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Vol. 3 Number 15 Thursday, October 13 , 2011

Many Kansas schools fare

poorly in new global comparison

By Gene Meyer

Kansas Reporter

A new, highly critical evaluation

of the U.S. education system

turned up an unexpected bright

spot in Kansas.

Math students in the tiny

Weskan High School, at the south

end of a small, five-block long,

four-block wide unincorporated

farming community, outscored

more than four-fifths of fellow

students in the United States and

25 other countries, according to a

new Global Report Card put

online last week by the George W.

Bush Institute in Dallas.

That puts the school in 40th

place among the nation's 60 top

performing high schools among

14,000 in the nation, according to

the institute, which is affiliated

with the George W. Bush

Presidential Center. The institute

advocates for education reform,

Most Area School Districts Compare Well

The GRC score indicates the level

of math or reading achievement by

the average student in a public school

district compared to student achievement

in a set of 25 developed countries.

The score represents the percentage

of students in the international

group who would have a lower

level of achievement. For example,

a percentile of 60 means the average

student in a school district

would perform better than 60% of

the students in the international


Marshall County

Valley Heights 2007

Valley Heights vs. the world: Math

57% Reading 73%

Valley Heights Vs the State of

Kansas: Math 58% Reading 69%

Valley Heights Vs National: Math

69% Reading 75%

Axtell 2007

Axtell vs. the world: Math 57%

Reading 48%

Axtell Vs the State of Kansas:

Math 58% Reading 44%

Axtell Vs National: Math 69%

Reading 50%

Marysville 2007

Marysville vs. the world: Math

62% Reading 71%

Marysville Vs the State of Kansas:

Math 63% Reading 67%

Marysville Vs National: Math

73% Reading 73%

Vermillion 2007

Vermillion vs. the world: Math

77% Reading 78%

Vermillion Vs the State of Kansas:

Math 78% Reading 75%

Vermillion Vs National: Math

85% Reading 80%

Riley County

Blue Valley 2007

Blue Valley vs. the world: Math

28% Reading 58%

Blue Valley Vs the State of

Kansas: Math 29% Reading 53%

Blue Valley Vs National: Math

40% Reading 60%

Manhattan-ogden 2007

Manhattan vs. the world: Math

50% Reading 60%

Manhattan Vs the State of Kansas:

Math 51% Reading 56%

Manhattan Vs National: Math

63% Reading 62%

Riley County 2007

Riley County vs. the world: Math

global health, freedom and economic


"Several years ago, we wouldn't

have made that list," said Dave Hale,

Weskan's superintendent, who

learned of the results Wednesday,

about the school only five miles from

the Colorado-Kansas state line.

"But we've got a terrific math

teacher, Kristen Tupps, and a good

percentage of some very sharp math

students in our 40 student high

school," Hale said. "Plus, we

tweaked the curriculum a bit awhile

ago. That all bumps up our percentage."

Only one other Kansas high

school, Hoisington, made the institute's

list, coming in 54th on the new

Global Report Card. The institute

researchers designed the website to

compare every school district’s

results in the United States with others

nationwide as well as 25 countries

where students take similar

Fourth Grade Class of Ryan Noel in Blue Rapids.

55% Reading 65%

Riley County Vs the State of

Kansas: Math 56% Reading 61%

Riley County Vs National: Math

67% Reading 67%

Washington County

Barnes 2007

Barnes vs. the world: Math 69%

Reading 59%

Barnes Vs the State of Kansas:

Math 70% Reading 55%

Barnes Vs National: Math 79%

Reading 61%

Clifton-clyde 2007

Clifton-Clyde vs. the world: Math

81% Reading 77%

Clifton-Clyde Vs the State of

Kansas: Math 81% Reading 73%

Clifton-Clyde Vs National: Math

88% Reading 78%

Washington County 2007

Washington County vs. the world:

Math 49% Reading 65%

Washington County Vs the State of

Kansas: Math 50% Reading 61%

Washington County Vs National:

Math 61% Reading 67%

Nemaha County

B And B 2007

B And B vs. the world Math 86%

Reading 85%

B And B Vs the State of Kansas:

Math 87% Reading 83%

B And B Vs National: Math 92%

Reading 87%

Sabetha 2007

Sabetha vs. the world Math 71%

Reading 70%

Sabetha Vs the State of Kansas:

Math 72% Reading 66%

Sabetha Vs National: Math 81%

Reading 82%

Potawatomie County

Kaw Valley 2007

Kaw Valley vs. the world Math

62% Reading 64%

Kaw Valley Vs the State of

Kansas: Math 63% Reading 60%

Kaw Valley Vs National: Math

73% Reading 66%

Onaga-havensville 2007

Onaga vs. the world Math 60%

Reading 67%

Onaga Vs the State of Kansas:

Math 61% Reading 63%

Onaga Vs National: Math 71%

Reading 69%

assessment tests.

The numbers are based on

results of the U.S. Education

Department's standardized

National Assessment of

Educational Progress, or NAEP,

tests given between between 2004

and 2007, the latest available.

NAEP tests are one of the department's

primary tools for comparing

widely diverse school systems

across the United States.

Those results are not pretty, said

Jay Greene, a Bush Institute fellow

in educational policy.

Kansas, like many states, had

pledged under the No Child Left

Behind Act that all of its students'

reading and math scores would

meet those federally required 100

percent proficiency levels this


View the tests results at


Rock Creek 2007

Rock Creek vs. the world Math

72% Reading 78%

Rock Creek Vs the State of

Kansas: Math 73% Reading 75%

Rock Creek Vs National: Math

82% Reading 80%

Wamego 2007

Wamego vs. the world Math 55%

Reading 65%

Wamego Vs the State of Kansas:

Math 57% Reading 51%

Wamego Vs National: Math 68%

Reading 67%

Clay County

Clay Center 2007

Clay Center vs. the world Math

58% Reading 64%

Clay Center Vs the State of

Kansas: Math 59% Reading 60%

Clay Center Vs National: Math

70% Reading 66%

Cloud County

Concordia 2007

Concordia vs. the world Math 48%

Reading 56%

Concordia Vs the State of Kansas:

Math 50% Reading 52%

Concordia Vs National: Math

61% Reading 59%

Larger Schools In Kansas

Topeka 2007

Topeka vs. the world Math 34%

Reading 38%

Topeka Vs the State of Kansas:

