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No. 15 Huskers Fall in OT at No. 20 Iowa

Emily Cady produced 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, but No. 15 Nebraska suffered a 78-72 overtime loss at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Monday night.
Tear'a Laudermill added 19 points, including 17 after halftime, but the Huskers had their five-game overall winning streak snapped to slip to 15-4 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten. It also snapped Nebraska's eight-game winning streak in the series with Iowa. The Hawkeyes improved to 16-3 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten.
Theriot finished with 15 points and five assists, while Brandi Jeffery added eight points, seven rebounds and three steals for NU. Hailie Sample managed six points and eight rebounds including a crucial layup with 1:23 left to cut a three-point Iowa lead to 60-59.
Samantha Logic led Iowa with 22 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, while Ally Disterhoft added 20 points and 13 rebounds. Bethany Doolittle scored all 12 of her points after hafltime to help the Hawkeyes, including six points early in the overtime.
Nebraska led for the game's first 36 minutes before back-to-back jumpers from Melissa Dixon and Logic gave the Hawkeyes a 58-57 edge with 3:50 left. A Disterhoft shot with 2:29 left pushed the margin to 60-57, before the Huskers rallied.
Nebraska and Iowa went to overtime tied at 61 with huge plays by both teams late in regulation. Theriot hit a jumper with 4.5 seconds left to give Nebraska a 61-60 lead. But freshman guard Whitney Jennings came free on the length-of-the-court inbounds and appeared to have an uncontested run to the rim from the left side. Theriot came over and blocked the shot but was called for the foul with 1.3 seconds left. Jennings missed the first free throw but made the second to send the game to overtime.
NU led by as many as 10 points on several occasions in the game, but were never able to shake the Hawkeyes who kept the lead within seven points throughout the majority of the first 36 minutes.
The Huskers led on the road against one of the Big Ten's top offensive teams despite hitting just one three-pointer in regulation. For the game, NU closed 2-for-10 from long range, including a Theriot three with 9.5 seconds left in overtime. For the game, the Huskers hit just 39.1 percent of their shots from the floor, but did connect on 16-of-18 free throws.
However, after holding Iowa to its lowest first-half point total of the season with 21, the Huskers allowed 40 points on 58.6 percent (17-29) shooting in the second half. In the overtime, Iowa hit 5-of-8 shots from the field, while adding a pair of putbacks. The Hawkeyes outscored NU, 17-11, in overtime.
Nebraska matched Iowa on the glass with 42 rebounds, but lost the turnover battle for the game, 18-17.
Cady carried the Huskers to a 28-21 halftime lead with a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Jeffery added six big points and three rebounds after missing NU's game at Wisconsin with a minor injury. Sample added four points on 2-of-2 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds for the Big Red in the opening half. Rachel Theriot also managed four points, three assists and late first-half block.
As a team, Nebraska hit just 37.5 percent (12-32) of its first-half shots, including 0-for-5 three-pointers, but never trailed and led by nine points on several occasions after opening the game on a 10-1 spurt in the first 4:30. NU outrebounded Iowa, 24-20, in the first half and won the first-half turnover battle, 8-7.
Logic led Iowa with six points and six rebounds, while Kali Peschel (5) and Chase Coley (4) combined for nine points off the bench to help the Hawkeyes stay within striking distance at halftime. Iowa hit just 25.8 percent (8-31) of its first-half shots, including 2-of-8 threes.
The Huskers return to Lincoln Thursday to open a two-game home stand by taking on Illinois. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Fighting Illini is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are available now on, with no national television broadcast of the game available. Free live audio will be provided by the Husker Sports Network, while live premium video will be provided by BTN Plus.


Doane College, with 99 points and nine first place votes, is the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) baseball coaches' choice to win the 2015 regular season league title. The Tigers, who went a perfect 20-0 en route to the GPAC regular and postseason championships last spring, posted a 42-11 overall record in 2014.
Midland the GPAC postseason tournament champions were picked second with 85 points after going 43-19 last season. Northwestern picked up the final two first-place votes and was tabbed third with 84 points. Both teams were 16-4 in GPAC play last year.

