Weekly Roar #10

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Whitetails Spring Fling

By Hunter Martin

Whitetails Spring Fling Whitetails Unlimited is a national non-profit conservation organization that covers many states and has annual fundraisers. Tim Powers is from Lisbon and is the field director for Iowa and does about 40 other banquets across the state. Each banquet is run by a chapter which consists of 6 or more local people that help Tim run the banquet. This committee also decides where to spend the money that they raise. My dad is part of the local chapter and helps with the banquets in Lisbon. Me and my dad have helped set the tables and chairs and helped clean up after the banquets. It usually has around 250 people and costs $45 which includes the meal and a membership. The profit goes towards community projects but not only conservation projects but community projects such as the splash pad that was put in the park not to long ago. They also helped pay for the Mt.Vernon bow club to go to nationals. The Whitetails Banquets are fun to go to and often have live auctions, wild animal prints, furniture, bows, firearms, and a silent auction. Local businesses some times donate cash and items to the auctions and raffles. Ace Hardware donated a yeti cooler to be auctioned off. The money also goes towards purchases of land for hunting and hiking. Sometimes they will donate the money to the local food pantries. This is a good activity to take your family to because of all this but they also have a prime rib dinner and raffles and games to win merchandise.

The Weekly Roar #10 Recap

By Maddie Morningstar

This week Pride Rock Productions brings you the inside scoop on the latest news in the Lisbon Community. You can expect to hear about boys track and field, the upcoming blood drive, tennis, Jazz Championships, and Health Day.

Boys Track and Field

Lisbon boys track and field placed 6th at Anamosa on Tuesday night. Some of the highlights included the following: sprint medley relay made up of Brett Givens, Blake Langhurst, Bailey Arwine, and Jack Butteris finished 4th with a season personal record of 1:36.41, Thatcher Krob finished 2nd in the 3200 with a personal record of 9:56.22, the 4×800 team made up of Payton Bahl, Cooper Siebrecht, Kaden Kilburg, and Jake Jennet finished 4th with a season personal record of 8:26.33, Jarrett Moehlman had a season personal record in the 100 wheelchair with a time of 32.6, Givens finished 3rd in long jump with a jump of 20’7.5, and Butteris finished 2nd in the open 200 with a time of 22.65. On Thursday, the Lions won their meet at Tipton. There were many great performances including the following: sprint medley relay of Langhurst, Derek Bova, Arwine, and Butteris finished 1st, Garrett Herring finished 2nd in the 3200, the 4×800 of Bahl, Kilburg, Jennet, and T. Krob finished 1st, Bova placed 3rd in the open 100, the distance medley placed 2nd which was made up of Bova, Givens, Arwine, and T. Krob, Butteris and Langhurst went 1st 2nd in the open 400, the 4×200 of Givens, Arwine, Bryce Hasselmann, and Langhurst finished 2nd, Butteris won the open 200, in the 800 Bahl placed 3rd, and T. Krob finished 2nd in the 1600. Whew was that a mouthful! Good job boys and keep up the good work!

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Blood Drive

On April 27th, Lisbon will be hosting a blood drive in the high school cafeteria. Donors can come from 2:45-6 and will receive a free snack! Donating blood can help save anywhere from 3-5 lives. If Lisbon can meet their goal, the school will receive $250 which will go towards increasing the school’s AED trainers. You can call Julie Light at 455-2659 ext 236, email bloodcenterimpact.org to sign up. Walk ins are also welcome! Help Lisbon reach their goal!


Wesly Benyshek interviewed Abbie Larson on the Mount Vernon-Lisbon tennis season. Larson said the season has been fun so far! There are three Lions on the team this year including Larson, Kasey Springsteen, and Makenzie Moreland.

Jazz Championships

On Tuesday April 4th, Lisbon Jazz Band loaded the bus for Ames to compete in the Jazz Championships. The Lions placed 8th out of 15 bands. Receiving honors were Katelyn Holets for Outstanding Solo Performance on the Alto Saxophone, Garrett Herring on the vibes, and Trey Holets on the trumpet. Congrats Lisbon Jazz Band!

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Health Day

Health Day is put on by the Lisbon High School Student Council each year. This year the day falls on Thursday, April 13th. It is a day where students focus on bettering their physical and mental health. This year activities will include a volleyball tournament, bike ride, yoga, and much much more. The students will also have speakers visiting them throughout the day to talk about the importance of physical and mental health.

Tune in next week for another episode of The Weekly Roar!

