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  • Cyclones Winless at Tekamah-Herman Triangular

    It was a rough night in Tekamah for the Cyclones on Thursday, August 29.  The Cyclones knew going in that they would have to step up their game to compete. Their opponents for the night were Tekamah-Herman Tigers and Guardian Angels Central Catholic Bluejays.


    During their first game against Tekamah-Herman, they were having a hard time scoring runs against their strong defense. The Cyclones were able to sneak in 3 runs, holding the Tigers at 1 point during the 3rd inning. After the 3rd inning, the Tigers continued to score runs before the Cyclones could answer back. The ending score of the game was 3-12.


    Their second game against the Guardian Angels Central Catholic Bluejays was also very one-sided. The Bluejay bats were too much for the Cyclones to handle.  After the 1st inning, the Bluejays rattled off 12 points in the next 3 innings. The ending score of the game was 0-12, with the Bluejays blanking the Cyclones.


    Senior Payje Rayback said, “We knew right away that we were going to have to play at the best of our ability for both games. We fell short in both games with minimal hits and a few errors here and there that got us down in both games. Overall, I’m still optimistic about the rest of the season.”


    The Cyclones season record as of these games sits at 4-3.  



    Highway 91 vs. Tekamah-Herman

                                    1     2     3     4     5     6     7     Runs

    Highway 91               0      0     3     0     0     -     -         3

    Tekamah-Herman    0      4     1     2      5     -     -       12

    (Plate Appearances, At Bats, Runs, Hits, RBIs, Put Outs)


    Haley Bovee—2, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1; Riana Grotelueschen—2, 2, 0, 1, 0, 0; Faith Indra—3, 2, 1, 0, 0, 2; Rylee Olson—2, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0; Abbey Pieper—2, 2, 0, 0, 0, 1; Jaedyn Ratzlaff—3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 1; Kyleigh Rayback—3, 3, 1, 0, 1, 1; Payje Rayback—3, 2, 1, 1, 1, 4; Natalie Reeves—2, 1, 0, 0, 0, 4



    Highway 91 vs. GACC

                                1     2     3     4     5     6     7     Runs

    Highway 91           0     0     0     0     0     -     -         0

    GACC                     0     2     4     6     0 -     -       12

    (Plate Appearances, At Bats, Runs, Hits, RBIs, Put Outs)


    Haley Bovee—1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 2; Sophia Dvorak—1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0; Riana Grotelueschen—1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0; Faith Indra—1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 3; Nessa Krupka—1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1; Abbey Pieper—1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1; Lilly Praest—1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0; Jaedyn Ratzlaff—1, 1,  0, 1, 0, 0; Kyleigh Rayback—2, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0; Payje Rayback—2, 2, 0, 0, 0, 5; Natalie Reeves—1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0; Kennady Schmidt—1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0


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    Student Opinion Column: “Being Short”

    Picture this: It’s a home volleyball game, the bleachers are full, and almost everyone has a roster with the players’ information. I grab the paper and start skimming through the names, and then I stop. In amazement I read: “Emily Loseke, height 5’ 4,” and just like that I’m a giant and have grown four inches.


    As a junior in high school, I’ve become accustomed to the skyscraper bookshelves, the struggle of finding the right size of clothes, and the towering fourth graders. I’ve even grown to enjoy short people jokes such as, “That subject was over your head? Well, most things are” or “Reach a little higher; five feet is a high demand.”


    However, what I’ve never understood is the association between height and smarts or athletic ability. I’ve always believed that just because I’m shorter than the average person, doesn’t mean I’m any less of a person than they are. No matter what, I shouldn’t use my height as an excuse to abandon my dreams. 


    As my basketball coach once said, “How tall are you, Em? Well, believe you’re 5’ 4.” Don’t let it stop you.” Of course, I like to think I didn’t. 


    And just like that, I realized I love challenging the impossible. I personally like to step onto the track and show them what I can do. When you’re five-feet-tall and standing by giants, others can’t help but look at you, and when I succeed, it makes people look at me and not my height.


    Even so, being tall isn’t all fun and games either. Tall people hit their heads on doorways and are always found in hide and seek. So while being short doesn’t always measure up, I know that I can, no matter what my height is.


    So for anyone out there who thinks they’re too short or small to change the world, I have only one thing to say:


    Grab a ladder and get over it. The smallest words can change the world, and so can the smallest of people. People of my stature are in “short” supply, and there might be those who think “little” of me. But as life goes on, I’ll let them do the measuring, not me. 


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    Leigh-Clarkson FFA Represented at the State Fair

    Summertime animal FFA projects don’t stop for these FFA members, as they took their animals to the 150th annual Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.   


