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Celebrating Coach Ziems

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Join us in recognizing Coach Lyle Ziems!

After 19 seasons at the helm of the Lincoln Lutheran Football Program, Lyle Ziems is retiring from the Head Coach's position.  Everyone is invited to join LL in celebrating this ministry that has spanned nearly two decades.

An open house will be held Saturday, Dec. 21 from 4-6pm in the Lincoln Lutheran Media Center.  We encourage everyone to stop in to visit with Lyle, bring your memories of the Trojan/Warrior Football Program and enjoy some refreshments.  If you are unable to attend, please send a card for Coach Ziems to:  

Lincoln Lutheran High School
Attn:  Amy Jurgens
1100 North 56th Street
Lincoln, NE.  68504

If you have photos or a favorite story from football seasons past that you would like to share, please email them to We hope to see you Dec. 21 as we thank Coach Ziems for his service to the LL Football Program. Please share this information with Lincoln Lutheran alumni and parents of alumni!

Serving up Holiday Love

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Lincoln Lutheran will be arranging ways to “be the hands and feet of Christ” as it organizes service to our community.  Students may accomplish several things through these opportunities.  First, it accomplishes our calling to serve our neighbors, as commission by Christ (Act 20:35).  Second, it creates an appreciation for the many blessings in our lives.  Third, it “counts” as community service hours.  Please read about the three (3) upcoming events.

"In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts 20:35

The first outing is November 25th (5:30-7:30) at the Center for People in Need.  Volunteers will be assisting in the preparing/serving a hot Thanksgiving meals to some of the 14,000 people in need expected to show up.  Interested students and parents should contact Mr. Stoltenow.  Transportation to and from Lincoln Lutheran is available and we have 10 spots to fill.

The next outing pairs us with the Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters.  On December 3rd (4:30-6:30) we will be helping set up for a holiday party for Boys and Girls members.  This outing involves a few hours of work on December 3rd as well as work prior to the date.  Not only do the Boys and Girls of the Club have a party, they will also spend time packing food bags for others.  What a great way to be involved  by serving those who are serving others!  Many young children in Lincoln count on meals from their public schools.  And, during the holidays, they go hungry.  To empower the Boys and Girls Club members to serve those children, we will collect as many as possible of the items below.  Our goal is 50 of each.

  • jars of peanut butter
  • jars of jelly
  • boxes of pancake mix
  • bottles of syrup

Interested students and parents should contact Mr. Stoltenow.  Transportation to and from Lincoln Lutheran is available and we have 12 spots to fill.

The final outing is titled “Gifts of Love” and takes place December 12th from 4-6 pm at City Impact.  City Impact is a faith-based community organization that will set up a Community Christmas store.  They need volunteers to organize, mark and even wrap gifts.  Those gifts, which will be sold at a reduced (80%) price, will allow impoverished families provide Christmas gifts for their children.  Interested students and parents should contact Mr. Stoltenow.  Transportation to and from Lincoln Lutheran is available and we have 8 spots to fill.


Estate Gift Will Impact Ministry

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Lincoln Lutheran was blessed with an undesignated gift from the estate of Ivadelle Repschlaeger in late June for just over $150,000.  This was an incredible blessing!  Per policy, any undesignated gift over $50,000 requires representatives from the Lutheran Education Foundation, the LLSA, an Association Pastor and the Lincoln Lutheran Executive Director to meet and determine how to best allocate the gift to positively impact ministry both now and for the future.

The committee decided to allocate the gift in the following areas: 

  • to the LEF to establish an operational endowment for the support of LLSA operations
  • to our teachers and staff as a thank you for their dedicated work within the ministry
  • to a cash reserve account
  • to our ministry wish list for improvement of facilities  (special consideration was given to ways we might impact student recruitment and improve the general appeal of our facilities)

  Areas that will be impacted include:

  • landscaping upgrades near the main student entrance
  • restroom upgrades
  • new middle school lockers
  • classroom whiteboards
  • conversion kits for six basketball backboards allowing height to adjust
  • a “lightly used” utility vehicle to assist in the set-up and hosting for home contests outdoors, landscaping and snow removal.

