Sports

Wed
21
Mar

The madness is real, dude

I fill out a bracket for the NCAA tournament every year in hopes that my ‘extensive’ sports acumen will shine through. However, every year by Sunday night, I come back to the harsh realization that the NCAA tournament doesn’t give a you-know-what about me or my pride.
The smoldering remains of by bracket sure don’t resemble much of anything, after losing two final four teams, including my national champion pick of North Carolina.
My other final four picks of Kentucky and Villanova remain alive while the other pick, Michigan State, will also watch the rest of the tournament from home like myself.
In fact, I only correctly picked seven of the sweet 16 teams that remain.
However, the disdain of my recently shredded bracket is replaced by the heightened sense of excitement watching the lower level teams take down the giant goliaths of the sport.

Wed
21
Mar

There’s a new sheriff in town

The Class of 2006 did what few teams have been able to do in the annual Aurora alumni basketball tournament, upending a 2002 squad which has won the title 15 out of 16 tries. After that 39-37 win in the semifinals, the 2006 team went on to defeat 2007 44-34 in the Sunday finale, earning bragging rights as this year’s top team.
“It was a good weekend,” noted John Miller, co-chairman of the 29th annual Bill Kropp and Curly Penner Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament.

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

Fri
16
Mar

Collingham strikes for Lady Huskies

One of the Aurora girls soccer team's goals for its sophomore season was to, in fact, score a goal in their second year of existence. It only took 20-some minutes into the first half of the opening match Thursday afternoon for that to happen. 

Senior captain Bailey Collingham, who had missed several chances earlier in the game, struck from 20 yards out, bouncing the ball off the top bar and came crashing to the ground just inside of the goal line, earning Aurora's first goal in school history. The goal from Collingham tied the match at one-all with Schuyler, who went on to score a second goal in the second half to win the game, 2-1. 

As for the boys, they spent a solid amount of time on the attack, but struggled to find the back of the net as they lost a 3-0 decision to Schuyler. 

Up next for the soccer teams is a invite in York Saturday. 

Fri
09
Mar

Giltner stuffed by FCSH defense

Scoring was at a premium for both Giltner and Falls City Sacred Heart in their Class D2 semifinal matchup Friday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, but the Irish made enough plays to return to the final. 

The Class D-2 No. 1-ranked Irish smothered Giltner for minutes at a time to gain a 42-27 victory. 

Although they were held to 11 points at the half, the Hornets made a run for it in the third, using a 12-2 run to cut the Irish lead to 27-23 late in the third. That would be as close as the Hornets could get. 

From there, FCSH finished the evening on a 15-4 run to return to the finals and will face Riverside, who defeated Mullen 66-59. Josh Hinrichs led the Hornets with eight points while Beau Craig added seven and Rece Vaught chipped in six. 

Fri
09
Mar

Giltner advances to D2 semifinals

Giltner came into the state tournament looking to win a rematch with Wilcox-Hildreth by playing a different style of basketball. Check. 

The Hornets took an early lead and never surrendered in a 40-34 opening round victory over the Falcons Thursday at Lincoln Southeast to begin the Class D2 state tournament. 

Giltner flipped the script from last week's district final by tightening up on the defensive end and playing with more physicality overall. 

Josh Hinrichs scored 15 points to lead the Hornets, who had eight in the scorebook. 

The Hornets advance to play top-ranked Falls City Sacred Heart in Friday’s 7:00 p.m. semifinal at the Devaney Center. 

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

Fri
09
Mar

Huskies eliminated with 4th quarter drought

Although Aurora and Bennington entered the fourth quarter tied at 37, one team forged ahead -- Bennington -- while the Huskies struggled to score. 

The No. 4 Huskies' season came to a close in a 55-45 decision to the No. 5 Badgers Thursday in the Class B state tournament at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. The Badgers outscored Aurora 18-8 in the fourth to win it, while Aurora went over four minutes without a score. 

Baylor Scheierman led the Huskies with 22 points while Jayden Herzberg added 12. Herzberg, along with Henry Penner, Ian Boerkircher, Lukas Pohlmann and Caden Schuster played their last game as Huskies. Aurora ends the year with a 22-5 record. 

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

 

Wed
07
Mar

Hinrichs to play in 8-man all star game

Giltner senior Josh Hinrichs was selected to play for the West team in the 2018 NEMFCA Sertoma 8-man all star game. The game will be played June 16th at the Hastings College Sports Complex. 
Also participating in the game are High Plains coaches Greg Wood and John Kucera. Wood will serve as the head coach for the East team while Kucera will be one of the assistants, alongside Matt Maltsberger of Heartland and Shawn Biltoft of East Butler. 
This will be the 41st edition of the 8-man all star game and kickoff is set for 6 p.m. 

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

Wed
07
Mar

Giltner denied in district final matchup

In the end, the Giltner boys basketball team qualified for the state basketball tournament, but there was plenty of drama to unfold.
The Hornets never shot themselves out of the mud in a 58-45 loss to Wilcox-Hildreth in the D2-4 district final Feb. 27 at Adams Central.
Giltner coach Jordan Ortmeier explained after the game that a bad defensive night and an inability to make plays late doomed his team.

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

 

Wed
07
Mar

One in a million

Okay, I’m sorry. I apologize. My bad.
I should have called in sick, hopped aboard an airplane for New York City and bought a ticket to Nebraska’s basketball game with Michigan on Friday afternoon.
But because I didn’t, I’ll take full responsibility for the Huskers’ lousy showing.
And lousy is putting it mildly.
When the Husker men beat Michigan 72-52 back on Jan. 18, Cindy and I had tickets for the very top row in PBA, up in the rafters, where the rims look the size of a hangnail. At halftime, however, after spotting some open seats, we moved down to row 9, just behind the Wolverine bench.
Needless to say it was a fun second half.
“We could have beat the Knicks that night,” Husker coach Tim Miles would say just prior to Friday afternoon’s rematch at Madison Square Garden.

Wed
28
Feb

Protect the bubble

Everyone’s into creating a buzz on social media, whether it’s a hashtag or the like.
The big push for Sunday’s Nebraska-Penn State matchup was to replicate No Sit Sunday from 2014 when the Huskers defeated Wisconsin in the final regular season home matchup and went on to qualify for the NCAA tournament.
My push was to do one thing -- protect the bubble.
That’s certainly what the Huskers did, using a big defensive first half to defeat Penn State 76-64 in front of a wall-to-wall crowd at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The main question that will reverberate around the Cornhusker state up until the final brackets are revealed is this: Have the Huskers done enough to make the dance?
A lot of us in the state believe so. The 10-man selection committee? That answer remains uncertain.
However, the Huskers played one of its most complete games of the year Sunday with NCAA committee chair Bruce Rasmussen sitting front and center.

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