High Plains state wrestling day 2

The first two rounds of wrestlebacks began Friday morning for Classes A and D as High Plains had a pair of wrestlers waiting in the wings. 

However, both Jarrett Parsons at 145 and Clay Church at 132 each lost their first consolation match of the day, thus ending their state tournament runs. 

For Parsons, he lost with a 17-2 technical fall to Cooper Coons of Twin Loup and was eliminated from the state tournament. Parsons finished the season with an 18-21 record. 

Church lost a second round consolation match to Tayten Eggleston of South Loup via an 11-6 decision to end not only his state tournament, but HPC career. Church finished the season with a 39-16 record. 

High Plains has two wrestlers alive and waiting for their semifinal matchups as Logan Russell takes on Hunter Bennett of Elkhorn Valley while Dylan Soule will be matched up against Elkhorn Valley's Joshua McFarland. The semifinals are scheduled for 5 p.m. 


Aurora state day 1

Aurora's Caden Svoboda earned a spot in Friday's semifinals following a pair of wins Thursday to begin the state wrestling tournament at the CHI Health Center in Omaha. 

The sophomore started the day with a 2nd period pinfall win over McCook's Jullian Stiver to earn a spot in the quarterfinals where Svoboda outlasted Blair's Luke Bailey with a 10-3 decision victory, securing his second career state medal. Svoboda has a spot in Friday's semifinals, taking on Gering's Quinton Chavez. 

The other three Aurora wrestlers all made the quarterfinals, but Trevor Kluck, Seth Wonch and Carter Pursley all came up short in the round. 

For Kluck, his state tournament began with a 5-1 decision victory over Brock Bashus of Plattsmouth, but was defeated in the quarterfinals by Lexington's Brady Fago via an 8-4 decision. Kluck will wrestle in Friday's second round against either Nick Taylor of Columbus Scotus or Max Revers of Omaha Concordia. 


High Plains state day 1

The High Plains wrestling team pushed two wrestlers through to the semifinals on the first day of the state wrestling tournament at the CHI Health Center in Omaha. 

Logan Russell at 106 and Dylan Soule at 160 will participate in Friday night's semifinals after each won two matches on Thursday. 

For Russell, his two matches on Thursday lasted a combined 3:49, defeating Ethan Kipp of Twin Loup via pinfall in the first period to start the day and defeated Ashton Sinn of Thayer Central in the second period by pinfall and in doing so secured his third state medal. Russell's quest for a third straight state championship continues Friday night against Hunter Bennett of Elkhorn Valley. 


Boys subdistrict brackets released

The boys basketball subdistrict brackets were released Tuesday morning by the NSAA and are set to begin play Monday and go through Feb. 21.

Class B-6

The Aurora Huskies (21-1) were given the No. 1 seed and will play No. 4 Grand Island Northwest (11-9) at 6 p.m. Monday at the Aurora Sports Complex. The other half of the bracket features No. 2 York (19-3) taking on No. 3 Hastings (13-5) at 7:45. The subdistrict final game will be played in Aurora Tuesday at 7 p.m. Aurora has seen all three of those teams this season as the Huskies defeated GINW 40-25 on Dec. 20 as well as Hastings 57-52 on Jan. 8. Aurora has played York twice this year and won both, including a 63-42 win Dec. 14 and a 61-58 victory in the Central Conference finals Jan. 26.  

Class D2-7


Hunter signs with Hastings College as kicker/punter

The kicker on the football team is a thankless job, really. They’re often forgotten until they’re needed and asked to deliver in the most pressure-packed scenarios.
Aurora’s Ryan Hunter enjoys that role and will continue kicking footballs at the collegiate level.
Hunter signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and football career at Hastings College Thursday as part of a 53-signee class for the Broncos.

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



Reichardt selected for 61st Shrine Bowl

Aurora senior Cade Reichardt was selected to play on the South team in the 61st annual Shrine Bowl Game. The Shrine Bowl will be played Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Kearney at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Kearney.

Reichardt is the 48th Aurora football player to be selected to play in the game. Reichardt and his South teammates will be coached by York's Glen Snodgrass. 

During Aurora's 12-0 state championship season in 2018, Reichardt caught 64 passes for 1,012 yards and a team-leading 15 touchdowns. For his career, Reichardt snagged 146 receptions in his Husky career with a school record 15 touchdowns in a season and 30 for his career. 

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


Lady Husky rally falls short

The Aurora girls basketball team trailed by 16 at halftime and rallied within two in the second half, but its second half efforts fell short in a 51-45 loss to Grand Island Northwest in the opening round of the B-6 subdistrict tournament Monday night. 

GINW finished the first half on a 9-0 run to take a 32-16 at the break before Aurora began to connect on some shots in the third quarter. 

In fact, Aurora finished the third quarter on a 12-4 run to trail 39-35 entering the final quarter. 

A Paxtyn Dummer shot in the paint made it 39-37 with seven minutes to play, but Aurora would never get out front and missed several three-pointers down the stretch. 

In her final game as a Lady Husky, Maya Nachtigal led Aurora with 16 points while Cassidy Knust added 11. 

Along with Nachtigal, it was the final game for seniors Hailey Holliday, Megan Snyder and Jaelyn McDonald. Aurora finished the season with an 8-15 record. 


Aurora tallies four to Omaha

Caden Svoboda highlighted Aurora's efforts at the B-3 district meet by winning a district title at 106 and is one of four Husky wrestlers headed to the state tournament in Omaha next week. 

Svoboda won a 5-0 decision in the finals as part of a near-perfect two-day event for the sophomore and takes a 41-3 record to state in his second appearance. 

Aurora had two other wrestlers -- Trevor Kluck at 132 and Seth Wonch at 145 -- competing for district titles but both came away with runner-up finishes. 

Kluck lost a 4-0 decision in the finals and takes a 41-3 record to state in his second appearance. 

As for Wonch, the senior lost an 8-1 decision in the finals and sports a 42-6 record headed to Omaha next week for his second appearance. 


Storm earn two district titles

High Plains senior Logan Russell is carrying the flag for High Plains at the D-2 district meet in Amherst and is one of four state qualifiers for the Storm as he punched a ticket to the state wrestling tourament in Omaha for the fourth time and still has a chance to three-peat as Class D 106 champ. Russell came from behind to win a 3-2 decision with a takedown in the third period. 

Joining Russell on the road to Omaha is Dylan Soule at 160 after winning his own district championship with a late takedown in the finals to win a 6-5 decision. This will be Soule's third trip to the state tournament as a junior. Soule takes a 39-9 record to the state tournament next week. 

Clay Church was the third Storm wrestler to punch his ticket to state after earning a pinfall victory in the heartbreak round and won his third place match to qualify at 132.  


Girls subdistrict brackets released

The girls basketball subdistrict brackets were released Thursday morning by the NSAA and are set to begin play Monday and go through Feb. 14. 

Class B-6

The Aurora Lady Huskies (8-13) were given the No. 4 seed and will play No. 1 Grand Island Northwest (14-5) Monday at 6 p.m. at Northwest High School. No. 2 Hastings (8-7) and No. 3 York (9-11) will play at 7:30 and the two winners of those games will play Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Northwest. Earlier this season, Aurora lost to GINW 47-32 Dec. 20, defeated York 41-35 Dec. 14 and beat Hastings 31-22 Jan. 8.

Class D1-4


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