G-R Wrestling begins 22-23 with a room full of experience

By Scott Bidroski

For longtime wrestling Coach Ward Wacker and the Gordon-Rushville Mustangs, there is going to be plenty of bodies in the wrestling room this winter.

A large contingency of returners will once again wear the blue and orange and a large influx of underclassmen are looking to get their first taste of high school wrestling as well.

Joining the boys this season are four young ladies as well, creating the largest girls team in school history.

Leading the charge for the team is a


Mustang boys seeking to take final step in 2022-23 season

By Scott Bidroski

A group of seniors six men strong are set to embark on their final basketball season with one goal in mind: the State Tournament.

The Mustangs 2021-22 season ended in Broken Bow, Neb. at the hands of Fort Calhoun in a District Final.

The sting from that loss and coming up a few points short is one of the driving forces for this group who have played together since they were in the fifth grade.

The seniors on the roster are Ellis Livington, Jace Nelson, Michael Perez, Logan


Locked and loaded, GRHS Girls Basketball ready to build upon success

By Scott Bidroski

Things are going to heat up once again at Gordon-Rushville High School as the Girls basketball team is set to take the floor in 22-23.

With no seniors on last year’s roster, the Mustangs return every player, and add a few new ones as well, to their roster that posted a 19-7 record and advanced to a District Final.

“We have a tough schedule this year,” said Head Coach Randy Hurlburt.

“The Western Trails Conference (WTC) portion of the schedule will


Hay Springs Wrestling hits the mats this week to kick off 22-23; McKillip and Boles create first Girls team in Hawks history

By Scott Bidroski

The wrestling room at Hay Springs is quite full as they head into the 2022-23 season.

Eleven student-athletes are participating this Winter, with four of them bringing experience from the season prior.

Leading the charge will be returning State Qualifier, senior Wesley Jacobs.

Jacobs won 28 matches last season and went 1-2 at the Nebraska State Championships last February.

“I believe Wesley Jacobs is on track for another great season,”said Head Coach Chuck


Hawks ready to begin 2022-23 season with games against Cody-Kilgore, Arthur County

By Scott Bidroski

While the numbers are not soaring through the roof for the 2022-23 Hay Springs Boys Basketball team, the expectations for success are still present.

A big reason for those expectations ride on the shoulders of junior Gage Mintken.

Mintken is the leading scorer from the team last season, averaging 12.9 points per game as a sophomore.

He also drained 25 three pointers and tallied 68 steals.

“Gage Mintken will bring good experience as a junior with two years


Hawks Girls Basketball looking to soar in 2022-23

By Scott Bidroski

The 2022-23 season for the Hay Springs Hawks Girls Basketball team is set to tip off on Friday, December 2 in Cody-Kilgore.

And for Head Coach Ron Olson and the Hawks, they will run out an impressive lineup that will look to improve upon the 6-17 record from the year previous.

Leading the charge on the roster once again this season will be the returning leading scorer, senior Samantha Toof.

Toof averaged 15.0 points per game as a junior, pouring in a total of 346 points in


Rushville City Council approves Telecom West’s lease agreement, gets update on Library project

By Scott Bidroski

The Rushville City Council held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 31 beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Mayor Chris Heiser began the meeting by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Council members present at the meeting included Heiser, Curt Gilchrist, Amanda Haller, and Steve Willnerd. Matt Jansen was absent.

The minutes from September were skipped and moved for approval at the next meeting.

The September Treasurer’s Report was approved by the


Three new members welcomed into GRHS National Honor Society

By Scott Bidroski

On Thursday, November 3, Gordon-Rushville High School (GRHS) held their annual National Honor Society (NHS) induction at the school.

Three students were inducted into the prestigious group in a ceremony held in the gymnasium.

The NHS is a nationwide organization for high school students in the United States and outlying territories, which consists of many chapters in high schools.

The selection to NHS is based on four criteria. They are scholarship (academic achievement)


Alyssa DeHart named Responder of the Year

By Scott Bidroski

In a ceremony held on Saturday, November 5, the Gordon Volunteer Rescue Squad (GVRS) gave out its highest honor, Responder of the Year.

Alyssa DeHart, who has responded to 215 of the 294 total calls since January 1 of this year, was given the award.

“Alyssa has a strong sense of community and determination to do her best at whatever she sets her mind to,” said GVRS Chief Candy Allison.

“Her skills and instinct have expanded exponentially since becoming

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