Local Sports 2-5-2019

Tennessee is ranked number one in the latest AP Men’s College Basketball Poll.  The Volunteers are now 20-1 on the season.  Duke is second followed by Virginia, Gonzaga and Kentucky.  Rounding out the top ten are Nevada, Michigan, North Carolina, Michigan State and Marquette.


The Cincinnati Bengals have hired former Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor as their 10th head coach in franchise history.  Taylor is the first Husker in the Super Bowl era to become an NFL head coach and just the fifth former Nebraska player to lead an NFL team.  The others include Guy Chamberlain, Ed Weir, Ray Richards and Ray Prochaska.  Taylor started 26 games for Nebraska in 2005 and 2006 leading the Huskers to 17 victories.  He’s spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams.


Sam Haiby of Nebraska has been named the Freshman of the Week in the Big 10 Conference.  Haiby averaged 15 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in just 19.5 minutes off the bench for the Huskers last week.  She hit 66 percent of her shots including 75 percent from three point range.


The Nebraska-Kearney wrestling team won the first six matches to fly by Newman University 35-9 last night in Wichita.  With the win, the Lopers secure at least a piece of the MIAA title.  UNK can win it outright with a victory over Fort Hays State this Sunday at the Health and Sports Center.


In the Great Plains Athletic Conference last night, the Dakota Wesleyan women beat Jamestown 98-92 in four overtimes.  That ties for the second longest game in NAIA history.  Hastings and Morningside also played four overtimes in 2004.  In the men’s game, Jamestown took over second place in the conference with a 102-63 win over the Tigers.


In boys high school basketball last night, Blue Hill beat Franklin 60-41 and Centura knocked off St. Paul 68-52.  In girls play, Blue Hill ran past Franklin 61-23 and Superior beat Smith Center Kansas 60-25.


The Hastings High Tigers will play at Adams Central tonight.  The boys game will feature two teams that are ranked in the top ten of their respective class.  The Tigers are 11-4 on the season.  The Patriots are 13-5.  The girls game is at 6:00pm with the boys to follow at 7:45pm.  We’ll have the action on 1230AM KHAS beginning with the pre-game show at 5:45pm.


Also tonight, Kearney Catholic plays at Centura on Power 99 KKPR 98.9FM.  Pre-game coverage begins at 5:45pm.

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