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Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 10:26 AM

Fall is a time for the changing of the seasons and for football. In our household, it also involved


Both girls participated in the sport. By participating, it meant spending their time doing the weight lifting and working at the camps and clinics in the summer time. It meant buying specific shoes and active ankle supports to participate along with the proper foundation garments. It meant the loads and load of laundry to wash the uniforms and warm-ps to get ready for the next match. It also meant they had to do their work in the classroom so they could play for the team as well.

My girls were able to participate in a the Republican Valley program run by Coach Troester and his various assistant coaches. Plus you have to give credit to Coach Casper for running a good junior high program. (Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals)

There has great deal of success with the program. I would like to take a minute to salute those efforts. I wish that the legacy had been more important to the power that be in the 'new' district. It still rankles my hide that the State Championship trophies and the Runner-up trophies and the legacy they represent weren't important enough to remain in the trophy cases at the old RV gym site when the "new" district came into being in 2004. There were girls at the time of the consolidation still in school that had supporting roles with those teams. I know how hurt my own kids were about it. But I just wanted all the girls and coaches to know that their efforts and success were important. And should be from a historical viewpoint. (You have to know where you have been to get where you are going, so to speak.)

The following info is on www.nsaahome.org. Click the volleyball link and go to State Bests section.(Updated 12/15/08)

Most times in the state tournament - 13

Consecutive years in the tournament - 6 (1998-2003)

Consecutive years in the finals - 6 (1998-2003)

Most state championships - 7 (This is behind Columbus Scotus, Bellevue West and GICC)

Consecutive state championships - 5 (The most is 6 - Bellevue West and Shickley)

Most times in the finals - 12 (fourth on the list)

Most state tournament matches - 38

Most state tournament match wins - 32.

Republican Valley- State High School Tournament Appearances (Updated 12-12-08 - from the State Tournament History link)

Champion-C2/1988, C2/1992, C2/1998, C2/1999, C2/2000, D1/2001, D1/2002

Runner-up-C1/1986, C2/1989, C2/1990, C2/1993, D1/2003

Matches: 38

Won: 32

1. 1986-Wilber-Clatonia W15-5, 15-5, Creighton W15-8, 15-7, Burwell L5-15, 12-15

2. 1988-St. Cecilia W9-15, 15-13, 15-13, Pope John W5-11, 15-6, Howells W15-10, 15-10

3. 1989-Sutherland W15-9, 16-14, Howells W16-14, 15-12, Hastings St. Cecilia L2-15, 10-15

4. 1990-Lincoln Christian W15-10, 15-11 Sutherland W15-4, 15-10, Hastings St. Cecilia L5-15, 15-11, 8-15

5. 1992-Winside W15-6, 16-14, Garden County W15-11, 16-14, Deshler W15-7, 15-12

6. 1993-Spencer-Naper W15-7, 15-7, Callaway W15-9, 15-7, Johnson-Brock L12-15, 15-11, 14-16

7. 1995-Hebron W12-15, 15-11, 15-10, Howells L4-15, 15-6, 8-15

8. 1998-Burwell W14-16, 15-3. 15-0, Elkhorn Valley W13-15, 15-7, 15-8, Yutan W15-6, 15-6

9. 1999-Kearney Catholic W15-11, 12-15, 15-6, Grant W15-11, 15-9, West Point Central Catholic W14-16, 15-6, 15-6

10. 2000-Elkhorn Valley W16-14, 15-9, West Point Central Catholic W15-12, 14-16, 15-10, Laurel-Concord W13-15, 15-10, 15-9

11. 2001-Blue Hill W15-7, 15-10, Falls City Sacred Heart W15-6, 14-16, 15-2, Freeman W14-16, 15-11, 15-10

12. 2002-Meridian W15-10, 15-10, Freeman W15-9, 11-15, 15-10, Falls City Sacred Heart W15-10, 8-15, 15-11

13. 2003-Lawrence-Nelson W15-4, 9-15, 15-5, Exeter-Milligan W15-13, 12-15, 15-5, Paxton L15-17, 10-15

The following goes to acknowledge some of those same girls participating on the State level under a 'new' name.


