Collingham strikes for Lady Huskies

One of the Aurora girls soccer team's goals for its sophomore season was to, in fact, score a goal in their second year of existence. It only took 20-some minutes into the first half of the opening match Thursday afternoon for that to happen. 

Senior captain Bailey Collingham, who had missed several chances earlier in the game, struck from 20 yards out, bouncing the ball off the top bar and came crashing to the ground just inside of the goal line, earning Aurora's first goal in school history. The goal from Collingham tied the match at one-all with Schuyler, who went on to score a second goal in the second half to win the game, 2-1. 

As for the boys, they spent a solid amount of time on the attack, but struggled to find the back of the net as they lost a 3-0 decision to Schuyler. 

Up next for the soccer teams is a invite in York Saturday. 


Giltner stuffed by FCSH defense

Scoring was at a premium for both Giltner and Falls City Sacred Heart in their Class D2 semifinal matchup Friday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, but the Irish made enough plays to return to the final. 

The Class D-2 No. 1-ranked Irish smothered Giltner for minutes at a time to gain a 42-27 victory. 

Although they were held to 11 points at the half, the Hornets made a run for it in the third, using a 12-2 run to cut the Irish lead to 27-23 late in the third. That would be as close as the Hornets could get. 

From there, FCSH finished the evening on a 15-4 run to return to the finals and will face Riverside, who defeated Mullen 66-59. Josh Hinrichs led the Hornets with eight points while Beau Craig added seven and Rece Vaught chipped in six. 


Giltner advances to D2 semifinals

Giltner came into the state tournament looking to win a rematch with Wilcox-Hildreth by playing a different style of basketball. Check. 

The Hornets took an early lead and never surrendered in a 40-34 opening round victory over the Falcons Thursday at Lincoln Southeast to begin the Class D2 state tournament. 

Giltner flipped the script from last week's district final by tightening up on the defensive end and playing with more physicality overall. 

Josh Hinrichs scored 15 points to lead the Hornets, who had eight in the scorebook. 

The Hornets advance to play top-ranked Falls City Sacred Heart in Friday’s 7:00 p.m. semifinal at the Devaney Center. 

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


Huskies eliminated with 4th quarter drought

Although Aurora and Bennington entered the fourth quarter tied at 37, one team forged ahead -- Bennington -- while the Huskies struggled to score. 

The No. 4 Huskies' season came to a close in a 55-45 decision to the No. 5 Badgers Thursday in the Class B state tournament at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. The Badgers outscored Aurora 18-8 in the fourth to win it, while Aurora went over four minutes without a score. 

Baylor Scheierman led the Huskies with 22 points while Jayden Herzberg added 12. Herzberg, along with Henry Penner, Ian Boerkircher, Lukas Pohlmann and Caden Schuster played their last game as Huskies. Aurora ends the year with a 22-5 record. 

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



Hinrichs to play in 8-man all star game

Giltner senior Josh Hinrichs was selected to play for the West team in the 2018 NEMFCA Sertoma 8-man all star game. The game will be played June 16th at the Hastings College Sports Complex. 
Also participating in the game are High Plains coaches Greg Wood and John Kucera. Wood will serve as the head coach for the East team while Kucera will be one of the assistants, alongside Matt Maltsberger of Heartland and Shawn Biltoft of East Butler. 
This will be the 41st edition of the 8-man all star game and kickoff is set for 6 p.m. 

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


Giltner denied in district final matchup

In the end, the Giltner boys basketball team qualified for the state basketball tournament, but there was plenty of drama to unfold.
The Hornets never shot themselves out of the mud in a 58-45 loss to Wilcox-Hildreth in the D2-4 district final Feb. 27 at Adams Central.
Giltner coach Jordan Ortmeier explained after the game that a bad defensive night and an inability to make plays late doomed his team.

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



One in a million

Okay, I’m sorry. I apologize. My bad.
I should have called in sick, hopped aboard an airplane for New York City and bought a ticket to Nebraska’s basketball game with Michigan on Friday afternoon.
But because I didn’t, I’ll take full responsibility for the Huskers’ lousy showing.
And lousy is putting it mildly.
When the Husker men beat Michigan 72-52 back on Jan. 18, Cindy and I had tickets for the very top row in PBA, up in the rafters, where the rims look the size of a hangnail. At halftime, however, after spotting some open seats, we moved down to row 9, just behind the Wolverine bench.
Needless to say it was a fun second half.
“We could have beat the Knicks that night,” Husker coach Tim Miles would say just prior to Friday afternoon’s rematch at Madison Square Garden.


Protect the bubble

Everyone’s into creating a buzz on social media, whether it’s a hashtag or the like.
The big push for Sunday’s Nebraska-Penn State matchup was to replicate No Sit Sunday from 2014 when the Huskers defeated Wisconsin in the final regular season home matchup and went on to qualify for the NCAA tournament.
My push was to do one thing -- protect the bubble.
That’s certainly what the Huskers did, using a big defensive first half to defeat Penn State 76-64 in front of a wall-to-wall crowd at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The main question that will reverberate around the Cornhusker state up until the final brackets are revealed is this: Have the Huskers done enough to make the dance?
A lot of us in the state believe so. The 10-man selection committee? That answer remains uncertain.
However, the Huskers played one of its most complete games of the year Sunday with NCAA committee chair Bruce Rasmussen sitting front and center.


Huskies statebound

For the third year in a row, the Aurora boys basketball team has punched a ticket to the state tournament in Lincoln by winning a district championship, this time by defeating Seward 47-35 Saturday afternoon at the Aurora Sports Complex. 

Seward's only lead came at the jump of the game, but didn't allow the Huskies to build a double digit lead until the fourth quarter. Aurora entered the fourth up 34-29 when Baylor Scheierman scored 10 of his 21 points to push the lead to an insurmountable margin. 

Behind Scheierman's 21 points was Henry Penner, who scored nine of his 11 total points in the first half. 

Aurora's first round matchup at the state tournament March 8 has yet to be determined as other district final matchups are still being played around the state. Check back with the News-Register for updates. 


Giltner advances to district final

Two Hamilton County teams converged in Aurora Thursday night for the most important basketball game of the year up to this point. 

In a back-and-forth bruising affair, it was the Giltner Hornets who outlasted the Hampton Hawks 49-36 to win the D2-7 subdistrict final matchup. 

Giltner never once relinquished the lead, but Hampton made the Hornets work for everything all night long. The Hornets held a 28-16 lead at the half and used a 13-2 run in the third to assert themselves in the second half. 

The Hornets were led in scoring by Josh Hinrichs with 16 points while Hampton's Jarrod Shoup scored 14. 

Giltner advances to the D2-4 district final Tuesday night where the Hornets will take on Wilcox-Hildreth. The game will be held at Adams Central with tipoff set for 7 p.m. The Hornets are ranked 4th in D2 while Wilcox-Hildreth is 10th in the latest Omaha World Herald ratings. 


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