Giltner denied in district final matchup

In the end, the Giltner boys basketball team qualified for the state basketball tournament, but there was plenty of drama to unfold.
The Hornets never shot themselves out of the mud in a 58-45 loss to Wilcox-Hildreth in the D2-4 district final Feb. 27 at Adams Central.
Giltner coach Jordan Ortmeier explained after the game that a bad defensive night and an inability to make plays late doomed his team.

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One in a million

Okay, I’m sorry. I apologize. My bad.
I should have called in sick, hopped aboard an airplane for New York City and bought a ticket to Nebraska’s basketball game with Michigan on Friday afternoon.
But because I didn’t, I’ll take full responsibility for the Huskers’ lousy showing.
And lousy is putting it mildly.
When the Husker men beat Michigan 72-52 back on Jan. 18, Cindy and I had tickets for the very top row in PBA, up in the rafters, where the rims look the size of a hangnail. At halftime, however, after spotting some open seats, we moved down to row 9, just behind the Wolverine bench.
Needless to say it was a fun second half.
“We could have beat the Knicks that night,” Husker coach Tim Miles would say just prior to Friday afternoon’s rematch at Madison Square Garden.


Protect the bubble

Everyone’s into creating a buzz on social media, whether it’s a hashtag or the like.
The big push for Sunday’s Nebraska-Penn State matchup was to replicate No Sit Sunday from 2014 when the Huskers defeated Wisconsin in the final regular season home matchup and went on to qualify for the NCAA tournament.
My push was to do one thing -- protect the bubble.
That’s certainly what the Huskers did, using a big defensive first half to defeat Penn State 76-64 in front of a wall-to-wall crowd at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The main question that will reverberate around the Cornhusker state up until the final brackets are revealed is this: Have the Huskers done enough to make the dance?
A lot of us in the state believe so. The 10-man selection committee? That answer remains uncertain.
However, the Huskers played one of its most complete games of the year Sunday with NCAA committee chair Bruce Rasmussen sitting front and center.


Huskies statebound

For the third year in a row, the Aurora boys basketball team has punched a ticket to the state tournament in Lincoln by winning a district championship, this time by defeating Seward 47-35 Saturday afternoon at the Aurora Sports Complex. 

Seward's only lead came at the jump of the game, but didn't allow the Huskies to build a double digit lead until the fourth quarter. Aurora entered the fourth up 34-29 when Baylor Scheierman scored 10 of his 21 points to push the lead to an insurmountable margin. 

Behind Scheierman's 21 points was Henry Penner, who scored nine of his 11 total points in the first half. 

Aurora's first round matchup at the state tournament March 8 has yet to be determined as other district final matchups are still being played around the state. Check back with the News-Register for updates. 


Giltner advances to district final

Two Hamilton County teams converged in Aurora Thursday night for the most important basketball game of the year up to this point. 

In a back-and-forth bruising affair, it was the Giltner Hornets who outlasted the Hampton Hawks 49-36 to win the D2-7 subdistrict final matchup. 

Giltner never once relinquished the lead, but Hampton made the Hornets work for everything all night long. The Hornets held a 28-16 lead at the half and used a 13-2 run in the third to assert themselves in the second half. 

The Hornets were led in scoring by Josh Hinrichs with 16 points while Hampton's Jarrod Shoup scored 14. 

Giltner advances to the D2-4 district final Tuesday night where the Hornets will take on Wilcox-Hildreth. The game will be held at Adams Central with tipoff set for 7 p.m. The Hornets are ranked 4th in D2 while Wilcox-Hildreth is 10th in the latest Omaha World Herald ratings. 


Huskies to host Seward in district final

Aurora's game on Saturday against Seward is fairly simple: win and advance to the state tournament or lose and a trip to Lincoln is out of the question. 

Aurora will play Seward Saturday in a boys district final matchup. Tipoff for that game is set for 3 p.m. The Huskies are seeded fifth in Class B while the Bluejays are 12th. 

Aurora defeated Seward 58-45 earlier this year. In that game, Aurora built a solid lead in the first half and held a steady double-digit lead in the second half. Henry Penner led the Huskies with 22 points while Baylor Scheierman added 12 and Ian Boerkircher pitched in 11. 

Here's how the rest of the Class B district final field shakes out: 

No. 16 Holdrege @ No. 1 York

No. 15 Alliance @ No. 2 Omaha Skutt

No. 14 Norris @ No. 3 Platteview

No. 13 Elkhorn South @ No. 4 Bennington

No. 12 Seward @ No. 5 Aurora

No. 11 Mount Michael Benedictine @ No. 6 Gretna

No. 10 Crete @ No. 7 Scottsbluff


Husky freshmen take to the medalstand

Wrestling fans in Omaha got a glimpse of what could possibly be a dynamic Aurora team for the next several years.
A pair of freshmen -- Caden Svoboda at 106 and Trevor Kluck at 126 -- finished the state tournament with fourth and sixth place finishes in Class B, respectively, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha Saturday.
The Huskies sent four to the state meet, all underclassmen, and Aurora coach Derek Keasling hopes it was the first of what could be a vigorous team the next few years.

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Two-year football schedules released by NSAA

Aurora and the rest of the high schools in Nebraska got a first look at the new two-year football schedules Feb. 13.
After a few days to digest the new teams on the docket, Aurora coach Kyle Peterson believes the Huskies’ first season as a C1 team will be a memorable one.
“It’s a fun schedule. We get to go to some new places we’ve never been to and get to experience some different styles of football,” Peterson said.

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Aurora FB schedule has flair

As if I didn’t have enough things to do this week, Santa came by and dropped off the next two-year football schedule for Nebraska high schools Feb. 13. So, while trying to cover postseason basketball and the state wrestling meet, I’ve been shuffling through schedules.  
My eager anticipation was to see the new-look schedule for Aurora -- the new teams they’d see moving to C1 and if any Class B teams would be sprinkled in the calendar.
Aurora will play the likes of Adams Central, Kearney Catholic, Wahoo, GINW, Fairbury, Fillmore Central, Boone Central Newman Grove, Milford and Central City in the regular season.
My first thoughts upon scanning the schedule was to circle weeks two, three and seven. In 2018, that’s at Kearney Catholic, at home versus Wahoo and on the road at Boone Central Newman Grove.


Dukes outlast Huskies in thriller

The rubber match between the York Dukes and Aurora Huskies had everything a fan could ask for. In the end, it was the host Dukes that came out with a 65-63 win over Aurora in the B-6 subdistrict final matchup Tuesday night. The Class B No. 4-rated Dukes improved to 23-1 as the Huskies fall to 21-4. 

In a back-and-forth balttle for most of the first three quarters, York took control in the fourth with an 11-0 run as the Dukes hit on three triples in a minute's span to build a double-digit lead and hang on from there. 

Baylor Scheierman and Co. tried to dig back into it, getting within three points with four seconds to go. Scheierman paced the Huskies with 23 points. 

Both teams are secure in playing a district final matchup on Saturday with opponents yet to be determined. 

For live updates from the sidelines follow us on Twitter @SportsANR and see next week's News-Register for full coverage. 


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