Matches: 4

Won: 2

1. 2004-Thayer Central W25-20, 16-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13; Blue Hill L23-25, 21-25, 27-29

2. 2005-West Point Central Catholic L16-25, 20-25, 25-22, 16-25

I just wish the young girls coming up could 'see' the legacy those trophies represented - that dreams, goals and hard work can be achieved, appreciated and remembered.

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Betsy I realize that the people of the old RV feel that they have been slighted but The people of Twin Valley and Beaver Valley had to loose all their honors and Trophies too. Yes maybe RV had more Volleyball Trophies but those years are not forgotten. Believe me. Some of us hear about them on a daily basis.

-- Posted by eajwmom on Wed, Sep 30, 2009, at 7:32 PM

No one had to lose anything. I have not spoken to one individual that can figure out the logic behind not incorporating the visual history in the school.

Let me use an illustration. If there is a "blended" family - a mom and dad both having previous family history- they don't throw away the family history so the ONLY history starts the day of the "new" marriage. It makes no sense what-so-ever. Why not celebrate the achievements? I am glad you are hearing the about the success everyday and I hope whoever is in your ear - keeps that up.

While I specified volleyball because that is where our family's focus was - there are a lot of other recognitions that should not have been kicked to the curb. The history is visualized by the trophies. Again, you have to know where you have been to get where you are going.

Football info from www.nsaahome.org - under the Football tab then under State Playoffs results



1. 1979-Dix L6-32

2. 1980-Snyder W37-8, Filley L14-36

3. 1981-Niobrara L32-34

4. 1982-Loomis L34-55

5. 1988-Farnam L14-26

6. 1989-Holbrook L24-29

7. 1990-Spalding Academy L22-40

8. 1991-Monroe W58-12, Wolbach W65-22, McPherson County W42-22


1. 2002-Kenesaw W44-26, St. Mary's L14-46




1. 1977-Humphrey St. Francis W32-13, Lourdes Central Catholic W25-24, Ansley L6-28

2. 1982-Hebron W20-7, Crofton W21-0, Gibbon W25-14

3. 1983-Gibbon L6-17

4. 1985-Kearney Catholic L8-15

5. 1986-Cambridge L6-13

6. 1994-Genoa W33-20, Sandy Creek L6-55

7. 1996-Cambridge L0-33

8. 1999-Cambridge L12-16

9. 2000-Cambridge L6-21

10. 2002-South Platte W0-50, Crawford L14-20

11. 2003-Rushville W40-8, Eustis-Farnam L26-49


1. 2004-Sutherland W14-13, Garden County L21-28

2. 2006-Burwell W25-6, Blue Hill L13-34

3. 2008-Kearney Catholic L0-48

Then I looked up Track and Field - please note that the Girl State Track meet records started

in 1971 and if I missed something or missed one of the smaller communities I apologize. Again this info is on www.nsaahome.org. I also did look under some of the other state sanctioned activities but admittedly ran out of time today to get this posted.

Boys Track Champions

1931 - Danbury

1955 - Bartley

1958 and 1959 - Red Willow

-- Posted by coolidge on Thu, Oct 1, 2009, at 2:25 PM

All from Redwillow feel they were sold out by Indianola voters but amazing to me they agreed to have new school placed in Bartley when to serve district fairly placing in Indianola vs Barley and Bartley was dead in water. If they done it right they should have had it all in Indianola and still picked up some McCook kids. Oh well with class sizes getting smaller because of RedWillow defections to McCook and no one coming to Bartley from McCook i think Cambridge and McCook will pick up the Southwest student pieces in years ahead and taxpayers pay for a empty building in bartley just like the old Red Willow sits empty today.

-- Posted by Cornwhisperer on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 2:14 PM

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