August 29, 2014

Pelini has the Huskers prepared for anything, but ready to adjust (AUDIO)

This was supposed to be a matchup of brother vs. brother, but Carl Pelini, the one time defensive coordinator for the Huskers was dumped by Florida Atlantic. Carl, back in an interview in April, said his firing ultimately had more to do with an athletic director who didn’t hire him more so than his alleged drug use, which he denied.

So now, one of the challenges for Bo is dealing with new coach Charlie Partridge. The Huskers need to prepare for a lot and be able to make adjustments on the fly. Pelini says keeping things simple is the key. He says an easy trap to fall into is over preparing and then running into a situation where you have Huskers chasing Owls all over the field. Pelini said you trust the players and their training.

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Volleyball fans set for great action: NU starts season with two ranked opponents

Nebraska features the fewest seniors (1) and most underclassmen (11) in school history this fall.  Yet head coach John Cook is building one of his deepest and talented rosters.

The seventh-ranked Nebraska volleyball team opens its season this weekend with a pair of top-15 showdowns at the 2014 AVCA Showcase. The Huskers face 13th-ranked Florida State on Friday at 7 p.m., before taking on No. 3 Stanford on Sunday at noon.

The Huskers will play 13 of their 29 regular-season matches against teams ranked in the preseason poll, the second-highest total nationally. Nebraska also will see its share of successful postseason teams. NU is the only top-10 team facing a pair of ranked opponents in the opening weekend. Sunday’s match-up with No. 3 Stanford is the lone top-10 match-up of the opening weekend.

Nebraska returns all but one starter from last year’s team, which finished with a 26-7 record and a No. 7 national ranking after a second consecutive trip to an NCAA Regional Final. The one loss is a big one, as outside hitter Kelsey Robinson was the Big Ten Player of the Year, a first-team AVCA All-American.

The Huskers bring back 2013 third-team All-American Kadie Rolfzen, along with honorable-mention All-Americans Mary Pollmiller and Meghan Haggerty. Pollmiller is the lone senior on a 16-player Nebraska roster that features 11 freshmen and sophomores. NU’s one senior ties for the fewest in school history, while the 11 underclassmen tie for the most. Nebraska is also the only ranked team with fewer than two seniors.

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High school softball scores from 8/28/14

Adams Central 14, Fairbury/Thayer Central 3
Adams Central 6, Blue Hill 1
Arlington 9, Omaha Duchesne Academy 1
Beatrice 5, Bennington 0
Beatrice 6, Raymond Central 3
Bellevue East 8, Omaha North 0
Blue Hill 10, Fairbury/Thayer Central 5
DC West/Concordia 10, Omaha South 0
Falls City 9, Maryville, MO 0
GICC 9, Chase County 1
Gothenburg 6, Cozad 5
Grand Island 7, Hastings 1
Grand Island 8, Hastings 0
Kearney 4, Norfolk 1
McCook 7, Omaha Gross Catholic 6
Norfolk 10, Kearney 7
North Platte 3, Omaha Gross Catholic 2
Omaha Skutt Catholic 9, McCook 1
Raymond Central 3, Bennington 1
Southern Valley/Alma 9, Chase County 6
Wilber-Clatonia 2, Bishop Neumann 1

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Former Nebraska golfer set for career debut on the LPGA

Former Nebraska women’s golfer Madeleine Sheils is expected to make her LPGA debut Thursday at the Portland Classic in Oregon. Sheils was an All-Big Ten performer for the Huskers as a senior in 2012, and finished second in a qualifier for the event on Monday to earn her first spot in an LPGA tournament.

Sheils is currently in her second season on the Symetra Tour. She ranks third on the developmental tour’s money list so far with six top-25 finishes, including a tie for fifth and a tie for seventh.

High school softball scores 8/26/14

Arlington 6, West Point-Beemer 0
Ashland-Greenwood 10, Platteview 1
Bishop Neumann 13, Aquinas Catholic 1
Blue Hill 6, Southern Valley/Alma 1
Blue Hill 9, Chase County 1
Central City 5, Polk County 4
Conestoga 4, Plattsmouth 2
Crete 8, Norris 0
Crete 9, Centennial 1
Elkhorn South 10, Fremont 0 (4 inn.)
Elkhorn South 9, Fremont 0 (5 inn.)
Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan 10, Fairbury/Thayer Central 2
Freeman 10, Friend 2
Gering 14, Scottsbluff 8
Gering 6, Scottsbluff 5
Grand Island 13, Lincoln High 0
Grand Island 14, Lincoln High 0
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 9, South Sioux City 4
Lincoln Southeast 5, Lincoln Pius X 4
Norfolk 9, Lincoln Northeast 0
Norfolk 9, Lincoln Northeast 1
Norris 19, Centennial 0
Omaha Marian 4, Papillion-LaVista South 0
Omaha Skutt Catholic 10, Bellevue West 4
Papillion-LaVista 10, Lincoln East 0
Pierce 11, Highway 91 7
Raymond Central 12, North Bend Central 0
Raymond Central 7, Yutan/Mead 5
Southern Valley/Alma 7, Chase County 1
Syracuse 2, Milford 1
Twin River 9, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 0
Waverly 4, Nebraska City 1
Wisner-Pilger 6, Twin River 5
York 5, Seward 0
Yutan/Mead 7, North Bend Central 1