Chanticleer Volleyball 2017: Stay Humble Hustle Hard
Lora Racek photo
By Coach LeeAnn Smith This season, our roster consisted of 26 great young women, four coaches, and three student managers. The six seniors embraced and excelled in their leadership role this season. In May, when the coaching change was announced and Karla Callan and myself became Co-Head Coaches, we met with the six seniors and discussed season goals, motto, and key words for our practice shirts. Our goals were to win Conference, hang a banner in the gym, and keep the Chanticleer tradition alive. The motto for the year was Stay Humble Hustle Hard. This was a fitting motto for this group to choose. They have always been a humble group. We stand by our pre-season quote we sent to Central Nebraska Prep: “The strength of this group is that they really are a unified team and the success of the team is more important than individual stats and awards. They are a hardworking, competitive, and selfless bunch of girls who play with grit and step up big in stressful situations.” The team truly lived up to that motto and we loved wearing our team shirt to every game with that inscribed on it! The seniors also came up with four words for our practice shirts: Confidence, Pursuit, Grit, and Now. The significance of these words is that they had the CONFIDENCE in themselves and teammates and were confident in the belief that together, everyone achieves more. The PURSUIT of this group was amazing! All levels had some amazing hustle plays and kept balls alive when they thought it was impossible and yes, we became a “scrappy” team! The definition of GRIT is firmness of mind or spirit with unyielding courage in the face of challenges. They showed this every day at practice perfecting new drills and doing things this season that most people did not expect. NOW, just like many Chanticleer volleyball players before them, most of this group has had to wait until this season to get on the varsity court. They were going to take advantage of this moment and live in the NOW, and play each game one point at a time. Forgetting the last point, not worried about the next point, but playing fearless in the moment. After club ball in the Spring, six weeks of conditioning in the summer, three weeks of open gym and camps in July, and 61 practices over the course of the season, this is how the season unfolded for all levels. There were 17 girls that played in the Reserve and/or JV games. The Reserve record was 4-8 and the JV record was 9-9. There was tremendous growth and improvement in all the young Chants. They all worked hard until the end. Hopefully, they remain committed to each other and to the sport and continue working hard next year. After 93 sets of ball, the Varsity met two of their season goals. Yes, we did keep the winning Chanticleer Tradition alive with a record of 27-6. Yes, we did win the season conference title and ended up third in the Conference Tournament. Sadly, we do not get to hang a banner in the gym. However, we did win the C1-7 district to qualify for the State Tournament. The last State Tournament appearance was in 2015 where the Chants ended up runner-up. We appreciate all the fans that traveled to Lincoln to cheer us on, but we were disappointed that for all the one-time fans that did not get to see the Chants at their best. On the positive side, we did end up the season 27-6. Three of those six losses were to teams that played in the state semi-finals/finals (Lincoln Lutheran, GICC, and Stanton). Four of the six losses were lost in a deciding set with a tight score. I just wanted to say that many of our wins and losses were tight games, but this group played with GRIT until the end. For anyone that is interested in a more detailed look at our season, you can check out our stats and box scores on our team page on maxpreps.com. Here are some other interesting highlights of this season. This is the first time in my 19 years of coaching volleyball that I have ever been a part of a set that ended 35-33. This is the first time that we have run out of our allowed 18 substitutions per game at multiple times. Another highlight was watching the girls work hard at practice every day while still having fun. Watching their “eye game” and the pre-game Cotton Eye Joe was always entertaining. I loved their spirit, comradery, and work ethic. Re-hashing any more games will get old for the readers so I will just say that after all the hours we spent with these girls countless memories will be cherished forever. As we hang up our whistles and put our coaching bags and “nerd wheel” away for a while, I just want to give one more shout out to all the players. Although coaching can be stressful and hectic, the positives far outweigh the negatives. I am speaking for Karla too when I say we have loved every minute of this season and loved every girl on this team. It has been a true privilege to work with these 26 wonderful young ladies. To all of you young Chants, this may not have been your year NOW, but with perseverance, hard work, love for your teammates, and love of the game, you will find success in the seasons to come. To the seniors, Delani Fahey, Madi Hagge, Grace Racek, Ali Smith, Susie Vavra, and Haily Zulkoski, you have spent the last several years committed to the Chanticleer Volleyball core principle of hard work, trust, and team first. You have been role players and turned into great leaders and role models for all your young teammates. Thanks for all you have done, and we wish you the best of luck on your next journey. Your GRIT will take you far.
Ord Wrestling to Hold Red/White Dual Reserved State Ticket Orders Due
The Ord wrestling team will have an inner-squad dual on Tues., Nov. 21. The Chant wrestlers will be paired up by weight and will wrestle in front of the home crowd. Some of the matches will be the first round wrestle offs for the varsity weight classes. The Chant Jr. High wrestlers will have a dual vs. Burwell prior beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Red/White Dual will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the new gym after the dual against Burwell. During the dual, Theresa Petska will be collecting reserved state ticket order forms to be sent to the NSAA. In order for the Ord fans to be able to sit as one group, the order forms must be sent in together. If you cannot make it to the dual you may bring the order forms to the school to give to Coach Swedburg or contact Theresa Petska prior to the Red/White Dual. State ticket order forms are on the NSAA Wrestling website. We hope to have a large contingency of rowdy Ord Wrestling fans in Omaha for the state tournament Feb. 15-17 to help push our guys through tough matches.
Cross Country Team Members Receive Post-Season Awards
Three members of the Chanticleer Cross Country team were named to the LouPlatte Conference All-Conference teams this past week. Earning first team all-conference honors were Kloe Severance for the girls and Colton Rowse for the boys. Both Rowse and Severance finished second in their respective races to earn the award. Second team all-conference honors were earned by Morgan Ritz. “It is always nice to have your athletes recognized for their hard work and performances during the season,” Coach Derry Trampe stated. “I am really proud of the efforts of all three of these students and the best part is that we have two sophomores and one freshman named to the all-conference teams. This should bode well for us in the future.”
Area Softball Players Earn All-Conference Honors
Ten area softball players earned post-season honors recently from the Omaha World-Herald, the Lincoln Journal-Star and the Grand Island Independent. Earning Honorable Mention honors on the World-Herald’s 2017 All-Nebraska softball list: Centura-Central Valley (CCV) – Kilee Ackles, Ragan Wood, Ally Dugan; Ord – Macee Alexander, Jenna Hagstrom, Lydia Hill. Journal Star All-State Softball Honorable Mention: Centura-Central Valley – Kilee Ackes, Ally Dugan, Ragan Wood, Jasmine Miller, Reilly Young, Emma Myers; Ord – Macee Alexander, Maddie Griffith. Grand Island Independent honors went to Kiley Ackles of Centura-Central Valley who was named to the 2017 All-Heartland Softball Super Squad. Ragan Wood, CCV, Macee Alexander and Lydia Hill, Ord, earned Honorable Mention.
Two Chants Bring Home Medals from State Cross Country Meet
The Chanticleer state cross country qualifiers had a great day this past Friday at the State Cross Country meet. Despite very windy conditions the qualifiers were able to record some of their best times of the year and bring home some hardware from the meet. “I could not be more pleased with the way our kids competed,” Coach Derry Trampe commented. “I cannot believe how hard we ran and how well we competed throughout the entire race. Every one of our kids improved their position in the race from the first mile through the finish line. As a coach that is all you can ask of your kids.” The Chants were able to bring home a state medal from both the girls and boys races. Kloe Severance continued her outstanding season by bringing home a 13th place medal, giving her a medal in every meet she ran this season. Severance covered the 5,000-meter course in a season best time of 21:04.9. “Kloe had a great season as a freshman this year,” Trampe said. “She has been a consistent performer all year and it really showed in this race. She is a strong runner and I think that really helped her out in the windy conditions.” Colton Rowse also completed his season by bringing home a medal from every meet he competed in and finishing 11th in a time of 17:42.3. This time was also his best performance of the season. “Like Kloe, Colton is a very strong runner and he was able to cut through the wind and power up the hills on this course and beat a lot of runners that had beaten him earlier in the season,” Trampe commented. “He is one of the toughest runners I have ever had the privilege to coach. He just wills himself past people and really finished strong. The fact that he passed 17 people in the last mile of the race to move from 26th all the way to 11th is really impressive.” Also competing in the state meet for the Chants were Tim White and Morgan Ritz. Both runners ran times that were very consistent with their average race times for the season. “I thought both Morgan and Tim ran really good races at this meet,” Trampe noted. “Sometimes the state meet can be overwhelming because of the number of competitors in the meet and the quality of the field. However, both of them handled the pressure well and continually moved up as the race progressed. I was really proud of the way both of them competed even though they were well out of the chase for medals.” Ritz finished in 92nd place in a time of 23:55.9 in the field of 150 runners. She improved from 106th at the one-mile mark to show how competitive she is regardless of where she is at in the race. White finished 107th in a time of 19:56.5 out of a field of 150 runners. Like Ritz, he improved 13 places from where he was at one mile into the race. “Tim and Morgan are very competitive runners and I am pleased that they worked hard all the way through the race,” Coach Trampe said. “It was unfortunate for Morgan that she spent most of the year battling injuries but I am very proud of the way all of our kids competed all season. We had a lot of outstanding performance despite the injuries that a lot of our kids worked through all season. These young people are a good example of the kind of rewards you can receive from working hard and that is the type of kids that I am used to coaching here in Ord. It is truly a privilege to work with the kids that we have here. I also enjoyed having Coach Lansman working with the kids this year as well. He has been a great addition to our program.”
The Ord Lady Chant softball team earned runner-up honors at the Louplatte Conference tournament Friday in Wood River. Team members are: Front row (l-r) Caroline White, Cierra Vanosdall, Jenessa Grooms, Jenna Hagstrom, Makenna Jacobs, Hailee Smith, and student manager Laci Weeks. Back row (l-r) Coach Janet Boettcher, Coach Marissa Miller, Lydia Hill, Maddie Bengston, Maddie Griffith, Antonella Belletti, Jianna Grooms, Kora Severance, Kendyl Koehlmoos, Macee Alexander, and Coach Melissa Hilgenkamp.
Boys 4th, Girls 7th at West Holt Invitational
The Cross Country teams continued to show improvement again this week while competing in the annual West Holt Invitational in Atkinson. The Chanticleer girls finished seventh in the field of 20 teams. The girls scored 105 points in the meet and were just two points behind West Holt for sixth place. “I thought our girls ran really well in some spots and maybe could have done a little better in some other spots,” Coach Derry Trampe stated. “We are still battling some injuries and the girls are having to work through them so I think that had a little to do with some of our runners. I am still happy with the way we competed and hopefully, we will continue to improve over the next two weeks.” Boone Central/Newman Grove won the meet with 31 points while Ainsworth was second with 50 points. Rounding out the team scoring were: O’Neill (62), North Central (72), Bloomfield/Wasau (80), West Holt (103), Burwell (116), Neligh-Oakdale (120), Twin Loup (188), Sandhills/Thedford (214), St. Edward (224), and Elkhorn Valley, Stuart, Niobrara-Verdigre, Cody-Kilgore, Boyd County, Creighton, Chambers Wheeler Central, and Riverside did not field enough runners to score as a team. The boys team had one of their best meets of the season as they scored 63 points to finish fourth in the 20-team field. “I thought our boys, as a group, had the best day they have had all season,” Trampe commented. “We got out strong and ran as a group for the majority of the race. I was really pleased with how much of the gap our guys closed on each other. If we continue to compete like we did on Thursday, we will have an excellent chance to qualify for the state meet in a couple of weeks.” Ainsworth won the meet with 39 points while Boone Central/Newman Grove was second with 51 points. Boyd County just edged the Chants for third by scoring 60 points. Rounding out the team scores were: O’Neill (69), Elkhorn Valley (71), Neligh-Oakdale (84), West Holt (115), Riverside (183), Niobrara-Verdigre (201), North Central (209), and CodyKilgore, Chambers Wheeler Central, Bloomfield/Wasau, St. Edward, Creighton, Sandhills/Thedford, Stuart, Twin Loup, and Burwell did not field enough runners to score as a team. Bringing home a medal for the girls team was Kloe Severance. Severance finished sixth in the field of 78 runners with a time of 21:22 over the 5,000-meter course. “Kloe is having an outstanding season this year,” Coach Trampe stated. “She has consistently been in the top of every race we have ran at this season and just keeps getting stronger and stronger every week.” Also scoring for the Chants were Morgan Ritz (23rd in 23:25), Richele Masin (35th in 25:33), and Rebecca Fischer (53rd in 27:31). “Morgan is still working through some issues with injuries but really runs some tough races for us,” Trampe said. “I am proud of her toughness and I hope we can get her a little healthier over the next couple of weeks. Richele had her best race of the season as did Rebecca. They have both shown a lot of improvement in the last three or four weeks and that only increases our chances of having a successful meet at districts.” Pushers for the team were Jessica Buckles (57th in 27:59) and Marta Jurado Moyano (65th in 29:00). For Moyano it was her best time of the season. “I thought Marta ran a very solid race and showed a lot of competitiveness at the end of the race,” Trampe noted. “Jessica is still battling a nagging injury in her right leg and struggled a little in this race. Hopefully, we can get her healthy by the time we get to districts because we will need a great effort from all six of our girls to make it to the state meet as a team.” Tim White and Colton Rowse won individual medals in the boys’ portion of the meet. Rowse led the team again with a sixth place finish and White finished 17th in the field of 103 runners to earn his medal. Rowse cruised through the 5,000-meter course in a time of 17:45 and White finished in 19:03. Both times were season-best times for the runners. “Colton and Tim both ran excellent races,” Trampe said. “They got into the race early and both of them finished with a very strong third mile in the race. If we continue to improve like we have the last three weeks, we should be a very good team by the time we get to districts.” Reese Davenport and Dominic Tolfa were the other two scoring runners for the Chants. Davenport finished in 25th place in a time of 20:00 while Tolfa was right behind him in 27th place in a time of 20:12. “It really helps lower our team score when we can have our third and fourth runner that close together and not that far behind our top runners,” Trampe commented. “I was very proud of both Reese and Dominic for the way they competed in this meet. We just need to be consistent runners for the remainder of the season.” Serving as pushers for the meet were Trevor Vancura and Christapher White. Vancura finished in 38th place in a time of 20:55 and White was 42nd in a time of 21:03. “Both Trevor and Chris just keep getting stronger and stronger each meet,” Trampe noted. “They have made a lot of progress this season and that is important for our team going forward. We need them right up there with our top runners and we will have a good shot of making it to the state meet this year.” Also competing in the meet for the Chants were James Masin (47th in 21:18), Kyler Peetz (58th in 21:48), and Treaven Scheideler (90th in 24:42). “James had the best race he has had in the last two years,” Trampe said. “He did a great job during the second mile of the race and really moved up in the standings during that part of the race and I am really proud of the way he competed in this race. Kyler also had a good race again this week. He has gotten stronger as the season has progressed and I am happy with his work ethic and leadership. Treaven looked like he was hurting in this race as he struggled to get going from the start. He had a busy week and I think he was just tired coming into the race. That will happen with younger kids this time of the year.” Bronson Blair did not compete in the meet due to an injury. Hayden Kluthe was the top finisher for the junior high boys as he placed 21st in 7:21 over the 1,800-meter course. Gage Sintek finished in 40th place in a time of 8:02. Both times were about 30 seconds faster than they had ran the week before in Ord. Ashton Wadas did not compete due to an injury. Callee Alexander was the top junior high runner for the girls as she placed 32nd in a time of 8:30. Lexis Vancura was 42nd in 9:15 and Kelsi Moore finished in 44th place in a time of 9:48. Like the boys, all of these girls ran at least 30 seconds faster than they did a week earlier. “I thought our junior high runners ran really well in their last meet of the season,” Coach Trampe said. “I challenged them to get out and run a little more competitively this week and all of them did. I am very happy with the way they ran this season and look forward to coaching them again next year.”
