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Loper Men's Tennis Clipped in NCAA's

The 23rd-ranked Nebraska-Kearney men's tennis team came up just a couple points short of making a trip to the NCAA "Sweet 16" as it fell at 19th-ranked NW Missouri State, 5-3, Tuesday afternoon.

The Lopers, seeded third in the Central Region, end at 20-5 while the second-seeded Bearcats improve to 19-6 and advance to the Sweet 16 in Arizona.

UNK was hoping the third time would be the charm as the 'Cats beat the Lopers by scores of 6-3 (regular season) and 5-0 (MIAA Tournament) earlier this year.

Things started great as UNK won at No. 2 doubles, 8-4, and No. 1 doubles, 8-3, to take a 2-0 lead. The win by the No. 2 team of Mohab El Zanaty (Egypt) and Joey Richards (Eden Prairie, Minn.) was especially sweet as had twice suffered 9-8 setbacks to their Northwest counterparts this spring.

Kearney was poised to take a 3-0 lead as the No. 3 team of senior Jack Nicholson (England) and sophomore Justin Ngyuen (Louisville, Colo.) was in a back and forth battle against Fin Glowick and Josef Altmann. Eventually, Northwest pulled out a 9-7 win.

El Zanaty recorded his team-best 23rd singles win of the year, a 6-0, 6-3 decision, in the third spot in the lineup to give UNK a 3-1 edge. Northwest, however, won the next four singles matches to secure the dual win.

While the Lopers dropped the first sets at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, both freshman Georges Wakim (Egypt) and sophomore Lucas Garces (Spain) were winning late in their second sets. However, Wakim fell 6-3, 7-5 and Garces lost 6-2, 7-6 (2).

UNK still had a chance as freshman Aaron Reekie (Sugar Land, Texas) easily won his first set at No. 5 singles and was ahead in the second. But, Glowick managed a straight sets win over Nicholson to send the ' Cats to Arizona.

Nicholson was Kearney's only senior this season. He won a combined 104 matches in his career, was an All-MIAA pick in both singles and doubles and was the 2012 RMAC Freshman of the Year.

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The Nebraska football team has landed a 6-foot-3, 190 pound quarterback from Del City, Oklahoma. Terry Wilson becomes the fifth commitment to the Class of 2016 and the second in as many days. Junior college linebacker William Johnson of Arizona Western gave his oral commitment to the Huskers on Monday. Wilson threw for 28-hundred-56 yards and 28 touchdowns last year. He had other offers from Texas Tech and Colorado.

The Nebraska men's basketball team is picking up a transfer from Louisville. Six-foot-3, 190 pound guard Anton Gill from Raleigh, North Carolina picked the Huskers over Georgetown and East Carolina. He'll have to sit out the 2015-2016 season, and then will have two years of eligibility remaining. He played his senior season in high school at Hargrave Military Academy, averaging 28.2 points per game with single games of 50 and 56 points. At Louisville, Gill never cracked the regular playing rotation in his two years. He averaged 1.3 points in 5.7 minutes as a freshman and 2.5 points in 9.4 minutes as a sophomore.

Nebraska head coach Tim Miles also announced yesterday that Johnny Trueblood will be joining the Husker basketball program this year as a walk on. Trueblood led Elkhorn South to the Class B State Championship this year. He averaged 23.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook has announced that middle blocker Melanie Keil is transferring to Florida State. Keil played in 22 matches as a sophomore last season, averaging 1.2 kills and nearly one block per set. Keil was given a transfer exception, making her eligible to play for the Seminoles immediately this fall. Nebraska has added LSU transfer All-American middle blocker Brianna Holman to their roster. However, she remains ineligible to play for the Huskers this fall, because LSU has not granted her a transfer exception.

Dakota Wesleyan beat Midland University 7-6 last night to win the Great Plains Athletic Conference Baseball Championship. The Tigers tied the game at 6-6 with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and then scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Dakota Wesleyan and regular season champion Briar Cliff have now secured a berth in the NAIA Opening Round Championship Series.

