Track Takes Off: Dan Lennon, SDSU, & WC Early Bird
By TJ Holloway
April 12, 2017
The West Central track team has competed in Vermillion at Dan Lennon, and then went to the SDSU Indoor meet where, at SDSU Indoor, eighth grader Averi Schmeichel, took second in the women’s hurdles. Competition was intense at the SDSU Indoor meet with many AA schools attending the meet and various other larger teams from Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota.
At the Dan Lennon meet, our West Central Trojans track team went to the Dan Lennon Invitational Track Meet. It’s the first meet of the West Central Track season and most likely the hardest one too. We started the meet of with 60 meter hurdles for boys and girls. Our star hurdler, eigth Grader Averi Schmeichel, takes first in the girls 60 meter hurdles putting West Central on the podium early. Then long distance run ner Derick Peters ran a 4 minute 27 second beat- ing the next contender by 9 seconds.
But this year at Dan Lennon, records fell left and right as athletes crush previous records. Woodbury Central’s Nick Phelps set the meet record on his final throw, throwing an astounding 65 feet and 10.5 inches. Then in pole vault, Nolan Hoback jumped nearly 12 feet to set a new meet record. Then in the 60 yard dash West Sioux City’s Khenadi Jones ran a 7.72, destroying the meet record.
At our home WC Early Bird Meet the individual girls’ results are as follows: 100 meter dash, eighth grader Jada VanOverbeke placed fifth with a time of 13.6, 200 meter dash, sophomre Sydney Kurtz placed second with a time of 27.2, eighth grader Shaw Nelson placed fourth with a time of 28.1, sophomore Kali Nelson placed fifth with a time of 28.4, eighth grader Jada VanOverbeke placed sixth with a time of 28.9. In the 400 meter dash, senior Gillian Watkins placed fifth with a time of 1:08, senior Mason Scharffenburg placed sixth with a time of 1:08. In the 800 meter run, junior Olivia Rohan placed third with a time of 2:30. In the 1600 meter run eighth grader Shelby Sherard placed second with a time of 6:15, sophomore Ashley Nettiffee placed third with a time of 6:21. In the 2-mile run eighth grader Abbie Cain placed second with a time of 13:36. In the 100 meter hurdles eighth grader Averi Schmeichel placed first with a state qualifiying time of 15.9. In the 300 meter hurdles senior Alyssa Anderson with a time of 52.7. In girls triple jump senior Sydney Goertel placed first, and senior Alyssa Anderson placed fifth. In girls’ long jump Sydney placed second and sophomore Kali Nelson placed third. In girls shot put, sophmore Liz Carda placed fourth and freshman Cheyanne Masterson placed fifth. The individual boys’ event results are as follows: 100 meter dash, junior Devon Garry placed second with a time of 11.8, junior Gabe Lorang placed fourth, and Wilfred Konateh placed fifth with a time of 12.1. In the 200 meter dash, Michael Reynolds placed second with a time of 24.4 and junior Devon Garry placed third with a time of 24.6. In the 800 meter dash, junior Chase Otheim placed fourth. In the boys 400 meter dash Devon Garry placed second, and freshman Tyler Hewitt placed third. In the 2-mile run, junior Derick Peters placed first with a state qualifying time of 9:45 and sophomore Braden Peters placed second.
State Wrestling Turnout
By Erika Malloy
March 3, 2017
The Denny Sanford Premier Center hosted the Class A and B State Wrestling Tournament. West Central took seven wrestlers to the state tournament. By the end of the tournament, Tristen Boeckholt got 4th, Jason Simon got 5th, Riley Hollander got 6th, and Jared Mettler got 7th. There were many West Central students who came to support the wrestling team. Senior Aaron Mallinger, potential place state placer, suffered a season ending injury at the beginning of the season. The parents did a lot to support the team such as they put together the state shirts and they gave all the state qualifiers gifts.
The team did not place in the top eight in Class A but they still gave it their all. The wrestlers that made it to the state tournament but did not place include: Kyle Becker (220 pounds), Carter Heumiller (106 pounds), and Caden Ideker (132 pounds).
