Since becoming High Plains Community during the 2000-01 school year, the Storm has had three individual wrestling state champions.
Saturday, they recorded two in one afternoon.
Senior Kyle Stevens (170) and sophomore Logan Russell (106) each won gold for High Plains in front of a large crowd at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
Carter Thompson has embodied the Aurora wrestling mantra of pursuit and determination. It all came to fruition on Saturday.
In a bracket that featured three returning state champions, four returning finalists and seven returning medalists, the Husky senior broke through the mold to earn a sixth place medal and end his Aurora career on the medal stand.
I hope that Logan Russell as well as Kyle and Payton Stevens had breakfasts fit for kings Sunday morning.
Because on Saturday afternoon in front of a large CenturyLink Center and statewide television audience, those three wrestlers brought High Plains to the forefront.
The Storm went two-for-three in the finals, bringing two golds and a silver back to the area.
I haven’t been around nearly as long to have such a judgement, but Storm coach Norm Manstedt, Nebraska high school coaching royalty, looked as jubilant as ever leaving the mat after the third of High Plains’ championship matches.
My first question to him wasn’t even a question as much as it was a point of opinion. I told him he had been doing this a long time, but this had to be a pretty special day.
“Yes it is. To win two out of three in the finals is fantastic and I couldn’t ask any more of the kids,” Manstedt said.
Hampton coach Margo LaBrie told her team before Thursday’s subdistrict final the same thing she plans to tell them before Friday’s district showdown against Spalding Academy -- “You know what it takes to be a state champion, so go out and play like the champions you are.”
How and why it happened can be debated long after the cows come home. The two numbers that give a hint to the issue is 24 and 9.
The Huskies shot 24 percent from the field and just 9 percent from behind the arc in a 57-52 loss to the defending Class A champion Omaha South Packers at the Heartland Events Center in the Heartland Hoops Classic Saturday night.
Some people have said that New England’s comeback win over Atlanta in the Super Bowl was the greatest ever. I say perhaps, but it sure would have been nice, or rather fair, to give the Falcon offense their turn to try to either tie it back up, or even go for the win. But that’s for another day, another column.
Since then, I’ve seen lists ranking the greatest Super Bowls played, so I started thinking about the greatest Husker football games played in Lincoln, ones I’ve seen in person.
So I made a list.
Girls basketball subdistricts for Classes C and D were posted Thursday morning by the NSAA.
High Plains (2-15) is in the D 1-7 subdistrict at Cross County as the No. 5 seed and will play No. 4 Palmer (4-15) Monday night at 7 p.m. The winner plays No. 1 Osceola (10-9) Tuesday at 6 p.m. The other side of the bracket has No. 3 Nebraska Lutheran (6-9) and No. 2 Fullerton (9-12).
The D 2-6 subdistrict at Sandy Creek has both remaining area teams. No. 1 Hampton (17-3) plays No. 4 Heartland Lutheran (5-15) Tuesday night at 6 p.m. while No. 3 Giltner (7-11) plays No. 2 Lawrence-Nelson (9-13) Tuesday night at 7:45 p.m.
Aurora senior Dalton Peters was selected to play in the 59th annual Shrine Bowl Game. The game will be played June 3 at 2 p.m. at the University of Kearney campus at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium Foster Field. Peters is the 45th player from Aurora to play in the game.
On a day that was such a roller coaster ride of emotions showcasing the conviction or indecisiveness of 17- and 18-year-old kids, one thing remained a staple throughout the entire process -- Austin Allen was going to be a Husker.
That wasn’t breaking news to any of us. He’s let it be known to all for nearly 10 months now.
That’s Oz. He’s not going to change his mind on a whim or make changes for the sake of changing things up. He’s a straight up guy who sticks to his word.
The lights shone brightest on the 6-foot-9, 230-pound newest Husker signee from Aurora High School. After signing on the dotted line, Allen sat in front of several news cameras and reporters, re-hashing old stories we’ve all heard by now.
He discussed his knee injury last summer, his feelings on officially becoming a Husker, an inside look on conversations he had with Nebraska coach Mike Riley and much more.
The rich tradition of college football players from Giltner High School added another name Feb. 1.
Tucker Gartner signed his letter of intent to continue his athletic and academic career at Concordia University.
Gartner said it was a relief to finally be finished with the process, also noting that he’s excited to continue the story of college players from Giltner.