Bison Trapshoot Team strengthens its grip

Early season struggles continue for Bison baseball

Streak ends for girls’ golf squad

Bison Tennis drops rare night match

Royals hand Bison first taste of defeat

Persson’s lead boys golf team at Pequot Invite

Bertram, Zumach lead girls’ track

Boys’ LAX scoring big

Girls’ LAX defeats Delano

BHS Jazz Ensembles earn Superior Ratings; Spring Band Concert features trio of bands

BHS National Honor Society inducts 82

Destination Imagination team Tennessee bound

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Bison Trapshoot Team strengthens its grip

BHSTT aiming for third straight state appearance

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Participation numbers across the state continue to rise as the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League enters year three.

The popularity has affected the Buffalo High School Trapshooting Team (BHSTT). This year’s squad consists of 56 members, including 19 new shooters. This is the highest participation rate in three years. BHSTT had 34 shooters on last year’s squad that finished first overall in the state shoot at Alexandria, and fourth overall in the MSHSL Clay Target state tourney in Prior Lake.  

Buffalo won the inaugural MSHSL state tourney two years ago when they had 22 total members.

Co-head coaches Mark and Sally Stevens credits overall team success as one of the reasons for increased interest and participation numbers. One notable change this past school year was BHSTT participating in the fall league.

“Participating last fall brought awareness of the BHSTT to our middle schoolers, as we included eighth graders for the first time,” Sally Stevens said. “What we also realized is that there is a definite need for a trapshooting fundamentals ‘training ground’ here. So many of our shooters have come through a training program Mark created in 2007 and we see much greater success from them than inexperienced team members coming straight to BHSTT. For that reason, together with the Buffalo Gun Club Youth Program head coach Warren Hartman, BGCYP has changed to serve BHM students who plan to join BHSTT when they reach high school.”

As the case with prior teams, BHSTT does not cut anyone wanting to participate. All shooters are eligible to earn varsity letters sponsored by Buffalo High School.

This year’s squad includes 11 assistant coaches and three managers. Senior Brandie Evens, senior Andrew Grunwald, junior Ben Rodelius, and junior Zach Berg will captain the 2016 squad.

“Captains are never chosen because of their shooting ability,” Stevens said. “They are chosen for their leadership skills, commitment to the team as a whole, and will take the honor as a responsibility to serve rather than to fuel their ego.”

Rodelius and Berg, along with sophomore Wyatt Bomstad, junior Cody Weber and last year’s senior Max Hartman, were the five shooters that represented BHSTT in Prior Lake. Combined the five shooters fired a team score of 460x500. Hartman’s score of 99 earned him state runner-up honors as the top individual scorer.

“We will miss Max, just like we miss our other former members who made a huge impact during their tenure,” Stevens said. “But they have to move on and we keep in touch with all of them. I always say that nature abhors a vacuum, and the kids coming up in the program have so much potential that our biggest fear is not if they will succeed, but if we are giving them everything they need to be as successful as we know they can be.”

Seventeen of the 56 shooters on this year’s squad have taken the NRA Level 1 Coach class, including all four of the current captains.

While some shooters stand out on the stat sheet, it’s been well documented that team success this year lies from all 56 shooters and each coach/manager.

“Everyone’s score makes a difference to the team,” Stevens said.

With participation numbers reaching record levels, this year’s squad will look to win back-to-back conference titles. To do so, they will have to win Conference 1 in Class 6A. Last season’s squad competed in Conference 6 in Class 2A.

Buffalo finished last year’s five-week regular season competition schedule in first place with 17,729 total points. Pequot Lakes was a distant second at 15,955.5.

The Bison qualified for the 18-team state tourney in Prior Lake by finishing first in the overall state tourney last June in Alexandria. BHSTT finished two points (475) ahead of second-place Detroit Lakes (473) for the state’s top score in Alex.

The top teams in the five-week league play, or top individuals in Alexandria are selected to move on to represent their schools on a five-person team in Prior Lake.

Unlike the regular season, Stevens said both state shoots have been more a representation of the overall team’s skill level.

“League play can be challenging, because we all shoot on different days, different environments, and different conditions,” said Stevens, whose team shoots each Monday at Buffalo Gun Club. “Historically, Mondays have been horrible weather days and our league scores have sometimes suffered. But we tend to make up for it at Alex.”

This season marks the first year of the new rebuilt Buffalo Gun Club. While some of the memories and artifacts from the old building were lost in last year’s fire, Stevens said the new building offers some of the same characteristics and the team is ready to build some new memories.

“The new club is beautiful and we love the wide open space inside. It really helps during meetings, as we can all be in the same room now when we speak,” Stevens said. “The club is a heck of a lot more than the building. Wally Shelstad kept the ‘club’ whole when he was running it from a construction trailer, but boy, it’s a fantastic place to call home.”



One of the requirements BHSTT coaches instilled is for all members to participate in community service work.

Coach Mark Stevens (Air Climate Control, Inc.) and Dave and Beau Zumbusch (Sportsmen Dream Financial) have worked together to create a trapshooting fundraiser with 100-percent of the proceeds benefiting local youth-cantered projects.

Free trap-shooting lessons took place each Tuesday in April as BHSTT is hosting a Cents for Targets fundraiser event in which BHSTT members shoot 100-targets  to raise funds for two local Rotary projects: Beds for Kids and Adopt A Family. Community members and businesses are invited to participate in a 50-target event. Each BHSTT member gathers pledges, either straight donations or per target hit. Members who participate starts with a gift of $1/target from Mark Stevens and Air Climate Control, Inc.

This event starts at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) at Buffalo Gun Club. Visit for more information.


Early season struggles continue for Bison baseball

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo baseball squad  dropped its fourth straight game and dropped to 2-8 overall after suffering a 3-0 road loss Thursday, April 21 at Chisago Lakes, a 13-3 home defeat in six innings on Friday, April 22 against Waconia, and 4-1 home defeat Tuesday, April 26 against Cambridge-Isanti.

Buffalo senior John Weber and junior Christian Marschel gave the Bison two quality starts on the mound, but the struggles in the field defensively, and ability to get clutch hits continue to plague the Bison.

Weber allowed three runs and struck out a career-high eight Wildcat batters over six innings, but Chisago Lakes pitcher Mitchell Barrett held the Bison to three hits earning the complete-game shutout.

