The final score doesn’t quite do the game justice or show how fun and entertaining it truly was. Hampton lost its first 6-man game ever played 74-30, but that doesn’t indicate how well the Hawks played early in the game and the chance they had to really give the area something to talk about. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
For the year-plus that I’ve known him, Gavin Rush has never ceased to amaze and surprise me. Rush is another in what is becoming an ever-increasing fraternity of Aurora Husky football players who have moved on to compete at the D-I level. However, instead of taking the much more popular Huskers route, Rush decided to pave his own way out west in Wyoming. We can debate for days whether or not that was a good move for him, but what can’t be debated is how Rush has pounced on his chance to make himself a name. It was a few weeks ago now that I was rummaging around on Twitter during the day I stumbled upon a headline that made me look a second, third and even a fourth time. “Wyoming trying out Gavin Rush at starting left guard” read the headline. What? How? Is it true? It can’t be true. But maybe? Sure enough.
The last time Fresno State visited Lincoln five years ago, the Huskers were yet to play a Big Ten Conference football game, Taylor Martinez was a sophomore, Ameer Abdulah was a freshman, and Rex Burkhead was, well, Rex Burkhead. Fast forward to this past Saturday night in Lincoln where things had a much different feel, a much different vibe, as Husker Nation turned out not only to witness Nebraska’s opening game of the 2016 season, but to also pay tribute to one of their own, Sam Foltz. The Foltz family was on the field prior to kickoff to honor junior placekicker Drew Brown with the first annual Sam Foltz Memorial Scholarship. Sam’s nephews, along with Brown, led the tunnel walk to one of the noisiest ovations ever. But the most heart-wrenching moment came to start the game when the Huskers went a quick three and out, lining up on fourth down without a punter as the crowd simply went wild.
After the final kill was registered from a spectacular opening night of volleyball, it was hard to make an argument for another team having a better start to the year than the Hampton Lady Hawks. Not only did the purple and gold dispell of BDS, a team that’s tough to handle no matter the season, but the Lady Hawks also swept in straight sets Exeter-Milligan, the defending Class D2 champions at a home triangular. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
It’s hard to call anything effortless on the opening night of anything, but the Aurora volleyball team sure made it look that way Thursday night in York. The No. 7 Class B ranked Lady Huskies, according to the Omaha World-Herald, took advantage of mistake after mistake by a young York Duke squad and came away with a sweep, 25-16, 25-14, 25-12. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The Aurora cross country team got the season started on a positive step as the Huskies won the combined team trophy after the girls team placed second and the boys finished fifth at the first meet in Seward Thursday. Both squads then won team titles on Saturday in Minden. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Madison VanHousen made her decision official just days before her senior season began. The senior volleyball all-state selection signed her letter of intent to continue her career at Doane University Aug. 31 in front of her parents, current Hampton coaches and a Doane assistant coach. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Aurora freshman Danica Badura sent a message to the Class B field in her high school debut Friday, carding six birdies en route to a 3-under par round of 71 to win the Seward Invitational. Playing head to head with Seward’s Kendra Placke, the defending state champion, Badura showed poise and confidence as she made her way around the course.
After losing its first game of the season Thursday, the Aurora softball team bounced back to have a solid weekend tournament. The Lady Huskies kept pace with Holdrege early Thursday night, but a big four-run inning was too much for the home team to handle as the Dusters won, 11-6. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.