If you have been overindulging in dome of the fine cuisine in Kearney, or if you just feel like some exercise, there are about 9 miles of hiking and biking trails along the river. Theye are paved, relatively flat and scenic. One of the trailheads is by "The Arch".
In this facility, known as the Kearney Events Center, a United States Hockey League team called the "Tri-City Storm" do their thing during the winter months.
Other events, such as concerts, are also held here.
For fifteen years, a girl's basketball tournament has been held at UNK in July. Teams from all over the midwest, and sometimes farther, come to participate. Games are held at the UNK Health and Sports Center on campus. In 2006, the tournament dates are July 13 - 16th. There were 48 teams participating in 2005, and there were 64 All-Star Teams in 2006!
This is considered one of the top 6 girls tournaments in the country, and is probably the top tournament held between Chicago and Las Vegas. Many college coaches will be seen in the stands looking the talent over. In 2005 the coach from the University of Alaska at Anchorage even made the trip to Kearney to check the talent. In 2006 a coach from Boston University was here, but was just one of nearly 200 coaches from all over North America.
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The University of Nebraska at Kearney has an outstanding athletic department and facilities. Their volleyball, men's & women's basketball, and wrestling programs are among the best in the nation in division 2. For example, as I write this on November 18, 2004, the UNK volleyball team is ranked # 1 in the nation and the wrestling team is # 3. Last year our mens basketball team made it to the "elite 8" among division 2 teams. Our football team is a lot of fun to watch, and NFL scouts are often present. The campus is located in west-central Kearney, along highway 30. the building is called the "Health and Sports Center."
Equipment: Although the basketball/volleyball gym is a modern and clean facility, the bleacher seats can be a bit hard to sit on; bring something soft to cushion them. In the upper levels are chairback seats which are more comfortable, but you are also removed farther from the action on the court.
For about 14 years, one of the top high school invitational basketball tournaments in the country has been held at the Health & Sports Center on the campus of UNK in Kearney, Nebraska. Teams from coast to coast have come here to participate. It is held starting on the first Thursday of July each year. In 2006 the tournament dates were July 6 - 9, and 32 teams from 15 states participated. In 2005 there were teams from states ranging from Utah to Minnesota. College coaches from across the country come to this event for recruiting purposes. Even the Legendary Roy Williams has visited "Mr. Basketball."
All-day passes for adults are $8, K-8th grade are $5.
KEARNEY HIGH HAS ONE OF THE PREMIER TRACK AND FIELD PROGRAMS IN THE UNITED STATES. Although they are not the largest school in the state by any means, they consistently defeat larger schools on their way to the state championship. In fact, they have won 11 of the last 12 Nebraska State Championships. Between 1994 and 2005 they won 93 consecutive meets. Thats a national record. The track facility that they run on is second to none. In fact, the University of Nebraska/Kearney uses the Kearney High track.
Equipment: maybe a stopwatch, sunblock and sunglasses.
Kearney High School plays in the largest division of high school teams in Nebraska. Their home games are played at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, which is a great facility for football. The field is state-of-the-art "FieldTurf", the same surface used by the Nebraska Cornhuskers and other championship programs. The bleachers, restrooms, concession stands, press box, etc. have all just been remodeled and updated.
In the sport of track and field, Kearney High has won 11 of the last 12 state track championships, consistently defeating larger schools in the process.
Kearney Catholic High School also has a fine football team, playing in a smaller division of schools. They play at their own field on 39th Street.
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT KEARNEY has produced outstanding athletes over the years, such as Randy Rasmussen of the New York Jets and Tom Kropp of the Chicago Bulls. Of course, not all played professional sports after UNK, but all had lives of much achievement. See these stories in the UNK Hall of Fame.
UNK HAS A VERY COMPETITIVE DIVISION 2 TRACK & FIELD TEAM, often sending several athletes to nationals. In late winter they have indoor meets in Cushing Collesium. Outdoor meets are held at the Kearney High school facility, which is one of the finest in the state.
Cabela's Kearney store features all of their products plus mounted animal displays and aquariums with native fishes.
Equipment: You don't need to bring any equipment because you can buy anything you need at the store.
This store is also their catalog phone store headquarters. In other words, if you call in an order from Vermont or Hawaii or anyplace, you call probably will be answered in Kearney, Nebraska.
I have been a tennis player for 40 years, and I think the most beautiful setting for tennis I have ever seen is at the Harmon Park courts in Kearney, Nebraska. There are 7 newly resurfaced courts right next to shade trees, flowers and water. At certain times of the day, some courts are even partially shaded, and that is much appreciated on a hot summer day.*
Rated one of the top five courses in Nebraska, hilly & scenic, yet affordable. In the summer of 2005, for example, 18 holes weekday green fees were $21, on weekends $25. Cart rental $11. Not bad for a course of this quality.
Equipment: The Meadowlark clubhouse is well stocked with gear. Otherwise there is a Golf USA store in the parking lot of the mall in north Kearney.
THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF SPORTS CAMPS CONDUCTED EVERY SUMMER AT UNK. Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling, and so on. These photos are of a volleyball camp for middle school students.
THE "LOPERS" (ANTELOPES) of UNK play at the beautiful Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field on the UNK campus. They play in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference