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Laux Stepping Down

Hastings High is looking for a new wrestling coach. Brian Laux is stepping down after serving as the Tigers wrestling coach since 2009. Before that, he was an assistant coach for ten years. Hastings High finished fifth at this years state meet and seventh last year. Both finishes are the best for Hastings High in 18 years.

Cady, Jeffery Notch Double-Doubles on Senior Day

Emily Cady and Brandi Jeffery both recorded double-doubles, but Ohio State used a 15-0 run to end the first half to propel the Buckeyes to a 78-60 women's basketball win over Nebraska on Senior Day for the Huskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
With the loss, Nebraska ended the regular season with a 20-9 overall record and a 10-8 Big Ten mark. Ohio State improved to 21-9 and 13-5 in the conference. The Buckeyes secured the No. 3 seed and a double bye at next week's Big Ten Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., while Nebraska earned the No. 7 seed and a first-round bye.
The Huskers will play their first game at the Sears Centre Arena on Thursday, when they take on 10th-seeded Illinois. Tip-off between the Big Red and Fighting Illini is set for 6 p.m., and the game will be televised live by BTN.
Cady, a 6-2 senior forward from Seward, Neb., led the Huskers with 21 points and 13 rebounds to produce the 33rd double-double of her career and 11th of the season. Jeffery, a senior from Vacherie, La, notched the first double-double of her career with 10 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
Fellow senior Hailie Sample, a 6-1 forward from Flower Mound, Texas, pitched in nine points, six rebounds and three assists, while senior guard Tear'a Laudermill (Moreno Valley, Calif.), contributed eight points on the afternoon.
Nebraska's four seniors ended their home career with a combined 55-11 record, on their way to a school-record 95 victories over the past four seasons The group combined for more than 500 appearances and more than 350 career starts.
The seniors, who combined for 48 points on the afternoon, had their Senior Day spoiled by Buckeye freshmen Kelsey Mitchell, Asia Doss and Shayla Cooper. Mitchell, the Big Ten's leading scorer, erupted for 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Doss scored a season-high 14 points, including 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range. Cooper added 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Ameryst Alston gave Buckeyes four players in double figures with 12 points.
As a team, Ohio State hit 43.8 percent of its shots, including 10-of-23 three-pointers. The Buckeyes matched the Huskers on the glass, while winning the turnover battle, 12-9.
Nebraska, which matched Ohio State shot for shot for the first 16 minutes, went cold at the end of the first half and the cold shooting carried over to the second half.
The Huskers ended the game at just 31.4 percent (22-70), including just 6-of-22 from three-point range. NU hit just 27.5 percent of its second-half shots.
Nebraska and Ohio State were locked in a back-and-forth battle for the first 16 minutes, until Laudermill, who was guarding Mitchell for most of the first half, was whistled for her second foul of the game with 4:40 left.
Mitchell hit a pair of free throws to put Ohio State up 32-30 at that point, before Chandler Smith scored on a putback to tie the score at 32 with just under four minutes left. But the Buckeyes took control of the game, finishing the half on a 15-0 run that included Nebraska missing three layups and two open short jumpers.
Mitchell, who finished the half with 16 points, scored 10 without Laudermill on the floor in the final 4:40. Doss also had a big first half for the Buckeyes, knocking down her first three three-pointers of the half on her way to 11 points. Doss entered the game with 15 straight misses from long range.
Cady, Jeffery and Sample kept the Huskers in the game in the first half on Senior Day. Cady finished the half with 13 points and four rebounds, while Jeffery added 10 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Sample pitched in seven points.
Nebraska cut the lead to 12 points early in the second half, but was unable to pull closer the rest of the way in the 18-point setback.

Huskers Win 5-1, Take Final Two Games at LMU

After dropping the series opener on Friday night, 4-1, the Nebraska baseball team (6-4, 0-0 Big Ten) bounced back with an 8-1 win on Saturday and a 5-1 win in Sunday's finale to take a road series from the Loyola Marymount Lions (7-4, 0-0 WCC).