Math 35% Reading 34%

Topeka Vs National: Math 46%

Reading 40%

Lawrence 2007

Lawrence vs. the world Math 45%

Reading 57%

Lawrence Vs the State of Kansas:

Math 46% Reading 53%

Lawrence Vs National: Math 58%

Reading 59%

Salina 2007

Salina vs. the world Math 52%

Reading 50%

Salina Vs the State of Kansas:

Math 54% Reading 45%

Salina Vs National: Math 65%

Reading 52%

Kansas City 2007

Kansas City vs. the world Math

21% Reading 23%

Kansas City Vs the State of

Kansas: Math 22% Reading 20%

Kansas City Vs National: Math

31% Reading 25%

Valley Heights falls

to 2-4 on season

It was a long drive to Doniphan

West for the Valley Heights Mustangs

football team. After a 8-40 loss it must

have been a long drive home.

It is hard to beat a team that picks

up 258 yards rushing and 170 yards

passing. And the passing yards came

on 8 completions in 8 attempts. And

that was from Doniphan West freshman

quarerback Tristan Speer.

Doniphan West scored 7 in the first

quarter, 12 in the second. Valley

Heights held the ball for a lot of the

third quarter and West did not score.

Doniphan came back in the 4th quar-

Cinderstein in rehearsals

Cinderstein a zany comedy that had

the cast laughing during auditions and

now during rehearsals.

Katie Kinzel, sr., playing the part of

Ingrid, one of Frankenstein’s assistants

says, “This play is so funny and

so well liked that everyone that has

been cast in it looks forward to

rehearsals and working on the

comedic scenes. I don’t think there

are any parts of this play that I don’t


The audience is going to love it.”

Cinderstein will be performed at the

Waterville Opera House on November

11, 12, 13, 2011.

Valley Heights All School play

announces the cast for the 2011 production

of Cinderstein.

Cast List:

Cinderella- Payton Arganbright

Stepmother- Kaitlyn Wilson

Stepsister 1- Brooke Claycamp

Stepsister 2- Jessie Zidek

Stepsister 3- Drew Mann

Stepsister 4- Jerrika Chase

Stepsister 5- Morgan Wilkinson

Goshmother- Rachel Christie

The Valley Heights Elementary

Booster Club would like to invite

everyone to attend our Fabulous Fall

Fun Night on October 27th from 6-

8PM in the Blue Rapids Gym. We

Blue Rapids

ter with 21 more points.

Valley Heights only score came in

the 3rd quarter when Joey Aguirre

took off down the sideline for a 18yard

TD. MarE Whitson scored the 2

estra points on a two yard run.

Valley Heights ended the night with

9 first downs to West’s 16.

Rushing yards: VH 148 - West 258

Pass comp and att: VH 3-11 West 8-


Passing Yds: VH 44 - West 170

Total Plays: VH 44 - West 54

Total Off: VH 188 - West 428

Funbles-lost: VH 3-2 - West 2-1

Valley Heights Record - 2 Wins 4 Loses


2 Valley Heights 16 - Onaga 6

9 Valley Heights 18 - Republic County 22

16 Valley Heights 22 - Minneapolis High School 24

23 Valley Heights 0 - Olpe High School 13

30 Valley Heights 16 -Troy High School 14


7 7:00PM Valley Heights 8 - Doniphan West 40

* 14 7:00PM Centralia @ Valley Heights

21 7:00PM Valley Heights @ Plainville High School

* 28 7:00PM Valley Heights @ Washington County

Queen- Katie Musil

Ingrid- Katie Kinzel

Xtra 5/7- Kristena Crumbley

Xtra 2- Cari Cochrane

Director- Alex Laughlin

Tech Guy- Haden Botkin

Lead Xtra-Treg Arganbright

Page- Levi Berger

King- Tommy Tryon

Prince- MarE Whitson

Frankenstein- Isacc Medina

Igor- Blake Zimmerling

Guard 1- Max Blaske

Guard 2- Sheldon Kenworthy

Xtra 1- Bennett Bargdill

Xta 3- Devin Griffee

Xtra 4- Austin VanAlst

Xtra 6- Skyler Smith


Miranda Tormondson,

Shelli Miller,

Lesley Frohberg,

Charles Musil,

Beck Atkinson,

Jessica Vines,

Kelli Jacobson,

Tanner Holliman,

Patrick Hale,

Vanessa Mocktezuma

Fun and games Oct. 27th

Matt White, a singer/songwriter

from New York City, is coming to

Marshall County the end of October.

While here, he will work with high

school music students, conduct a

choral clinic for sixth-, seventh-, and

eighth-grade students, and give a free

concert. His visit is sponsored by the

Marshall County Arts Cooperative.

White has released two albums:

“Best Days” and “It’s The Good

Crazy.” White’s music has been featured

in numerous films and TV

shows including “Shrek The Third,”

“What Happens In Vegas,” “Brothers

and Sisters,” and “One Tree Hill.”

Additionally, some of his songs have

been used for commercials for

McDonald’s and the Gap.

White writes his own music and

plays the piano and guitar. “Playing

the piano has always been my one true

love,” White said. “My parents constantly

took me to concerts including

The Rolling Stones, Bruce

Springsteen, and Elton John, and it

was those outings that gave me the

itch to start playing the piano.”

White has toured and performed

with B. B. King, Sheryl Crow, John

Mayer, and Counting Crows. His

stage presence is full of charisma and

flamboyance; his concerts are always

entertaining. “I play piano with my

feet. I play it backwards and I hit it

with my elbows and fists. It’s a the-

will have bounce houses, games,

pumpkin decorating, face painting,


FREE!!!! We are asking all parents to

help out if possible.

Matt White will work

with high school students

atrical performance,” he said.

White will give a free concert on

October 26 at the Lee Dam Center for

Fine Art. The concert starts at 7:30

p.m. and is free.

Several music students from

Marysville High School will open for

White. “This is an amazing opportunity

for my students,” said Tobias

Wood, band instructor. “Not only do

they have the opportunity to share

their original songs, they have the

incredible opportunity to open for a

recording artist. This is really cool.”

During the day, White will work

with Wood’s music students.

