Local Sports 3-12-2019

The Adams Central Board of Education has voted to add a boys baseball team to its spring sports lineup. Hastings High already has a baseball program. Kearney begins play this season. In a recent student survey, 72 students at Adams Central indicated they would be interested in joining a baseball team. Superintendent Shawn Scott said more internal planning will be required to move forward.


Nebraska freshman guard Amir Harris will likely miss the Big Ten Tournament after suffering a knee injury in Sunday’s game against Iowa.  The injury is yet another blow to a team that has been ravaged by injuries and suspensions this season.  Nebraska will likely have just six scholarship players and two walk-ons available for this week’s tournament depending on the status of sophomore guard Thomas Allen.  He sprained an ankle against Michigan and is questionable for Wednesday’s game against Rutgers.  Nebraska is already without Isaac Copeland, who tore his ACL in a game against Ohio State and freshman Karrington Davis, who tore his Achilles tendon in preseason workouts.  Nana Akenten is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.


James Palmer Junior has been named to the Big Ten Conference all conference third team by the leagues coaches and the media.   Isaiah Roby was Nebraska’s nominee for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award..


Nebraska could have a team playing in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  The UNO Mavericks advanced to the championship game of the Summit: League Tournament last night with a 61-60 win over Purdue Fort Wayne.  UNO will play North Dakota State tonight, with an automatic NCAA tournament bid on the line.


Inclement weather continues to hamper the Hastings College baseball team.  The Broncos have postponed tonight’s game with Kansas Wesleyan because of the snow.  It’s the 11th game either cancelled or postponed so far this season.  Hastings has moved their four games series this weekend against Doane to the Bettis Family Sports Complex in Topeka, Kansas.


Nine Hastings College basketball players have been named NAIA Scholar Athletes.  This list includes Bart Hiscock, Zach Kitten and Logan Cale from the men’s team.  The women’s scholar athletes are Emma Grenfell, Gabby Grasso, Shandra Farmer, Sophia Pankratz, Mackenzie Willicott and Tatum Stenger.


Concordia will play Southeastern Florida in the Women’s NAIA National Championship game tonight at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City.  The Bulldogs beat Northwestern last night 82-79 while the Fire knocked off Dakota Wesleyan 78-75.


In the men’s tournament in Sioux Falls, Oregon Tech will play Spring Arbor of Michigan in the championship game.   Oregon Tech beat the College of Idaho in the semifinals last night 83-81 while Spring Arbor took care of Marion of Indiana 66-50.

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