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Hamilton scores 18 in win
By David Wilson
Senior staff writer __
As Venson Hamilton walked into
the post-game interview room
Thursday, Nebraska Coach Danny Nee
put a hand on the senior center’s shoul
“Look at this,”
Nee said, pointing
to the stat sheet.
“You led the team
in scoring, reb
ounds and turn
missed more shots
Nee than he made,
Hamilton led the
Comhuskers with 18 points and 17
rebounds in a 67-61 exhibition win
over Pella Windows at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center on Thursday.
Overall, Nee said he was pleased
with Nil’s first game effort of the sea
son, despite 18 team turnovers - four
committal by Hamilton.
“He has to show up every night,”
Nee said. He s one of the important
aspects of this team. He gets a double
double and I expect more out ofhim-a
hell of a lot more.”
Aside from die loss of point guard
Tyronn Lue, the Huskers took the court
without guard Cookie Belcher, who
bruised his thigh Tuesday in practice.
With junior-college transfer Joe
Holmes running the point, Nee was
forced to work with different offensive
combinations. Holmes, Nee said, will
continue to start at point guard.
“The combinations we had on the
floor without Cookie were combina
tions we have not played before,” Nee
said. “So we were an irregular heart
beat from day one.”
Filling die shoes of last season’s
leading scorer, Holmes took just two
shots-missingboth-in 18 minutes on
But Holmes said he was just glad to
get a Division I game under his belt
“I got all the pressure off my back,”
said Holmes, a transfer from Tyler*
(Texas) Junior College. “All I can do is
relax and play. It’s a hard job, but I’m up
for the challenge”
Also reaching double figures in
scoring were senior forward Larry
Florence and freshman guard Cary
Cochran, who both scored 10 points.
Playing behind Holmes, Cochran,
who sat out last season after having
surgery on his right ankle, saw his first
game action since playing high school
ball in March 1997.
Cochran was 2 of 4 from behind the
3-point line, including a bucket with
one minute, 26 seconds remaining in
the game which gave the Huskers their
final 6-point lead.
“I have a lot of confidence in my
jump shot,” Cochran said. “That’s my
game - the outside shot”
His defense, on the other hand, is
“He has to guard at the other end,”
Nee said. “He made me use one of my
timeouts - but I think he’s going to be
The Huskers will take the court
again Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. against
Global Sports before opening the regu
lar season at home against UNC
Greensboro on Nov. 14.
“It’s so important that we start off
good,” Nee said. “We’re under a magni
Climbing scary, rewarding class
By Todd Munson
True or false: Rock climbing is an inherently dangerous
Thinking that there was no way the university would
allow students to partake in a dangerous activity, I marked
I was wrong and, suddenly, all the more paranoid about
trusting my life to a piece of nylon and a skinny little rope.
Aside from dying a broke, loveless and lonely old man,
my only other real fear is heights. Last spring when IN
Rolled for the inaugural offering of Climbing I, I figured I’d
get the whole height issue out of the way and breeze through
another one credit hour physical education mini-course and
get that much closer to graduation.
As fate would have it, rock climbing turned out to be one
of the most challenging classes I’ve taken at dear old
After we passed the written exam and learned all the
knots needed for safe climbing, which made this portion
quite difficult for a kid who didn’t master shoe tying until
the fourth grade, we were ready to hit the wall.
With death being one misfastened harness or poorly tied
knot away, climbing, along with the operation of power
tools, heavy machinery and toaster ovens, is not a sport that
one should partake while under the influence of drugs.
Leave that to the fellows with the hacky sacks.
The climbing wall was a bit intimidating at first. But
once it was proved that the little rope could indeed support
the weight of my big ol* booty and the constriction of the
harness on my little friends became tolerable, climbing
turned out to be quite fun.
But then we had to go outside.
Like all the other outdoor education classes, climbing
required a weekend of field experience. So, a couple of
Saturdays ago, at an ungodly hour, our class eschewed a
Husker football Saturday and departed for Blue Mounds
State Park in scenic Luveme, Minn.
