Saturday, June 10, 2023

Exeter-Milligan Update: Junior High Boys Track


Exeter-Milligan JH Boys Track Update

By Jackson Krejci, E-M JH Track Coach


The Junior High boys' track team has been off to a fantastic start to the season. They have placed 1st in their first 3 meets of the season - The Exeter-Milligan Invite, Hampton Invite, and the McCool Junction Invite. The boys will compete in the conference track meet Friday, April 28 at Cross County. 


New school records: Truman Milton - High Jump - 5'6" - Cohen Harre - Discus - 136'7" - Adrien Mueller - 400M - 57.86 - Adrien Mueller - 800M 2:23.9 - Adrien Mueller - 100H - 15.83 - Adrien Mueller - 200H - 28.58.  

Other personal bests include Titus Petersen - 1600M 5:52.3 and RJ Clevenger Shot Put 29'7"


Congratulations to all the boys on their successful season!



Front: Deacon Erdkamp, Levi Jurgensen, Will Kallhoff, Max Real, Titus Petersen, Clayton Pribyl, and Richard Hickman

Back: RJ Clevenger, Truman Milton, Cohen Harre, Adrien Mueller, and Logan Johnson



Friday, June 9, 2023

Exeter-Milligan Sophomore Places Fifth at State Golf

Exeter-Milligan sophomore Carter Milton placed fifth in the Class D State Golf tournament in North Platte held on May 23 and 24.  According to Coach Matt Nicholas 9pictured with Milton below) "Carter Milton shot a 79 and 77 for 156 at Lake Maloney Golf course in North Platte this week. He finished in 5th place! A few highlights: He birdied his first hole of the tournament, and drove the green on the par 4 6th hole, leading to an easy birdie. On day two he had a streak of 10 straight pars, including the par 5 11th, where his drive struck a bird in mid air knocking the ball down only 100 yards off the tee box. Sadly the bird did not survive, but Carter was able to cobble together a par on the hole."

Milton also was named as a 2023 Class D All State Boys Golf team member.  Congratulations Carter!

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Throwback Thursday 06/02/2013



Two graduating seniors, Blake Papik and Jennifer Pribyl were named to the All-America Academic Team by the York News Times.


Adult swim each Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Exeter Aquatic Center.  From 5:30 - 6:30 the pool is open to adults only for $2.00 (unless you have a swim pass).  Lap time and aquatic exercises!


 Visitors to the Exeter Aquatic Center can now relax in the new deck chairs the village purchased for this season.  Ten chairs were purchased to replace the broken chairs that were several years old.  These chairs are made of the same material as the lifeguard chairs and they have held up well. 

Exeter Cub Scout Pack 218 has been calling Bingo at the Exeter Care Center at least once a month.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Exeter Pool to Open on Thursday

 The Exeter Aquatic Center has been repaired and will be open on Thursday, June 8

Summer Hours

Sunday - Friday

1:30 -5:30 pm

6:30 - 8:30 pm


1:30 -5:30

Adult Swim 

Sunday - Saturday


Midnight Swim

June 21st and July 12

10 PM swim

June 14

June 28

July 19

July 26

Exeter Public Library Summer Reading Program Kick Off

Above– Winslow Pella isn’t sure she wants to touch the snake but encouragement from Kierra Papik (middle) and snake owner Jason Buresh help her overcome her uncertainty at the Exeter Public Library Summer Reading Program Kick Off.

Below – The attendees at the Exeter Public Library Summer Reading Program Kick Off were enthralled when Jason Buresh talked to them about the size of snake eggs.  Pictured from the left are Kenliegh Sudrla, Harper Sudrla Jordan Sudrla, Matthew Ogren, Reed Wince and Buresh.

Exeter Public Library held their Summer Reading Program Kick Off on Thursday, May 26 at the library with a special presentation.

They billed the event would feature things that have scales, are cold-blooded and don’t sweat and Jason Buresh of Czechland Pet out of Fairbury certainly delivered.

Buresh brought a variety of snakes, turtles and other reptiles and gave the attendees an educational morning talking about the habits and environment each of his reptiles enjoy.  The kids had the opportunity to touch the reptiles and ask lots of questions about their features.

The participants had a great time viewing the animals and learned a great deal about reptiles.


