Sports

Wed
20
Apr

High Plains Invite a good showing for area athletes

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For the first time during the spring season, the weather was in almost perfect condition for the High Plains Invite April 13 at Osceola, where all three area teams were in action.
In the boys competition, High Plains was able to take care of business and bring home the gold in its own meet.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
20
Apr

Pursley to continue pole vault career in Sioux Falls

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Hunter Pursley has been pole vaulting since the fifth grade when his father put a vaulting pit in the family’s back yard.
“When he brought that pit home, I had no idea what pole vaulting was,” Pursley said. “My dad taught me and it’s just something Pursleys do.”
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Thu
14
Apr

Allen commits to Nebraska

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Austin Allen announced on Twitter Thursday that he is taking his talents to Lincoln in 2017 to join the Huskers football team. Allen was at Nebraska's final spring practice Thursday and announced to head coach Mike Riley that he was committing to the Huskers.

Thu
14
Apr

Drew Ott denied by NCAA

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The NCAA has denied the final appeal for a medical hardship waiver of defensive end Drew Ott, who was seeking a fifth season of eligibility at the University of Iowa. The Giltner product suffered a torn ACL in Week 6 last season. He missed the Hawkeyes' final eight games and was also limited in the first month of the season after dislocating an elbow in Week 2. Ott closes his Iowa career with 15 1/2 sacks and 26 tackles for loss. He will enter the NFL Draft.

Wed
13
Apr

California dreaming in Lincoln

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Saturday’s Red-White spring game in Lincoln may see the end of a dying breed.
While that may be a bit rash, at least for the immediate future, there’s some truth to it.
Everyone in Huskerland is excited (and maybe a bit amazed) at who Husker coaches have been able to pull out of California to lead Nebraska’s future offenses, specifically true freshman Patrick O’Brien along with recent four-star commit Tristan Gebbia.
Those two are certainly the future at the quarterback position, but both are true pocket NFL-type guys who will only use their legs when absolutely necessary.
So Saturday’s contest, along with games next fall, will likely see Nebraska’s last in a long line of dual threat QBs, Tommy Armstrong, Jr. getting ready to take the helm for his senior season. There’s no doubt that unless injured, or unless he has a meltdown like we all witnessed against Iowa, he’ll be the man once again.

Wed
13
Apr

Area teams survive cold, windy day in Friend

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Last week’s windstorm wasn’t enough to slow down the area tracksters at the Meridian Mustang Invite April 6 held at Friend.
Hampton, Giltner and High Plains fought through various challenges at the Meridian Invite, including the weather and personnel issues. Each team entered the day lacking a few participants thanks in part to other activities going on.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
06
Apr

The next big name

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I may be a kid just a year removed from his college glory days, but I enjoy the finer things in life. Some may even call it archaic.
Football is an always-changing game. Sometimes changes are good, sometimes it’s painful to watch.
I’m a man who enjoys his running backs. All this high-flying pass-heavy offense can sometimes be fun to watch as the scores reach into the 70s. However, what’s wrong with a good-old-fashioned running back and smashmouth defense?
That being said, I couldn’t have asked for a more prestigious and historic list of names at the running back spot here at Nebraska.
Obviously, I didn’t get to watch in person many of the greats on the all-time rushing list. However, there are two particular names that I was able to watch that have stuck with me as my favorites of my time.
The first takes you back to the last time really that Nebraska was on the big stage.

Wed
06
Apr

Winter wonderland makes for interesting golf

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Mother Nature had plenty of jokes and pranks ready for the Aurora golfers Friday at the Seward Invite.
The meet, which was already postponed once due to snow, was actually played through in wintry conditions Friday with all five Husky golfers embracing the moment.
Aurora golf coach Craig Badura was just as in awe as the players were throughout the 18-hole meet Friday.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
06
Apr

Wind, snow and cold not a good mix for a track meet

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Mother Nature pulled a cruel April Fool’s joke on the Giltner and High Plains track squads.
Conditions weren’t ideal for a track meet when the day started, with temperatures falling as the day wore on.
After early morning sun, clouds rolled in, bringing with it high winds and eventually snowflakes. The meet pushed forward as scheduled, with only finals taking place in the running events.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
30
Mar

Huskers get big commit from a big name

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Keyshawn Johnson Jr. wants to take his own path. Hey, I’m just fine with that.
After years and years of being irrelevant on the national recruiting scene, the Huskers made some news a week ago when the Calabasas (CA) High School junior four-star wide receiver finally did it. After numerous trips to Lincoln, six in fact, including his last one on March 12, he announced via a rather cute video that he will play football at the University of Nebraska.
The son of former USC All-American and NFL Pro Bowl player Keyshawn Johnson Sr. has now established a buzz, a real excitement, around Big Red Nation, one that I can’t remember feeling for quite some time. Because perception is almost more important than reality, what Johnson eventually does on the field may pale to what he’s already done off of it.

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