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Valentine Girls Golf Results at O'Neill

The Valentine Lady Badgers competed in their first golf tournament of the year. 2 Badgers received medals, Ashton Bancroft with a 102 and Sherridan Bancroft with a 109, and Valentine placed 5th overall.

Team Results:

1st O'Neill High 407

2nd Battle Creek Bravettes 440

3rd Cedar Catholic High Sc 450

4th Norfolk Catholic 451

5th Valentine 460

6th Pierce 483

7th Crofton 514

8th Plainview 536

9th West Holt 1288

10th Ainsworth 2289

Individual Results:

1 Stephanie Sorensen Plainview 90

2 Mackenzie Hale West Holt 90

3 Hailee Harmon O'Neill High 91

4 Paige Mitchell West Holt 96

5 Paige Gaughenbaugh O'Neill High 97

6 Breanna Attema Pierce 97

7 Bridget Henn Battle Creek Bravettes 100

8 Lexi Schommer Cedar Catholic High School 100

9 Courteney Hostert West Holt 102

10 Ashton Bancroft. Valentine 102

11 Amy Schmitz O'Neill High 103

12 Taylor Finke Battle Creek Bravettes 103

13 Mariah Zavadil Crofton 107

14 Sherridan Bancroft Valentine 109

15 Chelsey Reifert Norfolk Catholic 109

16 Libby Tielke Norfolk Catholic 110

17 Abby Westerman Battle Creek Bravettes 112

18 Cassidy Ulrich Cedar Catholic High School 113

19 Mady Dogget Norfolk Catholic 114

20 Kim Carlson Pierce 114

21 Bailey Tinker Pierce 115

22 Olivia Fonseca O'Neill High 116

23 Lauren Bengston Cedar Catholic High School 117

24 Blair Benda Norfolk Catholic 118

25 Alli Walter Cedar Catholic High School 120

26 Jessica Stankoski Valentine 121

27 Ashley Kneifl Cedar Catholic High School 122

28 Dannica Chrisman (BC JV) JV Golfers 123

29 Emily Teten Norfolk Catholic 124

30 Faith Lenox Battle Creek Bravettes 125

31 Tori Osterman Valentine 128

32 Vanessa Taylor Ainsworth 128

33 Tory Tanmen Crofton 129

34 Olivia Zlomke Battle Creek Bravettes 129

35 Marie Sitz O'Neill High 129

36 Morgan Hampton Plainview 131

37 Molly Atkinson (ON JV) JV Golfers 132

38 Katelyn Stewart Crofton 138

39 Nicole Zavadil Crofton 140

40 Madison Morten Crofton 142

41 Heidi Nelson Plainview 157

42 Paige Johnson Pierce 157

43 Ashley Shaffer Plainview 158

44 Kirsten Gilliland Ainsworth 161

45 Sarah Watson Plainview 187

Valentine JV

8th Allison Collier 129






Falls Sports Underway at VHS


Badger Football total of 53 boys out. Very young team for first year head coach Blake Beebout.

9 Seniors

7 Juniors

17 Sophomores

20 Freshmen


Volleyball has 35 girls out this year.

6 seniors

8 juniors

12 sophomores

7 freshmen


Cross Country has only four athletes out at this time for boys and girls competition.



Girls Golf has just enough to make a team with five girls competing.

2 seniors

2 juniors

and 1 freshman.


Badger Boosters Ready to Kick Off Season


The Valentine Badger Boosters will have their kick off meeting on August 12th at 7pm at Niobrara Lodge. All Badger fans are invited to attend. The boosters will have the annual hamburger feed and membership drive on August 21st at 5pm for volleyball and 6pm for football scrimmages. Sarah Ferguson is the Badger Booster president and can be reached at 402 322 9108.



WHAT:  The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, have partnered to present the 2014 Nebraska State High School Fishing Championship. The tournament is open to any High School Fishing team in the entire state of Nebraska. The 2014 schedule represents a major expansion of High School Fishing by FLW and The Bass Federation due to an increased demand.