Softball/Baseball Preview

by Wes Benyshek 


Spring is here and track is mid-season, but softball and baseball are right around the corner. Last season, Lisbon head softball coach Bob Bunting was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Tuesday, June 28, in Louisville, Kentucky. He has led the Lions for almost five decades and won his 1,000th game back in 2012. The softball team wish to continue their past success this season. In 2014, the Lions fought hard but had a disappointing season as they were 14-24. They lost 3 seniors that year; however, the Lions were back to their winning ways as they improved to 21-20 last season. They also only lost 4 seniors this year and have some incredible 8th grade talent joining the team this year. The Lions look to improve every day and improve on their season last year. They have already started open cages and throwing sessions to get better. On behalf of Pride Rock Blog, I would like to congratulate Bob Bunting on being named to the Hall of Fame last year and wish the best of luck to the softball team this year.


The Lion’s baseball team has had 3 different head coaches the last three years. This year will be there fourth as Travis Bennett takes over the head coaching role. The team, however, is already familiar with the coach because he was the assistant last year. Travis Bennett has a history with baseball. He attended Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids. There, he was first team all-state twice, while breaking the school’s single season hit record his senior year with 73 hits. From there, he went and played baseball at Kirkwood Community College. He played 2 seasons at Kirkwood, and set a single season hit record with 82 hits and was named a 2007 NJCAA First Team All-American all in his freshman year. After his two years at Kirkwood he went to the University of Northern Iowa. To finish college, Bennett played for the Wichita State Shockers where he had another successful season. He was named to the second-team all Missouri Conference Team when he was with UNI and Wichita. After he graduated, he coached at Jefferson High School as assistant baseball and football coach. He is currently an assistant coach for Cornell College in Mt. Vernon and obviously the head coach of the Lisbon Lions. In 2015, the Lions went 32-3 and lost a heartbreaker in the district finals to the North Linn Lynx. Almost the entire starting lineup that year were seniors. Last season, they went 24-13 where they tried to get redemption against the Lynx, again in the district finals. Unfortunately, the Lions lost 3-1. They had only two seniors on that team and are returning all but 1 starter. The Lions expect to do big things this year and are already working hard. Hitting and throwing also already started for the baseball team.


Blood Drive April 27th

by Gina Montgomery

Giving Blood

Giving blood is an easy and fulfilling way to help someone else who is struggling and in need.


Location and Details

The Lisbon School will be hosting a blood drive on April 27th in the high school cafeteria. The drive will be lasting from 2:45-6:00. If you participate in this blood drive you will be saving 3-5 lives, along with a little snack! Also, if the school meets its goal then the school will receive $250 in cash which will be used to increase our AED trainers. An AED trainer is used to teach others the operation of automated external defibrillators safely.


How it Works

First you will complete a donor registration. This will include information such as your name, address, phone number, and your donor identification number. Make sure to bring either your donor card (if you already have one), or a valid driver’s license, because you will be asked for a photo ID no matter how many times you have donated.

Next you will be given a questionnaire to fill out. This will include things like your health history and recent places that you have traveled. After you complete all the questions you will then have your temperature, hemoglobin, blood pressure, and pulse checked. These are called your “vitals”.

The final step is the donation process itself. The person helping you will cleanse an area of your arm and insert a brand-new, sterile needle for the blood draw. You usually get to pick which arm you want the needle to go in.  When the needle goes in you will feel a quick pinch. You will have some time to relax once the needle is in your arm and the bag is filling. If you are donating whole blood, the process will take 8-10 minutes. Platelets, red cells, or plasma could take up to 2 hours.

When approximately a pint of blood has been collected, the donation is complete and a staff person will place a bandage on your arm.

After your donation you will spend a few minutes drinking fluids to allow your body time to adjust to the slight decrease in fluid volume.


Contact Information

To sign up for this blood drive at Lisbon you can contact Julie Light, RN at 455-2659, email her at jlight@lisbon.k12.is.us, or sign up at bloodcenterimpact.org and look for the Lisbon Drive!


Health Day

by Izzy Steele

Health Day at Lisbon Schools

Health day is a time for students at Lisbon schools to take a small break from the typical school day to relax and compete in various events around the school. This can be a fun way to compete against friends and take a break from another assignment. Health Day will be next Thursday. This is quite the week to look forward to because we have an early-out Wednesday, Health Day Thursday and no school Friday! There will be many options offered at Health Day BUT ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO FILL OUT A PERMISSION FORM BEFORE COMPETING. THIS CAN BE FOUND IN THE OFFICE.

The Point of Health Day

The point of this day is for kids to take a break from the classic school day to focus on physical and mental health for the time being. It is important for students to have a small “time-out” from homework and school because it can be a heavy workload. This day is an easy and fun way for student to get out of the desk and get active. The Lisbon Student Council realizes the importance of this change in schedule and that is why the Health Day was started last year and will be continuing again this year (and hopefully for years to come.)  

