Joe's Morning Sports-Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Atlanta Braves picked up their fifth straight win and completed a four-game sweep as Dansby Swanson smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer in their 5-2 win against Miami.  Kevin Gausman made his second consecutive straight start by limiting Miami to a pair of runs and four hits over six innings.  Swanson finished with three RBIs, Ender Inciarte drove in a pair and Charlie Culberson was 3-4 with two runs scored for the National League East leaders.  Ronald Acuna Jr. left the game after being plunked on the left elbow by a Jose Urena pitch.  It was the first pitch of the game and sparked a benches-clearing scuffle.  Acuna had hit leadoff homers in the last three games and homered in five straight games overall.

Former Nebraska Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne told ESPN that Scott Frost's arrival as coach has "lifted the mood of the entire state" and he thinks the Cornhuskers' hallowed streak of 361 home sellouts -- an NCAA record -- would have ended had Frost not returned to his alma mater.  "Last year was hard for the people here because we went 4-8. I don't think the stadium would have been sold out," Osborne told ESPN. "We've been sold out for 50-plus years. I think that streak would have gone had Scott not come back, so there's a significant renewed enthusiasm."  Nebraska has sold out every home game at Memorial Stadium since a 16-7 win over Missouri on Nov. 3, 1962, which was Bob Devaney's first season as head coach.  Osborne coached under Devaney as an assistant at Nebraska from 1964 to 1972 before serving as the Huskers' head coach for 25 years from 1973 to 1997.  Osborne, 81, coached Frost at Nebraska, and their final year together was 1997, which remains the Huskers' last national championship.

The Creighton women’s basketball team released their non-conference schedule yesterday.  It is highlighted by home battles with Nebraska and Drake, road contests at Florida State and Wichita State as well a holiday tournament in Orlando, Florida.  The Bluejays will open at home against South Dakota on Nov. 7.

The Wayne State men’s cross country team was picked to finish 10th while the women were selected 14th in the 2018 Preseason NSIC Coaches’ Poll.  Wildcat senior Isaias Solorio and sophomore Molly McCartney were named Wayne State’s Athlete to Watch.  The teams open the 2018 season on August 31 at the Augustana Twilight Invitational in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have released their preseason softball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Class ‘A’ Defending State Champion Papillion La Vista is ranked first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while Elkhorn is preseason ranked first in Class ‘B’.  In Class ‘C’, Wayne is first.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Class ‘A’ Defending State Champion Papillion La Vista is ranked first while Elkhorn is preseason ranked first in Class ‘B’.  In Class ‘C’, Wayne is first and Twin River comes in eighth.

The Norfolk High softball team gets their season underway today when they visit Lincoln Southeast in a 5:00 doubleheader.  The Lady Panthers have 29 girls out this year on the team with 14 on the varsity roster.  They have seven players returning with starting experience in Peyton Magnussen, Emma Armbruster, Paeton Coler, Sydney Rader, Makenna Waldow, Jordan Robinette, and Bailey Rucker.  The Lady Panthers will try to improve from last year’s 17-20 record.  They will be coached by Norfolk High graduate Derek Siedschlag, who replaces Tonja Ripple.  Their home schedule has them hosting Grand Island, Lincoln North Star, Fremont, Lincoln High, Columbus, Lincoln Pius X, and their own invitational on September 1st. 

The Norfolk High girls’ golf team gets their 2018 season underway this morning when they compete in the Papillion La Vista Invitational at Miracle Hills Golf Course at 9:00 AM.  The Lady Panthers have only nine girls out this year and are led by Celeste Gansebom, Leah Vanderheiden, & Kylie Blum from last year’s team that placed tenth at the Class ‘A’ State Championship.  Norfolk’s remaining schedule has them competing in invites at Kearney, Grand Island, Lincoln Southeast, Lincoln East, and a triangular and another dual at Columbus.  They will also host their own invitational on September 13th and the Heartland Athletic Conference Championship on September 27th at Norfolk Country Club. 

The Norfolk Catholic girls’ golf squad gets their 2018 campaign underway this morning when they compete in the O’Neill Invite.  The Lady Knights have only five girls out this year which includes 2017 State Championships competitor Anna Kassmeier, Carly Thramer, Kalee Gilsdorf, Hanna Neeson, & Autumn Alder.  Norfolk Catholic’s remaining schedule has them competing in invitationals at Pierce, Battle Creek, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Wayne, Columbus Scotus, and the Mid State Conference Meet at Wayne.  The Lady Knights will also host a dual with Crofton and a triangular with Hartington Cedar Catholic & Pierce while visiting Battle Creek, Columbus Scotus, and a triangular at Stanton with Plainview involved. 

Checking out the local schedule for today, in high school sports, the Norfolk High softball team visits Lincoln Southwest for a 5:00 doubleheader, the Norfolk High girls golf squad competes in the Papillion La Vista Invite at Miracle Hills Golf Course in Omaha at 9:00 AM, the Norfolk Catholic girls golf team participates in the O’Neill Invitational at 9:00 AM, and the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball team hosts Oklahoma City at 7:05.    

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Lincoln SW (SB DH-5:00); Nfk High at Papillion La Vista Inv. At Miracle Hills GC, Omaha (GG-9:00 AM); NC at O’Neill Inv. (GG-9:00 AM); Oklahoma City at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-7:05).

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & live from Market Grille at Hy-Vee West.  In the first Sportstalk of the season, Joe Tjaden will talk football with Norfolk High’s Tom Olson, Norfolk Catholic’s Jeff Bellar, and Lutheran High Northeast’s Darin Suckstorf.  Volleyball will be a topic with coaches Michaela Barry from Norfolk Catholic and Northeast Hawks general Amanda Schultze.  Also, Norfolk High softball coach Derek Siedschlag & Northeast Hawks men’s & women’s soccer coach Chad Miller.

Local Scores:  Omaha Storm Chasers 3 Oklahoma City 1 (Bsbl).

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      Final    Minnesota            6    Pittsburgh      4

      Final    N-Y  Mets            16    Baltimore        5

      Final    Philadelphia      7    Boston              4

      Final    Cleveland            4    Cincinnati      3

      Final    Houston              12    Colorado          1

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      Final    St.  Louis          4    Washington            2

      Final    L-A  Dodgers      4    San  Francisco      3,  12  Innings

In other news

The 15th ranked Creighton volleyball team picked up its first home sweep of former Missouri Valley Conference rival Wichita State since 2001, breezing by the Shockers 3-0 last night in the opening match of the Creighton Classic. 

The Lincoln Journal Star ninth ranked in Class 'C-2' Lutheran High Northeast volleyball team surprised previously unbeaten Omaha World Herald second ranked in Class 'C-1' Wayne last night in three sets.

The New York Yankees are American League East champions for the first time in seven years following a 9-1 pounding of the Los Angeles Angels.  DJ LeMahieu belted a three-run homer and Brett Gardner provided a solo shot and a two-run double in New York's 100th win.  In other Yankees news, sta…

The Norfolk High girls golf team hosted their own invitational today at Norfolk Country Club.  Millard North was the champion with a score of 346.  They won by two strokes.  Norfolk finished eleventh with a 404.  Lincoln Southwest’s Kate Strickland was the medalist after carding a 73.  She w…