Weber pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Marschel, who allowed four runs in five hits in five innings against Cambridge-Isanti.

Squeezed between the two decent pitched games was a 13-3 blowout to Waconia. The Wildcats scored 13 runs on 17 hits. Buffalo committed four errors in the field.



The Bison will host the annual Sam Munoz Memorial Game on Friday, May 6 at Bentifeld Mills Park.    The junior varsity  and varsity reserve teams will host Osseo at 4:30 pm at Bentfield Mills Park and Family Rec Park. The varsity game will follow at 7 p.m. 

In conjunction with the games, a Silent Auction will be held with door prizes given away. Concessions will be sold. There is no admission fee.

This game is to commemorate Sam and raise money for a scholarship given in his name to a deserving BHS senior baseball player. Scholarships are given to seniors who give 100-percent to the team. All proceeds will go towards the Sam Munoz Memorial Scholarship.


Chisago Lakes 3, Buffalo 0

(Thursday, April 21 at Chisago Lakes)

Bison    0  0  0    0  0  1   0  –    1   7   1

Wildcats           0  0  0    0  0  4   x  –    4   5   1           Bison hitters: Mitch Gabrelcik 1-3; Hunter Brings 0-3; Luke Merz 0-3; David Watermiller 0-3; Ramon Vega Jr. 0-3; Josh Fussy 0-2; Josh Munoz 1-1, double; Isaac Noble 1-3, stolen base; Ethan Soeffker 0-1, walk; Sam Therrien 0-2.

Bison pitchers: John Weber (loss) 6 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts.


Waconia 13, Buffalo 3 (6 innings)

(Friday, April 22 at Buffalo)

Wildcats           3  0  7   0   0  3    –  13 17   3

Bison    1  0  0   0   2  0    –    3   7   4  Bison hitters: Mitch Gabrelcik 1-2, 2 runs, walk; Isaac Noble 0-2, run; Luke Merz 1-3; Jake Hendel 0-1; David Watermiller 1-3, 2 RBI; Ramon Vega Jr. 0-3, RBI; Josh Fussy 1-2, double; Ethan Soeffker 1-3, double; Kurtis Kunkel 2-3; Hunter Brings 0-1; Drew Russell 0-2.

Bison pitchers: Kurtis Kunkel (loss) 2 innings, 6 hits, 7 runs, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts; Ethan Soeffker 0.2 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts; Jacob Strong 3.1 innings, 8 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.


Cambridge-Isanti 4, Buffalo 1

(Tuesday, April 26 at Buffalo)

Bluejackets       2  0  2   0  0  0   0   –   4   6   3

Bison    1  0  0   0  0  0   0   –   1   9   3

Bison hitters: Mitch Gabrelcik 2-4, run, stolen base; Luke Merz 1-4; Ramon Vega Jr. 0-4; David Watermiller 1-4, double; Josh Munoz 1-4; Kurtis Kunkel 0-1; Drew Russell 0-3; Ethan Soeffker 1-3, double; Hunter Brings 3-3; Isaac Noble 0-3.

Bison pitchers: Christian Johnson (loss) 5 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts; John Weber 2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts.


Streak ends for girls’ golf squad

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The streak is over.

The run of 14 straight first-place finishes in Mississippi 8 West meets came to a screeching halt for the Buffalo girls’ golf team.

 The Bison’s score of 361 was actually good for third place on Friday, April 22 at Riverwood National in Otsego. Led by junior Megan Secrist’s medalist score of 78, the Rogers Royals won their first ever Mississippi 8 meet firing a team total of 341. St. Michael-Albertville was second at 356.

In three years of the East-West format, Bison teams had won all 14 of the West meets, including the first two of this season.

Bison sophomore Hanna Morin tied for second, individually, shooting an 81. Morin has carded the Bison’s top score in all but one meet this season.

“Hanna played steady, but ran into some trouble on the 13th hole,” said head coach Debi Warpula. “She bounced back after that and didn’t let one hole define her round. I saw her after she holed out – she flashed me a smile, and I knew she would be fine. She is mentally prepared as well as physically.”

The same could not be said for the rest of the team, minus sophomore Aly Peeler, who finished with the team’s fifth-best score of 97.

“Aly has been working hard on her game and her score reflected that, dropping nine shots from last week on a more difficult course,” Warpula said. “It was a great day for learning and we congratulate the players who rose to the occasion.”

In a rare meet where all scores outside of one were 92 or higher, some of the youth mistakes started to pop up.

“First off, credit to Rogers on a great meet,” Warpula said. “When talking to the girls that were struggling, I tried to get them focused on the next shot, not what happened on the last hole. So many times, golfers get ahead of themselves and say, ‘if I birdie here, par there, I will make up for back there,’ and really it is putting yourself to work on the shot before you that counts at the time.”

The Bison righted their ship finishing second under cold and soggy playing conditions last Monday, April 25 at Chaska Town Course in the Chaska Invite.

Buffalo fired a team score of 354 – 12 strokes back of first-place Minnetonka’s 342.

Morin carded the fifth-best score of 83. Morin’s younger sister, eighth-grader Sofia, was sixth at 84. Junior Jordan Wurm was 8th at 86.

Considering the weather, Warpula was pleased with the rebound effort shown after a tough meet at Riverwood.

There was a lot of casual water and not much roll on the ball,” Warpula said. “But the girls rallied and took second.”

The Bison are next in action at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28 in the first of two conference championship meets at Chisago Lakes.

“We are all looking forward to warmer and drier weather,” Warpula said. “We had a couple of days to work on tuning up our swings and mental game before our big meet.”


Mississippi 8 West Meet

(Friday, April 22 at Riverwood National)

Team scores: 1. Rogers 341; 2. St. Michael-Albertville 356; 3. Buffalo 361; 4. Monticello 366; 5. Big Lake 409.

Bison scores: 1. Hanna Morin 41-40--81; 2. Jordan Wurm 47-45--92; 3. Sofia Morin 52-42--94; 4. Morgan Wurm 51-43--94; 5. Aly Peeler 50-46--96; 6. Kaylee Schultz 51-48--99.

Individual Medalist: Megan Secrist (Rogers) 78.


Chaska Invitational

(Monday, April 25 at Chaska Town Course)

Team scores: 1. Minnetonka 342; 2. Buffalo 354; 3.

