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Youth Basketball Clinic Schedule This Week

Youth basketball clinic for 3rd-6th graders this week will be at the middle school.  Boys will practice on Monday evening (11/23!) with 3rd/4th graders 6:00-6:45 and 5th/6th graders 6:45-8:00.  Girls will practice Tuesday evening with 3rd/4th graders 6:00-6:45 and 5th/6th graders 6:45-8:00.


Winter Sports at VHS


Here are the numbers of athletes out for winter activities at Valentine High School.


Girls Basketball - 11 Freshmen

4 Sophomores

5 Juniors

7 Seniors


Boys Basketball 8 Freshmen

5 Sophomores

6 Juniors

4 Seniors


Wrestling 11 Freshmen

9  Sophomores

13 Juniors

7 Seniors


There is also 42 students out for Drama


Ainsworth Votes to drop to 8 man Football

Ainsworth will drop down to the eight-man football ranks for the 2016-17 seasons following a vote by the Ainsworth Community Schools Board of Education during Monday’s meeting.

Superintendent Darrell Peterson said there had been extensive discussion in the community during the past couple months.

The superintendent said moving from 11-man to eight-man football was the consensus at this point.

Low numbers in the football program forced the cancellation of the junior varsity season this year.

Peterson said there would be some cost to change the field. Eight-man fields are only 80 yards long, while 11-man fields are 100 yards from end zone to end zone. The eight-man field is also not as wide as an 11-man field, but that would only take painting to accommodate.

With board member Aaron Jackman absent, the board voted 5-0 to submit to the Nebraska School Activities Association that Ainsworth opted to compete in Class D-1 for the 2016-17 seasons. The NSAA sets up football schedules on a two-year basis, thus having to commit to playing eight-man football for two years instead of one.

By having too large an enrollment to receive a waiver to play eight-man football, Ainsworth will be ineligible for the playoffs during the next two years.



Deer Hunters Enjoy Higher Opening Weekend Success

The opening two days of the Nebraska’s firearm deer season saw more hunters fill their tags than last year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The season opened Nov. 14.

“Although final harvest figures won’t be available until after the season closes on Nov. 22, hunters got off to a great start this weekend,” said Scott Taylor, the Commission’s wildlife division administrator.  Mild weather, dry roads, higher deer numbers, and widely-available deer permits are thought to have led to the increase in hunter harvest.

Compared to 2014, the numbers of deer brought in to check stations on the opening weekend increased about 20 percent in southeast Nebraska, 24 percent in the southwest, 35 percent in the northwest, and 50 percent in the northeast. Statewide harvest was up about 30 percent.

Firearm deer permits are still available for some areas of the state, particularly for antlerless deer.  Statewide whitetail buck and youth permits are also available throughout the season. Permits can be purchased through the Commission’s website at


Spot-check of hunters in South Dakota finds 147 violations

The largest spot-check of hunters in South Dakota in 12 years turned up nearly 150 violations of game laws.

More than 50 officials with the Game, Fish and Parks Department and other agencies set up a checkpoint at an Interstate 90 rest area for 24 hours on Sunday and Monday, near White Lake.

more than 3,300 vehicles went through the checkpoint, with more than 1,200 hunters checked. There were 147 violations found, including illegal possession of game, unlawful transportation of game and no hunting license.

Game, Fish and Parks Law Enforcement Program Administrator Andy Alban says the last game checkpoint that large was in 2003.

He says it's rewarding to apprehend people who intentionally violate the law.


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