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& Manhattan, Ks

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Vol. 3 Number 30 Thursday, January 26, 2012

Going to the Bee are: Kayla Smith, Alyson Potter, Skye Saunders and Layton Hartloff

Alternates are: Briana Enoch and Tori Salyers.

Students Qualify For Spelling Bee

Six Valley Heights students

have qualified for the Marshall

County Spelling Bee to be held

on Saturday, February 4th, at

the Marysville Elementary


Participants are:

Kayla Smith, daughter of

Eddie and Kelly Smith

Alyson Potter, daughter of

Don and Kerry Potter

Skye Saunders, daughter of

Sue Saunders

Layton Hartloff, son of

Roy and Mandi Hartloff

Alternates are:

Briana Enoch, daughter of

Scott and Melinda Chilson

Tori Salyers, daughter of

Michael and Summer Salyers

Jasine Gartner, Lauren Meadows and Trayton Claycamp and one of the goats.

Students Meet The Other “Kids”

First and Second Graders

Meet Other “Kids”

Kansas Day activities at the

elementary school are scheduled

for Friday January 27th.

In preparation for this impor-

By Steve Fry


A Kansas House committee

didn’t vote Tuesday on

whether to name a stretch of

highway in Marshall County

after 37 men from the town of

Frankfort who were killed in

World War II.

But they did honor Frank

Benteman, a Frankfort native

and WWII veteran, who sought

the name change of K-99 highway

to honor his dead townsmen.

When Benteman, 85, finished

speaking to the House

Transportation Committee, the

19 committee members and

about a dozen spectators stood,

clapping to honor the Topeka


Sponsored by Rep. Sharon

Schwartz, R-Washington, the

bill seeks to name part of K-99

the “Frankfort Boys World War

II Memorial

Highway.” Schwartz urged the

committee to pass the bill. She

said she wasn’t sure when a

vote would be taken but has

expressed optimism about its

chances in the past.

Schwartz then introduced

tant state holiday, the first and

second graders at Valley

Heights have been studying

Kansas farmers and ranchers

and how important they are to

all of us. As a special treat,


When he stood, Benteman

composed himself for a

moment, then introduced himself

as a veteran.

“I knew a lot of them,” he

said of the 37 men from

Frankfort and near the town,

and “I went to school with a lot

of them.

“This story about these guys

is heartbreaking,” Benteman

said, who talked about some of

the Frankfort Boys.

One was a sailor aboard the

U.S.S. Swordfish, a submarine

sunk during the war, Benteman

said. The sailor was one of 89

men lost aboard the submarine,

which was reported missing

and presumed lost in early


Another Frankfort Boy was

captured by the Japanese in

early 1942 and survived the

Bataan Death March in which

hundreds of American and

Filipino POWs were killed or

died during a forced march of

70 miles.

The death march survivor,

who then spent more than two

years in a Japanese POW

camp, was killed when the

Brandt deBoer brought in two

week old goats (kids) for the

children to pet while Joyce

deBoer (a para at the grade

school) told them funny stories

and interesting facts about


Hanover Boys, Washington Co. Girls Take TVL

The Hanover Boys and

Washington Girls basketball

teams won the 2012 Twin

Valley League Basketball

Tournament played at Valley

Heights last week.

The Valley Heights Girls

took 4th place and the Valley

Heights Boys ended the tournament

with a 1 and 2 record.

Hanover Boys beat

Frankfort 47-40 in the

Championship game.

Washington County Girls

beat Wetmore 67-43 in their

Championship game.

Baileyvill B&B Boys beat

Centralia from 3rd place.

Valley Hights Girls last to 3rd

place winner Centralia.

Japanese ship he was aboard

was torpedoed by an American

submarine in 1944. More than

2,000 POWs were killed.

Benteman told committee

members about his service as a

scout in the U.S. Army’s 313th

Regiment of the 79th Division.

Benteman, a private, and other

Abigail Swearingen Named

Local Goodwill Ambassador

Abigail Swearingen a talented

7 year old from Blue

Rapids, KS has been named

the Local Goodwill

Ambassador for the Missouri

Valley Chapter of the Muscular

Dystrophy Association, Health

Care Services Coordinator,

Angie Hills announced today.

“As the Missouri Valley

Chapter’s Local Goodwill

Ambassador, “ Mrs. Hills said,

Abby will make public appearances

throughout the community

to encourage volunteers in

the Associations year-round

educational and fundraising

campaigns and will also take

part in a number of the

Chapter’s special events.”

Abby is the daughter of Mr.

Rodney and Mrs. Dana

Swearingen. Her conditional

was diagnosed as Charcot

Marie Tooth disease at the age

of 2. Charcot Marie Tooth disease

is one of the muscle diseases

covered by MDA’s

research and care programs.

Abby does not let her

Charcot Marie Tooth disease

slow her down however, she

loves to sing and dance as well

as spend time with family and

friends. She is also very passionate

about helping the earth

by spending time planting

trees, flowers and getting trash

About Abigail...

Abby lives in Blue Rapids,

KS with her mom & dad, Dana

& Rodney, along with older

brother Derrick (age 20) and

older sister Lauren (age 25).

Abby is in the first grade at

Valley Heights Elementary

school where her favorite subjects

are Math, Recess and

Science “it is really cool”.

Abby is also very involved in

her local church as well as with

her girl scouts troop. During

Abby’s free time she enjoys

singing and dancing as well as

At the Astro 3...

The Astro 3 theatre was the

host of the 2012 Relay For Life

Kick-off of Marshall County

on Jan. 21, 2012.

The turnout of survivors,

teams, participants, and corporate

sponsors was amazing! A

great time was had by all that

in the right places. Abby has

been making a difference for

MDA for many years by raising

awareness as well as funds

for the Association. She has

appeared on several live broadcasts

of the MDA Labor Day

Telethon and attended her first

week at MDA Summer Camp t

his past June, making many

new friends while there.

