Sports

Wed
18
Jul

Aurora finishes regular season on high note

The Aurora Pinnacle Bank Post 42 Legion Seniors team are taking some good mojo into its Class B, Area 4 tournament this weekend.
The offense was clicking from the first at-bat of the evening in an 11-2 win over UBC at home Monday night.

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Wed
18
Jul

Can’t we just fast forward to football season?

 Don’t get me wrong. I love the months of June and July, but to be honest, I’m tired of the heat, I’m tired of the humidity and I’m tired of those darn mosquitos.
Can’t we just fast forward to football season?
The only blessing in this whole equation is that undoubtedly, there always seems to be Husker football in the news, each and every week, one way or another, and with the official announcement a few days ago that tight ends Matt Snyder and David Engelhaupt are now longer with the team, that seemingly puts Aurora redshirt freshman Austin Allen even more front and center than before.
After listening to some of the coaches’ comments following the spring game, it sounded as if the former Aurora Husky had the inside track to either the number two or number three tight end position. And since Scott Frost’s offense uses multiple tight ends on any given play, that signals loads of potential playing time.

Mon
16
Jul

Aurora hosts volleyball camp

Aurora hosted a volleyball camp Monday with varsity, JV and reserve matches happening all across town. A total of 12 teams were in attendance, with Centura earning a first place finish by defeating Beatrice. Both Aurora and Hampton participated in pool play throughout the day.

Wed
11
Jul

Hornets celebrate 4th straight track championship

I stood at the finish line ready for a photo as the 400 relay came down the stretch at the Central Nebraska Track Championships in April. I wanted that shot, on the offchance that the Giltner Lady Hornets defeated such stiff competition.
Oh, the photo I got.
The Giltner track teams gathered together one last time Thursday to celebrate their accomplishments from the past season, including a fourth consecutive Class D track championship for the girls and a come-from-behind runner-up finish for the boys team.
Along with the cake, ice cream and laughter that was shared between athletes, parents and friends, Giltner coach Nancy Lockmon delivered a blow-by-blow depiction of the season with little tidbits and insights few people previously had known.
Lockmon noted the success of “Little old Giltner” at the Central Nebraska Track Championships, which pits teams against each other regardless of class in arguably the best meet of the year.

Wed
27
Jun

Aurora’s hot bats carry the load

The Aurora Pinnacle Bank Post 42 Seniors team dug a quick hole at home Friday night, falling behind 4-0 before even getting a chance to bat.
In the long run, that didn’t turn out to be a big factor as Aurora forced Kearney County into seven errors along with nine hits in a 10-6 victory.

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Wed
27
Jun

A good first impression

You heard it here first.
Huskers 37, Akron 7 on Sept. 1. Scott Frost starts 1-0 as Nebraska’s new leader.
More on that later.
Since it’s summer and not much at all is happening in the world of college football, I thought it would be kind of fun to look back at how other Nebraska head football coaches fared in the very first games, scanning back some 128 years.
In 1890 Langdon Frothingham’s Bugeaters defeated the Omaha YMCA 10-0 on Nov. 27, and no, the Village People did not perform at halftime. A couple weeks later Nebraska beat Doane 18-0 to finish 2-0 in their inaugural season.
In 1895 Charles Thomas beat Sioux City 38-0 and went on to a 6-3 record in his only season as head coach. That team finished the season with a 6-0 victory over Iowa just after Thanksgiving.

Wed
20
Jun

Hinrichs runs wild in 8-man All-Star game

Josh Hinrichs wanted to have fun in his final 8-man football game. He sure took care of that Saturday evening.
“I’m glad I got to play one more time,” he said.
His stats back that up.

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Wed
20
Jun

HPC’s Wood, Kucera relish All-Star experience

Nine years of continuity and friendship were evident on the sideline of the East team in the Sertoma 8-man All-Star Classic.
And what a way to go out.
High Plains coach Greg Wood piloted the East team and brought along his longtime assistant John Kucera for the 41st playing of the 8-man All-Star game Saturday at Hastings College.

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Wed
20
Jun

Husker assistant coaches make stop in Aurora

This week’s sports section has me extremely excited for football. I’ll take any excuse to talk pigskin in the middle of June.
The community of Aurora was one of several stops on the Husker Nation Tour June 12 with Nebraska assistant coach Jovan DeWitt and defensive quality control coach Jack Cooper in town to discuss a plethora of topics.
Sure, it might not have been the same if it was head man Scott Frost or athletic director Bill Moos in town, but DeWitt and Cooper brought a similar knowledge that was fun to soak up for an hour.
DeWitt has made several stops in coaching, including Army West Point and Northern Iowa, where his connection with Frost began.
As Frost left his defensive coordinator spot in 2009 to join Oregon, DeWitt came in and took that position. Once Frost got the job at UCF, DeWitt knew he’d get a call.

Wed
13
Jun

Finding a role model in sports

 Flip on a baseball game and you’ll see players slamming the bat into the ground on a called strike three. Switch over to the NBA finals and you’ll watch players running around the court, protesting with every inch of their body what a horrible call the referee just made. Then there’s our own president uninviting the Super Bowl champions to the White House when a big celebration on the back lawn was just a couple days away.
I’m not sure what kind of message all of this is sending to our youth, but I’ve got to be honest, it makes me very uncomfortable. And the frustrating part is, all I can do is shake my head in disbelief and hope they’re not paying attention.
A role model is defined by Webster as “someone worthy of imitation.” In my mind, it’s how you would want your son or daughter to act under pressure or during everyday life.

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