    The 11-day state fair event is held at Fonner Park from August 23 to September 2.  Members of the Leigh-Clarkson FFA chapter participating include Riana Grotelueschen, Carsen Ahrens, Brock Marxsen, and Makenna Held. 


    Riana Groteluschen took a Hampshire ewe and a market ewe. She got a blue in showmanship. Also blue were her Hampshire ewe and market ewe.  


    Carson Ahrens took a guilt and a barrow. His guilt placed 6th in its class and his barrow 9th. 


    Brock Marxsen took two market lambs. He placed third showmanship in overall sophomore class. His first market lamb placed 4th in its class and his second market lamb earned 5th in its class. 


    Makenna Held took a breeding heifer. She earned fourth purple in her class in showmanship and third purple in her class for commercial breeding heifers. 


    Brandy Held, Leigh Clarkson FFA advisor said “I was extremely proud of how well all of the Leigh-Clarkson FFA members did at the State Fair. They work hard all year with their animals, and it is great seeing their hard work pay off.”


    Congratulations to Carsen, Riana, Brock, and Makenna with their state fair projects!


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  • Pats Fall in Thrilling 5-Set Season Opener

    Everyone knows it’s going to be a great game when the Patriots meet up with the Howells-Dodge Jaguars for a Highway 91 battle, and this year’s volleyball match-up was no exception.


    The Clarkson-Leigh Patriots’ season officially started on September 3. The Patriots traveled to Howells to take on the Jaguars for their first official game of the season.


    The JV’s started off the night. They started out slow and dug themselves a hole. Even after trying their best, they lost the first set 11-25. The second set seemed to be the same result. The end of the second set was 9-25. The third set was when they finally showed everyone what they were capable of. They came out on top of the game and won the set  25-20. Even with the great effort, they couldn’t pull off the win going 1-2. 


    After Jv’s played, Varsity was up. They were ready to compete against Howells-Dodge, hoping to clinch a victory. Warm-ups went by quick and the game was finally underway. 


    The first set didn’t go as planned. Even though the Patriots worked hard to win the set, they had too many unforced errors to pull it off. The 1st set ended with a score of 21-25. 


    The second and third set went much better for the Patriots. Their passes went to target, which set up their hitters for big swings. The second set ended with a score of 25-22. The third set was crazy. Both teams played a great set pushing each other hard. The Jaguars and the Patriots battled back and forth until the Patriots won 30-28. 


    Even with all the excitement and energy the Patriots had after the third set, the fourth set didn’t show it. Their passing wasn’t going well and they made too many serving errors to win the set. They came up short in the fourth 22-25. 


    Going into the fifth set, both teams came out ready to play, but the Patriots couldn’t pull together any runs, eventually losing the set 8-15.  


    Sophomore setter Makenna Held said, “Even though we couldn't pull off a win, I think we have progressed a lot as a team since our first jamboree game. We battled a lot harder against Howells Dodge and are more than ready for our second and third games in the triangular this week. I think everyone can agree that we are excited to see what this season brings for our volleyball team.”


    Head coach Rebecca Schnieder said, “Losing a 5-set match is never easy, especially to a rival just down the road!  Unfortunately, we were inconsistent and had too many unforced errors on our end.   


    We feel serving could really be a strong suit for us, but we struggled a bit on the serve line and we weren’t as aggressive as we should have been.  We missed quite a few that we normally don’t miss in practice.   Also, passing wasn’t quite where we’d like to it to be. We stress that the serve/pass game is vital and we need to be able to control those two aspects of the game in order to be successful, and we just fell short. 


    On the flip side,” Schneider continued, “there was a lot of growth and a lot of positives in that loss!  Taking set three 30-28 was a huge step in showing perseverance and having grit, but we just need to be able to carry that momentum over into the next set!  


    Overall, we are continuing to see the girls come together and have more of those big plays!  We just need to work on putting it all together and be more consistent throughout the whole match.”


    Game Stats:

                                        S1    S2   S3    S4     S5

    Clarkson/Leigh:          21     25     30 22 8


    Howells-Dodge:          25     22   28 25   15


    Individual Stats:

    (kills-hit attempts, blocks, digs, assists, ace serves)


    Taylor Larson––3-14, 1, 1, 1, 0; Makenna Held––1-7, 1,12, 35, 1; Kennedy Settje––9-27, 1, 14, 1, 1; Kayden Schumacher ––3-30, 0, 11, 0, 0; Bailey Lemburg––0-1, 0, 6, 0, 1; Reagan Settje––1-2, 1, 0, 0, 0; Cassidy Hoffman––15-49, 6, 11,  0, 0; Brittney Urbanek––0-0, 0, 11, 0, 1; Kim Stodola––9-34, 2, 1, 0, 0


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  • Clarkson-Leigh Falls to Howells-Dodge in Annual Bacon Bowl

    The annual “Bacon Bowl” between Clarkson-Leigh and Howells-Dodge was held on August 30, as the two Highway 91 rivals squared off in Howells at 7 pm. 


