Sports

Fri
30
Aug

Friday night roundup week 1

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It was a rough opening weekend for area high school football teams kicking off the 2019 season. In fact, the only area team to earn a victory was Osceola/High Plains with a 50-48 win over Palmer in thrilling fashion. 

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

Aurora @ Adams Central, 24-8

Giltner vs Heartland, 62-8

Osceola/High Plains @ Palmer, 50-48

Hampton @ McCool Junction, 1-0 forfeit. 

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

Fri
30
Aug

Badura shoots 65 in Seward

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Danica Badura made a statement that it's state championship or bust in her final high school season with a personal and school record score Friday. 

The Aurora senior shot a 65 at the Seward Country Club, seven-under par (eight birdies and one bogey) to easily won the Seward Invite.

Badura started the round on fire, carding three birdies in her first three holes and eventually shot a 34 through nine. If that wasn't enough, she went on to post a 31 with five birdies on the back nine to win in dominating fashion.

Badura's previous best score was a 68 over the summer at the girls match play qualifier at Awari Dunes. She also improved on her own school record with Friday's record-setting performance. 

Other scores from the Aurora team included: Taryn Smith, 96; Emily Pedersen, 98; Riley Darbro, 106; Hannah Pedersen, 122.

Aurora will be back in action Sept. 6 in the York Invite. 

Fri
30
Aug

Tough competition out the gate

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Aurora's first action of the 2019 volleyball season couldn't have been much tougher. The Lady Huskies were on the road in Wahoo, taking on the Class C1 No. 1 Warriors and the Class B No. 4 Norris Titans in triangular action. 

Aurora lost in straight sets to both teams, falling 25-19 and 25-16 to Wahoo as well as 25-15 and 25-14 to Norris. 

Over the two-match stretch, Paxtyn Dummer and Kassidy Hudson each had six kills on the outside while Cassidy Knust added 20 digs. 

Aurora will host York in its first home contest Thursday. 

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

Wed
28
Aug

Austin Allen named co-starter ahead of season opener

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His new nickname is Sticks because no matter how much gain he makes in the weight room, it’s not visible. 
But rest assured, Austin Allen has put in the work and whether or not you can see it, the gains are there. It will be on display Saturday morning in Memorial Stadium. 
“From an outside perspective, I don’t look like I’ve gained any weight,” the Aurora native said in a phone interview last week. “I still look like the same stick, so to speak. I can just feel stronger. I can move guys I couldn’t move before and add that with the technique we gained, it’s a force to be reckoned with. 
“We’re moving a ridiculous amount of weight,” Allen continued. “He (strength coach Zach Duval) is getting us right. Our whole team is light-years ahead of where we were.”
Oz used that phrase (light-year ahead of where we were) several times during our conversation and I found it to be very interesting. 
Because he’s right. 

Tue
27
Aug

Cattau hits hole in one

Jeremy Cattau of Aurora was warming up for a league playoff match at Poco Creek Golf Course Aug. 22 when he hit a hole in one.
While waiting for his partner, Dennis SaBell, to arrive for the quarter-final match, Cattau decided to practice on the par-3 No. 1 hole, which is listed at 225 yards on the scorecard. Using his driver from the front tee box, approximately 210 yards from the hole, Cattau hit a solid shot and thought at first that it might just reach the green. The ball did more than just get on, however, as it continued rolling, right into the cup.
There were no witnesses for the shot, which was Cattau’s first career ace.

Sat
24
Aug

Countdown is on

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It's game week now for the Huskies. Aurora's boys of fall will begin defending their Class C1 state championship Friday with a road game at Adams Central. Husky Nation got one final look at this year's team during Friday's sports drink scrimmage, which coaches will use to help determine the starting lineups. Watch this week's News-Register to see who will take the field when the 2019 season kicks off.

Fri
23
Aug

Lady Huskies win on opening night

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The Aurora softball team picked up a win on the opening night of the 2019 season, defeating Lexington 9-7 at home Thursday. 

The win gave new coach Ashton Voss her first career victory in front of a jam-packed crowd. 

With the game tied at three entering the fifth inning, the Lady Huskies plated six runs in the fifth to take the lead for good. Lexington made a run with three runs in the seventh, but it wasn't enough. 

Aurora is hosting a tournament Friday afternoon and will travel to Holdrege Aug. 29. 

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

Fri
23
Aug

Aurora hosts preseason jamboree

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The Aurora volleyball team hosted Columbus Scotus and St. Paul in a jamboree triangular Thursday night in preparation for the 2019 season. 

The Lady Huskies split sets with Columbus Scotus while losing a pair of close sets to St. Paul. 

Aurora begins the 2019 campaign Thursday on the road at Wahoo, taking on the Warriors and Norris, which begins at 5 p.m.

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

Wed
21
Aug

Huskies to sport Kato Collars in 2019

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Those watching Aurora football last season may have noticed then senior Carter Pursley wearing a unique neck collar different from anyone else.
That’s the work of Jeff Chambers, a 1977 Aurora graduate who has spent the better part of 20 years designing a Kato Collar and will now see his alma mater wear the device in bunches.
Product development goes all the way back to 1997, when Chambers was the head athletic trainer at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He was trying to help a player deal with stingers, a shooting pain and numbness of the arm resulting from a hit to the head.
Chambers thought some kind of collar might help, one with some air or padding in it for cushioning, but he couldn’t find one that would work.
He never stopped thinking about it, though.

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

 

Wed
21
Aug

History smiles upon Big Red

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Quick, who’s the best Husker football player of all time?
Grant Wistrom? Mike Rozier? Irving Fryer? Eric Crouch? How about Roger Craig or Will Shields?
My vote would go to Johnny Rodgers any day of the week. Not only was he a great receiver as well as a thrilling punt and kickoff returner, but he was just downright crazy fun to watch. He could cut on a dime, accelerate in the blink of an eye, and make defenders not only miss, but miss badly, making them look ultra foolish.
It got to the point where later in his career, bored with just returning a punt for a touchdown, he would turn around and peddle backwards into the end zone. Just YouTube it if you don’t believe me.
Johnny, along with Ndamukong Suh, Dave Rimington, and Tommie Frazier, were all named recently to the CBS Sports All-Time All-American team. Most fittingly, Nebraska was the only school in the nation to have as many as four representatives on the top team.

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