Sports in brief (Feb. 12, 2021)


Bears' Larsen named to Shrine Bowl
Blair High School senior Dex Larsen was among the football all-star players to be announced last Saturday for July's 63rd Nebraska Shrine Bowl Game.
The Bear is an undefeated wrestler who finished his final BHS football season last fall as a Class B all-state recipient. The Wayne State College recruit will play opposite Omaha Westside standout Cade Haberman — a friend, Northern Illinois recruit and former Blair Youth Football Association teammate — on the North squad.
The Shrine Bowl is June 5 at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Last summer, Blair's Brady Soukup, Fort Calhoun's Tyler Strauss and Arlington's Remington Gay took part.

DeSoto to host youth, mobility impaired turkey hunts
The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge will host its annual youth and mobility-impaired hunter turkey hunts in April.
The youth shotgun turkey hunt is April 10-11. Applications for the hunt should be sent to DeSoto Refuge, 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555 or can be emailed to They should include the youth hunters name, address and phone number, but also the name and number of the adult mentor who would accompany the youth should the hunter be randomly selected to participate.
Applications must be received by March 10.
The shotgun hunt for mobility-impaired hunters is scheduled for April 17-18 and will allow for and provide a limited number of accessible hunt blinds. Interested hunters can discover more information or sign up by contacting Park Ranger Peter Rea by phone (712-388-4803) or by the aforementioned email address.

FCYSO registrations open
Registrations for Fort Calhoun Youth Sports Organization T-ball, baseball and softball are open.
Interested families can view the available sports online at Most registration deadlines are during the month of February.

BYSA softball registration open
Registration for the 2021 Blair Youth Softball Association's Modified Softball season is now open.
Interested parties can go online to and click the “Register” tab for more information. Registration closes March 1 with practice set to begin mid-month before play begins in April.
BYSA canceled the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. The organization's fastpitch tournaments — the Gary Baker for ages 10-12 and the BYSA Classic for 14-16 — will take place May 21-23 and June 4-6, respectively.

2021 Fishing Forecast available online
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission released its 2021 Fishing Forecast publication and it is available online.
The Forecast contains fish sampling data and information concerning where large quantities and large sizes of fish may be in varies waters across the state. It can be used by anglers to plot their finishing plans for the new year.
The publication is available at Game and Parks permitting offices and wherever fishing permits are sold, but also online at

— Staff reports

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