Canola fields are in full bloom in south Barber County.

SBHS senior Spencer Kimmell competed May 12 at State Tennis.

SBHS senior Grant Cantrell competed May 12 at State Tennis.

Congratulations 2017 SBHS Seniors!


Barber County Election Totals (unofficial)


Clinton/Kaine 281

Trump/Pence 1822

Johnson/Weld 78

Stein/Baraka 28


Jerry Moran 1808

Patrick Wiesner 272

Robert D. Garrard 112

U.S. HOUSE of REP.- 4th District

Michael Pompeo 1436

Daniel B. Giroux 173

Miranda Allen 560

Gorden J. Bakken

KANSAS SENATE 32- 32nd District

Larry W. Alley 1660

Don Shimkus 440

KANSAS HOUSE of REP.-116th District

Kyle D. Hoffman 1599

Jolene E. Roitman 551


Jim McNiece 1756


Carol Beier-Pos. 1 Y-881 N-1208

Dan Biles-Pos. 2 Y-865 N-1196

Lawton R. Nuss-Pos. 3 Y-857 N-1198

Marla Luckert-Pos. 5 Y-867 N-1184

Caleb Stegall-Pos. 7 Y-1376 N-698


William R. Mott Y-1258 N-615


Right to Hunt & Fish Y-1884 N-226


Paul Harbaugh 752


Bill Smith 617


Debbie Wesley 2931


Sheri J. Weeks 2014


Betty Jo Swayden 2069


Gaten Wood 1873


Lonnie Small 1853

Elwood Twp. Trustee– Bill Cundiff 85

Elwood Twp. Treasurer– Lee A. Sternberger 85

Hazelton Twp. Trustee– Mick Gillig 70

Hazelton Twp. Treasurer– Gina Stewart 61

Kiowa Twp. Trustee– Garrett Lohmann 419

Kiowa Twp. Treasurer– Brent Diel 424



Chieftains End Season 9-2

The South Barber Chieftains lost a tough 28-0 battle at Sharon Springs-Wallace County Saturday afternoon to end the football season at 9-2. See story in this week’s print edition.

Lady Chieftains 4th at State Volleyball

Lady Chieftains with 4th place medals

Lady Chieftains with 4th place medals


There were plenty of tears to go around for everyone Saturday afternoon as the South Barber Lady Chieftains had just lost their 3rd place match with defending state champion Goessel at the 1A, Div. I State Volleyball Championships in Hays.

Sad, yes, but when this team looks back on what they have accomplished, they can feel pretty proud. Finishing fourth at State ain’t too bad. Neither are a 36-6 season record and some nice medals to show for it.

Additional honors were seniors Bailey Roberts and Anna Perez being named to the 12-member All-State Tournament Team. – Bailey as a setter and Anna as libero. Other seniors playing their final match as Lady Chieftains were Madison Polson and Emily Rugg.

This was just the second Lady Chieftain team ever to make it to State, the first being the 1998 team that was undefeated during the regular season but didn’t make it to Saturday’s finals.

This South Barber team did make it to the championship round after going 2-1 in Friday’s pool play to finish second to Goessel.

The Lady Chiefs, seeded 3rd, opened play against 6th seed Lebo and used good serving by Emily Rugg and Anna Perez, and kills by Madison Polson and juniors Idallis Shaffer and Kaleigh Velasquez to pull out to an early lead in the first set. Lebo battled back, but down the stretch more good serving by Bailey Roberts and sophomore Bryn Rathgeber kept South Barber out in front and they went on to win 25-20. In the second set, the Lady Chieftains got more good play from Madison Polson and outstanding defense from Rathgeber and Perez to pull away to a 25-15 win to take the match.

South Barber next faced 7th seed Dighton and managed to pull away late in both sets to win 25-21, 25-20 to guarantee their place in Saturday’s championship round.

In Friday’s final match, the Lady Chiefs played once beaten Goessel. They played well, but had trouble with the Bluebird hitters to fall 20-25 in the first set and 17-25 in the second.

