What a week it was for Caleb Badura. For the second time in as many weeks, the Aurora sophomore found himself on top of the leader board at the end of an 18-hole invitational. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
We’ve all wondered what would happen if sports figures from different eras met up and squared off. It’s a never-ending debate with no real answer. Would LeBron James be able to hold his own against Michael Jordan? Could Mike Tyson knock out Muhammad Ali? What are the chances of Babe Ruth calling his shot against Randy Johnson? Here in the middle of Nebraska on the high school sports scene, I’ve debated in my head several times with the thought of how my Class D schools would match up with the king of the county, Aurora in different sports. We may not see Giltner play Aurora in football or witness Aurora battle High Plains in basketball any time soon, but all four area schools shared the same track at the same time Monday, and it was something to see.
When you put the best kids all in a group and have them compete against each other, good things are bound to happen. That was the case Monday at Grand Island Northwest for another running of the Central Nebraska Track Championships. Several personal records were set by area athletes and a few school records were shattered throughout the afternoon and evening. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The road to the state track meet is starting to heat up, and the Aurora track and field team is responding coming down the stretch run. The Huskies competed in a Northwest Invite Thursday that featured a good mix of teams the Huskies have seen with a few first-timers.
Sam Johnson is trading in the red and blue of High Plains for the black and orange of Doane. Johnson, a 6-foot-3 all-around basketball player, signed his letter of intent at High Plains Community High School in Polk April 19 along with his mother, Beth, his father, Scott.
Aurora’s football pipeline east to Lincoln and Memorial Stadium was on full display Saturday afternoon in front of nearly 73,000 Big Red fans who showed up to get their first glimpse of the 2016 Huskers. And while former Husky and senior-to-be Garret Johns was busy warming up on the field prior to kickoff, current Huskies and future Huskers Todd Honas and Austin Allen were busy taking in the pre-game activities along the east sideline, even signing a few autographs. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
For the first time during the spring season, the weather was in almost perfect condition for the High Plains Invite April 13 at Osceola, where all three area teams were in action. In the boys competition, High Plains was able to take care of business and bring home the gold in its own meet.
Hunter Pursley has been pole vaulting since the fifth grade when his father put a vaulting pit in the family’s back yard. “When he brought that pit home, I had no idea what pole vaulting was,” Pursley said. “My dad taught me and it’s just something Pursleys do.” Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Austin Allen announced on Twitter Thursday that he is taking his talents to Lincoln in 2017 to join the Huskers football team. Allen was at Nebraska's final spring practice Thursday and announced to head coach Mike Riley that he was committing to the Huskers.
The NCAA has denied the final appeal for a medical hardship waiver of defensive end Drew Ott, who was seeking a fifth season of eligibility at the University of Iowa. The Giltner product suffered a torn ACL in Week 6 last season. He missed the Hawkeyes' final eight games and was also limited in the first month of the season after dislocating an elbow in Week 2. Ott closes his Iowa career with 15 1/2 sacks and 26 tackles for loss. He will enter the NFL Draft.