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Huskers and adidas Unveil '97 Alternative Uniforms

The University of Nebraska and adidas Football today unveiled the new Husker ‘97 alternate football uniform, which will be worn Saturday, October 7 vs. Wisconsin. Inspired by the 1997 undefeated squad that went 13-0, the Husker ‘97 alternate football uniforms celebrate the 20th anniversary of the championship team that had an average margin of victory of 30 points and produced five All-Americans, a Lombardi Award winner and an Outland Trophy winner.

Developed in collaboration with the University of Nebraska athletic department, the Husker ’97 alternate uniforms seamlessly blend a retro design that pays tribute to Nebraska’s classic signature style with cutting-edge innovation.

Centered around a one-to-one recreation of the mesh jerseys worn during the 1990’s, adidas designers were able to recreate the visual aesthetic and texture of the traditional numbers by utilizing a new framis screen-printing technique that also allows for flexibility and movement. Additional detailing for the retro look includes the classic white pants and the traditional white Cornhuskers helmet that features a classic red “N” logo on the sides and accented with player numbers featured in red the back of the helmet.

The new Primeknit Husker ‘97 alternative uniform is at the forefront of design and innovation, providing players the perfect blend of style and technology for elite performance. Made with a cutting-edge, proprietary yarn blend that increases durability and abrasion resistance, Primeknit is the premier compression uniform system, featuring the latest generation of adidas TECHFIT technology. Primeknit helps keep players cool and increases range of motion, giving athletes an unrivaled level of comfort and allowing them to perform at their highest levels. The jersey's padlock system secures tension over the shoulder pads, while the bodymap fit adheres to the player, making it difficult for opponents to grab, hold or tackle.

The Husker ‘97 theme continues on the TECHFIT compression baselayer with the “Huskers” wordmark prominently place on the chest and accented with traditional stripes on the sleeves to help replicate the look that old school jerseys. Additionally, the theme carries onto the black adizero 5-Star 5.0 gloves, featuring a white oversized graphic of the “Huskers” moniker. The adizero 5-Star 5.0 gloves feature 4-way stretch mesh for compression fit and GripTack for consistent control in all weather conditions. To complete the homage, the team will don all black adidas adizero and FREAK cleats.

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Kelsay, Taylor Captain 2017 Nebraska Hall of Fame Class

One of the most prolific passers in Husker history and one of the most disruptive defenders in the dominant Blackshirt defenses of the 1990s lead the 2017 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame class.

Zac Taylor, a Husker co-captain and the 2006 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, shattered Nebraska passing records in his two seasons with the Huskers in 2005 and 2006. NU’s first 3,000-yard passer in a season is now entering his sixth season as an NFL assistant coach.

Chad Kelsay, a Husker co-captain as a senior rush end for the Blackshirts in 1998, was a menacing force on Coach Charlie McBride’s defensive front. Kelsay helped the Huskers to a pair of conference and national titles (1995, 1997). The first-team All-Big 12 performer on the field was also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Joining Kelsay and Taylor in the group of four Husker Hall of Famers, are offensive linemen Donnie McGhee and Randy Theiss. McGhee was an All-Big Eight guard on Nebraska’s first national championship team under Coach Bob Devaney in 1970. Theiss was a rare three-year starter on the O-line for the Huskers in the early 1980s, earning third-team All-America honors as a starter in 1982. He helped the O-line pave the way for the 1982 Huskers to lead the nation in scoring, total offense and rushing. Theiss was also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Wayne State All-American Brad Ottis adds an impressive state college presence to the 2017 induction class. Ottis produced arguably the best season by a defensive player in Wildcat history as a senior in 1993, when he earned All-America honors from his defensive end spot with 14 sacks and 124 yards in losses. He led Wayne State to a 9-1 record in 1993, before being chosen in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He went on to play 81 games in the NFL.

The Hall also will recognize Tom and Rhonda Peed of Lincoln with its Clarence E. Swanson Meritorious Service Award. Long-time Nebraska Athletic Department administrators Chris Anderson and Pat Logsdon will be honored with the Lyell Bremser Special Merit Awards.