Chants Beat Gothenburg In 21-20 Thriller
By Benjamin Olson The Ord Chanticleers headed down to Gothenburg on Fri., Sept. 15, prepared for a tough game. They got exactly that, as the Gothenburg Swedes fought tooth and nail in their effort to claim the victory. But the Chants pushed through, matching Gothenburg blow for blow, and in the end, they were able to pull out a heart-stopping victory, winning by the score of 21 to 20. Ord got the ball to start the game and got a quick first down, but couldn’t move the ball any further, and had to punt the ball away. Gothenburg took over in good field position, but were unable to take advantage, as the Chants’ defense forced them to turn the ball over on downs. Ord got the ball back in very good field position, looking to get the first score of the ball game. They were able to get a quick first down right off the bat, but then got forced into a fourth down with nine to go. They decided to go for it and it paid off, as quarterback Jesse Ulrich found Nate Wells down the sideline for a 26-yard completion, giving Ord a first down and setting them up inside the 10-yard line. It didn’t take long for the Chants to finish off the drive, as on the very next play, Ulrich kept the ball himself and plunged into the end zone for a seven yard touchdown run, giving Ord the lead. Garrett Bundy took the ball on the handoff and ran it into the end zone for the two-point conversion. The score was now Ord 8, Gothenburg 0. The Swedes took possession following the kickoff, looking to get an answering score. The Chants’ defense held them to a three-and-out, and Gothenburg ended up punting the ball away. Ord started in good field position and was able to get one first down, but a sack by the Swedes halted the Chants’ drive, and Ord was forced to punt the ball away. Gothenburg got the ball back on the punt, looking to get something going. They ran three plays, getting to fourth down and one, but before they could decide what to do, the first quarter came to a close. The score was Ord 8, Gothenburg 0. As the second quarter started, the Swedes were faced with a fourth down and one yard to go. They decided to go for it, but Jesse Ulrich knifed into the backfield and took the runner down for a four yard loss, giving Ord the ball back. They took advantage, pushing the ball down inside the 10-yard line, helped out by an 18-yard run from Trevin Kruml. A penalty pushed the Chants back to the 16-yard line, but on the very next play, Ulrich found Garrett Bundy in between two defenders for the 16-yard touchdown pass, extending Ord’s lead to two touchdowns. The extra point was no good, so the score was now Chants 14, Swedes 0. Gothenburg took the ball on the kickoff, determined to answer. They did just that, marching down the field and going 60-yards in 10 plays to score their first touchdown of the game. The drive ended with a four-yard touchdown run by Owen Geiken for the Swedes, putting them on the board. The extra point was good, cutting Ord’s lead in half. The score was now Chants 14, Swedes 7. Ord took the kickoff, looking to extend their lead. To that end, they mounted a drive of their own, pushing the ball across midfield, helped out by a 16-yard pass from Ulrich to Wells. However, the Chants ended up turning the ball over on downs, as they couldn’t quite convert on a fourth down attempt. Gothenburg took possession, looking for a touchdown before the half to tie up the game. They got a couple first downs, including a 21-yard run by Bennett Folkers that set them up inside the Chants’ 40-yard line. However, the Swedes were thwarted by a huge penalty that set them back across midfield and forced them into a long fourth down try, which they couldn’t convert. Ord had time for one more play before the first half ended, but they couldn’t get a score. The two teams went into halftime with the score unchanged, as Ord still led by the score of 14 to 7. Gothenburg took the ball to start the second half, looking to tie the game up. They were able to get one first down, but the Chants stuffed them and took the ball back on the punt. Ord got a quick first down on an 11-yard run by Reggie McKenney, but they weren’t able to get another. The Swedes got the ball following the punt, and mounted a long, time-consuming drive that took up the rest of the quarter. They were able to convert on two fourth downs during the drive, the last one coming on the final play of the third quarter. However, the score was still the same. As the fourth quarter started, Gothenburg had the football inside the 10-yard line, hoping to get a game-tying touchdown. Two plays into the quarter, they got just that as Swedes quarterback Maquire Bartlett found Tyce Hruza for a nine yard touchdown pass, putting Gothenburg right back in the game. The extra point was good, tying the game, 14-14. Ord received the kickoff, looking to take the lead back. They mounted a solid drive, going 65-yards in 10 plays, including a 17-yard run from Ulrich to start it off, a pair of long runs near the end of it, a 18-yard run from Kruml, and an 11-yard run from Ulrich. The drive ended with Dalton Hulrburt running the football into the end zone for a one yard touchdown, giving Ord the lead back. Austin Knapp kicked the extra point, which gave Ord a 21 to 14 lead over the Swedes. Gothenburg got a very good field position on the kickoff, and it didn’t take them long to respond. Three plays into the drive, Swedes quarterback Maquire Bartlett found a crack in the defense, and was able to squirm through, before taking off on a 48-yard touchdown run, bringing Gothenburg back within a point. This time, the Swedes missed the extra point. Ord still had the lead, 21 to 20, with six minutes to go in the game. Taking the ball on the kickoff, Ord set out to drain as much time as they could, taking their time between plays, and also putting together a decent drive, getting two first downs and using up quite a bit of time. They couldn’t quite finish it off, and ended up having to punt the ball away with two minutes remaining. Gothenburg took over in decent field position, aiming for a score to win the game. They were able to get one first down, and then threw a 44-yard touchdown pass that was called back because of a penalty against the Swedes. Undeterred, they were able to push the ball down inside the 40-yard line, but had to hurry up as they were running out of time. The Chants were able to force them into third down and five yards to go. On that play, Swedes quarterback Bartlett sent a pass over the middle that got tipped up into the air. Three different players got their hands on it, then, as he was falling backwards, Garrett Bundy was able to grab the football for the Chants and hold onto it for the game-clinching interception, effectively ending the game and sealing a victory for Ord. All the Chants had to do was have Ulrich kneel down to run the clock out, and that is exactly what he did, ending the game and giving the Chants a thrilling victory. The final score was Ord 21, Gothenburg 20. This week, the Chants travel to Hastings to take on the Adams Central Patriots. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. See you all there, and Go Chants!
Girls Finish 6th, Boys 7th at Central City Invitational
The Chanticleer Cross Country teams posted another solid outing this past week at the Central City Invitational. In the meet with several Class B powerhouse teams the Chanticleer girls were able to claim sixth place in the field of 13 teams. The girls scored 100 points to earn their sixth place finish. “I thought our girls performed very well on a hot day and without Morgan in the lineup,” Coach Derry Trampe stated. “We ran competitive races and did as well as I thought we could.” Defending state champion Aurora won the race with 14 points while Lexington was a distant second with 35 points. Rounding out the team scoring were: GI Northwest (79), Nebraska Christian (84), Schuyler (85), GICC (110), Madison, St. Paul, Central Valley, Central City, and Twin River. Fullerton did not field enough runners to score as a team. The boys scored 124 points to finish in seventh place. “I thought our boys ran very well against a lot of quality teams,” Coach Trampe said. “Considering what we did in practice this week, I was very happy with the way we performed. I think the heat got to a couple of our guys in the last mile of the race but they battled through and were able to keep our score down.” Lexington won the meet with 19 points while Aurora was a close second with 23 points. Rounding out the team scores were: Schuyler (49), GI Northwest (79), Nebraska Christian (93), St. Paul (114), Madison (144), Central City (185), GICC (198), Central Valley (244), and Fullerton. Twin River did not field enough runners to score in the team standings. Kloe Severance earned another medal again this week as she finished 7th in a time of 22:27. “Kloe is just a strong runner and a great competitor,” Trampe noted. “She gets in the race early and just continues to work hard the entire race. She has been a nice addition to the team this fall.” Also scoring for the girls were Richele Masin, Jessica Buckles, and Rebecca Fischer. Masin finished 41’1 in 27:31, Buckles was 47th in 28:52, and Fischer finished 63rd in 31:47. “All of our girls got out well in the race but the final mile of the race really took a toll on them,” Trampe commented. “We put ourselves in good position early but I think the combination of the heat and the workouts we did during the week took their toll on us. At least we know we can run up near the top and when we work to peak for a race, it will pay off for our girls.” Marta Jurado Moyano was the lone pusher for the team as she finished 64th in 32:02. “Marta has done a nice job this season for us for a girl that has not run competitively before this year,” Trampe said. “I am impressed with how hard she has worked these past few weeks.” Colton Rowse brought home a medal again this week by placing ninth out the field of 160 runners. Rowse completed the 5,000-meter course in 18:16. “Colton just continues to get better each week,” Trampe stated. “He beat a lot of good kids at this meet and this is a high quality meet.” Scoring again this week were Tim White (36th in 20:17), Reese Davenport (54th in 20:55), and Dominic Tolfa (61st in 21:19). “Tim really finished strong in the race and passed a lot of kids in the last 400 meters,” the coach said. “Reese continued to pick up runners early in the race and held on well through the last mile. Dominic ran a real solid first two miles but the heat got to him during the last mile and I was just glad that he was able to finish the race.” Pushers for the team were Trevor Vancura (67th in 21:39) and Bronson Blair (71’1 in 21:51). “Trevor has really been a nice surprise this season,” Trampe said. “He has been a consistent performer and has pushed our upper classmen. Bronson had a very good race and really finished well in the heat. He has the potential to be a pretty good runner for us before he is done.” Also competing in the meet were Kyler Peetz (80th in 22:10), Christapher White (83rd in 22:23), James Masin (101 in 23:34), and Treaven Scheideler (106 in 24:00). “I thought Kyler ran a much better race this week,” Trampe said. “Chris had a solid first two miles but really struggled with the heat through the last mile. James had a race similar to Chris in that his last mile was tough for him. Treaven ran well but I believe he has a little more in him than he showed in this race. He has been bothered with tightness in his hamstrings all week and that definitely impacted his performance.” Hayden Kluthe was the top finisher for the junior high boys as he placed 51st in the field of 112 boys. Kluthe finished the 3,000-meter course in 13:23. Gage Sintek finished in 63rd place in a time of 14:03 while Ashton Wadas was 77th in 15:07. For the girls Callee Alexander was the top finisher again as she placed 39th in the field of 89. Her time over the 3,000-meter course was 15:12. Lexis Vancura was the second Chant to cross the line and she finished 53rd in 16:08 while Kelsi Moore was 67th in 18:05.
Karp & Krow Trap League Results
Twenty-two individuals competed in the 2017 trap league, which was every Thursday for 6 weeks, held June 29 through August 2017. The competition consisted of: • 50-16 yard singles • 25 handicap • 25 wobble • 50 doubles There were a total of 8,370 targets thrown throughout the league, which included Annie Oakleys, 5 Rockers, and Follow the Leader side events after the main event each night. The league was capped off with a hamburger feed the last night when prizes were awarded. Awards were determined by the Lewis Class system with 4 classes. First place received a silver medallion in a presentation case and second place received a shell box carrier. • AA1-Tanner Hackel • AA2-Taygan Psota • A1-Hailey Zulkoski • A2-Woody Woodgate • B1-Todd Zulkoski (Class B winner in shootoff) • B2-Jeana Hackel • C1-Jeff Breitkreutz • C2-Dustin Crawford
Quiz Football Contest
The 2017 Ord Quiz football contest has begun! Please see page 6 to make your game predictions. The Quiz continues the tradition of offering this contest to the public with the help of many advertisers. The page pictured at left was published in the Sept. 23, 1976 issue. Sponsors included: Lee Motor Co., Inc., Farmers Coop, Ord Glass & Paint, Misko Sport Shop, Don's Auto and Machine Shop, Carson's IGA, Todsen Chevrolet, State Farm Insurance, Nebraska State Bank, Furlak's TV & Appliance, Anderson Pharmacy, Hoge's Drive-in Liquor, Clement Lumber, First Federal Lincoln, Sack Lumber Co., Boilesen Seed Co., Wadas Fertilizer & Propane, Pizza Hut, John Jewelry, Production Credit Association, Ord Auto Supply, Inc., L & W Service Center, S & M Farm Equipment and First National Bank.
Ord FFA Chapter News
By Morgan Ritz The Ord FFA had the opportunity to host two FFA officers from Housatonic Valley High School in Connecticut – Maggie Baldwin and Abby Silvernail, from July 16-23. While here in Ord the girls stayed part of their time with President Jessica Buckles and the other part with Vice-President Makenna Jacobs. They toured many local businesses in Ord and surrounding areas: visiting Bibs Lettuce, Zangger Popcorn, James Usasz Ranch, Pitzers Horse Ranch, the Ethanol Plant, Koelling Farm, and the Burwell sale barn. They were also able to see the Ord FFA Chapter’s farm and visited a conventional row crop operation and an organic operation. In addition to seeing the Ord area, the girls were also able to get to know the Ord FFA officers and see how we run as a chapter.
Williams Brothers Qualify To Compete At World’s Largest Rodeo
Wyatt and Chance Williams, 2017 graduates of Ord High School, have earned positions on the Nebraska National High School Rodeo team. They will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, WY, July 16-22 to compete at the 69th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the team roping competition. Featuring more than 1,750 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 - based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds - to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores. Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will also air online at NHSRATV.com. Performance times are 7 p.m. on July 16, and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter. Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NHSFR tradeshow. To follow your local favorites at the NHSFR, visit NHSRA.com daily for complete results. For ticket information, visit www.cam-plex.com.
The girls Coach pitch softball tournament was held in Burwell on Fri., June 23. The Ord #2 team earned the championship title at the tourney. Team members include: Front row (l-r) Brinley Smith, Tylea Jegstrup, Jessalyn Kirby, Elle Jess, Sophie Zangger, Ava Fox. Middle row (l-r) Rylie Bruha, Kirsten Ladwig, Gentry Racek, Anna Jacobs, Brookelyn Fox, Avery Ladwig, Addison Stethem, Savannah Vanosdall. Back row (l-r) coaches Cory and Jackie Carstens.
Annual Ord Country Run July 1
The 38th Ord Country Run, sponsored by Misko Sports, will be held on Sat., July 1, in conjunction with the Ord High School reunion weekend. Race distances will be 10K, 3 miles, and a 1 mile run for kids age 13 and under. 10K walkers will start at 7 a.m., followed by the 1 mile at 7:30 a.m. The 10K and 3 mile runners and other walkers will start at 7:45 a.m. Start and finish is in Bussell Park near the tennis courts. Enter on-line before Mon., June 26 to guarantee shirt availability at ordcountryrun17.itemorder.com. or entry forms can be picked up at Misko Sports (1522 L St., Ord). For more information call Rich Cecetka at 308-728-5118 or 308-750-2529.
Chant Golfers Qualify For State
STATE BOUND: Ord golfers Brooks Bechtold, Cy Trofholz, Tanner Bundy, Riley Massman, and Caden Johnson qualified for the State Golf Tournament with a third place finish at District competition last Tues., May 16. Please see page 7 of the May 24 issue for well-wishes from area businesses.
The Ord golf team had its work cut out for it at the District golf meet. Facing two-time defending state champ GICC on it’s home course, squaring off against one of the toughest district fields in the state and needing to beat a Kearney Catholic team that had beat them twice. The Chants responded in fine fashion, shooting a stellar 160 on the front nine to put themselves in great position and finishing strong to garner a third place finish and a trip to the state championships. Ord shot a 326, its best score of the season, and got edged by Centura for district runner-up by one stroke. GICC won with a 306. Coach Mike Bechtold was impressed with his team’s performance. “We knew at the beginning that it would be a year of growth, that we had to improve quite a bit over the course of the year to meet our goals and right here at the end, these guys have grown leaps and bounds and have really put it all together,” Bechtold said. Bechtold noted that two weeks earlier at the conference meet, the Chants shot a 360 on the same course. Ord was lead by Cy Trofholz, who medaled fourth and shot a 76. Tanner Bundy also medaled (seventh) shooting a 77. Caden Johnson shot an 84 and Brooks Bechtold and Riley Massman both shot 89. Bechtold had thoughts on each player: “Cy has really turned it on here at the end after some midseason struggles,” Bechtold said. “He has a great mentality and that has proved to be a catalyst for him and the team.” “Tanner has played very well all season, always at the top of the leader board and he came up big again today.” “Caden has become very consistent and you can count on him to be low 80s, I think he could pop a real low score at any moment, though.” “Brooks was our hero on the front nine, shooting a 40. That gave us a lot of confidence for the back nine. He struggled a bit on the back but fought through some swing difficulties with mental toughness.” “Riley shot his first score in the 80s in his career. What a time to do it! He has really come around and we are feeling a bit more secure in our fourth score because of him.” Bechtold said the Chants are confident going into the state meet based on recent performances and some experience. “We are just playing so much better right now than at any point in the season,” Bechtold said. “It feels like we could really do some damage at state.” The Chants have qualified for the state tournament five years in a row. “These guys have either played or watched at state and know what it’s about.”
Coufal Earns Medal at State Track Meet
Jordan Coufal led the way for the Chanticleers at the State Track and Field meet this past weekend in Omaha. In less than ideal conditions, the senior was able to bring home his first-ever state medal by finishing seventh in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. Jordan qualified for the finals with a time of 41.70 and then recorded a time of 41.5 in the finals for his medal. “I am really happy for Jordan,” Coach Trampe said. “He has worked very hard the past four seasons to get to this point and it is nice to see him rewarded for his work. Coach Gates has done an excellent job with our hurdlers over the past few seasons and Jordan is a product of that type of work. Any time you can earn a medal at the state meet, you have to be pleased.” The two points earned by Coufal for his finish put the Chants in a tie for 36th place in the field of 60 teams. Also competing for the boys at the state meet were Kaden Dawe and Nate Wells. Dawe cleared 12’ 6” in the pole vault and tied for 10th place. Wells finished the 1600-meter run in 24th place with a time of 4:47.7. “Neither Nate nor Kaden recorded a personal best performance at the meet, but both of them had their second best performances of the season and when you consider the conditions they competed in, those were great efforts,” Coach Trampe stated. “I am really pleased and proud of the way these two guys competed at the state meet and all season.” Danielle Bruha and Zoë Ritz competed in the state meet for the girls’ team and both competed well in the adverse conditions.”The conditions were really tough for everybody to compete in so the times and distances were down from what the kids usually record,” Trampe said. “I thought all of our kids really competed as well as they could have and that is all you can ask for as a coach. I am really proud to be the coach of these kids.” Bruha cleared 4’ 10” in the high jump, which put her in a five-way tie for 14th place. Her final two attempts at 5’ 0” were good attempts but she just grazed the bar on the way down and knocked it off. Ritz recorded a time of 12:09.095 in the 3200-meter run which was good enough for 14th place. Zoë ran most of the race in 10th or 11th place and just could not get around the last couple of girls to get in the medals. Her time was less than 12 seconds out of the medals. The top ten teams in the Class B girls race were: Aurora (57), Holdrege (49), Waverly (47), Elkhorn (37), Northwest (35), Gretna (33), Syracuse (31), Gering (30), Plattsmouth (26), and York (25). The top ten teams in the Class B boys race were: Ogallala (58), Wahoo (36), Beatrice (34), Columbus Scoll.1s (32.5), Elkhorn (32), McCook (31), Blair (30), York (28), Sidney (26), Bishop Neumann (25).
Nebraska Baseball Academy to Host Summer Camp in Ord
Each summer, the Nebraska Baseball Academy conducts several Day Camps in various towns throughout the state of Nebraska. Day Camps are what the Academy considers All Skills Camps on the road! This summer on Wed., June 21, 2017, young baseball lovers seven to 18-years-old will have the opportunity to hit, throw, and run with the Academy at Johnson Field in Ord, NE from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The primary goal of the Nebraska Baseball Academy is to help each athlete develop a positive mental attitude about themselves and the game of baseball. Nebraska Head Coach Darin Erstad states, “The Nebraska Baseball Academy has a passion for this great game of baseball. Our purpose is to influence the lives of the youth in a positive way. The Academy will help do this by teaching participants how to play the game the right way, developing the unique tools each child has, and creating a work ethic that is unbreakable on and off the field. The Academy will give you the tools to build your foundation as a baseball player and have a blast doing it!” Keli Gideon, Ord Coordinator, states; “I am very excited to bring the Nebraska Baseball Academy to Ord this summer, and elated that they chose Ord for a camp site. Ord is located in the heart of Central Nebraska and will provide a great atmosphere for the camp with three exceptional ball fields and a supportive community. It is rewarding to find ways to continue to integrate into the community and surrounding communities and help our youth in every way that we can. Summer camps can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in a child’s life. How exciting to provide this opportunity to our youth right here in Ord, NE - I look forward to seeing the kids on the ball field!” The camp is open to second grade students – 2018 High School Seniors. Registration fee is $70 for early registration before May 15, 2017, and $80 for late registration after May 15. Registration deadline is Fri., June 16. Register online at bigredacademy.com. For more information or questions, please contact Keli Gideon at 308-214-1014 or by email at email@example.com or Renee Brinkman at 402-413-8881 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golfers Win Boone Central Invite
courtesy photo: Chants win Boone Central Invitational. Team members: (l-r) Tanner Bundy,
Cy Trofholz, Brooks Bechtold, Caden Johnson and Riley Massman.
