Sports

Wed
23
Mar

Trumble signs with Dakota Wesleyan

It doesn’t take long to figure out what Zach Trumble’s passion is.
After a spectacular season on the mats for the Huskies as a senior, a year that was capped with a a fourth place finish in the 113-pound division in the Class B state tournament in Omaha, Trumble signed his letter of intent to continue wrestling at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D.

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Wed
16
Mar

Aurora’s last state championship team one to remember

Although it seems like only yesterday, Aurora’s last Class B State Basketball Championship came 29 years ago.
After Friday afternoon’s loss to Scottsbluff, the Huskies are still on the clock.
In a sense, that ‘87 group was very one dimensional. Coached by Aurora rookie head coach Stan Greenfield, they were, plain and simple, a blast to watch.
Led by Kirk Penner, Mike Boss, Jay Nachtigal, Tom Haase, Robert Wert, Mike Moritz, Brent Butt, Nate Pfeifer, Paul Graham and Matt Sweeney, among others, the Huskies were a scoring machine in high gear. They were the Golden State Warriors of Class B that season.
At times it made it tough on us media people to keep track of who scored, and when.
That group averaged nearly 73 points a game. It lost only to Hastings, Seward and Crete. It scored over 70 points 13 times, over 80 points eight times and over 90 one time.

Wed
16
Mar

Second half magic runs dry for Aurora

Tommy Leininger has dreamed his whole life about playing in the state tournament. He wasn’t abot to let his first appearance end without a fight.
The junior guard sparked an Aurora comeback with 11 points in final frame, but the Huskies ran out of steam late as Scottsbluff won 65-59 in the Class B semifinals at Pinnicle Bank Arena.
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Wed
16
Mar

High Plains takes third place in state tourney

There was no repeat for the High Plains boys basketball team and this year’s run turned out to be the end of an era.
High Plains coach Cameron Hudson said after the state tournament that he had coached his final game for the Storm.

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Fri
11
Mar

Aurora, High Plains stumble in semis

Aurora and High Plains couldn't find ways to win their semifinal games in the boys state tournament Friday. The Huskies rallied in the fourth but fell short against Scottsbluff 65-59. The Storm couldn't keep up with Lourdes Central Catholic's three-point shooting, losing 73-42. For complete coverage on the area teams in the boys state basketball tournament, make sure to check out the upcoming News-Register.

Fri
11
Mar

Huskies win double OT thriller

Aurora needed two overtimes to defeat Sidney 77-74 in the first round of the Class B state tournament Thursday night. The Huskies take on Scottsbluff today at 3:45 at Pinnicle Bank Arena.

As for other area teams, High Plains took down Dundy County-Stratton 58-44 in the opening round of the D-1 state tournament. The Storm plays Lourdes CC today at 10:45 a.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Giltner was unable to get the best of Class D-2 top-seeded Mead, losing 66-35, ending the Hornets' season.

Stay up to date on state tournament coverage on our Twitter page with live scoring from today's action.

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.

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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.

 

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