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Kearney, Neb. – Freshman post Brooke Carlson scored five late points to help Nebraska-Kearney stun Emporia State, 64-62, Sunday afternoon in Kansas.

This is the Lopers (11-6, 4-4) first win at White Auditorium since the 1988-89 season. At that time it was Kearney State College and both the Lopers and Hornets (12-5, 3-3) were members of the Central States Intercollegiate Conference (CSIC).

Emporia was coming off a last second 54-51 win over previously unbeaten Fort Hays State Wednesday night. UNK suffered a last second loss at Washburn that same evening and came out a bit angry today, jumping out to leads of 6-0, 12-4 and 20-7.

That lead only grew in the second quarter with Kearney up 34-15 at the break. Ahead by as many as 22 points, everything went right for the Lopers over the first 20 minutes. UNK was 14 of 29 from the field (48%), made 3 of 4 free throws, forced nine turnovers and held ESU to 6 of 27 (22%) shooting. For added measure, two key Hornet starters had two fouls apiece.

However, E-State started to warm up a bit in the third quarter, hitting 8 of 13 (3 of 5 threes) shots. The Lopers held off the Hornets a bit thanks to four threes but it was 50-35 entering the final quarter. That's when Emporia really made its move, starting the final 10 minutes on a 14-0 run. UNK was just 2 of 19 (11%) from the field in the fourth but a three-point play from Carlson (Elkhorn H.S.) with 2:14 left erased a 54-53 deficit. Overall, ESU led for just 2:42 on the day.

At the 1:37 mark UNK benefitted from a key call as junior guard Jessica Wayne was called for a flagrant foul while trying to steal the ball from Carlson. She promptly hit the two free throws and then sophomore guard Kelsey Sanger (Crofton) did the same six seconds later on the ensuing possession. Now down 60-54, Emporia had a chance to tie things up at 60 but a three from grad transfer Emily Miller with 20 seconds left misfired and UNK went 4 of 6 at the line to salt things away

"With their rich tradition, they have like a 92 or 93 winning percentage in this building. For us to come in here against a well-coached team and win …. we're just proud of our girls. What a first half; I'm not sure I've ever been a part of a half like that," said Loper assistant coach Devin Eighmey. "They started to speed us up in the second half but we withstood that for the most part. We were aggressive against their pressure."

Another balanced Loper attack featured double doubles by freshman starting guard Klaire Kirsch (14 points, 11 rebounds & five assists) and freshman reserve forward Shiloh McCool (14 points & 12 rebounds) and a team-best 18 points from Sanger. Carlson managed seven points, six assists, four boards and two blocks battling 6-3 senior post Tiana Moala and 6-0 senior forward Tyra Jones.

This marked McCool's team-high fourth double double of the year and Kirsch's first.

"We're connected right now. You can't fake it and you can't make it up. Our kids like each other, they let us coach them and they are fun to be around," said Eighmey. "Credit our team for bouncing back and to come in here and win."

UNK had a 39-32 rebounding margin, had a 10-2 advantage in second chance points and a 20-6 advantage in bench points. Finally, 21 Lopers points came courtesy of 19 Hornet turnovers.

Emporia saw Jones get hot in the second half and finish with a double double (20 points, 10 rebounds, three assists & three steals) with two other starters combining for 25 points. The Hornets went 17 of 29 (59%) from the field after the break but also made just 8 of 14 free throws overall.

"We're going to celebrate this one a little bit longer than the 12-hour rule," said Eighmey. "And then we'll see if we can continue to this momentum, get better and protect our homecourt."

UNK hosts Northwest Missouri State (6-10, 2-5) and Missouri Western State (9-7, 4-3) next weekend.




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Kearney Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney women’s basketball team closed the night on a 36-7 run to beat York College, 82-53, Saturday at the Health & Sports Center.

Returning from the Holiday Break, the Lopers improve to 7-4 and are now 7-1 at home. The Panthers remain at 5-11 as this was an exhibition game per NAIA rules.

