Huskers Even Series with 7-4 Win

husker baseballLincoln – With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the Nebraska baseball team (25-11, 4-4 Big Ten) plated four runs with two outs to take a 7-3 lead over the Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-18, 3-8 Big Ten). Josh Roeder took the mound in the ninth with the Huskers ahead 7-4 and picked up his 11th save of the season with perfect frame of relief.

After Minnesota reliever Brian Glowicki retired NU’s first two batters in the seventh, Austin Darby started a two-out rally with a single and Austin Christensen then untied the game with a RBI double into the right-field corner. Glowicki then issued back-to-back walks to load the bases and Ryan Boldt broke the game open with a bases-clearing triple.

The Gophers got a run back in the eighth to cut NU’s lead to three runs, but Roeder made quick work of the top of UM’s lineup with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout for his 29th career save. Roeder is now two saves away from tying Brett Jensen’s career save mark.

Freshman Jake Meyers, who earned the win to improve to 2-1 on the year, kept the Huskers in the game after starter Kyle Kubat gave up three runs (two earned) on 11 hits in 4.2 innings. Meyers came in with two outs in the top of the fifth and runners on first and second. The freshman lefty struck out Toby Hanson to end the frame and then went on to retire all seven Gophers he faced, while notching three strikeouts.

Dan Motel started the game with a double for the second straight night and later scored to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead. After being shutout on Friday, the Huskers answered in the bottom of the first with a pair of runs on three hits, including a double by Blake Headley.

Minnesota retook the lead in the top of the fourth, and the inning started with an error by Jake Placzek. The error resulted in an unearned run and the Gophers tacked on another to take a 3-2 lead.

Tanner Lubach evened the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth when he a one-out solo homer run into the left-field berm, his third home run of the season.

The Huskers and Gophers meet for the rubber match of the series tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on BTN Plus.

Huskers Shutout, 3-0, in Series Opener

husker baseballLincoln – The No. 23 Nebraska baseball team (24-11, 3-4 Big Ten) was unable to find a rhythm at the plate on Friday night and was shutout, 3-0, in its series opener against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-17, 3-7 Big Ten). The Gophers outhit the Huskers, 6-5, on the night and the Huskers were shutout at home for the first time since March 11, 2012, when NU lost to Cal, 4-0.

Senior Chance Sinclair allowed two runs on five hits and one walk, while striking out five, but fell to 4-5 on the year. After posting a 6-0 record in Big Ten play last season, Sinclair is 1-2 in league play this year.

Minnesota’s Ben Meyer went 6.2 innings in his second win of the season. The right hander gave up four hits and four walks, while striking out two.

The Gophers started the game with a double by Dan Motl and two groundouts later he crossed the plate to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead. It looked like the Huskers would answer in the bottom of the frame when Meyer walked the first two Huskers of the game. After a sacrifice bunt put two runners in scoring position, Tanner Lubach hit a chopper to Meyer, who got Jake Schleppenbach at third base and Ryan Boldt was caught in a run down between third and home, and was tagged out for an inning-ending double play.

Minnesota pushed its lead to 2-0 in the third when Jordan Smith started the inning with a single and quickly scored on Motl’s second double of the game.

The Huskers got back-to-back singles to start the home half of the third, but Meyer settled in and retired the next three Huskers he faced to keep his 2-0 led intact.

Nebraska threatened again in the seventh when Austin Darby started the inning with a single and Jake Placzek worked a two-out walk to put the tying runs on base. The Gophers went to reliever Jordan Jess, who struck out Boldt on three pitches to end the threat.

Minnesota extended its lead to 3-0 in the ninth when Toby Hanson launched a two-out solo home run deep to right field. The Huskers got a one-out single from Darby in the ninth, but nothing else, and Jess picked up his first save of the season.

Game two between the Huskers and Gophers is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. tomorrow night, and the game will be streamed live on HuskersNSide.

Berringer Citizenship Team to be Honored Saturday

Brook Berringer

Brook Berringer

Nebraska Athletics will honor 37 members of the 2014 football team that have been named to the 18th annual Brook Berringer Citizenship Team. The group of student-athletes will be recognized on the field before kickoff of Saturday’s Red-White Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. The group includes 34 members of Nebraska’s 2015 team in addition to three players who completed their eligibility in 2014.

