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  • Kindergarten Pre-Enrollment March 13

    Kindergarten Pre-Enrollment is set for Tuesday, March 13, 2018. This enrollment is for all students who will be in kindergarten next year (2018-2019 school year). The school would like to get a count of how many students might be in kindergarten during the upcoming year. Pre-enrollment is scheduled from 8:00 a.m to 10:30 a.m. on March 13. Please let the grade school office know if you can't come in on this day.

    To pre-enroll your child, please bring the following information with you:

    1. State birth certificate (not hospital certificate)

    2. Social security card

    3. Immunization record

    If you have questions, please call Teri Richard at the Grade School Office (785-332-8143)

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    Girls Earn Road Victories Over Wallace County

    The Lady Indians earned a sweep over the home-standing Wallace County Lady Wildcats on Tuesday evening, February 20. The junior varsity team opened the evening with a two-quarter contest defeating the Lady Wildcats 31-10. The varsity Lady Indians led 21-20 at halftime, but widened the margin in the second half to earn a 61-47 victory. The evening completed the regular season for the Lady Indians. The junior varsity Lady Indians completed their season with a record of 11 wins and 1 loss. The varsity Lady Indians tallied a 14-6 regular season record (the best record since 1999) and will now advance to Sub-State play.

    In junior varsity action, St. Francis earned a 3-0 lead on an out-of-bounds play score by Emma Johnson. After a post score by Wallace County (WC) freshman Jessie Carmen, Hanna Zimbal added one-of-two free-throws. A free-throw and a steal-two by Johnson moved the margin to 7-2. After a WC free-throw, Johnson's assist set up a fast-break basket by Jylian Laten. WC freshman Tori Springsteel answered with a steal-two, but Johnson followed with a left-wing trey moving the scoreboard to 12-5. Zimbal added a free-throw, and Johnson scored a transition-trey on an assist from Lindsey Johnson in the closing moments. St. Francis led 18-5 after one period of play.

    Alondra Gomez scored from the post on an assist from Hanna Zimbal to open the second period. After a driving score by Springsteel, St. Francis called time-out leading 20-7. After returning to the floor, the Lady Indians earned a press-offense basket by Gomez and a steal-two by Emma Johnson. Mid-way through the quarter, an offensive rebound and assist by Jylian Laten led to a left-wing score by Johnson. The next offensive rebound and assist by Laten set up a score by Gomez. The Lady Indians now led by 21 (28-7). Sophomore Leah Ayers scored on a break (and one) for the Lady Wildcats. Karly Bandel added the final three points of the contest, sinking one-of-two and earning a lay-up on a steal and assist by Johnson. St. Francis won the junior varsity contest 31-10.

    Scoring for the Lady Indians in the JV game were Emma Johnson 15, Hanna Zimbal 7, Alondra Gomez 6, and Karly Bandel 3. Wallace County was led by Tori Springsteel with 4 points. St. Francis recorded 7 fouls, 9 turnovers, and made 5 of 10 from the line.  Wallace County recorded 8 fouls, 6 turnovers, and made 2 of 4 from the stripe.

    St. Francis got off to a bit of a slow start against the Lady Wildcats in the varsity contest. The Lady Indians earned numerous good looks at the goal, but shot poorly in the first half. Wallace County sophomore Lakin Perry scored the first goal of the contest netting a trey from the right-wing early in the contest. Hanna Bracelin answered with an and-one from the post. Bracelin's next post score gave the Lady Indians a short-lived 5-3 lead. At 4:17 Wallace County used their first time-out. After returning to action, the Lady Wildcats earned two free-throws by 5' 6" senior Sydni Allen, a stick-back basket (and-one) by Allen, and a right-wing trey by 5 6" senior Carli Haislip. The action prompted a St. Francis time-out at 2:01, trailing 5-11. St. Francis earned a top-of-the-key trey by Lauren Johnson (assist Reagan Beims) on the next possession. With the addition of a WC free-throw, St. Francis trailed 8-12 at the first quarter break.