Although they did not place, they gained experience at the tournament for their upcoming years in wrestling. The seniors led the way and showed the ropes to the younger wrestlers, hoping to leave their own mark on the West Central wrestling program. “I’m proud to have wrestled in my last tournament with my other two seniors. It didn’t go the way we wanted but I am proud of the effort put in by the whole team throughout the year.” Congratulations to the wrestling team and to the seniors.
Winter Formal Is A Hit
By Makenzee Gooley
January 30, 2016
Winter formal is a time when many gussy up and put on their fancy duds. In other words, people dress up nicely and go to the school for a groovy dance. This year, West Central’s fell on Saturday the 21st of January. Both upperclassmen and underclassmen attended the shindig and many stated positive things about the event.
Donovan Hohn, a junior at the high school, stated “Formal was really great. I had a wonderful time and there was plenty of people that showed up. All of my friends showed up. Everyone was well dressed and looked like they were having a good time and it was really cheap to get only $6 dollars a person so in conclusion I had a fantastic time.”
Mrs. Lupkes added “I thought the Winter Formal was a great success this year! There were many highlights of the dance, but who can forget Dalton Larson and Ellie Krizan stealing the show with their jitterbug moves?! Ask them to show you their moves!”
Oral Interp Competes at State
By Meagan Canfield
December 7, 2016
Just one week ago, students at West Central competed at Harrisburg High School for the State Oral Interp Festival. From there, seniors Katrina Callahan and Katie Larson and junior Dana Voss took home one Superior Rating each, in Non Original Oratory, Drama, and Humor, bringing the grand total of superiors to three at the festival.
One of the most shocking events to have happened during the festival, was the disqualification of the Readers Theater. In short, a Readers Theater is something that is written by students, for students to perform, in a ten minute time period. The only catch is that the participants cannot look at each other directly. This years Readers Theater was written by senior, Izzy West, and featured other interpreters, such as, Katrina Callahan, Katie Larson, Jordan Goldammer, Dana Voss, and Charlie Berg. An observer of the show and interpreter, Evie Golden, stated that, “It was really unfortunate because they did a really good job and they worked really hard.” West wrote the script with the intention of it being put into the humor category. Because of all of the hilarity, the audience's laughter pushed the group to go over their time limit of ten minutes, and even over the 30 second grace period, when the group finished they had gone a total of 21 seconds over the grace period. It was an especially heartbreaking loss to the interpreters that were involved in the show because if they didn't go over time, they would have taken home a fourth, and final, Superior Rating at state. After the loss of this title, junior, Dana Voss stated, “Although we didn’t win an award for our Readers Theater, I really believe our team has excelled in all aspects this year. I am incredibly proud of how far we have come and truly believe that without a medal we are still winners.”
In the end, the team took home three Superior Ratings, as well as a Team Excellence Award for the entire team at state.
West Central Fall Play: A Big Success
By Makenzee Gooley
October 28, 2016
Success came once again to West Central High School theater. Almost, Maine by John Cariani was presented this past week by the group on ursday and Friday night as well as Saturday afternoon. According to many, the show was a big hit.
The show was about different scenarios were people fell in and out of love. For example, Izzy West and Nick Handberg also shared a little scene where West was a hiker camping in Handberg’s yard to pay respects to her late husband. Handberg eventually claims he loves West and has from the time he saw her. After saying goodbye to her husband, Wes, she welcomes Handberg into her new heart with a newfound love.
Not all scenes ended in a happy manner. Eli McMahon and Evie Golden had a scene that were examples of this. In their scene they were a married couple arguing, which ended in Golden leaving the stage.
So what did the people say? Freshman Mackinzie Meister stated, “I thought the show was great! Great job to the actors and crew members for their fantastic job!” Junior Devon Garry added, “I would say many people enjoyed the play.”Finally, Ms.Nelson commented on the play saying it was quote, “Amazing!! They brought us through every emotion! The kids gave an outstanding performance!”
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Almost, Maine on a successful show!
WCXC Boys Team Takes Runner Up at State
By Clayton Hanisch
October 28, 2016
The West Central Boys Cross Country team raced to the finish of their season achieving runner up in the 2016 State A Meet. Junior Derick Peters won his race with not only the best time in class
A, but the best time in the state--running a time of 15:37. His brother, sophomore, Braden Peters placed 6th place at the State Meet and Carter Ulrich placed 30th. Following Carter, Chase Otheim placed 35th and Caden Ideker placed 44th. Senior Carson Ulrich came in 72nd place.
