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    Busse Sets New Scoring Record in GC Win

    Tate Busse set a new St. Francis High School single game scoring record on Friday evening, February 16. Busse netted 46 points in the Indians' 66-55 victory over the Greeley County Jackrabbits. The total surpassed the old record of 38, set by Tate on December 10, 2016, in a game with Logan. Every one of the points were needed as the scrappy Jackrabbits also played well and gave the Indians all they wanted in the contest. It was a very well played game by both teams.

    Greeley County's (GC) Thatcher Lackey (Jr.) opened the contest with a strong post-move basket. St. Francis answered with a fast-break basket on an assist from Tate Busse to Brady Dinkel. After another Lackey post score, Jake Faulkender scored for the Indians. Lackey's third score of the contest came from a greater distance; a trey from the right corner showing his versatility. St. Francis gained the lead after a drive by Dalton Straub and a drive by Busse (8-7). The lead lasted as long as it took to get to the opposite end of the floor where GC's Jaly Yanez (Jr.) swished a deep top-of-the-key trey. The shot may have been challenge to Busse, as Tate answered with an even deeper trey at the opposite goal moving the scoreboard to 11-10. On the next Indian possession, Dinkel found Busse on a cut to the hoop giving the Indians a three-point advantage (13-10). As the Jackrabbits had shown throughout the game, they had come to compete. Two free-throws by Jose Chavez (Jr.) and another Lackey post-basket soon erased the Indians' advantage. The action would continue back-and-forth throughout the contest. Straub nailed a long deuce in the closing minute of the quarter, but Lackey answered with a deuce for the Rabbits before the horn sounded. St. Francis trailed 15-16 after one quarter of play.

    The GC lead increased to three on a shot by Lackey to open the second period. After a post-basket by Dalton Straub, GC's Chavez sank back-to-back treys from the left side. With the addition of a driving basket and a floater in the lane by freshman Seth Williams, the Jackrabbits earned an eleven-point lead (17-28) at the 4:25 mark. The run ended on a Busse jumper in the lane. After a Lackey post-move score, Busse drained a trey from the right-wing. Lackey answered with a left-wing trey for the Rabbits. Busse's next score was followed by a drive by sophomore Jasper Lackey. A transition-trey by Busse was followed by a baseline score by Chavez. The quarter closed on a deep-trey by Busse and a trey by Dinkel (assist Busse).  St. Francis had trimmed the GC lead to 33-37.

    The back-and-forth action would continue. A free-throw by Dalton Straub was followed by a stick-back basket by Thatcher Lackey. A floater in the lane by Tate Busse was answered by an aggressive two-hand dunk by Lackey. Back-to-back treys by Busse gave the Indians a 42-41 lead. The lead was short-lived as Lackey soon scored again for the Jackrabbits. At 3:45, GC called time-out. At 2:09, St. Francis called time-out. Both teams had struggled to score for a couple minutes. Five more baskets would be scored in the final two minutes of the third period. Tate Busse would drain three more treys, giving him five in the quarter. GC would get a trey from Lackey and a deuce from Yanez. St. Francis led 51-48 after three quarters of action.

    As they had done all game, the Jackrabbits soon retook the lead. Two free-throws by Yanez were followed by a top-of-the-key trey by Lackey. GC took a 51-52 advantage. It would be the last lead the Jackrabbits would hold. Brady Dinkel's assist set up a post basket by Tayton Weeter. A Busse drive and top-of-the-key trey increased the Indians' advantage to 58-52 with 4:35 to go. I was the largest lead the Indians had held in the contest. Yanez soon responded with a top-of-the key trey for the Rabbits. At 3:40, St. Francis called time-out. The teams became a bit more deliberate in their offensive approaches with the game on the line. A baseline jumper by Adam Krien increased the Indians' lead to 60-55. Busse followed with a steal-two. Brady Dinkel added two free-throws and Busse a final driving score to close out the action. The Indians had held the Jackrabbits scoreless for nearly four minutes to close the contest. St. Francis defeated a pesky Greeley County team 66-55.

    Greeley County had four players in double-figures. Thatcher Lackey led the Jackrabbits with 21 points. Jose Chavez, Jaly Yanez, and Sebastian Torres each added 10. The Rabbits made 4 of 4 from the stripe, tallied 8 fouls, and had only 7 turnovers.

