Sports

Wed
10
Aug

There’s a lot to be excited about with Olympics

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You would think an event that only comes around every four years would really garner some excitement and anticipation. So why does it seem like everything about the Olympics this time around is such a downer?
I’m sure a lot of it has to do with the location and the conditions that have been shoved down our throats. Whether it’s a potential terrorist attack, the Zika virus or the seemingly unlivable conditions, that’s all that we’ve heard about for months leading up to the event. But now that the Games have officially started, can’t we shift our focus to the spectacle with the greatest athletes in the world?
I’ve already watched a good share of the Games on television and tried to keep up with even more results on Twitter.
I don’t know how many others enjoy it, but I’ve been consuming an unhealthy amount of table tennis the last few days.

Tue
09
Aug

Lange wins Special Olympics gold medal

Quinton Lange of Aurora earned a gold medal at the Nebraska State Special Olympics in Bocce Ball over the weekend. Special Olympics Nebraska hosted over 600 athletes, along with their friends, families and more than 300 volunteers at the 2016 Fall Games in Lincoln.
 

Tue
09
Aug

Grossnicklaus hits fourth ace

Kelly Grossnicklaus of Aurora recorded his fourth hole in one last week with an ace on the par 3 third hole at The Pines Country Club in Valley.
Playing Thursday with his brother-in-law, Brett Wawers, Grossnicklaus aced the 165-yard hole using a 5 hybrid.

Wed
03
Aug

Carriker to enter Husker HOF

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Giltner is a proud Central Nebraska community. The people who live there are proud of their heritage, proud of their school and proud of their sports teams.
Now there’s something else they can be proud of because former Husker and Giltner native Adam Carriker just got elected to the 2016 Cornhusker Football Hall of Fame.
I’ll always remember meeting Adam for the first time. It was at the Aurora United Methodist Church following Sunday service back in 2002, when he was a freshman in Lincoln.
He was very quiet and unassuming, but even then he was still a large human being.
As we all know, that rather shy freshman kid turned out to be one of the greatest Cornhusker football players of all time. He was also one of the most physically dominant to ever put on a Blackshirt uniform, and I had the good fortune to interview him on a few different occasions.

Wed
03
Aug

Aurora hosts 7-on-7 tourney, combine

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“We’re here because we love to compete.”
The Aurora Huskies had a day full of competing Saturday. That was the phrase Aurora’s strength and conditioning coach Wade Halvorsen shared with a large group of athletes from several different schools before those competitors showed off their athletic prowess.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
27
Jul

New home for county’s best sports coverage

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We’re changing the game and how it’s played. Now, I can finally tell you how.
I’m sure you’re tired of seeing the ads with my big lumberjack face on them, (Sorry, there’s just one more this week to soak in) so luckily the time has come to describe what’s going on.
Everyone knows that Twitter is changing the way our world communicates, even if you’re not on it personally. Some may say it’s trendy just for my generation, but that’s not the case. Even if you don’t have Twitter on your cell phone or computer, you still hear references to Twitter remarks from other media outlets, giving it some credibility as a known news resource.
We’ve had quite a bit of success recently with our Aurora News-Register Twitter page. I feel like people are looking to us for updated information throughout the week and it’s a solid way to stay in the know with breaking news and tips on stories that will be reported more in detail in that week’s printed edition.

Wed
20
Jul

Pokeman craze hits hallowed Husker turf

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Any time something affects more than 20 million people, it’s time to take notice.
And not that I’m proud, but I’ve taken notice. How could I not? It all started with son-in-law Brandon, but truth be told, I still don’t get it. I don’t understand what a Pokemon actually is, and I don’t understand the game.
I don’t understand why people play it, and I don’t understand why some people are walking miles a day in order to play it.
One thing I do understand is that the mobile game phenomenon has swept the state, the country, and yes, the world like no other. The sudden impact it’s had seems a little crazy, a little unnerving to be honest.
People walking through cemeteries. People ending up on private property. People just walking. People playing.
I guess I understand the basic concept, but throwing balls at an imaginary figure on a cell phone in real space seems pretty far out there.
You say the ultimate goal is what?

Wed
20
Jul

Tough end to regular season motivates Seniors

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Early-inning deficits were too much for the Aurora Seniors this week as they went 1-4 during the final stretch of the regular season.
Aurora started the week strong with a 9-3 win over DCB July 13, then lost in double headers Saturday with a 6-4 setback to Holdrege and a 9-1 defeat at the hands of PWG. The Seniors finished the regular season with another double-header Sunday, falling  10-9 to Pleasant Dale and 5-4 to Crete.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
13
Jul

Some things just never change -- The Randy Huebert story

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My fingers trembled as they rested on the phone dial, trying to make a phone call.
Why was I so nervous? I talk to people I haven’t met all the time in my line of work. Why was this so different?
It’s not that I didn’t want to talk to him; I was highly looking forward to it. It was even my suggestion to do this months beforehand. Despite very few people knowing about the story, I could feel the pressure. I can feel the eyeballs scanning over these words. This man, this story was going to be larger than life, and I had to deliver.
That’s pressure.
The phone rang several times, only heightening my nervousness. This is one of the largest figures Aurora has ever known.
Out of nowhere a commanding “Hello” rattles through the phone speakers.
Showtime.

Wed
13
Jul

The ultimate realization of adulthood

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For years, I thought I had finally crossed the path from my years of youth into adulthood.
However, it wasn’t until Monday that the transformation actually took place and was finalized.
Tim Duncan announced his retirement Monday, spelling the end of an incredible 18-year NBA career that I had the honor and privilege of growing up with. But it took until now to actually appreciate it.
Growing up, basketball was all about Kobe Bryant. For us during our developing basketball minds, Michael Jordan was out the door and Kobe smashed the door in.
Shooting hoops with your friends, everyone tried to be like Kobe, emulating his famous fadeaway. Every time you shot a wad of paper into the trash can, it was an expectation to shout, “Kobe!” before the attempt.

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