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Kissinger Enjoys Record-Setting All-Star Game

Husker women's basketball freshman Taylor Kissinger erupted for Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Game records with 26 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Blue team to an 85-81 victory over the Red squad at Lincoln North Star High School on Monday night.

Kissinger, a 6-1 guard/forward from Minden, Neb., hit 10-of-21 shots from the field and grabbed 13 defensive rebounds, while also snagging three steals. She also hit the game's biggest shot with her 25-footer from the left wing to give the Blue team an 85-79 lead after the Red cut the margin to 82-79 with 1:40 left. Kissinger's game-clinching three also gave her the NCA All-Star Game scoring record.

Kissinger starred at Minden High School throughout her prep career, claiming one of five spots on Nebraska's Super-State team in 2017, despite missing much of her senior season with an injury. She was also the honorary captain of the 2017 Class C-1 all-state team, averaging 24.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the Whippets.

Kissinger was ranked as the No. 26 overall player in the nation by Prospects Nation and finished as ESPN's No. 38 player in the country. She finished her high school career with 1,751 points, despite missing a combined 27 games as a junior and senior because of wrist injuries. She added 611 rebounds, 310 assists and 202 career steals. She hit 53 percent of her field goal attempts, including 37 percent of her career three-point attempts, while knocking down 78 percent of her free throws. She was also one of five Nebraska players on the 2016 USA Today High School Sports All-Nebraska team in 2015-16.


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Griffin Powers Australia Past Japan

Former Nebraska All-American Kelsey Griffin erupted for 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds to help power the Australian National Team to an 83-74 win over defending Asia Cup champion Japan on Tuesday in Bangalore, India.

Griffin, a 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, hit 7-of-11 shots from the field, including 1-of-2 three-point attempts to help secure a perfect 3-0 record in pool play for the Opals. Griffin added four assists and a blocked shot in 29 minutes in her third career game for the Australians, who earned the top seed in qualifying for the quarterfinal round.

Griffin scored five early points to keep the Opals within striking distance of hot-shooting Japan in the early going, then erupted on a 7-0 run of her own that included her three-pointer to give Australia a 30-24 lead. As a team, Australia shot a sizzling 12-of-20 (60 percent) from three-point range in the victory.

Through three games of pool play at the Asia Cup, Griffin averaged 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists while hitting 61.5 percent (16-26) of her field goal attempts including 60 percent (3-5) of her three-point attempts for Australia. She knocked down 83.3 percent (5-6) of her free throws, while averaging 19:26 playing time per game.

Griffin and Australia will enjoy Wednesday off in preparation for their quarterfinal game against North Korea on Thursday. A quarterfinal win will guarantee Australia a top-four finish at the Asia Cup and secure a spot for the Opals at the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain.

Australian National Team
2017 Asia Cup

Bangalore, India, July 23-29

July 23:Australia 78, South Korea 54
July 24:Australia 107, Philippines 65
July 25:Australia 83, Japan 74
July 27:Quarterfinals: Australia vs. North Korea
July 28:Semifinals
July 29:Bronze and Gold medal games


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McCook fall sports meeting

McCook High School will be hosting its Fall Sports Parents Meeting for parents of athletes participating in Boys Tennis, Girls Golf, Cross Country, Football, Softball, and Volleyball on Tuesday, August 1 beginning at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium.


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Lee Named to Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List

Nebraska junior quarterback Tanner Lee is one of 47 quarterbacks named to the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list Wednesday morning. The Golden Arm Award is presented at the end of each football season and the winner is selected based on accomplishments on and off the field. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class.

 

The 6-4, 220-pound Lee is entering his first season of action at Nebraska after beginning his college career at Tulane, where he started for two years. Lee emerged as the projected starting quarterback after a strong showing during spring practice.

 

A native of Destrehan, La., Lee made 19 starts in 2014 and 2015 at Tulane. In 2015, Lee started nine games at quarterback and threw for 1,639 yards and 11 touchdowns, while completing 52 percent of his passes. Lee threw for better than 200 yards four times on the season, including a season-high 277 yards against Maine. Lee threw for a career-high four touchdowns in a win over UCF.