The Ord golf team won the Boone Central Invitational with steady, consistent scores and a bit of a comeback. Ord trailed Battle Creek and Norfolk Catholic after the front nine by nine and six strokes respectively. But, the back nine proved to be much more difficult for Ord’s opponents while the Chants stayed steady or improved on their front nine scores. Ord shot a 344 on the day to beat Battle Creek’s 348 and NC’s 351. Coach Mike Bechtold said it was a testament to the team’s consistency and a great win to get. “It didn’t look good after the front because a nine stroke deficit is hard to make up,” said Bechtold, “But the boys didn’t let it phase them and went out and tried to improve on the back nine. That is always one of our goals, to improve on the back nine. And as a team, we improved two strokes on the back nine while the leaders kind of backtracked.” Bechtold said the front nine was anchored by Brooks Bechtold, who shot a 42. “Brooks played one of his best competitive rounds today and we hope that is just the start for him.” Caden Johnson and Tanner Bundy both improved by three strokes on the back to move up the leaderboard. Cy Trofholz and Riley Massman were the consistent ones, with similar scores on both rounds. Four Chants medaled in the meet, with Bundy getting second with an 85, Johnson third at 85, Trofholz sixth at 86, and Bechtold tenth at 88. Massman shot a 93 to fall just short of a medal. Ord won the Boone Central Invitational for the fourth straight year. They play at Kearney Catholic this Thursday.
Karp & Krow 4-H Trap Team Competes With 51 Shooters At Doniphan
A total of 501 competitors took on the rocks at the Mid-Nebraska Trap Shooters Conference in Doniphan on Sat., April 8. The Karp & Krow 4H Shooting Team stepped up to the challenge with 21 Junior and 30 Senior shooters. The Team had several shooters in the “straights”. On the 16-Yard Line, Macee Alexander shot her first 25/25 and earned her Honor Patch. Seth Clam and Colby Mitchell shot 50/50, Sam Lech and Cannon Osentowski shot a 25/25. The Handicap Line had three straight shooters also, Colby Mitchell, Joe Psota and Sam Lech each shot 25/25. Autumn Foster was awarded Junior Female Runner Up with a score of 45/50. The High Handicap Champion Team scoring 231/250 went to Logan Smith, Joe Psota, Sam Lech, Colby Mitchell and Shelden Lytle. Joe Psota and Jesse Falkena from North Platte were tied at 49/50 for the High Handicap Yardage for the 22-23 Yard Line. However, Falkena came out ahead in the shoot off. The award for High Overall Team for the day went to Karp & Krows’ Logan Smith, Joe Psota, Sam Lech, Colby Mitchell and Shelden Lytle. The Raffle winner this week is Dana Plugge from Burwell, NE. The Karp & Krow shooters have two more shoots with this Conference in Doniphan. Other upcoming opportunities shooters have to participate in are the Nebraska State 4H Clay Target Championships scheduled for April 23 at the Heartland Shooting Park in Grand Island and the Cornhusker National Jr./Sr. High School Trap Shoot in Doniphan May 4-6.
Golfers Third At Ord Invite, Finish With Three Top Ten Medalists
Ord kicked off its golf season with a third place finish in its own invitational. The Chants shot a 341 and were edged by Grand Island Northwest who shot 339 and got second. Grand Island Central Catholic shot a 321 for first. Coach Mike Bechtold was optimistic afterward despite not taking home hardware. “After winning this event the last three years, we forget just how difficult it is to do,” the coach said. “We have the two-time defending state champs here along with several Class B powers, so it is a tall task. I was pleased with how our boys played and thought they showed a lot of promise for the year. With that said, it will take some real dedication on their part if we want to improve to the level we want to be at, which is state qualifier.” Ord got top ten finishes from three golfers. Tanner Bundy led the way with a fourth place finish and an 80. Caden Johnson shot 81 for sixth and Cy Trofholz fired an 84 for eighth. “Those three played solid rounds but I think they thought they could have played better. I look forward to seeing them improve throughout the year. They all have big upside.” Riley Massman shot a 96 and Brooks Bechtold a 101 for the Chants. “Those two each shot one good nine and one bad nine, so it is just a matter of consistency for those guys. It was their first varsity meet as well, so a little jitters were involved.” Ord’s JVs played in the meet, too. Shay Holm shot a 101, Ethan Ries a 104, Cooper Sheets a 139, Aaron White a 154 and Zoe Dabney a 159. Bechtold noted that it was the first big-time competition for all of them. Team Results – GICC 321, GINW 339, Ord 341, O’Neill 349, ALC 385, Boone Central/NG 410, Spalding Academy 420, Central Valley 441, Burwell 452, Ainsworth 459, Ord JV 498, St. Paul 526. Individual Results – 1. Josh Cuddy, O’Neill, 73; 2. Jack Goering, GICC, 78; 3. Marcus Eriksen, GINW, 79; 4. Tanner Bundy, Ord, 80; 5. Gavin Fox, GICC, 81; 6. Caden Johnson, Ord, 81; 7. Collin Toner, GICC, 83; 8. Cy Trofholz, Ord, 84; 9. Tito Alcorta, GINW, 85; 10. Eli Fox, GICC, 86; 11. Adam Mason, GINW, 86; 12. Connor Wood, Central Valley, 87; 13. Sam Wilkins, Ainsworth, 88; 14. Brenden Holling, GINW, 89; 15. Brett Jelinek GINW, 90.
Seven Ord Students To Receive State FFA Degree
FFA members can earn degrees as they progress through the phases of their leadership, academic and career skills development. The State FFA Degree is given to the top members of a State FFA Association. To receive a State FFA Degree, members must meet the requirements listed in the official FFA manual. The following Ord High School seniors will receive their State FFA degrees this week. Vanessa Ference is the daughter of Dave and Christie Ference. She is active in FFA, FCCLA, CCD, Drama, 4-H, and softball. Vanessa’s SAE project consists of placement at the Bibbs’s Lettuce and Market Swine. Her leadership is FCCLA president and FFA officer for three years. At FFA State Convention Vanessa will be competing in agricultural demo and will receive her state FFA degree. She enjoys reading, singing, and spending time with family. Vanessa plans to attend CCC at Columbus and pursue her dream of teaching Early Childhood Development to return to Ord and open her own business. Tanner Knight is the son of Mark and Brenda Knight. His SAE consisted of his cedar tree removal service called Knight Cedar Tree removal. Some of the events Tanner is involved in Ag mechanics in FFA, football, and he was a state wrestling qualifier this year. Some of Tanners hobbies are hunting, fishing, and working on anything with an engine. Cora Svoboda is the daughter of Von and Angie Svoboda. She achieved her state degree by starting her own breeding beef entrepreneurship. Cora raises and cares for her herd with the help of her parents and siblings. The money she raises from her entrepreneurship will help towards paying for college at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Cora is also the current President of the Senior Parliamentary Procedure team which will compete at state. Asha Scheideler is the daughter of Ron and Cilinda Scheideler. Swine Production Entrepreneurship is Asha’s SAE project. She will be competing in livestock management, senior parliamentary procedure, veterinary science, and envirothon. Asha is involved with band, choir, and science olympiad to name a few of her activities. Asha will be heading to the University of Nebraska- Lincoln majoring in Animal Science and Grassland Ecology and Management. Stephanie Vavra is the daughter of Allen and Janet Vavra. Stephanie’s SAE is her Beef Production Entrepreneurship with her cow/calf pairs. Stephanie is going to be competing in agricultural demonstration, Ag biotechnology, and envirothon. She will be attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to achieve a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Chance Williams is the son of Dave and E.J. Williams. He is the Treasurer for the Ord FFA chapter and his SAE consists of his cow calf operation. Chance is a member of the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association where he competes in team roping with his brother, Wyatt. After high school Chance plans on going to Mid-Plains Community College to study Ag Business. Wyatt Williams is the son of David and E.J. Williams. Wyatt is heavily involved in the FFA and is also Chaplain of the Ord chapter. His SAE project consisted of competing at rodeos and jackpots. Through his SAE project, he has gained valuable life experiences and skills, such as having a good work ethic, time management, and being respectful. The skills that he has obtained will help further him in his career and in life. He is a member of the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association as well as other rodeo association, where he competes in team roping with his brother, Chance. Wyatt likes working with cattle, hunting, and most importantly roping. Wyatt plans to attend McCook Community College and compete in team roping on the College Rodeo Team. Photos of the seven Ord FFA chapter members receiving State FFA degrees are in the April 5, 2017 issue of The Ord Quiz.
Track Teams Get Outdoor Season Started at Arcadia/Loup City Meet, Set Three Meet Records
The Ord High School track teams got their outdoor season started this past Thursday at the Arcadia/Loup City Invitational. The Chanticleers finished third in the boys’ team race and fourth in the girls meet. The Chants won three events in the meet and set a meet record in each of those events. For the girls Zoe Ritz won both the 3200 and 1600 meter runs in meet record time. Ritz broke her own meet record in the 3200 with a time of 12:45.0 and Morgan Alexander’s record in the 1600 with a time of 5:53.78. “Zoe had a great day for us at the meet,” Coach Derry Trampe stated. “I didn’t have her in the 1600 at first and she asked if she could run it at this meet and it worked out well for us.” The boys 4 X 400 relay team of Reggie McKenney, Austin Knapp, Noah Jensen, and Jordan Coufal combined to set a meet record in 3:43.67. Breaking the meet record set by Ord last year. “The boys ran a really solid race,” Trampe said. “We stayed in position throughout the race and Jordan ran an excellent anchor leg to overtake St. Paul down the final stretch. That could be a really good relay for us by the end of the season.” Arcadia/Loup City won the girls division with a total of 117 points. Wood River was a close second with 109 points. Burwell finished third with 88 points and the Chants were fourth with 76 points. “I felt like our girls performed well,” Coach Trampe said. “We need to develop some depth in the events we are strong in and score more points in the field events in order to be a team that competes for team titles this season.” Rounding out the team scores were: Riverside (56), St. Paul (55), Grand Island CC (48), Spalding Academy (38), Central Valley (27), Ravenna (20), Sandy Creek (16), and Heartland Lutheran (12). In a tight team race St. Paul won the team title with a total of 136 points. Grand Island CC was second with 128 points while the Chants were right behind them with 120.5 points. “Our boys scored a lot of points and brought home a lot of medals from the meet,” Trampe commented. “We are close to being a very good team this season. We were able to score in nearly every event at the meet so we just need to keep improving as the season progresses.” Rounding out the team scores were: Burwell (75.5), Arcadia-Loup City (59.5), Ravenna (42), Riverside (24.5), Wood River (23), Heartland Lutheran (22), Central Valley (19), Sandy Creek (4), and Spalding Academy (3). The girls were able to bring home several medals from the meet in addition to the two golds won by Zoe Ritz. Second place medals were won by Morgan Ritz in the 3200 (13:36.0), Ali Smith in the 800 (2:35.14), and the 4 X 800 relay team of Ali Smith, Zoe Ritz, Ashley Carson, and Andrea Carson (10:38.14). Cora Svoboda brought home the lone third place medal as she finished third in the pole vault with a vault of 9’ O”. Fourth place medals were won by Danielle Bruha in the high jump (4’ 10”) and the 4 X 400 relay team of Andrea Carson, Cora Svoboda, Ashley Carson, and Ali Smith (4:31.46). Fifth place medals were won by Cora Svoboda in the 300 LH (55.55) and the 4 X 100 relay team of Andrea Carson, Danielle Bruha, Lydia Hill, and Kailey Bruha (57.80). Sixth place medals went to Zoe Ritz in the 800 (2:41.59) and Kailey Bruha in the 200 (29.26). Cierra Vanosdall finished seventh in the 300 LH in 57.13 to score the final points for the Chants. In addition to the first place finish by the 4 X 400 relay, the Chants were able to bring home several medals from the meet. Second place medals were won by Colton Rowse in the 3200 (11:23.0), Jordan Coufal in the 300 IH (42.35), Nate Wells in the 1600 (5:05.71), and the 4 X 100 relay team of Ethan Thomsen, Jaden Reilly, Reggie McKenney, and Trevin Kruml (47.37). Third place medals were won by Clark Bredthauer in the high jump (6’ 0”), Jordan Coufal in the 110 HH (17.15), Reggie McKenney in the 400 (56.37), Ethan Jeffres in the 3200 (11:55.0), Austin Knapp in the 300 IH (43.56), Ethan Thomsen in the 200 (24.71), and the 4 X 800 relay team of Nate Wells, Colton Rowse, Solomon Campise, and Noah Jensen (9:27.93). Fourth place went to Harrison Benton in the triple jump (37’ 2.5”), Landon Rogers in the discus (129’ 4”), and Trevin Kruml in the 100 (12.37). Jaden Reilly finished in a tie for fifth in the 100 with a time of 12.44. Sixth place medals were won by Trevor Vancura in the triple jump (36’ 0”), Hayden Grint in the discus (118’ 11”), Austin Knapp in the 110 HH (18.26), and Noah Jensen in the 800 (2:21.36). Seventh place medals went to Ethan Thomsen in the long jump (18’ 7.25”) and Christapher White in the 3200 (12:38.0). Eighth place awards went to Landon Rogers (41’ 4.5”) and Harrison Benton in the long jump (18’ 5”). Additional Ord results: Girls: 100 meter-Kailey Bruha (14.61), Cierra Vanosdall (15.66), Kaylee Klanecky (15.83); 200 meter-Susie Vavra (32.25), Kaylee Klanecky (32.59); 400 meter-Andrea Carson (68.34), Ashley Carson (70.15), Lydia Hill (71.69); 800 meter-Ashley Carson (2:50.72); 1600-Morgan Ritz (6:29.9), Jessica Buckles (7:29.07); 100 meter HH-Cora Svoboda (19.56), Cierra Vanosdall (20.90); Shot put-Cailin Benda (24’ l”), Reilly Peetz (23’ 11”), Lakita Thomsen (22’ 3.5”); Discus-Lakita Thomsen (75’ 8”), Cailin Benda (61’ 4”), Reilly Peetz (55’ 7’’); High Jump-Susie Vavra (4’ 2”) Reilly Peetz (4’ 0”); Long jump-Lydia Hill (13’ 1”), Jessica Buckles (12’ 7.5”), Kailey Bruha (SCR all 3). Boys: 100 meter-Dalton Hurlburt (13.93); 200 meter-Stirling Tonniges (26.23), Brett Hinrichs (28.16); 400 meter-Tim White (60.70), Riley Warner (61.96); 800-Reese Davenport (2:33.7), Skyler Key (2:41.2); 1600 meter-Blake Moderow (6:02.2), James Masin (6:08.9); 110 meter HH-Mitchell Knapp (20.51); 300 meter IR-Harrison Benton (47.59); High Jump-Tyson Skinner (MOH 5’ 0”), Scott Behnk (MOH 5’ 0”); Long jump-Jordan Coufal (18’ 4.5”); Triple jump-Solomon Campise (34’ 5”); Pole Vault-Nate Wells (10’ 0”); Shot put-Ethan Gabriel (38’ 4”), Barrett Boden (36’ 7”); Discus-Sam Lech (99’ 5”).
Ord Speech Team Finishes As District Runners-Up, Qualifies 11 For State At UNK
ORD SPEECH QUALIFIERS: Front row (l-r) Tracy Wamsley, Lily Farrens, Taylor Williams. Middle row (l-r) Jonny Koch, Esmerelda Vera, Zoe Dabney, Kora Severance, Lauren Collins. Back row (l-r) Maddie Winchell, Shelby Kittle, Kyler Peetz.
It has been a fantastic season for the Ord Chanticleer Speech team. After nine competitions, a Confer-ence Championship, and a community performance, Ord ended their regular season of competition at Minden in district competition on a high note. The Chants ended up 2nd overall as a team with 403 points compared to the championship team Minden with 426. “We knew it was going to be close going in, but we needed a few more breaks to fall our way; instead they fell to Minden” said Coach Ben Lansman. “But we are so proud of our entire team – they really came out and competed so well on such a long day.” In district competition you are allowed two competitors in each event and who- ever ends up in the top three at the end of the day, qualifies for the state tournament. “We sent all but one of our 18 events into finals, which is a great accomplishment. On top of that we had 11 state qualifiers in nine entries. This is more than Ord has had qualify in a long time, and I attribute that not only to this team, but the previous four years of kids who have poured their heart and soul into this team and program as it developed. However the toughest place to be at the end of the day is in 4th – 6th place. I really feel for those kids, but they should be proud of themselves and their hard work all year long. Not everyone can win at the end of the day, so we tip our cap to Minden and to our brothers and sisters who were not able to make it down to Kearney next week.” Results for the Chants were as follows: • Shelby Kittle 2nd Informative (State Qualifier) • Zoe Dabney 3rd Informative (State Qualifier) • Esmeralda Vera 1st Serious Prose (State Qualifier) • Richele Masin 4th Serious Prose • Maddie Winchell 3rd Extempo-raneous (State Qualifier) • Cooper Sheets 4th Extemporaneous • Jonny Koch, Kora Severance, Kyler Peetz, Lily Farrens, Taylor Williams 2nd Oral Interpretation of Drama (State Qualifier) • Lauren Collins, Zoe Dabney, Katie Fischer, Madison Thompson 4th Oral Interpretation of Drama • Tracy Wamsley 1st Persuasive (State Qualifier) • Jenna Hagstrom 5th Persuasive • Esmeralda Vera 3rd Poetry (State Qualifier) • Adrienne Meckel 4th Poetry Lauren Collins 3rd Humorous Prose (State Qualifier) • Kora Severance 10th Humorous Prose • Kyler Peetz/Madison Thompson 4th Duet • Rosie Beran/Deja Timmerman 5th Duet • Lily Farrens 3rd Entertainment (State Qualifier) • Taylor Williams 6th Entertainment
Karp and Krow 4-H Shooting Team Begins Season
After weeks of practice, the 2017 Karp and Krow 4H Shooting Team set out for the first shoot of the season to be held in Doniphan. Forty- seven of the roughly 60 Karp & Krow shooters competed against shooters from the other 13 teams in the Mid- Nebraska Trap Shooting Conference. The competition is divided between “Juniors” defined as grades 5-8 shoot- ing one event of 50 targets from the 16 yard line; and “Seniors,” grades 9-12 shoot- ing the 50 targets from the 16 yard line and another 50 tar- gets from a handicapped yard line. In Saturday’s competition there were a total of 443 shooters; 168 Juniors and 275 Seniors. Karp & Krow was represented with 17 Junior and 30 Senior shooters. Conference awards this week for Karp and Krow came in the Handicap shoot. Joseph Psota was awarded the trophy for Handicap Male Champion shooting 50/50 from the 24-yard line; he also received an honor patch for the perfect score. The team of Colby Mitchell, Samuel Lech, Logan Smith, Gus Dunbar and Johnathan Brown took first place with a score of 220/250; Grady Weber won the 18-19 yard handicap; Logan Smith won the 24-25 yard handicap. In the Conference cate- gory of High Overall Score, geared to the Senior Division adding the 16-yard and handicap scores together, Joseph Psota was the Male Cham- pion shooting 97/100; Runner Up shooting 96/100 was Logan Smith. The High Overall Team award went to the Karp and Krow team of Colby Mitchell, Samuel Lech, Logan Smith, Gus Dunbar and Johnathan Brown with a score of 455/500. The High Overall Female Runner Up was determined by a “shoot-off” between two ladies from the same team. Karp and Krow shooters Olivia Hill and Hailey Zulkoski tied with a score of 87/100. They then faced each other for two shots at each station on the 16 and handicap yard lines. Olivia Hill came away the winner. Honorable mentions within the Karp and Krow 4H shooting Team with high scores for the week are Juniors, Brody Welniak - 42/50 and Josie Lange - 40/50; Seniors at the 16 yard line, Gus Dunbar and Logan Smith both shooting 48/50, Shelby Kittle, Hailey Zulkoski and Olivia Hill each shooting 46/50; Senior Handicap, Joseph Psota with 50/50 and Faith Simon shooting 42/50. The group offers a fund- raising raffle to benefit the shooters and drawings are held throughout the conference season. The latest winners are Kevin Plock and Judy Simpson both from Burwell. The next competition shoot is Sat., March 25 in Doniphan.
