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    Track Teams get Outdoor Season Started at ALC Meet

    Set Three Meet Records

    The Ord High School track teams got their outdoor season started this past Thursday at the Arcadia/Loup City Invitational. The Chanticleers finished third in the boys' team race and fourth in the girls meet. The Chants won three events in the meet and set a meet record in each of those events. For the girls Zoe Ritz won both the 3200 and 1600 meter runs in meet record time. Ritz broke her own meet record in the 3200 with a time of 12:45.0 and Morgan Alexander's record in the 1600 with a time of 5:53.78. "Zoe had a great day for us at the meet", Coach Derry Trampe stated. "I didn't have her in the 1600 at first and she asked if she could run it at this meet and it worked out well for us." The boys 4 X 400 relay team of Reggie McKenney, Austin Knapp, Noah Jensen, and Jordan Coufal combined to set a meet record in
    3 :43 .67. Breaking the meet record set by Ord last year. "The boys ran a really solid race", Trampe said. "We stayed in position throughout the race and Jordan ran an excellent anchor leg to overtake St. Paul down the final stretch. That could be a really good relay for us by the end of the season."
    Arcadia/Loup City won the girls division with a total of 117 points. Wood River was a close second with 109 points. Burwell finished third with 88 points and the Chants were fourth with 76 points. "I felt like our girls perfonned well", Coach Trampe said. "We need to develop some depth in the events we are strong in and score more points in the field events in order to be a team that competes for team titles this season." Rounding out the team scores were: Riverside (56), St. Paul (55), Grand Island CC (48), Sp[alding Academy (38), Central Valley (27), Ravenna (20), Sandy Creek (16), and Heartland Lutheran (12).
    In a tight team race St. Paul won the team title with a total of 136 points. Grand Island CC was second with 128 points while the Chants were right behind them with 120.5 points. "Our boys scored a lot of points and brought home a lot of medals from the meet", Trampe commented. "We are close to being a very good team this season. We were able to score in nearly every event at the meet so we just need to keep improving as the season progresses." Rounding out the team scores were: Burwell (75.5), Arcadia-Loup City (59.5), Ravenna (42), Riverside (24.5), Wood River (23), Heartland Lutheran (22), Central Valley (19), Sandy Creek (4), and Spalding Academy (3).
    The girls were able to bring home several medals from the meet in addition to the two golds won by Zoe Ritz. Second place medals were won by Morgan Ritz in the 3200 (13:36.0), Ali Smith in the 800 (2:35.14), and the 4 X 800 relay team of Ali Smith, Zoe Ritz, Ashley Carson, and Andrea Carson (10:38.14). Cora Svoboda brought home the lone third place medal as she finished third in the pole vault with a vault of9' O". Fourth place medals were won by Danielle Bruha in the high jump ( 4' 1 O") and the 4 X 400 relay team of Andrea Carson, Cora Svoboda, Ashley Carson, and Ali Smith ( 4:31.46). Fifth place medals were won by Cora Svoboda in the 300 LH (55.55) and the 4 X 100 relay team of Andrea Carson, Danielle Bruha, Lydia Hill, and Kailey Bruha (57.80). Sixth place medals went to Zoe Ritz in the 800 (2:41.59) and Kailey Bruha in the 200 (29.26). Cierra Vanosdall finished seventh in the 300 LH in 57.13 to score the final points for the Chants.

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    Ord Speech O.I.D. Team Earns 4th Place At State

    After a long season, the Chanticleers speech season came to an end at UNK on Thursday, March 23. Classes A, B, and C1 all held their state tournament in Kearney on campus during UNK’s Spring Break. There were eighteen qualifiers in each of the nine categories at districts. Ord qualified nine different entries with eleven total students at districts. In the end, only the Oral Interpretation of Drama team “Rapunzel Uncut” of Lily Farrens (12), Taylor Williams (12), Kyler Peetz (11), Jonny Koch (11), and Kora Severance (10) made it into finals, where the top 6 of each event compete after two prelim rounds. They ended the day with 4th place medals finishing behind David City, Malcolm, and Bishop Neumann. Ord ended up 11th as a team out of 34 participating schools. Here are the Ord Chants final results:

    • Esmeralda Vera – Superior Rating in Poetry and Serious Prose

    • Maddie Winchell – Excellent Rating in Extemporaneous

    • Lily Farrens – Superior Rating in Entertainment

    • Zoe Dabney – Superior Rating in Informative

    • Shelby Kittle – Superior Rating in Informative

    • Tracy Wamsley – Superior Rating in Persuasive

    • Lauren Collins – Superior Rating in Humorous Prose

    • Rapunzel Uncut – Superior Rating and 4th place in O.I.D.

