August 27, 2014

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

One Owl is coming home to honor his grandfather when he takes on the Huskers (AUDIO)

When the Huskers take on Florida Atlantic this Saturday at 2:30 it will be a homecoming for one of the Owls on their defensive line. Junior defensive tackle Brandin Bryant was a star player at Omaha-Bryan and he says he’s looking forward to coming back to Nebraska to play in front of his mom and dad and friends who never get to see him play.

Brandin’s grandfather, Charles, played for the Huskers back in the 50’s and was the first African-American player in modern Huskers history when he made the roster in 1952. In 1955, Charles encountered segregation when Nebraska played in the Orange Bowl down in Miami against Duke. Charles didn’t get to stay at the same hotel as the rest of the team. He had to stay at someone’s house. His grandson, who now plays for a school that is located just 45 miles north of Miami appreciates what his grandfather was able to accomplish. Charles Bryant was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1987. He died in 2004. He was 71.

Brandin said he’s looking forward to stepping on the field at Memorial Stadium and honoring his grandfather. He plays the same position as Charles, but he’s a little bigger. When Charles walked-on at NU he was 5’11 and weighed less than 200 pounds. Grandson Brandin is 6’3 and 290.

Huskers hire Cal State-Fullerton assistant for Erstad’s staff

Cal State Fullerton assistant coach Mike Kirby has accepted the assistant position with the Nebraska baseball program left open when former assistant Will Bolt left for Texas A & M. Kirby has been with the Titans and Oregon, where he’s known to recruit well. It was Cal State Fullerton that knocked the Huskers out of the NCAA Tournament at the Stillwater Regional.

During his last three seasons at Fullerton, Kirby coached first base, infielders and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator. His first class in 2012 was ranked 23rd in the country by Baseball America, producing National Freshman Pitcher of the Year Thomas Eshelman and Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year Justin Garza. Both Eshelman and Garza pitched for the USA Collegiate Baseball National Team this summer, while Eshelman was named an All-American each of the past two seasons.

Prior to the start of last season, Nebraska’s recruiting class was ranked 11th by Baseball America and Cal State Fullerton was one spot behind at 12th.

Before returning to Fullerton, Kirby was instrumental in helping George Horton put the Oregon Ducks on the national scene. Kirby played a large role in four consecutive top-25 recruiting classes, including three ranked in the top 10 and a program-best No. 5 ranking in 2010.

Kirby was also responsible for coaching first base and working with the team’s outfielders.

Pelini names five captains and a former Husker will play close to home (AUDIO)

The Huskers named their team captains…three offensive players in I-back Ameer Abdullah, receiver Kenny Bell and offensive guard Jake Cotton. On the defensive side, cornerback Josh Mitchell and safety Corey Cooper. The players come from five different states including Nebraska (Cotton), Alabama (Abdullah), Colorado (Bell), Illinois (Cooper) and California (Mitchell). This marks the second consecutive season Nebraska has elected season-long captains after choosing game captains during Bo Pelini’s first five seasons as head coach.

Abdullah is just the eighth player in school history to be a captain for two seasons, including five under Pelini.

Others on the list include Taylor Martinez, Rex Burkhead, Brett Maher and Alex Henery in recent years. Prior to Henery in 2009 and 2010, the most recent two-time captain was Ed Weir in 1924-25, while the first two-time captains were James H. Johnson in 1891-92 and John Westover in 1901-02.

When former Husker defensive tackle Aaron Curry left the Nebraska program a week ago, many speculated that he was going to Oklahoma where his dad played basketball. The junior announced he’s headed to Texas Christian. Curry told ESPN.com that he always wanted to play in the Big 12 and calls it a great fit. He’s from Keller, TX, it’s only a 20 minute drive from his boyhood home to the TCU campus. Curry started eight games for the Huskers last season.