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February 4, 2016

Vol. 122 No. 5

Serving the communities of Cheney, Clearwater, Garden Plain and Goddard

Feats of daring

Neal McCoy set to come to the Fair By Travis Mounts

Hannah Vaughn of Clearwater is part of a circus arts revival, bringing back the sideshow scene of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Country singer Neal McCoy will headline this year’s Sedgwick County Fair. McCoy will perform on Friday, July 8. The date appeared on McCoy’s website in January and Sedgwick County Fair officials confirmed the appearance this week, although the contract still needs to be finalized. “He came very highly recommended,” said Marti Johnson, a member of the Sedgwick County Fair Association board of directors and coordinator of the Fair’s marketing efforts. “We sought out various sources. He’s known for giving a very good show.” Johnson said the Fair

was looking for someone with high name recognition. McCoy, she said, was a good fit and had an available date. He lives in east Texas, about six to seven hours from Cheney, so the scheduling was relatively easy, Johnson said. The Fair started with a list of 10-12 artists under consideration. Some were too pricey, approaching $50,000 for one show, while others were simply booked elsewhere. McCoy has recorded 10 albums and released 34 country music singles. His breakthrough came in 1993 when he had backto-back No. 1 country singles, “No Doubt About It” and “Wink.” He had See MCCOY, Page 3A

Clearwater resident continues circus sideshow tradition By Sam Jack

CLEARWATER – The circus sideshow flourished in America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. “Human oddity” attractions such as bearded ladies, “human skeletons” and conjoined twins have mostly gone by the wayside, but a more performance-based category of sideshow art has been revived in the 21st century. Clearwater resident Hannah Vaughn, daughter of Darla and Tim Vaughn, is part of that revival. She practices sideshow skills such as fire-eating, dancing with flaming hoops and a traditional sideshow act called “human blockhead.” Soon, Vaughn hopes to add sword swallowing to the mix. She hopes to find fulltime work as a professional sideshow performer. Vaughn’s journey into the world of the sideshow began about three years ago, when she became interested in hula hoop dancing. She ordered a performance-quality hoop and at first made progress on her own, by watching YouTube videos. “Eventually, I met people who do it, but everything was trial and error at first,” she said. “I was able to find some stuff online to get me started. I can pretty much hoop on every part of my body, from my nose to my toes.” Vaughn later joined Phlox Kansas, a performance troupe that uses fire to create flowing dances. She learned how to safely manipulate a flaming hoop. “That was definitely exhilarat-

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ing the first time, but later on, I decided that I didn’t like the fire with the hoop. One basic hoop trick, the hoop rolls across your chest, and with the fire you can’t do that, because the fire comes out from the hoop on a spine. It’s usually heavy and unbalanced, so it’s just not the best.” Phlox frequently performs at Old Town Square during Final Friday events in Wichita, and Vaughn is still involved, but in the past 18 months, her focus has shifted to sideshow acts that she performs by herself. She learned how to eat fire

from a local variety performer who goes by Dr. Dillinger. Fireeaters put flaming objects into their mouths, appearing to “eat” the fire but actually extinguishing it by quickly cutting off its oxygen supply. “The first time was terrifying, yeah. I did it with a group of about six to eight of us that were all wanting to learn,” said Vaughn. “There’s really no trick or gimmick, it’s just staying hydrated with water – lot of waters – and basic science. Just stick it See CIRCUS, Page 8A

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This year’s Sedgwick County Fair will feature country music singer Neal McCoy.

Goddard Destination takes advantage of youth sports boom By Sam Jack

Vaughn performs a fire routine for a crowd at Old Town Square in Wichita.

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GODDARD – Goddard Destination Project developer Bruce Neviaser’s most notable previous success is the Great Wolf Resorts chain of indoor waterparks, which was recently valued at $1.35 billion. Though the new development in Goddard will also include a swimming facility and hotel, its focus is on a different, burgeoning market: youth and amateur sports. A 2013 study found that travel to youth sports competitions accounted for $7 billion in U.S. economic activity that year, and the number has almost certainly increased in the years since. More than 21 million American youths are involved in organized

sports outside of school. Neviaser and City of Goddard officials expect both the swimming facility and the outdoor baseball complex to attract tournaments, traveling teams, and training camps and programs from across the region. “There’s USA Swimming, USA Water Polo, masters swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, NCAA competition, Paralympics, and the stuff we’re familiar with such as KSHSAA activities and the various pro-am associations for aquatics,” said Goddard city administrator Brian Silcott, listing potential users of the pool facilities. Neviaser and his team See SPORTS, Page 8A

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Berenice Bergkamp Berenice (Hampel) Bergkamp, 89, retired teacher, dairyman and caretaker, entered eternal life on Jan. 28, 2016. Berenice was born to Fred and Helen (Beat) Hampel on Sept. 1, 1926, at Pretty Prairie. She married her loving husband, Albin H. Bergkamp, on Nov. 15, 1949, at Waterloo. She is survived by her children, Helen Hund (Jeff) of Wichita, Joan Jones (Gary) of Wichita, Byron Bergkamp (Dorothy) of Mount Hope and Greg Bergkamp (Teresa) of Irving, Texas; 27 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. Survivors also include her brothers, John, Paul and Martin Hampel, and sisters, Martha Kerschen and Geraldine Ziegler. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albin; grandson, Michael Hund; brothers, Alfred and Norbert Hampel; and sisters, Florence Kelsey, Ernestine Hon and Ruth Heithaus. Parish rosary was at 7

p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, and Mass of Christian burial was at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 1, both at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Wichita. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, Ost. Berenice was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, a charter member of Daughters of Isabella St. Rose of Lima Chapter, Harvest House and Legion of Mary. Memorials have been established with St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 861 N. Socora, Wichita, KS 67212, and Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 3550 N. 167th St. West, Colwich, KS 67030. Downing & Lahey West. Online tributes to the family via www.dlwichita. com.

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Frank Gerlach Frank Loy Gerlach was born Monday, Sept. 27, 1937, to John Henry and Hallie Bell (Shipley) Gerlach on the family homestead in rural Garden Plain. Frank attended Rising Star Country School through third grade. Then

he went to Viola, graduating from Viola High School in 1955. On May 20, 1957, Frank married Martena “Marty” Mossman at Grace United Methodist Church, Wichita. In the fall of 1963, Frank and Marty moved to Clearwater, where they raised their three children, Doreen, Rod, and Shelly. On Jan. 2, 1960, Frank began a 40-year career at Cessna Aircraft Company, where he was a tooling coordinator. He retired from Cessna on Jan. 28, 2000. Frank played on and coached numerous basketball, baseball and softball teams through work and community leagues. Frank was a member and active participant of the Clearwater United Methodist Church for 50 years, serving as head usher for almost 40 of those years. Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at Clearwater United Methodist Church. Memorials have been established in his name with Clearwater United Methodist Church and the Clearwater Community Foundation (Frank Gerlach Memorial). Frank was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martena (Marty); his parents, John and Hallie Gerlach; his brother, Kenneth Gerlach; sisters, Winifred Gerlach and Geraldine Ayres; brother-in-law, Dick C. “Kelly” Ayres; and sisterin-law, Lucille (Ottaway) Gerlach. He is survived by his children, Doreen (Tom) Brady of Eudora, Rod (Charlene) Gerlach

of Clearwater, and Shelly (Jack) Mattson of Wichita; brothers, Bob (Bonnie) Gerlach of Viola, and DeWayne Gerlach of Peck; numerous nieces and nephews; grandchildren, Matthew (Ashley) Gerlach, Joshua (Jessica) Gerlach, Scott (Krista) Brady, Steven (Kristy) Brady, Sarah Brady, McKenzie Mattson, David Gerlach and James Mattson; and great-grandchildren, Addylee, Jayden, Grace and Sylas. Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater, in charge of arrangements.

Brian G. Rau Brian G. Rau, age 27, trim carpenter from Haysville, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, and a funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, both at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Donita Newlan, and stepbrother, Jared Reust. Survivors include his father, Clarence “Butch” Rau; mother, Kittie Sperry; brothers, Aaron Rau and Jesse (Amber) Rau; halfsister, Kristine (Michael) Powell Jones; and stepbrother, Davin Reust. Memorials may be made to St. Cecilia Catholic School, 1912 W. Grand Ave., Haysville, KS 67060. Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater, was in charge of arrangements. Leave online condolences at www.wsmortuary.com.

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CHENEY – Cheney police chief Ken Winter was recently appointed to Kansas’ South Central Region Homeland Security Council. He was appointed by the Kansas Association of

Chiefs of Police to fill a position vacated due to the retirement of another chief. The council, which is under the umbrella of the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department, supports statewide hazard preparedness, aiming to build

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“I have only attended one meeting and that was in January, so I’ve hit the ground running, trying to learn as much as I can about my position,” said Winter. The council’s next meeting is Feb. 11.

