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Centura Boys’ Basketball gets Underway

Centura boys’ basketball gets underway this week.  Coach Oman is expecting between 16-18 athletes out for basketball.  He indicated the numbers are down in boys’ sports in general from football to wrestling including basketball.

Coach is predicting to have a very skilled group of athletes out for basketball this season.  There are four returning starters back from a 13-win season.  There will be three players at about 6’3, while most the players are under 6′.  They do not have a lot size overall and will play some really good teams on the schedule.  Mr. Oman stated, “I think that we could be one of the better teams in the area.  We are looking forward to having an outstanding season.”

In the Monday Night Basketball Program for Grades 3 through 8, there are 40 participants.  The program concentrates on developing young players skill set.

All-LouPlatte Conference Softball Announced

Centura softball players were added to the All-LouPlatte Conference Softball as voted on by the LPC softball coaches.  According to the LouPlatte Conference Softball bylaws, only schools in the LouPlatte Conference may nominate student athletes for Conference Honors.

LouPlatte Conference members for the 2017-18 school year are:  Arcadia, Central City, Centura, Doniphan/Trumbull, Gibbon, Loup City, Ravenna, St. Paul, and Wood River.

Centura Softball Conference Honors go to:

First Team:  Morgan Semm 9th grade and Jasmyn Miller 10th grade

Honorable Mention:  Shelby Budde 12th grade and Emma Myers 11th grade


Congratulations to the girls for their successful season with CCV Diamond Softball.




The Centura Volleyball Season is a Wrap

Centura volleyball made its 3rd appearance in just 4 years at the Nebraska State Volleyball tournament this past weekend. The Centurions captured their ticket to state with a win over Creighton at the C2 7 Sub-State match.

Centura came in as the 3rd seed into the C-2 tournament, playing Superior, as the 6th seed. The Centurions were able to get a first set victory over the Wildcats with a score of 26-24 in the opening game. Superior was able to re-gain the momentum and take sets 2, 3 and 4 to take the win over the 2017 squad. Emily Krolikowski ended that match with 18 kills, 3 aces, 8 points, 27 positive receptions, 1 solo block and 15 digs. Brooklyn Hostetler had 12 kills, 43 receptions and 15 digs. Amber Baldwin had 1 ace, 9 points and 49 assists. Macy Baldwin had 9 kills and 3 ace serves, and Grace McDonald had 7 kills. Elayn Holcomb had 8 kills and 1 ace serve. Sam Simdorn had 27 digs and 16 receptions.

Coach Feeney had this to say about the final match of the season at state, “I thought that our girls were ready for a very tough Superior team. We knew who their go to hitters were, and trained the best we could to prepare for all scenarios they would throw our way. There is just something about a 6’3 hitter that can get over your block, that makes it very hard to adjust your defensive base, with such a powerful weapon coming right at you.” “I know that our girls gave everything they had in that match, there is no doubt that we left it all out there on the court. It has been three state appearances in 4 years, with the same result of a loss, but this one was different in the sense, that there was no doubt that we played the best we could have against the team across the net, and to feel that way as a coach at the end of the season, is all I can ask for.” “All players were playing their very best overall volleyball in late October and November, and as the program continues to improve year after year, that is what makes a head coach very happy.” The players that are headed to state year after year have raised the bar for their expectations and what they want to have happen at state, there is also plenty of talent that will return for the 2018 season, with state experience, and I know that the girls will still have that desire in them to play past the first round.

The 2017 Centura Volleyball team amassed some impressive statistics:

Emily Krolikowski ended the season with 28 aces, 191 points, an all school season high 369 kills, 365 receptions, 55 solo blocks, and 355 digs.

Brooklyn Hostetler ended the season with 23 aces, 167 points, 295 kills, 418 receptions, 21 solo blocks and 336 digs.

Elayna Holcomb ended the season with 19 aces, 150 points, 182 kills, 40 solo blocks.

Amber Baldwin ended the season with 36 aces, 212 points, 23 kills, and an all school season high 982 assists.

Sam Simdorn ended the season with 353 receptions and 376 digs.

