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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

Centura Elementary Students Performed at their Winter Concert

On Thursday, December 7th the Centura Elementary students performed at their Winter Concert to a completely full gymnasium. It was wonderful to have so many people come out and support our elementary musicians. The 5th and 6th grade bands did a fantastic job of performing some traditional Holiday classics. We got to hear them play some unison music as well as some more challenging arrangements.

The theme for the singers at the concert was “Christmas in the Movies”. Each grade level performed a couple of familiar songs inspired by famous Holiday movies. One of the highlights was when the third graders performed the song “Polar Express” and Bladen Rathman got to shine as he played the Conductor. The other grades got to sing songs from the movies Frozen, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and many others. Overall, it was a very successful evening and the students did a great job of showing how much they have improved as musicians this school year.

Students were Caught Being Good at Centura

Centura students were Caught Being Good at school last week.

Braxtyn Young was caught helping Ozzy with words on his AR test.

Copper Jensen was picking up scraps of paper off the floor and getting them into the trash can, a lot of which weren’t his. This really helps out the janitors!

Allan Lessig was caught focusing on a test and doing his best!

Bladen Rathman opened the door for a teacher when her hands were full.

Taiten Ritchie took Sharon her bag that she forgot without being asked.

Keep up the good work Centurions!

Early in the Season Centura Boy’s Basketball are 3-1

Centura Boy’s Basketball traveled to Central City to face the Bison.  This is the first year that the Bison are members of the LouPlatte Conference.  Poor shooting would plague the Centurions most of the game.  Down 13-10 at the end of the first period, Centura would rally to knot the score at 25 all going into intermission.  During the third period, the Bison would out score Centura 17-11 to take a 42-36 lead into the final stanza.  In the fourth, Centura would outscore Central City 18-7 to rally for a  54-49 come from behind victory.   Centura was down 8 with 5:50 to go in the fourth.  During that 4th quarter rally Joe Carey and Ben Oman would score 8 and 7 respectively.  Ben Oman hit four free-throws in the last thirty seconds to seal the win.  Joe Carey had 16 rebounds and Payton Dowse would pull down 9.  Noah Wooden led the Centurions in scoring with 15.  Ben Oman had 13 while Joe Carey scored 11.  Sophomore Ben Noakes hit three big 3’s off the bench to finish with 9.  Ben Oman handed out 6 assists.  With the win Centura moves to 2-0 in conference play and 3-0 on the season.

Centura Stats:  Noah Wooden 15 points, 5 rebounds/ Ben Oman 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists/ Joe Carey 11 points, 16 rebounds, 4 blocks/ Ben Noakes 9 points, 3 assists/ Payton Dowse 6 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists.

In JV action Centura defeated the young Bison 44-29.  Leading scorers for the Centurions were led by Ben Noakes with 15 and Juan Perez had 12, while Spencer Meyer added 8.  Tyler Myers played excellent defense for the 2-1 Centurions.

Friday night Centura traveled to Hastings to take on oe of the State’s top C-1 teams, the Patriots of Adam Central.  The Centurions played at a high level losing 55-51 to the Patriots.  Down 13-11 at the end of quarter one, Centura rallied in the second period to take a 26-23 in the halftime.  In the third, Adam Central outscored Centura 19-13 to take a 42-39 lead into the final stanza.  The Patriots would outscore Centura 13-12 to post a 55-51 win.  Poor shooting both from the field and at the line would doom the Centurions.  Ben Oman with six 3 pointers led Centura in scoring 20.  Joey Carey had 14 while Dawson Caspersen finished with 13.  Joe Carey again led Centura on the boards with 10 rebounds.  Payton Dowse had 9 while Dawson Casperson and Ben Oman each pulled down 8 boards.  Dawson Caspersen and Ben Oman each had 5 assists.  6’9″ Haggan Hilgendorf with 24 proved hard to handle.  Centura falls to 3-1 heading to a LouPlatte Conference game in Ord on Saturday.

Centura Stats:  Ben Oman 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals/ Joe Carey 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals/ Dawson Caspersen 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists/ Peyton Dowse 2 points, 9 rebounds/ Noah Wooden 2 points, 3 assists

In JV action Centura fell to the much taller Patriots 55-21.  Leading scorers for Centura were Eli Wooden with 9 and Ben Noakes with 8.  The JV’s are currently 2-2.

