- Softball camps, May 29-30 – WNCC softball coach Katelyn Groves will be holding a camp with three sessions on Tuesday, May 29 for ages 14-18, and then Wednesday, May 30 for ages 7-13. The sessions begin at 11 a.m. for defense, 1:30 p.m. for defense, and 4:30 p.m. for pitching and catching. The cost is $30 per session or all three for $75. Instructors are Coach Groves, and assistant coaches Kelsey Bernhardt, Courtney Medina, and Doug Jones.
- Baseball camp, June 4-7 – The baseball camp is for youngsters ages 7-14 and will run from 9 a.m. to noon all four days. The cost of the camp is $50 and will be held at Scottsbluff’s 23 Club fields. The camp will be instructed by Coach Mike Jones, his assistants, and current and former baseball players.
- WNCC/YMCA Youth Volleyball camp, June 11-13 – WNCC and the YMCA will co-host a girls volleyball camp on June 11-13 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The camp is for ages 8 and up and will be held at the Scottsbluff YMCA. Cost is $60. For information on the camp, contact Trinity Burgner at the Scottsbluff YMCA at 635-2318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Alliance Baseball camp, June 11-13 – WNCC will hold a baseball camp at Alliance’s Sudman Fields on June 11-13 from 9 a.m. to noon. Ages for the camp are 7-14 and the cost is $50 per person. The camp will be conducted by WNCC head coach Mike Jones with his assistants and players. Make checks out to Alliance Old-timers Baseball.
- Boys and Girls Basketball camp, June 25-27 – WNCC men’s basketball coach Cory Fehringer and women’s coach Chad Gibney will hold three camps in June. Boys and girls grades kindergarten through fourth grade will go from 9 – 11:30 a.m.; girls in grades 5-8 will go from 1-3:30 p.m., and boys in grades 5-8 will from 4-6:30 p.m. The cost for early registration is $75 while registration after June 11 is $85.
- Volleyball High School League, begins June 26 – WNCC hold a 6-week high school summer league on Tuesday nights beginning June 26 with the last night of camp July 31. This is for high school varsity and junior varsity teams. Cost is $30 per player.
- Volleyball Team Camp, July 9-10 – WNCC volleyball will hold a team camp for junior varsity and varsity teams to play each other for two days. Cost of the camp is $35 per person.
- Volleyball Little Kids Camp, July 11-12 – WNCC will hold a little kids camp from 8 a.m. to noon on July 11-12. The camp is for youngsters from third to fifth grades. Cost of the camp is $50 per camper.
- Volleyball Middle School Skills camp, July 16-19 – WNCC will hold a middle school individual skills camp in the morning from 8 a.m. – noon for middle school grades 6th through 8th grades. The camp will run for four days and costs $75 per camper.
- Volleyball High School Skills camp, July 16-19 – WNCC will hold a high school individual skills camp in the morning from 8 a.m. – noon for middle school grades 9th through 12th grades. The camp will run for four days and costs $75 per camper.
- Volleyball Setter, Hitter, Libero camp, July 23-24 – WNCC will hold a 2-day, 6-hour camp for setters, hitters, and liberos July 23-24. This camp will be an intense camp with a lot of reps and one-on-one instructions. The camp is for players in 7th through 12th grades and costs $100 per camper.
- WNCC Soccer camp, July 23-27 – WNCC will hold two soccer camps the week of July 23-27 for ages 8 and up. The morning session, from 9 a.m. – noon will be for recreational soccer players to learn the game of soccer. Also during the morning from 9-11 a.m., there will be an 8-under camp. The evening camp is for advanced/competitive players and will run from 5-8 p.m. The cost for the camp is $90 per person, while the 8-under cost is $75. If a camper goes both session, the cost is just $160.
Senior Scott Schreiber is one of 25 semifinalists for the 41st Golden Spikes Award, announced by USA Baseball on Monday.
