January 25, 2015

Hometown heroes come up big on the hardwood this weekend

CJ Carter scored 45 points for UNO on Saturday.  (photo/OMavs.com)

CJ Carter scored 45 points for UNO on Saturday. (photo/OMavs.com)

Nebraska-Omaha got a record performance from senior guard CJ Carter, who finished with a career-high 45 points on 19-of-25 shooting in the Mavericks 89-84 loss to IUPUI. The Omaha Benson product hit seven three pointers on eight attempts. Carter also moved into 10th in school history for scoring.

Freshman guard Ty Danielson from York converted a rare four-point play with 28 seconds to go and Central Oklahoma missed two late threes as the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers slipped past the Bronchos, 83-80. UNK improved to 10-5.  Freshman Mackenzie Brown from Grand Island hit a late three and then came up with a big steal to help the Lady Lopers win 65-62. It’s their 4th win in a row, longest since the ’10-’11 season.

In NAIA men’s basketball.  9th ranked Midland University, led by Norfolk’s Alex Starkel’s 18 won wire to wire over Mount Mary 83-57 in Yankton, South Dakota.  The Warriors have won two straight after losing two of their last three.

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.

Lange rounds out her coaching staff at UNO by hiring an Iowa legend

Kirk Walker, a legendary high school coach in Iowa and women’s assistant coach at Briar Cliff, has accepted an assistant coach position on the Omaha women’s basketball coaching staff.  Head Coach Brittany Lange announced his hiring on Tuesday. Walker joins Lange and assistants Lee Aduddell and Rodney Rogan on the UNO staff. Former assistant and director of operations Elisha Turek left to pursue a career outside of basketball coaching.

Walker began at Briar Cliff in 2011-12 as assistant coach for the women’s basketball team and oversaw the junior varsity team.

Walker also led the Sioux City North girls’ basketball program to two state championships in 10 seasons as head coach after taking over in 2001 and compiled more than 300 career wins as a high school head coach. Sioux City North won Class 4A state championships in 2007 and 2009. His teams won or shared seven Missouri River Activities Conference championships and played in eight regional finals.

Walker was a two-time Iowa Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year as well as a two-time Iowa Girls Coaches Association District Coach of the Year. He also earned IBCA Region Coach of the Year in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2011.

Walker amassed a 315-163 record in his high school head coaching career. He was also head coach at Lawton-Bronson (1986-90) and at Galva-Holstein (1993-2001) before taking over Sioux City North. Walker was an honorable-mention All-North Central Conference football player at Morningside College.

Story courtesy of UNO Athletics.

Huskers complete season sweep of UNO in first ever appearance at Werner Park

The Nebraska-Omaha baseball team hosted in-state foe Nebraska for a rematch on Wednesday night, falling 4-1 at Werner Park. The Mavericks scored an unearned run in the fifth inning and then just managed three hits the rest of the game as the Huskers scored four unanswered runs from that point on. Nebraska was led by Austin Darby, Pat Kelly and Blake Headley who each had two hits. The win went to NU reliever Bob Greco (2-1), who threw 1.1 hitless innings while keeping the Mavericks scoreless.

The Mavericks are now 21-17 (6-6 Summit League), while the Huskers improve to 29-17 (10-5 Big Ten).


Nebraska-Omaha baseball wins fourth straight, getting past Creighton

Creighton Baseball outhit Nebraska-Omaha 8-5 on Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, but the Mavericks came up with timely hitting to notch a 4-1 win over its crosstown rival. Creighton dropped to 20-13-1, while UNO won its fourth consecutive contest to improve to 20-13.

Clayton Taylor homered on the sixth pitch of the game, pulling a Taylor Elman offering just inside the right-field foul pole, and the Mavericks never trailed. Visiting UNO added two runs in the third inning on a two-out single up the middle from Brett Bass to make it 3-0.

The Mavericks added an insurance run in the sixth frame when Alex Schultz and Bass had consecutive doubles.

Story courtesy of GoCreighton.com