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    Junior High Boys Split Games With Quinter

    The junior high boys split their basketball games with the visiting Quinter Bulldogs on Monday, November 20. The St. Francis B-team won their contest 55-30, but the A-team was defeated by Quinter 16-56. In a 10-minute C-team contest,  St. Francis was defeated 0-13.

    In A-team action, St. Francis struggled to score in the first half and fell behind by a large margin. Preston Witzel's drive tied the contest at 2-all early in the contest, but it was the only basket the Indians would earn in the first half. St. Francis trailed 2-33 at halftime.

    Witzel's next basket, mid-way through the 3rd period moved the scoreboard to 4-39 and soon was followed by a left-wing trey by Ben Busse advancing the score to 7-41. St. Francis added 9 more points throughout the second half eventually losing 16-56.

    St. Francis received 9 points from Preston Witzel in the contest. Ben Busse added 7. Quinter was led by Kyler Johnson with 17, Trent Riedel with 15, and Eli Gruenbacher with 13.

    St. Francis controlled the B-team contest from the outset. The Indians jumped out to a 14-6 first quarter lead and led 38-15 at halftime. The Indians extended their lead to 20 points by the 3rd period break (45-25) and defeated the Bulldogs 55-30. 

    Preston Witzel scored 25 points in the contest and Ben Busse added 24. Jordan Smull drained a couple treys to chip in 6 points. Quinter was led by Brady Albin with 8, Preston Havlas with 6, and Braden Polifka with 6.

    The Indians will play Cheylin on Tuesday, November 8, in St. Francis.

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    Junior High Girls Dominate Quinter

    On Monday, November 20, the junior high girls basketball teams defeated the Quinter Lady Bulldogs in St. Francis. The A-team opened the evening in the High School Gymnasium with a dominating 41-10 performance. The B-team defeated Quinter at the Grade School by a score of 38-12. The C-team girls played a 1-quarter contest with the Lady Indians losing 4-8.

    Quinter's Bryton Mesch opened the scoring in the A-team contest, but an assist from Mia Morrow led to an out-of-bounds play basket by Jordan Faulkender to tie the contest. Lyden Lampe then added a basket from the right wing after an offensive rebound. Neither team scored in the second half of the first period, and St. Francis led 4-2 at the break.

    Quinter's Jadelyn Betz opened the second period with fast-break basket on press-offense (plus one) to give Quinter a 4-5 lead. It would be the last lead the Lady Bulldogs would own. Consecutive baskets by Talexa Weeter gave the Lady Indians a bit of breathing room, and with the addition of an offensive rebound score by Mia Morrow, an out-of-bounds play basket by Jordan Faulkender, a baseline drive by Weeter, and two offensive rebound scores by Faulkender and Ellee Krien, the Lady Indians held a 19-7 lead at halftime.

    The Lady Indians extended their advantage to 30-7 before Quinter scored again. Talexa Weeter added three baskets and Jordan Faulkender two to open the third period. After a free-throw by the Lady Bulldogs, Mia Morrow and Ellee Krien scored on offensive rebound baskets moving the scoreboard to 34-8. With the addition of a Weeter trey and steal-two later in the contest, the Lady Indians earned a 41-10 victory.

    Scoring for St. Francis were:  Talexa Weeter 19, Jordan Faulkender 10, Mia Morrow 4, Ellee Krien 4, Lyden Lampe 2, and Rian Zimbal 2. Quinter was led by Ava Gillespie with 4 points.

    In B-team action, St. Francis jumped out to a 13-2 lead at the first quarter break. During the period, the Lady Indians received scoring from Hadleigh Hilt, Bailey Workman, Molly Gilliland, and Miah Hackney.

    Janie Ramiez, Dani Boughman, and Molly Gilliland added points to the Lady Indian side of the scoreboard in period two. The Lady Indians led 21-4 at halftime.

    With thirteen girls receiving playing time in the contest, the Lady Indians rolled to a 38-12 victory. Scoring for the Lady Indians in the B-team game were:  Molly Gilliland 8, Hailey Robbins 8, Miah Hackney 6, Hadleigh Hilt 6, Dani Broughman 4, Lyden Lampe 2, Janie Ramirez 2, and Bailey Workman 2. Quinter was led by 8th grader Evie Deaton with 8 points.

    The Lady Indians will play Cheylin, in St. Francis, on Tuesday, November 28,

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    Beyond the Crown: Madison Tice

    “Smart,” “Bold,” “Driven,” “Great Attitude,” “Pushes to be her best,” these are a few words used to describe Saint Francis Homecoming Queen Madison (Madi) Tice.

