Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Jansky Signs with Doane

Kate Jansky signs to play basketball at Doane surrounded by her parents, Jeff Jansky and Kendra Jansky.  Behind are (L-R) Exeter-Milligan Assistant Basketball Coach Sara Lincoln, Doane Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tracee Fairbanks and Exeter-Milligan Head Coach Jackson Krejci.

While Exeter-Milligan senior Kate Jansky is undecided about her major in college, she definitely knows she’s playing basketball and it will be at Doane University.

Jansky, a standout on the Timberwolf team, topped the 1,000 point career total earlier this season.
She chose Doane because, “I really liked the campus. I also liked the coaches and the players I talked to while visiting.”

Her Exeter-Milligan coach, Jackson Krejci is confident about Jansky’s has a solid foundation to build on, “Kate has had a great academic and athletic career at E-M. She's had a great work ethic and has been a great role model to everyone around her.”

Jansky has been very coachable for Krejci and he emphasized her self-motivation as another key to her success in the future, “She was a great teammate and would always be the first to help or encourage.  She did a great job of improving herself in the off season each summer, whether it was shooting and ball handling or getting stronger in the weight room. I'm excited for her, Doane is getting a great student-athlete.”

Doane head basketball coach Tracee Fairbanks is looking forward to Jansky joining the Doane team, “Kate's ability to score the basketball at a consistent rate caught our attention during her junior year and she has carried it well into her senior season.   In addition, Kate is an athlete and has excelled in volleyball and track too; I am a proponent of well-rounded student-athletes and like the fact that she is involved and successful in other sports.”

Fairbanks has a personal connection with Jansky as she grew up in Milligan and went to school with Jansky’s dad, Jeff.  Fairbanks, a Doane alum, also met Janksy’s mom, Kendra, when they played basketball together at Doane.

In addition to these family connections, Fairbank’s leads a program that embraces their student athletes.  “We try to provide a ‘family away from home’ type of environment.  Our coaching staff strives to help our student-athletes be successful in the classroom, on the court, and in other aspects of their lives;  providing a strong mentoring and support system in all areas.”

Krejci added, “Doane is a great school and the staff has done an excellent job with the girls they have coached.  Playing in the GPAC will also be a great fit for Kate as they have some really good teams. That will make it very competitive for her. The location will also be great that way everyone will get a chance to watch her play.”

Jansky is looking forward to being part of that team and feels like her experiences at Exeter-Milligan have prepared her well for this next step “I think Exeter-Milligan provided me with a great education and great athletic experiences. All four years, I have been surrounded by great girls who were selfless teammates. Being a school in the Crossroads Conference also prepared me because of the high level of competition.” 

Jansky was recognized last year on the Nebraska Prep Zone All Class D-2 Team, Crossroads Conferences All Area Team and Lincoln Journal Star Class D-2 Team. This season she has drawn a lot of attention and was named female Athlete of the Week by the York News Times after dropping in 60 points in her first two games.  Career totals for Jansky after the first few games in February show her with 183 assists, 62 blocks, 394 rebounds, 186 steals, 1,055 points at Exeter-Milligan. 

With those impressive numbers Jansky mentioned her biggest change in transitioning to college will be learning to balance academics and athletics.

Krejci emphasized the challenges, “She will learn to be a time manager as basketball will turn into a job for her because it's close to a year round if you consider off-season workouts. It will be busy but definitely worth it as a student athlete.”

What will most help Kate be successful as a college athlete and in the future? Transitioning from High School to college she will learn quick that you have to value your time in academics and in basketball. She will learn to be a time manager as basketball will turn into a job for her because it's close to a year round if you consider off-season workouts. It will be busy but definitley worth it as a student athlete. 

Our program has a culture built around 5 core values of communication, discipline, integrity, competitive excellence and Love & respect.  We use these values to provide a foundation for everything we do on and off the court.  We embrace the team concept and immense, relentless work ethic. 
I am currently undecided what my major will be, but I am interested in biology.

Crossroads Conference also prepared me because of the high level of competition.

How did the coaching you received at Exeter-Milligan make a difference in your career and your future?
My coaches have always been very supportive, believed in me, and have molded me as a player.

