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Ralston, NE – The Tri-City Storm dropped a road game to the Omaha Lancers by a final score of 4-2 Sunday at Ralston Arena. Colton Kalezic and Brendan Budy scored the Storm’s goals in the loss. Despite the loss, Tri-City kept its 1st place position in the USHL league standings and will return home to the Viaero Center on Friday to host the Eastern Conference leading Muskegon Lumberjacks. Puck drop for the matchup is set for 7:05pm.


Colton Kalezic netted his 10th goal of the season just over seven minutes into the game to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead. Kalezic’s goal was assisted by Ronnie Attard and Connor McMenamin. Omaha answered the Storm’s opening goal with a tying goal at 13:46 of the 1st period. The goal was scored by Tyler Carpenter, and tied the game at 1-1. Kyle Kawamura scored his 2nd goal of the season on the power play at 17:17 of the 1st period to give the Lancers a 2-1 advantage. Omaha outshot Tri-City 14-9 and carried a one goal lead into the 2nd period.


No goals were scored in the 2nd period and Omaha increased its lead to two goals with under five minutes to play in the 3rd period. Tyler Carpenter scored his 2nd goal of the game to give the Lancers a 3-1 lead at the 15:43 mark of the period. Tri-City answered back with a shorthanded goal from Brendan Budy with 2:08 remaining in the game to bring the score back to within one goal. Omaha’s Aleksi Peltonen scored his 6th goal of the season on an empty net goal at 18:37 to give Omaha a 4-2 win on home ice. Goaltender Jake Barczewski stopped 29 of 32 shots in the Storm’s loss.


The Storm dropped to 25-7-1-1 in the loss and currently hold a one point lead over 2nd place Muskegon in the USHL league standings. Tri-City has won 14 of 17 home games this season, and plays host to Muskegon on Friday night


The Nebraska basketball team started fast and finished strong Monday night, never trailing No. 25 Indiana in a 66-51 victory over the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall.

The Huskers scored the first nine points of the game and held Indiana without a basket over the final 5:38 en route to picking up their first road victory over a ranked opponent in more than two years. With the win, Nebraska improved to 13-4 on the season and the Huskers evened their Big Ten Conference record at 3-3. Indiana fell to 12-5 overall and dropped to 3-3 in league play.

Nebraska’s seniors shined in the upset win. Glynn Watson Jr. paced the Huskers with 15 points - including 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the second half - while Isaac Copeland chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds. James Palmer Jr. filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, a career-high-tying nine rebounds and a season-high seven assists. Tanner Borchardt was big off the bench, scoring seven points – one shy of his career high – and grabbing five rebounds. Together, the four seniors combined for 47 points and 27 rebounds, while Thomas Allen added 10 points for the Big Red and Isaiah Roby had nine points and four rebounds.

Defensively, the Huskers held Indiana to a season-low 51 points, 12 points fewer than the Hoosiers managed against No. 2 Michigan. Nebraska also limited Indiana to a season-worst 36.5 percent from the field and held the Hoosiers to a season-low two 3-pointers. Romeo Langord led Indiana with a game-high 18 points, but he was just 5-of-14 from the field. Juwan Morgan added 17 points, but no other Hoosier had more than five points.

Nebraska started the game fast, hitting its first four shots to race out to a 9-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest. The Hoosiers answered with five straight points before Nebraska responded with a 16-2 run to build a 25-7 lead with nine minutes remaining in the half. The Huskers held Indiana scoreless for more than six minutes at one point during the run, outscoring the Hoosiers 11-0 in that stretch, with Copeland scoring six of those 11 points.

Following the 16-2 run, Nebraska went cold from the field, missing 12 straight shots. A nearly nine-minute drought without a field goal allowed Indiana to trim the lead to single digits. The Hoosiers used an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 26-20 with one minute left in the half. Copeland snapped the drought with a 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to nine, and after a pair of Indiana free throws, Palmer closed the half with a driving, one-handed dunk to send the Huskers into the locker room with a 31-22 lead.

Both teams struggled with their shot in the first half, with Nebraska shooting 39.4 percent from the field and Indiana hitting only 29.6 percent of its shots. The Huskers held the Hoosiers 22 points, their lowest point total in any half this season. Copeland led Nebraska with 10 first-half points, while Palmer had seven points, six rebounds and four assists in the period.