    Both teams got off to a good start scoring in the first quarter. Howells-Dodge scored 14 points in the first quarter off a 54-yard rush from Luke Rocheford and a 57-yard pass from Darrin Pokorny to Rocheford. 


    Lance Paprocki scored for the Patriots with a 2-yard rush after a 56-yard pass conversion from Lance Paprocki to Eli Hays. After a failed two-point conversion, the Patriots were left with 6 points for the first quarter. 


    The second quarter was basically a repeat of the first. Clarkson-Leigh scored one touchdown off a 43-yard reception from Lance Paprocki to Carter Hanel. The Patriots then converted the 2-point conversion on another pass from Paprocki to Hanel. 


    The Jaguars scored at the beginning of the second quarter off a 5-yard pass from Pokorny to Rocheford again. After a missed 2 point conversion, the Jaguars went up to a score of 20. Towards the end of the second quarter, Howells-Dodge scored again off a 34-yard run by Pokorny. The Jaguars missed the two-point conversion, making the score 14-26 Howells-Dodge. 


    Coming out of halftime, Rocheford scored for the Jaguars off a 41-yard run. Howells-Dodge also converted the two-point conversion off a pass from Pokorny to Rocheford. 


    Howells-Dodge scored again in the fourth quarter off a 7-yard pass from Pokorny to Rocheford. The Jaguars converted the two-point conversion on a pass from Pokorny to Rocheford as well. 


    The Patriots were held scoreless in the second half. 


    When the final buzzer sounded, Howells-Dodge beat Clarkson-Leigh 34-14, taking home the Bacon Bowl trophy. 


    When asked how they thought the game went, junior Trevor Zulkoski said, “The game wasn’t great, but I think we did pretty good for it being our first game. We have a lot to work on and I can’t wait to play St. Francis next.” 


    Coach Jim Clarkson said, “Tough night in the Bacon Bowl.  We played really well in the first half, but unfortunately, we kind of wore down in the second half.  We had a couple of opportunities that we were unable to take advantage of.


    “Howells-Dodge is a really good team and ended up getting the better of us.  I was really proud of the effort that the players played with, we were underhanded a bit but not out hearted.  Hopefully we will learn from Friday night and become a better team for it.” 


    The Patriots play next on September 13 at home against Humphrey St. Francis. 


    Game Stats:

    1     2     3     4     Final

    Clarkson-Leigh     6      8     0     0      14

    Howells-Dodge  14    12     8     8      34


    (passing yards, receiving yards, rushing yards, tackles, assisted tackles)


    Lance Paprocki—165, 0, 21, 4, 1; Eli Hays—0, 90, 18, 3, 1; Carter Hanel—0, 75, 0, 0, 1;  Kyle Kasik—0, 0, 7, 0, 2; Isaak Wiese—0, 0, 1, 3, 4; Mitchel Beeson—0, 0, 0, 2, 1; Trevor Zulkoski—0, 0, 0, 1, 0;  Drew Beeson—0, 0, 0, 0, 1;  




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    New Faces to Leigh High School

    The start of a new school year calls for new classes, same teachers, and some old friends. On top of it all, every year, we have our fair share of new students that we are happy to welcome into our community.


    This year we have four new faces: Hannah Dronsett, Carter Brabec, Deandrea Rivera, and Andrew Rivera.


    Hannah Elisabeth Dronsett is a foreign exchange student from Norway this year. She is staying with Ryan and Kristin Mullenhoff. She is a senior this year.


    Hannah’s parents are Gro Elisabeth and Henrik. She went to Nesodden videregaende skole, which was her high school in Norway. She is living in Leigh this year, but the name of where she lives in Norway is Hellvik, Nesodden.


    In her free time, Hannah enjoys hanging out with friends. In Norway, she played handball, and she is playing softball while she is here.


    Carter Nathan Brabec is a seventh grader this year. His parents are Andy and April Brabec. He lives east of Madison.


    Carter previously went to school at St. Leonard’s Catholic School in Madison. 


    Some of his hobbies include watching football and playing on his x-box. He is participating in football and basketball this year. 


    Deandrea Jasmine Rivera is a freshman, and her younger brother Andrew Rivera is an eighth grader. Their parents are Nicole Sandoval and Adrian Campose.


    Deandrea and Andrew went to Columbus Middle School before coming to Leigh this year. They live in Leigh.


    Deandrea enjoys painting, running, gardening, and reading. She has participated in swimming, track, cross country, soccer, and basketball while at Columbus.


    Andrew enjoys playing games in his free time and is excited to participate in football this year.


    Welcome to all our new classmates!


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