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  • Loseke, Miller, and Pinkston Place at Conference Speech

    By: Aubrie Hanna, a freshman at Leigh High School

     

    Although it was a long day for the team, the EHC Speech Meet in the North Bend High School proved to be successful overall! Bright and early on February 24, the Leigh students made their way to the fourth speech meet of the year. 

                Senior Emily Loseke, junior Aiden Miller, and freshman Leah Pinkston all made it into finals. Emily earned herself 5th place in the Informative division, and had a rating of ‘superior’ all throughout. Aiden received 6th place in Poetry, and was ranked ‘superior’ across the board as well. Last but not least, Leah finished in 6th place in Humorous Prose with an overall rating of ‘superior.’ 

                Shelby Paprocki, the coach of the speech team, said “It was another day to get better, and having three members place at Conference was huge! We are excited to have a full week of practice and to get ready for districts.”

                Leah, the freshman finalist, had some words to share about the team’s results. “I thought that Conference was a great experience! There’s so much room to grow for the team, and as long as we continue to improve, I think we have all the capabilities to make it to state!”

     

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  • Spoken Like a True Competitor

    Leigh Speech Team Finds Success at Wisner-Pilger

    By: Emily Loseke, a senior at Leigh High School

     

    “I’m not okay with the greatest industry in the world being slandered even though it produces all necessities of life and people should be extremely grateful for it,” stated Leigh freshman Taya Hambleton in her persuasive speech.  Taya’s speech is just one of the great presentations happening on the Leigh Speech Team this season!

    On Saturday, February 20, nine Leigh students competed in the Wisner-Pilger speech meet, four of which made it to finals. 

    The meet included 19 different schools and had three levels of finals: gold, silver, and bronze. The gold level was the typical finals in which students could medal.

    Speech Coach Shelby Paprocki said, “I was so happy and excited to have multiple people make finals and place at a meet that had over 19 schools competing.”

    The four finalists are as follows:

    Emily Loseke medaled with 7th place in the gold finals and finished with a superior rating. Her informative speech is about the Aberfan disaster in which 116 children were killed due to a preventable and forewarned coal mining accident.

    Aubrie Hanna placed 7th in the silver finals and finished with a superior rating. Her poetry focuses on eating disorders to help everyone realize their own self-worth.

    Tanyn Larson placed 3rd in the bronze finals and finished with a superior rating. Her persuasive speech is about how robots are helping in the workforce instead of hindering, including on her family’s dairy farm. 

    Taya Hambleton placed 5th in the bronze finals and finished with an excellent rating. Her persuasive speech shares her point of view on the livestock and agriculture industries opposed to what PETA believes. 

    Hanna said, “The Wisner-Pilger speech meet was super fun and a good experience overall! We all made some new friends, and got to share all of our hard work with the other students.”

    The other speech members presented well, too. Their ratings are as follows:

    Alicia Holmberg earned a superior rating with her serious prose titled “I Love You Mommy” by Kindra Campbell that tells of a young girl and the heart-breaking relationship she holds with her mother, as her mother struggles with her own relationship with drugs.

    Leah Pinkston earned superior and excellent ratings with her humorous prose titled “A Step-by-Step Guide to Dating Someone You Met on the Internet” by Stephanie Christensen.

    Macy Clausen earned an excellent rating with her persuasive speech about how the government should focus more on the people who are suffering from homelessness rather than celebrities and the media.

    Sage Fernau earned an excellent rating with her serious prose titled “I Don’t Want to Be Crazy” by Samantha Shutz. It’s about a girl who’s addicted to nicotine and faces the consequences of always feeling watched and not herself.

    Cassi Rayback earned a superior rating with her persuasive speech about how abortion is not the only solution to an unwanted pregnancy.

     

     

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  • All FCCLA STAR Participants Qualify for State!

    By: Tanyn Larson, a freshman at Leigh High School

     

    After months of hard work and preparation, on February 3rd, 14 students from both Leigh and Clarkson participated in the annual FCCLA STAR event. This year, the contest was virtual.  The videos from each event needed to be submitted by February 3rd, and then they received the results on February 17th. The virtual event was hosted by Twin River.