Sophomore Derek Burkamper was dominant on the hill, going a career-high 7.0 innings in the win, the first of his Husker career. The Muscatine, Iowa, native was nearly untouchable in his third career start, allowing two hits and one walk, while striking out five. Burkamper retired the Lions in order five times on the afternoon, and after a giving up a leadoff double in the second he retired 18 of the final 20 Lion batters he faced.

After handing Trevor Megill a loss on Saturday, the Huskers dealt his younger brother, Tylor, a loss on Sunday. The younger Megill got off to a rocky start, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in the first three innings, but then settled in and retired the final 14 Huskers he faced.

The early runs were key for the Huskers, as Megill and reliever Michael Silva combined to not allow just one base runner over the final six innings. Nebraska's pitching staff was just as good, with Burkamper along with relievers Jeff Chesnut and Colton Howell combining to allow only three hits and one walk, while striking out seven.

The Husker offense got their young starter a 2-0 cushion in the first on a pair of hits and an LMU error. Jake Schleppenbach opened the game with a single and was quickly on third base after Megill committed a throwing error on a bunt by Scott Schreiber. With runners on the corners and Ryan Boldt up, Megill uncorked a wild pitch that scored Schleppenbach. Schreiber also came in to score in the inning on an RBI single by Blake Headley.

Burkamper retired the Lions in order in the first, but was touched for a run in the second after Tanner Donnels started the frame with a double. Burkamper nearly stranded Donnels at second, but a wild pitch allowed Donnels to score on a sacrifice fly.

The Huskers got the run back and then some in the third inning with three runs on three hits, including two doubles. Steven Reveles led off with a double and the bases were quickly loaded following a four-pitch walk to Schleppenbach and a bunt base hit by Schreiber. NU's No. 3 and 4 hitters then did their jobs, as Boldt delivered a sacrifice fly and Headley drove in a pair of runs with his third double of the series.

Working with a 5-1 lead, Burkamper retired the Lions in order in the third and fourth. After giving up the leadoff double in the second, Burkamper retired 10-straight Lions before David Edwards snapped the streak with a one-out walk in the fifth. Chris Barnett then doubled to put runners on second and third for the Lions. Burkamper's defense got him out of the jam though when Ted Boeke flew out to right field and Austin Darby threw a strike to Lubach at home that cut down Edwards for an inning-ending double play.

The game then turned into a pitching duel, with the two teams combining for just two hits over the final six innings.

The Huskers will be back on the road next weekend when they travel to Houston, Texas, for one of the premier tournaments in college baseball, the Houston College Classic. Hosted at Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros, the Huskers will play Texas A&M on Friday, Hawaii on Saturday and LSU on Sunday. Every game of the tournament will be carried on ROOT Sports Southwest.


Cody Milan scored twice and the Tri-City Storm (29-12-6) defeated the Sioux City Musketeers (31-13-5) 5-1 at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night to earn a sweep of the weekend and take the six-game regular season series between the top teams in the Western Conference, four games to two.

Also scoring in the victory for Tri-City was Matthew Freytag, Nick Master and Conner Valesano, while goaltender Jared Rutledge earned his third win of the season over Sioux City, making 29 saves.

After a scoreless first period, the Storm took the lead at 11:54 of the second on Freytag's 14th goal of the season. Tri-City captain Garrett Gamez found the Wisconsin commit in front of the Sioux City net and the forward was able to control a bouncing puck and bat it into the far side of the net to make it 1-0.

Less than three minutes later, Milan made it 2-0 with his first strike of the night. Defenseman Mattias Goransson got the puck to the front of the Musketeer net where it hit Dan Labosky's stick and went right to Milan, who backhanded it home for the 2-0 lead.

Goransson was credited with the second assist on both of the Storm's second period goals and Tri-City went into the second intermission ahead by two.

A penalty to Sioux City's Sebastian Repo that came five seconds into the final period put the Storm on the power play and Nick Master capitalized, scoring his 20th goal of the season.

Master has now scored in five consecutive Tri-City home games, and has goals in seven of the last eight played at the Viaero Event Center. Assists on the tally were credited to both Christopher Brown and Bobby Nardella.

The Storm held their 3-0 lead until the final minutes, when Musketeer forward Sam Kurker scored with an extra attacker to get Sioux City on the board.

