Alliance Wrestlers competed in the Midwest Duals at the University of Nebraska-Kearney on January 12. The Bulldogs wrestled 5 duals…defeating Thayer Central 66-6, Columbus SCOTUS 69-16, Kearney JV 52-21, Aurora 59-16 and lost to GI Northwest 34-39. 5 Alliance wrestlers went undefeated on the day…106 Paul Ruff, 120 Evan Steggs, 145 Jorgen Johnson , 160 Lane Applegarth and 285 Nathan Lauder. Alliance will compete in the 2 day Chadron Invitational January 19-20 and will have their final home dual January 23 vs Gering. The remaining schedule has the Bulldogs competing at McCook January 26, at Torrington, Wy. January 30, at Southeast, Wy. Feb. 3 and the B-4 Districts will be Feb. 9-10 at Gothenburg High School. The State Wrestling Championships are set for Feb. 15-16-17 in Omaha.
Chadron State College wrestlers won five of nine matches Thursday evening, hosting Colorado School of Mines, yet they were unable to overcome a six-point deficit awaiting at 197 pounds, as the Orediggers picked up the winning points to take a 20-16 victory.
“Obviously, as a coach, you want to win every one,” said coach Brett Hunter, “but the guys fought hard tonight, and gave great effort, and that’s what you want to see. Giving up the six points was hard.”
Starting at heavyweight, CSC began with a win, and also ended with one at 184 pounds, picking up four decisions and a major along the way. However the team was unable to put together enough bonus points to build a large enough margin before 197.
Heavyweight Rulon Taylor handed Mines’ Weston Hunt his third loss of the season and the first to an NCAA Division II opponent, winning by a score of 8-3, but looking dominant from start to finish.
CSC’s Marcus Hutcherson, getting his first start at 125 as a true freshman, then went toe-to-toe with senior Zachary Gracia, dropping an 8-6 decision only after a late takedown. The Orediggers tied the match at three points apiece.
The Eagles won three in a row from 141 to 157. First, Brock Thumm dispatched the winner of last weekend’s Hastings Open, Taylor Gambill, with a 3-1 decision. Next, Chase Clasen dominated the first period and hit a reversal late in the third to preserve an 8-5 win at 149. Finally, Jacob Otuafi, piled up nearfall points and riding time against Mines’ senior 157-pounder Ethan Ruby, to get the Eagles’ only bonus point with a 13-3 major decision. CSC then had a 13-6 lead.
With a loss at 165, the window for team scoring was quickly closing for Chadron State. At 174, CSC’s Heber Shepherd fought through one sudden victory period, nearly scoring a takedown in the final seconds, and two tiebreakers periods, before giving up a takedown in the second sudden victory. His opponent, TJ Shelton, had lost only once this season.
With a one-point deficit in team points, Devin Stork ended the match on a high note for the Eagles at 184. His opponent, Connor Ventura, had dealt him a 13-4 major decision in his first match of the season. The much-improved Stork fought back from a 7-6 third-period deficit to put the Eagles back on top one more time, before the open weight class decided the match.
Chadron State travels to Nebraska-Kearney on Friday, where they will have three duals on Saturday against Northern State, Newman, and Fort Hays State. The three consecutive duals begin at 8 a.m. MT, or 9 a.m. Kearney time.
Colorado School of Mines 20, Chadron State College 16
285 – Rulon Taylor (CSC) dec. Weston Hunt, 8-3.
125 – Zachary Gracia (CSM) dec. Marcus Hutcherson, 8-6.
133 – Noah Au-Yeung (CSM) dec. Chance Karst, 5-4.
141 – Thumm (CSC) dec. Taylor Gambill, 3-1.
149 – Chase Clasen (CSC) dec. Noah Ottom, 8-5.
157 – Jacob Otuafi (CSC) MD Ethan Ruby, 13-3.
165 – No. 10 Keenan Willits (CSM) TF Johnny Porter, 15-0 (7:00).
174 – TJ Shelton (CSM) dec. Heber Shepherd, 9-7 (SV-2).
184 – Devin Stork (CSC) dec. Connor Ventura (CSM), 9-8.
197 – Brandon Saunders (CSM) won by forfeit.
Photo by John Weare-Alliance Times Herald
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Chadron State College wrestling will encourage members of the community to its first regular season home dual meet of the season by offering admission for only one dollar when the team hosts Colorado School of Mines in the Nelson Physical Activity Center on Thursday evening.
Mines comes into their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual with a 3-0 overall record, having downed Fort Hays State, then ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II, by a score of 22-16, and two junior college opponents by wide margins. The Orediggers will bring 165-pounder Keenan Willits, the No. 10 ranked wrestler in the nation at his weight class.
