Sports

Thu
22
Feb

Huskies to host Seward in district final

Aurora's game on Saturday against Seward is fairly simple: win and advance to the state tournament or lose and a trip to Lincoln is out of the question. 

Aurora will play Seward Saturday in a boys district final matchup. Tipoff for that game is set for 3 p.m. The Huskies are seeded fifth in Class B while the Bluejays are 12th. 

Aurora defeated Seward 58-45 earlier this year. In that game, Aurora built a solid lead in the first half and held a steady double-digit lead in the second half. Henry Penner led the Huskies with 22 points while Baylor Scheierman added 12 and Ian Boerkircher pitched in 11. 

Here's how the rest of the Class B district final field shakes out: 

No. 16 Holdrege @ No. 1 York

No. 15 Alliance @ No. 2 Omaha Skutt

No. 14 Norris @ No. 3 Platteview

No. 13 Elkhorn South @ No. 4 Bennington

No. 12 Seward @ No. 5 Aurora

No. 11 Mount Michael Benedictine @ No. 6 Gretna

No. 10 Crete @ No. 7 Scottsbluff

Wed
21
Feb

Husky freshmen take to the medalstand

Wrestling fans in Omaha got a glimpse of what could possibly be a dynamic Aurora team for the next several years.
A pair of freshmen -- Caden Svoboda at 106 and Trevor Kluck at 126 -- finished the state tournament with fourth and sixth place finishes in Class B, respectively, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha Saturday.
The Huskies sent four to the state meet, all underclassmen, and Aurora coach Derek Keasling hopes it was the first of what could be a vigorous team the next few years.

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

 

Wed
21
Feb

Two-year football schedules released by NSAA

Aurora and the rest of the high schools in Nebraska got a first look at the new two-year football schedules Feb. 13.
After a few days to digest the new teams on the docket, Aurora coach Kyle Peterson believes the Huskies’ first season as a C1 team will be a memorable one.
“It’s a fun schedule. We get to go to some new places we’ve never been to and get to experience some different styles of football,” Peterson said.

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

 

Wed
21
Feb

Aurora FB schedule has flair

As if I didn’t have enough things to do this week, Santa came by and dropped off the next two-year football schedule for Nebraska high schools Feb. 13. So, while trying to cover postseason basketball and the state wrestling meet, I’ve been shuffling through schedules.  
My eager anticipation was to see the new-look schedule for Aurora -- the new teams they’d see moving to C1 and if any Class B teams would be sprinkled in the calendar.
Aurora will play the likes of Adams Central, Kearney Catholic, Wahoo, GINW, Fairbury, Fillmore Central, Boone Central Newman Grove, Milford and Central City in the regular season.
My first thoughts upon scanning the schedule was to circle weeks two, three and seven. In 2018, that’s at Kearney Catholic, at home versus Wahoo and on the road at Boone Central Newman Grove.

Tue
20
Feb

Dukes outlast Huskies in thriller

The rubber match between the York Dukes and Aurora Huskies had everything a fan could ask for. In the end, it was the host Dukes that came out with a 65-63 win over Aurora in the B-6 subdistrict final matchup Tuesday night. The Class B No. 4-rated Dukes improved to 23-1 as the Huskies fall to 21-4. 

In a back-and-forth balttle for most of the first three quarters, York took control in the fourth with an 11-0 run as the Dukes hit on three triples in a minute's span to build a double-digit lead and hang on from there. 

Baylor Scheierman and Co. tried to dig back into it, getting within three points with four seconds to go. Scheierman paced the Huskies with 23 points. 

Both teams are secure in playing a district final matchup on Saturday with opponents yet to be determined. 

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

Sat
17
Feb

Russell 2X champion

It only took High Plains' Logan Russell 1:47 to successfully defend his Class D 106-pound title, becoming a two-time state champion Saturday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. 

The junior Storm wrestler defeated freshman Tyler Nagel of Morrill with a quick pinfall in the first period. 

Not only did Russell win his second consecutive state championship, he also finished the season undefeated with a 51-0 record. 

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

 

Thu
15
Feb

High Plains state wrestling update

Two High Plains grapplers have punched tickets to the semifinals on the opening day of the Class B state wrestling tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha Thursday evening.

Logan Russell at 106 and Dylan Soule at 152 will compete in the semifinals Friday night after winning a pair of matches Thursday. 

Russell won both of his matches on the day with first period pins, spending only 106 seconds total on the mat. He opened the day by defeating Lane Barton of Meridian and followed that up with a victory over Thomas Klemesrud of North Central. Russell will take on Jesse Sauceda of Shelton in Friday night's semis. 

As for Soule, he recorded a pinfall and decision victory. He started the tournament with a pinfall over Jonathan Foster of Sutherland and earned a 12-6 decision over Conner Schutz of Elwood. Soule will challenge Bode Jensen of Burwell in the semis. 

Thu
15
Feb

Aurora state wrestling update

Two Aurora freshmen have punched tickets to the semifinals on the opening day of the Class B state wrestling tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha Thursday morning. 

Caden Svoboda at 106 and Trevor Kluck at 126 will compete in the semifinals Friday after winning a pair of matches Thursday morning. 

Svoboda featured a forefit win over Will Grape of Boone Central/Newman Grove in the opening round while earning a 15-0 technical fall over Tanner Ostrander of Ogallala in the quarterfinals. Svoboda will wrestle Paul Garcia of Scottsbluff in the semifinals Friday. 

As for Kluck, he recorded a 12-2 major decision over Brady Fago of Lexington in the first round and followed that up with a pinfall in 53 seconds over Chance Taylor of Plattsmouth in the quarterfinals. Kluck will wrestle Kaden Vowers of Sidney in the semifinals Friday. 

Wed
14
Feb

Skutt earns statement win over Huskies

The top two teams in Class B took the floor Saturday in the 11th annual Heartland Hoops Classic in Grand Island with a lot to gain or potentially lose. Omaha Skutt’s high offensive efficiency passed the test.
The No. 2-ranked Skyhawks used red-hot perimeter shooting in the first half coupled with inside shooting in the second to take down top-rated Aurora 73-68 in one of the marquee matchups in the Heartland Hoops Classic.
Those rankings have flipped since the game as the new Omaha World-Herald rankings released Monday had Skutt at the top with Aurora dropped to second.

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

 

Wed
14
Feb

Who did it better?

I imagine Scott Frost never calls in sick, let alone goes to see a doctor.
In my mind, he’s that tough.
Frost doesn’t mince words. He looks at reporters and makes eye contact. His demeanor is calm and confident. He is serious about the way he goes about things.
Now that his first recruiting class is in the books, I thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast his national signing day press conference with that of Mike Riley’s, exactly three years later.
Both had just around 60 days to put together a class, with the clear difference that Riley didn’t coach his former team in a bowl game.
Frost, much to the delight of Husker Nation, signed 24 players including six 4-stars. Riley signed just four 4-stars his first year, and just one, cornerback Eric Lee, has seen much playing time. Running back Jordan Stevenson left the program, while offensive linemen Christian Gaylord and Jalin Barnett have ridden the bench.

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