What a blessing to see a gift of legacy have an immediate impact on our students and a lasting imprint on the Lincoln Lutheran ministry.  All glory be to God!!

New Bleachers and Field Lines

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THIRTY-THREE Warrior faithful provided strategy, muscle, and machines Saturday morning, August 3.  Thanks to their combined efforts, new bleachers now stand next to the east game field AND the boundaries, yard lines, and hash marks of the game field and all the practice fields are now cut.  The total linear distance covered by all the field lines combined is approximately 9,400 feet (1.78 miles).  Each line was probably mowed at least four times.  This means those who cut the lines with their mowers, collectively covered about 37,600 ft (7.12 miles).  WOW!  Coach Johnson and Coach Ziems are both incredibly thankful for all the help…both feel exhausted at the thought of the two of them doing all that push mowing by themselves.  Impressive is the fact that all the work was completed in about 3 hours! 

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED…Canfield Brothers (Chase & Gage), Glines (Jason & Jacob), Greens (Jeff & Jacob), Kleins (Curtis, Julie, & Jaxson), Kohlmeiers (Jon & Adam), Kurt Brockhaus, LeGrandes (Kirt & Trevor), Leymasters (Kenny, Gpa Buss, & Josh), Lori Lane, Lynn Bartels, Martins (Keli, Harrison, Reid, & Molli), Rickords (Jeff & Ethan), Schaedels (Chris, Cole, & Noah), Schmelings (Brian and Nick), Scott Morris.

Warrior Wellness Makeover

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As a result of tremendous support of friends of Lincoln Lutheran, the Warrior Wellness Makeover planned for the space currently occupied by the weight room and old boys and girls locker rooms is moving forward.  With an estimated cost of $100,000, the project is nearly fully funded.  If you would like to financially support the project or know someone who would like to learn more about it, please contact Scott Ernstmeyer or Amy Jurgens.

The breakdown of costs for the project is listed below.  Construction will begin formally on May 20th with hopes of wrapping up by early July.  There will also be opportunities to volunteer with the project, so watch for future news and announcements.  This makeover will have an impact on all students at Lincoln Lutheran through their activity involvement and fitness courses.  General design and a 3-D rendering of the weight room equipment are attached to this news item for your convenience.

Remodeling and Construction - $65,000 - will result in:
♦    An Increase of Nearly 100% in Useable Square Footage
♦    New Glass Doors
♦    New Windows
♦    New Lighting
♦    Higher Ceiling
♦    New Flooring
♦    New Music Practice Room
♦    New Storage Space
♦    2 Drinking Fountains
♦    Remodeled Multi-Gender Restroom
♦    Redesigned Support Pillars to Maximize Space

New Equipment - $35,000 – will include:
♦    5 Multi-use Power Racks
♦    3 Functional Trainers
♦    8 New Benches
♦    2 Glute-Hamstring Developers
♦    3 New Cardio Machines (2 Bikes & 1 Elliptical)
♦    14 Kettlebells w/Storage Rack
♦    More than 3200 lbs. of New Free Weights
♦    More than 2600 lbs. of New Dumbbells w/Storage Racks
♦    11 New Weight Bars (Olympic, Combo, Curl, Shrug)



Many thanks to our lead donors:

Chris and Angie Schaedel
Dr. Doug and Denise Tewes
Corey and Jeanette Stull
Sandy Harvey
Todd and Connie Duncan
Bob and Karen Ravenscroft
Chad and Carla DeBusk
Collin and Angie Caneva
Ki and Darci Fanning
Rev. Bob and Wini Schaedel
Lyle and Ann Woerth
Roland and Hiroko Temme
Hohensee Charitable Foundation
City Laundry
Hampton Enterprises
US Bank
Union Bank
Westgate Bank
LLSA Booster Club
LLSA Men of Faith Basketball Tournament
LLSA Gym Advertising

Gala Celebration a Success

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Christ has risen! Hallelujah! What great joy we have to announce to everyone that our Savior lives and through him we have eternal life.  Thank you again for your generous support of Lincoln Lutheran to Illuminate life for our young people.  We are again humbled by your generous donations and support.

