OSMOND-- The Osmond Lady Tigers hosted the Wynot Lady Blue Devils on Tuesday, October 18.
The Lady Blue Devils won the match 26-24, 22-25, 25-14, 26-24, 15-11.
In the first set of the night, the Lady Tigers came out with a lot of intensity and few service errors. They finished the set very well, but were just a couple points short of winning the rally due to hitting errors.
In the second set, the Tigers continued to work extremely hard, and were able to keep their hitting errors to a minimum, resulting in a win.
The third set, however, did not go our way. The Blue Devils served well and inhibited the Tigers' serve receive.
The fourth set was a close rally just like the first and second. The excitement in the gym was palpable as the girls vied for every point.
The fifth and final set got off to a bit of a slow start, with the Blue Devils scoring a six-point run on the Tigers. However, the Tigers got the score back within two points before the match was over.
Despite the overall loss, it was still a good night for the Tigers, some of whom played their last home volleyball game in their high school career.
Senior Caitlin Kumm had sixteen kills, nineteen set assists, two solo blocks three ace serves, and seventeen digs. Andrea Schmit has ten kills, three solo blocks, three ace serves, and six digs. Shelby Stelling had nine digs.
Junior Haven Shultze had twelve set assists and eight digs. Makenzie Johnson has twelve kills and eight digs. Mariah Stech had seven digs.
Sophomore Kennedy Johnson had five digs, and Diandra Polt had two kills.
"I was very proud of how the girls played; they brought passion and intensity and left it all on the court," Coach Johnson reminisced.
Since it was the last home volleyball game for the seniors, parents' night was held on Tuesday between the junior varsity and varsity games. After the game, members of the volleyball and cross country teams went to the cafeteria to eat cake and ice cream provided by the seniors' parents.
The updated record for the Osmond Lady Tigers is 6-13.
The Tigers will travel to Wynot to face the Creighton Lady Bulldogs at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21.
Osmond Community Schools students excelled in the classroom during the first quarter! Sixty-six Tigers earned their name on Superior Honor Roll or Honor Roll.
This started with Superior Honor Roll, which included thirty-three students. Students must have NO grade below ninety-three percent.
Seniors Alex Alderson, Colton Beacom, Aleia Kumm, Andrea Schmit, and Erin Schultze made the list.
Brandi Gansebom was the lone junior to make the Superior list.
The most populated group was the class of 2020: the sophomores. These were Zachary Alderson, Grace Broekemeier, Aaron Chishiba, Hannah Ferry, Joshua Gansebom
Madeline Huwaldt, Kennedy Johnson, Mary Kahny, Diandra Polt, Alexis Solorzano, and Landon Stelling.
There were six members of the class of 2021 who made it on Superior Honor Roll: Johnson Chishiba, Aleynah Gray, Connor Gutz, Alexander Heiman, Zachary Huwaldt and Connor vonRentzell
Six eighth graders made passage on the list. These were Grace Gansebom, Mason Gansebom, Kiera Moes, Kaden Polt, and Bailey Schmit.
The seventh graders had several students make it on the list. These included Cali Gutz,
Karter Johnson, Hudson Schultze, Tucker vonRentzell, and Caden Wingert.
The other half of the students made Honor Roll. This includes a ninty percent average and NO grade below an eighty-five percent.
Seniors Emily Bolz, Jessica Jensen, Leslie Jensen, Drew Krienert, Alexander Kumm, Caitlin Kumm, Jan Louis Muschter, Ethan Pfanstiel, Brianna Ruiz, and Shelby Stelling earned their way on the list.
The juniors include Jared Bessmer, Adriona Buchanan, Anthony Heiman, Nicholas Reikofski, Haven Schultze, and Kayla Wingert.
Brittany Krienert, Logan Stelling, Keaton Timmerman, and Ashley Wingert all made the list for Quarter 1.
The freshmen class includes Allison Aschoff, Elisa Herrera, Hayle Krienert, Graysen Schultze, Brady Stech, and Austin Vinson.
Several junior high students made the list. This included Ella Broekemeier (7th), Zach Reikofski (7th), Macy Aschoff (8th), Lillian Gansebom (8th), Kenzie vonRentzell (8th), Riley Wagner (7th), and Keaton Wattier (7th).