The GPAC baseball season will consist of 20 games (10 doubleheaders) and conclude with the GPAC Postseason Tournament in a new format featuring two four-team tournaments (Seeds 1,4,5,8 and Seeds 2,3,6,7) (double elimination) on April 30 - May 2 at site of the top two seeds. Then the two tournament winners will play on Tuesday, May 5, in one nine-inning game for the GPAC Championship at the highest remaining seed.
Points were assigned on a 10-1 basis and coaches could not vote for their own team.
Here is the complete GPAC Baseball 2015 preseason coaches' poll:

Pl. Team (1st Place Votes) - Points
1. Doane (9) - 99
2. Midland - 85
3. Northwestern (2) - 84
4. Morningside - 78
5. Mount. Marty - 56
6. Dakota Wesleyan - 55
7. Briar Cliff - 44
8. Hastings - 38
9. Concordia - 36
10. Nebraska Wesleyan - 18
11. Dordt -12


Morningside College, champions of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) regular season and tournament titles in 2014, is the coaches' choice to win the 2015 GPAC softball title. The Mustangs totaled 90 points and three first place votes in the preseason poll.
Morningside posted a 30-14 record last spring while posting a 15-5 record in the GPAC. Concordia, runner-up at the GPAC tournament last year, is picked second with 85 points and four first place votes. The Bulldogs posted a record of 32-16. Midland and Northwestern were picked third and fourth with 78 and 75 points respectively and each had a pair of first place votes.

The GPAC softball season will consist of 20 games (10 doubleheaders) and conclude with the GPAC Postseason Tournament in a new format featuring two four-team tournaments (Seeds 1,4,5,8 and Seeds 2,3,6,7) (double elimination) on April 29-30 at site of the top two seeds. Then the two tournament winners will play on Saturday, May 2, in the GPAC Championship (three game series) at the highest remaining seed.

Points were assigned on a 10-1 basis and coaches could not vote for their own team.
Here is the complete GPAC Softball 2015 preseason coaches' poll:

Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1. Morningside (3) 90
2. Concordia (4) 85
3. Midland (2) 78
4. Northwestern (2) 75
5. Hastings 74
6. Doane 60
7. Dakota Wesleyan 41
8. Dordt 35
9. Briar Cliff 30
10. Nebraska Wesleyan 23
11. Mount Marty 14

Husker Athletes Earn Big Ten Honors

Cernjul Named B1G Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Marusa Cernjul was named the Big Ten Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Weekon Monday, following a career-best performance over the weekend.

Cernjul cleared a personal-best 6-1 1/4 (1.86) in the high jump on Saturday to win the Mark Colligan Memorial title at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Indoor Track.

Her mark is tied with two others for the top mark in the nation this season. The 2012 Big Ten Outdoor high jump champion also moved into a tie for fourth on the all-time top-10 indoor list at Nebraska.

Cernjul, a senior from Celje, Slovenia, picked up her first career weekly Big Ten honor. She is the first Husker to win indoor field athlete of the week since Ashley Miller on Jan. 23, 2012.

Nebraska Women's Gymnastics: Lambert Collects Weekly Honor After Big Weekend
The No. 7 Nebraska women's gymnastics team earned its second conference honor of the season as sophomore Ashley Lambert captured Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week announced by the conference Monday. Lambert earned her first career weekly honor after excelling on vault for the second weekend in a row. The Newport News, Va., native captured her third consecutive vault title with another perfect 10.00 score.
Lambert started the 2015 season with a bang at the opening meet where she took home two event titles on vault (9.875) and floor (9.825) en route to her first career all-around crown (39.175). Following the season opener, Lambert notched her name in history books as she became the first Husker to record a 10.00 on vault since 2011. She was a member of a historical vault lineup that put together a 49.75 team score to break the school record and claim the No. 1 vault ranking in the country.
This past weekend at the Rutgers quad meet Lambert broke yet again another record as she stuck a perfect 10.00 on vault for the second week in a row. She is the first Nebraska gymnast to post back-to-back 10's on a single event.
As rankings were released today Lambert sits as the No. 2 vaulter in the country behind Bridget Sloan. Although Florida's Sloan is currently the No. 1 ranked gymnast on the event, she has only competed in one meet this season before falling to injury. Lambert's averages a 9.958 mark competing in three meets, Sloan averages a 10.00 competing in only one meet.
In team rankings, the Huskers picked up a No. 7 overall ranking and hold steady as the No. 1 vaulting team in the country. Three gymnasts pull down top-10 rankings on vault as Lambert comes in at No. 2, Jessie DeZiel No. 5 and Hollie Blanske No. 9.
Lambert and the Huskers will hit the road again this weekend heading to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a Big Ten showdown against No. 4 Michigan. This conference matchup will start at 3 p.m. and take place in the Crisler Arena on the Michigan campus.


Nick Master scored twice and the Tri-City Storm (20-10-5) got their first win of the season against the Sioux Falls Stampede (18-14-4) by a score of 4-2 at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night.

The victory was the sixth straight win for Tri-City, which is now the longest winning streak for the club since March of 2005.

Master now has a goal streak of three games, scoring five different times during the run. The UMass-Lowell commit has 12 tallies and 21 points on the season.

Forward Chris Wilkie also scored for the Storm in the win, and is currently third in the USHL with 22 goals.

Chase Berger gave Tri-City the early 1-0 lead, scoring his sixth goal of the season on the first shot of the game just 1:28 into the first period.