MDA is a nonprofit health

2012 Relay For Life Of

Marshall County Kicks Off

soldiers crossed the Rhine

River in March 1945.

Benteman and another scout

captured six German soldiers

and sent them to the rear. After

the two dug a foxhole, white

phosphorus artillery shells

began exploding near them,

and they fled inside a house to


A special thank you to Alex

Shultz, for the free movie and

refreshments! Without your

kindness this would not of

been possible! Thank you to

everyone that attnded and registered

for the Relay. You are

Panel Considers Frankfort Boys Highway Bill

World War II veteran Frank Benteman is on a mission

to name a portion of K-99 highway in Marshall County

to honor those from the Frankfort area who were killed

in World War II. (Phtos: Steve Fry/Capital-Journal)

helping the earth by planting

tree, flowers and recycling.

She also enjoys spending time

with family and friends.

Health History: Abby was

diagnosed with Charcot-Marie

Tooth disease (CMT) in 2006.

CMT is a neurological disorder

that affects the peripheral

nerves which car-ries signals to

the brain and spinal chord to

the muscles, and relay sensations,

such as pain and touch,

to the brain and spinal cord to

the rest of the body.

escape the shelling but soon

decided to return to the foxhole.

The two were leaving the

house when an artillery round

struck it, destroying the structure,

and part of the house

struck Benteman’s left knee,

wounding him.

If passed by the Legislature,

a north-south section of K-99,

would be the memorial highway

from the southern city

limits of Frankfort north to the

junction with US-36, an eastwest


The cost of two signs marking

the memorial highway

would be $1,900, and the cost

of future maintenance and

replacement of the signs is

$950. Funding for the signs

would be paid for by private


Benteman learned Tuesday

that a Kansas governor issued

a proclamation 44 years ago

making the finding that

Frankfort had lost the most

men for a town its size.

On June 26, 1967, Gov.

Robert Docking issued the

proclamation as part of

Frankfort’s centennial celebra-

Abigail Swearingen

agency dedicated to curing

muscular dystrophy, ALS and

related diseases by funding

worldwide research. The

Association also provided

comprehensive health care and

support services, advocacy and

education. The MDA clinic(s)

serving the Topeka and Kansas

City area are located at the

University of Kansas Medical

Center in Kansas City , KS .

MDA Events: Since Abby’s

diagnosis she and her family

have worked hard to share

MDA’s mission with others.

She has participated in several

local MDA Labor Day

Telethons, and the annual Be A

Star program. Abby attended

MDA Summer Camp for the

first time in June 2011 where

she made many new friends

and enjoyed a week of fun

filled activities. She is already

looking forward to joining us

again in camp June 2012.

all the reason that Relay For

Life is a big success! Also

thank you Relay committee

for everything, it would not be

an amazing event without all

of your help!!!

Dawn Vorseth


2012 Relay For Life Chair

tion. Former city council member

Mike Simmons found the

proclamation Monday in a

frame hanging on a wall in

Frankfort City Hall. Simmons

and other veterans attended the

committee meeting Tuesday to

support the Frankfort Boys

bill. Simmons, a 20-year veteran

of the U.S. Air Force,

served in the Vietnam War.

Benteman has worked on

projects for six and one-half

years to recognize the 37 men

from Frankfort who died in the


In 2006, he was the driving

force behind bringing to light

that Frankfort suffered more

men killed in action than any

other town its size.

In February 2007, Sen. Pat

Roberts, R-Kan., gave a copy

of the Congressional Record

recognizing the 32 Frankfort

Boys to Benteman at a ceremony

in Topeka.

Roberts had read the names

of the 32 servicemen into the

Congressional Record on Nov.

16, 2006. The number who

died in the war has grown since

2007 as more names were discovered.

Obituaries Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, January 26, 2012

Steven J. Medina

Steven J. Medina, age 35, of

Waterville, passed away

January 20, 2012 at

Community Memorial Health

Care in Marysville.

Steven was born June 21,

1976 at Torrance, California to

Joe and Katharyn (Bragunier)

Medina. He graduated from

Carson High School in Carson

California in 1994. On

September 10, 1998 at Las

Vegas, Nevada he married

Mary T. Trani. In September

Donald F. White, 80, of

Hanover, KS, died Tuesday

evening, January 17, 2012 at

the Hanover Hospital.

Visitation was Friday,

January 20, from 10 a.m. until

5 p.m. at the Hanover


A rosary service was held at

7:00 p.m., Friday, at St. John’s

Catholic Church in Hanover.

Mass of Christian Burial was

2006 he moved to Waterville

and was joined by his family

six months later. Steven was a

Saw Operator for Landoll


He was a member of the

Waterville United Methodist

Church and the Waterville

Lions Club. He loved to help

people, whether it was

installing a car stereo, helping

build a Habitat for Humanity

home or just being a friend.

While in California he coached

his sons Little League

Football. Mostly, Steve loved

being with, and doing things

with his children and family.

Survivors include his wife

Mary, his four children Jesse,

Isacc, Inez and Janelle, his

mother Kathy Horney and husband

Ed of Waterville, his

father Joe Medina of Carson,

California, his grandfather

Chuck Bragunier of Waterville,

a brother Tony Loewen and

wife Rochelle of Waterville,

two sisters; Shannon Conti and

Mary E. “Betty” Sedivy

Mary E. “Betty” Sedivy, age

92, of Blue Rapids, passed

away on Thursday, January 19,

2012 at Marysville Community

Donald F. White

Eldred H. Schaefer

Eldred H. Schaefer, 81, of

Bremen, KS, died Thursday,

January 19, 2012 at Cambridge

Place in Marysville.

Visitation was Sunday,

January 22, from 10 a.m. until

9 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary in

Marysville. The family will

receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m.

A funeral service was held at

2:00 p.m., Monday, January 23,

at Immanuel Lutheran Church

near Bremen.

Burial was in the church


Eldred was born on February

23, 1930 at Bremen, KS, the

Hospital in Marysville.

Betty was born at Irving on

March 28, 1919, the only child

of Herbert and Edna E.