Bison scores: 1. Hanna Morin 83; 2. Sofia Morin 84; 3. Jordan Wurm 86; 4. Kaylee Schultz 97; 5. Morgan Wurm 98; 6. Aly Peeler 101.

Individual Medalist: Molly Stevens (Northfield) 73.


Bison Tennis drops rare night match

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Friday Night Lights is usually a reference for football. But the Bison boys’ tennis squad hosted a rare match under the lights last Friday, April 22 against Delano.

Buffalo doubles took 2-of-3 points, but the Tigers swept all singles matches earning a 5-2 victory at Buffalo Community Middle School courts.

Bison head coach Ben Watkins said he wanted to add a new wrinkle to this year’s schedule and adding a night match was something he and his players were looking forward to.

“I was so excited for it,” said Bison sophomore Nick Immel. “I don’t know how many more times I’ll get to play under lights, but I was really looking forward to it.”

Immel, junior Ben Dahl, sophomore Noah Steinmetz, and eighth-grader Luke Dahl are all first-year varsity singles players that were in the lineup against Delano.

The Bison lost all singles points in straight sets, including Immel’s 6-1, 6-3 defeat at the No. 1 spot to Delano’s Immy Johnson.

Buffalo’s singles lineup struggled the day before in a 6-1 home loss Thursday, April 21 to Monticello at the high school courts.

Senior Tom Fredrickson won his first set 6-3 at No. 2 singles, but dropped the second set 6-3 and lost 11-9 in a third-set tiebreaker.

With Watkins still shuffling his lineup, searching for the right combinations, the one constant to a 2-3 start has been Immel at the No. 1 position.

Although he was handed a 6-0, 6-0 loss by Dylan Fyle of the Magic, Immel remains confident in his game.

“The first match went pretty well,” Immel said. “The score didn’t show how I’m playing. We had four deuces and I didn’t win any of them.”

As for making the jump from a spot player last year in the doubles lineup to this year’s top singles player, Immel expected there to be some growing pains.

“I play a lot better when I play better competition,” he said. “I like playing at the top. It’s fun.”

He said the biggest challenge early in the season has been playing the waiting game. Their first two schedule meets were both postponed due to inclement weather. Another match on April 19 against defending conference champion Chisago Lakes was also washed away due to rain.

“It’s frustrating, because you go through the school day getting ready for the match and then it gets cancelled,” Immel said. “At that point, you’re like ‘ah, c’mon man.’”

The Bison played through poor conditions, but still came home with a 7-0 road win Tuesday, April 26 at North Branch.

Immel, Fredrickson, Steinmetz and Luke Dahl earned singles wins. Senior Eric Olson and junior Grant Wykle, juniors Jack Stevens and Cade Stensby, and senior Hunter Hartke and junior Stone Goodmanson all paired to sweep doubles play.


Monticello 6, Buffalo 1

(Thursday, April 21 at Buffalo)

Singles: No. 1 – Dylan Fyle (M) def. Nick Immel (B) 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 -- Nate Maus (M) def. Tom Fredrickson (B) 3-6, 6-3 (11-9); No. 3 -- Tony Phillips (M) def. Noah Steinmetz (B) 6-0, 6-3; No. 4 -- Bailey Johnson (M) def. Luke Dahl (B) 6-1, 6-3.

Doubles: No. 1 – Logan Bican/Trevor Bautch (M) def. Grant Wykle/Cade Stensby (B) 6-3, 6-4; No. 2 -- Nick Roden/Jack Sampson (M) def. Eric Olson/Jack Stevens (B) 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 -- Hunter Hartke/Peter Deneen (B) def. Evan Bartlett/Jacob Meierhofer (M) 6-3, 6-4.


Delano 5, Buffalo 2

(Friday, April 22 at Buffalo)

Singles: No. 1 – Immy Johnson (D) def. Nick Immel (B) 6-1, 6-3; No. 2 -- Reier Sjomeling (D) def. Noah Steinmetz (B) 6-0, 6-4; No. 3 -- Cole Vosper (D) def. Luke Dahl (B) 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 -- Lukas Stannek (D) def. Ben Dahl (B) 6-2, 6-3.

Doubles: No. 1 -- Logan Lintvedt/Noah Schmidt (D) def. Eric Olson/Grant Wykle (B) 6-4, 6-2; No. 2 -- Jack Stevens/Peter Deneen (B) def. Riley Kunkel/Eric Palan (D) 6-2, 7-5; No. 3 -- Stone Goodmanson/Hunter Hartke (B) def. Ray Leonard/Trey Longstreet (D) 6-1, 6-4.


Buffalo 7, North Branch 0

(Tuesday, April 26 at North Branch)

Singles: No. 1 – Nick Immel (B) def. Bryant Meyer (NB) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5); No. 2 -- Tom Fredrickson (B) def. Trenton Corbett (NB) 7-6 (6-4), 2-6, (10-6); No. 3 -- Noah Steinmetz (B) def. Thomas Wurdemann (NB) 6-3, 6-4; No. 4 -- Luke Dahl (B) def. Yoobin Kim (NB) 6-1, 6-3.

Doubles: No. 1 -- Eric Olson/Grant Wykle (B) def. George Blackwell/Josh Hindt (NB) 6-2, 7-5; No. 2 -- Jack Stevens/Cade Stensby (B) def. Tyler Wolvers/Hunter Newman (NB) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1; No. 3 -- Stone Goodmanson/Hunter Hartke (B) def. Brad Swanson/Gabe Zderad (NB) 6-2, 6-1.


Royals hand Bison first taste of defeat

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Over the first eight games, the tenth-ranked Bison softball squad was putting up scores resembling a sport played on the gridiron, opposed to a diamond.

Buffalo’s 8-0 start included seven games in which they crossed home plate at least 10 times. Six wins were completed in less than the standard seven innings (due to the 10-run lead mercy rule after five innings). The Bison outscored their opponents 99-18 over that stretch.

Buffalo’s bats were silenced a bit when they were held to a season-low three runs on Thursday, April 21 at Chisago Lakes. But a solo homer in the sixth inning by sophomore Sarah Hudson sparked a key 3-2 victory over a Wildcats team ranked No. 5 in Class 3A.

It was Hudson’s second homer and team-leading 17th RBI through nine games.

“I’m just feeling relaxed at the plate and my teammates are playing well,” Hudson said.

