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Thu
07
Nov

Giltner bounced from state tourney

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Giltner entered what was a deep Class D2 field at the state volleyball tournament with hopes of upsetting the top seed on opening day. Lawrence-Nelson had other ideas. 

The Raiders swept the Lady Hornets in the opening round of the state tourney with scores of 25-10, 25-8 and 25-14. 

Lawrence-Nelson had double digit leads in each of the three sets played. The third set was the most competitive as Giltner led for a short time early on before the Raiders went on a 7-0 run. 

Giltner was the first area team to qualify for the state tournament since 2016 when Aurora and Hampton each made an apperance and was Giltner's first showing since 2015. 

The match was the final one for a long list of seniors, including Sydney Janzen, Lacey Hoffman, Hannah Preissler, Amanda Whisenand, Kaley Ballard, Cassidy Tompkin and Payton Hunnicutt. The Lady Hornets finished the season with a 21-11 overall record. 

Wed
06
Nov

Stormdogs rally to defeat defending champs

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The Osceola-High Plains Stormdogs showed plenty of resilience Wednesday night, scoring 24 unanswered points to finish the game in style, defeating the D1 defending state champs Creighton on their home field, 46-32. 

As the snow flurries picked up in the second half, so too did the Stormdog offense. OHP would have trailed 24-6 at half if not for a last-second touchdown pass from Dylan Soule to Keaton Van Housen. 

Carson Watts recovered a Creighton fumble OHP turned into a touchdown while Van Housen came up with a pick late in the third as the Stormdogs trailed Creighton, 32-30. 

OHP took the lead 38-32 on a Soule QB sneak with nine minutes to play when the Stormdog defense rose to the occasion, stopping Creighon on a 4th an inches with 5:20 left. 

Van Housen put the finishing touches on the final score of the game, putting OHP out front 46-32 before the Stormdogs stopped Creighton again on fourth down to secure the win. 

Sat
02
Nov

Lady Hornets statebound

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For the first time since 2015, the Giltner volleyball team is headed for the state tournament. 

The Lady Hornets took care of business in the D2-7 district final against Nebraska Christian, winning in four sets, 25-8, 22-25, 25-22 and 25-14. 

Giltner was in full control during the first set, taking at 10-5 lead and at one point rolled through a 9-0 run to lead 14-5. From there, Giltner used an 11-3 run to win the first set, 25-8. 

Nebraska Christian fought back in the second, taking a 16-13 lead before Giltner used attacks from Amanda Whisenand, Cassidy Tompkin and Sydney Janzen to tie things up at 20. However, the Eagles scored five of the next seven to take the set, 25-22. 

Sat
02
Nov

Aurora falls to Hastings in B-8 district final

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The Aurora volleyball team won the opening set against Hastings, but the Tigers took the next three to defeat the Lady Huskies in four sets, 22-25, 25-21, 25-18 and 25-20. 

A balanced attack early from Aurora gave them an 18-13 advantage before Paxtyn Dummer finished things off for Aurora, 25-22. 

Hastings took the lead early in the second at 15-10, but Aurora fought back to tie things at 16 before Hastings took the lead for good and won 25-21. 

Aurora led the third set 11-8 after swings from Dummer and Makayla Eberly. However, a 5-1 run from Hastings gave them a 22-18 lead and ended the set on an 8-1 run, 25-18. 

Hastings scored six of the first seven in the fourth, but Aurora fought back to make the deficit 9-7. Aurora tied things at 15-all as Hastings fended off another Lady Husky rally to win the fourth and the match, 25-20.

The Tigers advance to the state tournament while Aurora's season comes to an end at 18-17. 

Thu
31
Oct

Stormdogs roll in opening round

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The Osceola/High Plains Stormdogs used a dominant rushing attack to make quick work of Elkhorn Valley Thursday night. The No. 4 seeded Stormdogs took care of business against the No. 13 seed Falcons, winning 73-12 in Clarks. 

The Stormdog rushing attack was led by senior Keaton Van Housen, who scored all five OHP touchdowns in the first half with another 200-yard night on the ground. The senior scored on runs of 9, 41, 44, 27 and 15. 