The Brook Berringer Citizenship Team was established by the Husker football program in honor of former Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer, who died in a plane crash in April of 1996. Berringer was a member of NU’s back-to-back national championship teams in 1994 and 1995.  Berringer was also one of the most dedicated Husker volunteers in the community with youth, both in Nebraska and in his hometown of Goodland, Kan.

The team honors players who display a similar love and dedication for volunteering in the community through Nebraska’s nationally recognized Life Skills program. The recipients have completed six or more service projects during the academic calendar year and are in good academic standing.

Senior offensive guard Chris Long was named to the team for the fourth consecutive year, while running back Imani Cross and receiver Lane Hovey are being honored for the third straight year.

Second-time honorees include 2014 seniors Joey Felici, Mike Moudy and Trevor Roach, along with senior receiver Sam Burtch, junior tight end Trey Foster, sophomore offensive lineman Dwayne Johnson, sophomore offensive lineman David Knevel, junior kicker Spencer Lindsay, junior defensive tackle Kevin Maurice, junior running back Graham Nabity and sophomore quarterback Johnny Stanton.

Another 23 members of the football program were named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for the first time.

The Nebraska football team has continued to be among the most active teams in the local community, regularly being a contender for the Life Skills Team Award.

Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley and Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst will join members of the  Berringer family in making the presentation to the team recipients.


2015 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (years on team)

Freedom Akinmoladun (2015)
Christian Bailey (2015)
Alex Boryca (2015)
Tyson Broekemeier (2015)
Drew Brown (2015)
Sam Burtch (2014, 2015)
Byerson Cockrell (2015)
Maliek Collins (2015)
Imani Cross (2013, 2014, 2015)
Daniel Davie (2015)
Joey Felici (2014, 2015)
Jerald Foster (2015)
Trey Foster (2013, 2015)
Luke Gifford (2015)
Zach Hannon (2015)
Blake Holtmeier (2015)
Lane Hovey (2013, 2014, 2015)
Dwayne Johnson (2014, 2015)
Harrison Jordan (2015)
Joshua Kalu (2015)
Bo Kitrell (2015)
David Knevel (2014, 2015)
Chongo Kondolo (2015)
Spencer Lindsay (2014, 2015)
Chris Long (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Kevin Maurice (2014, 2015)
Greg McMullen (2015)
Mike Moudy (2014, 2015)
Graham Nabity (2014, 2015)
Marcus Newby (2015)
Terrell Newby (2015)
De’Mornay Pierson-El (2015)
Trevor Roach (2014, 2015)
Johnny Stanton (2014, 2015)
Chris Weber (2015)
Jordan Westerkamp (2015)
Kieron Williams (2015)

Huskers Hand Out Awards, Honor Seniors at Annual Banquet

Nebraska-Huskers-BasketballThe Nebraska women’s basketball team celebrated the careers of four outstanding seniors while gathering to remember a successful season at the annual awards banquet at Lincoln Station on Thursday, April 9.

Approximately 300 family and friends of the Husker program cheered Nebraska’s four seniors – Emily Cady, Brandi Jeffery, Tear’a Laudermill and Hailie Sample – for one last time together. The quartet finished their careers with a school-record 96 wins while becoming the first class in NU history to lead the Big Red to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and four straight 20-win seasons.

Cady, a 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., was recognized as a four-time All-Big Ten selection, including a pair of second-team honors as a junior and senior. She also earned the team’s Husker Award for her leadership throughout the season.

Laudermill, a 5-9 guard from Moreno Valley, Calif., was a two-time All-Big Ten choice on the court, including second-team honors as a junior in 2013-14 and honorable-mention accolades as a senior. She claimed Nebraska’s Defensive MVP award after leading NU with 45 steals as a senior.

Sample, a 6-1 senior forward from Flower Mound, Texas, claimed the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. She also delivered the invocation at the event.

