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  • Leigh-Clarkson FCCLA Fundraiser

    The Leigh-Clarkson FCCLA chapter will be holding a take-and-bake meal fundraiser. We will be offering meal options that can be put in your oven and baked, or reheated on the stovetop. All of the meals are made from scratch, placed in a disposable container or baking tray, and frozen. These would make great gifts for a new mom, a housewarming gift, or a delicious comfort meal for a friend in need. Meal options include beef enchilada casserole, chicken tetrazzini, chili or chicken noodle soups. All casseroles will be offered in two sizes (9x13 inch rectangular pan or a 9 inch round pan). The larger casseroles are priced at $18, and the smaller portion at $10. Soups will be packaged in a 32-ounce container and also cost $10. Orders need to be placed by Friday, November 5 by filling out the online order form, or by calling Megan Hillen at (402) 910-1391. Meals will be available for pick-up on Sunday, November 14 at Leigh High School's main entrance between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Please contact Megan Hillen to arrange an alternative pick-up time, if needed.


    Thank you for your support of the Leigh-Clarkson FCCLA chapter!


    Order Form: https://forms.gle/cxKmGNiTkm2Hr73T8 

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  • Girls Golf Team Plays at Pender and Battle Creek

    By: Natalie Brabec, a senior at Leigh High School


    The Patriot girls’ golf team traveled to Pender and Battle Creek in the past week to participate in the golf meets there. 

    Varsity golfer, Paige Kurpgeweit, said, “The golf meet went very well. I am very proud of us because our scores are all close to each other, and overall as a team, we continue to show improvement.”

    At the Battle Creek Invite, the morning started off chilly and a little wet. But just as the temperature started to rise, so did our girls' golfing confidence. Ashly missed placing, by just a couple of spots! It was a great meet. You could tell on the girls' faces that they were having fun.


    Scores from Pender Triangular: Ashly Guillen: 55; Kaitlyn Fehrer: 64; Cortlynn Cadwallader: 62; Hazel Mundt: 62; Paige Kurpgeweit: 61

    Scores from Battle Creek Invite: Ashly Guillen: 112; Cortlynn Cadwallader: 135; Hazel Mundt: 120; Paige Kurpgeweit: 138



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  • Patriots Roll Over East Butler For Second Win

    By: Kanyon Held, a senior at Leigh High School


                The Clarkson Leigh Patriot football team traveled to East Butler on September 10, 2021, to take on the East Butler Tigers. The Patriots came into the game with a record of 1-1. They wasted no time jumping out to an early lead. 

                Sophomore quarterback Ryan Brichacek reached the end zone first for the Patriots after he punched in a two-yd rushing touchdown. Clarkson Leigh failed to put in the two-point conversion.

    Senior Carter Hanel added to the Patriots’ total next after he punched in a 1-yd rushing touchdown putting the Patriots up 12-0. After a failed two-point conversion, the score remained the same until the second quarter. 

                Hanel rushed for another 1-yd rushing touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter. The Patriots failed to put in the two-point conversion. East Butler reached the scoreboard next after a 7-yd passing touchdown. The Tigers put in the two-point conversion, coming with 10 of the Patriots.

    The Patriots got the momentum right back after sophomore Dylan Higby returned a kickoff back 70 yds. Senior Kanyon Held put the two-point conversion in afterwards. 

                Mason Whitmore reached the end zone off a 49 yd pass from Brichacek. Higby then ran in the two-point conversion, putting the Patriots up 34-8. Higby reached the end zone one more time at the end of the 2nd quarter with a 42-yd rushing touchdown. The Patriots failed on the two-point conversion, but were still up 40-8 going into halftime. 

                In the third quarter, the Patriots were still full steam ahead.

    They added two more touchdowns to their score. Hanel scored off a 3-yd rushing touchdown and Whitmore scored off a 20-yd interception return. Higby and Held ran in the two-point conversions.

    East Butler also scored in the third quarter off a 14-yd pass. They failed to put in

    the two-point conversion, making the score 56-14 Patriots going into the fourth quarter. 

                The Tigers reached the scoreboard first in the fourth quarter on a 5-yd rushing touchdown with a successful two-point conversion.