(Note to our state Legislature: When y’all meet in
January, please set aside some money to build some cliffs,
preferably just on the edge of campus, because driving four
hours to the nearest worthwhile cliff is a bit excessive for a
state that claims to have it all.)
Before we could climb, our instructors had to set up
routes. Out in the wild there was no industrial grade metal
bar to loop a rope around. Instead they finagled various
anchors, big and small, into the cracks in the rock. If all went
as planned, these little gizmos would, theoretically of
course, keep us from plummeting to instant doom.
To say that outdoor climbing is a bit different than indoor
climbing is quite the understatement. Gone were the com
fortably shaped holds of the climbing wall. Outside, you
grab what you can, which a lot of times means very sharp
rock. And, unlike the wall, outside you’re faced with dealing
with Mother Nature. Betcha didn’t know that big mamajama
spiders love to live in the sides of cliffs. Neither did I, until I
looked more than several in the face on my way up.
By the day’s end, climbing out in the wild had become
tolerable, and my thoughts drifted away from high places
and began to focus on that lonely old man part.
But on day two, my fears came back with a vengeance.
Our trusty instructors, Evan and Justin, decided to teach
us the art of rappelling, which, in a nutshell, means stepping
off the side of a cliff and sliding down a rope, just like in
those commando movies.
iNot wanting to put on instant aeatn, l stepped into line
after the first brave souls failed to die. At the top of cliff I
commented that it’s hard to say Danger is your middle name
when your knees are shaking.
I’d probably still be up there if it weren’t for the verbal
goading of my classmates waiting in line. They said the first
step’s a dpozy, but die feeling you get when you feel the rope
is die only thing holding you 50 feet above the ground is
frightening enough to make you apologize for all the bad
things you’ve ever done.
Before I began the descent to the welcoming ground
below, I questioned what person in his right mind would
willingly do this on a Sunday morning. However, when I
reached the bottom, I laughed when I thought of all the peo
ple still wasting away in bed - after I kissed the ground, of
Rappelling off that cliff was a lot like jumping off the
high board for die first time. Even though all die other kids
were doing it just fine, it was still freaky as all get out until
you did it yourself and learned that wasn’t so bad. Heck, I
even rappelled a second time minus die shaking knees.
Climbing I is being offered again in the spring. If you
have the time or desire, sign up for it Not only is it a great
way to build up your guns, but it’s a great challenge both
physically and mentally - much better than, say, Geology
101. Forget about learning about rocks. Go climb them.
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Loss to Baylor forces
NU into No. 2 seed
SOCCER from page 9
“Coming off of this weekend,”
LeBlanc said, “we want the chance to
get back into things”
Nebraska will have the chance to
get back into things Friday, when it will
play the winner of the Texas A&M/Iowa
For the past two seasons, A&M has
been the Huskers’ foe in the champi
onship game. But this year, the two
rivals may meet in the semifinal round.
“It is a little weird,” senior Becky
Hogan said. “(A&M) is on the track
right now, and they are coming on
If NU is able to get into the final,
they may run into Baylor again.
The No. 1-seeded Bears will play
the winner of the Texas/Missouri game
in the semifinals. The Longhorns were
the only Big 12 team not to lose to
Baylor this season, tying the Bears 0-0
on Oct 11.
Walker said the possibility of facing
two Texas schools this weekend isn’t
made any easier by the fact the tourna
ment is played in the Lone Star State.
“When you play (in San Antonio)
it’s not a neutral site,” Walker said. “It’s
just another road weekend.”
Nebraska has had success on the
“road” during the past two years, win
ning the conference tournament two
years ago and finishing runner-up last
Hogan said the team, especially the
seniors, won’t be happy if last year’s
result repeats itself.
“We aren’t planning on coming
home runners-up,” Hogan said. “It will
be a huge disappointment if we come
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