(Strader) Sheaffer. She graduated

from Irving High School

in 1937. On April 26, 1939 she

married Marvin M. Sedivy at

her parents home in Irving. He

passed away on June 16, 1992.

She was a member of the

New Hope Evangelical

Presbyterian Church in Blue

Rapids. She had been active in

the Presbyterian Church most

of her life. She had been a

member of the Ladies Aide

Society at the Czech

Presbyterian Church which

used to be South of Blue

Rapids and then of the United

Presbyterian Women at the

held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday,

January 21, at St. John’s

Catholic Church. Father David

Metz will officiate.

Janet Fritschi will play the

organ while the church choir

sings “This Day Was Made For

The Lord”, “Be Not Afraid”, “I

Am the Bread of Life” and

“Amazing Grace.”

The pallbearers will be Mike

White, Kurt Wilson, Nathan

White, Dustin Wilson,

Nicholas White, Colin White

and Brandon Wilson.

Burial will be at the St.

John’s Catholic Cemetery.

Don was born Aug. 26, 1931

at Marysville, to Bernard and

Mary (Klataske) White. He

attended Pecenka School and

graduated from Marysville

High School in 1950. He then

joined the National Guard from

1951-52. In 1952, he was drafted

into the Army and served in

son of Lester and Martha

(Schotte) Schaefer.

He graduated from

Marysville High School in

1947. He served in the U.S.

Army during the Korean War

as a Private First Class, Battery

B 154th, Field Artillery

Battalion. After his honorable

discharge on August 24, 1953,

he returned home and farmed

north of Bremen.

On April 5, 1953, he married

Verena L. Bott at St. John’s

Lutheran Church, Palmer, KS.

Eldred was a lifelong member

of Immanuel Lutheran

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husband Dino of Waterville and

Nicole Medina of Carson,

California. Nine Aunts and

Uncles; Millie Laughlin and

husband Tim of Waterville, Al

Garber of Bolling Green,

Kentucky, Lori Parga of

Carson, California, Danny

Medina and wife Lucy, Albert

Medina and wife Debra, and

Fred and wife Ruth all of

Moreno Valley, California,

Rick Medina and wife Alicia of

Long Beach, California, Mike

Medina and wife Ann of

Harbor City, California and

Linda Piccione and husband Al

of California.

Steven was preceded in

death by his grandmothers

Laura Bragunier and Francis

Medina and a grandfather Jesse


A funeral service is planned

for 10:00 am, Friday, January

27, 2012 at the Waterville

United Methodist Church with

Pastor Debby Dick officiating.

The service will be followed by

United Presbyterian Church.

Betty is survived by two

sons; Nikolas J. Sedivy and

wife Melodie of Barnes, and

M. Patrick Sedivy and wife

Mary of Waxahachie, Texas, by

three grandchildren and a


Funeral Services were held

10:00 am, Monday, January 23,

2012 at Terry-Christie Funeral

Home in Blue Rapids with

Pastor Dick Coleman officiating.

Music was provided by

organist Melinda Christie who

accompanied Carol Hood as

she sang “Thy Word” and “It Is

Well With My Soul”. The congregation

sang “God Be With

You Till We Meet Again” at the

conclusion of the service.

Casket Bearers Christian

Korea as an ambulance driver.

After his honorable discharge

in 1954, he returned to Hanover

and farmed with his family.

On January 24, 1959, he

married Joyce Wilson at St.

John’s Catholic Church in

Hanover. They were blessed

with four children.

Don was a member of St.

John’s Catholic Church, 50+

year member of Knights of

Columbus of the 3rd degree,

50+ year member of the

American Legion and a NRA


He was active in the farming,

enjoyed the cattle, helped with

fall harvest and planted his

winter wheat. Don liked going

to the Pony for coffee. Over his

lifetime, Don was a 13 gallon

blood donor. Last summer he

was able to enjoy ten days in

Alaska where he caught an 86

lb. Halibut while deep sea fish-

Church near Bremen. He

served as a church Elder,

Treasurer, was a member of the

choir and Men’s Club. He was

also a Herkimer Township


He was preceded in death by

his parents; and wife, Verena

Schaefer, on Oct. 14, 2004.

Survivors include two sons,

Doug (Tammy) Schaefer,

Bremen, KS, and Dave (Jenny)

Schaefer, Topeka, KS; five

daughters, Laurel (Jon)

Jorgenson, Parker, CO, Ruth

(Neil) Lohmeyer, Lincoln, NE,

Judy (Kevin) Riggert, Omaha,

Kenneth L. Sells, Agent

burial at Riverside Cemetery.

Trysta Molthan will sing

“Amazing Grace” and the congregation

will sing “In The

Garden” and “Jesus Loves

Me”. The pianist will be

Beverly Hedke. Casket bearers

are Jesse Medina, Isacc

Medina, Joe Medina, Tony

Loewen, Tim Laughlin, Timmy

Laughlin, Josh Taylor, Sammy

Medina, Mondo Parga, Johnny

Medina, Jim Wilson and Jim

Oatney. Steven’s family will

receive guests at the church on

Thursday from 6:30 until 8:00

pm. The church will be open

for viewing from noon until

8:00 pm also on Thursday.

A fund for the Medina family

has been set up at the

Citizens State Bank in

Waterville, Marysville and

Hanover. You may also send

them in care of Terry-Christie

Funeral Home at PO Box61,

Waterville, Kansas 66548

Condolences may be left at


Sedivy, Josh Zenger, Seth

Wurtz, Todd Perkins, Kenny

Steinfort, Bob Roepke and

Dennis Osborne. Burial was at

Greenwood Cemetery, south of

Blue Rapids. A viewing was

held at the funeral home on

Sunday from noon until 8:00

pm with family receiving

guests from 6:30 until 8:00


Memorials are suggested to

the New Hope Evangelical

Presbyterian Church and may

be sent in care of Terry-Christie

Funeral Home at PO Box 61,

Waterville, KS 66548

Condolences may be left at


ing. Everyone enjoyed eating it

at his 80th birthday party.

