February 8, 2016

Former Husker, Alex Gordon, sticking with #Royals

Alex Gordon is staying put in Kansas City

Alex Gordon is staying put in Kansas City

MLB.com is reporting that the Royals and Alex Gordon have agreed to a multiyear deal, pending a physical.  Buster Olney of ESPN says the deal is worth $72 million over four-years.

An announcement from the team could come as soon as today.

Gordon rejected a qualifying earlier before becoming a free agent.  Gordon, the 2nd overall pick in 2005 has been with the Royals his entire career.  The 31-year old is a lifetime .269 hitter and the winner of four Gold Glove Awards in left field. Gordon is just a career .222 hitter in the postseason with 3 HRs and 17 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .333.

Nebraska well represented on Northwest Missouri State’s D-II football championship roster

Northwest Missouri State celebrates their national championship (photo/Ian Echlin)

Northwest Missouri State celebrates their national championship (photo/Ian Echlin)

In front of a record-setting crowd of 16,181 fans Saturday evening at Sporting Park, in Kansas City, KS, the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats stamped their name in the history books and treated their fans to their fifth overall national title and second in three years. Over the last three years, Northwest has compiled a 40-2 record.

Playing a big part in this program’s success is the play of quarterback Brady Bolles, a native of Lincoln.

“It was incredible,” said the senior, Bolles, who concluded his stellar career at Northwest by going 20 for 27 for 233 yards and one touchdown. “Our fans were nuts all game. All season they were incredible. To go out on top my senior year is what you dream about.  It felt like a home game at a different field. Like I’ve been saying the whole year, we have the best fans in D-II hands down.”

Bolles played his high school ball at Lincoln North Star, threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns against only nine interceptions, averaging 265 yards per game.

Bolles is one of 13 Nebraska natives who made up the Bearcats roster that finished the season 15-0.

2 Brock Sherman LB 6-0 226 Sr. Crete, Neb. / Crete HS
62 Chase Sherman OL 6-0 271 Jr. Crete, Neb. / Crete HS
50 Zach Maloley LB 6-1 237 Sr. Kearney, Neb. / Kearney HS
Eli Keller LB 6-2 215 Fr. Kearney, Neb. / Kearney HS
78 Landon Kubicek OL 6-4 291 So. Lincoln, Neb. / Lincoln Southeast HS
10 Brady Bolles QB 6-3 205 Sr. Lincoln, Neb. / North Star HS
99 Brandon Yost DT 6-2 290 Sr. Omaha, Neb. / Millard West HS
72 Sam Gill OL 6-4 247 So. Omaha, Neb. / Omaha Burke HS
36 Cole Bixler LB 6-1 210 Fr. Omaha, Neb. / Omaha North HS
54 Matt Connelly LB 5-11 224 Fr. Omaha, Neb. / Omaha Westside HS
DJ McGargill DE 6-2 195 Fr. Omaha, Neb. / Skutt HS
74 Zach Flott OL 6-5 303 Fr. Ralston, Neb. / Ralston HS
79 Ryan Huff OL 6-4 276 So. Ralston, Neb. / Ralston HS

When they were Storm Chasers. Several members of the 2015 World Series Champs started their run in Omaha (VIDEO/AUDIO)

11 of the 25 members of the 2015 World Series champs spent time at Triple-A Omaha

11 of the 25 members of the 2015 World Series champs spent time at Triple-A Omaha

As the Manager of Sports News for Learfield News and Ag, I had the privilege to report on sports for two of our company’s networks. Before turning over the reigns to Todd Kimm this spring, one was right here at Nebraska Radio Network and the other in Missouri.

That position provided me a rare opportunity to not only follow the 2014 American League Champion and 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals, but I also followed many of those players as they made their way up the system, which included successful stops at Triple-A affiliate Omaha.

Starting with the 2011 season, Omaha’s Triple-A club changed their name from Royals to Storm Chasers.  That first year, under the direction of their longtime manager Mike Jirschele, Omaha finished in first place for the first time in 21 years.

The Storm Chasers went 79-63 and won the American Conference playoff series by beating the Round Rock Express 3-1.  Omaha then beat Sacramento 3-0 for their first Pacific Coast League Championship since 1990.

