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Thu
31
Oct

Stormdogs roll in opening round

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The Osceola/High Plains Stormdogs used a dominant rushing attack to make quick work of Elkhorn Valley Thursday night. The No. 4 seeded Stormdogs took care of business against the No. 13 seed Falcons, winning 73-12 in Clarks. 

The Stormdog rushing attack was led by senior Keaton Van Housen, who scored all five OHP touchdowns in the first half with another 200-yard night on the ground. The senior scored on runs of 9, 41, 44, 27 and 15. 

Unlike the first game these two teams played on Sept. 20 where OHP won 55-46, the Stormdogs slowed down Elkhorn Valley's offense, only allowing six points in the first half. 

Osceola/High Plains moves on to the second round and will travel to Creighton (6-3) Wednesday, after defeating Wisner-Pilger 56-32 in the opening round. 

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Thu
31
Oct

Volleyball district final matchups

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Aurora and Giltner have each qualified for their respective volleyball district final matchups with tickets to state on the line. 

The Lady Huskies (18-16) will play in the B-8 district final as the No. 9 seed and travel to No. 8 Hastings (20-11) Saturday with first serve set for 2:30 p.m. Aurora and Hastings have played twice this season with each team winning once. Back on Oct. 10, Hastings defeated the Lady Huskies at Aurora in four sets. Last Tuesday, Aurora swept the Tigers in B-6 subdistrict play. It all sets up a winner-take-all rubber match with the victor qualifying for state and the loser's season coming to an end. 

Wed
30
Oct

BDS tops Giltner in CRC five-set classic

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Giltner was a match point away from being swept in the CRC championship game against BDS. However, the Lady Hornets nearly won in five.
After losing the first two sets, Giltner rallied to take sets three, four and even had a match point opportunity in the fifth before BDS came back to defeat the Lady Hornets, 25-9, 25-23, 25-27, 22-25 and 17-15 Oct. 22 at the York City Auditorium.
Giltner coach Jeanie Good was proud of her team’s resolve to fight back and knows they can play with anyone.
“I hope the girls now know they can play with and beat anybody,” Good said. “We just played a great team with weapons all over the court. We were a couple points shy of beating them.”

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Wed
30
Oct

Watching from home

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It’s Friday at 2 o’clock and a feeling of sadness runs through my entire body because, for the first time since Michigan State and Kirk Cousins came to Lincoln in 2011, I was now destined to miss a home Husker football game.
Just breathe, baby. Just breathe.
Of course the weather was ideal, but that’s okay. And missing the game wasn’t by choice, but rather by necessity with a sore back after overdoing it once again. But I was determined to keep a stiff upper lift until the game was over, until undoubtedly the Huskers would finish off Indiana to move to within one win from bowl eligibility.
So Saturday morning I hung my Big Red flag, did a few cleaning chores around the house and watched Cindy mow the lawn for me, all the while trying to keep track of Ohio State-Wisconsin and Kansas State-Oklahoma.

Sat
26
Oct

Football playoff matchups announced

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The Aurora Huskies and Osceola/High Plains Stormdogs have qualified for the Class C1 and D1 playoffs set to begin next week. 

Aurora (6-3) earned the No. 9 seed and will travel to No. 8 Ogallala (7-2) Friday. Ogallala features wins over Holdrege, Valentine, Broken Bow, Mitchell, Chadron, Sidney and Chase County with its losses coming to Kearney Catholic and Gothenburg. 

Osceola/High Plains (6-2) earned the No. 4 seed in the top half of the bracket and will host No. 13 Elkhorn Valley (4-4) Thursday. The two teams played back on Sept. 20 with the Stormdogs winning 55-46. Elkhorn Valley features wins over Elgin/Pope John, Niobrara/Verdigre, Madison and Neilgh/Oakdale and losses to OHP, Lutheran High Northeast, Howells-Dodge and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge. 

Kickoff times have yet to be determined. 

