Joe's Morning Sports-Monday, February 5, 2018

Zach Ertz grabbed a go-ahead, eleven-yard touchdown pass with 2:21 remaining before Philadelphia completed a 41-33 win over New England, giving the Eagles their first Super Bowl title.  Game MVP Nick Foles was 28-43 for 373 yards, three touchdowns and one interception to help Philly earn their first NFL title since 1960.  Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 505 yards and three TDs, but he fumbled seconds after Ertz put Philadelphia ahead.

 

The Indianapolis Colts say linebacker Edwin Jackson was one of two men killed when a suspected drunken driver struck them as they stood outside their car along a highway in Indianapolis.  State police identified the victims as Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, of Avon, Indiana.  Authorities say the driver that struck them before dawn on Sunday tried to flee on foot but was quickly captured.  Toxicology results are pending.

Another week, more additions to Nebraska's 2018 walk-on class.  The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the latest to join the first walk-on class under new coach Scott Frost are York standout Simon Otte and Gothenburg receiver Bennett Folkers, who both announced their commitments via Twitter on Sunday.  Otte was a first-team Super-State selection by the Journal Star this fall, listed as an athlete on the defensive side of the ball.  Listed at 6’1 and 180 pounds, he starred for the Class ‘B’ state-champion Dukes.  Otte racked up 101 tackles and three fumble recoveries on defense while also rushing for 1,435 yards and 14 touchdowns.  Folkers was an honorable mention All-State selection in ‘Class C-1’ by the Journal Star this fall.  He is listed at 6’3 and 180 pounds.  Otte and Folkers make 18 known walk-ons for the Huskers' 2018 class, including 17 from Nebraska.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys’ basketball rankings.  Omaha Creighton Prep stays at number one in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Aurora is once again first in Class ‘B’.  In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo is the new number one, O’Neill slips from first to second, Winnebago remains third, and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder is once again sixth.  In Class ‘C-2’, Ponca stays at number one, Bancroft/Rosalie-Lyons Decatur Northeast is once again fifth, Battle Creek enters the rankings at number eight, Lutheran High Northeast drops from seventh to tenth, and Hartington Cedar Catholic falls from the rankings.  In Class ‘D-1’, Kenesaw is the new number one, West Holt slips from first to second, Osmond stays at number five, and Walthill drops out of the rankings.  In Class ‘D-2’, Falls City Sacred Heart stays at number one, Humphrey St. Francis moves up from eighth to seventh, and Winside remains tenth.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys’ basketball team has dropped from seventh to tenth in the Omaha World Herald rankings in Class ‘C-2’.  The 14-4 Eagles split two games last week, falling to David City Aquinas on the road last Tuesday 55-49 before beating Omaha Nation at home on Friday 81-54.  Lutheran High Northeast is outscoring their opponents on average through 18 games 59.8-43.4.  They return to action on Tuesday when they host 11-8 Creighton.  

The Lutheran High Northeast girls’ basketball team is 10-10 on the season after splitting two games last week.  They lost at David City Aquinas last Tuesday 58-47 before edging Omaha Nation at home 52-51 last Friday.  The Lady Eagles are being outscored by their opponents on average through 20 games 45.6-45.  They have earned wins over Wisner/Pilger, Riverside, Wayne, Wakefield, Heartland Lutheran, Howells/Dodge, Battle Creek, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Walthill, and Omaha Nation.  Lutheran High Northeast now turns their attention to their regular season finale on Tuesday when they host 6-14 Creighton.

The seventh ranked in both polls in Class ‘C-2’ Hartington/Newcastle girls’ basketball team is 17-3 after a 56-36 loss to Ponca in the semifinals of the Lewis & Clark Conference Tournament last Friday.  The Lady Wildcats are outscoring their opponents on average through 20 games 51.9-33.3.  This year, they have beaten Ponca, O’Neill St. Mary’s, Wakefield, Pierce, Allen, Walthill, O’Neill High, Bloomfield twice, Wynot, Homer, Osmond, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, Crofton, Winside, Creighton, and Winnebago.  The Lady Wildcats returns to action on Tuesday when they visit 10-10 in Class ‘D-2’ Wausa.

Local Schedule:  Concordia JV at NECC (WBB-6:00).

Local Scores:  (11) Maryland 64 Nebraska 57 (WBB); Creighton 74 Marquette 73 (WBB); (15) Nebraska 35 Michigan St. 6 (WR Dual).

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     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION

    

      Final    Boston                97    Portland                96

      Final    Atlanta              99    N-Y  Knicks            96

      Final    Toronto            101    Memphis                  86

      Final    Milwaukee        109    Brooklyn                94

      Final    L.A.  Lakers    108    Oklahoma  City    104

      Final    Charlotte        115    Phoenix                110

    

    

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          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Vegas            4    Washington      3

      Final    San  Jose      3    Carolina          1

      Final    Montreal      4    Ottawa              1

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