High Energy for the Freshman Wildcats

By Rachael Joachim

The West Lyon freshman girls basketball team played a great game against the West Sioux Falcons on Saturday, January 23rd.  Defensively, the girls had their best game of the year.  That defense paid off, coming into halftime ahead 17 to 5.

Madison Hage lead the scoring with 6, but the team had an even spread of baskets.  The Wildcats had faced the Falcons early in the season, and made some adjustments for the game.  The ending score was 32 to 9, with all the girls able to get plenty of playing time for the game.  

Coach Steve Hawf said that the girls’ defense has made many strides throughout the year, and he was happy how they executed it on this game.  Also the girls on the court played with high energy and effort all around, making it a fun game to watch.


Large Group Speech

By Ellie Meester

For the many creative and arts-minded students at West Lyon, Large Group Speech is a great winter activity. Large group speech is run by Mrs. Montsma, Ms. Clasen, and Laura Gilbertson. Large Group Speech is comprised of students that want to participate and compete in any of the following group categories: Group Mime, Solo Mime, Short Film, One Act, Ensemble Acting, Choral Reading, Reader’s Theater, Group Improv, Musical Theater, Radio Broadcasting, and TV News.

These students had their first district competition on Saturday, the 23rd in Sheldon. There are nine teams advancing to state: Reader’s Theater, TV News, Short Film, two Improvisation Teams, three ensemble acting teams, and musical theater.

One of the coaches, Mrs. Montsma,  was asked what she thought of West Lyon’s performances on Saturday and she responded, “Very pleased! Last year we had three groups qualify for Large Group State. This year we had nine groups qualify! I think it helped having Ms. Clasen and Mrs. Gilbertson to help with the coaching. They helped provide more time for quality practices. The students also worked hard at practices and the new members to speech brought a new energy and excitement to the teams.”

Speech plays a very big role in schools and students lives. Any theatrical or speech type of activity helps prepare students for life outside of school. It teaches life skills that reach far beyond school. It builds confidence and comfortability to speak in front of people – whether it is one person or a large room of people, and it fosters teamwork and the ability to work together as a team.


JV Keep on Rolling

By Alaina Viereck

The West Lyon boys JV basketball team traveled to Hull on Friday, the 22nd to play the Boyden-Hull Comets. The boys won the game with a score of 57-38. After having a few off games in the past weeks, the boys are really stepping up and making a great comeback.

The boys played with a lot of confidence and had exceptional ball movement skills. The team did great on defense and created many problems for BH. Nate Grotewold was the top lead scorer with 15 points, Malachi Van Wyhe followed with 11 points, and Logan Bruggeman had 9.

Coach Ripperda was very happy with how the team played. “Any night you can go to Boyden-Hull and come out with a win is a nice night,” says Ripperda.

Keep up the good work, Wildcats!

JV Boys Make a Comeback

By Alaina Viereck

On Thursday, the 21st the West Lyon JV basketball team came back from a four-game losing streak with a win against the Dutch. The Wildcats beat MOC-FV with a score of 66-39.

Coach Brent Ripperda says that every single player was scoring big and hustling all night. “We shot the ball with confidence and really played a complete game,” says Ripperda. Chandler Meiburg did great on offense and had many hustle plays, as Tanner Oleson, Malachi Van Wyhe, and Nate Grotewold lead the team in rebounds. Lead scorers of the game were Malachi Van Wyhe with 19 points, Logan Bruggeman with 12 points, and Nate Grotewold with 10.

Ripperda is proud of how much extra time the guys spent working on some of their flaws and is ready to keep the streak alive in their upcoming games!

Wildcats on a Roll

By Alaina Viereck

The JV Wildcats swept up another win last week and kept their streak alive. On Saturday night the boys JV team played a home game against the West Sioux Falcons, beating them 48 to 22. The boys came out flat in the first half, having a lot of unforced turnovers. Luckily, they had a great defensive game, which coach believes carried the team.

In addition to the Wildcats having a great defensive game, many players contributed offensively at Saturday’s game. Of the 48 points the Wildcats scored, Malachi Van Wyhe scored 11, Nate Grotewold scored 8, and Korbyn Gramstad, Logan Bruggeman, Chandler Meiburg each scored 7.

Coach Ripperda is proud of how well the team stuck together and pulled through. The team hopes to continue improving every single day by getting some extra shots in. Hopefully the Wildcats can continue their winning streak in their upcoming games.

JV Girls Knock Down the Comets

By Chelsea Tilstra

On Friday the 22nd the JV girls traveled to Hull to take on the Boyden Hull Comets.  After two previous tough games the girls looked to take their game up a notch, ending the game with an impressive 56-15 score.

There were not a lot of errors, but what the girls felt like they struggled with the most was giving up offensive rebounds.  The Wildcats quickly recovered with some steals which resulted in layups and an easy two points.

When asked who stuck out the most to her, sophomore Rachael Joachim replied with Jordyn Kramer.  “She had quite a few steals which turned into quite a few points.   And I was also very proud of myself, because although I’ve been a post my entire life I made my first post move.”

