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LINCOLN, Neb. | PORTLAND, Ore. – The University of Nebraska Huskers and adidas Football today unveiled the new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniforms, which will make their on-field debut for the Cornhuskers’ game against Illinois on Saturday, November 10.

2018 marks 100 years since the culmination of World War I (WWI). The new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniforms pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of the WWI and celebrates Memorial Stadium. The venue was originally named Memorial Stadium to honor more than 700 Nebraskans who died in WWI and those who served in the Civil War, Spanish-American Wars. Memorial Stadium also honors Nebraskans who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and more.

In collaboration with University of Nebraska Athletics, the new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniform was specifically inspired by the first team to play in Memorial Stadium and continues the school’s age-old tradition of honoring Nebraska’s veterans. The field hosted its first football game on October 20, 1923 and this will be the Huskers’ 96th season at the stadium.

Similar to the 1923 Huskers’ jerseys, the 2018 Nebraska ‘Memorial Tribute’ uniform features a throwback tonal, paneled front. The buff-colored pant is designed to resemble the first façade of Memorial Stadium, which was also a characteristic of the 1923 uniform. Additionally, the newalternate uniform showcases key aspects of the 85,000-seat arena, including the numbers and fonts which were inspired by the original clock in Memorial Stadium.

Four quotes are inscribed on each corner of Nebraska’s stadium that communicate honor and glory of the state’s fallen heroes. University of Nebraska Athletics chose to showcase the quote in the Southwest corner, which is centered above each number on the new jerseys. It reads, “Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.” The words have gone on to become famous among Husker Nation and are a motto for the team.

Merging style and innovation, the Huskers’ new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘’Memorial Tribute’ alternate football uniform redefines the compression silhouette and takes the innovation and design of football jerseys and pants to the next level, with an emphasis on full range of motion, fit, form and function.

A new body-mapping jersey design features an all-new ribbed knit pattern on the chest and shoulder pads to produce a refined fit, while knit engineered mesh channels feature Climacool technology to provide enhanced breathability and cooling zones. The development of a new innovative chevron pattern on the chest of the jersey aligns with a player’s shoulder pads and generates increased durability for high-contact zones for protection and the inside of the jersey features silicon grip patterns on the shoulders to lock the pads in place.

Delivering a clean, iconic look, Primeknit finishes inspired by the adidas UltraBOOST and NMD are incorporated into the collar, while sleeve cuff and hem for added comfort and a new infinity neckline eliminates distractions and allows for a full range of motion. Additionally, the revolutionary Primeknit A1 football pants have been re-engineered with just two seams and bonded pockets for added comfort and a clean compression look and feel, along ribbed Primeknit on the knees for added durability.

To complete the head-to-toe look, the team will wear a replica 1923 helmet with a contemporary form, complete with cream-white stitched strapping details, along with traditional black adizero 5-Star and FREAK cleats.

For more info on the Cornshuskers’ new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniform, visit http://news.adidas.com/US and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram via@HuskerNBNation, @Huskersand @adidasFball #teamadidas.





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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team fell 3-2 (22-25, 25-11, 26-24, 23-25, 9-15) to No. 9 Penn State at Rec Hall on Saturday night. 

The Huskers (15-3, 6-2 Big Ten) suffered their first loss to the Nittany Lions (15-3, 6-2 Big Ten) in eight matches dating back to 2014. Penn State won its 21st straight match at home dating back to its Sept. 22, 2017 sweep at the hands of the Huskers. 

Lexi Sun had 20 kills, her most in a Husker uniform, to go with nine digs. Mikaela Foecke added 17 kills and 18 digs. With her 17 kills, Foecke moved past Virginia Stahr to No. 8 on Nebraska's all-time career kills chart with 1,412.

Jazz Sweet had 10 kills, and Lauren Stivrins had 10 kills and five blocks while Callie Schwarzenbach had six kills and seven blocks. Nicklin Hames put up 49 assists with 18 digs for her fourth straight double-double. 