On Saturday Centura’s C-team lost to the Wildcats of St Paul 61+55.  the much shorter Centurios competed really well against the much taller Wildcats.  Ben Noakes with 16 led the Centurions in scoring.  Tate Trumler had 13 points, Eli Wooden had 11 points.  The C-Team is currently 1-1.



Centura and South Central Unified in a Team Race for Being Named Southern Valley Wrestling Invite Champions

Centura wrestlers wrestled at the Southern Valley invite on Friday.   Centura was in second place for most of the day and then in the fifth round took over the lead spot.  However,  just before going into finals they were overtaken once again by South Central Unified.  It turned out to be a pretty exciting team race between South Central Unified and Centura.

Centura had seven medalists which included Andrew Merritt; fourth Place, Nate Ruhl; second Place, Dustin Charron; second Place, and Kile Bentley; fourth Place.  Centura was able to crown three tournament champions: Casey Kusack, Jack Sokol, and Austin Simmons.

Overall Coach Carlson was pleased with the performance of the Centurions.  He reported, “We still have a lot of work to do to get to where we need to be in February. I’m seeing some good progression in some of our younger wrestlers!”

This weeks Wrestler of the week goes to Casey Kusack. Not only did Casey win the tournament at 106 pounds he had a little bit of a struggle with his weight this week, however he was mentally tough enough to get through it.

This week  Centura hosts a duals Thursday at 5 o’clock. Then Friday morning they head off to Raytown Missouri for the Raytown South 2-day holiday invitational.

Centura Staff and Students Participate in Various Holiday Giving Projects

FFA/FBLA Annual Holiday Food Drive The Centura FFA/FBLA Annual Holiday Food Drive began on Monday, December 4th and will run for two consecutive weeks. Students may hand in food from 8:00-8:20am each morning in the 100 pod. Prizes will be drawn each day for those that bring food. The winning class will earn a pizza party for four periods during a school day. In order to be eligible if your class wins, you must have contributed at least 5 items to your class’s total. Those in the winning class that don’t meet this will have to remain in their classes during the pizza party. (All items must be non perishable)

Holiday Happenings-Service Projects

The Giving Tree is a project that the Centura staff and students have embraced through many organizations and individuals. Over 90 students’ holiday season will be brighter through the generous giving of gifts.

The Centura Student Council is hosting Toys for Tots again this year. Students and staff are encouraged to bring an unwrapped, new toy for the collection box through Dec. 15th.

The student council is also visiting the Cairo Senior Center on Wednesday, Dec. 13th for caroling and cookies.

Toys for Tots Program

The Centura staff is supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. This worthy program collects new, unused toys for underprivileged children. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. In return for bringing a new toy, the Centura staff will enjoy wearing jeans on Thursday, December 14th.


Centura Students to Participate in UNK Honor Choir Ensembles!

Congratulations to Diana Ramirez, Molly Nitsch, Madison Hickok, Grace McDonald, Kiana Schuster, and Colten Seevers for making it into the UNK honor choir ensembles! Over 1,000 students from across the state auditioned to participate in this honor choir program. We are very proud that every student from Centura who auditioned made it in to one of the ensembles. We also have doubled the number of students participating since last year. On January 22nd these students will get the opportunity to spend the day at UNK and sing with hundreds of other students from across the state who share the love of music. They also will get to work with highly skilled guest conductors that will help them to improve their singing technique. The honor choirs will perform in a final concert at 7:00pm at the UNK Health and Sports Center. Admission to the concert will be $3 if you’d like to come.

Centura High Ability Students Participated in Various Fall Activities

Weekly: Students meet once a week. During this time they are working to create their own Breakout Edu challenge. The concept is similar to an Escape room, only they strive to solve puzzles to unlock different locks and break into the box. Elementary students are working by grade level to create a breakout for their respective classrooms to complete. Junior High students were given the option to work individually or in groups. It is amazing the story and clues they create!

Monthly: This year students are exploring the Medieval Times. They learned about warfare and even created their own cannon (marshmallow) and competed in a contest. Next students gained understanding of different roles within the kingdom while each student created Jester hats and juggling sticks. For December, we held a festival, learned about all celebrations and competed to see who was the best Jester, showing off their juggling tricks and telling jokes.

Field Trip: Students visited an escape room in Lincoln for tour and were able to “test” out a room. The owners of the company provided them with training on creating their own and did a short brainstorming session with them for their next escape room. They enjoyed learning and solving the puzzles at an actual escape room.