Local Sports 12-4-2018

Nebraska is ranked number 24 in the latest AP Men’s College Basketball Poll.  It’s the first time since the 2014-2015 season that the Huskers have cracked the top 25 poll.  Nebraska is 7-1 on the season.  They’re off to their best start since the 2003-2004 season. The Huskers will play at Minnesota on Wednesday and will host Creighton on Saturday.


Former Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill has stepped down as the head football coach at Liberty University, where he went 47-35 in seven seasons for the Flames.  Liberty went 6-6 this year in their inaugural year of play in the Football Bowl Subdivision.  Gill also had head coaching stops at Kansas and Buffalo.  Gill retired to take care of his ailing wife, who has a heart condition.


The Hastings College men’s basketball team will play host to Bellevue University tonight at Lynn Farrell Arena.  The Broncos are 8-3 on the season after Saturday’s 104-73 loss to Morningside.  The Bruins are 4-7 after their 90-88 win over Midland.  Tip-off will be at 7:00pm.  We’ll have it on 1230AM KHAS beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45pm.  The Hastings College women will play at the College of St. Mary’s on Wednesday.


The Nebraska-Kearney basketball teams will play at Fort Hays State tonight.  The Loper men are 3-3 on the season.  The women are 5-2.  Game times will be at 5:30pm and 7:30pm.


The Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team is ranked 12th in the final AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll of the 2019 season.  The Lopers finished 33-3 this year.  Tampa, who won the national championship with a five set win over Western Washington is ranked number one.  It’s the 26th time the Lopers have been ranked in the final poll.


The NAIA has announced that Grambling Louisiana will become the new host of the NAIA Football National Championship for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.  The game will be played at Eddie Robinson Memorial Stadium.  The annual championship has been played in Daytona Beach since 2014 and will conclude its current contract upon the conclusion of the 2018 NAIA National Championship when Morningside and Benedictine of Kansas square off on December 15th.


The Hastings Sodbusters will have a local flavor this summer.  The team has resigned the 2018 Pitcher of the Year, Trey Kissack of Grand Island.  Kissack was 6-3 for the Sodbusters last year with an impressive 2.73 ERA. The Sodbusters have also signed Hastings natives Trey Asher, Connor Laux and Grant Schmidt, who all play at Cloud County Community College.

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