    STAR stands for Students Taking Action with Recognition.  FCCLA members who participated in an event were evaluated by a judge who was sent their video, who then filled out a rubric to determine whether they received a gold, silver, or bronze. 

    To qualify for state, entrants must be one of the top two teams in their category. In an outstanding showing by the Clarkson-Leigh chapter, all nine events who participated qualified for State! 

    The following participated in Level 1—7th and 8th graders: Brynn Settje and Ella Urban—Event Management, Silver; and Izabel Hollatz and Baylee Settje—Focus on Children 1, Gold

    The following participated in Level 2—freshman and sophomores: Tanyn Larson and Gracie Eisenmann—National Programs in Action 2, Gold: Macy Clausen and Cassi Rayback—Focus on Children 2, Gold: and Dee Rivera—Career Investigation, Silver.

    The following participated in Level 3—juniors and seniors: Cassidy Hoffman, Job Interview, Gold: Emily Loseke, National Programs in Action 3, Gold: Natalie Brabec, Nutrition and Wellness, Silver: and Bailey Lemberg and Mitchel Beeson—Sports Nutrition, Gold. 

    FCCLA advisor Mrs. Megan HIllen said, “I am so proud of each of the members that completed a STAR project. All nine entries qualified for the state competition and represented our chapter, school, and community well at our district competition.” 

               

     

     

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  • C Team and JV BB Teams Finish Season

    By: Morgan Bunner, a freshman at Leigh High School

     

                The C-Team Boys had a great tournament filled with victory on Saturday, February 20 as they went 2-0 on the day to finish their season.

                The Patriots started the day with a 27-24 win against Tekamah-Herman and finished with another win, 17-13 against Logan View/Scribner-Snyder.

    Freshman C team player Jack Brabec commented, “Defense was where we really excelled. After beating Tekamah-Herman, we played Loganview. That was one of the harder games of our season. I know the whole team is happy to end the season with a big win.

                The C-Team boys went 5-2 through their whole season. The JV team’s final record was 9-6.

    Coach Jeff Bachman said, “I was very proud of the way our JV & C Teams improved throughout the season. They worked hard and there was a lot of progress shown. I am very proud each of the groups finished with a winning record. It will be fun to continue to watch these groups develop.”

     

     

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  • Girls’ BB Falls in Sub-district Final, Earns Substate Wildcard

    By: Makenna Held, a junior at Leigh High School

     

    The start of a whole new part of the season was near as the Patriots started subdistricts. The first matchup for Clarkson-Leigh would be the Stanton Mustangs. The games were held in Clarkson as the top seed earns the right to host. 

                The Patriots had played the Mustangs a short five days before the subdistrict game. They knew a lot about their opponents, including exactly how the Mustangs were going to play. The game started out awfully slow for both teams though on the offensive end, keeping the score to a low 15-6, Patriots ahead. 

                After half things started to fall into place. Shots were going in the hoop and outstanding defense was played on the opposite end. The Patriots had the Mustangs right where they wanted them. By the end of the night, there was no doubt in the Mustangs mind as to who the better team was. The Patriots pummeled the Mustangs with a final score of 41-16. 

                Emily Loseke, senior at Leigh said, "We've been improving throughout the year, and I'm so proud not only of our record but of the hard work we've put in.  I'm thankful for this opportunity to show what we can do in the postseason.”

                The second opponent though, would not be as easy as the first. The Patriots knew going into the championship that the Norfolk Catholic Knights would be extremely physical and of a much larger size. The game started off pretty evenly matched and at the end of the first quarter the Knights were only ahead by 5, but things started immediately going downhill after that. The Patriots took a fall and were down by 12 points heading into the locker room at halftime. 

                Determined to make a comeback, the Patriots tried everything in their might to put up some buckets and make something happen on offense, but despite their efforts, nothing would fall. By the end of a long third quarter, scoring 0 points, the Patriots were down 13-33. The fourth quarter shots finally started to fall, but it just wasn’t enough to dig them out of the hole they had put themselves into. At the end of the game, the score was 27-45, Patriots defeated. 

