A Cardinal service

 Stanford. Volleyball. Whiteboard. Oops.
If you remember the fallout after the 2018 NCAA volleyball championships in Minneapolis, those words flow together pretty well.
If you’re confused, well sorry, I’m not going to rehash it all now.
Nonetheless, the Cardinal are scheduled to visit Lincoln this fall (and also three times in the next five seasons) to play a match against the Huskers, a rematch if you will, and word on the street has it that Stanford coach Kevin Hambly wants his team to perform community service when they’re here. Call it a goodwill gesture if you want, but to me it sounds like they’re just trying to save face. Their hands were caught in the proverbial cookie jar.
Anyway, since they’re offering, I’ve come up with 20 community service ideas that I will email to the defending champs, just to help get the ball rolling:


After injury, Wyoming’s Gavin Rush set for return to field

Throughout much of his football career, University of Wyoming offensive lineman Gavin Rush has been mostly reliable when it comes to being available on game days.
That wasn’t the case during the 2018 season for Rush, however. The former Aurora Husky missed the entire 2018 season with an upper arm injury suffered in the early stages of fall camp.
It was actually the first scrimmage of fall camp. As Rush recalled, it was only the third play of said scrimmage. The play call was just a simple stretch run to the left.
“It was just a freak incident,” Rush recalled during a phone interview last week. “My arm supinated and the bicep snapped. They said it was a 1 in 1,000 chance in happening.”
Unfortunately for Rush, he was the one. Thus began a three month-plus recovery plan that was slow and tedious.


Scheierman named 1st team All-Nebraska

For the second time in his senior year, Aurora’s Baylor Scheierman was named to the Omaha World-Herald’s All-Nebraska First Team.
After earning the honors last fall as a quarterback for the C-1 state champion Huskies, Scheierman was tabbed Sunday as one of Nebraska’s five top players by the OWH on the basketball floor.

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


Giltner, HPC kickstart spring season

Both Giltner and High Plains' track teams competed in their first outdoor track meet of the season Thursday at the Merrick County Invite at Central City. The two area teams had several successes on the day. 

Brooke Wilson won both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs for the Lady Hornets while Giltner's relay teams won the 3200 and finished second in the 400 and 1600. Hannah Preissler was a winner in both the pole vault and 100 hurdles while finishing third in the 300 hurdles.

For the Giltner boys, there were no winners but several close efforts. Rody Lyon was a runner-up in both the long jump and 100 dash. The Hornet 400 relay team finished second as Dayne Hinrichs was third in the 100 and fourth in the pole vault. 


Reichardt inks with Concordia University

In the choice between football and basketball, Aurora senior Cade Reichardt took hoops. 

Reichardt signed his letter of intent Wednesday afternoon to continue his academic and basketball career at Concordia University. 

The Bulldogs are getting a good one in Reichardt, who averaged 13 points per game as a senior for an Aurora team that finished 26-2, the most wins any Husky basketball team has earned. 

Reichardt was named to the All-Central Conference 2nd team as well as earning 1st Team All-State C-1 honors in football. All-state players for basketball haven't been announced yet. 

Reichardt is the second Husky player from the 2018-19 year to sign a letter of intent to play college basketball, joining teammate and friend Baylor Scheierman, who is headed to South Dakota State in the fall. 

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


Bill Kropp and Curly Penner alumni tourney this weekend

The 30th edition of the annual Bill Kropp and Curly Penner Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament is set for tipoff Saturday morning with the Class of 2006 set to defend its crown.
Last year, the ‘06 Class defeated 2007 by a 44-34 score and paused the dynasty of the 2002 Class, which has won 14 of the last 16 alumni tournaments and hopes to regain its spot at the top.

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



Aurora senior class will go down as one of its finest

This was it.
Aurora was going to rid itself of a hindering monkey on its back by winning a Class B tournament semifinal game at Pinnacle Bank Arena, something the Huskies haven’t done in four years.
Baylor Scheierman just sent an electric charge through the PBA crowd with a high-flying slam dunk, the intensity in his eyes proving this moment was made for guys like him.
The slam came off a defensive steal by Kaleb Moural, who sent the ball up the floor to Scheierman giving Aurora a 50-47 lead with 2:20 to play.
The basketball gods giveth, and taketh away, too.
Omaha Roncalli hit a three to tie things up just 10 seconds later as the game went to not just one, but two overtimes where the Crimson Pride defeated the Huskies, 75-66.
It was another heartbreaking end to a basketball season that featured so much promise and expectation.
For this specific group of six seniors, the expectations couldn’t have been any higher.


Aurora's season ends in 2OT loss

Aurora's curse in the Friday afternoon Class B semifinals and Pinnacle Bank Arena are alive and well. 

The Huskies lost it's fourth state tournament game in as many years at PBA Friday afternoon as Omaha Roncalli defeated Aurora 75-66 in double overtime. 

It wasn't for a lack of effort, however. 

Aurora had plenty of opportunities to sneak past the semifinal round and advance to its first final since 1987, but Roncalli put together a 10-0 run in the second overtime and earn its second extra-session victory of the tournament.

The Huskies held a 65-61 lead after two Baylor Scheierman free throws. From there, however, Roncalli scored the next 10 points as Scheierman missed a three to respond and things went south for the Huskies. 

Roncalli had a shot at the end of regulation to win the game while the Huskies had the ball at the end of the first overtime and a chance to win as both shots were no good. 


Huskies bounce Alliance from state

Like a diesel engine, it took a few minutes to warm up, but once it did, the Aurora offense hummed right along. 

The Huskies trailed for much of the first quarter, but outscored Alliance 23-7 in the second quarter on its way to a 71-49 win over the Bulldogs in the opening round of the Class B boys state basketball tournament played Thursday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. 

At one point, the Huskies were on a 20-2 run from the end of the first quarter through much of the second to take an 11-9 deficit and turn it into a 29-13 advantage. 

Aurora was led in offense by Baylor Scheierman, scoring a double-double with 30 points and 13 rebounds. 


Huskies open state tourney against Alliance

The Aurora boys basketball team (25-1) earned the No. 2 seed in Class B for next week's boys state basketball tournament, setting up an opening-round matchup against No. 7 Alliance (19-6) Thursday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. That game will tip at 8:45 p.m.

With a win in the first round, the Huskies would advance to Friday's semifinals at the Pinnacle Bank Arena at 3:45 p.m. The Class B finals are set for Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

The rest of the Class B field looks like this:

No. 1 Lincoln Pius (24-2) vs No. 8 Scottsbluff (14-10) 9 a.m. PBA

No. 4 Omaha Skutt Catholic (22-4) vs No. 5 York (21-4) 10:45 a.m. PBA

No. 3 Omaha Roncalli (23-2) vs No. 6 Bennington (20-6) 7 p.m. Devaney

No. 2 Aurora (25-1) vs No. 7 Alliance (19-6) 8:45 p.m. Devaney

A more detailed preview of next week's boys state tournament will be available in the upcoming News-Register. 


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