Sports

Wed
09
Sep

Hail Marys a new tradition in Lincoln

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The football gods giveth, and for sure the football gods taketh away.
How else can you explain the crazy, unbelievable, heartbreaking finish Saturday in Lincoln, ruining head coach Mike Riley’s debut as a Husker?
Looking back, maybe we should have known, as two-month old grandson Easton spit up all over his Husker outfit just prior to kickoff.
Oh my.
In the end, the only person who knew what 6-6 senior Mitch Mathew felt like as time expired was Jordan Westerkamp, who caught a eerily similar pass thrown by Ron Kellogg almost two years ago, in the eerily same part of the south end zone as time expired.
Game over.
But is the season over? No way. Just ask Ohio State.
Aurora fans should be proud of Tyson Broekemeier, who filled in admirably for Nebraska punter Sam Foltz, taken out of the game in the third quarter with a badly sprained ankle after a questionable non-roughing the punter incident.

Wed
09
Sep

Aurora cross country teams claim 3 golds in opening week

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Jonna Bart led the girls team with two gold medals in the first two meets of the year, with Grant Moody adding a gold for the boys. The Aurora cross country teams started off the year the way the coaches expected, running strong at meets in Seward and Minden. For a detailed story, see this week's edition.
 

Wed
09
Sep

Two individual medalists for Aurora golf team

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The Aurora girls golf team teed it up on one of the most difficult courses they will face this year, claiming two medals and a fourth place finish at the York Country Club. For the full story, see this week's edition.
 

Wed
09
Sep

Aurora softball collects first win at home over Centennial

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It was a back and forth battle, but the Aurora softball team got the better of Centennial Sept. 1 with a 9-7 victory.
“We came out and played our game,” head coach Natalie Starostka noted. “We’ve been hit and miss this year as far as coming out and playing and we fought hard so I was really impressed with that.” For the full story, see this week's edition.
 

Wed
02
Sep

Polk County plays through long week

No rest for the weary as the Polk County softball team played in seven games over a three-day span.
The Slammers competed in the Wisner-Pilger tournament, going 2-2, played two games in Schuyler coupled with a win over Central City Aug. 25.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
02
Sep

Aurora softball hits the road

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It was tough sledding this week for the Aurora softball team.. The Huskies picked up a 5-4 win over Friend, but were shutout in two other games.
The Huskies were unable to get anything going against Holdrege on Thursday, falling 10-0.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
26
Aug

College football season preview

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I look forward to roughly 13 Saturdays each year. I spend the other 39 or so Saturdays eagerly awaiting those all important 13.
The newest edition of the college football season is nearly upon us. It’s a time of year that I cannot get enough of. The tradition, the atmosphere and the rivalries (or at least the ones that haven’t been destroyed yet by big money and revamped conferences.)
Like any good sports journalist, I love to overanalyze things and really do some research. It’s the kind of thing that gets my blood flowing. The amount of college football consumed by myself could be defined as unhealthy, or at least that’s what others have told me. I look at it more as a passion and yearning to understand.
So, what I’ve compiled is a list of things to watch out for this college football season.

Wed
26
Aug

College football season preview

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I look forward to roughly 13 Saturdays each year. I spend the other 39 or so Saturdays eagerly awaiting those all important 13.
The newest edition of the college football season is nearly upon us. It’s a time of year that I cannot get enough of. The tradition, the atmosphere and the rivalries (or at least the ones that haven’t been destroyed yet by big money and revamped conferences.)
Like any good sports journalist, I love to overanalyze things and really do some research. It’s the kind of thing that gets my blood flowing. The amount of college football consumed by myself could be defined as unhealthy, or at least that’s what others have told me. I look at it more as a passion and yearning to understand.
So, what I’ve compiled is a list of things to watch out for this college football season.

Wed
19
Aug

Nebraska football media guide nuggets

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This year’s Nebraska football media guide arrived in the mail on Friday and is once again filled with everything you ever wanted to know about Husker football, past and present.
And it certainly has a new look and a new feel with the arrival of head coach Mike Riley and all of his assistants.
While the new photos and new design are fun to scan through, my favorite part of this publication is the various player profiles.
Did you know De’Mornay Pierson-El played quarterback in high school (Alexandria, Vir.) as a senior and visited only Nebraska before committing to the Huskers? Did you know that Jordan Westercamp is still Illinois’ all-time leader in receptions (235), receiving yards (4,618) and touchdown receptions (68)? Did you know that redshirt freshman Freedom Akinmoladun announced his college decision on, you guessed it, the Fourth of July? Oh, and he was born on my birthday, Feb. 11.

Wed
19
Aug

New regulations in the name of player safety

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Fall practice is underway for all sports, but that doesn’t mean they look or operate the same as in years prior.
In the continuing effort to enhance and improve on player safety, the Nebraska School Activities Association has put in place new rules that limit practice time as well as regulating contact in football.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

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