In an interview with Derick Peters, he commented on his performance stating his times have improved by a minute from his sophomore year. Derick also won every race this season with his closest race being in Lennox where he was a pacer for his brother Braden. Congratulations on a great season to all runners!
Theater Works Hard for Upcoming Productions
By Makenzee Gooley
October 7, 2016
West Central High School Theater is off to a phenomenal start this year with their fall play, “Almost Maine,” under way. The cast and crew has been working hard on their show
for a few weeks and according to sophomore Bruce Shannon, “we are making progress and I think the play is hilarious and
it is going to be good.” Arguably, it will be. "Almost Maine" is about falling in and out of love through a series of different scenes. Some are more comedic while others are a little more serious.
The show premieres October 20th and goes through the 22nd. On the evenings of the 20th and 21st the show begins at 7 p.m. The show begins at 2 p.m. on October 22nd.
Many more great shows are in store this year for West Central eater. The One Act play is “Close Encounters of the Undead Kind”, a play which happens to deal with zombies. is show will go to the regional competition this year and hopefully take the group to state for the second time in two years. In the spring, they will be doing the musical “Godspell”.
Homecoming Coronation 2K16
By Amber Muth
September 23, 2016
West Central held their annual Homecoming Coronation on Monday, September 12. This year, the Freshman attendants were Jace Vanderwood and Cole Wood. Sophomore attendants were Bailey Nester and Jackson Miller. Junior attendants were Ashlyn MacDonald and Gabe Lorang. Every year, the senior class chooses five girls and boys to be on the homecoming court. This year the senior girls were: Sydney Goertel, Mason Scharffenberg, Alyssa Bossman, Ellie Stone and Emma Habben. The senior boys included: Tyndall Pederson, Joe Hanisch, Ryan Beck, Grant Linneman, and Aaron Mallinger. Every year, the student body votes for Homecoming King and Queen. The 2016 Homecoming King and Queen are Joe Hanisch and Ellie Stone.
Ellie Stone is the co-captain for volleyball, the subsection leader for Marching Band and Drumline, and the Student Council reporter. Ellie’s favorite part of Homecoming is Homecoming Friday. Ellie feels that the student body amps up their school spirit, and that makes the day a blast. Ellie was honored to be crowned the Homecoming Queen. “Being crowned Homecoming Queen is honestly such an amazing feeling. Knowing that the high school looks at me as role model and friend is a feeling that you can’t replace. I was ecstatic coronation night once I was crowned, and you couldn’t knock the smile off my face!” said Stone. Ellie is excited to experience this last year of high school with her friends. Graduation day is something she looks forward to, but every memory in-between is what she’s most excited about.
Joe Hanisch is involved in football and baseball here at West Central. Joe is very excited for Post-Hoco since it will be similar to After-Prom. Joe Hanisch went for the 4-peat this year. “It’s definitely an honor to be crowned Homecoming King. It’s very humbling that people thought of me when they voted for King.” Joe is excited to become part of the bowling team and a Y-Ball basketball team this winter with some of his classmates.
New to WC: Post HOCO Entertains Students
By Nick Nagel
September 23, 2016
For years, West Central has been providing their students a dance after the homecoming football game. This year, they tried something new. West Central’s staff and the student council provided a homecoming celebration similar to After-Prom called “Post HOCO”. Post HOCO was jam-packed with fun activities such as knockerballs, beanbags, Wii games, and the ultra-competitive Mat-ball Tournament.
Bringing the knockerballs to the school was a new activity that many had fun with. “It was really tiring but very fun in the process,” states senior, Kobe Moldrem. There were many students that participated in the knockerballs. In order to participate, you needed a waiver form and a signature from a parent to participate. With the waivers filled out, students ran and knocked each other around the gym. “Although it really tired me out, it was a fun time,” Kobe added later.
In the commons, there were many activities to do including: beanbag toss, Wii games, and Just Dance. There were also bars and drinks provided by the school in the concession area in the commons. “It was nice to have water and snacks in the commons, especially with all the players being hungry after the game,” said senior Dan Waldner.