York hung around for two and half quarters thanks to seven three pointers, several of the banked variety, and 16 rebounds from reserve Maria Lopez. A three off the glass by starter Amaia Diaz made it 46-40 with 4:33 in the third quarter. That capped a 15-7 Panther run but it was all Kearney from there.

UNK scored 14 of the next 15 points to push its lead back into double digits. This stretch included a three-point play from reserve Elisa Backes (Salina, Kan.), a triple from starting guard Klaire Kirsch (Rapid City, S.D.) and four York turnovers. The Lopers continued to pour it on in the fourth quarter as they made four three pointers and six free throws. Meanwhile, York went 4 of 18 (1 of 7 threes) over the final 10 minutes.

All 13 UNK players got into the scoring column with Backes and sophomore starter Kelsey Sanger (Crofton) tying for the lead at 14 apiece. Sanger also had five steals and four assists with Backes making 5 of 6 shots (3 of 3 threes) while grabbing seven boards.

Next, freshman reserve post Brooke Carlson (Elkhorn) had nine points and four assists, Kirsch had 11 points and five rebounds and freshman starting forward Shiloh McCool (Pleasant Hill, Ia.) got close to a double with nine rebounds and seven points.

 

York also had a balanced attack and was paced by starting guard Melody Thomsen with 12 points and four assists.

 UNK heads to Southwest Baptist (Thurs.) and defending national champion Central Missouri (Sat.) this weekend.




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Kearney Neb. – The second-ranked Nebraska-Kearney wrestling team had 14 placers at the annual Viking-Warrior Open Saturday afternoon in Fremont.

This was UNK's return from the Holiday break. They head to Louisville later this week for the NWCA Cliff Keen National duals with the non-varsity heading over to Hastings for the Cusatis Open.

Winning their respective weight class today were junior Jarrod Hinrichs (285 lbs.), sophomores Josh Portillo (125 lbs.), Wesley Dawkins (133 lbs.), Matt Malcom (157 lbs.) and Talon Seitz (165 lbs.) and true freshman Scott Fulsos (141 lbs.). Coming in second was senior Brady Radik (197 lbs.) and junior Hunter Bamford (133 lbs.). This is Bamford's first collegiate action since early in the 2015-16 season.

Next, senior Isaac Deaton (184 lbs.), true freshmen Teontae Wilson (165 lbs.) and Lee Herrington (285 lbs.) finished third with senior Trey Schlender (197 lbs.), redshirt freshman Jaydon Elge (157 lbs.) and true freshman Tyler Cunningham (157 lb.) each coming in fourth.

Portillo (Clarion, Ia.) racked up three more tech falls to the tune of a combined score of 62-9. He is now 18-4 on the young season with a team-best eight tech falls. One class higher, Dawkins (Lincoln H.S.) and Bamford (Kearney H.S.) reached the finals by going a combined 4-0. Bamford forfeited out of the tourney so Dawkins, who had two falls on the day, came in first.

At 141 pounds, Fulsos (York) improved to 16-7 thanks to two first period falls and a tech fall while the top-ranked Malcom (Glenwood, Ia.) had two majors and a first period fall to now be 13-5. Seitz (Hilton Head, S.C.) also had two falls and then recorded back-to-back decisions to win the 165 pound title. Finally, Hinrichs (Geneva) beat two Augustana Vikings to win another tournament. He is now a team-best 19-5 on the season.

Finally, among the other placers, Herrington (Kearney H.S.) won his third place match in sudden victory, Deaton (Valdez, Alaska) had two falls and Wilson (Kearney H.S.) won his last four matches.




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Kearney, Neb. – Senior 197 pounder Brady Radik had a fall at 4:39 to help top-ranked Nebraska-Kearney rally past fourth-ranked Pittsburgh-Johnstown, 23-16, in the quarterfinals of the 2019 National Duals Friday in Louisville, Ky.

The Lopers (2-3) started the day with a 35-6 victory over 18th-ranked Indianapolis. UNK will face top-seed and No. 2 St. Cloud State Saturday at 8 p.m. Central in one semifinal matchup. The Huskies are riding a 37-match dual winning streak and have won this tournament each of the past two seasons. The other semifinal match pits third-ranked Notre Dame (Ohio) College against fifth-ranked McKendree (Ill.).