Nebraska stretched its lead back to double digits in the opening two minutes of the second half before Indiana scored seven straight points to pull within three at 35-32. But Watson responded by knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers to fuel an 8-0 run that pushed the Husker lead back to 11 six minutes into the half.

The teams then went back and forth, with Nebraska hitting 6-of-7 shots at one point, culminating with a Thomas Allen three that gave Nebraska a 57-44 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Huskers maintained their 13-point advantage over the next four minutes, leading, when Nebraska was on top 62-49 with 3:23 remaining. Indiana never got closer than that, as Nebraska held the Hoosiers without a field goal over the final 5:39.

Nebraska returns to action on Thursday when the Huskers face their second straight ranked opponent in No. 6 Michigan State. Tipoff between the Huskers and Spartans is set for 7 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena, and the matchup will be televised on FS1, with the Husker Sports Network providing radio coverage.


LINCOLN, NE —Today, the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Board of Directors announced the future host city for the 2020-2024 Shrine Bowl of Nebraska.

On 10 January at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Lincoln, it was confirmed that Kearney was selected to host the Shrine Bowl of Nebraska for the next 5 years.
“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

Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Waterloo Black Hawks 5-2 at the Viaero Center on Saturday night behind goals from Michael Colella, Brendan Furry, Connor McMenamin, Brendan Budy, and Filip Forsmark.  Isaiah Saville stopped a career high 42 shots in goal for Tri-City. In the win, Tri-City recorded its 25th victory of the season and clinched the regular season series against Waterloo. The Storm improved to 25-6-1-1 and increased its lead as the 1st place team in the USHL league standings. Tri-City travels to Ralston, NE tomorrow to complete a three-game weekend in a road matchup against the Omaha Lancers. Puck drop tomorrow is set for 4:05pm.
Waterloo jumped out to an early lead less than three minutes into the goal on a goal from Joey Cassetti. The goal was his 11th of the season and gave the Black Hawks its first and only lead of the weekend. Tri-City netted the game tying goal twenty seconds later on Michael Colella’s 5th goal of the season. Colella’s goal was scored at 4:06 of the 1st period and was assisted by Khristian Acosta and Storm Captain Ronnie Attard. Tri-City buried another goal minutes later to give the Storm a 2-1 lead. The Storm’s 2nd goal of the night was scored by Brendan Furry and was assisted by Brendan Budy and Ronnie Attard. Later in the 1st period, Storm Captain Connor McMenamin recorded his 10th goal of the season to give Tri-City a 3-1 lead. McMenamin’s goal was scored at 16:54 of the 1st period and was assisted by Brendan Furry and Brendan Budy. Tri-City carried a two-goal lead into the 1st intermission break.
No goals were scored in the 2nd period, and Waterloo scored just over a minute into the 3rd period to cut the Storm lead in half. Joey Cassetti scored his 2nd goal of the game and 12th goal of the season at 1:01 of the period to bring the Black Hawks back within one goal of the Storm advantage. The scoring play would be the final of the night for Waterloo as Tri-City netted back to back goals in the period. A power play goal at 9:33 increased the Storm lead to 4-2. The goal was scored by Brendan Budy and was assisted by Brendan Furry and Zac Jones. The goal was the 1st of Budy’s USHL career with Tri-City. The game’s final goal was scored by Filip Forsmark at 16:23 of the 3rd period. Forsmark’s goal was assisted by Brendan Budy and Brendan Furry. Isaiah Saville made 42 saves on 44 shots to improve to 16-2-1-1 on the season in net.

