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Niobrara NSR to Celebrate the NPS Centennial with Ranger-guided Floats

Summer is in full swing, and the Niobrara National Scenic River is offering visitors a variety of ways to discover more about the river. In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, visitors may participate in ranger-guided canoe floats, Junior Ranger programs, or
special kids’ activities.

Ranger-guided canoe floats are offered at 1:00 p.m. on several Thursdays throughout the summer. Visitors will discover some of the reasons the Niobrara is one of the very few National Scenic Rivers in the country. Reservations are required, and space is limited. Please contact the Niobrara NSR at 402-376-1901.

On July 7th and August 4th, floats will go from Smith Falls State Park to Brewer Bridge. The 1.5 hour programs will be conducted in conjunction with the Heartland Elk Ranch, who will rent canoes to those who do not have their own. State Park fees may apply. On July 21st, float from Cornell Bridge to Berry Bridge, a 2.5 hour float predominantly within the boundaries of the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. On July 28th, the float will extend from Berry Bridge to Brewer Bridge. For the July 21st and 28th floats, Little Outlaw Canoe, Tube, and Kayaks will rent equipment and provide a private landing (landing fees may apply) .

Junior Ranger programs, designed for kids 6-12 years old (though all are welcome!), are hands-on programs that help children develop a love for the outdoors. Topics vary, but kids may build a piping plover “nest,” experiment with groundwater, or discover the Niobrara’s turtles. Programs are held every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at Smith Falls State Park.

In addition, an activity for children will be offered all day each Saturday in the visitor center. Visitors may make a mammoth to take home, conduct a mock “fossil dig” and match the fossil to a drawing of the animal, or many other projects. The Niobrara NSR Visitor Center is located at 214 W. Highway 20 in Valentine, Nebraska.

For more information, please contact the Niobrara NSR Visitor Center at 401-376-1901, or visit


Broken Bow Swim Meet Results

Nine swimmers from Valentine traveled to Broken Bow over the weekend to compete in the BBCST Sprint Into Summer.  Approximately 60 swimmers from 6 teams competed in 40 events in this two day meet.  Dylan Witt and Daniel Witt both bringing home the coveted Bob Fitzpatrick award for swimming the fastest 50M Freestyle in the 13-14 and 9-10 age groups respectively.

Full results are as follows...

Wrigley Greenough (age 7) made her swimming debut bringing home 2nd place in the 25M Butterfly, 2nd place in the 50M Freestyle, and 2nd place in the 25M Backstroke.  What a great start to her swimming career!!

Katelyn Bitner (age 7) placed 1st in the 25M Breaststroke, 2nd in the 25M Freestyle, 4th place in the 25M Butterfly, and 1st place in the 25M Breaststroke.

Hanna Bitner (age 11) brought home 5th in the 100M Freestyle, 2nd in the 25M Breaststroke, 1st place in the 25M Freestyle, 5th in the 50M Butterfly, 3rd in the 100M Breaststroke, 4th in the 25M Butterfly, 5th in the 50M Freestyle, 2nd in the 25M Backstroke, and 4th in the 50M Breaststroke.

Lexi Long (age 10) placed 2nd in the 100M Breaststroke, 9th in the 50M Freestyle, and 3rd in the 50M Breaststroke.

Mackenzie Long (age 12) placed 3rd in the 25M Butterfly, 4th in the 50M Freestyle, and 2nd in the 50M Backstroke.

Malika Monroe (age 10) placed 2nd in all of her events including the 100M Freestyle, the 50M Backstroke, the 100M Butterfly, the 50M Butterfly, the 200M Freestyle, the 50M Freestyle, the 50M Backstroke, the 100M Backstroke, and the 200M Individual Medley.

Daniel Witt placed 3rd in the 100M Freestyle, 2nd in the 50M Backstroke, 3rd in the 200M Freestyle, 1st in the 100M Breaststroke, 1st in the 50M Freestyle (Fitzpatrick Winner), 1st in the 50M Breaststroke, 2nd in the 100M Backstroke, and 1st in the 200M Individual Medley.

