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Huskers Fall to No. 13 Buckeyes, 64-59

Columbus, Ohio - Despite a career-high 34 points from James Palmer Jr., No. 13 Ohio State edged Nebraska, 64-59, Monday evening at Value City Arena.

Palmer set an arena record with his 34-point effort, as he went 11-of-18 from the field, including five 3-pointers in a losing effort, topping his previous best of 25 against UTSA on Dec. 20. It was the most by a Husker since Glynn Watson Jr. had 34 against Iowa last season and the most by a Husker in a road game since Aleks Maric had 37 at Iowa State in 2006.

Keita Bates-Diop led four Buckeyes in double figures with 20 points, as OSU improved to 18-4 overall and 9-0 in the Big Ten.

Nebraska (14-8, 5-4 Big Ten) trailed 46-41 with just over nine minutes remaining when Glynn Watson Jr. started an 8-0 Husker run before Palmer hit two straight 3-pointers to put the Huskers up 49-46 and force OSU to take timeout.

OSU went to Bates-Diop, who had 14 of his 20 points in the second half, for two straight baskets to put the Buckeyes ahead before Evan Taylor’s basket put NU up by one. The teams traded 3-pointers, as Anton Gill’s 3-pointer put NU ahead 54-53 with 4:36 remaining before Bates-Diop’s basket gave the Buckeyes the lead for good with 4:09 left.

Trailing by one, Isaiah Roby was fouled with 3:29 left, but was unable to convert the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity. OSU took advantage was Jae’Sean Tate was fouled and hit both free throws to extend the lead to 57-54. Moments later, C.J. Jackson’s 3-point play with 2:26 left capped the 7-0 run and gave the Buckeyes a 60-54 lead.

Nebraska pulled to within 60-56 on two Palmer free throws with 2:19 left, but a basket by Tate and two free throws from Kaleb Wesson stretched the Buckeye lead to eight in the final minute. Tate finished with 17 points and seven boards while Wesson and Jackson added 12 each for OSU.

Nebraska stood toe to toe with the No. 13 Buckeyes in the first half, leading for most of the half before Ohio State took a 24-22 lead into the locker room.

Nebraska held OSU, which came into the game leading the Big Ten in field goal percentage, to just 36 percent shooting from the field. The Huskers were held in check offensively by OSU, as NU shot just 28 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

Nebraska used an early 8-1 run, including 3-pointers from Palmer and Isaac Copeland, to push the lead to 12-5 after Palmer’s 3-pointer with 13:21 left in the half. NU led 14-7 after a Jordy Tshimanga basket, but the Buckers would chip away. OSU responded with a 10-2 run of its own, taking a 17-16 lead on a Bates-Diop dunk but baskets by Palmer and Roby gave the Huskers a 20-17 advantage.

Nebraska lead 22-21 after a Palmer basket with 1:04 left, but C.J. Jackson’s 3-pointer with 43 seconds left in the half sent the Buckeyes to the locker room with a one-point lead. Palmer led NU with 11 first-half points, while Tshimanga had four points and four boards before picking up three fouls. Tate had seven markers for the Buckeyes, whose 24 points matched their lowest first-half total of the season.

For most of the second half, the Huskers had an answer for the Buckeyes, who stretched the lead to five on a pair of occasions, only to see Nebraska respond until the final three minutes.

The Huskers will continue their two-game road trip on Wednesday, as they travel to Rutgers. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (CT) and will be carried on the IMG Husker Sports Network and televised on BTN.


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Loper Women rally past MWSU 55-49

 

Kearney, Neb. – Guards Michaela Barry and Grace Barry (no relation) combined for back-to-back steals and layups to help Nebraska-Kearney rally past short-handed Missouri Western State, 55-49,Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.

 

UNK (14-3, 6-3) has won six of its last seven and is now 9-0 at home. The Griffons (10-9, 3-7), picked sixth in the MIAA preseason poll, have lost six in a row but two of those came in overtime.

Showing its mettle, the Lopers have trailed in the fourth quarter in seven of its 10 wins over Division II competition. That deficit tonight was nine points with 3:29 to go. In Thursday's 88-79 double overtime win over Northwest Missouri, the Lopers were down 10 at the 4:00 mark.