Madison Harston ended the season with 24 aces, 179 points, 166 receptions, and 185 digs.

Macy Baldwin ended the season with 32 aces, 219 points, 140 kills, and 152 digs.

Grace McDonald ended the season with 140 kills and 9 solo blocks.

Emily Krolikowski broke career school records in kills with 937, and digs with 1055.

Amber Baldwin broke career school records as only a sophomore in assists with 1681.

Centura Wrestling Season is Gearing Up!

Centura wrestling has finished up three weeks of practice at the junior high level. They wrestle at St. Paul on Monday and then on Thursday at Adam Central. According to Coach Carlson, “These kids have come along way in just three weeks, it’ll be exciting to see them compete next week!” The wrestler of the week for junior high is McLain Adams. With a small group like this he seems to have taken the role as leader right away. He leads for stretching and warm-up and has really improved a lot since last year.

The high school wrestling team finished up their second week of conditioning. Coach Carlson reported, “I really pushed these guys hard these two weeks to get us in shape so we can hit the mat on Monday. It’s going to be an exciting season; our roster has potential to be pretty good and bring home some more trophies this year.” The wrestler of the week award goes to Andrew Merritt.  Andrew gave wrestling a try two years ago and going into his freshman year he has not missed one day of conditioning and has not missed any reps. He works hard and he’s off to a great beginning to his high school career.

Centura Public Schools Veteran’s Day Celebration

Barrett Selden, Centura Student Council Vice President presenting the Flag of Valor to Mrs. Holcomb, principal.

Centura Public Schools recognized and honored veterans from the surrounding area on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The band recognized each branch of the service with an Armed Forces Salute; veteran guests stood as their branch anthem was played.

Boys and Girls State representatives, Heather Hewitt, Boelus; Noah Bruggeman, Barrett Selden, and Emily Serr, Dannebrog; and Abby Hadenfeldt, Cairo shared their experiences from this past summer.

Guest speaker was Bill Crosier, who served in the US Army from 1964-1967, and is the National Executive Committeeman for the American Legion State of Nebraska.

Members of the Centura Student Council presented a wooden flag to the school made by Flags of Valor, a veteran-owned, veteran-operated, veteran-made company that employs veterans, raising money for veteran and first-responder charities.

The Junior and Senior High Choir performed a celebration of songs to honor veterans, and students from the Media Class showed a video tribute for all veterans.

A meal, prepared by the kitchen staff, was served by the Senior Class to approximately 60 veterans and their guests.






Students were “Caught Being Good”

Centura students who were “Caught Being Good” this week at school:

  • Owen Cheatum was caught being good by comforting a friend who got hurt and helping them to Clark’s offie.
  • Dominick Lewandowski was caught cleaning up TWO TIMES without being asked before school started.
  • Carlie Sokol was picking up all her table mates reading books and putting them away.
  • Taya Taukiuvea found trash in the hall and brought it into the library to throw away.
  • Claire Knuth was caught explaining her nickname so nicely to another student.

    Keep up the great work!!!

Centura One Act Team Competes at Loup City for First Performance of the Year

On Friday, November 3rd, the One Act team traveled to Loup City for the first performance of the year. We gained lots of great ideas to help us get better. Grace McDonald was awarded Best Actress in the Large school division. This is the top individual acting award given. We are looking forward to performing in Holdrege and Minden next week, then Conference in Central City the following Monday. We will be having a dinner theater for the community to come and support and enjoy on Monday, November 27th at 7pm.

Caught Being Good!

Centura Elementary started  “Got Caught Being Good” where teachers are watching for that exceptional behavior and fill out a little slip. Students receive a lifesaver and a little laminated circle.


Lucy Chelewski – Picked up the floor without being asked.

David Hadenfeldt – Being patient with his partner during a Math Kahoot.

Gabby Feeney – Helping other students get prepared for class without being asked.

Ashlyn Hvalinka – Sharing a great “calming tool” with Mrs. Evans and her classmates during character ed.

Isaac Landers – Picking up pillows left out by someone else without being asked to.

Cooper Dubbs – Including someone in a game when they were feeling left out.

