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Swathers Face Garden Plain On Tuesday

Posted 10/30/2015

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

Garden Plain, Hesston’s opponent in the first round of the playoffs, will bring a lot of speed and a battering ram on the defensive line to Hobbs Stadium on Tuesday night.

“They’ve got a defensive tackle that’s the best linemen we’ve seen all year,” said head coach Clint Rider about senior nose tackle Jonah Nowak.

He said Hesston would have to double-team the 235-pound Nowak most of the night. On much of the film he’s watch, the opposing center is lying flat on his back.

Both the Owls and the Swathers sport 8-1 records, the only loss for each came against Halstead. Garden Plain lost 32-28 to the Dragons on Oct. 23.

The Owls run a double-tight end, two-back set. They like to pound the ball, with quarterback Alex Becker handing it off to four running backs. Junior Nathan Pauly is a burner who leads the team with 431 yards rushing. Walter Stunlsatz, Keynan Wright and Martin Landwehr each have more than 300 yards rushing. Wright, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound senior, is a load to bring down.

“They’ve got some kids who can really carry the football well,” Rider said.

The Swathers are coming off their best performance of the year Thursday night, a 42-7 dismantling of Southeast of Saline for district championship. Quarterback Zach Esau threw five touchdown passes for four receivers, and the Hesston defense limited the Trojans to 3.7 yards per play.

Rider said Esau had been amazing the last few weeks. He also said the Swathers needed to run the ball better and get more out of their first and second downs. They faced many third-and-long situations Thursday.

“We’ll have to make a few scheme adjustments,” he said. “We’re not going to change our identity the first game of the playoffs.”

The winner on Tuesday night will play the winner of the Wichita Collegiate-Conway Springs game on Saturday night. If Hesston and Collegiate both win, the game will be played at Hesston. 

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Sieber’s Soccer Career Sends Him To Hall Of Fame

Posted 10/29/2015

By Rusty Whitcher

It was a cold day in Parkville, Missouri, some 25 years ago when the Hesston College men’s soccer team played Yavapai College. Little did anyone know, the foundation for an award in the present had been built during the two teams’ clash.

Yavapai’s coach, Michael Pantalione took notice of the Larks’ coach then, Gerry Sieber even as Yavapai defeated HC in the playoff match. Fast forward to April of 2015 when Pantalione emailed Sieber, now the coach for Hesston College’s men’s and women’s cross country team, with a request for information because Pantalione wanted to nominate the former HC soccer coach for the National Junior College Athletics Association Soccer Hall of Fame.

On Oct. 18, Sieber was officially notified of his induction into the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame. Sieber will take part in a ceremony honoring his place in junior college soccer history at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia on Sunday, Nov. 15.

“I think we might have lost to them 3-1,” Sieber said. “I haven’t had contact with Mike in 25 years. Soccer was history for me but now the door’s open a little. I absolutely never expected this type of thing. It’s very gratifying to have an honor of this award and I’ll cherish it.”

While at Hesston College, Sieber compiled a 247-128-27 record over a 23 year career with 12 times as Region VI champion. After Hesston, the coach spent an additional 13 years at Bethel College, adding another 120 victories to his tally.

“I’m not sure why it took so long, maybe they had to do an FBI check on me,” Sieber said with a laugh when discussing the long process from nomination to induction.

Originally, Sieber wasn’t a soccer player to begin with. He was a member of the Hesston College basketball team under Coach Evan Oswald before finishing his playing career at Goshen College. During Sieber’s freshman year at HC, Oswald began the discussion about beginning a soccer program. The basketball player played in a trial match as a freshman against Haviland Bible College. After the contest, Hesston began a soccer program the following year with Sieber still on the basketball court.

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Hesston College President Keim Announces Transition

Posted 10/29/2015

By Rachel McMaster   

PRESIDENT Howard Keim visits with students Luis Marinez-Veloz, Daisy Correa, Jessica Fahrenthold, Karli Rodriguez and Jermani Thompson.