Jeffery, a 5-7 guard from Vacherie, La., claimed Nebraska’s Kathy Branchaud Most Improved Rebounder Award by increasing her rebounding average by 4.8 boards per game. The 5-7 Jeffery finished the 2014-15 season averaging 6.7 rebounds per game, after grabbing just 1.9 rebounds per game in 2013-14.

Junior point guard Rachel Theriot earned Nebraska’s Offensive MVP award despite missing the final 11 games of the 2014-15 campaign with an ankle injury. Theriot averaged team bests of 16.5 points and 5.2 assists per game while leading NU to a 17-4 start to the season. A preseason candidate for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden National Player-of-the-Year awards, Theriot earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2015, despite missing more than half of the conference season. She was a first-team All-Big Ten choice and honorable-mention Associated Press All-American as a sophomore in 2013-14.

Freshman guard Emily Wood captured Nebraska’s Teammate Award. The 5-5 walk-on from Salina, Kan., competed in 10 games as a freshman, including NU’s Big Ten Tournament games against Illinois and Iowa.

2015 Team Awards
Offensive MVP – Rachel Theriot
Defensive MVP – Tear’a Laudermill
Kathy Branchaud Most Improved Rebounder Award – Brandi Jeffery
Husker Award – Emily Cady
Teammate Award – Emily Wood
Most Dedicated Practice Player -Jacob Birch

Ostrander Selected to U.S. Collegiate National Team

Alicia Ostrander

Alicia Ostrander

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska volleyball rising senior Alicia Ostrander is one of 36 athletes USA Volleyball has selected to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT) program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships from June 21-29 in New Orleans, La.

For the fourth consecutive year, USA Volleyball will have its U.S. Collegiate National Team program (formerly known as U.S. Women’s National A2 Team) represented at the USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships.

Ostrander, a Gordon, Neb., native, is coming off a breakout season in which she notched 152 kills and averaged 2.49 kills per set to rank fourth on the team. Ostrander posted 10 or more kills in nine matches and recorded a career-high 19 kills on 25 swings against Illinois on Oct. 18. The outside hitter went through a breakout stretch in the middle of the season with double-digit kills in seven of eight matches.

“USA Volleyball is excited to bring these three dozen outstanding collegiate athletes together for the College National Team program in New Orleans,” USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. “It’s always beneficial to the development of our National Team pipeline to get this group in the gym during the summer, as well as in front of the juniors playing at the GJNC so they can see the next level of play. Over the past four years, our CNT athletes have served as outstanding role models for these younger athletes.”

In March, the U.S. Collegiate National Team program selected players to compete in the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. Husker junior Briana Holman was selected to that squad. In total, 60 athletes have been selected into the CNT program, which is part of the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline.

This CNT program includes nine middle blockers, nine outside hitters, six setters, six opposites and six liberos. The middle blockers are Alyssa Garvelink (Michigan State University, Holland, Mich.), Krystalyn Goode (University of Michigan, River Hills, Wis.), Kayla Haneline (University of Northern Iowa, Plattsmouth, Neb.), Molly Lohman (University of Minnesota, Mankato, Minn.),Kaitlyn Oliver (Boise State University, Helena, Mont.), Tyler Richardson (Ohio State University, Ypsilanti, Mich.), Jenna Rosenthal (Marquette University, Fond du Lac, Wis.),Lauren Schad (University of San Diego, Rapid City, S.D.) and Stephenee Yancy (University of Illinois-Chicago, Aroma Park, Ill.).

Opposites selected to the program are Cody Dodd (Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, Tenn.),Canace Finley (University of San Diego, Fort Collins, Colo.), Chelsey Harris (Rice University, Houston, Texas), Hayley McCorkle (University of North Carolina, Winterville, N.C.), Kelsie Payne (University of Kansas, Austin, Texas) and Taylor Treacy (University of North Carolina, Columbia, S.C.).

