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NU Digs Deep To Top No. 1 Penn State, Advance to NCAA Final

Kansas City, Mo. - In another epic NCAA Tournament match between Nebraska and Penn State, the Huskers survived one match point and rallied from a 2-1 deficit Thursday night to defeat the Nittany Lions in a national semifinal match at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

With the win, Nebraska advanced to Saturday night's NCAA Championship match, where the Huskers will face either No. 2 seed Florida or third-seeded Stanford at 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2. Nebraska (31-4) extended its win streak to a nation-leading 18 consecutive matches, while snapping the Nittany Lions' 23-match winning streak. Penn State, the nation's top-ranked team and No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, ended its season with a 33-2 record, with both losses coming to Nebraska.

The Huskers started strong, taking the opening set 25-18. Penn State then used late rallies to win the next two sets (25-23 and 26-24) before fighting off two set points in the fourth set to earn a match point at 26-25. But the Huskers scored the final three points of the set to rally for a 28-26 win. In the fifth set, Nebraska trailed 6-4 before winning five straight points to take a 9-6 lead. Penn State would never get closer than one the rest of the way as first-team All-American Kelly Hunter closed out the win with a kill on the Huskers' second match point.

Hunter posted her fourth double-double in five NCAA Tournament matches this season, dishing out 47 assists and posting a career-high 23 digs. Mikaela Foecke recorded her first career double-double in the postseason, totaling a match-high 19 kills and a career-high 19 digs. Annika Albrecht and Briana Holman added 13 kills each, while Jazz Kill had 12 kills on .375 hitting. Lauren Stivrins added a career-high nine blocks to complement seven kills.

The Huskers hit .249 in the match, 32 points higher than Penn State. Nebraska also out-blocked the Nittany Lions 13-12 and out-dug PSU 90-76.

The win was Nebraska's first victory in three tries against Penn State in the NCAA Semifinals. The Huskers will play for their fifth national title on Saturday in their eighth NCAA Final appearance. First serve on Saturday night is set for 8:00 pm. Listen live in McCook on 102.1 FM True Country. In Grand Island on Country 96.5 FM & Big Country 97.7 FM.

 


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Coaching Honors Continue for Frost

Nebraska Head Football Coach Scott Frost added two more coaching accolades on Thursday, honoring him for his work at UCF during the 2017 season.

Frost was named the 2017 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, as announced by the Football Writers Association of America and the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Frost will be honored at a Jan. 6 reception in Atlanta in conjunction with the College Football Playoff Championship game.

The FWAA has presented a coaching award since the 1957 season and the coaching award is named in after the late Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State for 55 seasons. Robinson won 71 percent of his games during his career and his teams won or tied for 17 SWAC championships.

Among the previous winners of the FWAA coach-of-the-year award is Nebraska’s Bob Devaney, who captured the honor while guiding Nebraska to the 1971 national title.

Frost was also named a finalist for the 2017 George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award presented by the Maxwell Football Club on Thursday. Frost is joined in the group of four finalists by Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma, Clemson’s Dabo Swinner and Kirby Smart of Georgia.

The winner of the 2017 George Munger Award will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and the award will be formally presented at the Maxwell Award Gala in March in Atlantic City, N.J.

Frost guided the UCF Knights to the only undefeated season in the FBS ranks in 2017, just two seasons after inheriting a winless team. Frost will guide UCF in the Peach Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1 in Atlanta.


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Weber Named First-Team Academic All-American

Nebraska senior linebacker Chris Weber added his name to the nation-leading list of Husker Academic All-Americans on Thursday. Weber was one of 25 Division I football student-athletes named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team.

Weber’s selection increases Nebraska’s nation-leading total of Academic All-Americans across all sports to 330. The Husker football program now has 108 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, including 70 first-team selections. The 108 honorees are the most of any athletic program in college athletics.

“It is an unbelievable honor to be a part of the Nebraska Academic All-American tradition,” Weber said. “This has been a goal of mine and I am proud to finish my Nebraska career with being named an Academic All-American. I could not have reached this accomplishment without the support of my wife, Sam, and my parents. I also want to thank the academic support staff, specifically Katie Jewell and Dennis Leblanc, and all of the great professors and teachers I have had at the University of Nebraska.”

Weber was a standout on and off the field throughout his Nebraska career. An Elkhorn High graduate, Weber will graduate from UNL next May and carries a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average in nutrition science, and has already been accepted to medical school at UNMC. Weber is the first Husker to garner first-team Academic All-America honors since offensive lineman Spencer Long in 2013.

This season marked the third consecutive year Weber was a CoSIDA Academic All-District VII choice, and he is a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Weber was also one of 13 finalists for the prestigious Campbell Trophy and earned an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as part of the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Class.