Hudson’s home run proved to be the eventual game-winning score. Chisago Lakes answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth, but sophomore pitcher Morgan DeMarais retired the Wildcats 1-2-3 in the seventh to improve her record to 7-0.

DeMarais and the Bison suffered their first taste of defeat in a 5-4 home loss Friday, April 22 to Rogers.

In a matchup of two top-10 ranked teams, something had to give with Buffalo’s high-scoring offense and the Royals’ strong pitching and defense.

Rogers came into the contest shutting out its opponents in four of its five wins.

DeMarais and junior pitcher Melea Bruns of Rogers battled through two scoreless innings, before an error allowed the Royals to take a 1-0 advantage.

Buffalo responded by scoring three runs in the bottom half of the third inning. Sophomore Emily Hansen and junior Autumn Senger safely reached to lead off the inning. Hudson then delivered a rare bases-clearing single that resulted in her scoring on multiple fielding miscues by the Royals.

Hudson’s single to right field found a gap that scored both Hansen and Senger. Hudson advanced to second base on Rogers’ throw to home plate, which ended up going to the backstop and advancing Hudson to third base. On the same play, a throwing error by the Royals’ catcher went over the third baseman’s head allowing Hudson to score the third run of the inning.

“Adrenaline was just going and the crowd was cheering,” explained Hudson, as she was rounding the bases on a crazy scoring play. “Seeing my teammates jumping up and down was pretty cool.”

Buffalo loaded the bases with one out later in the inning, but failed to tack on any insurance runs as Bruns retired two straight hitters.

“It would have been nice to squeak another run out of there,” said head coach Brad Zrust.

The Royals immediately answered scoring three runs in the top of the fourth to grab a 4-3 lead.

“It would have been nice to go up the very next inning and shut them down,” Zrust said. “We kind of put it to them and they answered right back. It was a game that went back-and-forth. They gave us some chances and we gave them some chances. Both teams are great ball clubs.”

The Bison tied the game 4-4 in the fifth inning thanks to another fielding error that allowed Senger to score.

Senior pitcher Katelyn Kemmetmueller, a University of Minnesota softball recruit, relieved Bruns in the sixth inning. After a leadoff walk to freshman Jordan Zrust, Kemmetmueller settled in to retire six straight Bison hitters.

Rogers took the lead for good in the top of the sixth when Kemmetmueller scored on an RBI single by senior Emily Hanford.

The Bison were set to face another top team, but their road game Monday, April 25 at Wayzata was rained out.

The Bison improved to 10-1 overall with a 6-3 come-from-behind home victory Tuesday, April 26 over Cambridge-Isanti.

Trailing 3-0, Buffalo rallied in the sixth inning for six runs off Jackets’ starting and losing pitcher Breea Longley. DeMarais went the distance fanning 11 batters to earn the win.


Buffalo 3, Chisago Lakes 2

(Thursday, April 21 at Chisago Lakes)

Bison    1  0  1    0  0  1   0  –    3   8   1

Wildcats           0  0  0   1  0  1   0  –    2   4   0Bison hitters: Kallie Wycoff 2-4, run, 2 stolen bases; Nicole Goeb 0-3, walk; Emily Hansen 1-3, RBI; Autumn Senger 0-3; Sarah Hudson 2-3, home run; run, RBI; Kenzie Johnson 1-3; Katie Carlson 1-3; Morgan DeMarais 0-3; Jordan Zrust 1-3, run.

Bison pitchers: Morgan DeMarais (win) 7 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts.


Rogers 5, Buffalo 4

(Friday, April 22 at Buffalo)

Royals  0  0  1    0  3  0   1  –    5   8   4

Bison    0  0  0   3  1  0   0  –    4   8   3

Bison hitters: Kallie Wycoff; Nicole Goeb 0-4; Emily Hansen 0-2, run, 2 walks, stolen base; Autumn Senger 1-4, 2 runs; Sarah Hudson 1-4, run, RBI; Kenzie Johnson 0-4; Katie Carlson 2-3; Codi Zwack 0-2, walk; Jordan Zrust 1-2, walk.

Bison pitchers: Morgan DeMarais (loss) 7 innings, 8 hits, 5 runs (1 earned), 1 walk, 5 strikeouts.


Buffalo 6, Cambridge-Isanti 3

(Tuesday, April 26 at Buffalo)

Bluejackets       0  0  0    1  0  2   0  –    3   4   2

Bison    0  0  0    0  0  6   x  –    6   9   2

Bison hitters: Kallie Wycoff 1-4, RBI; Nicole Goeb 0-4; Emily Hansen 1-1, stolen base; Autumn Senger 1-3, run, stolen base; Sarah Hudson 1-2, run, RBI; Kenzie Johnson 2-3, run; Katie Carlson 1-3, run, stolen base; Codi Zwack 0-3; Jordan Zrust 1-3, double, run, RBI; Morgan DeMarais 1-2, double, run.

Bison pitchers: Morgan DeMarais (win) 7 innings, 4 hits, 3 runs (1 earned), 2 walks, 11 strikeouts.


Persson’s lead boys golf team at Pequot Invite

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo boys’ golf team finished fifth in the two-day Pequot Lakes Invitational on Thursday-Friday, April 21-22 at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd.

While individual scores continue to hover in the 80s, Bison junior Luc Persson became the first Bison golfer of the year to crack the 70s. After a rough first day where he shot an 89, Persson responded with his best 18 holes of the season firing a day-two total of 78 on the Dutch Course.

“The round on Friday started off with a double bogey,” said Persson, who ended the tournament in ninth place, individually, with a score of 167. “But I didn’t let that get to me, and I ended up even through my last nine holes. Cragun’s is a challenging course, but that’s what makes it fun.”

After finishing day one eight strokes back of his younger brother, freshman Nate Persson, who shot an 81, Luc would finish the tourney on a memorable note.

“The hole that stood out to me was13 on Dutch,” he said. “That was my last hole and I birdied it.”

Nate’s final total of 166 earned him a medal, and a spot on the top-8 podium.

“Nate and Luc had a good outing, especially Luc’s 78 on the Dutch Course,” said head coach Charley Keifenheim. “(Junior Tom) Russett and Nate both shot well the first day on the tough Bobby’s Course.”