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Officials leery of school district merger proposal By Sam Jack

A Kansas House of Representatives bill that proposes to merge smaller Kansas school districts would affect Cheney, Clearwater and Garden Plain’s Renwick district, according to an analysis by the Kansas Association of School Boards. Were the measure, House Bill 2504, enacted as submitted by Rep. John Bradford (R-Lansing), it would reduce the number of school districts in Kansas from 286 to 132, leaving only 50 districts untouched, according to the Kansas Association of School Boards. The bill was considered at a Topeka committee hearing Wednesday. Legislators and school officials said they thought the bill was unlikely to get any traction but still wanted to draw attention to its potential effects. The bill would cap the number of “school administration and supervisory service employees” at 120 percent of the total number of employees in the largest pre-consolidation district, potentially forcing layoffs. If Cheney were forced to combine with the adjacent Renwick district, the new district would have 40 percent more students but could add only 20 percent to the number of administrators in Renwick. The disparity in Clearwater would be even more severe were it forced to merge with Mulvane. “In the name of sav-

Enrollment of Sedgwick County school districts Impacted districts Cheney USD 268.............................................. 781 Renwick USD 267 (Andale-Garden Plain)..... 1,901 COMBINED USD 267 ................................... 2,682 Mulvane USD 263 ......................................... 1,793 Clearwater USD 264...................................... 1,173 COMBINED USD 263 ................................... 2,966 Unimpacted districts Wichita USD 259 ......................................... 50,988 Derby USD 260 ............................................. 7,071 Haysville USD 261......................................... 5,568 Valley Center USD 262.................................. 2,868 Goddard USD 265 ......................................... 5,673 Maize USD 266 ............................................. 7,162 Source: Kansas Association of School Boards ings and dollars, they’ve attacked every single entity in public education, and now the last one is administrators,” said Cheney superintendent David Grover. “You’re asking a central office in Andale or Garden Plain to keep up with Cheney, and how do you plan a transition like that, in only one year’s time? It’s clear that everyone thinks there’s no way something like this could actually pass, but look how many things we’ve seen slide through in the last couple years.” Cheney school board president Jason Gregory said loss of local control would be a major drawback if the bill were passed. “We may have different priorities, year in and year out, that could be a result

of years of planning and of a whole process we’ve developed – one that may have nothing to do with the priorities of another district,” he said. “As a school district representative, I’m obviously answering to the patron, but we’re also trying to do what is best for the kids in our district. When you start combining different communities and lumping them all into one basket, it pits community versus community. I don’t think that’s beneficial to anybody.” Under another provision of the bill, the state would seize “surplus” school district property used for administrative purposes, sell it and deposit proceeds of sales into the state general fund. Clearwater’s vacant Elementary East currently

houses some IT administrators and could be targeted for seizure, USD 264 school board president Todd Dannenberg said. “If this bill went through, that building would be taken by the state and sold for the benefit of their general budget. We’ve kept that building and that property because we’re close to Wichita, so the goal was to have it if growth ever came,” he said. Dannenberg posted a detailed analysis of the bill on the Clearwater Indian Facebook page. Clearwater superintendent Paul Becker said the bill was symptomatic of a lack of respect for local control among some legislators. “The school board would be making decisions on behalf of a much bigger district. I think a lot of people come out to Clearwater because they like the smaller community,” he said. “What if extreme cuts come down the pike and you have to close a school? Which school are you going to close? “I will say that I think it’s important that we’re held accountable for our use of public money, but fiscal efficiencies don’t necessarily mean educational efficiencies,” he added. Several area legislators have expressed opposition to the bill as presented. In a statement, Rep. John Whitmer (R-Wichita) said, “I have significant reservations regarding the bill and

Park improvements approved at meeting CLEARWATER – On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Clearwater City Council approved $41,368 in park improvements recommended by the Park Advisory Board. Of that total, $2,500 was donated by the local Lions Club. The funds from the club will be used to purchase benches that will be positioned around

playground equipment. A total of $18,581 will be spent on lighting, including $10,760 for six flood-style lights to be placed around playground equipment and $2,356 for a double floodlight on the south side of the basketball court. The majority of wire and one-inch conduit for the lighting improve-

ments has been donated. Other park projects include tree planting, fencing around the basketball court and miscellaneous playground improvements. In other business: • The council received end-of-year reports from recreation director Beki Zook, library director Taylor Wilkens and chief

of police Bill Hisle. Hisle reported that the Clearwater Police Department responded to 2,029 total service calls. • The council voted to annex another lot in the Prairie Meadows addition. The lots are being annexed one by one as owners request hook-ups to city water and sewer service.

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Country Award for video of the year in 1997 with “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.” This will be the third consecutive year the Sedgwick County Fair has hosted a major concert. Tracy Lawrence performed last year, and Logan Mize put on a show in 2014. The concerts are a return to years gone by when the Fair regularly hosted traveling music shows that featured the top stars and upcoming artists. June Carter (before she married Johnny Cash) performed in the 1950s. The intent is to draw more people to the Fair, Johnson said, although the concerts need to make sense financially. “Each year we’ve

tweaked our model. Eventually, this thing has to make money,” she said. The Fair broke even on last year’s Tracy Lawrence concert. Local musician Adam Capp and his band will be the opening act. They performed last year on the Open Air Stage. Capp is from Goddard and has a strong local following. Johnson said the performances on the Open Air Stage can be a preview of acts at the arena. Turnback Creek, another south-central Kansas band with area ties, played the Open Air Stage in 2014 before opening last year for Lawrence. Ticket prices have not been set. They will be available later this year on

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a gold album in the 1990s. More recently, he had a top-10 hit in 2005 with “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On.” In 2011, he recorded a big-band jazz and country music special for public television with Les Brown Jr. McCoy was named the TNN/Music City News Country Awards entertainer of the year in 1998 and 1999. In 2005, he was presented the Academy of Country Music/ Home Depot Humanitarian Award. He won the TNN/Music City News

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I believe it raises numerous questions. ... (T)here are too many variable unknowns for me to support this bill.” State Sen. Dan Kerschen (R-Garden Plain) opposes the bill since it would adversely impact schools in his district, he wrote in a letter to constituents. Rep. Joe Seiwert (RPretty Prairie) noted that Bradford has proposed dozens of unsuccessful bills and serves a district that would not be affected by consolidation. “Most of our school districts are pretty well run. ... People get worked up, but until you come up with a final draft of anything, we speculate and waste energy and get political emotions running high for no reason,” he said. Renwick superintendent Tracy Bourne echoed Seiwert’s sentiment, saying that he did not want to invest much energy in contemplating a RenwickCheney merger he sees as

unlikely. “All the people I’ve talked to said they are not supportive of it. That being said, it’s something that is certainly creating lots of concern. We certainly don’t want to fall asleep on it or not pay attention to it, but I really think it’s dead on arrival. At least I hope it is.”

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Photographer recognized in wedding magazine GARDEN PLAIN – Garden Plain-area photographer Nancy Williams was recognized for her work with local studio SRieth Photography. The studio, owned by Conway Springs native Sara Rieth, has been selected as a 2016 winner of The Knot’s Best of Weddings award.

The business received the award based on high ratings on TheKnot.com, a popular wedding website. In 2016, only 5,000 of the 250,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com were named Best of Weddings. To determine the winners,

The Knot assessed almost one million reviews from real couples across various vendor categories, including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. SRieth is the first photography business in the Wichita area to receive this recognition from The Knot.

“Being the first photographers in the area to win this award is beyond exciting. We are honored,” said Rieth. SRieth Photography covers 30 weddings a year in the Wichita, Kansas City and Oklahoma City area. For more information, visit sriethphotography.com.

A newly married couple shares a romantic moment on the lakeshore at east Wichita’s Bradley Fair. SRieth Photography makes images of weddings as well as other special occasions. Garden Plain-area resident Nancy Williams is a photographer with the studio.

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Cheney High students will perform at annual concert CHENEY – Students from area high schools will perform at the 46th annual Youth for Music event Saturday, Feb. 6. The concert, which is co-sponsored by Cloud County Community College’s music department and Tom’s Music House, will be at 6 p.m. at the Brown Grand Theatre, downtown Concordia. The concert is free and open to the public. Students from Southern Cloud, Minneapolis, Smith Center, Kingman, Cheney, Stockton, Phillipsburg, Logan, Concordia, Pike Valley, Republic County, Rock Hills, Wilson and Washington County will participate. Cheney vocal students participating are Logan Miller, Tyler McAndrew, Joey Sigwing, Matthew Slusser, Lauren Reischmann, Austin Hampton, Madison Schneider, Shyla McKay, Tiffany Henning, Whitney Schell, Marissa Brand, Mercedes Rich, Aaron Mounts, Jaiden Cape, Lucas Griffith, Mason Childers, Payton Keller, Zack Martin, Trent VanNordstrand, James Lynch, Hope Dowty, Kylie Young, Jaiden Ternes, Noble Belmont, Sarah Frank, Ben Wallace, Ashton Atwater, Brendon Dewey, Laney Womack, Macy Wallace, Kristen Jones, Layne Needham and Lexi Fullerton. Band students will practice all day on Saturday at the Brown Grand, while the choir participants will rehearse at Cloud County Community College. Conductors will be Patrick Sieben and Hannah Draper Burnett, music instructors at Cloud. Guest conductor for the band will be Roger Wilson from Kingman High School, and guest conductor for the choir will be Renata Knox from Pike Valley. The public is also invited to attend rehearsals at no charge.

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St. Paul’s students visit Second-, thirdand fourth-grade students from St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Cheney visited The TimesSentinel office and other Main Street businesses on Jan. 25 as part of National Lutheran Schools Week. At each stop, students offered prayers based on the suggestions of the people they were visiting.

