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Sat
16
Feb

Soule takes third at state

High Plains junior Dylan Soule finished Championship Saturday strong, earning a third place finish at 160 with a pair of victories. 

Soule picked up an 8-0 major decision over Alizae Mejia of Plainview to qualify for the third place match, where the junior Storm wrestler scored a pinfall in the third period over Derek Gibson of Maxwell to earn a bronze medal, his second of his career. Soule finished his junior campaign with a 43-10 record. 

Soule and longtime High Plains coach Norm Manstedt shared a celebratory moment on the mat before leaving, as Manstedt is set to retire after a 50-year coaching career. 

Manstedt's final coaching match will be later on as Logan Russell will compete in the 106 finals against Plainview's Eli Lanham. 

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

Fri
15
Feb

Huskies will medal four at state meet

A successful Friday afternoon and evening clinched medals all around for the Aurora wrestling team as all four of its state qualifying wrestlers got the job done. 

Trevor Kluck, Seth Wonch and Carter Pursley all won consolation semifinal matches to secure medals in a hectic 20-some minutes for Husky fans between weights 132, 145 and 152. 

The only hiccup of Friday night was Caden Svoboda's 7-2 loss to Gering's Quinton Chavez, costing him a spot in the finals at 106. He will be in action Saturday morning for a medal spot. His first match of the day will be against Austin Munier of Sidney. Svoboda will earn his second career medal after finishing fourth last year. 

Kluck picked up a 5-1 decision over Ralston's Noah Talmadge to earn a spot in Championship Saturday. He will begin Saturday's action against Izaak Hunsley of Hastings. This will be Kluck's second career medal after finishing sixth a year ago. 

Fri
15
Feb

Russell going for three in a row

High Plains senior Logan Russell has a chance to join an exclusive club by winning his third state championship Saturday after clinching a spot with a win in the semifinals Friday night. 

Russell earned a 6-1 decision in the semis to clinch a spot in this third consecutive Class D finals match. Russell will take on Plainview's Eli Lanham. The duo have recent history as Russell defeated Lanham by a 3-2 decision in the D-2 district final last week. With a win Saturday, Russell will become the fifth wrestler for coach Norm Manstedt to win three championships and the first to do so since the HPC merger. Russell's match on Saturday will also be the final one for Manstedt, ending a 50-year coaching career. 

Dylan Soule was also in action during the semifinals for High Plains, but was pinned in the second period by Elkhorn Valley's Joshua McFarland. Soule will still wrestle for a medal tomorrow morning, however, taking on Alizae Mejia of Plainview. 

Fri
15
Feb

Aurora state wrestling day 2

A trio of Huskies survived the first two rounds of wrestlebacks Friday afternoon on day two of the state wrestling tournament. Trevor Kluck, Seth Wonch and Carter Pursley all won their respective second round  matches and will compete in tonight's consolation semifinals. 

Kluck earned a third period pinfall over Columbus Scotus' Nick Taylor and will take on Ralston's Noah Talmadge in the consolation semifinals tonight. 

Wonch outlasted Connor Drahota of Omaha Skutt, winning via a 7-4 decision and will wrestle Boston Barcel of Columbus Lakeview in tonight's consolation semifinals. 

As for Pursley, he picked up a third period pinfall over Conner Kreikemeier of Raymond Central and will take on Liam Landauer of Blair in the consolation semifinals tonight. 

Caden Svoboda will also be in action tonight, wrestling with a spot in the finals on the line against Gering's Quinton Chavez. 

Fri
15
Feb

High Plains state wrestling day 2

The first two rounds of wrestlebacks began Friday morning for Classes A and D as High Plains had a pair of wrestlers waiting in the wings. 

However, both Jarrett Parsons at 145 and Clay Church at 132 each lost their first consolation match of the day, thus ending their state tournament runs. 

For Parsons, he lost with a 17-2 technical fall to Cooper Coons of Twin Loup and was eliminated from the state tournament. Parsons finished the season with an 18-21 record. 

