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November 6, 2008

5 years ago


November 2003

A revamped program at Eudora High School is provided answers to the question students were notorious for asking about their school tasks: “Yeah, but when will I use this in real life?”

“There’s a direct attempt to make sure they understand the applications they see here at school have real-life uses when they get out in the real world,” said assistant principal Ron Abel.

The veteran Eudora teacher and new administrator oversaw the Vocational Advisory Council, which asked local and area business leaders to provide input into curriculum for electives and some areas of core classes.

“The whole purpose of having the Council is so we can keep in contact with how the business environment works and make sure we’re providing that here,” Abel said.

• The Eudora cross country team completed a strong season with a historic trip to the 4A state cross country meet Saturday at Wamego. Brittney Graff and Tighe Van Anne each took home all-state honors, bestowed on the top-20 runners.

The girls team qualified for the state meet, finishing second at regionals Oct. 25 in Tonganoxie. It followed its silver medal performance with a solid eighth-place finish in Wamego.

In any sport, a coach looks for improvement over the course of a season, and the Cardinals state performance acted as a startling symbol of the improvement the team has made.

Eudora participated in the Wamego Invitational Sept. 13. The girls finished in ninth place out of a select 17 teams. At the state meet the team finished eighth against the highest caliber runners in Kansas.

12 years ago


November 1996

The Eudora High School boys cross country team claimed the state championship at Wamego. The team scored 83 team points, edging out the second-place Leoti team by four.

Senior Kenan Staples captured an individual state medal along with the team gold. He raced to a sixth-place finish with a time of 17 minutes and 29 seconds. Eric Bloom, also a senior, dove across the finish line, snaring a ninth-place finish at 17:36, tying his personal best for the season. He also earned an individual medal.

Senior Justin Hime finished in 29th place at 18:06, while junior Robert Moffitt was clocked at 18:13. Abram Chrislip ran the three-mile course in 18:46, finishing in 53rd. Mark Watson was 56th at 18:50, while Danny Broers, also a senior, posted his personal best time of the season at 19:57.

The state win capped off a season in which where the Eudora boys finished no worse than fourth at any meet all season long.

The girls cross country team finished seventh out of 12 teams at state. Sophomore Jessa Stein was the lone Eudora medalist. She was sixth in the two-mile race with a time of 12:42. Her sister, Gi, a senior, was 32nd at 13:47, while junior Sherry Smith was 37th at 13:59. Sarah Staples finished in 55th with a time of 14:34. Kris Neis, the other senior, ran the race in 15:02 for 65th, and junior Jennifer Ayler was 81st at 16:13.

The girls team finished no lower than third as a team in the regular season and won the Gardner Invitational.

Jessa Stein became the first Eudora runner to earn a Frontier League championship.

Members of the boys team were Jay Fisher, Justin Ahrens, Robert Moffitt, Mark Watson, Eric Bloom, Kenan Staples, Dan Broers, Abram Chrislip, Justin Hime and Matt Conner

Members of the girls team were Jessa Stein, Jennifer Ayler, Gi Stein, Kris Neis, Sarah Staples and Sherry Smith. Ruth Mersmann was manager.

• Autopsy reports were still pending in the death of Patricia Hagen.

Hagen’s body was found at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in Kansas City, Kan. She had been missing since Sept. 17 after disappearing near the Kansas River north of Eudora. An employee of the Missouri River Queen discovered her body on the riverbank about noon.

72 years ago


November 1936

Alvin Gabriel and the Deay brothers’ hounds tracked two wolves from the Morris Starr farm to the Fred Bartz farm, where one of the wolves was shot. The other escaped.

• The Rev. George Trabant and son Carlyle, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Broer, Mr. and Mrs. Gete Neis, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gerstenberger and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Neis attended the district meeting of the Evangelical church in Topeka.

99 years ago


November 1908

• The Eudora High School basketball team defeated Perry High School 47-9 at Perry.

• Carl Lothholz came down from Topeka to vote for Taft.

• The Texas itch, which was prevalent among horses and cattle in the Clearfield neighborhood the previous summer, had been completely driven from the vicinity by the strenuous work of the farmers in dipping their stock.

• Al Smith and family, James Charles and family and R. Combest and family were entertained to dinner by Mr. and Mrs. Bartee.


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