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December 12, 2019

Thursday, December 14, 1989

Laura Roberts honored on 80th birthday

By Marie Benge

The celebration of Mrs. Laura Roberts eightieth birthday was a fun time for family and friends November 24, at the Broadus VFW Hall.

Accompanied by the Broadus high school band under the direction of Doug Wilbert, the party was started by the crowd singing “Happy Birthday.” Mr. Wilbert said, “Let’s dance,” as the band played on, each husband of her five daughters stepped forward to dance with Mrs. Roberts followed by his wife as he was tagged by the next in line according to the daughter’s age. Lucille’s husband, Don Haas of Hemingford, NE, was first; then Willis Tipton, husband of Margaret of Broadus, Lowell Davis, wife, Jan of Rapid City, George and Linda Morella, Gordon and Debbie Archer, all of Broadus area, and Greg Roberts, youngest, and wife Mary Jo. Dancing continued until midnight. Some grandchildren enjoyed dancing with Laura Roberts as well, as well as guests of the evening.

A family supper was held in the hall earlier. A large decorated cake was made by Elaine Gotfredson, which served the crowd throughout the evening. Those present included Leonard and Honey Roberts of Terry. Leonard is the eldest, and daughter Darlene Yarger of Bellevue, WA. Grandchildren attending were Candy Roberts of Minneapolis, MN, Ron and Ann Roberts, Randy, Krissie, and Lacy of Scobey; Brad and Sandie Haas, Kory, Kara, Johnny, and Lance of Hemingford; Bob and Lisa Haas with Jordan of Nebraska; Bob and Lynette Smith, Scott, Brent, and Kurt of Brookings, SD; Darlene Yarger, Bellevue, WA; Nick and Kevin Roberts, children of Greg; Ian and Charlotte Shafer, Jennifer; Larry and Jody Richards, Josh and Jaime, all of Broadus; Laurie Morella, Tami, Missy and Lindsey Archer, all of the area; and Don Deitchler and family of Miles City, Mrs. Roberts brother.

Copps attains rank of Eagle Scout

Shane Copps recently became the fifth member of Boy Scout Troup 254 to attain the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

For his Eagle Project, Copps made tapes, containing five hours of stories and poems by ten local residents, and donated them to Powder River Manor. Persons interviewed for the material on the tapes include Don Manker, George Heil, Meri Mainwaring, Floyd LePoidevin, Walter Ferguson, Robert Thaden, Lana Denny, Pastor Hans Sacrison, Steve Vail and Garry Wallace.

Other Eagle Scouts belonging to Troop 254 include Todd Harris, Shane Vernon and Chad and Shep Vail.

Copps, a sophomore student at Powder River County District High School, is the son of Mike and Marty Copps of Broadus.

Who’s Who

Two Broadus high school graduates, Williams Collins and Pamela Potter, were among sixty Montana State University students selected as national outstanding campus leaders for the 1990 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

The award is based on academic achievement, service to community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success, according to Denny Klewin, Assistant Dean of Students at MSU.

The MSU “Who’s Who” joins an elite group of students selected from more than 1,400 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations.

Matmen compete at Forsyth invitational

Bill Alderman’s Broadus Hawk matmen did well in competition at the 16-team Forsyth Invitational last weekend. Even thought the Hawks were few in numbers, competing against many teams from larger schools, they placed near the middle of the pack with 60 team points.

“As a team of only seven wrestlers, I thought we did fairly well, although we did lose a couple of close matches, we shouldn’t have,” said Alderman. “Steve Gnerer was voted BUGUBA of the tournament by his teammates. He had an outstanding tournament, as did Brent Rogge. Steve and Brent were the best wrestlers at their weights of the Class B teams.”

Individual results were as follows.

At 125 pounds, James Burley pinned Steiner of Miles City JVs at 23 seconds into the first period of action. He then lost by a pin-fall to Taber of Hardin. In loser out action, he was pinned in overtime by Essinger of Circle.

At 140 pounds Shane Copps drew a bye in the first round. Then, in quarter final action, he was pinned by Rusig of Harlowton after a hard-fought match during which Copps was ahead after two periods of wrestling. In loser out action on Saturday, Copps was pinned by Hineback of Hardin.

Gnerer, at 145 pounds, opened with a pin over Witten of Billings West in first round action. In quarter-finals Friday, Gnerer pinned Heidner of Wolf Point, in 31 seconds of the first round. The young man wrestled Kayama of Hardin in semi-final action. He fought back from an early deficit only to lose by one point, 9-8, on a technical violation call. Gnerer went on to beat Crosmer of Huntley Project to advance to the consolation finals. There, he shut out Wisiman of Baker, 10-0, for third place honors.

At 152 pounds, Rogge, in his first match, pinned Dudgean of the Baker JVs in 49 seconds of first round action. He then pinned Whitmus of Harlowton in quarter-final action to advance. In semi-final competition, Rogge was pinned by McCullough of Colstrip, who went on to win the championship in that weight class. In wrestle-back action Saturday, Rogge decisioned Bergma of Billings Senior, 6 to 3. The senior athlete then decisioned Kehler of Hardin, 4 to 2, in his final match.

At 160 pounds, Curt Phillip lost to Sean James, 8 to 0, in first round action. He came back to pin Singer of Baker in wrestle-back action, finishing sixth in the tourney after losing to Thompson of Billings West.

Travis Traub, at 189 pounds, lost to Van Ash from Forsyth by pin in first round action. He then decisioned Brown of Wolf Point, 12 to 5. In loser out action the following day, Traub was pinned by Sloan of Hardin.

In the heavyweight division, Buddy Hoffman started out (his third career match) strong by pinning Gasper of Circle 16 seconds into the first round. He then lost to Radcliff of Billings West and was eliminated by Dukart of Miles City.

The boys are now gearing up for a one-day tourney at Billings West, where they hope to do well, Alderman said.


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