The selected outside hitters are Adora Anae (University of Utah, Laie, Hawaii), Alexis Austin(University of Colorado, Houston, Texas), Kia Bright (University of Central Florida, Jacksonville, Fla.), Tiana Dockery (University of Kansas, Richmond, Texas), Erin Fairs (University of Louisville, Richmond, Texas), Katie Horton (Florida State University, Westland, Mich.), Alicia Ostrander (University of Nebraska, Gordon, Neb.), Luisa Schirmer (Ohio State University, Pittsford, N.Y.) and Azariah Stahl (Purdue Univeristy, Elkhart, Ind.).

Liberos named to the program are Heather Gearhart (University of North Carolina, Chula Vista, Calif.), Alyssa Goehner (University of Minnesota, Lakeville, Minn.), Morgan Heise (Southern Methodist University, Hempstead, Texas), Amanda Neill (Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.),Cierra Simpson (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Cassandra Strickland(University of Washington, Huntington Beach, Calif.).

The setters are Bianca Arellano (Arizona State University, Phoenix, Ariz.), Morgan Bergren(University of Kentucky, Muncie, Ind.), Katie Brand (Kansas State University, Grand Island, Neb.), Nicole Edelman (University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.), Ainise Havili (University of Kansas, Fort Worth, Texas) and Gabrielle Simpson (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo.).

The coaching staff for the CNT-GJNC program will be named in the coming weeks.

After the training portion of the program, the 36 athletes will be divided into three equal teams which will compete in a round-robin event June 26-29. The round-robin event may include an additional team to increase the field to four teams that would compete June 25-29.

U.S. Collegiate National Team for 2015 USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships
Name (Position, School, 2015 College Year, Hometown)
Adora Anae (OH, University of Utah, So., Laie, Hawaii)
Bianca Arellano (S, Arizona State University, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.)
Alexis Austin (OH, University of Colorado, Sr., Houston, Texas)
Morgan Bergren (S, University of Kentucky, Sr., Muncie, Ind.)
Katie Brand (S, Kansas State University, Jr., Grand Island, Neb.)
Kia Bright (OH, University of Central Florida, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.)
Tiana Dockery (OH, University of Kansas, Sr., Richmond, Texas)
Cody Dodd (OPP, Tennessee Tech, Sr., Cookeville, Tenn.)
Nicole Edelman (S, University of Colorado, Sr., Boulder, Colo.)
Erin Fairs (OH, University of Louisville, Sr., Richmond, Texas)
Canace Finley (OPP, University of San Diego, Sr., Fort Collins, Colo.)
Alyssa Garvelink (MB, Michigan State University, So., Holland, Mich.)
Heather Gearhart (L, University of North Carolina, Sr., Chula Vista, Calif.)
Alyssa Goehner (L, University of Minnesota, So., Lakeville, Minn.)
Krystalyn Goode (MB, University Michigan, Sr., River Hills, Wis.)
Kayla Haneline (MB, University of Northern Iowa, Jr., Plattsmouth, Neb.)
Chelsey Harris (OPP, Rice University, Jr., Houston, Texas)
Ainise Havili (S, University of Kansas, So., Fort Worth, Texas)
Morgan Heise (L, Southern Methodist University, Jr., Hempstead, Texas)
Katie Horton (OH, Florida State University, Jr., Westland, Mich.)
Molly Lohman (MB, University of Minnesota, So., Mankato, Minn.)
Hayley McCorkle (OPP, University of North Carolina, Jr., Winterville, N.C.)
Amanda Neill (L, Purdue University, Sr., Lafayette, Ind.)
Kaitlyn Oliver (MB, Boise State University, So., Helena, Mont.)
Alicia Ostrander (OH, University of Nebraska, Sr., Gordon, Neb.)
Kelsie Payne (OPP, University of Kansas, So., Austin, Texas)
Tyler Richardson (MB, Ohio State University, Sr., Ypsilanti, Mich.)
Jenna Rosenthal (MB, Marquette University, Fr.-R, Fond du Lac, Wis.)
Lauren Schad (MB, University of San Diego, Jr., Rapid City, S.D.)
Luisa Schirmer (OH, Ohio State University, So., Pittsford, N.Y.)
Cierra Simpson (L, University of Colorado, Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Gabrielle Simpson (S, University of Colorado, So., Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Azariah Stahl (OH, Purdue University, So., Elkhart, Ind.)
Cassandra Strickland (L, University of Washington, Sr., Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Taylor Treacy (OPP, University of North Carolina, Jr., Columbia, S.C.)
Stephenee Yancy (MB, University of Illinois-Chicago, Sr., Aroma Park, Ill.)

