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Wolfpack Girls Win Holiday Basketball Tournament

December 31, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Congratulations to the Wolfpack girls basketball team which defeated Cedar Valley 41 to 35 to win the Holiday Basketball Tournament played in Cedar Rapids Friday. The Wolfpack boys finished third, defeating Neligh-Oakdale 53 to 37 in the consolation finals.

A complete recap of tournament games will be in Wednesday’s print edition of The Elgin Review.

Kittelson to Seek Re-Election to Elgin City Council

December 31, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Elgin City Councilman Jim Kittelson has filed for re-election.

First elected in 2008, Kittelson will be seeking his second term on the city council.

Verna J. Farnik

December 29, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Verna J. Farnik

1918 - 2011

Verna J. Benda-Farnik, 93, formerly of Verdigre and Petersburg, NE passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion.

Verna Jeannette Fulsaas, daughter of Nickolai and Anna (Belgum) Fulsaas, was born February 3, 1918 at Petersburg, NE.  She grew up on a farm east of Petersburg, attended Petersburg Public School and graduated from Petersburg High School with the class of 1936.

On June 3, 1936, she was united in marriage to Robert Benda. The couple made their home in Chambers, California, and later on a farm east of Petersburg. To this union, four children were born. Verna started as a nurse’s aide and later went to nursing school and in the spring of 1970, she graduated as a LPN.

On August 29, 1970, her husband died while erecting a building on the farm. Shortly after his death, she moved to Neligh, NE to continue working as a nurse. On December 10, 1971, she was married to Frank Farnik of Verdigre, NE. She moved to a farm near Verdigre and later they moved to town. Frank passed away February 8, 1999. Verna lived in Verdigre for a few years before moving back to Petersburg, where she resided in the cottages before entering the Good Samaritan Wolf Home in Albion on April 4, 2007.

Verna is survived by her four children: Robert Jr. (LeAnn) of Prague, NE; Koreen Kay of Bloomfield, NE; Noel Thomas (Judy) and David Paul (Delores) both of Petersburg, NE; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law; a brother-in-law; and a daughter-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents, four sisters and three brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Raeville, NE, with Reverend Ross Burkhalter officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Condolences to the family may be sent to www.huffmanlevander.com.

Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin is in charge of arrangements.

Garrett Busteed

December 29, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Steve and Casey Busteed are the parents of a son, Garrett Thomas, born Dec. 20, 2011.

He weighed 8 lbs. 12 oz. and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are George and Carol Busteed of Elgin the late Lois Busteed and Jack and Chris Rubenthaler of Kearney. Garrett is welcomed home by sisters Baylee, 6, and Kyndal, 4.

Awards Handed Out at Wolfpack Fall Banquet

December 29, 2011 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Elgin Public-Pope John Wolfpack Fall Sports Banquet was held earlier this month.

Coaches, athletes, parents and fans gathered at the Knights of Columbus Hall to celebrate the achievements of football and volleyball players.

Football Coach Carlie Wells said few probably thought at the start of the season the team would have the success it did by winning the Class D-1 state title. “Except for maybe the kids on our team. We knew we had a lot of players coming back and we worked extremely hard during the summer months. After watching how much time and effort they put into the off season, I knew that we had a chance to be a very good team … In the end they proved to be the BEST.”

Earning letters or participation certificates were (L-Letter, P-Participation)


Kyle Heithoff (L), Jace Lammers (P)

Truman Copeland (P), Chris Bush (L) 1st, Tyler Smith (P), Trent Bauer (L) 1st and Ethan Fischer (P)


Peter Starman (L) 1st, Blake Schrage (L) 1st, Alex Pelster (L) 1st, Brett Kinney (L) 1st and Jordon Dietz (L) 1st


Shane Beckman (L) 1st, Michael Braband (L) 1st, Alex Grosserode (L) 1st, Beau Heithoff (L) 1st, Austin Heying (L) 1st, Trent Hoefer (L) 1st

Levi Kerkman (L) 1st, Ross Schindler (L) 2nd, Nick Heithoff (L) 3rd, Andrew Heithoff (L) 3rd, Lee Bartak (L) 2nd, Blake Anderson (L) 3rd and Mykil Copeland (P)


Grant Beckman (L) 3rd, Jared Seier (L) 4th, Nash Schindler (L) 4th, Drew Schindler (L) 3rd, Caleb Pelster (L) 3rd, Evan Parks (L) 3rd, Ryan Meis (P) and Tre Henkenius (L) 3rd

Receiving manager ‘letters’ were:

Tanner Dozler, Kenny Bush, Evan Schindler, AJ Getzfred and Christian Lungren.