What will be the biggest challenge as you continue playing basketball in college?
I think my biggest challenge for playing basketball in college will be time management and adjusting to the schedules and balance classwork with basketball.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Exeter-Milligan Update: FCCLA Star Held at Exeter-Milligan

FCCLA STAR Held at Exeter-Milligan
By Mary Lou Vossler, E-M FCS Instructor and FCCLA Advisor

The EMHS FCCLA Chapter hosted District #4 STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Competitive Events Competition on Feb. 4th.  FCCLA STAR participants were from Exeter-Milligan, Sutton, Cross County, Fillmore Central, Doniphan-Trumbull, and Bruning-Davenport.  FCCLA STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.  STAR Events offer individual skill development and application of learning through the following activities:  cooperation-teams work to accomplish specific goals, individualized-an individual member works alone to accomplish goals and competitive-individual or team performance is measured by an established set of criteria.  STAR Events promotes the FCCLA Mission to focus on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader.  Each event is designed to help members develop specific lifetime skills in character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.  Exeter-Milligan was represented by Caitlin Murphy.  Caitlin's FCCLA STAR Leadership project, titled "Learning to Lead". Leadership is an individual event, recognizes participants who actively evaluate and grow in their leadership potential.  Caitlin investigated her leadership ability, assessed her leadership and employability skills.  She developed and implemented a plan to further her leadership development by setting SMART goals and conducting activities at the monthly FCCLA Chapter meeting.  She showcased all of this in her portfolio and oral presentation.  Caitlin was awarded a Gold Medal and will represent Exeter-Milligan and District #4 at State Leadership Conference in Lincoln on April 7-9.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Boys end regular season with a win at Dorchester

 Exeter-Milligan boys had no problem defeating Dorchester Friday night 48-29.  They will play the winner of the Dorchester vs. Friend game on Tuesday night in Wilber at 6 p.m. in District action.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Jaegermann Enjoys Food and Culture in America

Luis Jaegermann decided to spend a year in America on the Foreign Exchange program with two goals in mind, “Play sports and just experience the culture.”

He’s from Dortmund, Germany a city of just over 800,000 but doesn’t seem to miss much about it except for his family and some of the food.

Jaegermann is spending this year in the home of Exeter-Milligan Superintendent Paul Sheffield and his wife, Karla.   And even though the Sheffield’s don’t have any kids at home to connect with, he is enjoying his stay, ”They are great.  I really can’t complain about anything. It’s kind of weird not having anyone who goes to school with you but I don’t have a problem with that.”

He’s really enjoying the sports at Exeter-Milligan as he played on the football team and is now playing basketball, although practice every day after school has taken some adjusting to.  He loves food and cited wings along with Runza’s as his American favorites.

He misses his family and friends at home along with his football team in Germany.  Specially seasoned brats with their sauce is the food he misses the most.

His mom will be visiting him over the Easter holiday and he looks forward to showing her his life in Nebraska.

He has traveled to Arizona with the Sheffield’s over the Christmas break but was sick most of the time.  “It was a fun Christmas but was really hot down there.”

He has experienced so much of what he wanted to in America, “The culture in high school, the games, the cheerleaders.  I wanted to experience the atmosphere when you are at the games.” 

The only downside to his trip to America will be the schoolwork he will have to make up as he is missing a school year.  On the upside, the practical experience of speaking almost exclusively in English has been a big boost in his confidence in speaking.

Jaegermann would like to pursue a career in Engineering and sees this experience as a great benefit, “I think it’s helpful to speak multiple languages when you have to talk to people from other countries.”

He’s got a just a few more months to tack on some more American experiences before heading back home to Germany.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Exeter-Milligan Girls Play Sub-Districts

 The Exeter-Milligan Girls met Dorchester in their first sub-district game at Wilber-Clatonia High School on Wednesday night.  It was a win for the Timberwolves with a final of 48-41.  The second round, Thursday night, found EM pitted against BDS.  BDS took an early lead and EM never could catch up.  Final 46-31.  The Timberwolves will play Ewing next Friday night in Twin River at 7:00 p.m.