December 10th~Year 6, No. 61

Successful Year in Swift Football   

By: Mason Kleman

Looking back on the season, we feel like it was a huge step for Swift football. We haven’t made playoffs since 2009 so to be the team to take Nazareth back was huge for us. We played some very tough teams this year who have been on the six-man field a lot longer than us, and we think that we let teams know that the Swifts are here to play. Finally making it to the playoffs was an awesome way for us seniors to end our football careers. Although we didn’t go as deep in the playoffs as we had hoped, we did our jobs as leaders by pushing the rest of the team in the direction they need to be headed, and we hope that they keep it going next year. Overall, it was a great year, and we thank everybody for their support as we continued the winning tradition in Nazareth.

All District 1A Football Honors


1st Team All-District   


Tight End: Mason Kleman – SR

Wide Receiver: Trey Waldo – SR

Quarterback: Hayden Gerber – SR

Running Back: Troy Gerber – JR

Utility Back: Kade Kleman – SR


Noseguard: Lars Schilderink – JR

Defensive Linemen: Troy Gerber – JR

2nd Team All-District


Tight Center: Lars Schilderink – JR

Kicker: Hayden Gerber – SR


Noseguard: Luis-Miguel Franco – SR

Cornerback: Logan Schulte – JR

Safety: Tyler Ramsey – JR

Utility Player: Cole Kleman – SR

1A District 1 Honorable Mention

TE/DE: Jake Waldo – SO

TE/DE: Waylor Leavitt – SO

CB/ Special Teams Player: Tucker Huseman – SO

1A Academic All-District

Kade Kleman – SR

Trey Waldo – SR

Cole Kleman – SR

Hayden Gerber – SR

Luis-Miguel Franco – SR

Mason Kleman – SR

Rodrigo Pena – JR

Lars Schilderink – JR

Tyler Ramsey – JR

Dustin Kern – JR

Logan Schulte – JR

Jake Waldo – SO

Garrison Kleman – FR

Mike Schilderink – FR

Corny Klassen – FR

Wins for Nazareth in Tournament


        Both the new and old gyms were filled with high school basketball teams all around the Panhandle December 4 – 6 as Nazareth hosted the annual Nazareth Basketball Tournament. The Nazareth varsity girls beat Floydada, Sudan, New Deal, and Dimmitt to win first place. The varsity boys beat Floydada, New Deal, and Dimmitt, but lost to Highland Park, landing them in third.


1) Santa Claus will make an early visit to the Yellow Rose Inn on Sunday, December 14, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.  All children are welcome to come and visit.  Parents, bring your own camera for photographs.  Refreshments will be served for all.

2) The Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party will be held next Sunday, December 14, with Social Hour starting at 6:00 p.m.  This year instead of exchanging gifts, we will have a “Mite Box” for those in need.  The meal will be catered.  Come and join in the fun!

3) Christmas Card Project Send Christmas greetings to friends and neighbors in Castro County by participating in our


  1. A) Write your name or your family’s name on the outside of an envelope as you would like it to appear in the Castro County News.
  2. B) Place your donation (amount normally spent on sending out Christmas cards) inside the envelope, and drop the envelope in the designated box at the Naz Stop, in the church collection basket, or bring to the Parish Office.
  3. C) All donations will benefit Holy Family Church’s “Charity Fund.” To help the Food Bank
  4. D) Deadline to submit names is Monday, December 15!


Jane Fetsch’s Life Was Always Active


     Emma “Jane” Fetsch, 78, mother of the former Nazareth band director, Fidelis Fetsch, and a sister of Rose Ball of Nazareth, died in Canyon on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Services were held in both Amarillo and in Munday where she was buried.

Jane was born Feb. 16, 1936, in Rhineland to Alois August and Emma Ann Duesterhaus. She married Fidelis Joseph Fetsch on Feb. 7, 1955, in Pep. The family had four sons, Fidelis Jr, Ricky, Francis and Larry. Jane worked at Thoman’s Jewelry in Levelland. They owned The Lake Shore Marina at Lake Kemp from 1984 through 1999. Jane was famous for her cheeseburgers at Lake Kemp. People drove for miles to taste her cooking. She was a talented quilter who enjoyed sewing, collecting dolls, bingo and setting puzzles. The couple moved from Rhineland in 2011, when they came to visit family and never left and have been in Canyon since. Jane was an active member in the Catholic Church wherever she lived.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years; four sons and their wives, Fidelis Fetsch Jr and wife Darlene of Canyon, Ricky Fetsch and wife Michele of Rhineland, Francis Fetsch and wife Dara of Kennedale and Larry Fetsch and wife Mika of Amarillo; four grandchildren, Cassandra and husband Kyle Booe of Amarillo, Bryan Fetsch of Baton Rouge, La., Jeremiah Fetsch of Canyon and Joshua Fetsch of Winter Park, Fla.; and a great-grandchild, Marshall Fetsch.

The family suggests memorials be to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, TX 75219


Dora Pohlmeier Loved Her Nazareth Family


             Dora was born June 2, 1927 in Nazareth, Texas to Ben and Lizzie Birkenfeld. June 2nd was a special date for Dora’s family. Dora was born on her mother’s birthday, and her oldest daughter, Beth was also born on this day as well as her granddaughter, Erika.
She married Philip Pohlmeier on Feb. 19, 1946. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her extended family.   Dora Pohlmeier, 87, died Saturday, December 6, 2014 in Amarillo.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Philip; four sisters, Petronilla Birkenfeld, Mary Hoelting, Marcella Birkenfeld, and Julianna Brockman; three brothers, Walter Birkenfeld, John Birkenfeld and Thomas Birkenfeld and two son-in-laws; Lester Schulte and Gerald Harder.
Survivors include five sons, Greg Pohlmeier and wife Linda and Frank Pohlmeier and wife Sharon of Amarillo, Walt Pohlmeier and wife Lucy of Tulia, Ralph Pohlmeier and wife Emaline of Yukon, Ok., and Robert Pohlmeier and wife Teri of Castle Rock, Colorado; four daughters; Beth Schulte-Harder of New Braunfels, Theresa Rider and husband Gary of Amarillo, Rita Pohlmeier of Denver, Co., and Germaine Witt and husband John of Henderson, Nevada; and 29 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials be to Nazareth Assisted Living, P. O. Box 337, Nazareth, Texas 79063 or St. Thomas Catholic Church Pray Shawl Ministry, 4100 S. Coulter, Amarillo, Texas 79109. Rosary and vigil will be said at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at St. Thomas Catholic Church of Amarillo. Her body will be brought to lie in state at the Holy Family Church Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Ken Keller as Celebrant and Deacon Bob  Birkenfeld assisting. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery.








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