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Registration open for Cornhusker State Games
Registration is now open for the 2016 Cornhusker State Games. The schedule for most sports is July 15-24, and officials expect more than 12,000 participants. The games feature 68 sports at 62 venues in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. Read more...


 


New friendships, renewed 'rivalries' dot Canopy Street Vault​
At some point during the Canopy Street Vault, the two lone competitors in the women's 19-29 age division struck up a conversation. There was Taylor Ruzicka, a recent Doane graduate from Morse Bluff, and Tierney Casper, a Henderson native and music education major at Nebraska-Kearney. As they talked, they discovered that Casper went to school with Kelly, who married Tanner, who is the former roommate of Ruzicka's fiancé Colin. Read more...


Harland Johnson: Volunteer extraordinaire​
The last words Harland Johnson said as I left his hospital room last weekend were: “Thanks for your time, Dennis.” How ironic, I thought at the time, that a man who has given so much ofhis time to improve our quality of life would thank me for mine. Johnson, 82, was diagnosed six months ago with pulmonary fibrosis. At the time, doctors gave the community leader 2-5 years. Sadly, his disease is an aggressive form, he shared during an interview from his hospital bed at CHI Health St. Elizabeth. Read more...

Rolfzen twins kick off Cornhusker State Games​
An unseasonably cool July evening made one of Lincoln’s most popular traditions all the more enjoyable on Friday. Thousands filled the stands of Seacrest Field to watch the opening ceremonies of the 32nd annual Cornhusker State Games, kicking off more than a week of amateur sport competitions. Read more...


State Games competitors falling from the sky
Three of us crammed into the Cessna 182 with pilot Mark Blacksher. Travis Bader and Joe Reinhard left … in a hurry. I was sitting by the open door, looking at the ground, far, far away, when Blacksher smiled at me and said over the roar of the plane’s engine, “If you see me leaving, you better jump, too.” Read more...


Grand Island firefighter/paramedic Dankert takes on Jiu-Jitsu​
You would be hard pressed to find a person more qualified to adequately take you down and grapple and then provide first aid to your wounds than Grand Island’s Brenda Dankert. Read more...

Majerus (athlete of the year 2015) coming back to coach
Athletes can choose to continue to compete after high school or college, although it’s easier in some sports. There are plenty of softball leagues, golf tournaments and road races. Chances for wrestlers to keep competing aren’t as numerous, but each summer Josh Majerus finds his way back to the wrestling mat during the Cornhusker State Games. Read more...

Lacross finding it's place in Nebraska
Lacrosse has long been thought of as the East Coast's novelty sport. Every spring, the NCAA Tournament features teams primarily from the Northeast as the rest of the country looks on with reluctant curiosity. It can be difficult for kids outside of that region to find an outlet for their interest, but a dedicated group of Nebraska athletes have committed to growing the sport they love for future generations. Read more...

Parachute Jumper Loves the Adrenaline Rush
After 3,400 jumps in 24 years, parachute jumper Dan Myers still experiences an adrenaline rush from falling out of the sky. Read more...

Lincoln Teens Receive State Games Athletes of the Year Awards
The Nebraska Sports Council has announced two Lincoln teens – trap-shooter Aaron Lafler, 19, and wrestler Chance Fry, 14 – were two of four individuals to be named the 2014 Cornhusker State Games Athletes of the Year. Other honorees were open-water swimmer Sharessa Gutierrez, 33 of Omaha, and multi-sport athlete Dave Waggoner, 67 of Kearney. Read more...

State Games Participation up by More Than 1,100
Omahan Caleb Smidt, 32, was the overall winner of the Cornhusker State Games Triathlon Sunday at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln in a time of 1:00:04. Smidt, homeless and addicted to drugs in his early 20s, turned his life around and has become a force on the regional triathlon scene. He was personally invited to compete by Games Executive Director Dave Mlnarik. Read more...

Ridlen Earns Three Medals at Cornhusker State Games
Dave Ridlen has been power lifting since high school and it showed at the recent Cornhusker State Games. The 2003 Chase County High School graduate took first place in the male raw power lifting, the male raw bench press and the male raw push and pull. Read more...

Sweetsers Dominate the Lanes at Cornhusker State Games
Tiffany and Brady Sweetser capped off their swim season with a bang, taking home a combined eight medals at their final meet of the summer, the Cornhusker State Games in Lincoln. Read more...

30th Cornhusker State Games Wrap Up
The 30th Cornhusker State Games wrapped up Sunday. Despite some scorching hot temperatures, this year's games brought in the most participants since 2001. Read more...