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Group plans teen events in Clearwater Super Bowl party up first By Sam Jack

CLEARWATER – A group of Clearwater residents met Jan. 20 to discuss ways to provide more recreation options for local teens. Shaun Weaver, one of the participants, said a daily teen center could be an eventual goal. In the meantime, the group hopes to get teens interested in organizing and participating in activities several times per year. “We’d like to have events periodically, probably once a quarter or maybe even every six weeks. We’ll see what kind of demand is there and how often we would have activities. As far as periodic events, we absolutely hope to use the Executive Center for those, and if it grows into something that’ll be a daily-use deal, then we might have to find a new space,” said Weaver, who developed

the Clearwater Executive Center now located in the former Duckwall’s building. The first event associated with the new effort is a Super Bowl viewing party, planned to begin Sunday at 4 p.m at the Executive Center. A $3 entrance fee covers the cost of food and drinks, and the game will be projected on a big screen. Teens and adults are both invited to attend, Weaver noted. “We’ll get some surveys back after the Super Bowl party, to get some feedback from the kids that came and figure out how often they would like something like this and what type of events and activities they would go to,” said Weaver. “If a student organization wants to get involved with running it and possibly have one person be kind of an adult manager, that would be spectacular.” For more information about the Super Bowl party or about getting involved with the teen activities effort, email Weaver at WeaverVentures@ gmail.com

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Goddard council discusses capital improvement plans By Sam Jack

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Delegates and members from Sedgwick County were part of more than 850 who attended Kansas Farm Bureau's annual meeting Dec. 7-8 in Manhattan. Pictured, front row from left, are: Peggy Hill, Nancy Rausch, Max Tjaden, Todd Kissinger, Brian Wetta, Heidi Wells and Joseph Youngers. Back row: Virgil Hill, Kent Winter, Kent Ott, Michael Rausch, William Carp and Byron Wells. More than 350 delegate members wrapped up important business for their farm organization after debating and adopting policy statements for 2016. These policies will now become the roadmap for the organization during the upcoming legislative session.

Chamber parties at Tanganyika The Goddard Chamber of Commerce held its annual mixer Friday, Jan. 22, at Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Outgoing and incoming board members and volunteers were recognized, and a jazz combo from Goddard High School performed. Zookeepers were on hand with exotic critters; Goddard police chief Don McElroy got a surprise smooch from a kangaroo.

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Cheney Police Reports Jan. 25 – Responded to an alarm in the 1100 block of N. Main; Arrest of person being held in Department of Corrections custody in Topeka on City Warrant; Dog problem in the area of Sunset and Shadybrook; Responded to an alarm in the 1100 block of N. Main; Responded to an alarm in the 1100 block of N. Main. Jan. 26 – Citizen assist with inspection of utility vehicle at the police department; Civil standby in the 100 block of W. First. Jan. 27 – Open door in the 200 block of N. Main; Dog problem in the area of 600 block of E. Shadybrook; Suspicious person report in the area of 383rd

and 23rd St. South; Suspicious person report in the 1100 block of N. Main; Suspicious person in the 300 block of N. Main; Theft report, gas drive off in the 1100 block of N. Main; Suspicious person report in the area of 1400 block of N. Main; Assisted a citizen with a fix-it ticket at the police department. Jan. 28 – Illegal parking complaint in the 100 block of W. Fifth; Assisted outside agency with investigation on a juvenile matter; Questions for officer in the 700 block of N. Main; Dog problem in the 500 block of E. Shadybrook; Warrant arrest in the 400 block of N. Main; Warrant attempt service in the 900 block of N. Filmore; MIP/MIC al-

coholic liquor in the 800 block of N. Marshall; Dog problem in the 100 block of N. Marshall; Fight/ disturbance in the 100 block of W. Sixth; Assisted Fire/EMS in the 800 block of N. Main. Jan. 29 – Assisted outside agency with investigation at the police department; Assisted the Sheriff’s Office in the 5000 block of S. 375th St. West; Barking dog report in the 400 block of N. Adams; Open door in the area of S. Marshall and West Avenue A. Jan. 30 – Found property in the 400 block of E. Shadybrook; Suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of S. Adams; Assisted the Sheriff’s Office with a warrant attempt in the 900 block of N. Filmore.

Jan. 31 – Reckless driver complaint in the 700 block of N. Wolf; Injured animal report in the 100 block of W. Avenue A; Assisted Fire/EMS in the 2500 block of S. 391st St. West; Responded to a report of a possible burglary in the 400 block of E. Meadows Court; Responded to a report of a disturbance in the 900 block of N. Filmore.

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GODDARD – City of Goddard staff presented its capital improvement plan for the years 2016 to 2020. The plan, available online in the Feb. 1 agenda packet posted under www. goddardks.gov/AgendasMinutes, is meant to guide the council members as they plan and set priorities for the next five years. Among the project ideas highlighted: • Beautification of the Kellogg right of way and city gateway monument. Primarily located at the southwest corner of 167th Street and Kellogg, the project would be to create a monument sign that would identify Goddard as a community. • A walking and biking pathway along 183rd Street. • A new park on the north side of Kellogg, with playground equipment and open space. • Infrastructure improvements in Means and Linear Park, including new benches, sod, picnic areas, sprinklers and recreational equipment. • Infrastructure improvements related to the Goddard Destination project. • Remodeling and improvements at City Hall. • A redesign of 183rd Street between Kellogg and Maple that would expand the road to four lanes with curbs and gutters, including a sidewalk on the east side of the road. • Modifications at the wastewater treatment facility. • A new structure to store road salt.

• A new maintenance building. The council received and filed the staff ’s report In other business: • The council reviewed changes to subdivision zoning regulations. The regulations will be taken to the Goddard Planning Commission for technical refinement on Feb. 8. • The council approved a contract with General Engineering Company to design water, sewer, street and stormwater infrastructure improvements related to the Goddard Destination. The cost of the design work is not to exceed $53,454.40. • The council approved a contract with city engineer Harlan Foraker’s firm, Certified Engineering Design, to supervise and administer STAR bond infrastructure improvements. The contract amount is not to exceed $46,772.60. • The council approved a charter ordinance moving local elections from April to November and adding seven months to the terms of current council members. The passage of the ordinance puts Goddard into compliance with a state law passed in the 2015 legislative session.

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From left, Meridith Albers, KD Riedl, Luke Turner and Clay Robinson are January’s Cheney High School spotlight students. The students were recognized for their social and academic leadership.

CHS names spotlight students CHENEY – The January spotlight students at Cheney High School are freshman Clay Robinson, sophomore Meridith Albers, junior Luke Turner and senior KD Riedl. Robinson is the son of Mike Robinson. As a freshman, he has been involved in football and wrestling, and he plans on playing baseball in the spring. “I have never seen a student work as hard as Clay Robinson. He strives for perfection every day and helps his fellow peers on a regular basis. You can always count on him having his homework done every day and on time. Clay even seeks out extra help on his own time whenever he does not understand something. He is also very kind and respectful towards teachers and others. He is always saying ‘thank you’ anytime he receives help,” said teacher Chantille McCarthy. Albers is the daughter of Christopher and Maria Albers. She has been an active member of cross country, bowling, band, Leadership Team, Spanish club, art club and track. “Meri is an outstanding student in my classroom. She has a love for band and it shows in her attitude and excitement for making great music. Meri is a member of our Leadership Team, she is quick to help others in need, and is always there to lend a helping hand,” said teacher Travis Johnson.

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CASE NO. 15 PR 1176 Pursant to K.S.A. Ch. 59 NOTICE OF HEARING THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified a Petition was filed in this Court by Regina J. Miller, Executor of the Estate of Lois H. Shepard, deceased, requesting Petition for sale of Real Estate at Private Sale and that the remainder of the administration of the Estate continue as simplified administration. You are required to file your written defenses to the Petition on or before February 25, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the city of Wichita, in Sedgwick County, Kansas at Probate Court 1900 E. Morris Wichita, KS 67211 at which time and place the cause will be heard. Should you fail to file your written defenses, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon the Petition. Regina J. Miller, Petitioner Russell L. Mills, #10761 Attorneys at Law 111 N. Baltimore Derby, Kansas 67037 (316) 789-9956

Teacher Bill Block also said, “I have her in biology and Excel. She is a great student, very organized, and is always polite and thoughtful. She is an amazing artist and one of those kids you don’t notice all the time, but does an outstanding job.” Turner is the son of Seth and Jackie Turner. He has been a member of the golf team and held several jobs while at CHS. “Luke is a wonderful person. He has one mood, and that is jovial. His terrific sense of humor makes everyone around him laugh, yet his comments are not disruptive. He even reminds others when they ought to be on task,” said teacher Renee Teague.

Riedl is the daughter of Tracy Unruh and Kevin Riedl. She has been actively involved in volleyball, cross country, basketball, track, band, girls glee, Spanish club, M3 Challenge, Scholars Bowl, forensics, the school play, CYM, jazz band and color guard. “KD has been an exceptional leader in band. KD is a member of our Leadership Team, she is a twoyear color guard captain and is my student assistant in the afternoon. She is eager to help out with the younger students and is tutoring many of the MS musicians as part of her assistantship. She is a great example of the students that make our band exceptional,” said Johnson.

CLEARWATER – Have you been looking for something different to do? One idea is to watch the Below Zero Heroes at Riggs Park in Haysville this Saturday for the annual Polar Plunge. The event features teams of people diving into winter-cold water to help raise money for the athletes of Special Olympics Kansas. The Clearwater High School student council will have a team participating. As of Tuesday, at least 10 teams were registered, including a rival team from Campus High School. According to the

event website, members of the Clearwater High Ice Warriors include captain Jason Crist and Olivia Worden. Before the plunge is a 5K run/walk beginning at 10 a.m. The plungers will start soaking themselves at noon. The public is welcome, and for those who change

their minds about plunging, walk-up registration will be available. Parking is available inside the park. Riggs Park is located at 706 Sarah Lane. To donate to a plunger, visit www.plungeks.org. For more information, contact Mitch Guthrie at guthriem@ksso.org or 316-263-1181.