Dutch Defeat the Wildcats

By Chelsea Tilstra

The West Lyon JV girls traveled to MOC and tried to get the road win on Thursday the 21st.  Unfortunately the girls couldn’t quite pull off the W.  The game ended with a score of 34-40, in MOC-FV’s favor.

Leading scorers of the game consisted of junior Kami TeGrootenhuis with 7, and sophomores Jordyn Kramer and Rachel Joachim, both with 6.

Coach Hoogeveen thought the girls played well as a whole, but couldn’t finish the game.  The girls also had two tough games back to back, with Sioux Center right before.  “The main thing we knew going into the game was that we needed to rebound and that kind of hurt us.  We didn’t do what we had to do.  With a minute left in the game we actually took the lead 34-33 but then we just couldn’t quite finish, which falls on me as a coach.”

Nicholas Paul Bruggeman

By Katie Roemen

Nicholas Paul Bruggeman was born on March 19th, 1997 at the Avera Mckennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Nick was born to proud parents Rosy and Jim Bruggeman. Nick doesn’t have any siblings, but his cousin Vaughn Moser was like an older brother to him when he was growing up. Vaughn is also his role model because he always encourages Nick to do his best.

Nick has been involved in many activities throughout his high school career. He participated in wrestling his freshman year and also cross country since he was a freshman. He has also been in track since his freshman year here at West Lyon and is planning on running again this spring. Nick helped out the football team by being a manager this year. When Nick isn’t participating in sports you can find him working at Keith’s Corner in Lester or hanging out with friends.

Nick has received many honors throughout his years at West Lyon. Some of these honors include being inducted in NHS his sophomore year, receiving an academic letter, as well as being selected at Student of the Month. Nick also was elected this year to represent his senior class as the student council president. He also has lettered in cross country and track all the years that he has participated.

When asked, “What is your favorite memory from your years at West Lyon and why?” Nick replied with, “Going to state cross country.  It made me realize that after all, high school could be pretty fun.” Mr. McCallum is Nick’s favorite teacher, and Government is Nick’s favorite class because he says that Mr. McCallum is a very fun teacher and makes the class interesting and entertaining.

Nick’s future plans are to attend Dakota State University and to earn his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Best of wishes in your future, Nick!


Rachel Bauder

By Nikki Trickey & Nikki Douglass

On December 29, 1997 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Rachel Anne Bauder was welcomed into this world by her Dad, Troy and Mom, Lori.  She also has two younger sisters, Grace, 13 and Sara, 8.  But don’t forget about her shih tzu, Toby.  

In her career at West Lyon, Rachel has stayed very busy with many activities.  She is a member of NHS, student council, and vocal. She also participated in volleyball and golf, and she is currently a basketball manager. In these activities, Rachel has received several awards, including ABC academic awards, honor roll, and most improved award in volleyball.

Outside of school, she is a member of her church’s youth group and spends the rest of her time at the Kingdom Kids Daycare where she works. She loves spending time teaching and playing with the kids.

As she thinks about the people who have greatly influenced her in her high school career, Rachel named two people specifically.  She will remember Mr. McCallum as her favorite teacher because he makes the class fun and interesting, but still teaches and gets things accomplished.  Rachel says, “My mom is my role model because she is a great mother who supports me in everything I do, puts others before herself, and is always there when I need her.”

After almost 13 years at West Lyon her favorite memory is going to the Washington DC and New York City trip the Summer of 2012. During this trip her and some close friends made many memories at the Nike Store. They took pictures with the employees and for that were threatened to be kicked out of the store.

Rachel has enjoyed her past years here at West Lyon, but when looking into the future she plans to attend USD and major in dental hygiene. Her advice to underclassmen is to always respect you upperclassmen and always try your best.


Rebecca Van Regenmorter

By Vinny Demme

Rebecca Van Regenmorter was brought into the world to parents Jody and Chad in Sioux City, Iowa on June 8, 1998. She has a younger sister named Emily who is a freshman.

Rebecca enjoys spending time in church with her youth group, playing piano, attending tractor pulls with her father, and restoring antique tractors. When she’s in school, Rebecca spends her time hanging out with her friends in band, jazz band, basketball cheerleading, and football cheerleading. All these extracurriculars have certainly paid off since she has lettered in both music & athletics. Rebecca’s skills don’t end there, as she also gives a solid performance when it comes to academics as she has been on the Honor Roll many times and was even inducted into the National Honor Society. Rebecca’s favorite teacher in school is Mrs. Rustand because, “She sings to us in calculus!”

Almost her whole life, Rebecca has been exposed to Agricultural practices. She currently works on her family’s farm called Van Regenmorter Land and Livestock as well as a family owned service station called Oak Street Station. She has participated in 4-H for numerous years and was crowned Lyon County Pork Queen. But it doesn’t end there! She also received 1st State Gold on FFA Fruit Production Policy. When it comes to agriculture, Rebecca cites her father as the main influence in her life. “He has taught me one of the best things in life is to have a strong work ethic, and he has taught me everything I know about farming,” she says.

Rebecca’s future plans are to attend South Dakota State University to major in Agricultural Business and minor in Agricultural Marketing. Rebecca’s advice for the underclass end is “Have fun!!” We wish Rebecca all the best in her future plans and she will sure be missed at West Lyon!


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