Sports

Wed
23
Aug

Let's get the season started

Lincoln was the place to be Saturday night if you wanted to witness a knockout punch.
No, I’m not talking about Terence Crawford’s third round punch to the gut, but rather Husker volleyball redshirt freshman middle hitter Lauren Stivrins’ .538 hitting percentage on 16 kills. It certainly was the highlight of a fun night, a chance to see five true freshman lace it up for the first time at Devaney.
The only bad news is that all-American senior Kelly Hunter couldn’t play because of an undisclosed injury, one that might keep her out of a few matches when the season starts this weekend down in Florida.
Backup redshirt freshman setter Hunter Atherton got off to a slow start for the Reds, but came on to show her talent. Plus it was fun watching new Husker assistant coach Kayla Banwarth set for the Whites. The Olympic libero showed that she could have had a great career running an offense as well.

Wed
23
Aug

Lady Huskies begin season with sizzling offense

Aurora softball coach Natalie Starostka couldn’t have asked for a much better start to the 2017 season.
The Lady Huskies opened up the new season at home with a tournament Friday afternoon at the four-diamond sports complex, where Aurora defeated St. Paul 14-2 and Central City 11-2 while suffering its only loss of the day to Gering, 7-6.

See print or e-edition for details.

Tue
22
Aug

Oswald wins GI city golf tourney

Mitch Oswald, a 2012 Husky gradutae, battled it out with current Aurora senior Caleb Badura in the Grand Island Budweiser City Tournament where Oswald edged Badura to take the overall title as the duo finished 1-2. Oswald carded rounds of 74-65 -- 139 to Badura’s 72-68 -- 140 to win the tournament. Other area finishers included Wes Mason, third flight, 92-80 -- 172.

Wed
16
Aug

Area athletes ready to tear up the field

Although we play three different variations of football here in Hamilton County, one big aspect is the same this season across the board for Aurora, Giltner, Hampton and High Plains.
Speed -- and a lot of it.
Aurora’s speed is up and down the entire field, but can be easily traced to Cal Narber at the top of the heap. Narber was unable to see a large portion of snaps at the running back position a year ago because of the surehandedness and prolific running abiltiy from Presten Dibbern.
With that no longer being an issue and Narber being made a more focal point of the offense, he has the ability to rack up a lot of yards this year.
From the action that Narber did see last season, he rushed for 213 yards on 56 touches. He also recorded 77 total tackles and was a big part of Aurora’s secondary.
Earlier in the summer, Narber was clocked by my unofficial time of 4.55. And quite frankly, the guy gets faster with the pads on.

Wed
16
Aug

Hamilton County’s next athletic craze

Upon first glance, it looks like something you’d find on the fictional sports channel, ESPN 8 The Ocho from the movie Dodgeball.
However, after spending some time observing and learning the intricacies of the sport, it’s no wonder how something like Spikeball has caught on with so many people.
As a matter of fact, a group of Bible study friends picked up the game and with their competitive nature in tow can be found playing the game in parks around Hamilton County several nights a week. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
09
Aug

Tatanka Golf Course a diamond in the rough

by Kurt Johnson

Wed
09
Aug

Bartos brings new sting to Hornet attack

When it was announced that the Giltner football coaching position was open, Chip Bartos knew it was a job he’d love to have. Starting the first week of fall practice Monday, Bartos is assured now he made the right choice.
Bartos takes over the head coaching position in Giltner from Jeff Ashby, who piloted the Hornets for the previous 10 seasons. Ashby left his alma mater to jump into the 11-man coaching ranks at Wood River.

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

 

Wed
09
Aug

Juniors end season with state tournament trip

The Aurora Post 42 Juniors baseball team proved that the future of Legion ball in the area can and should be bright.
The Juniors rallied toward the end of the season, winning the area tournament and qualifying for state.
As the calendar flipped to July, the Juniors were searching for answers having dropped five of seven games at the end of June.

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

 

Wed
02
Aug

Huskies and Hornets battle in the rain

It’s nearly impossible to witness 11-man football teams take the field with the smaller 8-man teams and have it be competitive -- unless you have them play a 7-on-7 contest.
Hamilton County football fans got that show Saturday morning as Aurora and Giltner faced off on the turf during pool play of the Husky Classic.

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

 

Wed
02
Aug

Media guides the answer to Big Ten football title chase

 Who’s your pick to win the Big Ten this season?
While Ohio State and Urban Meyer will likely get the majority of pre-season votes, I’ve got Penn State and Nebraska in a dead heat. But that’s only because the Nittany Lions and Huskers are tied at the top when it comes to my unofficial poll of this year’s Big Ten media guides.
You may laugh now, but check back in late November. Wouldn’t it be cool if these two teams ended up playing each other in Indianapolis for all the marbles?
I took the time to go through all of the media guides except those which apparently aren’t yet released (Michigan, Purdue and Minnesota). In my mind and from a fan’s perspective, Nebraska and Penn State were far and away the leaders in graphics, photos, presentation and the overall “wow” factor.

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