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Kaiser commits to Western Michigan

Storm forward Bobby Kaiser was born and raised in Michigan, developing his hockey talents before coming to Tri-City. He is moving back to the Great Lakes State for college.
Kaiser, 18, announced his verbal commitment to play Division I college hockey for Western Michigan University late Monday.
"The visit was kind of spur of the moment, but I really liked the campus, the coaching staff, and the atmosphere," said Kaiser. "Their playing style fits mine, they like to lay the body."
Kaiser joins Storm forward Wade Allison as a Broncos commit. Twelve USHL players are committed to play in Kalamazoo.
Western Michigan is a member of the NCHC. The Storm have commits to other NCHC schools North Dakota (Andrew Peski), Miami of Ohio (Brian Hawkinson), St. Cloud State (Jake Wahlin) and Colorado College (Austen Long).

Former Broncos currently in the NHL include Danny DeKeyser of the Detroit Red Wings, Pat Dwyer of the Carolina Hurricanes and Luke Witkowski of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Andy Murray, Western Michigan's Head Coach and a 10-year NHL coach with the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues helped motivate Kaiser to play for the Broncos.

"Coach Murray asked me, 'do you want to be a Bronco?'" said Kaiser. "My dad [Bob] was in the room and he was ecstatic."
Kaiser credits Storm Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt for making him a better player.
"Coach Muckalt has been very positive and helped me," explained Kaiser.
"We as a staff are really excited for Bobby and would like to congratulate him on his commitment," said Muckalt. "He has worked hard and improved every day since arriving in Kearney and we look forward to continue helping Bobby on his development plan."
"I'm really excited to get back to work here for the rest of the season," said Kaiser.
This weekend, Tri-City hosts the undefeated Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Free Kids Friday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, October 10, at 7:00 p.m., catch the Storm take on Des Moines on "Huskers Night" and grab a Coca-Cola Family Four Fourpack, with four tickets for $40 plus four cokes, four hot dogs and four bags of chips.

Lopers Benesch Earns MIAA Honor

MIAA Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Morgan Benesch, Nebraska-Kearney
Was the 4th overall finisher, and the top College Division finisher, at KUs Rim Rock Collegiate Classic. Benesch ran the 6k course in 21:23.8 to trail only two runners from Rice and one from KU. Her effort helped UNK win the five-team College Division (33 points). The junior is a native of Columbus, Neb. where she competed at Scotus High School.

Local Sports 10-6-2015

Despite upsetting top ranked Penn State last week, the Nebraska volleyball team remains number four in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. The Huskers are 12-2 on the season. Southern California is now ranked number one followed by Texas and Penn State. Following the Huskers are Arizona State, Washington, Stanford, Hawaii, Ohio State and Kansas. Nebraska will play host to Michigan State on Wednesday. First serve will be at 7:00pm. We'll have it on 1230AM KHAS beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30pm.

Nebraska-Kearney remains number 16 in the Division II poll. The Lopers are 13-4. Minnesota-Deluth is ranked number one. UNK will face Fort Hays State tonight at the Health and Sports Center. First serve will be at 7:00pm.

Hastings quarterback Cruz Samaniego has been named the Offensive Player of the Week in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Against Briar Cliff on Saturday, Samaniego completed 18 of 26 passes for 410 yards and three touchdowns, including a school record 99 yard touchdown pass to Austin Curlee. This also tied the GPAC and NAIA record for longest touchdown pass. Samaniego also had 23 yards rushing. Hastings is 2-3 on the season, 1-3 in the conference. They'll play at Morningside on Saturday. Kickoff will be at 1:00pm. Pre-game show begins at noon on 1230AM KHAS.

Lindsey Wilson of Kentucky is ranked number one in the latest NAIA Football Coaches Top 25 Poll. Morningside is 3rd, Doane is 8th, Dakota Wesleyan is 12th and Northwestern is 20th. Dakota Wesleyan will play at Doane on Saturday.

Hastings College finished ninth yesterday at the GPAC Women's Golf Qualifier #2 at the Southern Hills Golf Course in Hastings. The Broncos finished with a team score of 378. Mount Marty won the event with a 332. Dakota Wesleyan was second with a 334. Nebraska Wesleyan came in third with a 342. Lauren Fits of Dakota Wesleyan had the low round of the day with a 76. Kelly Kruse of Hastings tied for 12th with an 84. After 36 holes, Mount Marty has the lead with a score of 678. Dakota Wesleyan and Nebraska Wesleyan are tied for second with a 688. Hastings is in 11th place with a 773. Lauren Fits has the individual lead with a 151. Kelly Kruse is tied for 26th with a 183. The 3rd and 4th qualifiers will be held next spring.

