Sports in brief (Dec. 1, 2023)

Pioneers scrimmage on the mat


Before they open the season Saturday, the Fort Calhoun High School wrestling teams hosted an intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday night.
Coaches Drew Welchert and Lilly Gossman oversaw the matches as the Pioneers prepared for their first official bouts. The boys wrestled three matches before the girls wrestled the next two from there.
On Saturday, boys and girls competition begins at 10 a.m. for the Bennington Invitational. The event is the first in the history of the girls wrestling team at FCHS.

Armadillos back for 2nd season
The Arlington Armadillos men's hoops team is back for its second season in the Farmland Basketball League (FBL).
The Armadillos open the season 7:30 p.m. Sunday with a home game against the North Bend Ambush. The teams are two of six in the league this 2023-24 campaign. West Point, Dodge, Howells and Wisner are the others.
Last season, Arlington reached the FBL semifinals, losing to the second-place Dodge Gamecocks 72-60. Howells won the tournament title.

Firearm deer harvest down
This year's Nebraska November firearm deer season statewide harvest was down 18 percent, according to preliminary results revealed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The harvest was down 29 percent from the 2018-22 average, too.
“The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission expected these results for the Nov. 11-19 season based on several factors that indicated a decline in harvest was coming,” a recent release read. “Lower harvest and deer populations were recorded in 2022 and lead to Game and Parks reducing the number of permits available for 2023.”
Other factors indicating the decline were an increase in permits in 2019 and 2020 due to depredation complaints, severe drought and an increase in epizootic hemorrhagic disease, and sever winter conditions in northern Nebraska.
Final harvest results will be available after the Jan. 1-31 River Antlerless late season. Before then, there is still an archery season through Dec. 31, a muzzleloader season Dec. 1-31 and a late antlerless season Jan. 1-15.

— Staff reports

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