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News for 9/12/18

Back row (l-r): Coach Bruce Hardacre, Raegan Boden, Madelyn Davis, Matilyn Riley, Jadeyn Bice, Assistant Coaches Trina Schrag and Alison Cole. Front row (l-r): Mariah Stauffer, Layne Pettijohn, Elizabeth Hardacre, Jaden Boden, Raini Hrabe, Kenda Reimer, Iva Rust, and Brennan Kirchhoff.

Thunder Ridge School Events

Congratulations to the Thunder Ridge Longhorn Volleyball team on winning the Southern Cloud Invitational this past Saturday, Sept. 8. They went 6-0 on the day with two, very intense, semi-final and championship games. THANK YOU to our committed fans for staying and cheering us on all day!! Pool play: TR beat Bennington 25-17, 25-19; TR beat Southern Cloud 25-16, 25-11; TR beat Blue Valley 25-21, 25-10. Bracket play: Quarter-Finals TR beat Rock Hills - 25-8, 25-8; Semi-Finals TR beat St. John/Tipton - 27-25, 25-13; Finals TR beat Hanover - 23-25, 25-21, 25-16. The Lady Longhorns are 12-0 so far this season. Keep it up ladies!

Thunder Ridge Middle School

TRMS Football started off the year with 16 students out. The team has gotten off to a quick 2-0 Record. Both games saw the Longhorns take an early lead and then gain valuable playing time for the younger kids. The first game was against Rock Hills, which the Longhorns won 42-12. The second game of the year saw the Longhorns defeat the Pike Valley Panthers 44-14. The Highlight of the game was the Longhorns Defense, which picked off the first 4 passes thrown by Pike Valley. The team will travel to Lincoln this Thursday, the 13th, and is looking forward to sustaining the success of the early season.

TRMS Volleyball Rock Hills- On August 30, the Rock Hills Grizzlies came to Agra. The A Team fought hard and lost in 3 sets. Set A ended with a score of 26-24, and a team percentage of 76. Serving was led by Toree Slavik and Alexis Holling with 4/4. Set 2 was lost to the Grizzlies with a score of 18-25. The team improved their serving to 100% but were called for rotation violations. Kamryn Rietzke, Brooklyn Stauffer, Toree Slavik, Alexis Holling, and Ava Wiehman all served 3/3. In set 3 the Longhorns lost 12-15. The team served 76% with Kamryn Rietzke and Ava Wiehman serving 3/3. B team lost in 3 sets. Set 1 was a loss with a score of 16-25. Serving was let by Samara Bapat with 3/3 and Teaghan Hendryx with 4/5. Set 2 was a win with a score of 25-22. Trinity Coomes served 3/3, Samara Bapat 5/6 and Jenna Barnes was 2/2. The Longhorns lost the final set 14-16. Scoring was led by Teaghan Hendryx with 7/8 and Ava Wiehman with 3/3. C team ended with a split in 2 sets. Set 1 was 15-25 with Alli Rhea serving 3-3. The score for set 2 was 25-22. Serving was led by Teaghan Hendryx with 7/7.

TRMS Volleyball Pike Valley- On September 6, the Longhorns went to play Pike Valley at Scandia. The A team won in two sets. The first set was 25-10 with the team serving a 91%. Scoring was led by Kamryn Rietzke with 10/10, Sydni Rust with 5/5 and Brooklyn Stauffer and Alexis Holling with 3/3.The team did a great job running their rotations without error. Set 2 was a win with the score 25-17 and a 100% on serving. Kamryn Rietzke 11/11, Sydni Rust 5/5, Alexis Holling 3/3, Brooklyn Stauffer 2/2, Toree Slavik 2/2, and Ava Wiehman was 1/1. The A team record is 1/1. B team lost in two. Set 1 was 24-26 with scoring led by Ava Wiehman 6/6. In set 2 the score was 15-25. Serving was led by Teaghan Hendryx and Jenna Barnes with 3/3. The C team played one timed game and won 31-28. Scoring was led by Erinn Clemens with 9/12 and Grace Wilson with 5/7.

The next match will be September 13 at Lincoln, Kansas. Games start at 4:00pm (volleyball) and 6:00pm (football).