Rutledge's shutout bid ended with less than a minute and a half to go in the contest before empty net goals by both Milan and Valesano for Tri-City.

The Storm outshot Sioux City 38-30 in the contest, as Musketeers' netminder Collin Olson made 33 saves while suffering the loss.

Tri-City is still in second place in the USHL's Western Conference with 64 points, but the Storm gained three points on Sioux City in the weekend series and is three points back of the top spot in the west.

The Storm will now travel to Fargo for their first meetings with the Force this season. The first meeting is Thursday night, with the series concluding on Friday. Both games will start at 7:05.

KEARNEY, Neb. – Nick Master scored both the tying goal with under three minutes to go in the third period and the game-winner in overtime as the Tri-City Storm (28-12-6) defeated the Sioux City Musketeers (31-12-5) 4-3 on Friday night at the Viaero Event Center.

In addition to Master's two tallies, Tri-City got goals from both Mason Appleton and Chris Wilkie, while Bobby Nardella registered three assists.

Robert Carpenter scored just 3:40 into the game for Sioux City to give the Musketeers a 1-0 lead early on in the opening period.

But Tri-City evened the game at 1-1 late in the frame when Appleton scored his 10th of the season, with assists from Alec Dillon and Nardella. For Dillon, the helper was his first of the season.

Sioux City re-took the lead in the middle frame on Adam Johnson's 27th goal of the season, and had a 2-1 advantage with the game headed to the third period.

Just 1:04 into the final stanza, Wilkie scored his 27th of the year, to tie the game and bring new life to Tri-City. The Omaha native's tally tied him with both Carpenter, Johnson and Waterloo's Brock Boeser for the USHL goal scoring lead.

Assists on the tally went to Jake Wahlin and Christopher Brown. For Brown, it was his first Storm point in his first game after being acquired from Green Bay in a trade Monday.

Once again, the Musketeers went ahead on a goal by defenseman Ryan Zuhlsdorf, and had another one-goal edge at 3-2 less than halfway through the third.

As the minutes ticked down, the Storm continued to get chances. For the third time, Tri-City tied the game on Master's 18th goal of the season at 17:12 of the third. Assists on the goal were credited to Nardella and forward Matthew Freytag.

The late equalizer sent the game into overtime. In the extra session, Storm captain Garrett Gamez earned a shot on net off a rush that created a rebound in front. The loose puck hit Master and bounced in, winning the game for Tri-City. Nardella had the second assist on the goal, springing Gamez free for the rush.

The Storm outshot Sioux City 46-25 in the contest, including a 19-10 edge in the opening period and 14-6 in the middle frame.

Netminder Alec Dillon picked up the win, making 22 saves. Collin Olson suffered the loss in between the pipes for Sioux City, stopping 42 shots.

Tri-City is still in second place in the USHL's Western Conference with 62 points, however they are now five points behind the Musketeers.

Lopers Have 3 Champs, 3 Runners Up

The 7th-ranked Nebraska Kearney wrestling won the 2015 NCAA West Regional with 128.50 points and qualified seven individuals for the NCAA Championships in two weeks.

The regional was held Friday and Saturday in Pueblo, Colo.

This was the Lopers fifth straight regional title and the 13th in the Marc Bauer era (2000-present). Eighth-ranked Western State (117.0) was runner up with 10th-ranked Colorado Mesa (107.0) third in the 14-team race.

Placing first in their respective weight classes were juniors Daniel DeShazer (133 lbs.), sophomore Destin McCauley (149 lbs.) and redshirt freshman Keith Surber (141 lbs.). Coming in second were juniors Devin Aguirre (165 lbs.), Romero Cotton (197 lbs.) and Chase White (157 lbs.).

Also headed to St. Louis, Mo., for nationals is junior Connor Bolling (3rd/125 lbs.). Finishing their seasons Saturday were junior Casey Powell (6th/184 lbs.) and redshirt freshman Ivan DeLeon (5th/285 lbs.).

The nation's top-ranked wrestler at 133 lbs. all season, DeShazer (Wichita, Kans.) is now 35-5 after a 3-2 decision over San Francisco State sophomore Jordan Gurrola in the finals. A takedown right off the bat helped DeShazer record his 16th straight victory.

