Sports

Wed
22
Mar

Are you ready for some football?

Last week, someone pointed out to me that I should be more excited, especially since I was getting a chance to cover a football game.
Sorry, I don’t have any inside information on the Nebraska football quarterback situation or even how the tight end depth chart may look in a few months with Austin Allen penciled in.
I can, however, tell you that the Aurora soccer teams looked like they belonged on the pitch with Schuyler last Thursday (Look at me throwing around soccer terminology).
I’d be lying if I said my soccer knowledge was as in-depth and full circle as some other sports I cover here, but I know enough to see that the boys and girls have a lot of potential and dare I say, maybe be contenders down the road?
The boys and girls teams got their first-ever match in the books Thursday with Class B power Schuyler. I wasn’t able to watch either team play a full 80 minutes, but I did see each of them play 40 minutes.

Wed
22
Mar

2002 downs 2010 to defend alumni title over weekend

The Class of 2002 did it again, stringing together two days of quality basketball to emerge as champions of the Bill Kropp/Curley Penner Aurora Alumni Basketball Tournament.
Sunday’s finale, wrapping up the 28th year for the annual event, featured the 2002 defending champions against a 2010 squad playing in its first championship game.

Read the results from the Alumni Tournament in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
15
Mar

Holding the Huskies back

There was hardly a chink in the armor of the Aurora boys basketball team all season long, entering the Class B boys state tournament with a solo loss to Class A’s Omaha South.
However, it seems as if Dru Kuxhausen and the Scottsbluff Bearcats are the kryptonite for the Huskies.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Click the link below to listen in on interviews with the senior Huskies.

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Wed
15
Mar

Hot shooting soars Huskies past Elkhorn South

Hundreds of thousands of shots prepared Tommy Leininger and the Huskies for their opening round game with Elkhorn South.
They sure didn’t miss the opportunity, scoring early and often in a 75-46 victory over the Storm Thursday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The game started and ran through the younger Leininger’s hands, as he scored early and often.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Fri
10
Mar

Scottsbluff ends Aurora's season

At times it seemed like a one-on-one game, but in the end, Dru Kuxhausen's Scottsbluff Bearcats ousted Tommy Leininger's Aurora Huskies 76-67 in the semifinals of the Class B boys state tournament Friday afternoon at Pinnicle Bank Arena.

Kuxhausen edged Leininger with 39 points, including 16 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter alone. Leininger mustered 25 points in the final eight minutes to keep the Huskies in it, finishing with 38 himself.

The Huskies finish with a 25-2 overall record and a 50-4 mark over the previous two seasons. Scottsbluff will play Gretna tomorrow in the Class B finals at Pinnicle Bank Arena with tipoff set for 1 p.m.

Thu
09
Mar

Huskies throttle Elkhorn South

Tommy Leininger went full beast mode Thursday night inside the Bob Devaney Sports Center, scoring 20 points in the first half of an impressive 75-46 victory over Elkhorn South in the first round of the Class B boys state tournament. All of Leininger's leading 20 points came in the first half, 12 of which coming from behind the arc. Henry Penner added a double-double for the Huskies with 15 points and 11 boards.

Aurora moves on to the semifinals to face Scottsbluff in Friday’s semifinals at 3:45 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena. It is a rematch of last year's semifinal game in which the Bearcats defeated the Huskies 65-59.

In other Class B action, Alliance defeated Platteview 65-60 while Gretna was victorious over Bennington 59-36. Those two teams play a semifinal matchup Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Pinnicle Bank Arena.

Be sure to stay up to date on everything Huskies at the boys state basketball tournament by following our sports Twitter account, @SportsANR.

Wed
08
Mar

Hornets fall to No. 1 seed in district final

The Giltner Hornets put up 60 points in a gutsy performance Feb. 28, but it wasn’t enough to upset Class D-2’s No. 1 seed.
Led by Riverside’s all-stater Noah Valasek, who finished with a game-high 35 points, the Chargers exploded for 24 second quarter points and held off a Hornet charge to win 74-60 in the  D2-3 district finals at Grand Island Central Catholic.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
08
Mar

Looking up to complete the dream

It’s a helpless feeling, really. Watching something unfold in front of you that you have no control over and no influence on the outcome.
The Aurora boys basketball team walked off the floor of Pinnicle Bank Arena a year ago, completely dejected, after suffering a 65-59 loss to Scottsbluff in the Class B semifinals.
Were they the best team in the tournament last year? Probably not. The Gretna team that won it all looked really special over the three-day event.
Is Aurora the best team in this year’s state tournament? On paper, I’ll take them over anyone? On the court? We’ll know by Saturday afternoon.

Wed
08
Mar

Huskies claim back-to-back district titles

In the biggest game of the year to date, Tommy Leininger and the Aurora Huskies made sure it wasn’t their last.
An aggressive Leininger and company used a 12-4 run to end a first half that ultimately catapulted them to a 57-31 win over York in the B-5 district final at Grand Island Senior High Feb. 28.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
01
Mar

Huskies back-to-back district champs

The Aurora Huskies were in top form Tuesday night and took care of business against a game York squad, defeating the Dukes 57-31 to win the B-5 district title. The Huskies go into the Class B boys state tournament as a No. 3 seed and will take on No. 6 Elkhorn South at 8:45 p.m. The rest of the matchups are as follows:

No. 1 Gretna vs No. 8 Bennington

No. 2 Scottsbluff vs No. 7 Crete

No. 3 Aurora vs No. 6 Elkhorn South

No. 4 Alliance vs No. 5 Plattview

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