Sports

Wed
08
Mar

Looking up to complete the dream

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It’s a helpless feeling, really. Watching something unfold in front of you that you have no control over and no influence on the outcome.
The Aurora boys basketball team walked off the floor of Pinnicle Bank Arena a year ago, completely dejected, after suffering a 65-59 loss to Scottsbluff in the Class B semifinals.
Were they the best team in the tournament last year? Probably not. The Gretna team that won it all looked really special over the three-day event.
Is Aurora the best team in this year’s state tournament? On paper, I’ll take them over anyone? On the court? We’ll know by Saturday afternoon.

Wed
08
Mar

Huskies claim back-to-back district titles

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In the biggest game of the year to date, Tommy Leininger and the Aurora Huskies made sure it wasn’t their last.
An aggressive Leininger and company used a 12-4 run to end a first half that ultimately catapulted them to a 57-31 win over York in the B-5 district final at Grand Island Senior High Feb. 28.

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Wed
01
Mar

Huskies back-to-back district champs

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The Aurora Huskies were in top form Tuesday night and took care of business against a game York squad, defeating the Dukes 57-31 to win the B-5 district title. The Huskies go into the Class B boys state tournament as a No. 3 seed and will take on No. 6 Elkhorn South at 8:45 p.m. The rest of the matchups are as follows:

No. 1 Gretna vs No. 8 Bennington

No. 2 Scottsbluff vs No. 7 Crete

No. 3 Aurora vs No. 6 Elkhorn South

No. 4 Alliance vs No. 5 Plattview

Wed
01
Mar

Lady Dukes dodge late Husky rally

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What happened Friday night at Grand Island Senior High School is the stuff of legends. The Lady Huskies made a rigorous fourth-quarter comeback after trailing by double digits, but in the end the basketball Gods said no.

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Wed
01
Mar

Aurora moves to district final with tough win over Hastings

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Although the calendar hadn’t officially said so, March Madness was in full swing Monday night. Aurora (23-1) got everything they wanted and more from Hastings (9-15).

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Fri
24
Feb

Lady Huskies fall in district final

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The Aurora girls fought from 13 points down, but a last chance shot was no good as York got the best of the Lady Huskies, 44-42 in the B-5 district final Friday night at Grand Island Senior High. Watch for the upcoming News-Register for a full breakdown of the B-5 district.

Wed
22
Feb

Storming out with gold medals

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Since becoming High Plains Community during the 2000-01 school year, the Storm has had three individual wrestling state champions.
Saturday, they recorded two in one afternoon.
Senior Kyle Stevens (170) and sophomore Logan Russell (106) each won gold for High Plains in front of a large crowd at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions, and be sure to click on the two soundslides below featuring interviews with Storm wrestlers and coach Norm Manstedt.

Wed
22
Feb

Hard work, perserverance pays off for Thompson

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Carter Thompson has embodied the Aurora wrestling mantra of pursuit and determination. It all came to fruition on Saturday.
In a bracket that featured three returning state champions, four returning finalists and seven returning medalists, the Husky senior broke through the mold to earn a sixth place medal and end his Aurora career on the medal stand.

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Wed
22
Feb

Steak and eggs, please

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I hope that Logan Russell as well as Kyle and Payton Stevens had breakfasts fit for kings Sunday morning.
Because on Saturday afternoon in front of a large CenturyLink Center and statewide television audience, those three wrestlers brought High Plains to the forefront.
The Storm went two-for-three in the finals, bringing two golds and a silver back to the area.
I haven’t been around nearly as long to have such a judgement, but Storm coach Norm Manstedt, Nebraska high school coaching royalty, looked as jubilant as ever leaving the mat after the third of High Plains’ championship matches.
My first question to him wasn’t even a question as much as it was a point of opinion. I told him he had been doing this a long time, but this had to be a pretty special day.
“Yes it is. To win two out of three in the finals is fantastic and I couldn’t ask any more of the kids,” Manstedt said.

Wed
22
Feb

Hampton girls one win away from state

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Hampton coach Margo LaBrie told her team before Thursday’s subdistrict final the same thing she plans to tell them before Friday’s district showdown against Spalding Academy -- “You know what it takes to be a state champion, so go out and play like the champions you are.”

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