Adams Central 66, Doniphan-Trumbull 38
Aquinas 78, Columbus Lakeview 57
Aurora 58, Columbus 38
Axtell 57, Lawrence-Nelson 47
Battle Creek 61, Stanton 49
Bellevue West 55, Lewis Central, Iowa 46
Bloomfield 79, Elkhorn Valley 68
Boone Central/Newman Grove 87, Guardian Angels 64
Boys Town 75, Columbus Scotus 37
Bridgeport 51, Mitchell 48
CWC 51, St. Mary's 50, OT
Cambridge 66, Maxwell 51
Centennial 67, Central City 41
Centura 62, Cozad 59
Cheyenne Central, Wyo. 67, Scottsbluff 47
Clarkson/Leigh 68, Pender 53
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 48, Bishop Neumann 45
Creighton 60, O'Neill 57
David City 60, Malcolm 48
Elgin Public/Pope John 52, Winside 16
Elkhorn 51, Omaha Gross Catholic 48
Elkhorn South 65, Lincoln Southwest 60
Elm Creek 47, Kenesaw 35
Emerson-Hubbard 60, Wynot 44
Hay Springs 77, Potter-Dix 49
Hemingford 81, Sioux County 49
Hershey 49, Holdrege 46
Hitchcock County 51, Alma 32
Howells/Dodge 65, Mead 27
Kearney 75, Bellevue East 43
Kearney Catholic 51, Hastings St. Cecilia 37
Kimball 42, Gordon/Rushville 34
Lexington 81, Sidney 36
Lincoln Pius X 65, North Platte 51
Loomis 66, Silver Lake 36
Millard North 55, Millard South 36
Minden 34, McCook 28
Mullen 55, Arthur County 21
Neligh-Oakdale 60, Madison 48
Norfolk Catholic 78, Crofton 50
North Bend Central 59, Archbishop Bergan 44
North Platte St. Patrick's 61, Southwest 28
Omaha Bryan 79, Fremont 40
Omaha Burke 62, Norfolk 57
Omaha Central 77, Lincoln High 68
Omaha Creighton Prep 74, Lincoln Southeast 60
Omaha North 41, Omaha Northwest 40
Omaha South 62, Lincoln East 55
Omaha Westside 61, Grand Island 58
Overton 64, Bertrand 50
Papillion-LaVista 56, Lincoln Northeast 54
Pleasanton 59, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 27
Ponca 64, Westwood, Sloan, Iowa 34
Shelby/Rising City 68, Nebraska Lutheran 32
South Loup 74, Brady 50
South Platte 36, Stapleton 34
Superior 51, Sandy Creek 45
Valentine 78, Ogallala 42
Wahoo 83, Douglas County West 19
Wauneta-Palisade 59, Garden County 40
West Point-Beemer 63, Tekamah-Herman 34
Wilcox-Hildreth 57, Eustis-Farnam 37
Wisner-Pilger 52, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 34
Yutan 59, Fort Calhoun 53
2019 Goldenrod Conference Tournament=
Heartland Lutheran 51, Palmer 33
Nebraska Christian 57, Elba 5
Spalding Academy 44, St. Edward 33
Beatrice vs. South Sioux City, ppd.
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley vs. Johnson County Central, ppd.
Conestoga vs. Auburn, ppd.
Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa vs. Louisville, ppd.
Elmwood-Murdock vs. Falls City, ppd.
Elmwood-Murdock vs. Sterling, ppd.
Fairbury vs. Clay Center, Kan., ppd.
Falls City Sacred Heart vs. Tri County, ppd.
Franklin vs. Blue Hill, ppd.
Heartland Christian, Iowa vs. Cedar Bluffs, ppd.
Johnson-Brock vs. Freeman, ppd.
Milford vs. Thayer Central, ppd.
Nebraska City vs. Fremont Mills, Tabor, Iowa, ppd.
Norris vs. Crete, ppd.
Palmyra vs. Diller-Odell, ppd.
Parkview Christian vs. Lewiston, ppd.
Pawnee City vs. Meridian, ppd.
Seward vs. Waverly, ppd.
Sidney vs. Nebraska City Lourdes, ppd.
Southern vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd.

