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  • Cyclones Capture Gold at Viper Tourney!

    By: Deandrea Rivera, a junior at Leigh High School


    This softball season, Highway 81 Cyclones have been busy for the beginning of the season. They traveled to Wisner for the NEN Viper Tournament on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

    Even if the girls were tired, they kept on pushing through and came home with all three wins, capturing first place! 

    Right away in the morning, they played O'Neill, taking the win with a score of 7-0. 

    Later that day, the Cyclones played against Blue River, not losing their motivation. With the score being 14-1 the Cyclones had won the game. 

    They finished off the day with getting another win against Logan View/ Scribner-Snyder. The ending score was 4-7. 

    Junior Sydney Reeves said, "Overall, we played very well all day long. It was a long tournament and we stuck with it until the end earning first place. It was a great experience for our team."

    This brings the Cyclone record to 7-3!


    Hwy 91 Cyclones vs. O’Neill 

                                                1    2    3    4    5    6     Final 

    Hwy 91                             0    0    0    1     1    5        7

    O’Neill                               0    0    0    0     0    0        0


    Hwy 91 Cyclones vs. Blue Hill

                                              1    2    3    Final 

    Hwy 91                           5    3    6        14

    O’Neill                             0    0    1          1


    Hwy 91 Cyclones vs. LVSS

                                         1   2   3   4   5     Final 

    LVSS                            0   3   0   0   1         4

    Hwy 91                       3   0   4   0   0         7



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  • Cyclones Down Polk County

    By: Cassandra Rayback, a sophomore at Leigh High School


    After having a very successful weekend at the Wisner Invite, the Cyclones took a nice trip down to Stromsburg, where they played Polk County on August 30. 

    With having good defense and solid at-bats, the varsity Cyclones were able to bring home the win 17-9. Jaedyn Ratzlaff came to the ballpark and meant business, driving in four runs on three hits. The Cyclones had a total of 20 hits, with many players collecting multiple hits. 

    “They got down to business and it was overall a great game to watch,” stated head coach, Adam Indra. 


    Highway 91 vs. Polk County

                                        1    2    3    4    5    6   7    Final

    Hwy 91:                       4    3    1    2    3    1   3     17

    Polk County:               0    0    1    6    0    1   1      9


    Individual Stats (By Player) (Hits, Runs, RBIs)


    Faith Indra: (2, 3, 0); Cassanndra Rayback: (2, 3, 0); Jaedyn Ratzlaff: (3, 2, 4); Sasha Perrin: (3, 2, 3); Sophia Dvorak: (3, 2, 1); Lily Praest: (2, 2, 1); Abbey Pieper: (1, 2, 1); Kennady Schmidt: (3, 1, 2); Nessa Krupka: (1, 0, 1) 



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  • Mr. Bachman Joins Teaching Staff at Leigh!

    By: Deandrea Rivera, a junior at Leigh High School


    With the start of a new school year comes new classes, one or two new students, and a couple of teachers. With that, we are proud to say that we have six new teachers, one of them being Mr. Andrew Bachman. 

    Mr. Bachman is teaching 6th and 7th grade math, Algebra I, Geometry, and upper level high school and college math. 

    This is a new position for the expanding school district, as Leigh has only had one high school math teacher in the past.  Now, Mr. Bachman joins Mr. Jeffrey Korus as the second math teacher.

    Mr. Bachman is a familiar face in Leigh.  He went to Leigh High School and graduated in 2006. He now joins his brother, Mr. Jeff Bachman, on the teaching staff.

    He has several degrees including an Exercise Science Degree from Wayne State College, Master’s Degree in Health and PE from Northern State University, and a Mathematics Education Degree from UNO.

    He has also completed graduate math courses from Chadron State College and UNL that he wants to pick up with this next summer. 

    He has been married for 8 years to Brianne Bachman, who is also a new teacher at Leigh this year. They have two kids: RaeLynn, who is six, and Drextyn, who is three. He enjoys spending time with his family together like going on family walks and going to the zoo. 

    Before he joined Leigh, he taught at Wisner- Pilger for 4 years. 

    In addition to teaching, he is also coaching Junior High Boys Basketball and Junior High Track.

    When he is not teaching, he likes spending time with his family, being active, and also eating food. He also enjoys all the movies about superheroes that have been coming out and collects some comic books as well. 

    When asked about how he feels about a new school year, he said, "I am excited to be back at Leigh! There are so many great things going on that I am happy to be a part of. I plan on challenging all of my students to become better math students and better people."