"Throughout the game, you want to run what's in the game plan. You're playing basketball but you're maybe not being that aggressive. Late in the game, if you're down, you get into that attack, attack, attack mode. That actually helps offense. Now we just have to carry that over into the earlier quarters and we'll be golden," said UNK head coach Carrie Eighmey.

MWSU began the year with 13 players but only six were available tonight. Thus, all five starters went the distance. The Griffs got super performances from post Dossu Ndiaye (14 points and 11 rebounds) and guard Savannah Lentz (21 points and four steals) but were outscored 29-10 in the fourth quarter. UNK was 10 of 12 from the field and 8 of 9 from the line to come back from a deficit as big as 16 points in the second half.

"They did a good job in the first half of going from man to zone and sped us up. We were just a little bit out of sync and we weren't making shots. We just needed to calm down," said Eighmey. "It doesn't matter what defense they are in; it's basketball. Slow down, play at our pace, move the ball. We did a better job of that in the second half."

A three from guard Melia Richardson made it 47-38 Griffs at the 3:29 mark. UNK went on a 9-0 run with a Grace Barry (Lincoln East) steal and subsequent layup by Michaela Barry (Battle) tying things up with 1:01 to play. Not surprisingly, UNK slapped on some full-court pressure at the end.

About 16 seconds after Michaela's layup, Grace followed suit after a steal by her backcourt mate. It marked the Lopers first lead since early in the first quarter.

"That's our kids just making plays. They are tough and competitive and they knew we had to make something happen in order to give us another possession," said Eighmey.

An athletic six-two post from Senegal who caused problems all night, Ndiaye was fouled with 27 seconds left but missed both free throws. Kearney went 6 of 6 at the line to complete its scoring. In the final 3:29, MWSU committed five of its 19 turnovers with each one leading to UNK points (11 in all).

"In the fourth quarter, we got some transition opportunities which we hadn't been able to do earlier. They went man late, which most teams do, and that actually helped us. We were able to get in to our normal offensive flow," said Eighmey.

Mo West led for 32 minutes thanks to an offense that ran the shot clock down on each possession and a series of different defenses. A 2-3 zone gave UNK fits most of the night, leading to 15 turnovers and around 35 percent shooting.

Michaela Barry paced UNK once again, going for 18 points on 7 of 16 (2 of 6 threes) shooting). In the paint, Humphrey graduate transfer Alyssa Frauendorfer tallied 14 points, five rebounds (four offensive), four assists and three steals with senior McKenzie Brown (G.I. Northwest) at nine points and six boards.

For a second straight game, the Lopers got big performances off its bench. Guard Kyleigh Vaught (Smithton, Ill.) played most of the fourth quarter and tallied five points with Grace Barry having three assists, two steals and those two big go-ahead points.

"This team is committed to each other and has a desire to win and do well," said Eighmey. "They are having fun."

UNK heads to Lindenwood (Thurs.) and Lincoln (Sat.) next weekend. These are the only games vs. the Lions and Blue Tigers this season.


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UNK Men hold off Griffons, 78-71

Kearney, Neb. – Senior forward Trey Lansman had his 10th double double of the year and junior guard Isaiah McKay had his best game of the season as Nebraska-Kearney held off Missouri Western State, 78-71,Saturday evening at the Health & Sports Center.

The Lopers (8-10, 4-5) are now 6-1 at home and will play six of its final 10 games on the Buckle Court. Mo West (3-14, 1-9) loses an eighth straight game and falls to 2-8 in contests decided by 10 points or less.

Kearney came into the week also snake bit like in close games. But after Thursday's 66-59 win over No. 2 NW Missouri State and tonight's effort, UNK is now 6-9 in games decided by 10 points or less.

"They got up on us early so we switched things up with a three-quarters court press. That got us in transition and Isaiah hit three big threes to cut into their lead and away we went," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton.

UNK led for the last 30 minutes but a game Griffons team hung around and almost came back from a 15-point hole with 6:44 to play. A Loper technical foul started the spurt and was capped with two free throws by junior Lavon Hightower. Suddenly, it was 68-64 with three to play.

"We came out well in the second half and stretched things out a little bit but they started to full court press and we got a bit passive and sloppy. It didn't have to be that exciting down the stretch," said Lofton.

The Lopers got a layup from senior guard Lane Rohrich (Pierce) and a dunk by reserve freshman post Weston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Minn.) to lead 72-66 with 1:55 left. Neither team scored again until Lansman (Harlan, Ia.) went 1 of 2 at the line with 49 seconds to go. Mo West's TJ Evans, who was hot most of the game, missed two threes during that scoreless minute.