The Big Ten Conference has announced that Nebraska's October 17th game at Minnesota will kickoff at 2:30pm. The game will be televised by ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC. This week's game with Wisconsin will also start at 2:30pm.

The new high school volleyball ratings are out today in the Lincoln Journal Star. Omaha Marian is on top in Class A. Gretna is now the leader in Class B. Grand Island Northwest is 3rd, Aurora is 6th. Ord is number one in Class C-1. Kearney Catholic is 2nd, Grand Island Central Catholic is 4th, St. Paul is 8th. Guardian Angels Central Catholic leads in Class C-2. Hastings St. Cecilia is 4th, Sutton is 6th, Sandy Creek 7th, Centura 8th and Doniphan Trumbull 9th. Diller Odell is on top in Class D-1. Bruning Davenport Shickley is 2nd, Lawrence Nelson is 6th, Axtell is 8th, Heartland Lutheran 9th and Alma 10th. Stuart leads in Class D-2. Giltner is 4th, Wilcox Hildreth is 9th.

Minnesota Kickoff Set for 230

The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday morning that Nebraska's Oct. 17game at Minnesota will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The network determination will be made following this Saturday's games.

This week's Nebraska-Wisconsin game will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT, with television coverage on ABC, or ESPN2 in outer markets.

Foltz Named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week

Special Teams Player of the Week
Sam Foltz, Nebraska
Jr., P, Greeley, Neb./Grand Island
• Averaged 46.9 yards per punt over nine attempts against Illinois
• Three punts were downed inside the 10-yard line, including one at the one-yard line
• Recorded five punts of at least 50 yards, including each of his first four attempts
• Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first since Sept. 8, 2014
• Last Nebraska Special Teams Player of the Week: De'Mornay Pierson-El (Dec. 1, 2014)

Wong-Orantes Wins Co-Defensive Player of the Week

Nebraska junior libero Justine Wong-Orantes has been named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday.

Wong-Orantes helped lead the fourth-ranked Huskers to a 3-2 comeback win over No. 1 Penn State on Friday with a career-high 30 digs.

A native of Cypress, Calif., Wong-Orantes totaled 41 digs on the weekend, averaging 4.1 digs per set.

It's the first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award for Wong-Orantes, and the second for the Huskers this season (Kadie Rolfzen, Sept. 21, 2015).

The Huskers have won five Big Ten weekly awards this season, already matching last year's total.

Kielly named USHL Goaltender of the Week

Storm goalie Jake Kielly has been named CCM "Goaltender of the Week" for week two of the regular season, the USHL announced Monday.

Jake Kielly earned a 31-save shutout in his first USHL start, a 2-0 win over the Chicago Steel. Kielly started strong with eight saves in the first period and made 23 saves over the final two periods to secure the win.

While Kielly held, defenseman John Marino, named USHL "Defenseman of the Week" in week one, scored the go-ahead goal early in the third, helping Tri-City move to 3-0-0 to begin the season, the best start in franchise history since 2003-04 (4-0-0).

In 2003-04, the Storm had its best regular season in franchise history, winning 43 games and earning 91 points en route to taking the Anderson Cup. That Storm club was helped by future NHL goalie Peter Mannino, who watched the Storm sweep the Steel this weekend as an Assistant Coach with Chicago.

Kielly and Lincoln netminder Peyton Jones are the only two USHL goalies to record shutouts this season.

Kielly, 19, comes to the Storm from the Austin Bruins (NAHL), where he boasted a 20-5-1 record and a 2.12 goals-against-average.

The Storm have allowed one even strength goal this season, in the third period of a 5-1 win Opening Night against the Omaha Lancers. The Storm have allowed four goals, the fewest goals in the USHL.
This weekend, Tri-City hosts the undefeated Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Free Kids Friday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, October 10, at 7:00 p.m., catch the Storm take on Des Moines on "Huskers Night" and grab a Coca-Cola Family Four Fourpack, with four tickets for $40 plus four cokes, four hot dogs and four bags of chips.

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