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COLLEGE OF SAINT MARY TO JOIN GPAC

The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) is proud to announce College of Saint Mary (CSM) as the newest member of the league. The announcement was made October 23, 2014, in Omaha, Nebraska, during a press conference at the Lied Fitness Center on the CSM campus.

CSM will officially join the GPAC beginning with the 2015-16 academic year after being approved at the October 7, 2014, meeting of the GPAC Council of Presidents. CSM will become the 12th member of the GPAC which was founded in 2000-2001 and is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

"We are tremendously excited to have CSM join the GPAC," said Corey Westra, GPAC Commissioner. "CSM is an outstanding institution, with a proud history, that will fit in well with the existing members of our conference." The addition of CSM expands the GPAC into the Omaha market for the first time in league history. "Being in the Omaha market solidifies our Nebraska footprint," added Westra. "We are also proud to have an All-Women's institution join our league as a full member as we continue to promote academic and athletic excellence in the GPAC."

Currently College of Saint Mary is a member of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC). CSM offers eight varsity sports (seven GPAC sports) including: Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Swimming, Softball, Tennis, and Golf.

"College of Saint Mary is enthused about acceptance into the Great Plains Athletic Conference," said CSM President Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM. "We believe our athletic programs have matured over the last few years and we expect to be a significant competitor in the Conference." Stevens added, "Of great importance to us is the emphasis the NAIA places on the character of sport and the GPAC takes great care in ensuring that teams and spectators encourage competition that calls forth potential and fosters leadership which is essential to the mission of College of Saint Mary."

"The GPAC will be an excellent opportunity for our student athletes and coaches to become involved in one of the best NAIA conferences in the country," said CSM Athletic Director Jim Krueger. "The GPAC will provide top notch quality competition week-in and week-out in all of our sports. It will be an honor to be a member of a conference that has been represented multiple times with National Championship teams in numerous sports."

Loper Men Picked 7th in MIAA

The Nebraska-Kearney men's basketball team is picked seventh in the MIAA preseason coaches poll.

Head coaches vote on the makeup of the poll; they cannot vote for their own teams.

UNK returns four starters off last year's 15-13 (10-9) squad that tied for sixth and was the sixth seed in the MIAA Tournament. Winning 10 of its last 13 games, the Lopers have two returning All-MIAA players in Connor Beranek (Ravenna) and Ethan Brozek (Norfolk Catholic).

In the preseason poll, the Lopers received 103 points, seven behind Central Oklahoma and 21 ahead of Emporia State.

Defending national champion Central Missouri is No. 1 with 151 points and 10 first place votes. Close behind is Fort Hays state (145 points; two first place votes) with Washburn third (137) and NW Missouri State fourth (129).

UNK starts the season at home on Saturday, November 15th vs. 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Colorado School of Mines. The Lopers do not have any public exhibitions or scrimmages this season.

2014-15 MIAA Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Central Missouri (10) 151
2. Fort Hays State (2) 145
3. Washburn (1) 137
4. NW Missouri State (1) 129
5. Missouri Southern State 120
6. Central Oklahoma 110
7. Nebraska-Kearney 103
8. Emporia State 82
9. Lindenwood 79
10. Pittsburg State 73
11. Missouri Western State 53
12. Northeastern State 39
13. Southwest Baptist 29
14. Lincoln 15

Overmiller to Miss Rest of Season

Hastings College will have to play their final three games of the season without starting quarterback Matt Overmiller. He injured his knee in Saturday's 48-28 win over Midland University. An MRI exam revealed the season ending injury yesterday. Overmiller has thrown for 15-hundred 92 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. He has rushed for 294 yards and three scores. Jason Gaines will inherit the top job. The sophomore completed 11 of 17 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's game. Hastings has the weekend off. They'll play host to Northwestern on November 1st.

Preseason GPAC Basketball Polls

MORNINGSIDE IS PRESEASON WOMEN'S HOOPS FAVORITE
Women's Basketball - Tue, Oct. 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM
(Sioux City, Iowa) –Morningside totaled 97 points and is the preseason coaches' selections to win the 2014-2015 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women's Basketball Championship. The Mustangs tallied seven first place votes. Concordia and Hastings tied for second with 87 points, each with a pair of first place votes.
Last season there was a four-way tie for the conference title with Concordia, Hastings, Morningside, and Northwestern all going 16-4 in the GPAC. Northwestern, picked in fourth place this year, was the GPAC tournament champion last winter. Midland was picked fifth and Briar Cliff sixth in the early season poll.

Points were awarded on a 10-1 basis and coaches' could not vote for their own team.