Kenzie Maloney had 23 digs to move to No. 9 on Nebraska's career digs chart, passing current director of operations Lindsay (Wischmeier) Peterson with 1,127. 

Nebraska had a .210 to .172 edge in hitting percentage. The Huskers also out-blocked Penn State 13-10, reaching double-digit blocks for the fifth straight match. 

Nia Reed led the Nittany Lions with 20 kills, though the Huskers held her to .171 hitting. Taylor Leath had 10 kills and hit .087. 

Set 1: A 6-1 Husker run put them up 8-5 early, but Penn State tied the set at 12-12 as both teams struggled to find any rhythm on the attack. Penn State used a kill and a block to go up 16-15, but an ace by Hames and a block by Sun and Schwarzenbach put the Big Red up 19-17. The Nittany Lions answered with the next two points to make it 19-19. The teams traded sideouts for six rallies before Penn State ended the set on a 4-0 run to win 25-22. 

Set 2: Nebraska scored first off a Sun kill and never trailed, taking a 15-7 lead after a 5-0 run keyed by two Sweet kills and an ace by Sun. After Penn State ended the run for one rally, the Huskers continued to build steam with a kill by Schwarzenbach, a block by Stivrins and Foecke, a kill by Sweet and a block and kill by Foecke to make it 20-8 via a 10-1 run. Foecke tacked on two more kills and an ace as the Huskers won 25-11, hitting .448 in the set and posting five blocks. 

Set 3: Penn State built a 9-6 lead after scoring on five of six rallies. The Huskers drew even at 12-12 after Sun recorded three kills and Schwarzenbach hammered down an overpass. The teams then played 16 straight rallies of sideout volleyball before the Huskers held serve on a Foecke kill to go ahead 21-20. Nebraska led 23-22, but a pair of errors gave Penn State set point first at 24-23. After a timeout, Sun kept the Huskers alive with her 13th kill, and Hames served an ace to give NU set point at 25-24. After a Penn State timeout, Sun tipped down her 14th kill to give the Huskers the set, 26-24. 

Set 4: After a pair of kills by Sweet to begin the set, Penn State reeled off a 7-0 run including a pair of aces by Kendall White. Foecke produced a kill and a block with Stivrins, and Stivrins then combined with Hames for a block to pull the Huskers within 9-7. The Huskers cut it to one on numerous occasions and finally tied the score at 13-13 on a block by Sweet and Schwarzenbach. Another block by Schwarzenbach made it 14-13 Huskers, and NU went ahead 19-16 after back-to-back kills by Sun. Penn State fought back to take a 22-21 lead after an ace serve by White trickled off the top of the net and dropped. But a service error tied the set at 22-22, and Foecke posted a kill for a 23-22 Husker lead. The Nittany Lions answered with a Reed kill and a block to grab set point at 24-23. A Husker hitting error handed Penn State the 25-23 win.

Set 5: Penn State ran out to a 5-2 lead, but kills by Foecke and Sun cut it to 5-4. The Nittany Lions then scored the next two to go back up by three, 7-4. After Sun pulled the Huskers within 8-6, Penn State scored four of the next five to take a 12-7 lead. The Nittany Lions finished off the match with a 15-9 win. 

Up Next: The Huskers are off until next Friday when they visit Madison, Wisconsin for an 8 p.m. match against the eighth-ranked Badgers. NU will then play at No. 3 Minnesota on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both matches will air on BTN and the Husker Sports Network.




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Evanston, Illinois – Sophomore kicker Drew Luckenbaugh made a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and Northwestern came from behind for a stunning 34-31 victory over Nebraska on Saturday at Ryan Field.

Nebraska (0-6, 0-4 Big Ten) had leads of 28-14 and 31-21 in the fourth quarter, but Northwestern (3-3, 3-1) rallied late in regulation to force overtime and win its first home game in four attempts this season.

