Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cardinal Basketball Begins Season at Western Conference Tournament

     Chadron Cardinals Boys' and Girls' Basketball started their season on Friday Dec. 1 at Western Conference.
     The boys' team started its season against Sterling, Colorado. Sterling was state champions last year, and returned a plethora of players with starting experience. The Chadron Cardinals ended up losing to Sterling 36-68.
     The girls played against Mitchell, who is expected to win their district this year. Their speed and quickness put up a lot of points on the Cards. The final score ended up being a staggering 60-19. The leading scorer that game was Carstyn Hageman with eight points.
     As Friday rolled around, the Chadron boys played in a barn burner with the Gering Bulldogs. After missing three shots that could have put the Cards ahead with 10 second to go, the Cards fell to Bulldogs with a score of 44-45.
     In the second round for the girls, they took on the Greeley West Spartans. After being close the whole game, senior Dana Dunbar scored 10 points to put the Cardinals up 50-34 to win the game. This win put the Lady Cardinals in the 5th/6th game.
     On the last day of the Western Conference tournament, the Cardinal men took on the Mitchell Tigers in the 7th/8th place game. After balanced scoring among the Cardinal players, the Cardinals were victorious, winning the game 55-44. Sophomore Cooper Heusman ended the weekend scoring 55 points, which led the boys in scoring for the weekend. Senior, Coy Bila, stated, "We showed everyone we can play as a team, and showed we can be competitive. My favorite game was Gering, because of how close and intense it was; our team showed a lot of resilience."
     The girls took on a talented Scottsbluff team, and showed a lot of promise by keeping up with Bearcats throughout the game. As the Bearcats pulled away in the fourth, the final score was 56-43, giving the Lady Cardinals a 1-2 record for the weekend.
     Senior Dana Dunbar said, "We showed strength and had some bad times, but we overcame our loss on Thursday. I really felt like our team had a good starting point to the season."

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Break Plans at CHS

          Christmas Break is a very fun and exciting time of the year that kids and adults wait to celebrate all year long. The traditions, out of town traveling, delicious foods, and other Christmas plans all contribute to the fun times during Christmas Break. Plans for Christmas Break vary person to person.
          Some families travel shorter distances, while others travel farther distances. Mrs. Sommerville said she is traveling to Valentine to see family. Mrs. Noble said she is making a small trip to Fort Collins or Denver. Mr. Uhing said, "I will not be leaving town unless Santa needs me to."
          The other ones, who are staying in town, are mainly hanging with family and relaxing. Mande Wolessen said, "I plan on relaxing with family and being free from trig." Ms. Moore said she plans on being together with friends and family.
          The food is a very important factor during the Christmas holidays. Ms. Moore said she usually has prime rib and a variety of different pies. Claire Margetts said she has ham, cheesy potatoes, and pie. Mrs. Noble has prime rib every year for Christmas with mashed potatoes, salad, chocolate chip pie, and vegetables. Mr. Uhing said, "For breakfast we have cinnamon rolls and butter braids. For lunch we have cabbage burgers, calzones, or chicken and noodles." He says, "It has to be something very wintery."
          Different families have different traditions that are very important to them. Mr. Uhing drives around and eats pizza while looking at Chrimas Lights. He also sleeps beneath the Christmas tree the first night it is put up and has his very own song that is important to him during Christmas break, but the song has a very important disclaimer. "If the song is sung any moment BEFORE the actual start of holiday break OR any moment after break has ended, you will be cursed for a whole year... and the curse is harrowing. The lyrics are, "It's Chrimas breaaaaaak, and the future looks brighhhhhhhhht. It's Chrimas breaaaaaak, we're gonna party tonighhhhhhht." The copyright of the song is William Lawrence Uhing. 
         Claire said the traditions in her family consist of each sibling picking a new ornament to hang on the tree and putting the year on it with their names. "We watch the movie It's a Wonderful Life every year as well." Mande said, "We don't have many traditions, but we do get pajamas on Christmas Eve that we wear that night when we sleep and in the morning when we open presents."

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Speech Season Starting Up

     The 2017-2018 speech season has officially begun with a new coach, new assistant coach, and a handful of new speechies. Brenda Lanphear, alongside Cheryl Welch, will be coaching and assistant coaching the speech team.
     Mrs. Lanphear competed in speech her 6th grade year all through her senior year. She was asked to join the speech team in college, but declined due to the priority of school and her studies. Mrs. Lanphear explained her want to coach because speechies are able to be silly and develop a strong sense of self. Strong communication skills are also grown through being in the extra curricular club. Mrs. Lanphear said, "I'm excited to be in charge of another extra curricular. It will be a new position of leadership, and I am thrilled to get to know my kids better, even if it is at 4:30 in the morning."
     Mrs. Lanphear said she is excited to grow a team that is 'positive and competitive.' "We have very dedicated and motivated upperclassmen. They will be great examples for the new people. I think we have a very good team with very strong members. I will support each and every one of these kids, but those that take the extra step will be the competitors. Overall, I am so excited to start the year!" Mrs. Lanphear finished.
     The speech season has finally begun with seven regular season meets to conquer. With two new coaches and a fairly new team, Chadron High School will come to compete with both new faces and  familiar skills.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

One act play to take the stage

The Chadron High one act team will be presenting “John Lennon and Me,” by Cherrie Bennett, on Friday November 10th and Saturday November 11th. The play tells the story of a young girl who suffers from cystic fibrosis and has spent her life in a children’s hospital. It is a touching story of her battle with an incurable disease while learning about friendship through humor and hardship.

