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Your Hometown News g# .,,I-I,ha,lllrhlq,,qlHd,qhllqw,nll,ddd.mldl ........ ***MIXED ADC 50902 ~17J31P2013 S3 P2 SMALLTOWN PAPERS. INC."~\ 217WCOTAST Cg (L),, SHELTON WA 98584-2263 !~ ~" ## into one Mike Nistler Writer Growing up in Watkins, Scott Strohmeier loved anything that involved a ball. That love has helped him become one of the nation's most successful junior college coaches. He has built a football program at Iowa Western Community Col- lege (IWCC) that is the envy of others. Last year his team won the national championship after completing an undefeated sea- son. This year, IWCC has lost one game, and that was to one of the teams playing for this year's national championship. And it all began in Watkins, where Strohmeier attended St. Anthony's Catholic School before moving on to the Eden Valley-Watkins High School. "School was not my thing - but if it involved a ball, I was all in," Strohmeier admits. "I played football, basketball and baseball my whole life. As a kid you always wanted to move or live in a bigger town. All my friends could walk to the baseball field or basketball courts. We had to make do, with a couple neighbor kids, with a make-shift baseball field, or foot- ball field." And most of those contests were one-on-one or two-on-two, not with a full complement of players. "I look back now and real- ize it was the small-town, blue- collar approach that has shaped me today." Scott Strohmeier has built a football program at Iowa Western Community College that has become one of the nation's best. Submitted photo. At the cornerstone of that childhood were his parents, Dave and Pat (Stelten) Strohmeier. They were definitely his strongest influences. "Sometimes you do not realize it at an early age, but as I get older and spend so much of my time around young high school kids moving away to college - I can't 't express how fortunate I have been to have had both Mom and Dad at home. In today's society, there are not many two-parent homes, so I see it daily and realize how lucky I have been to have supportive par- ents and family." Strohmeier, whose siblings included Jim, Deb and Mike, said the only rule was that if you started something, you.fin- ished it, and you did so with commitment. "If we wanted to play sports, go to camps, etc., they were there to support us," Strohmeier said. "Both worked hard to let us do what we liked and never pressured." Strohmeier graduated from EV-W in 1993, and his then high-" school coach, Ray Tri, isn't sur-. prised by his former player's Success. "Scott was not only a great foot- ball player for us, but had a great knowledge of, and passion for the game at an early age," Tri said. "He was always looking for more information. When we watched game tapes, he would remember the details of every play. He was a good leader for us, and obviously Strohmeier/To page 12 I The Eden Valley Area Library re-opened officially Tuesday, Nov. 19. All programs will be held, as previously scheduled. Regular office hours are: Sunday/Monday - closed Tuesday- 3-6 p.m. Wednesday- noon-3 p.m. Thursday- 3-6 p.m. Friday- 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday- 9 a.m.-noon Check the library's website for Updates at Kimball superintendent resigns Jean Doran Matua Editor In a letter dated Nov. 13, 2013, Kimball schools superintendent John Tritabaugh resigned, effec- tive June 30, 2013. Tritabaugh was hired as a one- year, part-time, interim superin- tendent. That was eight years ago. Tritabaugh has made it no secret that this would be his last year as interim superintendent. His resignation letter only makes it official, and allows the school board now to initiate a search for a replacement. The question now may be how to hire (and pay for) a full-time superintendent. School Board~To page 17 Index Opinion .................. 2 Church & Obits ........... 4 Local History ............. 6 Schools/Sports ........ 8-!3 Farm & Ag... ; ......... 14-15 Legals, Crime Blotters..16-17 Calendar ................ 18 Wednesday morning, Nov. 20, at the Eden Valley-Watkins cafeteria, teachers, board members, and staff were honored for their years of service and commitment. From left to right are Mary Holmberg (15 years), Bob Stenger Classifieds .............. 19 The Kimball American Legion Post 261Auxiliary hosted their annual Teacher Tea (10 years), Tammy Winter (25 years), Becky Stenger (15 years), Judy Blonigen at the LegionClub. Teachers and staff came and went after school Wednesday, (Educational Excellence), Vicki Meyer (25 years), Karen SvhiheI-Buermann Nov.20,forsomesandwichesandcookiesandcamaraderie.TheLegionAuxiliary (Leadership in Education), Becky Kuechle (Leadership'in Education), and Adam 11111i1/11/I Iiii hosts the event each year, and I~s since its beginning, as a way to acknowledgeTeicher (Educational Excellence). Not pictured are Lori Unterberger (Educational ~~l!~llllii and appreciatethe education our military service men and women need and Excellence), Shelly Kern (10 years), Betsy Nordgaard (25 years), and Marsha receive. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua Dav dson (15 years) See re ated story on page 12 Submitted photo i..: '