    St. Francis received 46 points from Tate Busse, an outstanding individual performance. Others scoring for St. Francis included Brady Dinkel 7, Dalton Straub 7, Adam Krien 2, Tayton Weeter 2, and Jake Faulkender 2. St. Francis made 3 of 6 from the line, amassed 8 fouls, and had 9 turnovers.

    St. Francis won the two-quarters-only junior varsity contest 24-19. The Indians jumped out to a 6-0 lead getting a post basket by Jesse Baxter, a steal-two by Tayton Weeter, and a baseline drive by Baxter. The Jackrabbits first score came with 3:05 on the clock; a basket in the lane by sophomore Fabel Yanez. Freshman Seth Williams followed with a fast-break basket. Richard Johnson then added a post-basket after a nice pass by Colton Neitzel. Jasper Lackey added a baseline drive for the Rabbits moving GC within two (8-6). The final basket of the first period was a basket in the lane by Tayton Weeter. St. Francis led 10-6 at the first-quarter break.

    The Indians scored 14 points in the second (and final) period. The Jackrabbits added 13 to their total. Richard Johnson and Tayton Weeter each scored two baskets for the Indians. Colton Neitzel added a post basket and Connor Keller and Adam Krien each chipped in two free-throws. The Indians defeated the Jackrabbits 24-19. 

    Greeley County was led by sophomore Jasper Lackey with 8 points. Freshman Seth Williams scored 7. The Rabbits made 2 of 4 from the line and had 6 fouls.

    St. Francis was led by Tayton Weeter with 8 points. Richard Johnson added 6. Others scoring for St. Francis included Jesse Baxter 4, Colton Neitzel 2, Adam Krien 2, and Connor Keller 2.

    Before the boys game a Senior Night recognition was held. Four seniors; Tate Busse, Jake Faulkender, and Wyatt Hackler, and Dalton Straub and their parents were recognized for participation in the boys basketball program.

    The Indians will play Wallace County, in Sharon Springs, on Tuesday, February 20.

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    Second Half Defense Propels Girls to Win

    The Lady Indians earned a 70-42 win over the Greeley County Lady Jackrabbits on Friday, February 16. The teams battled closely for two quarters before the Lady Indians gained full control of the contest in the second half. The Lady Indians were consistent offensively throughout the contest scoring 16 or more points in each of the four periods. The Lady Indians improved defense in the second half limited the Lady Jackrabbits to 9 and 7 points in the final two quarters. St. Francis also won the junior varsity game in a runaway 26-2.

    Greeley County (GC) senior Caela Ibarra scored the first basket of the contest on an offensive rebound. It was the third offensive rebound of the possession for the Lady Jackrabbits. Emileigh Dinkel's assist lead to a Jylian Laten basket on a cut to the hoop moments later. Jylian's steal-two gave St. Francis their first lead of the game 4-2. With the addition of a right-wing trey by Hanna Bracelin, the Lady Indians lead increased to five. GC's strong senior post player, Hannah Brandl, added a post basket for the Lady Rabbits. A driving score and a trey by Taighe Weeter increased the lead to 12-4 before Brandl added another post basket from the right block. A driving basket and a left-wing trey on an out-of-bounds play by sophomore Lauren Crotinger quickly trimmed the margin to one (12-11) at 2:05. In the next 30 seconds, Weeter added two free-throws, and Lauren Johnson drew a charge on a Lady Rabbit while the Lady Indians were pressing. When Brandl scored on a fast-break basket, the Lady Indians called time-out to regroup at 1:34. After returning to the floor, the Lady Indians earned a right-corner trey by Reagan Beims. St. Francis led 17-15 at the break after the addition of a Brandl post basket late in the period.

    On the first possession of the second quarter, Hannah Brandl scored from the right block tying the contest. A top-of-the-key trey by Lauren Crotinger gave the Lady Jackrabbits a 17-20 advantage. Two free-throws by Lindsey Johnson narrowed the gap, and Karly Bandel's free-throw pair gave St. Francis the lead (21-20). Greeley County called time-out at 5:33. A steal-two by Crotinger gave the Lady Rabbits the lead. It would be the last lead the Lady Rabbits would hold. Taighe Weeter scored a trey from the right-corner (assist Lauren Johnson), and Johnson added a right-corner shot moments later. After a Brandl free-throw, LIndsey Johnson added a left-wing basket (assist Bandel). Lindsey's assist then led to a score on a cut by Reagan Beims. With the addition of an out-of-bounds play basket by Beims (assist Bandel), the Lady Indians led 32-23. The Lady Indians' run ended with another post basket by Brandl. Weeter added a coast-to-coast drive and GC's Brittany Luebbers a free-throw to complete the first half scoring. St. Francis led 34-26 at halftime.

