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Starting off with a bit of golf today, be sure and call the Pro Shop at the Four Winds before heading out as they have been sanding and plugging the greens and you might find limited holes in use. Four Winds Pro Chad Wise said there will be open golf this weekend for certain.

-----------------------------Thanks to some back problems and other health issues I haven’t caught any Kimball High sports events yet but I think I am on the mend now and actually got down to Lincoln this past weekend for the Nebraska-Wyoming football game. I like to try and do that at least once a season just for the atmosphere. I can see it better on TV and listen to it on the radio, which I do while I am at the game site in Memorial Stadium as well.

I’m sure you have heard the Huskers won 52-17 which was a big fourth quarter full of intercepts, but despite the Cowboys throwing 5 interceptions, I am impressed with their quarterback. I like Wyoming, second to the Huskers, and have always been a fan of coach Bohl who came out of the Nebraska program.


Nebraska lost one of their long time fans this past week with the passing of Albert Elenberger. I attended the funeral of my 91 year old friend on Monday and he was decked out in all of his Husker gear in his coffin and most of the family wore Big Red clothing in his honor. Al was a great fan of the Huskers.

A neat side-light to the Nebraska-Wyoming game was Al’s grand daughter, Jennifer Greenwood, attending her first Nebraska game ever and releasing a ballon at the first TD with notes inscribed saying she loved her Grandpa. What a beautiful and fitting tribute to Al! Jennifer’s hubby, Kenny also said all of the right words on Facebook as he told of the happening. Just another fitting story of good Kimball people folks showing their love and support of both Nebraska football and a Grandpa that loved the Big Red.


I wanted to see Al’s son Dwain especially at the funeral and I accomplished that. Dwain was a former Kimball High standout football player back in the mid-sevenities, and he and his Dad were great buddies as Al wouldn’t think of missing a game or any sporting event Dwain was involved with. I remember coach Keith Staehr telling me once, speaking about Dwain, “You know Tom, this kid might be one of the most athletic kids I have ever coached. With his size and build, he can still jump around on the trampoline in PE class like some little gymnist.” Dwain introduced me to all of his sons and they are all built like their Dad and all are football players. One of them is college coach. By the way, coach Staehr was at the funeral too and Dwain was sure to tell me that.


Be sure and catch all of the stories on the Kimball High sports scene this week but I did want to just give my congrats to the Kimball High Boy’s Cross Country Team for their second place finish at their own Invitational this past week. Bridgeport won the team title with 24 points but Kimball was close with 32. The Horns had three runners in the top ten medal group including Brandon Barker in 2nd place with his time of 18:28 over the hilly 5K course. Zachery Wagner was 7th in 19:48 and Kaden Adrian 10th in 20:20. Thomas Lenzen ran 13th and Joel Evertson 26th in the field of 75 runners. Good job Kimball and a tip of the cap to coaches Tiffany Johnson and Laurie Janicek. They had some good efforts from their junior high runners also and the program looks good.


Lots of events on the schedule this week and the very first home volleyball matchers are tonight (Thursday) with Pine Bluffs coming to town. It is a full slate with frosh/JV/varsity and a start time of 5 p.m. Football at home tomorrow night with the Horns hosting Chase County and a 7 p.m. kickoff time. Bring your appetite as the Interact Club will be feeding you with a Soup Supper beginning at 5 p.m.


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