The Huskers had possession first in overtime, but on fourth-and-1 from the Northwestern 16-yard line, a fumbled shotgun snap resulted in a scrambling Adrian Martinez throwing a pass in the end zone that Northwestern defensive back JR Pace caught for his second interception of the game.

Northwestern, which entered overtime with 29 rushing yards, kept the ball on the ground for three plays in setting up the field goal for Luckenbaugh, who had made a 31-yard attempt but missed from 42 yards in regulation.

Nebraska lost to Northwestern in overtime for the second consecutive season and has lost four straight overtime games, dating to a 2014 win at Iowa.

Martinez, a freshman quarterback, completed 25 of 35 passes for 251 yards and one touchdown and became just the second freshman quarterback in Nebraska history to reach 1,000 passing yards in a season, joining Taylor Martinez.

Senior running back Devine Ozigbo ran 22 times for 169 yards to surpass 100 rushing yards in a game for the second time this season, as Nebraska finished with 231 rushing yards.

Down 10 points, Northwestern drove to the Nebraska 13-yard line before settling on a 31-yard field goal by Luckenbaugh to pull the Wildcats within seven points.

Nebraska senior linebacker Luke Gifford fielded an onside kick at the Northwestern 47-yard line with 2:26 remaining. The Wildcats responded by using all three of their timeouts, as Nebraska ran the football three times and only took 15 seconds off the clock. But junior punter Isaac Armstrong pinned the Wildcats at their 1-yard line with 2:02 remaining.

Northwestern answered by covering all 99 yards, the key play a 32-yard completion from senior quarterback Clayton Thorson to senior wide receiver Nagel to the Nebraska 32-yard line. Thorson tied the game with 12 seconds to play with a 5-yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver JJ Jefferson, and Nebraska kneeled out the clock to force overtime.

Northwestern took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove to the Nebraska 41-yard line, but safety Antonio Reed intercepted Thorson on a deep pass, giving the Huskers possession at their 4-yard line. That was Reed’s second career interception.

Nebraska responded with its longest scoring drive of the season, covering 97 yards in 15 plays. Martinez sparked the series with a run of 12 yards on a third-and-8 draw play. On the next play, Martinez connected with senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. for a 26-yard gain over the middle, then hit sophomore receiver JD Spielman on a 13-yard swing pass, as the offense picked up the tempo. Spielman finished with eight receptions for 76 yards.

Ozigbo carried four times thereafter, including a 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Huskers a 20-14 lead with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter.

The Blackshirts responded with a quick three-and-out. Sophomore defensive end Ben Stille sacked Thorson and Gifford pressured Thorson into a third-down incompletion, forcing a Northwestern punt. Gifford finished with a team-high 3.5 tackles for loss.

Northwestern regained possession at its 20-yard line after a turnover, and the Wildcats drove to the Nebraska 24-yard line. But the Huskers forced a stop on third-and-long, and Luckenbaugh missed a 42-yard field attempt.

Nebraska responded with a 37-yard run by Ozigbo to end the third quarter with the Huskers leading, 20-14. Ozigbo began the fourth quarter with gains of 21 and 4 yards, and Washington carried for 11 yards before scoring a 3-yard touchdown run with 13:40 remaining. Martinez ran for a two-point conversion and 28-14 lead.

Northwestern answered quickly. On the third play of their ensuing series, the Wildcats scored when Thorson hit Flynn on a 61-yard pass to cut Nebraska’s lead to 28-21 with 12:31 to play.

The Wildcats regained possession, but senior safety Tre Neal intercepted Thorson at the 50 and returned the ball to the Northwestern 36. That led to a 34-yard field goal by freshman Garrett Pickering with 5:41 remaining for a 31-21 lead.

Nebraska opened the game with an impressive 75-yard touchdown drive that needed only four plays.

Ozigbo got the Huskers into Northwestern territory with a 33-yard run, and on the next play, Martinez hit Spielman on a crossing route, and Spielman scored on the 42-yard catch-and-run for a 7-0 lead.

