WOW – I just realized that next week the calendar will flip to July.

As June comes to a close so does the summer softball season for a lot of teams around the York area. It seems like we were just getting started and all of a sudden the season is over.

Baseball still has a ways to go and it will be almost the end of July before we see teams hang up the spikes and the gloves for another year.

The extended forecast looks hot and uncomfortable and of course with the hot weather comes the chances for severe weather. But that is summer in Nebraska. Oh one more thing, expect it to be windy as well. You know the saying, “if the wind stopped blowing in Nebraska, we would all fall down.” Actually there might be some truth to that.

Last year about this time Husker football fans still had a lot of questions about what would see from the Huskers in 2018. We didn’t expect them to be ranked and most of us who were realistic knew that with the schedule we had it was brutal and unfavorable for a first-year head coach to have to face.

As we get closer to the start of the college football season for this year, many rating outlets have Nebraska tabbed in the Top 25 and a few have them unranked as well. Kind of a smorgasbord of opinions.

In January of 2019 in the way to early 2019 rankings the Huskers had started to turn some heads with their play over the final six games with a record of 4-2 and close, close losses to both Ohio State and Iowa and a 9-6 win over the Michigan State Spartans in a scene at Memorial Stadium that emulated the glory days of Husker football.

As we look ahead to 2019, you are going to find the Huskers rated anywhere from as high as No. 17 to unranked.

A lot of those who think they know a lot about college football see the Huskers winning eight and maybe even nine games and making a bowl game this year.

Sporting News early predictions has the Huskers rated at No. 24 and playing Tennessee in the Tax Slayer Bowl.

Athlon Sports has the Huskers wining the Big Ten West with the championship game against Iowa on Thanksgiving weekend. They have both teams at 6-3 in the conference and the Huskers at 9-4 overall. What a scene that would be in Memorial Stadium.

They have the Huskers playing the Michigan Wolverines in the Big 10 Championship game.

Of course these are all just projections/predictions and what happens on the field will determine how the season plays out.

For me it is just too early to get too excited about things. The Maurice Washington issue is still out there and if he does not suit up for the Huskers this season, than we may have a question to answer at running back.

For now I think it’s safe to say Nebraska can get to that six wins (probably more) and play some football in the postseason this year.

We will leave it at that for now, because as that first game gets closer, things are going to get crazy.

Class B State Softball

The York Ballpark Complex is hosting some great softball action this weekend with the 18-U and 14-U Class B State Championship being held here. The action started on Friday and will go through late Sunday afternoon.

I also had a chance to go out and shoot some pictures at the Nebraska Women’s State Amateur earlier this week and seen many Nebraska Women golfers in action, including all three Thiele sisters Hannah, Haley and Lauren all in action at the York Country Club. I bet they win a lot of family scramble tournaments.

Be safe in your travels and have a great weekend.

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