Sports

Wed
06
Apr

Wind, snow and cold not a good mix for a track meet

Mother Nature pulled a cruel April Fool’s joke on the Giltner and High Plains track squads.
Conditions weren’t ideal for a track meet when the day started, with temperatures falling as the day wore on.
After early morning sun, clouds rolled in, bringing with it high winds and eventually snowflakes. The meet pushed forward as scheduled, with only finals taking place in the running events.

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Wed
30
Mar

Huskers get big commit from a big name

Keyshawn Johnson Jr. wants to take his own path. Hey, I’m just fine with that.
After years and years of being irrelevant on the national recruiting scene, the Huskers made some news a week ago when the Calabasas (CA) High School junior four-star wide receiver finally did it. After numerous trips to Lincoln, six in fact, including his last one on March 12, he announced via a rather cute video that he will play football at the University of Nebraska.
The son of former USC All-American and NFL Pro Bowl player Keyshawn Johnson Sr. has now established a buzz, a real excitement, around Big Red Nation, one that I can’t remember feeling for quite some time. Because perception is almost more important than reality, what Johnson eventually does on the field may pale to what he’s already done off of it.

Wed
23
Mar

Three-year transition complete for Aurora

Although they’ve switched spots, most things have stayed the same for Aurora track.
One thing that has officially changed is a new head coach for the Aurora track team, as Gordon Wilson formally took over the reigns as the head man for Ron Haden.

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

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.)

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