Before noon on Monday morning, I had no intention of putting my opinion inside this week’s sports section. However, Michael Rose-Ivey made me change my mind. Rose-Ivey, along with DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry took to one knee Saturday night as the National Anthem played before the Huskers took on Northwestern. It’s another example in a long line of growing protests since San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend almost a month ago. Rose-Ivey alerted Nebraska head coach Mike Riley about his intentions to take a knee and also told all of his teammates. No one had any issue with it. Riley said as much after the game. “This is obviously a choice that they have made for personal reasons. And that’s the beautiful thing about the United States that they can do that.”
The Aurora cross country teams competed twice this week in meets offering a glimpse at some high-class competition. On Monday, Aurora runners competed at the UNK Invite, which is designed to give potential state qualifiers a chance to see the course before coming back in October. Both squads had 20 teams to compete against in one of the best opportunities to see state competition. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Aurora spent Monday afternoon at the four diamond softball complex competing in a triangular with state rated Hastings and Grand Island Central Catholic. The Lady Huskies didn’t find much in the way of success, however, losing to Hastings 10-0 after four innings and 9-0 to GICC. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
When two powerhouses collide it can bring devastation to one and enthusiasm to the other as the final scores determine how the two will go their separate ways. That was the case during the rival match-up between Hornets and Hawks volleyball as they duked it out at the Dorchester triangular Thursday evening. Omaha World-Herald No. 2 ranked Hampton came out strong early and kept the pace going throughout their rivalry match against Giltner as the black and orange did everything they could to stay alive. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Former Aurora Husky Gavin Rush made a return appearance to Memorial Stadium Saturday, this time donning the brown and gold of Wyoming to take on the Huskers. Click the link to hear an interview with Rush and watch this week's print or e-edition for a full report.
The final score doesn’t quite do the game justice or show how fun and entertaining it truly was. Hampton lost its first 6-man game ever played 74-30, but that doesn’t indicate how well the Hawks played early in the game and the chance they had to really give the area something to talk about. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
For the year-plus that I’ve known him, Gavin Rush has never ceased to amaze and surprise me. Rush is another in what is becoming an ever-increasing fraternity of Aurora Husky football players who have moved on to compete at the D-I level. However, instead of taking the much more popular Huskers route, Rush decided to pave his own way out west in Wyoming. We can debate for days whether or not that was a good move for him, but what can’t be debated is how Rush has pounced on his chance to make himself a name. It was a few weeks ago now that I was rummaging around on Twitter during the day I stumbled upon a headline that made me look a second, third and even a fourth time. “Wyoming trying out Gavin Rush at starting left guard” read the headline. What? How? Is it true? It can’t be true. But maybe? Sure enough.
The last time Fresno State visited Lincoln five years ago, the Huskers were yet to play a Big Ten Conference football game, Taylor Martinez was a sophomore, Ameer Abdulah was a freshman, and Rex Burkhead was, well, Rex Burkhead. Fast forward to this past Saturday night in Lincoln where things had a much different feel, a much different vibe, as Husker Nation turned out not only to witness Nebraska’s opening game of the 2016 season, but to also pay tribute to one of their own, Sam Foltz. The Foltz family was on the field prior to kickoff to honor junior placekicker Drew Brown with the first annual Sam Foltz Memorial Scholarship. Sam’s nephews, along with Brown, led the tunnel walk to one of the noisiest ovations ever. But the most heart-wrenching moment came to start the game when the Huskers went a quick three and out, lining up on fourth down without a punter as the crowd simply went wild.
After the final kill was registered from a spectacular opening night of volleyball, it was hard to make an argument for another team having a better start to the year than the Hampton Lady Hawks. Not only did the purple and gold dispell of BDS, a team that’s tough to handle no matter the season, but the Lady Hawks also swept in straight sets Exeter-Milligan, the defending Class D2 champions at a home triangular. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.