Recognize spring athletic achievements before summer break

LEXINGTON – Pep rallies are traditionally made to build excitement for the big game. Lexington High School ended their year with a pep rally before releasing students for the summer, not to get them pumped for the long break, but to celebrate their highly accomplished spring athletes in the final 30 minutes of the school year.

LHS publicly recognized their spring sports teams for their accomplishments to punctuate a big growth in the LHS athletic programs, starting with the Minutemaids track and field team.

Lexington activities director Phil Truax, M.C. of the pep rally on Thursday, introduced the Minutemaids through the old Husker tunnel song, Sirius, before introducing Maddi Sutton and Madison Smith to recognize them individually for their accomplishments at the state track and field meet in Omaha last week.

When the Minutemaids were dismissed, the gym was filled with dark and a single light blasted on over the center of Coach Carpenter Court. The building tones of Queen’s ‘We Are the Champions’ boomed from the speakers as Truax announced the Lexington Minutemen track and field team who took the floor with their state champion trophy held aloft. He introduced Derek Rojas, Yanni Vasquez, Ean Bailey, Alexis Hernandez, Tim Nyinguan, and Ajack Waikur individually for their accomplishments at the state track and field meet before handing the microphone to Coach Sam Jilka who thanked his athletes and his coaching staff for their investment in the win.

Truax then invited the Minutemaids tennis team to the floor where he congratulated them on their season and recognized the players that represented LHS at the state tournament in Lincoln last week.

He announced Gracey Smith, Stephanie Vielmas, Estefani Hernandez, Leilany Diaz and Victoria Perez for their participation in the state championships and recognized Mallorie Buescher individually for taking state runner-up in Class B no. 2 singles.

Next, he brought up the Lexington boys soccer team, and recapped the team’s accomplishments in a 14-3 season and making it to the semi-final round of the state tournament in Omaha before handing the microphone to head coach Jess McHargue. McHargue recongized nine Minutemen who were selected for the Central 10 All-Conference team. He also recognized the accomplishments of two Minutemen, David and Jesus Jimenez, for their participation in the all-star game in Columbus and their commitment, signing on Tuesday to play for Central Community College in Columbus. David Jimenez was also selected to play in the Shrine Classic game.

Truax then introduced the Minutemaids soccer team and praised them for the most successful season in program history. He noted that they missed a trip to the state championship by one goal and how the Minutemaids gave up just 15 goals in the season.

“Alyssa Winter was our goalie and this year and our team allowed 15 goals, the best in school history.” Truax said. He continued by saying, jokingly, “We barely broke the old record of 38.”

Next up, the boys golf team were recognized for their season and Truax pointed out that many of their top five golfers will be returning to play for the Minutemen next year. He praised their tenacity in braving scorching heat, freezing cold, hail and rain to represent LHS.

In closing, Mr. Truax handed the microphone over to Lexington High School principle Kyle Hoehner to say a few words before dismissal.

“It’s been a wonderful year,” Hoehner began. “I’m an old guy and they say time goes quicker as you get older, but this year passed by so quickly because so many great things happened.”

Hoener’s last advice to the students before releasing them for the long summer break were, “Listen. Be safe and be smart. Do the right thing. Enjoy and have a great summer.”

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