Every year we gather together for our Annual Gala and Auction to celebrate Lincoln Lutheran.  This year, Dan Heibel, Dr. Gary Hammack, and Roland & Hiroko Temme were all honored for the ways they used their God given talents and resources to Illuminate.

Our Warrior family is truly blessed by their gifts.

Praise Him for the gifts he has given to us through the 18th annual Gala:

  • 360 people in attendance
  • $2615 raised through the Giving Tree
  • Over $157,000 in gross profits
  • $20,610 in new scholarship money for Lincoln Lutheran students
  • Over $67,000 towards the Warrior Wellness Makeover Project

This event does not happen without the work of many volunteers. A special thanks goes out to everyone who helped to make the Gala and Auction a success.

Men of Faith Tournament Results

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The Lincoln Lutheran Men of Faith Basketball Tournament was once again a tremendous success.  13 teams and over 100 men participated in this: the 17th annual tournament.  The Christian fraternity was positive and the action was once again very exciting!

In the Open Division (30 & younger), 8 teams competed.  This division included a strong alumni representation.  Squads in this division included:  Alumni 2000-2004 (Brendan Bonner-Captain), Alumni 2002-2006 (Adam Troester-Captain), Alumni 2003-2007 (Brett Himmelberg-Captain), Alumni 2008-2010 (Derek Schulte-Captain), Alumni 2010-2012 (Eric Beckman-Captain), Concordia (Aaron Hedlund-Captain), Lincoln Lutheran Coaches (Mike Holle-Captain), and a team of existing Lincoln Lutheran Warriors PLUS Mr. Niederklein.  The Beckman, Hedlund, Holle and Troester teams reached the final four.  In a rematch of last year’s championship game, Aaron Hedlund’s Concordia team defeated the LL Coaches to claim bragging rights as tournament champs for the second year in a row.

  • Classic Division Champions -- Faith:  Jim Austin, David Bliemeister, Kent Eitzmann, Chris Fatter, Jason Gaffe, Tim Guenthe, Pat Hardesty (Captain), Jeff Peterson, Kelley Sears, and Vic Seydell.
  • Classic Division Runner-up -- Trinity:  Jeff DeBoer, Shawn Donovan, Ron Gottula, Dean Heiden, Kevin Lanka, Kevin Orth, David Ringler (Captain), and Rick Schwartz.  
  • Open Division Champions – Concordia: *Keegan Bloomfield, Aaron Hedlund (Captain), *Andrew Bowers, *Alex Bowers, *Ian Fuller, *Nick *Milberger, and *Ryan Schrum.
  • Open Division Runner-up – Alumni 2010-2012:  Eric Beckman (Captain), Isaiah Bockelman, Nick Dudycha, Jayson Haessler, Matt Justus, Zach Justus, Connor Shelton, Logan Wachal.

The champion and runner-up teams in each division are invited to designate $200 and $50 respectively to a charity of their choice.  All four teams donated their winnings to the Warrior Wellness Project (weight room remodel).  Thank you, gentlemen!!

Tournament Highlight:  4th grader Steven Bennett (Son of Tom and Kristin Bennett) led the pre-game prayer before the Sunday classic division semi-final game!

Others teams in the tournament…

  • Christ-1 -- Vincente Bustamonte, Lars Gallagher, Will Hayes, Jerry Kile, Mark McDonald, Brody Ockander, Steve Wells (Captain).​
  • Christ-2 -- Jeff Frohberg, Shawn Goodrich, Steven Kennedy, Bryce Kleen, Byron Peterson, Troy Post, Joel Rodencal (Captain), Dave Swan.​
  • Redeemer/Holy SaviourJesse Bachman, Tom Bennett, Dustin Hoffman (Captain), Ryan Holiday, Ryan Koch, Dave Michaelson, Keith Seilhans, and Scott Stream.