The Hastings High boys soccer team beat York 5-0 last night in the B-7 District Tournament at Hastings College. The Tigers will play Grand Island Northwest in the finals tomorrow night at 6:00pm. The Vikings shut out Kearney Catholic 3-0. In girl's soccer, at the B-7 Tournament in York, York beat Grand Island Northwest 4-0 and Hastings High blanked Seward 8-0. York will play Hastings tomorrow night at 5:00pm.

Elsewhere in boys play, Grand Island lost to Lincoln North Star 1-0 in the A-6 Tournament at Millard South. The Islanders end the season 9-7. In girls soccer, Grand Island lost to Bellevue West 10-0. The Islanders end the season 4-10. In the B-8 District Tournament at Kearney, Kearney Catholic beat Holdrege 2-0 and Lexington got by Scottsbluff 1-0.

Grand Island Central Catholic won their own golf invitational yesterday at the Indianhead Golf Course in Grand Island. The Crusaders finished with a team score of 307. Kearney Catholic was second with a 341. Aurora came in third with a 345. St. Cecilia was fourth. Adams Central was eighth. Tucker Krzycki of Central Catholic was the medalist with a 73. Ashton Graham of Adams Central was second with a 74. Grant Schmidt of St. Cecilia was eighth with an 83.

Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer as the Kansas City Royals went on to beat Cleveland 5-3 last night. Hosmer also had an RBI triple in the eighth inning. The same two teams will play at 7:10pm tonight. Pre-game show begins at 6:30pm on "The Breeze," KLIQ 94.5FM.

Lopers Summers Finishes 22nd at Regionals

Nebraska-Kearney junior Ana Summers tied for 22nd place at theNCAA Central Regional Tuesday in Bartlesville, Okla.

The 54-hole tournament was hosted by Northeastern State at the par 72 Hillcrest C.C. The top three teams, along with the top three individuals not with one of those advancing teams, move on to the NCAA's May 13-16 in Allendale, Mich.

After rounds of 77 and 82, Summers (Bellevue, Colo.) had an 87 today to finish with a 246. The 54-hole score ties for fourth lowest in school history.

Teeing off in the morning for a third straight day, Summers final round was highlighted by an eagle on the par 5 10th hole (480 yards). She also birdied the par 5 9th hole (420 yards) for a second time in three days and had six pars.

For the year, Summers averaged 80.41 per round, sixth lowest in UNK history.

Sierra Langlie of Augustana was the medalist thanks to an 11-over-par 227.

Headed to Grand Valley State for the NCAA's are Augustana (946), Arkansas Tech (953) and Central Oklahoma (957). The individuals to make it were Rachel Gray of Concordia-St. Paul (231), Baylee Price of NSU and Tavia Rutherford of Sioux Falls, each at 234.


The Tri-City Storm selected 20 players on Tuesdayin Phase Two of the 2015 USHL Draft, led by first round selection Alex Limoges of the Selects Academy U18 team.

Tri-City now has 45 names on its Initial Protected List for the 2015-16 USHL season.

Limoges, who hails from Winchester, Va., is coming off a big year in which he scored 20 goals and 39 assists in 28 games. The Storm are hoping he'll play as a center on one of their top lines next season. The forward is committed to play collegiately at Cornell University.
After Limoges, the team had no pick until two in the fifth round, when they selected forwards Nico Sturm and Brendan Miller.
Sturm's season is still going, as he is suiting up in the playoffs for the Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). A native of Augsburg, Germany Sturm had 41 points in 53 regular season games this year on 11 goals and 30 assists. During the postseason, the forward has six goals and four assists in 10 contests.
Miller spent his year with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres under-18 team. A native of North Tonawanda, N.Y., Miller scored 14 goals and 10 assists in 32 games.

In the sixth round, Tri-City bulked up on defense, selecting blueliners James Gobetz and Robbie Roche.

This is the second consecutive Phase Two draft that the Storm have selected Gobetz, as he was a 12th round pick in 2014. The defenseman got close to making the 2014-15 squad, but was one of the final cuts before the final roster was finalized.

Roche just finished his second season with the Walpole Express of the EHL, and is a native of Wachusett, Mass. The defenseman had 10 points in 33 contests this year.

In total, Tri-City selected 13 forwards, five defenseman and two goaltenders.