His parents preceded him in


Survivors include his wife,

Joyce, Hanover; three sons,

Timothy (Marilyn) White,

Bonney Lake, WA, Gregory

White, Washington, KS, Steve

(Janet) White, Bremen; daughter,

Teresa (Shawn) Matjazic,

Cypress, TX; two brothers,

Dennis White, Hanover,

Bernard White, Des Moines,

WA; two sisters, Mary Jean

McCawley, Washington,

Dorothy White, Poulsbo, WA;

fourteen grandchildren, two

step grandchildren, and one


A memorial fund has been

established and will be designated

by the family at a later

time. Contributions may be

sent in care of the Hanover


NE, Dorothy Griffis, Lincoln,

NE, and Joyce (Ron) Snyder,

Wilmington, NC; three sisters,

Eleanor Schaefer, Marysville,

Mary Ann (Elmer) Luedders,

Beatrice, NE, and Carol

“Chris” (Dennis) Dellinger,

Plain City, OH; one brother,

Lester Schaefer, Jr., Palmer,

KS; seventeen grandchildren

and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been

established to the church.

Contributions may be sent in

care of Kinsley Mortuary.

Obituaries Continued

on Page 3A


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Obituaries______________Continued from page 2a

Arthur F. Hough

Arthur F. Hough, 88, of

Frankfort, Kansas, died

Monday, January 23, 2012 at

Stormont-Vail Hospital in

Topeka, KS.

Visitation was Wednesday

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Burial was in the Frankfort

City Cemetery.

Arthur was born on October

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Charles and Emily (Mathews)

Hough. He graduated high

school and worked for St. Clair

National Bank until going to

the Navy in May of 1941. He

was honorably discharged in

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in criminology.

He is in the United States

Army soon to be based out of

Ft. Riley, KS.

The wedding is planned for

4p.m., March 24, 2012 at the

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1946 and returned to work at

the bank.

On April 6, 1957, Arthur was

united in marriage to Elma

Warnica at Belleville, IL. In

1960 he attended the Wisconsin

School of Banking in Madison,

WI. He went to work at Flora,

IL, at the First National Bank

until retiring in 1986. Arthur

was a cashier, Vice President

and secretary on the Board of

Directors for 25 years. After

retirement he moved to

Fairfield Bay, AR until 1991,

and then moved to Frankfort.

Arthur was a 50 year member

in the American Legion. He

served as finance officer in the

Frankfort Legion Post #181,

was a correspondent for 40/8

for many years, a member of

the Elks Lodge and in 1968,

served as Exalted Ruler. He

was a member of the Mason

Temple Valley of Southern

Illinois, Arab Temple of Topeka

and the Legion of Honor

Robert D. Stohs

Robert "Bob" D. Stohs, 60 of

Bremen, Kansas, died Tuesday,

January 24, 2012 at

Community Memorial

Healthcare in Marysville.

Visitation will be on Friday,

January 27, from 10 a.m. until

9 p.m at Kinsley Mortuary. The

family will receive friends

from 6 to 8 p.m at the funeral


Funeral Services will be held

at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January

28, at the United Methodist

Church in Marysville.

Burial will be at the

Marysville City Cemetery.

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EPA Feedlot Rule Objections

Topeka – Kansas Governor

Sam Brownback and Attorney

General Derek Schmidt last week

submitted a letter urging the

Environmental Protection Agency

to scrap a proposed regulation on

Concentrated Animal Feeding

Operations (CAFOs). Brownback

and Schmidt cited concerns that

the rule would place an undue burden

on Kansas livestock producers.

“This rule is an example of the

federal government overstepping

its boundaries,” the letter stated.

“The EPA lacks jurisdiction over

non-discharging CAFOs and

therefore has no legal authority to

gather information from these


The proposed rule, known as

the CAFO Reporting Rule, would

require all CAFOs to report to the

EPA, regardless of size and permit

status. Kansas already maintains a

comprehensive database and permitting

process for animal feeding

operations in the state. The only

effect of this proposed rule in

Kansas would be an additional

layer of burdensome federal government

paperwork, Brownback

and Schmidt wrote.

“In these economic times, we

should be doing everything we can

to encourage our agricultural producers,

who create thousands of

jobs in rural America,” Brownback

said. “Requiring them to file more

additional, unnecessary docu-

DeMolay. Arthur served 25

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Commission, helping bring

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to the Flora area.

Arthur belonged to the

United Methodist Church in

Frankfort. In his spare time he

enjoyed watching the St. Louis


Surviving him are his wife,

Elma of Frankfort; a daughter,

Pamela Mumm of Florida; a

granddaughter, Lisa Mumm;

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NEWS EWS Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, January 26, 2012

Senior of the Week: Luke Oldehoeft

By Lexi Hartloff

VHHS Journalism

Many high school students

have a hard time finding confidence

in themselves, but not

Luke Oldehoeft. “Most people

care what other people say

about them, but I could care

less because I am happy with

the way I am and have lived my

life so far,” said Oldehoeft.

This attitude came from the

influence of his parents who

have pushed him to do better in

school and sports.

A result of track being his

favorite sport, Oldehoeft has

competed in the 4X1, 4X4,

4X8, 200, 400, 800, long jump,

triple jump, and high jump. The

memory he will never forget is

winning the 4X1 2A State

Track Championship in 2011

with Jordan Crook, Brody

Dobrovolny, and Zach

Montinino. “I was very excited.

We compared our time to all

the other 4X1 times and figured

out we would have placed in

every A class except 5A.

Bernard Irvine will be the

keynote speaker at the Country

Living Expo on Saturday,

February 4, 2012 at the St.

George Elementary School,

200 Blackjack Road, St.

George. Irvine is an attorney

with Morrison, Frost, Olsen

and Irvine LLP in Manhattan.