Several members from that Storm Chasers’ championship club were on the Royals championships roster this year.  They included:  Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Paulo Orlando, Salvador Perez, Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland.

Hosmer made his major league debut that year after playing in 28 games for Omaha.  The overall 3rd pick in the 2008 draft hit .437 in his short time with the Storm Chasers. The same can be said for 21-year old catcher Salvador Perez.  The World Series MVP debuted with the Royals on August 11th of 2011.  However, Omaha was a short stay for the kid behind the plate who started the year at Double-A ball before moving on after just 12 games in Omaha.  Perez also spent just 12-games in Omaha in 2012.

In fact, of all the World Series champs who spent time in Omaha, Dyson was the only player to not see time with the big league club in 2011.

During the 2012 season Christian Colon, the 4th overall pick in the 2010 draft, made his debut with Omaha.  New York starter Matt Harvey was selected three players later, 7th overall.  Colon, who was left off the 2014 World Series roster with a finger injury, showed no rust at the plate in the 12th inning of their World Series clincher.  His single scored  Dyson, putting the Royals on top 3-2.  They eventually won Game 5, 7-2.

Colon’s major league postseason batting numbers in three at-bats: 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored, an RBI and stolen base 1.000 avg

After Colon’s single, Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz came up to Colon and gave him a fist bump to the chest yelling “Gimme some…atta boy…Hell yeah!!!”

(VIDEO/Fox Sports, MLB)

In 2013, it was the arrival of Yordano Ventura, who started at Double-A Northwest Arkansas before being called up to Omaha where he made 14 starts.

I also can’t forget former Husker and Lincoln native Alex Gordon, who spent part of 2010 in Omaha learning how to play left field.  The former third baseman gave way to Mike Moustakas and saved his career by turning into a Gold Glove major league left fielder.

The Storm Chasers also continued their run in 2014 after manager Mike Jirschele was called up to coach third base for the Royals.  In those four seasons from 2011-2014, the Omaha Storm Chasers went 308-265 and won three PCL Championships and two Triple-A National Championships.

Five Huskers headed to track and field nationals after first day

Five members of the Nebraska track and field team punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships on Thursday at the NCAA West Preliminary Round on the University of Texas campus.

Fighting off strong winds and two delays from lightning, Nick Percy (discus), Tierra Williams (long jump), Jazmin McCoy (long jump), James White (high jump) and Landon Bartel (high jump) became the first five Huskers to lock in a spot at the NCAA Championships. Four of the five NU qualifiers were freshmen or sophomores.

Huskers Advancing to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon
Nick Percy, Discus (9th)
Tierra Williams, Long Jump (6th)
Jazmin McCoy, Long Jump (9th)
James White, High Jump (5th)
Landon Bartel, High Jump (9th)

Huskers Advancing to NCAA Quarterfinals on Friday
Drew Wiseman, 400m hurdles
Levi Gipson, 400m
Jake Bender, 400m
Shawnice Williams, 800m

Boys high school golf championship results

High school golf

High school golf

Class A–Top 3 Teams

1 Creighton Preparatory School +7 296 287 583

Alex Schaake, 11 -2 F -3 71 70 141
David Hansen, 12 +3 F +8 77 75 152
Thomas Pieper, 11 +4 F +3 71 76 147
Nolan Maschka, 11 -2 F +3 77 70 147
Blake Tooley, 11 Even F +6 78 72 150

2 Papillion-LaVista  +18 297 297 594
Benjamin Broderick, 11 +6 F +12 78 78 156
Jeffrey Paschal, 12 +3 F +4 73 75 148
Ethan Anderson, 11 +18 F +28 82 90 172
Nolan Zikas, 12 Even F Even 72 72 144
Joshua Wilson, 12 Even F +2 74 72 146

3 Omaha Burke +27 309 294 603
Sean Song, 12 -2 F +4 78 70 148
Myles Shonsey, 12 +3 F +10 79 75 154
Tyler Schafer, 10 +1 F +2 73 73 146
Lucas Leinen, 11 +4 F +11 79 76 155
Connor Fox, 11 +16 F +37 93 88 181

Class A Individuals

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