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Fri
06
Dec

Wahoo powers past Huskies

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Aurora's offense went cold in the second half as Wahoo began to pull away. 

At one point, Wahoo was on a 15-4 run in the second half with just 5:21 left in the game as the Warriors defeated Aurora 48-29. 

The Huskies led early on, including 9-7 after the first quarter and early on in the second quarter. Wahoo pushed out front by halftime, 20-14 and the run was on. 

Thanks to back-to-back threes in the fourth, Jameson Herzberg led the Huskies with 11 points on the night while Nate Boerkircher added seven. 

Aurora will be at home again on Friday, taking on Columbus Lakeview. 

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

Fri
06
Dec

Second half rally falls short for Aurora

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At one point, the Aurora girls trailed Wahoo 23-11 in the second quarter. They led 27-25 with 2:25 left in the third. Unfortunately for Aurora, the Lady Huskies couldn't quite hang on. 

Wahoo powered back out front and held off another late Aurora run to win 40-37. 

Aurora led 33-30 early in the fourth when Wahoo went on a 9-1 run to go up 39-34 with 47 seconds to go. 

From there, Aurora got within three at 40-37 after a Jaylee Schuster make with 17 seconds left. 

Aurora forced a turnover and had a Cassidy Knust long three at the buzzer with a chance to tie, but the shot was partially blocked. 

Knust led the team with 12 points while Kassidy Hudson added eight. 

Aurora will be at home again on Friday, taking on Columbus Lakeview. 

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

Fri
06
Dec

GINW edges Aurora in opening-night dual

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Aurora won seven matches on the night, but it was Grand Island Northwest, the Class B defending state champs that walked away with a 42-36 win Thursday night to open the 2019-20 season. 

Picking up wins for the Huskies included Kolby Wessels, Mack Owens, Kole Fiala, Aaron Jividen, Caden Svoboda, Jeremy Oswald and Trevor Kluck. 

The dual ended with a highly ranked matchup as Kluck faced off with Northwest's Collin Quandt. According to NEwrestle.com, Kluck was the preseason No. 3 at 138 while Quandt was No. 2. 

Quandt opened up a 4-0 lead early on before Kluck came roaring back. The Aurora junior scored 10 straight points to win a 10-4 decision. 

Aurora will be in action at the Cozad Invite Saturday. 

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

Wed
04
Dec

Lady Storm to feature new leadership in 2019-20

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Kimmie Alspaugh has always been involved in sports. Her favorite one is whichever is currently in season. She hopes to take that passion and continue to build up the High Plains girls athletics program.
Alspaugh is set to take over the High Plains girls basketball team for the 2019-20 season and beyond. She was an assistant for the volleyball team that had one of its winningest records in school history and hopes to carry that momentum to the court.

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

 

Wed
04
Dec

Why are we breaking up?

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Seeing a team in any sport win a state championship is a special occasion. Those athletes deserve all the recognition they can get -- they earned it. There shouldn’t be any sort of negative connotation with that.
And yet, I feel horrible for all of the players and coaches associated with the Osceola-High Plains Stormdogs.
For the past two seasons, the two schools joined as one on the football field and performed better than anyone could imagine, winning a state title in its second year.
However, the Stormdogs will not be able to defend that title. And that’s not fair to them.
The High Plains school board decided to let its co-op with Osceola come to an end before the NSAA’s Nov. 1 deadline, just about one month before the Stormdogs would sit at midfield of Memorial Stadium after winning the Class D1 championship.

Wed
04
Dec

Former Husky Todd Honas set to walk away from the game he loves

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Husker senior cornerback Jeramiah Stovall collapsed onto his back on the north end zone goal line as time expired, the same exact time Iowa players rushed to grab the Hero’s Trophy, because the Hawkeyes did it again, kicking a last-second field goal for the second year in a row to beat Nebraska, ending any chance at a bowl for three seasons running.
Iowa’s win in Lincoln on a cold, raw and wet day was indeed the final knockout blow to another disappointing season, winning just five games. For former Husky all-state wide receiver and current Husker Todd Honas, the number five is painful enough, but nothing like his fifth concussion he suffered on Oct. 16 when a teammate blindsided him during practice, knocking him out of his football career, ending his playing days as he smartly protects his health for the long run.

Wed
27
Nov

A storybook ending

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Three weeks into the 2019 season, Osceola-High Plains was 1-2 and searching like mad for new life.
The Stormdogs not only found new life, but rattled off 10 wins in a row en route to a Class D1 state championship. 
How did they do it? That depends on who you ask. 
OHP co-coach Greg Wood praised the players for believing in the system and doing what was asked of them every step of the way. 
“We just needed to get the team to believe and play for the team,” Wood explained. “Playing for the name on the chest. Once they figured that out, that was the mindset.”
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition.

 

Mon
25
Nov

Stormdogs win state title

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They did it. 

In their final game as one team, the Osceola-High Plains Stormdogs won the Class D1 state championship with a 40-34 win over Burwell Monday at Memorial Stadium. 

At one point, OHP led the game 40-14 before a ferocious second half comeback from Burwell came up one score short. 

On a fourth and two from the OHP 22, Burwell fumbled for the sixth time in the game as the Stormdogs recovered with 1:34 left. Dylan Soule picked up a first down on the ground to seal the victory. 

OHP was led on offense by Soule, who carried the ball 23 times for 145 yards and four total touchdowns. 

Keaton Van Housen was limited throughout the game with a deep thigh bruise but totaled 71 yards on 17 carrries and a touchdown. 

OHP finishes the season with an 11-2 record after starting the season 1-2. As of the next two-year cycle, Osceola and High Plains will go back to playing on their own. 

Wed
20
Nov

Scheierman debuts in home state for SDSU

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Baylor Scheierman emerged from the northwest tunnel of Pinnacle Bank Arena with the lights dimmed, his yellow and blue-trimmed jersey now untucked to a small community of friends and family there to share the moment with him.
The former Husky and current true freshman at South Dakota State had just finished his first road basketball game in his home state, a 90-73 loss to Nebraska. Despite that, Baylor was all smiles when greeted by former high school teammates just off the floor they’d played on eight months ago in the state tournament.
“It was a lot of fun,” Baylor said of playing in front of all his supporters, many of whom sported blue and yellow SDSU apparel. “There’s a lot of people here I haven’t seen in a long time. I’m looking forward to catching up with them.”

Tue
19
Nov

Stormdogs headed for state finals

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The Clash in Clarks Monday night lived up to the billing. 

An estimated crowd of 2,000 8-man fans packed into Clarks to see Osceola-High Plains and Cross County meet in an instant classic as one-half of the Class D1 semifinals. A late touchdown surged the Stormdogs ahead and punched a ticket to next week’s state finals, 34-30 over the Cougars. 

A score from Keaton Van Housen with 1:28 left put the Stormdogs out front 34-30 and needed one final defensive stop to win the game. 

The OHP defense rose up, forcing the Cougars to go four and out and secure the victory. 

Van Housen eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing total Monday night with 253 yards and three scores. He now has 2.217 through 12 games this year. 

Osceola-High Plains (10-2) advances to next Monday's D1 state finals against Burwell (10-2). That game kicks off at 10:15 a.m. 

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