WHEN:                 Saturday, July 26, 2014

WHERE:               Nebraska State High School Fishing Championship

Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area, Bead’s Landing, Nebraska

The Nebraska state championship is a two-person (team) event for students in grades 9-12. Registration for anglers and their coach, who will provide the boat they compete in, is online at HighSchoolFishing.org. Takeoff will be at 7 a.m. and weigh-in will be held at the boat ramp, scheduled for 1:15 p.m. High School Fishing takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. For more information about this event contact the TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert at (580) 716-4251 or (330) 993-0014.

A preliminary list of schools participating will not be available as teams can still register up until the morning of the event.

The top 10 percent from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 3 teams from each of the six 2014 High School Fishing Opens that coincide with the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour. The top 10 percent of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2015. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.


Nebraska Youth Qualify For National High School Rodeo Competition

The dust has settled, the stalls and parking lot are emptied of horses and trailers, and champions for the 2013-2014 Nebraska State High School Rodeo Association have been determined. The Adams County Fairgrounds hosted the three-day event, which ran June 19-21. 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 Rock Springs, Wyo., July 13-19.



Champions from the 2014 Finals are: Rowdy Moon, Sargent, bareback riding; Seth Cumpton, Lewellen, boys cutting; Libby Winchell, Scottsbluff, goat tying; Jordyn Doetker, Wauneta, girls cutting; Laree Painter, Long Pine, barrel racing; Cody Nye, Alliance, tie-down roping; Charmayne Strong, Rushville, pole bending; Triston Eklund, Valentine, saddle bronc riding; Brandy Schaack, Hyannis, breakaway roping;  Devin Dibbern, Riverdale, steer wrestling; Cooper White, Hershey, and Levi Walter, Wray, Colo., team roping; and Ethan Lesiak, Clarks, bull riding.

The complete list of qualifiers for Nationals follows. Final results from the 2014 Nebraska State High School Finals Rodeo can be found at www.hsrodeo-nebraska.com.


Boys Cutting

1. Seth Cumpton, Lewellen; 2. JT Bradley, Brewster; 3. Lucas Troyer, Beemer; 4. Cash Talamantez, Lisco; alternate Josh Powers, Arthur


Girls Cutting

1. Jordyn Doetker, Wauneta; 2. Catelyn Hall, Neligh; 3. Jayde Atkins, Broken Bow; 4. Sydney Bushhousen, St Libory; alternate Shania Macomber, Whitman



1. Rowdy Moon, Sargent; 2. Wyatt Gewinner, Weeping Water; 3. Cade Svoboda, Ord; 4. Cord Hesseltine, Halsey; alternate Gage Kraeger, Avoca


Goat Tying

1. Libby Winchell, Scottsbluff; 2. Maddee Doerr, Creighton; 3. Charmayne Strong, Rushville; 4. Megan Turek, St. Paul; alternate Madison Haun, Torrington, Wyo.


Tie-down Roping

1. Cody Nye, Alliance; 2. Tanner Stec, Bassett; 3. Nolan Sybrant, Bassett; 4. Cody Darnell, Gordon; alternate Riley Wakefield, O’Neill


Breakaway Roping

1. Brandy Schaack, Hyannis; 2. Brook Jamison, Ashby; 3. Bailey Brown, North Platte; 4. Jayden Hollenbeck, Valentine; alternate Jayde Atkins, Broken Bow


Saddle Bronc Riding

1. Triston Eklund, Valentine; 2. Devin Dibbern, Riverdale; 3. Colin Dibbern, Riverdale; 4. Seth Cumpton, Lewellen; alternate Shane Weber, Burwell


Pole Bending

1. Charmayne Strong, Rushville; 2. Shawnie Stone-Swedberg, Hershey; 3. Jayde Atkins, Broken Bow; 4. Sydney Hollenbeck, Winner, S.D.; alternate Shaina Simonson, Dunning


