THE BIG RED BUZZ: There is much excitement in the sporting world on the University of Nebraska campus in Lincoln.
This weekend, the NU volleyball team will be looking for their second NCAA title in as many years. After thrashing Hofstra, Missouri, Kentucky, and Oregon (ALL IN STRAIGHT SETS) the sixth-ranked Huskers travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota to take on the third-ranked University of Illinois on Thursday in hopes of taking on the winner of the Stanford-BYU match in Saturday’s grand finale.
A little over a month ago the Huskers lost five of seven matches and seemed to be out of the national title picture, but they have roared back in glorious style.
With seniors Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney leading the way, the Huskers appear primed for another trip to the winner’s circle!
Then there is the men’s basketball team that improved to 7-2 with a 94-75 win over Creighton. The midweek loss to Minnesota was a bitter pill to swallow, especially considering that the Huskers owned a 13-point lead in the second half and led by ten late in the game, but if the Huskers can continue to play like they did against their arch rivals from Omaha then they may need a few new pairs of “dancing” shoes after all.
And finally, the early signing date of Dec. 19 is less than a week away and there is great excitement about the recruiting class that coach Scott Frost and his staff have assembled.
The Huskers are still targeting several outstanding three-star and four-star athletes but already have a solid class in place. Frost is picking up the players that he wants and needs to work in his system and that is very exciting to see.
WARRIORS SPOTLIGHT: Kudos once again to Jesus Maganda for his championship effort at the Boys Town Invitational wrestling event last weekend. The young man continues to impress all who are fortunate enough to watch him compete. He is currently 9-0 on the season and will have an opportunity to improve on that record this Thursday at the double dual meet in Schuyler and again at the Wayne Invite on Saturday.
And even though they lost two games last week, the girls basketball team at SCHS is showing signs of breaking through under the leadership of first year head coach Dan Wolken.
The Lady Warriors were handled by North Bend but played their hearts out in a two-point last second loss at Plattsmouth. They seem to be a much better conditioned team this season and they are learning to cut down on their turnovers and improve their free throw shooting and defense.
There is still a lot of season to be played and this team could really surprise a few of their opponents as they continue to improve.
The boys team has struggled early in the season but that is to be expected from a young team. This group has a great deal of individual talent.
Once they figure out how to put it all together, they will show strong improvement by season’s end. All in all, great things are happening in the SCHS sporting realm!
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net