He will discuss “Ag Law –

Rules for Living in the


Topics Irvine will cover

include: fence law, lease law,

Examine Soils for Signs of Compaction

By Michael Vogt

Marshall County Extension


As our farm machinery gets

larger and the weights of the

machinery or the weights of

machinery that hauls grain gets

heavier, we see soil compaction

becoming a problem. It is good

to periodically check for soil

compaction with cropland.

Soil compaction in agriculture

is not a good thing. Soil

compaction occurs when soil is

compressed due to heavy field

traffic. Pores necessary for air

and water are compressed to a

point that the plant roots have

difficulty penetrating the soil

and air and water have difficulty

infiltrating the soil.

There is much you can learn

by pushing a tile or soil probe

into the ground. First, if you

have never done so, you can

learn something about the soil

profile. How many inches of

topsoil do you have? At what

depth do you encounter

changes in soil textures?

Topsoil thickness and soil texture

are two properties you

can’t really control, at least not

in the short term. One thing you

can certainly look for and work

on improving, however, is the

density of your soil and

whether there are any layers of


There are two approaches

that can be used to learn if your

field(s) have soil compaction.

Scientific approach:

Density refers to the mass of a

substance divided by its volume.

In soil, we measure density

(which we call bulk density)

by pounding a cylinder of a

known volume into the soil,

and then drying the soil for two

days in an oven. This gives us

the oven dry mass, which we

divide by the volume, and thus

have the bulk density. There are

detailed instructions available

for this procedure online at

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Knowing we were the fastest in

2A and even in every other

division, was a great accomplishment.

Words can’t

describe how amazing it was,”

said Oldehoeft.

His favorite hobbies outside

of the classroom are hunting,

fishing, playing Xbox 360, and

storm chasing. Oldehoeft started

storm chasing at ten years

old, he says he likes it because,

“It is exciting and I like the

adrenalin rush. A tornado

almost hit my dad’s farm seven

years ago, so we went out and

chased it all the way to

Nebraska before it died out,”

said Oldehoeft about his most

exciting chase. After graduation

he wants to go to college

for either a meteorologist or a

computer engineer.

Beginning his life on June 8,

1994 Luke Michael Oldehoeft

is the son of Mike Oldehoeft

and Gina Zidek and is the

younger brother of Gunnar

Zidek. Oldehoeft has participated

in; football one year,

Country Living Expo - Feb 4, 2012

and liability issues related to

stray livestock and wandering

dogs, as well as other issues

encountered when living in the


Irvine’s Ag Law presentation

will be the lead-off session and

will start at 9:00 a.m.

Concurrent sessions at 10:00

and 11:00 will offer participants

choices of sessions to


The County Living Expo

will end at noon.


In scientific research, this

method is used to analyze the

effects of different management

practices on soil quality,

the differences between soil

types, and other factors. It can

also be used to quantify the differences

in soil density at various

depths within the soil,

which helps in research on soil


Hands-on approach: The

scientific approach is not especially

useful for producers and

others to find compaction layers

in their soils. There are

much easier methods, with a

level of precision that is good

enough for practical use. Using

a spade, soil probe, or tile probe

is a good way to learn something

about your soil profile

and whether there may be a

compaction layer.

One approach is to dig a

small hole about a foot deep, as

if you were digging a post hole.

You can take a knife and poke

into the side of the hole, feeling

for layers that seem denser, or

that have a platy, compressed

soil structure. Use a tape measure

to determine the depth at

which the dense layers occur.

Then walk to a nearby fence

row or waterway and do the

same thing. Does this soil look

and feel different? How does

this compare to the endrows?

With a tile probe, which the

Marshall County Extension

Office has, you push the probe

in the ground and see/feel the

areas in the soil that are difficult

to push through (areas of

compaction) and sometimes the

probe will stop and that will be

your compaction layer depth.

No doubt by digging you

will learn more about your

field(s) soil. However, using a

tile probe would be quicker and

less effort.

Once you determine the

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track four years, FFA four

years, art two years, Model

UN, and vocal one year. When

Oldehoeft leaves Valley

Concurrent session are:

10:00 a.m. R i g h t

Plant, Right Place: Landscape

Plants for Kansas — Gregg

Eyestone, KSU-Riley County

Extension Horticulture Agent

10:00 a.m. Protecting

Your Rural Homestead — Greg

Riat, Pottawatomie County


11:00 a.m. Birds in the

Backyard — Chuck Otte,

Geary County Extension Agent

11:00 a.m. Gardening

depth at which the compaction

occurs, you can work on solutions

for improving (decreasing)

the density of the compacted

layer, or the soil in general.

If compaction seems limited to

the upper 3 inches of the soil

profile, then the most likely

culprit is traffic. Running properly

inflated tires, using floatation

tires, and having more tires

in general helps to decrease

surface compaction. Of course

it will also help to keep traffic

off the soil as much as possible

when the soil is wet.

A tougher problem to solve

is subsurface compaction. If

you can feel a layer that is compacted

at depths greater than 6

inches, you may be dealing

with subsurface compaction.

Subsurface compaction should

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Heights he wants people to

remember him as a state champion

and one who loved sports.

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Extension Agent

Advance reservations are

requested by February 3, to

help with room setup and

refreshment planning.

Attendees are invited to register

online at www.riley.ksu.edu

or by calling the Riley County

Extension Office at 785/537-


not be confused with a change

in the soil texture. It is common

to observe changes in the soil

texture as you go deeper in the

soil profile. Many soils have an

increase in clay content in the

upper part of the subsoil, which

is natural and took thousands of

years to form. Some soils, such

as those in floodplains, might

have sandy layers present

beneath the surface. This is the

reason why the spade/post hole

method is really the best,

because it allows a person to

discover so much more about

the soil profile than using a tile

probe alone.

For more information, you

can contact me at (785) 562-

3531 or E-mail at


Digging a small hole with a spade is the best way to learn

about the soil’s natural and unnatural layers, suchas compacted

layers. Use a knife to feel for any unusually dense layers,

and a tape measure to determine thedepth of the layer. (Photo

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TVL Basketball Tournament Final Results

Marshall County

Development Corporation/

Tourism met on Jan 5, 2012 at

The Weaver Hotel in Waterville

at 7:00 pm.

