Post season honors were announced by the Niobara Valley Conference.
Coaches recently selected the first and second team all-conference selections as well as players deserving honorable mention.
Elgin Public-Pope John had one player named to the first team. Senior Michelle Bauer was selected. She led the Wolfpack in a number of statistical categories including kills and blocks before going down with a knee injury in the championship game of the NVC Tournament.
Other first team selections were:
Laura Tomjack CWC
Shelby Myers Stuart
Megan Hoffman CWC
Kelsie Owens CWC
Shannon Alstrom North Central
Sydney Pokorny O/C
Erin Devries CWC
Jessi Pongrantz St. Mary’s
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Seven members of the Elgin Wolfpack football team earned recognition by being chosen to the first team 2010 D1-8 All-District squad.
Senior Corey Schindler, junior Nash Schindler and sophomore Andrew Heithoff were named to the first team offense.
Schindler and Heithoff led selections to the offensive line. Their blocking helped the Wolfpack average nearly 300 yards total offense per game.
Other offensive linemen named to the first team were senior Grant Hitchcock of Burwell and senior Aaron Hemenway of Clearwater-Orchard.
Nash Schindler, a junior, led selections to the first team backfield. Schindler gained 844 yards rushing and scored 11 touchdowns. Joining him in the backfield is sophomore Alec Galvan of Burwell. Named as first team quarterback was senior Calvin Willats of Clearwater-Orchard.
Other first-team offense selections were: Ends — junior Jacob Birch of Burwell and Garrett Shepperd of North Central; athlete — senior Kendell McCarthy of West Boyd; kicker — Austin Svoboda of Burwell; and punter —Jeff Knox of North Central.
Four members of the Wolfpack were named to the first-team defense. Junior Caleb Pelster was selected for the defensive line. Pelster had five quarterback sacks during the season. He was joined in the line by senior Curtis Dather of Niobrara/Verdigre, junior Colby Wurst of Burwell and junior Caleb Kackaff of North Central.
Wolfpack linebackers’ Grant Beckman and Blake Anderson earned first team recognition.
Beckman, a junior, had 28 unassisted tackles for the Wolfpack (tied for the team-high).
Anderson, a sophomore, had 63 tackles during the season including two behind the line of scrimmage and one quarterback sack. Also named as first team linebackers were senior Aaron Schleusener of Clearwater-Orchard and junior Guhner Kepler of North Central.
Wolfpack Evan Parks was one of two defensive backs named to the first team. A junior, Parks had 28 unassisted tackles during the season. The other defensive back chosen was Grant Jeffrres, a senior from Burwell. Named as the first team kick returner was Adam Bretschneider, a senior from North Central.
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Chad and Susan Bolling of Niobrara, NE are proud to announce the birth of their son Zackary John. Zack was born Nov. 2, 2010. He weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Rick and Debbie Bolling of Elgin, NE and Delores and the late Marvin Pavelka of Verdigre, NE.
Born to Lynn and Charity Becker of Springfield, Oregon, a son Henry James on Nov. 5, 2010.
He weighed 8 lbs and was 22 inches long. He joins a sister, Ellie 6 yrs. and a brother, Miles 4 yrs.
Grandparents are LeRoy and Beverley Becker of Elgin and James Miles of Port Angeles, Washington.
Remembering our heroes would have been a good theme for the Veterans Day observance held Thursday morning at Elgin High School.
Persons of all ages attended the annual event. School children from Elgin Public Schools, Pope John Central Catholic and St. Boniface schools filled the bleachers on both sides of the gym floor. Seated on folding chairs on the gym floor were veterans, their spouses and other members of the community, gathered as one to honor the service to their country by men and women today and yesterday.
There were musical selections performed by the Elgin Public Band, Elgin Public and Pope John XXIII combined choirs as well as a special performance of “Thank You, Soldiers” by the Elgin Public and St. Boniface Elementary combined choir.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by third grade students accompanied by members of the Junior Legion Auxiliary.
Boys and Girls State representatives A.J. Braband, Corey Schindler and Brieann Grosserode made brief remarks during the program and Jessica Heithoff welcomed all to the event.
The Veterans Day address was given by Staff Sergeant Dustin Hampton of the Army National Guard who has served in Iraq. Moved by the support shown earlier in the program, Hampton struggled early on with his prepared remarks then regrouped to make a powerful presentation.
Hampton said it’s difficult for people who have never served in the military to understand what being a soldier means. He said the men and women who protect the freedoms of this great country, the greatest country on the earth.
Hampton said the men and women who serve, do so for the country, not for a political party or a particular candidate.
“We serve the flag and the ideals it stands for,” Hampton said, noting that the freedoms all Americans have today were made possible to the actions of veterans. “It’s the soldiers who served, fought and died who gave you those rights,” he added.
To define the word ‘veteran,’ Hampton said it is someone who at one point in time, wrote a blank check to the United States. The characteristics of a veteran are loyalty, dignity, respect, honor, integrity, personal courage and service, he said.
The message was well-received, particularly by the veterans in the audience. Four World War II veterans were in attendance as well as others who served in Korea, Vietnam and up to today in the Middle East.
Following the playing of ‘taps’ by Nash Schindler, Brett Kinney and Allen Miller, members of the American Legion and VFW retired the colors signifying the end of the program.
Afterwards, the Elgin Community Center served lunch which was free to all veterans.