The Nebraska Football Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Nebraska Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. The College Football Hall of Fame opened its headquarters in Atlanta in 2014.

Prior to 2015, players must have been either an All-American or first-team all-conference selection to make the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame ballot. Beginning in 2015, Huskers who earned second-team all-conference honors dating back to the expansion of the Big Eight to the Big 12 (1996) and now the 14-team Big Ten, will be eligible. Players are not eligible for the ballot until after a 10-year waiting period from the end of their collegiate careers. Major national award winners earn automatic induction. Active NFL players are not on the ballot.

This year’s Nebraska Football Hall of Fame class will celebrate together with an induction dinner on the University of Nebraska campus on Friday, Sept. 15. The class will be introduced prior to Nebraska’s football game with Northern Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 16.The 2017 InducteesDonnie McGhee (1968-69-70) - A first-team All-Big Eight offensive lineman, Donnie McGhee was a three-year letterman for the Huskers. McGhee weighed nearly 300 pounds early in his Husker career, but shed weight and showed exceptional agility in paving the way as a strong run blocker and pass protector for the Big Red. In his only year as a starter, the 6-foot-2, 255-pounder earned All-Big Eight honors from the Omaha World-Herald while helping the Huskers to their first national title under Coach Bob Devaney. With McGhee helping the Husker offensive line from the guard position, Nebraska rolled up 410.6 yards per game in total offense, including 223.8 on the ground and 186.8 through the air to average 35.7 points per game. McGhee went on to earn his bachelor’s degree as an elementary education and teaching major at Nebraska in 1971. He earned his master’s degree in personnel management from Central Michigan University in 1982, and currently works as a manager at Honda of America in Urbana, Ohio. He and his wife, Ruby, have a daughter, Donna, and a son, Roland. McGhee, who graduated from Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., was inducted into the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Randy Theiss (1980-81-82) - A rare three-year starter on the Nebraska offensive line in the early 1980s, Randy Theiss (pronounced TICE) was an AP third-team All-America offensive tackle as a senior in 1982. The 6-3, 256-pounder out of Lindbergh High School in St. Louis was a first-team All-Big Eight choice as a senior, after claiming second-team all-conference accolades as a junior. Theiss helped the Huskers lead the nation in total offense (518.6 yards per game), rushing offense (394.3 ypg) and scoring with 41.1 points per game in 1982. The Huskers also ranked second nationally in rushing offense with 330.5 yards per game in 1981. Theiss started for Nebraska’s Freshman Team in 1978, before redshirting in 1979. He earned a starting job on the O-line as a sophomore in 1980. In addition to his success on the field, Theiss stood out in the classroom by earning first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as a junior in 1981. He added second-team Academic All-America recognition as a senior in 1982. Theiss earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nebraska in 1983. He is currently the managing director of institutional municipal sales with Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis.

Chad Kelsay (1995-96-97-98) - A rush end on Nebraska’s 1995 and 1997 national championship teams for Coach Tom Osborne, Chad Kelsay (pronounced KELL-see) was a co-captain of the 1998 Huskers led by Frank Solich. Kelsay earned first-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior from the Kansas City Star, while adding second-team accolades from the conference coaches and media. He was also a star in the classroom, capturing first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as a senior in 1998, after earning second-team Academic All-America recognition as a junior. On the field, Kelsay appeared in 46 games with 22 starts in his career. He finished with 149 tackles, including 27 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks, while forcing five fumbles and making three recoveries. He added 38 quarterback hurries, seven pass breakups and one interception as one of the leaders of outstanding Blackshirt units led by Defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride. Those defenses helped the Huskers roll to a 45-6 record during Kelsay’s four years in Lincoln, while claiming a pair of conference and national titles. Kelsay, a 6-foot-3, 250-pounder from Auburn, Neb., was chosen in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He spent the 1999 season with the Steelers before playing with the St. Louis Rams in 2000. As a senior, Kelsey moved to right rush end and started all 12 games opposite Mike Rucker as the book ends of a dominant defensive line. Kelsey finished with 72 tackles as a senior, including 14 for loss with five sacks. He added 13 quarterback hurries, while notching the only interception of his career against Washington. He was the 1998 Nebraska Lifter of the Year. Kelsay earned his bachelor’s degree as a finance major at Nebraska in May of 1999. He is currently the vice president of sales for Truck Center Companies in Omaha.

