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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



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!



Central Nebraska's best high school athletes will display their talents in the New West All-Star Classic Weekend to benefit the Nebraska Kidney Association. Volleyball on Friday, June 6 and Basketball on Saturday, June 7 at CL Jones Gymnasium in Minden, Nebraska.

The three-day event will feature 120 athletes from four regional conferences including the Southwest, Fort Kearny, Lou Platte and Twin Valley. Volleyball will serve up the beginning of the fun-filled weekend on Friday, June 6 at 4:00 pm followed by tip off at 12:00 pm on June 7, featuring the girls and boys from all four conferences.

Schedule as follows:

Friday, June 6, 2014
Games will run consecutively
Southwest Conference vs. Lou Platte Conference
Fort Kearny Conference vs. Twin Valley Conference
Winners from both matches will play a championship game.

Saturday, June 7, 2014
12:00 pm Games will run consecutively

Girls Southwest Conference vs. Lou Platte Conference
Boys Southwest Conference vs. Lou Platte Conference

Girls Fort Kearny Conference vs. Twin Valley Conference
Boys Fort Kearny Conference vs. Twin Valley Conference

General admission tickets to the event are $5 for the public at the door. Proceeds from the All-Star Classic will benefit the Nebraska Kidney Association.

South West Conference


Coach: Ed Rowse, Minden
Coach: Julie Ratka, Minden

Carlie Bauer, Minden
Anisha Kuehn, Minden
Shae Taylor, Minden
Demi Anderson, Ogallala
Shayna Shaw, Ogallala
Emily Perrett, Valentine
Brittany O'Kief, Valentine
Lindsey Fay, Valentine
Amanda German, Cozad
Julie Loy, Broken Bow
Morgan Hueftle, Broken Bow
Aryn Meisinger, Gothenburg
Taylor Mroczek, Gothenburg

Girls Basketball

Coach: Brice King, Broken Bow
Coach: Dan Wolken, Valentine

Taylor Mroczek, Gothenburg
Emily Franzen, Gothenburg
Aryn Meisinger, Gothenburg
Julie Loy, Broken Bow
Emily Perrett, Valentine
Lindsey Fay, Valentine
Brittany O'Kief, Valentine
Samantha Carlson, Cozad
Brooke Kissinger, Minden
Jamie Kissinger, Minden

Boys Basketball

Coach: Brian Delimont, Ainsworth
Coach: Harlan Welch, Ainsworth
Coach: Brian Davis, Cozad

Jared Jaeger, Ogallala
Adam Crandall, Ogallala
Quin Conner, Valentine
Jacob Choquette, Minden
Jonas Lovin, Minden
Mitchell Muller, Minden
Jake Paulsen, Cozad
Nate Bubak, Cozad
Marcus Miller, Broken Bow
Jordan Lemburg, Broken Bow
Matt McLeod, Ainsworth
Tanner Fuelberth, Ainsworth




The Valentine Badgers qualified one individual, Brooks Coleman (11), to the 2-day Nebraska State Golf Tournament for 2014, which was held at the Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln.

Day One:  40-41=81

Day Two:  40-39=79

Total =160 tied for 31st place out of 102 golfers
The top golfer was Rylee Reinertson (12) from Gibbon, who had a total score of 136. Sam Meuret (12) from Plainview shot a 137 and Tyler Ehresman (12) from Omaha Brownell-Talbot rounded out the top 3 with a score of 145.

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