Joe's Morning Sports-Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Coach Tim Miles will be back for a seventh season at Nebraska and talks about a contract extension will begin after the NCAA Final Four, athletic director Bill Moos said yesterday.  Miles is 97-97 with one NCAA Tournament appearance in six years.  Moos, hired away from Washington State in October, said he liked what he saw this season as the Cornhuskers went 22-11 and finished tied with Final Four-bound Michigan for fourth place in the Big Ten.  The Huskers went into 2017-18 off three straight losing seasons and finishes of no higher than eleventh in the Big Ten.  Former athletic director Shawn Eichorst chose not to extend Miles' contract after each of the last two seasons.  Miles has two years left on a contract that will pay him $2.375 million in 2018-19.  Nebraska also announced yesterday that guard James Palmer Jr. and forward Isaac Copeland Jr. will declare for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent, allowing them to maintain their college eligibility if they withdraw their names from consideration by May 30.  Palmer was the Big Ten's fifth-leading scorer, at 17.2 points per game, and a second-team all-conference pick.  Copeland averaged 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds.

Creighton guard Marcus Foster has been selected as one of 20 seniors who will participate in the College All-Star game, which will be played on March 30 at 3:35, at the Alamodome as part of the Final Four San Antonio.  Foster will enjoy a busy week as he is also participating in the 30th Annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on Thursday night at 8:00.  A senior from Texas, Foster became the first player in program history to earn First Team All-BIG EAST honors twice.  He led Creighton with 19.8 points per game, shot 41% from three-point range, and also added 3.9 rebounds.  Earlier today, Foster was recognized as an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, CU's first AP All-American since National Player of the Year Doug McDermott in 2013-14.

The Creighton baseball team beat Nebraska 3-1 last night in the first of a three-game season series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.  The Bluejays’ Preston Church was the winning pitcher after not allowing a run and surrendering only four hits in 6 2/3 innings in front of over 3300 fans.  Jonah Smith earned the save despite giving up the Huskers’ lone run in the ninth inning.  Nate Fisher took the loss for NU.  Creighton’s Will Robertson & Thomas Luevano had two hits each.  Luevano had two RBI and Isaac Collins scored two runs.  Scott Schreiber had two hits for Nebraska.  The Bluejays improve to 13-6 overall while the Huskers drop to 13-12.

Wayne State senior thrower Michaela Dendinger was named the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II Women’s National Athlete of the Week following her performance in last Thursday’s Wayne State Wildcat Outdoor Track and Field Classic.  Dendinger, a graduate of Hartington High, recorded two NCAA automatic qualifying marks and one provisional mark in her opening outdoor meet of the season at the WSC Wildcat Outdoor Classic.  She posted automatic marks of 200’ 11” in the hammer throw and 51’ 11” in the shot put, which are both top marks in NCAA Division II this season.  Dendinger also had a provisional mark of 161’ 7” in the discus, which ranks sixth this season in NCAA Division II.

The Northeast Hawks men’s golf team finished in fifth place at the two-day Southeast Community College Invitational yesterday at Beatrice Country Club.  Iowa Western Community College shot a 583 and won by 16 strokes.  Northeast carded a 688.  The Hawks shot a 343 on Monday and a 345 yesterday.  Iowa Western’s Joel Durnford was the medalist after a two-day 140.  He won by five strokes.  The Hawks’ Brook Klinetobe led his team with a 19th place finish after a 163.

The Norfolk High boys’ golf team won Fremont’s quadrangular yesterday at Fremont Golf Club.  The Panthers shot 307 to edge Papillion La Vista’s 308 by a single stroke.  Norfolk’s Luke Kluver won medalist honors with a 4-under par 67.  He won by four strokes.  The Panther JV won their criteria by three strokes with a 389.  Austin Hoffman won JV medalist honors with a 79.

Norfolk Catholic hosted Lutheran High Northeast in a track & field dual yesterday.  No team score was kept.  Winning two individual events included, Norfolk Catholic’s Dylan Kautz (100 & 200); Ethan Piper (Discus & Shot Put); Carly Marshall (100 H & 300 H); Audrey Stelling (800 & 1600); Lutheran High Northeast’s Korrell Koehlmoos (LJ & 110 H); Conner Uecker (HJ & 400).

This week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Allison Weidner of the Humphrey St. Francis track & field team.  Yesterday at the Stanton Invitational, she won four gold medals.  Weidner claimed the 800 & 1600 and also anchored the 1600 & 3200 relays to wins.  The freshman was competing in her first high school meet and was only five seconds off the 1600 school meter record.  Weidner was nominated by coach Dean Korus.  Congratulations to Allison Weidner of the Humphrey St. Francis track & field team, she is this week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.

Local Schedule:  NC at Grand Island CC (B. Socc.-5:00); Mt. Marty JV at NECC (Bsbl-4:00).

Local Scores:  Kearney 1 Nfk High 0 (B. Socc.); Kearney 1 Nfk High 0 (OT) (G. Socc.); Columbus 6 Nfk High 3 (G. Tenn. Dual); NECC 3-7 Central CC 0-9 (SB DH); Creighton 3 Nebraska 1 (Bsbl); Kansas St. 3 Nebraska-Omaha 0 (Bsbl); Nebraska 9 South Dakota 3 (SB).

Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Allison Weidner of the Humphrey St. Francis girls’ track & field team.

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     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION

    

      Final    Washington          116    San  Antonio      106

      Final    Toronto                114    Denver                110

      Final    Houston                118    Chicago                86

      Final    Portland              107    New  Orleans      103

      Final    Miami                      98    Cleveland            79

      Final    Dallas                  103    Sacramento          97

      Final    Indiana                  92    Golden  State      81

      Final    L.A.  Clippers    105    Milwaukee            98

    

    

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      Final    New  Jersey            4    Carolina              3

      Final    N-Y  Islanders      4    Ottawa                  3

      Final    Detroit                  5    Pittsburgh          2

      Final  SO    Winnipeg                5    Boston                  4

      Final  OT    St.  Louis              3    San  Jose              2

      Final  SO    Nashville              2    Minnesota            1

      Final  OT    Dallas                    3    Philadelphia      2

      Final    Columbus                7    Edmonton              3

      Final    Vancouver              4    Anaheim                1

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