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IFL announces all IFL teams for 2017

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce 2017 All-IFL First and Second Team Selections.

The Arizona Rattlers, Iowa Barnstormers, Sioux Falls Storm, and Wichita Falls Nighthawks lead the way with six All-IFL selections each.

In their first year of IFL play, six Arizona Rattlers earned All-IFL recognition. After leading the IFL in rushing yards, RB Darrell Monroe and OL Lamar Made were named to the First Team All-IFL list. On defense, DL Chris McAllister and DB Allen Chapman were also honored with First Team accolades. OL Damian Love and K Sawyer Peter were named to the Second Team All-IFL list.

After going 4-12 in 2016, the Iowa Barnstormers were the surprise team in 2017 as they rattled off 11 consecutive victories and finished the season 13-3. After tying for the league lead with 22 touchdown receptions, WR Brady Roland has been named to his second consecutive First-Team All-IFL list. The Barnstormers sported one of the most stout defenses in the league this season as both LB Javicz Jones, who led the IFL in tackles (148), and DL Ra’Shawde Myers have been named as First-Team selections. QB Travis Partridge, OL D’Angelo McCray and DB Jamie Bender were named as Second Team selections.

The Sioux Falls Storm finished the season with an IFL best 14-2 record and will be returning to the United Bowl to chase their seventh consecutive IFL championship. For much of the season, the Storm led the IFL in rushing yards and were anchored by First Team Selection OL Rashad Mungro. DB Rashard Smith has been named to his second consecutive First Team list after leading the team with seven interceptions. OL Kyle Bryant, DL Claude Davis, LB Tyler Knight and DB Matt Hermanson were named as Second Team selections.

The Wichita Falls Nighthawks sported the league’s top-ranked offense en route to a 12-4 season. For a second consecutive season, both QB Charles McCullum and WR Jordan Jolly have been named as First-Team selections. After setting multiple Special Teams records this season both K Rockne Belmonte (Most Career FGs,87) and KR Tyler Williams (Most All-Purpose Yards, 2,554) have been named as First Team Selections as well. Williams has also been named as a Second Team selection at RB and is the only player in the IFL to be named to two lists. DL Walter Thomas has also been honored with Second Team accolades.

After advancing to their fifth consecutive Intense Conference Championship, the Nebraska Danger had three players named to the All-IFL list. OL Darius Savage and DB Trey Wafford were both named as First Team selections. As a rookie, Wafford was second in the IFL in tackles (129). DL Eze Obiora was named to the Second Team.

Four teams each placed two players on the All-IFL teams in 2017.

In the Intense Conference, Colorado Crush WR Kyle Kaiser and KR Daniel Lindsey were both named as Second Team selections. Kaiser’s All-IFL selection is the fourth of his career. In their first season in the IFL, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles had the IFL league leader in interceptions DB James Calhoun named to the First Team and WR Devin Mahina named to the Second Team. The IFL’s sack leader in Spokane Empire DL John Griggs was named as a First Team selection while DB John Hardy-Tuliau was named to the Second Team.

In the United Conference, Green Bay Blizzard WR Marquel Willis and DB Manny Asprilla were both named as Second Team selections. After tying for the league lead in touchdowns receptions (22) Cedar Rapids Titans WR Damond Powell was named as a First Team selection. Powell was the Titans’ lone representative on the All-IFL list.


First Team All-IFL Offense

Quarterback : Charles McCullum (Wichita Falls)

Running Back : Darrell Monroe (Arizona)

Wide Receiver : Jordan Jolly (Wichita Falls)

Wide Receiver : Brady Roland (Iowa)

Wide Receiver : Damond Powell (Cedar Rapids)

Offensive Line : Darius Savage (Nebraska)

Center : Rashad Mungro (Sioux Falls)

Offensive Line : Lamar Made (Arizona)


First Team All-IFL Defense

Defensive Line : John Griggs (Spokane)

Defensive Line : Ra’Shawde Myers (Iowa)

Defensive Line : Chris McAlllister (Arizona)

Linebacker : Javicz Jones (Iowa)