President William Oborny

called the meeting to order. He

passed around a Christmas card

from Denton Designs and a

copy of the Flint Hills newsletter.

Website hits are down a little

which is normal over the holidays.

Reminded everyone to go

to the site to keep it as high as

we can on the search engines.

The tabloid and brochures

have been distributed in one

direction by RVSP, will do the

remainder at a later date.

NCKT will be having a

board meeting to determine the

Feb. meeting.

The power point that was

going to be shown on BVTV

has been tabled for now. John

Howard reported that they

would like to film a meeting.

The suggestion was made that

maybe the power point could

be used as part of that meeting.

John will check them maybe

shoot for March.

The booth picture grid was

discussed. Everyone likes the

way it looks. If any community

has pictures that they would

like displayed be sure to get

them to the Visitor Center.

Brenda Staggenborg has an

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“We have a warm friendly home like environment that

you feel when you enter the door.”

Wanamaker added 10 each, and

Inez Medina, Chevelle Murk,

and Kendra Stoudt scored 2

points apiece for the high-scoring


The A team started strong

and finished strong, defeating

the Rams by a score of 47-19.

Brandi Roepke exploded for 28

points, followed by Maddy

Hargrave and Kayla Smith with

8 each.

All of the ladies are continuing

to improve, with hopes of

peaking at the upcoming BVL


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MCDC January Meeting Minutes

Valley Heights High School

Basketball Schedule 2011-12

BOYS Results Record


* 3 7:45PM Clifton-Clyde (2OT) 47 - 44 1 - 6

* 6 7:45PM @ Axtell 52 - 38 2 - 6

10 7:45PM @ Centralia 30 - 52 2 - 7

14 4:00PM Washington County 34 - 49 2 - 8

17 7:00PM Clifton-Clyde 41 - 37 2 - 9

21 10:00AM Blue Valley 56 - 61 3 - 9

* 27 7:45PM B&B

* 31 7:45PM


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* 7 7:45PM Frankfort

* 10 7:45PM @ Hanover

* 14 7:45PM Onaga

* 17 7:45PM Washington County

21 7:45PM @ Linn

27 Valley Heights vs. TBA


* Conference Event

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Event times are (CST)

GIRLS Results Record


* 3 6:15PM Clifton-Clyde 20 - 24 4 - 3

* 6 6:15PM @ Axtell 45 - 23 5 - 3

10 6:15PM @ Centralia 40 - 39 6 - 3

14 1:00PM Axtell 22 - 45 7 - 3

16 4:45PM Frankfort 50 - 52 8 - 3

19 6:00PM Washington County 47 - 16 8 - 4

21 4:00PM Centralia 43 - 37 8 - 5

* 27 6:15PM B&B

* 31 6:15PM


@ Wetmore

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* 7 6:15PM Frankfort

* 10 6:15PM @ Hanover

* 14 6:15PM Onaga

* 17 6:15PM Washington County

21 6:15PM @ Linn

27 Valley Heights vs. TBA


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Engine repair

idea for a new table cover.

Brenda Staggenborg is working

on information for bus

tours will report at next meeting.

The event and brochure

grants were discussed.

Georgena Lindquist is to redo

the applications. The applications

will still be due by April

1st. The museum annual count

form also are to be mailed out

with the change of sending the

info to the Visitor Center.

Ft Riley Expo is March 31

from 10 to 3. Setup is March 30

Junior High

Girls Info.

Thank you for your flexibility

and cooperation this week.

I'd also like to thank those that

have volunteered to help out

with the TVL tournament.

Below is what next week looks


Thursday - game at Clifton-

Clyde, A and B only, No C

games for us - LEAVE @ 3:00

(during school)

Friday - Practice @ BR until

4:30 (maybe later, depending

on HS schedule)

A huge THANK YOU goes

to Kelly Smith for heading up

some meals for the Clifton-

Clyde trip. Meals will be available

for AFTER the game.

Also, thanks to those of you

who are helping with this!!

After next week, we have

one game vs. Linn on the 30th,

then we will prepare for a successful

BVL tourney for the

remainder of that week.

Thanks for your support!!


Dr. Sara Baskerville-Crome





starting at 1:00.

Will need people to help at it.

The Sampler Festival is May

5 and 6 at Liberal Kansas.

Bonnie Feldhausen will talk to

NCTK about our scavenger


Show and tell: The Weaver is

having their 3rd annual

Culinary Retreat, Jan 28.

Marshall County Railroad is

having a New Year

Celebrations on Jan 14.

Next meeting is Feb 2, 2012

at the Elm Street Apts,

Frankfort at 7:00 pm

Meeting adjourned.

Coaches Corner

Coach Noel: Junior High

Girls Vs. Blue Valley

The Lady Mustangs traveled

to Randolph on Monday and

came home with a sweep of the

Blue Valley Rams. The C team

started off the night with some

stingy defense, allowing only 2

points in their game, while putting

up 10. Ashton O'Toole and

DeAndra Woodyard each

scored 4 points, and Cheyenne

Spunaugle chipped in 2 points

for the team's total.

The B team also experienced

tremendous success, scoring 43

points and holding Blue Valley

to 17. Shelby Vermetten tied

the opponent's score by dropping

17 points of her own in the

game. Ilexus Rose and Brenna


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Marshall County Minutes

January 17, 2012

The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met in

regular adjourned session with

Thomas K. Holle Chairman;

Charles R. Loiseau and Robert

S. Connell members; and

Sonya L. Stohs, County Clerk


The meeting was called to

Marshall County Sheriff’s


Jail Activity Sheet

Week of: 1/15/2012 to


Name: Michelle Johnson

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 10/27/1966

Charge: DUI

Date of Arrival: 1/15/2012

Date of Release: 1/15/2012

Conditions: $1500.00 C/S

Name: Robert Shortle

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 9/23/1991

By Wesley Denton, Junior


The Wide Awake 4-H Club

had its monthly meeting on

January 3.