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IN THE EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT DISTRICT COURT, SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS PROBATE DEPARTMENT IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF OLIVIA JANE CASTOR, A Minor Child. CASE NO. 15 PR 345 Pursant to K.S.A. Ch. 59 NOTICE OF HEARING THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a Petition has been filed in the above-named Court by Wayne D. Castor and Valorie J. Castor, praying for an Order and Decree of said Court that they be permitted and authorized to adopt Olivia Jane Castor, a minor child as their own child; that an Order and Decree of adoption of said child by the Petitioners be made and entered by said Court; that the name of said child upon adoption by Petitioners remain Olivia Jane Castor; and that they have all other relief which the Court deems just and proper. You are hereby required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 23rd day of February, 2016, at 10:00 o’clock A.M. of said day, in the Probate Division of the Sedgwick County District Court, Juvenile and Probate Courthouse, 1900 East Morris, Wichita KS 67211, at which time and place said cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon said Petition WAYNE D. CASTOR and VALORIE J. CASTOR, Petitioners John B. Barrett, Attorney at Law 101 W. 1st Ave., P.O. Box 471 Goddard, Kansas 67052-0471 316-794-8041

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A visit with mom... and a free haircut On a recent trip back to his hometown of Cheney, Keith McMahan got yet another chance to savor the phrase “only in a small town…” Keith spent a lot of years calling Cheney home and never strayed too far from the community that was so close to his heart. Even after he and his wife, Judy, settled in Wichita, Keith was in Cheney almost every day as the used car manager at Lubbers. He often gave of his time to the Cheney community. And when the time came to repay the favor last year as Keith waited for a double lung transplant, the community gave back in return. To help with medical expenses, fundraisers in Cheney drew all kinds of response. Keith was able to successfully weather the transplant process this past year, and over the Christmas season, he was able to return home for a visit. During his trip back to Wichita and Cheney, Keith experienced even more kindness from the community that had been by his side through his medical crisis. When Keith got back

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home, he found out his mother, Catherine McMahan of Cheney, had broken a hip. She was convalescing at Cheney Golden Age Home, which under normal circumstances wouldn’t have been such a big deal. However, with the seriousness of his own recuperation from the transplant surgery, visiting a facility like the Golden Age Home was an impossibility for Keith. But once the administrative team at the Golden Age Home was apprised of the situation, it wasn’t a situation at all. Golden Age Home officials jumped in and helped with arrangements so that Catherine could be transported to her home at the other end of Main Street,

where she had a wonderful visit with her son Keith. It was a simple gesture but one that spoke volumes about the community Keith McMahan still calls home. In addition to all the visiting that Keith was able to do around Cheney, he also had a special gettogether with Dee Scott, who had cut his hair over the years. Dee had stayed in touch with Keith during his transplant surgery and recuperation, and she had even sent him a card that was good for a haircut when he could get back home. And with another slice of gratitude in his heart, Keith McMahan showed up for his free haircut. Keith had to return back to Phoenix, Ariz., where the transplant surgery took place and the recuperation continues. But later this month, he’ll be returning home for good, if all goes well. And you can rest assured that Keith will be happy to tell everyone about his hometown of Cheney, a community where good deeds are everyday gestures. Only in a small town…

A Kansas farmer’s creed Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like a newborn calf takes to its mother’s udder. A man’s greatest possession is his dignity and no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming. Hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person’s character. I’ve often heard friends, neighbors and family – my dad, for one – quote bits and pieces of it. I’ve heard others refer to it at meetings, in church, at a sale barn, funerals and many other places where rural people live, work and congregate. It exemplifies the farm and ranch vocation. It goes something like this. Farming and ranching, despite its hardships and disappointments, is the most honest and honorable way a man/woman can

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spend days on this earth. The vocation of agriculture nurtures the close family ties that make life rich in ways money can’t buy. Children who are raised on a farm or ranch earn values that last a lifetime and that can be learned no other way. Farming and ranching provides education for life and no other occupation teaches so much about birth, growth and maturity in such a variety of ways. Without question, many of the best things in life are free – the splendor of a sunrise, the rapture of wide open spaces, the exhilarating sight of the landscape greening each spring – true happiness

comes from watching crops ripen in the field, watching children grow tall in the sun, seeing your whole family feel the pride that springs from their shared experience living, working and harvesting from the land. Farmers and ranchers believe that through their shared vocation they are giving more to the world than they are taking from it – an honor and privilege that does not come to all men or women. Agricultural producers believe their lives will be measured ultimately by what they have done for their fellow men and women and, by this standard, fear no judgment They believe when they grow old and sum up their days, they will stand tall and feel pride in the life they’ve lived. Farmers and ranchers believe in their vocation because it makes all of this possible.

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New year, new round of bad bills Last year I wrote that the Kansas Legislature had a record year for bad bills. Well, it appears we’re off to another glorious start. The early leader is John Bradford (RLansing), who has proposed a school consolidation bill. There’s not a lot of detail in the bill other than what size of school districts would be forced to merge. Central administrations would be eliminated. Schools, principals and buildings are not mentioned in the bill. Neither is how the merged districts would be managed, just that there would be countywide or areawide school boards, depending on populations. How would board members be elected, and who would they represent? That’s a good question with no good answer. It’s possible a single merged school district would be run by multiple school boards. Good luck with that. Try getting three different BOEs to agree on hiring one superintendent and firing two others. This bill is a bad, bad idea on two levels. One, it completely ignores the relationship between communities and schools. While consolidation has worked in some areas (Chaparral High School, serving Harper and Anthony, for example), it won’t work if forced upon people. Argonia and Attica have found success as a combined football team, but I’m sure both towns want to keep their schools. Renwick has had its struggles historically with what is essential-

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ly two districts run under one banner. I promise you, Garden Plain parents don’t want their kids going to school in Andale, and Andale parents don’t want their kids in GP. Communities – especially suburban and rural – hitch their identities to their schools. To lose your school is often seen as the death of your town. Many parents and parents-to-be pick their homes based on which schools their kids will attend. It can be a personal and emotional choice. Forced consolidation wipes that away. Second, this bill saves so little money that it is pointless. Bradford said the bill would save $170 million over 10 years. If that’s even accurate – a big “if ” – that’s $17 million saved yearly statewide. That boils down to, in some cases, one or two administrative positions per district. Given how much money is spent on education, that number is negligible. If you want to save money, you have to get rid of schools (see argument number one). Many legislators argue that education eats up too much of the state budget. A little more than half of state expenditures goes to education. But what other state effort impacts so many Kansans? And if our youth aren’t worth it, then what is? For a quarter-century, education has been half

of the state budget. Why is it a problem now when it wasn’t in the 1990s and 2000s? And the same legislators would offer tax credits to private schools, taking money from the public system and giving to schools that can pick and choose their students and that don’t face the same level of scrutiny as public schools. I don’t know, maybe that’s the point of all of this. Of course, there’s an easy fix to school funding and other budget problems. Simply undo Brownback’s tax cuts. Admit a mistake. Correct that mistake. The evidence is in. The cuts aren’t creating jobs. I’ve made the argument before on these pages and will continue to do so. Demand for goods and services creates jobs. In fact, our ongoing education funding crisis coupled with our raids on the transportation budget are scaring away companies that might otherwise locate here. One local official shared with me a comment made by an outof-state business about our current legislative climate. “You guys are crazy,” the businessman said. Add in an expletive for accuracy. In addition to all our problems in the Sunflower, we now have a reputation and it’s not good. On top of everything else, the 2016 legislative session is still in its infancy. That means there’s so much time for even worse ideas to come out. A glorious start, indeed.

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consulted with experts on swimming pool construction to make the main racing pool as conducive to speed as possible – an attractive feature for organizers and competitors. “We haven’t specifically done a competitive swim facility before, which is why we engaged the consultants to make sure we did it right. ... Our primary consultant was an individual that was the former swim coach of the Olympic team,” Neviaser said. “We’ve also consulted with a firm in Illinois that is focused on the kind of thing we ended up doing.” The pool will be among the fastest in the world, Neviaser said. Developers considered baseball and soccer facilities as another draw for traveling amateur teams and ended up deciding that baseball is the stronger market. “Having been involved with other hotels that were affiliated with sports venues, we know that that is a good model,” said Neviaser. “We were speaking with an appraiser, and the first thing he said was that the baseball tournament business in Kansas is incredibly powerful. We ended up with four baseball fields, and there is extra land where we can expand once we get this first phase done. We’ll see what the demand looks like.” Neviaser emphasized that the development would have amenities for the local community as well as visitors. “We first approached this as a competitive swim facility, where that would be the basic model of use, but doing our research, we found we needed to introduce a stronger community-based aquatic component to this,” he said. “Whether it’s learning to swim, neonatal, physical therapy, you name it. So we kind of made this a merger of those two components.” The sports bar, restaurant and entertainment complex should also draw local business, Neviaser said. Neviaser earlier predicted that construction would be completed in April 2017. He did not have much additional information about the timeline but said things were on track.

