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    Ord Wrestling is Runner-Up at Bow Invite by Half Point

    Chants Win First Dual of the Season

    The Ord High Wrestling Team finished 2nd out of 12 teams at the Broken Bow wrestling tournament last Saturday.  The Chants scored 167.5 points.  Team Results were as follows. Broken Bow-168, Ord-167.5, Holdrege-152, Kearney Catholic-108, St. Paul-73, Chase County-68, Central City-67, Mitchell-62, Perkins County-38, Madison-34, Malcolm-14, GICC-4.  The Chanticleer Wrestlers also had a dual against Gibbon during the week as well.


    The Chant wrestling team had 5 wrestlers make it to the finals of the Broken Bow invite.  3 of those wrestlers ended up being the tournament champions.  Tanner Knight won a 7-3 decision over Caleb Weiss of Chase County to bring home the first place bracket at 152 pounds.  Kaden Dawe won a close 5-3 decision over Andrew Miller of Broken Bow to become the tournament champion at 160 pounds.  Freshmen Ethan Gabriel is now 4-0 after pinning Beau Wood from Perkins County at the 3:15 mark.  He was the champion at 195 pounds. Another freshmen, Colton Rowse, ended up as the tournament runner-up at 106 pounds.  He was defeated by Koby Brandenburg of Central City.  Talon Petska was defeated by Jacob Paczosa in the finals to earn 2nd place at 113 pounds.  Clayton Shoemaker took home the 3rd place medal at 145 pounds.  He defeated Kyle Goodwin of Holdrege by pinning him in the first period.  At 170 pounds, Gavin Trompke was 3rd place.  In the semi-final he lost a 3-1 decision to last year’s state runner-up Abe Hernandez of Mitchell.  Gavin beat Bryson Fisher of Chase County 8-5 in his last match.  Jacob Lech was another 3rd place medal winner for the Chant wrestling team at 182 pounds.  He pinned Caine Haarberg of Chase County at the 2:50 mark.  Newcomer Miguel Alvarado took home 4th place for the Chants.  He was defeated 11-1 by Daylan Russell of Kearney Catholic at 126 pounds.  Shane Luehm was another 4th place finisher for Ord.  He lost a tight battle at 220 pounds in sudden victory overtime 3-1 to Treyvon Brooks from Broken Bow.  Freshmen CJ Hoevet was the final Chanticleer medal winner who earned 4th place.  At 285 pounds, CJ was pinned by Emilio Perez of Perkins County at the 1:21 mark.  “I told our wrestlers that I believed we could come home with a team plaque from the meet but that it would take everybody, and that’s what we got”, said Coach Justin Swedburg.  “I was proud of the way our team competed and wrestled for each other at the tournament.  It will be important for our guys to continue to get better as the season progresses”.  


    At 120 pounds Kaden Boyce went 0-2.  He drew last year’s 3rd place state finisher Clayton Glendy in the first round and faced a tough Holdrege wrestler in his next match.  At 132 pounds Jackson Ulrich went 1-2.  He lost a close battle with state medalist Mathew Ambler in his first match in sudden victory overtime 7-5.  Skyler Key was 0-2 at 138 pounds.  He lost a 7-3 decision to Tyler Johnston of Holdrege in his last match.  “We actually really drew badly in the seeding meeting.  In the first round a lot of our guys had byes and we had multiple wrestlers who were matched up with the number one seed right off the bat.  Everyone gave their best effort, some had to fight their way back from an early loss to help earn medals and points for the team.” said Coach Swedburg.


