Golf, Baseball and More This Weekend

For the first time, Omaha’s Alex Schaake holds the lead after the first round of the Nebraska Amateur. Looking to become the first player since the great Bob Astleford of Omaha to win three straight titles, Schaake fired a first round 67 (-4) and leads the 110th Nebraska Amateur Championship at Fremont Golf Club. Aurora’s Caleb Badura and Lincoln’s Jace Guthmiller are just one stroke back at 68 (-3).

Second Round action is today.

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The Dodge County Baseball League Playoff Championship is tomorrow in Scribner, as Wahoo takes on West Point.  First pitch is 2pm.  It is also the 70th Anniversary of the Dodge County Baseball League.

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Tomorrow morning on Sports Saturday, Fremont High boys cross-country coach Sean McMahon will be on the program.  We’ll discuss the upcoming Spilinek Alumni run and thoughts about the 2018 season.  Sports Saturday is from 8-9 tomorrow morning, live from Hy-Vee on Big Dog 98.9 FM and 1340 AM.

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Nebraska has its quarterback for the 2020 class, as Athens (Ala.) quarterback Logan Smothers committed to the Huskers while on an unofficial visit to Lincoln on Thursday.

Smothers was offered by Nebraska in the spring, and visited Lincoln for the first time in June with his father.

As a freshman, Smothers threw for 1,502 yards and ran for 468 yards. He upped those numbers to 2,851 yards and 21 touchdowns in his sophomore campaign. Smothers is also accomplished on the track, having qualified for the Alabama State 6A track meet in the 100 meters. He picked the Huskers over offers from Austin Peay, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Tennessee Tech, Troy and UAB.

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A former ATP professional manager and collegiate coaching veteran, Tom Boysen has been named Nebraska’s new men’s tennis assistant coach, Husker Head Coach Sean Maymi announced on Thursday.

Boysen carries nine seasons of college coaching experience in addition to three years as a coach and manager for professional athletes. He also spent four seasons as a coach at the prep level. In 2016, he was named the ITA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year after helping Dartmouth to a runner-up finish in the Ivy League. Boysen also helped SEC power Vanderbilt finish in the national rankings in all five of his seasons with the Commodores.

Boysen spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Dartmouth, helping the Big Green to a pair of regular-season runner-up finishes in the Ivy League in 2015 and 2016. Dartmouth climbed as high as No. 34 in the ITA national rankings in 2016, concluding the season with a 17-9 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the Ivy. Dartmouth finished No. 42 in the ITA final rankings in 2015. Boysen coached an Ivy League Player of the Year and two Ivy League Rookies of the Year in his time with the Big Green.

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Nebraska women’s gymnastics head coach Dan Kendig announced the hiring of Mike Heredia on Friday as the newest member of the Nebraska coaching staff.

Heredia was a student-athlete at Nebraska in 2010, competing on floor exercise and vault. His best finish came against Ohio State, UIC and Air Force, as he placed third on vault with a season-high score of 15.75. He transferred to Oklahoma and became an All-American on vault in 2012. As a Sooner he was also a 2012 Big Ten Conference champion and was part of a team that posted back-to-back NCAA runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2012.

After graduating, Heredia was an assistant coach for Iowa men’s gymnastics team where he coached two All-Americans on rings as well as a Big Ten champion on rings. The Hawkeyes finished fifth that season and was the highest finish since 2006.

MLB:

NYY-7, KCR-2; @ NYY- 6:05 tonight on KBLR

CHC-7, ARZ- 6; @ STL- 7:15 tonight on Boomer

PCL:

 Frank Schwindel led a breakout night for Omaha’s offense with 3 hits and a home run, and the Storm Chasers completed a sweep of the River Cats with a 10-7 victory on Thursday night at Raleigh Field.

The Storm Chasers (47-56) will open a new series in Fresno tonight at 9:05 Central. RHP Arnaldo Hernandez (1-0, 1.65) will oppose Fresno’s RHP Rogelio Armenteros (7-1, 3.99)

American Association:

It took 12 innings, but the Lincoln Saltdogs finally earned their first win against the Kansas City T-Bones in 2018.  The Saltdogs (31-31) captured the victory 8-5 to snap a 0-8 start against the T-Bones (41-22) this year.

The Saltdogs claimed the lead four separate times in the seesaw contest including two times in extra innings.  Lincoln is 3-0 in extra-innings games and moves back to .500 on the season.

The Saltdogs head to Sioux City next. They will resume a rain-suspended game at 6:05 tonight and play a seven-inning game immediately after.

 

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