Joe's Morning Sports-Monday, October 8, 2018

Erik Kratz had three hits and the Milwaukee Brewers homered three times in a 6-0 win that completes a three-game sweep of Colorado in the National League Division Series.  Jesus Aguilar, Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton went deep to back Wade Miley, who combined with five relievers on a four-hitter.  The Rockies managed just two runs and 14 hits the entire season, failing to score in 28 of the 29 innings.

Ronald Acuna Jr. belted a grand slam and Freddie Freeman delivered a tiebreaking, solo shot as the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-5 to force a Game  Four in the National League Division Series.  Acuna put the Braves ahead 5-0 in the second inning, but Max Muncy and Chris Taylor went deep to help the Dodgers tie it by the fifth.  Freeman's sixth-inning home run off loser Alex Wood after Touki Toussaint worked out of a bases-loaded situation in the top of the frame.

According to multiple reports, the eleventh ranked Oklahoma football team is parting ways with defensive coordinator Mike Stoops after the Sooners' struggled to stop Texas in their first loss of the season.  A Norman radio station first reported Stoops was out last night, citing unidentified sources.  Oklahoma lost 48-45 on Saturday, allowing 501 yards to the Longhorns in Dallas.  The Sooners have struggled defensively the last two seasons, finishing 80th in 2016 and 82nd in 2017 in the country in yards per play allowed.

Jaali Winters set Creighton volleyball's all-time kills record to help the tenth ranked Bluejays to a 3-0 win over St. John's yesterday.  Scores of the match had CU winning 25-15, 26-24, 25-19.  Winters had a match-high 16 kills and now owns 1,633 kills.  She broke the Leah Ratzlaff's previous mark of 1,622 on an attack midway through the second set off an assist from long-time friend and teammate Megan Ballenger.  Winters hit a season-best .441, with four kills in the first set, five in the second set and seven in the final frame.  Creighton improves to 14-4 overall and 6-0 in BIG EAST action.  St. John's dropped to 15-7 and is 4-3 in BIG EAST action.  Taryn Kloth finished with 13 kills and seven digs, while Madelyn Cole tallied 41 assists, 15 digs and six blocks.  Brittany Witt recorded a match-best 17 digs.  The Bluejays hit .336 and finished with 48 kills, eight aces, 55 digs and eight blocks.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school football rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Omaha Burke remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Omaha Skutt stays at number one in Class ‘B’.  In Class ‘C-1’, Aurora stays at number one, Pierce remains second, and Columbus Lakeview is once again fifth.  In Class ‘C-2’, Centennial is once again first, Norfolk Catholic stays at number two, Oakland/Craig remains fourth, and Bancroft/Rosalie/Lyons/Decatur is once again sixth.  In ‘Eight-Man 1’, Creighton remains first, Burwell jumps from fifth to fourth, Wakefield enters the rankings at number six, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic drops from fourth to seventh, Wisner/Pilger slips from seventh to eighth, Lutheran High Northeast drops from eighth to ninth, and Fullerton falls from the rankings.  In ‘Eight-Man 2’, Mullen is once again first, Humphrey St. Francis remains fourth, Bloomfield stays at number six, Clearwater/Orchard is once again seventh, and Randolph drops out of the top ten.  In ‘Six-Man’, Harvard remains first and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family jumps from eighth to seventh.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha Burke remains first in Class ‘A’ and McCook stays at number one in Class ‘B’.  In Class ‘C-1’, Pierce stays at number one, Columbus Lakeview moves up from seventh to sixth, and West Point-Beemer jumps from eighth to seventh.  In Class ‘C-2’, Norfolk Catholic is once again first, Oakland/Craig remains third, and Bancroft/Rosalie/Lyons/Decatur stays at number four.  In ‘D-1’, Bruning/Davenport/Shickley remains first, Creighton stays at number two, Burwell is once again third, Wakefield enters the rankings at number seven, Lutheran High Northeast remains eighth, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic drops from fifth to ninth, Howells/Dodge enters the rankings at number ten, and Fullerton falls from the rankings.  In ‘D-2’, Johnson/Brock is once again first, Clearwater/Orchard remains third, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number four, Bloomfield is once again seventh, and Randolph slips from eighth to ninth.  In ‘Six-Man’, Harvard remains first and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family moves up from ninth to eighth.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated their high school football rankings.  Norfolk Catholic remains first in the Lincoln Journal Star and second in the Omaha World Herald in Class ‘C-2’.  The 6-1 Knights beat Battle Creek last Friday at home 21-7.  Their only loss is to Class ‘C-1’ top ranked Pierce.  Norfolk Catholic is outscoring their foes on average 40.3-17.9.  They return to action on Friday night when they visit 2-5 Stanton at 7:00.  Lutheran High Northeast remains eighth in the Lincoln Journal Star and slip from eighth to ninth in the Omaha World Herald in Class ‘D-1’.  The 5-1 Eagles had no problem with Laurel/Concord/Coleridge last Friday 62-42.  Their lone loss is to Wakefield.  LHNE is outscoring their opponents on average 64.8-37.3.  They are back in action on Friday when they host 1-5 Madison at 7:00.