    She said she wants to make her last year of high school as enjoyable and successful as she can. Tice’s senior goals were to make it to state in volleyball and track. Tice’s favorite memory of her senior year so far has been homecoming week, “I’ve always loved homecoming week, I enjoyed all the memories I made with my friends,” she said.

    After Tice graduates high school, she plans to attend Fort Hays State University to get her pre-requisites out of the way and major in pre-pharmacy for two years. After Fort Hays, she plans to continue her education at the University of Kansas to major in pharmacy. After graduating college, Tice plans to move back to Saint Francis and work at a pharmacy and learn how to open her own.

    Despite only stretching to a height of 5’5”, Tice loves playing volleyball and hasn’t let her height stop her from being the best player she could be for the team. Tice said being a part of the volleyball team has shaped her into a better person and who she is today.

    Sarah Raile, Tices’ volleyball coach, said “Madi is a wonderful asset to the team. She is a leader and works hard. You want that kind of an athlete on your team — one that isn't afraid to step in and show the girls that she can take on anything. She is a huge role model. She is a wonderful girl on and off the court. She listens to tasks and responds well. She helps others when needed and she is respectful. The thing I like most about Madi is that she is a hardworking, respectful athlete that is very humble. She doesn't think she is better than anyone else, and she shows respect on and off the court. Madi is one of those girls you can look to for an answer. I am so glad I got the privilege to coach Madi the last three years because she is a hard working girl and isn't scared to stand up for herself. That is hard to find in society today and for that I have a lot of respect for her. She stands up for what she feels is right. Sweet girl.”

    Tice also loves spending time with her family. She and her family go on two trips a year together. According to Tice, “This is what I enjoy most, the time spent with her family, it brings us closer as a family.”

    Tice said Senior Dalton Straub is her best friend. He said, “Madi is always fun to be around and always a big help when needed. She also makes everyone in the room smile and laugh. Madi is a great friend and someone you can always count on.”

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  • Sagebrush Tournament Information

    The 2017 Sagebrush Classic Basketball Tournament will be held in Brewster on December 4th, 8th, and 9th. Eight teams will be completing in the tournament including Cheylin, Golden Plains, Heartland Christian, Logan, St. Francis, Triplains-Brewster, Wichita County, and Weskan (Heartland Christian will not have a girls team competing.). Teams were seeded last year using the 2016 rankings of the boys and girls teams. The St. Francis Lady Indians will play in the North Gym vs Wichita County on Monday, December 4th, at 6:00 p.m.. The Indians will play Heartland Christian in the South Gym at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

    The semi-finals of the tournament will be held on Friday, December 8th. The finals will be played on Saturday, December 9th. Game times and opponents will be determined by the results of prior games. Click here to view the tournament brackets.

    Each competing team will have a entrant in the free-throw and 3-point shooting contest. Representatives in the free-throw contest will shoot their first round of free-throws (25) before their first game on Monday with the top two qualifiers shooting 25 more on Saturday just before the girls' championship game. The 3-point contest will be held on Friday between the second and third games. Each team representative will shoot 25 shots from 5 different locations with a time-limit of 1 minute. The top two qualifiers will advance to compete in the finals held prior to the girls' championship game on Saturday.

    An All-Tournament Team (five players) will be announced after each respective championship game.

    Concessions will be available with proceeds going to the Brewster Junior Class. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students. No passes will be accepted.

    Go Indians and Lady Indians!

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  • Winter Sports Practices Underway

    November 13 was the first day winter sports practice as mandated by the Kansas High School Activities Association. St. Francis teams have begun preparing for the upcoming winter sports seasons in three high school sports and the days of competition will soon be here. The basketball teams will open competition on Friday, December 1, when the teams play Quinter in St. Francis. The wrestling team will open competition on Saturday, December 2, when the Indians host the St. Francis Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

    The girls basketball team has eleven team members this season. The team will be coached by Shaylinn Zweygardt and Matt Bandel. Serving as managers for the team will be Matthisen Witzel and Cassidy Busse. Team members include:  Seniors - Reagan Beims, Hanna Bracelin, Emileigh Dinkel, and Jylian Laten; Juniors - Lauren Johnson and Lindsey Johnson; Sophomores - Karly Bandel, Alondra Gomez, Taighe Weeter, and Hannah Zimbal; Freshman - Emma Johnson.

    The boys basketball team has twenty-two members. The Indians will be coached by Cory Busse and Devin Dinkel. Team members include:  Seniors - Tate Busse, Jake Faulkender, Wyatt Hackler, and Dalton Straub; Juniors - Wyatt Hilt, Draven Houtman, Richard Johnson, Connor Keller, K. C. Krien, Bryce Raby, Jordan Raby, and Tayton Weeter; Sophomores - Brady Dinkel and Isaiah Lee; Freshmen - Jesse Baxter, Rylan Doyle, Doyle Easter, Jasper Hunt, Adam Krien, Cutler Mayer, Colton Neitzel, Brady Schoenrogge, and Kobe Tice.