OHS Wins C-1 Sportsmanship Award
Nebraska Coaches Association photo At Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sat., March 4, Ord High School was presented with the Sportsmanship award in Class C-1. The Nebraska Coaches Association partners with the Nebraska Schools Activities Association (NSAA), Nebraska Athletic Directors Association and the Nebraska National Guard to honor a school in each Class. The primary focus of the award includes positive and supportive behavior by the student body, administration, adult fan section as well as players and coaches during the NSAA Girls State Basketball Championships. Pictured: (l-r) Nebraska National Guard Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Teresa Domeier, cheerleader Makenna Jacobs, Ord Public Schools Superintendent Jason Alexander, Ord High School Activities Director Ron Bauer, cheerleaders Britan Blair and Brittani Pollard, and Nebraska National Guard Recruiting and Retention Commander Lieutenant Colonel Will Prusia.
Youth Wrestlers Compete At Districts
courtesy photo: Ord Youth Wrestlers competing at district competition: Front row (l-r) Gunner Rice, Talan Bruha, Tyson Smith, Kelen Meyer. Second row (l-r) Noah Manchester, Hunter Meyer, Ryan Gabriel, Bridger Rice. Top row: Colt Meyer. Not pictured: Jackson Alexander, Dylan Hurlburt, Brendan Boyce, Tommy Thompson and Paxton DeGroff.
The Ord Youth wrestlers competed at districts Saturday in O’Neill. Ord’s team placed 13th out of 32 teams. Tommy Thompson placed third in the pre-K and K division and is going to state. In the first and second grade division, Paxton DeGroff wrestled well and had some tough matches. Placing in the third and fourth grade division were: Tyson Smith 4th, Noah Manchester 4th, Gunner Rice 2nd, Colt Meyer 1st. All are going to state. In 5th/6th grade, Dylan Hurlburt placed second, Hunter Meyer 3rd, Brendan Boyce 4th, Ryan Gabriel 2nd, Bridger Rice 2nd – all are headed to state. Talan Bruha wrestled very hard – he was in a tough bracket and fell short and placed sixth. Jackson Alexander got 2nd in the 7th/8th division and also heads to state. Kelen Meyer wrestled hard, had a tough weight class and fell a little short getting fifth.
The Ord Lady Chants with their 4th place State trophy: Front row (l-r) Student managers Ava Plate, Ali Miller, Lexi Vancura and Laci Weeks, Caroline White, Cierra Vanosdall, Maddie Bengston, Maddie Griffith, Danielle Bruha, Cora Svoboda, Lydia Hill, Kaylee Klanecky, Kailey Bruha, Lakita Thomsen, student manager MaKayla Wray. Back row (l-r) Kaidance Wilson, Coach Jennifer Remmereid, Coach Dexter Goodner, Macee Alexander, Reilly Peetz, Danielle Wray, Madi Hagge, Delani Fahey, Hailey Zulkoski, Cali Lech, Kelli DeRiso, Ali Smith, Coach Mark Hagge, Coach Andrew Broeders.
In their opening game last Thursday at the NSAA State Basketball tournament, the Lady Chants beat the Mitchell Tigers 54-35 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. In Friday’s game at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Lady Chants met up with fellow LouPlatte Conference school Kearney Catholic. The Stars won the 44-37 contest and sent Ord to the consolation game at Lincoln Southwest High School. Saturday’s game matched up the Lady Chants with the Bishop Neumann Cavaliers. The teams were evenly matched throughout the game; however, the Cavaliers secured the 55-52 victory.
Lady Chants Punch Ticket To State Tournament
Angie Svoboda photo - THE C-1 DISTRICT CHAMPION Lady Chants proudly hoist their title plaque following their decisive victory over the Pierce Lady Bluejays Saturday afternoon in Central City.
Head Coach Dexter Goodner celebrates the Lady Chants’ district final victory with the time-honored tradition of cutting the net in Central City Saturday.
For the second consecutive year, the Lady Chants are headed to Lincoln. Ord secured a spot in this year’s C1 State Championship tournament with a 48-29 victory over the Pierce Bluejays on Saturday afternoon. The Chanticleers never trailed in the contest, gaining momentum from grabbing an early lead and never looking back. Tough defense fueled the Chants early, as they limited the Lady Jays to only 15 points in the half, securing a 24-15 lead. A sluggish third quarter was marred by missed free throws from both teams. The fourth quarter began with the same nine-point margin separating Ord and Pierce, 30-21. Pierce battled to keep the score under double-digits for a few possessions, but the Lady Chants seized control of the game with some quick buckets and opportunistic turnovers created defensively. They outpaced the Bluejays by 10 points in the final frame and sprinted to their 19-point victory. The Lady Chants were led in scoring by four Juniors: Delani Fahey, Ali Smith, Danielle Wray and Madi Hagge. Fahey and Smith threw in 15 and 11 points from the backcourt, while Wray and Hagge added 9 and 8 points from down low. Junior Hailey Zulkoski and Seniors Danielle Bruha and Cora Svoboda accounted for the remaining 7 points. Coach Dexter Goodner and his players reaped the benefits of a raucous crowd in red. Chanticleer nation was out in force to support the girls in their District Championship effort. The crowd lingered to help the girls celebrate and cut down the nets at Central City High School, host of this year’s C1-4 district title game. The Ord Chanticleer ladies have now qualified for state twice in as many years and for the sixth time in school history. Ord enters the C1 State Tournament as the #7 seed and will square off against the #2 seed, the Mitchell Lady Tigers on Thurs., March 2 at 10:45 a.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Lady Chants coaching staff and players appreciate everyone who made the trip to Central City on Saturday, and are hoping for an even larger crowd of faithful Chanticleers to make the trip to Lincoln to help lift them over the Tigers of Mitchell. GO CHANTS!
Gabriel State Runner-Up, Trompke 4th Place Medalist At State Wrestling Tournament
Pictured at left: Bev Brown photo
OHS Freshman Ethan Gabriel earned state runner-up in the 195 lb. weight division at the State Wrestling meet. A total of seven OHS wrestlers competed at the tournament last weekend in Omaha.
At right: Bev Brown photo
Gavin Trompke, 170 lb. senior at Ord High School, finished fourth at the State Wrestling Tournament in Omaha this last weekend.
This time the score was much closer. In the first period, Gabriel came very close to earning a takedown twice but was never awarded the points by the officials. In the second period, Ethan chose bottom, his opponent from O’Neill was able to keep him down which kept the score at 0-0 going into the 3rd period. In the final period of the match, Thompson reversed Gabriel to make the score 2-0. That score ended up being the final and Bailey Thompson went on to be the 195 pound class C State Champion. Prior to the State Championship match, Gabriel pinned his way through his opponents. In his first round match, Ethan pinned Austin Jensen from Syracuse at the 4:30 mark. In the second round, Gabriel pinned Wyatt Kee from Gibbon in 5:23. In the semifinal match, Ethan pinned Noah Carlson from Central City at the 3:51 mark. “Ethan had one of the most amazing freshman seasons in Nebraska, especially for wrestling at 195 pounds. Normally all of the State Finalists at the heavier weights are juniors and seniors”, said Coach Justin Swedburg “He is regarded as one of the best, if not the best, freshman wrestlers in the state of Nebraska which he should be extremely proud of. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Ethan Gabriel.” Gavin Trompke finished in 4th place at 170 pounds at the Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament. Trompke’s road to the 4th place medal definitely wasn’t an easy one as he wrestled multiple rated wrestlers. In Gavin’s first match of the tournament, he met up with state-rated Daniel Duffy from Shelton/Kenesaw. Trompke won the match by a 3-1 decision. In his quarterfinal match, Gavin Trompke matched up with the #1 rated wrestler in the state, Jake Prochaska from Centennial. In the 3rd period, Trompke took Prochaska down with just second’s left in the match to defeat his Centennial opponent by a score of 8-6. In the state semifinal match, Trompke met up with a wrestler whom he has wrestled multiple times before in Abe Hernandez from Mitchell. Hernandez won a close, hard fought bout over Gavin by a score of 6-5. On Saturday, in the medal rounds, Trompke first defeated Dalton Mueller from North Bend Central by a score of 6-4. In the final match of his high school career, Gavin Trompke met up again with Jake Prochaska from Centennial to wrestle for the 3rd place medal. This time Prochaska came away victorious by defeating Trompke by a score of 3-1. “Gavin had a great state tournament in an absolutely loaded weight class”, said Coach Swedburg “I was very happy to see Gavin earn a medal at the state tournament, he has put a lot of time and effort into this sport and he left it all out on the mat”. Five other wrestlers competed at the State Wrestling Tournament and scored points for the Chanticleer Wrestling Team. At 106 pounds, Freshman Colton Rowse went 2-2 at the state tournament while picking up a pin and a technical fall along the way. Rowse lost his final match in the Heartbreak round of the state tournament, which is the round where the winners earn a state medal and the losers do not. At 152 pounds, Tanner Knight went 1-2. Knight defeated Ryan Haskell from Madison in his first match of the tournament. Tanner then went on to lose two extremely close matches, one by a score of 7-5 and the other 3-2. Kaden Dawe also went 1-2 at 160 pounds. Dawe defeated Greg Flack from Malcolm by a score of 7-1. Both of Kaden’s two losses were overtime heartbreakers that came down to the wire. At 120 pounds Kaden Boyce was 0-2. Jacob Lech also went 0-2 at the state tournament over the weekend at 182 pounds. “I was very proud of the way all of our guys competed over the weekend. People don’t like wrestling guys from Ord because we go extremely hard and don’t give up”, said Swedburg “Not every match went our way but they rarely do at the state tournament, Class C is an extremely tough brand of wrestling.” Ord will compete this upcoming weekend at the Nebraska State Dual Tournament for the first time in school history. The Chants will wrestle Valentine in the first match-up of the class C tournament. Ord is one of 8 teams from Class C to qualify for the tournament. The State Dual Tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. for Classes B and C on Sat., Feb. 25 at the Health and Sports Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The Ord High wrestling team finished in 13th place at the 2017 Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament last Thursday through Saturday in Omaha. The Chants finished with 44.5 total points. Valentine was the Class C State Champion scoring 195 team points. The team State Runner-up was David City, who scored 107.5 points. The Chant wrestling team had 2 wrestlers earn an individual medal at the 2017 Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament. At 195 pounds, Ethan Gabriel was the State Runner-Up as a freshman. After the parade of champions, Gabriel met up with Bailey Thompson from O’Neill in the finals. Thompson, now a 2 time State Champion, defeated Gabriel earlier in the season at the Pierce Invitational by a score of 12-7.
Chant Speech Team Wins Conference – Prepping For Districts
Conference Champions: Front row (l-r) Rebecca Fischer (11th), Madison Thompson (12th), Lily Farrens (12th), Taylor Williams (12th), Fergie (yellow pillow-team mascot), Tracy Wamsley (12th), Adrienne Meckel (12th), Morgan Ritz (9th). Second row (l-r) Deja Timmerman (9th), Jonny Koch (11th), Kora Severance (10th), Lauren Collins (11th), Richele Masin (10th), Esmeralda Vera (12th), Maddie Winchell (11th). Third row (l-r) Rosie Beran (9th), Shelby Kittle (11th), Cooper Sheets (9th), Kyler Peetz (11th), Zoe Dabney (11th), Jenna Hagstrom (11th), Trevor Vancura (9th). Back row (l-r) Coach Ben Lansman, Coach Ashley Trampe.
After having a week off, the Ord Speech Team was ready to dive back into competition. In a span of eight days they competed in three tournaments, all of which are some of their toughest competition of the year. On Saturday Feb. 11 they traveled to David City to compete against over 20 teams and 500 competitors from across the state. Schools were from classes A-D including York, Norfolk, Lexington, Kearney, and even a school traveling as far away as Oklahoma. “This is always the toughest meet we attend all year,” said Coach Lansman. “I decided to head east to David City to see some of our state competition in C1 as well as some huge schools that we don’t typically compete against. If we ever get anyone into the finals – it’s a huge accomplishment. In many ways, this meet is as tough as or tougher than our state competition will be. It’s a great opportunity to grow and stay humble.” The Chants had a few medalists including: Cooper Sheets 5th in JV Extemporaneous, Morgan Ritz 3rd in JV Informative, Kyler Peetz and Madison Thompson 11th in Varsity Duet, and Esmeralda Vera 10th in Varsity Poetry. “Mrs. Trampe and I are really proud of all our students, but especially our medalists here. This shows they can really hang with the big dogs at giant tournaments. This will hopefully make their district and state competition seem less daunting.” On Wed., Feb.15, St. Paul hosted the Lou Platte Conference Tournament. It was definitely a day to remember for the Ord Speech team as they set a new school record by qualifying 17 out of 18 events for the finals and winning the Conference Championship! At Conference and Districts, the scoring is different as each competitor scores points for their team even if they don’t make finals. The more you get to finals, the better your chances of success in the team competition are. Competing for the Chants on their Conference team was: Humorous Prose - Kora Severance 3rd , Lauren Collins 4th; Serious Prose – Esmeralda Vera 1st, Richele Masin 6th; Poetry - Esmeralda Vera 1st , Adrienne Meckel 2nd; Entertainment – Taylor Williams 5th, Lily Farrens 8th; Persuasive – Tracy Wamsley 2nd, Jenna Hagstrom 6th; Informative – Zoe Dabney 2nd, Shelby Kittle 3rd; Extemporaneous – Cooper Sheets 2nd, Maddie Winchell 7th; Duet – Madison Thompson/Kyler Peetz 3rd, Rosie Beran/Deja Timmerman 5th; OID – Lily Farrens/Jonny Koch/Kyler Peetz/Kora Severance/Taylor Williams 3rd, Lauren Collins/Zoe Dabney/Madison Thompson 5th . “We had a fantastic Conference this year. Last year we had one in each category in finals, this year we built on that. We’re very happy for the team!” On Sat., Feb. 18 the Chants competed in the Loup City Invite, which was much larger than years past. There were 32 schools and over 500 competitors, making it a very challenging but fun meet. Medalists for the Chanticleers included: Morgan Ritz 4th in Novice Informative, Kyler Peetz/Madison Thompson 4th in Varsity Duet, Cooper Sheets 6th in Varsity Extemp, Esmerelda Vera 6th in Varsity Poetry and 2nd in Varsity Serious Prose, Adrienne Meckel 12th in Varsity Poetry, Richele Masin 9th in Varsity Serious Prose, Lily Farrens/Kora Severance 8th in Improv Duet, Zoe Dabney/Madison Thompson 4th in Improv Duet, Rapunzel Uncut (Dabney, Farrens, Koch, Peetz, Severance) 4th in Varsity OID. Overall Ord placed 5th out of 32 teams behind North Platte, Aurora, Kenesaw, and Minden. There were many just out of making finals but still receiving superiors: Lily Farrens and Lydia Hill in Entertainment, Maddie Winchell in Extemp, Kora Severance in Humorous, Zoe Dabney and Shelby Kittle in Informative, Spaceballs OID (Becca Fischer, Jenna Hagstrom, Lydia Hill, Cooper Sheets, Trevor Vancura), Jenna Hagstrom in Persuasive, Rebecca Fischer in Poetry, and Trevor Vancura in Extemp. “We’re very proud of our entire team. They have all worked hard to get where they are at. However many of them have missed several meets due to other school conflicts, making it a challenge to be consistent in speech. That is just the name of the game, but without all of these younger individuals pushing the entire team, we would not have a competitive atmosphere.” The Speech team travels to Minden this coming Saturday and to Doniphan Trumbull on Sat., March 4. A community performance at the Golden Husk will be held on Sun., March 12 from 5-8 p.m. tentatively. Districts is on Tues., March 14 at Minden. The Junior High team has also been practicing throughout February to prepare for the Ord Junior High Invite on Fri., March 3 and the Northwest Invite on Tues., March 7. We would love to see you there supporting our students!
