa (Chadron State) pinned Ethen Carlberg (Iowa Western Community College), 2:17; Jacob DeSersa (Chadron State) dec. Jonathon Ball (Fort Hays State), 10-6; Jacob DeSersa (Chadron State) pinned Sam Colvin (Northwest Kansas Technical College), 1:49; Jacob DeSersa (Chadron State) MD Ryan Fidel (Colorado School Of Mines), 10-2; Gavin Melendez (Colorado State University – Pueblo) dec. Jacob DeSersa (Chadron State), 9-5).
Caleb Haskell (Chadron State) dec. Justin Davis (Unattached-Colorado State University – Pueblo), 4-3; Caleb Haskell (Chadron State) MD Austin Miller (Doane College), 9-0; Caleb Haskell (Chadron State) dec. Matt Stines (Morningside), 2-1; Gavin Melendez (Colorado State University – Pueblo) dec. Caleb Haskell(Chadron State), 6-3; Ryan Fidel (Colorado School Of Mines) dec. Caleb Haskell (Chadron State), 3-1.
Devin Haas (Cloud County Community College) dec. Devin Stork (Chadron State), 5-4; Jared Smith (Otero Junior College) dec. Devin Stork (Chadron State), 7-4.
Jordan Magnuson (Minnesota State University Moorhead) dec. Andrew Wilson (Chadron State), 7-0; Sammy DeSeriere (Unattached-Western State Colorado University) MD Andrew Wilson (Chadron State), 17-6.
The Nebraska football team practiced inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields for just less than two hours on Thursday evening in shorts and helmets
Head Coach Mike Riley addressed the media after practice, beginning with the injury report.
On quarterback Tanner Lee, Riley said “if everything checks out okay after today’s practice and heading into tomorrow’s walk through, he will be cleared to play. How we do that, we have not yet decided what that means about playing time.”
Eric Lee has been cleared from concussion protocol and should be able to play as well as Zack Darlington. Aaron Williams is also likely to play.
Riley also mentioned that Connor Ketter will not play this Saturday, Conor Young is likely out for the regular season with a high ankle sprain and Luke Gifford had surgery and will be out for the remainder of the season.
On quarterback Patrick O’Brien, Riley said he’s “been impressed and impressed with how he went into the game. He’s done very well, very sharp.”
Riley announced that David Knevel will start at right guard on Saturday. “He’s an impressive physical figure in there and it reminds me of when a few years ago we put Zach Sterup inside. David’s deal has not been about playing ability, it’s been about being healthy.”
“You just kind of have to play the game that you’re in,” Riley said of the rainy conditions expected at Penn State. “We spent almost all of our time on the grass. Tuesday was wet and grey, grass was wet all day and hopefully that was good for us.”
Nebraska will continue its preparation for Penn State on Friday. The Huskers will kick off on Saturday at 3 p.m. and the game will be televised on FS1.