Here is the complete 2014-15 GPAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll:

Place School Points First Place Votes
1. Morningside 97 7
2t. Concordia 87 2
2t. Hastings 87 2
4. Northwestern 73
5. Midland 60
6. Briar Cliff 50
7. Doane 43
8. Dakota Wesleyan 39
9. Mount Marty 32
10. Dordt 27
11. Nebraska Wesleyan 10

MIDLAND PRESEASON GPAC MEN'S HOOPS FAVORITE
Men's Basketball - Tue, Oct. 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM
(Sioux City, Iowa) – Midland totaled 98 points and eight first place votes and is the preseason coaches' selection to win the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men's Basketball Championship for 2014-15. The Warriors posted a 30-6 record last year and finished as NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Runner-up in Point Lookout, Missouri.
Morningside, last year's GPAC Tournament winner, is picked second with 88 points and two first place votes. Dakota Wesleyan was picked third with 83 points and one first place vote. Briar Cliff was tabbed fourth with 71 points. Last year's regular season champ Dordt was picked fifth with 70 points.

Points were awarded on a 10-1 basis and coaches' could not vote for their own team.

Here is the complete 2014-15 GPAC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll:

Place School Points First Place Votes
1. Midland 98 8
2. Morningside 88 2
3. Dakota Wesleyan 83 1
4. Briar Cliff 71
5. Dordt 70
6. Northwestern 51
7. Hastings 43
8. Concordia 39
9. Doane 30
10. Mount Marty 17
11. Nebraska Wesleyan 15

TOMASEVICZ, GORDON AND DAVISON TO SPEAK AT LEADERSHIP AWARD SEMINAR AND BANQUET

Olympic bobsledder Curt Tomasevicz, international author and motivational speaker Jon Gordon and former Husker athlete Matt Davison are among those speaking at the 2014Tom Osborne Leadership Award Seminar and Banquet at the Hastings City Auditorium in Hastings on Tuesday, October 28. This is the fifth year for the annual event sponsored by Leadership Hastings. Tomasevicz will be awarded this year's Tom Osborne Leadership Award. He is a former University of Nebraska football player who competed for the U.S. National Bobsled Team for ten years in three Olympic games, winning two medals. Tomasevicz will speak during the afternoon seminar and again at the evening banquet. He will be joined at the banquet by motivational author and speaker Jon Gordon, who has written numerous bestselling books and has worked with professional and college sports teams and Fortune 500 companies. Tickets for the event are available this week by contacting Leadership Hastings at the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to Tomasevicz, the afternoon leadership seminar will also feature former Husker football and basketball player and current Husker sports commentator Matt Davison. Davison will deliver a motivational talk on leadership. The seminar begins at 1:00 p.m.with a presentation by local motivational author and speaker Tiffany Crouse.

The evening banquet will include the presentation of the Tom Osborne Leadership Award to Tomasevicz, who will speak about his his gold-medal winning Olympic career and the leadership skills he learned from his years training for the Olympic Games. The Tom Osborne Leadership Award is given annually to an outstanding Nebraskan or someone with ties to Nebraska who has achieved excellence in their field and given back to their community. During the banquet, Centennial Plastics, LLC of Hastings will also receive the annual Ron Sanders Service Award for their active involvement and support of Leadership Hastings and the community. Furthermore, Gordon will give a motivational talk on developing positive leaders, organizations and teams. He is the author of numerous books including The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, Soup, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, and his latest book The Carpenter. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Bayer and more. Gordon also met with Husker coaches and players to share his motivational principles.

The Tom Osborne Leadership Award banquet begins with a social at 5:00 p.m., dinner at6:00 p.m. and the program following at 6:45 p.m.

The seminar and banquet are open to the public. Tickets for the leadership seminar and banquet are available at a price of $60 each. Tickets for the banquet only are $40 each. Student tickets for the seminar only are also available for $5 each. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Proceeds will go to support the Leadership Hastings program. For information on tickets or sponsorships, call Leadership Hastings at (402) 461-8411.

Nebraska-Kearney track & field team members Kevin Carder, Dillon Schrodt and Jackie Ziemke have been selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 7 teams, as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).

To be eligible for this squad, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative GPA, be a starter or key reserve and been at his/her current school for one academic year. Finally, sports information directors (SID's) vote on the makeup of the Academic All-American and All-District teams.

District 7 includes schools from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) and GAC (Great American Conference).

This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

Carder maintains a 3.99 GPA as Political Science major. Currently running across Europe, the Albion native was the Lopers team MVP in cross country in each of the past two years while being an NCAA provisional qualifier at 10,000 meters this spring.

In the ring, Ziemke (Waco) earned All-American honors in the shot this past March thanks to a third place finish. Also qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, she has a 3.93 GPA in Business Administration.

A junior from Lincoln North Star, Schrodt was an All-American in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor meet with a third place finish. At last week's NCAA Outdoor meet, he placed ninth in the decathlon and also was a qualifier in the 110 hurdles. He maintains a 3.86 GPA in Math (grades 7-12).

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