Adams Central 47, Doniphan-Trumbull 46
Aquinas 47, Columbus Lakeview 33
Archbishop Bergan 57, North Bend Central 50
Aurora 44, Columbus 38
Bennington 51, Sioux City, West, Iowa 41
Bishop Neumann 53, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 33
Bloomfield 59, Elkhorn Valley 27
CWC 74, St. Mary's 31
Cambridge 36, Maxwell 33
Centennial 55, Central City 46
Centura 45, Cozad 38
Cheyenne Central, Wyo. 58, Scottsbluff 41
Clarkson/Leigh 38, Pender 35
Elgin Public/Pope John 61, Winside 11
Elm Creek 51, Kenesaw 39
Fremont 69, Omaha Bryan 11
Gordon/Rushville 41, Kimball 28
Guardian Angels 69, Boone Central/Newman Grove 45
Hastings St. Cecilia 69, Kearney Catholic 47
Hay Springs 46, Potter-Dix 25
Hemingford 51, Sioux County 41
Hershey 56, Holdrege 43
Hitchcock County 63, Alma 49
Howells/Dodge 72, Mead 42
Kearney 60, Bellevue East 29
Lawrence-Nelson 41, Axtell 34
Lincoln East 73, Omaha South 19
Lincoln High 52, Omaha Central 42
Lincoln Pius X 63, North Platte 30
Lincoln Southeast 50, Omaha Marian 34
Lincoln Southwest 36, Elkhorn South 34
Malcolm 40, David City 37
McCook 45, Minden 33
Millard North 55, Millard South 54
Mitchell 59, Bridgeport 26
Mullen 38, Arthur County 34
Nebraska Lutheran 41, Shelby/Rising City 36
Neligh-Oakdale 60, Madison 27
North Platte St. Patrick's 67, Southwest 18
O'Neill 63, Creighton 40
Ogallala 46, Valentine 43
Omaha Burke 54, Norfolk 47
Omaha Duchesne Academy 41, Omaha Concordia 34
Omaha Northwest 81, Omaha North 53
Omaha Westside 46, Grand Island 19
Overton 39, Bertrand 38, OT
Papillion-LaVista 51, Lincoln Northeast 50
Pleasanton 49, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 22
Ponca 46, Westwood, Sloan, Iowa 38
Sandhills/Thedford 39, McPherson County 25
Sidney 46, Lexington 35
Silver Lake 56, Loomis 49
South Loup 55, Brady 20
South Platte 54, Stapleton 24
Stanton 44, Battle Creek 34
Superior 63, Sandy Creek 30
Wahoo 83, Douglas County West 19
Wauneta-Palisade 40, Garden County 35
West Point-Beemer 64, Tekamah-Herman 33
Wilcox-Hildreth 57, Eustis-Farnam 20
Wisner-Pilger 47, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 36
Yutan 61, Fort Calhoun 31
2019 Goldenrod Conference Tournament=
Nebraska Christian 56, St. Edward 25
Palmer 33, Heartland Lutheran 19
Riverside 50, Elba 24
Dakota State University Classic=
Hartington-Newcastle 48, Canistota, S.D. 43
Hanson Corn Palace Classic=
Crofton 48, Flandreau, S.D. 35

Beatrice vs. South Sioux City, ppd.
Conestoga vs. Auburn, ppd.
Elmwood-Murdock vs. Falls City, ppd.
Fairbury vs. Clay Center, Kan., ppd.
Franklin vs. Blue Hill, ppd.
Heartland Christian, Iowa vs. Cedar Bluffs, ppd.
Louisville vs. Omaha Skutt Catholic, ppd.
Milford vs. Thayer Central, ppd.
Norris vs. Crete, ppd.
Omaha Brownell-Talbot vs. Nebraska City, ppd.
Seward vs. Waverly, ppd.
Sidney, Iowa vs. Nebraska City Lourdes, ppd.


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.


Kearney, Neb. – The Northeastern StateRiverHawks shot 54 percent from the field and sunk 11 three pointers to down Nebraska-Kearney, 70-61, Saturday evening at the Health & Sports Center.