Russett fired an 80 on day one and finished third on the team in scoring with a 171. Freshman John Russett and senior Ben Zitur each ended with a 175.

As a team, Buffalo continued to show consistency, firing a 336 in day one and 338 in day two. The 674 score was good for fifth place out of 21 teams. Monticello (668) finished six strokes lower for fourth place. Brainerd took first with a 609. Andrew Israelson of Staples-Motley posted the top individual score of 145.

“Not only for me, but our whole team has had its ups and downs so far,” said Luc Persson. “I think the team is still trying to work out some kinks, but I think we will be ready for sections.”

Buffalo is next in action with the first of two conference championship meets taking place at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at Chisago Lakes Golf Course.

Keifenheim is hoping the two-days in Brainerd will prepare them for some bigger meets down the stretch.         

“Both courses at Cragun’s Resort are very much target courses. We managed the holes well at times, and other times we got in trouble and did not recover well,” Keifenheim said. “Overall, I feel like we learned from the experience. The guys got to play some nice courses, and I think we will perform better as a result.”


Pequot Lakes Invite

(Thurs-Fri, April 21-22 at Brainerd)

Team scores: 1. Brainerd 300-309--609; 2. Duluth Marshall 323-339--662; 3. Hermantown 323-342--665; 4. Monticello 331-337--668; T5. Buffalo 336-338--674; T5. Rosemount 343-331--674; 7. International Falls 336-343--679; T8. Fergus Falls 339-342--681; T8. Bemidji 339-342--681; 10. East Grand Forks 352-337--689; 11. Crookston 348-349--697; T12. Crosby-Ironton 353-350--703; T12. Grand Rapids 353-350--703; 14. Staples-Motley 345-360--705; 15. Roseau 370-357--727; 16. Pequot Lakes 369-363--732; 17. Detroit Lakes 366-374--740; 18. Thief River Falls 365-376--741; 19. St. Cloud Apollo 391-366--757; 20. Pine River-Backus 380-382--762; 21. Aitkin 385-390--775.

Bison scores: 1. Nate Persson 81-85--166; 2. Luc Persson 89-78--167; 3. Tom Russett 80-91--171; T4. John Russett 88-87--175; T4. Ben Zitur 87-88--175; 6. River Goodmanson 89-0--89; 7. Walt Ylitalo 91-0--91. 

Individual Medalist: Andrew Israelson (Staples-Motley) 69-76--145.


Bertram, Zumach lead girls’ track

Girls place fifth at WBL, Monticello

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Sophomore Kari Zumach and senior Rachel Bertram highlighted a fifth-place finish at the White Bear Lake Invitational for the Bison girls’ track team.

Buffalo finished the all-girls meet in fourth place with 34 points. White Bear Lake won the meet with 183. Also competing were Hudson (WI), Roseville, Tartan, and Spring Lake Park.

Bertram finished third in the pole vault with a season-best height of 9-feet, 6 inches. Zumach recorded a first-place score in the high jump with a height of 5-00.

Other highlights included two top-10 finishes from junior Becky Horak, who was third in the100-meter hurdles (17.23) and 10th in the 300 hurdles (53.25). Other top-10 finishes included: freshman Areefa Seepersaud in the 800 run (6th-2:34.37), sophomore Amanda Montplaisir in the 3,200 run (7th-12:18.01), sophomore Cecelia Miller in the 100 hurdles (18.17), and senior Emily Linderholm in the shot put (7th-29-06).

“This was a great experience for our girls’ team,” said head coach Scott Palmer. “We got to see some very good competition, which will help us grow and get better as a team.”


White Bear Lake Girls Invite

(Thurs., April 21 at White Bear Lake)

Team scores (Girls): 1. White Bear Lake 183; 2. Hudson (WI) 164.50; 3. Roseville 148.50; 4. Tartan 37.50; 5. Buffalo 34; 6. Spring Lake Park 32.50.

Individual results (Bison scorers only)

100 Meter Dash: 14. Gabby Grage 14.14; 18. Sierra Sabraski 14.73; 22. Danielle Weiss 16.03; 23. Vivien Schuber 19.62.

200 Meter Dash: 17. Gabby Grage 29.48; 20. Georgia Gorr 30.83; 21. Julia Lowell 31.94.

400 Meter Dash: 16. Kaylee Olson 1:10.24; 18. Leslie Solis 1:11.85; 20. Anna Morningstar 1:16.18.

800 Meter Run: 6. Areefa Seepersaud 2:34.37; 15. Lily Hanson 2:52.05; 16. Makenzie Wondra 2:53.03.

1600 Meter Run: 13. Meredith Reynolds 5:58.56; 18. Ivelyn Christianson 6:24.13; 19. Anastasia Hensel 6:25.99.

3200 Meter Run: 7. Amanda Montplaisir 12:18.01.

100 Meter Hurdles: 3. Becky Horak 17.23; 7. Cecelia Miller 18.17; 11. Amanda Sloniker 18.98; 16. Allie Swearingen 20.22.

300 Meter Hurdles: 10. Becky Horak 53.25; 11. Amanda Sloniker 53.36; 16. Cecelia Miller 56.31.

4x100 Meter Relay: 5. Buffalo (Gabby Grage, Becky Horak, Allie Merz, Vivian Schuber) 55.16.

4x200 Meter Relay: 6. Buffalo (Rachel Bertram, Hailey Sorenson, Audrey Green, Amanda Sloniker) 1:59.84.

4x400 Meter Relay: 5. Buffalo (Makenzie Wondra, Hailey Braun, Lily Hanson, Leslie Solano) 5:02.95.

4x800 Meter Relay: 4. Buffalo (Amanda Montplasir, Lila Hoover, Emma Weber, Areefa Seepersaud) 10:47.50.

High Jump: J1. Kari Zumach 5-00; T13. Lindsay Decker 4-03; T13. Kiera Johnson 4-03; 20. Hailey Sorenson 4-00.

Pole Vault: J3. Rachel Bertram 9-06; T12. Allie Merz 7-06; 14. Rachel Huss 7-00; T15. Rachel Haas 6-00.

Long Jump: 17. Cecelia Miller 12-07.25; 18. Lindsay Decker 12-06.25; 19. Hailey Sorenson 12-05.50; 21. Klara Axelson 11-01.25.

Triple Jump: 11. Hailey Sorenson 30-01.50.

