The Stuart 4th of July Celebration is coming up, and the community has many events scheduled in celebration of our independence day!
Check out a full list of events going on below:
Monday, July 3
Tuesday, July 4
The Stuart faithful will be busy next week at the state track meet at Omaha Burke with 10 competitors in the field.
For the boys, Tanner Dickau will take part in the 3200 meter run. Chance Engel, Wyatt Paxton, Franklin Fessler and Chance Engel will all represent the Broncos in the 4x100 relay. Paxton will also take part in the 200 and 400 meter dash while Fessler will join him in the 200 and take part in the 100.
For the girls, Kira Dickau earned a spot in the 3200 meter run. The team of Kennison Kunz, Reaghan Engel, Rachel Kaup and Harlee Fischer will take part in the 4x100 meter relay. The 4x400 meter relay, made up of Engel, Kaup, Dickau and Fischer, also earned a spot. Fischer also earned a spot in both the 200 and 400.
It was a rough night for the Stuart Broncos Tuesday, as they returned from the trip to Orchard with two losses.
The girls struggled to find the net, hitting on just 24 of their shots in a 41-28 loss.
Harlee Fischer led the Bronocs on the night with 15 points, four rebounds and five assists. Trisha Fox nearly recorded a double double on the night, adding nine points and ten rebounds.
In the late game, the boys fell in heartbreaking fashion to the Cyclones. After entering the fourth quarter with a 40-28 lead, the game looked to be well in hand. However, the Cyclones dropped 18 points, including a game-winning three with less than four seconds remaining, while only allowing three from the Broncos.
Individual stats for the Broncos were unavailable at this time.
A Stuart Bronco star has now solidified her future plans.
Rachel Kaup made it official Friday when she signed her letter or intent to play volleyball for Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas. Kansas Wesleyan is coached by Fred Aubuchon.
Kaup earned the opportunity after a senior season that saw her 168 kills and 59 blocks for Broncos coach Teresa Mustin. Mustin sees nothing but growth for Kaup in her career at Kansas Wesleyan.
"I am so proud of Rachel and excited for her to play at the collegiate level" Mustin said. "She has so much potential and I look forward to seeing what she can accomplish in the next four years. Coach Aubuchon is a very knowledgable coach and Rachel will be a great asset to their program."
St. Mary's and Stuart combined to have an outstanding 12 athletes named to the D2-5 All-District Football Team, announced on Sunday.
On the first team, St. Mary's seniors Josh Cuddy, Will Atkeson, Zac Wiese and Andrew Thompson as well as sophomore Pete Blumenstock all made the cut. For Stuart, seniors Franklin Fessler and Trey Thornburg finish their high school careers with first team honors.
St. Mary's had four players earn honorable mention in Jack Reiman, Jared Atkeson, Taylan Resier and Jake Crumly while Stuart's Ethan Sattler represented the Broncos.
Stuart will be hosting a vendor event to celebrate and support small businesses.
Blue Saturday Vendor Event will be November 26, from 10a.m. to 3p.m. at the Stuart Auditorium Multipurpose room.
Sixteen vendors will be there to help with Christmas shopping. Everyone is encouraged to support small businesses.
Stuart was unable to keep their season alive when they squared off with a familiar opponent at subdistricts Monday night.
The Broncos fell to fellow Holt County squad Chambers/Wheeler Central is straight sets 25-12, 25-21, 25-12.
Harlee Fischer led the Bronco attack with 15 kills. She also recorded three blocks.
The loss ends the Bronco's season at 18-9, a slight dip from last year's 25-5 squad.
The Stuart Broncos entered the Niobrara Valley Conference tournament with their eyes set on a conference championship.
However, North Central did as well.
The fourth-seeded Broncos were the victims of an upset bid at the hands of the Knights, falling in four sets 25-16, 23-25, 25-12, 25-17.
The win sends the Knights on to a third round match up with top-seeded Elgin Public/Pope John while the Broncos now must wait until district play to return to the court.
Kira Dickau likely had the top 15 runners in her sights the entire time.
Unfortunately, she was unable to catch them, finishing at 17th to just barely miss out on earning a medal at the State Cross Country Meet in Kearney Friday.
Dickau, a sophomore, finished with a time of 21:05.9. She was just over seven seconds behind the 15th place runner.
Rylee Rice of Ainsworth took home first place with a time of 18:34.3.
The Stuart Broncos struggled on offense and Osmond took advantage, topping Stuart 43-21.
After an evenly matched first quarter, the Tigers exploded for 21 points in the second quarter to take a 29-12 halftime lead. They scored twice more in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 43-21.
Quarterback Ethan Sattler completed just eight of his 23 attempts for two touchdowns and two interceptions.
His primary target on the night was Connor Jarman, who hauled in six passes, both touchdown passes and 177 yards.
On the ground, the Broncos only churned out 116 yards as a team, led by Chance Engel's 66 yards.
Defensively, Andrew Olson had a strong night, racking up 21 total tackles. Franklin Fessler added 17 total tackles, Engel recorded 16 total tackles and Isaac Steinhauser recorded 15 total tackles.
In other Holt County action Friday night:
St.. Mary's shuts out Elkhorn Valley 63-0.
O'Neill stays undefeated with 26-21 win over Norfolk Catholic.
West Holt falls to Burwell 36-26.
Chambers/Wheeler Central/Ewing stays hot with 74-16 win over Ainsworth.