    St. Francis earned the first basket of the second period, a fast-break basket by Taighe Weeter (assist Hanna Bracelin), but it would be a while before the Lady Indians would take the lead. WC's Perry drained another trey; this one from the right-corner. Bracelin followed with an offensive rebound basket, but Hailey Hennick (5' 11" So.) answered from the post. A free-throw by Karly Bandel and a right-wing jumper by Weeter narrowed the deficit to 15-17, but Hennick followed with another post basket. The deficit increased to five (15-20) with a addition of a free-throw by Hennick. The Lady Wildcats would not score again in the half. St. Francis earned a basket on well-executed press offense by Lindsey Johnson (assist Hannah Zimbal), a left wing jumper by Emiliegh Dinkel, and a steal-two by Weeter. St. Francis took their second lead of the contest 25 seconds before the half expired. St. Francis led 21-20 at halftime.

    Lauren Johnson's assist led to a left-wing trey by Taighe Weeter to open the second half. A basket in the lane by Reagan Beims increased the Lady Indians lead to 26-20. WC would respond with a right-wing trey by Perry and a free-throw by Allen narrowing the advantage to two. An offensive rebound score by Hanna Bracelin was answered by a fast-break basket by the Lady Cats. After a basket in the lane by Bracelin, WC earned an out-of-bounds play deuce by Allen. A baseline shot by Haislip gave WC a 30-31 advantage and triggered a St. Francis time-out at 3:37. Emileigh Dinkel scored three of the next four baskets by St. Francis. Dinkel scored on a drive on the first possession after the time-out. WC's Aubrey Kuhlman (5' 7" So.) answered from the post on the next WC possession. Dinkel then added a post basket and Zimbal drew a charge on a driving WC player. Weeter tossed in a right-wing trey (assist Karly Bandel). On the next WC possession, Kuhlman added another post score. Dinkel's third basket of the exchange came from the free-throw area and moved the scoreboard to 39-35. WC answered with an offensive rebound score by Hennick. Jylian Laten added a free-throw and Reagan Beims chipped in a post-basket on an assist by Bracelin. St. Francis had equaled their first-half output in the third quarter. The Lady Indians entered the fourth quarter with a 42-37 advantage.

    After free-throw by Karly Bandel, Haislip drained a left-wing trey for the Lady Cats. An exchange of free-throws was followed by a Wallace County time-out a 6:50. On the first St. Francis possession after the time-out, Lauren Johnson nailed a top-of-the-key trey extending the margin to 47-41. A baseline drive by Weeter increased the advantage to eight. At 5:30, an assist by Lindsey Johnson led to a free-throw area jumper by Reagan Beims. Down ten (51-41), Wallace County called time-out to regroup. Lakin Perry scored consecutive baskets on back-to-back possessions by the Lady Wildcats. The action narrowed the margin to 51-45 and St. Francis called time-out with 3:02 to play. St. Francis earned a press-offense basket by Weeter after returning to action. Bracelin added two free-throws after a free-throw by WC. At 1:35, WC called another time-out trailing 55-46. The Lady Indians moved the ball deliberately on offense looking for good shots. Bracelin added a left-wing deuce, Karly Bandel and Weeter each sank back-to-back free-throws to preserve the advantage. Hennick added a final free-throw for the Lady Wildcats in the closing moments. St. Francis earned a trying 61-47 win over Wallace County. St. Francis sank 8 of 12 from the free-throw line in the final period. 

    St. Francis had two players in double-figures; Taighe Weeter 19 and Hanna Bracelin 15. Others scoring for St. Francis were Emileigh Dinkel 8, Lauren Johnson 6, Reagan Beims 6, Karly Bandel 4, Lindsey Johnson 2, and Jylian Laten 1. The Lady Indians made 11 of 17 from the line, had 17 turnovers, and recorded 15 fouls.

    Wallace County was led in scoring by Lakin Perry with 13 and Sydni Allen with 12 points. Carli Haislip added 9 and Hailey Hennick 8. WC gathered 13 fouls, 17 turnovers, and made 9 of 17 from the stripe.

    St. Francis will host the first round of the Sub-State Basketball Tournament on Monday evening, February 26. The Lady Indians will play Plainville at 7:00 p.m. (Game time MAY be adjusted earlier if requested by the visiting team.)

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    Indians Split Games With Wallace County

    On Tuesday evening, February 20, the St. Francis High School basketball teams wrapped up their regular season schedule in Sharon Springs. The Indians split their contests with Wallace County, losing the junior varsity boys game 25-27 and winning the varsity contest 59-52. Both games were close throughout, and the outcome of either game was in question until the late moments of each contest. The varsity ends the regular season with a record on 15-5. The junior varsity team compiled a record of 9-3.

