LINCOLN, NE —Today, the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Board of Directors announced the future host city for the 2020-2024 Shrine Bowl of Nebraska.
“We are extremely thrilled to return to Kearney for another five years. We were humbled by the amount of interest expressed to host the Shrine Bowl’s weekend of activities and wish to express our thanks to the other great Nebraska communities that submitted applications for candidate city consideration,” said Dave MacDonald, Executive Director of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl. “We believe awarding these bids for several years in advance will make for a better game day experience and lead to growth in our long-term corporate and community partnerships.”
Scheduled for June 4, 2020, Kearney will be hosting the Nebraska Shrine Bowl for the 7th time, first hosting the event in 2014. “The University of Kearney’s Ron and Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field has continued to provide an excellent game day experience for fans and players alike – an undeniable All-Star environment,” said Paul Gonzalez, President of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to retain and continue the City of Kearney’s partnership with the Nebraska Shrine Bowl,” said Roger Jasnoch, Director of the Kearney Visitors Bureau. “We feel it is a great fit with the resources Kearney has to be able to host an event as prestigious as this. The partnership provides an excellent opportunity to host students, athletes, and their families in Nebraska’s heartland and we hope they’ll take full advantage of all Kearney has to offer.”
No stranger to Nebraska’s premier high school sports event, Kearney has played host to the Nebraska Shrine Bowl for 5 years straight. Foster Field at the University of Nebraska – Kearney, which will serve as the game site, is widely regarded as one of the premier facilities in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.
“A lot of collaboration and community support went into the proposal, and we would like to especially thank the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Younes Hospitality, and many local businesses for their cooperation and assistance throughout this process. They were an integral part of our successful bid,” said Lynelle Fritzen, Sports Sales and Services Manager for the Kearney Visitors Bureau. “Kearney prepared a terrific bid. It was clear that the city and surrounding area are eager to host our event and we are equally excited to renew our relationship with the community,” added MacDonald.
“The community and businesses have been great supporters and the facilities are second to none. We are honored to be selected as the host for the Nebraska Shrine Bowl,"Jasnoch said. "Our community understands the importance of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl, from the students participating in football, band, and cheer, to the goal of fundraising for Shriners Hospitals for Children. We guarantee students will have a one of a kind experience in Kearney, and they will take home memories that will last a lifetime.”
About the Nebraska Shrine Bowl
The Nebraska Shrine Bowl is an all-star high school senior, North vs. South, football game put on each year in Nebraska, by the Nebraska Shrine. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charity that produces annual events and related activities, with net proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Nebraska Shrine Bowl has annually donated more than $2M to Shriners Hospitals for Children since its inception in 1958.
The game has been played throughout Nebraska each summer. Host cities have included Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney.
Beginning in 1958, the flagship event has been the North/South All-Star Football Game. As of 2018, the South leads the series with 30 wins, the North has 27 wins, and there have been 3 ties. Notable alumni include Nebraska football coaches, Scott Frost and Barrett Ruud, All-Americans Eric Crouch, Zach Wiegert, Danny Noonan, Dean Steinkuhler, Dave Rimington, Johnny Rodgers, Jeff Kinney, Jerry Murtaugh, in addition to other Husker stand-outs Sam Foltz, Sam Koch, Calvin Jones, Corey Schlesinger, Rob Zatechka, Tom Rathman, Gale Sayers, amongst many others.
The Nebraska Shrine Bowl also includes the Nebraska Masonic All-Star Marching Band camp, held annually at each host site. The week also includes the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Cheer Camp, which culminates with performances at each game. Other bowl weekend activities include the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Banquet and the state’s largest Shrine Parade.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a healthcare system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.
The 61st Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl will be played Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Kearney, Nebraska, at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Kearney. For more information, visit www.neshrinebowl.org.
Kearney, Neb. – Freshman Maegan Holt and Klaire Kirsch both had season-high point totals to help Nebraska-Kearney stave off Northeastern State, 80-72, Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.
UNK (10-5, 3-3) is now 9-1 at home and tied for fifth place in the MIAA. Meanwhile, NSU drops to 3-12 (0-6) and to 2-10 all-time vs. the Lopers.
Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.) went for a team-high 20 with Kirsch (Rapid City, S.D.) making half of UNK's 10 threes to tally 17. The duo also combined for 12 rebounds as UNK dominated the first 23 minutes, opening up a 57-28 lead with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter. However, the 'Hawks got off the deck and went on a 23-3 run over the next nine minutes to quickly get the deficit into single digits. This stretch featured four made triples; NSU was 1 of 11 from behind the arc in the first half but 6 of 11 in the second.
Kirsch and Holt seemingly stopped the 'Hawk comeback as each buried threes to make it 66-51 with 7:42 remaining. However, a 15-2 NSU run followed capped by a three from sophomore guard Cenia Hayes. She had one of the top nights – 24 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and two blocks – in H & S Center history.