    Getting lots of players in on the action, the Patriots answered back after sophomore Garrett Stodola scored a 12-yd rushing touchdown. Jase Indra ran in the two-point conversion afterwards. Joey Steffensmeier also reached the end zone in the fourth quarter when he ran in a 22-yd rushing touchdown.

    The Patriots were unsuccessful on the two-point conversion making the final score 70-22 Clarkson Leigh. 

    Higby rushed for 100 yards on the night, and Brichacek threw for 88.  Held led the team in tackles with 5 tackles and 7 assisted tackles.


    Game Stats:

                        Q1     Q2    Q3   Q4    Final

    Clarkson-Leigh       12       28    16    14      46

    East Butler               0        8       6     8        24


    Player Stats:

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

    Kanyon Held - 10, 0, 0, 5, 7; Mason Whitmore - 0, 0, 49, 1, 2;  Carter Hanel - 19, 0, 30, 4, 3; Mitchel Beeson - 0, 0, 0, 1, 2; Trey Steffensmier - 8, 0, 0, 4, 3; Drew Beeson - 0, 0, 0, 4, 5;

    Dylan Higby - 100, 0, 9, 0, 2; Ryan Brichacek - 4, 88, 0, 0, 0; Jase Indra - 4, 0, 0, 1, 0 Kyle Holmberg - 0, 0, 0, 1, 3; Garret Stodola - 15, 0, 0, 1, 1; Joey Steffensmeier - 43, 0, 0, 0, 0;

    Isaac Baumert - 16, 0, 0, 1, 0; Dalton Zulkoski - 0, 0, 0, 2, 2; Jackson Koehn - 0, 0, 0, 1, 1; Andrew Rivera - 0, 0, 0, 1, 0; Jacob Koehn - 0, 0, 0, 0, 1; Nathan Bahns - 0, 0, 0, 0, 3;

    Nile Jones - 0, 0, 0, 0, 1



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  • JV Patriots End Day 2-1 at Wisner

    By: Baylee Settje, a freshman at Leigh High School


    The Patriot JV team played at the Wisner-Pilger volleyball tournament and came out with two wins and one loss on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

    For the first game they played O’Neill and came out with the win in 3 sets. The game ended with Sammy McEvoy leading the Patriots with 7 kills.  Close behind her was Brynn Settje and Tanyn Larson with 5 kills apiece. Baylee Settje led the team with 2 blocks. Cadence Indra and Brynn Settje both added 3 aces.

    The Patriots then went on to the second game playing against GACC. They ended up losing in 3 sets. The Patriots left that game with Brynn Settje leading the team with 6 kills.  Close behind her was McEvoy and Cadence Indra with 5 kills. McEvoy also contributed 2 blocks and 5 aces.  

    The Patriots’ last game of the tournament was against BRLD. To end the day off strong, they ended up winning against BRLD in three sets. In this match, Larson led the Patriots to victory with 8 kills.  McEvoy also dominated the serve game with 6 aces. Baylee Settje and McEvoy also added 2 blocks each. 

    Freshman Izabel Hollatz was asked how she thought the games went:

     “We played really well and ended up winning two games out of the three,” Hollatz said. “We still have some things we need to work on, but we are improving every game.”

    JV Coach Jennifer Remmereid was also asked about how the games went, and she said, “Our JV team battled well at the tournament Saturday. Our serves were tough and our hitters connected well with our setters. We were challenged on serve receive at times but overall, we played well throughout the day.”



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  • Patriot Junior High Volleyball Wins Battle for Highway 91

    By: Brynn Settje, a freshman at Leigh High School


                Bump, set, hit, and hustle is what the JH A team did to win their tournament on Saturday, September 11. The B team put up a good fight as well. 

    It was an A-team tournament, but our B-team also participated in the tournament as well since we were the host school. The A team earned 1st place and the B-team finished 6th.

    The other teams that played in the tournament were Stanton, Humphrey St. Francis, Humphrey Lindsey Holy Family, and Howells-Dodge. 

    The A team first started off the tournament playing Howells-Dodge. They brought them to 3 sets and ended up winning. The final scores were 12-25, 25-10, and 15-13.

