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Valentine Swimmers Compete at Kearney, One Qualifies for State

Thirteen swimmers from Valentine Swim Team traveled to Kearney for two days of competition at the GNST Kearney Invite held at Harmon Park Pool over the weekend.  Valentine swimmers ranging in age from 8 up to 17 had a fantastic showing competing with 50 total athletes in 37 events in the first outdoor long course meet of the summer season.  Dylan Witt brought home a qualifying State Meet time in the 50M Freestyle finishing it in 33.09 seconds and will be traveling to Lincoln for the state meet at the end of July.  Additionally, Valentine swimmers placed in the top four in numerous events with Savannah Dean and Dylan Witt both bringing home 1st place in their 100M Butterfly.
Full results are as follows...
Savannah Dean(17) placed 3rd in the 100M Freestyle, 4th in the 200M Individual Medley, 1st in the 100M Butterfly, 3rd in the 100M Breaststroke, 3rd in the 50M Freestyle, 3rd in the 100M Backstroke & 2nd in the 200M Breaststroke.
Nathan Miller (13)  placed 11th in the 100M Freestyle, 8th in the 100M Breaststroke, 10th in the 50M Freestyle, 5th in the 100M Backstroke, 4th in the 200M Breaststroke,
Casey MIller (9) placed 6th in the 100M Freestyle, 6th in the 50M Backstroke, 4th in the 100M Breaststroke, 6th in the 50M Freestyle, & 4th in the 50M Breaststroke.
Cody Miller (11) placed 6th in the 100M Freestyle, 6th in the 50M Backstroke, 4th in the 100M Breaststroke, 6th in the 50M Freestyle, & 6th in the 50M Breaststroke.
KayLynn Miller (12) placed 3rd in the 100M Freestyle, 5th in the 200M Individual Medley, 4th in the 50M Backstroke, 3rd in the 50M Freestyle, & 3rd in the 50M Breaststroke.
Ethan Osnes (16) placed 7th in the 100M Freestyle, 5th in the 200M Individual Medley, 4th in the 100M Butterfly, 5th in the 100M Breaststroke, 6th in the 50M Freestyle, & 4th in the 100M Backstroke.
Sami Phillips (11) placed 6th in the 100M Freestyle, 7th in the 200M Individual Medley, 6th in the 50M Backstroke, 4th in the 100M Breaststroke, 5th in the 50M Freestyle, 5th in the 100M Backstroke, 4th in the 50M Breaststroke, & 7th in the 200M Freestyle.
Mya Shelbourn (9) placed 8th in the 100M Freestyle, 8th in the 50M Backstroke, 4th in the 100M Breaststroke, 9th in the 50M Freestyle, 8th in the 100M Backstroke, 6th in the 200M Freestyle & 6th in the 50M Breaststroke.
Aiden Tiefenthaler (11) placed 8th in the 100M Freestyle, 7th in the 50M Backstroke, & 7th in the 50M Freestyle.
Elena Tiefenthaler (14) placed 7th in the 100M Freestyle, 3rd in the 200M Individual Medley, 4th in the 100M Butterfly, 3rd in the 100M Breaststroke, 5th in the 50M Freestyle, 2nd in the 200M Breaststroke, & 4th in the 200M Freestyle.
Malika Trass (8) placed 4th in the 100M Freestyle, 5th in the 50M Backstroke, 4th in the 50M Freestyle, 6th in the 100M Backstroke,
Daniel Witt (8) placed 4th in the 100M Freestyle, 4th in the 50M Backstroke, 3rd in the 50M Freestyle & 5th in the 200M Freestyle.
Dylan Witt (12) placed 4th in the 100M Freestyle, 1st in the 100M Butterfly, 4th in the 50M Backstroke, 2nd in the 100M Breaststroke, 3rd in the 50M Butterfly, 3rd in the 50M Freestyle, 4th in the 100M Backstroke, 3rd in the 200M Breaststroke, 3rd in the 50M Breaststroke & 5th in the 200M Freestyle.
Twenty Valentine Swimmers will be traveling to Broken Bow next weekend for another two days of competition in the sun!

 

National High School Rodeo State Qualifiers

Congratulations to all of the high school qualifiers for the Nebraska State Rodeo, set for June 18-21 in Hastings, NE. Local qualifiers include:

Bareback Riding: Cord Hesseltine (Halsey) and Garrett Shadbolt (Merriman)

Barrel Racing: Laree Painter (Long Pine), Shaina Simonson (Dunning), Sheyanne Long (Valentine), Samantha Vonheeder (Ainsworth), Rachel Calvo (Bassett), Macey Von Heeder (Ainsworth) and Brittni McCully (Mullen)

Boys Cutting: Pryce Pinney (Johnstown) and JT Adamson (Cody)

Breakaway Roping: Bailey Dexter (Valentine), Jayden Hollenbeck (Valentine), Brittni McCully (Mullen), Shaina Simonson (Dunning), Samantha Vonheeder (Ainsworth) and Sadie Stec (Bassett)

Bull Riding: Brady Jandreau (Ainsworth)