    GC sophomore Mattie Brandl scored the first bucket of the second half from the post. A top-of-the-key trey by Hanna Bracelin was answered by a top-of-the key trey by Crotinger on the next GC possession. Lauren Johnson added a baseline drive and then set up a score by Jylian Laten with an assist on a baseline shot. At 3:40, the Lady Indians lead became double-digits (41-31). After two free-throws by Hannah Brandl, Lauren Johnson's trey (assist Bracelin) increased the lead. Laten's basket moved the margin to 46-33. Greeley County had seen enough and called time-out at 1:44. By 1:25, Greeley County was in the bonus and had zero team fouls. The situation did not become a factor in the contest, as St. Francis only recorded one more foul in the game. A pair of free-throws by Ibarra was followed by right-elbow shot by Biems, and Bracelin's assist set up another Beims score. St. Francis led 50-35 at the third-quarter break.

    After a free-throw by GC, Karly Bandel scored on a cut to the goal. GC called time-out at 6:03. After returning to the floor, Brandl added a post-basket. Lauren Johnson tossed in a shot from the right baseline (assist Bracelin) triggering another GC time-out at 4:46. Brandl sandwiched another post-score in between a trey by Bandel and lay-up by Weeter coming after a steal and assist by Lauren Johnson. After a floater in the lane by Crotinger, St. Francis called time-out at 2:36 leading 59-42. Bracelin then added a lane basket and Beims a steal-two. The flurry led to another GC time-out at 1:23. St. Francis closed with a steal-two by Weeter, free-throws by Weeter and Emiliegh Dinkel, and an offensive rebound score by Weeter. St. Francis defeated Greeley County 70-42.

    St. Francis was led in scoring by Taighe Weeter with 20 points. Reagan Beims added 13. Others scoring for St. Francis included Lauren Johnson 9, Hanna Bracelin 8, Jylian Laten 8, Karly Bandel 7, Lindsey Johnson 4, and Emiliegh DInkel 1. St. Francis made 9 of 16 from the line, totaled 19 fouls, and 26 turnovers.

    Greeley County was led by Hannah Brandl with 19 points (13 in 1st half). Lauren Crotinger added 15. The Lady Jackrabbits made 7 of 13 from the line, had 19 fouls, and had 36 turnovers.

    St. Francis won the junior varsity game in a landslide. St. Francis led 16-0 after one period of action. As the Greeley County turnovers mounted, the point-spread grew. Greeley County earned a runner in the lane by Lauren Crotinger with 2;50 left in the first half moving the scoreboard to 24-2. St. Francis won the two-quarter contest 26-2.

    St. Francis had 10 turnovers in the game; Greeley County had 23. St. Francis was led in scoring by Emileigh Dinkel with 8 points. Emma Johnson added 7 as did Hannah Zimbal. Karly Bandel and Jylian Laten each added 2.

    After the game, Senior Night was observed. Five St. Francis seniors and their parents were recognized for participation in the girls basketball program. Players and managers recognized were Reagan Beims, Hanna Bracelin, Emileigh Dinkel, Jylian Laten, and Matthisen  Witzel.

    St. Francis will play Wallace County, in Sharon Springs, on Tuesday, February 20.

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    Lady Indians Sweep Lady Titans

    The high school girls basketball teams won both contests played in Brewster on Thursday, February 15. The games were make-up games from earlier postponed contests due to weather. The varsity Lady Indians defeated Triplains-Brewster 52-42, and the junior varsity team won a two-quarter contest 28-12.

    The junior varsity contest opened the evening. Triplains-Brewster (TPB) earned the first basket of the contest on a right-corner shot by freshman Samantha Cozza. Hannah Zimbal soon answered for the Lady Indians getting a bucket on a well-executed out-of-bounds play (assist Karly Bandel). A post-basket by Emma Johnson (assist Alondra Gomez) placed the Lady Indians in front for good. The next Johnson basket came on a fast-break at the end of another Bandel assist. A steal and assist by Johnson soon led to a Bandel score placing the Lady Indians up 8-2.  TPB's Brianna Hanson (Fr.) followed with a score for the Lady TItans. An assist by Lauren Johnson set up a right-wing score by Gomez, and Emileigh Dinkel followed with a free-throw. The final score of the quarter came on free-throw area jumper by Lauren Johnson. St. Francis led 13-4 after one period.

