Sports

Wed
18
Apr

Janzen inks with Nebraska Wesleyan for track

Reagan Janzen’s decorated track and field career isn’t set to close just yet. As her Giltner career comes to a close, another book is opening up as the Giltner senior signed her letter of intent Monday to continue her track and field career at Nebraska Wesleyan.
When narrowing down choices for a college, Janzen had two areas of focus in mind -- a solid nursing program as well as a track and field team. Nebraska Wesleyn checked both boxes.

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Wed
11
Apr

Area athletes set record marks

Area athletes battled brisk winds and dwindling temperatures last week at the Mustang Invite, but that didn’t stop some from setting career marks.
Several athletes set meet and a few school records April 4 at the Meridian-hosted invite in Friend.

 

Tue
10
Apr

Husker volleyball lands big transfer

 Christmas came a little bit early a week ago for Husker volleyball fans.
The sudden announcement from head coach John Cook that former Texas Longhorn freshman All Big 12 outside hitter Lexi Sun will join the program early this summer as a transfer caught most of us off guard. There were reports the day before, and then boom, Sun’s a Husker.
She’s no doubt the highest profile transfer the program has ever seen considering the fact that she was the top-ranked recruit in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com coming out of high school in San Diego in 2017.
That includes fellow outside hitter Kelsey Robinson from Tennessee, who is now playing professionally and on the U.S.A. Olympic volleyball team.
If you’re like me, you probably let off a loud, “Dilly dilly!”

Wed
04
Apr

Frost/Allen connection

I’ve recently contracted an illness that will for surely consume me until the end of April, but more likely will last much longer than that.
I came down with a drastic case of football fever last week as the Huskers suited up for spring practice and continue working toward its spring game April 21.
Listening and reading player reactions to the new Scott Frost system as well as hearing the head man’s thoughts on his new players has me head-over-heels intrigued.
However, one player in particular has me buzzing with anticipation more than maybe any other that I can recall.
Austin Allen -- the hometown kid.
The redshirt freshman entered spring ball with high hopes after finishing winter workouts. The last measurements I saw listed were 6’8” and 210 pounds.
That weight seems a bit light to me, judging by looking at him and talking to him quick over spring break.

Wed
04
Apr

Penner, Hinrichs named first team all-state

Two Hamilton County boys basketball players were recognized by the Omaha World-Herald over the weekend as first teamers.
Henry Penner of Aurora and Josh Hinrichs of Giltner were both selected to the Class B and D2 first-team all-state basketball teams by the OWH for their accomplishments over the year.

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Wed
28
Mar

Hampton enjoys the outdoors

The Hampton track teams got a taste of outdoor competition March 21 as the Hawks competed in the McCool Junction Triangular.
In all, the Hawks won 10 events on the day, six from the girls team and four by the boys.

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Wed
28
Mar

Just call it a hunch

 Some random thoughts on this thing they call “March Madness.”
If you had a ticket to Sunday afternoon’s regional final in Omaha, more power to you. Not only did you see two thoroughbred programs go at it for 45 minutes, but you possibly saw in person the true national championship game.
No. 1 seed Kansas versus No. 2 seed Duke. Self versus Krzyzewski. Blue versus blue, with future NBA players all over the court.
And how close was the state of Kansas to getting two teams to the Final Four? Wouldn’t that have been crazy?
Sister Jean is America’s new sweetheart, we all know that, but she can’t take all the credit for Loyola’s remarkable run to San Antonio this weekend. I’ve had the Ramblers winning in each of my brackets. Guess it’s time to go buy a lottery ticket.
Top overall seed Virginia loses by 20 in the opening round to UMBC, and Nebraska beats Final 4 bound Michigan by 20 back in January at PBA. Say what?

Wed
28
Mar

Aurora misses the mark in York loss Thursday

The first half in the York-Aurora boys soccer game Thursday was a scoring frenzy for the Dukes.
York totaled five goals in the opening half to pick up its first win of the year with a 5-0 score over Aurora.
Husky coach Madison Farris noted that with three starters missing from the lineup, it was hard to feel comfortable taking on the Dukes.

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Wed
21
Mar

The madness is real, dude

I fill out a bracket for the NCAA tournament every year in hopes that my ‘extensive’ sports acumen will shine through. However, every year by Sunday night, I come back to the harsh realization that the NCAA tournament doesn’t give a you-know-what about me or my pride.
The smoldering remains of by bracket sure don’t resemble much of anything, after losing two final four teams, including my national champion pick of North Carolina.
My other final four picks of Kentucky and Villanova remain alive while the other pick, Michigan State, will also watch the rest of the tournament from home like myself.
In fact, I only correctly picked seven of the sweet 16 teams that remain.
However, the disdain of my recently shredded bracket is replaced by the heightened sense of excitement watching the lower level teams take down the giant goliaths of the sport.

Wed
21
Mar

There’s a new sheriff in town

The Class of 2006 did what few teams have been able to do in the annual Aurora alumni basketball tournament, upending a 2002 squad which has won the title 15 out of 16 tries. After that 39-37 win in the semifinals, the 2006 team went on to defeat 2007 44-34 in the Sunday finale, earning bragging rights as this year’s top team.
“It was a good weekend,” noted John Miller, co-chairman of the 29th annual Bill Kropp and Curly Penner Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament.

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