March 28, 2015

Sand volleyball gets above the .500 mark

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska Cornhuskers

The 15th-ranked Nebraska sand volleyball team defeated No. 19 Grand Canyon late Thursday night, 3-2. With the victory, the Huskers are now 3-2 in the sand season. The Huskers got wins from their Nos. 2, 3 and 4 pairs. Amber Rolfzen and Kira Larson defeated Molly Turner and Emilee Erichsen (21-18, 21-13). Kelly Hunter and Kadie Rolfzen improved to 6-2 with a two set sweep, and Annika Albrecht and Cecilia Hall won 21-14, 21-12. Nebraska has three matches remaining, including Friday matches against Cal State Northridge (2 p.m. CT) and Boise State (6 p.m. CT) in Tucson, Ariz.

Nebraska 3, Grand Canyon 2

1. Kenzie Phelps/Shannon Dugan (GCU) def. Alicia Ostrander/Justine Wong-Orantes (NU) 21-14, 18-21, 16-14
2. Amber Rolfzen/Kira Larson (NU) def. Molly Turner/Emilee Erichsen (GCU) 21-18, 21-13
3. Kelly Hunter/Kadie Rolfzen (NU) def. Brooke Razo/Alex Green (GCU) 21-16, 21-15
4. Annika Albrecht/Cecilia Hall (NU) def. Kaitlynn Ausmus/Megan Glennie (GCU) 21-14, 21-12
5. Becca Conrad/Alex Goodman (GCU) def. Melanie Keil/Alexa Ethridge (NU) 25-23, 21-13

Tim Miles to coach all stars at NCAA Final Four

Tim Miles will coach at the NCAA Final Four

Tim Miles will coach at the NCAA Final Four

Tim Miles of Nebraska will serve as head coach of the East team at the College All-Star Game, which will be played during the NCAA Final Four weekend in Indianapolis.

The game, which features top senior NCAA basketball student-athletes, takes place on Friday, April 3, at 3:30 p.m. (CT) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The TV broadcast of the game will air on CBS on Saturday, April 4, at noon (CT).

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) will announce additional game information, including team rosters, during game week.

Randy Gregory fails NFL pot test at Combine

Randy Gregory (photo: NU Athletics)

Randy Gregory (photo: NU Athletics) is reporting that former Nebraska star and potential top-ten draft pick, Randy Gregory, tested positive for marijuana in February at the scouting combine.

Gregory admitted to the website that he’s been smoking pot for a long time and almost got kicked off the Husker football team. He said he smoking after graduating high school and tested positive in January 2014 and April 2014 at Nebraska.  Gregory was threatened that he would be kicked off the team if he failed a third test.

“I blame myself,” Gregory told in revealing the positive test. “And I know it sounds cliché, but there’s really no one else I can blame.”

Gregory, 6’5, 243-pounds, had 17.5 sacks in his two years at Nebraska.


Husker baseball earns first win in program history over Cal State-Fullerton

Garett King (photo/NU Athletics)

Garett King (photo/NU Athletics)

The Husker baseball team had never beaten Cal State Fullerton in eight tries in program history. That changed yesterday at Hawks Field as the Husker won their 11th in a row and are now 11-0 at home following their 7-2 win over the Titans. Ben Miller with 3 for 4 with two doubles. Freshman pitcher Garett King struck out five and walked now in 5.1 innings for his second win of the season.

Ben Miller led the NU offense on the night with a 3-for-4 performance, including his second career two-double game. After notching NU’s first hit of the game with a single in the second inning, the sophomore hit a double in the sixth and an RBI double in the seventh to put the Huskers ahead 7-2.

CSF freshman Connor Seabold also struck out five over 5.1 innings, but allowed three runs on seven hits in the loss and fell to 2-2 on the year.

The Huskers go for their 12th in a row with a 1:35 start against the Titans today. scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

UNK coaching legend calls it quits after 39 years

Tom Kropp (photo/UNK Athletics)

Tom Kropp (photo/UNK Athletics)

Nebraska-Kearney men’s basketball coach Tom Kropp will retire from coaching. Kropp spent 39 seasons with Loper basketball, the last 25 as head coach with a record of 482-245.

The Aurora native was an All-American basketball and football player at UNK and, after a professional basketball career, served as a graduate assistant and assistant coach under Jerry Hueser for 10 seasons.

“At 62 years old, I am one of the older basketball coaches in the profession, and every year I like to re-evaluate my options. My retirement from coaching is a timely decision, because the basketball program is showing strong potential for continued success under the leadership of Kevin Lofton, whom I fully support. In addition, I always wanted to return to teaching full-time toward the end of my career,” Kropp told

He won three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season titles and two tournament titles, and reached the NCAA Division II Tournament 11 times. Kropp will teach full-time at the university. Co-head coach Kevin Lofton will become the sole head coach.