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.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs' defense had heard the chorus of critics all season long, the ones that claimed their sieve-like line and shaky backfield would spoil young superstar Patrick Mahomes and cost them a chance to chase their first Super Bowl appearance in decades.
Well, that defense is a big reason why the Chiefs are one step away.
With persistent snow turning Arrowhead Stadium into a winter wonderland, the Chiefs successfully shut down Andrew Luck and the potent Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.
Mahomes and the rest of their own high-powered offense took care of the rest, rolling to a 31-13 victory in the divisional round to end 25 years of playoff frustration.
"We're such a different team," said Mahomes, who threw for 278 yards while running for a score. "We have such young players. We have such confidence we're going to win every single game."
Damien Williams ran through snow and muck for 129 yards and another score, and Tyreek Hill had 72 yards receiving and a touchdown run, as the Chiefs beat Indianapolis for the first time in five playoff meetings to earn their first AFC title game appearance since January 1994.
The AFC West champions will play the winner of Sunday's game between the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers and the New England Patriots next weekend for a spot in the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
"We wanted to light up the city," Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones said. "We didn't want to take the road down memory lane."
Andrew Luck was held to 203 yards passing for the Colts, while Marlon Mack was a non-factor on the ground. He had 46 yards rushing before leaving late in the fourth quarter with a hip injury.
"Was not expecting it to end today," Colts coach Frank Reich said. "We knew we were going up against a very good team, a very well-coached team. It's hard to lose. It's hard to lose when you've come this far with the team that we have and the guys that we have, so credit to the Chiefs.
"They outcoached us, they outplayed us," Reich said. "We just gave them too many opportunities."
The Chiefs set out to change history from the opening minutes, when they forced a three-and-out and then waltzed right over a Colts defense that nearly shut out the Texans a week ago. Mahomes and Co. scored on their first three possessions , then again just before halftime, to take a 24-7 lead.
If there was any question whether this would be Kansas City's day, it was answered when Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a 23-yard field-goal try off the upright just before halftime. It was the first time in 22 postseason attempts that he'd missed from that close.
Not that the Chiefs thought they had it wrapped up.
They've had bigger playoff meltdowns against the Colts.
There was the 10-7 loss in which Lin Elliott missed three field goals when the Chiefs were the No. 1 seed, and the loss at Arrowhead Stadium in 2003 in which nobody punted. Five years ago, they blew a 38-10 second-half lead against Luck and the Colts to spoil Andy Reid's first season.
Not this time.
Not with this Kansas City quarterback.
After shattering nearly every franchise passing record, Mahomes picked up right where he left off in his regular-season finale. He led the Chiefs on touchdown drives of 90 and 70 yards to open the game, quickly identified a favorite target in Travis Kelce, and shook off a banged-up knee to scramble for a touchdown late in the first half to give his team a big cushion.
Of course, the Chiefs (13-4) didn't need it the way their defense was playing.
The Colts (11-7) went three-and-out on their first four possessions, were outgained 185-12 in the first quarter, and Luck didn't complete a pass until he found T.Y Hilton early in the second.
Their lone bright spot came when Zach Paschal recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown .
Even when the Colts caught a break and Sammy Watkins fumbled the ball to them late in the third quarter, they were quick to give it back. Dee Ford stripped Luck and fellow linebacker Justin Houston plopped on the ball, ruining another red-zone opportunity.
"It seemed like the rushers were getting there all night," Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller said. "Guys sticking coverage, playing good technique, good eyes and things like that."
The Colts finally scored an offensive touchdown with 5:31 left in the game. But in the perfect summation of their lousy afternoon, their erstwhile star kicker missed the extra point.
By that point, the party in the stands already had begun.
The Chiefs had lost six straight home playoff games, including heartbreakers to Pittsburgh and Tennessee the past two years. But a proud franchise that won its only Super Bowl title with Len Dawson in 1970, and last played for a spot behind Joe Montana, is once more one step away.
"I'm just happy for these guys in this locker room," Kelce said. "Playoff wins are hard to come by, let alone wins in the NFL. So, I mean, it's just exciting for us to be able to play next week."
Reid was summoned to the corner of the stadium during the two-minute warning in the first half to implore fans to stop throwing snowballs on the field. Earlier in the half, one almost hit Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez while he was kicking.
Colts: Center Ryan Kelly (knee) left late in the fourth quarter. ... FS Malik Hooker (foot) and DE Tyquan Lewis (knee) were inactive, while SS Mike Mitchell (calf) was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. That left the Colts defense without some key pieces.
Chiefs: Safety Eric Berry (heel) and running back Spencer Ware (hamstring) were inactive, though Berry — the team's emotional leader — broke down the pregame huddle in the north end zone.
Chiefs: Await the Chargers-Patriots winner in the AFC title game.
Colts: Begin preparing for April's draft.



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


Alma vs. Hitchcock County, ppd. to Jan 12th.

Arlington vs. Syracuse, ppd.

Falls City vs. Maryville, Mo., ccd.


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


A Division=


Sterling 55, Exeter/Milligan 26


Johnson-Brock 32, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 27

Southern 37, Meridian 24

Third Place=

Falls City Sacred Heart 42, Freeman 40

B Division=


Diller-Odell 45, Tri County 44


Johnson County Central 39, Lewiston 23

Pawnee City 42, Parkview Christian 20

Third Place=

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 50, Palmyra 34


Arlington vs. Syracuse, ppd.