Surber (O'Fallon, Ill.) followed with a 5-2 decision over Western State's Corbin Bennetts in the 141 lbs. finals. An early takedown, two escapes and riding time provided the winning margin.

Ranked seventh nationally, McCauley (No. Sioux City, S.D.) copied DeShazer and Surber by getting an early takedown. Like Surber, he built up some riding time to get by Reis Humphrey of New Mexico Highlands, 5-3.

White (Lincoln H.S.), ranked eighth nationally, had to face third-ranked James Martinez of Mesa in his first place bout. Martinez tallied all six of his points in the second period thanks to a takedown and some near fall points. White managed one takedown and an escape to fall 6-3.

At 165 lbs., Aguirre (Ponca City, Okla.) had the daunting task of facing top-ranked and unbeaten Chris Watson of Central Oklahoma. Aguirre battled but Watson used a second period escape to win 1-0 and up his record to 38-0.

Cotton (Hutchinson, Kans.), the defending national champ at 197 lbs., squared off against 6th-ranked Sam Mangum of Western. Each recorded an escape in regulation with Mangum using a takedown to win in the first sudden victory period, 4-2.

Earlier in the day, Bolling (Central City) punched his ticket to nationals for the first time with wins over UCO's Zac D'Amico, 6-3, and Newman's Dustin Reed, 8-6.

While he isn't going to Missouri, DeLeon (Katy, Texas) capped a strong first season on varsity by pinning Simon Molle of Simon Fraser (Canada) at 4:31 to place fifth at 285 lbs. DeLeon finishes 2014-15 at 26-21 with 12 falls.

Finally, Powell (Catoosa, Okla.) ends the season at 22-23 after losing to wrestler from SFSU and Highlands. He spent half the year at 174 lbs. before bumping up to help fill a void in the Loper lineup.

The NCAA brackets will be released early next week.

Lopers Prepare for MIAA Basketball Tournament

Lopers Vs. Bearcats

Kearney, Neb. - The Nebraska Kearney men's basketball team will host Southwest Baptist Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in an MIAA Tournament first round game.

The Lopers (17-9) were one of five teams to tie for third place in the league standings with a 12-7 record. Based on tiebreakers, UNK received the sixth seed. The top four seeds received a first round bye.

Back on December 6th in the Health & Sports Center, UNK posted an 80-62 win over the Bearcats (11-17, 6-13). That was the only meeting between the two this season.

The Kearney-SBU winner advances to Kansas City to take on Missouri Southern State (18-10, 12-7) Thursday night at approximately 8:15 p.m.

Lopers Vs. Bronchos Round 3

Kearney, Neb. - The Nebraska Kearney women's basketball team will get another crack at Central Oklahoma as the two teams will meet in the first round of the 2015 MIAA Tournament on Tuesday, March 3rd, in Edmond, Okla.

The Bronchos (16-12) beat the Lopers (12-16), 79-58, on Saturday afternoon. Earlier this year in Kearney, UNK beat UCO by a 65-62 score. Tuesday's game will tip at7:00 p.m.

In the final league standings, UCO tied Missouri Western State with a 9-10 record but won the tiebreaker to be the sixth seed. The Lopers ended with a 6-12 mark to be No. 11

The game will tip at 7:00 p.m. with the winner taking on nationally-ranked Pittsburg State on Friday, March 6th, at 8:15 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo.

The Central Oklahoma Bronchos shot 60 percent in the second half to overcome a 13-point deficit to beat Nebraska Kearney, 74-69, Saturday afternoon in Edmond.

The win makes Terry Evans the winningest coach in UCO history (262 wins). With a victory, Kearney would've received a first round by in the MIAA Tournament.

The Bronchos (19-9) and Lopers (17-9) both finish with a 12-7 MIAA record, along with Lindenwood and Missouri Southern State.

UNK led for 39 minutes but shot 34.5% (10 of 29) in the second half, including an 0 of 10 effort from behind the arc. Committing a season-low three turnovers, the Lopers also were 9 of 13 from the line after the break.