Zac Taylor (2005-06) - One of the most prolific passers in Nebraska football history, Zac Taylor capped his Husker career by being named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year while earning first-team all-conference honors in 2006. The two-year letterman from Norman, Okla., was also voted a team co-captain as a senior. Taylor, who ranks third in Husker history with 5,850 passing yards despite playing just two seasons at quarterback for the Big Red, completed 470-of-821 passes with 45 career touchdowns. As a senior, Taylor threw for a then-record 3,197 yards while completing 233-of-391 passes. He also threw for a record 26 touchdowns in 2006. He was the first Husker in history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. As a junior, Taylor threw for 2,653 yards, including a then-Nebraska record 431 yards in a double-overtime win over Iowa State. Overall, Taylor started 26 consecutive games as NU’s quarterback to close his career. He also led the Huskers to the Big 12 North Division title in 2006. Taylor came to Nebraska after earning second-team NJCAA All-America honors while leading Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan., to the national championship game. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder out of Norman High School began his collegiate career at Wake Forest, redshirting as a freshman in 2002 before serving in a backup role in 2003. Taylor earned his bachelor’s degree from Nebraska in May of 2007. He spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and spent the 2007 CFL season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. From 2008 to 2011, Taylor worked as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M, before serving as an assistant quarterbacks coach with the Miami Dolphins. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach for the Dolphins from 2013 to 2015, where he also served as offensive coordinator in 2015. He moved to Cincinnati in 2016, working as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He will spend the 2017 season with the Los Angeles Rams as an assistant wide receivers coach. Taylor and his wife, Sarah Sherman, have three children, Brooks, Luke and Emma Claire.

2017 Hall of Famer from the State College RanksBrad Ottis (Wayne State, 1990-91-92-93) - Brad Ottis (pronounced AH-tiss) was arguably the most dominant defensive player to ever play football for Wayne State. The All-American defensive end finished his Wildcat career as the school’s all-time leader with 45 sacks among his 217 tackles. As a junior in 1992, Ottis registered a staggering 17 sacks for 132 yards lost among his 57 total tackles. He added 14 more sacks for 124 yards lost among his career-high 82 tackles as a senior, despite facing constant double teams. With Ottis leading the defense for Coach Dennis Wagner, and quarterback Brett Salisbury and receiver Byron Chamberlain leading the offense, the Wildcats produced the best season in school history with a 9-1 record in 1993. Ottis earned All-America honors after being selected as the defensive captain of the Omaha World-Herald’s All-Nebraska NCAA Division II football team, before being invited to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic on Christmas Day. He also played in the Senior Bowl. Ottis was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft (56th overall pick), seven picks after former Husker Toby Wright went to the Rams. After playing 13 games in Los Angeles, Ottis moved with the Rams to St. Louis in 1995. In 1996, he was a member of the Arizona Cardinals, making one start and totaling 24 tackles. He spent five seasons with the Cardinals, culminating with 11 starts and a career-high 38 tackles in 2000. He played in 81 career NFL games with 23 starts. The Fremont Bergan graduate who was born in Wahoo was inducted into the Wayne State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. Ottis returned to the Midwest following his NFL career to play with the Sioux City Bandits in the professional indoor football league for several years. He currently resides in Norfolk and serves as a volunteer assistant coach at Wayne State.


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Football Fan Day and Movie Night Set for Saturday

Nebraska fans are encouraged to come to Memorial Stadium on Saturday night for Nebraska Football Fan Day presented by U.S. Cellular, followed by Family Movie Night.

Nebraska Football Fan Day will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Fan Day is annually the best opportunity for fans to meet and greet the Nebraska football players, coaches and staff before preseason practice begins on Sunday morning. For the second straight year, the 2017 Fan Day will again be two full hours.