Half the Man he Used to be, Running for his Mom
It was a year of races, 59 miles in all, and all run by Isaac Waltman. He ran them in honor of Mary Waltman, his mother, who was 59 when she died. Read more...

75 Year Old CSG Competitor Succeeds In Table Tennis
Table tennis is a popular sport at the Cornhusker State Games. Last weekend, approximately a hundred people competed in the event at Goodrich Middle School in Lincoln. 75 year old Roger Trumper guesses he's competed in about 15 Cornhusker State Games. He's won ten gold medals in the 60 and over age division. Roger plays at least once a week and never goes on vacation without his paddle. Read more...

Bloemker, 82, Captures Four Gold Medals
Harriet Bloemker’s love affair with sports that began when she was a little girl shows no signs of slowing down. And neither does the Fremont woman’s skills in track and field. Read more...

CSG Wrestler's Medal Count Up to 84
Rob Pilcher won 7 medals during the opening weekend of the Cornhusker State Games. He'll add those 7 to an already large trophy case, pushing his total to 84 career medals at the CSGs. Read more...

State Games Director is a Ringer in the Game of Horseshoes
Al Rosenbohm has been involved with the Cornhusker State Games for almost as long as the games have been in existence. After the inaugural competitions in 1985, Rosenbohm approached CSG officials about the possibility of adding horseshoe pitching to the games roster. Read more...

Nebraskans Wanted for Next Year's National Games
The 2014 Cornhusker State Games — which kicked off with its opening ceremonies Friday and will continue through July 27 — will include more than 13,000 athletes competing in 63 different sports. Read more...

Another Action Packed Day At The Cornhusker State Games
Badminton, which outgrew its one day Cornhusker State Games format with 79 competitors, wrapped up Sunday at the HPER Complex at UNO with Apirat Lattison of Omaha outdueling Wei Ming Lim of Lincoln for the Men’s Open Gold and Polina Kaniuka taking the Women’s Open Gold over Lourdes Mena of Grand Island. Read more...

85 Year Old Goeres Excels in Sailing
At 85 years old, Vince Goeres has not lost one bit of his competitive nature. "We gotta have a big lead," Goeres said. "And win by a pretty big distance." Read more...

Competition, Waves Just Right for Water Skiing
A group of Cornhusker State Games participants found a way to enjoy lake time while also competing for medals and preparing for national competition. Read more...

Competition Brings Family Together
What have you accomplished in the past 12 minutes? On Saturday, 16-year old John Dankert spent that amount of time rowing, lifting, lunging and squatting during one segment of the CrossFit competition at the Cornhusker State Games. Read more...

A Busy Saturday To Start Cornhusker State Games
Below-normal July temperatures made for a smooth day of competition Saturday in more than 40 sports at the 30th annual Cornhusker State Games. Open-water swimming director Sue Nutty said the competitors swimming their way around the 5k course in Holmes Lake were probably warmer than the volunteers, many of whom donned jackets while providing support in kayaks along the course. Read more...

State Games Kicks off with Opening Ceremony in Arena
The lights dimmed. A piano melody began its crescendo. Snapshots of Memorial Stadium flashed on the screen at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Someone in the crowd of about 7,500 whispered, “You think it’s Jack?” Read more...

Another Shining Moment for Jack Hoffman as he Lights Torch
Taking the show under Lincoln’s big top proved to be a hit Friday for the Cornhusker State Games. After more than two decades of outdoor opening ceremonies — often with temperatures in the 90s — the showcase for the 30th annual festival of amateur athletics moved to Pinnacle Bank Arena. Read more...

10/11's Drew White and Ryan Mix Skydive to Preview the CSG
65 sports are offered in the 30th annual Cornhusker State Games. One of the most extreme sports available in this year's games is Sport Skydiving. While in the air, skydivers compete in two different events, accuracy and and team formations. Read more...

North Platte Angler to Compete at CSG
The Cornhusker State Games is officially underway in Lincoln. Athletes from around the state are trying their hand at a variety of different sports. Athletes aren't just battling against each other either. July temperatures in the triple digits have these athletes pushing their bodies to the limit. Read more...

Broken Bow Swimmers Compete at Cornhusker State Games
Broken Bow was represented by four swimmers this past weekend at the Cornhusker State Games in Lincoln. Read more...

Spielmans Step Out Daily
Sandi and Bill Spielman have stepped out in Lincoln many times since they started volkswalking at the Cornhusker State Games in 1986. They laced up their walking shoes that first year because their son Scott was participating in the games, and he convinced them to find an event and join in. They kept walking after the games concluded. Read more...