    The Ord Chant Wrestlers also had a dual at Gibbon to kick the wrestling season off.  Ord won the dual in dominating fashion by winning 60-18.  The dual began at the 160 pound weight class.  Kaden Dawe lost a tight 4-3 decision to state qualifier Jacob Tracy.  At 170 pounds Gavin Trompke pinned Bernardo Murcia at 3:59.  Jacob Lech received a forfeit at 182 pounds.  At 195, Ethan Gabriel pinned Wyatt Kee at the 3:08 mark.  At 220 pounds Colin Smyth of Gibbon pinned CJ Hoevet of Ord at 1:01.  Shane Luehm pinned Jose Murillo at 5:10 in the 285 pound weight class.  At 106 pounds Colton Rowse received a forfeit.  Talon Petska pinned Kodi Kjar in the first period at 113 pounds.  At 120 pounds Kaden Boyce received a forfeit.  Daniel Escandon pinned Ord’s Miguel Alvarado at 126 pounds.  At 132 Jackson Ulrich lost to state qualifier Lane Brown by the score of 9-5.  Skyler Key pinned Daniel Escandon of Gibbon at 3:52 in the 138 pound weight.  Clayton Shoemaker and Tanner Knight of Ord both received forfeits at 145 and 152 pounds respectively.  There was also one exhibition match at 182 pounds.  Scott Behnk of Ord was beaten by Jason Andrist.  

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    One-Act Qualifies For State

    After a terrific district performance on Wednesday, November 30th in the Ord Vintage Gymnasium, the Ord Chanticleer Drama team found out that they were headed to Norfolk to state! Eight teams competed in the district competition including: Pierce, West Point-Beemer, Wayne, Norfolk Catholic, O'Neill, Boone Central, Madison, and Ord. In one-act, there are six districts across the state and the winner advances to the state competition, which is held at the Johnny Carson Theater at Norfolk High School. "I knew going in, that if our kids performed the way that we knew they could - we definitely had a shot to win it" said Head Coach Ben Lansman. And perform it they did - earning first place votes from all three judges (two of which gave them a perfect score of 60 pts). "Judging one-act is so hard because of the subjectivity of the activity" said Lansman. "You can do the best you've ever done, and still have a judge say 'not my favorite.' That is a hard pill to swallow - especially to a 16 year old kid who has worked their tail off for over two months. But that is the job that they have - do the impossible. Our motto for this year has become "Adapt and Overcome" and they have done this in so many ways. The amount of growth that we have seen from our group this year, from September until now is amazing! Mrs. Trampe and I couldn't be more proud!" Runner-up for the day was Pierce with Wayne placing third overall. Recognized for outstanding acting for the Chants were: Lily Farrens, Rebecca Fischer, Kyler Peetz, Zach Flessner, Britan Blair, Madison Thompson, Madeline Winchell, Reilly Peetz, Kora Severance, Vanessa Ference, Jessica Boyce, Madeline Griffith, Richele Masin, Taylor Williams, Katie Fischer, Jenna Hagstrom, and Lauren Collins.
    The team didn't do it alone however: they had many people supporting them. "From the school board, administration, teaching and support staff of the entire district, to the custodians and bus drivers - we owe them a huge THANK YOU! By taking school off for the day, it allowed us to host the event smoothly, fairly, and efficiently - making it a great experience for all schools involved. We had so many compliments from visiting coaches, students, and fans - that is a testament to our staff who was working throughout the day, as well as our custodians who helped prepare the gym/school and kept it running smoothly. We also need to thank our parents and the members of the OHFAB (Ord Fine Arts Boosters) who ran a tremendous concession stand throughout the day. And even though we didn't travel today - our transportation department does a wonderful job keeping up with our hectic schedule and long hours. We thank them for that!" 
    The Class B State Competition is this Friday, December 9 in Norfolk. The Chants are the first school to perform @ 8:30am. "It will be a new challenge for us to get up early and perform but we don't have any say in that" said Lansman. "Our kids are tough though - they'll handle it. I just hope I can handle it! But they know they'll have the best competition in the state waiting for them." Also competing in Class B is Kearney Catholic, Ogallala, Omaha Concordia, Louisville, and York. York was 2014 Class B Champion, Louisville was 2015 Class C1 Champion, Ogallala was 4th place in Class B in 2015, and Kearney Catholic was 2014 Class B Runner-Up. "We know these schools are awesome and it's a privilege to simply share the stage with them. But we'll have to be at our best. The kids know that - and I don't think anything can phase them at this point! We are thrilled to represent our school and community and hope to bring home some awards! Thanks again to everyone who has supported us throughout the season - we couldn't do it without you!"
    This year's awards' ceremonies for all six classes will be televised live on News Channel Nebraska TV 35.  Check your local listing for NCN35 with your cable provider. Ord's performance should also be aired on the same channel at their scheduled time of 8:30am. Awards for Class B are scheduled for 1pm


