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Sat
17
Feb

Russell 2X champion

It only took High Plains' Logan Russell 1:47 to successfully defend his Class D 106-pound title, becoming a two-time state champion Saturday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. 

The junior Storm wrestler defeated freshman Tyler Nagel of Morrill with a quick pinfall in the first period. 

Not only did Russell win his second consecutive state championship, he also finished the season undefeated with a 51-0 record. 

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

 

Thu
15
Feb

High Plains state wrestling update

Two High Plains grapplers have punched tickets to the semifinals on the opening day of the Class B state wrestling tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha Thursday evening.

Logan Russell at 106 and Dylan Soule at 152 will compete in the semifinals Friday night after winning a pair of matches Thursday. 

Russell won both of his matches on the day with first period pins, spending only 106 seconds total on the mat. He opened the day by defeating Lane Barton of Meridian and followed that up with a victory over Thomas Klemesrud of North Central. Russell will take on Jesse Sauceda of Shelton in Friday night's semis. 

As for Soule, he recorded a pinfall and decision victory. He started the tournament with a pinfall over Jonathan Foster of Sutherland and earned a 12-6 decision over Conner Schutz of Elwood. Soule will challenge Bode Jensen of Burwell in the semis. 

Thu
15
Feb

Aurora state wrestling update

Two Aurora freshmen have punched tickets to the semifinals on the opening day of the Class B state wrestling tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha Thursday morning. 

Caden Svoboda at 106 and Trevor Kluck at 126 will compete in the semifinals Friday after winning a pair of matches Thursday morning. 

Svoboda featured a forefit win over Will Grape of Boone Central/Newman Grove in the opening round while earning a 15-0 technical fall over Tanner Ostrander of Ogallala in the quarterfinals. Svoboda will wrestle Paul Garcia of Scottsbluff in the semifinals Friday. 

As for Kluck, he recorded a 12-2 major decision over Brady Fago of Lexington in the first round and followed that up with a pinfall in 53 seconds over Chance Taylor of Plattsmouth in the quarterfinals. Kluck will wrestle Kaden Vowers of Sidney in the semifinals Friday. 

Wed
14
Feb

Skutt earns statement win over Huskies

The top two teams in Class B took the floor Saturday in the 11th annual Heartland Hoops Classic in Grand Island with a lot to gain or potentially lose. Omaha Skutt’s high offensive efficiency passed the test.
The No. 2-ranked Skyhawks used red-hot perimeter shooting in the first half coupled with inside shooting in the second to take down top-rated Aurora 73-68 in one of the marquee matchups in the Heartland Hoops Classic.
Those rankings have flipped since the game as the new Omaha World-Herald rankings released Monday had Skutt at the top with Aurora dropped to second.

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

 

Wed
14
Feb

Who did it better?

I imagine Scott Frost never calls in sick, let alone goes to see a doctor.
In my mind, he’s that tough.
Frost doesn’t mince words. He looks at reporters and makes eye contact. His demeanor is calm and confident. He is serious about the way he goes about things.
Now that his first recruiting class is in the books, I thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast his national signing day press conference with that of Mike Riley’s, exactly three years later.
Both had just around 60 days to put together a class, with the clear difference that Riley didn’t coach his former team in a bowl game.
Frost, much to the delight of Husker Nation, signed 24 players including six 4-stars. Riley signed just four 4-stars his first year, and just one, cornerback Eric Lee, has seen much playing time. Running back Jordan Stevenson left the program, while offensive linemen Christian Gaylord and Jalin Barnett have ridden the bench.

Wed
14
Feb

Hornets win cross-county showdown at Hampton

Giltner and Hampton squared off for the second time this season Friday, but for the first time ever on the Hawks new home court.
In front of a boisterous home crowd, which honored two previous state championship teams at half-time, Hampton hung tough in the first quarter before dropping its regular season finale, 61-45.

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

 

Tue
13
Feb

Narber to play in 60th Shrine Bowl

Aurora senior Cal Narber was selected to play on the South team in the 60th annual Shrine Bowl Game. The game will be played June 2 at the University of Kearney campus at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium Foster Field. Narber is the 46th player from Aurora to play in the game. Narber and his South teammates will be led by Aurora coach Kyle Peterson. Other coaches include Reed Manstedt, Crete; Ryan Kearney, Pius X; Rashawn Harvey, Kearney Catholic; Tim Elge, Aurora; Wade Miller, Seward. 

Tue
13
Feb

Aurora football schedule features flair and fresh look

As if I didn’t have enough things to do this week, Santa came by and dropped off the next two-year football schedule for Nebraska high schools. 
My eager anticipation was to see the new-look schedule for Aurora -- the new teams they’d see moving to C1 and if any Class B teams would be sprinkled in the calendar. 
Aurora will play the likes of Adams Central, Kearney Catholic, Wahoo, GINW, Fairbury, Fillmore Central, Boone Central Newman Grove, Milford and Central City in the regular season. 
My first thoughts upon scanning the schedule was circling weeks two, three and seven. In 2018, that’s at Kearney Catholic, at home vs Wahoo and on the road at Boone Central Newman Grove. 
Boone Central Newman Grove was in the C1 finals last year, losing to Norfolk Catholic, who has dropped to C2. Wahoo was in the C1 semifinals in 2017, also losing to Norfolk Catholic. 

Tue
13
Feb

Area football schedules released

The new two-year football schedules for all Nebraska high school teams was released by the NSAA Tuesday. Here's what all the schedules look like for Giltner, Hampton and Osceola-High Plains:

Giltner 2018 Schedule:
Week 1    @Heartland
Week 2    Central Valley
Week 3    BYE
Week 4    @Humphrey St. Francis
Week 5    @Lawrence-Nelson
Week 6    Blue Hill
Week 7    @Axtell
Week 8    Franklin
Week 9    Kenesaw

 

Tue
13
Feb

Aurora football schedule released

The Nebraska School Activities Association released the new two-year football schedules for 2018 and 2019 for Nebraska High Schools Tuesday morning. Aurora, moving to Class C1 from B for the next two-year cycle, will see some new teams on the horizion. Back in November, the 4R school board voted with a 3-3 split against opting Aurora football up to Class B. The Huskies will compete in the C1-5 district and will be joined by Fairbury, Central City, Fillmore Central and Milford. Listed below is the schedule for the Huskies slated for the next two seasons: 

 

2018

Week 1: Adams Central

Week 2: @ Kearney Catholic

Week 3: Wahoo

Week 4: @ Northwest

Week 5: Fairbury

Week 6: @ Fillmore Central

Week 7: @ BC/NG

Week 8: Milford

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