Diamonds Seeded 2nd at State C-6 District

The Centura/Central Valley Diamonds are seeded second at the

State Class “C” District 6 Tournament being held at Chadron this Thursday and Friday. .

First round games Thursday have 4th seeded Ord (8-14) taking on #5 seeded St Paul (5-18) at 9:00 a.m. MST on Field CSC, while #3 seeded Southern Valley (15-8) takes on #6 seeded Minden (4-18) at 9:00 a.m. MST on Field Hampton.

At 11:00 a.m. MST (noon CST) #2 seeded Centura/Central Valley (12-11) takes on #7 seeded Chase County (3-25), while the winner on game 1 Ord or St Paul takes on top seeded Chadron (16-9) at the same time.

With a win CCV would play the

winner of the Southern Valley/ Minden game at 1:00 p.m.; with a lost in the first game CCV would play the loser of the Chadron/Ord/St Paul game at 3:00 p.m. MST

If CCV wins their first game and loses their second game they would play the loser of the Ord/St Paul game at 3:00 p.m. MST Thursday.

The four teams still alive after Thursday’s action will play Friday starting at 9:00 a.m. MST

The first championship game is slated for 1:00 p.m. MST Friday.

The district winners will advance to the state tournament in Hasting, starting next week on Wednesday, October 11th.

KNLV radio of Ord will be covering area teams at the Chadron tournament.

Diamonds Place Third at Conference Tourney

The Centura/Central Valley Diamonds went 2 and 1 at the Louplatte Conference Softball Tournament held at Wood River last Friday.

Grand Island Central Catholic/Wood River/Doniphan-Trumbull- GI Heartland Lutheran won the five team tournament defeating Ord 12 to 0 in three innings in the championship game.

GICC pitcher Lexie Kohmetscher only allowed Ord 1 hit.

Ord defeated Central City 17 to 5 in the semi-final game.

CCV17, St Paul 5

The first game had fourth seeded CCV against fifth seeded St Paul.

St Paul took a 2 to 0 lead in the top of the first inning.

CCV came back, scoring 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning.

St Paul added 3 runs in the top of the second inning.

CCV scored 6 more runs in the bottom of the second and held St Paul scoreless in the third inning to end the game because of the 12 run rule.

CCV had 10 hits, 4 walks and 2 hit batters. Allison Dugan had 6 RBI’s and three hits in the game. The big hit of the game was a bases loaded triple, with Allyson also scoring as the relay throw evaded the cutoff player. Allyson scored 3 runs

Emma had two hits, while Morgan Semm, Kilee Ackles, Reilly Young, Jasmine Miller and Brylee Barr also had hits.

Ragan Wood reached base all three times 92 walks and being hit by a pitch, scoring all 3 times she reached base.

Morgan Semm scored three times, while Kilee Ackles, Jasmine Miller and Emma Myers also scored two runs each.

Kilee Ackles did the pitching for CCV, allowing 4 hits, striking out 2,

walking three and hitting one batter.

GICC 11, CCV 1

GICC/WR?DT showed no mercy as they scored 7 runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to defeat CCV 11 to 1 in four innings, in the semi-final game of the Louplatte Conference Tourney at Wood River Friday afternoon..

GICC pitcher Lexie Kohmetscher dominated the game as she threw a two hitter.

CCV got their lone run in the fourth inning as Morgan Semm tripled and Ragan Wood singled her home.

CCV     000 1 = 1   2 3

GICC    711 2 = 11 14 0

CCV 12, Central City 4

The CCV Diamonds defeated Central City 12 to 4 in the third place game.

CCV had 8 hits, 5 walks and took advantage of several Central City errors in scoring their 12 runs.

Reilly Young had a double and a single, with Kilee Ackles and Shelby Budde each having two single. Also having hits for CCV included Ragan Wood and Emma Myer.

Kilee Ackles pitched 6 innings allowing 9 hits, walking 3 and striking out 2.

The CCV defense aided the cause by completing two double plays.

CC      200 020 = 2 9

CCV     244 002 = 12 8

Article written by John Smyth