    “As a coach, I am extremely proud and happy for how our students performed at state” said Coach Ben Lansman. “We knew from the beginning of our season, that our goal was to get as many people onto that podium at state as possible. Though we didn’t end up with as many into finals as we had hoped, we are so proud of our students. They each logged hundreds of hours practicing and competing this season. We as coaches understand how hard it is to get onto that podium in Class C1, and know how much it hurts when their season comes to an end. It may seem sad for them, but it is also wonderful to realize that they are one of the 18 best individuals in Class C1. We definitely will not hang our heads about what we’ve accomplished this season.” Ord ended up with more state qualifiers than they’ve had over the past 10-15 years, and are in prime position to have an excellent season next year. “We will miss our seniors next year and I want to thank them for their time and dedication to our program. Some of them have poured their life into this activity over the past 3-4 years and I am extremely proud of their accomplishments and leadership. But I am truly excited for next year. We will have a large senior class that now has seasoned veterans with state experience, and a large group of younger talent to support them. Both Mrs. Trampe and I would like to congratulate our entire team on a fun and excellent year! It is a long season that takes so much time and effort, and even in the end you still need a little luck! I also want to thank Ashley Trampe, Crystal Ramm, and Timbre O’Neel for their service and dedication to the program this year. Without their time and sacrifice, we wouldn’t have been able to have the year we did.” The Ord Speech team will hold its awards banquet in April and will announce their scholarship and individual award winners at that time. The team would like to thank the fans and community for their support throughout the year; it is our support system that keeps us going strong!

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    Junior High Wins Quiz Bowl

    The Ord Jr. High Academic Bowl Team earned 1st place at the Lou-Platte Conference Quiz Bowl tournament on March 22 in Gibbon.  After losing the first round, the team battled their way back to win the next 4 rounds and face undefeated Loup City.  The Chanticleers would go on to win the championship by beating Loup City in two straight matches.  Congratulations to the team for a great comeback and championship!

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    Science Olympiad Competition

    The Ord Jr. Sr. High Science Olympiad Team traveled to Kearney on March 21 to compete in the Regional Science Olympiad held at UNK.  The Jr. High did well earning 4th place as a team.  Cooper Sheets and Aaron White placed 1st in the event Crime Busters, while Vickie Ference and Allison Moudry placed 1st in Write It Do It.  Individuals who placed 2nd were Will Grint and Grady Sheets in Mission Possible, while Jacob Brown and Meo Mill placed 2nd in Wright Stuff.
    The High School division tied for 3rd with three other schools.  Stephanie Vavra placed 2nd in Electric Vehicle while Lydia Hill, Ethan Ries, and Cora Svoboda placed 1st in Experimental Design.
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    Boys 3rd, Girls 7th at UNK Indoor Meet

    The Ord High School track teams started their season this past Saturday at the UNK Indoor Invitational. Competing in the Class B meet the Chanticleer boys were able to finish third out of the seven teams in the meet. The Chants scored 61 points while Holdrege won the meet with 155 points and Minden was second with 81. "We only take our junior and senior kids to this meet and we were missing a few kids because they were part of the conference honor band", Coach Derry Trampe stated. "I was really pleased with how well we competed against some quality competition. We have a starting point now so it is just a matter of improving every week." Rounding out the team scoring in the meet were Grand Island NW-54, Adams Central-44, Cozad-29, and Kearney Catholic-26.
    In the girls' team race the Chants finished 7th in the seven team field with 21 points. Adams Central won the meet with 132 points while Grand Island NW was second with 96. "I was pretty pleased with how our girls competed", Trampe said. "We did not have a lot of girls entered in the meet because we are thin on numbers this season. We are going to have a lot of girls who will compete in a lot of events throughout the season and hopefully, we can keep them healthy all season long." Rounding out the team scoring were Holdrege--87. Kearney Catholic-45, Cozad-43, and Minden-27.
    While the boys had no individual or relay champions, Clark Bredthauer did finish as the runner-up in the high jump. Bredthauer cleared 5' 1 O" to bring home the silver medal. Third place medals went to Landon Rogers in the discus (127' 4"), Harrison Benton in the triple jump (38' 4.25"), Nate Wells in the pole vault (11' O") and the mile nm (5:24.07), Ethan Thomsen in the 200 (25.44), and the 4 X 800 relay team of Nate Wells, Noah Jensen, Harrison Benton, and Skyler Key (9:56.44). Trevin Kruml was the lone 4th place finisher for the boys as he ran 7.11 in the 55-meter dash. The 4 X 400 relay team of Reggie McKenney, Austin Knapp, Noah Jensen, and Jordan Coufal combined to finish in 5th place in a time of 3:54.89. Sixth place medals went to Landon Rogers in the shot put (40' 7"), Jordan Coufal in the 55 HH (9.12), James Masin in the 3200 (13:08.17), and Reggie McKenney in the 400 (57.77).
    Danielle Bruha was the highest finisher for the girls as she finished second in the high jump with a jump of 5' O". The 4 X 800 relay team of Ali Smith, Jessica Buckles, Ashley Carson, and Andrea Carson finished third in a time of 11 :45.46. The 4 X 400 relay team of Andrea Carson, Cora Svoboda, Ashley Carson, and Ali Smith combined to finish fourth in a time of 4:33.79. Fifth place went to Jessica Buckles in the triple jump with a leap of 28' 8.5'' and Cora Svoboda finished sixth in the pole vault with a vault of 8' O" to round out the scoring for the Chants.
    Additional Ord results: Girls: 55 meter-Grace Racek (8.25); 200 meter-Susie Vavra
    (32.61); 55 meter HH-Cora Svoboda (10.82); High Jump-Susie Vavra (4' 2"); Longjump­
    Jessica Buckles (11' 2.5"). Boys: 55 meter-Ethan Thomsen (7.15/7.21), Johnny Lawrence
    (7.77); 200 meter-Reggie McKenney (25.98), Stirling Tonniges (27.13); 400 meter-Noah Jensen (58.22), Tim White (63.23); 800-Skyler Key (2:46.33); 55 meter HH-Austin I(napp (9.31/9.24), Harrison Benton(! 0.07); High Jump-Nate Wells (5' 2"), Austin Knapp (MOH 5' O"); Long jump-Tim White (16' 2"); Shot put-Barrett Boden (36' 3"), Zach Flessner (35' 8.75"); Discus-Barrett Boden (97' l"), Zach Flessner (97' O").