Saturday’s first semifinal match pitted South Barber against 5th seed Hanover, which had been on a roll ever since handing Centralia its first loss of the season in the opening round.

South Barber got five quick points from Morgan Polson to lead 11-4, but Hanover battled back and managed to win the first set 20-25. The Lady Chiefs fell behind early in the second set and just couldn’t catch up as Hanover took the set and match by a 16-25 score.

Saturday’s third place battle saw South Barber face the hard-hitting Goessel ladies once more, and the Bluebird’s size at the net was again a factor. Coach Steve Roberts saw his team battle their hearts out, but Goessel won the first set 10-25 then took the second by a 17-25 score to give the Lady Chieftains the 4th place medals.


Area Voters Head to Polls Nov. 8


Voters in Barber County and across the nation head to the polls next Tuesday, November 8, to select candidates for President, Congress, Kansas Legislature and local county offices.

And while the Barber County offices were pretty much decided in the August primary election, that’s not the case for state and national races and all voters are urged to excercise their right and fill out their ballot on election day.

Voters in the southern part of the county, including Kiowa, Hardtner and Hazelton, will vote at the Kiowa Community Building, while voters in the Medicine Lodge, Sun City, Sharon and Isabel areas will cast ballots at the new Courthouse Annex in Medicine Lodge,

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on election day.

Early voting began the middle of October at the Barber County Clerk’s office in Medicine Lodge and will continue through November 7.

No Races County Offices

After last August’s primary election, there are no contested races for Barber County offices. Running unopposed in November are Paul Harbaugh for County Commissioner from District 2, Bill Smith form County Commissioner from District 3, Debbie Wesley for County Clerk, Sheri J. Weeks for County Treasurer, Betty Jo Swayden for Register of Deeds, Gaten Wood for County Attorney, and Lonnie Small for Sheriff.

Township offices throughout the county are also up for election. Some will have candidates on the ballot while others do not have any filings for the trustee and treasurer positions.

National, State Contests

There are plenty of offices up for grabs at the state and national level on November 8, including the contest for President of the United States between the Republican ticket of Donald Trump and Mike Pence and Democratic candidates Hillary R. Clinton and Timothy M. Kaine. But there are other candidates for the office that could pull votes from both the major party tickets – Libertarian Gary Johnson and Bill Weld and Independent Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka.

The race for U.S. Senate finds incumbent Jerry Moran (R) facing Libertarian Robert D. Garrard and Democrat Patrick Weisner.

Wichita Republican Michael Pompeo will face competition for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 4th District from a local candidate, Miranda Allen of Kiowa, who is running as an Independent. Also on the tickets is Democrat Daniel B. Giroux and Libertarian Gorden J. Bakken.

The Kansas Senate 32nd District race finds Larry W. Alley (R) of Winfield facing Don Shimkus (D) of Oxford, while in the Kansas House of Representatives 116th District, incumbent Kyle D. Hoffman (R) of Coldwater faces competition from Jolene E. Roitman (D) of Wellington.

On the ballot will also be candidates for the Kansas Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and District Court.

Hughbanks Sisters Team Up for Trip to State Tennis

Sabrina (left) and Savannah Hughbanks

Sabrina (left) and Savannah Hughbanks


The South Barber Lady Chieftain doubles team of Sabrina and Savannah Hughbanks went 3-1 at last weekend’s 3-2-1A Regional Tennis Tournament to finish in third place overall and earn a trip to this weekend’s State Tennis Championships in Wichita.

Sabrina, a senior, and Savannah, a sophomore, will take a 24-7 record to State, which will be played Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, at the Riverside Tennis Complex, 551 Nims Street, in Wichita.

The doubles duo opened play with a win over Martin/Dale of South Central in straight sets by scores of 6-1, 6-0. Next, they faced LeClear/Howard of Minneola and won handily by scores of 6-1, 6-0.