Viola Lions Club sausage supper is Saturday Viola’s population is set to expand exponentially on Saturday, as it has the first Saturday of every February for nearly six decades. The 59th annual Viola Lions Club sausage supper will be held 3 to 7 p.m. at the Viola Community Hall. The menu includes sausage with the Lions’ secret recipe, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cole slaw, applesauce, dessert and drinks. Tickets are $9 in advance or $10 at the door. Children’s tickets (ages 5-10) are $5, and admission for children under 5 is free.

Hall of Fame partnership has slow start One feature of the pool complex that has been promoted by developers – a museum exhibit and gift shop presented in partnership with the International Swimming Hall of Fame – is apparently off to a slow start. Hall of Fame president and CEO Bruce Wigo said he had had no contact with the Goddard developers in more than a year. “We had an interesting conversation and it was mentioned in initial releases that we’re involved, but nothing beyond that has happened, to my knowledge,” Wigo said. Neviaser said his organization had dropped the ball by not keeping in touch but still wants to proceed with the partnership. “We are absolutely moving ahead with that. It’s programmed into the whole development,” said Neviaser. “We’re still engaged but unfortunately had this pause while we were working on other stuff.”

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in your mouth, and the fire goes out.” The “human blockhead” trick is another test of nerve that Vaughn has mastered. Blockheads insert a nail deep into their nostril, using a hammer to give the impression that they are driving the object deep into the bone of their skull. In fact, the nail travels through empty nasal cavity, and the trick is harmless. “It’s really about knowing your anatomy,” said Vaughn. “It’s pretty painless. There’s a little pressure from stretching out your nasal cavity, and that’s it. It’s more like an illusion.” Vaughn recently performed the human blockhead in public for the first time, but she has not tried sword swallowing yet. She is looking for an expert who can coach her in the potentially dangerous discipline, in which the performer in-

serts a sword down her relaxed esophagus. “You’ve got to find a mentor for that; I’m trying to get into it. Coney Island actually has a sideshow school that I’d love to go to,” said Vaughn. “Sword swallowing is kind of the top goal for me.” So far, the highlight of Vaughn’s budding performance career has been a hoop performance she gave at Bonnaroo, the giant Tennessee music festival. She danced all night on the Kalliope stage, performing for tens of thousands of revelers. “Kalliope is this elaborate stage that’s set up with lights, pyrotechnics and DJs. I was just playing with my hoop, and somebody came up to me and asked if I wanted to join them for the evening,” said Vaughn. “I keep in contact with them to this day, and they’ve invited me to perform with them if our paths ever cross again.” Vaughn has also been in touch with Ward Hall’s World of Wonders, the last surviving traveling sideshow. She is hoping she might be invited to join as a performer or

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apprentice. With her tattoos and her repertoire of uncomfortable-looking tricks, Vaughn might seem to be living on the edge. But preserving the sideshow as a piece of American heritage and tradition is very important to her. “It’s smaller, and it’s definitely died off a lot, but that tradition is something

that a group of people still firmly believe in. There’s been a resurrection, a new surge of interest that I’m part of,” said Vaughn. When the weather is favorable, Vaughn performs with Phlox Kansas during Final Friday art crawls, in Wichita’s Old Town Square. For more information, visit www.facebook. com/phloxkansas.

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Owls repeat as champs at Wildcat Classic By Amy Houston

The Garden Plain High School girls basketball team continued its legacy of success at the Wildcat Classic in Mulvane last weekend. The Owls repeated as tournament champions. They have played in the finals every year for the past four seasons. “It’s been a good tournament for us,” said Garden Plain coach Kody Kasselman, “plus you get to see some different competition outside of league, which is always nice.” The Owls are ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, according to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. They faced Mulvane on Monday, Jan. 25, and won 41-14. The host Wildcats did not score in the first half, trailing 21-0 at intermission. “Mulvane’s struggling,” Kasselman said. “They’re young and they’ve got a new coach, and they’re trying to find their way.” Madi Schmelzer led the Owls with 14 points and Daylynn Doyle was close behind with 12. Other scorers were Taylor Joplin (eight), Libby Heimerman

(three), Lauren Costello (two) and Mackenzie Thimesch (two). Garden Plain took on Campus next. The Colts, who entered the tournament with only one win, lost 46-31. “Everybody looks at their record,” Kasselman said, “but they’re a 6A school and they play in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail. They play Maize and the Salina schools. We’ll never overlook them. They’re always physical and they play hard. We were fortunate to get a win.” Joplin and Schmelzer led the Owls with 11 points each. Doyle had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Costello contributed seven points, Ryann Flax added four and Thimesch chipped in three. Schmelzer also grabbed four steals. The championship game featured a showdown between Garden Plain and Arkansas City on Saturday. The Owls led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter but expanded their cushion, 20-13, at halftime. They won 45-32 and earned the title.

“Offensively we were kind of out of sync a little bit, but I thought defensively we were pretty consistent,” Kasselman said. “They didn’t get a lot of open looks, but they hit some shots early.” Schmelzer and Joplin were in double figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Other scorers were Doyle (six), Thimesch (four), Costello (four), Flax (four) and Mackenzie McGregor (two). Schmelzer had a pair of gamehigh stats: four steals and four assists. Schmelzer was named the tournament’s most valuable player, and Doyle appeared on the all-tournament team. “Daylynn had a really good tournament,” Kasselman said. “Defensively we put her on every best player when we went man. She had a really good tournament defensively, and she rebounded well.” Garden Plain visited rival Cheney on Tuesday, Feb. 2, but results were not available by press time. The Owls will host Conway Springs on Friday and travel to Wichita Independent on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

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Taylor Joplin gets off a shot while battling two Arkansas City defenders during the championship of the Mulvane Wildcat Classic on Saturday.

Lions fall in title game Cheney takes 4th at Haven By Taylor Eldridge

In a showdown with unbeaten Wellington in the finals of the Haven tournament, the Goddard girls basketball team knew that the champion was going to be the team that made the most plays. If you were counting the final three quarters, that team was Goddard. Unfortunately for the Lions, their start was so poor that not even a furious rally the final three quarters could not rescue them from what eventually became a 47-42 loss to Wellington. “We knew when you have two good teams going at it like that, it’s going to come down to who makes more plays,” Goddard coach Kevin Hackerott said. “We just didn’t make enough that night.” The suffocating defense that earned Goddard a chance to play for the title – it defeated Nickerson 42-23 and Rose Hill 4941 – disappeared in the first quarter against Wellington. Part of that was Wellington being an elite team, but another part was that Goddard didn’t bring its usual defense and fell behind 21-5 in the first quarter. “Wellington made a lot of shots and we didn’t,” Hackerott said. “That was the difference. And after that, you spend so much energy trying to come back that it’s hard to finish it off when you do get close like that.” Shots finally began falling and Goddard meticulously clawed its way back

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Goddard’s C.J. Wilhelm tries to shoot over a Wellington defender during the Haven Wildcat championship. The Lions lost to the Crusaders.

in the game. It out-cored Wellington by three in the second quarter, six in the third quarter and then two in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. Madison Smith led the team in scoring with 12 points, while C.J. Wilhelm chipped in nine. In the opening win over Nickerson, Samantha Schwab scored 14 points as Goddard held Nickerson to just six points combined in the middle quarters. In the win over Rose

Hill, Goddard snapped out of a lackluster first three quarters. The Lions roared back and won the game in the fourth quarter by outscoring Rose Hill by nine to erase a one-point deficit. Smith once again led the team in scoring with 13 points. Goddard, now 11-2 on the season, will return to its league schedule this week. It played Stateranked Andover Central and will travel to Maize South on Friday.

The Cheney High School girls basketball players went 1-2 and placed fourth last weekend in their tournament at Haven. The Cardinals took on Kingman in the first round and edged the State-ranked team 4745. Haley Albers led Cheney with 20 points, and Kirsten Campbell scored all eight of her points in the second half. “That was big for us down the stretch,” said Cheney coach Rod Scheer. “I think another key, we played extremely well defensively throughout the game, and I think that kind of paid off for us down the stretch.” He added that Kingman missed two shots in the closing moments of the game, and he was pleased with Cheney’s defensive effort in those final possessions. Other scorers for the Cardinals were Emily Monson (six), Madison Freund (six), Miranda Ortiz (five), Torrey Lonker (one) and Kristen Wewe (one). Next up for the Cardinals was another strong team, Wellington. The Crusaders are ranked No. 2 in Class 4A Division I, according to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. They topped Cheney 56-44 in the semifinals Friday. The Cardinals led 17-13 at the end of

the first quarter, but they trailed 31-26 at halftime. Wellington was up by a slim margin, 40-38, heading into the fourth quarter but outscored Cheney 16-6 in the final stanza. “The kids played their hearts out the entire game,” Scheer remarked. Albers again anchored Cheney with 13 points. Other scorers were Kennedy Higgins (six), Ortiz (six), Campbell (five), Monson (five), Freund (four), Wewe (three) and Lonker (two). Cheney battled Rose Hill for third place Saturday, but the Rockets prevailed 65-52. They led 20-9 at the end of the first quarter and held a 38-18 advantage at halftime. Scheer said he was disappointed in the Cardinals’ defensive effort, although they cut the deficit to 10 at

the end of the third quarter. “But our focus wasn’t there,” Scheer said. “We gave up easy buckets that they hadn’t given up all year long.” Albers scored 13 points while Freund was close behind with 12. Higgins added seven and Monson provided six. Wewe contributed five and Campbell finished with four. Lonker chipped in three and Ortiz had two. Albers was named to the all-tournament team. Wellington won the tournament title. Cheney hosted rival Garden Plain on Tuesday, Feb. 2, but results were not available by press time. Chaparral will visit Friday, and the girls will travel to Belle Plaine on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

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Cheney’s Jordan Block fights off two Kingman defenders at the Haven Wildcat Classic.

