July 25, 2018 

State Games Final Weekend Set

Lincoln (July 25, 2018)—The final weekend of competition in the 2018 Cornhusker State Games (CSG) features competition in 28 sports.
Youth tennis matches begin Wednesday, July 25 at Woods Tennis Center in Lincoln.  BMX Racing at Omaha BMX, Bass Fishing at Lake Wanahoo, Electronic Darts at 1st Ave Social Hall in Lincoln and Adult Tennis, also at Woods Tennis Center, all get under way Friday, July 27.
Saturday, July 28, the final weekend gets into full swing with action in 24 sports.  The Games conclude Sunday, July 29 with action in 18 sports.  Competition was held the previous two weekends in 44 sports.  The composite schedule can be viewed at CornhuskerStateGames.com/Schedules.
The current participant count, 10,720, represents an increase of 563 athletes over 2017.  Several sports remain open for registration, including the 5K Road Race, Cycling Gravel Grinder and Tour, BMX Racing, Fencing-HEMA, Foosball, Adult Trap/Skeet Shooting, Triathlon, Sport Skydiving, Pocket Billiards and CSG Walk events. 
Those interested can find information or register at CornhuskerStateGames.com.
Highlights from earlier CSG events…

                --Former NFL player and North Platte native Danny Woodhead lit the caldron at the Opening Ceremonies, which also featured an exhibition by the NoWear BMX Stunt Team, skydivers and fireworks at Lincoln’s Seacrest Field on July 20.
                --The Games’ first-ever Ninja Challenge attracted more than 400 participants in the non-competitive train-and-play, and 120 athletes competed in the State Ninja Championship on July 21 at East High School. 
                --Badminton incorporated para-badminton events for the first time, attracting 12 para-players from across the country. All badminton participants received a commemorative mug celebrating the Olympic sport’s 30-year anniversary in the Cornhusker State Games.
                --Omaha’s Hassenstab family, including siblings Clara, Emmet and Jack and their dad Tom, won the first-ever Morrison Family Relay, held in memory of long-time CSG Track & Field Director Steve Morrison, who passed away earlier this year.
                --Pistol shooters earning Governor’s Top Ten awards as Nebraska’s top pistol marksmen, include a teenage girl, Azra Pedalino, 13, from Papillion.  Other honorees include: Steve Schmid,  Daniel Gillespie, David Anthony, Bill Schlichtemeier, Fred Chrastil, Ron Hagen, Mike Kirstein, Steve Ward, and Jon Natvig.
                --Several sports have broken Cornhusker State Games participation records including: Badminton – 87, Cycling – Gravel Grinder – 83, Team Bass Fishing – 100, Ice Hockey – 629, Pickleball – 168 and Powerlifting – 145.
The 2018 Cornhusker State Games is a program of the Nebraska Sports Council and a qualifying event for the 2019 State Games of America, which will be help in Lynchburg, VA.  More information, including medal results and detailed competition schedules, can be found at CornhuskerStateGames.com.
Note to Editors: Search participants by sport, city and county HERE.  Search medal winners HERE.


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