    St. Francis struggled through a low-scoring first half in the varsity game. Both teams played aggressive defense, but neither team found the basket with any regularity during the first half. St. Francis earned many good shots, but just could not get them down as the teams battled to a 19-19 tie at halftime.

    Andrew Noone (6' 1" Jr.) scored the first basket of the varsity contest on a steal-two. K.C. Krien's offensive rebound and assist led to a Tate Busse trey from the left-wing giving the Indians a short-lived lead. Noone's driving basket placed the Wildcats back in front. A runner in the lane by Seth Johnson (5' 11" Sr.) gave WC a 3-6 advantage. Busse's assist to Wyatt Hackler on a fast-break pulled the Indians within one, and Hackler's steal-two returned the lead to St. Francis (7-6). Johnson's drive soon erased the Indian's advantage, but Tayton Weeter scored from the post on an assist from Dalton Straub placing the Indians back in front. After a trading of free-throws by Trevor Medina (6' 1" Jr.) and Adam Krien, Brady Dinkel scored on a drive giving the Indians their largest lead of the game (12-9). The final bucket of the quarter was added by Carlin Springsteel (6' 2" Sr.) for the Wildcats. St. Francis held a slim 12-11 lead after one period of play.

    The back-and-forth action would continue. The teams traded lead changes 8 times and had 6 ties in the first 20 minutes of the contest. Seth Johnson scored a driving basket on the Wildcats' first possession of the second quarter. Adam Krien added a free-throw tying the game at 13-all. Trevor Fischer (5' 11" Jr.) contributed two free-throws after being fouled following an offensive rebound. A stick-back basket by Dalton Straub tied the contest at 15-all. After a charity toss by Trevor Medina, Wallace County called time-out with 3:17 left in the half. After returning to the action, WC earned a left-wing basket by Luke Johnson (5' 11" Jr.) to take a 3-point lead (15-18). A basket by Straub from the right-baseline preceded a free-throw by Fischer. Two free-throws by Tate Busse tied the game again at 19. WC used another time-out in the last minute of the half, but neither team scored again. The teams went to their locker rooms tied at 19-all.

    Luke Johnson opened the second half scoring for WC. Dalton Straub followed with a pair of free-throws. An assist by Tate Busse set up a baseline score by Straub giving the Indians a 23-21 advantage. At 4:34, Trevor Medina tied the contest one last time with a drive. On the next possession, St. Francis answered with a driving score by Wyatt Hacker to take the lead for good. In the next few moments, the Indians would add two right-wing treys by Brady Dinkel and an offensive rebound basket by Straub. The Indians exploded for a 10-0 run in a minute and 41 seconds that would essentially decide the game. Seven straight points by Medina closed the margin to 33-30 before a shot in the lane by Tayton Weeter stopped the Wildcat run. Dalton Straub then drew a charge on a driving Wildcat further swinging the momentum. Jesse Baxter's assist to Busse set up a fast-break score, and Weeter's assist led to a baseline jumper by Straub. The Indians had scored the final three baskets of the period to lead 39-30 going into the final quarter.

    Trevor Medina opened the final stanza with a deep right-wing trey. After a score by Dalton Straub, Medina added three free-throws narrowing the advantage to 41-36 before an assist by Tate Busse led to a score by Jesse Baxter. At 6:01, Adam Krien picked up his 5th foul and left the game. Carlin Springsteel chipped in a free-throw, and Medina's drive at 5:17 reduced the Indians' lead to four (43-39). Tayton Weeter then added a free-throw and Busse a drive. At 4:19, Medina swished another deep trey moving the scoreboard to 46-42. The Wildcats immediately called time-out. On the next Indian possession, Weeter added a free-throw, but Medina followed with a left-wing three-ball. With 3:40 to go, the score stood at 47-45. Twenty seconds later, Brady Dinkel sank one-of-two from the stripe, but at 3:13, Medina's drive further narrowed the lead to one (48-47). The Indians badly needed a score--and they got it. Straub nailed a free-throw area jumper on the next Indian possession. Busse followed with a steal-two at 1:40. Straub added another free-throw moments later. The SF lead had grown to six (53-47). A 1:05, Medina scored again on a drive. Medina had accounted for 18 of the 19 Wildcat points thus far in the quarter. Because they were behind, the Wildcats were forced to foul to preserve the clock. With 26.2 seconds remaining, Straub made one-of-two. After a Wildcat miss, Busse rebounded and was fouled. The foul was ruled intentional, and Busse sank both free-throws. The Indians received the basketball after the foul shots, and Straub's assist led to a transition basket by Weeter (plus one). With 12.2 seconds left, Weeter's free-throw moved the scoreboard to 59-49. Fischer's buzzer-beater trey made the final score 59-52.