Twenty-seven members and

two guests attended the meeting.

During the meeting the

group discussed County 4-H

Days. Two club entries are

being planned including a skit

Charge: DUI

Date of Arrival: 1/17/2012

Date of Release: 1/17/2012

Conditions: $865.00 C/S

Name: Lewis Rockwell

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 8/9/1963

Charge: Warrant, Domestic


Date of Arrival: 1/17/2012

Date of Release: 1/17/2012

Conditions $1000 cash

Name: Kason Brown

Address: Frankfort

Date of Birth:5/13/1993

and chorus.

During the program, Isaac

Perry did a project talk on his

violin, Riley Wagner did a

demonstration on how to make

Oreo balls and Megan Sibley

demonstrated how to make

homemade granola.

The next meeting will be the

club’s Appreciation Dinner on

Sunday, Feb. 5 at 12:30 p.m.

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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 Robert S.

Connell moved, seconded by

Thomas K. Holle. Unanimous.

Sheriff Daniel A. Hargrave

met with the Board. Charles R.

Loiseau moved, seconded by

Robert S. Connell to approve

the following purchase orders.


Dell Computer, Round Rock,

TX for 2-Dell Optiplex 390ST

computers $1,384.62-General

(Sheriff) fund-P.O. # 4052

Ott Electric, Marysville, KS

for GE dryer $849.00-General

(Sheriff) fund-P.O. # 3989

County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the


Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the 2012 Pawnee

Mental Health contract for

services in Marshall County.


Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the following

purchase orders.


BVAC, Stevensville, MT for

ammunition $760.00-General

(Sheriff) fund-P.O. # 3988

C Wilkens Construction,

Marysville, KS for counter tops

and cabinet for Kitchen

$540.00-General (Courthouse

Building) fund-P.O. # 4084

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Thomas K. Holle

to approve appointing Rhonda

Wassenberg, Blue Rapids as the

Blue Rapids City Township

Treasurer to replace Richard

Petr who is resigning effect

February 1, 2012. Unanimous.

Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and Public Works

Coordinating Supervisor Larry

Charge: Serve 48 hours

Date of Arrival: 1/20/2012

Date of Release:1/22/2012

Conditions: Time Served

Name: Robert Shanek

Address: Waterville

Date of Birth: 11/8/58

Charge: Serve 48 hours

Date of Arrival: 1/20/2012

Date of Release:1/22/2012

Conditions: Time Served

Name: Matthew May

Address: Beatrice, Nb.

Date of Birth: 10/31/1990

Charge: Serve 14 days, prob.


Date of Arrival: 1/20/2012

Date of Release: N/A

Conditions: Still


Name: Fred Hyde IV

Address: Blue Rapids

Date of Birth: 8/12/1985

Charge: Serve 48 hours

Date of Arrival: 1/20/2012

Date of Release: 1/22/2012

Conditions: Time Served

Name: Nathan Stohs

Address: Marysville

Date of Birth: 12/12/1981

Charge: Prob. Violation,



Revoked House Arrest

Date of Arrival: 1/20/2012

Date of Release: N/A

Conditions: Still


Name: Charlie Bottom

Address: Beattie

Date of Birth: 10/25/1987

Charge: DUI, Disorderly


Date of Arrival: 1/21/2012

Date of Release: 1/22/2012

Conditions: $1000 C/S


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Polson met with the Board.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the following

purchase orders.


Mitchell Plumbing Heating

& AC, Inc., Frankfort, KS for

light fixtures and lights

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P.O. # 107544

Foley Industries, Wichita,

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Twin Valley Director Ed

Henry met with the Board.

Charles R. Loiseau moved, seconded

by Robert S. Connell to

approve signing two contracts

between Marshall County and

Twin Valley Developmental

Services, Inc. a non-profit corporation,

to designate them as

Marshall County Community

Developmental Disability

Organization (CDDO) and

County Service Provider

(CSP). Unanimous.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to approve the vouchers,

as presented, and issue

manual warrants from the

respective funds. Unanimous.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to adjourn at 10:55 a.m.

Unanimous. The next scheduled

meeting will be Monday,

January 23, 2012 starting at

9:00 a.m.

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Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, January 26, 2012 7A

Leadership Marshall County’s Pioneer Class Announced

Eighteen Marshall County

residents have been selected to

be a member of Leadership

Marshall County’s “pioneer

class” for 2012. The program

has been established to develop

and motivate current and future

leaders in the area. During the

coming year, the class will be

exposed to a variety of experts

and educational training during

their one-day training sessions

which will be held throughout

the county.

“We are really pleased with

the response we received from

our county,” said Jay Kennedy,

one of the group’s organizers.

“We were able to select eighteen

individuals to form our first

class. The class is pretty

diverse – they come from all

parts of our county, have differ-

By Susan A. Latta - CEA

Marshall County Extension


Winter is an excellent time

for Kansas residents to test

their homes for radon. Since

January is Kansas Radon

Awareness Month why not take

a little time and find out what

Radon is all about and why you

should be concerned about the

amount of radon in your home.

Radon is a natural, tasteless,

odorless, colorless, radioactive

gas produced from the decay of

uranium found in nearly all

soils. Radon gas moves from

the ground under and around

your home through cracks and

other holes in the foundation.

Nearly one out of every 15

homes in the U.S. is estimated

to have elevated radon levels.

The only way to know the

radon level in your home is to


Radon testing results in

Kansas show there is a need for

more testing. Current data indicates

that one in four houses in

Kansas may have elevated levels.

Marshall County is known

for higher than average radon


Radon is the leading cause of

lung cancer among nonsmokers.

Given the increased potential

for lung cancer the radon

hazard brings, Kansans should

be asking themselves, “Have

ing backgrounds, and all work

at different professions. We’re

really excited to kick off the


The program’s first event is a

social for the class members

and their families and employers;

program sponsors are invited,

too. The social will be at

the home of Frank and Julie

Popejoy, Blue Rapids.