Schreiber, who started all 52 games for the Huskers in 2018, was drafted in the 26th round by the Tampa Bay Rays following the 2017 campaign, but decided to return to Nebraska for his senior season. A 2016 All-American and two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Schreiber is also a finalist for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award. This year, Schreiber batted .369 with team highs in home runs (18), hits (79), runs scored (62) and total bases (148), while also tallying 48 RBIs, 13 doubles and one triple. He led the Big Ten Conference in runs scored, while ranking second in hits, home runs and total bases. Beginning with the announcement of semifinalists, a ballot will be sent to the Golden Spikes Award voting body consisting of national baseball media, select professional baseball personnel, previous Golden Spikes Award winners and select USA Baseball staff, totaling a group of over 200 voters. From Monday, May 21 through Sunday, June 3, the voting body will select three semifinalists from the ballot to be named as Golden Spikes Award finalists and fan voting will simultaneously be open on GoldenSpikesAward.com. Selections made by the voting body will carry a 95 percent weight of each athlete’s total, while fan votes will account for the remaining 5 percent. The finalists will then be announced on Wednesday, June 6. Beginning that same day through Friday, June 22, the voting body and fans will be able to cast their final vote for the Golden Spikes Award winner. The award will be presented on June 28 in Los Angeles, Calif. In its history, Nebraska has three Golden Spikes Award finalists, including 2005 winner Alex Gordon. Darin Erstad (1995) and Ken Harvey (1999) were also named finalists for the award.
2018 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalists
Joey Bart; Jr.; C; Georgia Tech; ACC
Alec Bohm; Jr.; IF; Wichita State; American Athletic
Kyle Brnovich; So.; RHP; Elon; Colonial Athletic
Brian Brown; Sr.; LHP; NC State; ACC
Kody Clemens; Jr.; IF; Texas; Big 12
Frank German; Jr.; RHP; North Florida; Atlantic Sun
Logan Gilbert; Jr.; RHP; Stetson; Atlantic Sun
Devlin Granberg; Sr.; IF/OF; Dallas Baptist; Missouri Valley
Luke Heyer; Sr.; IF/OF; Kentucky; SEC
Jonathan India; Jr.; IF; Florida; SEC
Josh Jung; So.; IF/RHP; Texas Tech; Big 12
Trevor Larnach; Jr.; OF; Oregon State; Pac-12
Nick Madrigal; Jr.; IF; Oregon State; Pac-12
Casey Mize; Jr.; RHP; Auburn; SEC
Joey Murray; Jr.; RHP; Kent State; Mid-American
John Rooney; Jr.; LHP; Hofstra; Colonial Athletic
Nick Sandlin; Jr.; RHP; Southern Miss; Conference USA
Zack Shannon; Sr.; RHP/IF; Delta State; Gulf South
Scott Schreiber; Sr.; OF; Nebraska; Big Ten
Brady Singer; Jr.; RHP; Florida; SEC
Bren Spillane; Jr.; IF/OF; Illinois; Big Ten
Kevin Strohschein; Jr.; OF; Tennessee Tech; Ohio Valley
Spencer Torkelson; Fr.; IF; Arizona State; Pac-12
Andrew Vaughn; So.; IF; California; Pac-12
Steele Walker; Jr.; OF; Oklahoma; Big 12
Champaign, Ill. – The Nebraska baseball team (23-28, 7-14 Big Ten) was officially eliminated from contention for a spot in the Big Ten Tournament following a 13-6 loss to Illinois at Illinois Field on Fridayevening.
In the top of the first, NU left one baserunner stranded in a scoreless frame as Jesse Wilkening drew a two-out walk. Illinois took a 1-0 lead with one run in the bottom of the first. Michael Massey hit an RBI single that brought in Ben Troike after he was hit-by-pitch. Troike stole second before advancing to third on a wild pitch.
Angelo Altavilla smashed his fifth home run of the season in the top of the second to tie the game at 1-1. The Fighting Illini went down in order in the bottom of the second.