    The margin continued to grow in the second period. Emileigh Dinkel and Emma Johnson each sank early treys in the period. Sophomore Madison Carter followed with a deuce for TPB. Dinkel then added a right-wing trey and an offensive rebound basket. An assist by Johnson led to a final Dinkel score in the post. St. Francis led 26-6 with 4:30 left in the second period. Emileigh Dinkel scored 10 points in the second period. Carter then earned a steal-two, but Alondra Gomez answered with a stick-back bucket. TPB scored the final two baskets of the game. St. Francis defeated TPB in the two-quarter JV contest 28-12.

    Scoring for St. Francis in the game were Emileigh DInkel 11, Emma Johnson 7, Alondra Gomez 4, Karly Bandel 2, Lauren Johnson 2, and Hanna Zimbal 2. St. Francis made 1 of 2 from the line, committed 4 fouls, and had 10 turnovers.

    Triplains-Brewster was led by Madison Carter and Brianna Hanson each with 4 points. The Lady Titans made 0 of 1 from the stripe, had 4 fouls and 15 turnovers.

    The varsity contest was a wild and crazy affair, at least in the first half. Both teams turned the basketball over numerous times while expending great energy. St. Francis accumulated 15 turnovers in the first half while TPB amassed 18. The action was aggressive and back-and-forth. Reagan Beims found Taighe Weeter on a cut to the basket for the first score in the contest. The Lady Titans answered almost immediately on a fast-break basket by senior Mia Carter. The Lady Titans also scored quickly on their next possession getting a basket by senior Katie Hillery. With 5:51 left in the first period, St. Francis called time-out; likely discussing transition defense. An offensive rebound by Lindsey Johnson tied the contest at 4-all. Hillery scored moments later, but another offensive rebound; this one by Beims, tied the game again. Two free-throws by senior Taryn Stramel gave TPB a 6-8 lead, but it would be the last lead the Lady Titans would hold. A steal-two and a right-wing trey by Taighe Weeter closed the period's scoring giving the Lady Indians an 11-8 advantage. Neither team scored in the final minute of action.

    Lauren Johnson picked up her second foul in the opening moments of the second period. Taryn Stramel drained two-free throws to pull the Lady Titans within one. A free-throw by Hanna Bracelin and a steal-assist by Bracelin led to a break basket by Taighe Weeter. Though Mia Carter followed with a stick-back basket, Weeter scored on a drive moments later. With the addition of an assist by Reagan Beims on a Bracelin cut to the goal, the Lady Indians had earned a 6-point advantage (18-12). Another Carter stick-back score was followed by a TPB time-out at 4:10. A steal and assist by Lindsey Johnson led to a fast-break basket by Karly Bandel. Hillery answered with a break basket for TPB. A pair of free-throws by Bracelin, a free-throw by Biems (after a steal), and a steal and assist by Bandel led to a Weeter lay-up. The Lady Indians now lead 25-16. Latasha Fellhoelter, junior, ended the mini-run with a post-basket for TPB. After two Carter free-throws, Bandel scored on a steal-two. St. Francis led 27-20 at halftime.

    On the Lady Indians' first possession of the 2nd half, LIndsey Johnson scored on a shot in the lane. On the next SF possession, Reagan Beims hit a shot from the high post. The margin grew to 11  points (31-20). After a driving score by Katie Hillery, an assist by Hanna Bracelin found Taighe Weeter on a cut to the rim (plus one). Lindsey Johnson followed with an offensive rebound score increasing the margin to 14 (36-22). The teams would exchange baskets throughout the remainder of the quarter--SF getting scores from Weeter and Karly Bandel; TPB earning scores by Autumn Mays (Sr.) and Fellhoelter. St. Francis led 42-28 after three periods.