Sept. Activity/Game Dates

Thur. 13- MS VB/FB @ Lincoln 4:00/6:00pm

Fri. 14- HS FB 7:00pm @ Home (Kensington) vs Hill City

Mon. 17- HS JV VB/FB 5:00pm @ Hill City- *Both will start at 5:00pm.

Tue. 18- HS VB Quad 4:00pm @ Mankato vs Rock Hills, St. John’s-Tipton, and Lakeside

Wed. 19- WACKY Day for 6th grade @ Camp Hansen; FutureMaker Mobile Learning Lab for applied science and physics students @ ESU in Salina

Thur. 20- Picture Retakes; MS VB/FB @ Home (Agra) vs St. John’s-Tipton 4:00/6:00pm

Fri. 21- HS FB 7:00pm @ Home (Kensington) vs Northern Valley

Sat. 22- HS JV VB Tourney 9:00am @ Hill City

Mon. 24- Dismiss @ 2:30 for Teacher In-Service; No MS Sports Practice/No TR Academy; HS JV FB 6:00pm @ Northern Valley (Almena)

Tue. 25- HS VB Tri @ Home (Kensington) vs Natoma and Lincoln

Thur. 27- MS VB/FB @ Southern Cloud (Miltonvale) 3:00/5:00pm

Fri. 28- HS FB 7:00pm @ Home vs Sylvan-Lucas- *Homecoming!

Sat. 29- HS VB Tourney 9:00am @ Rock Hills (Mankato)

Visit NY/DC in March

There is room for adults on the upcoming New York/ Washington trip in March 2019. If you have questions please contact Annalee Ratliff at 785-476-7020.

Veterans Day Parade

The theme this year will be “Bells of Peace.” We are asking everyone who has a bell, to ring it 21 times on November 11 at 11:00am. The church bells will be ringing and bells will be ringing across the nation.

American Legion

Friday Night Special, September 14, serving from 6:00-8:30pm.

This week at the American Legion we will be having cheeseburger sliders, party potatoes, and baked beans. Our dessert will be a cherry almond pound cake. We want to remind everyone that we will serve hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, fries and queso with chips an hour after the ball game. If you are going to be later than that we would ask that you call us so we will be prepared to serve you. Our phone number is 785.476.3204. We will be more that happy to fix you an order to go. We want to wish the Longhorns on a successful season!

Kensington Library

Library hours are 8am-8pm Mondays, 8am-4pm Tuesday through Friday and 9am-2pm Saturdays. Please note we do close for lunch from 12:15-12:45pm daily and Friday mornings to accommodate preschool storytime.

Bringing stories and learning activities to the kids!- This Fall, we will be trying something new with our preschool storytime programs. We will close the library on certain Friday mornings to visit children at their childcare setting. We anticipate providing 12 Pre-K Storytime Programs in the Fall and 12 more in the Spring.

Closing temporarily to provide visits @ 10:00am these Fridays:

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

Oct. 5, 12 (not on 19 or 26 due to No school)

Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 (not on 23 due to No school/Thanksgiving)

Dec. 7, 14 (not on 21 due to early dismissal for Christmas Break)

We also plan to continue a program for parents and infants (ages birth to 3 years) which we started with the help of Nora Rhoades from Post Rock Extension. As of now, we have planned for 6 “Brainy Babies!” Programs. These will be held the Last Monday of the Month, starting September 24!

Brainy Babies @ 5:15pm, come-and-go until 6:30pm these Mondays:

Sept. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 26, Feb. 25, Mar. 25, Apr. 29

Parents with multiples are welcome to bring grandparents along to help. We will also try to enlist volunteers to help as well.

Weekly Inspiration

Good things come to those Who BELIEVE. Better things come to those who are PATIENT, and the BEST things come to those who DON'T GIVE UP.

I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you're grateful, you'll see God open up new doors.

I no longer look for the good in people, I search for the real... because while good is often dressed in fake clothing, real is naked and proud no matter the scars. - Chishala Lishomwa


Your news is important to us. Send your stories and information to Erica Barnes at with subject line: NEWS. Or feel free to call 785-476-8185

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