    District Scoring

    State Qualifiers

    State Schedule

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    Rebecca Fischer and Richele Masin were selected to participate in the Nebraska All State Choir November 16 – 18th in conjunction with the Nebraska Music Educators Convention, which Ord High School director, Mindy Smith, attended.   This prestigious Choir was chosen from students across the state of Nebraska and was 420 members strong. All State Choir and Band members were chosen from over 3,000 auditions.  Rehearsals began Wednesday night and culminated with a concert in the Lied Center, on the UNL campus, on Friday afternoon.

    The director and clinician, Dr. Richard Bjella, is the Director of Choral Studies at Texas Tech. The choir also had the privilege of meeting one of the composers, Sydney Guillame who composed Tchaka. He helped direct this song in rehearsals. He is originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and now lives in Portland Oregon where he is a full time composer, conductor and clinician.  If you would like to watch students perform Tchaka go to “Nebraska All State Choir Tchaka” on you-tube.


    The music department at OHS extends an invitation to you for the annual Christmas concert to be held Sunday December 18th at 2:00 pm.  Groups performing include Ord Singers, 18th Street Singers, High School Band, Jr. High Chorus and Band.  Mark your calendars for an afternoon of holiday music that will put you in the Christmas spirit. Please Join Us!

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    Ag Teachers To Be Featured On NTV

    Ord Public Schools Agriculture teachers and FFA advisors, Dave and Johnnie Ference will be featured on NTV news in the coming days.  The two are part of the "farm family of the week" feature.  The segment wil air Friday night at 6 and Sunday night on the Grow Nebraska show (10:30 p.m.I believe).  Or you can check it out on the website after Friday.



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    Donors Give At OHS Blood Drive

    Annual November blood drive at Ord High School. Held in the Vintage Gym on November 16, 2016 from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. The units of blood collected today and the drive in May determines the amount of scholarship funds available to graduating senior from The American Red Cross.


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    The One-Act for the Chanticleers in 2016 is called “The Very UnMerry Adventures of Robin Hood” by Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello. There are 47 total students involved and they will compete with Class B competition for districts. Head Coach Ben Lansman stated, “Both my assistant Ashley Trampe and I knew initially we had a lot of interest from students, but we weren’t sure what direction to head towards. When I found the Robin Hood script, I knew we had found something unique and goofy enough that our kids would have fun with it.” The play is done in a British humor style of comedy and that presented a challenge. “We didn’t know if they could pull off the accents or the style, but they quickly rose to the occasion.” One of the challenges was finding roles or jobs for all 47 kids. We learned to adapt the script quickly to our students, rather than fit them into roles that were not a good match.”

    The OHS Drama Team has had a busy but successful start to their season. On Monday, November 7th, Ord hosted 11 schools for their annual Chanticleer Drama Festival from schools as close as Burwell to as far away as Valentine. “The Ord Festival is always an early chance to perform and get some much needed feedback from judges without actually competing against one another” said Lansman. “It is a great opportunity for schools to grow and gain experience with traveling to another venue for performing. We are very thankful to the administration and staff of Ord High for allowing this opportunity for growth during a school day.” Recognized for outstanding acting were Lily Farrens, Rebecca Fischer, Kyler Peetz, Zach Flessner, Tim White, Chris White, Lydia Hill, Kora Severance, Brooke Rowse, Vanessa Ference, Richele Masin, Britan Blair, and Reilly Peetz.