North Platte High School Hires Head Softball Coach

Rick Titus (Photo from Facebook)

Rick Titus (Photo from Facebook)

North Platte High School Activities Director, Marc Mroczek, has named Rick Titus as the new head softball coach for the 2015-2016 school year.

Prior to coming to North Platte High School this year, Rick has coached softball at Aurora High School and Chase County High School. Rick is currently a math teacher at North Platte High School.

Marc Mroczek, North Platte Activities Director said: “Rick is well qualified and will bring valuable experience to our coaching staff at NPHS. He has a great vision for the program and will do what is best for our student-athletes. I am excited for the future of North Platte High School Softball with Coach Titus leading the program.”

Titus takes over for Les O’Donnell, who resigned earlier this year.

No. 23 Huskers and Gophers Open Series on Friday Night on BTN

husker baseballLincoln – Following an extra-inning win at Kansas State on Tuesday night, the No. 23 Nebraska baseball team (24-10, 3-3 Big Ten) gets back to Big Ten Conference action this weekend when it hosts the Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-17, 2-7 Big Ten) for a three-game series at Hawks Field.

The series is scheduled to open on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. and the game will be carried nationally on the Big Ten Network. Due to the Nebraska Football Spring Game on Saturday, the Huskers and Gophers will meet at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday night, before wrapping up the series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Nebraska is 15-1 at Hawks Field this season and has outscored the opposition 92-34. At Hawks Field in 2015, NU’s pitching staff has notched 122 strikeouts compared to 34 walks.

The Gophers enter the series with a 8-15 record away from Siebert Field, including a 7-14 road record. This weekend will be the Gophers third league road series of the year and they are 1-5 on the road in league play, with the lone win coming last weekend at Rutgers.

The Huskers are set to start senior Chance Sinclair on Friday night and he will look to add to his 7-1 career record during Big Ten Play. The third-team preseason All-American has gone at least 6.0 innings in three of his last four starts. Minnesota is scheduled to start right-handed senior Ben Meyer, who is 1-4 on the year with a 5.65 ERA in eight starts. Meyer started the series finale last year against the Huskers in Minneapolis and went 6.2 innings in a no decision. The New Brighton, Minn., native allowed two runs on nine hits and one walk, while striking out four.

Senior Kyle Kubat will climb the hill on Saturday and will be in search of 20th career victory. Kubat is coming off a 4.2 innings outing at Maryland, where he gave up a career-high six runs. Kubat had gone at least 7.0 innings in five of his last six starts heading into last Saturday. The Gophers have not announced a starter for Saturday.

Sophomore Derek Burkamper will look to pick up his fifth win of the season on Sunday after taking a no decision last weekend in Maryland. Burkamper is 4-1 on the year with a 3.14 ERA over 43.0 innings. The Gophers announced that 6-7 sophomore Tim Shannon will start on Sunday. The Hopkins, Minn., native is 1-3 on the year with a 5.82 ERA in seven appearances, including six starts. In three starts during Big Ten play, Shannon is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA over 13 innings.

Friday, April 10 (7:05 p.m.)

Probable Starters: RHP Sinclair (4-4) vs. RHP Meyer (1-4)

TV: BTN

Audio Stream: Huskers.com | Video Stream: BTN2Go

Radio: Husker Sports Network

Saturday, April 11 (6:05 p.m.)

Probable Starters: LHP Kubat (4-1) vs. TBA

TV: None

Audio Stream: Huskers.com | Video Stream: HuskersNSide

Radio: Husker Sports Network

Sunday, April 12 (1:05 p.m.)

