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Ten pictures are worth 10,000 words PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:11

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


I have no official journalism training. So, in general, I stick closely to the facts. The cold, boring facts.

I also have no official photography training. In that department I go with a quantity over quality approach.

I’d put a page full of pictures in every week if I could. This week I would have put in about 10 from the girls 1600 meter relay win at districts.

Pic 9069—Jonee Maris holding blocks and cheering as Emma Skelton takes off. It didn’t take long for Bronco fans to think “Uh-oh.” Every other team must have front-loaded their relay. When Emma, with a split of just over 68 seconds, hands the baton to Sydnee Harchelroad the Lady Broncos are in fourth. A distant fourth.

Pic 9075—Emma’s hand off to Sydnee. Sutherland in first and Medicine Valley in second are long gone. Third place Brady has a 10-yard lead. As Sydnee rounds the second corner she hasn’t gained on Brady and I’m thinking “They’re in big trouble.” Then at about 125 meters Sydnee kicks it into gear and you can see her reeling in third place with every stride.

Pic 9083—Sydnee’s hand off to Leiauna. Fourth place is a distant memory. Sydnee’s lap of slightly over 63 seconds, two seconds better than her time in the open 400 meter run, has Brady 20 yards in the rearview mirror. With Emma watching in the background, Leiauna Alberts has to swing out into lane three to avoid tripping over second place Medicine Valley when she gets the baton. Leiauna’s lap is kind of a blur to me. Her split was just over 68 seconds. What matters is that she passes Medicine Valley and has Abbie Fanning nipping at the heels of first place.

Pic 9088—Leiauna’s hand off to Abbie. Medicine Valley and Brady are battling for third 10 yards back. Sutherland’s final leg is a tall, long-legged kid. Abbie left her in the dust. She erased a five-yard deficit and turned it into at least a five-yard win.

From there the pictures run together. Abbie crosses the line with her arms raised. Sydnee and Leiauna are just off the track to the right with huge smiles on their faces, trying not to steamroll the girl holding the finish line string on their way to get to Abbie. Head coach Dawn Doetker is at turn four with her arms in the air.

Abbie’s mom Jo is the first one to get to her. Hugs ensue. Leiauna is second, crying happy tears. Then Sydnee followed by Emma crying tears of relief. Abbie’s dad Craig hugs the team as alternate Jonee Maris comes running in. Throughout

Kudos to music program PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:14

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


We listen to a wide variety of music at our house, from 1920s Bessie Smith and Cole Porter to today’s Lady Gaga and Lady Antebellum. So, it wasn’t a surprise when my daughter told me she wanted to go to the district music competition Friday in Imperial.

After hearing the kids sing the national anthem at basketball games this winter I looked forward to attending the event. We got to see all three Wauneta-Palisade chorus performances, the concert band and several small instrumental groups.

One of the things I enjoy most about the Wauneta-Palisade music program is the variety Aaron Behrends encourages. The concert band caught my ear when one of the songs it performed included rhythmic clapping by the kids not playing their instruments. We only got to see four concert bands perform, but this music selection made WP stand out.

I always found it interesting during basketball season to see which group would sing the national anthem. At most schools the pep band plays it, but at Bronco home games it could be a girls trio, a boys quintet or any combination in between. Behrends has given the kids the confidence and ability to step out in front of a crowd and perform well.

The school will be holding its elementary spring concert May 17 and junior high/high school concerts May 8. Some of the groups that performed at district music will be performing and you should take the opportunity to go to the school and enjoy the recital.

I hope you like them as much as my daughter and I did.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:15
True character reveled PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:45

My first “real” job after college was at the YMCA in McCook. I enjoyed working with the kids, but the adults were another story. The line I came to hate in my time there was “Yeah, but he’s a really nice guy off the court.” Let’s face it, most of us are.

Things are normally pretty calm in our lives, but as soon as we, or the team we support, step on the court, there are a million little things that can go either way and ruin our day. It’s when things don’t go our way that we dissolve into a temper tantrum like a two-year child. The decisions of our teammates and, more often, the refs can haunt us for years. We have all sat by somebody in the stands who screamed at the ref all game long for a missed call in the first quarter.

A quote by John Wooden is much better suited to our society. “Sports don’t build character, they reveal it.” The characteristics we hide so well in our normal life are magnified when we step onto a playing field. There are so many more chances for things to go wrong during competition. But, what do we do when we do everything right and someone else makes a mistake? This is really when we reveal our true character.

Our Bronco athletes have experienced several disappointments in the last six weeks. We all remember how the boys basketball team’s season ended. Two of the three scorekeepers wrote a timeout down for the wrong team and the mistake ended the boy’s season.

Last week in Sutherland, Abbie Fanning was told by a race official that there would be two heats of the 800 meter run. She waited patiently with her coach behind the timer and picker’s stand for her heat to be called, only to find out there wouldn’t be a second heat.

We can be grateful that Abbie doesn’t have to face the finality that the basketball team did. Both instances, however, will shape the adults they turn into. Our reactions to these events will shape the adults they become.

In the end we can hopefully choose to live by the words of former University of Nebraska philosophy professor Hartley Burr Alexander, "Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:46
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