HISTORICAL MARKERS APROVED
Two significant historical places on the Llano Estacado will now be recognized with official Texas Historical Commission markers: The Holy Family Cemetery and the Home Mercantile both in Nazareth, Texas. Involved committees thank the Texas Historical Commission for approving these applications for 2014 markers. “All history in this region is important and knowing that it can be recognized and honored makes the entire application process worthwhile,” said Christena Stephens, coordinator of the project.
(top: by Christena Stephens) German inscription on the cast-metal grave marker of Theodor Kehl (1855-1912) located in Holy Family Cemetery, recently honored with historical designation;
(bottom: by Darryl Birkenfeld) Nazareth’s Home Mercantile Building that also received historical designation by the State of Texas
“Putting the Pieces Together”Class Learns Quilting
People find all kinds of options for education that don’t take place in colleges. One example is a Quilting Class, organized by Stephanne Dobmeier and Kathy Birkenfeld. These veteran quilters heard from other women that they wanted to learn how to quilt. So, 3 weeks ago, a Quilting Class began to meet every Wednesday to learn the skills necessary. Presently in the Quilting Class besides the two teachers, are Vera Huseman, Lisa Schulte, Joann Starr, Tracy Peterson and Rose Ball.
NAZARETH NEEDS ANSWERED IN GRANTING FUNDS
Future of Nazareth Fund’s Board of Directors recently disbursed grants to three organizations that enhance our community: Nazareth Community Hall, $10,000, helping with debt for the remodeling; Nazareth Community Ballpark, $10,000, repairing the ballpark; Nazareth Education Foundation, $2,500, to fund educational projects.
The Future of Nazareth Fund, established under the Amarillo Area Foundation, creates and partners with community initiatives, while seeking a charitable percentage of today’s wealth for tomorrow needs. This foundation accepts donations of property, memorials, wills, and monetary contributions — which are all tax-deductible. The Future of Nazareth Fund Board has control over the account’s funds and decides on the money disbursement. The Board keeps the money growing until the fund is self-sustaining, while interest from the Fund goes to important community needs.
Nazareth Swiftettes State Tournament Bound
Coach Eric Schilling, excited about the Nazareth Swiftettes’ win over Anton and bid to go to the State Tournament, highlighted the team: “It was a great overall team effort on defense, and defense is what got us this win.” He explained team’s efforts: “We had a little trouble getting started and seemed a little jittery early; we missed some shots inside and outside that we had been making all year. Consistency on offense has been hard, but we make up for that on defense.” Obviously true as Swiftettes held Anton without a field goal for the first two quarters. Schilling said: “When we looked at the stats, we noted the great defense in the first half, but I can’t tell them to relax in the second half because that creates bad habits.”
The historically-gifted Swiftette program, one of the most tradition-rich in the state, now gain the right to go to the UIL girls state basketball tournament in Austin because of this 68-20 victory in the Texan Dome. The Swiftettes, with two players 6-foot or better, used their size advantage by playing inside, pounding offensive glass for second-chance baskets, and building a tremendous advantage in rebounding.
Nazareth held Anton to 0-of-19 shooting from the floor and forced 23 turnovers in the first half. The Swiftettes got six points from 6-foot-4 post Rebekah van Dijk and four from Allie Schulte during the decisive second-quarter run, including Schulte’s 12-footer that trickled through the net as the buzzer sounded. Nazareth kept up defensive pressure in the third quarter, holding Anton to two points.
SWIFTS ADVANCE ON REGIONAL GAME
Winning coach Nathan Branum praised the Swifts as they won Region I-1A Division 2 Boys game over Anton: “We played really well defensively throughout the playoffs, and that’s carried us. We held a really good offensive team to 38 points. We scored well enough on the offensive end to get the job done.”
Nazareth used a 20-point third quarter to propel themselves into the Region I-1A Division II tournament in Levelland with a 55-38 win over Anton on Tuesday at Hutcherson Center in Plainview.
In scoring, Braden Wethington made 21 points and Troy Gerber and Kade Kleman each scored 12 to bring Naz to its present 22-11 status.
Nazareth advanced to face Grady in the regional semifinals at 1 p.m. Friday in Levelland. GO SWIFTS!
NAZARETH SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS:
NO SCHOOL FRIDAY—REGULAR SCHEDULE THURSDAY
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