Hightower hit a tough three from the corner to again make it a four-point game but UNK broke the press and that led to a layup by McKay with 22 ticks left. The Lopers then went 3 of 6 at the line to close things out.

Lansman finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds (11 defensive) in 34 minutes. Going 8 of 13 from the field (2 of 3 threes) and 5 of 7 at the line, he also blocked four shots and had five assists.

"You hate to say it but you just expect that from Trey. He's doing some special things. Like some of our guys in the past, you really don't realize how good they are until you're not seeing them every night," said Lofton. "We'll try and enjoy every game with him as we go down the stretch."

After this weekend, Lansman now has 1,804 career points, eighth most in school history. He entered the week ranking in the NCAA Division II top 27 in seven different categories, including scoring, rebounding and double doubles.

Looking like the player who earned 2017 honorable mention All-MIAA honors, McKay (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) tallied a season-high 16 points. He made six field goals, three from long range, and added four defensive rebounds and three assists. McKay has been banged up all year, missing nine games in total.

"I'm hoping this really ignites him because he is a good shooter. He's been searching for confidence and rhythm. Those three threes really looked good coming off his hands in the first half," said Lofton.

Coming off a big effort against Northwest, Rohrich had five assists and scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half. Off the bench, Baker Magrath had eight points, four rebounds and three blocks with sophomore forward Kyle Juhl (Harlan, Ia.) at nine points, five rebounds and two steals.

"We started to see glimpses of what we saw in the summer from (Weston). He's finishing strong around the rim and impacting the paint," said Lofton.

Hightower and Evans both scored 20 for Mo West with reserve post Seth Bonifas at 11 points, four blocks and four rebounds in just 19 minutes.

UNK heads to Lindenwoood (Thurs.) and Lincoln (Sat.) next weekend. These are the only games vs. the Lions and Blue Tigers this season.


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UNK Wrestling: #12 Lopers Dominate Hays, 30-9

 

Kearney, Neb. – The 12th-ranked Nebraska-Kearney wrestling team used five bonus point victories to roll past Fort Hays State, 30-9, Friday night in Kansas.

 

This was the Lopers (17-1, 1-0) first MIAA dual of the year while the Tigers fall to 3-5 (0-2).

UNK got out to a 9-0 lead as ninth-ranked Josh Portillo (Clarinda, Ia.) had two takedowns and six near fall points to major Conrad Cole, 12-4, at 125 lbs. Eleventh-ranked Bryce Shoemaker (Baldwin City, Kan.) had three takedowns and 10 near fall points to tech fall Dy'Juan Carney in just 4:30, 17-1. The senior is now 10-1 in the second semester with three tech falls.

While the Tigers took three of the next four classes, redshirt freshman Matt Malcom (Glenwood, Ia.) moved to 8-4 thanks to a 16-1 tech fall at 157 pounds. In just 2:49 he managed two takedowns and 12 near fall points.

UNK closed things out by winning the final four weight classes. At 184 pounds, newcomer JJ Clark (Clarinda, Ia.), who was a linebacker at FCS Drake University in the fall, made a triumphant return to the mats by pinning Jordan Davis at 5:28. The sophomore was down 5-4 when he caught Davis.

Finally, Geneva sophomore heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs ran his win streak to 15 in a row thanks to a 5-4 decision over Dakota Gulley. While he tallied a first period takedown, Hinrichs needed a third period escape to post his 28th win of the season.

Kearney heads to Central Missouri (Wednesday) and Lindenwood (Friday) next week


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Loper men stun #2 Bearcats

Kearney, Neb. – Senior guard Lane Rohrich tallied 24 points and senior forward Trey Lansman added 19 and seven rebounds to help Nebraska-Kearney stun No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, 66-59, Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.

UNK (7-10, 3-5), hosting the Bearcats for the first time since January 2014, hands the defending national champion just its third loss over the last two years. Northwest (15-2, 7-2) came in having won 50 of its last 52 games with both setbacks coming at Missouri Southern State.