 Just a reminder: 

The Exeter Public library is all set to begin its summer reading program in June.  This year their theme will be "Friends Together Now!"

This program is for all ages (children under four need to be accompanied by an adult) and begins on June 13th.

The program will be on Tuesdays from 10 - 12 including June 13,20, and 27 then in July on the 18th, 25th and August 1.  Parents are encouraged to sign up their children by June 1st and bring them in to decorate a library tote bag.

This summer the program will include two interns from the state extension program and the 4H program and will feature lots of STEM projects and activities. In July the program on the 18th will feature "Jammin' Randy" which will be a music event.

The last scheduled meeting on August 1 will include a picnic for the participants.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Exeter-Milligan Trap Team Season Wrap-Up


Front row (l-r): Will Kallhoff, Rylee Rohren, Brenson Brandt, Levi Jurgensen, Bob Milton,

Kynnedy Bristol, Cheyenne Krupicka, Carly Uffelman and Jake Hoffschneider.

Second row (l-r): Deacon Erdkamp, Ty Svehla, Evan Brahmstedt, Jaxson Brandt, Rylan Bartels,

Jacob Spohn, Jacob Behrends, Hudson Linabery, Conner Uffelman, Josiah Oceguera, Tucker Simms,

and Jake Leif.

Third row (l-r): Coach Travis Combs, Andrew Vavra, Devin Harrison, Carver Kanode, Will Vyhnalek, Daysan Staskal, Chase Paulsen, Cade Kresak, Kain Combs, Trenton Naber, Charlie Hoarty, Grady Bresson , Cohen Harre, Coach Cory Engert, and Coach Shane Bristol.

Fourth row(l-r): Coach Jeff Combs, Coach Johnny Davis, Marlee Lloyd, Laura Casper, Vincent Warner, Andrew Warner, Kynli Combs, Mikey Bartu, Brett Kallhoff, Aidan Vavra, Draven Payne, Zach Spohn, Savana Krupicka, Lily Jeffries, Kierra Papik, Head Coach Justin Harre and Coach Doug Motis.

Team members not pictured: Tyler Due, Grady Arp, Blake Bruntz and Wyatt Hoffman



The Exeter-Milligan-Friend Trap team had another successful year as a part of the Central Nebraska Trapshooting Conference.

The team had 50 students participating this year. The team is divided into Juniors (age 12 through 8th grade) and Seniors (9 – 12th grade).  They competed with around 200 other shooters every Saturday morning at Crooked Creek club near Aurora. 

This year the team included 24 juniors and 26 seniors.  Each Saturday the seniors would shoot 50 clays to start the day at the 16 yard line followed by the juniors who shot 50. 

In the afternoon, each senior would shoot handicaps, shooting at the line which was half the distance of their score in the first round (i.e. if they shot a 46 out of 50 in the first round they would be at the 23 yard line for handicap).

Harre, along with coaches Travis Combs, Jeff Combs, Doug Motis, Shane Bristol, Cory Engert, and Johnny Davis kept busy observing the team and monitoring their shooting during practices and at the meets. 

There were a lot of highlights during the conference season.  The junior team of Jaxson Brandt, Grady Bresson, Cohen Harre, Carly Uffleman and Conner Uffleman consistently won the high junior team.  Jaxson Brandt and Cohen Harre won high Junior male and runner up awards throughout the season. Carly Uffelman was the top Junior female shooter each week during the season and Rylee Rohren received the runner up award a couple times this year. The female team of Carly and Rylee also won the top junior feamale team award several times.

Carver Kanode was recognized as the high overall Senior male once and was in several shoot-offs during the season for the same placement. Kain Combs also won high overall runner-up one week and won a yardage group. Cade Kresak won High 16 yard one week with a 50 straight and also won a couple yardage groups throughout the season. Zach Spohn won a yardage group in handicaps during the season.

At the end of the conference season, awards were passed out with Cade Kresak as a member of the All-Conference Senior Male 1st team. Kain Combs was on the All-Conference 3rd team.

Receiving Junior team honors were All-Conference first team members Cohen Harre and Grady Bresson. Placing on the All-Conference second team was Jaxson Brandt and Conner Uffleman was on the All-Conference third team.  Carly Uffleman was named Team Captain for the All-Conference Junior female first team.

