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November 2, 2017
Harvey County IndependentNovember 2, 2017 Harvey County Independent

Halstead Boys Reclaim 3A State Cross Country Title

Posted 11/2/2017

By Jared JanzenHALSTEAD cross country shows off its first-place state trophy. Picture are (front row, left to right): Neil Owens, Peyton Carr, Dakota Blaylock, (middle row): R.J. Stovall, Josh Talbott, Isaac Radke, Hayden Davis, Gage Carr, Anthony Floro, (back row): head coach Curtis Vermillion, Andrew O’Brien and assistant coach Donovan Regehr.HALSTEAD cross country shows off its first-place state trophy. Picture are (front row, left to right): Neil Owens, Peyton Carr, Dakota Blaylock, (middle row): R.J. Stovall, Josh Talbott, Isaac Radke, Hayden Davis, Gage Carr, Anthony Floro, (back row): head coach Curtis Vermillion, Andrew O’Brien and assistant coach Donovan Regehr.

HALSTEAD—For the third time in the past four years, the Halstead boys cross country team is the 3A state champion.

“It was the finish we had hoped for and had been working toward all year,” head coach Curtis Vermillion said.

Halstead narrowly won the title over Richmond-Central Heights by two points.

After Halstead and Richmond-Central Heights each had their top four runners finish, Richmond-Central Heights was winning, but Halstead’s No. 5, 6 and 7 runners were able to finish before their No. 5 runner, which bumped that runner’s placement up several points.

“The victory at Rim Rock this year really embodied the expression that every point counts,” Vermillion said, adding that it was an amazing team effort on Halstead’s part.

The win reasserts Halstead’s dominance in cross country after the team won state titles in 2014 and 2015 but took second place last year. Vermillion said last season’s heartbreaking shortfall at state made this year’s accomplishment even more enjoyable.

“What might be most impressive is the fact that we had graduated our top three runners from last season, yet had guys who were willing and committed to step up and leave their own mark on the program this year,” he said.

Halstead’s top five runners at state last year averaged 17:49 with a 0.59 second span between them. This year, Halstead’s top five averaged 17:44 with a 0.53 span.

Junior Andrew O’Brien posted the fasted time for Halstead at 13th place out of 106 total runners and was the only medal-winner for the Dragons. Close behind O’Brien were junior Josh Talbott in 21st, senior Dakota Blaylock in 31st, senior Neil Owens in 41st, freshman Hayden Davis in 42nd, senior Peyton Carr in 45th and sophomore Isaac Radke in 54th.

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Bentley Veteran Honored With Quilt Of Valor

Posted 11/2/2017

By Jared JanzenGARY Phillips (left) and Dan Bliss (right) present a quilt to David Luna (center) made by Linda Becker in honor of Luna’s service to his country and community. GARY Phillips (left) and Dan Bliss (right) present a quilt to David Luna (center) made by Linda Becker in honor of Luna’s service to his country and community.

BENTLEY—For years David Luna has been serving the Bentley community by frying up a big batch of his homemade tacos and serving them at the Bentley Eagle Senior Center once or twice a year.

But at the most recent “Dave’s Taco Night” last Saturday, Luna received a much bigger thank-you when he was presented with a homemade quilt in honor of his being a veteran.

Linda Becker had spent months making the quilt with some help from friends and had been planning to present it to Luna that night. Sadly, Becker passed away on Oct. 6 and didn’t have the opportunity to give it to him in person. Instead the quilt was presented by one of Becker’s sons, Dan Bliss, with help from Gary Phillips.

Luna said he was very surprised to receive the quilt and that Becker had always been a good friend to him.

“The first time her and I met, we really hit it off,” he said.

Luna served the United States during the Vietnam War. On one corner of the quilt was a patch with the message, “This quilt was lovingly designed and made by Linda Becker and friends to honor David Luna for his service to our country.”

Bliss said his mother received help from other community members to make the quilt and that they’d worked hard to keep it a secret. Making quilts for veterans was a passion of hers, he said.

“Mom tried to do a quilt a year for a veteran and give it to them for their valor,” Bliss said, adding this was the fourth time she’d done this.

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Officer Bohringer Enjoying Small-Town Policing

Posted 11/2/2017

By Jared JanzenLORENZO Bohringer is Halstead’s newest full-time police officer. He previously worked for the Hutchinson Police Department. LORENZO Bohringer is Halstead’s newest full-time police officer. He previously worked for the Hutchinson Police Department.

HALSTEAD—Being a police officer in a small town has its perks, according to the newest addition to Halstead’s police force. A month after switching from Hutchinson to Halstead police departments, Officer Lorenzo Bohringer said he is enjoying the opportunity to do more community-based policing here. 

Bohringer became a full-time officer for Halstead on Oct. 1 but had worked part-time here for a few months prior to that. So far he feels he’s off to a good start getting to know the Halstead community, he said.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time in the middle school and some time in the high school, just kind of getting to know the staff and the students there,” he said.

Bohringer brings nine years’ experience at the Hutchinson Police Department to his new position.

Hutchinson is where he grew up, and for now he plans to continue living there with his family. His wife works at the clinic, and they decided for him to be the one to commute rather than move here and necessitate her to commute. They have a daughter who will turn 2 this month and are expecting their second child in December.

Bohringer has a long-time relationship with Halstead Police Chief Josh Orem from the years Orem used to work for Hutchinson. When Bohringer first started looking into a law enforcement career at age 16, Orem served as advisor for the cadet program.

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