All selected players still have to go through the team's tryout camp, which will take place June 15-21 in Las Vegas.
The full list of players drafted today is below. It is also viewable
Tri-City Storm 2015 USHL Phase Two Draft Selections

1st Round: Alex Limoges – Forward – Winchester, VA – Selects Academy
5th Round: Nico Sturmi – Forward – Augsburg, Germany – Austin Bruins
5th Round: Brendan Miller – Forward – North Tonawanda, NY – Buffalo Jr. Sabres
6th Round: James Gobetz – Defense – St. James, NY – Salisbury PS
6th Round: Robbie Roche – Defense – Wachusset, MA – Walpole Express
7th Round: Ben Taylor – Forward – North Falmouth, MA – Tabor Academy PS
8th Round: Bobby Kaiser – Forward – Detroit Honeybaked
8th Round: Justin Dixson – Forward – Sunnyville, CA – Anaheim Jr. Ducks
9th Round: Jack Hoey – Forward – Fairfield, CT – Choate Rosemary PS
11th Round: Joseph Matthews – Defense – Columbia, IL – St. Louis Blues AAA
12th Round: Jonathan Davidsson – Sweden – Djurgardens IF Jr. 18
13th Round: Nathan Clurman – Defense – Culver Academy U16
14th Round: Josiah Slavin – Forward – Erie, CO – Colorado Thunderbirds
15th Round: Ben Thomas – Forward – Ashburnham, MA – Winchendon PS
16th Round: Justin Robbins – Goalie – Alpine, NJ – North Jersey Avalanche
17th Round: Seamus Donohue – Defense – North Oaks, MN – St. Thomas Academy HS
18th Round: Cole Chatham – Forward – Belleville, IL – St. Louis Blues AAA
19th Round: Trevor Bishop – Forward – Rochester Hills, MI – Oakland Jr. Grizzlies
20th Round: Anthony Grimaldi – Forward – Plymouth, MI – Detroit Victory Honda
21st Round: Cam Burggrabe – Goalie – Canton, MI – Detroit Little Caesars

20 Nebraska High School Seniors Come Aboard UNK Track

Nebraska-Kearney track & field head coach Brady Bonsall announced today the names of 21 high school seniors (eight women and 13 men) who'll join the Lopers next season.

Back in November, Colorado native Michaela Hoffman (hurdles) signed on with UNK. She'll also be a member of the soccer team.

This latest newcomer group features eight distance runners, four vaulters, throwers, and jumpers (horizontal or vertical) and one that'll be a sprinter and jumper.

On the women's side, Kearney High's Steph Weidas is coming off third place finish in Class A in the pole vault. Also, Elizabeth Cramer is the Class D defending state champ in at 3,200 meters with Gordon-Rushville's Dani Wellnitz winning the 2014 Class D state cross country title at the Kearney Country Club.

A KHS Bearcat also is joining the men's squad as Jacob Long won both the shot put and discus state tiles last May in Omaha.

Next, Warren Dexter of Nebraska Christian High is Class C's defending state runner up at both 800 and 1,600 meters with Omaha Central's Payton Nelson the 2014 Class A state champ in the high jumper. He'll also be a QB on the football team.

UNK has four "Last Chance" meets this weekend in Lincoln, Seward, Emporia and Naperville, Ill. Select Lopers will then compete in the NCAA Championships Memorial Day weekend in Michigan.

Name (Hometown/High School) … Events at UNK

Ellie Arduser (Coleridge, Neb./Laurel-Concord H.S.) … triple jump & sprints
· Has a personal best this year of 36-9.50 in the triple
· Was a 2014 Class C state medalist in the triple
Abby Burke (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Southwest H.S.) … distance
· Helped the Silver Hawks win the 2014 Class A state cross country title
· Was a 2013 Class A state qualifier at 3,200 meters
Elizabeth Cramer (Anselmo, Neb./Anselmo-Merna H.S.) … distance
· Won the 2014 Class D state title at 3,200 meters (12:04.69)
Sadie Petersen (Coleridge, Neb./Laurel-Concord H.S.) … distance
· Was a 2014 Class C state medalist at 1,600 (5:33.95) and 3,200 (11:56.17) meters
Emily Rohrer (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln East H.S.) … throws
· Ranks second in school history in the shot (37-7)
Steph Weidas (Kearney, Neb./Kearney H.S.) … pole vault
· Finished third in the pole vault (11-8) at the 2014 Class A state meet
Sheridan "Dani" Wellnitz (Rushville, Neb./Gordon-Rushville H.S.) … distance
· Won the 2014 Class D state cross country title (19:37.9) at Kearney C.C.
Bethany Wilson (Aurora, Neb./Aurora, H.S.) … throws
· Was a 2014 Class B state medalist in the discus (120-10)