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  • Cyclones Lose Big to Top-Ranked Teams in Wahoo

    By: Cassandra Rayback, a sophomore at Leigh High School


    The Cyclones had a busy last couple of days, with getting first place at a tournament on Saturday, a game against Polk County on Monday, and a triangular on Tuesday.

    The Cyclones lost both of their games in a hard battle in Wahoo on Tuesday, August 31, in a triangular versus Wayne and Bishop Neumann, both very solid teams

    The score of the first game against Wayne was 0-11, with the Cyclones taking the loss. The Cyclones struggled on defense and had a tough time putting runs up on the board after Wayne went on a scoring run in the first three innings.

    The score of the second game against Bishop Neuman was 1-13. Bishop Newman scored early in the first inning, and the game got away from the Cyclones quickly. Despite their efforts, the Cyclones couldn’t defend Bishop Newman’s offense. 

    “We didn’t perform the best, but we learned from both games,” said Nessa Krupka, a junior starter from Howells-Dodge. “We will continue to use our skills in our upcoming games,”

    Certainly, this is no reason for the Cyclones to hang their heads.  Bishop Neumann is the top-ranked team in Class C, and Wayne is a highly-ranked team in Class B. 

    The Cyclone record drops to 8-5 with these losses.


    Highway 91 Cyclones vs. Wayne

                            1    2    3    4    5    Final

    Cyclones:        0    0    0    0    0       0

    Wayne:            2    1    2    1    5      11


    Highway 91 Cyclones vs. Bishop Neuman

                            1    2    3     Final

    Cyclones:        0    1    0         1

    BN:                  5    8    x        13




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  • “Greenhand Day” Teaches Underclassmen About FFA

    By: Jared Olson, a freshman at Leigh High School


    Recently, on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, the freshmen and sophomore FFA members gained a better understanding about the organization of FFA when they traveled to Central Community College in Columbus to learn about the different roles of FFA and various FFA contests.

    Students from many other chapters in the district were also in attendance.

    “The freshman and sophomore students who attended the FFA Greenhand Day at CCC in Columbus looked like they had a great time and came back to school with many questions about different FFA activities,” ag teacher and FFA advisor.

    Sophomore Jordan Noonan said: “It was a very fun day and gave us all a chance to meet new people.  We also were able to learn about different FFA competitions that we will have a chance to compete in.” 


    Leigh FFA Greenhand Day Attendees (Front Row, L to R): Kammy Held, Taya Hambleton, Macy Clausen, Gracie Eisenmann, Brianne Kuhr; (Back Row): Jack Brabec, Jacob Martensen, James Grotelueschen, Jared Olson, Dylan Higby, Jordan Noonan, Nathan Bahns, Carter Brabec, Carter Timm




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  • Patriots Dominate at Madison Triangular

    By: Carter Brabec, a freshman at Leigh High School


    After coming off an exciting win against Howells-Dodge for both varsity and JV on Tuesday night, the Lady Patriots geared up to play the Madison Dragons and Stanton Mustangs on Thursday night.

    Both of these games were a good opportunity for us to get more game reps, senior Kennedy Settje said. “It feels good to get started with the season and playing against other teams.”

    The varsity started the night off playing the Madison Dragons and the JV started the same way. Both Patriot teams won in two sets. The varsity score was a blowout with the Patriots winning 25-10, 25-4. 

    In the Madison game, senior Makenna Held assisted 7 different players as she set up senior Kennedy Settje 9 times.  Settje ended this game with a total of 7 kills.

    Next they played Stanton.  The Patriot varsity beat the Mustangs in two sets and the JV won in three sets. 

    Assistant Coach Jennifer Remmereid said, “Our games against Madison and Stanton were a good opportunity to work on the chemistry between our hitters and setter and to gain some confidence in transition play. Stanton was a little more competitive and forced our block to read the hitters but they stepped up and are better blockers each game we see”.

    Held had 15 set assists against the Mustangs, connecting with sophomore Chloe Hanel for 9 kills.  Hanel also added 9 digs. 

    Freshman Izzy Hollatz said, “Madison was a pretty easy win, but Stanton was a tougher opponent. We ended up winning both games in two sets, and played really well!”

    These two wins bring the varsity record to 3-0!


