Shrine Bowl has Aurora flavor

Saturday's 60th annual Shrine Bowl game at UNK in Kearney will feature several local ties come kickoff at 2 p.m., with Cal Narber and Ian Boerkircher playing for the South team. Both Narber and Boerkircher expect to see the majority of field time on the defensive side, with Boerkircher playing defensive end and Narber in the secondary, but anything can happen. 

The South team will be under the direction of Aurora head coach Kyle Peterson. This will be Peterson's second Shrine Bowl apperance as a coach, also participating in 2011 as an assistant. One of Peterson's selections as an assistant coaches was one of his own -- Tim Elge. 

Other coaches for the South team include Reed Manstedt, Crete; Ryan Kearney, Pius X; Rashawn Harvey, Kearney Catholic and Wade Miller, Seward. Miller is coincidentally a 2002 Aurora graduate. 

If not making the trip out to Kearney, the game will be broadcasted live on NET. 


Husker football coaches coming to Aurora

A number of the Nebraska football coaches along with Athletic Director Bill Moos and Associate AD for football, Matt Davison, will spread out across the state on a two-day, 26-town tour to meet with fans as part of the Husker Nation Tour presented by First National Bank.

One of the stops includes Aurora as offensive coordinator and receivers coach Troy Walters, as well as defensive line coach Mike Dawson, will be at the Bremer Community Center from 1-2 p.m June 12. This is a free event and open to the public, giving fans a chance to meet the coaching staff before the 2018 season begins. 

Here's the complete schedule of the two-day event and where those coaches will appear:

Monday, June 11

Scottsbluff: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Gering Civic Center (Moos, Frost, Davison)

Alliance: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Newberry's (Moos, Frost, Davison)

Ogallala: 5:30-7 p.m., Open Range Grill (Chinander, Verducci)


Badura repeats as Class B champ

As the course got tougher, Aurora senior Caleb Badura got better. 

Badura was -3 on his final seven holes to finish -2 70 and win his second consecutive Class B individual title Wednesday at Quail Run in Columbus. 

The Husky senior shot rounds of 72 and 70 for a two-day score of 142, winning the tournament by 10 strokes. 

He is now a four-time state medalist and two-time state champ along with winning the team honors a year ago. 

Complete coverage on Badura's victory will be in next week's News-Register. 


Volleyball in May

This time of year is meant for attending graduations, weddings, state track meets and baseball games, so it felt eerily strange walking to the Devaney Center a week ago for volleyball, wearing my Husker t-shirt to watch Team USA team compete in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League 3-day tournament, a roster that featured three former Nebraska All-Americans.
Jordan Larsen (age 31), Kelsey Robinson (25) and Justine Wong-Orantes (22) all played crucial minutes, helping No. 2 in the world USA go 2-1 in the tournament as they attempt to reload after capturing the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.
While it was amazing to watch the pure power and athleticism of these female athletes, it was also fascinating to listen to some of the foreign players’ conversations from our seats in the third row, right by the net.


Area state track qualifiers

Below is a complete list of all area athletes that will compete in Omaha Friday and Saturday at the state track and field meet. A total of 42 athletes between Aurora, Giltner, High Plains and Hampton will take to Burke Stadium over the two-day event. Here's who will compete at the state meet:

Giltner (16) 


Giltner sweeps boys and girls titles

It was a busy week for Brodi Hansen on and off the track.
He reset his own school record in the pole vault Thursday, going 14-feet to win the event as both the boys and girls teams swept the Paul Underwood Invite.
Along with his record-setting performance, he also signed his letter of intent to continue track at Wayne State College while he and his classmates graduated Sunday.

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



Area runners compete in Lincoln marathon

Several Hamilton County residents competed Sunday in the Lincoln marathon and half-marathon.
It was a beautiful day to run, inviting nearly 8,000 runners to compete in the 41st annual event.

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



Five-win season comes to a close for Aurora boys soccer

Both the Aurora and Hastings soccer teams did a lot of waiting before taking the field in their B-7 subdistrict game played at Hastings College May 1.
Once the game did get underway, Hastings moved on with a 4-1 victory over the Huskies to end Aurora’s season.
Aurora coach Madison Farris noted that the delay may have sucked some of the energy from the teams, but there was no real disadvantage to it, either.

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



The good ‘ol days

 Caps and gowns, diplomas, celebrations, a few tears, and family.
Eighteen-year-olds in Aurora and all around the county have or soon will have that coveted signed document in hand, a crowning achievement in the lives of our youth.
These senior graduates are fortunate to have the love and support of those around them, those who helped guide them through elementary school, middle school and finally high school.
I thought it would be fun to look back 18 years, to the year 2000, things and events that happened when all of our graduates were just newborns. Things that were happening in our world when all they were concerned about was getting enough sleep and milk.
In the year 2000, gas cost $1.56 a gallon, a loaf of bread was $1.72, and a dozen eggs cost 89 cents.
Also, George W. Bush defeated Al Gore by the narrowest of votes, concerns from Y2K came and went, and the reality show “Survivor” began its initial season with 51 million viewers.


Golf is hard, man

Every spring I look forward to stepping onto the teebox for the first time at a local golf course with my bag ready to show off some highlight reel shots for Sportscenter’s top 10 plays.
However, that feeling usually turns into dismay or complete disgust by the seventh or eighth hole, depending on the course and other variable circumstances.
Because of the extended winter forecast this year and other things going on with the spring schedule, that first time on the course didn’t come for me until Friday, sneaking out of the office a bit early and playing a quick nine over at St. Paul’s nice course.
I coaxed the wife-to-be to rush home and join me on the links. She played in high school but isn’t as antsy as I am to get right out there all the time.


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