Cornhusker State Games Torch Run, Basketball Player Player Erick Strickland Coming to Kearney
In conjunction with the Cornhusker State Games Torch Run coming to Kearney and several other activities planned in the YMCA parking lot, former Nebraska Cornhusker and NBA basketball player Erick Strickland will host a basketball clinic in Kearney on Wednesday, June 25 at the Kearney YMCA from 4-6 p.m. Read more...

Locals Run Through the Panhandle for Cornhusker State Games
Locals ran their way through the panhandle yesterday to promote the Cornhusker State Games. The Nebraska Sports Council will be hosting their 30th annual Cornhusker State Games this July. Participants held a torch while running throughout Nebraska and promoting the games, as well as a healthy lifestyle. Read more...

Former NBA Guard to Make Stop in Kearney
Former Nebraska Cornhusker, NBA basketball player, and 1998 Cornhusker State Games Mystery Torchlighter Erick Strickland will play host at a sports clinic at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Kearney Family YMCA. Read more...

Erick Strickland Basketball Clinic June 25
Former Nebraska Cornhusker and NBA basketball player, Erick Strickland will host a basketball clinic for Youth ages 5-18 at the Kearney YMCA from 4-6 p.m. June 25 in conjunction with the Cornhusker State Games Torch Run. Read more...

State Games to Feature Girls Fast Pitch Softball at Doris Bair Complex
The Cornhusker State Games will offer girls fast-pitch July 19-20 at the Doris Bair Softball Complex near 48th and Superior streets. Each team is guaranteed four games. Read more...

From Filley to the Number One Track Team in the Nation, Zimmerman Follows Dream Straight to Arkansas
Nine years ago, at the Cornhusker State Games in 2005, Derek Zimmerman began competing in track as a fifth grader. Derek joined the Lincoln Jets Track Club in 2006 and joined the Tachyon Athletik in 2011. Read more...

Registration is open for the 2014 Cornhusker State Games
Nebraska Sports Council officials have announced that, to help celebrate the event’s 30th Anniversary, Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 18 will take place at Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena. Read more...

State Games Ceremonies Moving to Arena
To mark the 30th anniversary of the Cornhusker State Games, the event's opening ceremonies will move inside to the Pinnacle Bank Arena this summer. Read more...

Cornhusker State Games Disc Golf at Cottonmill
The Cornhusker State Games disc golf tournaments will be July 19-20 at Kearney’s Cottonmill Park. Recreational and junior divisions, except 9-and-under, will play 36 holes on July 19. The 9-and-under age group will play 18 holes. Read more...

 


 

Local Athletes Compete in Cornhusker State Games
The Cornhusker State Games  bring thousands of participants to Lincoln, Omaha and the surrounding area. These participants have a chance to compete in a variety of different sports. Many athletes from this area made the trek to Lincoln or Omaha to participate in the games. Read more...

Three Henderson Vaulters Steal the Show at CSG
The Cornhusker State Games (CSG) wrapped up competition last weekend at several different venues around the capitol city. Five vaulters who are currently competing for the Heartland Huskies or have graduated or live in the Henderson area won their events in their age groups at the State Games. Read more...

Cornhusker Games is One of Many Places Where Thunder Made an Impact in 2013
One of Lexington’s youth softball teams faced some tough competition this summer, and emerged with a winning record in both tournaments and in league play. Read more...

Let the Buzz Begin
Congratulations are due the team of Nebraskans who succeeded in bringing the 2015 State Games of America to Lincoln. The event will provide thousands of athletes the chance to participate in an array of competitions, put a new highlight on the summer calendar and provide a boost to the local economy. Read more...

Brandon Hagemann Exceeds Weighlifting Expectations
When Brandon Hagemann talked to us here on News 5 last week, he said he just wanted to see how well he could do weightlifting at the Cornhusker state games. He said he wasn't worried about winning the competition, in fact he wasn't even thinking about that. He said he just wanted to do his best. Read more...

Lincoln to Host 2015 State Games of America
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler announced on July 19 that Lincoln will host the 2015 State Games of America July 28 through August 2, 2015. Beutler thanked the Nebraska Sports Council (NSC) and the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau (LCVB) for winning the right to host the national event, which is expected to draw 18,000 participants and generate an economic impact of $20 million. Read more...

State Games Give Figure Skating a Whirl
Armed with their costumes, CDs, skates and a fair share of winter gear, figure skaters and their supporters reveled Saturday in the comfort of one of the nicest Cornhusker State Games venues. Read more...

Cornhusker State Games Start With 40 Sports on Day One
“I’m just glad I can do this,” said Robbie Mau after accepting the bronze medal for his weight class in the Cornhusker State Games Wrestling Competition at Waverly High School Saturday. He then shared before-and-after pictures with organizers. The 30 year-old from Fremont has lost 172 pounds over the past two years with exercise, a low-calorie diet and motivation to return to the wrestling mat. Read more...