    TPB earned scores on their first two possessions of the final period; an offensive rebound basket by Hillery, and a post-move score by Carter. Taighe Weeter responded with a top-of-the-key trey for the Lady Indians. Carter scored again on the next TPB possession. The Lady Indians were needing offense and some stops. An assist by Lindsey Johnson led to a Weeter baseline score, and a right-wing basket by Johnson at 5:55 gave St. Francis their largest lead of the contest (49-34). TPB earned the next two hoops; an offensive rebound score by Hillery and a coast-to-coast score by Elke Kernal (Sr.). St. Francis called time-out with 3:49 to go up 11. After returning to the floor, it was obvious that the Lady Indians had gone into delay mode. With the Lady Titans playing zone defense, the Lady Indians moved the ball methodically using clock. Unfortunately, a Lady Indian turnover led to a score by Hillery narrowing the advantage to 40-49. On the next Lady Indian possession, an assist by Hanna Bracelin found Weeter open under the goal. Another Lady Indian turnover led to a break basket by Hillery, and TPB called time-out with 49.5 seconds to play. Only one more point was added; a free-throw by Lindsey Johnson. St. Francis defeated Triplains-Brewster 52-42 in a hard-fought contest.

    The Lady Titans had two players in double-figures; Katie Hillery 16 and Mia Carter 12. The Lady Titans made 6 of 8 from the line, had 18 fouls and 26 turnovers.

    St. Francis was led in scoring by Taighe Weeter with 26 points. Lindsey Johnson added 9. Others scoring for St. Francis included Karly Bandel 7, Reagan Beims 5, and Hanna Bracelin 5. St. Francis only made 7 of 18 from the stripe, had 14 fouls, and committed 21 turnovers.

    The Lady Indians will play Greeley County in St. Francis on Friday, February 16.

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    Indians Defeat Titans in Hard-Fought Battle

    St. Francis defeated Triplains-Brewster (TPB) in both contests held on Thursday evening, February 15. St. Francis won the junior varsity boys contest 38-19. The varsity Indians defeat the Titans 68-61 in a highly-competitive battle. The games were played on a Thursday as make-up games due to earlier cancellations.

    St. Francis jumped out to a 8-0 lead in the junior varsity boys contest. The Indians earned a steal-two by Tayton Weeter, an offensive rebound score by Richard Johnson, a drive by Weeter, and offensive rebound basket by Jesse Baxter enroute to the advantage. The Titans earned their first score of the contest with 2:23 left in the first period on a stick-back basket by freshman Chad Zerr. Only two more points were scored in the period; a pair of free-throws by Connor Keller. St. Francis led 10-2 after one quarter of play.

    A new group of Indians began the second period, but the result was the same. Kobe Tice found Adam Krien open for a shot at the left elbow. Bryce Raby then scored a stick-back bucket. After two free-throws by Raby, Adam Krien added a free-throw and then Raby scored in the lane on an assist from Krien. Late in the period, two free-throws by Krien extended the lead to 21-2. Dakota Enslow scored a coast-to-coast basket for the Titans; their only score of the period. St. Francis led  21-4 at halftime. Twelve Indians saw ample playing time in the first half.

    A high-low pass from Colton Neitzel to Jesse Baxter opened the second half scoring. TPB followed with a post-basket by Jackson Clymer (So.) and a score by Tayler Wright (Jr.). The addition of a Wirght free-throw narrowed the margin to 23-9. St. Francis scored the next three hoops; a stick-back basket by Baxter, an offensive-rebound score by Neitzel, and a shot in the lane by Bryce Raby. The margin was twenty again (29-9). Neitzel sandwiched another score between two treys by TPB's Enslow. The final score of the quarter came on another Baxter bucket. St. Francis led 33-15 at the third quarter break. 

    TPB would add four points in the final period while St. Francis added five. Draven Houtman sank consecutive free-throws and Kobe Tice drained a trey. St. Francis won the junior varsity contest 38-19.

    Scoring for St. Francis in the JV game were Jesse Baxter 8, Bryce Raby 8, Adam Krien 5, Tayton Weeter 4, Colton Neitzel 4, Kobe Tice 3, Connor Keller 2, Richard Johnson 2, and Draven Houtman 2. The Indians made 9 of 14 from the line, were whistled for 6 fouls, and committed 15 turnovers.

    TPB was led by Dakota Enslow with 8 points. The Titans mad 1 of 4 from the line, had 11 fouls, and committed 23 turnovers.

    St. Francis jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the varsity contest. The Indians' first basket came on a high-low post pass from Brady Dinkel to Dalton Straub. An assist by K.C. Krien led to a left-corner trey by Dinkel. With the addition of two free-throws by Straub, the Indians led 7-0. TPB scored their first point--a free-throw by Jacob Benham (Sr.)--with 3:44 left in the period. Back-to-back Benham baskets soon narrowed the margin to one (7-6). After a pair of Straub free-throws, Brett Roulier (Jr.) scored a lay-up on well-executed press offense. Straub's assist set up a right-corner trey by Dinkel. At 1:48 in the first quarter, Straub picked up his 3rd foul, sending him to the bench. It was big blow to the Indians, both offensively and defensively. St. Francis would not score again in the period. TPB would add a post basket by Roulier and drive at the buzzer by Adrian Cortes (Sr.). The score was tied at 12-all at the first quarter break.

