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4ATHE SUPERIOR EXPRESS Thursday, June 18,1992 First visit in 35 years Fans excited with Kaat visit Sunday, June 7, a former member of the Superior Sena- tors baseball team, Jim Kaat, re- turned to Superior for his first visit since leaving here 35 years earlier. For baseball fans, and espe- cially the Superior Senators' fans, the event was quite an oc- casion. Bob Boyd, a Mpnkato native who is now editor of The Hill City Times, wrote.about Kaat's visit in the colu he produces each week. The following is taken from Boyd's column: I was just like a little kid on Saturday and Sunday. I hardly slept at all, Saturday night. Fri- day I received a telephone invi- tation from Glenda Thayer, manager of the Superior Cham- ber of Commerce, to attend an open house for Jim Kaat. Jim, who did the television broadcast of the College World Series championship baseball game for CBS on Saturday came. back to Superior to see and meet old friends in the town that he started his great and illustrious professional baseball career in the summer of 1957. Someday Jim Kaat will be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He played 25 seasons in the big leagues in four decades and won 283 games. This lefthanded pitcher for the Washington Sen- ators for two years and then the Minnesota Twins for 13 years, the Chicago White Sox three years, the Philadelphia Phillies three years, the New York Yan- kees one year, and the St. Louis Cardinals his final three years; won at least one Cy Young award and numerous gold glove fielding awards. Jim still is and always was a super human being. He never charges for signing baseball cards and even carries his own to sign for fans. The only time he has ever received money for his autographs was at a recent benefit fundraiser for Bob Alli- son, the former Kansas Univer- sity, Washington Senator and Minnesota Twins baseball star who is ill. Jim Kaat had a tremendous work ethic when he played. He was the first player on the field and the last one to leave in the two seasons I was privileged to be his teammate. He was 19 years old when he signed with the Washington Senators in 1957, one year out of high school. I was 22, when I signed with the same team at the same time after graduating from Kan- sas State: We both played that summer m the Nebraska State Rookie Class D league for the Superior Senators (I was an out- fielder). I went into the Air Force to complete a Reserve Of. ricers Training Commitment from Kansas State in January 1958. Jim went on to play pro- fessional baseball in the Sena- tors organization. He moved rapidly up the ladder seeing ac- tion in three games in the sum- mer of 1959 and 113 games in the summer of 1960 with the American League Washington Senators. In the fall of 1960, both of us (I completed my commitment with the U,S. Air Force in Au- gust of 1960) were sent to Flori- da to play in the Class AA Win- tar Instructional League for the St. Petersburg Senators, the only two players still left in the Sena- tors' employ from Superior in 1957. The Senators announced their move to Minnesota during the season and our team became the St. Petersburg Twins. I was re- leased by the Twins in February 1961. Jim went on to profession- al baseball greatness. He made and to the many fans who love to watch and hear him on CBS and as a radio announcer with the Minnesota Twins radio net- work: I hope our paths will cross again. Jim, you made my day on Sunday, lifter not seeing you since late 1960. And, many thanks to Glenda and the many fine people in Superior for the well done event. Two other former profession- al baseball players were invited and were in attendance. They were Russ Snyder of Nelson who signed with the New York Yankees right out of high school in 1953 and played at least 10 years in the major leagues as an outfielder, including in the World Series with Baltimore in 1966. And my father-in-law, Val Helm of Superior. He played with the Chicago White Sox in 1941 and 1946 and would prob- ably have stayed in the major leagues for many years if he hadn't come down with a seri- ous case of rheumatic fever while serving four years in the U.S. Navy in World War II. KSU announces spring honor list Several area residents are among the 1,282 students who earned scholastic honors at Kan- sas State University, Manhattan. Those earning dean's list hon- ors include Dallas Eillert and Jon Moore, Superior; James Gillett and Reggie Voboril, Jewell; and Van Underwood, Mankato; Jana Aurand, Courtland; and Greg Stafford, Scandia. his own breaks. I did not take very good advantage of the op NCKVT announces portunities given me by the Sen- spring honor roll ators. It was very admirable of Jim to be so race to a former Five students from the area teammate who