Steer Wrestling

1. Devin Dibbern, Riverdale; 2. Brody Cleveland, Keystone; 3. Danny Manning, Hemingford; 4. Tanner Freeman, Dunning; alternate Kalane Anders, Bayard


Team Roping

1. Cooper White, Hershey, Neb./Levi Walter, Wray Colo.; 2. Blaine Finney, Ainsworth/Doug Finney, Anselmo; 3. Tanner Stec, Bassett/Ty Spickelmier, Henderson; 4. Cody Darnell, Gordon/Riley Wakefield, O’Neill; alternate Ryan Cox, North Platte/Rio Whited, Lincoln


Barrel Racing

1. Laree Painter, Long Pine; 2. Jayde Atkins, Broken Bow; 3. Morgan Peterson, Arthur; 4. Brandy Schaack, Hyannis; alternate Sheyanne Long, Valentine


Bull riding

1. Ethan Lesiak, Clarks; 2. Colter Glendy, Oconto; 3. Garrett Wickett, Norfolk; 4. Dalton Sweley, Blue Hill; alternate Ty Wriedt, Norfolk


The following are highlights of a few of those champions.


Goat tying champion Libby Winchell is just getting a good start on her high school rodeo career. The Scottsbluff resident just finished her freshman year of high school, and competed at her first state finals rodeo in the barrel racing and breakaway roping as well. But high school rodeo isn’t new to her. When her older sister Shelby competed, Libby tagged along. “My sister was in high school rodeo, so I went along with her to all of them. I kind of knew what to expect, but it was a little different competing.”


It runs in the family for the Winchells. Shelby, the 2009 state goat tying champion, just won the reserve goat tying title at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.


Libby faces a daily challenge: chronic migraine headaches. The migraines are with her every day. “I have one all the time. When I wake up, I have one, and when I go to sleep, I have one.” Doctors can’t find a cause, but have prescribed medication that seems to help. The higher humidity in Hastings, compared to her home in Scottsbluff, caused them to be worse, but she’s learned to deal with the pain.


Libby is also the 2014 Rookie of the Year. She is the daughter of Mike and Shawna Winchell.


Charmayne Strong ended her high school rodeo career on a high note.


The Rushville cowgirl, the 2014 pole bending champion, has qualified for National High School Finals four times and the National Junior High Finals three times.


The senior, who graduated from Gordon-Rushville High School, has a unique workout. She took up boxing after her high school basketball coach suggested it. “I was short and uncoordinated,” she laughed, 
“and I was always falling down during basketball. They called me the human mop because I was always on the ground.” She has gone to a few boxing competitions, but mostly boxes for fun, and it’s helped her, she says. “It puts you in good shape. I’m probably in the best shape ever. It gives you good leg and upper arm strength, and makes you stronger and leaner.”


Charmayne has earned a full tuition waiver for her freshman year at Chadron State College, where she will rodeo collegiately and work towards a veterinary degree. She will also continue to box.


In high school, she was active in FFA, was a member of Student Council, and on the honor roll. She is the daughter of Bernard and Dr. Terry Beguin-Strong.


Devin Dibbern, Riverdale, is the 2014 steer wrestling champion.


The 17 year old cowboy will be a senior at Amherst High School this fall, and competed in the team roping, tie-down roping and saddle bronc riding at finals as well.


He finished second in the state in the saddle bronc riding and will represent Nebraska in both events at the National High School Finals next month.


In high school, Devin is FFA sentinel, is on the honor roll, plays football, and qualified for state wrestling three years, finishing third place this past year in the 162 lb. division in Class D.


He has three older brothers: Bryce, Colin and Logan. Bryce, a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, competed at the College National Finals Rodeo last week. Colin and Logan are his triplet brothers; both of them also competed at state finals.


