April 13, 2016 ~ Year 7, No. 123


The Nazareth boys team won the district championship last week, and competed at Lakeridge Country Club on Monday and Tuesday. At the district competition, Traytan Mclain finished 2nd overall and Tristan Nelson finished third. Tyler Ramsey and Troy Gerber are also on the team. At regionals, the team placed 8th and Traytan placed 15th.
The girls golf team also finished first at district, and competed on Monday and Tuesday at the Reese Center in Lubbock. At the district competition, Allie Schulte finished first overall and Kennedy Raphelt finished 2nd. Kinzi Cleavinger and Alee Christian are also on the team. At regionals, the team placed eighth with Allie and Kennedy tying for 24th.


Picture1 Tristan Nelson, Tyler Ramsey, Troy Gerber, and Traytan McLain



14 students are headed to regionals after competing at the district meet in Hart last Wednesday.

Nazareth teams took both first and second in each of the doubles divisions. Paige Gerber and Jake Gerber won first in mixed doubles, and Jake Waldo and Lexy Ethridge took second. In boys doubles, Troy Gerber and Slade Gerber won first with Tyler Ramsey and Traytan McLain in second. Allie Schulte and Deborah VanDijk won first in girls doubles, and Kamryn Schulte and Christen Damron placed second.

In addition to the doubles teams that are headed to regionals are two boys who compete in singles. Tristan McLain placed first in the district followed by Dustin Kern in second.

The teams will compete in Levelland at regionals on April 18 and 19.

Picture4Paige and Jake Gerber

Picture5Deborah VanDijk and Allie Schulte

Picture6Troy and Slade Gerber



Last weekend, the annual Golden Spread All-Star tournament was held in Canyon, and Nazareth had three seniors playing.

Hannah Leavitt’s team won the consolation, and Tyler Ramsey’s got second. Deborah’s team won the championship by two points and she was named MVP after scoring nineteen points.

Picture3 Deborah VanDijk with Jaxton, Brynli, and Kaylie Schilling



Swifts—2nd place team overall

Long Jump – Nathaneal Van Dijk – 4th
Triple Jump – Nathaneal Van Dijk – 2nd, Peyton Straley – 3rd, Brayden Dyer – 5th
2400 – Tobin Pierson – 2nd, Tye Schulte – 6th
4×100 Relay – Brayden Dyer, Nathaneal Van Dijk, Peyton Straley, Eric Hill – 2nd
800 – Ryan Heitschmidt – 2nd
110 Hurdles – Grady McAlister – 2nd, Aiden Moore – 3rd, Kaden Cleavinger– 5th
4×200 Relay – Derek Dyer, Nathaneal Van Dijk, Peyton Straley, Eric Hill – 2nd
400 – Brayden Dyer – 5th
300 Hurdles – Grady McAlister – 1st, Aiden Moore – 3rd
1600 – Ryan Heitschmidt – 1st,  Tyler Espenson – 5th, Tye Schulte – 6th
4×400 Relay – Derek Dyer, Nathaneal Van Dijk, Grady McAlister, Eric Hill – 2nd

Swiftettes—1st place team overall

High jump–April Schmucker – 5th

Long jump–Merry Gerber – 1st,  Amy Schilderink – 2nd, Grace Huseman – 4th

Triple jump–Amy Schilderink- 1st,  Maddie Smith – 2nd, Maggie Nelson – 3rd

Shot put–Cambrie Heiman – 1st, Molly Johnson – 4th

Discus–Cambrie Heiman – 1st, Kari Schulte – 4th

2400m–Kyanne Dunne – 1st, Shelby Annen – 2nd

400m Relay–1st – Grace Huseman, April Schmucker, Briana Huseman, Amy Schilderink

800m–Merry Gerber – 3rd, Kari Schulte – 4th

100m Hurdles–Amy Schilderink – 2nd, Briana Huseman – 3rd

800m Relay–1st – Grace Huseman, Lupita Gonzalez, Maggie Nelson, April Schmucker

400m–Maggie Nelson – 1st, Lupita Gonzalez – 3rd, Cambrie Heiman- 5th

300m Hurdles–Briana Huseman- 1st, Merry Gerber – 6th

200m–Cambrie Heiman – 5th

1600m–Grace Huseman – 1st, Kari Schulte – 3rd

1600m Relay–1st – Kyanne Dunne, Maggie Nelson, Amy Schilderink, April Schmucker

Congrats on a great season to all of these athletes!


Thanks for Caring – from Fr. Ken Keller

The March 30th eulogy in Houston for my brother, Deacon Bob Keller, given by our priest-cousin, Fr. John Keller, honored my brother and his wife of nearly 50 years, Ruth Ann – my brother’s caretaker for the twelve years of Parkinson Disease.  “When Bob and Ruth Ann picked up their roots out of their native Amarillo, they really ‘picked up roots’ – moving 39 times in 49 years!”  It struck me that “sojourning” was central to my brother’s spirituality and life.

Einstein well reflected: “We are here for a brief sojourn: for what purpose we only sense that we exist for other people”.

My brother was that true sojourner living for other people.  His work in Information Technology took him to many places in the US Midwest and East Coast, but it was his love of people that took him on the journey of being a deacon in the church of Amarillo and Houston. Along with activity in the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, Bob loved being a ‘servant of the servants of God’ in his deacon work with prisoners, shut-ins, elders, and struggling families.  Only his illness limited his desire to help all.

I thank friends here in Nazareth – some met Deacon Bob at my anniversary three years ago – for your prayers, cards, and support.  He was buried at our family site in Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, April 2nd.   Obit at Robert Keller Memorial Fund at www.youcaring.com



It’s never too early to start planning and saving!

Presented By: Megan Dunn with Edward Jones, and Felice Acker with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Castro County

Who: Parents if Elementary, Intermediate, and Junior High Youth

What: Learn about the 529  Plan and how to start saving for your child’s college fund today!

When: Monday, April 18, 2016 @ 6:30 PM

Where: American Legion Building—Nazareth Texas

RSVP: By Friday April 15, 2016 to 806-647-4115

Program will begin at 6:30 p.m. after the monthly 4-H meeting. If interested in 4-H feel free to join us at 6:00 p.m.

Children are welcome to attend as well!



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