Grade Tug of War

This is going to be an event to get the day off to a good start. Focusing on working as a team (in this case working as a grade) is an important trait that all young adults should possess. This event takes a first hand approach at grades working together to succeed at a common goal. This will be set up similar to Powderpuff with Sophomore competing against Juniors and Seniors going against Freshman. This will take place in the gym.

Speakers and Yoga

Another part of the day will be dedicated to learning a bit more about mental and physical health. On the mental side of things, Tonya Hotchkin from Tanager Place is going to come to the school to talk to the students about what mental health is and understanding yourself a bit more. This will happen directly after tug of war and will last around an hour. Later in the day there will also be a yoga room that will be dedicated to students who are interested in relaxing. There will be two sessions of yoga taking place in the wrestling room. The sessions are capped at 25 people per session (NOTE: sessions are already full!)

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The volleyball tournament was a fan favorite last year and we are hoping for the same results this year. This tournament will take place the majority of the day. Teams of 6 will compete against their peers to become number one. The winner of this tournament will then play a team full of teachers. A sign up for volleyball teams was sent out earlier in the week and teams are due by the end of Monday. You and six of your friends can have an awesome opportunity to have some fun while competing.

Bike Ride

During health day, students will also be offered a bike ride around town option. Alivia Woltman will be in charge of this event and is excited to take the ride. Permission slips and helmets are required for this event.

Lisbon Boys Golf Split their Triangular Meet

By Bryce Hasselmann

On Thursday the Lisbon Varsity Golf team traveled to Gardner Golf Course in Marion for a triangular meet against South Tama and Marion. The boys shot well with a team score of 215, beating South Tama who shot a 239. The boys however did fall to Marion who shot a 175, marking their first loss of the season. Coming into this meet they had won their previous two meets, although they knew it would be tough to continue this trend against a very tough Marion team. The boys were led by Conner Miller who shot a 51, continuing his hot start to the season. Traysen Schaefer and Max Abodeely followed, each shooting a 53. Keegan Brayton also fired a 58. Lastly, Sam Hendricks and Brayton Frey finished it off with a 63 and 71 respectively.

Overall it has been a great start to the season for the boys. Despite having many practices and meets cancelled, they have still been able to have a lot of success on the course. However, they still have room to improve that way they can make a push towards the end of the season. They will have a home meet on this upcoming Monday at Kernoustie in Mount Vernon, so be sure to go out and support the team as they try to continue with the success they have had thus far.

Weekly Roar #8 Recap

By: Katelyn Holets

Therapy Dog

This week we asked Lindsey Gasper about why she has started a new project about getting a therapy dog for the school. Lindsey said that “Lisbon Inc. is looking into getting a therapy dog because we think it can help benefit the students at Lisbon.” What inspired the Lisbon Inc. group to start this project is Alburnett has a therapy dog for their school and Mrs. Snyder saw this project as a learning opportunity for several students. Lindsey said that “the dog will be available to people who are having trouble staying focused in class or are having depressing thoughts. Lindsey said that they are not sure of when the school might be getting a therapy dog but it could possibly happen as soon as next year!

The Play

Here in the next few weeks the play will be coming up! This year the theater department is doing the play called Star Witness and it will be on April 21 and 22 at 7:00 p.m. in our Gymnatorium. Please come and supported our Theater Department!


This week on Monday we also had our first meet for our boys and girls golf teams against Springville. The Lisbon-Mount Vernon girls golf team won the meet with the following girls receiving medals: Ellie Mieneke receiving a score of 51 and our runner up medalist was Maddie Hinrichs with a score of 59. Good job girls.

The Lisbon boys varsity golf team also won their first meet against Springville on Monday night with a team score of 208-247. Our medalist for the night were Keegan Brayton with a score of 48 and our runner up medalist Max Abodeely with a score of 52. The other top scorers were Traysen Schaefer with a score of 54, Conner Miller with a score of 54, Sam Hendricks with a score of 56, and Brayton Frey with a score of 61. Good job boys.


Tuesday March 28 the boys track team made up a meet that had been delayed from Saturday. At the meet the boys won 9 events at their first meet at West Delaware. They also brought home the team title for the meet. Some of the event winners for Lisbon were sprint medalist Brett Givens, Derek Bova, Blake Langhurst, and Jack Butteris with a new school record run!