Following the completion of Fan Day at 8 p.m., fans will be asked to allow players and football staff to leave the field to continue their schedule for the day. Fans will be temporarily moved to the West Stadium stands to allow workers to remove the tables and chairs from the field prior to the movie beginning on the new HuskerVision screen in North Stadium at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Fans will be asked to exit Memorial Stadium following the conclusion of the playing of the movie. Fans coming for the movie can bring blankets and strollers for the event, but chairs are prohibited.

During the movie night, fans may sit in the designated sections of the Memorial Stadium stands to stay cool or sit on the playing field. Pepsi products, water and Gatorade will be available for sale, while free popcorn will be provided for the movie at the conclusion of Fan Day while supplies last. Because of the football practice on Sunday, no food will be allowed on the stadium turf, and no outside food or beverage can be brought into the stadium for Fan Day/Movie Night.

For Fan Day, Nebraska fans will be able to enter Memorial Stadium through four gates--Gates 3 (SW), 11 (NW), 15 (NE) and 24 (SE), with gates opening at 6 p.m.

The majority of players and coaches will be seated at various locations on the field, with true freshmen located in the stands in the West Stadium. Defensive position groups will primarily be seated along the West sideline, receivers, offensive line and specialists on the East sideline and quarterbacks and running backs in the North end zone. Assistant coaches will be seated with their respective position groups. A more detailed map is attached and available on Huskers.com.

Nebraska fans are asked to respect players and coaches, as well as other fans by limiting their autograph requests to one item per player or coach. Any apparel items fans are wishing to have autographed should be in hand, rather than being worn. These policies will help accommodate as many fans as possible within the Fan Day time window.

Also as a reminder, autographs obtained for players and coaches are for personal use only. Any re-sale of an autographed item is prohibited and re-sale of an item with a student-athlete’s signature could jeopardize the player’s eligibility.

Autograph cards with a full 2017 roster, unsigned Coach Mike Riley autograph cards and other items will be available for fans at the gates. Free 2017 posters will be available from the Husker Team Shop tent on the field.

Parking will be available for fans in lots on campus around Memorial Stadium. Fans can park for free in the 14th& Avery parking garage, the Stadium Drive Parking Garage, Lot 5 northeast of Memorial Stadium and Lot 11 at the north end of the walking bridge outside of Memorial Stadium.

Fans will have access to restrooms on the ground level, near gates 2, 15 and 24. Fans will not have access to the Osborne Athletic Complex.

A limited number of season tickets for the 2017 football season remain, and fans may also purchase single-game tickets for the 2017 season. To order tickets, visit Huskers.com/tickets or call 1-800-8 BIG RED during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday).


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Kyle Peterson name head coach for 60th Shrine Bowl

 

LINCOLN, NE Today, the coaches for the 2018 Shrine Bowl of Nebraska were selected. The following Nebraska High School football coaches will represent the North and South teams respectively:
NORTH TEAM
HC: Mike Huffman – Bellevue West
AC: Andrew Christensen – Fort Calhoun
AC: Tim Williams – Waverly
AC: Dan Kajicek – Yutan
AC: Ted Hennings – Creighton Prep
AC: Mike Pokoski – Bellevue West

SOUTH TEAM
HC: Kyle Peterson – Aurora
AC: Reed Manstedt – Crete
AC: Ryan Kearney – Pius X
AC: Rashawn Harvey – Kearney Catholic
AC: Tim Elge – Aurora
AC: Wade Milller – Seward

Bellevue West Head Football Coach and MFCA Coach of the Year Mike Huffman, who coached the Bellevue Thunderbirds to the 2016 Class A NSAA State Championship, will lead the North team on the sidelines. Following the announcement, Huffman said, “I am extremely excited and humbled by this opportunity. For as long as I can remember, the Shrine Bowl has been the marquee event in our state and to be part of the 60th game is an unbelievable honor.” Huffman continued, “The opportunity to share the game of football with the greatest collection of talent and character that the State of Nebraska has to offer and to walk alongside these young men as they realize it’s not really about the game but about the children we are helping is a life changing privilege.”