The Blackshirts forced a Northwestern punt after the Wildcats gained one first down on their opening possession. Nebraska put together a 12-play drive that covered 52 yards but stalled at the Northwestern 42-yard line, and Pickering hit the right upright on a 45-yard field goal attempt.

Nebraska led 7-0 after the first quarter, its first lead after the opening period since last season’s game at Purdue, which was also the Huskers’ last victory.

Northwestern tied the game 7-7 with a nine-play drive that covered 80 yards. Thorson had two 17-yard completions on the series, to Flynn and Jefferson, and then completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Nagel on third-and-8.

The Wildcats took the lead late in the second quarter when the pocket collapsed on Martinez, who fumbled as he succumbed to a sack. Sophomore defensive end Earnest Brown IV picked up the loose football and ran 10 yards for a touchdown and 14-7 lead.

Nebraska answered with an impressive touchdown drive that covered 83 yards in eight plays and covered 2:11. Martinez hit junior receiver Mike Williams on a 24-yard pass that pushed the Huskers into Northwestern territory.

Ozigbo then gained 18 yards on a catch-and-run before capping the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run up the middle with 42 seconds remaining in the second quarter. The extra point, though, was no good, and Northwestern held a 14-13 lead at halftime.

Nebraska fell to 8-5 all-time against Northwestern and dropped to 4-2 all-time in Evanston. The loss snapped the Huskers’ four-game win streak at Ryan Field.

Nebraska returns home Saturday to play Minnesota. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.




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Monday (10/08/2018)

McCool Junction 55, Lewiston 13

Thursday (10/11/2018)

Centennial 41, David City 7
Clearwater-Orchard 54, St. Mary's 8
Elkhorn South 62, Omaha Northwest 20
Lincoln Northeast 57, Bellevue East 14
Lincoln Pius X 27, Norfolk 7
Omaha Skutt Catholic 42, Gross Catholic 0
Sandhills/Thedford 44, Brady 12
Twin Loup 52, Stuart 38
Walthill 56, Elba 0

Friday (10/12/2018)

