Gridiron Boys Take the Field and Volleyball Girls Take the Court

Football and volleyball season is quickly approaching. Both the football and volleyball teams will be soaring to new coaching heights with the addition of new football Head Coach Jason Funk and volleyball Head Coach Val Bila.

When asked about football, Coach Jason Funk said that he has high expectations for this year. Coach Funk also said, “ We have lots of talent and should perform well if we play to our potential.” This years football team includes Mathew Hessler, Joey Johnson, Stevin Horrocks, Jordan Houser, Nate Letcher, Chris Ray, Levi Ray, Jordan Encinia, Dylan Parker, Kolten Marx, Seth Nowak, Riley Abbot, Austin Reed, Jake Johnson, Dakota Heiting, Eli Badje, Zade Henry, Tyler Merritt, Drew Letcher, Garrett Weyers, Kobe Encinia, and Nathan Tobiasson. The hawks kick off the season on August 30th at Morrill.

Val Bila is the new head volleyball coach this year. When asked why she decided to take on the role she said “I haven’t coached for a few years; I’ve been too busy following Christian playing. I’ve really missed it; I am really excited about it!” She has a long history of coaching this sport. She was head coach at Torrington for two years, and assistant coach for four years. She was also head coach at Bridgeport for two years and assistant coach for both Sioux County and Morrill for one year each.

Bila also coached several different club-teams as well. Helping her this year is assistant coach Kyli Heiting, and volunteer assistant Christian Bila. When asked what she expected the season to be like she said, “I am really optimistic that we are going to play well. We will surprise people; they won’t see the same team they saw during summer league. I think we can compete with everybody in our conference, subdistricts, and districts.” Her main goals for the volleyball team this year are to have players work together, play confidently, and have fun while winning. She expects Mitchell and Leyton to be the toughest competition this year. The season will open up on Saturday, September 7, against Arthur at home.

Attention Hawk Fans!!!!!!

Please plan on attending the HS FB GATORADE SCRIMMAGE on Friday, August 23rd at 6:00 pm. Come see what our team is made of!!!

FOOTBALL PLAYOFF UPDATES

Below is a revised plan for the football playoffs.

  •  School bus will leave Hay Springs at 4:00 pm, Wednesday, October 24th.
  • Pep Rally at 3:45 pm in the Auditorium prior to the team leaving
  • (All K-12 Students, parents, and community welcome to attend)
  • Drive to Broken Bow to spend the night.
  • Leave Broken Bow on Thursday morning and drive to Giltner, Nebraska.
  • Play Game at 4:00 pm Central Time
  • After the game, Giltner will feed our players
  • Leave for Hay Springs after the game/supper and return home.

Football Playoff in Giltner

Game is scheduled for Thursday, Ocotber 25th beginning at 4:00 pm (Central Time)

Football players will leave Thursday, Ocotber 25th at 6:00 am. They will eat lunch on the trip to Giltner.

Giltner will feed our football team after the game.

The team will return to Hay Springs after the game on Thursday. The team will not be staying the night.

WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED IF THE SCHEDULE CHANGES.

There will be a pep rally Wednesday beginning at 4:00 pm in the Auditorium. Students will be dismissed from the Auditorium.

Fall Parents’ Night

This year Volleyball and Football Parent’s Night will be on separate evenings. Volleyball and Cross Country Parent’s Night will be held on Tuesday, October 16th against Hemingford with Football Parent’s Night following on Friday night, October 19 against Potter-Dix. These games are the final home games for the regular season. This will allow parents to enjoy both evenings without having to miss either event.

Kick for College

Kick for College, sponsored by Security First Bank, will be hosted during half-time of the August 31st home football game. All students in grades 9-12 are eligible to enter. Interested students may sign-up in the school office starting August 22nd! The chosen participant will kick several field goals for a chance to win up to $500 in scholarship money. If the chosen participant is on the football team, they will need to choose someone who isn’t to kick for them.

Football Season Preview

The Hawks football team should have an exciting year.  We are returning a great bunch of kids that have a lot of experience.  With most everyone knowing the system it will let practices flow smoother and give us more time to fine tune both our offense and defense.

This summer Joe Planansky, Jason Funk, Jason Alcorn, and I put on a football camp for any player from 6th grade on up.  I felt this was an excellent experience for the kids.  We taught a lot of football fundamentals and techniques in three days.  During the camp we stressed on how to be a better person and student by getting a good education, showing integrity, putting forth effort, having a good attitude, and to be disciplined.

This year I am pleased to have coach Alcorn back as a full time assistant.  His knowledge and intensity is a huge benefit to the team.   Coach Jason Funk will be new to the program this year also.  He is a CSC alum, and a hall of famer.  He will help us when he has free time.  Issac and Nick will also be back to help us out again.  It is nice to have great coaches and volunteers. They are invaluable to the hawks.

See you this fall! Coach Turman

Concussion Testing

To be in compliance with a new Nebraska State law on concussion awareness in high school athletics Hay Springs Schools will be testing ALL student athletes grades 6-12.

This MUST be done before competition or practice, again this is for all sports not just contact sports.  ALL ATHLETES, ALL SPORTS!

Testing will be done:

Monday, August 6th

1:00 p.m.

at Hay Springs High School

The tests, both a cognitive and a spacial test, will be conducted by the physical therapy department for Box Butte General Hospital.

This test will provide a baseline that athletes must meet before returning to play following a concussion.

It will be difficult to schedule a test after this date and may be expensive.  Plan on attending om Monday, August 6th.

Let’s Get Ready to Play

Touchdown! Last Thursday, September 22 at six O’clock p.m. the Hay Springs Junior High football team played at Morrill. Morrill scored before the quarter ended making the game 16-0. They scored again at the start of the second quarter. At half time the score was 26-0 with Morrill in the lead. They had a repeat in the third quarter with the score advancing 32-0. In the fourth quarter the Hawks started off with a first down as a result of a good run from Austin Reed and later ended up scoring the only touchdown of the night with the score being 32-6. Dakota Heiting also had a good run but penalties brought it back. The final score was Morrill 44, Hawks 6.

Drew said, “We need more practice.”

The next Junior High football game will be at home on Saturday, October 8 against Sioux County at ten O’clock a.m.

Go Big Green

Rock, Chalk, Muscle Hawk!!! Last Friday, September 23 at seven O’clock p.m. the Hay Springs Hawks football team traveled to Creek Valley to play a great game. The Hawks won 36 to 0. This was a great victory for the Hawks and put everyone in high spirits.

Returning Sophomore Stetson said, “The game was good. It was how we were hoping it would be.”

The next High School football game will be against Paxton. The game will be at home on Friday, September 30 at five O’clock p.m.