Sioux Falls responded with a goal by defenseman Matt Nuttle at 8:31 of the first, tying the game at 1-1 before Master scored his first of the night to give the Storm a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.

The Broomall, Penn. native's first was set up by both Garrett Gamez and Kevin Kerr. First, Gamez brought the puck in the zone and stopped in the corner. The Storm's captain then found Kerr open at the point. Kerr, also a Pennsylvania native, shot the puck toward the net with Master open in front for a redirection over the left shoulder of Stampede goalie Stefanos Lekkas and into the net.

Wilkie made it 3-1 in the second, picking up the puck in the Sioux Falls end on a broken play and beating Lekkas. Storm defenseman Mattias Goransson and forward Dan Labosky each recorded assists on the goal.

But the Stampede got back in the game with a redirection goal of their own from team captain Ryan Schwalbe to make it 3-2 in the middle period.

The game stayed at 3-2 until Master gave the Storm the insurance they were looking for, scoring his second of the game at 11:36 of the final frame.

This time it was forward Cody Milan who hit Master in front and the center did the rest of the work, deking out Lekkas and scoring on the backhand. Forward Matthew Freytag was credited with the second assist on the final goal of the game.

Storm netminder Jared Rutledge earned the win with 17 saves, his sixth win of the year and his fourth consecutive victory.

Lekkas took the loss for Sioux Falls, making 31 saves in defeat.

Tri-City remains in second place in the USHL's Western Conference with 45 total points.

The Storm are back in action Tuesday night when they host the Lincoln Stars at the Viaero Event Center. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Adams Central Captures Lou Platte Wrestling Title

Team Scores
1. Adams Central 149.0
2. 2. Gibbon 133.0
3. 3. Ord 114.0
4. 4. Kearney Catholic 100.5
5. 5. Arcadia-Loup City 96.0
6. 6. St. Paul 87.0
7. 7. Centura 73.0
8. 8. Wood River 57.0
9. 9. Doniphan-Trumbull 55.0
10. 10. Ravenna 21.0

106 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - Eric Pacheco of Kearney Catholic
2nd Place - Tyler Cunningham of St. Paul
3rd Place - Jacob Kubicka of Adams Central
4th Place - Chase Smith of Gibbon
1st Place Match
Eric Pacheco (Kearney Catholic) 24-1, So. over Tyler Cunningham (St. Paul) 14-2, Fr. (MD 10-1).
3rd Place Match
Jacob Kubicka (Adams Central) 23-9, So. over Chase Smith (Gibbon) 19-10, Fr. (Fall 4:22).

113 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - Wyatt Allan of Wood River
2nd Place - Nolan Barry of Adams Central
3rd Place - Lane Brown of Gibbon
4th Place - Jackson Ulrich of Ord
1st Place Match
Wyatt Allan (Wood River) 25-0, So. over Nolan Barry (Adams Central) 29-2, Fr. (Dec 2-0).
3rd Place Match
Lane Brown (Gibbon) 15-13, Fr. over Jackson Ulrich (Ord) 5-9, So. (Dec 10-3).

120 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - Vinny Pearson of Gibbon
2nd Place - Paiton Lech of Ord
3rd Place - Wyatt Lane of Arcadia-Loup City
4th Place - Jack Keating of Kearney Catholic
1st Place Match
Vinny Pearson (Gibbon) 20-8, Jr. over () , . (Dec 12-9).
3rd Place Match
Wyatt Lane (Arcadia-Loup City) 31-3, Sr. over Jack Keating (Kearney Catholic) 19-11, So. (OTHR1).

126 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - Dillon Paczosa of St. Paul
2nd Place - Clinton O`Neel of Ord
3rd Place - Peyton Brodrick of Adams Central
4th Place - Jacob Gappa of Kearney Catholic
1st Place Match
Clinton O`Neel (Ord) 13-4, Sr. over () , . (Dec 3-8).
3rd Place Match
Peyton Brodrick (Adams Central) 27-4, So. over Jacob Gappa (Kearney Catholic) 16-14, Fr. (Dec 5-1).

132 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - Peyton McCord of Centura
2nd Place - Zach McNally of Doniphan-Trumbull
3rd Place - Carter Fleshman of Kearney Catholic
4th Place - Gerardo Raymundo of Gibbon
1st Place Match
Peyton McCord (Centura) 23-9, So. over Zach McNally (Doniphan-Trumbull) 25-7, Sr. (Fall 5:48).
3rd Place Match
Carter Fleshman (Kearney Catholic) 24-8, So. over Gerardo Raymundo (Gibbon) 6-14, Fr. (Fall 2:33).