did not have the work ethic or the mental tough- ness that he had and who was not a real close buddy off the field. Hindsight is always 20-20; I should have hung closer to Jim and followed his examples. Jim was always a tremendous credit to professional baseball; received honorable mention after completing the spring semester at the North Central Kansas Area Vocational Technical School, Beloit. These students are Diane Duntz, Kris Kindler and Tracy Decker, Esbon; Ann Johnson, Superior, and Amy Cox, Courtland. SUPERIOR MUN SWIMMING POOL IS NOW OPEN Qualified Guards with Advanced Lifeguard Training and CPR Paula Czirr, manager, WSI Heather Meyer, assistant manager, WSI Holly Nelson Matt Watson Sandy Smith Cammie Kroeger Shelley Mellott Travis Henk Brandon Blecha Daily Hours Stepb Ehlers Corey Scott Elaine Miller Lap Swimming 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. * Early Closing at Discretion of Lifeguards Swim Team Practice Monday through Friday, 11:15 a.m. to 12 noon Swimming Lessons First Session -- June 22 - July 3 Second Session m July 13 - July 24 Cost of Swimming Lessons Swim Meets To Be Announced $10 Per Child Water Aerobics Beginning July 6, Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday Evening-- 9:00-9:45 p.m. For More Information Call: P.J. Purcell, 402-879-3199 SWIM FOR HEART- SATURDAY, JULY 18 Pool Fees- Season Ticket: Family, $50.00 Single Adult (12 and over), $30.00 Child (11 and under), $20.00 Child (5 and under), Free General Admission : 11 and under, $1.25 - 12 to 18, $1.75 Adult, $2.00 - Pool Party, $35.00 Pool Party Dates Available These youngsters are five of the 10 and under age group which competed in the jumor golf tournament Monday at the Superior Country Club. From left: Jeff Utecht, Hastings; Jerrod Meyer, Red Cloud, first; Bryce Brackle, Fairbury, second; Camden Suggitt, Davenport, third; and an unidentified goffer. Winners of the 11 and 12-year-old division at the junior golf tournament were (from left): Barry Meyer, Blue Hill, first; Kody Kirchhoff, Superior, second; and Jeff McKinney, Blue Hill, third. Trophy winners in the 13 and 14-year-old age group at the junior goff tournament were (from left): Brant Brackle, Fairbury, fourth; B.J. Bender, Red Cloud, third; Jon Beerbohn, Fairbury, second and Kirk Utecht, Superior, first. The 15 to 17-year-old winners at the golf tournament were (from left): Corey Simonsen, Broken Bow, four!h; Brandon Meyer, Blue Hill, third; Brant Custer, Broken Bow, second; and Andrew Mason, Superior, first. The girls' division trophy winners at the junior golf tournament were all from Superior. From left: Jamie Priefert, first, Megan Hiatt, second, and Lisa Meekins, third. Travis Henk Council elects Henk to office The Conference Council on Youth Ministry, an United Meth- odist organization, elected Travis Henk discipleship coordinator at a meeting recently. Duties of the discipleship co- ordinator includes the planning of the Christmas conference se- nior high Rainbow Camp, wor- ship services at the youth annual conference and the activities and worship at the CCYM meetings. Assisting Henk will be a com- mittee of youths from all eight districts in the conference. The conference meets three times a year in July, October and March. The officers meet as needed throughout the year. Henk will assume office at Washington, D.C., during the Peace' with Justice Tour in July. Mason third at Hastings tourney Andrew Mason shot an 82 to place third in the Hastings Opti- mist Junior Golf Tournament last week. The tournament was played Superior club h( junior golf Thirty-six golfers, ages McKinney, to 17, participated in the jumor with a67. golf tournament held at the Supe- rior Country Club Monday. tured first place i Golfers from Fairbury, Bro- year-old age kenBow, Nelson, Davenport, Red Brent Custer, Cloud, Hastings and Superior played in the tournament. Twenty Meyer, trophies were awarded infive age an 84 and divisions, ken Bow was Jerrod Meyer, Red Cloud, placed first in the 10 and under top golfer in the age group with a 65. Bryce old age Brackle, Fairbury, was second Beerbohn, with a 68 followed by Camden with a 102, Suggitt, Davenport, at 68 and Cloud, was Mike Meekins, Superior, at 74. Brent Brackle, In the 11 and 12-year-oldcat- fourth egory, first place was won by Barry Meyer, Blue Hill, with a Meg'plaYanHiattwaS' 48. Kody Kirchhoff, Superior, was second with a 63 and Jeff Friday, June 19 8:45 a.m., TOPS, 436 N. Commercial; 12:00 noon,. Ki- wanis, Elks. Saturday, June 20 9-11, GED Adult Education, high school library. Tuesday, June 23 2:00 p.m., Overeaters Anony- mous, hospital; 7:30 p.m., Palmyra No. 27. Wednesday, June 24 5:45 p.m., TOPS, 436 N. Commercial; 6:30 p.m., Weight Watchers, hospital; 7:30 p.m., Prepared Childbirth, hospital conference room. Thursday, June 25 11:45 a.m., Economic Devel- opment Council meeting, cham- ber office; 6:30 p.m., Smokers Anonymous, hospital; 7:00 p.m.. Methodists to consider elevator Members of Superior's First United Methodist Church will vote on a proposed new elevator during the worship service Sun- day. Start Sheets, a member of the congregation will present the proposed plans as approved by the church's administrative board. - The ballots available follow- State Line ( rian Church. 