Probable Starters: RHP Burkamper (4-1) vs. RHP Shannon (1-3)

TV: None

Audio Stream: Huskers.com | Video Stream: BTN Plus

Radio: Husker Sports Network

Huskers Inch Closer to Spring Game

nebraska_helmetLincoln, Neb.- The Nebraska football team wrapped-up its 14th practice of the 2015 spring practice season on Wednesday afternoon. The Huskers practiced outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in misty conditions for just over two hours in full pads.

Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley met with the media following Wednesday’s practice, noting that there are a few things to look for from players during the scrimmage.

“For some guys, it is about the reaction to a crowd—how they handle that, I think that is good, so we will learn a little about that,” Riley said. “Really, besides learning, it is just letting guys finish plays, finish tackles, as you know we have limited the amount of ‘full-time’ scrimmages we have had this spring. Just give them a chance to play football.”

Riley added, “There is a difference between practicing and actually finishing plays.”

According to Riley, the Huskers have not had many live scrimmages during the spring practice season for health purposes, so Saturday’s spring game will be a good indicator of how the players react at game speed.

“What we try to do when we are practicing not taking the guy down to the ground is still practice fast so you can simulate the speed of the game. I also want to get this team to the season, health wise. We try to be very thoughtful about how to balance all of that out, I have really come to the conclusion that we can get a lot done with having intermittent type periods instead of a couple of real long scrimmages on a couple different days.”

When asked how many people attended Oregon State’s spring game last season, Riley grinned and said a few thousand. Something that will be drastically different on Saturday, as more than 70,000 Husker fans are expected to swarm Memorial Stadium.

“I think that is a really good indicator for some of the things I was talking about Nebraska, there is such pride. What I have noticed—this will be my first time—my first picture of what this football deal looks like, I have been impressed with that at the baseball games, basketball games,” Riley said. “I mean the crowds, the enthusiasm for the event, every time there seems to be a game going on here—it is a big deal. I like that, people care and they love their team. I think that is just awesome.”

When asked what the spring game’s format is going to be, Coach Riley hopes that the scrimmage will look like a real football game with four quarters of action.

“I think we are going to play it, we are going to kick off, punt return—we are just going to play and we are going to run four 20 minute quarters with a running clock. We will stop the clock every time the ball (changes possession).”

As for how the teams will be split for the annual Red White Scrimmage Saturday, Riley said that the teams will be very similar to the Red and White teams used during spring practice. According to Riley there will be a good split of first, second and third teamers on both teams, with both squads having the ability to field full special teams units.

Check back at Huskers.com Friday, as the Nebraska football team will announce the rosters for this Saturday’s Red White Scrimmage.

Huskers Set to Welcome Fans to Memorial Stadium Saturday

nebraska_helmetNebraska will hold its annual Red-White Spring Game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, with kickoff set for 1 p.m.

More than 65,000 reserved tickets for Saturday’s game have been sold, with a large walk-up crowd expected on Saturday. Fans are strongly encouraged to buy their tickets in advance of Saturday’s game to avoid long lines at ticket selling locations or will call windows.

Fans can continue to purchase spring game tickets on-line at Huskers.com until 11 a.m. on Saturday, and use the print-at-home ticket option. Fans may also purchase tickets by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIG RED, or in person at the Guest Services in the lobby of West Stadium (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Reserved tickets for the game are $10 each, while youth eighth grade or younger will be admitted free and are encouraged to take part in the Drug Free Pledge at halftime. Youth must still secure a complimentary ticket for the game.

The following pieces of information should be of assistance for those planning to attend Saturday’s game.