“In the pregame speech, I told the guys I was fortunate enough to have been on the bench when we beat Fort Hays State when they were number one and had a long win streak going. I told them I felt like we had that in us if we played right and they came out and did that,” said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton

The Lopers led by as many as 13 points and didn’t trail over the final 36 minutes. Still minus starting point guard Yashua Trent (Chicago) and reserve forward Austin Luger (Alliance), UNK was plus nine on the glass, hit seven threes and limited one of the MIAA’s most efficient offenses. The ‘Cats came in leading the league in field goal percentage (51) and threes made (11) but shot 36 percent tonight and went 4 of 15 from the arc.

“The key was defense and rebounding. Our guys really got down and guarded and didn’t give them many second chance opportunities,” said Lofton. “We had so many guys give us quality minutes. Offensively, we didn’t have a lot of turnovers and made a good percentage of our free throws.”

Rohrich (Pierce) not only went 10 of 12 from the field (2 of 4 threes) and 2 of 3 at the line but also guarded the nation’s best player, Justin Pitts. The reigning D2 Player of the Year came with career averages of 25 points and five assists against the Lopers but was limited to 14 points and two assists tonight. A 50 percent shooter on the year, the 5-10, 150 pound guard was 4 of 16 from the field (0 for 3 threes) and had three turnovers.

Freshman reserve post Weston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Minn.) was one of several Lopers to greet Pitts at the rim and he tallied three of UNK’s four blocks. Rohrich had the other as Northwest saw fellow starters Chris-EbouNdow (13) and Brett Dougherty (11) reach double figures on four made field goals apiece.

“Lane really had a huge game. He’s been our point guard since Yashua got hurt. He’s had to play a lot of heavy minutes and tonight that meant guarding the best player in the country on one end of the court and then find a way to get into the lane on the other end. That’s what Yashuadoes for us and he did that and then hit some really big (perimeter) shots. One was a “Hail Mary” (28-foot three pointer),” said Lofton.

UNK got out to a 24-11 lead before two threes rimmed out. Northwest stole that momentum, finishing the half on a 15-6 run. The Lopers got the lead up to nine and then 11 in the second half before the ‘Cats second big spurt.

A floater by Pitts made it 59-55 with 47 seconds left and capped a 10-4 run. With Rohrich and Trent out, the Lopers had to break the Northwest full-court pressure with a forward heavy-lineup. They did as junior guard Isaiah McKay (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and junior forward Carter Burns (Ankeny, Ia.) played a little give-and-go with McKay converting a three-point play to ice things. Four Burns free throws got the lead to nine and members of the Loper football team stormed the court, a rare occurrence on the Buckle Court.

Lansman (Harlan, Ia.) reached his point total by making six shots (three threes) and three free throws with York senior Ty Danielson (nine points, seven boards and three assists) close to a double double.

“Trey does what he always does and you kind of take that for granted,” said Lofton. “The seniors really stepped up tonight and that’s what you need to beat a team like that."

UNK hosts the Missouri Western State Griffons on Saturday. Mo West (3-13, 1-8) has lost seven in a row after a 61-42 decision tonight at Fort Hays State.


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Loper Women rally in 2OT Thriller

Senior guard Michaela Barry scored 43 points, tying a school record, to help Nebraska-Kearney rally past Northwest Missouri State in double overtime, 88-79,Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.

UNK (13-3, 5-3) is now 8-0 at home, winning three of those games in overtime. The Lopers picked up an additional OT win over Newman on a neutral court to be the only team in the program’s 50-year history to have played four extra session games in one season. Having won five of six, the eight-game win home streak is the longest in a decade.

Northwest (1-16, 0-9) came in riding a 13-game skid but has given UNK problems in the past and that continued tonight. The Lopers shot around 30 percent from the field and 60 percent at the line for most of the night while the Bearcats were making 12 three pointers, often late in the shot clock.

"Honestly, I didn’t feel like we weren’t ready to play the game or we weren’t focused. They just had a really good strategy … in the first half, they iced the game. They had long offensive possessions and then dagger us with a three in the last five or 10 seconds of the shot clock. We guarded well for 25 or 30 seconds, get deflated and then didn’t have patience on the offensive end. The combination of those things made for a long game,” said Loper head coach Carrie Eighmey.

Barry (Battle Creek) carried a Loper offense that shot better from the field as the game went along. She amassed her point total by going 15 of 34 (3 of 9 threes) from the field and 10 of 11 at the line. The 34 shots break a 36-year old record as Cathy Weir got off 33 in a 1982 OT win over Fort Hays State.

