July 31, 2014

Nebraska ranked 22nd in first Coaches Poll

The Nebraska football team was ranked 22nd in the initial Coaches Poll released Thursday morning. The Huskers received 228 points in a poll of 62 FBS head coaches.

Nebraska returns 14 starters, including All-America candidates Ameer Abdullah and Randy Gregory, and 45 letterwinners from a team that went 9-4 and capped the year with a Gator Bowl victory over Georgia.

Nebraska is one of four Big Ten teams in the top 25, joining Ohio State (sixth), Michigan State (eighth) and Wisconsin (14th). In addition, five other 2014 opponents – Iowa, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota, Northwestern and Fresno State – were among the teams also receiving votes.

1 Florida State Seminoles
2 Alabama Crimson Tide
3 Oklahoma Sooners
4 Oregon Ducks
5 Auburn Tigers
6 Ohio State Buckeyes
7 UCLA Bruins
8 Michigan State Spartans
9 South Carolina Gamecocks
10 Baylor Bears
11 Stanford Cardinal
12 Georgia Bulldogs
13 LSU Tigers
14 Wisconsin Badgers
15 USC Trojans
16 Clemson Tigers
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
18 Arizona State Sun Devils
19 Mississippi Rebels
20 Texas A&M Aggies
21 Kansas State Wildcats
22 Nebraska Cornhuskers
23 North Carolina Tar Heels
24 Texas Longhorns
25 Washington Huskies

Others Receiving Votes
Missouri 126; Florida 122; Central Florida 102; Mississippi State 74; Oklahoma State 56; TCU 54; Michigan 53; Iowa 49; Miami (Fla.) 45; Duke 41; Louisville 32; Marshall 27; Brigham Young 18; Boise State 13; Louisiana-Lafayette 12; Virginia Tech 12; Texas Tech 8; Minnesota 6; Cincinnati 6; Northwestern 5; Oregon State 4; Fresno State 4; GeorgiaTech 2; Houston 2; Arkansas 1; Arizona 1; Northern Illinois 1.

Former Bellevue East grad throws a no-hitter in Triple A

Former Bellevue East and University of Nebraska-Omaha grad Tyler Cloyd was throwing a perfect game for eight innings for the Cleveland Indians Triple-A affiliate Columbus against Louisville.  Cloyd hit the leadoff batter, but was able to complete the no-hitter in timely fashion, using just 89 pitches in a 13-0 victory.

Cloyd has started 17 major league games over the last two years with Philadelphia before being claimed by Cleveland this offseason.

Omaha’s FXFL football team will be named…Mammoths

The Omaha Mammoths unveiled their helmets.  They begin play this fall.

The Omaha Mammoths unveiled their helmets. They begin play this fall.

You may or may not have heard about this new Fall Experimental Football League, known as the FXFL. Well, Omaha has a franchise and  they released their name and logo. They’ll be known as the Mammoths. The club chose the name over Channel Cats and Drive.

The league and team wanted a strong name and chose mammoth, a species that disappeared from North American about 10,000 years ago…or 9,987 years before the defunct XFL.

The mammoth, by the way, was designated as Nebraska’s official state fossil in 1967.

“We developed a team brand that accurately depicts the type of team that the Omaha community will want to see on the field: big, strong and unstoppable,” said League Commission Brian Woods.

The league will consist of six teams and play six games.  The FXFL does not want to try to compete with the NFL, but the would like to one day partner and become a feeder league.

American Legion Baseball Senior Championship scores

American Legion Baseball Senior state tournaments

Class A National Division

Creighton Prep 14, Grand Island 5
Mike Emodi hit two grand slams and totaled 10 RBIs in the victory. 

Creighton Prep 13, Grand Island 2
Mike Emodi was 4-5 with two doubles and Jason Allberry was 3-5 with a three run home run.

Class A American Division

Millard West 13, Omaha Westside 0, 7 inn.
Omaha Westside 9, Millard West 6

Class B

Crete 2, Hickman 0
Alex McGinnis allowed only 4 hits by Hickman to give Hickman its 1st loss of the tourney.

Hickman 17, Crete 4
Hickman scored four runs in the 1st, four in the 2nd, three in the 3rd, then blew the game open with five runs in the 6th inning to beat Crete.

Class C

Hebron 9, Sutton 1
Shelton-Gibbon 5, Hebron 1
Garret Stroh proved too tough on the mound for S/G as he won his third of the tournament.  He also hit a solo homer to put his team up 3-0.

American Legion baseball semifinal scores from 7/29/14

American Legion Baseball Senior state tournaments

Class A National Division
Tuesday’s results
Creighton Prep 14, *Omaha Burke 3, 7 inn.
Grand Island 5, *Kearney 4

Wednesday’s games
Game 14 – Creighton Prep vs. Grand Island, 4:30 p.m.
Game 15 – If necessary, 7:30 p.m.

American Division

Tuesday’s results
Millard West 8, *Papillion-La Vista South 2
Omaha Westside 7, *Hastings 5

Wednesday’s games
Game 14 – Millard West vs. Omaha Westside, 5 p.m.
Game 15 – If necessary, 8 p.m.

Class B 

Tuesday’s results

Crete 2, *Bennington 1
Hickman 13, *Albion 2

Wednesday’s games
Game 14 – Crete vs. Hickman, 5 p.m.
Game 15 – If necessary

Class C 

Tuesday’s results
Hebron 6, *Pender 5, 8 inn.
Sutton 4, Shelton-Gibbon 3

Wednesday’s games
Game 14 – Hebron vs. Sutton, 5:30 p.m.
Game 15 – Winner game 14 vs. Shelton-Gibbon, to follow game 14