The Huskies turned another top 10 matchup into a signature victory as Aurora dismantled Columbus 86-50 at home Saturday night. Class B’s No. 1 team didn’t take long to show Class B’s No. 6 team that it would be a long night as the Huskies didn’t miss from the field early on. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Not all heroes wear capes, at least Brodi Hansen doesn’t. He wasn’t at the top of any stat category at game’s end, nor was he a starter for the Hornets. But in the clutch, the junior came through to help the Hornets win. Hansen’s putback lay-up as time expired fluttered through the twine as the Giltner bench erupted in celebration, defeating Kenesaw on the road 42-41. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
As Aurora coach Sara Partington described it, the Lady Huskies are starting to gel. “Everyone is figuring out their role on the team,” she said. “We talked to the bench about stepping up a bit more and needing more of an offensive threat. We did that tonight (at Central City). Things are falling together.” Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
There’s a once-in-a-generation event happening in the area that we better start enjoying while it’s here. Watching this Aurora boys basketball team is something I can’t really compare to. Sure, I don’t have the wealth of knowledge of a Dave Bradley, but I’m willing to bet he’d agree on this. This Husky team is an all-timer. It’s a team with big personalities that mesh together as well as I’ve ever seen. The team basketball displayed by the Huskies is like watching a well-rehearsed show on Broadway. Everyone knows their role, everyone accepts that role and works tirelessly to perfect that role when it matters most.
It was another banner week for the Hampton girls basketball team, which went 3-0 over the span. The Lady Hawks disbanded Shelby Rising-City 50-33 Friday, defeated College View 82-20 Thursday and Heartland Lutheran 70-30 Jan. 10. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The Lady Hornet defensive intensity was palpable all night as Giltner earned a 39-18 victory over Kenesaw Jan. 10 on the road. “We had a goal that we wanted to keep them to single digits,” Giltner coach Nancy Lockmon said in terms of quarter scores.
For Husker sports fans, the past week and a half have been a roller coaster of highs and lows. The low certainly came in the form of a Music City Bowl loss to Tennessee, a team full of potential NFL players. The Huskers, at times, certainly looked like a JV team, but that is tempered somewhat with the loss of Tommy Armstrong Jr., Jordan Westerkamp and Nate Gerry, admittedly the Huskers’ three best players. Still, the physical match-up was glaring. On the other end of the spectrum, Nebraska’s basketball team went from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde, seemingly overnight, sweeping Indiana and Maryland, both on the road. A double overtime home win over Iowa put Tim Miles’ crew in rare first place company, a spot this program is not at all familiar with. A disappointing Sunday home loss to Northwestern certainly brought this state back down to earth.
An uphill climb for High Plains got a lot steeper Thursday night in Hampton. Facing a high-potent offensive and defensive attack from the Lady Hawks, the Storm needed a superior effort from everyone involved, but instead lost one of their own moments after tipoff. Read the full story in this week's print or e-editions.
An area rivalry was brought to a head Thursday night as High Plains visited Hampton with each team looking to build momentum heading forward. The Hawks got out front early on and never looked back in a 59-38 win at home over the conference rival Storm. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Reflecting on the 2016 calendar year on the area sports scene, there wasn’t a shortage of memorable moments. Just recalling in my mind the buzzer beaters, walk-off hits and five-set thrillers, I decided to thumb through the weeks and list off the top 10 games from 2016. 1. Aurora double OT win over Sidney at state. Man, what a game it was. On the biggest stage in the biggest moment, Aurora’s only senior came through as the hero. Aaron Vinkenberg converted a hoop and foul with 19.9 seconds left in the second overtime period to help Aurora outlast Sidney 77-74 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The three points from Vinkenberg were his only of the game and put Aurora up 77-72. Sidney led for much of the regulation time before Aurora stormed back. At the end of regulation and the first overtime, Aurora had the ball with chances to win the game at the buzzer, but didn’t get a shot off. 2. Hampton rallies for five-set win for CRC title.