Defensive Back : Trey Wafford (Nebraska)

Defensive Back : Allen Chapman (Arizona)

Defensive Back : Rashard Smith (Sioux Falls)

Defensive Back : James Calhoun (Salt Lake)


First Team All-IFL Special Teams

Kicker : Rockne Belmonte (Wichita Falls)

Kick Returner : Tyler Williams (Wichita Falls)


Second Team All-IFL Offense

Quarterback : Travis Partridge (Iowa)

Running Back : Tyler Williams (Wichita Falls)

Wide Receiver : Kyle Kaiser (Colorado)

Wide Receiver : Devin Mahina (Salt Lake)

Wide Receiver : Marquel Willis (Green Bay)

Offensive Line : Kyle Bryant (Sioux Falls)

Center : Damian Love (Arizona)

Offensive Line : D’Angelo McCray (Iowa)


Second Team All-IFL Defense

Defensive Line : Eze Obiora (Nebraska)

Defensive Line : Claude Davis (Sioux Falls)

Defensive Line : Walter Thomas (Wichita Falls)

Linebacker : Tyler Knight (Sioux Falls)

Defensive Back : Jamie Bender (Iowa)

Defensive Back : Matt Hermanson (Sioux Falls)

Defensive Back : John Hardy - Tuliau (Spokane)

Defensive Back : Manny Asprilla (Green Bay)


Second Team All-IFL Special Teams

Kicker : Sawyer Petre (Arizona)

Kick Returner : Daniel Lindsey (Colorado)


Huskers to Clash with Clemson in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The Nebraska women's basketball team will collide with Clemson in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday, Nov. 30, the Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday.

The conference announced the 14-game challenge schedule, which includes five games on Wednesday, Nov. 29, and nine contests on Thursday, Nov. 30, including Nebraska's game with the Tigers in Lincoln. It will mark the 11th season for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which is scheduled to continue through the 2020-21 campaign. Last year, the ACC won the challenge, 9-5, after the two conferences split the challenge (7-7) in both 2014 and 2015.

The Big Red's game with Clemson will be just the second in school history between the two women's basketball programs. The only previous contest came back on Nov. 24, 1984, when the Tigers knocked off the Huskers, 99-84, in the championship game of the Nebraska Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The Huskers are 2-1 at home in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, including a perfect 2-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska's last home contest in the challenge between two of the nation's premier women's basketball conferences came with an 88-67 victory over NC State on Dec. 3, 2015. That followed a 60-54 victory over Duke at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Dec. 3, 2014.

Nebraska's lone home loss in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge came to Maryland on Nov. 28, 2012, before the Terrapins became a member of the Big Ten.

Nebraska returns four guards to its lineup in 2017-18, led by seniors Jasmine Cincore and Emily Wood, along with sophomores Nicea Eliely and Hannah Whitish. The Huskers also welcome experienced newcomers to the backcourt in senior Janay Morton and sophomore Bria Stallworth. Junior forwards Maddie Simon and Darrien Washington will be joined inside by sophomores Rachel Blackburn and Grace Mitchell. True freshmen Kate Cain (center) and Taylor Kissinger (guard) also will look to help the Huskers immediately in 2017-18, after Nebraska finished with a 7-22 overall record and a 3-13 Big Ten mark in Coach Amy Williams' first season at her alma mater.

Clemson finished 2016-17 with a 15-16 overall record that included a 3-13 ACC mark. Clemson's 15 wins in 2016-17 represented an 11-game improvement in the win column from the 2015-16 campaign. Head Coach Audra Smith enters her fourth season at Clemson with a young and experienced roster that includes eight returning players who each started at least nine games for the Tigers a year ago.

Senior wing Nelly Perry (12.7 ppg), 5-9 junior guard Aliyah Collier (10.0 ppg) and 5-7 junior guard Danielle Edwards (9.7 ppg) return as Clemson's top three scorers from a year ago. Collier was also Clemson's top rebounder last season as a sophomore with 7.9 boards per game, while Edwards was voted the team's best defensive player after notching a team-high 59 steals.