In semifinal play, the Hughbanks faced May/Osner of Conway Springs and won the first set 6-4. Conway Springs won the next set 7-6 after a 7-3 tiebreaker, and the final set also went to a tiebreaker with Conway Springs again getting the 7-6 win with the 7-3 tiebreaker win.

That put South Barber in the third place match, where they rolled over Fox/Kellenberger of Ashland 6-1, 6-3.

Koch/Eberkamp of Conway Springs took top honors in doubles followed by May/Osner in second.

The second South Barber doubles team of Kathnee Martin and Takira Blick lost their opening match 6-0, 7-6 after narrowly losing a 7-2 tiebreaker in the second set.

In singles competition, Sabrina Bellar of Conway Springs won top honors followed by Sydney Roe of Kingman and Maggie Mathes of Chaparral.

Taylor Pollock was knocked out of singles play by Roth of Kingman by set scores of 6-2, 6-2. South Barber’s other singles entry, Malayna McKitrick, fell in her first match 6-0, 6-0 to Endicott of Ashland.

South Barber Homecoming Royalty

Bailey Roberts was crowned South Barber Homecoming Queen during festivities Friday evening before the start of the Chieftain-Attica/Argonia football game. Homecoming royalty pictured above (left to right) are Nick Malone, Taylor Pollock, Spencer Kimmell, Madison Polson, Grant Cantrell, Queen Bailey Roberts, Brian Farney, Sabrina Hughbanks, Slater Blick, Glenna Williams, Cody Thayer and Desiree Doherty. Kindargarten attendants in front are Lynnon Humphrey, Cambridge Rector, Callen Corr and Cooper Courson.

Bailey Roberts was crowned South Barber Homecoming Queen during festivities Friday evening before the start of the Chieftain-Attica/Argonia football game. Homecoming royalty pictured above (left to right) are Nick Malone, Taylor Pollock, Spencer Kimmell, Madison Polson, Grant Cantrell, Queen Bailey Roberts, Brian Farney, Sabrina Hughbanks, Slater Blick, Glenna Williams, Cody Thayer and Desiree Doherty. Kindargarten attendants in front are Lynnon Humphrey, Cambridge Rector, Callen Corr and Cooper Courson.

SBHS Homecoming Friday Features Parade, Queen Crowning, Football Game

QUEEN CANDIDATES: Bailey Roberts, Madison Polson and Sabrina Hughbanks

QUEEN CANDIDATES: Bailey Roberts, Madison Polson and Sabrina Hughbanks


South Barber High School celebrates Homecoming this Friday, September 23, as the Attica/Argonia Titans come to town. The annual Parade down Main Street will be held at 2:30 p.m. with a pep rally immediately following at 5th and Main. The crowning of the Homecoming Queen will take place at 6:30 p.m. followed by the football game at 7:00 p.m.

Three seniors have been nominated to serve as queen candidates this year: Bailey Roberts, Madison Polson and Sabrina Hughbanks.

BAILEY ROBERTS is the daughter of Steve and Kay Roberts. At South Barber, she participates in volleyball, basketball, FFA, vocal and yearbook. She is president of Student Council and National Honor Society. She is also active in the St. John’s Youth Group and United Methodist Youth Group.

She has been named to the all-league volleyball and basketball teams, superintendent’s and principal’s honor rolls and was honorable mention all-state last season in basketball.

Bailey’s classes include Culinary, Government, English, Calculus, Accounting, Vocal and Yearbook. She plans to attend Kansas State University next year majoring in accounting.

MADISON POLSON is the daughter ofn Brandi Thom and Dave Polson. She is active in volleyball, basketball, FFA, United Methodist Youth Group and is senior class treasurer.

She has been named to the honor roll and has been named to the all-league volleyball and basketball teams.

Madison’s classes this year include Band, Ag Business, Government, English and Yearbook. She plans to attend Fort Hays State next year and study radiology and sonography.

