Ciera Wahus, seventh grader at Bowbells High School, has qualified to attend the State MathCounts competition in Bismarck March 17.
with Valley City
to Play Football
Valley City State University head football coach, Dennis McCulloch announced that Powers Lake senior Curtis Marden has signed a letter of intent to attend VCSU and play football for the Vikings this fall.
A 6-foot-2, 180-pound receiver, Marden caught 12 touchdowns last season for Stanley/Powers Lake. He was named All Conference and was also named an alternate for the Shrine Bowl.
While at VCSU, Marden plans to major in Athletic Training.
He is the son of Chad Marden and Diane Marden.
Under the direction of coach McCulloch, VCSU went 5-5 last season and earned a share of the North Star Athletic Association title with a 3-1 conference record. The Vikings have won three straight conference titles.
Starting this fall, the North Star Athletic Association expands to seven teams in football. Dickinson State and Waldorf College will join the five founding members: VCSU, University of Jamestown, Dakota State University, Mayville State University and Presentation College.
The Vikings open the 2014 season at home against University of Jamestown on Aug. 28.
IT HAPPENED TO...
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology student,
Zachary Norstedt, electrical engineering, Powers Lake, was named to the Dean’s List for the 2014 fall semester.
In order to merit a spot on the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester. Full-time students must have earned a minimum of 12 credit hours that term, while part-time students must have earned between 3 and 11 credit hours that term.
Qualifies Three for State Speech
Knutson & Kremer
Headed to State
Burke County traveled to Garrison for a varsity speech meet March 8. Twenty-nine entries placed and three speakers qualified for State.
Douglas Winzenburg placed first in Serious Interpretation with a selection titled, “Baseball for Dad.”
“This piece wouldn’t work for everyone,” said Coach Beth Aufforth, “but Douglas brings his own passion for baseball into the piece and really brings it to life.”
Heidi Knutson and Sabrina Kremer also qualified with a first place in Humorous Duo. Their selection, “Missed Connections,” is about two strangers on an airplane who drive each other nuts.
“The girls changed how they portrayed their characters this week, and it was a good decision, the new version clearly works well. It says a lot for these speakers who are willing to keep working and growing and developing their presentation,” said Aufforth.
Also placing first, but failing to qualify because of the low number of entries in the particular events, were Colton Gandrud in Radio, and Taylor Mahlum and Taylor Peterson in Serious Duo.
Finishing with a second place was Kremer in Speech to Inform.
Third place awards went to Taylor Mahlum in both Speech to Inform and Speech to Entertain, Peterson in Storytelling, Anna Pace in Serious Interpretation, and Taryn Schmit in Dramatic Interpretation.
Placing fourth were Winzenburg in both Speech to Inform and Impromptu Speaking, Avery DeMint in both Humorous Interpretation and Storytelling, Pace in Programmed Reading, Knutson in Entertain, Lexi Mahlum in Poetry, and Madison Deckert and Mahlum in Serious Duo.
In fifth place were Austin Deckert in Speech to Inform, Lexi Mahlum in Speech to Persuade, Kaylee Knutson in Extemporaneous Speaking, Harley Bowring in Dramatic Interpretation, and Micah Nelson in Humorous Interpretation.
Sixth place finishers included Kierra Hawkins in Serious Interpretation, Taryn Schmit in Programmed Reading, and Matthew Hinds in Radio.
Placing seventh were Madison Deckert in Dramatic Interpretation, and Sara Nelson and Ciera Wahus in Humorous Duo. Nelson also finished eighth in Dramatic Interpretation.
“We had a strong showing in Garrison,” said Aufforth, “but we need to keep pushing, exploring and digging into our selections. If a speaker fails to keep growing, he or she gets stale.” Two invitational meets are left to finish the season leading into regional competition, Glenburn on March 14 and Minot State Campus Players, March 17.
Nineteen Burke County speakers participated in a junior high/novice speech meet in Berthold Tuesday, March 4.
First place winners included Haley Beeter and Madison Deckert in Serious Duo, Matthew Hinds and Brandon Kremer in Humorous Duo, Beeter in Radio, and Aleta Gamble in Poetry.
Finishing in second were Deckert in Dramatic, Hinds in Radio, Dani Kopplesloen in Serious, Micah Nelson in Group A Humorous, Harley Bowring in Group B Humorous, and Ciera Wahus in Group C Humorous.
In third place were Kiah Nelson in Poetry, Sara Nelson in Dramatic, Robby Cooper in Group C Humorous, Brandon McEvers in Group B Humorous, Aleta Gamble and Lexi Kreklau in Group B Humorous Duo, Kali Smith in Group B Serious, and Damion Higgins and Matthew Yates in Group C Humorous Duo.
Taking fourth place were Ciera Wahus and Sara Nelson in Group B Humorous Duo, Kreklau in Serious, Jayden Nygard in Humorous, Damion Higgins in Group C Humorous, Harley Bowring in Dramatic, and Lexi Vandegraft in Poetry.
Fifth place finishers included Mia Blom in Group A Serious, and Alex Casteel in Group B Serious.
And in sixth place was Matthew Yates in Serious.
“Junior high meets are so good for these young speakers,” said Speech coach Beth Aufforth. “They get experience and encouragement with their success.”
I have written a lot about anticipation over the past few years. There is just something about a new place or adventure in the outdoors that can even get a grown man as excited as a four-year-old on his birthday.
I am heading to Huntsville, Alabama to chase blue catfish.
Why go all that way to catch catfish you ask?
Well, we are heading to Wheeler Lake, one of the top three trophy blue cat waters in the U.S. Besides a getaway from winter, this will technically be a work trip for me.
The one and only time I went blue cat fishing was in 2009.
It was a stop on the way to Missouri to pick up a boat at G3. We stopped off at Lake of the Ozarks for a trip to tangle with big blues. What we found out was Ozarks is typically not known for monster blues and we were greeted with terrible weather to make our trip less than ideal.
So back to Alabama, this is a chance to catch a true monster blue catfish.
I personally know four people who have been to the area and broken the 80 pound mark within the past year.
Now the Red River is known worldwide for trophy channel cats, but about the biggest you will get for a channel catfish is high 20 pounds.
As much as I like to think we have some of the greatest catfishing on earth, the idea of breaking 75 pounds with a catfish would get anyone’s attention, especially mine.
Like I said, this is a work trip.
The real reason for the trip is to shoot an episode of Maximum Catfishing (airs on World Fishing Network) to promote my book. Besides talk about the book, the producers know many people in the catfish world who know me and they also know I have never caught a big blue cat.
I realize they want the schtick of the northern kid giving a good reaction to a big fish. You know what, I am happy to give them that reaction.
While that is the main reason for the trip, one of my sponsors, Dave Ashby, the owner of Bottom Dwellers Tackle, will be joining us for the shoot.
I have been working with Dave for nearly two years and have talked to him for many hours but have never met him in person. This will be an honor to fish with and visit with one of the most influential men in the catfishing industry.
Anticipation is high for this trip, to a new state for a new fish with new people. Hopefully the trip is successful (and warm) from both the vacation and the professional standpoint.
I know you will hear all about it in the weeks to come.
Until next time get outside and make some memories.