Sports

Wed
15
Jul

Grandparenthood twice as nice

Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life.
Becoming a grandparent is certainly a close second.
Cindy and I have had the good fortune to experience becoming grandparents not once but twice over the past few weeks. We both feel very fortunate and blessed, plus it’s just a lot of fun.
I’ve decided babies are unique unto themselves. They live in their own little universe, completely oblivious to anything and anyone else. Their wants come first. It’s just pretty cool to watch.
Briggs was born on May 22 to Jordan and Brandon and lives in Aurora. He is just now beginning to show a little personality.
Easton was born in Lincoln to Aaron and Mikala on July 6 and just missed being a Fourth of July baby.
We were lucky enough to see both babies shortly after they were born, both before they had even been cleaned up.
It’s something I’ll always remember.

Wed
15
Jul

Seniors use walk-off to defeat Palmer

A Drew Jensen walk-off single in the eighth inning secured the Aurora Seniors lone victory of the week with a 3-2 win over Palmer July 7.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
15
Jul

Quick signs with Manhattan Christian College

Aurora 2015 graduate Kellen Quick has committed to play baseball at Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kan.
Quick signed his letter of intent July 8 to become a pitcher surrounded by family, friends and coaches.  
Quick is expected to battle for a starting spot in the 2016 Thunder rotation.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
08
Jul

7 on 7 tournament takes over Nebraska

Every sport has fads, some things sticking around longer than others.
7 on 7 football is one of those newer fads and may be one that doesn’t go away quietly. For a detailed story, see this week's edition.
 

Wed
08
Jul

Hot bats cool off for Aurora Juniors

Despite the large amount of runs scored over the past few weeks by the Aurora Juniors Legion team, it was not able to get much going from the plate last week.
After defeating Shelton/Gibbon 13-4 June 30, Aurora dropped both games of a doubleheader with Kearney on Thursday and lost to Kearney County-Minden Sunday. Full story in this week's edition.
 

Wed
08
Jul

The next Carli Lloyd

Thousands of young girls may not have known who Carli Lloyd was before Sunday.
Monday morning, however, those girls began to dream and practice of being the next Carli Lloyd.
Lloyd and the rest of her teammates put on arguably the best championship game in any form -- internationally or not.
Lloyd not only scored the quickest goal in a Women’s World Cup Final, scoring in the third minute, but she was also the quickest person -- male or female -- to record a hat trick (three goals in a match).
The only other hat trick in a World Cup Final was when England’s Geoff Hurst scored three times against Germany in the men’s 1966 final at Wembley.
Her third goal was launched from midfield -- like something out of a video game -- finding the fingertips of the Japan goaltender and eventually the back of the net.
I hope that you weren’t tuning into the game a few minutes late. If so, you missed the greatest 16 minutes of soccer in this country’s history.

Wed
01
Jul

Vaulters take flight at A’ROR’N Days

It was a beautiful day to take flight.
That’s exactly what pole vault enthusiasts did in front of the courthouse on Saturday at A’ROR’N Days. Folks came from all around to take their best shot at the street vault event.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
01
Jul

No shortage of runs scored by Aurora Seniors

The Aurora Post 42 Seniors Legion Baseball team piled up the runs over the last week.
The Seniors went 4-1 during the week and scored nine or more runs in every game.
“It was a good week offensively that included home runs by Alex Kubik and Grant Niedfelt,” head coach Richard Kissack said. “It also had another impressive pitching performance from Kellen Quick.”

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
01
Jul

Aaron Marlatt leads Aurora Juniors at the plate

The bats are still on fire for the Aurora Post 42 Juniors Legion baseball team.
The Juniors went 4-1 during the week, snapping their seven-game winning streak, but played well in defeat.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
24
Jun

A Royal All-Star Game

by Dave Bradley

If the Major League All-Star Game voting would end right now, the start of the contest on July 14 in Cincinnati would basically be Kansas City versus the National League.
That’s because the Royals would have eight players in the starting lineup. Wait, what?
I remember a couple years ago when Alex Gordon got selected to the big event, and how exciting that was for all Royals fans after suffering through so many consecutive losing seasons. It was something to hang your hat on.
And it was fun back in the 70s and 80s when this franchise was a powerhouse, making the playoffs and finally winning the World Series in 1985. George Brett, the Royals’ third basemen, was one of the greatest hitters of all time. Centerfielder Willie Wilson could run like the wind.

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