On the field, Weber was a 2017 team captain and led the Huskers with 95 tackles and nine tackles for loss. He had four games with at least 10 tackles during his senior season. He has also been instrumental in NU’s Life Skills program, as Weber has been named to the Brook Berringer and the Tom Osborne teams in each of the past four years. Earlier this year, Weber led NU’s Uplifting Athletes Road Race efforts, raising more than $35,000 for pediatric cancer research this year and move than $125,000 over the past four years.


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NSAA Football District Assignments 2018-2019

Lincoln, NE - The Nebraska Schools Activities Association released on Thursday the district assignments for 2018 and 2019 seasons. Class A will feature six districts, Class B will have four, Class C1 features eight districts, Class C2 checks in with seven, Class D1 will have ten districts, Class D2 features nine, and Six Man will have six districts. 


Visit the link below for a full list. 

2018-2019


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Placke Named CoSIDA All-America of the Year

AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Katie Placke of Hastings College headline the 2017 Academic All-America® College Division volleyball teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

 

Placke was named the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year for College Division volleyball.

 

The CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division volleyball teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

 

Placke is a setter for the Broncos, having helped them to three consecutive trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. In those trips to national tournament, Hastings advanced to the single-elimination round and won the 2016 national title, earning Placke a spot on the NAIA National Championship All-Tournament Team. Listed a setter, Placke showed great versatility throughout her career as she amassed 3,493 assists, 1,034 digs, 920 kills, and 387 total blocks during her tenure. Placke notched a career-high 344 kills during her senior season and ranks 25th in the NAIA in hitting percentage at 0.330. She also tallied 601 assists, 232 digs and 77 total blocks. Placke earned NAIA All-America first team honors in 2016 and 2017 after being an honorable mention in 2015.

 

The four-time All-Great Plains Athletic Conference selection is a human resources management major from Grand Island, Nebraska, and boasts a 4.00 grade-point average. Placke earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team last year.

 

Another repeat selection on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team is Libby Brenton of Siena Heights University. Brenton was named to CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team a year ago. Second team member Makenzie Montano of Lindsey Wilson College is a repeat honoree as well after making the second team in 2016.

 

The 14 members of the CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division volleyball team have an average GPA of 3.96.

 


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Huskers Add Six Games to Future Football Schedules

Nebraska has added a total of six home games against three non-conference opponents to its future football schedules and also adjusted the date of a previously scheduled game.

The games added to the Nebraska schedule include:

  • South Dakota State—Sept 12, 2020; Aug. 31, 2024; Sept. 9, 2028
  • North Dakota—Sept. 3, 2022; Sept. 19, 2026
  • Georgia Southern—Sept. 10, 2022

The 2020 matchup with South Dakota State will take place a week after Nebraska opens the season against Purdue in a Big Ten Conference game. In order to complete its 2020 schedule, Nebraska has changed the date of its game against Cincinnati. The Bearcats will visit Lincoln on Sept. 26, in a game previously scheduled for Sept. 12, 2020.

South Dakota State will also play at Memorial Stadium for the Huskers’ 2024 season opener, and in the 2028 season. Nebraska and South Dakota State have met three times previously, with the Huskers owning a 3-0 series edge, including wins in 2010 and 2013.

The Jackrabbits have made the FCS playoffs for six straight seasons and will play in the national semifinals this weekend.In addition to its recent trips to Lincoln, SDSU has played non-conference games against Kansas, Missouri and Illinois in the past six seasons.

Nebraska will open the 2022 campaign against North Dakota, and will face Georgia Southern a week later, and will also take on UND in 2026.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks compete in the Big Sky Conference in the FCS ranks and reached the second round of the NCAA Playoffs in 2016. North Dakota faced Utah this season and has upcoming non-conference matchups with Washington and Kansas State, in addition to the trips to Lincoln.

The Big Ten Conference announced earlier this year that league institutions are permitted to schedule FCS opponents in years when the school plays only four conference home games. Nebraska has four Big Ten home games scheduled in even-numbered years, including 2022 and 2026.

Georgia Southern competes in the Sun Belt Conference in the FBS ranks, and regularly faces a difficult non-league slate. The Eagles faced Auburn and Indiana on the road this season, and have future games against Clemson, LSU, Minnesota, Ole Miss and Arkansas in the next four seasons.

The addition of North Dakota and Georgia Southern completes Nebraska’s 2022 non-conference schedule. Nebraska will play host to Oklahoma on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Memorial Stadium. The game with North Dakota in 2026 is the second contest on NU’s schedule that season, with the Huskers also hosting Tennessee on Sept. 12 in Lincoln.

Nebraska’s non-conference schedules through 2022 are now complete and the Huskers’ full schedules, including Big Ten Conference games have been announced through the 2021 season.

