Sports

Thu
02
Apr

NSAA cancels spring activities season

The NSAA has cancelled the remainder of Spring events for the 2020 season.

In accordance with Wednesday's new Directed Health Measure by Gov. Pete Ricketts, the NSAA canceled all remaining practices and competitions, including district and state competitions, for the remainder of the school year.

Activities were previously suspended through May 1. Summer activity bylaws take effect May 26.

The NSAA is encouraging all schools to follow CDC, local, state and federal health department recommendations. The May 1 Transfer List deadline remains unchanged.

Wed
01
Apr

Telling the story of Husker football is no easy task

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A question posed on Twitter last week had my brain working a bit too much last week. The heavy smoke in town came from the Rhoden man cave.
The question posed came from Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald. The question was, a friend wanted to know the story of Nebraska football, but could only watch five games. Which five do you recommend?
With literally nothing else to do to keep myself occupied, I turned this question over so many times that it would be a waste of time if I didn’t write about it.
First of all, it’s all but impossible to tell the entire story of Husker football in just five games. However, that’s what makes this “game” fun and challenging.
At one point or another, I had entertained 10 or so games on the list, but I couldn’t get away from these.
1971 Nebraska defeats Oklahoma, 35-31.
They call it the game of the century for a reason. The rest are just imitations.

Wed
25
Mar

Dealing with challenging times in sports and beyond

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I know there’s usually not much commentary in these sports previews, but unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions.
When my tireless efforts on this spring sports preview began, life was ‘normal.’ That’s a far cry from where we’re at now.
What’s worse, we have no idea what “normal” looks like in a few days, let alone in a week or two.
Spring sports unfolding over the next few months is a giant question mark and understandably why. What we’re dealing with now isn’t a regional issue or even a national concern. It’s a global pandemic.
However, I will continually use the word ‘when’ spring sports begin, not if. Until someone tells me they won’t take place, I won’t believe otherwise.
Understandably, people may wonder why we put out this section without knowing an official start date for our area spring sports.
It was met with plenty of debate within the office and a few sleepless, toss-turning nights from the sports guy.

Wed
18
Mar

Horse racing a staple at Fonner Park

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The common phrase used to describe Fonner Park from multiple people is “fun experience.”
Many Nebraskans and others from surrounding states make a yearly pilgrimage to Grand Island’s Fonner Park to see any number of horse races from the late winter months through spring.
Fonner Park began its 67th season of racing just a few weeks ago under what seemed like normal conditions.
Despite the coronavirus threat, Fonner Park pushed on with its races last weekend. However, Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele announced Monday that live horse racing is closed at Fonner Park for the forseeable future.

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

 

Wed
18
Mar

What now?

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Shock and awe.
That pretty much describes my past week, no doubt your’s as well, what with the cancellations of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the College World Series, the NBA, the Kansas City Royals, and oh, just about any other sport on the planet.
But I do get it. It’s what we need to do because it’s what the experts are telling us. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Selfishly, inside of me, I’m screaming and hollering and throwing a temper tantrum. My bracket was busted before it ever got started (which is nothing new), but dang, I’d sure like to experience some of that March madness.
So now that reality has set in, or our “new normal,” I’ve decided to keep my chin up, keep a positive attitude knowing that hopefully sooner than later, the world (and Aurora) will get back to just normal.

Wed
11
Mar

Parsons taking pole vault talents to Loper track

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Once Jarrett Parsons puts his mind to something, it’s pretty difficult to tell him “no” or “can’t happen.”
Parsons wanted to help the Osceola-High Plains Stormdogs win a state title. They did.
After going 0-2 at the state wrestling championships as a junior, Parsons promised himself he’d earn a medal as a senior. Third place.
Before he even got to high school, he looked up at the track and field record board and saw Trey Engel’s name on the pole vault list. He wanted to change that -- and did.

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

 

Wed
11
Mar

Tompkin inks with CCC to continue playing volleyball

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The love of playing volleyball was too much for Cassidy Tompkin to give up at this point in her life.
The Giltner senior, signed a letter of intent Feb. 28 to continue her academic and volleyball career at Central Community College in Columbus to join the Raider program.
As she pointed out after her signing ceremony, the prospect of playing volleyball after high school wasn’t something she was certain about until somewhat recently.
“Honestly, I didn’t decide until just a few weeks ago that I for sure wanted to do this,” Tompkin explained.

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

Wed
11
Mar

Foul shots are anything but ‘free’

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One of the most pressure-packed scenarios in all of sports is standing at the free throw line.
It doesn’t matter if two of your friends are watching or there are15,000 fans in a jam-packed arena. Not choking two foul shots is hard.
At first, I wanted to just leave this one alone. But, the competitor inside, as it usually does, won out.
The Nebraska men’s basketball team was historically terrible from the foul line in an 81-76 overtime loss to Northwestern March 1, going eight of 30 from the charity stripe in the Huskers’ 14th straight loss.
We don’t need to go much further than that. Everyone knows that eight of 30 from the free throw line is disgustingly bad.
That being said, can the average guy do any better?
Here are the results.
I watched online in the days following the awful free throw performance by Nebraska as the Huskers became a punch line across the country.

Sat
29
Feb

Huskies fall in B-1 district final

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It will be the first year in some time that the Huskies won't play March basketball. 

Saturday was a tall task for the No. 16 Huskies, visiting No. 1 Omaha Skutt Catholic in the B-1 district final. When it was said and done, the Skyhawks defeated Aurora 72-58. 

The Skyhawks advance to the state tournament while the Huskies end its season 12-13. It's the first time since 2015 that Aurora misses out on the boys state tournament. 

It wasn't for lack of effort, as Aurora cut Skutt's lead to 10, 55-45 with 5:23 to play in the game. 

However, like they did in the first quarter, Skutt powered ahead with an 8-0 run to end any Aurora upset chances. 

Nate Boerkircher led the way for Aurora with 18 points. It was the final game for himself and fellow senior Kaleb Moural. 

For live updates from the sidelines follow us on Twitter @SportsANR and see next week's News-Register for full coverage. 

Wed
26
Feb

Hornets advance

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Giltner extended its season Tuesday by defeating High Plains 36-24 in the D2-7 subdistrict semifinal at Centura. The Hornets will play No. 1-seed Heartland Lutheran Thursday night in a 7 p.m. final.

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