Hampton’s magical run at this year’s state championship started long before the 2016 season did. In fact, it started before the 2015 season even ended. It was Nov. 13, 2015. The Lady Hawks sat inside a locker room of Pinnacle Bank Arena moments after losing a five-set heartbreaker to O’Neill St. Mary’s with a chance to play for a state championship dashed. The tears were flowing. Hampton had led the match 2-1. They had an early lead in the fourth set. During the heartbreaking fifth and final set, Hampton missed its first four serves. It just wasn’t meant to be. The Lady Hawks set a goal before leaving that locker room to face their fans, friends and the media -- they were winning the 2016 state championship. “We really thought we were going to be in the finals and could potentially win the state championship,” Torson said. “Our goal was really deflated.”
The past few days have been an absolute whirlwind for Hampton’s Jaime Troester. Nearly 48 hours removed from leading her team to a state championship with 35 assists, Troester signed on the dotted line Monday to continue her volleyball career at Doane University. Troester will join fellow Hampton senior Madison VanHousen as part of Doane’s 2017 signing class. Both are excited about continuing their volleyball careers with each other, having played together for quite some time. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
A first-round victory in the Class B state tournament eluded the Aurora Huskies yet again, but it wasn’t without some fireworks. The Lady Huskies fell to eventual Class B champion Omaha Skutt in the first round of the tournament Thursday with scores of 25-23, 25-17, 25-9 and 25-14, but made sure the Skyhawks didn’t have an easy path to do so. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
As soon as the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series, just before midnight about a week ago, somewhere, Ferris Bueller broke out his classic Beatles and started dancing to “Twist and Shout,” surely ready to take another day off. And somewhere, Steve Bartman let out a huge sigh of relief. Because after 108 seasons, after generations of frustrated fans, after near misses and losing seasons, the Cubbies did indeed do it. They are finally kings of baseball once more. Honestly, since the Royals faded down the stretch this fall, I couldn’t bring myself to watch any of the post-season games, and I actually didn’t until the ninth inning of game 7. When I flipped the channel over, what I witnessed was pure nervous emotion, both from Cleveland and Chicago players as well as the thousands of fans in attendance, cheering for both teams.
Aurora ran head first into a high-powered storm Friday, learning first-hand why Elkhorn South is undefeated, ranked No. 1, and projected by many to repeat as Class B’s football champions. The Huskies hung tough for two quarters in the second round of the playoffs, but couldn’t keep pace with the speed or sheer quantity of Storm athletes.
The Hampton Hawks have qualified for the state tournament and remained undefeated with a 3-0 sweep of Riverside Thursday night in the D2-3 district final Thursday night. For a complete recap of the game, grab a copy of next week's News-Register.
I’ve watched on television for years as the Huskers have traveled to the likes of Wisconsin, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan, some of the most difficult places to play in the Big Ten, wondering just how difficult of an environment those venues are. Sure, the broadcasters can say whatever they want, but I really wanted to find out what the equivalent was of visitors coming to Lincoln. There’s no way to find out other than experiencing it yourself. I found out from section X, row 18, seat 24 inside the not-so-friendly confines of Camp Randall Stadium Saturday night that it takes a special effort and group of guys to defeat the Badgers. The Huskers came up just short Satruday of doing what no one thought they could do. The Big Red forced overtime after entering the fourth quarter trailing by 10, 17-7, but Nebraska was unable to score in its offensive possession in the extra period as Wisconsin won, 23-17.
The Huskies earned a shot at the team that spoiled their state championship run a year ago by soundly defeating York Friday in the opening round of the Class B playoffs. Just three weeks after the Huskies squeaked by York 15-14 on the strength of a 2-point conversion, the rematch was all Aurora, except for an 81-yard breakaway Simon Otte run in the second quarter.
In Aurora’s final tune-up before entering the postseason, the Lady Husky volleyball team showed flashes of dominance in a sweep over Seward, winning 25-12, 25-23 and 25-15. “As a team, the girls really did a nice job of taking care of the ball on both sides of the net.
Aurora geared up for its post-season run Friday with a 48-6 thumping of Seward in the regular season finale. The win gave the Huskies an outright district championship, as well as home field advantage in the playoff opener, which kicks off Friday when the York Dukes come calling for a rematch. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.