October 9th through the 13th was Fire Prevention Week. Third graders studied about Fire Prevention during the week. They also participated in a coloring contest. The week concluded with the firemen arriving at school to take the class to the fire station on the fire truck. A good time was had by all!
Mrs. Schultze’s Third Graders comment on their firetruck ride and fire prevention week. “This week is Fire Prevention Week. Today I rode the fire truck. Here is what I thought about our ride and tour:”
I thought it was really fun. We got to sit in the back on the ride there. When we got there we got to get into an ambulance, and look and walk around. Then we got to hold a hose, and then we put on their outfits. We looked funny in them. Then we honked the horns on the way back. Fire Prevention week is really fun! -- John Broekemeier.
I thought it was fun because we wore the firefighters’ jackets. I learned that they use hoses. We got to look in the ambulance. I thought it was fun! -- Deanna Kumm
I learned firemen have fire proof jackets and we got to try them on. I learned some fire trucks carry water. I learned they carry extra equipment in fire trucks. It was fun! --Addison Miller
Today we got to try on firemens’ coats. They were so big. They let us hold the hose. They also had air tanks so they can breathe. And I love that I also ran the sirens. We got to go in the ambulance. I learned you should never light matches. It was fun! I learned a lot! -- Brooke Miller
I learned that the suits are so heavy because they protect firemen from the fire. It was fun to blow the whistle! The water pump can shoot up to 300 feet. We also got to look in the ambulance and it was cool! I liked the ride in the firetruck! -- Ava Severson
I thought that the coats were heavier than I thought. I learned that they use axes to break doors. In the firetruck we got to sit in the back of the truck and front, and played the sirens. It was fun and we got to see ambulances! – Vayden Wattier
I think it was fun and cool! We got to try on the coats. They were really heavy. I learned that the water can shoot 300 ft. I also learned that the axes break doors. I learned that the thin coats are for grass fires. The heavy coats are for building fires. I saw an ambulance. It was fun and I learned a lot about fire fighters! --Kooper Gubbels
I thought it was fun! I tried on firemen jackets and helmets. I got to honk the horn in the fire truck. I saw inside an ambulance. It was cool! -- Jr. Herrera
I thought it was fun because we got to honk the horns. Also, I liked the tour because we got to try on their clothes. I liked the ride back because we got to sit in the back of the truck. Also, we got to go in an ambulance. It was so fun! --Klaire Johnson
It was fun! I learned to be good and listen. I learned that the fire hose is for a fire. I learned that the coats are heavy. I learned that the axes are for breaking doors. It was fun! – Jaelynn Mendoza
I thought it was very fun because we got to honk the horn. We got to try on the uniforms and hold the fire hose. Also, we got to go in an ambulance. It was very fun! --Alexa Aschoff
This week I learned that if there is a fire, you should Stop, Drop, and Roll. Also, you should have a fire alarm and a fire place screen. If there is a fire, you need to have a meeting spot. I learned a lot this week and I had a lot of fun! --Addi von Rentzell
Tigers downed by Bees
BLOOMFIELD—The Osmond Tigers football team found out why the Bloomfield Bees are one of the best teams in 8-man football on Friday, October 13.
The Tigers lost the contest 60-0 thanks to a difficult (44-0) first half despite forcing the Bees to turn the ball over on their opening drive.
Quinten Moles (Sr., B) scored six of the eight Bloomfield touchdowns. His offensive line propelled him and made life tough on Tiger defenders throughout the night.
Justus Maertins (So., B/DB) led the Tigers with twenty total tackles. The problem with that, though, is that he played much of the night as a deep safety.
Tiger defenders had a difficult time getting off the Bloomfield offensive lineman.
“Yes, Bloomfield deserves credit for capitalizing on their strengths,” Tigers Coach Scott Morrison said. “However, we have room to grow and a little time yet to get better.”
Five Tigers were recorded ten tackles or more. Alongside Maertins, Anthony Heiman had sixteen tackles including one on Moles that forced the Bees to turn the ball over on downs early in the first quarter.