To face St. Cloud for a second consecutive year in the semis, UNK needed Radik (Gretna) to rally. In a contentious match that saw both Radik and Alexander Delp docked points, Radik was behind 5-2 in the third after Delp managed a reversal and 2-point near fall. Radik managed to escape and then recorded the pin to put UNK up 20-16.

Fifth-ranked heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs (Geneva) secured the dual win by scoring three third period points. His takedown with 52 seconds left broke a 1-1 tie with Allan Beattie.

Also against the Mountain Cats, UNK saw top-ranked Matt Malcom (Glenwood, Ia.) had a 17-0 tech fall at 157 pounds with top-ranked Calvin Ochs (Hoxie, Kan.) using a second period escape to slip past ninth-ranked Devin Austin a class higher. Finally, second-ranked Josh Portillo (Clarion, Ia.) scored all four of his points in the second period to win 4-2.

Against the UIndy Greyhounds, UNK got falls from Malcom, Alaska senior Isaac Deaton (184 lbs.), Kearney senior Trey Schlender (197 lbs.) and an upset win by Colorado senior Nick Babcock (149 lbs.). He had two takedowns and a 2-point near fall to beat ninth-ranked Kyle Barkovich, 7-2.

 




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Kearney, Neb. - The Nebraska-Kearney wrestling program hosts the seventh annual Midwest Duals this Friday and Saturday at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

Nineteen colleges (NCAA Division II, NAIA and JUCO), 16 high schools and several youth club teams from Nebraska and surrounding states will take part. Action begins at 9 a.m. on both days and runs until the early evening hours.

On Friday, NAIA, junior colleges and a UNK "reserve" team will compete along with smaller class high schools. On Saturday, the action will include Division II schools, kids clubs and larger class high schools. 

Cost of admission per day is $10 (adults) and $8 (seniors/youths). Those who have the UNK All-Sports pass or a Nebraska Coaches Association pass will also gain admittance; the passes must be shown to get in. All proceeds benefit Loper wrestling.





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Kearney, Neb. – Junior heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs recorded a late technical fall to help second-ranked Nebraska-Kearney slip past sixth-ranked Lindenwood, 20-19, Saturday afternoon at Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

This was the Lopers (8-4, 1-0) only dual of the day; Truman State from Missouri couldn't make the trip due to weather. The Lions (10-3, 2-1) started Saturday with a 23-18 victory over No. 7 Colorado-State Pueblo and then whipped Colorado School of Mines, 32-6, in the last round.

In a back and forth dual that saw several matches come down to the wire, Lindenwood grabbed a 19-15 lead after ninth-ranked Colton Clingenpool had a 13-5 major at 184 pounds and junior Jared McKindley used a takedown midway through the first sudden victory period to edge Gretna senior Brady Radik, 4-2, at 197 pounds.

Needing a fall or tech fall at heavyweight in order to win and take a big step at the 2019 MIAA title, UNK saw Hinrichs (Geneva) jump out to period leads of 5-3 and 15-6 over No. 12 Courvosier Morrow. His day had started with a 7-3 upset of fourth-ranked Gavin Nye of CSU-Pueblo.

Hinrichs, now 24-6 on the year, continued to take down Morrow but a major decision wouldn't be enough as the Lions had the tiebreaker in case of a 19-all tie.  With around 17 seconds left, Hinrichs recorded his final two points and then fought off a shot by Morrow. Nearly three minutes of riding time was the deciding factor in a 23-8 pasting.

Another huge team point was tallied by top-ranked Matt Malcom (Glenwood, Ia.) at 157 pounds. Now on a 10-match winning streak, Malcom scored seven third period points to beat Nate Trepanier, 10-2, by major decision. At 141 pounds, ninth-ranked Jonathan Killingsworth (Lincoln SE) controlled Danny Swan, who was moving up a class, for most of the seven minutes. Down 4-2, Swan almost recorded a late takedown. Instead, Killingsworth fought it off and won 4-3 as Swan had just over a minute of riding time. 