"I've been involved with UNK basketball for 42 years and this will go down as the second toughest loss that I've had. The reason is because so much was riding on this game," said Loper co-head coach Tom Kropp. "With 14 minutes to go, we told our kids not to get tentative. We got really cautious down the stretch and basically gave the game away."

Juniors Conner Beranek (Ravenna) and Ethan Brozek (Norfolk Catholic H.S.) both joined the 1,000 career point club, becoming the 40th and 41st Lopers to do so. Brozek is now at 1,006 points with Beranek at 1,001.

Both Brozek and freshman forward Trey Lansman (Harlan, Ia.) fouled out late in the 2nd half.

Getting 35 bench points and outscoring the Lopers 46-28 in the paint, UCO was down 55-42 with 13:47 to go. The closed on a 32-14 run that featured two threes and 10 made free throws.

The 'Chos first lead of the night came with 1:15 left when redshirt freshman Garen Wright hit his second three of the game, making the score 70-68.

UNK freshman Isaiah McKay (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) made one of two free throws 11 seconds later but senior Mahlon Jones converted a layup with 34 seconds to go and then Wright finished the scoring with two made free throws.

"All we did over the last 14 minutes was shoot outside shots. We didn't attack the basket, we didn't make our free throws and we didn't score at the rim. We tried to hold on but the aggressor wins 95 percent of the time and they were at the end," said Kropp.

Beranek recorded his fifth double double of the year with 22 points and 13 rebounds (11 defensive). He was 9 of 14 from the field and 4 of 6 at the line while playing a team-high 37 minutes.

Next, Lansman ended with 15 points, four boards and two assists with Brozek and McKay each having 10.

A balanced UCO attack had five reach double digits, led by starter Philip Brown and reserve Trai Jordan, each with 16. Brown also provided team-highs in blocks (four) and boards (eight).

The Central Oklahoma Bronchos women's basketball team used a strong second half to beat Nebraska Kearney, 79-58, Saturday afternoon in Edmond.

This was the regular season finale for both teams. UCO (16-12, 9-10) and UNK (12-16, 6-13) will both make the MIAA Tournament.

UNK shot 43% (12 of 28) in the 1st half to trail by just a 31-27 score. In a half with five ties, UCO closed on an 11-6 run to lead by four at the break.

The 'Chos then warmed up in the second half, connecting on 55% (16 of 29) of its shots, including a 6 of 11 effort from behind the arc. UCO closed the game on a 32-20 run as Kearney made only 33% (9 of 27) of its second half shots.

"I think we got beat in every aspect of the game," said UNK head coach Kevin Chaney. "Unfortunately, they out hustled us, they more aggressive to the rim, they got to the free throw line and they got back on defense. We got to fix this beforeTuesday."

A balanced UCO attack was led by starters Julia Mason and Chelsea Robinson, who each scored 17. The pair combined to go 12 of 19 from the field while also providing six steals and seven rebounds.

The 'Chos also got 27 points off its bench, including nine from McKenzie Solberg.

Having a plus two rebounding margin, UNK got 14 points from freshman guard McKenzie Brown (G.I. Northwest) and 12 from sophomore point guard Alexa Hogberg (Chandler, Ariz.). Hogberg also had three assists, three steals and three boards.

Lopers Compete at MIAA Indoor Meet

The Nebraska Kearney track & field teams finished third (men) and fifth (women) at the 2015 MIAA Indoor Championships Sunday afternoon in Warrensburg, Mo.

The three-day meet was hosted by Central Missouri.

The 19th-ranked Loper men were just 16 points from winning a title as they scored 105.0 with UCM (108.0) and Pittsburg State (120.0) the only schools in front. Missouri Southern State (100.0) was a close fourth in a 10-team race.

In the women's 11-team race, UCM scored 159.0 points to come in ahead of defending champ Lincoln (142.0). The next four teams were Pitt (92.0), MSSU (90.0), UNK (53.0) and Southwest Baptist (52.0).

Kearney had one champion on the weekend as Gordon redshirt freshman Cole Wellnitz won the mile (4:12.13) on Sunday afternoon. He's on the bubble, currently ranked 18th, to make the national meet in this event.