                Thankfully, the Patriots would get a chance to redeem themselves. Clarkson- Leigh clinched a wildcard because of their 20-2 record and success in the regular season.

                Jennifer Remmereid, assistant coach said, “The Patriots played hard in subdistrict play. The win versus Stanton on Tuesday helped us engrain some defense and offensive tactics that we will see throughout the postseason. Norfolk Catholic was a physical team and showed us that we can grow in that area to be able to compete moving forward. 

    “I really like how the NSAA has the power point system set up right now. Our girls have competed well throughout the season and will have another chance against Bridgeport in the sub-state game. Bridgeport is another physical team like Norfolk Catholic but we are adjusting some things in practice and doing more game planning with the players to be ready to compete.” 

     

    Game Stats:

                                Q1       Q2       Q3       Q4       Final

    C-L                    10         5          15        11         41

    Stanton             6          0           6          4          16

     

    (Points, rebounds, assists, steals)

    Chloe Hanel—14, 3, 4, 9; Makenna Held--- 2, 4, 0, 0; Kennedy Settje—7, 2, 1, 2; Faith Indra—1, 2, 0, 2;  Jessica Hoffman--- 0, 3, 0, 0; Bailey Lemburg—2, 0, 1, 0; Korbee Wendt--- 0, 3, 0, 1; Cassidy Hoffman—5, 5, 0, 3; Alissa Kasik—10, 1, 1, 2 

     

    Game Stats:

                                          Q1       Q2       Q3       Q4       Final

    C-L                                 10        15        8         12         45

    Norfolk Catholic            5         8          0        14         27

     

    (Points, rebounds, assists, steals)

    Chloe Hanel—4, 6, 0, 2; Kennedy Settje—3, 2, 0, 1; Bailey Lemburg—3, 1, 0, 1; Cassidy Hoffman—2, 3, 0, 2; Alissa Kasik—16, 2, 2, 0; Kayden Schumacher—2, 2, 1, 2

     

     

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  • Five Qualify for District Wrestling; Higby Advances to State!

    By: Sydney Reeves, a sophomore at Leigh High School

     

    After a tough sub-district competition the week before, the Patriots were eager to get back on the mat for an even better day at the D1 District tournament.

    On Saturday, February 13, the five Patriot wrestlers who advanced to the District tournament had a long drive to Weeping Water. With this being the last tournament of the year before the state tournament, the Patriots were ready to compete at their best.  

    This tournament consisted of 20 teams including the Patriots. The five wrestlers competing for the Patriots were Bryce Jurgensen, Isaac Baumert, Dylan Higby, Jackson Koehn, and Andrew Rivera. They competed against some opponents that they had at other times of their season and knew they were going to have to battle.

    While Jurgensen’s, Baumert’s, Koehn’s, and Rivera’s seasons ended, freshman Dylan Higby was able to place fourth and earn his ticket to the state tournament!

    Individual Records for the D1 District Tournament: 

    Bryce Jurgensen: 1-2; Isaac Baumert: 1-2; Dylan Higby: 2-2 (4th place); Jackson Koehn: 1-2; Andrew Rivera: 1-2

                      On Wednesday, February 17, Higby headed to state, knowing he was going to have to give it his all with some really tough competition from the best wrestlers in the state.

    He wrestled in the 132-lb weight class.  His first match wasn’t in his favor, as he lost with a score of 0-5 to Brock Kester from Neligh-Oakdale. 

    His second match of the night went better for him, as he pinned his opponent Mason Tilford from Maxwell.

     The third match against Mullen’s Kyle Durfee was a great match, but Higby unfortunately wasn’t able to pull off the win, losing 5-7, and ending his season.   He finished the state tournament with a record of 1-2 and his season record was 43-16, a Patriot program best.

     “Going into districts, we were going to go in and wrestle our hardest and try to qualify as many as we could for state. State was a great experience for me and has left me with bigger and better goals for next year,” Higby said.

    Head Coach Tyler Reeves said, “We had a good showing at districts with Dylan finishing fourth and Jackson, Bryce, Isaac, and Andrew finishing one win from being qualifiers also. The boys wrestled tough and finished the season strong. I am very happy with how this young team has come along this year, and I am excited for next year.” 