Goddard Lions roll to SEK Invitational title By Michael Buhler

The Goddard Lions’ most dominant wrestling performance of the year was bittersweet for head coach Brett Means. The Lions blew away the field at last Saturday’s SEK Invitational in Chanute, outscoring their nearest opponents – State power Arkansas City and Mill Valley – by more than 100 points. However, the victory was tempered by a pair of factors. “It was bittersweet,” Means said. “Ark

City and Mill Valley had two or three of their starters missing due to injuries, so the margin of victory is an illusion. We also suffered injuries to two of our starters, which hopefully will not be serious.” Goddard, the defending Class 5A State champion and top-ranked team in Class 5A all season, placed nine wrestlers in the finals at Chanute and had three more finish in the top four.

“Anytime you can place 12 of 14 in the top four it is a good day,” Means said. Will Spexarth (120 pounds), Kameron Frame (145), Kendall Frame (152) and Austin Andres (170) all finished first, while Christian Bowen (126), Lane Glover (132), Garrett Lange (138), Troy Fisher (160) and Corey Atkins (220) all finished second. Logan Pirl (113 pounds) took third, while Gabriel Holmes (106) and Dayton Driskill (195) each placed fourth.

The Lions have a busy schedule to finish the regular season, heading to Andover for an Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II match on Thursday before coming home Saturday to host their own Goddard Invitational. The Lions wrap up the regular season Feb. 11 against AVCTL-II rival Andover Central. “We will continue to work hard and focus on getting better and healthy for regionals,” Means said.


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Three Owls earn top-four finishes at home By Michael Buhler

The Garden Plain Owls had one of their best days of the wrestling season as they placed a trio of wrestlers in the top four at their own Garden Plain Invitational last Friday. “It was a good day,” Garden Plain coach John Niehues said. “There were some good teams there.” Mercedes Gassmann took second at 126 pounds, including a pin of Hesston’s Carter Wingfield to reach the championship match. In the finals, she lost to Kyle Gerecke of Class 5A Bishop Carroll. Chandler Kreutziger continued

his strong season at 120 pounds, pinning Drake Carothers of Clearwater in the third-place match, while Marty Landwehr took fourth at 170 and Connor Leis took fifth at 182. “We had some kids perform better than expected,” Niehues said. “Mercedes wrestled really well to get in the finals. Chandler was pretty sick all week but came out and performed pretty well.” The Owls are back on the mats Friday and Saturday at the Circle tournament. “It’s a good, big tournament,” Niehues said. “We’re looking forward to it. I told my kids Monday, ‘Compete, compete, compete.’”

The Owls’ Jonah Nowak works to take down a wrestler from Wichita Southeast during Garden Plain’s home wrestling tournament.

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Indians’ wrestlers take third at Garden Plain By Michael Buhler

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Clearwater’s Chance Clark gets a handful of resistance while pinning an opponent during last week’s tournament at Garden Plain.

Led by five top-four finishes, the Clearwater Indians wrestling team turned in one of its best tournament performances of the year Friday at the Garden Plain Invitational. The Indians finished third in the 14-team field, behind champion Bishop Carroll and Mulvane – and ahead of Class 6A foes Wichita East, Wichita Southeast and Dodge City. “I like the format at Garden Plain because the kids get to wrestle four or five matches,” Clearwater coach Guy Johnson said. “And this time of year is when you want the repetition. I was very pleased overall. We had kids at every weight class and 13 contributed to our team finish. The Rylant brothers added a third weekend as champions, which is just awesome. Hunter Reddick was back in the lineup and scored a second overall. Drake Carothers had his best finish so far this year.” Darryl Rylant (106 pounds) and Curtis Rylant (182) led Clearwater by winning their respective division titles,

while Reddick (113) also reached the finals and took second. Curtis Rylant pinned Mulvane’s Kyle Dillon in the finals, while Darryl Rylant won a 10-3 decision over Justin Amaro of Wichita East. Jake Thomas (126 pounds) and Josh Long (152) each took third, with Thomas pinning August Farmer of Wichita East in the third-place match. Carothers (120 pounds) placed fourth, while TJ Henderson (160), Brant Huckaby (170) and Brady Helton (285) each finished fifth. Colton Wells (132) and Chance Clark (138) each placed seventh. Clearwater also defeated a depleted Circle team 63-15 in an Ark ValleyChisholm Trail League Divison IV dual last Thursday and improve to 8-4 in duals. “Circle brought eight wrestlers, so a victory was secured after our second win,” Johnson said. “They do have a couple of very good wrestlers. They both won over us. The final dual of the season clinched another winning season for the boys at Clearwater.”

Hillman takes fourth to pace Cardinals at GP By Michael Buhler

The Cheney Cardinals continued their recent improvement on the wrestling mats by turning in a solid performance at the talent-laden Garden Plain Invitational last Friday. The Cardinals placed three wrestlers in the top six at Garden Plain, including a fourthplace finish by Dawson Hillman at 195 pounds. Bryce Quick (182 pounds) and Clay Robinson (126) each placed sixth, while Erin Underwood (120), Dylan Helten (145) and Caleb Israel (170) all placed seventh. “Dawson did a great job at Garden Plain,” Cheney coach Than Underwood said. “He continues to improve and is re-

ally working hard to improve and understand certain things. Bryce Quick got another win and is really competing at a higher level. The freshmen, Dylan Helten and Clay Robinson, both wrestled well. They both have exceeded my expectations and accept that by wrestling on varsity they are going to have tough matches. Erin Underwood, while in her first year, showed a lot of improvement in the past week.” Cheney heads to Circle on Friday for a two-day wrestling tournament. “As we get closer to regionals, we need to work on things that are still holding us back and being consistent,” coach Underwood said.

Clearwater girls still struggling By Taylor Eldridge

There was an opportunity for the Clearwater girls basketball team to build some serious momentum and begin a breakthrough campaign. Clearwater coach Dirk Ankerholz hoped that would happen last week at the Chaparral Invitational. Instead, the Indians struggled through their first two games and had to settle for a lone win in the seventhplace game, a 46-19 victory over Belle Plaine, to close out the tournament. “The stars weren’t aligned for us, I don’t think,” Ankerholz said. “We were coming off that fantastic game at Winfield and then we just hit a lull and didn’t play very well. We hoped we could come away with two or three wins, but it just didn’t work out.” The opening-round game was telling, as the offensive spark that Clearwater found in Winfield didn’t carry over in its

game against CantonGalva. The Indians returned to their struggles and went into halftime with just seven points. The 10-point hole was too much to climb out of and Clearwater went on to lose the game 40-30 with Elise Oberlechner and Hayley Reibenspies each scored 13 points. “We didn’t get off to a very good start and we were just a little slow that night,” Ankerholz said. “We never could get into any kind of flow and that’s just hard. We didn’t play very well and they took advantage of it.” The struggles to score continued the next game against Inman, but this time Clearwater followed through with a strong defensive effort. Still, Clearwater could not protect a nine-point halftime lead and Inman roared back to force overtime. Although Clearwater had the final possession and the potential game-

winning shot in regulation and in overtime, ultimately the Indians could not find the basket and fell 33-32 in overtime. Alli Klausmeyer led the team in scoring with eight points. “We just couldn’t hit enough shots. That’s what it came down to,” Ankerholz said. “We had our chances, but we just couldn’t get over the hump.” Foul trouble plagued Clearwater early against Belle Plaine, but Ankerholz was impressed by his bench that rescued the Indians. Ankerholz was complimentary of Jackie Henning (4 points), Oberlechner (9), Tara Lukert (5) and Grace Garrison in the win that pushed Clearwater’s record to 5-8 on the season. Clearwater had only one game on the schedule this week, which it played at home against Rose Hill. Results were not available.

Dawson Hillman of Cheney pins an opponent during an early round at the Garden Plain tournament.

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GHS shoots past Campus boys By Taylor Eldridge

Falling in love with the 3-point shot can be a dangerous thing, Goddard coach Kyle Taylor tells his boys basketball team. But there are advantages to it, which the Lions displayed by knocking down a season-high nine 3-pointers en route to a 60-48 victory over Campus last week. Combined with a home loss to rival Eisenhower, Goddard’s record this season is now 6-7. “We shot the ball about as well as we have all season,” Taylor said. “We had some pretty good ball movement against Campus and that opened up some 3’s on the perimeter. And then we rebounded really well, so we got a lot of secondchance opportunities. If we didn’t score the first time, it felt like we scored the second time a lot.” Leading the way was

sophomore Bryant Mocaby, who connected on a career-high six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points. Tate Vang followed through with 15 points, while Luke Vang chipped in eight points and Ian McSwain added four points and seven rebounds. While that worked for Goddard against Campus, those same outside shots stopped falling the next game against Eisenhower and the Lions found themselves trapped in a 28-14 hole by halftime. “We were settling for a lot of quick jumpers and when you’re doing that and not making them, it really hurts you,” Taylor said. “We didn’t have a very good offensive stretch for awhile.” But Goddard did not roll over, as it stormed back in the fourth quarter behind a barrage of forced turnovers and

made baskets. In fact, Goddard cut the Eisenhower lead to 55-51 with under two minutes remaining in the game. The Lions weren’t able to claw back any more after that, but Taylor was proud of the way his team found a way to make it a game at the end. Tate Vang led the team with 21 points, while Mocaby added 12 and McSwain had 11. “We competed until the end and kept battling and we just about made something happen there,” Taylor said. “We did a good job of getting it close and putting ourselves in that position, but we’ve got to be better at the start of the game and not dig ourselves too big of a hole.” Goddard will play two league games this week, as it already took on Andover Central and will travel to Maize South on Friday.


