FBLA holds first Winter Olympics

by: Katlyn Brooks

On Friday, March 10th, the Blue Hill FBLA members held the first Winter Olympics. This is a day all about sports. The high schoolers get together in teams and compete against each other. There were seven different teams of students, and each team contained 5 to 6 people. Some of the sports they play are basketball, ladder golf, corn hole, and dodge ball. “It was very successful,” FBLA’s vice president, Collin Brown says, “and we’re planning on making this an annual event.” 

Basketball: TVC Tournament

by Katlyn Brooks

This week, the girls and boys basketball teams are participating in the Twin Valley Conference. Tonight, the boys basketball team will be playing Deshler. Tomorrow, the girls will play Lawrence-Nelson.

Boys basketball is participating in the 3rd round of TVC tonight, playing the #1 seed. “We’re looking forward to the challenge,” head coach, Joe Hubl says. He is proud to say that his team has won the last 7 out of 9 games. The boys have also won the past 2 out of 3 TVC tournaments.

The team has improved vastly since day one, both offensively and defensively. Their biggest improvement; however, is the ability to control and take care of the ball. Hubl stated that there are much less turnovers.

As for the rest of the season and next year’s team, Hubl says he’s very optimistic. “It’s been fun watching our young players since the beginning of the season.”

The girls basketball team plays Lawrence-Nelson at 6pm at the Kenesaw High School.

On Saturday, February 4th the girls and boys will both be competing for 3rd and 4th. If victorious, they will then compete for 1st and 2nd.

BlueHill Basketball: BlueHill@ Superior

By Johnny Bauman

Thursday, December 7th The Blue hill boys and girls basketball teams traveled to play the Superior Wildcats. The Girls game started of very fast paced, with the superior girls having a high advantage it was difficult for our girls to work around the taller girls, but as the game  progressed the girls made moves and closed a 12 point lead down to two points late in the forth quarter. The lead then slipped as time was ticking off  and the girls lost 46 to 38. The Boys game started off a bit slow with not so many points being scored and both teams showing some aggressive defense. The points broke loose throughout the second quarter and the home crowd was a real challenge for the boys to overcome, however the boys team tagged along and was only down by 3 most of the time. After half time the boys lost the surge and fell back throughout the third quarter. Finally the fourth quarter the boys made a huge leap and was down by one, but the momentum was short lived and the boys lost 45-35

Winter Sports Preview


By Johnny Bauman

After the finale of the fall sports, we look towards what our winter sports will shape out as and what to expect this season. First let’s start off with the  girls High School basketball team coached by Tim streff. In an interview with head coach Streff, he said that the team has gained some numbers. Last year’s team had only 16 girls, and this year there are 22 girls. Besides that he says that the girls have also gotten bigger,and taller, he says that will be a good asset to the team.

Streff’s outlook on this year’s season looks extremely good with the returning players and the way they have gotten bigger over the last year and have gained experience.

The main competitors that Streff says to be careful of are Doniphan Trumball, St Cecilia, and Wood River. Inside the conference, Red Cloud and Lawrence Nelson will be the tough competitors.

Streff’s focus on leadership is not out of the ordinary, with only three seniors on the girls team, he says it will be a huge impact on the team. The seniors this year ran a team where there were no seniors last year so the experience as leaders is definitely in their favor, Streff knows that these three girls are hardworking and positive role models for the underclassmen. Streff noted that for any team is that it doesn’t matter about the quantity of leadership there is on a team, it’s the quality of leadership that a team has.

High School boys basketball this year is also in swing this winter. In an interview with Coach Hubl, he says the amount of kids is relatively the same. Outlook on the season is high for Hubl as he is hoping to be back to back TVC champions this year along with getting farther in district play. Blue Hill will see the same tough competition this year as they did last year, on the conference side of things, Kenesaw and Lawrence Nelson are looking to be Blue Hill’s toughest opponents this winter. The outside of the conference will prove to have a couple tough opponents as well such as Grand Island Central Catholic, and St Cecilia.

At districts the tough opponents include a familiar foe with Kenesaw, and Heartland Lutheran. Leadership is key, and having one senior, Hubl expects the junior class to step up as leaders like they had during the football season. The one senior Kody Mans will remain as the top leader as he is a 4 year starter.

Wrestling is also back in swing, coming off of last year sending two seniors to state, we want to know what to expect for the Warcats this year. Mr Lonowski was hired as the new coach for Blue Hill. He says it’s been his passion to coach wrestling because he used to be a wrestler and the only way he could come in contact with wrestling again is if he coached it. Challenges that Lonowski said he would have to face are mainly the small things such as weight, and focusing on the wrestlers main strengths. The team lost three wrestlers from last year and only have 4 wrestlers this year. Lonowski finds that very convenient because everyone gets the one on one time that they need to make them better. Coach Lonowski’s outlook on the season is that he is very excited for having a small team seeing what everyone is capable of.