    Congratulations to Dylan Higby for competing at the state tournament and the rest of the team for having a great season!

     

     

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  • JH BBB Wraps Season

    By: Korbee Wendt, a sophomore at Leigh High School

     

    The Clarkson-Leigh junior high boys’ basketball team wrapped up their season on Saturday, Feb. 20 with a tournament in Clarkson.  

    They went 1-1 this weekend, picking up a win against Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family but unfortunately losing to Howells-Dodge. The A-team won to H/LHF with a score of 35-31 and the B-team won with a score of 38-21.

    The A-team lost to HD with a score of 19-21 and B-team lost to HD with a score of 29-51.

                Eighth-grader Jared Olson reflected on the season:

    “I think we overall improved throughout the season, but there is always more room to get better,” Olson said.  “The tournament was a good way to end the year.  Howells was definitely beatable, but we let the little mistakes during that game take over.”

                Coach Seth Cash said, “The season as a whole was one of individual successes and improvement all around. While winning games is something we strive to do, the improvement of the team and the individual is always paramount. When the individual improves, so does the team, and the wins come next. Overall, we had a great group of guys to coach and it was a season of small successes.”

                Overall, the A-team finished with a 3-7 record, and the B team finished with a 6-4 record.

     

     

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  • GBB Ends Regular Season 20-1!

    By: Makenna Held, junior 

     

                After a big win on Friday night the previous week against the Bulldogs, the Patriot girls’ basketball team was ready to finish their regular season by taking down two big opponents on the road.  The girls took care of business and didn’t disappoint, finishing their regular season with a record-breaking 20-1! 

                On Tuesday, February 9th, the Lady Patriots played the first of these matchups against Pierce. There was no JV game, as the Bluejays had 8 players. After boys JV, it was time to shine. 

                The first quarter started off rough for the Patriots with two back-to-back possessions of turnovers and an easy drive left open for the Blue Jays. After a time out by Coach Murren, the Patriots were ready to play and fight for a big on-the-road win. 

                The rest of the first quarter was big for the Patriots. Excellent defense and making things happen on the other end of the court helped Clarkson-Leigh to get a big jump above Pierce. Second quarter the Patriots figured out help-side defense better, and this led to many turnovers by the Bluejays. At the end of the first half, the score was 20-10, the Patriots ahead. 

                The third quarter did not include much scoring from either team. The Patriots held the Bluejays to 7 points. The fourth quarter was going to be the most important defensively, to hold the Bluejays under. 

                The Patriots couldn’t get much rolling on the offensive end of the court, and the Blue Jays were hitting some lucky threes late in the game. With only a few seconds left in the game, the Bluejays were only down by 3. Fouling led to free throws being made by Clarkson-Leigh. The end of the second half was close, but the Patriots prevailed by four with an ending score of 35-31. 

                Kennedy Settje, junior guard from Leigh, said "This game was good for us. We needed a game that was going to be physical and competitive going into sub-districts next week. It allowed us to figure some things out about ourselves offensively and defensively, which we needed. Overall, this was a nice win for us to get under our belts!"

                The second matchup of the week, and the last regular season game for the 2020-2021 season would be against the Stanton Mustangs. On Thursday, February 11th, the Patriots basketball squads traveled to Stanton. 

                The girls’ varsity would play first and the JV girls would follow. 

                The varsity press started off strong and got some easy buckets off of turnovers by the Mustangs. The Patriots were off to a good start and got a quick jump on the Mustangs. 

                The second quarter went similar to the first. Clarkson-Leigh got out of their press and pressured the Mustangs only in the half court. At the end of the first half the score was 24-8, Patriots ahead. 

                After half time, the Patriots were still prepared to pounce on the Mustangs. They went into the last quarter of their final regular season game ahead 42-16. Subbing occurred midway through the fourth quarter and Clarkson-Leigh won handily 51-26. 