Unlike the first game these two teams played on Sept. 20 where OHP won 55-46, the Stormdogs slowed down Elkhorn Valley's offense, only allowing six points in the first half. 

Osceola/High Plains moves on to the second round and will travel to Creighton (6-3) Wednesday, after defeating Wisner-Pilger 56-32 in the opening round. 

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

Thu
31
Oct

Volleyball district final matchups

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Aurora and Giltner have each qualified for their respective volleyball district final matchups with tickets to state on the line. 

The Lady Huskies (18-16) will play in the B-8 district final as the No. 9 seed and travel to No. 8 Hastings (20-11) Saturday with first serve set for 2:30 p.m. Aurora and Hastings have played twice this season with each team winning once. Back on Oct. 10, Hastings defeated the Lady Huskies at Aurora in four sets. Last Tuesday, Aurora swept the Tigers in B-6 subdistrict play. It all sets up a winner-take-all rubber match with the victor qualifying for state and the loser's season coming to an end. 

Wed
30
Oct

BDS tops Giltner in CRC five-set classic

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Giltner was a match point away from being swept in the CRC championship game against BDS. However, the Lady Hornets nearly won in five.
After losing the first two sets, Giltner rallied to take sets three, four and even had a match point opportunity in the fifth before BDS came back to defeat the Lady Hornets, 25-9, 25-23, 25-27, 22-25 and 17-15 Oct. 22 at the York City Auditorium.
Giltner coach Jeanie Good was proud of her team’s resolve to fight back and knows they can play with anyone.
“I hope the girls now know they can play with and beat anybody,” Good said. “We just played a great team with weapons all over the court. We were a couple points shy of beating them.”

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

 

Wed
30
Oct

Watching from home

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It’s Friday at 2 o’clock and a feeling of sadness runs through my entire body because, for the first time since Michigan State and Kirk Cousins came to Lincoln in 2011, I was now destined to miss a home Husker football game.
Just breathe, baby. Just breathe.
Of course the weather was ideal, but that’s okay. And missing the game wasn’t by choice, but rather by necessity with a sore back after overdoing it once again. But I was determined to keep a stiff upper lift until the game was over, until undoubtedly the Huskers would finish off Indiana to move to within one win from bowl eligibility.
So Saturday morning I hung my Big Red flag, did a few cleaning chores around the house and watched Cindy mow the lawn for me, all the while trying to keep track of Ohio State-Wisconsin and Kansas State-Oklahoma.

Sat
26
Oct

Football playoff matchups announced

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The Aurora Huskies and Osceola/High Plains Stormdogs have qualified for the Class C1 and D1 playoffs set to begin next week. 

Aurora (6-3) earned the No. 9 seed and will travel to No. 8 Ogallala (7-2) Friday. Ogallala features wins over Holdrege, Valentine, Broken Bow, Mitchell, Chadron, Sidney and Chase County with its losses coming to Kearney Catholic and Gothenburg. 

Osceola/High Plains (6-2) earned the No. 4 seed in the top half of the bracket and will host No. 13 Elkhorn Valley (4-4) Thursday. The two teams played back on Sept. 20 with the Stormdogs winning 55-46. Elkhorn Valley features wins over Elgin/Pope John, Niobrara/Verdigre, Madison and Neilgh/Oakdale and losses to OHP, Lutheran High Northeast, Howells-Dodge and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge. 

Kickoff times have yet to be determined. 

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

Fri
25
Oct

Friday night roundup week 9

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The Aurora Huskies needed a touchdown drive and a last minute defensive stop to defeat Central City and win a district championship in the final week of the regular season. Playoff matchups will be announced Saturday morning as Aurora and Osceola/High Plains will be in the mix of their respective brackets. Aurora is now 6-3 while OHP is 6-2. 

Listed are all area teams and the scores of those games with the winning team in bold:

Aurora vs Central City, 30-29

Giltner @ Kenesaw, 52-14

OHP vs Nebraska Lutheran, 84-36

Hampton @ Harvard, 1-0 Forfeit

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

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