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Sat
03
Nov

Giltner's state aspirations dashed in five-set thriller

The D1-5 district final was as exciting as it was nerve-wracking. No. 5 seed Nebraska Christian danced with No. 12 seed Giltner in Aurora and it was the Lady Eagles who stood on top after five sets to punch a ticket to next week's state tournament in Lincoln with match scores of 25-23, 13-25, 25-13, 21-25 and 15-10. Giltner's season comes to an end with a 22-9 overall record.

Giltner forced a fifth set and it was Nebraska Christian who asserted themselves early on, taking a 5-1 lead and eventually an 11-4 advantage. The Lady Hornets fought off three match points but the gap was too much to overcome. 

For a second straight year, there will be zero area teams represented at the state tournament in Lincoln. 

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Thu
01
Nov

Stormdogs fall in second round

Following an upset of BDS a week ago, the Osceola-High Plains Stormdogs ran out of magic Wednesday in a 66-26 loss to Lutheran High Northeast in the second round of the D-1 football playoffs. The two teams virtually traded score for score for much of the first half as the Eagles led 20-6 after the first and pulled away late in the second to take a 38-18 lead to the half. 

Junior quarterback Dylan Soule had 100-yard games both in the air and on the ground, rushing for 134 yards while passing for 131 more. Keaton Van Housen was riddled by injuries throughout the night, but still recorded 80 receiving yards and 51 rushing. The Stormdogs finish its inaugural season with a 5-5 record. 

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Wed
31
Oct

Lady Hornets qualify for district final

Despite an upset loss in the D1-4 subdistrict finals to Lawrence-Nelson, Giltner qualified for a spot in the D1-5 volleyball district final. The Lady Hornets, based on their wildcard standing earned the No. 12 seed and will play No. 5 Nebraska Christian Saturday in Aurora at 7 p.m. The winner of the match qualifies for the state tournament while the loser will see its season come to an end. 

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Wed
31
Oct

Huskies roll in Round 1

Aurora’s high-powered offense was firing on all cylinders Friday in a 61-6 opening-round playoff win over Arlington.
The No.-1 ranked Huskies scored on six of seven first-half possessions while the defense shut down the Eagles running game, making it a lopsided contest that was decided in the early going.

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

 

Wed
31
Oct

Allen gets first Big Red catch

It’s not like he hasn’t been open before this season, and in some cases, wide open, and it’s completely understandable because Adrian Martinez is a true freshman, having been on campus for less than a year. But it was sure nice to see former Husky Austin Allen get his first catch of his Husker career Saturday during a 45-9 blowout of  Bethune-Cookman on a chamber of commerce-like fall day.
The win wasn’t unexpected, to say the least, but how Nebraska approached the makeup game, and how the first units executed, and how backups got significant minutes, was the real story of the day.
Head coach Scott Frost called last Thursday’s practice the best they’ve had, not only in Lincoln but also when the staff was at UCF. And boy did it show early on, Martinez carving up the Wildcat defense with precision passes, then letting Devine Ozigbo do the rest on a 14-yard gallop right through a couple arm tacklers on his way to the end zone with just 2-1/2 minutes gone by.

Wed
24
Oct

Springer earns elusive individual state medal

During his high school career, Aurora senior Ben Springer has accomplished quite a bit on the cross country circuit. One thing that was missing, however, was a state individual medal. He got to check that box Friday.
In his final race as a Husky, Springer battled a top-heavy Class B running field, hanging toward the frontrunners and finishing ninth to pace the Aurora lineup at the state cross country meet at the Kearney Country Club.

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

 

Fri
19
Oct

Playoff preview

Three area teams are headed to the playoffs.

NSAA brackets posted Saturday morning show No. 1 seed Aurora hosting Arlington Friday at 7 p.m. in a C1 opening round battle. In Class D1, No. 13 seed Osceola-High Plains will play No. 4 seed BDS on the road Thursday. And in Class D2, No. 13 seed Giltner will travel to Overton for a 7 p.m. first-round game.

The final week of the high school football regular season had a pair of area teams kicking off Thursday night while two others wrapped it up Friday. Aurora takes its undefeated record into the playoffs after beating Central City 47-22. Osceola-High Plains was also a winner Friday, downing Nebraska Lutheran 46-38. Giltner and Hampton each lost home games to Kenesaw and Harvard Thursday night. Listed are all area teams and the scores of those games with the winning team in bold:

Aurora @ Central City, 47-22.

Giltner vs Kenesaw, 82-22

Fri
19
Oct

Nachtigal earns 3rd state medal

Aurora senior Maya Nachtigal joined the three-year state medalist group by finishing 7th in the Class B state cross country meet Friday at the Kearney Country Club. The top 10 finish was Nachtigal's third finish on the medalstand and ends her Lady Husky career as a two-time Class B state champion. The senior paced Aurora to a 7th place finish as a team. Below is a complete rundown of Aurora's finishing places and times:

Maya Nachtigal, 20:37.01 7th

Kyla Carlson, 21:45.66 34th

Avril Jones, 21:51.62 40th

Jaelyn McDonald, 22:10.59 50th

Elena Kuehner, 22:43.75 63rd

Bailey Moody, 23:10.31 72nd

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

Fri
19
Oct

Springer 9th, Husky boys finish 5th

Ben Springer came up just short the past couple years of earning a medal at the Class B state cross country meet. Friday in Kearney, the Aurora senior got over the hump and earned his first state medal, finishing ninth in a tough Class B field to lead the Husky boys to a fifth place team finish. Below is a complete rundown of Aurora's finishing places and times:

Ben Springer, 17:02.46 8th

Dylan Riley, 17:41.02 25th

Kane Fiala, 18:00.47 38th

Max Wiarda, 18:17.82 54th

Colin Thieszen, 18:25.33 61st

Eli Warnke, 18:43.04 68th

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

Wed
17
Oct

Huskies past and present share field, expectations

Husky Nation turned the pages back a decade Friday, remembering an earlier era of championship football while watching this year’s Big Red roll toward a possible 2018 title.
Members of both the 2008 and undefeated 2009 state title teams were honored at halftime, many gathering after the game to relive those glory days and renew genuine friendships.
“I don’t remember a lot of plays, but as I found out tonight I haven’t seen my buddies in a long time and it doesn’t seem like any time has passed the second we got here,” said Jamie Bergmark, an anchor on the line for both championship runs. “The unity is still here and that’s what wins championships. Obviously the state championships were nice, but long-lasting friendships are what it’s all about.”

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