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MPCC Rodeo Update

Two members of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team are now guaranteed to compete at nationals.

Trey Engel, of Silver Creek, won the bull riding at the Hastings College Rodeo in Hastings on Saturday, earning enough points to secure a spot at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. in June.

Engel’s win comes just a week after Rowdy Moon, of Sargent, won the bareback riding at a rodeo in Spearfish, S.D. - also earning a trip to nationals. According to Elliott, there will be more qualifiers.

“We’ve got three for sure,” said Elliott. “Ethan Lesiak [of Clarks], even though he didn’t have a good weekend in Hastings, still gained enough points that he can’t be moved out of the standings either. He’s going to be headed to nationals in bull riding.”

Then there’s Reece Weber, of Valentine, who continues to lead the Great Plains Region as a team roping header.

“But, that’s so close,” said Elliott. “He could go from first to fourth in an instant. Duell Puttergill [of Tryon] is fourth in the region in the saddle bronc riding. He still, mathematically, has a shot to make it, but he will have to do something this weekend.”

Engel wasn’t the only one who placed at the top at Hastings. His teammates, Garrett Wickett, of Norfolk, and Moon, came in second in the bull riding and bareback riding, respectively.

There were also two fourth place finishes for the MPCC team: Riley Weehler, of Mount Ayr, Iowa, in the tie-down roping and Ty Wriedt, of Norfolk, in the steer wrestling.

Overall, MPCC placed fifth in the team standings.

The final rodeo of the season will be Friday and Saturday in Dickinson, N.D.


Marisa Hutchinson named to first NSAA Student Advisory Committee

The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) is pleased to announce the individuals selected to the NSAA Student Advisory Committee for the 2016-17 school year.

This will be the first year for this new program that was approved by the NSAA Board of Directors in December 2015.
Out of over 80 impressive applicants, only 12 were selected to be on this committee, half juniors and half seniors.  These students were selected from the Nebraska’s six NSAA districts.  The selection process was focused on the representation of gender, school classification, minority representation, and participation in interscholastic athletics/activities.


From District 6, Marisa Hutchinson-- Jr., Valentine High School was selected. Her NSAA Activities include --Volleyball, Speech, Basketball, Track & Field, Play Production, Music. Other Activities include--President of Sophomore Class, Vice President of Interact Club (fundraising for non-profit), mentor for elementary students, member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes


The purpose of this committee is to serve as a liaison between students and administrators, and the NSAA Staff and Board of Directors.  The Student Advisory Committee will help promote the mission of the NSAA, encompassing leadership, sportsmanship and integrity.  The focus will be on providing education and leadership through open and honest communication with all member schools and their students, administrators and coaches.
Specific duties and responsibilities will be to:  discuss current student and Association issues, assist with various Association functions, and help to maintain an avenue of communication between the Association and the student participants themselves.  Avenues to accomplish this goal would be:
Committee members could give student perspective on proposed by-law changes.
Students could provide input, help develop and attend the sportsmanship and leadership summits in conjunction with the NCA.
Students could record public service announcements (PSAs), through a media partner chosen by the NSAA.
Congratulations to the new members of the first Student Advisory Committee.

Two VHS Athletes will play at college level.

Two Valentine High School athletes recently signed letters of intent to participate in college sports. Caden Billings, son of Coby and Kimberly Billings, signed to play football at Chadron State College. Braxton Coleman, son of Dallas Fowler and Kerri Gaswick signed with Nebraska Wesleyan to play football and wrestle. Congratulations to both athletes.


Free Fishing Clinic April 30th

The free kids fishing clinic will be held on April 30th at the Valentine Fish Hatchery.
Registration begins at 9:30am.  Youth from the area are invited to learn fundamentals of fishing with experienced fishermen.


Valentine Swim Team 2016 Summer registration

The Valentine Swim Team will hold their 2016 Summer registration on April 24, 2016 at 2-4pm at the Valentine City Gym.  New swimmers are required to bring a copy of their birth certificate to complete the registration process.  Swimmers must have completed Level 3 of swim lessons or be at this level to join.  Practices will begin May 31!  Contact Coach Dana Miller at 402-389-0275 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with questions.


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