    Brett Roulier scored on the Titan's 1st possession of the second period giving the Titans their first and only lead of contest (12-14). Tate Busse drained a right-wing trey giving the Indians the lead for good. On the next Indian possession, an assist by Richard Johnson set up another Busse trey from the same location. Two Roulier free-throws narrowed the advantage to two, but a left-corner trey by Brady Dinkel (assist Adam Krien) widened the margin to 21-16. After a Roulier score on a lob, Busse drained a right-corner trey and scored on a drive increasing the advantage to eight (26-18). Junior Hunter House followed with a top-of-the-key trey for the Titans. With Straub in foul trouble, freshman Jesse Baxter had filled in with more-than-adequate minutes. Baxter's assist led to a Dinkel score on a cut to the goal. Another Busse trey at 1:14, his 4th of the period, gave the Indians a double-digit advantage (31-21). Busse added two free-throws late in the quarter, but junior Aaron Platt scored the final basket of the half for the Titans. St. Francis led 33-23 at halftime. The game had been cleanly but aggressively played by both teams. Each team had 5 turnovers at the break.

    BTP's Jacob Benham opened the second half with a baseline drive. Adrian Cortes followed with a driving score trimming the advantage to six (33-27). At the opposite end, Wyatt Hackler added a jumper in the lane. A left-wing trey by Hunter House (Jr.) followed a free-throw by sophomore Weston Schmidt, and the Titans were threatening. With the lead only four (35-31) the Indians needed a score--and they got it. Brady Dinkel's left-corner trey on the next possession was huge! The margin increased back to 7 (38-31) at 4:10. A Roulier basket in the lane was off-set by an offensive rebound score by Dalton Straub. Platt's post score was canceled by a drive by Busse. A second trey by House again narrowed the margin to five (42-38), but a post-basket by Straub certainly helped ease the pain. A sweet assist from Busse set up the next Straub score, but at 1:01, Straub picked up his 4th foul and headed for the bench again. After two Benham free-throws, an offensive rebound and assist by Jesse Baxter led to another Busse trey from the top-of-the-key (49-40). Busse would add one more score on a break before quarter closed. St. Francis led 51-40 after three periods of action.

    Tate Busse's left-elbow jumper was followed by a steal-two by Tayton Weeter giving the Indians a 55-40 lead early in the fourth period. TPB then scored on three consecutive possessions to narrow the margin to 55-46. Busse answered with a top-of-the-key trey (and one) returning the margin to 59-46. After a Platt free-throw, TPB called time-out with 4:20 remaining and returned to the floor to earn a top-of-the key trey by Roulier. A driving score by Benham reduced the Indian advantage to 59-52. Jesse Baxter added the next SF score on a high-low pass from Brady Dinkel. Tayton Weeter's assist to Baxter on a break increased the lead back to double-digits (63-52). As the seconds were ticking away, TPB resorted to fouling the Indians to preserve clock. After a Benham score, Busse added 1 of 2 with 47.9 seconds left. Roulier then scored on an offensive rebound (plus one) (64-57). Busse then drained two more charity tosses. A driving score by Benham and a Roulier offensive rebound quickly narrowed the margin to 66-61. Baxter added consecutive free-throws late in the game to help preserve the win. Both teams had fought hard. The Indians had prevailed 68-61.

    Brett Roulier led the Titans with 20 points. Jacob Benham added 18. Hunter House and Aaron Platt each chipped in 9 to the Titan's total. TPB made 11 of 20 from the stripe, totaled 16 fouls, and had 9 turnovers.

    St. Francis was led in scoring by Tate Busse with 32 points. Brady Dinkel added 14 and Dalton Straub 12. Others scoring for St. Francis included Jesse Baxter 6, Tayton Weeter 2, and Wyatt Hackler 2. The Indians had 15 turnovers, 21 fouls, and made 12 of 15 from the line.

    The Indians will play Greeley County in St. Francis on Friday, February 16.