  • Alumni 2000-2004 -- David Bliemeister, Brendan Bonner (Captain), *Ryan Edwards, Erik Poulsen, Cory Rohren, *Matthew Wagnitz, Zach Willet.
  • Alumni 2002-2006 -- *Tim Culwell, *Reed Phinisey, David Schwartz, Ben Troester, Jon Ziegler.  
  • Alumni 2003-2007 -- *Nate Bloch, Brett Himmelberg (Captain), Matt Himmelberg, *Alex Holley, *John Lavorson, Grant Maul, Andy Wittman, Kyle Ziegler.
  • Alumni 2008-2010  -- Alex Deeter, *Dylan Hajek, Tyler Metschke, Zane Peterson, Micah Pomerenke, Derek Schulte, Michael Tewes.
  • Lincoln Lutheran Coaches -- Brett Dangler, Adam Flanagan, Kraig Flanagan, Seth Flanagan, Lee Fiddler, Jason Glines, Derek Groskurth, Mike Holle (Captain), Joel Weyand, and Kyle Wooster.
  • 2013-2016 -- Ethan Bruggeman, Harrison Martin, *Alex Niederklein (LL M.S. Teacher), Marshall Oetting, Micah Oetting, Andrew Polk, Riley Smith (Captain), Garett Wachal, Josh Wendland.

*Denotes non-Lincoln Lutheran Alumnus

THANK YOU’S….There are SO MANY people who volunteer time and talents to make this tournament successful.  Tournament director Lyle Ziems would like to sincerely thank all the players for their support of Lincoln Lutheran through participation in this tournament AND for overall witness of Christ in their play.  Lyle would also like to thank the MANY others for their special contributions to the tournament:  

  • Volunteer Officials -- David Bliemeister, Tom Bliemeister, Brian Bruggeman, Luke Derowitsche, Keith Ernst, Scott Ernstmeyer, Lee Fiddler, Michelle Metzger, Joel Stoltenow
  • Scorer’s Table Coordinators - Keith Ernst and Brad Pracheil
  • Assistant Scorer’s Table CoordinatorsSheila Ziems
  • Yummy Pulled Pork Meal Preparation and ServiceSharon Bliemeister
  • Meal Assistant -- Sheila Ziems
  • Floor Prep -- David Backus
  • Miscellaneous -- Brent Johnson (LL Athletic Director)
  • Scorers Table Student Volunteeers: Dylan Brockhaus, Ashlee Ernst, Caleb Gahan, Alex Havlena, Mikayla Higgins, Chase Latham, Max McCoy, Minh C. Nguyen, Jacob Rappa, Nolan Schad, Nick Schmeling, Riley Smith, Jacob Staab, Nathan Todd, Rachel Ziems, Rebecca Ziems.  

NOTE:  Chase Latham & Riley Smith worked the ENTIRE day Saturday!!!

Additional Note:  David Bliemeister helped with food prep the day before the tournament, either played or officiated 11 of the 24 Saturday games, and, then, played in two more games on Sunday.  That’s a full day’s labor, David!  Thank you for your tireless(?) contributions to the tournament!  

Chess Tournament 2013

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When you picture a chess tournament, you probably think of a quiet room where everything is still except for the movement of the occasional chess piece. That was not an accurate picture of our 7th grade chess tournament. Our chess tournament was an exciting, noisy and funny culminating event for Lincoln Lutheran's annual 7th grade chess day.

"The tournament, the move, everything was really, really fun, and I had an awesome day." --Shania Kond

On March 24th, while the 8th graders were in Kansas City, Mr. Sommerer with help from Mr. Neidermeier, Mrs. Stahr and Mrs. Jank took the 7th graders through a series of activities that lead up to our 12th annual chess tournament.

After a devotion and some warm-up activities the 7th graders watched the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. It's a great movie that really captures the 7th graders attention. It piques their interest in chess, but doesn't require any actual knowledge about how to play chess. It's one of Mr. Sommerer's favorite movies. He highly recommends it.