                Matt Murren, head coach said “We came out right away and were able to put some pressure on them in the full court creating some turnovers and points. Defensively we played a really good first half in forcing them into tough looks. It was a great way to end the regular season as we head into sub-districts.”

                Following the varsity was the JV. After a couple weeks of no games, the Patriots were prepared for their last game of the season. They started pressing the Mustangs but quickly got out of it. A decent defensive half was played, but offensively there were not many shots falling. 

                Going into half-time, the Patriots were down 10-18. Hoping for a better half offensively, the Patriots took the floor. Similar to the first half though, still not many shots were falling. With the Mustangs posts getting rebounds and shooting free throws from fouls, the Patriots could not catch up and lost the match. 

               

                Stats for the varsity games are as follows:

     

                 Q1       Q2       Q3       Q4       Final

    C-L         9         11        7         7           35

    Pierce     6          4        8         14          31

     

    (Points, rebounds, assists, steals)

    Chloe Hanel—8, 5, 0, 2; Kennedy Settje—15, 6, 1, 2; Faith Indra—0, 0, 0, 0;  Bailey Lemburg—3, 0, 1, 0; Cassidy Hoffman—0, 4, 3, 0; Alissa Kasik—6, 1, 0, 0; Kayden Schumacher—3, 3, 1, 1

     

                    Q1       Q2       Q3       Q4       Final

    C-L           12        12       18         9          51

    Stanton      4          4         8         10         31

     

    (Points) 

    Chloe Hanel—17;  Kennedy Settje—5; Faith Indra—2; Cassidy Hoffman—7; Alissa Kasik—12; Kayden Schumacher—4; Korbee Wendt—4; 

     

     

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  • Boys Basketball Defeats Stanton, Falls to Pierce

    By: Leah Pinkston, a freshman at Leigh High School

     

    During the week of February 8-12, the Patriot boys’ basketball team knew they had two tough road games on the schedule.

    Against Pierce on Tuesday, February 9, the Patriots had a very disappointing showing, losing 21-53. 

    Coach Jeff Bachman said, “We ran into a really good team against Pierce. We did not compete up to our potential, and unfortunately the score reflected it.” 

                With the Patriots scoring just 21 points total, the leading scorers were seniors Lance Paprocki and Trevor Zulkoski with 6 points each. 

    The Patriots, with a new record of 9-9 after the game in Pierce, faced off against the Stanton Mustangs the following Thursday, February 11. The outcome of this game was much different, as the Patriots came out and competed with determination, which resulted in a 62-57 triumph over the Mustangs.

    Coach Jeff Bachman also said, “This was a great bounce-back game for us. We executed our game plan very well and picked up an important conference road win.”

    Carter Hanel was unstoppable in the paint with 25 points and 18 rebounds. Eli Hays added 14 points and 4 steals in the victory. 

     

    Game Stats

    v. Pierce

    Q1       Q2       Q3       Q4       Final

    Clarkson/Leigh          4           2          9          6          21

    Pierce                         12       16       12       13         53

     

    Individual Stats: (points, rebounds, assists, steals)

    Lance Paprocki––6, 4, 0, 0; Eli Hays––4, 1, 1, 0; Kyle Kasik––0, 2, 1, 0; Mason Whitmore––0, 3, 0, 0; Kyle Holmberg–– 0, 3, 0, 0; Trevor Zulkoski––6, 4, 0, 0; Carter Hanel––1, 4, 0, 0;  Logan Schroeder––2, 0, 0, 0; Kyan Schnelle––0, 1, 0, 0; Mitch Beeson––2, 1, 0 , 0

     

    v. Stanton

    Q1       Q2       Q3       Q4       Final

    Clarkson/Leigh          13       15       15       19         62

    Stanton                       6         19       9         23         57

     

    Individual Stats: (points, rebounds, assists, steals)

    Lance Paprocki––6, 3, 2, 3; Eli Hays––14, 10, 4, 4; Kyle Kasik––7, 3, 7, 1; Mason Whitmore––0, 1, 0, 0; Trevor Zulkoski––6, 3, 1, 1; Carter Hanel––25, 18, 0, 2;  Mitch Beeson––4, 0, 0, 0

     

     

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