“We think it’s important to

kick off this program in style,”

said Paula Landoll-Smith,

another of the program’s organizers.

“More importantly, we

think it’s important for the class

mates to have time to get to

know one another before they

delve into a pretty intense program.

By the end, they’ll have

formed a tight bond, and will

be ready to share their leader-

we tested our home yet?”

Nationally, radon contributes

to about 21,000 deaths per year

from lung cancer. The risk of

developing lung cancer

increases as the concentration

and length of exposure to radon

increases. Many scientists

believe children may run an

even greater risk from radon

exposure than adults, and

smokers are definitely at

greater risk than nonsmokers.

The Surgeon General’s

Office, the American Lung

Association, the American

Medical Association, and the

U.S. Environmental Protection

Agency (EPA) recognizes that

indoor radon constitutes a substantial

health risk. They have

publicly advised that all homes

be tested.

Kansas currently has two

statutes related to radon in

effect statewide. Information

on these is available at


The first statute

is K.S.A. 58-307a. Effective

July 1, 2009, this statute

required the insertion of a specific

paragraph related to radon

into all state-wide residential

real estate contracts. The paragraph

strongly suggests that

home buyers have homes they

are considering purchasing

tested for radon gas as part of

their home inspection process.

ship skills throughout our


The leadership program’s

first session will be held

January 24 at Blue Valley Telecommunications

in Home, KS.

The class will participate in an

orientation session which will

give them an overview of leadership

styles. They will also

receive entrepreneurial training

and have a chance to interact

with an entrepreneurial panel

through a question and answer

session. The remaining sessions

will focus on topics such

as: the arts in our community,

tourism, media, agriculture,

healthcare, government and

education. The class will work

on team building, communication,

and other leadership skills

throughout the sessions.

The second statute is K.S.A.

2010 Supp. 48-16a01.

Effective July 1, 2011, this

statute requires all individuals

or companies in Kansas that

provide professional radon

services (radon measurement

services, radon mitigation services,

or radon laboratory services)

be certified by KDHE. This

statute left intact a home

owner’s right to test their own

property, and if they choose to

perform their own do-it-yourself

radon mitigation on their

own property. This statute also

included specific data reporting

requirements that has significantly

altered how statewide

residential radon measurement

and mitigation data is collected.

Homeowners, however, are

excluded from the data reporting

requirements on tests they

perform on their own property.

Currently, the Kansas Radon

Program’s database of radon

tests conducted in Kansas has

greater than 50,000 measurements.

The average observed

residential radon test in Kansas

is currently 4.8 pCi/L, or in

excess of the EPA’s action level

of 4.0 pCi/L. The maximum

reported radon value in Kansas

to date is 260 pCi/L. As of

2010, there have been 461

radon test conducted in

Marshall County. The average

radon level in Marshall County

Class members for the program’s

inaugural class include:

Allie Argo, Marysville; Mandy

Cook, Marysville; Lesa

Dierking, Marysville; Barb

Haines, Blue Rapids; Lonny

Hardwick, Frankfort; Erin

Kroeger, Home; Georgena

Lindquist, Waterville; Michael

Melcher, Marysville; Julie

Popejoy, Blue Rapids; Austin

Schotte, Marysville; Coby

Sedlacek, Hanover; Alison

Slifer, Vermillion; Brenda

Staggenborg, Marysville;

Nolan Sump, Blue Rapids;

Marilyn Sweet, Oketo; Scott

Toerber, Blue Rapids; Rachel

Wanklyn, Winifred; Michelle

Whitesell, Marysville.

Applications are being

accepted for the program’s second

class which will start in the

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is 7.0 pCi/L. Forty eight tests

in Marshall County have indicated

that homes measured the

maximum radon level in

Kansas which is the 260 pCi/L.

Two hundred and eighty one

of the tests conducted in

Marshall County indicated

radon levels of 4.0 pCi/L or


According to the

Environmental Protection

Agency, typical radon levels in

outdoor air range from 0.2 to

almost 1 pCi/l. The average

indoor level is 1.3 pCi/l across

the nation. 4 pCi/l is the EPA’s

recommended action level.

Radon is an environmental

health hazard that you can act

against. Why ignore it? Why

not remove all doubt? Test for

radon now. Stop by the

Marshall County Extension

Office to purchase a radon test

kit for $5.00. The cost of the

kit pays for the analysis of your

home. The Extension Office

has publications that explain

what radon is, how to test for it,

and what to do if you have high

levels of radon in your home.

For more information, call

the Kansas Radon Program at

1-800-693-5343, or visit our

Website at http://www.kansasradonprogram.org.

Have You Read

What The Free

Press Said?

fall. Inquiries should be

addressed to


For further information peo-

ple may contact Kennedy (785-

292-4433) and Landoll—Smith


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Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lady Mustangs Take 4th in TVL Basketball Tournament

Drew Mann (35) stays focused on keeping herself between Centalia’s Kaitlyn Koch

(21) and the rest of Centralia to keep her from passing.

Kelsey Potter (24) pushes through the Panther’s


Sheldon Kenworthy (30) goes up for a layup during the

consolation game against Blue Valley.

Elijah Smith (22) towers over the Blue Valley defense

on his way to the net.

Photos by Deb Barrington.

Becky Atkinson (21) takes a shot over the head of

Centralia’s Stephanie Haverkamp (10).

Elijah Smith (22), Sheldon Kenworthy (30) and Tanner

Trimble (10) close in on Blue Valley’s Jason Frouillard

(23) to keep him from taking a shot.


Cassidy Coggins (12) quickly moves the ball around Centralia’s Erika Kramer (33)

as she looks for an opening.

Sidney Blackburn (23) takes a shot and scored 15

points for the Lady Mustangs.

Valley Heights Mustangs win against Blue Valley, 56-61

Dylan Parker (35) jumps high to take a shot at the net

and scored 12 points for the Mustangs.

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