Skateboarding Grows in Popularity in Cornhusker State Games
It has been a busy day for athletes in Nebraska. Events for more than 30 sports took place today for the Cornhusker State Games, including track and field, wrestling, soccer, and even skateboarding. Read more...

State Games Armwrestling is Over the Top
Sure, Zack “Buddah” Soderquist said he had never been beaten in arm-wrestling in a bar. But against Cliff Hall, a veteran of more than 30 years of arm-wrestling and the Cornhusker State Games director for the sport, he had no chance. Read more...

Cowling Family Jumps into State Games
As an accomplished track and field athlete, Caleb Cowling likes the Cornhusker State Games because they are pretty low-key. Well, there was some pressure Saturday. Read more...

State Prepares for National Games While Businesses Eye Heaping Prize
Nate Kellison has co-owned the Round-Abouts Restaurant on the corner of 70th and A Streets for the last two years. Kellison said the Cornhusker State Games, of which opening ceremonies were held last night at Northeast High School, always bring a nice boost to his profits. Read more...

Lincoln to Host State Games of America
Lincoln will host a super-sized version of the Cornhusker State Games in 2015. An official announcement Friday confirmed rumors that had circulated for nearly a month that the 2015 State Games of America will be hosted in Lincoln. Read more...

Lincoln to Host 2015 State Games of America
Officials announced Lincoln will host the 2015 State Games of America. An estimated 18,000 participants and 40,000 spectators  are expected to attend the event. Read more...

State Games Of America Picks Lincoln
The State Games of America will be held in Lincoln in 2015.  The National version of the Cornhusker State Games will be staged at various locations throughout the Lincoln area July 28 through August 2 two years from now. Read more...

State Games Kick Off with Torch Lighting
Jed Ortmeyer grew up playing soccer in the scorching heat of the Cornhusker State Games. Read more...

Lincoln to Host State Games of America
The mayor announced on Friday that Lincoln will host the 2015 State Games of America. It's like the Cornhusker State Games, but with 30 other states joining in. Read more...

Ortmeyer is Mystery Torchlighter
On the eve of ice hockey's debut in the Cornhusker State Games, 10-year NHL veteran Jed Ortmeyer was introduced as the Games' Mystery Torchlighter at Opening Ceremonies held at Seacrest Field in Lincoln Friday. Read more...

CSG Mystery Torchlighter is NHL Veteran Jed Ortmeyer
On the eve of ice hockey’s debut in the Cornhusker State Games, 10-year NHL veteran Jed Ortmeyer was introduced as the Games’ Mystery Torchlighter at Opening Ceremonies held at Seacrest Field in Lincoln Friday. Read more...

Cornhusker State Games Opening Ceremonies
The Opening Ceremonies for the 29th annual Cornhusker State Games--featuring skydivers, fireworks, a parade of athletes, a basketball/unicycle exhibition by a family of 14, a mascot race, a concert by Groove Puppet and the revelation of the Mystery Torchlighter--are set for 8 p.m. Friday, July 19 at Lincoln’s Seacrest Field, 7600 A St. Read more...

Lincoln to Host 2015 State Games of America
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler announced Friday the Nebraska Sports Council and the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau have won the right for Lincoln to host the 2015 State Games of America July 28 through Aug. 2, 2015. Read more...

Lincoln to host 2015 State Games of America
“We are estimating that the 2015 State Games of America in Lincoln will attract up to 18,000 participants, including 12,000 Nebraskans and 6,000 medalists from around the country,” said Roger Lempke, vice president of the Nebraska Sports Council. Read more...

9-year-old golfer youngest at Cornhusker Games
Golf was all fun and games for Neely Adler until she started hitting the ball over the fence in her backyard. It was the start of something special. Read more...

Husker great Jordan Larson instructs youth volleyball clinic during LiveWell Tour
Former University of Nebraska volleyball player Jordan Larson was in Scottsbluff on Monday as part of this year’s LiveWellNebraska Tour. Larson, a three-time All-American for the Huskers, instructed a youth volleyball clinic at Western Nebraska Community College. A 2005 graduate of Logan View High School in Hooper, Larson helped the Huskers compile a record of 127-8 during her four seasons. Nebraska reached the Final Four in three of Larson’s seasons, including in 2006 when the Huskers won the national championship after finishing runner-up in 2005. Read more...

Tour hits Kearney Wednesday with busload of healthy ideas, athletes Larson, Tomasevicz
Fitness classes, health screenings, healthy snacks, presentations by Olympic medalists and more will be featured at the LiveWell Nebraska Tour. Read more...