Adams Central 42, Kearney Catholic 33
Ainsworth 26, Boyd County 18
Alma 44, Southwest 22
Anselmo-Merna 48, Pleasanton 30
Aquinas Catholic 54, Twin River 22
Arapahoe 46, Hitchcock County 12
Arcadia-Loup City 53, Amherst 40
Arlington 26, Platteview 7
Arthur County 40, Crawford 20
Ashland-Greenwood 38, Nebraska City 7
Auburn 51, Lincoln Christian 0
Aurora 42, Milford 13
BDS 34, Cross County 18
BRLD 38, Archbishop Bergan 7
Battle Creek 13, Hartington Cedar Catholic 7
Bayard 48, Perkins County 20
Bishop Neumann 41, Raymond Central 12
Blair 47, Bennington 21
Bloomfield 44, Wynot 26
Boone Central/Newman Grove 23, Wayne 6
Boys Town 33, Douglas County West 21
Broken Bow 33, ONeill 14
Burwell 21, South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 14
Cambridge 39, Dundy County-Stratton 34
Cedar Bluffs 22, Omaha Christian Academy 12
Central City 21, Fillmore Central 20
Central Valley 40, CWCE 12
Chadron 47, Mitchell 21
Clarkson/Leigh 54, Mead 16
Cody-Kilgore 61, Sioux County 26
Columbus Scotus 42, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS) 6
Creighton 42, West Holt 15
Deshler 72, Hampton 12
Diller-Odell 1, Parkview Christian 0
Doniphan-Trumbull 16, Hastings St. Cecilia 7
EMF (Exeter-Milligan/Friend) 56, Nebraska Lutheran 18
East Butler 52, Osceola-High Plains 42
Elm Creek 50, Ansley-Litchfield 16
Elmwood-Murdock 66, Omaha Brownell Talbot 20
Elwood 64, Loomis 26
Emerson-Hubbard 58, Pender 26
Fairbury 34, Sandy Creek 20
Falls City Sacred Heart 62, Pawnee City 6
Freeman 26, Syracuse 6
Fullerton 44, Heartland 6
Giltner 1, Franklin 0
Gordon-Rushville 26, Bridgeport 22
Gothenburg 35, Ogallala 14
Grand Island Central Catholic 30, Gibbon 18
Gretna 38, Fremont 6
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 64, Homer 8
Hartington-Newcastle 49, Wausa 30
Harvard 79, Silver Lake 8
Hastings 31, Beatrice 30
Hay Springs 43, Hyannis 32
Hemingford 79, Morrill 12
Holdrege 29, Minden 26
Howells-Dodge 60, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 42
Humphrey St. Francis 44, Riverside 34
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 83, St. Edward 40
Johnson-Brock 56, Meridian 6
Kenesaw 56, Blue Hill 0
Lawrence-Nelson 56, Axtell 6
Lexington 35, Cozad 12
Lincoln East 21, Millard West 13
Lincoln High 66, Kearney 31
Lincoln Lutheran 54, Falls City 6
Lincoln North Star 52, Omaha Bryan 16
Lincoln Southeast 37, Papillion-LaVista South 30
Lincoln Southwest 21, Grand Island 7
Louisville 35, Tekamah-Herman 28
Lutheran High Northeast 90, Madison 26
Malcolm 20, Johnson County Central 14
McCook 61, Gering 12
McCool Junction 69, Dorchester 8
Medicine Valley 46, Garden County 30
Millard South 38, Creighton Preparatory School 30
Minatare 98, Potter-Dix 14
Mount Michael Benedictine 54, South Sioux City 6
Mullen 46, Maxwell 6
Nebraska Christian 40, Ravenna 12
Neligh-Oakdale 28, Elkhorn Valley 16
Norfolk Catholic 55, Stanton 12
Norris 50, Ralston 7
North Central 64, Niobrara/Verdigre 0
North Platte 48, Omaha Benson 7
North Platte St. Patrick's 37, Southern Valley 18
Northwest 42, Crete 7
Oakland-Craig 40, Yutan 14
Omaha Burke 38, Millard North 9
Omaha Central 35, Omaha South 21
Omaha Concordia 24, Fort Calhoun 7
Omaha North 52, Bellevue West 49
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 52, Schuyler 6
Omaha Westside 38, Columbus 0
Ord 36, Valentine 0
Osmond 80, Elgin Public/Pope John 8
Overton 48, Bertrand 22
Palmer 50, Shelton 6
Palmyra 46, Weeping Water 8
Papillion-LaVista 31, Elkhorn 7
Paxton 66, Leyton/Banner County 12
Pierce 45, West Point-Beemer 7
Plainview 52, Winside 8
Ponca 26, Crofton 0
Randolph 32, Allen 26
Red Cloud 34, Heartland Lutheran 29
Scottsbluff 58, Alliance 21
Shelby-Rising City 34, North Bend Central 14
Sidney 14, Chase County 12
South Platte 59, Creek Valley 39
Southern 42, Tri County 18
Spalding Academy 61, Santee 20
St. Paul 42, Centura 0
Sterling 43, Lewiston 15
Sutherland 44, Kimball 26
Sutton 60, Superior 6
Thayer Central 32, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 8
Wahoo 21, Columbus Lakeview 7
Wakefield 74, Winnebago 14
Wauneta-Palisade 1, Wallace 0
Waverly 35, Plattsmouth 0
Wilber-Clatonia 56, Conestoga 0
Wilcox-Hildreth 39, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 18
Wisner-Pilger 68, Omaha Nation 14
Wood River 41, Hershey 6
York 42, Seward 40

Saturday (10/13/2018)

McPherson County/Stapleton 36, Maywood-Hayes Center 12




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Western Nebraska Community College’s Laramie Lake made one of the biggest saves of her goalkeeping career late in the second overtime of the Cougar’s match with Northeastern Junior College Wednesday at Landers Soccer Complex..