SABRINA HUGHBANKS is the daughter of Kyle and Trina Hughbanks. She participates in track and field, basketball, tennis and plays softball in the summer. She is president of FCCLA and FFA treasurer.

She has been a member of the Chieftain basketball team that has played at State the past two years, participated in the state track and field meet two years, and has served as captain of the tennis team for two years. She was also an all-state pitcher in softball.

Sabrina’s classes include Band, Ag Business, Government, English IV, Pre-Calculus/Trig, Speech, Vocal and Career Communications. After graduation, she plans to play softball at a four-year university and major in pre-med.


Freshman attendants are Desiree Doherty escorted by Cody Thayer; sophomore attendants are Taylor Pollock escorted by Nick Malone; junior attendants are Glenna Williams escorted by Slater Blick.

Kindergarten helpers are Lynnon Humphrey, daughter of Trent and Abby Humphrey; Cambridge Rector, daughter of Tim and Melissa Rector; Callen Corr, son of Larry and Amanda Corr; and Cooper Courson, son of Brett and Heidi Courson.

Last year’s homecoming queen, Ana Wilhelm, plans to be back for Homecoming to help conduct the crowning ceremony.

Pratt Man Found Guilty of Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer

PRATT – (September 20, 2016) – A Pratt man was convicted yesterday of attempted murder in the second degree of a law enforcement officer, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Bradley Grant Verstraete, 46, was found guilty yesterday by a Pratt County jury of attempted murder in the second degree of Pratt Police Officer Kenneth Wright. Verstraete also was found guilty of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer concerning Pratt Police Sergeant James Ferbert. Judge Francis E. Meisenheimer presided over the trial. Sentencing is scheduled for November 14 in Pratt County District Court.

The crimes were committed in January 2015. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Deputy Attorney General Victor Braden and Assistant Attorney General Steve Wilhoft from Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.

Young Players Step Up in 46-0 Win

Cole Coggins makes a big catch and run in the win over Norwich.

Cole Coggins makes a big catch and run in the win over Norwich.


South Barber capitalized on Norwich mistakes to blank the Eagles 46-0 Saturday afternoon. The Chieftains led 30-0 at halftime and ended the game on the 45-point mercy rule with about four minutes left in the third quarter.

South Barber, 2-0, will host Burrton this Friday, September 16, and will host Attica/Argonia on the following Friday, Sept. 23, for homecoming.

Copter Brings In Game Ball

Norwich was kicking off a fundraising drive for its school foundation, and a helicopter landed at midfield to bring in the game ball on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The game had been postponed from Friday evening due to bad weather in the area and the fact that Norwich received around seven inches of rain a couple of days earlier. Despite the extra day to dry out, the field was still pretty soggy in some areas.

The Eagles were fired up as they took the opening kickoff on their own 25, but that excitement was quickly dashed by the Chieftain defense, highlighted by a sack by freshmen Trevor Rooks, who was one of several young players stepping up while starters Spencer Kimmell and Ruben Torres stayed on the sidelines nursing minor injuries.

The Eagles were forced to punt, but the snap went over the kicker’s head and was downed on the 1-yard line. Senior quarterback Grant Cantrell went right up the middle on the next play and also ran for the extra points as the Chieftains were on top 8-0.

Norwich again couldn’t get a first down against the Chief defense, but the punt was fumbled right back to the Eagles. This time, key plays by defensive backs Brian Farney and Trae Rathgeber helped set up another punt to the South Barber 13.

Cantrell then went to work, finding sophomore Brent Grismer out to the 34. Another pass to Rathgeber got the ball inside Norwich territory, where the drive seemed to be stalled South Barber facing a 3 down and 18 situation. Cantrell stepped back, found sophomore Cole Coggins coming across the miiddle, and tossed him short pass, which he turned into a big play by busting tackles down to the Eagle 15. It took all four downs, but Cantrell finally scored from 11 yards out for a 16-0 lead after a pass to sophomore Neal Gugelmeyer for the points after.

