Local Sports 5-8-2019

The Nebraska men’s basketball team will take to the Caribbean this fall, as the Huskers will travel to Grand Cayman for the third annual Cayman Islands Classic. The three day, eight team tournament takes place from November 25-27. The 2019 field includes Colorado State, George Mason, Loyola-Chicago, New Mexico State, Old Dominion, South Florida and Washington State. Nebraska is the second Big Ten team to participate in the event, as Iowa was in the inaugural 2017 event.

The Nebraska softball team begins the postseason on Thursday when it plays Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Indiana. The Huskers are 21-30 on the season, 9-14 in the conference. The Fighting Illini are 31-22, 9-14 in the league. Nebraska took two of three games from Illinois at the end of March. Game time is set for 12:30pm. In the other games, Wisconsin will play Iowa at 10:00am, Indiana will take on Penn State at 3:30pm and Rutgers will battle Purdue at 6:00pm. All the games will be televised by BTN.

Jamestown beat Concordia 3-0 yesterday to win the GPAC Post Season baseball Tournament. Both teams advance to the NAIA Baseball Opening Round.

The Nebraska-Kearney women’s golf team shot a 54-hole total of 956 to finish in 10th place at the 2019 NCAA Central Regional in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Southwestern Oklahoma State, Arkansas Tech, Central Missouri and Norfolk State advance to the NCAA Championships.

Hastings High will play Seward in the first round of the Class B State High School Baseball Tournament on Saturday at 1:00pm at Werner Park in Omaha. The Tigers are 18-6 on the season. The Bluejays are 14-6. Seward beat Hastings 7-6 on April 2nd in Seward. We’ll have the game on 1230AM KHAS beginning with the pre-game show at 12:45pm. In the other opening round games, Waverly will play Mount Michael Benedictine at 10:00am, Norris will battle Elkhorn at 4:00pm and Bennington will play Concordia/Omaha Brownell Talbot/Omaha Christian Academy at 7:00pm.

In the Class A State Tournament at Sherman Field in Lincoln on Saturday, Gretna will play Arch Bishop Bergen at 10:00am followed by Grand Island and Millard South at 1:00pm. At 4:00pm, it’s Kearney against Elkhorn South followed by Millard West and Omaha Creighton Prep at 7:00pm.

The State High School Soccer Tournament gets underway today at Morrison Stadium in Omaha. In Class A, the Kearney boys will play Papillion LaVista at 9:00am, Omaha Creighton Prep will battle Lincoln East at 11:00am, Omaha South will play Papillion LaVista South at 1:00pm and Gretna will play Lincoln Southwest at 3:00pm. There will be two more games tonight. Omaha Skutt will play North Platte at 6:00pm followed by the Northwest boys against Crete at 8:00pm. The Hastings High girls will not play their first round game until Friday at 3:00pm. The Tigers will play Omaha Mercy.

Due to the forecast of rain today across much of the state, the NSAA has moved the Class A and D District track meets scheduled for today to Friday. The Class B and C meets scheduled for Thursday are unchanged.

NBA> In the NBA playoffs last night, Toronto beat Philadelphia 125-89. The Raptors lead the best of seven series 3-2. Denver beat Portland 124-98. The Nuggets lead that series 3-2.

NHL> In the NHL playoffs, St. Louis beat Dallas 2-1 in double overtime. The Blues win that series 4-3.

ROYALS> The Kansas City Royals beat Houston 12-2 last night. The Royals are now 13-24 on the season. The same two teams will play at 7:10pm tonight. Pre-game show will be at 6:30pm on “The Breeze,” KLIQ 94.5FM.

MLB> Mike Fiers of the Oakland A’s threw his second career no hitter last night as the A’s beat Cincinnati 2-0. Fiers walked two and struck out six. He becomes just the 35th pitcher in Major League history to throw multiple no hitters in his career. His last one was in 2015.

FB> Former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Matthew Baldwin is heading to TCU. Baldwin entered the transfer portal last month. The freshman redshirted last season and was poised to be in a competition with sophomore transfer Justin Fields for the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback job next season.

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