Goat Tying: Charmayne Strong (Rushville), Shaina Simonsen (Dunning), Jessica Bragg (Gordon), Jayden Hollenbeck (Valentine), Sheyanne Long (Valentine), Rachel Calvo (Bassett), Sydney Graff (Long Pine) and Bailey Dexter (Valentine)

Pole Bending: Sydney Hollenbeck (Winner, SD), Shaina Simonson (Dunning), Charmayne Strong (Rushville), Brittni McCully (Mullen), Sheyanne Long (Valentine), Samantha Vonheeder (Ainsworth) and Rachel Calvo (Bassett)

Saddle Bronc: Triston Eklund (Valentine), Brady Jandreau (Ainsworth) and Garrett Shadbolt (Merriman)

Steer Wrestling: Tanner Freeman (Dunning), Blaine Finney (Ainsworth), Tanner Stec (Bassett), Boyd Sawyer (Thedford), Cord Hesseltine (Halsey), Triston Eklund (Valentine), Michael Benscoter (Valentine) and Cole Hewett (Dunning)

Team Roping: Blaine Finney (Ainsworth), Doug Finney (Anselmo), Tanner Stec (Bassett), John Opela (Stapleton), Colter Glendy (Oconto), Ty Milleson (Dunning), Brandy Schaak (Hyannis), JT Adamson (Cody), Nolan Sybrant (Bassett), Ryan Koenig (Ewing), Reece Weber (Valentine), Tanner Freeman (Dunning) and Sadie Stec (Bassett)

Tie Down Roping: Tanner Stec (Bassett), Cody Darnell (Gordon), Ty Milleson (Dunning), Nolan Sybrant (Bassett), JT Adamson (Cody), Blaine Finney (Ainsworth), Triston Eklund (Valentine), Reece Weber (Valentine) and Tanner Freeman (Dunning)

 

This list is not all-inclusive. Complete results available on the Nebraska High School Rodeo's website.

 

Boating Safety Course in Valentine

A boating safety course will be held at the Niobrara River Lodge in Valentine on Monday, June 23, according to Scott Eveland, Boating Safety Officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

According to Eveland, the Nebraska Boating Safety course is required of all power boat operators born after December 31, 1985, which includes operators of personal watercraft and all other motorboats.  The minimum age to operate a motorboat in Nebraska is 14.

The course covers everything from equipment requirements to safe boat operation and accident prevention, and is a great course for both new and experienced boaters. Boat owners who complete the class may qualify for insurance discounts. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children and boaters of all ages are welcome.  Students must be at least 14, or turning 14 this calendar year to be certified. The homestudy with proctored exam option allows students to study online, then attend a shortened review and test session.  That session will be offered June 23 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m..  The $10 fee for this course has been waived.  Preregistration is required and there are minimum student requirements for the class to be held.

To register for the class, or for additional information, contact Boating Safety Officer Eveland at (308) 289-0017 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it For information on additional classes in Nebraska, visit www.boatsafenebraska.org.

 

   

Over $18,000 Raised in the New West All-Star Classic

The New West All-Star Classic volleyball and basketball games were held in Minden on Friday and Saturday to benefit the Nebraska Kidney Association. Over $18,000 was raised in the two day event through sponsorships and attendance.

Friday's volleyball matches began with a 4-set victory for the LouPlatte Conference over the Southwest Conference by scores of 25-21, 25-17, 14-25 and 25-17. The second match of the day found the Twin Valley Conference topping the Fort Kearny Conference in yet another 4-set win with scores of 20-25, 25-21, 25-23 and 25-14. The game between the two winners made it a perfect day for the LouPlatte all-stars as they topped the Twin Valley All-Stars in a best of 3 match, 25-18, 23-25, 25-13. Maci Coffey of Blue Hill was named tournament MVP.

Saturday's action tipped off at noon with teams of basketball all-stars from the Southwest and LouPlatte Conferences. In the girl's game, behind 34 points from Minden's MVP Brooke Kissinger, the Southwest Conference defeated the LouPlatte Conference, 82-58. In the boy's matchup, the LouPlatte Conference topped the Southwest Conference 90-84. Blake Holtmeier from Kearney Catholic was named the game's MVP.

In the final basketball games for the tournament, the Twin Valley Conference girls all-stars fell to the Fort Kearny Conference all-stars 64-76. Kinzy Enochs of Overton was named MVP as she led the FKC with 22 points. In the boys contest, MVP Mitch Ruybalid of Blue Hill led all scorers with 26 points as the Twin Valley Conference hung on for an 86-81 win over the Fort Kearny Conference.

 



 

GNST Swim Meet in Grand Island

Savannah Dean, GNST (Greater Nebraska Swim Team) Valentine, traveled to Grand Island over the weekend to participate in the first meet of the long course swimming season. The Grand Island Quicksilver Start of Summer meet accommodated 52 swimmers competing in 230 events on Saturday, June 7th at the Grand Island YMCA.

Savannah placed 1st in the 50M butterfly, 2nd in the 50M breaststroke, 5th in the 50M freestyle,   6th in the 100M freestyle, and 8th in the 100M backstroke.

10 swimmers from Valentine will be traveling to Kearney this Saturday and Sunday for the first outdoor meet of the summer. Additionally, 18 swimmers will be bound for Broken Bow later in the month for two days of competition in the sun!


   

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