Sports

Wed
04
Jan

Area’s top 10 games of 2016 come with plenty of fireworks

Reflecting on the 2016 calendar year on the area sports scene, there wasn’t a shortage of memorable moments.
Just recalling in my mind the buzzer beaters, walk-off hits and five-set thrillers, I decided to thumb through the weeks and list off the top 10 games from 2016.
1. Aurora double OT win over Sidney at state.
Man, what a game it was. On the biggest stage in the biggest moment, Aurora’s only senior came through as the hero.
Aaron Vinkenberg converted a hoop and foul with 19.9 seconds left in the second overtime period to help Aurora outlast Sidney 77-74 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The three points from Vinkenberg were his only of the game and put Aurora up 77-72.
Sidney led for much of the regulation time before Aurora stormed back. At the end of regulation and the first overtime, Aurora had the ball with chances to win the game at the buzzer, but didn’t get a shot off.
2. Hampton rallies for five-set win for CRC title.

Wed
28
Dec

Aurora wraps up calendar year with Lakeview dual

he Aurora Huskies wrestling team finished out the 2016 portion of the season with one final dual against Columbus Lakeview Thursday.
In its final action until January, the Huskies lost to the Vikings, 51-24.
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Wed
28
Dec

Lady Huskies can’t overcome late deficit

It was tough sledding for the Lady Huskies last week.
After starting the season 4-0, Aurora lost its last two games to Norris, 51-35 and York, 39-28.
Aurora coach Sara Partington said after the game that Aurora looked much better against York than the previous game with Norris.

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Wed
21
Dec

Dave’s holiday wish list

Santa will be here soon, so it’s time once again for me to hand out my special, unique presents to some near and some not-so-dear to my heart. But hey, it’s the giving season, it’s what we all do, so here goes:
To Tommy Armstrong, Jr., a healthy hamstring and a start against Tennessee.
To Ryker Fyfe, a healthy left hand.
To the Dallas Cowboys, a championship banner this February.
To Mike Riley, a healthy offensive line. And better talent.
To Urban Meyer, two lumps of coal.
To Jim Harbaugh, three lumps of coal.
To the Los Angeles Lakers, a winning record.
To the Kansas City Royals, a return to the World Series.
To Notre Dame and Texas, competitive football programs.
To Nebraska, competitive basketball programs.
To Tristan Gebbia, patience.
To Tim Miles, patience from his athletic director.
To Simone Biles, future gold medals.
To Tyronn Lue, a new title as head coach at the University of Nebraska.

Wed
21
Dec

Giltner offense freezes up

Giltner’s offensive attack couldn’t get out of neutral for most of its game against Nebraska Lutheran Dec. 13, suffering its first loss of the year 53-37 to the Knights.
Giltner coach Matt Drew was surprised at the outcome, explaining that he thought it would be much more of a high-scoring track meet type of a game.
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Wed
21
Dec

Fourth quarter run dooms Lady Hornets at home

A rally in the third quarter gave Giltner and the home crowd a spark, but the orange and black couldn’t keep the momentum alive.
The Lady Hornets entered the fourth quarter with a chance to pounce on Nebraska Lutheran, but an 11-0 run to start the fourth by the Knights buried any chance of a comeback win for Giltner. Nebraska Lutheran went on to get the victory, 41-34.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
14
Dec

Heart attack Huskers

Husker volleyball coach John Cook said it was the loudest he’d ever heard the Devaney Center, but I wouldn’t know. I was too busy yelling at the top of my lungs to notice.
That kind of sums up Nebraska’s epic and dramatic win over Big Ten rival Penn State this past Friday morning in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament, where the Huskers came back from the brink of elimination on two match points in the third set for an improbable victory over a team that was super talented, super motivated.
By the time the fifth set ended, Cindy and I both felt mentally fatigued and physically bankrupt, my dry hands starting to bleed from so much clapping.
Imagine how the players felt.
Oh sure, Nebraska then followed that up the next day with a pretty ho-hum win over eighth seeded Washington, the Huskers dominating the PAC 12 champs from start to finish.

Wed
14
Dec

Lady Huskies survive off-shooting weekend

The Lady Huskies showed a different type of tenacity Saturday night -- even if they don’t play their best game, they can still win.
That was evident on the offensive side of the floor as Aurora couldn’t get very many shots to fall, but still did enough to dispell Minden, 36-30.
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Wed
14
Dec

Scheierman signs to continue volleyball at Colorado Christian

Volleyball has been a passion of Jasa Scheierman’s for as long as she can remember, and she gets to carry that passion into college.
Scheierman recently signed her letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colo.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
07
Dec

Aurora’s most exclusive club

I had all of these topics I wanted to rant and rave about this week, whether it was the Huskers’ recruiting strategies or the college football playoff. But, the topic of history will do just fine.
That history came in the form of Adyson Narber, who recorded her 1,000th career point as a Lady Husky during Aurora’s first game of the season -- an 81-36 victory over Adams Central.
Narber is the first girls basketball player to record such a feat at AHS. She became the all-time girls basketball scorer last season during the Central 10 Conference tournament.
She entered her senior season -- and the game against Adams Central -- with 995 points.
Some would say that it’s too bad Narber couldn’t record that milestone at home in front of Husky Nation.
However, the folks at Adams Central made sure the moment for Narber would be special and one she’d never forget.

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