Aurora Head Football Coach Kyle Peterson, who assisted the South team in 2011, will return this year as Head Coach to guide the South on the gridiron. Peterson said, “It is such an incredible honor to coach the Shrine Bowl. My experience as an assistant in 2011 was truly memorable playing for such a fantastic cause.” “Now in its 60th year, this game has given so many young men a glimpse into the lives of children less fortunate than themselves. It is a blessing to be able to share that experience with the 2018 team!” remarked Peterson.

The 60th annual Shrine Bowl of Nebraska game will be played at the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s Ron and Carol Cope Stadium Foster Field in Kearney, Nebraska on Saturday, June 2. All proceeds from the game benefit Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.

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Kissinger Enjoys Record-Setting All-Star Game

Husker women's basketball freshman Taylor Kissinger erupted for Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Game records with 26 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Blue team to an 85-81 victory over the Red squad at Lincoln North Star High School on Monday night.

Kissinger, a 6-1 guard/forward from Minden, Neb., hit 10-of-21 shots from the field and grabbed 13 defensive rebounds, while also snagging three steals. She also hit the game's biggest shot with her 25-footer from the left wing to give the Blue team an 85-79 lead after the Red cut the margin to 82-79 with 1:40 left. Kissinger's game-clinching three also gave her the NCA All-Star Game scoring record.

Kissinger starred at Minden High School throughout her prep career, claiming one of five spots on Nebraska's Super-State team in 2017, despite missing much of her senior season with an injury. She was also the honorary captain of the 2017 Class C-1 all-state team, averaging 24.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the Whippets.

Kissinger was ranked as the No. 26 overall player in the nation by Prospects Nation and finished as ESPN's No. 38 player in the country. She finished her high school career with 1,751 points, despite missing a combined 27 games as a junior and senior because of wrist injuries. She added 611 rebounds, 310 assists and 202 career steals. She hit 53 percent of her field goal attempts, including 37 percent of her career three-point attempts, while knocking down 78 percent of her free throws. She was also one of five Nebraska players on the 2016 USA Today High School Sports All-Nebraska team in 2015-16.


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Five Inductees to be Honored - UNK Hall of Fame

Kearney, Neb. - Five former student-athletes will be inducted into the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies on homecoming weekend this Sept. 15-16.

The 2017 Hall of Fame members are wrestler Dr. Bryce Abbey, Class of 2004; basketball player Mike Hancock, Class of 1998; volleyball player Erin (Gudmundson) Haussermann, Class of 2006; basketball player Allison (Kruger) Monson, Class of 2004; and football player/track athlete Travis Vallin, Class of 1991.

The group will be honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, Sept. 15, in the Ponderosa Room of the Nebraskan Student Union, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, and reservations for the evening can be made on the UNK Alumni Association website (www.unkalumni.org/homecoming) starting Aug. 1, or by contacting the Alumni office at (308) 698-5271.

On Saturday, Sept. 16, the class will also be recognized at half time of the homecoming game vs Northwest Missouri State University. That contest kicks off at 2 p.m.

Dr. Bryce Abbey is one of six UNK wrestlers to be a four-time All-American. Competing at 125 pounds throughout his career, he placed fourth, third, third and fifth at the NCAA Championships.

Winning two RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and West Region titles, he also became UNK's all-time leader in career wins. His total of 134 broke the record of 121 that had stood for over a decade. Currently, only two-time Olympian, Tervel Dlagnev, has more wins (167) than Abbey.

The 2002 RMAC Freshman of the Year, Abbey was part of four teams that placed in the Top 10 at the NCAA Championships. That included in 2003 when UNK notched its first-ever national runner up finish, scoring 73.5 points in West Virginia.

Abbey also helped the Lopers win four straight RMAC/West Region titles and the 2003 National Duals in Ohio. To win national duals, UNK beat rival Nebraska-Omaha, 24-14, in the finals.

Off the mats, he was a four-time Wrestling Coaches Association All-Scholar team member, making the first-team three times. In 2005, Abbey became the first Loper wrestler to be awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Abbey currently is an assistant professor and employee and wellness director in UNK's Kinesiology and Sports Sciences Department. He holds two degrees from UNK (B.S. in Exercise Science and Master's in Education) and a Ph.D. in Human Sciences from UNL.