138 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - Lucas Kyhn of Centura
2nd Place - Ty Connely of Kearney Catholic
3rd Place - Oscar Cuellar of Gibbon
4th Place - Lance Luehm of Ord
1st Place Match
Lucas Kyhn (Centura) 28-6, Sr. over Ty Connely (Kearney Catholic) 17-9, So. (Dec 9-3).
3rd Place Match
Oscar Cuellar (Gibbon) 13-12, Jr. over Lance Luehm (Ord) 10-8, Sr. (Dec 8-4).

145 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - Marc Zeckser of Adams Central
2nd Place - Joseph Feldner of Kearney Catholic
3rd Place - Jacob Tracy of Gibbon
4th Place - Kaden Dawe of Ord
1st Place Match
Marc Zeckser (Adams Central) 27-1, So. over Joseph Feldner (Kearney Catholic) 25-5, Jr. (Dec 4-2).
3rd Place Match
Jacob Tracy (Gibbon) 22-9, Fr. over Kaden Dawe (Ord) 14-13, So. (Dec 7-2).

152 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - Matt Rojas of Wood River
2nd Place - Sam Folkers of Ravenna
3rd Place - Nicholas Lindblad of Adams Central
4th Place - Gavin Trompke of Ord
1st Place Match
Matt Rojas (Wood River) 23-5, Jr. over Sam Folkers (Ravenna) 23-6, Jr. (Dec 8-4).
3rd Place Match
Nicholas Lindblad (Adams Central) 19-14, Jr. over Gavin Trompke (Ord) 11-14, So. (Dec 6-2).

160 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - David Gross of St. Paul
2nd Place - Tyler Zeigler of Adams Central
3rd Place - Brennen Lech of Ord
4th Place - Thomas Spilinek of Arcadia-Loup City
1st Place Match
David Gross (St. Paul) 20-1, Jr. over Tyler Zeigler (Adams Central) 23-10, Jr. (Fall 5:43).
3rd Place Match
Brennen Lech (Ord) 16-6, Sr. over Thomas Spilinek (Arcadia-Loup City) 21-11, Jr. (TB-1 9-5).

170 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - Cade Svoboda of Ord
2nd Place - Bailey Brown of Centura
3rd Place - Jesse Antle of Doniphan-Trumbull
4th Place - Austin Skibinski of Arcadia-Loup City
1st Place Match
Cade Svoboda (Ord) 26-2, Jr. over Bailey Brown (Centura) 24-4, Sr. (Fall 4:28).
3rd Place Match
Jesse Antle (Doniphan-Trumbull) 12-8, Jr. over Austin Skibinski (Arcadia-Loup City) 11-16, Sr. (Dec 1-0).

182 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - Coltin Brown of Gibbon
2nd Place - Jared Curlo of Arcadia-Loup City
3rd Place - Corey Brown of Adams Central
4th Place - Keaton Husak of Wood River
1st Place Match
Coltin Brown (Gibbon) 25-3, Jr. over Jared Curlo (Arcadia-Loup City) 16-13, So. (Fall 3:31).
3rd Place Match
Corey Brown (Adams Central) 14-16, So. over Keaton Husak (Wood River) 24-12, Jr. (Dec 5-4).

195 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - Kalen Garrett of Doniphan-Trumbull
2nd Place - Matt Jameson of St. Paul
3rd Place - Zack Wioskowski of Adams Central
4th Place - Diego Guerrero of Wood River
1st Place Match
Kalen Garrett (Doniphan-Trumbull) 25-4, Sr. over Matt Jameson (St. Paul) 10-9, Sr. (Dec 10-4).
3rd Place Match
Zack Wioskowski (Adams Central) 9-14, Fr. over Diego Guerrero (Wood River) 9-12, Fr. (Fall 1:17).

220 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - Kendall Oberheide of Adams Central
2nd Place - Zach Hulinsky of Arcadia-Loup City
3rd Place - Collin Smyth of Gibbon
4th Place - Dalton Lewis of Doniphan-Trumbull
1st Place Match
Kendall Oberheide (Adams Central) 22-9, Jr. over Zach Hulinsky (Arcadia-Loup City) 15-11, So. (Fall 1:42).
3rd Place Match
Collin Smyth (Gibbon) 16-12, So. over Dalton Lewis (Doniphan-Trumbull) 4-13, So. (Fall 3:26).

285 Results
Guaranteed Places
1st Place - Ozzy Rodriguez of Gibbon
2nd Place - Lane Hruby of Arcadia-Loup City
3rd Place - Jarron Schernikau of Adams Central
4th Place - Randolph Frizane of Kearney Catholic
1st Place Match
Ozzy Rodriguez (Gibbon) 22-1, Jr. over Lane Hruby (Arcadia-Loup City) 17-5, So. (Fall 3:21).
3rd Place Match
Jarron Schernikau (Adams Central) 7-11, So. over Randolph Frizane (Kearney Catholic) 6-17, Fr. (Fall 1:56).

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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