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East Butler seniors, from left, Brandon Rezac, Trevor Havlovic, Dalton Bohac and Camden Robley celebrate their 22-12 win over Howells-Dodge in a Class D-1 semifinal game on Monday.

DCGC clubhouse on track for winter opening

The David City Golf Club had hopes to open its new clubhouse earlier this fall, but it had to settle for keeping the course in operation while the building went up. 

Now the club has turned its sights to a winter opening, and even a few hopes for a Christmas party. Electrical wiring is under way, and other interior finishes are next. Meeting state inspections will be the final hurdle.

The past few weeks the City Council heard from Branden Rech from the club’s fundraising committee, who said that the organization hopes to make progress after several tough years.

“We are ready to take the next step and to be an asset, to be on offense versus defense and keep things flowing ahead,” he said.

Just a year ago, the club’s 53-year-old clubhouse and its newly built deck were lost to fire. While it was tough to see the old building go, Rech said, the club had an opportunity to move into a modern building with more amenities, including better accessibility.

He reminded the council that the clubhouse has a lot of potential beyond serving golfers.

“This is a community establishment,” he said, noting that it will host many kinds of gatherings including baby and wedding showers.

“If you play golf that is an added bonus too,” he said.

Rech said the club is looking for any former golfers or patrons who may have photos or other documents to help replace historical records and plaques lost in the fire. The club's hole-in-one list needs to be reconstructed.

Also visiting the council, Par IV restaurant operators Demi Bartunek and Mason Samek expressed interest in offering keno at the clubhouse restaurant. 

City contribution sought

On Nov. 8, Rech visited the Council again, this time to see if there was any financial assistance the City could offer to the new clubhouse project.

“It has been a long year,” Rech said. I am trying to do my job and ask for help. I wish I could say we are overfunded, we are at our goal, but we are not.”

Mayor Alan Zavodny said that the city could not legally provide funds to the project. City Attorney Jim Egr joined the discussion and said that while the city could not provide funds, it could pay for limited material goods, especially those items that can "show a public good."

“A public good is that you have got to have restrooms,” Egr said.

City Clerk Joan Kovar wanted the Council to determine where funds to buy equipment would come from. Details of the purchase remain to be worked out.

The club kept the course operating this season by moving in portable restrooms and a temporary office structure. 

Get Involved

Rech said Golf Club leaders are still looking for contributors who can help put the organization on solid ground and provide a critical piece of the city’s recreational needs.

Thanks to generosity of some local contractors, the potential half million dollar price tag is shrinking. Local contractors assisting with the project include: Arps Red-E-Mix, Novak Construction, Osborn Sales & Service, SACK Lumber, Samek Masonry, Superior Glass & Home Improvements, Zegers Home Center and a group effort from Reznicek Electric, Samek Electric and Woolsey Electric. BD Construction is the contractor, and Leo A Daly was in charge of the design.

To join the hundreds who are supporting the project, send tax deductible donations to The Thorpe/Golf Club, PO Box 91, David City, NE 68632. For more information or questions regarding the building project or a club membership, call 402-367-2257.

Tigers on journey to Memorial Stadium

It was a foggy, drizzly magical scene at the East Butler field in Dwight on Monday night, after the East Butler Tigers fought off the tough Howells-Dodge Jaguars to punch their ticket to Memorial Stadium.

After congratulating the Jaguars, the team was mobbed by its supporters, classmates, family members and former players. Before the crowd left to celebrate some more, the senior players took their ceremonial last walk down the field while cameras flashed.

The memories of the season and the playoff run will last a long time.

“There’s just a lot that goes into it,” East Butler coach Shawn Biltoft told reporters. “There’s a lot of former players out here. A lot of family for these kids, and you know, there’s nothing better than saying we’re going to Memorial Stadium next week.”

After giving up two close losses, including one to the Jaguars to open the season, the senior-led Tigers stayed the course and prepared for the second season, the playoffs. They traveled to Creighton last Tuesday and beat the No. 2 team. Now they are on their way to the first state final game since 1989.

Coach Biltoft said the team never let the losses get them down.

“Our kids are just resilient,” Biltoft said. “They play hard, they’re tough, we play a physical brand of football and that’s what we stayed with.”

From pep rallies to playoff bus rides, the East Butler fans have stoked the spirit of the players, who said they were really playing for all the people who support them. The Dwight population sign included extra information. A sign read: Monday’s Population: 2,259.

The Tigers face the West Division winners, the South Loup Bobcats, to open the NSAA State Football Championships in the Class D1 finals game at 10:15 a.m. Monday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Game story on page B1.