Ord Qualifies 7 Wrestlers To The State Tournament, Chants Make State Dual Tournament For First Time In History
Seven Chanticleer grapplers will be competing at the State Wrestling Meet Feb. 16-18 at the Century Link Center in Omaha. Pictured above: (l-r) Coach Justin Swedburg, Kaden Boyce, Tanner Knight, Gavin Trompke, Ethan Gabriel, Jacob Lech, Kaden Dawe, Colton Rowse. Back (l-r) Coaches Johnny Ference and Brian Meyer. For District results, please see page 6 of the Feb. 15 issue.
The Ord High Wrestling Team finished fourth out of 16 teams at the C4 District wrestling tournament last Friday and Saturday. The Chants finished with seven total state qualifiers. Top five team results were as follows. Valentine-246, Broken Bow-153, Kearney Catholic-138, Ord-127.5, Chase County-125. The Chanticleer Wrestlers also qualified for the State Dual Tournament for the first time in school history. The Chant wrestling team had two wrestlers make it to the finals of the C4 District Tournament. One of those wrestlers ended up being the tournament champion and both will qualify for the State Wrestling Tournament next weekend. At 195 pounds, Ethan Gabriel was the tournament champion. Gabriel faced off against Tysen McDowell from Minden in a battle of two state-rated wrestlers. In fact, there were three of the top six rated wrestlers in the state in the weight class. Gabriel pinned the Minden opponent in 1:20. At 160 pounds, Kaden Dawe was the district runner-up and a state qualifier for the Chants. Dawe met up with state rated Bryson Fisher from Chase County in the finals. Fisher came away victorious by beating Dawe 6-3. “Ethan and Kaden wrestled great district tournaments. Ethan pinned his way through a tournament with three state-rated wrestlers. Kaden won a huge semifinal match that will set him up well for the state tournament,” said Coach Justin Swedburg Ord had five other wrestlers qualify for the Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament in Omaha. Colton Rowse finished in third place for the Chanticleers at 106 pounds. Rowse, rated in the state himself, faced off against state rated Lane Schiers from Kearney Catholic. Rowse pinned the Kearney Catholic opponent at the 2:18 mark. 106 were another stacked weight class. Four of the top six rated wrestlers in the state were at the district tournament in Valentine. At 170 pounds Gavin Trompke qualified for state and earned the third place medal. In another bracket with multiple state ranked wrestlers, Trompke defeated Logan Coalson from Bridgeport. The final score in the match was 5-0. Kaden Boyce was a state qualifier for Ord, he finished in fourth place. Boyce was beaten in his final match by Quin Child from Gordon-Rushville. At 152 pounds Tanner Knight was another qualifier and fourth place finisher in an extremely tough weight class. Knight was defeated in his match by Joel Meyers from Broken Bow. In the heartbreak round, Tanner defeated a returning state qualifier from Bridgeport who was a match away from medaling at state. Knight won the match 10-8 in an exciting ultimate tiebreaker overtime match. Jacob Lech was the final state qualifier for the Chanticleers, as he also was a fourth place finisher. Lech was defeated by Brady Dawson from Southern Valley by a score of 5-4. Early in the tournament, Lech lost a close match which made his road to state much more difficult. Jacob was able to win three matches in a row against tough competitors to qualify. “We qualified five of the six guys who wrestled in the heartbreak round. Each one of our guys gave everything that they had, they showed a ton of heart and pride,” said Coach Swedburg Many other wrestlers scored points for the Chanticleers at districts. At 126 pounds Miguel Alvarado went 1-2. Jackson Ulrich was 2-2 and lost in the heartbreak round to qualify for the state tournament. Earlier in the tournament Ulrich upset returning state qualifier Cole Ulmer, from Broken Bow, by a 3-1 decision. In his final match, it truly was a heartbreaker in the heartbreak round. Ulrich lost 10-8 in sudden victory overtime to Trevor Peterson from Chase County. At 138 Skyler Key went 0-2. At 145 pounds Clayton Shoemaker was 2-2. In his final match Shoemaker injured his ankle and was unable to finish the match or the tournament due to injury. At 220 pounds and 285 pounds Scott Behnk and CJ Hoevet both were 0-2. “If it weren’t for the efforts of our guys as a team for each other, we wouldn’t have qualified for the state duals. We needed a full team effort and we were able to qualify by two and a half points,” said Swedburg The Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament will begin at 4 p.m. for Class C on Thurs., Feb. 16 and last until Sat., Feb. 18 with the state finals beginning at 3 p.m. The finals will be broadcasted live on NET. Ord also qualified for the Nebraska State Dual Tournament for the first time in school history. The Chants will wrestle Valentine in the first match-up of the class C tournament. Ord is one of eight teams from Class C to qualify for the tournament. The State Dual Tournament will begin at 10:30 AM for Classes B and C on Sat., Feb. 25 at the Health and Sports Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
The Ord High School Dance Team will compete this Saturday in Grand Island at the Heartland Event Center. The team, coached by Heather Fox includes: Front row (l-r) Abby Hysell, Addie Sich, Katie Magiera, Halle Jacobs and Reilly Peetz. Back row (l-r) Coach Fox, Lauren Collins, Taylor Williams, Cailin Benda and Jessie Boyce. For more information on when the team will be performing, please see the ad in the Feb. 15 issue on page 6.
Varmint Hunt Brings in over $4,000 for Ord’s Post Prom
The 3rd Annual 2017 Post Prom Varmint Hunt was held January 1 & 2, 2017. Twenty-nine teams registered for the event. The Varmint Hunt and Varmint Hunt Committee, with the help of the community, have been successful in helping Junior class parents collect funds necessary to hold the Post-Prom Party. Post-Prom ensures prom-goers have a safe environment that includes games, food, music and prizes, once the dance ends. Over $4,000 was collected from Varmint Hunt donations, raffle ticket sales & soup supper. The winners of this years Varmint Hunt were: 1st place, Kris & Kasey Hornickel, 2nd place, John Schauer & Bill Kriefels, 3rd place, Trevor Kraus & Shawn Phillipps. Hard Luck prizes went to Geoffrey & Bryant Foth and Justin Welton. The haul of varmint included, seven coyotes, 125 raccoons, 13 badgers, 54 opossum/skunks, and a single bobcat, which was brought in by Clayton Miller. The gun raffle and door prize winners were Brodie Darnell, Todd Zulkoski, Doug Zulkoski and Monte Hurlburt. The Varmint Committee would like to extend a big thank you to all who helped donate to this event. Without all of you this could not be possible. Appreciation also goes to the Varmint Hunters, Angie Pollard, JoAnn Wells, Todd NS Pam Zulkoski and Shelley Boyce.
Ord-Burwell Bowlers Headed To State
Front row (l-r) Tiffany Mayfield, Alexis Reinwald, Molly Mares, Jaylee DeGroff, John Holloway, Nicki Green. Second row (l-r) Asst. Coach Lori Mares, Tiffany Mayfield, Olivia Hill, Kathleen Deaver and Melissa Deaver. Back row (l-r) Aaron White, Coach Adam Hansen, Christapher White, Zach Flessner, Johnathan Kant, Johnny Lawrence. Not pictured: Cailin Benda, Melina Gates, and Hastings College student coach, Tyler Mares.
The Burwell-Ord boys’ and girls’ high school bowling teams competed at District tournaments on Sat., Jan. 28, 2017. A total of 161 bowlers from across Nebraska competed during the regular season in Class C. Only eight teams from each class advance to the state competition in Lincoln, NE. The girls’ team bowled at the Big Apple in Kearney. The team earned a Runner-up finish at Districts. In the singles competition, Molly Mares, Burwell, bowled a 540 series to earn the title of 2017 C1 District champion. The boys’ team competed at Burwell’s Longhorn Lanes. On the singles side, Johnathan Kant finished as the 2017 C1 District champion. Zachary Flessner finished second and Aaron White placed third. Kant, Flessner and White are all from Ord. Both teams will compete at the State Bowling tournament in Lincoln on Feb. 11-12, 2017. Bowling State Finals, held on Sunday, will be televised on NET.
Eventful Start To The Season For Chant Speech Team
courtesy photo: The 2017 Ord High School Speech team: Front row (l-r) Coach Ashley Trampe, Madison Thompson (12), Taylor Williams (12), Lily Farrens (12), Tracy Wamsley (12), Adrienne Meckel (12), Coach Ben Lansman. Second row (l-r) Jonny Koch (11), Reilly Peetz (9), Lauren Collins (11), Maddie Winchell (11), Zoe Dabney (11), Kora Severance (10), Jenna Hagstrom (11). Third row (l-r) Kyler Peetz (11), Trevor Vancura (9), Rosie Beran (9), Richele Masin (10), Becca Fischer (11), Esmeralda Vera (11), Addie Sich (9). Back row (l-r) Cooper Sheets (9), Shelby Kittle (11), Lydia Hill (10), Morgan Ritz (9), Deja Timmerman (9), Kaylee Klanecky (9).
The Chanticleer Speech Team has had a busy and successful start to their season. As soon as state one-act concluded on Dec. 9, speech season began the following week! “It is so hard when so many of our students are involved in activities and sports back-to-back,” said Coach Ben Lansman. “We try to give them some time off - but unfortunately our seasons overlap - in fact many teams we compete against in speech start competing in November and December giving them quite an edge. Our hope is simply to survive and finish out the year typically!” This year though, the Chanticleers were ready for the schedule that their coaches prepared. “In year’s past, we’ve never been ready to compete at the beginning of January - however we told our kids that if they aren’t ready by then - they may as well just cash in their chips for all of January, making the preparation for districts and state that much more difficult. They’ve started well, but it has been a busy month.” Competition began on Jan. 7 when the team traveled to Adams Central. This was the team’s first time competing at this tournament and had seven medalists and 10 superior ratings. Medalists included: Kora Severance - 5th Place Novice Humorous Prose, Katie Fischer - 4th Place Novice Humorous Prose, Esmeralda - 4th Place Varsity Serious Prose, Zoe Dabney - 5th Place Varsity Informative, Cooper Sheets - CHAMPION Novice Extemporaneous, Zoe Dabney and Katie Fischer - 5th Place Varsity Duet Acting, “Rapunzel Uncut” (Lily Farrens, Taylor Williams, Jonny Koch, Kyler Peetz, and Kora Severance) - 2nd Place Varsity Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID). The next week, the Chants attended the Central Nebraska Forensics League (CNFL) Tournament at Grand Island Senior High. This was another new meet for the team and a large one as well with a total of 37 schools (over 500 students) representing teams from all classes A-D2. The Chants had 5 medalists: Lily Farrens - 12th Place Varsity Entertainment, Esmeralda Vera - 7th Place Varsity Poetry, Cooper Sheets - 5th Place Novice Extemporaneous, Trevor Vancura - 7th Place Novice Extemporaneous, and “Rapunzel Uncut” - 7th Place Varsity OID. Next, the team attended the Broken Bow Speech Meet on Jan. 21. This meet brought together 26 schools from across central Nebraska. Overall, the team had 12 medalists including: Kora Severance - 6th Place Novice Humorous Prose, Esmeralda - 4th Place Varsity Serious Prose and 8th Place Varsity Poetry, Shelby Kittle - 8th Place Varsity Informative, Lily Farrens - 8th Place Varsity Entertainment, Lydia Hill - 7th Place Varsity Entertainment, Trevor Vancura - 9th Place Novice Extemporaneous, Adrienne Meckel - 7th Place Varsity Poetry, Cooper Sheets - 8th Place Novice Extemporaneous, Madison Thompson and Kyler Peetz - 8th Place Varsity Duet, Rosie Beran and Deja Timmerman - 4th Place Novice Duet, “Rapunzel Uncut” (Lily Farrens, Tracy Wamsley, Jonny Koch, Kyler Peetz, and Kora Severance) - CHAMPIONS in Varsity OID. The full story is in the Feb. 1 issue of The Ord Quiz.
OHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Seeking Nominations
The Board of Directors for the Ord High School Athletic Hall of Fame is seeking nominations to be considered for the 2017 induction. Forms are available from the Superintendent’s office at 319 N. 19th Street or by calling 308-728-5013. Nominations must be received by April 15, 2017 in order to be considered for induction.
Ord Wins Championship at Gibbon Invite, Beat Ravenna in Dual
courtesy photo: Front row (l-r) Clayton Shoemaker, Colton Rowse, Ethan Gabriel, Talon Petska, Kaden Boyce, Miguel Alvarado. Second row (l-r) Coach Justin Swedburg, Cooper Tonniges, Jacob Lech, Gavin Trompke, Tanner Knight, Shane Luehm, Kaden Dawe, Skyler Key. Back row (l-r) Coach Brian Meyer, CJ Hoevet, Brett Koch, Coach Johnny Ference.
The Ord High Wrestling Team finished 1st out of 14 teams at the Gibbon “Bill Foster” wrestling tournament last Saturday. The Chants finished with 11 total medalists. Team Results are as follows: Ord-192.5, Gibbon-166, Kearney Catholic-159, Wood River-133, Boone Central/Newman Grove-117.5, Thayer Central-110, Ravenna-94, Franklin-90, Mitchell-90, Fillmore Central-89, Southern Valley-82, Elwood-52, GIJV-48, Harvard -12. The Chanticleer Wrestlers also had a dual against Ravenna during the week. The Chant wrestling team had four wrestlers make it to the finals of the Gibbon invite. Three of those wrestlers ended up being the tournament champions. At 106 pounds, Colton Rowse was the tournament champion. Rowse faced off against Layne Shiers of Kearney Catholic in a battle of two state rated wrestlers. Earlier in the season Shiers beat Rowse in a close match. This time Rowse was victorious, pinning Shiers at 2:29. Talon Petska won the Gibbon invite for the second year in a row. At 113 pounds Petska faced off against Ryan Bond from Wood River where he won a 9-0 major decision. At 195 Ethan Gabriel was the final champion for the Chants. Ethan beat returning Class D state medalist Trent Christiancy by a score of 10-3 in another battle of rated wrestlers. Gavin Trompke was the Gibbon Tournament runner-up at 170 pounds. Gavin wrestled defending state-runner up Abe Hernandez from Mitchell in the finals. Hernandez won the match 5-2. Ord had seven other wrestlers place at Gibbon’s “Bill Foster” Invitational. At 132 pounds Jackson Ulrich took home the third place medal. Ulrich was given a medical forfeit win from Parker Trowbridge of Fillmore Central. Tanner Knight finished third place at 152 pounds. He wrestled Garrett Cornwell from Boone Central/Newman Grove. Knight beat his opponent by a 17-0 tech fall. At 182 Jacob Lech was another third place finisher for the Chants. Lech beat Dietric Kenning from Thayer Central by pin in 46 seconds. Clayton Shoemaker finished fourth place at 145 pounds. He was beaten by Christian Lovan from Fillmore Central by a 10-4 decision. Brett Koch wrestled JV 152 for the Chants but that didn’t deter him from coming home with a medal at the tournament. Koch beat Braydon Mueller from Ravenna by fall at the 1:29 mark. Kaden Dawe ended up fifth place at 160 pounds. Dawe was under the weather at the tournament. If not for receiving a forfeit from Elliot Epstein of Thayer Central for being at his five-match limit, Dawe would have medical forfeited due to sickness. Shane Luehm was the final medalist for the Ord wrestling team at 220 pounds. He also came home with the fifth place medal. Luehm defeated Nick Crouse of Franklin by fall at the 2:18 mark. “I came away from the tournament feeling like we wrestled really well at some weights and that at other weights we could have been better,” said Coach Justin Swedburg. “The good news is that although we didn’t overall wrestle our best as a team we were still able to win the tournament which shows the talent and potential our team has.” Earlier in the week Ord headed south to dual Ravenna. The Chanticleers were victorious, winning the dual 66-12. The dual began at 126 pounds where Tyler Tobler of Ravenna pinned Miguel Alvarado in 2:21. At 132 pounds Jackson Ulrich defeated Tanner Douglas from Ravenna in a tight 7-4 match. Skyler Key pinned Colton Hervert from Ravenna in 36 seconds at 138 pounds. At 145 Clayton Shoemaker pinned Tyler Wetzel from Ravenna at the 2:43 mark. Tanner Knight received a forfeit at 152 pounds. At 160 Kaden Dawe pinned Greg Keezer from Ravenna in 1:06. Gavin Trompke, 170 pounds, pinned Isaiah Vogt from Ravenna at the 1:16 mark. At 182 Jacob Lech received a forfeit win. Ethan Gabriel pinned Alex Chapa from Ravenna in 4:45 at 195 pounds. Shane Luehm, 220 pounds, pinned Darius Flessner from Ravenna in 1:39. Sheridan Schiltz from Ravenna pinned CJ Hoevet in 3:12 at 285 pounds. At 106 pounds Colton Rowse pinned Shiloh Schiltz from Ravenna in 36 seconds. Talon Petska won a 7-4 decision over Jadden Trefer from Ravenna at 113. At 120 pounds Kaden Boyce received a forfeit. Cooper Tonniges (138), Brett Koch (152) and Scott Behnk (182) all wrestled exhibition matches against Ravenna wrestlers. Each Ord wrestler won their exhibition match.
Chant Basketball Team Goes 3-2 On Recent Action
Clark Bredthauer pivots around the Longhorn defense to put up two points for the Chants. Bredthauer scored 10 points in the decisive 53-25 victory over Burwell.
