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Youth Volleyball Parents/Guardians Meeting

According to Coach Arganbright, there will be a mandatory meeting for all guardians of youth interested in youth volleyball on August 11th at 5:30pm at the High School. This is a change for the meeting that was supposed to be on August 4th. There will be registrations for youth volleyball at the youth clinic on August 6th.


Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Open House Saturday, August 15

The Fort Niobrara/Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Complex will be holding an Open House on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Valentine NWR Headquarters.  Sponsored by the Sandhills Prairie Refuge Association, this event is held in celebration of the new office and visitor center construction one year ago.  Admission is free and the event will run from 11am until 3 pm and include hands-on activities for the entire family. A lunch of burgers and hot dogs will be served starting at noon. There will be airboat rides, guided birding and wildflower nature hikes, wildland firefighting trucks, and wildlife biology demonstrations.  Children will also be able to make nature-themed arts and crafts throughout the day.  Join us for a day filled with memories the entire community will enjoy and learn from the dedicated wildlife refuge staff.  From the town of Valentine go 29 miles south on US Highway 83 and then 1 mile east on Pony Lake Road.  For further information, contact the Valentine NWR at 402-376-1889 or find us on-line at www.fws.gov/valentine/.


State Swim Results From Lincoln

Seven swimmers from Valentine traveled to Lincoln over the weekend to compete with more than 675 swimmers from 28 teams for this four day event.  The best of the best braved the scorching temperatures competing in 82 events over 10 sessions ranging in age from 8 years old up to 40+.

Dylan Witt and Caleb Long started off the Valentine swimmers early Friday morning.  Dylan swam the 100M Butterfly placing 20th, swimming it in a personal best of 1:18.87 in the prelims.  Dylan and Caleb both competed in the 200M Breaststroke placing 15th and 16th respectively and qualifying for finals in the Friday evening session.  Dylan also swam the 200M Individual Medley placing 22nd in prelims.  Caleb finished out the morning session swimming the breaststroke leg of a 400M Medley Relay bringing home a 3rd place medal.

Cody Miller jumped on deck Friday afternoon filling out the breaststroke leg of the 400M Medley Relay helping his team bring home 8th place.

Friday evening session brought Caleb Long and Dylan Witt back to the finals placing 14th and 11th respectively in the 200M Breaststroke.  Dylan also filled out  the first leg of a 200M Freestyle relay bringing home a 3rd place medal.

Saturday morning brought KayLynn Miller and Taryn Adams to the pool both swimming the 50M Freestyle placing 32nd and 58th (a personal best time of 31.59 for Taryn!) respectively.  Dylan Witt filled out the morning crew swimming 100M Backstroke placing 27th and placing 12th in the 50M Freestyle, qualifying for finals.

Saturday afternoon session kicked off with Casey Miller and Daniel Witt filling out a 200M Freestyle Relay bringing home 6th place.  Both boys continued the afternoon competing in the 50M Breaststroke, both swimming in personal best times and 16th and 19th respectively.  Cody Miller competed in the 200M Freestyle Relay bringing home an 8th place ribbon.

Saturday evening session brought Dylan Witt back on deck competing in the 50M Freestyle placing 11th in the finals.  Dylan continued with swimming anchor in the 200M Medley Relay bringing home another 3rd place medal.

Sunday morning brought Caleb Long and Dylan Witt back on deck.  Dylan swam the 100M Freestyle placing 19th in the prelims.  Both boys swam in the 100M breaststroke with Dylan placing 11th and Caleb placing 14th in the prelims, both qualifying to swim finals.

Sunday afternoon kicked off with Casey Miller and Daniel Witt swimming in a 200M Medley Relay placing 5th.  Daniel Witt continued the afternoon competition placing 16th in the 50M Freestyle.  Cody Miller brought home a 6th place ribbon in the 200M Medley Relay and 8th place in the 400M Freestyle Relay as well as placing 28th in the 50M Freestyle.

Sunday evening closed out the weekend with Dylan Witt and Caleb Long both swimming personal best times placing 11th and 13th respectively in the 100M Breaststroke Finals

Congratulations to Caleb Long and Dylan Witt both qualifying to swim Finals in multiple events.

This was the final meet of the Long Course Season.  Greater Nebraska Swim Team (GNST) wants to say thank you to all the parents, sponsors, volunteers and coaches for helping make this a great season!


High School Football Camp and Conditioning Information

High school football information for Boys entering grades 9-12:

Offensive Lineman Camp is on Monday and Tuesday, July 27th and 28th from 9 am - 10:30 am

Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Running Back, Tight End Camp is Wednesday and Thursday, July 29th and 30th from 9 am - 10:30 am.

Camps are FREE.

Football conditioning begins August 3rd at 8 am.

No 7 on 7 on Friday July 31st.


National qualifiers highlight MPCC Rodeo Team

Mid-Plains Community College was well represented at the 2015 National High School Finals Rodeo. The event, which ran from July 12-18, was in Rock Springs, Wyo.

Eight of the contestants are enrolled at MPCC for the upcoming fall semester and have signed letters of intent to be on the MPCC Rodeo Team.

They are: Rowdy Moon, Sargent; Kanoa Awai-Dickson, Kula, Hawaii; Cord Hesseltine, Halsey; Shane Weber, Burwell; Reece Weber, Valentine; Garrett Wickett, Norfolk; Trey Engel, Silver Creek and Riley Weehler, Maloy, Iowa.

Many of MPCC Rodeo Coach Dustin Elliott’s other recruits just missed representing Nebraska at nationals – the team consisted of the top four contestants in each of 12 events.

“Everyone who did make it to the NHSFR did great there,” said Elliott. “I think it was a big step forward for us to have eight kids competing at that level and competing well.”

The top two finishers of the group were Moon and Awai-Dickson.

Moon finished third in the average for bareback riding. He won the third performance of the rodeo with a score of 68 points, placed second in Performance 10 with a score of 70 and won the short-go Saturday with a ride worth 75 points.

Awai-Dickson wrestled a steer in 17.81 seconds, which placed him sixth in Performance Six. He ended up fourth in Performance Seven with a time of 7.47 seconds. He finished the competition 19th with a total time of 25.28 seconds.

Elliott knows how hard the contestants worked to qualify for the NHSFR - his Oregon High School Rodeo championship in 1999 earned him a scholarship to Chadron State College.

He’s looking forward to building on that work ethic and pushing his recruits further with the help of Garrett Nokes, MPCC assistant rodeo coach and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier.

“That’s what I’m excited about,” said Elliott. “I can’t wait to see these kids, who already have natural ability, enter our program and excel at the next level.”




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