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    Bechtold, Smith, Fahey Named All Conference

    Ord basketball players Brooks Bechtold, Ali Smith and Delani Fahey were named All-Conference in the Lou-Platte Conference for 2017

    Bechtold, a senior, was named to the first team on the boys squad.

    Fahey and Smith, juniors, were first team on the girls squad.


    Loup Platte Conference All Conference Basketball Teams

    1 ST TEAM

    Anna Squiers, Senior KCHS

    Kylie Thiele, Senior KCHS

    Emily Krolikowski, Junior Centura

    Ali Smith, Junior Ord

    Delani Fahey, Junior Ord

    Jordyn Fiddelke ,Sophomore Ravenna

    Sam Luehr, Senior Wood River

    2 nd Team

    Katie Roach, Freshman Doniphan-Trumbull

    Ellie Snell, Junior Gibbon

    Katelyn Long, Senior Kearney Catholic

    Sheridan Holcomb, Senior Arcadia-Loup City

    Megan Miigerl, Junior Ravenna

    Rebecca Nozicka, Senior Ravenna

    Claira Thede, Senior St. Paul


    1 ST TEAM

    Nolan Baker, Arcadia-Loup City

    Logan Schuldt, Doniphan-Trumbull

    Dawson Caspersen, Centura

    Brady Holtmeier, Kearney Catholic

    Brooks Bechtold, Ord

    Josh Bauer, Ravenna

    Miles Griffith, St. Paul

    2 nd Team

    Isaiah Coleman, Arcadia-Loup City

    Bret Johnson, Doniphan-Trumbull

    Ben Oman, Centura

    Joe Carey, Centura

    Jackson Noakes, Centura

    Hunter Osentowski ,Kearney Catholic

    Cam Moore, Kearney Catholic

    Tanner Wroblewski, St. Paul

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    Ord Wins C-1 Sportsmanship Award

    Ord High School won the Class C-1 Sportsmanship Award at the NSAA Girls basketball championships.  The award is presented to the school that exhibits class and candor while cheering on it's team.

    The Nebraska Coaches Association gives the sportsmanship awards in partnership with the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA), Nebraska Athletic Directors Association, and presenting partner, the Nebraska National Guard.

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    After having a week off, the Ord Speech Team was ready to dive back into competition. In a span of 8 days they competed in three tournaments, all of which are some of their toughest competition of the year. On Saturday Feb. 11 they traveled to David City to compete against over 20 teams and 500 competitors from across the state. Schools were from classes A-D including York, Norfolk, Lexington, Kearney, and even a school traveling as far away as Oklahoma. “This is always the toughest meet we attend all year” said Coach Lansman. “I decided to head east to David City to see some of our state competition in C1 as well as some huge schools that we don’t typically compete against. If we ever get anyone into the finals – it’s a huge accomplishment. In many ways, this meet is as tough as or tougher than our state competition will be. It’s a great opportunity to grow and stay humble.” The Chants had a few medalists including: Cooper Sheets 5th in JV Extemporaneous, Morgan Ritz 3rd in JV Informative, Kyler Peetz and Madison Thompson 11th in Varsity Duet, and Esmeralda Vera 10th in Varsity Poetry. “Mrs. Trampe and I are really proud of all our students, but especially our medalists here. This shows they can really hang with the big dogs at giant tournaments. This will hopefully make their district and state competition seem less daunting.”