The conference also sells raffle tickets for a gun and part of that fundraiser goes to fund scholarships. This year EMF team member Trenton Naber received a $750 scholarship from the Central Nebraska Trapshooting Conference.  The Rainwater Basin Pheasants Forever Chapter made a generous $1500 contribution towards scholarships for this year’s seniors competing in the Central Nebraska Trapshooting Conference.

The EMF team members pay no registration fees because each team member raised funds selling raffle tickets for a gun. Harre was encouraged to see more team members this year. The team has students from six area schools this year including Exeter-Milligan, Friend, McCool, York, Meridian, and Centennial.

Many of the team members participated in the Cornhusker High School shoot in Doniphan against 951 Jr shooters and 1250 Sr shooters from around the state and the nation.  Unfortunately the Cornhusker High School shoot rules do not allow teams to be comprised of shooters from different schools unless they are a 4H team.

The only EMF Trap team member to bring home hardware from the Cornhusker State shoot was Cohen Harre who won first in the junior division in a shoot off.  His initial score was a 98 and required another 50 shells to determine a winner. (see other story).

Graduating seniors on the team include Kresak, Naber, Daysan Staskal and Andrew Warner.  Harre is encouraging his team members to participate in shooting sports all year long to make next year’s team even better.

“Again we owe a big thank you to all of the communities and parents that help support the kids ” said Harre, “We had another fun year with a great group of kids and parents. We have so many great coaches that it really showed with the kids and how much they improved throughout the year. I’m excited for next year as we have some really good shooters that will be back and there are a lot of kids that are improving quickly and will be very good.



Monday, June 5, 2023

Exeter and Exeter-Milligan Alumni Banquet Celebrated

Exeter and Exeter-Milligan alumni had a jam packed weekend to celebrate their high school years with classmates, spouses and friends.

Many of the classes held parties throughout the weekend gathering in homes, sheds and meeting places in Exeter and surrounding areas.


Friday night, Twisted Wrench, hosted an outdoor concert in perfect early summer weather that featured Casey Chestnutt, the husband of Claire “Mounce” Chestnutt, Exeter-Milligan class of 2018.  The country western singer is a rising star and also the son of country western icon Mark Chestnutt.

Attendees were encouraged to dress in their favorite Eagle or Timberwolf throwback outfits for the evening concert.

On Saturday morning, there were tours of the Exeter-Milligan school with Kolaches and conversations with retired teachers and administrators of both the Exeter and Exeter-Milligan school district.  Also at the school alumna Allison “Michl” Bitz (2001) was selling and signing copies of her recently published debut novel, “The Unstoppable Bridget Bloom.”

A scavenger hunt designed to highlight fun spots in Exeter took place and the winning team was comprised of the Ekeler siblings (the children of Willy and Ruth Ekeler).

The evening included the alumni banquet held in the Exeter gym.  The evening was hosted by the 10 year class with Taylor Erdkamp who presided over the business meeting to start the evening.  Also during the meeting Alan Songster gave an update on the Exeter-Milligan School Foundation.

After an invocation by Megan Waldron the buffet was opened and class pictures were taken.  The keynote speech was given by Allyson Horne (1993) after everyone had been served.

Horne, who works as the Director of Engagement for the Teammates mentoring program couched her address in terms of  “A Letter to My Younger Self.” She spoke about the challenge of not being athletic to live up to her last name but in identifying her own talents with the help of several of her teachers.

“And it is within the walls of this school that I first learned how to aim that talent.  Through the impact of many encouraging humans – particularly the teachers and staff – I have made a life out of  those gifts and now encourage others to do the same,” explained Horne.

She recalled several of her teachers and mentors at Exeter High school who were her “strength spotters. It is a gift when you see and name the light in another.  It is a gift when someone see and names the light in you.”

Horne related this to her current position with the Teammates mentoring program and how essential mentors are to students today, “when you simply look for what is right about someone, when you name it and help them aim it, you increase their sense of hope.  You help them be more successful. You improve their quality of life.”

After thanking Horne, Erdkamp invited the classes to share stories and introduce their members present.  At the conclusion of the banquet attendees were invited to move to the Legion for dessert and dancing along with a silent auction.

On Sunday, an alumni Road Rally was held with Wade Sluka winning the top prize. In the afternoon a Fat Penny tournament was held in Milligan