Local Sports 4-17-2019

The Nebraska baseball team saw its three game winning streak snapped in a 5-0 loss to Kansas State last night at Hawks Field.  The Huskers were held to just five hits and left ten runners on base against the Wildcats.  It marks Nebraska’s second consecutive home loss after starting the season 8-0.  Joe Acker led the Husker offense by going two for three at the plate.  Chad Luensmann was the losing pitcher.  He went two innings and gave up two runs and three hits.  Nebraska is now 20-11 on the season and will play the Omaha Mavericks tonight at Werner Park.  First pitch will be at 6:35pm.  We’ll have the game on 1230AM KHAS beginning with the pre-game show at 6:04pm.


James Palmer Junior will continue his pre-draft preparations this week, as the senior was invited to play in this week’s Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.  The four day event features 64 of the top seniors in the country and scouts from both the NBA and overseas.  Palmer is the third Husker in the last four years to play in the event, joining Tai Webster and Shavon Shields.  Palmer averaged 18.5 points in 69 games for the Huskers.


Hastings College men’s basketball coach Bill Gavers continues to have success on the recruiting trial.  Braden Kizer of Overton is the latest player to join the Bronco family.  He averaged 20.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Eagles in his senior season.  He was also 1st team all state in both the Omaha World Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star. He joins Jack Goering of Grand Island Central Catholic, Karson Gansebom of Bennington, Mason Hiemstra of Alliance, Ashton Valentine of Hastings St. Cecilia, Bragen Meyer of Milford and Riley Shilz of Gering in this years recruiting class.


Sam Wibbels and Connor Creech combined on a two-hitter as the Hastings High baseball team beat Bellevue East 6-2 last night at Duncan Field.  Wibbels pitched the first five innings and gave up one run and six hits.  He struck out nine and walked five.  Creech threw the final two innings and gave up just one hit.  Jacob Schroeder and Laif Hultine had two hits apiece.  Hastings is now 11-3 on the season and will play at Waverly on Thursday.


In other action, Grand Island beat Lincoln Pius 8-3.  The Islanders are now 10-5.


In boy’s high school soccer, Columbus beat Hastings High 5-0.  The Tigers are now 4-7.  Kearney shut out Grand Island 3-0 and Lexington blanked Kearney Catholic 10-0.  In girls soccer, Columbus beat Hastings 2-1 in a shootout.  The Tigers are now 7-3.  Kearney beat Grand Island 5-0 and Lexington got by Kearney Catholic 2-1.

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