    St. Francis was led in scoring by Dalton Straub with 18 points. Tate Busse added 13. Tayton Weeter and Brady Dinkel each added 9. Others scoring for St. Francis were Wyatt Hackler 6, Adam Krien 2, and Jesse Baxter 2. The Indians made 14 of 26 from the stripe, were called for 15 fouls, and had 10 turnovers.

    Junior Trevor Medina led the Wildcats scoring with 29 points (27 in the 2nd half).  Seth Johnson and Trevor Fischer each added 6. The Wildcats tallied 21 fouls, 9 turnovers, and made 12 of 20 from the line.

    St. Francis will play Trego Community in the first round of the 2A Sub-State Tournament in St. Francis on Tuesday, February 27. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

    In junior varsity action, St. Francis jumped out to a 8-0 lead getting a post-basket by Tayton Weeter (assist Colton Neitzel), a free-throw by Neitzel, a baseline drive by Weeter, and a steal and assist by Weeter leading to a break-basket by Conner Keller (plus one). Late in the quarter, five Indian substitutes entered the game and played throughout the second period. St. Francis only earned two more points, two free-throws by Draven Houtman, before halftime. St. Francis led 10-7 with 1:40 left in the second period, but the Wildcats earned a right-wing trey by freshman Landon Johnson, a steal-two by Trevor Fischer, and an offensive rebound basket by sophomore Corbin Smith to end the half. Wallace County scored 14 points in the second period (6 by Fischer) to lead 14-10 at halftime.

    The deficit grew to 10-17 on a left-corner trey by Smith to open the second half. Tayton Weeter then found Jesse Baxter open for a high-post score. Conner Keller scored on a cut after a nice assist by Colton Neitzel (14-19). Smith followed with a stick-back bucket. At 3:10, Keller's left baseline shot narrowed the deficit to 16-19. A short time later, Keller scored a fast-break basket (plus one) on an assist from Weeter. The game was now tied at 19-all. Aiden Mai added a left-wing basket to the Wildcats' side of the scoreboard. On the Indians' trip down the floor, Keller was called for a charge driving to the basket giving the basketball back to the Wildcats. After a Wildcat miss, Weeter's assist led to a score by Richard Johnson on an out-of-bounds play. The Wildcats called time-out with 17.5 seconds left in the third period to set up a final shot, but a turnover led to an empty possession. The team's were tied at 21 after three quarters of action.

    Trevor Fischer scored the first three points of the final period on a free-throw and post basket. Approximately halfway through the quarter Wallace County called time-out for strategy. At 3:40, Connor Keller was fouled on a drive and made 2-of-2. Fischer answered with a stick-back basket. At 1:10, Keller went coast-to-coast narrowing the margin to one (25-26). After an empty possession with approximately 30 seconds to go, St. Francis was forced to foul when they could not force a turnover. The Indians fouled twice in the final 6.4 seconds to finally send WC to the line. Junior Josh Daily made 1-of-2 with 4.1 seconds to go to move the score to 25-27. St. Francis failed to connect on a final shot attempt, and Wallace County won the junior varsity game 25-27.

    Connor Keller scored 14 points to lead the Indians. Others scoring in the junior varsity game were Tayton Weeter 4, Jesse Baxter 2, Richard Johnson 2, Draven Houtman 2, and Colon Neitzel 1. The Indians made 7 of 8 from the stripe, had 8 fouls and 18 turnovers.

    Wallace County was led in scoring by Trevor Fischer with 11 points. Corbin Smith added 7. The Wildcats made 2 of 6 from the line, totaled 5 fouls and 13 turnovers.

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  • Basketball Teams To Host Sub-State Games

    Both Games Will Start at 6:00 p.m.

    Due to their fine seasons records, both the Lady Indians and Indians will be hosting the first round of the Kanss 2A Sub-State Basketball Tournament in St. Francis. St. Francis has been placed in the Wakeeney Sub-State and the final two rounds of the tournaments will be played in Wakeeney on Thursday-Saturday, March 1-3.

    The Lady Indians, seeded fourth, with a 14-6 record will host Plainville (seed 5; record 10-11) on Monday evening, February 26. Game time is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. in the St. Francis High School Gymnasium.