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EHS Tigers place fifth at Emporia By Taylor Eldridge

All that Eisenhower girls basketball coach Joe Blasi wanted his team to accomplish in the midseason tournament at Emporia was to give itself a chance to play against quality competition. The Tigers ensured that by winning their first-round game over Topeka West and then found what they were looking for in State-ranked Olathe South and a quality Hutchinson team. The end result was a fifth-place finish for Eisenhower, which moved to 4-9 on the season. The girls will return this week with a road trip to Arkansas City on Friday after it played Derby earlier in the week.

“We had a game where we had three really good quarters and then two really good quarters, but we just can’t put together that complete game,” Blasi said. “That’s what I think we figured out is that the girls realized what they have to do to win against good teams.” Eisenhower quickly separated itself in the first round from Topeka West, building a lead that stretched to as many as 23 with the stellar play of senior Jaden Damon. She finished with 28 points and 15 rebounds in what Blasi called a “monster game.” Macy Omli added nine steals, as Eisenhower finished with 20 as a team.

“It was pretty clear just from watching the game that Jaden and Macy were the two best athletes on the floor,” Blasi said. “There was a pretty big advantage there and they capitalized on it. It was nice to finally play in a little more relaxed game.” Up next was the eventual champion, from Olathe South, and while the final score may show a 54-22 loss for Eisenhower, Blasi was proud that his team held a squad of that quality to seven points in the second quarter and stay within 22-15 at halftime. “We were kind of outmatched that game, but honestly I was very happy with the way we played,”

Blasi said. “They’re just a very, very good team. But I thought we did a lot of really nice things there in the first half.” Damon scored 16 points, while Mallory Miller added 14 with Sienna Carter coming on to score six points. “We just ran out of gas there,” Blasi said. “We were in foul trouble for most of the night and we just couldn’t get anything going. We played some good defense there in stretches, but we just didn’t have enough punch offensively to get the job done.” Eisenhower fell to Hutchinson 52-40 on the final day of the tournament.

Owls eke out win in overtime By Amy Houston

The Garden Plain High School boys basketball team escaped Conway Springs with an overtime win last week. The Owls triumphed 45-41 in what coach Lee Gillen described as “a game of two halves.” Conway Springs led 11-2 at the end of the first quarter and held a 2412 advantage at halftime. However, Garden Plain won the third quarter 14-5, so the Owls entered the fourth trailing 29-26. The score was tied 36-36 at the end of regulation. “I’m really proud of them,” Gillen said of his players. “We could have folded. The kids did a really good job of keeping their composure and fighting back and clawing and scratching, and they got rewarded in overtime.” The boys prevailed 9-5 in overtime, but Gillen said it wasn’t the result of any major adjustments

before the extra period. “We just wanted to continue what we were doing,” he explained. “We were kind of in the flow offensively and I thought defensively we had picked it up and were doing things better.” Zach May anchored Garden Plain with 15 points Friday, and Alex Mannebach provided 13. Alex Becker followed with nine. Luke Heimerman added six and Graham Eastburn chipped in two. The Owls played at rival Cheney on Tuesday, Feb. 2, but results were not available by press time. They will face Conway Springs again on Friday at Garden Plain. “It will be just as tough, if not tougher, the second time because they’re a good basketball team,” Gillen said. “They’ve got good size, they’ve got good guard play. They were 11-1 for a reason.”

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Alex Mannebach puts up a shot during the Owls’ victory over Conway Springs last week.

Eisenhower boys pass huge test in Maize By Taylor Eldridge

Eisenhower boys basketball coach Steve Blue knew that last week was going to be a huge test for his team. Coming off a tournament victory in Spring Hill, Eisenhower had to return to play State-ranked Maize on the road and then follow that with another road trip to Goddard – its two biggest rivals on the schedule. Eisenhower passed both tests, defeating Maize 6247 and then following it up with a 63-54 win over Goddard, to move to 12-1 and ascend to No. 2 in Class 5A in the latest rankings published by the coaches. “Last week was a huge week for us,” Blue said, “just to be able to get two big wins over rivals. To first beat a very good Maize team and then to avoid a letdown the next game, I’m just extremely

happy and extremely excited for this team.” Maize figured to be Eisenhower’s toughest challenge yet with the height to match up with Eisenhower’s star post, Matt Pile. But the Tigers proved that they were more than just one player, rose to the challenge and played their finest game of the season. “They obviously had the height and they presented us with a tall challenge, but I feel like our guys really stepped up on the defensive end,” Blue said. “They may have been taller, but I thought our guys used their strength to push them out to the perimeter and really control the game.” Pile still scored 18 points, but Dylan Vincent stepped up to deliver 20 points, and Noah Strunk (11) and Sonny Brown (7) each scored timely baskets.

Eisenhower led 18-8 after the first quarter and never looked back, as it won all four quarters against Maize. “It was definitely our most complete game,” Blue said. “We were extremely efficient on offense and defense and we were able to get the ball inside and then also knock down outside shots. It’s probably the best defensive game we’ve played all year long.” Eisenhower avoided a letdown the next game against Goddard, as it darted out to a 16-9 lead after the first quarter and eventually led by 15. A fourth-quarter rally by Goddard made the final score a little closer, with

the Tigers holding on for a 63-54 victory. Pile exploited his height inside to the tune of 25 points, while Vincent scored 15, Brown had 12 and Jack Taliaferro stepped up and knocked down three 3-pointers. “It really helped when Jack came out and hit three 3’s there in the first quarter,” Blue said. “I thought we were able to get out and guard them really well there in the first half. We held them to 14 points at halftime, so that was one of our better defensive halves for sure.” Eisenhower played Derby earlier in the week and will travel to Arkansas City on Friday for a league game.

Clearwater boys break down Winfield By Taylor Eldridge

Call it the calm before the storm. The Clearwater boys basketball team is in the midst of a break in the schedule with just two games in a two-weekplus stretch before a return to a demanding league schedule closes out the season. With just one game on the schedule last week, Clearwater not only capitalized on the additional practice time but registered a 45-37 victory over Winfield to even its record to 7-7 on the season. “This little break gives us some time to refocus in time to make that last little push,” Clearwater coach Dustin Clevenger said. “It’s always good to start to accumulate some wins, and I feel like we’re getting better as a team right now.” The final score was actually misleading to how well the Indians played in the first half, as they smothered Winfield on defense and held it to 11 points en route to building an 18-point lead. It was one of the best halves of basketball Clearwater has pieced together this season, according to Clevenger. “We were really good on defense and we just executed the game plan,” Clevenger said. “We were

good on the help-side and we controlled the boards. They had no offensive rebounds in the first half, so that tells me we had a really solid defensive effort.” But Clearwater became complacent in the third quarter and allowed Winfield to rally, cutting the lead to seven points entering the fourth quarter. Winfield never seriously threatened in the final quarter, but Clevenger would have liked to have seen his team close out a game more efficiently. Kincaid Liebenberg led the way with a game-high 18 points, while Brandon Bates had his finest offensive showing of the season with 12 points. Konner Wells chipped in seven points, while Bryce Gibbs (5), Chance Headley (2) and Collin Ellis (1) also scored. “We didn’t help ourselves any by missing a lot of free throws,” Clevenger said. “We allowed the score to get a little closer than we probably should. Had we shot free throws like we typically do, then we would have maintained that 18-point advantage.” Clearwater played Rose Hill earlier in the week and will have Friday off before returning to close the season with its five remaining league games.

EHS wrestlers take 2nd at Hoisington By Michael Buhler

Led by a quartet of individual champions, the Eisenhower Tigers turned in perhaps their best performance of the wrestling season Friday at the Hoisington Cardinal Classic. As a team, the Tigers finished second behind host Hoisington at the tournament but still had 10 wrestlers place in the top four. Leading the way for Eisenhower was a foursome of individual winners. Colin Reed (113 pounds), Collin Dwornicki (152), Eann Ellingson (160) and

Jayden Martinez (170) all brought home gold at the Cardinal Classic. Four other Tigers took second at the event – Seth Doud (106 pounds), Dayne Holmgren (120), Caleb Bartel (138) and Stuart Habbert (285) – while Jagger Blubaugh (145) finished third and Alex Jones (182) placed fourth. Eisenhower is back on the mats Thursday when it hosts Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II rival Valley Center. The Tigers will head across town to Goddard on Saturday for the Goddard Invitational.

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This year’s Heart-To-Heart candidates are, from left: Gabrielle Lavington, Trevor Lies, Makayla Hillman, Jon Hubener, Allie Twietmeyer, Slayton Asbury, Caitlin Greiving and Jared Craig.

