Sports

Thu
20
Jul

Aurora hosts Central Nebraska Performance Combine

Aurora strength and conditioning coach Wade Halvorsen welcomed athletes from all across the area for the third annual Central Nebraska Performance Combine held on the Aurora football turf. Everything from height, weight, 10/40 time, vertical jump, broad jump and pro agility was tested under the scorching summer sun.

Wed
19
Jul

Aurora Juniors claim district title

A fourth trip west to Cozad in five days did little to slow the effort of the Aurora Juniors chasing a district title.
A game-defining seven-run sixth inning proved to be the winning moment for Aurora, which won the Class B Area 6 tournament with a 9-2 victory over Gothenburg.

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

 

Wed
19
Jul

State tournament goes sour for Aurora

It wasn’t the end result the Aurora Juniors were chasing, but it created a stepping stone for the future.
Aurora was the first team eliminated from the Class B American Legion Juniors state tournament at Clemmy Holmes Field in Nebraska City after suffering back-to-back losses to Springfield and Bennington.
Aurora coach Jeremy Burgener noted that this Juniors team more than exceeded its expectations before the year, ending the season with a record of 15-11.

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

 

Wed
19
Jul

Aurora’s ‘77 Midgets still stands at the pinnacle

Forty years ago, gas was 62 cents a gallon, the average price of a home was $54,200, Fleetwood Mac’s album “Rumors” stayed at No. 1 for 31 weeks, Star Wars opened in theaters and became the highest grossing film of its time, and, oh by the way, Aurora’s Legion baseball team, the Midgets, took state by destroying anything and everything that stood in its way.
And when you bring the subject up, some of those same players still have that special gleam in their eyes.
That year, 1977, that team was undoubtedly one of the best if not the best ever baseball team this town has ever produced, regardless of age. That team, led by the hitting of Kevin Penner, Morris Hadenfeldt, Mitch Carter among others, and the pitching of Dave Haase, Mike Funk and Carter, won 23 of 26 games, including going 5-0 during their single-elimination post-season run.
It was the last time that age group brought home the championship trophy.

Wed
12
Jul

Aurora Juniors claim district championship

by Richard Rhoden

Wed
12
Jul

Juniors chasing area title

In baseball, oftentimes it is the hottest team that wins big late in the year, not the most complete team.
However, the Aurora Juniors are trying to win the Class B, Area 6 tournament as both of those.
The Juniors played for the area championship Tuesday after stringing together three wins in as many days to qualify.
“Our guys have handled the games in this tournament better than I expected,” Aurora coach Jeremy Burgener said.

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

Wed
12
Jul

Aurora Seniors battle through slow stretch

The Aurora Post 42 Seniors fell behind early and couldn’t build enough offense through the later innings in an 8-4 loss to Holdrege July 5.
Holdrege plated a run in the first followed by five more in the second to take a commanding 6-0 lead.

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

Wed
05
Jul

Home run the missing link for Hansen, Otto

Certain instances in baseball can’t be manufactured. Aurora Seniors players Brodi Hansen and Anthony Otto each had one of those rare chances at baseball glory June 28.
Hansen and Otto came up a home run short of hitting for the cycle during Aurora’s impressive 19-4 win over Kearney County at Mitchell Field.  See ANR for complete report.

 

Wed
05
Jul

Bonifas delivers in walk-off fashion

Some athletes just have that “it” factor. They always come up clutch in the most timely of moments. Aurora Juniors player Blaine Bonifas has that “it” factor running through his veins.
It was Bonifas who drove in the game-winning RBI in Aurora’s 7-6 win over Kearney County June 28. See ANR for details.

 

Wed
05
Jul

Passion for the course brings Meyer to Aurora

Ben Meyer has always had a green thumb for golf courses. He’s spent a majority of his working life taking care and maintaining some of Nebraska’s best links. See print or e-editions for details.

 

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