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4475d40550743 The Class of 1986 Composite (Plese click on picture to enlarge)
The Class of 1986 Composite (Plese click on picture to enlarge)

Class of 1986

by Staff

May 23, 2006

19Hemingford High School 86

Student and Faculty Highlights of the Year

This page features athletic records, officers, themes, important numbers, important happenings, and other educational information from the year in question. It provides a quick and ready resource for Bobcat Grads and families!

Student Council Highlights  An active year that saw STUCO sponsor four dances, purchase new speakers for the sound system, donate to Close Up, and help with Hemingfords Centennial activities.

Student Council Members  Theron Jensen, Mark Nikont,Tim Campbell, Mimi Craig, Pete Jensen, Tricia Turek,  Dan Walters,  Kaylene Kumpf,  Greg Hill, and Teri Brauninger

National Honor Society Members  Lori Walters,Wendy Evans, Trish Wilkins, John Cullan, David Elsner, Jill Hooper, Pete Jensen, Dani Puita, Deb Specht, and Tricia Turek.

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4475d40550743The Bobcat Band, under the direction of Sue Shaver, eagerly awaits the Girls State Basketball Game against Pierce in Lincoln (please click on picture to enlarge)
The Bobcat Band, under the direction of Sue Shaver, eagerly awaits the Girls State Basketball Game against Pierce in Lincoln (please click on picture to enlarge)

Music Department  Mrs. Shaver and the Hemingford band traveled to Lincoln in September and performed at the Nebraska State Fair. They also attended an Alabama concert there and watched the Cornhuskers play visiting Florida State. Superior ratings at District Music Contest went to the flute duo of Brenda Reifschneider and Laura Specht, and the sax duet of Leeann Bruns and Tricia Klemke. The pep band also performed at the Girls State Basketball Tournament.  The Choir earned a superior at Districts, and the 59 member choir performed at Hemingfords Centennial celebration.

Drama and One Acts A cutting from The Curious Savage won an excellent rating at Districts, and the complete play was performed in the spring for the three act play. Students that participated in One Acts or Three Acts were awarded an H letter for the first time at Hemingford.

Speech Mrs. Lliteras was the sponsor, as a blizzard wiped out the District meet for Hemingford.

Football  Coach John Stanton’s Bobcats were 7-2 with wins over Martin, Guernsey, Red Cloud, Bridgeport, Morrill,  Rushville, and Kyle, including four shutouts. Only one team scored more than once, with Grant beating Hemingford 16-9 in the State C2 Play-offs.

Volleyball  The Lady Cats went7-11 for Coach Barb Zurn, including wins over fourth and first seeds Rushville and Bayard in Sub-Districts. Trish Laeger ,  Lori Walters, Tricia Turek, and Trish Wilkens were members of the Panhandle All-Conference Volleyball team. The freshmen Volleyball team, coached by Ms. Bieck, was 7-2 on the season.

Girls Basketball  Following a one point nail biter over Hershey at area finals, the Lady Cats Basketball team headed to state for the first time in school history! With a season record of 20-3, the Lady Cats of Coach John Stanton finished the season rated sixth in C1. Trish Laeger was a super state and all state Class C1 player, with Kim Murdock, Tricia Turek, and Lori Walters also being selected for area and all conference teams.

Boys Basketball  The boys were 13-5, with losses in four games coming to state rated C1 teams, and a one point loss to Class B Chadron.For the third year in a row, the Cats won the Panhandle Conference Tourney. Tim Campbell, Paul Hanks, Perry Hansen, Trevor Williams, and Ron Wood all made all area or all conference teams. Hanks was a second team All– Stater as well for Coach Tim Lanik. The  reserves, coached by Grant Campbell had an outstanding season, finishing 13-1.

Wrestling  The Matcats of Ed Planansky filled only eight of twelve weight classes , and had just three seniors this year. Finishing second at Mullen, and sending four wrestlers to the State Wrestling Meet were season highlights. Theron Jensen was the state 145 lb. runner-up, while Mark Nikont, 138, Mike Raben, 167, and Chris Baer, 132 also made it to Lincoln for Hemingford.

Girls Track and Field  New records were the order of the season for the girls as six were set or broken, including Jennifer Lilly in the 100 highs, Marcia Puita in the 1600, Laura Specht in the 300 Lows, Tricia Turek in the 3200, and Sue Woodsmall in the shot. The 4 x 800 relay team also set a record with team members Danette Jesperson, Cara Lohmeyer, Tricia Turek, and Lori Walters. The girls won the Hay Springs invite by four points over rival St. Agnes.