Nick Reikofski, a junior linebacker, secured fifteen tackles. Zach Huwaldt (Fr., E/NG) had ten tackles and a fumble recovery.
Alexis Solorzano (So., OL/LB) brought down several ball-carriers as well. He had ten tackles.
Landon Stelling (So., E/DE) did a solid job filling in for Drew Krienert, a senior E/DE. Alex Alderson (Sr., OL/DE) had eight tackles, a tackle for a loss, and a sack.
Colton Beacom (Sr., B/DB) also had eight tackles.
Offensively, the Tigers had trouble consistently gaining yards. They had a handful of longer runs, but could never materialize a drive long enough to score.
Their best opportunity came in the third quarter after a 51-yard run by Alex Palu (Sr., B) that set the Tigers offense inside the Bees’ six yard-line.
The Tigers made it inside the five, but not before having to go for a fourth-down conversion play. The ensuing pass play saw a nice pass from Maertins be ripped away from the grip of Zach Huwaldt (Fr., E).
Palu also had another 51-yard gain, and he ended the contest with 102 yards on just four carries.
Colton Beacom, a senior back, had a 31-yard carry in the contest. Anthony Heiman (Jr., B/DB) was also a source of offense for the Tigers. He ran for twenty-seven yards on thirteen carries.
“We have a pretty good core of backs and nice group of linemen,” Morrison said. “We did a nice job at times of getting our blocks and hitting the hole hard.”
The Bees ultimately were able to force the Tigers short each time they had a big play.
“Overall, we just needed to be a little more consistently sharp,” Morrison said. “We had our chances at times and couldn’t quite breakthrough.”
The Tigers (2-5) head into Thursday’s game versus O’Neill-St. Mary’s looking for an opportunity to earn passage into the 2017 Class D2 State Football Playoffs.
If the Tigers can come out on top against the Cardinals, they’ll be likely be in.
“We still have quite a bit to play for,” Morrison said. “We have some great guys on this team, and we want to keep going.”
“There’s been some times where we’ve played well this year, but we’ve got another level we can achieve.”
The game starts at 7:00 P.M. in Osmond. Come out and support the Tigers!!!
PIERCE-- The Osmond Lady Tigers travelled to Pierce for the Pierce County Tournament on Thursday, October 12.
In the first game of the night, the Lady Tigers faced the Pierce Lady Jays. The Lady Jays won the match 9-25 and 16-25.
Throughout the game, the Lady Tigers made few mistakes, but the Lady Jay's tough hitters helped them to pull ahead and win.
Senior Caitlin Kumm had the most kills with three. Sophomore Kennedy Johnson had two.
Haven Schultze (Jr.) had five set assists. Caitlin Kumm was right behind her with four.
Senior Shelby Stelling had five digs, and Junior Mariah Stech had three.
In the last game of the night, the Lady Tigers took on the Randolph Lady Cardinals. The Lady Cardinals won the match 25-20 and 25-20.
Recovering from the first match proved to be a challenge for the Lady Tigers. They made a few errors which brought their intensity down; however, the Tigers had many good passes all around.
Senior Andrea Schmit had the most kills of the night with five in total. Junior Makenzie Johnson was close behind her with four.
Haven Schultze had nine set assists and Caitlin Kumm (Sr.) had eight.
Caitlin Kumm had two ace serves. Haven Schultze had one.
Junior Mariah Stech had a great game with seventeen digs in all. Caitlin Kumm had five.
"This was a tough tournament for us but it was a good opportunity to step back and evaluate what we need to work on," Coach Johnson stated.
The updated record for the Lady Tigers is now 6-12.
Tigers too much for Falcons, weather too much for both teams
As violent weather invaded the area with intense rain, lightning, and thunder, the Tigers brought their own intensity to a 36-0, rain-shortened District D2-5 football game against the Elkhorn Valley Falcons.
The Tigers scored twenty-two points in the first quarter and then added sixteen more in the first 2:15 of the second quarter before the game was put into a weather delay after lightning was spotted.
The delay lasted over an hour before both teams agreed to discontinue the game.