Shot Put: 7. Emily Linderholm 29-06.00; 16. Emma Kalis 24-06.00; 18. Emma Forcier 23-11.00; 23. Samantha Filipi 21-02.00.

Discus: 13. Emma Forcier 75-05; 14. Emma Kalis 74-11; 16. Kiera Johnson 71-00; 18. Emily Linderholm 66-04.



The Bison girls’ again placed fifth with 65.33 points at the six-team Monticello Invite on Tuesday, April 26 at Monticello.

Bertram duplicated her previous meet with a height of 9-06, good for first place in the pole vault. Zumach was second in the high jump at 5-02. Montplaisir was third in the 1,600 run in 5:39.97.


Monticello Invite (Girls)

(Tuesday, April 26 at Monticello)

Team scores: 1. Alexandria 185; 2. Monticello 163; 3. St. Cloud Tech 119.5; 4. Osseo 100.83; 5. Buffalo 65.33; 6. St. Cloud Apollo 34.33.

Individual results (Bison scorers only)

100 Meter Dash: 9. Jozie Pentz 14.14; 11. Gabby Grage 14.15; 15. Vivien Schuber 14.28.

200 Meter Dash: 13. Gabby Grage 29.95; 14. Vivien Schuber 29.98; 20. Georgia Gorr 31.25.

400 Meter Dash: 9. Kacey Rohman 1:08.39; 17. Kaylee Olson 1:13.35.

800 Meter Run: 8. Lila Hoover 2:44.84; 11. Lily Hanson 2:55.34; 15. Alyssa Wallenta 3:05.18.

1600 Meter Run: 3. Amanda Montplaisir 5:39.97.

3200 Meter Run: 7. Meredith Reynolds 12:45.27; 9. Areefa Seepersaud 12:59.64.

100 Meter Hurdles: 5. Becky Horak 17.80; 7. Cecelia Miller 18.35; 9. Zara Wirkus 18.43.

300 Meter Hurdles: 7. Amanda Sloniker 54.16; 11. Zara Wirkus 55.60.

4x100 Meter Relay: 3. Buffalo (Gabby Grage, Becky Horak, Allie Merz, Vivian Schuber) 56.06.

4x200 Meter Relay: 4. Buffalo (Jozie Pentz, Rachel Bertram, Brooke Oelfke-Hagen, Kacey Rohman) 1:57.79.

4x400 Meter Relay: 4. Buffalo (Amanda Montplaisir, Emily Kern, Kacey Rohman, Emma Weber) 4:30.54.

4x800 Meter Relay: 4. Buffalo (Mackenzie Wondra, Lila Hoover, Emma Weber, Kylee Vik) 11:19.17.

High Jump: 2. Kari Zumach 5-02; 9. Aivary Bouman 4-03.

Pole Vault: 1. Rachel Bertram 9-06; 5. Rachel Haas 8-00; 8. Allie Merz 7-06.

Long Jump: 15. Hailey Sorenson 13-00.00; 16. Cecelia Miller 12-11.00; 20. Aivary Bouman 11-09.50.

Triple Jump: 10. Hailey Sorenson 29-05.50; 18. Klara Axelson 25-03.50.

Shot Put: 4. Maile Texeira 33-07.50; 10. Emily Linderholm 27-02.50; 12. Kiera Johnson 26-09.00.

Discus: 10. Emma Forcier 77-00; 12. Kiera Johnson 72-02; 13. Maile Texeira 71-05.

After a week off, the Bison boys’ team returned to action and placed second at the Monticello Invite with 137 points. The Magic won the meet with 147.

The Bison distance runners enjoyed a big day. Senior Jake Kluver  and freshman Isaac Basten each finished first, Kluver in the 1,600 run (4:35.76) and Basten in the 3200 (10:15.73). Senior Jordan Thielman also finished first with a toss of 152-01 in the discus throw.


Monticello Invite (Boys)

(Tuesday, April 26 at Monticello)

Team scores: 1. Monticello 147; 2. Buffalo 137; 3. Alexandria 117; 4. Osseo 116.5; 5. St. Cloud Tech 95; 6. St. Cloud Apollo 57.5.

Individual results (Bison scorers only)

100 Meter Dash: 9. Blake Gleason 11.96; 13. Joseph Farniok 12.11; 19. Cedric Bela 12.35.

200 Meter Dash: 5. Tyler Johnson 23.97; 18. Parker Kabe 25.85.

400 Meter Dash: 10. Joseph Farniok 59.62; 13. Sullivan McKinley 1:02.64.

800 Meter Run: 4. Jake Kluver 2:06.08; 5. Luke Smith 2:07.66; 8. Henry Lemp 2:13.45.

1600 Meter Run: 1. Jake Kluver 4:35.76; 5. Brett Hanson 4:53.55; 7. Anthony Urbanski 4:57.34.

3200 Meter Run: 1. Isaac Basten 10:15.73; 4. Landon Tourville 10:43.01; 9. Joseph Anderson 11:00.53.

110 Meter Hurdles: 6. Connor Boster 17.16; 14. Jacob Hagen 19.82; 17. Jacob Schmit 20.23.

300 Meter Hurdles: 5. Connor Boster 44.25; 6. Noah Buystedt 44.50; 8. Jacob Schmit 45.87.

4x100 Meter Relay: 3. Buffalo (Blake Gleason, Matt Montplasir, Brandon Weber, Cedric Bela) 46.69.

4x200 Meter Relay: 3. Buffalo (Carter Patnode, Tyler Johnson, Nick Hanson, Matt Montplasir) 1:34.18.

4x400 Meter Relay: 2. Buffalo (Carter Patnode, Tyler Johnson, Nick Hanson, Lucas Smith) 3:31.52.

4x800 Meter Relay: 2. Buffalo (Luke Smith, Henry Lemp, Alexei Hensel, Ethan More) 8:51.81.

High Jump: 2. Justin Durr 5-08; 3. Tyler Johnson 5-06; 13. Andres Correa-Rodriguez 5-00.

Pole Vault: 2. Nick Hanson 11-06; 3. Isaiah Nowak 11-06; 8. Ben Ruhr 9-00.

Long Jump -- 3. Brandon Weber 19-07.50; 22. Carter Patnode 14-00.00.

Triple Jump: T2. Matt Montplaisir 39-00.75.