Lee started all 10 of his games as a redshirt freshman in 2014. He completed 185-of-336 passes for 1,962 yards and 12 touchdowns. All of Lee’s passing numbers set Tulane freshman records. Lee threw for a season-high three touchdowns against Tulsa, Southeastern Louisiana and Houston. Lee threw for a career-best 301 yards on a 25-of-43 effort at East Carolina, and surpassed 200 passing yards in four other games.

 

Lee is one of three players who will represent Nebraska at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago next Monday and Tuesday.

 

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. Nebraska great Tommie Frazier won the Unitas Award in 1995.

 


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MNB Seniors pick up one seed in B6 Legion tournament

McCook - The Nebraska American Legion released the brackets for the area Class B tournaments that will start with action on Friday, July 21st in McCook at the Jaycee Sports Complex. McCook National Bank (25-8) has received the one seed and will get a bye into the second round on Saturday, July 22nd to play at 7:00 pm. First round matchups on Friday include: #2 Broken Bow (9-8) vs #3 Holdrege (17-18) then followed by #4 Gothenburg (6-8) vs #5 Hershland (5-12) at 6:30 pm. View a bracket below. All McCook National Bank post-season games will be carried live on 93.9 The Zone & www.939thezone.com 

 

Class B Area 6 Tournament Bracket


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Two Huskers Named to NABC Honors Court

Lincoln – Tanner Borchardt and Michael Jacobson were recognized for their efforts in the classroom Tuesday, as both players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

The honor is presented to players who are a junior or senior academically at an institution and posted a GPA of 3.20 or better at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year. It is the first honor for both players, as Nebraska had two of the nine honorees across the Big Ten Conference during the 2016-17 season. Nebraska has now had nine NABC Honors Court selections in Tim Miles’ five seasons at Nebraska.

Borchardt is a two-year letterwinner who walked on to the Husker program after an open tryout in 2015. He played in eight games in 2015-16 before rejoining the team in February of 2017. He provided depth in the Husker frontcourt and saw action in the Huskers’ win over Penn State. In the classroom, he was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and is a three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.

Jacobson wrapped up his two-year career at Nebraska in 2016-17, averaging 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He was second on the team in rebounding and ranked 10th in Big Ten play in rebounding in conference action. In the classroom, he was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2017 and made the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll all four semesters at Nebraska.


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Freshmen Give Huskers Top 20 Class

Nebraska's first freshman signing class under Coach Amy Williams was ranked as the No. 20 group in the nation by espnW in its final rankings of the 2017 high school seniors on July 13.

Taylor Kissinger, a 6-1 guard/forward from Minden, Neb., and Kate Cain, a 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., make up the only two 2017 high school seniors in Nebraska's freshman class of 2017-18, but both were ranked in the ESPN Top 100.

Kissinger was ranked as the No. 38 overall player in the nation by espnW and was a three-time All-Nebraska and Super-State selection at Minden High School. Despite battling injury as a senior, Kissinger averaged 24.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game on her way to being named the honorary captain of the Journal Star's Class C-1 team. A four-time Class C-1 all-stater, Kissinger also overcame injury as a junior to average 28.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in 2015-16. Although she missed 27 total games with injury in her final two high school seasons, Kissinger finished her prep career with 1,751 points, 611 rebounds, 310 assists and 202 steals.

Cain, Nebraska's most recent addition who joined the Huskers in mid-June, was ranked No. 82 in the 2017 senior class by espnW. A first-team All-New York performer as a senior at Pine Bush High School, Cain was ranked as the No. 10 post player in the nation. She averaged 25.2 points, 12.3 rebounds and 7.9 blocks per game as a senior, after averaging 24.3 points, 15.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks per game as a junior.

While Williams' first Husker class is ranked solely on its two freshmen, the Big Red will also be bolstered by a pair of transfers who sat out during the 2016-17 season. Senior guard Janay Morton will have one season to help Nebraska on the court after three solid years at Eastern Michigan. As a junior at EMU in 2015-16, Morton averaged 13.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game. In her three years at Eastern Michigan, the 5-10 guard from Brooklyn Park, Minn., totaled 1,341 points, 359 rebounds, 249 assists and 223 steals over 103 games with 94 starts. Morton was a third-team All-Mid-American Conference selection as a junior and a member of the MAC All-Defensive Team. She was also a member of the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2014.

