Observations on B Street, sports, schools

Monday, February 23, 2004

As temperatures start to edge upward in the Golden Plains, things are also heating up on the area news and sports scene. Here are some of the most recent examples:

What a Wonderful Ending

Scriptwriters couldn't have written a more perfect finale for sports action at Herndon High School. Playing the last game high school game at the Herndon gym, the Beavers' boys basketball team rolled past Palco, 76-44, Friday night.

Even more noteworthy is that heading into post season play, the Beavers have an outstanding record of 19 wins and only one loss.

Remember the movie, "Hoosiers," which told of a tiny high school's march to championship honors in Indiana? In the right writer's hands, the Herndon Beavers' story in their last season could be just as inspirational.

Trojans Earn Top Rating

An equally impressive season is unfolding in Cambridge, where the Trojans' boys team has risen to the top of the Class C-2 ratings.

In a great season under veteran coach Del Schoenfish, the Trojans have raced to 20 victories and suffered only one defeat. While the Trojans do not have exceptional height, they make up for it in quickness and a versatile attack.

There are a number of other talented teams in C-2 -- including Elmwood-Murdock at 19-1 and Louisville at 17-2 -- but they will be hard-pressed to topple the Trojans. Good luck, Cambridge, as you go forward into the post season.

Vote Coming on School Bonds

Tonight it will become official. Members of the McCook Board of Education will gather in special session to adopt a resolution calling for a $5.8 million school bond election. The vote will take place May 11 in conjunction with the Nebraska primary election.

This represents the third bond attempt in recent years. The school board keeps trying because of the deteriorating condition of the community's elementary schools.

Will this be the time that the school gets support? School officials hope so, pointing out that (1) This plan came from citizen input and was designed by local people; and (2) The cost is the lowest in price, by far, of the three plans presented.

Citizens of School District 17 need to gather information on the issues and cast their ballots at the May 11 election. The vote will be upon us before we know it. May 11 is only 11 weeks (77 days) away.

Back at Work on B Street

Another sign that the weather is changing is the highway project on B Street. After three months off, the contractor is back at work on U.S. Highways 6,34 and 83. This time the work is taking place on East B, starting at Fourth and heading eastward. The highway workers handled the first two phases of the B Street project in quality fashion. There's no reason to believe that this project will not rise to the same high standards.

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