Shot Put: 10. Jordan Thielman 40-00.00; 11. David Hanson 39-01.00; 13. Harlan Johnson 38-09.00.

Discus: 1. Jordan Thielman 152-01; 7. Harlan Johnson 117-03; 10. Dawson Mann 115-00.


Boys’ LAX scoring big

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo boys’ lacrosse team recorded its second straight blowout win after an 18-8 home victory last Friday, April 22 over Delano-Rockford.

After sitting out the Bison’s 16-1 road victory April 19 over Monticello, senior captain Kevin Kemp scored four goals and assisted on two others.

Senior Max Hershley followed up a three-goal performance against the Magic to score four times against the Tigers.

Hershey continued his hot streak scoring two goals and adding an assist as Buffalo improved to 3-0 with a 12-6 home win Monday, April 26 over St. Cloud Tech.

Bison head coach Joey Hartfiel credited Hershley’s all-around ability as a key factor to both his and the team’s fast start.

“He takes faceoffs for us, and he’s been doing a good job at that,” Hartfiel said. “It gives us the opportunity to possess the ball.”

While the Tech game still resulted in a dozen goals, it was clearly a game Bison coaches weren’t satisfied with.

Two goals by Hershley, and one each from junior Jeff Norman, senior Kevin Kemp, senior Conley Stumpfl, and freshman Egan Mills gave Buffalo a 6-2 halftime edge.

Even though the Bison dominated possession, the game lacked flow and execution.

“We’ve been able to possess against each of the teams we’ve played so far,” Hartfiel said. “This game was probably the worst we’ve played. Penalties hurt us and we let in some bad goals. It’s still 12 goals, but they’re capable of more.”

Senior Noah VanderKooi scored his team-leading ninth and tenth goals of the season in the second half. Seniors Brady Hartman, Gavin Welch, Stumpfl and junior Hunter Fobbe also scored in the final 24 minutes.

Marschel made nine saves to improve to 3-0 in goal for Buffalo. 

“Christian has a little more experience this year as a junior,” Hartfiel said. “He’s been going to camps to freshen up his skills. He’s also a little bigger than he was last year, so he takes up a little more space in net.”

Buffalo will face its toughest competition to date when they host Section 8 rival Rogers on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. “Thursday will be a test,” Hartfiel said. “We’ll see what this team is made out of.”


Buffalo 18, Delano-Rockford 8

(Friday, April 22 at Buffalo)

Tigers     4    4  --   8

Bison      7  11  -- 18

Buffalo Summary         

Goals: Max Hershley 4; Kevin Kemp 4; Conley Stumpfl 3; Noah VanderKooi 3; Hunter Fobbe 1; Brady Hartman 1; Hunter Landsberger 1; Gavin Welch 1. Assists: Egan Mills 5; Gavin Welch 3; Kevin Kemp 2; Conley Stumpfl 1; Noah VanderKooi 1.

Goalies: Christian Marschel (win) 20 shots, 12 saves.


Buffalo 12, St. Cloud Tech 6

(Tuesday, April 26 at Buffalo)

Bison      6    6  -- 12

Magic     2    4  --   6

Buffalo Summary         

Goals: Max Hershley 2; Conley Stumpfl 2; Noah VanderKooi 2; Hunter Fobbe 1; Brady Hartman 1; Kevin Kemp 1; Egan Mills 1; Jeff Norman 1; Gavin Welch 1. Assists: Conley Stumpfl 3; Egan Mills 2; Max Hershley 1.

Goalies: Christian Marschel (win) 15 shots, 9 saves.


Girls’ LAX defeats Delano

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Prior to this year, it took parts of three seasons for the Bison girls’ lacrosse team to record a single victory. First-year head coach Megan Scherer achieved that feat in her second career game.

Buffalo ended a 14-game losing skid thanks to a 10-9 road win Friday, April 22 at Delano-Rockford.

Three players did the scoring for the Bison. Senior attacker Gabby Coudron scored five goals, sophomore midfielder Claire Stevens added three, and freshman attacker Callie Stumpfl scored twice. Senior attacker Aimee Swanson recorded three assists.

Senior Jordan Thompson recorded her second career win in goal making five saves.

“Everyone was excited, especially the older girls,” Scherer said.

Scherer credited a strong finish in their season opener as a reason for their success.

Buffalo lost 14-12 to Monticello, but outscored the Magic 11-6 in the second half.

“That half was definitely something we wanted to build on, and I think the girls did a great job of doing that,” Scherer said.


Buffalo 10, Delano 9

(Friday, April 22 at Delano)

Bison      5  5  -- 10

Tigers     4  5  --   9

Buffalo Summary         

Goals: Gabby Coudron 5; Claire Stevens 3; Callie Stumpfl 2. Assists: Aimee Swanson 3; Gabby Coudron 1; Claire Stevens 1.

Goalies: Jordan Thompson (win).


BHS Jazz Ensembles earn Superior Ratings; Spring Band Concert features trio of bands

Buffalo High School Jazz Ensembles competed Monday, April 11 in the Region 2AA Jazz Contest at Chanhassen High School.

Bands from 11 other schools performed in two different sites throughout the afternoon. 

All three BHS groups received Superior Ratings from the judging panels. Jazz II received the second highest score given amongst second and third level bands. In the main auditorium where each schools top group performed, BHS Jazz I received the high scores of the day.



BHS will host Thursday, May 5 its annual Spring Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the BHS Performing Arts Center. 

The performance will include all three concert bands, marking the first time all three groups will perform in the same concert in May. 

Each group will perform three compositions.  The Freshmen Band will be featured on Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” MacDowells’ simple yet beautiful “To A Wild Rose,” and a popular medley of music by John Williams. 

The Varsity Band will open with the Yiddish dance piece, “Klezmer Carnival.” Their lyrical selection will be David Holsinger’s uplifting setting of “On A Hymnsong of Philip Bliss.” Varsity Band will close with “Chorale and Shaker Dance,” by Minnesota composer John Zdechlik. 

The Concert Band will kick of their portion of the concert with David Maslanka’s the fanfare “Mother Earth.” Next up will be Erik Whitacre’s depiction of his favorite season, “October,” followed by Gustav Holst’ three movement masterwork, “First Suite in Eb.”To conclude the concert, the entire band department will join for an inspiring performance of “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Tickets cost $3/adults and $2/students.