    The second game they played Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family. They won in 2 sets with the final scores being 25-14 and 25-17. 

    For the championship game, they ended up playing Stanton. They took Stanton to three sets and won it all. The final scores ended up being 23-25, 25-6, and 15-11.

    Vylet Hollatz, 7th grader at Leigh said, “If you work and play hard, success should hopefully follow. We feel like we have worked hard this season so far, and it paid off when we earned the 1st place trophy.”

    The B team also battled hard throughout the day.  In their first game against Stanton, they lost 15-25 and 19-25.

    In their second game against Humphrey St. Francis, they won the first set 25-16, but lost the second two 10-25 and 12-15.

    In the final game, they matched up with Humphrey/LHF.  Again, they took them to 3 sets, but lost in the end 20-25, 25-23, and 7-15.

    Mrs. Brianne Bachman, junior high coach, said Bachman quotes, “The A team played well and was able to come away at the end of the day undefeated and champions! The B team placed 6th but played against all other A teams. It was really fun to see them go 3 sets with Humphrey/Lindsay and St. Francis. I thought many of the girls really started coming out of their shell and playing with confidence. It was fun to watch them play a day full of volleyball and win some of their sets. The coaches can’t wait to see continued growth at all levels throughout the rest of the season!





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  • Patriot Youth Volleyball Tourney Held in Clarkson

    By: Ella Urban, a freshman at Leigh High School


    On September 11, the Patriot Youth Volleyball Tournament was held in Clarkson for grades fourth, fifth, and sixth. 

                6 teams competed in both the fourth-grade group and the fifth-grade group while 10 teams competed in the sixth-grade group.

                Each group was split into two pools, and each pool played four games each.  Overall, the tournament went well and was a great success! 

                The fourth-grade team placed fifth out of six.  The sixth-grade team placed fourth out of 10, and the Patriot fifth-grade team won the tournament!  For all levels, it was a great opportunity to get some playing experience and have fun!

                The future of Patriot volleyball is bright!




    This is the sixth-grade Clarkson-Leigh Volleyball team. At the Clarkson-Leigh Youth Volleyball tournament they placed 4th. On the 6th grade Clarkson-Leigh team is Soleece Jensen, Shaylynn Marty, Lainey Urban, Sadie Brabec, Chloe Indra, Josie Brabec, Shayla Gall, Ella Olsen, McKenna Scott, Ellison Koehn, and Bailey Rios. 

    This is the 4th grade Clarkson-Leigh Volleyball team. They participated in the Clarkson-Leigh Youth Volleyball tournament on September 11th and placed 5th. Top row left to right Bergan Settje, Ella Hansen, Camille Lapour, bottom row left to right Lexi Bruhn, Madilyn Koehn, Kara Eismann

    Taelynn Baumert, Cierra Novotny, Averi Clausen, Avery Kuester, Jacklyn Koehn, bottom row left to right, Alaina Sayers, Jordyn Balzer, Kannon Clarkson, Jurnee Mullenhoff, Gracie Brabec, Tynzlee Hake.



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  • C/JV Volleyball Plays Triangular

    By: Izabel Hollatz, a freshman at Leigh High School


    Hustle, hit, and never quit. These are three things that the JV and C team did to receive two wins at the Wayne and Lakeview Triangular in Clarkson on September 13. 

                The C team only played against Lakeview, and the JV played against Lakeview and Wayne. 

                JV won against Wayne in 2 sets, and they lost against Lakeview in two sets. The C team played 4 sets with Lakeview, and they won 2 of the sets. 

                “We played really well as a team, which led us to winning against Wayne and losing against Lakeview,” freshman Baylee Settje said. “As a team, we still have things to work on, but we are getting better and better every game and practice.”

                Coach Jennifer Remmereid was also asked how these games went, and she said, “We got a nice start to the night with Wayne. We utilized the free balls and turned them into kills. Lakeview was a tougher match that forced us into some out of system situations. That’s an area we can keep working on.”



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  • LHS Welcomes New Students

    By: Paige Kurpgeweit, a freshman at Leigh High School


    With each new school year comes new faces and new friendships.