The freshman from Cheyenne, Wyoming, with 3:34 to play in double overtime, made a save on a penalty kick to help the Cougars earn a 2-2 tie with the Plainswomen in a Region IX South Conference contest.

If Lake would have missed the save, the Plainswomen would have walked off with the victory. That wasn’t the case. It was a moment that Merrissa Espinoza, a freshman defender from Scottsbluff, said was like a game-winning goal.

“Oh, my goodness, that save was so big,” she said. “That save was amazing and it was hard not to tackle her because there was still time in the game. We just wanted to get on her and love her and tell her we were going to buy her dinner tonight. It was just amazing that she saved us so much.”
                
Thankfully, for the Cougar defense stepped up with some big defensive stops to help WNCC earn another tie on the season. WNCC is now 2-3-1 in conference action and 3-7-2 overall on the season.

Espinoza said the team could have played better, but they played well enough to get the tie in weather conditions that was cold with plenty of snow flurries.

“We played our best but we could have done better,” Espinoza said. “Our shots were there; e just couldn’t finish.”

The match had a little bit of everything with scoring and fine defensive plays.

Both teams netted a goal in each half. WNCC struck first as Caroline Vieira needed the first goal with 21:30 to play in the opening half off an assist from Bethany Fuchs.

Ten minutes later, Jaycie Dillenburg tied the contest after taking a pass from Michele Pelino. That is where things stayed until halftime.

Midway through the second half, WNCC went up 2-1 after Rafaela Passos scored off an assist from Rafaela Ornelas. The Cougar defense played tough until with seven minutes left when Macy Gurule scored from an assist from Dillenburg.

WNCC had a could chances at the end of regulation but couldn’t score to force extra periods.

Neither scored in the first 10-minute overtime period. The second overtime period saw NJC have a prime scoring chance with the penalty kick but Lake’s save extended the match.

WNCC outshot NJC 17-11. The Cougars had 12 shots on goal compared to just four for the Plainswomen.

WNCC had three corner kicks in the contest while NJC had four.

Lake had seven saves in net for the Cougars while NJC goalkeeper Nohelia Pena had 13 saves.

The Cougar women will have two regular season contests left. WNCC will face York College junior varsity on Thursday before hosting Northwest College on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the final home contest. Sunday’s contest will be sophomore recognition for the five sophomores – Dayeli Limon, Sydney Heimbouch, Tayna Bretani, Megan Jarman, and Jordyn Rivera.

With two matches left in the regular season before the post season, Espinoza can’t believe the season is almost over.

“I can’t believe the season is almost over. It is going to be bittersweet especially since I gotten so close to the sophomores. They are just a great team,” Espinoza said. “Our record should be better because there are games that we could have won. It is sad that it almost over.”




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The Western Nebraska Community College men’s soccer team needed just one goal and then to play a inspired defense in earning a 1-0 win over NJCAA No. 12 Northeastern Junior College in a Region IX South Conference match at Landers Soccer Complex Wednesday afternoon.,

The win moves WNCC to 8-5 overall and 5-2 in the South conference. NJC, who suffered its first conference defeat, drops to 6-1 in the conference and 12-4-1 overall. NJC came into the contest on a 10-match winning streak and the last time these two teams played, NJC won 6-0.

Wednesday was a different story according to Silvio Xavier, one of 10 sophomores that played their last regular season match at Landers Soccer Complex.

“The game down there we didn’t practice hard at all because it was in the middle of the week and we didn’t prepare ourselves the way we need to do,” Xavier said. “This game was different because we prepared our minds especially for this game and everything was OK. Thank God for that.”

Overall, Xavier said it was a win that wanted and needed.

“This was important for us to put our mind into the tournament again and we took a big step in the road to a championship,” Xavier said.