Averaging 15.2 points per game coming in, Barry fittingly scored 11 of UNK’s 13 points in the second overtime. Her runner made it 82-79 with 2:19 to play and then she salted things away by making four free throws in the final 37 seconds.

“I had no idea how many points Michaela had. Late, we were looking for her since she obviously had the hot hand,” said Eighmey. “That’s the thing about this team; last week it was McKenzie, tonight it was Michaela and Saturday it might be someone else.”

Barry also had team-highs in minutes (47), rebounds (10), steals (five) and had one assist and one turnover. This marks her first career double double as a Loper. Guard Darcy Stracke is the only other Loper women’s player to have tallied 40 points in a game. She had 43 in a November 1998 win over Nebraska-Omaha and then a few days later went for 41 to beat Fort Hays State. Both games went 40 minutes.

“In the second half, we more patient on offense. Defensively, we changed some things up but they shot the ball extremely well and had 12 threes to just our three. That makes it tough to come back,” said Eighmey.

Barry never would’ve joined in Stracke in the 40-point club had it not been for reserves posts Katey Brown (Craig) and Kennedy Sander (Lincoln Pius X). After trailing by four points on two different occasions in the first OT period, the Lopers were down 75-73 with 23 seconds left. Senior McKenzie Brown (G.I. Northwest) missed a shot in the lane but Brown rebounded the loose ball with 10 to go. On the play, Katey Brown was poked in the eye and had to come out. Despite sitting for a long while, Sander came in a knocked down both freebies.

Northwest had a chance to win at the buzzer but a long three by Mallory McAndrews bounced around the rim and fell to the floor. UNK had the same thing happen in regulation as McKenzie Brown’s long three from the left wing nicked the front iron.

“Our team is tough. They’ll find a way and they never quit. I’m really proud of them for their effort and willingness to keep battling,” said Eighmey.

UNK needed a furious rally to even get to Brown’s three. Trailing for 34 minutes on the night and by 10 with 4:00 to play, the Lopers ramped up the defensive pressure and went to a zone. The switch resulted in five Northwest turnovers with a layup from Barry knotting things up at 66 with 39 seconds left.

“We felt like we needed something to mix it up. They were doing well in the post and on the perimeter and we had some foul trouble in the post. We went zone and stayed in it a quite a while. They hit a couple of threes but we got a lot of empty possessions out of it,” said Eighmey.

Besides Barry, UNK was 15 of 45 from the field. Sander (13) had her sixth double digit effort of the year thanks to four buckets and five freebies with Brown having her best game (six points and three offensive boards) as a Loper. Also, reserve guard Adreon Bell (Independence, Mo.) was huge late and tallied five points, three assists, two steals and two boards in 16 minutes. This trio led to a 25-9 advantage in bench points for Kearney.

“It’s not easy to be out of the game for 35 minutes and get thrown in there the last five minutes. Adreon just didn’t help out but she changed the game and caused a lot of havoc on the ball. That resulted in some run out possessions for us, which we really needed,” said Eighmey. “Kateyhas made a ton of progress, had a couple of nice drives and some big offensive rebounds.”

Northwest, finishing with 22 turnovers and a 12 of 33 effort from behind the arc, had four starters in double figures. Senior forward Tanya Meyer led that group with a double double (27 points, 14 rebounds and five assists).

Finally, UNK made 25 of 37 free throws with the ‘Cats going 7 of 10. The Lopers rank among the nation’s best at not fouling, averaging 13 per game and 11 free throw attempts by the opponent. Tonight’s 24 fouls are a season-high.

UNK hosts Missouri Western State Saturday afternoon. The Griffons (10-8, 3-6) have lost five straight after a 58-36 setback tonight at Fort Hays State.


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Huskers Shut Down No. 23 Michigan, 72-52

LINCOLN – James Palmer Jr. led four Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska turned in its best defensive effort of the season in posting a 72-52 win over No. 23 Michigan Thursday night in front of a crowd of 15,794 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Palmer had a game-high 19 points, while Isaiah Roby added a career-high 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting to lead the Huskers to their first win over Michigan since 1964. Prior to tonight, the Huskers were winless in eight tries against the Wolverines since joining the Big Ten in 2011-12.

Isaac Copeland and Anton Gill added 13 and 10 points respectively, as Nebraska shot 55 percent from the field in its best shooting performance since late November.