BHS National Honor Society inducts 82

By Rob LaPlante

School News Editor

A total of 82 Buffalo High School students were inducted at this year’s National Honor Society Induction Ceremony held Monday, April 25 in the BHS Performing Arts Center.       A total of 30 seniors and 52 juniors had to meet the following NHS criteria: enrolled student in the junior or senior class; maintain at least a 3.67 GPA; and completion of at least 40 hours of service coming from at least five different activities. This year’s inductees were involved in over 3,200 hours of student volunteering and leadership. Over 200 hours of group work opportunities were sponsored by members to benefit BHS alone.

Some of the highlights students participated in throughout the school year included its annual blood drive, in which over 250 units of blood were collected to help save over 750 lives. Students collected over 3,200 linens, toothbrushes, socks, and a total of $1,050 for homeless shelters throughout the country over RAVE week. Rave stands for Respect and Value Everyone.

Students also spent hours raking lawns, bagging groceries, baking cookies for veterans, and creating a Bison time dedicated for tutoring fellow students.

The ceremony included senior executive members Michelle Griffith and Bailey Cochrane introducing the meaning of “The Four Pillars,” which begins with the senior executive members lighting four different colored candles, each representing the external flame of knowledge.     Four Pillars stands for scholarship, service, leadership and character.     The ceremony moved on with the 10 senior executive council members: Bailey Cochrane, Gabrielle Coudron, Madeline Duerr, Michelle Griffith, Jack Larson, Abigail Munsterteiger, Paige Newman, Madison Reynolds, and Jordan Yatckoske, passing the candles down to the eight junior executive council members in Meghan Cahill, Kylee Kaminski, Faith Kulzer, Ashley LaRoque, Joshua Muntifering, Gabrielle Przekurat, Carson Reichardt, and Katherine Swartzer.

A video presentation was shown of inductees explaining what they liked most about NHS and why they joined.

Once each of the 82 present members were introduced, the ceremony concluded with the reading the NHS Pledge.

Free-will donations were collected after the ceremony with proceeds going to Buffalo Food Shelf.


“As a member of the National Honor Society, I Pledge to maintain the highest standard of personal conduct.

I will strive in every way, by word and deed, to maintain and encourage high standards of Scholarship, Service, Character, and Leadership.

I will invest my talents, skills, and knowledge in a career of my own choosing and shall always endeavor to uphold my obligations as a citizen of my community and my country.”

-- NHS Pledge


Destination Imagination team Tennessee bound

By Angela Henry

Guest writer

For the second time in three years, a team from Buffalo will compete in the Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals held May 25-28 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Three of the five members on this year’s team: Meagan Henry, Gretta Heinecke, and Madelyn Hackett, were on the 2014 “Crazy Daisies” squad that finished 17th out of 52 teams at the Global Finals. The Crazy Daises were a team of six coached by Angela Henry that were fifth graders at Hanover Elementary.

This year’s squad has five seventh graders: Henry, Heinecke, Hackett, Jillian Elton, and Kylee Larson, from Buffalo Community Middle School who are represented by quotation marks as their team name.

Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Its academic challenges are designed to teach kids how to think, not what to think, and then present their solutions at regional and state tournaments.

Each year, DI competitions begin with a regional tournament, where team solutions are assessed by a panel of trained appraisers, ranging from educators to artists to engineers. Each team solution is scored on a variety of elements, including originality, workmanship, presentation and teamwork. Teams with the highest scores advance to the Affiliate Minnesota tournaments. The top-tiered teams from the Affiliate tournaments advance to Global Finals.

This year’s team, co-managed by Dan and Suzanne Heinecke, will compete with other teams in the Fine Arts: Get a Clue Challenge, one of seven, open-ended challenges that require students to apply STEM skills, in addition to their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship. 

The Fine Arts Challenge consisted of the team putting together a 6-8 minute performance, which must meet a multitude of criterion as defined by the DI challenge, all to be scored at tournaments. The challenge required their performance to take place before 1990, include three suspect characters, and a techniclue that helped solve the mystery. For their techniclue, the team chose to create a code from scratch that was incorporated into their plot. They also created a “problem solver” box, in which two electrical circuits (including a small motor, batteries, PVC pipe, switches, and lightbulbs from a broken string of lights) are incorporated into a prop that helps solve the mystery.

During each presentation, the team learned the character “who did it” live on stage, which required three alternate endings to their plot. The team was also required to use traverse staging (audience is on two sides of the stage) during their performance, which impacted their prop design and stage acting. This team chose the 1860s, and after researching this time period, they created the plot, costumes, and props all to reflect this time period accurately.

“Destination Imagination is a lot of fun for these kids, but also challenges them, teaching real world skills,” Suzanne said. “It’s amazing to see the innovation, collaboration, and problem solving solutions that these seventh-grade kids create.”

“We are so proud of this team and so happy their hard work has paid off with this opportunity to go to Global Finals,” Dan said. “Each of these girls have brought their own unique skills to the table, and they have done so well working together. We have a mix of girls that have been in Destination Imagination for a few years. They have used their experience to help guide the team, and a couple girls in their first year, who jumped right in and brought some fresh ideas and skills to the group. These are talented kids.”

In DI, students use their own ideas and cannot use other people’s ideas outside of the team. There also is a challenge budget; all money spent on props, costumes, and anything used during their performance must not exceed budget. They also build everything themselves. They can be taught the skill, but must build and create everything on their own with no outside help. For example, the team created a unique, antique covered wagon. They went to a woodworker’s shop to learn how to build the base of the covered wagon, how to cut wood using saws, and how to make the wood look old. They then learned and applied sewing skills to alter bedsheets as fabric for the covered wagon, and even thought to dye the white sheets using tea, to make it look aged. The team came up with the idea to shadow act within the covered wagon casting shadows out on both sides to help with their traverse staging scoring aspects.

In addition to this main central challenge, the team also competes in an “Instant Challenge” where, without preparation, they are presented a task to either create a structure using specific limited materials, create a spontaneous performance, or a combination of both, all meeting specific point requirements. Commonly, Instant Challenges allow for 2-4 minute preparations before the presenting its solution.

For more information on those wanting to get involved in DI in the BHM areas, contact Angie at Given DI is a self-funded operation, donations to help support this year’s team with their travel expenses to Tennessee can be made by visiting BCMS DI Team-Going to Globals at the link,