After the movie Mr. Sommerer introduced the 7th graders to the chess pieces (it looks like a complicated game, but there are only 6 different pieces). They play little games with the individual pieces to become familiar with how each piece moves before playing a full games. The 7th grade guys always point out that the king is the most important piece. The gals counter with, "yeah, but the queen is the most powerful."

"I loved Chess Day because it is one of my favorite board games . My favorite part was the movie." --Jackson Latova

Learning chess also requires some one-on-one instruction. The teachers couldn't do this alone; luckily every year just about half of the 7th graders already know how to play, so when we divide up into pairs. It is always one person who knows how to play and one who doesn't know --or maybe just isn't that comfortable with the game. The experienced students know that their job isn't to win the game; it's to make sure that their partner can win in the tournament.

"I thought it was fun; more fun than I expected." --Ella Wallace

After lunch we hold a chess tournament. A normal tournament with brackets would mean that some students would only play 2 games, so instead we do a sort of round robin tournament. But we don't do a real round robin tournament because then you would have to wait around for your next opponent to finish. Instead we divide into two levels: everyone who knew how to play before our chess day in one group and everyone who just learned how to play in another. The 7th graders can play anyone in their group. When they finish a game they report who won and who lost. Then we enter that information into a computer program and they go find someone else from their group to play. At the end of the tournament the computer program looks at who beat who and determines the final ranking (the program is modeled after college football standings). Everyone got to play at least 4 games and one person played 9 games.

This year in the group that already knew how to play chess our tournament leaders were:

  1. James Lavicky
  2. ​Devin Sorensen
  3. Gage Rabbe
  4. Chase DeBusk
  5. Jaxson Klein
  6. Brent Goodro-Sincebauch
  7. Noah Atterbury
  8. Makenna Pickering
  9. Nicholas Schaedel
  10. Jacob Wendland

Among our new chess players our tournament leaders were:

  1. Logan Holle
  2. Sam Rathe
  3. Evan Rich
  4. Calvin Caneva
  5. ​Haleigh Hoefs
  6. Carley Knapp
  7. Elora Maxwell
  8. Hayley Steinbauer
  9. Rebecca Ziems
  10. Elizabeth Moore

Why learn chess? Chess is not only fun to play but has many educational benefits as well. Chess helps to develop pattern visualization, patience, memory, abstract reasoning, originality and creativity, awareness of the consequences of actions, concentration and focus. Not only that, studies show that students who learn how to play chess perform better in math (which makes sense) and in English (go figure).

"It was fun to play against even competition instead of my sister or brother." --Thomas Otte

All of the students at Lincoln Lutheran who attended in 7th grade have learned how to play chess. If you haven’t had a chance yet, it might be fun to ask your son or daughter to play a game of chess. If you don’t know how to play (or if you’ve forgotten) you could ask them to teach you. And don’t feel bad if they beat you. Some of them beat Mr. Sommerer too. If you don't have a chess set, we do a group order from a chess wholesaler each year for the nice quality sets that the 7th graders used in their tournaments. By ordering as a group we get prices that are less than half what you can get in other places. All of the 7th graders have order forms; see Mr. Sommerer if you would like one.

"I liked the tournament because it was really fun, and no one could beat me." --Noah Atterbury

HS Science Fair Results

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Eighteen senior high biology students participated in this year’s LL Science Fair. There were a lot of hours of work on display. All student participants are to be applauded for the extra time and energy they invested to pursue experimental research! To God be the glory!

Caleb Ziems won 1st place, a trophy, Caleb received a $100 SCRIP voucher for his experiment titled: Cornfield Mystery: Investigation of Annual Crop Failure in a Portion of a Holt County Dry Land Cornfield. In his experiment, Caleb investigated whether the crop failure on a “problem” plot has a biotic cause or a chemical cause and also whether a variety of plant species are equally sensitive to whatever the problem turned out to be. Asked what he learned through this years science fair, Caleb said, "I have learned that, to get worthwhile results, much work and effort must be invested. Some things simply take time and scientific research is one of them."

