Two high school athletic coaches with ties to Elgin were recognized during the 43rd annual Awards & Recognition Banquet held by the Nebraska Coaches Association.
The event was held July 25 at the Great Hall Train Station in the historic Haymarket section of Lincoln.
Receiving the NCA Girls Basketball Award was John Miller. The son of Gerald and Lois Miller, he graduated from Elgin High School in 1975 and later from Kearney State College in 1980. His coaching experience is 30 years at Chambers High School. According to the NCA, “After 30 consecutive winning seasons and an overall record of 585-113, Coach Miller is handing over the girls basketball program at Chambers and will be coaching the boys next year (2010-2011 season). He led the Lady Coyotes to 12 conference championships, four state runner-up finishes, and five state championships. In addition to coaching the girls basketball team, he also heads up boys track and football, winning the state title in football in 2007 by defeating the Elgin Eagles.
“Among Miller’s many honors, he was named Coach of the Year by Huskerland magazine in 2004, and also was awarded the magazine’s Bob Schnitzler Award for football in 2008.”
John and his wife Sandy have three children, Randi, Ross and Seth.
Another former Elgin resident honored by the NCA was Edward K. Johnson of Ewing. He has coached 35 years, starting first at Bishop Neumann. Other stops have been Elkhorn Valley and Family Christian Academy, LA before landing in Ewing where he has coached since 1992.
Michelle and Stuart Keenen of Muncie, Indiana are the parents of a baby girl, Sydney Ruth, born August 8. She weighed 9 lbs 12 oz and was 21 3/4 inches long.
Grandparents are Leroy and Beverly Becker of Elgin and Doug Keenan of Albion, Indiana.
1927 - 2010
Funeral Services for John Slizoski, age 83 of Ewing, will be at 10:30 a.m. (today) Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Ewing, with Father James Kramper, Officiating.
Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Ewing, NE.
John passed away Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Golden Living Center in O’Neill, NE. Arrangements are being conducted by Snider Memorial Funeral Home of Clearwater.
John Virgil Slizoski was born on March 2, 1927 to Frank and Anna (Cielocha) Slizoski in Fullerton, Nebraska. He attended Lone Tree Country School in Ewing and received his GED. He enlisted into the United State Marine Corps on September 1945 at Kansas City, Missouri. He was discharged in October 1946 from San Francisco, CA. He farmed near Fullerton with his brother Raymond. On February 18, 1950 he was united into marriage to Lois Hawk at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Ewing. John worked at a packing plant in Omaha until 1951. They then returned to the Ewing area and farmed and ranched at various places for many years. In 1971 they moved to the Slizoski family farm southwest of Ewing where they operated a dairy, and raised cattle until retiring in 2009, currently residing there. John enjoyed fishing, playing cards (poker), horse and dog racing. He also liked playing the button accordion, dancing, and spending time with his family and grandkids.
He was a member of the St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Ewing. He belonged to Sander’s American Legion Post #214.
He is survived by his wife Lois of Ewing. Children: Cindy and husband Chuck Ritz of Comstock, NE, Frances Anson of Ewing, NE, Susan Wright of Ewing, Rita and husband Terry Anson of Ewing, NE, Gina and husband Kevin Koenig of Ewing, NE, 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Brother: Ted Slizoski of Bellevue, NE. Sisters: Clara Latzel, Rosie Synoweicki, Esther Midowski, Susie Vinski all of Omaha. Sister-in-laws Louise Slizoski of Omaha, NE and Irene Slizoski of Sioux City, IA.
John was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Charles, Louie, Raymond, Eddie, Leo, twin brother Frankie, Steve and Adam, and a sister, Cecilia.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.snidermemorial.com.
“Voices From The Past” historical vignettes of Antelope County will be performed at the Pioneer Church in Neligh on August 27-29.
Performances will begin on all three nights at 5:30 p.m.
Jill Bates makes the reed organ dance as she plays (and pumps). Old-time songs, drama and a bit of comedy will all be part of this presentation of scenes from the early days in Antelope County.
Cast members are Patrick Moser, Karmen Sauser, Holly Troup, Levi Pofahl, Carolyn Weinman, Gloria Christiansen, Janet Davis, Paige Kallhoff, Roxanne McNally, Jill Bates, Jennifer Norton, Musyoi Kilonzo, Andy Beyer, George Strassler, Daphne Hansen and Perry Smith.
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The EP-PJ Wolfpack 2010-2011 activities season will kickoff next Wednesday, August 25. The evening will begin with a Wolfpack volleyball open practice/scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. in the EHS gym. Beginning at 6 p.m., the Wolfpack football team will take to the field and treat fans to a scrimmage. Also beginning at 6 p.m., fans are invited to a tailgate party at the football field. On the grill will be burgers and brats plus the fixings. Free will donations are requested with the funds going towards Wolfpack activities throughout the year.
Come on out, get a preview of the teams and support your Wolfpack!