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The Ord Cross Country teams wrapped up their season this past Friday at the state Cross Country meet in Kearney. Competing in the Class C portion of the championships, the Chants had one medal winner out of their three entries. Zoe Ritz capped her career with an 8" place finish in the field of 93 runners. This was the third state medal for Ritz. "Zoe has had an outstanding career for us and I was happy that she finished it with another state medal", Coach Derry Trampe commented. "She is a great competitor and she ran a very good race on this course, I was a little concerned about the heat when we ran and asked her to go out a little slower than usual and that may have been a mistake on my part. She ran a great last two miles of the race but just had too much ground to make up. I know she would have liked to finished higher in the race but anytime you can win a state medal, you have to be pleased." Zoe's time over the 5,000-meter course was 20:39.2.
Morgan Ritz also competed in the state meet and finished in 61 place in a time of 22:30.9. "Morgan ran a very good race for her first time at the state meet", Trampe Said. "She went out a little slower than usual, like I asked her to do, but she ran really well the last two miles of the race. It is great together down here as a freshman and I look for her to have a great career for us as she continues to mature and develops as a runner." Another freshman, Colton Rowse, competed for the Chants in the boys' race. Colton finished in a respectable 54" place in the field of 92 runners. "I thought Colton ran an excellent race", Trampe stated. "He was not real happy with his place but he did an excellent job in this race. Like the girls, I asked him to go out a little slower because of the heat and that may have put him a little farther back than he probably should have been. However, he continued to make up ground on kids and finished with a good time over the hilly course. He will win a few state medals before he is done competing." Colton's time in the race was 18:52.8.
The Chants did not qualify a team for the state meet but the top three teams in the meet went to Columbus Scotus (58), Fort Calhoun (61), and Holdrege (69) in the girls' race. In the boys race the top three teams were Holdrege (46), Wahoo (47), and Columbus Scotus (62).
The Ord football team's fine season came to a halt with a "gut punch" on the last evening. Ord lost to Columbus Lakeview 30-18 and the loss knocked the Chants out of the C-1 playoffs. Ord became the infamous "first team out" after finishing 16th in the point standings. Four teams on Ord's schedule made it to the playoffs and Ord was 2-2 in those games.
Ord High School student, Shelby Kittle was recently recognized as an outstanding youth by the Grand Island Independent. The newspaper feature story outlining her honey bee business ran in the October 10 edition. Below is a link to the online story.
The Lady Chants volleyball team bettered Doniphan-Trumbull 3 sets to 1 to win the 3rd place game in the Lou-Platte Conference tournament. Ord beat Centura and lost to Kearney Catholic on the way.
St. Paul defeated KC to win the championship.
Ord is now 21-4 and rated 10th in C-1.
Doniphan-Trumbull (19-6) 25 14 19 21
Ord (21-4) 21 25 25 25
DONIPHAN-TRUMBULL (Kills-aces-blocks) — Kalee Wiltfong 6-0-0, Ellie Koch 6-0-4, Carsyn Poppe 0-1-0, Maddie Fitch 1-0-1, Logan Poppe 3-1-0, Ana Terrazas 0-1-0, McKenna Niemoth 17-0-1, Madi Groshans 1-0-0, Abby Williams 0-0-0.
ORD (Kills-aces-blocks) — Ali Smith 0-0-0, Delani Fahey 0-2-0, Cali Lech 2-0-2, Cora Svoboda 10-7-1, Danielle Bruha 8-3-2, Reilly Peetz 0-0-0, Hailey Zulkoski 0-0-0, Andrea Carson 23-0-4, Ashley Carson 4-4-0, Susie Vavra 6-0-0.
SET ASSISTS — DT: C. Poppe 24, Williams 2, Niemoth 2, Fitch 1. O: As. Carson 46, Smith 1.
The Ord High Marching Band played at the Harvest Of Harmony Festival in Grand Island last Saturday. Zoe Ritz was the queen candidate for the program.
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