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Mon
25
Feb

Huskies take B-2 district crown

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A fast and furious first quarter propelled the Aurora boys basketball team to its fourth consecutive state tournament appearance with a 64-49 win over Blair to take the B-2 district title Monday night at the Aurora Sports Complex. 

The fast-paced Aurora offense raced out to a 24-11 lead after eight minutes of play with five different players scoring in the opening quarter. 

After taking a 38-20 lead to halftime, Aurora's lead was sliced to 10 in the third quarter, but the deficit never dwindled into the single digits throughout the second half. 

Baylor Scheierman paced Aurora with 19 points while Nick Hutsell added 13 inside the paint. Nate Boerkircher and Kaleb Moural provided 16 bench points for the Huskies in the win. 

The state tournament bracket will be released sometime this week by the NSAA. 

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

Fri
22
Feb

Hornets still alive in postseason play

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Despite a loss Thursday night in the D2-7 subdistrict final, the Giltner boys basketball team secured a wild card spot in one of eight district final matchups. 

The Hornets never got its offense clicking with any sort of fluidity in a 34-32 loss to Lawrence-Nelson in the D2-7 subdistrict final played at Sandy Creek High School. 

Despite its off night offensively, the Hornets still had a chance to win the game in the final 10 seconds. 

Following a missed one-and-one opportunity by the Raiders, Giltner raced up the floor without using a timeout and looked for a three-pointer down two with a chance to win at the buzzer. 

Senior Trevor Linden had a good look from the top of the key, but the shot bounced out as the final horn sounded. 

Junior Rody Lyon led the Hornets with 16 points while senior Dayne Hinrichs added 12. 

Wed
20
Feb

Aurora to host Blair in B-2 final

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Aurora's path to its fourth-straight state tournament appearance is clear as the only thing standing in the Huskies' way is Blair. 

The 24-1 Huskies will host Blair in the B-2 district final scheduled for Monday with tipoff time scheduled for 6 p.m. Aurora earned the No. 2 seed while Blair is No. 15. 

The Bears come into the game with Aurora sporting an 11-11 record. Blair has lost six of its last eight games entering Monday's tilt with the Huskies. 

The winner on Monday qualifies for the state tournament while the other has its season come to an end. 

Here are all the matchups for the Class B district finals:

No. 1 Lincoln Pius X vs No. 16 Elkhorn

No. 2 Aurora vs No. 15 Blair

No. 3 Omaha Roncolli vs No. 14 Norris

No. 4 Omaha Skutt vs No. 13 Lexington

No. 5 York vs No. 12 Platteview

No. 6 Seward vs No. 11 Scottsbluff

No. 7 Bennington vs No. 10 Hastings

Wed
20
Feb

Giltner comes up short in subdistrict final

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Giltner’s postseason run ended in the D1-4 subdistrict final Thursday with a valiant showing against No. 1-seed Lawrence-Nelson.
The Lady Hornets gave the 19-4 Lady Raiders a scare down the stretch at Grand Island Central Catholic, but couldn’t match the opponent’s size or momentum as a late two-point deficit turned into a 49-39 final.
“They made some plays and we didn’t,” coach Nancy Lockmon said after the game.

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Wed
20
Feb

Thank you, Norm

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The stage was set for the happiest of endings -- one that even Hollywood would have a hard time selling.
Fifty-year Clarks and High Plains coach Norm Manstedt, matside for his final state finals matchup with a full contingent of Storm fans directly behind the Class D mat. A 34th state title on the line.
That happy ending turned sour.
High Plains senior Logan Russell came up short in his bid to three-peat as the Class D 106-pound champion in Manstedt’s final match as Storm coach. Russell was attempting to become the fifth three-time state champion for coach, but it wasn’t meant to be.
The list of accolades for Norm goes on and on. He’s coached 22 state champion wrestlers that have won a total of 33 state titles. Not bad for a guy who never once wrestled himself.
Those aforementioned three-time state champions include Dave Church, Steve Strobel, Shane Strobel and Manstedt’s son, Mitch.

