Vikings Head to State Track

We would like to wish the Viking Track Team good luck as they head off to Burke Stadium to compete in the 2015 State Track Meet.  A live broadcast of this year’s meet can be watched on the High School Sports Network for a subscription fee of $9.95 for a one-day pass or $14.95 for a month’s subscription. The first round and prelims will start at 3:30 on Friday for class B and D. All classes will be featured on Saturday starting at 9:00 am.

To read more about the Viking qualifiers, go to Viking Nation’s “Eleven Vikings Earn Trip to State Track

State Schedule
Live Broadcast on Friday
Live Broadcast on Saturday

VBC Fun Run Date Set

It’s that time again—–Time for another Bertrand Fair & Rodeo, including the Viking Booster Club Fun Run / Walk! This event will be Sunday morning, June 28th, registration at 7:30 a.m., race begins promptly at 8 a.m.  This year’s event will again start / finish at the football field / track complex in the southeast corner of Bertrand! Contact Trista Newcomb for questions.

Hope to see everyone there!!


2015 VBC Fun Run Form

Jada High Earns Runner-up at Spelling Bee

Last Wednesday, March 4, Bertrand junior high students participated in the Phelps County Spelling Bee.  Students in Phelps County from Holdrege, Bertrand and Loomis participate each year in the annual event.  The competition consists of three written rounds before moving to the oral spell down.  Jada High and Jacob Hilmer both qualified for the oral round where Jada High finished with runner-up honors.

Others Bertrand competitors in this year’s event were Austin Long, Miles Peterson, Atlee High, Lindsay Schutz, Regaen Hueftle, Jacob Hilmer, Brittnee Johnsen,  Jaden Dannehl, and Natalie Johnson.

Mr. Ford Earns Outstanding Teacher Award

“…I was just saying last night that I have the best job in the whole world…..I am so lucky that I get to work with these kids and this staff…” Photo by Stephanie Dannhel
“…I was just saying last night that I have the best job in the whole world…..I am so lucky that I get to work with these kids and this staff…” —Bill Ford
Photo by Stephanie Dannehl

Anyone that knows Bill Ford understands why he was selected as NTV’s Outstanding Teacher for the month of February.   Several students from Bertrand Community School wrote letters, nominating Mr. Ford for this award.   Students praised him for his work as both a teacher and a coach and complimented him on his ability to “always see the best in others”, and “he makes me feel like anything is possible”.

Congratulations Mr. Ford!!!





FFA Programs to Start in Bertrand

The Bertrand and Loomis school districts have worked out a plan to offer Agriculture Education and start an  FFA program to begin during the 2015-2016 school year.  Samantha Jensen has been hired to teach these programs and will be splitting her time between the two districts, coming to Bertrand in the mornings and to Loomis in the afternoons. Courses to be taught include Animal Science, Plant Science and Horticulture, and Intro to Ag.

Ms. Jenson is currently teaching her 2nd year at Fairbury Public Schools.  She is originally from Bird City, Kansas, which is south of Benkelman.


District Wrestling Begins Friday in Mitchell

Although the Wolfking Wrestling Team has encountered many injuries, they are looking forward to competing in districts this weekend in Mitchell.  According to Brandon
Wallander and Grant Dahlgren, only 7 of the 11 wrestlers are able to compete at districts this weekend.  Many of the wrestlers have battled with injuries throughout the season and some like Grant Dahlgren and Jake Gregg have had season-ending injuries.  At RPAC two weeks ago, only 5 wrestlers, Ethan Orcutt, Jason Palmer, Cole Kennedy, Cody Truex, and Cale Abramson,  were able to participate.  Last week at the FKC meet, only 4 competed as Joe Holt came back, but Abramson and Orcutt were unable to go.

The 7 wrestlers heading into districts include Ethan Orcutt — 120, Jason Palmer — 126, Brandon Wallander — 132, Cale Abramson — 138, Joe Holt — 145, Cole Kennedy — 152, and Cody Truex at 170.

The district meet will begin at 4:00 pm central time on Friday and again at 10:30 am on Saturday morning.  Good luck to all in their quest to qualify for State!!


runnerup rpacThe Viking Basketball teams performed well this past week in the RPAC tourney.  The boys who were defeated by C-2 number 4 ranked Southern Valley in the second round, came back to defeat Medicine Valley in the third round. Southern Valley easily defeated previously undefeated Paxton in the championship game.

Despite a heartbreaking loss in the championship game to D-1 number 1 ranked Dundy County, the Lady Vikings finished as runner-up, the first ever in RPAC history.  The Vikings, who went in at half time ahead by 16 points, led the whole game until the Tigers  put in the go ahead basket with only 9 seconds left in the game.  After a delay in the game for a Tiger injury, the Vikings missed a shot at the buzzer to tie up the game and lost 61-63.

The Vikings and Tigers take a moment to pray together for an injured Tiger player after the championship game.

Despite the loss, the Vikings played valiantly throughout the whole tournament and should be very proud of their accomplishments so far this season.