Aiden Tiefenthaler placed 3rd in the 100M Freestyle, 2nd in the 50M Backstroke, 3rd in the 200M Freestyle, 4th in the 50M Freestyle and 3rd in the 100M Backstroke.

Dylan Witt placed 1st in all his events including the 100M Freestyle, 200M Breaststroke, 100M Butterfly, 200M Backstroke, 200M Freestyle, 100M Breaststroke, 50M Freestyle (Fitzpatrick Winner), 50M Breaststroke, 100M Backstroke, and 200M Individual Medley.

Valentine swimmers will continue to hit the pool practicing hard for the next couple weeks.  The next Long Course meet being the 2nd weekend in July in Hastings.


Nebraska High School Rodeo Finals Completed

The Nebraska High School Rodeo season wrapped up this weekend with the high school finals in Hastings at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Rodeo athletes from across the Cornhusker State competed in two go-rounds on June 16-17 and the short go-round on June 18. The top four contestants in each of twelve events were determined, and they go on to compete at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyo., July 17-23.

Champions from the 2016 Finals are: Mark Kasperbauer, Spalding, boys cutting; Concey Bader, Palmer, girls cutting; Cade Svoboda, Ord, bareback riding; Libby Winchell, Scottsbluff, goat tying; Cody Henderson, Alliance, tie-down roping; Bailey Brown, North Platte, breakaway roping; Boyd Sawyer, Thedford, saddle bronc riding; Jayde Atkins, Broken Bow, pole bending; Cole Hewett, Dunning, steer wrestling; Cooper White, Hershey, and Levi Walter, Wray, Colo. team roping; Brook Jamison, Ashby, barrel racing, and Dillon Micheel, Brewster, bull riding.

The year-end all-around winners were JT Bradley, Brewster (boys), and Jayde Atkins, Broken Bow (girls). Reserve all-around champs were Chase Miller, Broken Bow (boys) and Libby Winchell, Scottsbluff (girls). Rookie of the year went to Mataya Eklund, Valentine, (girls) and Colten Storer, Arthur (boys). The Fort Whitaker Award went to Ty Richardson of Ainsworth, and the V-Bar Sales Men’s Timed Event Trailer was awarded to JT Bradley of Brewster. The 2016-2017 Nebraska High School Rodeo Queen is Josee Saults of Big Springs.

Complete results can be found here:

The complete list of qualifiers for Nationals follows:

Boys Cutting

1. Mark Kasperbauer, Spalding

2. JT Bradley, Brewster

3. Lucas Troyer, Beemer

4. Chase Miller, Broken Bow

Alternate – Ty Bass, Brewster


Girls Cutting

1. Concey Bader, Palmer

2. Jayde Atkins, Broken Bow

3. Grace Wilson, Lincoln

4. Shania Macomber, Whitman

Alternate – Brook Bushhousen, St Libory



1. Cade Svoboda, Ord

2. Trey Seeers, North Platte

3. Cole Hewett, Dunning

4. Ty Richardson, Ainsworth

Alternate – Tyrel Rieker, Lexington


Goat Tying

1. Libby Winchell, Scottsbluff

2. Linzie Van Horn, Page

3. Maddee Doerr, Creighton

4. Megan Turek, St Paul

Alternate – Riata Day, Fleming, Colo.


