After an action-packed week that included a tournament, this one was much more lax for the Aurora Juniors, competing in two contests. Aurora rallied late to defeat Kearney County 3-2 June 14, but wasn’t as successful a day later, falling to Kearney 17-7. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Aurora’s Seniors tournament in York didn’t end Sunday without some fireworks. In a game that featured nine lead changes, 26 hits and 37 runs scored, Aurora rallied in the final inning to defeat UCB, 19-18. At least one run was scored in every inning by one of the teams. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
We oftentimes get too wrapped up in the good or the bad in sports. Especially when it’s your hometown team or favorite athlete, things can easily be blown out of proportion, whether it’s a winning streak or an injury. Austin Allen, arguably Nebraska’s most famous high school athlete right now, suffered a setback to his athletic career over a week ago, tearing his meniscus in the right knee, an injury that required surgery in Lincoln Thursday night. For those of you I just broke the news to, Allen hurt his knee coming down for a rebound in a Aurora team camp basketball game against Beatrice.
It was a rough week for the Aurora Juniors in terms of wins and losses. The Juniors got plenty of time on the diamond, playing seven games in as many days, but the team was unable to come up with a victory in any of them. Four of those games came during a tournament in Hastings over the weekend, running from Friday to Sunday. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Simply put, some things are always bigger, better but many times badder in Texas. There’s America’s Team, the summer heat and humidity, tasty barbecue restaurants, filthy rich oil families, the springtime floods...and oh yes, college football scandals. The latest mess at Baylor reminds me of another scandal involving a Texas university back in the mid-1980s, one that developed a slush fund to pay its football players beginning as early as the mid-1970s. At the time my parents were living in Dallas, so I basically got weekly updates on the whole fiasco. Remember, this was way before the internet and before all the different TV channels existed. Southern Methodist University, led by football coach Ron Meyer, began to dominate college football out of nowhere, much the same as Baylor has done in recent seasons.
The Shriners would’ve been hard-pressed to find another pair that better represented Aurora at the 2016 Shrine Bowl game. Gavin Rush and Todd Honas were each given the chance to take part on the South team in the 58th annual event at the University of Nebraska-Kearney after a week-long experience filled with a lot of emotion and team-building.
The Central 10 Conference will have a new face with familiar ties to its members starting next year. The Central Conference voted to approve Adams Central’s application to become the 10th member of the conference.
Kelby Weakland wowed the fans who made the trip from Aurora to St. Paul for the Seniors game Friday night. Weakland threw six innings of shutout, no hit baseball before Brodi Hansen came in for the save in Aurora’s 1-0 win over St. Paul. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Alex Kubik is a coach’s dream. My apologies for those coaches out there who haven’t had the privilege to work and associate themselves with the to-be senior from Aurora, because you’re really missing out. But, for those who have put Kubik under their wing, they’ll rant and rave about it until the cows come home. Kubik’s golf game transformation may be the greatest example. I’ve got to say, watching a young man completely transform his game is utterly fascinating. Watching Kubik throughout this golf season was no different. The big question that needed to be answered back in February was if or if not Kubik was ready to take that next step and really fill into the shoes of the No. 2 golfer