    Ten athletes have reported for high school wrestling practice. They include:  Seniors - Trayton Doyle and Luin Norris; Juniors - Cody Baxter and Tiernan Poling; Sophomores - Seth Hilt, Aaron White, and Perla Yanez; Freshmen - Shadryon Blanka, Garin Cooper, and Tyson Poling. Audrey Meyer will serve as team manager. The wrestling team will be coached by Dylan Loyd and Kyle Buffington.

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  • Kansas Communities That Care Survey

    Attention Parents and Students in Grades 6, 8, 10, & 12


    Kansas Communities That Care Survey


    As part of the new Kansas Educational Systems Accreditation (KESA) system USD 297 is choosing to implement Social Emotional Learning curricula at all grade levels beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.  Part of the process involves screening our students for factors related to social emotional health.  A tool that is highly recommended as a screener is called the Kansas Communities That Care survey.  The data collected from this anonymous survey are used for various purposes throughout our state, and will be used by local staff to recognize  trouble areas and to determine how to most appropriately help our students.  More information can be found at this link:  http://kctcdata.org/


    On December 13, 2017, 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students in St. Francis will participate in the online survey.  We ask that parents complete and return the required permission form on or before December 8.  Even if you do not want your student to participate in the survey, we ask that you return the form with the appropriate box checked with your signature and date.


    The more students that participate in the survey, the more accurate our results will be.  We care about our students and want to provide for their needs as much as possible. 


    Permission forms and an Information for Parent document will be sent home with all students.  If your student(s) does not bring the forms home, click on the links below and print a copy for yourself.  Students will be directed where to turn in forms, or parents may drop them off at the high school office.

    English Permission Form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-t_XnwyLeWR5yPsdsKkrmeDfUeOjD5Q7gsWMhixmLPE/edit?usp=sharing

    Spanish Permission Form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K1e4pYKHU5uQqlKmV4-UaW0MxxSNTW18wnd6Hmu5x1M/edit?usp=sharing

    English Information for Parent: http://kctcdata.org/Documents/2016/KCTC%20Information%20for%20Parents.pdf

    Spanish Information for Parent: http://kctcdata.org/Documents/2016/KCTC%20Information%20for%20Parents%20-Spanish.pdf

    Thank you for helping us with this process.  We are confident we will gain valuable insight into our students’ needs.




    Mr. Schiltz

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  • Drama Class to Present Double Feature


    This year's SFCHS Drama Production is offering a double feature! The Drama Class will present two one-act plays on two dates in December. The opportunities to see this year's Drama Production are Sunday, December 10, at 3:30 p.m. and Monday, December 11, at 7:00 p.m. Performances will be held in the St. Francis High School Auditorium. Your support of the arts at SFCHS is sincerely appreciated.

    The two plays being presented are Trifles and '65 Mustang. Trifles by Susan Glaspell is a murder mystery of sorts, but more of a social commentary play written in 1916. It will most likely cause some controversy and some conversation. At least we hope it will.

    The second play, '65 Mustang by Burton Bumgarner, is a lighter look at life, told via the evolutions of a 1965 Mustang and the people who possess it over a forty year time span. (As an inside, I am fully aware that the car on the posters is not a '65 Mustang. We bought the posters from the script company. It bothers me, too.)

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  • Lip Sync and Talent Contest Approaching

    The St. Francis Music Department is hosting a Lip Sync and Talent Contest on December 18 in the High School Auditorium. Entries are being requested for the program. If you are interested in entering the contest, pick up a bight pink entry form in the High School Office window or in Mrs. Morrow's music room. Cost of entry is $5.

    The contest will have four categories. The categories are:  Junior High Talent, Junior High Lip Sync, High School Talent, and High School Lip Sync. Plans are to award prizes to the top three performances in each category. Students and faculty of St. Francis Jr.-Sr. High School are eligible to enter.

    Plan YOUR entry now and join the fun!  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Morrow.

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  • Students Selected for District Honor Choir

    Several St. Francis High School music students were recently selected to participate in District Honor Band and Choir. The following student-musicians were chosen to perform with the KMEA Northwest Kansas District High School Honor Ensembles:

    Chosen by audition for the band:  Nick Paulsen (8th chair trumpet) and Jessica Confer (9th chair trumpet).

    Chosen by audition for the choir:  Soprano April Fernandez, altos Echoe Lennox and Audrey Meyer, tenor Alex Queen, and low bass Doyle Easter.

    The students will participate in a clinic and then perform in concert on Saturday, December 2, at Fort Hays State University, in the Beach-Schmidt Performing Arts Center.


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