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Cheering On In The Off Season

Posted 7/2/2015

By Jackie Nelson

Eleven teenage girls have been meeting in a vacant lot on the northeast side of Hesston to prepare for the fall sports season.  The Swather Cheer Squad, selected by departing coach Stephanie Wray in late March, have been without a coach since Wray will not be returning and instead will be caring for her newborn infant.

Without a coach, the cheer squad has rallied around not only their love of the activity, but also out of need to prepare for the upcoming football season - learning cheers, selecting and mixing music, coordinating choreography, teaching dances, learning stunting techniques, ordering uniforms, shoes, pom-poms and bows. 

Junior Paige Kauffman added, in spite of not having a coach, the team has rallied to prepare for football season - which begins in just 42 days. 

“We have different performances. It isn’t just the same things over and over. We have over 200 cheers and dances we learn,” said Kauffman. 

With six new squad members, practices - both as a group and individuals taking time to rehearse and memorize cheers and steps - are critical for success come August.

“We have to learn dances, chants, cheers, it’s the basics when you have a bunch of new girls,” said junior Brityne Rucker.

While a coach has yet to be hired to lead the squad, the girls have taken matters into their own hands.

“I think we’re all excited about this year. We have six new girls. it is so much different. In some ways it is better because we are doing things for ourselves,” said Kauffman.

As one of the new girls, senior Taylor Valdez said despite the unusual circumstances, she has enjoyed cheer. 

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Water Wars On For July 3

Posted 7/2/2015

Record Staff

This Friday, will be a battle royale in King Park, sponsored by Fuqua Ruth Typer Insurance.  The local business will be hosting Hesstons biggest water-fight at King Park from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Hesston Boy Scouts will be hosting a fundraiser and serving hot dogs, pulled pork, snocones and cotton candy.

The Hesston Fire Department will bring the Hesston ladder truck to the event for added fun, dousing participants from above.

While the festivities are taking place, the cement area around the Shelter House will be a designated no-water zone so parents and children can take a break, dry off and enjoy a meal. 

Chad Fuqua said the company recently held a water-fight event in Lindsborg that drew hundreds of community members.

“Last Friday [June 20] we had about 200 people. Hopefully we’ll have similar numbers in Hesston,” he said.

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SpotsStill Open To Love The Real H-Town

Posted 7/2/2015

Record Staff

There is still time to enroll in the Lovin’ The Real H-Town camp, one of the most popular week-long camps in Hesston.

Director Susan Lamb said there are still a few openings for Hesston students entering sixth or seventh grades.

“If your child would like to sign up, you should RUN NOW to the Hesston Public Library to complete a registration form.  Deadline has passed, but I will take any registration that is completed and left at Hesston Public Library by Monday, July 6 at 5 p.m.,” said Lamb.

This year’s camp will run from July 13-17 beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m.

“We will tour more than 15 area locations including banks, Excel, BMG, Hesston College and more.  It is a great way to help young people learn about our community,” said Lamb.

Each year, Lamb said camp participants have braved adverse weather or hordes of mosquitoes to discover more about their community. 

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