    Next was the annual Dinner Theater on Sunday, November 13, which was a huge success. Catered by Melanie Boden of Jubilee Catering Company, the English-themed meal was a great introduction to the British comedy of “Robin Hood.” Seniors and their parents were recognized and included: Andrea Alvarado, Britan Blair, Lily Farrens, Vanessa Ference, Tanner Knight, Brooke Rowse, Jackson Ryschon, Madison Thompson, and Taylor Williams. “We can’t thank the community of Ord and our families enough for their support and attendance of the Dinner Theater. This is a very important fundraiser for the program and a chance to publicly recognize our seniors and their achievements” said Lansman.

    On Saturday, November 19, the team traveled to their first competition at Kearney High School at the inaugural Mel Shoemaker Memorial Play Production Showcase. “What an honor to perform in anything associated with the name Mel Shoemaker” said Lansman. “He was a dear friend to myself and to all of the Speech and Theater World - it is great to see his spirit carrying on with this competition!” The new Kearney High School and auditorium is state-of-the-art. “It was such a valuable experience for the students to perform in such a large and technically superior venue” said Coach Trampe. “We never get this opportunity, unless you’re lucky enough to make state, which of course we would love to do.” Out of 16 total schools, Ord was the largest of the eight in the small-school division, placing 4th overall. Winning the small school division was Loup City and the large school winner was York. Recognized for outstanding acting were: Lydia Hill, Kora Severance, Brooke Rowse, Vanessa Ference, Jessie Boyce, Maddie Griffith, Kaylee Klanecky, and Madison Thompson. Recognized as the two members of the All-Festival Cast overall were Kyler Peetz and Lily Farrens.

    Monday, November 21, Ord’s Drama Squad made their way to Wood River to compete in the Lou Platte Play Production Contest. Nine total schools competed and Ord ended up fourth overall. Ravenna was first and Kearney Catholic second. “Our conference has become a juggernaut of a competition” said Lansman. “We know going in that we could potentially be in the top 6 and be one of the best plays there. But our kids were happy with their performance and they proved they could overcome mistakes throughout the show. To me, that means a lot more going into district competition.” Recognized for superior acting were: Lily Farrens, Rebecca Fischer, Kyler Peetz, Britan Blair, Richele Masin, Madison Thompson, and Reilly Peetz.

    The Drama team hosted their Community Performance on Sunday, November 27 at the Golden Husk at 7pm. A big thanks to the Golden Husk, Dahn Hagge, and the Valley Performing Arts Theater Board on providing us the opportunity to perform downtown! And thank you to the community on attending our show and for your support to our program!

    Next the Chants host the Class B-4 District Competition at Ord High School on Wednesday, November 30. The first play begins at 9:00 and Ord will perform @ 3:15pm. The champion of the contest will qualify for the Class B State Play Production Contest on Friday, November 9 in Norfolk at the Johnny Carson Theater. We invite the community to come and enjoy the best performance we have yet to put on and help boost us towards state! Thank you for all your support throughout the season!


    Front Row Sitting Left to Right: Macee Alexander, Amber Staab, Megan Skibinski, Jackson Ryschon, Tanner Knight, Katie Magiera, Katie Fischer, Alexis Claypool, Lydia Hill.
    2nd Row Kneeling Left to Right: Maddie Bengston, Brittany Pollard, Gloria Lo Bue, Kora Severance, Abby Hysell, Andrea Alvarado, Lauren Collins, Jenna Hagstrom, Madison Thompson, Taylor Williams, Vanessa Ference, Kaylee Klanecky, Brooke Rowse, Christapher White, Zach Flessner, Trevor Vancura
    Back Rows Standing Left to Right: Zoe Dabney, Cooper Sheets, Aaron White, Delani Fahey, Britan Blair, Head Coach Ben Lansman, Maddie Griffith, Jessie Boyce, Maddie Winchell, Makenna Jacobs, Jenessa Grooms, Rebecca Fischer, Lily Farrens, Rosie Beran, Johnathan Kant, Asst. Coach Ashley Trampe, Hayden Grint, Kyler Peetz, Richele Masin, Cooper Tonniges, Barrett Boden, Tim White, Reilly Peetz.
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