Homer's Heroes Are in a League of Their Own
While the Cornhusker State Games officially begin Friday, July 19, a very special part of the games took place Saturday, June 21. The Homer's Heroes Cornhusker State baseball game took place at Lewis Fields, Saturday. It was a heartwarming day where area kids with disabilities gathered to play the game they love. Read more...

Olympic athletes to host sports clinic
Olympic medalists and Nebraska natives Jordan Larson and Curt Tomasevicz will host sport clinics in Nebraska over five consecutive days in June as part of the LiveWellNebraska.com Tour. Scottsbluff will host the first clinic on Monday, June 24. Read more...

Livewell to embark on tour across state
Livewellnebraska.com, The World-Herald's health website, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska are teaming up for their second statewide tour focused on making Nebraska healthier. Read more...

Cornhusker State Games a must for Omaha soccer team
There is a men’s soccer team that hasn’t missed playing in the Cornhusker State Games in 20 years, but you wouldn’t know that from looking at the tournament brackets. Read more...

 


 

Remembering Murph Tinius
Murph Tinius, the man who was instrumental in the success of the Cornhusker State Games, has passed away. He was 90. Read more...

Ex-Husker Ross Learning the Ropes in Flag Football
The hard, hard dirt, the weed-covered, dusty, pockmarked field at Air Park seems a long way from the 2006 NFL playoffs and the fields of the Big 12 Conference. To Cory Ross, the difference isn’t so great. Read more...

Another Week, Volunteering at Another Fishing Tournament
So, apparently after you volunteer for one fishing tournament, your name must go on a list that goes out to anyone else looking for volunteers. Read more...

Power of Love
For local power lifting champion Devin Dimmitt, power lifting is quickly becoming more. The world-record holder and his girlfriend of several years, Sammi Tafoya, recently attended a national meet in Las Vegas where each set new world records. Read more...

Harsh Family at Home on Mat
From the eighth to eleventh centuries, Vikings traveled eastward to overpower and conquer far away lands. How fitting for the Harsh family, who traveled nearly seven hours east from Scottsbluff to wrestle in the Cornhusker State Games at a high school gym just outside of Lincoln — home of the Waverly Vikings. Read more...

Nebraska Producing World Class Armwrestlers
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State Games: Henry packs a punch
Dylan Henry lunged with wide looping hooks and followed with a couple of vicious uppercuts. He worked Royce Bredemeier’s body, took a couple of shots to the head, and answered in kind. Read more...

Erika Anschutz Lights CSG Caldron with Flaming Arrow
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Mystery torch lighter no stranger to Cornhusker State Games
This time around, at least she didn’t have to worry about shooting an arrow into the governor. It was just a framed photo, actually, but Erika Anschutz maintains that the picture of then-governor Ben Nelson was pretty lifelike. Read more...

Jason Parker Earns Spot on Olympic Team
Sergeant First Class Jason Parker, 1996 Xavier graduate and seven-time rifle All- American, scored 3124.1 total points at the U.S. Olympic team trails this week to earn his fourth spot on a U. S. Olympic team.
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Student at Lincoln Budokan Enjoys Being Reunited with the Martial Arts
They say, you always come back to the one you love. For Lindsey Anderson, that love is the martial arts. The Lincoln native began her training around the age of 10 but stopped at the end of high school as college and work got in the way. Now at 31, she’s come back for more. Read more...

 

May 26, 2017 - The Nebraska Sports Council (NSC) has announced that Farmers Mutual of Nebraska CEO Mark Walz has been named the  Honorary Chairman of the 2017 Cornhusker State Games. Read more...

April 11, 2017 - The Nebraska Sports Council has announced that Hall of Fame Kearney State basketball player and 25-year UNK Head Coach Tom Kropp has been named the  Honorary Parade Marshal of the 2017 Cornhusker State Games (CSG) Opening Ceremonies. Read more...

February 27, 2017 - The Nebraska Sports Council has announced the 2017 Cornhusker State Games (CSG) Torch Run route/schedule and is encouraging Nebraska runners of all ages to sign up for a mile.  Officials have also opened the search for a national anthem performer for the Games’ Opening Ceremonies.
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September 2, 2016 - The Nebraska Sports Council (NSC) has announced its 2016 Cornhusker State Games (CSG) Athletes of the Year, including: Triathletes, Abby Burke, 19, Lincoln and Lincoln Murdoch, 59, Omaha; Fencer, Kristian Anderson, 47, Lincoln and Wrestler, Sabastian Harsh, 14, Scottsbluff.
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