Additionally, White will conduct a

choral clinic for sixth-graders from

Good Shepherd Lutheran School,

Marysville Elementary School, and

St. Gregory’s Catholic School and for

seventh- and eighth-grade choir students

from Marysville Junior High


“This is the third year that we’ve

hosted this choir clinic, and it’s

always a hit,” said Veronica

Olmsted, music teacher at Marysville

Elementary School. “This is a great

way to get kids excited about music as

well as to work with a professional

musician. This is a really amazing


For more information about

White’s residency people can contact

Kruse at 785-562-5629.

NEWS EWS Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, October 13, 2011

Valley Heights Booster Club thank you

Booster club would like to thank those

of you that put in the hard wrk to get the

homecoming BBQ organized, making

food, donating food, donating your time,

working at the BBQ. Titan for hamburg-

Mona Musil, and Marcy Manley serving drinks and

desserts. (Photo courtesy of Gena Bennett)






City of Waterville, Kansas

October 10, 2011

The Waterville City Council

met in regular session, October

10, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the

Community Center. Council

members present were Tony

Mann, Kris Hargrave, Sammie

Parker, Jim Oatney and Terry

Blaser. Mayor David Whitesell


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Opal W. Tate

Opal W. Tate, 97, of

Frankfort, Kansas died

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at

the Frankfort Community Care


A funeral service was held

at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October

7, at the United Methodist

Church in Frankfort. The Rev.

Norma Jeane Miller officiated.

Jane Sedlacek was the organist.

The pallbearers were Jason

Hill, Jeff Hill, Kevin Thomas,

Max Vahsholtz, Marty Kerr

and Randy Phillippi.

The honorary pallbearers

were Marvin Thomas and

Lewis Hillard.

Burial was in the Seneca

City Cemetery, Seneca, KS.

Opal was born on June 11,

1914 on a farm northwest of

Axtell, KS, the daughter of

Harvey Elsworth and Daisy

Maude (Walter) Phillippi. She

attended country school and

then grade and high school in


On December 19, 1934, she

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grateful to have such a great community

that supports our school.

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grilling. (Photo courtesy of Gena Bennett)

Waterville October city council minutes

Sandra Isaacson-Bynum was

the only guest present.

The Council approved the

minutes of the September 10,

2011, regular meeting.

Jim Oatney reported that

Scott Stevens was working on

repairs to the ambulance shed

and that 9 students are taking

the EMT course now. He also

made a motion to purchase

three more water shut off

valves in order to isolate sections

of town when needed.

Mann seconded, motion carried.

Oatney made a motion to

purchase lift station parts for

$1,354. Parker seconded,

motion carried. The council

also approved putting in a

water line to the lift station.

Kris Hargrave reviewed

items needed for the pool

before next summer. Terry

Blaser made a motion to purchase

the strainer and valve for

$2,921 and the pump for

$3,146.15, but to wait on purchasing

the monitoring system.

Hargrave seconded, motion


Sammie Parker commented

on the sidewalk work that has

started and the park grass that

is growing well.

The council reviewed the

online payment information

again. Mann made a motion to

have the online payment

option set up on the city website

and to charge only what

the flat fee processing fee for

the company charges, currently

$3.95. Parker seconded,

motion carried.

The Mayor reviewed a bid

for electric work at the

Library. One bid from B&W

Electric was received and the

council accepted the bid at


Mann made a motion for

Chuck to attend the K.M.E.A.

annual meeting in Wichita

November 3-4. Oatney seconded,

motion carried. The

council also agreed to have

Jim Oatney attend as

K.M.E.A. is waiving the registration

fee for one council

member to attend this year.

Jim Oatney made a motion

to approve Ordinance No. 620,

authorizing the City to acquire

certain ambulance equipment;

authorizing the city to issue

general obligation bonds in the

principal amount of $109,195

to pay costs; amending

Ordinance No. 611 and repealing

Resolution No. 10-4 of the

City; and Resolution 11-2, providing

for the issuance of taxable

temporary notes of the

City of Waterville in the total

principal amount of $109,195

to finance the costs of acquiring

certain equipment; and

providing the terms, details,

form and conditions of such

notes. Parker seconded, motion


Terry Blaser made a motion

to enter into an executive session

for five minutes to discuss

confidential data relating to

financial affairs of second parties.

Motion carried and the

council entered into an executive

session at 8:00 p.m. The

Council returned at 8:05 p.m.

Sammie Parker made a

motion to pay all bills presented;

motion was seconded and


The Council agreed to

replenish the Petty Cash Fund

with $50.00.

On motion by Blaser, the

Council unanimously approved

the September financial statement.

Motion to adjourn carried.

married Orval S. Tate at

Seneca, KS. They moved west

of Summerfield, KS, and later

moved back northwest of

Axtell and helped her father

farm when he bacame ill. After

the death of her father, Orval

and Opal moved to a farm near

Frankfort where they started

farming. In 1973 they retired

to Frankfort.

She was preceded in death

by her parents; husband, Orval

on November 12, 1988;

daughter, Vera Mae Wrosch on

April 30, 1996; three brothers,

Harold, Forest and Bernie

Phillippi; and one sister,

Wilma Miller.

Survivors include her sonin-law,

Gary Wrosch,

McClouth, KS; two grandchildren,

Wayne Wrosch and

Alicia Kerr; two great-grandchildren,

Colton and

Mackenzie Kerr; and several

nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions will

be designated later and can be

sent in care of Padden Funeral

Chapel in Frankfort.

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Yard Sale

Fri. Oct. 14 & Sat. Oct. 15

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


600 Western Ave

Blue Rapids, Ks

Approx. 100’ chain link fence includes 2 gates, posts

and hardware. Patio furniture, furniture, lamps,

radio, good quality area rugs, bread machine, x-mas

decorations, misc. items

Oktoberfest 2011

October 22, 2011

Sponsored by Linn Sons of the American Legionnaires

At Linn City Park

BBQ Cook Off

BBQ Cook Off Begins at 7:00 am

100% People’s Choice

$5 to Sample and Judge

Pre-registration is requested

Event info, Registration and Rules call Todd 785-747-6362

Trap Shoot 9:00 am 3 Guns to be Raffled

Event info and rules call Todd 785-747-6362

Horseshoe Tournament 10:00 am

Event info and Rules call Kent 785-348-5445

Ladder Golf Tournament 10:00 am

Event info and Rules call Aaron 785-692-4319 or 785-348-4554

German Meal 12:00

Beer Garden All Day - Food Stand Available

Figure 8 Race 3:00 pm

Figure 8 Racing info and Rules call Todd 785-747-6362

Proceeds go towards new nylon flags and more flag poles

to be flown on Memorial Day.

