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Wrestling for Change

In 2019, Hastings College announced they would be starting a women’s wrestling program. This past year, Hastings College fulfilled that promise when they delivered the inaugural season of their Broncos Women’s Wrestling team. Coached by Cara Romeike, an NAIA national runner up herself, the team fielded nine barrier breaking wrestlers.  The impact of what the creation of the team meant in the wider conversation of the sports was not lost on the athletes. Many of the girls were the first girls at their high schools to wrestle. They have faced criticism and skepticism from their communities all through their wrestling careers. “I really wanted to wrestle since middle school, but I was told I couldn’t just because I was female,”...

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The History of the NCAA

You’ve likely heard of the NCAA. It’s the massive governing institution whose name you have probably seen attached to some of your favorite college championship sporting events. You’ve probably noticed its logo plastered on every court of the men and women’s championship basketball tournaments. Perhaps you’ve heard about it when there are regulation infractions in college sports. Maybe you’ve heard it talked about negatively as the conversation around student athlete rights continues to be had in the national sports media and the public square. But what is the NCAA exactly?  The National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, is a governing body of University Presidents and decision makers that preside over athletic competition among its member schools. Nearly 20,000 schools operate...

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The Real Nebraska Antelope

Situated on the plains of central Nebraska, the University of Nebraska at Kearney has been known as the Lopers for over a century. The moniker,  the origins of which is not totally clear, was born out of a misnomer and is one of the longest running mascots in the state. The name has ties to an Arizona school and uses a hand gesture that may have originally been made to mock a certain school in Texas. The name has been consistent through several official school name changes and has represented a spirit of independence, durability, and athleticism that has represented the school and central Nebraska for many years.  The University of Nebraska at Kearney mascot can trace its name back...

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Elkhorn North Mascot: A Vessel for History

Mascots matter. They convey ideas, hope, and identity. They act as a vessel for history. Memories of rivalries, failures, and triumphs can all be compressed into a single logo or costumed character. People take great pride in the teams and schools they support. The mascot is the image those people rally behind. So deciding on a mascot is a matter that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  This is the position Elkhorn Public Schools found itself in mid 2018. With the population of the school district continuing to grow, a substantial bond issue worth nearly $150 million was passed. Nearly half of that amount would go to a brand new high school, Elkhorn North High. As the new building broke ground that...

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