The three from Hayes made it 68-66 with Kirsch hitting her final trey of the night soon after to give UNK some breathing room. A key bucket by senior post Jaymie Bernbeck (Garden City, Kan.) made the score 73-68 with just over two minutes remaining and NSU didn't get any closer.
"It was a tale of two halves. In the first I thought we executed our offense and defensively we were prepared. Our girls took a lot of things away from them that they do well," said UNK head coachCarrie Eighmey. "In the second half we had some defensive breakdowns and gave up some open looks to 14 (Haynes) and 20 (Cailyn Long) who got hot. Both are good shooters who are capable of great days if you let them. Offensively in third quarter we missed five or six layups … when we're missing and they are hitting threes the score can change quickly."
UNK went 11 of 32 (34.3 pct.) from the field after the break while NSU made 18 of its 31 shots (58.1 pct.). Overall, the Lopers scored 15 points off of 11 offensive rebounds and made 20 of 26 free throws.
"(The comeback) wasn't for a lack of effort by our team. A series of events, when you string them together, shifts momentum. They made about every shot they took for a six or seven minute stretch and we didn't" said Eighmey. "It's definitely a learning experience and helps our team us understand how good every team in the MIAA is."
Besides Holt and Kirsch, sophomore point guard Adreon Bell (Independence, Mo.) had 11 points, four boards and two steals, freshman postBrooke Carlson (Elkhorn) had 15 points, five rebounds and three dimes and freshman forwardShiloh McCool (Pleasant Hill, Ia.) managed a team-best nine rebounds coming off the bench.
Hayes, her team's leading scorer in the year, started 1 of 10 from the field but made four threes in the second half, as well as 10 of 10 free throws, to reach her game-high point total. Fifteen of her rebounds came at the defensive end and she went all 40 minutes. Next, Long carried the 'Hawks in the first half and ended with 21 points while post Joi Bertrand supplied 16 points, four boards and three blocks.
UNK heads to Washburn (10-4, 5-0) Wednesday night.
NSU (7-8, 1-5) stops a nine-game losing streak to UNK (5-10, 0-6) who've now dropped six league games by a combined 29 points. The 'Hawks have suffered four MIAA losses by just 19 total points.
Leading from start to finish, the 'Hawks got 23 points and eight rebounds from senior guard Tanner Mouse and an unlikely 17 points and three assists from junior guard Bradley George. He came in with six made threes and 75 points on the season. Both Mouse and George had 13 points in the first half with the duo combining to go 8 of 12 from behind the arc. As a team NSU drilled 11 of 20 (55.0 pct.) from down town.
"They didn't miss. On Thursday night they got Hays down three points with less than a minute to go so obviously they are a good team," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "They came in playing like team that wanted to win a game on the road. We came out flat, for whatever reason, and really didn't play defense to the level we expect. That allowed them to get off to a great start."
Besides Mouse and George, junior guard Trent Cantrell had seven of his 12 points after the break with 6-10 junior post Aaron Givens supplying seven rebounds, four points and two blocks.
UNK outscored NSU 32-18 in the paint thanks to a career-high 18 points by sophomore forwardWeston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Minn.). However, the Lopers were trading two pointers for three pointers all night long and never caught the 'Hawks. Kearney, going a super 14 of 15 at the line, made just 3 of 18 long range shots.
Cantrell sank a three as the first half buzzer to give his team a 41-29 lead. The cushion remained in double figures until a 10-3 Loper run made it 64-59 with 2:03 to play. UNK go two points closer a minute later but NSU got a layup from Bradley, his only bucket of the second half, with 39 seconds left to make it a two possession game. The Lopers missed a subsequent three and then Bradley made two freebies to put things on ice.
"We responded in the second half and cut it to three late to give ourselves a chance. But when you give another team that much of an advantage from the start it's kind of hard to make that up," said Lofton. "First half I didn't recognize our team. Second half that's the team that scrapped at Southwest Baptist and Central Missouri, trying to find a way to get a win."
Baker Magrath went 8 of 12 from the field and 2 of 2 at the line to reach his point total. He also blocked three shots and had two steals in 28 minutes. Kearney freshman Kanon Koster (14) and Alliance sophomore Austin Luger (12) reached double figures as well with Luger grabbing a team-best seven rebounds. Finally, Lincoln sophomore Sam Morris came off the disabled list for the first time since mid-November and had three rebounds and an assist in 12 minutes
"We can't have a case of the 'poor me' (attitude) because things aren't going our way right now. We've had a lot of games come down to the wire that we haven't been able to pull out. Eventually that takes a toll but at the same time we have 13 games left. We have to get guys playing better moving forward and giving the max effort that we ask for each and every practice and game," saidLofton.
