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Wed
18
Mar

What now?

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Shock and awe.
That pretty much describes my past week, no doubt your’s as well, what with the cancellations of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the College World Series, the NBA, the Kansas City Royals, and oh, just about any other sport on the planet.
But I do get it. It’s what we need to do because it’s what the experts are telling us. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Selfishly, inside of me, I’m screaming and hollering and throwing a temper tantrum. My bracket was busted before it ever got started (which is nothing new), but dang, I’d sure like to experience some of that March madness.
So now that reality has set in, or our “new normal,” I’ve decided to keep my chin up, keep a positive attitude knowing that hopefully sooner than later, the world (and Aurora) will get back to just normal.

Wed
11
Mar

Parsons taking pole vault talents to Loper track

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Once Jarrett Parsons puts his mind to something, it’s pretty difficult to tell him “no” or “can’t happen.”
Parsons wanted to help the Osceola-High Plains Stormdogs win a state title. They did.
After going 0-2 at the state wrestling championships as a junior, Parsons promised himself he’d earn a medal as a senior. Third place.
Before he even got to high school, he looked up at the track and field record board and saw Trey Engel’s name on the pole vault list. He wanted to change that -- and did.

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Wed
11
Mar

Tompkin inks with CCC to continue playing volleyball

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The love of playing volleyball was too much for Cassidy Tompkin to give up at this point in her life.
The Giltner senior, signed a letter of intent Feb. 28 to continue her academic and volleyball career at Central Community College in Columbus to join the Raider program.
As she pointed out after her signing ceremony, the prospect of playing volleyball after high school wasn’t something she was certain about until somewhat recently.
“Honestly, I didn’t decide until just a few weeks ago that I for sure wanted to do this,” Tompkin explained.

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Wed
11
Mar

Foul shots are anything but ‘free’

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One of the most pressure-packed scenarios in all of sports is standing at the free throw line.
It doesn’t matter if two of your friends are watching or there are15,000 fans in a jam-packed arena. Not choking two foul shots is hard.
At first, I wanted to just leave this one alone. But, the competitor inside, as it usually does, won out.
The Nebraska men’s basketball team was historically terrible from the foul line in an 81-76 overtime loss to Northwestern March 1, going eight of 30 from the charity stripe in the Huskers’ 14th straight loss.
We don’t need to go much further than that. Everyone knows that eight of 30 from the free throw line is disgustingly bad.
That being said, can the average guy do any better?
Here are the results.
I watched online in the days following the awful free throw performance by Nebraska as the Huskers became a punch line across the country.

Sat
29
Feb

Huskies fall in B-1 district final

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It will be the first year in some time that the Huskies won't play March basketball. 

Saturday was a tall task for the No. 16 Huskies, visiting No. 1 Omaha Skutt Catholic in the B-1 district final. When it was said and done, the Skyhawks defeated Aurora 72-58. 

The Skyhawks advance to the state tournament while the Huskies end its season 12-13. It's the first time since 2015 that Aurora misses out on the boys state tournament. 

It wasn't for lack of effort, as Aurora cut Skutt's lead to 10, 55-45 with 5:23 to play in the game. 

However, like they did in the first quarter, Skutt powered ahead with an 8-0 run to end any Aurora upset chances. 

Nate Boerkircher led the way for Aurora with 18 points. It was the final game for himself and fellow senior Kaleb Moural. 

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

Wed
26
Feb

Hornets advance

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Giltner extended its season Tuesday by defeating High Plains 36-24 in the D2-7 subdistrict semifinal at Centura. The Hornets will play No. 1-seed Heartland Lutheran Thursday night in a 7 p.m. final.

Wed
26
Feb

Hawks end season

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Hampton ended its boys basketball season Tuesday at Centura, falling to No. 1-seed Heartland Lutheran 52-36 in the D2-7 subdistrict semifinal. For a full game report, see this week's ANR.

Wed
26
Feb

Huskies compete well at state

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A decade has passed since Aurora had this type of representation at the state wrestling championships. The Huskies sent eight -- one of the highest totals in Class B -- to the CHI Heath Center in Omaha and saw varying levels of success.
Most impressive was all eight Huskies winning at least one match. That helped the Huskies finish ninth in Class B with 62 points.
Aurora coach Derek Keasling had plenty to be excited about or in other scenarios dwell over, but seeing all eight of his state qualifiers win a match was special.
“It’s awesome to see what we did this year,” Keasling said. “It’s been a decade since we brought this many kids to state. Not only that, but everyone we brought here scored points. They might not have been big points, but they all won a match.”

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

 

Tue
25
Feb

Boerkircher lifts Huskies to B-6 subdistrict win

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Nate Boerkircher was the go-to guy all night for the Huskies and even put the exclamation point on at the end. 

The senior scored a game-high 24 points and threw down an emphatic dunk to cap a 16-2 run as Aurora defeated York 45-33 to win the Class B-6 subdistrict finals Tuesday night. 

York led for much of the second and third quarters, but down 31-29, Aurora scored the final 16 of 18 points to win the game. 

Aurora held York to just two fourth quarter points in the win. 

The Huskies advance to a district final Saturday with opponent and site to be determined. 

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

Sat
22
Feb

Soule, Svoboda come up short of state titles

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It wasn't the happy ending High Plains' Dylan Soule or Aurora's Caden Svoboda were looking for. 

Both wrestlers lost their respective state championship bouts Saturday afternoon during the NSAA state wrestling championships at the CHI Health Center in Omaha. 

Soule was looking to cap off a spectacular high school wrestling career in style, but ended up on the wrong end of a 5-3 decision to Plainview's Alizae Mejia. 

The Storm senior led the match 2-0 after the first period, but allowed an escape and takedown late in the second to fall behind, 3-2. 

From there, Soule tied the match in the third at 3-all after an escape, but gave up a takedown late in the period while looking for his own shot. 

Soule's senior season ends with a 40-8 record and 151 career wins. 

As for Svoboda, he was against a familiar foe, taking on Bennington's Kael Lauridsen for the third time this season. 

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