    Click here to view the Lady Indians bracket.

    The Indians, seeded second, with a record of 15-5 will host Trego Community (5-14) at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, February 27. The game will be played in the St. Francis High School Gymnasium.

    Click here to view the Indians bracket.

    This is a KSHSAA-sponsored tournament. NO PASSES will be accepted for admission to the Sub-State games. Only those on the Pass List and working at the game will be admitted free. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for students (K-12).

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    Trayton Qualifies For State Tournament

    State Tournament Info Listed

    The Regional Wrestling Tournament was held on Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17th, in Goodland, Kansas.  Twenty-five schools competed in the tournament including the following schools:  Atwood-Rawlins County, Brewster, Cimarron, Colby, Ellis, Goodland, Hays-TMP, Hill City, Hoxie, Lakin, Leoti-Wichita County, Logan, Montezuma-South Gray, Norton Community, Oakley, Oberlin-Decatur Community, Palco, Phillipsburg, Plainville, Scott City, St. Francis, Stockton, Sublette, Tribune-Greeley County, and WaKeeney-Trego Community.

    Only one St. Francis wrestler placed in the top four positions to qualify for the Kansas State Wrestling Tournament. Trayton Doyle, 220 pound senior, won 3rd place at the Regional Tournament and will be competing in the 3,2,1A State Wrestling Tournament in Hays, on February 23 and 24. Click here to view Trayton's state bracket. As a team, St. Francis placed 15th scoring 45 points.

    Scott Community won the team championship scoring 145 team points. Norton Community placed second with 128 points. The remaining teams placed in the following order:  3rd - Colby 123, 4th - Hoxie 111, 5th - Goodland 96, 6th - Cimarron 92.5, 7th - Oakley 76, 8th - Lakin 66.5, 9th - Phillipsburg 65.5, 10th - Plainville 65, 11th - Oberlin-Decatur Community 63.5, 12th - Atwood-Rawlins County 61.5, 13th - Hill City 55, 14th - Ellis 48, 15th - St. Francis 45, 16th - Leoti-Wichita County 44, 17th - Wakeeney-Trego Community 41, 18th - Hays-TMP 23, 19th - Sublette 21, 20th - Brewster 18, 21st -Stockton 14, 22nd - Logan 9.5, 23rd - Tribune-Greeley County 7, and 24th - Montezuma-South Gray 0.

    Individual Regional results for St. Francis wrestlers are listed below.

    Garin Cooper:  won by fall over Hanson, Atwood-Rawlins County; lost by 3-0 decision to Lynn, Cimarron; won by fall over Hamel, Hill City; lost by a 1-0 ultimate tiebreaker to Lovewell, Hays-TMP.  Click here to view Garin's bracket.

    Aaron White:  lost by fall to Stephenson, Oakley; lost by fall to Goss, Norton. Click here to view Aaron's bracket.

    Tiernan Poling:  won by fall over Juenemann, Oberlin-Decatur Community; lost by a 8-1 decision to Lenker, Phillipsburg; lost by a 7-3 decision to Baalman, Hoxie. Click here to view Tiernan's bracket.

    Tyson Poling:  lost by fall to Mason, Oberlin-Decatur Community; lost by fall to Russell, Phillipsburg. Click here to view Tyson's bracket.

    Shadyron Blanka:  won by fall over Garetson, Sublette; lost by fall to Hanson, Plainville; won by fall over Farr, Oberlin-Decatur Community; lost by fall to Wiltfong, Norton. Click here to view Shadryon's bracket.

    Luin Norris:  won by fall over Holub, Goodland; lost by fall to Seabolt, Cimarron; won by fall over Hernandez, Leoti-Wichita County; lost by fall to Junkermeier, Plainville. Click here to view Luin's bracket.

    Trayton Doyle (Placed 3rd):  won by fall over Colgan, Atwood-Rawlins County; won by fall over Dilka, Oakley; lost by a 3-2 decision to Ledesma, Goodland; won by fall over Bogner, Cimarron; won by a 7-2 decision over Dunn, Wakeeney-Trego Community. Click here to view Trayton's bracket.

