April 20th, 2011
BURWELL - Many area teams returned to the asphalt oval after rain and snow postponed events that were scheduled last week. Among the meets that were postponed was the Burwell Invite which was moved to this past Monday. Five of the six area teams originally scheduled to participate braved cool, wet conditions with the home team Burwell sweeping the boys and girls team titles. In the boys division, Sargent finished second to Burwell followed by Ansley and Anselmo-Merna in third and fourth. Arcadia placed sixth with Loup County and Sandhills/Thedford tieing for seventh.
Central Nebraska witnessed what most hope will be the last blast of winter late last week. A strong storm system made its way through the area late Thursday and throughout the day Friday, forcing school delays and closings, and event postponements and cancellations. The storm also produced very hazardous driving conditions, as is evident by this photo of a Broken Bow Public Schools bus which slid off the road on Highway 70 Friday morning. There were no students on the bus at the time; bus driver Norm McCaslin was in route to get the kids at the time the wind blew him off the road.
Despite grumbling from senators across the state, the formula changes for school aid passed first-round approval unanimously April 6.
Under the bill, nearly 38 percent of Nebraskaâ€™s districts will not receive the major category of state school aid because of significant increases in farmland values in the past year. Increased property values mean the school districts, especially in rural areas, have more local resources and will not receive much state aid.
Residents of Custer County are being offered a FREE, high-speed notification system to warn them of impending severe weather. And this time of year, severe weather poses a very real threat to the citizens of our area.
Custer County Emergency Management Director Shawn Owens works closely with the cities and communities in Custer County to implement public safety plans. Owens, who took over the office March 1, says it is the task of his office to make sure the proper departments and entities throughout the county are equipped to respond to any emergency situation.
Calling all gardeners. Gather your hoes, your seeds, and give Green Coalition Chairperson Joan Birnie a call.
The city is setting aside a little land to use as a Com-munity Garden, and the Green Coalition is gathering names of those who are interested.
The idea for the garden was generated when the Coalition heard that the Broken Bow Parks Board was looking to reduce the number of parks in Broken Bow.
BASSETT -- The Sargent boys track team won the North Central Invite by the narrowest of margins. The Bulldogs scored 100 points to West Holtâ€™s 99.5.
Jed Fenske led Sargent with gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Tyke Kozeal also won a gold medal in discus for the Bulldogs.
The Lady Bulldogs finished fourth in the team standings. Rebecca Davenport medaled in four events winning the gold medal in the triple jump.
Boys Team Results
WILCOX -- The Litchfield Trojans and SEM Mustangs traveled to Wilcox for the Axtell Track Invitational last Friday.
The Litchfield boys medaled in five events. Tyson Howard place fourth in the discus, Tyler Snow placed sixth in the 100 meter dash and Sam Reynolds placed sixth in the 200 meter dash. The Trojan boys also place third in the 4x800 meter relay and fifth in the 4x100 meter relay. Bridgette Janssen was the only Lady Trojan to place as she finished sixth in the girls 200 meter dash.
Megan Berg placed third in the discus and was the only medalist for the Mustangs.
BROKEN BOW -- The McCook Bison were dominant in both the boys and girls divisions of the Broken Bow Invite Friday. The McCook girls scored 155 points with Holdrege scoring 116 for second. The Lady Indians finished sixth with 41 points. The McCook boys scored 145.5 points with Gothenburg in second with 102. The Indians claimed fourth place with 78 points.
ARNOLD -- The South Loup Bobcats scored a team low 354 to win their home invitational Friday. Led by brothers Lane and Keith Gascoinge, the Bobcats had three golfers among the Top 10 individual leaders. Lane finished fourth with an 84, Keith was fifth with an 86 and Clint Schneringer shot an 89 for a seventh place tie.
Also landing in the Top 10 were Mullenâ€™s Jarod Spurlin (89) and Tristen Cox (90).
KEARNEY -- Broken Bowâ€™s Tanner Johnson carded an even par 71 to win the Kearney High Invitational individual title. The Kearney Invite was held at Meadowlark Hills Golf Course last Thursday under windy and rainy conditions.
The Broken Bow golfers were in the first wave to tee off on the number 10 hole to start the day. Johnson chipped in on on the par 5 12th hole for an eagle which propelled him to two under par. Johnsonâ€™s bogey on number 14 dropped him to one under. After pars on the following four holes, Johnson finished with a one under 34 on the back nine.