The Eagles will roll out a young lineup of three freshmen, one sophomore, and five juniors, most of whom have seen the Orediggers in action at open meets in the first half of the season.
Chadron State will attempt to defend its streak of six straight wins over Mines, with the Orediggers’ last win in the series coming on February 16, 2011, when they won 22-20 in Golden. The last time Mines was victorious in Chadron was January 16, 2010, when they stole a 24-16 contest.
CSC is 1-1 in dual meets so far this season, losing 30-11 at Western State and winning 21-20 in the same trip to the Western Slope in early December.
Projected lineups for Thursday evening’s 6 p.m. clash are as follows:
Colorado School of Mines
Wt. Name Year Hometown Record
125 Zach Gracia Sr. Woodinville, Wash. 6-3
133 Noah Au-Yeung Jr. Windsor, Calif. 5-3
OR Jake Woods So. Greenwood, Mo. 16-3
141 Taylor Gambill R-Fr. Belle Chasse, La. 11-4
OR Lukas Erickson Jr. Holladay, Utah 7-5
149 Noah Ottum R-Fr. Anchorage, Alaska 12-3
157 Ethan Ruby Sr. Treynor, Iowa 8-1
165 #10 Keenan Willits R-Jr. Pueblo, Colo. 10-1
174 TJ Shelton R-Fr. Meeker, Colo. 6-0
OR Andrew Hinkle R-Fr. Jenks, Okla. 7-4
184 Connor Ventura R-Fr. Broomfield, Colo. 10-3
197 Anthony Spallino So. Windsor, Calif. 8-5
285 Weston Hunt Fr. Pueblo West, Colo. 15-2
Wt. Name Year Hometown Record
125 Marcus Hutcherson Fr. Bakersfield, Calif. 3-7
133 Chance Karst R-Fr. Powell, Wyo. 14-7
141 Brock Thumm R-Jr. Watervliet, Mich. 14-4
OR Joshua Miller R-Jr. Bennett, Colo. 7-11
149 Chase Clasen R-Jr. Moses Lake, Wash. 5-5
OR Caleb Haskell R-Fr. Madison, Neb. 8-12
157 Jacob Otuafi R-So. Sparks, Nev. 5-9
165 John Porter R-Jr. Bellevue, Neb. 6-5
174 Heber Shepherd Jr. Spanish Fork, Utah 7-10
184 Devin Stork Fr. Canton, S.D. 6-9
285 Rulon Taylor Jr. Curtis, Neb. 12-6
OR Alex Mai R-Fr. Fort Morgan, Colo. 5-6
Hannah Whitish hit a career-high six three-pointers to finish with 20 points, while redshirt senior Janay Morton added the best performance of her Husker career with 10 points off the bench in the second half to lead Nebraska to an 80-72 women’s basketball win on Wednesday night at the State Farm Center.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten while notching its seventh consecutive win away from home. The Fighting Illini slipped to 9-10 overall and 0-5 in the Big Ten. The seven straight road wins for the Huskers ties for the second-longest road streak in school history.
Whitish, Nebraska’s leading scorer coming into the game, hit 6-of-11 three-pointers on the night and added a pair of late free throws. Whitish’s sixth three was her biggest, putting Nebraska up 77-72 with 28 seconds left.
Morton, who scored nine of her 10 points in the fourth quarter, then sealed the Husker win with a pair of free throws with 13.1 seconds left. The Big Red who entered the final quarter with a 58-56 lead got a free throw from Morton to open the quarter, then a Whitish three before back-to-back threes from Morton to shoot Nebraska to its biggest lead of the game at the time at 68-57 with 7:07 left.
After an Illinois timeout, the Huskers got a two-pointer from freshman Kate Cain, who finished with 11 points, to take their biggest lead of the game at 70-58 with 6:30 left. But the Big Red went without a field goal for six minutes until Whitish’s final three, as Illinois trimmed the margin to 74-72 with 58 seconds left.
For the game, Whitish led four Huskers in double figures, including 11 points and five rebounds from junior forward Maddie Simon. Senior guard Jasmine Cincore also played big for Nebraska with points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Cincore led a Nebraska team that dominated the glass, 40-27, including 13 offensive rebounds that led to 15 second-chance points.
The Huskers hit 46.6 percent (27-58) of their shots, including 12-of-27 (.444) three-pointers. Nebraska hit 14-of-22 free throws, but lost the turnover battle, 13-6.
Illinois hit 26-of-58 (.448) shots, including 7-of-15 threes (.467) and 13-of-19 free throws. Junior forward Alex Wittinger led Illinois with a game-high 23 points, while adding seven rebounds and three blocks. Ali Andrews added 13 points, while sophomore point guard Brandi Beasley pitched in 10 points and 11 assists. Courtney Joens added 13 points and 3-of-5 threes off the bench for the Illini.
