Sports

Wed
05
Dec

Aurora hosts Northwest in season-opening dual

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Nothing came easy Thursday night for the Aurora wrestling team.
The Huskies hosted Grand Island Northwest, who edged the home team in the final dual tally, 48-36, in what was a competitive showdown to open the 2018-19 season.
Aurora coach Derek Keasling was satisfied with how his team came out and wrestled given the limited preparation time with a portion of his team coming off the successes from the football state title just a week prior.

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

 

Wed
05
Dec

Embrace the new rivalry

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Considering the lack of high tension games down the stretch during the Husky football season, Friday’s basketball game against Wahoo had fans, players and certain sports writers searching for a sweat towel.
For the third time of the academic year, Aurora and Wahoo met in athletic competition after not playing each other for a couple decades. And to be frank, I hope Aurora-Wahoo becomes more of a tradition than a blip in history.
With Aurora’s uncertainty in classification, specifically for football, it makes it tough to tell if the series can blossom into one of the state’s best rivalries. Let’s make it happen, regardless.
The first time Aurora and Wahoo played football Sept. 7, it was talked about as arguably the top game in the state that week. The Huskies ended up winning big.
The two teams were on a collision course to meet in the semifinals of the C-1 playoffs, which was a much closer game than the first one. Aurora won that, too.

Sat
01
Dec

Aurora outlasts Wahoo in overtime thriller

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For the third time in as many games, Aurora and Wahoo showed off for both allegiances of fans, but it was the Huskies who again came out on top. However, Friday night on the basketball floor, there was enough late-game drama that had the momentum swinging on virtually every possession. 

Baylor Scheierman, who led the Huskies with 27 points and 13 rebounds, took charge in the overtime period with a three-pointer followed by an emphatic slam dunk that gave Big Red a 75-70 lead as Aurora held on for a 76-74 win on the road in Wahoo that stamped itself as a game of the year candidate just two nights into the season. 

The Huskies led for most of the night until the late stages of the fourth when they fell behind by as much as 66-61 with 2:33 to play. Cade Reichardt put the team on his back to tie the game back up and even give Aurora a late lead before a free throw from Scheierman sent the game to overtime. 

Sat
01
Dec

Lady Huskies start season 0-2

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Things didn't get any easier for the Aurora Lady Huskies Friday night, hitting the road for the second time in as many days to take on the preseason Class C-1 No. 1 Wahoo Warriors. Severely outsized in length and height, Wahoo took advantage of its strengths most of the night in a 53-18 win. Aurora held the Wahoo offense in check for most of the first half until a few late threes gave the Warriors a 24-3 halftime lead. Maya Nachtigal led the Lady Huskies in scoring with nine while Megan Snyder added six. Aurora will be on the road again next weekend, traveling to Columbus Lakeview Friday night and Central City Saturday. 

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

Thu
29
Nov

Winter sports season kicks off

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Thursday signaled the start of the winter sports season for the state of Nebraska and all area teams. The Aurora wrestling team hosted Grand Island Northwest in a dual in which the Vikings came out victorious, 48-36. Picking up wins for the Huskies included Trevor Kluck at 132, Seth Wonch at 145, Carter Pursley at 160, Mack Owens at 170, Brekyn Papineau at 182 and Caden Svoboda at 106. 

Also in action tonight was the High Plains grapplers who hosted a quad in Clarks. The Storm fell to Meridian 48-30 and Elkhorn Valley 62-6 with a victory over Clarkson/Leigh, 54-18. 

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

Wed
28
Nov

Ediger takes over alma mater

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Just 10 years ago, the Hampton boys basketball team finished 3rd in the Class D state boys basketball tournament as then-coach Jerry Eickhoff won his 649th game with one particular senior, Kyle Ediger on that team. 
“Kyle Ediger gets in there and bangs around and does a lot of good things for the team that goes unnoticed,” Eickhoff told the News-Register after the 2008 state tournament. 
Ediger hopes to use those experiences and leadership qualities in building his alma mater back into a winning program. 
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
28
Nov

Rohde promoted to head Storm coach

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It wasn’t long ago that High Plains was on top of the boys basketball D2 mountain -- three years to be exact. 
First-year coach Aaron Rohde hopes to take the Storm back to the top, but it’s a long climb up the mountain, as the new HPC coach pointed out. 
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
28
Nov

Husker season in review

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 It seems like only yesterday that all of us were dealing with a lightning delay against Akron, but now that the season is over, it’s time to give out my 2018 awards for Nebraska’s top plays and top players.
Once again I’ve been fortunate to experience Big Red as both a fan and as a member of the media.
Cindy and myself nearly passed out in our north stadium, row 12 seats in the heat and humidity against Troy, while also attending Scott Frost’s emotional post-game press conference against Purdue when the Huskers self-imploded with no where to go but up.
All in all the season has been less than a success record-wise, but the program couldn’t be in better hands moving forward. Simply put, 2019 can’t come soon enough.
Here’s my list.

Wed
21
Nov

Snow day, good day for Huskers

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It was like something out of a happy-ending movie walking onto the slippery Memorial Stadium turf in the moments after the final whistle of Nebraska’s 9-6 win over Michigan State Saturday.
The steadily increasing snowfall fluttered through the air as if the powers that be shook a snowglobe.
Several Husker players could’ve hurdled me in their ecstatic celebrations, just as Maurice Washington did to a poor Spartan defender in the fourth quarter.
It felt like something different. It felt like something bigger. Have we finally figured out how to win the games we’ve struggled with in the past decade-plus?
Jury may still be out on that, but Saturday was a giant leap forward.
Some may call me a liar while others could call me insane, but the bitter cold conditions never bothered me on Saturday. The game was too much fun.

Thu
15
Nov

Aurora football sendoff and championship info

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Aurora football fans can help send out the Huskies to Lincoln Tuesday morning the right way. The team will leave the school at 10:45 a.m. and head east down M Street, taking a trip around the square before heading out to Highway 14 and eventually I-80 on its way to Memorial Stadium.

Kickoff for the C-1 championship game is at 2:45. Husky fans will occupy the west side of Memorial Stadium and can enter through Gate 10 or Gate 3. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. 

As a reminder to fans, umbrellas and talcum/baby powder are not allowed in Memorial Stadium. Artificial noise makers such as thunder sticks, cow bells, air horns, whistles, etc. are prohibited at NSAA championship events. All students and spectators are required to wear shirts. Spectators are allowed to bring stadium seats. Clear bag policy will be enforced at Memorial Stadium. 

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