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S&W Welding still going strong after 30 years
Manufacturing Boot Camp’s goal is to find, train employees
Klitz: Trip to Korean War Memorial ‘super,’ but reception at Omaha made it special
Crowning moment
Always at your side
S&W Welding still going strong after 30 years Wes Schulzkump, left, and Hal Wagner stand beside one of the staples of their S&W Welding business, the Blow Hard Bunk Cleaner. Right at 50 of them are sold each year. The West Point business is marking its 30th year. See more here: S&W
Manufacturing Boot Camp’s goal is to find, train employees Clarence Schmitt had a passion for helping others succeed in school and business. And his desire to help others better their lives  by furthering their education lives on after his death in 2012.
Schmitt’s son, John, helped introduce the Manufacturing Boot Camp last week at a meeting Thursday night at the Nielsen Community Center, West Point, where the classes will meet.
Klitz: Trip to Korean War Memorial ‘super,’ but reception at Omaha made it special Francis Klitz had been to the Korean War Memorial a few years ago while visiting relatives on the East Coast.
He wasn’t going to pass up a second chance, especially when it meant traveling with a few hundred other veterans of that war.
Crowning moment In a program showered with tradition, Guardian Angels Central Catholic elevated to a level never before reached as they captured the Class C-2 state speech title.
The championship, which was captured Friday at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, marks GACC’s first-ever state title in speech.
Always at your side Tradition runs deep for the West Point-Beemer wrestling program. The backbone of that tradition is consistency.
And it’s guys like Jason Redmond who provide that rock-solid foundation thanks to a ton of hard work and dedication.

Cadets in complete control

Without some regular varsity wrestlers, West Point-Beemer utilized its depth en route to a 60-9 home dual win last Thursday.
And even with their dominance in the dual, Cadet head coach Ray Maxwell still would like to see improvement. “I didn’t feel we wrestled up to our potential. I felt we were a little flat and sluggish,” Maxwell said. “Coming in, I felt it was possible to win every match. So I was a little disappointed we didn’t wrestle with the intensity we need to have.
“We’re entering the home-stretch of the season so we have to pick it up and wrestle with more intensity.”
Winning matches for the Cadets were Riley Berg, Joe Berg, Hunter Schroeder, Austen Eisenhauer, Jesus Cervantes, Juan Mendoza, Aldo Padilla, Cristian Perez and Clint Hansen.
Up next, West Point-Beemer will hope to heal up a bit as the Cadets will compete in what Maxwell calls a “loaded” Schuyler tournament this Saturday.
For Maxwell, a tournament like this comes down to preparation at practice.
“Our depth is important because that comes into play in the wrestling room. If you’re not wrestling tough competition in the wrestling room, it’s an eye opener when you step out onto the mat,” Maxwell said. “Having that competition at practice only makes your team stronger in the long run."

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