Jace Anderson (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Southeast H.S.) … jumps
· Had top eight finishes in both the long and triple jumps at the 2014 Class A state meet
· Leads the state in the triple this spring (47-5)
Shane Burkey (Scottsbluff, Neb./Scottsbluff H.S.) … distance
· Helped the Bearcats win the 2014 Class C state cross country title
· Had team's top finish in the meet (3rd/16:38.3)
Frank Cuddy (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln H.S) … distance
· 2-time Class A state cross country medalist
· Was a 2014 Class A state track qualifier in the 800 and 3,200
Warren Dexter (Hastings, Neb./Nebraska Christian H.S.) … distance
· Was a 2014 Class C state runner up at 1,600 (1:58.15) and 3,200 (4:29.8) meters
Zach Gascho (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin H.S.) … distance
· Was the 2014 Class 2A state cross country champ
Jarrod Hinrichs (Geneva, Neb./Fillmore Central H.S.) … throws
· Was a 2014 Class C state qualifier in the shot
Njali Kowa (Omaha, Neb./Westside H.S.) … jumps
· Was a 2014 Cass A state medalist in the long jump (21-8.50)
· Personals bests of 22-7 and 45-4.25 in the triple
Jacob Long (Kearney, Neb./Kearney H.S.) … throws
· Was a 2014 Class A state champ in the shot (56-5.60) and discus (172-2)
Jon Marvin (O'Neill, Neb./O'Neill H.S.) … pole vault
· Was a 2014 Class B state medalist in the pole vault (13-6)
Grant Myers (Cairo, Neb./Centura H.S.) … pole vault
· Was a 2014 Class C state medalist in the pole vault (13-6)
Payton Nelson (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central H.S.) … jumps
· Was the 2014 Class A state champ in the high jump (6-9)
· Will also be a QB on the Loper football team
Preston Rath (Holdrege, Neb./Holdrege, H.S.) … pole vault
· Was a 2014 Class B state medalist in the pole vault (13-10)
· Has cleared 14-7 this spring
Jacob Zimbelman (North Platte, Neb./North Platte H.S.) … jumps
· Was a 2014 Cass A state qualifier in the long jump

UNK Veterans Tabbed by Teammates

The Nebraska-Kearney football team announced today the names of five seniors and a junior who'll serve as captains for the upcoming 2015 season.

Serving as captains for a second straight season are senior running back Romero Cotton (Hutchinson, Kan.), senior quarterback Bronson Marsh (Millard South H.S.) and junior linebacker Tyke Kozeal (Sargent).

Named a co-captain for the first time are senior safety Dillon Loschen (Columbus), senior receiver Dalton Sealey (Adams Central H.S.) and senior offensive linemen Jake Spies (Mullen).

The captains were chosen by player vote.

A two-time All-MIAA selection, Cotton has rushed for 1,547 and nine TD's as a Loper while Marsh has averaged 220 yards of total offense per game as UNK's starting QB over the past two seasons.

During the recent spring game, he tossed a 75-yard TD pass to Sealey, who began his career at running back but now has 22 career catches for 270 yards.

Up front, Spies is about to be a three-year starter, likely replacing All-American Cole Manhart at left tackle. Like Sealey, he has been named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll multiple times.

Defensively, Loschen has been one of UNK's top safeties the past three seasons. He has 150 career tackles, the 41st Loper to reach that figure in stops since 1990.

In front of him, Kozeal has been a defensive terror in his first two collegiate seasons, racking up 254 tackles, picking up four passes and forcing five fumbles. He is a two-time All-MIAA pick and a two-time MIAA Scholar Athlete.

UNK hosts its annual Loper Backer Fundraiser on Tuesday, May 5th.

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