Thursday, May 6, 2021

Throwback Thursday: May 6, 2011

 

05/01/2011

 

Exeter-Milligan Senior standout Cody Soukup signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Nebraska, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis on Wednesday afternoon.

Soukup who also helped lead the Timberwolf football team to district play off for the last several years will pursue a degree in agronomy along with his basketball duties. Athletic Director and Basketball Coach Jeremy Sievers was on campus at Exeter-Milligan to welcome Soukup to the team, "Cody will be a welcome addition to our program."

 

Every year the Exeter G.F.W.C. welcomes the babies in the old Exeter School district to the community.  This year was their 26th annual Arbor Day Program.

Each year the Woman's club contacts the families of all new babies born in the old school district and welcomes them to the community. The event combines the welcome with a celebration of the Nebraska-born holiday, Arbor Day.

This event marked the first time that the group has seen a second generation in a family honored.  This year Morgan Brandt, who was welcomed to the community in 1985, had a son welcomed.  This year the Exeter G.F.W.C. welcomed these four babies: Xander Thomas Whitford, son of Shane and Deena Whitford, Gavin William Mueller, son of T.J. and Shelli Mueller, Brenson Keith Brandt, son of Morgan Brandt and Tylie Marie Due, son of Anthony Due and Jordin Stride.

 

On May 1st at Trinity Lutheran ELCA in Cordova, the Lutheran Youth of NE (LYON) group hosted a cake reception for it's two graduating seniors, Amanda Larsen, left, and Kelsey Moore, right.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Exeter-Milligan Boys Compete at Shelby Rising City Invite

Overall 9th out of 12 teams

Casey Jindra - 1st 100M, 4th 400M

Devin Harrison 4th - 400M

Jackson Beethe - 4th 300M Hurdles

4 x 800 Relay - 3rd place Devin Harrison, Daysan Staskal, Clint Oldehoeft, Cade Kresak
















 

Exeter-Milligan Girls Compete at Shelby Rising City Invite

Overall Fifth Place

Cameran Jansky - 1st place 800M

Jaiden Papik - Fourth place 300M hurdles

4 x 800 Relya - first place - Jaiden Papik, Cammie Harrison, Savana Krupicka, Cameran Jansky

Cammie Harrison - 3rd Place High Jump

Jozie Kanode - 2nd Pole Vault

Maddie Luzum - 4th High Jump

Emma Olsen -4th place Discus



















 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Exeter-Milligan Hosts Athletic Banquet

Above -Exeter-Milligan recognized their three sport athletes during Monday evening’s Athletic Banquet.  Front row from the left Jasmine Turrubiates, Emma Olsen, Cameran Jansky, Taylor Pribyl, Savana Krupicka, Jozie Kanode, Malorie Staskal, Maddie Luzum, Cammie Harrison and Jaiden Papik.  Back row from the left: Devin Harrison, Braden Capek, Draven Payne, Daysan Staskal, Jackson Beethe, Andrew Vavra, Marcus Krupicka and Tyler Due.

 

Below-  Exeter-Milligan recognized outstanding athletes during their Monday evening Athletic Banquet.  Pictured from the left with their awards are: Tyler Due, Savana Krupicka, Georgia Meyer, Jaiden Papik, Jackson Beethe and Ben Bartu.

 


 

Exeter-Milligan held their Athletic Banquet on Monday evening in the Exeter gym.

 

After enjoying a Windsor loin buffet dinner Superintendent Paul Sheffield welcomed the audience and stated, “This has been an unprecedented year and a year of many firsts.”

He added his appreciation for the attitude of the students throughout the pandemic and all of the precautions they had to take to stay safe.

 

Each head coach had the opportunity to speak about their team starting with Fillmore Central-Exeter-Milligan/Friend softball coach Aaron Lauby.  He reminded the audience, “If your why is strong enough you can do anything.”