Tie-down Roping

1. Cody Henderson, Alliance

2. Ty Milleson, Dunning

3. Chase Miller, Broken Bow

4. JT Adamson, Cody

Alternate – Bernie Girard, Alliance


Breakaway Roping

1. Bailey Brown, North Platte

2. Brittni McCully, Mullen

3. Maddee Doerr, Creighton

4. Georgie Lage, Arthur

Alternate - -Jada Jensen, Bingham


Saddle Bronc Riding

1. Boyd Sawyer, Thedford

2. Clay Brandon, Yuma, Colo.

3. JW Schroder, Taylor

4. Brock Henry, Rushville

Alternate – Trey Seevers, North Platte


Pole Bending

1. Jayde Atkins, Broken Bow

2. Hannah Harwager, Stapleton

3. Sydney Schleich, Kersey, Colo.

4. Riata Day, Fleming, Colo.

Alternate – Megan Turek, St Paul


Steer Wrestling

1. Cole Hewett, Dunning

2 (tie) Justin Hilliker, Gordon

2 (tie) Ty Milleson, Dunning

4. (tie) Boyd Sawyer, Thedford

4. (tie) Tyler Ravenscroft, Nenzel


Team Roping

1. Cooper White, Hershey/Levi Walter, Wray, Colo.

2. Gus Franzen, Kearney/Tomas Margritz, Kearney

3. Cody Darnell, Gordon/Morgan Darnell, Gordon

4. Cole Retchless, Bridgeport/Hadly McCormick, Scottsbluff

Alternate – Taylor Whethham, Morrill/Austin Hurlburt, Norfolk


Barrel Racing

1. Brook Jamison, Ashby

2. Mataya Eklund, Valentine

3. Jayde Atkins, Broken Bow

4. Sydney Adamson, Cody

Alternate – Rachael Calvo, Bassett


Bull riding

1. Dillon Micheel, Brewster

2. Mason Ward, North Platte

3. Dalton Sweley, Blue Hill

4. Afton Bryant, Chadron

Alternate – BJ McAbee, Ansley




Head Coach Mike Riley, Shawn Eichorst and Billy Devaney in Valentine June 21st

On Tuesday, June 21st the Nebraska Athletic Department is sending Head Coach Mike Riley, Billy Devaney and Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst to Valentine!  They will be at the Peppermill from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Coffee and rolls will be provided.  The event is sponsored by the Valentine Rotary Club.

The tour is the latest outreach to Nebraska fans by Riley and Eichorst. Since taking over as Director of Athletics in January of 2013, Eichorst has made more than 300 appearances around the state and more than 500 total and this is some of Riley’s first opportunities to speak to Husker fans outside of Omaha and Lincoln since taking over as the Huskers’ head coach in December of 2014.

At each stop, 2016 football season ticket information will be available for interested individuals. Limited season tickets for the 2016 season are now available. Fans can join the season ticket request list and receive all the benefits of a Husker season ticket holder through the Seat Yourself process which allows you to choose your seat locations based on open seat availability.


2016 GNST Kearney Invite

Four swimmers from Valentine traveled to Kearney over the weekend kicking off the long course swim season to compete in the 2016 GNST Kearney invite.  Malika Monroe, Daniel Witt, Lee Major, and Dylan Witt completed alongside over 80 swimmers from 9 teams in 37 events in 2 days.  Dylan Witt, getting things rolling in his 7th year swimming, brought home State cuts in three events.  Full results are as follows…

Malika Monroe brought home 6th place in the 50M freestyle, 5th place in the 100M freestyle, 6th place in the 50M backstroke, 8th place in the 50M breaststroke, 7th place in the 100M breaststroke, 7th place in the 50M butterfly, and 5th place in the 200M individual medley.  Malika started the year off with a bang bringing home personal bests on several events in a tough age group!

Daniel Witt brought home 2nd place in the 50M freestyle, 4th place in the 100M freestyle, 5th place in the 50M backstroke, 2nd place in the 100M backstroke, 3rd place in the 50M breaststroke, 3rd place in the 100M breaststroke, and 3rd place in the 200M freestyle.  Daniel cut some serious time in several events putting in nearly a thousand meters in the competition pool this weekend!

Lee Major, making his competitive swimming debut, brought home 7th place in the 50M freestyle, 8th place in the 100M freestyle, 7th place in the 50M backstroke, and 5th place in the 100M breaststroke.  Lee had a great showing to begin his swimming career and we expect to see a lot more of him!

Dylan Witt brought home 2nd in the 50M freestyle, 28.31 seconds making a state cut and a personal best, 2nd in the 100M freestyle, making a state cut, 5th in the 200M freestyle, 3rd in the 100M backstroke, 2nd in the 100M breaststroke, making another state cut, 4th in the 200M breaststroke, 3rd in the 100M butterfly, and 2nd in the 200M individual medley.  Dylan is the first from Valentine to make a state qualifying time this season and will be headed to Lincoln at the end of July to compete in the 2016 Midwestern Championships.

Valentine swimmers will be traveling to broken bow next weekend for two days of competition at the BCST Sprint Into Summer Invite.  Good luck to all!


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