Friday’s performance will also include a dinner theater, which is served from 5:30 PM-7:00 PM by the Cardinal Singers.  For $12 individuals will be served a chicken noodle casserole, a side salad, rolls, a drink, and dessert, and receive entrance to the performance of the play.  Tickets are available at the door or in advance from any cast member or by calling the high school office at 432-0707.  

The play will begin Friday at 7:00 PM in the high school auditorium, with desserts to follow.  Those wanting to simply watch the play may do so as well.  The cost for the play is $5, which also includes the dessert bar.  

Saturday’s performance of the play will include a performance with Gordon-Rushville, where both schools will be critiqued by judges as they prepare for district competition. The plays will begin at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM, respectively, in the auditorium.  The cost is $6.  

No passes will be accepted either day as this is the one act team’s fundraiser.  

The cast and crew will be traveling to Gothenburg this year on December 1st to compete at districts.  

We hope to see you at the show!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

High school students split on dressing up for Halloween

       Elementary aged kids everywhere countdown the days until they can dressed up in their long awaited Halloween costumes and go door to door to get as much candy as they can in one night.  In high school aged kids, Halloween is truly a hit or miss.
       In Chadron High, it is apparent that more kids do not dress up as opposed to kids that do dress up to celebrate the holiday.  So the big question is "Do you Dress Up for Halloween, Why or Why Not?" According to Haley Watson, her family does not participate in celebrating, so she does not find it to be a big deal. Patrick Rust said, "I do not dress up anymore because I tend to hang out with my friends and watch movies rather than go out and trick or treat." Sydney Brown also agrees on not dressing up because she tends to be out of town that night.  Lastly for the majority vote, Megan Stumph said, "No, I do not dress up because I don't have anyone to dress up with, and I don't really feel the joy in the event."
      On the other side of the spectrum, some students in CHS do in fact still dress up for the holiday. For example, Shelby Blundell said, "Yes, I do dress up because it's fun, and it's my job to pass out candy." The lively Hannah Kennell also dresses up. She said, "Heck yeah I dress up cause you can go around and get candy, and it's a fun thing to do with your friends. I don't think there's ever been a year that I haven't gone out and done stuff on Halloween."

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sam Rischling Injury

At the Mitchell game, Sam Rischling watches the game from the sidelines after his knee surgery.

     On September 29th during Chadron High School's game against Ogallala, senior Sam Rischling suffered a season ending injury. Sam took a wrong step on a screen pass towards the visitor's side of the field.
     The verdict on the injury at first was not so bad. However, after receiving a MRI the outcome became more grim. His surgeon informed him the tear in his LCL was too bad to return this year and would need surgery. Sam said, "Stuff sucks," when asked about his reaction to the news. The injury was unique because the LCL was torn but other ligaments that usually are affected also were intact. To repair it a surgery was performed that reattached the tendon to his fibula with sutures.
     Sam hopes to be back to playing sports as soon as possible. Sam has to wear a brace for six weeks. When asked about his recovery time he said he doesn't know an exact time frame. He is doing physical therapy to rehabilitate his knee and hopes to be back to full strength soon.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Plans for fall break at CHS

     Many students and teachers at CHS have many plans during fall break next Friday October 27. Some plan to stay in Chadron while others plan to travel.
     Students like Taya Leija and Rachel Sauser-Smith are planning to sleep in on Friday. Rachel said she is going to sleep in because she does not get enough sleep during the school week. 
     Busy students like Camie Keim and Cody Madsen are going to be spending their fall break working. Cody is also going to be studying for his college classes. 
     Caleb Hill and Dallas Kelso are going to be active during their break. Caleb will be going for a run, and will also be attending a wedding in Crawford, while Dallas is going to be climbing the roof.
     Keelynd Clinton and Katie Lewin are going to be participating in school activities next Friday. Keelynd will be participating in playoffs in football Friday, and Katie will be traveling back home from FFA Nationals.
     Many students like Megan Kickland, Hailey Watson, and Trev Clements are going to be hanging out with their families. Trev plans to see his grandmother over fall break.
     There are going to be many CHS teachers travelling for fall break this year like Mrs. Maribeth Moore, companion animals teacher, is going to be returning seven of the FFA team to nationals.
     The CHS English teacher, Mrs. Rachel Girard, is going to be traveling to Lincoln for a wedding.
     Mrs. Brenda Budler, foods and personal finance teacher, is going to be travelling to Des Moines, Iowa, to visit her mother, brother, and sister in law.
     There will be teachers who will be busy doing school activities, like Mr. Mike Lecher, football coach and science teacher. Lecher will be coaching a football game in Chadron for playoffs.