Trevor Rooks stopped Norwich’s next drive with a fumble recovery on the Eagle 23, but the Chiefs found the moist field made the ball slippery for them, too, as they fumbled the ball right back. Neither team could get a drive going as the game rolled into the second quarter, but a sack by junior Kolby Pavlu helped force an Eagle punt, and waiting on the receiving end was Trae Rathgeber. He started left, reversed field to pick up some blocking, and had an escort all the way for the touchdown, making it a 24-0 lead after Cantrell added the extra points.

orwich fumbled the ball back to South Barber after the kickoff with Trae Rathgeber recovering on the Eagle 10. Three plays later Cantrell carried over from two yards out for a 30-0 after the missed extra points try.

The Eagles had their best shot at points late in the first half after taking a Chieftain punt at midfield. They used a couple of good runs and penalties to get th ball down to the South Barber 4 yard line. The defense held tough, however, and stopped Norwich on 4th down at the 5 yard line as time ran out in the half.

Quick Second Half

Coach Matt Cantrell and his squad didn’t waste any time putting this game in the win column after taking the opening kickoff to start the second half. A run by senior Gavin Doherty moved the ball out the the Chieftain 26. The ball was fumbled on the next play, but picking it right up was Cole Coggins, and he just kept on going all the way for a 40 yard touchdown and 38-0 lead after Gugelmeyer added the extra points.

Following the next Norwich punt, Cantrell stepped back and hit Gugelmeyer with a pass and he raced to the endzone untouched for a 44-0 lead. The Chiefs missed ending the game right there as the extra points try failed.

Gavin Doherty intercepted an Eagle pass on the 18, but the Chieftains were stopped on downs at the Norwich one yard line. No problem, though, as Trevor Rooks (remember, he’s having a big game) sacked the Eagle runner in the endzone for a safety. That ended the game with a final 46-0 score.

South Barber quarterback Grant Cantrell was 10 of 13 passing for 146 yards and a touchdown and carried the ball 14 times for 15 yards. Top rushers were Neal Gugelmeyer with 43 yards on 13 runs and Cole Coggins with 47 yards on one carry. Trae Rathgeber had 6 yards on 2 runs. Gugelmeyer led receivers with 5 catches for 83 yards followed by Cole Coggins with 1 reception for 28 yards and Brent Grismer one catch for 20 yards. Trae Rathgeber caught 3 passes for 15 yards.

The Chieftain defense played outstanding football, holding a big Norwich offense to just 28 yards rushing on 32 carries. The Eagles were also 0 for 5 passing.

Leading the way was defensive back Trae Rathgeber with 12 total tackles, with Neal Gugelmeyer adding 8 stops and Kolby Pavlu and Trevor Rooks 7 tackles each. But this was a total team defensive effort, and also getting on the tackle charts were Gavin Doherty, Grant Cantrell, Brian Farney, Gage Cantrell and Kadin Banks.

The Chieftains host Burrton this Friday.


Chieftains Scuttle Skyline in Season Opener, Play This Friday at Norwich

Senior quarterback Grant Cantrell passed for 167 yards and 4 touchdown in the win over Skyline.

Senior quarterback Grant Cantrell passed for 167 yards and 4 touchdown in the win over Skyline.


Big plays and outstanding defense. The South Barber Chieftains used both to roll over Skyline 52-6 Friday in the season opening football contest for both teams.The Chieftains, 1-0, will go on the road this Friday night as they take on the Norwich Eagles, 50-0 winners last week over Stafford. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

All Chieftains Early

After kicking off to the Thunderbirds to open Friday night’s game, the Chieftain defense quickly forced a 3-and-out and Skyline booted the ball to the South Barber 21 yard line.Senior quarterback Grant Cantrell quickly fired a 12-yard pass to another senior, Gavin Doherty then runs by senior Spencer Kimmell and Cantrell and another pass to Doherty put the ball at the T-Bird 10. Sophomore Neal Gugelmeyer pounded the ball to the 4 then caught a short pass in the flat and stepped into the endzone for the touchdown and 8-0 lead. Junior Trae Rathgeber caught a pass for the extra points.