He and wife, Erin, live in Kearney with their son, Kade, and daughter, Sloane.

Erin (Gudmundson) Haussermann was a dominant middle blocker for Loper volleyball teams that reached three consecutive Elite Eights from 2003-2005. Those squads went 109-10, ran off 40 straight wins in 2004 and 66 consecutive home victories.

In 2005, UNK hosted the Elite Eight in front of record-breaking crowds and finished as National Runner Up. Haussermann was tabbed the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Division II Player of the Year that fall, capping a career in which she smashed home a school-record 2,189 kills. The total bested the previous record by almost 500.

UNK's only three-time volleyball All-American, Haussermann still holds school records for career kills per set (4.35) and block assists (415). Hitting .370, she had a career-high 27 kills in a 2005 national quarterfinals win over Truman State.

A rare four-time, first-team All-RMAC selection, she was the 2002 RMAC Freshman of the Year and the Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005. Haussermann also made the All-RMAC Tournament team three times, earning MVP honors in 2005.

An all-around star athlete at Kearney Catholic High School, Haussermann also displayed those skills at UNK as she placed 11th at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships in the high jump. She still ranks sixth (5-6.75) on the Loper all-time top 10.

She currently owns her own dog grooming business in Centennial, Colo. Haussermann lives in Greeley with her husband, Jon, a former Loper wrestler. They have three children; Ian, Declan and Cora.

Mike Hancock remains the most prolific three-point shooter in UNK men's basketball history sinking 285 from 1995-98. Only one other Loper has managed to make 200 threes in a career.

The guard also set the UNK standard for three-pointers made in a season (92/1997-98) and game (nine). The game record, since tied, came in a 103-102 win over Fort Hays State where Hancock sunk nine of 12 shots. A year earlier in the Health & Sports Center, Hancock and UNK ended the Tigers' 49-game winning streak, 96-84.

Currently eighth on the career scoring list (1,796), Hancock still holds the school record for steals in a career (271). Only one other Loper has reached 200 steals.

A two-time All-RMAC selection, Hancock made the RMAC All-Tournament team three times, including in 1998 when he was named MVP. In that season, UNK won the event for the first time, beating Fort Hays State in the semifinals and Colorado State-Pueblo in the finals.

Part of three NCAA Tournament squads, Hancock also recorded 395 assists in his career, fifth most in school history.

Holding a B.S. degree from UNK, he has worked at Inspro Insurance for the past 16 years, currently serving as vice president. Hancock and wife, Tammy, live in Wahoo with their four children; Owen, Addysen, Griffin and Jaxson.

Allison (Kruger) Monson is one of only two UNK women's basketball players to be a two-time All-American. Also a two-time RMAC Player of the Year, Monson battled through injuries to score 1,682 points (13.7 avg.) and grab 788 rebounds (6.4 avg.) between 1999-2004.


She currently ranks third in career scoring average and field goal percentage (53.2), fourth in total rebounds and sixth in blocks (91). A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, Monson twice was named first-team All-RMAC and to the RMAC All-Tournament team.

Over five seasons, which included a medical redshirt, she was a part of five NCAA Tournament teams, 122 wins and four RMAC Championships. Monson also helped UNK push its home court winning streak to 87 consecutive games, still an NCAA Division II record, as she hit a last second shot to beat Missouri Western State for win 75.

After graduating with a B.S. in Education, Monson remained in basketball, serving as an assistant coach at Wayne State College (WSC) and the University of South Dakota before becoming head coach at Division II-member Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). She helped WSC win two league titles and twice reach the NCAA Tournament.

Currently serving as SMSU's compliance officer and director of student-athlete academic affairs, she holds a Master's in Sports Management from Wayne. Monson lives with her husband, Scott, in Marshall.

Travis Vallin was a standout on the football and track teams from 1987-1990. He remains one of the most prolific receivers and return man in Loper football history as well as being a track record holder.