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CHENEY – Cheney High School will crown the Heart-To-Heart queen and king on Friday night. The crowning will take place immediately after the conclusion of the boys basketball game. This year’s candidate couples are Gabrielle Lavington and Trevor Lies,

Makayla Hillman and Jon Hubener, Allie Twietmeyer and Slayton Asbury, and Caitlin Greiving and Jared Craig. The mini-attendants are Landry Voth and Kameron Dick. Students celebrated the week with spirit days. The themes for each day were: Monday – Travel

Day; Tuesday – Twin Day; Wednesday – Dress As Your Parent/Guardian Day; Thursday – Teacher Look-Alike Day; and Friday – Cardinal Spirit Day. Students will have a hallway parade at 2:45 p.m. Friday. Candidates, classes and clubs will enter floats. A banner competition also

will take place. Cheney After Prom is holding a chili supper on Friday night. Cinnamon rolls are included on the menu. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children under five, and funds will benefit the after prom party. Food will be served 5-9 p.m.

Program’s success was key recruiting tool By Travis Mounts

CLEARWATER – Max Whetstone looked at three different Kansas colleges where he could further his football career, but only one was really in the race – Tabor College. Whetstone committed to the Bluejays last week. He picked the Hillsboro college in part because of their winning ways. “One of the first things I considered is they’ve been a successful program for a while, and that’s in part due to their head coach,” Whetstone said. Tabor is coached by Mike Gardner, who has led the Bluejays for eight years. “I liked his philosophy and the way he talked. He also understood effort and working your butt off.” In the end, though, the decision came down to something simple. “It felt like home,” Whetstone said. Whetstone expects to

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Max Whetstone recently signed with Tabor College. Seated beside him is his father, Michael. Standing, from left, are Clearwater assistant coach Jeff Cornwell, Tabor assistant David Myers and Clearwater head coach Kirk Ankerholz.

compete for one of the Bluejays’ running back spots. They often use a three-back system. While playing for Clearwater, Whetstone was an H-back, a hybrid of a fullback and a tight end.

Whetstone started playing football in fourth grade and joined his first team in fifth grade. “In sixth grade, I decided I wanted to see how far I could take it,” he said. Whetstone ran track for

three years but does not plan to go out his senior year. He said he played a little basketball but it wasn’t his sport. Right now, he plans to major in psychology. He also has an interest in criminal justice. It took some time for him to decide on a favorite memory during his high school football career. “Aw, man. That’s tough,” he said. He finally came up up with an answer. “Our win against Wichita Trinity to go to the playoffs (last October). It was quite an experience. And I had a great game, too,” he said. It was the second straight year that Clearwater beat Trinity in a must-win game in the final district game of the season. Whetstone is the son of Michael Whetstone and Melissa Vance.

EHS’ Dreiling signs with McPherson By Michael Buhler

Eisenhower High School senior Hunter Dreiling has found the destination to take his high school baseball career to the collegiate level. Dreiling recently signed a national letter of intent to play at McPherson College beginning this fall. “What led me to McPherson was an invitation to a Presidential Day that also was combined with a baseball showcase afterwards,” Dreiling said. He was also impressed with the small, close-knit feel at the NAIA school and added that it felt like home. Dreiling, who plans to major in exercise science and athletic training, has large, but easily summed up, goals at McPherson. “I hope to have success on and of the field,” Dreiling said. Dreiling has been part of one of the best baseball programs in the state of

Eisenhower’s Hunter Dreiling, center, has committed to play baseball at McPherson College. With him is McPherson head coach Shawn Powell, left, and EHS head coach, Cary Dinkel.

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Kansas at Eisenhower, as State tournament appearances have become common during the school’s short history. Dreiling’s favorite aspect of being part of the Eisenhower program in high school is once again easily summed up. “I have enjoyed the ability of our team to act as a family and work together,” Dreiling said. He is the son of Rob and Joelle Dreiling.

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The candidates have been named for Goddard High School’s winter homecoming on Feb. 12. The crowning will take place at halftime of the boys basketball game versus Andover. This is a change in time from previous year. The candidates are, front from left, Brianna Fuchs, Olivia Nunnelley and Cassidy Locke; middle, Corey Atkins and Kennedy Hackerott; back, Devin Hart, Lucas Vang and Joshua Wolf. Homecoming is sponsored by Kansas Association for Youth Chapter at Goddard High School.

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Clark Davidson students sweep poster contest By Sam Jack

GODDARD – Clark Davidson Elementary fourthgraders swept first through third place in the Kansas DUI Impact Center’s statewide poster competition. Winner Caraline Scott received a $100 prize, and her poster design is being displayed on five billboards around Wichita. Second- and third-place winners Londyn Chapman and Melissa Ramey won $75 and $50, respectively. Scott and Ramey’s designs focused on the negative consequences of drunk driving, while Chapman’s focused on positive alternatives to driving drunk. “My poster says, ‘Life is a highway that leads to a bright future, but drunk driving is a dead end,’” said Scott. “The background of the highway is full of unicorns and rainbows and stuff, and the dead end has X’s and stuff that you can’t cross. “Me and my mom were brainstorming about something that was catchy and wasn’t too long and wasn’t too short,” Scott added. Chapman’s tagline was, “Pass your keys, or do one of these.” Illustrations highlighted other options for people who have been drinking and need to get home. “I listed the Wichita Transit bus, or you could take a taxi, or then I put a phone, also, so you could call a friend,” said Chapman. Ramey’s tagline was simple and direct: “You booze, you cruise, you lose. Make the right choice.” “It’s a bridge crossing the river, and someone was drunk driving and crashed through the barrier on the side,” Ramey explained. The girls found out they were winners after being summoned to the principal’s office. “We were all kind of freaking out: ‘What did we do?’ and then Londyn was the one who figured out we all did posters,” said Scott. Around 15 CDS students entered the poster competition, out of more than 200 total entries across the state. The 15 participants led the pledge of allegiance at a recent Goddard Board of Education meeting. Scott’s winning billboard design will be on view at 2762 S. Oliver, 1400 N. Hillside, 5050 S. Seneca, 602 E. Central and 703 N. West in Wichita. For more information on the Kansas DUI Impact Center, visit www.duivictimcenter.com.

ABOVE: From left, fourth-graders Caraline Scott, Melissa Ramey and Londyn Chapman won first, third and second place in the Kansas DUI Impact Center’s statewide poster contest. LEFT: Around 15 CDS students participated in the poster contest. Some of them led the pledge of allegiance at a recent Goddard Board of Education meeting.

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Local bowling teams to face off The Cheney and Eisenhower bowling teams were in action Tuesday, although at different locations. Cheney competed in a triangular at Seneca Bowl against host Campus High and Hutchinson. Eisenhower bowled at Derby against the Pantjers and Newton.

The Cardinals, the Tigers and the Goddard Lions will compete against each other Friday at West Acres Bowl in Wichita. Bowling begins at 3 p.m. Eisenhower will bowl Saturday in the Campus tournament at Seneca Bowl. Goddard will take part in a tri on Wednesday at The Alley.

Cheney will face Wichita Trinity at Northrock Lanes on Feb. 11. Goddard and Eisenhower took part in a two-day tournament at Northrock last Friday and Saturday. Results of that tournament were not available at press time Tuesday night. Cheney did not bowl last week.

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Woman hears radio from afar 130 Years Ago Cook and Snyder shipped one carloads of hogs this week. At Dewey’s there is a fine display of goods in the window. The mail route from Cheney to Peatone has been discontinued. Mr. J.B. Young of Kingman County, who lives about six miles west of Cheney, is a taxidermist and has a case of specimens of his work in that art. 120 Years Ago Mo Sweet is at his former place in the bank with his father, on account of the health of his father, and the steady increase of business in that institution. Brown Bros. have now a full supply of mutton. Now, as Leap Year is here, the last one ‘til 1904, it behooves the young ladies to take advantage. (Then followed a list of eligible bachelors). 110 Years Ago Dewey’s unique 9-cent sale runs Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 1906. Everything advertised will be 9 cents. 100 Years Ago A.R. Meeker states that Cheney is practically isolated from the rest of the world as far as telephone communication is concerned. The rain and freeze of Wednesday put about everything out of commission. Harry Oliver is helping out at the Spot Cash Grocery while Mr. Kurt is in Wichita attending to some business matters. 90 Years Ago Mrs. Arthur Miller, who is a radio fan proper, has a machine that gets the wavelength from across the briny deep. Mrs. Miller was able to get OX, Lima, Peru, QEH, Edinburgh,

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and son, Gary, and Mr. and Mrs. John Zeller and sons, Richard and Jerry, returned Jan. 15, from a 10-day vacation in Hawaii. 30 Years Ago Honor roll seniors, Gretchen Bohm, Jennifer Welch, Lori Bruington and Marcel Harmon were among Cheney High School students honored at the Academic Spirit Assembly Friday. Arch and Anna Mae Cooper celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 26 at the Canterbury Inn in Wichita with a family gathering. A New Zealand teen, Michola Slagter, returned to her home last week after visiting the Ron Daerr family for six weeks. 20 Years Ago Eighth grade student Melissa Robertson won the Geography Bee contest at St. Paul’s School. She will take a written test to see if she will be eligible to compete in the state bee March 29. 10 Years Ago Cheney High School will crown its Heart to Heart royalty Friday night. Queen candidates are Sarah Elliott, Rose Rausch, Ashley Ternes and Elyse Trego. King candidates are Alex Hart, Brady Kohler, Jordan Vulgamore and Bryce Zerener. Jessica Frischenmeyer received the C.V. Hartung Award during the Mulvane Wildcat Classic Tournament last week. The award is given to the player who exemplifies sportsmanship, hustle, hard work, determination and overall good attitude.

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