Sports

Wed
14
Aug

Bullerman to double as football, baseball player

Most athletes, when it comes down to a college decision, choose one sport over another. Aurora’s Cy Bullerman didn’t do that.
Following highlight football and baseball careers in Aurora, Bullerman will continue to play both sports while attending Peru State College.
“It’s going to be busy but I’ve already talked to coach (Steve) Schneider and coach (Wayne) Albury and when it’s football season, I’ll play football and when it’s baseball season, I’ll play baseball,” Bullerman said.

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

Wed
14
Aug

Another notch in the pipeline

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The sweat dripped from Corey Hoelck’s face after finishing another mind-boggling weight set. He was, for the day, back home in Giltner’s upper mezzanine workout area where he’d spent hours upon hours in high school.
The redshirt UNK junior offensive lineman took a jab at current Giltner football coach Chip Bartos, asking where the air conditioning was, sly smile on his face.
Corey’s sister, Cortney, approaching her senior season as a Hornet, chirped right back and said, “he likes to sweat.”
He likes to lift weights, too.
That workout Aug. 7 was Corey’s final one before reporting for fall camp the next day to start his fourth college football season. While some things have stayed the same, others, like his imposing stature, have not.
When Corey left high school and began his college football career, he weighed 260 pounds and hadn’t played 11-man football.

Wed
07
Aug

Nothing slows down this girl’s pep

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Cheerleading began for Hampton senior-to-be Paige Sackschewsky back in eighth grade when she just “kind of went for it.” Her mother was a cheerleader and encouraged her to try out.
“I always liked basketball and that kind of stuff, but getting into cheerleading was just something really different,” Sackschewsky said. “It’s something that I think everybody should do because it makes you come out of your shell and it makes you more confident in yourself. You see yourself as a different person.”
To read more about Paige's inspiring spirit, please see this week's print or e-edition of the ANR.

Wed
07
Aug

Deciphering ‘coach speak’ from preseason media

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I’m ready for some football!
Richard, our sports guy, feels the exact same way. Just ask him and he’ll tell you.
The only trouble is, we’re both going to have to be patient because all we have right now are words. Words from some of the coaches. Words from some of the players. Words from all the pre-season sports publications.
Man, so many words, but that all changes on Aug. 31. In Lincoln.
Be there.
Last month at Big Ten media days, all of the head coaches had their turn at the podium, giving opening statements, then taking a few questions from the media. It’s basically the unofficial kickoff to the football season in B1G territory, and yet once again all of those words, to me, just didn’t mean a heck of a lot.

Wed
31
Jul

Aurora’s season ends short of state tourney berth

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The 2019 season for the Aurora Pinnacle Bank Seniors team came up just short of a state tournament berth.
Aurora’s Post 42 Seniors made it to the semifinals of the B-4 area tournament in York, but fell behind early in a 13-4 loss to Valparaiso July 23.
Things were a bit shaky early on for Aurora’s Nate Parker on the mound. Just 24 hours after taking a warm-up fly ball to the eye that required stitches, he was back on the field for Aurora.

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

 

Fri
26
Jul

Cowboys take center stage

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The marquee event to kick off the Hamilton County Fair was the Mayfield Rodeo with riders from across the area challenging the best broncs and bulls. Both junior and adult competitions were held throughout the night in a variety of skillsets. 

Wed
24
Jul

Aurora doubles up Fairbury to keep season alive

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Aurora kept its postseason hopes alive Monday night, using early offense to defeat Fairbury 8-4 in the B-4 area tournament at York.
The Pinnacle Bank Seniors jumped out to a 3-0 lead to begin the game before blasting Fairbury with a five-run second to take a commanding 8-0 lead.

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

 

Wed
24
Jul

A collection of stories from behind the golf bag

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Mike Brill of Aurora didn’t play his first round of golf until the 1990s, and yet some 30 years earlier he was part of a famous PGA golf tournament, rubbing shoulders with some of the greats of all-time, an ending described then as “one of the most exciting finishes in televised golf history.”
Mike, just recently retired from his job with Palmer-Scheffel Monument Company, grew up in northeast Ohio-Hartville to be exact-a small Amish/farming blue collar community located mainly north and just east of Canton, the home to the NFL Hall of Fame.
Mike’s dad and older brother both worked as caddies at Congress Lake Golf Club, so as a junior high kid, Mike became one, too, working Tuesdays through Sundays on the course that was 10 to 15 miles away from home.

Wed
17
Jul

Juniors season ends in area tourney

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The Aurora Cooperative Post 42 Juniors saw its season come to an end Sunday in the B-5 area tournament, but not before making some noise.
Aurora, as the No. 6 seed, defeated No. 3 Central City Dairy Queen Friday night to begin the tournament and advance to the winner’s bracket, but lost 15-0 to Central City Cornerstone Saturday and 10-4 to Fairfield Sunday.

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

 

Fri
12
Jul

Badura transferring to UNL

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Caleb Badura fulfilled a lifelong dream late this week.

The 2018 Aurora graduate announced his decision to transfer from Northwestern College in Iowa to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to join the Husker golf program, becoming a Division I golfer. 

Badura made things official on Thursday after finishing second in the Nebraska Amateur Championship, losing to now four-time champion Alex Schaake in a seven-hole playoff. 

Badura was a two-time state champion at Aurora and during his one season at Northwestern, won his first-ever collegiate start as well as the GPAC tournament and qualified for Nationals. 

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