Saturday, March 31, 2012

Night of Knights

Night of Knights: Knights on the Boardwalk

Night of Knights
A beautiful night and a large crowd made for a successful and enjoyable Night of Knights Photos

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Baseball Coach Named Coach of the Year by NBCA

Coach Brent Suing

2011 Coach of the Year

 Mount Michael Benedictine Coach Brent Suing was recently selected as Baseball Coach of the Year for Class C Legion Baseball by the Nebraska Baseball Coaches Association

Coach Suing was selected, after coaching Mount Michael Benedictine's Knights to back-to-back spring state tournament appearances in the first two years of the school’s baseball program, Brent Suing then led the Legion Knights to a 34-7 summer record in 2011 and the program’s first-ever American Legion state championship.  Suing’s team didn’t shy away from tough competition, winning six of nine regular season games against Class A teams.

Congratulations Coach Suing

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Congratulations Speech Team; District Runner-up

District Runner-up Speech
Nine Knights have qualified for the State Meet to be held at the University of Nebraska Kearney March 22- 23.

Blake Batten, Persuasive - Jared Bourek, Extemporaneous - John Byrne & Ian Sheets, Duet Acting - John Byrne, Poetry - Harrison Engel, Informative - Will Sleddens, Humorous Interpretation - Dan Sjostedt, Extemporaneous - Randy Speer, Dramatic Interpretation - George Townsend, Entertainment

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mission Trip to Mexico & Photos

A group of students, their fathers, and faculty are currently spending spring break on a mission trip near Vera Cruz' Mexico.  Photos sent from Mexico More pictures are added occasionally.

The group is in Mexico, on the bus and heading to the mountains. They have the same bus driver as last year and Fr Michael met them in Mexico City. Paola called this morning to say the village is anxiously awaiting their arrival.

We loaded the truck with some roofing supplies and about 2/3  hiked down to the next 2 villages. One group stayed and roofed a house in Rancho Nueve. We completed 3 roofing projects in all and some very hard work preparing the 2 housing sights. Plenty of energy and bodies to throw at the projects. Then we hiked back up the mountain and even the old guys made it. The group split into 3 groups for lunch at 3 different homes. The people are always so excited to prepare and serve the boys food. Pretty big appetites. Has been foggy all day with one very brief partial lifting. No complaints, no illness and no sickness to report. Doesn't get much better than that. Just going to evening prayer

Lots of activity all over the village this afternoon. We were split into 6 groups. The house sites this year are requiring a lot more site prep.  We are going to have some catch up to do. Had another very good lunch. All prepared on homemade charcoal. Even some grilled jalapeno peppers.  Finished three roofs and started another. Found a little sawmill so was nice to have extra boards to support the heavier tar like roof panel (in place of tin). The boys had a chance to share candy and little toys with so many kids today. Before mass had a little skit about David and Goliath. Then played games. Probably 50 to 60 kids. Filled the blue church (was pink last year) for mass.

Just finished up evening prayers. There was great progress today on the houses. The frame is up on one and all the concrete work is done on the other. Everyone pushing hard so they have a chance to climb the mountain on Thursday. Think some of the roofing crews learned a thing or two about donkey paths. Couple of the houses only had access by path. One of the houses only had a tarp on it. Most everyone seems to be doing very well.  Might offer a few prayers for Father Dan. He was not feeling to well today but was still able to pull off Mass. Had Mass going in 3 villages this evening.

Another morning hike down the mountain to start the work day. Finished a few more roofs today. Good thing we can buy a little lumber in town (cut to order - sort of). Not sure what holds up some of the houses. Also recycled more nails than I ever thought possible. Made some very big progress on the 2 houses. One is nearly complete. The other is going to take some time tomorrow (which is a good excuse for some of us who don't do well above 12,000 ft). Not easy when you get some wrong parts and no Menards or Lowes around the corner. We were told to be @ mass @ 6:30 pm and don't be late. We forgot that means 7:30 in Mexico. Could have finished a project. After mass handed out all the donation items. So many thankful people from kids, mom's, dad's and grandparents. The boys really enjoyed giving those gifts. About 2/3 of the group headed up the mountain tomorrow. The rest of us staying closer to 8000 ft.

Leaving Rancho Nuevo by about 9:00am and will drive to Mexico City and visit the pyramids. Lots of hard work this week, now time for some relaxation.

Friday AM - Had a late dinner after mass last night. Girls wanted to take a lot of pictures (and again this morning after breakfast). Had mass this morning and loaded the bus. Currently about 3 to 4 hours to the pyramids. After pyramids will have some dinner and for some a very missed shower and bed. Tomorrow morning will go to Our Lady of Guadeloupe then catch the afternoon flight.

Friday PM - We are at the Riazor Hotel and all I heard was what the order was going to be for showers. It is very new and quit a change from sleeping bags. Lot of laughs about not being able to sleep with out all the animal noises. We had a good visit to the pyramids. The boys really enjoy climbing to the top of the Sun pyramid and negotiating purchasing souvenirs. We hope to celebrate mass at the Basilica tomorrow morning. Then get to the airport for our afternoon flight.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mr. Jon Boer New Head Football Coach at The Mount

Borer, a Nebraska native and 2002 Wahoo Bishop Neumann graduate, comes to Mount Michael Benedictine after serving as the head coach of Thomas More Prep-Marian, a 240 student coed boarding school in Hays, Kansas, for the previous two seasons.  Borer was instrumental in helping Thomas More Prep have its first winning season since 2003 and compiled a two year record of 7-11. Borer’s 2011 squad went 5-4 and was one win away from the Kansas state football playoffs.

Prior to coaching at Thomas More Prep, Borer served as the offensive coordinator at Nebraska City Lourdes where his teams set school records for passing and offensive yardage and finished ranked in the top five in Class C-2.

Borer was a four year starting quarterback for Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA where he completed his degree in secondary education.

At Mount Michael Benedictine, he’ll replace Dave Plendl, who resigned at the completion of the 2011 season.  Borer is very familiar with Mount Michael Benedictine’s excellent academic and athletic reputation having competed against Mount Michael Benedictine teams throughout his high school career at Wahoo Bishop Neumann.

Borer will be a full time member of the Mount Michael Benedictine staff and work at the school in the social studies department.  “We are very excited about the addition of Coach Borer to the staff of Mount Michael Benedictine School.  We are thrilled about what he brings to Mount Michael.  His experience as a football coach and high school social studies teacher will greatly benefit our boys,” said Mount Michael Benedictine Head of School Dr. David Peters.  “His youth and energy will take our program to the next level.  Coach Borer is a man of integrity and a wonderful role model for our young men,”