Sports

Wed
09
Mar

Anything can and will happen in March

It’s one thing to say you don’t enjoy basketball. I find it hard to believe you can say that after watching basketball in March.
It doesn’t matter what level it is -- whether it’s high school, college or even the NBA. Basketball is just better when the calender flips to March.
There isn’t any rhyme or reason to it. Funky things happen when the stakes are higher. I can’t count on my hands already the amount of stories I’ve seen on social media just this year about how a team lost the state championship game on a buzzer-beater or a mistake that gave the opposing team the victory. I’ll give you a prime example.
Back when I was covering Wayne State College while I was in school, the women’s basketball team was a national powerhouse. They went to the Elite Eight in 2011 and were primed for another appearance last year before stumbling in the regional final (In March, see how that works.)

Wed
09
Mar

Seeing triple in Lincoln

The basketball played in Hamilton County has been some of the best in recent memory.
Again this year, there are three area schools travelling to Lincoln for the state tournament.
This is the third year in the last five seasons that a trio of boys teams punched a ticket to the Big Dance.

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

Wed
09
Mar

Leaving no doubt

Two years of frustration in the district final turned into jubulation after a 37-point drubbing.
The Aurora Huskies completely manhandled Hastings 64-27 March 1 in the B-5 district final at Grand Island Senior High.

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Wed
02
Mar

Two area district champions

Two area teams took home district championships Tuesday night. Aurora defeated Hastings 64-27 to win the B-5 crown while Giltner upended Wauneta-Palisade 60-46 in the D2-4 final. High Plains lost a heartbreaker 56-53 to Archbishop Bergren in the D1-2 final. For complete coverage on all the games, grab a copy of next week's News-Register.

Aurora earned the No. 5 seed in Class B and will play No. 4 Sidney in the first round Thursday at 8:45 p.m. at the Sports Center.

Giltner is the No. 8 seed in D2 and takes on No. 1 Mead at Lincoln Northeast at 9 a.m. Thursday.

High Plains used a wild card to take the No. 6 seed in Class D1 and plays No. 3 Dundy Co.-Stratton Thursday at 2 p.m. at Lincoln East.

 

Wed
02
Mar

The decision of a lifetime for Austin Allen

The world of college football recruiting is sometimes like dominoes. Once that initial offer arrives, others can soon follow.
Such is the case for Aurora junior Austin Allen, who just a week and a half ago picked up an offer to play tight end at the University of Nebraska.
For Husky fans, that would sure be a lot of fun.
But sometimes things aren’t as easy as they seem. Sometimes what appears to be, and excuse me but no pun intended, a slam dunk, isn’t necessarily that way.
There is the academic side of things. There are the coaches. There are the facilities. And there are the intangibles.
Austin told me he received his Husker offer, of all places, riding the bus on Feb. 19.
“It caught me by surprise,” he pointed out. “We were on the bus to Holdrege and the tight ends coach (Tavita Thompson) told me to call him. Then he handed the phone over to (Danny) Langsdorf and he offered me.”

Wed
02
Mar

Miraculous season runs out of magic

The Aurora girls basketball team walked onto the Grand Island Senior High gym floor with a calm swagger as if they’d been there before -- even though they haven’t.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
02
Mar

Hampton hits buzz saw in No. 1-Lady Irish Friday night

Hampton left it all on the court Friday night in a district final against Falls City Sacred Heart. It just wasn’t enough.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
02
Mar

High Plains ends year at state duals

The High Plains wrestling team got one more chance to compete last weekend in the State Dual Wrestling Championships at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

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

Fri
26
Feb

Girls basketball district finals update

It was a rough night to be a fan of area girls basketball teams. Both Aurora and Hampton lost their respective district final game Friday night. Aurora fell to Hastings in the B-5 district final 50-42 while Hampton lost to Falls City Sacred Heart 61-41 in the D2-1 district final. For complete stories on each game, make sure to grab a copy of next week's News-Register.

Thu
25
Feb

District basketball update

Area teams competed in district play tonight, coming away with a mixed bag of results. Here are the area games played Thursday night. The Aurora girls play Hastings Friday night at Grand Island Senior High while Giltner and High Plains boys await district finals Tuesday.

Girls

Aurora 41, Lexington 35

Boys

Giltner 48, Wilcox-Hildreth 33

High Plains 49, Howells-Dodge 42

Exeter-Milligan 54, Hampton 40

 

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