Thursday, February 27, 2014

Courier news

Courtesy of the 2-26-14 on-line edition of the Ida County Courier,

Vegas Night fund-raiser set for March 6
The O-A/BC-IG Music Boosters will host their annual Las Vegas Night fund-raiser on Thursday, March 6, at the O-A/BC-IG High School.

Supper and the chance table begin at 5 p. m., serving tacos in a bag. Games in the gym will run from 6 to 8 p. m. for all ages. Chance booth drawings will begin at 7:30 p. m., with raffle drawings to follow.

There will be four raffle drawings for $125 beef and pork certi icates. Contact any music student for a raffle ticket; tickets will also be sold that night for $1 each. All Las Vegas Night proceeds will go toward new choir robes.

Las Vegas Night entertainment begins at 6:10 p. m., featuring the middle school swing choir, high school show choir, middle school jazz band and high school jazz band.

Dollars for Scholars applications due March 15

The deadline for seniors to turn in the O-A/BC-IG Dollars for Scholars application is Saturday, March 15. Late applications will not be accepted.

The scholarships will be presented to seniors completing the application during senior awards night on May 14.

The largest fund-raiser for the foundation has been the Whitey Thompson Hike-Bike-A-Thon. The 20th annual event is set for Wednesday, May 7, at 1:30 p. m., in Ida Grove.

The hike-bike-a-thon donations to the scholarship foundation since its inception in 1995 total $595,172. The event itself has grown from 60 participants raising $3,703 in 1995 to 644 participants raising $57,504 in 2013. 

Shabby and Chic Class March 13
Jody Kollbaum Harris is hosting a “Keep It Simple, Shabby and Chic” educational class at The Meeting Place in Galva Thursday, March 13, at 6:30 p. m.

Harris is owner of Two Peaz in a Pod and JH Buy Sell in Odebolt and will teach a two-hour class where participants will make a replica toolbox to take home. Harris will teach various shabby techniques, cost-saving strategies, what not to do based on past experience, shortcuts, creative ideas and demonstrate how to build your own vintage, wooden toolbox.

Completed toolbox projects will be on display, and attendees will be entered for a door prize worth $50. Cost for each person is $35, and all supplies will be provided. Hurry to preregister for the event, as class size is limited to 32 participants. RSVPs are due by March 6. Call Anne Johnson at 712-282-4426 to sign up.

Check out for toolbox photos, ideas and inspiration. 

Wear old clothes, and plan to be busy creating a one-of-a-kind treasure.  In cse of inclement weather, the class will be moved to Monday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m.  The public is invited.

Wilcke places first at state wrestling meet

O-A/BC-IG junior Cash Wilcke placed first at 182 pounds in the class 2A state wrestling tournament Saturday, February 22, 2014. Wilcke, who was the only wrestler from Ida County at the state meet, became the first grappler from either O-A/BC-IG or BC-IG High School to win a state mat title.

Odebolt-Arthur’s Kris Thayer won back-to-back class 1A championships in 2000 and 2001. Thayer won the 119-pound championship in 2000 and the 125 title in 2001.

Wilcke, who placed fourth at 170 in 2A as both a freshman and a sophomore, defeated three ranked wrestlers at this year’s state meet including Kyle Fank of Independence, who was ranked third, in the championship match.

Wilcke, who started wrestling in kindergarten, has won several AAU titles. He noted the high school championship is something special.

“It felt great to have all the hard work pay off,” said Wilcke. “The AAU titles are cool, but the high school tournament is a completely different level. It is the best feeling ever to win at a higher level.”

Wilcke finished the season with a 48-1 record. He said he is looking forward to the opportunity to win a second title next season.

The results of Wilcke’s state matches were:

Cash Wilcke (182): Championship first round—won by fall in 1:58 over Chase Reising of Oelwein; quarter finals— won by fall in 1:58 over Phiron Peterschmidt (ranked fourth) of Mid Prairie of Wellman; semi finals—won 5-2 over Riley Hasken of Dubuque Wahlert (ranked eighth); finals—won 2-1 over Kyle Fank of Independence (ranked third).

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