Lindenwood grabbed a 9-0 lead as fershman Tanner Hitchcock pinned sophomore Wesley Dawkins (Lincoln H.S.) with a second left at 133 pounds. Dawkins dominated the match, having a 6-1 lead and almost three minutes of riding time but a late front headlock by Hitchcock literally flipped the result. To start the dual, third-ranked Carlos Jacquez had three takedowns to beat second-ranked Josh Portillo (Clarion, Ia.) by a 7-2 margin.

UNK is now off until Tuesday, January 29th, when it hosts the Central Missouri Mules.




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Kearney. Neb. – The top-ranked Nebraska-Kearney wrestling finished in third place at the 2019 Division II National Duals Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
 
The two-day, double elimination tournament was part of the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) Multi-Divisional National Duals.  
 
Seeded fourth in this tournament, UNK lost to top second-ranked and top-seeded St. Cloud State by a 22-15 score Saturday morning. The Huskies whipped Notre Dame (Ohio) College 35-6 in the finals to win this event for a third straight year and push its dual winning streak to 39 in a row.
 
In the afternoon, the Lopers bested fifth-ranked McKendree (IL), 23-17, to finish third for the second year in a row. 
 
SCSU, which has won three of the last four national titles, took three matches by a single point to stave off UNK’s upset bid. Top-ranked Brett Velasquez used riding time to nip second-ranked Josh Portillo (Clarion, Ia.), 5-4, at 125 pounds with Garrett Aldrich having three takedowns and a reversal to get past fourth-ranked Jonathan Killingsworth (Lincoln S.E.) 8-7 two classes higher. Finally, St. Cloud moved ahead 9-3 after third-ranked James Pleski took down senior Nick Babcock (Broomfield, Colo.) with two seconds left to win 3-2 at 149 pounds.
 
Top-ranked Calvin Ochs (Hoxie, Kan.) used an escape and penalty point to narrowly get past fourth-ranked Devin Fitzpatrick, 2-1, at 165 pounds with top-ranked Matt Malcom (Glenwood, Ia.) having an 11-3 major at 157 pounds. Finally, fifth-ranked heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs (Geneva) had a fall early in the second period to close out the scoring which featured each team docked a point for unsportsmanlike conduct.
 
UNK bounced back in the afternoon against McKendree by taking five of the first six matches. Babcock upset another ranked individual, this time No. 6 Isaiah Kemper, by having a takedown and two escapes to win 5-4.  Next, Malcom had two takedowns and riding time to best ninth-ranked Nate Smalling, 5-2, while Ochs had a fall in 3:00. Finally, Hinrichs had a takedown with nine seconds remaining to win 3-1 and close out the long weekend.
 
The Lopers head to Colorado School of Mines next Friday for a dual with the Orediggers.
 




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MNB Bank McCook is one win away from heading to the State American Legion Baseball Tournament.  MNB Bank has found themseleves in the Championship game which will take place tonight (Monday, July 23rd).  Live coverage can be heard on 93.9 The Zone and online 939thezone.com.

 

Updated B6 District Bracket





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RPAC Basketball Tournament continues this week.  View Updated Bracket.





An extremely limited quantity of Nebraska volleyball single-game tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. through Nebraska Athletic Development and Ticketing. Tickets can be purchased online here, though they are expected to be sold quickly. Nebraska has sold out 234 consecutive regular-season volleyball matches, an NCAA women's record. Fewer than 200 tickets remain for the Red/White Scrimmage at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. Those can also be purchased at the link above. Fans who attend the Red/White Scrimmage will get a sneak peek at the 2017 NCAA Championship documentary, "Nebraska Volleyball: Culture of a Champion," produced by NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations. It will be played on the Devaney Center video boards after the scrimmage. The Huskers are coming off a second NCAA Championship in three years and a repeat Big Ten title in 2017. Nebraska opens the regular season by hosting the VERT Challenge on Aug. 24-25. NU will face Florida in a national title rematch, as well as Oregon on opening weekend.





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