Sports

Wed
31
Oct

Allen gets first Big Red catch

It’s not like he hasn’t been open before this season, and in some cases, wide open, and it’s completely understandable because Adrian Martinez is a true freshman, having been on campus for less than a year. But it was sure nice to see former Husky Austin Allen get his first catch of his Husker career Saturday during a 45-9 blowout of  Bethune-Cookman on a chamber of commerce-like fall day.
The win wasn’t unexpected, to say the least, but how Nebraska approached the makeup game, and how the first units executed, and how backups got significant minutes, was the real story of the day.
Head coach Scott Frost called last Thursday’s practice the best they’ve had, not only in Lincoln but also when the staff was at UCF. And boy did it show early on, Martinez carving up the Wildcat defense with precision passes, then letting Devine Ozigbo do the rest on a 14-yard gallop right through a couple arm tacklers on his way to the end zone with just 2-1/2 minutes gone by.

Wed
24
Oct

Springer earns elusive individual state medal

During his high school career, Aurora senior Ben Springer has accomplished quite a bit on the cross country circuit. One thing that was missing, however, was a state individual medal. He got to check that box Friday.
In his final race as a Husky, Springer battled a top-heavy Class B running field, hanging toward the frontrunners and finishing ninth to pace the Aurora lineup at the state cross country meet at the Kearney Country Club.

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

 

Fri
19
Oct

Playoff preview

Three area teams are headed to the playoffs.

NSAA brackets posted Saturday morning show No. 1 seed Aurora hosting Arlington Friday at 7 p.m. in a C1 opening round battle. In Class D1, No. 13 seed Osceola-High Plains will play No. 4 seed BDS on the road Thursday. And in Class D2, No. 13 seed Giltner will travel to Overton for a 7 p.m. first-round game.

The final week of the high school football regular season had a pair of area teams kicking off Thursday night while two others wrapped it up Friday. Aurora takes its undefeated record into the playoffs after beating Central City 47-22. Osceola-High Plains was also a winner Friday, downing Nebraska Lutheran 46-38. Giltner and Hampton each lost home games to Kenesaw and Harvard Thursday night. Listed are all area teams and the scores of those games with the winning team in bold:

Aurora @ Central City, 47-22.

Giltner vs Kenesaw, 82-22

Fri
19
Oct

Nachtigal earns 3rd state medal

Aurora senior Maya Nachtigal joined the three-year state medalist group by finishing 7th in the Class B state cross country meet Friday at the Kearney Country Club. The top 10 finish was Nachtigal's third finish on the medalstand and ends her Lady Husky career as a two-time Class B state champion. The senior paced Aurora to a 7th place finish as a team. Below is a complete rundown of Aurora's finishing places and times:

Maya Nachtigal, 20:37.01 7th

Kyla Carlson, 21:45.66 34th

Avril Jones, 21:51.62 40th

Jaelyn McDonald, 22:10.59 50th

Elena Kuehner, 22:43.75 63rd

Bailey Moody, 23:10.31 72nd

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

Fri
19
Oct

Springer 9th, Husky boys finish 5th

Ben Springer came up just short the past couple years of earning a medal at the Class B state cross country meet. Friday in Kearney, the Aurora senior got over the hump and earned his first state medal, finishing ninth in a tough Class B field to lead the Husky boys to a fifth place team finish. Below is a complete rundown of Aurora's finishing places and times:

Ben Springer, 17:02.46 8th

Dylan Riley, 17:41.02 25th

Kane Fiala, 18:00.47 38th

Max Wiarda, 18:17.82 54th

Colin Thieszen, 18:25.33 61st

Eli Warnke, 18:43.04 68th

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

Wed
17
Oct

Huskies past and present share field, expectations

Husky Nation turned the pages back a decade Friday, remembering an earlier era of championship football while watching this year’s Big Red roll toward a possible 2018 title.
Members of both the 2008 and undefeated 2009 state title teams were honored at halftime, many gathering after the game to relive those glory days and renew genuine friendships.
“I don’t remember a lot of plays, but as I found out tonight I haven’t seen my buddies in a long time and it doesn’t seem like any time has passed the second we got here,” said Jamie Bergmark, an anchor on the line for both championship runs. “The unity is still here and that’s what wins championships. Obviously the state championships were nice, but long-lasting friendships are what it’s all about.”

Wed
17
Oct

Huskies take care of business in home finale

Friday was a night for celebrating Aurora football.
The night began with a tip of the hat to senior players and their parents, later ending with a reception honoring the back-to-back 2008-09 state championship football teams. Oh and in between was a main event in which this year’s No. 1-ranked, undefeated Husky squad overpowered Milford 42-13 in a game that was decided in the first quarter.

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

 

Wed
17
Oct

It’s a knockout

Was it the knockout punch heard ‘round the country? Maybe.
No, I’m not talking about Northwestern’s improbable, unimaginable fourth quarter rally and subsequent overtime victory over the Huskers on Saturday afternoon in Illinois, but rather Omaha’s Terrance Crawford’s 12th round flooring of Jose Benavidez, Jr. at the CHI Center in front of 13,000 plus screaming fans.
The WBO welterweight title fight wasn’t a masterpiece, but it was entertaining between two undefeated boxers. Crawford efficiently and systematically landed more punches, round after round, until the very end when he scored a knockout decision as pandamonium erupted.
In my mind, the Huskers could learn quite a bit by studying the way Crawford goes about his business. He’s focused, he’s in better shape than his opponents and he’s fundamentally and mentally strong. Plus, he’s got a killer instinct, something that would have come in handy with five minutes left in regulation against the ‘Cats.

Fri
12
Oct

Huskies take B-3 district title

The Aurora boys cross country team has found a different gear over the past couple of weeks, and they showed that speed off Thursday at the B-3 district meet in Beatrice, winning the team title over Lincoln Pius X and Columbus. The Huskies totaled 39 team points while Pius finished 2nd with 48 and Columbus had 51. Aurora was paced on the day by Ben Springer, who finished third in the individual race in a time of 17:05.02 while teammate Kane Fiala wasn't far behind in fifth, 17:09.98. It wasn't hard to find the rest of the Husky lineup, finishing nose-to-tail from 15th to 18th in the order of Colin Thieszen, Dylan Riley, Max Wiarda and Eli Warnke. The Huskies will compete at the Class B state meet next Friday at the Kearney Country Club. The Class B boys race is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. with awards at 2:30 p.m. 

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

Fri
12
Oct

Lady Huskies qualify for state

In arguably one of the toughest Class B cross country district meets, the Aurora girls found a way to persevere and finish third behind Lincoln Pius X and Norris to squeeze into next week's state meet as a team. Pius won the girls title with a total of 19 points while Norris edged out Aurora for 2nd with 47 points to Aurora's 50. The Lady Huskies were paced by Maya Nachtigal, who was a runner-up finisher in a time of 20:03.10. Kyla Carlson was the other top finisher for Aurora, coming in 12th in a time of 21:01.12. Elena Kuehner finished 17th, Avril Jones was 19th, Jaelyn McDonald finished 20th, and Bailey Moody came home 29th. The Lady Huskies will compete at the Class B state meet at the Kearney Country Club next Friday. The Class B girls race begins at 12:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. 

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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