Saturday, October 7, 2023

EMF holds off the Thunderbirds

EMF played their final regular season home game Friday at 3 pm in Milligan.  The first quarter was nearly scoreless after EMF struggled with several fumbles. JCC capitalized on their mistakes finding the end zone with just 26 seconds left in the first quarter.  They also completed the two point conversion making in 0-8.  EMF finally got on the board with 5:44 left in the half when Schluter plowed in for eight points.  JCC added another touchdown but their pass conversion attempt went past the end zone.

Schluter caught a Tyler Due pass for a touch down and Spencer Eberspacher snagged the Due toss for a two point conversion making in 16-14 at the half.

JCC jumped back on the board just three minutes into the third quarter and found the end zone for six but couldn't complete the two point making it 16-20.  JCC also scored at the end of the third quarter making the home crowd very nervous as the score was 16-26.  

The Bobcats came roaring back in the fourth quarter as Schluter scored another touchdown but the two point was not good.  After stopping the Thunderbirds on defense the Bobcats went on the prowl.

A pass interference on JCC was called at just the right time.  EMF was at 4th and 6 and that call gave the drive a new life.  Schluter was in for another six and the score was 28-26.

The EMF defense stepped up and stopped a JCC drive deep into Bobcat territory.  JCC turned the ball over on downs with just 40 seconds left in the game and the Bobcat's took a knee to complete the win.

EMF will travel to Wymore next week to play Southern on Thursday night in their final regular season game.


Thursday, October 5, 2023

Obituary: Larry W. Robeson


Larry W. Robeson

December 23, 1958 - September 26, 2023

A Memorial Service for Larry will be held on Friday, October 6, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Farmer Funeral Home in Exeter, Nebraska with Kim Dunker presiding.

No Visitation - Cremation.

Graveside Services will take place at the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter, Nebraska following the Memorial Service.

Memorials are to be directed to the family to be designated at a later date.

Larry Wayne Robeson was born to Edward Glen Robeson and Holly Jean (Peters) Robeson on December 23, 1958 at Bassett, Nebraska. He passed away September 26, 2023, at his home in Exeter, Nebraska at the age of 64. He was one of 4 children in the family.

On May 24, 1959, Larry was baptized at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Bassett, Nebraska. In 1967, Larry and his family moved to Exeter, Nebraska. He was confirmed at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cordova, Nebraska on April 7, 1974 and graduated with the class of 1977 at Exeter Public Schools. He continued his education at Milford Tech in Milford, Nebraska and graduated in 1979. Larry worked for many years at Styskal Irrigation in Exeter, Nebraska, until the business closed. Larry also enjoyed helping Bob and Bill Leif farm for many years. He worked for Volzke Irrigation in Utica until his accident. Larry was employed at Pillen Farms as a transport driver, where he worked until his passing.

Larry enjoyed watching old black and white westerns and cartoons from his childhood. He also enjoyed playing scratch-off cards and driving around, especially in the country and visiting with everyone he met. He loved animals and adopted two cats that he was very fond of.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Edward Robeson, brother and sister-in law, Lyle and Lisa Robeson.

He is survived by his mother, Holly Robeson of West Point, NE; brother, Lynn (Debbie) Robeson of Omaha, NE; sister, Lori (Don) Franzluebbers of Dodge, NE; nieces, Karly (Ben) Topp, Axil and Anistyn of Cortland, NE; Kendra Robeson, Carter Macgowan and Colt Fenn; Kallie (Troy) Hixson all from Lincoln, NE; Emily Franzluebbers from West Point, NE and fiancé Derick Roeber; Elizabeth Franzluebbers and Erin Franzluebbers, from Dodge, NE.

Throwback Thursday: 9/29/2013


It was homecoming week at Exeter-Milligan.  The students celebrated the theme “Up, Up and Away.” 

The entire school dressed up with some fun costumes starting with throwback day on Monday.  Tuesday was twin day and on Wednesday each class from kindergarten to seniors were assigned a different color.  Thursday was costume day and of course, Friday was Spirit day.


Winners of the Spirit Cup challenge for hall decorations were first place to the ninth grade, second place  seventh grade and third place, eighth grade.


All of the Exeter-Milligan students came to the Exeter football field on Friday afternoon for the pep rally.  The cheerleaders planned the event and started with the senior football players.  The boys had to stack six unwrapped chocolate snack cakes on their heads and the first to balance them there won the contest. 


The Timberwolves defeated the Johnson-Brock Eagles 76-14 and after the game, the homecoming court was introduced.


Homecoming attendants were Freshmen: Sydney Hall and Cameron White, Sophomores: Marissa Howard and Sean Maxson, Juniors: Amber Pribyl and Dustin Axline  Seniors:  Duchess-Kylie Briske, Duke-Garett Pribyl,  Princess-Erica Yound Prince-Robert Harre, Queen-Brooke Manning, King- Nolan White. 


The Exeter-Milligan School Board and Exeter-Milligan Facilities Joint Public Agency(JPA) Board held a special meeting on Wednesday, September 25th at 8 p.m. in the band room.  The meeting was advertised as a discussion on the JPA project.


After School Board President Sharon Kuska opened the meeting, Superintendent Paul Sheffield presented a power point display looking at the different facts and figures behind the need the proposed new facility at Exeter-Milligan.


Sheffield explained that according to a facility study of the district “The Exeter site is 30,000 square feet under the recommended industry standard size for the student population.”


The study also determined “the specialized classrooms were undersized.”


After looking at the current facility and the facility study, the board developed some priority items, explained Sheffield.  


The updates to the current facilities and a $4.5 million addition are where the school board is currently looking to make some changes.  Included would be a remodel of the “small gym” which would become a fine arts facility, new locker rooms added while remodeling the old locker rooms, a new  competition gym that would seat 1,000 comfortably, a multi-purpose room connected to a wellness center along with a training room, new concession area and new P E coaches office.

Audience members were given the opportunity to write down their vote for, against or neutral on the project.  The board counted the votes and there were 16 yes, nine no and one neutral. The board met Monday, September 23rd in Milligan and the results from the straw poll there were eight yes, one no and one neutral.

The school board voted to delay on the project and appointed a committee to work with the administration to develop materials appropriate materials to take a poll among constituents and report back to the school board as soon as possible.


During their meeting September 23 the school board also voted to begin improvements on the field events for the track in Exeter.  They will be redoing the pole vault, long jump, high jump, discus area and also work to control drainage on the field.  Redoing the entire track has not been approved.


The Exeter-Milligan School Board and the Joint Powers Agreement Board have sent out a survey to all REGISTERED voters in the district about the proposed expansion project at Exeter-Milligan.  If you are not a REGISTERED voter you will not receive this survey.  If you receive one, please return it as soon as possible.

Monday, October 2, 2023

EMF competes at JCC Tournament

The EMF Lady Bobcats entered the JCC tournament as the fourth seed facing Tri County.  After two very close sets Tri County came out on top setting the Bobcats into a bracket against Fillmore Central.  EMF had no problem handling Fillmore Central in two straight sets before handing Lourdes Central Catholic in another two sets.  The Lady Bobcats will travel to Meridian on Thursday.


Sunday, October 1, 2023

EMF downs undefeated Thayer Central

EMF didn't waste any time getting on the board against Thayer Central Friday night in Friend.  At the half it was 28-8 and the Bobcats added 20 more points in the second half making the final 48-8.  They will meet Johnson County Central in Milligan on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.