The South Barber defense again held solid on the next Skyline possession and forced a punt to the Chieftain 27. Gugelmeyer ripped off a 7 yard gain, then Cantrell stepped back and launched a long pass to Doherty, who was streaking down the near sideline. He turned and jumped, grabbed the ball and covered the final yards into the endzone for the 46-yard strike. The extra points were good for a 16-0 lead with 2:36 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second period, Skyline gambled on 4th down and one at their own 35 and was stopped cold by the Chieftain defense. After moving into Skyline territory, Neal Gugelmeyer busted through the line and raced 28 yards untouched into the endzone for a 24-0 South Barber lead after a pass to Spencer Kimmell for the points after.

T-Birds Try to Come Back

Skyline had its best drive of the game on their next possession as they hit a long pass on a 3rd down play to the Chieftain 19 and managed to squeeze over from 2 yards out a few downs later for a 24-6 score.

But Coach Matt Cantrell and his Chieftains quickly put the game out of reach in the final minutes of the first half. Taking over on his own 35, Grant Cantrell ripped off runs of 14 and 21 yards to move deep into T-Bird territory and finished the drive off with an 8 yard touchdown pass to Neal Gugelmeyer for a 32-6 lead after Cantrell added the extra points. The Chieftains stopped Skyline and got the ball right back just before halftime, and they didn’t waste any time as Gugelmeyer and Cantrell again connected, this time for 46 yards, to make it a 40-6 South Barber lead at the half.

JV Take Over, Team Still Rolls

Coach Cantrell had a few starters nursing minor injuries to start the second half, so he started inserting his underclassmen in key positions, and they performed just great. Both teams had trouble moving the ball, however, and there was no scoring in the third quarter of play.

A few minutes into the final period, however, Gavin Doherty got loose for a 25 yard touchdown run for a 46-6 score. Skyline had a final chance to get points after recovering a fumble on the Chieftain 35, but the defense held strong at the 19 and that led to a long game-ending drive directed by freshmen Trevor Rooks and Gage Cantrell at quarterback and runningback. The young Chieftains wouldn’t be stopped as they moved steadily down the field as time ran off the clock. Rooks finally sneaked over from 1 yard out to end the game on the 45-point rule.


Senior quarterback Grant Cantrell was 12 of 18 passing for 167 yards and 4 touchdown and rushed for 57 yards on 12 carries. Junior runningback Trae Rathgeber completed one pass for 5 yards, ran for 15 yards on 4 carries, and caught 3 passes for 23 yards. Top rusher, however, was sophomore Neal Gugelmeyer with 71 yards on 11 runs while grabbing 3 passes (all touchdowns) for 60 yards. Senior Gavin Doherty had with 3 pass receptions for 68 yards and a TD while getting just one carry- but that was good for a 25 yard touchdown. Senior Spencer Kimmell also caught 3 Cantrell passes for 16 yards.

Freshman Gage Cantrell had 2 rushes for 14 yards while another frosh, Trevor Rooks, had 15 yards on 3 runs. As a team, the Chieftains had 197 yards rushing and 172 passing.

But as good as the offense played Friday night, it was the defensive effort that really stood out. Grant Cantrell with 12 tackles and Spencer Kimmell with 10 were backed up by Neal Gugelmeyer (9 tackles), Gavin Doherty (7) and senior Brian Farney and junior Trae Rathgeber with 4 stops each. Also getting on the tackle sheet were freshmen Gage Cantrell, Mehki McDaniel and Trevor Rooks, sophomore Nick Malone and juniors Kolby Pavlu, Kadin Banks and Ruben Torres.

Grant Cantrell had 2 punts for a 31.5 yard average while sophomore Cole Coggins came in during the second half and had one punt for 38 yards.