Team Awards

Defensive MVP — Andrew Heitoff

Offensive MVP — Nash Schindler

District Awards

Honorable Mention — Tre Henkenius

Second Team Offense

Ross Schindler — QB

Drew Schindler — O-Line

Jared Seier — Kicker

Second Team Defense

Drew Schindler — D-Line

Ryan Meis — LB

Andrew Heithoff — LB

Nash Schindler — LB

First Team Offense

Nash Schinder — RB

Blake Anderson — RB

Jared Seier — O-line

Andrew Heithoff — End

Nick Heithofff — Punter

First Team Defense

Caleb Pelster — D-Line

Grant Beckman — LB

Evan Parks — DB

Lincoln Journal Star


Nash Schindler — RB and Honorary Captain

Drew Schindler — OL

Jared Seier — DL

Grant Beckman — LB

Honorable Mention

Ross Schindler, Andrew Heithoff and Evan Parks

Omaha World Herald


Jared Seier — DL Honorary captain

Nash Schindler — RB

Andrew Heithoff — LB

Honorable Mention — Caleb Pelster and Blake Anderson

Norfolk Daily News

Nash Schindler — RB and Captain of the Elite eight

Ross Schindler — QB second team

Caleb Pelster — DL Honorable Mention

Huskerland Prep Report

Nash Schindler — First Team and Honorary Captain

Jared Seier — First Team D-Line

Honorable Mention — Andrew Heithoff, Caleb Pelster, Blake Anderson

Special Team Awards

(Kids that lift 40 days) Chris Bush, Tyler Smith, Kyle Heithoff, Alex Pelster, Blake Schrage, Brett Kinney, Levi Kerkman, Nick Heithoff, Shane Beckman, Andrew Heithoff, Blake Anderson, Ross Schindler, Lee Bartak, Trent Hoefer, Caleb Pelster, Jared Seier, Evan Parks, Grant Beckman, Nash Schindler and Drew Schindler

Wolfpack Lifter of the Year — Drew Schindler


The Wolfpack Volleyball team ended their season with an 11 – 17 record this year. Coach Tina Thiele-Blecher said it was a fun season with 33 girls that put in a lot of work and dedication to the program.

Awards and honors for volleyball players were:

Niobrara Valley Conference

First Team — Carey Eischeid

Second Team — Lauren Selting

Honorable Mention — Chelsi Mescher

Norfolk Daily News

Third Team — Carey Eischeid

Lincoln Journal Star

Honorable Mention — Chelsi Mescher and Carey Eischeid

Omaha World Herald

Honorable Mention — Chelsi Mescher, Carey Eischeid and Lauren Selting

Team Awards

Wolfpack Award

Varsity — Lauren Selting

JV — Ivy Prater

C Team — Brandi Baker

Most Valuable Player

Varsity — Chelsi Mescher

JV — Courtney Schumacher

C Team — Hayley Stamp

Hustle Award

Varsity — Carey Eischeid

JV — Sydney Schumacher

C Team — Taylor Schumacher

Best Defense Award

Varsity — Carey Eischeid

JV — Courtney Schumacher

C Team — Morgan Childers and Taylor Schumacher

Best Offense Award

Varsity — Chelsi Mescher

JV — Casey Pelster and Corin Pelster

C Team — Baylie Schiltmeyer

Most Improved Award

Varsity — Courtney Schumacher

JV — Madi Voborny

C Team — Hayley Stamp

Earning letters or participation certificates were:


Ashley Bode, Stephanie Bode, Marin Heithoff, Chelsi Mescher, Carey Eischeid, Lauren Selting, Brea Schrage, Connor Kinney, Olivia Borer, Justine Meis and Courtney Schumacher


Justine Heithoff, Casey Pelster, Corin Pelster, Madi Voborny, Jennifer Tharnish, Maddie Schiltmeyer, Ashlyn DeWald, Jenny Beckman, Natalie Beckman, Jill Moser, Ivy Prater, Sydney Schumacher, Mallory Fangman, Brandi Baker, Tera Henkenius, Sharla Schindler, Hayley Stamp, Baylie Schiltmeyer, Taylor Schumacher, Kayla Nelsen, Lisa Dohmen and Morgan Childers


Taya Voborny, Jenna Parks, Jordan Mescher and Liz Selting

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