The Huskers overcame a slow start to build a 10-point second-quarter lead before settling for a 41-38 halftime advantage. Nebraska went scoreless for the first 3:23 before the Big Red got six straight points in a 1:21 span to take a 6-4 lead.
The Illini led for the last time in the half at 10-8 before a three-pointer by Chicago native Bria Stallworth put the Huskers up 11-10 with 2:48 left in the first quarter. The Huskers the got a five-point play off a layup from Nicea Eliely, who was fouled but missed the free throw. Nebraska got the offensive rebound and Simon hit a three 20 seconds later to push NU’s lead to 16-11.
Whitish hit the first of three first-half threes to extend the Husker margin to 19-13 with 34 seconds left in the quarter.
But Nebraska faced adversity in the final five seconds of the quarter, when the Illini’s Kennedy Cattenhead was the beneficiary of a foul in the middle of the lane by NU’s Cain with less than a second on the shot clock and less than four seconds in the quarter. Cattenhead made one free throw before Cain was whistled for her second foul with 0.9 seconds left on an illegal screen at halfcourt in front of Whitish’s half-court shot attempt.
Nebraska still led 19-14 at the end of the quarter, but the Illini took advantage of Cain’s absence at the start of the second quarter to cut the NU margin to 22-20.
But the Big Red responded, surging to their largest lead of the half at 33-23 after another five-point play. Grace Mitchell sparked the Huskers with four straight points, including a strong finish at the rim and a foul. She missed the free throw, but 14 seconds later Whitish hit a three to push the NU lead to 10 with 4:48 left in the half.
Nebraska hit 48.5 percent (16-33) of its first-half shots, including 6-of-16 threes (.375). The Huskers went 3-for-5 at the line, but turned both misses into made three-pointers. Nebraska won the first-half rebound battle, 21-17, but lost the turnover battle, 8-3. Whitish led the Huskers with nine first-half points, while Cain and Taylor Kissinger each had six first-half points.
The Illini hit 45.7 percent (16-35) of their first-half shots, including 4-of-9 threes. The Illini was 2-for-5 at the line. Wittinger led Illinois with 14 points, while Ali Andrews added 11 in the half.
The Huskers return to home action at Pinnacle Bank Arena this Saturday when they take on No. 23 Michigan.
Courtesy: NU Athletic Communications
Nebraska head coach Scott Frost took home his fifth national coach-of-the-year honor on Tuesday, Jan. 9, when his coaching peers selected him as the winner of the 2017 AFCA Coach of the Year Award. Previously, Frost had also been announced as the winner of the 2017 Home Depot, Eddie Robinson, Associated Press and FCA national coach-of-the-year awards.
Frost was recognized after leading UCF to a perfect 13-0 record in 2017, when the Knights were the nation’s only undefeated team. UCF posted the first perfect season in school history, and the Knights were also the first team in American Athletic Conference history to finish with a perfect record. The unanimous selection as the 2017 AAC Coach of the Year, Frost became the 23rd coach in FBS history – and just the sixth active coach – to lead a team to a 13-0 record or better.
Frost went 4-0 against teams that ended the year ranked in both the AP and coaches’ top-25 polls, with his four wins vs. ranked opponents tying for the highest total of any FBS coach in 2017. Each of UCF’s final three victories came against ranked opponents – including a victory over then-No. 7 Auburn in the Peach Bowl – to help the Knights finish with a No. 6 ranking in the AP poll, the highest ranking in program history.
In addition to his head-coaching duties, Frost also called the plays for a UCF offense that led the country in scoring and ranked fifth nationally in total offense.
Frost finished with a 19-7 record in his two seasons at UCF after inheriting an 0-12 team. He led UCF to the greatest two-year turnaround in college football history. One year before he led UCF to a perfect season, Frost’s Knights were the nation’s most-improved team in 2016 when he became the only first-year head coach in FBS history to make a bowl game with a team that was winless the previous season.
A Nebraska native who won two national championships as a Husker, Frost was named Nebraska’s head coach on Dec. 2. In addition to his five national coach-of-the-year honors, Frost could take home another honor on Wednesday when the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award is announced. Frost was previously announced as one of seven finalists for the award last month.
James Palmer Jr. had 18 points and Nebraska opened up a double-digit lead early in the second half then held off three Wisconsin surges to take a 63-59 win Tuesday night.
Nebraska (12-6, 3-2 Big Ten) led by as many as 13 early in the half, then saw the lead shrink to five as Wisconsin (9-9, 2-3) made five of six field goals.