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    Girls Battle Cheylin Lady Cougars

    The Lady Indians defeated the Cheylin Lady Cougars 68-47 on Tuesday evening, February 13, in St. Francis. The battle was a good one with both teams expending good energy throughout the contest. The action was brisk with each team providing aggressive defensive pressure and being offensively aggressive. Though the point-spread was wide, each team had a similar number of deuces (C 15, SF 13), made free-throws (C 14, SF 18), turnovers (C 24, SF 26), and fouls (C 21, SF 21). The game was decided at the three-point line were St. Francis made 8 to Cheylin's 1.

    St. Francis never trailed in the contest. The Lady Indians jumped out to a 6-0 lead receiving a free-throw and drive by Taighe Weeter and a top-of-the-key trey from Lauren Johnson. The Lady Indians expanded the margin throughout most of the contest. Cheylin scored their first basket at the 4:22 mark on a right-corner shot by Josie Frisbie (Jr.) on an out-of-bounds play. Reagan Beims scored on press offense after and assist by Karly Bandel. After a baseline drive by Grace Sabatka (So.), Lauren Johnson's assist set up an out-of-bounds play score by Weeter from the left-corner. Sabatka followed with a stick-back basket (plus one). It was as close as the Lady Cougars would get (11-7). Lauren Johnson drained a shot from the left-wing and then set up a left-corner trey by Weeter with an assist. Jesie Frisbie (Jr.) then added an old-fashioned three-point play, but another Johnson deuce (assist Bandel) soon answered. Jessie Frisbie's free-throws preceded a final score by Jylian Laten (assist Weeter) in the lane (plus one). St. Francis led 21-12 at the first quarter break.

    Rachel Keltz, Cheylin's strong post presence, scored the opening basket of the second period. Taighe Weeter more than answered with a trey. Another top-of-the-key trey, this one by Lauren Johnson, moved the scoreboard to 27-14. After another Keltz post basket, Reagan Beims swished a trey. Beims then hit Karly Bandel on a cut to the basket for the next Lady Indian basket. Hannah Zimbal followed with back-to-back free-throws. The lead grew to 34-16. Cheylin added free-throws by Sabatka and Alondra Perez (Fr.) to close the half. St. Francis led 34-18 at the break.

    Cheylin returned from the lockerroom ready to compete. After two free-throws by Jesie Frisbie, Keltz scored from the right block. Josie Frisbie added a pair of free-throws, and even though St. Francis used a time-out to try as stop a bit of the Lady Cougar's momentum, another Keltz post basket trimmed the margin to 36-30. The Lady Indians had turnovers on 7 of their first 9 possessions of the second half. The Lady Indians were needing to score in the worst way. Karly Bandel swished two free-throws to stop the unanswered run and added another charity toss moments later. At 3:17, Cheylin called time-out trailing 39-30. After the break, Jesie Frisbie scored on an offensive rebound for Lady Cougars. Emileigh Dinkel added a post basket (assist Bandel) and Jylian Laten scored on the baseline (assist Bracelin). The final score of the period was another post basket by Keltz, her fourth of the quarter from the same location. St. Francis led 47-36.

    The Lady Indians were about to "blow the game open." After an quarter-opening post basket by Keltz, St. Francis scored the next 19 points. The Lady Indians received baskets from Taighe Weeter (trey), Emileigh Dinkel (two), Hanna Bracelin, Lindsey Johnson, and Regan Beims (trey) as well as 4 of 6 free-throws by Karly Bandel along the 19-0 run. The margin grew to 66-38. The run ended near the two-minute mark when Keltz added another post basket. Cheylin scored 9 of the last 11 points of the contest, but it was too late. The Lady Indians prevailed 68-47.

    Three Lady Indians scored in double figures; Taighe Weeter 19, Karly Bandel 11 (9 of 13 free-throws in the second half), and Reagan Beims 11. Others adding to the Lady Indians' point total were Lauren Johnson 7, Emileigh Dinkel 6, Jylian Laten 6, Hanna Bracelin 4, Lindsey Johnson 2, and Hannah Zimbal 2.

    Cheylin was led by Rachel Keltz with 16 points. Jesie Frisbie added 11. Grace Sabatka and Josie Frisbie each chipped in 7.

    The Lady Indians will play Triplains-Brewster on Thursday, February 15,  in Brewster and will host Greeley County in St. Francis on Friday, February 16.

