Local Sports 6-14-2019

Another former Husker player is headed to Oregon State.  Former Nebraska punter Caleb Lightbourn has announced that he was transferring to the Pac-12 school joining quarterback Tristan Gebbia, wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey and linebacker Avery Roberts who have made the journey to Corvallis.  Lightbourn struggled in the Spring Game, where he averaged only 29.3 yards per punt on three attempts.  He lost his starting job to Isaac Armstrong in the middle of last season.


Nebraska-Kearney men’s basketball coach Kevin Lofton has announced that New Zealand native Matt Brien will play for the Lopers this season.  The 6-foot-4, 200 pound guard is UNK’s fourth recruit to date, joining Wahoo’s Winston Cook and junior college transfers RJ Pair of Garden City Community College in Kansas and Jake Walker of Snow College in Utah.  Brien has four years of eligibility remaining after spending last year at OnPoint Academy, a prep school in El Reno, Oklahoma.


The Hastings Sodbusters will play at Spearfish tonight.  Hastings is 5-12 on the season.  They’ve lost four games in a row.  First pitch will be at 6:35pm.


The Nebraska Danger will try to lock up a spot in the IFL playoffs when they play at Iowa tomorrow.  The Danger enters the game with a mark of 6-7.  The Barnstromers are the defending IFL Champions.  They are 12-1.  Kickoff at the Wells Fargo Arena will be at 7:05pm.


Grand Island Home Federal beat Hastings Five Points Bank 15-7 last night in the completion of a suspended game from May 28th.  Grand Island pitcher Ryan Melvin faced just 15 batters and allowed only three hits in the final four innings last night. Hastings is now 12-5 on the season and will play in the Creighton Prep tournament this weekend.


Hastings Johnson Imperial Homes will host a tournament this weekend at Duncan Field.  Hastings Runza will host games against Gering and York.


In other action last night, Kearney Runza swept a doubleheader from Scottsbluff 8-1 and 9-1.  Kearney is now 11-5 on the season.


ROYALS> Former Creighton star and Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez hit his first Major League home run and former College World Series hero Whit Merrifield drove in two runs to lead Kansas City to a 7-3 win over Detroit last night in the first Major League Baseball game played in Omaha.  The win allowed the Royals to win their first series in more than two months.  Kansas City will play at Minnesota tonight beginning at 7:10pm.  Pre-game show begins at 6:30pm on “The Breeze,” KLIQ 94.5FM.


NBA> The Toronto Raptors are NBA Champions after beating Golden State 114-110 in the sixth game of the NBA Finals last night.  It’s the first championship in the teams history.  Kyle Lowry had 26 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the Raptors.


Golden State swingman Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the third quarter of last night’s hame.  Thompson left the game in the midst of another great performance in the Finals.  He had 30 points in 32 minutes,  going 8 for 12 from the field and pulling down five rebounds.


BEER> Texas A & M has become the first SEC program to announce it would sell beer and wine to the general public at Kyle Field, after the alcohol ban was lifted at this year’s SEC spring meetings.  A variety of beer and will be sold to the public in designated locations, until the end of the third quarter of games.  Whether alcohol will be sold at other venues on campus has not been determined.




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