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Fri
25
Oct

Friday night roundup week 9

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The Aurora Huskies needed a touchdown drive and a last minute defensive stop to defeat Central City and win a district championship in the final week of the regular season. Playoff matchups will be announced Saturday morning as Aurora and Osceola/High Plains will be in the mix of their respective brackets. Aurora is now 6-3 while OHP is 6-2. 

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

Aurora vs Central City, 30-29

Giltner @ Kenesaw, 52-14

OHP vs Nebraska Lutheran, 84-36

Hampton @ Harvard, 1-0 Forfeit

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Fri
25
Oct

Huskies take Class C title

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The moments before the announcement were agonizing. Phones were refreshed to no avail. Then, celebration chaos ensued. 

The Aurora boys cross country team won the Class C championship Friday at Kearney Country Club, doing so for the second time in school history and the first time since 1999. 

Dylan Riley and Kane Fiala each medaled for Aurora, Riley with a fifth place finish and a time of 17:00.7 while Fiala was seventh and had a time of 17:02.9. Other Aurora finishers included Max Wiarda in 20th at 17:37.8; Eli Warnke in 30th at 17:52.9; Isaac Bisbee in 46th at 18:09.2 and Grady McDonald in 87th at 19:28.5. 

The Huskies finished with 43 team points, edging out Malcom with 51 and Sidney with 60. Back in 1999, Aurora won the Class B title with 37 points. 

As for the girls, the Lady Huskies finished fifth as a team as Kyla Carlson was 35th, Hannah Donnell 42nd, Julia Smith 48th, Elena Kuehner 53rd, Kaitlyn Oswald 64th and Taylor Pickinpaugh 82nd.  

Thu
24
Oct

Volleyball subdistricts released

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Postseason play is upon us as volleyball subdistrict brackets were released Thursday morning by the NSAA. 

For Aurora (16-15), the Lady Huskies will compete in the B-6 subdistrict at GINW. As the No. 3 seed, Aurora will play No. 2 Hastings (20-10) Tuesday at 6:30. No. 1 GINW (18-13) will play No. 4 York (17-12) at 5 p.m. The winners of those two matches play Wednesday at 6 p.m. 

Giltner (19-9) and Hampton (10-19) will play each other in the opening round of the D2-6 subdistrict played at Aurora. The Lady Hornets are the No. 4 seed as Hampton is No. 5 and will play Monday at 4:30 p.m. The winner of Giltner-Hampton plays No. 1 Lawrence-Nelson (25-4) at 7:30. The other matchup has No. 2 BDS (25-3) and No. 3 Nebraska Christian (21-5) at 6. The subdistrict final will be played Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

Wed
23
Oct

BDS survives five-set thriller with Giltner

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Giltner and BDS put on a show for the ages Tuesday night in the CRC championship match at the York City Auditorium. 

BDS won the first two sets and was a match point away from sweeping Giltner, but the Lady Hornets eventually forced a fifth and deciding set, where the Lady Eagles outlasted Giltner, 25-9, 25-23, 25-27, 22-25 and 17-15. 

During the match, Hannah Preissler recorded her 2,000th career assist after totaling 49 in the match. The senior now has 2,039 for her career in 237 sets played. 

Giltner led for much of the fifth set, including 7-3, 12-8 and had match point at 15-14 after an Amanda Whisenand kill. However, BDS rallied with three straight to take the match and the CRC crown. 

Cassidy Tompkin led the team with 23 kills while Sydney Janzen and Whisenand had 10 apiece. Whisenand had four ace serves while Janzen added three. Janzen also led the team with 27 digs while Sydni Watson had 18, Whisenand 15, Tompkin 13 and Preissler 10. 

Wed
23
Oct

Hornets set for CRC title game

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One of Giltner’s goals coming into the season was to win the CRC tournament championship. They earned an opportunity to do that Monday night.
The Lady Hornets rumbled past Meridian in four sets, 25-15, 28-26, 22-25 and 25-13 to earn a date against BDS in the championship game.
Giltner coach Jeanie Good pointed out after the match that the Hornets are excited about the opportunity ahead of them and that they played a tough match.
“These kids are fighters,” Good noted. “You just can’t count them out. That’s the way this team is.”

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