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    Boys Defeat Cheylin

    The St. Francis Indians defeated the Cheylin Cougars in a lop-sided contest on Tuesday, February 13, in St. Francis. The Indians cruised to a 16-point lead after one period of action and thumped the Cougars 64-36. The game did have a storyline as the young, over-matched Cougars played fundamentally and with effort throughout the contest. The Indians just had more size, talent, and depth. The Cougars only had five players available to participate in the contest.

    Starting four freshman and junior, the Cougars moved the ball deliberately looking for good shots versus the Indians' zone defense. St. Francis scored the first basket on a steal-two by Dalton Straub. Freshman Alex Dart followed with a basket in the lane for the Cougars. It would be the last basket the Cougars would earn for several minutes. Meanwhile, the Indians earned baskets by Tate Busse on a cut (assist Brady Dinkel), a free-throw by K. C. Krien, a shot by Busse (assist Wyatt Hackler), and to fast-break baskets by Busse, the second of which ended in a dunk. With 3:46 left in the first period, trailing 12-2, the Cougars called time-out. After returning to the floor, the Cougars earned a post-basket by junior Jacob Serrano. Busse then drained a top-of-the-key trey and set up a right-elbow basket by Adam Krien with an assist. After another Serrano basket, Busse earned a two-hand dunk on an out-of-bounds play lob by Dinkel. A left-wing trey by Busse ended the first period. St. Francis led 22-6. Busse had totaled 17 of the Indians' points in the period.

    Utilizing their available depth, St. Francis played nine players in the second period, mostly substitute players. The Cougars continued to fight hard and play fundamentally, and gradually narrowed the margin in the second stanza. St. Francis earned a basket by Tayton Weeter (assist Dalton Straub), but Cheylin followed with a left-corner trey by Colton McCarty, a right-elbow shot by Dart, a sweet post-move by Serrano, and a coast-to-coast drive by Serrrano. The outburst narrowed the margin to single-digits (24-15). The Indians then received a free-throw from Weeter and a coast-to-coast basket by Straub before McCarty struck again from the left-corner. A post-basket by Straub and a trey by Wyatt Hackler (assist Jake Faulkender) widened the advantage to 32-18. Serrano would add two free-throws, a left-corner trey, and drive before the half would close. St. Francis earned another basket by Straub (assist Weeter) and right-wing trey by Busse who re-entered late in the quarter. St. Francis led 37-25 at halftime.

    The Indians returned to the floor in the third period playing man-to-man defense. The "up-close" defense did not set well with the young Cougars, and St. Francis went on a 20-3 blitz in the third period. Brady Dinkel's assist let to a Dalton Straub basket to open the second half. Busse then scored on a drive. On the next Cougar possession, a steal by Dinkel led to an attempted dunk by Busse, but Busse was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Cheylin only converted one of the free-throws. Busse then went coast-to-coast for another score. K.C. Krien's assist set up a free-throw line jumper by Straub. Busse followed with a driving score (plus one). The next Indian possession ended with a Busse trey (assist Straub). At 3:32, Cheylin had seen enough, and called time-out trailing 51-26. Busse then added a floater in the lane and another deuce after a steal and assist by Krien. Straub's mid-post basket completed the Indians' third quarter scoring and increased the spread to 31 points. Serrano closed the period with a driving score for the Cougars. St. Francis had widened the margin to 57-28.

    Only substitute players saw action for St. Francis in the final period. After a basket by Cheylin's Serrano, Richard Johnson scored on a baseline drive for the Indians. A 4:30, Johnson scored again, this time on an offensive rebound, setting the 30-point clock in motion (61-30). Cheylin would earn two free-throws, a deuce, and a trey in the closing minutes. St. Francis recorded a trey by Tayton Weeter. The Indians defeated the Cougars 64-36.

    Tate Busse led all scorers with 34 points (17 in 1st qtr.;14 in 3rd qtr.). Dalton Staub earned 14 points. Others scoring for St. Francis included Tayton Weeter 6, Richard Johnson 4, Wyatt Hackler 3, Adam Krien 2, and K.C. Krien 1. The Indians totaled 10 fouls, made 3 of 5 from the line, and had 6 turnovers.

    Cheylin was led by Jacob Serrano with 15 points. Colton McCarty scored 12 and Alex Dart 7. The Cougars tallied 3 fouls, made 4 of 9 from the stripe, and had 14 turnovers.

    St. Francis will play Triplains-Brewster, in Brewster, on Thursday, February 15. The Indians will host Greeley County on Friday, February 16.

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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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