If Kyle Peterson wants to use last season as a blueprint, there aren’t too many tweaks available to make it any better, aside from finishing an undefeated season and bringing home a state championship. The Husky head man has had his hands full retooling and tweaking bits and pieces of the Aurora football team to make another run at Memorial Stadium. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
A couple weeks ago I wrote a column about former Giltner native Adam Carriker getting chosen to the Cornhusker Football Hall of Fame. Well, over the weekend another former Hornet made some news when it was announced that senior Husker defensive tackle Logan Rath was awarded one of three scholarships for this upcoming school year. Well done! Rath, along with linebacker Brad Simpson and fullback Graham Nabity, got the good news this past Friday morning. It was certainly a fitting cap to his college football journey, beginning at South Dakota State where he received a scholarship out of high school, then transferring to Lincoln and redshirting in 2012. He, along with Drew Ott, helped the Hornets to a 10-0 start in 2011 before Giltner lost to Howells in the D-2 state quarterfinal.
Playoff action has begun for 16 two-man teams in Poco Creek summer men’s golf league. Based on scores from throughout the season, nine teams qualified for a single-elimination tournament from the Thursday night league, while seven teams qualified from Monday night play. The teams, in order of finish, included: Monday -- John Seifried and Dick Schanou; Mark Dunn and Monte Burger; T.J. Jones and Chris Hunt; Matt Boerkircher and Kelly Grossnicklaus; Cy Carlson and Evan Jasnowski; Dan Howland and Dick Phillips; Brad Kell and Tom Kell. Thursday -- Ross Luzum and Wade Regier; Kenny Howland and Steve Akerson; Glen Obermeier and Todd Jensen; Paul Bowman and Kurt Johnson; Dick Binfield and Monte Burger; Matt Shaw and Curran Vetter; Phil Fendt and Lucas Wood; Randy Asher and Tom Darbro; Bruce Hall and Mike Sullivan. A post-season tournament champion will be crowned Aug. 29.
In a job that has had a revolving door of coaches, Rachel Ohlman hopes to bring stability and confidence to a team yearning for both. “I hope to be at High Plains for a very long time so I hope to be that stabiltiy and keep it going to build a program,” she said. Ohlman was named the head coach for the High Plains volleyball team and has been working diligently with the girls throughout the summer. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
You would think an event that only comes around every four years would really garner some excitement and anticipation. So why does it seem like everything about the Olympics this time around is such a downer? I’m sure a lot of it has to do with the location and the conditions that have been shoved down our throats. Whether it’s a potential terrorist attack, the Zika virus or the seemingly unlivable conditions, that’s all that we’ve heard about for months leading up to the event. But now that the Games have officially started, can’t we shift our focus to the spectacle with the greatest athletes in the world? I’ve already watched a good share of the Games on television and tried to keep up with even more results on Twitter. I don’t know how many others enjoy it, but I’ve been consuming an unhealthy amount of table tennis the last few days.
Quinton Lange of Aurora earned a gold medal at the Nebraska State Special Olympics in Bocce Ball over the weekend. Special Olympics Nebraska hosted over 600 athletes, along with their friends, families and more than 300 volunteers at the 2016 Fall Games in Lincoln.
Kelly Grossnicklaus of Aurora recorded his fourth hole in one last week with an ace on the par 3 third hole at The Pines Country Club in Valley. Playing Thursday with his brother-in-law, Brett Wawers, Grossnicklaus aced the 165-yard hole using a 5 hybrid.
Giltner is a proud Central Nebraska community. The people who live there are proud of their heritage, proud of their school and proud of their sports teams. Now there’s something else they can be proud of because former Husker and Giltner native Adam Carriker just got elected to the 2016 Cornhusker Football Hall of Fame. I’ll always remember meeting Adam for the first time. It was at the Aurora United Methodist Church following Sunday service back in 2002, when he was a freshman in Lincoln. He was very quiet and unassuming, but even then he was still a large human being. As we all know, that rather shy freshman kid turned out to be one of the greatest Cornhusker football players of all time. He was also one of the most physically dominant to ever put on a Blackshirt uniform, and I had the good fortune to interview him on a few different occasions.
“We’re here because we love to compete.” The Aurora Huskies had a day full of competing Saturday. That was the phrase Aurora’s strength and conditioning coach Wade Halvorsen shared with a large group of athletes from several different schools before those competitors showed off their athletic prowess. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.