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Two proud sports programs will have new mentors next season at Aurora High School and Husky fans should feel good about the pending transition on both the gridiron and wrestling mat.
Our community has been blessed over the years to have some outstanding teachers and coaches working with our youth, and that it most certainly true with Randy Huebert and Bill Wofford. Those two men have helped raise the bar for their respective programs, all the while doing things right to help young people gain confidence in themselves and learn valuable life lessons that last long after the glory days of high school competition are over.
We congratulate both men on a job well done and wish them the best in their future endeavors -- Wofford in retirement and Huebert at Papillion LaVista.
This week’s selection of two new head Huskies will bring some new blood and fresh energy to both programs, while also carrying forward the tradition Aurora is known for. Even before a whistle is blown, both coaches have earned their teams’ respect.
Kyle Peterson is a solid choice to lead the football team. A 14-year veteran at AHS, Peterson has lived and breathed Husky football since joining the program fresh out of college and is a known commodity to his coaching staff and players alike. His demeanor suits this team and this community well.
Peterson admitted that the expectations are high in Aurora, following three very successful coaches, each of whom had long and successful careers here. He is humble, hungry and passionate about Husky football, and certainly deserves the opportunity he’s been given.
Derek Keasling brings an even more youthful perspective to the wrestling program. Just 13 years after recording his 100th victory for a 145-pound state wrestling title, Keasling has gained tremendous experience at both the college and high school level. Working for the past season back home in Aurora, he is now poised to hit the ground running as the new head coach, as he no doubt will.
There is a lot to be said for “growing your own talent” in today’s work world, and that theory applies to the coaching realm as well. With both of these coaching selections, Big Red fans can have confidence from Day 1 that we are getting the right men to lead the Huskies forward.
Kurt Johnson

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