Finishing second on Sunday were Kimball senior Brady Land (long jump/23-8) and Pickrell senior Colby Jurgens (weight throw/60-4.50) with Norfolk senior Nick Knudson (3,000/8:36.67), Omaha senior Morgan Hopkins (600 yards/1:25.55), Holdrege junior Jerod Schoneman (mile/4:15.17) and Kearney sophomore Cody Wirth (600 yards/1:14.10) each placing third in their respective events.

Hopkins time is the second best in school history, trailing only the 1:24.66 run by current senior Stephanie Hutsell two years ago.

Also coming third, and scoring six team points, was the men's 4 x 400 yard relay team. They ran a 3:21.71 to come in behind only Emporia State (3:21.54) and Lincoln (3:21.26).

This foursome consisted of Lincoln freshman Mandera Gatwech, Lexington junior Alex Hovie, Grand Island sophomore Spencer Wichert and Grand Island senior Louis Kaelin.

Next, the Loper men scored seven points at 800 meters, led by a fourth place effort from Wellnitz (1:55.91) with Lincoln senior Dillon Schrodt fourth in the 60 hurdles (8.14) and Lincoln senior Jay Kilpatrick and Gothenburg senior Tanner Schwanz both clearing 15-3.50 to score a combined seven points in the pole vault.

Back on the women's side, Seward senior Liz Damman (4th/5:08.00) and Auburn freshman Melissa Davison (7th/5:13.94) both scored in the mile with Columbus sophomore Morgan Benesch fourth at 3,000 meters (10:08.42) and Hutsell fifth (2:19.75) and Damman seventh (2:21.38) in the 800.

Finally, Hutsell ran anchor and Hopkins lead for the 4 x 400 yard relay team that finished fifth (3:58.82.).

The list of national qualifiers will be released early this week. Schrodt (heptathlon) and Land (long jump) are automatic qualifiers with Cambridge junior Kalen Farr (16th/hep) joining Wellnitz on the bubble.

Other Lopers currently in the top 25 are Jurgens (22nd/weight throw), junior Danyell Coons (24th/weight throw) and sophomore Brooke Frederick (22nd/pole vault).

Hastings Women Fall to Concordia

The Hastings College women's basketball team may have found out that reigning Great Plains Athletic Conference player of the year Bailey Morris was going to miss the conference semifinals but Concordia found a way to defeat Hastings 67-60 on Saturday at Walz Arena.
Morris may have missed out on the game but a defensive game plan seemed to frustrate the Broncos as Jamie Van Kirk and Michaela Barry could not find any rhythm on the offensive end going a combined 6-of-23 from the floor.
But stepping up off the bench was Teeka Thompson as the Broncos were in need of a major spark struggling from the opening tip. Thompson would score 15 of her game high 19 points in the first half.
Hastings may have struggled shooting just over 35 percent from the floor in the first half but Concordia had no answer shooting just 23 percent from the floor but did manage to connect on 14-of-15 from the line as Hastings held a slim 29-27 lead at the break.
A critical turning point in this game was when Hastings led 38-33 with 14:03 left to go.
Hastings had three opportunities to extend its lead but came away empty and then Concordia would take full advantage.
The Bulldogs would then go on a 15-3 run to lead 48-41 with 8:47 remaining.
Concordia would maintain its lead until Van Kirk tried to bring the Broncos back.
Trailing 57-49, Van Kirk would attack the lane on three consecutive possessions drawing contact but could not manage to get a shot to fall for the and one opportunity.
She would knock down all six free-throws as Hastings trailed 57-55 with 2:01 to go.
But unfortunately for the Broncos, Tracy Peitz would end that run by attacking the basket and getting fouled and knocking down the following free-throws to go up 59-55 with 1:46 to go.
Hastings would be unable to answer on the offensive end as Concordia would be able to hold the Broncos off to advance to the GPAC Championship against No. 1 Morningside.
Thompson finished the day 7-of-12 from the floor including a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc.
Van Kirk finished with 14 points while Barry added 10. Sierra Williamson finished with a career high five blocks.
Kelsey Hizer led the Bulldogs with 15 points.
Hastings 22-8 will now wait to see what its seed will be at the 2015 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship held in Sioux City, IA from March 11-17

Loper Tennis

The Nebraska Kearney tennis teams both fell to the Drury University Panthers Sunday afternoon in Springfield, Mo.