Boys Track and Field  Tim Laniks thinclads won three invitationals, including the Panhandle Conference meet. There were three state qualifiers for the boys, including Tim Campbell in the shot put, Paul Hanks in the high jump, and Randy Manion in the 100. Hanks placed third in Omaha in his specialty.

Clubs and Activities  State FFA qualifiers included Randy Manion, Steve Merrill, Jerry Schock, John Ditsch, Ed Hopper, Rich Stricker, Bryon Williams, Jason Swanson, Dan Walters, Trevor Williams, John Cullan, David Elsner, and John Elsner. Earning district FHA golds were Stacia Jensen, Angie Kotschwar, Kaylene Kumpf, Michele Heinz, Steph Kampbell, and Val Planansky.   Planansky was district Vice President and Kampbell was district secretary. Mr. Brown was the FFA advisor and Ms. Nieveen was the FHA sponsor. There was an Octagon Club, Science Club, and Drama Club as well.

Homecoming Royalty  Winter Homecoming was held in addition to Fall Homecoming this year. Winter Royalty included King Tim Campbell, Queen Carol Schekall, and attendants Michele Heinz, Kim Murdock, Sue Woodsmall, Sean Delsing, Perry Hansen, Mark Nikont, Jerry Schock, and Ron Wood. For the Fall celebration, the Bobcats defeated Martain 39-0 for a great victory. King was Theron Jensen, Queen was Lori Walters, and attendants were Tamra Prochazka, Carol Schekall, Tim Campbell, and Paul Hanks.

Prom Royalty  King was Paul Hanks, Queen was Lori Walters. Attendants were Tricia Turek, Jake Clark, Marcia Puita, Chris Baer, Jennifer Walters, and Todd Turek.

Prom Theme  The Band Scam performed at the Prom, with the theme of Tropical Paradise. The dance was held in the small gym, and the dinner was held in the basement of the Methodist Church. There were palm trees, fountains, and a setting sun.

Senior Class Motto  Our Dreams are such fragile things, and yet they are strong enough to hold tomorrows bright promises.  Class colors were maroon and grey, and the class song was Goodbye by Night Ranger.

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The graduates pose for one last picture (please click on picture to enlarge)

Senior Class Officers  President, Lori Walters, VP, Mark Nikont, Secretary, Juli Loomis, and Treasurer, Paul Hanks.

Junior Class Officers  President, Trish Laeger, VP, Jake Clark, Secretary – Treasurer, Deb Specht.

Sophomore Class Officers  President, Chris Baer, VP, Stacia Jensen, Secretary, Val Planansky, and Treasurer, Marcia Puita

Freshmen Class Officers  President, Jami Cullan, VP, Lee Davies, Secretary, Jennifer Walters, and Treasurer, Laura Specht

State Competitions FFA, FHA, Girls Basketball, Boy’s Track, Football

Special or Unique Happenings  Mr. Lyle Fodnes won the First Annual Outstanding Educator Award, presented by the Optimist Club.

Senior Class Enrollment  34

Kindergarten Class Enrollment  38

Superintendent  Mr. Hanks

Principals  Mr. Kotschwar and Mr. Fodnes

Elementary Teachers  Mrs. Prochazka, Mrs. Davies, Mrs. Stolldorf, Miss Black, Mrs. Engel, Mrs. Engelhaupt, Mrs. Zajic, Mrs. Laeger, Mrs. Hucke, Mrs. Ahrens, and Mrs. Thomas.

Secondary Teachers  Mrs. Hucke, Miss Zurn, Mrs. Shaver, Mr. Egging, Mrs. Gasseling, Mrs. Hanks, Mrs. Jacobsen, Mr. Lanik, Mrs. Lliteras, Mrs. Nieveen, Mr. Planansky, Mr. Stanton, Mr. Stolldorf

Other Staff Members  Student teachers were Mrs. Boness, Mr. Kruse, and Mr. Meade.


Class of 1986

Date Subject Posted by:
08/14/2008 Does anyone know what happened to Carol Schekall or how to get in touch with her? Tim Klug tjklug@hotmail.com LA, CA
10/11/2010 I do not know about Carol, but I would like to find Sue Woodsmall. It you have any information email me at cmoore.faith@yahoo.com. I went to school with Sue in North Platte and would love to connect with her again. Thank you. Chr Chris Moore cmoore.faith@yahoo.com Grand Island teacher
11/06/2011 I am looking for a Mimi Craig who in the fall of 1986 went to the Boston area to be a nanny. I also was a nanny at the same time and we became friends. I would like to re-connect with Mimi. I do remember her saying she was from Alliance, Nebraska. If anyone knows her, please have her send me a message on Facebook. I live in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Thanks. Cathy LeBlanc
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