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Hall of Fame Basketball Game vs. Cody Kilgore on December 2

The Valentine Badgers High School Basketball Teams will be playing a Hall of Fame game on Tuesday, December 2nd at 5 pm at the Middle School vs Cody Kilgore. Admission is $5 for Adults and $4 for Students. No passes will be accepted.  All proceeds go to the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame.  The girls will play first and the boys will follow.  This game will not count towards records as it is a pre-season game.


2015 mountain lion season applications available

Applications are available for the 2015 South Dakota mountain lion hunting season.

The state's Game, Fish and Parks Department says there's no deadline to submit an application for the season. However, hunters who want an access permit to Custer State Park must submit their application by Dec. 10.

The season runs from Dec. 26 through March 31. The harvest limit has been set at 75 total lions or 50 female lions, whichever happens first. The season closes in the Black Hills Fire Protection Unit if either of the harvest limits is reached.

Wildlife officials say Custer State Park will have eight separate hunting intervals, four of which will allow the use of dogs. The access permits to the park are given through a lottery process.


Huskers Fall in OT, 66-62

Shavon Shields had 25 points and nine rebounds, but Jared Terrell scored six of his 12 points in overtime, lifting the Rams to a 66-62 win over No. 21 Nebraska Saturday night.

Shields turned in a strong performance in a losing effort, scoring 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds in a career high 43 minutes. Terran Petteway joined Shields in double figures with 15 points, but the Huskers shot just 37 percent from the field.

Terrell, who was just 2-of-12 in regulation, took advantage of a scramble and got loose in the corner for a 3-pointer to give URI a three-point lead. On the next possession, Terrell gave the hosts a four-point lead, hitting a tough 3-pointer in the corner over Shields to push the lead to 59-55.

Nebraska, which falls to 2-1 on the season, continued to fight, running off five straight points to cut a 62-55 deficit to 63-60 after a pair of Petteway free throws with 50.4 seconds left. After a timeout, the Huskers forced an errant shot, but could not get the rebound as E.C. Matthews hit a foul shot to push the lead back to four. Petteway’s basket with four seconds left cut the deficit to 64-62, but Matthews was fouled and clinched the win with a pair of free throws.

Matthews led Rhode Island (3-0) with 26 points and 10 reboundsm while Terrell finished with 12 for the winners.

In the first half, the Huskers got a strong defensive effort and a big performance from Shields to take a 23-19 lead into the locker room. Shields led all scorers with 11 points and six rebounds, with his four-point play with 5:45 left in the half gave NU a four-point lead.  Nebraska trailed 19-18 before a Parker baseline jumper started a 5-0 run to close the half. Shields than capped the half with a driving dunk with seven seconds left in the half to give NU a four-point cushion.

In the second half, Nebraska took a 27-23 lead after consecutive Petteway dunks, but the Rams would not go away. Matthews, who the Huskers kept in check during the first half, scored eight straight points to give the Rams a 31-27 lead.

Tarin Smith broke the Rams run with a 3-pointer before Benny Parker’s two free throws tied the game at 33 with 13:14 left. Trailing 34-33, Shields took over with two baskets to put the Huskers up 37-34. URI came right back with four straight points to take a 38-37 lead after a Terrell jumper.

Nebraska trailed 40-39 before baskets by Tai Webster and David Rivers put Nebraska up 43-40 with 7:25 left, but Matthews was fouled on a 3-pointer and hit both shots to knot the score with 6:04 left.  A Rivers jumper put the Huskers up 45-43, but the Rams scored four straight to take a 47-45 lead and force a Husker timeout.

Nebraska trailed 53-51 and URI had the ball with under a minute left, but the Huskers forced a miss and tied the score at 53 on a Shields putback with 35.7 seconds left. URI had two chances at the game-winning shot, but the Husker defense got the stop to send the game to overtime.

The Huskers return home to take on the Omaha Mavericks Tuesday night at 7 p.m.


Huskers Come Up Short Against Gophers

Nebraska only trailed for the game's final 3:25, but the Huskers' last drive ended on a turnover inside the Minnesota 5-yard line, as the Golden Gophers escaped from Memorial Stadium with a 28-24 win on Saturday afternoon.

The loss dropped the Huskers to 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten, while Minnesota improved to 8-3 and 5-2 in the conference. It marked Nebraska's only home loss of the season in the final home game for 13 Husker seniors.

Nebraska took a 21-7 lead into halftime and started the second half with the ball. However, Tommy Armstrong Jr. was sacked twice in the first three plays, and Minnesota used a short field to put up a quick score to narrow the margin to 21-14. The Big Red answered with a 30-yard Drew Brown field goal to make it 24-14, before Minnesota put up another touchdown on a 19-yard run from Rodrick Williams Jr. on 4th-and-1.

The Huskers led 24-21 heading with the ball heading into the fourth quarter. The two teams exchanged punts to open the final period before Minnesota took over at its own 20 with 8:34 left. The Gophers put together an 80-yard drive in 10 plays that took 5:09 off the clock. Leidner gave the Gophers their first lead of the game with his three-yard run over the left side with 3:25 left to make it 28-24 Minnesota.

