Local Sports 5-7-2019

The Nebraska baseball team produced 12 hits in a 6-4 win over Northwestern yesterday in Evanston, Illinois.  Aaron Palensky and Angelo Altavilla led the way with three hits apiece.  Reece Eddins was the winning pitcher.  He threw six innings and gave up one run and five hits.  Eddins struck out six and walked one.  Nebraska is now 24-18 on the season, 13-8 in the conference.  They’ll play host to Arizona State this weekend.


Nebraska senior guard James Palmer Junior will have another opportunity to showcase his skills in front of NBA teams, as he was selected to the first-ever NBA G League Elite Camp in Chicago next week.  Palmer averaged 19.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game for the Huskers last year.


Lincoln Pius standout Charlie Easley has decided to walk on at Nebraska.  The 6-foot-2 Easley averaged 23.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.1 steals per game in leading the Thunderbolts to the Class B State Championship last year.  He was receiving interest from a number of schools including South Dakota, South Dakota State, North Dakota State and SIU-Edwardsville.


Nebraska head women’s golf coach Robin Krapfl has announced that she plans to retire this summer after a 32 year run leading the Husker women’s program.  Krapfl guided the Huskers to three NCAA Championship appearances, 11 NCAA Regional berths and was a two time conference coach of the year during her time as head coach.


Hastings College has a new athletic director.  John B.J. Pumroy will take over for Patty Sitorius, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.  Pumroy has been the athletic director at St. Mary’s Ryken, a college preparatory private high school in the Washington D.C. area since 2016.  Before that he spent six years as the athletic director at Shepard University in West Virginia.  He has also spent time at Valley City State and at Truman State.  Pumroy takes over on July 1st.


Tennis players Kelsey Brown  and Carter Mason of Hastings College have been named the Players of the Year in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Twelve other Bronco players have garnered GPAC honors.


The Hastings High baseball team has qualified for the state tournament for the second straight season.  The Tigers beat Omaha Skutt 6-4 last night to claim the B-5 district championship.  Connor Creech and Mason Brumbaugh had two hits apiece.  Sam Wibbels threw 4 1/3 innings and struck out 10.  Hastings is now 18-6 and will play in the state tournament beginning Saturday in Omaha.  Mount Michael Benedictine, Bennington, Seward and Elkhorn also won district championships in Class B last night.  Norris is scheduled to play Concordia/Brownell Talbot, Omaha Christian Avademy tonight.


Due to the forecasted weather across the state on Wednesday, the Class A and D District Track meets have been moved to Friday. There is no change to the Class B and C district meets scheduled for Thursday.


The Great Plains Athletic Conference has moved their baseball championship to Yankton South Dakota today because of projected rain in Seward.  Concordia and Jamestown will play one single nine inning game beginning at noon.  Both teams have qualified for the NAIA Opening Round.


ROYALS> The Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4 last night.  The same two teams will play at 7:10pm tonight.  Pre-game show begins at 6:30pm on “The Breeze,” KLIQ 94.5FM.


NBA> In the NBA playoffs last night, Milwaukee beat Boston 113-101.  The Bucks lead the best of seven series 3-1.  Houston beat Golden State 112-108.  That series is tied at two games apiece.


NHL> In the NHL playoffs, Boston shut out Columbus 3-0. The Bruins win that series 4-2.  Colorado knocked off San Jose 4-3.  That series is tied at three games apiece.

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