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Sat
15
Feb

High Plains qualifies five for state wrestling

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At max, the High Plains wrestling team could have sent six wrestlers to next week's state wrestling meet. 

They had one of the best efficiency rates in the state, qualifying five for the state tournament. 

Dylan Soule, Jarrett Parsons, Javier Marino, Kolby Beck and Hunter Gress all punched tickets to the state wrestling meet in a solid showing for the Storm wrestling team. 

Soule was HPC's lone district champion at 170 while the team finished fifth with 89 points. 

Marino was a runner-up finisher at 126 while Parsons took second at 160. Both Gress and Beck finished fourth in their respective 152 and 220 divisions. 

The state wrestling meet begins Thursday from the CHI Heath Center in Omaha. 

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

Thu
13
Feb

Girls subdistrict brackets released

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

B-6

The Aurora Lady Huskies (5-13) were given the No. 4 seed and play No. 1 GINW (16-5) Monday at 6 p.m. at Northwest. The winner of that game will play either No. 2 York (15-7) or No. 3 Hastings (12-7) Tuesday. 

D1-6

No. 5 High Plains (4-14) will play in an opening round game against No. 4 Twin River (4-16) Monday night at Cross County with tipoff at 7 p.m. The winner there plays No. 1 Fullerton (16-4) Tuesday with the other matchup being No. 2 Palmer (13-5) vs No. 3 East Butler (11-9). 

D2-6

Wed
12
Feb

Area football schedules released

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The new two-year football schedules for all Nebraska high school teams was released by the NSAA Wednesday.

Aurora moves back up to Class B for the next two-year cycle and will see some of its more familiar rivalries and opponents, like McCook, York, GINW and Scottsbluff. 

Giltner will compete in Class D2 alongside High Plains, no longer in a co-op with Osceola as those two teams will in fact play each other. Hampton remains in the 6-man lineup. 

Here's what all the schedules look like for Aurora, Giltner, Hampton and High Plains:

Aurora 2020 schedule:                                   Aurora 2021 schedule:    

Wed
12
Feb

Hornets shoot lights out in win

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Giltner’s offense has been hit and miss for much of the season to date. That sure wasn’t a problem Friday.
It looked like the Hornet hot shooting teams of old as Giltner cruised to a 58-39 win over Dorchester at home.
Giltner coach Jordan Ortmeier called it the best shooting night of the season “by far” as the Hornets made eight three-point field goals in the game.

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

 

Wed
12
Feb

Can’t we play nice?

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Imagine Cam Mack on a fast break at PBA, a teammate way out in front for the easy slam, only in this world the Husker point guard keeps the basketball and shoots a long-range three.
Or Adrian Martinez on an option play down in the red zone, electing to keep the ball instead of pitching it to his running back, who had wide open turf to the end zone.
Or Lexi Sun pouting on the bench after being pulled out of a match, cutting down on her kill numbers.
Whether or not Cam or Adrian or Lexi make the plays isn’t the point. It’s the fact that they all of a sudden could become different players, ball hogs if you will, looking to pad their individual stats because of the almighty dollar. Me before we at the expense of the team. Such a scenario seems far fetched, and yet, maybe not.

Sat
08
Feb

Three area players selected to Shrine Bowl game

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Three area athletes were selected to the 62nd annual Shrine Bowl game this summer. 

Aurora's Nate Boerkircher and Ryan Marlatt along with High Plains' Keaton Van Housen will all play for the South team in the game. 

Van Housen carried the ball 302 times as a senior, eclipsing 2,283 yards with 34 rushing touchdowns during Osceola/High Plains' Class D1 championship season.

Van Housen averaged nearly eight yards per carry while averaging just over 175 yards per game. He ran for more than 100 yards in 10 of OHP’s 13 games. 

During his senior campaign, Boerkircher hauled in 35 passes for 467 yards and four touchdowns -- all team highs. He averaged just over 13 yards per reception with a long catch of 30 yards. 

He was also fourth on the team in total tackles with 48 including five for loss and two forced fumbles. 

Sat
08
Feb

Aurora sweeps Lexington at home

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It was a solid night all around for the Aurora boys and girls basketball teams, picking up wins over Lexington at home Saturday. 

The boys game came down to the wire as a Boerkircher lay-in with 13 seconds left put the Huskies on top 35-34. 

Lexington took a 3 on the other end that was unsucessful, but still had a chance with 3 seconds left and an in-bounds play. 

However, the Husky defense forced a turnover and held on for the 35-34 victory. 

Boerkircher and Tate Nachtigal combined for 27 of Aurora's 35 points. 

In the girls game, the Lady Huskies pulled away late for a 44-32 win. 

It was a close game through the first three quarters with Aurora leading 30-26 entering the fourth. 

However, the Lady Huskies outscored the Minutemaids 14-4 in the fourth quarter behind a balanced offensive attack to get the win. 

Kassidy Hudson led the team with 12 points. 

Fri
07
Feb

Hornets all smiles on Senior night

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Giltner's senior basketball players had one heck of a final game at home. 

The Lady Hornets held on to defeat Dorchester 34-30 while the boys had one of its best shooting nights of the year, besting the Longhorns 58-39. 

In the girls game, the Lady Hornets at one time led 23-13 before Dorchester made it a four-point game after three quarters. 

From there, big efforts from senior Kaley Ballard on the boards and in the paint helped Giltner secure its seventh win of the year. 

Payton Hunnicutt, a fellow senior who was a game-time decision, led the team with 10 points while Ballard and Sydni Watson added eight apiece. 

The boys game featured a rocket first quarter wtih 34 combined points as Giltner led it 20-14 after one. 

In all, the Hornets made eight three-point field goals in the game to pull away for a 58-39 win, its third of the year. 

Lance McKay and Tanner Roth each scored 11 to lead Giltner while Cole Consbruck added nine. 

Wed
05
Feb

Mohr headed to Europe to play soccer

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National Signing Day always has plenty of excitement for high school seniors looking to continue their athletic careers. Zac Mohr's had a bit of international flair. 

The Aurora senior made his choice official Wednesday, heading across the pond to play soccer in Europe while attending college. 

Mohr is headed for England to attend school at Roehampton and play soccer for Crystal Palace U19 in London. 

The Challengers Study and Play Abroad is a program where U.S. and international students have the opportunity to study for their degrees in the United Kingdom while training and playing with professional soccer clubs

Aurora added soccer as a spring sport four years ago as Mohr is part of the first high school class to play its senior season after joining as a freshman. 

The Huskies have seen increased levels of success, coming up short in a subdistrict title game last season against Crete with Mohr playing as a midfielder for Aurora.

Wed
05
Feb

Van Housen inks with Lopers

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At first glance, Keaton Van Housen and the University of Nebraska-Kearney football team are a perfect fit. 

In 2019, the Lopers rushed for more than 4,000 yards on its way to a 7-5 record and a Mineral Water Bowl championship. They've now added one of Nebraska's best 8-man backs in recent history. 

Van Housen made it official Wednesday, signing with UNK to continue his academic and football career with the Lopers. 

The High Plains senior was on full display for the state in 2019 for the Stormdogs. Van Housen carried the ball 302 times for 2,283 yards and 34 touchdowns. He rushed for more than 100 yards 10 of OHP's 13 games and averaged 175.6 yards en route to a Class D1 state championship. 

In all, Van Housen is a career 5,000-yard rusher with nearly 700 carries and 77 touchdowns while crossing the 100-yard plateau in 23 of his 39 high school games. 

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