On the gridiron, Vallin was part of the transition not only from NAIA to NCAA Division II but also from an offense that started to emphasize the pass more. He and fellow Hall of Famer, Doug Banks, were a big reason for the switch. Vallin ended his career with 108 receptions for 1,866 yards and 13 TD's. At the time of graduation, he ranked second only to Banks in career receiving yards.

Averaging 21.8 yards per catch in 1989, Vallin helped the Lopers win six games in 1987 and 1990. His senior campaign, UNK's first in Division II, saw victories over South Dakota State, West Texas A&M and Northwest Missouri State.

Bringing back 60 kickoffs for 1,381 yards (23.0 avg.) in his career, Vallin amassed 162 return yards and a touchdown in the 1990 win over the Bearcats. This versatile skill set led him to a free agent deal with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.

On the track, the 1987 USA Today Male Kansas Athlete of the Year still holds the Loper record in the 400 hurdles (51.95), set at the 1991 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He also ranks eighth at 400 meters (48.36).

Vallin earned NAIA All-Americans honors in the 400 hurdles by finishing sixth in 1989. He then became UNK's first-ever male D2 outdoor All-American as he finished third in the 400 hurdles in 1991.

In the classroom, he was named a 1989 NAIA Scholar Athlete. Earning an Airway Science Management degree, Vallin was the Colorado Aeronautics Director for 20 years. He now is Principal Owner of Jviation, an airport engineering firm in Denver.

Vallin and his wife, Deb, live in Watkins, Colorado. Son, Tyler, plays football at Colorado Mesa with daughter Kayla being a former basketball player at Kansas Wesleyan.


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Home Federal - State Tournament 2017

The Home Federal senior American Legion baseball team will take their 43-9 record to the National Division state tournament starting Saturday, July 22nd. All games will be played at Sherman Field. Grand Island will matchup with Omaha Burke Saturday at 1:00 PM. Other first round matchups include Lincoln Southwest vs Elkhorn at 10:00 AM. Hastings vs Papillion La Vista at 4:00 PM, and Lincoln Northeast vs Millard West at 7:00 PM. All Home Federal games will be on KRGI AM 1430/106.9 FM and www.krgi.com. View both National and American division brackets below. 

 

National Division - Lincoln 

L.Southeast - Elkhorn - O.Burke - GI 

Hastings - Papillion LV - L.Northeast - M.West 

 

American Division - Millard 

L.East - Papillion LVS - Creighton Prep - Gretna

Kearney - O.Skutt - B.West - M.South 

 

 


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Lee Named to Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List

Nebraska junior quarterback Tanner Lee is one of 47 quarterbacks named to the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list Wednesday morning. The Golden Arm Award is presented at the end of each football season and the winner is selected based on accomplishments on and off the field. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class.

 

The 6-4, 220-pound Lee is entering his first season of action at Nebraska after beginning his college career at Tulane, where he started for two years. Lee emerged as the projected starting quarterback after a strong showing during spring practice.

 

A native of Destrehan, La., Lee made 19 starts in 2014 and 2015 at Tulane. In 2015, Lee started nine games at quarterback and threw for 1,639 yards and 11 touchdowns, while completing 52 percent of his passes. Lee threw for better than 200 yards four times on the season, including a season-high 277 yards against Maine. Lee threw for a career-high four touchdowns in a win over UCF.

Lee started all 10 of his games as a redshirt freshman in 2014. He completed 185-of-336 passes for 1,962 yards and 12 touchdowns. All of Lee’s passing numbers set Tulane freshman records. Lee threw for a season-high three touchdowns against Tulsa, Southeastern Louisiana and Houston. Lee threw for a career-best 301 yards on a 25-of-43 effort at East Carolina, and surpassed 200 passing yards in four other games.

 

Lee is one of three players who will represent Nebraska at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago next Monday and Tuesday.

 

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. Nebraska great Tommie Frazier won the Unitas Award in 1995.

 


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Two Huskers Named to NABC Honors Court

Lincoln – Tanner Borchardt and Michael Jacobson were recognized for their efforts in the classroom Tuesday, as both players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

The honor is presented to players who are a junior or senior academically at an institution and posted a GPA of 3.20 or better at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year. It is the first honor for both players, as Nebraska had two of the nine honorees across the Big Ten Conference during the 2016-17 season. Nebraska has now had nine NABC Honors Court selections in Tim Miles’ five seasons at Nebraska.