  • Fans who do not purchase tickets before Saturday can do so at the following locations—Gate 10 ticket windows (NW corner of stadium), Gate 1 (south stadium) and a trailer on the East Plaza.
  • The Gate 1 and Gate 10 locations will have credit card availability, and will also have free youth tickets. The trailer on the East Plaza will be a cash-only location, and will not have complimentary youth tickets.
  • UNL Parking Services will cashier Lot 9 (14th and Avery Parking Garage) and other campus lots for public parking. The charge will be $5 per vehicle. Public parking will also be available at Haymarket Park and the Pinnacle Bank Arena festival parking for $5. Individuals with tickets for Nebraska’s baseball game on Saturday evening can park at Haymarket Park free of charge, beginning at 8 a.m.
  • STARTRAN will be providing shuttle service from South Pointe Pavilions (27th and Pine Lake) and North Star High School (5801 No. 33rd Street). The buses will park on R Street near the Lied Center. Shuttles begin at noon and return trips start at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Cost is $5 per adult each way and $5 round trip for kids.
  • The Husker Nation Pavilion (HNP) will be open from 10 a.m. to kickoff and will be located on the East Stadium Plaza area. Inflatables, face painting and other family friendly options will be available in the Pavilion area, and 2015 Nebraska football schedule cards and Drug Free Pledge cards can be picked up at that area, and other locations around the stadium.
  • First National Bank will be sponsoring an autograph zone at the Pavilion from 10 a.m. – Noon, featuring 2014 Husker seniors Ameer Abdullah, Kenny Bell and Josh Mitchell.
  • Nebraska will honor more than 30 football student-athletes named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team during pregame ceremonies. The presentation of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team will happen approximately 20 minutes before kickoff.
  • During the first quarter break, Interim University of Nebraska President Dr. James Linder and incoming University of Nebraska President Dr. Hank Bounds will be recognized. Bounds will take over as the University of Nebraska’s seventh president on Monday, April 13.
  • Husker Sports Network will provide live radio coverage of the Red-White game statewide and around the world through Huskers.com and on the TuneIn app. Husker Sports Network coverage begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
  • The game will be televised live on BTN at 1 p.m. and also available on BTN2Go. Eric Collins, Damon Benning and Larry Punteney comprise the broadcast team. Other televised Big Ten spring games on Saturday include Northwestern at 11 a.m. and Minnesota at 3 p.m. BTN will wrap up the day’s spring games at 5 p.m.
  • The Nebraska track and field teams will be hosting the Husker Spring Invite at Ed Weir Stadium on Saturday. Field events begin at 10 a.m., with running events beginning at1:35 p.m. and continuing until 5:45 p.m. Fans can attend the track meet free of charge.
  • The Nebraska baseball team will host Minnesota at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hawks Field. The Huskers also host the Golden Gophers on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.Tickets are available for all three games at Huskers.com.

Momentum Building for 2015 State Games of America

state-games-of-americaLINCOLN, Neb. (April 9, 2015) The 2015 State Games of America (SGA) recently passed the 1,000 entry milestone, and SGA officials say the pace of registrations is accelerating. Athletes from 39 states and the District of Columbia have signed up for SGA 2015, scheduled for July 28–August 2 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Iowa grandmother Kay Glynn will be jumping and vaulting in her third State Games of America competition. Glynn, 62, of Hastings, Iowa, was at SGA 2001 in St. Louis, Missouri, and SGA 2005 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She’s won a lot of medals since renewing her track and field career at age 48 in the Iowa Games, but that’s not what she remembers most about the State Games of America events.

“I enjoyed the people and the camaraderie. No one is a stranger,” said Glynn. “I like to watch the kids because they remind me how much fun it is to play. And I hope I can inspire them to continue competing as they get older.”

Glynn is entered in the pole vault, high jump, long jump and triple jump. She’s looking forward to SGA 2015 because it’s a national event that’s close to home.

Track and field has the most entries so far with nearly 150 athletes. Archery, swimming, bowling and pickleball are also in the top five. SGA 2015 offers more than 60 events, including a number of developing sports which do not require pre-qualification. It’s expected to be the largest State Games of America event ever with about 20,000 participants. The Nebraska Sports Council (NSC) is organizing SGA 2015, and NSC Executive Director Dave Mlnarik expects entries to pick up as the May 15 deadline for non-Nebraska entries approaches.

“For the athletes, SGA 2015 offers great competition and a chance to make new friends from across the nation. But beyond the athletic events, we’re planning a great weekend of entertainment, starting with an inspiring opening ceremonies at Memorial Stadium, home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers,” said Mlnarik. “This will be a memorable experience for competitors of all ages and abilities.”

Details regarding events, eligibility, hotel accommodations and the host city of Lincoln are available at SGA2015.com. Follow State Games of America on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.