104 E. Commercial Waterville - 785-363-2425

Open 1rst, 2nd , 4th and 5th Monday

and the 3rd Friday of the month by appointment

October Special

$2.00 Off Nutrebeef

Carmelyx Tubs

News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, October 13, 2011 3A


Pictures from around Blue Rapids

There was a good turn out for picking and grinning.

(Photo courtesy of Jamie Land)

Randy Bargdill celebrated her 80th birthday on

October 8, 2011. She rode a Harley to her birthday

brunch which was held at her son's house (Gary

Bargdill). (Photo courtesy of Terre Carter)

Voices from the past

The peaceful Fairmont

Cemetery in Blue Rapids will

be astir Sunday, October 16th

from 4:00 to 6:00 with the

voices of six citizens from history.

Geneva Stauffer is enacted

by Pat Breeding, Waterville

native and VHHS graduate,

member of M-ACT, in many

plays but her favorite roll was

narrator in Joseph & the

Amazing Dreamcoat. Minnie

Overstreet-Campbell is portrayed

by Beth Krasny,

Waterville Opera House actress

in Bus Stop, Show Boat and

others along with solo acting.

Sarah Duncan is honored by

her relative, Bonnie Whitesell,

who lives and breathes life into

all her ancestors.

Captain John McPherson is

portrayed by Ken Lamoreaux

who has acted over 10 years at

the Waterville Opera House.

George Hanna is brought to

life by John Schwartz whose

acting took place in Wichita

before coming to BR and since

has done historical portrayal in

the Color Guard for Sons of

the Revolutionary War. Jason

Yurann is recreated by Phil

Osborne whose acting has

included Show Boat and others

in Waterville and several plays

with M-ACT.

Cars will not be allowed in

the cemetery during the presentation.

Golf carts will be

available to bring you from

your car into the cemetery if

needed. Enjoy a variety of

soups from the Chamber Soup

Supper downtown after the

show and ride the “chicken”

train at 6:00 or the “spook”

train at 8:00 or 9:00.

Reservations recommended for

the train 785 363 2515.

Christmas Cards

I will have assorted Christmas Cards available

at the Blue Rapids Mercantile starting

Nov. 1st. The printed ones will be priced at

$0.50 and the decorated ones at $1.00. Also I

still have the regular assorted greeting cards

available there prices at $1.50.

Thank You Deb Pishny

Now Hiring

Frankfort Community Care Home is looking for

an energetic, dependable,

and flexible individuals

for a FT/PT positions as C.N.A’s for the 6-2 and

2-10 Shifts.

FCCH offers very competitive wages and a benefit


If interested call the Business Office at 785-292-

4442. E.O.E.

Blue Rapids Chamber

of Commerce Mixer

“Sharp Mfg” at the South Shop on

Oct 25, 2011 at 7:00 Pm

All Members are invited

Hope to be a quarterly event.

Mechanic Position

Lee Chevrolet, Fankfort

Some experience required. Up to

$16 per hr., paid vacation, & holidays.

Apply in person

210 N. Locust, Frankfort, KS or

call 785-292-4802

A lot of people turned out to support Wendell Fritzson

at the Spaghetti Supper hosted by the Blue Rapids Fire

Department. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Land)

Open First Sunday

Of The Month

Texas Hold’em 1st Sunday

of The Month


Special Every Night


Prime Rib Every Saturday

Small $12.50

Large $16.00



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Puppies for Adoption

Nellie is a Golden Retriever/

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NEWS EWS Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, October 13, 2011

Coach Ryan Noel to help The Lady Prospects

Since its enception in March

of 2005, the Lady Prospects

have grown to be one of the top

club girls basketball programs

in Kansas. Because of our success,

we have been invited to

participate in several events

around the Midwest and across

the country. The Lady

Prospects play in these events

against other elite programs.

These programs and events are

the apex in girls basketball and

attract a majority of college

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recruiters and coaches to view

players for scholarships.

We are excited to announce

the addition of a new staff

member to our program. Coach

Ryan Noel started his coaching

career at Nemaha Valley Junior

High in Seneca in 2002, where

he coached Junior High

Football, Basketball, and

Track. He left Seneca in 2006

to take over a struggling Valley

Heights Lady Mustang

Basketball program. In year 2

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Fall SALE at the Blue

Rapids Greenhouse!

Get a Team Spirit Pot for your tailgate

or deck for only 6.50!!

Mums in full bloom, $10 or 3 for $25.

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One bedroom home at 905 Main St., one bath, stove,

ref., washer and dryer. $350.00 per month.

You pay gas, electric and water.

One bedroom home at 1002 Lincoln St. one bath,

over size one car garage, stove and ref.

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Will be closed

Sat. Oct. 15th

Sat. Oct. 22nd

Sat. Oct. 29th

Medicare Part D Sign Up

Susie Latta will be hosting a Medicare

Part D sign up on October 24, 2011 at

Blue Valley Senior Living

710 Western Ave, Blue Rapids, KS 66411

To Schedule your appointment please


(785) 363-7777

of the turn-around, the Lady

Mustangs earned a State

Tournament berth, but were

eliminated in the first round by

eventual champion Berean

Academy. Two years later, the

Lady Mustangs returned to

state, only to be defeated by

runner-up Hill City in the first

round. Coach Noel left the

Lady Mustang program after 5

years with a record of 69-49.

Ryan also coaches golf at

Valley Heights High School

and enjoys educating fourth

grade students throughout the

day. His wife Janelle is a first

grade teacher and volleyball

coach at Marysville High

School. They reside in

Marysville with their two children,

daughter Kolbie and son


Fall soup supper

The Blue Rapids Chamber

of Commerce will be holding

their fall soup supper at the

Blue Rapids community center

Sunday October 16th. Soup

will be served from 5:00 p.m.

to 7:30 p.m..