NU went down 1-2-3 in the top of the third with two flyouts and a strikeout. Illinois left two baserunners on after a leadoff single and a strikeout-wild pitch, but the score remained tied at 1-1.
Jaxon Hallmark hit a two-out single and stole second in the fourth, but was left stranded after an inning-ending strikeout. Illinois scored five runs on four hits to take a 6-1 lead after the bottom of the fourth.
Joe Acker hit a two-out single in the top of the fifth, but remained stranded when the inning ended on a flyout. Illinois extended its lead to 9-1 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The first two Illini hitters reached on a double and a single. A sacrifice fly brought in one run before Zac Taylor hit a two-run homer to left field.
In the top of the sixth, Wilkening, Hallmark and Alex Henwood each singled to load the bases with two outs, but a groundout ended a scoreless frame for the Big Red. Illinois tacked on four runs in the bottom of the sixth on six hits. Bren Spillane hit a leadoff home run before five of the next six Illini batters recorded hits.
In the top of the seventh, NU went down in order. The Fighting Illini also went down 1-2-3 in the seventh.
Nebraska scored five runs in the top of the eighth to cut the deficit to 13-6. Scott Schreiber reached on a strikeout-wild pitch in the leadoff spot before Wilkening blistered a home run to score both of them. Hallmark drew a one-out walk before Henwood singled. Altavilla walked to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Hallmark before Mike Addante’s two-RBI single. Brison Cronenbold hit a double to advance Addante to third, but both runners remained stranded after a groundout ended the inning. Illinois went down in order in the bottom of the eighth.
All three Husker batters in the top of the ninth were retired.
The Huskers and Fighting Illini wrap up their three-game series with the regular-season finale on Saturdayat 3 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.
Nebraska (23-26, 7-12 Big Ten) at Illinois (29-17, 13-8 Big Ten)
May 17-19, 2018
Illinois Field • Champaign, Ill.
Thursday, May 17 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Video Stream: BTN Plus • Radio: Husker Sports Network
Matt Waldron (6-3) vs. Cyrillo Watson (1-1)
Friday, May 18 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Video Stream: BTN Plus • Radio: Husker Sports Network
Luis Alvarado (3-6) vs. Andy Fisher (5-2)
Saturday, May 19 • 3 p.m. (CT)
TV: Big Ten Network • Radio: Husker Sports Network
Matt Warren (4-4) vs. Ty Weber (4-3)
The Nebraska baseball team wraps up its regular season this week when the Huskers travel to Champaign, Ill., for three games against Illinois. The series opener is set for Thursday at 6 p.m. (CT). The second game will be played on Friday at 6 p.m., and Saturday’s finale is slated for 3 p.m.
Nebraska enters the week in 10th place in the Big Ten standings with a 7-12 record in conference play. The top eight teams based on winning percentage qualify for next week’s Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Iowa (10-9) is in seventh, while Maryland (9-11) and Michigan State (9-11) are tied for eighth.
If two teams are tied in the standings at the end of the weekend, the head-to-head series will determine which team gets the spot. If the two teams didn’t play each other or the series was tied, the team with the best winning percentage against Big Ten common opponents within the conference schedule gets the spot. The next step to determine the qualifier, if the two teams are still tied, is the team with the better overall RPI.
How to Listen/Watch the Huskers
Fans can listen to Greg Sharpe, Nick Handley and Ben McLaughlin call the action throughout the season on the Husker Sports Network. Every game this season can be heard on Huskers.com and the Official Nebraska Huskers App for both iOS and android devices.
All three games will be carried on TuneIn.com and the TuneIn App on the Husker IMG Sports Network channel. Fans in Lincoln can listen on 1400 AM and fans in Omaha can listen on 590 AM.
Saturday’s game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Mike Monaco and Scott Pose calling the action.
The first two games of the series will be streamed live online on BTN Plus. Subscriptions for BTN Plus are available on a monthly or annual basis. A school pass subscription is $79.95 for one year and $9.95 for one month. A conference pass subscription is $119.95 for one year and $14.95 for one month.