Borchardt is a two-year letterwinner who walked on to the Husker program after an open tryout in 2015. He played in eight games in 2015-16 before rejoining the team in February of 2017. He provided depth in the Husker frontcourt and saw action in the Huskers’ win over Penn State. In the classroom, he was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and is a three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.

Jacobson wrapped up his two-year career at Nebraska in 2016-17, averaging 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He was second on the team in rebounding and ranked 10th in Big Ten play in rebounding in conference action. In the classroom, he was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2017 and made the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll all four semesters at Nebraska.


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Freshmen Give Huskers Top 20 Class

Nebraska's first freshman signing class under Coach Amy Williams was ranked as the No. 20 group in the nation by espnW in its final rankings of the 2017 high school seniors on July 13.

Taylor Kissinger, a 6-1 guard/forward from Minden, Neb., and Kate Cain, a 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., make up the only two 2017 high school seniors in Nebraska's freshman class of 2017-18, but both were ranked in the ESPN Top 100.

Kissinger was ranked as the No. 38 overall player in the nation by espnW and was a three-time All-Nebraska and Super-State selection at Minden High School. Despite battling injury as a senior, Kissinger averaged 24.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game on her way to being named the honorary captain of the Journal Star's Class C-1 team. A four-time Class C-1 all-stater, Kissinger also overcame injury as a junior to average 28.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in 2015-16. Although she missed 27 total games with injury in her final two high school seasons, Kissinger finished her prep career with 1,751 points, 611 rebounds, 310 assists and 202 steals.

Cain, Nebraska's most recent addition who joined the Huskers in mid-June, was ranked No. 82 in the 2017 senior class by espnW. A first-team All-New York performer as a senior at Pine Bush High School, Cain was ranked as the No. 10 post player in the nation. She averaged 25.2 points, 12.3 rebounds and 7.9 blocks per game as a senior, after averaging 24.3 points, 15.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks per game as a junior.

While Williams' first Husker class is ranked solely on its two freshmen, the Big Red will also be bolstered by a pair of transfers who sat out during the 2016-17 season. Senior guard Janay Morton will have one season to help Nebraska on the court after three solid years at Eastern Michigan. As a junior at EMU in 2015-16, Morton averaged 13.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game. In her three years at Eastern Michigan, the 5-10 guard from Brooklyn Park, Minn., totaled 1,341 points, 359 rebounds, 249 assists and 223 steals over 103 games with 94 starts. Morton was a third-team All-Mid-American Conference selection as a junior and a member of the MAC All-Defensive Team. She was also a member of the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2014.

Sophomore Bria Stallworth will get her first taste of Big Ten basketball after earning a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team at UMass in 2015-16. The 5-6 guard from Chicago averaged 13.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 0.9 steals over 30 games with 26 starts as a freshman at UMass. She led all A-10 freshmen in scoring and assists in 2015-16.

The Big Red also hope to be boosted by the return of sophomore Rachel Blackburn. The 6-3 forward from Leavenworth, Kan., redshirted during the 2016-17 season while recovering from multiple surgeries. As a freshman in 2015-16, Blackburn started 10 games and averaged 4.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17 minutes per game as Nebraska's top post defender, despite being limited by injuries throughout the season.

Nebraska was one of only two Big Ten women's basketball teams to earn top 20 rankings from espnW. Northwestern, which lost five seniors to graduation, had its freshman class ranked No. 18 in the nation with three top 100 newcomers.

Tennessee, UConn, Texas, Louisville and Stanford accounted for the nation's top five incoming freshman classes, while UCLA, Baylor, Texas A&M, Georgia and defending national champion South Carolina rounded out the top 10.

Nebraska will tip off its 2017-18 season with an exhibition game against Minnesota State-Mankato on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers will play host to SIU-Edwardsville in their regular-season opener on Saturday, Nov. 11 in Lincoln.


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