The Blue Rapids Chamber

of Commerce trailer give away

will be during the soup supper.

Spend the afternoon with

spirits from Blue Rapids history

and hear their stories at the

Fairmont Cemetery from 4:00

In Memoriam

With the addition of Coach

Noel, our program will be

expanding to north central

Kansas. Ryan will work with

our 12U/13U(7th & 8th grade)

team in Marysville and begin

play in late February. His team

will be known as "LP 13U

Blue" and his student-athletes

will be from north central


The 12U/13U team here in

northeast Kansas will be

known as "LP 13U Red" and

begin play in early January as


Please visit our website,


for more information.

Phillipe McCree

Northeast Kansas Lady


Mustangs lose to

Doniphan West, 8-40

MarE Whitson (23) makes his way through an opening.

(Photo by Deb Barrington)

p.m. to 6:00 p.m.. Admission

is $5.00 per ticket with one

child free with each adult.

The Marshall County

Historical Railroad will hold

train rides for $5.00.

The chicken ride will begin

at 6:00 p.m. with spooky rides

at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m..

Reservations for the train

ride are required and can be

made by calling (785) 363-


By Audrey Boyd



Our lives go on without you, but nothing is the same

We have to hide our heartaches when someone speaks your


Sad are the hearts that love you, silent the tears that fall,

Living our hearts without you is the hardest part of all.

You did so many things for us, your heart was kind and true,

And when we needed someone, we could always count on


The special years will not return when we were all together,

But with the love in our hearts, you will walk with us forever.

Love and Miss You and Dad

Linda and families, Kathy and Arlen and families,

Sondra and Mark


Odell, Ne - 402-766-8805

Fri Oct 14 Oktoberfest!: Sauerbraten & Brats Live Polka!

Sun Oct 16 Noon Buffet: Grilled Chicken & Pork Roast

Signature Prime Rib Every Friday and Saturday Night!

Tuesday $0.75 Tacos and $0.99 Kids Night

Wednesday $0.50 Wings and $0.99 Pie Night

Thursday $6.95 Spaghetti Dinner

Catering & Party Room Available!

Prairie Valley

Veterinary Clinic

Don Musil, DVM

Nicole Porter, DVM

821 Hwy 9

Phone: 785.363.7903 Blue Rapids, Ks 66411

We have Hill’s Prescription and Science Diet Dog & Cat Food

Boarding and Grooming Services Available



Donald Prell Realty & Auction

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785-799-3787 • Cell - 785-562-6787


39 95 The


Motorcraft oil and filter change, rotate and inspect four

tires, inspect brake system, test battery, check air and cabin

filters, check belts and hoses. Top off all fluids.

Offer valid with coupon. Taxes extra. Expires 60 day

from 09-01-11.

Dick Edwards Ford Lincoln Mercury

7929 E. Highway 24, Manhattan, 785-776-4004

Puppies for Sale

Schnauzers, Dachshunds, and

Chinese Crested-PowderPuffs

Sold w/wo registration papers



Need Some Painting Done?

Call Ron

Free Estimates, Lowest Prices

30 Years Experience

Call: 785-619-6021 - Cell: 785-268-0185


St. Marks Lutheran Church

Waterville, Ks

Wednesday Oct. l9

5 - 7:30 p.m

Homemade soup, breads. pies

Adults $5.00 Children $2.00




From Blue Rapids: Hwy 77 to Hwy 9 then 5 miles east. From

Frankfort; 6 miles west on Hwy 9

SHOP & TOOLS: Craftsman

router & table; DeWalt 700 8"

radial arm saw; Rockwell

table saw 9"; Tradesman drill

press 8"; Power-Kraft planer;

Craftsman scroll saw 16";

B&D band saw, Skil hand

planer; Dremel tool; Skil jug

saw; B&D finishing sander;

Skil 7 1/2 " circular saw; 7

1/2"; bench sander; bench

grinder, 6"; full set router bits,

approx. 30; saws; trouble

lights; work lights; reel trb.

light; levels; punches; chisels;

hammers; wrenches; torque

wrench; drill bits; tap & die

set; socket sets; screw drivers;

new drill & screwdriver

set; several various wood

clamps; Homelite chainsaw;

tin snips; pipe wrenches; shop

vac; cement tools; ext. cords;

nail puller; elec. drills; steel

cable cutter; hyd. jacks; battery

charger; drill guide; Doweling

jig set; long handled

tools; misc shop supplies

such as nuts, bolts, nails,

Twin Valley Thrift Stores



Drop off your items at any one of these

divisions of Twin Valley Developmental

Services nearest to you

The Wearhouse

107 Commercial

Waterville, KS

(785) 363-2490

Next 2 New

507 Williams

Beattie, KS

(785) 353-2347

screws etc; come-a-longs;

aluminum step ladders, 5’ &

8’; vices; elec. supplies; gas

cans; 110V fencer; fence insulators;

2 gal. sprayer.

Farmall H, runs good,

w/loader; Lawn General 13

hp, 38", riding mower.

HOUSEHOLD: Refrigerator;

larger freezer; Gas kitchen

range; Royal vacuum; dinning

table; barrel style couch, coffee

table, end tables & lamps;

pressed glass glassware,

bowls, plates, candy, serving

& more; numerous canning


COLLECTIBLE: Approximately

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Chatillons spring scale 0-150


MISC: Youth compound bow;

kids compound bow; approx.

three dozen aluminum target

arrows; sled; Coleman camp

stove; ping-pong table; Tasco

Galaxsee telescope with extra

2X & 3X barlow lenses.

NOTE: As the Aschemans are moving the above will be offered

at auction. All of Gary’s well cared for tools are on

auction, not many household items. Will start on tools. Not

responsible for accidents or items after bid off.



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Hanover, KS

(785) 337-2629

News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, October 13, 2011 5A

There’s No Place L ike H om e

Chapter 8



Last Chapter: Jack and Mollie have a fun

adventure when they arrive in Chanute and

meet Osa Johnson and Snowball, a baby

gorilla from Africa. Osa Johnson and her

husband, Martin, have traveled extensively

in Africa and the Solomon Islands and her

tales of their adventures keep the twins


A red-winged blackbird clung to a stalk

of the green corn bordering both sides of

the dusty road. Cheerily it sang its song,

sounding to the twins like “kong-ka-ree,

kong-ka-ree.” It flew away as the twins


“Do you want to guess where we are

now?” Jack asked, grinning at his sister.