The Chants started the New Year playing at the Cozad Haymakers. Cozad was able to jump on the Chants in part to some hot shooting. The Chants would respond but lost the quarter 17-14. “Defensively we didn’t execute like we needed to start the game and give them credit for hitting some shots early,” Coach Gates said. From there the Chants would rally and even take the lead for a brief moment in the third quarter. The Haymakers would respond early in the fourth and make a run of their own. Taking the lead by seven at one point before the Chants came back and chipped away cutting the game to one possession game two times. However, both times the Chants would come up empty. The Haymakers would hit some late free throws but the Chants never gave up and the late free throws were able to save the game for the Haymakers with the final tally of 47-45. Brooks Bechtold had 14 points and Clark Bredthauer added eight points. On Friday night the Chants returned home to take on conference foe Gibbon. The Chants started slowly again with Gibbon taking a 10-2 lead in the first minute and half of the game. From there the Chants would dominate the game. The Chants would take an 11-point lead into halftime after a Brooks Bechtold buzzer beater 3 to close out the half. From there the Chants would cruise to a 57-29 victory over the Buffalos. “We played really well in the 2nd half and we were able to really build on how we ended the 2nd quarter,” Coach Gates said. Brooks Bechtold had 14 points for the Chants. Nate Well and Clark Bredthauer had 11 point each. Harrison Benton added 9 points in the win. Saturday night the Chants traveled to CWC to take on the Renegades. As the story goes all week the Chants started slow. Losing the first quarter 10-4 after the Renegades hit a shot at the buzzer. The Chants would cut into the lead before half but still trailed. The third quarter the Chants cut the lead to two before the fourth started. However, the Chants couldn’t make up for a hot shooting night from the Renegades and the Chants fell 52-48 on the road. Brooks Bechtold had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Garrett Bundy added 11 points and 7 rebounds. After a tough opening week of the new year the Chants bounced back for a 2-0 week. Starting on Thursday night, Jan. 12, when the Chants traveled to take on the Burwell Longhorns. The first quarter started with the Chants taking an 11-10 lead over the Longhorns. The Chants would go on a run in the middle of the second quarter and carry a 25-18 into halftime. After half the lead would grow for the Chants. The Chants defense would carry them to a victory over the Longhorns 53-25. “This was good win for us after losing some tough games last week, we responded really well,” Coach Gates said. The Chants were led by Brooks Bechtold with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Garrett Bundy added 11 points and Clark Bredthauer pitched in 10. Reggie McKenney added 7 in the win. On Fri., Jan. 13, the Chants hosted conference opponent St. Paul. The first quarter would involve multiple lead changes and runs by both teams. Resulting in the Chants taking a three point lead. The Chants would control the second quarter. The Chants would run the lead up to 11 before St. Paul was able to cut the lead to single digits before the break. In the third quarter, St. Paul would cut the lead to six, but the Chants responded and ended the quarter with a 10 point lead. The Chants would get the lead up to 16 before St Paul would end the game scoring on the last two possessions. The Chants would win finish the game with a victory 51-39. “After Thursday we didn’t play as well as we would have liked, but we responded well at key moments in the game,” Coach Gates said. “This game does give us some areas to look and improve before next week.” The Chants were led by Brooks Bechtold with 16 points and eight rebounds. Clark Bredthauer added 13 points for the Chants. Nate Well added 8 points in the win. Fri., Jan. 20 the Chants will travel to Boone Central and then host Arcadia Loup City on Saturday.
Chant Wrestling 3rd Place at Central City Invite Ord Beats Plainview in Dual
courtesy photo: Medaling for the Ord Wrestling team at the Central City Invite are: (l-r) Kaden Dawe, Ethan Gabriel, Tanner Knight, Shane Luehm, Colton Rowse, Gavin Trompke and Talon Petska. Not pictured: Jacob Lech.
The Ord High Wrestling Team was two points from bringing home a team plaque at the Central City wrestling invite last Saturday. There were 11 teams in the tournament, many of them Class B. Team scoring went as follows: Fairbury-159. Holdrege-136, Ord-134, GI Northwest-133.5, Aurora-93, Elkhorn Valley-83.5, Central City-75, Logan View-62, St. Paul-58, Ansley/Litchfield-30, Hastings St. Cecilia-4 Four wrestlers made it into the championship finals for the Chant grapplers, and two came out victorious. At 152 pounds, Tanner Knight won a 10-1 major decision over Donovan Dibbern from Aurora to claim the tournament championship. Ethan Gabriel was the other tournament champion for the Chanticleers. He met up with Zach Reikofski of Fairbury in the 195 pound finals. Gabriel pinned the Fairbury opponent at the 4:17 mark. Colton Rowse made the finals at 106 pounds. He faced off against a familiar foe, Koby Brandenburg from Central City. Brandenburg, ranked third in the state, came away victorious in the match. At 160 pounds, Kaden Dawe was also a runner-up in the tournament for the Chants. He faced off against Damian Green of Fairbury. Green, a state medalist a year ago, won a 3-2 decision over Dawe to claim the tournament championship. Ord had four other wrestlers earn a medal at the tournament. Gavin Trompke was the third place medalist at 170 pounds. Gavin defeated Grady Griess from GI Northwest by a 5-2 decision. In the semifinal, Trompke lost to the class B number 1 ranked wrestler, Melroy from Holdrege, by a score of 6-2. At 182 pounds, Jacob Lech was another third place finisher. Lech defeated Chaten Edgren from Holdrege by pin at the 2:50 mark. Talon Petska was the fourth place finisher at 113 pounds. He was defeated by a familiar opponent in third ranked Jacob Paczosa from St. Paul, by a score of 6-0. The final medalist for the Chant wrestling team was Shane Luehm at 220 pounds. Luehm was defeated by Cooper Kiser of GI Northwest in the third place match. Many Ord wrestlers earned team points for the Chants but fell short of earning a medal. Kaden Boyce went 1-2 at 120 pounds. At 126 pounds Miguel Alvarado was 0-2 on the day. Jackson Ulrich was 1-2 at 132 pounds. At 138 Skyler Key went 2-2 at the tournament. At 285 pounds CJ Hoevet went 0-2 during the Central City Invite. “I felt like we started the Central City tournament a little bit slow, even in the matches that we won,” said Coach Justin Swedburg. “After that first round I was very happy with how we responded. For the most part we competed and wrestled at or above our seed at the tournament.” The Chant wrestlers also had a dual with Plainview during the week. Ord beat Plainview for the first time in their dual series with each other. The score was Ord 54 to Plainview’s 27 points. “We have done a lot of good things up to this point in the season. Now it’s time to have a sense of urgency at practice and focus our sights towards February,” said Coach Swedburg.
Chant Basketball Teams Sweep Ainsworth Tourney
The Chanticleer Boys and Girls basketball teams earned Championship honors at the Holiday Tournament Dec. 28-29 in Ainsworth. The Chant teams both met the Stuart Broncos in their opening games at the tournament. The ladies won 68-25 over the Lady Broncos, then meeting up with the North Central Lady Knights in the Dec. 29 final. Ord won the Championship game 46-41 to clench the title plaque. Delani Fahey led the scoring drive for the Lady Chants with 22 points, followed by Ali Smith with 8. The Chanticleer boys won their tournament opener 51-42 over the Broncos. Ord met Ainsworth in the final of the boys bracket with Ord winning by 36 points, 65-29. A story on the boys recent games can be found on page 5 of the Jan. 4, 2017 issue.
Chant Drama Finishes Fourth In Class B At State
courtesy photo: Kyler Peetz, Madison Thompson and Britan Blair (pictured l-r), earned Outstanding Acting Awards at the Class B State Drama competition Dec. 9 in Norfolk.
The Ord Chanticleers traveled to Norfolk on Fri., Dec. 9 to compete in the Class B State Play Production Championship. The team faced many obstacles, as they had all season long. They were scheduled to perform at 8:30 a.m., which meant there was no way to try and travel up the day of. Not only did the team have to spend a night in the hotel, but the basketball/wrestlers who had practice and a game Thursday night in Ord had to travel up late to join the team. “It is tough to not have your whole team together the night before,” said Coach Lansman, “but doing multiple activities is what our kids thrive on and I’m proud of those who make that extra sacrifice.” Wake up was at 5 a.m. and the process of hair and makeup began. If people are impressed by the kids’ hair and makeup — all thanks go to Ashley Trampe and our kids who spend hours slaving away at making their “masterpiece”. “Mrs. Trampe has been a wonderful addition to the staff of Ord Public Schools and I cannot thank her and her family enough for all the time she has given and sacrificed for our team this year. I look forward to many more years of success!” The Chants began their performance at 8:30 a.m. and by 9:15 a.m. their play was over, and set was loaded back in the trailer for another year. “No matter how long the season seems, it is literally over in just a brief few minutes” said Lansman. “You can practice for hundreds of hours and spend days planning it all out - but in the end you get 30 minutes where it is just those kids on stage impressing the judges.” At the end of the competition the Chants ended up in fourth place out of six teams with a third, fourth, and fifth placing from each of the three judges. York finished first, Ogallala - second, Omaha Concordia - third, Louisville - fifth, and Kearney Catholic - sixth. Receiving outstanding acting recognition were Kyler Peetz (Robin Hood), Britan Blair (Helga the Innkeeper), and Madison Thompson (Maid Marion). “Both Mrs. Trampe and I were so pleased with our student’s performance, especially considering the competition they saw. They did terrific and had a ton of energy considering it was 8:30 a.m. and such a wacky schedule! Our mantra all season has been ‘Adapt and Overcome’ and they did this so many times in so many different ways. I can’t say enough about Kyler, Britan, and Madison. They have been consistently recognized this season and they each did our team proud at state! If the NSAA allowed more than 3 outstanding acting awards for each school - I have a feeling we would have many more! Congratulations to York on their championship performance – they did awesome. . . . .but in our eyes our kids are #1! We love you and are so proud of your achievements! Thank you to all our friends and family who watched us via live webcast and who traveled to support us at Norfolk. Your support is noted and cherished! Thank you again.”
2016-2017 OHS Winter Sports Teams
2016-2017 OHS Freshmen/Reserve/Varsity Boys Basketball: Front row (l-r) Mitchell Knapp, Jesse Ulrich, Reggie McKenney, Solomon Campise, Stetson Bredthauer, Brett Hinrichs, Michael Thompson. Second row (l-r) Student Manager Adam Knapp, Austin Knapp, Gavin Shoemaker, Trevor Vancura, Brooks Bechtold, Tyson Skinner, Clark Bredthauer, Student Manager Blake Hinrichs. Third row (l-r) D.J. Schatz, Reese Davenport, Riley Warner, Ethan Jeffres, Jaden Reilly, Garrett Bundy, Coach Nathan Wells. Back row (l-r) Coach Colin Lansman, Sam Lech, Nate Wells, Hayden Grint, Harrison Benton, James Masin, Gage Smith, Coach Nick Gates.
2016-2017 OHS Freshmen/Reserve/Varsity Girls Basketball: Front row (l-r) Ali Smith, Kelli DeRiso, Cali Lech, Reilly Peetz, Gloria LoBue, Maddie Griffith. Second row (l-r) Student Managers: Laci Weeks, Lexi Vancura, MaKayla Wray, Kaidance Wilson; Lakita Thomsen, Ava Plate. Third row (l-r) Coach Mark Hagge, Cierra Vanosdall, Macee Alexander, Kailey Bruha, Maddie Bengston, Kaylee Klanecky, Lydia Hill. Back row (l-r) Coach Jennifer Remmereid, Danielle Wray, Madi Hagge, Danielle Bruha, Cora Svoboda, Delani Fahey, Hailey Zulkoski, Coach Dexter Goodner.
2016-2017 OHS Varsity Wrestling: Front row (l-r) Jackson Ulrich, Talon Petska, Kaden Dawe, Cooper Tonniges. Second row (l-r) Student Manager Kelen Meyer, Skyler Key, CJ Hoevet, Brett Koch, Student Manager Colt Meyer. Third row (l-r) Tanner Knight, Kaden Boyce, Miguel Alvarado, Clayton Shoemaker, Colton Rowse, Coach Johnny Ference. Back row (l-r) Coach Brian Meyer, Gavin Trompke, Shane Luehm, Jacob Lech, Scott Behnk, Ethan Gabriel, Coach Justin Swedburg.
OHS Drama Team Prepping For District Competition
The One-Act for the Chanticleers in 2016 is called “The Very UnMerry Adventures of Robin Hood” by Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello. There are 47 total students involved and they will compete with Class B competition for districts. Head Coach Ben Lansman stated, “Both my assistant Ashley Trampe and I knew initially we had a lot of interest from students, but we weren’t sure what direction to head towards. When I found the Robin Hood script, I knew we had found something unique and goofy enough that our kids would have fun with it.” The play is done in a British humor style of comedy and that presented a challenge. “We didn’t know if they could pull off the accents or the style, but they quickly rose to the occasion.” One of the challenges was finding roles or jobs for all 47 kids. We learned to adapt the script quickly to our students, rather than fit them into roles that were not a good match.” The OHS Drama Team has had a busy but successful start to their season. On Mon., November 7, Ord hosted 11 schools for their annual Chanticleer Drama Festival from schools as close as Burwell to as far away as Valentine. “The Ord Festival is always an early chance to perform and get some much needed feedback from judges without actually competing against one another” said Lansman. “It is a great opportunity for schools to grow and gain experience with traveling to another venue for performing. We are very thankful to the administration and staff of Ord High for allowing this opportunity for growth during a school day.” Recognized for outstanding acting were Lily Farrens, Rebecca Fischer, Kyler Peetz, Zach Flessner, Tim White, Chris White, Lydia Hill, Kora Severance, Brooke Rowse, Vanessa Ference, Richele Masin, Britan Blair, and Reilly Peetz. Next was the annual Dinner Theater on Sun., November 13, which was a huge success. Catered by Melanie Boden of Jubilee Catering Company, the English-themed meal was a great introduction to the British comedy of “Robin Hood.” Seniors and their parents were recognized and included: Andrea Alvarado, Britan Blair, Lily Farrens, Vanessa Ference, Tanner Knight, Brooke Rowse, Jackson Ryschon, Madison Thompson, and Taylor Williams. “We can’t thank the community of Ord and our families enough for their support and attendance of the Dinner Theater. This is a very important fundraiser for the program and a chance to publicly recognize our seniors and their achievements,” said Lansman. On Sat., November 19, the team traveled to their first competition at Kearney High School at the inaugural Mel Shoemaker Memorial Play Production Showcase. “What an honor to perform in anything associated with the name Mel Shoemaker,” said Lansman. “He was a dear friend to myself and to all of the Speech and Theater World - it is great to see his spirit carrying on with this competition!” The new Kearney High School and auditorium is state-of-the-art. “It was such a valuable experience for the students to perform in such a large and technically superior venue,” said Coach Trampe. “We never get this opportunity, unless you’re lucky enough to make state, which of course we would love to do.” Out of 16 total schools, Ord was the largest of the eight in the small-school division, placing fourth overall. Winning the small school division was Loup City and the large school winner was York. Recognized for outstanding acting were: Lydia Hill, Kora Severance, Brooke Rowse, Vanessa Ference, Jessie Boyce, Maddie Griffith, Kaylee Klanecky, and Madison Thompson. Recognized as the two members of the All-Festival Cast overall were Kyler Peetz and Lily Farrens. Mon., November 21, Ord’s Drama Squad made their way to Wood River to compete in the Lou Platte Play Production Contest. Nine total schools competed and Ord ended up fourth overall. Ravenna was first and Kearney Catholic second. “Our conference has become a juggernaut of a competition,” said Lansman. “We know going in that we could potentially be in the top 6 and be one of the best plays there. But our kids were happy with their performance and they proved they could overcome mistakes throughout the show. To me, that means a lot more going into district competition.” Recognized for superior acting were: Lily Farrens, Rebecca Fischer, Kyler Peetz, Britan Blair, Richele Masin, Madison Thompson, and Reilly Peetz. The Drama team hosted their Community Performance on Sun., November 27 at the Golden Husk at 7 p.m. Much appreciation goes to the Golden Husk, Dahn Hagge, and the Valley Performing Arts Theater Board on providing the team the opportunity to perform downtown, as well as the community on attending the show and for your support to the program! Next the Chants host the Class B-4 District Competition at Ord High School on Wed., November 30. The first play begins at 9 and Ord will perform at 3:15 p.m. The champion of the contest will qualify for the Class B State Play Production Contest on Fri., December 9 in Norfolk at the Johnny Carson Theater. The team and coaches invite the community to come and enjoy the best performance the drama team has yet to put on and help boost them towards state! NOTE: The OHS Drama Team earned the Class B-4 District Championship title and will perform at STATE ONE-ACT COMPETITION on Fri., Dec. 9 in Nofolk, NE.
Ord Youth Wrestling Practice to Begin Nov. 29th Parents Meeting to Follow First Practice
By Coach Justin Swedburg The Ord Youth Wrestling program will begin practice for grades 3-8 on Tues., Nov. 29. Practice will begin at 6 p.m. and be over by 7 p.m. After practice on Tues., Nov. 29, there will be a brief parents meeting at 7 p.m. to gather parent and wrestler information as well as discuss different payment options. We will talk about opportunities available for youth wrestlers throughout the season and expectations. During the parents meeting we will have a snack to keep the wrestlers occupied. We plan to practice twice a week, normally on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wrestling is a sport that builds character and teaches many life lessons as an individual sport. Wrestling also helps build balance, agility, explosiveness and the understanding of leverage, which coincide with other sports. As any sport, to become a successful high school wrestler it is important to learn the fundamentals as a youth wrestler. Kindergarten-second graders will begin practice after the high school season is over in February. However, if you have a wrestler in those grades who is serious about wrestling and that you think will be attentive at each practice throughout the course of the youth wrestling season, we would consider allowing that wrestler to practice.
Ord FFA Chapter News
courtesy photo: Randy Wadas and Ag Instructors Johnny and Dave Ference with the Freshman Ag class.
by Makenna Jacobs On November 3, the Ord FFA Chapter held their annual harvest out at the Ethanol Plant. The chapter harvested about 50 acres of corn thanks to the help of Randy Wadas and other local community members. We had a very successful year with the corn, considering there was no hail or drastic weather situations. We would like to thank: Randy Wadas and his crew, Paiton Lech and Dalton Coufal for irrigating all summer, Steve White from NTV for airing our chapter, and the whole community for any other support they have given us along the way. Also, Nov. 3 was National Feed a Farmer Day. We took this day to thank our local farmers around the area. We served donuts and coffee for breakfast and then made sack lunches for the farmers to pick up and take out the crews in the fields. The Ord FFA Chapter would like to thank again everyone who supported the 2016 Harvest and Feed the Farmer.
Lynn Griffith, photo: Robin Hood (Kyler Peetz) and Sheriff (Reilly Peetz) face off in the 2016 Chanticleer Drama department’s production of “The Very UnMerry Adventures of Robin Hood” at a dinner theater performance held Sunday evening at Ord High School. Also pictured are Soldier #1/Merry Man #3 Barrett Boden and Merry Man #2 Christapher White. The group will be performing this Saturday at the Kearney High Drama Festival. A community performance will also be held at The Golden Husk on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. Directors for the drama team are Ben Lansman and Ashley Trampe.