8:45 a.m. Commercial; nis, Elks. Former player ing the presentation will carry the information for voting no or yes with a blank beside the yes at the Southern Hills.Country vote to M.or mg00th carded a 79 to win the champion- The proposed elevator would ship. Tim Atchity, Hastings, shot an 81 to place second while Chad Mitzelfelt, Hastings, was fourth with an 86, Chad Phillips, Hastings, was fifth with an 87 and Ryan Henderson, Superior, was sixth with an 88. Fourteen golfers, age 15 through 17, participated in the tournament. Superior golfers and their scores were Eddie Meekins, 89; Jeremy Tipton, 100; and Ben Hansen, Superior, 109. The top six will be represent- ing the Hastings Optimist Club at the Nebraska District State Jun- ior World Golf finals today (Thursday) at the Southern Hills Country Club. The winner will receive an all expense paid trip to the international championships at San Diego July 20-24. A contented man is one who enjoys the scenery along the detours. of the death of of the Superi team, Casey Wonka, first played in After being season, he 1952, 1953 married to After his done, he Hospital and for ment for a time Wyoming to " law. Among his Knights were rior, Russ Chuck StickelS, Placke was a bat The Knights the Leag 1955 and was Nebraska state included the rookie farm Washin Listen hard, you may hear something you've never heard before. I GREAT FOOD/ GREA T FUN! GREA T RA CINGt 00,00Fonner Park ctoe#"-/t i AK-SAR-BEN RACES AND MAJOR STAKES RACES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY hjoy SimAclt Rec/ng Plus Your Favorite Sporting Events On Jumbo Sports Channel TVsl *-WATCH AND WAGER! * TURF CLUB TABLES WITH INDIVIDUAL TV$: $5 PER COUPLE I POST TIMES: 4:00 P.M. Wednesday & Thursdays 5:00 P.M. Fridays & June 15, July 13 & August 10 1:00 P.M. Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays Racing Memorial Day INFORMATION; 308/382-4515 I CAN'T WAIT co.NO Saturday, June 20 Car Festival I0 be installed at the southwest cor- ner of the present sanctuary and provide entry from the double doors of the educational wing, opening for use at the basement and the sanctuary levels. Nielsen to coach at Crete this fall After a quarter of a century as a teacher and wresding coach at Harvard, Doug Nielsen has de- cided to move on. He will be teaching and coaching at Crete next season. Nielsen was hired by then su- perintendent Roy Laue to teach physical education classes and serve as assistant football coach in 1968. He was also encouraged to "give wrestling a try." Since taking the reins of the wrestling program at Harvard High School, Nielsen's boys have accumulated a record of 165 wins, 23 losses and one tie in dual com- petition. Under Nielsen's tutalage, Harvard never lost a Twin Valley Conference dual meet while earn- ing the Class D championship in 1984, team mnner-upin 1985 and third place in 1971/1972, 1978 and 1991. His boys won 10 team district titles, four district runner-ups, 10 individual state championships, two two-time individual state champions, 24 state tournament finalists, 68 state tournament medalists and 160 state tourna- ment qualifiers. "The hardest thing about leav- ing is walking away from the kids," Nielsen said. "Harvard has the best kids in Nebraska and that has made my job easy. I am hav- ing a tough time saying goodbye." Nielsen was inducted into the Nebraska Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1991. He will teach physical educa- tion and health and assist with the football program in the fall. As winter approaches, he will be- come the head wrestling coach replacing.Jay Rodenbaugh who ts rernmng at the school in a different capacity. Beth JefferY t grandchildren, Esbon, and ner, Ken., on the week of by plane from Orlando, Fla., 20th Epcot Center. them epeot comes out there all One day Studios the future." J VBS.t,00 The odist Bible ing and 16 book Sunday sang two "My Prayer during potluck "Welcome Mrs. well as the school. _., Sunday  program w,.' Merlyn Far t_.% Mrs. Bill Ctn "Son Mou t presemed a j skits and Were given " | tio,a rtifia*/l were pres with a plant a= ,ion to -s tree and held for the by Mr. and., assisted by ,..' spring=', , was shoWn drugs and c I ----  COUPON I I Culpen Elm Wedndw, dune =4 420 East Third, Superior, Nob. I 402-879-4710 L-- f IBIB IIB IIBIB glib  ill