Church lost a second round consolation match to Tayten Eggleston of South Loup via an 11-6 decision to end not only his state tournament, but HPC career. Church finished the season with a 39-16 record. 

High Plains has two wrestlers alive and waiting for their semifinal matchups as Logan Russell takes on Hunter Bennett of Elkhorn Valley while Dylan Soule will be matched up against Elkhorn Valley's Joshua McFarland. The semifinals are scheduled for 5 p.m. 

Thu
14
Feb

Aurora state day 1

Aurora's Caden Svoboda earned a spot in Friday's semifinals following a pair of wins Thursday to begin the state wrestling tournament at the CHI Health Center in Omaha. 

The sophomore started the day with a 2nd period pinfall win over McCook's Jullian Stiver to earn a spot in the quarterfinals where Svoboda outlasted Blair's Luke Bailey with a 10-3 decision victory, securing his second career state medal. Svoboda has a spot in Friday's semifinals, taking on Gering's Quinton Chavez. 

The other three Aurora wrestlers all made the quarterfinals, but Trevor Kluck, Seth Wonch and Carter Pursley all came up short in the round. 

For Kluck, his state tournament began with a 5-1 decision victory over Brock Bashus of Plattsmouth, but was defeated in the quarterfinals by Lexington's Brady Fago via an 8-4 decision. Kluck will wrestle in Friday's second round against either Nick Taylor of Columbus Scotus or Max Revers of Omaha Concordia. 

Thu
14
Feb

High Plains state day 1

The High Plains wrestling team pushed two wrestlers through to the semifinals on the first day of the state wrestling tournament at the CHI Health Center in Omaha. 

Logan Russell at 106 and Dylan Soule at 160 will participate in Friday night's semifinals after each won two matches on Thursday. 

For Russell, his two matches on Thursday lasted a combined 3:49, defeating Ethan Kipp of Twin Loup via pinfall in the first period to start the day and defeated Ashton Sinn of Thayer Central in the second period by pinfall and in doing so secured his third state medal. Russell's quest for a third straight state championship continues Friday night against Hunter Bennett of Elkhorn Valley. 

Wed
13
Feb

Boys subdistrict brackets released

The boys basketball subdistrict brackets were released Tuesday morning by the NSAA and are set to begin play Monday and go through Feb. 21.

Class B-6

The Aurora Huskies (21-1) were given the No. 1 seed and will play No. 4 Grand Island Northwest (11-9) at 6 p.m. Monday at the Aurora Sports Complex. The other half of the bracket features No. 2 York (19-3) taking on No. 3 Hastings (13-5) at 7:45. The subdistrict final game will be played in Aurora Tuesday at 7 p.m. Aurora has seen all three of those teams this season as the Huskies defeated GINW 40-25 on Dec. 20 as well as Hastings 57-52 on Jan. 8. Aurora has played York twice this year and won both, including a 63-42 win Dec. 14 and a 61-58 victory in the Central Conference finals Jan. 26.  

Class D2-7

Wed
13
Feb

Hunter signs with Hastings College as kicker/punter

The kicker on the football team is a thankless job, really. They’re often forgotten until they’re needed and asked to deliver in the most pressure-packed scenarios.
Aurora’s Ryan Hunter enjoys that role and will continue kicking footballs at the collegiate level.
Hunter signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and football career at Hastings College Thursday as part of a 53-signee class for the Broncos.

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

 

Tue
12
Feb

Reichardt selected for 61st Shrine Bowl

Aurora senior Cade Reichardt was selected to play on the South team in the 61st annual Shrine Bowl Game. The Shrine Bowl will be played Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Kearney at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska—Kearney.

Reichardt is the 48th Aurora football player to be selected to play in the game. Reichardt and his South teammates will be coached by York's Glen Snodgrass. 

During Aurora's 12-0 state championship season in 2018, Reichardt caught 64 passes for 1,012 yards and a team-leading 15 touchdowns. For his career, Reichardt snagged 146 receptions in his Husky career with a school record 15 touchdowns in a season and 30 for his career. 

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