Sophomore Bria Stallworth will get her first taste of Big Ten basketball after earning a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team at UMass in 2015-16. The 5-6 guard from Chicago averaged 13.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 0.9 steals over 30 games with 26 starts as a freshman at UMass. She led all A-10 freshmen in scoring and assists in 2015-16.

The Big Red also hope to be boosted by the return of sophomore Rachel Blackburn. The 6-3 forward from Leavenworth, Kan., redshirted during the 2016-17 season while recovering from multiple surgeries. As a freshman in 2015-16, Blackburn started 10 games and averaged 4.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17 minutes per game as Nebraska's top post defender, despite being limited by injuries throughout the season.

Nebraska was one of only two Big Ten women's basketball teams to earn top 20 rankings from espnW. Northwestern, which lost five seniors to graduation, had its freshman class ranked No. 18 in the nation with three top 100 newcomers.

Tennessee, UConn, Texas, Louisville and Stanford accounted for the nation's top five incoming freshman classes, while UCLA, Baylor, Texas A&M, Georgia and defending national champion South Carolina rounded out the top 10.

Nebraska will tip off its 2017-18 season with an exhibition game against Minnesota State-Mankato on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers will play host to SIU-Edwardsville in their regular-season opener on Saturday, Nov. 11 in Lincoln.


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Nebraska Football Fan Day to Include Movie Night

Nebraska fans will have an opportunity to double their fun on Saturday, July 29, at Memorial Stadium. In addition to the Huskers’ annual Fan Day, the Nebraska Athletics Department will debut the new HuskerVision North screen by having a Family Movie Night at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska Football Fan Day presented by U.S. Cellular will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Fan Day is annually the best opportunity for fans to meet and greet the Nebraska football players, coaches and staff before preseason practice begins the following day on Sunday, July 30. For the second straight year, the 2017 Fan Day will again be two full hours.

Following the completion of Fan Day at 8 p.m., fans will be asked to allow players and football staff to leave the field to continue their schedule for the day, while fans will be temporarily moved to the West Stadium stands to allow workers to remove the tables and tents from the field prior to the movie beginning on the new HuskerVision screen in North Stadium at approximately 8:30 p.m. Fans will be asked to exit Memorial Stadium following the conclusion of the playing of the movie. Fans coming for the movie can bring blankets and strollers for the event, but chairs are prohibited.

The new HuskerVision boards are currently in the final stages of installation and the July 29 events will be the first opportunity for fans to view the new boards in action. The North Stadium board has been upgraded from 20-millimeter to 10-millimeter pixels, providing clearer and crisper video. In addition, two new boards on the northeast and northwest towers feature 10-mm pixels wraparound screens, giving fans in North Stadium the ability to see the HuskerVision screens. All six of the HuskerVision screens inside Memorial Stadium will have 10-mm pixels, giving fans throughout the stadium a great view of the action. In addition, the ribbon boards on the east and west balconies were replaced with 16-mm displays that run the full length of the balconies and an additional ribbon board was added on the east balcony.

During the movie night, fans may sit in the designated sections of the Memorial Stadium stands to stay cool or sit on the playing field. Pepsi products, water and Gatorade will be available for sale, while free popcorn will be provided for the movie at the conclusion of Fan Day while supplies last. Because of the football practice on Sunday, no food will be allowed on the stadium turf, and no outside food or beverage can be brought into the stadium for Fan Day/Movie Night.

Fans will be able to enter Memorial Stadium through four gates for Fan Day/Movie Night. Fans may use Gates 3 (SW), 11 (NW), 15 (NE) and 24 (SE), with gates opening at 6 p.m. The majority of players and coaches will be seated at various locations on the field, with true freshmen located in the stands in the West Stadium. Assistant coaches will be seated with their respective position groups, and a more detailed map will be available on Huskers.com soon.

Nebraska fans are asked to respect players and coaches, as well as other fans by limiting their autograph requests to one item per player or coach. Any apparel items fans are wishing to have autographed should be in hand, rather than being worn. These policies will help accommodate as many fans as possible within the Fan Day time window.

Also as a reminder, autographs obtained for players and coaches are for personal use only. Any re-sale of an autographed item is prohibited and re-sale of an item with a student-athlete’s signature could jeopardize the player’s eligibility.