    Clarkson-Leigh v. Madison

                                        Set 1    Set 2

    Clarkson-Leigh             25         25 

    Madison                       10           4 


    ​​(kills, aces, blocks, digs, assists)

    Makenna Held—1, 6, 1, 1, 18; Chloe Hanel—4, 6, 2, 2, 0; Bailie Graybill—0, 0, 0, 1, 0; Tanyn Larson—1, 0, 1, 1, 0; Gacie Eisenmann—2, 2, 0, 1, 0; Melissa Bunner—1, 0, 0, 0, 0; Kennedy Settje—7, 0, 1, 3, 0; Korbee Wendt—2, 0, 1, 0, 0


    Clarkson-Leigh v. Stanton 

                                        Set 1     Set 2

    Clarkson-Leigh           25           25

    Stanton                       17           19 


    ​​(kills, aces, blocks, digs, assists)

    Izzy Hollatz—0, 1, 0, 2, 0; Makenna Held—0, 0, 1, 1, 15; Chloe Hanel—9, 2, 1, 9, 0; Brynn Settje—0, 1, 0, 3, 0; Tanyn Larson—2, 0, 0, 0, 0; Grace Eisenmann—1, 0, 1, 1, 0; Kennedy Settje—3, 0, 3, 6, 0; Korbee Wendt—1, 0, 3, 0, 0;



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  • LHS Comment Column: Who will make it to the Super Bowl and who will win?

    By: Isaac Rodenburg, a senior at Leigh High School 


    “I think that the Browns and the Broncos will make it to the Super Bowl. The Broncos will win.”

                                        -Mason Whitmore, Junior


    “I think that the Bucs and the Chiefs will make it to the Super Bowl. I think that the Bucs will win again.”

                                        -Dylan Higby, Sophomore


    “I think that the Chiefs and the Bucs will make it to the Super Bowl, and I think the Chiefs will win this year."

                                        -Izzy Hollatz, Freshman 


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  • Junior High Football Begins Season 2-0!

    By: Carter Brabec, a freshman at Leigh High School


    The 2021 Junior High Clarkson-Leigh football team consists of 21 players.

    They are led by head coach Mr. Jeff Korus and the two assistant coaches Mr. Jorge Gomez and Mr. Tony Horacek.

    They recently began their season by battling the Stanton Mustangs on September 7, winning 30-24 on a drive in the final minutes of the game. 

    “I think we played hard and made a good comeback in the second half of the Stanton game, which resulted in a solid win,” eighth-grader Kyle McMullin said.

    “Going up with 15 seconds in the game was exciting,” Head Coach Korus said.  “Many players contributed to this victory, and we knew it would be a tough game after last year’s thumping.  Stanton had a good fullback who was tough to tackle, but once we figured out how to tackle lower, he was not a factor.  The defense shut them out in the second half.”

    Next, the Patriots played East Butler on September 13 on their home field.  Against the Tigers, they won 42-14, starting their season 2-0! 

    “East Butler was a new team on our schedule this year, so preparing for them was a bit of a mystery,” Coach Korus said.  “The first half was back and forth, and tackling was an issue early on, but we corrected our mistakes and again held them out of the end zone after halftime, which allowed us to build a lead.”

    Coach Korus is excited about this year’s junior high squad.

    “We have a lot of experience back from last year, and we adjusted our offense based on our personnel and have been working on skills that were lacking last year.  Our players this year have good attitudes and excellent work ethic.”

    McMullin agrees that the season is off to a bright start.

    “I think if we stay focused and keep working hard, we can have a good season,” he said.


     Final Scores:


    Clarkson-Leigh       30

    Stanton Mustang    24 


    Clarkson-Leigh       42 

    East Butler              14



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  • JV Football Begins Season

    By: Brianne Kuhr, a freshman at Leigh High School
    Monday night football is back!
    The Patriot JV Football team battled their first two games of the season: against
    Stanton on September 7, and against East Butler on September 13.
    Clarkson-Leigh lost to Stanton by 12 points, 16-28.
    JV Coach Mr. Jeff Bachman stated, “I’ve been very pleased with the JV effort
    through our first two games. We have to keep working to eliminate mental mistakes,
    and we need to keep growing as a team. This group has a lot of potential.”
    The following week, the Patriots won in a route against East Butler, 54-0.
    Sophomore Jordan Noonan said, “I think overall we played a really great game
    as a team. We still have a few mistakes to clean up, but all of us had a lot of fun. We
    had a lot of guys get snaps, so that was great. I’m excited to see what we can do the
    rest of the year.”
    Their record is currently 1-1.

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