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2015 Mission Area Special Olympic Games

Todd County is hosting the 2015 Mission Area Special Olympic Games on Wednesday, April 22nd at the Todd County High School Track and Field.  The Opening Ceremonies are set to begin at 12:45 p.m. CT.

All members of the community are welcome to come out and support our Olympians!




University of Nebraska junior guard Terran Petteway announced Thursday morning that he is forgoing his senior season to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft. Petteway, a fourth-year junior from Galveston, Texas, is on track to earn his degree in May and has spent the last three seasons at Nebraska after transferring from Texas Tech. “I want to start off by thanking the city of Lincoln and state of Nebraska for all of the love and support that you guys have shown me over the last three years,” Petteway said. “This is a bittersweet moment for me because Lincoln has become a second home to me, but in the same instance has helped me grow as a man and ballplayer, and I love y’all.” “I’m happy for Terran and his family,”

Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “While I had hoped he stayed with us for his senior year, I completely support his decision, and we will help him as much as we can through this process. I believe any team in the NBA or otherwise would love to have Terran on their team.” A two-time All-Big Ten performer at Nebraska, Petteway earned first-team honors in 2013-14 and third-team accolades this past season. He started every game for the Huskers over the last two seasons and ranks 20th on Nebraska’s career scoring list with 1,143 points. He holds two of the top-10 scoring seasons in school history (579, seventh, 2013-14; 564, eighth, 2014-15), while his 18.1 points per game career scoring average at Nebraska ranks second in school history.


Explore the Outdoors at Outdoor Family Fun Day, April 25th

Join the fun at the Niobrara National Scenic River’s 6th annual Outdoor Family Fun Day at Smith Falls State Park on Saturday, April 25th, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  This free event offers families the opportunity to enjoy the Niobrara River through a variety of hands-on outdoor activities.

Take a short, safe canoe ride—led by experts—on the Niobrara River, considered one of the best canoeing rivers in the Great Plains. Try your hand at archery, an age-old skill that is as rewarding as it is challenging. Practice casting a rod and reel, and learn some ways to make fishing fun and successful. Explore a few simple tips on using binoculars and finding wild birds. Discover Nebraska’s ancient wildlife and make your own fossil impression to take home, and for lunch, join us for hot dogs and marshmallows roasted over an open fire.

“Outdoor Family Fun Day is a great way to spark children’s love of the outdoors. It gives them a chance to safely try their hand at an activity that may become a life-long passion, or even a career,” said Steve Thede, Niobrara NSR Superintendent. “It also gives everyone opportunity to find and explore their own park—in our own area, and a place that will likely become and remain meaningful to them for years to come.”

All activities are free of charge, and lunch is provided. Smith Falls State Park requires a $5/vehicle parking fee or a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission annual pass. Smith Falls State Park is located 19 miles east of Valentine, Nebraska via Highway 12.

The Niobrara NSR is proud to offer this event in partnership with the Niobrara Council, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Northern Prairies Land Trust, the Nebraska Master Naturalists, and our many volunteers.

The Find Your Park campaign is a national effort that was just launched this month to encourage people to get outside and find a park—scenic, recreational, cultural, or historic—that is meaningful to them. When you find YOUR park, share your experience at findyourpark.com or on the Niobrara NSR Facebook page.

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


Boys Golf Results Ord Invite, April 10th, 2015

Valentine placed 3rd at the Ord Invite with a score of 338, held Friday, April 10th.  Ord placed 1st with 306 and Grand Island Central Catholic placed 2nd with a 311.

Brooks Coleman was an individual champion of the tournament with a score of 72. Cameron Bancroft placed 14th with 85 points, Lyle Cate placed 18th with 87, Nick Fisbeck placed 26th with 94 and Kyle Johnson placed 37 with 103.  55 golfers competed in the tournament.


Back row l-r: Nick Fisbeck, Kyle Johnson, Cameron Bancroft
Front row l-r: Brooks Coleman, Lyle Cate, Coach Muirhead

Fundraiser for wrestler Doyle Trout to be held April 22

Join the Peppermill & Outback in support of one of the Nebraska Wrestling community's most outstanding athletes, Doyle Trout. He was seriously injured in an accident on Easter Sunday.

Proceeds from the dinner provided will go directly to the fund set up for his recovery. Jo will be making blue t-shirts next week and we will have them available asap and at the event.

Please wear blue to the event or get your t-shirt and we will try to have a photo opportunity to show the Trout family support from our wrestling program and community.

The event will be held at the Peppermill on Wednesday, April 22, starting at 4:00pm.

Come ANYTIME from 4pm to 10pm!

From 1011 News:

Four time wrestling state champion Doyle Trout was seriously injured in a car accident Sunday near Waco, Nebraska.

According to Centennial High School wrestling team, Doyle's left leg has been amputated just above his knee.

York County Sheriff Dale Radcliff said Trout was speeding and bent down to get something in his vehicle when he lost control. Radcliff said Trout swerved into a ditch, hit a power pole and was pinned when his vehicle rolled onto its side.

Life Flight was called in, to 2215 Road 14 near Waco, but had to be delayed until the power could be shut down in the area. Radcliff said it took about 30 minutes to free Trout from the wreck.

He was flown to a Lincoln hospital with what Radcliff described as serious internal injuries.

Trout was a star wrestler for Centennial High School winning four straight state championships. He signed a National Letter of Intent to wrestle at the University of Wyoming.

Tuesday afternoon Wyoming Wrestling Head Coach Mark Branch issued the following statement on Trout's accident and injury, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Doyle and his family. Doyle is a strong young man, and he was in good spirits when we saw him on Monday. This is obviously a life-changing incident, but he is a young man who is equipped to handle this. He is still part of our family. We told his family when we saw them that nothing changes on our end, we will honor his scholarship, and he is still a Wyoming Cowboy. We want Doyle and his family to know that we are here to support them any way we can. We're thankful that he didn't have any life-threatening injuries. Given the severity of the accident, it is amazing that he will be able to move forward and live a healthy life. "

The wrestling community has reached out on Twitter showing support using #doylestrong and #doylenation.


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