Phyllis Severson, cheerleader sponsor, introduced the 2021-2022 cheerleaders including Captain Maddie Luzum, Jozie Kanode, Morgan White, Hannah Busboom, Malorie Staskal and Lily Jeffries.

Assistant Football Coach Kory Kahlandt filled in for head coach Dean Filipi and recognized the football team and their accomplishments.

Coach Matt Nicholas talked about the girls golf season and also the boys basketball season.

Jackson Krejci, head coach for girls basketball, remarked on the resiliency of all of the student athletes, “For the girls and boys to have to go thru this, it was tough, it was great to see them get through without complaining.”

He also recognized the junior high girls basketball team members and their season.

Treven Cerveny introduced the junior high football team and briefly shared about their successful season.

First year head coach Madalynn Fousek gave a rundown of the high school volleyball season.

Darcy White reviewed the junior high volleyball season along with junior high girls track.

Junior high basketball coach Brian Murphy talked about their season and also discussed how the current high school boys track season is progressing.

Head girls track coach Katherine Smith shared about her love for track and the girls on the team.   She also told about her donut runs for personal best rewards.

Krejci added his review of the junior high boys track season before presenting the three sport athletes with their medals.  Freshman participating in all three seasons were Tyler Due, Devin Harrison, Savana Krupicka, Draven Payne, Taylor Pribyl, Malorie Staskal and Andrew Vavra.  Sophomores who earned a medal were Jozie Kanode, Marcus Krupicka, Daysan Staskal and Jasmine Turrubiates.

Juniors recognized for participating in all three sports were Braden Capek, Cameran Jansky, Madison Luzum, and Emma Olsen.  The three seniors who earned a medal were Jackson Beethe, Cammie Harrison and Jaiden Papik.

Special medals were the final part of the evening.  Georgia Meyer was presented the Leonard Kassik softball player of the year.  Jaiden Papik earned the Bill Fitzgerald volleyball trophy. 

The outstanding football player of the year was given to Jackson Beethe.  Beethe also earned the Gary Ruhl male basketball player of the year.  Jaiden Papik received the Gary Ruhl female basketball player of the year.  The Bill Fitzgerald rookie of the year award was given to Tyler Due and Savana Krupicka.

Female team player of the year was Jaiden Papik and Ben Bartu was the male team player of the year.  Papik also received the female athlete of the year and Beethe was presented the male athlete of the year.

Exeter-Milligan held their Athletic Banquet on Monday evening in the Exeter gym.

 

After enjoying a Windsor loin buffet dinner Superintendent Paul Sheffield welcomed the audience and stated, “This has been an unprecedented year and a year of many firsts.”

He added his appreciation for the attitude of the students throughout the pandemic and all of the precautions they had to take to stay safe.

 

Each head coach had the opportunity to speak about their team starting with Fillmore Central-Exeter-Milligan/Friend softball coach Aaron Lauby.  He reminded the audience, “If your why is strong enough you can do anything.”

Phyllis Severson, cheerleader sponsor, introduced the 2021-2022 cheerleaders including Captain Maddie Luzum, Jozie Kanode, Morgan White, Hannah Busboom, Malorie Staskal and Lily Jeffries.

Assistant Football Coach Kory Kahlandt filled in for head coach Dean Filipi and recognized the football team and their accomplishments.

Coach Matt Nicholas talked about the girls golf season and also the boys basketball season.

Jackson Krejci, head coach for girls basketball, remarked on the resiliency of all of the student athletes, “For the girls and boys to have to go thru this, it was tough, it was great to see them get through without complaining.”

He also recognized the junior high girls basketball team members and their season.

Treven Cerveny introduced the junior high football team and briefly shared about their successful season.

First year head coach Madalynn Fousek gave a rundown of the high school volleyball season.

Darcy White reviewed the junior high volleyball season along with junior high girls track.

Junior high basketball coach Brian Murphy talked about their season and also discussed how the current high school boys track season is progressing.

