Sports

Wed
20
Jan

Home basket unfriendly to Hornets in close loss at home

All you can ask for is a chance, and that’s what the Giltner Hornets had.
With a chance to win the game in the final seconds, the home court basket was unfaithful to Giltner as the game-winning shot rimmed out as the Hornets fell to the D-1 No. 3 ranked Kenesaw Blue Devils 46-44 Jan. 12.

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Wed
13
Jan

Aurora hurdles tough road environment for win

The Aurora boys basketball team found out that winning games on the road isn’t as easy as it looks on the drawing board.
The Huskies were able to get out to a big lead early and hung on down the stretch to defeat Fairbury 59-37 Friday night.

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Wed
06
Jan

SEC reigns supreme

Okay, raise your hand if you watched all 41 bowl games this season!
If you did manage to do that, and if you still have your eyesight, more power to you. As for me, I picked and chose carefully. No, I couldn’t sit through San Jose State versus Georgia State, Western Kentucky against South Florida or even Appalachian State versus Ohio. But I did manage to watch some live, and some with the help of the record button, so I can safely say that I’ve had my fill of football.

Wed
30
Dec

The tackle that changed football forever

If football didn’t die Saturday night, it is in critical condition on life support, clinging to its last breath.
With 33 seconds to go in the first half of the Foster Farms Bowl, pitting the Huskers of Nebraska against the Hollywood darlings of UCLA, football died. When I say football died, I mean what we now love and enjoy is not the game of football anymore. We’ve taken contact out of football.
Nebraska’s Nate Gerry was ejected for what is known as targeting, defined by the NCAA as a player initiating contact with a defenseless player with the crown of his helmet, or the head or neck area with his helmet, forearm, fist, elbow or shoulder.
Gerry led with his left shoulder, squared up and made a big hit -- a football hit that had minimal to zero helmet-to-helmet contact. I have so many issues with this that I don’t know where to start and I don’t even think there’s enough newspaper to fit it all.

Wed
30
Dec

Hampton boys stumble in holiday tourney

It was another teachable moment for the Hampton Hawks boys basketball team.
After entering the NSAA five-day moratorium with two wins in three games, the Hawks struggled in the first game back against Kenesaw in the first round of the Wilcox-Hildreth holiday tournament.

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Wed
30
Dec

High Plains inaugurates new Hall of Fame

High Plains Community Schools debuted a new tradition Dec. 22, honoring the inaugural Hall of Fame class with a brief ceremony between the boys and girls basketball games.
“I think that it is a great tribute to the individuals, families, and teams who have made a huge impact on the rich history of our communities and schools,” head basketball coach and principal Cameron Hudson said during the group’s introductions.

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Wed
23
Dec

Christmas wish list

 Christmas is now just a couple days away and children all over the world are full of anticipation and joy. But have they been good, or have they been a bit naughty? Will Santa bring them that favorite Star Wars toy they’ve been craving? Will they open a package that contains one of those new hover boards, even with all those safety issues?
While that’s not for me to say, I have prepared my annual list of Christmas presents...some good, some bad and some just darn strange. Either way, it’s that time again to give what I give best, so here goes:
First on my list is Tommy Armstrong, Jr. Who else, right? Poor guy, but somebody has to lead us off. To him I give his full attention to detail, no interceptions and lots of confidence heading into Saturday night’s game in California. And, oh yes, sticky notes as reminders to step into your throws.
To the Kansas City Royals, an encore performance next October.

Wed
23
Dec

Hornets buzz past Mustangs in low scoring affair Friday

The Giltner boys basketball team came out with a notch in the win column against conference opponent Meridian at home on Friday, 35-24.
Giltner held a lead throughout what prove to be a low-scoring game.

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Wed
23
Dec

First victory a sweet one for Hampton Hawks

Hampton won its first game of the season 44-43 in dramatic fashion Dec. 8 against St. Edward. The Hawks added to their win total Friday with a 56-46 victory over East Butler, sandwiched with a loss to Cross County Thursday.

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Wed
23
Dec

Hornets fall to stampeding Mustangs at home

The Lady Hornets struggled on offense Friday, which led to a 53-32 loss against Meridian.
Depsite the final 21-point margin, a strong second half showed that the Giltner girls were not far off  the pace.

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