Kacey Kohlhoff placed 2nd with her experiment to determine how age effects memory titled Total Recall. "I did a lot of work but that was good because I felt like I learned a lot about memory, and I was really ready to present to the judges.", said Kacey. She went on to talk about the fact that the insights that she gained about memory would help her when she studies in other classes. Kacey received a trophy, $75 SCRIP voucher and she is very proud of the time and work that she put into science fair this year.

Uriah Soenksen recieved the 3rd place trophy along with a $50 SCRIP vouched for his experiment to determine whether supermarket hamburger label percentages actually reflect the amount of lean meat present in the product. Uriah's titled his experiment, Where's the Beef?  When asked about his project, he said, "Science fair consumed quite a bit of time and was a lot of hard work, but when it was all over I felt good about finishing it. I felt a sense of accomplishment. I thought it was pretty cool how my project could be applied to real life situations. For example, now my mom can be more informed when she buys ground beef."

Mia Wright placed 4th for her experiment titled Bacteria in Chicken where she tried to determine which type of raw chicken (frozen, air chilled or fresh) had the most bacterial contamination. Mia said that she was really surprised at how well her project did and that science fair has increased her confidence when it comes to speaking in front of others. Mis received a $25 SCRIP voucher along with a trophy.

Rounding out the winners, Corbyn Trumbley & Nolan Schad tied for 5th place recieving a trophy and a $10 SCRIP voucher for their efforts. Others who participated in the fair were: Nalom Deng, Sarah Gahan, Alysia Hohbein, Jon Kisker, Milana Langewisch, Danielle Moerer, Nick Schmeling, Paige Steinbauer, and Kyle Williams.

These students will now have the opportunity to compete in the Southeast Nebraska Junior Academy of Science Regional Fair hosted by UNL at the East Campus Union on Saturday, March 2.

A huge Warrior thank you to the twelve wonderful people who served as expert judges for our fair: Merv Dehning, Sean Anderson, Roy Bartels, Shanna Engel, David Franzen, Trinity Exchange Teacher From Korea Gabriella, John Lindquist, Kyle McClellan, Sydney Paige, Anne Streich, and Randy Wehling.

1st Place (trophy & $100 SCRIP voucher): Caleb Ziems
2nd Place (trophy & $75 SCRIP voucher): Kacey Kohlhoff
3rd Place (trophy & $50 SCRIP voucher): Uriah Soenksen
4th Place (trophy & $25 SCRIP voucher): Mia Wright
5th & 6th Place ($10 SCRIP vouchers): Corbyn Trumbley & Nolan Schad

Dance Takes State

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On Saturday, February 16th, the Blue Angels Dance Team competed at the Nebraska Cheer and Dance State Competition in Grand Island. The Angels performed two routines, a Pom routine and a High Kick routine. The routines are scored on many varying elements by a panel of professional dance judges who evaluate them on a 100 point scale. There were 13 teams in the Pom division and 8 in the High Kick category.  The kick routine was choreographed by former Blue Angels members, Jenna Karlin and Jami Watts.  The pom routine was choreographed by Cayla Berry.  

The girls brought home state championships in both Pom and High Kick.

This is the sixth year the state Cheer and Dance Championships have been held and the Blue Angels have brought home trophies every year, including first place finishes the last four years. The Angels got their first double championship last year, also in Pom and High Kick. This year, the Blue Angels’ High Kick routine came in first place by a whopping 6.3 points! Not only did the Blue Angels win class C; their scores in both pom and high kick would have placed them first in Class B and Runner-up in Class A! 

The Blue Angels Dance Team holds their annual dance show at Lincoln Lutheran on Monday, March 4th, at 7:00 pm. Come support the girls and see the senior boys dance in Blue Ice!

Team members include Lexie Volk, Marissa Hein, Taylor Brockhaus, Mickalea Oneth, Sidnee Lebsock, Darcy Steffens, Brittany Sincebaugh, Brianna Hellbusch, Sarah Gahan, Haley Wineman, Makenna Drewel, Rachel Wheeler.