Head girls track coach Katherine Smith shared about her love for track and the girls on the team. 

Krejci added his review of the junior high boys track season before presenting the three sport athletes with their medals.  Freshman participating in all three seasons were Tyler Due, Devin Harrison, Savana Krupicka, Draven Payne, Taylor Pribyl, Malorie Staskal and Andrew Vavra.  Sophomores who earned a medal were Jozie Kanode, Marcus Krupicka, Daysan Staskal and Jasmine Turrubiates.

Juniors recognized for participating in all three sports were Braden Capek, Cameran Jansky, Madison Luzum, and Emma Olsen.  The three seniors who earned a medal were Jackson Beethe, Cammie Harrison and Jaiden Papik.

Special medals were the final part of the evening.  Georgia Meyer was presented the Leonard Kassik softball player of the year.  Jaiden Papik earned the Bill Fitzgerald volleyball trophy. 

The outstanding football player of the year was given to Jackson Beethe.  Beethe also earned the Gary Ruhl male basketball player of the year.  Jaiden Papik received the Gary Ruhl female basketball player of the year.  The Bill Fitzgerald rookie of the year award was given to Tyler Due and Savana Krupicka.

Female team player of the year was Jaiden Papik and Ben Bartu was the male team player of the year.  Papik also received the female athlete of the year and Beethe was presented the male athlete of the year.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Throwback Thursday: April 29, 2011

 

4/24/2011

 

Mary Ellen Blatchford, an 89-year-old York resident keeps her hands busy every day reading, emailing on the computer, but most of all crocheting.


Every year for the last 30 years she has made over 300 crocheted bunnies for her daughter and grandchildren and now great-grandchildren. Her family figures she has made over 12,000 bunnies so far and continues to give them all away. This year and for the past 10 years Exeter-Milligan fourth graders have helped her accomplish this goal.

These days Blatchford gets a little assistance putting on the pom pom tails and squiggly eyes. For the last ten years, her daughter, Beth Vavra, has brought a few of the Exeter-Milligan fourth graders to York to help with the embellishments.

Vavra, works as an aide at the Milligan campus and enjoys bringing the girls to meet and help her mother, “We come after school and glue the magnets on the back and then go eat supper while they dry. When we come back we turn them over and glue on the eyes and the pom poms. They get to pick out two to take home and they usually fight about which color pom pom should go on which color bunny. The fourth grade girls look forward to the outing every year.”

 

 

Over 250,000 children rode on the “Orphan Trains” that traveled all across the United States for 75 years. It stopped in Exeter, Neb. And records and family history list at least three members of the Exeter community who became residents after debarking a train from New York.

Audience members at the presentation were able to share the stories of their family’s members who had been on the Orphan Train and were brought to Exeter.  Two came together, Thelma Bernhardt and Victoria Geyger, arrived in Exeter in September of 1901.  They were claimed through New York City Foundling Home’s program through the Catholic churches.

Bernhardt became a member of the Michaely family, became a teacher and married John Leif and eventually raised her six children near Exeter. Her family members still live in the Exeter area.

Geyger was taken in by the Barkmeier family, which included seven boys and one girl.  Despite health setbacks and struggles she eventually found her calling as a sister with the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine of Siena in Kentucky. She taught school all over the States.  Geyger, later known as Sister Mary Raphael Geyger, also has a number of relatives still living in the Exeter area.

The third Orphan Train rider, Henrietta Maynard Weins, was adopted by the Maynard family.  They were an older couple and she was just five years old. They had no children of their own but had raised a niece and nephew.  Weins had a wonderful childhood with them and went on to graduate from college and teach for a time.  She eventually found her birth mother discovering that she herself had been born in Germany and come over on a ship with her young widowed mother. Eventually Weins’ mother lost her sister who had been caring for Henrietta and placed her in what she thought was a  “Children’s Nursery for Working Mothers.”  She never did see her little girl again despite an extensive search.