Hesston College President Howard Keim announced to the college community today, that he will transition away from his role at the college at the end of the 2015-16 academic year, concluding 11 years of leadership as the college’s eighth president. Keim will conclude his service in June.

“I am grateful for the trust that has been placed in me the last decade as I have served Hesston College,” said Keim. “I have always viewed myself as a steward, not an owner of the office of president, and it has been my goal to ensure students are well-served and the mission of the college was advanced and strengthened for the future.”  

“Howard has served the college well,” said Kelvin Friesen, Hesston College Board of Directors Chairman. “He has given tirelessly of himself to advance this institution. It is evident that he has viewed his role here as a steward, and that he has seen his work here not as a job, but as a mission. He has served with distinction and the Board is deeply appreciative of his work.”

During Keim’s tenure, the college has made great strides in many areas that affect the student experience including academics, facilities, financial stability and more. In a September meeting, the Hesston College Board of Directors approved a new set of strategic priorities for the campus community to continue making improvements as it moves into the future.

In the academic realm, since Jan. 2005, when Keim began his role as president, Hesston College has made important changes to its general education curriculum and course transferability as well as adding several high-demand programs of study and extracurricular activities to meet student needs and workforce demands. Program additions include the recent launch of a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) – the first four-year degree program for the college in almost 60 years. 

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Making Sense Of Medicare Enrollment

Posted 10/29/2015

By Jackie Nelson

Health insurance and Medicare have been major national topics for several years and is back in the  spotlight with the upcoming presidential race.

The Record took an in-depth look at how to navigate the current Medicare enrollment period, which began Oct. 15 and closes Dec. 7. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can examine their plans and enroll in new plans.  Once the Dec. 7 deadline has passed, Medicare beneficiaries are locked in to their chosen plan until 2017 enrollment begins in the fall of next year.

In this three-part series, The Record begins with Medicare Part D enrollment assistance volunteers Dennis Veges and George Dyck at Hesston Area Seniors, helping seniors enroll in Medicare Part D plans.

We then spoke with Hesston Pharmacy Pharmacist Sandy Kueker, who provided insight   when it came to choosing a plan and a pharmacy that is the best fit for Medicare beneficiaries, which will be published in the Nov. 5 edition.

Finally, we were also able to speak with Janet Boskill, the State Administrator of SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas).  Boskill answered questions about how Medicare costs continue to adjust year after year and what seniors can expect in 2016.  Our series will conclude in the Nov. 12 edition.


Former physicians Dennis Veges and George Dyck are still serving residents in the medical field. The pair are volunteering their time to help local seniors enroll in Medicare Part D, review their plans and choose plans that make the most financial sense for seniors.

Both said the confusion of the system prompted them to take action to help others.

“I was checking it out myself and I noticed how complicated it was and I was thinking, ‘How can people ever figure this out?‘  I’m a physician.  I should know about these things. I’m retired and I got into this.

“Some of my motivation is also to limit the profit of the pharmaceuticals. People are getting taken advantage of,” said Veges.

“I thought, ‘Wow! This is crazy-complicated.‘ When I found out about this service, I thought I might want to help other people,” added Dyck. 

Veges cautioned remaining with the same plan may seem like an easier option, but plans are adjusted each year, with costs creeping up on seniors annual and drug coverage options in flux.

“Most of them are concerned about premiums.  I don’t know that that’s an important question,” said Veges.

Dyck said carefully examining which specific drugs are covered under each plan can save seniors hundreds, if not thousands of dollars annually.

“Last year we saved a person $4,000 because they had one expensive drug that was not covered by their plan. If they switched their plan, they were able to get a much lower cost,” he said.

“The only way to know is to compare it all,” added Veges.

According to Dyck, about two-thirds of the seniors they have assisted were able to save money by switching plans.

With 25 different plans in Part D, as well as additional supplemental insurance carried by most seniors, the process can be complicated. However, both Dyck and Veges insisted seniors enroll at age 65. 

“If you don’t enroll when you’re 65, next year you’ll pay a penalty.  Then, you have to pay that penalty indefinitely and it is a monthly premium,” said Dyck. 

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