The scoring came early when Leo Palomo found a pass from Ramses Atahualpa and scored just eight minutes into the contest.

“The defense played well today and our centerback scored for us,” Xavier said. “I am happy for that.”

After that, the two defenses played lights out. Xavier said that one goal was all they needed to win the game.

“We knew we had to play 90 minutes in the game,” Xavier said. “We knew in the second half they would come hard toward us. We talked with each other during the halftime break and the defense did a good job.”

The defenses pitched shutouts in the second half, but it was WNCC’s defense that stepped up big time as late in the match, the Plainsmen had a plethora of scoring opportunities, including three straight corner kicks. NJC also missed a point-blank shot that went high and another time where the Cougar defense thwarted prime scoring opportunities by sending the ball to the midfield line.

WNCC outshot the Plainsmen 12-9. The big difference in the contest was cornerkicks with NJC getting 14 corners to WNCC’s one. That didn’t matter, though, as the defense thwarted those scoring opportunities.

The WNCC men will wrap up the regular season on Friday when they travel to Columbus to face Central Community College in a Region IX South Conference contest. A win Friday and a NJC loss to Central would give the Cougars and Plainsmen with identical records.

Xavier said they need to build off Wednesday’s win.

“We have to play tough and we need a good night sleep because it is a long trip,” Xavier said. “But, I hope everything will be OK and we are going to try to bring back a victory.”




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Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for approximately two hours on Thursday inside the Hawks Championship Center in helmets only.

Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media after practice to discuss how the team's week of preparation has gone.

"I think we had our best of week practice ever again. So, if our goal is to get better day by day, it's been a good week,” Frost said. “We're not super deep so we can't just run these guys into the ground. I think we've gone far enough making some improvements that we can afford to let the guys recover a little bit, and we'll try to be smart the rest of the year."

Frost was then asked to expand upon his belief that this was the team’s best week of practice.

"I've said a few times I think the Purdue game was a real turning point for us from a culture standpoint. Everybody seems happy, seems to be fighting together, seems to get what it takes to do the little things the right way, to give yourselves a chance," Frost explained. "The detail has been better, the efforts been better. Understanding what we're trying to accomplish scheme-wise is getting better. There's a lot of things that the guys have improved."

As for Saturday’s game at Northwestern, Frost was asked about the Huskers’ defensive approach against a Northwestern team who ran the ball only eight times in a win over No. 19 Michigan State last week. The Wildcats are without the services of starting running back Jeremy Larkin, who retired due to injury.

"I don't want to say they're going to be one-dimensional because they've been a really good running team before,” Frost said. “I don’t know how much of the run versus pass ratio for them (was) their situation or how much of it was the teams they were playing. We’ve got to be good against the run. Wins start with being able to run the ball and stop the run. I don't really think they're going to be one-dimensional. If they are (one-dimensional) then we need to do a good job in the pass game, and they're really efficient at that."

Nebraska will finish preparations with a helmets-only walk-through on Friday. The Huskers face off against Northwestern on Saturday at 11 a.m. C with the Big Ten Network providing television coverage.





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Chicago -- University of Nebraska guard James Palmer Jr. was honored Thursday morning, as he was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team. The team was announced prior to the start of the Big Ten Media Day here in Chicago.

 

Palmer, a returning first-team All-Big Ten selection, is one of three returning starters back for the Huskers, as he averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading the Huskers to a 22-11 record in 2017-18. Palmer reached double figures in 31 of 33 games, including a career-high 34-point effort at Ohio State.

 

He is one of only five returning power conference plays who averaged 17.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.0 apg last season, while his 18.8 points per game in conference play is not only the most of any returning Big Ten player, it is the highest returning total by a Big Ten player since the 2012-13 season.

 

Palmer, a 6-foot-6, 207-pounder from Upper Marlboro, Md., will look to be Nebraska’s first two-time first-team All-conference performer since Eric Piatkowski in 1993 and 1994.

