The Pender High School wrestling team was introduced in a parade of championship teams at the state tournament tonight prior to the semifinals in Omaha. They will be one of eight Class D teams competing in the state dual tournament in Kearney a week from Saturday, qualifying by winning the D-3 district title. Go Pendragons!
Congratulations and good luck to the Pender High School wrestling team! The team took the Class D-3 district title last Friday and Saturday at Elm Creek which notched them a No. 8 seed in the dual tournament at the University of Nebraska-Kearney Feb. 24. With five state qualifiers in Omaha this weekend, the Pendragons burst into a solid lead in the team race after the semifinal round and held on to edge the hosts in a 21-team race. Here, Kaiden Mrsny celebrates an overtime win over Shelton's Jesse Sauceda, 3-1, making him a state qualifier. The other individual state qualifiers are Juan Moreno, Brady Oliver, Layne Heese and Jesse Thompson.
100th DAY MARKED AT PPS– The kindergarten classes at Pender Public Schools celebrated the 100th day of classes on Friday, Jan. 26 by dressing up as if they were 100 years old. The tradition dates back many years in Mrs. Shauna Kinning’s (back row, right) and Mrs. Amy Bargholz’s (back row, left) classes. Photo by Jason Sturek.
Thanks to Frontier Bank for partnering with us again on bringing Santa Claus to Pender. It's always one of the biggest pleasures of the Christmas season to photograph so many wonderful families. Happy Holidays!
Pender High School football fans should be digging out the cold weather gear (red, if you've got it) and making plans for the second round of the D1 football playoffs Wednesday afternoon as the Pendragons (4-5) are heading to Johnson-Brock (5-4) fresh off of a 52-50 win over unbeaten Guardian Angels Central Catholic on Thursday. The playoff bracket is linked here: http://nsaahome.org/nsaaforms/officials/fbbracket.php… In the photo is Tyler Nelson breaking free from the clutches of the GACC defense. Check out this week's Pender Times for this and many more game photos!
The Pender Times was proud to share a breast cancer journey story written by Chris Reha of Pender about his perspective on his wife's successful battle with the disease . . . it was originally written as a contribution to a project called "Real Men Wear Pink" in an effort to raise awareness and funding with money going to the American Cancer Society. Here is the link, as promised in the newspaper, for those who would like to donate any amount to the cause: http://main.acsevents.org/…/MakingStridesAgain…/MSABCCY17NE…
The Pender community is celebrating our local school district this week. Read all about it in The Pender Times, on the way to your mailbox or available on newsstands this afternoon at our office or convenience stores!
Congratulations to Pender Elementary School on being named a National Blue Ribbon School today . . . Some perspective here: Only about 350 out of roughly 140,000 United States schools earn this designation each year, and there were only 18 Nebraska schools since 1982! This video shows the moment that students and staff saw Pender broadcast as earning the designation during a school assembly. Superintendent Jason Dolliver noted it was "exceptional test scores" that qualified the local school district. Closing achievement gaps is another way schools can qualify.