The Round Up – Week of February 29, 2016
A Heavy Load…
One of the most misunderstood facts about sportscasters is that we don’t root for, or against, teams we cover. It’s bad journalism ethics. However, we often develop respect for the genuinely good people we work with. After sticking a mic in someone’s face over-and-over you start to get at least some picture of who they are as a person.
A guy I’ve come to respect a lot UNK men’s basketball forward Connor Beranek. He seems to have a mature approach to the game, and life. The Ravenna native was second in the MIAA in scoring this season with over 24 points a game. That alone great, but the back story adds another level. Beranek is part of a big time basketball family in central Nebraska. They lost their patriarch, Paul, to cancer just a few days before Christmas. Connor still put together a season which landed him on the All-MIAA team this week.While balancing school and a high level of play this college student also had to soak up the last few precious months with his dad. I don’t know how he did it, and it’s been humbling to watch.
Laramey Becker made all-MIAA on the women’s side. She has taken on a lot during her senior season. In just one year she will have gotten married, led the Loper women to their first playoff win since 2009, and tackled a senior’s academic course load. I’ve done two of those three and can’t imagine what it would take to do them simultaneously.
Sick and Tired of Sick and Tired…
Winter time in mid-America isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s grey and cold. Plus, you’re basically going to get the plague for at least a three-day stretch. It’s not if. It’s when. My wife and I both drew the short straw this weekend. I’ve decided February is incubator month.
Practice in Pajamas…
Husker spring football started up this week. Literally and figuratively it isn’t the hardest hitting part of the calendar, but after the unique course last season took this spring seems like an important segment of the year for Big Red. Lots of questions to get answered in Mike Riley’s second spring go-around in Lincoln. One such question, who is going to step up on the offensive line? We’ve got something on the top on nebraska.tv.
This weekend on NTV Sports…
- Girls’ State Basketball
- We’ll have girls state basketball Friday for sure, and as long as someone reaches a final, Saturday too.
- MIAA Tournament
- The UNK men and women will play in K.C. The Ladies take on Missouri Western Thursday. The Men meet Northwest Missouri Saturday.
- Loper baseball
- Rejoice! College baseball live in the Tri-Cities. Highlights all weekend on NTV News.