Finally, the main event was the first annual Post HOCO Mat-Ball Tournament that was played in the Becker Center. Many teams signed up but only one could be named champion and receive a free large pizza from Pizza Ranch. One team had a dream on the Monday before the tournament. With many acquisitions and changes, the Big Swingin’ Kicks reeled in a team that they believed would lead them to the title. The team consisted of Kobe Moldrem, Tristen Boeckholt, Nick Nagel, Riley Hollander, Aaron Mallinger, Isaiah Ohayon, Emma Habben, Sidney Goertel, and Molly McMahon. With a little trouble in the first game against the band, the Swingin’ Kicks pulled one out and moved on to the next round with vengeance. Then would go on to defeat a group of sophomores and freshman. In the championship, the Big Swingin’ Kicks would go on to defeat the freshman in a huge blowout. “We knew we were good and we were confident going into the tournament, and look what happened,” says Big Swingin’ Kick team member Isaiah Ohayon.
Post HOCO was a success and it entertained many of the students that showed up. For years to come, Post HOCO may be a West Central Homecoming hit.
"Godspell" Follow Up
By Makenzee Gooley
March 3, 2017
The auditions are over. The cast list is out and the results are in. So, the question is this: who got what role? The main role, Jesus, was casted as Eli McMahon while Judas and John the Baptist will be played by Shawn Shannon. Celisse is Dana Voss, Lindsey is Ashlynn Anderson, and Morgan is Julia Ebbinga. Kassondra Gooley has the Role of Anna Maria. These are just a few of the casting choices that music director, Mrs. Gratz, and theater director, Miss Graff, have chosen.
And then came the questions. What is the show about? What are the characters like? What can we expect from this show? Julia Ebbinga was able to answer some of these questions that many people have had ever since the name Godspell was announced for the spring musical. She stated “ My character’s name is Morgan and she is super sassy, confident and quite the flirt.” Eli McMahon added “ I play Jesus, the leader of the group in Godspell. I am supposed to be caring, charismatic, and the type of person people instinctively follow.”
But as a part of the show, what makes the participants excited? Is it the thrill of opening night? The joy of performing? Or is it the fact that they get to be a part of something greater, a team?
“I am always most excited for opening night. The atmosphere then is the reason I participate in drama,” McMahon told us. Ebbinga added, “This is my first musical ever so I’m super excited to be a part of it!” So, the biggest question here is when are the shows? Graff stated that the shows are April 20th through the 22nd. Each night there will be a show at 7 p.m. On that Saturday, the 22nd, there is a show at 2p.m. as well. I
State Bowling Update
By Clayton Hanisch
March 3, 2017
Monday, February 27th in Sioux Falls, the West Central bowling team took on the state tournament. Seniors Kobe Moldrem, Joe Hanisch, Devlin Rue, and Nate Malsowoski. Nick Stark, Derrick Reinken, Braden Weiner and Blain Whitrock are the other varsity boys to compete in the state meet. Amanda Lueth, Ashley Daily, Olivia Rohan, Heather Totten Erin Keuter make up the girls' state team of almost all juniors. The boys team took 6th place which they are very happy about because they weren’t expected to place. The girls team also did well taking 7th place. "We had high expectations going in but hopefully the team next year can carry on the tradition,” says senior Kobe Moldrem. Both the boys and girls are young and have lots of young bowlers coming up for the future.
Acts of Kindness: Giving Tree a Success
By Amber Muth
December 16, 2016
West Central once again is spreading some cheer with the annual Giving Tree. Every year there are (at least) 50 tags, or wishes, for kids in our community and individuals at the Children’s Inn in Sioux Falls. Mrs. Lupkes makes sure that all of the students in our community are taken care of first, and then if people keep giving there are tags from the Children’s Inn. This year the high school students took care of all 50 wishes! This is only the second year that West Central has put the challenge out to the student body to step up and give. Last year, not nearly as many gifts were given. “I was a little disappointed by the participation as we did not reach our goal and most tags that were taken, were taken care of by other adults in the building. This year, the student body did awesome!” said Mrs. Lupkes.
