Local Sports 5-11-2020

It didn’t take long for Heinrich Haarberg of Kearney Catholic to make his choice.  After receiving an offer to play football at Nebraska last Monday, Haarberg verbally committed to the Huskers on Saturday.  Haarberg received other offers from North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, McNeese State, Boston College, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Old Dominion, Ohio, UMass and Wyoming.  He is a three star 2021 prospect and is ranked as the number 16 dual threat quarterback in the nation.  Haarberg threw for 18-hundred 69 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.


Former Husker walk on Xavier Trevino will transfer to North Dakota. He was one of three walk on players who decided to enter their names in the NCAA transfer portal earlier this spring.  Trevino will be on scholarship at the FCS level school, which means he will be immediately eligible to play during the 2020 season.  The Fighting Hawks finished 7-5 last season.  They’ve had a winning record in four of the last five seasons.


Nic Stoltenberg of Omaha Skutt has had a change of heart. After committing to Wisconsin last month, the three time individual state wrestling champion has announced his commitment to Nebraska.   He had other offers from Arizona State and Purdue.


Nebraska baseball player Ty Roseberry of Kearney has decided to hang up his cleats. Roseberry has decided not to take advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA to spring athletes because of the cornovirus pandemic and move on.  Roseberry played in 12 games for the Huskers this year before the season was cut off, hitting .211 with a home run.  He joins fellow senior Ben Klinke who have decided to forego the extra year. Joe Acker, Mojo Hagge and Gareth Stroh are also expected to return.


Midland University is adding women’s flag football as a varsity sport.  It becomes the 33rd varsity sport being offered by the school.  The NAIA announced its intention to add the sport last week in conjunction with the NFL.  The first 15 schools to sign up for sponsoring women’s flag football receives a 15-thousand dollar stipend from the NFL to help cover the cost of fielding the team, which would include coaches salaries, team travel and scholarships.  In the Midwest, Kansas Wesleyan has announced is decision to participate.   Schools in Florida, Georgia, California and Washington D.C. have also signed up.  The first season is planned for the spring of 2021 with an eye on the spring of 2022 for the first championship.  The sport must have a minimum of 40 institutions to be considered for full championship status.


It’s another day of racing without fans at Fonner Park in Grand Island. First race post time will be at 4:00pm. Meanwhile, officials with Agricultural Park in Columbus have cancelled their upcoming meet.  The ten day meet was scheduled to get underway on June 1st.


NCAA>  NCAA President Mark Emmert said he does not envision schools being ready to begin competing in college football or other fall sports unless students return to campuses around the country.  Emmert said he believes a final decision about fall sports resuming could come sometime next month.


The all time winningest coach in college basketball history is calling it quits.  Gene Bess of Three Rivers College in Popular Bluff, Missouri is retiring at the age of 85.  Bess had 13-hundred wins and 416 losses in 50 seasons at the school.  That is 143 more victories than Mike Krzyzewski of Duke.  Bess led the Raiders to junior college national titles in 1979 and 1992.  His son and assistant coach Brian has taken over as head coach.





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