In addition, Kobi Thornton ranked fourth among the Tigers in scoring as a freshman with 9.0 points per game while playing in 26 games without a start. The 6-2 post was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team after adding 5.7 rebounds per game and leading the Tigers with 35 blocked shots on the season.

As a team, Clemson played solid defense throughout the year and allowed just 64.1 points per game, but scored just 59.1 points per contest. The Tigers hit just 37.8 percent of their shots from the field, including 28.6 percent from three-point range.

Game times and TV/video stream information for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge will be announced at a later date. For ticket information regarding Nebraska women's basketball, visit Huskers.com.


The 2017 Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Notre Dame @ Michigan
Wisconsin @ Pittsburgh
Florida State @ Iowa
Maryland @ Virginia
Minnesota @ North Carolina

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Clemson @ Nebraska
Wake Forest @ Penn State
Purdue @ Georgia Tech
Northwestern @ Syracuse
Louisville @ Indiana
Virginia Tech @ Illinois
Michigan State @ Miami
Ohio State @ Duke
NC State @ Rutgers


Florida beats LSU 6-1 at CWS for 1st national championship

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Florida scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their Southeastern Conference rival 6-1 Tuesday night to complete a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals for their first national title in baseball.

The Gators (52-19) posted the eighth sweep in the 15 years of the best-of-three finals format, and first since 2013. LSU (52-20) lost for the first time in seven appearances in a championship game.

Freshman Tyler Dyson (4-0) limited the Tigers to three hits in six innings in only his second start, and the Gators capitalized on LSU errors in the first and second innings to go up 2-0 against Jared Poche' (12-4).

Down 2-1 in the seventh, LSU had what would have been the tying run sent back to third base because of a runner interference call at second on a double-play ball. In the eighth, the Tigers failed to push across a run after having runners on the corners with no outs.


GILT 16th Annual Golf Scramble

Grand Island - GILT will host their 16th annual golf tournament on Saturday, August 5th at Wood River Country Club. This will be a three-person scramble golf benefit for the Catherine Fosket Scholarship Fund. There will be a flag prize on every hole and fun for everyone. Nine holes will be played with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. View and print the registration form with the information below. For more information, call Jeannee Mueller Fossberg at 379-2015. 


GILT Golf Tournament Registration Form 


Singer's 12 Ks help Gators beat LSU 4-3 in CWS finals opener

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Brady Singer struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings, Jonathan India doubled in two runs, and Florida beat LSU 4-3 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night.

The Gators (51-19) need a win Tuesday or Wednesday to earn their first national championship.

Singer's strikeout total was highest by a single pitcher in a CWS finals game. Singer (9-5) limited LSU (52-19) to three singles before Antoine Duplantis homered in the sixth.

Florida led 3-0 after LSU starter Russell Reynolds (1-2) issued three straight walks in the fourth, with India driving in two runs on a ground-rule double.

Down 4-2, LSU threatened in the eighth. Josh Smith sent a ball into the right-center gap to drive in a run. He was thrown out trying for second by Nick Horvath, who entered as a pinch runner in the top of the eighth and stayed in the game as the center fielder.


Rolfzen, Wong-Orantes Win Gold With Team USA

Former Nebraska volleyball standouts Amber Rolfzen and Justine Wong-Orantes won the gold medal with the U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team at the Pan American Cup on Sunday in Cañete, Peru.

The U.S. defeated Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23) to capture its fifth all-time Pan American Cup. Dominican Republic, the defending champions, had not lost a set in its six tournament matches until meeting Team USA in the final. The Americans finished the tournament with a perfect 7-0 record.

Rolfzen and Wong-Orantes each appeared in three of the seven matches throughout the tournament. Rolfzen totaled eight kills and two blocks, while Wong-Orantes had 21 excellent digs.


Huskers Add Top 100 Freshman Post

One of the top 100 players nationally in the 2017 high school senior class will join the Nebraska women's basketball program for the 2017-18 season, as Coach Amy Williams announced on Friday that 6-5 center Kate Cain will join the Husker program.

