Aurora started fast and finished strong Friday, which was more than enough to overcome a sluggish second quarter in a 43-29 home victory over Crete. The Huskies expected a physical battle from the Cardinals and they got one, but proved they could take a blow to the body and recover with an impressive rally.
It all starts from behind the service line. For Hampton, it’s not a question of if, but when they’ll get hot from behind the line. They certainly did Sept. 26 at home against Fullerton, racking up 15 service aces in a 3-0 sweep of the Warriors. As Hampton coach Diane Torson put it, they play well when they perform behind the service line. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Coaches run into difficult decisions every week of the football season. They oftentimes are met with a lot of scrutiny. Hampton coach Scott Klute had one of those to make Friday night concerning his players’ safety. After suffering a numerous amount of injuries and trailing Heartland Lutheran 52-19 at halftime, it was agreed upon by both coaches to call an end to the game to prevent further injury. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Before noon on Monday morning, I had no intention of putting my opinion inside this week’s sports section. However, Michael Rose-Ivey made me change my mind. Rose-Ivey, along with DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry took to one knee Saturday night as the National Anthem played before the Huskers took on Northwestern. It’s another example in a long line of growing protests since San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend almost a month ago. Rose-Ivey alerted Nebraska head coach Mike Riley about his intentions to take a knee and also told all of his teammates. No one had any issue with it. Riley said as much after the game. “This is obviously a choice that they have made for personal reasons. And that’s the beautiful thing about the United States that they can do that.”
Despite a setback earlier in the week, the Aurora volleyball team bounced back to claim its own invitational championship, going a perfect 3-0 Saturday afternoon. “The theme for the day was to play well, and to play well -- together,” Aurora coach Lois Hixson said.
The Aurora cross country teams competed twice this week in meets offering a glimpse at some high-class competition. On Monday, Aurora runners competed at the UNK Invite, which is designed to give potential state qualifiers a chance to see the course before coming back in October. Both squads had 20 teams to compete against in one of the best opportunities to see state competition. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Aurora spent Monday afternoon at the four diamond softball complex competing in a triangular with state rated Hastings and Grand Island Central Catholic. The Lady Huskies didn’t find much in the way of success, however, losing to Hastings 10-0 after four innings and 9-0 to GICC. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
When two powerhouses collide it can bring devastation to one and enthusiasm to the other as the final scores determine how the two will go their separate ways. That was the case during the rival match-up between Hornets and Hawks volleyball as they duked it out at the Dorchester triangular Thursday evening. Omaha World-Herald No. 2 ranked Hampton came out strong early and kept the pace going throughout their rivalry match against Giltner as the black and orange did everything they could to stay alive. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Former Aurora Husky Gavin Rush made a return appearance to Memorial Stadium Saturday, this time donning the brown and gold of Wyoming to take on the Huskers. Click the link to hear an interview with Rush and watch this week's print or e-edition for a full report.