Saturday, May 11, 2019

Exeter-Milligan Girls Win Districts, State Qualifiers

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 Congrats to the EM girls track team as they were district champions.  State qualifiers include the 3200 Relay team of Jaiden Papik, Cammie Harrison, Kate Jansky and Cameran Jansky.  Cammie Harrison also qualified in the 3200m and 1600m runs and Jaiden Papik qualified in the 1600m and 800m.  Katherine White qualified in the long jump, the 100m dash and 100m hurdles.  On the boys side of things Peytan Brandt qualified in the 110 hurdles and Casey Jindra qualified in the 100m dash.

Results of the District Track Meet:

Katherine White – 6th in 100m dash, 2nd in 100m hurdles, 5th in 300m hurdles, 3rd in Long Jump
Jaiden Papik – 1st in 800m , 1st in 1600m
Kate Jansky – 3rd in 800m
Cameran Jansky – 4th in 800m
Cammie Harrison – 2nd in 1600m, 1st in 3200m
Maddie Luzum – 5th in Pole Vault
4 x 800 relay – 1st – Jaiden Papik, Kate Jansky, Cameran Jansky, Cammie Harrison
4 x 100 relay – 5th – Kayla Geiger, Maddie Luzum, Emma Olsen, Kate Jansky

Casey Jindra – 3rd in 100m, 6th in long jump
Spencer Pribyl – 5th in 800m, 4th in discus
Peytan Brandt – 3rd in 110hurdles
Jackson Beethe – 3rd in high jump
 4 x 100 relay – 5th - Casey Jindra, Jackson Beethe, Mitchell Manning, Peytan Brandt
4 x 400 relay – 4th – Jackson Beethe, Spencer Pribyl, Mitchell Manning, Casey Jindra
4 x 800 relay – 4th – Mitchell Manning, Spencer Pribyl, Clint Oldehoeft, Jackson Beethe

The 3200 Relay team celebrates their win at districts!

And yes, Jaiden is running with one shoe after ditching the other because "someone" kept messing with it.  She still won the event!

Obituary: Loyola Jane Kaiser

Loyola Jane (Becker) Votipka Kaiser was born to Paul & Clara (Noel) Becker on the family farm southeast of Exeter on April 11, 1927. She was one of eight children. She passed away on May 5, 2019 at the Utica Care Center in Utica, Nebraska. She had just celebrated her 92nd birthday on April 11th.

Jane met Rueben F. Votipka at a dance in Burress, NE. They married on Sept. 22, 1950 at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Exeter and lived on a farm east of Geneva, NE. They had two children James R. Votipka and Carol J. Votipka. Rueben was killed in a car accident on Feb. 17, 1955.

She remarried on Aug. 16, 1956 to Albert A. Kaiser. They had one daughter, Paula A. Kaiser. They were winter Texans for many years. They enjoyed going to Mexico and swap meets.

Jane attended grade school at District 72 for 4 years and graduated from 8th grade from St. Stephen's Catholic School. She graduated from Exeter High School in 1944. Jane took normal training in high school and summer school at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She started teaching the first year in the fall of 1944 by riding a horse to District 94 where she taught for 2 years. She later bought a Model A Ford car from John (Peas) Becker for a $100. She then taught 4 years at District 22. She had many fond memories of her teaching days and bragged about her students.

She was a charter member of The Lady Birds Extension Club. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary #218 where she was a Gold Star sister. She was a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church of Exeter, NE, where she taught CCD for several years. She enjoyed two overseas trips with her sister Cenie. One included Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and the other Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands and six of her siblings: Theresa Kelch, Arthur Becker, Max Becker, Paul Becker, Alice Folkers, and Bona Rust. Also, a son-in-law Don Harris and sister-in-law LaVonne Vitello.

Jane is survived by her son, James (Judy) Votipka of Geneva, NE. Granddaughter Claire (Brad) Kosmicki and their children Elizabeth Grace, William, and Grant of Pocatello, ID.

A daughter, Carol Harris of Concord, NC, Grandson Chris Harris of Charlotte, NC. and Granddaughter Kari Harris of Charleston, SC. A daughter Paula (Randy) Kaiser-Asmus of Lincoln, NE and a Grandson Matthew (Gina) Yakel and their children Billie Deana and Mazzy Jane of Yorktown, TX.

She is, also, survived by a sister, Cenie Sackschewsky of York, NE and many nieces and nephews that were special to her. Two surviving cousins Alfred Crick of Omaha, NE. and Don Milroy of North Platte, NE.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Exeter-Milligan Athletic Banquet

 Three sport athletes at Exeter-Milligan:  front row from the left:  Anna Sluka, Katherine White, Kate Jansky, Kayla Geiger, Jaiden Papik, Cammie Harrison, Maddie Luzum.  Back row from the left:  Mitchell Manning, Luis Jaegermann, Jackson Beethe, Spencer Pribyl, Emma Olsen, Cameran Jansky, Braden Capek, and Trever Zelenka.
Special honorees from the left: Kate Jansky, Macy Due, Josie Kresak, Emma Olsen, Katherine White, Jaiden Papik, Mitchell Manning, Trever Zelenka, Spencer Pribyl, Braden Capek.

Exeter-Milligan recognized their outstanding athletes at the Athletic Banquet on Tuesday April 30.
The master of ceremonies for the evening was Tommy Rezac a radio DJ with “Ol Red 99.5 who has covered many of the Bobcat and Timberwolf sporting events for the radio station.

Each of the different coaches took the opportunity to thank the players, their players, fans and supports, along with the booster club, for supporting their teams.

Alan and Amy Emshoff of Exeter were recognized as the fans of the year.

Three sport athletes were also recognized.  Freshmen were Braden Capek, Cameran Jansky, Madison Luzum and Emma Olsen.  Sophomores who participated in three sports were Jackson Beethe, Cammie Harrison and Jaiden Papik.

Three sport athletes in the eleventh grade were Kayla Geiger, Luis Jaegermann and Anna Sluka while the seniors were Kate Jansky, Mitchell Manning, Theron Odvody, Spencer Pribyl, Katherine White and Trever Zelenka.

Outstanding student athletes in each sport were also recognized.  Macy Due was the female golfer of the year.  Josie Kresak received the Leonard Kassik Memorial softball trophy.  Katherine White was presented the Bill Fitzgerald Volleyball trophy and Mitchell Manning received the outstanding football player trophy.

Kate Jansky was presented the Gary Ruhl basketball trophy for girls while Spencer Pribyl received the boys trophy.  The track and golf trophies were not presented yet as the season has not concluded.
Braden Capek received the Bill Fitzgerald male rookie of the year and Emma Olsen received the female rookie of the year.  Female teammate of the year was Jaiden Papik and male teammate of the year was Trever Zelenka.

Katherine White was presented the female athlete of the year and Spencer Pribyl received the male athlete of the year.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Death Notice: Loyola Jane Kaiser

A Memorial Mass Of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Exeter, Nebraska with Monsignor Daniel Seiker presiding.

Praying of the Rosary will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Exeter, Nebraska.

No Visitation - Cremation.

Burial of Ashes will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2019, at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Milligan, Nebraska.

Memorials are to be directed to Saint Stephen Catholic Church or Exeter Senior Center.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Exeter-Milligan Elementary Field Day

 Exeter-Milligan elementary students had a blast at their annual Field Day on Friday, May3.  Students were able to chose to participate in a variety of running and field events including softball throw, long jump, high jump, hurdles and running events.  At the end of the day for the younger students they were able to participate in a four way tug of war that had the older students and junior high jumping in to help pull.  The older students weren't able to get all of their running events in but still had a great time.