Falls City vs. Maryville, Mo., ccd.


Ainsworth 57, O'Neill 52

Allen 70, Santee 46

Anselmo-Merna 53, Sandhills/Thedford 42

Battle Creek 56, Lutheran High Northeast 37

Bayard 72, Sioux County 36

Boys Town 52, Elkhorn Mount Michael 51

Centura 76, Shelton 50

Chase County 62, Perkins County 27

Cody-Kilgore 57, Hay Springs 45

College View Academy 71, Hampton 16

Cozad 65, Gothenburg 43

Crawford 49, Guernsey-Sunrise, Wyo. 35

East Butler 53, Dorchester 31

Elm Creek 67, Axtell 60

Fort Calhoun 64, Weeping Water 44

Heartland 73, Fillmore Central 38

Heartland Lutheran 62, St. Edward 33

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 67, Neligh-Oakdale 37

Hyannis 87, Stapleton 63

Kearney Catholic 53, Broken Bow 49

Louisville 42, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 37

Nebraska Christian 61, Spalding Academy 36

Nebraska Lutheran 57, High Plains Community 48

North Bend Central 58, Wayne 39

North Central 42, West Holt 40

Omaha Christian Academy 30, Cornerstone Christian 15

Omaha Nation 75, Pender 70

Omaha Skutt Catholic 62, Blair 53

Ord 50, Burwell 45

Osceola 40, Friend 35

Paxton 62, Creek Valley 43

Ravenna 67, Central City 40

Riverside 65, Arcadia-Loup City 44

St. Mary's 74, Ewing 34

Sutton 49, Wood River 34

Torrington, Wyo. 70, Mitchell 53

Twin River 62, Cross County 35

Wallace 54, South Platte 32

Walthill 90, Winside 29

West Point-Beemer 47, Schuyler 35


A Division=


Falls City Sacred Heart 61, Johnson-Brock 43

Tri County 41, Freeman 39

B Division=


Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 51, Diller-Odell 42

Southern 50, Palmyra 33


Alma 52, Eustis-Farnam 11

Ansley-Litchfield 58, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 39

Arcadia-Loup City 68, Riverside 19

Battle Creek 57, Lutheran High Northeast 41

Bayard 49, Sioux County 39

Centura 58, Shelton 15

College View Academy 42, Hampton 36

Cozad 47, Gothenburg 43

Crawford 38, Guernsey-Sunrise, Wyo. 24

Creek Valley 38, Paxton 37

East Butler 69, Dorchester 50

Elm Creek 36, Axtell 34

Ewing 53, St. Mary's 19

Fillmore Central 58, Heartland 44

Friend 37, Osceola 31

Fullerton 50, Palmer 37

Heartland Lutheran 42, St. Edward 40

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 61, Neligh-Oakdale 25

Hyannis 60, Stapleton 23

Kearney Catholic 48, Broken Bow 45

Lawton-Bronson, Iowa 60, Wakefield-Allen 52

Louisville 50, Lincoln Christian 47

Mead 70, Boys Town 25

Mitchell 65, Torrington, Wyo. 32

Nebraska Christian 63, Spalding Academy 8

Nebraska Lutheran 40, High Plains Community 36

North Bend Central 50, Wayne 32

O'Neill 67, Ainsworth 35

Omaha Christian Academy 54, Cornerstone Christian 18

Omaha Gross Catholic 58, Omaha Mercy 37

Omaha Marian 66, Omaha South 15

Omaha Roncalli 58, Plattsmouth 35

Omaha Skutt Catholic 40, Blair 33

Ord 35, Burwell 34

Pender 74, Omaha Nation 34

Pierce 57, Humphrey St. Francis 39

Ravenna 63, Central City 57

Sandhills/Thedford 49, Anselmo-Merna 33

South Platte 47, Wallace 37

Twin River 36, Cross County 23

Walthill 65, Winside 22

Weeping Water 67, Fort Calhoun 38

West Central, S.D. 49, Crofton 40

West Holt 45, North Central 41

West Point-Beemer 61, Schuyler 11

Wood River 45, Sutton 39

2019 MUDECAS Tournament=

A Division=

Exeter/Milligan 39, Freeman 31

Sterling 25, Falls City Sacred Heart 23, OT

B Division=

Diller-Odell 57, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 47

Tri County 27, Palmyra 22

GI Vapors