Last Time Out
The Huskers won the series opener against Indiana over the weekend, but dropped the final two games of the series at Hawks Field. NU notched a 5-2 triumph on Friday before falling by margins of 6-3 on Saturday and 8-6 on Sunday.
If the Huskers qualify for the Big Ten Tournament, they will open play on Wednesday, May 23 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
- Nebraska enters the final week of the regular season with 43 home runs, tied for the second-most in a season under Head Coach Darin Erstad. The most home runs in a season under Erstad was 47 in 2012.
- As a team, the Huskers have drawn 243 walks heading into the final week of the regular season, the most in a season since 2005 when NU drew 307 walks.
- Nebraska has 15 saves this season, marking the eighth consecutive season the Huskers have recorded double-digit saves.
Scouting the Illinois Fighting Illini
- The all-time series between Nebraska and Illinois is tied 8-8, dating back to the first meeting between the schools in 1897. Nebraska is 2-4 when facing the Fighting Illini at Illinois. The two teams last met on April 3, 2016, a 9-7 win for Nebraska at Hawks Field.
- Illinois is 29-17 this season with a 13-8 record in Big Ten play. The Fighting Illini won two of three against Michigan last weekend.
- Head Coach Dan Hartleb is 406-298-1 in his 13th season at Illinois. He is assisted by Drew Dickinson, Adam Christ and Casey Fletcher.
- Players to Watch
» #9 Bren Spillane (Junior OF/INF): Among the Big Ten leaders in several categories, including batting average (.417), home runs (20) and RBIs (55)
» #6 Michael Massey (Sophomore INF): Batting .330 with 15 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 40 RBIs
» #4 Ben Troike (Sophomore INF): Batting .310 with seven doubles, one triple, three home runs and 24 RBIs
Lincoln – Nebraska will welcome Seton Hall to Lincoln for the first time in school history as the Big Ten and Big East conferences announced the pairings for the 2018 Gavitt Tipoff Games on Tuesday. Nebraska will host the Pirates on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Start time and television information will be announced at a later date. All eight Gavitt Tipoff Games are televised nationally on either FS1 or BTN.
The 2018 matchup with Seton Hall will mark the first time in three appearances that Nebraska has hosted a Gavitt Tip-off Games matchup. The Huskers previously made trips to Villanova (2015) and St. John’s (2017). Seton Hall comes off a 22-12 season when the Pirates reached the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual Final Four qualifier Kanas. Junior guard Myles Powell paces the Pirates, as he averaged 15.5 points and 2.8 assists per game to help coach Kevin Willard reach the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year. The Huskers return four starters for seventh-year coach Tim Miles, including first-team All-Big Ten guard James Palmer Jr., from a team that went 22-11 last season, including a school-record 13 Big Ten wins. Palmer was fifth in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.2 points per game while adding 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for the Big Red. In all, the Huskers bring back their top four scorers, including three double-figure scorers, and rebounders from a year ago. The group also includes three-year starting point guard Glynn Watson Jr. (10.5 ppg, 3.2 apg) and Isaac Copeland, who was NU’s second-leading scorer (12.9 ppg) and rebounder (6.1 rpg) en route to honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades. The Gavitt Tip-off Games is part of the Huskers’ non-conference slate which will also feature two games in Kansas City for the Hall of Fame Classic (Texas Tech, USC and Missouri State), a ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup (opponent and location TBD) as well as the annual matchup with Creighton. The 2018-19 slate will also include 20 Big Ten games, as pairings were announced last month. The Gavitt Tipoff Games are an annual early-season series played between the two conferences and named in honor of Dave Gavitt, founder of the Big East and basketball visionary. Big Ten schools will participate a minimum of four times during the eight-year event.
2018 Gavitt Tip-off Games
Wisconsin at Xavier
Georgetown at Illinois
Seton Hall at Nebraska
Michigan at Villanova
Marquette at Indiana
Penn State at DePaul
Ohio State at Creighton
St. John’s at Rutgers