Ranked 11th nationally, the DU men remained unbeaten (6-0) by winning two doubles and four singles matches, 6-3, against the 33rd-ranked Lopers (8-1).

On the women's side, the 20th-ranked Panthers improved to 7-0 with a 9-0 victory over UNK, which falls to 8-1.

Sophomore Justin Nguyen (Louisville, Colo.) and Mohab El Zanaty (Egypt) won 8-5 at No. 3 doubles but DU's No. 2 squad managed an 8-6 victory against senior Jack Nicholson (England) and freshman Georges Wakim (Egypt).

In a matchup of nationally-ranked pairs, Drury's 18th-ranked Max Hepp and Jorge Nadal beat UNK's 2nd-ranked duo of freshman Joey Richards (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and sophomore Lucas Garces (Spain) by an 8-3 score.

Zanaty won his No. 5 singles matches in straight sets, 6-4 & 7-5, with Wakim doing the same one spot higher in the lineup, 6-4 & 6-4. Nicholson won the second set at No. 6 singles but dropped a third set tiebreaker, 10-5.

Drury won the other three singles matches in straight sets.

The Loper women got close to getting on the board but senior Kari Emery (Tucson, Ariz.) and freshman Emma Neil (Papillion-LaVista H.S.) lost 9-8 (3) at No. 3 doubles. UNK also lost 8-5 in the second spot.

Finally, Elkhorn sophomore Emily Fink had the most successful singles showing for the Lopers, losing her first set 6-4.

The Loper men face Division I UNO Wednesday in Omaha with the women hosting MIAA foe Central Oklahoma on Saturday morning at Harmon Park.


Ohio State used a 15-0 run to end the first half to beat the Nebraska women's basketball team 78-60 yesterday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Emily Cady led the Huskers with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Brandi Jeffery had 10 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. The Huskers hit only 31 percent of their shots, including 6 of 22 from three point range. Nebraska is now 20-9 on the season, 10-8 in the Big Ten. They'll play Illinois in the first round of the conference tournament on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 6:00pm.

The Nebraska baseball team beat Loyola Marymount 5-1 yesterday in Los Angeles. Derek Burkamper was the winning pitcher. He went seven innings and gave up one run and two hits. Burkamper struck out five and walked one. Blake Headley had two hits and three RBI's for the Huskers. Nebraska is now 6-4 on the season and will play in the Houston College Classic this weekend.

Playing without the reigning Great Plains Athletic Conference Player of the Year Bailey Morris, Concordia still found a way to beat the Hastings College women's basketball team 67-60 on Saturday in the semi-finals of the conference tournament. Morris was suspended for the game for violation of team rules, but the Bulldogs used a defensive game plan to frustrate the Broncos. Hastings hit only 34 percent of their shots in the game, including 5 of 21 from beyond the arc. They also had 15 turnovers. Jamie Van Kirk and Michaela Barry combined to shoot 6 of 23 from the floor. Van Kirk ended up with 14 points. Barry had 10. Teeka Thomson led the way with 19 points. Hastings is now 22-8 on the season and will play in the NAIA National Tournament in Sioux City beginning on March 11th. Concordia will play Morningside for the championship tomorrow night. The Mustangs beat Briar Cliff 77-62 in the other semi-final game.

On the men's side, Midland beat Dakota Wesleyan 81-74 and Morningside got by Briar Cliff 89-77.

The Tri City Storm swept two games from Sioux City over the weekend. The Storm beat the Musketeers 4-3 on Friday and 5-1 on Saturday. The Storm will play at Fargo on Thursday.

The Nebraska Danger opened the Indoor Football League season with a 57-32 win over the Green Bay Blizzard on Sunday in Green Bay. The Danger was able to pound out 133 yards on the ground with running back Waymon James leading the way with 77 yards on 16 carries. The Danger defense held Green Bay to just 101 total yards, including just 29 on the ground. The Danger will have its home opener on Saturday at the Heartland Events Center against Wichita Falls.

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