UNK heads to Washburn (11-3, 4-1) on Wednesday night.
North Platte – Alexa McCall, head volleyball coach of the North Platte Community College Knights, announced the signing of two players for the 2019 season, Chloe Baker, from Wiggins, Colo., and Ruby Valle, from Weldon Valley High School in Weldona, Colorado.
Baker, a 5’ 3” setter, played four seasons on the Wiggins varsity team. In her career, Baker had 3367 set assists, 800 defensive digs, 105 service aces and a serving percentage of 94.2 in 1456 attempts.
“We are excited to have Chloe join the Lady Knight family,” McCall said. “She is a fundamentally sound player that has a mind for the game!”
Valle, a 5’ 1” defensive specialist, played four seasons for the Weldon Valley varsity. Valle had 817 defensive digs, 70 service aces, and a serving percentage of 93.5 in 705 attempts.
“Ruby comes from a solid program and we are excited to have her join the program,” McCall said. “She will add depth in the passing position.”
Baker and Valle join Erica Hopping, from Sutherland, Alysen Daniels and Courtney Rice, from Mullen to the 2019 recruiting class for the Knights.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Adams Central 51, Grand Island Northwest 42
Allen 67, Whiting, Iowa 26
Alliance 65, Chadron 31
Amherst 47, Pleasanton 39
Ansley-Litchfield 60, Stapleton 22
Arapahoe 54, Elwood 37
Arthur County 41, Maywood-Hayes Center 37
Ashland-Greenwood 69, Raymond Central 42
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 62, Oakland-Craig 51
Bellevue West 54, Bellevue East 33
Bennington 64, Waverly 59
Bishop Neumann 72, Omaha Concordia 42
Blair 56, Plattsmouth 39
Bloomfield 61, Plainview 54
Blue Hill 54, Red Cloud 23
Boyd County 60, CWC 18
Bridgeport 45, Kimball 34
Centennial 69, Columbus Lakeview 38
Chase County 60, Gothenburg 49
Cheyenne East, Wyo. 71, Scottsbluff 60
Cross County 43, David City 29
Deshler 54, McCool Junction 28
Doniphan-Trumbull 59, Gibbon 34
Dundy County-Stratton 73, Medicine Valley 40
Elkhorn South 53, Millard South 49
Elmwood-Murdock 55, Conestoga 31
Ewing 57, Elba 6
Gering 59, Gordon/Rushville 36
Giltner 49, Osceola 17
Grand Island Central Catholic 59, Aquinas 40
Gretna 71, Nebraska City 32
Hartington Cedar Catholic 64, Pierce 63, OT
Hartington-Newcastle 76, Homer 46
Harvard 49, Silver Lake 43
Hastings 47, McCook 39
Heartland 64, East Butler 54
Hemingford 66, Bayard 60
Hershey 53, Valentine 35
High Plains Community 65, Dorchester 24
Holdrege 45, Southern Valley 34
Howells/Dodge 55, Wisner-Pilger 46
Humphrey St. Francis 75, Clarkson/Leigh 43
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 75, Clearwater/Orchard 43
Kearney 60, Lincoln Northeast 48
Kenesaw 49, Lawrence-Nelson 37
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 87, Creighton 47
Lexington 52, Columbus 47
Leyton 58, Potter-Dix 15
Lincoln Christian 78, Columbus Scotus 32
Lincoln East 61, Lincoln Southeast 57
Lincoln Lutheran 59, Nebraska City Lourdes 36
Lincoln Pius X 79, Lincoln High 62
Lincoln Southwest 41, Fremont 37
Loomis 67, Wilcox-Hildreth 35
Madison 72, Tekamah-Herman 43
Niobrara/Verdigre 53, Elkhorn Valley 52
Norfolk 61, Lincoln North Star 56
Norris 57, Ralston 30
North Central 72, Twin Loup 30
Ogallala 62, Sidney 45
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 63, Omaha Christian Academy 52
Omaha Central 74, Omaha Northwest 52
Omaha Creighton Prep 68, Omaha South 62, 2OT
Omaha Nation 97, Marty Indian, S.D. 62
Omaha Roncalli 63, Elkhorn Mount Michael 59
Omaha Skutt Catholic 65, Omaha Gross Catholic 39
Omaha Westside 63, Omaha Burke 58
Osmond 69, Emerson-Hubbard 46
Overton 62, North Platte St. Patrick's 49
Papillion-LaVista South 59, Papillion-LaVista 58
Paxton 52, Wallace 40
Ponca 63, Elk Point-Jefferson, S.D. 40
Seward 53, Schuyler 12
Shelby/Rising City 66, Hampton 9
Southwest 64, Bertrand 57
St. Paul 41, Ord 34
Stanton 69, Boone Central/Newman Grove 62
Stuart 67, Elgin Public/Pope John 47
Sutherland 54, Cambridge 37
Sutton 74, Thayer Central 17
Wahoo 68, Platteview 49
Wauneta-Palisade 60, Perkins County 56
Wausa 52, Randolph 29
Wayne 57, Guardian Angels 53
York 30, Crete 29
Yutan 79, Malcolm 29
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Alma vs. Hitchcock County, ppd. to Jan 12th.