    This year, Leigh High School welcomed two new faces to their ranks: Pheobe Glissman-Mayner and Mia Glissman-Mayner

    Pheobe is 15 and is a sophomore at Leigh. Mia is 13 and is in the eighth grade. They live in Dodge.

    Pheobe’s top hobbies include photography and playing volleyball.  Her favorite subject is English.  Her favorite color is purple. Pheobe says she has really enjoyed Leigh so far.

    Mia loves animals and also enjoys playing volleyball, mostly because her friends are playing, she says. Her favorite subjects in school are social studies and science. Her favorite color is orange.

    We welcome Pheobe and Mia to the Leigh family and wish them the very best school year!



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  • Cyclones Keep Rolling

    By: Natalie Brabec, a senior at Leigh High School


    The Highway 91 Cyclones traveled to O’Neil to take on the Eagles on Thursday, September 16th. Then they played North Bend at Dodge on Monday, September 20, adding two wins to their record!

    In the first win against O’Neill, the Cyclones took the lead late in the game.  The game was tied at 7 at the bottom of the sixth when Lily Praest doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs. This led to a 9-7 win for the Cyclones.

    Senior Faith Indra had a great night batting, singling three times and adding a double in the fourth inning in her four times at bat.

    Pitcher Jaedyn Ratzlaff struck out four batters in the win.

     In their next game against North Bend, the Cyclones edged out another win.  The game was tied at 12 in the bottom of the eighth when Nessa Krupka was walked, bringing one run in to win the game.

    Praest collected four hits in five at bats to lead the Cyclone offense.  Despite allowing 12 runs on 9 hits, pitcher Ratzlaff struck out 18.   


    Cyclones vs. O’Neill:

                     1     2     3     4      5      6      7     Final
    Hwy 91     1      0     2      2      0      4     X       9

    O’Neill      4      0     1      1      1      0     0       7


    Cyclones vs. North Bend Central:

                     1     2     3     4      5      6      7    8     Final
    Hwy 91     0      5     1      0      0      4      2     1       13

    O’Neill      1      1     8      0      1      0      1     0       12


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  • FCCLA Attends Fall Leadership Conference

    By: Gracie Eisenmann, a sophomore at Leigh High School


    The annual FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference was held on Monday, September, 20, 2021, in Kearney, Nebraska. There were over 600 members and chapter advisors in attendance including Clarkson-Leigh FCCLA Officers Natalie Brabec, Jessica Hoffman, and Chapter Advisor, Mrs. Megan Hillen.

    The year’s state theme was, “Endless Opportunities,” which encourages the members to discover all the aspects of FCCLA to further their opportunities. 

                The conference kicked off by listening to the state officers, including Natalie Brabec, the State Peer Officer Team, and the 2021 National FCCLA Alumni Achievement award winner. 

                Members were then broken up into groups and attended different sessions. Jessica Hoffman attended the “Chapter Leader Track” session where she gained more knowledge about her officer position. 

                "Going to Fall Leadership Workshop in Kearny was a great experience,” Hoffman said. “I went to different sessions that taught me more about my role as treasurer, and about being more involved in FCCLA."

    Natalie Brabec presented two sessions to members, one about STAR and competitive events and the other about “Knowledge Matters and Life Smarts.”

    Brabec said, "As my first conference as a State Officer, it was a great experience and a great learning experience for me! I was very excited to see all of the members in attendance. The keynote delivered a great message to all the members. It was also exciting to be at the first in-person conference since February of 2020. I am excited to see what is in store for the rest of the year!"

                In the afternoon members participated in multiple breakout sessions presented by partner organizations such as Project Extra Mile, First Five Nebraska, and Jana’s Campaign. The State Officers also presented additional sessions on community service, competitive events, opportunities in FCCLA, and resources to assist chapters.  

                The members are excited to bring back what they learned and implement it into their chapter in many different ways. 

                Advisor Megan Hillen said, It was so great to finally be able to gather with other FCCLA members and advisers from across the state of Nebraska. Jessica, Natalie and I enjoyed a day of networking and expanding our leadership skills.” 


    (L to R): Jessica Hoffman, Mrs. Megan Hillen, and Natalie Brabec attended the FCCLA Fall Leadership Workshop in Kearney. 

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