Cub Scouts Collect Nearly 700 Pounds of Food for Ord Food Pantry
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there are many families who are thankful for the local Cub Scout Pack #194. As part of their annual food drive, “Scouting for Food”, over thirty boys scoured the valley to collect food for the Ord Food Pantry on Mon., Sept. 26, 2016. “We divide the area up into however many groups we can, and then we send the kids door-to-door to see how many pounds of food they can collect,” said Cub Master Jason Moudry. “For the past few years, we’ve had some Scouts from Arcadia who join us, and so we picked up food in both towns this year.” At the end of the day, the Scouts tallied nearly 700 pounds of food – which maybe isn’t surprising for a pack whose motto is “Always Do Your Best”! “We spend about an hour going door-to-door, and we do our best to collect what we can in that hour,” said Moudry. “The people in our area are really generous! To scavenge the town and gather that much food in such a short time is pretty cool.” “After the drive, I always have Mike Jackson come in and speak to our scouts,” Moudry continued. “He gives a nice presentation about the six counties that the food pantry serves and how many families the Scouts have helped.” Jackson is a member of the Ord Methodist Church (the sponsor of the Pack 194) and a volunteer with the Ord Food Pantry. Serving their local community is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to quality scouting experiences. Hiking, camping, cooking around a campfire, archery, whittling, knot tying, visiting the local police station and fire station – these are just some of the activities that are commonplace in the Scouting program. “The older the boys get, the more fun skills they get to learn,” said Moudry. “I was never a Scout myself, and so I’m getting to learn right along with them. We’re all learning as we go!” Moudry is currently in his fourth year with the local pack, along with his two sons, Grady and Chance. Please see the Nov. 9 issue of the Quiz for the entire story.
Chant Drama Festival Nov. 7, Dinner Theater Nov. 13
Ord High will be hosting its 21st annual Chanticleer Drama Festival on Mon., Nov. 7 in the old gym at Ord High School. Ord will be putting on its play “The Very UnMerry Adventures of Robin Hood” by Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello at 7:15 a.m. Community patrons and members of the school are invited to attend - there is no charge for admission. A reminder to all – school will still be in session – please be quiet and respectful of learning in the building! Please park on the west side of the high school and use the art room door. Doors will be closed as soon as each play begins, and entrance will not be allowed during the plays. Concessions will be provided by the Ord High Fine Arts Boosters. The schedule is as follows: 7:15 a.m. – Ord 8:15 a.m.– Burwell 9:00 a.m.– Arcadia 9:45 a.m.– Litchfield 10:30 a.m. – Ravenna 11:15 a.m.– Ansley 12:00 p.m.– Northwest 12:45 p.m. – Valentine 1:30 p.m.– Kearney Catholic 2:15 p.m.– Anselmo-Merna 3:00 p.m.– Minden 3:45 p.m.– Wood River The Ord High School Drama Department is hosting it's annual Dinner Theater at the High School on Sun., Nov. 13. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the show will start at approximately 7 p.m. with recognition of seniors and their parents beforehand. Tickets are available from any one-act participant or the Front Office of the High School for $17, but there is a limited availability! The meal will be catered by Jubilee Catering Company. If you choose to just watch the show itself, it is a $5 entry and you may pay at the door!
Girls Finish 5th, Boys 7th at C-2 District Meet Three Runners Qualify for State Meet
OPS Photo: Ord High School State Cross Country qualifiers: (l-r) Morgan Ritz, Zoë Ritz, Colton Rowse.
The boys and girls Cross Country teams competed at the C-2 district meet this past Thursday in Albion. In the team races the girls finished fifth in the 11-team field while the boys earned a seventh place finish. The boys scored 132 points to tie with Boone Central/Newman Grove for 7th and 8th but the Chants were awarded the higher team finish because their fifth runner finished ahead of Boone Central’s. “I felt like our boys ran a good race again this week,” Coach Derry Trampe commented. “Nearly every one of them ran their fastest time all season and that is what you want to have happen at the end of the season. For a lot of our boys it was the best time they have ran in their career.” Columbus Scotus won the team title easily with 23 points. O’Neill was a distant second with 52 points while Columbus Lakeview was third with 60 points. The top three teams qualified for the state meet in Kearney this week. Rounding out the field were: Hartington/Newcastle–69, North Bend Central–86, David City–118, Boone Central/Newman Grove–132, Pierce–149, West Point/Beemer–175, and Wayne–175. The girls scored 89 points to finish fifth in the 11-team field. “All of girls had a great day,” Coach Trampe said. “Every single girl on the team ran their best time ever for a 5 K race and that is all you can ask of your kids. We just got beat by some better teams today but our effort was outstanding.” Columbus Scotus easily won the team title as they scored 28 points. Hartington/Newcastle was second with 48 points and Wayne was third with 53 points. Those three teams will represent the district at the state meet in Kearney. Rounding out the team scoring were: Boone Central/Newman Grove–61, O’Neill–93, West Point-Beemer–121, North Bend Central–128, Columbus Lakeview–160, and Pierce and David City did not fieldenough runners to score as a team. Zoë and Morgan Ritz will represent the Chanticleer girls at the state meet in Kearney this Friday. Zoë ran a season and career best time of 19:32 to finish second in the meet and earn a trip to state. “Zoë looked like her old self today”, Coach Trampe said. “She ran a smart race and really finished strong over the last part of the race. She was closing in on the leader but just ran out of time at the end.” This will be the fourth straight trip to the state meet for Zoë. She has earned a medal the past two years by placing 6th two years ago and finishing as runner-up last year. Morgan Ritz finished 13th and punched her ticket to her first state meet. The freshman ran a personal best time of 20:55 to earn a medal in a very strong field of runners. “Morgan ran an excellent race and ran the last half of the race really well,” Trampe stated. “She has just continued to get better with every race this season and I hope she has a great state meet as well.” Also scoring for the team this week were Gloria LoBue (32nd in 22:45) and Jessica Buckles (42ttd in 23:34). “Like the other girls, both Gloria and Jessica ran their best time ever for a 5,000-meter race. They both competed hard and gave it everything they had and they were pretty well spent by the end of the race,” Trampe commented. “I was really proud of the way they both competed.” Pushers for the team were Rebecca Fischer (49th in 25:15) and Britan Blair (52nd in 30:51). For both girls this race was their fastest race ever. “I am very proud of the way both Rebecca and Britan improved throughout the season,” Trampe said. “I feel like they both got a lot stronger as the season progressed and I am very happy with the way they competed in this race.” Colton Rowse will make his first trip to the state meet as he finished in 8th place to qualify as an individual for state. Rowse cruised around the 5,000-meter course in 17:31. “Colton has just gotten more and more competitive every week,” Trampe stated. “He is a tough runner and really competes against the field. He simply refuses to be beaten by people and held out of the medals.” Also scoring for the team were Tim White (37th in 19:07), Kyler Peetz (40th in 19:13), and James Masin (47th in 19:54). The time posted by White and Peetz were the best times of their careers. ‘Tim ran a great race for us at the district meet,” Trampe said. “He had been running well in practice all week and it showed at this meet. Kyler ran a good race as well and it was nice to see him finish with a personal best time. James nearly ran his best time ever and he really finished the race strong. We have a lot to work with next season with all of these guys coming back.” Pushers for the team were Christapher White (50th in 20:13) and Blake Moderow (52nd in 20:15). “Chris and Blake both finished ahead of Boone Central’s fifth man and that allowed us to win the tie-breaker in the team standings,” Trampe stated. “They also ran solid races. Blake ran the best time of his career and really ran a very good race. He will be a good runner for us over the next three years. Chris has been battling a chest cold and it hurt him during this race. He would usually be our second our third man but he just had a tough time getting any air while he ran. I am very proud of the way that he and all of our kids competed in the district meet. I feel like every kid on our team gave everything that they had and that is all you can ask for as a coach.” The state cross country meet will be this Friday at the Kearney Country Club which is located just north of the UNK campus. The meet is scheduled to begin with Class D at 12 Noon with the Class C girls race slated to start at 2 p.m. and the Class C boys at 3 p.m. See page 10A for the State Cross Country sponsors page.
Chants Turn Back Crusaders
By Benjamin Olson The Chanticleers traveled down to Grand Island on Fri., Oct. 14, to take on the Grand Island Central Catholic Crusaders, looking for their 2nd straight win. After a tough game, they got just that, winning a hard-fought game by the score of 29 to 20. The Crusaders received the ball to start the game and got nowhere, as the Chants’ defense held them to a 3-and-out. Ord took the ball in really good field position, but wasn’t able to capitalize, turning the ball over on downs. GICC took over, and promptly gave up a score, as a bad snap flew into the end zone, where the Crusader’s quarterback fell on the ball for a safety, giving the Chants a 2-0 lead. The Chants got the ball in really good field position to start their next drive, but they were held to a 3-and-out and GICC got the ball back on the punt. However, they were held to a 3-and-out as well and Ord got the ball back with incredible field position. They couldn’t take advantage, though, and ended up turning the ball over on downs. The Crusaders tried to mount a drive, but were forced to punt following another 3-and-out. Ord took over, again in good field position, and were able to get a 1st down courtesy of a 30 yard pass play from Jesse Ulrich to Kaden Dawe. After the first down, the Chants ran 2 more plays, then the first quarter ended, with Ord still leading by the score of 2 – 0. The Chants had the ball to start the 2nd quarter, but were forced to punt the ball away. GICC took over deep in their own territory and was able to get 1 first down, then they were abruptly stopped, as Jackson Ulrich intercepted a Crusader pass, giving the Chants the ball back. This time, the Chants took care of business, helped out by a trick pass play from Dawe to quarterback Ulrich that went for 38 yards. The drive ended with Ulrich finding Brooks Bechtold for a 22-yard touchdown pass, stretching the Chants’ lead. Jan Scholz kicked the extra point, making the score Ord 9, GICC 0. The Crusaders weren’t going away just like that, though. They took the ball following the kickoff and marched down the field on a long drive, ending the drive by punching the ball into the end zone. The touchdown came on an 8 yard pass from quarterback Jack Goering to Chase Wenzi, cutting into Ord’s lead. The extra point was good, making the score Ord 9, GICC 7. The Chants received the kickoff, but were stopped cold by a fumble, which the Crusaders recovered. It didn’t take long for GICC to take the lead, as on the 2nd play of the drive, Crusader fullback Jonah Bales took the ball into the end zone from 5 yards out, putting GICC out in front with under a minute to play in the first half. The extra point was good, making the score GICC 14, Ord 9. It seemed like the Chants would be trailing going into halftime, but on the kickoff, Garrett Bundy scooped up the football, found a small crack, and took off down the field, going over 70 yards for a touchdown on the kickoff return, giving the Chants the lead back. Jan Scholz’s extra point was good, making the score Ord 16, GICC 14. The Crusaders took the ball on the kickoff, but only had time to run 1 play before the first half ended. Ord still led, 16 to 14. The entire story is in the Oct. 19 issue of the Quiz.
Girls Second, Boys Fifth at Conference Cross Country Three Runners First Team All-Conference Honors
The girls Cross Country team brought home a runner-up plaque from the Lou-Platte Conference Cross Country meet last Tuesday. The race, hosted by Doniphan-Trumbull, was held at the Alda Crane Trust along the Platte River. “It was kind of a rough course and it was really hard to watch a lot of the race,” Coach Derry Trampe stated. “I was very pleased with the way all of our kids ran in this race because they were pretty much on their own throughout the race.” The girls scored 37 points to finish just 10 points behind meet champion Doniphan-Trumbull (27). Ravenna was a distant third with 53 points while Arcadia-Loup City was fourth with 54 points, Kearney Catholic was fifth with 54 points, and Wood River was sixth with 86 points. Centura, Gibbon, and St. Paul did not field enough runners to score in the team race. “Our girls scored a little lower than I thought we would because we all ran really good races,” Trampe said. “We made a run for the top spot but I am pleased to bring home a runner up plaque.” The Chanticleer boys scored 80 points to finish fifth out of the nine scoring teams. Kearney Catholic won a close race for first over Doniphan-Trumbull to take home the conference championship. The Stars scored 34 points while the Cardinals scored 37. “I was pretty happy with the way our boys finished up in this meet,” Trampe said. “I thought we would score somewhere around 85 points based on results from previous meets so I was glad to see us score lower than that total. We were not very far out of third and just needed to get our second, third and fourth runners to move up just a few places and that would have probably moved us into a third place finish. We have made a lot of progress this season, we just need to continue to work on closing gaps.” St. Paul finished third in the team standings with 69 points while Gibbon was fourth with 73 points. The final team places went to Centura with 93, Wood River with 101, Ravenna with 106, and Arcadia-Loup City with 136. Colton Rowse earned first team all-conference honors by finishing third in the 51-runner field. Rowse cruised the 5,000-meter course in 18:29 and finished just 4 seconds out of second. “Colton has really had a good season and this is a great way for him to head into the district meet,” Coach Trampe said. “He has just gotten better every meet and I look for that to continue through next week.” Also scoring for the Chants were Christapher White, Kyler Peetz, and James Masin. White was 22nd in 20:09, Peetz was 23rd in 20:12, and Masin was 32nd in 20:56. “I was pretty happy with the way Chris and Kyler got out and competed right from the start,” Trampe said. “James held back a little at the start and then made up ground in the last 2 miles. We just need to get all of them to stay a little closer to Colton and our scores will really drop.” Pushers for the team were Tim White (39th in 21:21) and Blake Moderow (41st in 21:46). ‘Tim didn’t have as good of a race as he did at West Holt last week but he still ran well and has been a nice addition to the team this season. Blake ran one of his better races on a pretty tough course to compete on so I was really happy with his performance,” Trampe said. The full story is in this week's Quiz.
Chants Pull Out Tight Victory
By Benjamin Olson The Ord Chanticleers headed down to Columbus on Fri., Oct. 7, to take on the Scotus Shamrocks. They were expecting a tough game, and they got just that as the game wasn’t decided until the final minute, but the Chants were able to pull out the victory by the score of 20 to 14. Ord got the ball to start the game but couldn’t get anywhere and ended up punting after a 3-and-out. Scotus took over on the Ord’s side of the field, giving themselves a great chance for a score. But the Chants’ defense stiffened, forcing the Shamrocks to turn the ball over on downs. Ord missed an opportunity, though, as on the 2nd play of their drive, the Shamrocks intercepted a pass from Chants’ quarterback Jesse Ulrich, giving themselves great field position. This time, they took advantage, as on the 2nd play of the drive, Shamrocks fullback Evan Chohon took the ball into the end zone from 27 yards out for the first score of the game. The extra point was good, making the score Scotus 7, Ord 0. The Chants received the kickoff but didn’t get anywhere and ended up punting the ball away following a 3-and-out. Scotus took over, looking to get another touchdown, but on the 2nd play of the drive, the Shamrocks fumbled the football and Jackson Ulrich jumped on the ball for the Chanticleers, giving Ord amazing field position. They didn’t waste the chance, as 6 plays into the drive, Kaden Dawe took the ball on the handoff and took it into the end zone from 12 yards out, putting the Chants on the scoreboard. Clark Bredthauer made the extra point, tying the game at 7-7. The Shamrocks took the ball on the kickoff, looking to take the lead back. The Chants dug in their cleats, though, and held Scotus to a 3-and-out, getting the ball back on the punt. Ord was able to get one first down, but on the last play of the first quarter, they couldn’t convert on a 4th down play, turning the ball over on downs. As Scotus took over the ball, the score was still the same, tied at 7 to 7. The Shamrocks took over with good field position to start the 2nd quarter and took advantage, driving down inside the 10 yard line of the Chants. But they were stopped short of the goal line by the Chants’ defense, forcing them to try and kick a 20 yard field goal. However, the Chants dodged a bullet when the kick missed wide left, so the score was unchanged, still tied at 7. Ord wasn’t able to get anywhere, though, and ended up punting the ball away. Scotus took over in very good field position but were unable to take advantage of it as 3 plays into the drive, Jackson Ulrich picked off a Shamrock pass, giving the Chants the ball back. This time, they finished it right, going 89 yards in 11 plays. The highlights of the drive included a 27 yard run by Kaden Dawe and a 17 yard burst from Jesse Ulrich. The drive ended with Dawe taking the ball into the end zone from 3 yards out, putting Ord in front. The extra point was no good, though, so the score was now Ord 13, Scotus 7. The Shamrocks took the ball on the kickoff, hoping to get a score before the half ended. A sack by Brooks Bechtold put a stop to that idea and the first half ended with Ord still leading by the score of 13 to 7. Scotus received the kickoff to start the 2nd half and was able to get 1 first down, then they were abruptly stopped as Garrett Bundy intercepted another Shamrock pass to set the Chants up in great field position. They took advantage, moving the ball down inside the 20 yard line of the Shamrocks, helped out by a 41 yard trick pass from Garrett Bundy to Nate Wells. The drive ended when Jesse Ulrich found Garrett Bundy for a 17 yard touchdown pass, stretching the Chants’ lead to 2 scores. Jan Scholz kicked the extra point, making the score Ord 20, Scotus 7. The Shamrocks took the ball on the kickoff, needing a score to get back into the game. They got it, mounting a drive that took 15 plays, went 80 yards and ended up in the end zone. The score came on a 4 yard touchdown run, pulling Scotus back within a touchdown. The extra point was good, making the score Ord 20, Scotus 14. Ord got the ball back, looking to score again. They were able to get 1 first down, then the 3rd quarter ended, with the score still the same at Chants 20, Shamrocks 14. Ord had the ball to start the 4th quarter and they were able to get a couple first downs, including a 33 yard pass from quarterback Ulrich to Nate Wells. But the drive stalled and the Chants ended up turning the ball over on downs, giving Scotus a shot at taking the lead. The Shamrocks were able to get 2 first downs but were forced to punt the ball away. Ord took over, hoping to run out the clock, and they were able to bleed it down to under a minute, but ended up punting the ball back to Scotus, giving the Shamrocks one last chance. However, the Chants’ defense stood strong, forcing 4 straight incomplete passes, which effectively ended the game. Ord got the ball back and just ran out the little time that remained. The final score was Ord 20, Scotus 14. This Friday, the Chants travel to take on the Grand Island Central Catholic Crusaders. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. See you all there, and Go Chants!
Chants Host Cross Country Invitational
Lynn Griffith photo: James Masin (left) and Christapher White compete for the Chants in last week’s cross country invitational.
