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Centura High School Choir Readies Themselves for District Music Competition

The high school choir has already put a couple of months worth of work into their songs for District Music Contest. They will be performing “Soldier” arranged by Roger Emerson and “My Maple Tree and Me” by Amy F. Bernon at the District Contest in Gibbon on April 20th. They also will perform these songs at their Pre-Districts concert on April 11th at 7:00pm.

Also performing at these two events are the Centura Singers Chamber choir and six vocal soloists: Gabi Niece, Abby Hadenfeldt, Colten Seevers, Taylor Grabowski, Grace McDonald, and Molly Nitsch. Centura will also be showcasing two vocal duets; Grace McDonald and Maddy Hickok will be singing Homeward Bound, and Monica Hueson and Jasmine Halsey will be singing Amazing Grace. Maddy Hickok and John Kortz have also been preparing piano solos for the event.

According to Kim Killinger, Centura vocal music instructor, “This is the most entries we’ve had for District Music Contest in several years, and we are hoping to receive a lot of high ratings. All of the students have been working hard to prepare for this event and have made a lot of improvements throughout the semester. They are sure to put on some great performances and represent Centura’s Music Department well!”

Centura Students Participate in LouPlatte Conference Art Show for a Third Place Finish

At the LouPlatte Conference Art Show, seven different Centura students earned 80 points. St. Paul was first with 119 points followed by Wood River with 93 points.

Centura students who attended the art workshops at the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center were Jayden Schuneman and Grace McDonald. They were able to participate in glass blowing, cyanotype (a type of printmaking), laser printing, and still life painting.

Centura LPC point earners:

Best of Show: Ally Phillips “Techno Desk”

Pencil Drawing-Other: 5th place – Ally Phillips “Beetle Geometry”

Pencil Drawing-Portrait: 1st place – Grace McDonald “Wish Upon a Weed”;  2nd Place – Grace McDonald “Miracles Come in Pairs”;  3rd Place – Callie Gorecki “Honor”

Colored Drawing: 5th place – Callie Gorecki “Two Red Cups”

Scratch Art: 1st place – Lauryn Bernt

Oil Acrylic Painting: 1st place – Ally Phillips “Techno Desk”;  4th place – Callie Gorecki “Elaine”;  6th place – Grace McDonald “Light by the Riverside”

Special Projects Computer Generated: 2nd place – Cody Luhn “Heaven”;  4th place – Grace McDonald “Grace’s Faces”;  Honorable Mention – Jayden Schuneman “Built for Speed”

Sculpture: 6th place – Grace McDonald “Laughing Lantern”

Fiber and Textile: 4th place – Ally Phillips “Fish Head”

Students whose artwork was chosen for the show:

Heather Hewitt; Ally Phillips; Barrett Selden; Cody Luhn; Jayden Schuneman; Grace McDonald; Callie Gorecki; Lauryn Bernt; Lucy Kohtz; Sydney Budde

Centura Track Competes at UNK Indoor Meet

On St. Patrick’s Day the Centura track teams competed in the first meet of the season. The kids competed hard against tough competition at the UNK indoor invitational.

The girl’s team placed 8th and the boy’s team finished in 3rd place.

The following are the scoring medalists for the girls:  Caitlin States 6th in the 400m with a time of 1:07.95, Abby Hadenfeldt 4th in the 3200m with a time of 15:26.39, 4x400m placed 5th (Korinek, Holcomb, States, Simdorn) with a time of 4:42.80, 4x800m placed 6th (Perez, Nitsch, Garcia, States) with a time of 12:00.84, Claire Caspersen 6th in the High Jump 4’4” and 4th in the Shot put 32’10”, Rylee Kosmicki 2nd in the Pole vault 9’. Congratulations!!!

The following are the scoring medalists for the boys:  Jeremiah Arndt 3rd in the 3200m with a time of 11:41.08, 4x400m places 4th (Perez, Bruggeman, Hruby, Wooden) with a time of 3:57.59, 4x800m placed 5th (Arndt, Perez, Seldon, Dowse) with a time of 9:27.48, Noah Wooden 6th place in the High Jump 5’8” and 2nd in the Pole vault 13’6”, Noah Bruggeman 1st in the Pole vault 14’, Willy Packer 4th in the Pole vault 13’ and 6th in the Triple Jump 36’02.5”, Austin Simmons 3rd in Shot put 44”2.5”, Barrett Selden 2nd in Discus 123’04”, Ben Oman 6th in Discus 118’07”. Great Day Boys!!!

Come watch and support the team at St. Paul on March 29th.

Centura Golfers Prepare for Boy’s Golf Season

The 2018 Centura golf team is starting practice with great expectations as we will return three letter winners from last years LouPlatte Conference and District Runner-up Team. Ben Noakes and Spencer Meyer will anchor the team as both played in last years State Tournament. Zach Bloodgood will be a mainstay in the line up as well, Zach earned Varsity medals for the team last year as well. We are very excited to get the grass to green up and get going. Centura will open it’s season at the Amherst Invite on March 29th at 10:00am at the Prairie Hills Golf Club.

Centura Girls Track Team Prepares for Season

Head track coach Geoff Cyboron reports that on the girls track team, there are  two returning state experienced qualifiers.