 

2018-19 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Carsen Edwards, Jr., G, Purdue

2018-19 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Romeo Langford, Fr., G, Indiana

Juwan Morgan, Sr., F, Indiana

Anthony Cowan Jr., Jr., G, Maryland

Charles Matthews, Sr., G, Michigan

Nick Ward, Jr., F, Michigan State

Cassius Winston, Jr., G, Michigan State

Jordan Murphy, Sr., F, Minnesota

James Palmer Jr, Sr., G, Nebraska

CARSEN EDWARDS, Jr., G, Purdue

ETHAN HAPP, Sr., F, Wisconsin





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LINCOLN, Neb. - The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team got back on the winning track with a 3-0 (25-13, 30-28, 25-11) win over Indiana in front of 8,243 fans on Wednesday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The Huskers (15-2, 6-1 Big Ten) rebounded from their first Big Ten loss of the season to Minnesota on Saturday by stifling Indiana to .094 hitting in the match. Lexi Sun had 11 kills, nine digs and four blocks, and Jazz Sweet had 11 kills while hitting .435 with five blocks. Mikaela Foecke added 10 kills and nine digs.

Nebraska served seven aces on the night, including a career-high-tying four by Kenzie Maloney, who also had a match-high 11 digs. Sun had a pair of aces, and Nicklin Hames had one to go with her 31 assists and 10 digs.

The Huskers had a .301 hitting percentage for the match but were particularly sharp in the third and final set with a .593 clip. Nebraska had a big edge in blocks, 11-6. Callie Schwarzenbach led the way with nine, matching her best effort in a three-set match this season.

Indiana (11-7, 2-5 Big Ten) got seven kills each from Deyshia Lofton and Hayden Huybers. Kamryn Malloy had six kills.

Set 1: Nebraska cruised in the first set to a 25-13 win. The Huskers had three service aces and eight kills by five different players, led by Sun's three. NU led 11-6 before going on a 9-0 run to take a 20-6 lead. Nebraska held Indiana to .037 hitting in the set.

Set 2: Nebraska turned a 4-3 lead into an 11-5 lead with a 7-2 spurt, sparked by a Maloney ace and a block and a kill by Sun. The Huskers doubled up the Hoosiers, 16-8, after three blocks which Schwarzenbach was in on, two with Sweet and one with Sun. The Hoosiers got within 18-15 after a 6-1 run, and they then tied the set at 20-20 after four consecutive points to make the run 11-3. The teams traded sideouts for the next 10 rallies to a 25-25 tie. An ace serve by Indiana gave the Hoosiers set point at 26-25, but Sun terminated an out-of-system ball to tie the set at 26-26. A block by Hames then gave Nebraska set point at 27-26, but Indiana kept the set going with a kill by Malloy. A solo block by Malloy on the next rally made it 28-27 Hoosiers, but Sun answered with a clutch kill once again to level the score. After Indiana hit wide to put the Huskers back in front, Sweet finished the set with a kill to make it 30-28 Big Red. The set ended with nine ties and four lead changes and was the highest-scoring set the Huskers played since a 30-28 win on Nov. 4, 2015 at Purdue.

Set 3: Nebraska came out with a point to prove in set three, bolting to a 5-0 lead with three kills by Sweet and two blocks by Sweet and Schwarzenbach. After Indiana got on the board, kills by Sun, Sweet and Foecke and an ace by Sun made it 10-1 Huskers. Nebraska piled on the points and clinched the match with a 25-11 win.

Up Next: The Huskers begin a four-match road stretch at No. 9 Penn State on Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT). It marks the first of three straight matches against top-10 opponents on the road.





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Hastings, NE - Due to the rainy weather in the central Nebraska region the NSAA has moved up the first pitch times of the state softball tournament to take place starting Wednesday at the Bill Smith Softball Complex. Class A will start things off with first round action at 2:30pm followed by Class B at 4:30pm, and Class C at 7:00pm. Full bracket below. 

State Softball BRACKET 




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