He is the son of Billy and Karen Dibbern.


Rowdy Moon, Sargent, is the 2014 bareback riding champion.


The junior at Sargent High School has qualified for state finals for three years, and the National High School Finals three years, finishing last year tenth in the nation.


The Moon name is familiar in rodeo. Rowdy’s oldest brother, Buck, is a bull rider, and older brother, Cody, ropes. And at state finals, Rowdy had another job besides riding bareback horses. He worked as bullfighter during the bull riding. This is his third year as a bullfighter, which he also does for amateur rodeos across the state.


In high school, he plays football, wrestles, is a member of the quiz bowl team and National Honor Society, and is on the honor roll.


He is the son of Casey and Sandra Moon.


For Cody Nye, the 2014 state finals was the fulfillment of his expectations.


The 2014 tie-down roping champion finished the 2012 and 2013 years in second place, and finally won the title as a senior. That was his game plan: “it was expected,” he said, “but it did feel good.”


This fall, the Alliance resident will be a freshman at Gillette (Wyo). College, where he will study business management and compete in collegiate rodeo. After Gillette, he will get his bachelor’s degree in ag business and come back to the Alliance area, where he hopes to work in real estate or the insurance field.

In high school, Cody was on the honor roll and a member of the National Honor Society. He served as vice-president among student directors for the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association.


He is the son of Barry and Gretchen Nye.


Triston Eklund repeats as the saddle bronc riding champion.


The Valentine cowboy won the title last year and this year, and was runner-up in 2012.


He competed in the tie-down roping and steer wrestling at state finals as well.


He’s walking in the footsteps of his uncle, Matt Elliott, who won the high school saddle bronc riding title in the late 1990s, and to whom he turns to for advice. “He’s given me tips in about everything,” Triston said, including roping and riding horses. Matt used to ride saddle broncs professionally and now tie-down ropes.


Triston, who graduated from Valentine High School this spring, was involved in FFA, wrestling, and football. He qualified for state wrestling and placed twice.


This fall, he will attend Central Wyoming College in Riverton, on a rodeo scholarship.


His younger sister, Mataya, will compete at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Des Moines this week, in the barrel racing and ribbon roping.


He is the son of Jarred Eklund and Misti Brown.


Ethan Lesiak, Clarks, is the 2014 bull riding champion.


He’s qualified for state finals all four years in the bull riding, finishing tenth his freshman year, runner-up  his sophomore year, and in third place last year.


Riding bulls takes a lot of practice, he said. “You can’t just go out there and ride a bull. You have to put a lot of work and practice and dedication and hard work into it.” Ethan’s title is an example of that. “It shows that hard work and dedication pays off.”


He’s had a passion for bull riding since he was young. “Since I could walk, I’ve wanted to ride bulls.” He started riding sheep, then graduated to calves, steers, and mini bulls, and “the next step was the big bulls, and that’s where I am now.”


He’s earned a rodeo scholarship to Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, where he will continue to ride bulls, and major in agribusiness.


As a student at Fullerton High School, he started on the football team all four years, making all-district defense and all-state honorable mention. He was active in FFA, vice-president of Student Council, and a member of the National Honor Society.


He is the son of Kevin Lesiak and Trista Engel.


The year-end all-around winners were Jayde Atkins, Broken, Bow, (girls) and Tanner Stec, Bassett (boys). Rookie of the year went to Libby Winchell, Scottsbluff (girls) and Cody Darnell, Gordon (boys).

The Fort Whitaker Award went Devin Dibbern, Riverdale. The 2014-2015 Nebraska State High School Rodeo Queen is Madison Clark, Wellfleet.


For the 2013-2014 year end rankings, visit http://hsrodeo-nebraska.com/rodresults/rgn1ev.htm. For more information on the state finals and national finals, visit www.AdamsCountyFairgrounds.comwww.hsrodeo-nebraska.com, and www.nhsra.com.




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