“Our guys came out and played hard. They imposed their will their opponents and right away, and never let them have an opportunity to get back into the game,” Tigers Head Coach Scott Morrison said.
One of the reasons the Tigers came out so well was due to a pre-game talk by former Tigers teacher and coach Loren Hansen.
As part of coming back to be honored for the 1992-1993 teams, Hansen stopped by to speak to the players before the game. He delivered a heart-felt talk to the players.
Once the game began, the Tigers’ defense came out right away and set the tempo for the game. They allowed the Falcons just twelve offensive plays on the night.
Unfortunately, Falcons senior running back Josh McFarland did not play due to an injury, which hurt the Falcons chances to produce offensively.
“We have a great group of guys on this team. We knew we were going to be challenged without Drew Krienert, who had a phenomenal game last week against Stuart,” Morrison said. “But, we had some guys step up and fill in really well.”
The entire team stepped up in Krienert’s place-who was unable to play due to an arm injury. They all played well together by adjusting to new personnel and by executing what they worked on in practice.
One of the players who stepped up in a big way was sophomore Landon Stelling, who has played a little on the offensive and defensive lines. However, this was his first major starting role defensively and offensively.
“It was fun the see the edge our guys developed in practice despite knowing they would have to work through some challenges (injury and weather),” Morrison said. “They carried it over to the game!”
On offense, the Tigers used a group effort to score early and often.
While Anthony Heiman (Jr) and teammate Colton Beacom (Sr) were the only two to find the endzone, it wasn’t without superior play by their offensive line.
Heiman also scored on a punt return for a touchdown that went forty-eight yards.
Linemen Alex Alderson (Sr.), Nick Reikofski (Jr.), Alexis Solorzano (So.), Stelling, and Zach Huwaldt (Fr.) worked together to ensure their backs made it uncontested into the second level and beyond.
These guys helped Heiman run for 116 yards and two touchdowns. They were instrumental in helping Beacom to two touchdowns and two 2-point conversion on just seven carries.
Alex Palu (Sr., B/DB) scored his first career varsity points on a 2-point conversion run in the second quarter.
The Tigers’ perimeter blocking was also solid. Huwaldt, Beacom, Hieman, Palu, Justus Maertins (So., B/DB), and Josh Gansebom (So., B/DB) sustained blocks when asked.
Brenden Hille (Sr.), who didn’t have much of a reason to need to throw the ball, had a nice run in the first quarter.
Asher Wattier (Sr.) saw time at inside linebacker. He used an opportunity to blitz to get in the quarterback’s face and force an errant throw. He nearly made an interception as well.
“We’re fortunate that we have some depth in places,” Morrison said. “Some of our guys may not an extreme amount of playing time, but they do a great job when they’re in.”
Unfortunately, after securing a big lead, the Tigers didn’t have much of an opportunity to get some of their your players into the game. The weather started to affect the game too early.
“It would have been nice to get our younger players into the game before the weather hit, but it didn’t happen. We have some definite bright spots and some guys with quite a bit of potential.”
For those who came to the game who were to be part of the celebration of the 1992 and 1993 teams, we’re sorry it didn’t work out, but want you to know how appreciative we are that you took time come back.
There were several members of the crowd wearing their old Tigers jerseys. That was cool to see!!
The Tigers (2-4, 2-1 District D2-5) travel now to Bloomfield on Friday, October 13. They need to win at least one of their final two regular season games to earn a spot in the Class D2 playoffs.
The Osmond elementary students got a rare treat on Thursday, October 6. Wildlife Encounters brought eight animal to teach students.
The first animal was a macaw that could say hello and wave. The next was a twenty-five year-old Owl (Diago).
A blue-tongued skink was present and volunteer Jack Berg (sixth) held it. There was a green iguana.
A glass lizard, which looks like a snake but it more closely related to lizards, was at the show.
One of the main attractions Noodle, the Albino boa constrictor. It was held by Keely Gubbels and Juliana Kumm.
Everyone got a chance to pet Hank the African crested porcupine. There was an African serval cat that can run up to 68 mph and jump 12-15 feet straight up in the air.
Elementary Student Council sponsored the event for K-6 students. Monies raised through Easter Candy sales paid for the event.