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Lopers Selected 9th in MIAA Football Polls

The Nebraska-Kearney football team is picked ninth in both the coaches' and media 2015 MIAA preseason polls.

The polls were released this morning as a part of MIAA Media Day at Sporting Park in Kansas City.

Last fall, the Lopers went 3-8 (3-8 MIAA) to place 10th in the league. Lamberson will welcome 42 returning lettermen, including six All-MIAA players, to camp next week.

In the coaches' poll, UNK tallied 39 points to come in ahead of Lindenwood (34), Missouri Southern State (17) and Northeastern State (16). The Lopers beat both LWU and NSU last fall.

NW Missouri State is first (118 points) as they picked up eight of the 12 first place votes. Pittsburg State (114) is second and received the other four first place nods with Central Missouri third (92) and Central Oklahoma fourth (91).

The media poll has UNK with 153 points, ahead of MSSU (144), LWU (122) and NSU (47). Northwest also leads this poll (478 points; 28 first place votes) with Pitt a close second (455 points; 13 first place votes).

UNK hosts NW Missouri State on Thursday, September 3rd, to start the 2015 campaign. The Lopers begin fall camp next Thursday, August 13th.

Defending MIAA Co-Champion Northwest Missouri received 36 first place votes between two polls as they topped both the coaches and media poll for 2015. 2014 MIAA Co-Champion Pittsburg State earned 17 first place votes between the two polls as they finished second in both the media and coaches poll.

The polls could not agree in the third place spot as Central Missouri edged Central Oklahoma by just one point for third place in the coaches poll while the Bronchos were third for the media. Missouri Western racked up 350 points to be picked fourth by the media while UCM was six points behind them in the fifth spot in the media poll with the Griffons earning the fifth spot in the coaches opinion.

Sixth place was agreed upon by both polls as Fort Hays State earned 284 points from the media and 71 points from the coaches. Their was a tie in the poll for the coaches at seventh place as Turnpike Tussle Rivals Emporia State and Washburn each earned 59 points. In the media poll the Hornets edged the Ichabods by just 13 points.

Earning the ninth spot in both polls was Nebraska-Kearney grabbing 39 points from the coaches and 153 points from the media. Lindenwood earned the tenth spot in the coaches poll ahead of the 11th pick MIssouri Southern with the two teams swapping roles in the media poll. Northeastern State was picked 12th by both the coaches and media in third year's poll.

All of the MIAA football schools are scheduled to kick off the season on Thursday, Sept. 3 with Fort Hays State traveling to Central Oklahoma in the MIAA Television Network game of the week.

2015 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Northwest Missouri (8) 118
2. Pittsburg State (4) 114
3. Central Missouri 92
4. Central Oklahoma 91
5. Missouri Western 82
6. Fort Hays State 71
T7. Emporia State 59
T7. Washburn 59
9. Nebraska-Kearney 39
10. Lindenwood 34
11. Missouri Southern 17
12. Northeastern State 16

2015 MIAA Preseason Media Poll
1. Northwest Missouri (28) 478
2. Pittsburg State (13) 455
3. Central Oklahoma 382
4. Missouri Western 350
5. Central Missouri 344
6. Fort Hays State 284
7. Emporia State 226
8. Washburn 213
9. Nebraska-Kearney 153
10. Missouri Southern 144
11. Lindenwood 122
12. Northeastern State 47

Rimington to Receive Osborne Leadership Award

Leadership Hastings will honor one of college football's all-time greatest players with its 2015 Tom Osborne Leadership Award. Former Husker and College Football Hall of Famer Dave Rimington will be in Hastings to accept the award at the sixth annual Tom Osborne Leadership Award Banquet on Thursday, October 8 at the Lochland Country Club. Rimington is one of the most honored lineman in college football history and since 1995 has served as president of the Boomer Esiason Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. Rimington is scheduled to be joined at the banquet by his college football coach and fellow Hall-of-Famer Tom Osborne. Longtime Husker strength coach Boyd Epley will give the keynote motivational speech for the evening. Tickets for the event are available now by contacting Leadership Hastings at the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Tom Osborne Leadership Award is presented annually to a top leader in Nebraska or a top national leader with ties to Nebraska. Dave Rimington is an Omaha native and Omaha South High School graduate. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he became the only college football player to win consecutive Outland Trophies and a two-time first-team All-American. Rimington is the namesake for college football's Rimington Trophy, given annually to the top center in the game. He also played seven seasons in the National Football League. Rimington is the longtime president of the Boomer Esiason Foundation. He has raised awareness and funds for research into a cure for cystic fibrosis. Rimington continues to give back to his home state of Nebraska. Proceeds from such programs as the Rimington Football Camp and the annual Rimington Trophy presentation banquet directly benefit the cystic fibrosis community in the state.

Boyd Epley served as the University of Nebraska strength and conditioning coach for 35 years. During that time, the Huskers won 356 games and five national championships. He has been called the "godfather of strength and conditioning" and named by Lindy's magazine as one of its Top 100 Most Important College Football Sports Figures of the Century. Dave Rimington was just one of the outstanding athletes Epley trained as part of the Husker program. Epley currently is the assistant athletic director for strength and conditioning at Nebraska. His keynote speech will focus on the three traits of exceptionally successful people.

