The 19th-ranked and 5th-seeded Creighton men’s basketball team lost to top-ranked and unbeaten Gonzaga yesterday, 83-65, in the NCAA Tournament West Regional Semifinal in Indy. Playing in the Round of 16 for the first time since 1974, Creighton’s season ends with a 22-9 overall record.
The Nebraska baseball team completed the four-game sweep of Minnesota yesterday with a 10-2 win at Haymarket Park. The Huskers out scored the Gophers 39-12, while recording their first four-game sweep of a conference foe since 1994. Winners of six straight, the Huskers are on the road this weekend with a three game series at Illinois.
The 5th ranked Nebraska volleyball team swept Michigan, 25-19, 25-15, 25-13 Friday night at Cliff Keen Arena. The Huskers hit .362 and held the Wolverines to a season low .074 hitting percentage. The middle blocking duo of Kayla Caffey and Lauren Stivrins combined for 20 kills on .741 hitting without an error to go with 11 blocks. It was the 11th sweep of the season for the Huskers, seven have come on the road. The Huskers are scheduled to close out the spring at home with matches against Penn State both Thursday and Friday night at 8:00. The Nittany Lions, however, were idle this past weekend because of COVID issues. The NCAA Tournament begins April 14th at the CHI Health Center in Omaha.
The Nebraska football team will hold the first of 15 spring practices tomorrow. With that in mind, Husker head coach Scott Frost, offensive coordinator Matt Lubick, defensive coordinator Eric Chinander and several players will meet with the media today at 1:00. You can find a link to today’s press conference at HUSKERMAX.com. The Huskers Spring Game will be played May 1st. Tiickets will go on sale this week.
2022 weak-side defensive end Popeye Williams is set to visit Nebraska. Williams has scheduled an official visit to NU for June 4th, the first weekend after the NCAA’s anticipated expected to lift its recruiting dead period, which currently runs through May 31st. After that, the NCAA will reportedly allow prospects to visit schools and attend camps. Nebraska has already set up camps in June in anticipation of the rule change. A 6-foot-3, 230-pound three-star recruit, Williams is the 25th overall week side defensive end in the 2022 class, and the top overall player in his class from the state of Indiana per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He also has offers from Alabama, Michigan State, Penn State, Cincinnati and Louisville.
The 11th ranked UNK volleyball team pushed their winning streak to six in-a-row with a pair of wins in Topeka, Kansas Saturday. The Lopers swept Missouri Southern and defeated 24th ranked Central Missouri in four. The Lopers will close out a three match road swing at Fort Hays Thursday. Their final home match of the abbreviated spring schedule is this Saturday when they host Washburn.
The UNK softball team dropped a pair of double headers this past weekend in Kansas. Emporia State topped the Lopers 2-0 and 5-0 Friday. Saturday in Washburn they were upended 7-6 in 8-innings and 7-0. The Lopers will try to snap their six game losing streak tomorrow with a double header against Metro State in Denver.
The UNK track and field team won two events and had five provisional efforts at the Emporia State Relays this weekend in Kansas. Senior Maddie Bach finished first in the 1,500 (4:46.56) and redshirt sophomore Luke Stuckey in the 5,000 (14:46.32). Making the national list was senior Tanner Barth (shot put), redshirt juniors Tiara Schmidt (shot put) and Andrew Schuller (hammer and discus) and Kearney redshirt freshman Brayden Sorensen (high jump). The Lopers will host the Central Nebraska Challenge this Saturday at Kearney High.
All three of the Tri-City Storm’s games this past weekend were postponed due to COVID related issues. The Storm are scheduled to play at Des Moines Thursday, and Sioux Falls Friday and Saturday.
High School Results & Schedules:
Friday @ Lincoln Pius Tourney
– Lincoln Pius 8, Kearney 1
– Kearney 3, Blair 1
Saturday @ Lincoln Pius Tourney
– Kearney 8, Lincoln Northeast 5
– Kearney vs. Columbus – 4:00
– Kearney @ Papillion-LaVista South – 4:00
– Kearney vs. Lincoln East 4:00
– Kearney @ Double Dual in Lincoln – 10:30/1:00 @ Densmore Fields
– Kearney Catholic Girls vs. Omaha Mercy – 4:30
– Kearney High Boys @ Lincoln Northeast – 4:00 @ Speedway Sports Complex
– Kearney High Girls vs. Columbus – 7:00
– Kearney Catholic Boys & Girls @ Hastings – 5:00
– Kearney High @ Holdrege – 4:00
– Kearney Catholic @ Adams Central – 4:00
– Kearney High @ North Platte Invite – 9:30 @ Cody Park
– Kearney High @ Grand Island Invite – 9:00 @ Riverside GC
– Kearney Catholic @ Amherst Invite – 10:00
Track & Field
– Kearney High Boys Indoor Invite @ UNK – 17 1st Place Finishes
– Kearney Catholic Boys & Girls @ GICC Invite – 11:00
– Kearney High Boys @ Columbus Invite – 11:30 @ Pawnee Park
– Kearney High Girls @ North Platte Invite – 12:30