Sports

Wed
27
May

Giltner seniors reflect on a high school career cut short

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Competing in high school athletics comes with a certain pride. In smaller schools, like Giltner, that pride is resonated throughout the entire community and is easily visible.
The Lady Hornets has the same mission this spring as the last five years -- bring home a state track championship.
The coronavirus pandemic had other ideas, though, shutting down the entire spring sports season and leaving a wake of disappointed athletes behind.
None moreso than Giltner’s senior foundation of Hannah Preissler, Sydney Janzen and Cortney Hoelck who were all prepared to make more history.
While the opportunity to win another state championship was a big goal for Preissler, it was who she was competing for that may come as a surprise.

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

Wed
27
May

Magic and football

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It’s no secret that I’m infatuated with magic.
When things disappear, when people suddenly appear, or when things change right before my eyes (I’ve been watching the Netflix series “Magic for Humans”), I usually shout out one thing, and one thing only.
“I don’t get how he did that!”
And when I rewind it and watch it again, I’m usually just as stumped.
So what if I told you that I am somewhat of a magician myself? Would you be surprised? Would you be awed? Would you come to my show?
Well, what if I could suddenly, magically, transform Nebraska’s 2019 football record from a losing one with only five wins, into a winning one at 9-3, with an opportunity at a 10th win in a bowl game?
Read on.

Wed
27
May

Greatness achieved

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Most of us are suckers for watching history take place. It’s a part of watching athletics that elevates blood pressure and heightens anticipation for the abnormal.
Watching the Giltner girls track team since I started working here five years ago this month has featured more than its fare share of heart-stopping moments.
Unfortunately this time around, those heart-fluttering moments have swung to heartbreak.
The Lady Hornet seniors, along with everyone else in the state, were stuck at home last weekend instead of competing at Omaha Burke in the state track and field meet.
It’s a tough pill to swallow for many of those seniors looking for one last moment in high school athletics, but it just hits a bit different knowing what the Giltner girls were looking to achieve.

Wed
20
May

Aurora’s ‘anchor’ of track success

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For Kyla Carlson, the cancellation of the spring sports season brought on by the coronavirus pandemic was devastating.

Her last lap at Burke Stadium turned out to be pretty anticlimactic. It was an 8th place effort as the anchor of Aurora’s 1600 relay team. Of course, at the time, everyone thought she’d have one last hurrah.
Unfortunately, Burke’s hallowed grounds will remain eerily quiet this weekend on what would have been Nebraska’s state track and field meet. Carlson looks back, and forward, on her track career in this week's ANR.

Wed
20
May

School summer conditioning set to begin June 1

The first step in having school activities resume isn’t too far away.
As a result of the governor’s announcement May 11, beginning June 1 NSAA member schools are permitted to open weight rooms for voluntary strength and conditioning sessions. Details in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
20
May

Fun-loving attitude brings athletic successes for Carlson

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She was never intimidated by those final moments in the starting block. She never seems to take anything too seriously, but the look on her face stepping into the blocks was legendary.
At the same time, though, it was clear Kyla Carlson was having a good time doing what she loved most. An electric grin let you know she was having the time of her life.
Carlson blossomed into one of Aurora’s most decorated running athletes in recent memory. Plenty of success for someone that had little direction as a freshman.
That problem isn’t exclusive to Carlson. It happens all the time -- track coaches have trouble finding the right event for an athlete to compete in.
Throughout her freshman year, Carlson dabbled in several events. Many thought she’d take to pole vaulting just like her dad, Chad, who was a standout vaulter for the Huskies years back.
Despite the family genes, it just didn’t stick.

Wed
13
May

Allen hopeful for return to summer football activities

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Like the rest of us, Husker junior tight end and former Aurora Husky Austin Allen is chomping at the bit, ready for life to get back to normal, ready to resume football practices and just ready to resume being around all of his teammates and friends once again.
And just like the rest of us, all of that is going to depend on the coronavirus.
He told me this past week that he’s still in Lincoln, still there after spring drills were cancelled following just two initial spring practices back in March.
He said the abrupt end certainly caught him and other Husker players off guard.
“It was at the start and we all had the mentality this will blow over,” Austin said. “As the days went on and things got a little more serious, it was just crazy to think they could cancel school. And then there’s no way they’re going to cancel spring practice, and then here we are. It’s crazy.”

Wed
13
May

Leading by example the Hawk way

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Lydia Dose was excited to live out her final moments wearing the purple and gold, competing for an opportunity to represent Hampton at Burke Stadium.
Due to the coronavirus cancelling the spring sports season, that won’t happen. But, that doesn’t take away from her accomplishments in the Hampton uniform. Full story in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
13
May

The BigRich Sports Report

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She has a quiet demeanor but her leadership qualities carry a much heavier hand.
Hampton senior Lydia Dose has always had a knack for making the right play at the right time and coming through when her teammates needed her most.
The 2019-20 athletic year showed that more than ever as Dose stood in as Hampton’s lone senior in both volleyball and basketball.
On the court, she wasn’t great at any one thing, but that was part of what made her so spectacular. Her ability to be really good at almost everything was a sight to see.
Her leadership was also a quality heralded by her coaches throughout her senior season.
Dose isn’t the rah-rah type. She’s a much quieter personality and that comes out athletically, too.
There’s more than one way to lead, though, and Dose’s way works just as well.
The Lady Hawks followed her lead in both volleyball and basketball as the lone senior on each team.

Wed
06
May

The future of Nebraska’s sellout streak in jeopardy?

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In 1962 the polio vaccine is given to millions of children, the Beatles release “Love Me Do,” Johnny Carson begins hosting The Tonight Show, Marilyn Monroe sings happy birthday to President Kennedy, the Cuban Missile Crisis nearly starts a nuclear war with Russia, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, the average income is $5,556 and, oh yes, the Huskers sell every ticket at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 3 versus Missouri, beginning a run of 375 sellouts, a streak that still exists.
But for how long?
From Bob Devaney to Scott Frost, Husker football players have played in front of a full house of screaming, passionate fans in Lincoln each and every game, becoming the national leader in sellouts by a wide margin (second place Notre Dame dropped out last fall after failing to sell all their tickets in a game in November against Navy).

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