Juniors, Brooklyn Hostetler and Samantha Simdorn bring back some perspective of competing with the best. Brooklyn has qualified the past two seasons in the pole vault and is improving her technique. Brooklyn is also in many other running events. Samantha competed at state in the 300 hurdles and is also one that can earn points in multiple events. Coach Cyboron is working hard so the team will fill every event this season making them a very competitive team.

Seniors: Rachel Baustert, Sydney Grudzinski, Abby Hadenfeldt, Brynn Korinek, Emily Krolikowski, Diana Ramirez

Juniors:  Macy Baldwin, Callie Gorecki, Brooklyn Hoestetler, Rylee Kosmicki, Molly Nitsch, Emma Myers, Grace McDonald, Sam Simdorn, Sam Sokol

Sophomores:  Amber Baldwin, Jayden Gentleman, Elayna Holcomb, Gabriela Neice, McCall Selden, Caitlin States, Angelina Richardson

Freshmen: Hailey Andersen, Natalie Burdett, Claire Caspersen, Sami Garcia, Elly Keilig, Cortney Mullins, Sydney Perez,

Centura Boys Track Team Prepares for the Season

Head Track Coach Geoff Cyboron reports that on the boys side of track season they are looking forward to having some state experience returning to the track.
Willy Packer is a senior and returning two time state medalist in the pole vault and is looking to make a shot for the top. Following Willy will be two very talented state qualifying pole vaulters, senior Noah Bruggeman and junior Noah Wooden. Last season, each of them were individual champions in different meets. These three will make an impact and I expect them to be consistent point scorers in other events as well. Dawson Caspersen is a returning state qualifier in the triple jump and 4×100 relay. We have a fairly big group of throwers this year and are excited to see senior Barrett Selden and junior Austin Simmons lead the group. Coach Cyboron is excited to see what our boys can do on the track. Our team currently has 26 eager to compete athletes.

Seniors:  Noah Bruggeman, Dawson Caspersen, Payton Dowse, Willy Pakcer, Barrett Selden, Tyler Spotanski

Juniors:  Tyler Gates, Dylan Hruby, Ben Oman, Nate Ruhl, Austin Simmons, Noah Wooden

Sophomores:  Michael Anderson, Kile Bentley, Judson Bonsack, Nick Kortz, Mekhi Melgoza, Juan Perez, Tate Trumler, Charlie Selden

Freshmen: Jeremiah Arndt, Austyn Blath, Camdyn Lindell, Leo Soto, Eli Wooden, Jack Sokol



Centura’s Biggest Fan, Verne Hickok, Surprised with a Birthday Party Tailgate

Verne Hickok expresses his gratitude for everyone who helped make his 85th birthday party on September 1st so amazing!

Verne shared that his family worked so hard to throw the surprise tailgate, complete with hot dogs, chips, and even homemade cupcakes.  “Thank you to Donn, Vikki, Emily, Cody, Jacob, Paige, and Maddy.  What makes it even more special was that my son David from Twin Falls, Idaho, and my friends Loni and Kerry Fox from Lincoln were able to make the trip to celebrate with me!”

Verne was greeted by the volleyball team, who, in addition to a spirited rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, presented him with a ‘Verne’s Vintage Volleyball, which was autographed by the girls.

Verne extends his gratitude and thanks to the volleyball team and congratulates them on an awesome season.  He also thanks the cheer team for making him a handmade card.  Also,  the football team for singing him happy birthday and invited him to break down the huddle.

The highlight of the night was when the band director, Logan Gregory, directed the band members to serenade him with their version of ‘Happy Birthday’.  Verne exclaimed that, “It was not a bad way to start off my 85th birthday!”

Verne is grateful to the Centura Community for the wonderful show of support!  He was humbled and is ready to cheer on the Centura students in all the upcoming activities.  Finally he said, “I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy, and safe 2018.

Girl’s Basketball Split Games Last Week

Centura Girl’s Basketball split games last week against Central City and Adam Central.

Centura traveled to Central City for a match up in the LouPlatte Conference.  This is the first year that the Bison are members of the LouPlatte Conference.  In the game against Central City Coach Thober reported, “The team played very hard in the first half, however they were not able to get their offense clicking.  Luckily, during the second half of the game the girls started shooting the ball well and were able to pull away by making a couple of runs.”

Scoring by Quarters   

Centura           9          11        15        17        52

Opponent        8          9          11        9          37

Caspersen 6/ Semm 13/ Krolikowski 17/ Johnson 7/ Hostetler 5/ Simdorn 6/ Holcomb 4

Centura traveled to Adam Central for a non-conference basketball game.  IAt the start of the game, the Centura girls came out with great intensity, finding themselves down by  only 3 at the end of Quarter 1.  The intensity was short lived as the Centurions were unable to match AC’s intensity in the second quarter were the Patriots outscored Centura 17-8.  Coach Thober  recounted that Centura was outplayed and out hustled most of the game.  Coach Thober gave credit to Adam Central as he suggested they played really well.  It is back to work for the girls hoping to improve their play.

Scoring by Quarters

Centura           10        8          5          8          31

Opponent        13        17        9          6          45

Caspersen 5/ Semm 7/ Krolikowski 13/ Johnson 8/ Simdorn 2