The Ord High School Cross Country team played host to 16 schools at the annual Ord Invitational last Friday at the Ord Golf Club. The Chanticleer girls team came away with a third place finish in the meet with 76 points. Ainsworth and Broken Bow tied for first with 33 points with Ainsworth awarded the victory based on the tie breaking criteria. “I was pretty happy that our girls were able to finish in the top three,” Coach Derry Trampe said. “We were one runner short due to injury and I was pleased that we were still able to hold off the rest of the field. We had a couple of girls that were fighting some nagging injuries that stepped up and finished for the team.” Gloria LoBue did not run due to an ankle injury. Rounding out the team scoring were: West Holt (78), Ravenna (82), Arcadia-Loup City (83), Amherst (105), Wood River (128), Sandhills/Thedford (141), and Ansley-Litchfield, Burwell, Centura, St. Edward, Twin Loup, Central Valley, and Gibbon did not field enough runners to score as a team. In the boys’ race the Chants scored 82 points to finish fifth in a close team race for second through sixth. Ainsworth ran away with the meet with a low score of 17 points. “I thought our boys ran well despite the conditions, Coach Trampe commented. “However, we really need to close the gap between our top runner and our next five runners. We had over a minute and a half between our first and second runner. In order for us to finish out the season on a positive note, we will need that gap to close and bring our team total down. We are running well as a group with our next five runners, we just need to move all of them up about a minute.” Gibbon was a distant second in the team race with 67 points. Rounding out the team scores in the boys’ race were: West Holt (72), Wood River (80), Centura (87), Broken Bow (114), Ravenna (123), Arcadia-Loup City (138). St. Edward (149), Amherst (180), and Sandhills/Thedford, Burwell, Twin Loup, Ansley-Litchfield, and Central Valley did not field enough runners to score as a team. Colton Rowse led the boys again this week with a seventh place finish in a time of 19:21 over the 5,000-meter course. The seventh place finish earned Rowse a medal in the individual standings. “Colton just gets better every meet,” Trampe said. “He has medaled in all but one meet this season and that is a great accomplishment for a freshman with the schedule that we run.” Also scoring for the Chants were Kyler Peetz (26th in 21:01), James Masin (27th in 21:07), and Christapher White (28th in 21:08). “It was great to have those three guys that close together in the final standings”. Coach Trampe noted. “If we can just get them about a minute faster and within 30 seconds of Colton, we would really bring our team score down and finish a lot higher in the team standings. That is what we need to work on the next three weeks heading into districts.” Pushers for the team were Tim White (30th in 21:24) and Harrison Benton (35th in (21:38). “Tim had a really good race this week and it is nice to have him that close to our top four,” Trampe stated. “If we are in a tie breaker situation, that will be very important. Harrison has been nursing a sore hip and it affected his performance in this meet. It looks like I will need to rest him for a week and see if we can have him ready for conference. When he is healthy, he will help bring our scores down.” Also competing in the meet were Blake Moderow (43rd in 22:21), Trevor Vancura (44th in 22:32), Riley Massman (59th in 24:03), and Scott Behnk (82nd in 30:56). “I know that the heat and high winds affected our times in this meet like they did everybody else that ran so it is really hard to compare this meet to our previous performances,” the coach stated. “I felt good about the way these guys ran but I thought we could have finished the last mile of the race a little stronger.” The full story is in the Sept. 28 issue of The Quiz.
Chants Overcome Patriots
Heidi Dawe photo: Austin Knapp clears the path for Reggie McKenney in last Friday's matchup against Adams Central.
By Benjamin Olson The Ord Chanticleers hosted the Adams Central Patriots on Fri., Sept.23, looking to claim their third straight victory. After a hard fought game, they got it, coming away with a 29 to 21 win over the Patriots. The Chants got the ball to start the game and they didn’t waste any time, as on their very first drive, they started marching the ball down the field. After converting on a 4th down play to get inside the 30 yard line of the Patriots, Ord capped off the drive with a 26 yard touchdown run by Kaden Dawe, vaulting the Chants into the lead. Ord elected to go for a 2-point attempt and they succeeded, as Jesse Ulrich kept the ball himself and took it into the end zone to put the Chants ahead by the score of 8 to 0. The Patriots received the kickoff and got to work, starting a drive of their own. They got several first downs, pushing inside the Chants’ 20 yard line, but then they mishandled the snap and Nate Wells recovered for the Chants, giving the Chants a chance to extend their lead. Ord started off well, getting 2 first downs to get out near midfield, but the drive stalled there and the Chants were forced to punt the ball away. Adams Central got good field position to begin their next drive and they took advantage, as after a 7 play drive, Caleb Ackles plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out for the Patriots. The extra point was good, trimming Ord’s lead to 1 point, 8 to 7. Reggie McKenney took the kickoff for the Chants and returned it up to the 40 yard line, giving Ord good field position. They ran two plays, then the first quarter came to a close. Ord still led by the score of 8 to 7. As the 2nd quarter began, Ord was looking to move the ball down the field and score. They pushed down inside the 20 yard line but then were forced into a 4th down situation which they failed to convert, giving the ball back to Adams Central. The Patriots got one first down but were then forced to punt. However, Ord fumbled the punt and Adams Central recovered deep in Chanticleer territory. It didn’t take long for the turnover to take effect, as on the 5th play of the drive, Patriot quarterback Even Johnson found Cole Spady for the 7 yard touchdown pass, putting Adams Central out in front. The extra point was good, so the score was now Patriots 14, Chants 8. Ord got good field position on the kickoff, setting themselves up for a shot at a touchdown. But a costly penalty shot their hopes down, forcing the Chants to punt the football away. However, the Patriots blocked the punt, and while Ord recovered the ball, Adams Central got amazing field position at the Ord 20 yard line. The Chants’ defense fought hard, but on the 4th play of the drive, the Patriots punched the ball into the end zone, as quarterback Johnson found Spady again for an 11 yard touchdown pass, stretching the Patriots’ lead even more. The extra point was good, making the score Adams Central 21, Ord 8. Ord got the ball with hardly any time left on the clock, but they had 3 timeouts left that they hadn’t used yet. They got 2 first downs to get to the 24 of the Patriots, but the next 3 plays only got them 7 yards. Facing the 4th down and the last play of the half, quarterback Jesse Ulrich dropped back to pass, looking for the end zone. Finally, he threw it up towards Garrett Bundy, hoping that he could make a play. The ball was tipped up in the air by a Patriot defender while Bundy fell to the ground, but as the ball came down, Bundy caught it lying flat on his back in the end zone for a touchdown, giving Ord a huge score. The extra point by Bredthauer was good, and as the two teams went into halftime, the score was now Adams Central 21, Ord 15. Adams Central received the kickoff to start the 2nd half, looking to add to their lead. But they were held to a 3-and-out and Ord got the ball back on the punt. They tried to mount a drive but it failed because of another penalty, and the Chants were forced to punt as well. Adams Central got a quick 1st down but they couldn’t get going, as a sack by Jackson Ryschon forced them to punt the ball away again. Ord started a drive of their own and got a couple first downs, but the Patriots forced a fumble and recovered it in very good field position. However, the Chants’ defense dug in their cleats to force a 3-and-out, getting the ball back on the punt. They got one first down, then a pass from quarterback Ulrich was intercepted by Adams Central, giving the Patriots great field position on Ord’s side of the field. But after they had run just 2 plays, the 3rd quarter ended. Adams Central still led by the score of 21 to 15. The full story is in the Sept. 28 issue of The Quiz.
Ord Represented in 2016 Paralympic Games
courtesy photo: Natalie Schneider with husband, Dr. Daniel Schneider, and daughters, Rowan and Hannah.
Taking the basketball court in Rio this week for the 2016 Paralympic Games is Ord resident, Natalie Schneider. This will be Schneider’s third appearance in the Paralympic Games with the U.S. Women’s wheelchair basketball team. She was part of the team that won gold in 2008 and finished fourth in 2012. Schneider was also a member of the team that brought home the gold at the Parapan American games in 2011 and the gold from the IWBF World Championships in 2010. If that weren’t enough, she also holds two gold medals from the Women’s Division National Championship (2011 and 2015) as a member of the Lady Denver Nuggets. “I grew up playing basketball,” said Schneider. “My dad coached basketball in high school. I was fortunate because I made my first U.S. Team during the 2008 try out, and that year we won the gold medal at the Paralympics in Beijing.” So, as the U.S. Women’s wheelchair basketball team competes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week, they have a strong veteran in Ord’s Schneider. “The selection of the U.S. women’s team was a tough choice for head coach Stephanie Wheeler and the selection committee, as all of the athletes are deserving of selection,” said Jim Scherr, NWBA Executive Director. “The talent of this team brings a wealth of experience from prior Paralympics and World Championships, and familiarity to draw from that will provide the United States success in Rio.” Not only is the 31 year-old gold medalist a basketball all-star, she is also working hard at being an all-star wife and a mother of two. She is married to Dr. Daniel Schneider, and they have two daughters, Rowan and Hannah. When she isn’t traveling the world and winning gold medals, Schneider is a stay-at-home mom whose favorite hobby is playing with her girls. It’s no easy thing being a wife and a mother while competing in women’s wheelchair basketball at an elite level. “I have an amazing support system,” Schneider affirmed. “My husband goes above and beyond. He comes home for lunch, he helps me a lot. He takes time off to accompany me on road trips such as going to Toronto this past summer. I take the girls to the gym, and he comes along and helps me with practice at the same time.” Prior to being a full-time mom, Schneider worked as a statistician. She graduated from Doane College in 2005 with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science before earning her Masters in Statistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007. At her current rate, it won’t be too long before Schneider is going to need her degree just to count all of the gold medals she has earned! For game times and opponent details in the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball 2016 Paralympics, refer to the following schedule. All times are Central Standard, and all of the games will be streamed live online at www.teamusa.org. For more information, log on to www.nwba.org and www.paralympic.org. Wed., Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies Thurs., Sept. 8 at 8 a.m. – vs. France Sat., Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. – vs. China Sun., Sept. 11 at 1:45 p.m. – vs. Netherlands Mon., Sept. 12 at 7:30 a.m. – vs. Algeria Tues., Sept. 13 (TBA) – Quarterfinals Thurs., Sept. 15 (TBA) – Semifinals Fri., Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m. – Gold Medal Match
Chants Fight Hard, But Fall To Eagles
Shane Luehm blocks for teammate, Kaden Dawe in Friday's game against O'Neill.
By Benjamin Olson The Ord Chanticleers came into their game on Fri., Sept. 2, looking for their second win in a row. However, they couldn’t pull out the victory, as the visiting O’Neill Eagles won a hard-fought game by the score of 14 to 0. Ord kept it interesting the whole way and had several chances to put themselves in a position to win, but they couldn’t quite get it done. The game started with the Chants receiving the kickoff, and they started marching down the field. But the drive stalled around midfield, and Ord was forced to punt the ball away. O’Neill took the ball and was able to get one first down, but they ended up punting the ball back to Ord. This time, the Chants got a big play that brought them down inside the 20 yard line, as Jesse Ulrich found Garrett Bundy for a 66 yard pass play, putting Ord within striking distance. But the Eagles stiffened, forcing the Chants to turn the ball over on downs, as Ord couldn’t push the ball into the end zone. O’Neill took over and started marching down the field, getting two first downs, but the drive stalled and they ended up punting the football back to the Chants. The punt pinned the Chants deep in their own territory, though, so Ord had to start from inside their own 15 yard line. They were able to run one play, then the first quarter ended. There was no score yet, as both teams were knotted at 0. As the second quarter started, the Chants were trying to get a drive going, but the Eagles were able to force them into a three-and-out and Ord had to punt the football away. O’Neill got the ball in great field position and took advantage of it, as on the second play of their drive, Eagles quarterback Alex Thramer found Justin Appleby on a 47 yard pass play. O’Neill didn’t waste this opportunity. Three plays later, Thramer tossed a six yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles their first score of the game. The extra point was good, making the score O’Neill 7, Ord 0. The Chants and Eagles exchanged 3-and-outs on their next two possessions, then Ord started moving down the field, getting one first down. But that was all, and they ended up punting the ball away yet again. O’Neill took the ball and started marching down the field, getting inside the Chanticleer 40 yard line. The Chants’ defense stopped them there, however, forcing them to turn the ball over on downs. By now, there wasn’t much time left in the first half, which meant that Ord have to move quickly. Starting from their own 30 yard line, the Chants got one first down on a Jesse Ulrich run, then a 15 yard penalty against O’Neill got them across midfield. On the next play, Clark Bredthauer found Garrett Bundy for a 17 yard gain, getting the Chants down to the 30 yard line. But that was as close as they got, as the next two plays were both incomplete passes, and the first half came to a close with the score still O’Neill 7, Ord 0. The Eagles got the ball to start the second half, and initially, it seemed like the Chants had the upper hand on this drive, as O’Neill got hit with two penalties with three plays, putting them in second down and 23 yards to go. But the Eagles caught a break when Shayne Campbell broke loose in the Chants secondary, going 53 yards to get the Eagles deep into Chanticleer territory. Three plays later, they cashed in, as quarterback Thramer found Bryce Heiser for a 21 yard touchdown pass, pushing the Eagles’ lead to two touchdowns. The extra point was good, so the score was now O’Neill 14, Ord 0. The entire story is in the Sept. 7 issue of the Quiz.
2016 Fall Ord High School Sports Teams
Studio B Photography 2016 Ord High School Football Team: Front row (l-r) Garrett Bundy, Mitchell Knapp, Jonathan Lawrence, Jackson Ryschon, Reggie McKenney, Kaden Dawe, Noah Jensen, Joseph Psota, Brett Koch, Jackson Ulrich. Second row (l-r) Jesse Ulrich, John Moser, Gavin Shoemaker, Ethan Gabriel, Landon Rogers, Gavin Trompke, Stirling Tonniges, Austin Knapp, Solomon Campise, Stetson Bredthauer, Zach Flessner, Trevin Kruml. Third row (l-r) Reese Davenport, Tanner Knight, Riley Warner, C.J. Hoevet, Miguel Alvarado, Michael Thompson, Tanner Bundy, Jaden Reilly, Ethan Jeffres, Dalton Hurlburt, Jan Scholz, Kaden Boyce, Clayton Shoemaker. Back row (l-r) Coach Justin Swedburg, Coach Carl Streeter, Cooper Tonniges, Brooks Bechtold, Gage Smith, Cooper Sheets, Sam Lech, Hayden Grint, Barrett Boden, Nate Wells, Jordan Coufal, Clark Bredthauer, Shane Luehm, Coach Nathan Wells.
Studio B Photography AT LEFT: Dance Team members for 2016-2017 at OHS: Reilly Peetz, Jessica Boyce, Addie Sich, Cailin Benda, Taylor Williams, Lauren Collins, Halle Jacobs, Katie Magiera, Abby Hysell. PICTURED AT RIGHT: Cheerleaders for 2016-2017 at Ord High School: Brittany Pollard, Esmeralda Vera Chavez, Britan Blair, Jenna Hagstrom, Makenna Jacobs, Nia McClure.
Studio B Photography Cross Country runners for Ord High School for 2016: Colton Rowse, Trevor Vancura, Tim White, Scott Behnk, Kyler Peetz, Rebecca Fischer, Riley Massman, Zoë Ritz, Blake Moderow, Jessica Buckles, Britan Blair, Christapher White, Morgan Ritz, Harrison Benton, Gloria LoBue, James Masin, Coach Derry Trampe.
Studio B Photography Ord High School Volleyball Team for 2016: Front row (l-r) Katie Fischer, Sydney DeBoer, Deja Timmerman, Jade Ritterbush, Kelli DeRiso, Cali Lech. Second row (l-r) Cassidy Montgomery, Alexis Claypool, Kaylee Klanecky, Addie Sich, Ali Smith, Halle Jacobs, Kailey Bruha, Katie Magiera, Lakita Thomsen, Third row (l-r) Reilly Peetz, Delani Fahey, Lauren Collins, Grace Racek, Ashley Carson, Susie Vavra, Madi Hagge, Hailey Zulkoski. Fourth row (l-r) Coach Wendy Alexander, Danielle Bruha, Andrea Carson, Cora Svoboda, Coach LeeAnn Smith, Coach Ericka Goodner. Back: Cailin Benda.
cStudio B Photography Ord High School Softball Team: Front row (l-r) Macee Alexander, Maddie Bengston, Makenna Jacobs, Kora Severance, Caroline White. Second row (l-r) Student Manager Ellie Boettcher, Student Manager Vickie Ference, Minh Duong, Dana Fahrenholz, Jenna Hagstrom, Student Manager Sam Boettcher, Student Manager Jed Boettcher. Third row (l-r) Olivia Bronson, Lydia Hill, Shannon Davenport, Cierra Vanosdall, Brooke Rowse, Madison Thompson, Vanessa Ference, Coach Janet Boettcher. Back row (l-r) Coach Melissa Hilgenkamp, Kathleen Deaver, Jenessa Grooms, Lily Farrens, Bailey Wetzel, Jessica Boyce, Maddie Griffith.
$23,000 Raised During 18th Annual VCHS Foundation Golf Tournament
courtesy photo: Winning the 18th Annual VCHS Foundation Golf Tournament is the team of Wolf Inc. Pictured: (l-r) Shane Klanecky, Tom Ries, Tim Todsen and Steve Wolf.
Over 200 golfers, volunteers and community supporters turned out for VCHS Foundation’s 18th Annual Golf Tournament on July 1 at the Ord Golf Club. In addition to 18 holes of golf, the event also featured costume and cart decorating competitions, a $10,000 hole-in-one contest, lunch on the course and flag prizes. Guests enjoyed a post-event celebration following the tournament, with appetizers, awards ceremony, golf ball drop, raffle prizes and a live auction. One hundred eight golfers making up 27 teams competed for top honors in the tournament. Winning teams are as follows: Championship Flight: Wolf, Inc. Auction and Real Estate - Steve Wolf, Tom Ries, Shane Klanecky, Tim Todsen. First Flight: Grocery Kart - Brett Bundy, Tanner Bundy, Brooks Bechtold, Caleb Lienemann. Second Flight: Green Valley Cow Horses - Ryan Bodyfield, Scott Beck, Chad Kasperbauer, Sam Scott. An estimated $23,000 in net proceeds was raised during this year’s tournament, allowing VCHS Foundation to continue ensuring high-quality healthcare for future generations. VCHS Foundation appreciates all of the sponsors, donors and volunteers who helped make the event a success. Special appreciation goes out to the City of Ord for helping with the golf ball drop. Without your continued support, the VCHS Foundation Golf Tournament would not be possible.