Cain, who graduated from Pine Bush High School in New York, originally signed her National Letter of Intent with Delaware in November of 2016. Cain was released from her NLI after a coaching change at Delaware during the offseason. She chose Nebraska over Virginia, Minnesota and Dayton. She will have four years of eligibility at Nebraska beginning immediately in the 2017-18 season. As a senior, she was ranked as the No. 82 overall player in the nation by ESPN, which had her ranked as the No. 10 prep post player in the country. She originally chose Delaware over Syracuse, West Virginia and Seton Hall.

Williams said Cain will provide immediate help for the Huskers in the post, while bringing her work ethic and high character to the team.

"We're excited to have Kate join our program," Williams said. "She brings a strong back-to-the-basket post presence to our team and much-needed depth at that position. She's got great hands and a good presence around the rim. She is an excellent student, has great character and fits perfectly with the humble, hard-working culture we are establishing at Nebraska."

Cain was a finalist for Miss New York Basketball honors as a senior, when she averaged 25.2 points, 12.3 rebounds and 7.9 blocks per game for Coach Bill Lacouara at Pine Bush High School. She was a first-team USA Today All-New York selection in 2016-17. She averaged 24.3 points, 15.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks per game as a junior. Cain, who hails from Middletown, N.Y., played her club basketball for Coach John Reilly and the Hudson Valley Elite AAU program. She also helped Pine Bush to the New York state volleyball finals.

Cain has a strong family background in basketball. Her father, Tim, graduated as the all-time leading scorer (1,872 points) in Manhattan College history. He was a two-time honorable-mention All-American by The Sporting News, averaging 17.3 points per game during his career for the Jaspers. Kate's mother, Alison (Martinsky) Cain, was also a 1,000-point career scorer as a collegian at Fairfield, finishing with 1,071 points. She also ranked 10th in Fairfield history with 734 career rebounds, while ranking second in Stags history with 268 blocks. Alison played professionally in Ireland. Kate's older brother, John, is a 6-10 starting left-handed pitcher for the Lafayette baseball team. She also has a younger brother, Chris.


Dates for 2017 Big Ten-ACC Challenge Announced

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Atlantic Coast and Big Ten Conferences on Monday announced the dates for the 19th annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge. The matchups, featuring all 14 Big Ten teams and all but one ACC member, were announced on June 8.


The dates for the 2017 Challenge appear below. Tip times and specific network assignments will be announced at a later date.


Monday, Nov. 27

Maryland at Syracuse

Wisconsin at Virginia


Tuesday, Nov. 28

Northwestern at Georgia Tech

Louisville at Purdue

Florida State at Rutgers

Illinois at Wake Forest

Iowa at Virginia Tech


Wednesday, Nov. 29

Duke at Indiana

Miami at Minnesota

Boston College at Nebraska

Michigan at North Carolina

Penn State at NC State

Clemson at Ohio State


Thursday, Nov. 30

Notre Dame at Michigan State


Home Federal takes 4 over the weekend

Grand Island - The Home Federal Senior American Legion baseball team won four games over the weekend to push their record to 28-7 on the season. Action on Friday saw Home Federal defeat Smith Center, Kansas 11-1 & Lincoln Southeast 9-7. On Saturday Home Federal took care of Lexington 11-8 and won over Lincoln Northstar 11-10. Home Federal will be back in action on Monday, June 26th hosting DCB then travel to North Platte for a double-header on Tuesday June 27th. 






Former Packers RB Ahman Green jailed on child abuse claim


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green has been charged with felony child abuse after his 15-year-old daughter told police he punched her in the face.

Green, 40, is also charged with disorderly conduct in the incident late Sunday in the Green Bay suburb of Ledgeview. According to a criminal complaint, Green's daughter told police that he struck her in the face in a dispute over getting her to do the dishes. Green allegedly told sheriff's deputies he hit his daughter with an open hand.

Court records don't list a defense attorney. Lammi Sports Management, which has handled Green's appearances, had no immediate comment.

Green was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2014. He is the team's all-time leading rusher and a four-time Pro Bowl pick.


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