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    Ord Wrestling Wins Gibbon Invite

    Chants Defeat Ravenna in Dual

        The Ord High Wrestling Team finished 1st out of 14 teams at the Gibbon Bill Foster wrestling tournament last Saturday for the second year in a row.  The Chants had 10 semi finalists, 6 finalists, 2 champions and 11 overall medalists. The team results went as follows. Ord: 206, Wood River: 147, Gibbon: 135, Boone Central/Newman Grove: 130.5, Kearney Catholic: 126, Mitchell: 107, Southern Valley: 95, Fillmore Central 87, Thayer Central: 85.5, Elwood: 67, Franklin: 61.5, GIJV: 59, Harvard: 53, Ravenna: 37


    The Gibbon Invite champions from Ord were Colton Rowse at 113 pounds and Ethan Gabriel at 195 pounds.  Tournament runner-ups were Clayton Shoemaker at 152 pounds, Jesse Ulrich at 170 pounds, Jacob Lech at 182 pounds and CJ Hoevet at 285 pounds.  Miguel Alvarado finished in 3rd place for the Chants at 132.  Alex Flessner also finished in 3rd place at 220 pounds.  4th place finishers for the Chants were Kaden Boyce at 126 and Garret Kluthe at 145 pounds.  At 160 pounds Brett Koch finished in 5th place.  The Chanticleers also defeated Ravenna in a home dual during the week by a score of 60-12.  


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  • Chants 1 And 1 On The Week


    The Chant Boys opened the week at home taking on the Burwell Longhorns. The game opened up with the Longhorns blitzing the Chants and taking an eight point lead after the 1st quarter. The Longhorns would run the lead to 14 points in the 2nd quarter before the Chants would cut the lead back down to eight before the half. The Chants would keep cutting the lead but were never able to take the lead in the 3rd. Going into the 4th the Chants were down four and the Chants would finally get their 1st lead of the game but were not able to hold it as the Longhorns would not go away. A late buzzer beater would fall short for the Chants and the game would go to overtime. Where the Chants would find themselves down four but would respond with a big run to win the extra period and win the game 69-61“Lot of credit to Burwell how they came out and played tonight because they put us in a bad position” Coach Gates said. Gates added “I like how we fought back and in the 2nd half really did take it one possession at a time to eventually pull that one out.” The Chants were led by Nate Wells who had 23 points. Hayden Grint added 17 and Harrison Benton added 13 point in the victory. Benton added 11 rebounds for his 6th double double of the season.


    On Friday the Chants traveled to St. Paul. The early part of the game was a back and forth tilt with the teams often trading baskets. With the score 11-11 after the 1st. The Wildcats were able to win the 2nd quarter 19-9 caped off a buzzer beating 3 to give the Wildcats a 30-20 halftime lead. “We left a lot of points and opportunities out there in the 1st half and that ended up being the difference in the game.” Coach Gates said. The defenses for each team would keep the scoring down in the 3rd. In the 4th with 3 minutes to go the Chants were down 10 before the Chants made a late run at the Wildcats cutting the lead down to four before the Wildcats were able to hold on 50-42. The Chants were led by Harrison Benton with eleven points and nine rebounds. Garrett Bundy added 10 points. The Chants will host Boone Central before taking on Arcadia Loup City on Saturday night.

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    Goodner Gets 100

    Ord girls basketball coach Dexter Goodner reached 100 victories last night with the Lady Chants victory over Burwell.  Goodner coached previously at Stuart and took the reins at Ord last year leading the Lady Chants to a 22-6 record.  The team is 13-0 and rated number one in Class C-1 at this time.

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  • Chants Take Two Over Weekend


    The Chant boys traveled to Gibbon on Friday night to challenge the Buffalos. The game was a tale of two halves with the first half featuring a first quarter score of 6-2 and a score of 11-6 going into half. Coach Gates said “We missed a lot of shots in the first half and throughout the game, but we played through it didn't let it hamper what we do on defense.” The 2nd half both teams woke up offensively and the Chants were able to take a 27-19 lead after the 3rd. The Chants were able to hold on by hitting some late free throws to wrap up a 39-29 victory. The Chants were led by Reggie McKenney with 13 points. Harrison Benton added 12 points and eight rebounds and Hayden Grint pitched in nine points in the win.

    On Saturday Night, the Chants hosted the CWC Renegades. The first quarter had each team scoring eight points but in the 2nd quarter the Chants would explode offensively with a 21-9 quarter. That would give the boys a 29-17 going into half. From there the Chants would keep extending the lead in the 3rd and 4th quarter. Which allowed the Chants to get a 67-44 victory. . The Chants had 10 out of 13 players score in the win. The leading scorer for the Chants was Harrison Benton who had 18 points. Garrett Bundy and Hayden Grint would each have ten points in the win. Nate Wells would add nine points, eight rebounds and six assist in the win. “Except for a few spots in the game I thought we played pretty well tonight.” Coach Gates said. The Chants will host Burwell on Thursday then travel to St. Paul on Friday Night.

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    Lady Chants Number 1 in C-1 Rankings

    The Lady Chant basketball team moved up to number 1 in the Omaha World-Herald ratings and remained number 9 in the all-class rankings.