Arlington vs. Syracuse, ppd.
Falls City vs. Maryville, Mo., ccd.
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Adams Central 53, Grand Island Northwest 50
Ansley-Litchfield 56, Stapleton 27
Ashland-Greenwood 42, Raymond Central 38
Bayard 45, Hemingford 30
Bellevue West 54, Bellevue East 33
Bertrand 54, Southwest 24
Bishop Neumann 65, Omaha Concordia 31
Blair 50, Plattsmouth 22
Bloomfield 45, Plainview 26
Blue Hill 55, Red Cloud 20
Boone Central/Newman Grove 42, Stanton 39
Bridgeport 55, Kimball 45
Broken Bow 37, Wood River 29
CWC 67, Boyd County 45
Cambridge 59, Sutherland 34
Chadron 32, Alliance 25
Chase County 62, Gothenburg 34
Cheyenne East, Wyo. 67, Scottsbluff 58
Clarkson/Leigh 53, Humphrey St. Francis 46
Cody-Kilgore 63, Hyannis 32
Columbus 47, Lexington 35
Columbus Lakeview 67, Centennial 58
Crete 51, York 37
Cross County 43, David City 29
Deshler 44, McCool Junction 36
Doniphan-Trumbull 64, Gibbon 24
Dundy County-Stratton 57, Medicine Valley 23
Elgin Public/Pope John 45, Stuart 36
Elkhorn Valley 46, Niobrara/Verdigre 33
Elmwood-Murdock 59, Conestoga 34
Elwood 59, Arapahoe 44
Emerson-Hubbard 56, Osmond 39
Ewing 58, Elba 20
Fairbury 47, Auburn 39, OT
Gering 57, Gordon/Rushville 49
Giltner 51, Osceola 23
Grand Island Central Catholic 56, Aquinas 53
Gretna 64, Nebraska City 20
Hartington Cedar Catholic 50, Pierce 39
Hartington-Newcastle 44, Homer 37
Harvard 48, Silver Lake 36
Hastings 47, McCook 39
Heartland 53, East Butler 37
Hershey 53, Valentine 43
High Plains Community 45, Dorchester 43
Howells/Dodge 50, Wisner-Pilger 35
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 50, Creighton 47
Lawrence-Nelson 59, Kenesaw 44
Leyton 59, Potter-Dix 16
Lincoln Christian 45, Columbus Scotus 32
Lincoln East 48, Lincoln Southeast 34
Lincoln Northeast 54, Kearney 42
Lincoln Pius X 67, Lincoln High 12
Lincoln Southwest 62, Fremont 56
Loomis 52, Wilcox-Hildreth 25
Madison 61, Tekamah-Herman 59
Maywood-Hayes Center 60, Arthur County 19
Millard South 51, Elkhorn South 30
Minatare 37, Morrill 31
Mitchell 59, Crawford 24
Nebraska City Lourdes 49, Lincoln Lutheran 26
Norfolk 48, Lincoln North Star 40
Norfolk Catholic 35, Wayne 34
North Central 46, Twin Loup 15
North Platte St. Patrick's 68, Overton 27
Oakland-Craig 60, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 50
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 37, Omaha Christian Academy 31
Omaha Gross Catholic 46, Omaha Duchesne Academy 39
Omaha Northwest 86, Omaha Central 48
Omaha Westside 56, Omaha Burke 43
Ord 48, St. Paul 45
Papillion-LaVista 68, Papillion-LaVista South 36
Pleasanton 47, Amherst 23
Ponca 43, Elk Point-Jefferson, S.D. 37
Randolph 48, Wausa 25
Seward 44, Schuyler 24
Shelby/Rising City 38, Hampton 19
Sidney 35, Ogallala 22
South Loup 44, Maxwell 38
South Sioux City 77, Ralston 22
Thayer Central 53, Sutton 49
Wahoo 55, Platteview 36
Wallace 48, Paxton 43
Waverly 42, Bennington 36
Wynot 47, Winnebago 35
Yutan 57, Malcolm 28
Sterling 55, Exeter/Milligan 26
Johnson-Brock 32, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 27
Southern 37, Meridian 24
Falls City Sacred Heart 42, Freeman 40
Diller-Odell 45, Tri County 44
Johnson County Central 39, Lewiston 23
Pawnee City 42, Parkview Christian 20
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 50, Palmyra 34
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Arlington vs. Syracuse, ppd.
Falls City vs. Maryville, Mo., ccd.