Aurora had the pleasure of welcoming Adams Central into the Central 10 Conference Thursday and displayed team basketball with a 78-48 victory on the road. “Adams Central is going to win a lot of games and they have some quality players,” Aurora coach Tom Leininger noted.
A slugfest is always expected when two teams so familiar with each other meet up to do battle. Put that matchup in the first week of the regular season and fireworks will fly. In the end, the Lady Hornets outlasted the Lady Storm, 44-27. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Aurora's Adyson Narber joined the 1,000 point club last night as Aurora defeated Adams Central 81-36. Narber is the first girls basketball player from Aurora to complete such a feat. She was presented the game ball from Adams Central in a classy gesture. The Aurora boys also took down the Patriots 78-48. For coverage on both games, see the upcoming News-Register.
Amid the confetti, the hugs, the hats, the t-shirts and the trophy, Husker volleyball fans were treated to not only a Big Ten Championship Saturday night following Nebraska’s 3-1 win over stubborn Michigan, but those in attendance got to witness a team that’s “Big Ten tough,” something lacking on another sports team on campus. At least that’s my opinion. Husker volleyball coach John Cook, through his off-season training and coaching, has his girls’ mindset exactly where it needs to be, not only now, but back in August when the season first got started.
Quite simply, basketball is life for Aurora senior Tommy Leininger, and he’ll get the chance to keep playing basketball during his college years. Leininger signed a scholarship to play basketball at Briar Cliff University Nov. 16 in front of his family and teammates. Leininger is beyond ecstatic about his college opportunity and is satisfied with his choice.
Aurora senior Jonna Bart is most comfortable when she is running, and she will get a chance to do a lot more of it in the near future. Bart signed her letter of intent to be a cross country and track runner at the University of South Dakota Nov. 15, making her future plans official. Despite being her final college visit, Bart knew right away it was the school for her. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Since a young age, Jordan Metzger has always had a special enjoyment and love for the game of softball. That passion helped her build her future toward college softball. Metzger signed her letter of intent to continue her softball career at Concordia University Nov. 15. Metzger has been playing softball since she was little and is still excited to play the game. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Aurora turned into “a pretty tough out” down the stretch of the 2016 season according to coach Kyle Peterson, who said the Huskies were playing their best football of the year in a stretch run that ended in the second round of the Class B playoffs. Looking back on a season that ended with a district championship and an 8-3 record, the second-year coach said he was pleased with the way this team grew and improved, particularly in the second half of the schedule. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Senior day is different for every team and essentially every player. For the Nebraska Huskers on Saturday, the emotions flowed for several different reasons. Two of those seniors hail not far from the area -- Garret Johns of Aurora and Logan Rath of Giltner. And both had reason to celebrate after the game, aside from Nebraska’s 28-7 win over Maryland. Both Rath and Johns saw gametime as the fourth quarter wore on, something both players will never forget. It’s been an interesting ride for Rath, who started his football career at South Dakota State after turning down a walk-on offer at Nebraska. Rath redshirted his freshman season at SDSU before making the decision to give things a shot at Nebraska, despite the opportunity he had to get on the field for the Jackrabbits. He kept his nose to the grindstone and kept working, plugging away knowing that his time would come.
Take one for the team. That simple sports phrase is often times overused and many times misrepresented, but in the case of former Aurora Husky Garret Johns, it certainly rings true. The only thing is, Garret has taken not one, but hundreds if not thousands of hits for the Husker football team during the past five years, serving on the scout and practice teams, helping first and second teamers get ready to go each and every Saturday during the fall. But on a crisp, cool and sunny senior day this past Saturday against Maryland, a day bittersweeet with tears of sadness for fallen teammate Sam Foltz, then maybe a tear of joy seconds after the final gun, Garret did it. He got into his first game on the defensive line with 1:31 remaining in the fourth quarter, playing a total of nine snaps. He hustled after Maryland wide receiver Levern Jacobs on one play, getting in on the tackle along with fellow senior walk-on Tanner Zlab.