Armstrong, who finished the day 12-of-19 passing for 223 yards and one touchdown, led the Huskers down the field beginning with a 16-yard pass to De'Mornay Pierson-El and a 13-yard pass to Lane Hovey. After a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on Minnesota, Armstrong through deep down the middle incomplete to Jordan Westerkamp in the end zone.

On the next play, Armstrong found Pierson-El on the right side line. Pierson-El leaped high and came down momentarily with the football, but it was ripped out of his hands by Briean Boddy-Calhoun at the Minnesota 2. It was Pierson-El's second fumble of the game after a reception inside the Gopher red zone, although Pierson-El's fourth quarter catch would not have stood because he stepped out of bounds on his route and was flagged for illegal touching.

Pierson-El was Nebraska's leading receiver on the day, finishing with four catches for 87 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown. Westerkamp added five receptions with 47 yards, while Kenny Bell contributed one catch for 73 yards on the game's third play before leaving with an injury.

As a team, Nebraska produced 397 total yards, including 174 on the ground led by 98 yards and the game's first touchdown by senior Ameer Abdullah. Armstrong added 45 yards on 12 carries to finish with 268 total yards of offense.

Minnesota answered with 416 total yards, including 281 yards on the ground. Quarterback Mitch Leidner led the Gophers with 110 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, while adding 135 yards on 8-of-17 passing.

Gopher running back David Cobb added 80 yards and one score on 15 carries.

Nebraska took a 21-7 lead into the locker room thanks to solid defense and a pair of huge plays. Bell came up with the first big play for the Big Red on Senior Day, hauling in Armstrong's pass over the middle and racing 73 yards to the left sideline. Bell was tackled out of bounds at the Minnesota 5 and left the game with an injury. It was the second key injury for the Huskers in the first three plays, as senior center Mark Pelini left with an injury on the first play of the game and did not return.

Abdullah burrowed his way into the end zone to plays after Bell's catch to give Nebraska a 7-0 lead with 9:43 left in the first quarter.

Minnesota answered the drive with a nine-play, 71-yard drive capped by Leidner's one-yard sneak to tie the score with 4:43 left in the quarter.

The Huskers regained the lead on Armstrong's 18-yard touchdown pass to Pierson-El with 10:57 left in the half to put the Big Red back up, 14-7.

Minnesota threatened to answer before the Blackshirts stiffened to force a 30-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Santoso. The Huskers then came up with a huge special teams play, as defensive end Randy Gregory blocked Santoso's kick, which was scooped up by safety Nate Gerry. The sophomore shedded tacklers and got several big blocks on his 85-yard sprint to his first career touchdown to give Nebraska a 21-7 lead with 5:18 left in the half.

Gerry added 11 tackles and a pair of pass breakups on the day from his safety spot, while Gregory added eight stops including a sack of Leidner to end the half.

The Blackshirts got another stop before Armstrong and the offense threatened again. On 3rd-and-10 at the Minnesota 35, Armstrong found Pierson-El across the middle for a first down and more. However, Pierson-El was hit from behind and lost the football to end the Husker threat without points.

Armstrong completed 8-of-14 passes for 151 yards in the first half to lead a Husker offense that racked up 233 total yards, including 82 yards on 16 first-half carries. The Blackshirts limited the Minnesota offense to 192 yards on 39 plays, including just 4-for-11 passing for 54 yards for Leidner.

Armstrong accounted for 194 total yards in the first half, including 43 rushing yards. Abdullah finished the half with 31 yards and a score on eight carries.

The Huskers close the regular season by taking on Iowa in the annual Heroes Game on Friday, Nov. 28. Kickoff in Iowa City is set for 11 a.m. in a game televised by ABC.


Husker Block Party Spurs Senior Night Sweep

Behind the dynamic defensive duo of Cecilia Hall and Amber Rolfzen, the No. 11 Nebraska volleyball team posted a 25-23, 25-20, 25-21 sweep against Michigan on Senior Night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday.

The Huskers (20-7, 14-4 Big Ten) avenged a sweep at the hands of the Wolverines (12-16, 7-11 Big Ten) in Ann Arbor on Oct. 12 and did so with an impressive defensive display. NU tallied 15 total blocks with Hall posting 13 block assists and Rolfzen adding 12, both career highs. Hall's 13 blocks assists were the most by a Big Ten player in a match this season and tied the school record for block assists in a three-set match.

Kadie Rolfzen had 13 kills and nine digs, and Kelsey Fien had 11 kills. In addition to her 12 blocks, Amber Rolfzen had eight kills, and Hall finished with four kills on six attacks. Senior setter Mary Pollmiller had 33 assists and three kills in her final regular-season match at the Devaney Center. The Husker captain was honored following the match.

NU hit .262 and held Michigan to .174. During the Huskers' eight-match win streak, they have held each opponent under .200 hitting. The last time NU held eight straight opponents under .200 hitting was 2008 when the Huskers did so 13 times in a row. Abby Cole led Michigan with 12 kills, and Caroline Knop had 11, but the two hit .121 and .027, respectively.

The Huskers are on the road next week for two top-10 matches. Nebraska is at Illinois on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and at Penn State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (CT) to close out the regular season.


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