    Coach Dylan Loyd shared the following comments, "This past weekend we traveled to Goodland to compete in the 3-2-1A regional tournament. Much like past years, the depth and competition at this regional was top notch. It has become a pretty common theme every year for us to be a part of arguably the toughest regional tournament in 3-2-1A. This year proved to be much of the same and I was pleased with how these guys battled. We had some matches that slipped through our fingers a little bit, but we battled. At the end of the weekend you look back on your performances and wish to get some of those matches back, but you can’t. They may have come up short on what they wanted to accomplish but, any time you fall short you have to learn and grow from it. The best competitors don’t let the tough losses get to them. They use them as motivation and though dealing with that heartbreak is hard; it’s vital to remember that feeling as you train throughout the offseason. I have a lot of faith in these guys and it’s important to point out the amount of growth they all have shown throughout this season.

    Individually, Garin Cooper was a pure joy to watch grow and develop this past season. If you were to ask him at the beginning of the season if he saw himself having the success he did this year I bet he would say no. He truly came a long way and it all comes down to the manner in which he carries himself and the work he puts in. This is a kid who didn’t start wrestling until he was in 7th grade, so the growth he has shown and the improvements he has made is a testament to him. He took two really tough losses this weekend to two tough seniors and he battled both of them hard. At the end of the day there is a lot to feel good about with Garin. He is all in and I looked forward to having him around for the next three years. Aaron White had a tough weekend wrestling up a weight class. This is a young man who doesn’t have a whole lot of experience, but what he lacks in that he makes up for with his preparation and work ethic. He came a long way this season and really took a step forward this weekend. He took his losses pretty hard this weekend and as a coach I love to see that. I love to see that because you could see it in his eyes how important this was to him. Moving forward I have a lot of faith in this young man. You know every day he’s going to give you his best. Tiernan Poling really had an up and down weekend. Friday he wrestled lights out and completely dominated a kid he beat in overtime a year ago. In his semi’s match he wrestled a tough opponent but, he battled him tough. On Saturday, Tiernan was just off and it’s hard to put a finger on it but, I am very proud of him. I know how hard it is to fall short of a goal you set for yourself. I think it’s important to every one of these guys to remember that one loss doesn’t define a season. It’s very important for Tiernan to remember that. The Tiernan Poling today is twice the wrestler Tiernan Poling was a year ago, it will be an important offseason for him but I trust he will do what he needs to. Tyson Poling had a tough year competing in a very tough and deep weight class. Every weekend Tyson was asked to compete against top notch wrestlers and that is never easy. What makes it harder is when you take tough loss after tough loss. Losing is never fun especially when you work as hard as we ask this group to work. Tyson’s spirit never wavered throughout the season. He kept after it and he kept working. I wish he could have some matches back but, he has a lot of talent. Where he goes from here will be telling-I know the talent he has and if he invests this offseason next year could be a lot of fun for him. Shadyron Blanka really finished this season strong and started to really come into his own. He started to really gain confidence in himself and feel just short of making it to the bloodround. His last match he was in control of and just made a young mistake and took the pressure off the kid for 5 seconds and it changed the whole outcome of the match. The best way to learn from those kind of mistakes is to make them. Shadyron is a very talented, young wrestler who I know will do what it takes to be the very best. I am really excited about this freshman class moving forward.  Luin Norris was good enough to qualify this weekend. He wasn’t lacking when it came to talent. He just made some mental errors that I know he’d love to have back. This guy has come a long way from the time he walked into our wrestling room his freshman year. He had by far his best season this year and as a senior that is what you want. His weight class this weekend was very deep with 8 very solid wrestlers. I always judge a senior by how they leave the program behind and the impact that they had on it. This program is better having had Luin Norris these past four years. He is proof that if you stick with something, you work hard, and stay positive that good things can happen. Trayton Doyle really wrestled well this weekend in a very tough weight class. It was good to see him punch his ticket to state. This has been a very tough year for Trayton. He is one of the fiercest competitors that I have ever been around and wrestling is very important to him. To have to watch last season hurt him and fueled a fire within him. He still has goals that he wants to achieve and I look forward to sitting in his corner this weekend. He has got the skillset to do what it takes, the biggest thing for Trayton now is to relax and go out and wrestle. He punched his ticket, the pressure is off now, just go out and perform and utilize his God-given gifts.

    This upcoming weekend Trayton will be representing this storied program at the 3-2-1A state wrestling tournament in Hays. I’m looking forward to watching him compete this weekend and continue to take steps forward. Half of the battle is getting there, he’s punched his ticket and now it’s time for him to continue to take steps forward. He will be ready to go and its going to be a lot of fun!