Upcoming Nebraska Non-Conference Schedules

2018

Sept. 1 Akron

Sept. 8 Colorado

Sept. 15 Troy

2019

Aug. 31 South Alabama

Sept. 7 at Colorado

Sept. 14 Northern Illinois

2020

Sept. 12 South Dakota State

Sept. 19 Central Michigan

Sept. 26 Cincinnati

Note: Nebraska opens season against Purdue on Sept. 5

2021

Sept. 4 Northern Illinois

Sept. 11 Buffalo

Sept. 18 at Oklahoma

2022

Sept. 3 North Dakota

Sept. 10 Georgia Southern

Sept. 17 Oklahoma



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Zehendner signs with Concordia University softball

Grand Island, NE - Taylor Zehendner signed her letter of intent with Concordia University on Wednesday afternoon inside the Heartland Lutheran high school gymnasium. Taylor is a four-time all-state softball player for the GICC Crusader softball team (co-op) and was recruited for softball by at least four in state schools. She carries a 3.9 GPA while also participating in basketball, track, quiz bowl, NHS, student activities council, and is the chairwoman of the HLHS Principal's Cabinet. Taylor intends to study art education at Concordia. Listen to a interview with Taylor & Matt Williams with the KRGI Sports Network. 


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Record-Setting Husker Receivers Honored

A pair of record-breaking Nebraska wide receivers were honored on Tuesday, as JD Spielman was named a freshman All-American by USA Today, while Stanley Morgan Jr. was named a first-team All-Big Ten performer by Phil Steele.

Spielman was one of only two wide receivers named a freshman All-American by USA Today and one of only 11 total offensive players. Morgan was one of three wideouts selected to Phil Steel’s All-Big Ten first team. Spielman broke one Nebraska single game record and three Husker freshman records in 2017, while Morgan set two NU season receiving records.

A redshirt freshman from Eden Prairie, Minn., Spielman set Nebraska freshman records with 55 catches and 830 receiving yards in 2017. He added 669 kickoff return yards to lead the Huskers with a 1,572 all-purpose yards, the most ever by an NU freshman. On the season, Spielman gained an average of 17.1 yards every time he touched the ball.

Spielman led all freshmen nationally with 75.5 receiving yards per game in 2017 and ranked second with 5.0 receptions per game and 142.9 all-purpose yards per game. He had a school-record 200-yard receiving game against Ohio State, the most receiving yards in a game by any freshman in 2017. Speilman also posted the second-longest play by a freshman in 2017 when he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in the season opener against Arkansas State on the first touch of his career.

In addition to his freshman All-America honor, Spielman was also a coaches’ third-team All-Big Ten selection at receiver and an honorable-mention choice as a kick returner. Spielman led the Big Ten with 88.1 receiving yards per game in conference action, and his 200 receiving yards against Ohio State marked the second-highest individual total in league play during the 2017 season.

Morgan also enjoyed a record-breaking season as a junior in 2017, when he led the Huskers with 61 receptions, 986 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns. Morgan’s 986 receiving yards were a Nebraska single-season record, supplanting 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers atop that chart. Morgan also ranked third in school history in touchdown receptions and was third in receptions. He also totaled a school-record five 100-yard receiving games in 2017.

A second-team All-Big Ten selection by the league’s coaches, Morgan led the Big Ten in touchdown catches, receiving yards per game (89.6) and 100-yard receiving games, while ranking second in receiving yards and third in receptions. At the conclusion of his junior season, Morgan ranked sixth all-time at Nebraska with 1,743 receiving yards and 15 touchdown receptions and was seventh with 119 receptions.

In addition to Morgan’s first-team selection, Spielman was named to Phil Steele’s All-Big Ten second team, while junior long snapper Jordan Ober was a third-team selection.


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NSAA football classifications 2018-19

Lincoln, NE - The Nebraska Schools Activites Association on Monday released the classifications for the next two football seasons, 2018 & 2019. The NSAA for this round of classification will be going by boy enrollment only that includes freshman, sophomores, and juniors. Out of the six classes, some will feature some changes. Class A will now have 32 teams. Class B will only have 23, including South Sioux City opting down from Class A to Class B. The Cardinals will not be eligible for the playoffs. Class C1 will feature 42 teams. Class C2 will have 39. Eight-man will have a total of 109 schools. Class D1 will have 57, D2 will come in with 52. In the six-man ranks there will be a total of 31 teams. Two will be ineligible for the playoffs including Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family and McPherson County/Stapleton. To view each team and it's respected classification visit 

https://nsaahome.org/textfile/fbl/fbclass.pdf

  

 


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Flatwater Fracas Wrestling Tournament Schedules

Grand Island, NE - This upcoming Friday and Saturday, November 15th & 16th will feature wrestlers from Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, and Colorado for the 2017 Flatwater Fracas tournament at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island. Action on Friday will start at 9:30 am with the tournament featuring four pools, with ten mats being used. Pool play will continue on Saturday. Later in the day will feature bracket competition. Below view and download the brackets to this year's Flatwater Fracas action. 

 

Fracas Schedule Day 1 2017 Fracas Schedule Day 1 2017 (File size 51 KB)

Fracas Schedule Day 2 2017 Fracas Schedule Day 2 2017 (File size 88 KB)


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