August 29, 2014

Nebraska football continues fall camp

The Nebraska football team continued Fall Camp on Wednesday with a two-hour practice at the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields outside of the Hawks Championship Center.

Afterward, Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck spoke to the media about the up-tempo speed of practice and was pleased with the way it is going so far.

“I like it,” Beck said. “It’s part of the simplification process on us to allow those guys to play a little bit faster. It fits what we can do. I think we have good depth on both sides of the ball. We’re going to go after people a little bit. It keeps them focused.”

Beck also talked about the quarterback battle from the last few practices.

“(I see) just inconsistency right now,” Beck said. “Obviously we are putting in all the install today. Their heads were swimming a little bit. But there’s talent. There’s a lot of good things they are doing. I’ve been pleased. I see improvement in them every day in the things they need to improve on. It’s going to be a process we are going to have to go through here in the next couple weeks. Hopefully the best player is going to end up rising to the top. They are all working hard. I’m pleased the way they are working. We’re a work in progress. We just have a ways to go.” [Read more...]

Huskers womens soccer ranked 13th in preseason poll

The Nebraska soccer team earned the No. 13 spot in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I Preseason Rankings when the list was announced on Wednesday.

Last season, the Huskers posted a 19-4-1 record en route to winning the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles. Nebraska finished the 2013 campaign with the No. 13 ranking and will return starters Samantha Areman, Mayme Conroy, Caroline Gray, Jaycie Johnson and Katie Kraeutner this season.

Nebraska faces Colorado College on Friday, Aug. 15 in its exhibition opener before beginning the regular season at home against SMU on Friday, Aug. 22 at the Nebraska Soccer Field.

The Huskers will play three teams in the NSCAA preseason poll: No. 7 Michigan (Oct. 2), No. 15 Marquette (Aug. 31) and No. 24 Penn State (Oct. 24).

Creighton men’s soccer receives votes in preseason poll

The Creighton men’s soccer team received 14 votes from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in the organization’s Preseason Top 25 Poll released Wednesday afternoon.

The Bluejays are the sixth team listed in schools also receiving votes, placing them at No. 31 overall in the national rankings. Creighton finished last season unranked with a 9-9-2 overall mark following an NCAA Tournament First Round setback against Seattle.

CU played a lot of tight matches in 2013 as each of the Jays’ nine losses came by a single goal. The Bluejays completed their first season in the BIG EAST Conference with a 4-4-1 mark and a fifth-place finish. CU finished with a 7-2-1 record at home inside Morrison Stadium.

Fourth-year head coach Elmar Bolowich leads the Jays in their quest for the program’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 23 seasons in 2014. Creighton returns 15 letterwinners and eight starters from last year’s team. [Read more...]

Jack Hoffman’s brain tumor no longer in remission

Jack Hoffman during Nebraska's spring game

Jack Hoffman during Nebraska’s spring game

Jack Hoffman, who gained worldwide fame with his connection to the Nebraska Football program received troubling news from doctors yesterday.  Here is the post from the Hoffman family posted to caringbridge.org:

Marathon of healing continues …

Today we were humbly reminded that when your child has an inoperable brain tumor, that anything can happen at any point in time.  Despite Jack’s tumor being declared in remission (stable) last October, today we learned that that is no longer the case.  While we left Boston in April with the knowledge that there was a “spot of concern”, we nonetheless remained optimistic that it was just nothing.Today we had a full plate of appointments – MRI, neuro-surgeon, neurology and neuro-oncologist.  Doctors informed us that Jack’s brain tumor has grown since the April MRI.  This tumor reoccurrence is going to require some type of therapy.  The tumor reoccurrence is potentially resectable.  Thus, surgery is now an option. Options include a third neurosurgery and/or a second round of chemotherapy.We have multiple chemotherapy options to consider.  One of those options includes a clinical trial that is available here in Boston and is a targeted therapy which would target a specific genetic mutation that Jack has (his tumor was tested for this after his 2011 Boston Children’s surgery). Like other cancer treatments, this poses a secondary cancer risk and has other side effects.  Plus it would involve extensive travel.  We are checking on availability of this trial in Denver.Tomorrow all of Jack’s doctors will be round tabling his case again.  They are going to follow-up with a final recommendation.  Regardless, it will include a second round of chemotherapy.

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support. Jack is doing great.  This is a mild setback and everyone remains optimistic for Jack, including and especially his Mom and Dad.  We love you all and can’t thank you enough for your support.

As a very special treat for Jack, tomorrow after landing in Omaha, we are going to take Jack to the Bengals v. Chiefs game in KC to watch his friend Rex play. #WhoDey! Have a great evening with your family.

Love,
Andy, Bri, Jack, Ava & Reese

Storm Chasers grab extra inning victory

Pedro Ciriaco scored the game-winning run in the tenth inning as Omaha overcame an early deficit to defeat Memphis, 3-2, Thursday night in the last of four meetings at AutoZone Park. The Storm Chasers improved to 54-50 and stayed within two and a half games of front-running Iowa in the American Conference North Division.

Ciriaco led off the tenth against Eric Fornataro with an infield hit and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Paul Janish, his second of the night. Whit Merrifield then hit a slow bouncer to third that Pete Kozma fielded but his throw to first base couldn’t be handled by Xavier Scruggs, allowing Ciriaco to score the decisive run. Casey Coleman then completed his third inning of scoreless relief by getting Shane Robinson to ground into a game-ending double play to earn the win, as the two teams wound up splitting their eight games in Tennessee.

Memphis started the scoring for the third time in the series with a first inning solo home run from Scott Moore and made it 2-0 in the second on a run-scoring single from Ed Easley, as both runs came across with two outs. The Storm Chasers manufactured a run in the third to halve the lead when Ciriaco singled, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Merrifield fly ball and then tied it when Carlos Peguero blasted a lead off long ball in the fourth. [Read more...]