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The Norfolk Catholic boys golf squad is heading to the State Championships.  At yesterday’s C-3 District Meet at Fairplay Golf Club in Norfolk, they placed third in the team standings to qualify.  Plainview was the team champion with a 298, Elgin Public/Pope John placed second with a 331, and Norfolk Catholic took third with a 337 team score.  Individually, Plainview’s Mitchell Klooz was the medalist carding a 65.  He won by five strokes.  Lutheran High Northeast’s Payton Baker took third shooting a 74 to qualify for the State Championships.  Norfolk Catholic’s Riley Knake was fifth with a 76 and teammate Drew Farlee tied for tenth with an 83.  Devon Lockman (88), Scott Volmer (90), & Brandon Clauson (102) also reach state with Norfolk Catholic’s team.  The Class “C” competition next Tuesday & Wednesday will be held at the Kearney Country Club.


The Norfolk Panther boys golf team participated in yesterday’s A-2 District Meet at Holmes Golf Course in Lincoln.  Omaha Creighton Prep was the champion with a 279.  The Panthers finished sixth with a 333.  Omaha Creighton Prep’s Andrew Hansen was the medalist with a 68.  Norfolk did not qualify a golfer for the State Meet.


Northeast Community College in Norfolk will host the 29th Annual Northeast Nebraska High School All-Star Classic basketball games on Friday, June 8.  Tip-off time for the girls’ game is 6:00 while the boys will tip off at 8:00 in the Cox Activities Center gym.  Members of the Girls’ ‘Dark’ team include Lutheran High Northeast’s Kelsey Dinkel & Liz Gebhardt.  The Boys’ ‘Dark’ roster includes Jalen Bradley, Alex Starkel, and Tremain Monroe of Norfolk High while Lutheran High Northeast’s Ross Freudenburg will represent the ‘Light’ team.


Northeast Community College have announced men's basketball recruits for the 2012-2013 season.  New players on the Hawks' squad include Stanton’s Blake Heppner.  Other recruits include 6’7 Kyle Kilgore of Minnesota, 6’5 Khapri Alston of Illinois, 6’5 J.R. Tolliver of Illinois, 6’0 Bryce Williams of Minnesota, 6’4 Sean Scott of Minnesota, and 6’4 Corey Mitchell of New York.  Northeast was 12-19 a season ago.


Local Schedule:  Wichita St. At Nebraska (Bsbl-6:35); Iowa at Creighton (Bsbl-12:00); Omaha Storm Chasers at Fresno (Bsbl-1:05).


Local Scores:  Kearney 8 Nfk High 1 (G. Tenn. Dual); Omaha Storm Chasers 8 Fresno 5 (Bsbl).


NBA Playoffs:  Oklahoma City 119 L.A. Lakers 90 (1-0); Philadelphia 82 Boston 81 (1-1).



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News Briefs:

Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale won't make a prediction on voter turn-out for today. Four of the last five primary elections drew a turn-out of less than 25-percent. Gale does urge Nebraskans to go to the polls and hopes the highly publicized Republican primary campaign for United States Senate attracts voters. The primary that drew more than 25-percent turnout was the 2006 Republican primary for governor in which Dave Heineman defeated Tom Osborne drew a 35-percent turnout.


Many voters will be casting their ballots today in new places because of redistricting mandated by the 2010 Census. Madison County Clerk Nancy Scheer says about 8.000 voters in Norfolk will be impacted this year. She urges voters to go to the Madison County web site at http://www.co.madison.ne.us and click on the link to the Secretary of State's page.


An audit finds that Nebraska's state employee health insurance program costs taxpayers far more than the national average. State Auditor Mike Foley says the plan was designed inefficiently and suffers from high administrative costs. The program covers 29,000 state employees and dependents.


The producer of the beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics says it's laying off 86 employees from its South Dakota corporate office, and company officials are blaming what they call "campaign of misinformation." Beef Products Inc. announced earlier this month it was closing plants in Kansas, Texas and Iowa.


We're about a month away from the opening of Norfolk's new water park -- Aquaventure. City Public Works Director Dennis Smith says crews continue to work hard to meet the projected mid-June opening date.


The cost of lunches in the Norfolk Public Schools will go up by 5 cents for the next school year. At Monday night's meeting of the Board of Education, Superintendent Marlene Uhing says the increase is attributed to a federal formula they must use to determine the cost of the meals as well as a federal requirement to add more fruits and vegetables to the menu.


Thousands of people got to work Monday on two wheels instead four. It marked the beginning of National Bike to Work Week. Local cycling enthusiast Diane Becker greeted early morning bike riders with bagels, juice and coffee in front of Bank First at 13th Street and Norfolk Avenue. Not only was it a way to start National Bike to Work Week, it was an opportunity to promote the 7 Cities Century Bike Ride Across Madison County in August.


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