The Tom Osborne Leadership Award is given annually by Leadership Hastings to a successful Nebraskan who has also given back to their community. The award's namesake, Hastings native Tom Osborne, served as Husker head football coach and athletic director, as well as a U.S. congressman. Osborne along with his wife Nancy also founded the successful Teammates mentoring program. Past winners of the award include Tom Osborne, Dan Whitney ("Larry the Cable Guy"), astronaut Clay Anderson, Jack Hoffman and "Team Jack" and Olympic gold medalist bobsledder Curt Tomsevicz.

The event on October 8 at the Lochland Country Club in Hastings will begin with a social hour at 5:00 p.m., followed by the banquet, keynote speech and award presentation. Rimington, Epley and Osborne will be featured during the banquet.

The public is encouraged to attend the banquet. Tickets for the banquet are available at a price of $50 each. Sponsorship opportunities are available and businesses are encouraged to contact Leadership Hastings. Proceeds will go to support the Leadership Hastings program. For information on tickets or sponsorships, call Leadership Hastings at (402) 461-8411.

Romeo Scores 25 to Lead Huskers in Aussie Opener

Natalie Romeo scored 25 points and dished out six assists, but the Nebraska women's basketball team dropped an 81-72 decision to the Frankston Blues at Frankston Basketball Stadium on Tuesday in Australia.
The Huskers, who were playing in their first of four games on the Australian Tour, trailed by three at halftime (42-39) and by six with just five minutes left (71-65) against the team made up of several former NCAA Division I standouts in Australia's SEABL.
Playing without All-America point guard Rachel Theriot, senior guard Kyndal Clark and Parade High School All-America post Jessica Shepard, the Huskers were led by Romeo. The 5-7 sophomore guard from Martinez, Calif., hit 9-of-29 shots from the field, including 3-of-12 three-pointers, while adding 4-of-5 free throws.
Sophomore Jasmine Cincore was the only other Husker to produce double figures, adding 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. Cincore, a 5-9 guard from Arlington, Tenn., went 8-for-8 at the free throw line while knocking down 2-of-7 shots from the field.
Freshman Rachel Blackburn, who played nearly 25 minutes in the game, led the Huskers inside with nine points and nine rebounds. The 6-2 forward from Leavenworth, Kan., hit 4-of-6 shots from the field. Redshirt freshman forward Darrien Washington added seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds, while going 3-of-7 from the floor. Washington added a pair of blocked shots.
Junior center Allie Havers pitched in six points on 3-of-7 shooting while pulling down seven rebounds, while senior forward Anya Kalenta added six points and four boards.
Freshman Maddie Simon, who played 28 minutes in the contest, managed four points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal, while going 2-for-8 from the field. Sophomore guard Emily Wood added a three-pointer while dishing out four assists and snagging two steals in more than 26 minutes of action in the Husker backcourt.
As a team, the Huskers hit 36.6 percent (26-71) of their shots from the field, including 23.5 percent (4-17) from three-point range. NU also managed to hit 16-of-24 free throws. The Huskers outrebounded Frankston, 41-39, but lost the turnover battle, 14-11.
Madeleine Garrick led Frankston with 24 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while former Gonzaga star Kelly Bowen scored 16 points. Carly Mijovic added 16 points and six boards, while Carly Chatfield contributed 12 points and seven rebounds. Former Saint Mary's (Calif.) guard Kate Gaze pitched in 10 points to give Frankston five players in double figures.
Frankston hit 41.3 percent (31-75) of its shots from the field, including 8-of-23 (.348) of its three-pointers. The Blues also connected on 11-of-14 free throws.
Nebraska continues its stay in Melbourne on Wednesday by taking on Dandenong. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (3:30 a.m. central) at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium.

Local Sports 8-4-2015

The Nebraska football team will hold "Fan Day" tomorrow from 6:00pm until 7:30pm at Memorial Stadium. This is the best chance for fans to meet and greet the Husker football players, coaches and staff before the start of fall practice, which begins on Thursday.

The Frankston Blues beat the Nebraska women's basketball team 81-72 today in Australia. Natlie Romeo had 25 points for the Huskers. Jasmine Cincore had 12.

At the Class B Seniors State American Legion Baseball Tournament in Cozad yesterday, Hickman beat Omaha Roncalli 10-0, Ogallala eliminated McCook 10-3 and Blair sent Beatrice packing with a 7-0 win. Today, Omaha Roncalli plays Ogallala at 5:00pm followed by Hickman against Blair at 8:00pm.

At the Class C Seniors State Tournament in Battle Creek, Elmwood Murdock beat Louisville 1-0, Crofton got by Bruning Davenport Shickley 6-5 and Shelton-Gibbon beat Alma 5-3. Today, Louisville will play Shelton-Gibbon at 5:00pm followed by Elmwood-Murdock against Crofton at 8:00pm.

Bryan Hughett of the Norfolk Country Club is the leader after the first round of the Nebraska Senior PGA Professional Championship at the Riverside Golf Course in Grand Island. Hughett opened with a six under par 66. Jim White of the Firethorn Golf Course in Lincoln is second with a 69.

The Kansas City Royals will open a three game series at Detroit tonight. The Royals are 62-42 on the season and lead the American League Central Division by 8 ½ games over Minnesota. First pitch will be at 6:08pm. Pre-game show begins at 5:30pm on "The Breeze," KLIQ 94.5FM.

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