Sr. Legion Baseball O'Neill Tournament Results
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:57
Valentine fought hard in the Senior Legion Baseball Tournament in O'Neill, winning the first game on Friday, July 18th against Ainsworth 18-7. They took on the #1 seed Creighton next, and fell 3-13 in 5 innings. Valentine rallied from the losers bracket against Neligh, winning 12-9 on July 20th and then beat Taylor Burwell Sargent 11-9 on the 21st to face Creighton again on Tuesday, July 22. Valentine needed to win twice to take home the championship. They started out strong in the first game, beating Creighton 7-4, but could not catch a break against Creighton in the second game, who was previously undefeated. The final score of the second game was Creighton 13, Valentine 0 in 5 innings. Creighton won the C1 Area tournament and will now move on to State Baseball in Hebron, playing Crofton at 5 pm on Saturday, July 26th. Great job to all of the American Legion Baseball players for putting on some really exciting and hard fought games!
C1 Senior Area Tournament Complete Results:
Friday, July 18th:
Creighton 17, Atkinson 0 (5 innings)
Valentine 18, Ainsworth 7
Taylor-Burwell-Sargent 11, Gordon 10
O'Neill 6, Neligh 2
Saturday, July 19th:
Ainsworth 15, Atkinson 2
Neligh 5, Gordon 1
Creighton 13, Valentine 3 (5 innings)
TBS 11, O'Neill 5
Sunday, July 20th:
Ainsworth 20, O'Neill 19
Valentine 12, Neligh 9
Creighton 10, TBS 7
Monday, July 21st:
Valentine 11, TBS 9
Creighton 14, Ainsworth 4 (5 innings)
Tuesday, July 22nd:
Game 1: Valentine 7, Creighton 4
Game 2 (championship): Creighton 13, Valentine 0 (5 innings)
Former Huskers not counting themselves out of the NFL just yet
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:24
When competing for a roster spot, burdened by the thought that any day could be your last, former Husker lineman Jeremiah Sirles was advised to avoid one urge.
“Don’t get caught up in the numbers game,” the rookie offensive tackle said.
Never mind that Sirles is one of 89 players on San Diego’s roster as training camp begins Wednesday — a total that will eventually drop to 53. There are 15 offensive linemen — eight listed as tackles — reporting this week. Sirles is the only first-year tackle.
Perhaps that kind of information had been notable up until this point. But as league vets have told Sirles, it can be distracting in August, when a player’s mentality is so vital to his survival in camp.
“You can’t play scared. You’ve got to play with confidence,” Sirles said. “Every snap, you’ve got to play like it’s your last snap.”
That’ll be the objective for Sirles and six former classmates at Nebraska who are now NFL rookies. They’re set to begin a monthlong audition — some working for playing time, and others just hoping to avoid the pink slip.
Receiver Quincy Enunwa, a sixth-round draft pick, and offensive tackle Brent Qvale are with the New York Jets. Jason Ankrah, a defensive end for NU, switched to linebacker when he joined Houston. New Orleans drafted cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste in the second round and Washington picked guard Spencer Long in the third. Defensive back Mo Seisay landed on Detroit’s roster.
Sirles said he signed his free-agent deal with the Chargers about 30 minutes following the conclusion of the draft. About a dozen teams were interested. Sirles picked San Diego because he has every intention to stick around for a while.
“A lot of guys have said if you’re not drafted in the first four rounds, it’s better to be a free agent,” Sirles said. “I would have loved to have been drafted, but every day is my opportunity to prove (myself).”
Long’s taking the same approach.
He’s back to full strength after a knee injury cut his senior year short and dropped his draft stock. But initial reports out of Washington’s rookie minicamp were that Long had impressed so much that he might have a chance to compete for the top right guard spot. Long was doing his best to adjust to the NFL pace back then.
“They really do throw you right in the fire,” Long said. “OTAs are pretty much like a full on practice. It gives you a nice taste of how the teams are going to run (practice), what they’re asking of you.”
Long’s ready for an intensity spike when Washington’s training camp gets underway Wednesday, though.
The margin for error will be slim. The body will hurt. The mind will be overwhelmed. But Long’s excited.
“I wouldn’t be playing if I didn’t like playing football,” Long said. “Obviously, it’s a grind. It’s hard work. But it does make it better when you realize that this is what you’re doing for a living, that you have one thing to focus on.”
By Jon Nyatawa / World-Herald Bureau