While Nebraska enjoyed a balanced attack, it was its defense that shined in breaking a 10-game losing streak to Michigan. The Huskers (14-7, 5-3 Big Ten) held the Wolverines (16-5, 5-3) to season lows in points (52), 3-pointers made (four) and 3-point percentage (22.2 percent) on just 37.5 percent shooting.

NU was also able to force 11 turnovers, including nine steals, against a Wolverine team that led the Big Ten in turnovers.

Nebraska took control of the contest with an 18-4 run, erasing an early deficit and never trailed again.

Nebraska trailed 12-10 before Roby’s reverse layup triggered an 8-0 NU run, as the Huskers built an 18-12 lead on a James Palmer Jr. layup with 11:51 left in the half. Nebraska’s defense helped keep up the lead, as the Huskers used another 10-2 spurt to extend the lead to 28-16 and force Michigan to call timeout. In all, the Huskers held Michigan without a field goal for more than seven minutes during one stretch of the first half.

Michigan pulled to within 30-21 on a Charles Matthews putback, but Copeland, who went 5-of-8 in the first half, hit a driving basket to push the lead back to 11 at the break.

Michigan whittled the lead to eight, at 35-27 before Roby’s dunk ignited a 10-1 run that pushed the margin to 17 with just over 13 minutes remaining.

Michigan made one last run, cutting an 18-point deficit to 12 after a Jordan Poole dunk with 8:38 remaining, but would get no closer. Palmer hit a pair of three throws on the next possession before pushing the lead back to 17 with a 3-pointer from the top of the key that forced Michigan to take a timeout.

Charles Matthews led Michigan, which had won nine of their last 10, with 15, as the Huskers limited Moritz Wagner to just 2 points on 1-of-5 shooting.

The Huskers return to action Monday night, as they travel to Ohio State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT) and will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and BTN.


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Grand Island swimmers defeat Fremont


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Bellar named NSAA Executive Director

LINCOLN – The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) has hired Jay Bellar, Superintendent of Schools at Battle Creek, as the next NSAA Executive Director. As Executive Director of the NSAA, Bellar will be responsible for the overall administration of NSAA programs and coordination of the NSAA staff, budgeting and finance for the association, interpretations of the NSAA Constitution & Bylaws, eligibility and hardship rulings and NSAA championship contracts. Mr. Bellar has an extensive background in education and extracurricular activities, having served as a teacher, coach, principal and activities director before becoming Superintendent of Schools at Battle Creek, where he has served since 1998. Bellar also currently serves as the NSAA District III representative on the NSAA Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2007. Mr. Bellar holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Kearney State and a Specialist Certificate in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. “The Board had a number of excellent candidates for this position, making the Board’s task most difficult,” said current NSAA Executive Director, Dr. Jim Tenopir. “Mr. Bellar has exhibited great understanding of the issues involved in sports and performing arts. I believe that Jay will provide sound leadership to this statewide activities organization going forward.” Mr. Bellar will begin his duties as NSAA Executive Director on July 1, 2018.


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UNK Wrestling-Portillo Makes D2 National Debut

Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska Kearney wrestling team remains 12th in the latest Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 poll, presented by the U.S. Marines Corps.

This poll is a tournament power index (TPI) ranking as teams receive points for individuals ranked. UNK now has four wrestlers ranked among the 10 weight classes, good for 31 points and the No. 12 ranking.

St. Cloud State is still No. 1 team (103 points) with Notre Dame College, Ohio (80) second, Wisconsin-Parkside third (60), Ashland U., Ohio (57) fourth and Colorado State-Pueblo fifth (50). MIAA-member Central Oklahoma is 10th (37).

Individually, Maryland senior Kevin Barrett (6th/285 lbs.), Kansas senior Bryce Shoemaker (11th/133 lbs.), Illinois senior Keith Surber (2nd/149 lbs.) and Iowa redshirt freshman Josh Portillo (9th/125 lbs.) are ranked in the top 12 of their respective weight class. Colorado junior Zach Stodden (174 lbs.) and Iowa redshirt freshman Matt Malcom (157 lbs.) have previously appeared in the national rankings.

UNK (16-1) heads to Fort Hays State (4-3, 0-1) tomorrow night at 7 p.m. to begin the MIAA dual season. The Tigers are led by Brandon Ball (8th/141 lbs.), Live results are available for that event.


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