Autograph cards with a full 2017 roster, unsigned Coach Mike Riley autograph cards and other items will be available for fans at the gates. Free 2017 posters will be available from the Husker Team Shop tent on the field, and 2017 media guides will be available for purchase as well during Fan Day.

Parking will be available for fans in lots on campus around Memorial Stadium. Fans can park for free in the Champions Club lot, 14th& Avery parking garage and Lot 5 northeast of Memorial Stadium. Fans will have access to restrooms on the ground level, near gates 2, 15 and 24. Fans will not have access to the Osborne Athletic Complex. Water, Pepsi products and Gatorade will be available for sale from individuals moving around the field during the event.

A limited number of season tickets for the 2017 football season remain, and fans may also purchase single-game tickets for the 2017 season. To order tickets, visit Huskers.com/tickets or call 1-800-8 BIG RED during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday).


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Pierson-El Named to Hornung Award Watch List

Nebraska senior receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El has been named to the watch list for the 2017 Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse.

The Paul Hornung Award is in its eight season and is given annually to the most versatile player in college football by the Louisville Sports Commission. This marks the second time Pierson-El has been named to the Hornung Award Watch List after also being on the preseason list before the 2015 season.

In addition to being one of Nebraska's top returning receivers, Pierson-El possesses electrifying play-making ability as a punt returner. The 5-9, 195-pound Pierson-El is an excellent fit in Coach Mike Riley's versatile offense, and the Maryland native has also been used as a running threat. Pierson-El had a productive 2016 campaign both as a receiver and return man, but was still slowed by a major knee injury he suffered during the 2015 season. In 2017, Pierson-El hopes to recapture the game-breaking style that earned him All-America honors as a punt returner as a true freshman in 2014. Pierson-El was named a second-team All-America selection and a freshman All-American by several organizations. He was a second-team Football Writers Association of America honoree, becoming the first Husker freshman to make the FWAA All-America team.

Pierson-El enters his senior season with 686 receiving yards and is in position to join the Huskers' 1,000-yard receiving club. He also has 812 career punt return yards to rank fifth in school history and just 188 yards from becoming the third player in NU history with 1,000 punt return yards. Pierson-El has eight career returns of at least 25 yards.

Watch lists for major college football awards will continue to be announced for the remainder of this week.


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MNB takes two from Gering PVC

McCook - The MNB Seniors would close out the regular season on a high note Friday night as they would defeat Gering Platte Valley Companies 3-2 in 11 innings and 7-4 at the Jaycee Sports Complex. MNB and Gering would be in a tussle after 7 innings tied up at one all. Both teams would score a run in the 8th inning to push the game to more extra innings leading into the bottom of the 11th that saw DJ Gross for MNB hit a walk off home run to win the contest for McCook 3-2. MNB would have 3 runs, 10 hits, 2 errors in the game. Gering PVC would score their two runs on 7 hits with one error in the game. Tossing 120 pitches was Clayton Stevens for McCook, going 9 innings.Coming in on relief was Trae Koetter with 2 innings pitched. MNB had nine stolen bases in the game. 

 

Game two would feature a scoring flurry in the first inning as Gering PVC would score 3 runs off of MNB pitcher Kaden Sitzman. In the bottom of the 1st MNB would roar back with 5 runs to take a 5-3 lead. The bottom of the first would be highlighted by DJ Gross and his second home run of the day with a grand slam to bring four of the five runs in the 1st inning. The game would be scoreless until the top of the 6th as Gering PVC would scratch across a run to make it a one run game at 5-4. McCook coming to bat in the bottom of the 6th when Kaden Sitzman would launch a two run home run to left field bringing in some insurance for McCook to make a 7-4 contest. Sitzman would come out for the bottom of the 7th to end the game for MNB in a victory with 116 pitches, 5 hits, 4 walks, and 7 strikeouts. 

 

McCook National Bank ends the regular season with a record of 24-8 on the season and will next host the Class B Area 6 tournament starting Friday, July 21st. The official pairings have not been yet released. Stay up to date with the Hometown Family Radio Sports Network for that information. 

 

Listen to a post-game interview below with MNB Coach Scott Smalley after the 2nd game. 


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