Husker men vs. Southwest Minnesota State
A number of small topics have been on what few leavings remain of my mind. Let’s shove off from the dock and see where we drift.
• I wonder if you know there will be a terrific football game Tuesday night and it’s right smack in your backyard.
The Heartland Huskies will host Bruning-Davenport-Shickley (and assorted other burgs that didn’t make their district’s acronym cut) for a quarterfinal playoff contest. If you like great small town football – and who doesn’t? – this one’s for you.
The Huskies of Coach Erik Wetjen are 10-0 and have already plowed under their first two playoff opponents by a combined score of 148-36.
Scores for the Huskies’ regular season wins were 66-zip, 60-28, 50-32, 82-36, 50-34, 66-14, 82-16 and 80-20. Since then in the Class D1 playoffs these kids have defeated Lourdes Central Catholic at home (74-6) and Clarkson-Leigh on the road (74-30).
Folks this is a high-powered squad that’s an absolute hoot to watch. They score from anywhere, have athleticism, size and speed to burn, a decidedly nasty approach to defense and are very well coached.
As this is written the long-term forecast is for a chilly evening Tuesday. What the heck? Bundle up and go anyway. You won’t be disappointed in this crew of Huskies. I can’t guarantee they’ll win, but you will see a show worthy of the trip and the ticket price. I can and do promise you that.
• Also as this is written, we’re down to one possible qualifier for state volleyball, the Class D2 Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves … who else? Coach Darcy White probably keeps a change of clothes, a toothbrush and a sandwich at the state tournament, so frequently has her coaching and several years worth of players’ hard work and talent taken the T-Wolves to state.
First, though, they have to have won their district final last night at Norris against Johnson-Brock.
So here’s a belated, but no-less enthusiastic, “Go! Fight! Hope you won!”
• Speaking of state volleyball, the tournament has returned to Lincoln now that the Pinnacle Bank Arena and Devaney Center have become available.
Thursday, Nov. 13 the first round is played at Pinnacle Bank Arena (Classes A and B), Lincoln North Star (Class C1), Lincoln Southwest (Class C2), Lincoln Northeast (Class D1) and Lincoln Southeast (Class D2). Friday’s semifinals in all classes will play out on two courts at the PBA. All six championship matches are Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Devaney Center, the beating heart of Husker volleyball. Third place matches that Saturday will be headed for Lincoln East.
• One more for the road.
And in this case ‘the road’ is literal as in a trip to Lincoln this evening (Thursday) where I’ll trot out my credential and have a seat under the hoop for Husker men’s basketball.
I mention this not to make you feel jealous or deprived, but rather to work in a plug for giving NU basketball a look-see. Makes no difference if it’s the men or the women. Both teams are terrific and the Pinnacle Bank Arena is spectacular every time. Same for the surrounding Haymarket area.
Not that I’m one to pull a cork, but I have it on good authority there are some fine watering holes and feed bunkers in the blocks around the PBA.
Steve says, “Check it out!”
Nebraska defeated new Big 10 member Rutgers. Here are some frozen moments from the game.
Today your girthy scribe is slogging his way through a once-a-year experience.
Thank goodness because, for me, once-annual is about all I can manage.
The state cross country championship at Kearney Country Club is that to which I refer. Sports Editor Ken Kush and I left early this morning to shoot photos (both of us) and get interviews (Ken) with our area runners and their coaches.
Sounds easy enough, right? Sure it does. Just stroll around a pooh-bah golf course, acres of lush grass beneath my feet and manicured trees overhead, shooting photos as the kids run by.
Here’s the rub. I cannot make myself shoot the meet the way some others of my profession do it, which is to set up at the finish line and never move during any of the eight races (Classes A, B, C and D x 2 for boys and girls).
Oh no, I have three or four different places that have been hand selected over the years to provide different backgrounds, different light and, as a result, different looks. The finish line is fine, but I just can’t get excited about this photo looking the same as the last one and the next one. Plus everything is back-lit from that spot anyway.
So I bounce around. Have you ever been deep into the Kearney Country Club golf course? No.? Then perhaps you do not appreciate the continually rolling up-and-down of the terrain.
Two of my chosen lurking spots are up on top, another is at the finish line which is basically way down in a hole.
Most years we have kids in six of the eight races and that adds up to a whole lot of up and down, round and round for these old legs which are, by the way, 130 years old. Don’t laugh ‘til you do the math. I’m 65 years old. I have two legs. Sixty-five x 2 = 130 any way you figure.
This year, as it turns out, our runners are all concentrated in Class B and Class D. That means four races instead of six. This is good for two reasons … (1) less wear and tear on a used-up old carcass and (2) we can hit the road for home much earlier this year than normal. That, in turn, is good for two reasons … (1) we have a bit more time to process all those cross country photos and stories before Ken and I (2) race off to a football game apiece.
But pooped out of not, this still beats the h-e-double-toothpicks out of all the real jobs I’ve had.