The Girls State Golf Championships get underway today at various sites starting at 9:30 AM.  Class ‘A’ will hold their competition at Norfolk Country Club.  Class ‘B’ will commence at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus.  Class ‘C’ will compete at River’s Edge Golf Course in North Platte.  Norfolk High will be represented in the Class ‘A’ meet by Kylie Blume & Leah Vanderheiden.  Norfolk Catholic will showcase their team of Hanna Neesen, Kalee Gilsdorf, Anna Kassmeier, Carly Thramer, & Autumn Alder in the Class ‘C’ competition.  41 golfers from the Northeast Nebraska area will be participating in the events.

The Norfolk High softball team concluded their 2018 season with a 20-21 record after a 2-2 record at the A-3 District Tournament last Thursday & Friday.  They beat Lincoln East twice and lost to second ranked Lincoln Southwest twice.  This season, the Lady Panthers beat Grand Island, Lincoln Southeast, Lincoln Northeast three times, Kearney, South Sioux City, Lincoln High twice, Lincoln East four times, Fremont three times, Lincoln North Star, Columbus twice, and Lincoln Pius X.  Norfolk will lose six seniors to graduation.

The Omaha World Herald top ranked and Lincoln Journal Star second ranked in Class ‘D-2’ Ewing volleyball team is 20-0 on the season after winning their lone match last Thursday at home over Neligh/Oakdale 3-0.  The Lady Tigers have lost only one set all season, that being on September 15th in a 2-1 win over Hartington/Newcastle.  This season, they have earned wins over Plainview, O’Neill St. Mary’s, Niobrara/Verdigre, Elgin Public/Pope John, Clearwater/Orchard twice, Spalding Academy twice, Boyd County, Creighton twice, West Holt, Hartington/Newcastle, O’Neill, Twin Loup, Ansley/Litchfield, Arcadia/Loup City, Stuart, North Central, & Neligh/Oakdale.  The Lady Tigers return to action on Tuesday when they compete in 4-15 Santee’s triangular with 13-6 Elkhorn Valley involved.

Local Scores:  Creighton 2 Seton Hall 1 (W. Socc.); Winona St. 2 WSC 0 (W. Socc.).

NFL Scoreboard:  Kansas City 30 Jacksonville 14; Cleveland 12 Baltimore 9 (OT); Detroit 31 Green Bay 23; Cincinnati 27 Miami 17; Buffalo 13 Tennessee 12; Carolina 33 N.Y. Giants 31; N.Y. Jets 34 Denver 16; Pittsburgh 41 Atlanta 17; L.A. Chargers 26 Oakland 10; Arizona 28 San Francisco 18; L.A. Rams 33 Seattle 31; Minnesota 23 Philadelphia 21; Houston 19 Dallas 16 (OT).

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      Final    Carolina          8    N-Y  Rangers      5

      Final  OT    Toronto            7    Chicago              6

      Final    L.A.  Kings      4    Detroit              2

In other news

The eleventh ranked Creighton volleyball team downed Xavier 3-0 to pick up its 16th consecutive victory over the Musketeers, and tenth win in a row overall this fall.