Students would get rewarded for every gift their SRB gave. Two gifts would get your SRB candy canes, five gifts would get popcorn, and above that would get hot chocolate. If the high school helped out and gave all 50 wishes, they would receive a movie day on the last day before winter break. West Central High School did just that. The students came together and gave to those in need and that aren’t as fortunate on Christmas. Some students even took more than one tag! Mrs. Lupkes ran out of tags for a few days because they were taken so fast.
Lupkes said, “I am so proud of the WCHS students stepping up this year and helping others who may be less fortunate! I heard from many students who bought gifts say that doing this made them feel really good about themselves and how it was easy to get carried away with what you were buying. Just knowing that they are experiencing that empathy and compassion for others is truly heartwarming. I am so proud of those that participated!” Well done West Central!
By Clayton Hanisch
December 7, 2016
The West Central Bowling team season has begun. So far the boys’ team has not won any of their first three meets, but have been close in all of them. “We haven't really won a meet yet this year, but we just got to keep shredding those lanes and everything will fall into place,” says senior Joe Hanisch. The girls, on the the other hand, have won one of the three meets. This win is significant because that is the girls first win in 5 years. Joe also says that in order to start getting more wins they need to start picking up the spares. Juniors Nick Stark, Blain Whitrock, Seniors Devlin Rue, Nate Masloski and middle schooler Derrick Renken make up the boys varsity team. Oliva Rohan, Amanda Lueth, Heather Totton, Ashley Daily and Erin Kueter make up the girls team. Although senior Joe Hanisch is a JV Bowler he is still shattering records, not the ones you want to break. On the second meet of the season against the Brandon Bobcats Hanisch bowled a record low game of only 83. The team's next meet takes place Friday in Yankton where the boys look to pick up their first win of the year.
West Central Alumni Named American Star in Agriscience
By Amber Muth
October 28, 2016
Former West Central student, Liz Renner, has been named for one of the most prestigious honors awarded by the National FFA Organization. (FFA stands for Future Farmers of America.) The National FFA Organization is a out organization with approximately 630,000 student members as part of about 8,000 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Renner has had a love and passion for researching aquatic organisms. Last year, she had an amazing opportunity to work in Alaska. is was a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting salmon streams. As of now, she is back at Augustana in Sioux Falls and plans to study climate change and how it infuences stream organisms.
Liz was judged during the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Awards were announced on Thursday, October 20. Mrs. Renner, Liz’s mother, was with her in Indianapolis.
“Our trip to National Convention was
the most exciting 48 hours our family has
experienced in a long time!” said Mrs. Renner,
Liz’s mother. “Being in a city swarming with
65,000 blue-jacketed FFA members was an
experience in itself! Liz owes a large part of
her success to her FFA mom Mrs. Petersen and to her middle school and high school science teachers who ALL helped ignite her passion for science and research. Liz’s success rea rms the message we try to get across in high school: explore, take advantage of every opportunity to learn, dream big, and nd your PASSION. For my daughter, that’s ecology. Her cash award for this recognition will help make her dream of graduate school a reality.”
.Teacher Feature: Mr. Baumgartner
By Ryan Beck
September 9, 2016
One of the newest additions to WCHS over the summer is the new 9th grade science teacher, Matt Baumgartner. Mr. Baumgartner graduated from USF with a degree in History, Secondary Education, and a minor in English Learner Instruction. When asked why he wanted to be a teacher Mr. Baumgartner said, “When I was growing up I really wasn’t a great student, I rarely turned in my homework and I wasn’t very focused. I really want to connect with students that don’t have a great classroom experience. I want to get them involved and show them how fun school really is.” He also stated, “I really like how West Central is a smaller school so every student has an opportunity to get help.” Not only is Mr. Baumgartner dedicated to making the classroom fun for all students he is also a veteran. He served in Afghanistan for one tour as a civil a airs specialist. Using the skills that he learned in the army and in school Mr. Baumgartner has been able to take up many di erent personal hobbies. In his spare time Mr. Baumgartner likes to ump baseball games, referee hockey, and play the drums. He even teaches drum lessons at the Rock and Roll Academy in Sioux Falls. Along with being a dedicated teacher, Mr. Baumgart- ner is also a very dedicated ance and father. He plans on getting married to his anceand merging their two families together. Mr. Baumgartner will be the proud father to: Rhett 9 months, Archer and Alivia both 2 and a half, Johah 7, Alora 8, and Avery 10.
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