    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018

    Ticket Sales and Gates Open – 8 a.m.

    9:30 a.m. - Line up for the Opening Ceremonies

    9:45 a.m. -Opening Ceremonies - Parade of Athletes

    10:00 a.m. - 1st Round (4 mats)

    Break – 30 minutes for lunch

    2nd Round - Championship Quarterfinals (4 mats)

    3rd Round - 1st round of Consolation Matches (4 mats)

    Break – 10 minutes

    4th Round - Championship Semifinals (2 mats)



    Ticket Sales and Gates Open – 7 a.m.

    9:00 a.m. - 5th Round Consolation Wrestle backs (4 mats)

    6th Round - Consolation Quarterfinals (4 mats)

    Break – 30 minutes for lunch

    7th Round - Consolation Semifinals (4 mats)

    Break – 15 minutes

    8th Round - 3rd place matches (inside 2 mats)

    5th place matches (outside 2 mats)

    Break – 45 minutes

    Parade of Champions


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  • Help Prevent The Spread of Disease

    Cheyenne County Health Nurse Mila Bandel noted at recently Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease has been observed in the preschool this past month. This disease is very contagious and easily acquired!!  With the large crowd school and community events held lately, this disease is continuing to spread to others. Mila has asked that the following information be made available to local residents. 

    Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

    Hand, foot, and mouth disease, or HFMD, is a contagious illness that is caused by different viruses. Infants and children younger than 5 years old are more likely to get this disease. However, older children and adults can also get it.

    Symptoms usually begin with a fever, reduced appetite, sore throat, and a feeling of being unwell. A day or two after the fever starts; painful sores can develop in the mouth. A skin rash with flat red spots may also develop on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Sometimes a rash also occurs on the knees, elbows, and buttocks. This rash may blister but won't itch.

    Not everyone will get all of these symptoms. Some people may show no symptoms at all, but they can still pass the virus to others.

    HFMD is usually not serious. The illness is typically mild, and nearly all patients recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment.

    • Usually causes fever, painful sores in the mouth, and a rash on the hands and feet
    • Is a contagious disease
    • Mostly affects infants and children younger than 5 years old, but people of any age can be infected
    • Has no specific treatment
    • Infection risk can be reduced by practicing good hygiene, such as washing hands often

    HFMD is very contagious.

    The viruses that cause HFMD can be found in an infected person's:

    • nose and throat secretions (such as saliva, sputum, or nasal mucus),
    • blister fluid, and
    • feces

    HFMD spreads from an infected person to others through:

    • close contact, such as kissing, hugging, or sharing cups and eating utensils,
    • coughing and sneezing,
    • contact with feces, for example when changing a diaper,
    • contact with blister fluid, and
    • touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them.


    People with HFMD are most contagious during the first week of their illness. However, they may be contagious for weeks after symptoms go away. Some people, especially adults, may not develop any symptoms, but they can still spread the viruses to others.

    HFMD can cause a fever, mouth sores, and a rash on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

    HFMD mostly affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. However, older children and adults can get it, too. When someone gets HFMD, they develop immunity to the specific virus that caused their infection. However, because HFMD is caused by several different viruses, people can get the disease again.

    There is no specific treatment for HFMD. Fever and pain can be managed with over-the-counter fever reducers and pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. It is important for people with HFMD to drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration.

    There is no vaccine to protect against HFMD. However, you can reduce the risk of getting infected with the viruses that cause HFMD by following a few simple steps:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers, and help young children do the same.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who have HFMD.
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

    HFMD is often confused with foot-and-mouth disease (also called hoof-and-mouth disease), which affects cattle, sheep, and swine. Humans do not get the animal disease, and animals do not get the human disease.

    According to the Center for Disease Control – CDC, health complications from hand, foot, and mouth disease are not common.

    • Viral or "aseptic" meningitis can occur with hand, foot, and mouth disease, but it is rare. It causes fever, headache, stiff neck, or back pain and may require the infected person to be hospitalized for a few days.
    • Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or polio-like paralysis can occur, but this is even rarer.
    • Fingernail and toenail loss have been reported, occurring mostly in children within a few weeks after having hand, foot, and mouth disease. At this time, it is not known whether nail loss was a result of the disease in reported cases. However, in the reports reviewed, the nail loss was temporary, and the nail grew back without medical treatment.

    For more information on HFMD, contact the Cheyenne County Health Department at 785-332-2381.


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