    CLASS C-1

    1. Ord, 12-0, 2

    2. Mitchell, 12-0, 3

    3. Lincoln Christian, 11-3, 1

    4. Lincoln Lutheran, 9-2, 4

    5. Wahoo, 9-2, 5

    6. Wahoo Neumann, 9-2, 6

    7. Columbus Scotus, 7-3, 7

    8. Malcolm, 9-2, 8

    9. Auburn, 7-3, 10

    10. North Bend, 8-2, NR

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    Gabriel Wins Valentine Invite

    Chants Win Dual Over Elm Creek


    The Ord High wrestling team ended up in 8th place at the Valentine wrestling invite last Friday & Saturday.  There were 17 teams in the tournament, many of which are considered to be top 10 teams in their respective classes and states.  Team scoring went as follows: Valentine-227, Broken Bow-204.5, Alliance-201.5, Winner, SD-178, David City-169, Gothenburg-126.5, Gering-108.5, Ord-107, Chase County-95.5, Cozad-89, SCNU-71, Chadron-56, Gordon-Rushville-51, McCook-51, O’Neill-43, Madison-32, Ainsworth-29.  


        Ord had four wrestlers medal at the tournament.  The lone first place finisher was Ethan Gabriel at 195 pounds.  Ethan pinned class B ranked wrestlers Cody Ybarra from Gering and Noah Gugelman Gothenburg in his final 2 matches.  Jacob Lech was the 2nd place finisher at 182 pounds.  Lech lost a 6-2 decision to last seasons State Champion, Donald Stephen of Valentine in the finals.  At 113 pounds Colton Rowse finished third.  Rowse defeated his final opponent, from Winner, South Dakota by a score of 14-0.  Talon Petska finished 6th place for the Chants at 120 pounds.  He forfeited out of his last 2 matches due to an injury he received during the heartbreak round.  Many other wrestlers won matches for the Chants including Miguel Alvarado and Clayton Shoemaker who both went 2-2 and were a match away from medaling.  Jesse Ulrich also did not compete at the meet due to an injury.  


        The Chants also took to the road last Tuesday to dual Elm Creek.  In a dual between two top 10 teams in classes C and D the Chants came out on top in a big way.  At 120 pounds Talon Petska lost a 2-1 decision to 23-0 Koby Smith.  Kaden Boyce pinned Christian Rezac of Elm Creek at 126 pounds.  At 132 pounds Miguel Alvarado pinned Max Serrano of Elm Creek in 1:24.  Quintin Behnk received a forfeit win at 138.  At 145 pounds Garret Kluthe pinned Xavier Perez in 3:30.  Clayton Shoemaker pinned Luke Mckeon from Elm Creek in 5:25 at 152 pounds.  Brett Koch got the fall over Kollin Dudding in 1:42 at 160 pounds.  Preston Walker of Elm Creek defeated Jacob Lech by a score of 8-2 at 182 pounds.  Alex Flessner pinned Pacey Walz in 2:00 at 195 pounds.  At 220 pounds Ethan Gabriel pinned Keaton Trampe in 1:05.  CJ Hoevet earned the fall over Trenton Minkler in 1:47.  Ord won the dual by a score of 54-12. “I am proud of the way our wrestlers have competed thus far this season”, said Coach Justin Swedburg.  “It will be nice to get a little bit of a break over Christmas to get our guys health back a bit both physically and mentally before the home stretch heading into February”.  

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  • Ord Students Continue Tradition of Academic Excellence

    Ord Public Schools 2017 State of The Schools Report

    Ord Public Schools along with the rest of the 244 public schools in the state, received their 2016-17 NeSA scores for review in November, 2017.  NeSA stands for Nebraska State Accountability, and the current Nebraska statewide assessment system.


    Ord Students scored particularly well in the areas of math and science, where NeSA Standards were consistent with the previous years.   All grade levels tested, scored well in these two content areas.  Particular highlights were Ord fifth and seventh graders scoring at 98%  and 85% meeting or exceeding state math standards.  Science standards are assessed in fifth and eighth grade where 90% and 79% met or exceeded those proficiency levels respectively.


    New Assessments were created in NESA-ELA  (Nebraska-English Language Arts) College and Career Ready Standards and NeSA ACT Data.  This is a new baseline in Nebraska for these standards. The bar in Nebraska has been raised and across the country it is clear that creating expectations for success beyond high school relies on a set of high expectations related to College and Career Readiness.


    Ord Public Schools along with the NDE (Nebraska Department of Education) will not be comparing the new ELA results from the 2016-2017 assessments with the NeSA-Reading data.  NDE encourages school personnel to also avoid connecting the two years of data; NDE will not post any comparative data on the Nebraska Education Profile Comparing the data for 2017 ELA scores to 2016 Reading scores, stating that it is misleading in many ways.  The two sets of data would be a comparison of apples to oranges. Whereas the NeSA-ELA was aligned to College and Career Ready standards, NeSA-Math and NeSA-Science were not. However, they will be aligned in future state assessments. The next step will be for our staff to learn and teach  those college and career ready standards in order to prepare our students for success.


    This was also the first year the state used ACT scores as the benchmark for 11th grade students. Preliminary Statewide results show 54% of students were scored as "on track" or above in English Language Arts, 51% in Math, and 55% in Science. Ord High School Juniors tested well above state average at 56% “on track”/benchmark ACT in English Language Arts; with 70% in mathematics  and 68% science “on track”/benchmark.


    “No single test can determine student success or failure because so many intangibles go into the testing day.  Our intent is to continually focus on those concepts and areas in which our scores were not as strong and challenge our students to achieve at their potential.  In general, our staff is continually gauging student success on a daily basis and providing a top notch curriculum. The staff at Ord Public Schools exemplifies the tradition of Academic Excellence, and will adapt to the challenge and  evolution of the  NDE changes in college and career readiness.” said Superintendent Jason Alexander.


    Individual student NeSA and ACT  results have been sent to parents with a letter explaining the scores.


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