Sports

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.

Wed
26
Jul

Peterson named South coach for 60th Shrine Bowl

Aurora head football coach Kyle Peterson was named Wednesday morning as the head coach for the South team for the 60th annual Shrine Bowl Game next June. Peterson was an assistant coach back in 2011 for the South team. Peterson, who has been the head Husky since 2015, will be joined on the sideline by Reed Manstedt, Crete; Ryan Kearney, Pius X; Rashawn Harvey, Kearney Catholic; Tim Elge, Aurora; Wade Miller, Seward. The 60th annual Shrine Bowl game will be played at the University of Nebraska - Kearney’s Ron and Carol Cope Stadium Foster Field in Kearney on Saturday, June 2. 

Wed
26
Jul

Seniors fall short of district title game

Although they went into the tournament with limited bench players, the Aurora Post 42 Seniors team was ready for a rally.
After winning its first two games of the tournament, they seemed ready to duplicate the efforts of the Juniors team. However, it wasn’t meant to be, following back-to-back losses.
Aurora saw its season come to a close Monday night at the hands of the host team, Wahoo, 12-0 in an elimination game in the Class B, Area 4 tournament.

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Wed
26
Jul

Binfield honored with NCA award

Several area coaches were honored Sunday night at the 50th Annual Nebraska Coach’s Association Awards Banquet in Lincoln.
One of those coaches included former Husky golf instructor Dick Binfield, who was honored with the NCA career golf award.

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Wed
26
Jul

NSAA classification not the be-all and end-all

High school athletics can be considered sports in its purest form. The game isn’t muddled by superstar contracts or any sort of large cheating scandals. It is pure and simple competition at its finest.
But that doesn’t mean that high school sports are immune from politics.
If you haven’t heard yet, the Aurora school district made the decision to opt up and continue competing in Class B instead of falling to C1 as their enrollment numbers show.
In the NSAA fall classifications, Aurora was bumped down to Class C1 in volleyball and cross country, but the decision was made by those in charge at Aurora to make a request to compete in Class B.
Aurora’s enrollment stands at 272, compared to Elkhorn South at the top of Class B with 929. Holdrege, who will compete in Class B in volleyball but C in cross country is at 295.
This decision had no effect on football, which was already scheduled to compete in Class B for this year.

Thu
20
Jul

Aurora hosts Central Nebraska Performance Combine

Aurora strength and conditioning coach Wade Halvorsen welcomed athletes from all across the area for the third annual Central Nebraska Performance Combine held on the Aurora football turf. Everything from height, weight, 10/40 time, vertical jump, broad jump and pro agility was tested under the scorching summer sun.

Wed
19
Jul

Aurora Juniors claim district title

A fourth trip west to Cozad in five days did little to slow the effort of the Aurora Juniors chasing a district title.
A game-defining seven-run sixth inning proved to be the winning moment for Aurora, which won the Class B Area 6 tournament with a 9-2 victory over Gothenburg.

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Wed
19
Jul

State tournament goes sour for Aurora

It wasn’t the end result the Aurora Juniors were chasing, but it created a stepping stone for the future.
Aurora was the first team eliminated from the Class B American Legion Juniors state tournament at Clemmy Holmes Field in Nebraska City after suffering back-to-back losses to Springfield and Bennington.
Aurora coach Jeremy Burgener noted that this Juniors team more than exceeded its expectations before the year, ending the season with a record of 15-11.

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Wed
19
Jul

Aurora’s ‘77 Midgets still stands at the pinnacle

Forty years ago, gas was 62 cents a gallon, the average price of a home was $54,200, Fleetwood Mac’s album “Rumors” stayed at No. 1 for 31 weeks, Star Wars opened in theaters and became the highest grossing film of its time, and, oh by the way, Aurora’s Legion baseball team, the Midgets, took state by destroying anything and everything that stood in its way.
And when you bring the subject up, some of those same players still have that special gleam in their eyes.
That year, 1977, that team was undoubtedly one of the best if not the best ever baseball team this town has ever produced, regardless of age. That team, led by the hitting of Kevin Penner, Morris Hadenfeldt, Mitch Carter among others, and the pitching of Dave Haase, Mike Funk and Carter, won 23 of 26 games, including going 5-0 during their single-elimination post-season run.
It was the last time that age group brought home the championship trophy.

Wed
12
Jul

Aurora Juniors claim district championship

by Richard Rhoden

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