Local Sports 11-19-2019

Longtime Grand Island Senior High volleyball coach Bill Root has announced his plan to retire from coaching.  Root has been the coach of the Islanders for 20 years, making eight trips to the Class A State Volleyball Championships and finishing runner up in 2006 and 2007.  He started his coaching career at Giltner High School in 1980, where he reached the Class D, D1 and D2 state tournament nine times, including four state championships and two runner up finishes.  Root will continue to teach physical education at Howard Elementary.


Defensive lineman Abdul Marei and defensive back DaeRon Jones of Hastings College have been named to the GPAC All Conference 2nd team.  Marei had 52 tackles for the Broncos this year including 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.  Jones had 39 tackles, 1 sack and 4 interceptions.  Wide receiver Keiotey Stenhouse and defensive lineman Steel Willis were honorable mention.  Tyson Kooima of Northwestern was named the GPAC Offensive Player of the Year.  Tanner Machacek of Northwestern named the Defensive Player of the Year.  Steve Ryan of Morningside was named the Coach of the Year.


Nebraska remains number six in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll.  The Huskers are 22-3 on the season. Texas is ranked number one followed by Pittsburgh, Baylor, Stanford and Wisconsin.  Rounding out the top ten are Nebraska, Minnesota, Penn State, Marquette and Washington.  Creighton checks in this week at number 12.  Nebraska will play at Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend.


Nebraska-Kearney is still number two in the Division II Poll.  The Lopers are 30-0 on the season.  Cal State San Bernardino is ranked number one.


Nebraska outside hitter Madi Kubik has been named the Freshman of the Week in the Big Ten Conference.  Kubik had 19 kills and 16 digs in a five set win over Iowa on Saturday.  She recorded 16 kills in a three game sweep at Michigan State last Wednesday.


The Hastings College soccer teams will be on the road for the opening round of the NAIA National Soccer Championships.  The women will play William Woods of Missouri on Friday in Indianapolis.  The winner will play 12th seeded Marian of Indiana on Saturday.  The men will head for Oskaloosa, Iowa to play Friends University of Kansas on Friday.  The winner will play 14th seeded William Penn on Saturday.


For just the second time in school history, the Nebraska-Kearney football team will play in a bowl game.  The Lopers will face Winona State of Minnesota in the 53rd annual Mineral Water Bowl on December 7th in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.  UNK finished the regular season 6-5.  The Warriors were 8-3.  The Lopers last bowl trip came in 1955.  Winona State is coached by former Hastings College and UNK assistant coach Joe Holtzclaw.


The second ranked Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team is the top seed for the 2019 MIAA Tournament and will face Missouri Southern State on Thursday in Kansas City.  This is the first year the tournament in being held at the Hy-Vee Arena.  The winner receives an automatic bid to the 64 team NCAA Tournament.


Five teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference will play in the NAIA National Volleyball Tournament.  Concordia, Jamestown, Morningside, Northwestern and the College of St. Mary’s have all qualified for the tournament.  The College of St. Mary’s is in the tournament for the first time since 2006.  Opening round matches will be held on Saturday.


In the Class D-1 state high school football playoffs last night, Osceola High Plains beat Cross County 34-30 and Burwell knocked off Dundy County Stratton 28-10.  In Class D-2, Pleasanton got by Overton 12-6 and Humphrey St. Francis downed Falls City Sacred Heart 24-16.  State championship games will be played Monday and Tuesday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.  The 6-man championship between Harvard and McCool Junction will play played Friday night at UNK.


NFL> In the NFL last night, Daniel Sorenson picked off Phillip Rivers at the goal line with 18 seconds to play to give Kansas City a 24-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City.  Rivers suffered four interceptions in the game.


BB POLL> Duke has jumped to the top spot in the AP Men’s College Basketball Poll.  The Blue Devils are 4-0 on the season.  Louisville is second followed by Michigan State, Kansas and North Carolina.


Oregon is number one in the women’s poll.  Baylor is second followed by Stanford, UConn and South Carolina.


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