“Well, not home, that’s for sure.” Since

they had talked about adding e-mail to the

computer on the time machine, Mollie had

been mentally e-mailing their parents.

Now in her head, she imagined this


Dear Mom and Dad,

We are on a dusty, country road. We

have no idea where, but we don’t worry so

much now for we know the time machine

will take care of us. At least we hope so.

Oh, oh, there’s an old truck pulling up

beside us. Love, Mollie

The man in the driver’s seat leaned

over and called through the open window

on the passenger’s side. “Need a lift?”

“That’d be great,” Jack said.

“When the twins were settled inside

the cab, Mollie in the middle, the man

introduced himself as Dave Strait, and

working the gearshift, sent the truck on

down the road. “You youngsters going out

to see the POW camp?”

Jack was sure he’d never heard of a

POW camp, but the right words came out

of his mouth. “You mean the prisoner of

war camp?”

“One and the same.”

“We heard there are German prisoners

there,” Mollie said, although she’d heard

no such thing.

“You heard right,” Mr. Strait said.

“Are they mean?” Mollie asked.

“None that I’ve met and I’ve been

working there since the first batch came

over here from Germany. As a whole,

Home Notes

By Susan A. Latta - CEA

Marshall County Extension


There has been some discussion

among parents as to the

expense of school lunches.

After doing research for this

news column I determined that

where you go to school and

what grade you are in will

affect how much you pay for

lunch. An elementary school

lunch in Marshall County

could cost anywhere from

$1.70 to $3.25. While $2.50

for an elementary school students

lunch might not sound

like much, if you have three

kids in your family it does add

up in a weeks time. If you

feel your are struggling to pay

your child’s school lunch bill

maybe you need to see if your

family qualifies for free and

reduced lunches. You might

be surprised as a family of five

income has to be less than

$48,415 to qualify for reduced

lunch or possibly free lunch.

All you need to do is fill out a

form. By filling out the form

it helps the school in a variety

of different ways. If your

income is to high and you

don’t qualify maybe you

Medications Collected For


The Valley Heights recycling

day is Saturday, October

15 th from 9:30 am to 11:00

am. The collection trailer will

be in Waterville south of the

city shop building.

All typical recycled items

will be collected including

paper, cardboard, cans, junk

mail, glass etc. Plastics are

should consider sack lunches

as a way to reduce your school

lunch expense.

Lunch is an important meal

for students. Especially if they

didn’t take the time to eat

breakfast. Food provides kids

with the energy they need to

make it through the day.

Lunch is extremely import to

help kids stay focused, especially

for those afternoon

classes. Getting in the habit of

packing a school lunch can

lead to healthier food choices

and can be cost effective by

using food already available in

the house.

Let’s face it, junk food that

comes in fancy wrappers and

makes their way into many

lunch bags are hard to resist.

Packing lunch doesn’t need to

be a boring task but a great

option that can be both fun and

healthy. Do you have a picky

eater? Research shows that

kids are more likely to eat

their lunch if they get to help

choose it. For example, giving

your child the option of choosing

either carrot sticks or an

apple will give them a sense of

freedom in choosing which

items get packed. However,

Recycling October 15th

limited to numbers one (1) and

two (2). Please rinse food

containers to reduce odors.

Pre-sorting material allows the

line to move smoothly for


The Valley Heights

Recycling Program collects

unwanted, out-dated, left over

or unusable prescription medications

to be destroyed

according to KDHE guide-

By Eunice Boeve

Illustrated by Michelle Meade

they’re good fellas. Oh, a rotten one turns

up now and again, but his comrades pretty

well set him straight.”

“Why do they do that?” Jack said.

“What difference does it make?”

“Oh, it makes a lot of difference, son.

They want to be trusted so they can go out

and work. No farmer’s going to want to

have a troublemaker helping him.”

“They help the farmers here?” Jack said.

“Aren’t they afraid those men will kill

them? They are the enemy, aren’t they?”

“Well, yes and no. That enemy business

gets toned down once they get over here.

We treat them fair and feed them decent. I

sure wish I could say the same for our boys

being held in POW camps overseas.”

A grim look settled over his face and

they rode in silence a few minutes, before

Mr. Strait looked over at the twins and

grinned. “Besides, where would they run

to? The middle of Kansas to Germany is

some distance. Just getting from here to the

coast would be a major feat on foot and then

they have an ocean to swim.”

Jack grinned. “Do you have any of them

helping you?”

“Well, I don’t do much farming, but

sometimes we have a fella name of Walter

who comes out and gives us a hand around

the place, doing odd jobs and we usually

This is an original serial story that is written and illustrated by two Kansas women. To learn more about them, go to their websites: www.euniceboeve.net and www.michellemeade.weebly.com

too many meal options can be

over whelming. Try to provide

your child with two or

three healthy options so they

don’t end up trading carrots

for soda and cookies.

Follow these easy tips for

packing a healthy school


Have a copy of the school

lunch menu at home. This

way, you can go over the menu

with your child and can decide

if they would rather bring their

lunch to school.

Finger foods and foods with

a colorful combination are

good choices.

Don’t forget food safety. If

a refrigerator is not available,

an insulated lunch bag with a

freezer pack or frozen beverage

should be used to keep

food cold. All perishable

items should be discarded if

they were not eaten.

Make it balanced. Always

include at least one fresh fruit

or vegetable, including both is

even better.

Don’t forget the milk

money. If you decide not to

pack a food from the milk

group, make sure your child

has money in their account to

lines. This prevents medications

from becoming a contaminant

in soil or water.

We thank all our community

volunteers for their dedication

to this effort benefiting the

Valley Heights community.

For more information call Phil

Osborne at 363-7949 or

Sammy Parker at 363-2333.