        On Wednesday, February 15, St. Paul hosted the Lou Platte Conference Tournament. It was definitely a day to remember for the Ord Speech team as they set a new school record by qualifying 17 out of 18 events for the finals and winning the Conference Championship! At Conference and Districts, the scoring is different as each competitor scores points for their team even if they don’t make finals. The more you get to finals, the better your chances of success in the team competition are. Competing for the Chants on their Conference team was: Humorous Prose - Kora Severance 3rd , Lauren Collins 4th; Serious Prose – Esmeralda Vera 1st, Richele Masin 6th; Poetry - Esmeralda Vera 1st , Adrienne Meckel 2nd; Entertainment – Taylor Williams 5th, Lily Farrens 8th; Persuasive – Tracy Wamsley 2nd, Jenna Hagstrom 6th; Informative – Zoe Dabney 2nd, Shelby Kittle 3rd; Extemporaneous – Cooper Sheets 2nd, Maddie Winchell 7th; Duet – Madison Thompson/Kyler Peetz 3rd, Rosie Beran/Deja Timmerman 5th; OID – Lily Farrens/Jonny Koch/Kyler Peetz/Kora Severance/Taylor Williams 3rd, Lauren Collins/Zoe Dabney/Madison Thompson 5th . “We had a fantastic Conference this year. Last year we had one in each category in finals, this year we built on that. We’re very happy for the team!”

        On Saturday, February 18 the Chants competed in the Loup City Invite, which was much larger than years past. There were 32 schools and over 500 competitors, making it a very challenging but fun meet. Medalists for the Chanticleers included: Morgan Ritz 4th in Novice Informative, Kyler Peetz/Madison Thompson 4th in Varsity Duet, Cooper Sheets 6th in Varsity Extemp, Esmerelda Vera 6th in Varsity Poetry and 2nd in Varsity Serious Prose, Adrienne Meckel 12th in Varsity Poetry, Richele Masin 9th in Varsity Serious Prose, Lily Farrens/Kora Severance 8th in Improv Duet, Zoe Dabney/Madison Thompson 4th in Improv Duet, Rapunzel Uncut (Dabney, Farrens, Koch, Peetz, Severance) 4th in Varsity OID. Overall Ord placed 5th out of 32 teams behind North Platte, Aurora, Kenesaw, and Minden. There were many just out of making finals but still receiving superiors: Lily Farrens and Lydia Hill in Entertainment, Maddie Winchell in Extemp, Kora Severance in Humorous, Zoe Dabney and Shelby Kittle in Informative, Spaceballs OID (Becca Fischer, Jenna Hagstrom, Lydia Hill, Cooper Sheets, Trevor Vancura), Jenna Hagstrom in Persuasive, Rebecca Fischer in Poetry, and Trevor Vancura in Extemp. “We’re very proud of our entire team. They have all worked hard to get where they are at. However many of them have missed several meets due to other school conflicts, making it a challenge to be consistent in speech. That is just the name of the game, but without all of these younger individuals pushing the entire team, we would not have a competitive atmosphere.”

        The Speech team travels to Minden this coming Saturday and to Doniphan Trumbull on Saturday, March 4. A community performance at the Golden Husk will be held on Sunday, March 12 from 5-8pm tentatively. Districts is on Tuesday, March 14 at Minden. The Junior High team has also been practicing throughout February to prepare for the Ord Junior High Invite on Friday, March 3 and the Northwest Invite on Tuesday, March 7. We would love to see you there supporting our students!

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    UNK Honor Band and Choir

    Six students from Ord High School Music Department auditioned and were accepted into the University of Nebraska-Kearney Honor Choir and Band Clinic and Concert.  Accepted into the festival choir was Kathleen Deaver and Women’s Choir was Nia McClure.  Festival Band accepted Rebecca Fischer on flute (2nd Chair), Richele Masin on trumpet (2nd Chair), Lily Farrens and Kora Severance on trombone.


    The six Ord students traveled with their director Ms. Mindy Smith to Kearney on Monday, January 23 and participated in the day long clinic which culminated in a concert beginning at 5:30 in the UNK Health and Sports Center. Dr. Brian Alber, UNK host for the day, announced that over 700 students were on campus to play their instruments and sing.  Congratulations to these fine Ord musicians.


    Photos by Karen Fischer


    L to R:  Kora Severance, Lily Farrens, Rebecca Fischer, Richele Masin


    L to R:  Kathleen Deaver,  Nia McClure

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