The Huskers went back up by 10 at 50-40 when Thomas Allen hit a pair of free throws after a Wisconsin technical foul with 7:22 left.
The Badgers’ Ethan Happ then scored seven straight against one Nebraska free throw to cut the lead to 51-47 with 4:45 left. Three Nebraska free throws and a Palmer jumper, the Huskers’ last field goal of the game, put Nebraska back up by nine.
The Huskers led 62-53 after Isaac Copeland’s free throw with 11 seconds left. But Wisconsin’s Brevin Pritzl bombed in a long 3-pointer with just over 2 seconds left, Nebraska turned the ball over and Brad Davison hit another long-range 3 to pull Wisconsin to 62-59 with a second left.
Evan Taylor’s free throw then sealed the win for Nebraska.
Nebraska won the game at the free-throw line. The Huskers were 21 of 28 from the line, including 18 of 24 in the second half. Wisconsin made just 4 of its 10 free throws, 3 of 8 in the second half.
Isaac Copeland had 12 points for Nebraska.
Happ had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin. Davison had 15 points and Pritzl scored 10.
Boys High School Basketball Scoreboard – Tuesday, January 9
Bridgeport 70, Leyton 24
Chadron 60, Hemingford 39
Gordon/Rushville 77, Hay Springs 24
Bayard 45, Morrill 31,
Kimball 68, Potter-Dix 29
Mitchell 57, Burns, Wyo. 44.
Girls High School Basketball Scoreboard – Tuesday, January 9
Mitchell 62, Burns, Wyo. 7
Alliance 51, North Platte 42
Bridgeport 65, Leyton 30
Chadron 50, Hemingford 27
Gordon/Rushville 70, Hay Springs 31
Morrill 56, Bayard 36
Potter-Dix 45, Kimball 32
Scottsbluff 52, Gering 45
(Scores Courtesy Associated Press. If your school’s score is not listed it’s because it was not reported to us. To report a score call 308-762-1400)
It’s Tuesday game night in western Nebraska. Let’s look into the girls basketball notebook for January 9:
- After a 6-0 start to the season the Bridgeport Lady Bulldogs have split the past four games. Tonight is a dynamite match-up against the 7-3 Leyton Lady Warriors. It’s these team’s first meeting this winter and Leyton is coming in playing well – winners in four of the past five overall.
- Mitchell can make it 13 straight wins to start the year if it can pull off another tonight at Burns, Wyoming. This game is the first of six straight away from Mitchell for the Lady Tigers who continue to win by large margins, holding four teams under 20 points this year.
- Gordon/Rushville has flipped wins and losses in the past five games coming into tonight’s outing against Hay Springs. GR is 6-6 overall and playing a Hawks squad for the first time.
- The Chadron ladies have lost four in a row and will face a Hemingford team that’s rolling – winners of three straight after beginning the season 0-7. The Bobcats host this one Tuesday.
- Morill’s Lady Lions are roaring’ – having won three in a row. Bayard will try and end that streak on its home floor tonight but face a Morrill offense that has put up 60 or more points six times already. Bayard comes in having dropped three-of-four but got its biggest win thus far – Saturday over Gordon/Rushville by a single point.
- Potter-Dix has lost only one girls basketball game – opening night against Kimball…Guess who the Coyotes draw tonight? Kimball at home, and the Longhorns have lost a pair in a row.
- Scottsbluff and Gering play a girls only game at the Bearcat’s gym.
Boys Prep Basketball Notebook Tuesday – January 9
- Two of the hottest teams in the area coming into 2018 play each other tonight and that includes the Chadron Cardinals, winners of three-in-a-row and facing a showdown with 6-3 Hemingford. The Bobcats get this one at home and are plying for a fifth straight win.
- The Hay Springs boys are 1-0 in 2018 and play their second of three straight road games to start the new year tonight at Gordon/Rushville. The Mustangs are having a lot of success, 9-2, and haven’t lost yet at home. GR’s last game was a win over Bayard and the Tigers are back on the court against Morrill. The Lions are on a two-game win streak.
- Leyton and Bridgeport have played some epic boys rivalry games over the years and they meet again Tuesday with a focus on turning things around. Bridgeport has dropped three-in-a-row, Leyton has five straight defeats heading into tonight’s game at Bridgeport.
- Another Class C-D match-up has Kimball playing at Potter-Dix. The Coyotes are hosting and sit at 2-6, Kimball is 3-5 and looking to break a two game losing streak.
- The other boys match-ups tonight: Mitchell is at Burns, Wyoming to start a six-game road section of the schedule and Creek Valley is at Haxtun, Colorado.