Local Sports 7-2-2019

A new era for Nebraska basketball begins on Friday September 27th, as the Huskers usher in the Fred Hoiberg era at Pinnacle Bank Arena with Opening Night with Husker Hoops. The event, which is free to the public, will feature a musical act which will be announced at a later date. The night will also include introductions of the 2019-2020 Huskers, a live scrimmage on the brand new PBA court, remarks from Coach Hoiberg, fan contests, giveaways and more. Doors will open at 6:00pm with the event beginning at 7:00pm. Opening Night with Husker Hoops begins a busy weekend on the Nebraska campus, as the Husker football team will host Ohio State the following day.

Former Huskers Kadie Rolfzen and Justine Wong-Orantes have made the 14-player roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team that will compete in the Pan American Cup beginning Saturday in Peru. The U.S will be grouped in Pool B along with Columbia, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The playoffs begin July 12th.

The head women’s tennis coach at Nebraska-Kearney is leaving to become the Recreation Coordinator for the City of Lexington. Jake Saulsbury is the winningest coach in school history, racking up 327 victories over the past ten years. Assistant coach Scott Shafer as been named the interim head coach for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

The Fremont Moo scored five runs in the fifth inning to beat the Hastings Sodbusters 8-4 last night at Duncan Field. Chris Buting was the losing pitcher. Donovan Murray had two hits. Hastings is now 14-20 on the season and will host the Hub City Hotshots in a doubleheader on Thursday.

It was a short evening for the Hastings Five Points Bank baseball team. Hastings scored a run in the top of the first inning against North Platte, and then the game was suspended due to lightning. They’ll finish the game beginning at 3:00pm this afternoon.

In the juniors game, North Platte scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Hastings Johnson Imperial Homes 5-4. Hastings could manage only three base hits in the game. Justin Musgrave was the losing pitcher. Hastings is now 26-6 on the season and will host Wood River tonight at 8:00pm at Duncan Field. Hastings Runza will play Wood River in the first game beginning at 5:30pm.

Kearney Runza and Grand Island Home Federal will also be in action tonight. Kearney will host Lincoln Northstar beginning at 6:30pm at Memorial Field. Grand Island will host a doubleheader with Papio South beginning at 5:00pm at Ryder Park.

ROYALS> The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 11-4 last night. Kansas City will host Cleveland tonight beginning at 7:15pm. Pre-game show begins at 6:30pm on “The Breeze,” KLIQ 94.5FM.

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