In the 4×800, Payton Bahl, Kaden Kilburg, Thatcher Krob and Cobe Siebrecht ran a season best. Ian Heck won the high jump for the meet. Distance Medley team if Derek Bova, Bailey Arwine, Blake Langhurst, and Thatcher Krob ran the fastest time in class 1A thus far this season.
In the 4×200 relay team Brett Givens, Bryce Hasselmann, Thatcher Krob, and Bailey Arwine ran a season best thus far. Jack Butteris won the open 400 and open 200 of the meet. Thatcher Krob won the 1600. The 4×400 team of Derek Bova, Bailey Arwine, Blake Langhurst, and Jack Butteris ran a season best to finish the meet. Brock Givens finished 2nd in the Long Jump. Garrett ran in the 3200 and finished 2nd. Congratulations to the boys track team!

Lions Football — Recap of Last Season

by Drayton Kamberling

The Lisbon Lions football team entered the season last year hoping for a 9-0 regular season. The Lions got very close to completing that goal, but got beat East Buchanan in week 5 44-20. Lisbon ended up going 8-1 in the regular season beating Winfield-Mt Union 54-0, North Cedar 35-0, Starmont 35-0, North Linn 26-20, Wapsie Valley 21-9, Postville 39-15, Alburnett 68-0, and Edgewood Colesburg 51-12. Lisbon with a 8-1 regular season record made the playoffs where they got matched up with East Buchanan, who they lost to in the regular season 44-20. Lisbon beat East Buchanan 31-20 to advance to the final eight teams in class A. Lisbon was then put up against a tough team of Saint Ansgar where they were defeated 42-12.


Upcoming Season

Lisbons upcoming Season starts in August. The first day of practice for the football team is August 7th. Lisbons first Varsity game is August 25th. Lisbon will be taking on Winfield-Mt Union at 7:00 oclock. Lisbon will have the same goal going into the season and going for a 9-0 record along with a district title. Lisbon Football like every other team is having a struggle. Lisbon is short on Offensive linemen, but are going to work super hard to get kids to fill those empty spots. Lisbon is coached by head coach Kent Allison, and assisted by Darin Hoffmeister, Phil Whitman, Jeremy Hotz, Brandon Siggins, and Zach Hebl. Lisbon is planning on having another great season. The Writing for Media class wishes Lisbon Football the best of luck!


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Lisbon Golf

by Wes Benyshek


It has been a rainy season so far for the Lisbon Boys Golf Team. Most of their practices have been cancelled and one meet was postponed and then cancelled the next time. Even with all of the bad weather, they have started their season out great. They have had 2 meets so far this year. Their first meet was on March 27, 2017 at Kernoustie Golf Course in Mt. Vernon. They started the season out great shooting 208 to beat Springville who shot 247. Keegan Brayton was a meet medalist, leading the team with a score of 48. Other contributors were meet runner up Max Abodeely shooting 52, Traysen Schaefer and Conner Miller with 54s, Sam Hendricks with a 59, and Brayton Frey with a 61. Congratulations on your first meet, boys. Their second meet was on April 4, 2017 at Valley Oaks Golf Course in Clinton. The Lions improved to 2-0 outshooting Prince of Peace 231-238. Battling the elements and standing water, Traysen Schaefer shot a 53 which earned him the meet runner-up medal. The other golfers also did great. Keegan Brayton and Conner Miller also contributed by shooting a score of 59. Max Abodeely with a 60, Sam Hendricks with a 67, and Brayton Frey with a 74 also contributed to the Lions win. Their next meet at Kernoustie Golf Course is April 10, 2017 against Calamus Wheatland at 4:00 P.M. JV will also participate in this meet. Congratulations on the great start to the season boys, and keep it up!


The Lisbon-Mount Vernon girls have obviously also had a rainy season so far. They have had a great start to the season as well. Their first meet was also on April 27, 2017 at Kernoustie Golf Course as they faced off against Springville. They outshot Springville and won the dual meet. Their key contributors were Ellie Meineke who was the meet medalist with a score of 51, and Maddie Hinrichs who fired a 59 and got meet runner up. Their second meet was at Valley Oaks Golf Course in Clinton. It was also on April 4, 2017. They also had to fight through the tough conditions against Prince of Peace. Unfortunately, the girls lost a close meet. The girls barely got edged out as they shot a score of 235 as they fell to Prince of Peace’s 228. Ellie Meineke was the meet runner up with a personal best score of 47. Other contributors for Lisbon-Mount Vernon were Katelyn Decious who has a 62, Maddie Hinrichs and Ryann Fall who both had 63, Maddie Weber with a 64, and Emma Howard with a 67. The girls next meet at Kernoustie is also on April 10, 2017 against Calamus Wheatland at 4:00 P.M. Congrats so far and good luck the rest of the season, girls!