Tue
19
Feb

Huskies outlast York to take B-6 subdistrict

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Aurora's 32-16 third quarter lead shrunk in a hurry at at one point, York only trailed by one in the fourth quarter. However, the All-Class No. 9 Huskies hit key free throws down the stretch to defeat the Dukes 55-51 and win the B-6 subdistrict. 

The Huskies had a 24-16 lead that they quickly turned into a 32-16 advantage. From there, however, York used a 10-0 run themselves at the end of the third quarter to cut the Aurora lead to 38-31. 

York worked the lead down to 48-47 with 2:35 to play, but Baylor Scheierman, Rylan Willis and Kaleb Moural put the game on ice for Aurora as the Huskies played lights-out defense, giving up just four points in the final two minutes. 

Scheierman paced the Huskies with 18 while Cade Reichardt scored 16 and Nick Hutsell added 10. 

Aurora advances to the district final where they will host an unknown opponent Saturday. Details to be released later this week by the NSAA. 

Sat
16
Feb

Norm Manstedt waves goodbye

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High Plains coach Norm Manstedt was centerstage for a moment following Logan Russell's loss in the Class D 106 finals. 

The 50-year HPC coach, who is retiring from coaching, received a standing ovation from the crowd as he dropped his wrestling shoes in the center of the mat -- which is customary in the business for a wrestler that retires. Manstedt faked for a moment as if he'd pick those shoes back up, but left the mat with the shoes still there after his final match as head Storm coach. 

Coach Manstedt started the wrestling program at Clarks back in 1969 and has been at the helm ever since. Clarks merged with Polk and Hordville in 2000 where the wrestling tradition continued from there. 

Sat
16
Feb

Russell upset in state finals

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High Plains senior Logan Russell had his sights set on a third straight Class D championship, but Plainview's Eli Lanham had other ideas. 

Lanham caught Russell in a near fall with less than 10 seconds left to break a 2-2 tie, giving the Plainview wrestler a 4-2 decision win over the two-time defending champion. 

The runner-up finish for Russell is his third state medal as a four-time state qualifier. The Storm senior finished the season with a 41-1 record. The loss for Russell is his first since his sophomore season, after a 51-0 record as a junior. Russell's career record as a Storm wrestler rounds out at 185-12. 

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

Sat
16
Feb

Huskies earn 3rd, 4th place medals

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Aurora's Carter Pursley and Trevor Kluck each won bronze medals while Seth Wonch and Caden Svoboda both finished fourth in their respective classes Saturday morning at the state wrestling tournament. 

Purlsey picked up an 8-5 decision over KC Higer of Sidney to earn a spot in the third place match, where the senior Husky wrestler scored a second period pinfall over Wahoo's Zane Bennett. The medal is the first for Pursley, who also celebrated a birthday on Saturday. Pursley finished his senior campaign with a 41-7 record. 

Kluck was solid over the course of Saturday morning, picking up a sudden victory over Izaak Hunsley of Hastings to qualify for the third place match, where the sophomore earned a 5-2 decision over Gage Stokey of Ogallala. Kluck is a two-time state medalist, improving on his sixth place finish last year. Kluck finishes the year with a 45-4 record. 

Sat
16
Feb

Soule takes third at state

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High Plains junior Dylan Soule finished Championship Saturday strong, earning a third place finish at 160 with a pair of victories. 

Soule picked up an 8-0 major decision over Alizae Mejia of Plainview to qualify for the third place match, where the junior Storm wrestler scored a pinfall in the third period over Derek Gibson of Maxwell to earn a bronze medal, his second of his career. Soule finished his junior campaign with a 43-10 record. 

Soule and longtime High Plains coach Norm Manstedt shared a celebratory moment on the mat before leaving, as Manstedt is set to retire after a 50-year coaching career. 

Manstedt's final coaching match will be later on as Logan Russell will compete in the 106 finals against Plainview's Eli Lanham. 

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

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