Sports

Sat
12
Jan

Knust seals it from the line

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Aurora struggled to score at all in the fourth quarter as its lead dwindled. However, sophomore Cassidy Knust was clutch from the charity stripe, shooting a perfect six-for-six from the line in the final minute of the game to hand the Lady Huskies a 44-38 win over Columbus at home Saturday. 

Knust's efforts down the stretch was just part of her team-leading 20-point performance -- a new career high for the first-year varsity starter. Maya Nachtigal added 13 for the Lady Huskies. 

Aurora shot the ball well in the first half, hitting five three-pointers as they led the Discoverers 27-14 at the break. Knust had three of those and four in the game. 

A busy stretch is coming up for the Lady Huskies, who will host Holdrege Tuesday and Kearney Catholic Thursday before a road game at Seward Friday. 

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

 

Sat
12
Jan

Storm finish 5th at Cross County

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The High Plains wrestling team earned a fifth place finish Saturday at the Cross County Invite out of 16 teams. David City won the team title while Central City, Minden, Twin River and HPC rounded out the top five. 

In terms of individual performances, Logan Russell paced the Storm with his first-place finish at the 106 weight. Clay Church and Dylan Soule each earned runner-up finishes at the 126 and 160 weight divisions while Javier Marino earned a fifth place finish. Up 

Up next, High Plains has a triangular with Twin River and Shelby-Rising City Thursday in Clarks with a 6 p.m. start. 

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

Sat
12
Jan

Hornets swarm Osceola defensively

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Giltner's defensive pressure has given teams fits of late, and that continued Friday as the Hornets held Osceola to seven points in three quarters in a 49-17 win on the road Friday night. Dayne Hinrichs and Rody Lyon combined for 40 of Giltner's 49 points while Hinrichs posted his 10th double-double on the year with 12 rebounds. 

It will be a busy week for the Hornets, who visit East Butler Tuesday night and have another road contest at Cross County Thursday before the CRC tournament begins Saturday. 

The Hornets earned a first-round bye and will play the winner of McCool Junction and Osceola Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the York City Auditorium. Giltner enters the 2019 CRC tournament as the defending champions. 

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

Wed
09
Jan

Win No. 400

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Aurora survived a scare from Hastings Tuesday, posting a 57-52 home win that represented a milestone for the head Husky. Tuesday's victory was the 400th win for coach Tom Leininger, who reached that plateau with previous stints at Columbus Scotus, Oxford, Southern Valley and Ogallala. This was his 101st win in Aurora.

Wed
09
Jan

Strobel leads High Plains to victory in area matchup

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High Plains won its second game in a row Thursday, putting the ball in the hands of senior guard Sydney Strobel to edge Hampton 48-42 in the first game of the new year.
Both teams came in a little rusty after winter weather wiped out two scheduled holiday tournament games, but the Lady Storm was somehow able to use the break to its advantage.

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

 

Wed
09
Jan

Penner leaves mark on UNCG volleyball

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 Aurora’s volleyball program has a storied tradition, producing an entire line of outstanding players throughout the years including some really great setters, but in 2014 Allison Penner put up some pretty impressive numbers that will be difficult for anyone to surpass.
Her 993 season set assist record that year, in addition to her 2,774 career assist mark plus her single match record of 59 assists as a sophomore are now three lofty numbers younger players can see are possible, but only with a lot of hard work, a lot of sweat, and oh yes, an exuberant amount of talent.

Fri
04
Jan

Arndt signs with Nebraska Wesleyan

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Hampton senior Jaylen Arndt put the pen to paper Friday afternoon in front of a full room of friends and family, signing with Nebraska Wesleyan University to pursue her academic as well as a cross country and track and field career as a Prairie Wolf. The Lady Hawk senior is set to join the Prairie Wolves as a multi-time state qualifier at Hampton and will run cross country for the first time as a collegiate athlete. For more insight from Arndt on her college decision, watch for a complete story in the upcoming News-Register. 

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

Thu
03
Jan

Huskies win home invite

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The Aurora wrestling team looked impressive coming off a two-week off period for the holidays, winning its own invite Thursday with four other teams in attendance. 

The Huskies finished with 154 points, besting Boone Central/Newman Grove with 118.5. Amherst finished third with Wayne and Crete behind .

Individual winners for Aurora included Caden Svoboda, Jeremy Oswald, Trevor Kluck, Seth Wonch, Carter Pursley and Brekyn Papineau. 

Aurora will be back in action Saturday at the Central City meet. 

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

Wed
02
Jan

Hornets bested by former coach in tourney finals

It took a few extra days to complete with weather complications, but the Giltner boys finished third in its own holiday tournament that wrapped up Monday afternoon.
The Hornets blitzed Heartland Lutheran 71-55 Saturday before falling to former coach Matt Drew and Ansley-Litchfield 59-48 Monday.
Giltner could seemingly do no wrong Saturday in its win over Heartland Lutheran and that started with the play of Dayne Hinrichs, who was nearly perfect from the field to lead his team.

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

 

Wed
02
Jan

Thrillers galore in area top 10 games of 2018

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This is the third time I’ve gone through the entire sports calendar year to find the best games of the year and I’ve looked forward to it more and more every year.
2018 had overtime thrillers, huge upsets, tough losses and even a couple common opponents. I started this list with 13 games and made the tough choices to narrow the list to the top 10.
Here are your top 10 games from 2018:
1. Aurora defeats Wahoo in overtime on the road...in basketball
I promise you, this isn’t a prisoner of recent memory type moment. I admitted to several people after this game that it was one of the best high school basketball games I’ve ever seen. I still stand by that. Aurora held on for a 76-74 win in overtime.

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