Join the fight for Box Tops

Students attending

Waterville and Blue Rapids

schools are fighting for box

tops. That is they are competing

by class to collect the most

box tops for the Box Tops for

Education program. This program

provides a way for

schools to earn extra money

just by saving box tops from

food, office, storage, and some

clothing products. The race is

fierce with students bringing in

2,100 box tops since the first

day of school. “As you can see

we have quite a race going,

says Dana Baier, Box Top

Coordinator and kindergarten

teacher. “I am so proud of our

students for being so excited to

help out our school.” Students

and teachers would like com-

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munity members to join the

fight for box tops by contributing

box tops from participating

products. Send the box tops to

school with your favorite

school-aged grandchild, niece,

neighbor . . . Questions can be

answered by Dana Baier at the

Waterville Grade School.

have him over for Sunday dinner.”

“Sunday dinner!” Mollie had almost

fallen asleep and hearing those words she

blinked her eyes and sat up straight. “Why

would you have a German for dinner, a man

who has just been fighting and killing

American soldiers overseas?”

Before answering Mollie, Mr. Strait

shifted his truck to a lower gear and slowed

for a quail hen crossing the road, her brood

of babies scurrying along after her.

“They’re just young men, like our boys

overseas. Soldiers go to war because their

country calls them to. None of them is

likely too keen on killing, and awful

relieved when they don’t have to anymore.”

“So can they just walk away whenever

someone wants them to do some work, or,”

Jack grinned at Mr. Strait, “they’re invited

to Sunday dinner?”

Mr. Strait chuckled. “No. Only a guard

comes along with them and we feed him


A few minutes later, the camp came into

view and the twins got their first look at the

camp and its prisoners. They were both

shocked to see how big it was. A high wire

fence surrounded the entire compound of

row after row of buildings all painted alike.

“That’s a lot of buildings,” Jack said.

“How many prisoners do you have here?”

“About 5,000 and of course we have the

guards who are American soldiers stationed

here.” Mr. Strait shook his head. “This is

good duty. No one shooting at you or you

having to shoot some poor fella caught up in

the war same as you.”

Mr. Strait pointed out the camp’s water

tower, the hospital, and the fire department.

“Those,” he said, pointing toward rows of

long, low buildings, “are the barracks where

the men sleep.”

Mr. Strait parked his truck in the

parking area and as they got out he said,

“Come meet Walter, the fella we have over

for Sunday dinner. He’s there by the fence

with that little dog.”

Although they knew Walter was behind

the fence and couldn’t get out, and a soldier

stood in the guard tower holding a weapon,

and Walter looked just like any other man,

his eyes and his smile friendly, the twins

stepped back as he approached.

After the introductions that included

Walter’s little dog, a stray he’d named Mary

Sunshine, Mr. Strait told them he had to go

to work, but one of his friends getting off

work now would take them back to


purchase a carton of milk at

the school cafeteria. Getting

enough calcium is very important

for growing kids.

Don’t worry if your child

wants the exact same lunch for

three weeks in a row. As long

as it is a nutritious meal that

includes all of the food groups,

there is no need to mix it up.

Think ahead. Try to pack

school lunches when you have

time to do it right. Have

ingredients on hand or even

come up with a weekly menu.

Emphasize the importance

of healthy choices by choosing

lower fat items, keeping high

sugary foods as a treat, and a

variety of whole grains, fruits,

vegetables, protein, and milk

products available. Practice

making choices between

healthy and not so healthy

choices. Then as your children

grow they will have a good

foundation of heathy eating.

For more information on

preparing a yummy, healthy,

and safe sack lunch, contact

the Marshall county Extension


The man they rode with seemed

friendly, but he wasn’t much for talking and

after several attempts, Jack gave up and they

rode the rest of the way in silence. The man

pulled over just inside the town of

Concordia and as he let them out, two black

cases, that looked like they would hold

glasses, fell out and the twins, instinctively

knowing they were theirs, grabbed them up.

With their glasses on, the town changed

from how it must have looked in the

mid 1940s during World War II, to modern

times. And as always, to their right set the

time machine. They hurried inside, eager to

read what would be on the computer

screen. After the twins read the facts about

the war and the prisoner of war camp in

Concordia, they read a small newspaper

story and grinned at each other in delight.

For the news article mentioned that Dave

Strait, who worked at the camp, had adopted

a little dog named Mary Sunshine, when her

master, a prisoner, was sent back to


To Be Continued.

The Phantom of the Opera

Saturday October 15th 7:30 p.m.

Waterville Opera House

Waterville, Ks

Ticket Prices - $10 All Seats

For Tickets call (785) 363-2515


Haunted Rail Ride

Saturday October 15th

From the Waterville Caboose

Departs at 5 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.

Tickets Prices

$7...Under 12 yrs $5 with paid adult

Reservations only...Call (785) 363-2515

Pony Express Auto

1920 Center St

Marysville, KS

We sell most brands

and sizes of tires

We do alignments

and tire balancing

Call Gregg 785-562-5000

News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, October 13, 2011

Marshall County Minutes

October 3, 2011

The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met in

regular session with Charles R.

Loiseau, Chairman; Thomas

K. Holle and Robert S.

Connell member; and Sonya

L. Stohs, County Clerk present.

The meeting was called to

order at 9:00 a.m.

The Board opened the meeting

with the flag salute.

The minutes and agenda

were approved as presented

upon a motion by Thomas K.

Holle moved, seconded by

Robert S. Connell.


County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the


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Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to go into executive

session for ten minutes at 9:03

a.m. to discuss matters of possible

litigation with County

Attorney Laura Johnson-

McNish present. Unanimous.

County Health Nurse Sue

Rhodes met with the Board to

give them an update on the

remodeling project, brick work

and to discuss the drive thru

flu shot clinic across from

Valley Vet in the vacant parking


Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the Home City

Sewer bills and pay them from

the appropriate funds available.




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executive session at the

request of Sheriff Daniel

Hargrave for ten minutes at

10:30 a.m. to discuss matters

of non-elected personnel with

Sheriff Daniel Hargrave present.


County Sanitarian Gary

May met with the Board.

The Board went to look at

the entrance to the Booking

room in the basement of the

Sheriff’s Department and also

went to look at the remodeling

and brick project at the Health


County Treasurer Linda

Weber met with the Board to

inform them that one of the

Courthouse bonds are paid off.

Economic Development

Director George McCune and

Community Development

Coordinator Juanita McCune

met with the Board to give

them a weekly update.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the

Neighborhood Revitalization

application for Keystone

Investments, Axtell with the

preconstruction pictures that

were provided by the applicant.


Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

that Chairman Charles R.

