Jacob Padilla
Staff Writer
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation's Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he's probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.
Prep Volleyball Notebook: Allison Weston Monarch Invitational
Two of the state's best volleyball players are best friends, Class A is jammed with strong teams and an extraordinary collection of setters highlight Jacob Padilla's prep volleyball notebook.
Papillion-La Vista Crowned Champion of the Monarch Invitational
Papillion-La Vista took down Papillion-La Vista South and Lincoln Southwest on Saturday to take home the title at the 2020 Allison Weston Monarch Invitational.
Furious Fourth-Quarter Rally Powers Creighton Prep Past Millard West
Nebraska Football ⋅ 1 day ago by Jacob Padilla
Omaha Creighton Prep scored 29 unanswered in the fourth quarter to pull off a 29-26 win against Millard West at Phelps Field on Friday night.
Padding the Stats: On Carter Whitt and Nebraska's Recruiting Efforts
Nebraska's recruiting efforts suffered a blow on Monday when 4-star point guard Carter Whitt chose Wake Forest over Fred Hoiberg's Huskers. Jacob Padilla examined Whitt's recruitment and where things have gone wrong for Hoiberg with highly-touted prospects through two recruiting cycles at Nebraska.
Projecting Nebraska's 2020-21 Nonconference Schedule
The later start date for college basketball this season means Nebraska is going to have to adjust its nonconference schedule. Staff writer Jacob Padilla took a shot at piecing together what the new slate might look like once Nebraska sorts it all out.
Pluses and Minuses Come with a One-Off Class A Playoff Format
Nebraska Football ⋅ 6 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Last week, the NSAA announced pandemic-induced changes to the 2020 Class A state football playoffs, guaranteeing a postseason berth for all 24 teams but wiping out week nine regular season games, a tradeoff that was tough to swallow for a team like Bellevue West that has already lost so many games.
Prep Volleyball Notebook: LPS Classic Pool A Standouts
Staff writer Jacob Padilla spent his Saturday at Lincoln Southeast for Pool A of the LPS Classic and has notes on all four teams that competed: Elkhorn South, Norris, Papillion-La Vista and Bellevue West.
Elkhorn South Wins Pool A of LPS Classic
Elkhorn South's streak of sweeps to open the season ended at 14 as both Papillion-La Vista and Norris took game one in their matches against the Storm on Saturday, but Elkhorn South rallied to win both of those matches and finish 3-0, taking the Pool A title in the LPS Classic.
5 Thoughts on Bellevue West at Millard South
Nebraska Football ⋅ 8 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Despite showing plenty of rust, Bellevue West had too much firepower for Millard South to keep up with on Friday night as the Thunderbirds handed the Patriots their first loss of the season, 49-29. Jacob Padilla has five thoughts on the showdown between two of Class A's best at Buell Stadium.
Padding the Stats: On Taylor Kissinger and High School Volleyball
Nebraska Volleyball ⋅ 10 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Staff Writer Jacob Padilla offered his thoughts on Taylor Kissinger's retirement and what he saw in Tuesday's big high school volleyball showdown at Norris.
Bill Moos Discusses Nebraska Football's Return on Sports Nightly
Nebraska Football ⋅ 10 days ago by Jacob Padilla
After a busy day of NCAA news including the return of college football in the Big Ten, Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos joined Greg Sharpe on Wednesday Night’s edition of Sports Nightly.
College Basketball Season to Begin Nov. 25
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 11 days ago by Jacob Padilla
The NCAA Division I Council voted on Wednesday to make Nov. 25 the official start date for the 2020-21 season according to multiple reports.
Titans Conquer Vikings in Five-Set Showdown
Nebraska Volleyball ⋅ 11 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Tuesday's Class B showdown between Norris and Waverly featured future Huskers on both sides, but it was Maisie Boesiger's Titans who emerged victorious in five sets.
Nebraska's Nonconference Tournament Reportedly Moving to Orlando
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 12 days ago by Jacob Padilla
According to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, the 2020 Myrtle Beach Invitational, the nonconference tournament Nebraska is scheduled to take part in, is among eight tournaments that will take place in Orlando this season.
Many Mini-Plans, but the Big Plan Still, Hopefully, Ends in Omaha
Nebraska Volleyball ⋅ 13 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Though Tyler Hildebrand has been gone for the last two years, he coached or recruited many of the players currently on the roster back in 2017 and those relationships he established and maintained have made for a smooth transition in his return to Lincoln.
In the Middle: Lauren Stivrins Has Grown as a Leader for Nebraska
Nebraska Volleyball ⋅ 14 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Lauren Stivrins never thought she’d be in the situation she finds herself in right now. Everything she’s been through in her four-and-a-half years in Lincoln has shaped her into the leader and person she has become.
South Tops West in the Battle for Millard
Nebraska Football ⋅ 15 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Millard West may have been designated as the home team on Friday night, but Millard South proved Buell Stadium belongs to the Patriots as they took down the Wildcats 31-12, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Wildcats.
Elkhorn South Storms Past Papillion-La Vista with Dominant Defensive Effort
Nebraska Volleyball ⋅ 16 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Despite losing a senior starter to injury early in the season, Elkhorn South rolled to its ninth straight sweep on Thursday, taking down Papillion-La Vista in three games behind a dominant defensive effort led by Nebraska commit Rylee Gray.
Padding the Stats: Grateful for Opportunity
Nebraska Volleyball ⋅ 18 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Summer basketball in Omaha has come to an end, prompting staff writer (and coach) Jacob Padilla to reflect on the presence of sports, the absence and more.
Tyler Hildebrand's Relationship with John Cook: 'It Just Fits'
Nebraska Volleyball ⋅ 20 days ago by Jacob Padilla
A lot of things brought Tyler Hildebrand back to Lincoln, but perhaps the biggest factor was his relationship with John Cook: “It’s one of those things where it just fits.”
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