Loiseau as the voting delegate

and Robert S. Connell as the

alternate voting delegate for

the Annual Kansas Counties

Association Multi-line Pool to

be held in November.


Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to adjourn the meeting at

12:10 p.m. Unanimous. The

next scheduled meeting will be

Monday, October 10, 2011

starting at 9:00 a.m.

Commissioners Robert S.

Connell and Thomas K. Holle,

County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish and County

Clerk Sonya L. Stohs went to a

meeting at 1:30 p.m. in Blue

Rapids City Township between

Sections 23 and 24 on 12th


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Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the following purchase

order. Unanimous.

Ka-Comm, Inc., Salina, KS

for duplexer tuning and

repeater checks $1,757.00-911

Local fund-P.O. # 4012

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the vouchers, as

presented, and issue manual

warrants from the respective

funds. Unanimous.

The Board placed a call to

Agency on Aging Director

Heather Ruhkamp at her

request to discuss allowing the

exiting Office Manager Sharon

Peeks to work up to an additional

20 hours to help train

Agency on Agency Director

Heather Ruhkamp on some

monthly reporting procedures

and to help with the transition

to a new Office Manager.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve allowing exiting

Office Manager Sharon Peeks

to work up to an additional 20

hours at $12.57 an hour to

help train Agency on Agency

Director Heather Ruhkamp on

some monthly reporting procedures

and to help with the

transition to a new Office

Manager. Unanimous.

Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and Public Works

Coordinating Supervisor Larry

Polson met with the Board.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve the following purchase

orders. Unanimous.

Kan Equip, Inc., Marysville,

KS for 84” angle broom rental

fee $500.00-Road & Bridge

fund-P.O. 107420

Dane’s Auto, Waterville, KS

for tires $678.00-Road &

Bridge fund-P.O. # 107344

Jim Daninghaus


Baileyview, KS

Jeff Cook


Hanover, KS


Dave Bures



Odell, NE

Foley Industries, Wichita,

KS for resealing and hone 2

bucket cylinders $2,150.24-

Road & Bridge fund-P.O. #


Mitchell Plumbing, Heating

and AC, Inc., Frankfort, KS

for sewer repair at the

Frankfort Shop $1,367.29-

Road & Bridge fund-P.O. #


Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig informed the

Board that they closed the

bridge located between

Sections 14 and 15 of

Vermillion Township on 23rd


Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to go into executive session at

the request of Public Works

Administrator Mike Craig for

five minutes at 10:05 a.m. to

discuss non-elected personnel

with Public Works

Administrator Mike Craig

present. Unanimous.

Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig recommended to

the Board an amendment to

the handbook to require all

Public Works employees to

have a Class A Commercial

driver’s license to be obtained

by January 1, 2012. Thomas

K. Holle moved, seconded by

Robert S. Connell to approve

the amendment to the Marshall

County Employee Handbook

requiring all Public Works

employees to have a Class A

Commercial driver’s license.

Unanimous. If they are a current

employee and do not currently

have a Class A

Commercial License they have

until January 1, 2012 to obtain


Sheriff Daniel Hargrave met

with the Board. Thomas K.

Holle moved, seconded by

Charles R. Loiseau to go into

Marshall County Sheriff jail report

Marshall County Sheriff’s


Jail Activity Sheet

Week of: October 3, 2011 to

October 9, 2011

Name: Hanshaw, Cally

Address: Waterville, Kansas

Date of Birth: 01-07-1976

Charge: 5 Days

Date of Arrival: 10-03-2011

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Kansas State holds off Missouri for a 24-17 Win


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_ Kansas State was the ranked

team, the unbeaten team, the

team coming off a confidencebuilding

victory over then-No.

15 Baylor. The Wildcats were

hosting an unranked opponent

in Missouri that had lost two

of its last three games.

Tre Walker couldn't understand

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No. 20 Kansas State to lose.

``We want respect,'' the

sophomore linebacker said.

``Anytime someone doesn't

give you respect, that makes

you want it even more, and

you keep fighting for it until

you get it.''

That might start happening


Collin Klin had three touchdowns

rushing Saturday, John

Hubert added 126 yards on the

ground and the Wildcats'

defense made enough plays to

prevent a late comeback by the

Tigers. The result was a 24-17

victory and K-State's first 5-0

start since 2000.

``That means an awful lot,''

said coach Bill Snyder, who's

in his third year of rebuilding

the program after a brief retirement.

Snyder said the Wildcats

were proud of their start, but

he added that he was more

proud of the way they took the

victory in stride.

``What I'm proud of is it's a

day in the life,'' Snyder said.

``Tomorrow is a new day.''

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Missouri never got another

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``We're just not playing very

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coach Gary Pinkel said. ``It

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``The interception was big,

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seven or three out of it,''

Snyder said. ``Getting seven

was substantial.''

Franklin was sacked for a

13-yard loss on Missouri's

ensuing possession, and the

Wildcats went 51 yards in 12

plays before Anthony Cantele's

field goal made it 10-0.

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By the time the first quarter

drew to a close, the Tigers had

exactly zero yards of total

offense _ 20 yards through the

air and minus-20 on the


``They just dropped back

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Josey finally got things

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Missouri cost itself later in

the quarter when Darvin Ruise

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punter, giving Kansas State the

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``One game at a time. We'll

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Jr. High Mustangs lose to Onaga Jr. High Buffs, 36-22

Micah Kenworthy (38) keeps moving past Buff’s Jace Fischer (20). Logan Woodyard (23) tries his hardest to get away from Onaga’s David Koelzer (22).

Logan Woodyard (23) avoids the Onaga defense to make it down the field. Micah Kenworthy (38) recovers the fumble and heads down the field.

Jr. High Lady Mustangs

beat Onaga Buffs at home By Isacc Medina

VHHS Journalism

Fierce junior high football

players line up on the line of

scrimmage to blast through the

Onaga offense. The last home

Paige Claycamp (2) goes up for the spike.

Sydney Cartier (16) knocks the ball back over the net.

Determined to win at home

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Winning 25 to 8 JH

Volleyball Girls dominated the

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improvement.” The Mustangs

look forward to the challenges

of their next game at Blue

Valley Thursday October 13th.

Jr. High football last home game

game of their season was on

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team played their hearts out

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